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Female suicide bomber, soldier die in fresh barracks explosion OBIORA IFOH, UBONG UKPONG AND DANJUMA WILLIAMS


suspected female suicide bomber and a soldier died yesterday after an explosive device went off in front of the 301 Artillery Regiment Office of the Nigeria Army in Gombe, Gombe State. According to a source, the bomb went off prematurely as the woman headed for the quarter-guard where the office of the commandant was located. It was gathered that the female bomber rode a motorcycle and on approaching the quarter-guard, hugged a soldier and triggered an explosion. The source said the explosion also injured other soldiers at the quarterguard and they were quickly rushed to the military hospital for treatment. It was learnt that immediately the explosion occurred, soldiers cordoned off the road leading to the barracks. Also, shops and other business centres which were opened at that time were hurriedly shut by their owners when the blast occurred, while many other people ran helter-skelter. A resident of the area, who did not want his name mentioned, said he was in his house around 11.20am when he heard the blast. He said he also heard soldiers shooting in the air, apparently to scare people. The resident said he saw some injured persons being conveyed in vehicles from the scene, while soldiers blocked the road and stopped people from going to the scene of the incident. “The explosion occurred about 11am along Military Quarter-Guard on Biu Road in Gombe. The woman had the explosive in her bag, but the thing went off prematurely.” The Defence Headquarters, DHQ, yesterday confirmed that it lost a soldier to the bomb explosion. The DHQ in a statement by its Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, regretted that the bomb suddenly exploded killing the soldier while he was screening the lady following intelligence reports. He said: “Troops mounting a security checkpoint

at a barrack entrance in Gombe this morning (yesterday) intercepted a lady suicide bomber while she was attempting to gain entry into the barracks. “The lady, who had primed herself with improvised explosive devices concealed under her hijab, was intercepted when troops acting on intelligence report indicating that a terrorist group was plotting to attack barracks around Gombe, using female suicide bombers, halted her and as she was being searched the bomb detonated killing the lady. “Unfortunately one of the troops conducting the search also died while another was wounded in the explosion.” Olukolade added that normal activities had since resumed in the barracks. The Public Relations Officer, Gombe State Police Command, Mr. Fwaje Atahiri, a DSP, had earlier said that he heard of the incident but did not have details. Last Thursday, an armoured personnel carrier stationed in front of the residence of Gombe State Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, exploded, killing three soldiers and injuring six people. In a related development, suspected Boko Haram militants from Nigeria attacked a town in Cameroon on Saturday but local security forces repelled them, killing at least two gunmen, Cameroon’s government said. Cameroon recently deployed 1,000 troops to the far north and the attack in the Mayo Tsanaga Division is the latest in a series of clashes between Cameroon security forces and the group. Cameroun government spokesperson, Issa Tchiroma Bakary, said a raid was carried out early on Saturday morning by 50 well-armed gunmen believed to be members of Boko Haram. “Our defence and security forces fought back immediately. They killed two of the assailants, seized one of their vehicles and a Kalashnikov weapon, forcing them to run back crossing the border into the Nigerian territory,” he said. He did not say if any government troops was killed or wounded in the fighting. Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that President Goodluck Jonathan goofed

by taking a partisan stand on the ongoing insurgency in the country, rather than seeing it as a national problem. In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said President Jonathan's attempt to blame APC governors for the insurgency amounted to an unfortunate politicisation and trivialisation of a serious national problem. It said the comments credited to the President also showed that he had little or no appreciation of his role as the father of the nation, who should regard the entire country as his constituency, rather than exulting in being a chieftain of the PDP “President Jonathan did not speak with facts when he gave the impression that

insecurity in the country is restricted to states controlled by our party. Had he allowed himself to be guided by facts rather than fiction, he would have realised that Plateau State, which has witnessed perhaps the highest quantum of killing of innocent people in any single state in recent times, is not an APC state, neither is Benue, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom or Enugu, where separatists recently attempted to forcefully take over a radio station. “Talking of Akwa Ibom, President Jonathan has either forgotten the content of his government's White Paper on the ''Report of the Federal a Government Investigation Panel on the 2011 Election Violence and Disturbances", which fingered the PDP-controlled state as the source of the sophisticated weapons

used in the unrest, or he decided to deliberately distort the facts just to smear the opposition,'' APC said. Quoting from the White Paper, the party said: “The panel also observed that some memoranda received from Akwa Ibom State alleged that there is a large scale arms running going on in the state....the panel recommends that Government should conduct an in-depth investigation into the allegations of large scale arms running in Akwa Ibom State to stem the tide of illegal arms flow into the country and ensure proper monitoring and licensing of local manufacturers of firearms and dealers.” It urged the President to stop embarrassing himself and the nation by making indiscreet comments that did not accentuate his posi-

tion as the leader of Africa's most populous nation “Can anyone imagine US President Barack Obama publicly blaming governors elected under the aegis of the Republican Party for cases of deadly shooting in schools in his country? Can anyone imagine the US President giving a partisan coloration to the 1993 raid on the religious sect, Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, for violating federal law? “President Jonathan must always resist the temptation to act in an un-presidential manner, to say things that will embarrass his nation and her people, to act more like a party chairman than a President, to make comments that can easily be debunked and to say things that divide his people along religious and ethnic lines."

L-R: Vice-President/ Chief Executive Officer, International Finance Corporation, Mr. Jin-Yong Cai; Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke and the Group Executive Director, Gas and Power, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. David Ige, at a recent workshop in London by the World Bank/IFC on gas supply and Infrastructure financing.

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announced as the new emir by the Kano State government following the scrutiny of four contenders by the Emirate Council. The former Emir, Ado Bayero, died on Friday at the age of 84 years. The Secretary to the State Government, Rabi’u Suleiman Bichi, had announced the selection of Sanusi after his recommendation by kingmakers and approval by Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso. He noted that the governor chose Sanusi out of three candidates forwarded to him by the kingmakers. “Under state customary law, the kingmakers, comprising the Madaki, Sarkin Bai, Makaman and Sarkin

Dawaki Maituta, had sat down and forwarded three names to the government to choose the one that will succeed the late Emir Ado Abdullahi Bayero. “Out of the three contenders, whose names were submitted to the Emirate Council, the kingmakers, it is resolved that due to the outstanding qualities of Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Emirate Council who is vested with powers on the appointment of a new Emir of Kano at this point in time in accordance to its customs has appointed Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the new Emir of Kano,” the SSG said. However, the announcement has triggered protests in the Kano metropolis. It

was gathered that the emergence of Sanusi did not meet the expectations of some people. Other contenders were Alhaji Lamido Ado Bayero, the District Head of Gwale, Chiroma Kano; Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, District Head of Dala-Sarkin Dawakin Tsakangida and Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero, District Head of Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state. Earlier yesterday, information had filtered that Sanusi Lamido Ado Bayero, the son of the late Emir, had emerged as the new monarch of one of the oldest kingdoms in the North. In fact, prominent figures in the North, including governors and a prominent

political party had issued messages congratulating Bayero on his appointment. The messages were however quickly withdrawn. It was learnt that supporters of Ado Bayero, who felt shortchanged by the emergence of Sanusi took to the streets to protest his choice. Rioting, it was learnt, took place around the palace of the Emir. It started at the Kofar Kudu area, near the Emir’s palace, shortly after the announcement of Sanusi. Our correspondent who witnessed the protest reported that soon after the announcement of Sanisu, residents of the neighbouring streets trooped out to the CONTINUED ON PAGE 5>>

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L-R: Executive Director (Operations), Bank of Industry, Mr Mohammed Alkali; Managing Director/ CEO, Mr Rasheed Olaoluwa; Group Managing Director, Tropical General Investment Limited, Mr. Rahul Savara and General Manager, Business Development, WACOT Ltd, Mr. Krishnan during a courtesy visit to the bank's head office in Lagos at the weekend.

L-R: Chairman, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, Mr. Lolu Akinwunmi; First VicePresident, National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria, Mr. Rotimi Olaniyan; President, NIMN, Mr. Ganiyu Koledoye and his wife, Chika, during the 2014 Annual International Marketing Conference in Lagos, recently. PHOTO: SAMUEL ADETIMEHIN

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L-R: Secretary General, Association of Corporate & Marketing Communications Professionals in Financial Institutions, Mr. Ogechukwu Udeagha; Chairman, Pielle Consulting Group, United Kingdom, Mr. Peter Walker; President, ACAMB, Mrs. Lola Odedina and immediate past President, Mr. Tunde Shofowora during the association's inaugural Summit in Lagos recently.

L-R: Dean, Lagos Business School, Dr. Enese Okenedo; Alumnus and Distinghished Service Award recipient /former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi; President, Lagos Business School Alumni Association, Mr. Demola Aladekomo, and a Director, Mr. Henry Onukuba during the award presentation in Lagos, on Saturday.

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Confab, clash of S'West against North –Okurounmu EBERE NDUKWU DARE AKOGUN



he ongoing National Conference has been described as ground for clash of the South West geo-political zone against the core North. Making this assertion yesterday, while delivering a keynote address at the 2014 annual luncheon/lecture and merit award of the Government College Ibadan Old Boys Association, GCIOBA, Lagos branch, Senator Femi Okunrounmu, a delegate at the confab said that the South West was the only zone that came with concrete proposal for changes that were conceived to be in the best interest of the entire nation. Okunrounmu added that there is need for prayers if anything positive is to be realised from the conference. He said: “The conference has mostly been a clash of the South West

against the core North. While the South West pushed forcefully for the realisation of all the elements of their agenda, they found themselves almost in every case pitted against the core North, enjoying only lukewarm support from the SouthEast and a near total indifference from the rest of the country. “For the aspiration of the people that the national conference may bring an upturn in our development to be realised, we need a lot of prayers.” In his address titled: After The National Conference, Whither The Nation?, Okunrounmu said that the totality of the North’s position is that while they may accept some inconsequential amendments to the 1999 Constitution, they are doggedly opposed to writing a new one. He identified three categories of delegates at the confab to include: delegates from the SouthWest and to lesser extent

South-East who eagerly anticipated fundamental changes in the status quo such as return to regionalism and the parliamentary form of democratic practice and a substantial devolution of power to the regions or zones. The minority zones of the country, who while supportive of the conference, were mainly concerned with issues touching on their marginalisation and delegates from the core North, who came with a very straightforward agenda which is to block any change and ensure the sustenance of the status quo. He said: “Thus the Middle Belt opposed the return to regionalism fearing they may once again come under the domination of the ethnic nationalities in their zone. The South-South was fixated on the issue of resource control and ownership.” Earlier, the chairman of the event and former governor of Oyo State, Dr. Omololu Olunloye, said

the confab is likely not going to succeed, because of its refusal to take the position of Okunrounmu and other Yoruba delegates as well as the use of old people who will run the country down. “The conference is likely not going to succeed. First, because they did not do what Okunrounmu asked them to do, secondly, because they will use the same old people not to run the country but to run it down,” he said.

The Chairman, Lagos Branch, GCIOBA, Mr. Wale Babalakin, accused the Nigerian intelligentsia of not living up to their calling and responsibility, which he said, has led invariably not just to the underdevelopment of the country, but to a worse situation where even the token institutions that were hitherto developed have now been destroyed. He said: “I must mention that this lacuna in the development of Ni-

geria has proved to be catastrophic. Those who know have been relegated to irrelevance, if not oblivion.” He stressed that if the problem persists and not addressed, it will be very difficult to achieve the Nigeria of our dreams. “It is acutely that as a generation of this nation we have been unable to bequeath to our successors and children what our predecessors and parents gave to us conscientiously”, he stated.

Farmers, grazers’ clashes claim 7 lives in Taraba community


he Taraba State Police Command yesterday confirmed that seven persons lost their lives in fresh clashes between farmers and cattle grazers in Ananom, Donga Local Government Area of the state. The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO,

ASP Joseph Kwaji, told journalists in Jalingo that several people also sustained injuries in the clashes. He said that the police mobilised to the area in a bid to maintain law and order, adding that normalcy had been restored to the communities.

Kwaji appealed to the warring parties to lay down their arms and embrace peace for meaningful development in their area. He appealed to the people to always report suspicious persons to law enforcement agents for immediate action.

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throughout the weekend by security agents. They described the action as primitive and a violation of press freedom. Troops, citing security reasons, confiscated thousands of newspapers across the country, prevented circulation vans from delivering newspapers, detained and assaulted newspaper staff and vendors in a surprise operation associated with military dictatorships. Speaking to National Mirror yesterday, the stakeholders urged the affected media houses to seek redress in court. Dean, School of Communications, Lagos State University, Prof. Lai Oso, said it as a wrong step.

He said: “It is against every ideal of democracy, especially freedom of the press. I don’t think anybody, who is in support of democracy should seize newspapers. Newspapers involved should go to court and seek redress.” A lecturer in the School of Media and Communication, Pan African University, Dr. Isah Momoh, said it was the primitive thing that could happen in this democracy. “Moving from military to democracy was a civilising process. The government needs the press the most, especially at this time of insurgency. “The military is breathing hard on the press because the press discovered some loopholes in the mili-

tary’s fight against Boko Haram. I call on President Goodluck Jonathan and the legislators to come out quickly and address the situation to save us from this national embarrassment.” Momoh, however, urged the press to remain calm in the face of the intimidation, and to stick to its social responsibility functions so as not to truncate the democracy it had fought for. A veteran columnist and former Managing Director of the New Nigerian newspapers, Mr. Mohammed Haruna, also described the action as wrong and unconstitutional. Haruna, who was the Chief Press Secretary to the Head of State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar, said: “If

the military has any grouse with the newspapers, it should go to court. The military personnel have taken the laws into their hands. You can see that they are very selective - they focus on about four newspapers. They are giving excuse that they are searching for arms and ammunition belonging to Boko Haram inside newspapers vans. That is nonsense. “The affected media houses should sue the government for breaching their rights to circulate their newspapers. This is not democracy.” Similarly, experienced journalist, Mr. Dimgba Igwe, said it was completely wrong and an affront on the constitutional rights of the

L-R: Rev. Gbenga Gbadebo; Lord Bishop, Lagos Central Diocese, Rt. Rev. Julius Abbe; Lord Bishop, Lagos Mainland Diocese, Rt. Rev. Samuel Adelagun Ajayi and the Lord Bishop, African Church, Ijebu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Augustine Odufuwa, during the 50th birthday anniversary of Bishop Ajayi at the African Church Cathedral Salem, Ebute-Meta, Lagos, yesterday.

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palace area in opposition to the choice. The mob set tyres on fire and mounted road blocks as they shouted, “Ba muso, ba muso”, meaning, “we don’t want, we don’t want”, in apparent reference to the choice of Sanusi by the state government. The mob threw stones at passing vehicles, a situation which was brought under control with the quick arrival of a detachment of policemen, civil defence personnel and the state Hisbah. A source told National Mirror that some protesters, who were on their way to the Government House, were stopped by security personnel. “Earlier in the day, message came to the Prince (Ado Bayero) while he was

at the palace receiving condolences that he needed to go and get set for turbanning in case he was the one selected. “So, many of his supporters followed him to his private residence and most of them assumed that he must have been selected since he was getting set for turbanning. “Unknown to many, both nominees were required to be ready whether they will eventually be selected or not, but many misconstrued the order and were shocked when Sanusi Lamido was eventually announced and they are the ones protesting now,” the source said. Meanwhile, Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has congratulated the new emir. Amosun hailed the choice

of the erstwhile CBN governor, who he said would bring his wealth of experience to bear in the appointment. In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Olufunmilayo Wakama, Amosun urged the Emir to follow in the footsteps of the predecessor by bringing further development to the emirate and the state as a whole. “As an accomplished technocrat, I believe the new emir will use his influence to foster peace and attract more development to the emirate and indeed the State," the governor said. He expressed happiness at the choice of the new emir and prayed Almighty Allah to grant him the wisdom and understanding to discharge the functions of the exalted and revered office.

Sanusi left his post as CBN governor in February this year when he was suspended by the Federal Government, although his tenure was to end by the end of May. Government in the statement suspending Sanusi said his tenure was characterised by “various acts of financial recklessness and misconduct which are inconsistent with the administration’s vision of a Central Bank propelled by the core values of focused economic management, prudence, transparency and financial discipline”. It is widely believed that Sanusi’s problem arose when he raised the alarm that $49.8bn was missing from the coffer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

press. He said: “The encounter between the press and the military is always a harrowing experience but the Nigerian press will always survive. This one will also go the same way as others in the past. This is entirely nonsense. It will boomerang. The military will cause international embarrassment and when it comes they will be looking for the media as a scapegoat, whereas they are ones that are causing it. “If there is any security report that newspapers are used to conceal arms and ammunition by Boko Haram, the authorities should know what to do. They should get in touch with the Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, NPAN. This is very crude and totally provocative. Will it happen in countries like USA and UK because we are fighting Boko Haram?” The All Progressives Congress, APC, has also condemned the siege on newspapers across the country. In a statement in Lagos yesterday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said President Goodluck Jonathan should learn from history as no person before now had been able to win the battle to suppress the media. The party also wondered what kind of weapons the small newspaper distribution vans could be used to ferry that could not be conveyed by other bigger vehicles moving around the country undisturbed. A group, Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria, REPRONIG, also condemned the clampdown on the newspaper industry. The group in a statement by its Chairman, Prof. Olu Obafemi, and the Executive Director, Mr. Jare Ajayi, and made available to journalists in Ibadan yesterday, said by this action, Nigerians’ rights to express themselves and be heard were being violently assaulted “besides the paralysis being brought upon the newspaper houses whose commodities are being unlawfully confiscated and destroyed.” Publishers of the affected newspapers belong to the Newspapers Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) which is an affiliate-member of REPRONIG.

It said in the spirit of “an injury to one is an injury to all, the attack on members of the NPAN is an attack not only on REPRONIG but on all Nigerians and all those who ought to have an unfettered access to information anywhere in the world.” Nigerians woke up on Friday and Saturday to an unprecedented clampdown on vans conveying newspapers across the country. Heavily armed soldiers, who said that they were acting on orders from above, confiscated newspapers meant to be distributed in different parts of the country and also burnt or tore many copies. They also detained drivers and distribution officers of some media houses. Director, Defence Information, Maj.Gen. Chris Olukolade, in a statement had said the army embarked on newspaper seizures because intelligence report indicated that materials with grave security implications were being moved across the country through newsprint related consignments. However, REPRONIG said this excuse by the army spokesman was “untenable, unacceptable and totally condemnable”. It called on President Jonathan to quickly call the army and other security agencies to order to stop any act capable of censuring the press and Nigerians in general. The group, which stated that the Presidency, through Dr. Doyin Okupe, had distanced President Jonathan from the seizures, maintained that for the Presidency to acquaint itself, it must stop those doing the condemnable act and sanction them severely so that others do not do same in the future. Alluding to the unpleasant security situation in the country which has earned Nigeria a bad image, REPRONIG said this was the worst time to do anything capable of further denting the image of the government and the country. While warning that no regime has been known to fight the Press and get away with it easily, it advised President Jonathan to rein-in those who may want to bring opprobrium onto his government especially as 2015 elections draw nearer.



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Eulogies as Obasanjo, NMA, PSN, others mourn Akunyili M

ore Nigerians yesterday reacted to the death of former Minister of Information, Prof. Dora Akunyili, who died in India on Saturday at the age of 59 years, with some calling on the Federal Government to immortalise her. Akunyili, who was also the Director General of the National Agency for

Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, is noted for her singular effort in leading a massive crusade against counterfeit drugs and unsafe food in the country. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who appointed Akunyili as boss of NAFDAC yesterday described her as one of the jewels in his eight-

year administration as president. In a telephone interview with the leadership of the Ogun State Correspondent Chapel, the former president declared that late Akunyili made great contribution and crucial change to the country’s health sector through her successful crusade against fake

drugs. Obasanjo said late Akunyili’s great contribution to Nigeria’s health sector, which could have otherwise proven fatal on innocent Nigerians, saw her traversing the length and breadth of the world during the period she held sway as the Director General of NAFDAC. Obasanjo said: “The

L-R: Director, Quality Assurance and Development, Consumer Protection Council, CPC, Mr. Emmanuel Amlai; Acting Director, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, Mrs Chinyere Egwuonwu and Director, Vice Chancellor’s Office, Federal University Technology FUT, Minna, Prof. Joseph Odigure, during a roundtable with stakeholders and sensitisation on standards, grades and usage of cement in Nigeria in Abuja, at the weekend. PHOTO:ROTIMI OSASONA

NNPC seeks new gas markets in Europe

• 60 Belgian firms express interest CHIDI UGWU ABUJA


he Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said it is seeking more markets for the nation’s gas on the European continent in order to generate maximum economic benefit from the nation’s enormous gas resources. Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Ohi Alegbe, who disclosed this in a statement, said the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Andrew Yakubu, an engineer, gave the hint while playing host to a Belgian business delegation under the auspices of the Flanders Investment

& Trade Mission in his office at the NNPC Towers, Abuja, over the weekend. “Europe is a good market for gas. Incidentally, Belgium has important terminals such as the Port of Antwerp through which Nigeria hopes to get its gas to the rest of Europe. We are working on independently marketing our abundant gas resources to Europe,” Yakubu stated. The GMD who was represented by the Coordinator, Corporate Policy & Strategy, Dr. Tim Okon, said NNPC would strategically position itself to attract investments to boost the nation’s economy, adding that “gas is a strong mechanism for not only

power generation and job creation, but also for growth and development.” He also reiterated the need for collaboration between foreign investors and Nigerian businesses in order to domesticate the gas industry in the country. Earlier in his address, the leader of the delegation and the Belgian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador Dirk Verleyen, said that no fewer than 60 Belgian companies had indicated interest to invest in Nigeria. He said that Belgian companies wishing to invest in Nigeria cut across various sectors including energy, telecommunications, construction, trans-

port, postal service, entertainment, engineering and agriculture. Also, the President of the Port of Antwerp and the Deputy Mayor of Antwerp, Mr. Mark van Peel, said the trade volume between Belgium and Nigeria was higher than most people know. “Our country is the third largest European exporter to Nigeria with a total export figure of almost two billion Euros a year,” van Peel disclosed. The business delegation particularly showed interest in building the capacity of staff of the nation’s refineries and other oil and gas installations in the area of safety of equipment.

death of Akunyili could best be described as the passage of one of the jewels in the glamour of my administration. I am shocked because she could not survive the traumatic transfiguration of a once active and vibrant person.” Lamenting the vacuum created by her death, Obasanjo described the passage of Akunyili as “a great loss for this country, which needs men and women of Dora Akunyili’s high integrity, industry, patriotism and honesty to fill.” He stressed that Nigeria would need to search and motivate whoever would fill the vacuum created by her death. “There are two things involved; one, is to search for the person. Men and women of such standing abound. Secondly, after the search, we have to tap them, motivate them and ensure they are well directed. “Akunyili was a workaholic member of my administration. I sincerely appreciated her service. Her life made a great change in one specific area - fake drug. She was there; everywhere to fight the fake drug war, which could have been fatal if she had not taken the bull by the horn.” Obasanjo, however, commiserated with the entire Nigerian, particularly, the people of Anambra State “on the loss of this great icon of this country who threw everything she had into the service of her fatherland. May her soul rest in peace.” President of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Dr. Obembe Kayode described Akunyili’s death as a great loss to Nigeria. “Her death is a very terrible loss to Nigeria. We just lost her when she should have been reaping the fruit of her labour. She was known for upholding what is good and this made her achieve remarkable feats during her tenure in NAFDAC,” he said. National President, Pharmaceutical Soci-

ety of Nigeria, PSN, Mr. Olumide Akintayo, also hailed her accomplishments, describing her as an icon of greatness while also mourning her death. He said: “It is painful to have lost such gem but she had left her footprint in the nick of time. She had made her mark while in NAFDAC and will forever be remembered for it. We wish her family the fortitude to bear the loss.” The late Akunyili, whose performance earned her recognitions home and abroad, served as the Director-General of NAFDAC between 2001 and 2008. Similarly, the National Conference, where Akunyili was a delegate before her death, described the deceased as a fine public servant who did her best for the nation. This is contained in a statement by the Assistant Secretary, Media and Communications, Mr. James Akpandem yesterday. “Chairman of the conference, Justice Idris Kutigi (retired), was shocked at the demise of one of Nigeria’s finest administrators,” Akpandem said. The assistant secretary stated that “the National Conference sitting in Abuja, on Saturday, June 7, 2014, received yet another sad news of the demise of a delegate, Prof. Dora Akunyili. “Akunyili’s death brings to three the number of such incidence recorded in the life of the conference, inaugurated on March 17, 2014. “Akunyili’s death was preceded by that of AIG Hamma Misau, a delegate representing retired police officers from Bauchi State on Thursday, March 27, 2014. “The second was Dr Mohammed Jumare, a delegate representing elder statesmen from Kaduna State, who died on Monday, May 5, 2014. “The chairman of the conference and former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Kutigi, expressed sadness at the demise of one of Nigeria’s finest administrators.

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South-East govs disown Biafran ‘Zionists’ DENNIS AGBO ENUGU


he South East Governors’ Forum has condemned the recent attempt by Biafran

Zionist Movement, BZM, to declare the Republic of Biafra. Chairman of the forum and Governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji, made the position of the governors

known yesterday after their meeting, held in Enugu. He said: “We condemned the attempt by the so called Biafra Zionist Federation, led by one Benjamin Igwe Onwuka, who earlier at-

tempted to gain entry into government house, for the purpose of hoisting their flag, and for invading the ESBS on Thursday, June 5, in an attempt to take over the media house and declare

the ‘State of Biafra’.” The governors also expressed shock at the death of former minister for information, Prof. Dora Akunyili, and prayed God to grant her soul eternal rest. The governors said they support the position of the delegates from the zone for extension of duration for the ongoing National Conference. They promised to participate in the burial of the late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, and sent condolences to the

family. The governors equally commiserated with the people of Kano State on the death of Emir Ado Bayero but feigned ignorance of emergence of a new emir of Kano. Present at the meeting were Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Martin Elechi (Ebonyi) and the deputy governors of Imo and Anambra states, Eze Madumere and Nkem Okeke, respectively.

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A L-R: Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof.Amos Utuama [SAN] and Guest Lecturer, Prof.G.G. Darah, during the Delta State House of Assembly’s public lecture to mark third anniversary celebration of the 5th Assembly in Asaba, at the weekend.

Boundary Commission clarifies Nigeria-Cameroon border issues TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA


he National Boundary Commission, NBC, has refuted insinuations that some border communities and villages in Cross River State had been ceded to Cameroon, saying that such rumour is unfounded. The commission, in a statement issued yesterday by its Head, Media and Publicity, Toyin Baker, said neither the on-going pillar recon-

struction exercise along the Cameroon boundary, nor the previous exercises undertaken by the Cameroon-Nigeria mixed commission had ceded any Nigerian community or territory to Cameroon. Baker explained that the current exercise was designed to clearly demarcate the legallyknown and accepted boundary between Nigeria and Cameroon in Cross River, Benue and Taraba states. She stated: “The demarcation exercise is

aimed at the reconstruction of the boundary pillars, with the standard pillars approved by both countries, in accordance with the Anglo-German Boundary Agreement of 1913, as accepted by the International Court of Justice, ICJ, judgment of October 10, 2002, for the benefit of the authorities and local populations.” According to her, adequate sensitisation of the communities involved were carried out in 2009 and 2013 before the commencement of the demar-

cation exercise. She added that the affected states, local governments and traditional authorities were actively involved in the exercise. While assuring the communities, stakeholders and the general public that the commission would not shirk its responsibilities to the nation, Baker advised Nigerians to avoid making uninformed and inflammatory statements on the matter and to always seek clarification on any related issue from the NBC.

Bribery: Polytechnic CSO jailed for 33 years ISE-OLUWA IGE


Delta State High Court, sitting in Warri, has sentenced the Chief Security Officer, CSO, of Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, Peter Obonyamo, to 33 years imprisonment. The sentence followed Obonyamo’s conviction by the court for corruptionrelated offences.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, had sued Obonyamo to court for demanding N150,000 gratification from a contractor with the polytechnic. He was also charged with receiving N100,000 from the contractor. His arrest came through a sting operation by ICPC operatives, as he was collecting the N100,000 marked

money. Delivering judgement, Justice Briki-Okolosi held that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt in counts 1, 3, 4, 6 and 11 of the charge, while he struck out counts 2 and 5 for duplicity. The court further held that counts 8, 9 and 10 were not proven beyond reasonable doubts. However, the court sentenced Obonyamo to seven

years imprisonment on each of counts 1, 3, 4 and 6, with an option of N20,000 fine on each count. The court also sentenced the convict to five years imprisonment without an option of fine on count 11. Obonyamo was, therefore, sentenced to a total of 33 years imprisonment, but would only spend seven years in prison, as the terms are to run concurrently.

s part of a major plan to eliminate multiple taxation, the Edo State Internal Revenue Service, EIRS, has announced a blanket ban on the collection of revenue on highways in the state. Speaking on the issue with National Mirror at the headquarters on New Lagos Road in Benin City, during the week, the Executive Chairman of EIRS, Chief Oseni Elamah, said the announcement was made to effect the provisions of the Edo State Revenue Administration Law. He urged the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies in the state to arrest anybody who stops vehicles or persons on the highway, henceforth, for the purpose of collecting revenue from them. Elamah stated that in spite of the shortfall in the Internally-Generated Revenue, IGR, of the state, a huge relief totaling about 60 per cent of Pay-As-YouEarn, PAYE, profile of the state was being given, to encourage individuals and organisations that pay as at when due. He added that Edo State IGR is currently hovering between N1.3bn and N1.5bn per month. Elamah also explained that ground rents, property tax and other related taxes, have now been consolidated by the government and brought under one umbrella “so that different tax agencies will not be going to the same taxable personality or entity

with a view to eliminating multiple-taxation.” He disclosed that EIRS had arrested and charged not less than 25 individuals and organisations to court for illegal revenue collection from individuals and corporate organizations. The chairman clarified that a lot of Federal Government agencies operating in the state still owed the government hundreds of millions of naira in PAYE, resulting in a huge shortfall of revenue. He further revealed that the state’s economy was prepared to key into the cashless policy that would be taking off in Edo State from July 1, even as over 22,000 people, including Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole and Omo n’Oba n’Nedo, Uku Akpolokpolo Erediauwa, the Oba of Benin, had since been captured under the Tax Identification Number programme of the Federal Government, designed to eliminate illegal taxation. Meanwhile, the Court of Appeal sitting in Benin City, Edo State has delivered judgement in case of wrongful closure of company premises for failure to pay tax brought to it for determination against EIRS. The court dismissed the appeal in case No. CA/B/20/2013, which was brought before it by the Independent Television/Radio (ITV/Radio) in Benin City, to contest an order that the revenue agency carried out on the company premises for failure to remit its PAYE tax for years.


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Ogun police bust robbery operation …kill one, recover stolen vehicle FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA

M L-R: Keynote speaker and Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference, Dr. Femi Okurounmu; chairman of the occasion, former Oyo State governor, Dr. Victor Omololu Olunloyo and Chairman, Government College, Ibadan Old Boys Association (GCIOBA), Lagos Branch, Dr. Wale Babalakin (SAN), during the 2014 Annual Luncheon, Lecture and Merit Awards of GCIOBA in Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO: YINKA DEPARUSI

Lagos begins placement tests into public secondary schools July 5 FRANCIS SUBERU


upils aspiring to be admitted into public secondary schools in Lagos State will henceforth have to sit for placement examination which will be conducted by the state government, it has been revealed. Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, who made the disclosure over the weekend at an interactive session with parents, teachers and other stakeholders in the education sector in the state, explained that the essence of the placement test is to test pupils’ ability to cope

with the rigours of academics at the secondary level. According to her, the test would help train and prepare the students for further examinations as well as ready them psychologically for secondary school education. The commissioner pointed out that Saturday, July 5, has been fixed for this year’s placement test for admission into public secondary schools in the state for the 2014/15 academic session. She added that the examination would be conducted in 300 centres across the state. Oladunjoye explained that pupils are expected to obtain 50 percent average scores in

English and Mathematics in addition to 50 percent cumulative scores in the examinations before they could be considered for admission into public secondary schools. According to the commissioner, the introduction of personalised Optical Mark Reader (OMR) system will go a long way in eliminating the incidence of examination malpractices as each answer sheet has been personalised for each candidate with his or her passport photograph boldly embolden on the answer sheet. She, however, announced one week of grace for parents/guardians who have

not registered their wards for the placement examinations for the 2014/15 academic session, even as she urged them to properly discharge their side of the bargain by ensuring their wards prepare well for the examinations. She also advised them to verify their children’s registration details with the Lagos State Examinations Boards at Iyana Ipaja, saying parents whose children fall under Education Districts III & IV comprising of Epe, Eti-Osa, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos Island, Apapa, Lagos Mainland and Surulere local government areas are expected to verify their children’s details on any Monday in June.

Oke Ogun set to establish varsity KEMI OLAITAN IBADAN


n the bid to ensure their children and wards have easy access to tertiary education, people of Oke Ogun in Oyo State have started the process that will lead to the establishment of Oke Ogun University. The acting President of Oke Ogun Development Council (ODC), Mr. Doja Oladele, after an interactive session with the Committee on Private Universities of the National Universities Commission (NUC) at the weekend, said the area was suffering greatly due to the dearth of tertiary institutions in the area. He said, “Oke Ogun has a population of about 1.5

million people, according to 2006 census, and comprises 10 local government areas with a land mass of about two-third of the present Oyo State. Yet, it has no tertiary institution like university or polytechnic. Our children have to travel hundreds of kilometres to have access to that level of education.” He said many of their qualified children do not get spaces in institutions across the country when the policy of ‘catchment area’ is applied; “This is why we decided to take the bull by the horn after the federal and state governments disappointed us at different times.” The Registrar/Chief Executive of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), who is an

indigene of the area, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, lauded the Federal Government for making it possible for private universities to co-exist with those that are government-owned. The JAMB boss however assured that the proposed Oke Ogun University will be viable as the people are determined to make it a success and have what it takes. The General Secretary of Oke Ogun Development Council, the body that is setting up the proposed university, Mr. Jare Ajayi, corroborated Ojerinde’s view by alluding to academicians and education administrators who are indigenes of Oke Ogun. He said, “We have a lot of Oke Ogun indigenes who are professors and education

managers in different parts of the world. They are ready to support us in various ways to ensure that the proposed university takes off successfully and is run efficiently.” Ajayi, while giving insight into how they got to this juncture, said they decided on that line of action after the Oyo State government under Governor Abiola Ajimobi failed to locate the new Oyo State University in Oke Ogun. He stated that the situation was a repeat of what happened in the 1980s when the then proposed Oyo State University was to be located at Saki, Oke Ogun only to be taken to Ogbomoso at the last minute. It is what is now known as Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).

en of the AntiRobbery unit of Ogun State Police Command have killed a member of the highway robbery gang in a gun duel along the Lagos - Ibadan expressway. The six-man robbery gang were said to have operated with superior weapons around 9:30pm on Saturday and snatched a Toyota Sienna car with registration number (LAGOS) LSD 339 CH near the Redemption Youth Camp along the Lagos - Ibadan expressway at gun point. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Muyiwa Adejobi, who confirmed the incident, also explained that the robbers had earlier shot the owner of the car (name withheld) who resides at Aguda area of Lagos State, before snatching his car. Adejobi further stated that the gun shots from the rob-

bery operation, which was closer to a police ‘pin down point,’ attracted men of the police anti-robbery unit on duty, who consequently gave the robbers a hot chase and engaged them in gun duel. “The robbers were overpowered by the police and forced to abandon the vehicle before they fled into a nearby bush along the expressway with bullet wounds. Our men also embarked on a search around the scene and discovered the corpse of one of the fatally injured robbers with bullet wounds.” Stressing that the police had rescued the injured Toyota Sienna owner to an hospital for proper treatment, the PPRO further said that the Police commissioner in the state, Ikemefuna Okoye, attributed the success recorded in smashing the robbery operation to the commitment of officers and men of the command towards ensuring effective policing of the state, particularly on highways.

Tinubu makes case for quality education


he Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu, yesterday made a case for qualitative education in the country, saying parents should be ready to make sacrifices for a better future for their children. She also berated President Goodluck Jonathan for making partisan statements during Saturday’s rally of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State. Senator Tinubu, at a media parley to mark her third year anniversary in the senate in Lagos, noted that the problem of the state-owned Lagos State University, LASU, has to do with providing the needed infrastructure to make the institution one of the best in the world. She, however, said that in making students pay tuition, loans should be made available for the indigent ones, whose parents cannot afford such high fees. Commenting on sub-

mission by President Jonathan that his government would develop Ekiti State once a PDP governor is elected as governor, Tinubu described such statement as unfortunate. She called on the president to rise above partisan politics and be a father to all Nigerians. According to her, the president of Nigeria should be father to all irrespective of party affiliation. She also expressed sadness with the leadership of the senate in their treatment of national issues, adding that unless the All Progressives Congress wins at the centre, she may have to reconsider whether to go back to the senate or not. She said since she got to the senate she has sponsored three bills, cosponsored two motions while she has also embarked on various empowerment programmes, for the youths, market men and women as well as the aged within her constituency.

