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ÏCalls killer herdsmen new breed of Boko Haram ÏFaults reinstatement of suspended NHIS boss Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

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laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is under a trance, saying that the sooner the President got out of the trance, the better for the country

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Soyinka disclosed this on Tuesday while reacting to a question on the three things he would tell the President if he meets him, saying that, ” I will say Mr. President you are in a trance.” Asked the form of trance the President was in, the Nobel lauContinued on page 5

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CBN goes tough, seeks abolition of offshore banks Ï Says offshore transactions serve as conduit for money laundering Ï Seeks more powers to revoke licenses Ï Wants banks to sell forex at N360/$1

Henry Omunu, Abuja and Motolani Oseni, Lagos

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L-R: President Muhammadu Buhari; former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande and the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, during their visit to the President at the State House in Abuja... on Tuesday

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Tinubu: Obasanjo, IBB belong to ‘retirees club 5

US envoy cautions Nigerians over 2019 polls 7

Reps grills Kingibe, others over alleged $202m missing NIA funds 7


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shore banks operating in the country without been licenced locally, saying that such facilities serve as conduits for money laundering. An offshore bank is a bank located outside the country of residence of the depositor, typically in a low tax jurisdiction (or tax haven) that provides financial and legal advantages. The CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, made the request on Tuesday, at the two-day public hearing organised by the House Committee on Banking and Currency on a bill to amend the Banking and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) and other bills in Abuja. He said that the shell banks, apart from being used for money laundering, distort the banking system and are a problem to regulatory agencies. Emefiele, who was represented by the Director, Legal Services Department, Johnson Akinwunmi, said: “We wish to propose the introduction of new subsection 3(6) and (7) for the proscription of shell banks in response to the latest recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) on money laundering. “Any bank or its subsidiaries without physical presence in the country where it is incorporated and licenced and is not affiliated to any financial services group that is subject to effective consolidated supervision shall not be allowed to operate in Nigeria and no Nigerian bank, orbits subsidiaries shall establish or continue any relationship with such bank or subsidiary.” Similarly, the CBN is also seeking additional powers to revoke licences of banks and the power to inject funds into a falling bank by way of equity participation up to a level that guarantees control by the CBN. The additional powers, according to the director, is to enable the CBN acquire equity investment institutions and its ability to ensure a sound financial system. The CBN also backed the House of Representatives in imposing stiffer penalties and terms of imprisonment of certain offences on

erring commercial banks and their members of staff. But in his presentation, the Director of Legal/ Board Secretary, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Belema Taribo, opposed the proposed fines, saying they were too high. On the issuance of licences, the NDIC proposed that the CBN should seek its consent before granting any application for banking licence, adding that “this is to enable the corporation have a prior evaluation of the applicants with regard to insurance of deposits.” Earlier, in his welcome address, the Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Currency, Hon. Jones Onyereri, said increase in penalties to the bank operators would streamline the operations of such banks to conform to international best practices. He informed that the proposed amendments to the BOFIA Act 2017 was initiated by three lawmakers, namely, Hon Daniel Reyeneiju (PDP/Delta); Hon Betty Apiafi (PDP/ Rivers) and Hon Jones Onyeriri (PDP/Imo). Some of the penalties in the 70 proposed amendments to the BOFIA Act 2017 include: a fine of N20 million on banks that fails to comply to the conditions of the licence, a fine of N20million on any director that fails to declare any property he/she owns that runs contrary to the Act; “A fine of N10 million against a director or manager that fails to keep a book of account and a fine of N2million on banks that fail to publish its annual report of its general meeting in two reputable national dailies among others.” Meanwhile, the CBN in a new circular has directed all Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) operating in the country to comply with the agreement of the Bankers Committee to begin sale of foreign exchange for invisibles at N360 to $1, as well halt collection of charges and fees on such forex sales. The circular, signed by the CBN’s director, Trade and Exchange Department, W.D. Gotring, titled, “Charges on the Sale of Foreign Exchange for Invisible Transactions”, ordered all banks to comply

with the directive immediately. According to Gotring, “All authorised dealers are hereby informed that the charging of commissions on retail foreign exchange transactions such as business travel allowance (BTA), personal travel allowance (PTA) medical and school fees have been abolished.” The Bankers Committee, which is made up of chief executives of banks and regulators in the financial industry, rising from its meeting last week, agreed that customers buying for-

eign exchange from banks for the payment of school fees, medical bills or personal and business travel allowance are not to pay extra charges for the purchase. The Bankers committee of the CBN last week directed commercial banks to stop commission charges from end-users on sales of Personal Travel Allowance (PTA), Basic travel Allowance (BTA), among others, as foreign exchange rate now hamonised at N360 to $1. Speaking to the journalists on behalf of the

committee, Managing Director/CEO of FSDH Merchant Bank, Mrs. Hamda Ambah, explained that the uniform sales at the invisible market will serve as palliative measures for individual Nigerians to access foreign exchange without commission charges by banks for such foreign exchange sales. She said: “One of the things that we agreed at the meeting was something we measured that will be palliative for individual in the economy. It was agreed that for foreign exchange at banks sale with CBN

authority to their clientsPTA, BTA, school fess and for medical bills. “The committee has also pegged the buying rate of dollars for invisibles at N360, urging customers to patronise banks for their foreign exchange demands. Some banks had been charging commissions on forex bought by customers for invisible”. The CBN Director, Banking Supervision, Ahmed Abdullahi, urged customers to report any bank that sells above N360 to $1 or imposes charges and commissions.

L-R: Manager, Education Portfolio, MTNF, Pamela Emodi; Sr. Linda Nwachukwu; Director, Ancilla Motherless Home, Sr. Francisca Opara and Director, MTN Foundation, Mr Dennis Okoro during the presentation of household items to Ancilla Motherless Home, Emekuku under the auspices of the MTNF Orphanage Support Initiative in Owerri, Imo State...on Tuesday.

Tinubu: Obasanjo, IBB belong to ‘retirees club’ Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

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National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo and ex-military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, “are yesterdays men and should allow Nigeria to move on.” Tinubu, who came to the Presidential Villa in Abuja in company of the former interim national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, said that the reconciliatory assignment in the APC has started in earnest. Reacting to separate statements released by both former leaders, the APC leader said, “I don’t address those shadows. We should let our former pres-

idents join retirees’ club and take pensions but they can participate in our politics if they are interested. “It is a free world but this freedom is not served a la carte but they should allow us to move our country forward. It is a challenge to every Nigerian.” Tinubu also disclosed that he has been given free hand in his assignment to reconcile all aggrieved members of the APC. Buhari had last week appointed Tinubu to lead the consultation, reconciliation and peace building efforts within the party. Speaking on his assignment to reconcile aggrieved members, Tinubu said, “Democracy is about conflict resolution process. You can’t do it without resolving conflicts. We can’t build it without un-

derstanding the conflicts and sources where we are coming from. But we want to leave the country with a legacy. It’s not about Mr. President. That is what he’s telling the country. I’m enjoying the challenges so far.” On what are the chances of APC during the 2019 elections, Tinubu said, “You are asking me an obvious question. I belong to this party. My commitment is to this party. We have a better chance and we are strongly determined to prosecute election in a most transparent and democratic manner and we will win.” In a related development, Buhari held a closed-door meeting with Tinubu and Akande. The President had earlier met with a former mili-

tary Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting, held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was the second meeting that has been held between the President and the twoparty chieftains this year. The meeting took place after President Buhari received letters of Credence from the Ambassador of Niger to Nigeria, Mr Alat Mogaskia; the High Commissioner of Ghana, Alhaji Rashid Bawa and that of Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy Sea to Nigeria, Most Rev. Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi. But Abdulsalami declined to speak to State House correspondents after the meeting with Buhari which lasted for less than one hour.


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Buhari is under trance, says Soyinka Continued from page 5 reate said: “I don’t know. So many unforced errors. Take for instance, the suspended Executive Secre-

tary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) Usman Yusuf, reinstated by the President. What is that about? What is going on?” Soyinka had earlier held

a press conference in Lagos on the state of the nation titled ‘Nomads and Nation: Valentine card or valedictory rites.’ The revered playwright

also spoke on farmers, herdsmen clashes and called on relevant authorities to check the wave of attacks being perpetrated by armed herdsmen across

L-R: Sen. Isa Hamma Misau, Deputy Leader of the Senate, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, Leader of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, leader of delegation, Stakeholders on Prison Reforms and Decongestion and the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Hon. Justice Ishaq Bello, Olawale Fagbohunda and Mrs. Ayoola-Daniels when the group visited the President of the Senate in Abuja...on Monday

the country. He observed that the phenomenon of herdsmen and farmers clashes is not new but an issue that has graduated to an alarming state in the last eight years. Soyinka also called for an organised resistance to the menace, describing the armed herdsmen as a new breed of Boko Haram and internal colonialists. He said, “The important thing is the consciousness of a need for organised resistance against the incursion of cows. “In Ogun State, we have formed a sort of informal organisation called OSHA, Ogun State Hunters Association and we intend to collaborate with similar movements, the police and the military.” Commending the state governments who have set up organisations to protect their citizens from attacks by the armed herdsmen, Soyinka said these organisations need to be taken seriously and well

equipped to successfully disarm the armed herdsmen and prevent recurrent invasions. He said, “I wish to commend the governors in the various governors states who are now beginning to understand that they must start policing themselves. “If we want to take the phenomenon seriously, it will be to ensure that anytime the organisations see an armed herdsman, they report to the nearest police station. If by a certain time that group of armed herdsmen are not disarmed, then this organisation will move and disarm them.” The Nobel laureate said further that he is not happy with what he describes as the body language of the government in handling the matter. He also condemned the proposal for the establishment of cattle colony, insisting that ranching is the preferred option to resolving the crisis.

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African President, Jacob Zuma, has agreed in principle to resign within a time frame of three to six months. The African National Congress (ANC) Secretary Genera,l Ace Magashule disclosed this on Tuesday while briefing the media in Johannesburg about outcome of the ruling party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting. Magashule said that the NEC resolved to recall Zuma and would brief Parliament caucus today being Wednesday. The decision by the ANC national executive followed 13 hours of tense deliberations and one, short face-to-face exchange between Zuma and his presumed successor, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. But the ANC Secretary General confirmed the party’s ‘final’ decision to recall President Jacob Zuma, but insisted it wasn’t because he had done ‘anything wrong’. Zuma, a polygamous Zulu traditionalist, has

been living on borrowed time since Ramaphosa, a union leader and lawyer once tipped as Mandela’s pick to take over the reins, was elected as head of the 106-year-old ANC in December. Ramaphosa narrowly defeated Zuma’s ex-wife and preferred successor, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in the leadership vote, forcing him to tread carefully in handling Zuma for fear of deepening rifts in the party a year ahead of an election. In spite of the damning decision to order Zuma’s “recall” – ANC-speak for ‘remove from office’ – local media said that the 75-yearold might yet defy the party’s wishes, forcing it into the indignity of having to unseat him in parliament. Shortly before midnight, the SABC state broadcaster said Zuma had been told in person by Ramaphosa that he had 48 hours to resign. A senior party source later told international media that Zuma had made clear he was going nowhere. “Cyril went to speak with him,” the source said,

adding that the discussions were “tense and difficult” when Ramaphosa returned to the ANC meeting in a hotel near Pretoria. “We decided to recall Zuma,” the source said. Another party source said ANC Secretary-General and Zuma loyalist Ace Magashule had gone to see Zuma on Tuesday morning to tell him formally of the party’s decision. The post-apartheid South Africa ruling party said that it would further brief the media on its final decision. One domestic report said Zuma had asked for three months to resign, a request that was denied. Another report said Zuma simply told Ramaphosa: “Do what you want to do”. Zuma’s spokesman did not answer his mobile phone. His son, Edward, said he would not comment until after the ANC had made its formal pronouncement. On Friday, one of his wives, Tobeka MadibaZuma, posted comments on Instagram suggesting Zuma, who has challenged and defied multiple at-

tempts by the ANC and courts to rein him in, was prepared to go down fighting. The post even suggested Zuma believed he was the victim of a Western conspiracy. “He will finish what he started because he does not take orders beyond the Atlantic Ocean,” she said. South Africa’s economy, the most sophisticated on the continent, has stagnated during Zuma’s nineyear tenure, with banks and mining companies reluctant to invest because of policy uncertainty and rampant corruption. But since mid-November when Ramaphosa emerged as a real ANC leadership prospect, economic confidence has started to pick up, while the rand – a telling barometer of Zuma’s fortunes – has gained more than 15 per cent against the dollar. The ANC’s decisive overnight move against Zuma after nearly two weeks of deliberations mirrors the fate that he himself meted out to then-President Thabo Mbeki in 2008 after being elected to the helm of the party.

The removal of Zuma, an anti-apartheid activist who spent 10 years alongside Mandela in the notorious Robben Island prison camp, also echoes generational changes in the anti-colonial liberation movements in charge of southern Africa. In August, Jose Eduardo dos Santos stepped down after 38 years as president of oil-rich Angola and three months later Zimbabwe’s military unseated 93-year-old Robert Mugabe, the only leader the country had known since independence in 1980. Although Zuma retains a core of faithful inside the ANC and in the rural heartlands of his native KwaZulu-Natal province, there will be few tears shed in South Africa’s urban centers, where many regard him with contempt. “He’s a goner,” the Sowetan, a tabloid popular with urban black South Africans, said in a front-page headline above a picture of Zuma sitting with his head held in his hand. Central to the public anger have been the persistent allegations – now the focus of a judicial com-

mission – that Zuma let his friends the Guptas use their relationship with him to win state contracts and even influence cabinet appointments. Zuma and the three Gupta brothers, who were born in India but moved to South Africa in the early 1990s, have denied any wrongdoing. The Guptas’ whereabouts is unknown, although plane-tracking websites showed their private jet flying last week from India to Dubai to Russia. In addition to the massive Gupta-related “state capture” scandal, many South Africans were outraged by a state-funded 16 million dollars security upgrade to Zuma’s rural Nkandla home that included a cattle kraal and swimming pool. At the time, Zuma’s police minister justified the pool as a “fire-fighting resource”. Meanwhile, former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki has urged President Zuma to tender his resignation to the Speaker of the House of Assembly with immediate effect.


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Reps grills Kingibe, others over alleged missing $202m NIA funds Henry Omunu, Abuja

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dential panel on the restructuring of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), led by Ambassador Babagana Kingibe were on Tuesday, grilled by the House Committee on National Security and Public Safety. The committee headed by Hon Sani Jajai Aminu, met behind in closed doors with the presidential committee members . The committee among other considerations is probing about $202million allegedly missing from the coffers of the agency as well as issues bothering on the appointment and competency of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as new director general of the agency. Members of the press, who were billed to cover what the chairman referred to as an investigative hearing, were barred from covering the event.

After the closed door interaction, Ambassador Kingibe and other members of the panel hurriedly left the committee room without speaking to journalists. But in an interview with journalists, Hon Aminu said that the House committee was making progress in its investigation, even though the exercise was ongoing. He declined to be specific on why the members of the presidential panel were summoned and what issues they discussed with the committee. The Daily Times recalls that the House committee members had raised an alarm over the missing $202million belonging to the agency which they vowed to recover. The committee had said it will invite any person, including former chiefs of the agency and the presidential panel headed by Kingibe to shed new light over the missing funds.

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US envoy cautions Nigerians over 2019 polls Henry Omunu, Abuja

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bassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington on Tuesday, cautioned that as the 2019 general elections draw closer, Nigerians must remember that there won’t be Nigerians without Nigeria. Ambassador Symington gave the warning when he led a delegation to visit the House of Representatives (Special) Committee on Nigerian-United States Friendship Group/InterParliamentary Relations headed by Rep. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma. He said that the success and survival of democracy in Nigeria will in a long way determine the survival of democracy not only

ÏAs Reps seek repatriation of stolen funds on the continent but globally. The US envoy commended the commitment of the citizens to connect with their leaders through freedom of speech and to have a say in the day to day administration and development of the country. He advised that the nation must fight terrorism, promote economic integration and competitiveness. The ambassador tasked Nigerians on peace, unity, togetherness, free enterprise not only in the country, but also to its neigbhouring countries, adding that there should be a connection between the leaders and the people. Earlier, the Chairman of

the House Committee, Hon Agbonayinma had sought the ambassador’s assistance in repatriating funds stolen from Nigeria but stashed in the US. He said, “We ask for your support Mr. Ambassador on the repatriation of our stolen wealth stashed in the United States by corrupt persons. These are proceeds of crime and they should be brought back for the development of our country. “Nigeria continually seeks the support of the United States and other friendly countries to overcome the vices that pull our nation down. Majority of our citizenry yearn for one united country, devoid of sectionalism and nepo-

tism, built on equity and justice.” The lawmaker, however, pointed out areas the United States as a country has helped Nigeria to achieve it desired objectives. He said, “The United States has been immensely supportive in conflict management, civic and political engagement and improved electoral administration. “This visit is timely and will further strengthen the harmonious relationship that exist between the US embassy and the National Assembly. “There are mutual areas of concern your visit will help to address which are fundamental to our two great democracies.”

N36m scam: We’ll prosecute ‘snake swallowing claim official’, says JAMB Augustine Okezie Abuja

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and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Tuesday in Abuja vowed to prosecute the mysterious ‘snake swallowing claim’ by an official of the board, Philomena Chiesie. Chiesie, who as a Sales Clerk in Makurdi, Benue State, was accused of diverting N36million being sales proceeds from the board’s scratch cards that were sold last year. The Head Media Relations and Spokesman of the Board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, who was reacting to questions on the matter on Channels Television Programme ’’Sunrise Daily’’, said already Chiesie is undergoing series of investigation by relevant security agencies and that as soon as investigation is concluded, she and her cotravelers will be charged to court He further disclosed that the agency remained unwavering in its participation in the ongoing anti-corruption war being waged by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari He said, “What is going

on in Maikudi presently is an attestation of the anti corruption drive embarked upon by our Chief executive. If it were previously, it would have been swept under the carpet but it won’t be so this time around, as all those involved will be prosecuted and the money recovered. “These are things the Registrar is trying to unravel in order to put the board on a sound footing. There are procedures in the civil service so the whole thing is still under investigation’’. The Daily Times recall that Chiesie, a sales clerk, at the Makurdi branch office of JAMB had told visiting JAMB Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede that she could not account for the money before the abolition of scratch cards, adding that her housemaid connived with another staff, Joan Alsen, through a ‘spiritual snake’ to steal the said N36million from the vault JAMB, under the watch of Oloyede, has been widely credited with transparent handling of its finances as the board last year remitted N8billion into the coffers of the federal government.

L-R: The National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Mohammed Monguno (rtd); Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and representative of Chief of Defence Staff, Maj.-Gen. A Mohammed at the Public Presentation of Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism in Abuja..... on Tuesday

Boko Haram days are numbered, says Buhari

Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

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The President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed strong confidence that the era of Boko Haram terrorism is coming to an end as a result of the insurgents’ narrowing recruitment base. Buhari stated this optimism on Tuesday in Abuja while receiving the Letter of Credence of Apostolic Nuncio of the Vatican to Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi, at the State House. According to Buhari, the terrorist group has lost its appeal in its initial strongholds, coupled with a sustained onslaught by the Nigerian Army.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement made available to State House correspondents. The President said, “You can’t indoctrinate people who are below the age of 14 years and blow up churches, mosques, markets and you keep shouting God is great. It is either you don’t know what you are saying, or you simply don’t care or believe what you are saying. It is part of our success story that Boko Haram is finding it more difficult to recruit people.” President Buhari also described the Catholic

Church as a strong partner in Nigeria’s development, in view of its significant contributions to the development of the educational and health system of the country. On corruption, the President said the fight against the culture of pilfering public funds would be prolonged, and would require a new orientation by repositioning the entire educational system. “I am pleased that the African Union has spoken out boldly against corruption and appreciated the work that we are doing here,’’ President Buhari told the Archbishop. In his remarks, the Archbishop Filipazzi said the Holy Father, Pope

Francis, had taken a keen interest on the fight against terrorism, corruption and reviving of the Nigerian economy. “Mr. President, the Holy Father, sends his warm greetings and he is keen to denounce corruption everywhere,’’ he added. The Apostolic Nuncio said he had travelled to the North East and was pleased with the efforts of the Nigerian Army in tackling the insurgents and recovering some of the earlier lost grounds. Buhari also received Letters of Credence from the Ambassador of Niger to Nigeria, Mr. Alat Mogaskia and the High Commissioner of Ghana, Alhaji Rashid Bawa.


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Reps grill, Kingibe, others over alleged missing NIA funds Henry Omunu, Abuja

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the presidential panel on the restructuring of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), led by Ambassador Babagana Kingibe were on Tuesday, grilled by the House Committee on National Security and Public Safety. The committee headed by Rep. Sani Jajai Aminu, met behind closed doors with the presidential committee members. The committee among other considerations is probing about $202million allegedly

missing from the coffers of the agency as well as issues bothering on the appointment and competency of Ahmed Rufai Abubakar as new director general of the agency. Members of the press who were billed to cover what the chairman referred to as an investigative hearing were barred from covering the event. After the closed door interaction, Ambassador Kingibe and other members of the panel hurriedly left the committee room without speaking to newsmen. But in an interview with journalists, Rep. Aminu said

that the House committee was making progress in its investigation, even though the exercise was ongoing. He declined to be specific on why the members of the presidential panel were summoned and what issues they with the committee. Our reporter recalls that the House committee had raised an alarm over the missing $202million belonging to the agency which they vowed to recover. The committee had said it will invite any person, including former chiefs of the agency and the presidential panel headed by Kingibe.

Andrew Orolua, Abuja.

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dreaded Boko Haram factional leader, Abubakar Shekau is on the run. He is dressed in a woman attire the Nigerian Army said on Tuesday. A statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman said the terrorists’ leader is on the run with woman attire. Concerted efforts of troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on the ongoing clearance of the Boko Haram terrorists through Operation DEEP PUNCH II yielded the results including the arrests of some terrorists who confirmed the escape of Shekau. Troops have successfully been clearing Boko

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Boko Haram factional leader Abubakar Shekau on the run Haram camps in Sambisa forest including Camp Zairo. They have also rescued civilians being held hostages by the terrorists, recovered arms, ammunition, Improvised Explosives Devices (IED) factories and other materials. It said that the terrorists are in disarray and scampering for safety while others were surrendering. “Credible information from arrested and surrendered insurgents indicated that the purported Boko Haram terrorists’ group factional leader, Abubakar Shekau could not bear the heat anymore

2019: Don’t vote for politicians above 60 years – Bishop Ezeokafor ÏÏÏThe

Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Anambra State, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has asked Nigerians not to vote for politicians above 60 years of age in the 2019 elections. Describing such politicians as a burden on the growth and development of the country, the bishop said they ought to have quit active politics at

such an age. Bishop Ezeokafor who stated this at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, wondered why candidates who retired from service would want to pilot the affairs of the country. ‘I can’t understand why retirees would want to seek political offices. Such people are a burden to growth. ‘I urge Nigerians to stop electing such people. 2019 is

crucial in our history. We should vote wisely; we should avoid voting for retirees. He urged Christians to ensure active participation during the 2019 general election, just as he condemned Christians who speak ill of government but would fail to participate in election processes. He insisted that the only way to vote out the wrong people during elections was

to be fully involved ,such as by obtaining the permanent voter card and casting one ’ s vote during elections . The Catholic prelate condemned Christians who sell their votes for a token, adding that such people should be ready to endure the consequences. He said Christians were entrusted with the responsibility of taking the lead in positive

directions, tasking them to eschew nonchalant attitude. Applauding the recent move by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission and Independent National Electoral Commission to check excessive spending by politicians during elections, the cleric said if implemented, it would restore sanity in the electoral process.

as he has abandoned his followers, he is running for his dear life.” “ He is desperately trying to escape the theatre disguised as a woman dressed in Hijab. We reliably gathered that to avoid detection Abubakar Shekau alternates between blue and black coloured hijabs. He was last seen in a black hijab.” “We therefore call on all those remaining Boko Haram terrorists to know that they are following a coward moving about in hijab disguised as a woman, the army said. The Nigerian Army appealed to all the remaining Boko Haram members to come out from hiding and lay down their arms and be treated humanely. The statement said that while concerted efforts are ongoing to track and apprehend the fugitive terrorist leader, members of the public, especially the residents of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States are implored to be more vigilant and security conscious. “Be on the lookout for Abubakar Shekau and other terrorists that might disguise as women.”


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Enugu assembly passes 2018 appropriation bill into law By Moses Oyediran, Enugu

ÎÎÎThe Enugu State House

of Assembly Tuesday passed the 2018 appropriation bill of over N103 billion into law. The leader of the Assembly, Mr. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu moved a motion for the budget to be deliberated on and seconded by the deputy Leader Mrs. Onyinye Ugwu. Ezeugwu said the budget which was tagged “Budget of sustainable Economic Growth had a budget size of N103, 563, 500.00. Ezeugwu said that N60, 717, 024.00 was marked for the re-

current expenditure which indicated 62 per cent of the entire budget size while the sum of N42B, 846, 476,000 was marked for capital expenditure indicating 39 per cent of the total budget size. The leader said that the budget was presented on December 28, 2017 with the budget size of N98, 563, 500 and was later increased by N5000, 000.00 thereby making it N103, 563, 500 adding that change was as a result of slight increase in price of crude oil. He explained that the extra N5B went to the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure making their budget N15B in-

stead of N10B adding that the essence was to accommodate more rural roads in the state. He said that the overall reflections in the budget evidently show that the state government had the interest and welfare of its people in mind. He said that the current economic situation in the country, where most states are battling with payment of salaries and other welfare packages. “Our Governor has sustained regular payment on salaries and on time. This apparent interest by the governor in paying his workers is happily reflected in this year’s budget alongside the other numerous

projects which the present administration is embarking on” he said. While expressing joy, the Speaker of the Assembly Hon. Edward Ubosi, thanked the Deputy speaker, the Leader and the Chairman Assembly Committee on Appropriation for the wonderful job they did to ensure that the budget saw the light of the day. Ubosi urged his colleagues to ensure proper monitoring of the budget through oversight function to ensure that things were done the way they should be done. The House was adjourned to Tuesday February 20.

Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara (middle), Chairman, Governing Council Save Democracy Africa , Sen. Jonathan Zwingiena (second left), Hon. Tunde Akogun (first left ), Sen. Oserhemen Osunbor (third right), Hon. Mohammed Kumalia ( second right ) and Sen. Femi Kila ( first right ) during a courtesy visit to the Speaker by the Group at the National Assembly.... Tuesday

Alleged fraud: Failure to serve Uwajeh with summons stalls arraignment Andrew Orolua, Abuja

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Failure on the part of the federal government to personally serve Court summons on a self acclaimed private investigator from the United Kingdom Chief Victor Uwajeh stalled his arraignment before a federal high court in Abuja on Tuesday. The federal government had filed a four count charge against Chief Victor Uwajeh before Justice John Tsoho of the federal high court Abuja over allegations bordering on fraud, altering false documents and forgery. When the matter came up Tuesday for arraignment prosecuting counsel, A K Alilu told the court that the office of the Attorney General

of the federation was making efforts to serve the defendant with the criminal summoned filed before the Judge, Justice John Tsoho. According to the prosecutor, the trial could not go on because Uwajeh has not been served with criminal summon personally as directed by the Judge. He said that the effect of the service is to compel the defendant (Uwajeh) to appear in court personally for arraignment. Meanwhile, the court has asked both the prosecuting and the defence counsels to return to the court registrar today (Wednesday) for a shortest date for arraignment. At the last adjourned date, the trial judge had ordered that self acclaimed private investigator Chief Victor Uwa-

jeh, to appear before the court on the 13 February, 2018 to take his plea or face warrant of arrest. The federal government had filed charges against the embattled Uwajeh for allegedly uttering false documents through fraudulent means against a serving senator representing Anambra south senatorial District, Senator Andy UBA with intent to commit fraud. At the last sitting, Chief Victor Uwajeh was absent in court as well as today (13 Feb). The court had fixed Tuesday’s date to enable the embattled Uwajeh take his plea. Embattled Uwajeh had dragged Senator Andy Uba, to court over alleged refusal to pay the sum of £1.9 million debt. Following police thorough

investigations based on the petition Senator Uba wrote to the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, the police investigations indicted him (Uwajeh). Also in the suit, the plaintiff accused Senator Uba of being an impostor in relation to his academic credentials which the police investigation revealed that the information he provided was fraudulently obtained. According to Uwajeh, in the suit, Senator Uba engaged his services for an assignment in United Kingdom Border Agency and in the United States of America. The plaintiff said in order to make the work easier for him, Senator Uba gave him the data pages of both his American passport and Nigerian passport.

4 more emergency response units, fire station for Lagos Joy Anyim

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The Commissioner for Special Duties and InterGovernmental Relations, Mr. Seye Oladejo has said that Governor Ambode has approved the establishment of four more LASEMA Response Units (LRU) in four different Divisions across the State, just as he disclosed that a new fire station will also be built at Ijegun area of the State. The new LRU, according to the Commissioner, would be situated at Badagry, Costain, Epe and Ikorodu areas of the State respectively, adding that the decision to locate a new fire station at Ijegun was informed by the determination of the State Government to prevent a reoccurrence of the recent fire incident that gutted a tank farm at Ijegun Ibasa in the Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos. The Commissioner made this known on Tuesday during a quarterly stakeholders meeting of all emergency responders in the State at Alausa, Ikeja on the review of the Lagos State Emergency Response Plan (ERP). Oladejo said that the State Government is not only exploring emergency response on water, land and air but is also expanding its scope through the establishment of more Emergency Response Units across different areas of the State such that the response rate of emergency responders would be quicker and faster. “In this year 2018, we want to significantly reduce delay in responding to emergency situations and in achieving this; we recognize the role of all relevant stakeholders in making this possible including members of the public. “With these concerted efforts being made to salvage lives and property within the ‘Golden Hour’, the establishment of more LRUs will definitely complement these efforts and this will automatically result in the procurement and deployment of more

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equipment and training of our personnel to effectively manage these emergency occurrences.” In his welcome address, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu said that the periodic stakeholders’ meeting is meant to seek further collaborations as well as to synergize in the areas of operations towards the urgent need in achieving a sustainable disaster risk reductions as well as effective and efficient management of emergencies/disaster in the State. According to him, the gathering will also afford relevant stakeholders the opportunity of in-depth review of their individual and collective roles in disaster prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery in the State in line with individual organization’s core mandate. He also noted that the idea of this meeting is to build further collaboration and to look for opportunity in increasing the capacity building of our stakeholders which will serve as a solid foundation for effective and efficient emergency/ disaster management in the State. “This is because of the compelling necessity of effective disaster management in modern societies, as a prominent governance tool. It is more so, since all over the world, surmounting emergencies take the collaborative efforts of the relevant stakeholders on one hand, and the active support and collaboration of the grassroots, communities and the populace.” The General Manager reiterated. The General Manager stated that as part of several measures to tackle the numerous emergency challenges confronting the State, being a very high concentrated city for commercial activities, possibilities of floods, fire disaster and sundry others, LASEMA is now putting in place the Lagos State Emergency Response Plan/Protocol, stressing that now, more than ever before, the relationship between LASEMA and all its stakeholders must be strengthened and solidified for the purpose of making the State a safe haven. The various emergency responders at the event were officials of the Lagos State Fire Service, LASAMBUS, LASTMA, Rapid Response Squad, RRS, Nigeria Civil Defence and Security Corps, Nigerian Army, NURTW, State Environment and Health Monitoring, Red Cross. Others are LAGESC, LASEPA, Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Agency, LNSA, LGAs/LCDAs Chairmen among others.


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‘If state police bill comes to NASS again, it will be passed’ There are feelers that your party through its governors’ forum intend scheming out presidential hopefuls like former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and present a weak opponent against President Muhammadu Buhari, who they say is already reaching out to governors in your party. What do you have to say to this? That is quite laughable, how will the party screen out Atiku who has so much clout, commands respect and brought so much integrity to the PDP, it is not possible. Secondly, on the issue of propping up a weaker candidate to enable President Buhari ride roughshod and win the 2019 Presidential election is all rubbish. We, the National Assembly Caucus of the party had a meeting with the National Chairman, Uche Secondus and the National Working Committee, NWC, and he told us that the meeting they held in Asaba, they never discussed presidential candidate and no decision was reached on who should be the party’s presidential candidate. He also said that the issue of running mate was not discussed. In fact in his words, he believed that the APC planted the story to cause discomfort in our party. At the meeting, he admonished us, including every other person elected under the party not to support any presidential candidate. That the presidential candidates should work within the party and no decision as to who flies the party’s flag will be taken at the congress. So to say that Atiku, Dakwambo, Markafi are all schemed out is total rubbish. He said more presidential candidates will come in and that the party will welcome them and even further to state that other people from other parties may join the party and we are not going to bar them from seeking for office just because they are new comers. So long as they have clout and can win elections, the party is open to them. Indeed he said, the impunity of the past has gone and everybody will be given a free and level playing ground. Moving to your state, Lagos, can you say the PDP there is united? Yes, Lagos PDP is doing so well because of one man, Salvador, who is the state chairman of the party, he has united the party. There is a possibility of having a few disgruntled persons who might still be dissatisfied, but he is reaching out by setting up a reconciliation committee, an elder’s committee and a state caucus as recommended by the party’s constitution. There is palpable fear that people like you who are not indigenous to Lagos, though grew up there, might not be voted for again going by a supposed rumour making the rounds that the Yoruba wants only people of their ethnic nationality to henceforth represent them. If true, where does this leave you in the next political dispensation? I don’t think this is true, Lagos people are very welcoming, just like they are doing in business. If you look at Lagos State, it is the number one in the country as far as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), is concerned, the state welcomes investors. An example is business magnate Aliko Dangote, when he muted the idea of building a refinery, he thought of states that were

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Hon Emma Oghene-Egoh is the member representing Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency of Lagos State in the House of Representatives and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this interview, with select journalst, Oghene-Egoh frowns at comments by certain individuals to the effect that the PDP has zoned former Vice President Atiku Abubakar out of its presidential race. He also speaks about the clamour for state police and other issues. PATRICK OKOHUE was there for The Daily Times oil producing, but the economic indices did not support citing of the refinery in such states, so he decided on Lagos. Major industries are coming to the state. The state is safe, it is encouraging people to come in, and there is no tribal politics in Lagos State. Those behind such rumour are either being mischievous or have ulterior motives. Another thing, every party has a right to choose its own candidate. Honourable, do you have the intention of coming back to the House of Reps, if yes, what can you point to as dividends of democracy that you have given to your constituents that will make them support your coming back? On the issue whether I’m coming back or not; yes, if God permits and my constituents permit, first, I have to win party primary, if my party agrees to give me ticket and then win the general election if the constituents vote for me, I will come back. As to what I have done for my constituency, I have always said, when I want to come back, I don’t want people to ask what have you done for us but I

want them to see it. As far as empowerment is concerned, we have done for the youths, widows, market women and the general party people. Right now, we are running free lectures, for JAMB, GCE and NECO candidates in some centres in the entire local govt. We have provided electricity through the provision of transformers for the people. Don’t forget that I am a lawmaker and do not have a budget, but to the extent of what I can do from my pocket and what I can influence, we’ve done that. We have also provided free school uniforms to many schools in my area. As I speak to you, about three buses with a capacity to carry 80 persons each, they ferry students to schools free. We’ve dug many boreholes. It is difficult to count what we have done, but the records are there and this should guarantee me a second term. I am one of the distinguished lawmakers at the National Assembly, though I’m a first termer, I’ve moved a lot of Motions, especially on issues that touch on the lives of our people. We have talked about infrastructural decay in our local govt. We are happy today that there

is a road that is now open from FESTAC to ASPAMDA, the trade-fair market, this was made possible through some of the Motions we moved. We were able to put the sum of N300m to tar the ASPANDA road, though the money has not been released, they know we did that. Talking of Lagos State in general, the Motion on the repair of the National Stadium in Surulere, I moved it. When there was conflict in the country and Northern youths moved that Igbos leave the North by October 1, which created much tension, I was the one who moved on the floor of the House, calling on all Nigerians that they have a right to stay wherever they are and asking the Youths from the North and IPOB to rescind their decisions. We called on both the Federal and state governments to provide security for the citizenry and I’m happy that after that Motion, the governor of Kaduna State intervened and that issue was resolved amicably. Talking security, what is your take on the situation as it affects the common man and the role the NASS have played in tackling the menace? You can see that on the floor of the House, we have discussed the issue severally, two days back, we moved a vote of no confidence on the Inspector General of Police. We have called on the President severally, to take proactive action on the herdsmen/farmers clashes, suggesting that government should do ranching and even assist them. We have been proactive on ways out of kidnappings. In all of this, I must confess that I am very pleased with the statement issued by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to the effect that states will be allowed to have their own police. When this policy comes into effect, you can now blame the police for insecurity in their areas. In your opinion, how would you suggest that this state police policy should be kick-started, will you support an executive Bill. Also don’t you think politicians such as governors will hijack this police and use it to intimidate their opponents? The issue of politicians taking advantage of state police to intimidate their opponents cannot be ruled out, however, we have to look at the sunny side of it; which is better; for kidnappers to go ahead with their nefarious activities, for herdsmen to be killing people, that scenario is worse but we believe that as time goes by the various governments will get used to it. As to take-off, there is an on-going constitutional amendment at the NASS, the issue was not approved the last time we debated on it, it can be sent back to us and we can pass it this time around. The executive can also initiate and executive Bill, pass it over to us, we will look at it favourably. It is not going to be a novel idea to have state police as there used to be in the past. Would it not have been easier for the numerous para-military agencies in the country to be reorganized and made to become state police with indigenes sent to their respective states? What is state police, the state has to pay for it, this means the different states will determine those to be employed, how much they will earn, facilities they will have. So it will not be as easy as you just put it. The CONTINUED ON PAGE 12


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INEC disassociates self from images of under-aged voters Stories by Patrick Okohue The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disassociated itself from the current videos and pictures in the social media platforms, showing under-aged persons thumb-printing ballot papers and voting in an election. This is even as the Imo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu, has said the 2019 elections would be difficult to rig as all results from the polling units would be transmitted electronically to the collation centre. INEC made the clarification in a statement signed by its Director, Voter Education and Publicity, Oluwole Osaze-Uzzi in Abuja on Tuesday. Osaze-Uzzi said the images which have gone viral did not relate in any way to any election organised, conducted or superintended by the commission. The director said the commission could not be held directly or vicariously liable for an exercise outside its legal purview. “It should be pointed out here that local government elections are exclusively the responsibility of the respective State Electoral Commissions, who are in no way under the control and supervision of INEC. “As far as the commission is concerned, they relate to a local government election conducted at the weekend, over which INEC has no legal control or responsibility whatsoever,” he stated. Osaze-Uzzi restated the commitment of INEC to sanitising the electoral process of the country. “The commission remains resolute in its commitment to sanitise the nation’s electoral process and deliver free, fair and credible elections,” he said. The director said INEC was doing all it could to ensure a credible register of voters. He said that in addition to running the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), the commission would employ its business process rules to weed out unlawful entries.

…Insists 2019 elections will be difficult to rig

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He said INEC was aware of the challenges encountered in some quarters by prospective registrants in the ongoing nation-wide Continuous Voter Registration (CVR). Osaze-Uzzi said steps had been taken to ameliorate the situation through the acquisition and deployment of new Direct Data Capture (DDC) machines for registration. The director said the commission had also increased the number of registration centres in the affected areas. He appealed to those who did not register in the previous registration exercises to do so now. He gave the assurance that the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) of those who registered in 2017 would be ready for collection in May 2018. Speaking on plans to make the 2019 elections credible, the Imo State REC, Ezeonu, advised politicians to reach out to electorates to register and collect their PVCs. Prof Ezeonu said this, when the leadership of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists Imo State council paid him a courtesy visit.

He further expressed worry that 370,000 Permanent Voters Cards (PVCS) were yet be collected by the owners who had registered between 2011 and 2014 during the voters’ registration exercise. He said, “As I speak now, we still have about 379,000 PVCs that are yet to be collected by the owners who had done their registration between 2011 and 2014 and as a result the commission has to take the PVCs to the various wards across the state and paste the names of those who own it to come forward and collect them. “Following the public enlightenment embarked by the commission across the 27 area council of the state many prospective voters who had attained the voting age and those who had never registered before are now coming out in their large numbers to register for the 2019 general elections. “Again we discovered that many people are not coming out to register, and to ensure that those who have attained the voting age come to register for the 2019 general elections and for subsequent elections we decided to embark on enlightenment campaign to the council areas of the state to educate the people on the importance of registering for the 2019 and for other future elections. Since then we have witnessed very impressive turn outs at the various wards which is a good thing. “Why we had to do that is to remove the apathy among people who see it as a waste of time to register because they will tell you that whether they vote or not that the winners are already known and we have told them that it is not going to be that way in 2019 and that the only way they can vote who they want is by having a voters’ card, by registering to vote. “Politicians who want to win in 2019 should work hard to convince the electorate as it is now very difficult to rig elections. “The era of cloning of PVCs and giving same to their agents to go and vote with it is over, as no one could vote without the card reader which would determine the true owner of the PVCs.”

You are shallow-minded if you think youths will be better as Nigeria President –Sagay The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay, has dismissed calls that youths will perform better than older people if given the opportunity to become President of Nigeria. Sagay warned that Nigeria may regret having a youth as president because they would be embarking on a dangerous journey if elected. Speaking with another national newspaper, the PACAC chairman contended that there was no evidence backing the claim that youths were better than elders in leadership. According to Sagay, those thinking that youths would perform better in positions of authority in Nigeria were being shallow-minded. Sagay said, “Number one: it is shallow-

thinking for anyone to think that if a youth becomes president, he will do better than the older one. “It is very shallow thinking because, as I see it, it is the youths of Nigeria today who believe in overnight wealth, who want billions overnight, who don’t want to work for their living and gradually build up their assets and business. “That psychology of overnight wealth is almost exclusively a youth attribute. “Number two: who is stopping the youths? All these people who are advocating that the youths should take over are in essence saying the older ones should just call the youths and say ‘come and take power. “If you want power, you work for it. You are not going to sit down in your sitting room and somebody will bring power to you. Let them join the fray.”

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different states will advertise, such as that if you are a commissioner of police at the federal level and you want to come down to your state and the state considers such a person fit for the job, can accept such person, it will take time but at the end of the day, a better police force will be provided for the people. This project is achievable before 2019. Even the issue of restructuring the country can be done within this period also, it’s a matter of pushing members to hasten the process or go by way of the Executive Bill earlier mentioned. Don’t you think adapting the 2014 Confab Report will make the whole process easier? That is another issue, that report, we don’t know why it is being held up. If the executive arm of government tells us at the legislative arm that they prefer it that way, we will look at it very quickly and if they say they don’t want it that way, what they want is to bring a new Bill, we are also ready to oblige them. Talking about the 2017 Budget that was passed by the National Assembly, some prominent lawyers in the country have carpeted it, describing it as a shoddy job done by the legislative arm to feather their lots, is this true? My reaction is to just laugh, how will the legislature pass the budget for its selfish interest, if as an instance, you find out that roads in your area are not captured in the budget and you are able to convince the appropriation committee to include the roads in your area, it’s for the benefit of your constituents, so that is not for the legislator’s selfish interest. You discover that some ministers put all the projects in their area, when we see such and call their attention and they are not able to defend it, we make them to relocate some to areas that were not captured. Just like the last budget, there were grey areas of disagreement, a committee was set up of the National Assembly and the Executive and these areas were ironed out. If it is true that learned men like lawyers said that about the last budget, it means they don’t understand the working of the National Assembly. It is the executive arm that awards contracts and not the National Assembly. This session cannot be concluded without talking about the fight against corruption. The NHIS boss has just been recalled to his office by the Presidency despite his case with the EFCC, will you say that President Buhari has been right in his fight against corruption? I wonder why the President would do that. A man who came to office and everybody had high hopes, everybody believed he was fighting corruption, he took some actions, like the Maina one and now this, he used it to taint his credibility. He knows best and it is left to Nigerians to judge. I think he should have allowed investigations to be concluded first. Last take: I want to tell Nigerians that this country belongs to all of us, let us be patient, we are going through trying times, sometimes, solving these problems might be slow, but the good thing is that Nigerians are unanimous in condemning anything that is bad irrespective of religious and ethnic differences and with that kind of attitude, it shows that we shall overcome.


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Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara receiving a Plaque of honour from the Chairman, Governing Council Save Democracy Africa , Sen. Jonathan Zwingiena during a courtesy visit to the Speaker by the Group at the National Assembly.....on Tuesday

NNPC’S non remittance of N3.88trn to FG

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ecent newspaper reports that the cumulative unremitted revenue from domestic crude oil sales by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) stood at about N3.878 trillion as at December 31, 2015, is shocking, depressing and disheartening. It calls to question the assumed high level of probity, integrity and accountability of top public sector officials and shows how many government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) treat audit queries with levity. The reports, quoting a report by the technical sub-committee of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) was part of the submissions in the 2015 Annual Audit Report of the Federal Government’s Account by the Office of the Auditor General of the Federation, (AuGF), also revealed that the NNPC withheld about N644.377 billion in 2015 alone. The report also said that out of about N1.55 trillion revenue from crude oil sales due for remittance to the Federation Account during the year, the NNPC deducted about N892.124bn and withheld the balance. It was not indicated what the corporation used the unremitted funds for. But it was discovered that throughout 2015, remittances totalling N13.907bn were recorded in February and April. The AuGF requested the Group Managing Director of the NNPC to explain why the N3.878 trillion was not remitted to the Federation Account. The AuGF also ordered the corporation to henceforth remit all revenues due to the Federation’s Account accordingly and evidence of such remittances tendered to his office. It is not clear whether the NNPC management heeded the AuGF’s order. It is indeed reprehensible and shameful that an organisation as large as the NNPC could conveniently refuse to obey the provisions of the country’s consti-

tution with impunity. Henceforth, officials of NNPC who actively take part in such unconstitutional actions should not only be sanctioned but should also be prosecuted to serve as deterrents to other public sector officials who are in the habit of flouting the provisions of the constitution with impunity. The fact that Section 162(1) of the 1999 Constitution, makes it mandatory for all revenue proceeds to be paid to the Federation Account also makes it illegal for the NNPC or any federal government agency to make any deduction whatsoever from the its revenue before paying the rest to the federation account. If anything, this was why the audit report frowned at NNPC’s deduction from its revenues, describing it as contrary to the provisions of Section 162(1) of the 1999 Constitution. The import of the AuGF’s report is that public sector officials often pay little or no attention to auditor’s reports. Otherwise, why is it that for years the NNPC refused to comply with the provisions of the constitution on remittance of its revenues to the federation account and nobody was sanctioned for such gross disregard for the provisions of the constitution. It shows the laxity in government and why in many cases public servants corruptly steal from government coffers unnoticed. Going forward, we recommend that the highest levels of transparency and accountability must be maintained by both the AuGF’s office and the audited institutions. We also believe that an exit meeting should always be held between the auditor and the audited institutions to discuss the outstanding issues in the audit report. In addition, draft report from the AuGF’s office should always be given to the audited institutions for comments. That way, audit reports in the public sector would be cleaner and there will be less frictions between the AuGF’s office and the public institutions being audited.

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`Herdsmen`and the state of the nation

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Raymond Oise-Oghaede

n the present day Nigeria, the herdsmen menace is generating serious heat and there seems to be no immediate solution(s) in sight. The issue took a dangerous turn recently with the killing of over 70 people in Benue state. This incident has dealt a big blow on the bond of unity, love and progress amongst the citizenry. As a result, seeds of bitter discord have been sown in the minds of the people to the extent that even some highly placed and revered individuals are agitating for indiscriminate taking up of arms in self defense and other primitive modes of conflict resolutions. The most unfortunate aspect of the whole situation is that it has been hinged on religious and tribal sentiments. Today, mutual suspicion is now the order of the day amongst the people and, this is capable of throwing the country into a state of irredeemable chaos if not properly handled. In as much as the killings and such other atrocities are condemnable and should be resisted in our society; it is equally important for the people to exercise restraints in their utterances and outpouring of venoms which could lead to greater damages. There is no two ways to describing the people that carried out such dastardly act than to label them terrorists and enemies of the nation and humanity. However, it is very pertinent to unravel the TRUE IDENTITIES of those behind the dastardly acts in order not to punish INNOCENT SUSPECTS. Therefore, rather than jumping to conclusion and arrogating the crime(s) to a particular ethnic nationality or religion, we should all come together to support the government with a view to identifying the perpetrators and bringing them to book. Whoever has concrete or substantial evidence or information should endeavour to liaise and follow up with appropriate security agencies and or the government (because security issues should be handled with utmost care), rather than trivializing same on the pages of newspapers and other social media platforms to heat up the polity and

even providing alibis for the perpetrators to escape justice. At this point, one thing should be sacrosanct in the minds of well meaning and patriotic citizens and, that is the fact that the enemies of peace and unity of our country are at work and we should all rise up to supporting the government in the fight against terrorism and other societal vices. Criminality is not peculiar to one tribe or religion and as such, we should not allow sentiments to becloud our sense of reasoning and judgments. Rather than critically and objectively analyzing the Benue incident (and such others) with a view to proffering workable solutions; some critics and commentators have painted it with political, ethnic and religious tendencies. Presently, the nooks and crannies of the society are buzzing with hate speeches and other unsubstantiated wicked misgivings about an alleged plan by the President and his cohorts to islamitize the country. In as much as I am not in a position to speak for the president and or the government; there is the need to remind ourselves that security challenges in our society should be devoid of sentimental and parochial postulations. Looking at it closely; the Governor (as the Chief Security Officer of the state) and the Heads of Security Agencies in the state should be the most appropriate person(s) to answer questions that bothers on security of lives and properties under their purviews. It is is the responsibility o the governor to work with the state`s Commissioner of Police, Commandant of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and, other security outfits in the state to put machineries in place towards ensuring that the place is safe for everyone. It is only when things go beyond their control that assistance and supports are sought from the federal level. Consequently, it would have been more result oriented if decisive actions had been taken to confronting and fighting the menace rather than to pointing accusing fingers and trading blames. A careful study of the incidents has

shown that the citizenry contributes more to their occurrences and persistency. This is in view of the fact that we are always quick to apportioning blames without being objective in our assessments and handling of these problems. Instead of supporting the relevant security agencies with useful information and allowing them to do their jobs painstakingly; we are swift in painting the media with myopically parochial and sentimental views about the incidents. In most cases, our commentaries and postulations are so weighty that even the finest security experts will be distracted (if not totally derailed) from making headways in their investigations. In the advanced countries, tactful and coded dissemination of information and support of the people contributes largely to the high rate of achievements in the area of detection and prevention of crimes. In our situations we have even made it easier for the enemies to carry out their dastardly acts. It is obvious that Nigerians are easily disunited on tribal and religious lines. Thus, it is not impossible for these criminals from `WHEREVER` to disguise as HERDSMEN or ANY OTHER PERSONS to attack FARMERS and PEASANTS in a village and later move to another part of town (dressed like the natives), to attack the REAL but INNOCENT HERDSMEN and their cattle, to make it look like a reprisal attack. If thorough investigations and intelligent gatherings are not carried out, the people will just be chasing shadows and come to conclusion that it is a clash between herdsmen and the natives. In this circumstance, the PERPETRATORS would have succeeded in causing chaos and mutual suspicion amongst the people. In the same vein, they could give it religious flavour by attacking places of worship and followers of a particular faith or (as it were in the days of old), use pages of the holy book to clean faeces and drop them at strategic places for the ardent followers of another religion to see it and take laws into their hands against perceived infidels. By now, one would have expected the citizenry

to have learnt from the pasts but, the situation is deteriorating by every passing day. Presently, things are working out as planned by the enemies because the people have been divided along ethnic and religious lines. It is so disheartening that even highly educated religious leaders are not left out in this campaign of calumny. It now a common thing to come across articles in the social media advising their followers to desist from beef consumption in order to paralyze the cattle market and also cripple the purported Islamic agenda. But, my question is `will they also ask their people to wear aprons and uniforms in the sales of other commodities so that Christians will only patronize Christians while, Muslims will also patronize Muslims? Or should we also advocate that the military, police, paramilitary, financial institutions, transportation and other conglomerates should be divided along religious and ethnic lines? If not, why are we then buying into the antics of our collective enemies by promoting hatred and disharmony in the country? The lopsided appointments of Mr. President which favoured the northern Muslims are also used as a pointer to supporting their campaign. But, my question is `did the president hypnotized or compelled members of the National Assembly (which consists of people of diverse ethnic, religious and political affiliations) to do his biddings? If not, then it will be expedient to redirect our anger and criticisms to the appropriate quarters. Interestingly, it is not on record that there was any friction (based on ethnicity and religion) between the Presidency and the Legislators concerning any of the appointees. If that be the case, I am of the opinion that we should rather probe our minds and sense of judgments. RAYMOND OISE-OGHAEDE, PUBLIC POLICY ANALYST/COMMENTATOR, SURU-LERE, LAGOS. raymondoise@yahoo.com 080 23116867, 080 99405562

Understanding the rights of a child in the 21st century education system (I)

I Wahab Shittu

feel really humbled and highly honored by the invitation extended to me to deliver this lecture. When I first got hint of this invitation, my initial reaction was one of fear of disappointing the organizers, not because that would ordinarily be my intention but significantly because of my schedule prosecuting corruption cases all over the country combined with my responsibilities at the University of Lagos. I was afraid today’s very important event may clash with such hectic schedule. I am glad that did not happen because I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the St Bernadette Educational Service and Doregos Private Academy for molding all my children. I recall that Doregos nurtured my first son Yusuf Shittu who is now a medical doctor, my second son Rilwan Shittu also passed through the Doregos system from nursery school up until Secondary School level and today he is a Legal Practitioner, My third child, Rafiat Shittu was also here as a student and currently a Third Year Law student at the University of Lagos. Of course, the baby of the house Imran Shittu who is perhaps sitting somewhere in the crowd is still very much part of the Doregos system as a SS1 student. I can therefore say that I live, think, breathe and eat Doregos and I can proudly say that this is my second home and my natural family. Given this background, it would have been unpardonable not to be present here today, for whatever reason. Thank you once again for this privileged invitation. I am being called upon to examine the topic “Understanding the Rights

of a Child in the 21st Century Education System”, incidentally on the occasion of the 21st Speech Making & Prize Giving Day of this great institution. I am mindful of the significance of the magical 21st both in the topic assigned to me and the coincidence of this occasion. INTRODUCTION Childhood is a time for education, recreation, growth and discovery. All children and young people, regardless of their circumstances and background, must have the opportunity to participate and engage in a world class education system and emerge equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the future. Education is a right to which all human beings are entitled. It is both a human right in itself and an indispensable means of realizing other human rights. It plays a very important role in achieving just societies because education can develop a child’s sense of self, sense of community, and sense of citizenship. The 21st Century essentially is a period that has generally been characterized by a lot of advancement in thinking, methods, science and technology. This century has witnessed more growth than earlier imagined, with the potential for even more. Over the course of this period, the education sector, particularly primary and secondary education has been under the spotlight. In 2000, the United Nations began promoting the Millennium Development Goal to achieve free universal primary education for all, regardless of gender, by 2015. The MDGS were later replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals with Goal 4 focused solely on Quality Education. Amidst all of this, the rights of a child

in a 21st Century Education System still remains a very critical aspect of education in this period. From an analysis of surveys and research conducted by experts in the education sector, the consensus has generally been that in this 21st Century, from the earliest learners to adolescents, students across age groups are missing out on critical learning opportunities. These opportunities are those that help develop a range of skills, essential to tackle the challenges of our dynamic, rapidly growing world and transform students into mindful, empathetic, critical-thinking, creative, and collaborative beings. Successfully nurturing the students of the 21st century is the call of accountability & it’s preparation starts with creating a positive school culture with a safe and caring environment with values and empathy for people and environment, embedded in the entire length and breadth of the school climate as well as high student motivation and engagement, a professional faculty culture, and partnerships with families and the community. The schools therefore essentially need to integrate the creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills required of world class workers and ethical citizens & prioritize the depth not breadth of learning, promote cross-disciplinary, team-based problem solving, adapting to the emerging advances in digital technologies & preparing students for working lives that may span a range of occupations, many of which may not currently exist. In the last two decades, there has been a global movement toward rethinking the learning opportuni-

ties children need to thrive in their lives, careers, and make meaningful contributions to their local and global communities. As a result, in many developed countries, national curricula and policies have increasingly reflected learning approaches that focus on the development of the whole person, providing students with opportunities to develop a broad range of skills. The great educationalist John Dewey’s concept of the centrality of the voice of the learner in the teaching process is mirrored in Article 12 of The United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989), which expressly states that when adults are making decision that affect children, children have the right to have their opinions taken into account and their views respected. This concept was further extended in the science of listening articulated and embraced by Loris Malaguzzi in the pre-schools of Reggio-Emilia in Northern Italy. However it is instructive to note that the voice of the child continues to be largely absent from practice and policy contexts. As parents, teachers and researchers, we need to develop innovative and creative ways to support children in expressing their views and in doing so, develop both the art of a voice and the art of listening. Increasingly research is demonstrating that meaningful participation enhances children’s self-esteem and confidence, promotes overall development and develops autonomy, independence, social competence and resilience. Furthermore children’s higher-order thinking skills are significantly enhanced when children are afforded opportunities to speak.


