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IPMAN directs members to sell at N50 per litre
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PDP expels Baraje, Jaja, Oyinlola Why I joined APC –Amaechi We’ll hold thanksgiving service for his exit –Rivers PDP
HIGHLIGHTS G7 govs reaping dividends of my ordeal as VP –Atiku Your anger was misdirected, Tukur tells defected governors Democracy in action, says ACF Alliance has changed Nigeria’s political landscape –Tinubu Change of power imminent –Fayemi Aliyu’s last-minute retreat, mark of insincerity –Vatsa Defectors have inordinate ambition, says Lagos PDP
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L-R: Governors Peter Obi (Anambra), Sullivan Chime (Enugu), Theodore Orji (Abia), Emmanuel Uduaghan (Delta), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Dave Umahi and Governor Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), after a meeting of South-South and South-East governors’ forum in Awka, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN
Apo killings: Senators divided over report on security operation
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Senators divided over report on security operation GEORGE OJI ABUJA
enators were yesterday divided over the report of the Senate Joint Committee on National Security and Intelligence and Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, which investigated the circumstances surrounding the September 22 Apo killings. This followed the rejection of the report by Senator Sani Saleh (APC- Kaduna) after its presentation by the
Chairman of the joint committee, Senator Mohammed Magoro (PDP-Kebbi). The 65-page report, which five paragraph recommendations were fully adopted by the Senate after a very exhaustive debate, noted that but for the timely action of the security agents who swooped on suspected members of Boko Haram at an uncompleted building in the Apo area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, last month, the sect would have carried out a well coordinated and disastrous op-
erations in some locations on September 22. This was the same day the Kenyan shopping mall massacre and hostage operation was carried out by members of the terror group, Al-Shaabab. Saleh, who is a member of the committee, however, dissociated himself from the report on grounds that the committee deviated from its terms of reference. He said that the committee’s mandate was to ascertain whether the military engaged in extra-judicial
killing during the operation or not. Saleh faulted the military operation, which led to the killing of eight persons for failure to conform with laid down standards of military tactics during such operations. He argued that the report failed to state whether those persons killed were members of the Boko Haram or whether their killing was extra-judicial. “I stand to dissociate myself from this report. This report from the outset di-
gresses from the task given to us. The operation that day was irresponsible. It did not take care of civilian safety and did not conform to any known military standard of operation,” he said. Similarly, Senator Sahabi Y’au (PDP- Zamfara) also accused the committee of shying away from the issue, which was to find out whether those killed had any link to Boko Haram. Y’au, who moved the motion for the Senate to investigate the killings, said that every effort must be made to ascertain whether the killings were extra-judicial. “The crucial aspect of my motion has not been addressed which is whether the people killed are members of Boko Haram. “I would like to know the stand of this Senate on the eight people killed,” he said. The Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-(PDPCross River), said Saleh should have made a written comment to the committee instead of making his views on the floor. He said that the findings of the committee confirmed that there was reasonable cause for the security agencies to take action to prevent a potential threat of terrorist attack by insurgents. “The conclusions reached by the committee can be justified by the findings of the committee. “As a member of the committee, Saleh should have availed us with a written document but what he did was to ambush the rest of us with his comments,” Ndoma-Egba added. Senator George Sekibo (PDP-Rivers) said that the committee’s findings revealed evidence of the existence of terrorist threat in Abuja. He urged the Senate to encourage the security agencies in the fight to wipe out the activities of insurgents in the country. “The fundamental thing is that there is evidence of insurgents in Abuja and we must therefore work hard to stop their activities in every part of the country. “The FCDA should be directed to pay attention to monitoring of uncompleted buildings to check any abuse of such properties by undesirable elements,” he said. Senator Olushola Adeyeye (APC-Osun) on his part
defined extra-judicial killing as the killing of a person by government authorities without the sanctions of any judicial proceeding or legal process. Adeyeye said that what happened on that day in Apo lacked any judicial process or proceeding and so it fits the description of extra-judicial killing. He said that although terrorism was a scourge, no Nigerian deserved to be killed without due process. Also speaking, Senator James Manager (PDP-Delta) urged Nigerians to be fair in their criticism of the security personnel who work at grave risk to protect lives and property. “This clamp down on insurgency is not an easy task. These lives of our security operatives should be valuable to us since they are humans too. Their lives are endangered as they go about protecting the rest of the citizens. So, we must learn to value their lives,” he said. Senator Suleiman Adokwe (PDP- Nasarawa) frowned at Saleh for casting aspersions on the integrity of the committee thereby questioning their character as men of honour. “Saleh was not at the final meeting of the committee but he sent a written contribution. I find it unfair for him (Saleh) to portray other members of the committee as irresponsible. “This accusation is a dent on our integrity and an attempt to paint the committee in bad light,” he said. Senator Hadi Sirika (APC-Katsina) suggested that the committee should be given time to rework the report and incorporate the observations raised before it was brought back. The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary concluded that if 18 out of the 20 members of the committee agreed with the report, it showed that there was no bias in it. Ekweremadu said that the Senate had always stood by what was right; justice and fairness to all concerned and its stand would not waiver over the Apo report. “The issue of extra-judicial killing or not sounds to me as judgemental, only a court of competence jurisdiction or a quasi-judicial CONTINUED ON PAGE 6>>
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L-R: Founder, Konga.com, Mr. Sim Shagaya; Executive Director, Retail Banking, South, Mr. Gbenga Shobo; Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Ayo Gbeleyi and Group Managing Director/CEO, FirstBank Ltd, Mr. Bisi Onasanya, at the maiden edition of FirstBank SME Connect Conference 2013 in Lagos on Tuesday.
L-R: President, Market Women Association of Nigeria, Mrs. Felicia Sani; Director-General, Securities and Exchange Commission, Ms Aruma Oteh; Commissioner Corporate Services, SEC ,Hon Zakawanu Garuba and member, Trusted Shareholders’, Association of Nigeria, Otunba Mukhtar Mukhtar, during the Capital Market Wealth and Health Day in Abuja yesterday. PHOTO: ROTIMI OSASONA
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L-R: President, Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria (AAAN), Mrs. Bunmi Oke; President of the Advertisers’ Association of Nigeria (ADVAN), Kola Oyeyemi and winner, Sport Governor of the year, Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan,at the 2013 Nigeria Sport Award in Lagos, yesterday.
L-R: General Manager, Enterprise Development Centre, Pan Atlantic University, Olawale Anifowose; Head, SME, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Akintunde Oyebode; Deputy Director, Enterprise Development Centre, Pan Atlantic University, Nneka Okekearu and Director, Business Segment, Etisalat, Lucas Dada; at a forum to commemorate the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Lagos, recently.
FEC approves N42bn for road projects ROTIMI FADEYI ABUJA
he Federal Executive Council, FEC, yesterday approved N42.84 billion contracts for the rehabilitation of roads across the country. Briefing State House correspondents after the end of the council meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, the Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen, disclosed that when completed, the roads would enhance transportation, communication and socioeconomic activities. The road projects include the Ilorin- Jebba long single carriage way (93.6km) in Kwara State, awarded to Messrs CGC Nigeria limited at N14.5 billion, with completion period of 24 months. Also approved was the dualisation of Kano-Katsina road phase 1 in the sum of N14.07billion, with a completion period of 30 months. The council also awarded contract for the rehabilitation of Ilorin-Omu-AranKabba road in Kwara/Kogi states in the sum of N8.2 billion, to be completed in 36 months. According to Onoleme-
• FG targets N2.95trn from non-oil tax
men, Council approved the award of contract for the rehabilitation of Tumu-Pindiga-Kashere (Gombe), FutukYalo (Bauchi), Bashar-Dengi (Plateau) Yalo-Bashar-Dengi Section (Bauchi/Plateau) in the sum of N3,07 billion, with a completion period of 18 months. The rehabilitation of Mubi-Maiha-Sorao road with spur from Mubi-Bukula in Adamawa State was awarded to Messrs De-Pacific Investment Limited in the sum of N2, 9 billion. Also at the briefing, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala disclosed that the Council ratified the anticipatory approval of the President of contract for the provision of technical support with the hiring of tax consultant for the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, to explore ways to strengthen the non-oil revenue where it hopes to generate N2.95 trillion next year. The consultancy service was awarded in favour of Messrs Mckinsey and Company at N1.47 billion, inclusive of all taxes equivalent to
$8,750,000, with a completion period of 12 months. According to OkonjoIweala, the essence of the contract is to assist the FIRS to increase non-oil tax revenue. The Council also approved a memo for the award of contract to supply 70,000 software development and support for Permanent Voters Card Radio Frequency Identification, RFID, Reader. Council approved the contract based on the need to acquire160, 000 Smart Card Readers to authenticate the permanent voters card at the polling units during the conduct of the 2015 general election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in order to ensure free, fair and credible election. The Council also approved a memo by the Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson for the draft National Addressing Policy The policy would set out the framework for the development and implementation of the National Addressing Policy System in Nigeria. According to Mrs. John-
son, the policy would assist government to plan and implement public policies and services, fight against natural disasters and diseases, including emergency management
The policy would also reinforce national and international security in line with the United Nations Universal Postal Union’s Doha Declaration, enhance funda-
mental step in connecting people to public and private services, human rights as well as setting the foundation on which critical national policies can be built.
Committee begins investigation into fire, explosions in vessels at ports
committee set up by the Minister of Transportation, Sen. Idris Umar, yesterday commenced investigation into the causes of explosions in two Nigerian ocean going vessels. The President, Marine Board of Inquiry, Mr. Nureni Kuranga, who presided over the meeting in Lagos said that the investigation was fact finding and to advise on ways to avert recurrence. It will be recalled that a vessel, discharging petroleum products at Bonny, River State, caught fire and exploded on Sept. 30, 2012. Another incident occurred on Jan. 9, 2013, when an oil barge discharging petrol at the MRS Oil and Gas
tank farm jetty, caught fire and exploded within the Tin Can Island Port in Lagos. “We are here to investigate and establish the circumstances that led to the fire incidents and the subsequent explosions involving the MT African Hyacinth and Barge S.215 at MRS Jetty,” Nuranga said. He said that the body would investigate and establish the owners of the vessels and those connected with it. Kuranga said that the board would further identify and cross examine the crew members on board the vessels at the time of the incidents. He said that the board would establish the causes of the incidents and also determine the veracity of the
report on casualty figure. “We will assess the compliance of such vessels with standard prescribed by the Port State Control and ISPS Code as well as make appropriate recommendations,” he said. Kuranga urged stakeholders to provide evidence that would help to make good recommendations toward averting recurrence. He ordered the Chief Security Officer of MRS oil to appear before the panel to avoid a bench warrant. Chief Environmental Scientist, National Oil Spill and Response Agency, NOSRA, Mr. Daniel Okorodudu, said that MRS Oil security personnel denied them access to the premises on the day of the incident.
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cratic, PDP, that the group merged with the APC. It declared yesterday that “what happened on Tuesday was a declaration of intent to merge”. The New PDP also gave indication that they might still return to the PDP if the party structures were returned to the governors of Adamawa, Kano and Rivers. The Baraje faction stated that if their demands were still met, they would stop the Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, they wanted to sign with the APC on Tuesday. Speaking on the Tuesday declaration by leaders of the New PDP and the APC, the publicity chief of the party, Chief Chukwemeka Eze, said the event at Kano Governor’s Lodge was misrepresented, clarifying that the parties had not signed any memorandum of understanding. Eze said the parties in the alliance had just set up a committee to work on the conditions of the merger and that the report of the committee was to be submitted to the steering committee on Tuesday. “It is only after we have signed the MoU that you can say we have merged. You guys should have asked us to list conditions of the merger. Can we merge without conditions?” Eze explained that the chairman of the New PDP’s first phrase was that
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Hon. Adeyinka Ajayi (APC-Osun), who sponsored a motion that led to the decision of the House to review the subsidy claim, alleged that the product was not effectively distributed to the end-users. He explained that while the product was sold by the government to marketers at less than N50, it was in turn sold by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, at N50 per litre, while the independent marketers were retailing the product at over N130 per litre. Ajayi said: “Kerosene, which is supposedly sold to marketers at N40.90, hardly gets to the consumers at the regulated price, as it is only the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
“We have agreed to work together but it was Chief Bisi Akande who insisted on the use of the word merger. “I want to tell you that the matter is not concluded. We have to share positions. We have to agree on what will go to them and what will go to us. That is what the committee is still working on and nobody has signed the MoU.” Asked whether the New PDP would attend the peace meeting called by President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday, Eze said the New PDP would attend and that “all options are still on the table.” “If the President agrees to our conditions, if we have agreements on issues that created the crisis, then we will not sign the MoU on Tuesday. So, from now till Tuesday, anything is still possible. “If we meet on Sunday and our conditions are attended to, then the merger won’t go ahead. If Governor Amaechi is recognised as NGF chair, if the structures are returned to the governors of Adamawa, Kano and Rivers, then our leaders will look back and stop signing the MoU,” he said. Eze, however, accused Bamanga Tukur of making life difficult for the New PDP members, saying “it was the way we are being treated that is making everybody desperate. Who will not be desperate with the way we are being treat-
ed?” A few hours later, Eze sent a text message to refute his earlier statement that no MoU has been signed. The statement which came in form of a text message is reproduced below: “I have just been called that I issued a statement that there is no merger between us and the APC because the MoU between the two parties has not been signed. Please, I have just been corrected by the National Chairman, Alhaji A.K. Baraje that the MoU has been signed and the merger has been effected,” Eze said in an sms sent to our correspondent last night. Eze later followed this up with another statement last night denying the earlier
NNPC, retail outlets that sell the product at N50 per litre while major and independent marketers retail the product at between N130 and N135 per litre. “I am aware that recently, the Chairman, Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) stated that the country had spent over N634bn on subsidising kerosene in the last three years, i.e., 2010, 2011 and 2012 at the sums of N110bn, N320bn and N200bn respectively for those years. “Also, the Minister of Finance recently appeared before the Senate Committee on Appropriations where she reportedly denied paying any subsidy on kerosene in the last two years. “There were conflicting claims by the minister and the NNPC on the source of
money through which kerosene is subsidised and the amount involved therein as the Office of the Minister was said neither to have been aware of nor had it authorised any such payment. “The alleged racketeering going on at the NNPC where allegations are rife that kerosene is purchased from the depot by dealers at between N65 and N75 per litre makes it commercially impossible to resell to Nigerians at the recommended retail price of N50.” The lawmaker said that he was convinced that an investigation into the issues would promote transparency and accountability and might result in a process, which would ensure that the product was delivered to the Nigerians at the stipulated price.
statement, which reads: “It has been brought to my notice that a statement denying the merger between the New Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, has been credited to me and my office. I was quoted as saying that the MoU between the two parties is yet to be signed and because of this the merger is yet to be effected. “I wish to state that no such statement was at any time issued by me or my office. Instead, I wish to reiterate that the MoU between us and APC has been duly signed by both the nPDP National Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, and the National Chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande. “In this regard, the gen-
eral public should disregard any statement from whatever source which tries to give the impression that the merger between us and APC is in danger. The truth in that the merger is waxing stronger by the day and that our resolve to save our fledgling democracy is unshakable.” Meanwhile, Baraje; former Deputy National Chairman, Dr. Sam Sam Jaja and the embattled former National Secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, were yesterday expelled from the PDP. The decision was taken at the end of a meeting of the party’s National Disciplinary Committee which deliberated on the allegations of anti-party activities levelled against them
by the national leadership of the party. Alhaji Ibrahim Kazaure, former National ViceChairman (North-East), who was standing trial along with the trio, was however given a temporary reprieve. He was given up till December 10 to appear before the committee to “clear grey areas on the allegations made against him.” Their expulsion is, however, subject to ratification by the National Working Committee, NWC. Deputy Chairman of the committee, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, who disclosed the decision of the committee to journalists,said that “after deliberating on the allegations made against CONTINUED ON PAGE 6>>
L-R: Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; All Progressives Congress spokesman, Chief Lai Mohammed and former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, at the public presentation of a book, “Landmark constitutional law cases in Nigeria 2004-2007: The Atiku Abubakar cases” in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN
Reps probe N634bn subsidy on kerosene He added that availability of the product would reduce the use of non-eco-friendly alternative sources of energy, including firewood, sawdust and charcoal. Hon. Sani Kaita (APCKatsina) argued that government was playing double standards in its selfproclaimed efforts to elevate the poor and arrest deforestation in the North by not making kerosene available to a majority of the poor in the country. Hon. Nnanna Raphael Igbokwe(PDP-Imo), who supported the motion, however, said he was not aware that government spent a kobo subsidising the product in the years under scrutiny. According to him, government can only claim to represent the masses if
items that touch them directly are subsidised and made accessible to them. The plenary session, presided over by Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, referred the motion to the House Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) for investigation. Meanwhile, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, yesterday directed its members to sell kerosene at N50 per litre in their filling stations. The National ViceChairman, Mr. Chinedu Okoronkwo, told journalists in Lagos that the association would sanction members who flouted the directive. “We have been mandated to ensure the sale
of the product at the regulated price of N50 per litre in our filling stations and which we are complying. “The association has been at the vanguard of ensuring that the product that is meant for the local people is sold at approved government price. “This has also been the focus of IPMAN and the minister of petroleum. “I want to assure every Nigerian that if the process is sustained, it will go a long way in assisting the general populace,” Okoronkwo said. The IPMAN boss, however, commended the management of NNPC and the Pipelines Products and Marketing Company, PPMC, for the distribution of kerosene to marketers.
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process can come to that kind of conclusion,” he said. The report noted that “if that planned operation had been successful, it would have provided a far-reaching moral boosting to the Boko Haram sect.” “The Apo incident was an urgent and necessary operation carried out to pre-empt the planned attack on some locations on September 22 by the insurgents”, the report said. Also, it noted that the commotion, insecurity and disruption to government
businesses and social services that could have occurred if the planned Boko Haram operation had succeeded was averted by the pre-emptive action of the security operatives. It added that the serious political and diplomatic embarrassment the government and the people would have suffered was also prevented. The report also acknowledged that the majority of the occupants of the uncompleted building cohabited with Boko Haram elements unknowingly.
While justifying the actions of the security agents to stamp out the members of the Boko Haram, the senators however described the manner in which the operation was staged by security agents as “leaving much to be desired”. They, therefore, urged the operatives that next time such operation was necessary, they should ensure that it complied with the best known practices in order to reduce civilian casualties to its barest minimum. The report noted in its 29-page findings/observa-
tions that the killing of eight people and injuring of 11 others was not a case of extra-judicial killing but the outcome of hastily executed operation. It noted that the influx of members of the Boko Haram into the FCT and its environs was noticed by the security agents through various sources, including electronic interceptions, and stressed the need to stop to avoid calamity. The report also noted that the operation at Apo was necessitated by electronic intercepts made by the Di-
L-R: Enogie of Evbobanosa, Godwin Akenzua; former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon and Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole, during Gowon’s courtesy visit to the governor in Benin, yesterday.
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them, the committee recommended that the three former national officers of the party should be expelled with immediate effect.” Babatope said the committee recommended that Kazaure’s suspension be extended by one month and he would report back on December 10 to clear grey areas on his alleged offences. He explained that efforts to get the axed party chieftains to appear before the committee failed and at the expiration of the grace period given to them, it had no option than to make appropriate recommendations to the NWC. The NWC had last month suspended the three former national officers, citing anti-party activities. They were among the prominent promoters of the splinter New PDP who on Tuesday merged with the APC. Even as PDP took the decision, Oyinlola issued a statement declaring that he remained the bonafide
rectorate of Security Service, DSS, which indicated plans to attack the FCT on that day. It noted that the arrest of one Kamal and Adamu and intelligence information derived from them while in the DSS custody actually confirmed increased activities of Boko Haram terrorists in Abuja. The joint committee’s report disclosed that the categorical and damning evidence given by Kamal and Adamu, including the large cache of weapons allegedly buried in Gudu cemetery and the presence of members of the Boko Haram sect living in an uncompleted building, made it imperative for the security agencies to swoop into action. It said that one Mohammed Adamu openly and categorically confessed that he joined the Boko Haram sect and that he often conveyed members to the uncompleted building for meetings three times in a week and that during the meeting he used to serve as watchman. This was as the said Adamu admitted that he was paid N5,000 every week while the four arrested suspects in the custody of the DSS confessed to be Boko Haram members. The report noted that
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national secretary of the party. Oyinlola, in the statement by his Principal Secretary, Femi Adelegan, stated that inspite of his travails, he would “continue to lay claim to his legal and valid status as the national secretary of the party. The statement explained that Oyinlola’s purported suspension did not invalidate his substantive position as PDP national secretary. It added that the former Osun State governor, who was elected at the PDP national convention of March 24, 2012, and confirmed by the report of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on the exercise, as well as the Court of Appeal, through its judgement on November 6, 2013, wouldalways strive to uphold truth, honesty and respect for the rule of law and constitutionalism. In another development, Governor Rotimi Amaechi has explained why he and four other governors joined
the APC on Tuesday. The Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, said in a statement yesterday that his defection was to protect the interest of theRivers people, stressing that the state had suffered neglect under the Goodluck Jonathan administration He also said that his decision to join the APC was because the issues raised by G7 governors were not resolved by President Jonathan and the PDP. He said: “Yes, we have joined APC after the meeting we had with Buhari, Tinubu and the interim Chairman of APC. The governors met on Monday and decided that we must meet with the APC leadership and when we met with the APC leadership, it was important we took a position and the position we took is for the good of our democracy and ensure that Nigeria moves forward. “We can’t continue the way we are, where we are. The picture painted by the
PDP was as if we were begging to come back to PDP and issues were not being looked into, issues were not being resolved and it’s important that we resolve it one way or the other. “I think that what has happened is that what was then New PDP decided that it’s important that we move into APC and position ourselves for the next election. Rivers State must know that for me to have taken that decision, I had looked at the general interest of Rivers people. “I was not elected to lead Nigeria, I was elected to lead Rivers State and I had looked at the interests of Rivers people and have seen that these interests were not protected in PDP. I have seen the fact that we are losing our oil wells in Etche, in the Kalabari areas and that the more they continue to pilfer these oil wells, the more we will continue to lose our wealth.” Despite his defection to
the APC, Amaechi said he still held President Jonathan in high esteem and had no personal quarrel with him. “The President and I have no personal quarrel, it’s important we put that in perspective. All the issues were issues that affect Rivers people, were issues that affect Nigerians and I am a Nigerian, I have to address those issues. “He is my President and I respect him. I respect his office, respect him as a person, respect the fact that he’s older but then as elected governor of Rivers State, I have the responsibility to lead Rivers State. In a swift reaction to Amaechi’s defection, the Rivers State chapter of the PDP has accused the governor of planning to scuttle the re-election bid of President Jonathan. The party, at a press conference in Port Harcourt yesterday and addressed by its State Secretary, Hon. Ibibia Walter, expressed
those that were killed or sustained gunshot injuries were those who attempted to flee from the building. It said Suleiman Musa, the sect leader, was in the building during the raid as Adamu confessed to have seen him, but could not be arrested as he escaped in the confusion that ensued. The report added that the escape of Musa made the attempt to recover the weapons impossible because he alone had the knowledge of the site where the weapons were buried. An AK47 magazine loaded with live ammunition was said to have been recovered from the scene. The committee explained that during its investigations, it found out that the owner of the building was identified as one Mr. Adekunle Salisu, who confirmed the illegal occupation of the uncompleted building by some persons. It disclosed that evidence available to the security agencies indicated that most of the occupants of the building moved into Abuja not too long ago. The report noted that out of the 15 persons arrested during the raid, four of them confessed to be Boko Haram members.
gratitude for the governor’s defection. “It’s now clear to all doubting Thomases that we were not just crying wolf as there is no smoke without fire. “His eventual exit from our party will leave us more united, purposeful, focused and stronger. “All this while, Amaechi and his allies have constituted a cog in our wheel of progress. We give God the glory; we have just been librated. “Subsequently, we will intimate you of our thanksgiving service for the exit of a malignant cancer in the body polity of PDP, Amaechi. A committee to that effect will be inaugurated shortly. We wish Governor Amaechi and his co-travellers well. “The party will not fail to wield the big stick against any member found indulging in anti-party activities, as we remain resolute in our support for President Goodluck Jonathan.”
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ASUU berates Wike over comment on demands KEMI OLAITAN IBADAN
he Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has berated the Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, over his comments that the union is making ‘new outrageous demands,’ describing it as a lie. National Treasurer of the union, Dr Ademola Aremu, who said this while speaking with journalists in Ibadan yesterday, said the union appreciated the intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan, but noted that some of the resolutions reached with him were not added in the letter sent to the union. Aremu said the union wants President Jonathan to facilitate the endorsement of resolutions reached with him and signed by high ranking government official preferably the Attorney-General of the Federation and not a Permanent Secretary. He said representatives of ASUU, including the President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) should stand as witnesses, adding that the union want the N200 billion agreed upon as 2013 revitalisation fund for public universities to be warehoused with the Central Bank of Nige-
ria (CBN) and disbursed to the benefiting universities. According to Aremu, the Supervising Education Minister was economical with the truth by not telling Nigerians that apart from the N30billion earned allowances released to uni-
versity staff, the government was yet to release the N100 billion it has publicised to Nigerians that it had. He said as a community of intellectuals, ASUU was being cautious against the backdrop that the Secre-
tary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, had rubbished the 2012 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the ground that it was signed by a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education in the person
L-R: Sports Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi; FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed; Works Minister, Chief Mike Onolememen and the Niger Delta Development Minister, Elder Godsday Orubebe, at the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja, yesterday.
is a routine when you negotiate any agreement. “There is nothing that talks about renegotiation. We have now asked that it be included in the resolution. If government lives up to its responsibilities, there would not have been strike in the first instance. “Salary must not be in piecemeal. By our calling we teach, research and carry out community services. We teach research knowledge to our students and that is why research is non-stop. At our congresses, majority voted for the suspension of the strike conditionally, but we have passed through this track before. “If we end the strike without any revatilisation fund released, what are we going to tell Nigerians that we have brought back from this struggle?”
Tension as court rules on ownership of APC acronym OBIORA IFOH ABUJA
B L-R: Water Resources Minister, Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe; Petroleum Resources Minister, Mrs. Deziani Alison-Madueke; Minister of State for Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama and the Works Minister, Chief Mike Onolememen also at the FEC meeting yesterday.
Okpai plant repairs: Power generation rises to 4000mw
he Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) yesterday announced that the nation’s power generation now hovers between 3, 800 mega watts and 4, 000 mega watts. TCN General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs. Seun Olagunju, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview. She said the restoration of power to 4, 000 mega watts followed the repairs of the vandalised pipeline supplying gas to Okpai power plant in Delta State. Olagunju said that the 450 megawatts from Okpai power plant lost during the period of the damage had been returned into the national grid since Monday, November 25. She reassured Nigerians that power supply would be stable after the completion of repair work on the gas pipelines. The TCN spokesperson
of Prof. Nicholas Dimanche. He said; “We are not making fresh demands. In fact the NEC of the union would have suspended the strike, but the concerns of our congresses were that many of the things agreed to with Mr. President during the November 4, meeting with him were not included in the letter signed by a Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Mark John Nwobiala.” He said the strike can end within 24 hours once the observed omissions were corrected and reflected in the new resolution. “They are interested in wasting the time and life of Nigerians. What we observed do not require an additional kobo effect. The letter does not include nonvictimisation clause. This
reiterated the Federal Government’s determination to improve power supply across the country. She said the Federal Government was also collaborating with states to implement the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP). She said the private sector was being encouraged to complement efforts of government by building power projects aimed at increasing power generation capacity. “So, I want to assure Nigerians that from what we are seeing on ground, from the end of this year onwards, I believe that there will be greater stability of power in the country. “Even now, there is marginal increase in power generation. “We have taken it from less than 2, 000 megawatts to over 4, 000 megawatts now,” Olagunju said. She said ongoing construction of additional power
plants would increase power generation from the end of 2013 to 2014. “Let me reassure Nigerians that as far as power supply is concerned, our country is moving in the right direction; far better than it used to be. “So, let’s keep working together so that Nigeria can be lighted up 24 hours.
“We have over 4, 000 mega watts of electricity now, but what we are sending out in the average is 3, 800 mw because of the frequency control that regulates the supply.” she said. It will be recall that Okpai power plant was shut down on November 23, 2013 following the vandalisation of the pipeline that supplies gas to the power plant.
arely 24 hours after the G7 governors defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), a Federal High Court in Abuja is set to rule on the rightful owner of the ‘APC’ acronym between the African Peoples Congress and the rival All Progressives Congress. It is expected that the court will today give an injunctive ruling on the suit before it while also ruling on two other applications. However, there seems to be apprehension in the camp of the All Progressives Congress as there were fears that the ruling may go against the party, a development that may truncate the ongoing push
of the opposition in future elections. The African Peoples Congress in a statement by its National Legal Adviser said the federal high court sitting in Abuja and presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawale is “to resume hearing in the suit filed by the African Peoples Congress, seeking to upturn the decision of INEC to deny the African Peoples Congress registration after the group fulfilled/complied with all the legal requirements for registration as a political party. “The battle over APC between the African Peoples Congress and the their rival All Progressives Congress will in the long run determine the shape of the 2015 election battle, which is already taking shape.
NOSDRA activates 2013 National Oil Spill Contingency Plan
he National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) yesterday activated the 2013 National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP). The plan is designed to ensure the preparedness of the oil industry to respond to oil spills in the country. Chairman of the Governing board of NOSDRA, Major Lancelot Anyanya (rtd), told journalists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State during the 48-hour drill that
the exercise was part of the agency’s mandate. “We are here to participate, to learn and to see how the agency does in a very important assignment for the well-being of our nation, public safety, public security, well-being of our communities that bear the brunt of oil exploration and exploitation. “It is an exciting drill that is pursuant to the mandate of the agency to activate national oil spill contingency plan, when and where it
might be required.” Anyanya said the drill was an exercise based on a scenario to prepare for any oil spill emergency. He said the exercise, when perfected would assist in responding promptly to any emergency occurrence. The chairman said President Goodluck Jonathan was deeply committed to reversing the trend of many years, where it seemed as if government did not care about the environment.
“And that is why he put together the governing board and that board is working together with the management to achieve the mandate. “This is a further demonstration of the proactive disposition of the Jonathan government that all ministries and departments of government are encouraged to be proactive, particularly when it comes to critical issues like the oil environment.”
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Lagos completes N167.5bn bond issuance programme MURITALA AYINLA
he Lagos State Gover nment yesterday sealed a bond deal to raise N87.5 billion by way of Book Build from the capital market, even as Governor Babatunde Fashola assured residents that the initiative would hasten completion of several ongoing projects. The N167.5 billion 13.5 percent fixed rate bond is expected to mature in 2020, and it is the concluding phase of N167.5 billion debt issuance programme ( series 2) under which the state had raised N80 billion in 2012. The bond is the highest ever by any government in
the country and the projects expected to substantially benefit from it, according to the governor, include the ongoing expansion of Lagos-Badagry Expressway, the blue line rail system from Okokomaiko- MileNational Art Theatre- CMS corridor, Adiyan Water Works which is to deliver 70 million gallon of water daily. Others are Ayinke House Maternity Hospital at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Atlantic Shoreline Protection from Goshen Beach to Alpha Beach to protect communities being threatened by coastal erosion, Isolo-IsheriIjegun Link Bridge, Apapa
CBD road networks and Mushin-Isolo Road among several others which the government claimed would enhance the living standard of the residents. Speaking after the meeting for the bond held at the Banquet Hall, State House, Ikeja, which attracted stakeholders, including members of the State Executive Council, issuing houses and the receiving banks, Fashola acknowledged investors’ interest in Lagos bond. He said it was a statement of confidence in the ability of the state government to keep its promise and continually deliver life-changing projects to residents.
Federal Capital Territory Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed (2nd right), Senior Special Assistant on Political Affairs to the Minister, Senator Jibril Wowo and other officials during the interaction with the National Assembly Ad Hoc Committee investigating the implementation of the Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P) in Abuja, on Tuesday.
The governor said: “A statement of belief in an action government, rather than an action governor. It is a statement of confidence in the ability of the system to run even when the actors change. “But let me say that I believe that the process of looking inwards rather than outwards for solution to our problems is gaining ground”. He assured that the funds would be utilised to address ongoing infrastructural projects which he believed would add value to the economy and aid both small and large scale enterprises do their businesses more profitably. “We are seeking to
ajor stakeholders in the judiciary, including the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mariam Aloma Muhkta, yesterday bemoaned the apparent sharp decline in the quality of lawyers being churned out by the nation’s universities, calling for the review of the legal education curriculum. The stakeholders, including President Jonathan Goodluck, President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Okey Wali (SAN), among others, took turn to justify the position yesterday in Abuja at a lecture organised to mark the 50th anniversary of the Nigerian Law School. The Director General of
the Nigerian Law School, Dr. Tahir Mamman, who also expressed worry over the issue, blamed the development on the Federal Government. He said the Federal Government budgetary funding for the school has been problematic and characterised by low capital allocation. Mamman stressed the need for the Federal Government to meet the capital needs of the school so as to enable access or participate in other official funding interventions. President Jonathan specifically called on the Academic Staff of the Universities (ASUU) to partner with the Federal Government to improve the quality of education in the country He was represented by
the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke (SAN). The President said the responsibility producing quality lawyers rests on the nation’s universities. Jonathan, however, called on members of the striking ASUU to return to classrooms and partner the Federal Government to build a sustainable and effective education system. In her speech, Justice Muhktar urged the Federal Government to invest in legal education in order to have virile and crime free society. The CJN further called on students of the law school and lawyers to strive to acquire the knowledge that could make them excel in their chosen career.
dearly to patronize. “But they will not tell you that America has a debt of over $17trillion. They will not tell you that the wonderful facilities in Dubai are funded by sensible contracted debts, invested in life changing investments such as we are doing in Lagos. “Their sense of patriotism and national development is abroad. Ours is at home”. It will be recalled that the Lagos State Government began the debt issuance programme in 2009 when it first offered for subscription a N50 billion bond and followed subsequently with another N57 billion in the first series.
First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan (left), presenting a publication to the First Lady of South Sudan, Mrs. Mary Mayardit, during her visit to the Presidential Villa in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN
Jonathan, CJN flay decline in quality of fresh law graduates ISE-OLUWA IGE
build an economy in Lagos that gives everybody opportunity.” Fashola said, noting that with all hands are on deck, he was confident that his administration would leave a legacy before its expiration in 2015. He described those criticising his administration for borrowing money to finance projects as voodoo economists, adding that developed countries borrow to keep their nation prosperous. The governor said: “They have the strongest armies, well equipped policemen, good roads, airports, seaports, many hospitals that we pay so
She, however, noted the law school is instrumental to the improvement of the nation’s judiciary, just as she called on lawyers to be worthy of learning and character. NBA President, Wali, said that there is need for the law school to celebrate its 50 years of existence going by the achievements recorded so far. He also called for improvement of the law school curriculum to enhance its effectiveness. Wali, however, suggested that the time allotted for chamber and court attachment should be extended and that more teachers should be employed. He also suggested that more time should be devoted to the teaching of ethics.
15 Air Vice-Marshals, 92 others promoted
he Nigerian Air Force (NAF) y e s t e r d a y announced the promotion of 107 senior officers, including 15 Air ViceMarshals. This is contained in a statement in Abuja and signed by Air Commodore Dele Alonge on behalf of the Director, Public Relations and Information. According to the statement, the officers affected are 15 Air Vice Marshals, 39 Air Commodores, 31 Group Captains and 22 Wing Commanders. Those promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshals are Elam Nzokala, Christopher Gudi, Suleiman Dambo, Victor Udoh, Chukwuma Mojekwu, Emmanuel Akogu, Eche Agwungwu, Muhammadu Muhammed and Uko Ebong.
Others are Ibrahim Umaru, Benjamin Nweze, Sani Ahmed, Rufus Ojuawo, Lawal Alao and Stephen Onuh. The officers elevated to the rank of Air Commodore include Oluwole Akinsanya, Isiaka Amao, Ayuba Lassa, Christopher Umolu, Abdulganiyu Olabisi, Danladi Bausa, Ibukun Ojeyemi, Remigius Ekeh and Christopher Dola. Others in the rank are Lazarus Mshelia, Aliyu Pani, Dahiru Sanda, Mahmud Madi, Usman Suleiman, Charles Ohwo, Mohammed Yakubu, Emmanuel Wonah, Idi Lubo, and Akugbe Iyamu. According to the statement, others promoted to the same rank are Morgan Idonibo, Dauda Prayero, John Ochomma, Sonny Ohemu, Paul Jemitola, Sambo Usman, Emenike Umeoka, Chinwedu Onyike, Taofiki Oladega.
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Court stops trespassers from new RCCG auditorium site
espite may have come the way of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) as a High Court of justice sitting in Sagamu, Ogun State, restrained trespassers trying to disrupt the church’s new ultra modern auditorium. In a suit instituted by Chief Amos Oshin Agbabo and Chief Yekini Babatunde Agufon for themselves and for the Otetumo Agbabo Shoole Agufon Family against Alhaja Ramota Akinlabi, Isiaka Hassan, Morufu Muritala, Saheed Hassan, Deremi Odede and Adejare Orababa, the court restrained the defendants from entering or causing mayhem or disturbance at the Agufoye vilalge via
Ogijo in the Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State pending the determination of the suit. The court also restrained the defendants/respondents, their agents or privies from alienating any parcel of land or dealing in any manner adverse to the interests of the claimants/ applicants on the parcels of land at Agufoye Village. Agufoye village is the site of the proposed new auditorium of the Redeemed Christian Church of God announced earlier this year by church’s General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye. Trespassers, acting on the instructions of one baale in the area, invaded the village, forcibly stopped work on the building of the
new praying ground and sent contractors away from the site. The trespassers, since then, have been terrorising innocent residents of the village and dispossessing them of their valuables. This is what prompted the Otetumo Agbabo Shoole Agufon family; original owners of the land to sue the recalcitrant members of the family and their agents to the Sagamu High Court, seeking among other things, to stop forceful entry and occupation of the defendants and their agents and privies form the Agufoye village. Spokespersons of the family, Chief Yekini Babatunde Agufon, the Paramount Baale of Agufoye-
land and Chief Amos Oshin Agbafo, head of the family explained that the family sold the land to the RCCG in 2002/2003 and collected money. “The money was evenly distributed to the two branches in the family namely the Otetumo Agbabo and Shoole Agufon family. Each family member received at least N360, 000 each from proceeds of the sale of the land. “We are, however, surprised that some people, purportedly acting on behalf of the family, are harassing the church’s agents in Agufoye village on the land which have been surrendered to the authority of the church,” the Baale, Chief Yekini Agufon said.