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Soldiers on rampage at Ijebu-Ode motor park FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA


here was Pandemonium in the early hours of yesterday in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, when some soldiers invaded the popular Lagos Garage motor park, beating people indiscriminately. Numbering about 20 and fully armed, the soldiers shot indiscriminately and vandalised over 50 commercial and private vehicles at the park. Passers-by, passengers, market women and food vendors at the garage were seriously injured by the rampaging soldiers, who were said to be avenging a humiliation suffered by one of them. The said soldier, who was said to be in mufti, had boarded a Lagosbound commercial bus and had refused to pay his fare, which led to the said ‘humiliation’. His colleagues, who came to ‘avenge’ the matter, seized mobile phones after beating people up. A 65-year-old man was ordered to roll in mud, as punishment, or have his

head blown off with the gun. A motor park attendant, identified as Ademola Popson, was seriously wounded by the soldiers before he was whisked him away to an unknown destination. The chairman of one of the transport union units at the park, Rotimi Okunowo, alias ‘Rothmans’, who spoke with newsmen yesterday, said the soldier whose matter kick started the incident left the garage after his ‘ordeal’, only to only to re-appear 20 minutes later. Okunowo said: “When he was asked to identify himself, he engaged one of the boys in fight. He left the scene, only to return with about 20 soldiers with various weapons like cutlasses, guns, broken bottles and other dangerous weapons. “They beat the boy, Ademola Dosunmu, matcheted him and took him away. They have been doing this thing for a long time,” he explained. He said he was in the heat of the incident himself. “My phone was smashed and about six

Why Ondo PDP is now a beautiful bride -State Chairman OJO OYEWAMIDE AKURE


ndo State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ebenezer Alabi, has attributed the recent rising profile of the party in the state to the ‘enviable legacy of development’ left behind by the immediate past government of the late Dr. Olusegun Agagu. Alabi said more people from other parties were flocking into the PDP because they had seen that the previous PDP government served the state better than the incumbent Labour Party, LP, government. He stated this shortly after receiving some defectors from the All Progressives Congress, APC, and LP in Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo local government area of the state into the PDP. The defectors were led by Benjamin Akinbobola, Chief Akinbisodun Adenisinmi, Bode Akinfolure, Salami Adegboyega and Bimbo Adewale.

Alabi said: “The reason why more people are joining PDP is very clear. PDP ruled this state between 2003 and 2009, and the achievements of PDP in the state then were far from what we have seen today, bearing in mind the quantum of money that came then, and what is coming now. “Our administration left behind over N38bn in liquid cash. Unfortunately, people have not seen the achievements of the incumbent government, compared to what we did. “They can now see clearly that the achievements of the present government do not justify the quantum of money that has come to the state. That is why the people have now realised that PDP is better,” he said. Alabi assured members that PDP would win future elections in the state, saying that the popularity of the party among the people had caused discomfort for the ruling LP.

tyres of vehicles were punctured. They pursued me up to Ore Ofe Hospital and were shooting all around. This is too much.” It was, however, gathered that the rampaging soldiers were those assigned to monitor oil pipelines in the area, but who

were alleged to be fond of extorting money from drivers and other transport union members on a daily basis. The intervention of officials of the state’s special security outfit, ‘OP MESA’, who arrived at the scene in two Toyota Hilux buses,

however, cooled down the scene. One of the security operatives, who craved anonymity, told newsmen that his team had received a distress call from one of the union chairmen, which compelled them to race to the area.

“We were called around 7:00am and we have to rush down to Obalende Police station. Those boys were about coming out, and we blocked them and requested for, Popson, whom they had dropped there, with the intention of running away.

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi (middle), addressing the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Felix Uyanna, over an injured security aide attached to the governor’s convoy, at the scene of the attack on the governor at Ijigbo, asAdo-Ekiti, yesterday.

Alleged graft: CLO moves against Yaba Poly rector OMEIZA AJAYI


he Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, has faulted the Federal Government over what it described as its slow response to allegations of financial recklessness leveled against the Rector of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Dr. Margaret Ladipo. In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, the chairman of the Lagos State chapter of the CLO,

Comrade Ehi Omokhuale, said: “It was even more worrisome that the Presidency and the anticorruption agencies in Nigeria have not reacted overtly to the burning allegations, which cast aspersions on the Federal Government’s anti-corruption posture.” According to the group, shady financial deals against the rector include the N1.2bn Tertiary Education Trust Fund contracts in 2010, from which Ladipo was reported to have ‘benefit-

ed handsomely’ from the return of about N100m from Forstech Ltd. Other sleazy financial deals, according to the CLO, is the Internally Generated Revenue contracts and supplies to the tune of N800m each year, since 2010, from which she was also alleged to have benefited, with 20 per cent as kickback. Others are monies collected by the rector and principal officers for journeys not made, sundry acts of impunity and breaches of govern-

ment-approved financial regulations, among others. It, therefore, called on the anti-corruption agencies and the police “to urgently do the needful by conducting an unbiased investigation into the various allegations and counter-allegations of financial misappropriations in Yabatech.” The organisation also demanded an immediate stepping aside of the rector, in order to forestall unnecessary influence in the investigation.

Ex-presidents should join fight against insecurity, says group NGOZI EMEDOLIBE


group, South-East and South-South United Assembly, SESSUA, has called on Nigeria’s past presidents to join President Goodluck Jonathan in the fight against insecurity in the country. The group, which claims to be projecting the interest of South-East and South-South indigenes living in Lagos State, said the ex-leaders of the country have a great role

to play in checking insurgency and other issues of security in the nation. According to the president of the organisation, Oliver Akubueze, the former heads of state have a lot of experience to share with the current president, having been in that position in the past. He said the former presidents should not keep sealed lips as if what is happening does not concern them, bearing in mind that the seed of the current insurgence

was sown even before the dawn of the present democracy in 1999. Akubueze’s words: “I find it worrisome that most of our past presidents are not speaking out against the atrocities being committed by the terrorist group, Boko Haram. “By their attitude, they are giving the impression that it does not concern them, but that is wrong. Security is a collective responsibility and, as former presidents, they

should be coming out to give advice on how to handle the situation,” he asserted. Contributing, the Chairman, Political Committee of the organisation, Tony Eze, commended the armed forces for their efforts in fighting insurgency, “in spite of attempts by some politicians to demoralise them.” According to him, guerilla wars are very difficult to contain, but the military is doing its best.


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Group mobilises women for Enugu polls DENNIS AGBO ENUGU


he Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, WILPF, has commenced mobilisation of women in Enugu State to participate fully in the 2015 general election. In an awareness workshop and mobilisation at the weekend in Enugu and attended by various categories of women, including the Chief of Staff to Governor of Enugu State, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo, WILPF urged women to surmount challenges that previously hinder their political participation to make sure they contest all elective positions in the state. In the workshop titled “2015: Promoting women’s political participation,” President of WILPF, Mrs. Ada Onyesoh, urged women with ambition in politics to come out and indicate their interests, while promising that WILPF will fully support them. Onyesoh noted that WILPF has been to various communities

in Enugu, Benue and Cross River states, noting that women in the latter states have higher statistics of interest in politics than their counterparts in Enugu. She therefore urged Enugu women who have ambition in political career to show their interest as support has already come their way. One of the participants and former governorship candidate in the state, Chief Loretta Aniagolu, stressed that there are various challenges facing women with interest in politics. She stated that clinching nomination was the first hurdle to cross before facing the electorate. “They also face story tellers such as fellow women before wooing the hearts of the men and women in the society,” she explained. The women after the interaction session said that one of their problems is securing a political party of their own, adding that they need eligible women with impeccable characters to declare interest.

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Ihedioha chides Okorocha over dethronement of traditional rulers CHRIS NJOKU OWERRI


eputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has faulted the Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha, over the purported withdrawal of Certificates of Recognition to two traditional rulers. They are Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, the traditional ruler of Obinugwu Autonomous Community in Orlu Local Government Area and Eze Cosmas Onyeneke, Ekwueme IV of Lagwa Okwuato Autonomous Community in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of the state. Ihedioha said such action is a desecration of cus-

toms of the people whom the royal fathers represent. The Deputy Speaker noted that while he had seldom commented on the manner of administration of the governor, “it has become increasingly clear to all that the governor has continued to engage in actions that are anathema to good governance, peaceful coexistence, the rule of law and due process.” In a statement signed by his Personal Assistant (Media), Mr Chibuike Onyeukwu, Ihedioha noted that the purported de-recognition of the royal fathers was in utter disregard to the rule of law, due process and an affront on the custom and heritage of the people whom those traditional rulers embody.

He added that none of the extant and relevant statutes which clearly stipulate the procedures and conditions precedent for the withdrawal of Certificate of Recognition of traditional rulers in Imo State, including fair hearing which is a basic foundation of jurisprudence, have been met in this instance. While counseling the governor against such action because of its consequence, the federal lawmaker recalled that the governor had lost his “illegal” and “unjustifiable” litigation to remove Ilomuanya from office as the substantive Chairman of Traditional Rulers Council of Imo State before the expiration of his tenure. He noted that this was

also the case when elected officers of Local Government Area Council Administration secured judicial victory against their illegal dissolution by Okorocha, which the administration recklessly disregarded. He advised the governor to stop making the state a laughing stock of civilized societies and rather comply with the law in view of these valid judicial decisions against his administration. The Deputy Speaker further urged the governor to retrace his steps and show respect to judicial pronouncements and decisions by immediately revoking the purported derecognition of Ilomuanya and Onyeneke.

New Masquerade star, ‘Natty’, dies of stroke come to his aid in 2013. NGOZI EMEDOLIBE


ne of the surviving actors from popular sitcom, New Masquerade, Romanus Amuta, popularly called Natty, has died. In his 60s, Amuta died on Saturday morning after a prolonged battle with paralysis, which resulted from stroke at his home on Umuchi Nwoke Street, off Agbani Road, Enugu. Amuta’s death brings to four members of the cast of the very successful television comedy that have since passed on. Others are James Iroha (Gringory), Christy Essien-Igbokwe (Apena) and Claude Ekeh (Jegede Shokoya). Davis Offor (Clarus), another member of the cast, is down with blindness caused by glaucoma. National Mirror gathered that the actor had little medical care in spite of an outcry to people to

Then he had said: “Will I be poor in New Masquerade and still be poor in real life, and even now that I am about to die? I am so poor that I could not even cure the stroke when it was just starting. “Now that it (the stroke) is even worse, there is no money to even enjoy myself, even if na small enjoyment before I quench like my mama wey die a long time ago. I have reached out to my friends, but it appears they have abandoned me to die. “For my people (his relatives), they have tried, but they can’t kill themselves. My children have also done their best for me. I believe that if government comes to help me my problems will be over. “But the more they delay in coming, the more my body dies, and soon the entire Natty will just die and leave you people.

L-R: Proprietor of Rojenny Tourist Village, Oba, Anambra State, Chief Rommy Ezeonwuka; Governor Willie Obiano; Chairman Coscharis Group, Chief Cosmas Maduka and Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Nnamdi Mefor, at the opening of the Coched Farm Project in Anaku, Ayamelum local government area, at the weekend.



mo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has described the Land Use Act of Nigeria as a hindrance to economic development of the nation. While pointing out that land is one of the greatest assets given to man for the creation of wealth, Okorocha however regretted that the Land Use Act of Nigeria has posed a lot of hindrances to the economic development of the nation and called for its review. The governor, who made the observation during the unveiling of the various

programmes of the Ministry of Lands, Survey and Urban Planning at the Government House, Owerri, urged Imo people to make maximum use of their lands by giving value to them through getting their Certificates of Occupancy (C of O). He noted that the new certificates introduced by the Ministry of Lands are more durable, authentic and bankable asset for the owners. While urging those who were allocated plots of land to ensure they are developed, the governor warned that government would revoke all unutilized lands

and reallocate them to people who are ready to put them to good use. In his address, the Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development, Chief Uche Nwosu, described the new innovations in his Ministry as a scientific revolution aimed at providing ease of accessibility to the buying and selling of land in the state, even for residents abroad. Nwosu disclosed that the Ministry has amicably acquired lands from different communities as well as paid compensations amounting to over N700 million to the land owners. The commissioner not-

ed that the Ministry has modernised the C of O to meet international standard with all the security features in place to guard against forgery. He equally said that a website - www. has been created as well as periodic magazine to keep people informed of the activities of the Ministry and thanked Okorocha for his resourcefulness and initiative which he said gave rise to the creation of Imo Land and Lands. Highlight of the event was the unveiling of the new certificate and the maiden edition of the Imo Lands magazine.

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No permanent voters card for Bayelsa deputy gov JULIUS OSAHON YENAGOA


Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson (left) and Chair of the Commonwealth Business Council, Lord Marland, after the governor’s meeting with the Council at the House of Parliament, Westminster, London, recently.

Ex-PDP govs vow to stop Jonathan in 2015 GBENGA OGUNBUFUNMI


tate governors who left the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, last year to form the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) before finally merging with the All Progressives Congress, APC, have vowed to abort the secondterm ambition of President Goodluck. The former PDP governors made the vow in Port Harcourt yesterday in a press statement issued by the former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct nPDP, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze. “We have noted President Jonathan’s claims, made on Thursday at the National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting of the PDP in Abuja, to the effect that PDP is not missing us, as well as his boast that some of us

cannot win even our wards during elections,” the exPDP governors said in the statement. The former PDP governors described Jonathan’s claims as “both shocking and out of tune with reality, considering that he, Jonathan, wouldn’t have been president today, if not for our sacrifices which ensured that he won both the PDP presidential primaries and the 2011 presidential election.” The statement cited Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rives State as an example. “It is on record that Rivers State under Amaechi’s watch made Jonathan’s presidency possible by delivering over two million votes in his favour during the 2011 presidential polls. “For the same Jonathan to turn around, three years down the line, to describe Governor Amaechi as a political lightweight who

cannot win his ward needs much to be desired,” the statement said. The former nPDP spokesman also berated PDP for congratulating the president on his handling of the security challenges facing the country, including the Boko Haram insurgency. The statement said: “By commending the president at a time when he has proved to be completely overwhelmed by the security challenges confronting Nigeria, PDP has demonstrated without any reasonable doubt, that the party has lost its sense of value, which explains why it is celebrating a president who watched helplessly as insurgents took away and has kept over 200 innocent schoolgirls, and who continues to watch as Nigerians are slaughtered like chicken on a daily basis. “It is unfortunate that PDP should be commend-

ing a sleeping, confused and misguided government and its leader without showing any sympathy for the wanton killing of innocent Nigerians by outlaws. “PDP should hide its ugly face in shame. Nigerians should get ready to oust this ruthless party that has brought hardship and shame to our country, come 2015,” it said. The statement added that the president and the PDP should prepare for a ‘grand political war’ come 2015, as the ex-PDP governors and other party members who left the party were working in concert with other democratic forces in APC to send him and the ‘directionless PDP’ packing from the Presidential Villa in Abuja, so as to rescue Nigeria from the doom towards which the PDP is inevitably leading the country to.

Vigilance group nabs kidnapper in Rivers DENNIS NAKU



suspected kidnapper, Gift James, has been arrested by a vigilance group in Rivers State for allegedly getting involved in the abduction of two widows. The suspect was also allegedly involved in the kidnapping of the wives of the late Thompson Bob of Ihuaba Community, Ahoada East local government area.

The group, known as Vigilance Group of Nigeria, VGN, also assisted operatives of the Joint Task Force, JTF, in rescuing the widows, Mrs. Mary and Comfort Bob, from the hoodlums. Commandant, VGN in Ahoada East, Mr. Justine Ayah, speaking with newsmen over the weekend, said nine suspected kidnappers had, on May 25, 2014, invaded the residence of the late Bob in Ihuaba, at about 3.00

am, and whisked away the widows. Ayah disclosed that the kidnappers had demanded a N20m ransom from the family of their victims, saying the hoodlums later slashed the ransom to N18m when the family maintained that they could only pay N3m for the widows to be freed. Explaining that his men were grounded in 23 local government areas of the state, Ayah stated that they

were able to discover that the kidnappers were from the same community with the widows. He said: “One of the abductors of Mrs. Mary and Mrs. Comfort Thompson Bob (widows), identified as Gift James was apprehended by men of the VGN and handed over to the State Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Ahoada East, for further investigation, while one Grass and seven others are currently on the run.

he inadequacies that characterised the on-going issuance and registration of voters by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, nationwide reared its ugly head again at the weekend, when the Bayelsa State deputy governor’s permanent voter’s card could not be produced by officials of the commission. The Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd), who had gone to his Nembe 1 Constituency to register, was left in shock as the INEC officials at the registration centre could not produce his card and the deputy governor had to leave in disappointment. Jonah had arrived the polling unit with his temporary voters card and scores of aides, including the Government House Press crew, but was told that his permanent voters card was not available.

National Mirror further gathered that the ad-hoc staff of INEC were unable to explain to the deputy governor why his permanent card could not be issued. When our correspondent visited some of the registration units in the state capital, similar incidents were also reported as some voters who had come for their permanent cards left for home disappointed, while thousands waited endlessly on queues. Some of the eligible voters, who were yet to be registered as of Friday last week asked the commission to extend the registration date, as many voters would be disfranchised if the closing date is not extended by at least two weeks. A statement issued from the office of the deputy governor by his Senior Special Assistant, SSA on Media, Ebi Evisson, confirmed that the deputy governor was shocked when he was told that his card was not available.

Rights group faults demolition of houses in Delta THEOPHILUS ONOJEGHEN WARRI


Warri-based human rights group, Centre for the Vulnerable and the Under-privileged, CENTREP, has faulted the Chief Frank Omare-led Delta State Special Sanitation Task Force for demolishing 65 residential buildings at Ifiekoporo Community, Warri South local government area of the state, without following due process. Describing the action as ‘a naked show of executive rascality’, the group alleged that over 200 families had been rendered homeless in the exercise, without a court order informing the victims that their houses were built on an expanse of land reserved for a cemetery for monarchs in the area. In a statement signed by the Executive Director of CENTREP, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi, the group urged the state government to adequately compensate the victims without delay. It read: “The attention of members of the Centre for the Vulnerable and the Underprivileged has been

drawn to the recent demolition of over 65 residential buildings by the Delta State Sanitation Task Force, led by the Environment Commissioner, Chief Frank Omare, at Ifiekporo Town, in the Warri South local government area of the state, without due process or a court order, under the pretext that the said houses were built on an expanse of land reserved for use as a burial site for monarchs. “We condemn same as barbaric and a naked show of executive rascality. We are not oblivious of the fact that over 200 families were rendered homeless in one swoop without notice or due process as a result of the above inaction of government. “We call on the state government to adequately compensate the victims without delay, as information reaching us indicates that the above demolished residential buildings were duly covered with approved building plans after the said buildings were registered by their owners through the State Ministry of Lands and Urban Development,” it stated.



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Humanitarian crisis looms, as insurgents besiege Borno communities INUSA NDAHI MAIDUGURI


umanitarian crisis is looming in Borno State, with over 1,290 internally displaced persons from the border towns and villages in need of food and shelter. This is even as Boko Haram gunmen continued to lay siege on some communities in the state, with death toll from the insurgents’ attacks already over 108 by Sunday morning. Last week, Senator Mohammed Ndume, representing Borno South Sena-

torial District, said several villagers were killed when the insurgents attacked more than four towns and villages in Gwoza local government area. “The killing and torching of our houses continued in some of the villages as of Sunday morning,” said three elders of Gwoza border communities, yesterday in Maiduguri. Our correspondent also learnt that the border villages with Cameroon that are still under siege by Boko Haram gunmen include Gava, Agapalawa, Chikideh, Dushwale, Ngoshe and Ashgashiya. Addressing community

and religious leaders of the affected areas in Maiduguri at his residence, Ndume said: “We are here to salvage the condition of our people. As a quick solution, we have sought for military intervention in six wards in Gwoza East that are currently under siege and as I am speaking to you now, there is no military presence in these areas except in Pulka, but we have been pressing on the security agencies to salvage the situation.” According to him, they had set up a committee to distribute relief materials to the displaced people. He also called on NGOs,

individuals from Gwoza to assist the displaced people with food and funds. Ndume also disclosed that the Borno State government had released N10 million, including donation of funds from some members of the Gwoza communities, adding that once the areas under siege were accessible, the funds will be used for the procurement of relief materials for the displaced persons who could not make it to Maiduguri. The district head in one of the wards under siege, Lawan John who is now seeking refuge in Maiduguri, said that 108 people

L-R : Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed; former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau and a son of the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, during the governor’s condolence visit to the emir’s palace in Kano, yesterday..

We need national emergency to tackle insurgency -Gambari WOLE ADEDEJI ILORIN


ormer Nigerian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, UN, Professor Agboola Gambari, has said that Nigeria requires a national emergency, with collective national response as a solution to insurgency in the North East of the country. Gambari was speaking as the Chancellor of the Kwara State University, during the institution’s second convocation ceremony where 349 graduating students were conferred with the award of degrees in various disciplines. Gambari said that though the state of emergency declared in the three states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa is necessary, but it is not sufficient to restore peace and security in the area. The former envoy said

that with the insurgency in the North East, the country as a whole is under serious and unprecedented attacks and requires more pro-active measures. Professor Gambari said; “In my view, it would be a great mistake to regard the Boko Haram insurgency as a problem of the North East of our country. Hence, declaring a state of emergency in the three states of that zone is a necessity, but an insufficient condition for the restoration and maintenance of peace and security in the area and the country as a whole. “Let us be clear: the Nigerian state is under serious and unprecedented attack and we must regard the insurgency in the North East as a national emergency demanding a collective national response, which should be comprehensive, carefully calibrated and sustained,” he advised.

had so far been buried since the attacks. “Corpses still littered our villages because we didn’t have access to the villages as the insurgents were still hanging around,” he said. He said many of their people were trapped in the Mandara Mountains and hills of Gwoza; without food and potable water for over a week.

“They rely on people from Pogu village who go there to give them food, and right now there is no food left in the village,” the district head added. In some of the besieged and taken overruned villages, the insurgents were still moving around on motorcycles and shooting anybody who attempted to descend from the Gwoza hill.

Jonathan, Army vindicate Shettima, Rep demands apology


member of the House of Representatives, representing Monguno, Marte and Nganzai Federal Constituency of Borno State, Mohammed Tahir Monguno, yesterday said that recent remarks by President Goodluck Jonathan and the Nigerian Army on the preparedness of the military to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency have vindicated Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima. In a statement yesterday, Monguno also said that Presidential spokesman, Doyin Okupe, should tender an apology to the governor for his scarthing remarks on him. It would be recalled that Shettima had raised the alarm that the military lacked the right equipment to fight the Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, a position that has been corroborated by both the president and the Army. Monguno said: “I was particularly drawn by the lead story of newspapers of Friday, June 6, with the caption: ‘Military wares issues being handled, Jonathan says’, which report-

ed the President saying he was tackling the problems of inadequate equipment for the military. “This, to every Nigerian, is clear admittance of the first alarm raised by Governor Shettima some time ago and which led to unwarranted attacks on the governor by spokesmen from the presidency and indeed the President himself at his media chat around that period. “The fact that the Presidency didn’t deny that story since Friday means there is no question about it,” he said. Monguno noted that even before the President admitted the true situation, the head of the Nigerian Army’s Account and Budget, Major General Abdullahi Muraina at a press conference in Jaji military cantonment in Kaduna State last month had lamented that the Army was being poorly funded by the Federal Government, citing that allocations being made in successive budgetary allocations were not enough to equip troops deployed to the North East to fight insurgency.

Gambari recalled that he had, 15 years ago, while speaking on the state of the nation, made some remarks, which he feels are still relevant to the state of the nation today, and proffers how to solve the present crisis in the country. He said he had advised that the country should

provide the most basic needs for its citizens which include invest in human capital, provide infrastructure that would allow the citizens to realise their best and evolve social safetynets that take adequate care of the downtrodden and those who falls on the bad times.


Dangote Cement allays fear of price hike

angote Cement Plc. has dismissed claims by some manufacturers of cement that the recent upward review of the quality standard by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, would lead to price increase of the product. The management of the cement company said the upgrade of cement quality and the new classification of grades has nothing to do with the price. Group Managing Director of Dangote Cement, Devakumar Edwin, said in

Lagos at the weekend that those making such claims were doing so to blackmail the regulatory authorities into backing down on the new quality standard. Edwin, in an interview with journalists in Lagos, said that for any patriotic manufacturer with consumer interest at heart, there is no relationship between the new standard review and the price of the product, except for profiteering. To buttress his point,

Edwin noted that his company started producing 42.5 grade eight years ago at its Obajana plant, and the Ibese plant for about three years at the same with the price of the lower grade of 32.5 produced by some other competitors. According to him, the switching over to higher quality cement shouldn’t be a difficult process that will necessitate increase in price. The Dangote Cement boss added that his com-

pany has even gone ahead to produce 52.5 grade of cement and that it would be uncharitable for anyone to claim that the new standard would lead to price hike for the product. Edwin then pledged that as much as his company would continue to cooperate with government and authorities in the regulation of the cement industry, it would ensure the price is not hijacked by profiteers.

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iolence broke out among supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, yesterday leaving one person dead, several others injured with many cars and commercial motorbikes vandalized. The violence, sources said, followed the bid of


•Party seeks transfer of CP, Mopol boss APC members in the state to sweep off the footprints of President Goodluck Jonathan and other leaders of the PDP, who were in the state on Saturday for a Mega Rally for its governorship candidate, Mr Ayodele Fayose. However, the violence left in its trails accusations

and counter-accusations by the APC and PDP, who put the blame of responsibility on the other. But the police commissioner, Mr Felix Uyanna, said APC members holding a street rally after the sweeping exercise “had an encounter with PDP rival political party members

at Ijigbo Roundabout, Ado Ekiti during which cudgels, axes, machetes and other dangerous weapons were used and a yet to be identified middle-aged man was inflicted with multiple injuries on the head”. While sources said the victim was an okada rider, the APC and PDP claimed

Violence: Bamidele charges stakeholders, security agencies Congress, APC, we have come out again to reiterate our earlier position that Ekiti is under siege of the incumbent. The killing is uncalled for, barbaric and tragic, all in the name of politics”. The statement reads in part: “It is noteworthy that this round of killing is coming about 72 hours after the burial of Foluso Ogundare murdered by same APC goons at Emure

Ekiti last November 3, 2013. At no time has Ekiti been put under this kind of thirst for blood by its supposed leaders all in a bid to secure their elusive second term ambition.” Bamidele, however, called on LP members and his supporters “to remain calm in the face of these attacks while we continue to pray for God’s intervention, in a scenario where everyone seems helpless.”

abour Party, LP, governorship candidate, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, has condemned the killing yesterday of an innocent citizen in Ado Ekiti, saying it was uncalled for, barbaric and tragic. He therefore called for urgent steps by stakeholders in the state and the security agencies to stop ongoing theatre of war in the state with few days to

the June 21 governorship election. Speaking in a statement in Ado Ekiti by his media aide, Ahmed Salami, shortly after terror was unleashed on ordinary passersby in the capital city yesterday leading to the death of a lad, Bamidele said: “Going by today’s killing of a young and promising son of Ekiti State by political thugs sponsored by the All Progressives


Fayose’s preparation excites Sambo

ice President Namadi Sambo has expressed satisfaction with the preparation of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State and its candidate, Mr Ayodele Fayose, ahead of next week’s governorship election in the state. PDP state chairman, Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe, said Sambo also ironed out important issues concerning


One killed as APC, PDP clash

Members of Peoples Democratic Party during the Ekiti Maga Rally on Saturday.


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the PDP in the South West. Briefing journalists in Ado Ekiti yesterday on the outcome of the three-hour meeting of PDP stakeholders, Ogundipe said the Vice President addressed all issued relating to the wellbeing of the party and preparation for next week’s poll in the state. Urging all PDP members

in the state to rally round the party’s candidate, Fayose, and ensure his victory at the poll, Sambo assured that the Presidency would provide every logistic that Fayose may need to excel in the election. Ogundipe said that Sambo advised members against being provoked by any political party into resorting to self help.

According to him, Sambo also used the occasion, with Fayose and his running mate, Dr Olubunmi Eleka, in attendance, to meet with all aggrieved PDP aspirants that contested against Fayose, on the need for more cohesiveness, with an assurance that their demands would be met.

he was a member of their parties respectively, although none of them could ascertain his identity. Uyanna, in a statement by the spokesperson for the police in the state, Mr Victor Babayemi, said the police and other sister agencies swiftly moved in to curtail the situation among the feuding parties’ members and consequently arrested eight suspects. Recounting what transpired yesterday, the APC State Interim Chairman, Chief Jide Awe, alleged at a press conference that a police detachment led by the MOPOL Commander, alongside two armoured personnel carriers, on the orders of the PDP, disrupted his party’s sensitization walk with tear gas and gunshots. Awe said even the arrival of the governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, at the scene did not help matters, as the state chief executive was tear-gassed by the policemen. The APC chairman, who said his members were tear gassed, beaten and arrested, said one of his party members, who was shot by the police on the occasion, died almost immediately. Consequently, he appealed to the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar, to, within 24 hours, transfer the state Police Commissioner and the Mopol Commander out of the state, failure which the crisis witnessed in Ado Ekiti would reverberate across the 16 council areas. Awe said: “Information at our disposal is that the election would be between Ekiti people and security agencies – army and police. What happened today is an attestation to that.” But the PDP accused Governor Fayemi of allegedly leading the APC members to unleash terror on the people of the state, leav-

12 DAYS TO GO ing one person dead, one okada rider half amputated, several persons injures and many okada seized. PDP state chairman, Mr Makanjuola Ogundipe, who said the provocation by members of the APC yesterday was because they were jittery on seeing the crowd at Fayose’s rally attended by Jonathan and other PDP chieftains, said: “I sympathise with the governor. He saw the crowd and he is jittery.” He said APC members attacked and killed an innocent citizen on okada because he wore Fayose’s t-shirt, alleging that they hurriedly removed the victim’s t-shirt and covered him with APC t-shirt to give the impression that one of them was killed. He said: “These people are masters of propaganda. We have raised this over and over. But I want to assure them that if they refused to allow peace to reign, we will not hesitate to do the needful.” But the police said that the Police Commissioner and the Director of State Security Services, SSS, on getting wind of the governor’s plan to visit the crisis scene at that time, advised him through his ADC and Chief Security Detail against visiting the scene until the situation had been brought under control The police spokesperson added that the police commissioner and the DSS later advised the governor, who they met at the scene, to leave the place due to the situation at the scene at that time.



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Orubebe celebrates with inmates, donates to Delta prisons THEOPHILUS ONOJEGHEN WARRI


s part of activities marking his 55th birthday, former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe at the weekend donated materials worth several millions of Naira to Delta prisons, charging the inmates to use their moment of trial to get closer to God. Orubebe also used the occasion to eulogise the wife of Delta State governor, Deaconess Roli Uduaghan, for building places of worship in Delta prisons, describing her extraordinary commitment to winning souls for God

•Commends gov’s wife for building places of worship as worth emulating by Christians. With visits to OgwashiUku, Sapele and Warri prisons, Orubebe said he was at the prisons to celebrate his birthday with the inmates and also to lend a helping hand to the general welfare of the Nigerian Prisons Service, NPS. The 2015 governorship hopeful donated 900 copies of the Holy Bible, mattresses, sports kits, toiletries and confectioneries after a brief sermon at the various prisons. He said that his desire to succeed Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan in 2015 was a divine call from God

to offer himself to serve the good people of Delta State. He counselled the inmates to be prayerful and seek God’s intervention in their present predicament, as he assured them that one day they shall be reunited with their families. Orubebe told newsmen during the visits, that he was amazed with the uncommon courage displayed by Deaconess Uduaghan in building a place of worship in all prisons in the state to bring both staff and inmates of the prisons closer to God. He said: “I have heard a lot of uncommon things the Delta First Lady is doing to

uplift the ordinary man. Today I have heard and seen with my own eyes that she is building to win souls for God. Anyone investing in winning souls for God is dear to my heart. God will continue to oil the wheel of Delta’s First Lady anywhere she finds herself.” At the three prisons visited, both management and inmates expressed delight and appreciation to the celebrant, commending him for his humility and love for coming to celebrate his birthday with the downtrodden in the society and pray God to bless his aspirations with resounding successes.

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Lagos APC condemns violence on Fayemi EMMANUEL EGHAGHE


agos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has condemned in the strongest possible terms the unleashing of provocative violence and mayhem on the governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and members of the APC in Ekiti State by the police which resulted in the death of a member of the party. In a release signed by its publicity secretary, Joe Igbokwe, APC said the attack was the height of provocation by a failed party that sees the police as it’s hatchet dogs in their desperate efforts to stay in power, warning that Nigerians would not be intimidated by the police in a bid to remain in power. Igbokwe said: “We see the action of the police as the height of provocation, not only to the institution

of the governor, but the entire constitution, democracy, rule of law and indeed by the entire Ekiti State and it’s peace loving people.” The party also condemned the attacks on APC members and recent attack on some newspapers in the state, describing it as an act of gangsterism in a bid to capture and remain in power despite its failure so far, adding: “The haste with which the hare-brained PDP Publicity Secretary rushed to approve this brigandage and direct affront on the constitution proves to all that the police was employed by the PDP to unleash violence on an executive governor of a state. We are in no doubt that this ranks as the way the PDP wants to employ to retain power when it had completely ran down the country and made the country an object of ridicule before the international community.”

Okorocha denies frustrating Onu’s chairmanship ambition CHRIS NJOKU OWERRI

I Wife of Akwa Ibom governor, Mrs Unoma Akpabio (right), with the newly inaugurated executives of Akwa Ibom Consolidation Assembly for 2015 general election in Uyo at the weekend.

CNPP raises alarm over INEC’s recruitment of CJN’s son for Obiano’s case DENNIS AGBO ENUGU


onference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, has raised the alarm over what it said was an imminent subversion of justice at the Appeal or Supreme Court in the case of Chief Willy Obiano of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, vs Comrade Tony Nwoye of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Senator Chris Ngige of All Progressives Congress, APC, for the final determination of the validity of the election of Obiano as governor of Anambra State in the November 16, 2013 governorship election. CNPP said it was out-

raged that shortly after the tribunal in Awka, Anambra State hurriedly delivered judgment against the PDP and APC in the election, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which did not endeavour to produce witnesses at the lower tribunal, suddenly bent backwards to recruit the son of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar, Barr Mustapha Majiyagbe, for the forth coming appeals. National Publicity Secretary of CNPP, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, in a statement yesterday, said that the CNPP smelt foul play when Barr Majiyagbe announced appearance for INEC at the

Supreme Court. It said that it was of the candid view that Majiyagbe’s appearance will generate conflict of interest and subvert the cause of justice when the matter finally goes to the Appeal Court and subsequently to the Supreme Court where the CJN presides. It said: “CNPP is relying on an old adage which states that once beaten twice shy, for we vividly recall that similar incident occurred in not too distant past in the case of Gen. Mohammadu Buhari (rtd), at the Presidential Election Tribunal, when the son of Justice James Ogebe was conscripted into INEC legal team as is in this case.

Buhari lost the case. And the same Majiyagbe was recruited in similar circumstance by Ondo State governor, Olusegun Mimiko in 2013 and the rest they say is history.” Saying that it has nothing against Majiyagbe in carrying out his professional duties, CNPP said that it must be noted that he was not part of INEC’s legal team at the lower tribunal in Awka and was never known to be part of the consortium of lawyers of INEC. It said: “Therefore, as an only child, he was recruited as a conduit to influence her lovely mom, the CJN. Otherwise was his recruitment not an afterthought?”

mo State government has described the report that Governor Rochas Okorocha has moved against Dr Ogbonnaya Onu’s aspiration for the National Chairmanship of the All Progressive Congress, APC, because he is “itching to seek for the vice-presidential slot in the 2015 general election” as untrue. Describing the report as disturbing and invention of the writer’s imagination, a statement signed by the governor’s media aide, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, said that the government took exception to it with all sense of seriousness. It said: “There is no reason anybody would begin to insinuate that Governor Okorocha is against Dr. Onu becoming the first elected National Chairman of APC. It would even go extra mile to add fiber to the APC in the South-East. So, the report is totally false.” Denying that Okorocha has never talked about

the vice-presidential slot of the APC either in the open or in secret, the statement added that he has never minced words in his desire to vie for the presidency of this country, saying: “The governor cannot be talking about the presidency and at the same time talking about the vice-presidency. Even when 99 per cent of Imo people have been clamouring that he should opt for a second term as their governor, having demonstrated, in a grand-style, what leadership is all about: service to God and humanity.”

