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His Excellency Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, CON National Chairman, PDP On this great occasion of your 59th birthday, on behalf of my Wife Suzzette and Children, I congratulate you, our National Chairman and Game Changer. I pray the Almighty God, in the years ahead, to continue to grant you longevity, good health, courage and capacity as you pilot the affairs of our Great Party and serve our Nation and Humanity to His glory. Signed:

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L-R: Director, Legal Services Department, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. S. M. Onekutu; Director, Banking Supervision Department, Mrs. Olatokunbo Martins; Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu; MD/CEO, NDIC, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim; Governor, CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele; Executive Director Operations, NDIC, Prince Aghatise Erediauwa; Executive Director Corporate Services, Mrs. Lola Abiola Edewor and Acting Board Secretary, Mr. B. A. Taribo, during the NDIC management’s courtesy call on Emefiele.

L-R: Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba; Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Fatai Olukoga; Special Adviser on Information, Mr. Lateef Raji and Special Adviser on Media, Alhaji Hakeem Bello, during a news conference to announce reduction in school fees of students of Lagos State University in Lagos, yesterday.

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L-R: Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Michael Ikpoki; Chief Client Officer, Mansard Insurance PLC, Tosin Runsewe and Chief Enterprise Solutions Officer, MTN Nigeria, Babatunde Osho, during the signing ceremony of MTN/Mansard collaboration on MTN Y’ello Life in Lagos recently.

L-R: Public Relation Manager, Transcorp Hilton, Mr. Shola Adeyemo ; General Manager, Mr Etienne Gailliez; Minister of Culture,Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke and Chief Executive officer, Transnational Hotels and Tourism Service, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, during the world press briefing on the hosting of 2014 World Travel Awards in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: ROTIMI OSASONA

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Food poisoning kills family of 5, 3 others on danger list HAKEEM GBADAMOSI AKURE

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etectives from the Criminal Investigation Department, CID, of the Ondo State Police Command have commenced investigation to unravel the cause of the death of five people from a family of eight who were yesterday confirmed dead in Akure, Ondo State capital. Residents of the area were thrown into pandemonium when they discovered the lifeless bodies of a couple, Kehinde Ajayi and his wife, Banke, the mother-in-law

and four of their children in their house around Ijaro Quarters, off Aule Road, Akure. While the husband and wife and their last child, Samuel were still breathing and were rushed to the hospital for medical attention, others were not lucky as they were stone dead when brought to hospital. A neighbour to the family, Muyideem Raheem, said that Kehinde had late last week rushed to his house, seeking assistance on some of his children who were found unconscious in the house over suspected food

poisoning. He said:”I and another neighbour rushed to his house and we found the children lying weak on the floor, and we began to pray till the children woke up. “Kehinde also prayed into water and sprinkled it in the house and on the children and they got up. We advised him to take the children to the hospital for medical attention, but he said it is not a matter of hospital, all is well. “On Sunday, my wife told me that Kehinde came to the house to show his appreciation, but just yesterday (Tuesday June 10), we began to hear shouts.

“When we got to the house, we discovered that the wife’s mum, three of the children and the wife’s nephew who had come to sit for the ongoing National Examinations Council, NECO exams, were already dead, while Kehinde, his wife and Samuel, their son, were still alive, but unconscious.” Raheem said that men of the state CID who visited the place took their corpses away and deposited them at the State Hospital mortuary, Akure, while medical personnel struggled to save the lives of the 33-year-old vulcaniser, his wife and their son.

Ekiti commissioner slams N1bn suit on police assault ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI

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kiti State Commissioner for Integration and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Funminiyi Afuye, has slammed a N1bn suit against the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police,

Mr. Felix Uyanna and the Mobile Police Commander, Gabriel Selenkere, over alleged physical assault and unlawful detention. Afuye, a lawyer, was allegedly assaulted during the All Progressives Congress, APC, rally said to have been

disrupted by the police in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, and consequently arrested by the police. The APC chieftain filed the suit at an Ado Ekiti High Court yesterday, seeking damages in the sum of N1bn for physical assault on his person by Selenkere and his

unlawful detention by the police. The suit was brought pursuant to Order 11 Rules 123 and 5 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement) Rules 2009 and sections 6, 34, 41 and 46 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999. Reacting to the

suit, the state’s Attorney-General, Olawale Fapohunda, who said the state government was committed to the protection of the rights of residents of Ekiti State, said that the Directorate of Citizens in the Ministry of Justice was interested in the suit.

He gave the names of the dead children as Mary, Abigail, Dara, Michael and Samuel. Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Director, CMD of the hospital, Dr. Ikuomola Adeniran Ayodele while speaking with journalists, confirmed that five members of the Ajayi family were brought in dead while three

were brought into the hospital unconscious. He said the couple and their son were on danger list. Ikuomola said the husband and the son had been referred to Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Owo, while the wife who had regained consciousness was receiving treatment at the emergency unit of the hospital.

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he Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, yesterday decided to keep its current Secretary-General, Libyan Abdalla Salem elBadri. Mr. el-Badri had previously planned to retire in 2012, but members were split over who would replace him. Nigeria’s delegation to OPEC on Tuesday in Vienna nominated Petroleum Resources Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke for the post. It was gathered that Alison-Madueke’s bid was supported by most of the del-

egates, especially from Iraq. A source in the world body, who did not want his name mentioned, said that a strong cartel from the Persian Gulf resisted moves to make a woman the secretarygeneral. In order to avoid tension, el-Badri was asked to continue. Meanwhile, the delegates agreed to roll over the group’s production quota, maintaining the current official production output. The decision comes despite concerns over adequate global supply.


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Alleged $620m bribe: FG re-arraigns Farouk Lawan, Emenalo ISE-OLUWA IGE ABUJA

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he Federal Government yesterday rearraigned former Chairman of House of Representatives Ad hoc Committee on Fuel Subsidy Regime, Hon. Farouk Lawan and its ex-Secretary,

Boniface Emenalo, before an Abuja high court sitting in Gudu. The trial commenced de novo (all over) yesterday before Justice Adebukola Banjoko of the Abuja high court following the elevation of Justice Mudashiru Oniyangi to the Appeal Court bench.

Justice Oniyangi was the trial judge earlier assigned to hear the case The rules of court provide that when a judge who is already seized of the facts of a case is unable to continue with the trial owing to factors, including transfer or elevation, the case has to start de novo be-

fore a new judge. The Federal Government, which hired an Abuja based member of the inner bar, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), to prosecute the lawmakers yesterday got the nod of the high court to slam the old sevencount charge bordering on bribery and abuse of office

L-R: Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Goni Aji; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim; Vice-President Namadi Sambo and President Goodluck Jonathan, during a tribute to the late Prof. Dora Akunyili at the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

against them. The lawmakers were accused of receiving $620,000 bribe from the Chairman, Zenon Oil and Gas, Mr. Femi Otedola. The bribe, it was further alleged, was to ostensibly exclude the names of Otedola’s companies - Zenon Petroleum and Gas and Synopsis Enterprises Limited - from the list of companies found to have allegedly defrauded the Federal Government through fraudulent petroleum products importation transactions. When the case was called yesterday, lead prosecution lawyer, Awomolo (SAN) informed the court that the business of the day was for the accused persons to plead to the charge afresh. Upon listening to the charge, read to them by an official of the court, Lawan and Emenalo pleaded not guilty. Jolaawo later applied to the court to allow the

accused persons continue to enjoy the bail earlier granted them by the former trial judge. The prosecution lawyer did not object to the application. The judge, however, insisted on sighting the three men, who stood surety for the accused persons before the earlier bail was granted, to know if they were still willing to remain sureties. The case was then stood down to allow the sureties, who were not in court, to physically appear. About an hour later, the proceedings resumed following the arrival of the three sureties in court who confirmed to the court that they were willing to remain sureties for the accused. Ruling, the judge ordered Lawan and Emenalo to remain on the earlier bail granted by Justice Oniyangi and adjourned till July 7 for further hearing.

and provision of other statutory support to the scheme.” Meanwhile, the killings in the Northern Senatorial District of Plateau State continued yesterday as 19 people died in an early morning attack. Our correspondent gathered that four officers of the Special Task Force, STF, responsible for the maintenance of peace in the state, were among the victims. According to reports,

some of the villages attacked by the gunmen include Gako and Tanjol in Riyom Local Government Area of the state. National Mirror learnt that the four task force members were killed while trying to resist the attack. Residents of the area said the attackers came in the early hours of the day, shooting sporadically which later resulted to the causality, while farm produce and properties were destroyed. The state Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Dominic Esin, confirmed the incident. He said six people were killed and five others injured were now receiving treatment in hospital. The police PPRO said the attackers came around 1am yesterday. However, he said the state police command was not aware of the killing of any of its officers, adding that investigation into the incident was ongoing to arrest the culprits. Esin also said that normalcy had returned to the affected areas, urging the public to go about their lawful business and report any unscrupulous elements to the security agencies.

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A state of emergency has been in force in the states for over 13 months due to sustained attacks by the Boko Haram sect. NYSC authorities said that corps members who flouted the directive were on their own and should be ready to face the consequences of their actions. NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Johnson Olawumi, who spoke at the Annual Management Conference of the scheme in Calabar yesterday said that the stand of the management followed the discovery that some stubborn corps members posted outside these violence-prone states found their way there to make quick money offered by state governments. According to him, until normalcy returns to the three states, NYSC will not post graduates of tertiary educational institutions there. Olawumi stressed that the scheme was not ready to lose a corps member on national assignment to the activities of Boko Haram as witnessed in the past few years. “The NYSC is mindful of the security situation in the

country. The states where we have security challenges we will deliberately not post corps members there. But any corps member who deliberately goes there to serve on volunteerism, does that on his or her own because we do not officially send corps members to those troubled states. “I want to emphasise that those three states are part of Nigeria. Our prayer is that peace returns to those places as soon as possible so that corps members who want to

explore those places would have the opportunity of doing so,” the DG said. He maintained that the focus of the NYSC programme now, given the high level of unemployment in the country, was how to make corps members become self-employed after undergoing training in Integrated Entrepreneurship Development, IED, facilitated by the management. Chairman of NYSC Governing Board, Chief Gordon Bozimo, said in the last 41

years, the body had contributed meaningfully to Nigeria’s socio-economic development and had undergone transformation, which had impacted positively on the image of the country. Bozimo noted that under his leadership, the board had taken steps to add value to the operation of the scheme through “constructive engagement of state governments for sustainable development of physical infrastructure at the orientation camps

Nobody can stop protests over Chibok girls –Court ISEOLUWA IGE ABUJA

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n Abuja High Court yesterday held that the police lacked the powers to prevent or stop rallies or peaceful processions being held in connection with the abducted students of the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State. Justice Abubakar Talba, in a judgment yesterday, also declared as unconstitutional, the arrest of and assault on former member of House of Representatives, Hon. Dino Melaye, by police-

men during the May 9 rally in Abuja. The court judge subsequently ordered the Inspector-General of Police and FCT Commissioner of Police to “tender a written apology to Melaye as provided for under Section 35(6) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).” The judge also granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents and their agents from further “harassing, molesting, intimidating, abducting, arresting, detaining and prosecuting the applicant in

respect of peaceful rallies or procession in Abuja or any part of Nigeria.” Justice Talba also awarded N150,000 damages against the respondents and in favour of the applicant. The judge had held that the Public Order Act, Cap 382 Laws of Nigeria 1990, which the police purportedly relied on, “does not authorise men of the NPF to disrupt rallies or processions on the issue of the abducted Chibok girls.” He said that the statute was misconstrued by the police. Justice Talba was pro-

nouncing on the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed by Melaye, challenging the disruption on May 9 this year the rally he led in Abuja over the girls abducted by Boko Haram. The suit, marked CV/1521/14, which has the Inspector-General of Police and the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command the respondents, was not defended. Before the judgment, the IGP had overruled the FCT commissioner of police who banned further rallies in Abuja in connection with the Chibok girls. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6>>


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vocated the need for the affected countries to double down on domestic reforms to forestall the likely negative macroeconomic implications of the worrisome trend for the developing countries. According to the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects, GEP, report just released, the projected slowdown in growth rate in the economies was attributed to several factors. They include bad weather in the US, the crisis in Ukraine, rebalancing in China, political strife in several middle-income economies, slow progress on structural reforms and capacity constraints. The bank institution believes that a combination of these factors could contribute primarily to a third straight year of sub-five per cent growth for the developing countries as a whole. Reflecting on the report and its implications for the developing economies, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, noted that prospects for the type of growth required to boost job creation drives and by implication, alleviate poverty and engender inclusive growth in the economies. He suggested that there was a need for the developing countries to fast-track their reform initiatives to such a level that the desired targets in employment and broad-based economic development could be achieved by the governments. Kim said: “Growth rates in the developing world remain far too modest to create the kind of jobs we need to improve the lives of the poorest 40 per cent. “Clearly, countries need to move faster and invest more in domestic structural reforms to get broad-based economic growth to levels needed to end extreme poverty in our generation.” In the report, the bank lowered its forecasts for developing countries, now eyeing growth at 4.8 per cent this year, down from its January estimate of 5.3 per cent, adding, however, that signs point to strengthening in 2015 and 2016 to 5.4 and 5.5 per cent, respectively. The bank reported that China was expected to grow by 7.6 per cent this year but that this would depend on the success of rebalancing

efforts, warning, however, that if a hard landing occurred, the reverberations across Asia would be widely felt. It noted that national budgets of developing countries had deteriorated significantly since 2007 with government deficits exceeding three percent of GDP, while debt-to-GDP ratios had risen by more than 10 percentage points since 2007 in almost half of developing countries. The bank, therefore, canvassed fiscal policy needs to tighten in countries where deficits remain large, including Ghana, India, Kenya, Malaysia and South Africa. It also stated that the structural reform agenda in many developing countries, which had stalled in recent years, needed to be reinvigorated to sustain rapid income growth. The Lead Author of the report, Andrew Burns, advised that spending more wisely rather than spending more as well as subsidy reform would be key to boosting growth as bottlenecks in energy and infrastructure, labour markets and business climate in many large middle-income countries were holding back GDP and productivity growth. For instance, he projected that subsidy reform remained one potential avenue for generating the money to raise the quality of public investments in human capital and physical infrastructure. The bank disclosed, however, that despite first quarter weakness in the United States, the recovery in highincome countries was gaining momentum. Specifically, the multilateral financial institution projected that high income economies were expected to grow by 1.9 per cent in 2014, accelerating to 2.4 per cent in 2015 and 2.5 per cent in 2016. The Euro Area is on target to grow by 1.1 per cent this year, while the United States economy, which contracted in the first quarter due to severe weather, is expected to grow by 2.1 per cent this year. The bank stated: “The global economy is expected to pick up speed as the year progresses and is projected to expand by 2.8 per cent this year, strengthening to

3.4 and 3.5 per cent in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Using 2010 purchasing power parity weights, global growth will be 3.4, 4.0 and 4.2 per cent in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively. High-income economies will contribute about half of global growth in 2015 and 2016, compared with less than 40 per cent in 2013. “The acceleration in high-income economies will be an important impetus for developing countries. “High-income economies are projected to inject an additional $6.3trn to global demand over the next three years, which is significantly more than the $3.9trn increase they contributed dur-

ing the past three years, and more than the expected contribution from developing countries,” it added. It noted that short-term financial risks had become less pressing, due partly to earlier downside, risks had been realised without generating large upheavals and because economic adjustments over the past year had reduced vulnerabilities. The bank explained that current account deficits in some of the hardest hit economies during 2013 and early 2014 had declined, and capital flows to developing countries had bounced back. Similarly, it reported that whereas developing country bond yields had declined,

and stock markets recovered and in some cases surpassing levels at the start of the year, markets remained skittish and speculation over the timing and magnitude of future shifts in high-income macro policy might result in further episodes of volatility. The World Bank also noted that vulnerabilities persisted in several countries that combined high inflation and current account deficits such as Brazil, South Africa and Turkey. It, however added that the risk associated with this trend was that recent easing of international financial conditions would once again serve to boost credit growth, current account deficits and

associated vulnerabilities. The bank’s Senior VicePresident and Chief Economist, Kaushik Basu, explained that generally the financial health of economies had improved, with the exception of China and Russia, and that stock markets had done well in emerging economies, notably, India and Indonesia. He, however, pointed out that the global economy was not totally out of the woods yet, adding that to avert a worsening growth trend and prepare ahead of the next crisis, a gradual tightening of fiscal policy and structural reforms were desirable to restore fiscal space depleted by the 2008 financial crisis.

L-R: First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan receiving a bouquet of flowers from the President, Association of Spouses of Heads of Mission in Nigeria, Mrs. Mai Shoji, during a courtesy visit to Dame Jonathan in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

Thousands fled Boko Haram violence last week –NEMA

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oko Haram violence has forced more than 6,000 people in Borno State to flee their homes within the last week, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said yesterday. The agency said it had registered 6,227 internally displaced people, IDP, in Maiduguri, as of yesterday. “Most of them came in the last four days, following the escalation of the crisis and threats,” said NEMA

spokesman for the northeast Abdulkadir Ibrahim. Among those who have fled their homes to Maiduguri were people from Gwoza, where last week militant fighters stormed at least four villages, killing hundreds. But the total number of IDPs is expected to be higher, as others escaped to neighbouring Adamawa State or across the border into Cameroon. A Gwoza local government leader, Asabe Vilita, who is also Borno commissioner for

commerce and investment, said on Monday that 1,290 people had fled and many had come to Maiduguri. The figures demonstrate the impact of the continued violence on civilians in the region that NEMA has previously warned constitutes a growing humanitarian crisis. Ibrahim said bedding, mosquito nets, blankets and food would be provided for those who had fled and the body was working with the Red Cross

and other partners. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, IDMC, in Geneva said last week that Boko Haram attacks were forcing some 800 people to flee their homes every day. The IDMC, run by the Norwegian Refugee Council, said that at least 3,000 people have been killed since a state of emergency was imposed in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states in May last year to March this year.

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“The arrest of the applicant and the threat to further arrest him in respect of rallies or possession is unlawful. The disruption of peaceful rallies and proces-

sion by agents of the NPF is illegal and unconstitutional,” the judge said. Justice Talba also held that the failure of the respondents failed to file any counter- process to the one

filed by Melaye was an admission of the allegations made against them by the legislator. Melaye had sued the police authorities shortly after he was arrested and

molested by policemen during the May 9 rally in Abuja, which he led to protest the Federal Government’s seeming inaction over the April 14 abduction of the Chibok girls.


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Happy Birthday My Boss On behalf of the Executive Committee, Leaders, Elders and Members of the Peoples Democratic Party, Rivers State, I heartily congratulate our National Chairman and Bridge Builder His Excellency Dr Adamu Mu’azu, CON on your 59th Birthday. As you continue to support President Goodluck Jonathan and his Transformation team, we are solidly behind you in the realisation of your vision to grow our Great Party to the next level of glory.

His Excellency Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, CON National Chairman, PDP

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Lagos capitulates, reduces tuition in LASU FRANCIS SUBERU AND FEMI OYEWESO

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he Lagos State Government has finally yielded to the clamour by students of the Lagos State University, LASU, announcing a 60 per cent reduction in school fees. The announcement,

which followed the resolutions of the State Executive Council on the report of the ad-hoc committee on LASU, had it that the state government agreed that a reduction, ranging from 34 – 60 per cent across the different faculties and courses, were possible. At a Press briefing jointly addressed by the Special Adviser on Edu-

cation to Governor Babatunde Fashola, Otunba Fatai Olukoga, the Commissioner for Information, Lateef Ibirogba, the Special Adviser on Information, Lateef Raji and Special Adviser on Media, Akeem Bello, in Lagos, yesterday at the state secretariat, the state government noted that the Governing Council of the university had been

informed and would soon come up with details of the reduction. According to Olukoga, the state government remains fully committed to the development of the state university as a centre of academic excellence and would continue to deploy resources at its disposal towards providing a conducive learning environment with up-to-

L-R: Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun; Special Adviser to the Governor on MDG, Mrs. Hafsat Abiola-Costello and German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Geah Mueller, during a visit to the newly built Totoro Hospital in Abeokuta, yesterday.

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head of the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has alerted on the on-going clampdown on national media, alleging it is part of a grand strategy to silence Nigerians and manipulate the election. In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the multi-pronged approach

started with the harassment and intimidation of the people of Ekiti to prevent them from coming out to vote on June 21. ‘’The premeditated violence inflicted on innocent and harmless Ekiti people last Sunday by the police that have now turned themselves into PDP enforcers, is clearly aimed at signaling to the people of the state what they should expect before, during and after the forthcoming election,’’ it said. The APC said the action was being followed up with a clampdown on all

those who could challenge the federal government’s planned impunity in Ekiti, starting with the nation’s fiercely independent media. ‘’The clampdown on the media has nothing to do with Boko Haram or any ‘intelligence’ report. That is a ruse. Journalists do not carry weapons. They only fight with words. In fact, this terror band called Boko Haram has had occasions to threaten the media with attack over their reports exposing the terrorists for what they are. Therefore, the unprecedented and ut-

terly indefensible clampdown on the media is part of a sinister plot that is not unconnected with the elections scheduled for this and next year. “The PDP-led federal government’s strategy is simple: We must capture Ekiti at all cost, even when we may not have the votes to win the state. After that, we can then dare anyone who alleges rigging or election manipulation to head to court. In the meantime, we must tamper with the freedom of expression and the right to information, of which the media is in the vanguard,’’ APC said.

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he Osun and Lagos state governments have declared today as public holiday in commemoration of this year’s Democracy Day. Ogun State government

made the same announcement on Tuesday. In a statement issued by the Osun Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Sunday Akere, the state acknowledged the importance of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, ac-

claimed to have been won by Chief M.K.O. Abiola, towards the enthronement of democracy in the country. He said the state set aside the day for residents to celebrate the victory of truth over falsehood. According to Akere, over

14 million Nigerians spoke with one voice during the poll, declared as the freest, fairest, most peaceful and transparent election in the democratic history of Nigeria, only to have their votes annulled by the military administration.

date facilities. He said: “The ad-hoc committee has recommended and government has accepted that the fees and charges payable by students for incidental services and materials are amenable to a downward review. This is for two main reasons: One, some of the fees component have been applied to students across all levels when in fact they can be justifiably limited to students at a particular level only and some of the charges included can still be reduced on compassionate grounds. “On the basis of these principles, government agrees that with the subsidized tuition fees and appropriate moderation of the incidental fees, a reduction ranging from 34 to 60 per cent is possible across the different faculties and courses. “Government has therefore approved the reduction and, in accordance with the law setting up the university, forwarded its approval to the Lagos State University governing council for consideration and implementation. Pursuant to its mandate, the university Governing Council will issue details of what is now payable by students in each department and deal with all other management matters of the university. All individuals and groups within the community are advised to relate to the university council accordingly,” he advised. Olukoga explained that notwithstanding the approval of reduced fees for students in the university, the government will retain and continue with its enhanced scholarship and bursary provisions. He added that the research fund sponsored by the government will also be maintained to foster a culture of research and innovation in the institution. “Moreover, government will continue its increased spending on infrastructure and physical development of the campus, which has already begun to enhance the stature of the Lagos State University as a lead-

ing institution of higher learning in Nigeria,” the Special Adviser said. Olukoga, who assured that LASU students currently facing prosecution for disturbing public peace would be considered favourably, said the government is optimistic that the students and workers of the university will immediately resume their respective activities and join with the state government in its bid to reposition the institution. In a related development, hundreds of students from Ogun State-owned tertiary institutions who were protesting their managements’ policies on school fees yesterday went haywire as they attacked government official and journalists at the state secretariat complex in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta the state capital. The students, which comprised those of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, MAPOLY, Tai Solarin University of Education, TASUED, among others, under the aegis of Joint Campus Committee, Ogun State chapter, were protesting their respective institutions’ decision not to allow those that have not paid their fees write the ongoing 2013/2014 first Semester examination. National Mirror gathered that the students had earlier disrupted on-going examination at the TASUED, Ijagun, Ogun State on Tuesday where they staged a violent protest in the institution and vandalised school properties. Our correspondent who visited TASUED yesterday in relation to the protest observed that the institution’s College of Humanities, the frontage of the Vice Chancellors office, a school bus as well as the official vehicle of the Dean, Student Affair were badly vandalised. It was further gathered that the protesters also attacked some security operatives especially the OP MESA who was drafted to restore order within the institution. The students also took their protest to the state secretariat where they demanded to see the Governor Ibikunle Amosun.


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head of national convention, members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ebonyi State, yesterday declared their support for former Edo State governor, Chief John Oyegun, as the national chairman of the party. Stakeholders and other party faithful who stormed the party secretariat at about noon, were seen chanting solidarity songs for the former governor and declaring their support for him. Majority of them displayed the former governor’s posters and carried placards with inscriptions such as, ‘Oyegun is the best candidate’, ‘He will lead us to the promised land’, ‘Oyegun is untribalistic’, ‘Respect party’s Constitution,’ and ‘He is a Man of Honour’, ‘You have our full support’, ‘Ride on, our National Chair’, among others. Speaking to journalists at the venue, the leader of the group and spokesperson, Vincent Egwu, said that they decided to come out in their numbers to hold a solidarity rally for the former governor, to disabuse the minds of people who were speculating that Ebonyi State APC stakeholders and delegates were yet to decide on whom to support. According to him: “In Ebonyi, we have a way of doing things. Our leaders, Senator Julius Ucha and Hon. Peter Edeh, would always direct us on where to go, and the moment they make their position known, all we do is to follow. “The man (Oyegun), as we all know, is a strong party faithful. He is not biased, he is not tribalistic and he is a man of character. His credentials speak volumes. “He has all the leadership qualities that APC needs to wrestle power from the PDP. He is a goalgetter, he does not believe in violence. “He does not give room for corruption and other forms of criminal tendencies that can cripple the party. “We are going all out

Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, being welcomed by school children to the launch of construction work on Ogbunike Cave access road at Ogbunike in Oyi local government area, yesterday.

Akunyili’s remains arrive Abuja ... as FEC holds special session of tribute

Dr. Chike Akunyili and her younger brother, Dr. Anayo ABUJA Edemobi and the former he remains of for- Governor of Anambra mer Minister of State Mr. Peter Obi. Information, Prof. Obi has assured that Dora Akunyili, arrived the late Akunyili would be in the country yesterday given a proper burial befitfrom India aboard a char- ting her status and fame for tered jet. positive things she did for This is even as the Feder- Nigeria. al Executive Council, FEC, He spoke at the airport yesterday held a special shortly before receiving her session for the former Di- remains. rector-General of National Obi, who said that burial Agency for Food, Drug plans would now be put in Administration and Con- place since her remains had trol, NAFDAC, who died arrived, assured Nigerians last Saturday that it would be a collective The remains arrived at decision in close collaborathe Nnamdi Azikiwe Inter- tion with her family. national Airport, Abuja at about 5:30pm and were imOthers at the airport to mediately deposited at the receive the body are Rev. National Hospital mortu- Williams Okoyr, former Aso ary in Abuja. Rock Chaplain; Mr. Chidi Akunyili’s body was ac- Agbapu; Ejike Imoka; Hon. companied by her husband, Uche Ekwunife; Chumash

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Nzeribe; Chinwendu Iloh; among many other admirers and well-wishers. At the FEC session, President Goodluck Jonathan led other cabinet ministers to pay tributes to the late Akunyili. In his tribute, the President said Akunyili was a very upright and courageous woman and role model per excellence who made her mark, urging young women to emulate her. He noted that the deceased’s impact was much more in NAFDAC, saying that while as Minister of Information, she came up with the rebranding of Nigeria project. In his own tribute, Vice President Namadi Sambo said the death of Akunyili was a great loss to the nation.

Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said: “It is sad time for us as we remember her. A woman of strength and conviction who fought hard to ensure drug counterfeiting becomes a thing of the past.” Minister of Mines and Steel, Mohammed Sada, said: “Her demise is a great loss, a patriot from whom one always wants to learn. Even at the expense of her life, she didn’t look back at what she believed in. She lived for Nigerians. She was an extremely intelligent person.” For the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinebu Nebo, the late Akunyili became a professor during his time as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, UNN, Nsukka.

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he Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, yesterday said that oil bearing communities in Imo State were disconnected from the national grid because the state government owed the company. The Business Manager, EEDC in Imo State, Mr. Kingsley Nwasohu, made the clarification when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Owerri. “Oil bearing communities in Imo were disconnected for non-payment of

electricity bills because the government, who was supposed to pay for them, refused to pay. “I believe strongly that as soon as payment was effected, we will reconnect them. “The debts of these communities are running into millions of naira and they have been out for more than seven months as at the end of May 2014,’’ he said. Nwasohu said that his office and the officials of the Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, ISOPADEC, were meeting on the issue.

