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t least two young men were shot yesterday morning during an eight-hour shooting-spree that prevented an All Progressives Congress, APC, and Save Rivers Movement, SRM, rally billed from holding at Bori, the headquarters of Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State. This is coming one week after the state police command prevented SRM from staging a similar rally in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state. That incident led to the shooting of Senator Magnus Abe, who was flown to London for medical treatment last Sunday night. Some residents of Bori told journalists that they were woken up in the middle of night by sporadic gun shots, which lasted from 2a.m. till about 5.30a.m. on Sunday. The shooting continued until 9am even after policemen had arrived at the area, sources at the scene said. The two wounded youths, who were not identified, were said to be in critical hospital in Port Harcourt. According to resident of Bori, the gunshots initially came from the direction of the express road and continued up till 3a.m. and then subsided. They said the shooting resumed at about 5.30a.m., this time more intense and appeared to come from the direction of All Saints Cathedral, proposed venue of the rally. “From about 5.30a.m. the bursts of gunfire were horrific. Loud gunshots rang out from both ends of the town; from the right side and from the left side. Residents of the town were woken up by sounds of gunshots,” a resident who did not want his name mentioned said. Another resident alleged that the exchange of gunshots came from political thugs loyal to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as well as those of the APC, which wanted

the rally to hold. He said: “We have heard gunshots in Bori before at the height of political crisis, but the one of today was very scary. “You can tell so many guns were being fired sporadically. We heard some of the young men, who were shooting moving up and down Hospital Road, shouting: ‘APC cannot hold a rally in Khana. No way. Rivers State is PDP. We will not allow APC to come home and cause trouble for us.’” Another resident explained that the heaviest shooting took place between 9a.m. and 9.30a.m. and was targeted at some top Rivers State government officials, who came to the area at the time. The officials include the Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Leyee Kwanee; Secretary to the State Government, Feyii George and the Chief of Staff to Government House, Tony Okocha. According to the residents, the policemen present at the event did not intervene or prevent the political thugs from continuing with their shooting spree. The government officials rushed into their cars when the shooting was intense and drove through a pathway from where they connected the East West Road and escaped, eyewitnesses said. About 11.30a.m., the entrance to the premises of the All Saints Cathedral, the venue of the rally, was barricaded with 10 light police trucks, with armed regular and mobile policemen strategically stationed around the area. Not less than 30 armed policemen were on guard. Policemen mounted check points on both sides leading to the Anglican Church. There were five check points before entering Bori from Yeghe town, a neighbouring community. Speaking to journalists, Kwanee, condemned the inaction of the police during the shooting that prevented the rally from holding. He said: “It is condemnable that the police did nothing while the shoot-

ing lasted. The political thugs shot sporadically for hours without police intervention. And no arrest has been made. We question the action of the policemen that are on ground in Bori. “We had to run for our lives when the shooting became very intense. The Secretary to the State Government and the Chief of Staff to the governor were also there with me at the venue of the rally that has

been violently disrupted by sponsored political thugs.” The Rivers State Chapter of the PDP however blamed the violence that greeted the rally on the door steps of the organisers. The party said it was raising an alarm over what it described as the increasing spate of violence in the state. It said the violence was masterminded by

the Rotimi Amaechi administration, the Save Rivers Movement and the APC, adding that the bodies were planning to continue to create a state of insecurity to justify their call for the removal of the Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mbu. The party, in a statement issued yesterday on the Bori incident, confirmed the shooting of two Ogoni youths, whose conditions it claimed are

“very critical and unstable in a private clinic in Port Harcourt.” The statement also said that the shooting “followed a local resistance to the APC, Rotimi Amaechi and the Save Rivers Movement by the Ogoni people in Bori.” Meanwhile, the APC yesterday warned that some people who are sympathetic to President Goodluck Jonathan may CONTINUED ON PAGE 5>>

L-R: The President's mother, Madam Eunice; First Lady, Patience; President Goodluck Jonathan; Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Mr. John-Kennedy Opara and member, House of Representatives, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, at the NCPC Thanksgiving Service at Aso Villa Chapel in Abuja, yesterday.

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unforgiving spirits are not the kind of people who should be nurses or teachers, but we find them there. “So most of us who are in politics are not supposed to be there but because we have no other thing to do,” the President said. Reacting to the statement by the Chaplain, Ven. Obioma Onwuzurumba, that politicians do not forgive, Jonathan noted that they could not afford not to forgive. According to the President, the Bible even said that politicians were the people who forgive. The President said: “These days we learn not to talk, or we talk very little. The chaplain accused us politicians that we do not forgive, or that some politicians don't forgive. “Apparently, the Bible said this, politicians, I

would not say much are those who forgive because in politics whether local politics or national, the Bible word is that you don't have permanent friends or permanent enemies but permanent interest. “If somebody is your enemy today and there is a change of interest and he becomes your friend first of all you have to forgive otherwise you cannot have a friend that you cannot work with. “So, if you see a politician than cannot forgive, he is an impostor.” Dame Patience Jonathan read the first lesson from Psalms 122:1-9; the second lesson taken from Ephesians 1:15-23 was read by Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe. In his sermon, the Anglican Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh,

urged the President to remain focused in the administration of the country. While advising the President not to give up, Okoh explained that the issue of Nigeria was like an individual on pilgrimage to a particular destination. He said that since Jonathan was the head of the pilgrimage of Nigeria, he should ensure that he led the pilgrimage to a successful end. “Life is a pilgrimage. Every individual is on a pilgrimage. Even Nigeria is on pilgrimage to an appointed destination in Africa and the world. God cannot make a mistake of creating a large number of people and place them in a place called Nigeria without a purpose. There is a purpose for Nigeria," Okoh said. He noted that qualities that would make

the nation to succeed in its pilgrimage would include patience and perseverance. “Perseverance is another quality. Mr. President, when it becomes tough, keep going. You should persevere, please don't give up. You must get to the top. You must ensure that you lead the people to the destination God has planned for them,” Okoh said. At the service, there was also a thanksgiving by the Nigerian Pilgrims Commission for the success of the 2013 Christian pilgrimage to Israel. The mother of the President, Madam Eunice Jonathan; Ebonyi State Governor, Martins Elechi; Kogi State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi; cabinet ministers and other senior government officials attended the service.


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L-R: Secretary of Conference, Methodist Church Nigeria, Rt. Rev. Chibuzo Opoko; Prelate, His Eminence Dr. Samuel ‘Emeka Uche; new Bishop of Tinubu, Rt. Rev. Omotayo Oladapo Babalola and Bishop of Evangelism and Discipleship, Rt. Rev. Edoka Amuta, during Babalola’s enthronement service in Lagos, yesterday.

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Cabal kicked me out of office, says Tukur OBIORA IFOH ABUJA

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he former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has declared that a cabal within the party worked to ease him out of office. He said that they were not comfortable with the reforms he brought into the party. Speaking for the first time since he resigned, Tukur told some clerics who visited and prayed with him at his residence over the weekend that he stood by every decision he took to reform the party. He said some powerful individuals, who were benefiting from the rot in the party were opposed to his reform and went all out to sponsor campaign of calumny to get him out of office. Tukur said but for the doggedness of President Goodluck Jonathan and the wisdom he displayed in managing its affairs, the PDP would have long col-

lapsed, given what he described as ‘evil plots’ by certain members to completely destroy the party. He said he found it unbelievable to discover that some stakeholders of the party never had the party’s interest or Nigeria at heart. According to him, personal ambitions, crave for sudden wealth and unimaginable level of treachery usually got the full attention of such stakeholders than anything else. He said: “I did my best to bring PDP to good standard and international best practices on politics. I came in with the mind-set to reform the party by promoting the principle of election instead of selection and the idea of consensus instead of imposition. “Alas, I was proved wrong by those who believed that the old order in PDP must be retained, not for any good thing, but for their selfish interests. “Some members got so desperate that they turned to the media and funded all negative reports against me. If you are familiar with all the negative media re-

ports, none attributed any wrong doing to me. The reports only echoed the views of the sponsors that I was unbending in my desire to change the bad situation in PDP. “They even attempted to use the media to get me in confrontation with Mr. President. I never spoke to anyone about issues, yet the media would attribute some reports to me. But we knew those who were behind it all. They had forgotten that whatever goes round surely must come round.” Meanwhile, PDP is set to elect a new National Chairman as replacement to Tukur. Barring any last minute change of mind, caucuses in the party, as at the time of filling this report, are said to have agreed and submitted the name of Hon. Mohammed Wakil, the former National Vice Chairman (North East) of the party, to President Jonathan for necessary security check. As at the time of filling this report, President Jonathan was yet to give his final approval to the selection of

Wakil, even as the governors and other top party leaders were laying siege at the Villa hoping that their candidates emerge. Wakil, who hails from Borno State is said to be

enjoying the support of the party elders, the Presidency and the Governors Forum. Those sponsoring Wakil, according to checks include two influential governors

within the party, key leaders of Jonathan’s kitchen cabinet, some top Ijaw leaders and what a source called the leadership of women wing of the Jonathan political structure.

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one of the thirtyseven members of the House of Representatives who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) would return to the PDP, Rep. Yakubu Dogara (APC-Bauchi). The lawmaker, who spoke in Abuja yesterday, said no amount of pressure will make them return to PDP. He stressed that notwithstanding the pending court case against them by the ruling PDP, nothing can stop the APC from taking over the majority leadership of the House from the PDP.

The lawyer argued that PDP has no locus stand to stop the House from deciding its internal leadership structure, which is guaranteed by the constitution and the House rules. According to him, there is no country on the globe, where a minority party calls the shots in the legislature. He said since the PDP is in minority, it must revert to the background. He revealed that, contrary to the case instituted by the PDP nobody has planned to change PDP leadership in the House since all the people occupying leadership position in the House under the platform of the PDP will continue to retain their position but in minority capacity. He said the courts can-

not decide how the National Assembly should conduct its business. “It’s sad that the wine of impunity has drenched the soul of PDP. The leaders don’t care about the Constitution or our laws anymore. Even fantasies induced by hangover are thought implementable. That’s the depth of decay we have sunk to. “The rule of law means nothing in the strange democracy we practice here. Take a look at S.68 (1) (g) of the constitution which the party is referring to. The power to declare defecting members’ seat vacant is solely vested in the presiding officer, the Senate President or Speaker of the House as the case may be. It’s in black and white,” he said.


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decision, analysts said. The committee at its last meeting in November 2013, kept the Monetary Policy Rate at 12 per cent despite pressure from the Organised Private Sector for monetary easing as in-

flation dropped to single digit. It also kept pressure on banks liquidity holdings by allowing only 50 per cent of public sector funds held by them to be kept in their vaults, a move largely targeted at keeping the naira ex-

change rate stable. Experts had predicted volatility in interest rate regime this year, saying the outlook for the year portends some potential headwinds that may lead to further tightening in monetary conditions. According to the Chief

Fire fighters at an abandoned warehouse premises, opposite the National Arts Theatre in Lagos, yesterday.

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be pushing Nigeria to the precipice, following yesterday’s disruption of the rally in Rivers State. The party also said it strongly condemned the defense of the Rivers State Police Commissioner, Mbu, by the Police Service Commission, PSC, saying the commission, by its unimaginative action, was only pandering to the Presidency. In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the men, who invaded the venue of the rally by the Save Rivers Movement (SRM) in Bori, where the executives of the pan Rivers group in Khana Local Government Area of the state were to be inaugurated, attacked those in attendance and beat up some of the journalists who were invited to cover the event, damaging their vehicles and equipment in the process. APC alleged that while the attack was going on, the police - who had been formally informed of the rally and were expected to

provide protection rather watched while the attack went on. The party said the police carried its partisanship to another level when, the previous day (Saturday), it sent over 300 men to protect a proPDP rally that was used solely to launch a blistering verbal assault on the APC and Gov. Chibuike Amaechi. “The same police have offered protection for a Pro-PDP group, GDI, which is holding another rally in Degema on Sunday. “Sunday's attack came a week after a similar one saw a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Magnus Abe, shot by policemen who also attacked and tear-gassed innocent women and children, among others. “As the presidencybacked impunity in Rivers worsens, we at the APC are left with no choice than to alert all well-meaning Nigerians as well as the international community to call President Jonathan to order, since he has refused to allow peace to reign in

the state just because of his personal ambition. “Because of the danger this state-backed thuggery can inflict on our young democracy; because of the harm being done to the polity by escalating political violence and because of the fact that impunity does not breed peace, we will continue to cry out, hoping that reason will prevail and that President Jonathan will no longer allow his ambition to be watered by the blood of the same citizens he swore an oath to protect. “It is clear that despite the Presidency's loud silence on the Rivers crisis, it is the architect of the violence in the state, and the 2014 Ekiti and Osun governorship elections and the 2015 general elections are the reasons. “That is why we will not relent in blaming the Presidency for the violence. Surely, when the Presidency is tired of violence, peace will return to Rivers State,” the party said. In another statement by Alhaji Mohammed, the party wondered if the PSC understands the Constitution of the Federal Repub-

lic of Nigeria as far as the role of a police commissioner is concerned. “For the avoidance of doubt, we quote Section 215 (4) of the Constitution, which stipulates: 'Subject to the provisions of this section, the Governor of a State or such Commissioner of the Government of the State as he may authorize in that behalf, may give to Commissioner of Police of that State such lawful directions with respect to the maintenance and securing of public safety and public order within the State as he may consider necessary, and the Commissioner of Police shall comply with those directions or cause them to be complied with'.'' APC said “if the PSC clearly understood the stipulation, it would not only be talking of Mbu being redeployed but should by now be justifying the dismissal of the police boss, who has continuously violated the Constitution not only by refusing to take lawful orders but by also constituting himself into the opposition, the de facto chairman of the PDP, in Rivers.”

pressure on the exchange rate and stock prices due to the impact on capital flows. Onyema said last week that the decision by the United States Federal Reserve to start cutting its monthly bond purchases, initially to $75bn from $85bn, is expected to have a residual effect on the Nigerian equity, bond and currency markets later in 2014. Experts at Financial Derivative Company Limited, a Lagos-based investment bank, said even though there are yearnings in some quarters that the benchmark rate be cut to reduce credit costs for businesses, the MPC may not be in a hurry to ease the policy rates. The report noted that 2014 being a year in which election spending is likely to take place, there would be the challenge of curtailing inflation. Managing Director, Excel Finance and Securities Limited, Mr. Innocent Omorodion, said the financial system is not yet at the end of the tightening cycle. He said there may be need to tighten further in response to eventualities. According to him, there are several levels of uncertainties. “For me that is the defining concern for 2014. We have uncertainty in the foreign exchange market because oil sector outlook is not cl ear. “Secondly, our domestic oil sector is not settled, and that is where we get 85 per cent of our foreign exchange earnings. So there is doubt over our foreign exchange, I see a very high probability of naira devaluation, and the pressure is already building,” he said. Omorodion also noted that slight increase in inflation rate which the National Bureau of Statistics said hit eight per cent in December as against 7.9 per cent in the previous month, as a reason why the MPR would remain. CBN Governor Lamido Sanusi had at the end of the November meeting explained that the committee recognised the importance of taking into consideration not just the static indices at

the point of meeting but overall strategic objectives and targets, as well as the outlook for the domestic economy and the external environment. He also said the committee also noted that the positive impact of monetary policy in engendering a stable exchange rate regime and attracting portfolio investment, thus driving the strong recovery of asset prices on the NSE and that global monetary conditions were likely to remain loose going into Q1 of 2014. Meanwhile, ahead of today’s MPC meeting, the Nigerian interbank lending rates on Friday eased to an average of 10.3 per cent when compared with 10.5 per cent the previous week, a development experts attributed to a surge in cash supply from matured debt notes. National Mirror gathered that CBN repaid about N419 billion in special Open Market Operation, OMO, debt notes on Friday and N158 billion in treasury bills on Thursday according traders. They also raised the prospect of further easing today as funds from December budget allocations to the states and local governments hit their accounts in banks. “We are still expecting the posting of additional funds from December budget allocations to states and local government today and this will keep the system liquid for the better part of the month,” a dealer said. The Federation Account Allocation Committee, FAAC, had distributed about N581.5 billion among its three tiers of government on Thursday with around half of the funds going to states and local governments. According to a Reuters report, the secured open buy back, OBB, closed at 10.15 per cent, compared with 10.25 per cent last week, 1.85 percentage points lower than the central bank’s benchmark rate. Overnight placement dropped to 10.25 percent from 10.50 percent, while call money closed at 10.50 percent against 10.75 percent last week.


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FRSC recruitment: Man jailed four years for fraud CHIDI UGWU ABUJA

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he Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has said that one Ogidi Uko Ezekiel had been jailed for four year for fraud by a Magistrate’s Court sitting at Omi Adio in Oyo State. FRSC Public Education Officer, Mr. Jonas Agwu, said in a statement that Ezekiel was a scammer who created a fake recruitment portal to extort money from unsuspecting applicants. He defrauded many applicants under the guise of enlisting them into the FRSC. Ezekiel, however, was arrested in Ekiti State on November 6, 2013 after a tip-off by members of the public. He was subsequently arraigned before the court on a three-count charge to wit: false representation with the intent to defraud contrary to Section 484 of the Criminal Code; unlawful possession of FRSC offi-

cial documents contrary to Section 430 of the Criminal Code and obtaining money by false pretence contrary to Section 419 of the Criminal Code. Ezekiel pleaded guilty to all the counts charged and was sentenced to four years imprisonment with an option of N100, 000 fine by Magistrate Taiwo Oladiran. Reacting to the judgement, Agwu commended the judiciary for the trial, recalling an earlier publication where the management of the Federal Road Safety Corps dissociated itself from the illegal practice. However, the National Executive Council of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers Branch of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has commended the FRSC for its commitment to road safety management, especially during last Christmas and New Year celebrations.

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inister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, has accused those she described as cabal in the aviation sector as the masterminds of what she called ongoing plot to damage her integrity. She accused the cabal of orchestrating move to get her sacked by President Goodluck Jonathan. The minister said the cabal had held the aviation sector by the jugular for over 38 years and

had refused to allow any meaningful development and change take place in the industry. Oduah, who spoke with journalists at an event in Abuja, however, vowed to fight on and use everything she has to cleanse the aviation sector for as long as she remains in office. But she refused to speak on the twin allegations of the notorious bullet proof saga and the certificate forgery rumour making the rounds about her.

L-R: Supervising Minister of Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike; Vice-Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, Prof. Vincent Tenebe and Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, at the NOUN’s 3rd convocation ceremony in Lagos, at the weekend. PHOTO: TUNBOSUN OGUNDARE

Okonjo-Iweala urges transparent funding of elections TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA

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oordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi OkonjoIweala, yesterday identified campaigns by politicians as one of the major sources of leakages in public finance in Africa and urged leaders and the citizens in the continent to devise means to plug all areas that breed corruption in the electioneering processes. The minister, who spoke at the TEDxEuston Forum, specifically charged the people to be more concerned about how electioneering campaigns were being funded with a view to identifying the sources of funds and developing mechanisms to ensure that such funds were not being stolen from the public vault.

TEDxEuston is an event that aims to reflect the ideas and inspired thinking of a new generation of African leaders, presenting to an audience committed to engaging and reengaging in an active and meaningful manner with the continent. It is an event usually organised locally by a team of African professionals in the spirit of “ideas worth spreading”, devoted to leveraging the power of ideas to change the world. Okonjo-Iweala said campaign finance as a source corruption was not peculiar to Africa, but that what makes the difference is that most developed countries in Europe, the United States and some others had initiated some reforms targeted at making funds for election campaigns to be sourced from legitimate and transparent means.

She, therefore, urged the citizenry, particularly Nigerians, to be more engaged on issues of election funding and come up with ideas that could help to make election campaigns on the country less opaque and by implication, curb corruption tendencies in the entire electioneering processes in the country and other countries in the continent. According to her, one of the ways that could help in making election finance more transparent could be legitimately providing for it in yearly budgets of the various countries such that candidates seeking political offices would no longer have to raise such funds from illegal means and compromise on service delivery after being elected. The Minister who spoke on other areas of governance at the interactive

forum pointed out that the youth have major roles to play in ensuring transparent elections, particularly by taking creative initiatives that could make the process more transparent and engaging for the public to monitor how funds are being sourced and utilised by politicians during elections. While calling on all patriots to contribute to the drive towards making the election processes less corrupt, the minister said the primary reason she decided to serve the country was to see how she could make positive changes in public governance, saying that “the reason I came back to government was because I felt even if the environment is difficult and there is only one little thing I can do to plug a hole, solve a problem even if it’s small, it is meaningful”.

Court tries IGP tomorrow for disobeying court order ISE-OLUWA IGE ABUJA

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nspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Abubakar is to appear before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja tomorrow to explain why he should not be jailed for alleged serial disobedience to court order A summon to the effect was issued against the IGP by the Chief Judge of the

Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, with an order to appear before him tomorrow. The summon followed a request by a human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN. Abubakar was accused by Falana of disobeying the judgments of three high courts which barred the police from intervening in the activities of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, a non-governmental organ-

isation. Specifically, the Inspector-General was said to have refused to lift the purported ban placed by police on the Peace Corps since 2009 in spite of three subsisting court judgments ordering the reversal of the police action. The police chief is to explain to the court why the orders were not obeyed. A Federal High Court had on September 29, 2011 prohibited the Inspector

General of Police, his officers, men, privies and agents from proscribing, harassing, intimidating or in any manner violating the fundamental rights of the Peace Corps of Nigeria, being a registered entity in the country. The police were, however, alleged to have ignored the court verdict and continued the clamp down on the lawful activities of the Corps with indiscriminate arrest of its officers

and closure of its offices in the states of the federation. Falana also claimed that Form 48, being a notice of consequences of disobeying a lawful court order served on police since last year, was ignored prompting the contempt charge to be brought against the IGP to compel him to respect the rule of law or go to jail. The rights activist confirmed that a formal con-

tempt charge had been brought against Abubakar and that the legal battle to commit him to jail would begin tomorrow. Also, the National Commandant of the Peace Corps, Ambassador Dickson Akoh, at a media briefing in Abuja, claimed that more of his men had been arrested by the police while official vehicles were seized in addition to closure of the offices against the court orders.


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Obasanjo insists on allegation against Kashamu FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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ormer President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has asked the South-West Chairman, Mobilisation and Organisation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Buruji Kashamu, to proceed on his planned court action against him over his comment that he is a wanted criminal in the United States. The former president through his lawyer, Wale Abeeb Ajayi, in his reply to a letter written to him by Kashamu through his counsel, Alex Izinyon, SAN, said Kashamu has no “moral name worthy of any protection.” He said the portion of his personal letter to President Goodluck Jonathan in which Kashamu’s name featured was correct and not misleading. Obasanjo also said that he was ready to justify any aspect of the letter which he said was already in the public domain. The former president in his letter of reply titled; Re: Defamatory publication, injurious and malicious falsehood and unbridled vendetta against

Prince Buruji Kashamu,” dated January 14, 2014 also declared that the letter “does not suggest any form of vendetta and was not malicious or misleading in any material particular.” It will be recalled that Buruji had in his letter dated December 14, 2013 wrote Obasanjo and complained that the former president in his December 2, 2013 open letter; “Before it is too late,” written to President Goodluck Jonathan, has maligned his character, urging the former president to retract the statement, failure which he threatened to drag him to court. Quoting Izinyon: “Those false and malicious statements, which are too expensive to set out in this letter, held our client out to public odium and portrayed him as a criminal involved in narcotics-related criminal activities who would have been in jail, but for the protection given by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from extradition to and prosecution in the United States of America.” “If, however, you chose “to sit don look,” we have

AIC threatens to file contempt proceedings against CP OLUSEGUN KOIKI

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IC Hotel Company Limited has petitioned the Commissioner of Police, CP, Airport Command, over its ongoing tussle with the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, threatening to file contempt proceedings against CP. The bone of contention was the expanse of land at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos, designated for the construction of a five-star hotel. The company also accused the Commissioner of Police, Airport Command of taking side with the agency and has therefore threatened to initiate a contempt proceeding against the agency and the police airport command. The petition with the reference number;

ABK/001/4146 dated January 13, 2014 and made available to our correspondent, expressed surprise at the attitude of the commissioner of police, who they accused of leading FAAN to commence work on a land in dispute despite court order against such move. The petition with the title: Re: Land at the Murtala International Airport covered by deed of lease between AIC and the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN,” and signed by its lawyer, Prof. A. B. Kasunmu, SAN, said that it was disturbed by the attitude of the police commissioner. It will be recalled that both companies last Monday renewed their frosty relationship on the disputed land when FAAN decided to use the land as a temporary car park for cab operators within the airport.

further instruction without any further notice to you to seek legal redress,” he said. But, in his reply, Obasanjo’s lawyer, Abeeb Ajayi said: “The letter referred to and dated December 2, 2013 to his Excellency, Dr, Goodluck Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria was authorised by him and the opinion expressed

therein, particularly with reference to your client, is in the interest of the country - Nigeria. “That his letter does not suggest any form of vendetta and not malicious or misleading in any material particular. “That the portion of the letter which referred to your client is correct and not misleading and

our client is ready to justify any aspect of the reference which is already within the public domain. “That he is not ready whatsoever to make any retraction of the said words mostly when it was done in good faith and in the interest of the country. “In the foregoing therefore, we urge you to be most professional in doing

the bidding of your client, who only admitted in his open letter to our client that the allegation against him is that of mistaken identity. “You have heard the last of our client on this issue except that he will take advantage of the anticipated legal action to justify the content of the said letter,” Ajayi said.

L-R: Prof. Vincent Chukwuemeka; Archbishop Maxwell Anikwenwa, Prof. Uche Azikiwe, Prof. Ben Nwabueze and Comrade Elliot Uko, at the committee meeting of the Igbo Leaders of Thought in Enugu, yesterday.

Hamani Tijani dies in Kirikiri prison WALE IGBINTADE

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fter 10 years and three months in prison custody, cross-border robbery suspect, Hamani Tijani, died yesterday morning at the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons in Lagos. Confirming his death to National Mirror, his lawyer, Jamilu Bashir, said Tijani may have died as a result of high blood pressure for which he was not treated. According to his lawyer, Tijani died between 7.00am and 8.00am after he was directed by the prison officials to take a walk within the prison yard. It was gathered that immediately he returned to

his cell he sat on his bed, slumped and died. National Mirror gathered that Tijani’s corpse has been removed from the prison custody and taken to the mortuary at the General Hospital, Isolo, Lagos. Tijani, who was arrested sometimes in September 2003 in Cotonou, Benin Republic by gendarmes (the police in Benin Republic) was handed over to the Nigerian Police at Seme, the border community between Benin and Nigeria for prosecution. Tijani was standing trial before Justice Sybil Nwaka of a Lagos High Court on a three-count charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery and receiving stolen goods.

The deceased had through his lawyer, filed a “No Case Submission” and asked the court to discharge and acquit him for lack of diligent prosecution, but his request was refused by Justice Nwaka in a ruling delivered on October 23, 2012. Tijani had in his application, reminded the court that out of the six witnesses listed by the prosecution, they were able to called only one Sergeant Banjoko Oluwemimo as witness eight years ago (2005), adding that no further witness testified in court in support of the prosecution. He added that after much waiting and when no progress was made, his lawyers applied that the

case of the prosecution be closed which was granted by the court. In his application, Tijani wanted the court to determine whether the prosecution has established a prima facie case of conspiracy to commit robbery as contained in section 403A of the Criminal Code Laws of Lagos State and whether the testimony of the only prosecution witness was enough for him (Tijani), to answer the allegation of armed robbery. His lawyer submitted that for an offence of conspiracy to exist there must be evidence before the court that the defendant (Tijani) constitute direct involvement, adding that mere suspicion was not an offence in law.

Kwara pays NECO, NABTEB fees for indigent students WOLE ADEDEJI ILORIN

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he Kwara State government yesterday said it is making the sum of N120 million available to offset registration fees for 6,167 SCCE students in the 2013/2014 NECO and NABTEB examinations.

Senior Special Assistant to Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed, Muideen Akorede, who made this known, said the governor had conveyed the decision to the state Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development agency. The decision to increase access of indigent but de-

serving students to quality education, he said informed this. “This intervention is part of our continuing commitment to expanding access to quality education. No one should miss out on quality education because their parents cannot afford fees. “We will continue to sup-

port students that show a commitment to excellence through good grades at all levels of education,” the governor was quoted to have said. He urged the beneficiaries to justify the state government’s gesture by excelling in the forthcoming examinations.


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Muslim students laud Jonathan over anti-gay law ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI

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L-R: Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi; Commissioner for Trade, Investment and Cooperatives, Mrs. Oyefunke Oworu and representative of butchers, Mr. Waheed Raji, during the distribution of N20 million to traders in Ibadan as part of government’s empowerment programme for traders in the state, at the weekend.

ARG rejects Okurounmu committee’s report …says conference will make or mar Jonathan

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fenifere Renewal Group yesterday rejected the recommendations of the Senator Femi Okurounmu’s Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue, saying it cannot engender the type of confab that Nigeria needs. described the proposed conference as a make or mar issue for President Jonathan that initiated it and for Nigeria, saying it would be the most defining legacy of his administration and for Nigeria. Advocating complete restructuring as the only thing that can save the country from the gradual collapse buffeting all its public institutions, the group said that any conference convened based on these recommendations cannot meet the yearnings of Nigerians.

ARG maintained its stance that the proposed conference must be a conference of ethnic nationalities in Nigeria. In a press release signed by its Publicity Secretary, Kunle Famoriyo, the group described the recommendation that representation should be based on federal constituencies as distasteful. They described the political structure has been used as veritable tools of injustice, social, and political discriminations that have held this country bound. It said:”Nigeria has six administrative regions, which have become a defining structure for almost any national issue. Our recommendation therefore is that equal number of delegates should come from each administrative zone and these delegates should be selected by ethnic nations within each

zone. “We reject also the recommendation that conference delegates should be saddled with the responsibility of deciding how decisions and outcomes of the proposed conference would be integrated into the Constitution and Laws of Nigeria. This committee could not come up with any recommendation on this particular Term of Reference, despite the avalanche of historical antecedents in other countries, more than 1,000 presentations and memoranda, technical presentations from renowned experts and leaders, and several other consultations available to it. “This is, to say the least, an evasion of responsibility and rejection of popular desire for a new Constitution. In fact, a cursory look at the 38 agenda recommended for discussion by the committee is a

confirmation that Nigeria needs a new Constitution, which it surprisingly shied away from recommending. Resolving constitutional problems in Nigeria cannot be the most difficult in the world and certainly, not as difficult as the committee, in its recommendation, want us to believe. ARG, in coalition with many Yoruba groups have recommended that the decisions and outcomes of National Conference should only be subjected to a referendum and this process should produce a brand new Constitution for Nigeria”, the group said. The group said the purpose of the national conference would be defeated when “a third of the delegates are to be nominated by President Jonathan. We therefore kick against the nomination of any delegate, whether from any public official or from special interest groups.

ASUU kicks against central payment of salaries KEMI OLAITAN IBADAN

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nother crisis may be brewing in the nation’s universities as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has directed its

members nationwide not to fill the Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System (IPPS) sent to universities by the National Universities Commission (NUC). National Mirror learnt that this directive is sequel

to a form purportedly sent to federal universities for academic staff to fill. It was gathered that the directive is set to pitch ASUU on a collision course again with the National Universities Commission (NUC) over central pay-

ment of salaries. The union which just resumed from a five month long drawn battle over infrastructural deficits in Nigerian universities, has condemned the NUC for the latest move which it said might threaten peace again.

he Muslim Students’ Association of Nigeria (MSSN) has praised the National Assembly and President Goodluck Jonathan over the passage and signing of anti-gay bill into Law. MSSN National President, Mallam Sirajuddeen Abdul’Azees, who condemned criticisms of the law by the United States and European Union, branded the gay practice as “sinful and alien to African culture”. MSSN, an umbrella body of Muslim students, also frowned at the proposed return of schools to missionaries in some states, saying “it will be a fraud of the century should our Christian counterparts get those schools back because they had been adequately compensated when government took them over”. Speaking at a press conference in Ado Ekiti at the weekend, Abdul’Azees praised Ekiti state Gover-

nor Kayode Fayemi for allowing Muslims students’ right to use hijab in some secondary schools in the state. He, however, appealed that such gesture should be extended to other schools which seem to have been founded by missionaries “since they are now owned and funded by taxes being paid by the public.” MSSN also appealed to the Federal Government to devise ways to curtail the insecurity in the North to forestall further killings of innocent Nigerians. It chided Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, over statement credited to him that “the All Progressives Congress has Islamic agenda”, saying such was demonstration of the politician’s phobia for Islamic religion. Abdul’Azees said that the allegation “was not only a distortion aimed at creating confusion to achieve cheap political blackmail, but also highly Islamphobic.

Fuel tanker explodes at National Theatre area

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ire erupted at the premises of Zoom, a telecommunications company close to the National Theatre in Iganmu -Lagos yesterday, after an explosion occurred as some people were transferring fuel from one tanker into another. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the explosion, which occurred shortly after 11.00 a.m. caused panic in the area as many scampered to safety. At the scene of the fire, three petrol tankers and one trailer had been burnt by noon, while firefighters were battling to prevent the fire from spreading to the warehouse of the telecommunications company. Mr. Bassey Moses, a security guard with Zoom, told NAN that some people were transferring diesel when a generator they were using sparked and caught fire. “We were told to allow them to be parking their trucks here. One of their trucks had a fault and in the process of transferring the diesel from it to another tanker, the fire broke out,’’ he said.

According to Moses, nobody died or sustained any injury in the incidence. NAN reports that policemen, who arrived the scene soon after the fire started, controlled the huge crowd which gathered nearby, as firefighters continued to fight the blaze. Mr Ganiyu Olayiwola, Assistant Controller of Fire, Federal Fire Services, told NAN at the scene that he was alerted at about 11:30a.m. and he mobilized four stations-- Surulere, Ebute-Meta, Festac and Lagos Island, to the scene. Olayiwola said they had been battling the fire since they arrived. “I learnt that they were trying to transfer fuel when the fire was ignited,’’ he said. He told NAN that the firefighters initially had the problem of making soapy water, but they had been able to overcome the challenge. The Director, Lagos State Fire Services, Mr Rasaq Fadipe, also told NAN on phone at about noon that his men were also at the scene and they were helping in battling the fire.