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Depoliticising development reforms in Nigeria Mirror of the moment ABDUL-WAREES A SOLANKE, 08090585723 (SMS only)


f economics is the science of efficient allocation and utilization of scarce resources to achieve optimum value for the society, it becomes imperative for managers of the public sector in the developing world to undertake critical evaluation of the options and choices available for bailing them out of the quagmire of economic underdevelopment in which they are enmeshed. This is a call, therefore, for innovative and pragmatic reform measures necessary to free them from their crises. Unfortunately, when the subject of reform is raised, most citizens are not clear as to what it entails, and many interest groups, for parochial reasons, obfuscate its very essence in aggregating the challenge or support for reform programmes. This obviously explains the failure of reform or development projects and measures such countries pursue. We in Nigeria are not impeded by any lack of appreciation of our development crisis, but we are constrained mainly by the politics of approaches and choices we take to push through our reform projects. For this reason, we often disagree or vacillate while trying to

generate ideas in the planning stage, or we waste time and resources in the implementation stage to compound our challenges. In both cases, we compromise reforms. This seeming lack of collective sincerity and courage, therefore, portrays us in negative perspective as evidenced by our standing in many global development indices. The direction of most countries pursuing reform now is to interrogate the size and role of government in public service delivery, and involvement of other sector providers including the international government and multilateral agencies. At the same time, they try to evaluate the political, ideological and cultural parameters that clarify group interests, and estimate the social costs of such reform projects. How well do we take cognisance of these imperatives? First, let me enumerate some reform projects and programmes the nation has embarked upon since the mid1970s and leave you to evaluate our success in them. We have had land use, local government service, various agricultural development programmes, WAI, MAMSER, Better Life, Code of Conduct and anti-corruption initiatives, the Seven Point Agenda and the ongoing Transformation Agenda. In all these we see expression of good intention and huge financial deployment. But in most of them, we see public disdain, process subversion and implementation exploitation. That is why the Transformation Agenda must set itself apart and be pursued with utmost patriotism to drive national development in Nigeria.

THE DIRECTION OF MOST COUNTRIES PURSUING REFORM NOW IS TO INTERROGATE THE SIZE AND ROLE OF GOVERNMENT IN PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY I always admire the late Professor Walter Rodney, the Guyanese author of the explosive book, ‘How Europe Underdeveloped Africa’, for his definition of development. He sees development as a many-sided process beginning from the individual level to the other complex socio-political and economic levels. Rodney’s all encompassing definition finds practical elucidation in the UN Eight Millennium Development Goals, which nations of the world subscribed to achieve by the Year 2015. Were those goals too idealistic and amorphous? Was the deadline unrealistic? Were those countries, who score highly on a different plane? What assisted their impressive status? Given similar challenges and resources, couldn’t we have matched them? What were the forces that impeded those who scored low on the MDG progress chart? What are those things that needed to be done and will they be done? Last week, Nigeria’s fourth experiment in democracy clocked 15 years. These 15 years, therefore, offer us the opportunity to explain the politics of reform and development in the country. Our experience shows that there had been unnecessary muscle-flexing among the tiers and

arms of government when they should all play complementary roles without prejudice to the norms of checks and balances, given the enormous challenges confronting the nation. Between the federal and state governments, in many instances, there is jurisdiction contestation, while the local government councils often claim subjugation under the states. In the same vein, confrontation is not uncommon between the executive and legislative arms of government on areas that ordinarily demand understanding and cooperation. Claims also abound of corruption and interference in the judiciary, a development that consequently compromise justice. More dangerous is the tendency for the politicization of the police, armed forces and anti-corruption agencies. If this is the scenario, it would of course be difficult, if not impossible for development or reform to be facilitated in the country. Simply, we have been playing politics with the development drive of the country. Or better still, we have concentrated on politics while relegating development. It is in this context that we must understand the success or failure of the Federal Government’s Transformation Agenda. If it must succeed as a tool for national development, it must enjoy ownership of all stakeholders in the Nigerian Project. The FG must also find expression of the Transformation Agenda in all the regional development initiatives in the country. This is beyond political affiliation. Abdulwarees is Chief Strategy Officer/Head of Research, Development and Training, Voice of Nigeria.

Convicted Iranian billionaire: A Case for America and Nigeria YUSHAU SHUAIB


onestly, I never believed there is endemic corruption in developed countries including United States of America, especially in politics and corporate world, until I read thousands of comments after the execution of Iranian billionaire, Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, over $2.6 billion bank fraud. The execution came after Iranian Supreme Court upheld the death sentence on the billionaire based on Sharia law. The media reported that Khosravi was executed at Evin Prison, north of Tehran for involving in a $2.6 billion state bank scam, the largest fraud case since the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. Also known as Amir Mansour Aria, the billionaire’s fraud involved using forged documents to get credit at one of Iran’s top financial institutions, Bank Saderat, to purchase assets including state-owned companies like major steel producer, Khuzestan Steel Co. His business empire included more than 40 companies from mineral water production to a football club and meat imports from Brazil. There are many defendants that were also convicted on the same case. Four received death sentences, two got life sentences and the rest received sentences of up to 25 years in prison. The trial and execution raised questions about corruption at high levels in various countries. Surprisingly many comments

THE TRIAL AND EXECUTION RAISED QUESTIONS ABOUT CORRUPTION AT HIGH LEVELS IN VARIOUS COUNTRIES in the traditional and social media where from Americans, Britons and other Europeans who wish such harsh punishment could be applied in their nations to deter corrupt politicians and businessmen. The comments show complicity of political and judicial systems for the rot in the financial system where many CEOs became overnight millionaire and billionaire, not by dint of hard work but by acting above the law. Some of the suggestions included a remark by a Briton that “CountryWide, Merrill-Lynch & a few other former CEOs should be sent to Iran for what they lied about... Frauds like theirs would stop overnight... instead, they get bonuses.” Another post states: “This is how we, in the USA, should have handled all the scams that the banks did that caused our recession. Instead, Congress voted for a bill to bail those criminals out, and ‘we the people’ have to pay that bill (along with our children and grandchildren), all the while the top brass in those companies got bonuses, while a handful of them chose “patsie” to serve a little time in some golf

resort community prison (not too bad since they all know that their big money awaits them upon their release for ‘good behavior’). Yup, if we could do the right thing and hang all of those criminals and the ones who support them (Congress), I bet we could get the USA back on track and out of debt. For once, I’m actually a fan of Iran.” Another American wrote: “Too bad we do not do that in the USA. In the USA the crooks are in with the politicians and a lot of the times they are the politicians. I think a death penalty for fraud is a just penalty. I wish they would have executed the Wall Street scammers and the pyramid schemers and the heads of companies that cook the books to defraud their employees of rightful retirement. Bernie Madoof should be hanged along with any other convicted of fraud. The banking system in the USA defrauds innocent people every day and the government overlooks it. I do not agree with Iran’s politics but I do believe in the justice carried out in this instance.” Back home in Nigeria. Few years ago, crooked bankers and capital market operators in connivance with some regulatory bodies destroyed thousands of people’s lives when they crashed the capital market. They ruined the entire investments of growing up companies, pensioners, retirees and entrepreneurs. Many of their victims are yet to recover from the shock while thousand others who were reluctant to commit suicide died of heart attacks.

Those that survive the devastating effect of the market have to start their businesses all over again from exorbitant interests on loans from shylock and corrupt financiers. The Iranian Sharia-law system that has harsh punishment that could serve as major deterrence to corruption cannot succeed in many countries because politicians and judges in existing political and legal systems are deeply entrenched in the illicit practices and could, therefore, not make such system see the light of the day. If executions should be carried out on the basis of corruption in high places, we may end up not having officials at federal, state and local government levels. In fact, traditional rulers, religious leaders, human rights activists and even some school operators, would have gone to heaven not to talk of contractors and politicians. I believe white collar crimes that ruin people’s lives require, at least, strict prison terms and not any monetary fines that the perpetrators can easily offer and return to the old habit. Shuaib wrote from Abuja via 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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Nigeria’s 15 years of democracy: Matters arising


igeria is now in her 15th year of unbroken democratic rule, the longest the country has ever experienced since she attained independence in 1960. Fifteen years is, indeed, a long time in the political evolution of a country. It is long enough a time to appraise a nation’s accomplishments, achievements, failures and disappointments. It is public knowledge that Nigeria’s brand of democracy has its own peculiarities, if not eccentricities, going by the First Republic experience. Since the advent of the 4th Republic in 1999, however, it was expected that politicians would have learned from previous experiences and work out strategies for an enduring civilian dispensation. It is now 15 years into the process; still, strange happenings not supposed to be witnessed under a liberal democracy are the order of the day. On May 26, 2014, for example, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that 1, 235 permanent voters’ cards were snatched by suspected political thugs in Kogi State. The announcement relayed by the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje, said the seizure of the cards by political marauders occurred during the distribution of the items to registered voters in parts of the state. He said the cards were snatched from INEC officials in some polling units in Lokoja, Ankpa and Okene.

The scandal, which has been a major feature of the country’s electoral process, underscored the fact that Nigeria’s political culture has refused to grow in positive terms in 15 years. Voters’ registers are still being allegedly filled with fake names, including the dead and monkeys and baboons. Massive illegal thumb-printing and dubious polling booths are also there, while ballot boxes are still being snatched on election days. Qualified members of the electorate suffer systemic disenfranchisement, too, while compromised electoral officers engage in figure swapping. But the atrocities of Nigerian politicians are not limited to electoral process manipulation. There had been cases when elected governors are fraudulently impeached by state lawmakers who number less than the constitutionally prescribed quorum. Such charade normally takes place at strange locations or in the dead of the night! The number of governors so far returned to power via judicial intervention on the grounds that they were rigged out in elections or suffered improper impeachment is enough to cast grave doubt on the integrity of the nation’s democracy. The disenchantment of Nigerians with the nation’s democracy seems rooted in more complex problems than electoral malpractices alone. Nigerians expect the dividends of democracy to accompany civil rule. They include gainful employment to millions of


DEMOCRACY, TOO jobless youths, social provisioning, functional infrastructure, regular electricity supply to stimulate small, medium and large scale industries, improved health care, quality and affordable education. But such dividends of democracy are scarce. Nigerians are left to roast in despair by the political class 15 long years after they took over power from the military. Recently, scores of job-seeking graduates died in a stampede when they thronged various stadia across the country to partake in the Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment test. The sad event vividly highlighted how acute the problem of unemployment in the land has become. Not to be left out is the grave Boko Haram insecurity challenge. Since 2009, the insurgent group has been having a field day in the North East and other parts of the North, killing, maiming and abducting innocent people, including school girls with the least hindrance Reference is, however, being made to some redeeming factors. The most touted, lately, is perhaps the recent rebasing of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which established the country

ON THIS DAY June 9, 1972 Severe rainfall caused a dam in the Black Hills of South Dakota, United States to burst, creating a flood that killed 238 people and caused $160 million in damage. It was one of the most detrimental floods in the history of South Dakota. Fifteen inches (380 mm) of extreme rainfall over six hours sent Rapid Creek and other waterways overflowing, flooding many residential and commercial properties in Rapid City.

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June 9, 1978 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened its priesthood to ‘all worthy men’, thus ending a 148-year-old policy of excluding black men. The Church is a Christian restorationist church that considers itself to be the restoration of the church founded by Jesus Christ. The church is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, and has established congregations (called wards or branches) and built temples worldwide.

as the biggest economy on the African continent. Embedded in the GDP assessment are the phenomenal growth in the nation’s telecommunication sector and the emergence of a thriving entertainment industry (Nollywood). The telecommunication sector has blossomed with unprecedented upsurge in national tele-density, while Nollywood, which came into existence in the early 1990s, has put Nigerian on the global map of entertainment business - providing jobs, fame and wealth to enterprising Nigerian youths. There are also claims of some improvement in human rights observance, though the country is still far from being where it ought to be as a liberal democratic nation. After all, journalists are still being arrested, hounded and prosecuted on the basis of what they write, for instance; though the repression is not as rampant as it was under military rule. By and large, therefore, Nigerian leaders need to rededicate themselves to the duties of not only finding solutions to the countless problems and challenges that have ridiculed the living conditions of Nigerians, including festering insecurity in parts of the North. They should consolidate on the areas they recorded modest achievements. The desire of all Nigerians is to reap the benefits of democracy, too. This is a legitimate expectation not meant for the political class alone.

x June 9, 2010 At least 40 people were killed and more than 70 others wounded as an explosion ripped through an evening wedding party in Arghandab, Kandahar, Afghanistan. It was a suicide attack on a wedding party in the village of Nadahan in Arghandab District of the Kandahar Province. One source described the attack as “the most lethal attack in the south in recent memory”. The attack was one of the worst suicide attacks of that year.

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Pains and gains of made By Emmanuel Ogbonnaya


t might quite be understandable the frustrations many of the automobile dealers and stakeholders are recently experiencing in the country. In a move by the Federal Government to revitalise the sector, and thus encourage made in Nigeria vehicles rather than importation of used or new ones, emotions have been running in all directions over the re-emergence of the yet another automotive policy. While it is obviously believed in some quarters that the automotive policy is workable, as being testified with the numbers of companies that have signified interests in setting up manufacturing/assembling plants in the country, on the other hand, many have been calling for its reversal, as they believe it seeks to demolish a make-shift structure that has been in place from the first time the country made moves to industrialise the sector, which regrettably collapsed. It would be recalled that the collapsed of the sector had led to the mass exodus of foreign assembly plants from the country and so in replacement, Nigerians had to rely on importation of used vehicles, popularly called tokunbo in local parlance. Only recently, some of the companies that ran away when it was no longer possible for them to sustain profitability, have been making bold moves to return to the country, defying the popular saying that: “once bitten, twice shy”. Understandably, this action by companies such as Volkswagen, CFAO and Peugeot for example, which demonstrates confidence in the new policy can very well be the reason why a lot of reactions and counter reactions have continued to emanate from the camps of policy makers and stakeholders. Visibly, celebrations are already in the air for the camp of the federal government whose decision to revitalise the sector was met with resistance from auto dealers and importers of used cars because of the attendant hike in tariffs to deter importation and resuscitate local assembly and production. President Goodluck Jonathan, who in the 2014 budget gave approval to the new policy, declared that his critics are fast cross-carpeting to give support to the policy, which they once

As Nigerians witness the re-emergence of yet another automotive policy, in a move by the Federal Government to revitalise the sector, emotions have been running in all directions. While some believe that it is workable, many are calling for its reversal, as they believe it seeks to demolish a make-shift structure that has been in place ace from the first time the country made moves to industrialise the sector, which regrettably collapsed. However, with the federal government optimistic ptimistic of making the nation another automobile hub, how patient could the he citizens be? kicked against to the point that they have now become even advocates for his new auto policy. Under the new policy, used cars, which before now attract-

ed 20 per cent import duty now pay 35 per cent while buses, which had 10 per cent import duty now attract 35 per cent. This hike has however taken ef-







fect since last month. However, in addition to the 35 per cent duty, both categories of used vehicles are to attract 35 per cent levy and this is expected to take effect July 1, 2014. This is obviously to discourage importation of used vehicles. The policy in addition grants some concessions and incentives to auto assembling plants operating in the country. Indeed, the President was elated at the occasion of the inauguration of the world’s biggest integrated, state-of the art Precision Auto Care Centre

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owned by Kunech Group, in Lagos. Jonathan, who was represented by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investments, Olusegun Aganga, said, “Since my approval of the new auto policy on October 2, 2013, about 12 companies have signified intention or have already started making investments in the production and assembling of cars in Nigeria. These include those that doubted the policy at the beginning. Even those who said that Nigerians could not do it are now part of the new automotive policy and have now become advocates of the policy. In fact, within the last seven months, Nigeria has made more progress with the new automotive policy than it has made in t h e last 30 years.”


President Jonathan also noted that the implementation of the new automotive policy would create more direct and indirect jobs across different sectors of the Nigerian economy. Specifically, he relied on the policy strategy of developing different clusters in the country and across the entire automotive value chain, which if implemented will also fast-track the growth and development of other ancillary industries such as automotive spare parts, auto servicing, steel industry, rubber, and petrochemicals and plastic industries among others. “The automotive industry in Nigeria currently employs about 2,500 people, but it is expected that the implementation of the new automotive policy will generate more than 700,000 direct and indirect jobs,” he also said. The first beginning First Launched in the 1960s, under that dispensation, Nigeria’s automotive industry boasted of auto companies such as United African Company, Leventis, SCOA, BEWAC, and R.T. Briscoe established assembly plants using completely knocked down (CKD) or semi-knocked down SKD parts.

Between 1970-80, the government concluded agreements with European automobile plants to set up two car (Peugeot Nigeria Ltd. PAN, Kaduna, and Volkswagen of Nigeria Ltd. VON, Lagos and four truck/light commercial vehicle (Anambra Motors Manufacturing Company ANAMMCO, Enugu, Steyr Nigeria Ltd., Bauchi, National Truck Manufacturers NTM, Kano, and Leyland Nigeria Limited Ibadan assembly plants using completely knocked down CKD parts. The Nigerian automotive industry attained its first glory days in the 1980s when it was turning out up to 70,000. Since then, it has been in sharp decline, unable to compete with vehicle imports, and increasing production costs arising from large infrastructure deficits. Nevertheless, the macroeconomic outlook of the Nigerian economy with its growing demography and attendant market power which is a combination of a large and growing domestic market, a potential regional market and cheap labour base, make automotive assembly an attractive investment option. The beginning of an end Barely one month after the Federal Government kicked off the implementation of the new auto policy, which now imposes 75 per cent duty and levy on all categories of Fully Built Units FBU, of vehicles, the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents reacted to the new development which inadvertently has thrown a spanner in their works, sug-

gesting that Nigeria will soon begin to experience massive diversion of ships to neighbouring African countries. Freight forwarders under the aegis of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders, NAGAFF, and Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents ANLCA had to embark on a work to rule action to protest what they called ‘sudden’ enforcement of the new auto policy by the Nigeria Customs Service on the orders of the Federal Ministry of Finance. Under the new policy contained in the 2014 fiscal policy, all used cars and buses will attract a 35 per cent flat import duty, as against the former 10 per cent and 20 per cent duty respectively and this has taken off since April. Similarly, the new policy also imposed a 35 per cent levy on all used vehicles imported into the country, which takes effect July 1, 2014, a development which they believe will end up enriching the seaports of sister African countries such as Republic of Benin, Togo and Ghana, among others. President of the council, Lucky Amiwero, who spoke with Business Courage in a telephone interview, noted that the auto policy is one policy the government needed to take a closer look at given its likely effects on the other sectors of the economy, especially given that it is connected to the transport system, which is the life wire of any economy. According to him, with the commencement of the first leg of the policy, which imposed

35 per cent duty on buses and cars, which attracted 10 per cent and 20 per cent respectively, importers have commenced the diversion of their ships to neighbouring sister countries seaports in search of better duty rates. He believes that is does not portend well and will subject most importers to the decision to either remain in business or quit for good arguing that in addition to other sundry charges associated with the Nigerian seaport environment, the prices of such vehicles may go beyond reach and therefore become difficult to sell. It was gathered that under the new tariff regime, 2001 model of Toyota Camry, called ‘Pencil Light’ in the Nigerian auto parlance, which used to attract about N220, 000 duty or less will not attract over N450, 000 duty and levy, a development that would increase its former selling price from about N1 million to over N2 million. Investigation also showed that under the new policy, Volkswagen bus, which before now attracted about N120, 000 duty on the basis of 10 percent will now attract over N350, 000 when the 70 per cent duty and levy are applied, a development that will also raise its market price from about N700, 000 to about N2.2 million. “Nigeria as a country of over 160 million population does not have mass transit system, what she has is a confused transport system and this new policy, which will create a lot of imbalance in the system, will negatively affect other sectors of the economy if not reversed”, Amiwero argued. In a development seen as one of the biting effects of the government’s policy, investigations have revealed that importers might have abandoned about 4000 vehicles at the Lagos ports because of their inability to pay the new 35 per cent tariff. A Customs officer, who pleaded for anonymity, said over 4,000 vehicles were trapped at the ports because of the new duty rate. According to him, “We are aware that many importers are finding it difficult to pay the new rate, but there is nothing we can do because it has been uploaded into our system. Once a clearing agent opens a site on his system and punches the name of the vehicle, its model and year of manufacturing, the Continued on pg A4

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Cover amount he would pay as duty appears to him. “Except he pays the amount, the only alternative opened to him is to abandon the vehicle. And that is why we are having over 4,000 vehicles in the ports that have not been cleared by the importers. But my advice to them is to look for money, pay the duty and move their vehicles out of the ports before they become over-time cargo and confiscated by the Customs.” A clearing agent, Daniel Solomon, said they were paying between N480,000 and N486,915.70 as duty on 2009 Pathfinder Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). Under the new regime, Daniel said they would pay N760,157 duty. An importer, Folagbade Asekun, said they were sad over the increment. He said the government should have allowed the made-in-Nigeria vehicles to be rolled out before imposing the tariff, adding that the policy is like putting the cart before the horse. “Why do we need to pay through our nose since nobody has seen the made-in-Nigeria vehicles the government is talking about. The government should have allowed the manufacturers to come out with their brand of vehicles before introducing the high tariff. I understand that some of the wouldbe manufacturers have not commenced operations, not to talk of opening shops,” he said. There are fears that if not reviewed, the policy, may lead to diversion of imported vehicles to neighbouring countries and enhance smuggling through the land borders. Last weekend, it was learnt that some importers and their agents met in Lagos to strategise on how to bring in their vehicles through Cotonou. They alleged that the government imposed the 35 per cent duty and 35 per cent levy to get the money for next year’s elections. The charges, the agents said, were inimical to their business. A member of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), John Aluya, claimed that over 2,000 containers belonging to importers were trapped at the ports because of the bureaucracy at the Ministry of Finance and the Customs. “There was a fiscal policy by the Finance Ministry on February 23, where the government said all those who have perfected their documentation be allowed to pay the old duty, but the Customs said no. “Over 2,000 containers of our members are trapped at the ports because of this wrong interpretation from the Customs and we are paying demurrage and rents, how can the country progress,” he asked. Customs Public Relations Officer at Tin Can Command Chris Osunkwo said the 35 per cent duty on Tokunbo vehicles

is being enforced by Customs formations across the country. While in the past, importers paid between 10 and 20 per cent duty on vehicles, under the regime, commercial vehicles, such as Danfo, which hitherto attracted 10 per cent duty, will now attract 35 per cent duty and 35 per cent levy. Getting on-board While some stakeholders are really lamenting, others who have bought their tickets to get on board the new auto policy train and they seem to believe that it has truly ushered in a new lease of life not previously envisaged given the history of the auto industry in Nigeria. And they have predicated their firm belief in the new policy on some salient features, which they believed, was missing from the first policy that collapsed. When contacted on phone, Executive Director of the Nigerian Automotive Manufacturers Association, Arthur Madueke explained that lack of adequate protection by the government of the day was culpable for the collapse of the auto industry’s first outing. He pointed out that this new policy was passed and approved by the federal executive council which is the highest decision arm of government and therefore that alone guarantees that no one can easily change it, as it must have to pass through the federal executive council which approved it in the first place. He is also banking on the fact that the initiated National Industrial Revolution Plan by the federal executive council is an assurance that there will be no going back on the auto sector proposed transformation and hoping that very soon the National Assembly will pass the policy as a legislation so that it can become a permanent thing. “And one of the most encouraging news is that right now Peugeot that once stopped car assembly in Nigeria is back and has started doing business again due to the new policy, so I don’t see what again some Nigerians want, you asked for a policy which has been implemented and people all over the world are struggling to come establish companies in Nigeria instead of exporting to Nigeria does that not show that it is working?. Now imagine that the importation of FBU is just one segment in the production of a motor vehicle, when you are importing vehicles from abroad or you are going into production there must be distributors and there must be dealers so the opportunities are still there. Nigerians need to be explained to what is going on, as many believe in this country and are doing their best to tell Nigerians what they ought to know in their own interest. Nigeria is not the only port of


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investments and if these companies go to Ghana our people will still go to Ghana and import these vehicles all these imported Toyotas that we see here in our country where are they getting it from, is it not from South Africa? The expectation for longterm benefits depends on us Nigerians if only we can discover and realise what is good for us and not to allow just a few people to make noise and deceive them because they want to make money and put in their pockets while many Nigerians are being deprived of the opportunities of employment that the opening of these companies and its vast value chain promises to offer. “With 22 companies set to undertake the assembling of cars in Nigeria, what does it tell us? Nissan has rolled a Nissan Patrol SUV, which has already been presented to the President. We need to forget about the noise makers and critics who seem not to see the promising future.” He said. Some of these prospective manufacturers include Toyota, Coscharis, Globe motors who all plan to open vehicle assembly plants in the country; do

that not show that the policy is working? ABC motors is planning to open a heavy duty vehicle assembly plant in a few months time to produce trucks and articulated vehicles; Peace Mass Transit is going to start assembling its own brand of commercial buses within the next three months these are just few examples of the success that we are witnessing. Other companies have applied for approval to open assembly plants even some of them are in Enugu but I cannot readily tell you their names now but they have already indicated their interests to us that they want to be part of those of us producing vehicles in Nigeria for Nigerians and neighbouring countries,” he said. According to economists, the main criticism against industrial policy arises from the concept of government failure and where such policies fail investors suffer and some of them become lethargic and even resentful towards any government, which is perceived to lack political will to successfully rise above vested interests in policy implementation. However, an industrial policy with proper content and

application, may offer the possibility for industrially underdeveloped countries to fast track their development. Without industrial policies, such fast-tracked industrialisation like the Automotive Development Plan under the National Industrial Revolution Plan launched by the current administration may not be actualised in the end despite early resounding successes which it is recording today. Nigeria is not alone in appreciating strategising to harness the potential of the automotive sector especially given our comparative advantages in raw materials and labour force as even Government officials in China have initiated policies that are intended to encourage the continuing development of China’s domestic automobile manufacturing industry. The automobile manufacturing industry is one of the largest industries in the United States., and is a vital engine for the U.S. economy and it continues to experience on-going organisational and technological change, with steps being taken to increase its global presence by expanding global alliances. Increasing global trade has enabled the growth in world commercial distribution systems, which has also expanded global competition amongst the automobile manufacturers. Japanese automakers in particular, have instituted innovative production methods by modifying the U.S. manufacturing model, as well as adapting and utilising technology to enhance production and increase product competition. South Korea on its part has seven automobile manufacturers, which include: Hyundai, Daewoo, Kia, Samsung, Asia Motors, Jinda, and Ssanyong. Prior to 1987, foreign auto imports were prohibited and Japanese automotive imports were not permitted until 1999. As in Japan, South Korea’s automotive industry has also experienced restructuring. Nevertheless, Nigeria must ensure that for its policy to be workable measures should be put in place to check smuggling which could be on the rise just as it happened in China after it imposed significant trade barriers for foreign competitors in the way of tariff policies that are applied to foreign auto imports. This restrictive trade environment contributed to the serious problem of illegal imports of foreign cars into China. No matter how exciting the beginning of an event maybe if the ends become marred with tragedy, relieving the excitement in the beginning will do little if nothing to restore hope that is lost already. On the other hand a comic end is always enough to laugh or at least shrug off a disastrous beginning. BC

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Nigeria can meet gender policy requirement in board representation – WIMBIZ By Emmanuel Ogbonnaya


he Women in Management, Business and Public Service WIMBIZ has said that Nigeria is well endowed to meet the requirements for satisfying the affirmative action demands and other policies which strive to balance gender representation at senior management levels and boards of quoted companies. WIMBIZ claimed that contrary to claims of a non-available pool of qualified women to take up positions at the top of corporate organisational hierarchies, the country was blessed with an adequate number of women who can ascend those positions on merit. Speaking at this year’s annual CEO/policy maker interactive series organised by the association in Lagos, WIMBIZ chairperson, Osayi Alile, said that the forum has set out to xray some of the critical issues for board leadership as well as reason despite existing policies to drive for diversity, equity and gender mainstreaming in the country, the gender gap was still evident in Nigerian organisations. “Why are women not getting on board and what are the issues and the underlying factors? Whatever it is, we are here to deliberate and find solutions to them because it is time to give everyone a place and give Nigerian women what they deserve because we have the pool of qualified women that can be selected to fill these positions of greater responsibility on merit,” she said. Some policies which have sought to strike equity in gender appointments to executive positions in the country include the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN policy demanding 40 per cent female representation at the senior management level and 30 per cent on Boards, as

well as the affirmative action policy in that demands 35 per cent representation of women in public offices. Alile disclosed that a recent WIMBIZ survey on 190 listed companies on the Nigerian Stock Exchange NSE showed that women occupied 168 out of 1599 Board seats (10.5 per cent), 12 out of 190 CEO positions (6.3 per cent) and five out of 190 chairperson positions (2.6 per cent). “The emphasis on Board diversity is not just about gender equity, it is important for economic growth and development. Research has shown that companies with more women on their Boards tend to outperform their competitors on a number of financial measures including: return on equity, return on sales, return on capital, share performance and stock price growth,” she said. She called for more corporate involvement and understanding the need for diversity on Boards through specific strategies and operational plans for its achievement. She also disclosed that WIMBIZ through its WIMBOARD initiative has created a database of Board ready women that can be made available on request. “We also have a WIMBOARD institute where women in senior management level are trained and equipped with skills to make them Board ready and graduates from this institute are matched with mentors who are men and women already serving on Boards,” she said. In his remarks one of the panellists, Mutiu SunmonuCountry Chairman Shell Companies in Nigeria and MD Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), noted that women were not minorities neither were they less capable or underprivileged in anyway and advised them not to see themselves as such. “It is a collective failure if the aspiration of a girl-child to be a chief executive like her dad is thwarted by the system which denies them of a fair competition with their male counterparts,” he said. Also speaking another panellist, Ekem Obih, noted that it was a global challenge but that at least about 20 per cent progress is been recorded so far compared to about 15-20 years ago when it was non-existent. Bola Koko, MD/CEO FMDQ QTC Plc, however was of the view that unless women were involved at the capital sourcing level to put the business together they stand little chances of finding themselves at the head of Boards. “Ladies and women should be prepared for the next generation to be able to put businesses together as it helps

to guarantee them inalienable rights to sit on Boards of such companies which they helped to build from the scratch,” he said. In her view, Yvonne Ike,CEO West Africa for Renaissance Capital noted that it was all about performance as top positions were really not gender exclusive. “Women do need to have a track record for performance which means that every opportunity given must be well utilised as how they fare will be used to assess them for the next big step or position,” she said.

48-hour Cargo Clearance: Participants to adopt development of infrastructure

stakeholders in the ports to fast-track the cargo clearance process. It said that the current Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) enabling law should be reviewed to promote healthy competition among operators and enhance speedy movement of cargo from the ports. ``Government should invest in roads, rail line and waterways to ensure seamless connection of all transport modes and multimodal transportation,’’ it said. The communiqué said there was the need to reduce the number of containers channelled to physical examination by the customs through proper risk management profiling. It said the participants appealed to the Federal Government to review some of its existing policies on Cargo Clearance to achieve 48-hour cargo delivery.


articipants at a one-day discourse on cargo clearance have agreed to adopt technology and development of infrastructure to achieve the 48-hour cargo clearance target in Nigerian ports. The 252 participants drawn from the shipping community, banks, logistics services providers and end users of portrelated services said there was also the need to build competent personnel to achieve the target. This is contained in a 12-point communiqué issued by the stakeholders on Friday in Lagos. The communiqué said it was necessary for international trade practitioners to be computer literate to promote electronic documentation lodgement and processing which ultimately reduced cargo transit time. ``Operators must build operational efficiency in key areas of their operations, that is berth production, yard and crane moves among others,’’ it said. The communiqué said that there should a clear definition of 48 hours cargo clearance process and at what point the process commences and when it terminates. It said shipping companies should be mandated to submit cargo manifest 48 hours before the vessel is anchored to relevant people as it enhanced quick issuance of rotation numbers to vessels. The communiqué said there should be automation of clearance process and procedures which reduced human interference and contact in all key areas of the transaction chain. It added that there should be integration and harmonisation of the Customs platform to interface with other relevant


Importers commend Emefiele’s policies


mporters in the maritime sector on Friday commended the new Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele’s policies, saying that they would improve business. Some of the shippers and importers in the maritime industry reacted to Emefiele’s vision to cut down interest rate, stabilise exchange rate and preserve the value of local currency. President, Shippers Association of Lagos State (SAL), Jonathan Nicol, said that government should endeavour to stop the black market exchange of foreign currency transaction. Nicol said that the CBN should not give Bureau De Change the opportunity to dictate the exchange rate but that banks should be allowed to handle all foreign exchange business. ``It is not ethical for a country like Nigeria to have a group of people that will be loitering on the streets with dollars in their hands. ``Banks should be able to disburse foreign exchange based on the supply and demand,’’ he said.

The SAL president said that naira should not be higher than 60 dollars to one naira, adding that in the 1970s, naira was higher than the pound. The Procurement Manager, Nigerite Ltd, Jona Amata, said the CBN’s governors policy to reduce the interest rate and stabilise exchange rate would boost business operation for importers. Amata said that reduction of the exchange rate would help to re-establish the business of manufacturers and importers who had not been doing well. ``If this policy is achieved, it will help to create jobs for people and enable the government to achieve its policy of reducing the rate of unemployment ,’’ he said. A Lagos-based importer, Kazeem Usman, described Emefiele’s policy as a good step in good direction. Usman, an importer in motor truck parts, said the reduction in interest rate would enable more people, especially entrepreneurs to take loans from the banks and invest. He said that this would add more value to enterprises in terms of income and expenditure. Also, Emmanuel Imoh, Manager, City Services Company, said the plan to give business people as low as N50, 000 without collateral would reduce the high rate of unemployment. Imoh hailed all the plans mapped out by the CBN governor and urged him to implement the CBN’s supervisory role over the banking system.

Minister hands over N170m to 37 antiquities vendors


he Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke on Friday, handed over the payment of N170 million to 37 antiquities vendors. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the money was the balance owed the vendors by government. The government agency had


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News bought some items and other artifacts from the group. Duke handed over the cheques during the hosting of the antiquities vendors by the National Commission for Museum and Monuments (NCMM) in Abuja. ``Government is undoubtedly mindful of the values of artifacts and has not spared any effort at ensuring that this collective patrimony and symbol of our identity are protected.” According to him, the swiftness and magnitude of the fund released for the payment of vendors is another effort of trying to check illegal trafficking of our artifacts. He called on vendors and all stakeholders in the culture industry to collaborate with government in ensuring that the cultural sectors enjoyed its pride of place in the country. Duke said that President Goodluck Jonathan had outlined the culture sectors as one to be developed with the aim of grooming the economy. He added that the culture sector would also create employment for the teeming population in accordance with the transformation agenda of the administration. He stressed that the Federal Government was determined to partner with the vendors and encourage their patronage. He said that this was the basis for the payment of the artifacts being purchased from them. The minister also lauded the NCMM sports contingents who participated at the Federal Public Service Games held in December 2013 at Makurdi. Duke offered salary increment for the NCMM contingents who won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the Public Service Games competition. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that three incremental salary steps were given to all gold medalists. The silver medalists got two incremental salary steps and one incremental salary step to bronze medalists. Malam Yusuf Usman, the Director-General, NCMM, said that the commission was committed to encouraging antiquities vendor through prompt payment of their money. He said that there were negative comments from different quarters as to whether the vendors would be paid or not.

Eugene Juwah, NCC Boss

Itanyi, has restated the agency’s commitment to ensuring quality telecom service delivery by operators. The commissioner stated this in an interview with the journalists in Abuja on Friday. He said the agency would no longer tolerate any operator or persons violating NCC’s Act or allow any operator to use illegal equipment that could disrupt service. ``We are committed to ensuring quality service delivery and protecting the interest of stakeholders - consumers, service providers, government. ``We are working with the operators to improve the quality of their services; we sanctioned some of them recently but we are looking forward to getting improved services,’’ Itanyi said. He said radio communication devices (jamming equipment) also known as a signal silencer, blocker or disabler had been banned permanently in the country. ``It is illegal to use jamming devices to prevent mobile phones from receiving signals in Nigeria; government will seize jamming devices and penalise offenders for using them. ``We published in some national dailies that we will penalise any person or organisation that uses jamming equipment,’’ he said. Itanyi, who noted that there is a provision in the NCC Act for confiscation of such equipment, warned against it use because of the risk involved.

NNPC pledges to sustain environmentfriendly policies

According to the statement, this will be done through the adoption of state-of-the-art technologies and upgrade of its production facilities. Andrew Yakubu, the NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD), had stated this in Abuja at an event organised by the Group Health Safety and Environment Department of NNPC to commemorate the 2014 World Environment Day with the theme: ``Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level’’. The statement quoted Yakubu as saying that NNPC as a responsible corporate organisation had deployed strategies to ensure discontinuation of harmful and unsafe chemicals to environments where its oil facilities were located. ``NNPC has reduced routine gas flaring from over 30 to about 11 per cent in the last three years. ``We are pursuing renewable energy development in line with the Kyoto Protocol. We are ensuring pollution control and swift remediation of impacted site whenever they occur,” Yakubu said. He called on Nigerians to collectively address the issues of climate change and strengthen their resolve toward tree planting to make the environment a better place for sustainable development. He observed that NNPC as a major player in the oil and gas industry, had raised health safety and environment standards According to him, the event reaffirmed the corporation’s commitment to staff wellbeing, safety at work place and environmental protection. The statement said that Dr Engobo Emeseh, a guest lecturer from the UK, also warned on the security risks that climate change posed to the contemporary society. Emeseh said this in a paper he delivered entitled: ``Climate Change: It is Time for Action’’. She noted that climate change was the highest security risk confronting the contemporary society which had led to draught, flooding and famine in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. She implored NNPC and other organisations to em-

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NCC restates its commitment to quality telecom service delivery


he Executive Commissioner, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Okey


he Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has expressed its determination to initiate and sustain policies that are environmentfriendly. This is contained in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by Ohi Alegbe, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC.


bark on operations that were environment-friendly.

and death of spouse will cost N8, 750, while changes of data on request will attract N30, 000 as processing fees.