Judge withdraws from case of attempted murder of colleague WALE IGBINTADE
here was a twist in the trial of a 33-year-old commercial bus driver, Quadri Kasali, charged for the attempted murder of Justice Ebenezer Adebajo as the trial judge, Justice Christopher Balogun, withdrew from adjudicating in the case. At the resumed hearing of the trial yesterday, which was fixed for cross examination of the second prosecution witness, shefiu Amoo, Justice Balogun said in the open court that he would no longer continue with the suit. Justice Balogun informed parties that his decision was based on personal reason, adding that the case file would be quickly forwarded to the head judge for re-assignment.
Kasali was arraigned before the court on March 20, 2013, but pleaded not guilty to the charge. The trial judge denied him bail on June 6, 2013. He was first denied bail by M.A Ladipo, Chief Magistrate of a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, where he was initially made to appear to answer the charges. But on July 10, 2013, the Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos set aside the ruling of Justice Balogun of Lagos High Court, which denied the defendant bail. In the charge preferred against Kasali, it was alleged that the defendant on March 1, 2012, hit Justice Adebajo (the complainant) with his commercial bus marked XA 242 KLK in a manner that suggested a deliberate attempt to kill the judge.
Alleged fraud: Fani-Kayode’s trial suffers another setback KAYODE KETEFE
T L-R: Osun State Deputy Governor State, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori; Governor Rauf Aregbesola; his wife, Sherifat, and Minister Counselor, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Miguelangel Vecchia, at celebration of the 3rd year anniversary of Aregbesola’s administration in Osogbo, yesterday.
Journalists barred from covering suspected terrorists’ trial
ecurity agents yesterday barred journalists from covering the arraignment of 17 suspected Boko Haram members at a Federal High Court in Lagos. The security agents asked journalists to leave for security reasons. The accused are Ali Mohammed, Adamu Karumi, Ibrahim Usman, Bala Ha-
runa, Idris Ali, Mohammed Murtala, Kadiri Mohammed, Mustapha Daura, Abba Duguri, Sanni Adamu, Danjuma Yahaya and Musa Audu. Others are Mati Daura, Farouk Haruna, Abdullahi Azeez, Ibrahim Bukar and Zula Diani. The accused are standing trial on an amended seven-count charge on acts
of terrorism. According to the charge sheet, the accused were alleged to have committed the offences on March 21 at Plot 5, Road 69, Lekki Phase I Housing Estate and No. 24, Oyegbeni Street, IjoraOloye, Apapa-Iganmu, Lagos. They were alleged to have in their possession three packets of explosive
construction pipes, 15 detonators, and 11 AK47 rifles with 30 rounds of live ammunitions. Other items also alleged to have been found in their possession include 200 rounds of 7.6 mm live ammunition, two suit cases containing explosives, and a water container filled with explosives.
Lagos asks residents to comply with sanitation order DAYO AYEYEMI
s the statewide monthly environmental sanitation exercise holds this Saturday, the Lagos State Government has said it would no longer accept the abuse of the environment by residents. The state government said anyone caught flouting the sanitation order would hence-
forth face the full weight of the law. The Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, decried the abuse of the sanitation order by private and commercial vehicles, saying that government would henceforth evoke the zero tolerance policy against them during sanitation hours. He urged Lagos residents
to troop out in their large numbers and participate actively in the sanitation exercise, stressing that efforts should be further concentrated on the cleaning of drains and canals in their immediate environment. Bello said: “We call on the people of the state to complement the effort of the government by cleaning tertiary
drains/gutters in their frontages and neighbourhood regularly and not only on monthly environmental sanitation days.” Similarly, the commissioner asked residents to embrace the waste management policy of the government through the patronage of LAWMA/ PSP operators for the disposal of their solid waste.
he trial of former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Femi Fani-Kayode, before a Federal High Court for alleged offences of money laundering suffered another setback yesterday as a result of noncompletion of the process of exchange of court documents between the lawyers involved. Fani-Kayode is standing trial on a 47-count charge of money laundry related offences before the court. It will be recalled that at the last sitting, Fani-Kayode’s lawyer, Mr. Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), argued that lawyers from Keyamo’s Chambers had no legal competence to prosecute the charge against FanKayode on the grounds that the authority to prosecute the charge was not issue to the chamber, but to Festus Keyamo. At the trial yesterday, Adedipe further told the court that he had filed a written address to the question of delegation of the prosecutorial powers granted to Keyamo and that the application had been served on Keyamo’s chambers. He, however, added that
no response had been obtained from Keyamo chambers. But a lawyer from Keyamo chambers, Mr. Vitalis Ahaotu, told the court that they were served the application on Monday at about 6.30 pm, which according to law, is assumed to be Tuesday, and that there is no way they could respond to the address. He prayed the court to grant them a short adjournment to reply to the address. Against this background, the presiding judge, Justice Rita Ofilli-Ajumogobia, adjourned the matter till December 6, 2013 for the continuation of trial Fani-Kayode is being prosecuted by the Economic and Finance Crimes Commission (EFCC) for the alleged offences of money laundering and sundry financial impropriety to the tune of N230 million. The commission alleged that Fani-Kayode committed the offences when he was the Minister of Aviation and that of Culture and Tourism. Fani-Kayode was initially arraigned on December 23, 2008. He pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of N200 million with two sureties in like sum.
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CAN meets over assault on Osun school principal, others
Former Osun SSG may pull out of PDP
sun State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday summoned its chairmen from the 30 local government areas of the state to an emergency meeting today to address the issue of the assault on the Principal of Baptist High School, Ejigbo, Mr. Layi Oguntola, his viceprincipal and others. The principal and the others were on Monday beaten black and blue by Muslim fundamentalists from the town, who stormed the school in anger on an issue that could be resolved amicably. Chairman of the state chapter of the association, Pastor Elijah Ogundiya, who made this known
yesterday in Osogbo in a telephone interview with National Mirror, expressed displeasure over the development he described as inhuman. He assured, however, that the association would not fold their arms on the issue. The chairman further said that the headquarters of the association was still expecting a comprehensive report on the incident before noon yesterday, but maintained that nothing would disturb the meeting from being held as scheduled. National Mirror investigation revealed that Ejigbo CAN chairman held a marathon meeting on Tuesday with his members at Idiape Baptist Church of the town and at the meeting, crucial issues were said to have been discussed on the way
forward on the matter. Also, sources close to security agents in the state said the fiercelooking fundamentalists who stormed the school to beat up the principal, were recruited from Ilorin, Kwara State and were housed in three mosques of the town before they struck. Investigation into the Baptist Medical Centre of the town, where the brutalised principal and his vice-principal were hospitalized, revealed that they were discharged from the centre on Tuesday and are now with their family members. In a separate statement in Osogbo, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam, has condemned the action of the fundamentalists in Ejigbo, but took exception
to the dragging of the school reclassification exercise to the ugly trend. In a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Mr. Goke Butika, Hon. Salaam said the police have waded into the matter with a view to arresting the trend. He added that the issue has nothing to do with the schools’ reclassification exercise, but an improper way of settling scores with the leadership of the school by some aggrieved persons. He said: “We should be mindful of enemies of progress who only want to subvert the school reclassification exercise that has started yielding positive results, by attributing personal scores between some aggrieved persons and the leadership of the school to the exercise.”
ADEOLU ADEYEMO OSOGBO
atai Akinbade Campaign Organisation (FACO), the arrowhead of the governorship ambition of Mr. Fatai Akinbade in next year’s poll in Osun State yesterday, said it is not holding anything against former state governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, for choosing to join forces with some governors in moving over to the All Progressives Congress (APC). But the campaign organisation said it was not moving with the former governor into the APC. In a statement made available to journalists yesterday in Osogbo by its Media Consultant, Mr. Kayode Oladeji, the organisation said the group will still dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). “We are definitely on our way out of the PDP, but not moving into APC. We are still consulting, after which we will tell our teeming supporters
and the people of the state where we are heading for,” the statement said. The organisation then appealed to its supporters to remain calm and be law abiding “more than ever before, we need to be more focused and determined, so as to get to the promised land because we are on a rescue mission as directed by God. “We remain resolute in our pursuit, and that we shall do to a logical conclusion by making sure we win the election next year. God willing, we shall triumph at the poll.” The statement added that the decision to this effect was reached at a meeting chaired by Bashorun Tayo Omojowogbe and attended by stakeholders, who came from across the 30 local government areas of the state. “The group would not join APC, while the travails of the former state governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, lasted in the PDP before moving to the APC with some governors, FACO was the political structure that served as his anchor.”
2014 budget’ll sustain development in Ogun –Assembly FEMI OYEWESO ABEOKUTA
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, taking a salute, during the passing-out-parade of ‘Batch C’ members of the National Youth Service Corps, at the Orientation Camp, Emure-Ekiti, on Tuesday.
Victory against corruption not feasible until… –Bakare
onvener of Save Nigeria Group (SNG) and founder of Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has said that victory against corruption is not feasible until Nigerians are first considered as Nigerians before their home state. Bakare said this at the second annual summit of HR Guide tagged: ‘The Role of the Organised Private Sector in the Quest for a Corrupt-Free Nation.’ The programme, held yesterday in lagos,
was combination of a symposium, talk/ discussion and dinner, aimed at dissuading the populace from embarking on the monstrous venture eating deep into the fabric of both the public and private sectors. “Nonetheless, corruption is something that can be eliminated. It must be total and traumatic,” he said The SNG convener, represented by Mr. Idoreyen Enang, said until a Nigerian is seen as a Nigerian, the issue
of corruption remains unfeasible. According to him; “The private sector should be under check and hotlines connected to anti-graft agencies like ICPC or EFCC. In his welcome address, the Managing Director of HR Derivatives, publishers of HR Guide, Mr. Napoleon Omomila, said the second annual summit of the organisation has once again brought to the frontburner an issue that affects the very foundation of
employment generation, o r g a n i s a t i o n a l profitability/productivity, national growth and development. In the same vein, the keynote speaker, President of the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Goodie Ibru, represented by the Director-General of the Chamber, Mr. Muda Yusuf, said the declining standard of ethics in business has become a major cause for concern to the LCCI.
gun State House of Assembly yesterday said the year 2014 budget proposal presented before it by the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, would sustain the tempo of development in the state. At the second reading of the N210.21 billion budget proposal which was titled “HB. No. 42/OG/2013Year 2014 Appropriation Law” on the floor of the House yesterday, the lawmakers unanimously commended the state governor for presenting an all-encompassing budget that would touch every aspect of human endeavour. National Mirror recalled that Governor Amosun had last week Tuesday presented the 2014 budget proposal of N210.21 billion which he tagged “Budget of Consolidation” before the state House of Assembly. Debating the bill on the floor of the House yesterday, the lawmakers described the budget as a financial instrument ca-
pable of consolidating the success recorded in virtually all the sectors of the state’s economy. Leading debate at the plenary, Majority Leader, Hon. Israel Jolaoso, said if diligently implemented, the budget would create room for massive agricultural development; provide affordable housing, health as well as adequate infrastructural development for the people of the state. The lawmakers described the budget as a realistic budget aimed at ensuring full economic and social infrastructural development of the state, stressing that it would also cater for other areas like rural road construction that were not comprehensively touched in the current year. Other lawmakers; Job Akintan, John Obafemi, Remmy Hazzan, Bowale Solaja, Joseph Adegbesan as well as Oludaisi Elemide, who contributed to debate, promised that the Assembly would ensure speedy passage of the budget after the appraisal of the performance of the 2013 budget.
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Ebonyi gets committee to tackle cholera GODWIN ALIUNA
he Ebonyi State Government has set up a nine-man committee comprising staff of the Ministry of Health and the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, to tackle the cholera outbreak which has killed four persons in the last three days. The state Deputy Governor, Chief Dave Umahi, while confirming the death of the four persons, assured that modalities had been put in place by the government to curb the disease. Umahi spoke during the launch of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health Week (MNCHW) in Afikpo North Local Government Area, claiming that the deaths were recorded in Ikwo Local Government Area of the state. The names of the deceased were Margret Nwali Odor, Ifeoma Nwali Odor and Ginika Nwancho as two other victims suspected to be suffering from the disease were rushed to the hospital for urgent medical attention. They are Ogechi Nwali Odor and Chineye Nwali Odor. Umahi, however, urged residents to always keep their environment clean
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and drink potable water provided. In its effort to ensure that the state do not record cases of cholera and other contaminated diseases, the deputy governor said the government had embarked on the construction of Oferekpe and Ukawu water schemes. He warned the residents, especially those in the rural areas on the danger of eating rats. Umahi said: “Rats are very dangerous; I want to use this opportunity to advise you on the dangers of eating rats. “Lassa fever is a very dangerous disease, it is more deadly than AIDS and other dangerous elements, it kills and also kills those that struggle to save the lives of the victims.” The state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sunday Nwangele, reminded the people of the need to bring out their children for immunization and warn those that still stop their children and wards from being immunized to desist from doing so. He urged local government chairmen and other stakeholders to support effort by the government to develop the state.
Imo denies CBN, DMO’s claim on N100bn debt CHRIS NJOKU OWERRI
he Imo State Government has denied the N100 billion debt profile released by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Debt Management Office (DMO). The state was categorised as insolvent and unfit to borrow more money from financial institutions, including other external sources. The Commissioner of Finance, Deacon Chike John Okafor, who addressed journalists yesterday in Owerri, the state capital, faulted the assess-
ments, saying that the CBN could not act in isolation to declare the state insolvent without complaints from any financial institution. He described the report, which was posted on the internet and other social media, as malicious and untrue, adding that the state had been committed in its financial dealings with all institutions. Okafor said: “This administration, since its inception, has not obtained any external loan, but has graciously serviced the loans inherited from the previous administration. “Before a state can be classified as unfit to bor-
row, it suggests that a consistent inability to meet obligations as they fall due. In this regard, the CBN cannot work in isolation, but must be communicated to by the banks. “We are yet to default in our obligations to all our bankers. This is verifiable. It is, therefore, a deliberate distortion of the facts to suggest that Imo State has been classified as unfit to borrow by the Debt Management Office of the CBN”. The commissioner said Imo was not mentioned in the category of six states that got DMO warning on their debt profile, claiming that the debt profile of
the state is still less than N10 billion. Giving the breakdown of the state’s debt profile, he disclosed that a sevenyear N18.5 billion Fixed Rate Bond was obtained by the previous administration in 2009 to terminate in 2016. Okafor said: “Today, a total of N17.69 billion including accumulated interest has been repaid to Bond holders, leaving a balance of about N12 billion. “Another N6 billion obtained two months to the end of the previous administration, which we took over and refinanced through another bank.”
Enugu to buy N63m cars for traditional rulers
he Enugu State Government has approved N63 million for the purchase of utility vehicles for seven principal officers of the state’s council of traditional rulers. Briefing journalists after the state’s executive council meeting yesterday in Enugu, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Chuks Ugwoke, said the cars would enable the traditional rulers to discharge their duties effectively. According to Ugwoke, six Hyundai cars and one Toyota Landcruiser jeep would be purchased for the seven principal officers. The commissioner said the council had ordered the immediate stoppage of car loan deductions from the monthly stipends of 363 traditional rulers in the state. He said: “You will recall that the state government purchased 363 Hyundai
Elantra saloon cars for traditional rulers in the state and they have been paying from their stipends. “The executive council approved the stoppage of such deductions from their monthly stipends. The implication is that henceforth, traditional rulers in the state will receive their monthly stipends in full.” Ugwoke said the council had also approved the payment of N360 million being the 2013 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Conditional Grant Scheme for six local government areas. The local governments are Nkanu West, Awgu, Udi, Enugu East, Igboeze South and Nsukka. He noted that the executive council had also approved the award of contract for the 2012 MDGs water projects for Oji River, Ezeagu, Nkanu East and Uzo-Uwani at the cost of N169 million.
Wife of late Magistrate Malachy Ezeilo, Cecelia (left) and her children during a court session in honour of the deceased in Enugu, yesterday. PHOTO: NAN
2015: Balarabe Musa urges Igbo to shun divisive politics OMEIZA AJAYI ABUJA
head of the 2015 general elections, former Governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, has asked the Igbo to shun divisive politics and present a candidate that would be acceptable by the majority of Nigerians. He said the Ndigbo should initiate and enter into an alliance outside the South-East to strengthen their quest for the nation’s Presidency. Alhaji Musa spoke yesterday in Abuja at a gathering of Ndigbo called by the South-East Forum to chart the way for an Igbo
Presidency in 2015. According to him, the Ndigbo have demonstrated great patriotism to the Nigerian state since the days of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC), but suffered confidence crises with the Nigerian people after the civil war. He said fortunately for the Ndigbo at the moment, no ethnic nationality has a candidate with a reasonable national appeal and it serves the Ndigbo an opportunity to make their inner quest for such a candidate and project him to the country to enhance their chances in the field. The former governor said: “Fortunately for the
Igbo, there is no ethnic nationality or region or zone or state that can boast of a candidate with true national appeal ahead of the 2015 presidential elections that will emerge towards the middle of 2014 perhaps. Unlike during the first and the second republic where there was at any time a number of leaders, each of whom, had at least reasonable national appeal. “The political system has been destroyed and this is an opportunity for the Igbo that is seeking the presidency in 2015 to be more realistic and present a candidate who is not only an Igbo-man, but more importantly a patriotic Ni-
geria who understand the negative state of the nation and the root of it and who is credible, experienced and capable. “It is also important that you present a person who is electable, if you do not present a person who is electable, you will find that, in spite of the privilege of having to produce the president in view of the zoning formalised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and practiced by all the political parties before that candidate can win, he must be the right person. If he is not the right person, he will not win because no section of the country can will the presidential election alone.”
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Ozekhome’s kidnappers to be charged for murder, terrorism ISE-OLUWA IGE ABUJA
he State Security Service (SSS) yesterday disclosed that it is planning to prefer a charge of murder and terrorism against a ring of suspected criminals, who masterminded the kidnapping of prominent Nigerians, including radical rights lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome in the SouthSouth region of the country. The suspected kidnappers, who are presently in the custody of the SSS on the order of the court
are Kelvin Eziegbe, Frank Azuekoh and Haruna Momoh. Kelvin is said to be the leader of the ring while some others were said to be at large. The SSS made the disclosure of fresh discovery of other crimes committed by the accused persons yesterday while withdrawing the old charge preferred against them before a magistrate’s court in Abuja. The SSS was represented in court by its lawyer, Mr. Cliff Osagie. Osagie said he was compelled to withdraw the charge preferred against
them because the outcome of the ongoing investigation threw up offences like murder and terrorism, which a magistrate’s court has no jurisdiction to entertain. He also told the court that the SSS had obtained an order from a federal high court, permitting it to further detain all the accused persons for another 90 days. He said the order was to enable the investigators conclude their work. He also said yesterday that all the accused persons would be arraigned soon before a high court of com-
petent jurisdiction over offences touching on murder and terrorism. Counsel to the accused, Mr. Bala Dakum, though did not oppose the application to withdraw the charge against them, he however pleaded that he be allowed access to them. The magistrates’ court refused the request. Meanwhile, sympathisers and supporters of the accused persons thronged the court yesterday. They left the premises disappointed upon hearing that a fresh order permitting the SSS to further detain them had been granted the SSS.
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Southern leaders to hold strategic meeting in January CHARLES OKEKE AWKA
s key individuals and groups controlling Nigeria politics are repositioning themselves ahead of the 2015 general elections, leaders in the southern part of the country will in January 2014 hold a strategic meeting during which they will discuss matters of national and regional importance. Cross River State Governor, Mr. Liyel Imoke, announced the planned southern leaders meeting at the end of the South-South, South-East Governors meeting held in Awka, yesterday. He said the meeting will promote economic development in the country. The first meeting of the South-South, South-East governors held in Awka, which lasted for several hours was attended by six governors - the host, Peter Obi, Anambra State; Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, Delta State; Godswill Akpabio, Akwa Ibom State; Sullivan Chime, Enugu State and Theodore Orji, Abia State. Ebonyi State governor
was represented by his deputy, Dave Umahi, while the governors of Edo, Imo, Rivers and Bayelsa States were absent at the meeting which was held at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka. Speaking on the outcome of the meeting, Imoke did not give the details of the agenda of the scheduled parley, the name of the southern leaders that will be invited to attend as well as the venue of the January meeting. Imoke, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said prominent leaders from the south will be invited for the meeting. His words: “We met in Awka and deliberated on issues affecting our zone and at the end of it, we have resolved that a meeting of southern leaders will hold and will be attended by prominent leaders and it will hold in the first week of January, 2014.” Imoke, who was flanked by other governors when he spoke to journalists, pledged their continued support for both the government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan and the development of the country.
Bayelsa worried over high HIV/ AIDS prevalence rate EMMA GBEMUDU YENAGOA
Supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rivers State, celebrating the defection of state Governor Rotimi Amaechi, to the All Progressives Congress in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Oshiomhole opts for GIS to stem insecurity
do State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday in Benin, said the state would adopt the Geographical Information System (GIS) as a measure of checking insecurity. Oshiomhole made this known this when he paid a courtesy call on the Oba of Benin, Oba Erediauwa. He said that the GIS would help to capture houses in every part of the state capital, adding that the project, which had commenced, would be completed in few a months. The governor added that there was need for the residents to know those living around them in order to fight crime effectively. He also said that a new ministry had been created to give the state capital proper planning and layout.
The governor said his administration would continue to build schools in the state while declaring that the state government has concluded the review of technical education in the state. He added that the administration would concentrate on technical education as there was shortage of competent and skilled manpower to carry out technical jobs. Oshiomhole said government was collaborating with the Canadian government in equipping Benin Technical College, emphasising the need to shift emphasis to technical education to reduce unemployment. He assured the monarch that his administration would do its best to take the state to an enviable height despite the dwin-
dling revenue from the Federation Account. The governor said there was 25 per cent shortfall in revenue from Federal Allocation to the state. Oshiomhole said his administration had completed Airport Road, six other adjourning roads and other projects in Benin in the last one year. He also said that the administration had completed work on five junctions in Benin and reclaimed some moats in the state capital. The governor, however, said that work at Mission and Forestry Roads in the state capital would soon be completed. He further said that the administration was also working in other parts of the state, and that the road project in Ovia South-West and Uhunmwode Local
Government Areas were almost completed. He thanked the monarch for his continuous support for his administration. The Oba thanked the governor for the visit and urged him to continue with his good work. He also called on government to repair Plymouth Road and its adjoining streets around the palace, which he said were in deplorable condition.
ayelsa State government yesterday expressed worry that the state has the third highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS scourge in the country, saying that it is rationed nine to one. It enumerated some factors responsible for the prevalence rate as intense transactional and intergeneration sex and low condom use, poor comprehensive knowledge of HIV routes, among others. The Director, Policy, Public Affairs and Advocacy, Bayelsa State Action Committee on HIV/AIDS, Dr. Jones Stow, spoke in Yenagoa at a dissemination facility assessment of the Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission (eMTCT) of HIV/AIDS. He said: “Government has responded to the HIV/ AIDS epidemic through the establishment of State Action Committee on AIDS. In terms of funding BYSACA, the state Ministry of Health, World Bank, SURE-
P and other partners have all been providing funds to fight the scourge.” Stow identified barriers to the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS as transport and other logistic challenges, human resources and infrastructure limitations, few facilities and out of stock of essential commodities. In his comments, the Director, Public Health, Ministry of Health, Dr. Wakiente Omubo, said HIV/AIDS prevalence had been on the increase, stressing that 50 per cent of new infections were in children, while mother to child transmission was 90 per cent. Omubo attributed limited availability of health facilities providing PMTCT and low utilization were some of the factors responsible for the high prevalence rate. “The goal of the ministry is to improve on maternal health and child services through accelerated expansion of comprehensive services .The target is to reach 100 per cent of the population in 2015,” he noted.
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G7 govs reaping dividends of my ordeal as VP –Atiku
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Double registration: New twist in APGA
CNPP disclaims call for Jega’s resignation FELIX NWANERI
he Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, has said that it never had any meeting where it called for the resignation of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof. Attahiru Jega, nor called for the outright cancellation of the Anambra governorship election. Recent media reports had it that the group through its national pub-
licity secretary, Osita Okechukwu, called for Jega’s resignation, over its disappointment with the conduct of the election. But, in a statement signed by both its National Chairman and Secretary General, Alhaji Balarabe Musa and Chief Willy Ezugwu respectively, made available to National Mirror yesterday, the group denounced the call, saying that CNPP, as an umbrella body of different political parties with vested interests in the election, there was no way it could take
PDP suspends Nwoye’s campaign DG CHARLES OKEKE AWKA
he Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, announced the suspension of Osita Ezenwa, the DirectorGeneral of Tony Nwoye Campaign Organisation, from the party. The State Executive Committee of the party led by Prince Ken Emeakayi announced the suspension of Ezenwa and the Director of Protocol in the Campaign Organisation, Chief Kenneth Arinze in Awka, the state capital yesterday. The party also reiterated that it will take part in the supplementary election coming up this Saturday. It would be recalled that the duo of Ezenwa and Arinze had two days ago insisted that Nwoye and the National leadership of PDP would not be part of the supplementary election, contrary to the position of the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh. Speaking with reporters in Awka yesterday, Emeakayi said: “Following development in our party regarding the media publications both in the print and electronic credited to some members of our party on the supplementary election,
the State Working Committee, SWC, in a meeting today reviewed the whole situation after preliminary hearing and resolved to suspend Prince Victor Ossy Ezenwa and Kenneth Arinze from the PDP for anti-party activities and breach of the party’s constitution.” Emeakayi said that the action taken against Ezenwa was in line with chapter 10 section 57 subsection (3) of the PDP Constitution as amended which made provisions that Working Committee at all levels or executive committee at any level they have the right to suspend any erring member of the party. Emeakayi further announced that the suspended party members have been referred to the disciplinary Committee of PDP for appropriate disciplinary action, adding that the party in Anambra State has condemned the attitude of some of its members who have continued to insult the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, an action which he said is unacceptable to PDP. We also use this opportunity to pass a vote of confidence on the National Publicity Secretary of our party, Chief Olisa Metuh as we all have that implicit confidence on him,” he said.
such decision. It said: “There was no way the CNPP could have issued a statement calling for Jega’s removal, as no meeting was held, much more a resolution made. Since divergent views and interests hold in that election because of party inclinations, it was only natural that any position to be thrown out to the public must have been after due consultations and meetings. But for anyone to singly issue a statement on behalf of CNPP, calling for Jega’s sack and cancellation of the poll, was wrong.” Meanwhile, Ezugwu,
an All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, chieftain personally called on INEC to immediately declare the candidate of APGA, in the election, Chief Willie Obia-
no, winner of the poll. INEC had declared the election inconclusive and said it would conduct a supplementary election in areas where results were cancelled on Saturday, November 30. But Ezugwu argued that Obiano, having met constitutional requirements by winning 16 of the 21 local governments in the state, should be declared winner. He added that Obiano, according to results available to APGA from its agent, had the needed 25 per cent votes in 18 local governments. “There is no reason
why Obiano should not be declared the winner of the election. If anyone has met the constitutional requirement, he should be declared winner. If you take into cognisance the fact that he won duly with the most votes across the state, the proper thing to do is to announce him as the winner of the election,” Ezugwu said. He frowned at what he described as “the rejection tradition” in Nigeria politics, where elections are only free and fair to persons who win and become the direct opposite when they lose.
APC to march on INEC, warns police against interference OLAJIDE OMOJOLOMOJU
he All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that it will stage a peaceful procession to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, headquarters in Abuja today to register its disapproval of the commission’s string of failures in conducting recent elections, including the Delta Central Senatorial District by-election and the ‘inconclusive’ Anambra State governorship poll. The APC, in a statement issued by its interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,
vowed to proceed with the march, despite the illegal move by the police to stop it. Mohammed said: “We are doing this as a patriotic service to the nation because INEC as presently constituted is not capable of organising a free and fair election again in Nigeria. If the Commission is not checked, its incompetence and conniving acts could plunge the country into chaos of unimaginable proportions.” The party added that ahead of the march, it has written a letter to the FCT police command, informing it of the planned procession and requested for police escort to forestall a possible
hijacking of the march by sponsored hoodlums, adding: “To our dismay, however, the FCT Police Commissioner did not only turn down our request for police escort but also cheekily advised us to restrict our activity to holding a press conference within our party headquarters to convey our grievances to INEC.” While rejecting what it called “very patronising directive from the partisan FCT police command,” the APC said that “in exercise of our constitutional rights, the leadership of the APC will go ahead with its planned peaceful procession on Thursday, November 28, to express our
dissatisfaction with the corruption-ridden INEC and to pass a vote of no confidence on the Commission.” The party asked the police not to mistake its letter as permission to stage the procession, “since the law has said no such permission is required.” Mohammed added: “Being mindful of the position of the law on this issue, but as a law abiding and a patriotic political party, we nonetheless in our said letter asked the police to provide us with escort during the procession, in line with international best practices. That the police turned down this request speaks volumes about its disdain for the rule of law.”
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G7 GOVERNORS DEFECTION TO APC
G7 govs reaping dividends of my ordeal as VP –Atiku OBIORA IFOH ABUJA
ormer Vice President Atiku Abubarkar has said that the freedom with which the five governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday without any persecution from ‘above’ was one of the dividends of the persecution he passed through as the vice president. In his remarks during the public presentation of the book entitled ‘Landmark Constitutional Cases in Nigeria 2004 – 2007: The Atiku Abubakar Cases’, at the Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, the former Vice President listed other gains which could be attributed to his ordeal under the Olusegun Obasanjo government between 1999 and 2007, to include the inability of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to disqualify
candidates duly nominated by political parties. Prof. Maxwell Gidado and Barrister Chidi Ojukwu in the book chronicled 14 cases the former Vice President won in court mainly against the government of Obasanjo. According to him, “Today, INEC can no longer disqualify candidates that have been duly nominated by their political parties. Today, we know that a sitting president or governor may choose to humiliate his deputy, but he cannot remove him from office. The constitutional provision on that has been affirmed by our courts. Today, governors who are elected under a political party can freely defect to another party without persecution. “Today, political parties must hold elections to select their officers rather than employ undemocratic methods such as affirmation. This is a critical step if we want internal democra-
cy in political parties without which we really cannot hope for a truly democratic country where impunity by those in power is rejected.” Atiku, however, said that the Nigerian judiciary deserves special commendation, because “in the face of enormous pressures it demonstrated exemplary courage in standing by the truth, justice and the Nigerian constitution. In short, it put Nigeria first. “These cases and the whole experience of fighting for my rights also tell me that we need to do more to strengthen our institutions. We must be a society of rules not of men. We must not trust people in power to do the right things always. Americans do not and they have practiced democracy for hundreds of years. Why should we? And we should stand up to defend our rights and those of others whenever they are threatened by those in power.
“As we seem to be sliding towards more political intolerance, intimidation and harassment of those deemed to be oppositional, we ought to remind ourselves that our work of deepening and normalising democracy is not done yet. We must remain vigilant, focused and determined to guard the democratic victories that we have won and to further expand the democratic space and extend the frontiers of freedom for our citizens.” Leading the pack of eminent Nigerians who poured encomium on Atiku who has just celebrated his 67th birthday was former President Ibrahim Babangida, who as Chairman of the event, described the former Vice President as, “a good Nigerian and a good democrat.” Governor Babangida Aliyu, the Chief Servant of Niger State followed the same track describing Atiku as, “the best President Nigeria is yet to have.” The leader of the APC,
Anti-Rotimi Amaechi group jubilating over the governor’s exit from Peoples Democratic Party In Port Harcourt, yesterday.
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who was represented by the spokesman of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said: “Atiku was misunderstood by many Nigerians for resolving his political crisis through the courts when he was Vice President. But we thank God that the efforts he took in those days have become the bedrock of our democracy today.” Among the dignitaries
that were present at the event included the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal; his Deputy, Hon. Emeka Ikedioha; as well as the representatives of the governors of Sokoto, Kwara, Enugu and Kano states. A former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Malam Adamu Ciroma and a number of traditional rulers also graced the occasion.
Aliyu’s last minute retreat, mark of insincerity –Vatsa PRISCILLA DENNIS MINNA
chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Niger State, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, has decried the decision of Governor BabangidavAliyu to have led the pack of the G7 governors to war, only to retreat at the last minute. Vatsa, in an interview in Minna, said this attitude shows insincerity on the part of the governor. He stated: “I personally do not know why Nigerians cannot read between the lines and I do not see Babangida Aliyu as leader because anybody who says he is the leader of the breakaway faction of PDP should be able to lead his troop to a war and not to retreat. But in Aliyu’s case he is leading his people to war and he will retreat, which means he has something to hide. “To me, a good leader stands by his statements and takes responsibilities,
when he says anything, and should not retreat because when a leader retreats in a battle field, he is a coward. He must fight until he finishes. And, if Governor Aliyu has any record that is making him to pull back, then he should go to President Goodluck Jonathan and surrender or again he might be a spy to President Goodluck.” Vatsa, who is the National Co-coordinator, National Democratic Front, NDF, urged Nigerians, especially northerners to be wary of Governor Aliyu, who on many occasions, said something and do something otherwise. “I am a member of the APC and I started from the Alliance for Democracy, AD, to Action Congress, AC, to Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN. I want to follow a leader who is principled and I want to follow a leader who says yes and he would stand by his yes. We want gallant people who will not easily give up,” he added.
Alliance has changed Nigeria’s political landscape –Tinubu FELIX NWANERI
ormer Lagos State governor and leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, yesterday described the party’s new alliance with a faction of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as one that has changed Nigeria’s political landscape for the good. Tinubu, in an interview with Aljazeera TV monitored in Lagos last night added that the country is moving from imperialism to proper democracy, as the scale and balance of power
is tilting and changing to the opposition. He said: “Nigeria’s political landscape has changed. It will change forever and change for good. The scale and balance of power is tilting and changing to the opposition. We are moving from imperialism to proper democracy. “This development will start reshaping the landscape of politics in this country forever. Not for us only but for generation unborn, the future of this country to take its position as a leader in Africa and not just a well populated country that is big and directionless.”
Tinubu described APC as a party motivated by the zeal to salvage the country from the years of PDP misrule, saying: “Nigeria has tried in the past to achieve stable democracy. Like other African countries, we have had our share of military rule and a bit of democratic rule. But we are blessed with human and material resources which have not been harnessed for the welfare of the mass of the people in this country. “The sophistication, the honesty, trust, transparency necessary in electoral process have been absent in this country. The balance of power is tilted in favour of
the incumbency. Nigerians have never seen a group that will have a common focus, put patriotism as the cornerstone of their guiding principle. This is a party that will put people at the forefront of their cause in participating in politics. Never has there been a group that will focus on the welfare of the Nigerian citizenry and fight corruption and waste in governance.” He further described APC alliance as a new beginning for Nigeria’s politics, reiterating the party’s commitment to free, fair and credible elections. His words: “There are many areas that this new
APC alliance and effort will unveil. We will ensure that we have credibility in the voting system, the character, commitment of our people – the value that you want to pass the torch to the coming generation on democracy. It is very important that we are able to do that. Otherwise, it will turn out that election after election, confidence in the electoral process will drop and we don’t want that to happen. For us, it’s a new beginning. It’s a new hope. It’s a new commitment. “The perception alone of having so many governors working together in one party and platform will
encourage people to share ideas, share values and encourage them to put their confidence in the electoral system to change the process and make sure one man, one woman , one vote should be the order of the day. “I think the equilibrium that is shifting will rekindle the expectation of the observing world that opposition is not only existing on paper but that it is physically present in Nigeria and that they are working hard to gain power in an honest and peaceful manner. It will strengthen the confidence of other democratic observers around the world.”