Reacting to the development, ISOPADEC Managing Director, Dr. Henry Okafor, said: “We stopped paying because we discovered the communities were not supplied electricity.” Okafor told NAN that his commission was paying N1.5m to EEDC for oil communities under the EEDC Orlu Business Unit and N1m for oil communities served by Owerri Business Unit before it suspended payment. “When Governor Rochas Okorocha assumed office, PHCN, now EEDC, wrote

ISOPADEC that oil communities in Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta areas owed the company over N60m. “Government directed that ISOPADEC should meet with them and thereafter we paid N10m for the resumption of supply to the communities,” he said. Okafor said in spite of prompt payments, the commission later uncovered that the company was not supplying electricity to the areas regularly, adding, “most of the communities got light for three days in a month.”

he Chairman of Enugu branch of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Dr. Osita Nnamani, yesterday said the problem of Nigeria was not the working status of members of the legislature. Nnamani stated this in Enugu, while reacting on the recommendation of the National Conference for a part-time legislature in Nigeria. He said though the recommendation conforms with what obtains in some advanced democracies, it is not the major problem of the legislative arm of government in the country. “For instance, the state legislators in the United States of America are on part-time, while their federal counterparts are on full-time. “The difference is that they live in their private houses and drive their private cars to work, but in Nigeria, the reverse is the case,” Nnamani said. He, however, observed that the affluent lifestyle of the legislators in Nigeria contributed to the public outcry. “Nigerian legislators are the highest paid in the world. They live in official quarters and drive official cars,” he said. According to the NBA boss, the legislators could still work full-time with a reduction in their emoluments, to bring it at par with what obtains in the public service. “There are a lot of unnecessary wastages going on in the legislative arm of government, and as such, their emoluments need to be streamlined along with that of the public service. “Their salaries should be made equal to that of the most senior civil servants like permanent secretaries,” he said. Nnamani said that greed has been the major problem of rendering services in the country. “The problem with Nigeria is greed. For instance, what is the moral justification for the National Conference delegates who are paid a monthly allowance of N4m each to even discuss such issue? “These are people on na-


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JTF nabs kidnapper’s armourer, 4 others in Delta, Bayelsa OSAHON JULIUS YENAGOA

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n alleged armourer of the kingpin of a notorious and wanted kidnapper in the Niger Delta, Kelvin Ibruvwe, has been nabbed by men of the Joint Task Force, JTF, code-named ‘Operation Pulo Shield’. The JTF announced the capture of Pearce Oyikobat, at Okpara Inland in Ethiope East local government area of Delta State. He was declared wanted alongside Ibruvwe and others, last year. According to the statement issued by the head of the Joint Media Centre of JTF, Lt.-Col. Mustapha Anka, ‘the suspect has been on the run, as he was alleged to be the armourer of a no-

torious kidnapping kingpin, Kelvin Ibruvwe, who has since been handed over to the police for proper prosecution’. Operatives of the JTF, in a separate operation, also foiled an attempt by a group of suspected kidnappers to abduct a woman at Eku, in Ethiope East local government area of Delta State. According to JTF, “This was as a result of a distress call which we intervened in conjunction with the Nigeria Police to rescue the victim unhurt. “The rescue operation witnessed a gun duel that claimed the life of one suspect, while others escaped. Items recovered include one berretta pistol, a locallymade short barrel gun and a mask. “The corpse of the sus-

pect and recovered items were handed over to the police at Isiokolo in Ethiope East local government area of Delta State. “Similarly, the JTF, acting on a tip-off, rescued a staff of the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, Mr. Johnson Erewa, from being kidnapped. “Suspects in that attempted kidnap were handed over to the Nigeria Police,” he revealed. The JTF also announced the discovery of an illegal oil refinery at Egbokodo Itshekiri in Warri South West local government area of Delta State. According to the statement signed by Lt.-Col. Mustapha Anka,the items recovered in the security operations include three locally-made boats, one

pumping machine and a water hose. “All the items were destroyed in situ. Also discovered were a speed boat and 16 Cotonou boats containing suspected stolen crude oil at Okpogbene Egwa general area in Warri South West local government area of Delta State. “The JTF troops on pipeline patrol at Ijomu, Ethiope East local government area of Delta State sighted three men with a sack in the bush. “The men abandoned the sack on sighting the JTF troops. The troops recovered two AK-47 rifles, two magazines loaded with 48 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition special. Meanwhile, efforts are ongoing to apprehend the suspects,” he assured.

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he Director-General of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Johnson Bamidele Olawumi, yesterday in Calabar decried the inadequate camp facilities at orientation camps in the country, just as he assured of improved security for corps members across the nation. Olawuni stated this at the annual conference of the NYSC management with the theme: “Evolving Dynamic Operational Strategies to Tackle Present Challenges in the NYSC, stressing that in view of the critical role the NYSC scheme plays

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he Cross River State branch of Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday staged a protest, picketing the headquarters of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHEDC, in Calabar, over the sack of 134 of its union leaders. Sealing the company, the chairman of the congress, Mr. John Ushie, as well as members of his working committee, said the NLC decided to picket the company’s headquarters be-

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here was a mild drama along the waterways of Ekeremor local government area of Bayelsa State yesterday, as ex-militant youths invaded some illegal bunkering sites, destroying over 10,000 metric tonnes of stolen crude. The ex-militant youths, under the aegis of the Crusaders Against Oil Theft, CAOT, in a commando style, ambushed illegal bunker-

ers and oil thieves in canoes and boats, before swooping on illegal bunkering sites and setting them ablaze. While the indigenes of the coastal communities applauded the action of the youths and called on the Federal Government to support the new initiative, attempts by the oil thieves to launch a reprisal attack was checked by the well-organised youths. The coordinator of exmilitants, Felix Timilaemi, who yesterday confirmed the development, said COT

fighters seized the illegal refineries at night and destroyed tanks containing over 10,000 tons of crude oil. Timilaemi said he led 29 members of his group in the operation, adding that the operators of the illegal refineries tried in vain to resist the raid but failed. “We overran the illegal refineries at night. It was a planned operation. We also destroyed four local boats, four pumping machines and other equipment worth millions of naira used by oil thieves to commit economic

sabotage,” he said. Timilaemi added: “When the illegal refinery operators saw us, they tried to resist our action, but discovering that we were greater in number, they abandoned their camps and ran away.” He said the destroyed illegal refinery camps were located between Azagbene and Egbemangalabiri areas of the council, stressing that his personal resolve to confront oil theft had pitted him against persons behind the illegal business.

in national development, there was need for all hands of stakeholders to be on deck to face the challenges facing the scheme. “The NYSC scheme, no doubt in the past 41 years, has faced a lot of challenges, including but not limited to, inadequate orientation camp facilities, non-fulfillment of statutory obligations by some critical stakeholders and security issues,” he said. The DG stressed that the essence of the conference was to brainstorm and come up with practical ideas for advancing the scheme to higher pedestal to enable it effectively perform its role of mentoring the youths.

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Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State (Middle); Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Mr. Charles Ajuyah (left) and representative of the Chief Judge, Justice Brickins Okolosi (right), during the Nigerian Bar Association 2014 Law Week in Warri, yesterday.

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cause of what they termed abolition of trade union in the company. In an interview with National Mirror, Ushie said the NLC had commenced the picketing of PHEDC throughout the SouthSouth and South-West geopolitical zones. According to him, “there is nowhere in the world an organisation takes over and wants to abolish trade union activities in a company. We will continue to picket Power Holding; it is our duty to defend the interest of the workers,” the congress leader stated.

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s part of his deliberate efforts to promote human capacity development and Ijaw integration, Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has approved the expansion of the state’s scholarship scheme with the introduction of on-line undergraduate studies, with an enrollment of 480 indigent students. According to Dickson, though the programme is expected to take off by September in Yenagoa, the on-line studies for the 2014/2015 academic session, with various degree-award-

ing universities, would spread across universities in six continents, Australia, America, Asia, Africa, Eastern and Western Europe. Governor Seriake Dickson,who disclosed this at an interactive forum with scholars on Bayelsa State Government scholarship scheme sin the United Kingdom in London, said the greatest legacy any government can bequeath to the next generation is education. Dickson noted that his administration decided to sustain and expand the scholarship program to promote human capacity development and Ijaw national integration.


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Boko Haram not about Jonathan –Shettima A ZA MSUE KADUNA

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orno State governor, Kashim Shettima, yesterday said the Boko Haram Islamic sect started full attacks when late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua’s administration killed its

leader, Mohammed Yusuf. Shettima dismissed belief in some quarters that the insurgency was aimed at stopping President Jonathan from succeeding in his assignment. He lamented the misunderstanding of the Boko Haram crisis by those who should be in a

Dankwambo orders census of households in Gombe …Distributes N3.4bn farm inputs DANJUMA WILLIAMS GOMBE

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n the bid to prevent terrorist activities gaining foothold in Gombe State, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo has ordered a head count of all households in the state capital, Gombe. The state has come under terrorist attacks in the last one week with twin bomb attacks within a span of three days interval. One of the attacks was carried out by a female suicide bomber, which claimed her life and that of a soldier at a military facility, while the other attack claimed three lives at Dankwambo’s residence. The governor, who gave the order yesterday while flagging-off the distribution of fertilizer and other farm implements for this year’s farming season, however, said the aim of the headcount is to know and be able to plan for the provision of infrastructural facilities such as roads, hospitals, water among others in the state. While appealing for cooperation from members of the public, the governor

noted that anyone whose response the authorities were not satisfied with would be shown the way out, though he warned against the authorities victimising law-abiding citizens in the process. About 20,000 tonnes of fertiliser, 70,000 tonnes of improved maize seeds, 200 tractors and money for the purchase of 2,218 oxdrawn ploughs estimated at over N3.4 billion, were to be distributed to farmers at the occasion. According to the governor, the distribution of the farm implements is a clear testimony of the government’s commitment to improve agriculture and directed that a bag of fertiliser be sold at a subsidized rate of N3,000 only. Dankwambo while reiterating the government’s resolve to ensure fertiliser reaches the grassroots as over 50 per cent of the commodity would be distributed through the polling units, urged farmers in the state to take advantage of the huge investment the administration was making and return agriculture to its pride of place.

position to proffer solution to the crisis, saying the state government has spent over N10 billion as counterpart funds since the insurgency began. Speaking at a two-day conference on security and human rights, organised by the Centre for Historical Documentation and Research of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Shettima said it was unfortunate that the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, was blind to the real crisis behind Boko Haram and, therefore, chose to play with it.

The governor pointed out that the insurgents had done so much harm to Islam, killing thousands of innocent souls and destroying property worth tens of billions of naira in its wake, in the state. He advised that if the insurgents are allowed to overrun the north eastern part of the country, they would seek to extend their territory to other parts of the country, while saying negligence was responsible for the current state the nation found itself. His words: “There is the

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Kogi State governor, said the party had made a significant progress by deepening understanding and arriving at a favourable conclusion. “The committee, based on its consultation with the caucus of the party, resolved to zone the position of the National Chairman, Deputy National Secretary and Deputy National Legal Adviser to the South-South. “The committee also agreed to allocate the office of the National Legal Adviser, Deputy National Chair-

make one really disturbed is that Maku was supervising Minister of Defence for some time. No one might even know the extent he might have inflicted his understanding of the Boko Haram on security chiefs he had to work with. “Boko Haram crisis is highly misunderstood by many people, some of whom, unfortunately are in position to form part of those that will make decisions to fight it. Let us not forget that Maku is a member of the Federal Executive Council,” he reminded.

L-R: Head of General Administration, Bauchi State Independent Electoral Commission, Alhaji Bello El-Nafati; representative of Bauchi State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Emmanuel Umenger and Bauchi State Head of Department, Voter Education and Publicity, Alhaji Garba Muhammed, during a workshop on voter education for principals of secondary schools and electoral officers in Bauchi, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN

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even people on Wednesday were reported dead with five others injured, in a ghastly motor accident along

Damaturu-Potiskum road in Yobe State. The accident, according to sources, occurred along the busy road around 10.15 am when the Honda car conveying a stalwart of All Progressive Congress, APC,

APC zones national chairmanship to S’South he All Progressives Congress, APC, National Convention Committee has resolved the deadlock on zoning arrangements ahead of its convention scheduled for June 12 and 13, a member of the party’s national caucus, Abubakar Audu, has said. Consequently, the party has zoned its chairmanship position to the South South. Addressing newsmen in Abuja yesterday after its meeting, Audu, a former

unfortunate saying that Boko Haram is an agenda to stop a southern President from doing his job. “Of all the attacks by Boko Haram from 2002, their major attacks were in 2009 when Mohammed Yusuf was killed under a northern President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. The attacks snowballed in 2011 till date. So, what are we talking about? “To Boko Haram, the life of a Muslim who doesn’t share the sect’s ideology is as condemned as that of a Christian or a traditionalist. What would

man and National Financial Secretary to South-West,” Audu said. He commended the National Convention Committee, headed by Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State, for living up to the party’s expectations. Earlier, a leader of the party, Kawu Baraje, attributed the progress the party was making in attracting members, to the desire for change. “I will be the happiest man for any achievement

attained by the APC as our decision to join the party will not be in vain,” Baraje said. On his part, Wamakko thanked members of the party for the cooperation given to the committee to discharge its responsibilities. He expressed the determination of the committee to ensure hitch-free exercise, adding that “we will not disappoint our great party based on the confidence reposed on us.”

and party faithful from Borno to Abuja for the party’s National Convention, collided with an oncoming Volkswagen Golf (saloon) car. “The woman and all passengers in the Golf car died on the spot while three APC supporters in the Honda Perfection car were injured,” a source in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital said. Among the victims were a notable APC politician and member of a social media group, Borno Social Media Frontiers, Hajiya Saratu Ibrahim Biu. Her son, Jojo Ibrahim, who was the driver of the car, reportedly sustained serious injuries. Yobe State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission in charge of Yobe, Yusuf Garba, lamented over the

accident. “Seven people died while five people who sustained injuries in the accident have been taken to the hospital for treatment. We got the information about the accident through a Good Samaritan and we mobilised immediately to the scene of the accident,” Garba explained. He disclosed that over N90,000 and other belongings of the victims were recovered by his men from the scene of the accident, even as he enjoined motorists to observe traffic rules when driving to minimise accidents on the roads. Hajiya Saratu, a prominent activist, was said to be a staunch party member with loyalty to Governor Kashim Shettima’s movement towards the 2015 general elections in Borno State.


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Politics 21 years after June 12, 1993... Remembering the ideals and heroes of June 12 T Twenty one years after the June 12, 1993 annulled presidential election, EBERE NDUKWU takes a look at its ideals and heroes.

o many Nigerians, every June 12 brings to remembrance the ideals and heroes of that landmark election; the June 12, 1993 presidential election, adjudged by many as the fairest and freest in the nation’s political history and widely believed to have been won by the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, but was annulled by the General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida-led military government. It is 21 years after that landmark election and its ideals have remained in the limbo, despite the unending demands by many Nigerians that what June 12 stands for should be kept sacrosanct and cherished for all time and advanced so that democracy can take deeper root in the country. Despite not being a national holiday like May 29, which is observed as the nation’s Democracy Day, June 12 has remained a day many Nigerians remember clearly, particularly with regards to the electoral processes that threw up Option A4, as well as the high level of transparency that characterised the general elections of that year. Under the Option A4 model, Abiola became the candidate of the defunct Social Democratic Party, SDP, and his opponent, Alhaji Bashir Tofa, emerged the flag bearer of the National Republican Convention, NRC. Abiola was clearly seen as leading Tofa and the voting patterns transcended regional, religious and ethnic sentiments before the unfortunate annulment. Till date, many Nigerians still maintain that one of the most important ideals of June 12 was the Open Ballot System, OBS, and the Modified Open Ballot System, MOBS, used for the council, state and national assembly polls and the presidential election respectively. Apart from eradicating the manipulation of the then party chieftains and godfathers, the system ensured that the contests were done in the open and devoid of malpractices. And also, it significantly reduced electoral violence and snatching of ballot boxes that were experienced in past and present elections. Good number of analysts also have always pointed at the ability of Abiola, a Muslim of South West extraction having Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, a Muslim from the North East geo-political zone as his vice presidential candidate, to convince voters that he was the best man for the job and one with the capacity to lift the country out of the woods, and religion was not considered a factor in voting for him, even when his opponent, a Muslim had a

and serve the people best if lessons could be learnt from the ideals of June 12, 1993 elections, especially when Nigerians refused to allow religion to determine their choice of the presidential candidate. There is a great need for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to fully mobilise all resources to deliver credible elections at all levels and ensure transparency in the electoral process just as obtained in the 1993 presidential election that produced Abiola. It must also ensure that the electorate freely vote for candidates of their choice in an atmosphere devoid of rancour and where the electoral umpire declares winners and losers without fear or favour. When this is achieved, Nigerians believe, the nation would be said to be making steady progress in the right direction.

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Christian running mate, as one of the ideals of June 12 that must be emulated in Nigeria’s current political setup. Commenting on June 12 sometime ago, Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola L ssaid that the annulled election would perssist in haunting Nigerians and would conttinue to remind the country that it has not crossed the ‘finish line’. He said that Nigec rria has to cross the finish line and clean up tthe polity in order to have real democracy, adding that Nigeria was merely struggling a tto produce acceptable leadership. Former governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa once described as A rregrettable the fact that the factors that sshaped the outcome of the June 12, 1993 general election in which Abiola emerged g winner still remain largely unresolved, w llisting some of the issues to include the rresolve of Nigerians to unite as a nation, conduct free and fair elections and have a c llegitimate government. What has continued to bother Nigerian electorate is that 21 years after that hise ttoric annulment and 15years of uninterrrupted civil rule, the country has endlessly continued in search of standard democrac cy with full political and social rights and c ffreedoms. Though despite glaring challlenges, some progress have been made and many believe that democracy will thrive

The greatest symbol of the struggle for democracy was Abiola, the billionaire businessman turned politician. Before he joined the race, he had established himself as a friend of top military brass and philanthropist who extended a duty of care to the poor and needy across the divide in the country. Disclosures by men of power revealed that the ruling military class underrated him as a presidential material, until it was too late. Abiola received massive support, beating his rival Tofa in his native Kano State. He polled 8,341,309 votes, representing 58.36 per cent of total votes. When former military President Ibrahim Babangida annulled the election, there was sporadic protest. Abiola declared himself President at Epetedo, Lagos Island and was later arrested and detained by the General Sani Abacha regime. He fought on until he died in detention under Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar regime which took over from Abacha.

Kudirat Abiola The late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola was one of the wives of the business mogul. The annulment forced Kudirat into the pro-democracy movement as she confronted military dictators. Her leadership motivated other pro-democracy groups to spring up and seek the actualisation of the election. In 1994, when the struggle got to a head, CONTINUED ON PAGE 14


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Remembering the ideals and heroes of June 12 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13 Kudirat was actively involved in sustaining the oil workers’ strike which succeeded in crippling the nation’s economy and weakened the military government. She had frictions with courts over her stance before her eventual release on bail. Despite this harassment, she continued her campaign as she and the late Chief Rewane funded the pro-democracy activities which unsettled the military. She was assassinated at Oregun, Lagos on June 4, 1996, few days to the third anniversary of the June 12 election.

Alfred Rewane The late Pa Rewane was a pillar of financial support for all National democratic Coalition, NADECO and many human rights activities. His motive was the deannulment of the June 12 election. He also personally campaigned against official graft in high places, lack of accountability and gross violation of human rights by the military. But on October 6, 1995, he was murdered in curious circumstances which elicited wide outcry.

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rights promoter. He was an advocate of deannulment. For daring the military, he was detained for a long period by the military government. He provided legal, moral and financial support for freedom fighters. He was a target of liquidation by the military.

Babangida regime for foisting an avoidable crisis on the country.

that Ukiwe lost his post due to his principled nature. Knowing that Ukiwe could not be pushed around, Babangida replaced him with Augustus Aikhomu. However, Ukiwe reduced his participation, when his life was on line. He resumed full pro-democracy activities after Abacha’s death.

Chief Adekunle Ajasin Chief Ajasin, late former governor of old Ondo State doubled as NADECO and pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere leader. He was a just fighter and moral voice, who offered inspiration to the democratic forces. His bedroom was invaded by former Governor Ibe Onyearugbulem, who had the mandate from Abacha to make Ondo State uncomfortable for the NADECO forces. In August 1995, he took ill and on his return from his foreign medical trip, renewed his quest for the revalidation of the June 12 mandate. In June 1995, he was arrested by the military alongside others for holding a meeting, but was released 24 hours later. He eventually passed on when the battle was still hot.

Abraham Adesanya The late Adesanya, lawyer and former senator was the leader of Afenifere after the death of Ajasin. His compatriots in the group who also fought the military were Chiefs Ganiyu Dawodu, Bola Ige, Lam Adesina, Ayo Adebanjo, Olaniwun Ajayi, Solanke Onasanya, Femi Okunrounmu, Olabiyi Durojaye, and Cornelius Adebayo. Adesina was captured by soldiers during a protest at Ibadan as “prisoner of war.” He remained undaunted to the end.

Chief Anthony Enahoro The late Chief Enahoro, nationalist and elder statesman was, no doubt, one of Nigeria’s foremost pro-democracy activists. He was the chairman of NADECO’s Steering Committee. In 1995, he was detained for almost three months without any charge by Abacha. Before he escaped abroad, he was a thorn in the flesh of the military. He also chaired the Movement for National Reformation, MNR, and the Pro-National Conference Organisation, PRONACO; and the leader of NADECO abroad.

Chief Gani Fawehinmi Late Chief Fawehinmi was an exceptional lawyer and world-acclaimed human

Prof Wole Soyinka Nobel Laureate Professor Soyinka, was one of the brains behind Radio Kudirat, the radio station that was a major thorn in the flesh of the military. Other frontline activists behind the opposition radio were Enahoro and the incumbent governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who made broadcasts leaking plans by the soldiers to wipe out freedom fighters from Nigeria. In 1994, Soyinka lived in exile in the US and France after leaving Nigeria. With his influence, he mounted a strong international campaign against Abacha’s dictatorial regime. In 1997 he was tried in absentia with other opposition members for a phoney charge of bomb attacks against the army. The Abacha regime sentenced Soyinka to death in absentia. He still lives to tell the story.

Balarabe Musa The former governor of Kaduna State refused to join the bandwagon of tribal egoists. He believed that June 12 offered a redemptive option to the country in its quest for legitimate leadership. To him, the annulment was a national calamity and the struggle was not a sectional affair as wrongly projected by military spin doctors. On few occasions too, prominent Northern leaders, including the late Dr. Ibrahim Tahir, spoke forcefully against the

Frank Kokori Nigerian oil workers strike post June 12, 1993 rattled Abacha. The credit goes to Kokori, a fearless labour leader and former Secretary-General of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG. In 1994, the pro-democracy activist led Nigeria’s oil workers to a sustained strike over the annulment of the June 12, election, leading to the paralysis of the social and economic lives of the nation, to the embarrassment of Abacha’s junta. He was arrested on August 20, same year by security operatives and was moved round different prisons, mostly in the Northern part of the country.

Walter Carrington Carrington served as United States of America, USA, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Nigeria between 1993 and 1997 and lent support to the fight for democracy in Nigeria. He stood resolutely with pro-democracy activists during the pro-June 12 agitation. His remarks were weighty and they influenced America to mount pressure on the military to vacate power.

Ebitu Ukiwe Ukiwe, a retired Commodore in the Nigerian Navy, who served as the second in command during the Babangida’s military government from 1985 to 1986, was one of the notable actors in the pro-democracy struggle in the beginning. Most Nigerians believed

Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu Kanu, former governor of Lagos State, joined the democracy groups at retirement and was in the forefront of the agitation for the actualisation of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election. Abacha was particularly worried at his involvement in the agitation to halt his ignominious rule and was said to have told him to deck his khaki and face him with his gun, instead of joining forces with civilians to rubbish him. When he persisted in his NADECO activities, his businesses were crippled by the military.

Clement Nwankwo Among the organisations that formed NADECO was the Eastern Mandate Union, EMU, led by the irrepressible advocate of human rights and good governance, Nwankwo. He shared that virtue of consistency and bravery with Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife and Chief John OdigieOyegun, who were prominent NADECO chieftains. A fierce speaker and prolific writer, Nwankwo was never afraid of detention camps. The list of heroes and heroines of the June 12 struggle is a long one. Among them were unsung Nigerians who lost their lives in that struggle in the hey days of the protest.


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We’ll continue to celebrate June 12 –Sulaiman How did you get involved in the June 12, 1993 presidential election struggle? Let’s thank Almighty God for giving us the opportunity to be involved in the June 12 struggle and sparing our lives, at the same time giving us an opportunity to be a living witness of the June 12 struggle. The June 12 presidential election won by the late business mogul, Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola remains the watershed in the political history of the country. I got involved in the June 12 struggle under the tutelage of Chief Fawehinmi under the membership of Joint Action Committee of Nigeria, JACON, and later, the National Conscience, NC. I have been the chairman of the June 12 planning committee in Osun State on the platform of Committee for Democracy and Rights of the People, CDRP, until recent time, when the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, CHRSJ, came into existence. We will continue celebrate the annulment of freest and fairest election in which the people of the country cast their votes without fear, favour, religious affinity, sex, race and ethnicity. The presidential poll annulled by the evil genius and military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, rtd, will continue to remain evergreen in our memory and the memory of generations yet unborn.

Comrade Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, a thoroughbred human rights activist is the Executive Chairman of Osun State-based Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, CHRSJ and coordinator, Veteran Group for Operation Clean Crusade, VGOCC. He bares his mind on the June 12 struggle and other related issues to BOLADALE BAMIGBOLA in this interview. Excerpts:

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taking in the June 12 struggle in Osun State? The experience of partaking in the June 12 struggle in the state was bitter, because at times, the security agents will be after our lives and trying to use all security intelligence to clamp us down anytime we raise voice against the military mis-rule during the struggle. I used to team up with few leading human rights activists now turned politicians in the state to keep the memory of June 12 alive after the death of the symbol of the struggle, Bashorun Abiola. Some of us did not find it easy during the period as we all know that it would not be easy for anybody to raise voice against the mis-rule of military. After Lagos State,

THE EXPERIENCE OF PARTAKING IN THE JUNE 12 STRUGGLE IN THE STATE WAS BITTER

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Osun State was the next state where the struggle of June 12 was prominent in Nigeria, due to the consistence of the people of Osun, but today, it is another story because it is a shame that the voice that used to be the voice of the voiceless and strong pillar of the struggle have derailed for pots of porridge. We shall however not forget to appreciate Governor Aregbesola for declaring public holiday to commemorate the June 12 struggle in the state. What motivates you to participate in the struggle then? Motivation was inbuilt and love for egalitarian society and democracy. Secondly, motivation also came from late Chief Fawehinmi, who trained us from his school of thought on human rights activism and how to partake and give direction to how our country should be run. Also, the need to rescue our country from military maladministration, from those who had no respect for rule of law and human rights, motivated us to be part of the struggle.

June 12: Path never taken -Odumakin What makes the June 12, 1993 election, its annulment and the political crises thereafter significant in the democratic journey of Nigeria? June 12, 1993 presidential election remains a landmark in the history of electioneering in Nigeria because it remains the freest and fairest ever. The victory of MKO Abiola was so overwhelming that his rival, Bashir Tofa, could not contest the result. It was also significant in that it was the first time a Southern candidate would be winning a presidential election with a landslide. Above all a Muslim-Muslim ticket won convincingly in predominantly Christian areas. This was why the annulment of the poll by military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida was so shattering and a fatal blow to the growth of democracy in Nigeria and the boldest move ever to resolve the nationality question in the country. The resistance to the annulment remains also historical as it remains the longest drawn political struggle in the country spanning five years. The election was acclaimed to be the freest and fairest election ever conducted in Nigeria, how true and why? There is no contesting the fact that it was the freest and fairest election in the history of Nigeria for many reasons. The then modified open-secret ballot, erroneously referred to by many as “Option A4”, was so transparent that it was difficult to manipulate. Under the system, all registered voters are expected to go for accreditation at their polling units within a fixed period at the end of which the

Human rights activist and spokesman of the Yoruba socio-political group Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, in this interview with EMMANUEL EGHAGHE describes June 12 as the path that was never taken in our journey to democracy. Excerpts:

THE VICTORY OF MKO ABIOLA WAS SO OVERWHELMING THAT HIS RIVAL,

BASHIR TOFA, COULD NOT CONTEST THE RESULT

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presiding officer announces the number of accredited voters. They all return to vote at scheduled time during which they are given ballot papers to vote in secret while turning their ballots into the open. The presiding officer counts the ballots at the end of voting and announces the result in the presence of all parties. This made it possible for Abiola’s campaign office to collate results nationwide even before the electoral body could finish its own. The peaceful conduct of the elections nationwide also aided its freeness. The election was also more of a vote against the Babangida administration which had

taken the country on a transition without end. What makes June 12, 1993 elections different from others? That election is different from other elections because every issue that has brought post-elections disputes were absent. It was the first and only time any presidential candidate in the multi-ethno-religious entity called Nigeria would have a mandate that cuts across all the fault lines.

If it was indeed different, what have been missing in this dispensation that relevant authorities should go for? The unique selling point of June 12 was Abiola’s “Farewell to Poverty,” a manifesto that spoke to the issues confronting the electorate. The politicians of today must cast a vision that can arouse the people the way Abiola did in 1993. It was a spectacle to behold when a man fell from a tree top in Kano, when he heard Abiola say that no Nigerian would go to bed without food in his belly if he became president of Nigeria. Those who believe that mobilising thugs and snatching ballot boxes is the way to get power cannot galvanise the people the way MKO did. Would you advocate for a Muslim-Muslim ticket in today’s polity? A Muslim-Muslim ticket today would be christened a Boko Haram ticket, given the level of religious tension in our country today. Religion and other forms of identity which should have become secondary. It is unfortunate that the contest for power in Nigeria in the immediate future will not be about programs but about region and religion What importance has June 12 to our democracy? June 12 is the road we missed or refused to take to the city of democracy and its ghost will continue to haunt us eternally. All the shenanigans we have engaged in after it have always turned out to be hollow rituals. We must embrace the true tenets of June 12 for Nigeria to experience real democracy.