Immigration to introduce new rates for obtaining international passport from Aug. 1 The Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) said on Friday it would introduce the recently approved new rates and charges for the procurement of international passport on Aug. 1. The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the service, Chukwuemeka Obua, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. Obua said that the charges for obtaining an international passport were reviewed upward in order to enhance the security features of the document, having discovered that some syndicates had been engaged in faking international passports for unsuspecting applicants. ``Starting from August 1, new charges in the cost of the passport will commence and this is from government’s approval for certain reforms in passport matters in Nigeria.`` Obua said that NIS would improve on the security features of the passport to prevent the abuse of the document by duplicators. According to him, the reform will also accommodate frequent travellers, prevent identity theft, and conform to international best practice. The NIS spokesman, therefore, warned the public to beware of passport syndicates parading as immigration officials. He said the new idea was one of the measures adopted by the Federal Government to check the influx of people to the country. It will be recalled that earlier this year, the Federal Government approved the new charges on passport procurement for different categories of people. The PRO said that with the approval of the new fees and categories of e-passport, N20,000 would be charged for the attainment of a 64-page frequent traveller’s passport. He said that passports for 18 to 60 year old persons would go for N15, 000, while those for persons below 18 years, 60 years and above would be processed at N8, 750. Obua further said that N20,000 would be charged for change of data and for replacement of lost passport. According to him, change of name due to marriage, divorce,

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Association advocates inclusion of food as right in policy document


he President, Farm Infrastructure Foundation, Prof Gbolagade Ayoola, has urged governments at all levels to give food its rightful status in their policy documents. Ayoola made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He said that failure to include food as a right in the policy document would deny the entire populace the right to hold government responsible for the inability to access such right. Ayoola identified beneficiaries of the right, when fully incorporated in the policy document, as the poor vulnerable masses, victims of disaster and lactating mothers, among others. ``There should be provision for food in any policy of the government. ``Traditionally, food is seen as a mere human need, but as the society developed, it was recognised that indeed, food is natural and essential and as such, should enjoy the status of a right instead of a need. ``There are so many needs of human beings that are not met, but if food is viewed under the notion of fundamental rights, then if government fails to meet such an obligation, people can challenge it.’’ The president said that the organisation had proposed a bill before the National Assembly that would ensure that food was regarded as a right. According to him, actualisation of this bill will amount to putting food on the table of the poor masses who are the vulnerable, victims of disaster and lactating mothers, among others. He said that this would also spur farmers to boost their production capacity. BC

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World Cup: DStv delights subscribers with exciting offers


ith just few days to the commencement of the FIFA World Cup holding in Brazil, leading pay-Tv company, DStv has reiterated its commitment in ensuring that its millions of subscribers are part of the enthusiasm and passion that go with it. To this end, in its bid in ensuring that there is something for everyone, DStv said it is ready to once again bring all the matches of the World Cup through SuperSport, to subscribers’ screens all over the country. In preparation for this, the price of its decoders has been reduced from N27,000 to N15,500, with two months subscription on the Access bouquet, ensuring that many more people have access to perhaps the most watched sporting tournament in the world. “It is no longer a secret that the World Cup matches will be screened by SuperSport to subscribers on all DStv bouquets. This means that subscribers on the Premium, Compact, Family, Compact Plus, and Access bouquets will have access to the World Cup matches when

it kicks off on 12 June 2014. Additionally, the World Cup matches will also be shown on GOtv.” The company said in a statement made available to Brand Watch. According to the company, subscribers on the move would not be left of the magic this football season brings, as

they will be able to catch all the action on the DStv mobile devices. “The Walka 7 is an excellent gadget to bring you up to speed while you’re stuck in traffic, or when there is power failure. Furthermore, the Explora, the ultimate in home entertainment, will ensure you do not

miss out on any World Cup action, because you can rewind and pause live TV.” Perhaps most astonishingly, subscribers can record all the matches directly on their Explora decoder, due to its two terabyte hard drive, or if they choose, watch the stacked matches through Catch Up, on

L-R: David Chukwubuike, one of MTN-sponsored pilgrims; Tosin Agbelusi, Manager, Mass Market, MTN; and two other sponsored customers, Blessing O. Amadi and Tunde Akinnoye, during the arrival of 21 customers from Jerusalem, for this year’s pilgrimage, sponsored by MTN, in Lagos

the same Explora decoder. Further reiterating that there is really something for everything this World Cup season, while there are established payment modes for subscription, it said it has also launched a scratch card dedicated to the World Cup. While there is limited edition of scratch cards, which will reveal a striker, defender or coach when the panel on the jersey is scratched off, any two combinations of either player; striker or defender will qualify a subscriber to win some home appliances which will be a pressing iron or sandwich maker. The grand prize is clinched when a subscriber has three cards, with the first two being any combination of two players and the third, a coach, for a Kitchen Revamp made up of a refrigerator, gas cooker, microwave oven and vacuum cleaner. The offer is valid till 31 July 2014, and is available to both DStv and GOtv subscribers who want to pay their subscriptions through the limited edition Home Advantage cards. BC

Regalo expands offerings with Cape Cobra


egalo, leading African luxury store has secured an exclusive partnership with Cape Cobra, the number one exotic luxury leather producers in Africa, producing for luxury brands in Europe, and the United States as the sole partner in West Africa. Discerning clients who seek quality products in one-ofa-kind exotic leather pieces can now easily obtain them at Regalo, located at the exclusive CentroLekki Mall, Admiralty Way, Lagos. Founded in May 2013, Regalo boasts of rich and eclectic combination of African-made luxury lifestyle goods from respected brand names across the continent such as Cape Cobra Leathercraft, Avoova, Tammy Parfum, Letterpress, YSwara, Buyu of Kenya, Sitota, La Divine Candles and Aweni, to name a few. Cape Cobra Leathercraft entered into partnership with Regalo in 2013, based on their common belief in African artisanship. It has a fully integrated design and production facility located in Cape Town. The factory features a design room, stores, engineering department, and production while the showroom offers a complete range of classic and new collections available, each piece intricately designed, intimately handcrafted and timelessly elegant. Funmi Onajide, founder of

Regalo, and General Manager, Corporate Affairs, MTN Nigeria, explaining the inspiration behind Regalo and the reasons for its success said, “My love and belief in Africa and in the potential of African craftsmanship has been strengthened by the quality of artisanship that I have seen across the continent, which is largely tapped by foreign buyers. The excellence in quality and design of our local products has the capacity to position this continent in a very positive light. Uniquely African should not necessarily mean

rustic. It should mean elegance and quality. It is for this reason Regalo was established; to bring the very best of Africa to our clients.” Aoife Kelly de Klerk, Brand and Marketing Manager for Cape Cobra Leathercraft, also highlighted the uniqueness of African ingenuity: “We believe that Africa has all the ingredients to compete in the luxury sectors of the market; especially in the exotic leather goods sector. We have the raw materials, the finishing capacities and excellent design and production

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facilities. Committed to its reputation as a premium destination store for exclusive made-in-Africa luxury goods, Regalo was re-

cently selected by TW Magazine to present gifts to Folorunsho Alakija, Africa’s richest woman, due to its unique concept and product. BC

MTN sponsored-pilgrims return from Jerusalem


n line with the fulfillment of its corporate social responsibility, CSR, the over twenty pilgrims sponsored by the leading ICT and telecommunications company, MTN, have arrived the country, after a spiritual uplifting and life enriching experience in the holy land of Jerusalem. The pilgrims, who came with a high sense of spiritual fulfilment, said they had the opportunity of visiting places they only read in the Holy Bible prior to this awesome experience. Some of the places visited include the Manger where Jesus was born, Nazareth, Mount of Olives, Mount of Calvary, River Jordan, the Tomb of Jesus, the Wailing Wall, Garden

of Gethsemane, St. Peter’s Church, Mount Tabor, Mount Nebo, Jericho and the Sea of Galilee. One of the excited beneficiaries, Tunde Akinnoye, a Bible Study Teacher, told journalists that the journey was uplifting and fulfilling. “As a Sunday school teacher, reading the Bible sometimes appear distant as one is not familiar with particular scenarios in it. But now, I have direct knowledge of these places and this has really enhanced my faith and made me a better Christian. This I would surely share with my family and friends.” Another pilgrim, Blessing Amadi spoke on how the

journey will shape her spiritual life. According to her, “It has started. There are certain issues concerning my spiritual life that I had wanted to reconcile with God. When we went to the Wailing Wall, I cried and prayed there, I felt God restoring me. Spiritually, it’s going to lift me up.” The General Manager, Consumer Marketing, MTN Nigeria, Kola Oyeyemi explained that the strategic focus for this initiative is to show support to MTN Christian subscribers. “We are committed to the total wellbeing of our customers as we drive to make their lives brighter through our propositions, products and value-added services. This is

one of such initiatives aimed at uplifting and encouraging our subscribers to get closer to God. Through our bold new digital Value Added Services like the daily devotionals, Bible quotes, sermons, songs, prayers and hymns, callertunez; and other spiritually uplifting and faith enriching contents, we keep them connected to their Maker on a daily basis.” Oyeyemi stated further that the company will continue to go the extra mile in providing exciting innovative initiatives geared at enhancing its customers’ whole new digital experience, while encouraging them to be better in their various fields of human endeavour. BC

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Ex-IMF guru back as Malawi Finance Minister


he new Malawi President, Peter Mutharika, has appointed veteran economist, Goodall Gondwe, as the new Finance, Economic Planning and Development Minister. Gondwe, 78, becomes the first cabinet minister to be unveiled by the new administration. He is returning to cabinet after resigning from his last portfolio as Economic Planning and Development Minister after being arrested and charged with treason. He was implicated in what became to be known as the ``Mid Night Six’, a group of the then ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). Government officials who attempted to circumvent former president Joyce Banda’s ascendancy to power following the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika on April 5, 2012. The group wanted to prevent Banda from succeeding Mutharika as per constitutional requirement. She was expelled from the DPP after she refused to endorse Mutharika’s younger brother, Peter, as the anointed successor when the senior Mutharika was scheduled to retire on 20 May, 2014. The six, who included the younger Mutharika, were charged with treason. In a brief interview on the on his way to office, Gondwe said: “I am happy about it, I’m ready to serve my president and my country.” A former International Monetary Fund (IMF) head of the Africa Division, Gondwe returned to Malawi as the Chief Economic Advisor to former president Bakili Muluzi. Gondwe joined active politics in a by-election in Mzimba North after the 2004 election when the incumbent, Yeremiah Chihana, was expelled for beating up an opponent. Then the late Mutharika appointed him Minister of Finance. On his watch, Malawi posted impressive growth rates at

one point hitting nine per cent, to become the fastest growing economy only second to the oilrich Gulf state of Qatar. He was later moved to the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development. After Mutharika’s sudden death, President Banda appointed him Economic Planning and Development Minister before the treason charges forced him to abdicate. Gondwe, who takes over from another international civil servant Maxwell Mkwezalamba a former AU Economic Commissioner inherits an economy on a tailspin.

Central Africa: IMF concludes regional consultation with CEMAC


he International Monetary (IMF) says it has concluded the 2014 regional consultation with the Central African Economic and Monetary Commission (CEMAC). Head of IMF Mission for CEMAC consultation, Toujas Bernaté, which visited Yaounde between May 21 and June 5, stated this in a report at the end of the exercise. Bernate said that the mission held talks with top CEMAC officials, Bank of Central African States, private sector representatives, development partners and other critical economic stakeholders in the sub-region. He said that discussion with the stakeholders focused on recent economic developments and key economic challenges in the sub-region. ``Discussions touched on fiscal policy response, financial sector development and reform as well as measures to foster stability and regional integration,’’ he said. The IMF official said that CEMAC economic growth decelerated in 2013 following a period of solid regional economic performance. ``CEMAC Economic Growth decelerated in 2013. Growth in non-oil sectors will continue due to public investment plan

in several member countries. ``Oil production declined substantially, resulting in overall real GDP growth of around two and half per cent,’’ he said. Bernate said inflation decelerated to below two per cent on the average due to a decline in food prices. ``During the remainder of 2014, regional real GDP growth is projected at between five and five and half per cent due to possible oil production increase. ``Inflation is expected to remain below three per cent. Tax balances will deteriorate further due to a slight decline in revenues while external current account deficit will stabilise,’’ he said. He said the medium-term outlook for the sub-region was expected to remain solid with non-oil sector growth hovering between five and six per cent. Bernate said that security threats in some states in the sub-region could negatively affect growth, adding ``lack of structural reforms can also limit the expected private sector development’’. The IMF official said that the mission encouraged the authorities to boost monetary policy efficiency and to promote the development of interbank money market. ``The mission also encouraged the authorities to accelerate reforms to reduce counterpart risks as well as improve the lending climate. ``Access to financial services in CEMAC states is among the lowest in Africa, there is need for the weaknesses in individual financial institutions to be addressed,’’ he said. Bermate said the main medium-term challenges for the CEMAC states remained the achievement of a sustainable and more inclusive growth to create more jobs and accelerate poverty reduction. CEMAC is a Central African regional union established to promote cooperation and exchange among its members. CEMAC is made up of six states - Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, the Republic of the Congo and Equatorial Guinea.

Europe to force Google, Facebook to abide by EU privacy rules



ompanies based outside the European Union must meet Europe’s data protection rules, ministers agreed on Friday, although governments remain divided over how to enforce them on companies operating across the bloc. The agreement to force Internet companies such as Google

and Facebook to abide by EU rules is a first step in a wider reform package to tighten privacy laws an issue that gained prominence following revelations of U.S. spying in Europe. Vodafone’s disclosure on Friday of the extent of telephone call surveillance in European countries showed the practice was not limited to the United States. The world’s secondlargest mobile phone company, Vodafone is headquartered in the United Kingdom. “All companies operating on European soil have to apply the rules,” EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding told reporters at a meeting in Luxembourg where ministers agreed on a position that has also been backed by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ). Germany and the European Commission, the EU executive, have been highly critical of the way the United States accesses data since former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden last year revealed U.S. surveillance programs. Disclosures that the United States carried out large-scale electronic espionage in Germany including bugging Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone, provoked indignation in Europe. “Now is the day for European ministers to give a positive answer to Edward Snowden’s wake-up call,” Reding said. Commenting on Vodafone’s disclosure, she said: “All these kind of things show how important it is to have data protection clearly established.” The reform package, which was approved by the European Parliament in March, has divided EU governments and still needs work to become law despite Friday’s progress. While ministers also agreed on provisions allowing companies to transfer data to countries outside the European Union, there was no decision on how to help companies avoid having to deal separately with the bloc’s 28 different data protection authorities. That issue was thrown into stark relief by a ruling from Europe’s top court requiring Google to remove links to a 16-year-old newspaper article about a Spanish man’s bankruptcy. The search engine has since received tens of thousands of requests across Europe, and under current rules has to deal with each national authority. A ‘one-stop-shop’ arrangement would allow companies to deal exclusively with the data protection authority in the country where it has its main establishment. But governments are concerned about a foreign data protection authority making binding decisions that they would then have to enforce.

China to boost bank lending power, though IMF says no need


hina aims to cut the proportion of cash that commercial banks must keep with the People’s Bank of China, the banking regulator said on Friday, signalling further monetary loosening although the IMF and World Bank say the economy is doing fine. The China Banking Regulator Commission (CBRC) did not say when reductions in banks’ reserve requirement ratios would be made, but it is the third time in as many months that Beijing has signalled a cut in RRRs, which would free up more cash for lending needed to shore up growth. The CBRC did, however, qualify its comments, saying RRR reductions would be available to those banks whose lending to small firms and the farm sector warranted the reward. It did not elaborate. The central bank also signalled on Friday that it would keep credit supply ample by letting China’s main money market rate fall again this week. Aside from prospects for reductions in banks’ RRR, two bankers told Reuters on Friday that the central bank has also lent $16 billion to commercial banks so that they can issue the money to farming projects. Both the IMF and World Bank gave China a thumbs-up in separate reports this week that said the world’s secondbiggest economy should hit the government’s target of around 7.5 per cent growth this year, and encouraged the more urgent pursuit of reforms. Some economists say the IMF and the World Bank may have been unduly confident about China’s near-term growth prospects. “If the government wants to achieve its 7.5 per cent growth target, I don’t really agree with the IMF that it can just not do anything,” said Julian EvansPritchard at Capital Economics in Singapore. “I think the downward pressure on the economy, especially from the property sector, is still quite significant.” Buffeted by unsteady global demand and slowing domestic investment, growth in China’s stuttering economy cooled to an 18-month low of 7.4 per cent between January and March. A cool-down in a buoyant property market, which contributes more than 15 per cent of China’s economic expansion, has fuelled fears that the Chinese economy will face even stronger headwinds in coming months. That has fed investor speculation that China will take firmer action to boost activity, including lowering the RRR for all banks. BC

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Revitalising agricultural extension services in Nigeria By Mohammed Lawal


n several occasions, agriculturalists have stressed the importance of extension services to food production. They insist that as Nigeria aspires to become one of the 20 largest economies in the world by 2020; pragmatic efforts ought to be made to boost farming via the adoption of agricultural extension services. However, the Federal Government is somewhat conscious of the usefulness of agricultural extension services in plans to improve the country’s food production. Prof. Tunji Arokoyo, National Team Leader, Agricultural Extension Transformation Agenda, said that efforts were underway by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to revive agricultural extension services. ``The Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, is passionate about extension services and he is making frantic efforts to revive the dying extension services in Nigeria as a key to agricultural transformation,’’ he said. He said that agricultural extension workers were the bridge between farmers and research institutes, adding that they also functioned as the link between farmers and the government. ``This is because they play a key role in disseminating information to and from both sides for enhanced agricultural production,’’ he said. Arokoyo said that agricultural extension services involved the provision of educational services to farmers in the wide range of agricultural enterprise.

``So, agricultural extension services encompass all activities carried out by extension agencies to create positive change in the farmers’ living standards through increased productivity and enhanced income,’’ he said. Drumming support for the provision of quality agricultural extension services, Dr Mohammed Khalid-Othman of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, said that although agricultural extension services in Nigeria had been somewhat inactive, their importance could never be undermined. ``Extension services are suffering from a number of constraints such as underfunding, ageing and dwindling staff arising from low employment rate and retirement of the old staff. ``Presently, life is being injected into the agricultural extension services through various strategies and programmes championed by the Federal Government. ``For the first time, the Federal Department of Agricultural Extension was established in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. ``The department is responsible for policy formulation and coordination of agricultural extension activities,’’ he said. In the same vein, Malam Sani Miko, the Country Director of Sasakawa Africa Association, a Geneva-based international agricultural development organisation, said that his organisation was collaborating with the Federal Government to revive agricultural extension services in Nigeria. ``This collaboration will facilitate the free flow of information about new technologies from researchers to grassroots farmers. ``It is the responsibility of

extension workers to convey information from government and researchers to farmers on how to improve agriculture in Nigeria,’’ he said. Miko said that the capacity of the extension workers would be built through seminars, workshops and other means, with the hope that they would convey the message to farmers. ``We want to teach the farmers how and when to cultivate their farms; how to use improved seeds; when and how to apply fertiliser; when and how to harvest. ``We will connect them with banks where they could obtain loans; we will ultimately connect them with markets where they can sell their yields at higher profits,’’ he said. However, Miko observed that many extension service workers were not satisfied with the job because they possessed qualifications, which they thought could not take them beyond


Salary Grade Level 14 in the civil service. He, nonetheless, said that the challenge was being addressed via an arrangement between the organisation and Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, to enable Higher National Diploma holders among the extension workers to obtain degrees from the university within a specified period. ``This will give maximise their job satisfaction and it will also encourage them to work harder,’’ he noted. Mr Daniel Jacob, the Director of Agricultural Services in the Kaduna State Agricultural Development Project, who underscored the need for more agriculture extension workers across the country, observed that the extension workers were inadequate. ``For instance, the ratio of extension workers to farmers in Kaduna State used to be 1:1,500; however, the present

ratio stands at 1:3,240. ``This is grossly inadequate and highly disturbing because the World Bank-recommended ratio stands between 1:800 and 1:1,000. ``Unfortunately, the number of extension workers we have is on the decrease, while our population is on the increase,’’ Jacob added. In view of this shortfall, experts underscore the need for private-sector participation in the funding and delivery of agricultural extension services so as to meet the needs of the farmers. They argue that agricultural extension services have been dominated by the Agricultural Development Programme in Nigeria for a long time. The experts insist that the traditional extension services, linked with production objectives and blanket recommendations, can no longer meet the farmers’ expectations. They stress that pragmatic efforts should be made to encourage the private sector to provide agricultural extension services, while the government can play a strategic role by identifying gaps in the provision of such services. Although many observers laud this suggestion, they nonetheless, call for the adoption of pragmatic strategies to change the orientation of agricultural extension workers, as part of efforts to improve their service delivery. All the same, they concede that structured private-sector participation in agricultural extension service delivery will consequently boost agricultural production in the country. BC Mohammed Lawal is of News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

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A fast-paced entrepreneur His choice of entrepreneurial endevour is strategic. After few years of working as an employee as well as his banking career, which culminated in his appointment as executive director of the defunct Reliance Bank Limited, Kashim Bukar Shettima did not opt to further place his fortune in the finance sector. Rather, he opted for the agribusiness dealing in the supply of food products, chemicals, and fertilizer to publicand private-sector farmers and companies throughout the Northern region of Nigeria. Today, over the course of his entrepreneurial career, his Barbedos Ventures Limited, which he founded in 1991, has become a diversified conglomerate with vast interests in energy, agribusiness, transportation, and aviation industries By Adejuwon Osunnuyi


nderstandably, the name, Kashim Bukar Shettima may not be very popular in the realm of highly successful Nigerian business persons, but the impact, which his chain of businesses has made in the Nigerian economy over the years, cannot be dismissed with the wave of the hand. Born in Borno State in Nigeria’s northeastern region, Shettima’s experience in the business world transverses various sectors of the economy, where he sits on the board of many key institutions. Having acquired over 12 years working experience out which he rose to become Managing Director and chief executive officer of about two companies as well as executive director in the defunct Reliance Bank Limited for seven years, his earlier career, no doubt, has put him in good stead in the running of Barbedos Group of Companies where he is the founder and Chief executive Officer. Barbedos Group of Companies is a conglomerate that focuses on automobile and aviation enterprises; chemicals and fertilizers for the development of agriculture; and the import, export, and trading of oil and natural gas. As founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Kaduna, Nigeria’s Barbedos Group of Companies, Shettima oversees a diversified conglomerate of businesses active in the agriculture, oil and gas, automotive, and aviation sectors. At the

helm of Barbedos Group since 2002, Kashim Bukar Shettima brings more than 20 years of relevant experience to his work, along with an impressive record of professional accomplishment in Nigeria and beyond. After graduating from Kaduna Polytechnic in 1988, Shettima started his working career with Leemas Intl. Limited in Kaduna where he later rose to become the managing director and chief executive officer. He later moved to Woodcraft Industries Limited where he also served as the managing director. He later joined Reliance Bank Limited in Lagos to serve as its director, and he continued to serve the firm as its acting chairman after accepting a position as director at Kaduna’s Woodcraft Industries Limited. Alongside his work at these various companies, determined to break away from paid employment and move into the world of entrepreneurship, full of vision, courage and determination, Shettima also built his business empire, beginning with his first company, Barbedos Ventures Limited, an agricultural supply firm that he founded in 1991. Since then, he has gone on to create Barbedos Cars Limited, Skyjet Aviation Services Limited, Barbedos Oil and Gas Services Limited, and other companies under the Barbedos Group umbrella. Shettima and his team at the Barbedos Group are currently focused on the company’s growth in the field of economically sensitive products


and services. He continues to use the Barbedos Group’s infrastructure, depth of capital funding, and skilled personnel pool to direct corporate growth throughout West Africa and beyond. In 2005, he established the KBS Foundation to provide for the health care, social service, and educational needs of underprivileged Nigerians. Seven years after the formation of Barbedos Ventures, Kashim Bukar Shettima launched Barbedos Oil and Gas Services Limited, through which he imports and exports fuel oil and naphtha to this day. Organized under the Barbedos Group of Companies banner in 2002, the two firms have since been joined by Barbedos Cars Limited, Skyjet Aviation Services Limited, and Barbedos Aviation Services Limited, all of which provide transportation and related maintenance and brokerage services to public and private clients in Nigeria. Clients routinely come to Barbedos Group to purchase aircraft and high-quality cars, trucks, and armored vehicles; find plane staffing and operation services; and schedule charter flights. Through Barbedos Group, Shettima has built business

relationships throughout the world and especially across West Africa by focusing on the services, goods, and projects that are vital to the people living in this rapidly developing region. Barbedos Oil & Gas Services, for example, has capitalized on its presence in a newly deregulated market by securing the finance lines necessary to maintain growth while streamlining operations, thus enabling fuel oil importation and exportation via a 100% Nigerian business. Additionally, Barbedos Ventures has fed Nigeria as one of the leading providers of fertilizers and agricultural chemicals in northern Nigeria, while Barbedos Cars Limited has met the demands of Nigeria’s fastgrowing transportation and automobile industries. Shettima’s entrepreneurial reach has even extended to the skies via Skyjet Aviation Services and Barbedos Aviation Services Limited, a charted jet operator and flight services company, respectively. As the founder and chief executive officer of the Barbedos Group, Shettima leads an influential business conglomerate that extends to a number of Nigerian industries. Because Shettima’s companies cover a

range of business functions, including production, distribution, and importing, they are sensitive not only to the health of the Nigerian economy, but also to foreign investor interest in the country. Throughout his career as one of Nigeria’s top businessmen, Shettima has sought to utilize his entrepreneurial energies to better the lives of his fellow countrymen. Africa as a whole and Nigeria in particular have undergone massive growth during the past quarter century, and the top men and women across numerous sectors of the African economy are joining international partners to oversee the economic maturation of nations across the continent. In his own efforts to build a new Africa, Shettima has helped transform the nation’s econmy through his multifaceted conglomerate, Barbedos Group of Companies, which currently serves as one of the country’s top enterprises in several sectors. Barbedos Ventures Limited, the Group’s initial business, quickly became one of the most successful agribusiness firms in northern Nigeria. It supplied food products, chemicals, and fertilizer to public- and private-

sector farmers and companies throughout the region. Following this success, Kashim Bukar Shettima established Barbedos Cars Limited to take advantage of the rapid transportation sector growth in Nigeria. The firm offers vehicles ranging from luxury Mercedes Benz cars to armored trucks for security applications. Since finding success with consumer and commercial products, Barbedos Group has expanded its interests to natural resources through Barbedos Oil & Gas Services Limited, a 100 per cent Nigerian-owned company focused on oil trading in partnership with NNPC/ PPMC refineries. With $300 million in stable financing through a network of Nigerian and international capital sources, Barbedos Oil & Gas Services has been able to take advantage of short, medium, and long-term contracts in order to increase market share. With a growing expertise in the gas oil and fuel oil markets, as well as an interest in commodities ranging from crude oil to refined products, Barbedos Oil & Gas Services has flourished under Kashim Bukar Shettima’s leadership. For example, Shettima has forged relationships with Nigerian sources like Warri Refinery and Port Harcourt Refinery in order to capitalise on the deregulation of the oil and gas sectors. Most recently, Barbedos Group entered into the aviation industry through two companies, Skyjet Aviation Services Ltd. and Barbedos Aviation Services Limited. A chartered aircraft provider with a management team that has decades of collective experience in the aviation sector, Skyjet Aviation also served as an authorized sales representative for Embraer jets in several countries in West Africa. Barbedos Aviation Services, the newest company in the Barbedos Group family, offers a suite of aircraft management services for clients in need of flight crews, insurance coverage, and other necessities. Over the course of his entrepreneurial career, Kashim Bukar Shettima has accumulated a wide range of achievements in the energy, agribusiness, transportation, and aviation industries, earning considerable recognition in his native Nigeria. As the founder of Barbedos Group of Companies, he heads a diversified conglomerate of business interests, the first of which began in 1991 as Barbedos Ventures Limited, a fertilizer and agricultural supply firm. With Barbedos Group, Shettima owns and operates subsidiaries such as Barbedos Oil and Gas Services Limited, Barbedos Ventures Limited, Barbedos Cars Limited, Skyjet Aviation Services Limited, and Barbedos Aviation Services Limited,

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a multifaceted aircraft staffing, maintenance, insurance, and brokerage firm incorporated in 2011. In tandem with Barbedos Aviation, Skyjet Aviation offers charter flights to destinations throughout Nigeria, Gabon, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, and Equatorial Guinea. Aside from his aviation companies, Shettima founded Barbedos Cars Limited, through which he provides a vast array of transportation options to private businesses and government clients, from cars and trucks to armored vehicles. An authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer, Barbedos Cars offers the highest-quality vehicles for sale to clients nationwide. Prior to the formation of Barbedos Group, Kashim Bukar Shettima had developed a successful oil and gas trading company that specializes in the import and export of fuel oil and naphtha products. Today, he continues to build Barbedos Oil and Gas into a full-service exploration, refining, and distribution firm. In addition, Shettima runs Barbedos Ventures, the oldest of his subsidiaries and a leading supplier of fertilizers and related agricultural chemicals to clients in Nigeria and elsewhere. As head of Barbedos Group of Companies in Kaduna, Nigeria, Shettima oversees a diversified family of businesses that help grow the country’s economy and provide essential services to its people. The most recent of these, Barbedos Aviation Services Limited, furthers Kashim Bukar Shettima’s efforts in the domestic transportation arena, offering the full spectrum of aviation maintenance, insurance, security, and brokerage services to clients across the country. Formed in 2011, Barbedos Aviation Services upholds a high standard of excellence in the aviation sector and thrives under the management of Mohammed H. I. Wali, a flight engineer with more than 25 years of experience in his field. With a mission to deliver highest-quality flight crew staffing, airline operation and maintenance, accounting, and administrative functions to its clients, the company has built a solid reputation in just a few years. In addition, the company works with the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to obtain the necessary maintenance and flight operations clearance certificates to ensure safety in all aspects of aviation. Over the course of his entrepreneurial career, Kashim Bukar Shettima has accumulated a wide range of achievements in the energy, agribusiness, transportation, and aviation industries, earning considerable recognition in the country. While at the initial stage,


In his own efforts to build a new Africa, Shettima has helped transform the nation’s econmy through his multifaceted conglomerate, Barbedos Group of Companies, which currently serves as one of the country’s top enterprises in several sectors

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Barbedos Ventures Limited focused on supplying the private and public sectors in Nigeria with imported fertilizers, chemicals, and agricultural products, with the coming on stage of Barbedos Group of Companies, Shettima developed and expanded operations to encompass aviation and automotive divisions, the import and export of oil and natural gas. In 2004, he added the position of director of Woodcraft Industries Limited to his resume. Today, the company is in a period of expansion as it concentrates increasingly on goods and services in economically sensitive market segments. The Barbedos Group’s Oil and Gas Services Limited division originated as an independent oil trading concern with interests in both crude and refined oil products. In the current deregulated climate of the oil industry in Nigeria, this di-

vision can take advantage of emerging sets of opportunities for expansion and diversification. Barbedos Ventures Limited focuses on supplying the private and public sectors in Nigeria with imported fertilizers, chemicals, and agricultural products. In another area of business, Barbedos Cars Limited furnishes sales and service of a wide variety of conventional automobiles, as well as trucks, exotic cars, and professional armored vehicles. In the field of air travel, Barbedos Aviation Services Limited serves as a management unit, while Skyjet Aviation Services Ltd owns and operates a system of air transport and charter services for the public. Interestingly, Shettima has supplemented his practical knowledge of national and world trends in business and economics with attendance at

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a variety of seminars and continuing education classes. He recently earned a certificate in Professional Studies in Security Awareness and Strategic Leadership from Albion College at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He holds an honorary doctorate from Commonwealth University Belize, and has attended additional business-related training in Europe, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates. Shettima and his team at the Barbedos Group are currently focused on the company’s growth in the field of economically sensitive products and services. He continues to use the Barbedos Group’s infrastructure, depth of capital funding, and skilled personnel pool to direct corporate growth throughout West Africa and beyond. Regarded as one of Nigeria’s fast-paced business leaders for more than two decades, Shettima’s award-winning career as an entrepreneur and philanthropist has placed him among the top echelon of Africa’s business world. The chief executive officer and chairman of Barbedos Group of Companies Ltd he has earned such honors as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Kaduna State Youth Political Forum and an honorary doctorate from the United Arab Emirates’ Commonwealth University Belize. Shettima has also earned such honors as MTN Communications’ Business Enterprise Award, ThisDay Award for Young Global Champion. Also notable for his contributions to the community, he maintains an active campaign of charitable giving through his KBS Foundation, which helps underserved Nigerians through various education and health care initiatives. Whether through scholarships for higher education or lifesaving operations for serious medical conditions, Shettima and his colleagues at the KBS Foundation, strive to improve the quality of life for the next generation of Nigerians. The KBS Foundation has been providing for the health care, social service, and educational needs of underprivileged Nigerians. Founded in 2012, KBS Foundation is an expression of Shettima (Chairman of Barbedos Group) undying love and care for the less privileged. KBS Foundation is committed to enhancing the quality of life of Nigerians by supporting initiatives that improve access to good living, education, health and leadership. The foundation is known for Charity & Welfare Support, KBS Scholarship, Leadership Development Training, Youth Empowerment Scheme (YES) and the KBS Kids Club. BC

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entrepreneur Most young people might be wondering why a young lady of 24 with two university degrees in International Relations and Urban and Regional Planning obtained from reputable American Universities choose to be planting trees in a remote village in Edo state, Nigeria. But Wilma Aguele, MD/CEO WILBAHI Farms says the desire to invest for generations yet unborn made her invest in tree crop planting rather than in banks By Emmanuel Ogbonnaya


hen little Wilma’s parents needed to further their education outside the shores of Nigeria specifically in Europe, they had no choice but to leave her in the care of her grandparents in a village in Edo state. What happened after that was just phenomenal as Wilma developed a lifelong attachment to the village especially farming which happened to be the occupation of her grandparents although on a small subsistence scale. Her love for nature and growing crops became so strong and remained intact. Thus after her secondary school education, she had to leave for the United States, having attended Baptist Girls High School, Agbor in the then Bendel State now Delta State. While in the US, she attended first, Sacramento City College, Northern California and later, the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. “I studied International Relations and later on went on to study Urban and Regional Planning. While I was in school, I was thinking what I could do to grow tomatoes. Tomato was my first love, because I reasoned that we eat tomatoes everyday and that it is the fastest way to wealth,” she recounts. Though she doesn’t look any bit like someone who grew up on the farm with her polished demeanour, Wilma knows how to wash Melon, plant and harvest Okra. And so back in the country at age 24, she went into commercial farming. She remembers how it all started for her when her parents left her in the care of her

grandparents. “I was following them to the farm and observing what others were doing and when I grew old enough I became a participant in growing root crops, vegetables, pepper, tomatoes, all those crops that were left for the female child to cultivate.”, she said. “Even by the way I know how to chase rabbits and smoke them out from their holes with my cousins and uncles so I know a lot about village life, but being formally educated makes one less village -looking I suppose but I am still a villager at heart”. She also said. For her going into crop production was not primarily to make money but to live out her passion and save money. “Most of what I did instead of leaving my Naira in the bank, I kept planting trees, actually I’m very much in love with tree crops and I see it as another way of saving money rather than leaving them in a commercial bank because that way you cannot be affected by depreciation or the bank’s collapse,” she said. She recalls that one thing that was always at the back of her mind while growing up was her idea that in future those who will actually be wealthy are those who invested in their natural resources, not paper money, not stocks and bonds but crops. “If you are not afraid of poverty, you are a fool you must work to earn your money whether you are male or female it does not matter. God has given everyone the freewill to be the best, you must have your own financial sense of independence and you must love yourself because nobody can love you more than you love yourself,” she said.