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To NatGeo: A story idea on Nigerian animals Times Columnist

REUBEN ABATI

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Dear Editor, NatGeo,

I have a confession to make. I worked in government until recently but I am frightened by the manner in which wild animals are now all over the place. When public officials talk, they see animals. When events occur, they blame animals. When things get missing, animals creep into the picture. Fela, the musician once warned us about animals but I didn’t take him serious. As a responsible media house, interested in the life and times of animals in the wild, please hurry up and investigate how Nigeria has become a country of snakes, fishes, hyenas, crocodiles, cows, lions, wolves and jackals in just three years! Your audience will be supremely enriched by the effort.

am a great fan of your magazine, National Geographic, and your sister platform, National Geo Wild, and your coverage of natural history, particularly the behaviour of animals in the wild. I must commend you and your organization for the high level of commitment, attentiveness to details and professionalism consistently and habitually displayed in your various reports both in print and the broadcast form. As a journalist of many years standing myself, I will like to suggest to you and your various channels, a story idea that you may probably find interesting, for professional reasons and for reasons of corporate social responsibility. Kindly pardon my presumptuousness in this regard, but I crave your understanding. Knowing how busy your schedule is likely to be, I will try to be quick and as specific as possible. This is about my country, Nigeria, a land of over 900, 000 sq. kms., with rich biodiversity and ecosystem, and definitely the largest market for both human and natural resources in Africa. Since May 2015, when a new government took over power at the centre in our country, I have observed a curious and intriguing change in the behaviour of animals in Nigeria, suggestive of a certain transmutation, or perhaps transformation within the animal ecosystem, resulting in patterns of behaviour and interaction that may be of interest to your readers and viewers. The most recent incident in this regard and the trigger for this letter is the current news in Nigeria about how a snake, described as a mysterious snake, has reportedly swallowed a sum of N36 million ($100k) belonging to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). JAMB is the national regulatory body in charge of admissions into tertiary institutions, very much like UCAS in the United Kingdom. This incident occurred we are told, in the process of the attempt by JAMB to audit the accounts of its zonal headquarters. In Makurdi, one Ms. Philomena Chieshe who has now been suspended, allegedly could not account for the said N36 million, being part-proceeds from the sale of forms for students seeking university admissions. When interrogated, she reportedly said her maid had confessed to the missing money having been taken by a mystery snake. As a media channel that reports animal behaviour, this must be of great interest to you. I don’t know whether this happens in other parts of the world, but here in Nigeria, we now seem to have a variety of snakes that are attracted by the smell of raw cash, and which feed on vaults and bags of money. A documentary on this new variety of snakes, and a proper documentation of the genus and peculiarities would be good for filming. What exactly does the smell of national currency do to snakes? How nutritious is paper currency to snakes? The JAMB Registrar, Professor Isi-aq Oloyede who has turned JAMB, for the first time in its existence, into a revenue generating body by plugging all loopholes within the system, and without increasing any fees, is insisting that this is a case of corruption and that he will get to the root of it. The Professor probably may not understand the way of snakes and the new variety in Nigeria. He is a good man and I like him. I wouldn’t want him to be bitten by snakes. Your investigative intervention

should assist him. Your experts and investigators can deploy the tools of science and investigative journalism to seek out these snakes and catch them in action, and document for your numerous patrons, this new scientific development. Right now in Nigeria, we are preparing for the general elections scheduled for 2019. We need information and knowledge because if the Makurdi snake gets away with the N36 million, the same snake and its family could return in 2019 to swallow ballot boxes and papers and thus compromise Nigerian democracy. I am, however, tempted to believe that the snakes in Makurdi may have become quite audacious, in reaction to a recent declaration, under this same political administration, by a highranking state official, that he bought two houses in Dubai from the sale of snakes! Are snakes vengeful? Is this nemesis? Do they resent being sold for profit? Do snakes have the capacity to feel and settle scores? Could the sale of snakes, with the profit of houses in the UAE by a senior official, have motivated some snakes in Benue state to swallow money meant for the national treasury? What does the process of swallowing, and the digesting of money by snakes entail? Many young Nigerians and I believe other persons across the world will learn a lot from this. I therefore hope you will consider this a very urgent subject for your consideration and editorial intervention. Sir, the truth is that animals all over Nigeria are growing and becoming wild. They have no respect anymore for Nigeria’s constituted authority. We could wake up one of these days to hear that elephants have invaded the Central Bank of Nigeria, and swallowed all the bank’s vaults, leaving the entire country impoverished. The way things are, nobody will be surprised. I am sure you would not want that to happen, considering Nigeria’s strategic importance and population. If that were to happen, neither Africa nor the West would be able to handle the natural and humanitarian crisis that would ensue. And if that were to happen, I am sure you will not want to miss the story. I made the point that Nigeria has become such a wild zoo where the animals no longer respect constituted authority, and where there seems to be a conflict of roles between animals and human beings. Let me elaborate a little. Every year, Nigeria holds what is called Armed Forces Remembrance Day on January 15. One of the highlights of the event is the release of pigeons by the President at the end of the ceremony to symbolise the release of peace upon the land. I became really worried about the Nigerian animal kingdom when in the last three years, the pigeons released by the President simply refused to fly. Government officials shouted at the pigeons to fly. Some waved their hands and even tried sign language. Some professional sycophants flapped their arms

like birds to guide the pigeons. But no way! The pigeons just jumped onto the floor and behaved as if they were having an evening-time promenade. When you focus on birds on NatGeo Wild, the birds are shown flying. What’s going on here then? Why are some birds in Nigeria refusing to fly? The President of Nigeria is the most powerful man in the land. When he asks human beings to jump, they actually do more than jump; they make an effort to somersault. But birds, common birds, are defying Presidential orders. What kind of birds are these? A deaf and dumb specie? Or are they resisting being used as symbols of peace? Is it possible that birds have witchcraft? - because since those birds refused to fly, Nigeria has not known peace. I began to suspect that something was indeed terribly wrong with the animal kingdom in Nigeria when sometime in 2017 rats invaded the President of Nigeria’s office! These criminal rats chased the President out of his office for more than a month. They tore the furniture in his office apart, littered the place with their droppings and disrupted Presidential work. I am not making this up. The Nigerian Presidency issued an official statement to this effect. Your publication and the Nat Geo Wild Channel missed the story, quite unfortunately. But you have a second chance. You can do a good story, investigating the furniture-eating rats in Nigeria’s Presidential Villa. The President has since returned to his office, but what if the fangled-teeth rats are still around the place? What else will they eat? Having eaten up the President’s furniture without consequences, or implications, they may most certainly, just decide to munch the country’s security vote and foreign reserves! This then, is a matter of national security. If your cameras can just unmask these disrespectful rats, that will be the story of the decade. I believe you will also get good stories and footages from covering the story of cows in Nigeria. I must tell you, cows have become far more important in my country today than human beings. Whereas many Nigerians have become homeless and defenceless, cows have bodyguards wielding AK-47 guns, bodyguards who insist that the life of cattle is more important than that of human beings. In your experience, you may have heard about cattle ranches and modern ways of processing cattle, but in Nigeria’s animal kingdom, there has been much talk about creating colonies for cattle in Nigeria: as in plans to take land from human beings and give to cattle! Many Governors in the country have resisted this, even the President has said that he has no constitutional powers to seize anybody’s land, but one young Governor, the one in Kogi state, has donated 15, 000 hectares of his people’s land, as cattle colony. This must make a good story for your National Geo Wild Channel. Why would any state Governor prefer cattle to human

beings? What kind of behaviour is that? What is it really that attracts human beings to animals? My knowledge of the Bible tells me that the battle between herdsmen and farmers is an old, original battle. Of the two sons of our father Adam, and our mother, Eve, one was a farmer – Cain, the other was a herdsman – Abel. Cain killed Abel. Since then, the world has not known peace. Their descendants have been at each other’s throats for as long as antiquity. I sincerely hope that it is not this original battle of vengeance that is now being re-enacted in Nigeria today over the battle of the cows and the farmlands. Herdsmen are killing farmers and vice versa and many of us are scared. Some people are even now saying they will create a Third Force to put an end to the drift. But nobody is sure of what tomorrow will bring. You have expert photographers and cameramen; they should be able to tease out the finest strands of this story. Should you decide to take on this story, and do a documentary on how Nigeria has been turned into a wild zoo, within three years, I must advise that your reporters and experts should also be prepared for the shock of hearing some prominent Nigerians making references to animals all the time. One of our more outspoken Senators who should be a good interview subject about ten months ago actually told Nigerians that the seat of power, that is the Presidency of Nigeria, had been taken over by hyenas, wolves, and jackals in the absence of the lion-king. He also drew attention to a mortal combat between crocodiles and fishes. This remains a great puzzle. The wife of the President would later reply that the hyenas and jackals would soon be expelled from the Kingdom. I am not sure this has happened, and I do not intend to go near the place to find out the truth. I can tell you why in a private conversation. But the other day, a prominent government official, a Professor of Law, who should know what he is talking about, but who has been sounding like one of the hyenas the Senator complained about, gave a lecture in which he himself complained about how Nigeria has become an animal kingdom! This same Professor not too long ago, also announced that the ruling party of which he is a member, is led by “rogue-elephants.” I have a confession to make. I worked in government until recently but I am frightened by the manner in which wild animals are now all over the place. When public officials talk, they see animals. When events occur, they blame animals. When things get missing, animals creep into the picture. Fela, the musician once warned us about animals but I didn’t take him serious. As a responsible media house, interested in the life and times of animals in the wild, please hurry up and investigate how Nigeria has become a country of snakes, fishes, hyenas, crocodiles, cows, lions, wolves and jackals in just three years! Your audience will be supremely enriched by the effort. I also assure you that there are many knowledgeable persons on ground who can assist you to do a good story or a series of excellent reports. Incidentally, we have a former President who once wrote a book titled: This Animal called Man, and who is a famous chicken farmer to boot. We have another former President who has a Ph.D in Zoology and was once described as a fisherman. We also have a sitting President who before becoming President, a second time, owned 150 cattle (I don’t know how many he has now) and who is a life patron of the herdsmen association of Nigeria. We even have a Nobel Prize winner, who enjoys hunting in the forest of a thousand animals. And you have me here, waiting, expectantly, who can serve as your consultant (my charges are modest) - as you write the story of how Nigeria, suddenly, before our very eyes, became a country of wild animals. Thank you very much for your time and attention. Please don’t delay until rogue elephants swallow the Central Bank or wolves eat up the NNPC – our treasure trove. Best regards.


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Strike: JAC, students advocate urgent FG intervention

Augustine Okezie,Abuja

The Joint Action Committee (JAC), comprising the Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU), Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the National Association of Technicians (NAATS) as well as students from several universities, have jointly called on the Federal Government and particularly the Federal ministries of Labour and Education, to urgently intervene in the more that two month industrial action embarked upon by JAC

LASU VC urges parents to warn children against cultism, drug abuse

over the disparity in the ‘’sharing ‘’ of earned allowances recently released by the Federal Government to the universities. A member of the Joint Action Committee and Chairman of SSANU, University of Abuja chapter, Mr. Hassan Chabiri Shallangwa, told newsmen in an exclusive chat in Abuja on Monday, that the industrial action had lingered long enough with its attendant consequences on both the youth and Nigeria’s tertiary education sector. He said: ’’The strike had lingered simply because of the nonchant atti-

tude of the government through relevant federal ministries to intervene expeditiously. ‘’If for instance, the Ministers of Labour and Education bring our demands before the Federal Executive Council, the matters arising therein would have been laid to rest long ago, but they continued to shy away from the reality on our campuses as if nothing is happening’’. Also speaking on the matter, a cross section of students interviewed by newsmen, lamented the difficulties they are experiencing since activities

resumed on the campuses for the new semester. Miss Josephine Maduacbuchi, a second year Sociology student in one of the universities, admitted that even though lectures are going on, on skeletal basis due to the fact that ASUU is not on strike, life on the campuses were made worse by the non-availability of complimentary utilities that could have been provided by the striking workers. Meanwhile, the national leadership of the Joint Action Committee, led by the Vice President, Comrade

Solomon Alba, has read the riot act on members who sabotage the on-going industrial action by going to work and pleasing their respective office bosses, saying those caught in the act will be duly sanctioned. Alba, who gave the warning while addressing members of the union in University of Abuja, after a tour of institutions in the North Central region, to enforce the strike, said the compromise by some members of the union, has made government not to take it seriously.

Esther Taiwo The Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University, Professor Olanrewajun Fagbohun, has emphasised the need for parents to warn their children against the perils of cultism and drug abuse. Addressing parents of the newly admitted students into the 2017/2018 academic session during the matriculation which took place at the main Auditorium of the University , Ojo Lagos, the VC said cultism is evil and those who participate in it are not only wreaking havoc on themselves but on the society adding that penalty for cultism is expulsion. Fagbohun also stressed that drug abuse has also become so prevalent among both male and female students and this is why parents must continue to remain vigilant. “Please note that the joy of today’s matriculation will be shortlived if any of these young adults are unable to complete their programmes and are advised to withdraw or expelled due to academic deficiencies or misconduct. Parents and guardians are therefore implored to join hands with the University in nurturing the minds of these potential leaders as the future of this great nation depends largely on them. You should monitor their performances and ensure that they remain on the path of academic excellence and moral uprightness”, he said. The VC also encouraged the students to get involved in sporting and other extra curricular activities and endeavour to make use of the available sporting facilities provided at the LASU Sports Centre and also participate as volunteers in university programmes including those organised by the Students Union at Departmental, Faculty or Central levels. He said the university will continue to strive to provide adequate facilities that will enable conducive learning environment for students to explore and maxi-

L-R: Caleb University VC, Prof Aina Ayandiji,(2nd left) Public Affairs Officer US Consulate General, Lagos, Darcy Zottet (3rd right)and Keynote address speaker, Dr Olawale Adetoyi at the Martin Luther Day lecture held at the University Auditorium in Imota, Lagos.

US Consulate, others task Nigerian youths on non-violent transformation Stories by Esther Taiwo Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Alumni Association has partnered the Public Affairs Division of United States Consulate General, Lagos to lecture the Nigerian youths on how to accomplish a non-violent transformation for the country. The event, tagged Martin Luther King Day Lecture, was organised for students of Caleb University, ImotaLagos, to commemorate 50 years after Martin Luther King Junior, and his achievements especially in the area of eradicating racism in USA. Speaking on the theme of the lecture, “Non Violent Transformation in Nigeria: The Martin Luther King (Jnr) Case Study, Vice Chancellor of Caleb University, Prof. Aina Ayandiji, said the Hubert Humphrey Alumni initiative in honour of globally acclaimed activist, Martin Luther King, is a rare privilege as his activities spans across 50 years of his demise. “We are here to celebrate the com-

mon ideals and ethos of United States of America and Nigeria in the area of pushing forward the human course, we are proud of Martin Luther’s achievements and that is why we are still celebrating him after 50 years particularly in the area of quality education”, he said. The VC expressed worry at the way government is spending money on politics while keeping thousands of citizens in perpetual fear of having their throats slit by Fulani herdsmen or Boko Haram, saying it is high time youths began to build the Nigeria of their dream where conflicts ravaging the country will become a thin g of the past, education made available for every Nigerian and where leaders will be just and fair to all. In his keynote address, Dr. Olawale Adetoyi, who spoke on the theme of the event, said non-violent action is meant to create a social dynamic or political movement that can create a moral or international dialogue which effects a social change with a vision to create a just society. According to him, when non-vio-

lent action fails, then, there will be riot or crisis, adding that factors that can promote non-violent action includes transparency, accountability and openness of operation. He also advised that there should be a consciousness on the part of people, adding that Nigeria is not bereft of heroes of non-violent action such as in the fight of political independence on October 1, 1960 which was attained without violence. ”Young people can bring about transformation with their votes and not with guns, non violent action calls for sacrifice, we don’t have the leadership to propel and a followership that is ready to take anything. Nigerian youth is to rise up to their responsibilities and the need for real leaders to face up to the challenges of nationhood, change does not come without a price”, he said. He, however, regretted that current Nigerian leaders were paid their dues and are overstaying on the political stage because youths have refused to take the mantle of leadership. Public Affairs Officer of the US

Consulate General, Lagos, Mrs. Darcy Zotter, urged the youth not to be passive but get the courage to assume and accept responsibilities. “Do not expect the leaders to do all, be courageous followers because without courageous followers leaders are like common people. There was absolutely no doubt that Dr.

Martin Luther was an exceptional leader. You must also listen to your fellow participants and take more action, do not lack power and influence to speak up”, she said. President of the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Alumni Association, Miss Mojisola Onifade, urged the youth to take advantage of the social media to speak up, adding that Nigeria needs young men and women that will not sit and watch injustice go unchallenged.


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Nigeria and the gains of pre-primary education As the argument rages on the pros and cons of pre-primary education in Nigeria, AUGUSTINE OKEZIE takes a critically look, particularly on the gains and burden that are inherent in the practical implementation of such policy in the sector. A key element in Nigeria’s National policy on education is the recognition of early childhood education as a starting point for a child’s development and a key foundation for the Nigerian Educational System. The pre-primary education therefore is considered the bedrock upon which all other educational levels is built, because once a child misses that early stage, it is usually difficult to get back to the basics. Pre-primary education is the education given to younger learners before the age of entering primary education (6 years). Early childhood education or pre-primary education as defined by the National Policy on Education (FRN, 2012), makes provision for educational settings for children aged 3 through 5 years in preparing their entry into primary school. An educationist, Nkechi Obiweluozor of the University of Benin, views pre-primary education as a common practice in most societies as they make provision for early childhood education programs of

ment of Day-Care Centers, Nursery schools, Early Child Education Centers, drawing up of pre-primary school curriculum, provision of adequate training programme for the teaching personnel and oversight functions on pre-primary education.

Crowded pre-primary education class in Bwari Area Council of FCT…courtesy UNICEF

various types for children below the official school age (i.e. 6 years), to prepare them for the rigors of primary education and beyond. The Nigeria National Policy on Education made provisions stating the objectives taken by government to achieve early childhood education. This policy expectedly encouraged private participation in the provision of pre-primary education as well spell out curriculum and operational guidelines In every modern society therefore, it is believed that education is the key to national development hence the need to ensure its sustainable growth especially from the preprimary stage to the adult school age, as it remains the bedrock upon which all other educational levels are built. Once a child misses the early

stage it is usually difficult to get back to the basics. Pre-primary education therefore is a common in the present societies as they make provision for early childhood learning of various types for children below the official school age of 6 years, to prepare them for the rigors of primary education and beyond. Those disputing the concept of early child education often cite the fact that young children are not mature enough to learn the complex task or skills that are required of them in the pre-school programs. They also argue that the love and warmth of a mother is more important than any educational programme. On the contrary however, some research evidence have shown that early childhood education has a positive influence in children’s affec-

tive, conceptual and social development in later years. Despite the different divergent views on pre –primary education however majority of the views of forward looking Nigerians points to the fact that early childhood or pre-primary education should be included in mainstream education. An educational system which is expected to begin from pre-primary education with day-care centers and nursery schools to children aged 3 through 5 years enriches the informal traditional upbringing given to children from 0 through 3 years which makes them ready for school. Not a few stakeholders are calling for an urgent review of the national policy on education to ensure that government through UBEC is directly involved in the establish-

On the gains of pre-primary education Sankey, UNICEF consultant and educationist, best captured the very essence and the inherent advantages and contributions of primary education when she told journalists at a UNICEF organised media workshop in Kano recently that early child education not only encourages high sense of literacy amongst the under aged but ensures that children are more likely to complete school and less likely to drop out in the early grades ensuring efficient educational system Another argument in favour of pre-primary education is that it encourages smooth transmission of the learning process from home to school, thereby preparing the child for the primary level of education Provision of adequate care and supervision for the children while their parents are at work is another gain derivable from pre-primary education .rather than leaving the children to uneducative activities they are meaningfully engaged through learning Pre-primary education contributes in-inculcating in the child, the spirit of enquiry and creativity through the exploration of nature and environment, art, music and playing with toys.

LASPOTECH mandates students to offer Agriculture, matriculates 4,458 students Esther Taiwo Academic Board of Lagos State Polytechnic has approved Agricultural studies as mandatory for all students of the institution as the Polytechnic local content in order to ensure that graduates would be potential job providers and not job seekers. Rector of the Polytechnic, Mr. Samuel Sogunro, disclosed this at the matriculation ceremony held for some 4,458 National Diploma students and Higher National Diploma students, where he stressed that the Polytechnic runs a robust curricula comprising modules stipulated by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and the local modules approved by the Academic Board of the institution. The Rector also warned the matriculants to dissociate

themselves completely from all forms of vices including examination malpractice, cultism, gambling, lecture absenteeism and harassment among others saying this is necessary in view of the zero tolerance of the Polytechnic administration towards any form of unwholesome attitude. “The penalty for involvement in any of the antisocial vices is expulsion. The Academic Board will also not hesitate to take stern disciplinary action against any erring student for involvement in examination malpractice “, he said. He also urged the bonafide students that want to belong to any of the registered associations in the Polytechnic to take the right step in the right direction, adding that progressive associations promote peace and academic excellence but they must es-

Matriculating students of Lagos State Polytechnic taking their oath of allegiance during the matriculation ceremony held at the Ikorodu campus

chew gangsterism and violence. “I urge you to shun any unproductive pastimes that may distract your attention away from your primary goal during the course of

your studentship. Your academic career should be of paramount interest to you during your stay in the Polytechnic “, he said. Sogunro also disclosed that the completed LASPOTECH

Frequency Modular (FM) Radio Station domiciled in Mass Communication Department in the School of Communication and Liberal Studies.


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We are ready to accommodate returning members - PDP Myke Uzendu, Abuja

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reassured of its disposition to accommodate all individuals, genuine political interests and alignments returning or freshly coming into the party’s fold from other political parties. This was disclosed in a statement signed on Tuesday in Abuja by the Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

He said that PDP remains a people oriented party, belonging to all Nigerians and as such will continue to accommodate and provide equal opportunity for all Nigerians to freely aspire, even for the highest position in the land, irrespective of creed, tribe or even previous party affiliation. He said, “With our reengineered mechanism for credible internal democracy, the PDP has now been repositioned as the epicentre of the new broad-based political engagement, where primary elections, at all levels of aspi-

ration, guarantee level playing field to all members, old, new and returning alike, in line with our commitment to engender a healthy democratic culture in our dear nation. “In that regard, therefore, the PDP, will not in any way or under any guise whatsoever, exclude any Nigerian, but unreservedly embrace all who genuinely seek membership of our great party, especially at this critical time in our national life. “Consequently, our party structure at all levels have been well guided not to en-

gage in any activity that may directly or indirectly tend to exclude any Nigerian that has shown interest in returning or freshly becoming a member of our great family”. The PDP therefore commends the unwavering dedication of all our leaders and members at all levels across the country as we offer our platform to millions of wellmeaning Nigerians in this crucial national aspiration to end the misrule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and return our nation once again to the path of national unity and prosperity under the PDP.

L-R: Chairman, Presidential Committee on Public Petitions, Amb. Babagana Kingibe; member of the committee, Zakari Ibrahim and Director - General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar, during the members of committee’s appearance before the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence at National Assembly in Abuja on Tuesday

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By Moses Oyediran, Enugu

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The Amodu Awkunanaw community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State has commended the Federal Government for its intervention in the construction of their roads, the first by any tier of government. The community gave the commendation during a reception organized in honour of a former governor of Kano State and Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Dr Kabiru Gaya. The Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Prof. Osita Ogbu said that the road which cuts across three communities was a big relief to the people of the area. Ogbu said that it was gratifying for the Federal Government to show

such level of intervention even on a state road. He, however, said that it was sad that no modern equipment had been mobilized on the site, except occasionally one or two hired old and rickety caterpillars that break down at will. “History is made because our community which has assumed the incognito status of the proverbial Nazareth from which nothing good was logically expected from has become the trigger of construction of federal roads. “Some people never believed that this will ever happen in their life time. We, therefore, sing a song of contentment,” he said. Ogbu, however, said that the quality of job being done on the road left much to be desired. “We, however, cry out

that things are going very wrong here in the name of road construction. We have seen the quality of federal roads in other areas. We see modern equipment deployed for work. “When you turn the other side on our road you will see men with digger, how’s and shovel excavating the soil,” he said. Ogbu thanked Gaya, who facilitated the award of the contract, adding that the former governor of Kano State had shown himself to be a true friend. “In recognition of the fact that Gaya influenced the inclusion of the Akpasha- Umuatugbuoma – Amodu – Obofia – Umueze road in the federal budget, we decided to hold a reception in his honour. “Sen. Gaya has booked

a permanent place in the history of Amodu,” he said. Ogbu said that indigenes of the area had long been neglected in both elective and political appointments at all levels of government, adding that it was time for their people to take their rightful places. Also, the Vice Chairman of the Planning Committee, Dr. Humphrey Agbo said that the people of the area never had such privilege before now. Agbo said that the road when completed would facilitate the movement of people and farm produce from the communities to the urban centres. “Our people have suffered much. We want the government to see that the project is funded to ensure a successful completion,” Agbo said.