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hree different dates can never be easily eroded in the minds of Nigerians as days that have played significant roles in turning around the fortunes of Nigeria. The dates are: October 1, 1960, the day Nigeria attained independence from the yoke of colonialism; June 12, 1993, the day an election, regarded all over the world as the freest, fairest and most credible in the history of Nigeria and May 29 1999, when the country was returned to the path of democratic governance. After years of military administration, Nigeria returned to civilian government rule in October, 1979 with Shehu Shagari elected as President of the Second Republic. Three months after his return to office for a second term, Shagari was ousted in December 1983, in a military coup, headed by former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. In 1985, another coup ushered in a new regime headed by General Ibrahim Babangida, who after several false starts, promised new elections which heighted the hope of Nigerians on the return to civil rule. The Babangida administration set up a National Electoral Commission, NEC under the chairmanship of Prof. Humphrey Nwosu. He also decreed into existence two political parties, the Social Democratic Party, SDP and National Republican Convention, NRC, whose ideologies were a little to the left and a little to the right, fashioned after United States of America, USA’s party political system. These two-party ideologies produced two different categories of political players; the progressives embraced the SDP while the conservatives skewed towards the NRC in readiness to elect the president of the country at the poll. After fiercely contested primaries held in Jos, Plateau State by the SDP, a renowned multimillionaire businessman, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, popularly known as MKO, emerged the party’s presidential flag bearer with Amb Babagana Kingigbe, a fellow Muslim and Northern minority politician as his running mate. The NRC presented Bashir Oman Tofa, a Kano-born businessman cum politician, to slug it out with the SDP candidate, Abiola. Following the healthiest electoral campaigns as witnessed by Nigerians and the earlier briefing on the electoral commission’s preparation to hold the election, the Prof. Nwosu-led NEC set aside Saturday, June 12, 1993 as date to cut the chain of over a decade of uninterrupted military rule in the country for the people to make their choice of presidency. However, for the first time in the nation’s chequered history, Nigerians, reputed for leaning on ethnic and religious identities in previous elections, jettisoned their ethno-religious differences to vote massively for the Abiola/Kingibe ticket. Record has it that Abiola defeated Tofa, not only in his polling unit, but also in his ward, local government and state, to prove his high level of acceptance across the nation. As NEC began a state-by-state announcement of the election results, Babangida announced the annulment of the election on June 21, 1993. In a speech on June 26, 1993, he cited electoral mal-

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RECORD HAS IT THAT ABIOLA DEFEATED TOFA, NOT ONLY IN HIS POLLING

UNIT, BUT ALSO IN HIS WARD, LOCAL

GOVERNMENT AND STATE, TO PROVE

HIS HIGH LEVEL OF ACCEPTANCE ACROSS THE NATION practices, such as rigging and votes buying as reasons for his action. However, on a TV programme broadcast on MNet channel of DSTV recently, Babangida said he was compelled to nullify the election because of security threats to the enthronement of a democratic government at the time. Babangida, who described the annulment as ‘unfortunate’ said he and the Armed Forces Ruling Council, AFRC, knew that the new democratic government to be installed would sooner than later be overthrown by another military coup d’état, which he aimed to avoid. He said: “June 12 was accepted by Nigerians as the best of elections in Nigeria. It was free and fair. But unfortunately, we cancelled that election. We were in government at the time and we knew the possible consequences of handing over to a democratic government. We did well that we wanted ours to be the last military coup d’état. The situation was not ripe to hand over at the time. “The issue of security of the nation was threatened and we would have considered ourselves to have failed, if six months after handover, there was another coup. We knew that there would be another coup d’état. They could have allowed me to go away and then they (coup plotters) would regroup and stage another coup. This is how coups are staged – one man will always come to complain. And he will try to convince you about his complaints.” The annulment of the election stunned the world as Nigerians took to the streets in protest and organised civil disobedience to kick against the decision. This remonstration later metamorphosed into the exit of Babangida on August 26 and Chief Ernest Shonekan led the Interim National Government, ING, tasked with the responsibility of organising a fresh election in the country. General Sanni Abacha, who was left behind to stabilise Shonekan’s administration, pushed it aside on November 17 of same year and took over the reins of government. The struggle for the ac-

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tualisation of the people’s mandate continued unabated. Scores of Nigerians were killed as the military cracked down on protesters, several went on exile, and more were jailed for daring to stand up to the military. Human right activists, civil servants, students and the media plainly shut down the nation with daily street protests and prolonged strikes by workers in critical sectors of the economy. The presumed winner of the election, Chief Abiola, mistakenly believing that Abacha would do the right thing by restoring his mandate, as he encouraged some of the lieutenants to participate in the Abacha administration. As it became apparent that Abacha was unwilling to honour the people’s wish, Abiola took his destiny in his hands and stepped forward to claim his mandate. One of the prominent resistances to the annulment was in the South-West; starting with the riots in Lagos, and ending with providing the bulk of prodemocracy activists such as the National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, which was a thorn in the flesh of military dictatorship. On June 11, 1994, Abiola, who declared a Government of National Unity, GNU, in a speech titled ‘Enough is Enough’ at Epetedo in Lagos said: “From this moment, a new Government of National Unity is in power throughout the length and breadth of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, led by me, Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola, as President and Commander-inChief. The National Assembly is hereby reconvened. All dismissed governors are reinstated. The state Assemblies are reconstituted, as well as all local government councils. I urge them to adopt a bipartisan approach to all the issues that come before them. “We are prepared to enter into negotiations with the usurper, General Sani

Abacha and his ruling council to work out the mechanics for a smooth transfer of power. I pledge that if they hand-over quietly, they will be retired with all their entitlements, and their positions will be accorded all the respect due to them. “I hereby invoke the mandate bestowed upon me by my victory in the said election, to call on all members of the Armed Forces, the civil and public services throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to obey only the Government of National Unity that is headed by your only elected President. I cannot surrender my mandate unless the people so demand and it is by virtue of this mandate that I say that the decision of the Federal Military Government to cancel the results of the elections is unpatriotic and capable of causing undue and unnecessary confusion in the country.” This move led to his arrest on June 24, 1994 at his residence on 5/7 Moshood Abiola Crescent, Ikeja, Lagos and his subsequent death in detention. The June 12, 1993 debacle also culminated in state-sponsored terror which led to the death of prominent Nigerians who were in full support of the election, like Chief Alfred Rewane, Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, Gen. Shehu Yar’Adua, Bagauda Kalto, Suliat Adedeji. Others like the publisher of Guardian Newspaper, the late Chief Alex Ibru, Chief Abraham Adesanya among others escaped assassination attempts on their lives. While Abacha died on June 8, 1998 in controversial circumstances situation in the Presidential Villa, a month later, Chief Abiola also died after an unconfirmed circumstances linked to his drinking a cup of tea in the presence of American diplomats led by Thomas Pickering. This made Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, in 1998 took over the government and initiated a transition programme that ushered in a full-fledged civil rule in the country.


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Genius criminals on the prowl EXISTENTIAL HUMANISM

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he rate of crimes and criminality in the country is now frightening. It is sad that our youths have given in to this cheap means of making quick money, and in the process ruining their talents and chances of self development. One of the ways to checkmate this situation and save many from being victims is through shared experiences. The consuming influence of ceaseless criminalities in the system has led to the promulgation of the ‘419’ Act, the EFCC Act, and the creation of special fraud unit in the police force. These are in addition to the existing Criminal Code that ought to deter crimes and criminality. Let us consider a prototype “419” situation: Mr. ‘A’ a columnist with a newspaper was called by a supposed ‘avowed’ reader of his column. This good boy, who was full of praise for the gentleman’s articles, claimed he was a director with a leading airline in the country. He told the columnist that his company was having ongoing

jobs interviews for various cadres of personnel, including air hostesses. He asked if this gentleman had some unemployed graduates. “What a rare offer!” this man exclaimed. He has not just one but quite a number of unemployed graduates he could easily reach. The ‘director’ asked him to send him about three names. The name he gave as his own and the position he claimed were all available online after a careful cross check. He asked that the names should be sent to him with instruction for the candidates to call his line so that he would tell them the next course of action. This was done. The candidates called ‘the guy,‘ who claimed to be in Abuja. He quickly gave them a back account number, asking them to pay in money for their air tickets that will be refunded to them on arrival at Abuja. One of the candidates that did not have money contacted his benefactor, who happened to be familiar with the game. He advised his beneficiary against it. And his intervention prevented what was supposed to be a fast and clean swindling of the beneficiary. In another scenario, a lady went to computer village to repair her computer system. When she was done with her transaction she boarded a painted taxi. And that was all she knew! Hours later she woke up in a strange place. She battled to rediscover herself, to be sure that she was

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WOMEN ARE BUSY ON A DAILY BASIS, SENDING OUT MAILS TO PEOPLE THEY HAVE NEVER MET BEFORE, MAKING NON EXISTING OFFERS not dreaming. Then, it dawned on her that she has been cornered by the famous ‘one chance’ cab operators in Lagos. All her personal belongings, jewelries, phones, shoes, and money were ‘cleaned’. It was a nearby church that came to her aid, ensuring that she found her way back to town. Many have been victims of these crimes. And the perpetrators often disappear into thin air. Young men and women are busy on a daily basis sending out mails to people they have never met before, making non existing offers. There are thousands of ‘engineers’ working in oil companies looking for people to give contracts of oil lifting or refurbishing the refineries. These are youngsters that should otherwise be giving serious thoughts on how to improve their lives and make enviable careers for their immediate interest and that of the country as a whole. Rather than do this, they are busy with dreams of sudden wealth and opulence lifestyle.

The improved communication system has fast-tracked the rate of crimes, and service providers have not provided the antidote to checkmate this negative side of their services. The efforts and resources spent on phone registrations were thought to be a panacea to this problem, but this has not helped in anyway. Law enforcement agents do not have the answer either. The truth is that the police, especially, are still contented with the old method of crime control and dictation system, when criminals have gone digital. This partly explains why they are not forthcoming in assisting crime victims. And, if you care to report such incidents you are only asked to make a statement that is never acted upon. There is the need to think of realistic ways of checking the increasing crime rate in the country, especially among our youths. The governments at local, state and federal levels should take the task of job creation seriously. The law enforcement agents owe the good people of this country the duty of protecting their lives and properties. They are paid and maintained by tax-payers’ money to give us a crime free society. They should be worried that criminals are out-witting them with styles and sophistication. They should come out with their own devices to counter the ingenuity of these novel crimes and criminality.

Media siege as dividend of democracy

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hen the history of the present rulers of Nigeria is written one of the episodes that would certainly go to the dark pages of history is the eccentric onslaught on the Nigerian media commenced by the military last Friday during which the newspaper distribution centre in Abuja was autocratically shut down with thousands of copies of newspapers of diverse titles seized. This repressive operation continued the following day and has been sustained till the time of submitting this piece for publication. Reports had it that after the Abuja onslaught, there have been repeat operations in major cities across the country including Ilorin, Oshogbo, and Benin. In each of these places the soldiers besieged the main distribution centres and either prevented the agents and vendors from receiving and circulating of the papers generally or specifically seized thousands of copies of some specific titles. It is noteworthy that this unprovoked war on the media happened a few days after the ill-fated attempt to gag the #Bring back our girls protesters when the Commissioner of Police in Abuja, Joseph Mbu placed a ban on all protests relating to the case of abducted Chibok school girls in the Federal Capital Territory. The authorities beat a hasty retreat when it dawned on them the development would alienate their international allies, like the United States, United Kingdom and France, who are already collaborating with them to solve the raging insecurity in the country, especially in relation to liberation of the abducted girls. The said foreign countries would certainly not want to be part of a

THE MASS SEIZURE OF NEWSPAPERS AND SHUT DOWN OF STRATEGIC DISTRIBUTION CENTRES CONSTITUTE ATAVISTIC RESURGENCE OF THE DICTATORIAL MILITARY ERA project featuring blatant repression of globally recognised human rights. But after that incident cometh this fresh attempt to gag and cow the media. Without mincing words, the mass seizure of newspapers and shut down of strategic distribution centres constitute atavistic resurgence of the dictatorial military era and an unfortunate detraction on the little democratic gains we have made over the years. One laughable rationalisation from the officialdom that is been brazenly peddled is that the clampdown was not meant as a war on free speech neither is it a war against journalists, but just a routine security precautionary measures. At least that appeared to be the statement credited to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe. In the statement Okupe had said it interalia, “The reported incidence of checks being carried out by the Military on major Nigerian roads and cities is not targeted at Newspaper vans because of the contents of the publications as insinuated in the reports.Rather, the Military had explained

that those routine checks were being carried out following intelligence reports on the possibility of some elements within the society using such vehicles to convey ‘materials with grave security implications across the country.” imagine that! Well, the truth is that the issue of insecurity had been invoked ad nasueam to always justify wanton violation of human rights. It would be recalled that the reversed order placed on the protest in Abuja by Mbu as stated above was also rationalised on the need to ensure security. To me, it still amounts to bad governance if you always have to trample on people’s rights before you can provide, nay, claim to provide security. Another claim by the authorities that it was not the brain behind the unconstitutional onslaught is outright laughable, that is if you still have the fortitude to exercise your mirth faculty in the face of all the calamities in the land. If soldiers embarked on such a serious operations on their own without proper authorisation from the Commander-in-Chief of armed forces of Federal Republic of Nigeria, that is tantamount to usurpation of authority and proper sanction should follow. But now, nobody is being sanctioned; everything is justified all in the name of security. Is it also the issue of security that made the soldiers to specifically demand for some newspapers and examined the contents before they decided whether or not to allow their circulation? Well, may be security they are speaking of is the security from being embarrassed by the truth contained in those newspapers! The 1999 Constitution itself gives the media the power to operate with unfettered pro-

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fessional latitude within the confines of law when it provides in its section 22, thus, “The press, radio, television and other agencies of the mass media shall at all times be free to uphold the fundamental objectives contained in this Chapter and uphold the responsibility and accountability of the Government to the people” Furthermore section 39 (1) of the 1999 Constitution provides “Every person shall be entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference.” In the light of the above, there cannot be justification for the unprovoked war on the media. It is may be seen as purely dictatorial attempts to cow, dispirit, demoralize and gag the fourth estate of the realm ahead of the election period when truth “peddlers” would constitute insufferable nuisance. Send your views by mail or sms to PMB 10001, Ikoyi, or our Email: mail@ nationalmirroronline.net mirrorlagos@ yahoo.com or 08164966858 (SMS only). The Editor reserves the right to edit and reject views or photographs. Pseudonyms may be used but must be clearly marked as such.


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Tasks before Emefiele, new CBN governor

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he new governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, assumed office at a time the nation’s economy appears to be doing well, going by various macroeconomic indices, including a strong Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth and an inflation rate kept at single digit in the past several months. The stock market capitalisation, at N12.5 trillion, is also above the 2008 level just before the big crash, while external reserves have remained in a decent neighbourhood, standing today at about $36.8 billion. With his strong background as a career banker, who has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the nation’s top three banks (he was the Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank Plc for several years), we believe Emefiele knows his onions. But the true test of his tenure will be how he can capitalise on the positive trend to ensure that the gains of recent years have a marked and sustained trickle-down effect on the larger segments of the

economy. Our expectation is that the rate of wealth creation would be in tandem with that of job creation, such that Nigeria can leverage on its large young, talented and resilient population to, in reality, become the next emerging economic powerhouse after India and China. While it is not in doubt that former CBN governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi’s tenure, albeit controversial, succeeded in stabilising prices and the exchange rate, the cost has been significant - with periodic draw-downs on the nation’s external reserves just to defend the naira, amid concerns over serious leakages in oil revenues due to monumental scale theft of crude and pipeline vandalism. Sanusi’s tight monetary stance has been a consequence of the perennial problem of excess liquidity in the system, even when cash circulates largely between government institutions and banks. Yet, with interest rates held at 12 per cent for over two years, access to credit at affordable rates has remained elusive for private sector entities, especially small and medium scale enterprises, which are universally acknowledged as the key growth drivers and job creators in any economy. Emefiele has indicated that he will move to lower interest rates. But the challenge is how this can be achieved without pushing up infla-

THE NEW CBN GOVERNOR… SHOULD NOT TO BE CAUGHT IN THE VICIOUS TRAP OF LAX REGULATION IN PERCEIVED GOOD TIMES tion back to previous levels. It will also be interesting to see how he can sustain the naira exchange rate in the near future as the reserves dwindle. However, the CBN boss appears to recognise these challenges and has expressed his commitment to price and financial system stability, as well as stimulating credit access for real sector players, including investors in agriculture, manufacturing and the rest. He has said that intervention initiatives in the non-oil sector and promoting linkages between the oil and gas sector and other sectors will be a priority. It does appear, from what we see, that Emefiele will maintain the current tempo at the CBN, minus the jabs at his employers. But what we would like to see is more of planning for the future based on accurate information. Data on unemployment, consumer spending trends and other indices that reflect the living conditions of the man on the street should be critical in

determining the nation’s monetary policy. Indeed, the job creation agenda, which the Federal Government hinged the 2014 budget on, should be largely driven by the need to increase consumer spending rather than government spending or cash outlays by ‘corporates’. In addition, we believe that the current drive towards financial inclusion, cashless banking and mobile money should be intensified with the accompanying teething problems addressed head on to enable the policies gain wider acceptance by Nigerians, for they harbour inherent benefits for both the banks and their customers. Some analysts have also raised the issue of the technical capacity of the CBN itself. Indeed, it is curious that there is no economist on the Board of the CBN. The FG should find a way of redressing this lapse. We also warn that the new CBN governor, despite his recent statement on zero tolerance for practices that could hurt the financial system, should not to be caught in the vicious trap of lax regulation in perceived good times. Recently, for example, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Managing Director, Christine Lagard, sounded the alarm that globally, banks were circumventing regulations meant to secure postglobal meltdown. Nigerian bankers are no exception. Emefiele should take cognizance of the trend.

ON THIS DAY June 12, 1993 An election which was later annulled by the then military government of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, now retired, took place in Nigeria. Babangida (born August 17, 1941), popularly known as IBB, was a Nigerian Army officer. He ruled Nigeria following a coup that toppled the regime of Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retired) on August 27, 1985. Babangida left office on August 27, 1993, amid protests against the poll annulment.

June 12, 2001 Robert Edward Dyer was sentenced to 16 years’ imprisonment for attempting to extort money from a British supermarket chain, Tesco, through a letter bomb campaign. A blackmailer identified by the pseudonym ‘Sally’ sent letters to Tesco stores threatening to harm customers if his demands for Clubcards modified so that the holder could withdraw cash from automated teller machines were not met.

June 12, 2009 A disputed presidential election in Iran led to wide ranging protests both in Iran and around the world. Iran’s tenth presidential election was held on June 12, 2009, with the incumbent president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad running against three challengers. The next morning, the Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran’s official news agency, announced that with two-thirds of the votes counted, Ahmadinejad had won the election.


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AFE BABALOLA UNIVERSITY, ADO-EKITI (ABUAD) “The setting of this University is ‘Superlative’ and ‘Impressive’, with nothing of its kind that I have seen so far in the country or anywhere else” (Gen. Dr. Yakubu Gowon, GCFR,)

Fee hike protest rocks universities ... as authorities, students disagree over increment TUNBOSUN OGUNDARE

Charges by different universities for students in faculties of Clinical Sciences and Pharmacy

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niversities in the country especially in the South west have been rocked by series of protests by students against highly increment of fees now devised by many universities authorities as the only means of surviving the economic downturn. Within the last one month, no fewer than three universities in the zone have witnessed such protest and some more than once. The students of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo for instance, protested for the third time in 30 days last week and this was apart from several others since the school jerked up its fees by about 300 per cent over two years ago. While the school leadership and its proprietor, the Lagos State Government, insist that the increment is justifiable to improve its standards and reputation, the students and other stakeholders especially the lecturers believe otherwise, saying fee increment would not in any way take the school to a desirable destination. They are thus clamouring for a reversal claiming that the hike has driven away thousands of qualified prospective undergraduates from coming to the university. It was the turn of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife two weeks ago. For three days, students took to the streets of the ancient city and neighbouring communities in protest

APART FROM THE FACT THAT THE FEDERAL

GOVERNMENT’S

SUBVENTION TO THE UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN CUT BY 50 PER CENT,

Source: OAU, Ile-Ife

THE INSTITUTION IS SPENDING A FORTUNE ON SOCIAL AMENITIES ESPECIALLY ELECTRICITY ON MONTHLY BASIS.

against the new fees which they considered rather prohibitive. According to them, raising their fees by about 290 per cent was not only harsh but killing in the face of high inflation in the country. Similarly, the students of Olabisi

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Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State have also vowed to resist any increment in their fees. They made the vow as a reaction to the recent directive by the state government to all its tertiary schools to boost their internally generated revenues so as to be able to meet their major financial

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needs independently. But just like the authorities of LASU have tried to justify the increment, that of the OAU have similarly attributed the upward review on the same harsh socio-economic condition of the present day Nigeria. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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‘Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School made me what I am today’ Mrs. Yinka Ogunde, founder of Edumark, a Lagos-based education consulting firm, had her secondary school education at Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School, Yaba, Lagos. She graduated from the school in 1980. She was once a journalist and worked, with the Nigerian Television Authority and Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State among others before venturing into private practice. Ogunde, who clocked 50 years recently, speaks about her secondary school days with SAIDAT ALAUSA.

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n the 70s and 80s, there were only four prominent secondary schools for girls in the whole of Yaba and its environs. One of them was Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School. Others were Queens College, Reagan Memorial and Methodist Girls High School. It was a pride for any parents to send their children to any of them. Yinka Ogunde(nee Adetunji), who is now the founder of Edumark, a Lagos-based education consulting firm, believes she was lucky to have attended Our Lady of Apostles, a Catholic mission school. She was 12 years old at the period but 34 years after, the memories remain fresh as if it was that of last year. “Whoever that went to Our Lady of Apostles especially during our days will tell you that quality education, discipline and diligence were the watchwords,” she recalled. The students, according to her, learnt under conducive and serene environment. “Our classrooms, dormitories, dining rooms, library, water system as well as sporting arena were superb. We also had effective clinic where students received good treatment. While we had diligent and efficient teachers, students were also obedient and hardworking. That is why I will continue to cherish my days in the school.” Ogunde is still in contact with many of her classmates and surprisingly, she mentioned their full names to National Mirror. “We have somebody like Bukky George (nee Allen), Iyabo Alaran, Bimbo Odulate (nee Jelugbo), Kate Adelusi, Lauretta Onwufuju, Veronica Nwabueze and Roseline Elue. We also have Obichi, Folake Francis, Toun Oshoba (nee Kuyinu), Lola Adekoya,

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he Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Segun Odubela has urged Nigerians, especially the richß to contribute to the development of education in the state. He said this was necessary because government could not all alone shoulder the responsibility. Odubela made the appeal during the inauguration of a block of five classrooms and a staff room donated by a philanthropist, Alhaji Abdul Rasak Oladejo to Nawairu-Ud-Deen Primary School II, Agbado Railway Station in Ifo Local Government area of the state last week. He commended the donor,

WHOEVER THAT WENT TO OUR LADY OF APOSTLES ESPECIALLY DURING OUR DAYS WILL TELL YOU THAT

QUALITY EDUCATION, DISCIPLINE AND DILIGENCE WERE THE WATCHWORDS

Ogunde

Cosma and Damian, Janet Nwakwo, Anthonia Aderibigbe, Omowunmi Martins, Margaret Odogwu, Agnes Atanda and a host of others. I contact many of them often either on phone or through Facebook,” she said. Ogunde is an active member of the school alumni association through which she joins other alumni to contribute to the development of the institution. She recalls the recent event when they donated some white boards to the school and the constant career talks they held with the final year students. So, based on her love for the school, she always finds time out of her tight schedules to visit the institution to have a feel of the environment. “But I am happy that 34 years after, the school still maintains its standards in

terms of infrastructures and other basic facilities and this may be because it is a mission school. I will quickly add that things were bad within the period the school was taken over by the government,” she noted. One striking memorable event to Ogunde was during their English Literature class which she said was always interesting. “I was so fascinated with poetry and poems. I loved Christopher Okigbo and J.P Clark’s books such that I used to be carried away while reading them. “I can also remember our vibrant Literary and Debating Society especially during inter-schools debate competitions. We really had a great time.” Just like every other school where discipline was the order of the day, no student in Our Lady of Apostles according to Ogunde dared miss the 8.0 clock morning assembly without prior knowledge of the principal, after which other activities for the day began. “So, it is the school that made me who I

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saying the facilities would greatly help both the students and teachers and by extension improve the education sector in the state.

Also expressing appreciation, the school’s Head Teacher, Mrs. Nimota Ibikunle thanked the donor as well as his wife, Alhaja Muslimat Oladejo who equally

donated a borehole and 2,800 Watts generator to the school. She promised that the facilities as well as the furniture in them would be put to good use.

L-R: Wife of donor, Alhaja Muslimat Oladejo; donor, Alhaji Abdul Rasak Oladejo; Head Teacher, Nawairu-UdDeen Primary School II, Agbado, Ifo, Ogun State, Mrs Nimota Ibikunle and Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Segun Odubela at the inauguration of a block of five classrooms at Nawairu-Ud-Deen Primary School II, Agbado, Ogun State, recently.

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he duo of Zainab Amusa and Kaosarat Olabode, students of Epe Senior Grammar School emerged winners of this year’s edition of the Lagos State Schools’ Debate. The annual competition was organised for secondary school students in both private and public schools in the state and this year’s edition was the fifth in the series. The joint-winners however, scored a total of 79.63 out of 100 points obtainable to beat their counterparts- Bukola Orekoya and Victoria Ayenuro- from CMS Girls Senior Grammar School, Bariga, who scored 79.13. The third position went to Oluwabukola Ogunmuko and James Oluwatomisin from Meiran Community Senior High School, Meiran. While the winning team was given a sum of N500, 000 and a trophy for the excellent performance, the first and second runners-up went home with N300, 000 and N200, 000 plus a trophy each, respectively. Congratulating all of them, especially on the spirits of competitiveness they demonstrated, Governor Babatunde Fashola urged them to always strive for excellence in their studies as well as other endeavours. He promised that his government on its part would continue to put necessary facilities and tools that would better prepare them for future challenge in place. Fashola, who spoke through his Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, also advised those who did not make it to this year’s finals not to lose hope but to restrategise for future editions. The competition was also featured Individual Speaker’s Category with Kehinde Adeyemi of Vetland Senior Grammar School, Agege came first and Jeremiah Lawal of Isheri Senior Grammar School, Isheri as well as Toheeb Edun of Egan Senior Grammar School, Egan came second and third, respectively. The debate according to governor is one of the cardinal programmes of the state government to improve the public speaking skills and the spirit of competitiveness and confidence among the students. He noted that no fewer than 276 students from both private and public schools participated at the preliminary stage.

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L-R: The Registrar and Secretary to Council, University of Lagos, Dr. Taiwo Ipaye; Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Rahamon Bello and his deputy (Academics and Research), Prof. Babajide Alo, at the institution’s pre-convocation press conference, recently.

Educationist advocates better home support for college students AISHA TITILAYO

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here is a need for active, purposeful and dynamic parental care so as to encourage college students to excel in academics. Adequate exposure to sports and other co-curricula activities will also strengthen the students both physically and mentally. The Administrator of Grace Schools, Gbagada, Lagos, Mrs. Tokunbo Edun made this observation while interacting with pressmen after the grand finale of season four of the annual Grace Oshinowo Memorial Football Competition. The competition took place at Grace High School Gbagada founded by late Deaconess

Grace Oshinowo. Edun said one of the problems that many parents have when training college students is to get enough time to monitor them. “You know that when boys and girls get to secondary school, they are usually more active than when they were in primary school. Also, they are usually more audacious, courageous, so they want to try to do so many things on their own. This is when parents need to pay greater attention to them. “Unfortunately, due to pressure, especially of work and the social environment in Lagos where everyone is daily rushing to and from work, most parents cannot get enough time for the college students. We then have a situation where the stu-

dents are looking for avenues to burn their energy. You will no longer be surprised if you know that they can go far-away places from home to play football or watch films and videos and do all sorts of things which they think is good for them. “So, we as educationists try to assist the parents to keep the children positively engaged. One of the ways we do this is to organise various activities in the school. The effect of this is that once they have so much to do, they will find out that there is no time to waste. This is why annually, Deaconess Grace Oshinowo Football competition organised in honour and memory of my mother is one useful way to keep the children actively and positively engaged

“well in response to the question about our experience, I want to say that since we started the football competition the children have been enjoying it. “We even discover that most of them love the game and they have current information about football clubs in Europe,” Edun said. She added that, Grace High school does not allow one aspect of school programme impact negatively on others as there is always a conscious attempt to balance all the activities. Her word, “in this school, our goal is to give the students all round training. That is why the school has sports facilities, musical equipment, language studios and Information Technology centers.

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he Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic, Adamawa State Polytechnic chapter has protested the non payment of their Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) allowances running into several millions of naira. The action last week led to the closure of the institution even as the lecturers are insisting of collecting all their three years arrears in full before they could go back to work. But the authorities have directed the students to resume for academic works while the lecturers kicked against it. Addressing journalists on the issue, Dr. Coleman Koji blamed the management for the development, saying it was avoidable if the management was willing to pay the allowance, which he said was 15 per cent of their basic salaries. He said allowing the allowance to be accumulated to over N160 million covering three years made the situation worse.

He noted that if the management had considered the payment necessary, it should have done so from the N350 million the school generated internally. Now, National Mirror gathered that the management had tried to cause division among the lecturers by paying some of them two per cent instead of 15 per cent of the allow-

ance. The management is also maintaining that the school had reopened for academic activities. The Rector, Prof. Bobboi Umar who spoke through Information Officer, Mr. Albert Mathila insisted academic activities have resumed.

L-R: Corporate Affairs Manager, UAC, Mr. Mike Asuquo; Vice Principal (Academic), Dennis Memorial Grammar School (DMGS), Onitsha, Anambra State, Mrs. Charity Okafor; UAC representative, Mr Solomon Aigbavboa and Head of Sciences, DMGS, Mrs. Joy Okoye during the presentation of science equipment to the school as part of UAC’s Goodness League projects for schools in the South East geo-political zone recently.

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 omic condition of the present day Nigeria. The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Tale Omole has pointed out that the university was still magnanimous even with the increment, arguing that despite the school standard as a best rated in the country by the Webometric world universities ranking, OAU charges is the lowest fees in the country. He specifically explained that apart from the fact that the Federal Government’s subvention to the university has been cut by 50 per cent, the institution is spending a fortune on social amenities especially electricity on monthly basis. While the crisis is still on, students of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka also took to the streets to show their disagreement with the authorities of the institution over increment in their registration fee and what they also called extortion. They, like their mates in LASU and OAU, also believe that increment of any fee whatsoever in UNILAG is not justifiable. It is however observed that the students from LASU, OAU to UNILAG reasoned almost the same way. They argue that since their schools are government-owned running with public funds and more so that a majority of people in government and in charge of these institutions, among others enjoyed tuitions free university education during their times, they therefore have no genuine reason for raising fees beyond what their parents can afford. They said their parents were even struggling to pay the current fees and increasing them is to further impoverished them. However, National Mirror’s investigations revealed that there were variations in the fees charged by the nation’s public universities. And that of the state-owned schools like LASU is far higher than any of the federal institutions. F o r instance, school fees in LASU before now stood around N40, 000 to N55, 000) depending on the course of study. But now, the fees have increased to Education (N193,750); Social and Management Science(N223,750); Law(248,750); Communication/School of Transport(N238,750); Science(N258,750); Engineering(N283,750) and College of Medicine(N308,750). All these include such fees as registration, ID card, caution, medical and so on. National Mirror also observed that students in clinical sciences and pharmacy in other institutions pay higher fees than their counterparts studying courses like social sciences, education, management and law. For example, while fresh students studying humanities and social sciences in UNILAG; FUTA; UNICAL; UNN and UI are paying N35,500; N48,900; N48, 800 and N42,200 respectively, their counterparts in UNIBEN; Federal University, OyeEkiti and OAU are being charged N45,000; N90,600 and N17,150(and proposed N72,400) respectively. The details of the fees charged the students in clinical and pharmacy courses by these institutions is as showing in the table above. Nevertheless, while the respective authorities insisting that the hike has come to stay; the students on their part want reversal.