She started off initially with 50,000 palm-trees, anything time she had spare money from her opportunistic transactions she just goes out there buying more seedlings and of course everybody said she was utterly crazy, and her response? “But I knew I was doing something for the future.” She is fully aware that tree crop farming is a long term investment, and reiterates that it remains her way of saving. “But when you plant a tree and you keep fire or disease away from it, it is there for even your future generations to come and meet that investment. “So that is what drove me into investing money into tree

crops such as palm trees and cashew trees and I’m thinking even of fruit trees like the ones we used to know in the village when we were growing up. AS you can’t find them anymore and even our own children are going to have difficulties knowing what a mango tree is; they see packaged mango juice but half of them have never seen a mango tree except maybe on national geographical,” she said. Eventually, she acquired a one tonne per hour capacity palm-oil milling machine from a Belgian company that is well renowned for producing stainless-steel extraction equipment for palm-oil, which can last for

up to 40 years without rusting. She also went into full scale mechanised palm-oil production, which she has taken to exhibit and sell outside the shores of Nigeria. “Something that started as a hobby became too big and I approached the banks for financing and through the federal government’s interventionist fund I got money to import the equipment and started to add value to the raw materials. Today, even with the existing mill, I need to plant more trees to get a bigger mill. There is nothing as bad as investing and not doing the right thing by having a business plan. We do not adulterate and we also use water that is clean, we don’t use chemicals and equipment that are not stainless steel. I don’t want any food poisoning or contamination coming from our products. “So I’m looking at acquiring 5,000 hectares of land so that I can get a six -tonne per hour mill. Right now, I have cultivated 2,000 hectares and I have opportunities to do 10,00020,000 hectares because the Edo State Government also gave me access to land by brokering a deal between the host community and I for a percentage of the crops they are allowing me access to massive lands to replicate what I have achieved on a smaller scale,” she narrated. She revealed that plans are on to upgrade their palm-oil branding and packaging with the help of a professional and to effectively compete in both mass and bulk marketing. Her greatest joy of being an

Management Principles

Knowing when to hire new employees


s a business owner, one of your most important tasks is workforce management. It’s your job to make sure you have the right people--and the right number of people--to keep your company running smoothly. Hiring someone simply because you need an “extra body” is foolish and inevitably results in poor performance, decreased productivity and decreased morale. Now let’s say your business is growing and you’re sensing you need to hire new employees. How can you really be sure the time is right to bring in additional staff? There are at least six common clues: 1. Your employees are working very hard perhaps too hard and they’re letting you know or complaining that they have too much to do. Complaints of this nature aren’t uncommon, but your task is to determine if they’re legitimate. How can you do that? Try talking to your employees and asking them to validate their concerns of being “overworked.” Then look at attendance and productivity indicators to substantiate their claims. If what you find confirms their feedback, then you might decide to reorganize and restructure roles and responsibilities to better deal with the workflow. Or you could use your new knowledge as a guide to hiring additional employees. 2. Employees claim they want to take on more tasks or spend additional time on current ones if only they had the time. 3. The growth curve for your products or services is increasing, and you identify that as a positive trend, not just a blip on the consumer radar. 4. You see an opportunity for growth and expansion in your industry or related industries,

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entrepreneur is not different from most other highly successful entrepreneurs- utter freedom to do whatever you like whenever you like, but only after the job is done. Wilma developed her sense of entrepreneurship from both her informal and formal trainings received from her grandparents and US schooling specifically and today Wilma is a woman who does not see any limitations on her capability to fend for herself in a male dominated world of business and finance. “Actually my parents never allowed us to do any form of internship, as you know traditional Nigerian parents want to pay for everything for their children but somehow my grandparents instilled in us the virtues of hard work, if not I would have probably not have been doing what I am doing today. My traditional upbringing and education has equipped me to fend for myself, when you go to school in America they tell you categori-

cally that the sky is your limit and you’ll become fearless and start doing something for yourself. From age 16 your parents can make you deliver hamburgers in the summer just to make that money you want to use to buy those things that most youths are really crazy about,” she said. Also, a lover of nature and an advocate of the green revolution she reveals that she feels more secured when she goes to the bush. In her words, “I’m looking at all the trees and they’re looking back at me it makes me happy too knowing that they help in generating our life giving oxygen and because we don’t pay for oxygen most of us don’t know the importance of trees.” Having become a successful agribusiness woman, Wilma understands the secret of a commonwealth because she wants her kids to be able to walk around freely around the village just like among equals. “If you are the only rich one in

and decide that now’s the time to take a calculated risk to expand. But current employees aren’t available to assume additional responsibilities. 5. You determine that your employee’s existing job skills and knowledge are fine for your company’s current level of productivity, but to expand, you’ll need either increased skills and knowledge or a new and different set of skills and knowledge. 6. Revenue is at or above target and you project it to continue; other than financially rewarding yourself and/or your employees, you wonder what to do with the increased revenue. After taking a long, hard look at the state of your business, you decide to expand by hiring additional employees. But what do you have to take into account and do when adding a new position and a new hire? First, you need to create a comprehensive, clearly written job description that includes these factors: • The major and related duties, responsibilities and tasks the employee must perform • The expected standards of job performance • The reporting relationships--the people or job title to whom the employee will report and who, if anyone, will report to the new hire • The financial and fiscal responsibilities and spending limits-if any • The standards of acceptable behavior • The working conditions So be sure to hire only someone who actually fits the job description you’ve created. In fact, shooting for the stars by knowingly increasing your standards to hire the best possible candidate even it takes some time to find the right person is well worth it. BC

the village you are in trouble because you will need the highest fence and more dogs and security. Why can’t everybody be rich and then we can all be on the same level and if someone now engages in criminality you’ll know the person is a deviant character. But if people are genuinely overdeprived then you that are hardworking are not safe,” she said. And her plan is to teach young people in her host community how to make it too with her very straightforward plan. “I am very committed to bringing in all the young people who have indicated their interests to become co-developers. Either they farm their own portions on our lot or we just piggy back on each other by sharing the access and other facilities and even the seedlings. So whether they like it or not they must work to survive because there is dignity in labour anybody who tells you otherwise does not love you and you should tell them get thee behind me Satan,” she said. Her advice for young people seeking to thread the not-so-welltrodden path of entrepreneurial opportunities is simple: “lose your pride and your temper, hide them somewhere and forget that you have your friends because sometimes those your friends can be your enemies when they say to you that you can’t do it or why do you want to do is this way or that way. So always, listen to your heart and your gut feelings because everybody has an opinion on what works and what does not and if you yourself don’t have the strength or character to hold your own thoughts and you believe what everybody tells you, you will be in trouble fast. They might mean well but sometimes listening to advice is bad for business.” “You can’t have an expensive eating or living habit if you want to succeed in business. You’ll have to put your ‘effizzy’ lifestyle on hold and try to save on everything so you can pay your bills because once you have a reputation for meeting your financial obligations, everybody will want to do business with you. “So if you are young and you think you want to be rich you don’t put that you want to be rich in front of you but rather behind you and aim for sustainability because if you ‘chop’ your working capital you are in trouble nobody will ever give you money again that is it case closed. “Do what everybody is not doing and carve a niche for yourself. I always wanted to be in business, I knew I was going to retire into agribusiness, every other thing was just an opportunistic transactions to lead me to my horses stables, bigger houses and cars and all the space on God’s planet to hoist my domestic flag with the inscription ‘welcome to planet WILBAHI!’” BC

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ow let’s say your business is growing and you’re sensing you need to hire new employees. How can you really be sure the time is right to bring in additional staff? There are at least six common clues: 1. Your employees are working very hard perhaps too hard and they’re letting you know or complaining that they have too much to do. Complaints of this nature aren’t uncommon, but your task is to determine if they’re legitimate. How can you do that? Try talking to your employees and asking them to validate their concerns of being “overworked.” Then look at attendance and productivity indicators to substantiate their claims. If what you find confirms their feedback, then you might decide to reorganize and restructure roles and responsibilities to better deal with the workflow. Or you could use your new knowledge as a guide to hiring additional employees. 2. Employees claim they want to take on more tasks or spend additional time on current ones if only they had the time. 3. The growth curve for your products or services is increasing, and you identify that as a positive trend, not just a blip on the consumer radar. 4. You see an opportunity for growth and expansion in your industry or related industries, and decide that now’s the time to take a calculated risk to expand. But current employees aren’t available to assume additional responsibilities. 5. You determine that your employee’s existing job skills and knowledge are fine for your company’s current level of productivity, but to expand, you’ll need either increased skills and knowledge or a new and different set of skills and knowledge. 6. Revenue is at or above target and you project it to continue; other than financially rewarding yourself and/or your employees, you wonder what to do with the increased revenue. After taking a long, hard look at the state of your business, you decide to expand by hiring additional employees. But what do you have to take into account and do when adding a new position and a new hire? First, you need to create a comprehensive, clearly written job description that includes these factors: The major and related duties, responsibilities and tasks the employee must perform The expected standards of job performance The reporting relationships--the people or job title to whom the employee will report and who, if anyone, will report to the new hire The financial and fiscal responsibilities and spending limits--if any The standards of acceptable behavior The working conditions So be sure to hire only someone who actually fits the job description you’ve created. In fact, shooting for the stars by knowingly increasing your standards to hire the best possible candidate even it takes some time to find the right person is well worth it. BC

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ThebuddingEntrepreneurs uring the World War 1, when the government of United States of America began to draft men, it was discovered that so many recruits had rotten teeth such that officials said “poor dental hygiene was a natural security risk.” That information will naturally appear as a big opportunity for an entrepreneur. Yet, it was recorded that selling toothpaste was a financial suicide then. Many people who ventured into it went broke. The challenge was that people were not buying toothpastes because, despite the problem, hardly did anyone brush his teeth. Until Claude Hopkins, a talented communicator was involved in the business of toothpaste that people began to buy it. The secret of his success, Hopkins would later boast, was that he had found a certain cue and reward that fueled that habit of brushing the teeth. Hopkins simply helped to develop a sense of reward for consumers and habit of tooth brushing. He made people pride in “Pepsodent smile.” He helped them to feel comfortable and take pride in brushing their teeth through adverts. By 1930, Pepsodent Toothpaste sold so much in United States and every continent of the world. Dear entrepreneur, it will never be enough to have solutions to peoples problem. You must help people feel comfortable and take pride in the solution. Do you know that the chemical that help toothpaste foam does not contribute to cleaning your teeth? It is a fact that it is there to make you feel comfortable that your mouth is cool because the chemical that cleans does not foam. Will you buy toothpaste that does not foam when brushing your teeth? I’m sure consumers will not buy, even though it cleans the teeth, until their confidence is built. People feel better when there is bunch of foam around their mouth while brushing their teeth. Foaming is that signal for good toothpaste. Consumers need some kind of signals that what you sold is working and makes them feel good in their mind. I observed a case of signal that has become a catchphrase in the city of Lagos and beyond. Government is about people -service business, which is a fact. In 2007, when the present Lagos State Governor resumed office, his team began to develop parks and gardens. The government encouraged many cor-


With Mamora Victor Mamora is a system thinker and advisor whose belief and activator leadership strengths are directed towards improving workers perspective for city and enterprise development.


Consumers need some kind of signals that what you sold is working and makes them feel good in their mind


Give a comfortable signal

porations to do likewise. About two years into the administration, there were green places and different views of landscape that appeal to peoples emotion. Then many people began to feel that truly the government is working. Then we began to say “Fashola is working; Lagos is working”. Many State Governments took a cue from this and got the same response. People want a signal that makes them feel comfortable with your products and services.

My question is that what kind of experiences are you deliberately creating for the users of your products and services? If you will not create that sense of great product, even though it has a fantastic value, it will remain on the shelf for a long time. In Nigeria, market trend is shifting very fast and in favour of shopping malls. People keep visiting modern shopping malls because of the feel. The cool feel is a simple signal that the

shopping mall model works. Although those same products are sold in many open traditional markets, the response to malls is growing because of the comfortable signal. The fact is that you can only send out comfortable signal when you are very sensitive to people. I have noticed that it is much easier for entrepreneurs to continue in business when people’s interest is above financial interests. To be sensitive to people’s comforts in planning and product development opens up innovative opportunities. Time and again all businesses people, who have attempted to give out excellent services and solve real problems got a way to create the signal that makes people accept the products. How can you create a signal that will make people feel your product is the best? These five tips among many will help you. 1. Be people- focused. The people are the reason you are

Motivational Business Quotes


unning a business is like riding on a roller coaster. Although it is fun and exciting, there will be times when you’ll be scared and feel powerless. During the bad times there isn’t much you can do, other than to keep on pushing forward. So in that spirit, here are quotes that will motivate you to push forward. The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. – Nolan Bushnell My son is now an ‘entrepreneur’. That’s what you’re called when you don’t have a job. – Ted Turner Leadership is a potent combination of strat-

egy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy. – Norman Schwarzkopf The golden rule for every business man is this: “Put yourself in your customer’s place. – Orison Swett Marden I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them! – C.J. Walker The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. Remember, the greatest failure is to not try. Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it. – Debbi Fields Life is too complicated not to be orderly. – Martha Stewart BC To be continued next week

in business. Thinking of a better way to serve the people is the most precious asset of any entrepreneur who will remain in businesses and also make profit. 2. Watch out for changes in the trend: people of different ages are attracted differently. You need to watch what is changing about people’s perspective and habits. I will encourage that you chart up an expert in the field of product development and consumer behaviour to help you. 3. Observe people’s experiences: what are the experiences of people while using your product? What are their difficulties? What gives them joy and fulfillment while using your product or service? These require analysis and judgment that will help you improve your products and services. 4. Communicate the comfort: whenever you get a good feedback for using your products and services then communicate it to wide audience. This will motivate their interest to try it. Many people will want to have the same comfortable and enjoyable experience. Good testimonies will attract and expand the circles of users. 5. Reward the habit you wanted: if you can get the attention of your consumers by rewarding them for using your product, then you will help them develop the habit of continued patronage. Recently I saw that some banks in Nigeria reward consumers when they download mobile banking application. The idea is to help people form the habit of self-service banking as they enjoy the reward. Reward can be both financial and non-financial. People usually want to associate with what is good and socially trendy. Dear friend, you have been so hardworking on that enterprise and I stand with you in solidarity for the success of your business and development of our cities. As you attempt to pull people out of poverty by creating products and services, and creating jobs you will experience success on a great scale. I believe you will achieve your business objectives if you will not give up too soon. You can take another step closer to your dream by creating a comfortable signal around your product or service and communicate it to your prospects. Make people feel delighted using your product or service and be sure you will continue to be in business BC

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Driving IT industry growth through int’l opportunities

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Keen on exploring international opportunities to engender increased Information Technology development in Nigeria, the government, through the Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is leveraging the GITEX Technology Show holding in Dubai later in the year in driving local IT sector By Kunle Azeez


igeria’s Information and Communication Technology sector has become the rotor of the nation’s economic development in the past years with various studies indicating that Nigeria is a favourable investment destination. It is also instructive that the recent Gross Domestic Product rebase exercise carried out by the Nigerian government – a development that subsequently positions Nigeria as the largest economy in Africa, it is instructive that the Information Technology sector is clearly identified as a major contributor to the economy in terms of investment inflows as well as its positive impacts on other sectors of the economy such as agriculture, commerce and industry, oil and gas, education and so on. In particular, the telecoms sector of the ICT industry gamut in Nigeria currently remained one of the most attractive markets in the whole of Middle East and Africa (MEA), according to a Pyramid Research.


“The fast pace of growth in the Nigerian telecoms sector and the country’s population of over 170 million people means the country will remain one of the most attractive markets in the Middle East and Africa”, according to Pyramid Research

report. The report on the five-year outlook for the nation’s telecoms sector, which was published on its website, stated that Nigeria has the potential for massive growth, and that NCC remained a key factor in

engendering and sustaining the growth potential. Meanwhile, since its assumption of office few months ago as the new Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Peter Jack, has pledged to also ensure that every collaboration and partnership both locally and international shall be leveraged under his leadership towards growing the nation’s IT sector segment. NITDA is the IT policy formulation and implementation agency of the Federal Government under the Ministry of Communication Technology. As such, the agency is putting every measure in place to explore this year’s edition of the GITEX Technology Show as part of NITDA’s measure to pursue IT development aggressively to position Nigeria in the global society. Business Courage learnt that to ensure Nigeria derives optimal benefits at the GITEX Technology Show holding in Dubai this October, NITDA has set up the GITEX Local Organising Committee (LOC). Nigeria is the official Country Partner for GITEX 2014 as GITEX Technol-

ogy is the premier Technology event in the Middle East Africa and South Asia (MEASA). The technology trade show occupies over 78,000 sqm of space, and records over 145,530 trade visitors from 144 countries in 2013. Also, more than 35,000 visitors came from Africa in the 2013 edition of GITEX where Nigeria premiered its presence by setting up the Nigerian Pavilion, which was promoted NITDA. Available information showed that this year, the country is revving up its last year’s presence as official country partner to become the centre of thematic activities for the five day technology expo and conference in Dubai. The LOC is tasked with ensuring Nigeria’s successful participation through pre-show work-plans. While inaugurating the LOC in Abuja recently, Jack stated that NITDA has a new vision and the agency would genuinely pursue IT development aggressively to position Nigeria in the global society, stressing that Nigeria’s presence at GITEX would offer the opportunity to explore international opportunities for collaborations and investments that would further advance Nigeria’s burgeoning IT sector. Citing examples of countries such as South Korea and India where IT alone contribute over $200 billion to the economy, the NITDA boss said, “The NITDA is determined to position Nigeria in that light, and would work through multilateral stakeholders approach to get everyone involved and achieve our core goals at NITDA.” He subsequently implored the committee to do all they can to make Nigeria’s presence at GITEX 2014 a success and assured of government’s support for IT development at all levels, while stressing the need for inter agencies collaboration and synergy. “It is in the spirit of partnership that NITDA has invited other agencies to be part of this preparation and we believe that this is imperative to achieve best results,” said Jack to the committee members. Available information revealed that, in line with the multi-stakeholder approach of the current NITDA leadership, the LOC has been constituted as to reflect all interest group in the IT industry, have drawn its members were drawn from different private and public sectors organisations. The members of the LOC, as gathered include, the Nigeria Investment Promotion Council (NIPC), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), ComContinued on pg A16

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puter Professional Registration Council (CPN), Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA), Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), National Association of Computers Science Students (NACOSS), Nigeria Satellite Communications Limited (NigComSat), and Information Technology Industries Association of Nigeria (ITAN). Others are Pinnacle Consult LLC and Knowhow Media International – both marketing and media consultants on Nigeria’s participation at Gitex 2014. Accordingly, members at the inauguration meeting of the LOC include Chairman of the LOC, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, NITDA; Yele Okeremi, ISPON; Mohammed Audu, NIPC; Segun Oruame, Knowhow Media, Mary Uduma, NIRA; Tunde Bello, Federal Ministry of Agriculture; Yelwa Idris, NITDA; and Mohammed Agbali, NITDA. Others include Hadiza Umar, NITDA; Abass Fufore, CPN; Jide Awe, NCS; Ms. Nwigbo Happiness, CPN; Abu Agbo Andrew NACOSS; Okafor Chukwuemeka, NACOSS; Olorogun James, ISPON; and Amalu Ikechukwu, NigComSat. Speaking with Business Courage, the LOC Chairman, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, said it was important for all stakeholders to come together to drive Nigeria’s participation as the official country partner for GITEX 2014. According to him, there was a need for all stakeholders to strongly get everybody who has something innovating to showcase at GITEX to use it as a global platform to show the world what Nigerians are doing. Meanwhile, Oruame of Knowhow Media, said preparations had already begun since Nigeria officially enlisted to be partner for GITEX 2014 as he said there was need for the committee to expedite actions to meet up with the demands of the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), organisers of GITEX to ensure that deadlines for all preparatory items are met. The LOC stressed the importance of early marketing and publicity activities as the committee works on actualizing the necessary roadshows to engage local stakeholders in Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Enugu where the NCS conference will be holding in July this year. Last year, more than 35 local ICT companies indicated first interest to participate in the first Nigerian Pavilion at GITEX Technology Week which held between October 20-24 inside the Dubai World Trade Center, UAE. The Nigerian Pavilion was promoted by Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN) and Pinnacle International Consulting, LLC with the support of the Nigerian Government through the Ministry of Communications Technology.



Led by a mix of the big, oldest and innovative players, the sign ups including Omatek Computer Ventures Plc, Programmos Solutions Limited and Data Sciences Nigeria Limited underscored a growing momentum to promote Nigeria’s local ICT capacity to the international market, as noted by Information Technology Association of Nigeria (ITAN) Secretariat in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. Several countries also had their pavilions on ground at GITEX 2013 to promote their local capacities. Such countries included the United States, Germany, India, Brazil, Hong Kong and Malaysia. The list also included Kenya and Morocco from Africa indicating an increasing awareness of GITEX potential to grow markets for major ICT destinations. During the 2013 edition of the Technology Show, the Nigerian Pavilion was fostered on the Nigerian Government’s commitments to grow local ICT companies and expose them to international opportunities. The Pavilion, first of its type showcased best of the Nigerian ICT sector under the theme: ‘Nigeria – Ready for Business.’ Nigeria’s government has steadily shown commitment to grow the value of the local ICT market and increase the participation of the indigenous ICT entrepreneurs. Also, the 2014 edition of the GITEX is also expected to solidify that interest and provide robust synergy for government and private sector players. Also on the highlight of 2013

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edition, key features of Nigerian Pavilion at GITEX Technology Week included exhibitors consisting of Nigerian ICT companies and public-centred ICT initiatives through government MDAs; secondly, a Nigerian ICT Investment Forum featuring key Nigerian government officials, as well as select speakers from public and private sector organisations; and thirdly, the Nigerian ICT Investment Dinner which held to extend the window to articulate on Nigeria’s ICT investment potential focusing on the development of its local content. Enjoining the ITAN members on the need to attend the 2014 GITEX during a recent meeting with NITDA DG at the Golden Gate, Ikoyi, Lagos, the President of ITAN and Chief Executive Officer, Omatek ventures Plc., Mrs. Florence Seriki, said, “I enjoin all of you to explore the huge opportunities offered by GITEX to showcase your local IT capacities and strike various partnership that can help growth your business and that of the entire IT ecosystem in Nigeria. Reflecting over the 2013 edition of GITEX, Seriki said, “The Nigerian ICT Investment Forum, which held at the event, was a major element of the Nigerian Pavilion at GITEX to help in further drawing attention to the huge investment potential across Nigeria for ICT; high returns on investment (RoI) and secured investment environment for offshore investors in the local ICT sector.” According to him, “The Investment Forum provided ‘Business Connexions’ for local ICT companies and capacities to explore practicable and sustainable partnerships with offshore partners, offered an extra window of international public enlightenment on the increasingly positive and expanding business-friendly Nigerian environment for potential investors; as well as providing a rallying support base of government for the local ICT players to build a win-win synergy in the local ICT sector.” She noted that with over 350 Information Technology driven companies in Nigeria as members, Seriki noted that ITAN was deemed a major stakeholder in Nigeria’s ICT space, stressing that the association would work with NITDA to promote IT literacy and penetration in Nigeria; and to promote members’ interest in the area of trade, public policy formulation and negotiations with government on IT policy matters. As the 2014 GITEX gathers momentum, local ICT companies in Nigeria have been urged to take part in the event, especially with the seriousness the Federal Government, through NITDA, is giving to the event this year with the inauguration of an all-inclusive local organising committee (LOC). BC


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Tips to conserve iphone/ ipad battery life


ood battery life is essential for a mobile device to succeed in the post-pc era, and apple’s iOS devices continue to pack upgraded internals and improved battery technology into every product iteration. Enterprises, government and business owners love the iPhone and ipad because of its back-end management and security features but one thing that can hinder you is it’s battery life. To get the most time out of your iPhone/iPad battery, you have to manage it and its enabled services and features on your device to make sure you get the most life out of your battery especially when you have emergencies where you need to sacrifice some features to use the device a little longer. Here are seven tips to stay firmly in charge of your battery: 1. Place your device in airplane mode when you don’t need to communicate In situations when you are not using your iPhone to make or receive calls, and connect to the Internet, place your device into airplane mode. This can be done in areas where no wireless signal is available or when boarding an airplane that is not equipped with wi-fi as your iOS device will expend a lot of power continuously looking for a wireless signal. 2. Turn off bluetooth and wi-fi If you have no bluetooth devices (such as a headset or wireless speakers) connected to your iPhone or iPad, turn off the bluetooth feature. To do this, launch Settings, tap the bluetooth option, and then turn the virtual switch for the bluetooth option to the off position. If you have a bluetooth device paired with your device that you know you won’t be using for a while, turn off bluetooth on your phone or tablet to conserve battery life. 3. Don’t rely too heavily on the Internet Connecting your iPhone or iPad to the Internet requires a lot of power, particularly when using a cellular data connection. To extend your device’s battery life, refrain from surfing the internet too much, using Safari or continuously checking your email account(s) with the mail app. If possible, connect to the Internet using wi-fi. 4. Turn off the vibrate feature The iPhone’s vibrate feature that activates for incoming calls, text messages, and notifications, should be turned off to conserve battery life. 5. Don’t use the built-in speakers Using the iPhone or iPad’s built-in speakers to play audio uses more battery power than plugging corded headphones into the device. Likewise, on the iPhone, avoid using the speakerphone option when engaged in a phone call. 6. Reduce your reliance on the maps, weather, and stocks apps The maps, weather, and stocks apps are examples of apps that heavily use the Internet in order to function. Since excessive Internet usage drains battery life faster, shutting down these apps when conserving battery power is important. 7. Keep your conversations short On the iPhone, keep your phone conversations short since talking on the phone is one of the quickest ways to deplete battery life. If you are using Skype on your iOS mobile device, it will drain the battery faster because heavy Internet usage is required. In summary, for many people on the go, finding someplace to plug in your iPhone or iPad to charge it can be a challenge. Having a mobile power bank is just the smartest way to keep your battery back to life at any point in time. Also having your charger cords at home, offices and in the car is another smart way to charge your phone incase your battery runs low or dies. Conserving your iPad / IPhone batteries is key for you to always stay intouch and be productive in your businesses anywhere you are without losing track of your customers. BC

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Stakeholders advocate enhanced internet security Stories by Kunle Azeez


takeholders in the Nigeria internet space have advocated the need for increased internet security through enabling laws and other measures. They made the call during this year’s edition of Nigeria DigitalSense Forum Series with the theme: ‘Internet Governance, eBiz and Open Access in Nigeria.’ Speaking at the two-day event held in Lagos over the weekend, the Minister of Communication Technology, Omobola Johnson, said the government has recognised the need to protect the country’s cyberspace. Johnson, who was represented at the forum by the Assistant Director, e-Governance Department at the ministry, Olufeko Olufemi, said the government was on course in ensuring improved security of the cyberspace for the growing number of internet users in the country. Recent statistics show that while there are more than 55 million internet subscribers, there have been clamour daily on the need to protect these internet users. According to the Johnson, there were various ongoing initiatives by both the private and public sectors, all of which are geared towards enhancing security of the country’s cyber space. “Efforts are currently being made in collaboration with the law makers towards ensuring an internet ecosystem that make people legally responsible for any acts committed on the web.” While harping on the need for affordable internet access in the country, the Head, Media and Publicity, Nigeria Internet Group, Bayero Aganbi, called for increased democratisation of the internet access. “Internet should be a right of all Nigerians and these individuals using the internet have to be protected through enabling laws and policies,”

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he said. Representative of the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Dr. Eugene Juwah, Bashir Idris, said NCC had been doing a lot through the Universal Service Provision Fund, to drive nationwide telecoms access. “Already, we have huge broadband internet bandwidth on the shores of Nigeria and we have recognised the need to ensure transmission of the bandwidth to the hinterland and that’s what we are doing to ensure that the cost of internet is crashed. “We are also working to engender good regulatory framework that improves favourable competition among Internet Service Providers,” he said. Also, Director, New Media at NCC, Dr. Sylvanus Ehikioya, lamented that lack of substantive cybersecurity law, while asking the lawmakers to fast-track legislative process on the existing cybersecurity bills pending at the National Assembly.

effort was aimed at enforcing the company’s commitment to knowledge development in the education sector through ICT. “Given early access to information and communications technologies, the youths tend to become early adopters of new technologies, developing skills, spurring innovation required for economic growth. Our goal is that bringing these students to our environment will afford them the access to required exposure and entrepreneurial skills to help them excel in an ICT driven environment,” he said. Head, ICT Academics, Children’s International School, Chidi Nwankwo, said, “We believe in practical learning for our students and this field trips is an opportunity for our students to be cognitively engaged and challenged, as they explore areas of personal interest and curiosity and engage in bidirectional communication with each other and the adult facilitators.”

Vodacom Business promotes ICT skills


n Information and Communication Technology firm in Nigeria, Vodacom Business Nigeria, said it was committed to promoting field trips for schools to further development of students’ understanding of ICT with practical learning beyond the classroom. The company stated this during the hosting of the Senior Secondary students of Children’s International School, Lekki on a one-day field trip to its facility in Lagos. During the visit of the students to the company, the students were taken on a tour of its data centre by exposing them to the technology behind cloud computing, online gaming and other applications such as Facebook and Instagram used on a daily basis while encouraging the students to develop skills required in ICT innovation. In a statement made available to reporters, the Managing Director of Vodacom Business Nigeria, Guy Clarke, said the



MTN’s volunteerism scheme supports investment in education


igeria’s largest telecoms network, MTN, has started its annual staff volunteerism programme, 21 Days of Y’ello Care, focusing on education for in this year’s edition. Themed “Education in the Digital World”, this year’s edition, which commenced on June 1, have staff of MTN Nigeria engage in a number of activities aimed at promoting a conducive learning environment as well as draw attention to the fundamental role of education in the development of the nation. Reiterating MTN Nigeria’s commitment to giving back to communities in which it operates at the flag-off of the programme in Lagos, Corporate Services Executive, Akinwale Goodluck, described education as a vital tool for social and economic development. “The weeks ahead are filled with various initiatives that will enable MTN, through the 21

Days of Yello Care programme, continue to contribute its quota towards improving educational standards in Nigeria. “Under the Digitech Classroom Project, digitally equipped classrooms will be established across the country to drive access to digital learning. “Access to the Internet and education will position a great number of pupils on the same platform as their counterparts in other developed countries, helping to ensure that they do not suffer learning disadvantages even though they live in a developing country,” he said. Initiated by the MTN Group in 2007, the annual programme encourages MTN staff across its 21 operations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East to volunteer their resources, time and skills to help others and the communities where they live and work. Also featuring among projects lined up for implementation is the company’s Adopt a Girls’ School Project, which will see each unit within MTN adopt an all-girls school towards empowering the girl child and promoting gender equality in education. Other initiatives include Vocation is Education, which is aimed at elevating vocational education in Nigeria, and Y’ello Tutor, which entails the creation of an Online Learning Hub that will be made accessible to students in primary and secondary schools across the country, providing them access to learning materials, tutorials, examinations practice questions and other educational resources. MTN is also partnering with non-governmental organisations to provide relief materials to the northern part of Nigeria where the learning infrastructure gap is most acute. The initiative tagged, The Y’ello Aid Initiative, will also raise funds for the Chibok Scholarship, which aims at moving the school girls from Chibok to schools in other states. Also speaking at the ceremony, Executive Secretary, Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board, Olawunmi Gasper, lauded MTN for acknowledging the importance of education in a growing community.

Airtel begins Rising Stars Season 4


ne of the telecoms operators in Nigeria, Airtel, has begun the 4th edition of Airtel Rising Stars (ARS) U-17 male and female tournament, a grass-root football talent search programme aimed at identifying and nurturing budding soccer talent from the grassroots onto a national stage. The announcement is com-

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ing barely ten months after a successful hosting of the 3rd edition of the ARS, an Africawide grassroots tournament that underscores the company’s avowed commitment to creating excitement for sports lovers as well as providing empowerment opportunities for Nigerian youth. Speaking at an event to announce the commencement of ARS 4 in Lagos, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Airtel Nigeria, Segun Ogunsanya, noted that the soccer initiative is the company’s contribution to sports development and youth empowerment in Nigeria. Ogunsanya, who was in the company of ex-Super Eagles and Falcons Stars including Peter Rufai, Ann Chiejine, Chioma Ajunwa, Garba Lawal and Mutiu Adepoju said football in Nigeria elicits passion, creates fun and engenders unity. “Airtel wants to be an integral part of local communities and our association with football has strong elements of creating positive change and engagement. ARS is our contribution to building and sustaining a rich pool of football talents for the Super Eagles and Falcons,” he said. While highlighting the success of the Airtel Rising Starts intervention, the Airtel CEO also noted that the initiative has provided strong platforms for empowering exceptionally talented Nigerians. “It is on record that the Airtel Rising Stars Football programme has produced exceptional talents some of whom are: Musa Mohammed Shehu- Captain Golden Eaglets U17- (ARS 2011); Zahradden Bello- U17- ARS (2012); AL Hassan Ibrahim Abdullahi- U17- ARS (2011); Muri Lawal- Sunshine Stars FC Akure- ARS (2011) and Josephine Mathias- Falconets, Pelican Stars FC CalabarARS (2011),” he said. According to Ogunsanya, the fourth edition of the Airtel Rising Stars programme will be played in different regions across the country, culminating in the National Finals, a three-day soccer fiesta. “Thereafter, the successful male and female teams will travel to Gabon to compete for continental glory in Africa’s biggest youth football tournament with participation from 17 countries,” he said. With over 50,000 active participants over the last 3 seasons, ARS enjoys the endorsement and support of football bodies such as Lagos State Football Association (LSFA), Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), Arsenal Football Club and Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF). BC BC

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By Emmanuel Ogbonnaya bonnaya


he 2015 MINI NI Cooper Countryman gets ts a variety of styling, interior, nterior, and safety updates in n its rfifth year on the market, though it’s not an n all-new vehicle like its s smaller sibling, the MINI Cooper Hardtop hatchback. In profile especially, the 2015 MINI Cooper Countryman doesn’t at all look like a MINI not even the modern n MINI we’ve become me accustomed to. But it shows its allegiances and identity in the details.. The 2015 Countryman cuts a unique figure. Sure to stand out from the crossover crowd in any office parking lot, the aggressive front-end, wide grille, flared fenders, and trim dimensions combine to give a sense of fun and athleticism not often found in the segment. Fundamentally, this is a small, upright four-door-plustailgate utility vehicle that’s identifiably a MINI though sideby-side with smaller models in the line-up, you might be hardpressed to point to similarities. The Countryman styling captures the overall MINI effect in a different form, but its lines ring true to the brand while making the vehicle’s more practical uses apparent. The look is modern and sculpted, but the upright nose, short hood, floating roof, and big round headlights are variations on MINI traditions. The Countryman, the largest MINI model and the only one offering all-wheel drive, is one of the smallest utility vehicles on the market, offering more interior space and versatility than other MINI models in a vehicle that’s not nearly as “mini” as the rest of the range. For 2015, the Countryman gets a new grille, with the sportier Cooper S Countryman identifiable by additional chrome detailing. Most all-wheel-drive models get standard underbody guards, which can be added to the front-wheel-drive models too. Other updates include new 17-inch alloy wheel designs, LED fog lights, and accents in glossy piano black, along with a handful of new exterior colours. Otherwise, the shape remains the same: a small, upright four-door-plus-tailgate

utility vehicle that’s identifiably a MINI though side-by-side with smaller models in the line-up, you might be hard-pressed to point to similarities. Inside, the 2015 Countryman makes chrome air-vent trim and anthracite-coloured dials standard across the range. While the compact size limits interior volume, the load bay will hold at least as much as the trunk of standard sedan, and up to 42 cubic feet of cargo with the split folding rear seats folded down. The most major tweak for the new model is the latest MINI Connected infotainment system, which not only integrates with smart phones but also offers internet-based services encompassing infotainment, communication, and driver experience. They’re provided through a growing range of apps that run on the display screen in the centre of the dash, and operated via a joystick in the centre console. The 2015 MINI Cooper Countryman retains the same range of powertrains as earlier years. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all three engines are variations on the same1.6liter four-cylinders, both normally aspirated (at 121 horsepower) and turbocharged on the sportier Cooper S model (181 hp) and special John Cooper Works model (211 hp). A six-speed manual transmission is standard, with a sixspeed automatic is available on all models. The MINI ALL4 allwheel-drive system is optional. You’ll get maximum value for money with the base Cooper ALL4, with the top-of-the-line

John Cooper Works ALL4 the one for those craving maxi-

mum performance. The MINI Countryman hasn’t been tested for crash safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). But the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave its top rating of “Good” to last year’s Countryman in the four categories tested, but has not rated it on the new and tougher small-overlap frontal crash test. Standard safety equipment for 2015 includes a tire-pressure sensor system, daytime running lights, and a parking-alert assistant. As is true throughout the MINI line, the equipment and appearance combinations for the MINI Countryman are essentially endless. Well-configured in base form, but upgradeable to a number of high-tech and luxury features, there’s a Countryman for almost anyone-but beware the bottom line if

you have a heavy hand on the optional equipment list. Interior The interior of the Countryman is like that of its brandmates: quite quirky. Big circular gauges dominate the information displays, while ovals, levers, and switches form the rest of the control theme. Chrome air-vent trim and anthracite-coloured dials are now included across the range. While the compact size limits interior volume, the load bay will hold at least as much as the trunk of standard sedan, and up to 42 cubic feet of cargo with the split folding rear seats folded. Performance The Countryman drives as it looks like a MINI in the details, but otherwise as something larger and perhaps more con-

ventional. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all of the engines are 1.6-liter four-cylinders, both normally aspirated and turbocharged. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a six-speed automatic is available on all models. The base Countryman gets 121 horsepower from the sans turbo version of the engine, getting it to 60 mph in about 10 seconds. It’s just as slow as you might assume, in a vehicle that weighs around 3,000 pounds in base form (to contextualize, a Prius is actually quicker). You can play mind games by using the Sport button, which improves the responsiveness of the automatic-transmission version; but otherwise you’ll want to go with the sportier Cooper S model, with a turbocharged engine(181 hp). That gives the Countryman a much-