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G7 GOVERNORS DEFECTION TO APC
Your anger was misdirected, Tukur tells defected G7 govs •Says no going back on party discipline, supremacy OBIORA IFOH ABUJA
he National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, yesterday reflected on the defection of some of the aggrieved G7 governors to the All Progressives Congress, APC, and said it was a misdirected anger taken too far. Tukur, who expressed shock on the reported defection by some aggrieved governors, described their action as unfortunate, particularly at a time the doors of negotiations and dialogue was still open by President Goodluck Jonathan and the party. Tukur is currently in China on the invitation of the government of the Peoples Republic of China. In a statement made available to National Mirror yesterday, Tukur noted that he was in constant touch with the Presidency and party leaders on the
development and assured party members that the turn of event was normal in democracy. He added that the party leaders would always put heads together to salvage PDP and further its desire to remain in power. He nonetheless asked willing members of the G7 and other aggrieved members of PDP to return into the party, as according to him, the party would always be eager to welcome back all returnees into its fold with happiness. He said: “There is always a limit to demonstration of anger. If anger can cause you to pack all your bags and loads and then move into the home of your arch opponents, that to me is an anger so misdirected and it is unfortunate. “We cannot ask anyone to leave the party if he so decided. After all soldiers go, soldiers come. If any one leaves the PDP, many more people will join. It happens every time. All
Change of power imminent –Fayemi
kiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said that the merger of the new Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with the All Progressives Congress, APC, is a signal that alternation of power at the federal level is imminent. The governor who stated this in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, during the third anniversary of the Rauf Aregbesola administration, stressed that democracy without alternation of power is elected dictatorship hence the need to alternate power so that democracy could be meaningful. While stating that the APC is not the same as the PDP, Fayemi described the APC as a party of progress, development and revolution, adding that this was what led the aggrieved PDP governors and leaders of the new PDP to join the APC, a development he described as a “great political earthquake.” He welcomed the former Osun State governor,
Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola to the APC, calling on Osun residents to welcome him as well. Congratulating Aregbesola on his 3rd anniversary in office, Governor Fayemi described Aregbesola as a visionary leader, who has made positive development in all sectors of the state. Fayemi affirmed that Aregbesola deserves another term in order to complete all the peopleoriented programmes he had started and called on Osun State residents to support his re-election bid. The governor, however, stated he is not unaware that the PDP is scheming and targeting him and Aregbesola ahead of next year’s governorship polls in the two states, saying that the two governors believe in the support of the people and will not accept the “anambracadabra election” which the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, conducted in Anambra during Osun and Ekiti polls.
the same, I seize this opportunity to say to others who want to remain to stay back and join the process of re-building and reforming PDP.” The PDP national chairman stated that PDP never delights in having its key members defect into the opposition party, but added that those who did so had exercised their fundamen-
tal right to associate as guaranteed by the law. He, however, insisted that the turn of events would not halt the ongoing process of reform within the party and the desire by the leadership to entrench party supremacy, discipline and cohesion. Speaking further, Tukur said: “I am currently in China to study some
modern day models of development that China can offer on party organisation and good governance. I have taken note of so many things here. We will adopt the good ones to complement the reform process that is ongoing in PDP. “We cannot do it alone. We need the cooperation of the party and every member so that we can leave the primitive stage we always find ourselves and then
link up with modernity. “What we are saying is let us come together as a party to promote the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan who we elected to lead us in Nigeria. “Let us put behind us those secessions of crises and bickering so that the President and leaders of the party could concentrate on governance and delivery of the dividends of democracy to all.”
Defectors have inordinate ambition, says Lagos PDP OLAJIDE OMOJOLOMOJU
he Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said that it received the eventual defection of some governors elected on the platform of the party to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, with a natural and expected dejection. In a statement signed by its Publicity secretary, Taofeek Gani, the party said: “This is particularly so because in politics, you should avoid losing an ordinary member to the opposition, talk less of such calibre of members.” Gani said that the party is however consoled by the fact that these defectors had all the while flaunted their resolve to defect from PDP and the vibrant PDP leadership had been proactive enough to set replacements for their roles, adding that “therefore their defection cannot affect the plans and fortunes of the party in those states. In fact, they are the ones that are now politically endan-
gered species. Their political lives are indeed now precarious in those states.” Opining that the manner and timing of the defection, at a time that the peacemaking President Goodluck Jonathan had announced a definite date to meet with them, obviously confirmed that they have inordinate ambitions, they are troublemakers
and harbor unwarranted hatred for Mr. President. The PDP said: “They have no doubt taken the most regrettable political decision in their history. They have jumped the ship from a point of certainty and discovery to a point of uncertainty and wilderness. “We thus counsel them to return to the PDP fold and reconcile with the
leadership.” Meanwhile, the Lagos PDP has admonished its members in the South-West and Lagos in particular to buckle up as they must take this new development as a big challenge, saying: “We also see it as a blessing in disguise to us in Lagos PDP. Now the destiny of the party in the state can be solely entrusted in the hands of Lagos PDP family.”
Democracy in action, says ACF AYODELE OJO
he Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has applauded the defection of five governors of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC. National Publicity Secretary of ACF, Mr. Anthony Sani, told National Mirror that the defection is good for the nation’s democracy. Sani said: “The defection of five PDP governors to APC is democracy in action which allows players to change their political strategy towards declared goals when the need arises.
“ACF sees the unfolding events as a healthy development towards emergence of a viable alternative platform for the polity, considering democracy without viable opposition is a sham. “You would note that the ACF has been hankering for a two-party system that can provide clear choices for the voters. Before now, the multi-party practices have not provided Nigerians with clear choices painfully designed and laboriously erected by the political parties, precisely because the political parties have been clones of one another. “Consequently, the choice has been reduced
from which political parties can deliver on the promise of democracy to which of the political parties has the capacity to win elections in a political economy that enables government to determine who gets what, why, where, how and when.” ACF, therefore, hopes the unfolding political dynamics will lead to the evolution of two political parties which “are far-sighted, sure-footed and resolute in their determination to promote democracy premised on triple foundation of liberty, justice and common decency, needed for the development and growth of our democracy.”
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Double registration: New twist in APGA
s the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, led by Prof. Attahiru Jega prepares to conduct supplementary election in more than 200 polling units spread across the 10 local government areas where 113,113 votes were cancelled during the Anambra State governorship election held on November 16, a new twist bothering on the qualification of Dr. Willie Obiano as the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has erupted, raising the prospect of fresh crisis in APGA and igniting fresh anxiety among the entire members of the party in the state. The fresh twist over the APGA ticket which Obiano won with 817 votes during its primaries held in August and on the basis of which he contested in the November 16 governorship election and came out top with 174,710 votes, began on Sunday when it was discovered that a key chieftain of APGA from Aniocha, Mrs Uche Ekwunife has sued Obiano to court, challenging his eligibility to retain the ticket of APGA. Ekwunife, who represents the Aniocha, Dunukofia and Njikoka Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, has gone to Federal High Court, Awka with an originating summons, wherein she is accusing Obiano of involvement in the act of double/multiple registration as a voter and asking the court to declare her the authentic candidate of the APGA. Ekwunife, who got 150 votes to come second during the party’s primaries, is praying the court to declare her the rightful candidate of APGA in the November 16, governorship election. Joined in the suit as second and third defendants, respectively, were, INEC and APGA. Ekwunife is also urging the court to disqualify Obiano as the candidate of APGA, by virtue of his alleged multiple registration in Lagos and Anambra states. It was gathered that her arguments as contained in the supporting affidavit were to the effect that by virtue of the allegation of multiple registration involving Obiano, which she said is a serious electoral offence, Obiano is not qualified to be the flag bearer of APGA. According to sources, which spoke on the issue, Ekwunife went further and argued that, “by the combined effect of Sections 9 (1), (2), (3),2, 3, 12 (1), (2) and 24 (1)(e) of the 2010 Electoral Act of Nigeria (as amended), and Section 178 (5) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), Obiano is not a registered voter and does not qualify to vote and be voted for in Anambra State and therefore, he cannot contest an election in a state, where he is not a legally and validly registered as a voter.” Ekwunife, who gave details of the allegation she made against Obiano in the supporting affidavit, prayed the court to substitute the name of Obiano with her own name and for INEC to deal with her as the rightful candidate of APGA and moreso, for the fact that elections were contested, lost and won by political parties and not individuals. Apart from Ekwunife’s suit, it is to be
CHARLES OKEKE writes on the new twist in the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, over the governorship candidate of the party in Anambra State as runner up in the primaries, Mrs Uche Ekwunife, drags the party, its flag bearer, Dr. Willie Obiano, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to court.
EKWUNIFE PRAYED THE COURT TO SUBSTITUTE THE NAME OF
HER OWN NAME AND FOR
INEC TO DEAL
WITH HER AS THE RIGHTFUL CANDIDATE OF
noted that the All Progressives Congrss, APC, a key opposition party in Anambra State, with the active support of its gubernatorial candidate, Senator Chris Ngige had earlier accused Obiano of double registration. The APC allegation was still pending when one Barrister Jezie Ekejiuba sued Obiano to the Federal High Court over the same allegation of double registration. Ekejiuba alleged in his original summons backed with the supporting affidavit that Obiano had first registered as a voter in Lagos State sometime in 2011 and again as a voter for the second time at his electoral ward of Aguleri, Anambra East Local Government Area during the continuous voters’ registration and re-validation exercise for the purpose of the November 16 governorship election. He had sought for an order of perpetual injunction restraining INEC from recognising and/or continuing to recognise Obiano as a candidate of APGA in the governorship election or issue him with any certificate of return if he contested or got elected in the said election. And, as the courts prepare to begin hearing on the respective suits filed by Ekwunife and Ekejiuba, it is important to note that it is trite law that he who assert must prove, therefore, those who are alleging double registration against Obi-
ano have the responsibility of discharging the highest evidential burden of proving both the mens rea and actus rea of the offence. This is in addition proving the allegation to the highest standard of prove beyond reasonable doubt. Already, the managers and supporters of APGA have swung into action to defend the integrity of the party and its candidate as well as curtail the fallout of the sudden legal battle which Ekwunife is now waging against Obiano, the man she worked for during the period of campaigning.
Defence pour in for Obiano Some key individuals and groups, like INEC, the state chairman of APGA, Chief Mike Kwentoh and the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Inter Society) have rose to the defence of Obiano, since the allegation of double registration against him came to the fore. It will be recalled that INEC dismissed
the allegation as a mere rumour that is baseless and unfounded. Similarly, Inter Society led by Comrade Emeka Umeagbalasi had consistently maintained that Obiano is electoral law compliant and therefore is free of the allegation made against him. Inter Society had in a press statement entitled, “Anambra Voters’ Register and Related Issues: Where INEC failed and Why Obiano is Electoral Law Compliant”, which was made available to journalists, stated that their in-depth investigation into the allegation of double registration made against Obiano shows that he (Obiano) acted within the law. The group contended that the allegation against Obiano is totally false and lacks fundamental ingredients of truism. Inter Society described the allegation against Obiano as a witch-hunting exercise, ill-conceived and ill-motivated. The Director General of Willie Obiano Campaign Organisation, Chief Joe-Martins Uzodike, has also described Ekwunife’s suit as an exercise in futility. He said: “I expect Ekwunife or whoever that is behind her to know that a court of competent jurisdiction had ruled on that matter by saying that Obiano did not do double registration. Also, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had made a categorical statement on that issue. “Ekwunife was part of the APGA campaign and even collapsed her structure into the campaign organisation and for her to begin to do this at this time is something many people do not understand. Maybe she is not acting on her own, but it is unfortunate that she is being used for something that would not benefit her.” Uzodike asked APGA to look into the matter “because it goes beyond antiparty activity and anybody going on a voyage of wanting to disqualify anybody at this stage, was merely being too ambitious.” Also, the Anambra State chairman of APGA, Kwentoh, has dismissed the suit filed by Ekwunife. Kwentoh said the serious criminal allegation of double registration which Ekwunife made against Obiano and on the basis of which she sued the governorship candidate, APGA and INECis baseless and unwarranted. The APGA state chairman, who spoke to National Mirror on the issue said INEC has not written to the party to accuse Obiano of double registration, describing Ekwunife’s action as an act of propaganda. He said the suit is inconsequential and baseless, more so when Obiano voted in the election without any hindrance. He urged the public to ignore Ekwunife and her action, adding that Obiano remains the legitimate candidate of APGA. Kwentoh said: “The suit is inconsequential and baseless, more so Obiano voted and you know if somebody has registered twice, there is no way he/she could have been allowed by INEC to vote. The election was held long ago and Obiano stood as the candidate of APGA and he is still the APGA candidate.” He urged the public to ignore Ekwunife, who he accused of seeking attention.
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Who is afraid of constitutional conference? EXISTENTIAL HUMANISM
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he acquiescence of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration for a constitutional conference remains a bold decision .The proposal has received wide approval from the various ethnic nationalities beyond expectation .The opposition voices come basically from politicians that are no doubt conscious of their own agenda. The advisory committee for the dialogue has been enthusiastic about its assignment. The nation is anxiously awaiting its report to know the modus operandi of the conference. While that is being expected, there is still uneasiness trailing the proposed exercise .Earlier the Northern socio political group, Arewa Consultative Forum(ACF) was positive about it. But its recent reaction is an indication that it did not give a whole hearted approval to the proposal. In a recent press statement, the forum rejected any attempt or call to make the conference Sovereign as is being canvassed by some people. In addition, it stressed that President Jonathan should not use the conference as a medium to foist a new constitution on the nation, arguing that no sitting government has a constitutional right to change the content and structure of the
constitution that brought it to power. It will be recalled that a foremost constitutional lawyer and Professor, Ben Nwabueze has recently canvassed in a well publicised article that it is the expectation of Nigerians that the proposed conference should usher in a new constitution for the country. In response to this proposal and such other views, the ACF frowned at any attempt to make the conference sovereign ‘’irrespective of the advice by the Advisory Committee’’. As opposed to this stance, many Nigerian have seen the conference as a big opportunity to remedy the anomalies in the 1999 constitution foisted on us by the military. The conference has continued to gain support in spite of sectional scepticism and cynicism about it. A forum of Nigerian-Britain Association, with former Secretary General of Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, the deputy High Commissioner of United Kingdom,Mr. Peter Carter, president of the group, Tunde Arogunmati among others in attendance gave further impetus to it , urging the need for the dialogue to bring to bear the experiences from foreign climes on nation building. While Chief Emeka Anyaoku stressed that no part of the country wants to secede, he nonetheless believes that the conference has become imperative given the serious challenges of national development, security and diversity that Nigeria is currently facing which include the issue of infrastructural development, obsession to control power at the centre by all the ethnic groups. He thus called for a return to regionalism that served as engine of development after Independence.
It is really curious that there is unfounded
HAVE SEEN THE CONFERENCE AS A BIG OPPORTUNITY TO REMEDY THE ANOMALIES IN THE
1999 CONSTITUTION FOISTED ON US BY THE MILITARY fear about the conference. On many enlightened platform, the 1999 constitution has been roundly condemned. It is seen as a military contraption that lacks legitimacy. This informed the move by the National Assembly to embark on the difficult task of amending it. This has been seen as an exercise in futility. It is, however, a reality that a bulk of the problem now plaguing the country is linked to the 1999 constitution. Speaker of the House of Representative, Mallam Waziri Tambuwal, recently admitted the need to amend it, alleging that it conferred enormous powers on the federal government. He spoke on the ‘Role of states in deepening democracy and good governance in Nigeria.’’ Tambuwal argued that parliamentary system of government was good but wondered why it was terminated by the military regime. Governor Aliyu Babangida, who also is chairman of the Northern Governors forum recently stated that having seen the way the police is used by the government at the centre, the North is
no longer opposed to the idea of a state police.
There is thus an overwhelming view that we are on the wrong part going by the provision of our grund norm. What is needed is dialogue of the extant ethnic nationalities to re-visit the grey areas in the constitution and effect amendments that will usher in a new constitution, and new structural arrangement for the country. It is ridiculous to agree to a conference that will not make any difference to the constitution that guides all valid and legitimate actions. The fear of a break up of the country resulting from the proposed dialogue is unfounded, as the President, while inaugurating the advisory body urged for a new and united Nigeria where there will be justice, equity and fair play. The conference is as crucial as the 2015 election. There are chances of serious acrimony that could threaten the unity of Nigeria if we go into 2015 election prior to the resolution of our deep rooted differences, based on sectional and ethnic sentiments. The magnitude of insecurity in the country and insurgency especially in the North East, have shown the need for the creation of state police and devising new ways of security management where states would play prominent role. There is thus the need to de-emphasis the position of politicians in the conference. The voices of Nigerians who see beyond 2015 should serve as the impetus for the proposed dialogue. Nigeria is an experiment in absurdity that is why there is dearth of amenities and congenial atmosphere for healthy living. And until this systemic malady is removed things will continue to go awry.
Nigeria: Time for anti-age discrimination law
n many countries notably United Kingdom and United States, the culture of age discrimination has been legally banned from the socio-economic life. Thus no employer, in public or private establishment, can discriminate against a job seeker or (even existing employees) solely on the basis of age. In the United Kingdom, the law banning age discrimination in the workplace came into force on October 1, 2006 via The Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 (“UK Age Regulations), while the United States has been having the law since 1967 through the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). Australia passed its Age Discrimination Act in 2004. Using the UK as an example, anybody under the age of 65 cannot be denied offer of job or forced to resign from existing employment on account of his/her age. Any deviation can result in liability in damages imposed by the Employment Tribunal or Employment Appeal Tribunal. The rationale for this is the imperative to ensure that no artificial barrier is errected to preponderate over merit which rarely has anything to do with age. There is, of course, also the issue of human rights as it is believed that all kinds of discrimination run contrary to the principles of equity and that they promote injustice. It is for these reasons that legislations have been used in the developed countries to dissuade the practices of ageism in all its varieties. It would be a great idea if the legislative machinery is also invoked to check practices of unconscionable age discrimination in Nigeria. The age-discrimination phenomenon is a two-way thing, combining biases against
NIGERIA NEEDS THE
LAW EVEN MORE THAN THESE DEVELOPED SOCIETIES, GIVEN THE PECULIARITIES OF OUR SOCIO-POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SYSTEM people adjudged to be “too old” and those reckoned “too young” and therefore unsuitable for certain offices or posts in spite of possessing all the requisite attributes and qualifications. But the commonest form is the bias against older persons. In Nigeria, the only forms of discrimination prohibited under the Constitution or any other statute are non-discrimination on the grounds of circumstances of birth, sex, ethnicity, religion, political opinion and allied matter; there is practically nothing that comes close to banning discrimination on age ground, hence the imperative of specific law on this issue like we have in other countries. What you often encounter in job adverts in newspapers with respect to person the specification is a huge joke. For a great number of jobs, especially at the graduate entry level, age restrictions are arbitrarily inserted as a cogent condition delimiting the applicants’ suitability for the jobs. However, when you go through the job descriptions specifying the roles to be performed, you would be surprised that the restriction always seems egregiously cosmetic, not having been dictated by pragmatic necessity.
This writer had seen adverts requesting for fresh graduates who had completed the national service and whose age did not exceed 24 years; pray, how many Nigerians leave the universities earlier than that? There is an ongoing ASUU strike wasting the times of innocent students and nobody reckons with that. Even for the posts requiring experience, the length of experience required when taken with the age stipulation, would make the posts inapplicable to all except those privileged to graduate at early age. The fact is that many human resources managers hardly bother about critically evaluating the job descriptions and person specifications with a view to form well-founded opinion on the basis of pure merit that is unencumbered by extraneous considerations. They just copy verbatim what other companies stipulate as criteria for such roles. The advanced countries with anti-age discrimination laws have made enviable strides in social justice by creating a levelplaying ground for all their capable citizenry at the workplace and make their private and public establishments “Equal opportunity employers”. Ironically, Nigeria needs the law even more than these developed societies, given the peculiarities of our socio-political and economic system. It is in Nigeria that a student would go to university to study a four-year course and ends up spending seven years as a result of numerous strikes by lecturers and forced recesses occasioned by students’ unrests. It is in Nigeria that graduates will be searching frantically for jobs seven, nine and 10 years after graduation without success. Back in the university days, this writer knew a student who took no less than three annual
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“leaves of absence” alternately before he could complete a five- year course on accounts of impecuniosity. He had to go and work intermittently to pay his way out of the university. This indigent scholar was desirous of having a good education in spite of all odds. Now, imagine the extent of frustration the fellow would feel, if upon graduation, he is denied job offers on account of having passed the “normal” employment age of fresh graduates. What a cruel system! No wonder many Nigerians have two (or more) dates of birth! One is official age and the other biological. This is a kind of thing that happens when a society has a hypocritical approach of running its affairs – an approach that discounts its undeniable realities. Therefore, it is high time we thought of introducing anti-age discrimination law to attain social justice at the workplace.
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Lagos and errant school administrators
n its recent crackdown on corrupt school administrators, the Lagos State Government demoted four principals of secondary schools, three vice-principals and two teachers who allegedly contravened approved promotion criteria for their students. The latest disciplinary measures came barely two months after a principal and eight others were relieved of their jobs over examination malpractices. In addition to the alleged promotion criteria abuse, the teachers were also accused of mutilating students’ report cards either out of carelessness, poor maintenance culture or for dubious purposes, according to the State Ministry of Education after an emergency board meeting of Education District III, Falomo, Lagos. All of the affected teachers were drawn from the Education District III of the state. In the list were Mrs. A. A. Ogunsina, a Grade Level 17 officer and the Principal of Dolphin Junior High School; Mr. O. F. Talabi, the Vice-Principal (Academics) of the same school; Mrs. R. O. Adebara, Vice- Principal (Academics) and the Acting Principal of Girls Senior Academy; Mr. Joshua A. Afolabi, Principal,
Ebute Elefun Senior High School and Mrs. Abigail Makanjuola, Principal, Girls Junior Academy. Other affected teachers were Mrs. Falilat O. Shodipe, Vice-Principal of Girls Junior Academy and Mrs. Muninat A. Rafiu, a class teacher also at Girls Junior Academy; Mrs. O. A. Fajulagbe, Principal, Dolphin Senior High School and Mr. Olaniyi A. Bada, a class teacher at Dolphin Senior High School. All the schools are located on Lagos Island. Ogunsina, the Principal of Dolphin Junior High School was punished for abdicating her duty to her Vice-Principal (Academics), Mrs. O. F. Talabi, who in turn allegedly promoted some students unilaterally with ordinary passes in English or Mathematics. Mrs. Adebara was dealt with for the same indiscriminate and selective promotion of some students with less than credit pass in Mathematics and English, even when other students had that same predicament. For other culprits, the story was the same or similar. The most striking of the arbitrary promotion was the case of one of the school principals who instructed his subordinates to jerk up the results
THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FRAUDULENT SCHOOL OFFICIALS AND
COMMON CRIMINALS. of some students so that they could be eligible for promotion. That of Mr. Bada, a class teacher at Dolphin Senior High School, was the mutilation of students’ report cards. The education ministry meted out punitive measures to the erring teachers, which ranged from demotion to transfer, deferment of promotion and strong warning, to deter others from indulging in such frauds. We think the education ministry and, indeed, the Governor Babatunde Fashola administration in Lagos State deserve commendation for not only detecting sharp practices, but promptly punishing the teachers involved. If such breach of academic standards could be going on in public schools, one can only imagine the-extent of the rot in private schools that are grossly under supervised; and which have become notorious as ‘special centres’ (mostly for cheating) during various public exami-
nations. Sadly, some desperate parents, principals, teachers and students are complicit in the mess. How on earth can unmerited promotions and results be defended by the dubious students that benefitted from them? The Nigerian school system has been enmeshed in various kinds of mess for too long. Cases of sexual harassment, under-aged girls offering their bodies to teachers for marks and other favours, teachers giving undeserved grades to their own wards in school, and so forth, are rampant. Though these cases have persisted, they are scarcely investigated, exposed or prosecuted. That is why the step taken by Lagos State to stem the tide is a welcome development. Lagos has shown a good example that other states desirous of rescuing their formative education stages from further decay should copy. But extreme cases should be severely punished. We recommend that all accomplices in such cases should not only be sacked or demoted, but should be prosecuted and punished in accordance with the laws covering such crimes. For, there is no difference between fraudulent school officials and common criminals.
ON THIS DAY November 28, 1942 In Boston, Massachusetts, United States, a fire in the Cocoanut Grove nightclub killed 492 people and injured hundreds more. The Cocoanut Grove was Boston’s premier nightclub during the post-Prohibition 1930s and 1940s. The club which had thirty-two more people than the building’s authorized capacity was the scene of the deadliest nightclub fire in US history and the second-worst; next to the 1903 Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago that recorded 602 deaths.
November 28, 1987 South African Airways Flight 295 crashed into the Indian Ocean, killing all 159 people on board. An extensive salvage operation was mounted in order to try to recover the flight data recorders, one of which was recovered from a depth of 4,900 metres (16,100 ft)—the deepest successful salvage operation ever conducted. An official inquiry on the crash failed to determine the cause of the incident, leading to a number of conspiracy theories.
November 28, 2002 Suicide bombers blew up an Israeli-owned Paradise Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya; but their colleagues failed in their attempt to bring down Arkia Israel Airlines Flight 582 with surface-to-air-missiles. The targets attacked were an Israeliowned hotel and a plane belonging to an Israeli airline in Mombasa, Kenya. About 13 people were killed and 80 others injured when an all-terrain vehicle crashed into the Paradise Hotel and exploded.
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AFE BABALOLA UNIVERSITY, ADO-EKITI (ABUAD) A prestigious university in Africa with a visionary founder and leader - Dr. Lalla Ben Barka, Assist. D.G UNESCO, Paris
hat Nigerian university education is in poor state is superfluous. Unlike before, the system is no longer producing graduates that can compete favourably with their peers around the world. Now, there is no university in the country–public or private– that is listed among the first top 100 in the global ranking. Not one even among the first generation such as the University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife is also in the first top five positions in Africa. The situation that has been linked to many factors ranging from inadequate funding, decaying infrastructure, policy inconsistency, dearth of qualified lecturers, over- staffing of unqualified workers, misplaced priority, overcrowded lecture rooms, corruptive practices, to politicking, is that bad. Many institutions are also characterised by poor hostel accommodation, ineffective power supply, insecurity, dearth of safe water supply and sanitary facilities, poor learning environment, poor remuneration and welfare package, lack luster students’ attitude and lack of parental care, among others. These problems have kept recurring year-in and out and become subject of discussion at every forum where university education is in focus without solution. Also, at the conference of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) held recently at the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Akure, some of these challenges came to fore. No fewer than 60 vice-chancellors and other representatives from the public and private universities and other relevant stakeholders were in attendance to chart a way out of the crisis. The conference which emphasised the importance of Nigeria becoming one of the top 20 global economies by 2020 criticised the system, especially as regards inability to meet the required global standards. The forum did not end there. It proffered practicable ways to get the country off the mess. A keynote speaker and Professor of Engineering and Director, Centre for Energy Systems and Control, Howard University, United States, Mr. James Momoh outlined some salient activities to adopt to lead Nigerian universities towards globalisation. He spoke on “The Nigerian university system: Challenges and prospects of globalisation.” According to him, Nigerian universities will need to increase their collaboration efforts on relevant issues with relevant institutions locally and globally. “They will also need to take advantage of large volume of human and material resources in the country to produce graduates that will be self-reliant and globally marketable, as well as encouraging various universities to develop strategies to drive their intellectual properties through pat-
Vice chancellors chart ways for varsity development This year’s annual conference of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) aimed primarily at providing solutions to problems impeding the country’s ivory towers from meeting global competitive standard. TUNBOSUN OGUNDARE reports
Cross section of participants at the event
ents and copyrights,” the visitor stressed. On his part, Vice-Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Prof. Femi Mimiko in his paper, titled: “Globalisation and the imperative of stability in the Nigerian university system” said various universities would need to be committed to issues that will take them to higher standard. Like the US-based professor, Mimiko also emphasised the need for universities to apply trans-national context in their activities so as to be relevant globally. Identifying issues such as poor regulations, governance, attitude, scholarship as well as extreme union activities as major causes of instability in the country’s university system, Mimiko said only a wellthought-out reform was capable of improving the system significantly. According to him, such reform should not only improve the quality and effectiveness of the system but also make the university education more relevant to the economy and the promotion of democratic values. Emeritus Professor, Nimi Briggs, who presented the 21st Century perspective
UNIVERSITIES SHOULD SEEK INNOVATIVE WAYS OF SOURCING FUNDS OUTSIDE SUBVENTIONS FROM GOVERNMENTS OR PROPRIETORS on the future of Nigerian universities also clamour for the adoption of best practices to move the system forward. The general participants on their part only focused on how to enhance partnership arrangements between universities and the employers of labour in and outside the country. They also talked about the need to fund the system very well, as well as strategising on how to encourage companies to partner universities for the purpose of producing graduates that will be globally competitive. They noted with dismay the proliferation of universities without corresponding increment in funding. The forum said such development posed a serious threat to the survival of newly established public universities. It was equally observed that poor infrastructures and dearth of modern facilities constitute another problem hindering quality teaching, learning, and
research. And the forum said the situation had made it increasingly impossible for Nigerian universities to measure up with their peers around the world. While suggesting that universities should seek innovative ways of sourcing funds outside subventions from governments or proprietors as the case may be, the conference further observed that student’ loan and scholarship schemes as well as private sector’s contributions should be encouraged to boost financial status of the system. riculum to make it industry-driven, they also tasked members to ensure they make good use of the recommendations of the conference. The Vice-Chancellor of the host university, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, added that the recommendations made last year at Nasarawa State University have helped many universities in solving long standing problems in their institutions.
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I won’t compromise standards – Fayemi’s aide DHIKRU AKINOLA IBADAN
former students’ leader and now Special Assistant to Ekiti State Governor on Students’ Matters, Mr. Adeolu Oyebode has said he would not engage in activities that would put his integrity and reputation, which he said he had built over years, in doubt. He said he was quite aware of the fact that it was either the new assignment makes or mars his integrity but he would do the needful to protect his reputation. Adeolu, a graduate of biochemistry is a former Chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Joint Campus Committee, Ondo and Ekiti states between 2008 and 2010 as well as former President of the University of Ado-Ekiti Students’ Union Government. His appointment came weeks after Governor Kayode Fayemi had an interactive session with students’ leaders across the state. While appreciating the governor for the appointment, Luther, as he is fondly called said he would give all that require L-r, National President, League of Muslim School Proprietors (LEAMSP), Mr. Tijani Mikail; Secretary, Mr. Suleiman Kabiru and chairman, Lagos State chapter, Mr. Obalakin Waheed, at the annual national luncheon of the group in Lagos on Tuesday. PHOTO: TUNBOSUN OGUNDARE for him to succeed in his new portfolio. He however, appealed for maximum cooperation between the students and the school management in providing the needed services that would move the education sector in the state to the next level. He promised to use the appointment Mr. Musa Kubo who made this known that the state was set to recruit no fewer to lift education and youth development INUSA NDAHI to journalists in Maiduguri, the state than 1,000 additional teachers called on the programmes in the state to an enviable MAIDUGURI capital said teachers whose students principals and teachers to take their job state. he Borno State government is con- performed very well in the exams would more seriously. sidering rewarding schools based also be rewarded. He told them that they would need to key on their students’ performances in According to him, the state has re- into the dream of Kashim Shettima’s adminthe Senior School Certificate Examina- solved to be start obtaining UTME forms istration in transforming the sector. group of teachers under the tions conducted by the West African Ex- for students who have credit pass in five Kubo also urged various school adminisauspices of the Alumni Assoamination Council (WEAC) and National subjects, including English language trators to keep proper records of their stuciation of former Divisional Examination Council (NECO). dents, saying such would help the govern- Teachers Training College, Ipetuand Mathematics in SSCE. The state Commissioner for Education, The commissioner, who also disclosed ment in its planning. modu, Osun State has taken up the
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Security is everybody’s business - Provost TUNBOSUN OGUNDARE
he Provost of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto/Ijanikin, Lagos, Mr. Wasiu Bashorun has said security agencies could not all alone tackle security challenges currently confronting the country. He said security issues should be the concern of every Nigerian irrespective of ethnic, location and religion differences. Bashorun made the observation in his remark at the 33rd Distinguished Lecture Series of the college held recently. The lecture was themed: “National security and democratic governance in Nigeria from Obasanjo to Jonathan administration.” According to him, all hands must be on deck to tackle the security problem and that is why AOCOED has college brought
the issue of how to tackle the challenge to the fore through the lecture. While blaming threat to country’s survival on food insecurity, unemployment, poverty, religious intolerance as well as corruption, the provost said those social issues would need to be tackled first before safety and wellbeing of the citizens are guaranteed. “So, it is my candid view that if we do not consciously and aggressively solve these problems, Boko Haram may replicate itself in other parts of the country,” he said. On the tertiary education in the country, Bashorun called on both President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to give attention to the need and development of the sector, saying doing so would not only help the sector generally but also
the economy. According to him, functional education system is vital to the building of competent future leaders and eradication of poverty in any society. “With a relevant, pragmatic and functional educational system, crime rate will also be reduced and there will also be peace in the land,” he added. The guest speaker, Dr. Dan Mou on his part, said national security and good governance under a democratic setting were interrelated and therefore an improvement in one would definitely lead to the other. Mou, a former Special Adviser to National Security Adviser to the President and Chairman of Lovebet Nigeria Limited, pointed out that socioeconomic and political problems, weak and bad leadership, as well as severe economic hardship constituted a major threat to country’s security
and good governance. “Where all these are present, there is bound to be corruption among office holders who will want to amass wealth by all means for personal use at the expense of the public. And it is disheartening that all these are still there in the country right from the 1960 political independence,” he stressed. He therefore urged the government to cater for citizens’ wellbeing by meeting their needs so as to guarantee national security.
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) bill of 10 secondary school students in Ife North Local Government area of the state. This gesture will enable beneficiaries to write this year’s UTME to be conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) free of charge to pursue their choice courses in the nation’s tertiary institutions. The National President of the group, Mr. Adewale Olafare in a release said the initiative as part of the group’s corporate social responsibilities for being products of the defunct college, was meant to encourage more students in the area to go to higher education. He added that the group had resolved to double the number of beneficiaries next year and had for this earmarked N400, 000 for the project. He listed this year’s beneficiaries to include Adewale Semiu of Akinlalu Commercial College; Oluwagbemiga Rebecca of L. A. Grammar School; Adeyeye Lekan of Apostolic Grammar School; Adewale Emily of C. A. C. Commercial School, Edunabon. Others are Olawuni Abifemi of Origbo Anglican Grammar School, Moro; Ayinla Blessing of Origbo Community
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Rotary donates teaching aids to schools in C/Rivers
otary Club of Hilltop in Calabar, Cross River State has donated some educational materials worth N1 million to three secondary schools in the state. The items donated under the club’s literacy project for the year included books, pen and pencils. And the benefiting schools include Government Secondary School, Henshaw Town and the Government Comprehensive Secondary School, Adiabo. The president of the club, Dr. Ani Etokidem, said the gesture was one of the ways through which the club earlier planned to boost education and also lend its helping hand to the needy in the society. He noted that the educational materials would help to upgrade the academic performance of the students, stressing that the club believes in educating youths as they are future leaders. ``If our youths are educated and empowered, it will go a long way in reducing the rate of social vices, especially crimes in the country,” he said. Speaking earlier, Dr. Charles Onianwa, District Governor of the club, SouthSouth, said one of the objectives of the club was to help students achieve their set goals in life. Onianwa said this could only be possible if the students were provided with adequate learning materials that would enhance their academic performance. While charging the students to make good use of the materials, he also advised them to take their studies more seriously as the club is prepared to reward those who graduate in flying colours. The principal of Government Comprehensive Secondary School, Adiabo, Mrs Patricia Tawo and her counterpart in Government Secondary School Henshaw Town, Mrs. Offiong Okon thanked the club for the initiative, saying it would help both the students as well as teachers. In the same vein, the Rotary Club of Calabar-Tinapa, has also donated exercise books and other learning material worth N200, 000 to Special Education Centre Secondary School Calabar. The president of the club, Mr. Stanley Nwosu equally said the donation was part of their literacy projects in the state.
PAU hosts 11-year NigerianAmerican media genius
an–Atlantic University (PAU), Lagos will next Monday play host to the 11year- old Nigerian-American media genius, Zuriel Oduwole at the institution’s School of Media and Communication on Victoria Island. She is coming to Nigeria to sensitise her peers on the need not to allow anything to truncate their education and dreams. Zuriel is an advocate of child education and she has interviewed over 10 presidents around the world, including President Goodluck Jonathan. A release by the university stated that the girl would be hosted a second time by the School of Media and Communication of the institution. She began this project last year and she launched “Dream up, speak up, stand up” programme at PAU last March and later replicated the programme in Malawi and Tanzania last month.
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‘Internet has no negative effect on book industry’ Recently, the Christian Booksellers Association, Nigeria, as part of its Annual General Meeting organised a book fair in Abuja, the federal capital territory. In an exclusive interview with SEYI ANJORIN, President of the Association, Mrs. Modupe Ehirim stated that the social network and internet has made reading easier than ever before. Excerpts: available online. Many books now have preview chapters online, whereas before, you have to get to book stores before knowing about new books. A lot of people are also reading and purchasing books online. All these weren’t possible before. What is the association doing to incorporate the paperbacks with ebook? Well, that is quite an easy thing to do, what is not present in Nigeria yet is a specific e-reader application that you can use. Even then, I found out recently that somebody is already doing that, though we don’t have Christian books on it yet. But what I am saying generally is that, our environment is an evolving environment, but for people to say people’s reading habit is changing, it is on the contrary, a lot more people are reading now than before.
What is the motivation towards ADVENT OF SOCIAL the book fair? The Christian Booksellers’ Asso- NETWORK IS INCREASING ciation has been in existence for over 30years in Nigeria. One thing we do ev- THE READING CULTURE OF ery year is that we have our annual gen- PEOPLE SOCIAL NETWORK eral meeting yearly, and we do a book MAKES INFORMATION fair around that event. The purpose of the fair is to let people know the types MORE AVAILABLE TO of Christian resources that are available in the market to let them know the book PEOPLE stores they can go to, for original materials. So we go from city to city. We were in Abuja in 2010, Porthacourt in 2011 and in to ask for books sellers don’t even know of. Through that, buyers tell you they saw Lagos last year. those books on the website of the authors and things like that. Secondly, publishHow has the response been? Generally, it has been great, because ers themselves are also making resources
What is your advice for the younger generations as regards reading? One thing for sure is that whatever somebody will become is the function of people he or she keeps. So, what people look at when they are thinking of the company to keep is the people around them, but what folks don’t realise is that a book is not just the paper and the ink that is in it. A book is actually keeping the company of the person who wrote it, and so if you look at yourself as a leader and you are thinking I am a young person now, I’m aspiring to be a leader, whose company should you keep? What I will also say is this; my parents told me many years ago that anything that you want to do in life, the best way to learn it is to have somebody by your side teaching you. If you don’t have a person by your side, the next best thing to do is to read a book. There is a book that has been written about practically everything that you want to do in life. I am a book seller today but when I wanted to start the business, I bought some books on how to start a small business and how to run a book store. That really helped me a lot. So, there are books for everything you may want to do.
one of the things that we find out is that when we come to a location like this, people will become aware of the market situation. Therefore, even if they don’t buy books immediately, they will go home with useful information. The book store owners who are members will also make new contacts at the fair. They will meet new book sellers and new church leaders that may be interested in their materials. With the advent of social network in Nigeria, the reading culture has been observed to have reduced, what is your impression on this? That view is a fallacy. As a matter of fact, the advent of social network is increasing the reading culture of people; social network makes information more available to people. What I mean is that nowadays many approach book stores
L-r: Zonal Business Manager, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Akinloye Adebisi; Regional Operations Director, Bayo Osinowo and Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Olusegun Odubela at the inauguration of a borehole donated by Airtel to St. John’s Anglican Primary School, Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State, recently.