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UPP woos Muoghalu, commends him over Presidential ambition Myke Uzendu, Abuja

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The leadership of the United Progressive Party (UPP) has commended the courage of Prof. Kingsley Muoghalu to announce his intention to contest for the President of Nigeria in the forthcoming presidential election just as they told him that UPP is ready to give him a platform. The party in a statement signed by the party’s National Chairman, Chief Chekwas Okorie on Tuesday in Abuja, commended him for his courage and noble intention. He said, “Prof. Kingsley Muoghalu is eminently qualified and endowed with both the intellectual capacity and international connections to undertake the project of contesting to be Nigerian President in 2019. “He is within the age bracket preferred for such enormous national project and sufficiently detribalized to take Nigeria to a greater height. We believe that time is ripe for Nigerians to put forward a President that the World Com-

munity will respect and be prepared to do political business with. “We believe also that Prof. Muoghalu will bring tremendous value to bear on the contest for the 2019 presidential election” Okorie stated. The UPP Chairman believes that with Prof. Muoghalu on the ballot for the 2019 presidential election Nigerians will be presented with a credible alternative option. Although Prof. Kingsley Muoghalu in his statement said that he is still consulting widely, “we in UPP do not hesitate to encourage him to increase the tempo of his consultations. In the same token, without any reservation, extend our hand of fellowship and collaboration to the new entrant to the presidential race for the 2019 presidential election. “We are receptive to collaborating with other political parties that are similarly inclined like the UPP to give Prof. Kingsley Muoghalu the necessary boost and encouragement to march forward to contest for the office of President of Nigeria in 2019” the party stated.

Court sentences 20 more Boko Haram members including Chibok abductor

Andrew Orolua, Abuja.

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The Federal High Court sitting in Kainji designated to try suspected detainees has convicted 20 more Boko Haram members including one Haruna Yahaya, who took part in the abduction of over 200 Chibok secondary school girls in 2014. Yahaya , aged 35, who pretends to be a trader from Potiskum, Yobe State, but resident in Damboa LGA, Borno State, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for his role in the abduction at the resumed hearing of their cases. But the pretender in his voluntary statement confessed that he was forced to join the Boko Haram group and participated in the attack on the Chibok secondary school girls. He equally confessed to have lost count of the number of people he killed in the many attacks he participated despite being physically challenged. Yahaya further disclosed that he was trained to handle AK 47 rifle and his criminal activities spanned from 2015 to 2017 when he was nabbed.

The judge held that he cannot use his physically challenged condition to attract sympathy from the court. The court also discountenance defence counsel Matthew Egege plea to release the defendant because he was forced to join the sect and would have been killed if he did not. The court ordered that he will serve the sentence in any prison chosen by the Comptroller General of Nigerian Prisons Service. Meanwhile, Counsel at resumed trial of remaining 1689 had commended the standard exhibited at the trial of the cases noting that it is proceeding without comprising the procedures and rule of law. Speaking at the venue, the Director, Criminal Litigation, Institute for Advanced Legal Aid, Tunde Ikusagba commended the high profile lawyers in the prosecution. On his part, the Director Legal in the Defence Headquarters, AVM Ibrahim Shafi’i said that the detainees where kept in good standard detention facilities in the barracks. The prosecution of the first phase was carried out last year at the same venue.


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Daily Times Nigeria Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BLESSED EVERGREEN MONUMENTAL PEACE CLUB OF NIGERIA This is to inform the general public that the above named Club has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission Abuja for registration under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act of 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MR. ODO KENNIS IKECHUKWU 2. NWADIOGBU ANTHONY IFEANYI 3. MR IMO CHIMEZIE IWUNNA 4. MR. OTA KENNETH CHIGOZIE

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Chairman Secretary Member Member

AIMS & OBJECTIVE 1) To foster peace, promote unity and co-operation among members. 2) To provide for the plight and welfare of needy, children, old people and youth through charity project. Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420 Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed MR. ODO KENNIS IKECHUKWU Chairman

WEST AFRICANS ON POINT FOUNDATION

(Trustees)

PRECIOUS CORNERSTONE BIBLE MINISTRY INT.L This is to inform the general public that the above named MINISTRY has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission Abuja for registration Under part ‘C’ of the companies and Allied Matters Act of 1990. TRUSTEES: PST. OGHOGHO STEPHEN OGHENEWOGAGA PST. OMOWE MICHAEL IDHE PST. (MRS) OGHOGHO GLADYS OBOATARE ONAGHISE STEPHEN ONOFE

President/ General Overseer Secretary

AIMS & OBJECTIVE To preach the Lords gospel Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General , Corporate Affairs Commission, plot 420 Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street Maitama , Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed PST. OGHOGHO STEPHEN OGHENEWOGAGA President/ General Overseer

GRACE AWOKOYA HEALTH FOUNDATION

New Trustees are: 1. Taiwo Abraham Adeniyi - Newly appointed 2. Taiwo Rebecca Gbadero- Newly appointed The aims and objectives of the foundation remain the same.

This is to inform the general public that the above named organization has applied for registration under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act of 1990 The trustees are: 1. DR. AWOKOYA MOTOLANI AKINTOMIWA 2. DR. IBISOLA BABALOLA ADENIYI 3. MRS KUKOYI ABIOLA OLUBUNKOLA 4. DR. ODUWOLE TOLANI OLUMIDE ODUNYINKA 5. DR. ADEPOJU OLALEKAN JOHN 6. DR AYODEJI AYOBANJI OLAYINKA AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To reach out to the medically less privileged To increase awareness of non-communicable diseases, prevention and treatment options for those with such diseases To promote good health seeking behavior among the less privileged as well as educate them on the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, 420, Tigris crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama Abuja, within 28 days of this publication.

Any objection to these change of trustees should be forwarded to the Registrar - General, plot 420, Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi street,. Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this registration.

SIGNED: ADEYEMI, Michael Adedeji DRS. FADELE & FADELE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS AND NOTARY PUBLIC

The general public is hereby notify that the above named has register to the Corporate Affairs Commission for the change of Trustees under part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Acts of 1990. Old trustees are: 1. Taiwo John Adeleye 2. Oladapo-Ogunsanya Segun 3. Makinde Yinka Ezekiel

Signed: Chairman

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Signed: Secretary

1ST FLOOR AL BARKA PLAZA, BETWEEN GT BANK AND UBA BANK, AWOLOWO JUCTION, NEW BODIJA, IBADAN.

MRS SHONAIKE BLESSING EKATA

AYODELE ABIDEMI MARY I formerly known as OGUNSANWO ABIDEMI MARY Now wishes to be known, called and addressed as . AYODELE ABIDEMI MARY All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

I formerly known as Miss Olobor Blessing Ekata Now wishes to be known, called and addressed as Mrs Shonaike Blessing Ekata . All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

CONFIRMATION OF NAMES

UDECHUKWU KING CHIBUEZE

JOSHUA OLAYINKA OLORUNJOBA

This is to confirm that the name EKEMEZIE CAROLINE CHIKA and EKE CAROLINE CHIKA refers to one and the same person. All former documents remain valid. Africa Prudential, EDC, First Registrars and the general public please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as MMADUABUCHUKWU CHIBUNWANNE DAVID, now wish to be known and addressed as UDECHUKWU KING CHIBUEZE. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note.

ADEBAYO RAMOTA OMOLOLA

MUTALIB KAFAYAT ABIODUN

LOSS OF DOCUMENT This is to inform the general public of loss of ORIGINAL LAND DOCUMENT Plan No DA/EN43/12 at Enugu Land Registry belonging to MR. AFAMEFUNA MBA, Land situated at Plot 112 Amorji Nike Enugu East LGA. All effort of trace the said document has proved abortive. If found please contact the Ministry of Lands and Urban Development.

I formerly known and addressed as BAYO IDAYA RAMOTA now wish to be known and addressed as ADEBAYO RAMOTA OMOLOLA and my address is NO 6 BALE STREET AGODO SEGUN ODOGUNYAN IKORODU LAGOS STATE.all former documents remains valid ,general public please take note.

ADDITION OF NAME : I formerly known and addressed as SHOLOLA ADEOLA, I now wish to add OLUWAFIKAYO to my name and now wish to be known and addressed as SHOLOLA ADEOLA OLUWAFIKAYO. All former document remain valid. General public should please take note.

MRS. DIDIA ANAYO EVELYN

Formerly known and addressed as Saminu Kafayat Abiodun now wish to be known and addressed as Mutalib Kafayat Abiodun. all former documents remain valid, general public should please note. MRS. RACHAEL ALAMONIA JUMBO

I, formerly known and addressed as, MISS. RACHAEL JULIUS HART, now wish to be known and addressed as, MRS. RACHAEL ALAMONIA JUMBO. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note. MRS. EHIE CHINAEMEREM CHARITY

I, formerly known and addressed as JOSHUA OLAYINKA IJANDIPE now wish to be known and addressed as JOSHUA OLAYINKA OLORUNJOBA. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. QUADRI RASHEED OWOLABI

Formerly known and addressed as Qadri Alhaji now wish to be known and addressed as Quadri Rasheed Owolabi. all former documents remain valid, general public please take note. UCHE EVELYN ORIEOMA

I, formerly known and addressed as, uche Evelyn onyekachi, now wish to be known and addressed as, uche Evelyn orieoma. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note. CONFIRMATION OF NAME

I, formerly known and addressed as, MISS. EVELYN CHIBUZOR UMEH, now wish to be known and addressed as, MRS. DIDIA ANAYO EVELYN. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as, MISS. NWAMUO CHINAEMEREM CHARITY, now wish to be known and addressed as, MRS. EHIE CHINAEMEREM CHARITY. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

I, NZE CHIJIOKE and NZE CHIJIOKE AUSTIN, refer to one and same person but, now wish to be known and addressed as, NZE CHIJIOKE AUSTIN. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

ONYEDIKACHUKWU IKECHUKWU EZEUGO

MRS WAZIRI OMOTAYO AYISAT

MRS AKINSANYA KEMI NAFISAT

I formerly known and addressed as JUSTICE IKECHUKWU AWA now wish to be known and addressed as ONYEDIKACHUKWU IKECHUKWU EZEUGO . All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

I formerly known and addressed as MISS AJUWON AYISAT OMOTAYO now wish to be known and addressed as MRS WAZIRI OMOTAYO AYISAT . I was born on 05/10/1993. All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

I formerly known and addressed as MISS OLAOYE KEMI NAFISAT now wish to be known and addressed as MRS AKINSANYA KEMI NAFISAT . All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

PAUL, VICTOR CHINONSO

I formerly known as PAUL PSALMIST Now wishes to be known, called and addressed as PAUL, Victor Chinonso. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. MRS OBIETE PHILOMINA PRECIOUS CHINEYE

I, formerly known and addresses as MISS PHILOMINA CHINEYE NWANKWO now wish to be known and addresses as MRS OBIETE PHILOMINA PRECIOUS CHINEYE. All former documents remain valid. The general public should please take note. ARIGUZO IFEANYI MICHEAL

I formerly known and addressed as Ariguzo Michael Ifeanyi ,now wish to be knnown and addressed as Ariguzo Ifeanyi Micheal. All former document remain valid. General public should please take note.

IME-OBONG IME OKON I formerly known and addressed as, Noble Hart, now wish to be known as, Ime-Obong Ime Okon. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

OHANIVO GENERAL ASSEMBLY This Is To Inform The General Public That The Above Named Has Applied To The Corporate Affairs Commission For Registration Under Part”C” Of The Companies And Allied Matters Act, 1990. TRUSTES ARE: 1. IGWE, GIDEON N2. AKPA, UGOCHUKWU EMMANUEL3. OGBONNAYA, AMOS OKORO4. OGBONNA, OKECHUKWU JOSEPH5. EZE, BERNARD OSI6. OGBONNAYA, UGWU7. EZEBE BENJAMIN C8. CHINEMEREM JENIFER AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. To promote and protect the sociopolitical and economic interests of Ohanivo people.2. To carry out any form of activities that will enhance individual and collective development and well-being of Ohanivo people.3. To create a forum for social interaction, promote hard work and recognize any achievement credited to any sons or daughters of Ohanivo people.4. To solicit government assistance and the assistance of well meaning individuals and corporate bodies towards the general socio-economic and political interests of OHANIVO people especially in the areas of youth and widows empowerment and fighting erosion and other forms of environmental degradation .5. To support candidates of choice during general elections Any Objection To The Registration Should Be Forwarded To The Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiy iIronsi Street, Maitama, P.M.B 198, Garki, Abuja, Within 28 Days From The Date Of This Publication. SIGN: SECRETARY

GREATER ELELENWO FOR CHRIST MINISTERS FORUM This is to notify the general public that the above named Association with Headquarters in Elelenwo, Port Harcourt has applied to Corporate Affairs Commission Abuja for registration under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 2004 as amended. The Trustees are; 1. Ven. Okechukwu Owhonda JP. 2. Apostle Maigida Mike Ameh. 3. Rev. Dr. Stanley Eshiemogie. 4. Bishop Christopher Udochuku Chinda. 5. Rev. Goodluck Baribor Diidi. 6. Apostle Faith Nnebunne Dumo. 7. Rev. Peter Chinedu Umuchukwu. Aims and Objectives; i. To gather together Christians to pray for the peace, protection, development and progress of the community. ii. To uphold one another in prayer and strengthened the churches. iii. To organize and conduct seminars, prayers, fire conference so as to equip Christians in the community. Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, plot 420 Tigris Crescent Maitama District, P. M. B. 198 Gariki, Abuja within Twenty-Eight (28) days of this publication. Signed ; Rev. Dr. Stanley Eshiemogie

UWEKWE CHINWE JOSHUA.

OLORUNSOLA TAIWO JAMES

I formerly known as OSUJI ULOMA CHINWE JOSHUA Now wishes to be known, called and addressed as UWEKWE CHINWE JOSHUA. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

I formerly known as OGUNNIKA TAIWO JAMES Now wishes to be known, called and addressed as OLORUNSOLA TAIWO JAMES . All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

OLUSANYA LESHI ABOSEDE OLUWAKEMI

MY NAME WAS ERRONEOUSLY WRITTEN AS LESHI ABOSEDE OMOBOLANLE INSTEAD OF MY CORRECT NAME OLUSANYA LESHI ABOSEDE OLUWAKEMI .FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID.BANKS AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE. UKA NKECHI KALU

I formerly know and addressed as Uka Kalu Nkechi Uzoma, now wish to be known and addressed as Uka Nkechi kalu. All former document remain valid. General public should please take note. MRS. OSUJI CHINWENDU GERTRUDE

I, formerly known and addressed as, MISS. NJOKU CHINWENDU GERTRUDE, now wish to be known and addressed as, MRS. OSUJI CHINWENDU GERTRUDE. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

CORRECTION OF NAME

CORRECTION OF NAME

I, HAPPINESS APINUS ORNAH, wish to correct my name which was wrongly written as, HAPINUS ORNAH, instead of, HAPPINESS APINUS ORNAH. My correct date of birth is, 25th October, 1992, not 1st January, 1984. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

I, KALIO CINDY CHINENYE, wish to correct my name which was wrongly written as, KALIO CINDERELLA CHINENYE, instead of, KALIO CINDY CHINENYE. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

BENSON STEPHEN I formerly known and addressed as DOUYE STEPHEN now wish to be known and addressed as BENSON STEPHEN . All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

KEHINDE OLUWAFEMI SAMUEL

I formerly known and addressed as KENNY FEMI SAMUEL now wish to be known and addressed as KEHINDE OLUWAFEMI SAMUEL . All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

MRS ADENUSI BOLATITO ABIODUN

FORMERLY MISS ODIPE BOLATITO ISHOLA NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS ADENUSI BOLATITO ABIODUN. FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE. ADEBAYO MOSES AKANDE

I formerly known and addressed as AYANNIYI MOSES AKANDE, now wish to be known and addressed as ADEBAYO MOSES AKANDE. All former document remain valid. General public should please take note.

MRS. EMEM UBONG I, formerly known and addressed as, MISS. EKANEM EMEM C., now wish to be known and addressed as, MRS. EMEM UBONG. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

ZUBAIRU ISAH GANA I former known and addressed as Zubairu Isah Gana Ibbi now wishes to be called and addressed as Zubairu Isah Gana. All relevant former documents remain valid. UBA plc and general public should please take note. OKEREKE CHRISTIAN NKEMAKOLAM

I formerly known and addressed as OKEREKE NKWEONYE NKEMAKOLAM now wish to be known and addressed as OKEREKE CHRISTIAN NKEMAKOLAM . All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.


22 Change of Names MRS MICHELLE ENOH I formerly known and addressed as MISS MICHELLE OBINI now wish to be known and addressed as MRS MICHELLE ENOH . All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

MRS. AJALA RAFIA SUNBO I formerly known and addressed as LAFIA ALIMASANU now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs. AJALA RAFIA SUNBO. All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

Daily Times Nigeria Wednesday, February 14, 2018

RICHARD CHINEDU MARCEL

ZUBER OLORUNWA AWEDA

PATRICIA AGESSE OPEOLUWA

MRS NTEKIM MARY ASUQUO

CORRECTION OF NAME

I formerly known and addressed as OKONKWO CHINEDU MARCEL now wish to be known and addressed as RICHARD CHINEDU MARCEL . All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

I formerly known and addressed as ZUBER ABAYOMI FAUD now wish to be known and addressed as ZUBER OLORUNWA AWEDA . All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

I formerly known and addressed as PAT OPEOLUWA now wish to be known and addressed as PATRICIA AGESSE OPEOLUWA . All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

I formerly known and addressed as MISS AKPAN MARY MICHAEL now wish to be known and addressed as MRS NTEKIM MARY ASUQUO . This is due to marriage. All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

In some of my documents my name was wrongly written as JIBROMAH OBOJIFIO JUNNY instead of JIBROMAH OBOJIFIO JUNIOR . All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

SHOWUNMI OLAYINKA OLALEKAN

VINCENT RAMSEY NDUBUISI

AFOLABI JAMIU OLAWALE

MUSA AMUDAT TOYIN

I formerly known and addressed as AKIN OLALEKAN AND OLALEKAN SHOWUNMI now wish to be known and addressed as SHOWUNMI OLAYINKA OLALEKAN. All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

I formerly known and addressed as INYIME NDUBUISI RAMSEY now wish to be known and addressed as VINCENT RAMSEY NDUBUISI .All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

I formerly known and addressed as AFOLABI OLAWALE MOYOSORE now wish to be known and addressed as AFOLABI JAMIU OLAWALE. All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

I formerly known and addressed as SALAUDEEN AMUDAT now wish to be known and addressed as MUSA AMUDAT TOYIN. All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

KOLEDOYE ABISOLA ONIZE

I formerly known and addressed as OFFEYI ABISOLA ONIZE now wish to be known and addressed as KOLEDOYE ABISOLA ONIZE. All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

OJEDOKUN FOYEKE FUNMILOLA

KUTEYI TOLULOPE BAYONLE

CONFIRMATION OF NAME

ANYANWU NWADIUTO VERONICA

OGBUAGU EBERE NELLY

I formerly known and addressed as AKWARI AMAEKE JOY now wish to be known and addressed as UWAEZUOKE NWACHUKWU AMAEKE JOY. All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

I formerly known and addressed as Atolagbe Foyeke Funmilola now wish to be known and addressed as Ojedokun Foyeke Funmilola. All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

I formerly known and addressed as OMOTOSHO TOLULOPE BAYONLE now wish to be known and addressed as KUTEYI TOLULOPE BAYONLE .All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

In some of my documents my name was written as HUMPHREY ANAYOCHUKWU OBASI while in some other documents it was written as ANAYOCHUKWU HUMPHREY OBASI and HUMPHREY OBASI. I am the one bearing all the names .Now I wish to be known as HUMPHREY ANAYOCHUKWU OBASI. All documents bearing the names are valid, General public to please take note.

I formerly known and addressed as Akano Nwadiuto Veronica now wish to be known and addressed as Anyanwu Nwadiuto Veronica. All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

l formerly known and addressed as .Okoli Eberechukwu Nnekaego..now wishes to be known and addressed as OGBUAGU EBERE. NELLY..all former documents remain valid general public should please take note.

EZEAMA KENNETH COLLINS

OMOTAYO FOLASHADE BALIKIS

PRINCE AHMED ADEYERIOBA

UKPE SAMSON ENAJITE

CORRECTION OF NAME AND DECLARATION OF AGE

UWAEZUOKE NWACHUKWU AMAEKE JOY

Formerly PRINCE WALE ADEOLA ADEY Now PRINCE AHMED ADEYERIOBA... Formerly Date of Birth: 31st December 1980 Now Date of Birth: 6th day of June 1980 . Former document remains valid. General public should take note.

Ukpe Egagana Samson is my new name & date of birth 16th June 1956 not 16th August 1954.& Ukpe Samson Enajite is my former name. Former document remains valid. General public should take note.

NWAOBASI KENNETH

MRS ANI AUGUSTINA VICTORIA

I, formerly known and addressed as CHIBUEZE KENNETH CHIMAEZE, now wish to be known and addressed as NWAOBASI KENNETH. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS ANIKWE AUGUSTINA VICTORIA, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS ANI AUGUSTINA VICTORIA. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

MRS ANEKE ONYINYE GINIKA SLYVIA

Formerly EZEAMA KENNETH CHINEDU :NoW EZEAMA KENNETH COLLINS. Former document remains valid. General public should take note.

Formerly OYEYEMITAIWO FOLASHADE BALIKIS Now OMOTAYO FOLASHADE BALIKIS. Former document remains valid. General public should take note.

YAHAYA ABUBAKAR FORMERLY USMAN ABUBAKA now to be addressed as YAHAYA ABUBAKAR. THAT MY CORRECT DATE OF BIRTH IS 1ST DAY OF JANUARY 1992. FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAINS VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD TAKE NOTE.

I, formerly known and addressed as EDEMBA AFAMEFUNA CHRISTIAN, now wish to be known and addressed as EDEMBA AFAMEFUNA KAOSOROCHUKWU. All former documents remain valid. Banks and General public should please take note

I, formerly known and addressed as VINCENT EBUKA OKORO, now wish to be known and addressed as VINCENT OCISAEBUKA OKORO. All former documents remain valid. Banks and General public should please take note.

OKOLO SALOMY UCHECHI CHISOM I, formerly known and addressed as EGBUNIKE SALOMY UCHECHI CHISOM, now wish to be known and addressed as OKOLO SALOMY UCHECHI CHISOM. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

FELIX AMBROSE NNAMDI

MRS AKUBUO AMARACHI STEPHANIE

MRS CHIAMAKA ADAOBI ANASTASIA OKONKWO

EDEMBA AFAMEFUNA KAOSOROCHUKWU

VINCENT OCISAEBUKA OKORO

I, formerly known and addressed as UGWU AMBROSE NNAMDI, now wish to be known and addressed as FELIX AMBROSE NNAMDI. All former documents remain valid. Banks and General public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS EZIRIM AMARACHI STEPHANIE and MISS EZIRIM AMARACHI STEPHININE, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS AKUBUO AMARACHI STEPHANIE. All former documents remain valid. NYSC and General public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS CHIAMAKA ADAOBI ANASTASIA UMEANO, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS CHIAMAKA ADAOBI ANASTASIA OKONKWO. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

UZU WILFRED ORJI

MRS JANE UGONNA TOBIAS

JEPHTAH AKANNI AFOLABI

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS UDEOGWA ONYINYE GINIKA SYLVIA, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS ANEKE ONYINYE GINIKA SLYVIA. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note. MRS UDEME CHIOMA SCHOLASTICA

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS CHUKWU CHIOMA SCHOLASTICA now wish to be known and addressed as MRS UDEME CHIOMA SCHOLASTICA. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note EZE EMMANUEL OLUCHUKWU

I, formerly known and addressed as SAMUEL EZEH OLUCHUKWU, now wish to be known and addressed as EZE EMMANUEL OLUCHUKWU. All former documents remain valid. Banks and General public should please take note.

ANI NGOZI NNENNA

NWEZE GODWIN OKEKE

ANAKUDO JUDE CHUKWUDI

CONFIRMATION OF NAME

We, formerly known and addressed as EZEKIEL RUTH ADAEZE and EZEKIEL BETHEL CHINWUGO, now wish to be known and addressed as OKOLO RUTH ADAEZE and OKOLO BETHEL CHINWUGO. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

The family of BATHOLOWEN NDUBUISI OSSAI formerly known and addressed as OSSAI, now wish to be known and addressed as NDUBUISI. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as UCHEGBUSI JUDE CHIDIEBERE, now wish to be known and addressed as ANAKUDO JUDE CHUKWUDI. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

This is to certify and confirm that FAVOUR CHIZOBA ADIMMA, PATIENCE ADIMMA and UJUNWA FAVOUR DARLINGTON refers as one and the same person now wish to be known and addressed as UJUNWA FAVOUR DARLINGTON. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

LOSS OF DOCUMENT

ADEBISI KAFAYAT ADEYANJU I, formerly known and addressed as ADEBISI KAFAYAT UKPONG, now wish to be known and addressed as ADEBISI KAFAYAT ADEYANJU. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

This is to inform the general public of loss of ORIGINAL LAND DOCUMENT Reg. as No 30/30/921 at Enugu Land Registry belonging to MR. ALIAGHA GODSON ANOSIKE, Land situated at Onuogba Emene Nike Enugu. All effort of trace the said document has proved abortive. If found please contact the Ministry of Lands and Urban Development.

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS JENNIFER AKUUDO CHUKWU, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS JENNIFER AKUDO NNANNAUMEH. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

MRS OBIAKO CELESTINA OBIAGERI.

MRS ANEKE NAZA DEBORAH

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS ODEZULUIGBO CELESTINA OBIAGERI, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS OBIAKO CELESTINA OBIAGERI. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS AMULUCHE NAZA DEBORAH, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS ANEKE NAZA DEBORAH. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note. SUNDAYSAMUEL CHINEDU

I, formerly known and addressed as ONUABUCHI JOSEPH OGBONNA, now wish to be known and addressed as UZOR AUGUSTINE CHIJIOKE. My correct date of birth is 29th December 1996. All former documents remain valid. Banks and General public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as MICHEAL JEPHTHAN AFOLABI, now wish to be known and addressed as JEPHTAH AKANNI AFOLABI. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

FAMILY CHANGE OF SURNAME

MRS JENNIFER AKUDO NNANNAUMEH

MRS IFEGBUIKE OLUCHUKWU OLIVIA I, formerly known and addressed as MISS OKENCHI OLUCHUKWU OLIVIA, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS IFEGBUIKE OLUCHUKWU OLIVIA. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as SUNDAY SAMUEL UKPA, now wish to be known and addressed as SUNDAYSAMUEL CHINEDU. All former documents remain valid. Banks and General public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS OZOKAFOR JANE UGOCHI, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS JANE UGONNA TOBIAS. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

FAMILY CHANGE OF SURNAME

GODWIN SMITH I, formerly known and addressed as GODWIN UMOLE, now wish to be known and addressed as GODWIN SMITH. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

UZOR AUGUSTINE CHIJIOKE

I, formerly known and addressed as UZU WILFRED ODO, now wish to be known and addressed as UZU WILFRED ORJI.All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as NWEZE GODWIN, now wish to be known and addressed as NWEZE GODWIN OKEKE. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

BASSEY AILPAN PAUL

I, formerly known and addressed as NNANA MBA, now wish to be known and addressed as BASSEY AILPAN PAUL. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

MISS. SHODE MODUPE KAFILAT

Formerly Known as Mrs. Shode-Beninigton Modupe Kafilat now to be addressed as Miss. Shode Modupe Kafilat. Former document remains valid. General public should take note.

