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…security personnel, ‘enemies within’, others to be affected

Tukur's fate, defection top agenda as PDP meets


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Passengers leaving Lagos after the Yuletide holiday at Oshodi motor park, Lagos, yesterday.

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Gombe airport closure, act of sabotage –APC OBIORA IFOH AND MURITALA AYINLA


our days after the plane carrying officials of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was prevented from landing at the Gombe Airport, the party yesterday described the development as a clear act of sabotage and a dent on Nigeria’s air safety standards. But the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, denied that it prevented the chartered plane from landing on Thursday January 2. However, the APC said the blockage of the airport was a willful endangering of the lives of those on board the aircraft, saying the action contravenes global aviation standards. The party wondered what would have happened if the plane bearing the APC officials, led by former Minister of State for Power and Steel, Alhaji Murtala Aliyu, could not land in Bauchi and did not have enough fuel to return to Abuja. It described the action of those who blocked the runway with a fire truck as irresponsible, reckless and apparently choreographed to induce an emergency and, probably, a crash. In a statement issued

in Lagos yesterday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Ahaji Lai Mohammed, the party said: “In view of the seriousness of this unprecedented act; the willful endangering of the lives of those on board the aircraft that was deliberately prevented from landing and the fact that the action contravenes global aviation standards, we call for a comprehensive investigation of the incident by the National Assembly. “The investigation is necessary to ensure that Nigeria's airspace does not become another weapon in the hands of a desperate administration. After all, the authorities know those who were aboard the plane as well as their mission in Gombe. We make bold to say that the politicization of air safety is worse than the alleged training of snipers by the Jonathan administration.” APC also took a swipe on the spokesman for the aviation agencies, Yakubu Dati, who reportedly said the airport was closed for a routine operation to check fire tenders, saying it was either the spokesman did not know what he was saying or he was being economical with the truth. “Either way, he has shown by his unprofessional comments that he is

qualified to do everything but speak for the aviation agencies,” the party said. According to APC, “An aviation spokesman worth his salt must surely know that an emergency drill does not, at any time, involve parking a fire truck on the runway, and that such drills are conducted to enhance safety, not to jeopardise it. He must also know that fire trucks were not tested for serviceability on the runway, but at their parking bays in the fire stations.” The party argued that if the airport needed to be close for any reason, the

authorities would have informed the stakeholders. “If indeed the airport needed to be closed for whatever reason, a Notice to Airmen, NOTAM, should have been issued to inform all operators and users of the airport of the situation; and the air traffic controllers, being aware of the situation, should have then advised the pilot well in advance, maybe even at time the captain filed his flight plan. “'The investigation being sought must therefore find out if and when a NOTAM was issued by the Gombe Airport; whether or not

dent and other bureaucracies in the face-off in the insinuations that opposition elements have penetrated the seat of power, restore sanity and bring the place under the full control of the President Jonathan. The exercise is particularly targeted at ridding the Presidency of the “enemies within.” It was further gathered that part of the reasons for the planned sweeping changes was in response to some of the concerns raised in the letter to President Jonathan. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had alluded to a cabal from a particular section of the country that had literarily held Jonathan hostage and monopolised the decision and policy-making processes of the administration to the exclusion of other people.

Part of the planned changes is intended to broaden the administrative machinery of the Presidency with a view to making it more inclusive and representative. It was gathered that the President had for sometime been worried over the frequent leakages of what was supposed to be confidential information within the Presidency, a situation that suggested that, “there are enemies within.” “It is all so difficult right now to know who and who are working for the President. “The way and manner information gets out of the place is too frightening and gives cause for great concern. “It is as if people there are working for all sorts of interests. The way things are presently, it is difficult to trust anybody and if things continue this way

aviation to kangaroo aviation must be made to know that international aviation bodies were watching the lawlessness that some unscrupulous officials were now introducing into the conduct of safety standards “Aviation has no room for politics. Even at the height of the Cold War, US commercial planes were not barred from the airspace of the USSR and vice versa. “The flight that was apparently deliberately prevented from landing at the Gombe Airport could have come from anywhere, even beCONTINUED ON PAGE 5>>

Some of victims of the grenade thrown at the Kokoro market Bangui, Central African Republic yesterday.

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Kano and Abuja got the notice; if they did, why did they still clear the flight for takeoff and en route? Definitely, the captain of the airline must have filed a fight plan before takeoff; and Abuja must have cleared it for takeoff. Further investigation will reveal whether the necessary steps were taken by those involved, while appropriate sanctions must be meted out to erring officials, including the glaringly ineffectual and pliant supervising minister,” the party said. It said those who were seeking to turn Nigerian

unchecked, soon there will be an implosion,” the source, a senior official, said last night. This allegation corroborates the reported fears expressed in November last year by one of the cabinet ministers who revealed how he had to personally submit a very important memo to the President for fear that if he followed the due process or official channels, the memo would have ended up in the public domain even before it got to the President. The security leaks at the Presidency for which the proposed changes are targeted at, according to the source; result from the infiltration of the seat of government by agents of the opposition political parties who are determined to frustrate the administration of President Jonathan. The source also alluded to the allegation that the

President’s tribesmen have literarily taken Jonathan hostage as, “there is hardly any major policy decision or up-scale political appointment that the President makes that he does not consult with or is not determined by his tribesmen.” According to the source, “It is these people that ensure that most major appointments are filled by people from the southsouth region of the country, their arguments being that ‘this is our President and our turn to redress the past injustices to our people.’” Meanwhile, President Jonathan yesterday declared that his government would not allow any individual or groups like the Boko Haram fundamentalists to hold the country to ransom. According to him, the government is committed to liberating the country from the hands of any evil

person in order to leave behind a country that posterity would be proud of. Jonathan, who spoke in Abuja at the Church of Christ In Nations, COCIN, where he observed the first Sunday service for the year, noted that Boko Haram was temporary and would go away, stressing that just as some countries were able to overcome security challenges, Nigeria would also overcome its own security challenge. “A number of countries are facing similar challenges and some have been able to overcome it and surely we will overcome Boko Haram. “Life in the North must change; development must go to all parts of this country. Nobody or group can hold this country to ransom. We will collectively liberate this country from the hands of any evil person, so that we can leave


behind a Nigeria that our children and grandchildren will be proud of”, Jonathan said. The President, who said he was not going to make any speech for fear of being misquoted, noted that the rising political tension in the country ahead of the 2015 election was something that should be expected in a democracy. “I’m not going to read a speech because I avoid making speeches this time around so that I will not be misinterpreted. “The political environment is always noisy all over the world. There is nowhere you won’t hear so much noise,” he said. He noted that the United States of America with many years of democratic experience also had its own noisy political tension. “Even the United States of America, not long ago, CONTINUED ON PAGE 5>>

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L-R: Osun State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori; Governor Rauf Aregbesola; World Chairman, International Human Right Commission, Amb. Ammin Shahid Khan and Assistant Foreign Affairs Minister, Amb. Caroline Usikpedo, during the decoration of the governor as Ambassador of Humanity in Osogbo at the weekend.

L-R: Wife of the celebrant, Mrs. Olabisi Are; celebrant, Dr. Lalekan Are; former President, Government College Old Boys Association, Mr. Banwo Smith and his wife, Omolara, at Dr. Are’s 80th birthday party in Ibadan, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

L-R: Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; former Oyo State Governor, Senator Rashidi Ladoja; former Miss Bolatito Ladoja and her husband, Emmanuel Idakula and Governor of Oyo State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, at the wedding of Ladoja’s daughter in Lagos at the weekend.

L-R: Secretary, Yoruba Obas Conflict Resolution Committee, Oba Saliu Oyemonla, Sabigana of Igana; Chairman, Oba Frederick Akinruntan; Olojodu of Ojodu, Oba Sikiru Obatula; Ologbagi of Ogbagi, Oba Victor Adetona and Edema Molokun of Ajitere Ilaje, Oba Samuel Adeoye, at the committee’s meeting in Ibadan at the weekend.

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FG shortlists 30 firms for fuel importation programme UDEME AKPAN


he Federal Government has selected about 30 oil marketing companies for the 2014 first quarter fuel importation programme. Investigations over the weekend showed that the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA has already compiled the list of importers for the programme. Authoritative source at the agency that preferred not to be named stated that the list has been submitted to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources for scrutiny and approval. According to petroleum ministry sources, “The selection was based on the past record of the companies. Many of the firms have participated in the programme in the past few years. “Fuel supply is crucial, especially at the beginning of 2014. We cannot afford to engage the services of companies that failed to deliver in the past.

….as NNPC insists $10.8bn oil revenue not missing

“That clearly explains why we have ensured that only committed firms that have the capacities to deliver were shortlisted for the importation. One major condition is that the importer must own a depot, that we cannot compromise.” He stated that PPPRA is committed to promoting transparency and accountability in the management of the nation’s fuel importation. The Executive Secretary of Major Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN, Mr. Timothy Olawore expressed the commitment of major marketers such Total Nigeria Plc, Conoil Nigeria Plc, Forte Oil, MRS, Mobil Nigeria Plc and Oando Nigeria Plc to participate in the programme. National Mirror learnt that NIPCO Plc, an oil and gas company owned partly by the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, also made the shortlist. In a related develop-

ment, the PPPRA yesterday called on Nigerians to ignore speculations of possible scarcity of petroleum products in the country. Executive Secretary of the Agency, Reginald Stanley, in a statement issued in Abuja, confirmed that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and other marketers have about 27 days PMS sufficiency in stock. According to him, rumours of a ‘looming scarcity’ being peddled by some persons, is due to the usual practice where some marketers stockpile products in order to profit from panic buying during festive periods. He said the PPPRA does not expect any distortion now that the nation is dealing with a low demand period, when there are little or no significant activities across the country. Meanwhile, NNPC has again moved to clear the air concerning accusations that it failed to remit nearly $50 billion crude oil sales

proceeds into the Federation Account. CBN Governor, Mallam Sanusi Lamido had raised the alarm over the unremitted funds in a letter sent to President Goodluck Jonathan. The Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, Sanusi and the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Andrew Yakubu held a joint press conference where the parties assured that $30 billion of the alleged missing funds had been reconciled, while reconciliation of the outstanding $10.8 billion was still on-going. But NNPC at the weekend expressed concern over the misrepresentation of facts by a section of the media, which still gave the impression that the outstanding $10.8 billion was missing. General Manager, Media Relations Department,

Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim, in a statement restated that no money is missing, stressing that at no time did anybody, including the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and the CBN Governor, said that the outstanding $10.8bn was missing. According to the spokesman, the yet to be reconciled $10.8 billion can be located in the expenses on some of the responsibilities, which the Corporation carries out on behalf of the Federal Government with respect to the domestic crude oil utilization. He said that one of such issues is the unpaid subsidies on kerosene and Premium Motor Spirit, PMS. It would be recalled that Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was earlier in 2013 stated that she had not paid any subsidy on kerosene since she assumed office. “The truth of the matter is that since 2007 when the late former President Umaru Yar’Adua reviewed the prices of petroleum products, following the

general strike in protest against the price hike by his predecessor, the issue of subsidy payment on kerosene was left hanging and NNPC was mandated to continue to sell the product at a subsidized rate of N50 per litre. “Since then, not a dime has been paid to the Corporation as subsidy on the product. It is also on record that since January 2012, NNPC has been importing the bulk of the PMS used in the country. “NNPC has successfully kept the nation wet with products, especially PMS, these past two years as can be verified from the absence of queues at petrol stations during the end of year festivities. So the Corporation is left to bear these responsibilities on behalf of the Federal Government and these costs are part of the yet-to-reconciled balance. “Another area of huge expenditure on behalf of the Federal Government is the maintenance of national strategic reserves for petroleum products.

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Product, GDP, growth is expected at six per cent, relative to the global average of 3.1 per cent in the current financial year. LCCI, the largest arm of the Organised Private Sector, OPS, in its 2014 Economic and Business Outlook released yesterday predicted that the Nigerian economy in the current year would be characterised largely by conditions that prevailed in 2013. It added that the country had the possibility to emerge as the largest on the African continent and one of the top 30 in the world after the GDP rebasing, which is expected later this year. Despite the positive outlook, the chamber noted that business owners and potential investors would need to

adopt proactive strategies to mitigate the potential political, fiscal and monetary risks and effective weather the stormy times ahead. According to the Report, LCCI identified inflation, fiscal imbalances, regulatory, political, interest rate and exchange rate risks among the challenges that would hamper business efficiency during the year. Other possible risks to operational virility for enterprises listed include poor infrastructure capacity, corruption, insecurity, policy and capital flow reversals all of which, it noted would harm businesses unless owners and policy formulators take necessary steps to avert them. The LCCI stated that the positive outlook of the global economy would impact positively on crude oil

prices which could serve to sustain the current growth momentum of the Nigerian economy. It added that strong performance of the major growth drivers in key sectors such as telecommunications building and construction; hotel and restaurants and solid minerals were also expected to be sustained. Expatiating, the LCCI projected that the market size, driven by high and growing population and emerging middle class, would remain robust with corresponding opportunities for investors but that the pre-election activities might take its toll on the economy through distractions of partisan politics and heightened election spending. It, however, said that the resilience of the economy

would endure. On the risks investors will contend with as the implementation of the fiscal and monetary policies continue to unfold, the group projected that in 2014, the economy would be characterised by moderate inflation risk as it would be difficult to keep inflation within single digits in the New Year. The LCCI based its various variables on prices which had earlier been highlighted. Similarly, it noted that there could be moderate risk of fiscal imbalances which might result from revenue shortfalls, especially with regard to crude oil output. It added that the 2014 budget assumptions of 2.39 million barrels per day (mbpd) production output appeared optimistic, given the pre-

vailing situation in the oil producing areas attacks on pipelines and oil theft. The LCCI said: “Harsh regulatory environment has become a concern to many investors. Some regulators could be overbearing and create dislocations for investors. However with increasing communication and mutual understanding, the risk may be mitigated in the New Year. But the risk level would still be at a moderate level. “Being a pre-election year, and with current developments in the political space, political risk will be high in 2014. As the political activities begin to gather momentum on the run up to the 2015 election, transactions or projects that are public sector driven will be more vulnerable. It is therefore advised that from 2014, exposure to big public sector transactions of long term nature should be undertaken within this context. “The interest rate regime in 2014 is high and volatile. This demands that highly leveraged investors should be cautious and take full account of this factor. “Offshore funds will be better for business in this environ-

ment in 2014. High interest rate regime is also not advisable for long term projects at this time, especially in the real sector.” According to the group, given the mounting pressure on the foreign exchange market and the differential between the parallel and official rates; the pressure on foreign reserves and the excess crude account, there is a high risk of depreciation of the exchange rate during the year. In addition, it also projected that the high infrastructure deficit would persist in 2014 and advised investors to moderate expectations from current power sector reforms as improvements in power supply may not happen as fast as expected. On corruption, it stated that the risk remained high especially for public sector transactions and also present to a lesser degree in some private sector institutions just as the security situation in some parts of the country is still a big issue for investors, particularly as oil theft and pipeline vandalism are risks that needed to be taken into account as well in 2014 in relevant business decisions.


Delivering pastoral greetings to the congregation, the new President of COCIN, Dr. Dachollom Datiri, said the church has suffered from Boko Haram attacks in its branches located in the North East of the country. He however noted that Jonathan had been able to record significant achievement though the national transformation agenda. Specifically, Datiri commended the declaration of State of Emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states to check the activities of the Boko Haram sect. “Your transformation agenda is loveable and commendable. You are always in church and God will never forget you. When a leader puts the things of God first, all other things shall be added unto him,” Datiri said. He prayed for the success of the administration and the progress and development of the nation.

Shake-up imminent in the Presidency

L-R: President Goodluck Jonathan; his mother, Eunice; Chief of Staff, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe; Executive Secretary, Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission, Mr. Johnkennedy Opara; FCT Minister of State, Mrs Olajumoke Akinjide; Minister of Police Affairs, Capt. Caleb Olubolade (rtd); Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe; Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo and the Administrator, Aso Villa Chapel, Pastor Mshella during 1st Sunday of the year church service at Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) Abuja yesterday. PHOTO: STATE HOUSE

Gombe airport closure, act of sabotage –APC CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2

yond the country's borders. It could have been a flight in distress in which case the sequence of events and their aftermath would have been a tragedy, a man-made tragedy,” APC said. It described the development as another indication of the desperation of the Jonathan-led administration to stifle the opposition. The party added: “This politics-gone-awry is another indication of the desperation of the Jonathanled administration to stifle the opposition at all cost and should be condemned by all right thinking people everywhere. It is the latest in a series of acts of impunity by a drowning government. Our teeming supporters should

however note that we will neither be intimidated nor shaken by these acts.” However, FAAN in a statement issued in Lagos yesterday and signed by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Yakubu Dati, said that it was a known fact to all stakeholders that Gombe airport not a ‘24-hour’ airport. “The airport’s runway is not open for flight operations, both scheduled and unscheduled, for 24 hours,” Dati said. According to him, a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to that effect, is well known to concerned stakeholders in the industry. Apart from this, Dati said that the airport was undergoing maintenance and security surveillance opera-

tions in the morning of the incident. “With the permission of the control tower, maintenance and security surveillance operations take place on the runway at periods when the runway is not active. This is a standard practice in the industry. “One of such operations was taking place on the airport’s runway in the morning of the incident and unfortunately, the fire truck used for that operation, belonging to the Gombe State Government, broke down on the runway. “While efforts were being made by our engineering staff to remove the truck from the runway, the control tower at the airport was notified of the incident and a new, specific

NOTAM was issued by the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA). “The issued NOTAM was to alert airmen of that incident for the purpose of asking them to stay away from the airport for a specified period of that day, in the overall interest of safety,” he explained. According to him, the fire truck was removed from the runway in less than an hour after the breakdown. He said that it was still unclear to FAAN, why the pilot of the chartered aircraft did not receive the NOTAM until he got overhead Gombe Airport. Dati however said that the matter was being investigated by relevant authorities.

the country was almost shut down. For so many months, people were worried that the country that has practiced democracy for so many years could get to that situation. But that is politics for you,” he added. The President assured that his administration would work hard to ensure rapid development in the country to enhance the standard of living of Nigerians “Let me reassure you that we will continue to work harder to improve the quality of lives of Nigerians, anything you start, there is always a time. “If you want to build a single storey building, it must take you some time to build. We are building one small mini private banquet for the President in the State House, with a great company like Julius Berger, what we thought will take six months is getting two years,” Jonathan said.



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Tukur’s fate, defection to top PDP agenda •As Jonathan hosts emergency caucus meeting tomorrow



iscouraged by the unending crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan, has conveyed a secret meeting of the national caucus of the ruling party tomorrow. The forum is expected to hold crucial talks over the crisis bedevilling the party. The meeting has been scheduled to hold at the Banquent Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. A member of the national caucus of the party, who dropped this hint yesterday, added that the meet-

ing will start by 8.00pm. It was gathered that the forum will deliberate on the crisis rocking the party, especially the gale of defection by notable members of the party, especially governors and members of the National Assembly elected on its platform to the main opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, and proffer solutions to halt the trend. National Mirror gathered that the meeting serves as a prelude to the National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting of the party which had been rescheduled to hold on January 16. The NEC had earlier been slated for Wednesday, January 8.

The source, who spoke to our correspondent, said invitation had been extended to all members of the national caucus of the party to attend the crucial meeting. To this end, he said the meeting with President Jonathan as the host will also have Vice-President Namadi Sambo, governors, principal officers of the National Assembly and members of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party, in attendance. It was gathered that Jonathan, who was uncomfortable with the disintegration of the party under the watch of the National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, will ex-

pect the meeting to device the way forward. Investigation also showed that the fate of Tukur will also be reviewed in view of the unending clamour for his sack by some governors and other stakeholders in the party. Specifically, our source said the meeting will also work out measures to halt the gale of defection by members of the National Assembly into the APC. National Mirror learnt that Jonathan was worried by the reports that more members of the National Assembly elected on the platform of PDP had concluded plans to move into the APC on resumption from the Christmas

and New Year holiday. Our source said: “I can tell you authoritatively that President Goodluck Jonathan has conveyed a secret meeting of the national caucus of the PDP tomorrow. The meeting has been scheduled to start by 8.00pm at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. “All members of the national caucus have already been contacted to attend the crucial meeting and the agenda is very clear to every discerning member. The crisis which has crippled the party and led to mass the exodus of members out of the party and the measures to curb the trend are expected to be discussed,” added the source, who pleaded that his name should not be

mentioned in print. The crisis in the party assumed a worrisome trend following the defection of Governors Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara; Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto; Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano; Murtala Nyako of Adamawa and Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers States to the APC. It will also be recalled that 32 members of the House of Representatives followed suit in the gale of that defection into the main opposition party in the country. Similarly, Senators Bukola Saraki and Magnus Abé, have sounded the warning about their readiness to move to the APC whenever the Senate reconvenes this month.

We left PDP because of Tukur’s arrogance –G7 govs •I’ll welcome more plurality of views now, says



Outgoing cadet officers, ASPs and Inspectors, during their passing-out parade in Kano, at the weekend.

Methodist Prelate warns Jonathan against sycophants


he Prelate of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, Dr Samuel Uche, yesterday advised President Goodluck Jonathan to beware of sycophants in his government. Uche gave the advice during the church’s Covenant Service at the Methodist Church of the Trinity, Tinubu, Lagos. “Some people in the corridors of power do not understand the problem of the country and that is why they are not advising the President appropriately,” he said. The prelate urged President Jonathan to improve

the standard of living of Nigerians and pay less attention to criticisms. He said he foresees a better and greater Nigeria and urged Nigerians to pray for the President and those in leadership. “Challenges are all over the world, even as a father, I have the challenge of running my house, there is challenge in ruling a small community. “As the Prelate of Methodist Church, I know the heat that I am facing, whereas I am only managing about six million people.

“If you compare it to someone managing the whole country it is not easy. “Jonathan is not responsible for all the challenges confronting us as a nation. “If he (Jonathan) needs to know what is happening to the people at the grassroots, he should consult credible religious and traditional rulers and they will tell him the truth,” he said. The cleric urged the Federal Government to create jobs for the country’s youths to tackle the problem of insecurity among the populace. “The rate of unemploy-

ment is very high and as an alternative, people are creating odd jobs for themselves which is the major cause of insecurity. “I strongly advise the Federal Government to create jobs and empower the youth. That is the only way insecurity can be checked,” he said. The prelate said that youth empowerment would create an enabling environment for young people to contribute positively to national development. He also called for parliamentary system of government in the country.

arely two months after five Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, the governors have said that PDP’s National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur’s arrogance drove them out of the party. The governors, who said that nothing will bring them back to the PDP again, however, said that at the onset of the formation of the new PDP, they never envisaged that they will leave the party which they were founding members. But Tukur has waved the olive branch to all those opposed to him, including the governors, promising to welcome more plurality of views. He also warned of a desperate plan by the APC to take over power at all cost even when it is obvious that they do not have any programme for Nigerians. It will be recalled that five governors including Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers); Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto); Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano); Abdulfath Ahmed (Kwara) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), left the PDP in November after every effort by the Presidency to resolve their grivances

failed. In an exclusive chat with National Mirror, former Deputy National Chairman of the PDP, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja, said that the governors never planned to defect, but that their agitation was “a protest, saying that the leadership of the PDP as led by Bamanga Tukur was tyrannical and that with that, the party would be destroyed if we continue to go under one man’s autocracy.” He also accused Tukur of “circumventing good leadership, sidelining the rule of the thump in party leadership, showing no commitment to the feelings of others, asking others to leave if they want to leave and all that, that is not how a party should be led.” Dr. Jaja laid the blame for the crisis in party on the President. He said that he believes that there was an agenda being played out by the Presidency. “It may not be by the President himself, maybe by those around him, playing out an agenda and selling the dummy to the President. Because when you are around certain persons and you have associated with them for so long, there is a point where you believe everything they say. So nobody looks at the other side or hears from the other people.”

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Doctors suspend planned strike MARCUS FATUNMOLE ABUJA


he Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, has suspended its indefinite strike scheduled to begin today. Doctors in the nation’s public health facilities had threatened to embark on strike today, after it had warned the government with a five-day withdrawal of services mid-Decem-

ber last year. Addressing journalists yesterday in Abuja, NMA President, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, said that the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the association arrived at the decision to suspend the planned strike following personal commitment of President Goodluck Jonathan, the Federal Government and well-meaning Nigerians to address some

of the association’s demands. He listed the group’s demands to include health infrastructural upgrade; universal health coverage for Nigerians; appointment of a surgeon-General of the Federation; establishment of a Hospital Development and Intervention Fund; redress of the gross injustice done to the doctors and other health sector challenges.

Enabulele told journalists that the NEC met in Abuja last Saturday to reappraise efforts the government had made so far in implementing Memorandum of Understanding, MOU, jointly signed by the association and the government last year. He said: “NEC noted the several honest appeals made by the toiling and well-meaning people of Nigeria and our friends

in the fourth estate of the realm for more time to be given by NMA for dialogue with the government. “The NEC also appraised the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reached at the end of the meeting held on Thursday, January 2, 2014 between the Nigerian Medical Association and the Federal Government, wherein appeals were made to the NMA by the government for more time for the resolution of other outstanding demands.” Enabulele said the association’s decision to suspend the strike was consequent upon the Federal Government’s resolve to accede to most of its demands through a newlydrafted MOU. He said: “This is in addition to the appreciation of the possible impact of withdrawal of services by medical and dental practitioners in Nigeria on ordinary Nigerians…the National Executive Committee of the Nigerian Medical Association has resolved to suspend for now its earlier directive to all medical and dental


practitioners in Nigeria to withdraw their services from Monday, January 6, 2014 to allow for full implementation of all the elements of the MOU within the government set time lines. “Accordingly, all medical and dental practitioners nationwide are hereby directed to continue to render their normal and highly cherished services to the lovely and caring people of Nigeria.” He, however, said that NEC would meet again on February 7 to examine the implementation of the MOU by the government. It will be recalled that President Jonathan and other major stakeholders engaged NMA’s leadership in marathon meetings last Thursday and Friday. At the meeting on Thursday, the President agreed, among others, to appoint Surgeon-General of the Federation who would be vested with the responsibility of determining medical fitness or otherwise of political office holders and also help put a check on medical tourism among elected leaders.

Groups want proposed national conference people-driven L-R: Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Mrs. Ayoade Omoyeni; Mr. Bisi Omoyeni and PDP Chairman in Efon Local Government Area, Hon. Femi Oluwatoba, during Omoyeni’s tour of local governments in Ekiti State, at the weekend.

Oyo postpones school resumption in Iseyin, environs KEMI OLAITAN IBADAN


he Oyo State Government yesterday announced the postponement of resumption for public school pupils in Iseyin and its surrounding

communities. Iseyin, an Oke-Ogun town, is located in the northern part of the state. The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Prince Gbade Lana, who made the announcement in a statement, said

a new resumption date would be announced later. While the commissioner did not give reasons for the postponement, it was, however, learnt that the decision was taken to forestall likely trouble among some locals who are bent on us-

ing public schools as a theatre of trouble-making. All schools are scheduled to resume today after three weeks Christmas holiday, but the postponement does not affect schools in all other parts of the state.

Tyonex ban: AIDS patients seek FG’s commitment to treatment NGOZI EMEDOLIBE


ollowing the suspension of the Tyonex brand of anti-retroviral treatment in Nigeria by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, the Treatment Action Movement (TAM) and Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), have jointly called for total commitment by the Federal Ministry of Health and its agencies towards

improving treatment for people living with HIV in the country. According to the groups, their separate responses to HIV treatment have revealed that partnership, dialogue and the centrality of human rights and dignity are central considerations, influencing the scope and quality of interventions. In view of this, the groups have made specific requests on the agencies of government bordering on making sure that mem-

bers of TAM and NEPWHAN be immediately drafted into the Committee jointly set up by NAFDAC and Federal Ministry of Health charged with investigating the quality and other associated clinical issues surrounding Tyonex. In reaction to the memo numbered: NAFDAC/ PT// APMN/230 signed by A.I Osakwe and dated December 20, 2013, which expressly ordered the suspension of the use of Tyenox, the groups in commending the efforts of

NAFDAC, further asked that the suspension as announced should not be allowed to create a gap in access to medicines by patients in all the centres affected. Other demands by the group include: the cancellation of the contract awarded to Tyonex if the company is found liable in any way; that a National Treatment Summit be convened towards addressing the myriad of challenges plaguing ART provision in Nigeria.



wo major political groups in the country - Pro National Conference Organisation, PRONACO and the Nigeria Consensus Group of Project Nigeria - yesterday in Lagos called on President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that the proposed national conference is peopledriven and credible or risk the break-up of Nigeria by 2015. Reviewing Nigeria’s political developments in 2013, the spokesman for the groups, Mr. Olawale Okunniyi, said extensive consultations made by leaders of the groups in 2013 revealed that it was only a credible national conference driven by experienced and respected forces that could save the country from an imminent political strife and break-up. The coalition warned that except the proposed national conference is structured to serve the country as emergency conflict mitigation consultations for diffusing the growing political tension

and crisis in the country, Nigeria may run into the most explosive general elections ever in 2015 that could signal its end. Okunniyi said: “We speak from a well-informed perspective on this issue, especially based on profound consultations with experienced leaders and well meaning stakeholders in the country. The only saving grace today for Nigeria is a well-organised, non-partisan, genuine national conference if we must prevent the 2005 prediction of the United States about Nigeria’s disintegration from materialising. “Presently, all the signs for a serious political strife are already manifest in the country, so Project Nigeria shall be convening an urgent elaborate National Political Summit of the Nigerian peoples in February 2014 to engage the structure and modality of the proposed national conference in ensuring that the government is well advised on the popular template best suited for a pan Nigeria political negotiations ahead of the national conference.”


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Aregbesola, Omisore in war of words over LGs ADEOLU ADEYEMO OSOGBO


sun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola and a former Deputy Governor in the state, Senator Iyiola Omisore, are at loggerheads over the creation of additional 27 council areas in the state. While Omisore accused Aregbesola through his Director of Media and Strategy, Prince Diran Odeyemi yesterday of losing focus, Governor Aregbesola,

through his Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Sunday Akere, urged the people of the state to ignore the senator, describing him as a confused man. Odeyemi, who was speaking with journalists in Osogbo, the state capital, said the proposal to create more council areas in the state was because the governor has lost focus. But Aregbesola through his aide said; “Rather than allow our government to be distracted by baseless and unfounded juxtaposi-

tion by a desperate bunch of politicians seeking for undeserved attention and relevance, we will rather focus on continuing the good works we have been doing in the last three years, which has positively changed the lots of Osun people for the better. “In any case, the creation of the local governments is as a result of yearnings of the people of the state and the fact that the PDP cannot do it when they run affairs of the state for almost eight years does not mean we

should shy away from their demands. “Go and check the record, what we did is simply a revitalisation of what the administration of Chief Bisi Akande did and was cancelled out of sheer hatred after he was rigged out of office by the PDP. “Contrary to their lies, Osun has become a reference point for others in the continent as an example of good governance and we would not be distracted. Like you know, Mr. Governor just bagged an award as

the man of the year 2013 and many others for innovative and creative governance in the state.” However, Omisore maintained that; “The creation of the councils is an evidence that the governor is totally confused and has lost focus and that the introduction of parliamentary system of government in Osun State is another evidence

Be fair to all, cleric urges politicians SEKINAH LAWAL


L-R: General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye; Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola; first civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande; his wife, Abimbola and former Governor of Lagos State, Ndubuisi Kanu, during the 14th Annual Thanksgiving Service of Lagos State at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Lagos, yesterday.



he Labour Party, LP, in Ekiti State said yesterday that House of Representatives member, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, and other new members of the party in the state are free to contest political offices. LP Interim Chairman in the state, Hon. Akin Omole, said there was no constitu-



he Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, has said that no fewer than 170, 749 passengers and 1, 900 flights were handled by it during the Yuletide season at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos alone. The agency said the data was recorded between December 23 and 31, 2013.

Ekiti 2014: Bamidele, new members free to contest –LP chairman tional roadblock preventing them from contesting the 2014 governorship election. Omole spoke in reaction to the allegation of a group who claimed to be founding members of the party that the LP constitution stipulated six months member-

ship before being eligibile to contest. But the LP chairman, who said such was not in the party’s constitution and guidelines, cautioned the said group to desist from being used by the state government to cause division in the party, fail-

ure which they would face disciplinary action. 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 the guidelines set by the State Working Committee, SWC.

NAMA handles 170, 749 passengers, 1, 900 flights during Yuletide An on-line media statement signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, NAMA, Mr. Supo Atobatele, said that the agency also handled an average of 550 flights daily across the nation’s airports apart from the low level flight operations in the Niger Delta area. Atobatele added that traffic peaked on Monday, De-

cember 23, when the Lagos airport recorded 289 flights, ferrying 25, 184 passengers while on Tuesday, Christmas eve, 262 flights operated flying 23, 625 passengers. Expectedly on Christmas Day, the traffic trimmed to 105 flights, flying only 10, 772 passengers. In all, he noted that 80, 850 passengers were recorded

on the domestic route while 89, 296 passengers were ferried on the international route. He emphasised that the positive traffic trend since the introduction of area radar control in the country, has confirmed the safety status of the Nigerian airspace, restoring public confidence in air travel.

that Governor Aregbesola is totally confused and has lost focus. “The former deputy governor called on stakeholders in the state, irrespective of their political belief, to come together and rescue the state in the wake of series of confused policies and programmes being introduced in the state by the APC government.”

call has gone to Nigerian politicians to be fair to all as well as provide necessary social infrastructure for the citizenry in order to avoid a situation of not having a country to rule over. Making this call yesterday was the Chief Missioner of Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Imam Abdul-Rahman Ahmad, at a special prayer programme organised by the Joint Muslim Forum, JMF, at the Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS, Lagos. The programme tagged; Muslims Pray for Nigeria, gathered eminent personalities, scholars in Islam and leaders of different Islamic organisations. Speaking at the occasion, the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Prof. Isiaq Oloyede, urged the Muslims to be united and live peacefully with all. “We need to continue with our prayers for peace in the country and for good leadership, as leadership without consultation is evil.” The NSCIA secretarygeneral also called on the Lagos State government to stop all forms of anti-Islam policies like the issue of teachers beating students for using Hijab within the school premises. Many of the dignitaries at the occasion condemned what they described as marginalisation of Muslims. Speaking on behalf of the Sultan of Sokoto and the National President of NSCIA, Alhaji Saad Abubakar, Oloyede said the prayer programme became necessary as it is the only weapon

by which Muslims demand for God’s intervention in the affairs of the nation. He said the troubles with the country are far above what the politicians could address; adding that Muslims are marginalised by the ruling class in terms of political appointments, programmes and policies and cited Lagos as an example of a place, where he alleged that government does not give Muslims fair treatment. Similarly, Sheik Ahmad while offering prayers for the nation castigated the leadership for denying Muslims strategic positions in the country’s affairs, saying that in the whole of the South-West, no single member of President Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet is a Muslim. He also said that if merit were to be the yardstick, there are countless number of Muslims who fits into various positions. He said it was high time that Muslims rise above board and state the true meaning of Islam, adding that violence, hooliganism, thuggery and brigandage are alien to the religion. He called on Islamic scholars to continue sensitising the public against confusing Islam with violence, by insisting that Boko Haram activities are against the teachings and practices of Al-Islam. Coordinator of the JMC and the National Amir of The Companion, Barr. Musbaudeen Oyefeso, revealed that Muslims of Lagos, comprising of all Muslim bodies in the state, came together to pray for the nation and collectively address issues as it affects Muslims and the society, thereon forging the essential unity in the interest of the people.