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Ondo APC crisis: Another parallel committee elected HAKEEM GBADAMOSI AKURE

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t seems there is no end in sight to the crisis within the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State as some leaders have elected another parallel interim committee to lead the party. The new faction elected the former Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Chief Noah Adesoji as the Chairman of the interim committee while the former Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Mr. Olalekan Obolo, emerged as the Secretary. Others include former chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, Chief Yemisi Aladesaye, who was elected treasurer; Mrs. Damilola Oluyemi was elected Organising Secretary and Alhaji Bala Umar was elected the Public Relations Officer. In a statement by the new committee signed by its Public Relations Officer, Bala Umar and made available to journalists yesterday, the group said the election of the new committee was performed by 19 of the 31 members of the harmonisation committee of the party. Umar said the new com-

mittee would manage the affairs of the party in Ondo from now till substantive officials are elected. The statement said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the Ondo State APC Harmonisation Committee consist of 31 members and 19 of these 31 members were present at the meeting with the three legacy party state chairmen, that is, ACN, ANPP and CPC in attendance as well as their national officers”. The group, however, directed all local government chairmen of the defunct parties to meet in their respective council areas to jointly appoint two registration officers per polling unit, four registration supervisors per ward and four registration supervisors per local government. The PRO directed that all the names should be forwarded to the state secretariat of the APC located along Ondo Road, Akure, the state capital. The development made it the third interim committee of the party to have emerged in the last two weeks as a faction of the party had elected Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, while another faction fiction adopted Prof. Adeyemi Aderoba as the chairman of the harmonization committee.

Osun people urged to ignore falsehood against Aregbesola

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he Osun State Bureau of Communications and Strategy yesterday urged residents to ignore what it described as campaign of calumny by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against Governor Rauf Aregbesola. The Bureau said the performance of Aregbesola has “boxed the PDP into an unfortunate corner where it is left with nothing to offer the people except to attempt to muddle up facts and confuse the people.” In a statement signed by its Director in Osogbo, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, the Bureau said none of the lies told since Aregbesola assumed office on November 27, 2010 had been substantiated till date. The statement read: “We are compelled to alert our people that the only thing left for PDP in its desperate

bid to gain power and lord it over the people is to further sharpen its capacity to lie brazenly. If anyone is in doubt over the antecedents of PDP, a quick reminder of some of the lies the party told, which were never substantiated, will be enough. “The PDP went to town with tales that Governor Aregbesola had concluded plans to take Osun out of the Nigerian federation through secession. “This was the basis for its call on the Federal Government to stop allocating funds to the state. Rather than prove the allegation, PDP governments in other states of the federation swallowed their pride and copied the Osun brand initiative. No PDP leader has had the honour to confess that they lied in their desperate move to cripple the government.

L-R: Osun State Head of Service, Mr. Sunday Owoeye; Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti; Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori; Governor Rauf Aregbesola; Deputy Speaker, State House of Assembly, Hon. Akintunde Adegboye and others, during the 14th edition of the Walk to Live for Healthy Living at Ilobu, at the weekend.

4.2 million Lagos residents now pay tax –LIRS MURITALA AYINLA

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bout 4.2 million taxable residents of Lagos State have been captured into the state tax dragnet, National Mirror reliably gathered. The State Government also said that the rate of tax payers had remarkably increased, saying about 70 percent of the residents are tax payment compliance. Speaking with National Mirror at the 5th Executive/Permanent Secretary Retreat held at the Golden Tulip, the Chairman of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, Mr. Babatunde Fowler, said the agency would not relent in persuading more residents to discharge their civil obligation by promptly and vol-

untarily paying their taxes. He said: “We initially have four million in the tax dragnet, but we now have 4.2 million in our tax net. We just want to encourage more Lagos residents, especially women, to start paying taxes, if they have not been paying their taxes. That does not mean that some are not already paying. There are women who are paying already, other women who call themselves house wives and who don’t pay tax, we want them to start paying taxes. The market leaders, taxi drivers, mechanics and other people are now supporting us and paying taxes.” On the ratio of those who pay taxes in the state, Fowler said: “Those who are paying tax have improved. I have just given you an es-

timate right now; about 70 percent of Lagos residents are now complying with the payment of taxes.” Fowler said the government was charging 12 legal practitioners, 13 oil and gas executives, 26 individuals from different sectors, one medical practitioner, a sports personality and a renowned broadcaster to court for allegedly refusing to pay their taxes. National Mirror gathered that no fewer than 238 court cases had been filed against companies and individuals by the Lagos State Government for allegedly defaulting in paying taxes. The latest of such is about 60 citizens who will soon be prosecuted this week. The LIRS has increased the state’s Internally Gener-

ated Revenue (IGR) from a monthly average of about N600 million in 1999 to approximately N20.5 billion in 2013, thereby making Lagos less dependent on proceeds from the Federation Account. Hence, the state governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, while speaking at the 7th Taxation Stakeholders Conference held at the Haven Event Centre, Ikeja, Lagos, said the state had relied on its Internally Generated Revenue, IGR to execute its numerous projects, adding that 70 percent of the 2014 budget would be funded through the taxes paid by the residents. He said: “This year, the budget is N489.69 billion and about 70 percent of that is now being funded by the people of Lagos.”

Growth: Ekiti holds talks with First Bank, British High Commission

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fforts by Governor Kayode Fayemi to transform Ekiti State has gotten a major boost as his deputy, Prof Modupe Adelabu, held business talks with the British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Peter Carter, and the Managing Director of First Bank, Mr. Bisi Onasanya. Prof Adelabu met with the British envoy at the British High Commission and with the First Bank chief in Lagos. In statement by the deputy governor’s media

aide Bunmi Ogunmodede, Prof Adelabu held fruitful discussions with the envoy and the bank chief at separate talks. According to the statement, First Bank offered to collaborate with the state government in the pursuit of education and human capital development, which is the fourth on the scale of the Eight-Point Agenda of the Fayemi administration. Also discussed at the meeting between the deputy governor and Mr. Onasanya was how to enhance

the economic and industrial development of the state. The deputy governor was at the High Commission to reciprocate Mr Cater’s recent visit to Ekiti and to further market the investment potentials of the state to Britain through the Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria. Speaking after the meeting with the bank chief, Prof. Adelabu said the Fayemi-led government required the support of a reputable and viable financial institution like the First Bank to fully accomplish

its developmental projects, especially in the areas of education. She said her visit to the First Bank director was to seek the assistance of the financial institution. Expressing satisfaction with the outcome of her meeting with the bank chief, Mrs. Adelabu said: “I am happy I havve been able to convince the bank of the need to partner with the Fayemi administration in this regard and to get its full assurance of support and we can rely on their promise.”


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APC is a viable alternative to PDP – Kalu OLUSEGUN KOIKI

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he former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has described the emergence of All Progressives Congress, APC, as an alternative to the dominance of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying that it will make the ruling party to focus more on delivering its promises to the masses. This is as he challenged the five governors who cross-carpet from PDP to APC to immediately return to the party and help in taking it to the next level. The former governor also averred that he knew the immediate past Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Baman-

ga Tukur would throw in the towel this January because of the myriads of challenges he faced while in office. Speaking with airport correspondents on arrival from Dubai at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos yesterday, Kalu said that the emergence of APC was good for democracy, adding that the main opposition party hoped to ensure democratic change in the system. He noted that two main political parties are good for the system and maintained the electorate would now have a choice to choose between PDP and the new party while it would also help the ruling party to en-

... urges defected governors to return to party

sure dividends of democracy for the masses. He said, “Although, the essence of APC is very good for the system; APC is heading for democratic change. If there are no two main political parties, the country will not move forward. There must be an alternative. What is happening in Nigeria with APC is not a bad deal, but rather a good deal for the poor masses of this country that should have alternatives. “Alternative is always good in any system. Maybe the lukewarm attitude of PDP is that they feel, they are the dominant party, which no one can challenge. Alternative is very

essential, I support it and I will live for it and I believe we should be able to work for it.” Kalu also challenged the five governors that defected from its fold to return now that Tukur had resigned from his position as the chairman of the party. He disclosed that he already knew before hand that Tukur would resign from his position, saying that Nigerians should know when to throw in the towel when there services are no longer required by the people. He insisted that Tukur took the honourary path by resigning and assured that Nigeria would not disinte-

grate no matter the challenges it currently facing. He explained that rather than disintegration, the country should take a cue from European Union and America who are uniting and collaborating in their efforts to expand their coast. He also took a swipe at former President Olusegun Obasanjo, alleging that corruption strived under his eight years rule.

Enugu 2015: Group offers to purchase forms for Chime DENNIS AGBO ENUGU

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n Enugu state based political pressure group, Youth Alliance for Action, YAFA, has offered to purchase nomination forms for Governor Sullivan Chime to run for Senate of Enugu West Senatorial district. The group said it is also extending the same offer to the Governor’s Chief of Staff, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo, if she accepts to run for Senate of Enugu East Senatorial zone and to the state Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Engr. Vita Abba, if accepts

Firearms recovered by the Imo State Police Command recently.

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Zoning helps to prevent marginalisation -Okwuonu GEORGE OPARA, ABIA

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ollowing the raging controversy about which of the senatorial zones in Abia state is due to produce the next governor in 2015, Dr. Chukwuemeka Okwuonu, a PDP chieftain said it is the turn of the people of Abia South senatorial zone in 2015 but averred that any Abian who is interested to contest the governorship election is protected by the Constitution of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Okwuonu, the running mate to Chief Ikechi Emenike, 2011 PDP parallel governorship hopeful added

that although zoning is good in order to avoid marginalization, any part of the state is qualified to produce the governor. He said: “In 1999 when the present democratic dispensation emerged, the first governor, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu hails from Igbere in Bende Local Government Area of Abia North. “The incumbent governor hails from Umuahia in Abia Central. I think equity and justice demand that Abia South produces the next governor of the state in 2015. But also, any Abian who is interested to contest the governorship election is protected by the Constitution of the Federal Govern-

ment of Nigeria. “I believe that the choice of the people will be greatly influenced by the prevailing zoning pattern of the people. In the zoning pattern Abia North has produced the governor, the same with Abia Central. Now I think is the turn of Abia South. When it goes round and go back to Abia North, Isuikwuato people can now ask for it. “In the same vein when it comes back to Abia Central, the people of Ngwa extraction in that zone can ask for it; and it comes back to Abia South, the people of Ukwa in that zone can ask for it,” On the performance of

Governor Theodore Orji, Okwuonu stated that it requires an in- depth knowledge of what happened in that system. “I think that the government of Theodore Orji has done fairly well in a number of areas. I don’t expect any administration to score 100% in all areas. As far as I am concerned, he has done fairly well in his regime. And again his consistent promise to cede power to Abia South in 2015 is a welcome development. What we need is continuity so that the next governor will continue from where he has stopped and the state will continue to develop,” he said.

He accused him of starting “active corruption in political circuit” in the country, saying that rather than give leadership, he was busy fighting political enemies while in government. He also accused him of selling federal government’s assets without giving adequate account on the assets sold and queried the whereabouts of $16bn generated from the sales of the country’s assets under his leadership.

to run for the governorship of the state. YAFA’s coordinator, Buchi Aneke, told our correspondent that the decision was a collective view of over 7000 members at her second annual general assembly in Enugu. The group is made up of Enugu state youth entrepreneurs, technocrats, and business executives at booth home and abroad. Aneke disclosed that their decision to canvass support for Chime, Nwobodo and Abba was an adoption of the recommendations of its 17-man ad-hoc committee on strategic team for 2015 general election where the trio were highly favoured.

Committee elected to run party’s affair DENNIS AGBO ENUGU

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seven-man State Interim Committee has been elected to pilot the affairs of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State. The committee emerged at the South East Zonal meeting of APC held in Owerri, Imo State on Saturday. Members of the Interim Committee include Chief Mrs. Joy Ebe-Chairman, Mr. Ever Asadu-Secretary, Nzube Ubasinachi-Publicity Secretary, Macvin Ugwuanyi-Treasurer and A.C. Ude-Organising Secretary. Others are Louis Okolo Junior-Youth Leader and Mrs. Queen NwankwoWoman Leader. South-East Leader of

APC and Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum, Owelle Rochas Okorocha who hosted the meeting, disclosed that membership registration of party would commence nationwide on January 28. Speaking with journalists in Enugu on Sunday, the new spokesman of APC in Enugu State, Nzube Ubasinachi, disclosed that the main inauguration of the State Interim Committee would be coming up soon. “We will host the APC flag in Enugu during the main inauguration which will hold soon” Ubasinachi said. He urged the people of Enugu State to embrace APC and turnout enmasse to register with the party when the membership registration begins on January 28.


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Delta releases N179.4bn to DESOPADEC in six years

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elta State Commissioner for Finance, Chief Kenneth Okpara, yesterday said the state government has disbursed N179.4 billion to the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, DESOPADEC, between 2007 and 2013. Okpara disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba, the state capital. He said the fund was meant for the develop-

ment of the oil producing communities in the state. He added that it was part of the 13 per cent derivation funds that accrued to the state from the Federation Account. Okpara said the funds were released annually to the commission for the development of the areas and improvement on the living standard of the people dwelling mainly in rural areas. The commissioner added that out of the amount, N10.5 billion was released to

DESOPADEC in 2007, while in 2008 the commission got N29.4 billion. Okpara also said that in 2009 the commission was given N27.8 billion, while in 2010 it received N19.8 billion. He further said that in 2011, the commission received N36.3 billion from the state government and in 2012 it got N36.5 billion. The commissioner said that DESOPADEC also received N18.8 billion in 2013, adding that the fund varied according to the amount the state received

from the Federation Account. Okpara said the commission, which was set up in July 2007, was given the mandate to rehabilitate the oil producing communities and the inhabitants. He said that Section 13 (1) of the enabling law states that the commission “shall receive and administer exclusively 50 per cent of the 13 Oil Derivation Fund accruing to the state government.” He added that the commission’s board was com-

L-R: Member, House of Representatives, Hon. Abubakar Momoh; Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole; guest speaker, Miss Toyosi Akerele and Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, at a conference tagged: “Nigeria’s Centenary: Defining the Issues and Setting Agenda for the Future of our Youths,” organised by the Edo State government in Benin City, at the weekend.

N’Delta ministry trains 86 indigenes in farming SOLA A DEBAYO WARRI

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he Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs has trained 86 indigenes of the region in various aspects of agriculture as part of strategies meant to arrest criminality and restiveness in the oil-rich belt of the country. The beneficiaries were trained at Galilee International Institute, Israel and Songhai Integrated Farms, Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin, in many areas of farming, especially in poultry and fishery under the ministry’s skills acquisition training programme. Already, the ministry has doled out N750, 000 to each of the beneficiaries, drawn from all the states in the region, as grants in addition to other business start up materials.

•Doles out millions of naira as start up grant The ministry promised to provide additional funds for performing beneficiaries upon satisfactory appraisal of their performances and the use of the initial grant. Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, handed over cheques of the grants to the beneficiaries in Ekpan, Delta State, during the weekend. Orubebe, who spoke at the end of the refresher workshop organised for the graduands, said the programme was designed to make them self-reliant and self-dependable in line with the transformation agenda of the Goodluck Jonathan administration. Orubebe, who was rep-

resented by one of his Special Adviser, Mr. Sam Osasa said; “As the process continues, the beneficiaries will be evaluated at periodic intervals to ascertain possible areas of assistance to them. “It is hoped that these measures would guarantee sustainable livelihood and add value to the human capital development efforts in the Niger Delta in line with the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. “Let me make a passionate and patriotic appeal to all the beneficiaries, that as pioneer/ pilot products, you are expected to make judicious application of the financial empowerment

that would be extended to you to justify government’s intention and investment and ensure the continuity and sustainability of the scheme to afford others the opportunity to benefit as well.” Also speaking, the Director in charge of Economic Empowerment Department in the ministry, Mr. Gboyega Olawoyin, said the ministry conceived the scheme to enable the beneficiaries “become employers of labour and not job seekers.” Olawoyin urged them to use the start-up capital wisely and prudently, counselling that; “With wise investment and prudent management of the resources at your disposal, you will go places.”

posed according to the quantity of oil produced by each of the ethnic groups that made up the oil producing areas of the state.

Okpara said since the inauguration of the commission, the oil producing communities in the state had been benefiting from its projects.

Navy arrests suspected pipeline vandal in Bayelsa EMMA GBEMUDU

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ndications emerged at the weekend that a local surveillance contractor with the Nigeria Agip Oil Company, NAOC, was arrested by operatives of the Nigerian Navy along Igbomotoru Creek in Southern Ijaw Local Government of Bayelsa State over alleged pipeline vandalism in the locality. It was gathered that the navy accosted the suspect in his speed boat during its routine patrol along the creeks. A security source, who did not want his name mentioned, said a substance suspected to be dynamite, pistol; hack saw and other equipment were recovered from the boat of the suspect during his arrest. Following the arrest of the surveillance contractor, it was gathered that some security operatives invaded parts of Igbomotoru in search of more pipeline van-

dals and operators of illegal refinery camps. Igbomotoru is believed to be a hub of illegal refinery camps engaged by indigenes and other natives in the local government. Operatives of the Joint Task Force, JTF, in recent years had destroyed series of illegal refinery camps at Igbomotoru and arrested a number of suspects linked with the business in the area. To the surprise of government and security agencies in the state, some of the destroyed camps resurfaced after a few months. The source said the suspect had been transferred to the state police command for more investigation and prosecution. In an interview, a community source, who did not want his name in print, wondered why the suspect who claimed to be a surveillance contractor could engage in pipeline vandalism to amass wealth.

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do State Agency for the Control of HIV/ AIDS, EDOSACA, has solicited for more support from local government councils in the state to enable it reduce the HIV/ AIDS scourge in the state. The agency’s Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Mrs. Itohan Osunde, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin. Osunde said the Local Action Committees on Control of HIV/AIDS, LACAS, were established to support EDOSACA by ensuring that communities in the state embraced HIV/AIDS services. She, however, noted that LACAS, headed by local government chairmen, were not doing much in terms of funding the agency. The officer said the situ-

ation had compelled EDOSACA to solely depend on World Bank funds for its operations. She said: “We thought that local government councils will contribute some percentage of fund to support HIV/ AIDS services at their levels. “But since EDOSACA has not been able to disburse grants from the World Bank due to some ongoing restructuring, nothing has taken place at the local government levels.” She, therefore, urged other organisations involved in the fight against the scourge in the state to identify areas that required HIV/AIDS services, especially in the rural communities. She said areas identified would be keyed into programmes aimed at reducing the peoples’ sufferings.


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Boko Haram: Northern elders’ insensitivity unfortunate –Ihejirika ROTIMI FADEYI ABUJA

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mmediate past Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, has flayed Northern elders for their insensitivity and misinformation on the operations of the military in the fight against the Boko Haram sect and terrorism

in the country. Ihejirika, who was sacked with other Service Chiefs last Thursday by President Goodluck Jonathan, spoke yesterday with journalists after attending the Aso Villa Chapel first service at the State House in Abuja He said that the threat by the elders to drag him

to the International Criminal Court, ICC, would mean that they did not appreciate the huge sacrifices that members of the Armed Forces had made for the peace and unity of the country. According to him, such misconceived idea by the Northern elders would demoralise the military

and would also serve as a threat to undermine the fight against the Boko Haram sect and all acts of terrorism in the country. Ihejirika said that it was surprising that the elders, who had not even offered any single condolence message to those in the military for sacrificing their lives to ensure

peace and keep the North safe, would think of dragging him to the ICC. The former Army chief said that ensuring peace in the North should be of great interest to the elders. He said: “The Northern elders should be thanking the Service Chiefs, my officers and myself for making huge sacrifices, first to see that Nigeria is safe and the North in particular, since they are the first beneficiaries of the sacrifices being made. “There is no senatorial zone in this country that has not lost personnel of the Armed Forces. It is unfortunate that the same elders, if they are really

elders, have not cared to send a single condolence message to the military. “I think that their statement is discouraging and it impacts negatively on the counter-terrorist efforts because as we speak, there are soldiers that have not had a meal since yesterday because of the peculiarity of where they are at the moment.” Ihejirika, however, expressed confidence that the nation would overcome the present security challenge, considering the measures put in place by the Federal Government to combat the menace of Boko Haram and all acts of terrorism in the country.

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Cataract patients during the inauguration of the Youth Initiative Free Care Screening and Cataract Surgery Camp at the General Hospital, Bayara, Bauchi State, at the weekend.

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he Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters, Hon. Jerry Manwe, yesterday said that the committee would ensure that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was adequately funded for the 2015 general elections. Manwe told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja that the committee would look at the budget of INEC for 2014 to

ensure that the electoral body was adequate funded for the general elections. “Of course if INEC wants more funds and the essence is to conduct free and credible elections, it will be provided for,” he said. Manwe said that the committee would go ahead to propose it if more funds would enable the commission to conduct credible, free and fair elections. He, however, said that

the House of Representatives could only propose funds to agencies of government. According to him, the committee will also look at the entire operations of the commission to ensure that it is adequately prepared for the task ahead. “First, we will look at their budget and invite the commission and ask it on the level of its preparation towards the 2015 elections,” he said.

The lawmaker said that everything would depend on how much fund was given to the commission. Manwe said that the committee would also thinker with some aspects of the electoral act that required amendment. NAN recalls that the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, at a stakeholders’ meeting requested for N93 billion to conduct the next general elections in February 2015.

Defected members begging to come back –Kwara PDP WOLE ADEDEJI ILORIN

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he Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday said that former members who defected with the Senator representing Kwara Central, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to the All Progressive Congress, APC, are planning to return. A statement signed by Chairman of the PDP

Publicity Committee, Mohammed Mariam Alhassan, said: “Information reaching us indicates that the topmost leadership of the dissidents have been begging and prostrating in Abuja to return to our fold despite their flamboyant exit as if they have the capacity to stay without the cover of the centre. “While we refuse their desperate moves because in politics, the more we are

in number, the merrier, we wish to categorically state that those who intend to join us now will not only be coming back as new members as they must also realise that a new leadership structure had been properly defined and anybody who is coming back now will have to join the queue or stay away.” Al-Hassan, however, asked members who had stood firmly to remain

steadfast. But Prince Yemi Afolayan, one of the Senator Bukola Saraki’s supporters, denied the claim that they were planning to return to PDP. In a statement made available to journalists, Afolayan said: “The claim that we are pleading to come back to the PDP can only exist in the infantile imagination of those behind the rumour”.

he Abuja Electricity Distribution Company says it has started the implementation of some strategic plans aimed at boosting power supply to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Niger, Nasarawa and Kogi states. The company, in a statement issued and sent to journalists yesterday in Lokoja, said the objective was to get stable power supply to consumers in its area of coverage within the next few months. According to the statement issued after a meeting held in Lokoja by members of the company’s task team, the company will no longer condone acts of illegality such as

unauthorised connection and extensions, tampering with metres and byepasses. The statement, signed by the chairman of the task team, Alhaji Garba Madani, appealed to government establishments, religious houses, institutions, hospitals and individual consumers to join hand with the company and support the ongoing effort to achieve improved power supply by paying up their outstanding debts. Madani said that the company’s management would continue to address the issue of bogus bills to the satisfaction of consumers, and that the company was committed to effective service delivery.

Aliyu mourns ex-Plateau Governor Botmang PRISCILLA DENNIS MINNA

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iger State Governor Babangida Aliyu has described the late former Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Michael Botmang, as a true servant whose commitment to the development of his people was never in doubt. In a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, the governor said Botmang’s death marked the end of a glorious era. He said Botmang’s death came at a time when the guidance and advice of elders like him were needed to steer the ship of state. Aliyu, however, said the great values the deceased

left behind would serve as a guiding light to the present and future generation of Nigerians. He described the former Plateau State governor as a diligent and committed Nigerian who worked for the upliftment of the people at all times. Aliyu said: “From Botmang’s days in the private sector, through his stint as deputy governor to his elevation to the position of the governor of Plateau State and his life in retirement, the former governor remained with the people.” The governor, however, called on the Plateau State Government to honour the late Botmang to serve as an inspiration to the younger generation of Nigerians.


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Ogun: Youth group slams Osoba, others over political crisis •As NASS members raise alarm over plots to implicate them FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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gun Youths Professional Forum, OYPF, a convergence of young professionals from different fields of endeavour in the Gateway State, yesterday chided the former governor of the state and one of the national leaders of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Aremo Olusegun Osoba for the way he directed the political affairs of the state which

culminated in the attack of party members. This was as National Assembly members from the state on the platform of the APC, yesterday raised the alarm over an alleged plan by the state government to implicate them in the fresh crisis brewing in the party in the state. OYPF in a press release, signed by its president and secretary, Olamide Agboola and Doyin Bajomo, respectively, condemned Osoba for folding his arms and watch the intra-party crisis

in the APC to degenerate to the point where state and federal lawmakers could attack the incumbent governor, Ibikunle Amosun. Describing Osoba as an intelligent and respected politician who should not allow disparity in the party, the OYPF also alleged that he (Osoba) is the principal actor fuelling the crisis. It said the former governor, who had at a time felt the heat of the governor’s seat, ought to have known better and accordingly called the legislators to or-

der since they all claimed to be tutored by him. Also not left out of the hammer were the two senators representing the Ogun Central and East senatorial districts, Gbenga Obadara and Gbenga Kaka respectively for mobilising against Amosun, whom they said had transformed and gave the state a facelift. Calling on the senators to “cover their face in shame” for failing to make any appreciable impact in the state since about two and half year ago when

they were elected, the OYPF lamented the “seeming non-readiness” of the senators and Chief Osoba to work harmoniously with Amosun in order not to allow the opposition to hijack the state from them. The youths accused the elective political office holders of causing trouble to score cheap political point rather than learn from their past mistakes which caused them to lose power in 2003. In another statement signed by the federal lawmakers from Ogun State, they alleged that Amosun has concluded plans to use hoodlums to disrupt their meeting scheduled to hold tomorrow. Describing themselves as “harbinger of peace,” they urged security agencies in the state to prevent the planned attack from materialising, as it was a calculated attempt to soil their names and credibility, stressing that they were not aversed to the planned rally by the governor.

They emphasised that despite the attack on them and their supporters at a stakeholders’ meeting in Wasinmi area of the state last Thursday, they still believed in politics without bitterness. But reacting to the allegation levelled against the governor, Amosun’s Special Assistant on Media, Sola Balogun, described it as not true and unfounded. Balogun said: “The allegations are completely unfounded. The administration of Ogun State under Senator Ibikunle Amosun is a peaceloving and peace-promoting government. It won’t get involved in such act.” Meanwhile, strong indication emerged over the weekend that the National Assembly may summon the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, over the fracas that occurred in Wasinmi area of the state where five policemen, including the Ewekoro Divisional Police Officer, DPO, were allegedly wounded.

Group strategises to reposition PDP in S’West ABIODUN NEJO Electorates casting their votes during the rescheduled local government election for Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State at the weekend.

APGA crisis: Party chieftain faults judgement, calls for probe FELIX NWANERI

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chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Willy Ezugwu, has faulted the ruling of Justice Abdulkadir Abdul-Kafarati of the Federal High Court in Abuja, which sacked Chief Victor Umeh as the party’s national chairman, calling on the National Judicial Council, NJC, and Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, to investigate what he described as “the curious nature of the ruling.” Noting that the judgement was a clear indication that Nigeria is being re-

turned to the era of political brigandage, Ezugwu in a statement made available to National Mirror, added that the ruling amounted to passing judgment on earlier rulings of the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court on the same matter. Ezugwu, who is the Secretary General of Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, said: “This is the same dummy judgement that was sold in August 2012 by the Justice Umezulike of Enugu High Court, who considered a matter over which he had no jurisdiction. How can a court dissolve an elected National Executive Committee of APGA without

first annulling the election that produced members of this body?” He said the Enugu High Court judgment, which the latest ruling depended on, had been nullified by the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in July and December of last year, respectively. His words: “We continue to be appalled by the extent to which people will go to truncate our well cherished democracy but we remain undaunted and we have taken the needed steps to set aside this black market judgement in addition to filing for a stay of execution as provided by the law. “Our legal team is study-

ing the situation and we will approach the relevant bodies to sanction anyone found to have compromised to sell judgement for pecuniary gains. We must know that this kind of judicial brigandage continues because perpetrators of such acts in the past have not been punished adequately as provided by law.” He appealed to party members to continue to support the Umeh-led leadership of the party, saying: “I urge our party members and all lovers of democracy to condemn this abuse of the judiciary for political interest even as they remain vigilant.”

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group of eminent leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the South-West Network, SWN, has said that it is poised to reposition the region for growth through high level networking and consultations. Chairman of the Network, Senator Hosea Agboola, said it had resolved to identify and ensure emergence of credible candidates in all elections. Agboola, who is the Senate Deputy Chief Whip, said in a statement at the weekend that the group’s resolve was in view of the fact that “credible and competent candidates are crucial to the victory of the party in elections.” Agboola said the group, which held its inaugural

meeting in Lagos last week, “expressed commitment to bridging the gap between the Presidency and the SouthWest and readiness to provide a platform for a political networking in the region.” He said that the group of PDP leaders from the South-West geo-political zone was also poised to sensitise people of the region on President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda and foster understanding and synergy between the Federal Government and the region. According to Agboola, the group has former Defence Minister, Prince Prince Adetokunbo Kayode as deputy chairman; Hon. Oluwole Oke as Secretary; and the PDP governorship candidate in Ondo State, Chief Olusola Oke as chairman, Committee on Political Strategy/Planning.


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Ekiti 2014: How far can LP go with enemies within? ABIODUN NEJO writes on the hoopla rocking the Labour Party, LP, in Ekiti State following the arrival of Hon. Bamidele Opeyemi and his ambition to run for the Ekiti State governorship on the platform of the party.

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rior to December 1, 2013, when House of Representatives member, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, alongside his supporters in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ekiti State and other political groups moved into the Labour Party, LP, the participation of the party in the forthcoming 2014 governorship in the state was in the region of rumour and speculation. Authors of such rumour and speculation had hinged such on their belief that Bamidele, who had expressed commitment to contesting in the election against the incumbent, Dr Kayode Fayemi, would pitch his tent with the LP to realise his ambition. The thinking was against the backdrop of attacks and victimisation of the lawmaker and his supporters by APC members loyal to Governor Fayemi and the endorsement of the governor by the leadership of APC at the state and national levels, thus foreclosing the opportunity for Bamidele or any other aspirant contesting against the governor in the APC primaries. Bamidele, who alongside his supporters announced his defection to the LP at Emure Ekiti on December 1, had said: “We have decided to seek another progressive party with immediate effect rather than proceeding to register as new members of the APC. While not attempting to undermine the APC as newly registered party with progressive inclination, we make bold to say that the leadership of the APC in Ekiti has been hijacked by pseudo-democrats. “To this extent, we have resolved to allow a major realignment of vision and personalities of good people drawn from among the various political parties within the political class in Ekiti State to form a new leadership platform that will work with other stakeholders outside of the political class at home and in the Diaspora to spearhead the much needed sustainable change. Shortly after, the LP leadership led by its National Chairman, Barrister Dan Nwanyanwu, formally accepted Bamidele and the new members into the party, assuring them that they would not be discriminated against, adding: “There is nothing like new or old members. All we have in LP is one united family.” Speaking on the occasion, Bamidele, who expressed confidence in clinching the party’s governorship ticket, said he has a strong political structure and goodwill in the state to dislodge the APC government in the election to pave way for “a people-oriented LP government in the state. “This is a mission we must actualise. A race I must pursue to put an end to the era of inconsistent policies and programmes in Ekiti. Ekiti needs serious interventions at this critical time and God has given us the scientific understanding of what the people’s needs are and how to solve them,” he then said. However, when analysts thought the party was waxing stronger and making inroad into the political terrain in the state ahead of the election which date would be announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC soon, cracks started manifesting in the party, with eyes on rubbishing the party and its new entrants.

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THE NEW MEMBERS CAN CONTEST ELECTIVE POSITIONS IN THE PARTY AS THE CONSTITUTION AND PARTY GUIDELINES DID NOT STIPULATE SIX MONTHS MEMBERSHIP NOR ANY TIME FRAME A group of LP members in the state, who described themselves as foundation members of the party, called on INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, to withdraw recognition for the party’s interim state chairman, Hon Akin Omole. The faction said at a press conference in Ado Ekiti that Omole should stop parading himself as chairman of the party, saying his appointment as the party’s state chairman “without proper congress, contravened Article 13 of LP constitution,” as they described the process null and void. The group’s statement was signed by Obafemi Adedayo (LP chairman, Ado council); Hon Akinola Abidakun (LP chairman, Ikere council); Okunola Olufemi (LP chairman, Ikole council); Adedamola Temitayo (LP secretary, Ado council); Babatola Sunday (LP secretary, Ikere council) and Elder Adelusi Dare (LP secretary, Ikole council). They also faulted the governorship aspiration of the House of Representatives member, Hon Bamidele, who defected to the party last month, saying new members, could only aspire into such office after a duration of six months. The group also said that the absorption of members of Ekiti Bibire Coalition, a political platform of Hon Bamidele, into the LP did not follow due process. It said: “The elected executive at all levels before Bamidele and his group joined the party are hereby reinstated and as such they are to continue with the party’s business until a congress scheduled for September 2014 takes place.” But members of the erstwhile LP State Executive Committee, SEC, who said the national leadership of the party had dissolved the SEC and put in place the Omole-led LP SEC in the state, traced the activities of the faction to the ruling APC, which they said was attempting to create disunity and disharmony in the party. The former state chairman of the party, Comrade Gbenga Daramola, who is now the state Organising Secretary under the Omole-led interim SEC, said there was no division in the party, adding that he was contended with his new office.

Daramola, who described the said foundation members as “impostors,” urging members and every true lover of democracy to see it as “attempt at disparaging our party by Dr. Fayemi’s sponsored agents and as a desperate move by a sinking government to perpetuate itself in office by all means possible.” He added: “It is obvious that the APC administration in Ekiti is becoming jittery of the growing popularity of the LP. They simply can’t stand the reality that the people of Ekiti are tired of their hypocrisy and thus, their days in Oke Bareke (Government House) are numbered”. But the APC Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Segun Dipe, who dismissed at the allegations, said: “It is laughable pretention for them to allege that we are the ones running their party for them. How can we sponsor LP men against their own party? If we do that, it means they are not politically savvy and not fit to be called a party.” Dipe added: “The biggest party in Nigeria today is the APC and we don’t need the LP to be relevant in Ekiti or Nigeria. They have a stranger that is feudal lord in their midst and they should expect strange results”. While making clarifications on the constitutional provision of the LP on membership and eligibility for positions, Omole said there were no obstacles on the way of Bamidele and other defectors from contesting the 2014 governorship election. The LP interim chairman, who said as far as the party constitution was concerned, the new members can contest elective positions in the party as the constitution and party guidelines did not stipulate six months membership nor any time frame for members to contest elective positions. Omole said: “There is nothing like that in our constitution. Article 10 says every member shall have the right to contest election subject to approval and guidelines set by the state working committee, SWC. “Article 27(3), which spoke about nomination of governorship candidate, stated that the nomination shall be by congress. But where the SWC identifies a credible and acceptable person, he shall be presented to the state exco, but subject to ratification by the National Working Committee, NWC.” The party boss, who said the party would continue to engage the factional members to toe the line of reason, threatened that the LP would not hesitate to sanction them through application of relevant laws if they if they continued to allow themselves to be used by the ruling party as agents of destabilisation. Political watchers are of the opinion that how the LP leadership handles the enemies within and wriggle out of the situation matter if it really wants to make an impact in the election, especially in view of the strength of the ruling APC and as well the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.