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man is good, too, although we note that we’ve seen multiple vehicles that have developed persistent squeaks and rattles. In front, 99th-percentile head and hip r o o m

needed sense of pep. The Cooper S Countryman scoots to 60 mph in around 7.5 seconds. The 211-horsepower John Cooper Works Countryman is where the fun is to be had, though. Zero to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds isn’t much quicker than the Cooper S, but a sharper setup and appearance helps get the most out of the Countryman’s performance potential. The MINI ALL4 all-wheeldrive system is optional. You’ll get maximum value for money with the base Cooper ALL4, with the top-of-the-line John Cooper Works ALL4 the one for those craving maximum performance. It’s not intended for rugged off-road use (nor is the Countryman itself) but it does enhance traction in low-grip situations like gravel roads, snow, or rain. An electronically activated differential splits power 50:50 frontto-rear in normal driving, and up to 100 percent rearward when traction fails in front. An electronic limitedslip differential is standard. One thing that does truly carry over to the Countryman’s driving experience is that it feels light and nimble. It’s not go-kart-like as with the smaller Cooper Hardtop, but compared to any other vehicle this size and weight, the Countryman responds crisply, with electric power steering providing positive feedback and brakes offering good bite and pedal feel. Comfort & Quality The 2015 MINI Countryman offers utility and versatility, but not quite as much space and comfort as you might expect. It can fit up to four adults comfortably, although the second row isn’t all that roomy -- even compared to that of other vehicles this size. Fit and finish in the Country-

plus wide and adjustable seats means it’s easy for almost anyone to find a comfortable position. As for the back, MINI changed the layout last year, cutting the availability of the original two-seat layout and carrying over the more popular three-position bench seat (but adding a new ‘centre-rail’ layout with an additional power outlet and double cup holder). Leg room is tight in back for taller passengers, although headroom is quite good. As for cargo, the space behind the rear seats is just 12.2 cubic feet about the size of a small sedan’s trunk. With the rear seats folded down, that space grows to 40 cubic feet. That makes room for more stuff, but the small height and width of the cargo space prohibits many large objects. Safety With a decent set of safety equipment, a high seating position, and good safety ratings (for what few ratings have been given), the 2015 MINI Cooper Countryman offers up what should be better-than-average occupant protection for this size vehicle. Although advancedtechnology options like blind-spot monitors are missing from the options list. The Countryman offers a fair suite of standard safety equipment, including: airbags; anti-lock brakes; stability and traction control; and the mandatory tire pressure monitoring system. All-wheel drive is available (on ALL4 models), as are adaptive headlights and rear parking sensors. The high position and plenty of glass means visibility is generally very good with the Countryman, despite the thick roof pillars. Features As is true throughout the MINI line, the equipment and appearance combinations for the MINI

Countryman are essentially endless. Well-configured in base form, but upgradeable to a number of high-tech and luxury features, there’s a Countryman for almost anyone--but beware the bottom line if you have a heavy hand on the optional equipment list. The 2015 MINI Countryman is, as before, priced at a tantalizingly low entry level. But it can be seen as a blank canvas for customization and personalization desires, so if you pile too much on, beware that the price can inflate to luxurybrand levels. All Countryman crossover models come with standard cruise control, air conditioning, and power accessories (windows, doors, locks). An AM/FM/CD player with MP3 auxiliary input is also standard, as is cloth upholstery. Upgrades available across the Countryman range include leather seats, heated seats, and a panoramic sunroof. Each trim level also brings with it some features upgrades; the Cooper S adds sport seats, a contrasting roof, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and satellite radio. Cooper S options include Harmon Kardon sound and an anti-theft alarm. ALL4 models also get fog lamps. The John Cooper Works Countryman comes standard with ALL4 all-wheel drive. Noteworthy options include a panorama roof, Park Distance Control, xenon headlamps, adaptive turning lights, and premium Harman Kardon. There’s also a wide range of MINI Connected services that allow you to tap into smart phone-based apps for information and entertainment (like Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, and Rhapsody). Fuel Economy/MPG Compared to most compact crossovers on the market, the 2015 MINI Countryman does better with respect to gas mileage. In part that’s because at around 3,000 pounds for the base model, it’s relatively light for its class. The result is an EPA rating of up to 28 mpg city and 35 mpg highway for the base engine and manual transmission combo; the automatic drops it to 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. The Cooper S Countryman with front-wheel drive scores 26 mpg city and 32 mpg highway (manual) or 25/32 mpg city/highway (automatic). The most capable Countryman, the Cooper S ALL4, and the quickest Countryman, the John Cooper Works, both rate 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway (or 23/30 mpg with the automatic). Of course, if you do mostly city driving, and take advantage of the MINI’s quick responses and generally perky performance, you’re not going to meet those city numbers. If mileage matters in those cases, you’d be much better served with a hybrid. BC

Autocare How do you view your car mirror?


s much as looking at the mirror is important to you as you go through each day, mirrors are actually more vital to your car. A topquality mirror gives the driver a quick, clear view of areas behind the vehicle’s rear. Available in various stylish shapes and styles, a mirror can also give the vehicle a more customised look. Mirrors provide your view of the outside when driving and give you extra visibility. It would also be hard to park safely and accurately without mirrors. Hence, for safety and precautionary reasons, the mirrors of your car are simply indispensable. Mirrors help in various ways when you’re driving. They aid you when you’re making turns, manoeuvring, or backing up. They also allow you to check your reflection before you get out of the car. Don’t think that car mirrors or auto mirrors come in one general form, as there are various types of mirrors, each type having its own particular role in your vehicle. The rear view mirror is the wide rectangular mirror found above your car’s dashboard that you look at to view anything behind your car. Side mirrors are the mirrors placed in the left and right side of your car. Towing mirrors are mirrors mounted outside your car (and sometimes placed onto a car’s existing mirrors) for added visibility when your car is being towed. Other types of car or auto mirrors include the automatic dimming rear view mirror, wide-angle mirror, power mirror and lots more. Make sure that you replace a broken car mirror with a new car mirror; you can never discount the importance of your car’s mirror. Your vehicle’s mirrors help keep you safe on the road and help you quickly assess your vehicle’s distance to other vehicles on the road. They also allow you to make last-minute checks on your appearance. For convenience, your vehicle is equipped with three standard mirrors: a pair of side mirrors and a rearview mirror. The side mirrors, or door mirrors, are mounted near the hood, in line with the dashboard. These mirrors give you a view of the areas to the sides of your vehicle, making right- and left-hand turns easier. On more recent vehicle models, side mirrors are operated through a switch and small electric motor. Rearview mirrors, on the other hand, let you clearly see the area around your vehicle’s rear so that you don’t have to turn around just to check what’s going on behind your vehicle. These standard mirrors help you stay aware of your surroundings, preventing minor collisions and accidents. You can opt to equip your vehicle with other types of automotive mirrors, such as towing mirrors and day-night mirrors. What’s important, however, is that the side and rearview mirrors are always functional. Make sure you get a mirror that is clear, durable, and of high build quality. In automobiles, the mirror is a crucial safety device. It is a helpful tool for the driver, since it provides a view of the areas a driver cannot easily see. While automotive mirrors virtually look the same, you should be smart enough to choose the best. The best mirror is that which allows an unobstructed view of the area behind or beside your vehicle. Another ideal feature of a top-notch mirror is its ability to eliminate blind spots and produce a complete view of the vehicle’s surroundings for the driver. Once installed properly, a mirror significantly helps reduce the risk of collisions and accidents. Safety matters to you, right? So, if you need new set of mirrors to replace your old ones, get the replacements today. BC

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Shareholders task FCMB Group on enhanced profitability By Adejuwon Osunnuyi


hareholders of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Group Plc have lauded the company’s performance in retail banking as they urged the board to articulate a new profit road map. The shareholders gave the commendation at the bank’s 2013 Annual general Meeting held over the weekend in Lagos. They also approved a dividend of 30k per share for every 50k share held by the shareholders. One of the shareholders, Patrick Ajudo commended the bank’s exposure in the retail business, noting that it had contributed to the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria. He urged the management of FCMB to reduce its exposure in the power sector as the sector had failed to generate the expected revenue due to gas problem. ``We commend your focus on retail banking; the exposure has encouraged the SMEs. ``We ask that you do more on that area and reduce your exposure in power sector because some banks that invested in that sector cannot pay their loan because of gas problem,” he said. National Coordinator, Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria (ISAN), Sunny Nwosu, urged the bank to be proactive and strategise on how to improve the performance of the group. Nwosu, who lauded the bank’s N1


trillion balance sheet, urged the bank to express dismay at the rate of fees paid to Asset Management Company (AMCON). ``Recently, we had an AGM of bank that paid N16 billion to AMCON and N4 billion to shareholders. ``AMCON takes over our investment and we are using our money to finance AMCON. ``It is now time for shareholders to stand up and fight this because it has to stop,” Nwosu said. Boniface Okezie, the National Coordinator, Progressive Shareholders Association of Nigeria, commended the bank for the dividend payout and donations made to the tertiary institutions amid harsh economic environment. Okezie also urged the bank’s management to reduce their auditors’ fees in the next financial year to improve the bottom-line.

The Group Managing Director, FCMB Ltd.,Ladi Balogun, assured the shareholders that the bank would achieve a return on equity of over 20 per cent and cost income ratio below 55 per cent by 2016. Balogun said that the bank would continue to focus on retail drive and increase customer base from its current 2.4 million to four million by 2016. He said the bank would continue to drive growth in retail loans with a projected target of 300,000 new loans in 2014. According to him, the management plans to boost its net interest mar-

gins above eight per cent over the next three years. ``We intend to continue to invest in our experiences as a means of growing our customer base, wallet share transactional balances,” he said. The company for the financial year ended Dec. 31, 2013, posted gross earnings of N131.0 billion compared to N116.8 billion achieved in the corresponding period of 2012. Its profit before tax stood at N18.2 billion against N16.2 recorded in the preceding period of 2012. Profit after tax stood at N16 billion in contrast with N15.1 billion declared in the comparative of 2012. BC

CBN disburses N232b from Power, Aviation Intervention Fund By Adejuwon Osunnuyi


he Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) disbursed N232.56 billion from the Power and Airline Intervention Fund as at Dec. 31, 2013. The apex bank said in a circular posted on its website on Friday that the two sectors expended the money on the execution of 87 projects. It said that airlines got N116.92billion for 36 projects, while the power sector collected N115.73billion for 51 projects. It would be recalled that the Federal Government in 2013 had released N300 billion as bailout fund to the two sectors.

Godwin Emefiele, CBN Governor

The fund is to fast-track ongoing power projects and provide loan to local airline operators. BC

AfDB establishes $100bn Africa50 fund for infrastructure financing


frican Development Bank (AfDB) has instituted a 100 billion dollars infrastructure fund to fast track the continent’s industrial development. Dr Ousmane Dore, Nigeria Country Director of AfDB, who disclosed this, said that the fund, called “Africa50 Fund,” would be derived from Africa’s resources. Dore said the idea of the fund was to mobilise domestic savings that already existed in the continent through equity participation from member states and the private sector. He said the initiative also aimed at delivering infrastructure through a new global partnership platform championing projects to tackle Africa’s infrastructure deficit. According to Dore, the thinking about how Africa’s development will be financed over the next 50 years in the era of shrinking external donor support led to the establishment of Africa50 Fund. “The fund, which aims to mobilise up to 100 billion dollars in the first instance, is expected to be a game changer in Africa’s quest for development by relaxing the infrastructure constraints facing the continent.

“The fund, we believe, remains an answer to all the questions that Africa’s policy makers have always faced when they think of going to international market to raise resources to build roads to finance power sector and all that,” he said. Dore said that Africa had the resource that could be harnessed to provide finance for the continent’s infrastructure, adding that Africa50 fund


would be the vehicle to deliver on such activities. He said that apart from the initial 100 billion dollars, African countries that had the resources would contribute to the fund. He said Nigeria provided leadership for the fund in terms of getting to subscribe, while the bulk of the resource would come from all the institutional agencies like pension fund and sover-

eign wealth fund. “We do know that Nigeria has a pension fund system that has asset amounting to over 20 billion dollars which she can invest in this fund with some high rate of returns. “Also, the sovereign wealth fund, which is being set up by many oil and natural resources producing countries, can be tapped in to really compliment this Africa50 fund. The country director said that most African countries had signified interest to invest in the fund during the bank’s just concluded annual general meeting held in Kigali, Rwanda. “What we are planning to do in the coming weeks is to do some road shows in some countries we belief to have large pool of savings. “We are targeting countries like Nigeria, Angola and Ethiopia as well as Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Cameroon that have built some kind of saving either through their oil and gas resources,” he said. Dore also said that AfDB was an African institution that understood better the socio-economic challenges of Africa than any other global development institution by undertaking projects that were beneficial to African people. BC

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NSE market indicators dip by 0.10 per cent


eekly activities on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) ended on Friday on a negative note with the All-Share Index dipping marginally by 0.10 per cent due to price depreciation. The index lost 40.96 basis points to close at 41,529.11 against 41,570.07 achieved on Thursday. The market capitalisation, which opened at N13.726 trillion lost N14 billion or 0.10 per cent, to close at N13.712 trillion. An analysis of the laggards’ chart indicated that Lafarge Wapco led the pack with a loss of N5.71 to close at N118 per share.

Nigerian Breweries came second with a loss of N4.80 to close at N178.40, while Ashaka Cement dropped N1.59 to close at N27.36 per share. Okomu Oil depreciated by N1.50 to close at N33, while NNFM lost N1.10 to close at N20.91 per share. On the other hand, Cadbury led the gainers’ table by N2.45 to close at N79.45 per share. Conoil grew by N1.18 to close at N52, while Oando Oil improved by 98k to close at N19.98 per share. Dangote Cement rose by 77k to close at N229.99, while Presco advanced by 50k to close at N37.50 per share.

Also, the volume of transactions dropped by 57.49 per cent as 190.165 million shares worth N2.66 billion were traded in 4,741 deals. This was against the 447.406 million shares valued at N6.320 billion traded in 5,943 deals on Thursday. NAN reports that Transcorp was the toast of investors, accounting for 36.35 million shares worth N156.09 million. UBA followed with a total of 17.68 million shares valued at N133.48 million, while GTBank sold 17.12 million shares worth N513.36 million. Mbenefit accounted for 10.94 million shares valued at N5.47 million, while Oando exchanged 9.11 million shares worth N182.64 million. BC

Skye Bank partners LGs on levy collection By Johnson Okanlawon


kye Bank Plc has launched a new solution to help local councils in the country improve their internally generated revenue in the face of the dwindling allocations that accrue to them. Unveiling the solution at the Ojokoro Local Council Development Area of Lagos State last week, where the solution has been adopted for revenue collection, the Group Head, Revenue Collection and Franchise of the bank, Mrs. Bola Allison, said the product will check leakages and corruption in the collection process. According to her, the product known as point of payment (PoP) solution ensures that the citizens pay their taxes, levies and other statutory payments through customized point of sales terminals, which are administered by the

Timothy Oguntayo, MD/CEO Skye Bank

council staff. Allison said the solution would make payment convenient as eligible tax and levy payers would not have to leave their shops or go to the banks to effect payment. She explained that tax payer would be protected as the PoP system generates receipts

as evidence of payment. She stressed that the bank was partnering with Citiserve and GEMS3 to ensure the success of the new solution, adding that Citiserve has the patent of the solution while GEMs is a non-governmental organization that promotes tax payment by the citizens. The Executive Chairman of Ojokoro Local Council Area, Benjamin Olabinjo, urged the people of the area to embrace the new initiative as it would check revenue diversion and ensures the council would have more money to undertake more developmental programmes. He advised the people not to pay cash to anybody but to use the new payment solution to avoid being short-changed. He further asked the people on collecting their receipt after making payment via the PoP solution as their proof of payment. BC

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National Mirror

UPDC: Diversifying to sustain profitability By Johnson Okanlawon


ACN Property Development Company, UPDC, delivered a solid performance for the financial year ended December 31, 2013. This is partly, sequel to the development various classes of prime and top quality housing projects that provided huge return to shareholders. The company also strategically unlocked liquidity squeeze that characterised the economy in the review period through various avenues, including the REIT offering that enabled it focus on the premium real estate markets of carefully selected cities in the country. No doubt, with a housing deficit of about 15 million units, dearth of shopping malls and trading centres, the real estate sector offers great potential for investors. Currently, the sector accounts for less than 2.5 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product GDP, as the International Finance Corporation recently puts the estimated size of the housing deficit in the country to about $600bn. Profitability The company declared a profit before tax of N3.71bn for the 2013 financial year, an increase of 51.4 per cent when compared to N2.45bn posted in the same period of 2012, while profit after tax stood at N2.16bn. its turnover for the year under review dropped 6.64 per cent to N11.3bn, from N12.04bn recorded in the corresponding period of 2012. Speaking at the Annual General Meeting in Lagos last week, the Chairman of UPDC Plc, Mr. Larry Ettah said investors in the company would also receive dividend of N70 kobo per each ordinary shares held and one for four bonus shares. Ettah, who disclosed that the company’s growth momentum has increased and reinforced its standing as a market leader, said it has completed the floatation of the UPDC’ REIT in 2013 on a capital value of N26.7bn, of which UPDC currently holds 62.2 per cent. According to him, the REIT was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange on July 1, 2013 and the company plans to reduce its holding to 40 per cent.


Reviewing the company’s operations during the period, he said, “In the luxury residential category, we completed and delivered to buyers the prestigious 32-unit ‘Cameron Green’ Ikoyi. Phase 1 of Metro City, Abuja comprising of 88 units of mixed residential apartments was also completed and is being gradually handed to buyers, while construction work on Phase 2 has commenced. “We also took advantage of the lack of a formal retail channel in the Festac axis of Lagos State by undertaking the ongoing Festival Mall development, which is expected to open to customers by end of 2014.”, he also said. It was also gathered that in terms of the hotel arm of the business, Golden Tulip Festac, performed well in 2013, with room occupancy averaging 44 per cent, an increase of 91 per cent when compared to 2012. Ettah noted that with five international airlines currently utilising the hotel’s facilities and continuing upward trend in residential conferences by blue chip corporate customers, the hotel is set for improved performance from 2014. “We plan to develop the

adjoining Block B of the hotel into residential apartments in 2014,” he added. Liquidity The company’s loans, accounts payable, mortgages, deferred revenues and accrued expenses for the period under review dropped to N33.1bn, from N40.1bn in 2012, indicating the management ability to reduce debts. Trade and other payables dipped to N7.28bn in 2013, from N9.44bn in 2012, while current income tax liabilities fell 50.8 per cent to N369m, from N751m in 2012. Bank

overdrafts and current position of borrowings stood at N19bn from N15bn in 2012. Also, non-current liabilities dropped drastically to N6.46bn in the period under review, from N14.1bn in 2012. Borrowings, deferred taxation liabilities and deferred income stood at N4.4bn, N1.74bn and N283m in 2013, from N10.9bn, N1.56bn and N1.59bn respectively. However, the total assets of the company stood at N66.6bn in 2013, from N71.4bn in 2012, representing a return on assets of 21.8 per cent. Inventories, trade and other receivables and deferred income stood at N13bn, N5bn and N63m in 2013, from N16.7bn, N6.52bn and M69.8m respectively in 2012. The value of property, plant and equipment dropped to N14.9bn in 2013, from N15.6bn in 2012, while investment in properties and joint ventures stood at N15.3bn and N17.9bn in 2013, from N32.2bn and N327m in 2012 respectively. Total equity stood at N33.5bn, from N31.2bn in 2012, while net equity and liabilities fell to N66.6bn in the review period, from N71.4bn in 2012. Business Strategy As UPDC is a leading property development company in Nigeria, with a strategic goal of continuous development of various classes of prime and top quality housing developments, the company unlocked squeeze liquidity via various avenues, including the REIT offering, to enable it focus on the premium real estate markets of carefully selected cities in the country.

The company continues to acquire, develop, sell, lease and manage choice residential and commercial real estate properties across the country with special emphasis on high quality commercial and residential property. The company’s portfolio includes several residential estates and commercial properties in Abuja, Ibadan, Lagos and Port Harcourt. A few major ones include: Metro Gardens, Lekki; Granville, G.R.A, Ikeja; Cameron Green, Ikoyi; Victoria Mall Plaza, Victoria Island in Lagos, and very recently, Emerald Court in Abuja which was completed in December 2012. With UPDC’s expertise and consistency in delivery houses for the citizenry, the company has attained an enviable position as the leader in premium real estate development. Profile UPDC Real Estate Investment Trust/Nigeria is a Real estate investment trust (REIT) which invests at least 75 per cent of its assets directly in quality real estate (land and/ or properties) in strategic locations across the country. The company operated as a division of UACN Plc until 1997 when it was incorporated as a public limited liability company and listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Its main business is the acquisition, development, sales and management of high quality, serviced, commercial and residential properties in the luxury, premium and classic segments of the real estate market. Outlook For real estate development, it is expected that the revised guidelines for Primary Mortgage Banks and a fully operational National Mortgage Refinance Company will provide a wider scope of activities and opportunities for estate developers and ultimately result in affordable mortgages and increased home ownership for middle and lower income earners. With the huge housing deficit of 17.45 million units as at 2013, emerging opportunities in the commercial and retail categories and partnership opportunities in the area of housing technology and finance, the sector continues to hold exciting promises for the future. BC

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STOCKWATCH Stock Exchange weekly equities summary as at Friday, June 06, 2014 SECURITY



NOTE NT=Not Traded on 06-06-14






MOV. (%)


200 497,665 227,040

0.64 107.81 41.14

0.50 20.92 8.24

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

0.10 2.29 7.55

N/A -0.30 4.17

0.50 33.10 36.00















123,688 500 3,540 1,000 36,346,392 73,707

2.08 6.43 5.89

0.71 4.15 1.07

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

0.11 0.16 1.09

-0.71 N/A N/A

5.89 71.10

0.50 28.00

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

0.09 4.38


1.41 NT 1.15 NT 3.90 65.00

8 3

26.00 95.49

5.05 95.49

148,500,000 196,876,000

0.33 4.50



620,901 5020

2.66 14.46

0.72 14.46

920,573,765 125,000,000

0.00 0.00


1.29 14.46

66,913 200

83.75 10.60

19.86 6.61

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

6.74 1.69

-10.58 N/A

75.49 NT

NT 66,050

7.28 20.90

7.28 8.82


0.00 2.20

N/A -0.39

NT 17.93

4 330 1,200

100.00 50.00 10.50

100.00 50.00 0.00

20,000,000 250,019,781

5.82 0.19










100 300 584,313 145,303 8,081 1,372,233 80

19.48 0.68 297.41 30.00 9.09 179.40 0.97

3.13 0.68 209.10 5.34 0.81 91.10 0.93

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

0.00 0.00 8.66 0.63 0.00 5.03 0.00

N/A N/A -0.83 N/A N/A 1.31 N/A

13.79 NT 179.99 26.01 NT 176.09 NT








NT 543,051 947,273 2,770,618 2,321,117 99,400 109,095 2,093,270 2.08124,000 1,083,796 200

0.50 10.68 12.85 109.24 4.11 1.21 29.70 14.00 5.94 0.93 13.31

0.50 3.85 3.26 50.00 1.83 0.50 17.51 3.65 5.35 0.50 4.22

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

0.00 0.00 0.81 3.38 0.34 0.00 0.00 1.05 0.08 1.13 0.00

N/A 6.25 -4.40 1.11 0.00 N/A N/A #VALUE! N/A 3.77 N/A

NT 8.00 9.99 76.65 4.00 NT NT 12.98 NT 0.53 NT

235,150 44,489

64.53 1250.00

8.33 400.00

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

1.57 28.34

5.50 0.93

75.31 1,073.00

NT 100 94,392 100

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 6.16 N/A

NT 32.27 4.22 NT

104,704 93,289

56.00 76.00

21.02 27.60

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

1.34 1.42

0.00 -3.14

36.00 49.99








3,199,823 6,311,737 6,806,790 2,246,779 NA 17,116,298 8,225,562 7,244,193 17,684,760 222,042 209,867 3,095,041 6,908,160

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

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

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

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

-3.47 1.49 -2.38 -1.90 #VALUE! 0.27 -3.68 -1.67 -1.56 -2.46 0.00 5.38 -1.57

1,000 424,705 NT 3,000 243,960 1,087,696 9,054,578 100 NT 40,000 500 NT 100,000 NT 15,000 1,600 2,100 251,038 10,936,450 1,282,208 50,000 249,887 7,291 700 1,000 1,600 20,000 45,000 23,000 1,000,000 6,036,609

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 0.61 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

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

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

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 -1.23 N/A -5.81 N/A N/A -3.77 N/A 0.00

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


4,100 126,224

6.60 1.22

0.00 0.72

80 101,100 20 202,200 3,125

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


1,258,937 675,402 NT 30,000 7,439,308 2,362,347 200,522 1,323,850 988,194



0.61 2.02 21.50 5.70 1.33 20.72 1.70

0.50 2.02 8.57 2.90 0.50 10.64 0.00

3,778,005,975 1,333,333,333 32,632,084,358





N/A=Not Avialable

1.18 0.19

NT 0.82 NT 0.50 1.05 0.50 NT NT NT NT NT NT 0.50 NT NT NT NT 2.44 NT 0.86 0.50 0.52 0.53 NT 0.50 NT NT NT 0.50 NT 0.79 NT 1.12


3,608,657,661 18,750,000,000

10.10 6.70 16.80 2.10 NT 29.92 3.53 2.40 7.67 10.56 0.50 0.93 25.40

0.00 0.15 2.45 1.23 0.13 1.53 0.29

N/A N/A 0.39



N/A 5.17

NT NT NT NT NT 3.23 3.25 NT NT 15.30 4.30 0.53 23.77 2.51























139,759 900,589 8,626 493,646 426,442 50 571

4.80 2.50 69.00 3.38 1.76 8.59 3.50

0.50 0.61 18.97 1.23 0.58 7.36 1.83

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

0.58 0.24 3.07 0.09 0.00 0.00 0.00

#VALUE! 3.57 -0.22 -5.62 12.15 N/A N/A

NT 2.80 68.15 1.78 1.07 NT NT























MOV. (%)


2,000 80 500

18.70 2.94

13.12 2.07

108,000,000 492,825,600

0.00 0.03


5.48 15.99 NT

3,602,000 1,700

0.50 4.97

0.50 3.13

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

0.04 0.04










421 1,765,518 48,265 198,109 2,208,263 170,138 8,000 2,000 9,770 484,323 380,000 55,345,292

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

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

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

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

N/A 21.76 -13.90 6.64 1.93 -2.13 N/A N/A N/A 4.89 N/A N/A

NT 22.47 10.00 37.51 10.35 235.00 1.06 NT 0.52 112.50 1.40 5.00

2,000 2,676 500

2.00 2.39 0.73

2.00 1.20 0.50

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

0.05 0.19 0.00

N/A 9.89 N/A

NT 1.82 NT

NT 9,710 18,748 130 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



30 NT

8.69 0.14

8.26 0.14

265,409,280 2,918,000

0.00 0.00


7.46 NT

25,000,000 683,974,528








4750 50

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

















488,561 858,457 443,897 53,797 53,797 15,471

76.00 4.87 115.64 146.00 59.00 190.01

16.96 1.32 7.73 106.00 16.20 118.75

693,952,117 1,249,162,828 1,080,280,628 300,496,051 253,988,672 339,521,837

2.69 0.61 1.43 9.93 1.04 12.91

7.42 -1.14 16.89 -64.34 N/A 2.38

48.41 3.51 213.88 129.98 51.49 166.05












355,400 4,600

5.10 3.45

2.19 0.73












589,496,310 198,819,763

0.52 0.00

1.10 N/A

4.55 2.20















100 146,298






NT 0.90








1000 20,000 640 120,040

3.09 2.78 5.77

1.39 2.52 3.00

771,450,000 425,641,111

0.00 0.00 0.61

N/A N/A 10.89

NT 1.75 NT 4.04








54 40,000,700

5.15 1.88

4.90 0.80

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

0.00 0.00


NT 0.5

120,000 1,281,466

5.90 8.81

1.27 5.08

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

0.50 0.43

N/A -4.00

2.09 5.00















8000 1000























NT NT 10













111 10

-0.10 49467


1,977.00 19.12

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Where the prosecutor and the judge in the cause are the same persons, there can be no fair hearing and the rules of natural justice would seem to have been violated. –JUSTICE ADOLPHUS KARIBI-WHYTE, RETIRED JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT

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Okey Wali, SAN

Majiyagbe, SAN

Terrorism: Lawyers’ listed as casualties, displaced victims of attacks It well known to all and sundry today that the country is under siege of terrorism which has claimed thousands of lives within the past few years, but not everybody knows that people of a particular profession are especially targeted by the terrorists. KAYODE KETEFE, Assistant Head, Judiciary Desk reports the deliberate onslaught on lawyers by terrorists in the country.

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ore than any other professionals in the country, lawyers have borne the worst brunt of the onslaught of terrorism within the past few years when this menace forcefully emerged. There are documented facts suggesting that members of the Boko Haram terrorist group especially targeted lawyers as victims. The following list of casualties would readily lend credence to this assertion. In September 2012, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Borno State, Mr. Zanna Mallam Gana, was killed in his home in Bama where he had gone to relax for the weekend. In the same Bama, another thriving lawyer, Mr. Abubakar Sadiq, was reportedly shot and killed after he had been discovered to be a lawyer. The insurgents had seized his car and while he was trying to escape, they got to know he was a lawyer and shot him on the spot. The terrorists also assaulted and killed many other lawyers who were registered members of the Maidu-

guri Bar. The documented cases of casualties included Babagana Alkali, Ahmed Wali, Modu Denjami, all of whom were assassinated in their primes. In 2013, the case of Jibrin Mohammed, another lawyer, was reported. He was killed in his home in Maiduguri. He was also a member of the Maiduguri Bar. Also killed in that attack was Mohammed’s twoyear-old daughter who died in his arms. This killing was followed by the assassination of another lawyer, Adamu Dugje, in, Gwoza, Maiduguri South. Another Maiduguri- based lawyer, Peter Adebayo Bello, was attacked in his home and shot in the head. Bello survived and had since

fled Borno State. To drive home the point that lawyers were specifically targeted, the case of a lawyer, Muhammed Musa is instructive. He was attacked upon suspicion that he is a lawyer. Musa vehemently denied he is a lawyer. The insurgents, who were taken in by his plea of innocence, beat him up and tortured him but spared his life. They however warned that they would come back and kill him if they eventually found out he is a lawyer! Apart from those who lost their lives, many lawyers have been injured, maimed and many others with established legal practice in all the terrorists-invaded zones mostly in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe


states have lost their means of livelihood. This is because they hurriedly relocated their practices to other states and areas less vulnerable to attack. For example, a prominent lawyer in Kano State, Chief Jonathan Majiyagbe, SAN, who had practised all his life in Kano State and had carved a niche for himself in the legal profession, had established another office in Abuja, where he relocated the bulk of his practice, while only maintaining sparse presence in Kano. The Chairman of the Governing Council of the National Human Rights Commission, who also doubled as a member of the National Executive Committee of the NBA, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, has decried this unfortunate development. He said: “In Borno State, for instance, lawyers and courts have been wiped out from all but the state capital, Maiduguri. With security assets stretched, judicial officers have all re-located to Maiduguri. At the Bar, entire branches have been displaced. The Biu Branch of the NBA, for instance, no longer maintains any member in Biu. In many locations outside the capital, the insurgents maintain road CONTINUED ON PAGE 44


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My administration’ll be transparent, Mr. Dele Adesina is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), consummate Bar activist and former General Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA. In this interview with WALE IGBINTADE, the NBA presidential aspirant speaks on his vision, nine-point agenda and strategies to take the association to greater heights if elected into office next month. Excerpts. As one of the contestants for the office of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, what is your vision for the association if elected? My mission is to serve the best interests of members of the Nigerian Bar Association, the legal profession and the Nation with passion, honesty and integrity of purpose. I will put in place a Nigerian Bar Association driven by vision, selfless and exemplary leadership that offers opportunities and possibilities to its members, while serving as the conscience of the Nation. As a deliberate policy of corporate governance, my administration shall be based on full democracy, consultation, openness, transparency and accountability. Democratic process shall be institutionalised, elected officers’ opinion, National Executive Committee decisions and consultations with wide range of members and NBA conference shall be the bases of executive policies and actions. I am a team player of immense proportion with absolute belief in the philosophy that “no foreman can equal four men”. Therefore, as President I shall only be a team leader. The Presidency shall be primarily concerned with the formulation and execution of policy matters and pursuit of duties that will enhance the relevance of NBA to its members, the legal profession, the supremacy of the Rule of Law, due process and constitutional democracy. The elected national officers shall have unfettered ability to perform their constitutional functions and responsibilities without prejudice to and within the context of the policy of professionalisation of the National Secretariat. In other words, there shall be well defined framework for the roles of staff and relationship of staff with the National Officers. The professionalisation policy, in a manner that will enhance capacity of the Secretariat staff and increase output in order to live up to international standard ,shall be encouraged and pursued. The branches shall be the main focus for the development of the association. In this connection, my leadership shall invest in building the capacity of the branches. I shall put in place an institutional framework for budgeting, accounting and hiring of staff. I shall also support the provision and enforcement of transparent financial and accounting rules and regulations that shall provide approval limits of expenditure to all authorities of the association. There have been complaints that NBA does not take the issue of the welfare of its members seriously. How do you intend to address this?