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Guber poll: Trouble makers, miscreants asked to stay off Osun ADEOLU ADEYEMO OSOGBO


s residents of Osun State are preparing for the forthcoming local government and governorship elections the police have asked trouble makers, miscreants and political thugs to keep off the state. According to the police, the command had mapped out strategies to battle the trouble makers and other enemy of peace to a standstill before and during the elections. The state Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Dorothy Gimba, dropped the warning while addressing journalists in Osogbo on the command’s preparation for the elections. She said: “We are poised to ensure that both the local government and governorship elections coming up in few months time go on without disruption or infraction of the laws. We will be up and doing. We have increased our intelligence policing and ensure that we work harder than before. “One of the strategies that the command adopted to sustain the profile of low crime rate in the state is prompt response to dis-

tress calls. Any issue constituting threat to peace of the state will be addressed promptly. “We have also ensured that we hold regular meeting with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, political parties along with other sisters’ security agencies on the preparedness for the election. We also called and reiterated to all the political parties on the need for them to respect electoral act and conduct their activities as dictated by the electoral laws. “We have identified some hot spots and some trouble makers and the command has mounted surveillance on them as part of the strategies to ensure that the state is peaceful. “We have engaged our youths in the state in some meaningful engagement by creating awareness that there are better ways of making living than resorting to crime and violence and we shall sustain this by the special grace of God.” The police, however, urged all political parties in the state to respect and conduct their activities in accordance with the dictate of the electoral laws.

Aregbesola’s support for police boosts service delivery –CP ADEOLU ADEYEMO OSOGBO


he Osun State Police Command at the weekend said that the communication gadgets and other security equipment provided by the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola helped the command to track down no fewer than 70 suspected criminals in 2013. Addressing journalists in Osogbo on the activities of the command during the just ended 2013, the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Dorothy Gimba, said that 78 rape suspects, 15 defilement suspects, five others for stealing laptops, digital cameras, phones and other computer accessories valued at over N6 million were also arrested by the command. Mrs. Gimba said: “A

graduate of Computer Science and Engineering, Olawale Peters, 34, from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho, and four others were arrested for stealing 28 laptops, eight digital cameras, phones and other computer accessories valued over N6 million. The suspects stole the electronics/communication gadgets in a computer accessories shop in Osogbo and the offence was committed on December 23, 2013. “Other members of the robbery gang are Olaiya Saheed, 23, Sunday Job, 27, Ajagbe Babatunde, 25, and Adedeji Musibau, 24. Twenty-six 26 murder suspects, 17 suspected secret cult members and two suspected kidnappers were arrested and two kidnapped victims were rescued. No fewer than 45 arms and 52 ammunition were recovered during the year under review.

Bishop, Catholic Archdioceses of Ibadan, Most. Rev. Alaba Job (left) blessing worshippers during the first Sunday of the year mass at St. Mary Catholic Church in Ibadan, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Poor passengers’ handling: NCAA warns Aero against recurrence OLUSEGUN KOIKI


ollowing last November’s delayed and eventually cancelled of its AbujaCalabar flight without any tangible reasons to its passengers, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, has written a warning letter to the management of Aero Contractors. NCAA said it would not hesitate to sanction the airline in future if such treatment is meted out to passengers. The warning was conveyed in a letter addressed to the airline’s Managing Director, which was dated December 20, 2013 and signed by the NCAA’s Secretary, Mr. Pollie Okoronkwo, on behalf of the agen-

cy’s Director-General, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu. A statement signed by the NCAA spokesman, Mr. Sam Adurogboye, recalled that on November 8, 2013, its Consumer Protection Officers in Abuja reported a disruption of the airline’s flight. The statement emphasised that its investigation revealed that the airline failed in exercising the duty of care owed to passengers in the event of delay and or cancellation, describing the development as a violation of Part 19.4 and Part 19.5 of NCARs 2012. It said: ‘’Having taken into consideration the totality of circumstances surrounding the incident, the corrective action taken by you as well as the mitigating factors regard-

ing the matter; we hereby commit the legal enforcement action to a warning. By this notice, you are seriously warned. This letter will be made a matter of records in accordance with extant law. “We expect strict compliance with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations and your Disruption Management Manual in future.’’ It will be recalled that Aero had on November 8, 2013 delayed and eventually cancelled its Abuja-Calabar flight without notice to passengers. The cancellation led to the affected passengers spending the night at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, after being left on board the aircraft for upwards of three hours.

NCAA had then vowed to sanction the erring airline for failure to duly inform the passengers about the cancellation within the provision of the regulation, which attracts minimum to moderate penalty. N fewer than 11 passengers had reported the occurrence to NCAA through the Directorate of Consumer Protection. NCAA had in 2012 launched the passengers’ bill of rights, which seeks to protect the rights of the passengers and also the duties of passengers to airlines. NCAA believes that indigenous airlines unnecessarily violate the rights of passengers, thereby seeking massive compensation for them whenever their rights are violated.

APC faults PDP’s allegation against Fashola


or the Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, the recent diatribe against the administration of Governor Babatunde Fashola by the rival Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was diversionary and deceptive. The PDP chairman, Mr Tunji Shelle, had at a gathering tagged: “Annual General Meeting AGM of the Lagos PDP” lauded the performance of the President Goodluck Jonathan and criticised the Fashola-

led administration. But the APC Publicity Secretary, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, accused the PDP chairman of sailing against the tide, alleging that the purported AGM was specifically staged to divert attention from the failure of the PDP at the centre. He said it was illogical to praise a central government that was fast losing the grip on the National Assembly, pointing out that the opposition has a simple majority in the lower legislative chamber

with the defection of 37 House of Representatives from the ruling party to the APC. Igbokwe alleged that organising such a forum had become the trademark of Mr. Shelle since he became the chairman of the PDP in Lagos State. In statement, the APC spokesman said: “In his empty speech at the meeting, Shelle left no one in doubt that it was a gathering slated for the special purpose of appeasing President Goodluck Jonathan.

The event was specially packaged to sell President Goodluck Jonathan and not a real AGM for seriousminded organisation. “It was an event paid for by GEJ and solely for the purpose of telling the world that President Jonathan is the best God ever created for Nigeria. The meeting was not a platform for strategic thinking, creative approach to politics or synergistic momentum but a phantom platform for political idiocy and brigandage.”





he All Progressives Congress, APC, has challenged the Federal Government to account for all the money the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, administration in the state collected from the Federation Account for the 12 years it ruled the state. This followed the call by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. (Mrs.) Viola Onwuliri on Governor Rochas Okorocha to account for all the money his ad-

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Imo: APC asks PDP to account for years in govt ministration has collected from the Federation Account since he became the governor of the state. The minister also demanded from the state government a similar action on the local governments in the state and the Imo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission, ISOPADEC, where she alleged that several billions had been col-

lected from the federation account without anything to show for it. The APC in a statement signed by the Special Assistant to Governor Okorocha on Media, Mr. Sam Onwumendo, said the party had accepted her demand that Governor Okorocha “should account for the money his administration had received from the Federation Account since

he became governor, but on one condition that the exercise should be all embracing. “The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had governed the state for 12 years from 1999 to 2011, and Governor Okorocha of the APC is less than three years in office as governor, so, Imo people would want a situation where the minister with

other stakeholders would gather the two former governors produced by the PDP, with Governor Okorocha to respectively give account of what they did with the state’s allocations. “While the two governors produced by the PDP would be telling Imo people what they did with all the monies they collected on behalf of the state for 12 years, Okorocha will do the same for less than three years that he has been in the Imo State Government House. According to the statement; “The exercise will be a public event that would warrant Imo people to be around and the Okorocha government would pay for the live coverage of the event.” The PDP ex-governors will tell Imo people what they did with both the local government funds and ISOPADEC money for 12 years; Okorocha will do

the same for less than three years, the statement reads in part. They also regretted that the minister, rather than appreciate the seemingly good governance in the state under Governor Okorocha, has also joined those whose interest is only to be at the corridors of power and not in the transformation which the Okorocha administration has taken head-on in the state.” While asking those who make trips to equity to come with clean hands, the statement noted that the demand the minister had made on Governor Okorocha, other wellmeaning Nigerians have been making similar demands from the Federal Government she is part and parcel of. “Her advice should be needed in that aspect, especially on the contentious issue of missing billions,” the statement said.

Opposition party accuses Chime of executing projects without budget DENNIS AGBO ENUGU

T Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha (middle), accompanied by his wife, Lady Ebere, during the distribution of motorcycles to beneficiaries at the Deputy Speaker’s poverty alleviation/empowerment programme held in Mbutu, Abia State recently.

2015: Ebonyi senators, House Speaker, others endorse Jonathan ALIUNA GODWIN EBONYI


enators from the three senatorial zones of Ebonyi State along with members of the House of Representatives from the state and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chukwuma Nwazunku, at the weekend, moved a motion for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015. The senators, comprising Senator Sonni Ogbuoji, representing Ebonyi South senatorial zone, Senator Chris Nwankwo, representing Ebonyi North zone and Senator Igwe Nwagu, representing

Ebonyi Central senatorial zone, who was unavoidably absent but has a representative. While the members of House of Representatives includes; Hon. Sylvester Ogbaga, representing Abakaliki/Izzi federal constituency; Peter Ogali, Ebonyi/Ohaukwu; Tobias Okwuru, Ezza South/ Ikwo; Christopher Omo, Isu Afikpo North/South. The lawmakers made this known in Abakaliki while addressing the people of the state in a minirally of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, at the state township stadium. Senator Ogbuoji introduced Linus Okorie, representing Ohaozara/Ivo in

the House of Representatives, while the lawmaker moved the motion for the endorsement of President Jonathan in 2015. He said; “I do rise to propose the following motion that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, having done very perfectly to lead this country on the path of peace even in the midst of great challenges. “Having revitalised the railway system that we can now move from Lagos to Kano; having remodeled our airports in all the six geopolitical zones of the country. “Having achieved massive infrastructural fa-

cilities, which we can see in Ebonyi State, ranging from the quality construction of federal roads from Enugu to Ebonyi and many others achievements, do hereby wish, along with all great Ebonyi leaders, move that President Goodluck Jonathan be adopted to run for a second term in the 2015 general elections” he said. The motion was seconded by the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chukwuma Nwazunku, while the other lawmakers watched. When the motion was put to voice vote, the crowd of PDP faithful at the stadium voted in favour of the motion.

he All Progressives Congress, APC, has replied Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime, on his huge indictment that the APC has no future in the state. The party in its swift reply said Chime’s comment was self-serving as his “undemocratically imposed” council chairmen that brought about his uncouth comment. The APC also told Governor Chime that he would have used the 2013 local council election to test his might of protecting President Goodluck Jonathan’s votes, but that he chickened out to disqualify the opposition parties on flimsy excuse. The party also reminded Governor Chime that President Jonathan has not commissioned any project in the state since he became governor; just like it said that the governor is executing a N13 billion secretariat project without budgetary provision. In a statement by APC’s Acting Publicity Secretary in South-East, Osita Okechukwu, the opposition mega party said that con-

trary to the self-serving and dictatorial comments of the governor during the swearing in ceremony of the ‘undemocratically imposed’ local council chairmen, the APC in the South-East said unequivocally that Enugu State is sick and needs enough dosage of APC post-2015 general elections. The party said it is at a loss why Governor Chime, a senior lawyer, would be celebrating the hand-picking of 17 local government chairmen and councillors, contrary to the provision of the law and the core tenets of democracy, when he deliberately manipulated the Dr. Emma Enehled Enugu State Electoral Commission to disqualify APC and APGA candidates on flimsy excuses. It also indicted Chime for disqualifying some candidates for paying taxes outside Enugu State, as if none of our sons and daughters reside outside the state or do business outside the state. The party wondered why Chime was afraid to use the election to test the ground before deceiving President Goodluck Jonathan not to bother to campaign in Enugu?

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Air Force announces new appointments, postings UBONG UKPONG ABUJA


he Nigerian Air Force yesterday announced new appointments and postings of some of its senior officers. A statement from the Air Force Headquarters in Abuja, issued by its Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), Air Commodore Yusuf Anas, said that the changes followed the recent promotion of some senior officers of the Nigerian Air Force. According to the statement, “Air vice Marshal SB Abubakar is the new Air Officer Commanding Training Command Kaduna while his predecessor Air Vice Marshal I Umar moves to Defence Headquarters as Chief of Policy & Plans. Air Vice Marshal TA Adokwu is moved to Air Force Institute of Technology as Commandant while Air Vice Marshal HR Mohammed replaced him as Chief of Aircraft Engineering Headquarters, Nigerian Air Force. Air Vice Marshal AI Shehu takes charge as the new Chief of Standards and Evaluation at the Air Force Headquar-

ters with Air Vice Marshal JM Gbum replacing him as Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence, Defence Intelligence Agency. Air Vice Marshals AG Idowu, FB Nyoyoko and MM Maisaka are posted to Defence Headquarters as Directors of Research and Development, Electronic Warfare and Medical Training and Operations while Air Vice Marshal AA Zannah take

charge of the newly established Air Warfare Centre, Kainji.’’ “Air Vice Marshal BC Nweze moves to Nigerian Defence Academy as the Deputy Commandant. Air Vice Marshals MA Mohammed and LS Alao are appointed as Directors of Nigerian Air Force Transformation and Logistics while Air Vice Marshal TV Udoh is the new Direc-

tor Technical Services, Defence Intelligence Agency. The reorganization also appointed Air Commodore JB Adigun as Chairman Military Pensions Board while Air Commodore KG Lar resumes as College Secretary, National Defence College.’’ “Other newly appointed Directors at the Air Force Headquarters include Air Commodores HC Ifezue, PC Ugwueke, MA Soladoye,



overnor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa has charged youths and elders in oil bearing communities to join hands with the Federal Government in the fight against oil theft. Dickson made the call at a send-off event organized for the Commander of the Joint Task Force, ‘Operation Pulo Sheild’, Maj.-Gen. Batta Debiro. Represented by his Deputy, Mr. John Jonah, Dickson stressed that the JTF need the support of people living in the oil bearing communities to enable government obtain revenue that will finance developmental projects. “The people you are seeing here are security agents deployed to safeguard pipelines and oil facilities; their job is to stop every form of illegal activities at the oil fields. “They are here to work for the development of our Niger Delta region. It is ad-

er 207 Special Mobility Group, Calabar; Air Commodore AD Dudusola, 61 NAF Detachment Warri; Air Commodore PJ Usman, 335 Base Services Group, Kaduna; Air Commodore AJ Adagboye, 235 Base Services Group, Yenagoa; Air Commodore DL Sanda, Commander 237 Base Services Group, Minna; Group Captain AO Adole, 205 Rotary Group, Lagos; Group Captain OA Tuwase, Commander 405 Central Armament Depot and Wing Commander S.A Adelakun, Commandant AFMS Jos.” The statement stressed that the postings and appointments are with immediate effect in line with the Chief of Air Staff; Air Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh’s efforts at transforming the Nigerian Air Force for greater operational efficiency.

N’ Delta: Group challenges leaders over youth’s empowerment RICHARD NDOMA CALABAR Akwa Ibom State Governor Godswill Akpabio and the Director, World Methodist Evangelism Institute, Rev. Dr. Eddie Fox, during a courtesy call at the Governor’s office, Uyo, at the weekend.

Oil theft: Bayelsa govt wants oil communities to support JTF EMMA GBEMUDU

MR Dabo, MA Muhammad, AJ Bolajoko, EI Odouk and GM Iliyasu to take charge of Directorates of Regiment, Provost Services, Information and Technology, Finance and Accounts, Legal Services, Medical Services, Education and Budget respectively. Similarly, Air Commodores KO George, A Shehu-Othman and DO Bolaji are posted to Defence Headquarters as Director Civil-Military Relations, Legal Services and Intelligence. Additionally, Air Commodore I Shafi’i moves to the Armed Forces Resettlement Centre, Oshodi as Director of Administration while Air Commodore CA Ogbeche is the new Managing Director Nigerian Air Force Investment Limited.’’ “Some of the newly appointed Commanders also include Air Commodore KC Odibendi, Command-

• Activist urges Dickson to establish oil commission visable for our youths to cooperate with them in the discharge of their duties,’’ he said. He commended the retiring general for his support to the state and excellent services to humanity. Debiro commended the state government for the support given to the JTF during his tenure, adding that “we received a lot of support from the state, including logistics. Our men that were deployed on the field, equally related with community leaders for assistance. We have been able to succeed at that level,” he said. He said the incidence of oil theft had declined from 2012 to date, and called on his successor to improve on the feat. He gave kudos to officers and men who served under him, saying their outstanding performances was largely responsible for the harvest of promotions witnessed in the past couple of years.

Meanwhile, a rights activist and former Secretary of the Civil Liberties Organisation, Bayelsa State, Alagoa Morris has urged Governor Dickson to establish the long awaited State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (BASOPADEC) to cater for the oil bearing communities in the state. Morris said the establishment of the commission would take care of the part of the 13 per cent derivation fund accruing to the state and enable justice to prevail. In an open letter to Governor Seriake Dickson, he argued that if the derivation from the federation account was meant to address the developmental challenges of communities in oil bearing states, it was only proper that the funds trickled down to the communities. Morris said the communities suffering the negative impacts of crude oil exploration and exploitation should be considered, noting that they were still waiting for justice.

He said, “Bayelsans are demanding the establishment of BASOPADEC. Please establish it for the people. Presently, it is very sad and unfortunate that the giant generators, water projects, concrete internal road projects, health centers and more in some of our communities are products of oil companies’ Corporate Social Responsibility, which is part of their operational costs. There is no single Federal, state or local government projects in some and this is unthinkable.” According to him, most of the projects found in the locals were non functional such as the water projects of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). While commending the Governor for his infrastructural projects in the state capital, Morris advocated that the development should be spread to other local governments, adding that Delta State was a good example to emulate.


group, under the auspices of the Coalition of Niger Delta Youth Vanguard (CONDYV) yesterday in Calabar challenged the nation’s leaders for failing to give priority attention to issues that delved on youth empowerment. Speaking in an interview at the post inauguration ceremony of the Cross River state executive committee, the national president of the group, Mr. Solomon Nse and the Cross River State Coordinator, Pastor Paul Abam stated that its mandate was to bring youths in the region together so that they can live as one, in peace and harmony. The duo averred that CONDYV was ready to encourage positive contributions towards economic and social progress among youths in the region. “Our focus is not just to see hand-out given to the youth and they come asking again for more, but rather to see them earn and build themselves consistently over-time,” he said The leaders of the group assured the people that their organization was ready to do everything humanly possible to ensure

that youth restiveness is completely quelled down in the region adding that through their constant interaction, youths resourcefulness will be on the increase stressing that they will create a platform that will aid the youths discover their potentials and make themselves truly useful citizens of their communities. Also speaking, Mr. Ewa Henshaw said it was the responsibility of any government that have the interest of the people at heart to carter for the need of its citizens in all ramifications, adding that “the country had been in critical need of good governance’’ Ewa, who doubles as the legal adviser to the group, said “we are resolute in partnering with government and other agencies to ensure adequate service delivery to our teeming youths. “We are working tirelessly to encourage the education of our youths by organizing skill acquisition and to galvanize these youths for the betterment of the region,” he further said. The group is expected to open up offices in all the 18 local government areas of the state with a view to monitoring and ensuring that all NDDC projects are executed to specification.



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FG evacuates 1, 277 Nigerian from CAR OLUFEMI ADEOSUN ABUJA


he Federal Government has evacuated 1,277 Nigerians trapped in the crisis-ridden Central African Republic back home. The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, which coordinated the evacuation, said in a statement at the weekend that the exercise is ongoing. According to the agency, the first batch of evacuees arrived at the Nnamdi

Arzikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Friday, January 3, 2014. It also added that others evacuated on Saturday and yesterday were all received on behalf of the Federal Government by the Director General of NEMA, Muhammad Sani Sidi and official of Foreign Affairs. The NEMA boss, who welcomed them back home, was said to have told the evacuees that food and non-food items were available for them at the camp while contacts had

been made with the government of their various states of origin to convey them to their respective states. In the list of the registered evacuees, it was discovered that indigenes of Bauchi, Edo, Jigawa, Kebbi, Borno, Ekiti, and Anambra, Zamfara, Federal Capital Territory, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Abia, Enugu, Kano, Imo and Kaduna states were in the majority. Others were said to be from Sokoto, Kwara, Adamawa, Gombe Nassara-

wa and Delta states. NEMA, however, said that governments of Benue, Anambra, Delta, Abia, Edo and Bauchi states had so far commenced the transportation of their indigenes out of the camp in Abuja to their various states. The breakdown evacuees indicated that the first batches comprised women, men and children with total numbers of 365; the second batch has the total number of 748 while the third batch has a total number of 164.

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Four killed in Kaduna farmers, Fulani clash


our persons were yesterday killed and several others injured in a clash between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Kaduna State. The clash occurred at Bungel village in Kaura Local Government Area. The Chairman Kaura Local Government, Kumai Badu, who confirmed the attack, however, said that the quick intervention by the military strike force brought the situation under control. Our correspondent learnt that the herdsmen and the farmers engaged one another in a fight, using weapons such as machetes and knifes. It was further learnt that

the clash started around Sabon Gari, but the situation was brought under control by security operatives who were drafted to the area. Badu said: “Yes, there was a clash between residents and herders, which led to the killing of four people this morning (Sunday). “There was a quick intervention from the military strike force here and everywhere is calm. And there is no cause for alarm contrary to the rumors being spread.” The state Police Command Spokesman, Aminu Lawan, could not be reached for comment as efforts to reach him on phone failed.

Education development is my priority –Dankwambo


Leader, Christian Women in Politics, ECWA II Railway, Bauchi State, Mrs. Ladi Sambo (left) receiving Christmas/New Year gifts from the state Chairperson, Mrs. Sarah Yohanna, during the distribution of gifts provided by Governor Isa Yuguda in Bauchi, recently.

21 murder cases recorded in Jigawa last year –Police


he police in Jigawa State said it recorded 21 murders and four suicides from January to December last year. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Kayode Theophilus, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Sunday. Theophilus said 13

of the cases had been charged to court while the remaining ones were being investigated. Theophilus said that 72 persons were arrested for causing grievous harm/ inflicting injuries on people. “The suspects have been charged to court,” the police chief said.

He, however, added that 10 suspected armed robbers were arrested while 426 people were nabbed for stealing and three others for allegedly forging currency notes. Theophilus claimed that crime rate in the state had drastically reduced when compared with the past.

The commissioner said that community policing and different crime fighting strategies were adopted by the command to tackle crime. He added that in the last 12 months, the command carried out 2,900 raids in some black spots across the state.

PDP in Ajase-Ipo, group reiterate loyalty to party


embers of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Youths for Change Initiative (YCI) in Ajase-Ipo in Kwara State yesterday pledged to work for the victory of the party in the 2015 general elections. The groups, in a joint communiqué issued at a meeting on political development in the state, said the party deserved their sup-

port at this critical period. The communiqué was jointly signed by Yusuf Rasheed, Ward 2 Secretary of PDP and the Public Relations Officer, Oyinloye Simeon, while Suleiman Mansur, signed for YCI. According to the groups, the achievements recorded by ex-governor Bukola Saraki and his successor, Alhaji Abdulfatai Ahmed, were made possible by the

people-oriented policies of the PDP. “We, the PDP members of Ajase Ward 2, under the national leadership of Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and YCI, wish to state categorically that we remain committed as ever. “The success of our great party remains paramount to us as we have seen no genuine reason to abandon the party at this critical

period. “We are not in support of any other party. “The achievements of the duo of ex-governor Bukola Saraki and his successor, Abdulfatai Ahmed, were made possible by the PDP’s masses oriented policies,” the groups said. The groups promised to support all due processes in the electoral act to ensure victory for the party in 2015.

overnor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe State says his administration will continue to support efforts to develop education sector in the state. Dankwambo made this known at the launch of education appeal fund in Gombe yesterday. The fund raising was for the building of student hostel, laboratories and classrooms block at Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa’ikamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS) Islamic Science Secondary School. Represented by Chief of Staff, Government House, Alhaji Ahmed Yayari, Dankwambo said that society would not progress without good education. According to him, investment in education is the first, second and third priority of his administration. The decision, according to him, was aimed at boosting the quality of education for the people’s development. He commended the

JIBWIS for taking such steps in developing education in the state, adding that this had contributed positively toward the orientation of children. Dankwambo assured that he would personally construct three laboratories and provide all equipment needed to improve the quality of education in the school. The Chairman of JIBWIS in Gombe, Sheik Hamza Abdulhamid, pledged JIBWIS’s readiness to develop education from the national, state and local government levels. He said JIBWIS had graduated people with National Certificate of Education (NCE) for over eight years and about seven secondary, primary and nursery schools. He said that this had boosted the quality of teachers and other officers in the state. Abdulhamid said: “JIBWIS spends over N118 million annually on the running of the schools.”

NCP wants FG to fund political parties


he National Chairman of the National Conscience Party, NCP, Dr Yunusa Tanko, has called on the Federal Government to fund political parties to ensure level playing field in 2015 general elections. He made the call during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday. He also urged leaders of political parties to ensure that they upheld internal

democracy for the peoples’ choice to prevail. He urged law makers to repeal Section 78 (2) of the Electoral Act dealing with deregistration of political parties, saying it did not augur well for Nigeria’s democracy. He called on legislators to enact laws that would enable the electorate to choose the best party candidates for elections, which is the essence of internal democracy.

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Political events that shaped Ondo in 2013


Defection or not, we are still party to beat, says PDP OBIORA IFOH ABUJA


he Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that in spite of the crisis of defection that has rocked it recently; it still believes that it is the party to beat as it remains the “preeminent party, well ahead and better than the opposition.” The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement yesterday said the party is “still the most organised party in Nigeria with genuine follow-

ership in all the nooks and crannies of the country,” adding that more people are eager to join its fold. “The PDP is a party founded on democratic ideology by worthy and respectable leaders. It is the only party committed to national interest, in which no person, group, tribe or religion can claim to play dominant role. We have remained strictly committed to our ideology based on the principles of patriotism and service to the people and this explains why self centered and undemocratic elements

find it very difficult to adapt to the dictates of the party,” the statement said. Noting that “the challenges that faced the party will enlarge, rather than shrink its support base”, the PDP said the developments have shown that the opposition is merely a group of selfish religious and ethnic bigots, completely lacking in ideology and pursuing selfish agenda. Saying that while the opposition “is at liberty to enjoy some space in the media to exercise their penchant for propaganda and hollow

claims, it has become obvious that they lack true followership among the people and cannot match the PDP at the general elections.” The party commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his steadfastness in delivering on his Transformation Agenda and not allowing himself to be distracted by the antics of the opposition. It however charged all its elected and appointed officials at all levels to redouble their efforts and work harder by curbing all wastes and keep on being prudent

in handling the nation’s resources to ensure that Nigerians not only continue to enjoy the benefit of having the PDP in power but also vote en-masse for it in the general elections. The party also applauded the President for his initiatives towards the technological advancement of the country citing the establishment of the National

Abia PDP chieftain, Emenike, defects to APC GEORGE OPARA UMUAHIA


Cross section of some of the newly appointed Permanent Secretaries taking oath of office during the swearing-in ceremony of twenty-five newly appointed Permanent Secretaries in the Delta State Civil Service by the governor held in Asaba, yesterday.

Adelabu rallies support for Fayemi


or the umpteenth time, the Ekiti State deputy governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu, has again rallied support for the administration of her boss, Dr. Kayode Fayemi. She urged civil servants to put in their best for the Fayemi-administration to achieve its dream of lifting Ekiti State to a loftier height. The deputy governor spoke at the New Year gettogether party she organised for workers deployed to her office at her residence in Ado-Ekiti. Prof. Adelabu, who described civil servants as the engine room of the gov-

ernment urged them not to compromise on diligence, reminding them of the vital roles they have to play for the success of any government. She showered encomiums on the staff of her office, who she described as hard working and cooperative since her assumption of office. Assuring that workers’ welfare will always be accorded priority attention, the deputy governor urged the workers to support the governor’s efforts at ensuring that Ekiti ranked amongst the best states in the country. In his sermon, the Chair-

man of Christ Apostolic Church, Ekiti Districts Coordinating Council, Pastor Olu Eyebiokin, admonished workers to be faithful in the discharge of their duties. The cleric identified indolence and unfaithfulness as the bane of the society, which he counselled both leaders and followers to eschew. According to him, the diligent and the faithful would be rewarded accordingly both by men and God. While cautioning them to be wary of their actions, pointing out that a government is rated by the actions of individuals, Pastor Eyebiokin also urged the deputy governor to continue to be faith-

ful and loyal to the governor as well to sustain her positive standing in the public. The Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Deputy Governor, Mr. Babatunde Alokan, who opened the floodgate of testimonies, described the deputy governor as an amiable personality, whose relationship with members of staff has been more of a mother-and-child relationship rather than a boss and the subordinate. Others who bared their minds also attested to the generosity and humility of the deputy governor, despite her academic and political attainments.

Institute of Construction Technology in Uromi, Edo State, the new national automobile policy and the implementation of power sector reforms among others and urged Nigerians to continue to support the PDP, noting that it remains the only party that can guarantee a government committed to the national interest and the welfare of all at all times.

chieftain of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and factional governorship candidate of the party in Abia State in 2011, Chief Ikechi Emenike has decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC. Emenike is reputed to have a large and strong political structure in the state up to the council level including youths and women groups as well as his main party structure. It would be recalled that after the 2011 elections, he challenged the candidature and victory of Governor Theodore Orji, up to the Supreme Court, though he lost. His declaration followed a meeting attended by over 4,000 of his coordinators

representing all age groups from across the state, where a vote was said to have been taken to decide which party they would defect to. According to the vote of his supporters, about 80 per cent voted to urge him to join the APC, 15 percent supported his joining the Labour Party, while four per cent voted for the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. Based on the outcome of the voting by the supporters, Emenike and his supporters decamped enmasse to the APC. However, before the voting process, the whole gathering unanimously, by acclamation through a motion moved by Mr. Nnamdi Uchendu, a former chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Aba, agreed to leave the PDP.

2015: Be prayerful, vigilant, ex-Rep tells Kwarans WOLE ADEDEJI ILORIN


onetime governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kwara State, Hon. Bashir Bolarinwa yesterday called on the people of the state to be on their guard as the 2015 general elections approaches.

Bolarinwa who is also a former member of the House of Representatives in an interview with National Mirror said he foresees “agents of darkness conniving with some politicians in the state to hold back the emergence of a purposeful leadership in the election.” According to him, “these set of politicians, because of their influence and power will not like a people oriCONTINUED ON PAGE 14



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Political events that shaped Ondo in 2013 HAKEEM GBADAMOSI AKURE


he aftermath of the 2012 governorship election spilled into the year 2013 with the two contenders for the number one seat in the state who were dissatisfied with the result released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) headed to court to seek redress over the election. However, Dr Olusegun Mimiko who was declared the winner of the election was sworn in for his second term on Febrauary 24, 2013. Mimiko’s victory in the October 20 governorship election was confirmed by the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in May 2013 as it dismissed the petitions filed by the Action Congress of Nigeria, (ACN,) and its candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu and the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and its candidate, Chief Olusola Oke challenging Mimiko’s victory. The Chairman of the three- member Tribunal, Justice Andover Kaka’an in his judgement said that the petitioners ”failed woefully to prove that the governorship election of October 20 is not in compliance with the Electoral Act” and therefore upheld Mimiko’s victory. Dissatisfied with the judgement, the PDP and the ACN approached the Appeal court where they also lost out before heading to the Supreme Court in Abuja. Even though there was tension across the state over the final judgement, Mimiko was again declared the winner of the election by the Supreme Court sitting in Abuja where the seven justices in a unanimous judgment upheld Mimiko’s re-election after six months of fierce legal battle on 27th August, 2013. With the Supreme Court judgement, Mimiko became the first elective governor to be entrusted with the governorship of the state for two terms, thereby breaking the age-long one term jinx. Though the State House of Assembly has not always been in the news but one event which generated a lot of controversies was the suspension of one of the lawmakers, Hon. Fola Olasehinde over allegation of being in possession of fetish objects. Hon. Olasehinde who represents the Ose Constituency at the state of Assembly was found to be in possession of fe-






2013, THE



OLUSEGUN AGAGU LED THE PACK tish objects which include amulets, cow horns, miniature coffins, photo images of

I’ll turn Ekiti around in 18 months –Omoyeni


leading governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Ekiti State, Mr. Bisi Omoyeni, has assured the people of Ekiti both at home and in the Diaspora of his vision to turnaround the socio-economic fortunes of the state within the first 18 months of his assumption of office, if elected. Speaking to a cross section of the media yesterday in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, at the end of the stakeholders’ meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan in Aso Rock,

the former Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Wema Bank Plc, reiterated his determination to ensure that youth unemployment, hunger and poverty become history in Ekiti State. His words: “Ekiti people are suffering in the midst of plenty. Our youths are in despair; their future is in danger because of our indolence, insensitivity and lack of adequate planning. God has blessed us with enormous material resources, the only thing that is needed, is the managerial and leadership capabilities

with which we can turn around the fortune of Ekiti people.” Saying that turning around Ekiti is not ‘rock science’, Omoyeni said that “what we need is the will, focus, experience and a workable plan to bring the best SME’s model to Ekiti, a model that will create small and medium business holdings, cottage industries and farm groups, utilising economy of scale, which will encourage the utilisation of intermediate technology for the rapid economic development of our dear state.”

humans and animals. These fetish objects were found in her apartment after her landlord raised alarm. The lawmaker was suspended indefinitely for “ridiculing and embarrassing the entire house” while an ad-hoc committee was set up to investigate the allegation. Though, the lawmaker challenged the suspension order but the court however upheld it, an action the woman lawmaker has since appealed against. Ondo State lost some of its political actors in the year 2013, the former governor of the state, Dr. Olusegun Agagu led the pack when the news of his death trickled in as rumor on Friday 13th September, before it was later confirmed that the former governor slumped and died in his Ikoyi residence two days after returning from an overseas trip. The state was again thrown into mourning over the plans of the state government

to give former Governor Agagu a befitting burial, having lost a serving commissioner in the state, Barrister Deji Falae who was the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism. Deji Falae was the son of the erstwhile Minister for Finance and Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae. He was one of the 15 people who lost their lives in the ill fated Associated Airline air mishap which occurred when conveying the remains of Agagu to Akure. This unfortunate incident almost dragged the state into another of confusion as the state government and Agagu’s family traded blames on the cause and motives behind the crash. Also, the lawmaker representing Ilaje/ Ese-Odo Federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Raphael Nomiye reportedly slumped and died in his Abuja residence on November 23, 2013 under some controversial circumstances. Nomiye who was elected to the lower house in 2011 under the platform of Labour Party was buried at his Okitipupa residence in December. Again to show that PDP is still active in the state, it’s governorship candidate in the October 20, 2012, Olusola Oke organised a thanksgiving service over the election. Though he lost in the election, but he still had cause to appreciate God. But political pundits saw the occasion as an event to draw support from the PDP members in the state in taking over the leadership mantle of the party in the state after Agagu’s demise. Though some major political parties in the country have come together under one umbrella known as All Progressives ongress (APC), the party after its formation has ceased to be active unlike the defunct ACN before its fusion. APC has been inaugurated in most of the states across the country but not in Ondo State. An attempt by some leaders of the party in the state to inaugurate the party for proper recognition backfired as most of the expected leaders of the newly formed political party shunned the occasion. It is however believed that the leadership tussles between the Senator representing Ondo North Senatorial district at the National Assembly, Senator Ajayi Boroffice and the governorship candidate of the ACN in the October 2012 election in the state, Akeredolu may have largely contributed to the boycott of the APC inauguration. The two strong leaders are said to have polarized the party in the state. This has been an added advantage to the ruling party as there is little or no opposition in the state.