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Firm boosts digital learning in Osun KUNLE AZEEZ
L-R, Winner of the 2013 Spelling Bee competition and the One-day Governor of the Lagos State, Master Juwon Boadley; Permanent Secretary, Education District VI, Mrs. Iyabo Osifeso receiving the key of the bus from the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff, to the Governor, Mr. Olakunle Ojo and the Chief Executive Officer, New Era Foundation, Mr. Yemi Osilaja
Fashola redeems bus pledge to One-Day Governor TUNBOSUN OGUNDARE
he governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has redeemed his promise to dash out an 18-seater bus to the school of the winner of this year’s Spelling Bee Competition. The student of the school, Omole Grammar School, Omole Estate, Juwon Folarin Boadley, as a One-day Governor of the state by virtue of winning the competition had requested earlier from Governor Fashola the donation of the bus to his school.
At the handing over ceremony, the governor who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff, Mr. Samuel Ojo congratulated the school for producing the One-Day Governor and charged them to keep the flag flying. He said which school? Boadley requested for the bus for his school when having meeting alongside his cabinet members with the state executive council members headed by governor Fashola on the day he acted as the One-Day Governor for the state. According to the Fashola, the boy
displayed an exemplary leadership quality by requesting for the donation of a bus for his school and not for himself and urged others to emulate him. Receiving the bus on behalf of the school, the Tutor-General/Permanent Secretary, Education District VI, Mrs. Iyabo Osifeso thanked Governor Fashola and promised to make judicious use of the bus. Boadley, who was also present at the ceremony, expressed his delight at the gift while also commending the governor for fulfilling his promise.
Ondo: Stakeholders urged to help restore Oyemekun’s glory
Akure at a press conference to herald the 60th Founder’s Day of the institution, which is known to be one of the foremost secondary schools in Southwest. He said the call was necessary to help lifting the school to its rightful place it was known for in the past. The president, who declared that government
he National President of Alumni Association of Oyemekun Grammar School, Akure, Ondo State, Dr. Laoye Adegoke has called on the state government, parents and other stakeholders of the school to contribute towards the development of the institution. He made the call in
could not alone restructure the nation’s education sector, sought support of individuals, corporate organisations as well as alumni of the school to continue addressing the infrastructural decay in the school. He explained that while the state had promised to rehabilitate structures in some schools, including Oyemekun Grammar
School in the first quarter of next year, other stakeholders should lend their supports in restoring the lost glory back to the school. Speaking on the 60th anniversary, the alumnus said there would be career talk for students of the school to aid them in choosing professions that will make them relevant now and in future.
Why effective supervision of schools is necessary - Commissioner CHRIS NJOKU OWERRI
he Commissioner for the newly created Ministry of Primary, Secondary and Non-Formal Education in Imo State, Dr. Uche Ejiogu has reiterated the need for an effective supervision of schools in the country. The commissioner made her feelings known during her maiden meeting with the directors and management staff of the
ministry. She observed that despite the fact that state has good education policy, its lacks effective supervision of schools. She emphasised that without proper supervision of personnel, teachers in particular as well as infrastructures in schools, it would be very difficult for government investment in the sector to yield tangible result. The commissioner noted that her ministry would
organise extra mural classes for students during vacations to keep them busy and away from crime. While enjoining teachers to be open-minded and help her with good ideas that could move the sector forward, she also called for their dedication to duty. Ejiogu’s counterpart in charge of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Uba Nnabue on his part, said the Ministry of Education previously concentrated more on pri-
mary and secondary education. He noted that Governor Rochas Okrocha in his vision saw the need to attach importance to higher education, science and technology and reposition the tertiary education in the state by creating the new ministry. Prof. Nnabue stated that though the challenges were enormous but with the cooperation and commitment of the staff the new ministry would excel.
n line with its continuous corporate social investment drive, provider of premium pay-TV services on the DStv and GOtv platforms in Nigeria, MultiChoice said it had provided e-learning facilities for students of 10 public schools in Osun State to allow them have access to world-class learning facilities. The intervention, which comprises a TV set, a HD PVR decoder, satellite dish, a power generator, uninterrupted power system (UPS), a set of chairs and desks for the laboratory, among others, enables school children access educational TV channels. The channels, according to the company, i nclude Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC Knowledge, BBC World, History Channel, Animal Planet and Mindset Learn, at no cost. The novel intervention has been introduced to 245 schools in 24 states of the federation and has been proven to impact critically on the knowledge levels and understanding, especially of technical subject areas by students. It is now being extended to students of 10 public secondary schools in Osun State, bringing the total to 255 in 25 states across the country. At a commemorative inauguration ceremony of the 10 new MultiChoice Resource Centres (MRC) held at Ataoja School of Science, Osogbo, recently, the company said the launch marked the commence-
ment of the phase nine of the MRC project, which include scheduled launches in some select states which will soon be announced by the company. Head, Public Relations, MultiChoice, Mr. Segun Fayose in a release, said, “The resource centre initiative has grown from four centres at inception to 255 schools in 25 states of the federation.” According to him, the technological, economic, socio-political advancement of any country has a direct correlation with its level of educational development and that the future of a country is intrinsically tied to the quality of education that the youths are exposed, a belief which informs MultiChoice’s roll-out of the audio-visual learning aid across the country. In her address, the Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mrs. Titi-Laoye Tomori, who doubles as the Commissioner of Education in the state, lauded the company and its implementing partner, Innovative Technology Literacy Services Limited, for the initiative which she described as a veritable tool for the provision of valuable learning resource components for public schools in the country. She noted that the launch of the project in Osogbo had put Osun as the 25th beneficiary state in the country, stressing that the partnership reaffirms the commitment of the state in providing qualitative education to the people of the state.
Muslim graduates blame education woes on colonialism AISHA TITILAYO
he Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA) has blamed the deficiencies in the educational system on the blind imposition of colonial form of education on the country. This was contained in a communiqué issued by the group and signed by its National President and the Abuja Chapter Chairman, Prof. AbdulWahab Egbewole and Mr. Abideen Lawal respectively at the end of the education summit organised by the association
and hosted by the Abuja chapter last week. The group observed that the continuation of colonial form of education system after independence without consideration for the country’s needs, especially as regards Islamic injunction accounted for the woes. While blaming poor performance of teachers on their poor remuneration and incentives, the association also linked the woes in the sector to lack-lustre attitude of many students to learning. The group therefore called for total overhauling of the sector.
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Corrupt practices in SSCE registration
xamination malpractice has become a national embarrassment. Efforts at solving the problem have been very weak and totally ineffective. While some state governments have attempted to stall the advance of the epidemic through various programmes, there has been no significant effort at the national level. The law against examination malpractice has never been enforced. Instead, it appears there is a grand conspiracy of silence which only encourages the act. Meanwhile, the perpetrators formulate and perfect new methods to successfully execute the act. Elaborate preparations are made many months ahead of the public examinations in which examination malpractice is perpetrated with impunity. For the Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE), the plans are perfected at the time of registration for the exam. School principals, parents and their children and wards are intricately involved while the school inspectors are paid to look the other way. Secondary schools with no more than a hundred students in the entire senior wing may present over a hundred candidates for the SSCE. In fact, a secondary school with only 18 students in SSIII at the beginning of the academic year recently registered 150 students for the senior school certificate examination.
Education as I see it
by Tosanwumi Otokunefor
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A SECONDARY SCHOOL WITH ONLY 18
STUDENTS IN SSIII AT THE BEGINNING OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR RECENTLY REGISTERED 150 STUDENTS FOR
THE SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION.
Who are the students involved in this illegal registration. First, are the regular students who had completed the SS II in another school but feel that they cannot pass the SSCE in their current institutions because of non-cooperation of the teachers during the external examinations and hence seek out one of the fast growing miracle centres where anything is possible. The second category consists of students who were unable to pass the promotion examinations in their previous schools and would likely not pass even if given multiple chances to do so. A third category consists of candidates who have written the SSCE many times without success and want to make one last desperate attempt to acquire the certificate.
This group often make up the bulk of the illegal registrations for the May/June examination. A fourth group consists of mature individuals, mothers and fathers working in one government office or the other who need certificates for promotion. The only examinations probably ever written by this group may be the primary school leaving certificate examination 20 to 30 years ago. Certainly, none of these candidates have the SS II course assessments which are required by the examination body for the course assessment component of the SSCE. These are however, routinely compiled for the affected candidates by the institutions involved. In fact, the bulk of course as-
sessments sent to the examination bodies by the senior secondary schools in the country have been falsified by the school administrations in favour of the candidates and do not represent their true performance. Contrary to general belief, most of the institutions that have come to be recognised as miracle centres are government-owned. For these unlimited favours, the candidates pay various sums of money depending on what they want. Some who intend to write by themselves may pay as little as N15, 000 but are allowed to participate in some forms of malpractice. Those paying the money never show up during the entire duration of the examination, instead, they engage the services of impersonators. Additional fees are charged if the school hires someone to write answers on the board for the candidates. In one such governmentowned miracle centres, all candidates obtained credit passes in chemistry, though the school had no teacher in that subject! This type of malpractice is possible because the government appointed school inspectors are severely compromised and immersed in corruption. While school administrators present fake class registers with the names of ghost candidates to the inspectors, the genuine registers contain only a small number of candidates who may be accounted for physically in the
GENERAL BELIEF, MOST OF THE INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE COME TO BE RECOGNISED AS MIRACLE CENTRES
class rooms. The enlarged list of candidates imposes an additional financial burden on the state government who is saddled with the self imposed responsibility of paying the examination fees of all candidates sitting for the SSCE. The West African Examination Council and the National Examination Council of Nigeria who are saddled with the responsibility to conduct SSCE do not appear particularly concerned with the identity and qualification of candidates that register for their exams nor the veracity of the course assessment scores submitted to them by the school administrators. If not, how could they register a 45 year old man or woman who sat for the junior WAEC about 30 years earlier for the May/ June SSCE? Corrupt practices will continue to thrive in our educational system as long as corrupt principals and school inspectors continue to have their ways. The government must device means of sidetracking these elements in order to break the backbone of malpractice in our public examinations.
ActionAid tasks FCT authorities on school facilities TOLA AKINMUTIMI ABUJA
ctionAid Nigeria (AAN), the local arm of the an international non-governmental organisation working in over 40 countries to alleviate poverty and injustice among the poor, has raised the alarm over the dilapidated state of infrastructure in Tukuba Primary School in the Federal Capital Territory and called on the Federal and FCT authorities to urgently fix the facilities in order to avert major causalities in the school. Tukuba, is a village in Kuje Local Council Area of the FCT and lacks basic necessities like potable water, electricity, good sanitation facility, road network and what could even be called a school in real terms. Making the ‘Save our Soul’ (SoS) call to the Federal Government and FCT
authorities while declaring open the AAN’s Global Action Week on Education Campaign at Tukuba village last week, the organisation’s Deputy Country Director, Mrs. Ifeoma Charles-Monwuba, said the village was chosen for support by AAN “because access to the community is very difficult, though it is within the FCT.” She explained that the project, which is funded by the European Commission (EU) and being implemented in several countries globally, including like Romania, United Kingdom and Nigeria, amongst others, was basically intended to draw government’s attention to the educational needs of the pupils with a view to making the authorities provide them. Charles-Monwuba, who lamented the plight of the pupils most of whom were dressed in worn-out or tattered uniforms and lacked shoes on their feet, noted
that “a situation where a teacher will be taking primary one to three and having all of them in the same classroom, it is not easy to improve the learning output in those conditions.” Describing the visit is a wake-up call to concerned authorities to put resources together and improve the standard in the school, pointed out that having a good society to be proud of, starts with having a good teacher, but bemoaned that pupil in some communities in the FCT still study under difficult and humiliating conditions. The Director, FCT Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), Dr. Adamu Jatau Noma, spoke amid feelings of deep pains over the dilapidated state of the school which, he said, was constructed when he was at the Kuje Education Office and described the rot in the school after just about 10 years as lamentable.
Noma, who commended ActionAid for leading to give the community an educational facelift, urged other stakeholders in the educational sector to partner with the not-for-profit organisation to improve education standards in ru-
ral communities. Similarly, an Assistant Director in the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Julius Ameh, who took the pupils through some teachings on their roles of teachers in their lives and how they could, through drive
and determination use education to become what they want to become in future, said the Tukura Primary School experience is one of the challenges of education sector requiring all stakeholders’ commitment to address.
L-r; Former Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Artisan Development, Mr. Daniel Marlin; former Chairman, Patani Local Government Council, Delta State, Hon. Elijah Ologe; Proprietress, Einsteins Hill Studio School, Asaba, Ms Vivian Ajukwu; former House of Assembly member, Delta State, Hon. Paul Akegbure; SSA to President Jonathan on Youths and Students’ Matters, Mr. Jude Imagwe and coordinator, Delta Youth Frontier, Mr. Donald Igudia at a workshop organised by the group to educate youths on career development, recently.
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Register your names with LASRRA, Lagos urges corps members TUNBOSUN OGUNDARE
he Lagos State Government on Tuesday urged the newly deplored corps members to the state to take part in the ongoing residents registration exercise. The corps members under the 2013 ‘Batch C’ are 3,851 in all. The state governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola gave the advice while addressing them at the closing ceremony of their three weeks orientation programme at the Iyana-Ipaja temporary camp of the scheme. The governor urged them to visit the various registration centres of the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) and put down their names as residents of the state. Represented by the Commissioner for Special Duties, Dr. Wale Ahmed, Fashola explained that the registration exercise was open to all residents of the state including corps members deployed for the compulsory national assignment.
Egypt: Report details crackdown on student
he week from 9 to 14 November was the most violent and dangerous for Egyptian universities since the 25 January Revolution, leading to dozens of injuries and arrests, according to a new report by the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression or AFTE. The report by the Egyptian non-profit group detailed the violent clashes between students and police that rocked campuses in Zagazig, Mansoura and Assiut. It also described administrative action taken against student protesters at Cairo University, Al-Azhar University, University of Damietta, Zagazig University and Mansoura University. According to the AFTE, police entered universities in Mansoura and Zagazig accompanied by men in civilian clothes, and used tear gas and birdshot to assault students protesting in support of deposed president Mohamed Morsi. “AFTE believes that the current phase taking place in the universities is the worst since 25 January 2011,” read the report. “It is the most dangerous in terms of the threat to the freedom of students and the independence of universities. In addition to threatening the lives of the students themselves, the current period is also a threat to the educational process.” Culled: Daily News Egypt
L-R: Special guest on the occasion, Sir Remi Omotosho; award recipient, Prof. Adebayo Adeyemi and his wife, Oluwabanke at the event
Bells Varsity VC honoured by kinsmen STORIES BY TUNBOSUN OGUNDARE
he Vice-Chancellor of Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State, Prof. Adebayo Adeyemi will not forget last Saturday in the history of his life. On that day, he was honoured with an award of excellence by his own kinsmen, Ibadan indigenes at a ceremony to end this year’s annual festival organised by the people of the ancient town. And the programme was held at the Obafemi Awolowo sStadium on Liberty Road, Oke-Ado. Some few days earlier, the festival had featured the celebration of culture and beauties the town is known for. Many however, described the
he Vice-Chancellor of Babcock University, IlishanRemo, Ogun State, Prof. James Kayode-Makinde has said the eagle eye of the institution’s security officers had discovered tricks by some students to smuggle hard drugs into the campus through dangerous means including hiding them inside sachets of noodles. Kayode-Makinde, who said some of the students in the prac-
choice of the don for the honour as unique and strange. This was because of the status of other award recipients who included the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Mrs. Olajumoke Akinjide and the Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District, Femi Lanlehin, among others. Corroborating this fact, the Council’s National President, Chief Adebayo Oyero, said the vice-chancellor’s choice would send signal to the incoming generations that material acquisition is not the ultimate for recognising somebody for honour in the society. While presenting him the award, the former Chairman of Oodua Group of Companies, Sir
Remi Omotosho, said Adeyemi’s contributions to the nation’s education sector could not be quantified, adding that his influence in the grooming of Ibadan youths was significant and commendable. “At a time when many Nigerian scholars have relocated abroad, our son has remained with us making meaningful contributions to the growth and development of this nation. Such decision is hard to take especially with networks of opportunities outside the shores of this country for him. He had taught at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and also at Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso where he rose to become Acting ViceChancellor from where he moved
to Bells University, all in a bid to contribute his own quota to the development of education and humanity in the country,” Omotosho said. Expressing his appreciation, Adeyemi, the Chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Registrars of Private Universities in Nigeria, commended the organisers of the award for finding him worthy of the honour, saying community development requires the contributions of every individual regardless of profession, status and position they hold in the society. He urged the indigenes of Ibadan to come together irrespective of religious or political affiliations to make the city the nucleus of national development.
Babcock students conceal hard drugs in noodles - VC
tice were already on their way out of the institutions, also accused the female students of engaging in premarital sex, saying the new law bars mixing of female and male students together beyond 6.00pm on campus on daily basis. The VC, who stated this on Tuesday during the 15th matriculation ceremony of the institution advised parents to take the train-
ing of their wards more seriously, while adding that the university would not hesitate to punish any student flouting its rules. He also decried the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, warning both parties-Federal Government and ASUU- in the crisis of the danger of the action on the country.
Speaking on the matriculation, he said a total of 1,996 undergraduate and 336 postgraduate students were matriculating. He observed that the figure was noticed an increase in its enrolment, apparently due to the ongoing strike by ASUU, which had paralysed activities on university campuses nationwide in the last five months.
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My dream of UNIJOS - VC JAMES ABRAHAM JOS
uthorities of the University of Jos in Plateau State have said that the institution would not rest until it emerges the best university not only in Nigeria but the African continent. Briefing journalists in Jos on the institution’s achievements, the Vice- Chancellor, Prof. Hayward Mafuyai said only recently, the institution emerged best in the university category of the second National Innovation Exhibition organised by the Federal Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology, Science and Technology as well as Industries, Trade and Investment in Abuja. He said the university was awarded the best following the exhibition of products by Phytomedicine research group from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Chemistry Department, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Arts, as well as Advancement Office. According to him, the university has also won $8m World Bank grant for the establishment of African Centre of Excellence. He said the grant was finally awarded the institution after beating about 52 participating institutions in Africa and about 28 universities from Nigeria at every stage of the competition and screening. The vice-chancellor further disclosed that the institution was among the eight Nigerian universities to get a donation of some items by the Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (Eepnl) under the ESSO university Partnering Programme (UPPER). The purpose, according to him, was to facilitate teaching of Geology, particularly field mapping in order to impact positively the quality of graduates produced from the geology. He added that the university’s Faculty of Law has also emerged the third best in the country following the assessment of the Nigeria Institute of Advance Legal Studies (NIALS), a development which made NIALS to donate books to the institution. The vice-chancellor further disclosed that the institution had equally signed a memorandum of understanding between the university and Manuscript Research Group (MRG) on one hand and with the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and the British Trust for Ornithology, UK on the other hand.
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Be committed to your studies, Oyo Speaker advises undergrads DHIKRU AKINOLA IBADAN
he Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Monsurat Sunmonu has advised students of tertiary institutions who are indigenes of Ibadan to be more committed to their studies to be able to realise their dreams and aspirations. She gave the advice on Tuesday when the leadership of the Federation of Ibadan Students Union (FIBSU) visited the House to witness a plenary session. They were led to the legislative chamber by their association’s president, Mr. Olalekan Alao
from The Polytechnic, Ibadan. Mrs. Sunmonu, who commended the students for being good ambassadors of Ibadan and Oyo State in general, told them to shun all forms of vices such as hard drugs, hooliganism and cultism, among others so as not to truncate their future. Also, a member of the House representing Ibadan North Constituency 2, Hon. Olusegun Olaleye assured the students of the continuous support of the House as well as that of the executive. Responding, FIBSU’s boss, Alao, thanked the lawmakers for supporting Ajimobi’s administration in its drive to move not only
the education sector forward but also to provide for the general wellbeing of the people of the state. He said they visited the House as part of their preparations for the future. Alao, an HND 2 Statistics student, however, called on the lawmakers, particularly those from Ibadanland to continue to legislative on people-oriented issues. He thanked them as well as their staff for hosting them. In another development, the newly appointed Commissioner for Youth and Sports in Oyo, Alhaji Umar Farouq Alao has promised to work cordially with
youths and students in the state. He made the promise yesterday when some students from tertiary institutions, who are indigenes of Ibadan, paid a solidarity visit to him in his office. He resumed office officially yesterday. The commissioner, who sought cooperation of students as well as youths in the state said he would ensure he sustain a stable relationship that would lead to their developments in all areas of their lives. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth and Sports, Mr. Taiwo Fawole was also at the forum.
Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Monsurat Sunmonu (middle) flanged by four other house members and tertiary school students during the latter’s visit to the House on Tuesday
We’ve seen enthusiasm in ABUAD – US envoy ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI
he American Consul-General in Nigeria, Mr. Jeffrey Hawkings has called on students of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD) to take the advantage of the opportunities in the United States, US, to further their academic studies. Hawkings described ABUAD and some other institutions of higher learning in the country as “strategic partners” with America in the bid to promote education. The envoy, who spoke at ABUAD during a visit to the institution for an enlightenment programme on how to pursue graduate studies in America and its numerous benefits, said: “We have a number of things we would do with the university (ABUAD) both at the level of individual students and the institution.” Hawkings said: “Education is extremely important issue for Nigeria and my country. The United States of America is very committed to promoting education ties between the country and Nigeria. “ABUAD and so many others
like it in Nigeria are very important part of that engagement. We’ve seen a great deal of enthusiasm and energy in ABUAD. We’ve seen that elsewhere also. We have a number of programmes that we’ve used to promote those ties. There’s about 7,000 Nigerians studying in the United States as part of the contribution they are making to our country and to yours and we are looking forward to more of such engagements
with this institution and so many others.” Speaking further, he said: “To partner ABUAD, we already have Fulbright Scholarship with the university. The founder, Aare Afe Babalola, and the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sidi Osho, have told us of very many engagements they had with American educational institutions and the US as a country is proud on the efforts.” In his remark, Aare Babalola,
described the American team’s visit to ABUAD as “an acknowledgement that the university is doing well,” saying “we are happy with that.” Babalola, who said the positive developments being attracted to the university were indications of the realisation of his visions for the institution, assured that ABUAD would continue in the bid to totally change the face of education in the country.
UK to vet agencies recruiting foreign students
he British Council launches new database covering foreign recruitment agents as figures show a sharp rise in the number of overseas students entering UK Recruitment agents who sign up overseas students for British universities will be subjected to new vetting procedures amid warnings over a sharp rise in the number of foreigners entering the country. For the first time, agents will be asked to sign up to a new “ethical” code of practice and undertake training to win formal accreditation, it was announced. The British Council will cre-
ate a new database of agents and subject them to regular assessments to make sure standards are being maintained. Under current rules, students from outside the European Union can be charged far higher fees than their British counterparts and have long been seen as a hugely lucrative market for the higher education sector. More than 488,000 foreigners currently enter the UK to take degrees and postgraduate courses, with forecasts by the British Council suggesting that numbers could rise by a quarter within the next decade. In many cases, they are recruited via a network of agents
who offer guidance and support for students, particularly in parts of the Far East. It is estimated that recruitment agents are paid as much as £120 million a year to attract foreign students into the UK. But concerns have been raised over the system used to recruit some overseas students. An investigation by The Daily Telegraph last year found examples of agents boasting that they could secure places for overseas students with far worse A-level results than those expected of British pupils. Culled: The Daily Telegraph
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HIS edition begins with THE NATION ON SUNDAY of November 10: “A key factor in resolving the political conundrum in Taraba State… unexpectedly died last week, upsetting calculations about the conflict.” Apart from, perhaps, the condemned criminal who has a date with the hangman, nobody knows when their death will come. So, that aspect of ‘unexpectedly’ smacks of loose thinking. The speaker simply died last week. As the Bible states, no man knows the day or time of his exit—except, possibly, supernatural cases like money rituals! “Cazorla doffs hat for (to) Xavi” (DAILY SUN Headline, November 20) The next set of grammatical fatalities is from THE NATION ON SUNDAY COMMENT (EDITORIAL): “Last Saturday, November 2, was no different as a large crowd converged at (on) the venue to….” Dateline: THE NATION ON SUNDAY COMMENT, November 10: “…with the much anticipated and keenly contested governorship election slated for next Saturday.” No lexical stampede as we embark on a chronological exercise: November 9 (last Saturday), November 16 (this Saturday) and November 23 (next Saturday)— counting from Sunday, November
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Converge on, not at/in, Lagos ‘EVIDENCE’ IS AN UNCOUNTABLE NOUN AND HAS NO PLURAL FORM.
10, the day the editorial in question was published. Therefore, the right entry should have been ‘this Saturday’—not ‘next Saturday’! Otherwise, it hallmarks cloudy and confused thinking. Lastly from the weekly comment under review: “While we join the government and people of Anambra in mourning the dead….” Do we mourn the living? Just mourning! “…Obiano’s critics said however he is (was) little unknown….” “…have been holding consultations in his sprawling country home mansion and soliciting for his blessings.” Yank off ‘for’ to avoid syntactic ripples. “…foreign exchange inflow through export of shrimps and other fisheries (fishery) products.” “2015: Nigeria won’t breakup (break up), says good governance group” Let us welcome DAILY INDEPENDENT back to this column after a long absence. Its November 14 edition goofed: “Moves to stop girlchild marriage intensifies (intensified)” I hope the currency dictates
of headline casting did not confuse the sub-editor. “Lamido flags of (sic) free eye service” No Arewa English: Lamido inaugurates/launches… “How do I recognize NUC approved universities?” A voice of your own: NUC-approved varsities NATIONAL MIRROR of November 14 contained a basketful of school-boy howlers starting from its politics page: “We are building evidences against those who are using….” ‘Evidence’ is an uncountable noun and has no plural form. Use a singular verb after it and note that it is wrong to say ‘true evidence’ instead of ‘reliable evidence’. Furthermore, you can say a piece/scrap/shred of evidence. Phrases are sweet if correctly used. From the politics page we move to the views page which circulated a-dozen-and-half Basic One infelicities that question the writer’s professorship: “The poor infrastructural facilities in the sector is (why?) compounded
by….” “…as unmitigated abuses in this all important (all-important) department of our national life.” “…they stock sub-standard equipments in addition to….” ‘Equipment’ is non-count. “…the agency carried out massive inspection (a massive inspection) of private health facilities in the state.” “…some were located in distressed building (a distressed building) and some others (while others) were located (cited) in filthy environments.” “Some of the hospitals he disclosed operated….” A rewrite: Some of the hospitals, he disclosed, operated…. “Quite a number of the clinics (a comma) he stated (another comma) have (had) male nurses functioning as medical doctors.” “It is an open secret there is sizeable (a sizeable) number of quack doctors practicing (practising—British English verb) in Lagos….” “It is sad that we have degenerated to (into) a level….” “But what is not known is what happen (happens) to such impostors at the end of the day.”
“Asides (sic) from the dearth of medical doctors in the health sector has put immense pressure on those on ground.” Existential humanism: just begin the sentence from (or overhaul the entire wrong-headed entry): The dearth…. “…listen to their patients (patients’) complaints.” “…thousands of Nigerians that seek for health care abroad.” Delete ‘for’ to avoid raucousness! “Amidst this (Amid these) most Nigerians have opted to patronize private clinics despite its (their) obvious shortcomings.” Finally from NATIONAL MIRROR Views Page of November 14 under review: “This revelation will not surprise any Nigeria (Nigerian) who patronize (patronizes) even the public hospitals.” Remove ‘the’! “…considering the capacity crowd the adoration ground attracts on weekly (a weekly) basis….” “…some fellows raised alarm (the alarm) on (about) ‘fire’, which made the worshippers trooping (troop) out to scamper for safety and, in the process, fell over themselves (one another).”
Be economically productive, disabled urged DHIKRU AKINOLA IBADAN.
eople with disabilities, who have fond of begging for alms to make ends meet have been advised to take up economic activities that would make them command dignity in the society. The Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Mr. Moses Adeyemo gave the advice during the presentation of mobility aids and appliances donated by the MTN Foundation to the people with disabilities in Ibadan last Friday. Some of the items donated by the charity arm of the telecommunication provider-MTN- included 500 wheelchairs, talking phones and crushes, among others. And the beneficiaries, who included students, were from across the 33 local government council areas of the state. The deputy governor said physically challenged persons should not see their
conditions as something that should permanently put them at the mercy of the society. Adeyemo advised them to take a cue from those who are also physically challenged but contributing positively to the economy. Reiterating the government’s love and commitment to their course, he said some of them were in the employ of the state’s government and doing fantastic at work. He however, commended MTN Foundation for the donation calling on other corporate organisations to do likewise. On her part, the initiator and Executive Director, Independence Living for People with Disability, a charity organisation, Mrs. Foluke Idowu thanked MTN Foundation for the donation, saying her organisation is planning to extend the gesture to northern and eastern parts of the country.
Public Relations Manager, Dufil Prima Foods, Mr. Tope Ashiwaju; Principal, Magbon Segun Community Senior High School, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos, Mr. Olukayode James; Senor Girl of the School, Quadri Sarah; Senior Boy, Poroye Gbenga and representative of Director of Schools, Administration, Education PHOTO: BAYOOR EWUOSO District 3, Mr. Olakunle Da silva, during presentation of laboratory equipment to the School on Tuesday.
Education deserves adequate funding - Group SEKINAH LAWAL
he National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO), after its education summit, themed: ‘Restructuring education for sustainable development’ has urged governments at
all levels to give adequate budgetary allocation to education. The group in a release signed by its National President and Secretary- General, Alhaji Kamal’ddin Akintunde and Binyamin Yusuf respectively said adequate funding of the sector would
make education more accessible and affordable as well as enhancing sustainable policies that grow the sector. Appreciating the ongoing dialogue between the Federal Government and the academic staff unions of tertiary institutions, NACOMYO urged all parties to
be faithful in finding lasting solution to the recurring crisis in the nation’s ivory towers. The group equally advised the Federal Government to do away with policies that could undermine religious education in the country.
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Kwara 2013: Amadi excited, as Cross River sets festival record STORIES: ANDREW EKEJIUBA IN ILORIN
irector of Sports, Cross River State Sports Commission, Mr. Jude Amadi, yesterday hailed the performance of the state’s representatives at the ongoing National School Sports Festival in Ilorin, singling the swimmers for special praise. The team set a new school sports festival record in swimming and has won 59 gold, 29 silver and 20 bronze medals to emerge tops in the swimming event of the competition. Amadi told National Mirror that the massive haul of medals by Cross River contingent indicated that Governor Liyel Imoke’s sports development policy has yielded dividends. “The coaches and administrators of sports in Cross River State painstakingly went into schools to discover these young lads and groomed them to this level they are now and it is worthy of emulation,” Amadi said. “They need good training, focus and necessary incentives to enable them excel in their chosen career,” he added. Meanwhile, at the Karate event concluded yesterday at the Kwara State Sports Complex, Ilorin, Anambra dominated with 5 gold and 4 bronze medals to emerge tops, while Cross River won 2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals to place second in the event. Ondo finished third in the Karate event with 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.
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Despite everything, I still think the World Cup is there for us to take our best chance to shine –ENGLAND MIDFIELDER, STEVEN GERRARD
Eaglets stars get Kano largesse
olden Eaglets captain, Musa Muhammed and Bello Zaharadin, are set to receive house and car gifts from the Kano State Government, according to MTNFootball.com. Officials said yesterday that the Rabi Musa Kwankwaso-led administration would host the players at a grand reception in Kano on December 3. Muhammed scored three goals from his right fullback position and Zaharadin formed a superb central defence
partnership with Aliyu Abubakar as Nigeria won a record fourth U-17 World Cup in the UAE earlier this month. . Governor Kwankwaso rewarded Kano Pillars FC with cash and cars gifts last year after the side won the Nigeria Premier League in 2011. Cross River State government has already rewarded the Eaglets with houses in Calabar, while Niger and Imo States have donated plots of land to the team.
…Theophilus sure of Imo
oordinator of Imo State School Sports, Obi Monday Theophilus, has expressed optimism that the young lads representing the state at the National School Sports Festival in Ilorin will excel at the end of the competition. Imo has so far won more than 3 gold medals at the competition aimed at discovering talented athletes from schools across the country. “For more than four years we have not featured in this competition and that is why we are yet to hit our peak in some of the events,” Theophilus said with regret. “But I want to thank Governor Rochas Okorocha for making funds available for the state contingent to part of the national event in Ilorin. I also want to thank the Commissioner for Education, Hon. Uche Ejiogu, for supporting us in this regard.” Team Imo has garnered medals in taekwondo, gymnastics and Theophilus hopes more will come from some yet-to-be concluded sporting events.
Stephen Keshi (held aloft) was the toast of officials and fans after his AFCON 2013 triumph in South Africa in February
Brazil 2014: NFF re-assures on Keshi’s future
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hairman of the Technical Committee of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Barrister Chris Green, yesterday said the Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, will lead the team to Brazil 2014 World Cup finals, despite speculations hanging on the gaffer’s future. “Keshi has qualified us for the World Cup and that simply means Keshi would take us to the World Cup,” Green emphasised on a radio programme monitored in Lagos.
Asoju Oba: Stage set for q/finals
T Handball action between Imo (deep blue) and Nigeria in Ilorin. Imo won 16-9
“We are satisfied with the jobs and results Keshi has produced. For those campaigning for a foreign technical adviser or whatever, it would not affect Keshi because he remains our head coach and he will lead the team to the World Cup.” Interestingly, Keshi said last week that he would not surprised if he was axed by the NFF before the World Cup, fuelling speculations that he could have been privy to an arrangement that would see him conceding team leadership to an expatriate ahead of the global fiesta that is only seven months away.
he 45th Asoju Oba Cup Table Tennis Championship enters crucial stage today with matches in the quarterfinal of the men and women singles events of the competition. Men’s number one seed, Mojeed Olayiwola, will take on Joseph Osendukwu while Bolaji Shobayo will meet former champion, Kazeem Adeniyi, as Seun Adeleye confronts
National Sports Festival champion, Hammed Adeyinka. nLagos State captain to the last National Sports Festival, Ayo Omotara, will face teammate, Olajide Omotayo in the last quarter final match. In the women’s category, number one seed, Funke Hassan, will face Bose Odusanya, Alimotu Ayinla will clash with Tolu Durosimi-Etti while Morufat Idris meets Taiwo
Sports Minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, appeared to douse the tension on Tuesday during a courtesy visit to the Nasarawa State Governor, Tank Al-Makura, in Lafia when he denied knowledge of any uncertainty over Keshi’s future in the Eagles. “No one has considered relieving Keshi of his job and in fact, we are satisfied with his performance so far,” Abdullahi said. “The task before us as government is to prepare the Super Eagles adequately for the competition in Brazil and I believe the team has the ability to do well,” he added.
Williams as Ayo Udoh confronts Nimota Aregbesola in the last quarterfinal encounter. Meanwhile, international umpire, Ranti Olajide, has admitted that the gap between the junior and senior is getting wider, a situation he describes as disturbing. “Allowing some junior players to register for the senior category is another effort to bridge this gap and we have to see how things go this time,” Olajide said.
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Giggs eyes longer
Real Madrid Coach, Carlo Ancelotti, says Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, owes him dinner for selling Mesut Ozil to the Gunners. Ancelotti has copped plenty of blow-back from the decision to cash in on Ozil in August. “There’s a lot of balance in the Premier League now, but in my opinion Manchester City have the best squad.
eteran Manchester United winger, Ryan Giggs, admits he might extend his club career even further if he passes 1000 appearances for the club. Giggs made his debut for United back in 1991 and can look back on a glittering spell at Old Trafford as he approaches his 40th birthday. The Welshman made his 954th appearance in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Cardiff and will continue playing if he remains part of manager David Moyes’ plans. “I honestly don’t know. It’s not something I can say that I’ve thought seriously about,” Giggs said yesterday. “If it comes great, if it doesn’t I’m not going to grumble, but we’ll see. If I’m playing well and enjoying it then I’ll carry on.”
Benzema Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger, is eyeing Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. Reports yesterday said Wenger could still move to land Benteke in January despite Real Madrid offering Karim Benzema to English clubs. “It seems complicated and very difficult to sign Karim mid-season because teams do not usually let their best players to leave in January,” Wenger said.
Casillas Manchester City has stepped up its pursuit of Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas. Casillas is being i discussed di d att City as a solution to their keeper dilemma, with Manager Manuel Pellegrini having lost all confidence in England number one Joe Hart. City feels Casillas would quickly settle at the Etihad given the number of Spanish not only in Pellegrini’s squad, but also occupying coaching and management positions.
Former Liverpool star, Stan Collymore, is convinced Luis Suarez will stay at Anfield beyond the January market. “As Uruguay sealed their place at Brazil 2014, cheers should have been echoing across Liverpool,” Collymore wrote. “Because now that Luis Suarez has secured a World Cup spot, I just do not see how he can quit Anfield and that means the Reds will be challenging for a top-four finish this season.”