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Lagos still far from Singapore Mirror of the moment ABDUL-WAREES A SOLANKE korewarith@yahoo.com, 08090585723 (SMS only)

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doubt if there is any other sector that has received a greater investment in Lagos State than the environment. The structures and programmes I see on ground in this state of ‘aquatic splendor’ tell the story. But it seems to me that scant dividends are materializing from this impressive investment that would have turned Lagos into a paradise. I returned from a graduate study in 2008 from Brunei Darussalam, South East Asia, a region where Singapore is taken as the model of development, to find many of the development programmes and policies of the Lagos State government mimicking most of the case studies we examined on Singapore in our tutorial and assignments. The environmental sector was one. Then, I conjured an article title, Lagos Exemplifying Singapore, which I wanted to write to celebrate the revolution in the Lagos environment. I see beautiful gardens and parks springing up in various parts of the city where citizens can relax and savour the beauty and serenity of nature. I witnessed an overnight transformation from the madness

ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS FIND COMPARISON IN SUNSHINE OR RAINFALL THAT BENEFITS ALL,

WHETHER YOU DESIRE IT OR NOT called Oshodi. I saw a new Obalende. I now see hitherto colourless roundabouts wearing new impressive designs with flowers and ornamental plants and shrubs to lift their aesthetics. I pass through highways and boulevards with well manicured lawns and pedestrian kerbs suggestive of modernization of infrastructure. I am also a witness of the heavy duty activities of EFAD. It took me quite some time to know the meaning of EFAD (Emergency Flood Abatement Department). I experience hitherto jobless youths, now designated as drain ducks, decked in gloves and garments immersing themselves in stagnant waters, gutters or blocked drainages to dig out dirt at dizzying speed. I notice the recruitment of many people into task forces on the environment or environmental gangs to instill sanity into the way the environment is appreciated. I am also a witness to the rigid enforcement of the ritual of environmental sanitation state-wide every last Saturday of each month and that of the weekly Thursday

morning cleaning exercises in all markets in the state. In all this, I see huge commitment of taxpayers’ money to restoring the beauty and order of Lagos. I see unquantifiable deployment of men and materials in activities geared towards a cleaner Lagos where environmental pollution is almost nil and people can live healthier and happier life. But in all these efforts, I also notice that there is little appreciation for beauty, serenity and sanity of the environment by all who should benefit from a clean and orderly environment. So, while the slogan of Eko o ni baje is being mouthed as a statement of good and decent life for all Lagos residents, I experience a sniggering attitude to the environmental investment of Lagos State from the masses that should support the drive for a brighter and more beautiful Lagos. Mountains of wastes still hallmark many parts of Lagos in spite of the unrelenting work of LAWMA; street trading still thrives, even more audaciously in spite of the brashness of KAI men and women. Slums and ghettos are easily rebuilt in the state in spite of the restless bulldozers from Alausa. Canals and drainages are still clogged despite demolition of illegal structures built on them. Many industries operating in the state still fall far below the standard of compliance in spite of the monitoring and enforcement activities of LASEPA. Where is the challenge? It is not funding or policing. In fact it seems to me that too much is spent in trying to police or clean the environment in Lagos. It is not about

deliberate sabotage by political opponents because the issue of environmental sustainability or deliverability is blind to political allegiance. Environmental matters find comparison in sunshine or rainfall that benefits all, whether you desire it or not. The failure of any policy initiative or transformation programme is to be located mostly in the culture and beliefs of the citizens, who cannot align the goal of a particular initiative or programme with their survival or subsistence needs. So, they would ignorantly ask: What does planting of flowers or creating of parks and gardens offer in terms of daily living; what has it got to do with providing food? They would see every compliance and enforcement measures as mindlessness or punishment or denial. Unfortunately too, the street level government recruits, who should monitor and enforce compliance over-reach their mandates and become extortionists, therefore, public enemies. Now, I see pains of punishment in people who should be happy with genuine efforts to restore the elegance of Lagos. I see people who do not understand that a price needed to be paid to live in a clean and healthy environment. When these behavioural change communication and enlightenment programmes are well scrutinized and re-invented through public participation approaches, Lagosians will comply voluntarily, promoting activities geared towards a better, cleaner Lagos. So, Lagos is still far from Singapore I imagined it would its rival.

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ronically, Okorocha is Ohakim’s redemption! Inasmuch as the Rochas Okorocha administration would want to make people in the Ohakim administration particularly, Dr. Ikedi Godson Ohakim, personae non grata in Imo State, such orchestrated efforts have been met with stiff resistance. Interestingly, it is held that the supporters of Governor Okorocha have grown increasingly disenchanted with him because of a perceived lack of performance and betrayal of trust. Irked by Okorocha’s deceit, the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Anthony Obinna, who had literally put Okorocha in power, lashed out at the governor in one of his recent sermons regarding the governor’s abuse of public trust. Arcbishop Obinna reportedly warned Okorocha that government’s money was not “his private fund” and enjoined him to emulate the likes of Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, who made available state’s fund to all strata of the society.” Similarly, some people who supported Okorocha are having “buyers’ remorse” simply because Okorocha, who they thought to be their messiah, is performing below their expectations. In all sectors of the economy, some of Okorocha’s supporters admit that their man is not equal to the task. Also, some believed and are irritated that they were lied to garner their support. Those who have left Okorocha believe that the experimentation is over; and based on his antecedents, they concluded he did not have the capacity to govern Imo State. One such person is Professor Herbert Eme-

nike Nwankwo. Ironically, Nwankwo wrote profusely on the internet demonising Ohakim, while campaigning for Okorocha as he heralded the mirage called “rescue mission”. Today, Nwankwo has turned against Okorocha for what he mildly termed as ‘betrayal and failure’. It is unbelievable to see how fast the exhilaration has turned into exasperation. Infuriatingly, Nwankwo scathingly surmised with the following Rescue Mission grade report of an ‘F’ in all substantive development areas. Realizing the erosion of his support in the United States, Okorocha hurriedly scheduled for a ‘town hall meeting’ on January 1, in Dallas to tout his accomplishments in about three years in office. He claimed that the PDP governors in 12 years could not accomplish what he had accomplished in two and half years. He also claimed that Igbo nation did not have a place in the PDP, deposing that their chances rested with All Progressives Congress (APC). Well, a cursory look at the decisions and policies of the Okorocha administration reveals a conundrum marinated with incoherent political philosophy and lack of policy savoir-faire. Most often, Nigerian leaders lack ideology and policy directions needed for substantive policy considerations. Where has the privatisation effort led Imo State? Undoubtedly, Owelle Okorocha unwittingly botched the translation of his campaign promises into concrete policy initiatives, thereby disconcerting some of his supporters, who refused to circle the wagon. Though some people take pride in defending the governor’s policies for venal reasons, others are loath to defend him.

A CURSORY LOOK AT THE DECISIONS AND POLICIES OF THE OKOROCHA ADMINISTRATION REVEALS A CONUNDRUM MARINATED WITH INCOHERENT POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY AND LACK

OF POLICY SAVOIR-FAIRE In any case, Governor Okorocha failed to placate his political insiders, independent supporters, and Imo masses, who have grown increasingly despondent over lack of actionable programmes that will provide them with the dividends of democracy they can see and feel. Even in the face of a gigantic mountain of opposition at every turn while in office, Ohakim was compassionate as he was steadily and meticulously committed to the interest of the Igbo by ensuring that the South-East was not bypassed when citing federal projects. It is pertinent to note that the initial Nigerian Gas Master Plan bypassed the entire South-East. Dr. Ohakim intervened and convinced the National Economic Council of the need to include the region in the Master Plan. As a result of his intervention, the Presidency reconstituted a new National Economic Council Committee on Nigerian Gas Master Plan, which was chaired by

Ohakim, who demonstrated impeccable leadership. His committee recommended that the Nigerian Gas Master Plan should also run through South-East touching Owerri, Onitsha, and other South-East cities. The proposal was approved by the Presidency and the National Economic Council. In another project, Chief Ohakim worked assiduously to ensure that the Trans Nigerian Railway Line was revised to run from North-Lagos-South South to South Eastern cities of Owerri, Umuahia, Onitsha, as well as incorporating the old Enugu rail line. Ohakim never publicised his activities. In a startling revelation, the fuss about the security vote, which was heralded by Okorocha, was really a distraction arising from his lack of focus. Security vote during Ohakim’s era was never more than N2 billion. The budget containing this amount of money had already been signed into law, but was changed to N6 billion for Okorocha to reduce it to N2.5 billion—a clear political deception. During his term, Ohakim liberalised politics in Imo State and leveled the playing field to the distaste of political deities. Unfortunately, Ohakim became a victim of his ideology, in which he expressed no regrets. Dr. Orabuchi, a public affairs and political analyst, lives in USA Send your views by mail or sms to PMB 10001, Ikoyi, or our Email: mail@ nationalmirroronline.net mirrorlagos@ yahoo.com or 08164966858 (SMS only). The Editor reserves the right to edit and reject views or photographs. Pseudonyms may be used but must be clearly marked as such.


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World Bank on borrowing to finance budget T T he World Bank recently cautioned the Nigerian government on the risk associated with borrowing to finance budget deficit. The lead economist of the bank’s country office in Nigeria, Mr. John Litwack, stated that if oil subsidy was maintained at N97 per litre, the country might need to borrow in 2015 to finance budget deficit. According to Litwack, the current balance of the Excess Crude Oil Account (ECA) may only be sufficient to pull Nigeria through one year, following a sharp decline in oil prices. He said unless Nigeria can manage to accumulate a strong fiscal reserve, macroeconomic stability faces major external risks, like high inflation, currency depreciation and increased hardship for a large part of the population. He unambiguously pressed for fuel subsidy removal, arguing that if fuel subsidy was removed, Nigeria would have accumulated over $20 billion in 2013, and over $40 billion come 2015. Following Litwack’s alarmist report just before the Christmas celebration, the Federal Government appeared panic stricken and probably toyed with the idea of removing ‘fuel subsidy’, which ordinarily would have translated to increasing the pump price of petrol (Premium Motor Spirit), especially. The FG has since denied having such plan. But it would seem that the close marking of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by its major rival, the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), forced the FG to rest

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the idea of ‘removing fuel subsidy’. The government also denied its plans to sell off the nation’s four refineries, allegedly at ridiculous prices to cronies of those in government. But official intrigues aside, the FG’s refusal to implement Litwack’s suggestions demonstrated that the heavens will not fall if Bretton Woods’ institutions’ directives are disobeyed for good. Iceland, Venezuela; and to some extent, Turkey, individually decide which of the instructions of Bretton Woods institutions to follow. Before the World Bank cautioned on borrowing to finance budgets, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (both of whom are Bretton Woods personified) - had been dropping hints on a tighter fiscal regime in the country; and of diminishing ECA revenue. The CBN, for instance, had raised interest rates and made lending to young or small entrepreneurs

difficult to access. What is more, the big players in the economy, who borrow at outrageous interest rate, pass on the burden of payment to the consumers. This in turn pushes inflation upwards. The tight fiscal policy, therefore, is in line with World Bank’s instruction to ‘manage to accumulate a strong fiscal reserve’ purportedly in the interest of ‘macroeconomic stability’. But we ask: In whose interest? This rather strange economics totally fails to question the wisdom of zeroing in on crude oil sales and on importation of refined petroleum products as the only means of income for the FG and for economic development in the interest of the larger population. There is the outstanding problem of not knowing exactly what the content of the ECA is. Figures from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), CBN and the Federal Ministry of Finance are always in conflict. They mislead even the best of auditors worldwide. We therefore think that the basis, whatever it is; of Litwack’s advice to the FG, is flawed. The massive fraud and corruption in Nigeria’s oil industry are dumbfounding. They compound the problem of not knowing exactly how much oil Nigeria pumps out. Litwack’s rationale for the advice is also cancelled out by Nigeria’s incorrigible option of remaining a perpetual importer of refined petroleum products. Getting the four state-owned refineries in Nigeria

functioning will change Litwack’s, albeit World Bank’s projections on Nigeria’s fiscal strength. In addition, making Nigeria an industrial country will eradicate poverty within. The World Bank made the bogus claim that ‘poverty reduction and job creation have not kept pace with population growth’. Which census figure is the bank using? With poverty, poor healthcare delivery; and what amounts to civil war in different parts of the country, it seems inappropriate to speak of population growth. Misery, abject poverty, conflicts and wars have made it unreasonable to honestly talk of rise in population in Nigeria, at least since 2009. This partly explains why the FG is afraid of having a credible census figure, and is indeed suppressing those who are courageous enough to point out how hopeless census figures have become in the country. Ordinarily, sensible leaders avoid being entrapped in ‘Debt Bondage’. But the World Bank routinely urges governments to borrow to finance projects. Our thinking is that making nations heavily indebted to foreign powers (that control the Bretton Woods enclave) is another way of re-colonizing weaker countries. The caution for FG on borrowing was designed, this time around, to push the government on removing ‘fuel subsidy’. The FG can go ahead if it so decides. But the removal of the socalled subsidy will in turn make the FG lose control of both the economy and Nigerians.

ON THIS DAY January 20, 1991 Sudan’s government imposed the Islamic Sharia nationwide, which worsened the civil war between the country’s Muslim north and Christian south. Sharia means ‘law’ and is used in particular to refer to the divine law as established in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Sharia deals with many topics addressed by secular law, including crime, politics and economics; as well as personal matters such as sexual intercourse, hygiene, diet, prayer, etc.

January 20, 2001 Philippine’s President, Joseph Estrada, was ousted in a non-violent four-day revolution; and he was succeeded by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The ‘revolution’ was a political event which lasted from January 17 to January 20, 2001. Advocates described the incident as ‘popular’, but critics viewed the uprising as a conspiracy among the political and business elite, military top brass and Catholic Cardinal Jaime Sin.

January 20, 2007 A three-man team, using only skis and kites, completed a 1,093-mile (1,759 km) trek to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1958 and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance. A ‘pole of inaccessibility’ marks a location that is the most challenging to reach owing to its remoteness from geographical features that could provide access. Often, it refers to the most distant point from the coastline.


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The ongoing plans by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to auction fresh spectrum in the 2.3GHz frequency band is set to lead to broadband explosion that would make high-speed internet services more accessible to Nigerians businesses, government and individual telecoms consumers By Kunle Azeez

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igeria’s telecoms industry is on the verge of witnessing another revolution which industry experts say will speed up broadband internet penetration in the country. This development is being made possible by the current decision of the Nigerian Communications Commission,NCC, to auction new spectrum that will be used to deliver high-speed internet services to Nigerians. Twelve years after liberalising telecommunications sector in Nigeria, the sector has grown in leaps and bounds, but then, only the voice segment remains the most active and fastest growing segment with a subscriber base of 121.3 million and a penetration/teledensity of 86.62 per cent as at the end of the third quarter of 2013. As at 2001, telecoms subscriber base in the country stood at around 400, 000 fixed lines while teledensity stood at 0.73 per cent. However, despite this phenomenal growth, data or internet services is still relatively underdeveloped. As at 2004, internet penetration, based on percentage of Internet users per population, was only three per cent even though it was estimated to have hit about 28 per cent as at the end of 2011. In 2012, percentage of internet users moved to 32.9 per cent but industry experts say this may have increased to more than 36 per cent at the end of December, last year, with more than 55 million peo-

ple connected to the internet compared to 121.3 million with active telephone subscriptions. The internet growth notwithstanding, many industry stakeholders believe that broadband penetration is still very low at six per cent, particularly with the over 10 terabytes of bandwidth capacity through the landing of international submarine/ fibre optic cables such as Glo 1, Main One and the West Africa Cable System, which are unfortunately lying in the sea shores. For instance, Funke Opeke, Chief Executive Officer, Main One, said that only about five per cent of the bandwidth capacity available on Main One undersea cable is currently being used, leaving 95 per cent of the capacity redundant. Aside Main One, other cables are facing similar underutilisation challenge as they are confronted with the problem of last-mile connectivity, especially without available spectrum to deploy the capacity to make broadband service variables and accessible to Nigerians. It is perhaps, with a view to address this challenge of low broadband penetration that the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, decided to license fresh spectrum that will be used in deploying broadband services which will help businesses and individuals in the area of efficiency and productivity. Throughout 2013, consultations on the best approach to license the remaining block of

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the 2.3 GHz spectrum in a way that will produce maximum economic value for government and the telecoms consumers, whose demand for broadband services has refuse to wane in recent years were undertaken. A spectrum auction is a process whereby a government uses an auction system to sell the rights (licences) to transmit signals over specific bands of the electromagnetic spectrum and to assign scarce spectrum resources. Depending on the specific auction format used, a spectrum auction can last from a single day to several months from the opening bid to the final winning bid. Though, some stakeholders have opposed NCC’s plan of auction to determine the licensee of the spectrum, the Commission has insisted that an auction is a “fair, transpar-

ent and efficient process of assigning the spectrum.” Licensing of the remaining 30MHz of the 2.3GHz spectrum, it was leant, is predicated on demands by operators for additional spectrum to enable the provision of wireless broadband services in line with international trends. Though internet users in Nigeria continue to grow, the

actual broadband Internet access penetration is currently estimated by the Ministry of Communication Technology at about six per cent and for this to grow five-fold by 2017, licensing of the 2.3GHz spectrum has become imperative. Already, the NCC has released the timetable on the auction process, which has begun in earnest, even as the li-

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censee of spectrum is expected to emerge by March 14, 2014. The NCC had placed a minimum offer price of $23 million (about N3.6 billion) on the spectrum band to be auctioned to a sole provider of wholesale broadband services this year. According to the NCC-released Information Memorandum, IM, which defines the process for licensing of unpaired spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band by the commission, the auction is in furtherance of the objectives of the Federal Government, as set out in the Nigerian National ICT Policy 2012 and the National Broadband Plan 2013, towards driving broadband penetration. As a necessary prelude to the licensing process, the Commission said that it had conducted series of stakeholder consultations to determine the demand level for spectrum, the

approach to licensing and the potential interest of the consumers amongst other objectives. As a result, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, said, “Based on the positive outcome of the consultations, and the direction of the National Broadband Plan, the Commission has decided to undertake an auction to award a spectrum licence to build and operate networks in this spectrum band to provide Wholesale Wireless Access Services, WWASL, in Nigeria.” To qualify to bid in the auction process, the Commission says applicants will not have to be licensed network operators in Nigeria. “However, the successful bidder will be granted a WWASL and specified fee to be paid before the licence will be issued and the tenure for

the WWASL licence will be 10 years, subject to renewal. It would be recalled that the formal licensing process started with the issuance of Public Notice No. 1/2013 on November 15, 2013 and continues with the release of the Information Memorandum, inviting parties to participate. The release of the IM, NCC notes, will be followed by a period for the submission of questions to the Commission relating directly to the licensing process defined in the IM. “All additional information including the answers to questions raised during the process will be made available through the Commission’s website and will form part of this IM. The identity of questioners will not be revealed,” NCC says in IM. The spectrum is considered to be a valuable national resource for which commercials

opportunities exist. The reserve price for a 10 year licence, which is set at $23 million, is the minimum commercial value of the licence. According to the timetable of the auction process, the opening bid will be determined by the Commission as a reserve price plus the bid increments for the first round. On completion of the auction, the successful bidder will be deemed to have been awarded a provisional licence and will be required to pay the balance of the spectrum licence fee due to the Commission within 14 days from the date of the award of the Provisional Licence on March 14, 2014. Since the deregulation of the telecoms sector, the NCC had chosen auction process as the transparent and fair way to allocate spectrum, and not through arbitrary allocation to

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allocate spectrum to a particular region instead of another. In 2001, the Commission licensed three digital mobile operators through an auction process that is widely adjudged to have been highly successful and transparent. This was followed by the licensing of a second national carrier and the fourth digital mobile operator in 2002. The Nigerian Communications Act was signed into law in 2003 to strengthen the regulatory framework as well as to enhance the independence of the regulator and by the end of 2004, there were two national carriers, four digital mobile operators and 24 fixed telephony providers of which six were Fixed Wireless Access operators. In 2006, the NCC introduced the Unified Access Service Licensees, UASL, regime, to enable operators to take advantage of convergence in services and technology in order to offer better service. In 2007, the Commission awarded a further UASL and spectrum licence to Etisalat, bringing the number of parties with national mobile licensees to five. The Commission also awarded licences to Visafone in the 800MHz band; Alheri Engineering Company Limited in the 2100MHz; Celtel Nigeria Limited (now Airtel Nigeria) in the 2100MHz band; Globacom Limited in the 2100MHz band and MTN Nigeria Communications Limited in the 2100MHz band. In 2008, the Commission issued International Submarine cable Infrastructure and Landing Stations Services licences to Main One Company Limited and subsequently to MTN in 2010. In 2009, the Commission awarded the 2.3GHz spectrum to Spectranet Limited and Mobitel Nigeria Limited. Meanwhile, stakeholders in the industry such as the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria; the Association of Licensed telecoms Operators of Nigeria and the Nigeria Internet Group, among others have called on the Commission to stick to its independence in the auction process in order not to jeopardise the healthy competition in the sector. BC


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Participants at the just concluded 12th Plenary Session of the Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development, including Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy and her counterpart in the National Planning, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, seek alternative, viable and innovative financing mechanisms for developing nations Okonjo-Iweala

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ith just one year to the target 2015 year for the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for countries globally, Nigeria’s Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and her National Planning Commission (NPC) Supervising Minister, Amb Bashir Yuguda, opened the 12th Plenary Session of the Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development at the weekend in Abuja with a clarion call to developing countries to explore internal financing sources for development. The Leading Group was founded in 2006 as a platform with 63 member countries at different levels of development, alongside international organisations and NGOs, which seeks to promote the implementation and definition of innovative financing mechanisms around the world. The duo, along with the Minister-Delegate in Charge of Development of France, Paschal Canfin, opened the discussions at the forum which had over 200 delegates from member countries in attendance, by dwelling on the increasing

need for developing countries to design appropriate fiscal and other economic mechanisms for boosting revenue generation capacity within their domains as assistance from foreign partners has continued to drop over the past two years. Yuguda recalled the remarkable achievements recorded during Nigeria’s eight-month Presidency of the Group, pointing out the years ahead should be committed by member countries to strategic issues that could help in deepening their revenue base and tackling myriad of socio-economic problems in their countries. According to him, activities that took place in the past eight months under the Nigerian Presidency, the Minister said the period witnessed the promotion globally of the instrumentality of innovative financing for development in line with the transformation agenda and the Nigerian Vision 20:2020, adding that Nigeria undertook to pursue refocusing of the Group to strongly influence the post 2015 MDGs activities of the United Nations and other regional or economic blocs. Ambassador Yuguda said it was also based on the above strategic objective that the Group organised two high level side events on innovative fi-

nancing at TICAD V in Japan in June 2013, as well as at the 68th UN General Assembly in New York in September last year. He listed other developmental landmarks recorded during Nigeria’s Presidency of the Group to include, the production of a draft resolution on innovative financing which was presented to the 68th UN General Assembly. Yuguda also highlighted that, although the resolution is yet to be adopted as presented, the subsequent adoption of a resolution on financing for development by the UN, mentioning innovative financing is therefore a concrete outcome of Nigeria’s presidency. The Minister, who identified the problem of illicit financial flows across global borders as one of the key constraints to financial adequacy in many developing countries, listed some of the Nigeria’s innovative financing mechanisms adopted during the period to include; the air ticket tax and effective management of aid under a newly reviewed Official Development Assistance (ODA) policy, which is in line with Government Transformation Agenda and the development blueprint, NV20:2020. As a remedial measure on illicit financial flows across bor-

ders, Yuguda advised the group on the need to collaborate with the panel and other relevant organisations in addressing this threat because of its damaging impact on development as statistics indicate that illicit financial flows from Africa alone is estimated at around $50 billion annually, twice the amount of Official Development Assistance (ODA), that is extended to the continent in one year” he said. The Minister, who presided over the session, also called for the development of partnership between the public and the private sector which he said will help to mobilise more financial resources for development and therefore needed to be given necessary encouragement. In addition, Amb Yuguda canvassed the need for the Leading Group to focus more attention on the imperative of strengthening measures against illicit capital flight and tax avoidance, especially now that the world seem to be paying more attention to the menace with the setting up of the High Panel on Illicit financial flows from Africa under the Chairmanship of Thabo Mbeki, former president of South Africa. In her remarks which appeared to raise serious concern among the delegates about the

need to act proactively in generating funds for development, Okonjo-Iweala, said it would be foolhardy for developing countries to continue to depend on ODA for long term development. Citing several statistical figures by the UNPD, OECD, World Bank and other multilateral financial and research institutions to drive home her point, the Minister noted that the increasing funding needs in many developing countries, particularly in the African continent, in areas of health, education and infrastructure called for urgent solutions in order to close the financing gaps. While admitting that ODA represented less than three per cent of Nigeria’s yearly budgets, she however listed some other countries which ODA accounted for up to 20 per cent of their budgets and advised delegates to come with appropriate recommendations that would shore up developing countries’ internally generated revenues significantly in the years ahead. “As we said, ODA is a small part of our budget here but we realised that it is quite important in several countries. We have post-conflict state like Liberia and in-conflict like Sudan, CAR that we need to look for innovative ways to support


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them. The amount of resources required annually to meet the developmental goals of developing countries are significant. “According to the UNDP, about $30 billion per annum is needed to eradicate polio that globally and about $25 billion and $26 billion respectively are required annually to eradicate aids and education just to give some example. “Another $10 billion is required annually to control malaria and tuberculosis. These are just in the health areas and similarly if you look at Africa infrastructure gap, we will require about $120 billion annually to close this gap according to the World Bank, AfDB and other estimates. “So, the investment needs of the continent are significant but in contrast, ODA which peaked at about $128 billion in 2012 has declined for two years running and now stands at about $125.6 billion in 2012 according to recent Mackenzie Report and so far very few high income countries have made the commitment of 0.7 per cent of their GNI as their contributions”, she added The Minister, who commended some of the countries that have continued to meet the 0.7 per cent of their GNI, particularly UK and Norway, as well as others that are sacrific-

ing so much in spite of the difficult financial problems in their economies, said the signal was clear enough that ODA will no longer be sufficient in the classical term that we know it to fill the huge funding gaps in developing countries as the world rounds up the MDGs and the Post 2015 Development agenda. The Nigeria’s finance minister therefore advocated the development of in-ward looking financial mechanisms among the Leading Group membercountries, particularly taxation, to boost available resources at their disposal to fast-track implementation of developmental programmes. She said: “We must look at developing countries but particularly Sub-Saharan Africa that for means that are innovative for mobilising resources to finance their development in order to meet some of the important needs. “I think one of the key things that emerged from our group, I was part of the UN Secretary General’s Group on the Post 2015, and, of course, the issue of financing and how we are going to finance the Post 2015 Agenda was key and there is work going on now at several quarters on how to do this. So, this is something we clearly need to focus on if the world is

to meet these commitments”, Okonjo-Iweala advised. The Minister-delegate in charge of Development of France, Paschal Canfin, who spoke elaborately on innovative financing mechanisms and other initiatives being embarked upon by France to raise funds for developmental needs, pointed out that mobilising huge resources to meet the urgent funding needs of developing countries required political willingness of the leaders in government as well as appropriate fiscal legislations. He explained that apart from funding, the investment in relevant Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) infrastructure and solutions would also help in monitoring and curbing illicit inter-boundary financial transactions, especially those that continue to hurt developing economies. Canfin, who also spoke on the dwindling ODA to developing countries, explained that even in the face of such worrisome trend there was a growing need for the Leading Group member countries to collaborate on how to sustain ODA inflows and also develop mechanisms that will be adaptable to various countries to raise revenues required for their sustainable development in the Post2015 Development era. BC

he National Pension Commission said on Friday that it approved the transfer of N723.54million into the Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) of 10,866 applicants in the second quarter of 2013. The commission’s Acting Director General, Chinelu Anohu-Amazu said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Anohu-Amazu said 13,921 applications were received for transfer of National Pension Funds totaling to N820.42m. She said that 2,425 applications were rejected due to incomplete documentation, duplication of application, among others. According to her, there are certain criteria every contributor must abide with in making request for the transfer of his or her national pension funds. She said the rejected applications did not meet those criteria. “The commission in the second quarter of last year reviewed 13,921 requests received for the transfer of NPF/ NSITF contributions amounting to N820.42 million into contributors’ RSAs. “The commission reviewed and approved the transfer of N723.54 million into the RSAs of 10,866 applicants. “It, however, rejected 2,425 applications due to incomplete documentation, zero balances and duplicated applications,’’ she said.

Meanwhile, progress in nuclear talks between the major powers and Iran could soon ease sanctions that have curbed exports from the OPEC producer. Brent crude fell 21 cents to $105.54 a barrel, on track for a weekly decline of 1.7 per cent. US crude inched up 12 cents to $94.08 a barrel and was set to post its first weekly gain in three weeks. Sanctions have cut Iran’s oil exports by more than half over the past 18 months to about one million barrels per day (bpd). A preliminary accord between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers will start on Jan. 20 while talks on a final settlement will start in February. Iran expects fellow OPEC members to cut back output and make room for rising oil supplies from Tehran when Western sanctions are lifted, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. The restart of Libya’s El Sharara two weeks ago and a jump in exports from Iraq’s southern terminals in the first two weeks of 2014 also weighed on crude prices. However, the oil market will remain supported as domestic tensions continue to threaten the oil sector in Libya. Earlier this week, Libyan authorities held talks with protesters who threatened to restart a blockade of the El Sharara field. Also, Iraq’s supply could be cut in February on loading delays caused partly by bad weather. Outages in Libya and elsewhere are taking a toll on output from OPEC, which is pumping less than this year’s global need for its crude, the exporter group said on Thursday. “Prices have hit bottom already and the market is probably looking for factors to rebound,” Tetsu Emori, a commodity fund manager at Astmax Investment said. “I don’t really see any potential risks for a downside,” he said, “as OPEC will start cutting supply if oil falls below $100’’, he said. In the United States, new pipeline capacity to divert ex-

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he Kogi Government on Friday said it would provide enabling environment and lands for any prospective investors ready to establish in the state. The State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, gave the assurance when the Project Manager of COZA International Ltd. in Hong Kong, Andy Chung, visited him in Lokoja. Awoniyi, while describing Kogi as a state rich in potential, said that repositioning the agricultural sector had been a top priority of Gov. Wada’s administration. He thanked the project manager for his interest in the state and said that the state was strategically located and blessed with large river basin. Awoniyi called on other investors to take advantage of the abundant human, natural and mineral resources to invest in the state. Earlier, the project manager said his organisation planned to establish a comprehensive farm and industrial park in the state if granted approval. He said that the projects would solve issues of agricultural development, food insufficiency, unemployment and lack of development in the local communities. Chung said that his organisation would also establish sugar factory and rice mill, adding that ethanol and biomass would be generated from these companies.

ment had adopted mechanisms to help in stabilising the aviation industry. Yuguda disclosed this in Abuja at the 12th Plenary of the 36 Member Countries Leading Group on Innovative Financing for Development. The minister said that Nigeria adopted the financing mechanisms such as the air ticket levy and an effective aid management strategy under a newly reviewed Official Development Assistance (ODA) policy. ``This is in line with our Government’s Transformation Agenda and Nigeria Vision 20:2020 which is the country’s long-term development blue print. This levy is not remitted to UNITAID to promote health causes as it is in many countries. ``In Nigeria, it is being deployed towards ensuring high safety and health standards, provision of aviation infrastructure and manpower development. These mechanisms have so far helped to stabilise the aviation industry in terms of boosting the capacity of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. ``We are open to collaborative funding sources for our programmes such as offered by the French Development Agency and the Bill Gates Foundation on Polio Vaccination. ``As an emerging economy, Nigeria occupies a unique dual position as a recipient and donor of aid. In concrete terms, we give more than we receive,’’ the minister said. He said that Nigeria was committed to peace keeping operations, especially in the West African sub-region and was giving technical aid support through its Technical Aid Corps programme. ``Nigeria is conscious of the fact that unrelenting global economic pressures have orchestrated a progressive reduction in development aid. Therefore, as a recipient and donor of aid, we feel the pinch on both feet,’’ he said. Yuguda also urged the group to develop a robust advocacy programme to promote the instrumentality of innovative financing for development globally. According to him, the advocacy programme should be

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done through aggressive publicity for useful expert reports in such critical sectors as education, health, food security, illicit flows and climate change. The Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, urged the group to develop a more sustainable and innovative means of funding developments to complement the dwindling ODA to developing countries. Okonjo-Iweala said the group was expected to deliberate on Millennium Development Goals and Post 2015 Agenda as they were imperative to the global economy. Pascal Canfin, Ministerdelegate in charge of Development, called for the development of partnerships between the public and private sectors to mobilise more financial resources for development.