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Chrisland Schools chapter inaugurated STORIES BY FRANKA OSAKWE

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t’s my pleasure to inaugurate the Chrisland Chapter of the National Mirror Press club.” With this statement by the National Mirror Editor, Mr. Seyi Fasugba, students of Chrisland Schools (Opebi, Idimu and Victoria Garden City (VGC) became the first set of students to be inducted into the prestigious National Mirror Press Club, established by the newspaper to stimulate student’s interest in journalism. The Press Club, the first of its kind by any national newspaper in Nigeria is aimed at equipping secondary school students with writing skills while also assisting them to cultivate the habit of reading and writing. The Chrisland inauguration was performed by management staff of National Mirror led by the deputy Managing director, Mr. Bankole Makinde and witnessed by the Chrisland management staff led by Mrs. Ibironke Adeyemi, the schools’ managing director. Mr. Fasugba told the new Chrisland journalists that they would be reporting for National Mirror by covering different beats in their respective schools. This, he said, would come with great benefits as they were entering a profession that would bring them close to people in high places and great events.

“If there is a profession where the professionals are sure of a place in heaven, it is journalism because journalists would be required to disseminate information about what is happening in different parts of heaven,” he joked, adding that as journalists, the students would be required to inform, educate and L-R: (Sitting) Dignitaries at the inauguration: Head Business Development Unit, Chrisland Schools Limited, Mr. Jide Onigbogi; Acting Head Communications and Corporate Affairs Unit, Mrs. Bunmi Oyedemi; Managing Director, Mrs. entertain readers about various Ibironke Adeyemi; Director of Administration, Mrs. Anike Oye; Deputy Managing Director/ CEO, National Mirror Newshappenings in their schools and en- papers, Mr. Bankole Makinde and the Editor, Mr. Seyi Fasugba with the students from Chrisland School, Idimu. vironments. The managing director, Chrisland Schools, Mrs Ibironke Adeyemi pledged the schools’ assistance to ensure that the Press Club is able to achieve the goals and vision of the newspaper. “Children, the ball is in your court, it’s left for you to make use of what you have been given, you have been given this opportunity to develop your talents. This will help you in developing your grammar, your confidence, and it will develop you in so many ways as well as equip you for your future endeav- The dignitaries with Chrisland School Ikeja. ours.” The managing director announced that the platform would be used to showcase star writers every term. “We are going to be looking for star writers every term and a gift will be awarded to anyone who will consistently give good articles each term, this will motivate and encourage you to strive more. She commended National Mirror for choosing Chrisland as pilot schools for the press club and urged the students to ensure that they enjoy all the benefits being intro-

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s the Chrisland Schools Chapter of the National Mirror Press Club kicked off Tuesday, students of the school have been assigned to different beats and given assignments for the introduction of the club’s special column scheduled to begin next Thursday. At the maiden Club/Editorial meeting held shortly after the inauguration, key editorial staff were ap-

L-R: Managing Director, Mrs. Ibironke Adeyemi; Director of Administration, Mrs. Anike Oye; Deputy Managing Director/ CEO, National Mirror Newspapers, Mr. Bankole Makinde and the Editor, Mr. Seyi Fasugba at the inauguration.

pointed among the students who will be reporting to the Managing Editors in each of the three schools. The managing Editors, in turn would ensure that stories get to National Mirror education desk through the Editor-in-Chief Mr. Mr. Jide Onigbogi and Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Mrs Mojisola Sesan-Aina. The column which forms part of the weekly Education column is designed

The dignitaries with Chrisland School, VGC

for exclusive news stories, features, opinion and interviews on a range of issued in the schools. The students were taken on a short Introductory seminar in journalism by Mr. Sam Eferaro an assistant editor of National Mirror to acquaint them with basic knowledge about writing and the journalism profession. Chrisland schools, easily the fastest growing group of primary and secondary

schools in the country, has been chosen as the pioneer chapter of the Mirror Press Club because of its rich culture of academic excellence quality teaching service and excellent infrastructure. With no fewer than eight Primary and secondary schools located in Lagos and Abuja and one Pre-degree institution Chrisland schools have emerged as models for quality primary and secondary school education at the private level.

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‘We need education minister now!’

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n Wednesday, September 11, 2013, President Goodluck Jonathan relieved nine ministers of their duties following a major mid-term cabinet reshuffle which was presumably carried out to breathe a new lease of life into the administration which apparently was losing focus and drive. In the words of the administration, it is to refocus the government and reshape the administration for greater service delivery. Prominent on this list was the Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufa’i. Surprisingly however, the new life had been slow in coming as it took the president another four months, precisely, January 21, to send a list of 12 nominees to Senate for approval. However, it was not until the 5th of March 2014, nearly six months after the sack of the ministers that the names of their replacement were announced by the President himself. Unfortunately, the ministry of education was not among the lucky ones! By the time you read this piece, it would have been nine months since the ministers were sacked to allow the retooling of government apparatus but still no substantive minister for education. The Senate, during its plenary session on Wednesday the 4th of June, 2014, announced another list of four more nominees for consideration

Education as I see it

by Tosanwumi Otokunefor

info@alphaedufoundation.org 08030904461 (email/SMS only)

THE PRESIDENT AS A MATTER OF

‘URGENT NATIONAL INTEREST’

SHOULD APPOINT A NON POLITICISED, EXPERIENCED, KNOWLEDGEABLE,

DEDICATED AND FOCUSED FULLTIME MINISTER OF EDUCATION TO GIVE THE

REQUIRED LEADERSHIP WITHOUT DELAY. for ministerial position; will the ministry of education be one of the lucky beneficiaries of this latest effort? Many in the academia had hoped that the president would have seized the opportunity of the cabinet reshuffle to revamp the fledgling ministry of education in an attempt to reverse the innumerable ills that have plagued the Nigerian education project for so long. But instead, the Minister of State has continued to hold sway over the entire ministry nearly a year later. Apart from the scandalous statistics as the nation harbouring the largest population of

out-of-school children worldwide, we are gradually becoming the examination malpractice headquarters of the world. But the saddest part of the story is that no one is overly worried about these developments and there are no concerted efforts to reverse the trend. During the watch of the Supervising Minister of Education, the entire tertiary education system had virtually grinded to a halt but for the timely personal intervention of Mr. President that ended the university teachers’ strike. Meanwhile, the Nigerian polytechnics and colleges of education have remained closed for

nearly a year as a result of the deadlock in the negotiations between them and the supervising minister of education. To add insult to injury, the minister, Mr. Nyesom Wike recently declared that the agreement reached with the striking workers with respect to salary arrears had been overtaken by the Chibok girls’ saga. I wonder what he expects the students, their parents and indeed the striking workers to do about this unilateral executive somersault. The ministry of education now boasts of a federal university in every state of the federation, though the existing ones lack infrastructure, equipment and qualified teachers. Equipment and qualified staff have continued to be problematic at virtually every level of the educational ladder. All these are signs of poor leadership. The consequence is poor quality output from the various levels of educational institutions that are of little use to the society. The admission quotas into the universities have been significantly increased by the National Universities Commission but without increasing classroom and laboratory capacities. We do not know who makes these decisions anymore. In fact, it appears the various parastatals are now their own bosses since they

seem to account to no one else. We on the inside know without an iota of doubt that the quality of education has been sacrificed for quantity. The quality of our products is becoming increasingly inferior to those of previous years. The nation continue to complain about graduates who cannot read and write and virtually unemployable. As an expression of her belief in the crucial role education plays in national development, immediate past Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, while handing over to Wike charged him to ensure that Nigerians have access to quality education. I really wonder how she had expected him to succeed in the job where she had failed. Nonetheless, education remains the bedrock of national development and critical for the success of the government’s transformation agenda. The nation’s education system cannot continue to flounder in the seas of uncertainty, ignorance, or procrastination. We must revamp at once the process of producing qualified manpower to drive the nation’s developmental efforts. For this to materialise, the president as a matter of ‘urgent national interest’ should appoint a non politicised, experienced, knowledgeable, dedicated and focused fulltime minister of education to give the required leadership without delay.

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upils of Kingdom Heritage Model School, Iyana Ipaja, Lagos, accompanied by the head teacher, Mrs. Omolola Idowu and some teachers visited National Mirror on Tuesday. They were on excursion so as to educate them about the operations of a newspaper. All the 151 children in all the six arms of primary three were on the excursion. They were taken round the premises of the newspaper. A Senior Correspondent with the newspapers, Mr. Tunbosun Ogundare explained to the children what goes on in a newsroom. The students also learnt about the duties of a reporter, a photo journalist and a graphic artist. The Press Manager also told the children how the printing press operates. The children were very happy to learn how a newspaper is produced; some of them said they would like to become journalists. The head teacher, Mrs. Idowu Omolola Idowu said the excursion was an annual event meant to educate the children about various professions. “The whole idea is to expose them

National Mirror’s reporter, Tunbosun Ogundare addressing the students of Kingdom Heritage Model School, Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos during their visit to the newspaper’s headquarters in Lagos, on Tuesday.

at this early stage so that they can make appropriate choice when they get to that stage,” she said. The Managing Director, National Mirror, Mrs. Kafilat Ogbara expressed the delight of the newspaper to receive the children and described National Mirror as a child friendly newspaper

The students with (L-R:) Graphic artist, National Mirror, Mr. Williams Etuk; Head of Admin, Mr. Sunday Inegbedion and General Editor, Mr. Wale Ajao during the visit. PHOTOS: ABIOLA ABDULHAMMED


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he Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Isaac Adewole on behalf of the entire university community condoled with the entire Arewa and people of Kano on the death of the university’s Chancellor and Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero. The VC described the late chancellor as a distinguished monarch, diplomat, patriot, bridge- builder, and exemplary statesman. He said late Ado Bayero made genuine contributions to the university and national development. “The late chancellor was also a champion of peace, who in his private and public life preached peace and peaceful co-existence. We carry in our hearts his precious memories “the VC said in a statement by the university’s spokesman, Mr. Olatunji Oladejo. Late Ado Bayero served twice as a chancellor of the university. First from 1976 to 1984, and second term, from 2001 to death.

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music student sponsored by the MTN Foundation, Agatha Ibeazor, has graduated from Truman State University, USA with excellent result. She is a product of MUSON School of Music and won the First prize in 2009 for singing. Ibeazor graduated with Magna Cum Laude, equivalent of Nigeria’s second class upper degree. Speaking in a statement, Corporate Services Executive, MTN, Mr. Akinwale Goodluck, said the company was excited to be part of Ibeazor’s success story. “Agatha has justified the introduction of MTNF/MUSON scholars programme which began in 2006 with the aim of giving opportunities and support to students with talent in music but lack the financial wherewithal to achieve their dreams.” He added that, about 162 graduates had so far emerged from the programme put in place by its corporate social vehicle and have either proceeded for further studies abroad or gone into music full time.

OAU glows as new students resume Traders, bus drivers smile to the banks

Beefs up security

Fresh students resuming for the new session

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he fresh students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife were very happy to resume for academic activities as they trooped in large numbers to the campus penultimate Sunday. All the major roads leading to the campus were blocked due to the large numbers of vehicles entering the university. The Angola/Mozambique Car Park in the halls of residence arena was also filled to the brim with students going about with their registrations. The morning heavy shower on that day couldn’t deter them from going about the registration as they were full of smiles. Most of them have been given admission since six months when lecturers were on nationwide strike. The development has brought a live to dull commercial activities on campus. Now, various types of products are displayed at desig-

nated places. The photographers, for the next three weeks, will make brisk business as the students continue to troop into their studios for shots. Some traders also hiked their prices but the students led by their leaders are everywhere to deal with anybody that sells beyond the normal price. Some students are also using the opportunity to make money as they were seen selling files, buckets, electric stoves, notebooks and other useful materials, but at controlled and moderate prices. A woman was apprehended by the students for selling a mattress worth N4, 000 between N5, 500 and N7, 000 to the new students following a report by one of the parents. Her remaining mattresses were confiscated and taken to the university security unit. At the Angola and Mozambique Halls (the male and female halls for fresh male and female undergraduates respectively), tents were erected outside, thereby providing shades for those who are doing their registration exer-

cise. Residents of the Obafemi Awolowo Hall were also seen gyrating and doing ‘Aro’ (campus euphemism for madness) for the new students. They helped some students carry their luggage while they shouted at those who came with their parents or flashy cars. Some parents couldn’t but laugh when one of the Awoites, as the residents are called, told a parent that “your son is lucky to have been in the midst of ‘madmen’. Brilliant students dwell in Awo Hall. All the best things you could point to are here.” Though some parents attempted to give the students money to show appreciation, they rejected it, saying “it is against our culture”. Hall masters and wardens, including porters and OAU security outfit, codenamed “Crackers” had hectic time controlling traffics and movement. Many students were sighted carrying their boxes on their heads as the car parks were filled up and cars prevented from coming towards the area to avoid being held-up in the traffic.

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abcock University, IlisanRemo, Ogun State has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the US-based Animal Care and Use, research, Education and Testing (ACURET). Speaking during the signing of the agreement in Ilisan-Remo, the Provost of the College of Health and Medical Sciences, Prof. Iheanyichukwu Okoro said the collaboration would enable people involving

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in animal laboratory research in Africa get certified locally instead of going to Europe and America. He added that the partnership

would also make Babcock University a hub for ACURET activities. On his part, Chairman, ACURET, Prof. William Odesanmi said since laboratory scientific researchers rely on the use of animals, it had become necessary to ensure that the animals are handled in more humane manner. “So, we need to bring to bear the enlightenment of the public, especially researchers on how to handle animals during researches,” he said. Giving an insight into the agreement, a member of the uni-

versity’s board of trustees, Prof. Francis Fakoya said if laboratory scientific research conducted by Africans were to be respected, there is urgent need to change the mindset of researchers on the proper conduct of research involving the use of animals. “We need to create awareness and promote an understanding that good animal welfare is good science. If we don’t understand that, the result we get from our animal base experiment is just going to be a waste of time, money, efforts and manpower,” he said.


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Group educates undergraduates on cashless policy OLAMIDE OKUNNU

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non- governmental organisation, Enactus Nigeria, has joined Verve Nigeria to educate the students of University of Lagos, Akoka on the cashless policy. Through the theme: “Verve: My cashless campus challenge”, the programme is aimed at sensitising the university community, especially the students to embrace cashless policy for their day-to-day financial transactions. According to the representative of Enactus Nigeria, Mr. Emmanuel Ajayi, the idea is to enlighten the students on how to access verve card and the benefits. He pointed out that, users of verve cards have the opportunity of recharging their cell phones and settling of their bills online.

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200-level student of Microbiology, Caleb University, Imota, Lagos State, Miss Hope Aigboboh has been selected by the US Consulate Office in Nigeria for all expenses-paid scholarship at the University of Connecticut, US. She is one of the two Nigerian undergraduates for the programme by the US Institute for Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship. In addition to David Imoisili also from Nigeria, Hope is expected to join other students from Cameroon, Ghana, Senegal, Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen for the programme. An endorsement statement from Chinenye Uwadileke from the Public Affairs section of the consulate said the programme which is for this fiscal year would last five weeks, beginning from June 21. The programme according to the statement will enable participants study development, history, challenges, and successes of social enterprises and community leaders in the US with the expectation to make use of the knowledge back home. The students will also discuss such topics as microfinance, organisational development and management, grant writing, innovation, emerging markets and risk analysis, strategic business planning, corporate social responsibility as well as women and minorities in entrepreneurship.

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‘Why NYSC scheme should be reduced to six months’ Osundare Ifeoluwa, a youth corps member serving in Ondo State is the Chief Executive Officer of Middleman Company. The 25-year old Ilesha born graduate of medicine recently launched a company named Middleman. In this interview with KEMI BUSARI (400L, Pol.Sc., OAU, Ile-Ife), she speaks about her business and other issues. Excerpts: of varied culture, background, experiences and from different institutions apart from that which NYSC provides. I support that the scheme should continue and not monetised only that it can be reduced to six months and the camp less than three weeks.

What informed the name Middleman? The name is borne out of what the company does. Middleman is a brainchild born out of the need to see people reach and connect with their needs easily. It is a company that annexes the leverage provided by the economic milieu. It provides mainly the structure and platform for connecting the existing businesses and their customers. It is like a public relations agency that has the vision to promote small and medium scale enterprises. You studied medicine, why then are you into business? I wouldn’t say this enterprise is beyond my field. I find joy in meeting and connecting people. As we are, we are all at one time or the other in need of something or someone. So, linking up with something or someone is like a basic requirement for man’s survival. So my company is just bringing it to the fore in an organised way. What could you say is your gain since you have established the company? For now, my gain is that people call me to thank me for linking them up with their needs through my directory. That always gives me sense of fulfillment. Also, the joy of creating and having something in mind and achieving it is a great joy for me and I hope I will make money from it very soon. How about funding? For now, I get my fund through the support of my parents, friends and my custom-

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ers, because they pay whenever I render service to them. How do you intend to combine the business with your profession? Funny enough, this is actually my profession. Doctors they use to say are always busy, I use to say it depends on what they are busy doing. For me, I am busy meeting the needs of people and that is middleman. It’s part of my work and also my dream. Many have advocated that graduates should be given an amount of money after graduation, do you support this? I actually believe in National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, it’s a platform that cannot be gotten anywhere else. There is no other place where you can see youths

Where do you see Middleman in the next five years? Middleman in my vision is an international platform because everybody everywhere has a need so it’s a business that cuts across. Middleman has started by getting people aware of the easy ways to get their needs. We started with the website, www. middleman.com.ng in which as a layman, you can just wake up and get connected. We also have a hand book and we have recently introduced conferences where you can do one on one networking. All this are the visions of Middleman which we are going to nurse not only in Nigeria but at international level. Some youths have ideas of business to do but lack financial wherewithal, with your experience, what do you tell those in that category? Your idea does not stop with you. Finances in this sense shouldn’t be the first thing that is mostly where people use to get it wrong. Conceive your idea, develop it to a point where it can be execute then it is easy for somebody else to help you. Middleman is open to small and medium scale enterprises, if you actually have an idea and you feel it’s a good one, you can just contact us, and we will make out something out of it.

Why we engaged in sanitation, by UNILORIN students AKERELE OLUWAKEMI

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respected former US President, John F. Kennedy once says “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” This quotation aptly describes the step taken by four students of the Mass Communication Department of the University of Ilorin when they organised a health campaign with a theme: “Good hygiene, healthy nation,” recently. The students, who specialise in Public Relations, are in final year and they are Akerele Oluwakemi, Madu Edith, Motojehi Blessing and Mustapha Tracy. The health campaign was seen as a social responsibility function, which was undertaken by the students to educate

Students of the university during the sanitation exercise

and sensitise people in their local community towards the development of their communities and the nation at large. Through the programme, people are expected to cultivate good personal hygiene that will translate to the larger society. According to the Public Relations Officer of the team, Akerele

Oluwakemi, the programme was done to give back to the host community and towards the betterment of their lives and environment. Speaking further, Akerele said the life span of a man depends on two main factors- environment he lives and the food he eats. For effectiveness of the cam-

paign and also to lay a good example, the students engaged on a one day cleaning exercise at a designated location at Bubu community around the university community. The location for the cleaning exercise was chosen because the place has been used overtime as a dump site. According to the head of the team, Madu Edith, the community was chosen because many houses there are without toilets; hence people dump refuse indiscriminately and that poses a serious threat to their health. She noted that the place was owned by Glo Telecommunications to erect its mast but people convert it to a dump site. Expressing appreciation, the community head, Alhaji Aliu Umar expressed gratitude to the team while promising that people in the community will do everything possible to avoid dumping refuse in the place.


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OVERNORS (Governors’) Forum to draw up retirement benefits” (THE NATION ON SUNDAY Headline, June 8) For continuity, let us welcome DAILY SUN OF June 2 to this lexical hall of infamy with this headline goof: “7m people die of water borne (water-borne) diseases yearly, says consultant” DAILY SUN of May 26 takes over with more headline frailties: “NNPC/Chevron commissions (inaugurates) N50m projects in Delta” This is sheer abuse of the verbal application of ‘commission’! Offenders need to study the word. “KWASU partners USA, China (Chinese) coys on solar energy” “Kogi farmers’ association allege (alleges) diversion of N1bn agric fund” Finally from DAILY SUN Back Page: “Do they know it’s Children’s Day” What of the question mark? THE NATION ON SUNDAY of May 25 combated the English language in the following entries: “Somalia (Somali) president attacked by al-Shabab” “…you have raised the bar of governance which will ever remain difficult for mediocre (mediocrities/mediocrists/the mediocre) to attain….” (Full-page advertisement) ‘Mediocre’ is an adjective. “Benue 2015: PDP at crossroads over Gemade, Suswam” This way: at a/the crossroads “Nigerians are, however, skeptical about the level of compliance to (with) the laws guiding the scheme….” “The governing council, members, management, staff & students of Osun College of Education, Ilesa (another comma) felicitates (how?)….” “As a symbol, your strides lead the way and in-

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he Lagos State government has intensified efforts to eradicate blindness among students in the state by taking its Expanded Eye

spires (what is going on here?) the hope of a brighter and rewarding future.” (Half-page advertisement by the above institution) “Any one (sic) with useful information (police cliché: would it have been useless information?) about his where about (sic) (whereabouts) should….” (Full-page advertisement by the FIRS) DAILY SUN of May 23 circulated headline and body flaws: “Those who say Ibadan don’t (doesn’t) serve gov twice are poor students of history, says Ajimobi” LASU students, JAF protest over (against/at/about) fee hike” Let us extend our searchlight to DAILY SUN EDITORIAL of the above edition: “… work for the restoration of peace in (to) northern Nigeria.” From the editorial to opinion page: “… the citizenry still needs (need) his enormous wealth of experience to stir us to path of rectitude.” “All Anambra (All-Anambra) LG soccer championship set to kick off” Finally from DAILY SUN Back Page with four errors: “…we had been invited on (to/ for) a facility tour by the governor.” “I thought the governor would ride in his official car, or join us in the bus as many other governors have (had) done on trips to other states.” “We went round Owerri metropolis, seeing state of the art (state-of-the-art) schools….” “Issues in the Chibok schoolgirls abduction” (DAILY SUN OPINION Page Headline, April 30) A syntactic surgery: Issues in Chibok schoolgirls’ abduction Wrong: Face-me-I-face-you house

WRONG: FACE-ME-IFACE-YOU HOUSE RIGHT: ROOMING HOUSE Right: Rooming house “Royal father disowns vigilante (vigilance) group” (DAILY SUN, April 23) The Guardian front and inside pages of April 22 toyed with morphological truth: “Parents of abducted female students of the Government Girls (Girls’) Secondary School….” The Guardian must be underestimating its readers’ intelligence: would it have been male students in a girls’ school? If the front page can contain this kind of misprint, what will the inside pages look like? “The aggrieved and traumatised parents spoke at (on) the premises of the destroyed school when….” “Umar, Southern Taraba leaders trade words over frequent crisis (crises)” “Nigeria has best disease surveillance (disease-surveillance) system in Africa” “SURE-P assures over funding of EastWest road” Who did the agency assure? “…the ordinary poor man in the street….” The ‘man in the street’ does not require any embellishment! Finally from The Guardian: “…the NJC is a body which every lawyer revere (reveres).” Next is The PUNCH of April 22 with this faux pas: “FG wants African DAILY SUN of April 22 circulated dozens of inaccuracies: “He said about 150 parents

have (had) made spirited attempts last week in search of the abducted girls….” “He said government has (had) brought food items to the town for….” “…the case against the Nigerian was serious on the ground (grounds) that he had confessed that….” “FCT suspends controversial ‘park and pay’ policy” No controversy: ‘park-and-pay’ policy “MASSOB strikes out ex-Gov Obi’s name from awardees list” Get it right: awardees’ list “UN raises alarm (the alarm) over ethnic slaughter in South Sudan” “…restoring sanity in (to) the land….” (EDITORIAL) The next three wrongdoings are from the OPINION pages: “…unless they steal because the varsity has been prized (priced) out of the reach of the poor.” “…Jonathan to take the bull by the horn (horns).” “I want to wholeheartedly congratulate President Goodluck Jonathan for (on/upon) keeping his word….” “Untold story of E. K. Clark (Clark’s) son’s kidnap, freedom” “…as you project the vast potentials (potential) of ‘ndi-Anambra’. We wish to appreciate our governor, Chief Willie Aduabuchi (Maduabuchi) Obianor (Obiano)….” (Full-page advertisement) Is it that these folk do not know the spelling of their governor’s name? “…Chukwu on his 52nd Birthday anniversary….” (Full-page advertisement by Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital Enugu signed by its Medical Director, Dr. Jojo Onwukwe) Either 52nd Birthday or 52nd Anniversary (the two words cannot co-function).

Lagos sets to eradicate blindness among students Health Initiative to schools at the grassroots. The programme was taken to the State Primary School, Oyewole, Agege last week.

According to the state government, the scheme is to build virile and productive future leaders whose sight will not be a hindrance to their greatness.

The programme involves the use of the Vision Field Board with the displaying of alphabets in different fonts on the board to test the visual potency

Students of Issa Williams Nursery and Primary School, Agege during a drama presentation at the launching of a Vision Corridor innitiative at the State Primary School, Agege, Lagos, last week.

of the students. Speaking at the Agege launch, the Tutor-Genera/ Permanent Secretary, District 1, Mrs. Florence Ogunfidodo said the programme was designed to prevent learning disability and poor performance of candidates through the early detection of eyes defect for purpose of curing it. According to her, the scheme will help teachers to monitor their students’ visual potency so as free them from eye defect while parents complement the effort by ensuring their children eats foods that enhance visual. Advising parents to always keep sharp objects away from their children, she said they should make use of the opportunity by taking their children with

obvious eye defects to qualified doctors for necessary correction. Representing the Ministry of Health, Dr. Olufunmilayo Sokunbi said the programme was important as it would help to improve the capability of the students and will help to eradicate blindness in the state. Representative of Commissioner for Education, Mr. Semasa Sutton said the programme was brought to the local government because of the belief that they are closer to the people. The Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Alhaja Gbolahan Dawodu thanked the state governor for his responsiveness and responsibility to the welfare of the children who are the future of the country.


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63 million Nigerians now connected to the internet KUNLE AZEEZ

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he number of Nigerians that are currently connected to the internet has reached 63 million. Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson disclosed this at the 2014 Nigeria Internet Governance Forum held in Lagos this week. NIGF is a coalition formed among the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, the Information Technology development Agency of Nigeria, NITDA, the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, as the Nigeria Internet Registration Council of Nigeria, NIRA. Speaking in a keynote address at the two-day forum, the Minister, who was represented by the Director, Telecoms and Postal Services in the ministry, Mr. John Ayodele, said the country is witnessing a huge transformation in its sociopolitical and economic lives with the increased access to the internet by Nigerians. “Before now, the story was many did not have access to the internet. Today, not only do we have the internet access and availability, we are also witnessing gradual growth in speed of the internet and latest statistics has shown that over 63 million Nigerians are

connected to the internet,” she said. She said the government was working with all necessary stakeholders to ensure that more internet infrastructures were deployed much easily by the operators towards ensuring that affordable and easily available internet access was provided to the growing rate of internet users. She said through the National Broadband Plan approved by the government, the plan was to achieve 80 per cent internet penetration by the end of 2018 more than the current 32 per cent penetration.

“In terms of the actual broadband penetration, there is currently about 6 per cent broadband penetration and we hope to deepen this by 630 per cent by 32017,” she said. She promised the ministry support to hosting the NIGF, stating that it provided a common platform for all stakeholders in the industry to consolidate their position on the global internet governance Forum. NIRA President, Mrs. Mary Uduma stressed that internet has become a force without which a country can achieve economic development. “It is this realisa-

tion that has informed our theme for this year’s forum which” Harnessing Multi-Stakeholders Framework for Internet Governance and Economic growth.” She stressed on the need for Nigerians to adopt the use of the Nigeria’s country code Top Level Domain name. ng, which she described as a secure Nigeria’s identity on the web while also calling for increased local contents on the web. “NIRA’s .ng is fortified with necessary security that shields users against cyber attacks. It is our own and we need to adopt it for economic development,” she added.

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L-R: CEO, GE Nigeria, Dr. Lazarus Angbazo; Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo; President/CEO GE Distributed Power, Lorraine Bolsinger and Leader, Distributed Power for Sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. George Njenga, during the GE distribution launch, on Tuesday in Lagos.

Multiple taxation hinder tourism development –FTAN he Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria, FTAN, said on Tuesday that multiple taxation and high bills were among the factors hindering development of tourism. The association’s President, Chief Tomi Akingbogun, disclosed this at the second edition of the Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibition for 2014. Akingbogun said taxes and bills demanded by different agencies under different names and tags were not helping the growth of the sector. According to him, most organisations and companies can

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barely survive after paying the various bills. “Same bills are demanded in different titles, like the staff monthly pension, medical insurance, five per cent VAT, guest parking, water and vehicle dustbin bill by local government. “COSON asking hotels, night clubs and restaurants to pay N1 to N2 billion for music played on Paid-TV, DSTV, ITF and NSITF, one per cent for staff monthly emoluments,’’ he said. He said NIPOST was planning to introduce stamp duties of N50 for every N1000 sales. “These are just some of the ec-

onomically unrealistic bills that businesses have to contend with,’’ he added. He said the use of mobile courts to seal business premises, lack of patronage from government and prominent people were also making it difficult for tourism to flourish. “The public are not left behind in the neglect of Nigeria tourism investments, wedding s for Nigerian couples are now taken abroad to show affluence,’’ Akingbogun said. The FTAN president called on the National Orientation Agency to do more to sensitise Nigerians

to the tourism potential of the country. He called on Nigerians to patronise home-made goods and the country’s tourism destinations. The FCT Minister of State, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide, in her paper entitled ``FCT as an Emerging Conference Destination’, said ``tourism creates entrepreneurial opportunities and brings development’’. Akinjide, who was represented by Mrs. Adebola Elegbede, Director, Tourism and Social Development, said tourism had a significant multiplier effect on other sectors of the economy.