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ented leadership that will genuinely develop Kwara State because of their selfish goals and they are conniving with some dark forces to achieve this.” He called on the people to pray fervently against this intention saying: “These agents which operate within and outside Kwara State under the cover of religion, traditional institution or politics employ all means

to perpetuate their cronies against the interests of the people.” He added: “Year 2014 being the year of political activities that will determine the 2015 elections, Christians and Muslims in Kwara State should engage in nonstop prayers for a government desired by the people so that the state’s long dream of freedom can be achieved. “We need now, a genuine

people oriented government that will promote human and infrastructural developments in the state.” Meanwhile, the former governorship aspirant said it will be a good departure from the old if a progressive government emerges in Kwara State, taking a cue from the South-Western part of the country where the system had been tested and found more beneficial to the people.

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On the trail of my colleagues Mirror of the moment ABDUL-WAREES A SOLANKE, 08090585723 (SMS only)


ohn Momoh, the CEO of the award winning Channels TV and Azubuike Ishiekwene, the powerful pen pusher, who distinguished himself in the Punch Group as a staff writer, title editor, columnist and executive director, publications before bowing out of the popular newspaper to berth at the Abujabased LEADERSHIP, were part of a set of students, who entered their final year in mass communication at the University of Lagos around this time a little over 25 years ago. Today, most of them have made their mark in the media industry, the military, the academia, and the public service. As we reached that critical stage of our journalism education at Akoka, each of us already had a clear vision of what and where we wanted to be. Some of us who specialized in print journalism were already familiarizing ourselves with the newsrooms of the existing newspapers, while those who would go ahead to become players in the advertising industry were visiting the popular agencies in town. We also knew those who were

likely to end up in the classrooms as lecturers: we called them ‘rigour marshals’ in those days. Soji Alabi has bagged his PhD and is back at our department just as Charles Oni is completing his PhD, dishing out his stuff at Yaba College of Technology as a lecturer having practiced journalism for some time. Silas Abayomi was also in the UUNILAG Mass Comm Department as a lecturer before venturing overseas. Kunle Adebayo, the gentle and youngest member of the 85-88 set must have risen very high in the Adworld like Bernard Okhakume whose pieces on advertising practice I enjoy reading in The Nation. Today, Yinka Atolagbe and Abdurrazaq Abdussalam, who both specialized in broadcasting, are at the peak of their career having just been promoted assistant directors at Voice of Nigeria. Yinka is of the News directorate while Abdussalam is of the Programmes directorate from where he was poached by the Director General, Mallam Abubakar Jijiwa to be his special assistant. Sadly, we have lost two of our crop members that I can remember. Saka Asimi, a pioneer staff of Channels TV lost his life in a freak auto crash more than a decade ago. He was one of those who defined the Channels news orientation. Remi Okeowo is another. A very fine officer gentleman of the Nigerian Army, he took leave from service to add a bachelor of mass communication degree to his military credentials. He was already a captain when he enrolled for Mass Comm


AKOKA, EACH OF US ALREADY HAD A CLEAR VISION OF WHAT AND WHERE WE WANTED TO BE at UNILAG. And shortly after completing his degree, he was promoted major. But Uncle Remi, as we fondly called him, was one of the victims of the fatal Ejigbo military plane crash that consumed a generation of the best trained Nigerian army officers who were all in their middle ranks. What an unforgettable tragedy! We knew two of us were likely to end up in the Lord’s Vineyard. One of them we call Brother Yinka. The other whose name I’ve forgotten must be pasturing a congregation now. I remember Bose Orisawo, a very vivacious lady, now Mrs Eitokpa. With her in class, there was never a dull moment. After graduation, she worked briefly at the defunct Daily Times before venturing into NGO work. She was also at Friedrich Ebert Foundation. She is off my radar now. Tunde Odediran is an intelli-

gent south paw and could have been one of the most creative broadcast producers or a hard core human rights activist in Nigeria . But he is in the United States. Like Tunde, Peter Adebolu was a fine gem as a print journalism student. Some of us expected him to make a first class. His two-one is as good as a first class. But I am sad I cannot trace him again. The last time I met him, he was surely yet to be fulfilled as a journalist for it was in the difficult days of the closure of The Punch and National Concord. There is a certain Tuope Omare, a Dotun Erinle and a Joy Emuan. They must be near grandmothers now. And Alhaja Taibat Elemosho! She has risen so high in the Lagos social circuit that KWAM 1 gave her generous mention in one of his records. Abdulfattah Babatunde is a chief now in the News Agency of Nigeria and two of his children are now almost graduating from the same university he left 24 years ago. I remember Meso Obanigba, Bola Ogundeyi, Sewuese Igbadu and a certain flight officer then from the Nigerian Airforce. And the oldest man in our class, Colman Obasi who should be well above 60 now. How I wish I can lengthen this piece to accommodate more of my colleagues who are doing well in the private sector, the public service and the academia now. To God be the glory. And for two I remember as dead, God’s mercy in the graves. For all others who are struggling to reach their dream, I pray Allah leads them to their Promised Land.

2014: A make or break year AHMAD SAJOH


s we welcome the year 2014, it is important to ponder on the historic significance of the year for Nigeria as a nation. It is a year full of expectations. It is a make or break year for Nigeria. It is a year when the very existence of Nigeria will be tested to its very limits. Predictably, it is the year that marks the end of 100 years of amalgamation experiment - Lagos colony was amalgamated with the Northern and Southern protectorates to form a country called Nigeria on 1st January, 1914. Whether we move forward as a nation or dismember will surely be determined by events that will occur within the year 2014. Significantly, the year 2014 will be one of the shortest years in the history of this country. It is a year when things will occur at break neck speed that most people may not notice that it has ended. For those God will permit to see the end of the year, it will surely be recorded as one of the most eventful years in the annals of Nigeria. A number of events, activities, institutions and persons will surely shape the way things will occur in the year 2014. Some of these may include: The proposed National Dialogue: It is obvious from the long silence of the Federal Government on the bulky and voluminous report of the Presidential

SIGNIFICANTLY, THE YEAR 2014 WILL BE ONE OF THE SHORTEST YEARS IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY Conference Committee that the process seems shaky from the start. Under normal circumstances, with a timeframe of just six weeks, the committee’s report shouldn’t have taken this long before a government white paper is published and the process of the dialogue is initiated. But that is not the case, what we have now is a deafening silence on the conference. It seems the report had already taken the steam out of the process. Now the FG seems confused as to what to do with the report. The National Assembly: One of the promises made by President Goodluck Jonathan on the proposed Dialogue is that the outcome will be sent to the National Assembly for final consideration. I am sure the President will not feel the same way now that the National Assembly had slipped from his hands. And the National Assembly will play a very central role in determining the shape of events in 2014. With the House of Repre-

sentatives presently firmly in the hands of APC and the Senate set to go the same way, President Jonathan may not have an easy ride in 2014. President Goodluck Jonathan: The single most important announcement expected of President Jonathan in 2014 is whether he will contest the 2015 elections or not. Whichever way the announcement goes will to a large extent determine the shape of events in 2014. For now the President’s honour is at stake. He is said to have signed two agreements and is denying them both because it is not convenient to own up to those agreements. Apart from being the President of the Federation, his determination to contest the 2015 elections has been one of the factors that are responsible for the numerous crises within his party the PDP and even the polity itself. APC as a party: The All Progressives Congress is certainly sweeping across the nation like hurricane. With the party taking over the House of Representatives and inching towards taking over the Senate, it may play a greater role in shaping the way things go this year. However, the party needs to find a formula for addressing the internal squabbles within its ranks, especially at the level of states where the governors defected to the Party from PDP. The PDP: Having ruled Nigeria for over 14 years, the Peoples Democratic Party has been so comfortably placed on

the saddle that it forgot to address the issue of internal cohesion. Now the bubble has burst. The PDP has been suffering major set-backs in recent times. How it comes out of the crisis will determine the shape of politics in 2014. Security matters: No doubt that security concerns will continue to play a major role in the way things happen in Nigeria in the year 2014. The wish and prayer of every Nigerian is that in 2014, let there be an end to insurgency, kidnapping, armed robbery, crude oil theft, communal clashes and all the security concerns bedeviling the country. A. A. Gulaks’ hired hand My attention was drawn to a response by one Tukur Ahmed (perhaps fictitious) on the recent write-up I did on A. A. Gulak. In the said piece, the writer seems to lecture me on decorum to the point of pontification. But he forgot to lecture his paymaster who used very unprintable words on a man old enough to be his father. Sajoh wrote from Dougerei, Jimeta Yola, Adamawa State Send your views by mail or sms to PMB 10001, Ikoyi, or our Email: mail@ mirrorlagos@ 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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Increasing violence in secondary schools


n December last year, one of the perturbing developments, in addition to the over fivemonth strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was the increasing spate of violence in the nation’s secondary schools. It was as if the entire educational system had sunk into the abyss of unwholesomeness that ranged from loss of interest in school work, indiscipline, cultism and violence, and all forms of social corruption of the school system. In all this, the parents, teachers and school authorities played their parts in the drama. On top of this was the prevalent culture of violence often precipitated by the lackluster attitude of school administrators to the sensitivities of pupils from different backgrounds. They include ingrained religious and cultural beliefs, which conflict with and contradict established rules and regulations of the school system, and the lack of capacity to manage such conflicts and contradictions to ensure that students are properly guided to achieve desired educational objectives. A point of reference in this respect was the recent orgy of violence displayed in some secondary schools in Osun State. There was the widely reported attack on the principal of Baptist High School, Ejigbo, Mr. Layi Oguntola by some fundamentalist Muslim

students for sending away their female Muslim counterparts from school for wearing the ‘hijab’ - a scarf that covers the head and chest of female Muslims. In addition, an axe injury was inflicted on the head of a teacher in Oshogbo Grammar School by students of Technical College, Oshogbo, early last December over grievances that were quite incomprehensible. As if that was not enough, elsewhere in the same Oshogbo town, a free-for-all fight in which dangerous weapons were used ensued between students of St. Marks Anglican High School over a minor altercation between a ‘School One’ pupil and another ‘School Four’ student of the same institution. If this sort of malaise has plagued the nation’s secondary schools, it is needless to look elsewhere for the remote and immediate causes of the cult wars raging in tertiary institutions in the country. From the invasion of Nigeria’s cultural space by foreign media transmitting all sorts of violence, and the culture of impunity foisted on the nation by decades of military rule, to a mischievous current political arrangement whereby powerhungry public office seekers deliberately sponsor insurgency and terrorism as instruments to gain political power in subsequent elections, the nation sowed the wind of political amateurism, greed and opportunism, and will


AND RELIGIOUS ROT WOULD ASSIST IN ARRESTING VIOLENCE AND CULTISM IN ALL STRATA OF SCHOOLS continue to reap the whirlwind, until it turns to the path of patriotism and cherished national values. Hounded by mostly borrowed and conflicting value and religious inclinations, the country’s educational system has been left to flounder for too long as a rudderless automaton; and nothing good, ennobling or enduring can come from it. For a country run by several decades of military rule, which foisted the culture of impunity, coercion and violence on the civil society, and a successor political leadership elite composed largely of retired army generals that conduct door-die elections; which divides and rules the country through religious and ethnic cleavages, sponsors insurgency and outright fundamentalist terrorism as instruments for negotiating the transfer of power or leadership succession, Nigerian leaders, whether military or civilian, deliberately sowed the wind of

ON THIS DAY January 6, 1941 United States President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, delivered his Four Freedoms speech in the State of the Union address. In the said speech, Roosevelt proposed four fundamental freedoms that people “everywhere in the world” ought to enjoy namely: Freedom of speech, Freedom of worship, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. In the second half of the speech, he lists the benefits of democracy, which includes economic opportunity, employment, etc.

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January 6, 1947 Pan American Airlines became the first commercial airline to schedule a flight around the world. Pan American World Airways, commonly known as Pan Am, was the principal and largest international air carrier in the United States from 1927 until its collapse on December 4, 1991. As a scheduled air mail and passenger service operating between Key West, Florida, and Havana, Cuba, the airline became a major company credited with many innovations.

opportunism and violence tagged as cultism, which is now ravaging elementary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the country. This, however, is not to play the ostrich that school cultism and violence is peculiar to Nigeria’s educational system. Indeed, recent surveys on secondary school violence have, for instance, established that firstly, it is a worldwide phenomenon; secondly, it is more prevalent in public schools than in private schools; thirdly, that more male pupils indulge in violence than their female counterparts; fourthly, that school violence is more likely when different schools share the same infrastructure and facilities than when they exist separately; and finally, that the control strategy for school violence is the punishment of violent behavior. While the findings and conclusions of such surveys may derive from empirical evidence, they do not invalidate the thesis that the frequency of school violence in the country is fundamentally more of a product of the skewed and conflicting value systems entrenched by a self-serving political leadership that plays on religious and ethnic advantages to divide and manipulate the people for private political gains. Therefore, addressing the political, ethnic and religious rot would assist in arresting violence and cultism in all strata of schools.

x January 6, 2009 In response to continual bombardment of civilian population centers by Palestinian militants, Israel conducted an assault on Gaza codenamed Operation Cast Lead. The Gaza War, also known as Operation Cast Lead was a three-week armed conflict in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Palestinian militants that began on December 27, 2008 and ended on January 18, 2009 in a unilateral ceasefire.

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The Federal Government, last week, beat a quick retreat as it rescinded its initial decision to sell off the four refineries in what many see as a panic reaction to the planned industrial action by the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas, NUPENG and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN By Semiu Salami


ho really is to be believed, President Goodluck Jonathan, his Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke or the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE? Last Thursday, Presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati said that the Federal Government had no plan to sell any of the nation’s refineries contrary to the news making the rounds about the imminent sale of the facilities. Abati said that there was no endorsement from President Goodluck Jonathan for the planned sale of the refineries, adding that the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, could not singlehandedly sell any government property without the President’s approval. “The Federal Government will not sell the refineries. There is no authorisation for anybody to do so; there is no presidential endorsement. Even the minister does not have the powers to sell government’s property,” Abati declared. Abati’s pronouncement, which came on the heels of the plan by the two leading workers union in the oil and gas industry, the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas, NUPENG and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, is seen by many observers as a clever way by the presidency to forestall the planned industrial action. Abati himself made a veiled reference to it last Thursday when he said that if the pro-

posed strike by oil workers was because of allegations that government plans to sell refineries, then they should sheathe their swords. The presidential volte face, as it is appears, seems to have left many people confused about the policy direction of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration. For some time now, key members of the President’s kitchen cabinet have sounded it loud and clear that the four ailing refineries were already slated to be disposed off in 2014 and curiously, while the swam song went on, nobody disputed the position. First, it was Diezani-Alison Madueke, Petroleum Minister and one of the closest allies and confidants of President Jonathan that first fired the salvo in an interview she granted Bloomberg TV Africa in London late last year. “We would like to see major infrastructure entities, such as refineries, moving out of government hands into the private sector. Government does not want to be in the business of running major infrastructure entities and we haven’t done a very good job at it over the years,” she had said. Alison-Madueke’s declaration was followed by another pronouncement by the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, the agency charged with the responsibility of selling government assets to private investors. BPE, in a December 20, 2013 statement by its Head, Public Communication, Chigbo Anichebe, had said that President Jonathan had approved the constitution of a steering


committee for the sale of the nation’s four refineries. Anichebe had said the President also approved the commencement of the privatisation of the refineries. “In furtherance of the economic reform programme of his administration, President Jonathan has approved the commencement of the privatisation of the nation’s four refineries by the BPE. This is in keeping with the transformation agenda, which seeks to catalyse and provide an enabling environment for the private sector to be the driver of economic growth in the country. “The President has also approved the constitution of a steering committee on the privatisation process that involves all relevant stakeholder ministries and agencies,” the BPE statement had said. The members of the steering committee, which is chaired by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, are the ministers of Finance, Power, Labour and Productivity, National Planning, Mines and Steel Development and Justice. Other members are the Chairman, Extractive Subcommittee, National Council on Privatisation; Special Adviser to the Vice-President on Economy; Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation; Director-General, BPE; Group Executive Director (Refineries), NNPC; Manag-


ing Directors of the refineries and the Director (Oil and Gas), BPE, who will serve as the secretary. The BPE statement had stated the Steering Committee’s Terms of Reference to include among others, to advise the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) on the best way to privatise the refineries in a manner that would enhance the gains of the privatisation programme and review the diagnostic reports and recommendations of the transaction advisors and make recommendations to the NCP. The committee was also expected to propose modalities and make recommendations to NCP on labour matters to ensure the successful privatization of the refineries as well as generally oversee the process and make recommendations to NCP for the successful privatization of the refineries. The committee will also be

expected to carry out any other ancillary activities relevant to the attainment of the goals of the Federal Government in the reforms and privatization of the nation’s refineries. The Director General, BPE, Benjamin Dikki, said that “the directives we have is to conduct the privatisation process transparently, complying with due process and international best practice. We are expected to improve on the high standards set in the power sector transaction, which has received accolades all over the world as being very transparent.” He added that further details on the transaction structure and time table will be announced after the meeting of the Steering Committee. Indeed, most analysts who spoke with Business Courage last week were of the opinion that the president may have been forced to beat a retreat following the seriousness with






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which the two unions had sounded their determinations to stall the sales through industrial action. “You know the president is just coming out of a major crisis with the Academic Staff of Nigerian Universities and allowing NUPENG and PENGASSAN to carry out their threat may pose serious economic and security challenges to the country, a situation which I presumed President Jonathan is desperately trying to avoid,” said an industry analyst who preferred anonymity. NUPENG and PENGASSAN had vowed to vehemently resist the disposal of the country’s four refineries. A statement jointly signed by NUPENG President, Comrade Achese Igwe and PENGASSAN President, Comrade Babatunde Ogun and General Secretaries of both Unions, Comrade Isaac O. Aberare and Comrade Bayo Olowoshile respectively, had declared that nothing can be done without engaging NUPENG and PENGASSAN on the clear-cut direction of government’s privatisation model for the refineries. The two unions had said that the utterances of Alison- Madueke “to say the least, depict her prejudice and persistent disconnect with the industry key partners and stakeholders who are compelled to stoop to the Minister anti-workers’ ca-

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prices of running the industry and resentment to synergy and collaboration with key stakeholders in decision making since she assumed office.” Therefore, both unions demanded that the Minister of Petroleum Resources be called to order on her moves and ensure that she engages both unions and other key stakeholders on or before January 6, 2014. “We demand for a joint engagement of key stakeholders on the appropriate privatisation model that would serve the best interest of Nigerians,” the unions said. The statement had said that “Nigerians and workers want to be assured that the intended model is properly aligned with the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) so that the whole PIB processes would not end up in another ruse.” It added that both Unions shall reject any attempt at cornering the ‘National Assets’ in the Oil and Gas Sector for the benefit of exploitative few. “In view of the above concerns, the unions are opposed to the unilateral sale of the refineries and hereby call for the retraction of the statements and actions so far taken by the Petroleum Minister. Furthermore, we demand for a joint engagement of key stakeholders on the appropriate privatisation model that would serve the best interest of Nigerians,” the statement stressed.

It stated that it is surprising to note that in the last one month, several statements have been credited to the Honourable Minister of Petroleum Resources in the local and foreign media to the effect that: The four state-owned refineries are to be privatised in the first quarter of 2014.That the TurnAround Maintenance (TAM) will be carried out before the privatisation exercise, a statement which the unions say smacks inconsistency and insincerity of purpose on the part of policy makers. The unions alerted that TAM is a major overhauling process that goes beyond speculation and would normally take more than three months to be effectively accomplished adding that the Minister’s statements and utterances appear to be the fathomed agenda that will systematically emasculate the anticipated fundamental programme of transforming the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. “No one has asked government why the PIB passage has been continually truncated. We are worried that at the ongoing rate, the efforts of the lawmakers at giving Nigeria an ingenious Petroleum Industry Bill that will guarantee this nation an autonomous and commercially focused National Oil Company like her OPEC and non-OPEC counterparts across the world may be discounte-

nanced after all,” it said. While reiterating that both unions are not aversed to any meaningful liberalisation process for the oil and gas sector, downstream and mid-stream, it however, said that“the current approach and move of government is more of an attempt to transfer government monopoly to cartels that will dictate the market and the price of petroleum products and it leaves much to be desired.” As a way to further amplify its position, Ogun, had said that, “Our message is very clear; if between now and December 24, 2013, the government fails to cancel the planned privatisation of the refineries, we will wait for the Yuletide period to come and then mobilise between that time and the first week in January 2014; the entire oil and gas workers in Nigeria will go on a total strike and shut down the economy.” With the current development, this would be the second time government would be forced to reverse its decision to sell the four national refineries with combined capacity of 445,000 barrels per day, even as combined refining capacity is now said to be below 30 per cent. The late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s government reversed the sale of two of the refineries to some Nigerian billionaires by his predecessor,

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former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2007. It would be recalled that a presidential audit of the country’s refineries led by a former Minister of Finance, Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu, had recommended the sale of the refineries due to inadequate government funding and “sub-optimal performance.” The proposed sale of the refineries, located in Warri, Kaduna and Port Harcourt, had attracted wide support and commendations. Specifically, the major oil marketers descried the decision as the best thing, as long as the process was free and fair, given their very poor state. That the four refineries are operating at far below their installed capacity has for several years now made the country spends huge sums of foreign exchange importing finished petroleum products for domestic consumption, a situation that has continue to breed massive corruption. Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, disclosed that each of the three refineries in the country was producing below 30 per cent installed capacity utilisation. The NNPC, in its 2013 Third Quarter Petroleum Information, put the average capacity utilisation of the Kaduna, Port Harcourt, and Warri refineries at 29.71 per cent, 4.42 per cent and 28.87 per cent respectively, in the third quarter of 2013. This is a far cry from the figure put forward by the NNPC towards the middle of last year, where it said the Kaduna Refinery was running at 65 per cent installed capacity, while the Warri refinery was producing at 63 per cent and the Port Harcourt Refinery producing at 66 per cent of installed capacity. The NNPC, in the Third Quarter Petroleum Information, declared that in the period under review, a total of 1.496 million metric tonnes, MT, of crude oil/condensate was pumped to the three refineries for processing, out of which the refineries were able to process 970,000MT. The NNPC said: “In third quarter 2013, about 1,242 MT of dry crude oil/condensate was pumped to the three refineries — Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company, KRPC, Port Harcourt Refining Company, PHRC and Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company, WRPC.” BC

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Despite being blessed with virtually all known solid mineral resources in almost all parts of the country, Nigeria is still far from effectively tapping the huge potentials that are abounds in the mining industry as another major contributor to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Products Coal mine

By Fatima Sule


vailable records show that Nigeria’s mining industry is underdeveloped, contributing only three per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Observers note that the exploitation of the country’s solid minerals has been largely affected by the discovery of petroleum, as revenues from crude oil soon became the mainstay of the nation’s economy. They, however, note that successive administrations have been making specific efforts to revitalise the solid minerals sector, considering its importance in national economic development plans. For instance, the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development recently said that it had formulated a policy to regulate operations in the mining sector in which seven strategic solid minerals were given priority attention. Musa Sada, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development said that the selected solid minerals were gold, coal, bitumen, limestone, iron ore, lead/zinc and barites, adding that these minerals had high economic potential that was capable of generating jobs and creating wealth for the people. Sada said that the seven minerals were chosen out of over 34 identified solid minerals located across the country in view of their strategic importance to the national economy and their quantities. Diezani Allison-Madueke, who once served in the Mines and Steel Development ministryalso spoke on the development plans for the seven minerals, stressing that the minerals’ selection was partly due to the fact that they could be found in

commercial quantities across the six geopolitical zones of the country. Owing to the minerals’ distribution pattern, Goni Sheikh, the former Director of Nigeria’s Mining Cadastre Office, stressed that structured and efficient exploitation of the minerals would contribute significantly to national development efforts. He said that with the Mineral and Mining Act of 2007, the Federal Government was poised to restore the confidence of foreign investors in the mining industry by introducing fresh incentives and institutional policy changes. Unfolding the Federal Government’s plans to transform the sector, President Goodluck Jonathan recently expressed the government’s intention to develop mining activities, as part of strategies to diversify Nigeria’s mono-product economy. He stressed that the government’s commitment towards the development of solid minerals was evident in its design of a roadmap for the transformation of the solid minerals sector. According to him, the highlights of the roadmap include increasing the sector’s contribution to the GDP from three

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per cent to five per cent by 2015 and 10 per cent by 2020. Jonathan observed that Nigeria’s coal deposits alone had the potential of generating more than 30 per cent of the nation’s electricity needs with the development of appropriate technology. The roadmap notwithstanding, stakeholders underscore the need to put in place some measures in the mining sector so as to stimulate economic growth via the sector. They note that the foreign investors’ assessment of Nigeria’s mining sector is not inspiring and, therefore, call for the initiation of proactive measures to attract potential foreign investors. This is because of the not-topositive views of some international mining experts about the state of Nigeria’s solid minerals sector. For instance, a South African mining expert, Adam Kendall, said that Nigeria was not a significant player in many of the core global mining commodities. Kendall said that Nigeria was rated lowest on coal reserve base because of its poor geosciences data on the available minerals in the country.

``Compared to the U.S. with 237,295 metric tonnes, China 114,500 metric tonnes, Australia 76,400 metric tonnes, India 40,699 metric tonnes, Nigeria has only 360 metric tonnes of coal reserve base,’’ he said. Kendall stressed that for Nigeria to attract investors in its solid minerals sector, the government must have correct geosciences data on the country’s minerals. He said that the data would include availability and quality of minerals, stressing that Nigeria should also develop appropriate tax structure to reduce the cost of operation. Kendall said that the country should also develop appropriate legal framework, including clear rules, and a social framework that would reduce level of conflicts between mining firms and their host communities Nevertheless, analysts say that there are other problems that hinder the development of Nigeria’s solid minerals sector. They, nonetheless, note that the lack of access to credit for potential investors and paucity of funds for minerals’ development schemes are some of the fundamental factors inhibiting


the growth of the mining industry. All the same, Sunday Iduh of Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy said in a research paper that the extremely low contribution of solid minerals to Nigeria’s GDP ``is attributed to the underdevelopment of the mining sector. ``This is due to inadequate and insufficient policies for solid minerals exploration and development,’’ he added. Iduh particularly underscored the need to develop Nigeria’s solid minerals sector to enable the country to achieve economic growth through foreign direct investment. He said that the sector had the potential to generate additional internal revenue, while boosting foreign exchange, employment opportunities, capital and technology transfer. Iduh said that research had shown that with an environment that was conducive to economic growth, good policies, good incentives, good infrastructure and political stability; Nigeria’s mining sector would be transformed. BC Sule is of the News Agency of Nigeria

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Lagos Port

‘We dredged 97m cubic metres of water channels in seven years’ By Francis Ezem


he Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA,says it has dredged a total of 97.1million cubic meters in both the Lagos and Bonny channels in the last seven years after it concluded the process of port reform, which also brought about structural changes in the running of the nation’s seaports. The Federal Government had undertaken the reform of the nation’s seaports, which stripped NPA of its cargo handling functions and gave same to private terminal operators comprising both foreign and indigenous one while the authority is now saddled with channel management, pilotage and other related technical functions. The authority had also employed the services of the Lagos Channel Management, a joint venture between it and some private investors to manage the Lagos channels while the Bonny Channel Management handles by the capital and maintenance dredging of the channels in the Eastern Ports. Port performance statistics for the third quarter of 2013 released by the authority says that both LCM, which manages the channels in the Lagos area and BCM, which is in charge of the Eastern ports, have dredged a total of 79.1 million cubic metres between January 2006 after the port reforms and October 31, 2013. The Analysis showed that most of the ports recorded increase in the Gross Registered Tonnage mainly due to the constant capital and maintenance dredging of the channels at the nation’s ports by the Lagos Channel Management (LCM) and Bonny channel management companies. Details show of the activities of the ports showed that

LCM alone has dredged a total of 53.6 million cubic metres (53,583,546m3) from 2006 when it took over the job of managing the Lagos channels to October 31, 2013. Similarly, the authority says that the BCM has removed a total of 43.5 million cubic metres (43,537,000m3) while a total of 14 critical wrecks have been removed during the review period. The report also said: “Bonny channel from its previous 12.50 meters draught has been deepened to its present 14.30 meters while its width has increased from 215 meters to 230 meters. It was however gathered that the improved management of the channels coupled with the removal of critical wrecks has made it possible for larger vessels of above 232.33 meters with capacity of 4,500 Twenty Equivalent Units (TEUs) requiring draught of 13.5 meters to berth at the various ports in the country. This development has provided shipping companies with a high level of efficiency and economic space which has enhanced their turnover and turnaround time. “Generally, stakeholders and shipping companies have confirmed that the channel management and conservancy function of the authority has continued to improve”, the report also said. The report also indicated that the quarterly update of information of developments at the different terminals indicate appreciable facility upgrades and acquisition of state of the art container handling equipment by the various terminal operators which ensured quick container handling operations and reduced cargo dwell time. It was also gathered that generally each port is being shaped by the market forces dictated by the commodity demand and by the particular port user. For instance, import in Onne Ports for general cargo recorded a 30 per cent decline in total throughput but how-

ever recorded an increase of 60 per cent of gas cargo handled at the ports. “Lagos port complex is the only port that has maintained its traditional cargo morphology but with bias for containerisation as palletised cargo is gradually giving way to this new global trend”, the report also said. “Between 2003- till date Nigerian ports have experienced about 115 per cent growth. A close examination on this progress shows that the ports do not handle transhipment and transit cargo, as all cargoes are captive and destined for Nigeria”, the report said. The authority attributed this growth in port statistics on the petroleum product liberalisation, growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the transformation agenda, which result in the increase in construction works, a development that have combined to bring an unprecedented economic impact on the port industry. The authority also believes that the port reform programme has resulted in healthy competition as there has been an intensified effort by the terminal operators to procure cargo handling equipment and upgrade of the various terminals while it has continued to provide common user facilities needed to improve port operations.

NACCIMA endorses private equity investments in transnational shipping project

tors as services are planned to commence this year. The Sealink Project which will be established as a private transnational company to help speed up intra-regional trade flow is expected to provide reliable maritime transport of goods and people along the West African Coast line with an extension to Central Africa. The total project funding is estimated at $60 million with $36million as equity to be utilised in the procurement of vessels, equipment, office space and other infrastructure, while $24million as debt financing would be for working capital to cover general and administrative expenses. National President of NACCIMA Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, gave the endorsement to prospective investors at NACCIMA’s Secretariat during a national sensitisation/investors’ forum on the Sealink project to solicit the active participation of stakeholders. “As the apex Business Association in Nigeria, NACCIMA is supporting the setting up of the Shipping Company as we did during the establishment of ECOBANK transnational which has become a household name in all African States and beyond.” “To this end, we would like to also stress the need for chieftains of industry here present to take ample opportunity by participating in the raising of the $36million that would form the equity capital required to set up this transnational shipping company,” he said. He expounded that the transportation of goods and persons by sea along the West African Coast line with an extension to Central Africa which had not been tapped before will provide for a huge market when it is fully operational. “the project will enhance capacity building in international trade and structured trade financing and also create job and investment opportunities in Nigeria thereby meeting one of the Federal Government’s economic objectives in the transformation agenda,” he said. In his address, Leonard Kedote, of the Federation of West Africa Chambers of Com-

merce and Industry (FEWACCI), noted that NACCIMA as the apex business association in Nigeria is to champion the setting up of the company through the mobilisation of business operators for the raising of start-up share capital for the shipping company with a view to facilitate regional cooperation. “The Sealink project initiated by Federation of West Africa Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FEWACCI) in collaboration with NEXIM bank of Nigeria and with the full support of the ECOWAS Commission, aims at providing reliable maritime transport of goods and people along the West African Coast line with an extension to Central Africa,” he stated. In his presentation, Ahmed Alimi of FBN Capital Limited, (financial advisers and issuing house for the project) highlighted the investment opportunity in the proposed regional shipping company stressing that the sector was poised for growth. “Introducing a direct coastal link between the two regions is expected to significantly increase regional trade activities for both cargo and passengers. This would have a multiplier effect on rate of economic growth in these regions thus providing adequate returns for investors,” he said. According to him the company will be owned by investors from all member countries, headquartered in Nigeria with representative offices across West and Central Africa. He disclosed that service will commence in 2014 with three ships on three routes with one ship for each proposed route and an additional ship for another route by the third year of operation. Alimi informed stakeholders that the key members of the Company’s management team will be recruited by the African Management Services Company (AMSCO), an arm of the United Nations, while also ensuring the adequate representation of nationals from all countries being considered, especially in running the local operations in the various jurisdictions.

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Enterprise Bank Mastercard Verve wins Best Transaction Payment Product of the year 2013



he Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), has backed the viability of equity investments in the transnational Sealink project by private sector inves-


he effort of the management of Enterprise Bank Limited at building a solid bank has again been rewarded as the bank’s Master Card Verve has been named “Best Transaction Payment Product of The Year

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News & Leadership Technology for the honour done to the bank and its product, the statement reiterated that upgrading to the Enterprise Master Card Verve is also part of the commitment by the bank to delight its customers with more value added service as well as ensure the success of the cash-lite initiative in the country.