Welfare of Lawyers in Nigeria to me simply means how well the lawyers are faring. With very profound respect, it thus appear to me that demonstrable attention has not been focused on our mutual welfare inspite of the stress of legal practice made worse by the geometrical increase in the cost of living to maintain a standard life. The economic situation and security challenges have increased the Lawyers anxiety for safety, progress and development. All these seem to have reduced life span in general and also increased the risk of pre-mature death in particular. In 2002 to 2004, I was privileged to be the General Secretary of this body and the head of the National Secretariat. That very virile, dynamic and purposeful administration established a functional insurance policy that guaranteed payment of N200, 000 to the dependants of any colleague that may suffer sudden death and N20, 000 for medical expenses. The policy on Insurance scheme for Nigerian Lawyers shall be implemented within 30 days of my inauguration. The executive shall also put in place a Welfare Trust Intervention Fund at the National level to be duplicated at the branch level to assist the needy in the profession from time to time. Specifically, how will you address the plights of young lawyers? My regime will undertake a number of initiatives to open up employment opportunities for young lawyers. It is estimated that within 1 year more than 4,500 of legal job opportunities will be opened by the following programmes. I have been involved in the advocacy for the passing of Administration of Criminal Justice bill, which provides that only legal practitioners will prosecute cases at the magistrate courts. My regime will give full priority support to the passing of this bill at the National Assembly and in the States Houses of Assembly so that young lawyers will be employed by the ministries and other public authorities prosecuting cases at the lower courts. This initiative will open over 1,500 employment opportunities for lawyers. My administration will engage with the local government management system to demand that each LG or DA retains at least one legal practitioner as its legal officer or legal adviser. This initiative will open up over 800 new legal employment opportunities across the country. Indeed, as at the time of drafting this strategic action plan, some States were at different stages of creating new local government areas and development authorities. We firmly believe that more young and





INAUGURATION junior lawyers will gain employment in public institutions if the Attorney -General gives fiats to public corporations, ministries and department to prosecute cases. With such authorisation, the institutions will employ more lawyers resulting in recruitment of more young legal practitioners. An example is the Nigeria Army. Recently the Attorney- General issued a fiat for the army to handle all its cases as a result of which the Army Legal Services increased the number of its in-house lawyers from five to 51 in two years. Similar initiative across institutions and MDAs will open up several hundreds of legal employment for lawyers. How will your handle the issue of meagre salaries young lawyers are complaining about? For long, the NBA has tried though unsuccessfully to encourage senior lawyers and law firms to pay reasonable salary and remuneration to young lawyers. Based on our programme, the capacity

of lawyers and law firms to pay reasonable wages/remuneration to young and junior lawyers will be enhanced. When elected, my team will immediately set up an NBA lawyers’ wages and salary Task Force that will in the first three months in office provide a detailed chart of minimum salaries and wages payable to legal practitioners of various post-call experience by law firms and corporations across the urban and sub-urban areas. The right to adequate housing is essential for optimal development of any person. Many young lawyers find it difficult to secure comfortable shelter especially in the urban and semi-urban cities. To this end, my regime will set up an NBA Consortium Housing Fund to address the housing needs of our young and junior colleagues. My regime will support young lawyers to set up comfortable legal practice. We will set up a professional practice support trust fund. The fund will be launched alongside the housing fund, with a portion of all NBA income, donor contributions and equity investments paid into the fund. It will be used to finance the equipment licensing scheme through the welfare offices of each NBA branch to NBA equipment leasing scheme. How can the NBA assist in promoting efficient justice delivery system? The objective of my policy drive here shall be to fight delay in the judicial process and reverse the perception of our judiciary as a corrupt institution in order to rekindle public confidence and trust in the judiciary and the legal profession. Public confidence and public trust in jus-

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accountable, says Adesina tice delivery is key to the integrity of the legal profession and of course economic well being of members of the Bar. The Judiciary occupies a strategic position in the life of a nation, but unfortunately, it has remained the most criticised, harassed, intimidated, underfunded, and yet the most significant arm of government. The Judiciary as an institution in this Country has over the years and up till now faced critical challenges both human and systemic and these have tended to arguably impair its efficiency, independence and even its autonomy. A critical appraisal of budgetary allocation to the judiciary for me, demonstrates a total lack of understanding of the significant role and indispensable position of the judiciary, particularly in a developing constitutional democracy such as ours. The downward budgetary system has got to stop. The Nigerian Bar Association under my leadership must and shall spearhead the campaign for proper and adequate funding of the nations judiciary at both federal and state levels. Every year, we witness new court buildings, appointment of new judges and geometrical rise in the number of litigations in our courts, yet the funding of courts remain a challenge and this challenge has manifested itself in multi dimensional ways such as delay in the administration of justice; congestion in our Courts and possible threat to the independence of the judiciary. I recognise the followings as some of the challenges militating against the judiciary in Nigeria: If elected, how do you intent to tackle the allegations of corruption in the judiciary? It is to be recognised that a reputation for corruption is ordinarily enough to discredit a system. Reputation is what people think. Their perception and not necessarily what they can prove. In other to protect the sanctity of our judiciary and enhance its credibility and integrity, the Bar Association, under my leadership shall in a sustainable manner campaign against corruption and the very contagious perception of the Nation’s judiciary as a corrupt judiciary. The Anti-Corruption Committee of the association shall be adequately strengthened to discharge its onerous responsibility. Its scope shall be widened to include that of monitoring justice

A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF OUR SUPREME COURT AND THOSE OF OTHER COUNTRIES WILL SHOW IN UNMISTAKABLE TERMS THAT THE NIGERIAN SUPREME COURT IS THE BUSIEST IN THE WORLD delivery system. The monitoring team shall be a watch dog of both Lawyers and Judges. Additionally, the association, under my watch shall campaign and pursue a process of speedy procedure in the discipline of erring lawyers and judges. The Bar association under my leadership shall embark on a sustained campaign for judicial reform. We will advocate for increase in the number of Supreme Court Justices. As at December 2013, the Supreme Court was still hearing 2009 appeals. This translates to the fact that the Supreme Court is heavily overloaded by work and unacceptably behind their schedule by five solid years. A comparative analysis of our Supreme Court and those of other countries will show in unmistakable terms that the Nigerian Supreme Court is the busiest in the world. A Judicial policy of terminating interlocutory appeals at the level of the Court of Appeal in other to reduce the weight and work load of the Supreme Court, with a view to fast tracking appeals, shall be considered. A policy of creating further divisions of the Court of Appeal shall be pursued all in a bid to bring justice closer to the people, minimise cost of litigation and enhance speedy justice system on the part of the litigants. Within 60 days of my inauguration as President of the Nigerian Bar Association, there shall be a national workshop on judicial reform by all stakeholders in Nigeria. Sometimes ago, a group wihin an association called Egbe Amofin purportedly adopted you as their candidate, but the endorsement was rejected by other members. How do you react to this? The process started and I clearly emerged as the person that has the highest branch support base. We have 23 branches as at the time the endorsement was carried out and out of the 23 I have endorsement from 15 branches. For me, I think out of all the candidates, I am the only one that can be described as a grassroots person, very accessible to every person and I think I can lay claim to


being the only candidate out of the five us that can be described appropriately as a team player. In 2008, because majority said I should wait and allow another person to go and that next time it would be my turn. The monetization in NBA election is uncalled for and it should be done away with. We felt that the best way to erase monetization in our electoral process is to make the contest less competitive, to make it less acrimonious. So, I thought the initiative of 2008 would be allowed to evolve into an identifiable succession for the Nigerian Bar Association so as make this expensive spending absolutely unnecessary. I don’t think many people would have done what I did. If I was not a team player, I wouldn’t have done it. I did it because I felt; this is what my team wanted. It was a big sacrifice but it was a sacrifice I have no regret. Some of your programmes are capital intensive, so how do you intend to source finance to execute them? I know that strategy for implementation is more important than forming the agenda. I can assure you, we are going to implement them. I agree that 2-year is very short, but one can lay a foundation for these programmes. Some of the great things we did which were later abandoned will not be abandoned after expiration of our tenure. Some of these items on our agenda are long-lasting and are going to be protected. Some of the items I have articulated are capital intensive. We are going to use our contracts to generate funds from the Bar and by the grace of God in addition with whatever is realised from the payment of practicing fees, we will have sufficient fund to prosecute our agenda. Do you wish to sustain the policy of the outgoing NBA executive that banned non-NEC members and observers from attending NEC meetings? I am not going to sustain the policy of no observance status and I have said it at

every branch I visited. I started attending NEC as an observer and before I became a NEC representative in 1989, I was already familiar with the process and procedure of NEC meetings. I believe that if somebody is demonstrating his interest in the affairs and governance of the association and spends extra time and energy to attend NEC meetings, I can’t see any reason why I should stop him. Even when you get to the National Assembly there is the gallery where members of the public are permitted to watch the proceedings of the National Assembly. So, to that extent, I will not continue with the ban on observers. When I was the General Secretary of the Association, I made sure that national officers held meeting every month because they have a lot of things to deliberate on. If the judiciary is granted financial autonomy, will this not make governors incapable of controlling the judges? The problem with us in Nigeria generally is that we don’t want to experiment something new. We want a change but we don’t want to face the realities of that change. I think there will be more advantages in making the judiciary self sufficient than to be thinking whether the judgement would produce governor or president out of judges. The truth is this; lack of adequate funding is one of the major problems of the judiciary. For about 10 years, allocation to the judiciary has been on the decline. The increase this year was very minimal. Last year it was N67 billion, this year it marginally increased to N68 billion. About five year ago, the allocation was about 95 billion to the judiciary and the question is why the decrease year-in-year-out. Whereas responsibilities were getting increased and more judges are being appointed, more and more cases were been filed and more courtrooms were expected to be built. You want these things to continue to increase and you’re decreasing the fund to service them.


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UN tasks law bodies to safeguard lawyers, endangered species of insurgency blocks where clean shaven men are particularly targeted for execution because they are assumed to be lawyers, police or other security personnel.” It is trite that lawyers as the mainstay of the legal profession should be protected from all forms of dangers that would not allow them to discharge their noble duties ethically, conscientiously and without fear or favour. The dangers inherent in exposing lawyers to hazards in the course of their profession have also been recognised by the United Nations. The organisation therefore imposes duties on lawyers ‘association as well as municipal government to ensure safety of lawyers in order to safeguard the institution of justice. This principle is evinced in the Preamble to UN’s Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers adopted by the Eighth United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, Havana, Cuba on August 27 to September 7, 1990, stated inter alia “Whereas professional associations of lawyers have a vital role to play in upholding professional standards and ethics, protecting their members from persecution and improper restrictions and infringements, providing legal services to all in need of them, and cooperating with governmental and other institutions in furthering the ends of justice and public interest” The NBA has reacted to the sad development by condemning it and rendering some little assistance to some of the victims. For instance the NBA has spent N1.52 Million drawn into cheques of 100,000 Naira each to the survivors of four lawyers killed and another 70,000 each to 16 lawyers displaced by the terrorists. Odinkalu who believes the NBA has not done enough concerning the onslaught of lawyers in Northern Nigeria, described these handouts as “mere pittances” Similarly, a Lagos-based lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana , SAN lamented the neglect of the victims and the dis-

AGF, Mohammed Bello Adoke

ANOTHER MAIDUGURI-BASED LAWYER, PETER ADEBAYO BELLO, WAS ATTACKED IN HIS HOME AND SHOT IN THE HEAD. BELLO SURVIVED AND HAD SINCE FLED BORNO STATE placed persons by the NBA. It is noteworthy that Falana is the lawyer to a non-governmental organisation Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) who had filed a petition to the United Nations on the issue of terrorism being unleashed on Nigerian lawyers. In the petition dated May 23, 2014 and sent to the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Ms. Gabriela Knaul, Falana called for intervention of the United Nations. The human rights lawyer urged Knaul to use her good office and position “to urgently investigate recent reports of killings and attacks against lawyers in Borno State of Nigeria by the Islamic extremist group, Boko Haram, and the failure of the Nigerian government, and the NBA to protect and defend lawyers who pay their prac-

Think like a lawyer!



Too young to die A lawyer dies and goes to Heaven. “There must be some mistake,” the lawyer argues. “I’m too young to die. I’m only 55.” “Fifty-five?” says Saint Peter. “No, according to our calculations, you’re 82.” “How’d you get that?” the lawyer asks. Answers St. Peter, “We added up your time sheets.”

Why are all the blinds drawn? As the lawyer awoke from surgery, he asked, “Why are all the blinds drawn?” The nurse answered, “There’s a fire across the street, and we didn’t want you to think you had died.”



One day in Contract Law class, the professor asked one of his better students, “Now if you were to give someone a n orange, how would you go about it?” The student replied, “Here’s an orange.” The professor was livid. “No! No! Think like a lawyer!” The student then recited, “Okay, I’d tell him, ‘I hereby give and convey to you all and singular, my estate and interests, rights, claim, title, claim and advantages of and in, said orange, together with all its rind, juice, pulp, and seeds, and all rights and advantages with full power to bite, cut, freeze and otherwise eat, the same, or give the same away with and without the pulp, juice, rind and seeds, anything herein before or hereinafter or in any deed, or deeds, instruments of whatever nature or kind whatsoever to the contrary in anywise notwithstanding...” Culled from Lawyers

tising fees to the association. “Borno State has become one of the most dangerous places for lawyers in the world especially given the continuing attacks perpetrated against lawyers with almost absolute impunity for many years. The perpetrators of the crimes against lawyers and other innocent citizens have not been held to account for their crimes.” The United Nations is still deliberating on this petition as at the time of this piece. Meanwhile the President of the NBA, Mr. Okey Wali SAN, who lamented the spate of violence against lawyers has taken step to get the abuses against lawyers documented. Wali said “Our branches in the North-eastern part of Nigeria, namely, Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, should document clearly the allegations and patterns of violation of human

rights by security agents in the NorthEast and that such reports should be sent to the NBA National Secretariat so that we can take them up with the relevant security and government agencies and also the Defence Headquarters.” This directive has elicited the derision of Odinkalu who said “Rather than document the persecution of its own members, the leadership of the NBA prefers to pass the buck to branches in parts where it has acknowledged that the Bar is “nonexistent”. To compound matters, when the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) earlier this year offered to enlist the skills of lawyers in Borno in prosecuting detainees under the Terrorism Prevention Act, the leadership of the NBA quickly stepped in to divert the briefs to themselves, asking the DHQ to exclusively discuss such matters with the NBA at the national level.” Regarding this unfortunate development, Falana has also tasked the Federal Government. He said “The Nigerian government has an obligation to provide a conducive environment and to guarantee that lawyers can carry out all their professional duties without intimidation and without risking their safety and that of their relatives”

LEGAL TIPS What constitutes Nuisance in Law Generally, nuisance refers to any source of inconvenience or annoyance. It is a tortuous act that was later enlarged to cover widely divergent interests. *This includes such conduct as interference with a market, or an easement of way, emission of smoke from a lime-pit, or emission of noxious fumes from a factory and obstruction of a public highway. Types of Nuisance *Two type of action have evolved in the development of the law of Nuisance, namely Private Nuisance and

Public Nuisance. Public Nuisance *Public Nuisance is the inconvenience caused to the public at large in their enjoyment of their common interest. In other words, it involves injury to the public at large. *This includes interference with public health, safety, public peace and convenience. Examples of this are keeping a mosquito infested pond or pollution of the atmosphere. *Basically, any person who can show that he has suffered partic-

ular damage over and above that suffered by the general public can sue for public nuisance. *Apart from this, it is generally considered appropriate to leave the instituting of an action in nuisance the hands of the Attorney -General as representative of the public. . Written by Francis Famoroti, Head, Judiciary. We welcome feedback and reactions from readers via our e-mail:

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The Iyabo Olorunkoya affair: How top army officers lost their jobs Iyabo Olorunkoya was a Nigerian society lady convicted in 1974 in the United Kingdom (UK) for importing marijuana into Britain. During her trial, a prominent army officer was implicated in the deal and he lost his job in the process. FRANCIS FAMOROTI, Head, Judiciary Desk, writes.



significant famous case from the early period of marijuana trafficking involved the trial and conviction by a London court in the United Kingdom of a 33 year-old Nigerian woman, Iyabo Olorunkoya, in 1974. On October 15, 1973, Ms. Olorunkoya was arrested in London while attempting to import into the UK seven cases containing Indian hemp. She was a Lagos society lady and had been apprehended for importing 78 kilogrammes of marijuana into the UK. During her interrogation, the woman, said to be well-connected, purportedly named as her accomplice a prominent Nigerian army officer. Brig. Benjamin Adekunle fondly called the “Black Scorpion’’. Another officer, Brig. Sotomi, otherwise known as the ‘’Showboy’’ was also alleged to have been remotely named, although the details of his involvement were not clear. Olorunkoya was tried, found guilty and eventually convicted by the London court. The army brigadiers fingered in the scandal claimed innocence and denied any link with the crime. Brig. Adekunle, a wartime hero and celebrated officer of the Third Marine Commandos was suspended from duty on account of the case, although his alleged role was not proved. While still on suspension, he never resumed his military career as he was retired by the then Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon. Till date, Adekunle believed he was not given fair hearing by the military authorities a section of which he alleged orchestrated ‘’Adekunle must go” campaign against him. Brig. Sotomi too was equally retired. Besides these army officers, the wind of the scandal also blew one Mr. Shitta-Bey, a top legal adviser with the Federal Government, out of the Public Service. The issue that led to Shitta-Bey’s albatross was a letter reportedly found in Olorunkoya’s custody. In the course of investigation into the offence, a letter from Shitta-Bey, who at the time was holding the post of a Legal Adviser in the Federal Ministry of Justice, was found in her possession. The controversial letter asked Iyabo to ‘’send details as soon as she arrived in London.’’ On March 14, 1974, the acting SolicitorGeneral of the Federation and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice wrote a letter to Shitta-Bey in which he stated that he had been directed by the Federal Public Service Commission to request the legal adviser to proceed on leave immediately, pending investigations into his alleged involvement in the criminal case in England against Olorunkoya, who by then

Brig. Gen. Adekunle


THIRD MARINE COMMANDOS WAS SUSPENDED FROM DUTY ON ACCOUNT OF THE CASE had been convicted. This letter was followed by another letter of April 10, 1974 to him disclosing to him that the decision of the Federal Public Service Commission that he should be ‘’interdicted’’ from service pending the outcome of the inquiry. On the following day, April 11, 1974, he received another letter suspending him. At the end of the inquiry, the legal adviser received a letter dated January 7, 1975 that he had been retired from the civil service in the public interest under CSR 04114 with effect from the date of the letter. After the receipt of the letter Shitta-Bey instituted a suit at the Lagos High Court claiming among others, that the directive to suspend him and his actual suspension from his exercise of his duties as a public officer from duty without pay as contained in the two letters sent to him was irregular, illegal, null and void. He also contended that his purported retirement from the public office of the Federal Government on January 7, 1975 was illegal, null and void.

Gen. Gowon

On January 23, 1977, Justice Charles Bada gave judgment in his favour and declared that his suspension and purported retirement was a nullity. The import of this decision was that he should be reinstated and that in the eyes of the law, he was never legally terminated or retired from his employment. Due to the failure of the commission to reinstate him, he commenced another action at the High Court and sought an order of mandamus to compel the commission to reabsorb him to the civil service. At the conclusion of the case, the then state Chief Judge, Justice Adetunji Adefarasin dismissed his claim. He lodged an appeal at the Federal Court of Appeal and the three-man appellate court panel equally dismissed his appeal on June 12, 1980 for almost exactly the same reasons which formed the basis of the order of dismissal of the suit. Shitta-Bey did not give up, and he proceeded as an appellant to the Supreme Court. Justice Chukwuwenuike Idigbe delivered the lead judgment of the apex court in 1981 in the suit reported as Shitta-Bey-vFederal Public Service Commission (1981) 1 S.C 40. According to him, ‘’It was submitted to, and indeed, held by the both the High Court and Court of Appeal that the principle of English law which precludes mandamus from issuing against the Crown and servants of the Crown, applies in this country in regard to public officers in the established and pensionable cadre of the Federal Government Service . ‘’Indeed, it would appear from the lead judgment of the Appeal Court that public

servants in the established and pensionable cadre of the Federal Government Service are regarded as employed at the pleasure of the FG. I shudder to think that this is so; but with great respect to their Lordships both in the Court of Appeal and in the High Court, I am of the view that this cannot be correct.’’ The jurist said as shown in this case, ‘’there is vested in the appellant, by virtue of Exhibit ‘’D’ in this proceedings, a specific legal right to reinstatement in his post in the Federal Public Service which the respondent has a duty to protect and render effectual.’’ Justice Idigbe said further that there was no basis for application in this country of the common law principle that that the prerogative order of mandamus did not, generally, issue against the Crown or its servants in their capacity as crown servants. Besides, the jurist reached the conclusion that a public servant in the established pensionable cadre of the Federal Public Service had a legal status and ex-hypothesi, a right to remain in service until properly removed in accordance with the CSR, applicable to him. The Supreme Court said by virtue of the decision in High Court’s verdict, he had a legal right to be properly reinstated and that the public service commission had the correlative duty, to see that he was duly reinstated. Justice Idigbe said ‘’accordingly, I will allow this appeal and order that mandamus should issue against the respondent.’’ The judgment was supported by other justices on the panel.


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Miriam steps down as ICC judge MANILA NEW DELHI

Top court rejects bail plea of Indian tycoon


ndia’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by an Indian tycoon accused of a multi-billion dollar fraud to be released from jail and allowed house arrest. A report by AP said that Subrata Roy, head of the Sahara India conglomerate, has been jailed since March 4 on charges that his company failed to return billions of dollars to investors. Bail was earlier set at $1.68 billion and the company has struggled to raise the funds. India’s securities regulator has accused Sahara India of raising nearly 200 billion rupees ($3.2 billion) through bonds that were later found to be illegal. Sahara is well known throughout India because it sponsors the Indian cricket team. The company also sponsors the Indian

hockey team and owns a stake in Formula One racing team, Force India. The company has interests in microfinance, media and entertainment, tourism, health care and real estate, including New York’s landmark Plaza Hotel and London’s Grosvenor House. The court allowed the Sahara group to sell properties in nine Indian cities after the company said it had not succeeded in raising the $1.68 billion needed to obtain bail for Roy. The court had earlier rejected a proposal by the company to pay bail in instalments. The court also permitted Sahara to use its bank deposits and bonds to raise bail but ordered that the money be deposited in an account maintained by the capital markets regulator.

Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh


ustice Miriam Defensor Santiago has decided to forgo her post at the International Criminal Court (ICC). In a letter addressed to ICC president Sang-Hyun Song, Santiago said she was stepping down due to her chronic fatigue Syndrome. She said she had secured neither alleviation nor treatment for her illness since she was elected ICC judge in December 2011. ‘’I will support the procedures of the Assembly of State Parties later this year, so that a replacement judge can be duly elected,’’ Santiago told the ICC president. Santiago earlier said that she might no longer assume her post as ICC judge due to her lingering illness. She had been ordered to report by the international court in September 2013 but she asked for an extension so she could still seek treatment. Santiago was overwhelmingly elected as ICC judge in 2011. Had Santiago assumed her post, it would have made her the

first Filipino to sit in a tribunal that handles cases such as genocide and war crimes. The ICC is based in The Hague, Netherlands. Born June 15, 1945, she was a former trial judge, and lecturer on constitutional and international law. She served as the Commissioner of the Philippine Bureau of Immigration and Deportation in 1988 and the Secretary of the Philippines’ Department of Agrarian Reform from 1989 to 1991. Santiago ran for President of the Philippines in 1992; she led the nationwide canvassing of votes for a few days, but was defeated by a margin of less than several hundred thousand votes. The campaign was reportedly marred by widespread election fraud, notably power blackouts after the first five days. She filed an electoral protest, which was dismissed in 1995 when she ran for and won a seat in the Philippine Senate. Santiago has been widely featured in the international press for her outspokenness and flamboyant personality. In 1997, the Australian Maga-


zine named her one of “The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World.” In later years, Santiago was a keynote speaker of an international anti-corruption conference in Sydney, Australia. As senator, she sponsored and secured ratification by the Philippine Senate of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

Court limits judge’s say over $285m Citigroup deal NEW YORK


judge overstepped his authority when he blocked a $285 million settlement between Citigroup Inc. and government regulators over toxic mortgage securities, a federal appeals court panel has said. A report by AP stated that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

US President, Barak Obama

in Manhattan reversed a decision by Judge Jed S. Rakoff to set a trial date for the case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission in October 2011. A three-judge panel said the SEC had demonstrated it would face irreparable harm because the judge refused to reconsider his rejection of the settlement as he set a July 2012 trial date. The settlement between the SEC and Citigroup came after the commission accused the bank of betting against a complex mortgage investment in 2007. It said the company made $160 million while investors lost millions. In November 2011, Rakoff found the deal inadequate and ordered a prompt trial. He said the settlement was “neither fair, nor reasonable, nor adequate, nor in the public interest because it does not provide the court with a sufficient evidentiary basis to know whether the requested relief is justified under any of these

standards. Rakoff criticized the deal in part because it did not require Citigroup to admit wrongdoing. In a decision written by Circuit Judge Rosemary Pooler, the 2nd Circuit said there was no basis in the law for a judge to require an admission of liability before approving a settlement. And it clarified that a judge must only determine whether the proposed consent decree is fair and reasonable and that the public interest would not be disserved. In returning the case to Rakoff, the appeals court said he should be careful not to infringe on the SEC’s discretionary authority to choose its terms of settlement and should not require the agency to establish the truth of the allegations it made against Citigroup. The appeals panel said Rakoff “with the benefit of copious submissions by the parties, likely had a sufficient record before it on which to determine if the proposed decree was fair and reasonable.”

It was a terrible experience - Arebi M y first appearance was before Justice Lateefat Okunnu. One lawyer asked me to help him to take an adjournment, it was not my matter but unfortunately for me

that day, I never knew the judge does not tolerate such thing. She chastised me a bit. Infact, I was even fined a token which I paid to the court. I regretted coming before her that day; it

was a terrible experience for me as a young lawyer. Ever since then I always make sure I am prepared and ready whenever I appear before her and other judges. After that encountered

with Justice Okunnu, I can say today there is improvement in the way I conduct myself before a judge because we do a team work in my office before going to court on any matter. Shekirudeen Arebi

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Lease for a Fixed Period lease may be granted for certain period of certain duration, no matter how long or short. A lease for a fixed period automatically determines when the fixed period expires. If the parties had agreed to renew or extend it and had done so, this will operate as a new lease.


Reversionary Lease This is a lease that is to take effect at a future date. The rule against perpetuities which in brief, requires that any future interest in land would be void unless it vests within a period covered by the life or lives in being at the time of its creation plus 21 years. The rule is not infringed by a reversionary lease, no matter how far its date of commencement (is fixed). This is because the lessee of a reversionary lease takes a vested interest forthwith and only the vesting in possession is postponed. However, until the lessee has exercised this right to possession of the land during the term of the lease, he acquires no actual estate in the land. He has merely an interesee termini (an interest in the term), which enables him to maintain an action against any person through whom his entry is prevented though it does not enable him to maintain an action for trespass. In the PCL states, three important statutory modifications exist in relation to reversionary leases: (a) the doctrine of interessee termini has been abolished by section 163(1) PCL in respect of all leases whether made before or after 1959, (b) by virtue of section 163(2) of PCL all leases whether made before or after 1959 take effect in law and equity from the date fixed for the commencement of the term without actual entry, (c) by virtue of section 163(3) PCL the grant of a term to take effect after 21 years from the instrument creating it is void if made after 1959 and the same applies to any


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contract made after 1959 to create such a term. Periodic Tenancies Examples of periodic tenancies are a yearly tenancy or tenancy from year to year, a weekly tenancy or tenancy from week to week, a monthly tenancy or tenancy from month to month. A periodic tenancy may be created either expressly or by implication. In the case of express creation, a grant to the general rule for the determination of periodic tenancies are as follows:* any periodic tenancy may be determined by such notice as the parties agree, * in the absence of any such agreement, the tenancy may be determined by proper notice as follows: (a) yearly-non agricultural tenancy – a notice of six months, (b) yearly agricultural tenancy – a notice of one year so as to allow time for harvesting, (c) quarterly tenancy – notice of one quarter, (d) monthly tenancy – notice of one month, (e) weekly tenancy – notice of one week. Tenancy at Will This kind of tenancy may be created either expressly or by implication. Common examples are where a tenant whose lease has expired holds over with the landlord’s permission, without having yet paid rent on a periodic basis, where a tenant takes possession under a


EVENT void lease, or under a mere agreement for a lease and has not yet paid rent. Tenancy at Sufferance This tenant differs from a trespasser in that his original entry was lawful and from a tenant at will in that his tenancy exists without the landlord’s assent. Tenancy by Estoppel On the grant of a lease or tenancy, both landlord and tenant and their successors in title are in general mutually estopped from denying the validity of the transaction. Statutory Tenancy In Nigeria, there are two types of statutory tenancy namely tenancy strictly created by statute from the start and a mere statutory right to remain on demised premises after the term granted has expired. Statutory tenancy of the first type exists in Section 4 Rent Restriction Act, 1946. where it is provided as follows: “When a landlord has let any premises and his tenant not being expressly prohibited from subletting, sublets such premises or any part thereof the sub-tenants of such premises or any part thereof shall be deemed for the purpose of the Act to be tenants of the landlord”. It also exists under the Land Tenure Law 1962 of the Northern States which converted customary titles in land into customary rights of occupancy. Statutory tenancy of the second type may arise under the Recovery of Premises Act and the Rent Restriction Act 1946 where the tenant holds over at the end of his tenancy because the landlord has not complied with the requirements of the Act and is therefore unable to recover possession. In terms of the use to which a leased premises is put, real property lease can take the form of private property lease rental (private leasehold) It can also take the form of commercial property lease (commercial leasehold) which is fundamentally a product of commercial real estate transaction for the provision of consumption/factor of production benefits to space user over time.

A staff of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mrs. Adeyinka Bamidele, and Executive Director, Rights Enforcement and Public Law Centre (REPLACE), Ms. Felicitas Aigbogun-Brai, at a workshop organised by Justice for All, in Lagos recently.

Ijeomah Richard Bonny and Dipo Osinubi at the event

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Community Mirror During the session, we witnessed the dawn of a disturbing trend, whereby people now go to court to stop the National Assembly from exercising its constitutional mandate and conduct its internal operation. SPEAKER HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - AMINU TAMBUWAL

Earth tremor causes panic in Bayelsa JULIUS OSAHON YENAGOA


n earth tremor last week caused panic and pandemonium among indigenes of the Okordia clan community

of Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, as Indigenes abandoned their homes in fear of a possible earthquake. While many of the indigenes of the community attributed the strange

earth tremor to the years of oil exploration activities by oil multinationals including the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, others including the indigenes of the Freetown, Ikarama 1 and

2 clans said the strange earth tremor caused walls of some buildings to have cracks in the area. A woman leader in the community, Mrs. Rachael Wardar, who spoke with newsmen, said the whole

community was thrown into fear as she in particular thought it was the Boko Haram which has visited their community She said she was at the dining with her friend when the tremor occured, knocking off things from her table which made her to run outside where she noticed people who also witnessed the earth shock it very foundation. Speaking during a factfinding visit to the community by the Bayelsa State Commissioner of Environment, Mr. Inuiro Wills, the paramount ruler of the community, Chief Franco Daniel, said the incident occurred at about late evening on Wednesday and caused panic in the community. According to Chief Franco Daniel, “I was sleeping when my daughter rushed into the house shouting that the ground is seriously shaking. I

rushed out and observed many of the indigenes running helter-skelter in fear. Many of us believed it is due to the years of mining of oil without appropriate measure to cushion the effects of exploration by oil multinationals.” The Commissioner, Mr. Inuiro Wills, said though the preliminary investigation during the tour of impacted buildings with cracks showed the seriousness of the incident, “it could be a warning and we assured the indigenes of the community that we will not wait until an earthquake happens in Bayelsa.” Wills said “we have spoken to many of them and they reacted spontaneously. We have been shown around and we have seen cracks. Some of them may not be too evident and long. But some are quite new,” he said.

Journalist installed Monarch in Ebonyi DENNIS AGBO ENUGU Street traders ignore order and still display their wares in Broad Street, Lagos Island.


Fayemi’s wife empowers rural dwellers ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI


ife of Ekiti State Governor, Mrs. Bisi Fayemi, has distributed items including cash and equipment to needy rural dwellers in the state to better their lots. The governor’s wife said the gesture was in fulfillment of her earlier promises to the beneficiaries during her visits to the farmsteads across the state. While distributing the materials including over N5 million cash to 45 cooperative societies and equipment worth millions of naira, she

assured of Governor Kayode Fayemi’s plan to better the lots of the rural areas and the rural dwellers. The equipment distributed at the event included palm oil processing machine, cassava grinding machine, motorbikes, and cassava flower frying plates among others. The governor’s wife advised the cooperatives members that the cash empowerment given to them was meant for their development to improve their trade and businesses, urging them to manage their affairs with all seriousness in their various communities for bet-

ter productivity. According to her, the present administration in the State has concluded plans to make rural development across the State a priority when re-elected on the forthcoming June 21, governorship elections in the State. She also empowered three Ekiti based artists at the event, saying such gesture was to encourage the youth who were interested in the entertainment industry to develop their talents and to minimize unemployment in the country. Erelu Fayemi called on the people of the State to vote for the All Progres-

sives Congress (APC) and its candidate, the Governor of the State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to continue his developmental agenda for the State. Earlier, the Commissioner for Women Affairs in Ekiti State, Mrs. Fola Richie-Adewusi, said that the government was forging ahead with rural empowerment across the State. She said, “We made promises and the governor’s wife is now fulfilling the promises to them, to honour the commitment made to them, which include the establishment of cooperatives societies and to empower them”.


he Abia State Correspondent of Daily Newswatch and Secretary, Abia State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Boniface Okoro, has been installed as the new traditional ruler of Akpughuru Edda, in Afikpo Local government of Ebonyi State. The community went agog as men, women, children and well wishers from far and near gathered at “Ogoh”, traditional village square to witness the coronation ceremony on May 31, 2014. Okoro was crowned Ezeogo Okojogho III of Akpughuru , he ascended the throne of his father Ezeogo Okojogho II, who died two years ago. Ezeogo Okoro a seasoned journalist who had

reported for many media organizations including Sunray News papers Port Harcourt, Daily Tide and Moment Newspapers among others joined the ranks of other journalists in the South East in contemporary times to become a traditional ruler. HRH Eze Uwadiegwu of the defunct Concord Newspaper and Igwe Tony Ojukwu who worked with many media organizations including Daily Times of Ogui Urban in Enugu State had blazed the trail. Crowning Boniface, the youngest Ezeogo Okojogho to ascend the throne, the Edda Council of Traditional Rulers led by HRM Azu Anya Ebunwana of Edda dressed him with the traditional regalia of the Okojogho stool and gave him the blessings that will enable him have a successful reign.

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Israeli, Palestinian presidents in Vatican prayers





gypt’s former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was sworn in yesterday as president for a four-year term, assuming the highest office of a deeply polarized nation roiled by deadly unrest and an economic crisis since its Arab Spring uprising in 2011. El-Sissi’s inauguration came less than a year after he ousted the country’s first freely elected president, Islamist Mohammed Morsi, following days of mass protests demanding he step down. While praised by many in a wave of nationalist fervour following the July 3 overthrow, el-Sissi’s rise to power coincided with the detention of thousands and the killing of hundreds of Morsi supporters. Now, the retired field marshal faces the daunting tasks of reviving Egypt’s stagnant economy, fighting Islamic extremists and cementing his rule after years of turmoil in the Arab world’s most populous country. “The presidency of Egypt is a great honour and a huge responsibility,” el-Sissi told local and foreign dignitaries gathered at an opulent Cairo palace hours after his swearing-in ceremony. Under his rule, he said, Egypt will work for regional security and stability. He also called on Egyptians to build a more stable future after three turbulent years, asking them to work hard

The EU is based on an ever closer union of European peoples. That is set out in the treaties. It is not negotiable for us. –NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE EUROPEAN PEOPLE’S PARTY

El-Sisi sworn in as Egyptian president, calls for stability so that their rights and freedoms could grow. “It is time for us to build a future that is more stable and pen a new reality for the future of this nation,” he said. Hard work, something that he has repeatedly called for in recent weeks, will allow Egyptians to “pay attention to rights and freedoms (to) deepen and develop them,” he said. “Let us differ for the sake of our nation and not over it; let us do that as part of a unifying national march in which every party

listens to the other objectively and without ulterior motives,” he said. El-Sissi, 59, earlier took the oath of office before the Supreme Constitutional Court at the tribunal’s Nile-side headquarters in a suburb south of Cairo, the same venue where Morsi, now on trial for charges that carry the death penalty, was sworn in two years ago. The building, designed to look like an ancient Egyptian temple, is a short distance away from a military hospital where longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, toppled by

the 2011 uprising, is being held. Forced out of office after 29 years in power, Mubarak was convicted last month on graft charges and sentenced to three years in prison. He is also being retried over the killing of protesters during the 18-day revolt. Yesterday was declared a national holiday for el-Sissi’s inauguration and police and troops deployed throughout Cairo. The entire Cabinet, as well as el-Sissi’s wife and children, attended the swearing-in ceremony.


Italy has rescued about 5,200 men, women and children and recovered three dead bodies from overcrowded boats in the Mediterranean Sea since early Thursday. Calm seas have led to this latest wave of migrants who have left North African shores for Italy over just three days, a navy spokesman told Reuters, with merchant ships and a Maltese vessel also aiding in the rescue efforts. The merchant tanker Norient Star recovered three bodies from one of the migrant boats, the spokesman said, adding that he had no details about the cause of the death or identity of the victims. Three merchant ships, including the Norient Star, took aboard a total of 700 migrants, a navy statement said, and is taking them to ports in Sicily. The surge in arrivals is straining the ability of the Italian naval mission - called Mare Nostrum or “Our Sea” - to patrol the waters between Africa and Italy on its own. It has prompted local officials in Sicily, where most of the migrants are taken, to call for more European support.

S’African President Zuma expected out of hospital

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, taking his oath of office at the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo, Egypt, yesterday. Photo: AP

Crew kidnapped by Somali pirates in 2010 free

leven sailors held hostage by Somali pirates for more than three years have arrived safely in Kenya, mediators who helped secure their freedom said. The 11 men - from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Iran - were crew of the Malaysianowned cargo vessel MV Albedo, which was hijacked 1,500km off the coast of Somalia in November 2010, while sailing from the United Arab Emirates to Kenya. Abdi Yusuf Hassan, the interior minister of Somalia’s Galmudug region, said on Saturday that the sailors were released with no ransom paid. However, John Steed, a former British army colonel who has spent years helping negotiate their release, said the men had “sneaked out a window” to escape

WORLD BULLETIN Italy rescues 5,200 boat migrants, three dead

their captors. “Given what they have been through, they are all in good health,” Steed told a news agency after arriving in Kenya with the men on a special flight from Somalia. After escaping through a window from their pirate prison, the men were rescued by security forces from the northern Somali Galmadug region, Steed said. MV Albedo had a 23-man crew when it was attacked by the pirates. Seven of the ship’s crew were released in 2012 while four others drowned when the ship sank last year. Media reports have suggested one hostage was killed soon after the vessel was hijacked. Nick Kay, the UN’s envoy to Somalia, said the 11 crew would

be sent back to their respective countries in coming days. Pirate attacks have been launched as far as 3,655km from the Somali coast in the Indian Ocean. The number of attacks by Somali pirates has fallen over the last two years due to increased naval

patrols and the presence of wellarmed security teams on ships. According to an American One Earth Future foundation report, Somali piracy in the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of Aden and the north-western Indian Ocean netted $160m, and cost the world economy some $7bn in 2011.

Security forces escorting a suspected pirate

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress expects President Jacob Zuma to be out of hospital on Sunday following a routine health check in a Pretoria hospital. Zuma’s hospital stay follows an announcement from his office on Friday that the 72-year-old president was in need of rest, and would take a few days off from public appearances after a tiring election campaign which saw him elected for a second term in May. “Taking the advantage of having been given time off, the president went for a routine health check in hospital yesterday,” ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe told a news briefing.

30 killed in DR Congo’s ethnic raid At least 30 people have been killed in an inter-ethnic attack on a village in the South Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, said local officials. Witnesses say the dead included women and children, some killed inside a church where they had been sleeping. All the victims were of the Bafuliru ethnic background. It was not immediately clear who had carried out the attack, but the region has seen ongoing conflict between the Bafuliru and Barundi communities. “It was about a dispute over cows,” South Kivu governor Marcellin Cishambo told Reuters news agency, putting the number killed at 27.


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I was tortured by Taliban captors, says Bergdahl U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told people treating him at an American military medical facility in Germany that he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage by his Taliban captors in Afghanistan after he tried to escape, a senior U.S. official said yesterday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss what Bergdahl has revealed about the conditions of his captivity. The New York Times first reported on the matter. The official said it was difficult to verify the accounts Bergdahl has given since his release a week ago. Bergdahl, now 28, was captured in June 2009 after he disappeared from his infantry unit. He was held for nearly five years by Taliban militants. Taliban spokesmen could not be immediately reached for comment Sunday. On Friday, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told The Associated Press by telephone that Bergdahl was held under “good conditions.” The claim could not be independently verified.