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ome farmers associations have applauded the Federal Government decision to set up 14 Staple Crop Processing Zones (SCPZ) in six states of the federation. The farmers told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the zones would increase cassava production in the states. Muyideen Adekunle, Chairman, Nigeria Cassava Growers Association, Oyo State Chapter, said the zones would bring about the production of various products from cassava. ``The SCPZ by the Federal Government, especially in the processing of cassava to get sweeteners and starch is definitely going to become an income generation source to farmers. With the level of investors and infrastructure development that this will attract, cassava growers should be ready for increased production of cassava tubers. ``There are several products that we can get from cassava. This is a very good step in the right direction for the country’s economy,” he said. Adekunle also said that he believed it was government’s way of fulfilling its promise made to cassava growers. Tunji Olukoya, Chairman, Agriculture Trade Group, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), said it was the government’s way of increasing the cassava value chain. Olukoya said the project would create more jobs than expected if the implementation was effectively carried out. Processing our produce will encourage job creation, improve the farmer’s income and generate more money for the country

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and post-harvest losses will no longer exist,” Olukoya said. A member of the Board of Trustees of the association, Olusola Adepomola, also lauded the government for initiating the project. Adepomola said that it would succeed in the states where cassava production was high. He, however, said that Nigeria was barely producing enough for consumption and expressed fears of government seeing the project through. “Nigeria is barely producing enough cassava for consumption. Although, the project is laudable but I am worried about how the cassava to be processed will be produced,” he said. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, had said that the establishment of the crop processing zones was aimed at reducing post-harvest losses. Adesina said the crop processing zones would cover a number of crops, including rice, sorghum, cassava, fish processing, horticulture and livestock. He said the processing zones would help to reverse the rural-urban migration.

under-utilised. ``A sign of e-commerce acceptance is that many Nigerian banks offer Internet banking services, allowing customers to managing their money online. ``The growth in the use of credit/debit cards and ATMs is further evidence of an expanding e-commerce market. This space is still under-utilised, presenting an opportunity for Nigerian businesses to create a safe and dynamic online retail service,’’ he said. Mordi said that Buyam.com. ng was an online e-commerce platform for both Business to Business (B2B) and Business to Commerce (B2C) customers. He said that the aim of the platform was to create a web-based global market place where a variety of products could be bought and sold. According to him, Buyam. com.ng has been operational for over eight months and has 108 merchants as partners. He said that the platform worked with world class logistics provider-DHL and supplemented its delivery processes with its in-house logistics company called Thanet Deliveries Ltd. Mordi said that all products of the e-commerce platform had been covered with the company’s insurance policy in case of damage or lost.

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anaging Director of Buyam, an e-commerce platform, Emeka Mordi, has advised Nigerian entrepreneurs to adopt online platform to grow their businesses. Mordi gave the advice during a media tour of Buyam. com.ng facilities, adding that there were opportunities to explore in the online retail space. He said that leveraging on the Internet platform to grow one’s business would eventually grow the country’s economy. According to him, even with the growing population and rising Internet penetration, the e-commerce space is still

FG urged to increase public awareness on cyber crimes

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he President, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG), Adebayo Banjo, has urged the Federal Government to increase public enlightenment on cyber crimes, to protect the online security of Nigerians. Banjo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that such a move could also reduce the rate of cyber crimes nationwide. The NIG president said that the privacy of transactions on the Internet was no longer safe, saying that it was now constantly being threatened by cyber criminals. He said that most Internet users lacked the basic knowledge on the dangers of using the Internet, which could be


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responsible for such users exposing themselves to potential cyber criminals. Banjo said that the influx of cyber insecurity could paint the country in bad light, if there was no adequate awareness on how to checkmate the menace. “Some crimes can easily be prevented if government can further educate Internet users on the need to block cyber criminals from infiltrating their Internet security details. ``This can be done by also ignoring e-mails requesting passwords and updating antivirus. This can help to prevent some risk of identity theft, spamming, among others,” he said. Banjo said the absence of a cyber crime law made it imperative for cyber users to take extra precautions to prevent themselves from becoming cyber victims. He called for effective collaboration between security agencies and private security experts, to boost cyber security. ``Presently, the country is still regarded as one of the leading cyber crime perpetrators in the world. This is because computer usage is presently on the rise. ``But we expect to see speedy prosecution of cyberrelated crimes when the proposed cyber crime bill, now before the National Assembly is eventually passed,” he said. Banjo said that there was an increasing dependency on computer systems and networks in the country by both government and individuals, in the provision of critical services.

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he Kaduna State Government on Friday said it had identified 10 areas with very high solid mineral deposits in the state. Ahmed Zaria, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Environment, who said this in Kaduna, said the government had since produced a compre-

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hensive and updated inventory of the mineral endowment of the state. “Geo-scientific information of the state have been stored electronically and could be retrieved for use on demand. The state government will float mining companies to cover the 10 target areas identified. “We will ensure that land degradation is reduced to the barest minimum in the course of carrying our mining operations, through monitoring, surveillance and reclamation,’’ Zaria said. He noted that minerals have high economic value, which if tapped would create jobs and provide enormous wealth to the people of the state. Zaria said the northern region has been blessed with viable solid mineral resources which are enough to change the economy of the region.

He also said that communities in the state which initiated self-help projects would be assisted by the government. The governor said that the government’s assistance to the communities would spur them to initiate projects that would add value to the lives of their people. He commended RuganAshimu community for their construction of a bridge in the area, noting that the project would help in controlling flooding and other environmental issues. “With their commitment to build the bridge, the government will soon award a contract for the construction of the road. “Apart from alleviating the sufferings of the people, the road will also serve as an alternative route to Karu International Market,” he said.

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overnor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has said that the state government would construct 5,000 shops at the Karu International Market in Karu. Al-Makura spoke while inspecting ongoing projects in Karu Local Government Area of the state. He said that 1,800 of the shops had been completed and efforts would be made to ensure that 2,500 were ready for use by traders before the end of March. The governor said that the 2,500 shops constituted the first phase of the market project and the government planned to put them to use immediately they were ready. “When the market becomes operational, we will be able to award contracts for the construction of more shops in the second phase. Before the end of this year, we will be having about 5,000 shops at the market,” Al-Makura said. According to him, speedy completion of the market will give prospective businessmen and women the opportunity to contribute to the economic advancement of the state.

here are indications that the export refund policy to developing African countries by European Union (EU) nations will be exempted from the proposed Economic Partnership Agreement being offered African countries by the EU. Already the policy has been scrapped under the EU legislation beginning from January 1 2014, as an internal sector trade and production incentive. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the international green week which held in Berlin, Dacian Cioloş, the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, warned that reliance must not be placed on public policy tools to support exports, which risk affecting the capacity of others to develop their own agriculture, especially in less developed countries. “Since 1 January, EU legislation is also very clear: export refunds have ceased to exist as a means of systematically supporting a sector. Moreover, I would like to tell you this evening, in the framework of preferential partnership agreements with African countries: I am prepared to go one step further. I am ready to propose to stop, once and for all, the use of export refunds to those developing country destinations, even in times of crisis when this instrument can still be used. This commitment will bring our agricultural policy fully into line with EU development policy,” he stated. He said that the EU will continue to promote innovation and the participation of more

youths in its agricultural programmes to boost output. He noted that it was essential to advance innovation in agriculture through the regeneration of the sector. “In order to modernise our agriculture, taking into account the economic and sustainability challenges, we need to give greater emphasis to two factors: innovation and youth. Young farmers naturally bring innovative and progressive ideas in line with society. At present, only six per cent of the EU’s farmers are under 35 years of age,” he said. He said that was the reason why the reformed Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) will support innovation, applied research and generational renewal. Ciolos, noted that farmers must be able to make a comfortable living from their work and society must be made more aware of the value of their dedication and commitment. “This is why the European Commission has recently proposed to redefine and strengthen the promotion of EU agri-food products, both within the EU and on international markets. We are proposing to triple the budget allocated to promotion actions by 2020,” he stated. On the internal market, he stressed the need to ensure that the level of food safety and quality demanded from european farmers is better known, while consumers must be wellinformed when they make their choices. “At international level, equally, the stakes are high for our agri-food sector, centred in particular exports of high added-value, quality, and processed products. Our trade policy must be based on the obvious assets of our agri-food products and this Fair here in Berlin is one more proof that these assets exist. Guided by all these factors, he enthused that the EU has ambitious plans for its agricultural sector, and remains optimistic. “The EU is gearing up to help its farmers to accommodate everything they need to be competitive, building on the asset of the diversity of its

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New Oil and gas weights and measures Act takes off Feb. 1

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he Federal Government is to commence the implementation of Weights and Measures Act on measuring instruments used in oil and gas sector on February 1.. The Director of Weights and Measures, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Eng. Oluyinka Joseph Sikuade who disclosed this urged stakeholders to comply accordingly. Sikuade who spoke during a technical meeting between the Ministry officials, NNL, the Consultant to the Ministry on Weights and Measures and Operators of Oil Producing Trade Section (OPTS) at the Ministry Headquarters in Abuja, said that this year is dedicated as year of implementation of legal metrology services in oil and gas sector that will enable stakeholders to conform with the Weights and Measures Regulation 25, Vol. 99 of 16th April, 2012 section 7(2) and 30 (b). “We are going to look at the metering system of the operators for accuracy, equity, fairness and conformity. We will take into consideration internationally acceptable error margin for us to have fair and justice in trading devices use by the operators”. “Constitution behold on the Ministry that the weights and measures department is custodian of National primary standards to which other standards in Nigeria must be trace to. We have the expertise to go into details of this sector to perform our statutory duty efficiently in this very vital sector of the economy. Measuring instrument used for trade in this sector must be within the maximum permissible error margin the law recognized,” he said. He warned that henceforth, calibrators and testing laboratories in Nigeria must first obtain certificate from the Weights and Measures before calibration certificates issued by them can be recognised. Engr Sikuade stated that the interest of OPTS is paramount to government and urged them to strictly patronise only those calibrators who had obtained the department’s certification for calibration of their instruments. According to him, “every instruments used in Nigeria are subjected to control by the department. What we do is in conformity with the international best practices and would therefore want you to cooperate with us to make things easier for both parties”. BC


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il giant Royal Dutch Shell has issued a profit warning after it made less money than expected in the final quarter of 2013. “Fourth-quarter 2013 figures... are expected to be significantly lower than recent levels of profitability,” the company said in a statement. It now expects profits for the quarter to be about $2.2bn (£1.3bn) and profits for 2013 as a whole to be $16.8bn. Shell’s shares fell more than four per cent at the beginning of trading in London. Profits for 2013 are expected to be down significantly on 2012, when it made $27.2bn. “Our 2013 performance was not what I expect from Shell,” Shell chief executive Ben van Beurden said in a statement. “Our focus will be on improving Shell’s financial results, achieving better capital efficiency and on continuing to strengthen our operational performance and project delivery.” Van Beurden became chief executive at the beginning of this year, taking over from Peter Voser. Shell said its profits in the fourth quarter were hurt by a range of factors, including higher exploration costs, security problems in oil-rich Nigeria, and maintenance work that hit oil and gas production. It said the weakening of the Australian dollar also had an effect. Expected profits of $2.2bn for the quarter include impairments of $700m. When these are discounted, the expected profits are $2.9bn. Shell’s official annual results are scheduled to be published on 30 January. It has seen a string of disappointing quarterly results over the past 12 months. Earlier last week, it detailed plans to sell off some of its North Sea oilfield investments, and last year it began selling off some interests in the US shale gas industry. In December, the AngloDutch company also cancelled a $20bn project to build a gas processing plant in Louisiana.

S conglomerate General Electric Co (GE.N) posted a slightly better-than-expected rise in revenue last Friday propelled by its businesses selling oil pumps and jet engines, and said its order backlog again swelled to a record. GE, which has been seeking to reduce its dependence on earnings from the volatile financial sector and return to its industrial manufacturing roots, reported that six of its seven industrial segments grew earnings. Fourth-quarter profit of 53 cents per share, excluding items, was in line with the average expectation of analysts, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. The diversified manufacturer said its quarterly net earnings rose to $4.2 billion, or 41 cents per share, from $4.01 billion, or 38 cents a share, a year earlier. “We saw good conditions in growth markets, strength in the U.S., and a mixed environment in Europe,” Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt said in a statement. Shares in GE dropped 1.1 per cent in pre-market trading, after closing the previous session at $27.20. GE said its cost cuts were ahead of plan for 2013, and it would seek to reduce costs by at least another $1 billion in 2014. “Cost cuts are how they really made the quarter here,” said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment officer of Solaris Asset Management, which owns GE shares. “But at some point, cost cuts are going to run out.” Revenue rose 3.1 per cent to $40.38 billion, about $160 million ahead of analysts’ targets. Revenue at its oil and gas business - its fourth largest, but fastest growing segment in 2013 - jumped 17 percent, while revenue in aviation, its second-biggest segment, increased 13 per cent. Ghriskey said the revenue growth was “reflecting very much a GDP type of growth rate, and nothing above that.” GE’s backlog of orders for everything from locomotives to

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jet engines and turbines rose 16 per cent to $244 billion. For the year, GE missed its full-year goal for expanding its industrials operating margins “by a whisker,” noted Jack Degan, chief investment officer at Harbor Advisory Corp, which owns GE shares. GE expanded its operating margin for its industrials businesses by 0.66 of a percentage point, below its full-year target of a 0.7 percentage point improvement. “They make a lot of big stuff, and when you sell a lot of big things it’s easier for things to slip on a quarter-by-quarter basis and have a dramatic effect on margins,” Degan said. “On a year-over-year basis, their margins are moving in the right direction,” Degan said. GE shares climbed 31 percent in 2013, outperforming the Dow Jones Industrials index .DJI and S&P 500 index .SPX, although the shares have given back some of those gains in 2014.

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organ Stanley reported a sharp fall in quarterly profit as the Wall Street bank was hit by $1.2 billion in legal bills but adjusted earnings beat market estimates. Net income from continuing operations applicable to the company fell to $192 million, or seven cents per share, in the fourth quarter from $661 million, or 33 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2012, the bank said last Friday. Excluding items that included the legal expenses, the bank earned 50 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S, beating the average analyst estimate of 45 cents per share. Net revenue from continuing operations rose 12.5 per cent to $7.83 billion. Morgan Stanley shares, which have risen 56 per cent in past 12 months, were up 2.3 percent at $32.75 before the opening bell. “Importantly, we are continuing to address many of the legal issues from the financial crisis,” Chief Executive James Gorman said in a statement.

Revenue from Morgan Stanley’s wealth management business, which has become increasingly important as the bank moves away from risky trading activities, rose 12.2 per cent from a year earlier to $3.73 billion. The profit margin in the business was 20 per cent, excluding an impairment charge, the highest since Gorman became CEO in 2010. Gorman has pledged to deliver returns of at least 20 per cent. However, the business has been underperforming major rivals on that measure. Bank of America Corp’s wealth business, for example, delivered a pretax margin of 26.6 per cent in the latest quarter. Morgan Stanley bought Citigroup Inc’s last remaining interest in the business in July and the unit’s deposits are gradually being transferred. Revenue from fixed-income trading fell 14.4 percent to $694 million. The bond market began to soften in the middle of the year as investors braced for the Federal Reserve to start scaling back its bond-buying stimulus and longer-term yields rose. Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Citigroup also reported weaker results from fixedincome trading in the latest quarter, while JPMorgan Chase & Co and Bank of America Corp produced higher revenue.

Intel expects no revenue growth in 2014

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he world’s biggest computer chip maker, Intel, has said it expects no revenue growth in 2014, sending its shares down five per cent in after hourstrading. The weak forecast comes as chip makers continue to be hurt by a drop in sales of personal computers (PCs). Revenues at Intel’s division which makes chips for desktop computers fell four per cent in 2013, from a year ago. However, the company said there had been signs in the past few months that the PC sector was “stabilising”. According to its latest earnings, the PC chip division generated revenues of $8.6bn (£5.2bn) in the October-toDecember quarter of 2013, compared with $8.5bn a year ago. “We had a solid fourth quarter with signs of stabilisation in the PC segment and financial growth from a year ago,” said Intel chief executive Brian Krzanich. For the full year 2013, the firm reported a net profit of $9.6bn, down 13 per cent from a year ago. Sales of PCs have fallen for

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six quarters in a row, hurt by the growing popularity of tablets and smartphones. As a result, computer chip makers have been looking to boost growth in other divisions and areas to try and sustain their growth. In case of Intel, analysts have been focussing on the performance of its data centre business. Intel said the division’s revenues rose eight per cent in the last quarter of 2013, from a year earlier. However, the rise was less than what some analysts had expected. “The incremental nugget we got from fourth quarter earnings was that data centre group disappointed again,” said Patrick Wang an analyst with advisory firm Evercore. He said investors were anticipating a healthy performance from the division. Intel’s chief financial officer, Stacy Smith, said the division’s revenues in 2014 would probably come in toward the bottom of the previous estimate of 10 to 15 percentages growth. Intel has also taken other steps to create new growth areas and offset the impact of slowing PC sales on its business. At the recently held Consumer Electronics Show (CES), in Las Vegas, the firm showcased various new technologies. That included a 3D-camera technology, where one of its depth sensors could be used to interpret gesture controls and to separate foreground objects from the background. It said laptops featuring the technology would go on sale this year. The company also unveiled a series of new concept wearable technologies - seen by many as a key growth area in the coming years. The products showcased included Smart earbuds -which act as an activity tracker as well as play music and a smartwatch hat can connect to the internet without needing to be linked to a phone. “We’ve built a strong foundation for our business by bringing innovation to the market more quickly across a wide range of computing platforms,” said Krzanich. BC


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Dr. Gamaliel Offoritsenere Onosode represents different things to different people. For some, he is an outstanding technocrat, while some would describe him as a public servant per excellence. To others, he is simply a boardroom grandmaster. Yet, the rallying point for all these is that this Urhobo man is a person of outstanding integrity By Adejuwon Osunnuyi

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amaliel Onosode is one of Nigeria’s most trusted names in the world of finance and business. The Urhobo man from Ekugbo in Delta State is the second child of a Baptist preacher. Onosode however was born and raised in Sapele, another suburban city in Delta State, under the strict but loving tutelage of his parents, both of whom he described as disciplinarians. e has often attributed his achievements so far in life to the strict but loving upbringing of his parents. “Most of the things I do today are things I saw my father doing and not what he said. In those days, you will see my father sweeping the rooms with broom on many occasion and when you offer to take over the duty, he will decline. For me there are two lessons I picked from that. Though he (my father) would not say anything, I interpreted his action to mean, no one is really too big to handle the broom, which means that there is dignity in labour). The other thing I interpreted his action to mean is that without being told, you should know what is expedient to do”. Apart from the influence of his parents on his lifestyle which has become a great asset for him, Dr. Gamaliel Onosode, who prefers to be addressed simply as a Mr., would forever relish the training he got from the Commonwealth Development Corporation, CDC, a UK based organisation that offered him his first employment after graduating from the University College, Ibadan now University of Ibadan, where he studied Classics. “But I will always remain grateful to that organisation because I was well trained by it, because of the spread of projects all over the Commonwealth and I was given the opportunity to study everyone of those projects. I think more than anything that

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single important experience was responsible for what I am today.” CDC which had its regional office in Lagos then also has operational bases in Gambia, Sierra Leone, and Ghana. Onosode was recruited with two English young men whom the company trained in the capacity of management trainee. The job took him to the U.K in November 1957, where he and others went through the management trainee programme that lasted till February 1958. He returned back to Nigeria in March 1959. The number of years which Onosode worked with CDC was five before he left in 1962 on a result of disagreement based on principles when he disagreed with his employer’s decision to finance the federal mortgage bank solely on its share capital. This set a trend that was to work Onosode’s public career. Unlike the typical Nigerian who will not quit in the face of irreconcilable differences, he proved otherwise. At the Nigerian Industrial Development Bank, NIDB, which he joined later and Commerce Bank where he was pioneer chairman, he quit when he disagreed fundamentally with the way things were going there. Concerning his experience at NIDB and former NAL Bank Plc, the man

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was at a time on the Board of about 30 companies has this to say “when I left and joined what was then known as Investment Company of Nigeria Limited, Its name was changed in January 1964 to NIDB-Nigeria Investment Development Bank, I was the first secretary when that reconstruction took place. The reconstruction brought the World Bank and the Federal Government into it. I called them originally a purely private sector affair. Then I had to resign. I left there end of September 1965 and joined what was then known as Philip Hill Nigeria Limited which later became NAL Bank Plc. I was Chairman and Chief Executive of the outfit, the only person to have held the two positions together for six years until I left by my own accord. Everything was going right when I decided to leave at the end of March 1979 and I have been unemployed since then. Retired without a pension. I was on the pay roll of NAL until December 1979. There was a lot of accumulated leave, which took effect from 1st April to December 1979”. Onosode has a strong character and is a man of deep convictions. On his quitting jobs, he says “it is a question of integrity. Some people say I am a coward, maybe I am. But I prefer to be that kind of coward. My view is that since I never asked for any position, the position doesn’t bring anything to me. On the contrary, I try to take something into the position. So on the basis of that, I couldn’t possibly have any problem quitting a position.” Onosode cheated death at least 10 times before his 70th Birthday, thereby describing himself as a ‘marvel of God’s grace’. He was once put to sleep by medical people at the tender age of under-three. That was when he was totally and completely anaesthetized for the purpose of surgery for the first time. He has been put to sleep for at least nine more times between then and when he turned 70 years in 2003. “You know, in those days when you lay on the surgical table and you were given anaesthesia, it was the same doctor who treated your cold and headache that was the surgeon. There were no surgeons in most hospitals then. So, in those early days, going for surgery was a life and death thing-the chances of survival were 50/50. Usually, the first question to ask after the surgery was, is he awake, is he out of the effect of the anaesthesia? So, if you have

been through that 10 times in just under 70 years, you can then understand what I mean by being a marvel of God’s grace, God’s mercies, God’s kindness. So, that survival makes me feel that it is true that God has a purpose for everybody, but given this particular fact, God must have had a specific purpose why he kept me here this long. I cheated death several times during that period “he said. Besides surviving death on several occasions, the near Octogenarian says his names may not be unconnected to his fortune in life as, according to him, fortune runs after him and things have always been presented to him on a

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platter of gold. “My first name is Gamaliel which in Hebrew means God is a rewarder, God is a recompenser. My second name Offoritsenere is Itsekiri and it means God’s word is rewarding’ and my surname Onosode is Urhobo, so I bear Hebrew, Itsekiri and Urhobo names. Maybe, if you read my biography you will get the full details how this phenomenon came about. I was born at Sapele in Delta State, and I was called Sapele by people of my father’s generation, even though I did not adopt that name ‘Sapele’. The reason why I was given the name was that my father, having spent several years in Ogbomosho in what was called Baptist Col-

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Some people say I am a coward, maybe I am. But I prefer to be that kind of coward. My view is that since I never asked for any position, the position doesn’t bring anything to me. On the contrary, I try to take something into the position. So on the basis of that, I couldn’t possibly have any problem quitting a position

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lege Seminary where Pastors and teachers were trained, where he had his first son, my late elder brother, who died at the age of 23 in 1953. When my parents returned to Delta, they had a child and that child was yours sincerely. It was a watershed, the first child to arrive since they returned to Delta and I was I born in Sapele. My second name Offoritsenere - you can again understand. My father had spent many years studying God’s word, so that when he came back home, he could preach and teach it. He went and returned better equipped for the work of the ministry in which he was involved before he left, and he came back with a son and on returning he had another son. Who can controvert the fact that God’s word was profitable”? Though Onosode left paid employment 33 years ago without pension as he would fondly say, he has never had any dull moments as both the private and public sector in Nigeria continue to find useful his attributes of hard work, discipline and integrity. Apart from his achievements in the corporate sector, his contributions to the development of the public sector will not be forgotten in a jiffy. He was a part of a profligate democratic experiment which was the Nigerian Second Republic. Deacon Onosode tried to bring a disciplined approach to public finance. Towards the end of 1983, when public confidence in the economic direction of the country was eroded and accountability was lacking in government subsidies to public enterprises, he was brought in to find solutions to the lackluster performance of public enterprises, as the head of a Nigerian Commission on public parastatal and

to bring in a disciplined approach to government subsidies. The offshoot of his honest and disciplined approach earned him respect from subsequent administrations. A report which was later tagged the Onosode report, an outgrowth of his role as the chairman of the commission to review Nigerian parastatals was the first in the nation to tackle comprehensively, the industrialisation drive and capital spending which dominated the oil boom of the 1970s and the early 1980s. The report identified five major defects in planning which it believed had become evident by the end of 1983: * Public capital expenditure rose during the oil boom at a much faster rate than Nigeria’s physical, technical or financial abilities. * Huge expenditure on particular industrial projects did not yield expected returns because of “inappropriate choices in their selection, size, design, location and management.” * Government policies laid too much emphasis on industrialisation, without regard to Nigeria’s resource base and comparative advantage. * Frequent changes in fiscal and monetary policies created planning problems for the private sector. * The exchange rate of the naira was not managed “to reflect the basic strength of the economy and the need to encourage domestic production. In 1995, he became the Chairman of the Niger Delta Environmental Survey, a non-governmental organization that conducted scientific studies on environmental and social impact assessment of oil exploration in the Niger delta. The survey was partly


financed by Shell. The survey reports which apportioned responsibilities and blame for much of the environmental degradation in the region on oil operators, the federal government and communities has not been made public. Deacon Onosode, alumnus of the University of Ibadan, has contributed immense time to see through philanthropic and governance, matters concerning the university and a few others. He is the former Pro-Chancellor of the University and Chairman of its Governing Council. He was Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the University of Uyo, a Member of the inaugural Provisional Governing Council of Bowen University, Iwo. As a result of his many contributions to the development of the university system in Nigeria and particularly his Alma matter, University of Ibadan, he was admitted to the Honour Roll of Mellanby Hall, University of Ibadan, in 1982. He is a pioneer recipient of the Ughelli Descendants Union Distinguished Service Award (2000) and recipient of the Faculty of Arts University of Ibadan Golden Jubilee Distinguished Alumnus Merit Award (2001). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Letters and holds Honorary D.Sc. degrees of Obafemi Awolowo University (1990), the University of Benin (1995), and the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (2003) as well as Honorary D.D. degree of The Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomosho (2002). At one point, in the corporate world, Onosode was on the board of over 30 companies including blue chip firms like Cadbury, Dunlop, Van leer, NAL merchant Bank, and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Project. It is like his very membership of such boards gives it added value. Onosode revealed that he has had to turn down many invitations either because he cannot personally attend to all given his busy schedule, but has encouraged these people to seek other credible citizens to perform such roles. Gamaliel’s life is not only about work and formulating strategies in the Boardroom; he is equally a successful family man. He has been married for over years to Susan, a nurse who also is from the Urhobo clan. The road to marital bliss for this son of a clergy who himself is also now a pastor of Good News Baptist Church is rather interesting as he only courted for 28 days

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before marriage. This is his story: “I met my wife Susan through a male friend of mine who introduced her to me as one of his friends and there was nothing between them at all. Of course I discovered later that she had a friend-her family and his family were expecting them to come together as husband and wife. We got to know that we existed, but we were not even friends until when our church was sending us on street to street and house to house ministrations. I chose a street where I knew she lived with her brothers because one of her brother was already working in my organisation. I discovered during discussions when we went ministering in her home that day that she attended our church and I said to her, ‘I have never seen you there’ and she said to me, ‘you know I am a nurse, it is either I am on duty or I am tired. So I said to myself, just at the back of my mind with nothing specific about it, that she is a Christian and also a Baptist. On the run up to 30th of September 1960, I decided to have a private party to celebrate Nigeria’s independence

He has had to turn down many invitations either because he cannot personally attend to all given his busy schedule, but has encouraged these people to seek other credible citizens to perform such roles

at what is now 113 Ogunlana Drive Surulere, where I was living as a bachelor. So, I asked a number of my friends who were girls to please come and assist with the physical aspects of the preparationcooking of food and all that and she was one of them. She knew some of the others and there was nothing secret or

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sinister about it. Though she already had her plans with her brothers for that evening, she had her elder brother’s permission to come and help with the cooking and leave us to enjoy the party. But in the event, to cut a long story short, she did not leave. She stayed with us for the entire evening and at

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some point in the evening, even though this was totally unpremeditated, both on my part and hers, I popped the question: ‘will you marry me? This was some point around midnight of October 1, 1960 and we got married the 29th of October 1960. So all that you normally do before you get married, happened during those 28 days, that is to say getting her consent because she did not immediately say yes, I guess she was as shocked as I was surprised myself. So, 51 years after, we are still happy together, we are not planning a divorce”. The marriage is blessed with seven children-four male and three female. The first son Gamaliel Onosode junior is a stock broker. But Onosode revealed that his first love affair at the University College, Ibadan, with Bimpe (now Bimpe Aboyade) a fellow undergraduate, which could not lead to marriage owing to his personal fault, not Bimpe’s, eventually made way for Susan years after he had left the campus and started working with CDC. As a pastor, Deacon Onosode presides over a congregation of over 2000 people. A devout Christian, he started Good News Baptist Church in his Sitting Room some 28 years ago. The church is said to have become a force to reckon with in the Nigerian Baptist Convention in terms of missions and evangelism. Notwithstanding his wealth, Onosode maintains an austere life as his house somewhere in the Surulere area of Lagos mainland does not reflect the affluence that has been linked with the opportunities that have come his way in life. This was how a close house puts it: “When I was let into the house I found nothing lavish or extravagant to suggest that I was in the residence of a man regarded in most quarters as perhaps the richest man in Nigeria. His fame and invincible personality in the money world and corporate had entered the folklores of Nigeria’s financial annals”. Deacon Gamaliel Offoritsenere Onosode is without mincing words, a good natured man and highly disciplined, but he says he is not yet a perfect man. He has his weakness in the area of temperament- he is quick tempered just like his father and most, if not all persons from his tribe. “I grew up with the determination not to be very quick tempered, but I don’t know whether I have succeeded”. BC


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He had set out to read Mass Communication at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State but had to abandon the classroom in pursuit of an entrepreneurial dream and today, Wande Adalemo superintends over Oxygen Broadband Networks, Nigeria’s first metropolitan wi-fi/ internet service company By Semiu Salami

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ike most entrepreneurs, the road to the top is usually not a rosy one and only those who can persevere, focused and resolute could breast the tape. These are, perhaps, the same attributes that saw Wande Adalemo through the thick and thin to his present status as an entrepreneur and chief executive officer of Oxygen Broadband Networks, an indigenous an internet service company. What is however striking about Adalemo’s entrepreneurial sojourn was that, this is a man that, until 1998 never set his eyes on a computer, not to talk of knowing how to use it. He was practically green as far as information technology was concerned. He had registered to read Mass Communication at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye Ogun State but his interest changed when he visited his cousin, Femi Adalemo, who was then the Chairman of the Nigerian Internet Exchange Committee. It was while he was in his uncle’s office that he saw, for the first time, the use of the internet, particularly the use of email. “I went to his office and he said he wanted to send a mail to someone in the United States. Five minutes after, the person in the US had responded to the mail and that surprised me. I couldn’t sleep

that night, and in the morning, I went back to him and asked him to teach me how to develop something that will make Nigerians send and receive e-mails easily. I told him I wanted to do something that would make it easier for every Nigerian to send email. He told me it was networking and that was how it started. So, as I grew in my knowledge of what the Internet access and broadband were, it became more of a passion,” he said in a recent interview. In Adalemo’s own account, that was how he developed the passion that has today become a money spinner. But then, he admitted that getting the technology was one thing and putting it together was another but stressed that getting funding is usually very challenging. In his own case, it took him almost seven frustrating years before the required funding came his way.“We had spoken with a thousand of individuals to put their money in the business and the answer we kept getting was no. Eventually, we found someone and it was an interesting story. We met the first investor, who later became a co-founder of the company, in 2005. I didn’t have a penny that day and then a friend of mine called and said there was someone that is interested in this crazy idea of yours, let’s go and see him.’ Wande said that he had to trek from Iponrin, mainland Lagos to Ajose Adeogun in the highbrow Victoria Island to

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meet the investor. “I had met several potential investors who had discouraged me but I did not give up. So, when I got there, he told me; ‘If you cannot convince me in two minutes, I cannot invest in this because an idea that cannot hit someone in two minutes is no good idea.’ Well, I think I was able to hit him in two minutes and the next question he asked was how do we move?” he recalled. That was the beginning of

what is turning out to be a wonderful experience for Wande who had to forgo academics for his dream of entrepreneurship. “The first thing we did was to go around the world to see where WiMax was failing because my own idea was that WiMax will not work but WiFi will. So, how do we get WiFi to work? And from there, he got some of his friends involved in the business.” Oxygen Broadband Net-

works started out with a $2 million investment and it is believed to have so far invested N1 billion with a network infrastructure already in place and duly licensed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) as a broadband network company. The company is using the popular Computer Village in Lagos as its pilot scheme for the Wi-Fi network to provide access to the Internet. By using Wi-Fi

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How women entrepreneurs can grow their business

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hen everything is going especially well for a business, it’s easy for women entrepreneurs to go with the flow and ride out the wave of current success –- sticking to a daily routine of meetings, travel for conferences, and a to-do list that never seems to end. However, this routine can make it difficult to stop and examine your business because more often than not, stopping is considered falling off the track. But when entrepreneurs make the active choice to take a moment right now and give their business their undivided attention; it can really help grow the company. And there’s no better time to put the wheels in motion for that than during a business’s Q4. The final three months of the year are the time to reflect on what worked during the past year, what didn’t, and what I can do to make the coming year better than ever. Break from the stiff schedule and take my tips into consideration for growing your business in the New Year. Pay attention to customer service If I had to pick one thing that I take the most pride in about the company I own, it would have to be the consistent compliments we receive about our excellent customer service. Customer service is the easiest way to turn a good business into a great business. Friendliness and enthusiasm with customers is something I reiterate time and time again to the team and it’s nice to see that it sticks. Your team is a reflection of your business. You want that image to be as positive as possible. Just as a customer remembers a bad interaction with a business, they’ll remember a good one, too. A helpful phone call can lead to a returning customer or great word of mouth publicity from a client to a friend. Upgrade your social media presence If you aren’t blogging or tweeting on Twitter on a regular basis, now’s the time to start. That’s not to say that you have to tweet 50 times a day, but try to keep your postings on various social media platforms to 1–3 times a day. It’s enough to remind your customers that you’re ready to help them out on any medium, but is not so frequent that it feels like spam.