Ahmed Kuru, Enterprise CEO

2013.” The award was organised by the Institute for Government Research & Leadership Technology. Dame (Barrister) Priscilla Kuye, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Institutes Chairman-InCouncil, who handed over the award to Enterprise Bank Limited’s Taiwo Omoyeni and Nelson Ochonogor at the just concluded annual African Products Forum said the Master Card Verve was singled out for recognition because of its acceptability in the market place and its unprecedented patronage within the short period of its introduction. The winning product is an international brand of MasterCard, which was launched a couple of months ago in partnership with MasterCard and Interswitch. The card is accepted worldwide as a means of payment for goods and services at over 30.9 million MasterCard locations and over 1.9 million ATMs in more than 210 countries. With the Enterprise MasterCard Verve, transactions can also be consummated in the currency of the country as long as the card is linked to the customer’s Naira account. The successful roll-out exercise follows a strong bid by the bank to guarantee convenient banking services to its growing clientele. The Enterprise MasterCard Verve is available at all branches of Enterprise Bank for easy pick-up by customers with active accounts in the bank while those customers reactivating their accounts and the new ones have the card as part of their ‘Welcome Pack’. A statement from the Corporate Communications Department of the bank added that the process of collecting and benefiting from the convenience of the award winning card has also been simplified to ensure quicker delivery upon the completion of the relevant e-business form. In addition, all existing Verve Card holders, whose cards have expired, will automatically be migrated to MasterCard Verve as soon as they conclude the renewal process as demanded by the bank. While thanking the Institute for Government Research

Lagos electricity consumers urge new operators to invest in facilities


ome electricity consumers in Lagos have advised the new investors in the power sector to invest in facilities that would facilitate stable power supply across the nation. The consumers, who made the call in separate interviews with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday, advised that the new investors must overhaul their facilities in the spirit of the privatisation. The consumers particularly advised investors in the distribution sub-sector to work closely with the electricity generating companies, the Nigerian Gas Company and invest in human capital. Fatai Mogaji, a community leader in Epe, said that the new investors must overhaul and deploy cutting edge facilities in 2014 for cordial relationship with the public. Mogaji said that the community had been subjected to over three years of darkness and people had lost hope of any respite. “People in Epe have had it really bad over the years. We have been in the dark for more than three years without power supply. “Yet, we keep getting bills every month. This must stop and quickly to. We hope that the new owners will give us reasons to smile again,” he said. A banker, Oluwatimilehin Badmus, who resides at Ikorodu, said that the new owners should introduce prepaid meters in the area. Badmus also urged the new investors to provide alterna-

tive channels of reloading their meters without going to their offices. “At the moment, very few people sell these cards in my vicinity. That should not be in these days of IT versatility,” he said. Raliat Simpson, a teacher in Somolu, said that the new owners must brace up to the task of providing stable electricity supply. She said that many parts of Somolu had been suffering power outage for several months without solution. “We call on the new owners to live up to our expectations. We have been grossly marginalised; paying for what we did not consume. “We are staking our trust in the new management and we hope that we will not be disappointed based on the Nigerian factor,” she said. Beatrice Idahosa, a frozen fish dealer at Mile 12, described the power supply in the area as epileptic and not business friendly. Idahosa said that most frozen food sellers in the area spent between N 2,500 to N 3,000 daily to buy fuel for their generators. She said that the new owners must work hard to restore the confidence of residents in the community. “We are ready to pay for power supply if it is available; it is very painful when one has to pay for what he has not used. “It is robbery of some sort. Yet you keep seeing the marketers around with their ladders and threatening disconnection when the service is not available. “We just hope that the new people know what they are doing and the huge task before them. If they fail, that will be a serious disaster,’’ she said. Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Minister of Power, had in 2013, promised that there would be increased power generation and transmission between 2014 and 2015

India woos Nigerians to attend her exhibition in Lagos



he High Commission of India in Nigeria has advised Nigerians to take advantage of its forthcoming three-day exhibition of products and services in Lagos. The commission, in a statement signed by its First Secretary, Rani Malick, said that the three-day Indian Products and Services Exhibition (IPASE-4) would hold from Jan.16 to Jan.18 at its office in Lagos. “This will be the fourth edition of the annual event after success of three editions.

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About 25 local businesses engaged in Indian products and services in Nigeria will display them at IPASE-4. ``Nigerian businessmen and other stakeholders should, therefore, avail themselves of these Indian products and services,’’ it said. The statement said that the exhibition was part of the commission’s efforts at promoting Indian products and services in Nigeria and as well encouraged Nigerian stakeholders. It listed the products to be displayed to include automobiles, fans, pumps, pharmaceuticals, herbal medicines, healthcare products, power generation machines and clothing materials. Others are toiletries and cosmetics, shoes and fabrics, electrical equipment, machines, telecommunication facilities, insurance products, tele-medicine networking, and security solutions.

the operators. ``In 2013, the association received numerous complaints from the subscribers bordering on call drops, bad networks, unsolicited messages, just to mention but a few. ``It is worrisome that network operators lacked the capacity to cope with the increasing traffic generated by subscribers in the country,” the NATCOMS official said. Ogunbanjo advised the operators to upgrade their networks, to meet the growing number of subscribers. He urged the operators to identify the base stations, base transceiver stations, interconnect-links and transmissionlinks that were congested, and address the problems, while expanding their networks. The NATCOMS official said it was imperative for every operator to offer excellent service to subscribers, adding that failure to do so could limit the nation’s economic growth. ``Each time a subscriber makes or receives a call, sends an SMS or accesses data services, what the subscriber wants is value for money. ``There is also the need for government to solve the problem of poor power supply in the country, which constitutes one of the problems impeding the delivery of quality service,” he said. Ogunbanjo also identified challenges of infrastructure vandalism, theft and community issues as some of the factors responsible for poor services in the country. He advised the regulators to work with the security agencies to protect telecoms infrastructure against vandalism.

FAAN terminates contract with Milinda Francis & Co Ltd verbally, says official Ogunbanjo

NATCOMS demands value for money in telecoms services


he President, National Association of Telecommunication Subscribers (NATCOMS), Deolu Ogunbanjo, has urged telecommunication operators to provide value for money in telecoms services in 2014. Ogunbanjo told newsmen in Lagos that operators, in the previous year, failed to provide subscribers with uninterrupted telecoms service delivery. He said the association in 2013 received complaints from numerous subscribers on the poor services being rendered by


he Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has verbally terminated the contract of Milinda Francis & Company Ltd., after about 26 years of service. Daniel Twon, the company’s manager, who disclosed this to newsmen in Ikeja, said that no reason was given for the termination of the contract by FAAN management. The company, with 42 members of staff, is one of the firms employed on contract by FAAN to clean the Murtala Muhammed Airport Domestic Terminal 1 (MMADT1), otherwise known as the General Aviation Terminal (GAT). Twon said that Dennis Okogwu, the Assistant General Manager (Operations) of FAAN, who conveyed the news of the contract termination to

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the company late last Monday, gave no reason except that the order was from Abuja. ``Okogwu ordered out all our staff cleaning the airport and threatened that he was going to bring security men to arrest us if he found us around the terminal,’’ Twon said. He said that FAAN had not levied any accusation of non-performance against the company. ``FAAN had been paying us the contract sums on monthly basis, up till last October, with only those for November and December outstanding”. ``We think that if FAAN does not need our services again, its management should have discussed with us or in the alternative, informed us of its decision formally’’. He added that when the management of the company asked Tunde Oginni, the GAT Terminal Manager, whether he was aware of the development, he said he was not aware of it. Israel Ugbogwu, another staff of the company, said that before the remodelling of the terminal, FAAN was paying the company N300,000 per month as contract sum for services provided. ``After the remodelling, the terminal is now six times more than its initial size. FAAN promised to increase the contract sum, but nothing has been done. ``Despite that, our company has continued to service the terminal with funds sourced elsewhere. We are appealing to the management of FAAN to tell us formally why it has dispensed with our services,’’ Ugbogwu said. Yakubu Dati, the General Manager, Corporate Communications of FAAN, however denied knowledge of the development.

enterprises (MSMEs) at the national level this month in order to accelerate the sector’s impact and enhance its capacity for generating wealth and sustainable employment for its citizens. The MSME national council which is to be headed by Vice President Namadi Sambo, will have as its major objective, the delivery of the National Enterprise Development Programme (NEDEP) incentives to the MSME sector. The Director General of SMEDAN Bature Umar Masari, made the disclosure in a recent chat with the media, stating that SME contemporary development challenges must be critically addressed in a structured and efficient manner in order to achieve national goal of job creation in tandem with the Transformation Agenda. “The National Council on MSMEs is to be inaugurated before the end of January 2014 to drive MSMEs development at the national level, the MSMEs sub-sector provides the platform for opening Nigeria to global competitiveness and prosperity required to elevate the nation to an economically advanced nation,” he stated. He explained that at the state level, there will be the state council on MSME’s to be headed by the state commissioners of commerce while the state council on MSME’s in Kano, Edo, Ogun, Kogi, Ebonyi, Kaduna and Bayelsa states have already been inaugurated. NEDEP which is a new, strategic and revolutionary way of delivering enterprise development in Nigeria with the primary goal of revitalising the MSME sector and creating jobs in the country, is spearheaded by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and is being implemented by BOI, SMEDAN and the Industrial Training Fund, which are agencies under the supervision of the ministry. The initiative is being implemented under three pillars namely Technical/Vocational Skills acquisition, Business Development Services (BDS)/ Entrepreneurship training and Access to Finance. Masari noted that MSMEs need all the support from all stakeholders in order to oper-

ate optimally and sustainably in this era of open markets, competition and global economic and financial crisis. He listed some of the challenges militating against the sector to include: Poor access to affordable finance leading to inadequate working capital; Lack of work space; Poor access to local, regional and international markets leading to poor business turnover and obsolete technology leading to inability to compete globally. “Weak infrastructure leading to high cost of doing business; Absence of patent right and unprotected intellectual property rights; Low capacity utilisation; Non insurance of business risk; Non effective implementation of the National Policy on MSMEs; Poor management of business operation due to lack of business management skills and administrative barriers in doing business,” he added. He gave the assurance that SMEDAN will continue to support the development of MSMEs in Nigeria for sustainable economic growth and development while urging Nigerians to support the NEDEP initiative as it is the best form of economic empowerment in a sustainable manner. “This initiative is aimed at generating an estimated 5.0 million direct and indirect jobs between 2013 and 2015. It will revitalise the rural economy, improve employment opportunities, create wealth and alleviate poverty in rural areas in Nigeria. This will be done through the establishment of sustainable MSMEs in the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) based on comparative and competitive advantages,” he explained. He explained that at this level of the programme, cooperative societies and trade associations are being formed and registered and assisted to develop bankable business plans as a prelude to access to finance, markets and machinery/equipment.

Yen firms against dollar and euro as investors shun risk


FG set to inaugurate MSME national council By Emmanuel Ogbonnaya


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he yen rose at the close of business last Friday as investors shunned risk and took profits after rallies in the dollar and the euro helping the Japanese currency to move away from recent five-year lows. The dollar fell 0.4 per cent to 104.33 yen, down more than a full yen from a five-year high of 105.45 yen set on Thursday. Traders said there had been some stop-loss dollar offers at levels between 104.50 and 104.30 yen. Moves can also be larger

when volumes are thin with Japanese market players not back from their New Year holidays until this week. The euro, the top-performing major currency of 2013, shed 0.6 per cent to 142.37 yen, extending its losses in the wake of its 1.2 per cent slide the previous day. The single currency pulled away from a five-year peak of 145.675 yen set last Friday. Investors tend to flock to the yen in times of market stress. Asian shares outside Japan shed one per cent as a slower China services survey prompted some caution. Meanwhile, European markets made small gains and analysts said thin trade was making currencies more volatile. The 10-year US Treasury yield also dipped back to levels below three per cent, offering less support to the dollar. “January is a bit of a messy month for foreign exchange,” said Simon Smith, head of research at FxPro. Volumes are still thin ... Things are very much driven by flows. “I don’t think the yen is a one-way bet in 2014. The easy wins have been had. Always the most run-over people in the markets are yen bears.” Smith expects dollar/yen to end the year at 109 yen per dollar. Betting on the dollar against the yen has been a big trade for hedge funds and other investors over the past year. They see the Bank of Japan’s ultra-loose monetary policy and potential for more stimuli this year as one of the clearer themes in tricky currency markets. Data on currency futures positions on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange shows that currency speculators had increased their net short position in the yen to 143,822 contracts in the week ended December 24, the largest since July 2007 and up from 62,395 contracts in late October. “I think the yen’s strength over the past couple of days can be attributed to profittaking, with lower liquidity due to the holidays in Japan,” said Fawad Razaqzada, technical analyst at “The fact that the dollar/ yen pair formed a mini doubletop pattern at 105.40 (yen), suggests the move was indeed technically driven.”

Brent rises toward $108; Libya, US inventories in focus


rent crude rallied above $108 a barrel on Friday and expectations for a rise in Libyan supply and speculation

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of a build-up in US stockpiles capped gains. Brent had risen 20 cents to near $108, rebounding from a 2.7 per cent drop on Thursday, the largest decline since late June. US crude was flat under $96 after earlier touching a one-month low of $95.13. On Thursday, the contract posted its biggest daily fall since November 2012. Investors are watching production in Libya which has dropped to less than 250,000 barrels per day (bpd) from 1.4 million bpd in July. Libya hopes to resume production at one of its largest oilfields, El Sharara in the west of the country, within three days after protesters agreed to suspend their two-month stoppage, officials said on Thursday. An increase in oil exports from the OPEC member would boost supply and weigh on prices.

Customs command intercepts contraband worth N70m


he Western Marine Command of the Nigeria Customs Service on Friday said that it intercepted illegal imports worth N70.703 million in 2013. In a statement signed by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Okwara, the command said that the contraband had a duty paid value of N121 million. According to the report, the seized goods include bags of rice, bales of secondhand clothes, vegetable oil and poultry. The command said that it seized the goods at different locations including Idiroko in Ogun, Badagry and Yekeme both in Lagos State. It said that it recorded the highest seizure in December with illegal imports worth N18.5 million with a duty paid value of N36. 2 million. The command said that it recorded the lowest seizure in June with contraband worth N255. 3 million which had a duty paid value of N487.413. BC

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Global News and profile pictures of Facebook users. The firm had claimed that its proposal merely clarified the language of its privacy policy, rather than making any material changes to it. Facebook undertook to change the wording in the wake of a legal action launched in 2011 which saw it pay $20m to compensate users who claimed it had used their data without explicit permission.

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its price to $1,202.30, was the first annual drop since 2000 and the deepest since 1981. Gold futures in New York closed at a three-year low on Dec. 19, a day after the Fed said it would curtail stimulus as the U.S. economy strengthened and joblessness decreased. Investors pulled $38.6 billion from gold funds in 2013, the most in data going back through 2000, according to EPFR Global, a research company.

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acebook is facing a class action lawsuit over allegations that it monitors users’ private messages. The lawsuit claims that when users share a link to another website via a private message, Facebook scans it to profile the sender’s web activity. It alleges that Facebook systematically intercepts messages to mine user data and profits by sharing it with data aggregators, advertisers and marketers. Facebook said the allegations were “without merit”. “We will defend ourselves vigorously,” the world’s biggest social networking site added. The lawsuit is claiming the greater of either $100 (£61) a day for each day of alleged violations or $10,000, for each user. The lawsuit, filed earlier last week, cites independent research that, it claims, found Facebook reviews the contents of its users’ private messages “for purposes unrelated to the facilitation of message transmission”. “Representing to users that the content of Facebook messages is “private” creates an especially profitable opportunity for Facebook,” it says. It says this is “because users who believe they are communicating on a service free from surveillance are likely to reveal facts about themselves that they would not reveal had they known the content was being monitored. “Thus, Facebook has positioned itself to acquire pieces of the users’ profiles that are likely unavailable to other data aggregators.” Facebook has come under attack over its privacy policies in the past. In September last year, it faced criticism over a proposed change to its privacy policy which would have allowed ads to be created using the names

and services to protect their assets from advanced threats,” David DeWalt, chief executive of FireEye, said in a statement. “Together, the size and global reach of FireEye and Mandiant will enable us to innovate faster, create a more comprehensive solution, and deliver it to organizations around the world at a pace that is unmatched by other security vendors.” Kevin Mandia, Mandiant’s founder and chief executive officer prior to the acquisition, has been appointed as the chief operating officer of FireEye.



Cyber security firms agree $1bn deal


yber security company FireEye has acquired Mandiant, a firm known for responses to network breaches, in a deal worth more than $1bn (£608m). Mandiant rose to prominence last year after it alleged that a secretive branch of China’s military had stolen data from more than 100 global firms. The deal, one of the largest ones in the sector recently, comes amid increased worries over cyber security. FireEye shares rose 24 per cent in after hours trading in New York on the deal. The companies said they had agreed the deal on 30 December, but only made it public on Thursday after close of US markets. FireEye and Mandiant had entered into a technology development agreement in 2013. “Organizations today are faced with knitting together a patchwork of point products


nvestors’ 12-year love affair with gold ended in 2013 as they abandoned the precious metal for stock markets in the world’s developed economies, lifting global share prices by the most in four years. While the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index (SPX) surged to a record in the broadest-ever advance and bonds worldwide lost money for the first time since 1999, it was the 28 per cent plunge in gold, the worst in more than three decades, that stunned investors the most, according to Quincy Krosby, a market strategist at Prudential Financial Inc. “Investors were heartbroken by gold,” Krosby, whose firm oversees more than $1 trillion, said. “The selloff was one of the deepest purges in an asset class that I’ve seen. They went into gold because they saw the momentum continuing, until it stopped. And it stopped violently.” Demand for bullion as a preserver of wealth collapsed as the global economy showed signs of improving and central bank stimulus, led by the Federal Reserve, failed to ignite the runaway inflation that billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson and other gold buyers anticipated. Instead, investors poured into equities, spurring a 20 per cent advance in the MSCI AllCountry World Index. Gold had gained more than 600 percent from the start of 2001 to its peak of $1,923.70 an ounce in September 2011. The rally accelerated after the Fed dropped interest rates close to zero in 2008 and began its unprecedented bond buying , which flooded the US economy with more than $3 trillion and raised the spectre a weakening dollar would accelerate inflation. The decline in gold in 2013, which pushed


Alicia Keys to end Blackberry creative role


licia Keys will end her partnership with Blackberry at the end of January after a year as serving as its global creative director. The singer-songwriter was hired by the smartphone maker last year when it launched its BlackBerry 10 devices. Since then Blackberry has seen a drastic fall in profits and changed its leadership and strategy. The company is now moving away from the consumer market to concentrate on business and government customers. “We have enjoyed the opportunity to work with such an incredibly talented and passionate individual,” the company said in an emailed statement. The BlackBerry 10 devices were seen as the company’s big chance to challenge the industry leaders, Apple and Samsung. But sales flopped leaving Blackberry with a loss of almost a billion dollars in the second quarter. The company put itself up for sale, but failed to find a buyer. During her time as creative director Keys was involved with Blackberry’s Keep Moving project which bought together musicians, writers, artists, filmmakers and athletes. She encouraged fans to send pictures to the project to be used on her 2013 tour. She also worked on a Blackberry scholarship programme for women wanting to study science, technology, engineer-

ing and mathematics.

Row threatens Panama Canal expansion


anama’s President, Richard Martinelli has threatened to go to Europe to demand a consortium fulfil its contract to expand the canal, which handles five per cent of world trade. The cost of the expansion has overrun by $1.6bn (£1bn) and the Spanish-led consortium has threatened to halt work unless the money is paid. The president said: “I will go to Spain and Italy to demand these governments take moral responsibility.” Work began on the expansion in 2009. Construction is due to be completed in June 2015, nine months behind schedule with the overall cost of the project now expected to be $5.2bn. Spanish builder Sacyr, the leader of the consortium known as the Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), has given 21 days’ notice to resolve the dispute. Share slump The Panama Canal Authority says the consortium should respect the existing contract, arguing that the cost overruns are due to events that should be “normal” in such a construction project. In a statement quoted on Panama media on Wednesday, canal administrator Jorge Quijano said: “No matter what kind of pressure is exercised against the ACP (Panama Canal Authority), we maintain our demand that Grupo Unidos por el Canal respect the contract that they agreed to and signed.” The majority of the work involves building a third set of locks that can accommodate ships that can carry 12,000 containers. At the moment the biggest ships that can navigate the canal carry 5,000 containers. Shares in Sacyr plunged more than eight per cent in Madrid. The GUPC also includes Impregilo of Italy, Belgian firm Jan De Nul and Constructora Urbana, a Panamanian firm. BC


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Despite his being born into a respectable family in the ancient, hilly town of Idanre, Ondo State, he had to struggle through life, hawking Moin-moin, bean cake as well as fire woods to make meaning out of his lives. Today, his story is that of a quintessential entrepreneur who rose to become the chairman, chief executive officer of the company he joined as a mere starter. This is the story of Clement Adekunle Olowokande, a multiple investor and current chairman, Berger Paints Plc and R.T Briscoe By Adejuwon Osunnuyi


n most climes, many people go to a great extent in attaching great importance and meaning to names. It is believed that a person’s name could determine his or her fortune in life. To those who belong to this school of thought, if success is determined by one’s name, then, the story of Clement Adekunle Olowokande might not be said to be an exception. This is so because in the Yoruba, South West, Nigeria where he hails from, the name Olowokande, could perfectly be translated as “a wealthy man has arrived.” However, though the man attested to the fact that he used to get such sarcastic jokes from friends as a result of the name, he however noted that the meaning of his name is ‘Olowo lo maa nkan ade mole ti otosi oni nipin ninu e (literally means: it is the rich man that nails the crown down that a poor man would not have any share in it). When you talk about the nail and the hammer, and you want to put something somewhere that it would not be removable, you then use the hammer to nail that thing. So, it is the rich man that nails the crown.” “My Lagos friends used to say ‘One rich man has come’ but I told them that my father got the name because he was a very popular person. And being from a royal family, the name Olowokande was given to him. So whether they call me ‘One rich man has come’, or It is the rich man that nails down crown,’ the true meaning is Olowo kan ade mole,” he said in a recent interview. But interestingly, on the contrary, rather than the sheer meaning which his name connotes, the story of Clement Adekunle Olowokande’s rise to fame is one that is laced with unContinued on pg A10


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common courage, hard work, extraordinary focus to succeed as well as the unwillingness to succumb to any obstacle. His credentials as an accomplished accountant, businessman, industrialist and quintessential investor are quite intimidating. Born over 70 years ago in Idanre, Ondo State, Olowakande’s journey from obscurity to limelight is quite edifying as the accomplished chartered accountant and chairman of Berger Paints once described his life as one purposed by God for success. Though his father, a polygamist with 13 wives was from a royal family and quite popular, the young Olowokande’s early journey could be said to have been very rough and quite challenging, having lost his father when he was barely four years. The young Olowokande had to rely on her mother who struggled to give him education at the elementary and secondary level, the situation which he recalled could have made it absolutely difficult for him to leave Idanre, his hometown, in search of the Golden Fleece in Lagos, had it been he didn’t get the opportunity of being educated. According to him, “the best I would have become would have be a very successful cocoa produce buyer in Idanre or a farmer. And again, maybe I would have been able to beat my father’s record of having 13 or more wives. I must thank my mother for giving me the gift of education.” Young Olowokande started school in 1949 in Idanre, two year after his father’s death in 1947 and his mother had to sell all that could be sold to see him through school, a feat which he revealed was quite surprising to him. “At a time, I asked her why she was so particular about me because there are other siblings; she said by my birth, she had it within her that I would be an important person in life. At birth, she said I was so fair complexioned that she thought I was a white man. She gave me the name, Akinyokunbo, meaning a boy born abroad and brought back through the sea. She had hope in me and she did all she could to make sure that I was educated.” At that time, among his mother’s children, he was the only one being trained in school, hence, he knew that he had no choice than to assume the role of a leader to train and help the other children. However, despite his mother’s support, to supplement the family’s purse, young Olowo-

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At Berger Paints, I was signatory to the company account together with my boss and when he was travelling, he signed blank cheques for me. When he came back and saw how I ran the accounts, he said to me, ‘You will go places. Just continue the way you are working, you will one day be the owner of this company

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kande had to engage in many menial jobs. At a time, he had to hawk moinmoin, ogi, akara balls as well as fetch firewood for sale. After his secondary education in Idanre, one of his native brothers, Moses Ogundeji had requested that he should join one of the lorries used in loading cocoa sacks in those days to Lagos to look for a job in the city. Hence, a day after he finished his exams in December 1962, the young Olowokande was already in Lagos. However, he didn’t quite find it easy locating his brother since it was his first time

in Lagos. “I came with a friend called Julius Olowoniyi. It’s a very interesting story. We didn’t know where to get off the vehicle but they dropped us somewhere and we were put in another vehicle. We didn’t know that Lagos was made up of places like Yaba, Oyingbo, Ikeja and that Lagos Island was the proper city. We just said we were going to Lagos and since we didn’t know our way, we were looking out of the vehicle to read the various signboards to see where Lagos was written. So, we passed Ebute Meta, we passed Yaba,

we didn’t see it written until we saw Lagos on Iddo Terminus which was the next building to the Carter Bridge.” “We then shouted on the driver that we had reached Lagos and we wanted to alight. Everybody in the vehicle started laughing because we requested to get down on Carter Bridge. Since there was no bus stop on the bridge, they took us to Isale Eko and when we showed people the address given to us, it read that we had to alight at Oyingbo and the time then was 11pm. “So, we had no choice than to trek down to Oyingbo. We got there at about 1am. By that time, our handler had left and so we had to pass the night in a kiosk nearby. Number 3, Oyingbo Street was a three-storey building which belonged to Chief Akinboro, an Idanre man. If you were from Idanre and coming to Lagos, they would just tell you to stop at the address. The following morning, our handler came and took us to where he was living at 3, Shelong Street, Ebute Meta near the Railway Corporation.” Not quite long after his arrival in Lagos, Olowokande got a job with the Federal Ministry of Information as a graphic artist while he stayed with Ogundeji for three months. When the WASCE results were released, out of 26 pupils that sat for the exam in his class, he was among the only six that passed. By November 1963, he applied to Cable and

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Wireless (NITEL) and worked at the central telegraphic office as key punch operator. His journey into the world of accountancy where he later shone like a bright stars could be said to be an interesting one. It all began when one Idanre man called Julius Owoseni came on a visit in a big and long Vauxhall car when he was still in the final class in secondary school. As a curious young boy, he had asked what he did for a living and he was told he was an accountant. There and then, young Olowokande decided that by God’s grace, he would be an accountant. “I got the inspiration from him and in 1965, I applied to travel abroad to read accountancy. I had already informed my mother back home and she and other siblings sent me £150 in support. Then I went to see Chief Akindolire, an accountant and now Lisa of Idanre, who just returned from abroad, to inform him of my plan. “He advised me that I could as well train as an accountant here in Nigeria. He took me up and gave me links of some correspondence courses abroad. I applied for transfer to the account section at my office where I became an account clerk. This enabled me to register as a student of the Association of Certified Accountants. He guided me to save the £150 sent to me which I later used along the line of my private training,” he noted. Being a brilliant chap, Olowokande started the professional exams in 1966 and was passing through various sections. By December 1968, he passed the intermediate ACCA exams and was promoted as a senior account clerk in the audit department. With his qualification, he started applying to British companies at that time, including Berger Paints which used to be British Paints. By 1969, he was invited for an interview and employed as an assistant accountant and as he admitted, he was well paid. Then, his first salary was £850, which was a lot of money at that time. In March 1969 when he informed his boss, who was a certified accountant, of his decision to register for Section 3, he was discouraged from registering as he was told that stage used to be the toughest stage of ACCA. However, rather than feel discouraged and intimidated, Olowokande told his boss that he didn’t believe in impossibility and they had a bet. “He said he would give me

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We didn’t know that Lagos was made up of places like Yaba, Oyingbo, Ikeja and that Lagos Island was the proper city. We just said we were going to Lagos and since we didn’t know our way, we were looking out of the vehicle to read the various signboards to see where Lagos was written. So, we passed Ebute Meta, we passed Yaba, we didn’t see it written until we saw Lagos on Iddo Terminus which was the next building to the Carter Bridge

£300 if I passed. I took a casual study leave and studied so hard and when the result came, I passed in flying colours. I then became the first person to pass Section C examination of ACCA in three months. I won my boss bet and he wrote the cheque of £300 in my name and sent to Lloyd’s Bank. He also opened an account for me. I still operate that account till date. I was again promoted assistant chief accountant and my salary went up to £1600. I bought a car and rented a good flat,” he recalled. Like an Oliver Twist, Olowokande continued to pursue his professional career with resilience and in no time, finished Section 4 and by 1970, he became a graduate accountant and being a graduate accountant in a British company, earned him another promotion as chief accountant. Today, Clement Olowokande remains one of Nigeria’s boardroom icons and leading entrepreneurs, and has proved to be a survival strategist and proactive manager sustaining two heritage companies of more than five decades. As chairman of Berger Paints Plc and RT Briscoe Plc, Olowokande has sustained two value-creating companies within two highly fragmented sectors and unpredictable macro economy. Berger Paints Plc is one of the two topmost paints and chemical companies in Nigeria with current market value running into several billions of naira. RT Briscoe on the other hand, is, undoubtedly, the leading automobile company and the only profit-making stock in the auto and tyre segment of the Nigerian stock

market. From manufacturing to auto trade, Olowokande controls synergistic investments that recycle values within themselves. But beyond his managerial acumen and influence that prequalified him for chairmanship of quoted companies, he is also an astute investor in equities, staking his money where he believes value lies. Olowokande is the single largest shareholder in Berger Paints with a direct equity control of 2.53 per cent and indirect holding of 0.94 per cent, putting his total interests at about 3.5 per cent. With a market value of over N51 million for direct equity stake and N19 million, his investments in Berger Paints are cash cows. He has also built a nest egg in RT Briscoe with 0.07 per cent direct equity investment, the largest direct shareholding by any of the directors of the company. Out of the 43,175 shareholders of RT Briscoe, only 387 shareholders or 0.9 per cent ranked within the same level with Olowokande and only 0.12 per cent ranked above his level. From whatever perspective, Olowokande is a bigstake player in the Nigerian stock market. A regular cash dividend flow and scrip issues have proven RT Briscoe as a value-yielding investment in spite of the stock market recession and flight from capital goods that resulted from economic recession and liquidity squeeze. RT Briscoe has made bonus issues - which automatically increase a shareholder’s holdings, consistently every year over the past five years and has paid cash dividends


for 19 out of the past 22 years including consistent year-onyear payment over the past 10 years. Under Olowokande, RT Briscoe had ridden the whirlwind that submerged many auto-related companies and has diversified into many other businesses. With the two firms repositioning for greater values, Olowokande is assured of consistent cash flows from his nest eggs in addition to unceasing emoluments as helmsman of two leading quoted companies. From whichever perspective, his investments have assured him a happy retirement. Having remained with the same company for so long that he is today its chairman, Olowokande believes, “You can be in one place and make it and one philosophy I have is that if you don’t change environment, the environment will change you. I finished my ACCA exams there and got regular promotions. I could leave and work somewhere else; in fact, I did resigned twice but my bosses would not let me go. “ I remember in 1972, I had employment with UAC and in Nigeria Breweries where I was to be assistant chief accountant. If a boss could tell you, you would become somebody here, what else do you need? Did I not become somebody at Berger Paints? What else do I ask for? I was an assistant accountant in the company;

I became assistant chief accountant; I became chief accountant; I became financial controller; I became financial director; I became managing director and by the grace of God, I am today chairman of the company.” As a survival strategist, prior to his getting married in 1972,Olowokande had to do something extra to build his first house. Then, not minding that he was a chief accountant, he had to convert his car to kabukabu,( commercial cab,) when he closed at work by 5pm. “I have what is call survival strategy. There wasn’t any job I didn’t do in Idanre as a young boy. I hawked moinmoin, ogi, akara balls; I would fetch firewood and sell. I knew that when I wanted to get married, I had to do something extra to build the house. I would close by 5pm, put my car on the road and carry passengers in what was called kabukabu. I needed the extra bucks and the money I got there together with my salary made me to build my house at the age of 34. I built the house with N150,000 then. With paints industry experiencing a lot of counterfeiting in recent time, Olowokande seems not to be a man to get himself perturbed, as he stated in a recent interview, “Once again, survival strategy applies here to make you extraordinary. If everybody decides to sell akara balls,

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provided the akara balls I sell have a differentiating feature from others, they will buy my own. So, if everybody is manufacturing paints, the moment my own has a differentiating strategy, that will give me a competitive edge. I will never be in any business that is not competitive. “Many people run 100 metres but it is only one winner that breasts the tape and I like to be the winner. So, competitive strategy is the name of the game. Whatever you do on your core competence that gives you an edge, you will always be on top of your competitors. There are nothing less than 1000 paint manufacturing outfits around but look at the building you are in here. Spot the difference. Some outfits can teach you paint making in hours, good luck to you. As I said, I am never afraid of competition.” Unlike others in his profession who would readily get involved in fraud in order to make ends meet, according to him, “I would rather do kabukabu because I will never steal. Accountants are trained rogues but it is the disciplined ones that would not steal because we all know the loopholes. Honesty would take you to places. “At Berger Paints, I was signatory to the company account together with my boss and when he was travelling, he signed blank cheques for me. When he came back and saw how I ran the accounts, he said to me, ‘You will go places. Just continue the way you are working, you will one day be the owner of this company.’ One philosophy I had is I never went to my boss to say give me extra salary, no. I have always been going to them to say give me extra work.” A Chartered Accountant by profession, Olowokande is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Association of Certified Accountants of the United Kingdom. As an accountant, the profession also runs in the family as out of his four children, the one that started as a chemist, also ended up being an accountant. The second one did accounting, even with a Masters degree. The third one who did insurance ended up being an investment banker while the fourth one is a computer scientist. Reminiscing, Olowokande said, “I will tell you that no man is self-made; it’s a wrong notion; we are all God-made. God has given us the ability to choose from what is right and what is wrong. Your life is in your mind.” BC

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ThebuddingEntrepreneurs Her childhood dream was to become a lawyer, dressed in wig and gowns, but destiny had a different plan for her. Today, she dresses and provides accessories for others to make a fashion statement wherever they find themselves. This is the story of Olufunmilayo Adetunji , CEO of Dazzle Accessories, a fashion statement company putting smiles on the faces of ladies By Biodun Alade


f all childhood dreams come true, Olufunmilayo would have been a barrister in one of the law chambers around, arguing cases for clients and doing her best to make the country a better place. But then, destiny most often, do have a different path for every individual. In her case, she did all she could to study law in one of the universities in the country but all to no avail. She even opted for a diploma in law with the hope of securing a full time admission after the programme, but yet, Olufunmilayo was not lucky. Again, she decided to venture into mass communication and study Basic Presentation skills and production at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), yet, destiny still had a new path for her as she attested to in an interview with Business Courage. “Dazzle Fashion Accessories was not something that I sat down to plan but it just happened,” she noted, adding that “it started as a result of my love for ear rings, necklaces and other accessories. I love to look good, sparkle and stand out by putting finishing touches on my outfit,” she added. It was one of her attributes that friends and colleagues admired and little wonders that the first set of accessories she sold were the one she had initially bought for her personal use. “People usually admire my outfit because of how I pair them and the little extra of creativity that I add to it; for example, a nice pair of ear rings can make your hairstyle look fabulous. In fact, the first set of accessories I sold was the one I bought for personal use,” she said. In fact, that kick-started her journey into the business world, turning her passion and

love for accessories into a money making venture. To her, accessories, such as necklaces, bracelets, rings, wristwatches and brooches among others are needed to accentuate the physical outlook of the bearer. “A fashion accessory basically is anything that can be used to accentuate or draw attention to parts of your overall look or outfit. “The most common and best known fashion accessories are jewellery. Jewellery comes in different shapes, style and sizes. Choosing the right set or piece of jewellery to go with your style is very important. “For example, if you are trying to put up a corporate look, you do not want to wear a chandelier earrings or statement necklace as if you are going to a party. When picking out jewellery to go with your outfit you’ll want to know exactly what to wear and then match the accessories to the outfit. You choose colours and styles that do not clash with the outfit you have chosen,” she explained. As she admitted in the interview, raising the required capital to run her business was a teething challenge he had to encounter. “Raising capital for my business was not so easy because of the limited resources available. But since, I had the resolve to make hay in it, I just have to keep working, making judicious use of the available resources and at the initial stage, there were people who felt I will give up on the way. “Some termed it as ‘child play’ then but I am grateful to God that I am growing by the day with success story to tell. The business is still growing and there is also the need to generate more fund to expand it and make it better; I must commend friends and family members that believed in the dream and have kept faith with my passion, supporting me in the best way they could,” the fash-


ion accessories entrepreneur added. Olufunmilayo further enumerated other challenges in the

business to include mobility, distribution of the accessories and debtors. “There is really no business without its own chal-

lenges; mine has been mobility and debt. “At times, it is difficult to deliver goods because I have clients and customers around most states in Nigeria and also in Ghana; to get the products to them might be a little difficult at some times but I am working assiduously not to disappoint because it is one of my principles. “Debt is also a major challenge because some people buy the products and pay immediately while some will promise to pay later. Some customers are faithful to the time of payment while some default in paying at the agreed time. Overtime, I have been able to separate those that are credit worthy and those that are not,” she stressed. Olufunmilayo argued that she is not move by the discouraging opinion of some people in what she is doing, admitting that she derived joy and fulfilment from her work. She submitted that there will always be different opinion in whatever path one chooses in life but that the most important is to remain focused, courageous and faithful to the chosen career. “I have had different reactions to what I do. Some think it is not worth it, while others are words of encouragement but in