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he Federal Government has been tasked to encourage increased harnessing and utilisation of gas in the power sector of the nation’s economy in order to stimulate the sustainable development of the sector. The Deputy Managing Director of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Mr. Abdullahi Sule made the call in Lagos at the Nigerian Gas Association, NGA, summit. “They should continue to encourage use of gas due to its benefits (stop flaring, environmental friendly, and cost effective), which positions it to compete effectively with other refined petroleum products’’, he said. He said the government should also encourage more Independent Power plants, IPPs to boost power generation through increased on gas.

Sule said, “The government should encourage more IPPs to boost power, and provide the much needed support for economic growth, and guaranteed returns on investments. According to him, “The private sector therefore, has a critical role to play for the success of the Gas to Power projects. They should explore and maximize the vast opportunities that abound in the Gas sector, as well as Gas to Power projects’’. Sule, who explore the evolution of the gas sector stated that the nation is endowed with over 180 trillion standard cubic feet, scf of gas which is huge enough for exploitation and utilisation. The Nigerian Gas Master Plan was approved in 2008 to lay a solid framework for gas infrastructure expansion within the domestic market. Sule stated that the master plan was put in place to guide

the commercial exploitation and management of Nigeria’s gas sector. He stated, “Out of the current annual gas production of about 2,000 bcf, about 40 per cent is flared. There is now a 70 per cent drop from the proportion flared before the reforms. Investment opportunities abound in the gas sector; there is room for Domestic Gas Market Expansion, IPPs, LNG Projects, The West Africa Gas Pipeline, The Tran Saharan Gas Pipeline, Gas to Liquids & Natural Gas Liquids. Sule, who commended the Nigerian Gas company for efforts made to development the sector over the years stated, “The Nigerian Gas Company Limited (NGC) was established in 1988. NGC is charged with the responsibility to develop an efficient gas industry to serve Nigeria’s energy and industrial feedstock needs through an integrated gas

L-R: Ethiopian Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Ato Sulaiman Dedefo; 2nd Deputy President, Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), Alhaji Rabo Saleh and President, Chief Tom Akingbogun, at the Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibition in Abuja yesterday.

New automotive policy threatens N25bn investment at Lagos port FRANCIS EZEM

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trong indications emerged that the Federal Government’s new automotive policy, which seeks to encourage locally assembled vehicles instead of fully built units, FBU, may have recorded its first casualty, as threatens over N25billion Foreign Direct Investment made by the Grimaldi Group. The Nigerian government under General Olusegun Obasanjo in its FDI drive and as part of measures to decongest the seaports had convinced the Grimaldi Group to build the Ports and Terminal Multiservices Limited PTML, a container and Roll-OnRoll-Off RORO, facility under

a 25-year Build, Own, Operate and Transfer BOOT scheme in which the company made an initial investment of $60 million. The Federal Government had in the new policy contained in the 2014 fiscal policy, imposed a 35 per cent duty on all Fully Built Units FBU cars and buses, which before now attracted import duty of 20 per cent and 10 per cent respectively, which took effect first week of last month amid protect by importers and clearing agents. The policy also imposed additional 35 per cent levy on all categories of vehicles imported into the country, which is expected to take effect July 1, 2014, a development stakeholders believe will unleash harsh economic conditions on the citizens, as it will lead

to an increase in price of every commodity and service in the market. A source close to the company, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, disclosed that the company has invested well over $150million including the earlier $60 million in the last seven years when the scheme took off. It was gathered that the components of this additional investment, which was not covered under the original obligation as contained in the concession agreement include the building of a new jetty, which was believed to be critical to the success of the business as well as the building of a vehicle terminal at Mile 2 area of Lagos to reduce pressure at the ports.

pipeline network and develop Export natural gas and its derivatives to the West African Sub-region. He said the NGC currently operates over 14 supply Gas Supply Projects across the country e.g the Oben-Ajaokuta-Geregu Gas Pipeline System, which sup-

plies Gas to Dangote Cement Obajana and other companies; Ibafo – Ikeja Gas Supply Pipeline System supplies gas to Ikeja City Gate from where Gaslink distributes to the Lagos Industrial Area (LIA); The Alakiri to Onne Gas pipeline system; The Aladja Gas Pipeline System amongst others.

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esearchers from the Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research, NIOMR, have blamed the divergent attitude of stakeholders in the agricultural sector for the low level of productivity in the sector despite laudable policies of government to revive agriculture in Nigeria. The researchers commended the Federal Government for launching the Agricultural Transformation Agenda ATA, which they believed will help in restoring agriculture to its former place of glory in the nation’s economy. In his address at an innovation workshop for stakeholders in the aquaculture sub-sector jointly organised by NIOMR and the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme WAAPP, the Executive Director of NIOMR, Dr. Olajide Ayinla, represented by Dr. Olusegun Oyewo, stated that the forum was desirable as a convergence of all stakeholders to synergise and achieve increased

agricultural production. “The ATA is helping to address the value chain concepts going beyond production to processing; transportation, marketing and funding for agricultural activities, however we have not been getting it right hence the poor results,” he said. He stressed that it was important for each value chain player to know exactly what to do in relation to other value chain operators in order to attain the overall desired objective of the ATA. In her remarks, Dr. Mabel Yarhere, Head of Extension Research and Liaison Services NIOMR, urged the stakeholders to improve on networking by breaking the jinx of secrecy and rather be open to share and receive information that will drive their profitability. “Aquaculture farmers, sellers, researchers and financiers need this kind of common platform which we are launching today in order to better and effectively communicate ideas and markets that will open up export opportunities for their products and services,” she said.

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he Electronic Payment Provides Association of Nigeria said it is set to further champion the need for increased adoption of e-payment among government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDA in line with the Central bank of Nigeria’s ongoing cashless scheme. To drive this vision, E-PPAN said it has concluded arrangement to host the 3rd edition of its Annual E-Payment Government Summit from the 8th – 9th of July 2014 at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre, Abuja. The summit is held in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria and sponsored by top industry companies in Nigeria

With the theme: “Increasing Government Revenue Generation using E-Payment Services”, this year’s edition is designed as an exclusive invitation-only event that brings together hundreds of key industry and government professionals for a two-day intensive interactive dialogue and educational sessions on ways to increase efficiency and internally generated revenue by government MDAs. According to the Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, E-PPAN, Mrs. Onajite Regha, the summit was an innovation of E-PPAN dedicated to the improvement and enhancement of government services as well as to drive the efficiency of a G2P (Government to People) services through e-payment.


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phone maker buys CBN fines banks N392m for Nigerian N4bn stake in MTI rules contraventions S N UDO ONYEKA

ix commercial banks paid N392million in fines to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, in 2013 for contravening various aspects of Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act, BOFIA. Checks by News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, showed that the penalised banks are Diamond Bank, Zenith Bank, Skye Bank, UBA, First City Monument Bank, FCMB, and Sterling Bank. A breakdown of the figures contained in the individual banks’ 2013 Annual Report indicated that Zenith Bank paid the highest fine of N276 million for various contraventions. The bank was fined for promoting top management staff without CBN approval, insufficient data for lodgement on credit report and non-rendition of original certificate of capital importation. Sterling Bank paid N52.97 million fine for promoting management officials without CBN’s approval and foreign exchange examination infraction, among others. UBA was fined N43.70 million

for opening a branch without prior approval of CBN, improper reclassification of public sector deposits and appointment of staff without CBN approval, among others. Diamond Bank paid N7.99 million fine for numerous infractions. A breakdown of Diamond Bank infractions showed that the bank paid N2 million fine for the delay in refunding a customer’s 827,223 dollars as directed by the CBN. It was fined N4 million for promoting two senior management personnel without the approval of the CBN. The bank was also ordered to pay N1.99 million for withholding a customer’s funds for 26 days after the promoters of the customer had written the bank that they were no longer interested in a facility. Similarly, FCMB Group was fined N6.1 million for delayed disbursement for 20 days to the beneficiary under Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme, among others. Skye Bank was fined N6 mil-

lion for failure to obtain CBN’s approval to promote a senior staff and under reporting of regulatory returns on public sector deposits. It was also fined for failure to update documentation on a customer’s account. Speaking on the contraventions, Mr Sunny Nwosu, National Coordinator, Independent Shareholders Association, ISAN,, urged the management of banks to be more careful and avoid wasting shareholders’ funds. Nwosu described commercial banks’ contraventions as unfortunate, stressing that the huge fines had robbed shareholders of enhanced dividends during the year. Mr. Bayo Adeleke, ISAN Secretary, commended the CBN for its actions to ensure that commercial banks complied with rules and regulations of engagement. Adeleke said that such penalties should not be viewed from income generating perspective, but to enhance good corporate governance and adherence to standards.

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igerian mobile-phone manufacturer Tingo Mobile agreed to buy a majority stake in Mass Telecom Innovation Nigeria Plc, MTI, for about N4billion to develop rural broadband in Africa’s most populous country. Operator MTI, Chief Executive Officer, Dozy Mmobuozi said in an interview yesterday in Lagos, the commercial capital. The company will be rebranded and remain listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, he said. Phone calls to numbers on MTI’s website didn’t connect. Lagos-based MTI’s “assets from base stations to license and goodwill and other things, will help penetrate rural Nigeria.” Johannesburg-based MTN Group Ltd. is expanding in Nigeria to tap a growing market for mobile and data usage. Africa’s biggest economy had 169 million mobile-phone subscriptions as of March for a population of about 170 million, the Nigerian Communications Commission said on its website. With many users owning more

than one phone, subscriber numbers are expected to grow to more than 200 million in 2017, according to London-based research company Informa Telecoms & Media. MTI’s shares were untraded at 0.50 naira as of 12:48 p.m. in Lagos. Nwando Ajene, a spokeswoman for the Nigerian Stock Exchange, doesn’t have any information about the proposed acquisition, she said by e-mail. Tingo said yesterday it will start selling three smartphones in Nigeria, the first time its devices will be made available to the public rather than to government or corporate customers. The Tingo T5, T500 and T561 models cost N10,000 to N18,000 naira and are made locally, Mmobuozi said. The Abujabased company also has operations in Kenya and Malaysia. Tingo is making GPS tracking systems and mobile point-ofsale devices that can be attached to its phones as it looks to expand its Internet-based services business. New products include a chat application that localizes emoticons, using Nigerian cultural references.

Stakeholder seeks FG’s support towards higher rice production

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L-R: Enugu State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr. Kester Onyema Agbowo and Commissioner for Finance and Economic Development, Mr. Godson Nnadi, during the state budget break down in Enugu, yesterday.

irector of Crystal Gold Mills & Agro-allied, in Ekiti State, Mr. Adetunji Oluwaseun, on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to support local rice production with enhanced agro-allied machineries. Oluwaseun told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos that the company had the capacity to produce five tons of rice per day or 1,825 tons per annum. According to him, the company currently produces 2.5 tons of rice per week and given more

FG seeks to foster trade ties with Cameroun OLUFEMI ADEOSUN

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he Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Cameroun towards removing all hindrances to trade between both countries. The MOU will focus on Standards and quality assurance. The agreement was jointly signed by the Director General, StandardOrganisation of Nigeria SON, Dr Joseph Odumosu and his Camerounian

counterpart, Mr. Charles Booto. Dr Odumosu who is also the President, Africa Organisation for Standardization said the purpose of the MOU was to foster a closer working relationship that will bring both countries together using standards. “Our economies will benefit by removing all technical barriers to trade and also increase trade volumes”, he said. According to him, Nigeria has an active population of over 8million officially in Cameroun. “Cameroun has a population of about 22 million people, so that

tells you the impact Nigeria has there. There is a robust and active business arrangement between both nations. “This new understanding will ensure the removal of hindrances to free flow of goods and services between Nigeria and Cameroun. It is necessary that we begin to formalize the trading activities btw us so that we can have an accurate measurement or our trade volume”, he said. Odumodu added that the MOU will also foster regional integration through standards and consequently ensure the integration

of African regional economies through the common language of standardization. Director of the Standard and Quality Organization of Cameroun, ANOR, Mr. Charles Booto who stressed the importance of “standards and quality assurance” to the development of a vibrant economy, also expressed optimism that the MOU would be implemented wholesale. Camerounian Ambassador to Nigeria, Salau Hedin Abbas on his part, said the relationship between both countries is the best that Cameroun has with any country.

support the local rice processors will meet the nation’s domestic consumption and for export. “We process 2.5 tons in a week, but with minor changes to our machinery we can process as much as five tons per day. “That means 10 tons of the raw paddy, what we get will be 5 tons. Now, we are talking about 10kg of about 500 bags. “We are turning out 5,000 of 1kg per day. If a company is rolling that out, you can imagine the number of people that we will be reaching out to. “Those are the areas we are looking forward to improve on. “As I said, we are young, we are hungry, we want to work for people; we want to serve. “We want people to recognise that there are still young people with the heart to lift up the country from where we are at the moment. The Food and Agricultural Organisation, FAO, has projected that rice output in Nigeria and Ghana for 2012 would outpace consumption, resulting in an upward revision of five million tonnes in 2013. FAO also said that the world rice stock-to-use ratio was forecast to rise to 35.5 per cent in 2013 from 33.6 per cent in 2012.


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Zamfara commends FG drive against desert encroachment in North BABALOLA YUSUF

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he Governor of Zamfara state, Abdulazeez Yari Abubarkar has lauded the federal Government for their efforts to save the north from desert encroachment. The governor disclosed this on Monday when the minister of Environment, Laurentia Mallam paid a visit to governor. The governor also disclosed that the state has been using over 200 youths to plant trees. He said, “I commend the efforts of the federal government. This issue is a timely issue. We will join hands with you to make sure we see the menace go. “We have the land but we are not utilizing it. We are in serious trouble. Where are we going to put our growing population if we allow desertification to consume this land? “We can see a lot of disadvan-

tages that we are in if we do not fight the issue of desertification. We will do our best to see that we fight this menace out of pulse. “We are using at least 200 - 500 youths to plant trees every month. Without a serious advocacy on this issue, people may not know. We are not planting. But we are cutting down the trees for cooking. In other countries, before you cut you must plant at least two or more trees.” While speaking, Minister warned against felling of tress in the country, saying felling of tree is the major cause of desertification. Mallam frowned at the habit of cutting down trees for domestic uses, especially in the northern [part of the country. She warned that desertification is capable of affecting the people of the North negatively if not handled. “We are here to inspect and create awareness on the Great Green

Wall programme that is in place to fight desertification that is encroaching into the country. “The desert will affect a lot of activities. It will affect the lives of our people negatively. The President has come together to collaborate with states and local government to see what can be done to fight it. “We know the effort you are making to give your own support to this programme. There are assurances from all these states that government will support this programme. “Eleven countries have joined hand with Nigeria to help fight desertification. Senegal, Mali too have gone far in the Great Green Wall programme. “I have no doubt that with your support government will fight this menace. We were told of the wind break that affected this state recently. We condole with you. You see why we have to join hands to fight desertification.’’

L-R: Chairperson, Book Development Committee, Tetfund, Prof Patricia Donli; Tetfund Member of the Board, Southwest, Dr Hanna Kolawole and Head, Department of Food Technology, University of Ibadan, Prof. Ogugua Aworh at the exhibition of Tetfund Book Development Intervention Outcomes in Abuja yesterday PHOTO: ROTIMI OSASONA

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he Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, said it is ready to sustain its ongoing collaboration on strategic management of the country’s airspace to enhance the overall safety of both military and civilian flyers with the Nigerian Air Force, NAF. An online media statement signed by the spokesman of the agency, Mr. Supo Atobatele stated that a high-powered delegation of the NAF had paid a courtesy visit to the Managing Director, NAMA, Mr. Ibrahim Abdulsalam in Lagos where they discussed issues bordering on collaborative airspace management, civil-military coordination, training of Air Force officers by NAMA and the military radar which is the

NAMA vows to sustain air safety through partnership with NAF military equivalent of TRACON. According to the statement, the leader of the delegation and Director of Air Traffic Services, Air Comdr. Bello Garba had explained that the visit was to strengthen the existing mutual relationship between the Nigerian Air Force and NAMA, stressing that “this synergy is particularly critical in view of the nation’s current security challenges.” Garba reportedly appreciated NAMA’s role in quelling the ongoing insurgency in the NorthEastern part of the country and solicited the agency’s assistance in the provision of technical expertise in the installation of military radar and the needed capac-

ity to man the equipment. Abdulsalam noted that the Nigerian Air Force had always been an ally of NAMA as the statutory role of the two organisations are complimentary, stressing that NAMA has always been at the forefront of the Civil-Military Coordination meeting. Abdulsalam emphasised that the on-going multilateration project in the Gulf of Guinea would effectively capture lowlevel aircraft in the area including military helicopters and assured that NAMA would provide the Nigerian Air Force with the needed manpower training and technical information on the military radar and other logistics.

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Bi-Courtney launches new automated car park OLUSEGUN KOIKI

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he Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited, BASL, operators of the Murtala Mohammed Airport Two, MMA2, Lagos has commissioned the automation of the its multi-storey car park situated within its terminal. An online statement by its spokesman, Chief Steve Omolale stated that the project was inaugurated at a brief ceremony earlier in the week after the contractor handling the project formally handed it over to the Chief Executive Officer of BASL, Mr. Christophe Penninck who he said expressed joy that the project was finally completed. According to him, Penninck,

commended the Group Managing Director, Interswitch Limited, Mr. Mitchell Elegbe, and his team for a job well done and timely delivery of the project to the terminal operator. Omolale stated that the company had embarked on the project to reduce the burden of passengers and other airport users at the 800-capacity car park. He stated, “The car park has been fully automated in a bid to make the use of the facility easier. Each of the three floors of the four-floor car park has a fully automated entry and exit barriers and column gates. “The new system comes with automated time-stamped ticket and various electronic applications, such as windscreen chip, access card and drive touch button.’’

AFAN hails FG over GES

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he Jigawa chapter of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, has lauded the Federal Government for introducing the Growth Enhancement Support, GES, scheme. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the scheme is the flagship programme of the Agricultural Transformation Agenda under which registered farmers are allocated two bags of fertiliser each and seeds on their mobile phones through an electronic platform known as the e-wallet. The Chairman of the association, Alhaji Habibu Isa, who made the commendation while speaking with newsmen in Dutse on Tuesday, said that the scheme had facilitated timely input distribution to farmers.

He said that the initiative had also resulted in improved crop yields among the farmers, adding that it would go a long way in ensuring food security in the country. According to him, the programme has also curtailed the problem of diversion by middlemen. He called on youths to embrace agriculture as God’s own profession, adding that association was exploring the possibility of collaborating with the government to sensitise youths on the importance of agriculture. “We are trying to see where we can collaborate with the government to create awareness among youths; to show them that agriculture is a good profession and worth practising,” he said.

Agriculture: Oyo LG trains 150 unemployed youths

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he Ibadan North Local Government on Tuesday organised a training programme on agriculture for 150 unemployed youths from the 12 wards in the council area. The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that the participants were trained on poultry and bee keeping, catfish farming, moringa olifera production as well as sheep and goat rearing. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the programme, the Caretaker Chairman of the council, Mr Idris Lapade, said the initiative was to tackle unemployment. He said successful participants would be given loans and two plots of land to begin their own agricultural outfits.

‘‘The importance of this training programme cannot be overemphasised considering the economic value of agriculture to the economy of the country. ``If the Federal Government really wants to achieve sustainable peace and security across the country, it needs to empower youths because an idle hand is the devil’s workshop. `` That is what we are doing in Ibadan North Local Government,’’ Lapade said. The chairman called on all well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to partner with government at all levels to empower youths. One of the participants, Fajimi Amos, said the programme was an eye-opener to what youths could achieve if empowered.


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Assessing Nigeria’s readiness for mobile, data explosion

tents accessed from a new range of cheaper smartphones has prompted the rise in data usage and this puts pressures on the operators. For instance, the study noted that consumers in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria are also increasingly using video TV and media services from their smartphones. Commuting on the report, Regional Head of Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Fredrik Jejdling, says “Sub-Saharan Africa is currently undergoing a mobile digital revolution with consumers, networks and even media companies are wakening up the possibilities of 3G and 4G technologies. We have seen the trend emerging over a few years but in the past twelve months the digital traffic has increased over 100 per cent forcing us to revise our existing predictions.” In the next five years, the report’s findings show that the voice call traffic in subSaharan Africa will double and there will be an explosion in mobile data with growing 20 times between 2013 and 2019, twice the anticipated global expansion. By 2019 the report predicts that 75 per cent of mobile subscriptions will be internet inclusive (3G or 4G). This growth has been predicted following the launch in 2014 of a number of smartphones for under $50 by a number of major device manufacturers allowing the rapid expansion of 3G and 4G technologies across the region. The 2014 Report predicts that in just three years’ time 3G technology will become the dominant technology across the

region. Also, Regional Head of Ericsson SubSaharan Africa, Mr. Fredrik Jejdling, submitted that “The rise of cheap smartphones will allow vast portions of the population – from middle classes in cities to small businesses in rural areas – access to mobile broadband. M-commerce can offer endless opportunities for entrepreneurs and we’ve found that farmers are fans of mobile wallets – as well as teenagers wanting to watch music videos on their smartphone.” Meanwhile, Country Manager, Ericsson Nigeria, Mr. Kamar Abass, has said for a country such as Nigeria to prepare for this explosion in telecoms services usage, especially with the extant infrastructure deficit, which has compelled operators to build out infrastructure- both backbone and transmission, there must be focus on network building and better infrastructure deployment to power telecoms services. He listed key growth drivers for Nigeria in its preparation for the explosion trend. These, according to him, include ICT adoption in key sectors; increased usage of devices and local contents; high performing networks as well as proper implementation of National Broadband Plan. He particularly stressed the need for telecoms operators to fully embrace infrastructure-sharing model to cut cost and have enough money to further improve their network capacity. Although National Mirror learnt that telecoms operators currently have close to 30, 000 telecoms towers scattered across the country, less than five per cent of them are being shared by the operators. “There is a need to embrace collocation to maximise the use of the capacity of telecoms infrastructure. This has been identified as a good business model for the operators but there is still lethargy in this regards,” says Chief Executive Officer, Medallion Communications, Mr. Ken Nnamani. Meanwhile, the proper implementation of the National Broadband Plan by the government in collaboration with industry stakeholders and the ability of the operators to have access to the national grid to run their infrastructure, will go a long way in allowing the operators to widen their network capacity as a pre-condition to face the projected explosion in mobile subscriptions and data usage.

point. I assure you of the support of me and my staff,” he said. The NITDA’ team consisted of Director of Finance at NITDA, Mr. Abdulsalam Olalere; agency’s acting Head of Corporate Strategies, Dr. Olatunji Vincent and Mrs. Hadiza Umar, who is the Head of Corporate Communications Department. Others were the President, Pinnacle Consult LLC, Mr. Akande Ojo and Chief Executive Officer of Knowhow Media International, Mr. Segun Oruame, both are marketing and media consultants to Nigeria at Gitex 2014. Earlier, the team had paid a courtesy

visit to the Head of Consulate of Nigeria in the United Arab Emirates, Dr. Mike Omotosho in Dubai where the Consul General gave commitments to ensuring a successful outcome for Nigeria at the Gitex Technology Show. Omotosho said the Consulate was recently opened to address the teeming needs of thousands of Nigerians actively engaged in the UAE. He assured that the Consulate in Dubai will rally round support for the Nigeria Investment Forum and the Invest-in-Nigeria Dinner, some of the key features of the Nigerian Pavilion at Gitex 2014.

A new report by Ericsson on growth projections in mobile and data segment points to the need for Nigeria to develop adequate infrastructure to take care of exponential rise in mobile subscriptions and data consumption by telecoms consumers. KUNLE AZEEZ reports.

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ithout doubt, Nigeria is experiencing gradual and steady growth of its telecoms market, having maintained a annual growth of 30 per cent with increase in mobile subscriptions and data usage. According to the latest official data released by the Nigerian Communications Commission, Nigeria’s mobile subscription ha increased from less than 500, 000 lines in 2001 to reach over 129 million at the end February, 2013 corresponding to an increase in teledensity of less than 1 per cent to over 90 per cent within the same period of 13 years of telecoms revolution. Data usage is also increasing, says Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson. “In a country where data usage was hitherto nil, we now have over 32 per cent of Nigeria hooked to the internet and about six per cent of Internet users having broadband access,” Johnson said in a recent interview. “This trend is accepted to increase as broadband penetration in 2018 is targeted to reach 30 per cent and 80 per cent of Nigerian having internet access by that time.” This trend in increased uptake of mobile subscriptions and internet usage is expected to increase even faster as more people gain awareness and understanding on the relevance of the telecoms services- voice or data- on their businesses and daily transitional activities. Indeed, the predictions that these trends in voice and data uptake will continue in Nigeria, entire sub-Sahara Africa and globally, has been captured in a new report released

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The rise of social media, contentrich apps and video contents accessed from a new range of cheaper smartphones has prompted the rise in data usage and this puts pressures on the operators by in Lagos last week. Tagged: ‘Ericsson Mobility Report 2014’, the revealed the scale of the region’s ongoing data revolution with traffic growth doubling the past year. The June 2014 Sub-Saharan Africa Ericsson Mobility Report shows that in 2014, phone users accessed 76,000 terabytes of data per month, doubling the 2013 figure of 37,500 TB per month. In 2015, the figures are expected to double again with mobile phone users accessing 147,000 terabytes per month. According to the report, the rise of social media, content-rich apps and video con-

Nigeria foreign mission backs country’s participation at UAE IT show Kunle A zeez

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he Nigeria foreign mission in the United Arab Emirates has promised its support for the country’s participation in the Gitex Technology Show scheduled to hold in Dubai later in the year. The Nigeria’s Ambassador to the UAE, Mr. Ibrahim Auwalu, gave the assurance when members of the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, and the team of consultants charged with ensuring a successful Nige-

ria’s participation paid him a courtesy visit at the country’s embassy in Abu Dhabi recently. According to Auwalu, “We will do all within our powers to ensure Nigerians and friends of Nigerians are drawn to actively participate in this event. We believe this is a major boost at attracting positive foreign interest in our country; not only in the ICT sectors but other areas.” He said Nigeria was ready for business, having proven to be one of the fastest destinations for investment in the last few years. “This Gitex event will further prove that


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Firm targets banks with fibre technology

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telecoms infrastructure company, Broadbased Communications Limited, has demonstrated how its fibre optic capacity network can enhance banks’ and other financialinstitutions’ operations. Through its Open Access Metro Fiber Network well spread across Lagos, the company is providing a high capacity data network, a voice network as well as a security network for banks and e-payment switching and processing companies. In a presentation to the chief information officers and heads of IT networks of banks and e-payment switching and Processing companies in Lagos, the Chief Marketing Officer, Broadbased Communications, Mr. Chidi Ibisi, noted that modern technology is shaping the way things are being done in every sector including the financial services sector. According to him, with this scenario, no bank can succeed without embracing modern technology, stressing that the com-

pany is offering the financial services sector the best connectivity solutions that can enhance their services. “On connectivity for banks, he said though, some banks have been doing their business with one megabyte (1Mbps) connection to each branch; that can no longer help them to meet the demands of today’s modern banking. “Yes, 1Mbps has done the job, but in this era of modern banking, 1Mbps cannot do it. You need a larger pipe of a minimum of 5Mbps. The company was glad to provide 10Mbps and more. We can provide any capacity to your branch to enable you provide the kind of services that your customers expect,” he said. He added that Broadbased provides the banks with a link on which they can have a single integrated data, and voice network covering all their branches and also linking them up to others within the ecosystem: to other banks or to other financial institutions.

‘NCC’ll not regulate telecoms technologies’ Kunle A zeez

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he Nigerian Communication Commission has said it was not part of its mandate to regulate the kind of technologies deployed by telecoms firms to provide services to telecom consumers in Nigeria. Speaking in an interview in Lagos, the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah, stated this during this year’s edition of the annual DigitalSense Internet Governance Forum held in Lagos. Juwah, who was represented at the forum by the by the Deputy Director, Projects at NCC, Mr. Bashir Idris, said, “The priority of the NCC is to see operations deploy various technological platforms available in the world such as GSM, HSPA, 2G, 3G, 3.5G, 3.75G, 4G-LTE and more to come to deploy quality services for the operators. “However, our interest in ensuring competition among the players and protect the consumers from being extorted or be-

Stanbic, Core Group strike iPhone finance deal

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ore Group Nigeria, Apple’s value added distributor for Nigeria, has entered into a partnership with Stanbic IBTC Bank to extend iDeals, a zero per cent interest finance offer for iPad, Mac and iPod, to include iPhone as well. iDeals, is a scheme that gives Nigerians the option to pay for iPad, Mac or iPod over 12 months interest free, but with the recent official launch of iPhone in Nigeria, the offer has been extended to include iPhone as well. Director of Core Group Nigeria, Mr. Rutger-Jan van Spaandonk, said, “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Stanbic and offer this first-ofa-kind iPhone finance deal. We originally launched iDeals for iPad, Mac and iPod and with the

recent official launch of iPhone in Nigeria, it made sense to give customers the opportunity to purchase iPhone through iDeals as well.” Executive Director, Personal and Business Banking, for Stanbic IBTC Bank, Mr. Obinnia Abajue, said, “Offering finance deals on Apple products is consistent with our dedication to continually seek ways of delighting our customers by ensuring that we support their aspirations with convenient and affordable products and service at all our touch points.” According to Abajue, “In addition to having access to the iDeals finance offer for iPhone, customers can also rest assured that they are buying product that is supported by the official Apple warranty.

TD receives performance awards

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Nigerian Information technology devices distribution company, Technology Distributions, has been honored as the Distributor of the Year 2013 for Middle East and Africa at the APC Disti Conference held in Athens Greece last month. TD was also honoured for Outstanding Sales Performance of the Year 2013, MEA. According to a statement, the event was designed to reward the star performers in 2013 while charting a roadmap for 2014, was attended by uninterrupted power specialists and all APC distributors in the MEA. In his address at the event, the IT Business Vice President, MEA, Mr. Thierry Chamayou,

said that the APC by Schneider Electric is a global leader in critical power and cooling services who provides industry leading products, software, and systems for home, office, data center, and factory floor applications. He said that APC by Schneider has a commitment to power that keeps the global economy running continually – ‘nonstop because a second’s downtime could cost millions of dollars’. Chamayou stressed that APC considered its marketing people a strategic link for the delivery of its corporate values and capacities to the consumer, hence, the company has put in place a number of events designed to keep the marketing force professionally capable and well-motivated.