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becoming failed Israeli, Palestinian presidents Syria state -Former peace envoy in Vatican prayers


sraeli and Palestinian presidents meet in an unprecedented prayer meeting with Pope Francis yesterday, a gesture he hopes will “re-create a desire, a possibility” of relaunching the Middle East’s stalled peace process. The Vatican has played down any expectations that the Sunday evening meeting between Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas - billed as a “pause from politics” - will lead to any immediate breakthroughs in the region’s tortuous problems and says it is not meddling in regional issues. “No one is presumptuous enough to think peace will break out on Monday,” said Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa,

a Church official in charge of Catholic sites in the Holy Land and a key organiser of the encounter. “The intention of this initiative is to re-open a road that has been closed for some time, to re-create a desire, a possibility, to make people dream,” he said, adding that the pope does not want to get involved in details of issues such as borders or settlements. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the key Israeli decision-maker, is not attending and he refuses to deal with the Palestinian unity government, backed by Hamas Islamists, that Abbas swore in last Monday. Peres will leave office next month.

Netanyahu has made no direct comment on the meeting but in remarks on Sunday at a paramilitary police base in Jerusalem he suggested that prayer is no substitute for security. “For thousands of years, the people of Israel have been praying for peace daily. But until peace comes, we will continue to strengthen you so that you can continue to defend the State of Israel. Ultimately, that is what will guarantee our future and will also bring peace,” he told the troops. But the fact that Francis’ bold move has managed to bring the two presidents together shows his desire to engage political leaders, offering inter-religious dialogue as a building block.

‘Clinton decision on 2016 run could come next year’ Hillary Rodham Clinton’s decision on seeking the White House again could stretch into 2015, and she’s making no commitments about testifying before a select congressional committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya. In an excerpt of an interview with ABC News that aired yesterday, the former secretary of state said potential primary rivals are free to “do whatever they choose to do on whatever timetable they decide.” “I just want to get through this year, travel around the country, sign books, help in the midterm elections in the fall and then take a deep breath and kind of go through my pluses and minuses,” said Clinton, who is setting off on a tour this week to promote her new book, “Hard Choices.”

Faithful waving Palestinian flags as Pope Francis delivers his Regina Coeli prayer from the window of the Apostolic Palace in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican, yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Ukraine’s leader plans new team to handle crisis with Russia


Thai junta security forces stay in barracks as protests dwindle Thailand’s junta kept many of the thousands of troops and police it readied to deal with protests in Bangkok yesterday off the streets as the number of people making a public show of dissent to the May 22 coup dwindled. The military has cracked down hard on pro-democracy dissidents and supporters since it ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra last month, seeking to mute criticism and nip protests in the bud. A heavy security force presence at potential flashpoints in Thailand’s largest cities has limited protesters to small gatherings, which are often coordinated through social media and mostly located around shopping malls.


kraine’s newly-installed President Petro Poroshenko is set to remake a governing team which will handle the crisis with Russia, with talks on gas prices today providing an early test of his new relationship with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. Poroshenko’s swearing-in as president at a pomp-filled, but relaxed, ceremony on Saturday conveyed the feeling that a line had been drawn under six months of unprecedented and bloody upheaval which toppled his predecessor, Viktor Yanukovich. But behind the euphoria that Ukraine might now, at last, start to “Live in a new way”, as Poroshenko’s campaign slogan has promised, lies the reality of

seething separatism in the east in which Ukraine sees Moscow’s hand, and Russia’s opposition to his plans to lead Ukraine into mainstream Europe. Poroshenko’s blunt refusal to accept the loss of Crimea in a combative inaugural speech puts him further at odds with Putin. An indication of whether Putin is ready to give the 48-year-old businessman-politician some early breaks or test him in his first days in office may come in trilateral talks in Brussels on Monday aimed at solving a dispute over the price of Russian gas. Russia has threatened to cut off supplies to its neighbour, a major gas transit route to the European Union, if it fails to pay its debts to Gazprom by Tuesday.


yria is descending into a Somalia-style failed state run by warlords which poses a grave threat to the future of the Middle East, former peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has said. Brahimi, who stepped down a week ago after the failure of peace talks he mediated in Geneva, said that without concerted efforts for a political solution to Syria’s brutal civil war “there is a serious risk that the entire region will blow up.” “The conflict is not going to stay inside Syria,” he told Der Spiegel magazine in an interview published at the weekend. More than 160,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which grew out of protests against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011, inspired by uprisings in the wider Arab world. Brahimi said many countries misjudged the Syrian crisis, expecting Assad’s rule to crumble as some other Arab leaders’ had done, a mistake they compounded by supporting “the war effort instead of the peace effort”. The civil war has drawn in powerful regional states, with Sunni Gulf monarchies and Turkey supporting the rebels and foreign jihadis. Shi’ite Iran, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iraqi Shi’ites back Assad. Major powers at the United Nations have also been divided, paralyzing diplomatic efforts. Assad’s Western foes have pressed for action against Syrian authorities, but Russia and China have vetoed draft resolutions against Syrian authorities. Brahimi, who resigned as United Nations special envoy for Afghanistan in 1999, drew comparisons between Syria now and Afghanistan under Taliban rule in the lead-up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. In early steps to install key allies, Poroshenko is expected in the coming days to name new foreign and defence ministers. The rebellions, in which proRussian separatists have declared “people’s republics”, have claimed scores of lives in clashes between government forces and armed militias. Militia leaders declared on Saturday they would not give up their fight. These are not the only challenges facing Poroshenko. He inherits a country on the verge of bankruptcy which is rated by monitoring agencies as one of Europe’s most corrupt and illgoverned.

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ecretary to Osun State Government, SSG, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, has called on the people of Iwo federal constituency to cast their votes for the incumbent governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, in the August 9 governorship election in the state. He made this call at the kick-off of the re-election


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Osun SSG, others canvass votes for Aregbesola campaign of the governor, saying that the administration of Governor Aregbesola will ensure that the August 9 election in the state is violent-free. Maintaining that the people of the state are well-informed about the

choice that will benefit them, he added that they will do everything within their powers to prevent violence at the poll. He said: “Our people are ready to vote. They know the leader who loves them. And they are ready

to support him. The people will come out en mass to vote and protect their votes. “Our party, the All Peoples Congress, APC, abhors violence. People of the state are peace-loving. And they will conduct

L-R: Chairman, Aregbesola Re-Election Campaign Committee, Senator Sola Adeyeye; Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti; Governor Rauf Aregbesola; Secretary, All Progressives Congress, APC, Osun chapter, Prince Gboyega Famodun, and Chief of Staff to the governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, during the inauguration of Governor Aregbesola’s 20-member campaign committee in Osogbo at the weekend.

Be peaceful during campaigns, APC charges PDP


sun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday charged the main opposition party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to be peaceful during its campaigns. The PDP is schedule to flag off its governorship campaigns today and the APC in a release issued by its Director of Publicity, Media and Strategy,

Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, welcomed its opponent in the August 9 governorship election to the campaign turf, with an admonition that it should however conduct its campaigns in peaceful manner. The APC said its governor and the party had conducted two very peaceful campaigns in Ile Ife and Ikire without any violent incidents.

The statement further reads: “This is the minimum standard of responsible conduct we also expect from the PDP. Please conduct yourselves and your campaign activities in a civilised fashion, devoid of violence and thuggery.” The APC, however advised its supporters to be careful and avoid the campaign venues of PDP rallies to erase the possi-

bility of being accused of provoking violence at the opponent’s rally. “As much as possible, our supporters should stay away from the vicinity of PDP rallies until it is all over. We charge our supporters to go the extra mile to keep the peace and we expect that the PDP will conduct itself in a similar manner also,” the statement concluded.

INEC needs cooperation of stakeholders for credible poll in Osun -REC


ndependent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Osun State, Ambassador Rufus Akeju, has said that the commission needs the cooperation of all stakeholders to ensure the August 9 governorship election is conclusive and credible. Speaking with newsmen in Osogbo after a meeting of representatives of political parties in the state with the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, Akeju stated that the commission could not be blamed for the inconclusive elections recently


held in some states in the country. He said that INEC was ready for the governorship election holding in Osun State, adding that the commission would ensure that August 9 elections in the state is devoid of manipulation. Asked if Osun poll would not be inconclusive like the ones in Anambra State and the National Assembly by-election in Ondo State, Akeju said: “Definitely not. We have looked at the causes of those ones. You know that INEC is just one element in election there are other stakeholders and if they play their roles well, such

situation would not arise. “As far as INEC is concerned we are ready for the election even if they want it tomorrow. What we are saying is that they should conduct themselves in peaceful manner. It is very important.” Pleading with political parties and their supporters to respect the provisions of the Electoral Act and avoid making inflammatory statements, Akeju added that representatives of various political parties had signed undertaking to be of good conduct with the INEC. He further averred that any individual caught violating the law would be

made to face the full wrath of the law. Speaking earlier, the General Manager, NTA, Osogbo, Mrs. Shade Haastrup, advised politicians to shun violence and avoid making inciting statement, adding that the station would not take side with any political party. She said that anyone who violated the guidelines for election broadcast would be cut off. Chairman of the National Conscience Party, NCP, Mr. Gideon Fasorepo, also blamed some politicians for making unguarded statements, insisting that such could trigger crisis.

themselves peacefully as they are doing before, during and after the election.” Speaking in similar vein, the member of the House of Representatives representing the constituency, Hon. Ghafar Amere, said the governorship election is going to confirm the good works of Aregbesola. Amere called on the people of the constituency to come out as they used to do and vote for the second term of Aregbesola. Addressing the gathering, Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy in the Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said that the achievements of Aregbesola in the past three and half years speak volumes of the governor’s peoplefocused policies. Okanlawon said: “The past three to four years have been eventful for this state and the people. It is evidently clear that Areg-

61 DAYS TO GO besola’s government has transformed the state positively beyond the imagination of the people. “Our people can also bear testimony to the fact that the government is working assiduously to take the state to an enviable height. It is therefore expected that our people will also vote for continuity of these good works.” Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Folake Adegboyega, called on women to come out and support the Aregbesola government in order for the good programmes to continue, warning the women against selling their voter’s cards as such would amount to mortgaging their future

Omisore promises better education


eoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the August 9 governorship election in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore has promised to transform the education sector of the state if elected as the governor. Omisore in a release signed by the Director of Media and Strategy of his campaign organisation, Prince Diran Odeyemi, and made available to newsmen in Osogbo yesterday, said the incumbent administration, through the introduction of some policies has slowed down the growth of the educational status of the state. Omisore particularly criticised the indefinite strike embarked upon by workers in the four Osun state-owned tertiary institutions; the schools’ reclassification programmes and the unified public school uniforms introduced by the present administration. Lamenting the poor result of secondary school

students in the National Examination Council, NECO and West African School Certificate Examination, WASCE, he said: “This could be attributed to killing zeal of secondary school in the state for which has made Osun profile in educational rank of Nigeria number 24 out of the 36 states, while we were ranked number 13 in 2010.” Omisore said the inclusion of Ifa divinity studies in the curriculum of the Opon-Imo, tablet of knowledge, may have also introduced secondary school students to series of anti-social vices like pornography and others. Calling on the striking lecturers of the Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, Osun State College of Technology, Esa-Oke, Osun State Colleges of Education, Ilesa and IlaOrangun to remain resolute and focus in their aspirations, he promised to look into their plights when he is finally elected by Osun people.


Monday, June 9, 2014 CHANGE OF NAME

EJIMOFOR: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Mary-Jane Njideka Ejimofor, Now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. MaryJane Daniel Mathias. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

CONFIRMATION OF NAME This is to confirm that I, Wongo Olanari is one and the same Wongo Goodday. That henceforth, I wish to be known and addressed as Wongo Gooday Olonari. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.


NGENEOKE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Ngeneoke Blessing Chisom, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Okafor Blessing Chisom. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.


OPARA: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Opara Annastesia Chioma, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Ofoleta Annastesia Chioma. All former documents remain valid. general public take note.


OGUNREMI: Formerly known and addressed as Ogunremi Andrew Rotimi, now wish to be known and addressed as Oluremi Andrew Rotimi. All former documents remain valid. general public take note.



This is to inform the general public that the original letter of allocation in respect of Block 38 Flat 6,Anikantamo Low Cost Housing Scheme, Lagos in favour of Mrs Mariam Oyinade Alli issued by Lagos Building Investment Corporation is missing. if found please contact Lagos Building Investment Corporation.


ANEKE:Formerly known and addressed as Miss Aneke Kate Chika, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Aneke Cartherine Chikaodinaka Okonkwo. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.


ATU: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Atu Onyinye Jovita, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Igwe Onyinye Jovita. All former documents remain valid. UNTH and general public take note.


BABATUNDE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Babatunde Taibat Abiola now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Balogun Taibat Abiola. All former documents remain valid.General public take note.


EDEH: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Edeh Onyinye Marycynthia, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Igwe Onyinye Marycynthia. All former documens remains valid. General public take note.


ADAMOLEKUN: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Adamolekun Monsurat Titilope, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Abudu Monsurat Titilope. All former documents remain valid. Ministry of Forestry, Ogun State and general public take note.

IYANTAN: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Iyantan Solape Nora, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Awomewe Solape Nora. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

CHANGE OF NAME EROMOSELE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Obehi Mary Eromosele, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Obehi Mary Ikem. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

CHANGE OF NAME OLAGOKE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Olagoke Fatimo Olawunmi, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Adedeji Mary Olawunmi. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.


FADARE: Formerly known and addressed as Fadare Akinyele Oladunni, now wish to be known and addressed as Oludare Akinyele Oladunni. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.




The general public is hereby notified that the above named Association has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission (C.A.C.), Abuja for registration under Part “C” of the Company and Allied Matter Act 1990.


1. Otunba Titus Babajide ( JP) 2. Alhaji Fatai Isiaka Ajibola 3. Alhaji Abdulazeez Olayide Alli THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. To ensure that all members comply with the laws regulating the marketing of petroleum products. 2. To fight against incidents of procurements of illegal products and diversion of products.


EWURUM: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Ewurum Precious Amarachi, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Awuzieke Precious Amarachi . All former documents remain valid. N.Y.S.C and general public take note


UDE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Ude Chinelo Deborah Obianuju, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs OnyekaMbonu Chinelo Deborah Obianuju. All former documents remain valid. SIPML and general public take note.


ONYIA: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Onyia Bridget Chika, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Achara Bridget Chika. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.


ELEGBERUN: Formerly known and addressed as (Dr.) Mrs Elegberun . O. Nancy now wish to be known and addressed as (DR) Nancy Kemi Ojo. All former documents remain valid.FMC Abeokuta and General public take note.


JEGEDE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Dupe Jegede, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Dupe Olaniran. All former documents remain valid. NYSC and general public take note.


ADEKUNLE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Adekunle Adebola Taiwo, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. Oladele Adebola Taiwo. All former documents remain valid. Oyo SUBEB General pubilc take note


MAGULIKE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Magulike Amaka Blessing Nkiruka, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Onyekachi Amaka Blessing Nkiruka. All former documents remain valid. UNTH, MLSCN and general public take note.


KUOYE: Formerly known and addressed as Kuoye Sherifat Abeje, now wish to be known and addressed as Fowosheri Sherifat Abeje. All former documents remain valid.General public take note.


EHIZOJIE: Formerly known and addressed as Mrs. Ehizojie Rosemary Iyesomi, now wish to be known, called and addressed as Miss Akiotu Rosemary Iyesomi as a result of her marriage break up. All former documents remain valid. General public and Authority concerned should please take note.


Formerly known and addressed as Miss Njoku Eberechi now wish to be known, called and addressed as Mrs Njoku Eberechi Chimezie. All former documents remain valid. ALVAN, NYSC and the public take note.



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


1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Apostle Thompson Iheanyichukwu L. (G.S) Pastor (Mrs.) Akunna F. Thompson Oghenetega Ejuwebi Prince Frank Ifeanyi Ezeh Prince Andy Ifeanyi Onyema


1. To propagate the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2. To teach and educate men and women to live justly among fellow men, in vocation and profession. 3. To engage in solemn and holy worship of God the father, through the son in spirit and truth. 4. To Discipline, train, ordain and license those who are called for the work of the gospel of our lord Jesus Christ.

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



NWAGBARA:Formerly known and addressed as Miss Nwagbara Helen, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Nnekwuo John Helen. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.


OSOSANWO: Formerly known and addressed as Mrs Ososanwo Adetokunbo Temitope, now wish to be known and addressed as Coker Adetokunbo Temitope. All former documents remain valid. General public take note


OSUJI: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Osuji Chinedu Joan, now wish to be known, called and addressed as Mrs Kelechi Chinedu Joan. All former documents remain valid. The public take note.


ILESANMI: Formerly known as Miss Ilesanmi Bosede Janet now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Osobu Bosede Janet. All former documents remain valid, State of Osun Universal Basic Educational Board (SUBEB) and general public should please take note.


OFFORCHEBE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Offorchebe Regina Ebere, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Chinwuba Regina Ebele. All former documents remain valid. Federal Poly Oko and general public take note.


ONUOHA: Formerly known as Miss Onuoha Jennifer Uchechi, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Akonobi Jennifer Uchechi. All documents still remain valid. Imo State University, Nursing Dept., Nursing and Midwifering Council of Nig. and the general public take note.


AJIGBOYE: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Ajigboye Dyna Olatale now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Oduwole Dyna Olatale, all former documents remains valid. General public take note



The general public is hereby notified that the above named ministry has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission (C.A.C.), Abuja for registration under Part “C” of the Company and Allied Matter Act 1990.


THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. To spread the gospel. 2. To engage in all works of charity. Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar -General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420 Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the RegistrarGeneral, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication.



ASEKO, IBATEFIN, ILASHE & AJEGUNLE PETROLEUM PRODUCTS MARKETERS ASSOCIATION. The general public is hereby notified that the above named Association has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission (C.A.C.), Abuja for registration under Part “C” of the Company and Allied Matter Act 1990.


1. Elder Toyin Taiwo (JP) 2. Chief John Babajide (JP) 3. Chief Isaac Akinlolu 4. Chief Daniel Taiwo THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. To promote and to protect the image of petroleum products dealers in Aseko,Ibatefin,Ilashe and Ajegunle 2. To discourage smuggling of petroleum products amongst its members




OYEDIRAN: Formerly called and addressed as Mrs Oyediran Yetunde Bukola, now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Adebayo Yetunde Bukola. All former documents remain valid. general public should please take note.

1. To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.




OSUAGWU: Formerly known and addressed as Miss Osuagwu Joy Chindinma, now wish to be known and addressed Mrs Nnadi Joy Chindinma. All former documents remain valid . General public take note.

1 Rev. Samuel Ifeanyi Okafor. 2. Evang. Cynthia Ifeyinwa David. 3. Evang.Charity Adaku Okafor 4. Elder Okoye Christopher Okoye. 5. Evang.Maxwell Ezenwa. 6. Evang.Tina Ezumah. 7. Bro.Leotex Torti Nwosu.

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

Notice is hereby given to the general public that the above named Ministry has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja for registration under part ‘C’ of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, CAP C20 LFN 2004.


ONASANYA: Formerly known and addressed as Onasanya Aminat Yetunde, now wish to be known and addressed as Agunbiade Aminat. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

1. Pastor Oluwasanmi Adewumi 2 Rev. Mother Agbolamagbin Omotunde 3. Deacon Ayo Akande 4. Pastor Muyiwa Olayiwola 5. Deaconess Oluyemi Kudus. THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

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


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The general public is hereby informed that the above-named Mission has applied to the Corporate affairs Commission(CAC),Abuja for registration under part C of the companies and Allied Matters Act 1990...


1.Onwuzuluike Victor Chukwunweike 2.Melifonwu Philip Chilozie 3.Onwuneme Peter Ikechukwu



REDEMPTION ORPHANAGE AND DESTITUTE HOME The general public is hereby informed that the above named foundation has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for registration under Part C of the Companies And Allied Matters Act No 1 of 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Ukaonu Godfrey .C. 2. Mrs. Ukaonu Karen .C. (B.Sc Nurse) 3. Miss Ebere Kalu (RN/RM) 4. Mrs. Uwakwem Pauline .N. (P.N.O)


- Chairman - Secretary - P.R.O - Member

1. To rescue, provide shelter and care for abandoned/ orphaned and hurting babies/children. 2. To minister and Evangelize children for Christ. 3. To train up hurting babies/children in the way of the Lord. 4. To conduct research on the issues of abandoned hurting and orphaned babies/children. 5. To do all such other lawful things as may be considered to be incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives of the organization or any of them. Any objection to the above registration should be forwarded to the Registrar- General, Corporate Affairs Commission, plot 420, Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Matiama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication.




The general public is hereby informed that the above-named Club has applied to the Corporate affairs Commission(CAC),Abuja for registration under part C of the companies and Allied Matters Act 1990...

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.Okeke Ejikeme Okechukwu 2.Amobi Chukwudi 3.Chukwuka Eric Egbuna 4.Ezego Emmanuel Ifeanyi 5.Ulasi Okwuchukwu Anthony



1.To preach the word of God. 2.To reconcile men to God through the gospel. 3.To encourage mutual relationship among people of various faith. Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General Corporate Affairs Commission,plot 420 Tigris Crescent,Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street,Maitama,P.M.B. 198,Garki,Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

1.For the progress and unity of members 2.Welfare of members. 3.To promote friendship,mutual understanding and co-operation among members.



Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General Corporate Affairs Commission,plot 420 Tigris Crescent,Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street,Maitama,P.M.B. 198,Garki,Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

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I can’t say if this will be my last World Cup. But I willl give this one my very best effortt

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United States of America defenders bringing Nigeria’s Shola Ameobi down, during their World Cup warm-up match in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday. USA won 2-1

Ahead Brazil:

Eagles demand …NFF budgets special fee $100,000 win bonus ADEOLU JOHNSON


uper Eagles led by captain Joseph Yobo and Mikel Obi are in another row with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over special allowance. The players, according to our source, are now asking for a special package which will come in form of match appearance fees during the World Cup. This is aside the match bonus, which starts at USD$10,000-a-man for a win in first round matches, earlier agreed by the players and the NFF for the Brazil 2014. “The players led by Yobo and Mikel met with Nigeria

Football Federation (NFF) President, Aminu Maigari, and some of his officials in the United States of America (USA) to demand for their own share of the cash FIFA will pay the country for at least featuring in the first round of the World Cup,” a top source informed . Nigeria has already qualified to earn $9.5million for qualification and preparation of the team and will earn graduated prizes as the Eagles progress in the tournament. National Mirror learnt that for the World Cup warmup games against Scotland, Greece and USA, each player received an appearance fee of $3,000. Fellow World Cup finalists,

Black Stars of Ghana are on an appearance fee of $75,000-aman for the 23 players who made the final cut to Brazil 2014. A row over bonus derailed the Super Eagles at the 1998 World Cup in France as players and officials were locked in lengthy meetings to resolve the impasse. Most recently, another pay row almost caused the country to miss out on the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, before the Presidency intervened to avoid an international embarrassment. This has led to the introduction of a code of conduct for the Eagles. The squad is due in Sao Paolo, Brazil, tomorrow.


And should the Super Eagles igeria Football Federation break all records and become the (NFF) has budgeted a win first African team to become world bonus of over $100,000-achampions, a player will be richer man to land the 2014 World Cup in by another $30,000. Brazil. The 23 squad players are also According to a breakdown of entitled to $200 each as daily camp the Nigeria World Cup budget, each allowance. Super Eagles player will pocket They will equally travel by busi$10,000 as win bonus for each match ness class across Europe and the in the first round at Brazil 2014. United States in preparation for the This was the same amount they World Cup. were paid earlier in the qualifiers before it was slashed due to auster- Brazil 2014 Prizes ity measures by the NFF. Winner $35million Victory in the Round of 16 of $25m the World Cup will guarantee each Runner-up Third place $22m player $12,000, while a win in the quarter-final will see each player Fourth place $20m get $15,000. Quarter-finals $14m each Should the African champions $9m each make history and win the World Round of 16 Group stage $8m each Cup semi-final, each player will pocket $20,000. Preparation of teams $1.5m



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Badminton Classics winners grab dollars ADEOLU JOHNSON


Action during a recent wrestling tournament

C’wealth Games:

Wrestling body picks 30


he Nigeria Wrestling Federation has named 30 wrestlers for the Commonwealth Games scheduled for Glasgow, Scotland in July. The lucky wrestlers emerged at the weekend in Warri, Delta State after the conclusion of the 2nd Chief E. K. Clark National Wrestling Championship. President of the federation, Hon. Daniel Igali, expressed satisfaction with the assembled wrestlers who he said were ready to compete with

the best in the world. Nigeria won 10 medals in wrestling at the last Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India but Igali disclosed that Nigeria would double the medal haul this time with wrestlers like Blessing Oburududu, Soso Tamara and Adekuoroye Odunayo. Though the Commonwealth Games organizers have yanked off Greco-Roman style from the Games, Nigeria is happy with the caliber of wrestlers going for the Free Style bouts in both male and female.

Igali hinted that the wrestlers would embark on a threeweek foreign training tour. Nweke Rosemary and Samuel Bose will represent Nigeria in the 48kg female category while Adekuoroye Odunayo and Mercy Genesis will feature in the 53kg. Others are Nwoye Ifeoma and Makanjuola Bisola (55kg); Adeniyi Aminat and Opuene Patience (58kg); Blessing Oborududu and Dawodu Balikasu (63kg); Rueben Annah and Iheanacho Ifeoma (69kg) and Blessing Asiah and Helen Okus (75kg)

Ebikewenimo and Hudson will compete in 57kg male category while Amas Daniel and John Emmanuel will wrestle in 61kg as Samson Clarkson and Romeo Joseph in the 65kg and Isaac Boaz and Arasafa Ziwareten will fight in the 70kg. Melvin Biobo and Job Jordan, Dick Adibo and Adewu Asanaka will fight in the 74 and 86 kg categories respectively while Soso Tamara and Kurah Goerge will slug it out in the 97 kg as Sinivie Boitic and Ikpom Paul compete in the 120kg.

World Cup: Why we engaged Eguavoen, others –OSMI AFOLABI GAMBARI


he exclusive World Cup 2014 terrestial broadcast rights owner for the Nigerian territory, Optima Sports Management International (OSMI), has said that it contracted the quintet of John Fashanu and former Nigeria internationals Austin Eguavoen, Taribo West, Mutiu Adepoju and Idah Peterside to inject quality to its analysis of the one-month competition. According to the Managing Director of OSMI, Mr. Kunle Falodun, the company’s desire

to deliver what he calls world class coverage of the World Cup coverage for the Nigerian audience had informed the crew’s assemblage. “The depth of their football knowledge is amazing while the clarity of their thoughts and delivery is inspiring,” Falodun said. “We look forward to seeing them enrich the quality of our output for the Wotld Cup broadcast,” he added, stressing, “The overall goal is to deliver an unforgettable experience to Nigerians.” National Mirror gathered that OSMI has already un-

veiled the broadcast presenters, among whom are veteran sports journalists, Paul Bassey, Feyi Ogunduyile and Tayo Balogun, as well as Tunde Orebiyi, Aisha Falode and Temisan Okomi. Fashanu has played for several clubs in England during his hey days, while Eguavoen, Adepoju, and West have played in two World Cup finals respectively, in addition to staring for various European clubs, as Peterside has also plied his trade in South Africa after leaving the Nigerian league where he featured for BCC Lions, Sharks and Rangers.


OSMI had last month engaged former Super Eagles midfielder, Seyi Olofinjana, as a pitch side analyst in Brazil for the broadcasting company.

he maiden Lagos International Badminton Classics which featured fifteen countries and 163 players was concluded on Saturday with the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) giving out a total of 15,000 dollars to the winners. In the mixed doubles, Tosin Atolagbe and Enejor Abbah of Nigeria clinched the gold medal after defeating Andries Malan and Jennifer Fry of South Africa 26-24 and 22-20. Jeanie Cicognini of Italy defeated Martina Repiska of Slovakia to win the gold medal in the women’s singles. The women’s doubles was a Nigerian affair where Dorcas Adesokan and Maria Braimoh defeated Tosin Atolagbe and Fatima Azeez by 21-19, 22-20. In the men’s singles, Misha Zilberman of Isreal defeated Viljoen Willie of Austria by 2114, 21-12 to win the gold medal. In the men’s doubles, Andries Malan and Viljoen Willie of South Africa defeated Bulus Jinkan and Ola Fagbemi of Nigeria to win the gold medal.

Govt offsets Rangers bills JOEL AJAYI ABUJA


overnor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State has approved about N220 million for the payment of 2012/2013 sign-on fees owed players and coaches of Rangers International FC. General Manager of Rangers, Paul Ozor, who spoke with National Mirror in Abuja yesterday, said the governor gave the approval on Thursday in Enugu. “This will serve as a big motivation for the players who are already in Kano for our match against El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri,” Ozor said. According to him, the state’s Commissioner for Finance will forward the approval to the Accountant-General of the state before payments will be made to the beneficiaries Ozor commended the state governor for the gesture, adding that it would enable Rangers meet the League Management Company’s (LMC) directive to premier league clubs to settle outstanding debts of their players.

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Omeruo guns for

Hyundai award


he Hyundai Young Player award will be handed over to a top emerging talent at the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The honour was first established in 2006 to highlight the contributions of young up-and-comers playing in their first-ever global showpiece. According the world soccer governing body, FIFA, Nigeria’s Kenneth Omeruo is among this year’s nominees that display the qualities and strengths of the eager debutants. FIFA says that skill, style and charisma are all categories of consideration in the final analysis to determine the winner. Who will join the likes of previous winners such as Lukas Podolski

(Germany 2006) and Thomas Muller (South Africa 2010) on the podium? Will it be Belgium’s powerful Romelu Lukaku, or his Red Devil teammate, Adnan Januzaj. Will England pairing Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley show their ability and style? Maybe France’s Paul Pogba or tricky Andy Najar of Honduras? It is an impossible question to answer, but what fun to track their progress over the next month in Brazil. “Talented, cool and serious, Nigerian defender, Kenneth Omeruo, is happy about his World Cup apperence and thinks ahead of his exploits” FIFA said of Omeruo.

Julian Green

T Indomitable Lions

‘Bonus row delayed Indomitable Lions’


ameroon’s players have finally arrived in Brazil for the World Cup after initially refusing to board a flight to Brazil because of a dispute over bonuses. The squad, including former Chelsea striker, Samuel Eto’o, refused to fly to South America on Sunday morning. But they eventually agreed a financial package with the nation’s football federation after an emergency meeting. The squad took off from Yaounde at 21:30 BST, 12 hours late, and arrived Brazil yesterday evening. Team coach, Volker Finke,

had said players were complaining that the £61,000 they were due to be paid for figuring in the World Cup was not enough. After agreeing an end to the row, Cameroun Football Federation president, Joseph Owona, said “Everything has been resolved.” He further told BBC Sport, “We have opted for transparency. There is no problem and I think the team needs to be mobilised for all to look in one direction.” Cameroun Indomitable Lions are are in Group A with the hosts Brazil Croatia and Mexico.

he exc i t i n g teena g ed winger who ‘keptt Landon Donovan an off the USA team’, Julian Green could be a major wildcard for Jurgen Klinsmann at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Memphis Depay


p a c y midfielder drawwing all kinds of attention, Memphis Depay could emerge as the next great Dutch talent at the imminent 2014 FIFA World Cup.


Fabrice Olinga


precocious forward with h a nose for goal, Fabab rice Olinga might just be the burst of excitement the Indomitable Lions need at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

Stefanos Kapino


reek goalk e e p e r, Stefanos Kapino, is just st one of the talented d youngsters looking forward to playing at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.




eet Iran i a n s t r i k ing starlet, AliAli reza Jahanbakhsh, who talks about his Brazilian hero and his growing football skills ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

Julian Draxler


ne of the most promising g young German starar lets, Julian Draxler, is full of love for the FIFA World Cup and wants Germany to win.

Ejide delivers World Cup baby


he Super Eagles camp in Jacksonville, United States was thrown into jubilation last Friday afternoon, when goalkeeper Austin Ejide, gleefully announced that his wife, Chito, has given

birth to a bouncing baby girl in nearby Chicago City also in the United States. Coach Stephen Keshi, promptly named the child, the World Cup baby of Nigeria, as she came barely 10 days to

Nigeria’s opening World Cup game against Iran on June 16. Asked what name he will like to call the baby girl, Ejide beaming with smiles said her name will be called ‘Chimamanda’.


Richest Hindu temple


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In2011theSreePadmanabhaSwamiTempleinThiruvananthapuram,India,overtooktheTirupati Temple(alsoIndia)tobecometheworld’srichestHindutempleafterthechancediscoveryof secretcellars atthetempleuncoveredavasttreasureof gold,silverandpreciousjewelsbelievedtobeworthatleast£12 billion(thenapprox.$18billion).

Deconstructing Nigeria’s engaging illusions My generation had no larger cause, no overriding ethos of service, no great object that extracted our sacrifice. And we are poorer for it - Jim Collins


he above quote by James C. (Jim) Collins, an American business consultant and author of the classic ‘Good to Great’ poignantly illustrates the Nigerian conundrum. It captures the reasons for the current chaos unfolding before us, and underlines the raison d’être of the country’s serial woes. Many have asked me if Nigeria is still sustainable as a nation. My response has always been that only the almighty God can be definitive on the affairs of men and nations. He alone can make oracular statement that can come to pass. Having said this, let me unequivocally say there are ominous and unsettling signs

HeartBeat Callistus Oke 08054103275 (SMS ONLY) about our dear country that cannot be ignored. I may be reluctant to discuss the future fate of Nigeria, but I will not shy away from demystifying certain existing illusions harboured by people walking the corridors of power in the country. If you ask me whether Nigeria is indissoluble and indivisible, my answer is that those who harbour such thought are wishful thinkers! The signs that our country will live forever as one entity are not there. The national conference is about to wind up. To me, it is a charade. The conferees never identified a larger cause or great object that could extract the required sacrifice from them to place the larger interest of the country above parochial and particularistic interests. The fundamental issues were glossed over. The unintended consequence of this misstep is a country receding from the consciousness of the greatest majority of our people. More than 53 years of nationhood, the Nigerian project is becoming an illusion. Our lot reminds me of the research conducted by Jim Collins to identify companies that made the transition from good to great. Only 11 of the 1,435 companies covered by the research made that positive leap forward, the rest were perpetually mired in mediocrity. In all the companies examined, the leadership factor made the difference. The leaders that took the 11 companies to sustainable greatness were fiercely ambitious to make lasting marks, had remarkable staying power, displayed intense professional


COUNTRIES TODAY ARE THOSE NIGERIA STARTED THE DEVELOPMENT RACE WITH. THEY HAVE SINCE LEFT HER FAR BEHIND will and were humble. Their major preoccupation was to develop the institutions and processes that would lay the foundations that would deliver enduring successes. What Jim Collins discovered about organizations is true of nations. The world has 195 independent sovereign states. Only few, mainly members of the G20, are prosperous; the majority, including our Nigeria, are steeped in crises and challenges that have perpetually held them down. Leadership makes the difference in the fortunes of these countries. If you are in doubt, interrogate the successes of Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, China, Japan etc to be convinced. Lee Kuan Yew, the father of modern Singapore, was an extraordinarily talented leader with extraordinary perception and vision. He transformed a once backward enclave into one of the world’s richest and most civilized countries. Among the celebrated countries today are those Nigeria started the development race with. They have since left her far behind. Why? Nigeria parades only local lead-

Sport Extra

w paniard Rafael Nadal yesterday conquered Roland Garros for a ninth time after coming from a set down to beat Novak Djokovic 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4. The undisputed ‘King of Clay’ has now won the French Grand Slam


ers; she lacks world class leaders. Look at the people parading as national leaders and show me one of them who is ambitious first and foremost for the national cause and ready to do whatever it takes to make good on that ambition. We have self serving leaders who will not mind setting the country ablaze to realize their personal ambitions. This is why rather than vigorously engage our political recruitment processes to get and give the best to the country, the political elite and their collaborators in business, churches and mosques and the royalties, are ready to go to war for their anointed, leveraging on the power rotation window. And since we have not been able to resolve the leadership question, nothing is going well in the economic realm. It is a well tested maxim that economy and politics are self reinforcing. If we are under performing in the political realm, we should forget a surging leap in the economic realm. The world may have a lot of expectations from us given our boundless potential for greatness. Our grouping with Malaysia, India and Turkey (MINT countries) as the new global economic frontiers is a positive sign of such expectation. But we have to see it only as a mere expectation waiting for fulfillment. Its fulfillment can only come if we are able to resolve the leadership question. There is a running media campaign by the Goodluck Jonathan administration to the effect that the transformation process currently put in place by the administration should be given time to ‘mature’ to be able to deliver. Sloganeering could be taken seriously if there is a reasonable truth in what is being promised. Lee Kuan Yew ruled over an enclave largely populated by an assortment of Chinese, Malaysians and Indians, all with differing religious persuasions. His fledging country was pressured on all fronts by communist forces. Yet, he succeeded. He relied on the power of perception, selflessness and courage to successfully navigate the precariously balanced ship of state. Nigeria needs such a leader now.

French Open: Nadal overwhelms Djokovic, wins title in five successive years and the victory brought him his 14th Grand Slam crown, equal second on the all-time list alongside Pete Sampras and three behind leader Roger Fe-

derer. The loss meant that Djokovic failed in his bid to become the eighth man in history to win all four Grand Slam titles. “Playing against Novak

is always a big challenge for me,” Nadal said after the hard-won victory. “I lost against him the last four times. Every time I have the chance to beat him it’s because I

play to my limit. “I think he deserves to win this tournament, I’m sure he will in the future because he is a hard working player for whom I have high regard.”


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