Hiddink Former Chelsea manager, Guus Hiddink, is open to returning to management after the World Cup. Hiddink, who quit Russian side Anzhi earlier this season, says he is not planning to retire and wants to take the helm of a national team. “I will weigh things up towards the new season and then decide where I will coach again,” Hiddink, 67, said.
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Spurs seeks Norway redemption T
ottenham Hotspur will hope for a morale-boosting win at Tromso today, despite having already qualified for the knock-out stages of the UEFA Europa League. Spurs has had no problems in the Europa League, having sailed through Group K with a 100 per cent record so far. Jermain Defoe was on target from the penalty spot in a 2-1 win against Sheriff Ti-
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raspol earlier this month to become Tottenham’s leading scorer in European competition, and the striker will most likely get another opportunity to start in this Norway tie. Defender Jan Vertonghen denied talk of unrest at White Hart Lane following the defeat at City, and the trip to Tromso will provide an opportunity to demonstrate their unity. Defoe is just one of sev-
eral players who will be looking to stake a claim for a place in the Tottenham side for thePremier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday, with the likes of midfield duo Moussa Dembele and Gylfi Sigurdsson also hoping for a start. Tromso has no chance of reaching the round of 32 as the side has only secured one point from its first four games.
Laudrup seeks Valencia fall S
wansea Manager, Michael Laudrup, wants his side to secure a result against Valencia today to guarantee qualification for the knock-out rounds of the Europa League. Swansea is currently second in Group A after following up wins over Valencia and St Gallen with back-to-back draws against Kuban Krasnodar. A point at home to Valencia will book a spot in the last 32,
although a draw between St Gallen and Kuban in the group’s other game today will also send Swansea through. “We still need something, depending on what happens in the early game, but we have the chance to go into the next stage and the sooner, the better,” Laudrup said yesterday. Valencia has already qualified for the next round and Laudrup looks back fondly on Swansea’s 3-0 win at the Mestalla earlier in the group.
vs St Gallen
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B’ball: Jomirota Clinic dunks off PRISCILLA DENNIS MINNA
he 5th Jomirota Basketball Clinic commenced yesterday at the Ultra Modern Sports Complex in Minna with over 300 kids drawn from 25 local government areas of Niger State participating. National Mirror gathered the annual Jomirata Basketball clinic is organised by a USA-based charity and Non-Governmental Organisation “Time out 4Africa” and is aimed at discovering talent. Director of the NGO, Mr. Jonathan Kolo, said this year’s event was in memory of his late father, Ambassador James T. Kolo, who died last year.
“Free throw, 3 pointer and instructional clinic will be carried out during the three-day event,” Kole said. “The high point will be the commissioning of an ultra-modern basketball court built by “Time out 4Africa” at the cost of N1.4million donated to a private school in Minna,” he added. According to Kolo, the donation will be his organisation’s contribution to basketball development, even as he assures that the gesture will be extended to various councils of the state. Trophy, basketball kits, basketballs and over 500 T/shirts and jerseys are among the equipment to be distributed at the clinic.
NSF 2012 fallout: Lagos rains naira on athletes MURITALA AYINLA
a g o s S t a t e Government yesterday presented cheques totaling N4million scholarship award to 23 athletes who represented the state at Eko 2012 National Sports Festival. About 18 awardees who are students of various tertiary institutions in the country were presented with cheques for N200, 000 while five secondary school students who also represented the state in the competition got N80, 000 each. Special Adviser to Governor Fashola on Education, Otunba Fatai Olukoga, who presented the cheques in Lagos, reiterated government’s commitment to education a pivot for the social development of any soci-
ety. “The scholarship award was given to the beneficiaries in recognition of their contributions and laurels they brought to the state in at the sports festival,” Olukoga, who was joined at the presentation by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Aderemi Ibirogba, Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Hakeem Bello and officials from the Ministry of Youths, Sports and Social Development, said. “Governor Babatunde Fashola believes in giving the athletes that represented the state access to quality education and opportunities to excel,” he added. “The award will run from two to four years depending on the academic session of the student and beneficiaries in tertiary institutions will receive the scholarship per session while the secondary school students will benefit per annum.” On the criteria for the award, Olukoga said: “The athlete must
have completed and won a medal at a recognized inter-state, national and international competition and such beneficiary must have gained admission into any tertiary institution within the country.” A mother of one of the beneficiaries, who simply identified herself as Mrs. Riksat, lauded the state government for the gesture, saying the cash reward would enhance the family’s living standard.
How Uruguay rode 2010 World Cup luck–Forlan
Diego Forlan’s family and the Uruguayan national team are inextricably linked, with the current Celeste star’s father, Pablo Forlan, and his grandfather, Juan Carlos Corazzo, having both enjoyed success in the iconic sky-blue shirt. Forlan spoke to FIFA.com about luck, his unique family and the roller coaster ride that was South Africa 2010. What’s your view on the legacy of following in your grandfather and father’s steps? As a boy, it was always really
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nice knowing that my dad was wellknown. Whenever I was with him, people would say: “Look, there’s Forlan’s son!” That used to make me feel proud. Three generations of my family have been crowned South American champions with Uruguay. I don’t think there’s another like it in the world–it’s gone down in history. It’s a tradition that was passed down to me and one which I, though I don’t have a son yet, will tell him about when I do. It’s a sensational feeling. That’s how I see it and that’s how my dad must see it too. I think that it must make him very happy. How would you recall the most dramatic aspect of 2010 World Cup that saw Luis Suarez handle a goalbound ball in the quarterfinal against Ghana? I was in the middle of the park. I remember that there was a free-kick taken from near the box. After they sent the cross in, the ball started pinging about from one side to another. All I could think about was that someone had to clear the ball out of there as quickly as possible, but all the while, it kept pinging around the box until boom! Suarez stuck out a
hand! I stopped dead in the centre of the field, right where I’d been standing. Ghana had a penalty in the last minute of extra time. To be honest, I already started thinking about our flight home, I couldn’t think of anything else at that moment. But when Asamoah Gyan hit the penalty against the bar and over, I could feel the relief right in my stomach. It was unbelievable. Was that a stroke of luck or did ability play a part too? Uruguay aren’t one of those national teams that get much luck. We have to play really well if we want to achieve our objectives. We’re not like Brazil, for example, who play really well but always get a healthy slice of luck too. Don’t get me wrong, I must explain that I’m not saying Brazil have been successful through luck, of course not. Brazil have great players and a really strong footballing tradition. What I mean is that for us to beat Brazil, for example, we need to play at 200 per cent. If we only play at 70 per cent of our capabilities against Brazil it’s impossible to beat them.
Classics: Lagos Squash serves off YEMI OLUS
he much-awaited Lagos International Squash Classics began yesterday at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex, Rowe Park following two weeks of postponement. Top stars from Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, DRC Congo, Zimbabwe and United Kingdom (UK) have already joined their Nigerian counterparts at the three-day tournament which has a N6.4million prize. Chairman of Lagos State Squash Association, Sanya Akin-
dele, said the postponement had given other top players opportunity to participate the championship with five-time winner of the World Squash Association-organised tournament, Egypt’s Heba El Torky, participating. “Other players from Zimbabwe, Egypt, South Africa, Zambia, DRC and the UK will also participate,” Akindele said. “We are impressed with the spectatorship so far but we still expect a huge turnout of squash lovers from far and near to see the Nigerian players square up against foreign opposition,” he added.
Pillars, G-Sports sign mega deal OTHMAN SALIHU KANO
eigning Nigeria Premier League winner, Kano Pillars Football Club, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with G-Sports Middle East in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, with the team clinching a $1million deal covering a five year time frame. The MOU will aim at obtaining and managing media marketing, merchandising, food and beverages, hospitality concept and retail alliance. The first phase of the MOU has been achieved by endorsing an Italian firm, Kappa sports wears, as the official sports company that will kit Pillars with their products, beginning from 2013/2014 Nigeria Premier League season. Chairman, Alhaji Abba Abdulahi Yola, who spoke at the signing ceremony, described the club as a brand that would justify any investment. “Aside being the current domestic football league champions in Nigeria, we also have the largest supporters’ base in Nigeria and West Africa,” Yola said. “We are currently preparing to represent Nigeria in the CAF Champions League and hope that G-Sports will also help us to scout for sponsors that will enable us prosecute the continental championship,” he added. Representatives of G-Sports,
Mr. Peter Petersen and Dr. Murad, said the MOU signified Pillars’ headway in marketing and sponsorship. Both assured that their representatives will visit Kano soon to assess the team’s performance with a view to also securing a technical adviser for the Kano outfit. Representative of Kappa Sportswears, Mr. Kamran Ali, announced that signing of the MOU would take the company 90 days to produce the required qualitative sporting kits for Pillars’ outing in the 2013/2014 NPL season.
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Tug of War set for election
lection into the board of the Tug of War Federation of Nigeria will hold on December 10 in Abuja h following a meeting in Lagos. fo Secretary General of TFN, Abdulkareem Macaulay, said A in i Lagos yesterday that election into six executive posit tions will hold at the Abuja t National Stadium. N Forms are already out and can be obtained at the Nigeria c Olympian Association office O at a the National Stadium, Lagos. g Macaulay stated that the move became necessary folm
lowing the moribund state of the sport in Nigeria. “Tug of War cannot afford to lag behind especially at this era that government is showing more commitment to sports,” Macaulay said, adding, “We have decided to play our own part by making sure that people that have interest in the sport should come on board and aid in its development.” Two weeks ago, elections into ten sporting federations that were previously under concession were also held in Abuja.
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A rivalry that won’t go away World’s number one and two, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, are as competitive on court as they are friendly and businessminded off it. Yet, they target same objective-staying on top
ennis’ short offseason is underway, and no one may need the break as much as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Nadal has played 82 matches despite making a delayed start to the year, returning from an injury layoff to return to number one with a 75-7 record. But after dominating the clay (as usual) and on hard courts (not usual), the Spaniard lost a little steam during the post-US Open stretch. Some tired-looking performances and two straight losses to Djokovic left him in awe. Djokovic, however, played 83 matches and went 74-9 to finish as the secondranked player. There were some frustrating near-misses-many at the hands of Nadal-but also a 17-match winning streak at the start of the season and a 24-match streak to end it. The finish was particularly exhausting. Djokovic won the Paris Indoors and the ATP World Tour Finals by playing 10 matches in two weeks (eight against top-10 players), then won both his Davis Cup singles matches the following week. But the short-handed Serbian team still lost to the Czech Republic in the final of the team competition, leaving Djokovic bitterly disappointed. So how have Nadal and Djokovic decided to spend their well-earned time off ? Nadal, in particular, has been going almost nonstop since losing to Djokovic in the Tour Finals in London. On Tuesday, the two were in Santiago at a farewell event for Chile’s Nicolas Massu. Next came David Nalbandian’s farewell, with Nadal playing the Argentine in his hometown of Cordoba today, then heading to Buenos Aires on Saturday for a second match against Nalbandian and some doubles alongside Djokovic. It’s not all tennis events either. Nadal is scheduled to take part in a poker tournament next month as part of a sponsor commitment. Later, he and Djokovic will reconvene in Abu Dhabi for the exhibition event there starting December 26. All this comes after they have already played each other six times during the regular season, winning three times each. “I see Rafa more often than I see my mom,” Djokovic quipped. Even sightseeing stops have been folded into the tour. Nadal and Djokovic hit a few balls on a makeshift court on a barge last week while visiting the Perito Moreno glacier. But at least Djokovic somehow managed to get away for a vineyard trip, and the two also took in a soccer game at Buenos Aires, putting on team uniforms and taking a kick on the field. Creditably, they have also given children’s clinics and met with kids at nearly every location. Nadal and Djokovic have been greeted by sold-out crowds and plenty of local attention in the past week, with their
Rafael Nadal (l) in friendly pose with Novak Djokovic, although it’s a different stroke for Nadal (r) and Djokovic on court below
THE NADAL-DJOKOVIC RIVALRY HAS CLEARLY BECOME
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ARE EAGERLY ANTICIPATED IN THE YEAR AHEAD matches attracting everyone from the Chilean president (though he reportedly watched only the first set after sitting through the entirety of Massu’s match) to Will Smith (in Argentina for his latest film). More seriously, however, is the question of whether all this activity will affect the numbers one and two in their
preparations for next year. They insist otherwise, with Nadal even saying he felt the enthusiastic reception would provide “energy to face the coming year.” Djokovic looks towards a good start. “It’s important to organize my calendar for a long year,” he said, adding, “The first few months will be essential to my goal of getting back the number one
ranking.” The Nadal-Djokovic rivalry has clearly become dominant in men’s tennis, and its twists and turns are eagerly anticipated in the year ahead. But for the past week, it has been more about fun (and profit) than games and competition. After a grueling season, maybe that feels like a vacation in itself. Culled from espn.com
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They have all endorsed the policy but what they are asking for is a level playing ground for every player in the auto sector and also to have more input in the implementation of the policy.
– Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission , NERC Chairman, Dr. Sam Amadi
– MINISTER OF TRADE AND INVESTMENT, MR. OLUSEGUN AGANGA
Nigeria’s pension assets to hit N11.2trn in 3 years –PENCOM MESHACK IDEHEN
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he nation’s pension industry assets is expected to hit N11.2trn, triple its current value within the next three years, as the government targets small businesses to try to get more people into pension schemes, the industry regulator said on Wednesday. Head of Research at the National Pension Commission, Mr. Umaru Farouk Aminu, said the commission was looking at how to attract more employees of small enterprises on to schemes. He said 50 million people were employed in small businesses with up to four employees -- everything from barber’s shops to small accountancy firms. “We expect to triple (pension assets) in two or three years time ...(by) targeting the (small business) sector,” Aminu told Reuters in a telephone interview. The country’s pension assets have grown from about $10 billion (N1.6trn) in the last eight years, split between four million retirement savings accounts. Aminu said pension assets stood at $23.5 billion (N3.76trn) at the end of September. He said contributions currently were mainly from half of the 12 million people working for the government or big companies but there were untapped
opportunities in the much bigger small business sector. But there are some big challenges too. “It is an unwieldy sector, sector has no regular income and its difficult to track with no statistics on these people,” Aminu said. Many do not have bank accounts. He said half of Nigeria’s population of roughly 160 million were under the age of 20 years and so many were not of working age or unemployed.
The growth in pensions will also give a boost to fund flows into equities and bonds in the country and could also help improve liquidity on the stock market. Regulations currently allow Nigerian fund managers to invest half of their portfolio in equities, 35 percent in the money market and the rest in government bonds. The increase in pension assets should ease liquidity problems that have dogged one of
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Africa’s biggest stock markets since the financial crisis in late 2008, analysts say. Large foreign funds tend to stay away because daily turnover in individual stocks rarely exceeds more than $1 million, too small for many funds. The stock exchange’s main index, which ended 2009 around 70 per cent below its peak, has risen more than 39 per cent this year compared to a decline of four per cent in its emerging market peers.
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Naira weakens on fewer dollar sales by oil firm
he naira fell against the dollar on the interbank market yesterday, weakened by lower volume of dollar sales than initially anticipated from a major energy company. The naira closed at 158.95 to the dollar compared with 158.75
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a dollar the previous day. Traders said ExxonMobil sold $50 million to some banks, short of around $100 million the energy company initially been expected to sell. “Some banks have sold down their positions on the expectations of large dollar sales by Mobil, but when the market was later informed of a short fall in
the amount sold, people started buying back dollars to cover their positions,” one dealer said. Traders said the naira had appreciated to around 158.48 to the dollar intraday on the expected dollar flow from Mobil, but weakened toward the close of the market. The naira has stayed in a 158-159 range against the dollar
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since last month, mainly owing to support provided by international oil companies selling forex and the central bank’s monetary tightening measures. Traders said the naira is seen trading within the present range as more oil companies offload dollars in the market to meet their month-end domestic obligations.
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Egbin boss explains reasons for low power supply UDEME AKPAN
ow power generation, population explosion, lack of maintenance, low transmission, obsolete equipment, lack of meters, haphazard business models, vandalism and low funding have been identified as major factors for epileptic electricity supply in the nation. The Managing Director of Egbin Power Plc, Mr. Mike Uzoigwe, who disclosed the factors, said the nation was generating below its over 4,000 megawatts because of these and other challenges. According to him, “The government could not fund mandatory
inspections and overhauls of generating plants.” Most of our power stations are gas turbines plants. This type runs at speeds beyond 5000RPM and act thousand degrees centigrade temperature. He said, “If you visit Delta, Sapele or Afam power stations, you will notice several gas turbines lying idle. About three of them installed at Ijora power station by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s first regime to supply power to Dodan barracks are also laying waste. Uzogiwe who spoke at a public lecture yesterday in Lagos said Kainji Dam Power station, which has an installed capacity of 760mw presently has more than
nine of its units down on various faults with only 120mw available. He said, “Other earlier power stations have been decommissioned and do not produce power anymore. Calabar power station is decommissioned, same as Oji and all later installed power stations at Ijora-Lagos. Uzogiwe said of the six units of 120 mw each originally installed at Sapele power station, only one remains available and can generate or is available for a maximum of 90mw. He said, “The Egbin power plant installed about 30 years ago is the only plant that is still showing good signs with an initial installed capacity of 1,320mw it has managed to remain available for
1,080mw as at today. Uzoigwe who decried recent vandalism of gas pipeline that affect supply to power generation said these and other challenges culminated in low reducing the nation’s power per person to about 17.6 watts. This, he said is lower than what is obtainable in many nations. For instance, he said the United States has 1,402 watts per person while Japan and Australia have 774 watts and 1,114 watts respectively. He said, “If we represent the real consumable power when our output is 3,000mw, then our power per capita electricity consumption will come as low as about 14 watts, so very poor”.
He called on new investors to invest in the sector as they were assured of recovering their investments than in the past. Meanwhile, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, on Wednesday announced that the nation’s power generation now hovers between 3,800 mega watts and 4,000 mega watts. TCN General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs. Seun Olagunju, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in a telephone interview. She said that the restoration of power to 4,000 mega watts followed the repairs of the vandalised pipeline supplying gas to Okpai power plant in Delta State.
Manufacturers to sell excess electricity UDEME AKPAN
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Chief Technical Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr.Stephane Beuvelet, (left) and Minister, Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, at the ITU World 2013 in Bangkok Thailand recently.
First Bank hinges economic development on SMEs JOHNSON OKANLAWON
he Group Managing Director of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Mr. Bisi Onasanya, has reiterated the bank’s readiness to position small medium enterprises in its rightful position in order to provide employment to millions of people and contribute significantly to the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, of the country. Speaking at the all-inclusive theme for First Bank SME Connect National Conference 2013, “SMEs at the Heart of National Development: Creativity, Capacity and Capital,” Onasanya noted that the subsector was a critical aspect of national economy that holds the key to sustainable development and long term survival as a nation. He stated called on government efforts in lending support through appropriate policies to promote the spirit of enterprises across the nation. The Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola said that the SME sector was the main driving
force behind any job creation, exporting earning, wealth creation, income re-distribution and reduction in income inequality. He said, “SME has a significant role to play in economic development in general and industrial development in particular, which is the backbone of any private sector. “They make up over large enterprises in the world and accounts for over 60per cent … SMEs engage in manufacturing, account for 40-80per cent of manufacturing in the world.” Fashola, who was represented by the Commissioner of Finance, Mr. Ayo Gbeyele, identified lack of effective policy, inappropriately legal framework, financial constrain and access to credit among other as part of the challenges to SMEs. He pointed out that the survival rate of SMEs have continued to be abysmally low, noting that this essentially account for the abject poverty level and unemployment. “Government at all levels has created initiatives through budgetary allocation at fostering SMEs growth. Hence, it has been
confirmed that most of these initiatives have fall short of the expectation; failed to create the needed transformation due to incompetent policy implementation and being inefficient on quality and standard.
afarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Plc, WAPCO, the country’s second-biggest cement producer, plans to sell about 40 mega watts of excess electricity to help ease power shortages in Nigeria. The company, 60 per cent owned by Paris-based Lafarge SA, uses only 40 to 50 megawatts out of 90 mega watts generated by its local power plant, Michael Awanayah, the company’s general manager of business transformation, said yesterday at the West African Power Industry Convention in Lagos. “We are looking to be one of the first manufacturers to sell power and help reduce the power shortage,” he said. Electricity demand is almost double the supply of about 4,000 megawatts in Africa’s most populous country, forcing manufacturers to build their own plants to meet their electricity needs. According to the Chairman of the Infrastructure Committee of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Reginald Odiah,
as much as 300 megawatts of that power lies fallow. He said Dangote Group and Cadbury Nigeria Plc are also considering selling excess power. Lafarge will be selling power to state-owned Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc, which serves as a clearing house between power producers and distributors, Awanayah said. “We have a gap of almost 600 megawatts in generation at our company,” Moses Jebutu, the Assistant General Manager of Technical Services at the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, said at the conference. “Manufacturers and distribution companies need to talk. We didn’t even know they had bottled power.” The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has taken on the role of mediator between the power suppliers and the industrial companies. “We are working with manufacturers to produce a database of all those willing to add capacity to the grid,” said Abba Ibrahim, the regulator’s commissioner of government and consumer affairs.
Intel affirms Nigeria’s economic growth potential in youth population KUNLE A ZEEZ
lobal Information Technology firm and computer chip maker, Intel Corporation, has said that Nigeria and African countries have great economic potential given their vibrant youth population to drive their economic development. The company also said the need to integrate technology into the youth education to drive their global competitiveness by proving them with local and international educational resources using Information and Communication Technology has become necessary to unleash the economic potential. As such, Intel has launched an education initiative that will empower schools children, their
teachers and parents and other individuals with technology and innovation. Speaking at the launch of the initiative tagged: “Intel Explore & Learn Market Place” in Lagos yesterday, the Business Development Director, Middle East, Turkey and Africa for Intel, Ms Cigdem Ertem, said Intel had embarked the initiative in order to restate its commitment to driving quality education through technology. According to her, “Africa has a lot of vast economic potential. There is economic growth coming from Africa. In the meantime, technology is becoming an integral part of Africans’ lifestyle.” Ertem also decried Nigerian youths as technology savvy, saying over 48 million people in the country are now connected to the
Internet. According to her, “Since education is the tool for improving the way of life through which a nation can engender economic property, Intel had been investing in transforming education with technology. “Therefore, Intel Explore & Learn is an education solution that will provide vast access to free educational materials and resources for finding local and international resources those students and other individuals can use to enrich their learning.” Stressing that technology is a tool for everybody, Ertem said the Intel solution is both for students and their teachers, saying technology is also a tool for teachers to empower themselves with a view to empowering their students.
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NDIC urges governors in northern states to set up more micro-finance banks
he Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC, has advised governors in northern states to establish more micro-finance banks in their respective domains. The Managing Director of NDIC, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, gave the advice at NDIC Special Day at the Kano International Trade Fair in Kano yesterday. He said this would help to reduce poverty and unemployment, which are prevalent in the region. Ibrahim, who was represented by the corporation’s Head of Communication, Alhaji Sule Birchi, said the advice was necessary in order to promote financial inclusion. “The high concentration of the MFBs is in the south while the north is lagging behind with a few in various locations. “While the south had established 627 MFBs, the north has only 276. “Further more, the south-west and south-east zones have 339 and 161 MFBs respectively, the northeast and north-west zones have
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only 35 and 50 respectively’’, he said. He said the advice was also necessary in view of the fact that MFBs were the most veritable tools in poverty alleviation. Ibrahim explained that MFB services were being provided to the vast majority of the active poor; 70 per cent of whom were in the informal sector and lived in rural areas. He added that the MFBs have abundant opportunities to move funds in informal sector through the banking sector. “The unequal distribution of the MFBs in the country is quite disturbing, hence the need for northern state governors to rise to the challenge.’’ He, however, commended the initiative of Kano and Kaduna States for taking the bold steps to establish a number of such banks in their respective states. Ibrahim also commended the organisers of the fair, saying it would go a long way towards boosting socio-economic activities in the state.
Nigeria’s capital market grew by 38.8% in 2013 –SEC
...outperforms other markets in P/E ratios at 20.64%
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he Securities of Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday said the nation’s capital market grew by 38.8 per cent in the current year, making it one of the fastest growing bourses globally. Available statistics on the Ghana Stock Exchange indicated a growth rate of 34.4 per cent as at June this year. There are currently 35 CISs operating in the country, made up of 22 mutual funds and 13 unit trusts with funds under management of GH¢301.5million as at the end of June 2013. In South Africa where the economy has recorded its lowest growth rate in four years, with its expansion in Q3, 2013 adjusting by 0.7 percent over the previous quarter, down from 3.2 percent in the previous three-month period
and well below market expectations, the stock market has remained one of the least attractive markets for investments at the continental level, declining by about 3.11 per cent recently. The Director General of the Commission, Ms. Arunma Oteh, who disclosed this at the Capital Market Wealth and Health Day organised in Kuje, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory, attributed the spike of the market to primarily regulatory guidelines and other measures by the Commission to ensure transparency in the operations of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and, amongst other factors. Describing the SEC as one of the top 10 capital market regulatory institutions globally, the investment expert said the Commission would continue to adopt proactive strategies, including grassroots awareness campaigns
on why Nigerians needed to continue to create wealth through investments in stocks, mutual funds, unit trust schemes, amongst others, as part of sustained efforts to deepen the capital market and restore confidence in it as a wealth creation market for investors. Oteh stated further that despite the criticisms and challenges faced by the commission in the current year, its Board and management were able to pursue its statutory assignments with vigour, thereby accounting for the modest achievements and prospects for improved mobilisation of savings and further development of the capital market in the years ahead. She said: “I am so glad that SEC has become one of the best top 10 in the world, it has grown by 33.8 percent this year, it was also one of the top best last year.”
Minister, NITDA, NCC, others set for NIG e-business conference KUNLE A ZEEZ
he Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, will lead other dignitaries in the sector to the annual e-business conference being organised by the Nigeria Internet Group. Apart from the minister, other dignitaries expected include the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Dr. Eugene Juwah and the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, Dr. Ashiru Sani Daura, who will both present the keynote address respectively. According to the statement, NIG Board of Trustee members will also be among other dignitaries to attend this occasion, which will also attract experts from within and outside the country. The event with the theme: ‘EBusiness: Broadband Technology As an Important Tool for Accelerated Growth & Development’ is scheduled to hold at the Golden Gate Restaurant, Lagos next month. NIG, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation promoting the Internet in Nigeria is collaborating with the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, to hold the event. NIG, in a statement made available to National Mirror, indicated that the conference will examine critical success factors to e-business adoption in Nigeria such as improved broadband penetra-
tion, pervasive e-payment services, skilled manpower, appropriate legal and regulatory framework and the political will of government to implement the right policies among others. Commenting on the forthcoming event, the President, NIG, Mr. Adebayo Banjo, said that ebusiness is simply an internet technology driven business and has continued to be a catalyst to accelerated economic growth in many countries globally. According to him, “With so many developments in the Nigeria information and communication technology sector sector, Nigeria is set and has already joined the rest of the world in driving its economy with e-Business.” He pointed out some of the most significant developments in the sector which include the African mobile phone personal computers and liquid crystal display (LCD) manufacturing plant set up by RLG, a $10 million factory that will be sited in Osun State, and would be opened before 2013 closes. He said when completed, aside from being the first in the country, it would attract about 120 million active telephone subscribers. He described the development as cheering news, as major foreign Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) have consistently shunned the idea of citing assembly plants in Nigeria, blaming infrastructural deficit as a major challenge.
L-R: Retail Customer Marketing Manager, Nokia West Africa, Jide Adeyemi, music artist and judge for Nokia Don’t Break Da Beat 2013, Eva Alordiah; Marketing Manager, Nokia West Africa, Kesiena Ogbemi and Managing Director, Entertainment Management Company, EMC, Sam Onyemelukwe at the grand finale of Nokia Don’t Break Da Beat rap competition in Lagos, recently.
CBN tasks banks on financial inclusion campaign UDO ONYEKA
he Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has said that financial institutions operating in the country need to show more commitment to the financial inclusion campaign aimed at capturing more Nigerians to the banking system. Speaking yesterday in Makoko, Lagos at the launch of Sterling Bank’s Financial Inclusion Scheme, Governor of the CBN, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, advised banks on the need to provide access to affordable financial services and products for every Nigerian. Sanusi said that sustaining Nigeria’s development hinges on
ensuring that at least 80 per cent of all adult Nigerians have access to affordable financial services as well as the right environment within which to flourish economically. He said in 2012 the Financial Industry along with other stakeholders decided to make financial Inclusion a top priority and launched a National Financial Inclusion Strategy. “This Strategy has targets to help reduce the number of adult Nigerians who are excluded from formal Financial Services from 46.3 per cent in 2012 to 20 per cent in 2020 with specific targets for Payments, Savings, credit & Insurance. “The CBN has over the years recognised certain barriers to
achieving inclusion some of which includes; distance to Bank branches, cumbersome account opening requirements, lack of awareness of financial products and services amongst others. “As a regulator, we also recognise the challenges deposit money banks face in trying to reach the underserved communities which include; the cost incurred by the banks in catering to lower valued accounts and the cost of expanding their branch networks to excluded communities.” Sanusi said that the apex bank has taken a stand therefore to ensure that these barriers are broken down and several steps to address these constraints have been taken, among he said is the agent banking.
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PENCOM rolls out contact centre Power: Stakeholders raise concern over MYTO2 compliance T CHIDI UGWU ABUJA
he Distribution and Generation of electricity companies have raised an alarm over the insistence on strict compliance on Multi Year Tariff Order, MYTO2, saying the authorities need to review the realities before insisting on compliance. The parties raised the alarm yesterday, at a general meeting with the new owners of all successor companies in Abuja organised by Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) ostensibly to weigh the initial problems of the Discos and Gencos and craft interventions that will address such problems. But some the stakeholders, who spoke at the meeting lamented the non-functionality of the MYTO2 following the prevailing realities which they insist make compliance difficult, urging the NERC to review the realities on ground rather than hold them with their business plan. The Managing Director and Chief executive officer kano DIS-
CO, Dr. Jamil Gwamna, lamented that his company is not getting the required power allocation as stated in the MYTO which has drastically led to short fall in revenue generation. Jamil Gwamna that the company received less than two percent of the designated eight percent distribution allocation to it as provided in the guidelines in non-compliance to the MYTO2 model. “It is not a hidden thing. Every DISCO knows that if you generates for example X capacity, every DISCO will get a certain percentage of that generation. It is there in the MYTO model. And the MYTO model is like the Bible of this industry. That is what we work with. But that is not happening. It is not happening in my DISCO. We are supposed to have 8 percent of our generation and we are getting less than 2 per cent. In fact, in the last few days, we have been getting less than 40MW, and Kano has a special issue, the issue is that, it is like a pass through allocation, we have to give Niger Republic 30MW. We are not allowed to touch that
power. We can only touch what is meant for us” he said. But responding to the issues, the chairman and Chief Executive of NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi, Amadi attributed the shortfall in power supply to problems relating to transmission. “Some of them are based on transmission issues while some based on capacity received. So for us, it implies looking at the commercial frame work. How do we ensure that the concerned DISCO that received insufficient power is able to also have the revenue to service their operation? “And the MYTO provides for what we called balance in settlement so that the company that receives more power that the distributor there is a framework for settling that person. “So this calls us to now go back and review it. So this is not a new problem because before the sales, there were issues about power allocation. So, we intend to deal with the issue. On the interim rule, Amadi explained that the new owners raised concern over the rule, which would temporarily suspend the operations of the PPAs.
he National Pension Commission has established the Contact Centre information network in response to the increasing need of pensioners and other stakeholders in the Pension industry to get adequate information concerning their savings and other operations of the commission. Pencom said the Contact Centre would provide the public with an easy means of contacting the Commission to lodge complaints or make enquiries about pension issues. According to, Head, Communication Department at Pencom, Mr. Emeka Onuora, the Contact Centre, which is a more improved method of handling complaints from the public will offer the public the opportunity to relate with the Commission via telephone call and e-mail without necessari-
ly visiting Pencom offices to make enquiries or lodge complaints. Though the Commission had previously engaged the use of telephone, e-mail, social media and letters to resolve issues raised by pensioners and the general public in the past, it was not able to track the history of complaints or enquiries since such transactions could not be stored electronically. “Previously, the Commission has a decentralised process through which it deals with complaints and requests from the public. Requests from members of the public usually come in various ways, such as telephone calls, e-mails, social media and letters. The decentralised manner in which complaints are addressed resulted in pension contributors/retirees issues not been stored electronically.”
GTBank launches GTExpress service
uaranty Trust Bank Plc has launched its “GTExpress” service, a comprehensive agent banking service that allows customers access financial services at convenient locations. According to a bank statement issued yesterday, the GTExpress service is banking via agent locations such as supermarkets, schools, cinemas, markets and restaurants. It is an initiative to reach out to the underserved and unbanked segments of the population through the use of nonbanking retail outlets. These non-banking outlets (agent locations) will provide banking services such as Account Opening (Instant Accounts), Cash deposit and Withdrawal via ATMs, Customer
Enquiries, Bills payment, Funds transfer services (local money value transfer) and other activities as the Central Bank of Nigeria may prescribe from time to time. According to the MD of GTBank, Mr. Segun Agbaje, “The unbanked sector of the economy presents a significant growth area for banks in emerging markets. Our objective is to offer banking products and services to this segment via non-banking outlets thus breaking down barriers to financial inclusion such as accessibility and cost”. GTBank was established in 1990 and has within the last 23 years come to be recognized as one of the most innovative and service focused banks in the Nigerian financial market space.
Nwanze appointed to Global Impact Investing Network board
L–R: Operations Manager GOtv, Ms. Lanre Oluwole; Regional Operations Manager, MultiChoice, Mrs. Mirian Anyakie; GOtv subscriber, Rev. Michael Soneye; PR Manager GOtv, Miss Efe Obiomah, and Marketing Manager, Mr. Dare Kafar at at the GO customer Forum in Ibadan yesterday.
Nigerians clamour for job creation, decry child labour prevalence –NOI Polls ADEDEJI ADEMIGBUJI
OI Polls has revealed in its latest survey that about 27 per cent Nigerians want job creation while a vast 72 per cent blames poverty as the root cause for the high prevalence of child labour in the country. In a special edition polls on Child Labour made available to National Mirror, NOIPOLLS state “eight out of 10 Nigerians indicated there is a high prevalence of child labour in Nigeria and the
majority which constitutes 86 percent confirmed they usually see children engaged in physical labour and jobs in their localities.” It stated further that majority of the respondents who constitutes 72 percent blamed poverty as the root cause for the high prevalence of child labour/slavery in Nigeria. According to the polls, to eradicate poverty and make life more meaningful for the citizens, NOIPOLLS reveals that key suggestions that emerged from the poll to eradicate child labour in Nigeria were “Free and compulsory basic
education”, “Creation of more job opportunities” ; as well as the “Creation of poverty eradication programmes and youth empowerment schemes” to generally improve the livelihoods of Nigerians which will in turn reduce the reliance on child labour for survival. Against this background, NOIPolls conducted its special edition poll on Child labour/slavery in Nigeria to explore the views of Nigerians on the prevalence of the issue, as well as identify the causes and remedies that can help curb the situation.
he board of the Global Impact Investing Network, GIIN, a non-profit organisation dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing around the world, as appointed investor Sam Nwanze as its first African member. Nwanze, who is the Chief Investment Officer at Heirs Holdings, expressed delight at joining the GIIN board, saying, “It is an honour to be the first African to be elected to the GIIN board. This appointment signifies the rising importance of impact investing in Africa, and is a welcome development, in light of Heirs Holdings and the Tony Elumelu Foundation’s activities in the sector.” He added, “Heirs Holdings has always ensured that our investments have a clear commercial opportunity alongside the potential to create positive, catalytic
impact, socially and for the environment. We are pleased to be able to align with an organisation like GIIN for the perpetuation of these principles.” CEO of GIIN, Mr. Luther M. Ragin, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Sam to the GIIN board. The impact investing market across Africa has attracted interest from many investors globally, and Sam’s expert investor perspective on this market is integral for our work going forward.” Impact investments are made into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to measurably resolve social and environmental challenges while generating a financial return. GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry.
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Internet of Everything, IoE, is a concept in Information Technology being championed by a global networking firm, Cisco. The company says Nigeria and other African countries can benefit from the initiative by focusing on infrastructural development, which will hasten IoE adoption. KUNLE AZEEZ reports.
African countries can benefit from IoE, says Cisco
ccording to the Internet World Stats, over 7 billion people are currently connected to the internet and this is expected to grow even further in the coming years. With broadband deployment is holding sway in various countries around the world due to the huge economic benefit derivable from having ubiquitous Internet access, analysts also confirm that the ‘next big thing’ in the global economy is connectivity through broadband, whose access has been projected to have positive impact on a nation’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP. Meanwhile, amidst this excitement is the new concept that apart from human beings just connected to the Internet, connecting everything to the internet where every activity is being run digitally has greater economic benefits. Already, at the recently concluded AfricaCom 2013 Conference, Global Information and Communication Technology firm, Cisco, has said spoken passionately about the concept of the need to connect all things in the world, its contribution to GDP for countries around the world. Cisco at the conference, which took place in Cape Town, South Africa, unveiled the idea of Internet of Everything, IoE, which it described as the next thing that, if embraced by governments and businesses around the world, holds great economic opportunities for the world. IoE, according to Cisco, is the bringing together of people, process, data and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever; turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences and unprecedented economic opportunities for businesses, individuals and countries. According to Cisco, countries in Africa will benefit from the huge economic benefits involved in the deliberate adoption IoE concept, if governments improve their infrastructure base in the continent. But Cisco has warned that African coun-
MOST AFRICAN GOVERNMENTS DO NOT UNDERSTAND TECHNOLOGY AS THEY UNDERSTAND ECONOMICS AND POLITICS; HENCE, THEIR
INABILITY TO ESTABLISH A DIRECT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION AND tries may lose this IoE opportunity or get its benefit late, given the current poor state of infrastructure in most African countries. Cisco believes that the reluctance to embrace latest technological idea seen in most parts of the Africa can be attributed to the negligence and unwillingness on the part of governments in power to imbibe new technologies and their underlying benefits. The firm maintained that inconsistencies in the implementation of critical developmental projects coupled with frequent changes in governments were affecting possible initiatives that could grow the continent technologically, economically, socially and otherwise. The Senior Vice-President, Office of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ericsson, Mr. Howard Charney, said this at the recently concluded AfricaCom conference in South Africa. According to him, between 2013 and 2022, which is a 10-year frame, the value at stake courtesy Information and Communications Technology developments, was $14.4tn.