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ing charged unduly. So, we don’t regulate the kind of technology a operator chooses to deploy, but we focus more on whether or not competition rules in line with international standard are being followed and whether the Key Performance Indicators on Quality of Services set by the Commission are being adhered to,” he said. Meanwhile, Juwah has commended the DigitalSENSE Africa for providing the relevant platform to address very topical issues across the many topical issues and developments across the ICT industry in Nigeria in recent times. “We believe these are healthy for the quest to create the needed awareness among the stakeholders and beneficiaries of the potentials that abound in the industry,” he said. NCC, he said, has plans to be very present and visible at the international level of discussions on all issues surrounding the ICT industry, stressing that the reason for this is to ensure that NCC impacts on discussions and decisions on global trends and regulations that evolve in the dynamic

ICT space. “This is why we are now paying more attention, and participating in the activities of the International Telecommunications Union, ITU, which is the global regulator of the telecom industry,” he said. He stated that the annual Internet Governance Forum is particularly of interest to NCC, which has currently raised a team in the Commission that is taking part on all the Internet Governance Forum discussions taking place around Africa and beyond. “The reason is to ensure that our interest as a nation is fully represented at these discussions and to also ensure that we have firsthand knowledge of how best to exploit the potentials that abound on the Internet,” Juwah said. Pointing out that, as is in many issues where the global community has different views and interests in a technology platform, Internet Governance has become an issue of discussion over the years. “It is yet to be seen if the world would gravitate to accept common laws regarding access and use of the Internet,” he said.

L-R: Group Chief Executive Officer, Computer Warehouse Group Plc, Mr. Austin Okere; President, Digital Africa Group, Dr. Evans Woherem and Chief Executive Officer, Intermac Consulting Limited, Mr. Adeyinka Adeyemi, during the 2014 Digital Africa Conference & Exhibition held in Lagos recently.

Cybercrime: Firms introduce IT security certifications

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o curb increasing wave of cybercriminal activities on the Nigeria’s cyber space, an Information Technology training firm, New Horizons, has signed a partnership agreement with Professional Evaluation and Certification Board, PECB to introduce IT security certification in the country. The companies said the plan was considered a worthy investment to provide high quality education for both individuals and various sectors in the country in the area of IT security management. The partnership agreement will establish requirements for the periodic renewal of certification and determine compliance requirements. PECB is a certification body which offers personnel certifica-

tions globally through its network of partners for internal auditors, auditors wanting to perform and lead Information Security Management System (ISMS) certification audits Others are project managers or consultants wanting to master the Information Security Management ISMS audit process, chief executives and senior managers responsible for the IT governance of an enterprise /risk management. Members of an information security team, expert advisors in IT, technical experts wanting to prepare for an information security audit function and persons for various international standards, including ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO/IEC 20000, ISO 22301, ISO/ IEC 27001, ISO/IEC 27005, OHSAS 18001, ISO 22000, ISO 26000 and

ISO 28000 are also among the list of PECB benefactors. Chief Executive Officer, PECB, Mr. Eric Lachapelle, said, “We are pleased and excited about this new partnership with New Horizons, Our objective in this collaboration with this outstanding team of professionals is to focus on quality education and invest joint efforts on offering valuable services to customers in Nigeria.” Also commenting, Managing Director, New Horizons Nigeria, Mr. Tim Akano, said the company is proud of the partnership with PECB. “We are delighted to cooperate with such a leading organization in our field of operation, and we believe that this is going to be an important development for our company. We look forward to many other upcoming successes from this step undertaken.”


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Digital marketing delivers precision in advertising There is an understanding now more than ever that the future of marketing is in the digital space. In this interview by DAVID AUDU, the CEO and cofounder of Wild Fusion, Abasiama Idaresit, explains the growing relevance of digital advertising, among other issues in the industry.

Looking at social media marketing in Nigeria, it started few years ago, could you state how it has improved and a change agent? Basically, social media marketing has been growing in a phenomenal rate, especially in Nigeria. We are happy because, according to the GDP we are Africa’s largest technology market so, we are talking of over 120 million access to phones, and the largest internet market on this continent, over 54 million connected people so, that is a huge number that we have out there online and, we are beginning to pump into the contacts of digital marketing i.e. social media marketing. Over the past few years it has been growing at a phenomenal rate, and I have absolutely no doubt that this will continue to grow. What gives you the confidence it will continue to grow? When you look at the trend, what technology is bringing to marketing, the concepts of the principle still remain the same but, technology is delivering a whole lots of value to advertising and marketing so, we are looking at targeting, reporting in terms of cost effectiveness, in terms of being able to reach users at a particular time of the day and most importantly, the returns of advertising spend and technology tend to drive that. Do you have the mechanism to reach certain audience? That is the foundation of online marketing, the ability to have precision and precise targeting so, if you are going on platforms like Facebook, Google works or Google adwords, they have already segmented users. So, if you register on Facebook or you register on the internet, you do give out information on who you are; your name, your age, your gender, what you studied in school, how old are you, what are your interest and based on these interests, advertisers are able to reach to you, with relevant contents that are relevant to your interest and relevant to who you are so, reducing the cost engagement for advertisers and creating a very rewarding ecosystems for both advertising family and the users. Is digital marketing over rated in terms of its impact? It is not over rated and why it is not over rated is because, we are seeing the returns, we are seeing the returns on advertising and people are not stupid. If something is over rated and they are not getting returns, they are not going to continue doing it talk less of putting in more resources and what we are saying over the time is, advertisers and marketers are investing a lot more in digital platforms because, they are seeing returns. There are case studies. We have case studies of how small businesses have been impacted, how they grow, how they moved from point A to point B using digital technologies. It is not over rated, it will continue to grow and across the world this is a platform that is delivering returns for advertisers and marketers all across the world so, it cannot be different in Nigeria.

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here and get trained. You know, that is what is driving us because, we strongly believe in this country, we strongly believe in what we are doing. What drives you at Wild Fusion? First of all, it is delivering value to customers, that’s one; number two, it is also building the local ecosystem, we want to empower Nigerians with the tools to succeed, we want to empower people with this concept of technology because, we know technology can help move people from where they are to where they want to be. Technology is driving banking industry, is driving businesses across the world, it shouldn’t be different in Nigeria so, that’s what is driving us, and we are very confident in what we are doing. Why will you train people on what you are making money out of? Let me explain something to you, it will be so short sighted for you not to see a market as big as that, and to see level of unemployment in this country and how poor, how low and see a way for people to get trained and do nothing about it, it is sense of responsibility and as the market leader and the pioneering digital agency in this country, we believe that it is our responsibility to help this market grow and that is why we are going up there to train people, that’s why we are going up there to provide people with the tools that will help them succeed.

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they are doing, not a lot do understand how to deliver value to their client through technological platform Is it a misunderstanding of what digital marketing is about? Yeah, I do agree with you, it is a big problem in the market and that’s why we are trying to address it because, people are not well trained and do not understand the concept, they end up making a lot of mistakes and people will begin to feel it is over rated. There are very few digital agencies that know what they are doing, not a lot do understand how to deliver value to their client through technological platform, and that is why we’ve gone ahead to partner with Digital Marketing Institute of Ireland, that is the global Digital Training Institution that delivers Digital Marketing Training across the world and we’ve joined a partner with network to set up the Wild Fusion Digital Centre which would be a one stop centre that delivers international training for Nigerians. Could you tell us, what motivated you to set up this Digital Training Centre? A few things, first is, we have a country here that is the biggest economy in Africa, we have the biggest Digital market in Africa, we are the 8th largest country in the world in terms of internet users and yet, there are no infrastructures to train people to understand the concept of Digital, to train people to begin to use the principle of and the concepts and the tools out there to deliver value for themselves and for their clients. So, we said okay, let us go out there and help build the local market, let us go out there and develop people. So many Nigerians are travelling out of the country to learn these concepts, why do you have to go that far? Just come

Are you going to set up training centres in other parts of Africa? To be honest with you, people are flying in from Ghana and Kenya for the training this week, as I’m speaking with you. And again, it shows and it buttress the fact that look, if you create an opportunity to develop the market, you are going to definitely get interest from not just within your immediate society so, we believe that for Africa to succeed and for it to emerge as the power house economically, we need to start investing in infrastructures, not just physical infrastructures but human infrastructures. If we don’t have that infrastructure, we will never grow and catch up with the rest of the world. Who regulates the contents of the social media marketing? Well, if we are looking at it from a relative perspective, the publishers, the likes of Facebook and Google, have their own regulations which they have stipulated and they made very clear and they are very strict with some of these rules. For example, is going to be very difficult for anybody to try promote pharmaceutical products on Google platforms without certain support authorization so, this is an example of regulation and we also, as responsible advertisers, look at some of the creative materials, look at some of the contents and decide what should go online and what shouldn’t but, publishers are regulating, we agencies and partners to regulators and definitely we do have bodies in Nigeria that are responsible for regulating advertising communications in Nigeria. What are some of the benefits from having this Institute here? The first thing first is, you have an International Centre that is well set up, that is world class, the training, the content is International right here in Lagos, where people can come and get qualification that is recognized anywhere in the world. Like I mentioned earlier, people from Ghana and from Kenya are flying this week for this training and the reason that is happening is because, people do recognize the DMI, the Digital Marketing Institution of Ireland as an International standard for Digital Marketing Training, that is one of the benefits. And also, it reduces cost for students because, they don’t have to travel out of the country for this training, you can do it right here in Lagos where you can interact with other students and interact with your lecturers. Some people decide to study on their own using Internet platform to read up on the internet but, being in the class and interacting with other students, looking at local case studies and listening to your teacher is a fantastic opportunity for you to be well rounded in the subject matter.


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Shoprite opens new store in Ibadan David Audu

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MD/CEO NEXIM Bank Plc; Mr. Roberts Orya, and MD/CEO The Infrastructure Bank Plc, Mr. Adekunle Oyinloye during Oyinloye’s 50th birthday celebration in Abuja, recently.

NFF tackles Nigeria Breweries over World Cup ambush marketing David Audu

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he Nigerian corporate world woke up to a news last week as the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) wielded the big stick on brewery giant, Nigerian Breweries for intentionally infringing on NFF’s rights and that of its official sponsors Guinness Nigeria Plc. In a Press Release signed by the Mr. Ademola Olajire, Assistant Director (Communications), the Nigeria Football Federation, warned corporate organisations against market ambushing around the Super Eagles brand. Quoting the NFF Secretary General, Barrister Musa Amadu, the NFF “decried the fact that Nigeria Breweries had launched communication materials across Nigeria featuring ex-players of Super Eagles, giving the impression that you (Nigerian Breweries Plc) are an Official Sponsor of the team”. The NFF reaction calls to question the practices by many organisations which cash in on large events such as the World Cup to connect with their consumers without considering the legal implications of their actions. Ambush marketing, which is ordinarily an opportunistic gain, is defined by experts as a situation where companies launch variety of marketing communications activities during major events, so that consumers will mistakenly think that they are actual sponsors of the events. While it is not out rightly bad to tap in on such event, it is of

essence that corporate organisations consider all marketing and legal implications of their actions to avoid situations in which the Nigerian Breweries Plc finds itself last week. It is of note that Nigerian Breweries had spent millions of naira to provide their consumers with World Cup experiences. Worthy of note is the effort of the company to send some consumers to Brazil to watch the Super Eagles live play against their opponents. But the question many are asking is that “would that not have been done within the ambiance of fair marketing practice, and probably have a concrete agreement with the rightful owners of these properties the company is leveraging? Another dimension to the campaign was the use of sport stars in the football campaign, a clear violation of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) code of professional practice. Under Chapter 3 (special provisions) in the APCON alcoholic beverages regulations, Article 32 (b) 33(b) 34(b) 35(b) clearly states that “children, sportsmen/women and pregnant women shall not be used as models” in advertising alcoholic beverages.” Responding to National Mirror’s request for clarification, NB’s media spokesperson, Edem Vinda, said NB has not flouted any law, but said the company has over the years sponsored football games, and therefore wondered why their decision to give their consumers football experience would constitute a breach of marketing rules, even though it is a

World Cup period. He therefore challenged anyone who feels aggrieved to seek redress through the appropriate channels. Nigeria Breweries is also said to have violated the above rule by using its popular brand, Star to endorse ex-super Eagles Internationals as its sport brand ambassadors, thereby showcasing advertising communications with these models. This advertisement is said to have been carried out without any agreement with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) which is the propriety owner of the Super Eagles legends by virtue of their status as ex-super Eagles players. On the use of sportsmen for the campaign, he said APCON gave its approval before going to town with the ads. According to experts, ambush marketing, a term first coined by marketing guru Jerry Welsh, has not really been rigorously defined. However, it broadly refers to a situation in which a company or product seeks to ride on the publicity value of a major event without having contributed to the financing of the event through sponsorship. It is targeted at major sporting events - like the Olympic Games or the World Cup - and is a strategy adopted by rivals of the official sponsors. In its more crude forms, ambush marketing could involve unauthorised use of logos or designs associated with the event. More often, however, ambush marketing involves more subtle forms of confusing or misleading the public about who are actually sponsoring the event. According to Amadu, the

s part of its expansion plans in Nigeria efforts are in top gear for the opening of Shoprite’s biggest store in the Sub-Saharan Africa. The store which is going to be the second in the ancient city of Ibadan, Oyo state, is located in the just completed Palms Shopping Mall. This new store, the 10th since Shoprite opened its first Nigerian store in 2004, is part of the expansion plans the retail giant has set as its target to have a flagship store in every city. The Palms Mall in Ibadan is the Persianas’ group latest development and the fourth of its kind in Nigeria with 21,000 m2 retail space that will have as neighbors a rich line of other international and local Nigerian retail brands. It will be recalled that after the first Palms Mall in Lekki, the Persianas’ group developed further malls in Enugu and Ilorin – of which Shoprite currently has stores in operation. Trading from the right wing

of the ground floor, the 4,754 square meter new aspirational store will offer customers wider range of products. The Shoprite store manager in Ibadan, Mr. Fatai Oshungboye, said: “they are delighted to be opening a second store in Ibadan. This is one of Nigeria’s largest cities and one filled with friendly people who are renowned for their effortless taste and we have the quality to satisfy.” Oshungboye commented further that the store expansion projects reiterated the management’s outlook on growth, “Shoprite have plans of opening 44 new stores in Nigeria as we believe by going to all places where our customers are located we can serve them better”. It is worth noting that Shoprite CEO Whitey Basson while addressing the media in August 2013 was quoted as saying “Nigeria can handle 600 to 800 stores if you look at the size of the cities and the penetration of supermarkets; and it can happen quickly but that’s not dependent on Shoprite but on (the availability of) sites.”

Evelle emerges winner of Etisalat sponsored Nigerian Idol IV

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he Etisalat-sponsored Nigerian Idol Season IV has come to an end. This season, 23 year old Zibili Evelyn Ibhade also known as “Evelle” emerged winner of the competition, smiling home with the star prize of N7.5m, a brand new SUV and a mouth watering recording deal with Universal studio. The competition which began Januray 2014 lasted about 19 weeks. The Nigerian Idol train explored four cities in the quest for the most talented singer. Lagos, Benin, Calabar and Makurdi hosted the auditions that produced 100 contestants who were given passes to Lagos for a second round of screening. Congratulating Evelle on

her win, Director, Brands and Communications at Etisalat Nigeria, Enitan Denloye said ”It has been great for us at Etisalat to be a part of this show, Evelle consistently put up a commendable performance on a weekly basis and the audience did not disappoint her as they voted accordingly. She indeed impressed everyone right from when she auditioned; it is indeed a well deserved win.” Obviously filled with joy, Evelle could not control her happiness; with tears rolling down her eyes, she smiled and laughed intermittently amid flashing lights from cameras as everyone present attempted to get pictures of her.

NFF had “noticed other outdoor materials with un-named faces in green and white jerseys all in an attempt to associate with the Super Eagles’ participation at the forthcoming FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, and gain undue advantage. We declare that this is nothing but blatant market ambushing and this is not only uncalled for, but highly unprofessional.” The Federation went ahead to give Nigeria Breweries seven days within which to remove the said materials on billboards and other outdoor creative, “failing which the NFF and Guinness will take legal action against NB PLC and seek ap-

propriate damages.” This current imbroglio will definitely put the NFF, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Guinness Nigeria Plc (the official sponsors of Super Eagles) at logger heads. Analysts believe the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, APCON, could come in to referee and settle the scores within the guidelines of the rules. However, industry watchers are keen to know what APCON’s reaction would be particularly in view of Guinness Nigeria’s outcry last year over what it perceived as double standards in APCON’s regulation especially in matters relating to the two brewery giants.


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FCMB restates commitment to Ogun economic development

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roup Managing Director of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Ltd, Mr. Ladi Balogun, has said that the bank will intensify its support to the agricultural sector and other sectors in order to

fast-track the growth of the Nigerian economy. He stated this at the recently concluded Ogun State Investors Forum held at the state capital, Abeokuta. The forum which is in its second edition was organised by

CMD boss lauds NIMN over partnership with IMM David Audu

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he Director General of the Center for Management Development, CMD, Dr. Kabir Kabo Usman, has commended the leadership of the National Institute of marketing of Nigeria, NIMN, for uplifting the standard of marketing profession in Nigeria and across the Africa continent. He said NIMN is actualizing the vision of the founders of the institute which is to build capacity and competence for marketers across the region. “NIMN has got a vision and initiatives that are going to translate to capacity and competence building of Nigerian workforce. This simply means they are going to put Nigeria on the map so that they can compete with the rest of the world. Dr. Usman who bagged the institute’s honourary fellowship award at the just concluded 2014 International Annual Marketing Conference in Lagos, said those

who received various award are recognised for their contributions and achievements to marketing and the nation. He pledged CMD’s support for NIMN in its quest to enhance and institutionalize professionalism in marketing, adding that the recent partnership with the International Marketing Management, IMM, in South Africa, wass a step in the right direction to make marketing certification uniform on the continent. On what he hope to contribute to NIMN, he said: “I am bringing my skills, my knowledge, experience and I am bringing my support and co-operation”. He said as the first agency of government to establish NIMN in 1992, CMD would support them and provide accommodation for them so that they can be able to collaborate with us and deliver their mandate. It would be recalled that NIMN recently moved its operational headquarters from Ikorodu road to CMD premises at Magodo, Lagos, where it hopes to execute the partnership with IMM.

the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with the Ogun State Government. This year’s theme aptly titled “Ogun State – Open for Business” focused on the enhanced agricultural production sectors and accelerated urban development areas of the state, highlighting the abundant agricultural resources and investment opportunities which abound. Balogun, who was part of the plenary session on, ‘’Financing Agriculture and Housing Development: Investment and Potentials’’, said that FCMB’s funding of the agriculture sector has been on the rise, adding

that, “we have provided various lines of credit to the sector and its value chain, including small and medium scale businesses”. He added that the Bank is focused on being a strategic partner to the government and other stakeholders, ‘’because we believe that creating wealth and enhancing productivity, will also boost revenue generation within the state which will ultimately lead to increased economic activity and development ’’. He pointed out that the challenges facing the agriculture sector can be eliminated if all stakeholders worked together

by ensuring that the, ‘’entire lending process is streamlined’’. Commenting on the bank’s participation as one of the key sponsors of the Ogun State Investors Forum, Balogun explained that this is part of its contribution to the development of the state and demonstration of its resolve to play a frontal role in all initiatives that would boost the well-being of the society and its people. He assured that, the bank will continue to identify and implement initiatives that would leave positive and lasting impacts in areas that matter to the people across all states of the federation”.

L-R: Director, Consumer Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Oluwole Rawa; 1st Runner-up of Nigerian Idol Season 4, Odugbemi Idowu Sarah (Eye-D) and Director, Brands & Communications, Etisalat Nigeria, Enitan Denloye, at the Etisalat sponsored Nigerian Idol 4 grand finale, Lagos, at the weekend.

La Roche foundation: Building a socially relevant brand

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orporate social responsibility (CSR) is no longer a buzzword that organisations use to hood wink unsuspecting members of the public. It is a solid blueprint that is anchored on a genuine motive to contribute meaningfully to societal upliftment. Corporate organizations need to be socially responsible and connected to their environment. This is one major area to be socially relevant and touch lives. CSR is indeed one veritable avenue to have a positive impact on societal development. One corporate brand that has consistently focused on building goodwill and generating positive perception is the La Roche Foundation. The foundation is poised to empower and equip youths to occupy key positions in future. La Roche Foundation has a strategic blueprint to empower youths in terms of educational and vocational attainments. It is the vision of the foundation to develop virile and

vibrant youths who are leaders of tomorrow. La Roche Foundation has maintained a consistent focus on bringing value to the lives of people. The Foundation has created several platforms to provide amenities and improve the standard of living for the people. A cardinal focus of the foundation is the provision of educational scholarship to youths. This is one veritable avenue to connect with the people and endow requisite resources to develop the future generation. La Roche Foundation has thrived on a societal purpose driven platform to project its vision as a socially responsible organization. It has strongly remained focus to be an advocate of a better Nigeria through its enormous investment in the youths. a Roche foundation is also anchored on the solid platform of selfless service which Akinwunmi Ambode, the founder is identified with.

Brand X-Ray with Ayodeji Ayopo Tel: 08023448199 E-mail: mayomipo@yahoo.com Akinwunmi Ambode, the visioner behind La Roche foundation believes youths are the building blocks of a new Nigeria. He has created several platforms over the years to develop the innate potentials of the people especially youths. He is one Nigerian who believes in encouraging youths to put their inmate potentials and cerebral endowments into good use. Ambode, thorough bread professional and chartered accountant is mindful of his place in history. He has the vision to improve the lot of others and

replicate himself in the lives of several others. This is a laudable vision that deserves accolades and it is a positive step to support the life dreams of others. Also, Akinwunmi Ambode believes in mentoring and sees it as an effective way of helping people to develop and progress in their chosen careers and making sure they maximize their potentials. This is one of the cardinal focus of the La Roche foundation and it has ensured that several youths are mentored to put their endowments into profitable use and fulfill their life goals.

Through La Roche Foundation, Ambode has built a solid brand which has impacted positively on the society. It is the focus of the La Roche foundation to create milestones in the lives of the people. The foundation is poised on raising the pedestal of corporate social responsibility by making meaningful contributions in the lives of the people. La Roche Leadership Foundation was founded in 2012 to attend to the wellbeing and prosperity of Nigerian students in all facets of their educational endeavors (be it technical, formal, social or vocational). He also believes in creating and sustaining a positive, enabling and empowering educational environment for younger groups. Akinwunmi, himself had been a beneficiary of two prestigious scholarships, the Federal Government Scholarship award for post graduate studies in 1987 and the Fulbright scholarship in 1998.


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CEOs lament lost innovation U.S. stock-index futures drop Germany amid fracking angst after equities set records G U nited States stock-index futures fell, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index closed at a record for the seventh time in eight sessions, as investors weighed equity valuations. EBay Inc. dropped 1.6 per cent after saying David Marcus will step down as the head of its PayPal unit. RadioShack Corp. plunged 16 per cent after reporting a wider quarterly loss. Allergan Inc. slid 1.3 per cent after the Botox maker’s board unanimously rejected a takeover offer from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. Receptos Inc. jumped 37 per cent as its multiple-sclerosis treatment met its main goal in a trial. Futures on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index expiring this month declined 0.2 per cent to 1,946.4 Tuesday in New York. Dow Jones Industrial Average contracts lost 19 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 16,917. “When you look at the behavior of the market over the past 10 days, setting record after record, the bulls have clearly been in the lead,” Francois Savary, who helps oversee about $9.5 billion as chief investment officer at Reyl & Cie., said by phone from Geneva. “But even with improving economic

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data, I think that the U.S. market may have gone too far too fast, and I don’t see too much potential from here.” The S&P 500 has advanced 7.5 per cent since a low on April 11 as data showed the U.S. economy is recovering from the impact of extreme weather earlier this year. The gauge rallied last week after the European Central Bank announced a stimulus package and American jobs data topped estimates. The equities benchmark posted its fourth successive record close yesterday. It trades at 16.5 times the

projected earnings of its members, up from a multiple of 14.8 times at the beginning of February. The Dow’s four-day gain has taken its price-to-earnings ratio to 15.1, up from 13.8 on February 3, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Three rounds of Federal Reserve bond buying have helped propel the S&P 500 higher by as much as 188 percent from its bear-market low in March 2009. Fed officials are watching the labor market as they move to complete the stimulus program late this year. Data on Tuesday include reports in New York on job openings and wholesale inventories. None of the S&P 500 members report earnings. Profit for companies on the gauge will probably climb 7.4 per cent in 2014, analysts predict. That’s down from a January projection for growth of 9.7 per cent. Sales probably gained 3.5 per cent this year on average, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg. EBay fell 1.6 per cent to $48.77. Marcus, 41, is leaving PayPal on June 27, according to a statement yesterday from EBay. He will lead Facebook Inc.’s mobile-messaging business, a spokeswoman at the social-network operator said. Facebook was little changed.

Emerging stocks rise to 13-month high on China growth optimism

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merging-market stocks rose to the highest level in 13 months as Chinese shares gained after the nation unveiled measures to boost lending. South Africa’s rand slid as the central bank governor cast doubt on economic growth. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index added 0.6 per cent to 1,055.83 on Tuesday in London, the strongest level since May 2013. LG Display Co. surged 6.4 per cent in Seoul as technology shares rallied to a record. Agricultural Bank of China Ltd. advanced to a five-month high to pace gains among lenders in Hong Kong. OAO Gazprom fell for the first time in three days amid a deadlock in talks between Russia and Ukraine over a gas-supply deal.

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The rand depreciated 0.6 per cent. China’s central bank yesterday announced a 0.5 percentage-point cut in reserve requirements for some banks, giving details of a move aimed at supporting smaller companies and agriculture. Data on Tuesday showed the country’s consumer prices rose 2.5 per cent from a year earlier in May on food costs, below the government’s full-year target. “The good CPI number is helping with the idea of China’s recovery,” Omair Ansari, an equities analyst at Renaissance Capital Ltd. in London, said by e-mail. “EM risk appetite has recovered as well. Valuations for MSCI EM are attractive.” The emerging-markets index trades at 11.1 times projected 12-month earnings, having gained 5.2 per cent this year. That compares with a multiple of 15.2 for the MSCI World Index, which has increased 4.4 per cent in 2014. Nine out of 10 industry groups in the developing-nation gauge rose on Tuesday, led by a 1.7 per cent surge in the technology measure. LG Display jumped the most since March after Macquarie Bank Ltd. raised its rating to outperform. Equities in the Czech Republic, Poland and Turkey climbed at least 0.3 per cent.

The Hang Seng China Enterprises Index of mainland shares listed in Hong Kong added 1.1 per cent. Yuan forwards headed for the biggest three-day gain since January 2012 as the central bank boosted the currency’s fixing. The Shanghai Composite Index also rose 1.1 per cent, the steepest increase in a month. Citic Securities Ltd. led gains by brokerages as authorities allowed new share sales to resume. The ruble weakened 0.1 per cent against the dollar as Ukraine and Russia failed to reach an agreement on natural gas deliveries during overnight negotiations hosted by the European Union. The Micex Index slipped 0.2 per cent in Moscow after earlier advancing 0.3 per cent, while Ukraine’s UX Index added 0.5 per cent. Gazprom decreased 0.8 per cent. The rand was the worst performer among developing-nation peers. Central Bank Governor Gill Marcus said the economy is facing “enormous headwinds,” caused in part by the worsening labor environment. The longest mining strike in the nation’s history that’s shut the world’s largest platinum mines is threatening to push the economy into its first recession in five years.

ermany has rejected genetically modified crops, nuclear power and magnetic levitation trains. Now, the country that invented the modern car and X-ray technology is adding fracking to the list of innovations it’s wary of. Business leaders had lobbied for the extraction method, which injects water and chemicals underground, to lessen Germany’s dependence on Vladimir Putin’s Russia where a third of its natural gas supply is derived. Last week, the government started preparing a law to limit fracking to rare cases, unlike in the U.S. where the practice is widespread. The restrictions are a setback for executives, who say policymakers bow too easily to concerns in the population that new technologies will harm the environment. Germany, which has the most powerful Green Party in Europe, is missing out on industries worth more than $200 billion globally, or about six per cent of its gross domestic product, including nuclear power and fracking. Executives argue the risk-aversion hampers the competitiveness of a nation that discovered nuclear fission used to detonate atomic bombs, and has been led by a trained physicist, Angela Merkel, since 2005. “If we habitually reject risk, then we’ll run our society into the grave,” said Karl-Ludwig Kley, the chief executive officer of the world’s oldest chemical and pharmaceutical company Merck KGaA , in a May 13 panel discussion in Frankfurt. Germany is not alone in rejecting extensive fracking, genetically modified crops and nuclear power in the face of widespread political, scientific and popular concern over their environmental impact. Fracking is banned in France

and the U.K. government, while supportive of the practice, has faced opposition from numerous groups such as the Green Party and Greenpeace. Genetically modified crops, widely grown in Asia as well as North and South America, are also spurned by France and Austria. Italy and Greece had already rejected nuclear power before Merkel decided to shut down all German reactors by 2022 following the Fukushima plant accident in Japan three years ago. “With fracking, there are still too many questions that haven’t been answered yet,” said Volker Bouffier, the prime minister of the federal state of Hesse, which last month backed a decision to uphold the current ban of the practice on concern that chemicals could seep into drinking water. “Every politician has to ask him or herself the question: Can I take responsibility for this?” Still, Bayerische Motoren Werke AG Chief Executive Officer Norbert Reithofer uses the term “German Angst” to explain the paradox of the country’s innovation ability on one hand and its reluctance to embrace technological change on the other.

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EU energy watchdog plans team to scrutinise power, gas trading

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urope’s energy-market watchdog aims to form a team to examine trading of electricity and natural gas for signs of price manipulation. The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators already has staff to set up systems needed for reporting data on trades, Director Alberto Pototschnig said Monday in an interview in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where the organisation is based. ACER wants to expand this to include a market conduct analysis team next year, he said. The European Commission, the European Union’s executive arm, on Monday delayed final approval for publishing information on trades under the bloc’s regulation for energy market integrity and transparency, known as Remit. The implementing act, due this month, will only be passed after August, the commission said.