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ThebuddingEntrepreneurs technology, he says a fault tolerant and flexible infrastructure can be delivered. Already, a central Network Operation Centre has been put in place to enable a 24/7 monitoring of the network and to guarantee fast reaction times in case of faults by the local NOC personnel. Already, over 20,000 connections are believed to be on its network in the first Hot-zone. According to him, the second phase of the company’s expansion will be the ASPANDA Market at the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex, Alaba and Oke Arin markets.“For Adalemo or us at Oxygen, we are taking our WiFi network to a point where we have a hot spot in virtually every major street in Lagos. It begins to tell us where we need to start focusing our attention in Nigeria. It also begins to tell us where we need to start building broadband ecosystems. We need to start looking at solutions that will enable people to just plug and deliver broadband services to everybody,” he said. Adalemo says his company believes that “your Internet should be wherever you are going and instead of carrying your modem or dongle around, if you know that Oxygen is present at the place you are going to such as the cinema, restaurant, clubs and malls, among others;

then, it becomes a better option for you.” Clearly, things are already looking up for Adalemo’s Oxygen Broadband Networks. The company has partnered with Nigeria’s Main One Cable Company as well as with Loop21 Mobile Net, a Wi-Fi hotspot software development company located in Austria. It has also sealed a partnership deal with the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS), to provide its WiFi network for Point of Sale (PoS) connectivity at the Computer Village and Oke Arin Market. In order to meet up with the growing demand for its services, Oxygen Broadband Networks says it has laid out an expansion plan,

Additionally, make sure that what you’re posting is quality content. It’s better to post nothing at all than a poorly written blog post that someone threw together at the last second. Try and post articles that are relevant to your business, well written, topical and informative. Throw in some humor and photos from around your office into your posts too -– blogging never has to be boring! Network! If you’re looking to grow your business, a good way to make bigger strides is with a little help from potential partners and company partnerships. Don’t be afraid to make appearances at networking events; they’re filled with people who want to connect and grow as much as you do. Perfect your elevator pitch so it’s informative and genuine — the key to a good elevator pitch is to not come off like a salesperson. Just be yourself and tell people what your business does and why it would be great for them to hop on board in working with you as well as beneficial to their own business. Besides actual networking events, you can keep an eye out for more unlikely opportunities to network. Maybe you’re at a Starbucks and meet someone in line for a latte who owns a business that would really complement yours. Swap business cards and email them ASAP -– you never know what may come out of it! Rightly populate your team This is something that will come with experience. Having the right amount of people on your team will maximize what your business can do. Having too many people with not enough to do is not only bad for productivity but also for your business’ wallet, while on the flip side having too few people who are constantly scrambling to get everything done will only produce sub-par work. Find that happy balance of having enough talented people on your team to get good work done in a timely manner. Set goals Most important, you cannot accomplish great things as a business if you don’t know what great things you’re striving for. Sit down and physically write out a list of short-term and long-term goals that you fully believe you can reach with the help, support, and hard work of your team and get started. From there, the growing is up to you! BC

which would see it invest another N200 million in rolling out services in six locations across Lagos State before the end of 2012.“We are doing another N200 million investment and we are going to six new locations by December 2012. We are partnering with malls on the Island, Surulere, and high traffic restaurants. We already have agreements with all of these people,” Adalemo said. The expansion, according to him, will see the company expand to 20 locations in March 2013, and 100 locations in Lagos by 2015. It would focus on Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano later. “Of the N200 million needed to roll out services by December 2012, we have attained N75 million equity investment to date, which means that we are really set to move to these new locations,” he said. The company currently operates with 100 per cent private equity fund from the board of directors which he said “are putting in more funds to see us expand,” but said further that the company had already attracted institutional investors such as Google and Main One Cable Company, which were interested in investing in it and help boost broadband access in the country. Adalemo emphasised that the company would continue to expand because he believed WiFi technology would play a major role in boosting Internet access in Nigeria. “Because we believe that everybody should be on the internet and we are restricted by regulations as to how to expand (we cannot cover wide area), we decided to take the internet to where everybody is going,” he said. Expectedly, Adalemo does not regret the fact that he could not finish up his programme at the university but urge young Nigerian entrepreneurs not to be deterred by environmental challenges surrounding but remained focused, stressing that he dropped out of school when he found out that academic works were disturbing his entrepreneurial drive. “I will say that I am also a proud school dropout because at some point, I realised that pursuing academic excellence was interfering with my passion for this dream. May be Oxygen would have become a dream earlier but for exams in school,” he said He however cautioned that his position should not be misconstrued to mean that he encourages people to drop out of school but to “think outside the box. The emphasis on paper qualification in our society has not helped us. If school will limit you as an entrepreneur, get out; and if it will enhance you, stay with it.” BC

Personal Finance Strategies to reduce employee theft

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s employers, most of us trust our employees. However, as much as we wish it wasn’t the case, employee theft is a fairly common occurrence. In fact, it is estimated that businesses lose an average of five per cent of their annual revenue due to employee theft. Some employees may embezzle money from the register; others may attempt to overcharge random customers. In addition, some employees are dishonest about their mileage and travel expense, another example of theft in the workplace. The good news is that there are a number of practices business owners can implement to discourage theft. Read on to learn the effective tactics to stop sticky-fingered staffers! Perform employee background checks: One of the key things that you, as a business owner, can do to prevent employee theft is to hire responsible employees. For that reason, you should consider implementing a system for performing background checks on every potential employee. Employee background are especially important for companies whose employees will be handling high-value merchandise or have access to company financial records or accounts. Segregate employee duties: Since opportunity is one of the primary factors of theft, you can deter it in the workplace by assigning different tasks to your employees. For example, the employee who checks the mail should not be the same person who is collecting payments from customers. The person who reconciles the bank statements should not be the same person who writes the checks to vendors and so one. Establish a code of ethics and conduct: Every company should have a set of ethics and conduct. The code of ethics and conduct should be documented and covered extensively during employee orientation. They should also be a signed copy in every employee’s file. There are a number of websites that have templates for codes of conduct. Every year, the code of conduct should be revisited. You may need to add new material to it. Having a set of ethics will help employees understand exactly what is expected of them. Get on top of your inventory: If you are unable to accurate account of what you have in stock versus what you have on the shelves, it will be really challenging to prevent losses. Fortunately, the integrated inventory capabilities of point of sale technology from brands like Intuit and Stitch Labs can easily provide you with total control of your inventory without the need to have employees devote time to counting it physically. That way, you’ll be notified immediately if something turns up missing Good employer/employee relationship: A large majority of employees that engage in workplace theft say it is because they “feel like they are overworked and under-appreciated.” This is why you should always strive to establish a good relationship with your employees. Engage your employees with a one-on-one meeting and encourage them come see you at any time to talk to you about any issues that they may be having. Furthermore, you should also encourage your employees to use their vacation time. Recognize the signs of employee theft: In many cases, there are detectable signs of employee theft if you know what to look for. Employees who prefer to stay late and work unsupervised or take their work home may be possible suspects, especially if they are also overprotective about their work space. In addition, unexplained debt and disappearing financial records are also signs to look out for. BC


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Information and communication technology shareholders say Nigeria must up the ante this year by deepening internet usage through broadband penetration By Adejuwon Osunnuyi

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lobally, internet and broadband are widely acknowledged as the foundation for transformation to a knowledge-based economy. To a large extent, it is also widely acknowledged that broadband infrastructure is an enabler for economic and social growth in the digital economy even as it is said to have the potential of enabling entire new industries and introducing significant inefficiencies into education delivery, health care provision, energy management, ensuring public safety, government/citizen interaction, and the overall organization and dissemination of knowledge. While in most developed countries, broadband connectivity has been a matter of a snap of the fingers, in Nigeria, the road to an efficient broadband service has been a long and arduous one. With about four cable systems with international bandwidth capacity of over nine Terra bits, the country still seems to be a far cry from achieving what is considered global broadband standards. In fact, it has become more worrisome the kind of services most operators sell to subscribers. While most of the service providers claim to have 3G and in some cases 4G, nothing seems to have changed as most consumers still experience slow internet services and in some cases, inaccessibility of service. Hence, moving information such as messages, pictures and videos at a very high speed has been an illusion for many. Worried by the slow pace of broadband penetration in the country, stakeholders are unanimous in their submission that measures must be taken to increase broadband penetration especially in 2014,

especially in view of the Federal Government’s plan of promoting pervasive broadband deployment, with its National Broadband Plan 2013 – 2018. President, Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) Engr. Lanre Ajayi, noted that the average speed of broadband at about six per cent, which in most cases still obtainable in the country today is rather too slow as the demand for broadband generally has outstripped supply hence, the need to improve on penetration. Ajayi challenged both the Federal Government and submarine Cable Operators to focus on connecting people with broadband, rather than dumping broadband cables on the shores of the country, adding that “what the country needs is the actual broadband connectivity to homes, offices, business centres, and public places in the hinterlands.” He frowned at the current situation where there are lots of broadband capacities at the shores of the country from Glo 1, Main One, MTN WACS, and Sat 3, yet the capacities are not transmitted through backbone infrastructure to the hinterlands to address the last mile connectivity issues in the country. “We have lots of broadband capacities lying low at the shores of the country, yet cost of bandwidth is still high and the level of access to the internet is not commensurate with the avalanche of broadband capacities that are littered around the country’s shores, yet we are talking of bringing another submarine cable to the country,” Ajayi said. According to him, of all the abundant broadband capacities that are currently in the country, the usage is less than five per cent, just because the same capacities that are abundant at the shores are also very

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scarce in the hinterlands. To Ajayi, if government is serious about its roll-out plan, broadband service would go a long way in facilitating the provision of good health, education, agricultural services as well as other sectors of the economy. Stressing that the association would support government’s broadband reform, the ATCON boss urged the Federal Government to provide special incentives that would encourage operators to invest in broadband roll out. President Goodluck Jonathan had set up a high level Committee to develop a broadband strategy and roadmap for the country to underscore the strategic nature and importance of broadband for the country. The committee was chaired by former Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Dr. Ernest Ndukwe and Jim Ovia Chairman, Visafone. According to him, it is imperative that a broadband strategy and roadmap be developed to properly articulate how Nigeria will achieve the targets and aspirations of the Broadband policy. “It has been empirically proven that every ten per cent increase in broadband penetration in developing countries results in a commensurate increase of 1.3 per cent in GDP. The most credible statistics on broadband penetration estimate that Nigeria’s broadband penetration is between 4 per cent and 6 per cent, further underscoring the need for Nigeria to give strategic importance to the development of broadband

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infrastructure.” Jonathan had remarked. The key objectives of the Nigerian National Broadband Plan are to promote pervasive broadband deployment; increase broadband adoption and usage; and ensure availability of broadband services at affordable prices. All these are aimed at maximising the political and socioeconomic benefits of broadband. It is intended during the period of the plan to see more than a five-fold increase in internet and broadband penetration figures as it is also intended that all state capitals and urban cities have metro fibre infrastructure installed. On a national scale, it is the intention of government to facilitate full rollout by operating companies of 3G networks as a minimum on all base stations by 2015. This will ensure that Nigerian citizens will enjoy World Class wireless broadband as a basic access medium for the society. Broadband is an essential right and basic utility for societal transformation and development, necessary for all segments of society. Pushing for increased broadband penetration in the country, Minister of Communications Technology, Omobola Johnson assured Nigerians that the ministry was working with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to deepen broadband penetration in the country, especially in rural communities, through infrastructure rollout. She noted that the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry

could raise its contributions to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from the present 8 per cent to 11 per cent, if the industry achieves its targets of a five-fold increase in broadband penetration by 2017. “Today the ICT sector contributes just over eight per cent to GDP. If we achieve our targets of a five-fold increase in broadband penetration by 2017, from six per cent to 30 per cent, we will deliver through broadband, a phenomenal 3 per cent increase in GDP,” Johnson said. “The National Broadband Strategy and Roadmap will articulate how we will deliver these broadband targets local government by local government and state by state,” the minister added. While it might not be impossible that the Federal Government’s dream of having effective broadband achievable in 2014 might not be realistic, the broadband plan committee had made it imperative that the broadband vision for Nigeria is one of a society of connected communities with high speed internet and broadband access that facilitate faster socioeconomic advancement of the nation and its people. According to the broadband plan committee, in its report, while traditionally, the term broadband referred to high-speed communications networks that connected endusers at a data transfer speed greater than 256 Kbit/s, as such, broadband within the Nigerian context is defined as an internet experience where the user can access the most


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demanding content in real time at a minimum speed of 1.5 Mbit/s. To deepen the broadband connectivity, the Federal Government is expected to promote the rapid establishment of recovery agreements and the delivery of additional cable landing points to other coastal states such as Delta, Rivers, Bayelsa and Ondo as soon as possible. In terms of a National Backbone fibre optic infrastructure, most Long Distance Carriers have amongst themselves fibre presence in all the thirty six states and the FCT, but findings also indicate that while many routes in the country still do not have fibre coverage, there exists a proliferation of fibre along some routes. Moreover the cables on the routes that have multiple fibre installations are mostly not interconnected to offer the required redundancy to promote network resilience. While islands of fibre infrastructure may be good for some of the operator, experts say, it is definitely not good for the nation as it does not engender a truly national network. Hence, it has become crucial to therefore promote a seamless interconnectivity regime and an Open Access Infrastructure sharing agreement among operators. “The roll-out of the terrestrial fibre-optic network in the country’s hinterland is not keeping pace with the increasing international bandwidth landing on Nigeria’s shores. Approximately 30,000km of fibre had been laid as at 2010 and

we estimate that an additional 11,000km was laid since then. However additional fibre cable is mainly duplications along a few commercial routes.” Johnson affirmed. In achieving smooth roll-out of broadband especially taking them out the shores to the hinterland, while challenges common to operators in the telecoms sector have been identified as; the high costs of right of way resulting in the high cost of leasing transmission infrastructure; long delays in the processing of permits; multiple taxation at Federal, State, and Local Government levels and having to deal with multiple regulatory bodies; damage to existing fibre infrastructure as a result of cable theft, road works and other operations; and the lack of reliable, clean grid electricity supply, government seems to be optimistic that sooner than expected most of the problems would be surmounted. Calling on state governors to cooperate with telecoms operators in their respective states, to help facilitate broadband penetration across the state, she said the ability of federal government to achieve fast broadband rollout, lies in the hands of state governments. She explained that if state governors allow telecoms infrastructure to be built quickly at reduced cost in their states, it would help deliver all the benefits of broadband in the country before 2017. The demand on existing infrastructure has reached breaking point because the private sector is not investing quickly enough, the

minister said. According to Johnson, while the Ministry of Communications Technology would continue to work to remove all obstacles to the build out of broadband infrastructure, it is expected that telecoms operators and infrastructure providers seek innovative and creative ways to accelerate infrastructure rollout, by partnering with state governments on Right of Way (RoW), co- location, hybrid or solar powered base stations, intelligent network planning, amongst others. Majorly, over the years, operators have always complained that the cost for procurement of Right-Of-Way (ROW) for laying fibre and for procuring sites for base stations has been prohibitively expensive and that the process is time consuming. Indeed available data shows that the cost of obtaining ROW could account for as high as 50 per cent to 70 per cent of the total cost of deploying fibre in various states of the federation. Lengthy approval times (in some cases up to two years), also contribute greatly to delays and escalation of costs in rollout of broadband networks. Despite the fact that sufficient international bandwidth capacities have been achieved with multiple international cable landings to the shores of the country, excessive upfront charges for rights-of-way for national fibre optic cable rollout initiatives, have hampered efforts to extend these capacities inland to reach all parts of the country. Aside ROW, spectrum allocation and assignment in the country have also been identified as another major impediment to broadband especially in terms of underutilization and non-utilisation of spectrum. For instance, while not all the companies assigned frequency spectrums have rolled out services, even where services are rolled out, there have been cases where capacity, coverage, and the resulting subscriber base had fallen far behind the anticipated performance due to underutilization of spectrum. While the first scenario calls for greater enforcement of the use-it or loseit provisions in our law, the second scenario, experts said, might be mitigated by a regime that permits spectrum trading (selling, leasing and sharing). Expects also believe that until the issue of insufficiency of assigned spectrum is addressed, a situation where the spectrum size assigned for certain frequency allocations have not been optimal to support a robust rollout of full broadband networks, broadband connectivity might continue to experience snail speed. BC

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New and evolving challenges faced by IT professionals

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n as much as our society, businesses and workplace are being transformed by continuously evolving technologies that are changing the way we do things at the most fundamental levels, today’s IT professionals face new and evolving challenges when it comes to privacy, security and infrastructure. Five of the biggest concerns in information technology are discussed below: Social Media Privacy Social media is a competitive market. In the rush to add new features to current offerings, user privacy sometimes gets left on the back burner. Apps and plug-ins that utilize GPS location and single access sign-on present unique security concerns for users. Most social media features now require users to grant access to their personal information, including publicly shared pictures and status updates, before they can use the service. Users innocently share this data so that they can register for marketing incentives. The main fact is that companies are largely left to their own devices when it comes to developing and instituting security policies. There is no universal security legislation, and companies are free to change their policies as they see fit. Facebook, for example, has changed their security policy and privacy settings numerous times in recent years, leaving some users feeling confused and unprotected. Workplace Monitoring: Privacy can be an issue in the workplace because as technology advances, employers are able to easily and inexpensively install and operate surveillance from security cameras and motion detectors to software that tracks employee internet usage. Companies have several motivators for using these tools. Monitoring employees allows businesses to keep tabs on the dissemination of potentially confidential information, track productivity and even prevent lawsuits by watching for harassing behavior. Mobile Security: Mobile devices can be both the instruments and victims of privacy violations. One of Google’s latest innovation, Google Glass has security implications of been an unobtrusive mobile device capable of discreetly recording audio, video and still footage in public and private places. However, most security threats from mobile devices result from the manner in which the consumer uses the technology: for example consumers who elect to set PINs and passwords for their mobile devices often choose easily deciphered codes, such as 1234 or 0000, Users may unknowingly download malware disguised as a useful application. Out-of-date operating systems may pose threats. OS manufacturers periodically release security patches and fixes, but it is up to the consumer to update their devices, Out-of-date software presents similar security risks as attackers can exploit vulnerabilities in outdated software. Wireless transmissions are not always encrypted thereby making information sent via mobile devices easier to intercept. With users treating their devices in such a blase fashion, it can be difficult and frustrating for IT specialists to help users avoid security and privacy mishaps especially when those devices are used for company purposes. Bring-Your-Own-Device Support: In some cases were employees use their own personal mobile devices to conduct business within the company is like taking control away from the company. Corporate data stored on personal employee devices is at risk due to malware and information leaks, most notably resulting from the loss or theft of a device. Cloud Strategy: Successful technology adoption requires an alignment of people, processes, and technology so also changes in workflow and project management arise from immediate need, as this technology evolves, more employees will be comfortable getting on board with cloud strategy but issues like security, integration, and enterprise architecture, with basics like data security, data location, who has access and to what, whether or not data is encrypted, who has access to the encryption keys, and recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives (RPOs and RTOs) in the event of a disaster can also arise. BC


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Helix Institute partners MobileMoney Expo Stories by Adejuwon Osunnuyi

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he HelixInstitute of Digital Finance is partnering with mobilemoneyexpo to host a workshop on agent network management during the Fourth MobileMoneyExpo in Lagos. The 2014 edition of MobileMoneyExpo taking place between Feb 12 – 13 at the Lagos Oriental hotel has as its theme: Promoting financial inclusion. The MobileMoneyExpo delivers two full days of top executives networking, cutting edge content from dynamic presentations and engaging discussions designed to address developments, challenges, opportunities and success stories within the financial inclusion ecosystem around Africa in 2014. The Helix Institute of Digital Finance, founded in partnership with MicroSave, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), provides world-class training and cutting-edge data for digital financial service providers. Helix assists mobile network operators, banks, financial institutions and third party providers in increasing efficiency, improving profits and extending financial services to the mass market. According to Emmanuel Okoegwale, Principal Associate at MobileMoneyAfrica ‘Helix brings unparallel experiences and excellent understanding of agency network management which still eludes many providers in the mobile money space. The industry has a lot to learn from their wealth of knowledge’.

The Helix Institute launched in November 2013 with its inaugural ‘Agent Network Accelerator’ training course held in Nairobi, Kenya. It will be running the course again four times in 2014, with the next course dates set for March 24th28th for nascent markets and April 14th-18th for more advanced players. Kimathi Githachuri, Head of The Helix Institute of Digital Finance and former Head of Warid Pesa in Uganda (before its acquisition by Airtel), said that Agent Network Management is one of the greatest constraints to expanding mobile money and agent banking roll-outs as he noted, “With insights from our global research project, and world-class digital finance training, Helix provides tailored advice to industry players looking to increase profits and expand their customer base.”

NCC sets date for multi-billion dollar spectrum aution

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he Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) will carry out the auction of the 2.3 GHz band for commercial assignment on a national basis from February 17. The spectrum is one unpaired block of 30 MHz, adjoining a 10MHz guard band with the adjacent 2.4 GHz band. NCC said it had placed a reserve price of $23 million on the spectrum band, which will be sold to a sole provider of wholesale broadband services. The reserve price is the minimum amount an item is offered for in an auction. In this case the price has been fixed at N3.6 million ($22,500) for the 30MHz of 2.3 Gzhz frequency spectrum. The commission said: “The proposed licensing of 2.3 GHz spectrum has been influenced by the need to provide Retail Service Providers (ISPs and others users) with the requisite wholesale wireless access and bandwidth to provide service to their subscribers in consonance with the National Broadband Plan of 2013.” The spectrum is offered by the commission on a technology neutral basis. To qualify to participate in the auction, the NCC said the respective operators must not be owing the commission any dues. It said: “Already licensed

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operators participating in the process must fulfill all existing obligations to the commission including payments of Annual Operational Levy, Spectrum and National Numbering Plan fees prior to prequalification.

Vodacom Business Nigeria Introduces SaaS

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odacom Business Nigeria has announced its Software as a Solution (SaaS) offering, an enterprise-class IT solution for all businesses that enables businesses to lower the operating cost (Opex) while maintaining office communication software and focusing on growing businesses. According to the technology firm, SaaS is an effective hosted information management solution that is scalable, easy to deploy and manage, adding that businesses could collaborate real-time with up-to-date solutions spanning across the full range of any business function. This solution includes Hosted Exchange, Hosted Lync and Hosted SharePoint. Vodacom Nigeria’s Portfolio Manager, Abu Etu said Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria can now benefit from improved efficiency and productivity through collaboration, remotely, on-site or on-themove while enjoying significant cost savings. “We will provide and manage the software, renew licenses, do the upgrades and ensure full security of our customer’s data. Customers simply lease it from us at an affordable monthly or yearly fee as it suits them,” he said. The solution also allows for better resource allocation as firms no longer need dedicated resources for network and software management – everything is supported by service offered by Vodacom Business Nigeria. “It is a commendable in-

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novation from Vodacom as it enables a self- service platform where Hosted Exchange, Hosted Lync and Hosted SharePoint can be easily purchased and managed on Vodacom’s e-commerce web store. “Vodacom has further emphasised the fact that collaboration and communication are vital components of the success of any business. With the appropriate solutions in place, businesses can greatly optimize productivity. With SaaS solution, Vodacom has further established itself as a total communication service provider and one of the most dependable providers of managed hosted services in enterprise sector,” a customer who identified himself simply as Victor, said.

More winners emerge in Glo “text4millions” promo

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pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Luka Yakubu and fifteen other lucky subscribers who won prizes in the ongoing Season 4 of the Glo “text4millions” promo have been presented with their cheques at a special prize presentation ceremony held in Abuja on Thursday. The winners are LukaYakubu, a pastor and businessman who won N5million in the promo, Akeeb Abdulahi, a panel beater, Alli Mohammed, a building contractor, Amaefule Chukwujekwu, a spare parts seller, Anyanwu Simon, a fabrics dealer, Asaka Godwin, a businessman, Asiegbu Chijioke, a spare parts dealer and Babalola Samson, a businessman who won N50,000 each. Other winners who also went home with N50,000 each are Bakare Ganiyu, a transporter, Isaac Sunday, a businessman, Oladosu Abdulrahman, a youth corps member, Otevia Kelvin, a civil servant, Ikwen Emmanuel, a porter, Obaji Solomon, a businessman, Oyelami Taofeek, a carpenter and Ugwuanyi Ikechukwu, a businessman. Yakubu, thanking Globacom for making it possible for his family to be so mightily blessed early in the New Year said, “I am very grateful to Glo for blessing me and my family in such a surprising way. N5million can transform a hundred families, so I will make sure I create a special

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place for Glo when I set up my business which will be the first food warehouse in West Africa”. He urged other subscribers on the Glo network to continue to believe in Glo because of its superior services and for its integrity. “I bought a Glo SIM card because I heard it is a good network. I even asked for a special number. I want every Nigerian to believe in Glo because its promos are real. I believe in Glo’s integrity. Glo is extraordinarily unlimited”, he stated. Ikwen Emmanuel, a porter at the Protea Hotel in Asokoro who won N50,000 in the promo was also ecstatic about being one of the lucky winners. “Glo might think that this is little money, but believe me, it is going to make a difference. I only played for one day before I was called to collect this money and I hope to win again”, he stated. For Anyanwu Simon, a fabrics dealer who had won N1milion in a previous Glo promo, winning the sum of N50,000 again is a clear indication that Glo keeps its promises and rewards its subscribers. “Glo promises and never fails. This is the second time I’m winning as I collected N1million on August 10, 2013 in Lagos. Glo is the number one network and I know I will win again”, he said. Speaking about the promo during the prize presentation, Globacom’s Divisional Director, Lorenzo Gomez said that Glo has a history of rewarding its subscribers with cash prizes and celebrating them. “Season 4 of the Glo “text4millions” promo is already delivering on its promise and will continue to give out huge rewards to loyal subscribers who choose to participate in the promo”, he said. BC


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Stakeholders take further steps to reposition insurance practice in Nigeria through education, even as efforts are on top gear to make the industry be in tune with global best practices By Chidinma Agu

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he insurance industry recorded a lot of activities in 2013, some of which relate to the inability of many insurance companies to produce International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS)-compliant statements of accounts and the enforcement of ``No Premium No Cover’’ policy. However, the efforts of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria’s (CIIN) to promote insurance education in the country reached a crescendo in 2013. Joseph Oba, CIIN’s Director of Communications, said that plans to promote insurance education started in 2007 with visits of the CIIN Governing Council to the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Federal Ministry of Education. Cynics are often tempted to ask questions as to the need to restructure insurance education in Nigeria. However, insurance experts habitually insist that tangible efforts should be made to promote insurance education in the country. This is because available statistics show that insurance penetration in Nigeria is very low, compared to Ghana and South Africa in spite of the huge population of Nigeria which is over 160 million. Also, the contribution of the insurance industry to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is less than one per cent. With the recent addition of 14 Fellows and 158 Associates, the number of registered members of the CIIN is now 210 Fellows and 2, 641 Associates. But there is high public apathy towards taking on insurance policies in the country. Jero Akanbi, a retired civil servant, took a life insurance

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policy in 1980 and paid the calculated premium of N20 religiously for 20 years. However, in 2000, when he disengaged from the policy, he was paid a paltry sum of N5,000 and he was highly exasperated. Akanbi vowed never to have anything to do with insurance again in spite of explanations that the payment was due to his maintenance of the same premium, the non-review of the policy and the effects of inflation. Investigations, however, revealed that Akanbi never read the insurance document before taking up the policy.

``My friend, who is an insurance broker, brought it to my office. After his explanations, l felt it was good and asked him to sign me on. I only signed the areas where I was required to append my signature. I never read through the documents as l trusted the insurance broker who is my friend,” he said. Akanbi has since embarked on a damaging campaign. He has been discouraging family members, friends and others from taking on insurance policies. The man’s plight aptly reflects the dilemma of many Nigerians who have similar tales

of woes to narrate about insurance. ``Such anomalies are what the CIIN sets out to correct with its current focus on insurance education,’’ Fatai Lawal, the CIIN President said. However, Dr Wole Adetimehin, the immediate-past President CIIN, said that insurance was a contract. He underscored the need for anyone who intended to take on an insurance policy to read and understand the content of the insurance documents. ``In a contract document, the terms and conditions are scrutinised critically whenever disputes arise; that is what insurance companies look out for when paying claims. ``Many Nigerians are always in a hurry. Most people do not take things that concerned them seriously. Also, many people do not want to read; that is the problem,” he said. CIIN is targeting the youth in its bid to check public apathy towards insurance, while tackling misconceptions about insurance and deepening its penetration in the country. ``We want the younger generation to recognise the benefits of insurance, while helping to educate their parents on the need to take up one policy or the other,” Sunny Adeda, a former CIIN President, said. ``To achieve this, the CIIN Governing Council came up with a programme to include insurance studies in the secondary school’s curriculum. The institute also ensured that more tertiary institutions run accredited courses in insurance. ``These informed the Governing Council’s visits to the NUC and Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja,” Adeda said. Beyond that, Oba said that officials from the Federal Ministry of Education came to the CIIN Office in Lagos and inspected its facilities, syllabus and the structure of its examinations. ``The efforts of all the past presidents of the CIIN paid off, as the Federal Ministry of Education has recognised our insurance certificate. ``Now, our graduates can be gainfully employed in the federal civil service. Besides, insurance is now a subject in the Senior Secondary School curriculum and this year, insurance will be taken as part of the West African School Certificate Examinations,” he said. To address factors such as

dearth of insurance teachers and insurance textbooks, the CIIN is encouraging insurance professionals to take up teaching appointments in tertiary institutions. The institute has also published a textbook on insurance -- ``Insurance for Secondary Schools’’ -- for senior secondary schools. The book was presented to the public during the CIIN’s Graduation and Fellowship Awards Ceremony in Lagos in 2013. The CIIN president then said: ``The presentation of the book marks a significant milestone in the annals of the institution.’’ Lawal stressed that the book would advance insurance education in Nigeria which, he said, was one of the cardinal programmes of the CIIN’s Governing Council. ``It will also herald a new dawn in insurance education by stimulating the consciousness of secondary school students and our future leaders concerning insurance,” he said. Besides, the CIIN has been visiting tertiary institutions and during the visits, the institute to donated books to institutions offering insurance courses. Some of the beneficiaries of the books’ donation include University of Lagos, Lagos State University, Redeemers’ University, Lagos State Polytechnic, Ibadan Polytechnic, Federal Polytechnic, Offa, and Federal Polytechnic, Bori. Others are Kwara State University, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Imo State University, Bayelsa State University, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Enugu State University Technology and Institute of Management of Technology (IMT), Enugu. Lawal said that the books’ donation was one of the institute’s strategies aimed at promoting insurance education in the country. ``The only way we can stimulate the penetration of insurance in this country is to get more people involved as crusaders for insurance,” he said. Lawal described that the donation of books to tertiary institutions nationwide as a landmark commitment to achieving the institute’s agenda for the growth insurance in the country. Industry watchers commend the CIIN for its efforts to boost insurance education in Nigeria, saying that such efforts will surely engender the development of the insurance industry in the country. BC Agu is of the News Agency of Nigeria


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he 2015 Cadillac Escalade gets a subtle new look and a substantially improved interior. As before, you can still bring the whole family perhaps two and tow a boat. Cadillac’s growth provides the ideal stage for the all-new Escalade to take a major leap forward the 2015 Escalade is completely new and elevated in design, luxury and technology, inside and out. The clear objective is to once again assume the leadership position among luxury SUVs. Hot on the heels of the successful Cadillac ATS and CTS sedans, Cadillac introduced its new 2015 Escalade luxury fullsize SUV, claiming big improvements in quality, craftsmanship and technology. The central part of the instrument cluster looks similar to other current Cadillacs with the CUE system and swipetouch buttons. And the navigation looks to be in 3D. The fourth-gen Escalade is a new design but Cadillac says it will be instantly recognizable, most of the top-end luxury SUVs long ago ditched their pickup roots for the bones of cushier, compliant unibody platforms, yet the Escalade continued atop its workingclass Suburban frame. Nor did it do anything special that other luxury tanks didn’t, except maybe show more composure during hip-hop video shoots. But new design touches and a vastly upgraded cabin help make the 2015 Cadillac Escalade a standout in the class that it once defined. The new Escalade still rides on traditional body-on-frame architecture, and though luxury snobs might dismiss the idea, owners of weekend toys will not. The base rear-wheel-drive Escalade, properly equipped, can tow up to 8,200 pounds (the allwheel-drive Escalade is rated for 8,000 pounds).