OKOH GLORIA NGOZI I, formerly known and addressed as ANI GLORIA NGOZI, now wish to be known and addressed as OKOH GLORIA NGOZI. But my voter’s card I.D. “N” means NGOZI. All former documents remain valid. Banks and General public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as BLESSING NGOZI ANI, now wish to be known and addressed as ANI NGOZI NNENNA. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

In some of my documents my name was wrongly written as Adebayo Wahab and Muhammed Ayinde Wahab instead of Mohammed Wahab. My correct date of birth is 28/11/1983. All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

CONFIRMATION OF NAME

CORRECTION OF NAME

This is to certify and confirm that EBONA NICHOLAS CHUMA, EBONA NICHOLAS EMEKA, EBONA NICHOLAS and EBONA NICHOLAS CHUKWUEMEKA refers as one and the same person now wish to be known and addressed as EBONA NICHOLAS CHUKWUEMEKA. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

This is to inform the general public that my name UGWU CHINENYE PATIENCE was wrongly written but now wish to be corrected and addressed as NGWU CHINENYE PATIENCE. All former documents remain valid. Banks and General public should please take note.

BELLO OGUNRO BOSEDE ANOTU NDIDI I formerly known and addressed as BELLO BOSEDE ANOTU NDIDI, now wish to be known and addressed as BELLO_ OGUNRO BOSEDE ANOTU NDIDI, all former documents remain valid General public take note

I Formerly Known and Addressed as WILSON JOSEPHINE EJIEMHE now wish to be known, called and addressed as OBAJI JOSEPHINE EJIEMHE All Documents and Certificates bearing my former names remain valid. Banks, Nigeria Immigration Service, Relevant Authorities and the General public Please take note.

OBAJI JOSEPHINE EJIEMHE


Daily Times Nigeria Wednesday, February 14, 2018

HAMMED ISMAIL

MRS IDOWU GIFT DIVINE

BASHIRU RILIWAN OLAMILEKAN

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MUSA ISMAIL NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS HAMMED ISMAIL. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. NATIONAL IDENTITY MANAGEMENT COMMISSION AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS PRINCE GIFT DIVINE NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS IDOWU GIFT DIVINE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID DIAMOND BANK PLC & GENERAL PUBLIC NOTE.

I FORMERLY AJALA RILIWAN OLAMILEKAN NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS BASHIRU RILIWAN OLAMILEKAN, ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

MRS. JOY O. NWANDU

MRS UCHENNA DAVID CHIAZOR NANCY

DAVID UCHENNA

Change of name 23

CHINYERE ANYIAM

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS CHINYERE ENWEREM ANYIAM NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS CHINYERE ANYIAM, ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

CHANGE OF NAME

DURU CHINONYES

BALOGUN ALEXANDRA AYOMIDE.

Formerly known and addressed as CHINONYEREM DIKEOCHA and CHINONYE DIKEOCHA, now wish to be known and addressed as DURU CHINONYE. That my date of birth is 15 June 1978. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

Formerly known and addressed as ARIKAWE ALEXANDRA AYOMIDE, now wish to be known and addressed as BALOGUN ALEXANDRA AYOMIDE. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

TAWA KEMI BEYIOKU

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS JOY O. OSUAGWU, NOW WISH TO BE CALLED AND ADDRESS AS MRS. JOY O. NWANDU ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID, AUTHORITY CONCERNED, PEACE CORPS AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS SOLOMON NANCY CHIAZOR, NOW WISH TO BE CALLED AND ADDRESS AS MRS UCHENNA DAVID CHIAZOR NANCY, ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID AUTHORITY CONCERN AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS KALU OKORIE UCHENNA, NOW WISH TO BE CALLED AND ADDRESS AS DAVID UCHENNA. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID AUTHORITY CONCERN AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

I MISS ADEBUSOLA RACHEL ADENIYI WISH TO BE CALLED MRS ADEBUSOLA RACHEL JEGEDE AS A RESULT OF MARRIAGE ON THE 22ND DAY OF JANUARY,1994 AT THE TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH, TINUBU, LAGOS, LAGOS STATE TO MR OLUKAYODE OLAYINKA JEGEDE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERN AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

I formally known and addressed as Kemi Tawakalitu Olaifa,now which to be known called and addressed as Tawa Kemi Beyioku. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

MISS DUROSINMI OLAJUWONLO ADEOLA

DINFA LADAN

MRS KAFILAT OPEYEMI

EMUKOWHATE LILIAN ELOHOR

MRS ISIOMA VIOLET OLONIYO

I FORMALLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS KAFILAT OPEYEMI OGUNJOBI NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS KAFILAT OPEYEMI BALOGUN. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID, GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

I FORMALLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS EMUKOWHATE LILIAN SYLVESTER NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS EMUKOWHATE LILIAN ELOHOR. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID, GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

I, formerly known and addressed as Miss Isioma Violet OFUZINAM now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Isioma Violet OLONIYO. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

BETHANY HERIJU BUGU

AYODELE OLUWATOYIN MODUPE

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS OKEDIJI OLAJUWONLO ADEOLA NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS DUROSINMI OLAJUWONLO ADEOLA. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. BANKS AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

I FORMALLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS NIMVEN MALLAM NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS DINFA LADAN. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

ARIKEMILE OLAJUMOKE MOSUN

ADESINASI- ODUNTAN TEMITOPE ISLAMYAT

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS AKINROLIE OLAJUMOKE MOSUN. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS ARIKEMILE OLAJUMOKE MOSUN. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS ODUNTAN TEMITOPE ISLAMYAT. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS ADESINASIODUNTAN TEMITOPE ISLAMYAT. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

FOUNDATION FOR THE PROMOTION & ADVANCEMENT OF AGRICULTURE ENERGY ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION & HEALTH THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR CHANGE AND APPOINTING OF TRUSTEES UNDER THE PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. TRUSTEES 1. AGUWA CLETUS NZE 2. AGUWA OKECHUKWU THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: TO PROMOTE AGRICULTURAL ENERGY ENVIRONMENT EDUCATION & HEALTH. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION MAITAMA ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

CALVARY HOLY GHOST DELIVERANCE AND MIRACLES MINISTRY

DOMINIC TARZOHO

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS BETHANY MARK, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS BETHANY HERIJU BUGU ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. BANKS AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

I, formerly known and addressed as MABOGAJE OLUWATOYIN MODUPE, Now wish to be known and addressed AYODELE OLUWATOYIN MODUPE. All former documents remain valid. General public/authorities concerned should take note.

OYETOLA JUMAI FUNNIEST

SHAMSU AUWALU YAKASAI

BADMUS SEKINOTU

I formerly known and addressed as Oyetola Junmai Ngezie, now wish to be called and address as Oyetola Jumai Funniest. All former documents remain valid authority concern and general PUBLIC please take note.

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS SHAMSU AUWALU DAHIRU NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS SHAMSU AUWALU YAKASAI ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ALL AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS STEPHEN ORTSERGA NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS DOMINIC TARZOHO ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. ECO BANK AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

Formerly known and addressed as MRS. OTAKOYA SERIFAT ADEFUNKE (NEE : AREGBE), now wish to be known and addressed as MRS. OTAKOYA OLABISI ADEFUNKE (NEE : ADEKOYA) . All former documents remain valid. General public take note. ALABI ENIOLA BEATRICE

I, formerly known and addressed as OJO ENIOLA BEATRICE, Now wish to be known and addressed as ALABI ENIOLA BEATRICE. All former documents remain valid. General public/authorities concerned should take note. MRS GANIU TOYIN AYOBAMI

I fomerlly known as Ramoni Sekinotu, now wich to be known and addressed as Badmus Sekinotu. All former document remain valid. General public take note

ADESANYA OLUWADAMILOLA GIFT

MRS CHUKWUNONYE MARTHA

MRS NJOKU BLESSING

MRS OJIEGO CALISTA CHIBUZO.

I formerly known and addressed as miss Okezie Blessing Amarachi, now wish to be called and address as Mrs Njoku Blessing Amarachi. All former documents remain valid authority concern and general PUBLIC take note.

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AS MISS EZENONUJU CALISTA NDIDI CHIBUZO, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS OJIEGO CALISTA CHIBUZO. FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

I FORMERLY Adesanya Taiwo Oluwadamilola now to be addressed as Adesanya Oluwadamilola Gift. That my correct date of birth is 6th October 1998 not 6th October 1996. Former document remains valid. General public should take note.

CONSUMING FIRE AND MIRACLE CHURCH WORLDWIDE THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990.

TRUSTEES: 1. PASTOR PETER TOKULA - GENERAL OVERSEER 2. EVANGELIST FAVOUR PETER 3. MERCY PETER 4. MIRACLE PETER 5. MR. TONY AGOGOZIA 6. MR. JOSEPH IGBA 7. MR. AUGUSTINE STANLEY ADENIYI 8 MR. STEPHEN IBRAHIM.

TRUSTEES: 1.PROPHET DR CHIDOZIE FELIX EZEANWE... 2. PASTOR MRS NKECHI EZEANWE (WIFE) 3. ELDER MR RAPHAEL OJO OGBONNA 4. ELDER MRS NNEDINMA OJO OGBONNA 5. ELDER MRS ANULI ANIEGBUNEM

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

MRS. OTAKOYA OLABISI ADEFUNKE

Formerly known and addressed as Miss Ajibodu Toyin Ayobami now wich to be known and addressed as Mrs Ganiu Toyin Ayobami. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS CHUKWUNONYE MARTHA UZOMA NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS CHUKWUNONYE MARTHA OZOKWELU. FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO WIN SOULS FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD. 2. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL THROUGH EVERY SCRIPTURAL MEANS.

ERIMAISO LUCKY AFEFU I formerly known and addressed as ERIMAISO CHRIS LUCKY now wish to be known called and addressed as ERIMAISO LUCKY AFEFU. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

AIM AND OBJECTIVE TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED: KINGSLEY O. ONOJAKPOR ESQ.

SIGNED : SECRETARY

ABDULGANIU ISLAMIC FOUNDATION

EXCELLENCE ACCOMPLISHED ASSOCIATION

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990.

TRUSTEES 1) KEYINDE YUSUF 2) USMAN ABDULMALIK 3) ABDULRASHEED AYOOLA 4) DR. FAUZIAT JADESOLA SANUSI 5) MUJIDAT ADEGBITE ADEBAYO

NAMES OF TRUSTEES: 1. HUSSAINA ALIYU 2. SALAMATU GODIYYA . MSHELIA 3. MARIA OLUKEMI OLAJIDE 4. JUSTINA ONYETUBE 5. PRINCESS BEKISU MOMOH ALIU 6. PATRICK TEMITAYO OLAJIDE

TRUSTEES: (1) EVANG, AZUBUIKE CLIFF EJEKWU, (2) PASTOR CELESTINE ONONOGBO (3) MRS GIFT CHINYERE CELESTINE (4) SIS, MARY CHIAMAKA DIMKPA,

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1) DEVELOPING THE LOVE OF ALLAH AND HIS PROPHET (SAW) 2) TO BUILD OPORTUNITIES TROUGH SOUND UPBRING, COACHING AND MENTORING.

AIM AND OBJECTIVE TO EMPOWER, MOTIVATE, INSPIRE WOMEN TO CHANGE THEIR ECONOMIC OUTCOMES THROUGH THE POWER OF ENTERPRISE.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED :SECRETARY

SIGNED :SECRETARY

PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF GOD ASSEMBLY

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: (1) WINNING SOULS TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD, (2) SALVATION HEALING AND DELIVERANCE, ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: PASTOR CELESTINE ONONOGBO,


24 Change of names GLOBAL HARVEST REVIVAL MINISTRY INT’L

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR CHANGE OF NAME AND CHANGE OF TRUSTEES TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990 OLD NAME: GLOBAL HARVEST REVIVAL MINISTRY INT’L TO: NEW NAME: CHRIST LIFE PATTERN FELLOWSHIP CENTER OLD TRUSTEES 1. DEACON JACOB AJAMU -REMOVED 2. DEACON GIDEON KAYODE -REMOVED 3. PASTOR SAMAILA IBRAHIM -RETAINED 4. DEACONESS CHIDINMA IBRAHIM -RETAINED 5. ELDER RUYA FADASON -RETAINED 6. PASTOR DAUDA IZANG -RETAINED AMENDMENT OF CONSTITUTION TO REFLECT THE CHANGES NEW TRUSTEES ALL APPOINTED 1. DEACON CHUKWUEMEKA AUGUSTINE OKPARA 2. DEACON JOSEPH OMOTOSO ALALADE ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

TESTIFIERS CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990 TRUSTEES: 1. PASTOR GODWIN IROKWE -CHAIRMAN/G.O 2. EMMANUEL PETERS IROKWE -SECRETARY 3. EJUWA FORTUNE WOSU -MEMBER 4. HYACINTH EMERIBE -MEMBER 5. NDUBUISI NDUMAGA -MEMBER AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS TO ALL MANKIND 2. TO ENGAGE IN CHARITY ACTIVITIES ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED: CS NOMINEES 08023246493

CHRIST TERRITORY OUTREACH CHURCH INTERNATIONAL

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GOD TEMPLE PRAYER AND MERCIFUL MINISTRY THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990 TRUSTEES: 1. APOSTLE YAHAYA NUWA, 2. PROPHETESS SALIMETU NDA NUWA, 3. SURV. JAMES OLOBO, 4. BROTHER ADEJOH JOSEPH AUDU. AIM AND OBJECTIVE: TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST TO THE WHOLE WORLD. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. LIVINUS UTAZI TEL.: 08038681883.

JESUS ARRIVAL PROPHETIC MINISTRY INT’L THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990 TRUSTEES: 1. APOSTLE JULIET AGU -CHAIRMAN 2. EVANGELIST CHINEDU CYRISCUS AGU -SECRETARY 3. CHIOMA BEATRICE AKASIKE -TREASURER 4. EMEKA PATRICK IBEKWE -MEMBER 5. PASTOR DAVID IHEKWOABA MATTHEW -PROVOST AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CTO ALL MANKIND. 2. TO ENGAGE IN CHARITY ACTIVITIES ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED: CS NOMINEES 08023246493

AL HABUL FIRDAOUS SOCIETY OF NIGERIA

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES: 1. PASTOR OKOLIE MARK IFEANYI 2. EVANGELIST OKOLIE HENRY EMEKA 3. PASTOR OMOTOLA EMMANUEL DAYO 4. DEACON IKEMEFUNA PAUL CHIBUZOR 5. DEACON MOJIDE JOHN IFECHUKWUDE AIM AND OBJECTIVE: TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES: 1. MR KAMILU KAREEM- CHAIRMAN 2. MR SHINA AKEEM OLADUNI -SECRETARY 3. MR BASHEER OLADUNI 4. MRS FUNMILAYO OLANIRAN 5. OLAMAKINDE TIAMIYU. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PROPAGATE ISLAM 2. TO SERVE HUMANITY.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED: BARR LEXY KENNY

SIGNED: IBRAHIM SALAWU ESQ

CHRIST REPRESENTATIVES ASSEMBLY

THE BLOOM CHURCH

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. UDEH CHINEDU EUGENE. 2. OKOEZE IKECHUKWU MOONLIGHT. 3. PIUS GOSPEL OSITA AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. 1. TO WIN SOULS FOR CHRIST. 2. TO BRING BACK THE HOLINESS OF GOD. 3. TO BE AN AMBASSADOR OF CHRIST IN FAITH IN HOLINESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. AFOLABI SAMUEL COKER - CHAIRMAN 2. OLUWATOYOSI BRUCE - SECRETARY 3. SADIQ ABU JIBRIL. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO OPERATE AS A CHURCH TO TEACH THE BIBLE AND PREACH THE MESSAGE OF JESUS CHRIST. 2. TO RAISE DISCIPLES OF JESUS CHRIST. 3. TO ESTABLISH A BIBLE SCHOOL TO TRAIN PASTORS. 4. TO ORGANISE PROGRAMMES TO TEACH MORAL TO MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY. 5. TO RAISE ROLE MODELS WHO WILL TRANSFORM THE SOCIETY. 6. TO PROVIDE AID FOR WIDOWS, ORPHANS AND THE INDIGENT IN THE SOCIETY.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990.

VOICE VICTORY PRAYER INT’L MINISTRY THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED NONGOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA, FOR REGISTRATION AS AN INCORPORATED TRUSTEE UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, CAP. C-20, LAWS OF THE FEDERATION OF NIGERIA, 2004. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1). PASTOR ODOGWU DONATUS ASHIMED PRESIDENT 2) MR CHIDIEBERE OKEZIE 3). UCHECHUKWU KELECHI DELIGHT AIMS AND OBJECTIVES I). TO TAKE THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION OF OUR LORD JESUS TO ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD AND TO BRING SOULS INTO THE BODY OF CHRIST II). TO DELIVER PEOPLE FROM DARKNESS AND THE BONDAGE OF SIN, SICKNESS, POVERTY AND EVERY SATANIC OPPRESSION AND MANIPULATION III). TO PROMOTE RELIGIOUS HARMONY IV). THE PROMOTING OF HOLINESS AS A WAY OF CHRISTIAN LIVING V). THE QUEST FOR SALVATION AS THE KEY TO HAPPINESS IN DAILY LIFE ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: PRESIDENT

PROJECT ONE FOUNDATION

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990 TRUSTEES: 1. OKO KINGSLEY TOCHUKWU 2. OLAWALE KHAFEEL DOSUNMU 3. KENECHUKWU ANIKENE EMMA 4. OKUGO CHUKWUEMEKA HENRY AIMS AND OBJECTIVES TO RAISE FUNDS FROM WELL MEANING NIGERIAN AND UTILIZE THEM TO PROVIDE SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF NOT-SO-PRIVILEGED NIGERIANS BY MAKING DONATIONS, PROVIDING SUPPORT AND BUILDING CAPACITY. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED: KENECHUKWU ANIKENE EMMA SECRETARY

PROSPECTIVE GENERATION FOUNDATION THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES: 1 PHILIP OKOLO . - CHAIRMAN 2 OBILE UCHENDU- (SECERTARY). AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO EDUCATE THE YOUNGER GENERATION ON GOOD GOVERANCE, CORRUPTION, AND SEX EDUCATION. 2. USING THE VARIOUS MEDIA PLATFORMS AS A VECHICLE. 3. TO PROVIDE RELIEF MATERIALS FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: OBILE UCHENDU (SECERTARY).

CHILD SAFETY ADVOCACY

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES: 1) AJAO ALFRED ABOLADE 2) AJAO ABIMBOLA ADEDUNMOLA 3) AJAO SEGUN DAVID. AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. TO EMBARK ON ADVOCACY FOR CHILD SAFETY ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED: SECRETARY

SIGNED: SECRETARY

SIGNED: SECRETARY

COMMAND DAY SECONDARY SCHOOL IKEJA 1998 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

CHAPEL OF CHRIST HERITAGE EVANGELICAL MINISTRY INT’L

MORRIS CERULLO WORLD EVANGELICAL MINISTRY

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1) DOTUN FAGBAMIYE 2) AMUSA RABIAT 3) SANNI SULEIMAN 4) AGGREH CHRISTOPHER MOSES 5) ONOME IGBEYI AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. PROMOTE WELFARE OF THE SCHOOL 2. PROMOTE WELFARE OF THE STUDENTS OF THE SCHOOL 3. KEEP ALIVE THE AFFECTION WHICH EVERY PAST STUDENT HAS IN THE AFFAIRS OF THE SCHOOL; BY KEEPING HIM/HER WELL INFORMED OF THE GENERAL PROGRESS OF THE SCHOOL AND ENCOURAGING HIM/HER TO CONTRIBUTE MORALLY AND FINANCIALLY TOWARDS SUCH PROGRESS. 4. ENCOURAGE THE MANAGEMENT, STAFF AND STUDENTS TO MAINTAIN THE IDEALS AND TO OFFER BEST SERVICES IN THE OVERALL INTEREST OF THE SCHOOL 5. FACILITATE SOCIAL INTERACTION AMONG MEMBERS AS WILL ENSURE THE CONTINUED REFLECTION OF MORAL AND OTHER NOBLE IDEAS FOR WHICH THE SCHOOL STANDS 6. PROMOTE AND FOSTER UNITY, UNDERSTANDING AND CORDIAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN MEMBERS 7. ACHIEVEMENT OF PRE-MENTIONED OBJECTIVES WILL BE EVALUATED AS THE ASSOCIATION MAY FROM TIME TO TIME ESTABLISH ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: TRUSTEES

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA, FOR THE REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ‘ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. EMEZIE INNOCENT - CHAIRMAN 2. EMEZIE BISI - SECRETARY 3. AKINOLA EZEKIEL KEHINDE 4. OYEDEJI RUFUS OLUGBENGA 5. JOHN MOSES.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PASTOR CYRIL FAVOUR NDUBUISI IROEZINDU 2. PASTOR MARIAN BLESSING AMECHI IROEZINDU AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST WITHIN AND INTERNATIONALLY

AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, P.M.B. 198 GARKI, ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED BY YAGAZIE OBIOHA & CO LEGAL CONSULTANTS AND NOTARY PUBLIC


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LEAGUE OF PROFESSIONALS FOR ARTISANS EMPOWERMENT THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. TRUSTEES (1) DR OPARA BONIFACE CHINEDUM (2) MRS JOSEPHINE IFEOMA NWAOGU (3) AJUMOLE NDUBISI LOUIS (4) ISHAKU MAAJI (5)EZE EGERUO SIDNEY AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO PROTEST THE INTEREST OF MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION. 2. TO ENSURE THAT THE WELFARE OF MEMBERS ARE MADE A PRIORITY AND PROMPTLY ATTENDED TO. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

Companies Registration 25 DE ROYAL OLORI’S FOUNDATION

ABEOKUTA SKILL WORKERS WELFARE ASSOCIATION

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990.

TRUSTEES 1. AGUNBIADE ADEOLA (PRESIDENT) 2. OGABI TEMITOPE 3. OGABI KEHINDE 4. OGABI TENIOLA 5. ADELAKUN GBEMISOLA 6. AINA ADEOLA AISHAT 7. AINA MOTUNRAYO 8. POSSI OMOBUKOLA 9. POSSI SHOLA (SECRETARY)

TRUSTEES 1. SHITTU MUSILIU OLAOSE -CHAIRMAN 2. JUBRIL AZEEZ BOLAJI -VICE CHAIRMAN 3. SHOMOYE JOHNSON OLA -SECRETARY (1) 4. IBRAHIM OMOTAYO MURITALA -SECRETARY (2) 5. OSHIPITAN AGBOLADE YEKIN- TREASURER 6. ADEJOBI OLAOLUWA TIMOTHY -ADVISER (EX-OFFICIO) 7. FAGBENRO KEHINDE ABDULRA _ ADVISER (TRUSTEE)

AIM AND OBJECTIVE: TO IMPROVE THE LIVING CONDITION OF WINDOWS, DESTITUTE, VULNERABLE WOMEN AND THEIR ORPHANS TO CONTRIBUTE ACTIVELY TO THE CIVIL SOCIETY ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

AIM AND OBJECTIVE TO ESTABLISH HARMONY AND FOSTER PROGRESS WITHIN MEMBERS THROUGH CO-OPERATION, CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED: SECRETARY

SIGNED :SECRETARY

SIGNED :SECRETARY

SGS 1986 SET OLD STUDENTS ASSOCIATION

ADRIEL’S INITIATIVE FOR AFRICAN WOMEN WELFARE

NOTICE

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CHURCH HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. TRUSTEES: 1. OHIRI MICHAEL. 2. EMMANUEL ABIODUN ALADENIYI. 3. SALU MUDIRA ADEBISI. 4. SERIKI YISA OLAKUNLE. 5. AMENAGHAWON JOSEPH IDAHOSA. 6. MICHAEL DJAN. 7. EFFIONG BASSEY USANG. 8. ADEBUKUNOLA OLUFUNMILAYO MORGAN. 9. EGBUNU ZACCHARIAS NDA. AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. TO ENCOURAGE THE ALUMNI TO TAKE ABIDING INTEREST IN THE PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE ALMA MATTER. 2. TO UNDERTAKE ACTIVITIES AIMED AT ENHANCING HUMAN CAPACITY BUILDING AND OF NATION BUILDING INCLUDING THOSE CHARITABLE NATURE. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET MAITAMA ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: OMEGA REIGNS CHAMBERS. 3RD FLOOR STANDARD PLAZA OFF AMINU KANO CRESCENT WUSE 2 ABUJA FCT.

PUBLIC NOTICE

THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT OKUNOLA ADEKOLA IBRAHIM THE SON OF THE LATE OKUNOLA AYILARA RESIDING IN HIS FATHER’S PROPERTY AT NO 25 ZONE ‘A” KOLAJO OLOMI IBADAN OYO STATE NIGERIA WAS ATTACKED ON A FATEFUL DAY 04/02/2018 BY SOME UNKNOWN GUN MEN AT HIS RESIDENCE. HE ESCAPED THE ATTACK WITH HIS FAMILY BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE HOUSE WAS SET ABLAZED BY THE UNKNOWN GUN MEN.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CHURCH HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. TRUSTEES : 1. MEVODE AGBROKO - PRESIDENT 2. KESIENAH AGBROKO EKELEME - SECRETARY AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: (I) TO EDUCATE AND ASSIST WOMEN ACHIEVE A HEALTHY LIFE . RESULTING IN A GOOD SOCIAL, ECONOMICAL, HEALTH AND NUTRITIONAL STATUS. (II) TO IMPROVE THE IMPORTANCE OF CARE FOR THE CHILDBEARING WOMAN AND ALSO WOMEN AT A CHILD BEARING AGE ( IIII) EMPOWERING OF A GIRL CHILD ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET MAITAMA ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED BY R. AYENI

BABATUNDE ADEJUMO FOUNDATION

THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE-NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION WITH THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 2004. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MR. BABATUNDE ADE ADEJUMO 2. MR. OYETUNDE KEJI ADEJUMO 3. MISS. OYEDOTUN SALEWA ADEJUMO - SECRETARY 4. EGNR. BANJI FATOKI AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: I. SUPPORTING INDIGENT WITH FUNDS FOR EDUCATION ALL OVER NIGERIA. II. EMPOWERING WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS. III. GIVING FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO THOSE WHO HAVE HEALTH CHALLENGES. IIII. HELPING THE NEEDY IN THE SOCIETY. ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED: OKUNOLA ADEKOLA IBRAHIM.

SIGNED: MR BABATUNDE ADE ADEJUMO THE CHAIRMAN.

GIBBOR PROPHETIC MINISTRY INC.