According to him, Africa is unlikely to maximise these huge revenue centres owing to the dearth in infrastructure and the likes. He said it was expected that within the set time, asset utilisation would yield about $2.5tn; employee productivity, $2.5tn; supply chain/logistics, $2.7tn; customer experience $3.7tn; and innovation, $3tn. According to him, most African governments do not understand technology as they understand economics and politics; hence, their inability to establish a direct relationship between technology adoption and GPD. Charney, however, lamented that despite the huge endowments of natural resources, most African countries still cannot turn things around economically. He maintained that the Internet of Everything initiative has the potential to grow global profits by 21 per cent. The IoE is expected to enable global private-sector businesses to generate at least $613bn profits in 2013, according to the IoE Value Index study released by Cisco. The study of 7,500 global business and
Phase3 Telecoms laments RoW challenges, multiple taxation SEYI ANJORIN ABUJA
nadequate transmissions, right of way cost and multiple taxations have been described as some of the major challenges militating against rural broadband connectivity in the country. Director, Legal Services, Phase 3 Telecoms, Mr. Adebayo Azee, stated this in a chat with national Mirror in Abuja. According to him, the issue of exorbitant cost of right of way cost and the issue of multiple taxations, which have always been a problem in the industry, have continued unabated.
Azeez said, as such, adequate transmissions were not available within the country and “where they are available, they are very expensive,” He said that the activities of some government agencies at various level of government had led to the high cost of telecommunication services in the country. He said: “If you look at the right of way issues that cut across the federal, state and local government roads, by the time an operator is dealt with by those various levels of government and agencies, the cost, if you put it on the service and it is delivered to the customer, not so many people will be able to afford it.
“You are talking about the rural area where their basic necessities of life that they are looking for are yet to be met, before you ask them to pay so much to accessing service.” Explaining further charged Ministry of Communication Technology, the Nigerian Communications Commission to work with other key stakeholders at various levels of government to harmonise the charges against telecom operators. “I think the ministry and other agencies will need to work to be able to let people know the importance that they will derive from the usage of the internet.
IT leaders in 12 countries reports that the United States, China and Germany are expected to realise the greatest value in 2013. However, the study found that corporations could nearly double those profits through greater adoption of business practices, customer approaches and technologies that leverage IoE. While IoE is already driving private-sector corporate profits, it is estimated that an additional $544bn could be realised if companies adjusted their strategies. “The Internet of Everything has the potential to significantly reshape our economy and transform key industries,” Cisco’s President of Development and Sales, Rob Lloyd, had said. He added, “The question is who will come out on top and win in this new economy? This study shows us that success won’t be based on geography or the company size but on who can adapt fastest.” The Internet of Everything is the networked connection of people, processes, data and things, and the increased value that occurs as “everything” joins the network. Several technology transitions – including the Internet of Things, increased mobility, the emergence of cloud computing and the growing importance of big data, among others – are combining to enable the IoE. “This study confirms the potential for the Internet of Everything and our ability to make the world smarter, together,” SmartThings Chief Technical Officer, Mr. Jeff Hagins, said. “With the SmartThings platform and open community, we believe that more developers and inventors will be able to participate in the value chain and ultimately bring the physical graph to life,” he added. The Internet of Everything Value Index builds on research that Cisco conducted earlier this year, which found that global businesses could pursue as much as $14.4tn over the next decade by leveraging on IoE to improve operations and customer service. In addition, business leaders believe that the Internet of Everything will help to drive better information security – an indication that they understand the importance of security and privacy to the growth of IoE. Though, Nigeria has the largest internet user base of over 50 million users among Africa countries, industry watchers believe that a lot still needed to be done to ensure that everybody in the country has access to the Internet. “We have come to a stage in our ICT evolution where Internet around the world is tending towards being declared as fundamental human rights of every citizen and it is our believe that Nigeria cannot afford to lag behind, says Former President, Nigerian Internet Group, Mr. Lanre Ajayi. Nigeria also stands a chance to benefit from the concept of IoE by ensuring ubiquitous broadband accessibility that allow businesses, government, citizens, data and systems to be connected. The country, early this year approved its National Broadband Plan, which is expected to extend broadband access to more people across the nooks and crannies of Nigeria.
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Tech Box Broadband: Telcos jostle for Blackberry launches BB 10 Porsche Design 2.3Ghz band slot G KUNLE A ZEEZ
ndications have emerged that telecommunication companies in Nigeria may have begun a rat race to grab a share from the remaining portion of 2.3Ghz spectrum band to deploy broadband services in the country. The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) recently announced its intention to auction one frequency license in the 2.3 GHz Band for the provision of wholesale broadband services in Nigeria. Apart from the auction, which is expected to take place towards the end of January, 2014, there is still ongoing contest for seven infrastructure provider licences in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. National Mirror learnt that the Commission has started inviting prospective and willing investors to participate in a bid for the spectrum auction.
Making the announcement, the Executive Vice Chairman, NCC, Dr Eugene Juwah, said that the Nigerian Communications Commission, on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria had disclosed its intention to auction one frequency licence in the 2.3 GHz Band to qualified applicants for the provision of wholesales broadband service in Nigeria. “The Commission has, as a complement to its open Access Broadband Strategy, decided to assign the 1 slot of 30MHz nationally available in the 2.3 GHz Band for the delivery of broadband wireless access service at the wholesale level, to provide ISP’s and other Retail Telecoms Service Providers with the requisite bandwidth to service their subscribers.” He said, “The wholesale broadband provider will have the required spectrum to expand wireless broadband access across the country to Internet Service Providers and other retail Telecom
Service Providers for the provision of retail high speed internet access services.” He noted that the Commission is adopting an auction process to ensure transparency in the assignment of the available spectrum. Juwah said information memorandum detailing the qualification criteria, auction processes, requisite forms and other key information will be made available at the Commission’s head office and its official website to guide all interested stakeholders. The NCC boss said the Expression of Interest, EoI, from interested applicants should reach the Commission within next week. More than 90 per cent of telecoms services in Nigeria are currently deployed through wireless means and this necessitates the need for available spectrum to deploy such services. Analysts also say that the plan by the government to deepen mobile broadband penetration in coming years is, partly, dependent on how well the government makes spectrum available.
L-R: Chief Enterprise Solutions Officer, MTN, Mr. Babatunde Osho; Former Chief Executive Officer, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Brett Goshen and Group Chief Executive Officer, Computer Warehouse Group, Mr. Austin Okere, at the singing of an m-commerce agreement in Lagos recently.
Zinox makes case for strong local industrial base KUNLE A ZEEZ
hairman, Zinox Group, Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh has called for a need for Nigeria and other African countries to have a strong local industrial base as a measure for effective participation in the global economy. As such, Ekeh has urged Africans to shun the preference for foreign goods in order to grow a strong industrial base for Africa. Ekeh made the call when he was recognised as the the Entrepreneur of the Year, 2013, by the Nigeria Business Elite Awards in Lagos. According to him, “To truly develop Africa and Nigeria in spe-
cific, we would need to value what we produce locally and shun foreign goods, as this is the only way we can build a strong industrial base in the continent.” The awards, which honoured distinguished companies and personalities in the private and public sectors pitched three highly successful business men in the Entrepreneur of the Year category. Nominated for the Entrepreneur of the Year together with Stan Ekeh were Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, commodities manufacturer and merchant; President of the Nigeria Stock Exchange, among others. Presenting the award to Stan Ekeh, the NEBA noted the pio-
neering role that he was playing in the IT sector from compugraphics and desktop publishing to cloud and bandwidth management. The citation noted the fact that his innovations in the ICT market were not based on a profit motif but on the need to structure a market that has the potential to catalyse national development. In particular, mention was made of his can do it spirit that helped in no small measure in deepening the democratic experience in Nigeria, the supply of 12,000 laptops in 2 weeks and 130,000 DDC Machines in 6 weeks to salvage the 2006 and 2011 Voters’ registration exercises respectively.”
lobal smartphone devices manufacturer, Blackberry has announced the elite, new, all-touch Porsche Design P’9982 Smartphone from BlackBerry and a second Crocodile model strictly limited to just 500 devices worldwide. Uniquely designed and expertly crafted, the P’9982 is exquisitely fashioned from high-quality materials and features a customised version of the BlackBerry 10.2 Operating System to give you the ultimate personal experience. The P’9982, which extends the Porsche Design luxury brand’s range of modern luxury smartphones, features a satin finished frame forged from the finest quality stainless steel, complemented by a hand-wrapped genuine Italian leather back door. The product is currently being introduced into telecoms markets
across the world. The back door of the limited edition model is hand-wrapped in genuine Crocodile leather. Distinguishable by its special series of PIN numbers, owners of the P’9982 will be instantly recognizable in the exclusive world of Porsche Design smartphone owners. The smartphone carries Porsche Design’s luxurious, iconic styling uniquely through the BlackBerry 10 experience to give you an exquisite handset purposely built to excel at mobile communications, messaging and productivity. Speaking on the product, the Chief Executive Officer, Porsche Design Group, Mr. Juergen gessler, said engineered Luxury meets Powered Performance, what has been true for the first Porsche Design smartphone is even truer for the all-touch P’9882.
MTN, LG partner on smart TV solution
TN Business, the business-to-business arm of Nigeria’s leading telecoms firm, MTN Nigeria, has reached an agreement with conglomerate and global leader in Consumer Electronics, LG Electronics, to bundle MTN broadband internet service with LG Smart TVs sold across Nigeria. This collaboration ensures that customers buying LG Smart TVs are given MTN HyNet, the 4G broadband internet service offered by MTN Business. The Chief Enterprise Solutions Officer, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Babatunde Osho, said, with Smart TVs increasing in popularity, the need for a high-speed internet service, like MTN HyNet, to enable customers take advantage of the Smart TV technology,
cannot be overemphasised. He added that MTN Business would like to see more and more people enjoy the whole range of benefits, such as online movies, live streaming, etc., associated with Smart TVs and other smart devices. On his part, the General Manager, Home Entertainment, LG Electronics West Africa Operations, Mr. Steve Ryu, said; “This unique partnership is ultimately about meeting the needs of our customers in a bid to provide cutting edge technological products and services to them in comfort and style.” Ryu further stated that with the LG Smart TV and MTN HyNet Internet service that comes with free 8GB data for 3 months, customers are bound to experience limitless online opportunities.
Samsung increases retail outlets to 15
amsung Electronics West Africa, in company with accredited local partners, has opened two additional Samsung Experience Shops, SES, in Abuja and Warri bringing the total number of such retail outlets to 15 with six centres in Lagos. The company said the more was in demonstration of its strategic commitment to give customers the opportunity to learn, play and share the latest technology releases from Samsung. The Abuja and Warri stores are the latest additions in the series of Samsung Experience Stores being rolled out all over Nigeria. Samsung Experience Stores (SES) are easily-accessible brand-retail outlets that showcase Samsung’s technology leadership for consumers to experience and interact with Samsung
product line-ups ranging from audio-visual, home appliance, mobile phones, IT Solutions, digital imaging devices, laptops and accessories. These outlets will also enhance Samsung service delivery by taking care of the needs of every customer. Speaking at the official opening, Director, Hand Held Devices, Samsung Electronics West Africa, Mr. Emmanouil Revmatas, said Samsung Experience Shops will give Samsung customers the full Samsung experience across its digital appliances and smart phones category. He adds that Samsung is a brand that cares about its customers hence the need to provide them with the convenience of buying in an easy-to-access location closer to them.
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Luxury brands turn attention to Africa ADEDEJI ADEMIGBUJI WITH AGENCY REPORTS
frica’s growing middle class has expensive tastes and research. According to a research by Bain & Company, luxury goods sales is expected to increase by 11 per cent this year demonstrating the continent’s potential for upmarket goods. The Paris-based Bain’s worldwide market study reveals that as recent mineral discoveries swayed the continent’s fortunes, giving rise to a band of superwealthy individuals in Nigeria‚ Angola‚ Ghana‚ Mozambique and Kenya with expensive tastes, total luxury goods revenue in Africa is expected to reach €2bn this year from €1.5bn in 2011. Other luxury goods groups such as Cartier‚ Louis Vuitton‚ Burberry‚ Gucci‚ Fendi and Salvatore Ferragamo all have a presence on the continent. In Lagos’s wealthiest district‚ Victoria Island‚ Ermenegildo Zegna opened a store this year on the same strip as luxury car maker Porsche. The Italian luxury fashion house makes made-to-measure suits for Hollywood stars Tom Cruise and Robert De Niro among many others. Two months earlier‚ Hugo Boss opened a store in the city. Bain partner, Claudia D’Arpizio‚ the lead author of the study‚ says with China’s growth slowing‚ Africa is poised to have some of the fastest-growing economies in the world. “Luxury sales are still
• Nigeria new market frontier
BETWEEN 2008 AND THIS YEAR‚ SALES OF LUXURY GOODS GREW 35 PER CENT IN CURRENT VALUE TERMS AND ARE SET TO INCREASE BY A FURTHER
33 PER CENT IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS IN CONSTANT TERMS
very concentrated in SA and Morocco‚ but brands are starting to expand in new markets like Angola and Nigeria,” the
report said. Growth in China cooled after a state crackdown on public officials’ spending
Ex-Nokia employees launch smartphone, Jolla
okia, a leading global phone manufacture, is set to be confronted by a competition from team of ex-employees. The team has released the first handset, Jolla phone, running on a new Smartphone platform. The new phone powered by opensource operating system Sailfish, can run most apps designed for Google’s Android platform. According to report, the company has paired with a major Finnish network, and hopes to set up a similar deal with a UK operator. Industry analysts said Jolla faced a challenge in taking on a market dominated by Google and Apple. Just 450 Jolla phones will be available at launch on Wednesday evening, with the majority going to customers who have pre-ordered the device. Co-founder of the company, Marc Dillon, said the company was in the process of ramping up manufacturing. He said the phone’s ethos was to provide a more “open” approach to how people used their mobiles, a contrast to the relatively closed systems used on the iPhone and, to a lesser extent, Android devices. “There are different opportunities for people to get apps form different places, different stores. We’ve created a world-class platform. Users will be
getting more choice. This is the ‘what might have been’ scenario had Nokia not gone down the Microsoft road with Windows Phone,” he said. The platform - originally called MeeGo - was developed by Nokia, but dumped in 2011 in favour of the company adopting the Windows Phone system. However, Nokia released just one handset running the software, the N900. Chairman and co-founder of Jolla, Antti Saarnio, had told the media in May that MeeGo - now called Sailfish - had not been given enough chance to succeed. “Everybody felt so strongly that they wanted to continue. Large parts of the Sailfish code were opensource, which meant anyone could expand and adapt the platform,” Mr Dillon said. He stated further, “We are ramping up our Jolla community right now.There’s already a Sailfish website so that developers can come and contribute.” According to CCS Insight, 81 per cent of smartphones shipped globally from July to September ran Google’s Android software. Apple’s iOS accounted for 13 per cent. Smaller players such as Blackberry, Microsoft and Mozilla made up the numbers. CCS analyst, Geoff Blaber, said while
it might seem Jolla was taking on an impossibly large challenge by trying to muscle in, its strategy could pay off saying that the smartphone has interchangeable back panels that alter the phone’s software “It’s easy to characterise this as David v Goliath,but the fact is if Jolla can maintain a competitive cost base, there is already an enthusiast base seeking this product. It could be successful,” said Blaber. Blaber added the handset was a means to an end, and that Jolla’s longterm strategy was to create a operating system it could licence to other manufacturers. “This is the challenge,” he said. “At the moment we have a situation where Android is utterly dominant. They’ve got to prove the software is competitive and it works.” Jolla may also be buoyed by support in its home country as a result of Microsoft’s planned buy-out of Nokia. Jolla co-founder Mr Dillion said he was getting “stopped everywhere I go. We’re not trying to piggy-back, but we have seen a bump. We’ve had a lot of support in Finland,” said Mr Dillon. Mr Blaber added: “This is the ‘what might have been’ scenario had Nokia not gone down the Microsoft road with Windows Phone.
on luxury goods as part of widespread and anti-corruption campaigns. Bain’s findings on Africa support a report from London-based Euromonitor‚ which last month said sub-Saharan Africa was set to become a key battleground for the luxury goods sector. “Between 2008 and this year‚ sales of luxury goods grew 35 per cent in current value terms and are set to increase by a further 33 per cent in the next five years in constant terms‚“ the research firm said. According to the Euromonitor‚ subSaharan Africa was experiencing the second-fastest global economic growth - behind Asia-Pacific - and is home to five of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world. These include Nigeria, for instance, which last year was the thirdfastest growing market in the world for champagne. Euromonitor luxury goods research head Fflur Roberts said luxury brands and retailers are facing many challenges. “Poverty remains widespread‚ infrastructure is weak‚ retail markets are undeveloped and brand awareness is lacking. Corruption can also be a problem‚ as can political instability in some countries.” Nonetheless‚ Roberts said more luxury brands were certain to open new outlets in the sub-Saharan Africa region. “Prada‚ for example‚ has confirmed plans to open in Angola‚ which could also be a good bet for Nigeria next year. To succeed‚ brands have to overcome the challenges of the different African markets through careful research of suppliers‚ using local partners‚ understanding consumers and the business environment.” Wealth-X‚ in its UBS World Ultra Wealth Report also revealed last recently that Africa’s ultra-high net worth population had increased by 9.5 per cent this year and individuals had a combined wealth of $350bn - a 7.7 per cent rise from last year.
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Rosabel parts ways with global network • We’re still with Leo- Burnett - Group CEO STORIES: ADEDEJI ADEMIGBUJI
ome weeks after the resignation of its Managing Director, Mr. Kayode Oluwasona, Rosabel has disengaged its foreign affiliation with LeoBurnett, National Mirror gathered. According findings, Rosabel Advertising, a famed LeoBurnett network affiliate in Nigeria, with the reported disengagement, might have to forfeit its exclusive arrangement which has brought some accounts to the Lagos agency. Although industry observers believe the development may have been caused by the ongoing merger between Publicis/ Omnicom group’s which also affects Leo- Burnett. National Mirror had reported recently that the current $35 billion merger plot by Omnicom/ Publicis would affect Nigeria’s SO&U Saatchi Saatchi, TBWA, Mediareach OMD, Rosabel Leo
Brunnet among others whose global affiliate would be consumed by the biggest merger in the global advertising industry. However, in a telephone chat with National Mirrror, Group CEO, Rosabel Advertising group, Mr. Ayo Oluwatosin refuted the idea of Rosabel losing the Leo-Burnett affiliation. “To the best of my knowledge, Rosabel is the Leo-Burnett agency in Nigeria,” he told National Mirror. Another leading ad agency, Centrespread Advertising, had dumped its global affiliate, Interpublic Group’s DraftFCB few months ago. Centrespread noted officially that it ended its long-standing relationship with Draft- FCB in line with the current dynamics in the global advertising business of which continuous evaluation of business relationships is a key strategy for growth and continued relevance.” As the ongoing legal battle between Prima Garnet and Ogilvy remains a classical case
of unhealthy relationship between agencies and their global affiliates, National Mirror learnt that some new agencies have decided to operate without having global affiliation. The Chief Creativity Officer of X3M, a one year old agency, Mr. Steve Babaeko said, “I have nothing against affiliation. However, you look back at the history, the agencies that went into affiliation relationships 10-15 years ago, it was like the main thing for them. It was easy money because the people you have affiliated will bring the business and dump it on your laps and it was good while it lasted.” He stated further that, “the bubble obviously is busted. Not its accusations and counter accusations by the parties to the affiliations –the local agencies are being accused of stabbing the global agency in the back while the global networks are being accused of wanting to swallow the local agency, buy it out and chase it out of the business.”
L-R: Chief Operating Officer, Mouka Limited, Mr Jerome Ernstzen; Silver Category Winner, Mr Timothy Ifuruwa and Chief Financial Officer, Mouka Limited, Mr Joseph Ede during the 2013 Mouka Distributors’ End-Of-The-Year Award Party held at Time Square Event Centre, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja, Lagos recently
Nestlé Nigeria eyes longest breakfast cereal table world record
estlé Nigeria is aspiring to become holder of the longest breakfast cereal table world record as part of effort to further entrench its brand essence among consumers. The historic event which will be the first world record attempt for Nestlé Nigeria will take place on Saturday 30 November at Cocoa Mall, Ibadan. Category Business Manager, Nestlé Milo Crunchy Cereals Gerben Kamps, said, “With this world record attempt, we want to create awareness about the importance of taking breakfast. Studies have shown that
people who skip breakfast miss out on many vital nutrients, which they are unlikely to make-up for during the rest of the day.” The current world record dated Friday 26 April stands at 1,354 participants who sat down in Dubai to eat together the world’s largest cereal breakfast. Commenting on the choice of location, Kamps said that the management of the recently opened Cocoa Mall had embraced the cause of the world record attempt. “We want to give the people of Ibadan a fun-packed morn-
ing for the entire family. All you have to do is bringing your kids along on Saturday 30 November and join us at 9 a.m at Cocoa Mall,” said Kamps. According to Nestle, there will be also great prizes to win and games to play. “The first 100 people to be seated will instantly get a welcome gift. There will be a Nestlé MILO Crunchy Quiz with lots to learn about and earn with nutrition. There will be music, dance and laughter for the whole family. Other attractions include a bouncing castle, face-painting and unlimited flow of cereals!” the company stated.
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Mouka rewards distributors for leveling sales target
ouka Limited, manufacturer of mattresses and other bedding sheeting have rewarded its distributors for their performance in the year 2013. The Managing Director of the company, Mrs Peju Adebajo, stated that the awards Party are designed to appreciate the good works of partners who have worked impressively in the year. Adebajo affirmed that the growth of Mouka business and continued sustenance of the firm is based on their distributors unwavering patronage and support, ‘We hold our partners and distributors in a high esteem and recognise their key contributions in achieving our mission of adding comfort to lives,” she said. The awards were given in
various categories including Gold, Silver, Bronze, Most Exclusive, Most Improved, Future Leaders Awards. Chief Evergreen Onyedun of Evergreen International Services Limited, was announced the winner of the Platinum and Life Achievement Awards. Winner of the Silver category, Chief Timothy Ifurunwa of Danothec Stores appreciated Mouka for the decision to add value to their distributors and recognise performance. Ifurunwa said “I want to appreciate Mouka Limited especially the Managing Director, Mrs Peju Adebajo for all her efforts in recognizing and appreciating us, I also want to thank my family for their support and prayers.”
Pay TV unveils 7 new channels in Yuletide promo
tarTimes has unveiled the Extra goodies promo and seven new channels on its platform. The promo according to The Public Relations Manager of the company, Mr. Anetor Irete is in line with the organization’s desire to give subscribers quality and amazing offering noting that StarTimes always celebrate Christmas with a rewarding promo for both new and existing subscribers. He said that the new channels are at no extra cost to subscribers. “New Subscribers can purchase the decoder at four thousand nine hundred naira to enjoy free one month classic bouquet of up to 60 channels. Also, new subscribers can get a decoder at four thousand nine hundred naira with StarTimes Yagi Antenna, ten metre cable for only one thousand.” He observed that every year subscribers expect the best from StarTimes and the company has always come out with innova-
tive ways to appreciate them. He further said that new subscribers could also buy a decoder for five thousand nine hundred to enjoy one month unique bouquet of up to eighty channels or buy a decoder for five thousand nine hundred with one month unique bouquet and a StarTimes Yagi antenna with ten metre cable for one thousand. “On the other hand, existing subscribers can recharge only three thousand naira in a day and get free one thousand naira worth of airtime and a StarTimes Yagi antenna for one thousand five hundred naira.” Irete disclosed that the offer will till January 31, 2014 stating that as a caring brand with great aspiration of ensuing quality digital TV experience for its subscribers, the campaign will unveil the originality of the brand as its major concern is not just to provide digital television experience but to satisfy every household in Nigeria.
X3M Ideas shines at LAIF awards
he CEO/Chief Creativity Officer, X3M Ideas, has proved its knack for both effective and awards winning creative works taking home one gold, two silver and one bronze medals at the just concluded Lagos Advertising and Awards Festival, LAIF. LAIF which held recently in Lagos, is an annual awards organized by the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria, AAAN, with the objective of recognizing creative excellence in a bid to help improve the quality of creative craft and also promote the spirit of healthy competition while applying global best practices. X3M Ideas which opened its doors for business just about a
year ago, entered a few of the works it did within four months (August - December 2012) as against available LAIF’s entry qualification window of one full calendar year. Speaking on the LAIF awards and the agency performance, Babaeko said, “For us, we are excited by the awards although we were only able to enter some of the works which we did within the first four months of our operation. If anything, it’s a pointer to the fact that if we had worked for a whole year, we would have done better on the medal table”. In spite of this “disadvantage”, X3M Ideas won the first gold of the night in the Outdoor telecoms category where it had earlier picked the silver.
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ECNO Mobile is out to further deepen its market share and expand its market share in Nigeria with the launch of the latest addition smartphone to its phantom family, the Phantom AIII. During the formal launch of the new brand in Lagos yesterday, the Vice President, Tecno Group, Mr. Arif Chowdhury stated that the device was designed with a passion to give everybody access to innovation and its affordable for everybody. “It is part of TECNO’s unwavering effort in expanding its offering which can be seen in this superior, innovative phone” he said. The Phantom AIII smartphone is an upgraded version of the TECNO Phantom A+, it has a sleeker body and bigger screen than that of its predecessor, it comes with 6.0” captivating HD touch screen, 4.2android operat-
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Beer brands cleared on charges of not identifying ads
Techno deepens market share with Phantom A III ing system, it has3.75g network capability, with1.5 GHz quad core processor. He further noted that the smartphone is the mobile device to watch in the years to come as the prices are coming down with an expected increase sales volumes. “Studies indicate that most people now access the internet through their mobile phones as opposed to PCs, We will be launching more internet series mobile phones to serve the growing demand of our customers. Our research from years back shows that the buyers of TECNO phones are mostly the youth and we have decided to focus on this market of people. This young people want to be unique, they want unique features that allow them to play and chat, and this is exactly what TECNO is
giving them through our series of Smartphones that we have launched into the market so far” Arif added. Also, the Digital Marketing &Public Relation Manager West Africa, Tecno Group, Mr. Boukali Mounir lay emphasizes on the devices specifications, stressing that the Phantom AIII is a dual sim smartphone beautifully design with an innovative package of 8.4mm slim body. Speaking about the Phantom AIII camera, Mounir pointed out that the device has 8.0MP AF front camera, 13.0MP AF back camera with flash 5 high-precision optical lens,the blue glass filter of 5 layer glass lens that picks up all the details and help the camera to respond to light just like our eyes do. The device also has access to over 1,000,000 applications, he added.
he advertising watchdog in United Kingdom, Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), has dismissed complaints content created for an alcohol industry initiative to boost beer sales featuring TV presenter Tim Lovejoy discussing the best beer to accompany certain meat dishes was not distinguishable from the TV programme it was placed within. The extended ads in question were in a magazine-style format and featured Lovejoy discussing food and beer combinations with members of the public and chefs during the ad breaks of an episode of Sunday Brunch. Five complainants challenged whether the ads were readily
identifiable as marketing communications because they were aired during a programme also fronted by Lovejoy. However, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) accepted the defence put forward by the body, which represents AB InBev, Carlsberg UK, Heineken UK, Miller Brands UK and Molson Coors, claiming that both pieces of content were sufficiently distinguishable. This was primarily because the ads ran with the text “This is an advertisement” throughout the screening and that Sunday Brunch broadcaster Channel 4 also pre-warned viewer by airing the line: “Stay tuned for a special advertising feature”.
Ikeja City Mall presents prizes to promo winners
hree lucky customers who emerged winners during the raffle draw at the just concluded Ikeja City Mall promo have been presented with their prizes. Ahmed Ojikutu a businessman, came first and was presented $1000 shopping voucher and an all expense paid trip to Obudu Cattle Ranch for two. While Ajiteru and Pat Ikwunze, the first and second runner up,
were presented $900 and $600 shopping vouchers respectively. The Mall’s account Manager, Kunle Olukoju said “We are pleased to make the wishes of consumers become realities and we will continue in this act of rewarding customers. At Ikeja City Mall, we say it and act it, encouraging loyal customers.” The winners are expected to use their vouchers within the mall.
Adidas set for marketing blitz
A L-R: Customer Marketing Manager, Unilever Nigeria, Anele Zunsa; Assistant Customer Marketing Manager, Personal Care, Unilever Nigeria, Ladipo Anu; Regional Sales Manager, Lagos Region, Unilever Nigeria, Nnamdi Okeke handing over the car key to the Grand Prize of a brand new Hyundai i10 to Obinna Ateu at Ikotun Market during the Close Up Buy, Display and Win promo in Lagos recently.
didas predicts 2013 marketing spend will increase year-on-year. The sportswear maker posted a seven per cent year-on-year drop in revenue for the three months to 30 September as falling demand in key European markets such as the UK, Italy and Spain hampered growth. It also cited distribution problems, which it moved to reverse last month with a new pan-European senior management struc-
ture, and poor sales of golfing products for impacting revenue. Despite the decline, Adidas has ramped up its marketing around running and retail in 2013 in the absence of a major sporting tournament. It predicts marketing spend for the full-year to be “above the prior year level” with chief executive Herbert Hainer claiming “positive feedback” for its upcoming collections” has given the group “confidence”.
Fumman: Leveraging the edge of natural taste
rands need to leverage significant edge to differentiate their offerings in the market place. The whole essence of this is to gain competitive edge and win the consumers’ mind. This is closely linked to deploy strategic ways to beat competition and remain dominant despite stiff competition. Fumman Juice has over the years carved a niche through natural taste. The brand has been one that thrives on the pure natural and distinct taste of its brands. The brands have been able to properly define its identity and what makes it stand out from competitors. This has greatly positioned the brand in the minds of consumers as a healthy product. The unique selling proposition of the brand is natural taste
as the juices are processed from freshly harvested fruits. What the brand is known for in the market place is nothing but fruit. This has endeared the brand to several consumers as it aligns with the healthy lifestyle of the consumers. The brand has remained true to its core essence and values by providing wholesome quality and safe products to consumers. It is the goal of Fumman to sustain the organic brands that consumers have been familiar with. The brand has consistently prided itself on quality and guaranteed customer satisfaction. Though with the huge presence of competitors, the brand owns the high ground of pure natural taste and this is a compelling reason to believe by the consumers.
Brand X-Ray with Ayodeji Ayopo Tel: 08023448199 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The natural blend of the fruit juices has been a potent platform to enhance customer satisfaction and product quality. This makes the role of consumer insights very important in brand development. Fumman has always engaged consumers in order to gauge their perception on the product quality. This has equally elevated the brand from a “Me” Selling Proposition (MSP) which focuses on I (i.e. the consumer)
to proffer strategies to build the brand in the market place. This singular strategy has helped Fumman to enable consumers experience the innovation, combined value and top class quality. It is the needs and aspirations of consumers that have been dictating the offerings of the brands. It is pertinent to state also that continuous consumer insight generation is key to the success of any brand in the market place.
For the Fumman brand, it has been revealed over time that consumers want a perfect blend of juice that reflects originality and natural taste. The Fumman brand has sustained its edge of natural taste through its constant bonding with consumers. The brand has reinforced its “nothing but fruits” tagline to retain a top of mind position with consumers. This has enabled the brand to increase its rating with consumers as the preferred brand. The brand has also been able to create unique touch point experiences for consumers as they maintain close affinity with the brand that satisfies their taste appeal. For any brand to remain competitive, its offerings have to be distinctive.
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AMR merger settlement approved by bankruptcy judge
merican Airlines parent AMR Corp., AAMRQ, won bankruptcy court approval of the deal it reached this month with regulators to complete its $17.2 billion merger with US Airways Group Inc., LCC, and create the world’s biggest airline. The Nov. 12 accord with the U.S. Justice Department, which agreed to drop its antitrust challenge if the carriers gave up some airport slots, was approved today by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane in Manhattan. US Airways and AMR Corp.’s American Airlines said a merger was the only way they could compete with United Continental Holdings Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc., the industry’s biggest carriers. “The settlement easily satisfies” bankruptcy requirements and the merger may be consummated “without delay,” Lane said. A more detailed written version of the ruling will be posted on the court’s docket today at noon, he said. In his ruling, Lane denied a bid by a group of private plaintiffs opposing the merger to tem-
porarily block the agreement. He said the plaintiffs made “sweeping” allegations without proving they would suffer any harm, and also relied heavily on the Justice Department’s claims in its nowsettled lawsuit. “The plaintiffs have utterly failed to establish irreparable harm” as a result of the merger, Lane said. The deal with US Airways is the linchpin of Fort Worth, Texasbased American’s bid to emerge from bankruptcy after almost two years and repay creditors. Lane approved American’s bankruptcy reorganization plan in September, while barring it from taking effect until the underlying merger won regulatory clearance. The Justice Department filed the antitrust lawsuit in August to block the merger of American and Tempe, Arizona-based US Airways, arguing it would raise prices and harm consumers. American could emerge from bankruptcy and compete on its own without the merger, the U.S. said. To resolve regulators’ con-
cerns that the deal would give the merged airline too much clout at Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport and boost prices, American and US Airways agreed to divest 52 pairs of takeoff and landing slots there. The combined carrier will also give up 34 slots at New York’s LaGuardia Airport
and make smaller concessions at five other airports. American and US Airways said a merger was the only way they could compete with United Continental Holdings Inc., UAL, and Delta Air Lines Inc., DAL, the industry’s biggest carriers. They argued the deal would give passengers
more choices and generate more than $500 million a year in benefits. AMR’s total value for its stakeholders under the reorganization plan is about $13.1 billion based on current trading, representing an increase of $2.7 billion since Aug. 7, when a valuation was last completed, Stephen Karotkin, a lawyer for the company, told Lane at a Nov. 25 hearing. “This hearing represents the culmination of perhaps the most successful Chapter 11 case for an airline in recent history,” he said, calling the value created for creditors a “remarkable achievement.” After the merger, US Airways Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker will hold that title at the combined airline, while AMR CEO Tom Horton would serve as chairman until the first annual meeting of the merged carrier. The merger agreement gives 28 percent of the stock of the combined company to US Airways shareholders, with the remaining 72 percent going AMR creditors, unions, certain employees and shareholders.
HP gets positive reviews after revenue beat, shares jump Fed reveals new concerns about long-term
igns that Hewlett-Packard Co’s turnaround plan is finally yielding results put the company’s stock on track for its biggest one-day jump in a year on Wednesday. HP shares rose 9 percent to $27.33 in early trading, after at least one brokerage raised its rating on the PC maker’s shares and another nine raised their price targets. Expectations were low for HP’s fourth quarter following a disappointing third quarter and after rivals IBM and Cisco Systems Inc reported poor results. But HP surprised on Tuesday by reporting stronger-thanexpected revenue due to growth in its enterprise group, which supplies servers, storage and networking products to business. HP’s enterprise sales rose 2 percent compared with a year ear-
lier but 12 percent compared with the third quarter. Overall revenue for the fourth quarter was $29.1 billion, beating the average analyst forecast of $27.9 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. HP also maintained its fullyear earnings forecast, which J.P. Morgan Securities analyst Mark Moskowitz said was “more than plenty good after Cisco’s big disappointment.” Moskowitz, who raised its price target to $30 from $29, said HP’s comments on PCs, printing and the enterprise group could suggest a potential bottoming in the company’s model, which could attract value-based and long-only investors. The company, which has been moving away from a declining PC industry, reported a smaller-thanexpected drop in PC sales.
“In short, HP didn’t guide down for 2014 and that is quite positive so far versus many in ‘old tech’,” Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes said in a research note. Reitzes raised his price target to $28 from $26. Some analysts had expressed concern that a slowdown in China would hurt HP. Cisco had warned of weakness in China, while IBM’s sales in China declined in the latest quarter. But Reitzes said HP seems to be managing volatility in emerging markets far better than its peers, noting revenue in the Asia Pacific region grew 4 percent in the quarter. Growth in the region was helped by a contract to supply laptops to the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, which BMO Capital Markets valued at about $450 million. HP has not disclosed the value of the contract.
ederal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke and his colleagues are suffering through their own form of cognitive dissonance: revealing new concerns about the economy’s long-term prospects even as they forecast faster growth in 2014. Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Janet Yellen, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next chairman of the central bank, speaks at her confirmation hearing about Fed policy and the U.S. economy. Yellen testifies before the Senate Banking Committee. U.S. Senator Mike Crapo, an Idaho Republican, also speaks. Bernanke has portrayed the past few years’ deceleration in productivity as temporary. In an argument also espoused by Fed Vice Chairman Janet Yellen, nom-
SAP rejects calls for pan-European IT champion
ermany’s biggest tech company, SAP, has rejected calls by domestic politicians for European IT firms to band together to better compete against U.S. tech groups in the wake of spying allegations. Some German politicians have suggested an IT industry equivalent to European jet maker Airbus following allegations about U.S. spying on Europeans, including the monitoring of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone. “A merger between some
European IT companies with the aim of drawing a line between them and the rest of the global market does not make any sense,” SAP co-Chief Executive Jim Hageman Snabe said on Wednesday, in an emailed response to questions from Reuters. “Such an endeavour would be doomed to fail from the outset,” he said, adding it would lead to less competition, less innovation and less growth in a globally-focused sector. Government snooping is a sensitive subject in Germany, which has among the strict-
est privacy laws in the world, since it dredges up memories of eavesdropping by the Stasi secret police in the former East Germany. German politicians in favour of IT companies teaming up, such as Merkel, argue it would make Europe less dependent on U.S. technology and data groups including Microsoft, Google and Cisco. It would copy the success of plane maker Airbus, part of European group EADS, which compete head-to-head with U.S. rival Boeing in the global aerospace market.