Specs and powertrains The Escalade line will be offered in standard wheel base again and long wheel base versions. No EXT (aka Avalanche) version will be offered, but if you need a luxury pick-up, GM will be happy to sell you a Sierra Denali. The ESV model is about 20 inches longer than the standard model and has a 14-inch longer wheel base. Two- and four-wheel drive will be offered and Magnetic Ride Control is now standard across the board and includes

Tour and Sport modes. Cadillac says in efforts to make the Escalade even quieter on the road, the new truck’s box frame is 75 percent high-strength steel. The Escalade also carries over a 6.2-liter V8, but this one comes from GM’s latest generation of direct-injection engines, the 6.2-liter V8 is new and now direct injected, producing 420 hp (up 5 percent) and 460 lb-ft of torque (up 10 percent). The engine has cylinder deactivation, and the six-speed automatic has tap-shift control. Interior comfort and technology The big story is inside, where Cadillac says it has made huge efforts in improving materials, fit and finish. Instrument panel and door panel tolerances have been tightened up. The redone interior has ambient lighting as well as cut-and-sewn materials with various wood trim choices. Cadillac says the seats were engineered to be more comfortable and look more sculpted. Big efforts were made to make the new interior dramatically quieter as well, thanks to a stronger new body structure, new acoustic material (and more of it), and Bose Active Noise Cancellation technology. An exceptional level of craftsmanship has gone into the redesign of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade, and it all centres on the premium materials and extensive use of cut-and-sew live stitching the way fine furniture is produced. CUE, Cadillac’s system for connectivity and control, is

standard, feace turing voice n recognition with touch controls meant to be comm o n with tablets and mobile devices, CUE multimedia system has as an 8-inch touchscreen ouchscreen interface, but it’s the larger 12.3inch configurable urable gauge cluster and “driverr information centre” that really impresses with sharp, high-definition colors and graphics. The “favorites” section has been expanded, offering quick access to phone contacts, nav destinations and digital music in the same one-touch form as traditional radio presets. A standard 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster can be reconfigured with four themes. Headup display is optional. Also optional is a Blu-Ray DVD rear entertainment system with a 9-inch roof-mounted screen on the standard model Escalade and two 9-inch screens on the ESV. But the Escalade’s interior design and materials are unquestionably its centerpiece upgrades. Previously little better than the Suburban/Yukon twins, the cabin of the 2015 Escalade features a wealth of perforated leather, prominent stitching and genuine wood, while wrapped and tiered sur-

faces demonstrate a level of detail and build quality absent in previous generations. The second row is available with captain’s chairs or a bench seat (for eight-passenger capability), and for 2015 the Esca-

lade finally finally gets a fold-down third-row seat. The bad news is that it doesn’t fold completely flat and its versatility eats into cargo capacity. The new Escalade drops nearly 15 cubic feet of capacity, but still delivers 94 cubes. The good


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Autocare trol system with sport and tour models is standard equipment and with its millisecond damper adjustments, aim to give the Escalade an even plushier ride than before, despite having 20” wheels (even 22” dubs are optional). Wider front and rear tracks give the Escalade a commanding stance on the road while a new coilover front suspension and a five link solid rear, coupled with variable electric assist power steering make the Escalade easy to pilot. news is that you no longer need to call a neighbor to help rremove and stow the third row when it’s not needed. T h e o n l y people w h o ma not may fully full appreciate the Escalade’s new cabsea pasin are rear seat sengers. sengers The new model is fractionally longer and wider, about 1.5 inches in both directions, which nets the driver and front seat passenger an additional 4 inches of legroom. Riders in the third row, however, lose almost an inch of room to stretch out (ESV models fare better). Headroom in both rows is also down as much as a halfinch depending on model. Exterior design Changes to the sheet metal aren’t as dramatic as changes inside, but the Escalade still cuts a dashing figure from the curb. Both the front and rear ends use steeply stacked vertical layouts for the standard LED headlights and taillights, and Cadillac’s current grille design is presented in its largest form yet. As for the new Escalade’s shape, Cadillac makers say the goal was a more sophisticated, emotional Escalade. The new exterior has LED lighting meant

to create a new interpretation of Cadillac’s vertical light signature. The headlamps incorporate what Cadillac says is the industry’s first Total Internal Reflection LED high-beam function, consisting of vertically stacked crystal lenses and LEDs. Low beam has five crystal lenses and LEDs creating the light pattern. Tall, thin vertical LED tail lamps reach to the roof. Premium models have LED-illuminated door handles. Other exterior changes include doors that fit into the body side openings instead of over the top of the body, meant to cut wind noise and help aero. Active air shutters close in front of the condenser/radiator assembly at certain highway speeds, further helping aerodynamics. The hood and liftgate are aluminum. Body panel gaps have been tightened. The new liftgate is designed to look sleeker, and now integrates the rear window wiper into the spoiler. Also moving the rear wiper to the top of the glass and packaging it in the spoiler gives it cleaner look and better visibility. And like the Suburban and Yukon, the Escalade’s tailgate is topped by a prominent spoiler that improves its aerodynamic profile. Driving impressions The escalade’s chassis is fully boxed and features a stiffer frame with better fitting body panels and tighter gap tolerances. GM’s Magnetic Ride Con-

Safety and reliability New tech goodies include front- and rear-automatic braking, radar technology and ultrasonic sensors are meant to help the driver avoid front and rear low-speed collisions with a progression of alerts extending to a full stop if necessary. Also new is the front seat center-mounted air bag; Cadillac calls it the first in the segment, and the idea is to provide more protection for drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes, where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle. A Driver Awareness package includes forward-collision alert, lane departure warning, and safety alert seat, offering directional vibrations to alert the driver about potential crashes. The Driver Assist package adds adaptive cruise control, front and rear automatic braking and automatic safety belt tightening. Side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert and lane change alert are standard on Luxury and Premium models. The 2015 Cadillac Escalade commands a distinctive visual presence; new level of interior luxury and gutsy V8. Despite a minimal growth spurt, second- and third-row passengers get less leg and headroom than before; folding third-row seat doesn’t lie completely flat and its size requires careful maneuvering in tight quarters. The 2015 Cadillac Escalade should be available in summer with a base price around $65,000. BC

What you should know about your car’s “check engine” light

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ften called on board diagnostics, second generation (OBD2 or OBD-II), the check engine light is part of a sophisticated program in your vehicle’s on-board computer that is constantly checking information from engine to transmission sensors. Also called the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) or Service Engine Soon light and nicknamed the “idiot light,” it indicates a problem related to your vehicle’s emissions system. It is tied to about 80 per cent of the systems on your car ranging from a loose gas cap to a catalytic converter. This light is different from the Maintenance or Service Light! Check engine light technology is found on all vehicles manufactured for use in the U.S. since 1996 and Canada since 1998 because of government mandates to lower emissions. It’s found on more than 220 million vehicles in North America, and covers about 80 per cent of the systems on most cars, light trucks, SUVs and minivans. The first step is not to panic! Realize that this is your car’s way of telling you there’s a problem that might just be a loose gas cap, but could be more serious and costly. Even if your car is driving OK, the problem won’t go away and could get worse and cost more to repair. To minimize further damage to your vehicle, diagnose the problem ASAP. A blinking or flashing check engine light indicates a more severe problem that is doing mechanical damage to your car and should not be ignored! When this occurs, it’s best to limit your driving and have the problem diagnosed as soon as possible. At a minimum, this warning light indicates a problem that may reduce gas mileage and harm the environment. It can also signify a severe problem that may lead to expensive repairs. Here are the top five most common “check engine” light repairs, most of these repairs have more to do with durability problems than faulty parts. The first most common fix is “replace Oxygen Sensor.” The O2 sensor monitors the amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust and tells your car’s computer when there is either too much, or not enough fuel. So what’s it mean to you? A faulty O2 sensor may cost you a little to fix but can lead to as much as a 40 per cent reduction in gas mileage if ignored. The second most common repair is “replace loose, damaged or missing gas cap.” Simply tightening the cap for free or replacing it at a little cost is the fix, but if left unchecked can result in a 0.5 per cent decrease in gas mileage and harm the environment. “Replace catalytic converter(s)” is now the third most common car repair, but it shouldn’t even be in the top 10. A catalytic converter usually won’t fail unless a related part such as a faulty spark plug is ignored for too long. This is a great example of why it’s so important to address small problems early. The fourth most common repair is “replace the Mass Air Flow Sensor.” The MAF sensor is responsible for calculating the air coming into your car and determining how much fuel to shoot into the engine. When malfunctioning, it can lower MPG by 10 to 25 per cent. It costs a little but is vital to saving you money at the pump. The small but mighty spark plug is the 5th repair responsible for igniting a car’s air/fuel ratio, spark plugs are essential. When they fail, they can cause a “misfire,” reduce gas mileage, and ultimately melt/ruin your catalytic converter. If you do it yourself, replacing a spark plug doesn’t cost so much. BC


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Why Nigerian businesses failed to access Turkey EXIM Bank’s €400m offer – Hyacinth By Emmanuel Ogbonnaya

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ack of information by Nigerian businessmen and women has been attributed to as the main reason why they were unable to access €400million (N87.2 billion) loan earmarked for them by the EXIM Bank in Turkey. Executive Chairman of NigeriaTurkey Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Dr Eze Hyacinth who made the assertion, said that the €400million (N87.2 billion) was part of a €2 billion development fund which was set aside for Nigerians with viable business proposals to access in 2013. He disclosed that the yet to be accessed funds is still in the vault of the EXIM bank up till date waiting for serious minded Nigerian business men and women. Hyacinth stated this at a press briefing in Abuja, where he also announced that the business forum of the chamber will be organised in collaboration with Tumsiad Industrial and Businessmen Association, Independent Industrialists’ and Businessmen’s Association,

MÜSİAD and KONYA and will come up in Ankara, Turkey from March 23 to 29 this year. He said prospective and genuine participants for the forum should go through the chambers for support while those that wish to access the single digit loan from EXIM bank in Turkey should forward their business proposal to the chambers. He disclosed that participants expected at the one-week forum include state governors, trade associations, companies and business people who have keen in agriculture, mining, education, infrastructure development, construction, ICT sectors among others. Notable agencies and associations also expected at the forum include Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN; Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, NIPC; Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN; Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC and Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, NTDC, among others. Hyacinth, explained that Nigerians desirous of accessing the loan

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must have a Turkish technical business partner and all the facilities required for the business for which the loan is sought for must be bought in Turkey before leaving for their home country to set up the business. “There is no limit to the amount to be accessed by Nigerian businessmen. It depends on the scope of his business plan. You must have a Turkish technical partner that stands as a guarantee of the money because that technical part-

ner will liaise between the Nigerian partner and his local bank namely: Access and Guarantee Trust Bank, GTB and the EXIM bank,” he said. He expounded that once the EXIM bank releases the money to the Nigerian bank, The Turkey bank no longer has control over the money released through the local bank hence the local bank can decide on the digits of interest they want to release the money to the end user. “When you say accessing loans it is not just an open loan where you can just collect and start doing buying and selling, you must pass through the due process; who are you, and what business plans do you have, how do you intend to partner with the turkey people, what do you want to buy in turkey? Because they want something that will benefit both Turkey and Nigeria at the same time not just coming to access the money in their country and use the money to do your business and send to China and Yugoslavia,” he said. He said the chamber helps with the visa process as long as a participant pays $6,000 for the flight ticket, accommodation and transport adding that any Nigerian who already has Shanghai, American and British Visa can go to Turkey but through Turkey airline. BC

Customs generate N73.2bn at PTML Command in 2013

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he revenue generated by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ports and Terminal Multi-Services Ltd. (PTML) Command rose to N73.2 billion in 2013 up from N71.2 billion collected in 2012. The Public Relations Officer of the command, Steve Okonmah, disclosed this on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. According to him, the revenue result achieved in 2013 reflects a 2.7 per cent increase compared to that of 2012. He said: ``In 2013, PTML Customs Command, a model port, realised the sum of N73, 210, 954, 981 as against a total revenue of N71, 267, 589, 007. This shows that in 2013, there was an increase of N1, 943, 365, 974 or 2.7 per cent increase as against 2012. ``The truth of the issue is that we were able to achieve this because the CAC in his Wisdom 30 Loop Holes and the officers were adequately sensitised. ``You know that the CGC has already been motivating the officers. He has been training and re-training the officers. ``So expertise, alertness and honesty on the part of officers and constant dialogue and sensitisation of agents led to this increase, notwithstanding the withdrawal of Maersk Line on April 4,`` Okonmah said. Okonmah said that a total of six containers were seized in 2013 which included five 40ft containers and one 20ft container.

He said that the command had been committed in achieving its set goals of revenue collection, anti smuggling and facilitating legitimate trade and protecting social security.

Okonmah, however, urged clearing agents to always make genuine declarations, adding that the PTML Customs Command released cars within 12 hours while containers were released within 24 hours. BC

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He said that the five seized containers with registration numbers: ACLU9639590, MSKU9475050, GLDU0576300, GESU5954048 and FONU8071808; all contained furniture, fireworks, vehicles, arms and ammunition. The command’s spokesman said that the 20 ft container with registration number MRKU1249834 was laden with 240 bales of printed wax. Okonmah also said that six vehicles such as Lexus Jeep, Mitsubishi Space Star, Toyota Camry, Nissan Murano, Nissan Quest and Toyota 4Ruuner were also seized in the period under review. He said that all the seizures were made as a result of false declarations, forged documents and prohibition. Okonmah said that the Duty Paid Value (DPV) of the seized items was N97.3 million.

he All-Share Index of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) last Friday appreciated marginally by 0.03 per cent in spite of high volume of shares traded. The index, which opened at 41,740.77, grew by 10.78 points or 0.03 per cent to close higher at 41,751.55. Also, the market capitalisation rose by N3 billion to close at N13.364 trillion against N13.361 trillion achieved on Thursday. Market analysts attributed the slowdown to profit taking embarked by some investors following the growth recorded by the market since the beginning of the year. UACN led the price gainers’ chart, gaining by N1 to close at N70 per share. Flour Mill came second with a gain of 90k to close at N88.37 per share. GT Bank and PZ Cussons appreciated by 43k each, to close at N28.50 and N38.15, respectively, while ETI garnered 41k to close at N17.40 per share. On the other hand, Nestle topped the price losers’ chart, shedding N10 to close at N1,165 per share. Forte Oil trailed with N3 to close at N83,

while Julius Berger dropped N2.40 to close at N65.10 per share. Oando lost N1.10 to close at N25.60, while Nigerian Breweries declined by 79k to close at N165.20 per share. The volume of shares traded improved by 33.09 per cent with a total of 463.09 million shares worth N4.37 billion traded in 5,825 deals. This was in contrast with turnover of 347.95 million shares valued at N3.91 billion achieved in 6,462 deals on Thursday. The financial services sector remained the most active as investors staked N2.41 billion on 314.49 million shares in 2,916 deals. Transcorp emerged the most traded equity with a turnover of 70.20 million shares worth N286.54 billion in 348 deals. It was followed by FCMB Group having accounted for 54.03 million shares valued at N216.12 million exchanged in 100 deals, while Africa Prudential sold 33.46 million worth N102.28 million in 154 deals. UBA traded 32.07 million shares valued N288.61 million achieved in 248 deals, while Diamond accounted for 26.49 million worth N210.55 million in 88 deals. BC


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he naira appreciated marginally against the dollar at the official and parallel markets on Friday. The naira was sold at N155.24 against the dollar at the official market against the N155.22 offered last week. It was exchanged at N169.50 at Bureau de Change

((BDCs) on Friday against the N170 recorded last week. The naira was, however, stable at N170 to the dollar at the black market, the same amount it sold for last week. The naira also appreciated against the pound sterling at the official market this week, trading at N255.01 against

the N255.47 it was offered last week. It also appreciated against the pound sterling at the BDC, trading at N269 to the pound sterling. The naira was stable against the euro at the BDC, selling at N230.50 25, the same rate it was sold last week. BC

Elumelu Foundation partners NEPC on non-oil exports

T

he Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is set to support the development and promotion of the non-oil export sector through grants by completion of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council NEPC Head Office. The Chairman of the foundation, Tony Elumelu said the non-oil export is the commanding economic driving force, urging the private sector to learn a hand in the enhancement and sustainability of the sector. Elumelu said during a courtesy visit to the Executive Director/CEO of NEPC, Olusegun Awolowo in Abuja, that there is need for strong synergy between, the Public and Private sector, even as the sector should be driven through private sector approach and active participation. He said, “TEF sets out to build networks and develop the framework for enhancing competitiveness of African economies, it is convinced that the Council – as the apex Government organization for promotion of non-oil exports needed a befitting edifice of world class standard, to function maximal-

Elumelu

ly and be accorded the expected reverence. “The foundation is already in partnership with USAI & Western Union for African Diaspora market place – an initiative that supports US-based African Diaspora Entrepreneurs to establish businesses in SubSaharan Africa, promising that NEPC would be allowed to benefit from the partnership to promote its exportable products.” Awolowo said the offer by the foundation to support the growth of the non-oil export is a welcome development.

According to him, “completing the Head Office complex would make my first six months in office a fulfilled one as we hope to commission this structure before May 2014 when Nigeria will host the World Economic Forum Africa in Abuja. “The Council hopes to run a side-show involving Trade Exhibition, Buyer-Seller Meetings and Conferences to compliment the Forum.” The CEO recalled that at its establishment in 1976, NEPC was placed side-by-side with NNPC in terms of expected economic vibrancy for the country or at least the next best alternative to oil, but these hopes seems deemed – with the dwindling fortunes from the non-oil sector. Awolowo promised to drawout proactive programmes that would attempt to rave the GDP contribution from non-oil to 30 per cent by the end of his 4 year tenure in office, as my prime focus would be on promotion of priority export products, with the Small & Medium Scale Enterprises involvement and participation – all targeted at the Diaspora market. BC

Anxiety as NSE awaits SEC’s approval on Investor Protection Fund rules

T

he Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Oscar Onyema, has said Investor Protection Fund (IPF) would commence as soon the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approves the rules. IPF was established to give investors a statutorily backed avenue for reducing the losses they suffer as a result of bankruptcy. It will also cover losses arising from insolvency, negligence or wrongdoing by dealing members. Onyema, who said this at the NSE’s 2013 market review and outlook for 2014, added that the IPF would strengthen the confidence of domestic in-

vestors. He said that retail investors’ participation in the market as at Nov. 2013 stood at 49.06 per cent. Onyema also said that the operations of the exchange in 2014 would focus on sustaining the market growth. He said that the NSE would also sustain the attraction of foreign investors in the Nigerian capital market. Onyema said that the NSE would increase its investor education with other financial market regulators, to enhance financial literacy. He said that the NSE would ensure a world class surveillance programme and enhanced government relations for the capital market and na-

tional economic development. Onyema revealed that quoted companies and brokers were sanctioned N61.21 million and N43.5 million in 2013 for various market violations, noting that it would continue with its zero tolerance to irregularities. Reviewing the 2013 performance, Onyema said that the market capitalisation of listed equities grew by N4.25 trillion to N13.23 trillion, against the N8.98 trillion posted in 2012. According to him, the value of traded equities in 2013 appreciated by 58.66 per cent to N1.04 trillion. The NSE within the period under review recorded two listings and 19 new bond listings BC

Market Indicators for Week Ended 17-01-14 All-Share Index 41,751.55points Market Capitalization N13,364,731,342,649.83 Stock Updates GAINERS COMPANY

OPENING PRICE

CLOSING PRICE

CHANGE

AFRIPRUD

2.88

3.17

10.07

UPL

3.99

4.30

7.77

UBCAP

2.20

2.32

5.45

CUTIX

1.81

1.90

4.97

PORTPAINT

4.72

4.95

4.87

LOSERS COMPANY

OPENING PRICE

CLOSING PRICE

CHANGE

ETERNA

5.50

5.23

ABCTRANS

1.05

1.00

-4.91 -4.76

VONO

1.73

1.65

-4.62

OANDO

26.70

25.60

-4.12

JBERGER

67.50

65.10

-3.56

Inter-Bank Rates TENOR

RATE%(PREV) 09-Jan-2013

CALL

0.0000 - 0.0000%

0.0000 - 0.0000%

10.1500 - 10.7500%

10.2000 - 11.0000%

OBB

RATE%(CURR) 13-Jan-2014

Primary Market Auction TENOR

AMOUNT (N’mn)

RATE (%)

DATE

91-Days

20159.21

10.9

09-Jan-14

182-Days

50403.15

11.85

09-Jan-14

364-Days

85845.41

12

09-Jan-14

Open Market Operation TENOR

AMOUNT (N’mn)

RATE (%) 12.05

DATE

142-Days

50000

07-Jan-14

136-Days

70000

12

30-Dec-13

105-Days

30000

11.94

12-Dec-13

Wholesale Dutch Auction System AMOUNT OFFERED

MARKET DEMAND

AMOUNT SOLD

DATE

$350m

$349,865,440.78m

$349,865,440.78m

06-Jan-14

$400m

$399,981,037.58m

$399,981,037.58m

18-Dec-13


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STOCKWATCH Stock Exchange weekly equities summary as at Friday, Jan 17, 2014 SECURITY

PRICE (=N=)

AGRICULTURE/AGRO-ALLIED Crop Production FTN COCOA PROCESSORS PLC NT OKOMU OIL PALM PLC. 44.00 PRESCO PLC 40.00 Fishing/Hunting/Trapping ELLAH LAKES PLC. NT Livestock/Animal Specialties LIVESTOCK FEEDS PLC. 4.60 CONGLOMERATES Diversified Industries A.G. LEVENTIS NIGERIA PLC. 1.70 CHELLARAMS PLC. 4.15 JOHN HOLT PLC. 1.21 SCOA NIG PLC 5.32 TRANSNATIONAL CORP. OF NIG.PLC 4.09 U A C N PLC. 67.00 CONSTRUCTION/REAL ESTATE Building Construction ARBICO PLC. NT CAPPA & D’ALBERTO PLC. NT Building Structure/Completion/Other COSTAIN (W A) PLC. 1.17 G CAPPA PLC NT Non--Building/Heavy Construction JULIUS BERGER NIG. PLC. 72.29 ROADS NIG PLC. 8.46 Real Estate Development PINNACLE POINT GROUP PLC NT UACN PROPERTY DEV 20.90 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. 16.07 GOLDEN GUINEA BREW. PLC. NT GUINNESS NIG PLC 237.00 INTERNATIONAL BREWERIES PLC. 29.50 JOS INT. BREWERIES PLC. NT NIGERIAN BREW. PLC. 165.00 PREMIER BREWERIES PLC NT Beverages--Non-Alcoholic 7-UP BOTTLING COMP. PLC. 71.40 Food Products BIG TREAT PLC NT DANGOTE FLOUR MILLS PLC 9.50 DANGOTE SUGAR REFINERY PLC 12.12 FLOUR MILLS NIG. PLC. 89.06 HONEYWELL FLOUR MILL PLC 3.89 MULTI-TREX INTEGRATED FOODS PLC 0.50 N NIG. FLOUR MILLS PLC. 23.16 NATIONAL SALT CO. NIG. PLC 14.00 P S MANDRIDES & CO PLC. NT U T C NIG. PLC. 0.70 UNION DICON SALT PLC. 13.00 Food Products--Diversified CADBURY NIGERIA PLC. NT NESTLE NIGERIA PLC. 1,160.01 Household Durables BETA GLASS CO PLC. NT NIGERIAN ENAMELWARE PLC. NT VITAFOAM NIG PLC. 4.88 VONO PRODUCTS PLC. NT Personal/Household Products P Z CUSSONS NIGERIA PLC. 37.00 UNILEVER NIGERIA PLC. 53.00 Textiles/Apparel UNITED NIG. TEXTILES PLC. NT FINANCIAL SERVICES Banking ACCESS BANK PLC. 9.60 DIAMOND BANK PLC 7.75 ECOBANK TRANSNATIONAL INC. 17.00 FIDELITY BANK PLC 2.63 FIRST CITY MONUMENT BANK PLC. NT GUARANTY TRUST BANK PLC. 28.30 SKYE BANK PLC 4.56 STERLING BANK PLC. 2.46 U B A PLC 9.00 UNION BANK NIG.PLC. 10.10 UNITY BANK PLC 0.50 WEMA BANK PLC. 1.20 ZENITH BANK PLC 23.20 Insurance Carriers, Brokers & Services AFRICAN ALLIANCE INS. COY. PLC NT AIICO INSURANCE PLC. 0.89 CONFIDENCE INSURANCE PLC NT CONSOLIDATED HALLMARK INS. PLC 0.50 CONTINENTAL REINSURANCE PLC 1.19 CORNERSTONE INS. COY. PLC. 0.51 CUSTODIAN AND ALLIED INS. PLC NT EQUITY ASSURANCE PLC. 0.50 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. NT LAW UNION AND ROCK INS. PLC. NT LINKAGE ASSURANCE PLC NT MANSARD INSURANCE PLC 2.50 MUTUAL BENEFITS ASSURANCE PLC. 0.50 N.E.M INSURANCE CO (NIG) PLC. 0.81 NIGER INSURANCE CO. PLC. 0.50 OASIS INSURANCE PLC 0.51 PRESTIGE ASSURANCE CO. PLC. 0.66 REGENCY ALLIANCE INS. COY PLC 0.50 SOVEREIGN TRUST INSURANCE PLC NT STACO INSURANCE PLC NT STANDARD TRUSTASSURANCE PLC 0.50 STANDARD ALLIANCE INS. PLC. 0.50 UNIC INSURANCE PLC. NT UNITY KAPITAL ASSURANCE PLC 0.50 UNIVERSAL INS. COMPANY PLC 0.50 WAPIC INSURANCE PLC 1.14 Micro Finance Banks FORTIS MICROFINANCE BANK PLC NT NPF MICROFINANCE BANK PLC 0.85 Mortgage Carriers, Brokers &Services ABBEY BUILDING SOCIETY PLC NT ASO SAVINGS AND LOANS PLC NT INFINITY TRUST MORTGAGE BANK PLC 1.57 RESORT SAVINGS & LOANS PLC 0.50 UNION HOMES SAVINGS&LOANS PLC 0.5 Other Financial Institutions AFRICA PRUDENTIAL REGISTRARS 3.3 CRUSADER ( NIG) PLC. NT DEAP CAPITAL MGT & TRUST PLC NT FBN HOLDINGS PLC 15.45 FCMB GROUP PLC 3.89 NIG SEW. MACH. MAN. CO. PLC. NT NIGERIA ENERYGY SECTOR FUND NT ROYAL EXCHANGE PLC. 0.63 STANBIC IBTC HOLDINGS PLC 21.50 UBA CAPITAL PLC 2.18 HEALTHCARE Healthcare Providers EKOCORP PLC. NT UNION DIAGNOSTIC &CLINICAL PLC NT Medical Supplies MORISON INDUSTRIES PLC. NT Pharmaceuticals

NOTE NT=Not Traded on 17-01-14

QUANTITY

52 WK HIGH

52 WK LOW

83,200 295,488 334,708

0.64 107.81 41.14

0.50 20.92 8.24

SHARES OUTSTANDING

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

EPS

0.10 2.29 7.55

MOV. (%)

N/A -0.02 2.56

Previous

NT 44.01 39.00

70

4.26

4.26

60,000,000

0.00

N/A

NT

1,071,750

7.18

0.68

1,199,549,736

0.07

4.55

4.40

24,100 250 98,724 150 17,546,303 280,336

2.08 6.43 5.89

0.71 4.15 1.07

2,191,895,983 963,900,300 389,151,408

0.11 0.16 1.09

#VALUE! N/A N/A

NT NT 1.12

5.89 71.10

0.50 28.00

821,666,666 1,600,720,323

0.09 4.38

N/A N/A

4.28 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

400,250 3

2.66 14.46

0.72 14.46

920,573,765 125,000,000

0.00 0.00

N/A N/A

1.24 NT

23,246 1,432

83.75 10.60

19.86 6.61

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

6.74 1.69

0.00 N/A

72.29 8.46

NT 202,285

7.28 20.90

7.28 8.82

1,375,000,000

0.00 2.20

N/A 6.09

NT 19.70

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 NT

15,000

0.50

0.50

4,772,528,415

0.00

N/A

NT

2,500 10,082 168,043 49,879 31,000 480,465 10,000

19.48 0.68 297.41 30.00 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 -0.60 N/A

16.91 NT 237.00 29.40 NT 166.00 NT

109,932

75.90

38.12

640,590,362

4.46

N/A

71.40

NT 94,449 2,138,140 480,768 1,440,132 700 1,128 245,060 124,000 1,324 14,663

0.50 10.68 12.85 109.24 4.11 1.21 29.70 14.00 5.94 0.93 13.31

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 -2.26 2.28 2.30 2.37 N/A N/A -0.85 N/A 0.00 N/A

NT 9.72 11.85 87.06 3.80 NT NT 14.12 NT 0.70 12.08

875,588 1,645,320

64.53 1250.00

8.33 400.00

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

1.57 28.34

#VALUE! -1.86

56.61 1,182.00

NT NT 453,060 2,161,203

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 0.62 N/A

NT NT 4.85 NT

413,869 1,289,234

56.00 76.00

21.02 27.60

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

1.34 1.42

-1.99 -1.49

37.75 53.80

NT

0.97

0.57

843,284,027

0.00

N/A

NT

8,255,830 3,415,361 35,001,800 4,331,913 NT 13,709,846 15,772,168 3,196,649 7,920,399 481,663 11,448,304 5,662,040 19,080,551

12.39 7.85 17.51 3.47 8.30 29.99 7.05 3.05 9.60 15.30 1.16 1.88 27.40

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

-1.03 2.51 0.00 -4.01 #VALUE! -2.01 1.79 -1.60 -4.05 1.00 0.00 -7.69 -7.57

9.70 7.56 17.00 2.74 NT 28.88 4.48 2.50 9.38 10.00 0.50 1.30 25.10

1,000 3,479,367 NT 74,000 272,678 570,387 9,054,578 17,000 NT 150 20 NT 37,218 NT 20,000 7,954 300 213,660 15,000 6,480,950 2,974 120,000 114,683 2,500 315,000 200 50,000 12,971 800 270,000 19,250 7,416,057

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 0.00 N/A -8.99 N/A N/A -4.35 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

4,100 6,410

6.60 1.22

0.00 0.72

345 200 136,599 200,000 21,000

1.65 0.50

1.37 0.50

4,200,000,000 8,679,148,676

0.03 0.02

N/A N/A

0.50 0.99

0.50 0.50

13,175,732,404 7,812,500,000

0.30 0.00

N/A N/A

4,153,498 NT 37,500 18,430,450 12,008,247 NT 100 2,080,000 952,938 11,118,786

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

1,000 5,500

5.05 0.50

4.32 0.50

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

0.13 0.00

N/A N/A

NT NT

46,875

10.54

7.39

152,178,750

0.00

N/A

NT

N/A=Not Avialable

1.18 0.19

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

0.63 0.00 0.15 2.45 1.23 0.00 12.68 0.13 1.53 0.29

NT 0.92 NT NT 1.29 0.54 NT NT NT NT NT NT 0.57 NT 0.50 NT NT 2.50 0.50 0.89 0.50 0.52 0.69 NT NT NT NT NT NT NT NT 1.23 NT 0.86

N/A N/A -5.16 N/A N/A N/A -0.46

NT NT 1.50 NT 0.5 3.66 NT NT 16.29 3.90 NT NT 0.55 21.60 2.30

SECURITY

PRICE (=N=)

EVANS MEDICAL PLC. 4.24 FIDSON HEALTHCARE PLC 2.81 GLAXO SMITHKLINE CONSUMER PLC 68.00 MAY & BAKER NIGERIA PLC. 2.37 NEIMETH INT PHARM PLC 1.60 NIGERIA-GERMAN CHEMICALS PLC. NT PHARMA-DEKO PLC. 1.68 ICT Computer Based Systems COURTEVILLE BUSINESS SLN PLC 0.66 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. NT TRIPPLE GEE AND COMPANY PLC. 2.07 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 3.18 MTI PLC NT INDUSTRIAL GOODS Building Materials AFRICAN PAINTS (NIGERIA) PLC. NT ASHAKA CEM PLC 21.17 BERGER PAINTS PLC 8.45 CAP PLC 48.88 CEMENT CO. OF NORTH.NIG. PLC 10.99 DANGOTE CEMENT PLC 230.00 DN MEYER PLC. 1.41 FIRST ALUMINIUM NIGERIA PLC NT IPWA PLC 0.67 LAFARGE WAPCO PLC. 115.00 PAINTS & COATINGS MANFACT.PLC 1.95 PORTLAND PAINTS & PRDT NIG. PLC 4.65 PREMIER PAINTS PLC. NT Electronic and Electrical Products AUSTIN LAZ & COMPANY PLC NT CUTIX PLC. 1.91 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. 15.27 GREIF NIGERIA PLC 12.68 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. NT Metals ALUMACO PLC NT ALUMINIUM EXTRUSION IND. PLC. NT MINING SERVICES MULTIVERSE PLC 0.50 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 0.58 Integrated Oil and Gas Services OANDO PLC 26.33 Petroleum &Petroleum Products Distributors AFROIL PLC NT BECO PETROLEUM PRODUCT PLC 0.50 CONOIL PLC 52.40 ETERNA PLC. 5.20 FORTE OIL PLC. 89.00 MOBIL OIL NIG PLC. 117.30 MRS OIL NIGERIA PLC. 54.44 TOTAL NIGERIA PLC. 175.46 SERVICES Advertising AFROMEDIA PLC 0.50 Apparel Retailers LENNARDS (NIG) PLC. NT Automobile/Auto Part Retailers R T BRISCOE PLC. 1.40 Courier/Freight/Delivery RED STAR EXPRESS PLC 4.55 TRANS-NATIONWIDE EXPRESS PLC. 1.17 Employment Solutions C & I LEASING PLC. 0.60 Hospitality TANTALIZERS PLC 0.50 Hotels/Lodging CAPITAL HOTEL PLC 4.55 IKEJA HOTEL PLC 0.75 TOURIST COMPANY OF NIGERIA PLC. NT TRANSNATIONAL CORP. OF NIG.PLC NT Media/Entertainment DAAR COMMUNICATIONS PLC 0.50 Printing/Publishing ACADEMY PRESS PLC. NT LEARN AFRICA PLC 2.10 STUDIO PRESS (NIG) PLC. NT UNIVERSITY PRESS PLC. 3.99 Road Transportation ABC TRANSPORT PLCPLC 0.99 Specialty INTERLINKED TECHNOLOGIES PLC NT SECURE ELECTRONIC TECH.PLC 0.66 Transport-Related Services AIRLINE SERVICES AND LOGISTICS PLC 3.35 NIG. AVIATION HANDLING COY PLC 6.05 ASeM CONSTRUCTION/REAL ESTATE Property Management SMART PRODUCTS NIGERIA PLC NT CONSUMER GOODS Food Products MCNICHOLS PLC NT 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 NT

QUANTITY

52 WK HIGH

52 WK LOW

SHARES OUTSTANDING

EPS

MOV. (%)

24,300 4,488,957 29,468 49,270 626,357 2,195 60,450

4.80 2.50 69.00 3.38 1.76 8.59 3.50

0.50 0.61 18.97 1.23 0.58 7.36 1.83

486,473,856 1,500,000,000 956,701,192 980,000,000 1,925,717,268 153,786,012 100,000,000

0.58 0.24 3.07 0.09 0.00 0.00 0.00

4.95 -1.40 0.00 -8.49 11.11 N/A N/A

4.04 2.85 68.00 2.59 1.44 NT NT

1,187,000

0.96

0.50

2,960,000,000

0.11

0.00

0.64

4,800

0.50

0.50

2,941,789,472

0.00

N/A

NT

NT

0.91

0.91

4,966,666,668

0.00

N/A

NT

Previous

200 613 2,517

18.70 2.94

13.12 2.07

108,000,000 492,825,600

0.00 0.03

N/A N/A

5.85 NT NT

6,800 100

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 1,322,655 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 2.65 NT

2,500 119,471 161,053 267,841 1,696,315 2,477,542 394,332 250,000 105,000 707,363 100 108,130 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 0.00 0.60 0.89 -5.18 4.55 N/A N/A N/A 0.00 N/A N/A N/A

NT 21.17 8.40 48.45 11.59 220.00 1.41 0.50 0.70 115.00 NT NT NT

NT 65,036 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 -4.50 N/A N/A

NT 2.00 NT NT

NT 1,000 897,853 130 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 14.50 12.68 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

16,572

9.35

5.68

393,120,000

0.76

#VALUE!

6.66

NT 100

7.75 12.39

7.75 10.55

75,600,000 100,000,000

0.00 0.24

N/A N/A

NT NT

200

0.50

0.50

4,058,989,226

0.01

N/A

0.50

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

9,221,717

1.02

0.50

6,262,701,716

0.00

-7.94

0.63

34,624,793

24.80

9.32

2,262,711,568

1.24

-1.24

26.66

NT 21,500 49,914 724,489 109,395 39,471 14,487 21,690

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 -14.55 3.17 -3.93 1.38 N/A -3.57

NT NT 61.32 5.04 92.64 115.70 54.44 181.96

4,035,497,307

0.00

N/A

NT

0

N/A

NT

200

0.72

0.50

200

3.48

3.48

31,686

2.45

1.00

980,294,400

0.00

3.70

1.35

135,001 718,094

5.10 3.45

2.19 0.73

589,496,310 198,819,763

0.52 0.00

6.81 N/A

4.26 1.17 0.56

3,766,214

1.64

0.85

865,808,912

0.00

N/A

200

0.75

0.50

3,211,627,907

0.00

N/A

NT

150 312,200 260 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 1.35 N/A #VALUE!

NT 0.74 NT NT

54,200

0.51

0.50

8,000,000,000

0.43

N/A

NT

10,000 375,165 100 209,214

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 #VALUE!