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ou and your competition have a lot in common, but each company has its distinctive offering whether in terms of products, service, relationships, or perceptions. Your business growth will come from concentrating on the segment unaffected by competition. The business is a reflection of the people who run it, so taking a close look at the unique qualities of your team is a good place to start. Once you are confident in your distinctive abilities, it’s time to join the competition by working in mutually beneficial partnerships. Now, I know what you are thinking. “If I cooperate with my competition, they can take advantage of me. What if somebody walks off with my client or ideas?” The solution to that is evaluating business opportunities in terms of what Dr. Saras Sarasvathy calls “affordable loss,” or never betting more than what you can afford to lose. That way, even if a relationship sours, your business will be able to withstand the blow. Secondly, the gain outweighs the risk. Operating in an environment of cooperation will empower you with positive energy and a sense of wellbeing. Too many business people get burnt out by the constant rat race. Maintaining your emotional equilibrium for the long haul is critical to your success. Beyond that, an outlook of cooperation will present you with many more opportunities than competition ever could. And even if you encounter a lemon once in a while, the other successful relationships will make up for it abundantly. How to get rid of competition through cooperation *Build up your confidence – fear of competition is a clear signal that you are not sufficiently sure of your own place. Security in your right and ability to bring something worthwhile to the table is a great antidote to the fixation on competition. There is only one you. Nobody else has your blend on innate abilities, outlooks, skills, and experiences. The illusion that you are no different than the others is just that – an illusion. God doesn’t work with a cookie cutter. * Define your uniqueness – start out by taking a close look at who you are, what you know,

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all, it is your life and destiny which you must follow. I feel fulfilled and happy in my ability to make people look smart and gorgeous for whatever event or occasion they have. “It gives me joy. I also feel happy when people show me outfits and seek my advice on their choice of accessories; it shows that I accessorize or style them. I also offer advice and tips on how to accessorize and take care of your accessories which makes me distinct,” she said with a broad smile. She argued that no lady can live on clothes alone without adding one accessory or the other to it, stressing that a simple switch of a chandelier ear rings to a stud can

change the effect of the clothes a person is wearing. “Everybody needs one accessory or the other. A lovely necklace, ring or wristwatch looks good on everybody. The bottom line is that, a girl cannot live on clothes alone; accessory is the extra and easiest way to add your personality to what you wear. The switch of chandelier earrings to a stud can change an entire effect of the clothes you are wearing,” she added. She opined that entrepreneurship should be embraced by the present generation, especially, putting into consideration the rate of unemployment and underemployment in the country. “Entrepre-

and why it matters. What do you know that others don’t? What’s your unique voice and perspective? Where do you challenge the accepted assumptions? How do you defy the common sense? What are your areas of excellence? On the other hand, in which areas are you less efficient? Encourage you team members to ask the same questions. Take the time to do this as a team. * Identify your competition – make a list of your top competitors. What are the distinct advantages of each? Where do they excel? Why would the clients turn to them instead of coming to you? *Explore the opportunity – consider whether any of your competitors complement you. What resources do they have that you could take advantage of if you were to cooperate? What do you have to offer them? How can you work together? * Identify your boundaries – consider which parts of your business must remain outside the cooperation scheme. Which parts of your business are too vulnerable to be shared? If a relationship were to break down, what would be the critical parts to protect? What are you willing to share and what stays behind locked doors? *Make sure your team is on the same page – cooperative thinking may not come naturally to some of your team members. You wouldn’t want them to double guess your decision or to make assumptions about your motives. They may view cooperation as a sign of weakness or an affront to their “team spirit.” On the other hand, team members can help you identify many of the issues at play. Explain your rationale and the pros and cons of both the competitive and cooperating approaches. Get them on board. Get to know your competition. Personally. – People prefer doing business with people they like. Having a good relationship makes it easier to work together. So before you build a venture together, get to know each other. Set up a meeting with each one of your competitors, preferably in a neutral setting. Having food around is a great way to break the ice. Tell them that since you are in the same space anyway, you may as well get to know each other. Chances are they are concerned enough about you to agree to the meeting. Repeat until you build solid rapport. BC

neurship is important and should be encouraged because there is the need to create more jobs in our society. “The rate of unemployment is alarming because there are few jobs available; if the society breeds more entrepreneurs, the future will be brighter. But the place of education cannot be overemphasized and taking a clue from my life, my experience as a diploma graduate of law is an added advantage in what I do. “It is also the same for my training at the FRCN and at LASU where I later studied Public Relations and Advertising; they have all aided me, so I will advise that education should be prioritise by everyone while developing their skill as an entrepreneur,” she said. Olufunmilayo counselled would be entrepreneurs to remain faithful to their dreams without giving up in the pursuit of greater height, stressing that with perseverance, persistence and patience, little will become more than enough. “My advice to would be entrepreneur is to never give up in whatever they are involved in, especially when they are certain of the conviction. It is always good to follow your heart but always put to heart that life is a gradual process and like they say, Rome was not built in a day. Most often, we only need to exercise patience, perseverance and commitment in what we do. Little becomes a lot when God is involved,” she noted. The Chief Executive officer of Dazzle Accessories also urged entrepreneurs to always keep themselves abreast of happenings and the latest trend in the society, adding that taking advantage of the latest trend in the society will help the entrepreneur to be updated with his clients. “You need to be aware of what is happening around you, especially the rate of technological advancement in the society. For instance, I will say I run a mobile store via bbm, whatsup, facebook among others because most of my cusBC tomers are active on these plat-

ollowing Trends – Being the Bigger Idiot: At least, since the beginning of public investment markets, there have been bubbles. Investors see the price of something increasing, and want to own that thing. Isaac Newton, the renowned physicist and at one time, the head of the English mint, lost a vast sum of money in a 17th century bubble. As humans, we are all susceptible to bubble thinking. An investor thinks, “I can buy this thing and resell it to someone else after it goes up in price by a lot.” An old Wall Street saying calls this the bigger idiot strategy: it depends on there being an even bigger idiot to buy from the first investor. But, of course, the price will only go up when there are more buyers who want it at a higher price. Bubbles burst when the last buyers are found and the demand collapses. By following hot investment trends, investors are opening themselves up to being the last idiots who can only sell at a much lower price. Not Analysing investments: Investors should purchase index funds if they are unwilling to analyse individual companies or investment opportunities. For most people, their investment funds are far too important to their retirement or other life goals to gamble in the stock market. Not periodically reviewing investments: Another common mistake is putting investments on auto pilot. Investors who are unwilling to at least periodically review their investments should put their money into index funds. Investments, especially common stocks, can rapidly change characteristics from a safe investment to a very risky one in only a few years (or even shorter). If an investor fails to periodically review his or her investment portfolio, he or she may suffer serious losses. Sunk Cost Fallacy – Hoping a losing investment will come back: Refusing to accept a loss is a very common mistake among all investors. Human nature and psychology keep us hoping that a losing investment will come back. That is the wrong reason for keeping an investment. One way to beat this thinking is for investors to consider whether they would purchase the investment they are now holding. If the answer is no, then the investor should sell the investment. There is no economic or rational difference between buying an investment with cash or holding an investment that could be turned into cash. However, human psychology creates a logical fallacy called the “sunk cost” fallacy, which is particularly dangerous in investment contexts. One result of the fallacy is that investors who fall into it keep their worst investments. Their portfolio then actually represents a bias toward their worst investment ideas. Not diversifying: A simple, common investment mistake is not diversifying. Often called the only free lunch on Wall Street, diversification ensures that an investment portfolio isn’t wiped out by some negative event. While certain negative events like global economic downturns will affect almost all investments, the effects of some negative events like earnings misses or industry obsolescence can be lessened with proper diversification, which calls for spreading investments among a number of assets with different investment features. Over-diversifying: Another investment mistake represents the opposite extreme from not diversifying: over-diversification. An investor who analyzes individual investments should take care not to spread his or her money among too many different investment ideas. At some point, the investor’s next investment idea is simply much weaker than his or her best, second best, or fifth best idea. BC

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The global economy is said to be losing close to $53 billion to the activities of software pirates at the expense of genuine software developers but stakeholders have stepped up the campaign to address the unnecessary evil By Adejuwon Osunnuyi


ver the years, the fight against software piracy and counterfeiting, an act of unauthorised copying, reproduction, use, or manufacture of software products has continued to give stakeholders in the software community sleepless nights. This is more so as every efforts in curtailing this nefarious act have yielded little or no success. Software piracy is said to be harmful to everyone in the software community including the end users. Piracy, as stakeholders put it, harms all software publishers, regardless of their size. While software publishers spend years developing software for the public to use, a portion of every dollar spent in purchasing original software is funneled back into research and development so that better, more advanced software products can be produced. But when you purchase pirated software, your money goes directly into the pockets of software pirates instead. Basically, software piracy hurts the local and national economies because revenue is lost. The software industry is affected because fewer legitimate software sales result in lost tax revenue and decreased employment. Software piracy greatly hinders the development of local software communities. If software publishers cannot sell their products in the legitimate market, they have no incentive to continue developing programs. Many software publishers won’t enter markets where the piracy rates are too high, because they will not be able to recover their development costs. On average, for every authorised copy of computer software in use, it is noted that at least one unauthorised or “pirated” copy is made while in some countries or regions, up to 99 unauthorised copies are made for every authorised copy in use. However, in order to arrest software piracy as well as counterfeiting, stakeholders seem

not to be relenting on their past efforts. Recently, at the Anti-Counterfeiting Collaboration of Nigeria (ACC)’s 5th Roundtable in conjunction with the International Trademarks Association (INTA) held in Lagos, software and devices company, Microsoft Nigeria lent it voice on ways to combat piracy. The ACC is the umbrella body for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) legalisation and related issues in Nigeria with membership spanning across all sectors including the Intellectual Property Lawyers Association of Nigeria (IPLAN). At the forum which centered its discussion on piracy/counterfeiting as a major concern which cuts across varied goods, products and industries ranging from entertainment, IP/ software, textiles, dairy, pharmaceuticals etc, it was observed that transnational lack of borders of the internet is a major issue which makes the unlawful copying and distribution of pirated products, services and designs at a global scale very easy while its enforcement has remained complex given the difficulty of ascertaining where the infringement took place whether on the infringer’s computer, the server and in which country. In recent time, with the advancement of technological tools, Internet piracy is noted to be rapidly becoming the fastest and easiest way to receive pirated software. Many companies allow consumers to download software from the Internet. This eliminates the need to make several trips to the store or sending out copies of software on CD-ROM or floppy disk. However, these simple and time saving techniques have also increased Internet piracy. Internet piracy can occur in many different forms such as downloading or uploading software from/to a bulletin board, attaching a copy of software via email and/or transmitting software programs via file transfer protocol (FTP). At the roundtable, participants noting that the Industrial Property Commission of Nigeria (IPCOM) Bill should be urgently

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passed into law said such an act would align with international best practice and technological developments. Ijeoma Abazie, Head, Corporate Affairs, Microsoft Anglophone West Africa recommended the enhancement of enforcement using dedicated specialized IP enforcement, investigating and prosecuting resources and cross border cooperation among Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) across West Africa. She reiterated the need for increased public education and awareness to change the current apathetic public attitudes toward software and IP, leader-led model by government through the promotion and use of legal software in state-owned

enterprises and among all its contractors and suppliers as a precondition for contracting with it and also through implementing software asset management (SAM) programs. Her submission also included multi-stakeholder strategy involving private and public sector collaboration on effective enforcement by LEAs; Industryled initiatives to promote SAM in the public and private sectors; Increased support from the Nigerian Customs Service and strengthened cross border customs collaboration to checkmate the importation and distribution of pirated/counterfeit software; Modernization of IP Laws to provide for the protection and enforcement of infringement of new software

innovations, such as cloud computing technologies, online piracy and the proliferation of networked mobile devices; Fast tracking the enactment of an all-encompassing IP Bill aligned with international developments and Fast tracking the passage of the Cyber Security Bill and other related Bills. Speaking on software piracy, its various forms, how it undermines the industry’s ability to innovate, limiting economic growth in economies around the world and putting consumers’ data and security at risk as well as the use of anti-piracy technology to checkmate it, Abazie disclosed that some findings of the Business Software Alliance/INSEAD study observed that increasing the

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Technotalk use of genuine software by 1 per cent contributes $73 Billion to the global economy as opposed to $20 billion from pirated software, which is a whopping gap of $53 billion. She noted that the benefits of curbing software piracy include chances of having increased jobs, tax revenues and safety as she made it known that these are more impactful on the economy as opposed to the endorsement of software piracy which essentially funds terrorism globally and undermining online stability and security. To recapitulate the time and resources that are wasted by cybercrime, Abazie quoted IDC statistics, “Globally consumers will spend 1.5 billion hours and $22 billion identifying and recovering from the impact of malware and global enterprises will spend $114 billion to deal with the impact of malware-induced cyber-attacks”. She reiterated that for instance, people should be aware that Microsoft XP operating system will come to its end of life support at the end of April 2014 and as such, security patches will no longer be released, leaving PCs running XP vulnerable to cyber-attacks and almost 14 times more likely than those running Windows 8 to become infected with malware. To avert such losses consumers might incur, she noted that it is advisable to start planning to migrate to the latest version of Windows 8.1 software. Earlier in her opening address, Lara Kayode, Partner O. Kayode & Co and who represented INTA, stressed the need for public awareness, strong enforcement of and a strong IP legal framework that adequately compensate and protect rights holders whose IP has been infringed as piracy and counterfeiting rob government globally of revenue that can be used to develop economies. In essence, there has been growing concerns that it is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between genuine and non-genuine software, unless consumers are discerning and know what to look out for. Some customers who make the purchases in good faith believe that what they are purchasing is genuine when the product is in fact counterfeit. However, to avoid being misled when purchasing software, Seye Oloruntoba, anti-piracy manager for Microsoft Anglophone West Africa suggested that before a consumer purchase Windows software, he/ she should ask resellers to confirm it will pass the Windows activation test. Activation and validation, he warned, are the keys to genuine software. He said PC users should beware of the common gateways of digital counterfeit-


ing: websites advertising ‘cheap software’; online auction sites with links to download sites offering counterfeit software; and peerto- peer (P2P) networks or other fi le-sharing technologies. Advising consumers to always compare the price, he said counterfeit software is often sold at a much cheaper price, but can end up costing users hundreds or thousands of dollars. He advised consumers to be suspicious of products that lack some form of proof of authenticity – such as a hologram, CD, DVD, recovery media, manuals and Microsoft Software License Terms (MSLT) while also saying they must be extremely careful when buying from software sellers in other countries as this complicates matters if the transaction goes awry. Oloruntoba, said as a world leading software manufacturer, Microsoft is working closely with the Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC to assist them in taking enforcement action against software pirates who sell counterfeits that put consumers and businesses in Nigeria at risk. “We’ve noticed a rising number of what turn out to be ‘accidental pirates’ that is, people who unintentionally purchase counterfeit software from resellers and only later find out they have been duped. In doing so, they expose themselves to a plethora of risks, which in the long-run can prove extremely costly for individuals, and often disastrous for businesses. Honest resellers, who sell only genuine software, are put at an unfair disadvantage, and ultimately the whole economy feels the effects,” he said. Oloruntoba noted that Microsoft is actively working to ensure customers and partners in Nigeria are protected from

unscrupulous suppliers, adding that “This is a responsibility we take extremely seriously. When they come to us for help, we make sure they receive the necessary support and we also alert local law enforcement authorities like the NCC. In one way or the other, many who got involved in the purchase of pirated software have ignorantly or out of greed, lost millions of naira and vital data to this nefarious act of software piracy as a result of counterfeit software that have been found to be vulnerable to computer viruses, malware and hackers, leaving consumers unprotected against possible data loss or identity theft. Business Courage’s investigation revealed that about 60 per cent of computer users always acquire software in ways that are typically illegal, such as buying programs for one computer and then installing them on multiple machines, downloading applications from a peer to-peer network such as Kazaa or Morpheus, or buying illegally copied disks from the street markets. Expectedly, many of those who sell genuine or licensed software are having difficulty competing with pirated software that has been priced at below-market levels. Described as heist that has led to the lost of over $59 billion worth of PC software in the last one year, the Business Software Alliance, BSA, a respected industry trade organization in the world defines software piracy as the unauthorized copying or distribution of copyrighted software. This, it said, can be done by copying, downloading, sharing, selling, or installing multiple copies onto personal or work computers. Counterfeit software, also as defined by the BSA, is the illegal duplication and sale of copyrighted material with the intent of directly imitating the copyrighted product. BSA said if the world’s computer users lived up to their ideals, there would be far less software piracy but it said nearly half of them do not, adding that the software piracy is more pronounced in the developing economies. For instance, the group said that Nigeria, presently basking in the euphoria of the revolution brought about by the information and communication technology, ICT boom, has been growing the business of software piracy at par with the growth in ICT. The BSA reports says about 82 percent of PC users in Nigeria acquire their software illegally most or all of the time, a record which makes it rank second in the world, coming closely after China with 86 percent as first and Vietnam in the third position with 76 per cent. BC

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he emergence of online collaboration tools has revolutionised the way individuals and businesses work together. Most online collaboration tools are simple, easy to use and inexpensive. If you haven’t taking advantage of these powerful tools yet, here are few types you may consider: Kanban board is visual online collaboration software that enables teams to share a collaborative style of working, by keeping everyone on the same page to achieve same goals. Wiki technology is an online collaboration tool which helps to manage multiple contributors to documents or projects. It creates a webpage that anyone with permission to access can modify quickly and easily. Users can add to and edit pages or documents on a wiki and can also view changes made by different users or go back to previous versions. Cloud storage is a system that backs up data on a server instead of using a hard drive or compact disc and is accessible to a single or multiple users via an internet connection. Email is an example of cloud storage. Services like google drive exit disclaimer allow real-time file access and editing by multiple users. Other services that allow shared access to documents include dropbox, exit disclaimer box were by files can be accessed with various devices like desktop computer, tablet and mobile phone. Basecamp is an extremely powerful and useful online collaboration system designed for entrepreneurs, small businesses, freelancers and business groups. This application allows you to upload, store, edit and share documents and files online. The interface also provides users with a convenient overview of the project schedule, as well as an account of who is working on what, to-do lists and time tracking ensuring that everything is kept in order and on schedule, while an in-built messaging system allows for effective communication between team members. Skype is an online video conference. It has become widespread in the modern professional world, helping to cut down dramatically on travel costs and expensive long distance phone calls. Although many online video chat services have emerged but skype remains the most widely used and convenient. Apart from the standard face-toface video conference chat, Skype’s screen sharing feature allows users to show others whatever is on their screen, which is perfect for presenting slideshows or making visual presentations. Trello is a perfect tool for individual or smaller group projects. Trello’s friendly interface allows users to create a project by adding items and lists, and assigning people to specific tasks. It then provides real time updates on all actions and progress to members of the project team. is a web-based word processor that enables users to view and co-edit the same notes and documents in real time from anywhere in the world. Numerous users can collectively plan projects, brainstorm and compose documents, while color coded text allows people to easily identify who made which edits. A handy time-slider also allows users to recount earlier versions and edits of the document and edit any changes made, while a chat box enables communication between the various collaborators. Blossom is the most direct, and easy-to-use tool basically to track the progress of personal projects, bigger projects, and really anything that comes to mind. It gives you focus and clear visibility on progress and roadblocks instantly and lets you drag to-do items from one list to another in an intuitive way. Asana is a webapp collaboration tool for people with multiple projects, it organizes your project, helps you keep on top of updates, captures everything you and your team are doing in one place so that everyone can refer to it quickly. You can also track your own responsibilities and projects and everyone can see updates in real time. BC

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soft 4Afrika’s efforts to shape development priorities across the continent with the use of technology as an enabler.”

that no one will be worse off’’, Willsher explained.

Etisalat, Huawei strike outsourcing deal


Microsoft’s 4Afrika Advisory Council members, chaired by His Excellency Benjamin Mkapa, former president of Tanzania

Microsoft unveils 4Afrika Advisory Council Stories by Adejuwon Osunnuyi


icrosoft Corp. has unveiled the 4Afrika Advisory Council, an external board of advisers tasked with guiding strategic investments undertaken by the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative across the continent and ensuring 4Afrika is closely aligned to broad African development goals. Benjamin Mkapa, former president of the United Republic of Tanzania chairs the board, while Mteto Nyati, managing director of Microsoft South Africa, serves as the vice chair. The Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative was introduced in February 2013 as an effort through which the company is actively engaging in Africa’s economic development to improve its global competitiveness. To help ensure the initiative meets its critical goals, Microsoft 4Afrika chose to form the 4Afrika Advisory Council to solicit external input and guidance from a respected group of regional influencers. Other members of the 4Afrika Advisory Council include Juliana Rotich, executive director for Ushahidi and senior TED fellow from Kenya; Hanan Abdelmeguid, CEO of Orascom Telecom Ventures in Egypt; Bright Simons, social innovator, entrepreneur, writer and researcher in Ghana; Florence Iwegbue, co-founder LiveWello LLC in Nigeria; Marieme Jamme, Senegalese-born and Londonbased CEO, blogger, technologist and social entrepreneur; Luís Lélis, executive director at Banco Angolano de Investimentos in Angola; Phuti Mahanyele, CEO of Shanduka Group in South Africa. Others include Richard Attias, founder of The New York Forum and Moroccan events producer; Benjamin Mophatlane, CEO of Business Connexion in South Africa;

and Monica Musonda, CEO of Java Foods and board member of the Bank of Zambia. Louis Otieno, director of Legal and Corporate affairs for Microsoft Africa, will serve as the council secretary. Speaking on his appointment, Benjamin Mkapa said, “I am deeply honoured to chair the 4Afrika Advisory Council and to represent this prestigious group of council members because we all believe deeply in Microsoft 4Afrika’s mission to help Africa improve its global competitiveness.” “Together with the Microsoft team, we look forward to helping to grow African leaders, encourage and support African businesses and highlight African innovation here on the continent and on the world stage.” While the council had its first meeting Oct. 4, 2013, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, it discussed topics relevant to advancing the 4Afrika mission, including the importance of developing strategies that address both rural and urban youth populations, the role of teachers as content creators, and approaches to building sustainable models for growth of African entrepreneurs and small businesses. In addition, to ensure that the critical voices of African youth are heard, the council made provisions for four additional slots on the 4Afrika Advisory Council, to be occupied by youth leaders from the continent. Candidates were selected from existing African youth leadership groups, including U.S. President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, the African Leadership Network, the African Leadership Initiative, the Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship Program and the World Economic Forum’s Forum of Young Global Leaders. Nominees will be contacted in the coming weeks with formal invitations to join the 4Afrika Advisory Council. Mteto Nyati, managing director of Microsoft South Africa said, “As established influencers and innovators in Africa, we know that this group composing the 4Afrika Advisory Council will make highly impactful contributions to Micro-

partnership deal that will see Etisalat improved its information technology, telecommunications services offering has been sealed with Chinese equipment manufacturing company, Huawei. Under the arrangement, Huawei will be responsible for the operational management of Etisalat Nigeria’s IT services across technical infrastructure, application management and user support. However, the business planning, architecture and governance shall still be retained by Etisalat Nigeria. Presently, Etisalat has over 15 million subscribers and invested about $1.2 billion in various network upgrades in 2013. Announcing the outsourcing partnership, Matthew Willsher, acting chief executive officer of Etisalat Nigeria, said the decision to outsource aspects of the company’s IT function follows the adoption of a new model, which is effectively aligned with the corporate vision of creating more value for customers by improving quality, reducing costs, embedding innovation, and increasing the speed of delivery. “At Etisalat, we are dedicated to providing innovative and best quality telecommunications services to our customers. Outsourcing our IT services to Huawei is part of the fulfillment of our promise to continuously deliver excellent communication experiences to our customers at all times,” said Willsher. He added that the outsourcing arrangement would in no way lead to the lay-off of IT staff as is often feared under such circumstances. “Our overall aim is to improve efficiencies, leverage capabilities and improve training and development for our employees. About 75 per cent of the current IT staff will be transferred to Huawei with comparable terms of employment and compensation, so



Expert decries Nigerian’s ignorance about domain name potential


he Managing Director of Upperlink Limited, Segun Akano, has decried the lackadaisical attitude of Nigerians towards the embrace of the nation’s domain name, arguing that next to oil, it is her virtual natural resources capable of generating billions of naira into the economy. Akano, who spoke in Lagos recently, blamed the development on ignorance as he argued that registering a domain name on the .ng will promote visibility and enhance business growth because the business name will be online, adding that the world has transformed from the physical to virtual realm while it will be dangerous to play the role of onlookers. Lamenting that in a country with over 170 million people, less than 10,000 have registered on the .ng domain name, he noted, “We have made our domain name, our oil reserves dormant. As we see oil physically, the .ng is our invisible oil reserves which have the potential to boost our economy.” He said the .ng domain name is less popular because it came a little late, warning however that .com space is fast depleting. “The .com space is becoming saturated. So if you are a business man, it is advisable to you register your domain name on the .ng. You can also register your name on the .ng space, download your work or books and start earning income. The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) has made it so easy by crashing the price from as high as N6million to only N15,000,” he said. According to him, it is also possible to register a domain name of choice on,, and at only N1,500. He said every user of the .com domain name contributes $10 to the American economy, adding that if the .ng is embraced en mass, it is a job spinner for the army of the unemployed roaming the

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streets of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and other major cities of the country in search of the Golden Fleece. He said Upperlink Limited, as one of the firms approved to serve as registrars to NIRA, has, in a bid to encourage more people to embrace the initiative, not only crashed the registration fee but has also moved a step further to give a one-year free hosting right to people that take advantage of the initiative.

Nokia rewards wholesale partners with exotic cars


n a bid to recognise and appreciate the efforts of its distribution partners for their contribution to the sales of its products, Global phone manufacturer, Nokia, has rewarded two of its wholesalers for outstanding sales performance in the year 2013. The lucky winners of a Ford Escape Jeep and Kia Sportage Jeep are Emeka Oguchi, Managing Director, Pointek Limited and Ifechukwu Amobi, Director, Broadband Ventures. The winners were selected as a result of the Nokia Incentives for Wholesalers’ Scheme organized to identify and reward outstanding wholesalers in Nigeria. At the prize presentation, General Retail Manager, Nokia West and Central Africa, Emmanuel Ossai noted that both winners were being rewarded for achieving their targets in the year 2013 and also ensuring the delivery of Nokia products in retail stores. “We introduced the Nokia Incentives for Wholesalers Scheme in order to reward our wholesale partners for their efforts in contributing to the growth and success of Nokia’s business in Nigeria. This has also given us the opportunity to give back to them and appreciate their efforts in getting our products to the end users,” he said. “It has been a very interesting year and we couldn’t have come this far without our wholesale partners who have contributed immensely to the success of the Nokia brand in the year 2013. We use this means to say thank you and also encourage them to do better in the coming year” he added. Nokia launched a number of mobile and smart phones into the Nigerian market in the year 2013 including the Nokia 105, Asha 210, 310, 501, Lumia 520, 720, 925, 625, 1020, etcetera. The giant phone maker was also recognized by some organizations for its ability to produce innovative devices for its numerous customers. BC

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CBN, Sanusi Lamido and the new helmsman


rdinarily, one may be tempted to think that attempting a preview of the Central Bank of Nigeria after the exit of the current helmsman may be premature, at least, considering the fact that his tenure expires by midyear. But then, there are compelling reasons, flowing from recent development, that suggest that the post - Sanusi Lamido Sanusi era may pose some daunting challenges both to the economic managers and the investing publics. Besides, SLS as he’s fondly called may not really leave out his tenure after all. Sanusi Lamido’s tenure expires in June, when he would have completed his five year term, which he had even long before now declared not to seek re-appointment. But the recent controversy sparked by what has come to be known as his unfounded nonremittance of $50bn crude oil sale allegation against the all powerful Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, may mean that Sanusi may be forced to hit the exit door sooner than envisaged. If this happened, the very voluble CBN governor would have left the seat in the heat of controversy, just like the one that trailed his appointment in 2009. However, what is of interest to me here is not really whether he is forced out prematurely or he is allowed to serve out his term. What is of major concern to me, and I guess, to many

key players in the economy, is what becomes of the CBN after his exit, especially given its critical role in the management of the Nigerian economy. For now, there seems to be some kind of apprehension among local and foreign investors because they do not know what kind of monetary policy which Sanusi’s successor will come up with. Even in the developed economies, the exit of the head of the central bank causes some uncertainties, just that the processes leading to the appointment of a successor in those countries always provides transparency and quickly removes most of the uncertainties. Besides, these countries have created a strong institution in their central banks with clear processes and procedures for every action. Sadly, this cannot be said of the Nigerian situation as past experiences have shown our susceptibility to some kind of disruptions whenever a new CBN governor is appointed. Even when the intentions are good, the approach by which the policies are implemented usually leads to avoidable disruptions in the financial system, usually to the detriment of investors. The current situation has even exposed the country to some kind of difficult situation, given what many have termed the undue politicisation of the appointment of Sanusi’s successor. Of all the contenders for the top

job, which includes all current deputy governors in the apex bank and the immediate past Group Managing Director, Access Bank Plc, Aigboje AigImhokhuede, the latter’s appears to be the most canvassed. The former Access Bank boss, unlike other contenders, had even publicly declared his interest in the job long before he dropped anchor at Access Bank. For now, there are strong reasons to believe that Aig-Imhokhuede may get the job, not necessarily because he is the most qualified, but because he has, long before now, being positioning himself for the plum job, aside the fact that he is believed to be very close to President Goodluck Jonathan. If Jonathan is to continue the tradition established by his predecessor, the late Umaru Yar’adua and those before him, the Sabongida Ora-born lawyer turned banker may just be thenext king waiting to be crowned. However, this is actually where my fears and deep worries lie. Appointing Aig-Imhokhuede as CBN governor may just be a rehash of the undue bravado and highly controversial policy decisions that came with the incumbent’s appointment in 2009. Let me state quite clearly that my position does not in any way imply that Aig-Imhokhuede does not have the requisite credentials for the job,

no. My fear is just that his tenure as CBN may proof more controversial than that of the outgoing CBN governor. I wish we remember that the Sanusi’s appointment and his actions that led to the sacking of nine bank chief executive officers and their directors then and no matter how well intentioned that decision was, there is the general believe that it had a large dose of vendetta. Despite how much effort that was made to demystify Erastus Akingbola and his Intercontinental Bank Plc, there are still the unaddressed issues of the rivalry that existed between him and Sanusi Lamido as Group Managing Director of First Bank, just before his ascendancy to the CBN top job. No doubt, Sanusi effectively deployed his deep inside knowledge of the inner workings of the banking industry to restore sanity to the sector, yet, it is very doubtful if an “outsider” in the mould of Aig-Imhokhuede would have the level headedness to handle such a herculean task. Besides, many people still believe that the former Access Bank boss has questions to answer in the circumstances under which he led Access Bank to acquire Intercontinental Bank in which himself, along with his deputy and current CEO of Access Bank, Hebert Wigwe are believed to be indebted to the tune of N16 billion then. BC

in 8 deals compared with a total of 100 units of FGN bonds valued at N108, 180.59 transacted the previous week in 1 deal.

to close at 2,554.00 and NSE-ASeM by 0.07 percent to close at 963.02.