JESUS THE FLOWING ROCK BIBLE MISSIONARY CHURCH

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CHURCH HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACTS, DECREE NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. EVANG E. E. ASUQUO - MEMBER. 2. PASTOR J. J. UKO - SECRETARY. 3. PASTOR D. G. UDOH - CHAIRMAN. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO RAISE AN UNDEFEATED WORLD OF CHAMPIONS FOR CHRIST. 2. TO MAKE HEAVEN. 3. TO TRAIN CHRIST-LIKE DISCIPLES IN THEIR CALLING AND GIFTS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET MAITAMA ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: TRUSTEES

INNOVATION DEVELOPMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP AFRICA TRUST THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES 1. DR. SOLOMON NWAKA - CHAIRPERSON 2. PROFESSOR PETER ONWUALU 3. PROFESSOR GEOFFREY NWAKA 4. MRS. IFEOMA NWANEKEZIE 5. MS. CHIKA NWAKA AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. ESTABLISHMENT OF AFRICAN INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP UNIVERSITY(AFRIE-U) AND RELATED EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES 2. PROMOTE INDIVIDUAL AND INSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT 3. SUPPORT THE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT OF INFORMAL SECTOR ACTORS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR BUSINESSES ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACTS, DECREE NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. DAVID EDET UDOFIA - PRESIDENT 2. IME MONDAY NTUEN - SECRETARY 3. ISAAC DAVID EDET - MEMBER 4. PATIENCE MONDAY AKPAN - MEMBER. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST . 2. TO WIN SOULS FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET MAITAMA ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: DAVID EDET UDOFIA (PRESIDENT)

1. the Company ELECTRONIC SETTLEMENT LIMITED be and is hereby wound up voluntarily 1. the Company ELECTRONIC SETTLEMENT LIMITED be and is hereby wound up voluntarily 2. the filings be made at the Corporate Affairs Commission and all requisite 2. the filings be made at the Corporate Affairs Commission Abuja and allAbuja requisite stepssteps bebe taken by the Management of the Company to effect its winding up. taken by the Management of the Company to effect its winding up.

DE ROYAL OLORI’S FOUNDATION

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CHURCH HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. TRUSTEES 1. AGUNBIADE ADEOLA (PRESIDENT) 2. OGABI TEMITOPE 3. OGABI KEHINDE 4. OGABI TENIOLA 5. ADELAKUN GBEMISOLA 6. AINA ADEOLA AISHAT 7. AINA MOTUNRAYO 8. POSSI OMOBUKOLA 9. POSSI SHOLA (SECRETARY) AIM AND OBJECTIVE 1. TO IMPROVE THE LIVING CONDITION OF WINDOWS, DESTITUTE, VULNERABLE WOMEN AND THEIR ORPHANS TO CONTRIBUTE ACTIVELY TO THE CIVIL SOCIETY ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET MAITAMA ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

CHRIST GLORIOUS MINISTRY THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACTS, DECREE NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. FEEGHE MICHAEL KPOOBARI - PRESIDENT 2. ADAMGBO SUKA LENU CHARLES - VICE CHAIRMAN 3. NEEDOM NWINDUM EDDY - SECRETARY 4. NEEDOM GIFT LENAATA - MEMBER 5. FEEGHE SUCCESS LEDEEBARI - MEMBER AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST TO THE WHOLE NATIONS. 2. TO WIN SOULS FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET MAITAMA ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: FEEGHE MICHAEL KPOOBARI (PRESIDENT)

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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. BISHOP PRAISE OZIWHELLE (PRESIDENT) 2. REV. CANON PREYE GBAKUMO (SECRETARY) 3. LAITY INORU ANNA PREYE (F/SECRETARY) 4. REV. OTOBO EBIBOLOUKEMI (TREASURER) AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST WORLDWIDE. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: PRESIDENT

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CHURCH HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. NNODIM NNAMDI CYRIL 2. ANYANWU SIMEON CHUKWUNYERE 3. ANYANWU JOY NGOZI 4. EMEKA NGOZI 5. ONUOHA AGATHA CHIOMA 6. OKO-JAJA EPHRAIM EDWARD AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST WORLDWIDE. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: NNODIM NNAMDI CYRIL


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Patience Jonathan makes U-turn, seeks out of court settlement with EFCC Peter Fowoyo, Lagos

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First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, on Tuesday made a U-turn over the ongoing legal tussle with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as she has asked for an out-of-court settlement with the comMRS.MARIZU GERALDINE IJEOMA

mission. In a January 30, 2018 letter, titled “Proposal for out-of-Court Settlement of all cases related to Dame (Mrs.) Ibifaka Patience Jonathan,” Mrs Jonathan told the EFCC of her intention to settle the matter, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. MRS.FAVOUR UGOCHI EUNICE CHIBUIKE

The letter, which was written by one of her lead lawyers, Mr Ifedayo Adedipe (SAN), is being considered by the EFCC. The letter reads in part: “As senior lawyer representing Dame (Mrs.) Patience Jonathan (former First Lady) and companies linked to her and some fam-

ily members, associates, companies and NGOs, we have thought it fit to engage your commission in a discussion over all issues involving her and the commission with a view to having amicable resolution of all cases as stated above. “This will enable both sides create an atmosphere

for mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence. We will therefore appreciate it, if you can give us an appointment at your earliest convenience to have a discussion over all matters involving her and members of her family. “We believe that an amicable settlement will be in

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ADOLPHUS CHINEDU ONYEKACHI

This is to certify that MRS. EKWUEME OBIAGELI and MRS.EKWUEME MARGARET OBIAGELI;refers to one and same person ;now wish to be known and addressed as MRS.EKWUEME MARGARET OBIAGELI. All Former documents remain valid. BANKS and General public take note

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LOSS OF DOCUMENTS This is to inform the general public of the loss/ missing of the original land purchase receipts at Igbehinadun (new heaven) Iba, Lagos State, copies of survey plan and original certificate of incoporation. All efforts to trace/locate them have proved futile. Members of the general public are therefore advised in their own interest not to deal or transact with any person, body or group in respect of the documents or the property above mentioned as whosoever that deals with these documents or the above mentioned property, does so at his or her own risk. SIGNED: VINCENT UBA ORJI EUCHARIA OLUCHUKWU

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MRS NZERIBE AMARACHI JULIET

IBOR BASSEY IKANA

IROEGBU MICHAEL OKECHI

I, formerly known and addressed as AJUONUMA JULIET AMARACHI now wish to be known and addressed ad Mrs NZERIBE AMARACHI JULIET. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. CONFIRMATION OF NAME

OLULANKE TAIWO MODUPE I formerly known and addressed as Miss Dupe Taiwo now wish to be known and addressed as Olulanke Taiwo Modupe. All former document remain valid. General public take note

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MRS. SANDRA CHIOMA ONUEGBU

I, formerly known and addressed as OGBUEHI ANAYO SIMEON, now wish to be known, called and addressed as CHRIS ANAYO SIMEON. All documents bearing my former names remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS. SANDRA CHIOMA IFEACHOR, now to be known and addressed as MRS. SANDRA CHIOMA ONUEGBU . All former documents remain valid. Authority concerned and General Public should please take note.

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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ORGANIZATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF CAMA,- THE

THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED, HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990.

TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PASTOR OKUNADE WILLIAMS AJIBOYE 2. MR STEPHEN BANYIGYI KUMIYAWO 3.MR AMEH VICTOR ADOLE 4.MRS WILLIAMS FAITH ORITOKE 5.MR OKE CLEMENT KUNLE

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PRINCE CHINAEMEZE CAIPHAS OBIJIAKU 2. DEACON EGWUATU CHIKE ADOLPHUS 3. EZEMBAMARA NNAEMEKA 4. OBI ANTHONY 5. MISS. UZOAGA UZOAMAKA GOSPEL 6. MISS. UGWUMBA OLUCHI SANDRA 7. GOZIE ANOINTING OBIJIAKU

SIGNED:NOAH IMONI ESQ. FOR:COMPANION CHAMBERS .08037871275.

NNABUGWU BRIGHT ALAOMA I, formerly known and addressed as NNABUGWU BRIGHT ;now wish to be known and addressed as NNABUGWU BRIGHT ALAOMA. All Former documents remain valid. BANKS and General public take note.

This is to confirm and certify that SORUNKE ADEKOYEJO SORETIRE is the same person as SORETIRE SORUNKE ADEKOYEJO AYINLA. That I henceforth wish to be known and addressed as ADEKOYEJO SORETIRE -SORUNKE. That I was born on the 22nd of November, 1938. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS.ACHI NNEJI UKA ; Now wish to be known as MRS.OLERE NNEJI ONUOHA. All Former documents remain valid. BANKS and General public take note.

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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 2. TO PROMOTE THE GOSPEL OF RECONCILIATION OF MEN TO CHRIST.

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AIM AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PROVIDE SKILL ACQUISITION TO INDIGENT MEN AND WOMEN IN THE SOCIETY 2. TO ORGANIZE YOUTHS SPORT COMPETITION ACROSS THE COUNTRY ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION MAITAMA! ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION SIGNED: SECRETARY

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the best interest of both your commission and our client. LOSS OF DOCUMENT This is to inform the general public of the loss of Certificate of Occupancy in the name of CASHCRAFT PROPRTIES LIMITED with No. 002698 dated 11 May 2009 for a property situate at 13 Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. All efforts to trace the document have been abortive. If found, please return to the nearest Police Station. AUGUSTINE BONIFACE KALU

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FEATURES Charles Onyekwere, Abakaliki As the countdown to the 2019 general elections in the country steadily commences, aspirants to various elective offices across political divides have began subterranean moves towards actualizing their dream. The moves followed the recently released of election time table by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), for the kickoff of the race Although, the various registered political parties are also drawing up their schedules or time table in conformity with INEC’s guidelines in line with Electoral Act, most especially through National working Committee (NWC), meetings and schedules party Congresses Slated this year. These activities are also going along side with the political parties at state levels where aspirants to National assembly seat will either be fine-tuned, consensuses, handpick or elected as past experiences depicted, to pave way for electioneering campaigns and subsequently, the E-day. For instance, the Clamour for aspirations, most especially to the Ebonyi south senatorial seat for the forthcoming 2019 elections, have assumed a dimension unprecedented in the political history of the zone with so many aspirants already indicating their intention to run for coveted office. Ebonyi south senatorial District is considered to be one of the most keenly competitive zones for politicians that vie for National Assembly seats. A contestant may face serious challenges due to several factors which were at play during previous elections. The caliber of personalities that may contest the seat in 2019 elections will make Ebonyi south, the zone to watch in the coming elections. Although, the Zone is not the largest in terms of population among the three Senatorial districts, is home to people from different both academics and political backgrounds in the state. This is playing vital roles in determining who represents the zone not only in the senate but also in other political levels. Though, two persons from the zone have declared their ambition to represent the Senatorial district. But there are political activities from different aspirants and their supporters that have been gathering momentum, with indications that several aspirants from different political parties, may likely slug it out for the soul of senate seat of Ebonyi south Senatorial zone come 2019. Despite the unfolding political activities by some politicians from the zone, and baring last minute development that may usher in yet to be identified aspirants in the contest, one can presume that the battle would be settled among aspirants serving under the present administration. The Senatorial zone which cover five local government areas of Afikpo south, Afikpo North, Ohaozara, Onicha and Ivo. The incumbent governor, David Umahi who hails from the senatorial zone had at different occasions made it clear that he has no appointed candidate. Despite the nature of elections in the senatorial district and the obvious difficulties and challenges that the aspirants may confront, different groups, organizations and individuals have started calling on different politicians to vie for the senate seat, even though some politicians who may likely contest in the race declined comments when asked by DAILYTIMES of their intention. Interest rose in the senatorial zone after

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the declaration of the occupant of the seat, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji,from the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) to the All Progressive Congress(APC) who is completing his two terms by 2019. After Ogbuoji’s defection to APC, the Ebonyi state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), described his exit from the party as not only welcome development , but also a blessing. The PDP leadership in the state explained that Ogbuoji who represents the Ebonyi south senatorial zone in the upper chamber, had rather been a burden due to complains from his constituents that he was not representing their interest at the senate. Addressing newsmen in Abakaliki at the state secretariat of the PDP, the state Chairman of the party, Onyekachi Nwebonyi, said the party was gladdened by the senator’s defection to the opposition All Progressives Congress(APC) barely one and to 2019 general election. “He has been a very dormant member of our party and he has made no little contribution to the growth of PDP in the state. As we speak with you, he has been in the senate for almost eight years and he cannot boast of any achievement for his people. “The people of Ebonyi south senatorial zone have been looking for an opportunity like this. Our party is not panicking on his defection instead it is a welcome development in view of the person he is. I described him as a political deadwood because he has no impact. “He doesn’t attend our party meetings, he doesn’t contribute to the growth and development of our party right from the ward to

the state level”. Nwebonyi said. The state governor, David Umahi had earlier on different occasions of his endorsement for second tenure by the people of Izzi clan explained that the PDP had been blessed by the action of the senator. “I learnt that senator from my zone left, he left out of fear. I am not chasing anybody and he has created vacancy for our people. Let me tell Ohaozara, Onicha and Ivo that they will not contest for senate, the seat will remain in Afikpo south local government where the incumbent senator hails from. “ With this arrangement and formular, our victory in 2019 is 99.9Percent . Our hearths and hands are very clean and clean. Our wish is that as we came, so shall we continue”, he said. Ogbuoji who was at the zonal APC meeting, was reported to have declared his defection to the APC at the Uburu residence of Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology. As the battle for replacement of Senator Sonni Ugboji took another twist Dr. Uchenna Okoro, the MD Ebenezer Hospital Abakaliki has recently declared his interest to contest for the plum post. Okoro in a press conference in Abakaliki,said that the people of Ebonyi south senatorial zone need a peaceful, experienced and people oriented personality like him to represent the people of the district. Senator Ogbuoji, member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who is on his second tenure had been reported to have attended South- East zonal meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) later under controversial outing at the floor of the senate moved to officially announce his defec-

tion to the APC. Dr. Okoro, the senatorial aspirant for the Ebonyi South district said that his people had suffered much hardship in the area of ecological challenges that had led to the collapse of the greater portion of one of their local government Headquarters, for which reason he had been invited to rescue them and generate friendship than enemity for his people. “We need a person, a personality who is close to the people, a person who will work in collaboration with our incumbent and people oriented Governor, David Umahi. We don’t need trouble makers. We need someone who will make friends and bring in federal authorities to wade into the ecological problems, as well as grant us the rights to harness the solid minerals that abound in Ebonyi south senatorial zone. “I have the belief that our people will come together, join hands together and support Governor Umahi, with that, we agreed to give the slot for the senate to the lower Edda at least, for the fact that our kinsmen in the upper Edda had since taken the slots of elective positions. “I have stressed the need for unity of purpose amongst our people so that we can correct the errors of the past that even gave those in the Edda flank the wrong name of Afikpo south local government area”. “I shall correct all that. By the grace of God, I have been in politics for a reasonable time, currently, a Board member of Presbyterian Church of Nigeria. I have been the Vice Chairman NBA Ebonyi state; I have been Medical Director of the second oldest hospital in Igboland, the Uburu Joint Hospital. Accordingly, I am well qualified and suited to give quality representation to my people and I so present myself”. Also in the senatorial race, include a veteran journalist in Ebonyi State, Chief Abia Onyeike declared his interest to run for the seat. Onyeike, who was Deputy National Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ) and pioneer Chairman of Ebonyi state council of the union, made his intension known to journalists in Abakaliki. He noted that since the Ebonyi south senatorial seat has been zoned to Afikpo south local government area of the state and Lower Edda of the area, he will emerge victorious. Onyike a former Commissioner for Information and Special Adviser to former Governor Martin Elechi on Media said he will effectively represent the people of his zone if voted into power, adding that the zone has not been properly represented in recent time. He was the Director of Media and Publicity of Divine Mandate Organization, a campaign organization of Governor David Umahi in 2015 general election, said his experience in both politics and media will distinguish him among every other person that may be eyeing the seat. He said if voted into power, he will initiate a bill that will improve the welfare of journalists in the country as according to him, journalists are very critical in nation building but are not treated well by both government and their organisations.


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Sen. Orji trains 70 on agriculture, set to empower them Sunday Nwakanma, Umuahia

ÏÏÏAll is set in Umuahia

L-R: Former military head of State Abdulsalam Abubakar and President Muhammadu Buhari, during a visit to the President in Abuja.

I won’t stop criticising Buhari despite efforts to arraign me -Dino Melaye Idowu Samuel and Tunde Opanala, Abuja

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Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West has said he will not relent in criticizing what he described as anti- people policy of the Buhari administration, notwithstanding efforts to rope him in on a phantom trial by the Federal Government. Dino said this on Tuesday on plans to arraign him by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN), for allegedly misleading the Nigeria Police in a case of alleged assassination attempt on his life, will not stop him from constructively criticising the Federal Government whenever the need arises. The Federal Government had on Sunday announced

through the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, a plan to arraign Melaye on Thursday, March 1, 2018 for allegedly giving false information to the Police and allegedly framing the Chief of Staff to the Kogi State governor, Edward Onoja, on the failed attempt on his life. The Senator said that when the failed attempt on his life was made in 2017 at his country home in Kogi state, the Police naturally asked him who and who were the suspects, to which he gave the names of those who were apparently after his life given their previous utterances and the Police subsequently made some arrests and guns were recovered from the suspects. He added that aside arresting six suspects, police in Kogi State recovered six

riffles from the suspects who made statements that indicted Edward Onoja and Alhaji Taofeek, chairman of Ijumu Local Government and they were subsequently arraigned before a Kogi Magistrate Court. “Suddenly I was accused of misinforming the Police. Why would I be the one to be accused of misinformation? What type of democracy are we practising”, he queried. He said if naming the suspects could be termed as misinformation, it is a surprise to him that such could happen in a country being govern by the rule of law. Saying that he would not bulge by the planned trial, Dino said “If this arraignment is to stop me from criticising the Federal government, they have committed a capital compound mistake. I shall continue to speak, I shall

continue to ask questions, I shall continue to criticise any public officer including the President of Nigeria where he has gone wrong. “I have conquered fear and I am not afraid of the prison. The last administration arrested me 14 times. The Abacha and Babangida governments detained me. I am not afraid of the prison, it is built because of human beings but we will continue to speak the truth not minding whose ox is gored. “In an unjust society, silence is a crime. The battle to bring Nigeria back on track from these criminals in power is a battle of no retreat no surrender and I am ready to face the Federal Government on this matter, I will fight it with the last drop of my blood, no retreat no surrender.”

for the empowerment of over 65 youths trained by Sen. Theodor Orji at Federal College of Agriculture, Ishiagu in Ebonyi state. This was even as he had earlier trained 87 and 23 at National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike Umuahia and National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization, Ilorin respectively. Addressing newsmen in his Abia State Liaison office in Umuahia, the Senator representing Abia Central Senatorial District, Senator Theodore Orji who spoke through his former senior special aide and former Deputy Speaker of Abia

state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chidiebere Nwoke said the beneficiaries were trained in different aspect of agriculture, including poultry, fishery, piggery, and soap making. Other areas he disclosed include hair dressing and barbing salon, “all to end perpetual search for white collar job”. At the National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike Umuahia, NRCRI training, people were taught in odourless fufu making amongst many, while at the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization, beneficiaries received training on mechanized farming for more than two weeks, of which the first week was on theory, while the second week was on practical aspects.

LIRS begins automated collection of consumption tax

ÏÏÏIn line with global best

practice in the use of technology and automated solutions, the Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) has introduced an Electronic Revenue Assurance (ERA) System for Hotels, Restaurants, Night Clubs and Event Centres in Lagos State to elicit automatic compliance with the extant Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Tax Law of Lagos State as amended. The law imposes a 5% Consumption Tax on all expenditures made on products and services at the hospitality outlets in line with section 2 of the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Law of June 2009. The ERA System ensures financial accountability and efficiency for collecting Agents, accurate deduction and automatic, transparent remittance of consumption tax, as well as rewards for consumers.

Speaking on how the newly adopted technology works, Chairman of the LIRS, Mr Ayodele Subair, said that the Electronic Revenue Assurance System using the Electronic Fiscal Device (EFD) is a software application/device that issues invoices and receipts to consumers bearing a unique QR code, detailing the items and/or services ordered and an embedded automation of Consumption Tax remittance in real time. To protect consumers, payments and receipts generated will be tracked and monitored to verify the authenticity of receipts issued. We hereby implore owners of restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and event centres in Lagos State to embrace and comply with this new initiative not only because of the legal consequences of its violation but also for its mutual socio-economic benefits.

Tinubu: Obasanjo, IBB belong to ‘retirees club’ Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

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leader of the All Progressive Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo and exmilitary President Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, “are yesterdays men and should allow Nigeria to move on.” Tinubu who came to the Presidential Villa in company of the former interim chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, said that the reconciliatory assignment has started in earnest is a strong po-

litical challenge. Reacting to the statements release separately by both former leaders, the APC leader said, “I don’t address those shadows. We should let our former presidents join retirees’ club and take pensions but they can participate in our politics if they are interested. “It is a free world but this freedom is not served a la carte but they should allow us to move our country forward. It is a challenge to every Nigerian.” Tinubu also disclosed that he has been given

free hand in his assignment to reconcile all aggrieved members of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Buhari had last week appointed Tinubu to lead consultation, reconciliation and peace building efforts within the party. “Democracy is about conflict resolution process. You can’t do it without resolving conflicts. We can’t build it without understanding the conflicts and sources where we are coming from. But we want to leave the country with a legacy. It’s not about Mr. President. That is what he’s

telling the country. I’m enjoying the challenges so far.” On what are the chances of APC in 2019 elections, Tinubu said, “You are asking me an obvious question. I belong to this party. My commitment is to this party. We have a better chance and we are strongly determined to prosecute election in a most transparent and democratic manner and we will win.” Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari held a closed-door meeting with the National Leader of the ruling All

Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the former Osun State governor and first interim National Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande. The President had earlier also met with a former military Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting was held inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, was the second meeting that has been held between the President and the twoparty chieftains this

year. The meeting took place immediately after President Buhari received letters of Credence from the Ambassador of Niger to Nigeria, Mr Alat Mogaskia; the High Commissioner of Ghana, Alhaji Rashid Bawa and that of Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy Sea to Nigeria, Most Rev. Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi. The former Head of State declined to speak to State House correspondents after the meeting, which lasted for less than one hour.


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Kwara ex- Chief Judge Yusuf dies at 85 Kehinde Akinpelu, Ilorin

ÏÏÏA former chief

judge of Kwara state and former president, Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressives Union (IEDPU), Justice Saka Yusuf is dead. Yusuf died on Monday night at the age of 85. His remains were Tuesday interred at his GRA, Ilorin residence in accordance with Islamic rites. Representative of the state Governor, Alh Abdulfatah Ahmed, Alh Isiaka Gold, secretary to the state government, and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Dr Ali Ahmad led the pack of dignitaries that attended Yusuf’s burial. Other dignitaries that attended the burial include the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Sulaiman Kawu, the state Grand Kadi, Justice Ola AbdulKadir, a former Grand Kadi, Justice AbdulMutalib Ambali, the Vice Chancellor of Kwara State University, Malete, Prof AbdulRasheed Na’ Allah, the IEDPU president, Ambassador Sheikh AbdulAzeez, his predecessor, Alh AbdulHamid Adi and the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Hon. Ishola Balogun- Fulani.

The Janazah prayer was led by the chief Imam of Ilorin, Sheikh Mohammed Bashir Salihu who was supported by other notable cleric from Ilorin emirate. In a condolence message, the Emir of Ilorin Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, expressed shock over the death of Justice Yusuf The National Secretary of Shehu Alimi Foundation for Peace and Development, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona issued the statement on behalf of the Emir. Sulu- Gambari described the deceased as a rare gem and compassionate jurist whose contributions to the development of the Ilorin Emirate is unquantifiable. The Emir prayed Allah to repose the soul of the deceased and accept him as His true servant. Sulu-Gambari also condoled with the immediate family of the deceased and the entire people of Ilorin Emirate and prayed Allah to give them the fortitude to bear the great loss. Also, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje described the death of Yusuf as a colossal loss to the country, particularly the people of Ilorin Emirate.

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Plateau Varsity VC decries herdsmen invasion on campus Kingsley Chukwuka, Jos

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Vice Chancellor of Plateau State University Bakkos, Professor Danjuma Decent Sheni has decried the invasion of herdsmen on campus, saying the lives of students could be endangered if he allowed the practice to go on. The Vice Chancellor stated this Tuesday in Bokkos, Plateau State, while briefing Journalists on the ‘mile stone’ achieved so far by his administration. Sheni said, “the Uni-

versity Campus is not where to graze cattle, that is why we chase the cattle boys away whenever we see them: the Fulani boys run away when we chase them and some of them are arrested and handed over to the police: we don’t want the herdsmen to hurt any student in the name of grazing. “We have reported the invasion to security operatives and have apprehended some of them and handed them over to the Police: it is risky to allow herdsmen graze on

campus because it poses a lot of security breach and we don’t want the herders to hurt any student on campus. “Most often when we see them grazing in the premises, the runaway sighting the University security operatives”, he said. However, the VC commended TETFUND and the Plateau State government for executing meaningful projects in the University, which led to the completion of 22 bed Female Hostels, Faculty of Management

Science, two large Auditorium and others. Established in 2005, the staff strength of the institution has grown from 93 to 413, with most of the lecturers sent abroad to obtain their PHD, said the VC, adding that the ‘ivory tower’ is ready for accreditation of additional fifteen programmes. “Parents and students have developed confidence in the Institution, such that we are now admitting about 1,500 students”, the Vice Chancellor said.

Okowa challenges community newspaper publishers on Information sharing Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

ÏÏÏDelta

State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has urged members of Association of Community Newspapers Publishers of Nigeria (ACNPN) to always share information to effectively reach people at the grassroots. Governor Okowa made the call Tuesday when the executive committee of Delta State Council of ACNPN led by Comrade Jude Obiemnyego paid him a courtesy visit in Asaba. The Governor, who lauded the fact that publishers of community newspapers have an umbrella body to champion their course, reiterated that sharing of information and ideas would ensure that people at the rural communities are abreast with happenings in other localities. “As community newspaper publishers, there is greater strength when you share ideas and information and I am glad that you have come together to be members of one body,” the Governor said, assuring that his administration will always work with the ACNPN to ensure that people at the different communities of the state are aware of his administration’s programmes.

He disclosed that the driving force behind the acceptability and achievements of his administration was opendoor policy and letting the people know the situation of things at all times, asserting, “we are running an opendoor policy, we engage in town hall meetings because, there is nothing to hide from our people, they need to be properly informed as partners in the governance of the state; they tell us how they feel and we tell them what we are doing.” Governor Okowa who reeled out some of the achievements of his administration in the areas of road construction, job and wealth creation, quality health-care delivery, among others despite the country being technically on recession, emphasized that his administration will always be on course, remain focused in the delivery of democratic dividends and good governance to Deltans. Earlier, Comrade Obiemnyego commended the Governor for his developmental strides, assuring that the ACNPN as the publishers of newspapers that gets to the people at the nooks and crannies of the state will highlight the activities of government.