“We have a programme that will analyse the data in the first instance and will show up any anomalous events,” Pototschnig said. “If we have the resources, we would look deeper to see if it is easily explained or if it is suspicious before we pass it to national regulators.” He declined to say how many people might be hired for the new team. ACER has spent as much as 6 million euros ($8 million) to set up computer systems for examining data on trading, and they will cost an equal amount to operate each year, according to Pototschnig. “On the basis of the experience in the U.S., unjust profit from market abuse may run into hundreds of millions of euros,” he said. ACER is funded by the EU, and the bloc’s next budget in October or November will determine whether the agency receives financing for the new team, Pototschnig said.


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nited Kingdom industrial production rose for a third month in April, driving the annual increase to the biggest since 2011. Output rose 0.4 per cent from March, when it gained a revised 0.1 per cent, the Office for National Statistics said on Tuesday in London. That matched the median of 29 estimates in a Bloomberg survey. From a year earlier, output surged 3 per cent. Industry surveys indicate the economy continued to expand this quarter, with Markit Economics saying last week that its gauges show Britain is on track to grow 0.8 per cent. Some Bank of England officials have said their decision to keep the benchmark interest rate at a record-low 0.5 per cent is becoming “more balanced” as the recovery gathers pace. The annual gain in production would have been even bigger were it not for a sharp drop in electricity and gas output. While that rose 3.7 per cent on the month, it was down 11.5 per cent from a year earlier. The annual drop was partly related to warmer weather this year and knocked about 1 percentage point from industrial production. Manufacturing rose 0.4 per cent in April from March and increased 4.4 per cent from a year earlier. Factory output has now risen for five consecutive months, the longest streak of gains since 2010. Within manufacturing, the gain on the month

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was led by transport equipment, computers and electronics. “This is a solid start to the second quarter,” said David Tinsley, an economist at BNP Paribas SA in London. “If manufacturing production went sideways in May and June it would still be up 1.1 per cent over the quarter. And all survey evidence suggests a better performance than that is possible.” The pound gained 0.3 per cent to 80.69 pence per euro on Tuesday in London . Sterling was little changed at $1.6801. In the three months through April, production rose 1.1 per cent compared with the previous three months, the statistics office said. That’s the biggest increase since June 2010 and

marked a 15th consecutive advance. While Britain’s economy has strengthened over the past year, Tuesday’s data showed industrial output remains 11.3 per cent below where it was when GDP peaked in the first quarter of 2008, while manufacturing is seven per cent lower. The U.K. Treasury in London said Tuesday’s data is “further evidence that the government’s long-term economic plan is working.” “The job is not done, but the greatest risk to the recovery would be abandoning the plan that’s delivering a brighter economic future for Britain,” it said in a statement.

100 signatories. Among those agreeing to the voluntary code were the world’s largest pension fund, the nation’s three biggest trust banks, and the asset management arms of the country’s three so-called megabanks, the FSA said. “We welcome the fact that many investors signed up,” an FSA official said at a news briefing in Tokyo, asking not to be named in accordance with the agency’s policy. “The biggest Japanese institutions are almost all included. We think that engagement with companies is going to change a lot.” Participating institutions agree to comply with seven principles or explain why they didn’t. They’re expected to monitor companies and push them to improve their management, publish guidelines for how they do so, and disclose how they exercise their voting rights. Enlisting investors as corporate shepherds is one of several strategies by Prime Minister

Shinzo Abe to enhance Japan Inc.’s governance and returns. The Japanese code is milder than its U.K. equivalent. It removes a reference to “escalating” stewardship activities in favor of softer language. Asset managers are asked to aggregate voting decisions and disclose them by category, rather than on an individual basis. The principles, which are part of Abe’s “third arrow” reforms, aim to boost return on equity and ensure better corporate governance. Companies on the Topix index posted an average ROE of 6 percent over the 10 years through 2013, compared with 12.6 percent for the MSCI World Index, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Other measures aimed at increasing returns include the launch of the JPX-Nikkei Index 400, a gauge that selects stocks based on ROE and profitability, and the possible introduction of a governance code for companies.

Japan money managers say yes to greater activism with firms

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apan’s biggest institutional investors signed up to a new code to prod companies to make better use of shareholders’ capital in a nation where return on equity is half the global average. The Financial Services Agency said on its website on Tuesday that 127 asset managers had agreed to adopt Japan’s new stewardship code. The regulator, which designed the principles, had expected at least

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hina’s inflation accelerated in May to the fastest pace in four months on food costs, while a decline in factory-gate prices moderated. Consumer prices rose 2.5 per cent from a year earlier, the statistics bureau said today in Beijing. That exceeded the median 2.4 per cent estimate in a Bloomberg News survey of economists. The producer-price index fell 1.4 per cent after a two per cent decline the previous month. Inflation below the government’s full-year target of 3.5 per cent leaves room for more monetary easing in an economy projected to grow this year at the slowest pace since 1990. While Premier Li Keqiang is resisting broad stimulus, limited loosening has included Monday’s announcement of a cut in some banks’ reserve requirements from June 16, intended to support agriculture and small businesses. “Low inflationary pressure provides room for further reserve-ratio cuts in the coming months,” said Hu Yifan, chief economist at Haitong International Securities Group Ltd. in Hong Kong. The Shanghai Composite Index gained 1.1 per cent to 2,052.53 at the

close, its biggest increase since May 12. Food prices rose 4.1 per cent in May from a year earlier, compared with a 1.7 per cent gain for non-food costs. China’s economy may expand 7.3 per cent this year, according to a Bloomberg survey of analysts, down from 7.7 per cent in 2013 and compared with a government target of about 7.5 per cent. Consumer-price increases “won’t impact the scale and pace of the ongoing mini-stimulus,” said Lu Ting, head of Greater China economics at Bank of America Corp. in Hong Kong. He forecast that inflation will be “around” 2.5 per cent for the next several months. A slide in home sales and construction and government efforts to rein in credit risks are weighing on the nation’s expansion. Producer prices have been falling since March 2012. Capital Economics Ltd. in London estimated a 50 billion yuan ($8 billion) liquidity boost from the 0.5 percentage point reserve ratio cut announced yesterday by the central bank for some lenders, while China International Capital Corp. said the move released 70 billion yuan.

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heat rose in Chicago as traders weighed concern about dry weather in Russia against expectations that a U.S. government report tomorrow will show world production outpacing consumption. Global wheat stockpiles before the 2015 harvest may rise to 188.08 million metric tons, the highest in three years and more than the U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast last month, according to a Bloomberg News survey of analysts. The USDA will update its outlook tomorrow. “Operators should probably wait before taking new positions on the eve of the USDA report,” Paris-based farm adviser Agritel wrote in a market comment. “In Russia, the weather conditions are still under surveil-

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lance and the few rains over the weekend should be insufficient to remove all risk of a deterioration between now and harvest.” Wheat for July delivery rose 0.2 per cent to $6.1375 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade by 6:43 a.m. after earlier swinging between gains and losses. Prices dropped to $6.03 on June 6, the lowest for a most-active contract since February 28. Futures have dropped for four weeks, the longest slump since January, on expectations global supplies will be ample. The European Union may harvest 145.9 million tons of wheat, the most since 2008, according to analysts surveyed by Bloomberg News. Milling wheat for November delivery traded on Euronext in Paris rose 0.7 per cent to 192 euros ($260) a ton.


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bout 13 years ago, the late lawyer and human rights crusader, Chief Gani Fawehinmi, in an acceptance speech at his swearing-in ceremony as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), on September 10, 2001 painted a pathetic picture of what he called the “consequences of the neglect of the judiciary.’’ His words: “In many states of the federation, the court buildings are collapsing. The ceilings of many are caving in, while one can sit in some courts and be drenched by rain.’’ Fawehinmi’s assertion then is still factual and valid today as judges, especially in Lagos State, are confronted with avoidable trauma, stress and strain while trying to dispense justice. National Mirror found out recently that some facilities and infrastructure in the Lagos State judiciary are in deplorable conditions, thereby threatening the smooth administration of justice in the state. For instance, one of the deplorable conditions was brought to the fore during the trial of suspected killers of Engr. Funsho Williams, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP 2003 gubernatorial candidate in Lagos State. During the trial, the court proceedings were disrupted as rain poured torrentially inside the court room from the leaking roofs and ceilings that virtually caved in. Despite this unfortunate development, the trial judge, Justice Ebenezer Adebajo, was not discouraged as he continued with the proceedings to ensure the hearing of the criminal matter was not unduly delayed. But eventually, he was forced to adjourn the proceedings as a section of the court room was heavily flooded and the impact of the flood made it unbearable for the defendants (accused persons) to stand inside the box designated for accused persons. Our correspondent learnt that the court, located at the foyer, is one of the oldest courtrooms in the country, and has deteriorated due to lack of maintenance. Specifically, it was gathered that out of the four courtrooms at the foyer, two are in decrepit state with collapsing ceilings such that each time it rained, litigants and lawyers were made to suffer. Besides Justice Adebajo’s courtroom, lawyers and litigants also faced similar hardship in Justice Adesuyi OlateruOlagbegi before he retired recently. It was learnt that court proceedings were usually stalled for hours in the two court rooms when there was rainfall. It was further observed that while the litigants, defendants and accused persons often moved from one seat to the other as a result of the flooded courtrooms, lawyers also waded through the flood in order to find their way at the bar. On several occasions when it became obvious that proceedings could no longer go on in any of the affected courtrooms, the trial judges simply directed lawyers to meet with the court registrars to secure new adjourned dates.

Most court rooms in many states of the federation, including Lagos, are in dilapidated conditions, with judges, lawyers and litigants being exposed to the vagaries of weather due to leaking roofs and falling ceilings. WALE IGBINTADE reports that persistent neglect of the judiciary over the years is taking its toll on the administration of justice in Nigeria.

Leaking roof inside Justice Ebenezer Adebajo’s court

National Mirror further learnt that another worrisome trend in recent times is a situation whereby some judges in the state judiciary conduct proceedings in darkness due to persistent power outage. A few weeks ago, many of the judges in Ikeja Division of the State High Court conducted their proceedings in darkness due to power outage. Judges adjudicated on cases before them by using flash lights to conduct their proceedings to avoid keeping such matters on their case dockets for longer period. It was gathered that the persistent power outages in the state high courts in recent times is traceable to the fault in one of the power generating sets of the court building. As a result, a number of cases were conducted with the aid of flash lights while some lawyers also used their mobile phone lights to peruse their files and cite cases in darkness. For instance, Justice Kudirat Jose’s courtroom, where the bail application for Lagos lawyer, Fred Ajudua, was billed to be heard, could not sit beyond five minutes few weeks ago. The trial judge conducted part of the proceedings in the dark for about five minutes before she stepped down from the Bench to the chambers, while all part- heard cases were adjourned. Oftentimes, where the courts have functioning generating sets, they cannot afford the cost of servicing or fueling them. Regrettably, this could be likened to an unhealthy development in 1997 when the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division could not sit for almost a week because the court’s decrepit generator could not be repaired for lack of funds due to government’s failure to release money.

BESIDES JUSTICE ADEBAJO’S COURTROOM, LAWYERS AND LITIGANTS ALSO SUFFERED SIMILAR HARDSHIP IN

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OLATERU- OLAGBEGI’S BEFORE HE RETIRED RECENTLY Similarly in January 2001, in Maiduguri High Court, Borno State, Justice A.G Mshelia (as she then was) was acclaimed to have resorted to the use of bush lamps and candles to conduct proceedings in Suit No. M/335/2000 because of her determination to allow the completion of arguments by lawyers in the matter. Worse still, a journalist’s account reported in July 2009 goes thus; ‘’I was in Plateau State for an election petition. The Honourable Tribunal was sitting in the Shendam Division of the High Court of Plateau State. What I saw as the ‘High Court’ in Shendam was simply an open demonstration of everything a High Court should not be. It was shameful. I felt somebody somewhere was not fair. Regrettably, I was not sure who the person was. The structure itself had a despicable visage undignifying for even a village meeting of dirty wrapperclad villagers. The cheap rubber upholstery on the miserable-looking seats for the Judge, the Bar, the registrar, the clerks, the police orderly and witnesses had cracked and peeled off. They now expose despicablelooking, under-lay foam, now brown. It was simply nauseating.’’ This ugly situation is not different from what is trailing the judiciary in Lagos State. For instance, it was gathered that the only elevator in the ultra modern J.I.

C Taylor Complex that houses the Igbosere Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos State has stopped functioning for over eight months, precisely last October. National Mirror’s investigation showed that although the elevator was repaired in March this year, it only functioned for few days and it packed up again. As a result, most magistrates occupying the complex have to climb the four-storey building on daily basis and this has continued to impact negatively on the speedy administration of justice in the lower court. It was reliably gathered that some magistrates who find it difficult to climb the staircase have stopped coming to court regularly. Among the magistrates located on the complex is the husband of the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mr. Abiodun Adefulire, and he is believed to be one of the magistrates, who purportedly has a challenge to ascend the staircase. The court complex named after the first Chief Judge of Lagos State, late Justice John Idowu Conrad Taylor, was commissioned three years ago by Governor Babatunde Fashola, SAN. At the opening, Fashola disclosed that the new Igbosere Magistrates’ Court House has 22 court rooms and magistrates’ chambers and is the largest court building in Nigeria. Besides, the court was said to have been equipped with modern verbatim


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court rooms with torchlight court reporting facilities aimed at relieving magistrates of the arduous task of recording court proceedings in long hand. The recording equipment, it was learnt would also ensure that copies of the proceedings are made available to the parties within the shortest possible time. Despite this, all the magistrates in the building still record proceedings in long hand. Sometimes ago, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, (CJN), Justice Mariam Mukhtar, traced the problem of slow administration of justice in the country to the poor institutional and infrastructural facilities associated with the nation’s justice system. Speaking at the official opening of the permanent site of the Court of Appeal, Ibadan Division, the CJN said for the country’s chief judicial officers to discharge their roles of dispute settlement and interpretation of law effectively, they must not be denied the requisite infrastructure, expertise and technology. The CJN lamented, “In this age of advancement in science and technology, I see no reason why there should be no simultaneous improvement in our court facilities. The need for court rooms to be well-equipped cannot be over-emphasised. This is a necessary tool for the judiciary to enable it perform its expected constitutional role with all sense of adequacy,” Investigation has clearly revealed that in this 21st century, many courts in the country are still backward in terms of Information Technology (IT), which ordinarily should facilitate smooth judicial proceedings. Speaking on infrastructure deficit in Nigerian courts, human rights lawyer and executive director, Lawyers’ League for Human Rights (LLHR) , Mr. Jiti Ogunye, said, ‘’It is a shame and this ought not to happen in Lagos of all places. I am not talking about Lagos as the so- called mega city or centre of excellence or state of aquatic splendor. I am talking about Lagos where the judiciary of Nigeria started. Where legal practice is over a century old, Nigeria just celebrated a centenary. Christopher Alexander Sapara-Williams and others have practised as lawyers here in Lagos in the 1880s.” According to him, “So, if adjudication is over a century old and you’re still using torch lights and the roofs are still falling that is a shame. I think Lagos judiciary has to do something fast. When people talk about judicial self -accounting, it also has responsibilities. “Because you are saying your money should be given to you, so you cannot have a situation whereby your roofs are caving in. Too often, court rooms that were constructed within two years, you see the wall pilling, which cannot be right. It is unacceptable and something should be done fast. How will our justice delivery system work, if the infrastructure is in shambles?” He queried. Ogunye said, ‘’For a state that claimed that it is linking hospital, linking the secretariat to an independent

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THE LIBRARY OF OTA HIGH COURT, OGUN STATE IS ONE OF THE MOST PAINFUL REMINDERS THAT

THE JUDICIARY, AS WE KNOW IT OR AS IT

OUGHT TO FUNCTION, IS IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION power generating companies, why can’t the government do the same for the courts and why should the court still be running on generators. Or, they don’t see the courts as important as the hospitals? If something happened in that hospital, like professional negligence, it is the court that will decide it and not in the hospital. So, the courts are also very important, and this is not about professional chauvinism.” In his view, another lawyer, Mr. Kayode Bankole, described the situation as

unfortunate and unacceptable. His words, ‘’It is really unfortunate that this is happening when a lawyer is in charge of Lagos State. It is also unfortunate that we have a sitting Chief Judge and yet we are witnessing this level of infrastructural decadence in the Lagos High Court.” ‘’ At the end of the day, judges will collect their salaries and lawyers would collect their professional fees, but it is the litigants and the society that suffer. If there is this level of decadence, how will justice be dispensed speedily? It is the sign of the time that the system has collapsed. The whole essence of social justice has been invalidated in Nigeria. There is a collapse of governance.” Mr. Friday Oshomagbe, a lawyer also lent his voice. “The trend is becoming a source of worry for some of us. It is all due to lack of maintenance culture and use of non- quality materials for the facilities. A good example is that of Lagos State. Before now, the seats provided in the court rooms are of much quality than the current ones. Most of them are currently either bad or in a bad shape.” “Lawyers often times sit outside the Bar due to this which is not encouraging. It will interest you to know that some Magistrate courts in our ‘Mega City’ have plastic chairs for lawyers to sit on; needless to talk of non- functional air-conditioners and ceiling fans. Some Judges and Magistrates sweat while carrying out their noble duties which isnot supposed to be, same thing with lawyers too. This is a matter that deserves urgent attention. Hence I am calling on the various authorities concerned to address same. There should be provision of quality infrastructural facilities. Replacement of same and maintenance culture are very important. This will create conducive atmosphere for judicial service delivery,” he added. In his view, former secretary, Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA), Lagos

branch, Mr. Sunday Onu, said if the clamour of the Bar for the independence of the judiciary and its financial autonomy had been heeded, it would have positive impact on the administration of justice. Onu said, “All these infrastructural challenges should be addressed immediately. This is because administration of justice goes to the root of cohesion and existence as a nation.” For Mr. Babatunde Awe, “The decay of court infrastructure is a disgrace, as well as an indictment of society’s ignorance of the fundamental need to ensure that every aspect of the judiciary runs smoothly and conveniently. The library of Ota High Court, Ogun State is one of the most painful reminders that the judiciary as we know it or as it ought to function is in danger of extinction. Awe said the infrastructural development and maintenance are the bedrock of a robust and optimally functional judiciary adding that ‘’Judges are not spirits, they need conducive atmosphere to function optimally.” Sadly, this neglect of the judiciary ranging from how judges work under near barbaric conditions to the stifling of judiciary of funds, slow down justice administration and also impair the productivity of judicial officers in the country. For the judiciary, therefore to continue to administer justice effectively and champion the rule of law, the main challenge before it is to urgently address this gross neglect of the third arm of government. The two recent judgements of the Abuja High Court that sought to confer financial autonomy on the judiciary by stopping the executive arm from holding onto the judiciary funds might open a new vista of hope for the independence of the judiciary. Until the court pronouncements are obeyed, the judiciary will forever continue to be at the mercy of the executive in the country.


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Man wants compensation for scissors left in his stomach

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man from Bosnia-Herzegovina has filed a lawsuit claiming that he was forced to live in pain for nine years after doctors left a pair of scissors in his stomach during 2003 ulcer surgery. Alen Papac claims that doctors at Mostar Hospital accidentally left a 4.7-inch-long pair of scissors in his stomach during the routine operation. After nine years of living in discomfort, Papac got himself checked out and the scissors showed up on an xray of his stomach. “I would suffer from agonizing pains in my stomach

for years after that and I have also had other health problems which I now realize were related to the fact that I had a pair of scissors in my stomach,” Papac told the Croatian Times. Papac had emergency surgery to remove the misplaced shears and contacted the hospital about receiving compensation for his uncomfortable ordeal. “I told them that they might have been shocked, but they weren’t as shocked as I was after seeing the reason for my ‘health problems’ over all these years,” Papac said.

Reporter in sleeveless blouse asked to leave courtroom

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he sight of a Utah court reporter’s bare arms was apparently too much for a bailiff to handle when she reported for her first day of work on June 3, so he asked her to cover up despite temperatures exceeding 85 degrees. The blouse that Standard-Examiner reporter Morgan Briesmaster was wearing went up to her neck, but that wasn’t enough to get her into Og-

den’s Second District Courthouse without reprimand. In order to make sure she’d be able to do her job, Briesmaster got a parka and wore that to court instead. “Not only had I been hired three months prior by the Standard, it’s my brandnew beat and upon entering the courthouse the very first time, I was told I was doing something wrong,” Briesmaster told KSL.

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Scientists search for mystery sea monster that devoured shark A ustralian scientists are searching for a “mystery sea monster” that likely devoured a nine-foot-long great white shark they’d been tracking. The shark disappeared and then its tracking device washed up on a beach four months later. According to data on the device, the shark’s temperature rose rapidly and then quickly plunged, indicating that the shark may have ended up in another animal’s digestive system. Based on that assumption, it has been theorized that the shark was eaten by a “colossal cannibal great white shark.” The mystery is documented in the Smithsonian Institute’s Hunt for the Super Predator, which is based on the Australian documentary The Search for the Ocean’s Super Predator and will air June 25. “When I was first told

about the data that came back from the tag that was on the shark, I was absolutely blown away,” filmmaker Dave Riggs reportedly says

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in the documentary. “The question that not only came to my mind but everyone’s mind who was involved was, ‘what did

that?’ It was obviously eaten. What’s gonna eat a shark that big? What could kill a [9-foot] great white?”


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ince the inception of the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as the Governor of Osun State on Saturday, November 27, 2010, after lengthy rounds of litigation to reclaim his stolen mandate, the governor has left no one in doubt about his intention to develop the state as quickly as possible. Even in the face of lean resources, Aregbesola’s passion to transform Osun into a state where government worked for the people remained unwavering. The results can be seen in the far-reaching impact of government activity and investments in key sectors of the economy today. The shape of things to come were made clears as far back as 2005, with the establishment of the Oranmiyan Foundation, a political platform, by Governor Aregbesola and the launch of the Green Book that contained the planned programmes of the then Lagos State Commissioner for Works. The book outlined his planned policies and programmes and as the April 14, 2007 gover-

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norship poll moved closer, many residents of state had become so familiar with the sixpoint integral action plan of Aregbesola. The Six-point Integral Action Plan as expounds in the Green Book that the governor himself had described as the document of

trust and symbol of contract with the people of Osun State are : Banish hunger, banish poverty, banish unemployment, promote healthy living, promote functional education, promote communal, peace and progress. These six points are defined as integral because the


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revolutionary touch in State of Osun delivery of the development vision, according to the governor requires a combined implementation of each of these points. With barely six months to the end of the first four year tenure of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the impact of government is being felt in every part of the state with basic infrastructural amenities being put in proper shape.

Banish hunger, banish poverty, banish unemployment In tandem with the first three items on the six point integral action plan, the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, within 100 days in office employed 20,000 youths under a programme called Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme, OYES, setting the record as the first government in the history of the country to absorb such number of unemployed youths at a time. The youths, who were subjected to training in specific areas of needs, upon completion of their induction exercise were immediately deployed to relevant sectors such as traffic management, health, sanitation, works and security. The youths, who had their uniforms sown by the designers selected from the state, were placed on the monthly stipend on N10,000 and the first batch of cadets captured under the programme had already completed their assignment and another set recruited. The youth empowerment programme, which was recommended by World Bank as a model to the Federal Government and also being adopted by some state governments across the country, has successfully created a new category to spenders through whom

OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA, WITHIN 100 DAYS IN OFFICE, EMPLOYED 20,000 YOUTHS UNDER A PROGRAMME CALLED

OSUN YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SCHEME, OYES, SETTING THE RECORD AS THE FIRST GOVERNMENT IN THE HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY TO ABSORB SUCH NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED YOUTHS AT A TIME

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an additional N200m is being injected into the economy of the state monthly. Apart from OYES scheme, the administration of Aregbesola has also empowered other categories of people in the state by engaging them through mutually beneficial ventures. The present administration has also entered the history books as the only government till date that will employ the highest number of civil servants despite executing several capital intensive projects. The vacuum created by the mass retirement from the service of Osun State Government in 2012 occasioned by the introduction of contributory pension scheme, which left

the state work force badly depleted, were quickly plugged with the recruitment of workers into the civil service. Similarly, the Aregbesola administration also recruited qualified teachers, who were made to pass through various stages of screening, with priority attention to the core subjects like English and Mathematics, among others to improve the quality of instruction being provided in public schools across the state. The government also created jobs through programme such as the reinvigorated school feeding programme tagged “OMeal, through which about 250,000 pupils in public schools


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Promises fulfilled: Aregbesola’s are being fed once in a day. The cooks that prepare the food are another group of new spenders created by Osun State Government. Another programme created to take care of unemployed persons and the vulnerable is Agba Osun initiative through which the aged in the state are given a monthly stipend of N5,000.

Promotion of healthy living In its bid to promote healthy living among the people of Osun State, Aregbesola, himself a fitness buff, declared an emergency in the area of sanitation on assumption of office in 2010 and with the collaboration of health officers attached to all the local government areas in the state began a more careful supervision of cleaning of streets, business premises and residential buildings by health workers while ad hoc staff were recruited and the filth that had taken over major streets of the capital under the previous administration, quickly disappeared. At the expiration of the emergency programme, another scheme designed to sustain the gains achieved tagged O’Clean Plus was introduced. Under this program, over 100 refuse vans were bought and towns with in the state were assigned to different private refuse disposal companies, who turn up once in a week to remove refuse while people pay for the services they render. Also, this administration is proactive in the aspect of flood prevention led to the dredging of over 123 kilometres of streams, rivers and canals throughout the state. It was a preventive action taken by the gov-

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revolutionary touch in State of Osun ernment after repeated warnings of severe flooding nationwide by meteorological agencies. Osun has been one of the flood free states during the turbulent massive rainfall and change in weather conditions in the last few years. Flood prevention has been a constant activity embarked upon by the state even before the red signal of the weather agencies. Several lives and valuable properties have been saved through this proactive step. Presently, nine general hospitals spread across the nine Federal Constituencies in the state are being simultaneously renovated at the whooping sum of N2bn. The renovation works which are at different stages of completion include upgrade of medical equipment and facilities. Also, the state Ministry of Health, as part of measures to ensure healthy living among people of the state, has been organising free surgeries for people, who could not afford it in each of the nine biggest cities in the state where surgeries were performed free on people suffering from hernia. Similarly, the ministry has also organised free eye surgeries for people in Osogbo, the state capital and also provided, if situation demands, post-operation services for their patients.

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Promotion of functional education It is on record that the present administration has initiated some of the most ambitious programmes and policies to revamp the education sector. Through its reclassification programme, Aregbesola’s administration re-arranged public primary and secondary schools in the state into elementary, middle and high schools and merged already existing schools to form new mega schools with modern facilities. In the new policy, elementary level comprises of pupils from ages six to nine years, which corresponds to primary one to four pupils under the existing system. The middle level is from primary four to JSS 3 of ages 10 to 14, now classified as grades 5-9, and the high school level age range are between 15 and 17 years, corresponding to Senior Secondary School III, to be known as grades 1012. The committee for the implementation of O’ School headed by Chief Layi Oyeduntan, during the foundation laying ceremony of

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Play ground of Ilare Elementary school, Ile-Ife

the first mega school that was built under the programme in Ejigbo, said 100 elementary schools, 50 middle schools and 20 high schools would be built across the state. Less than two years after, the committee has succeeded in completing nearly all the proposed schools and those already completed are presently being occupied by students. The schools, designed to reflect the basic global standard for modern schools, have all the necessary facilities that makes academic activities conducive. The Osun Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme now known as O-Meals is one of the few surviving school meal programmes in the country. It was formerly known as the Home Grown School Feeding and Health Programme. This has now been restructured and enhanced by the present administration to reach a larger number of students (254,000) and to empower over 3,000 community caterers. The revamped programme has helped increase school enrolment by a minimum of 25 per cent. The Osun State Government is also providing 150,000 e-learning tablets, known as Opon Imo, for Senior Secondary School student. This initiative, the first of its kind anywhere in the world, covers 17 core subjects with over five extra curricula subjects for Senior Secondary 1, 2 and 3 levels. The tablets contain over 56 textbooks , 900 minutes of virtual classroom lessons and thousands of Practice Questions for WAEC and JAMB. In addition


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revolutionary touch in State of Osun to aiding preparation for School Leaving Examinations, the introduction of the tool is expected to aid adoption of information communication technology (ICT) skills among students in the State.

Agriculture A number of incentives have been given by the present administration to boost agricultural production in the state. These include support to 220 farmer groups under the Osun Broiler Outgrower Scheme (OBOPS), 28 cooperative groups have been empowered to plant 17 hectres of maize, 500 acres vegetable cluster, while 2,000 farmers have also been supported to plant 1.3 million plantain suckers for refined plantain production. In all, a total of 10,698 acres of farmland have been cultivated with the support of the Government of the State of Osun. Also, 1,830 rural farmers in 61 focal communities have been equipped with farm inputs under the UNICEF replication initiative programme of the Ministry of Water Resources, Rural and Community Development. Considerable attention is being paid to rural and community development under the UNICEF Community Development Replica-

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tion Initiative Programme of the Ministry of Water Resources. Similarly, a total of 122 boreholes have been sunk in the focal communities. The UNICEF

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Security The Osun State Government, apart from providing about 125 patrol vehicles to security agencies such as the Army, Police, FRSC, NDLEA and the Civil Defence, also bought five armoured personnel carrier, the first in the history of the state to fight incessant robbery attacks. It is also noteworthy that the helicopter acquired was for area surveillance and ‘’quick emergency response’’ in the state. Since this noble initiative, crime, especially bank robberies has reduced significantly to the barest minimum.