The Stock Market last week


he Stock Market traded for four days as Wednesday January 1st 2014, was declared a Public Holiday to commemorate the New Year. A turnover of 2 billion shares worth N15.907 billion in 17,378 deals were traded last week by investors on the floor of The Exchange in contrast to a total of 1.278 billion shares valued at N6.897 billion that exchanged hands the previous week in 10,761 deals. The Financial Services Industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart with 1.551 billion shares valued at N7.547 billion traded in 9,244 deals; thus contributing 77.54 and 47.45 percentages to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. The Oil and Gas Industry followed with a turnover of 208.046 million shares worth N3.116 billion in 2,439 TOP 10 PRICE GAINERS: Company NEIMETH UBA CAPITAL PLC OANDO PLC N.E.M INSURANCE AFRICA PRUDENTIAL REG PLC JAPAUL OIL & MARITIME MAY & BAKER WAPIC INSURANCE UBA ETERNA PLC

Open 1.05 1.72 19.97 0.68 2.88 0.50 2.10 1.01 7.95 4.28

Close 1.44 2.30 26.66 0.89 3.66 0.63 2.59 1.23 9.38 5.04

deals. The third place was occupied by the Conglomerates Industry with 105.277 million shares worth N476.146 million in 1,015 deals. Trading in the top three equities namely, Sterling Bank Plc, Unity Bank Plc and NEM Insurance Plc (measured by volume) accounted for 811.497 million shares worth N1.183 billion in 1,100 deals, contributing 41.00 and 7.43 percentages to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. Also traded last week were a total of 5 units of NewGold Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) valued at N9,867.00 executed in 2 deals compared with a total of 50 units of NewGold valued at N92,600.00 transacted the previous week in 1 deal 2,647 units of FGN bonds valued at N2.626 million were last week traded Gain (N) 0.39 0.58 6.69 0.21 0.78 0.13 0.49 0.22 1.43 0.76

% Change 37.14 33.72 33.50 30.88 27.08 26.00 23.33 21.78 17.99 17.76

INDEX MOVEMENT The NSE All-Share Index and Market Capitalization appreciated by 3.03 percent to close on Friday at 41,450.48 and N13.265 trillion respectively. All the other NSE indices appreciated during the week: NSE 30 by 3.39 percent to close at 1,911.15 , NSE Consumer Goods by 0.40 percent to close at 1,090.98, NSE Banking by 7.14 percent to close at 452.25 NSE Insurance by 6.51 percent to close at 159.65. Also, the NSE Oil/Gas Index increased by 6.84 percent to close at 347.67, NSE Lotus Islamic Index by 0.99 percent to close at 2,852.33, NSE Industrial Goods Index by 2.11 percent


Open 108.30 67.93 4.61 60.88 2.07 0.68 0.57 1.48 1.17 0.73

Close 92.64 61.32 4.28 56.61 1.94 0.64 0.54 1.41 1.12 0.70

Loss (N) % Change -15.66 -14.46 -6.61 -9.73 -0.33 -7.16 -4.27 -7.01 -0.13 -6.28 -0.04 -5.88 -0.03 -5.26 -0.07 -4.73 -0.05 -4.27 -0.03 -4.11

SUMMARY OF PRICE CHANGES Sixty six equities appreciated in prices last week higher than 58 equities of the preceding week. 18 equities depreciated in prices higher than 11 equities of the preceding week, while 114 equities remained unchanged lower than 129 equities in the previous week. BC

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oday’s RX fits the same formula as the original 1990s version. It’s a comfortable, understated utility vehicle, more practical, typically more affordable, oftentimes more reliable, and it has a lot of technology packaged into a car that doesn’t appear to be fiscally or environmentally irresponsible. It also has the reputation for reliability that just can’t be outclassed the RX is premium, but not garish. For 2014, the Lexus RX 350 sees just a few changes, including a new 115-volt power outlet for the backseat, the addition of brake priming to the pre-collision warning system and, for newer iPhone owners, the integration of the Siri Eyes Free feature. For the first time since the current third-generation RX models bowed, for 2010, they’ve received a light refresh. The 2014 Lexus RX models wear the new “spindle grille” found on most of the lineup, which makes it just a little menacing in our opinion, while all the snubnosed, blunt-shouldered purposefulness--crossed with soft elegance--of the current generation’s design remains. LED running lamps, new rear taillights, and a few new colors are the extent of the exterior changes, while inside there’s a new steering wheel, contrast stitching for the leather, and a redesigned center console. You’ll also find plenty of standard features here, along with a nice collection of useful convenience and high-tech options. There’s not much to find fault with either, as the only significant downsides are the lack of a third-row seat and an electronics interface that takes more of your attention to operate than we prefer. With all the premium-brand crossovers on the road, it’s easy to forget which one blazed the trail for these luxury car-based SUVs. When it hit the streets some 15 years ago, the Lexus RX gave consumers the plush ride, bulletproof reliability and low ownership costs expected of the brand, along with a fair measure of cargo capacity and foul-weather capability. Other entries quickly flooded the market. But despite this tidal wave of competitors, the 2014 Lexus RX 350 is still a very appealing choice for a luxury crossover.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options The 2014 Lexus RX 350 seats five people and is available in two trim levels: standard and

F Sport. The hybrid RX 450h is covered in a separate review. The RX 350, which is available with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, foglamps, LED running lamps, rear privacy glass, heated mirrors, a power liftgate, keyless ignition/entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats with two-way power-adjustable lumbar, a leather-wrapped power tilt-andtelescoping steering wheel, a sliding and reclining rear seat, cloth upholstery and an autodimming rearview mirror. Standard electronic features include the Safety Connect emergency communications, Bluetooth phone and audio con-

nectivity, and a nine-speaker sound system with a six-CD changer, satellite radio and an iPod/USB audio interface. Those with iPhone 4S or 5 models can also use the voice-operated Siri Eyes Free feature, which allows you to listen to and create (via voice) texts and e-mails via the vehicle’s speaker system, as well as hear sports scores, weather forecasts, appointment reminders and even turn-by-turn directions. The F Sport includes allwheel drive and the contents of the Premium and Comfort packages (detailed below) as well as 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, an eight-speed automatic transmission, special exterior styling elements, special interior trim and perforated

leather upholstery. There are many packages available, some of which require the purchase of one to obtain another. For the standard RX 350, the Premium package adds a sunroof, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, roof rails, leather upholstery and driver memory settings. There’s also a version of this package that also includes a blind spot monitoring system. The Comfort package adds automatic wipers, xenon headlamps and heated and ventilated front seats (which are also available separately). The Display Audio package gets you a rearview camera, a larger 7-inch central display screen, Bluetooth phonebook download capabilities, the Lexus Remote Touch electronics inter-

face, the Enform suite of appbased features and a 12-speaker sound system with HD radio. The Navigation package adds the Display Audio contents along with a navigation system (with 8-inch display) and voice controls. The Luxury package (standard RX 350 only) features 19inch wheels, LED headlamps, 10-way power front seats, a heated wood and leather steering wheel, upgraded leather upholstery, a 115-volt power outlet for the rear seat area and a smog-sensing auto climate control recirculation. The Navigation and Luxury packages can be enhanced with a head-up display, a dual-screen rear entertainment system and a 15-speaker Mark

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Autocare On your car maintenance calendar Levinson surround-sound audio system. The F Sport’s wheels and special styling can be added to the front-drive RX 350 via the available Sport package. Other stand-alone options include front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control with a pre-collision warning/braking system. Powertrains and Performance If there’s a clear pronouncement to make about the RX 350 and 450h, it’s that performance takes second stage to comfort and luxury. While parents or empty nesters will find the RX plenty responsive in either guise, it’s seldom exciting, edgy, or nimble, and there’s a muted feeling to all of the driving inputs. The 2014 Lexus RX 350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 270 horsepower and 248 pound-feet of torque. A sixspeed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, and all-wheel drive is optional. The F Sport model only comes with all-wheel drive and includes an eight-speed automatic. In Edmunds performance testing, a front-wheel-drive RX 350 went from zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, which is average for the class. The F Sport was actually a little slower despite a more sophisticated transmission and its advantageous gearing. EPA-estimated fuel economy with the six-speed automatic is 21 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway) with front-wheel drive and 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway) with all-wheel drive. The F Sport is rated at 21 combined (18/26). Properly equipped, the RX 350 can tow up to 3,500 pounds, which is less than most competitors can manage. Safety Every 2014 Lexus RX 350

comes standard with antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags, front knee airbags and the Safety Connect emergency communications system that includes automatic collision notification, an emergency assist button and stolen vehicle location services. Optional are parking sensors, a blind-spot monitoring system, a rearview camera and an adaptive cruise control system that includes a pre-collision warning and brake-priming system. In Edmunds brake testing, an RX 350 came to a stop from 60 mph in an excellent 114 feet, which is 10 feet shorter than average. Curiously, in two separate tests of the supposedly sportier F Sport, it came to a stop in a disappointing 131 and 123 feet. In government crash testing, the RX 350 received four out of five stars for overall protection, with four stars for frontalimpact protection and five stars for side-impact protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the RX 350 the highest possible rating of “Good” in its moderate-overlap frontaloffset, side-impact and roof strength tests. The RX’s seats/ head restraints also earned a “Good” rating for whiplash protection in rear impacts. Interior design and special features Lexus vehicles have a reputation for being not just refined and comfortable, but also for being exceptionally well-equipped. That’s definitely the case here in the 2014 RX 350 and RX 450h; you’ll find a comprehensive list of comfort and convenience features, while options are pretty much limited to interior upgrades and top-notch infotainment systems. Upscale appointments and exceptional cabin materials

make the 2014 Lexus RX 350 look and feel suitably expensive. When you opt for the Display Audio or Navigation packages you also get the Lexus Remote Touch system, which is a mouselike device that allows the user to move among a variety of icons on a large, centrally located screen. It’s a nice idea and adds to the luxury ambience, but in practice we’ve found that the cumbersome on-screen menus and the controller’s imprecise nature draw too much of your attention away from the road. On the upside, the optional Mark Levinson audio is one of the best sound systems on the market. The front seats could use some extra adjustment range, and both thigh and lateral support are somewhat lacking. However, rear passengers will find the seating roomy and comfortable thanks to reclining and sliding adjustments. There’s also ample luggage and cargo space, with as much as 40 cubic feet behind the 40/20/40-splitfolding rear seats and 80 cubes with them stowed. There is no third-row seat, however. Driving Impressions When it comes to ride quality, the 2014 Lexus RX 350 doesn’t disappoint. The compliant suspension and plentiful sound insulation isolate passengers from the outside world in a silent bubble of luxury. The 3.5-liter V6 is notably quiet, but it’s also powerful enough to swiftly accelerate this crossover with ease. The softly sprung suspension never feels floaty, while the steering provides more weighting and response than on past RX models. Still, those seeking a more engaging driving experience should consider the Acura MDX or Audi Q5. We don’t recommend the RX 350 F Sport, as it suffers from an overly firm and poorly damped ride, with no appreciable increase in driving feedback or involvement. Worse still, its handling and braking numbers at our track were actually worse than those of the regular RX 350. The 2014 Lexus RX 350 is plush, yet not over-the-top lavish and just a short ride in one is enough to see why it’s such a popular choice for upscale realtors who don’t want to look to filthy rich. Overall, though, the Lexus RX 350 remains in the top tier among premium-brand crossover SUVs, even if it is no longer the undisputed. BC


eep time. The timing belt is probably the single most overlooked maintenance item in newer cars. There are no sure telltale signs that the timing belt is worn until it breaks. If the timing belt breaks on higher-compression, “interference” engines, pistons could collide with valves that are still down (open), wreaking havoc on your engine and perhaps ruining it completely. Not all cars have timing belts, and V-configuration and horizontally opposed engines have multiple timing belts, so check with your mechanic or your car’s service manual for the specifics. For information on when your vehicle needs timing belt replacement, check your owner’s manual. Replace at intervals ranging from 30,000 to 105,000 miles, depending on the model. Watch your temperature. Today’s tightly controlled, low-emissions engines are more sensitive than ever to changes in operating temperature. Have your car’s thermostat checked, and make sure that it still opens and closes at the right temperature. If you have any doubts, the thermostat is another relatively inexpensive item to replace. Keep it clean. The fuel filter does exactly what its name says — it cleans out impurities from the fuel before it gets into the fuel-injection system and engine. Fuel-filter replacement is usually easy and inexpensive, and a clogged, neglected fuel filter can lead to expensive repairs such as premature fuel-pump failure or clogged fuel injectors. This is an item that’s probably as important as it is overlooked. Assuming yours is a fuel-injected car, the fuel filter is more or less on continuous duty whenever your ignition is on and the fuel pump is active, preventing impurities from clogging injectors. So, over time, replacement will be necessary. Locations vary from beneath the hood or undercarriage to inside the fuel tank itself. Since systems are often pressurized and fuel lines need to be safely crimped, you might prefer to let a technician handle it. Replace every 2 years or 24,000 miles. Give yourself a brake. As brake fluid gets slight levels of air contamination in the system from the hoses and brake hardware, the air brings with it small amounts of water, and the brake fluid ages and loses its original physical properties. Most importantly, it doesn’t disperse heat as well, to the point that in extreme conditions it might boil. To ensure full braking performance, replace the brake fluid and bleed the lines at least once every two years. Get geared up. Replacing your car’s automatic transmission fluid is relatively inexpensive, and it can save costly transmission repairs in the long run. As transmission fluid is subjected to extreme heat and stress, it loses some of its original qualities and becomes contaminated with small metal fragments as the gears wear. Although some new transmissions are “sealed for life,” most automatic transmissions should get fluid changes every 30,000 miles or so, or as recommended by your car’s maintenance schedule or mechanic. Keep Power steering fluid. On your car-part replacement calendar, it doesn’t get much easier than where your power steering fluid is concerned. Still, give it proper consideration, since it lubricates the system and keeps the steering feel consistent. Periodic checks of the fluid are done with a glance at the reservoir or the dipstick inside it. Make sure you add only the manufacturer’s suggested fluid type and talk to a technician if the level drops considerably or you feel surges of resistance as you turn the wheel. Inspect level with every engine-oil change, top off as needed. Give it filtered air. Most often out of sight and out of mind, the air filter deserves better, and a place on your car part replacement calendar is a start. Try running with your hand over your mouth, and you’ll get an idea how much your engine depends on air. That air for the engine and airflow sensor still has to be free of contaminates, though, and that’s your air filter’s job. Be aware of manufacturer recommendations for replacing related airflow components like the PCV valve and oxygen sensor, if your car has them. Replace every 12 months, 12,000 miles or as needed. You need sparks. You can’t have an internal combustion engine without combustion, and spark plugs make it happen by firing up the mixture of air and fuel in each cylinder, either alone or in a pair. Cleaner-burning engines and advances in plug construction mean less maintenance and extended service, but they still need to be replaced. Whether or not they’ve reached their mileage limit, they (and the plug wires) could be to blame when mileage suffers, the engine runs poorly and you fail your emissions test. Replace every 30,000 to 100,000 miles. BC

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Business Courage

IFC sees huge opportunities in Nigeria’s healthcare sector

Monday, January 6, 2014

Letter to President Goodluck Jonathan




n International Finance Corporation (IFC) report has said that increasing demand for health services, including diagnostic treatment and care, presents a growing and untapped opportunity for investors in Nigeria’s health sector, The report is titled “Guide for Investors in Private Health Care in Emerging Markets,” states that with the private sector contributing over 60 per cent of health care services in Nigeria, the multi-billion dollar industry has continued to experience growth, driven by national economic development, rising consumer incomes and corresponding ability to pay for healthcare. Other factors are listed as population growth, extended life expectancy, shifting disease burden- which is growing in some areas, and the emergence of advanced medical treatments and technologies. The IFC report says that growth opportunities exist for health service providers, including large facilities that use cutting-edge technology and promote medical tourism; and high-efficiency hospitals that serve a range of income groups and medical professionals in solo practice. The report further identifies the private health sector as becoming patients’ preferred choice because of greater accessibility, a higher perceived quality of service, the continuity of care it offers, and the availability of drugs. An important indicator of the significance of an expanding private health care market, the report observes, is health expenditure data, which describes the volume of funds being channelled to the health sector from different sources, including private and out-of-pocket payments. “High out-of-pocket payments usually reflect a high level of market activity and private provision of health services, although user fees and payments also can be made to public-sector facilities. Out-of-pocket spending represents 80 percent or more of private health spending in some countries, including Nigeria, Guatemala and Vietnam,” the report

states. Although investors may seek to invest in the sector, a number of factors constrain investment and increase their perception of risk. According to the report, many financial institutions have not invested in the health sector due to limited information on size of the market, its financing needs, as well as the risks, opportunities, and trends. “Clinicians who do not have a business background often own health care businesses. Investors cite limited management capacity as a risk in the sector – and it is a key barrier to business growth. Many investors complain about the type of collateral that health service providers’ offer, including facilities and specialised medical equipment. “Due to the nature of the business, many health service providers require longer term investments, particularly in the case of equity or project financing for larger organisations such as hospitals” the report highlighted. It will be recalled that the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, in August 2012, inaugurated a ministerial committee to unlock the private sector’s investment into healthcare delivery and improve healthcare availability at tertiary level. The goal of the committee, chaired by Tony Elumelu, is to enhance the investment of the private sector in order to establish six international-standard hospitals and diagnostic centres in Nigeria by 2015. The timing of the committee’s formation, experts say, comes at a period when the country takes a critical look at the essential pillars for maintaining a robust health sector and seeking to explore essential requirements of attracting and sustaining appropriate private sector investment. This, in the long run would transform the healthcare system, since long-term sustainability of quality healthcare requires holistic considerations of the demand for and supply of healthcare delivery. BC

National Mirror

our Excellency, Greetings on the commencement of the New Year. Since this appears to be a season of letter writing, I thought that I may as well join the bandwagon given the circumstances in which we find ourselves today as a nation. In just about a week, we Nigerians should be celebrating 100 years of our existence as a nation. While it is obvious that much has changed since the dark days of Colonial rule, where Nigerians were second class citizens in their own country, many will argue still that today’s Nigeria is nothing near what even the Colonial masters and the arrowheads of the struggle for independence envisaged it would be. It is needless to highlight here our myriad challenges as they are well known, but the burden of leadership as you must have discovered by now is how to channel our God given resources, human and material, towards ensuring a better life for all, and not just a privileged few, as the case has been particularly in the past five decades or so. I believe that in spite of all the mistakes of the past, 2014 presents another opportunity for you to put your detractors to shame and demonstrate that you have the requisite will, capacity and indeed, the tenacity of purpose to make Nigeria work for us all. This of course will be most demonstrable within the economic space, because strange as it may sound to most of those who parade the gilded halls of power, acute poverty and deprivation is the reality for most Nigerians, yet we flaunt highly misleading statistics indicating economic growth, even prosperity. For you to really set the pace for lifting you compatriots out of this quagmire, you need to focus on just a few key areas. Remember that a strong economic scorecard is perhaps the best campaign strategy you can ever muster as 2015 approaches. In that light of course, I will implore you to see to it that the tensions within the polity, which are linked directly or indirectly to next year’s election, are sufficiently doused in order not to scare away investors. I don’t think you need any reminder about the implications of political instability for any economy. The little problem in Turkey has seen investors dumping that country bonds. About 70 per cent of portfolio holdings on the Nigeria Stock Exchange are held by offshore entities, which are ready to jump of the train if they feel insecure. Again, I guess Nigerians welcome your efforts at repositioning the power sector, by getting rid of the contraption called PHCN and getting private investors to run the show. However, it is obvious that these new owners need a lot of support in terms of regulation and possibly enhanced fiscal terms to get going. Government on its part must emplace the huge but necessary investments in the transmission system to make sense of it all. We do not want a re-

peat of the Christmas Day blackout we had last year, ever. Flowing from this is the wahala in the oil and gas sector. I would have thought that by now, you would have gone down to the Niger Delta to get your kinsmen to stop this oil theft “business”, that is now the biggest single risk to government revenue generation. This year, sir, you must take decisive action on this. Our external reserves are dwindling fast, real naira exchange rate in collapsing as a result of declining oil revenue and it gives you no credit that the best response your government can muster is to throw its hands up in the air and pretend to be helpless. The 150,000 barrels of crude oil stolen daily is not being carted away in jerry cans. North Korea’s Kim Jun Un had his uncle shot for attempting to corner state resources. It behoves you to do the needful, even if it means hurting your friends and relatives. Note also that gas pipelines are now being attacked by vandals looking for oil which will obviously frustrate current attempts to boost power supply. Of course, all of these point to the need for you to intensify efforts to diversify our economy away from chronic oil dependency since the security of output and prices cannot be guaranteed. Now, I come to what can truly make a change in this country, which is the railway system. I just wonder why you have not mustered the courage to move to repeal the useless Railway Act in order to allow private investors to enter this sector and reconfigure the transport system to facilitate mass movement of people and goods across a vast country such as ours. The multiplier effect will be enormous. Let us see your hand this year sir. Thankfully, we have seen some action in revamping the agriculture sector with now policy initiatives, especially those geared towards reducing our dependency on imports for basic such as rice, wheat and even fish, but we really need to sit down and see how China, for example was able to feed itself. We need to do more and talk less, sir. Finally, I will want you to address the corruption monster. Many have accused your government of being very corrupt and I have no reasons to disagree yet. Your handling of the Oduahgate scandal is indicative of the general body language concerning this, and I dare say if the EFCC cannot get funding to try cases, where are going? In any case, I sincerely hope that you will have the presence of mind to look into these few issues, even though I suspect that the race for 2015 will be uppermost of your mind now. You need to remember however that great leaders are not measured by how long they stayed in office, but by what they could achieve while holding the reins of power. Happy New Year and goodluck. BC Your friend BC Ayo

National Mirror

Business Courage

Monday, January 6, 2014

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NSE market indices grow by 0.54%


rading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Friday ended on a positive note as some blue chips recorded price gains. The All-share index appreciated by 221.99 points or 0.54 per cent to close at 41,450.48 from the 41,228.49 recorded on Thursday. Also, the market capitalisation, which opened at N13.194 trillion, appreciated by N71 billion or 0.54 per cent to close at N13.265 trillion. Total led the price gainers’ chart by N8.66 to close at N181.96 per share. Guinness followed with N1.91 to close at N237, while GTB grew by N1.13 to close at N28.88 per share. Union Dicon gained N1.11 to close at N12.08, while Nigerian Breweries rose by 99k to close at N166 per share. On the other hand, Con Oil led the losers’ chart by N6.61 to close at N61.32 per share. Mobil trailed with a loss of N2.90 to close at N115.70, while Cadbury lost N2 to close

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at N56.61 per share. Nascon lost 73k to close at N14.12, while Ashaka Cement dropped 71k to close at N21.17 per share. Sterling Bank remained the toast of investors, accounting for 99.91 million shares worth N252.74 million. Unity Bank came second with 63.34 million shares valued at N31.67 million, while Oando sold 49.08 million shares worth N1.38 million.

UBCAP accounted for 40.45 million shares valued at N98.65 million, while UBA traded 36.54 million shares worth N341.03 million. In all, the volume of shares traded rose by 7.16 per cent as investors exchanged 524.459 million shares worth N4.205 billion in 5,496 deals. This was against the 489.410 million shares valued at N3.931 billion traded in 3,695 deals on Thursday. BC

Dangote hits $22.9bn mark, records highest gain in Africa


liko Dangote, President of Dangote Group, one of the continent’s largest conglomerates is estimated to have added a whopping $9.2 billion in 2013, raising his networth to $22.9 billion. He remains the 30th-richest person in the world, according to Bloomberg, a global financial intelligence. Bloomberg,’s rating corroborated Forbes Africa, reporting that the cement tycoon made the biggest profit in the African continent in 2013. Dangote recorded his highest gain from Dangote Cement, which is the most capitalized company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, with a 74 per cent run-up over the last 365 days. However, according to Forbes most recent statistics, Dangote is now worth $22.9 billion, up from $12.8 billion at the end of December 2012. While still aggressively expanding his cement business within the African continent, Dangote made a bold move late last year when he ventured into petroleum refining business, signing a jumbo term loan agreement of $3.30 billion with a consortium of both international and local banks for the purpose of constructing the biggest Petroleum Oil Refinery & Petrochemical/ Fertilizer Plants in Nigeria. The plants, which will cost a total of $9 billion will generate up to 9,500 direct and 25,000

indirect jobs, in addition to reducing current volumes of refined fuel imports by around 50 per cent and effectively stopping the importation of fertilizer. The $9billion project will be financed by $3billion equity and $6billiion loan capital. The loan agreement signing between Dangote Group and a consortium of banks was the first tranche of loans secured by Dangote, comprising $3.3billion. This first facility was jointly co-ordinated by Standard Chartered Bank as the Global Coordinator, and Nigeria’s Guaranty Trust Bank Plc as the Local Coordinator. With the refining capacity expected to reach 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day and producing a variety of refined fuel products from local crude resources, Nigeria will cut its current volumes of imported fuel products by a massive 50 per cent. The 2.8 million tons of urea will be channeled into growing the local agriculture sector which is essential in producing healthy crops and promoting Nigeria and West Africa’s agricultural development. The Petrochemical plant will also produce Polypropylene which is a common component of most plastic and fabric products, for example it is used in various forms of packaging, ropes and agro-sacks. Dangote had explained that the plant will further entrench

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Africa’s role on the global map as not only a valued contributor for natural resources, but also a competent manufacturer of refined products and fertilizer. “As a result, several African nations will be less reliant on importing fuel and fertilizer from foreign markets, reducing the negative impact of negotiating terms within increasingly turbulent international markets.” According to him, the refinery will further create some thousands of job opportunities both direct and indirect and will trickle down to every family and reduce unemployment in the country. He stated that the Dangote Group would be ready to delve into sectors that are capable of generating the much needed jobs and urged other investors to have abiding faith in the nation’s economy. BC










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Business Courage

Monday, January 6, 2014

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STOCKWATCH Stock Exchange weekly equities summary as at Friday, Jan 03, 2014 SECURITY



NOTE NT=Not Traded on 03-01-14





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


0.10 2.29 7.55

MOV. (%)

N/A 2.35 2.63


83,200 284,365 202,376

0.64 107.81 41.14

0.50 20.92 8.24

NT 43.00 38.00















140,150 200 1,327 22,508,312 317,399

2.08 6.43 5.89 5.89 71.10

0.71 4.15 1.07 0.50 28.00

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

0.11 0.16 1.09 0.09 4.38


NT 4.15 1.17 4.61 67.00

20 3

26.00 95.49

5.05 95.49

148,500,000 196,876,000

0.33 4.50



1,072,377 3

2.66 14.46

0.72 14.46

920,573,765 125,000,000

0.00 0.00


1.14 NT

69,967 666

83.75 10.60

19.86 6.61

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

6.74 1.69

4.77 N/A

69.00 NT

NT 506,761

7.28 19.25

7.28 8.82


0.00 2.20

N/A 6.89

NT 18.43

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










4,000 10,082 428,969 244,586 31,000 573,126 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 1.72 N/A N/A 1.22 N/A

16.91 NT 233.00 29.09 4.60 164.00 NT








NT 516,180 3,435,623 437,856 6,406,786 59,670 19,000 1,380,899 124,000 68,000 124,000

0.50 10.68 12.85 109.24 3.74 1.21 29.70 14.00 5.94 0.93 6.83

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 4.40 5.61 0.07 6.44 N/A N/A 0.93 N/A -1.41 N/A

NT 9.31 11.22 87.00 3.57 NT 23.16 13.99 NT 0.71 11.00

875,588 45,501

64.53 1250.00

8.33 400.00

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

1.57 28.34

-7.01 -1.50

60.88 1,200.00

NT NT 654,214 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 3.41 N/A

NT NT 4.69 1.73

561,677 102,756

56.00 76.00

21.02 27.60

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

1.34 1.42

5.89 0.00

35.65 53.80








4,518,486 5,889,711 676,336 8,134,908 NT 7,366,035 12,274,903 99,911,451 36,540,169 1,719,774 63,335,184 11,566,621 16,621,028

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

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

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

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

2.21 3.56 3.03 5.38 #VALUE! 6.96 6.41 2.46 17.99 7.87 0.00 9.24 6.81

9.49 7.30 16.50 2.60 NT 27.00 4.21 2.44 7.95 9.27 0.50 1.19 23.50

1,000 6,805,736 NT 500 89,248 500 9,054,578 31,104,000 NT 150 20 NT 1,890,677 NT 20,000 7,954 300 89,200 3,000 16,506,501 1,250,000 5,700,000 3,691,231 5,000 315,000 200 73,335,232 9,000 800 100,000 15,000 5,121,273

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 3.31 N/A 30.88 N/A N/A 15.00 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


4,100 650,000

6.60 1.22

0.00 0.72

345 200 17,000 400,000 368,750

1.65 0.50

1.37 0.50

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

0.03 0.02


0.50 0.99

0.50 0.50

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

0.30 0.00


9,705,096 NT 37,500 16,366,481 14,105,829 NT 100 9,889,975 729,186 40,450,331

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


NT 0.50















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 0.84 NT 0.50 1.18 0.57 2.06 NT NT NT NT NT 0.56 NT NT NT 0.50 2.42 NT 0.68 NT NT 0.60 0.50 NT NT 0.50 NT NT NT NT 1.01 NT 0.75

N/A N/A 0.62 N/A N/A N/A 5.47

NT 0.50 1.50 NT 0.5 2.88 NT NT 16.19 3.81 NT NT 0.51 20.48 1.72









MOV. (%)

2,927,277 64,723 285,984 953,812 2,195 4,500

2.50 69.00 3.38 1.76 8.59 3.50

0.61 18.97 1.23 0.58 7.36 1.83

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

0.24 3.07 0.09 0.00 0.00 0.00

-1.72 -0.73 23.33 37.14 N/A N/A

2.90 68.50 2.10 1.05 NT 1.85























200 613 19,717

18.70 2.94

13.12 2.07

108,000,000 492,825,600

0.00 0.03


5.85 16.83 NT

4,000 100

0.50 4.97

0.50 3.13

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

0.04 0.04


0.50 2.56








NT 225,000 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


NT 2.60 NT

2,500 526,938 320,587 59,931 502,212 159,498 16,654 250,000 380,000 110,813 100,000 168,000 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 5.85 5.00 0.00 7.51 3.38 N/A N/A N/A 0.00 N/A N/A N/A

NT 20.00 8.00 48.45 10.78 212.80 NT 0.50 NT 115.00 NT 5.50 NT

NT 280,000 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 11.73 N/A N/A

NT 1.79 NT NT

NT 1,000 138,381 130 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


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




8.69 0.14

8.26 0.14

265,409,280 2,918,000

0.00 0.00



25,000,000 683,974,528








NT 100

7.75 12.39

7.75 10.55

75,600,000 100,000,000

0.00 0.24










NT 43,412

3.22 1.38

3.22 0.67

50,000,000 220,000,000

0.04 0.00

















NT 10,000 102,500 2,963,869 852,364 23,525 100 33,430

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 -9.73 17.76 -14.46 -1.11 N/A 7.04

NT NT 67.93 4.28 108.30 117.00 54.44 170.00





















3,920 50,000

5.10 3.45

2.19 0.73

589,496,310 198,819,763

0.52 0.00

1.19 N/A

4.21 1.14















1,000 258,667 260 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 -1.33 N/A #VALUE!

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10,000 176,800 100 137,958

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


2.55 NT NT 3.98








5,530 108,530

5.15 1.88

4.90 0.80

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

0.00 0.00



233,359 1,597,005

5.90 8.81

1.27 5.08

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

0.50 0.43

N/A 0.99

3.20 6.08











































NT 2,000 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





















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“A company is a legal person, but it is inanimate. It has got no personal feeling of grief or distress. A company can only be injured as to its earnings and not as to its feelings.” –JUSTICE ALFA BELGORE, FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE OF NIGERIA

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2014: SANs, others seek independent, corrupt-free judiciary As Nigerians usher in 2014, the cream of the legal profession in the country craves for a more independent and impartial judiciary that will uphold the rule of law at all times. WALE IGBINTADE and KENNY ODUNUKAN highlight further that lawyers expect to see a disciplined and corrupt- free judiciary in the New Year.

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he role of the judiciary in the country is derived from the 1999 Constitution. Section 6 (b) of the constitution (as amended) provides that; ‘’The judicial powers shall extend, to all matters between persons, or between government or authority and to any persons in Nigeria, and to all actions and proceedings relating thereto, for the determination of any question as to the civil rights and obligations of that person’’. Indeed, the country’s constitution guarantees the independence of the Judiciary. Therefore, in the exercise of their judicial powers under the Constitution, the courts in Nigeria are expected to take into consideration the expectations of the people. Also, it is not out of place that judicial decisions would shape the character of government policies and foster a harmonious relationship between the state and the people. As the country ushers in the year 2014, expectations are high among senior legal practitioners as they called for a more efficient

and pragmatic judiciary. Notable lawyers who spoke with the National Mirror included, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Prof. Fidelis Oditah (SAN), Chief Ladi Williams (SAN), Dr. Abiodun Layonu (SAN) among others. In his view, a former Dean, University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Sagay said, ‘’I have a positive attitude towards 2014.I expect a great year for all judicial officers and other officers at the temple of justice. I expect all the judicial officers to be disciplined and perform their jobs accordingly. I also believe the National Judicial Council (NJC) will monitor all judges because it will make them sit tight. I expect

generally a fruitful year. On the other hand, Prof. Oditah, (SAN) said the judiciary in 2014 should have a more efficient case management, should be less corrupt and should be disciplined. He said ‘’my expectations of the judiciary in 2014 are diligence, honesty, independence and impartiality. I would like to see more efficient case management, less corruption, more disciplined, and no absenteeism due to seminars, conferences, parties and the like during term. I would also hope that they understand the overriding need for swift conduct of trials, as opposed to the current system where some trials that should



take no more than two days to conclude anywhere else go on for years and the Judge takes even longer to write the judgement by asking counsel to re-adopt closed submissions endlessly’’. For Chief Williams: ‘’I expect the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar to continue with her reforms with vigour although they appear to be slowed down recently. He observed that in her few years as the CJN, ‘’she has done tremendous job and because she will be retiring by October 2014, I expect her to finish on the strong foundation she has laid. Before she came in, judiciary was in a state of mess but her timely intervention has turned around things. I hope the judiciary will be a great pride for all by the time she is leaving in 2014.’’ Former Solicitor- General of Lagos State, Mr. Fola ArthurWorrey said: ‘’I would like see a more efficiently managed judiciary in terms of infrastructure and registries, that it should be less indulgent of delays, especially delays in filing necessary motions/appeals, that it imposes more punitive costs and starts to apply real time management for cases’’. According to him, the only delays should be in finding dates CONTINUED ON PAGE 44


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Political interference‘ll weaken EFCC’s Chief Felix Fagbohungbe is a Lagos-based Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who is versed in company and commercial laws. In this interview with KENNY ODUNUKAN, he speaks on Nigeria’s judiciary, criminal prosecution and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s performances after 10 years, among other issues Excerpts: What is your view on the performance of the Judiciary in the 2013? Well, generally the Judiciary has been doing very well under the present leadership of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mukhtar. The performance is generally good even though the volume of cases in all the courts right from the high court to the Supreme Court is so much. It is necessary that a lot more judges are appointed, particularly in the Court of Appeal. The present CJN has carried out some landmark reforms that have however raised the standards of the justice system in the country. Lagos judicial division and also some other judicial divisions should have more judges added to them. If judges are inadequate and the workload is much, definitely the quality of judgements delivered on the Bench will be affected. This is also because the judges will be placed under immense pressure and would also not have quality time to consider the matter placed before them. So, it is necessary that we appoint more judges in the Court of Appeal and in the Federal High Court also. This is the only way you can enhance the performance of judges at all levels of court. I also need to commend the indefatigable efforts of all judges for working so hard even when the conditions of services are not favourable. I must also say there is a need to improve their conditions of service. The way forward for our country’s Judiciary is to ensure that our justice service delivery system is raised to the optimum level. What is your comment on the Supreme Court’s recent acquittal of Chief Bode George? The Supreme Court is the court of final decision; it is the final authority in hierarchy of the court of law. There are

five justices at the Supreme Court that will look at a matter, prior then, three justices will look at the matter at the Court of Appeal and one judge will sit on the matter at the High court. When you look at it thoroughly, there are eminent jurists at the Supreme Court who have the experience, knowledge and exposure than any level of court of law. So from their wealth of experience and pool of knowledge, they will judiciously sit on a matter and give a clear and well considered verdict .However, it is crucial to state that the mere fact that the Court of Appeal and the high court saw it differently does not mean that they have not done a good job, it is just the perception and manner in which they interpret the law. Of course what the Supreme Court is saying essentially as to Bode George’s trial is that the offence in which he was convicted is not known to our country’s law. Take for example in international law, contract splitting may be an offence but it is not domesticated here. The Supreme Court however is not trying to justify the act of contract splitting but rather saying that it does not constitute a criminal offence under our law. Albeit, in our country’s various ministries, there is a kind of policy and guideline that contract splitting is prohibited. If you look at the Federal Government’s policy on various ministries, contract splitting is not allowed, there is a regulation against it. It thus say however that for them to have split contract as at that time, what it mean is that they have only violated the guideline and policies of the Federal Government and therefore that will only attract administrative sanction . So it should be made clear that the mere fact that they split contract does not mean they have not done any wrong. That wrong however is not known to our criminal law but it is mere violation of

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administrative policy. Therefore they can only be sanctioned; either they were removed or some other administrative sanctions that can follow the breach of the regulation of the law. How will you assess the EFCC after 10 years of existence? I think generally EFCC is an anti- graft agency that is doing a great task to combat economic and financial crimes in the country. The Commission has been having a positive and good impact in the control of crime, there is no doubt about that. What I feel can be wrong with that commission is the leadership. The question is: Is there any interference in the executive managing EFCC at present? Interference is the only reason why EFCC may be ineffective. All hands must be put on deck to ensure that there are no interferences whatsoever in the performance of EFCC’s duties. Political inferences will weaken EFCC’s performance.