Minister of Communication and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed delivering his address at the national Security summit held in Abuja...on Tuesday

Why we introduced bio- metric timing in phases – Delta HoS Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

ÏÏÏDelta

State Head of Service, Mr. Reginald Bayoko has solicited the collaboration of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State Council in propagating the benefits of the use of biometric timing device recently introduced in pilot phase in some Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) by the state government. Mr. Bayoko stated this in Asaba when the executive committee of the Delta State Council of the NUJ paid him an advocacy visit. “For the clock-in clock-out device, we have tried as much as possible to let public servants understand the reason at the beginning of the whole programme. It has commenced, although it is in pilot phase. We want to take the experi-

ence we learnt from the pilot phase to correct any shortcomings… before we roll it out fully”, he said. Mr. Bayoko stated, “Those areas of concern should be brought to our attention but the most critical aspect is that in my human endeavour, if you are not used to something, it takes a while to get used to that thing. That is what is happening in terms of…permit me to use the language the pocket of unacceptability by some segments of the workforce. We are saying that they should get used to it and at the end of the day, I am sure that it will be telling us to sustain the use of the clockin clock-out device because they will realize the need for it “Mr. Bayoko used the forum to assure workers that the challenges facing the state civil service were being addressed to make it

perform better. “We have really set out to let civil servants have a mind change from the ways they have been doing things; that they can do things better. They should be able to speak up no matter the level of intimidation “that is why you see me that most times, I intend to give a lot of my time to listening to challenges that public service faces with a view to addressing them”, He, however, urged civil servants to accord priority to the core values of civil service which he highlighted to include political neutrality and confidentiality, integrity and moral rectitude. The HOS commended the leadership of NUJ Delta State Council for living up to its responsibility of being the “watchdog of the society”. “I am touched by the re-

marks you have made, and it’s a confirmation of the popular slogan that journalists are the watchdog of the society. Be rest assured that our doors are open. We are all partners in progress for the success of this government and development of Delta State”. Earlier, Chairman of Delta State Council of NUJ, Comrade Mike Ikeogwu had expressed the willingness and readiness of the council to partner of offices of the Hos in publicizing its activities. Comrade Ikeogwu drew the attention of the HoS to the need for government agencies saddled with the responsibility of monitoring projects to live up to expectation. “If all of us play our role as expected, the development of our state will be monumental.


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Enugu Assembly passes 2018 appropriation bill into law Moses Oyediran, Enugu

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Enugu State House of Assembly Tuesday passed the 2018 appropriation bill of over N103 billion into law. The leader of the Assembly, Mr. Ikechukwu Ezeugwu moved a motion for the budget to be deliberated on and seconded by the deputy Leader Mrs. Onyinye Ugwu.

Ezeugwu said the budget which was tagged “Budget of sustainable Economic Growth had a budget size of N103, 563, 500.00. Ezeugwu said that N60, 717, 024.00 was marked for the recurrent expenditure which indicated 62 per cent of the entire budget size while the sum of N42B, 846, 476,000 was marked for capital expenditure indicating 39 per cent of the total

budget size. The leader said that the budget was presented on December 28, 2017 with the budget size of N98, 563, 500 and was later increased by N5000, 000.00 thereby making it N103, 563, 500 adding that change was as a result of slight increase in price of crude oil. He explained that the extra N5B went to the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure making their budget N15B in-

stead of N10B adding that the essence was to accommodate more rural roads in the state. He said that the overall reflections in the budget evidently show that the state government had the interest and welfare of its people in mind. He said that the current economic situation in the country, where most states are battling with payment of salaries and other welfare packages.

“Our Governor has sustained regular payment on salaries and on time. This apparent interest by the governor in paying his workers is happily reflected in this year’s budget alongside the other numerous projects which the present administration is embarking on” he said. While expressing joy, the Speaker of the Assembly Hon. Edward Ubosi, thanked the Deputy speaker, the Leader

and the Chairman Assembly Committee on Appropriation for the wonderful job they did to ensure that the budget saw the light of the day. Ubosi urged his colleagues to ensure proper monitoring of the budget through oversight function to ensure that things were done the way they should be done. The House was adjourned to Tuesday February 20.

Alleged fraud: Failure to serve Uwajeh with summons stalls arraignment Andrew Orolua, Abuja

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The APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun in a handshake with the President, International Republican Institute (IRI), Daniel Twining when the latter led a high-level IRI delegation on a visit to the National Chairman at the Party’s national secretariat in Abuja....on Tuesday

4 more emergency response units, fire station for Lagos

Joy Anyim

ÏÏÏThe Commissioner for

Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Seye Oladejo has said that Governor Ambode has approved the establishment of four more LASEMA Response Units (LRU) in four different Divisions across the State, just as he disclosed that a new fire station will also be built at Ijegun area of the State. The new LRU, according to the Commissioner, would be situated at Badagry, Costain, Epe and Ikorodu areas of the State respectively, adding that the decision to locate a new fire station at Ijegun was informed by the determination of the State Government to prevent a reoccurrence of the recent fire incident that gutted a tank farm at Ijegun Ibasa in the Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos. The Commissioner made

this known on Tuesday during a quarterly stakeholders meeting of all emergency responders in the State at Alausa, Ikeja on the review of the Lagos State Emergency Response Plan (ERP). Oladejo said that the State Government is not only exploring emergency response on water, land and air but is also expanding its scope through the establishment of more Emergency Response Units across different areas of the State such that the response rate of emergency responders would be quicker and faster. “In this year 2018, we want to significantly reduce delay in responding to emergency situations and in achieving this; we recognize the role of all relevant stakeholders in making this possible including members of the public. “With these concerted efforts being made to salvage lives and property within

the ‘Golden Hour’, the establishment of more LRUs will definitely complement these efforts and this will automatically result in the procurement and deployment of more equipment and training of our personnel to effectively manage these emergency occurrences.” In his welcome address, the General Manager, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) Mr. Adesina Tiamiyu said that the periodic stakeholders’ meeting is meant to seek further collaborations as well as to synergize in the areas of operations towards the urgent need in achieving a sustainable disaster risk reductions as well as effective and efficient management of emergencies/disaster in the State. According to him, the gathering will also afford relevant stakeholders the opportunity of in-depth review of their

individual and collective roles in disaster prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery in the State in line with individual organization’s core mandate. He also noted that the idea of this meeting is to build further collaboration and to look for opportunity in increasing the capacity building of our stakeholders which will serve as a solid foundation for effective and efficient emergency/disaster management in the State. “This is because of the compelling necessity of effective disaster management in modern societies, as a prominent governance tool. It is more so, since all over the world, surmounting emergencies take the collaborative efforts of the relevant stakeholders on one hand, and the active support and collaboration of the grassroots, communities and the populace.”

on the part of the federal government to personally serve Court summons on a self acclaimed private investigator from the United Kingdom Chief Victor Uwajeh stalled his arraignment before a federal high court in Abuja on Tuesday. The federal government had filed a four count charge against Chief Victor Uwajeh before Justice John Tsoho of the federal high court Abuja over allegations bordering on fraud, altering false documents and forgery. When the matter came up Tuesday for arraignment prosecuting counsel, A K Alilu told the court that the office of the Attorney General of the federation was making efforts to serve the defendant with the criminal summoned filed before the Judge, Justice John Tsoho. According to the prosecutor, the trial could not go on because Uwajeh has not been served with criminal summon personally as directed by the Judge. He said that the effect of the service is to compel the defendant (Uwajeh) to appear in court personally for arraignment. Meanwhile, the court has asked both the prosecuting and the defence counsels to return to the court registrar today (Wednesday) for a shortest date for arraignment. At the last adjourned date, the trial judge had ordered that self acclaimed private investigator Chief Victor Uwajeh, to appear before the court on the 13 February, 2018 to take his plea or face warrant of arrest. The federal government had filed charges against the embattled Uwajeh for allegedly uttering false documents through fraudulent means against

a serving senator representing Anambra south senatorial District, Senator Andy UBA with intent to commit fraud. At the last sitting, Chief Victor Uwajeh was absent in court as well as today (13 Feb). The court had fixed Tuesday’s date to enable the embattled Uwajeh take his plea. Embattled Uwajeh had dragged Senator Andy Uba, to court over alleged refusal to pay the sum of £1.9 million debt. Following police thorough investigations based on the petition Senator Uba wrote to the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, the police investigations indicted him (Uwajeh). Also in the suit, the plaintiff accused Senator Uba of being an impostor in relation to his academic credentials which the police investigation revealed that the information he provided was fraudulently obtained. According to Uwajeh, in the suit, Senator Uba engaged his services for an assignment in United Kingdom Border Agency and in the United States of America. The plaintiff said in order to make the work easier for him, Senator Uba gave him the data pages of both his American passport and Nigerian passport. At the last proceedings before the federal government filed charges before a federal High court Abuja, presiding judge, Justice Sylvester Origi,said that the matter could not proceed as the plaintiff lawyer asked the court to adjourned the matter to enable all the parties settled out of court which senator UBA insisted that he is not disposed to the arrangement urging the court to do the needful.


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Ogun reunites 22 other Libyan returnees with families ÏÏÏThe

Ogun State government has again reunited 22 additional Libyan returnees with members of their respective families. The Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Bolaji Oyeleye, who welcomed the returnees at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta, disclosed that the returnees comprised 19 females, one male and two children, adding that, the State Governor had approved a token to facilitate transportation to their various destinations. He recalled that the State had in January, received 64 returnees from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and reunited them with their relatives, adding that, government would ensure that the fresh returnees are safely reunited with their love ones as well. The Commissioner, through his Press Officer, Mr. Goke Gbadamosi, expressed optimism that the lessons learned by the returnees would deter other youths from trying to cross to Europe at all cost. ‘’We are happy that the re-

turnees have been brought back safely. As you can see, most of them are being welcomed by their relatives whom we had earlier contacted to come and receive them. This is the second batch and as you know, we received 64 of our people earlier in January. We hope to continue with this process until all our people have been safely returned from Libya,’’ he said. On his part, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Kunle Osota, while thanking God for sparing the lives of the returnees, assured that they would be well-rehabilitated and properly re-integrated into the society, He advised the returnees to be part of Nigeria’s positive evolution, adding that, it is also essential that they contribute their quota to building the nation. One of the returnees, Miss Christiana Olatoye, described her experience and those of several others as harrowing, saying that, the evacuation exercise had shown that the Federal and State governments cared about the safety of Nigerians abroad.

Budget 2018: Gov Ahmed assures Kwarans 90% implementation Kehinde Akinpelu, Ilorin

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State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has promised that his administration remains resolute in achieving over 80% budget implementation on capital projects. Governor Ahmed who disclosed this on Tuesday during an inspection of ongoing projects in Ilorin reaffirmed the government’s determination to bridging infrastructure deficit in the state. According to the governor, “the administration achieved 70% budget implementation last year and we are determined to achieve between 80% and 90% this year”. He explained that infrastructure is key in facilitating socio-economic development, promising that the government would not relevant in providing critical infrastructure for the development of kwara state. Governor Ahmed said the ongoing inspection of projects was to get value for money and promised prompt release of funds to contractors for timely completion of projects. The governor expressed satisfaction with the quality of works done on areas inspected, say-

ing that the levels of the projects were commensurate with fund released so far. “My visit is largely to ensure that the tax payers’ money is judiciously expended and to confirm that the projects conform with actual approvals, and I can tell you there’s value for money on the projects. With the funding window arrangement we are putting in place, God’s willing, the projects will be put to use before the end of this year”, governor confirmed. At the Kwara State University Post Graduate School in Ilorin, the Consultant in charge of the Project, Architect Jamiu Faworaja said the project is 75% completion and would be completed within the stipulated period. Architect Faworaja explained that the circular building with lecture rooms, offices, library and seminar room would accommodate about three hundred students. Other projects inspected by Governor Ahmed were Coca Cola bridge and Omosebi bridge at Gaa Akanbi area where he promised immediate approval of variation funds for timely completion of the projects.

L-R: Bauchi State Governor Barr. Mohammed Abubakar; Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura; Kano State Governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje; Jigawa State Governor Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, and Adamawa State Governor Bindow Jibrilla, during the Presidential High-table Dialogue and Launching of Integrity and Service Compendium, held in Abuja...on Tuesday

Court to decide permanent forfeiture of Penthouses linked to Diezani

Peter Fowoyo

ÏÏÏThe absence of Justice

Mojisola Olatoregun, of a Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos on Tuesday stalled a suit seeking final forfeiture of two penthouse structures allegedly linked to a former minister of Petroleum Resources Mrs. Diezani AlisonMadueke. The suit was adjourned till today (Wednesday) following the absence of Justice Mojisola Olatoregun, who was said to be attending a seminar. Olatoregun had on December 5, 2017 ordered an interim forfeiture of the said properties, after an exparte (without notice) application, was argued by The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The EFCC’s application marked FHC/L/ CS/1793c/17, has as respondents, Alison-Madueke, Donald Amagbo, Schillenburg LLC, and Sequoyah Property Ltd. The court had ordered that the properties: Penthouse 21 building 5, Block C, 11 floor, Bella Vista, Banana Island, Ikoyi, and Penthouse 22, Block B (Admiralty Estate) also in Ikoyi, Lagos, be forfeited to the Federal government, pending the conclusion of investigation. EFCC Counsel, Mr Anslem Ozioko had also asked the court for an order prohibiting any disposal, sale or alienation of the said assets, as they were suspected to be proceeds of an unlawful activity.

The commission also seeks an order authorizing it to appoint a competent person(s) or firm, to manage the said properties. Ozioko had told the court that the application was brought in pursuant to sections 17 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other fraud related offences Act. In an affidavit deposed to by one of its investigators, Abdulrasheed Bawa, the commission stated that during investigation into the ownerships of YF Construction Development and Real Estate Ltd, one Fadi Basbous, volunteered extrajudicial statement. He said Basbous stated that the two properties which were sold at 3.6million dollars and 1.2million dollars respectively were owned by

Sequoyah Properties Limited, and Schulenburg LLC. The deponent also stated that payment for the Penthouses was made by Angela Jide-Jones, and Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Ltd, respectively. The deponent further stated that the said Angela Jide-Jone, is the wife of Jide Omokore, while the said Atlantic Energy Drilling Concept Ltd, is registered by same Jide Omokore. The deponent also stated that Jide Omokore paid for the properties through his wife, and one of his companies, and directed its developers to sign the agreements with Schillenburg LLC and Sequoyah Properties Ltd which were linked to AlisonMadueke.

Ambode, Imohimi win continental awards Benjamin Omoike

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Watch Africa, organisers of the African Security Summit has named Lagos state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, as the ‘Most Innovative African Leader in Governance in West and Central Africa’. The state government also bagged a ‘Golden Star Award’ in recognition of its exemplary service in Africa. The awards were presented to the government at a ceremony held in Accra, Ghana, at the weekend. Governor Ambode was

nominated for the award after a careful selection process by a selection board which considered him the most qualified for the award based on his performance in the last two and half years in office, especially as it concerns good governance. The state government was also recognised based on the quantum leap in infrastructural renewal and overall service delivery to the people of the state. Receiving the awards on behalf of the state government, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, dedicated the awards to the peo-

ple of the state for their utmost cooperation with government in keeping the peace and supporting programmes and policies of the present administration, which according to him, is a prerequisite for development. Edgal also bagged an individual award as he was recognised as ‘The Most Outstanding AntiCrime Police Chief in West Africa’. According to the organisers, the CP was nominated for the award after a careful selection process by a selection board which considered him the most qualified for the award when

compared with his contemporaries in the West African sub region; especially for his uncanny ability to strategise, prevent and resolve all manner of crimes and criminality. The Commissioner of Police, in his acceptance speech, expressed his gratitude to the organisers of the award and vowed to do his best to ensure a more secure Lagos and indeed Nigeria, where citizens can go about their lawful business without let or hindrance. He said the award would serve as motivation and a call to work harder for the benefit of society.


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FCT minister asks genuine land owners to collect C of Os, R of Os

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FCTA to recoop over N3bn from DOAS –Abubakar ÏÏÏThe

FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Christian Ohaa (middle), flanked by the National Coordinator/CEO of the SERVICOM Office, Mrs. Nnenna Akajemeli (to his left)and the Secretary, FCT Health and Humanity Secretariat, Mrs. Amanda Pam, with other officials when the SERVICOM boss paid him a working visit in Abuja…on Friday

Stop illegal land transaction with Area Councils, FCTA warns buyers Stories by Idu Jude, Abuja

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Administration (FCTA) has advised land buyers across the FCT to avoid illegal land transaction with the area councils. This is just as the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has bemoaned the illegal activities of touts and advised the public transaction on plots of land allocated by the Area Councils until title regularisation process is concluded. The FCT Permanent Secretary and Chairman of the FCT Land Use & Allocation Committee (LUAC), Mr. Chinyeaka Christian Ohaa, made this disclosure recently during the meeting of the Committee in Abuja.

The Permanent Secretary stated that this action has become necessary to reduce the knotty cases of illegal land activities being perpetuated at the Area Councils of the Territory and thereby defrauding unsuspected members of the public. His words: “The confirmation of titles of the Area Councils can only be conducted after completion of the ongoing Area Councils’ title regularization exercise, and therefore the general public is hereby advised to desist from transacting on the said titles until conclusion of the regularisation exercise”. Ohaa remarked that by the virtue of Section 297 (2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Sections 18 & 1 (3) of the FCT Act respectively has absolutely vested the entire 8,000 square kilometers of the land

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in the Federal Capital Territory to the Federal Government of Nigeria, and is being managed by the FCT Minister under a delegated responsibility. His words: “The Administration has observed that with the recall of Area Councils’ Zonal Land Managers and Zonal Planning Officers back to the mainstream, as well as the suspension of Land allocation by the six Area Councils of the Territory, the illegal activities still persist”. The Permanent Secretary recalled that the FCT Administration in 2006 had directed the Area Councils to discontinue allocation of land and requested that they update and forward their records of allocations to AGIS for the commencement of the title regularization for thorough cleaning and validation. He, however, regretted that the Administration has spotted some illegal allocation papers being backdated by fraudulent ex-FCT officials and ex-Land officers at the

Area Councils; fake letters of allocations and Certificates of Occupancy in circulation as well as Farmers, Village Heads, Community Heads selling land in the Area Councils, thereby duping unsuspecting members of the public. Ohaa warned the general public to be waryof these illegal activities by fraudulent people; reiterating that all lands in the entire Federal Capital Territory is vested in the FCTA and can only be accessed through application to the Minister. The Permanent Secretary used the opportunity to announce that the FCT Administration has several thousands of Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) as well as Rights of Occupancy (R of O) for Federal Capital City (FCC) titles unclaimed in the Department of Lands Administration and therefore, called on the beneficiaries to come forward with necessary documents for collection.

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it is set to recoop over three billion Naira annually through the Department Outdoor Advertising and Signages (DOAS). The Deputy Director of DOAS, Mr. Hassan Abubakar, disclosed this to journalists during a tour of some Shopping Malls and sign poles within the territory recently. Abubakar noted that the revenue generating project was initiated to cub the disorderly manner in handling the Outdoor advertisement system in the FCT. He explained that with the compliance from the public in paying their taxes, the administration through the Outdoor Advertisement and Signage System has the capacity to hit the target annually. While lamenting on the illegal mounted of billboards and Signages in some strategy position within the city, Mr Abubakar stressed that such act is capable of defacing the ways and streets of the territory which is most lacking in aesthetics. According to him, the immediate consequences of these, were severe danger to environment, traffic and pedestrians. “Long range visibility was impaired with resultant accidents at major junctions due to sight blockages by billboards and outdoor advertisement posts”. “Painfully, we found that the existing administrative structure charged with the duty of regulating these practices was weak and in some cases there were multiple standards as well as conflicting administering agencies,” he added. He said that the development was unacceptable for a capital city that aspired to join the ranks of the best 20 capital cities in the world by the year 2020, adding that the administration was therefore set to arrest the ugly trend. The Deputy Director also noted that the mandate given to the body was to provide a standard for the control and regulation of advertisement and signage practice in FCT by ensuring global best practice, improving internal revenue and stemming the observed chaos. He expressed delight for the collaboration of all stakeholders especially the six area councils and the FCT business community, adding that the chairmen of the area councils had shown high level of cooperation to the FCT Administration throughout the conceptualisation of the project.


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FCTA condoles family as victim of demolition dies ÏÏÏThe Federal Capital Territory

Administration (FCTA) has sent its condolences to the family of a man who recently passed on following injuries sustained after he was trapped in a demolished building. Adesola Esho, 43, a former resident of Angwan Saidu, a shanty community located near NAF Conference Centre, Kado, Abuja, had re-entered a structure after a recent demolition exercise. Unfortunately for late Esho, who had earlier evacuated the building, his re-entry proved fatal, as the building collapsed while he was inside, injuring him. It was learnt that he was rushed to the hospital immediately where he later passed on. In his condolence message to the bereaved family, the Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Malam Umar Shuaibu expressed regret over the unfortunate incident and prayed God to comfort the family of the deceased. Speaking to newsmen following confirmation of the incident, the Coordinator indicated that AMMC officials upon receiving the report earlier, sent staffs to confirm the incident, but that the mood in the family did not permit any of the members to speak with the visiting officials. The authorities had to contact the Area Commander of Life-Camp who confirmed that the command was in receipt of the report. According to the Area Commander, the report indicated that the man had been

trapped when the building finally collapsed upon the victim’s re-entry. Malam Shuaibu expressed concern over certain misrepresentations of the facts of the incident by a segment of the mass media, insinuating that the man was in his house when the demolition machine was in operation. He said: “This administration is a very humane one and always adds a human face to its efforts to enforce the law. The Administration had posted notices in the community in September 5, 2017 and conducted a sensitization meeting with the squatter stakeholders in October 4, 2017, before a final notice in January 2018. He praised the residents for their cooperation with authorities by evacuating their illegal structures to make room for the operations.” He recalled a recent Court ruling which upheld the authority of FCT Administration to undertake demolition of illegal structures without prior notice. Shuaibu, however, added that FCT, with the directive of the FCT Minister, was not taking liberty of the law but has been magnanimous enough to give offenders enough room for compliance through notices and warning before any enforcement action is taken. He lamented that FCT recently has been swarmed by people of questionable character, who easily find hiding places in hastily constructed shanties and illegal structures.

Smart city project: FCTA to partner NURTW on transportation blueprint

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of its proposed smart city project, the Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) has sought partnership of various roads transportation unions in order to successfully archive its purpose. This was revealed by the Secretary Transportation Secretariat, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, while paying a working visit to the National President of the National Union of road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Najeem Yasin, recently. According to Comrade Opeifa, the visit was necessary now that the administration is ready to carry out a transformation programme, which will precede with sensitisation programme to concientise the people of the forthcoming programme. Opeifa said that the administra-

tion, beginning from the sensitisation program, has developed a blue print to modernise the transportation system, which will also begin by transforming the parks to generate huge revenue to the benefit of the operators. The reason for this visit is to inform you of our intention to invite you to a sensitization program, which will usher in the modernization program. And as a key stakeholder, we have noticed that some of us operate for years without becoming rich and we have brought this to ensure that so many of us would be rich after operating under this new model as it is done elsewhere in the world more especially United of America”. On the establishment of the new parks, he said that the NURTW will be given proper consideration when it comes under operations. Comrade Opeifa noted that his administration, is beginning to enjoy

relative peace which is a dividend of uniting the various transportation unions. “As expressed confidence in the leadership qualities of the current National President of the Union, which he said has been helping to enhance unity and progress amongst the stakeholders. And I have been working closely with the Union, to ensure peace and progress in the transport sector,” Opeifa stated. Commenting on the resolve of plethora of cases that has befall the unions, he noted that the union played critical role in resolving lingering challenges in the Nyanya axis, which almost brought transportation activities to a halt. “As a major operator in FCT, the NURTW remains a critical stakeholder in the quest to reposition public transportation system in FCT.

FCT Health secretariat decries lack of enabling laws to fight quackery ÏÏÏThe Secretary FCT Health and

Human Services Secretariat, Barrister Amanda Pam, has said that despite the degree of professionalism exhibited by the management and staff of the secretariat that certain enabling laws are required for the secretariat to operate in a full capacity. Barrister Pam revealed this recently while briefing the media to mark the end of 2017 Fiscal year. According to Pam, the FCT has no enabling law as at the moment to help fight certain illegalities because of the delay of its passages at the National Assembly. She said however that there are laws establishing the FCT, which the secretariat makes use of at the moment to guide its operation. The Secretary stressed that the laws has become necessary, owing to the great importance to enshrining standards in health facilities establishment in the FCT, to curb sub standards and quackery Further commenting, she observed that the committee for the establishment of private hospitals registration and monitoring, headed by Dr. Ibrahim Tata in the year under review sealed about 70 illegally operated hospitals in the FCT, while over N60,644,250, has been injected into the coffers of the FCT thereby contributing to the IGR of the FCT. She said that the Health and Human Services Secretariat during the physical year expended the sum of N2, 595, 646.00 for HIV prevalent programmes for the residents of the FCT. Also on the fight against TB, she disclosed that N15,350,842.80 was expended, adding that over

N20,787,436,.80 was expended for family planning programmes while expenditure for Vaccine programmes (polio, missiles programmes stands at 3,793,645,800.00 respectively. Enlisting few among the challenges of the secretariat, Pam said that over-dependence on donor agencies in fighting the war on certain diseases such as HIV/AIDS response has become clog in the wheel of progress. She decried the non-legislation of all facilities including FCT Primary Healthcare Board Establishment bill, the FCT School of Nursing and Midwifery ACT 2011. Part of the challenges of the secretariat, she further stated, also include absence of the FCT Hospital Management Board Establishment bill as well as inadequate manpower due to lack of staff attrition. On the way forward in readiness for next year, she said that the secretariat will be carrying out possible rehabilitation and expansion work of Kuje District Hospital to a standard of secondary health care facility, just as general staff employment will be visited in line with the budgetary provision of 2017. She added that the secretariat would source for equipment for the hospitals to replace the old and substandard ones as well as the rehabilitation and equipping of FCT secondary health facilities and inject additional funding to FACA. Part of the plan for next year, Pam said, is to engage more consultants to liaise with the National Assembly for the passage of all pending Bills and Acts for the health facilities especially that of the school of nursing and midwifery to enable the council of the two schools admit more students.

R-L: Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Community and Rural Development, Isa Dara Bwari; former chairman, Abaji Area Council, Alhaji Mohammed Angulu Loko and Sen Jubril Wowo, during the inauguration of the newly reconstituted boards of 12 agencies and parastatals under the FCT Administration in Abuja...recently

FCTA partners NDLEA, security agencies on war against drug abuse ÏÏÏThe

Federal Capital Territory Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has lamented the growing incidence of drug abuse in the territory. To stem the upsurge, the minister has moved to rally FCT security agencies to combat the scourge. The FCT Minister gave this indication during a meeting with the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd), when the latter paid him a working visit recently. Malam Bello expressed alarm at the dimension to which the menace of drug has grown especially among women, while aligning himself with the declaration of the drug law enforcement boss who had associated the problems of insurgency, robbery, kidnapping and other crimes to drug abuse. He said: “We really intend to

make Abuja drug free. That will take tremendous amount of hard work and tremendous amount of commitment and resources. But we have no option but to do it.” The Minister acknowledged that it was bad enough that Nigeria used be known only as a transit point and expressed dismay it was becoming a consuming nation. He charged the FCT Police, Department of State Security, Social Development Secretariat, and NDLEA, who were present at the occasion, to come together to chart a new plan of action towards fighting the scourge in FCT. The Minister assured the agencies that FCT was going to support measures designed to recover affected neighbourhoods and persons from drugs. In addition, he announced measures to fast-track the allocation of land for the construction of a rehabilitation centre for drug victims in the FCT. He canvassed for the naming

and shaming of traffickers and perpetrators, as one of the strategies for discouraging the resort to drugs, suggesting, “All arrested persons need to be publicised along with their pictures and businesses. If they are found to be part of the negative value chain of the drug thing, they have to be exposed very widely. It is absolutely important. This is something relevant agencies will work together at in order to recover this vulnerable segment of our population from this menace.” Earlier in his briefing to the FCT minister, the NDLEA boss expressed concern that between 100 and 120 million of our population is composed of the youths. His words: “They are the main ones that indulge in this consumption and any nation whose future is sentenced to the use of drugs by its young ones, that nation is trouble.”