NT 1.94 NT NT

851,491

1.29

0.50

1,507,000,000

0.21

N/A

0.94

5,530 450,500

5.15 1.88

4.90 0.80

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

0.00 0.00

N/A N/A

NT NT

144,390 448,475

5.90 8.81

1.27 5.08

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

0.50 0.43

N/A -1.47

3.36 6.14

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

NT

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 57,910 NT 178,625

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 0.66

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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‘’The provision (on Fundamental Human Rights) was designed to protect individuals against the coercive and oppressive exercise of governmental authority and abuse of majority power’ JUSTICE ADOLPHUS KARIBI- WHYTE, RETIRED JUSTICE, SUPREME COURT OF NIGERIA

FG should probe bombing of Rivers High Court – Ali 42 President Jonathan

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The hugely controversial Same Sex Prohibition Bill, has been signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan, ushering in an era where any person or group of persons who engages in, aids or abets engagement in eccentric sexual behaviours like homosexuality and lesbianism is liable to terms of imprisonment . KAYODE KETEFE, Assistant Head, Judiciary Desk, examines the implication of this law against the divergent views of protection of society’s morals and that of human rights.

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ew days ago, President Goodluck Jonathan signed the controversial Same Sex Prohibition Bill, into law, thereby bringing to an end the torturous process of the legislative/executive law making. The law criminalises all acts of eccentric practices like those within the gamut of Lesbianism, Gayism, Bisexual and Trangender (LGBT). Specifically, the law provides that: “Gay or lesbian couple who marry faces up to 14 years each in prison. Witnesses or anyone who helps couples marry could be sentenced to 10 years behind bars. The same law imposes ten years imprisonment on anyone who supports aids and abets the said practices. Anyone taking part in a group advocating for gay rights or anyone caught in a “public show” of affection also would face 10 years in prison if convicted by a criminal court.” The law even restricts gay and lesbian citizens from meeting in any public setting in Nigeria

when it provides “Any person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organisations or directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offence and shall each be liable on conviction to a term of 10 years in prison,” It will be recalled that the Nigerian Senate first signed the bill into law on November 29, 2011. The House of Representatives followed suit a year later. At both houses, the bill enjoyed uncommon popularity while majority of Nigerians, including the notable citizens and commoners alike expressed support for it. At the public hearings during the parliamentary debate on the bill, a number of stakeholders including the LGBT people and hu-

man rights organisations came to express opposition. But the voices of these ones were negligible compared to size of those who expressed approbation for the bill. The institutions that supported the bill included the Christian Association of Nigeria and diverse Muslim groups. There were voices from the western governments calling on Nigeria to halt the bill as the issues involved are basically human rights issues. But the body language of the Nigerian establishment all along showed that it was just a matter of time before the bill became a law. Finally last Monday, (or earlier, since it was insinuated the president had secretly signed the bill into law but the fact emerged only last Monday) the worst fears

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of the minority opposing the bill were confirmed when President Jonathan signed the bill into law. Thus, Nigeria joined a list of about 83 countries where LGBT practices are illegal. Reports had it that the enforcement of the law has started promptly with some arrest already being made by the police in some parts of the North. This development expectedly brought a deluge of condemnation from foreign government. The United States through her Secretary of State, John Kerry, said the US “is deeply concerned about the law. Kerry added “Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians,” “It is inconsistent with Nigeria’s international legal obligations and undermines the democratic reforms and human rights protections enshrined in its 1999 Constitution.” The United Kingdom has also condemned this law. CONTINUED ON PAGE 44


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FG should probe bombing Mallam Yusuf Olaolu Ali (SAN) is a prolific legal analyst with post-call experience spanning about three decades. He was conferred with the prestigious title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 1997. In this interview with WALE IGBINTADE, he speaks on NBA Presidency, legal education in the country and remuneration of junior lawyers among others. Excerpts. Do you agree that the outcome of the proposed national dialogue should be referred to the National Assembly or subjected to a referendum by the populace? I even believe that we don’t need national dialogue at this point in time in our country. We have too many challenges. Security, unemployment, under-employment, shortage of public utilities and then the elections are around the corner. Anything that will not enable us to hold elections in 2015 should not be embarked upon. From our history, such gatherings don’t finish their assignments in two years and the life of this present government is less than two years. Again, it is not that the dialogue has already been put in place, the modality of who and who will go there and so on has not been properly worked out or made known to us. I think the government should hold on, after the elections whoever comes in and still believe we want to do dialogue, at least with the space of four years, we should be able to get done with it. I believe the scarce resources we have should not be expended on all these jamborees. I think if we are serious enough, let us go back to the all other dialogues we had. The Obasanjo constitutional conference, the other one before it, I am sure we will get all the things we want from there. This culture of just having all these things done and then putting the reports on the shelves to gather dusts should not be encouraged. The multi-million naira that would be spent on it could be used for some other serious things. One of the things that are supposed to be discussed at the national dialogue is the issue of tenure in office, one term for either Governor or President; don’t you think it is also germane to election

issues? This issue of tenure, government has done it by so many other means, there was Justice Alfa Belgore panel and then the National Assembly has been doing its own. I don’t think we need a national dialogue to decide what time the President or Governor or elected officials should spend. If we are talking about dialogue, we should be talking about something more fundamental, that goes to the root of the existence of our being together as a nation. Things that can bring the dispersed people together so that we have a Nigerian nation not a Nigeria of so many nations that we have presently. I think those are the kind of issues that should come up at the dialogue. A bill to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau has passed second reading at the Lower House. Do you subscribe to this amendment? It depends on what is being proposed. One, my own advocacy is that I want the Code of Conduct Act to be amended to make it compulsory for public declaration of assets. That is what I stand for, and I’ve been saying this everywhere and luckily, I had the privilege of mentioning it to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal when he was invited by the NBA anti-corruption Commission of which I am privileged to be the chairman, to deliver the lead paper at the international anti-corruption day in Abuja. I mentioned it to him and I indicated that it is something that is worth looking on. Some of your colleagues have called for the abolition of the Land Use Act. Are you in support of it? I do not believe in the whole rejection

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of things. If you don’t want us to use Land Use Act then what do we use thereafter and then how do you save everything that has happened because the issue of Land tenure is very fundamental. We should know that before the promulgation of Land Use Act in 1978, land tenure system in the South was different from the land tenure system in the North. How do we make progress when we have that kind of something in place? I think what we should do is to reform the Land Use Act to bring it in conformity with modern days happenings. How will you react to the recent bombing of a High Court in Rivers State? It is an unfortunate development and it is one matter the Chief Justice of Ni-

THE COURT IS THE LAST BASTION OF FREEDOM AND

DEMOCRACY; SO, IF THE COURT IS NOW AN OBJECT OF

TERRORISTS’ ATTACKS THEN IT ALMOST THE BEGINNING OF THE END

geria must get to the root of the matter at all cost. It is a national embarrassment because the court is the last bastion of freedom and democracy. So, if the court is now an object of terrorists’ attacks then it almost the beginning of the end. The President must get to the root of this at all cost. It is the turn of South West to produce the next president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) when the tenure of the incumbent, Mr. Okey Wali (SAN), expires. Do you support the idea of consensus candidate? We should remember that the Nigerian Bar Association is a professional body, so there should be no acrimony in the elections of our officials. If we cannot conduct our affairs as an association of people who have done well in life to pick people who are to lead us, then, it tells a story about us as a people. All these unnecessary dissipation of energy over the election should not even arise. We should be able to produce our President without contest because there is nothing there to struggle for; absolutely nothing. Do you think the association called Egbe Amofin is competent to present a consensus candidate for the South West? Everybody who knows me knows that I do not support all these ethnic bodies. If the NBA is to be a symbol of hope for Nigeria and Nigerians and if we cannot rise above ethno-religious politics of Nigeria, then we have no basis to call ourselves serious professionals. I have never support-


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of Rivers High Court – Ali NIGERIA IS JUST AN UNFORTUNATE

COUNTRY, IN OTHER

PLACES, THIS

STELLA

ODUAH PROBLEM

WOULD NOT HAVE DEVELOPED TO THIS LEVEL, SHE WOULD

HAVE RESIGNED BUT, THIS IS

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medical policy, leave bonuses, life insurance policy. If an office makes some good money, they should be given part of it, pension schemes and so on. These are basic things that should be incorporated in the employment of juniors in chambers.

ed all these ethnic bodies because I believe we can always produce a President of the Bar that is acceptable to all Nigerian lawyers without resulting to ethnic or sentiment. Do you think the Nigerian President has the power to direct the CBN governor to resign? The fact that the President directed the CBN Governor to resign means that he has no such power. You don’t tell your appointee to go and resign, you fire him. This issue tells a story about the kind of leadership which Nigeria has. With due respect, it is very uncivilly to say the least. One of the plights of young lawyers in Nigeria is low remuneration but senior lawyers have urged them to first learn the rudiments of the legal profession and gain experience. What is your take on this? My take is a midway, in between. They should be paid living wages. Peoples’ wages must be enough to take them home. What I’m saying in essence is that even historically, from where we got the common law, where you are serving pupilages, it’s you that pays the principal but our system is different. I advocate that our junior colleagues should be paid the kind of wages that will make the profession attractive to them, so as to enable them remain in the the profession. I do not subscribe that lawyers should be paid N20,000 or such monies per month anywhere in this country and I believe there should be wholesale welfare packages for lawyers in the chambers, free

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, at a recent event organised by the NBA to mark 2013 International Anti- Corruption day said President Goodluck Jonathan’s body language did not indicate that he has the political will to curb corruption in the country. The Speaker also said the EFCC is corrupt. What is your take on this? I was lucky that I am the chairman of the NBA anti- corruption commission that put that event together and I invited him personally. The Speaker was not saying anything new. Actually, he was saying the minds of Nigerians. The Speaker was echoing the general feelings and thoughts of Nigerians. There was a probe in SEC, of course, at that time I took some swipes at the House of Representatives but that notwithstanding, there was a probe and certain things were found but the person involved becomes untouchable. Just as I have said in other interviews, Nigeria is just an unfortunate country, in other places, this Oduah problem would not have developed to this level, she would have resigned but, this is Nigeria. Our leaders just believe after making your noise then you keep quiet after sometimes, but, I subscribe to the views of the Speaker on all the points he canvassed at that programme on December 9, 2013. Do you agree with the suggestion that the Nigeria Law School should be converted to a qualifying examination centre and that the courses being taught there should be transferred to the universities? The universities have their own core courses. I think we should not muddle up issues. Some of us are even asking for Law School to be more practically- oriented than it is now and that is why some of us have been advocating that the time spent in law school should be extended so that students would have more time for chambers attachments and courts attachments. The university designs its own

course content. The Law School is another entity entirely; it has its own designs. In any event, this thing is free. If you think the number of years spent to read law is too long, you may decide not to read law. It’s not by force. Medicine is seven years, nobody complains. Anybody who wants to read medicine knows the number of years it will take him or her or even architecture. I don’t see anything sacrosanct about it. As long as we get quality lawyers who can serve the nation. What is your take on the falling standard of legal education? If you are talking about the standard of education, it is not legal practice alone; you have to start from the basic. The system is garbage in, garbage out. So, I think the standard of education generally has declined and I believe this is not peculiar to law. It’s something that cuts across all sectors of education in Nigeria. In fact you might say it cuts across all tiers of education: primary schools, secondary schools, universities. But to answer your question precisely, yes, I think the standard of legal education has declined. A Law school takes what the universities produce. Law School does not train its own candidates that gained entrance there, they are trained by these institutions so, we must take a holistic view of the problems. It is undoubted that the standard of education in this country has fallen and that has also impacted on the training of lawyers. What is the fate of those studying law at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). This is because the Council of Legal Education has vowed not to admit them to the Law School? My take is that it is fair because the Council of Legal Education took the decisions years ago to outlaw evening law programmes. So, law courses in National Open University of Nigeria will be like evening law courses in the universities which was part- time, and the Council of Legal Education because of this falling standard insisted that no universities should not run evening law courses again. I think what is good for the goose is also good for the gander. It is undoubted that courses in Open University are like evening courses. I don’t see any big deal there, it is very fair. If the Council of Legal Education took decisions at the instance of the profession itself, what I mean is that the Bar and the Bench canvassed that evening law courses should be cancelled and eventually Council of Legal Education agreed. Law courses offered in NOUN is not residential, it is like evening law courses. If every evening law courses is outlawed, the people going to NOUN should have no advantage. Law is supposed to be a residential course. Have you seen anybody doing medicine by correspondence? Why should law be different? Some of your colleagues have advocated that research assistants should be attached to Judges. Do you agree with this?

That is the standard practice all over the world. But like I raised it with one of the Justices of the Supreme Court, his own fear is that we may start to have incidences of leakages of judgements. But, I think the solution to that is that anybody who is so appointed would be subscribed to an oath of secrecy. Some people have suggested that retired Judges should be saddled with election petitions matters to enable serving Judges concentrate on regular cases. What is your view? We have experimented it in the past; but it failed during the time of the military. It failed because that was when you have all these wholesale allegations of Judges being bribed, private lawyers also did it, it was the same problem and the reason is simple. Nigerians like experimenting with all sorts of things. We did it during the time of the military, during Babangida and Abacha’s period, retired Judges and private lawyers were used at election tribunals and it was almost a monumental disaster because of serious allegations of grafts, corruption and so on. That was why when the Constitution was being proposed this time around, (the 1999 Constitution), it was settled that serving Judges should do it so that the fear of being sanctioned as a serving Judge will be a deterrent or something that would discourage you. It is not every Judge in this country that takes part in election petitions, this thing is temporary and that is why it is good now that we have time limitations. How do you sanction a retired Judge if he has committed something that is wrong? But, a serving Judge will know that if he is found liable, there are sanctions by NJC. What do you do to a retired Judge? It is something that we have done before but it failed. I don’t think we should revisit it; we should rather strengthen what we are doing now. How will you assess the performance of the judiciary in 2013 and what are your expectations in 2014? Judiciary in 2013 did very well. Moreover, with the new Chief Justice that came on board, she made it clear that it was not going to be business as usual and she has acted accordingly. Now in 2014 we expect the Chief Judge to conclude the good works she started.


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The law runs against human rights principles -Activists CONTINUED FROM PAGE 41 The UK government, through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has also criticised the law. It stated that “The Nigerian Government is aware of our concerns about the bill which was passed by the National Assembly in December as it infringes upon fundamental rights of expression and association which are guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution and by international agreements to which Nigeria is a party.” “The UK opposes any form of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.” The Canadian government, through her Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, said, ““We call on Nigeria to repeal this law and to promote and protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Nigerians regardless of their sexual orientation. “Canada has clearly spoken out against human rights violations committed against people on the basis of their sexuality, and we will continue to do so.” National Mirror sought the opinion of stakeholders on this issue and attracted diverse responses. A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Niyi Akintola, lauded the president’s measure assenting to the bill. He said “This is a welcome development. This is an issue in which the majority of Nigerians are ad idem. The Christians are against it, the Muslims are against it. Even the traditionalists are against same sex unions and relations. So, this matter in which 98 per cent of Nigerians are all unanimous. The president has taken a good decision which augurs well to the moral health of our society. We need to protect our society against unwanted foreign influences. “On the issue of human rights which some people are saying. The question is which human rights? No society has unbridled human rights; there is no 100 per cent enjoyment of human rights anywhere. Even in the Western world, they don’t enjoy unbridled freedoms. There is no absolute right to privacy. So what human rights are we talking about? Are we saying we should not protect our society and allow bad moral

Akintola

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VALUES. IT HAS BEEN DULY PASSED BY BOTH

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influence from abroad to contaminate our system simply people some people want to enjoy unbridled freedoms to do what they like? Don’t forget it is where somebody’s rights stop that another’s begin. If I have my way, those who engage in these unholy practices should be stoned to death”. Another lawyer, Mr. Austin Alegeh (SAN), expressed similar view when he said, “The law is a reflection of our moral values. It has been duly passed by both Houses of the National Assembly, and the President has assented to it. The president has done nothing wrong

I’ll write my autobiography soon, says Salami Barely three months after his retirement, former President, Court of Appeal, Justice Isa Ayo Salami made a formal public appearance at the 10th Gani Fawehinmi Annual Lecture in Lagos last week. Correspondent, WALE IGBINTADE sought to have an interview with him but he declined. In a two minute- encounter with our correspondent, the retired jurist discloses that he would soon write his autobiography. Excerpts. Sir, what is the motivation for the way you do things? When I’m ready, I will write my autobiography and you will see it; if God spares our lives. After retirement, you are looking fresher, what is the secret? We thank God. What has actually been the secret? Goodluck.

Alegeh

You mean President Goodluck Jonathan? No (laugh). I must confess that you’re one the best gifts God has given us in this country. Thank you.

in assenting to the bill, every society has its values and practices we are speaking of here are alien to our culture and belief. So it is welcome” However, the Executive Director of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabifaulted the president’s assent to the bill on the grounds that the law is discriminatory and against human rights of the LGBT people. She said “The law runs against human rights principles and further discriminates against already excluded group. “What many do not know and probably

LEGAL TIPS

Rules of Evidence in Nigeria The Law of Evidence is concerned with the proof of facts by a court of law or a judicial tribunal. The Evidence Act is the main source of the Nigerian Law of Evidence. It is gratifying therefore that the National Assembly has enacted a new Nigerian Evidence Act 2011 to repeal the Nigerian Evidence Act 1945 (Chapter E14 of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004). Rules of Evidence The Basic rules of evidence are; (a ) Who bears the burden of proving facts? ( b ) What facts must be proved? ( c ) What facts ought to be excluded from the court’s recognizance? This deals with relevance or privilege.

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know but don’t bother about is that the LGBT people are already discriminated against under our extant law. Their rights are not recognised, they are persecuted by the larger members of the society; they are scandalised. Now we have this law, it will further opens people up to abuse just because of their sexual orientation. It is also an incredible development because it precludes right activists from working to affirm the rights of LGBT. Not a law for the 21st century, President Jonathan missed the point. Chief Bisi Olateru- Olagbegi, Executive Director, Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) said: ‘’Personally at this point in our history it is not forward looking or in compliance with contemporary issue to have an anti-gay law against the rights of individuals in their private life. Secondly the anti- gay law relates to a minute percentage of the Nigerian society where as the gender based violence bill affecting majority of the citizens has not been signed. I am of the opinion that the gender- based violence bill is far more important at this point in time of our history for the growth and development of our country.” A Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Yahaya Oladeji said “At a time President Jonathan was busy signing anti-gay bill into law on Monday, the Boko Haram terrorists were busy bombing at a post office in Maiduguri. The President is apparently more concerned about what two adults are doing behind closed doors in their privacy than the burning issue of internal security. “What is our concern with punishing anybody who practices homosexuality or lesbianism? Are we God? I think it is absolutely unfair to be throwing people into prisons because they are different from us in terms of sexual orientation. It is my belief that the anti-gay law will not be allowed to operate by the court of law because it is against the fundamental rights enshrined in the 1999 Constitution and the constitution is superior to ant-gay law.”

( d ) What modes of proof are acceptable ? Note that nevertheless, there are exceptions to these rules. Classification or types of Evidence There are various types of evidence namely; Direct, Hearsay, Circumstantial, Oral, Documentary, and Real. Other types such as insufficient original, judicial evidence as seen under the British legal system. The classification or types of evidence mentioned above will be discussed in details next week. Written by Francis Famoroti, Head, Judiciary. We welcome feedback and reactions from readers via our e-mail: nationalmirrorlaw@yahoo.com


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How Apalara, Islamic preacher was killed The murder of a notable Islamic preacher, Bisiriyu Apalara in Ebute-Metta area of Lagos in 1953 was a tragic incident in the pre-independence era. The deceased was killed and his body was dumped in the lagoon. Eleven persons, including two brothers were subsequently tried, convicted and condemned to death for the murder. FRANCIS FAMOROTI, Head, Judiciary highlights the case.

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hen Bisiriyu Apalara woke up on January 3, 1953 in Oko-Baba area of Ebute-Metta, it never occurred to him that the day would be his last on earth. In line with Islamic injunctions, he did his ablution and prayed to Almighty Allah before setting out of his house. That outing however turned out to be an eternal journey to the world beyond. Prior to that day, he had had clashes with the leaders of Oro, Awo-Opa, and Agemo traditional cult groups, accusing them of being deceitful and over indulgence in fetish practices. At every gathering, Apalara never hid his resentment for them and he often criticised and preached against them during the series of his Islamic lectures. He warned them against their evil deeds. In one of such Islamic lectures, Apalara openly demonstrated before his adherents and members of the public what he called the hypocrisy of Oro and Agemo cult groups. Sensing that Apalara had exposed them and ridiculed their beliefs, the members of these groups plotted his murder. It was a well-planned and orchestrated crime that would not show any inklings of its commission. Interestingly, the masterminds and executors of the crime were caught and their complicity was established by the prosecution. Shortly after his preaching on January 3, 1953, some men ambushed the Islamic preacher in the night on Tapa Street, Ebute-Metta and attacked him with cutlasses. They left him to die and thereafter dumped his body into the lagoon. About two days later, when his body came afloat, the assailants tied rope round his body with a heavy object and his body sunk. Hence, the body of the deceased was not found despite the efforts of divers that combed the lagoon and its environs. Nonetheless, he was presumed dead. This incident that occurred exactly 61 years ago, led to the arrest of several persons linked with the crime and they were charged with Apalara’s murder. The first accused person was Joseph Ogundipe. Ten others were also apprehended including two Oteka brothers. They were tried by Justice de Comarmond and a jury at a Lagos High Court who found them guilty of killing the deceased. It was a case rooted in circumstantial evidence. The trial judge devoted part of his summing up to the evidence of the victim’s death. ‘’ His belongings were found

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in his house, and he has never been seen again, and we have got the evidence of the attack upon him and you know that blood (which was human) was found leading from that place, Tapa Street, to the foreshore.’’ The hearing of the case took approximately five weeks at the end of which the jury brought in a unanimous verdict of guilty against each of the accused persons. They were thus condemned to death for the murder of a person whose body was not found. The convicts were dissatisfied with the decision of the court and they lodged a notice of appeal before the West African Court of Appeal (WACA). The appellants urged WACA to quash their convictions. At the hearing of the appeal, Mr. Alli Balogun appeared for the first appellant, Mr. A. Tejuoso for the third, seventh, eight and eleventh appellants, Mr. G.B.A Coker for the second, fourth, and ninth appellants, and Mr. Tejuoso, led Mr. Coker for fifth and sixth appellants, the tenth appellant argued his own case and the Crown was represented by Mr. Madarikan. The case of the appellants who relied heavily on the ground of appeal was that the verdict of the lower court was unreasonable and against the weight of evidence. The appellants also complained that the judge did not direct the jury properly on the possibility of returning a verdict of manslaughter. Delivering judgement, the WACA said ‘’ we have examined the evidence against each appellant with anxious care and are satisfied that there was

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evidence against each one of them upon which the jury could properly come to the conclusion they did.’’ The court said the evidence in each case, ‘’was carefully and fairly dealt with by the trial judge in his summing up to the jury,, who had the advantage of seeing and hearing the witnesses, and there is, in our view, nothing which would justify our interfering with the verdict of the jury, in any one of the cases, on the ground of appeal in question. ‘’ The WACA held that it was unable to agree with the appellants that the trial judge failed to direct the jury properly as to the nature of evidence required in the absence of corpus delicti. According to the court, ‘’ It appears to us that there was ample evidence, if accepted by the jury as it clearly was, that Apalara died on the night of the 3rd of January, 1953, as a result of injuries inflicted upon him, and we are of the opinion that this aspect of the matter was clearly and adequately put to the jury by the trial judge when he summed up the case to them. ‘’ The WACA noted that the appellants’ lawyers also argued that the trial judge erred in leaving the question whether the seventh witness called by the prosecution, Yesufu Aka, was an accomplice, to the jury, and in the absence of corroboration of his evidence the jury ought not to have convicted some of the appellants. But the court declared that there was no substance in this complaint even as it held that the prosecution had proved in the court below that the 10th appel-

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lant, accused No 19 was at the scene of the crime on January 3, 1953. It said ‘’ the accused denied that the statement he was alleged to have given to the police, exhibit ‘’C 1’’ was a voluntary one. He denied attending the meeting held at the Bale’s house on the 2nd January, 1953, or being at the scene of the crime on the night of the 3rd of January, 1953, and there was ample evidence, obviously accepted by the jury, showing his complicity in the crime. ‘’For these reasons we are of the opinion that there is no substance in any of the appeals and they, therefore, dismissed.’’ In effect, the WACA affirmed the conviction of the appellants and the death sentence passed on them. The men were eventually executed on May 27, 1954.


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n a case that has gone on for years, Germany’s highest court further reduced the legal responsibilities of Internet connection owners when it ruled that parents are in principle not liable if their adult children use the family Internet connection for file sharing. The decision followed a November 2012 verdict in which the same court, the Federal Court of Justice, ruled that parents are not liable for their minor’s file sharing, as long as they warned their child that unauthorized downloading and sharing of copyrighted material online is illegal and they were unaware their child violated this prohibition. A report by AP stated that when children are adults, parents don’t have to warn them in order to avoid liability, the Federal Court of Justice ruled Wednesday. In Germany, the age of majority is 18. In the case before the Federal Court of Justice, four German record producers sued the owner of an Internet connection that was used in 2006 to make 3,749 copyright protected music recordings available for download on the Internet via a file sharing network, the court said. The songs were shared by the then 20-year-old stepson of the man who owned the Internet connection, the court said in a news release. The record companies however tried to recover €3,454 (about US$4,700) in damages from the stepfather who owned the connection, rather than from the stepson.

While the stepfather signed an agreement that his Internet connection would not be used for that purpose again, he refused to pay, saying that he was not liable for his stepson’s deeds, the court said. Even so, the Regional Court of Cologne in 2010, and subsequently the Higher Regional Court of Cologne in 2011, ruled that the stepfather was liable for the copyright infringement. He was ordered to pay €2,841 to the record companies by the Higher Regional Court. By making the Internet available to his stepson, the stepfather created the opportunity for him to take part in illegal online file sharing, the Higher Regional Court reasoned. Because this risk was there, it would have been reasonable to expect that the stepfather would have educated his stepson on the illegality of online sharing of copyright protected material and pro-

hibited him to use filesharing programs, even without having concrete evidence his stepson was doing this or interested in doing this, the Higher Regional Court said at the time. Because the stepfather had violated this obligation he was liable, the Higher Regional Court ruled. But the German Federal Court of Justice disagreed. Adults are responsible for their own actions, the court said. Moreover, the owner of the Internet connection should be able to let his adult family members use the Internet without having to teach them first or monitor their behaviour, it added. Only if the owner of the Internet connection has a specific reason to suspect that family members are using the connection for rights violations, should he take the necessary measures to prevent infringements, the court said.

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.L-R Mr. Roland Otaru (SAN), Mr.Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN) and former Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment ,Dr. Muiz Banire at the Annual Lecture and Symposium tagged “Nigeria at Centenary :A Nation Still in Bondage?”, in Lagos recently.

L-R Mr Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) and Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) at the event.

L-R Chief Gani Adetola Kaseem (SAN) and Mr Dele Adesina (SAN)

My scrap book helped me -Abigail Akpati

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y first solo appearance was in a civil matter at a Court of Appeal in Lagos. Prior to the day of my appearance in court, my boss sacked one lawyer and further admonished me to sit-tight. On the day of the matter, we had two cases at the Court of Appeal. While my boss was in court one, he sent me to appear in court two with the instruction to notify him when our matter was close to being called.

Surprisingly, most of the cases in court two cause list did not hold so my matter was called earlier than expected. I recalled back in the chambers my boss always encouraged us to have a scrap book where we rehearse all manners of cases. We also did a lot of rehearsals in the office while we were being tested on various kinds of questions lawyers could ask in court. It was indeed my scrap book that helped me and boosted my confidence. When my matter was called,

I announced my appearance, moved my application and just about the time I was finishing my presentation, my boss walked into the court and gave me a pat on the back and commended me. I could remember vividly that after the court session, when I got to the office, my boss rewarded me because I was less than a month in practice. Since then my boss always allowed me to appear in court alone. It was a memorable event.

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Torts and criminal law THE ADVOCATE OLUGBEMI FATULA

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here is some overlap between criminal law and tort. For example, an assault is both a crime and a tort (a form of trespass to the person). A tort allows the victims to obtain a remedy that serves their own purposes (for example by the payment of damages to a person’s injured in a car accident, or the obtaining of injunctive relief to stop a person interfering with their business). Criminal actions on the other hand are pursued not to obtain remedies to assist a person – although often criminal courts do have power to grant such remedies – but to remove their liberty on the state’s behalf. Tort action like criminal action arises as a result of injury to another, but that the interest being protected by both are quite different. Tort action protects the individual’s acknowledged interests and compensate him for any damage suffered. Criminal action on the other hand is initiated by the state in order to protect the collective interest by the state in the peace of the community and the lives of its citizens. A crime is a wrong the sanction of which involves punishment in the form of death, imprisonment and pecuniary fines. The purpose of criminal action is thus punishment while that of tort is compensation. Many torts are also crimes, sometime so with the same name and similar elements (for example, assault and battery) and sometimes a civil action in tort is deduced from the existence of a statute creating a criminal offence. The more serious traditional criminal offences are likely to amount to torts provided there is a victim who has suffered damages, but the scope of tort is broader. Tort and crime thus overlaps in some areas. Where the courts have

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allowed some of the victims of a wrongful act, the right to bring action in tort apart from the criminal action by the state the principle of res judicata will not generally bar an action in tort even after the same issue has been litigated in a criminal action. The conviction or acquittal of the defendant in a prior criminal action on this issue is also irrelevant. Murder is a crime but the fact that the criminal punishment for it is so great overshadows the fact that murder is at the same time a tort to the person killed and to his dependants. Theft is a crime, but is at the same time the tort of conversion. As a crime, it can be prosecuted and punished. As a tort, it gives rise to an action for the value of the property stolen. Thus all crimes are torts if they amount to a physical interference with the plaintiff or his property at least if they cause actual damage to him. But a crime is not generally a tort if although potentially dangerous, it has not yet caused damage (dangerous driving where no injury has been inflicted or

THEFT IS A CRIME, BUT

IS AT THE SAME TIME, THE TORT OF CONVERSION. AS A CRIME, IT CAN BE PROSECUTED AND PUNISHED

attempted murder where the victim fortunately, remains unaffected by the abortive attempt. Also a crime consisting in a violation of general order such as treason is not a tort if no ascertainable individual is affected. Also there are torts that are not crime. A good example is trespass to land which is a tort but is a crime only exceptionally as when the trespass is committed with intent to commit one of certain criminal offences (e.g. to steal or rape), or is associated with other criminal or violent conduct. Tort and crime are best distinguished by their respective objects. The object of criminal law is broadly different from that of the civil law (of which the law of tort form a part). The criminal law aims at controlling conduct by threatening punishment if undesirable behaviour is indulged in. In modern time, however criminal courts have other orders, at their disposal such as a probation order, a community service order, (if the offender is a driver convicted of one of specified offences) an order disqualifying him from driving. But whatever order is made by the criminal courts, the criminal law is principally directed towards influencing behaviour. The aim of the law of tort is principally to compensate the victim of the wrongdoing. The typical outcome of an action in tort is the award of damages to the plaintiff against the defendant and these damages are intended to be roughly equivalent to the plaintiff ’s loss. When an act is a crime as well as a tort both the criminal and the civil remedy may be pursued. The wrongdoer may both be prosecuted as a criminal and sued as a tortfeasor, he may both be punished and made to pay damages to his victim. Generally now, it does not matter which proceeding is brought first, although the court will usually stay a civil action while a prosecution is actually proceeding. Only few statutes provide that prosecutions under them shall bar a civil action.

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Budget without presidential speech ABIOLA SANNI

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he convention of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria delivering a budget speech to the joint sitting of the National Assembly broadcast live to the nation has become well established under the civilian rule. However, the handling of the 2014 budget process signals at least three significant departures from the convention. First, the Minister of Finance and not the President laid the budget before the National Assembly. Second, it was laid separately before the Senate and the House of Representatives rather than their joint sitting. Third, there was no budget speech! These issues relating to “who, where and how” of the 2014 Budget are sufficient to raise genuine concern as to the constitutionality of the process. While none of the departures from the convention, in my view, amounts to a breach of the constitution, they have deeper implications for the development of a sound budget process in Nigeria. The State Governments are advised not to tow the line of the Federal Government in this regard. The main constitutional provision on the mode of budget presentation is section 81(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (1999 Constitution) which provides that “The President shall cause to be prepared and laid before each House of the National Assembly at any time in each financial year estimates of the revenues and expenditure of the Federation for the next following financial year.” A calm reading of the provision will reveal that the President does not have to personally prepare and lay the budget. The phrase “shall cause” means that the President shall ensure that requisite action or function is performed either by himself or his delegate. The emphasis is on the function to be performed and not by who it is preformed. The provision therefore envisages that the

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THE HANDLING OF THE 2014 BUDGET PROCESS SIGNALS, AT LEAST, THREE SIGNIFICANT DEPARTURES FROM THE CONVENTION function are delegable by the President to anyone he may consider to be fit and proper based on his discretion. It is submitted that the function could be delegated to the Vice President or any member of the Federal Executive Council. Considering the central role of the Minister of Finance in the federal budget process; she undoubtedly fits the bill. Section 81(1) of the 1999 Constitution expressly requires that the federal budget be laid before “each House of the National Assembly”. The phrase “each” underscores that the presentation should be done separately and not jointly. The question is why successive civilian Presidents had always laid the budget before the joint sitting of the Senate and House of Representatives? Rather than the convenience of the President killing two birds with a stone, I believe that the compelling logic of a joint sitting is to make it a special or bigger national affair. While none has raised concern about the constitutionality of the President laying the budget before a joint sitting of the National Assembly it will be recalled that the House of Representatives had, in the past, advocated that the joint sitting should be rotated between the two houses and not necessarily always in the Senate Chambers. The thrust of the argument was that the House of Representatives has a larger representatives of 360 compared to the senate of

109. Good reason prevailed as joint sitting continued to take place in the upper chambers. The question is why departing from this convention in the laying of the 2014 Budget before the National Assembly? To my mind, while the joint session of the National Assembly may be convened for the President or the Vice President, it is doubtful if the same could have been extended to a Minister no matter how eminent. As it were, the Minister of Finance had a prior invitation to appear before the Finance Committee of the House of Representatives. It was an error of judgment on the part of her handlers to fix the two important appointments on the same day as the ugly incident during her drilling session by the Committee almost overshadowed her earlier role in budget presentation. The third issue is the absence of a presidential budget speech broadcast live to fellow countrymen. Section 81(1) simply provides that the President shall cause the budget to be prepared and laid before each House of the National Assembly. There is no express provision that a speech should be delivered in doing so. A nation’s budget is a very important document showing the income and expenditure profile of the nation for a period of one year. A budget contains a plan of action which if successfully implemented should result in meeting its overall objectives.