German Chancellor, Anjela Merkel
inated to succeed him next year, he suggested companies were forced to add workers even though economic growth was slow because they cut payrolls so much during the recession. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg “Slower growth in productivity might have become the norm,” the central bankers noted at their Oct. 29-30 meeting, according to the minutes released last week. That’s a switch from past comments by Bernanke that the deceleration probably was temporary and would end as the expansion continued. A combination of forces may be at work. Chastened by the deep economic slump, corporate executives have reduced spending plans for factories, equipment, research and development. Startup businesses have been held back as would-be entrepreneurs find it harder to get financing from still-cautious lenders. And out-of-work Americans have seen their skills atrophy the longer they’re without jobs. “We’re in a slow-growth period of unknown duration,” said Edmund Phelps, a professor at Columbia University in New York and winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in economics. A lasting decline in the growth of productivity, or nonfarm business output per employee hour, would be bad news for the economy. Its potential -- the ability of the U.S. to expand over an extended period without generating inflation -- is determined by the sum of growth in the labor force and of productivity. A slowdown in the latter would limit how fast the U.S. can develop in the future.
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rading in equities continued on a bearish note on the Nigerian Stock Exchange yesterday, as more investors sold their holdings. The All Share Index gained 0.09 per cent to close at 39,011.31 points, compared with the loss of 0.63 per cent to close at 38,975.16 points. Market capitalization shed N11bn to close at N12.477trn, lower than the loss of N79bn recorded the preceding day to close at N12.477trn. The NSE 30-Index rose 0.25 per cent to close at 1,803.46 points, while the
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Index drops 0.09% as Union Dicon Salt leads gainers Banking Index appreciated 0.48 per cent to close at 411.94 points. The Insurance Index appreciated 1.32 per cent to close at 145.22 points, while the Consumer Goods Index increased 0.63 per cent to close at 1,115.10 points. The Oil and Gas Index lost 1.88 per cent to close at 296.32 points, while the Lotus Islamic Index declined 0.06 per cent to close at 2,767.88 points. The Industrial Index dipped 1.76 per cent to close at 2,276.32 points, while the Alternative Securities
Market gained 0.30 per cent to close at 957.94 points. Union Dicon Salt Plc led the gainers’ table with 47 kobo or 10.11 per cent to close at N5.12 per share, followed by Costain West Africa Plc with six kobo or eight per cent to close at 81 kobo per share. Cadbury Plc appreciated N2.85 or five per cent to close at N59.85 per share, while Mansard Insurance Plc gained 11 kobo or five per cent to close at N2.31 per share. Jos Breweries Plc was up 17 kobo or five per
cent to close at N3.57 per share. On the flip side, Transcorp Plc lost 46 kobo or 9.58 per cent to close at N4.34 per share, while Eterna Oil Plc shed 38 kobo or 8.70 per cent to close at N3.99 per share. Oando Plc dropped N1.00 or 6.67 per cent to close at N14.00 per share, while WAPCO Plc fell N5.26 or five per cent to close at N100.00 per share. Livestock Plc was down 24 kobo or 4.92 per cent to close at N4.64 per share.
Old Mutual, Sanlam set to tap opportunity in insurance business JOHNSON OKANLAWON WITH AGENCY REPORT
igerian insurance premiums will increase fourfold over the next five years as companies from Old Mutual (OML) Plc and Sanlam Limited set to tap an acceleration in insurance business in the country. Premiums will grow to more than N1trn ($6.3bn) from N260bn in 2012, said Fola Daniel, Chief Executive Officer of the National Insurance Commission told Bloomberg yesterday. Life insurance is a huge growth opportunity as Nigeria starts enforcing a 2004 rule making coverage compulsory for employers with five or more staff, said the regulator’s Head
of Strategy, Mr. Babajide Oniwinde. According to him, this has helped attract investment by London-based Old Mutual and Sanlam of South Africa as the policing of mandatory auto and building insurance further increased the market’s appeal. “Many assets used in the country are not insured,” Mr. Bismarck Rewane, Chief Executive Officer of Financial Derivatives company said. “South Africa happens to have a very mature insurance market, so it’s not a surprise investors are coming from there.” Old Mutual’s acquisition of a majority stake in Oceanic Life, a unit of Ecobank Transnational
Incorporation was approved in March, while Sanlam bought a minority of FBN Holdings Plc life business in 2010. NSIA Participations SA Holdings, based in Ivory Coast, acquired a majority of ADIC Insurance Limited, a unit of Diamond Bank Plc and Assur Africa Holding, a group of European development finance institutions, purchased GTAssurance Plc, before changing its name to Mansard Insurance Plc. Nigeria’s regulator oversaw industry reform after the global financial crisis in 2008 and 2009 brought the banking industry and stock market in Africa’s biggest oil producer to the verge of collapse. Foreign investors
can own 100 percent of Nigerian insurers, while the enforcement of compulsory policies is improving cash flow for companies, Oniwinde said. “There is a growing middle class and increasing number of high net worth individuals who would need insurance for their valuable assets,” Oniwinde said. Premiums rose 12 per cent last year from N233bn in 2011, according to NAICOM. That’s far short of developed markets. Switzerland, a country of 8 million people, had insurance premiums 38 times higher than Nigeria last year. Nigeria’s 59 insurers, led by Leadway Assurance Plc and AIICO Insurance Plc, had total assets of N564bn.
Global shares under pressure over Iran deal
orld share markets remained under pressure and the dollar slipped yesterday, as oil prices climbed amid doubts over the real impact of the Iran nuclear deal and renewed political tensions in the East China Sea. United States stocks were little changed during a holiday-abbreviated week as investors found few incentives to extend a rally that has repeatedly taken indexes to record peaks. Wall Street investors have been enjoying a rally after some weak economic data bolstered expectations the Federal Reserve will hold off scaling back its stimulus, keeping a floor under equities.
But they are reluctant to make further bets if the Fed is likely to reduce its support for the economy and markets. “We’re fairly valued in the longer term, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see short-term corrections since right now there’s no reason to jump into the market in full force,” said Mike Sorrentino, the New York-based chief strategist of the Global Financial Private Capital. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 16.09 points, or 0.10 per cent, at 16,088.63 points, while the Standard and Poor’s 500 Index was up 1.31 points, or 0.07 per cent, at 1,803.79 points. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 12.71
points, or 0.32 per cent, at 4,007.28 points. Permits for US home construction rose to the highest level in nearly 5-1/2 years in October, suggesting the housing market recovery remained intact despite recent signs of slowing down. The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas showed on Tuesday that US singlefamily home prices rose in September and posted their strongest annualized gain in 7-1/2 years. “It is a market that is on data watch as the Fed is clearly on data watch,” said Quincy Krosby, market strategist with Newark, New Jersey-based Prudential Financial, which has
$1bn in assets under management. “Permits were very, very good and it will translate into more jobs.” After mixed performances in Asia, the panEuropean FTSEurofirst 300 share index struggled through the morning and was down 0.5 per cent as the approaching monthend added to a general mood of caution. With the US Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, investor appetite for fresh bold moves has been lacking. Having reversed Monday’s $3 drop, Brent oil was holding above $111 a barrel, with investors continuing to question how quickly Iranian oil could come back on stream.
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Talented children to be honoured at Kola Awards
he founder, African Street Writers, an Abuja-based NGO, Mr. Simeon Ebechidi, has said the organisation would be awarding some talented children in different fields on December 1. Ebechidi disclosed that the children would be awarded at the forthcoming Kola Awards for Children scheduled to hold in Abuja. He said that the idea behind the award which is sponsored by Miles Morland Foundation, a UK-based NGO, was to encourage children and to create a platform for them to excel in the various fields of human endeavour. The official said that Nigerians were naturally talented; noting that lack of inadequate structures had hindered them from effectively developing their talents. He said that every Nigerian had a role to play in moving the country forward as “everything cannot be left for government alone to do’’. Ebechidi, however, called on well-meaning Nigerians to take a cue from the NGO by supporting talented Nigerians to develop their talents. He said that a lot had been placed in the hands of the government, adding, “We are supposed to also do some things for ourselves’’. “In Nigeria, we have intelligent people, take Nigerians anywhere in the world, you will see them doing amazing things. “But when you come back home, you do not see opportunities for people to explore what they have, there are no platforms for them to explore what they have. “The idea behind Kola Awards for Children is that at this tender age when these children are finding out what they can do and what they are passionate about doing, they should be supported. “So, I am calling on the entire citizens of Nigeria to understand the role they are supposed to play in helping to move this nation forward by cooperating with government to support this set of people. It is a call to every Nigerian to put hands together, to see how we can build our younger generation.” He said that with such platform, children who graduated from school would not have to look for jobs rather they would create jobs for themselves. Ebechidi said that nominations of children below the ages of 18 had been received from schools and vocational training centres across the nation for the award.
Dancers at the Lagos International Trade Fair...recently.
How young, vibrant dancers thrilled at Lagos fair
STORIES: LEONARD OKACHIE
his year’s edition of the Lagos International Trade Fair, which ended recently at the Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS in Lagos, was good for big brands as well as youthful entertainers, who danced at different stands. One of the dancers at the event was a tall, dark and lanky young man, dressed in female clothes and popularly called “Tallest”. He performed at the stand of the leading brand in the spirit and wine market in Nigeria, Intercontinental Distillers Limited, IDL. Tallest, who refused to give his real name said: “This is not my first time participating in the Lagos International Trade Fair.
The brands recruit dancers to perform in front of the large crowd that come to their stand so as to keep them entertained”. He explained that he usually prefers to dance where there is a big and appreciative audience, which is why he found his way to the IDL stand. IDL, aside employing young entertainers to perform at their stand also dished out gifts to the buying-public, at the fair, in addition to free sampling of their brands by everyone. Tagged: ‘Gifts Galore’, IDL, through this “customer-reward” initiative has been giving out various goods, from the beginning of the fair including gift bags, Tshirts, cartons of its unique brands, Pens and wrist-bands, among many others. Mrs. Fausat Lawal, a distributor of
IDL brands, for over 10 years, who sells in Oke-Arin, Lagos Island, was rewarded, as she won for herself a truck-load of various brands from the stable of IDL. “I had to look for IDL’s stand, at the fair, so as to get a much better buy. I have been selling products from IDL for over 10 years, and my business has been growing,” Lawal said after getting her gifts. Speaking to the press regarding the reason for his company’s presence at the trade fair, the Head Marketing, IDL, Innocent Oboh, said: “We want to make a difference in the lives of young and vibrant Nigerians. Oboh gave a big thumbs-up to the Lagos State Government for organising the fair, “the security is fantastic and I thank the State Government for everything”.
Davido is editorat-large of teen magazine
Davido(middle) and RED Media team in Lagos.
he editors at Y! have announced award winning hit artiste, producer and label boss, Davido (real name David Adeleke) as the first ever editor-at-large for its cool new brand, Teen Y! "The choice was simple really," said Tinsel actor Ifeanyi Dike Jr, who is supervising editor for Teen Y! "Who is the all-time, anywhere-in-the-continent coolest teen symbol? It's the guy famous as 'Omo Baba Olowo'. There's no one in the market as successful, as hardworking, as
iconic. Added Daphne Akatugba, who is contributing editor: "Teenage trendsetters everywhere know Teen Y! as the only hotspot for fashion, lifestyle and all the stuff that matters; Davido mirrors that X factor perfectly. We are excited to work with him over the next three months, and beyond." The announcement was made recently at the corporate office of the Teen Y! parent company, RED in Lagos, Nigeria
where it was also confirmed that he will be the brand ambassador for two quarters and will have a column on teen.ynaija.com. Present were the crew from Davido's record label, HKN as well as the editors at Teen Y!, and its sister company Y! The editor-at-large works with the Teen Y! team on each edition of the magazine and online; ensuring it is aligned to trends, the culture and the ideas that matter for teenagers in Nigeria, and across the continent. He also leads its brand ambassadors including student editors and school club presidents - and holds the position for a maximum period of six months, renewable at end of term. The artiste who started singing at age 11 and set up his own record label, HKN was in company of label mates B red, Shina Rambo, Danagog and manager Kamal Ajiboye.
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Nigeria’s Got Talent: Kate, Dan Foster walk out on contestant ... 22-yr- old contestant cries
t was a hilarious sight to behold as judges Kate Henshaw and Dan Foster walked out on a contestant named Heaven on Nigeria’s Got Talent Port Harcourt audition. The slightly delirious hopeful believed his spooky voice could help him gain a spot in the race for N10 million, but the judges especially Kate Henshaw had a different opinion. Kate, who couldn’t stand his rendition of Asa’s ‘Eye Adaba’, hit her buzzer as well as Dan’s immediately Heaven opened his mouth. But with a mixture of courage and push from Yibo Koko, Heaven continued his performance and
this led Kate and Dan to walk out on him. “Your voice can only lead me to hell not heaven,” said Dan Foster. At the end of it all, Heaven praised himself for setting a record as no contestant as ever made two judges leave the stage in the history of Nigeria’s Got Talent. Similarly, it was a heart breaking moment for Emmanuel Udeh during the last episode which aired on Sunday. The 22 year old dwarf, who came prepared to wow the judges with his dance performance left the stage ripped apart, as the judges were not pleased with his talent.
Wailing uncontrollably Emmanuel took to the floor to air his pain as he kept reminding God that he promised to see him through his performance. Defeated and torn apart, Emmanuel wailed uncontrollably. Meanwhile, he is not your idea of a regular stop and search police officer; Famous Ajieh flavours his own service with music. Well known and loved for his music, Famous Ajieh a policeman from Asaba released his album on Nigeria’s Got Talent Asaba auditions. Stating that he wasn’t there to win the grand prize, all he wanted was to use the Nigeria’s Got Talent platform as a means to reach the world with his music. Fully kitted in his uniform, Famous performed a track from his album entitled, 'We be one o' – a solidarity message.
Group suggests ways to make agric attractive to youths
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Fascinating facts about farting
assing gas may be embarrassing for most of us, but it might make you feel better to know that it's one of the most common bodily functions of all time. Everyone does it. In fact, the word "fart" is one of the oldest words in the English language! Farts are caused by trapped air, which can come from many sources. Some of it is air that we have swallowed while chewing or drinking. Some air is caused by gas seeping into our intestines from our blood, and some gas is produced by chemical reactions in our intestines or bacteria living in our guts. A typical fart is composed of about 59 percent nitrogen, 21 percent hydrogen, 9 percent carbon dioxide, 7 percent methane and 4 percent oxygen. Only about one percent of a fart contains hydrogen sulfide gas and mercaptans, which contain sulfur, and the sulfur is what makes farts stink. Farts make a sound when they escape due to the vibrations of the rectum. The loudness may vary depending on how much pressure is behind the gas, as well as the tightness of the sphincter muscles.
Why do farts smell bad?
he Nigeria Cassava Growers Association, Ogun State branch, has suggested that the best way for governments to attract youths into agriculture was to help them clear, harrow, plough and plant the farm land. The state Secretary of the association, Mrs. Iyejide Falode, made the suggestion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta. Falode said the assistance was necessary, particularly for arable crops, noting that land preparation was very tedious. She said: “In arable farming, land preparation is a key problem. If our governments really want our youths to embrace arable farming, they should clear the land, plough, harrow and even plant for them. “Then hand over the land to them to maintain and when they see all these, they (youths) would be encouraged at the end of the day. “When they harvest and the sales are made, the government takes the investment and gives them the profit to re-invest.’’ She said that youths could also be encouraged to embrace other aspects of agriculture such as poultry production and fish farming, stressing that agriculture had a lot of prospects. Falode further advised parents who farm to also encourage their children to engage in agriculture, adding that such children will be attracted into the sector, if they see the business as profitable and meeting the needs of the house. Commenting on the intervention of the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in the state, the secretary said that the agency had helped women farmers to draw up convincing business plans, with which they were able to obtain loans from banks. The secretary explained that grouping the women into cooperatives was designed to enable them to access credit facilities and benefit from the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme as well.
The more sulfur-rich your diet is, the more terrible your farts will smell. Some foods contain more sulfur than others, which is why eating things like beans, cabbage, cheese, soda, and eggs can cause gas that will peel the paint off the walls!
People pass gas about 14 times per day The average person produces about half a litre of farts every single day, and even though many women won't admit it, women do fart just as often as men. In fact, a study has proven that when men and women eat the exact same food, woman tend to have even more concentrated gas than men. If a person were to fart continuously for 6 years and 9 months, they would produce gas with the equivalent energy of an atomic bomb. Members of the LEO District 404A1 at the free diabetes screening in Lagos... recently
Leo Club conducts free diabetes screening
iabetes is a 'Serial Killer' and also a 'Silent Killer'! The staring statistics showing the dominance of the disease in Africa is worrisome! Statistics say about 500 million people are suffering from diabetes globally, while the figures in Nigeria display an approximation of 10 million of the Population! To this end, Leo District 404A1 Nigeria (Youth Affliate of Lions District 404A1 Nigeria) conducted free diabetes screening recently in commemoration of this year’s World Diabetes Day by the United Nations at the ever busy Biode Park at Ojota, Lagos. The four-hour exercise which at the ever busy Biode Park at Ojota, Lagos had over 150 members of the public including the leaders of the park screened free of charge. Blood pressure and sugar level were tested on all that attend the event. Speaking at the event, the Leo Programme Chairperson Lion Abimbola Odeniyi stated that "Diabetes is a killer and every one needs to always check their sugar level regularly also considering the fact that it is said to
be hereditary." Similarly, the Leo District President, Leo Shogo Oloshunde stated that the choice of the venue was due to the busy nature of the area even as he added that the mission was accomplished. He advised all those tested with traces of high sugar level to visit the nearest general hospital to enable start treatment in earnest. He also urged others who are at risk to keep checking their sugar level regularly and take necessary prescription by the doctors. Oloshunde further stated that the Leo Club is an humanitarian organisation where members contribute their 'bit' and use it for a community development project. Responding, the Public Relations Officer of the park, Comrade Adewale Olawale applauded the efforts of Leo District 404A1 for the choice of the park, as it would enable the drivers and the workers to know their status. He requested that they looked forward to more from the organisation.
Holding farts in could be bad for your health Doctors disagree on whether or not holding in a fart is bad for your health. Some experts think that farts are a natural part of your digestive system, so holding them in won't harm you. Others think that at best, holding them in can cause gas, bloating, and other uncomfortable symptoms, and at worst, repressing gas can cause hemorrhoids or a distended bowel. For some cultures, farting is no big deal While most cultures feel that farts should be suppressed in polite company, there are some cultures that not only don't mind letting them fly in public, but they actually enjoy it. An Indian tribe in South America called the Yanomami fart as a greeting, and in China you can actually get a job as a professional fart-smeller! In ancient Rome, Emperor Claudius, fearing that holding farts in was bad for the health, passed a law stating that it was acceptable to break wind at banquets.
People even fart after death Here's proof that you can't escape passing wind, even after you're dead! Up to three hours after the body dies, gasses continue to escape from both ends of the digestive tract, resulting in burping or farting noises. This phenomenon is due to muscles contracting and expanding before rigor mortis sets in. Source: Oddee
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Schools urged to introduce press clubs
chools across the country have been urged to introduce press clubs to educate students on current developments. Principal of Federal Science and Technical College (FSTC), Dayi in Katsina State, Alhaji Shehu Bature, made the call during the college’s Press Club Day and Lecture, with the theme ``Role of Secondary Education in Nigerian Developmental Process’’. The principal said the clubs would enlighten students on current issues happening in and around their environment and the world at large. He noted that the press club in the college had always informed the students on latest happenings in the country during the school assemblies. Bature explained that the club had served as a medium of informing, educating and preparing the students for debate and quiz competitions. The principal commended the club patron, Mr. Olowe Oluwambo, on his effort, and advised other schools to emulate the initiative. Bature urged individuals and organisations to provide more assistance to the club to enable it achieve its goals. The Guest Lecturer, Malam Dahiru Biso, described secondary education as the stage of preparing individuals for future challenges geared toward actualising their dreams. Biso, who is the Manager News, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Katsina, said that the scheme remained paramount in the country's building process. He said that secondary education contribute a lot to national development and appealed for collective support from parents and teachers to ensure standard. He further urged authorities to ensure adequate posting of qualified teachers, provision of instructional materials and other infrastructure that would facilitate good learning at all levels of education. Another speaker, Malam Habibu Harisu, said national development was a collective responsibility of all citizens and advised the school management to support the club’s activities in view of its importance to students’ upbringing. Harisu, a Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), expressed appreciation over the club’s performance on news, features and commentary presentations. The District Head of Malumfashi, Justice Mamman Nasir, who was represented by the Village Head of Dayi, Alhaji Lawal Dayi, commended the Federal Government for citing the school in the area. The monarch said the school's presence gave opportunity to residents to access education especially vocational training and promised more support to the school. The event witnessed competitions on commentary writing, story writing and news cast among three participating schools as the FSTC Dayi, Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Bakori and the Federal Government Girls College (FGGC), Zaria, Kaduna State. The FSTC Dayi emerged overall winners of the competition.
Job seekers at the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency's (NDLEA) aptititude test in Lagos.
Social media screening bothers job seekers, study reveals STORIES: LEONARD OKACHIE
n Nigeria and other parts of the world, the importance social media in today’s society cannot be over-emphasised and its growth as influencing factor in people’s lives is breathtaking. It has not only enhanced great ways to protect and build digital reputation, but has also helped to connect with families and friends. However, job seekers have long been warned of their social media posts as an increasing number of organizations are using Facebook and Twitter to screen candidates. But a new study suggests that practice may be a double-edged sword. Research from North Carolina State University shows that companies could potentially alienate job candidates by using their Facebook pages as part of the review process -- making it more difficult for organisations to attract top candidates. "The recruiting and selection process is your first indication of how you’ll be treated by a prospective employer," said Will Stoughton, a Ph.D. student and lead author, in a statement. "If elite job prospects feel their privacy has been compromised, it puts the hiring company at a competitive disadvantage." In the first study, 175 participants who had applied for a job online were told that their Facebook pages were screened for "professionalism."
Two-thirds of participants said they found a prospective employer less attractive after learning of the Facebook screening. In a second study, 208 participants were asked of a hypothetical situation where employers reviewed their Facebook profile. Researchers found that 60 per cent of participants held a negative view of the potential employer, regardless of whether or not they got the job, because they felt their privacy was violated. The study, published in the Journal of Business and Psychology, also showed that social medial screening increases the likelihood of job candidates taking legal action against a company. "This research tells us that companies need to carefully weigh what-
ever advantage they believe they get from social media screening against the increased likelihood of alienating potential employees," said Lori Foster Thompson, a psychology professor at NC State and co-author of the paper. "Elite job prospects have options, and are more likely to steer clear of potential employers they don't trust." But commenting on the study, Mr. Peter Okoro and IT expert told National Mirror that it is for such reason that he did not attach his name to his twitter account on a side note, while his Facebook is so locked down that nobody else can see it. “First thing to do with your social network account is restrict access to friends only. Another thing is to remove any damaging or bad comments,” he added.
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Again, Ohaeri emerges Abuja NIPR chairman CHIDI UGWU ABUJA
he Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Abuja Chapter has re-elected Mr. Ohaeri Osondu as Chairman to pilot the affairs of the Chapter for the next two years. The election which was part of the activities lined up for the 20th Annual General Meeting of the Chapter held at the Rockview Royale Hotel Abuja on the 20th and 21st November 2011, witnessed a large turnout of members including the Registrar of the Institute, Dr. Steve Adebayo as head of the electoral body. A media release by the Institute in Abuja, disclosed that the election which was keenly contested in an atmosphere of peace and electoral transparence, saw the election of Mr Osondu Ohaeri, a Superintendent Route Commander and staff officer, Media Relations with the
Federal Road Safety Corps, who had been the Chairman of the Chapter, re-elected as the Chairman with a total of 61 votes. Other contestants for the post of Chairman, Mrs. NgoziJohn Uyah polled 20 votes while Dr. Tayo Haastrup got 17 votes. Similarly, Mr. Tunde Oladapo polled 42 votes to be elected as Vice Chairman while Miss Martina Agbo polled 55 votes to be returned as Secretary General of the Chapter. In his acceptance speech, Mr. Ohaeri thanked members for the confidence reposed in him and appealed for their contribution and advice in the collective effort to sustain the re-positioning and transformation agenda of the Chapter especially in view of its strategic location at the nation’s administrative headquarters, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The Chairman further urged his members to remain consistent in pursuing the virtue
and ideals of Public Relations practice in Nigeria, anchored on credibility, transparency and responsible performance, adding that the FCT chapter of the Institute will strive to entrench qualitative public relations practice service in the public sector. Also speaking, the DirectorGeneral of the National Identity management Commission, Mr. Chris Onyemenam has allayed the fears of possible faking of the national identity card and hacking into the database by cyber fraudsters. According to him, the new identity card is encrypted with single chip, having multiple functionality with18 distinguishing security features, adding that the Commission was aware of the high rate of cyber crimes committed by young Nigerians. He also said that the agency was working hard to ensure the safety of the nation’s database.
A cross-section of GOtv subscribers at the GOcustomer Forum held in Ibadan... recently.
GOtv launches GOcustomer Forum
Otv Nigeria has continued its second anniversary celebrations hosting its subscribers in Ibadan at an interactive forum at the Jogor Centre last Saturday. Tagged the GOcustomerForum, the event was organised to appreciate the first customers to come onboard its pay-TV platform while affording the subscribers the opportunity to give GOtv firsthand feedback on its services. In a welcome address, Marketing Manager GOtv, Mr. Dare Kafar said, “The GOcustomer Forum is an exclusive event dedicated to interact with and appreciate GOtv subscribers. As GOtv celebrates two years of operations in Nigeria, we deemed it fit to meet with our subscribers face-toface and deliberate on ways to serve you better.” “In deciding where to first hold this forum, it only seemed appropriate to come back to Ibadan, where GOtv first became operational. We thank you for your patronage and look forward to receiving your valuable feedback”, he concluded. The event was hosted by comedian Bash and kicked-off with quizzes on GOtv content and offerings and thereafter dovetailed into a content presentation by Public Relations Manager, GOtv,Miss Efe Obiomah. She stressed that GOtv offers wholesome family entertainment which everyone can afford.“GOtv offers a wide range of programming including entertainment and movies, news, music, fashion, religion,
sport, documentaries and kiddies programming.” “We appreciate that you love the AfricaMagic channels. There are now 40 channels on GOtv Plus and I would like share with you the new additions and some signature shows to ensure that you derive maximum excitement from your GOtv”, she said. Some of the channels she pointed out during her content presentation are – the latest additions to the GOtv plus bouquet –Telemundo, PRTV and HipTV. Others channels showcased include - Mnet Movies Zone, SuperSport Select 2, Sony Max, Sony Entertainment, e.TV Africa, Vox Africa, BET, Discovery World, E!,the Style Network, Soundcity, Channel O, MTV Base, Disney Junior and Nickelodeon. Miss Obiomah also shared with the subscribers, the progress made by GOtv over the last two years highlighting other cities in which GOtv services are available. The forum gave the GOtv subscribers the opportunity to ask questions with some on-the-spot query resolutions. Among the requests from the subscribers was the extension of the GOtv service to the western part of the country. Giving a testimonial, a GOtv subscriber, Rev. Michael Soneye commended GOtv for the initiative, expressing satisfaction with the pay-TV’s offerings since he purchased his decoder in May 2012. He however clamoured for the forum to hold regularly to facilitate better communication with subscribers. To wrap-up the event was a dance drama by popular dance group, Genesis.
Yahoo! gets own global news anchor
ahoo! made a fresh move to expand as a media group, naming a star "global anchor" to be the face of its digital news brand. The California Internet company hired long time newscaster and talk show star Katie Couric, well-known to American television viewers, having hosted programmes on three top broadcast networks. "Couric is joining the company as Global Anchor, as part of Yahoo!'s ongoing commitment to re-imagine how news and information is delivered and consumed," a Yahoo statement said. Yahoo! chief executive Marissa Mayer, hired last year to help revive the fortunes of the faded Internet pioneer, said Couric "will lead a growing team of correspondents at Yahoo! News who will cover the world's most interesting stories and newsmakers." "From pivotal coverage of natural disasters and historic elections to the Royal Wedding and the Olympic Games, groundbreaking interviews with heads of state, her experience is unmatched," Mayer said in a blog post. Mayer says Couric, 56, will continue to host her daytime television talk show "Katie"
while being the "face" of Yahoo! News and being part of features for the Internet company's home page. Couric will begin with Yahoo! News early next year to help reshape coverage for the Internet company, which hosts the biggest global news website and is gradually moving to control more of the content. Couric told news website Capital New York the format for Yahoo!'s programming has not yet been defined. "I don't think it is going to be a half-hour evening news broadcast or a twohour morning show," she said. "We are trying to be very openminded. What I really am excited about in working with the team at Yahoo! is that there are no rules right now, we're going to try things, we're going to see how they go, we're going to see what people are interested in. We can do everything from a town hall meeting to in-depth interviews or a breaking news story," Couric said. Source: AFP via I-Net Bridge
Zimbabwe registers 85 media organisations
t least 85 media organisations have been registered by the Zimbabwe Media Commission since its formation in 2009, as part of efforts to enhance access to information by Zimbabweans, ZMC Commissioner Chris Mhike has said. He said the approach taken by the commission was to allow all those who applied for a licence as long as they met the requirements of the enabling legal statute, Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Mhike said this while addressing journalists and other media stakeholders attending a consultative workshop on
President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe
Media Law and Policy in Zimbabwe organised by Misa Zimbabwe. "We have not denied any application by and large. We have registered more than 85 media organisations. We have only declined registration for two applicants," he said. One application ZMC declined registration was a company whose majority shareholding was foreign, something that was not consistent with the law, said Mr. Mhike. Another applicant was a community radio firm which they felt could best be dealt with by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe. ZMC, said Mr. Mhike, was keen to meet Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo to explain to him their challenges, the major one being funding. "We have made a request as ZMC to have a meeting with the minister," he said. "We have concerns. We have been unable to meet some constitutional obligations because of lack of funds."
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Good Samaritans meet homeless Czech man in New York, buy him a ticket home
zech national Jaroslav first came to the United States in September in hopes of finding work. But things didn’t work out as planned for the 53-year-old. He lost his job at an Orlando-area hotel, went to New York City only to be robbed of everything he owned when he fell asleep at the bus station, and ended up living between homeless shelters and on the streets of Manhattan for more than a month. All Jaroslav (whose last name is not known) wanted was to get home to the Czech
Republic and see his family again. And then he met members of the YouTube comedy group, Whatever, in Union Square Park in early November. They were out with Brandon Levithan, the owner of clothing company Thread Society, handing out sweatshirts, blankets and hats to the homeless to keep them warm through the winter. (They were inspired by similar Good Samaritan videos like the help-a-homeless-veteran time lapse and Whatever’s own “Giving a Homeless Man $3,000.”)
Aiden Mitchell, the young hero
4-year-old helps save mother’s life
iden Mitchell, a 4-year-old in Detroit has been credited with heroically saving his mother’s life. As reported by WJBK Fox 2 News, Aiden’s great uncle Gregory Mitchell made several calls to speak with Aiden’s mother, Angela, but grew suspicious when the little boy kept answer-
ing the phone. Uncle Greg recalled, “I said, ‘where’s your mom at?’ He said, ‘She’s asleep.’” But in fact, Aiden’s mother had fallen into a diabetic coma and it was just a matter of time until it could have become fatal. When relatives decided to check up on the family, Aiden was hesitant to
open the front door. But when the relative put the young boy at ease by using their shared nickname, the 4-year-old opened up. Once the family saw Angela’s condition they immediately called for medical help and emergency services took her to Sinai Grace Hospital. The EMS workers told Gloria Mitch-
ell, Aiden’s grandmother, “Had it been another 30 minutes she may have, I might have lost her.” They experienced a tragedy earlier this year when Angela’s brother passed away from complications of diabetes so the little hero’s efforts saved the family from what would have been certain additional heartbreak.
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World News Should the people of Scotland vote to become independent, a currency union would be highly unlikely.
Italian Senate expels ex-PM Berlusconi
–BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON
409 Nigerians in South Africa’s jail PAUL ARHEWE,
WITH AGENCY REPORTS
he House Committee on Diaspora has described the increasing numbers of Nigerians in foreign prisons as “ridiculously embarrassing”. The Chairman of the committee Hon Abike Dabiri Erewa made this observation after the committee’s visit to two prisons in South Africa where 409 Nigerians are being held for various offences. She was accompanied on the visit by Hon Ajibola Famurewa and Hon Umaru Shidanfi both members of the committee, consular officers of the Nigerian Embassy, and executives of the Nigerian Union in South Africa. The committee at an interaction with some inmates were told that some of them have completed their prison terms, yet were still being kept in Jail. The inmates complained of extreme discrimination by the prison authorities in South Africa saying that as Nigerians, they get very bad deal. Sometimes according to the inmates, the authorities tore into pieces their Nigerian passports among several other allegations and refused to grant them bail, while others from other countries that committed similar bailable offence were granted bail.
Libyan army fights Islamists, three soldiers killed
Libya’s army clashed with Islamist militants in the eastern city of Benghazi early yesterday and three soldiers were shot dead, security and medical officials said. Western powers, worried about stability in Libya, have promised more aid to the army to curb former fighters and militants who helped topple veteran ruler Muammar Gaddafi two years ago, but have since challenged the OPEC country’s government. Fighting broke out on Monday between army special forces and members of militant group Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi, killing at least nine people before the Islamists retreated from their main base. Meanwhile, Libya has deported more than 500 African immigrants, state news agency Lana said, sending them to Niger as it tries to tackle an influx of refugees and Islamist militants. L-R: Member, House of Reps’ Committee on Diaspora, Ajibola Famunrewa; an officer from Johannesburg Medium Prison, Cassine Nigrini; Chairperson, House of Reps’ Committee, Abike Dabiri Erewa with Hon. Adamu Sadafi during the committee’s visit to Nigeria inmates at the prison in Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday.
The Chairman of the committee Hon Abike Dabiri Erewa advised the inmates to stay away from crime as obviously it does not augur well, no matter what. While on a visit to the Nigerian High commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador Sonni Samuel Yusuf, the committee commended the embassy for their various interventions and intimated them of the various allegations not only by Nigerians in prison
but Nigerians generally in South Africa of discrimination in several areas. The Nigerian Ambassador assured the committee, that the embassy will continue to make the welfare of Nigerians in South Africa their priorities. In the words of the Ambassador “nobody has the right to seize anyone’s passport not to talk of tearing them into pieces”. He said issues like that are not peculiar to Nigerians alone but blacks
Former Malian junta leader, Sanogo, detained
alian security forces have detained General Amadou Sanogo, the leader of the coup that plunged the country into chaos last year, the defence ministry said yesterday. Sanogo has this month repeatedly ignored summons by the
justice ministry to attend questioning over six deaths during an army protest in September. Mali’s newly-elected President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is under pressure to restore the state’s authority over both the army, which carried out the March 2012 coup, and the north, which was occu-
pied by a mix of separatist and Islamist rebels. The defence ministry did not give any further details on Sanogo’s detention, saying only that he had been taken into custody by soldiers. A Bamako-based diplomat said that Sanogo was also wanted for questioning over the deaths and disappearances of soldiers who tried to resist his coup last year. Boubacar Diallo, a witness outside the Djicoroni military base in Bamako where Sanogo is believed to have been, said he saw heavily armed troops arrive on the scene yesterday morning. Sanogo was controversially promoted from captain to lieutenant-general in August, prompting fellow ex-junta members also seeking promotion to mutiny at his Kati barracks, and forcing the army to intervene. The bodies of three missing
generally in South Africa and African ambassadors in South Africa are deliberating on this issue. He said the embassy will not relent in its efforts to protect the right and dignity of Nigerians. He also commended the large numbers of Nigerians excelling in South Africa in their various areas of endeavours, adding that the Embassy would continue to ensure that “one bad apple does not spoil the whole bunch.” soldiers were subsequently discovered in and around the barracks and around 20 officers, including Sanogo’s former deputy, were arrested. Sanogo led a group of mid-level officers to overthrow then-president Amadou Toumani Toure on March 22 last year, upending what had been considered one of West Africa’s flagship democracies. The coup precipitated the fall of northern Mali to militants linked to Al-Qaeda, but an intervention by French and African troops in January chased the rebels from the region’s main cities. In the months that followed the March coup, the Kati barracks were the site of numerous atrocities allegedly committed by his men against military considered loyal to the ousted president. In May last year, Sanogo and his former junta were granted a general amnesty and the captain received the status of former head of state, with all the accompanying benefits.
ECOWAS holds workshop to boost trade, environment policies A capacity building workshop for experts from the ECOWAS Commission, its Member States and other stakeholders is underway in Abuja on the Establishment of a Trade and Environment Knowledge Management Platform. The three-day meeting, which opened on Monday 25th November 2013, seeks to enhance knowledge and strengthen the capacities of the trade and environment experts to generate and share information that will boost negotiations as well as formulate coherent Trade and Environment policies. In his opening address, ECOWAS Commissioner for Trade, Customs, Industry, Mines and Free Movement, Mr. Ahmed Hamid said the crucial role of trade flows and investments in growth and development justified the need for “the pursuit for expansion of opportunities for trade” in the region.