Another reason for ineffectiveness is when they employ double standards, when “A” commits crime, you prosecute him, but if it is “B” you look away, that is the only reason. Of course, the rationale behind the establishment of EFCC is very good and noble too. That is the reason why many people look at EFCC and become scared. Some people are very much afraid at the mention of the name of EFCC. We may not be able to see the impact of EFCC physically but I tell you the commission has reduced crimes in the country but the appointment of EFCC’s officials must be transparent with no interference. There will be challenges when they are willing to work but the government is interfering and if the government is using them for ulterior motives, the commission will not be effective. There are so many people who have committed offences and the whole world believes that they should be arrested and prosecuted. If they are not arrested, you know then double standards is at play. Another thing is that the commission should be properly funded to enable it perform its job optimally. What is your view on former President Obasanjo’s letter to President Jonathan? My personal opinion is that I do not agree with a good number of people who say that because of the attitude of Chief Obasanjo, his antecedents and stance on some issues in the past, he does not have the stand to talk. I believe the per-

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performance –Fagbohungbe I CAN TELL THAT THE SURE-P IS AN ABERRATION, IT IS AN UNNECESSARY PROJECT the sacked bank Managing Directors for lack of jurisdiction by a Lagos High Court, What is your take on this? Yes, I understand the EFCC has filed an appeal at the Supreme Court. You can see the way Bode George’s case has turned out to be. That particular judgement is developing our law. The issue you raised is more of a technical one. Matters pertaining to sale of shares are exclusively dealt with by the Federal High Court. The issue we are contending with relates to stealing. So whether it is stealing of shares or not, the state high court also has exclusive jurisdiction on stealing and this is under Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL) Law of Lagos state. So whether it should be heard by state high court or not, the Supreme Court is in the position to give us the final verdict on that soon. The Supreme Court will soon decide whether it is the subject-matter or the act of stealing that should determine the jurisdiction. But at the moment, the Court of Appeal has said it is the subject-matter but let’s wait for the Supreme Court verdict.

son must be separated from the issues. What we should concentrate on is not the person of Obasanjo, whether he has done something right or wrong or not in the past, we should address the issues raised in the letter. Are you now going to say the issues raised should not be talked about? It is just like a Yoruba proverb that says instead of punishing a thief for stealing, you then begins to blame the owner saying, why should he keep his property at a particular place where it could be stolen? They are just playing on politics and sentiments as regards the letter. We should address the contents of the letter. The issues in the letter affect the entire Nigerians. Let us address Obasanjo’s message, not the messenger. What is your take on the national conference proposed by President Jonathan? Well, he is the Head of State in Nigeria; we have given him the mandate to run the affairs of the country. If in his own wisdom he thinks that national conference will help Nigeria based on the mandate given to him, let it be. We will all be around to watch the development, we will see. Anybody who disagrees as to how certain things are done, let him go to the conference and disagree and argue his point. The president has the right to convey any conference. I think it will provide a platform for everyone to express their opinions. Recently, the Court of Appeal struck out a suit initiated by EFCC against one of

Some SANs have been accused of manipulating judicial system in favour their clients, what is your take on this? Well, I have been involved in these kind of proceedings before. All I will say is that the law of the land does not want an innocent person to suffer. The constitution abhors injustice. The procedure is there, section 40 of the EFCC Act does not allow certain things. Even the criminal law laid down some procedures. My take is that if it is the right of any accused person to file application, of course, he should file the application, because lawyers are there to defend their clients and get them free within the position of the law. That is my position but if you know that a court has no jurisdiction to sit over a matter, why should you as a lawyer allow such court to adjudicate over the matter? Normally, all courts want to protect their jurisdiction but when the law does not permit them to sit over matters, you cannot adjudicate. If a lawyer sees that a particular court has no jurisdiction to sit over his matter, he has the right to file an application. It is also within the knowledge of EFCC or prosecutor to file a matter in an appropriate court. It is not the fault of the defence at all. If you go to a wrong court; the defence lawyer will not allow you because it would lead to injustice to his client. If however as a result of approaching a wrong court, the defence filed an application and the matter is a bit delayed, you should not blame the defence for the delay but the prosecution.

Some lawyers have advocated that the number of SANs appointed yearly should be increased. Do you support this? In those days, they might not even confer on anybody in a year because the LPPC has to confer the rank on distinguished lawyers who have attained distinction in practice, they don’t just give it to anybody. So the number does not matter, even if they appoint only one, it does not matter. They have to protect this prestigious rank. If they discover that 50 0r 100 people meet the requirement, then they should give them. There are those who are calling for appointment of SANs as judges of the higher Bench. Do you share this view? I am part of the committee that was saddled with the responsibility to look into the matter at the Body of Senior Advocates. The position we are considering is that distinguished SANs should be considered for appointment into the Supreme Court. This is because of various SANs’ wealth of experience; they will look at issues from the various aspects of the practitioners’ angles. Before you can become a justice of the Supreme Court, you must have practiced for 15 years and there is no SAN that won’t meet the conditions of 15 years of practice. He would also meet the sufficient experience required. I believe SANs will contribute tremendously to the quality of judgements that will also come out of the Supreme Court. The Nigerian Gays are increasingly agitating for their rights to engage in homosexuality in Nigeria, although the National Assembly has passed a bill prohibiting the act, what is your view on the trend? Law itself emanated from natural principles. Most Nigerians are Christians and Muslims. If you look at the Bible, it is clearly written that such act is an abomination; an act against the law of God. So no Christian should partake in



something that is unholy. For Muslims too, it is also an abomination in the Koran, the Muslims too will not participate in such things. The traditionalists also will not engage in such things, in fact homosexuality is one the most abominable things in African culture. So it is not part of African culture, so there is no way the rights of gay can be accepted. May be if they go abroad where it is acceptable, they can find a headway. When the bill against gay marriages is passed into law, and the president signs it, it will be an offence that will carry 7-14 years jail sentence in Nigeria. We cannot afford to emulate the western ways of life in this aspect. What are your expectations in the year 2014? 2014 is a pre-election year. In 2014, a lot of developments will be seen across our nation. There will be a lot of political upheavals in the 2014.The trend in the House of Representatives recently may lead to leadership change in 2014. The same thing could happen in the Senate. Therefore, it will be very easy to impeach the president if the House wants to do so. The more reason I said there will be political upheavals. What can you say about the controversies surrounding Sure-P funds and alleged missing N50 billion excess crude oil? I can categorically say that all is not well with the management of our funds. The Minister of Finance in recent times has not done so well. I am not really impressed with her performance these days. The Minister has given most Nigerians a reason to doubt her person. I can tell that the Sure-P is an aberration, it is an unnecessary project. All accrued income should go to federation account, why are we creating a committee that will not impact on the economy? I only pity Dr Christopher Kolade, who is a man of pure impeccable character .Dr Kolade is the only person i can vouch for in that committee and i am not impressed at all with this second coming of Minister of Finance. My prayer is that our country change for better in the years to come.


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‘NJC should monitor judges, curb their excesses’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 41 for trials, not in the trials themselves, stressing that any system of justice administration that cannot predict or estimate, in a general sense, and barring a few exceptions, how long a case will last is a badly managed system. “We should not sacrifice speed and efficiency on the altar of fair hearing, where the system is supposed to bend over backwards to accommodate parties and counsel rather than the other way round. Parties and counsel must adjust to the court system since it is funded from the public purse and speedy justice is a matter of public policy. We also need to reduce the need for adjournments to write rulings on procedural or evidential issues during trials. Judges must be knowledgeable enough to immediately issue short and succinct rulings while the appellate courts can fully examine the decisions and hear counsel on the issues in the substantive appeal. There should be less scope for interlocutory appeals and appeals that have obviously no merit. The screening filters must be more robust,’’ he added. Dr. Layonu said he would like to see a quick dispensation of justice in the administration of criminal justice in the country. “I expect that whatever resources that will enhance quicker administration of justice will be put in place. I also expect in the year of 2014, justice will be administered according to the law at all levels of our court in the country. In his view, human rights lawyer, Mr.



ustice Bolarinwa Oyegoke Babalakin is a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Though retired, the 86 year- old jurist still enjoys sound health and he is intellectually and mentally alert on issues pertaining to legal discourse in the society. He has been variously described as an enigma, a uniquely created man and one of the first generation of lawyers produced in the South West and in this part of the world. The jurist has a lot of clouts around him and he is known by all as a disciplined, highly respected man of his time. Babalakin was not only well educated, he is imbued with the spirit of wisdom of the Solomonic dimension. Justice Babalakin, is said to be an incurable stickler for time. Though he belonged to the conservative class of jurists while on the Bench, he was nevertheless firm in his pronouncements. Shortly after his retirement, he continued to render selfless service in the country when the Federal Government appointed him to head the Review Committee that re-examined the report of the Justice Kayode Eso panel on corruption in the judiciary.





Bamidele Aturu wants the CJN to send a clear signal to other justices on the need to sit promptly by 9 am.

According to him “They need to sit promptly by 9: am in all our courts. And if they are not going to sit, they need to inform litigants and lawyers well ahead of time. So, that people will not travel from all over the places only to discover that the judges would not be sitting”. Aturu also advocated the need for judges to be courteous adding that ‘’some

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judges behave as if they are overlords’’. He criticised his colleagues who are in the habit of prolonging cases and seeking adjournments intermittently just to waste the time of the court and he argued that ’no case should last longer than nine months.’’ He said: “This attitude is discouraging the so- called call for foreign investments that government is clamouring for. In 2014, I want to see a judiciary that is vibrant, efficient and focused. The judiciary should give decisions that discourage corruption; the judiciary must deal with cases involving corruption expeditiously, and those found guilty should be given maximum sentence, that is the only way the judiciary.’’ Another lawyer, Mr. ‘Lekan Alabi said, “as a stakeholder in the judicial arm of government, I urge our judges to assert their constitutionally guaranteed independence; to dispense justice expeditiously without fear or favour and most importantly not to act as junior partners to the other two arms of government.” There is no doubt that the country’s judiciary under the CJN’s leadership has an enviable challenge to adopt a firm stance in order to live up to the expectations of Nigerians. As the CJN herself rightly admitted last November while swearing-in Justice John Inyang Okoro as a Justice of the Supreme Court, “A firm stance will enable the judiciary earn credibility, promote justice, foster peace, contribute to societal recovery and most importantly promote the rule of law.” It is hoped that the country’s judiciary will live up to this billing in this New Year in a bid to restore its fading glory.

Babalakin, quintessential jurist from Gbongan In his review of Eso’s report, for instance, he strenuously asserted the fairness of the procedure that confirmed the Eso Panel’s indictment of a number of judges including a former Chief Judge of Abuja High Court, Justice Dahiru Saleh. Babalakin had stated clearly at different forum that what delayed the implementation of Eso panel’s report were some political and personal interests. Although Babalakin hails from Gbongan in Osun State, he had a humble beginning growing up in Ile-Ife, the cradle of Yorubaland. He attended the famous Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife. Shortly after completing his secondary education, he nursed the idea of travelling abroad for greener pastures. He eventually travelled to United Kingdom to study Law. That was the beginning of his rewarding and fulfilling judicial career. One of his outstanding pronouncements on the Bench was made in the


case of Ukaegbu. & ors v. Ugoji & ors (1991), Justice Babalakin states: “In my view a plea of res judicata will

arise where the plaintiff who is pleading the previous judgment was the plaintiff in the said previous judgment or his privy in title were plaintiffs in the previous judgment relied upon.” Per Babalakin, J.S.C. (P. 18, paras. C-D) Interestingly too, notable among the publications written in Babalakin’s honour included “The Law in His Hands”, a collection of the judgements of Hon. Justice Bolarinwa Babalakin. He was awarded among others, the national award of Commander of the Order of Niger, CON. Perhaps, it must be stated that retired Justice Babalakin has the privilege of being honoured at the first Justice Bolarinwa Oyegoke Babalakin Annual Lecture on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Liberation Chambers of the Faculty of Law of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife on September 24, 2011.



Police Bail: •Where a suspect is in police custody, the suspects’ lawyer or his relative may apply for bail in writing to the police officer in charge of the station. •The lawyer or relative should arrange a surety who will be required to enter into a bond with a passport photograph. Court Bail: •A suspect who has been refused bail by the police can apply to the Magistrate or High Court for bail by filing the motion for bail.

•Application for bail where an accused person has been brought to court is normally made orally where he is represented by a lawyer. •In rare instances, the court will ask the applicant or his lawyer to file a summons for bail. •Once a bail is granted by the court, the accused person should fulfill the bail conditions. Any person who is a surety may apply to the court to be discharged. Written by Francis Famoroti, Head, Judiciary. We welcome feedback and reactions from readers via our e-mail:

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NBA suit: How Gani tackled F.R.A Williams, two other SANs Thirty years ago, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) at its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Jos in April 1984 barred its members from appearing before the Special Military Tribunals (SMTs). In his display of revolutionary spirit, Lagos lawyer, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi defied this directive and he challenged the legality of the NBA’s decision at a Lagos High Court. FRANCIS FAMOROTI, Head, Judiciary highlights the exciting aspects of the legal duel.



ate fiery lawyer, Gani Fawehinmi was always excited during his lifetime to lock horns in legal battle with those who have attained the peak of the legal profession, especially the Senior Advocates of Nigeria. Far back forty five years ago when he began his legal practice, the deceased activist had had cause to appear in a number of celebrated cases in the country. He had also exhibited his legal wits during occasional encounters in the courts with many erudite lawyers in the country. Indeed, the late controversial lawyer had a memorable legal battle with the late doyen of the Bar, Chief F.R.A Williams and two other SANs, late Mr. Kehinde Sofola and late Chief E.A Molajo, over the constitutionality of the NBA directive. This epochal case in which the legal titans clashed is known as Gani Fawehinmi .v. NBA (1). In this case, Fawehinmi had dragged the NBA to court in 1984 over the association’s decision directing lawyers to boycott the SMTs established by the military regime. To the Ondo-born late activist, he had a constitutional duty to his client. As a result, he shunned the NBA’s order and appeared for his client, Col. Peter Obasa (rtd), a former DirectorGeneral of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), then standing trial before the tribunal. Distinctly defiant, the late activist subsequently instituted an action against the NBA, the General Council of the Bar (GCB) and three elders of the Bar including, Williams. Specifically, Fawehinmi had asked the court to determine whether his appearance before the SMT Lagos zone was legally and professionally justifiable within the context of the 1979 Constitution as affected by Decree No 1 of 1984, the LPC 1975 and the rules of professional conduct in the legal profession made by the GCB. He also prayed the court to declare that the decision of the NBA taken at its NEC meeting in April 1984 and ratified and at an emergency meeting on May 8, 1984 in Lagos that its members must not appear before the SMTs established under Decree No 3 of 1984 was unconstitutional, illegal, null and void. Fawehinmi’s famous bravery was traceable to his paternal forebears, particularly his late grandfather, late Lisa Alujonnu (invisible spirit), who was said to have been loved by the Ondo people because of his courage, acclaimed bravery and steadfastness. At the hearing of the case, Fawehinmi represented himself while Williams led Sofola and Molajo for the NBA and the


GCB. Indeed, “Timi the Law” as Williams was fondly called demonstrated an impassioned zeal for the legal profession at the time while Fawehinmi equally exhibited his legal wits and crusading spirit as an activist lawyer. It was usually a dramatic session on each hearing date during the 1984 case. At every proceedings that Fawehinmi and Williams appeared against each other and the latter cited foreign authorities, Fawehinmi would urge him to stop the circuitous voyage round the globe when there were enough authorities of the Supreme Court of Nigeria that could be used. To borrow the late activist’s words, which he often said in court “My Lord, my learned friend has embarked on a voyage of discovery. There is no need going to Australia, India and United Kingdom in search of legal authorities, we have the authorities here that can be cited.” By the time Fawehinmi rounded up his submission in his finesse, Williams would chip in and seek the attention of the judges “We know he is not talking to your Lordship. He’s talking to his friends (pointing to the press gallery)”. Williams would often say Fawehinmi was fond of making speeches that might make headlines for tabloids. Sofola too would jokingly align with foremost lawyer’s position. Interestingly, Fawehinmi at a point had to ask the court to restrain Williams, Sofola and Molajo from representing the NBA on the ground that their appearance for the association was improper, unprofessional, dishonourable and dishonest. The then Lagos Chief Judge, Justice Candide Ademola Johnson on July 19, 1985, apparently granted Fawehinmi’s application for an injunction restraining the three SANs from appearing for themselves.

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The SANs appealed against the ruling to the Court of Appeal and the Appellate Court on March 13, 1986 allowed the appeal and set aside the order of injunction. The panel of appellate court were, Justices Phillip Nnaemeka-Agu, Idris Kutigi and Kolawole. The appeal court affirmed that the NBA was not a juristic person and as such could not be sued legally in its name. It then struck out the action. Being a lawyer, who would not easily give up the legal battle, Fawehinmi headed for the Supreme Court. Waxing truculent, he argued in his appeal that the role played by the three SANs was against the spirit of the Rules of Professional Conduct in the legal profession. He submitted that Williams could not appear for the NBA while Sofola also could not appear for Williams and Molajo. Williams had submitted that the issues formulated by Fawehinmi were merely academic. Stating that Fawehinmi’s arguments were misconceived, he urged the court to hold that three leading lawyers were entitled to address the court in their capacities as legal practitioners briefed to represent the respondents. Sofola lent his voice that he saw nothing embarrassing or contrary to all known canons of administering justice for a legal practitioner to address the court on behalf of himself from the bar. Friday, the 14th day of April 1989 was the judgement date before their Lordships of the Supreme Court. The unanimous lead judgement was read by Justice Andrews Otutu Obaseki. Other justices on the panel included, Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, Saidu Kawu, Chukwudifu Oputa, and Abdulganiyu Agbaje. According to Obaseki, “the issue raised before us is whether learned SANs should be allowed to appear on




behalf of the NBA, from the Bar, and robed, rather than from the well of the court, and without their wigs and gowns, since they also are parties to the appeal. The appellant has failed to point to any rules of professional etiquette that would affect their duty as counsel to the court or bring the appearance of learned SANs from the bar in conflict.” Justice Obaseki declared that ‘’It has not been shown that the conduct of 2nd, 3rd and 4th Respondents is or will be prejudicial to the interest of justice. A legal practitioner cannot be deprived of his rights and privileges by a mere allegation that he is a party when there is no claim or cause of action against him or a proved allegation of infamous conduct in a professional respect. It was for the reasons stated above that I overruled the objection and called on Chief F. R. A. Williams, S.A.N. and Kehinde Sofola, S.A.N. to address the Court as counsel in reply to the arguments of Chief Gani Fawehinmi in the appeal. I do not consider it inequitable in a civil case for him to remain at the Bar with his robes or even when he is the litigant. I dismiss the appellant’s objection.”

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Court orders Twitter to remove ‘sexual’ impersonation of Irish teacher


Ex-Pakistan president suffers ‘heart problem’ on way to court PAKISTAN


akistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf is in hospital after his lawyers said he suffered chest pains on his way to court for his treason trial. BBC report says that the 70-year-old was transferred to the Armed Forces Cardiology Hospital in Rawalpindi and is undergoing tests. It is the third time the former president has failed to appear in court following two previous security scares. The treason charges relate to his decision in 2007 to suspend the constitution and impose emergency rule. Musharraf denies the charges and says all the accusations against him are politically motivated. He is the first former military ruler to face trial for treason in Pakistan, which has a history of army rule. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to death or life in prison. Musharraf is a keen swimmer and former commando thought to be fit for his age. There has been no word from doctors on his condition. Security around the hospital in Rawalpindi is tight and all entry points closed to the public, witnesses say. The former general’s lawyers had earlier told the special court trying him for treason in Islamabad that he would probably appear before it, as ordered on Thursday. But his heavily guarded motorcade was diverted

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to nearby Rawalpindi and one of his lawyers, Khalid Ranjha, said he had developed a “heart problem”. The BBC report says many people view the reports of his illness with scepticism, as they do the security scares which his defence team say prevented him from appearing in court on 1 January and 24 December. The defence team is arguing that Musharraf cannot get a fair trial in Pakistan because current Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is “biased” against their client. Musharraf seized power from Sharif in a coup in 1999. He remained president until 2008, when a democratically elected government forced him to resign. He left the country soon afterwards to live in selfimposed exile in Dubai and London. On his return to Pakistan in March 2013, Musharraf hoped he could lead his party into elections but was disqualified from standing.



High Court judge in Dublin has ordered Twitter International to remove from the internet “grossly defamatory and offensive sexually related pictures and tweets” about an Irish schoolteacher. According to BBC, Justice Michael White ordered Twitter International, which has its registered address at Pearse Street, Dublin, to immediately take down the offensive material contained in a profile associated with a woman in Co Kildare, currently home for Christmas from Abu Dhabi where she teaches. White said the court would make no comment on the liability of Twitter which had previously indicated it simply facilitates members of the public to engage in discourse over the internet. Twitter had denied liability for posting of the pictures and tweets. The judge told counsel that while the proceedings had been heard in public he would direct that the profile

complained of should not be identified by the media. The complainant said in a sworn affidavit that a friend had told her on December 17 last that there was profile on Twitter apparently connected with her and featuring a series of sexually explicit and offensive photographs and commentary about her and her mother. She said a descriptive caption with the profile stated: “Horny Irish bi, living it up in Abu Dhabi, love, sex and everything kinky.” A photograph of her, posted in August last, was accompanied by the comment: “Going out tonight to get fucked, what do ye think?” Pictures of her mother in a bathing suit had also been posted. “All the photographs of me and my mother are in amongst a thread of other posts and comments which feature sexually explicit material with many closeup images of the female anatomy,” she stated. She told the judge she had not created or had anything to do with the profile which was causing her a great deal

of distress and alarm. She was worried about the damage the grossly defamatory profile page could do to her reputation and future employment prospects. “The comments-thread makes reference to Abu Dhabi where I live and work and to my return trip to Ireland for Christmas on December 14 last and to my mother’s age, so whoever is posting the material about me must clearly be known to me and doing so for a malicious purpose,” she said. She said that both she

and her solicitor had reported an impersonation violation to Twitter International and had asked Twitter to immediately suspend the profile from the internet. As of today, the profile remained up on Twitter. White said he had no doubt that the profile site was totally defamatory of the complainant and the court felt it should have been taken down as a matter of urgency in view of the particular content. This had not happened to date.

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BAR JOKES You’ve changed my mind

Lawyer: “Now that you have been acquitted, will you tell me truly? Did you steal the car?” Client: “After hearing your amazing argument in court this morning, I’m beginning to think I didn’t.”

Unreasonable bill

A client who felt his legal bill was too high asked his lawyer to itemize costs. The statement included this item: “Was walking down the street and saw you on the other side. Walked to the corner to cross at the light, crossed the street and walked quickly to catch up with you. Got close and saw it wasn’t you. -$50.00.”

Last minute requests

A man woke up in a hospital bed and called for his doctor. He asked, “Give it to me straight. How long have I got?” The physician replied that he doubted that the man would survive the night. The man then said, “Call for my lawyer.” When the lawyer arrived, the man asked for his physician to stand on one side of the bed, while the lawyer stood on the other. The man then laid back and closed his eyes. When he remained silent for several minutes, the physician asked what he had in mind. The man replied “Jesus died with a thief on either side. I just thought I’d check out the same way.” Culled from Musharraf

Anyalewa Onoja-I was nervous


y first solo appearance was before Justice Mufutau Olokoba of a Lagos High Court, Tafawa Balawa Square (TBS). I was instructed by my principal to move an application in a civil matter. The opposing counsel was absent and that gave room for the application to be unopposed. I stood up and moved

the application; however the judge asked a question on the processes filed by the opposing counsel. I was so nervous to be appearing alone. Immediately I was asked the question, my file fell down and all my documents were scattered on the floor. I could hear other lawyers murmur and giggle. I was embarrassed to

say the least. The Counsel in court were telling me different answers from different angles and confused me the more. I composed myself, picked up all my documents, took my time to go through my file and answered the question. I was glad when the judge said my answer was right. I can never forget that day!


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orts may be categorised in a number of ways: one of such is to divide them into Negligence Torts, Intentional Torts; Statutory Torts and Economic Torts. They can also be classified according to the type of rights or interests they aim to protect or preserve. Concerning the interest defended or protected, tort may be classified into Torts protecting personal interest; Torts protecting integrity of the judicial process; Torts protecting personal reputation; Torts protecting economic interests; Torts protecting relationships; Torts protecting property interest and Torts protecting other interests. Negligence Torts The dominant action in tort is negligence. It is so because it is not only a tort on its own right, it is also a way by which many torts may be committed. Negligence is a tort which depends on the existence of a breach of duty of care owed by one person to another. In the negligence case of Donoghue v. Stevenson [1932] AC 562, D. consumed part of a drink containing a decomposed snail while in a public bar in Paisley, Scotland and claimed that it had made her ill. The snail was not visible, as the bottle of ginger beer in which it was contained was opaque. Neither her friend, who bought it for her, nor the shopkeeper who sold it were aware of its presence. S. the manufacturer whom D. sued for damages for negligence. She could not sue Mr. Stevenson for damages for breach of contract because there was no contract between them. The House of Lords held that D. had a valid claim, but disagreed as to why such a claim should exist. Lord MacMillan thought this should be treated as a new product liability case. Lord Atkin quoting the Bible held that the law should recognise a unifying principle that we owe a duty of reasonable care to our neighbours.

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Intentional Torts Intentional torts are any intentional acts that are reasonably foreseeable to cause harm to an individual, and that do so. Intentional torts have several subcategories, including tort(s) against the person, including assault, battery, false imprisonment, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and fraud. Property torts involve any intentional interference with the property rights of the claimant. Those commonly recognized include trespass to land, trespass to chattels, and conversion. Among intentional torts may be certain torts arising out of the occupation or use of land. One such is the tort of nuisance, which connotes strict liability for a neighbour who interferes with another’s enjoyment of his real property. Trespass allows owners to sue for incursions by a person (or his structure, for example an overhanging building) on their land. There is a tort of false imprisonment, and a tort of defamation, where someone makes an unsupportable allegation represented to be factual which damages the reputation of another. The tort of nuisance allows a claimant (formerly plaintiff) to sue for most acts that interfere with their use and enjoyment of their land. A subset of nuisance is known as the rule in Rylands v. Fletcher (1866) LR 1 Exch 265. Statutory Torts A statutory tort is like any other, in that it imposes duties on private or public parties, however they are created by the leg-

islature, not the courts. Example is in consumer protection, where businesses making defective products that harm people must pay for any damage resulting. Liability for defective products is strict in most jurisdictions. The theory of risk spreading provides support for this approach. Since manufacturers are the ‘cheapest cost avoiders’, because they have a greater chance to seek out problems, it makes sense to give them the incentive to guard against product defects. Economic Torts Economic torts protect people from interference with their trade or business. The area includes the doctrine of restraint of trade and has largely been submerged in the twentieth century by statutory interventions on collective labour law and modern antitrust or competition law. The “absence of any unifying principle drawing together the different heads of economic tort liability has often been remarked upon.” Two cases demonstrated economic tort’s affinity to competition and labour law. In Mogul Steamship Co. Ltd. (1889) LR 23 QBD 598, 614 , the plaintiff argued he had been driven from the Chinese tea market by competitors at a ‘shipping conference’ that had acted together to under price his company. But this cartel was ruled lawful and “nothing more [than] a war of competition waged in the interest of their own trade.”( see Taff Vale Railway v. Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants [1901] AC 426), Nowadays, this would be considered a criminal cartel.. Though a recent development in common law, beginning with Hedley Byrne v Heller, [1978] QB 574 , in 1964 a victim of the tort of negligent misstatement may recover damages for pure economic loss caused by detrimental reliance on the statement.




Role of the Bar in effective prosecution of crimes Continued from Monday December. 30, 2013

FUNKE ADEKOYA Commencement and Trial here such adjournment is given, the case is often moved further down the court’s over-congested calendar. The current Nigerian criminal administration process does not provide a framework for the efficient conduct of trials. There is presently no provision for frontloading the proof of evidence with witness statements. This further delays the process as often surprises are sprung upon opposing counsel when some evidence are tendered, necessitating an adjournment for the defence counsel to adequately review his case. Once trial has started the relationship between prosecution and defence counsel is limited because once the witness has given his or her evidence regarding the facts and circumstances in the case, the role of the defence counsel is to find out whether there are any contradictions in the evidence led which the court can consider in the accused person’s favour. The role of defence counsel is not to defend his or her client by all means possible, although it is often thought to be so, because in the context of competition for high-value clients, a successful defence counsel is assessed by the number of cases that he has successfully defended.


Effective Prosecution Of Crimes: The Role Of The Bar In view of the identified lapses in the prosecution of crimes in Nigeria, it is evident that concerted efforts have to be made by all the parties involved to address these lapses pending the awaited legislative intervention. Indeed it must be borne in mind that a legislative enactment to address these lacunae is not an end in itself. It is only a starting point. This is because a beautifully drafted law without the will to enforce it is worse than no law at all. A case in point is the provision of the Lagos State Magistrates’ Courts Law 2009, which in Section 42(4) provides that “the Magistrate shall endeavour to conclude all criminal matters within ninety (90) days

NBA AS THE UMBRELLA BODY FOR LEGAL PRACTITIONERS IN NIGERIA HAS A ROLE TO PLAY IN ENSURING THAT COUNSEL WITH LACKADAISICAL COURTROOM ATTITUDES ARE REFERRED TO THE LPDC from the date of arraignment.” Yet the fact is that no criminal case gets concluded within a year of its institution in spite of the provisions. Having established the fact that legislative intervention is not an end in itself in addressing the issues militating against the effective prosecution of crimes in Nigeria, one must state clearly that the bar has a role to play in achieving effectiveness in the prosecution of crimes. A key ingredient in this role, is revamping the relationship between the prosecutor and defence counsel to ensure cordial relations. Rule 37(4) of the Rules of Professional Conduct sums up the primary duty of a lawyer engaged in public prosecution as not being to convict but to see that justice is done. The defence counsel is similarly enjoined by Rule 37(1) to exert himself by all fair and reasonable means to put before the court all matters that are necessary in the interest of justice. In doing so defence counsel must be courageous. He or she must defend those charged with offences no matter how heinous they may be, once the brief has been accepted. It is the defence counsel who must ensure that no one is found guilty unless the charge is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. If the defence lawyer is conducting the defence or the prosecution lawyer is conducting the prosecution in a manner which does not assist the court to speedily conclude its cases, then we

have a problem relating to professionalism itself. Therefore, the first requirement towards ensuring effective prosecution of crimes in Nigeria would be a reorientation of the prosecutor and defence counsel to appreciate what their true duties should be. The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) also has a role to play in liaising with the Bench to ensure the instances where the court does not sit for justifiable reasons are few and far between. Again, the NBA as the umbrella body for legal practitioners in Nigeria has a role to play in ensuring that counsels with lackadaisical courtroom attitudes are referred to the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee for appropriate discipline to serve as a deterrent. Conclusion Although it seems that crimes are increasingly being committed with growing sophistication such that the Nigerian legal system does not seem evenly matched to apprehend the culprits, it seems evident that the legal profession and the NBA has a significant role to play in making the best of the situation. Once both prosecution and defence counsel re-orientate themselves towards the common goal of ensuring the speedy dispensation of justice, this would ensure that crimes are effectively prosecuted in Nigeria, even ahead of the expected legislative interventions. Concluded •Adekoya, SAN, a founding partner in AELEX Partners writes from Lagos.


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Community Mirror We cannot come up with a policy that will punish Nigerians; else I will abort it immediately. PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN

NEMA appeals for evacuaT tion of returnees

Ekiti to empower citizens with N300m



he Director General of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Alhaji Mohammad Sani-Sidi, has appealed to state governments whose indigenes were affected in the Bangui crisis, to evacuate them from the Hajj camp in Abuja. Sani-Sidi made the appeal while inspecting the camp where the evacuees are being accommodated. He said the prompt

evacuation by the state governments whose indigenes were affected, would reduce their suffering. “The immediate collection of the evacuees will facilitate their integration into the society. The affected state governments had since been contacted. The evacuees were interviewed in Bangui and certified to be Nigerians,’’ he said. It will be recalled that the DG had addressed the evacuees at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, pledging the agency’s willingness to work with State Emer-

gency Management Agencies, SEMA, to reintegrate them into the society. Borno has the highest number of returnees with more than 300 evacuees of the 1,113 evacuated between January 3, 2014 and January 4, 2014. A NEMA official said Anambra was second with more than 280 evacuees. It was also reported that three injured evacuees are currently receiving treatment at the Nigeria Air Force Base Medical Clinic on Airport Road. Mr. Umar Abubakar, an indigene of Borno, who

The newly reconstructed Onitsha-Enugu Express way

is being treated for bullet wounds from the crisis in Bangui, said he was shot on the chest while trying to run to safety. An aged woman who gave her name as Hajia Aisha is being treated for High Blood Pressure. Aisha, who hails from Mubi in Adamawa, said she and her grand children were among survivors from the Bangui crisis. Another evacuee, Malam Musa Mohammed, is receiving treatment at the medical clinic located at the Airforce Base.


Controller warns against parking on highways FRANCIS SUBERU



he Federal Controller of Works, Lagos State, Mr Oluwatoyin Obikoya, has warned drivers of articulated vehicles, on improper parking on the Oshodi/Apapa Expressway. Obikoya said the activities of drivers are having negative effects on the country’s economy. According to him, they

park indiscriminately on the highway, causing unnecessary gridlock, thereby paralysing business activities on the axis. He lamented that the trucks usually returned each time they were evacuated from the highway, adding that their activities are also affecting he ongoing reconstruction of the road,even as he appealed to them to consider the implication of their activities on other road

users. Obikoya explained that the trucks had an alternative parking space at Orile which they could use. “The real cause of traffic gridlock on the Oshodi/ Apapa Expressway is due to tanker drivers’ effort to lift petroleum products. From the Coconut bus stop up to Westminster, tanker drivers park indiscriminately on the road. They have a place at Orile, where they can park, but they prefer the

highway. They should think on the effect of their behaviour on the economy, especially the man-hour being lost on the road,” he said. He said the ongoing trailer park project on the axis had reached advanced stage, adding that the construction would soon be completed. “The work is on course and the contractor is working hard to ensure early completion of the project,” he assured.

he Ekiti State Government has said it will disburse more than N300 million to some communities for the provision of amenities and empowerment initiatives. In furtherance to this, a workshop was organised for stakeholders to sharpen their skills on how best to apply the funds. The workshop tagged: “One-day workshop on Project Management for stakeholders to facilitate ownership of Ekiti rural development and community empowerment initiative” was declared open by the Deputy Governor, Prof Modupe Adelabu who represented Governor Kayode Fayemi. In attendance were those considered as critical to the successful implementations of the projects in the benefiting communities. They include: caretaker committees’ chairmen of all 16 local government areas in the state; royal fathers; chairmen and secretaries of Community Development Associations, CDAs,and Community Development Committees, CDCs. While inaugurating the workshop at the Pope John Paul Pastoral Centre, AdoEkiti, the governor noted that it became necessary to expose the participants

to the concept of community development, project management, as well acquaint them with their responsibilities towards community project and ownership of self-help projects. According to him, the workshop was the second in the life of the administration, noting that it was necessary before the disbursement of the fund to ensure judicious use and proper monitoring of projects. He said the administration has granted N600 million to 177 communities in the first and second phase of the programme since 2010. Assuring that the gesture would be extended to other communities this year, the governor explained that it was part of measures to rapidly develop the hinterlands and discourage ruralurban drift. In his remarks, Commissioner for Rural Development and Community Empowerment, Chief Folorunso Olabode restated commitment of the administration to the transformation of the rural communities which he said accounted for more than 75 per cent of the population.

Jigawa awards contracts for infrastructure


he Jigawa State Government said it had approved contracts worth N1.3 billion for the construction of feeder roads and electrification projects across the state. The Commissioner for Information, Youth and Sports, Alhaji Babandi Ibrahim, announced this while addressing newsmen in Dutse. Ibrahim said that N1.1 billion was earmarked for the construction of feeder roads in six villages while N249.5 million will be used to electrify 10 towns and vil-

lages. He said the roads included those of Gumel-Garungambo; Kiyakoto-Shurgarum; Shafa-Gidansani; Malamadori, Saturiyakwatche and Lanaki. The commissioner said villages like Sarawiya, Shakoato, Gurinrima, Ariki, Kembo, Majigini, Banaga, Ungwa-kaya, Giwa and Deruru will be electrified in the project. He said the step was taken to develop the rural areas and boost socio-economic activities, to improve the lives of rural dwellers.