Osun State Joint Security outfit Sheriff Action Squad (SAS)

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Promises fulfilled: Aregbesola’s Works and infrastructure

The government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has unbelievably raised the bar of governance in terms of roads and infrastructural amenities development generally. The present administration has constructed close to one thousand kilometres of roads of both intra-city and intercity status, expending over N10bn on projects The governor recently commissioned over 21 kilometres Ilesa township roads, while other newly roads in other cities in the state, it was learnt will soon be commissioned. Osogbo, the capital of Osun state has enjoyed the privilege of having lion’s share of the township roads constructed. Recently, the state governor commissioned 21 newly constructed township roads within the state capital stretching 26.31 kilometres. The selected roads under the first phase constructed and rehabilitated in the last 3 ½ years targets constructing roads with a life span of between 15-20 years. It features drainage construction fortified with iron and concrete thickness of between 60mm-70mm, a departure from using blocks which cannot stand the test of time. The drainages have been constructed to ensure smooth flow of water and also help in controlling erosion activities from washing away the layers of the roads. Aside from fortified concrete drainages, the roads have various layers such as laterite, stonebase and asphaltic overlay of 50mm. The asphaltic thicknesses of the roads are the same all since it is plied by all grades of vehicles. A unique feature of Ogbeni Aregbesola’s road construction efforts is compliance with the state capital road master plan. The master plan consists of several roads connecting the inner Ring Road and the Outer Ring Road. No administration before now had paid special attention to radically connecting these

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THE GOVERNMENT OF OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA HAS UNBELIEVABLY RAISED THE BAR OF GOVERNANCE IN TERMS OF ROADS AND INFRASTRUCTURAL AMENITIES DEVELOPMENT GENERALLY

roads together. The Osogbo Inner Ring Road as constructed by this administration takes off from Off Osogbo-Gbongan Road and routes from Gbodofon-Jaleyemi-Gbemu Junction Road-Isale Aro (1.79km). It leaps over the Oja-Oba Road to connect Gbemu Junction-Oluode Market-Elelede Junction-Abaku Road-Boorepo (1.47km) bursting out and connecting the on-going dualisation of Osogbo-Ikirun-Ila Odo-Kwara State Boundary Road. The other stretch leaps over

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the Osogbo-Ikirun-Ila Odo Kwara State Boundary Road and picks off from Church Street-Bisi Bankole/Anaye Market StreetAlaafia Street-Oke Onitea RoadAnaye Market Junction-Oke Onitea Road (2.08km) to connect the existing West By Pass. This forms a semi circle inside Osogbo. The next stretch is from GRA Road-Adesina Crescent-Ilobu

Road (1.35km) and connecting the Osogbo-Ilobu Road. It picks off from Off Osogbo-Ilobu Road from Lameco Junction and routes Oroki Lane( dualised and connects West By Pass at Jerry Paul Filling Station)- Tinumola/ Wonderful Road( opposite Capital Hotel (2.06km). It intersects the Iwo Road/Oke fia Road and takes off from Capital Hotel-Alekunwodo-

Coca Cola(2.33km) and burst out on the Osogbo-Gbongan Road to complete the Inner Ring Road formation in the Osogbo Road Master Plan. Other road constructed/ rehabilitated which interconnects other roads includes Station RoadFagbewesa-Odi OlowoJunctionEbenezer Hotel (0.61km). Oja Oba-Osun Groove Gate with Road


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Aregbesola’s revolutionary touch in State of Osun extension (1.02km), Balogun Biiro/Oke Baale Road( 0.85km), John Mackay-Gbeja Road-Oke Baale with Constain (0.96), Kola Balogun Road Junction-Fiwasaye Olohunosebi Rd( 0.87km). One important stretch of constructed road is the Heritage Hotel Road-Dupe Aina-Odetoyinbo Rd(3.28km) which connects the on going dualisation of the 18km East-West By Pass Road at the Fountain University End. The second axis which connects the East-West Bye Pass (Outer Ring Road) is the Osunbukola/Mercy Land-Ajani Street-Prime Petrol Station (0.98km) to connect the Ofatedo- Ido Osun Road and connect it at the Ebunoluwa School Area A careful study of the constructed and rehabilitated roads will reveal an interconnectedness of these roads with one another showing a deliberate, conscious, strategic and skilful road infrastructure upgrade of the State Capital. As stated earlier, the roads with asphaltic thickness of 50mm will no doubt last between 15-20 years thus giving the state value for money. Also in Osogbo, a massive N4.5bin Eastern bye pass named after late Premier of Western region, Oba Adesoji Aderemi, is

AREGBESOLA’S MESSAGE AND VISION IS CLEAR. WITH PRUDENT MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES, INNOVATIVE IDEAS AND EMPLACEMENT OF POLICIES THAT WILL ATTRACT BOTH LOCAL AND FOREIGN INVESTORS INTO THE STATE,

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TO CHANGE A WINNING TEAM about 40 per cent completed. Work is also ongoing on the Gbongan/Akoda dualisation but the flagship of several roads projects being undertaking by Aregbesola’s administration remains Osogbo/Ila-Odo Kwara Boundary road. The 45 kilometre road passes through three local government areas and cost the state close to N20bn. Another road project worthy of mention is Gbongan/Orile-Owu/ Araromi/ Ogun State boundary road. This particular road provides an alternative route to Lagos State and many commuters from the state and those coming from the North have already started using it, even when construction work is still going on. The present administration is also pursuing an ambitious programme aimed at creating markets for goods manufactured with-

in the state and those coming from other states. In the last two years, Aregbesola’s administration has initiated construction of three different markets within the state capital. Ayegbaju, Aje and Dagbolu regional markets all located within the state capital are simultaneously being constructed by government using public private partnership model. The state Commissioner for Commerce, Mr. Ismaila Alagbada, while speaking to newsmen recently said the first set of shops at Ayegbaju market will be ready for use by June this year. The dream of having an airport in the state is gradually being brought to fruition with the massive investment of Aregbesola administration on the MKO Abiola Cargo Airport, Ido-Osun. Slava Yeditepe, an Aeronautical

Engineering and Technical Services, the company handling the project, through its supervisor in charge, Abubakar Abuyaro while speaking with newsmen recently, said the airport will have the longest runway in the country by the time it is completed. Apparently, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The Aregbesola administration, which has established itself as an effective manager of men and material resources looks forward to another term where it is set to deliver even more of the dividends of democracy promises the people on inception. Indeed the people of Osun appear keen on ensuring the continuity is the watchword at the elections scheduled for August. This is evident in the massive turnout of supporters on the governor’s campaign trail as he moves across the state to restate his commitment to the complete transformation of the State of Osun. Aregbesola’s message and vision is clear. With prudent management of resources, innovative ideas and emplacement of policies that will attract both local and foreign investors into the state, Osun will be the model state that other needs to follow. As such there will be no need to change a winning team.


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Community Mirror As far as I am concerned, there is no cause for alarm. A lot of these people cannot win elections on their own merit in their own booth EDO STATE GOVERNOR , ADAMS OSHIOMHOLE

Unease in Ondo over Obaship tussle OJO OYEWAMIDE AKURE

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here is palpable unease at Imoru in Ose Local Gov-

ernment Area of Ondo State following the fierce battle for the vacant stool of Olumoru. It was gathered that

one of the aspirants, has been threatening the lives of others. The death last year of Oba Abel Okinbaloye

rendered the throne vacant. An 80-year-old chief of the town, Chief Sunday Oluagbaka, was then

appointed regent to hold forth during the period of interregnum. Eight indigenes from the ruling house were said to have indicated interest in the throne, as they include a serving Permanent Secretary in the state civil service Princes Ade Okiti, Charles Olotu, Rotimi Obamuwagun, Akin Oluwafemi, Bade Olowojoba and Ade Aboluwodi. A source said that Ade Okiti is most favoured by the kingmakers, even as one of the

contestants has vowed to frustrate any move to forward the name of their choice to the local government for consideration and approval. Prominent indigenes have expressed concern on the way and manner the aspirant has been pursuing his ambition. Some of the indigenes have pleaded with the kingmakers and the local government to speed up action on the selection process as well as seek peaceful means of reconciling as the spirants.

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A homeless man sleeping under a bridge at Oshodi, Lagos, yesterday.

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NRC plans to increase intra-city shuttles FRANCIS SUBERU

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he Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC has said it plans to convey 22,000 passengers daily in Lagos and other cities before end of the year through its intra-city train services. The Managing Director of the corporation, Engineer Adeseyi Sijuade said this at the commissioning of the newly acquired two air-conditioned Diesel Multiple Units, DMUs and six

68 seat air-conditioned passenger coaches at Iddo Terminal, Lagos. According to Sijuade; “The DMUs will be deployed for mass transit train services in densely populated cities beginning with Lagos. “Today we move a monthly average of 3,570 tons of cement from Ewekoro, 3170 tons of wheat from Apapa Flour Mills and 120 bonded containers from Apapa Port, to Kaduna and Kano. These freight volumes are expect-

ed to rise significantly over the next few months. “ The railway vehicles are said to have been manufactured in China, specifically for the NRC’s narrow guage rail lines. Sijuade added that each of the six air conditioned coaches has a carrying capacity of 68 passengers,even as he thanked the federal government for its commitment to the development of railways in the country. He said, “The six coaches will be deployed as first

Four die in road accident

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our people have been feared dead in Orira village, Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State when cement truck collided with a taxi on the Calabar-Ikom Highway. According to an eyewitness, accident occurred

when the taxi which was travelling to Calabar, tried to overtake other vehicles and therefore had a headon collision with the cement truck. Following the impact, both vehicles skidded-of the road with the truck ramming into a residen-

tial building and killing an occupant. Also, three occupants in the taxi including the driver died on the spot. Speaking at the accident scene, the state governor, Liyel Imoke said though the accident was unexpected, those who

class coaches on long distance from Lagos to Kano. This is expected to increase the number of passengers on the route from 6,000 to 7,000.” Chairman of the NRC board, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, described the event as a milestone in the over 100 year’s history of the corporation. He said, “The extent of development of any economy depends significantly on the development and efficiency of its transportation system.

lost their loved ones would receive government assistance. Imoke was accompanied by the deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon Emeka Ihedioha and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon Larry Odey.

he police in Lagos have arrested a 38-year old man for allegedly being in possession of a fresh human head. The Police Public Relations Officer,PPRO, DSP Ngozi Braide, said the man, was arrested at Orile, Lagos by the police anti-robbery team. “The police team that arrested the suspect was led by Inspector Bernard Oyinlade, while conducting a ‘stop and search’ operation at

Orile. The team stopped the man who was clutching a black polythene bag having suspected him and called for a search. He immediately took to his heels but was arrested and a suspected fresh human skull was found with him. The suspect is undergoing interrogation and will be transferred to the State Criminal Investigations Department, SCID, Panti, Yaba for further investigations,” Braide said.

Farmers get implements worth N12.6m JAMES DANJUMA KATSINA

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total of 100 farmers have received ploughs and bulls worth N12.6 million for farming activities in Katsina State. The items were donated to the farmers by an NGO, Katsina Foundation, also known as ‘Gidauniyar Katsina, on free interest loan. The director general of the foundation, Dauda Karofi who stated this, said the loan would be paid within a period of

three years. Karofi said the farmers were selected from different parts of the state by a committee that was set up by the foundation for same purpose. He said the ploughs and bulls were purchased under the foundation’s agricultural programme which is aimed at assisting farmers in the state. He called on the beneficiaries to make good use of the items as way of boosting food production in the state and country in general.


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World News In the Middle East everyone is afraid of everyone, therefore everyone must be brought to the negotiating table at the same time and do it all in parallel –Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman

Central African PM calls for World Cup truce

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entral Africa’s prime minister called yesterday for a pause in the country’s devastating sectarian violence, so that the beleaguered population can enjoy the World Cup that starts today. Prime Minister Andre Nzapayeke said the football tournament -- and the month of Ramadan that starts at the end of June -- were an opportunity to step back from the brutal attacks that have killed thousands over the past year. “Many people have agreed to an end or a suspension of the social unrest, to allow the population and particularly young people, to fully enjoy this event that happens only once every four years,” said Nzapayeke at a press conference in the capital Bangui. “Let’s not waste this period during which the whole world is united around a single king called football,” he added. He warned the nation’s youth, many of whom have been dragged into the violence: “Those who are 16 -- if you waste this period, know that you will be 20 before the next cup comes along.

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“Take this opportunity that the world has offered to admire our stars,” he added, citing African heroes Samuel Eto’o and Didier Drogba. Central Africa Republic itself failed to make it to the World Cup finals in Brazil, losing in the second round of African qualifiers. Nzapayeke also referred to

the Muslim festival of Ramadan which starts on June 28, which he called “a time of peace and love, a time when we help each other. I look forward to the boiled lemon sweets and the small treats of the joyous evenings of Ramadan.” The country has plunged into an unprecedented cycle of violence since a coup by the mostly

Muslim Seleka rebel group in March 2013, and the emergence of a mostly Christian militia in response. Thousands have been killed and hundreds of thousands forced to flee, with almost the entire Muslim population driven out of Bangui since the Seleka regime was pushed out of power in January.

WORLD BULLETIN US Under Secretary Sewall attends summit on Boko Haram in London PAUL ARHEWE The United States Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Sarah Sewall, has travelled to London, U.K., yesterday and would represent her country at the London Ministerial Summit on Boko Haram, which began yesterday and ends tomorrows. She will also attend the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. “The London Ministerial Summit on Boko Haram is a continuation of the May 17 Nigeria Security Summit in Paris. Peace and security in Nigeria is one of our highest foreign policy priorities in Africa, and this summit will underscore the need for a comprehensive, regional approach to countering terrorism, while emphasizing civilian security, respect for human rights, and efforts to address the underlying causes of the conflict,” sewall declared. Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield from the Bureau of African Affairs will accompany Under Secretary Sewall. At the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, Under Secretary Sewall will speak at a session within the opening ministerial plenary, which will focus on the roles and responsibilities of states and political actors in addressing sexual violence in conflict and post conflict. The United States has been a key supporter of this effort and believes that addressing sexual violence in conflict is a matter of national security.

Bridging Nigeria’s electoral credibility gap JEFF HAWKINS

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he United States has worked with Nigeria to strengthen democratic institutions for decades, and will continue to do so. As the citizens of Ekiti and Osun prepare to go to the polls in the next few weeks to elect their governors, Nigerians and Nigeria’s friends in the international community will be watching carefully for peaceful elections and results that uphold the will of the electorate. It is undoubtedly important and interesting to see who the winners and losers in Ekiti and Osun will be, and how the outcomes will affect the national political picture in advance of

next February’s elections. Beyond that, however, the Ekiti and Osun elections are crucial because of what they will tell us about Nigeria’s preparations for February 2015 – specifically, whether those elections will be, and be seen by Nigerians as credible. I have been in Nigeria for nearly two years now, and visited each of the 17 states in southern Nigeria, almost all of them on multiple occasions. I have spoken with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Nigerians about democracy, elections, and the history of your country as it relates to both. Some of the lessons I’ve learned from these conversations are particularly relevant as we approach Election Day in Ekiti and Osun, and

head into the national elections next year. These conversations make clear that elections in this country suffer from a crisis of credibility. There have been a few contests, particularly M.K.O. Abiola’s aborted election in 1993, that have been widely viewed by Nigerians to represent the will of the people. The international community, and in particular the United States, have gone on record as saying Nigeria’s 2011 elections represented a significant improvement over some earlier contests. But Nigerians have been disappointed – at the LGA, state, and national levels – by many of the electoral cycles in the country’s past. There are many reasons for such disappointment, some historical and

some highly relevant to this day. Much work remains to be done -- by INEC, by the nation’s security services, and above all by Nigeria’s political class – to build more trust in the electoral process. Besides undermining voter faith and interest, this crisis of credibility has an additional, pernicious side-effect: it allows some politicians to refuse to accept an electoral result that was not in their favor by affirming that the election in question was “illegitimate,” and to threaten and/or employ violence as a result. The electoral system’s shortcomings have thus helped to provide cover for rhetoric and actions by some politicians that only further subvert the interests of Nigerians as a whole.

Hawkins is Consul General, U.S. Consulate, Lagos.

Beyond broad systemic changes – stamping out corruption, improving transparency, enhanced internal democracy in Nigeria’s political parties – fighting this trend is also a key element in ameliorating Nigerian democracy. To be continued


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bout one billion people across the world are expected to turn their attention to the Arena de Sao Paulo Stadium on television tonight, as the 20th FIFA World Cup in Brazil begins. Over 60,000 people will be at the stadium to watch live the opening ceremony and the kickoff match between host Brazil and Croatia starting at 9pm Nigeria time. As usual, the opening match will be preceded by several razzmatazz, such as calisthenics formations that will vividly

project Brazil’s three biggest treasures, nature, people and football. Brazilian President, Mrs. Dilma Rousseff, will be at the State Box with other world leaders, FIFA bigwigs and dignitaries to watch the ceremony and eventually witness Japanese referee, Yuichi Nishimura, blow his whistle to kick-start hostilities. This is the second time Brazil is hosting the Mundial, having first hosted the 1950 fourth edition of the tournament. They are gunning for their sixth title, having won in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. The weight of today’s opening game will be on the shoulders of

Neymar who has been charged with donning the famous No.10 jersey worn by many icons of old like Pele, Ronaldo, Romario and others. Anything short of a positive result could dent the homers’ confidence, especially with protests that have dogged the competition over rising mass poverty in the country. For Croatia who are ranked 18th in the world, they are no push over. Coach Niko Kovac has an array of players who play top professional football in Europe. Luke Modric is the backbone of the team, and has become a regular in Real Madrid’s central midfield.

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he Minister of Sports, Dr. Tammy Danagogo, has waded into the talks between the Super Eagles and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the players’ demand to be paid part of the World Cup participation money FIFA will pay Nigeria at the end of the tournament. The players had protested to the NFF president, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, in the United States demanding their own share of the money. But the NFF it was gathered said it had only received $1.5million from FIFA to prepare the team, while the group stage fee of $8million will be remitted later. It was also gathered that in addition to the FIFA $1.5m, the Federal Government has made available to the NFF N850million out of the N1.4billion total budget for the tournament. In a meeting held between

Danagogo and Maigari at the Maksoud Plaza Hotel, Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Monday evening, the minister charged the NFF boss to negotiate with the team and reach an agreement so that the players’ morale would be boosted. The minister was of the view that the welfare of the team should be paramount during the tournament. “If we do not treat them well and make them happy, they may just go into the tournament and perform badly and ensure that we pack our bags and return home. So they are the reasons why Nigeria is participating in the tournament and we should do everything within our powers to ensure that we do our best for the team,” Danagogo said. He pledged to also personally appeal to the players to put the interests of the nation first during the tournament.


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OSMI launches World Cup broadcast AFOLABI GAMBARI

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he exclusive 2014 FIFA World Cup terrestrial broadcast rights owner for the Nigerian territory, OSMI, has concluded plans to broadcast the event to the Nigerian audience, starting with the opening ceremony to be followed by the Brazil versus Croatia match today. OSMI, in conjunction with Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), will also make live broadcast of all the other 63 matches of the tournament. Speaking on the readiness of the company for the World Cup broadcast, Mr. Kunle Falodun, Managing Director, OSMI, said all the test transmissions have been successfully concluded and all is set for the broadcast. “We will also produce daily magazine programmes that will focus on the fans, coach-

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es, Super Eagles players, fashion, supportership and places of interest in Brazil, among others,” OSMI’s Managing Director, Mr. Kunle Falodun, said yesterday. Meanwhile, former Super Eagles midfielder, Seyi Olofinjana, who is among the experts contracted by OSMI for field analyses in Brazil, has described the atmosphere as electrifying. “Fans from around the world are eager to be part of the World Cup and we are ready to bring all the actions to Nigerians,” Olofinjana said.

Wrangling, bane Cricket: NCF picks 26 of basketball for African tourney –Bakare PAUL EREWUBA

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ormer D’ Tigers coach, Ayo Bakare, who resigned his position as the Technical Director of Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) last week, has revealed that internal wrangling in the federation is responsible for what he calls unimpressive achievement of the incumbent administration. Bakare, who is also the proprietor of basketball club Ebun Comet explained that constant disagreement between club proprietors and the NBBF had always threatened the sport. “Some individuals were

so critical about the policies of the NBBF board to the extent that even when the board takes relevant decisions that will help the game to grow, they kicked against it,” the former national basketball team coach said. “The NBBF bigwigs and these individuals were always suspicious of one another, even though they had opportunity to iron out the issues.” Bakare, however, tasked the media to be partners in progress instead of fuelling the NBBF crisis. “Anything negative that is reported about basketball does not hurt Tijani Umar (NBBF president) personally,

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does not hurt me personally, does not hurt Sam Amedu (Dodan Warriors owner) personally or the other principal actors. But it damages the sport. “We’ve had Zenith Bank and DStv as sponsors since Buba Gyang was president. But have the incumbent federation added any more sponsors? “As a private sector person I have spoken to a lot of people including banks directors but they don’t want to touch basketball because of what comes back from it. We’ve made basketball look like a pariah to corporate sponsors and there must be a change in attitude.”

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bout 26 male players have been selected by the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF) to represent Nigeria at an African Invitational Tournament scheduled for Ghana in September, sequel to their performances at the recent National U-15 Cricket Championship. A board member of NCF, Mr.

Kogi clubs get cash lift M anagement of Kogi State-owned football clubs, Kogi United and Confluence Queens, has paid the players what it calls “special cash bonus” as the league went on break from last weekend in accordance with a pledge made earlier in the season. Sole Administrator of the clubs, Mallam Abdul Adama,

who actualised the gesture in Lokoja, also reiterated the management’s commitment to the players’ welfare. Adama, who is also the Special Adviser to Kogi State Governor on Public Private Partnership, reiterated that fees payment was aimed at motivating the players to excellence.

He also announced an eleven-day break for the players after which they will resume on June 20 ahead of the leagues’ next phase. Meanwhile, Confluence Queens will delay their break till after Sunday’s home game against Delta Queens in the Week 14 of the Nigeria Women Professional League.

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Kayode Adeniyi, told National Mirror yesterday in Abuja that the discovered players would be given further training ahead of the invitational tournament. “We intend to host the next championship outside Abuja to give room for more participation,” Adeniyi said. “By Friday (tomorrow), the girls U-15 tourney will hold in Abuja and we intend to see if we can discover more talent in their category,” he added.


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IFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) have announced that spectators at the stadium and global television viewers will have the full-line up of stars available to perform the Official Song “We Are One” at today’s Brazil 2014 opening ceremony. The performance by Pitbull, Claudia Leitte, Jennifer Lopez and Olodum will be the climax of the ceremony and is set to thrill the public by paying homage to Brazil’s three biggest treasures – its nature, people and football. “Performing We Are One in front of the whole world is going to be a lot of fun,

especially in a country as beautiful as Brazil,” said Pitbull. “Our performance will be the perfect introduction to the show that is the World Cup. It will be a huge celebration,” added Claudia Leitte. The show will last 25 minutes and the cast is made up of more than 600 people, the majority of whom study at dance or circus schools or at cultural workshops. The original artistic concept was created by the Franco Dragone Entertainment Group and is directed by the Belgian Daphne Cornez. Around 90 per cent of the cast of the production are Braz i l -

ian. Each of the treasures of Brazil will be artistically represented by characters and props, with the central focus being a “living” ball. This LED ball has more than 90,000 light clusters creating 7,000 nits of luminance, helping bring the performance to life. The show will also feature a demonstration by the Walk Again Project. In addition to the 62,600 fans expected at the stadium, the ceremony will be shown on TV in 200 territories around the world, with more than 160 principal rights holders broadcasting to all four corners of the globe.

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hana striker Majeed Waris faces a race against time to be fit for the World Cup in Brazil after scans revealed he has a torn quadricep. The 22-year-old suffered the injury in only the fourth minute of Monday’s 4-0 warm-up win over South Korea. The Black Stars’ team doctor, Adam Baba, revealed that Waris

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ristiano Ronaldo made a successful return from injury as he helped Portugal warm up for the World Cup with a big win over the Republic of Ireland. Ronaldo, 29, had missed Portugal’s previous two friendlies with knee and thigh problems, but played for 66 minutes in New Jersey on Tuesday night. Portugal open their Group G campaign against Germany next Monday.

Ronaldo did not score as Portugal eased to victory, but set up one of striker Hugo Almeida’s two goals and hit the post with a first-half free-kick. Coach Paulo Bento told BBC Sport, “It was important that he played and we would not hide it. It’s good he is back.” “He had a good match alongside what we did collectively. Considering he has been without competitive football for a few weeks, I think he did well,”

added Bento. Almeida headed Portugal in front from a Silvestre Varela cross after only two minutes, and it was 2-0 when Richard Keogh deflected a Fabio Coentrao cross into his own net. Ronaldo’s header was then saved by David Forde for Almeida to follow up and score before James McClean pulled one back for Martin O’Neill’s side with his first senior goal for the Republic seven minutes before the break.

is improving and “can now bend his knee with little pain”. Should Ghana wish to call up a replacement they must do so by June 15, 24 hours before their first match. Ghana kick-off their campaign against United States in Natal on June 16. They will also face Germany and Portugal in Group G.

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n innovative project will make Porto Alegre stand out from the other World Cup Host Cities in what refers to environmental sustainability. The waste materials produced in two spaces that will be working during the event – the Farroupilha Camp and the FIFA Fan Fest – will be transformed into fuel that will supply the commodity for the truck that will be collecting the waste on the World Cup days. GNVerde – Green Liquefied Petroleum Gas – is an exclusive

brand of the Gas Company of the State (Sulgás), and is generated by the decomposition of the organic waste that has similar chemical characteristics to the liquefied petroleum gas, which can be used to fuel vehicles. “We can say that this Project is the top of the environmental sustainability, for it represents a closed renewable cycle, with a vehicle that is fueled by the energy generated from the same residual waste that was transported by him” affirms the president director of Sulgas, Roberto Tejadas.


WORLD RECORD

Largest paper building

Vol. 04 No. 872 Thursday, June 12, 2014

The largest building constructed entirely of paper had a base measuring 15.2 m x 17.9 m (49.8 ft x 58.7 ft), and was 6.4 m tall.

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In search of game changers

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here are very serious issues at the epicenter of our troubled republic that not even the present hoopla over the on-going soccer World Cup in Brazil could submerge. After this tournament has been lost and won, Boko Haram’s senseless insurgency, corruption, the Chibok Girls issues etc, would still be there even if the Super Eagles emerged champions of the Mundial. Many of the familiar problems of our country like power outage, hunger, collapsed national infrastructure; conflicts in all facets of our national life, would remain as painful reminders that the gathering firestorm over the 2015 general elections could only be averted if the democratic process is able to produce game changers. The sheer complexity of our developmental challenges has now been compounded by the fixation of the political class on

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he 2014 Ogun State Cycling Competition will hold on Saturday in Abeokuta, the state capital. Organised by Ogun Flavours Magazine in collaboration with Dayo Osinowo Initiatives, the 20-kilometre competition will be flagged off at Ita Oshin roundabout by the

THE PRINCE OF NIGERIA PARADIGM Chris

Okotie

Okotie@revchrisokotie.com; twitter@revchrisokotie, 08078421451 (sms only)

2015, leaving little time for governance. How this inertia would produce the dividends of democracy for the people whose votes they garnered to appropriate power in 2011, is a mystery which cannot be reasoned away. However, one thing is clear, we are now at a tipping point we have never reached before as a nation. This is the first time, no one in this country, including the President, sleeps with his two eyes closed. President Goodluck Jonathan’s publicly admitted this himself when agonizing over the plight of the abducted Chibok Girls. Whatever the final outcome of the current multinational efforts to free the girls would be the defining moment for Jonathan in the final lap of his first full term in office. He should never be envied even by those of us jostling to take his job, because whoever emerges president in 2015 knows he is facing horrendous challenges to rebuild our embattled nation. The kind of leader we need must be able to inspire the entire nation and turn it into a mass army of construction workers. This is a feat only game changers could achieve. We would see plenty of that in this World Cup when the chips are down - when a team facing elimination suddenly turns the table because the coach has introduced a game changer. The leader we are talking about must be able to take responsibility and act, rather than wait to be blamed before defending himself when things go wrong. Our post-2015 president should be dictating the pace rather than taking dicta-

WHILE FIGHTING TERROR, NATIONS GO AHEAD WITH BUILDING THEIR

ECONOMIES. NIGERIA CANNOT STAGNATE

BECAUSE OF BOKO HARAM tion from his peers. Our president must be able to function and deliver like a diligent doctor working on a patient in emergency, because Nigeria is now sick and in intensive care. This is not a time to experiment with neophytes, or those who only covet the exalted office of president without the capacity to cope with its challenges. Every nation facing threats of disintegration like we now do needs many playmakers in different spheres of development that are capable of making the right decisions that could restore hope and national pride at trying times like this. If our beloved country ever needed a messiah; it is Now or Never! Again, like I mentioned in an earlier article, we have reached a hallow spot in our journey, which now requires fierce urgency of action. But the ruling political class continues as if our situation is normal. It took the abduction of the Chibok Girls for our government to agree that it needed to change its strategy against Boko Haram, which was why it finally asked for a broad international support in this five-year war

against an insurgent army that routinely kilsl our people, almost unchallenged. If we must fix the faultlines, Boko Haram is where to begin. The result we achieve with this terror war, especially starting with the release of the abducted girls, would assure the world that those who are at the helms in Nigeria have finally gotten their act together. Our people demand immediate end to this kidnap saga, not any diversionary tactic, such as the widely reported assaults by the security agents on media organizations whose newspaper distribution was disrupted recently by soldiers. The media is in no way a saboteur in this war on terror. Rather, it has been a strong partner, which has also borne the brunt of terror attacks. Asymmetric wars like the Boko Haram insurgency are extremely difficult for conventional armies, because they hit soft targets, especially women and children. Since our armed forces have no experience in counter-insurgency of this nature, we must look at the template of other countries like Sri Lanka, Israel, and the US, who have successfully contained terror groups. What is common to all is that these countries, especially in the classic case of America in the killing of Osama bin Ladin, launched a combination of superb intelligence - made possible by advanced technology - and highly trained special forces to achieve victory in the raid of specific terrorist enclaves. Therefore, rather than seek to hinge Boko Haram’s defeat on the full scale rearming of our military, what we need now is the training and equipping of special forces, which are best suited to the present campaign. Foreign support could be most useful in the training of these forces, buoyed by shared intelligence and technical aid. While fighting terror, nations go ahead with building their economies. Nigeria cannot stagnate because of Boko Haram. It must, in fact, move ahead in spite of it. Rev. Okotie, a pastor-politician, is a presidential aspirant.

Sport Extra

Ogun ready for cycling event Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Dr. Lanre Tejuosho. The contestants will be received by the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, at a grand reception at M.K.O. Abiola Stadium Kuto, Abeo-

kuta. The event, open to male and female competitors, is sponsored by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and MTN, is also open to participants from 36 states of the federation,

especially the 20 local government areas of Ogun State. Dignitaries expected at the event include Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Suraj Adekunbi; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of

Youth and Sports, Mrs. Moyo Olowonmi and Chairperson, Odua Chamber of Commerce, Iyalode Alaba Lawson, while Olu of Igbore, Oba Adesegun Ogunbona, will be the Royal Father of the Day.

Gov. Amosun

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