Saudi Arabia deports over 50,000 illegal Ethiopian workers
“We projected the initial number to be 10,000 but it is increasing,” foreign ministry spokesman Dina Mufti told a news agency, adding that the final total once the mass airlift ends is now expected to be around 80,000. Ethiopia started repatriating citizens living illegally in Saudi Arabia after a seven-month amnesty period to formalise their status expired on November 4, sparking violent protests between Saudi police and Ethiopian migrants preparing to leave the country. The Ethiopian government said three of its citizens were killed in clashes. Dina said the government is spending $2.6 million (1.9 million euros) on the repatriation programme to bring citizens home, the majority women.
China monitors defiant US bomber flights
China acknowledged yesterday it let two American B-52 bombers fly unhindered through its newly declared air defence zone in the East China Sea despite its earlier threat to take defensive measures against unidentified foreign aircraft. The U.S. flights, which tested the Chinese zone for the first time since it was declared over the weekend, raised questions about Beijing’s determination to enforce its requirement that foreign aircraft identify themselves and accept Chinese instructions. China’s lack of any action suggested that it was merely playing out a diplomatic game to establish ownership over the area rather than provoke an international incident. The flights followed days of angry rhetoric and accusations over Beijing’s move, designed to assert Chinese claims to a group of uninhabited islands controlled by Japan. The U.S. and Japan have said they don’t acknowledge the zone, and Taiwan and South Korea, both close to the U.S., also rejected it. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will raise objections over the Chinese declaration when he visits the country next week, senior administration officials said in Washington on condition their names not be used. They said Biden would press Beijing policymakers on the “unsettling” pattern of how they deal with neighbours. A Chinese Defence Ministry statement said the U.S. planes were detected and monitored as they flew through the area for two hours and 22 minutes. It said all aircraft flying through the zone would be monitored and that “China has the capability to exercise effective control over the relevant airspace.”
Israel minister meets British official on Iran deal
Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz met yesterday with Britain’s negotiator at the Iranian nuclear talks as part of efforts to influence the shape of a final deal, his office said. Israel has decried as a “historic mistake” the breakthrough deal reached by world powers and Iran in Geneva on Sunday -- under which Tehran agreed to curb parts of its nuclear programme in return for an easing of sanctions. During the meeting in Jerusalem, Britain’s chief negotiator Simon Gass and the Israeli officials led by Steinitz “hashed out the existent differences and discussed in great detail” the agreement and the meaning of its clauses, a statement read. “An initial discussion on the character of the final agreement also commenced during the meeting,” it said. “Despite the differences of opinion, the talks took place in an open and friendly atmosphere.” A spokeswoman for Steinitz said he had also met on Tuesday with France’s chief negotiator Jacques Audibert in Jerusalem to discuss the interim deal and the final agreement. She said the British and French officials arrived in Israel after Steinitz had requested an update on the talks from London and Paris.
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Italian Senate expels ex-PM Berlusconi T he Italian Senate has voted to expel ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from parliament with immediate effect over his conviction for tax fraud. Berlusconi, who has dominated politics for 20 years, could now face arrest over other criminal cases as he has lost his immunity from prosecution. He told supporters in Rome it was a “day of mourning” for democracy. Ahead of the vote, he vowed to remain in politics to lead his Forza Italia in a “fight for the good of Italy”. Berlusconi told supporters gathered outside his Rome residence that “no political leader has suffered a persecution such as I have lived through”. He said: “It is a bitter day, a day of mourning.” Berlusconi, 77, said his struggle would continue outside parliament. He said: “We must stay on the field, we must not despair if the
leader of the centre-right is not a senator any more. There are leaders of other parties who are not parliamentarians.” The debate in the Senate had been heated, with two rival senators nearly coming to blows. No formal vote was held, but senators rejected a series of challenges from Berlusconi’s supporters. The Senate speaker then declared the three-time prime minister ineligible for a seat. “The conclusions of the committee on elections have been approved, abolishing the election of senator Silvio Berlusconi,” Speaker Pietro Grasso said. After the vote, Beppe Grillo, the leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, tweeted: “Berlusconi has been expelled by the Senate. One is out. Now we must evict all the others from the House.” Berlusconi was convicted of tax fraud in October 2012 over deals his firm Mediaset made to purchase TV rights to US films.
The verdict was upheld in August. He will have to serve a oneyear sentence, probably under house arrest or by doing community service because of his age.
Accident at Brazil World Cup stadium kills three
crane collapsed yesterday at the construction site of a future World Cup soccer stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, killing at least three people and apparently causing damage to the structure. The stadium, which was scheduled to be finished in the next month or so, is to be the site of the opening game and five other matches when Brazil hosts the 2014 soccer World Cup in June and July.
A spokeswoman for the Sao Paulo state military police confirmed the deaths. Brazil has struggled to deliver stadiums, public transportation improvements and other World Cup-related projects within the timelines specified by world soccer body FIFA. Some construction sites, such as a new terminal at Sao Paulo’s international airport, are being built around the clock seven days a week to try to finish them before the Cup.
The Sao Paulo stadium, formally called Arena Corinthians but known locally as “Itaquerão,” is being built by Brazilian industrial conglomerate Odebrecht SA, which recently said the arena was 94 percent complete. Photos taken by local media appeared to show significant damage caused by the fallen crane to the outside of the stadium. It was not immediately clear if the damage could pose a major delay to opening the stadium.
Latvia PM resigns over deadly building collapse
atvia’s prime minister has resigned after accepting political responsibility for the collapse of a supermarket roof in the capital that killed 54 people. Valdis Dombrovskis’ decision means that his centre-right government automatically falls. He was the longest serving prime minister in Latvia’s history. “Considering the ... tragedy and all the related circumstanc-
es, the country needs a government that has a majority support in parliament and can solve the situation that has arisen in the country,’’ Dombrovskis said after meeting the president, Andris Berzins. Last week’s collapse of the Maxima supermarket in Riga caused outrage among Latvians. Police have opened a criminal investigation. Possible explanations for the disaster
Scores were killed as the roof collapsed at a Maxima supermarket in Riga.
include a flawed design, substandard construction materials, and corruption. Berzins has accepted the resignation and is now searching for a candidate who will need to put together a new coalition, the president’s office said. Dombrovskis came to power in 2009 as Latvia’s economy was sinking into a deep recession and was charged with leading harsh budget cuts and tax increases while at the same time implementing tough structural reforms demanded by international organisations such as the International Monetary Fund. Dombrovskis was re-appointed twice as prime minister since then, and is widely credited with preventing the small Baltic nation from going bankrupt. Latvia’s economy has returned to growth and was the fastest growing in the European Union over the past two years. Latvia will become the 18th member of the euro area in January.
He has also been convicted of paying for sex with an underage prostitute and of a breach of confidentiality over a police wiretap. He is appealing against both convictions.
Pakistan names new army commander
akistan has appointed Lt Gen Raheel Sharif as its new army head after weeks of speculation, a move correspondents say could define PM Nawaz Sharif ’s third term in office. Lt Gen Sharif replaces Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, who retires on Thursday. The government has also named Lt Gen Rashid Mahmood as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee. The appointments are seen as vital in fighting the Taliban and in determining the army’s role in politics. Correspondents say Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will have carefully considered his crucial appointment of Lt Gen Sharif who is not related to him - because the prime minister has twice had run-ins with the military during previous terms in office. In 1999 Sharif was forced from office in a military take-over led by Gen Pervez Musharraf. Pakistan troops in Rawalpindi (17 November 2013) The army is one of Pakistan’s most powerful institutions In 1993 army chief Abdul Waheed Kakar led a push to get Mr Sharif to resign and hold elections following a long-running political stand-off between the prime minister and President Ghulam Ishaq. Little is so far known about Gen Sharif, correspondents say, apart from the fact that his brother was one of the army’s most decorated soldiers and was killed in the 1971 war with India.
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Community Mirror Mary’s statue weeps in Lagos52 FRANCIS SUBERU
he unexpected happened yesterday at No.2, Alafia Street, Off Mushalashi Road, Igando, Lagos when a tenant, Alaba Daniel Iziogba was electrocuted in his apartment. What makes the incident bizzare is the allegation that Iziogba’s death was caused by his lanlord, Pastor Olabisi Henry who allegedly set a trap for him. This has not been proven. The incident, which happened around 11.30pm on Monday, would have degenerated into chaotic situation but for the elderly ones who calmed angry youths in the area. Our correspondent who visited the deceased’s residence said that sympa-
It is our collective responsibility that can ensure security of lives and properties; not leaving everything to security agents alone. GOMBE STATE GOVERNOR; IBRAHIM HASSAN DANKWAMBO
‘The landlord watched my father gasping and did nothing until he died’
thizers who could not hide their feelings reeled out litany of evils the accused landlord had allegedly committed in recent time. The accused has, since been arrested and still being interrogated at Igando Police Division. The landlord, a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in the neighbourhood, was said to have deliberately fused the electricity phase which supplies power to the deceased’s apartment after Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN restored power, even when he was aware that the deceased
had his generator on. According to the deceased daughter, Abigail Iziogba who witnessed the incident, the family was about going to bed and the deceased had ordered her younger brother to put off the generator. She said amidst tears: “My brother had already put off the generator, but when he wanted to pull out the plug, he shouted and ran back saying he felt a shock. I did not take him serious, I also went there to unplug the generator and I felt the same way. “When daddy heard me shout, he ran out and went
to the generator to unplug it himself, but he was thrown to the ground and started gasping for breath. He was calling for help and begging the landlord who was watching everything at his balcony, to help and rescue him. But, our landlord refused to do anything, he was rather laughing. “When we ran to open the gate so that we could yell out to neighbours for assistance, we found that the gate had been locked and the landlord also refused to give us keys to the gate. My father was there gasping and pleading for help until he died some
minutes later.” When neighbors queried Pastor Olabisi before his arrest as to why he refused to render any assistance when his tenant was gasping for breath, he was said to have retorted that the two of them were not in talking terms before the incident. Community Mirror gathered that Alaba Iziogba and his landlord were not in talking terms for long owing to a disagreement over rent issues. The quarrel between them had degenerated so much so that the landlord had removed fuse from the phase supplying electricity to the deceased’s apartment. Since Pastor Olabisi took that action, Alaba had relied entirely on his generator to power his apartment. The distraught widow
of the deceased, Toyin Iziogba called for justice over the death of her husband saying she has no one except God. According to her, the deceased initially did not want to put on the generator, but later changed his mind so that the apartment would not be in darkness. Neighbours who came to sympathize with Iziogba family and spoke with National Mirror did not have anything good to say about the lanlord; adding that he is fetish and heartless. It was said Alaba’s death will be the second in the last two months in the compound. Daniel Iziogba until his death was with the Union Newspaper. Prior to his engagement in the Union, he worked with National Mirror Newspapers and the Guardian Newspapers.
Reps promise improved budget for railway FRANCIS SUBERU
H Late Alaba
Man arrested for raping 75-year-old woman ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI
he police in Ekiti State have arrested a 45-year-old plantain farmer, Mr Lawrence Adedapo, for allegedly raping a 75-year-old woman at Ogbese Camp, Ise Ekiti in Ise-Orun Local Government Area of Ekiti State. It was gathered that Lawrence had, on November 7, 2013 allegedly invited the victim into his room to collect plantain which he bought for her, not knowing that he had another sinister motive.
The suspect was alleged to have taken advantage of the woman by overpowering her before forcibly having canal knowledge of her. Although the septuagenarian victim said she was raped by Lawrence, the suspect counted her claims, saying he had been having sex with the woman for some time and that the woman only reported to the police this time because he reneged on his agreement before they had sex. Adedapo said: “I have known her for quite a long
time. I know her as a widow. We have known each other for the past 35 years and I have been dating her for long. The last time I had sex with her was in April during Easter before meeting her again on November 7. “That was the second time we met this year. I did not force her into it and I had her consent before doing it. She reported our affairs to police because I promised to give her N2, 000 which she asked for before we did it. But after doing it, I give her N1, 000. That could be the reason
she alleged that I raped her. I later found out that she was bleeding as a result of the sex”. Spokesman for police in Ekiti State, Mr Victor Babayemi, said medical report showed that “there was a violent sexual assault on her. She was also said to be distressed with her genital smeared with fresh blood”. Babayemi added that preliminary investigation has been able to establish that the suspect invited the woman, who had reached menopause with criminal intent to have sex with her.
ouse Committee on Land and Transportation which paid an oversight visit to Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC in Lagos yesterday has pledged improved budgetary allocation to the corporation, as parts of efforts at getting railway services in the country back on track. The committee members, led by the Deputy Chairman, Hon. Sokonte Davies said railway transportation is important to socioeconomic development of the nation. Hon. Sokonte who spoke to journalists shortly after taking a tour of the newly acquired facilities of the corporation, expressed the committee’s readiness to work with the corporation’s management for successful resuscitation of railway services.
The lawmaker however tasked the press, saying; the press should support the House by identifying areas of needs so that proper budgeting could be done. He said: “The press is found of raising unnecessary alarm when budgetary allocations are adjusted by the House. It is important for the press to inform Nigerians properly so that when we identify areas of needs and we budget money to it, they stop raising false alarm.” In his address, Managing Director of Nigerian Railway Corporation, Engr. Adeseyi Sijuwade said the corporation has put its 2013 budgetary allocation to judicious use. He said the corporation has not only acquired new equipments, but has added improved services. He said: “In the last two years, we have had a lot of improved services.
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Mary’s statue weeps in Lagos FRANCIS SUBERU
atholic faithful yesterday continue to pay homage to the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Anthony Chaplaincy, Police Barrack, Ikeja Lagos where her statue continued to weep for the sins of the world. The rare event which started at about 3pm on Sunday November 24, 2013 and still continuing has attracted hundreds of Catholics and none Catholics to the church. Faithful were seen gathering to pray the rosary individually but at around 10am, the church chaplain, Rev Fr Paul Omotosho announced that
fifteen decades of rosary would be said after which mass would be celebrated around 12noon. The chaplain had told reporters that the church is yet to make an official pronouncement on the matter stressing that the Lagos Archdiocese and he Vatican will work together in arriving at an official position on the issue. Our correspondent who went to see the weeping Virgin Mother was allowed into the shrine by Fr. Paul and was even allowed to take her picture. The reverend father who worked our correspondent to the grotto and showed him the weeping virgin said “you
can see the tears coming down from her eyes. She is calling us to repentance. The important thing is for us to repent from our sins and turn to God. “It is not enough for us to come here and watch her cry. I want everyone who comes here today to take a life changing decision and do something about our lives.” It was observed that Catholics at the church were in sober and meditative mood, all praying saliently in sober reflection of the happening. When contacted, Rev. Fr. Mathew Adedokun who is presently in the Vatican City, Rome gave an insite as to the
process involved in before Catholic Church issues an official statement on the matter. He said: “There would be an international laboratory test of the liquid (tears), the Vatican would order that the statue be technically dismantled to make sure no water pumping machine is installed within the statue. Once these are done with success the church would then proclaim the incident as an authentic miracle. Those were the steps taken before ascertaining that of SIRACUSA, here in Italy.” Fr. Mathew said huge security should be provided to prevent any attack on the statue.
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Goat delivers human-like creature in Ekiti ABIODUN NEJO ADO EKITI
lori-Oko, a farmstead in Ogotun Ekiti in the Ekiti South West Council area of Ekiti State, turned Mecca of sorts yesterday as a goat was delivered of a mysterious baby that looked like human being. The incident, which caused a stir in the agrarian community and its neighbours, was described by residents as strange, mysterious and an occasion which demanded appeasing the gods over. As the strange baby goat emerged from the mother-goat which went to labour at about 6am yesterday, residents took to their heels on sighting a creature that looked like human being. According to a source, who spoke on behalf of the village head, Mr Ganiyu Adedokun, Daniel
Oladele, had to force the female baby goat out of the parent’s genital when it was apparent there was difficulty in the delivery. The source said: “Strangely, the baby goat has hair, head and female genital that are similar to those of human beings which made people raise the alarm. The baby goat survived for about one and half hours before it died”. He added that the village would have to make sacrifices to appease the gods to forestall evil occurrence and calamity, adding that the matter would as well be reported to the Ologotun of Ogotun Ekiti, Oba Samuel Oyebade. Youth leader of the community, Mr Saheed Oladepo, who said the occurrence was frightening, said the owner of the mother goat was yet to be ascertained.
Police nab man for faking motorcycle number plates ALIUNA GODWIN EBONYI
T The weeping statue
Lawmaker empowers June 12 amputee, others MURITALA AYINLA
t was celebration on Monday at the Lagos State secretariat of the All Progressive Congress (APC) when the lawmaker representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Senator Ganiyu Solomon empowered one of the victims of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election crisis. The victim, Abiodun Mustapha was empowered alongside hundreds of residents in his district. The beneficiaries numbering about 500 were given working tools including grinding machine, refrigerators,
sewing machine, industrial sewing machine among other items that can aid selfempowerment. Mustapha was initially prevented from the scene of the event by security aides before the lawmaker spotted him and presented refrigerator, grinding machine and a generator set to him. Speaking with Community Mirror, Mustapha said he was elated by the items the lawmaker presented to him, saying he had been abandoned by many since he lost his leg to June 12, 1993 crisis 20 years ago. His words:“I was a fashion designer before the
unfortunate incident that claimed my leg. We were protesting on that faithful day when I was shot in the leg and my leg was later amputated. I sow cloths for late Dr Beko Ransome-Kuti until he died. Ever since I had the accident life has been horrible. Nobody had deemed it fit to empower me.” Briefing journalists after the presentation of the items, Solomon who is also the Senate Minority Whip, said the thrust of the empowerment was to alleviate the pains of the needy and the downtrodden in the society by providing them with items that could make them self-employed.
The Senator added that he had heard about the amputee who became June 12 martyr, saying the amputee was lucky to find him at the occasion. He said: “The gifts are not what someone can just keep at home; they meant to do small scale business with them. On the June 12 victim, the gifts will definitely impact on his life, he would be self-reliant and he can now set up his tailoring or fashion designer business better. Our main aim is to give our people the opportunity to know how to fish rather than giving them fish to eat.”
he Ebonyi State Police Command has arrested a Nnewi based businessman who specialises in printing and selling fake motorcycle number plates and documents to unsuspecting members of the public. The suspect, Lawrence Eke, an indigene of Ngbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State was arrested on November 13, 2013 following a tip-off. In a press statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Ebonyi State Command, ASP Chris Aynanwu said men of the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) were able to arrest the suspect while acting on information supplied by a good citizen of the state. Community Mirror gathered from the police that the suspect falsely claimed to be an agent of Safety Cooperative Insurance as well as an agent of the National Cooperative Insurance Society (Nig.) Ltd. The suspect who owns a shop at No. 45 Zone 20 in Nnewi main market
where he deals on motorcycle parts had in his possession eight fake motorcycle number plates for Ebonyi State and another six fake for Enugu State. As contained in the statement, the fake motorcycle number plates include: AFK 417 QB, AFK 402 QG, AKL 462 QD, AKL 427 QD, AKL 668 QD, AKL 632 QD, AP 742 AKL, AKL 678 QD; QV 278 ENU, QV 311 ENU, QV 308 ENU, QV 309 ENU, QV 297 ENU and QV 259 ENU. Other fake motorcycle particulars recovered from the suspect were 14 blank Ebonyi State General Motor Receipts, 15 blank Insurance Certificates, eight fake Vehicle Licenses of Ebonyi State and sone booklet of unfilled motor receipts from Enugu State.
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‘Microfinance banks, veritable means of fighting poverty’ OTHMAN SALIHU KANO
L-R: Representative of Bauchi State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Alhaji Mustapha Mahe; Director of Research, Industrial Training Fund, Dr. Joseph Ari and Area Manager, ITF, Bauchi and Gombe States, Alhaji Inuwa Samaila, at the opening of the 2013 stakeholders’ interactive PHOTO: NAN forum on Human Capacity Building in Bauchi State, yesterday.
Police threaten to arrest monarchs over Plateau attacks
lateau State police command yesterday threatened to arrest traditional leaders in the state whose domains continued to record attacks by gunmen. State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Olakpe, said this in Jos at a stakeholders’ meeting with various tribes and nationalities in Plateau North senatorial zone. Olakpe debunked the claims by the leaders that the attacks were carried out by unknown gunmen. He said the police had resolved to arrest the leaders as accomplices, because as the custodian of their societies’ culture and tradition, no crime would happen without their knowledge. “The command hereby gives the Berom and Fulani traditional leaders in Barkin Ladi seven days
within which to produce the perpetrators of the recent killings. “The Berom leaders must produce the 120 cows rustled and those that killed the three Fulani boys while grazing cows in Foron village. “The Fulani leaders should also produce those behind the killing of over 300 people in Hypang area of Barking Ladi Local Government recently.” The police commissioner said that after the expiration of the seven days and the criminals were not produced, the traditional rulers would be arrested and charged to court. Olakpe condemned the situation where the traditional rulers and the parents of the criminals had failed to expose the perpetrators of the nefari-
ous acts in the area. He expressed concern that youths in the area were no longer under parental control and advised the parents to always guide their children so that peace would return to the area. “The command hereby directs the traditional rulers not be afraid of the youth in their area as the police are ready to give them protection. “Any youth that commits any offence within their domain should be reported to the police or soldiers for possible arrest and prosecution. “Any parent or guardian whose ward is involved in any criminal activity and he fails to report to the police will be arrested as an accomplice.” The commissioner regretted that women, children and pregnant mothers were the worst victims
of the faceless criminals. He said most of the victims were poor rural folks while the children and wives of elite were shielded. He called on the pastors and imams not to relent in preaching peace in order to inculcate good moral behaviour in the youth. A Berom village head, Mr. Patrick Dangal, promised that they would be up and doing in monitoring the community with a view to exposing the criminals. Dangal appealed to the police to give them all the necessary protection in order for them to discharge their duties without fear or favour. Leaders from the Muslim and Christian sides of the divide also pledged to give the police the necessary support. It will be recalled that 40 people recently lost their lives in multiple attacks by gunmen in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state.
Ombatse group drags Nasarawa govt to court
•Demands N500m damages IGBAWASE UKUMBA LAFIA
he Ombatse group in Nasarawa State has dragged the state government to court, demanding for N500 million damages from the state for denting its image. The suit, said to have been filed at a state high court in Lafia, has the state governor, Umar Tanko Al-Makura, as the first defendant while the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General of the state, Innocent Lagi, was the second defendant. Also joined in the suit is
the judicial commission of inquiry set up by the state government to look into circumstances that led to the killing of the over 100 security operatives in Alakyo village in the state as the third defendant. Addressing journalists in Lafia, the state capital, yesterday, the legal adviser to the Ombatse group, Zamani Alumaga, denied knowledge of government proscription of the group which he said was only a prayer group contrary to claims in some quarters that Ombatse was a violent cult group. He said: “I only got to
know about Law number 4 of 2012 of the Nasarawa State banning the activities of Ombatse at the commission, when I appeared before it as a witness. I wondered when the law came into effect.” Alumaga, a former magistrate, further disclosed that on February 2, this year, the governor indicated interest in attending a prayer session with them at Alogani hills’ prayer ground but could not make it due to state functions. However, he said a permanent secretary in the state, whose name he was not ready to give, represented the governor at the event. He further drew attention to the contradiction in-
herent in state government actions that while it claims to have banned Ombatse on November 29, 2012, the governor would attend an Ombatse event early this year, wondering how the law banning the activities of the group operates. He also alleged that the governor deliberately pitched two arch rivals against each order, hence the attendant number of death recorded when they clashed. “He asked the police to go and arrest Baba Alakyo and quickly went back and asked Ombatse militia to stage a resistance to the arrest of the chief priest, today all that is history”, posited Alumaga.
icro-Finance Banks (MFBs) in the country have been identified as the most veritable tool of fighting poverty due to the financial services they provide for the people, 70 per cent of who are engaged in the informal sector and who live in rural areas. Managing Director of the National Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim, revealed this in a keynote address delivered on his behalf by the Head of Corporate and Public Affairs, Alhaji Hadi Sule Brichi, at the NDIC Special Day at the 34th Kano International Trade Fair yesterday in Kano. Ibrahim said that in addition, the MFBs have abundant opportunities to move funds in the informal sector through the banking sector in order to deepen financial inclusion. “However, the unequal distribution of the MFBs in the country is quite disturbing. As you may be aware, the high concentration of the MFBs in the south while the north is lagging behind with a few dotted in various locations of the region. “For example, while
the south has established 627 MFBs, the North has only 276. Furthermore, the South-West and SouthEast zones have 339 and 161 MFBs respectively, while the North-East and the NorthWest have only 35 and 50 respectively”, he hinted. The NDIC boss commended the Kano and Kaduna State governments for taking the bold step in establishing many of these microfinance banks in their respective states; while appealing to other northern governors to borrow a leaf from them. According to him, the idea is not only to promote financial inclusion, but in particular, to drastically reduce poverty and unemployment, which are prevalent in the northern states. The managing director also warned bank customers across the country to resist the temptation of patronising financial institutions that offer mouth-watering interests so as to avoid falling victim of fraudsters. He also observed that his corporation has arrested several ‘wonder bank’ operators and charged them to court in an effort to sanitise financial institutions in the country to ensure stability in the sector.
House clears 18 new commissioners in Kaduna A ZA MSUE KADUNA
t least 18 out of the 24 commissioners nominated by Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, who appeared before the state House of Assembly yesterday, were cleared without any rigorous screening exercise. The remaining six are to appear before the House today. A former Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Bashir Zubair from Birnin Gwari Local Government Area was the first to appear before the Committee of whole House chaired by the Speaker, Hon. Shehu Tahir. He was eulogised by members of the members as a former leader, who piloted the affairs of the House properly. He was asked to take a bow without any question. Also cleared by the Assembly were; Madami Garba Madami from Chikun, Abdulrasheed Musa Kakan-
gi from Giwa, Bashir Aliyu Zangon Aya from Igabi and Husaini Abdu from Ikara. Others were; Dr. Thot Joseph Dogo, Jaba, Jema’a, David Audu Chatjok from Kachia, Shehu Ahmed Giant, Kaduna North; Dr. Yari Peter Everton, Kajuru and Isaac Bodam. Even though some of those cleared were asked about what they can offer Kaduna State, others who had held one position or the other either as lawmakers before, had a field day on the floor of the House. However, the Assembly had earlier passed a second supplementary appropriation bill of N339.5 million into law. Speaking to journalists after the sitting, Chairman House Committee on Information, Hon. Yakubu Yusuf, said the supplementary appropriation was an intervention fund for the state-owned Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria.
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40 Boko Haram terrorists killed in military raid INUSA NDAHI MAIDUGURI
ver 40 suspected members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect have been killed by troops of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army along the Damboa-Gwoza Road at Bita village, Borno State. It will be recalled that over 20 suspected terrorists were killed in the late hours of November 15, 2013 by the troops at Bita, while many others escaped when the soldiers laid an offensive attack in one of the sect’s hideouts in the village as con-
Shettima warns civilian JTF against illegal cells
firmed to journalists by the Spokesman of the Division, Col. Mohammed Dole. Bita harbours camps of Boko Haram terrorists located 32 kilometres west of Gwoza. Gwoza is about 135 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital, which had witnessed series of attacks and killings with the bombing of public schools, a new generation bank and other institutions by the terrorists in recent times. A security source, who was not authorised
to speak on the incident, told journalists that the offensive military raid of the Boko Haram hideouts took place on Sunday and Monday. According to him, the raid was aimed at flushing out the insurgents suspected to have escaped the recent attempt by the troops arrest them. The source said intelligent report indicated that the terrorists took refuge at Sambisa Game Forest. National Mirror recalls that during the routine security visit last week by the Chief of Army Staff,
Lt. Gen. Azubike Iherijika, to Maiduguri, he addressed senior military and paramilitary officers at the 7 Division’s Headquarters and challenged them to be steadfast, saying there would be what he described “as total war and destruction of Boko Haram camps.” The source, however, said: “The recent attacks launched by the troops of the Division, beginning from this week was a huge success, as one of the camps of the terrorists was destroyed with the killing of unspecified
number of them.” Owing to lack of telecommunication network for the past couple of months in Borno State, which has remained under the state of emergency rule, both the Spokesman of the Division, Col. Mohammed Dole and the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Lawal Tanko, could not be reached, even as the email messages sent to them seeking their comments on the incident were not replied as the time filing this report. Meanwhile, the state Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, yesterday cautioned members of
a vigilance group popularly called civilian JTF currently undergoing training under the Borno Youths Empowerment Scheme (BOYES) against establishing illegal cells. Shettima, who spoke at the passing out of the second batch of the 1,000 youths under the BOYES programme, warned that the youths have no power to arrest or detain people, rather they are to work with security agencies. He warned that any members of the BOYES found disobeying the law would be arrest and handed over to the relevant agency for punishment.
‘300,000 Nigerian children die of malaria annually’
alaria is responsible for the death of over 300,000 children under the age of five in Nigeria annually, the Malaria Action Programme for States (MAPS) has said. MAPS Behavioural Change Communication Officer in Benue State, Mr Dominic Usman, said yesterday at the ongoing 5th Benue State Council on Health (SCH) meeting in Makurdi, the state capital, that Nigeria also recorded over 100 million clinical cases of the disease annually. He said that the disease was also responsible for 11 per cent of maternal deaths in the country. Usman said: “Malaria is the major cause of morbidity and mortality which has direct effect on the growing cases of poverty, low productivity and low school attendance in the country. “The mosquito-borne illness causes over 100 million clinical cases and is responsible for nearly 300,000 deaths in children under the age of five and 11 per cent of maternal mortality cases annually.” He said that the efforts by the Federal Government to eradicate the disease had not yielded much result due to structural and behavioural barriers by the citizens. Usman, however, commended the private
sector for its contribution to the health service delivery in the country. He said: “It is reported that the private sector contributes over 38 per cent of health care facilities in the country and also provides health care services for over 60 per cent of the health seekers in Nigeria. “The private sector is active in the fight against malaria and has comparative advantage in the provision of the drugs, commodities and services needed to prevent and treat the disease. “It is on record that 60 per cent of patients with the illness patronise private health facilities/ providers for treatment and of this number, only 4 to 10 per cent has access to quality parasite-based diagnosis because they are subjected to presumptive diagnosis and treatment.’’ Usman said the 2012 MAPs diagnosis analysis showed that there was a very weak technical diagnosis capacity in Benue State. “As a result of the 2012 diagnosis analysis survey, MAPs has trained Medical Laboratory Scientists in Microscopy for secondary facilities, Care workers and Medical Laboratory Technicians on the use of Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (MRDT) for the primary health care facilities,” he said.
An accident scene by Millennium Park Road In Abuja, yesterday.
NAFDAC destroys N595m drugs in Katsina JAMES DANJUMA KATSINA
rugs worth N595.8 million smuggled through the borders of Katsina State were yesterday destroyed by security and government officials. The drugs were seized by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and handed over to the National
Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) for onward joint destruction by fire. Speaking on the occasion, Katsina State Governor Ibrahim Shema decried the spate of drug abuse among youths which he said had become a major problem confronting the global community.
Shema said drug was responsible for youth restiveness and other related problems and that tackling same would go long way in developing better future for them. Represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Mannir Talba, the governor called on parents to monitor their children against drug abuse.
NAFDAC Director General, Dr. Paul Orhii, warned illegal drug peddlers to desist from doing so or else the long hand of the law would catch up with them. Represented by Sariel S.A., Orhii said: “We warn them to desist from their activities, both the drug peddlers and their collaborators, or face the consequences.”
Nasarawa teachers to receive salary before other workers
xecutive Chairman of the Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB), Mallam Abdulkarim Abdullahi, yesterday said that teachers would henceforth receive their salaries before any civil servant and political appointees. Abdullahi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lafia, the state capital, that the directive
was aimed at improving the standard of education. The executive chairman also said the order become necessary to improve teachers’ welfare and ensure their commitment in impacting knowledge to the pupil and students. He said: “Governor Umar Al-Makura has directed us to pay teachers salary as at when due and even before paying his own salary. “We are presently
partnering with Diamond Bank to ensure that teachers are being paid on time and to ensure that delay in paying primary schools teachers salary will be a thing of the past. “Teachers deserved improved remuneration considering the critical role they play in the socioeconomic development of the country. “For one to become prominent in the society he or she must have been
taught by a teacher, but at the end teachers are at the receiving ends why? “For the standard of education to be improved in the state and the country at large, teachers should be given topmost priority by government at all levels as well as private individuals through improved remuneration. “That is why Governor Al-Makura said that teachers should be paid before him.’’
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FASTEST TIME TO COMPLETE THREE GAMES OF DARUMA OTOSHI Vol. 03 No. 732 Thursday, November 28, 2013
The fastest time to complete three games of Daruma Otoshi is 16.81 seconds and was achieved by Yoko Kuroda (Japan) during the Park Challenge / GWR Live! at Tokyo Midtown, in Minato, Tokyo, Japan on 6 May 2012.
The unfair curse of justice
s Nigeria’s case shows vividly, once institutionalised corruption is effectively powered by impunity, it eats away at the system with reckless abandon; and the first culprits are usually the entire law enforcement agencies of government, the judiciary and the police. And because legal codes pertaining to prosecution of white collar crimes, especially in high places, are very weak, it is easy for perpetrators of illegalities to wriggle out when caught. We have a situation here where justice is for the highest bidder; only the rich and powerful can afford prosecution even in petty civil or criminal cases. So, God help you if you are a plaintiff in a suit involving the powerful. The scale of justice is tilted in favour of the government and politically powerful. We see how the fabled federal might is eas-
THE PRINCE OF NIGERIA PARADIGM Chris
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ily deployed by government functionaries against political opponents over ideological differences. It is common to see how police operatives haunt down and harasses political opponents of the federal government, in a democratic setting where we are supposed to have a level playing field. The road to justice in Nigeria leads to one destination: the abode of the powerful as the recent case of retired President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami shows. At a book launch recently, a former Chief Justice, Mohammed Uwais publicly lamented that the way Justice Salami was bundled out of the bench was unfair. That is just one of the several cases of miscarriage of Justice in this country. Space constraints would not permit me to list some old cases, but what seems obvious is that because of the frequency of corruption cases involving influential government officials, the media easily loses track of these things and so, the fickle-minded public soon forget most of these crimes, being thoroughly overwhelmed by more pressing issues of survival. In two weeks, the present hue and cry over the armoured cars purchased by the NCAA would die down, and the report of the committee may join the heap of previous probe reports in some cabinet in the Presidency where they’d be dumped to gather dust. One of the clever ways we pervert the course of Justice in Nigeria is through endless adjournments, high cost of litigation and abuse of court processes, something our
THE COURSE OF JUSTICE IS NOT SERVED WHEN IT HAS TWO FACES- ONE FOR THE RICH AND ANOTHER FOR THE POOR, EVEN WHEN THE RICH FELON INFLICTS HEAVIER DAMAGE TO SOCIETY law officers have turned into high art, along with missing case files or the recanting of voluntarily given evidences by witnesses, even when such testimonies were never given under duress, in the first place. This can happen because no one is ever put behind bars for perjury. In civilised democracies, when you lie under oath you face the wrath of the law. Former American President, Bill Clinton, despite posting a 5-star performance as that country’s CEO, was almost sacked by US lawmakers in the celebrated Monica Lewinsky scandal because they felt he lied under oath. Here, civil servants routinely lie about their age to elongate their tenures in service. That is why we have an official age and the real age. So, very often, we see our retired Generals or top public officers who just retired at 65 or thereabout, looking like advanced octogenarians. Suddenly, they
drop dead “after a brief illness”. No wonder, our athletes, especially agegrade footballers have something to emulate! FIFA’s introduction of bone marrow test to determine the true ages of age-group footballers was reportedly prompted by Nigeria’s often reported cases of age cheats. The culture of public lying with impunity is doing us more harm than good. By the time our U-17 boys’ graduate to the senior team, they’re already burnt-out because the rigours of competing at such high level take a toll and their real ages are exposed. This is not intended to diminish the importnce of the hard-won victory of our FIFA U-17 world champions. It is just that justice must be done even if the heavens will fall, as British legal icon; Lord Denning was famously quoted to have said. Perhaps, for fear that the heavens may fall when the untouchables run foul of the law in Nigeria, they are given a soft landing in the name of plea bargaining. The justice system is unabashedly skewed in favour of the rich. Why can’t we have a plea bargain for armed robbers who steal a few thousands, when pen robbers in high places are given such leeway? The course of justice is not served when it has two faces- one for the rich and another for the poor, even when the rich felon inflicts heavier damage to society than his poor partner-in-crime. This unfair dispensation of justice is the root cause of the growing instability in our society. The matter is simple. As the venal rich is given a slap on the wrist and is recycled back to power, the venal youth leaves prison if he is not executed, only to become a kidnapper, or worse, terrorist. With no way to get justice, he takes to the trenches, where there are “job”opportunities, because sponsors of the MENDs and Boko Harams of this world are always looking for fighters to recruit. We must start addressing the pervading injustice that has spurned the cry of marginalisation which the nation must redress to bring equality, justice and fairness to our jurisprudence. Rev. Chris Okotie, a Pastor-politician wrote from Lagos
atest reports said George Groves has warned Carl Froch that his reputation will be tainted unless he agrees to a rematch. Froch retained his IBF and WBA titles after a controversial ninthround stoppage in Manchester last Saturday. But referee Howard Foster has
Boxing: Groves insists on Froch re-match been roundly criticised for stopping the bout too hastily and Groves said yesterday that Froch’s credibility “will be shot” if he doesn’t give him a rematch. “At the time I was sickened and gutted, but now I’ve watched the foot-
age I’m a little angry,” Groves blasted. “It’s a shocking decision from the referee. I’m actually quite angry about it. A re-match is his only option. There’s no other fight out there for Carl that anyone would be interested in.
Groves would like to see a rematch fixed for Stamford Bridg -the home of his beloved Chelsea-or Wembley Stadium next summer. “It will help people remember the unjust finish to this fight,” the 25-year-old added.
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