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Community Mirror It is unfortunate and regrettable that the frequent jail breaks and break-in by terrorists leading to the escape of several detained terrorist suspects have not compelled a radical review of the state of our prison system. PRESIDENT OF THE NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION,NBA, MR. OKEY WALI

Man dies drinking local gin at party JAMES DANJUMA KATSINA

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23-year-old man, Abdulkareem Umar has died after drinking excessively at a local wedding party

in Garu, a village in Kaita Council Area of Katsina State. Umar was said to have taken an overdose of drinks mixed with a local opium called Zakami in local parlance, and had

thereafter collapsed at the party. An eyewitness said he was rushed to the hospital by some policemen who were alerted, only for hospital officials to certify him dead minutes later.

Confirming this police spokesman in the state, DSP Aminu Abubakar said the owner of the residence where the incident took place has been arrested and that the police were on trail of the

deceased’s friends who attended the wedding. Abubakar said the deceased died a sudden and unnatural death as he was not forced to drink but assured that the police will arrest those caught

selling the opium. “We urge the public to give us confidential information on persons selling the opium and, any other illegal substance in order to rid the society of such senseless deaths,” he said.

Foundation empowers indigent persons in Ogun FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

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Children doing stunts with bicycles at the Central Mosque, Bauchi.

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Nasarawa trains rural health workers IGBAWASE UKUMBA LAFIA

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he Nasarawa State Millennium Development Goals programme, said it has trained 40 people as health workers to sensitise rural communities on the basic principles of hygiene and public health. This was disclosed by the Senior Special

Assistant to Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura on MDGs, Dr. Salisu Mohammed Raj, at the end of two-day training in Lafia, the state capital. Dr. Raj said the MDGs also constructed and renovated 160 clinics in two years, even as he regretted the wide gap existing between available health facilities and beneficiaries in the state. He therefore urged the

trainees to consider their engagement as call to service to their various communities. He said “the low number of rural community dwellers consulting the clinics and other health centres is as result of ignorance and lack of senstisation. This development had prompted my office to embark on the intervention programme.”

The health workers who are drawn from four local government areas of Awe, Kokona, Nasarawa and Nasarawa Eggon are expected to mobilise women and children to avail themselves for medical counselling, encourage pregnant women to attend antenatal services and rural communities to safeguard the facilities in their areas.

LG to demolish illegal structures in motor park EMMA GBEMUDU YENAGOA

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he Yenagoa Local Government Council of Bayelsa State has said it will commence the demolition of all illegal structures at the Cen-

tral Motor Park, Ekeki, Yenagoa, which has been turned to an illegal depot for storing diesel and also alcoholic drinks. According to the council, the demolition takes effect from today. Chairman of the

council, Chubby BenWalson, disclosed this when he visited officials of the state chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, even as he regretted the poor state of the motor park which has become a

haven for criminals. Ben-Walson frowned at the existence of multiple gates and proliferation of loading points outside the park, stressing that it had defaced the area and affected the council’s revenue generation drive.

ore than 500 members of Atan community have benefitted from the empowerment programme of a non governmental organisation in Ijebu North East Local Government Area of Ogun State. The programme, organised under the auspices of Bolu Owotomo Foundation, witnessed beneficiaries going home with sewing machines, fridges, freezers, electric irons, foodstuff and cash gifts. Speaking, Chief Executive Officer of the foundation, Bolu Owotomo said the programme was intended to complement efforts of the state towards eradicating poverty and bringing a new lease of life to the citizens. He said government alone cannot provide all the peoples’ needs, even as he reiterated that the government needs the supports of the people to further bring the dividends to them. He said, “we have been blessed with an amiable governor whose mission to re-build Ogun State has been paramount since assumption of office. He has been able to do in two and half years what some could not achieve in eight years. “Ogun State is presently witnessing transformation in all

sectors like never before. This will create hope and opportunity for generations yet unborn. “Unemployment has been a serious issue for years, we can only put multiple avenues to reduce and eradicate it in due time.” He said, “I have in one year provided grants and working tools to 300 women in Ijebu North East Local Government and beyond. I have also contributed to the development of various communities, granted scholarship to 20 students and monthly allowance to a number of youths and elderly to enhance their standard of living. “For now, we are supporting Governor Ibikunle Amosun in bringing the dividend of democracy closer to the people while mobilising support for our party towards membership registration.” One of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Atinuke Ajadi, expressed gratitude to the organisers and urged other well-meaning individuals to emulate such philanthropic gesture.

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Bodies burnt in street in Central African Republic PAUL ARHEWE

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Christian mob in the Central African Republic capital Bangui has killed and burned two Muslims in the street, in the latest sectarian clash. The gangs told the BBC they would carry on killing Muslims in their area. French and African Union soldiers are struggling to contain sectarian violence that erupted after largely Muslim rebels took over the country. MPs are due to select a new interim president on Monday, a week after rebel leader Michel Djotodia quit the post. Djotodia became CAR’s first Muslim ruler after his rebel group Seleka overthrew the government in March last year. The coup helped plunge CAR into sectarian conflict between

South Africa’s miners to embark on fresh strike

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he main trade union for South African platinum miners will strike next week at the world’s top three producers, hitting over half of global output and the margins of companies struggling to make profits. A simultaneous stoppage at the three producers would hit a key South African export at a time when the rand currency is near five-year lows, and deal a fresh blow to investor confidence in Africa’s biggest economy. Renewed labour unrest would also be an unwelcome distraction for President Jacob Zuma and his ruling African National Congress (ANC) ahead of general elections expected in three months. Members of South Africa’s Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to strike at world No. 1 producer Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) in a show of hands in a stadium in the platinum belt city of Rustenburg.

Aid workers in Bangui rushed to remove the burnt bodies of the Muslim men

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Cameroon. Aid workers carry bodies to a truck, Bangui, 19 January Aid workers in Bangui rushed to remove the burnt bodies of the Muslim men In yesterday’s attack, a Christian mob killed two Muslims and set their bodies alight at a roundabout in the capital. They told the BBC’s reporter that they were avenging the

murder of a Christian overnight. It is unclear whether the men had any part or were targeted simply for being Muslim. The UN security council approved a French troop deployment to CAR late last year as part of a plan to restore order and hold an election by early 2015. The temporary parliament finalised a list of eight candidates for interim president on Sunday.

the majority Christians and the minority Muslims. He quit on 11 January having failed to stop the violence. Although the clashes seemed to die down immediately after he quit, reports emerged later in the week of more violence. On Friday, aid agencies said at least 22 people were killed in an attack on a convoy evacuating Muslims to neighbouring

Morsi faces fourth trial for insulting judiciary

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he ousted president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, faces a fourth trial, on charges of insulting the judiciary. The Islamist leader and 24 other politicians, media personalities, activists and lawyers will be tried on the new charges, judicial sources said. Morsi was removed from power in July and his Muslim Brotherhood declared a terrorist organisation. His first trial to date was adjourned earlier this month. Correspondents say the new trial is a sign that the military have no intention of easing their crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood. The move followed a referendum in which 98% of voters approved a new constitution, according to electoral officials. The vote was seen as a vote on the legitimacy of the military’s

removal of Morsi. Turnout was less than 40% amid a boycott by Morsi supporters, who dismissed it as a “farce”. A constitutional referendum held in 2012 while Mohammed Morsi was in power but boycotted by secularists saw a turnout of 33%, with 64% of voters approving the document. The new trial dates back to Morsi’s time in office, when he named a judge in a public speech and accused him of overseeing fraud in previous elections, the Associated Press reports. On 11 January, he had been due to appear in court in Cairo over the killing of protesters outside a presidential palace in 2012. But proceedings were adjourned after bad weather reportedly stopped his helicopter from taking off from Alexandria, where is in prison.

At the opening of the trial on 4 November, he had insisted he was still Egypt’s legitimate leader and refused to wear the uniform given to defendants. Neither of his two other trials, for organising prison breaks during the 2011 uprising and conspiring with foreign militant groups to destabilise Egypt, have opened yet.

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South Sudan’s forces recapture key town from rebels South Sudan’s military said, yesterday, it has recaptured the strategic town of Bor from rebel forces. The Ugandan army said it had helped in the operation, while a spokesman for the rebel forces said its troops had made a tactical withdrawal. Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, has changed hands several times in a month-long conflict that is believed to have left thousands dead. Meanwhile, talks to try to find a ceasefire are continuing in Ethiopia. The conflict between rebel and government forces broke out on 15 December. President Salva Kiir has accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup an accusation he denies. The dispute has seen killings along ethnic lines - Kiir is a member of the Dinka community, the country’s largest, while Mr Machar is from the Nuer ethnic group. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the fighting. On Thursday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni confirmed his country’s troops were now fighting alongside South Sudanese government forces against the rebels.

Zimbabwe’s platinum mines to build refinery in 2016 Major platinum miners in Zimbabwe have met a government deadline to agree and submit plans to build a major refinery in the country by the end of 2016, state media reported yesterday. President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF government gave platinum mines until January 18 to submit proposals to build a precious metal refinery within two years or risk a ban on raw exports of the metal. The world’s two largest platinum producers, Anglo American Platinum and Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats), both have operations in Zimbabwe, which has the second-largest known platinum reserves after South Africa. Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa was quoted by the state-controlled Sunday Mail newspaper’s website as saying he had received plans for the construction of a major refinery from Implats’ local unit Zimplats, Anglo American’s local unit Unki and Mimosa mine, which is jointly owned by Zimplats and Aquarius Platinum Ltd. “They have submitted to us their proposals and we are evaluating them,” he said. “They have made a commitment that they will continue to support Zimbabwe and the setting up of a platinum refinery is one of their aspirations.”


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Berlusconi back to politics through Italy’s reform deal Italy’s controversial exPM Silvio Berlusconi has returned to the centre of the political stage, striking a reform deal with a centreleft rival. Berlusconi was thrown out of parliament in 2013 after a tax fraud conviction. But he still heads the opposition Forza Italia party and held lengthy talks with Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo Renzi late on Saturday. Under their agreement, he will back electoral and constitutional proposals aimed at making Italy more governable. The current electoral system has left Italy with a series of shaky coalitions. Last year’s general election left no party strong enough to govern alone, until a broad coalition emerged, headed by Enrico Letta of the PD. Berlusconi, 77, was initially part of the government but later pulled out. Several key former allies abandoned him to form the New Centre Right party while he became a more marginalised figure. But he remained head of Italy’s biggest opposition faction, Forza Italia. Mr Renzi’s talks with the former centre-right prime minister have divided the coalition, and the PD in particular, whose supporters despise him, BBC Rome correspondent Alan Johnston reports. His car was hit with an egg and he was booed as he arrived at PD headquarters.

Islamist rebels reject Syria peace talks A powerful alliance of Syrian Islamist rebels rejected upcoming peace talks yesterday, meaning that even if the talks reach an unlikely breakthrough in the three year old civil war, it will be harder to implement it on the ground. Syria’s main political opposition group in exile, the National Coalition, agreed on Saturday to attend the talks beginning on Wednesday in Geneva, setting up the first meeting between President Bashar al-Assad’s government and its foes. But the Islamic Front, an alliance of several Islamist fighting forces that represents a large portion of the rebels on the ground, said on Sunday it rejected the talks. Syria’s future would be “formulated here on the ground of heroism, and signed with blood on the front lines, not in hollow conferences attended by those who don’t even represent themselves,” Abu Omar, a leading member of the Islamic Front, said on his Twitter account.

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ussian President Vladimir Putin defended his country’s controversial new anti-gay law, saying it aims to protect children and does not discriminate against anyone. “It seems to me that the law that we have adopted does not hurt anyone,” he said during an interview with a small group of reporters in Sochi Friday, including ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, the only U.S. reporter. “Moreover, individuals of non-traditional orientation cannot feel like second-rate humans in this country because they are not discriminated against in any way.” But that didn’t prevent a gay Russian protester from being detained Saturday for unfurling a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay as it passed through his hometown of Voronezh, 560 miles north of Sochi, where the games

will begin Feb. 7, The Associated Press reported. Photos uploaded by his friends show Pavel Lebedev pulling out the flag and then being detained by Olympic security personnel, who wrestle him to the snow as they wait for police to arrive. Lebedev, reached by The Associated Press on the phone, said he was still in the police station and undergoing questioning. The Russian law, passed last year, outlaws what it describes as “propaganda” of “non-traditional sexual relations” around minors. Critics and gay rights advocates say, however, that the law potentially makes any public display of homosexuality, or even displaying gay pride symbols like a rainbow pin, illegal. In the wide-ranging interview, his first with a U.S. television network since returning to the Kremlin in 2012, Putin rejected that characterization, noting that Soviet-era laws making

homosexuality illegal were struck down years ago. “It has nothing to do with persecuting people for their non-traditional orientation,” Putin said Friday. “My personal position is that society must keep children safe.” His comments come amid fears that fans and athletes at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi could be prosecuted for violating the law. Russia has provided assurances to the International Olympic Committee that the law will not apply during the games, yet senior Russian officials have sent mixed signals. In his interview, Putin suggested they will not be prosecuted during the games. “I couldn’t care less about their sexual orientation. We will welcome all athletes and all visitors to the Olympics,” he said. “None of our guests will have any problems.” Putin blasted those call-

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ing for a boycott of the Sochi Olympics because of the law and rejected Western criticism of the law, saying “the Russian people have their own cultural

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Protesters, police clash I in Ukraine’s capital H undreds of protesters yesterday clashed with riot police in the centre of the Ukrainian capital, after the passage of harsh anti-protest legislation last week seen as part of attempts to quash anti-government demonstrations. A group of radical activists began attacking riot police with sticks, trying to push their way toward the Ukrainian parliament building, which has been cordoned off by rows of police and buses. The protesters, many

wearing hard hats and gas masks, used stun grenades and fire extinguishers and threw flares as they attacked police in riot gear. Numerous explosions were heard and plumes of smoke rose above the crowd. Activists chanted “Shame!” and “Revolution.” Some were injured and medics were seen treating them. Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko tried to stop the protesters from attacking police, but himself came under attack. The clashes occurred shortly after a large

peaceful rally on Kiev’s main square, part of the anti-government protests rocking Ukraine since President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to freeze ties with the European union and embrace Russia instead. Since then, Moscow has promised $15 billion bailout loan to aid Ukraine’s struggling economy. Scores of opposition leaders and journalists have been attacked, harassed and prosecuted, since the protests started on Nov. 21.

srael said it carried out an air strike yesterday against a Gaza militant who it blamed for cross-border rocket attacks last week, and Palestinian medics said two people, including a 12-year-old, were wounded. The so-called “targeted attack” against a man the Israeli military identified as Ahmad Sa’ad, a senior Islamic Jihad operative, was a sign of growing Israeli impatience over a recent upsurge in rocket fire out of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. The military said Sa’ad was personally responsible for the launching of five rockets at the Israeli southern city of Ashkelon on Thursday. Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system knocked out all five proCHANGE OF NAME

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National Mirror visited the area, it was still not clear why the two groups were attacking each other, but residents of the community were seen packing their belongings and relocating to the city centre with their families. Hundreds of displaced villagers, including women and children were seen

trekking long distances to seek refuge from neighbouring villages as well as from public spirited citizens on the Makurdi-Naka Expressway. An aged man, Mr. Samuel Ugba, said that he heard sporadic shootings around the village around 5.00am but thought that security agencies deployed

to keep peace in the area were responsible for the gunfire. He added that when the gunshots became rampant, it then dawned on him that something was amiss and he then gathered his household and fled for safety. He said himself and his two wives and 17 children were at

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iger State Commissioner for Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Isah Y. Vatsa, has refuted allegations that he personally manipulated the decision by the state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, executive council to suspend six councillors in Lapai Local Government Area of the state. The affected councillors were said to be suspended

for alleged moves to remove their leader, Alhaji Usman Ibrahim, the president of Nigerian Councillors’ Forum for incompetence in handling their affairs. Denying the report, Vatsa told journalists in Minna that the allegations levelled against him was not only false, but misleading. He said he did not personally ordered their suspension, but only acted based on the directive of the state leadership on the matter and due to the trust

he has on the quality of the executive. According to him; “I am not capable of influencing the state executive, rather I take directive from them. I am a loyal PDP member and always prepared to take directive from the party on any issue and ensure it implementation, owing to my trust in their leadership qualities. “Besides, my involvement in the saga is purely to reconcile the two parties, towards peaceful resolu-

tion in the interest of the councillors.” The commissioner, however, urged the suspended councillors to settle their problem with the state PDP executive council, rather than chasing shadows. Speaking on the military presence in the area, he said security personnel were sent to Lapai as a result of incessant robbery attacks along the Lambatta-Lapai-Agaie road so as to bring the situation under control.

the moment stranded and needed a place to rest. Another displaced victim, Mrs. Blaseing Asoo, a mother of three, said she had to flee the village when she heard the gunshots, regretting that she left in such a haste that she failed to carry any foodstuff and other basic essentials that would sustain her and the children who are already tired and hungry from trekking the long distance to the township. At the St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary on the Makurdi/Otukpo road, the gates were firmly locked while security men were stationed at the gate to keep vigil in case of a spillover of the violence to the institution which, by its proximity, is not far from the community. Efforts to get the reaction of the District Head of the area, Chief Jonathan Adeke, to comment on the crisis were futile as several attempts to get him on his cell phone were unsuccessful. Confirming the incidence, however, the Benue State police command’s Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ezeala, in a telephone chat said only one person sustained injuries and is receiving medical attention at an undisclosed hospital while the

command had deployed enough men to the area to quell the crisis. It will be recalled that during the last Christmas, suspected Fulani marauders had threatened to invade and attack citizens in the capital city, thus affirming their earlier vow to unleash violence and mayhem on the people of the state. Meanwhile, the state police command has arrested four suspected armed robbers who have been terrorising passengers on the ever busy Otukpo-Enugu highway while on a stop-and-search operation led by one Steven Joseph. The suspects were picked up by security operatives after their Toyota Picnic vehicle was intercepted near Akpeke village and searched upon which several guns and ammunition were found in their possession. Speaking to National Mirror on the development yesterday the state police command’s Public Relations Officer, Daniel Ezeala, said the suspects would soon be transferred to the state criminal investigations department for discreet investigation, adding that as soon as investigations are concluded they will be charged to court.

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aduna State Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero’s political adviser, Hon. Bashir Ibrahim Sakadadi, yesterday said his boss would stand for the state governorship election in 2015. Yero was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the deputy governor of the state in 2011 to Governor Patrick Yakowa, who he replaced following his demise

in a plane crash in December 2012 in Bayelsa State. Sakadadi said the governor having steered the state to its most peaceful tenure since the 70s in the past year, alongside inspiring developmental programmes across the state and with plans to even do more in 2014, Yero will be contesting the governorship election in the state in 2015. Sakadadi, the former chairman of Sabon Gari Local Government said he believed Governor Yero should continue come 2015.

“Today, everybody is doing his normal business; people have free movement in and out of the state at any given time. I can tell you that among the 19 northern states, Kaduna is one of the few states where people go about their businesses freely. “Dr Mukhtar Ramalan Yero does not discriminate based on religion or ethnic nationality. He took an oath as the governor of all people of the state. He is a leader and that is why during the Christmas, we joined our

people in Southern Kaduna to celebrate with them personally. The governor also visited all the first class and second-class chiefs and religious clerics in Southern Kaduna. “He has never contested for an election, so you cannot say he failed to deliver the promise he made. This is the first time he is going to contest election and we are saying in the next election, we will enjoy the most peaceful and fair election in the state.”

he Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, in Plateau State yesterday said at least 128 lives were lost in auto crashes across the state in 2013. State Sector Commander, Mr. Sunday Maku, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). Maku said the deaths were recorded in 325 crashes in the state during the period under review, adding that a total of 891 persons sustained injuries in the accidents. He added that road accidents in the state increased in 2013 from the 2012 record of 238 cases, where 65 people died and 657 sustained injuries. The sector commander said 4, 934 traffic offenders were arrested in 2013 as

against 4, 802 arrested in 2012. He attributed the slight increase in road accidents in the state in 2013 to motorists’ refusal to adhere to traffic regulations. He said that cases of reckless driving, over speeding and overloading were rampant during the period, noting, however, that the state also recorded high influx of vehicles during the period. Maku, however, assured that the command would do its best to control the situation, saying it would intensify its enlightenment programmes through the churches and mosques. “We will introduce a new approach to our campaigns against road accidents by visiting worship centres as against motor parks only,” he said.


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NEW WORLD OF HOPE MINISTRY INTERNATIONAL This is to inform the general public that the above ministry has applied to the Cooperate

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Rev. Jerry Samuels Justice Williams Dawodu Mr. Ajayi Akinlade Ohenwam Ochaka Ukahi

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igeria Super Eagles raised their game to put up a great show to beat hosts South Africa 3-1 yesterday in the last group game of the ongoing CHAN at the Athlone Stadium, Cape Town, to advance to the quarter-finals. Two impressive goals by Enugu Rangers winger, Ejike Uzoenyi in the 22nd and 67th minutes and an effort from the spot by Enyimba striker, Ifeanyi Ede in the 31st, ensured victory for the turbo-charged Eagles who defied heavy criticisms to get to the last eight.

Bafana Bafana pulled one back also from the spot as Bernard Parker sent Chogozie Aggim the wrong way in the 81st minute It was yet another Man of the Match showing for Uzoenyi, who wasted no time in putting his country ahead in the 22nd minute when the former Rennes star received a return pass from Ede amidst a confused Bafana Bafana back four to place the ball beyond Moeneb Josephs’ reach. Ten minutes later, Josephs, replacing injured Itumeleng Khume gifted Eagles the second goal when he brought down Gbolahan Salami as they ref pointed to the spot. Ede stepped forward to put Nigeria two goals up.

But any hopes of a comeback were thwarted by a brilliant goal in the 64th minute when a swift one-two involving Ejike and Salami saw the small winger crash home a stunning goal. But not without some heroics from vilified Agbim who had stopped Katlego Mashego’s brilliant effort just before the half hour mark. However, Bafana Bafana would have some little cheer when substitute Ugonna Uzochukwu upended Mashego and Parker

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hairman of Globacom, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr., has said that the telecommunications company’s intervention in football in Africa has stirred up keen rivalry among individual players, national teams and clubs on the continent. Adenuga said recently in Lagos that such rivalry has sharpened the skills of the individual players and technical quality of play in Africa, thereby pushing the continent to global reckoning. “We have done this by not only sponsoring the premier leagues and

stepped forward to pull one back for the disappointed hosts. Keshi thumped up his boy: “They fought, I salute them. First game was stage fright. I know their ability, I know what we can do. We take it game by game from here.” Uzoenyi was over the moon: ‘We made mistakes in the first game. We’ve not played in this type of atmosphere before. But we’re getting stronger and will go far.” Gordon Igesund just conceded defeat to the Eagles: “Nigeria deserved the victory.” national teams in some countries, but also by encouraging the players to excel through the special recognition at the Glo-CAF Awards,” he said. Manchester City midfielder and Cote d’Ivoire international, Yaya Toure, emerged as African Footballer of the Year while Nigeria Coach, Stephen Keshi, emerged Coach of the Year and the Super Eagles received National Team of the Year Award.

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Djokovic sweeps past Fognini

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e f e n d i n g champion, Novak Djokovic, reached his 19th straight Grand Slam quarter-final following a 6-3 6-0 6-2 win over Italy’s Fabio Fognini. This was a very similar scenario, with 15th seed Fognini a flashy and talented player in the best form of his career, but it took Djokovic only an hour and 33 minutes to progress. The pair are good friends, but there was nothing friendly about Djokovic’s display as he racked up a 25th straight win at Melbourne Park and 28th overall since the US Open final. Fognini was so frustrated after dropping his serve to trail 5-2

in the third set that he lobbed his racket in jest over the net towards Djokovic. Moments later the world number two wrapped up victory with an ace and then entertained the Rod Laver Arena crowd by doing an impression of his coach Boris Becker serving. “At the end of the day we are both professionals and once we step on the court we want to win the match regardless who is across the net,” Djokovic said. Djokovic, who is looking to become just the second man behind Roy Emerson to win four consecutive Australian Open titles, meets Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarters.

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na Ivanovic yesterday dumped world number one Serena Williams out of the Open with a fourth round 4-6 6-3 6-3 victory. The 14th seed had failed to win a single set in their previous four meetings but broke four times before serving out the match to love. Despite serving 13 aces to Ivanovic’s one, Williams was well below par throughout, particularly vulnerable on her second serve, winning just 41 per cent of points on it. The five-time champion confirmed after the defeat

that she has been struggling with a back problem and almost pulled out of the tournament.

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resident Goodluck Jonathan has approved the concession of the National Stadium in Lagos. The approval was granted last week, according to the Ministry of Sports/National Sports Commission (NSC). A statement sent to National Mirror from the Ministry of Sports yesterday, said with the ap-

Doregos Inter-house sports hold

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he inter-house sports meet of Doregos Private Academy, Ipaja comes up on Thursday at the college sports complex. Defending champion, Abeke house, will seek to retain the title it won in 2012 as it faces stiff opposition from Ogunsina,Wosiwola and Doregos houses. Some of the event that will feature in include 100metres, 200metres, relay races, shot put, high jump, long jump, basketball and table tennis, while the best male and female athletes will be honoured at the event.

proval, the Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, will constitute the Project Steering Committee and the Project Delivery Committee, which will liaise with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to draw up modalities for the concessioning. The Federal Executive Council had in September 2012 set up a Committee to look into the mode of maintenance of federal stadia and to develop a sustainable funding framework for sports in general. That Committee in turn set up a Technical Sub-Committee, which in collaboration with the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) and the ICRC recommended the

most viable option for the maintenance of the six federal stadia. The technical sub-committee recommended the involvement of private sector participation in the management and operations of the stadia with concessioning as the preferred and most sustainable approach. It also recommended that the concession of the federal stadia should start with National Stadium, Lagos. The statement said further announcements concerning the commencement of the process would be made soon. The NSC had late last year handed over the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu, to the Enugu State Government to manage.

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resident of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association (NFCA), Mr. Bitrus Bewarang, has enjoined all the league bodies in the country to ensure transparency in administering the 2013/2014 season. Bewarang, who is also the General Manager of Plateau United FC, said the rancor that enveloped the Nigeria National League last season could have been avoided. “The league bodies should ensure that genuine winners emerge at the end of the season so that our football could witness rapid development,” the former Super Eagles assistant coach said.

“Our referees should maintain a high level of integrity in the new football season and show the world governing body FIFA that their judgment for excluding them from major competitions is very wrong. “I will also implore the clubs to ensure that adequate security is provided for the referees at match venues and the arbiters should be allowed to do their jobs without any intimidation.” Bewarang promised that the NFCA would organize CAF-licensed courses for Nigerian coaches to enable them meet with world standards. “We must admit that we have fallen behind,” he contended. “However, we intend to ensure that many of our coaches will be graded before the of this year,” he submitted.


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uper Eagles and Lazio midfielder Eddy Onazi was shown red card for second bookable offence in Lazio’s 3-2 away win at Udinese in the Seria A league tie, yesterday. Onazi was shown the exit door by the centre referee in the Week 20 clash in the Italian top flight after receiving the second yellow card in the 54th minute. The former youth international, returning to starting line up in the game after playing as a 90th minute substitute in their goalless draw at Bologna last weekend, was first cautioned in the 49th minute.

He was however given the marching orders five minutes later but that didn’t stop his side from running away with full points. The sending off was Onazi’s first ever dismissal for the Copa Italia champions in previous 32 appearances. He had earlier been on the referees’ books twice. Onazi will thus be suspended for the two games and will miss the big clash against Juventus next weekend as well as the trip to Chievo early February. Since the 21-year old broke into the senior team in the tail end of 2011/2012 season, coming as a 90 minute substitute in Lazio’s 2-0 victory at Atalanta. The youngster has continued to impress coach Eduardo Reja to handle him regular play. He has so far played 17 league games this season.

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Enyeama falls again with Lille uper Eagles and Lille of France goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was on their losing side as Rennes were beaten 2-0 at Saint Etienne on Friday. It was third consecutive time the hitherto unbeaten French team was losing in the French Ligue 1 clash as they continued a free fall. Lille’s fortunes were not helped when French midfielder Florent Balmont was given the marching orders in the 62nd minute, living the threetime league champions with little or no chance. Enyeama was between the sticks from start to finish as he grabbed his 21st league game for the third placed side. Lille have now dropped to third place as a result of the loss and are now seven points adrift of league leaders, PSG. Enyeama had equalled a French Ligue 1 record and chased another before Bordeaux put paid to it on December 8, 2013, when they dealt them a 1-0 loss.

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uper Eagles midfielder John Obi Mikel played from the bench for Chelsea as they hammered Manchester 3-1 in the English Premier League tie at Stamford Bridge, yesterday. Cameroon international Samuel Eto’O scored a hat trick to ensure a comprehensive victory against the multiple English champions who put yet another disappointing display as they continued their downward plunge on the log. Mikel replaced Brazilian midfielder Oscar in the 68th minute and helped keep the midfield moving as the Blues held out to a comfortable win, to maintain their third place on the log. The former Lyn Oslo star, who scored his historic Chelsea goal last December, has so far played 15 league games for the Blues.

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Whirlwind of a dysfunctional federation

s it possible that a country could slip into unfathomable abyss in so short a time and by causes that could have been eliminated with robust engagement of members of the political class? Is politics all about obsession with power? I have pondered over these two puzzles since the crisis in Rivers State thrust itself into our consciousness. I have searched for answers, but I am still far from getting convinced that I might ever get the right answers. But what I am so sure about is that political power has transforming influence on the wielder, for good or evil. I am also certain that a polity without strong institutional shock absorbers could balk under the weight of its contradictions. Nigeria offers a very good case study.

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Callistusoke@nationalmirroronline.net 08054103275 (SMS ONLY) anthonykila@mail.com Once again, our dear country has become a huge joke in the comity of nations, a reference point for inefficiency. Nigeria has all it takes to be great, but lacks the capacity to convert its resources into raw materials for greatness. We have great but docile people amenable to the wiles and guiles of the intelligentsia class, political and religious elite inclusive. So, our people have become fatalistic about their lot. And we also have a fractious political class that is driven more by enlightened self interest. Which is why in the face of the raging crisis in Rivers State, the governors that ought to demonstrate an uncommon solidarity in the face of serious assault on the foundation of the nation’s federal principles are cocooned in their respective comfort zones, insulated from the consuming crisis in one of the constituent units. ‘Rotimi Amaechi is getting what he bargained for’, is the mantra mouthed by some of these governors. This is too simplistic a perception. The Rivers crisis is the metaphor for all that is wrong with our warped federalism. The penultimate Sunday Rumuola fracas is the latest in the standoff between Abuja and Port Harcourt. We saw an all powerful Abuja deploying the police force it has absolute control over to underminie the constitutionally recognized chief security officer of a state. What unfolded is state terrorism of the worst order. The centre’s absolute control of the police force is being excessively abused. There should

THIS CURRENT DEMOCRACY WAS WON WITH THE BLOOD OF

SOME NIGERIANS. THEY MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO DIE IN VAIN not be any reason while the centre is superior to the constituent units because it exists by their consensus. A state police force has become imperative. Once again, the Rivers State police boss, Joseph Mbu, has become the metaphor for a dysfunctional federation, security wise. I watched him on Channels Television in the early hours of last Monday as he explained the police side of that Sunday crushing evisceration of pro democracy elements determined to hold a rally in the state to show defiance in the face of oppression - an exercise I see as self immolation. It was the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe that said “only a mad man confronts a man with a gun”. The political history of the country has shown that we have a police force with the ‘kill and go’ mentality that listens to the voice of the ‘Big man’ in Police Force Headquarters, Abuja, who in turn gets his instruction from the President. Sample the absurdity: Ten years ago, precisely September 23, 2003, a rally organized by the All Nigerian People’s Party

(ANPP) in Kano was invaded by the police. Three of the party’s leaders, Dr John Nwodo Jr., Dr. Chuba Okadigbo and Chief Don Etiebet were tear-gassed. Two days later, Senator Okadigbo died. His death has remained a blight in the nation’s human rights record. The Mbu I saw was donned in military fatigue. I wonder if his choice of attire was meant to drive home the point that in his current engagement in Rivers, he would brook no opposition. However, I perceived an unintended consequence of the choice of attire for that press encounter: It poignantly underscored the ‘kill and go’ mentality of the force he is a senior officer. I listened to him with consternation as he attempted a cover up of the brutality of his men and officers, and the impunity with which the commissioned assignment was carried out. He denied the deployment of bullets (either rubber or lead ball projectile) in the encounter, but admitted the deployment of minimum force to disperse the APC thugs. He even deposed he had granted police permit to the group for four previous rallies, but that the organizers of this particular one did not apply for any police permit. Is this the justification for shooting a sitting senator as such close range? In a time like this, silence is not golden. For those who think otherwise let them ponder over the late American writer, Madeleine L’Engle’s priceless advice: “I think if we speak the truth and are not afraid to be disagreed with, we can make big changes.” Yes, the outspokenness of Nigerians can make a difference now. Anti-democratic forces have taken over the nation and we need to frontally confront them to restore the democratic health of our nation. This current democracy was won with the blood of some Nigerians. They must not be allowed to die in vain. Bashorun MKO Abiola and his indomitable wife, Kudirat with others like Chief Alfred Rewane, Senator Abraham Adesanya and Chief Gani Fawehinmi must not die in vain.

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Ahead Brazil 2014: Ghana, Montenegro get March date

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eport yesterday revealed that Ghana will play Montenegro in an international friendly on March 5 as the West African nation intensifies preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

finals in Brazil. This confirmation puts to rest earlier reports that Colombia had reached a deal to play the Black Stars on the same date. Although the Ghana Football Association

(GFA) is yet to confirm the tie, media reports in Ghana claimed the match would be played at the City Stadium in Montenegro city of Podgorica. According to the Montenegro Football Associa-

tion, the agreement to play the match in the European country was reached on Friday last week. Ghana, who also reached the last eight at the South Africa 2010 World Cup finals, will face

two European countries Portugal and Germany in Brazil and the four-time Africa Cup of Nations champion believes it can surmount the odds in Group G to advance to the NFF President, Aminu Maigari knock-out stage. Nyantakyi

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