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US will support Iraq, but without troops –Kerry





housands of African migrants, many holding banners demanding freedom for compatriots jailed as illegal job-seekers by Israel, protested on Sunday in a main Tel Aviv square against a new open-ended detention law. Human rights groups say more than 300 people have been arrested since the law, which allows authorities to detain migrants without valid visas indefinitely, was passed by Israel’s parliament three weeks ago. Some 60,000 migrants, largely from Eritrea and Sudan, have crossed into Israel across a onceporous border with Egypt since 2006, Israeli authorities say. Many live in poor areas of Tel Aviv and say they want asylum and safe haven. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he views the presence of many of the Africans as a threat to Israel’s Jewish social fabric and his government. An Israeli border fence has since cut off the influx from Egypt, but migrants who have already crossed can be sent to what the government describes as an open prison in Israel’s southern desert. The facility is similar to a half-


Thousands of African migrants protest Israel’s detention policy

African migrants holding signs during a protest at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, yesterday.

way house, in which detainees can leave during the day but must report back by nightfall. Migrants can be held there without a time limit pending voluntary repatriation, implementation of deportation orders or resolution of their asylum requests. Organizers handed out leaflets

demanding that Israel “release all refugees from prison and stop this detention policy”. Rights groups have appealed the new law. Police said the protesters had a licence for a three-day demonstration at the site, and there was no reported violence or arrests at the scene. A police source estimated

South Sudan’s army general killed in ambush


South Sudanese army general has been killed in fighting outside the rebelheld town of Bor. A BBC correspondent with government troops said a convoy advancing on Bor came under heavy fire in an ambush. The fighting is continuing as the warring parties meet in Ethiopia to try to agree a ceasefire. Substantive talks are due to start later yesterday.

The conflict pits supporters of President Salva Kiir against rebels led by his sacked deputy Riek Machar. It began on 15 December after the president accused Mr Machar of attempting a coup - which he denies. At least 1,000 people have been killed and nearly 200,000 displaced in the conflict, which has taken on ethnic undertones. Mr Kiir is from the Dinka community and

Marines and sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response evacuating U.S. citizens from the U.S. Embassy, in Juba, South Sudan, on Friday. PHOTO: REUTERS

Mr Machar from the Nuer group. The BBC’s reporter was travelling with government troops from the capital, Juba, on Sunday when the convoy came under attack about 25km (15 miles) from Bor. The rebels are not just a ragtag group of civilians with guns - although there is an element of that. It’s actually a whole division of the South Sudan army that has joined the rebel side. So you’ve got army fighting against army. They’re both very well armed. The government has been trying for a few days to retake Bor. It still hasn’t managed to get through. We’ve seen bodies on the road and two burnt-out tanks. We’ve seen very heavy fighting between two trained armies. The government has been sending reinforcements to try to retake Bor in recent days, bringing the total number of army troops involved to some 2,000.


the number of protesters at 10,000. Hotline for Migrant Workers, an organization that advocates for the Africans, accuses Israel of pressuring hundreds in its jails to accept payouts and leave. More than a dozen left earlier this year for Eritrea to win release from prison. A whole division of the South Sudanese army has joined the rebel side, so the fighting in Bor in effect involves two trained armies, our correspondent adds. He says he saw evidence of the intensity of the fighting, with burnt-out tanks by the side of the road. Fighting is also continuing in other areas. Army spokesman Philip Aguer said there had been clashes in the oil-producing states of Unity and Upper Nile in the north. Up until Friday, the talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, were conducted by mediators. Now, teams representing the opposing factions are expected to negotiate face-to-face. A preliminary meeting was held late on Saturday. Key issues are establishing a ceasefire, and the rebels’ demand for the release of what they see as political prisoners. But South Sudan spokesman Michael Makuei said the government would resist international pressure to free supporters of Mr Machar arrested in Juba at the start of the conflict.

WORLD BULLETIN Libya resumes southern oil mining amid ongoing blockade Libya has restarted oil production at the El Sharara field in the south of the troubled country after protesters ended a blockade, Reuters reports. The National Oil Corporation said that it was shipping the equivalent of 60,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd). It hopes to reach the field’s maximum output capacity of around 340,000 bpd within three days. Blockades of oil terminals since July have severely restricting exports of oil, Libya’s main source of income. It comes as an elected central government tries to assert itself over up to 1,700 different armed militias, each with their own goals, following the uprising and toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. Since the blockades of ports have begun, oil exports have fallen from more than 1 million bpd in July to just 110,000 bpd, according to the Reuters news agency.

Somalia’s new PM meets with UN envoy Somali Prime Minister, Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed, yesterday welcomed The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Somalia, Nicholas Kay, to Villa Somalia for their first meeting since becoming Prime Minister. The Prime Minister thanked Special Representative Kay for the UN’s continued support rebuilding Somalia and looked forward to a positive and constructive relationship going forward. SRSG Kay congratulated His Excellency Prime Minister Ahmed on his appointment. The Prime Minister and Special Representative discussed the formation of a new Cabinet, road map to elections in 2016 and international support to Somalia through the New Deal. “The relationship between the UN and Somalia goes back many years.”

Ghana’s fuel prices kept at bay Ghanaian authorities have decided to keep the prices of petroleum at bay. This follows the decision by the country’s National Petroleum Authority to keep all prices of petroleum products unchanged. Under the current arrangement, fuel prices are reviewed every two weeks in line with developments on the world market. However, Joy News has gathered that current movements on the world market did not warrant an upward review in prices. This is the second time in one month that prices of the various products have been kept unchanged by the National Petroleum Authority.


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US closes airport as plane skids off runway at JFK A Delta jet skidded off the runway at John F. Kennedy International airport shortly after landing, the Federal Aviation Administration said. There were no immediate reports of injuries but the New York airport is now closed due to ice and snow, airport officials said. The Delta Connection 4100 flight originating from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport landed safely at JFK shortly before 8 a.m. and was exiting the runway when it slid into the snow, the FAA said. According to ABC News, there were 35 people on board. The plane, a CRJ-200, is operated by Endeavor Air. The incident comes a day after a single-engine plane made an emergency landing on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx. No one was seriously injured in that incident. Following JFK’s closure, flights at New York’s LaGuardia Airport were temporarily halted due to icy conditions. Both LaGuardia and JFK are expected to reopen at 11:30 a.m.

Paris mayor joins calls for ban of French comic The mayor of Paris yesterday joined France’s interior minister in calling for comedian Dieudonne, whose vitriolic brand of humour targeting Jews has caused outrage, to be banned from the stage. Dieudonne has been part of France’s comedy scene for years, but while he started out with a Jewish comedian in sketches that mocked racism, he gradually veered to the far-right and alienated some fans with anti-Jewish comments -- his latest being a joke about gas chambers. He has been fined several times for defamation, using insulting language, hate speech and racial discrimination, and a provocative arm gesture he makes has been described as an upside down Nazi salute. Dieudonne says the so-called “quenelle” gesture merely represents his anti-establishment views arguing that the horrors of the Holocaust are given too much focus to the exclusion of other crimes, like slavery and racism. Speaking on Europe 1 radio, Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe, a socialist, on Sunday likened Dieudonne to a criminal who “defends crimes against humanity”.

Man found WWII-era bombs in Russia The Russian Interior Ministry said a man who found World War II-era mortar bombs near his house detonated one and attempted to sell the others. The man, who has not been identified, blew up one of the bombs by throwing it onto a bonfire. He took the other six mortar bombs to his home in the western Kaliningrad Region, RIA Novosti reported. Police posed as potential purchasers of the explosives and later detained the man. The 29-year-old suspect is unemployed and has previous drug dealing convictions, police said.

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.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday that the United States will support Iraq’s fight against al-Qaidalinked militants who have overrun two cities, but won’t send in American troops. Kerry said the militants are trying to destabilize the region and undermine a democratic process in Iraq, and that the U.S. is in contact with tribal leaders in Anbar province who are standing up to the terrorists. But, he said, “this is a fight that belongs to the Iraqis. That is exactly what the president and the world decided some time ago when we left Iraq, so we are not obviously contemplating returning. We are not contemplating putting boots on the ground. This is their fight. ... We will help them in their fight, but this fight, in the end, they will have to win and I am confident they can.” Al-Qaida linked gunmen have largely taken over the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi in an uprising that has been a blow to the Shiiteled government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Bombings in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killed at least 20 people Sunday. Anbar, a vast desert area on the borders with Syria and Jordan, was the heartland of the Sunni insurgency that rose up against American troops and the Iraqi government after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. In 2004, insurgents in Fallujah killed four American security contractors, hanging their burned bodies from a bridge. Ramadi and other cities have remained battle-

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L-R: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaking with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah before their meeting in Rawdat Khurayim, in Saudi Arabia, yesterday. PHOTO: AP

grounds as sectarian bloodshed has mounted, with Shiite militias killing Sunnis. “We are very, very concerned about the efforts of al-Qaida and the Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant, which is affiliated with al-Qaida, who are trying to assert their authority not just in Iraq, but in Syria,” Kerry said. “These are the most dangerous players in that region. Their barbarism against the civilians in Ramadi and Fallujah and against Iraqi security forces is on display

for everyone in the world to see.” Kerry made the comments as he left Jerusalem for talks with leaders in Jordan and Saudi Arabia about his Mideast peace-making efforts after three days of lengthy meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Kerry said some progress was made in what he described as “very serious, very intensive conversations,” but key hurdles are yet to be overcome. His talks with Jordan’s King

Thai protesters begin another anti-government march


housands of anti-government protesters marched through the Thai capital yesterday, a prelude to a broader action next week when they say they will shut down Bangkok in their bid to scuttle a February election and topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The protesters, who accuse Yingluck of being the puppet of her self-exiled brother and former premier, Thaksin Shinawatra, want an appointed “people’s council” to oversee a vague reform platform, which includes

electoral reform, decentralizing power, and a volunteer police force, over a 12-month period before any future election. The crisis, an outbreak of turmoil stretching back eight years, began in November and has become a drag on the Thai economy. The baht slid on Friday to its lowest against the dollar since February 2010 and the benchmark .SETI stock index has lost 15 percent since early November. Yingluck, her brother and their support base among the rural poor in the populous north

Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban (C) waving to supporters as he marches during a rally in central of Bangkok, yesterday. PHOTO: REUTERS

and northeast are pitted against protesters who draw support from Bangkok’s conservative, royalist elite and middle classes and the south. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, a fiery former deputy premier from the main opposition Democrat Party, said marches would be held on Tuesday and Thursday, leading up the January 13 “shutdown”. That event is shaping up as the biggest confrontation since the latest round of largely peaceful demonstrations began. The protests at times have brought as many as 200,000 people on to the streets, but have also sparked sporadic clashes with police in which three people were killed and scores wounded. “We will keep walking, we won’t stop,” Suthep said on the march. “We will walk until we win and we won’t give up.” Sunday’s march began at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument, where some supporters had gathered overnight. Suthep said the protesters would set up stages at five rallying points through the city leading up to Jan 13.

Abdullah II and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh covered the peace process, Syria and Iraq. After his short stay in Amman, Kerry flew to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and then took a 30-minute helicopter ride to King Abdullah’s desert palace.

Bangladesh ruling party set to win poll amidst violence, boycott


angladesh’s ruling Awami League was poised yesterday to win a violenceplagued parliamentary election whose outcome was never in doubt after a boycott by the main opposition party. With fewer than half of the 300 seats being contested, voters cast ballots in modest numbers amid heavy security in polling that lacked the festivity typical of Bangladeshi elections and was shunned by international observers as flawed. Low voter participation could pile new pressure on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to find a compromise with the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) for holding new elections. Results in constituencies that featured a contest were expected late on Sunday or early on Monday. Hasina is expected to form a new government sometime this month. Either Hasina or BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia has been prime minister for all but two of the past 22 years. The two are bitter rivals. “The immediate fallout of this dismal voter turnout will be the Hasina government coming under greater pressure to hold talks with the opposition,” said Hossain Zillur Rahman, an economist and adviser to a former “caretaker” government tasked with overseeing an election.

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Kaduna orders investigation into attack on Emir


overnor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State has ordered a full-scale investigation into the recent attack on the Emir of Jere in the state, Alhaji Usman Sa’ad. Yero gave the order in a statement signed by his Director on Media and Publicity, Alhaji Ahmed Maiyaki. In the statement, the governor vowed to ensure that those behind the attack were brought to justice. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Sa’ad was attacked on Friday, on his way to Abuja, when he stopped to intervene in a land dispute between two communities in his domain in Kagarko lo-

cal government area. “Government has also ordered full investigation into the cause of the dispute and will leave no stone unturned in its effort at ensuring that justice is done,” Yero said. The governor also promised that anyone found culpable in the ugly incident, would be brought to book, no matter his or her social status in the society. He said traditional leaders must be respected and protected from such embarrassment, in view of the paramount role they played in resolving conflicts. Yero commiserated with the Emir and entire people of Jere, over the unfortunate incident.

Jigawa council polls: Police’ll be neutral -CP


he Commissioner of Police in Jigawa State, Mr. Kayode Theophilus, yesterday assured politicians of neutrality of the police in the January 18, local government elections in the state. Theophilus gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse. The police boss warned his men against taking sides during the election, adding that their role was to enforce law and order, as well as protect lives and property. Theophilus also promised to deploy adequate number of police personnel for the exercise. He further warned that any police officer, who engaged in activi-

ties that ran contrary to his schedule of duties, would be penalised. “The Inspector-General of police (IG), has warned against such act and my men will be neutral in all elections in the state. The police will protect all the citizens in the state during the election because that is our mandate,” he said. The police boss said that he had met with relevant stakeholders across the state, stressing the need for them to play the game of politics according to the rules. He added that his command would resist any attempt by politicians to use the police to protect selfish interests.

Kwara community laments 12 months power failure MURITALA AYINLA


esidents of Budo Nuhu/Nasfat area, Airport Ilorin, yesterday lamented that they lived in darkness throughout the year 2013 in the community, calling on the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatahi Ahmed to provide electricity in the community by making transformers and other amenities available. The residents lamented that in spite of their proximity to the International Airport and the state capital city, the government had

not deemed it fit to provide electricity to the community. According to residents of the community, they had been in darkness for 12 months without any assistant from the government. They appealed to the governor to provide other facilities such as water and primary health care centers in the area. In a letter of appeal to the Governor, the members of the Landlords Association of Owode Onirin/ NASFAT area Budo Nuhu, said provision of 500 transformers would end perpetual darkness in the area.

L-R: Representative of the Senator Bauchi North Senatorial District, Malam Khalid Garba; Chairman Dass LGA, Alhaji Danlami Buraza and Chairman Tafawa Balewa LGA, Alhaji Iliyasu Gital, at the Scholarship Awards Ceremony for 100 Students in Durr Village of Dass LGA in Bauchi at the weekend PHOTO:NAN

ASUU strike: UNIJOS vows to continue action JAMES ABRAHAM JOS


ndications emerged yesterday that the six months old strike action which was recently called off by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) nationwide will continue at the University of Jos in Plateau state. This followed fresh disagreement between ASUU and the university authority over the disbursement of N1.16 billion out of the N30 billion released by the Federal Government. Following the suspension of the strike, authorities of the University of Jos had fixed Monday, January 6 for the resumption of academic activities at its campuses. However, the institution’s branch of ASUU in a statement yesterday said its mem-

bers will not resume work or participate in any academic activity until all its entitled members are paid their full allowances out of what has been sent to the University by the federal government. According to the statement which was jointly signed by the branch chairperson, David Jangkam and Secretary Noel Wannang and made available to National Mirror in Jos yesterday, the union said, shortly after the commencement of the strike, the branch wrote and intimated the administration of the University of seven local issues in the minds of its members and the need to use the strike period to address them. The union noted that “ in the course of the strike, federal government in an attempt to resolve the strike released the sum of

N30 billion for the settlement of allowances owed staff of Nigerian Universities who have earned same from 2009 to 2012 pointing out that University of Jos got the sum of N1.16 billion as its share for onward payment to staff that had worked and earned same based on computation done in 2011 submitted by department and units. However, the union said neither the initial computation in 2010 through 2012 nor the verified computation in 2013 was used by University of Jos administration in disbursing the N1.16 billion it got from federal government as part payment of the earned allowances. They alleged that “Instead the University of Jos administration shared the money as it deemed fit without regard to weather

staff earned same entitlement or not, thus resulting in some members getting far less than what they are entitled to and most members getting nothing at all.” According to them most others who are not entitled to the allowance got 3 to 4 times what those who are entitled to should have got adding that ASUU University of Jos chapter have met and have written to call the attention of the University administration on this misapplication of their members money but no avail. The union vowed that despite the suspension of the strike embarked by their National Secretariat ASUU University of Jos chapter will not resume academic activity until their internal demand are met by the University of Jos administration.

54 road accidents occurred in Katsina in two months JAMES DANJUMA KATSINA


bout 54 road accidents occurred in Katsina state between November and December last year, according to the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) FRSC sector commander in the state, Habu Dauda who revealed this yesterday, said 24 road ac-

cidents occurred in November while 30 occurred in December. Dauda said a total of 183 people were involved in the November accidents, while 22 passengers were killed, and 42 vehicles involved in accidents in the same month. He also said that 114 passengers involved in the accidents had sustained various degrees of injuries.

For the month of December, he said 44 people were killed, 50 vehicles were involved, 240 passengers affected, and 125 sustained injuries. Dauda said several of the accidents and deaths had occurred during dangerous driving by drivers of J5 vehicles. He said the command had always called on passengers to avoid travelling in J5 vehicles as they

were prone to catching fire which often lead to loss of lives during accidents. “J5 vehicles are meant for carrying goods and not passengers; people should be weary of travelling in them,” he said. He assured that the command would intensify efforts to reduce rate of accidents this year, as well as collaborate with relevant agencies to regulate activities of okada riders.


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Cameron pledges to protect UK’s pension


he British Prime Minister has vowed to keep the “triple lock” system, which ensures the state pension goes up by whichever is higher - inflation, wages or 2.5%. He said it was “fair” to prioritise pensions even at a time when benefits for younger people were being slashed. Labour said it supported the triple lock “in principle”. Cameron has described the “triple lock” announcement as the “first plank” of the Conserva-

tive general election manifesto. But in an interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, he rejected suggestions it was a purely political move aimed at attracting older voters back to the Tory fold. All politicians know there are votes in appealing to the older generation. That is why Labour and the Lib Dems are unlikely to oppose David Cameron’s state pension “guarantee” despite concerns it will increase the transfer of wealth in the UK from

young to old. But Cameron may have a particular set of more mature voters in mind with his “triple lock” announcement. A new poll by Lord Ashcroft suggests Tory voters are deserting the party for UKIP in even greater numbers than previously thought. Research last year by YouGov suggested UKIP draws the majority of its support from older people - far more so than the traditional “big three” parties. This is one way for

Ukraine protest: Opposition holds first new year rally


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Cameron to tempt them back to the fold without getting involved in potentially bruising rows with Nigel Farage about immigration and the EU. “It’s a choice based on values, based on my values.” he told Andrew Marr. “I want people when they reach retirement to know that they can have dignity and security in their old age. “People who have worked hard, who have done the right thing, who have provided for their families, they should then know they will get a decent state pension and they don’t have to worry about it lagging behind prices or earnings and I think that’s the right choice for the country.” He said the government also had to do more to help young people such as increasing the number of apprenticeships. He refused to drawn on whether the Conservatives would cut back on pensioner benefits such as the winter fuel payment, free bus passes and television licences for the over 75s. The Lib Dems and Labour have both supported

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Mikel scores historic goal in Blues’ win


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Watching others, particularly the youngsters, do their races has proved more exciting than ever –DISGRACED USA CYCLIST, LANCE ARMSTRONG

‘Mikel’s Africa Award win will boost Eagles’


uper Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi, and his Ethiopian counterpart, Sewnet Bishaw, believe it’s about time Nigeria returns to the summit of African football with one of her players winning the coveted African Player of the Year Award. The Glo-CAF awards will hold in Lagos on Thursday. Bishaw who spoke first after the Nigeria and Ethiopia friendly match on Saturday, said, “Nigeria was obviously the best football nation in Africa last year and I won’t be surprised if a player from the country emerges the player of the year. They deserve to get the award. I also wish this beautiful stadium is somewhere in Addis Ababa.” Keshi on his part said it has been a very long time since a Nigerian won the African Footballer of the Year crown and is rooting for Mikel Obi to emerge the best among the shortlisted three, Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba, being the other two. “It will boost the team (Super Eagles) and Mikel and all Nigerians because it has been a long time since we last won the award and I know we deserve to win this year,” Keshi said. On whether he will be happy to be named the African Coach of the Year, Keshi said it would be a great honour to be so named. Meanwhile, top officials of the NFF and Globacom have been perfecting strategies and methods to host a highly successful Glo-CAF Awards in Lagos on Thursday. At the weekend, NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, held a meeting with a delegation from Globacom, where several issues, especially the reception, transportation, accommodation and security of the CAF delegation as well as the roles of the NFF were highlighted. Globacom’s Director of Public Relations, Mr. Olabode Opeseitan declared that “our objective is to deliver a world class event interspersed with unique brand of African entertainment, and we need the support of NFF to achieve this.” Maigari pledged the support of the NFF to ensure that the showpiece is a huge success, “to the glory of our country.”

Glo League: Clubs to deposit N100m with LMC …new season begins after CHAN A Kano Pillars’ player (left) tussling with his Enugu Rangers colleague in a match last season.



ach of the 20 clubs preparing to compete in the 2013/14 Globacom Premier League will have to provide a Bank Guarantee of N100million to the League Management Company (LMC) as part of their pre-qualification conditions. The LMC said yesterday that it had formally notified the clubs in writing to start meeting the conditions from January 1 till the end of this month, with the new season slated to kick-off at the end of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa. The CHAN begins on January 11 and ends on February 1. In a statement sent to National Mirror and signed by Harry Iwuala, the LMC gave a highlight of the 25-article registration conditions to include: “require-

ments that will make it impossible for clubs indebted to their players, coaching staff and other employees to participate in the league as the clubs are expected to provide a Bank Guarantee of N100m from an approved financial institution. Other highlights include certification of club as formal business concern with proof of incorporation as limited liability company with the Corporate Affairs Commission, an affidavit of allegiance to the LMC, the NFF, CAF and FIFA and an undertaking to comply with the NFF new licensing regulations. The clubs are also required to issue an undertaking to commence the setting up of structures for the youth development programme in the new season.” Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the LMC, Salihu Abubakar, signed the letter conveying the pre-conditions to the clubs. The letter reads in part: “As we await

guidelines of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Club Licensing Regulation designed to comply with FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) licensing directives, it is imperative that we proceed now with plans to start the 2013/2014 season by ensuring compliance with extant regulations regarding Club’s properness to continue to participate in the NPFL.” Abubakar said most of these requirements appear to have been overlooked or scantily adhered to and explained that, “they provide the requisite corporate, legal and governance attributes required for typical business practice and sporting development. These conditions will continue to prevail and would be enforced in the strictest form without prejudice to further amplification that may become necessary with the introduction of the NFF Licensing Regulation.”



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Eusebio dies of heart attack


ortuguese football legend Eusebio, who was the top scorer in the 1966 FIFA World Cup, died early yesterday at the age of 71, his former club Benfica confirmed. The Mozambican-born Eusebio died of a heart-attack, the club also said. Eusebio, the 1965 European Footballer of the Year, is considered one of the best footballers of all time and best ever from Portugal. During his career with Benfica the Lisbon side won the European Cup in 1962. He scored 733 times in 745 professional matches. Nicknamed the ‘Black Panther’, he also helped Portugal take third place in the 1966 World Cup, where he was top scorer with nine goals. He won ten league titles and five Portuguese cups in his 15 years at Benfica and was Portugal’s top league scorer between 1964 and 1973. Tributes… “Eusebio will always have a place among the very best. Football will miss him”–FIFA President, Sepp Blatter “Today football has lost one of its

greatest players of all time”–UEFA President Michel Platini “On behalf of all of Portugal, so long Eusebio”–Portugal President, Anibal Cavaco Silva “He was a football genius, an example of humility, an excellent athlete, a generous and supportive man”–Portugal Prime Minister, Pedro Passos Coelho “I feel proud to have been both an opponent and friend and am saddened to hear of Eusebio’s passing”– Manchester United and England great, Sir Bobby Charlton “Always eternal Eusebio. May he rest in peace”–Cristiano Ronaldo “The King! Massive loss for us all! The greatest!”–Former Portugal international, Luis Figo “Eusebio is immortal,” Chelsea’s Portuguese coach, Jose Mourinho “ Fo o t b a l l brought Mozambique and Portugal together, and everyone in Mozambique is proud of Eusebio”–Former Mozambique president, Joaquim Chissano. “Football has lost one of its alltime greats”–Germany football legend, Franz Beckenbauer

Omeruo set to get new Blues deal C

helsea said yesterday that it is keen to extend the contract of Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo, his adviser, Conleth Chika Akujobi, has said. Omeruo’s contract will expire in June 2015 and Akujobi revealed that talks are on-going for a new deal for the focused defender. “Chelsea are happy with Kenneth and they will extend his contract as a result,” Akujobi said. The adviser is expected to join Omeruo from his Dutch base of Rotterdam today for the trip to English Championship side Mid-

dlesbrough, where the player has agreed a five-month loan deal. “Kenneth was at Middlesbrough and he liked what he saw there and has accepted to move on loan there till the end of the season,” Akujobi disclosed. “They were once in the Premier League and so have some great facilities and also have ambitions of coming up again. He could even begin training with his new club on Tuesday (tomorrow).” Former Super Eagles striker, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, had featured for Middlesbrough when the side was in the EPL.


C’wealth Games: Queen’s baton arrives today JOEL AJAYI ABUJA



s part of preparations to stage a memorable 28th edition of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland next July, the Queen’s Baton Relay that has been going round commonwealth countries will arrive in Abuja today. The Queen’s Baton Relay is coming from Ghana and will be displayed in Nigeria for two days before its departure to Cameroun. Speaking yesterday at a pre-arrival press briefing in Abuja, chairman of the Queen’s Baton Relay committee, Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba, noted that the baton had begun a 190,000km journey around the 71 nations and territories and would be unifying

over two billion people of the commonwealth in a celebration of sport, diversity and peace. He said, “The Queen’s Baton Relay is a much loved tradition of Commonwealth Games and symbolises the coming together of all nations and territories in preparation for the four-yearly festival of sports and culture.” In his remarks, Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC) Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, explained, “The Queen’s Baton Relay will arrive Abuja at 9am through Arik Airlines and would move to Abuja National Stadium, where the DG will present it to Minister of Sports and Chairman of the NSC, who will later present it to Mr. President at Aso Rock Villa.”

Arteta in action for Arsenal

Arteta wants ‘smoking Gunners’


rsenal midfielder, Mikel Arteta, says Manager Arsene Wenger must buy a new striker. The Spanish midfielder is calling on Wenger to look at bringing in another

striker in January’s transfer window. “There have been moments where we lacked finishing,” he said yesterday. “We do not have the strikers Manchester City do to have more options.”

National Mirror


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Mikel scores historic goal in Blues’ win IKENWA NNABUOGOR

FA Cup – Third Round

Spain Results Málaga

0–1 Ath. Madrid

Real V.

0 –0 Real Betis


2–0 Levante


3–0 Granada


3–0 Getafe


4–0 Elche


2–3 Huddersfield

Ipswich Town 1 –1 Preston


uper Eagles’ midfielder John Obi Mikel scored another fairytale goal for Chelsea as the Blues beat Derby 2-0 in the FA Cup third tie at the iPro Satdium, yesterday. The Jos-born midfield rose highest to plant a delightful header to a corner kick in the 66th minute to put the Blues ahead. Five minutes later Brazilian midfielder Oscar scored to put the game beyond Derby County as Chelsea advanced to the next round. Mikel continued what is fast turning to a fairy tale season in front of goal, as he broke his goals record for a season with Chelsea, following yet another strike in the FA Cup game at Derby. Mikel and Oscar scored second half goals for the London side, to set up an FA Cup fourth round tie at home to Stoke and knock a resurgent Championship side Derby out of the competition. Mikel headed in the opener from Willian’s cross in the 66th minute, before Oscar sealed a comfortable win with a bending shot five minutes later. Ramires then hit the bar while Chris Martin’s late strike was the only Derby shot to test goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer. The Brazilian was booked for a secondhalf dive in the penalty area.



2–0 Tottenham


5–0 West Ham


3–1 Carlisle


0–2 Chelsea


2–0 Oldham

Port Vale

2–0 Plymouth

Man U

1–2 Swansea

Mikel (centre) watching the ball he headed sail into the net

Azeez impressive in Almeria win

Alabi, Tagbajumi score in Cyprus IKENWA NNABUOGOR


wo Nigerians – Rasheed Alabi and Marco Tagbajumi were on target for their clubs, Omonnia Nicosia and Ermis as they helped both clubs secure victories in the league ties in Cyprus, yesterday. Alabi, former Flying Eagles’ defender blasted home in the 74th minute as his side cruised to a comfortable 3-0 road victory at Enosis. The former Doxa Katokopias defender, who had just few days back returned from a short holiday in Nigeria, continued his impressive goals scoring feat for his club. Alabi, who is the most sought after defender in the Cypriot League, was on fromstart to finish and he made his ninth appearance for the multiple Cypriot League champions. He has now scored two goals so far this season to keep alive his tradition of scoring from the defence every season. He has so far scored nine goals in 75 appearances for Omonnia. Tagbajumi continued his impressive form in front of goal for suprise thirdplaced Ermis as he netted the winning in their 2-1 away win at Alki. The lanky striker, born in Port Harcourt to Nigerian mother and Italian father made the game safe and three points bagged for the visitors in the 30th minute after the visitors had taken a shock 11th minute lead.

Tagbajumi, one of the leading strikers in the Cypriot Premier League, has now fired home nine goals for Ermis, to catapult himself up to second spot in the scorers’ chart. The 25-year striker told National Mirror he was delighted scoring again and hoped to continue scoring to attract Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi’s attention. He says he’s target to play for Super Eagles at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in June. Currently, attracting interests from

Tagbajumi wheeling away after scoring his goal

top clubs in Israel, Tagbajumi believes his goals will get him Eagles’ invite. “I’ve told my family that my target is to play for Super Eagles in future and with my goals coming in regular fashion, I think it’s realistic,” Tagbajumi hopes. “I’ve scored eight goals and I’m currently third on the scorers’ chart and if I continue scoring, who knows I could be considered for Super Eagles.” Tagbajumi has now played 13 times for Ermis and he’s playing his first season at the ambitious club.



ormer Flying Eagles’ captain Ramon Azeez continued his superlative performance for Almeria as he helped them hammer Odion Ighaloless Granada 3-0 in Spanish La Liga tie on their home ground on Saturday. Azeez, who netted his first ever La Liga goal just before Christmas, was on from start to finish in the impressive win that lifted the bottom-placed newlypromoted club to 16th place, just a point behind Granada on the log. Azeez told National Mirror shortly after the game that he was happy with his performance but hopeds his regular action will get him an Eagles’ invite as the 2014 World Cup staged in Brazil draws near. The former Almeria B team player has now made 11 succesive starts for Almeria to bag his 13th league appearance.


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Where are the new Awo, Zik and Bello?

his week’s topic is influenced more by a certain puzzle thrust on my consciousness by a caller. After assailing me with what he called “certain unwholesomeness in the manifest political behaviour of the present members of the Nigerian political class”, he asked why was the Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa generation of politicians different from this current generation. The caller was concerned with gaping absence of service in governance; the increasingly prebendalistic nature of our politics, pathological obsession with political power, massive rape of the country, and high level of political violence etc. “With the crop of leaders that now parade the corridors of power, there is no hope for this country”, was his dismissive conclu-


HeartBeat callistus Oke 08054103275 (SMS ONLY) sion. He was really angry, and I cannot say I blame him. Fourteen years of uninterrupted democracy has not taken us closer to the Promised Land. Each passing year is like another step farther away from our Canaanland. There is infrastructure decay everywhere; standard of education has sunk to unacceptable level, and corruption walks freely in the country. Truly, our first generation politicians were more altruistic in their pursuit of political power, which, for most of them, was not an end in itself, but a means to an end. This explained the change agent roles many of them exhibited. These great and charismatic men had clear vision and communicated same to their followers so effectively that they became emotionally connected to it. Another strong point in their favour is that in the notion of Stephen Covey, they have “character and credibility”. And they could be trusted. Ahmadu Bello embodied the North’s hope in the same way Awo and Zik did for the West and East respectively. And when you take a holistic overview of their life and time, the gospels of service according to these men, like the manifestations of the life and time of Jesus Christ as embodied in the synoptic gospels, continue to live after them. Particularly for Awo, optimism and hard work, all priceless and enduring values, contributed to making him a cult figure in Yorubaland. I always like to refer to the epoch before

imbabwe-born British heavyweight boxer, Dereck Chisora, yesterday confirmed that he will take on the unbeaten Andriy Rudenko at the Copper Box Arena in London on February 15. Chisora, who is expected to put his European heavyweight title on the line against the


January 15, 1966 as the Golden Republic because of the purposeful leadership that was evident. This is not to say that the politicians then were saints. But compared to the ones we have today, they were saints. How time and season change. Most of our today’s men of power are driven by less altruistic reasons. I admit that the demands of leadership change from one era to another. The Zik, Awo, Bello era was shaped by the dictates of colonialism and concomitant imperatives on them to see its end. These nationalists learnt the hard way through confrontations and negotiations with the colonialists, and mobilization of the people against colonialism. With such solid support from the people they could not afford to fail them. The impatience of the military put paid to their efforts on January 15, 1966, in a coup that qualifies as the ‘rage of the majors’. If you were neither old enough to feel the political events of the era before January 15, 1966 nor read them up in books, you might not sufficiently appreciate the depth of the crisis of leadership we are currently having. You might also not be

able to feel the difference in the benchmarks used in assessing our leaders then and now. So, using popular imagination, the post May 1999 politics is not value driven; most of the politicians on parade are ensconced in the philosophy of free wheeling and dealing, the kill and divide culture that leaves the people shortchanged. Of course, the political mandates exercised by very many of them were compromised. Most painfully is the fact that many of them got responsibilities far above their capability. However, in the face of this near hopelessness, we have hope to look forward to. Some of our state governors can make First Eleven leaders in the most advanced democracies by their missions and visions and the strategic enforcement frameworks they have designed. Many eyes have seen and testified to the development in these states that are oases of shining light rekindling our hope that there is silver lining in the horizon. That is if our politics moves from this current atavistic level where shining leaders are like meteors that occur with a flash and disappear. We need to address the current political recruitment process that promotes mediocrity. Even the blind and deaf know we have gaping leadership fault lines at the national level. We need a national leader that can rise above parochialism and ethnic particularism; we need a firm leader who can take punitive measures against his wife, friends, siblings and cronies. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo approximated the ideal leader the country needs. He moved against corrupt friends and had them jailed when Nigeria was under his charge; he was never afraid to take hard decisions. And my parting shot: We now have career politicians, people who now live “for politics” and make their living “off politics”. The way things are going, we shall wake up one day to see a president signing off his presidential mandate and signing in as a senator!

Sport Extra




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Boxing: Chisora gets February date with Rudenko dangerous Ukrainian who has a perfect 25-0 record but will be fighting on foreign soil for only the second time, has won all four of his bouts in 2013 by knockout, and he is confident of extending that record as he bids to earn a

shot at world champion Wladimir Klitschko later this year. “Let this be the year that I get an opportunity at the world heavyweight title and bring it back to Britain,” Chisora enthused.

“Rudenko is a great start to the year for me, he’s a strong, powerful and undefeated challenger who’s got his own ambitions for the world title and will be coming over here to knock me out.”

Musa Dereck Chisora

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