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Youth empowerment: FCTA to embark on agricultural programme ÏÏÏThe

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) says it is ready to battle youth unemployment through agricultural value chain. This was disclosed by the Secretary, Agric Secretariat, Mr. Stanly Ifeanyichukwu Nzekwe, on the occasion of trese taion of the scorecard of the secretariat recently. The programme initiative, according to the Secretary, was planned to ensure that a certain percentage of the youth unemployment is concurred. According to him, the administration, earlier in the effort to curbing youth unemployment, went into partnership with Leventis Foundation which has been at the centre of agriculture training, to ensure that youths from the FCT are engaged meaningfully. His words: Our partnership with the leventis foundation at the centre for agricultural training, Yaba lagos established to build the capacities of youth in agriculture, the relationship has continued to grow from strength to strength. Just on December 16, a total of100 trainees graduated from the centre. And we have on good record that some of the past trainees have set up their farms and have become employers of labour”. Further speaking, Nzekwe said that within the period under review, that the Agric and rural development

secretariat had tried to reposition the agriculture project ADP to enable it provide credible extension delivery to all the agricultural value chains in the FCT, the programme, he said, is in the effort to ensure agricultural development project and field extension programme. Nzekwe, said that the programme is in pursuance of the mandate as well as the project routinely promoted dissemination and adoption of good agricultural practices that ensured that small holder farmers increased their yield and income by producing what they can sell. This objective was accomplished due to the support received from the FCT administration, international partnership including the Japanese International Fertilizer development centre, International Fertilizer Development (IFDC), United States International Development (USAID) and Food and Agricultural Organisation and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Consequently, Nzekwe said that about 175,000 farming families and 100 project staff were supported through the international capacity building of 4 projects staff in Japan courtesy of JICA. Also, it has the local capacity building of about 40 women group and 30 extension agents on rice paddy parboiling using false bottom technology courtesy of JICA.

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Bwari leadership crisis: FCTA to reconcile parties Stories by Idu Jude, Abuja

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peace in the traditional leadership troubled area of Bwari Area Council, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has commenced series of meetings aimed at maintaining peace among communities in the area. The Abujat Times recalls that the area has since late last year been infested with traditional leadership crises between the Etsu of Bwari and the Sarkin Bwari, Alhaji Ijakoro, on who becomes the paramount leader of the area council, which led to the loss of lives and properties worth millions. Minister of the FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, while addressing Bwari stakeholders at Sarkin Bwari Palace recently, commended them for maintaining peace thus far, noting that what was needed more was action. “We want to see action. We may have preached peace, and talked peace enough. We want you to act peace. Sustain and maintain the current peace we have in Bwari,” he said. Malam Bello, who was represented by Secretary for Area Councils Services Secretariat, Adamu Abubakar

Bappah, added: “We did not celebrate Christmas because of the incidence and we have not slept since 25th December, last year, but we can see that peace has returned to Bwari.” According to him, the Bwari peace stakeholders would also meet next week Tuesday in Esu Bwari’s palace, after which another meeting would take with the traders, shop owners and renters, possibly in the market place, while the final meeting will be held at a neutral venue within the council area. The Minister therefore urged the security agencies to keep keeping an eye on the principal actors, even as he tasked all the village heads to report all unusual activities within their environment, suspecting that there was something fishy they were all hiding. He said: “Up to today, all we hear is rumours. Not even the traditional rulers can say what it is. These people have been living together peacefully for the past 30 or more years; so what is the problem now? Something must have happened!” Chairman, Bwari Area Council, Hon. Musa Dikko, while addressing the people, disclosed that the return of peace to his council was as a result of series of meetings and unflinching

support of the FCT Minister, adding that Bwari was the most peaceful in the FCT, because it was the food basket of the FCT, “which is also security because when people are hungry, there is no peace. Dikko also disclosed that his government was “ensuring that the traditional institutions are properly handled to enable them handle their responsibilities effectively,” including 100 percent upgrading of Bwari chiefs’ salaries among others. The youthful Bwari chair, however, warned against incisive and provocative messages, adding that his council was doing its best in the area of providing relief for the affected traders in line with directives from the FCT Minister. On his part, an emotional Sarkin Bwari, Muhammed Awar Musa Ijakoro II, regretted that the crisis resulted into the burning of Bwari market. “I wonder why such things happen because the history of Bwari involves the Gbagyi, koro, Hausa, and all the other tribes living together in peace. We married among ourselves, I wonder why such a problem happened, but it is gone now. I pray that such a thing should not happen in our midst again”.

AMMC demolishes over 60 shanties in Kado

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agement Council (AMMC) has leveled to the ground, a burgeoning squatter settlement popularly known as Angwan Saidu, located behind Nigeria Air force (NAF) Conference Hall, Kado. Speaking to journalists at the demolition site, on Thursday last week, a Deputy Director in-charge of Monitoring and Evaluation, Department of Development Control, Garba Kwamkur vowed that the government would not be cowed from restoring the sanctity of the Abuja Master plan. Responding to a question on whether the occupants were forewarned, the deputy director disclosed they were given enough time before the demolition exercise, adding that his department strictly adhered to due process and even gave them a period of grace before reducing it a rumble. He used the opportunity to advise owners of landed property in Abuja, particularly where infrastructure has been provided, to quickly take possession of their property, else the department would be left with no option but to initiate their revocation process, by recommending such action to the Abuja Geographic Information Systems (AGIS). Kwamkur, also stated that owners of properties did not only risk having their property revoked, but

that they would be made to pay for demolition of illegal structures on their plots. The deputy director further warned those leaving in similar illegal structures to move out because his department would soon move in to remove them. He said: “Abuja is a plann7544red city, so when people come in and just build without permits, we always give them necessary notices and the demolish them. In some cases, owners are desirous of taking over their properties for development, but they cannot because of the illegal developments on them. We met and discussed with them that was why we are having a peaceful exercise like this”. There was however, a mild drama when some of them came out shedding crocodile tears that someone had been killed, but through investigation by our reporter on site, it was discovered to that those mere rumours and mischief making. Our investigation also revealed that some high-profile commercial sex workers resident in Angwan Saidu were seen moving around, making frantic calls, as the bulldozers brought the batchers down. We also observed that there was no incident of any casualty, either on the site or in any hospital, however, an occupant sustained little bruises on his leg in the rush to drag leftover items out of one of the shanties.

The Etsu Kwali, Alhaji Shaban Audu Nizazo (left) in a handshake with the Chief of Gwargwada, Alhaji Hussaini Agabi Mam, during the inauguration of the newly reconstituted boards of 12 agencies and parastatals under the FCT Administration in Abuja...recently

Esu Kado, Danlami Audu bags leadership award

ÏÏÏEsu of Kado, Malam Danlami

Audu, was penultimate weekend, conferred with the title of “leader of Esu village” by National Gbagyi Support Forum in his palace at Kado. Speaking at the award ceremony, National President of Abwha Tinajenu Bhagyi Gbagyi Support Forum, Malam Yusuf Kaura, extoled the good deeds of the Chief, revealing the he “invited a Chinese medical team to the village to provide treatment to residents of the village at affordable cost.”

Other good deeds and humanitarian sides of the traditional ruler which attracted him the leadership title, as enumerated by the Gbagyi support forum, include maintaining a cordial relationship with the Nigeria Police, which has accounted for maintenance of security in the area through flushing out of criminals. More of the Esu’s laudable leadership activities include attraction of the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) citing of the board’s recycling

plant in Kado. Esu Audu was said to have instituted a regular sanitation exercise where kado inhabitants carry out cleaning of their environment every last Saturday of the month. Responding after receiving the award, Malam Danlami Audu expressed profound gratitude to the Gbaggyi forum “for recognizing his good work” and pledged to work assiduously for the progress of his people and all the residents of Kado village.”


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FCT Education policy for people with disabilities ready soon –Bello

ÏÏÏFederal Capital Territory (FCT)

draft policy on education for People Living with Disabilities will be ready soon. This conclusion was arrived at when the FCT Committee on Inclusive Education Policy called on the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, to brief him on progress of work recently. Receiving the report from the team Lead, Mrs. Ekaete Judith Umoh, Malam Bello assured the Committee that FCTA is working to incorporate in its building policy, regulations that will ensure that new public building approvals, particularly for educational facilities, meet the standard for accessibility by children with special needs. The Minister, who directed the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Chinyeaka Ohaa, to set machinery in motion for implementing the building policy, added that FCT will remodel and renovate three schools in the FCT as pilot scheme for this purpose. The schools are GSS Jabi, GSS Festival Road Garki and Pilot Science Primary School in Wuse Zone 5, Abuja. The Minister said: “Already I’ve seen the costing and the budget and from what I’ve seen, at least we would be able to fund immediately the three pilot schemes. Hopefully, as we quickly finalize our 2018 budget, we will be able to accommodate the other ones.”

“What we are doing, along with other interventions, is something that would be more sustainable. We, as public officers have to ensure that the policy is well entrenched so that when officers change, the policy is still there””. While thanking USAID for its partnership in driving the policy, the Minister canvassed for establishment of a system of robust institutional memory framework and record keeping that would ensure that legacies of this policies are entrenched, so that whoever comes in will continue to build on where others stopped. Earlier in her remark, National President, Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Ekaete Judith Umoh said Nigeria as far back as 1994 assented to UN convention for inclusive education but regretted that the issue has since been downplayed. Umoh added that the FCT currently has an average of 5 special schools with the enrollment capacity of an average of 1,000 pupils per school, noting however that most special needs schools are lacking in basic educational infrastructure, human material and financial resources. She said JONAPWD and the USAID approached the FCT Education Secretariat to partner with them to roll out the project of inclusive education in the FCT.

FCT minister asks genuine land owners to collect C of Os, R of Os

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Minister of the Federal Capital territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has asked all genuine land owners to come forward and collect their C of Os and R of Os without further delay. Bello said: ‘’We announce to you that the FCT Administration has several thousands of Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) as well as Rights of Occupancy (R of O) for Federal Capital City (FCC) titles unclaimed in the Department of Lands Administration and therefore, called on the beneficiaries to come forward with necessary documents for collection’’. Bello also said that arising from increased illegal activities of touts in area council lands, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is warning all actors to desist from such or face the full weight of the law. The minister used the occasion to advise the public to desist from transaction on plots of land allocated by the Area Councils until title regularization process embarked upon by the

authorities are concluded. The FCT Permanent Secretary and Chairman of the FCT Land Use & Allocation Committee (LUAC), Mr. Chinyeaka Christian Ohaa, made the disclosure on behalf of the Minister at the weekend at a meeting with the land the Committee in Abuja. He stated that this action has become necessary to reduce the knotty cases of illegal land activities being perpetuated at the Area Councils of the territory and thereby defrauding unsuspected members of the public. His words: “The confirmation of titles of the Area Councils can only be conducted after completion of the ongoing Area Councils’ title regularization exercise, and therefore the general public is hereby advised to desist from transacting on the said titles until conclusion of the regularization exercise”. Mr. Ohaa remarked that by the virtue of Section 297 (2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Sections 18 & 1 (3) of the FCT Act respectively has absolutely vested the entire 8,000 square kilometers of the land in the Federal Capital Territory to the

Federal Government of Nigeria, and is being managed by the FCT Minister under a delegated responsibility. “The Administration has observed that with the recall of Area Councils’ Zonal Land Managers and Zonal Planning Officers back to the mainstream, as well as the suspension of Land allocation by the six Area Councils of the Territory, the illegal activities still persist”. He recalled that the FCT Administration in 2006 had directed the Area Councils to discontinue allocation of land and requested that they update and forward their records of allocations to AGIS for the commencement of the title regularization for thorough cleaning and validation. He however regretted that the Administration has spotted some illegal allocation papers being backdated by fraudulent ex-FCT officials and exLand officers at the Area Councils; fake letters of allocations and Certificates of Occupancy in circulation as well as Farmers, Village Heads, Community Heads selling land in the Area Councils, thereby duping unsuspecting members of the public.

AMAC chairman signs into law N6.9bn 2018 budget

ÏÏÏChairman of Abuja Municipal

Area Council (AMAC), Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, has signed into law the 2018 budget, with a promise to complete all ongoing projects in the council by July this year. Signing the budget on Tuesday, Candido stated that the exercise is a demonstration of democracy in action, adding that in a democratic setting, nothing should be hidden. Recall that the council had presented a budget of N6, 921,263,402.00, tagged, ‘Budget of Reality and Consolidation’, aimed at addressing the growing needs of the communities, and built on the existing foundation. “It is with great joy that we are witnessing the signing into law of the 2018 budget for the area council. We chose to do it this way, because it is democracy in action, there is nothing to hide,” he said. The chairman added that assenting to the budget is a clear demonstrate that the administration is ready to hit the ground and commence infrastructural service to the people. He explained that the previous year had issues that led to the stagnation of the last budget implementation, which, according to him has been addressed, while the pace is clear for provision of service to the masses. “With the signing of the budget, it has demonstrated that we are ready to go. We are ready to com-

mence our infrastructural service to the people. We may have had issues that led to the stagnation of the last budget implementation. It was hindered because of the flow of our revenue particularly the tenement rate.” The chairman maintained that after studying the situation, the council is now back to the field to collect rates that would enable it discharge its constitutional mandate of service delivery. “Now, we are back to the field as far as tenement rate is concerned. So, assenting to the budget today will mean that from March, this year, we believe that things will have been getting better from the field and the we will have every reason to deliver services to the residences, as expected of us,” he said. He charged financial managers of the council to ensure that due process is followed in the discharge of their duties. “All the financial managers must be prudent, diligent and disciplined in the discharge of their duties. “We should not do anything contrary to regulations and due process must be adhered to in contract process,” he stressed. He added that every aspect of contract procedure must be strictly followed, warning that there should be no cutting of corners, just as he charged the councilors to ensure that their wards or constituencies are not shortchanged in the distribution of projects this year.

FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello (right) receiving the report on inclusive education for people living with disabilities in the FCT, from the National President, Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Ekaete Judith Umoh in Abuja...recently

FCT VIO, Nigerian Army to partner on traffic signs, regulation ÏÏÏFurther to its exploits in one of

its traditional responsibilities, the Directorate of Roads Traffic Services (DRTS), otherwise known as Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), is to extend its traffic signs enlightenment efforts to the Nigerian Army. Speaking during courtesy visit to the Directorate, the Commanding Officer 7th Battalion, Luigi Barracks, Lt. Col. Muktar Daroda, after listening to the Director, Alhaji Wadata Bodinga, declared that his battalion is to commence sensitisation programme to its personnel on traffic signs and other regulations where officers of the Directorate were to deliver lectures. Daroda said: “We will continue to sensitise our men so as to abide by all traffic rules and regulations. They need to know that they have to wear their uniforms when riding bikes in the city centre to show that they are on official duty, in the same way, they have to use vehicles duly registered as commercial for that purpose if there is the need for

it”. Lt. Col. Daroda, who just resumed duty as the Commanding Officer, said they were in the Directorate to familiarise themselves with the activities as he learnt that there had been long relationship. He had earlier informed his host that his command is in charge of providing security to the first family and other secondary functions in the nation’s capital. While responding to questions, the Commanding Officer acknowledged that he was not in a position to speak on why manual method is still being used at major check points, instead of deploying modern technologies but hoped that something was being done in that regard. The Director, who had taken time to explain the responsibilities of the Directorate as requested by the soldiers, informed his guests that there are a lot of security issues in motor vehicle administration, especially in a city like

Abuja, noting that the Nigerian Army has consistently remained a good partner. The Director observed that every criminal activity is done or aided with vehicle(s) which is why VIO officers work in collaboration with other security agencies. Wadata noted that the reason why riding of motorcycle in the city was banned was the rate at which it was used to perpetuate criminality in the city making it to be a major nuisance to residents. He further explained that despite the ban, they are still plying the roads which he said most of the riders were uniform men and therefore called for collaboration. He said: “The Administration in FCT resolved that any officer riding motorcycle must be able to identify himself fully by putting on the uniform. This is one of the areas we need the cooperation of other uniform personnel. The issue of tri-cycle (Keke) especially within Asokoro has been a serious challenge.


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NNPC to recover N100bn landed property

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Excesses Charges: Enugu Assembly slams banks, tasks CBN

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Hon. Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola,SAN(left),Commissioner, Legal, Licensing and Compliance, Mr Dafe Akpeneye(middle) and President, Manufacturers of Nigeria, (MAN), Dr Frank Udemba Jacobs(right) during the 1st Stakeholders Workshop on Off - Taking 2000MW Unutilized Power for Eligible Customers organized by the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing at the Setraco, Cedar Estate, Gwarimpa II, Abuja

36 states received N1.19trn support from FG since 2015 -Osinbajo Idris Ahmed, Lokoja

The federal government has said that it has so far supported the 36 states of the federation with N1.19 trillion since it assumed leadership in 2015. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who disclosed this on Tuesday in Lokoja while declaring open, the first Kogi State Economic and Investment Summit, said the funds were made available to enable the states meet the challenges of shortage of funds for the execution

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of programmes in their respective states. Osinbajo,explained that the funds had enabled some state governments to embark on capital expenditures as well as settle salary arrears owed workers. He said the funds were sourced through the excess crude account, the Paris Club refund, loans among others and given to the states. The Vice President further explained that parts of the funds were the entitlements of the state that they legally had access to, while some of them were loans to be repaid. The vice president noted that the present administration had the highest capital expenditures in two years, adding that these were evident in the ongoing railway line construction, road constructions, hydro power project. He said the summit came at the right time that the country was trying to reduce its dependence

on oil and increase its non oil income with the promotion of agriculture and the abundant solid mineral resources across the country. Osinbajo said Kogi state is strategically located with vast mineral resources that could make it a hub of commercial activities, adding that the summit was capable of reinvigorating and inspiring the people. Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, said the summit was packaged to re direct diversify the economy of the 27 years old state,and change it from its civil service state status to an industrialised one. He said his administration had in the last two years prepared the ground for economic and industrial breakthroughs for the state by solving the problems that had been hindering economic growth in the state. Bello said the state is now safe for investors and investments, adding that the

problem of security had been tackled. He said, “We are changing the toga of a civil service state to an economic and commercially viable one and we want investors to collaborate with us and contribute to the prosperity of the state. “Kogi state is now open for business, we want to be signing MoU, I invite the private sector to collaborate with us in our bid to develop the state, Kogi state is for serious business”. The minister of solid minerals development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, in his presentation, said the bulk of the revenue of Kogi state should be internally generated based on the abundant mineral resources in the state. He however said mining was not a business that should be tied to the tenure of any executive as it is a long term investment that outlived the maximum two term tenure of any executive.

Members of the the Enugu State House of Assembly, Tuesday, slammed commercial banks over what they called unwarranted charges being imposed on customers. This was sequel to a motion moved at plenary by the sponsor, Rt. Hon. Chinedu Nwamba representing Nsukka East Constituency, which was seconded by Hon. Iloabuchi Aniagu, representing Nkanu West Constituency. Nwamba said the need for the motion arose out of myriads of complaint he was receiving from residents of Enugu State over the activities of Banks operating in the State. He said, “there is no gainsaying the obvious fact that a high percentage of Nigeria citizens are living below poverty line. The indices are there and points to the above fact. “Therefore, it will be absurd to allow commercial banks operating in Nigeria, especially Enugu State to continue to add to the pains of the people by way of imposing unwarranted charges on every transaction carried out by their customers.” The lawmaker said the unwarranted charges ranged from “transaction alert, interbank withdrawal charge, card maintenance charge, charge for withdrawals above certain limits, on-line transfer charges, among others.“It is even more annoying that the banks do not inform or solicit the customer’s consent. All they do is to charge you what they care, deduct same and at the end of the month, charge you again for what they call monthly charges”, he lamented. He added that observation showed that the banks slam charges on customers based on independent bank policy and not on uniform basis as it was used to be. “For instance, it is not what bank A charges for online transfer that bank B charges for same volume or transaction, yet the same commercial banks are expected to operate under the same rules and regulations”, he noted. DAILY TIMES reports that all the lawmakers who re-echoed Nwamba’s stand, said it was high time the CBN intervened to save helpless Nigerians from such exploitation. Aniago had while seconding the motion, lamented that the banks were also neck-deep in hidden charges, especially in the area of loan facilities, a situation he said deserved the attention of the apex Bank. The House, therefore, urged the Apex Bank and other Financial Regulatory Authorities “to look into the activities of the commercial banks operating in Nigeria, especially in Enugu State with regards to the charges on customers transactions and stop the multiplicity of charges which they impose on customers’ accounts.” In a remark after commending the members for a robust debate and passage of the motion, the Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi described it as “a serious matter.”


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L-R: Bauchi State Governor Barr. Mohammed Abubakar; Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura; Kano State Governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje; Jigawa State Governor Alhaji Badaru Abubakar, and Adamawa State Governor Bindow Jibrilla, during the Presidential Hightable Dialogue and Launching of Integrity and Service Compendium, held in Abuja yesterday,

Olufemi Samuel and Tunde Opalana, Abuja

The Senate. on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency place a ban on the importation of palm oil/ palm kernel and inject needed funds through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to aid the production of this cash crop. The upper legislative chamber as well urged the private sector to partner state governments to embark on revolutionary transformation of palm oil production and creation of allied industries through backward integration. The Senate resolution followed the adoption of motion moved by Senator Francis Alimikhena(Edo North) that there is an urgent need to halt the importation of palm oil and its allied products to protect the palm oil industry in

Senate urges FG to ban importation of palm oil, palm kernel

Nigeria. Seconding the motion, Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan said if the Federal Government is sincere .about diversifying the nation’s economy, it need to speedily revive the oil palm industry. He observed that there are very few palm oil plantations in the country while giving kudos to states in the South- East and South-South geopolitical zones. Sen. Lawan urged his colleagues in the Senate to provide legislative muscle to the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) to further develop research into high yield of palm fruits in the country.

Senator Adamu Aliero, (Kebbi Central) said it is a sad story that Malaysia came to take palm fruits samples from Nigeria 20 years ago but now became the leading exporter of palm oil from which Nigeria import the product. While he said that agriculture is key to economic development and employment generation, he berated past administrations in the country for neglecting agriculture. Senator Theodore Orji (Abia) while supporting the motion said palm oil producers in Nigeria are bring shortchanged and discouraged by importation of the product. Senator Uchendu (Rivers) who said it is a shame that

Nigeria still talk about palm importation in 2018, charged each state in the South- East and South- South States to develop 10,000 hectares of palm oil plantation. Senator Musa Rabiu Kwakwanso (Kano) said other agricultural products such as groundnut and cotton should be developed because they have the potentials to grow the economy and therefore should be encouraged. In his motion, Sen. Alimikhena said that the unbridled importation of palm oil/ kernel and allied palm products into Nigeria threatens the Federal Government’s campaign for the diversification of the economy through

increased agricultural production and exports. He noted that in 2017, Nigeria has imported 450,000 tons of palm oil to the tune of N116.3 billion. He said “ it is worrisome that Nigeria was the world leading producer of palm oil at independence but unfortunately, Indonesia and Malaysia have overtaken Nigeria and we now import palm oil”. He was aware that developing the oil palm industry is one of the ways that Nigeria can reduce poverty and create mass employment and therefore said importation of the product is harming the local palm industry and depleting our foreign reserve.

Akeredolu advocates gender-friendly policies for women farmers, wins award

Ganiyu Obaaro

The wife of Ondo State Governor, Arabinrin Betty AnyanwuAkeredolu was honoured as the Cluster Advocacy Change Champion at the inauguration of Agric Gender- friendly Policy Development Technical Working Group, which took place at the Winners Guest House, Akure. Akeredolu has affirmed that there are significant inequalities between women and men in many societies and stressed that though women make up about 75 percent of agriculture workforce, yet they are highly marginalized. She further used the opportunity to highlight some of the challenges faced by women farmers’ as including consistent reduction in the budgetary allocation to the agricultural sector in the last seven years, non-

capture of support for smallholder farmers as a line item in the ministry of agriculture budget, lack of state gender -friendly policies among others, lauding the administration of Arakunrin Akerdolu for identifying agriculture as one of its major cardinal programme for job creation and economic prosperity. Stating that the government has initiated strategic programmes, such as Agriculture Transformation Agenda (ATA) and Development and Policy Implementation Committee report , which is in line with the goals of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)towards eradicating poverty and the Agro-Women Initiative is the first time ever that a line item in the agriculture budget is dedicated to support small holder farmers by the state government. While promising to provide the needed supports towards ensuring

that the initiative succeeds, Akeredolu thanked USAID/PIND and LAPDO for supporting the development of agriculture in the state which is geared toward closing the gender gap. Mrs. Bose Eitokpa, the Capacity Building Manager of Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta (PIND) Foundation, in her goodwill message, observed that the cluster partners being inaugurated is the first of its kind in Ondo State. According to her, the aim of the initiative is to encourage gender inclusive agriculture and solicit inputs that will go a long way in achieving a legacy of sustainable peace and development among communities in the Niger Delta. In his analysis, the Consultant, Kazeem Balogun , who explored Research findings on supportive environment for women farmers in Ondo State explained some of its findings

in terms of policy and budget allocation. In terms of policies, he observed that only 35% of women farmers benefited from one of the numerous empowerment of government and that 82% of women farmers acknowledged benefiting from NGO support programmes as government policies did not make room for people with disability. While also noting that there has been no clear cut policy on agricultural financing, he however recommended the need for a new agricultural policy that will give room for new trends and also for deliberate investment to enable capacity building of farmers. The Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Pastor Akin Olotu, while lauding the Akeredolu led government for taking up several initiatives in the agricultural sector

noted that over 2,000 farmers will benefit from this project. He also used the opportunity to highlight some other laudable achievement of the government. Earlier in his message, the Head, PMRO, NIRSA, Akure, Akinyele Aluko expressed optimism that that the system being put in place will help alleviate poverty in Ondo State while also stressing that the initiative will help to bring women to the forefront. The Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture, Hon. Towase Kuti in his remark stressed that the programme is a good initiative coming up at a critical time in the history of the state. Hon. Kuti , who lauded the drive to encourage farming among the people, promised that his team will give support to whatever policies that emanates from the deliberations.


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NNPC to recover N100bn landed property

By Idu Jude, Abuja

The NNPC Properties Ltd (NPL), the real estate management company of the NNPC, has commenced the recovery of the corporation’s landed property worth N100b across the nation. This was disclosed by the NNPC Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ventures, Dr. Babatunde Victor Adeniran, at the maiden edition of NPL Property Festival which held today at the NNPC Towers, Abuja. Dr. Adeniran stressed that the focus of the NNPC Properties Ltd had shifted from the initial lease administration of collecting rents from tenants of the NNPC Properties to “exploring all commercial opportunities available in the real estate market to efficiently position itself as one of the key players of repute that fits the NNPC brand”. According to him, the current aggressive commercial drive by the NPL was yielding results as the company had recovered a number of the corporation’s landed property which had been lying idle across the country. He listed some of the recovered property to include: a 92-hectre parcel of land on Chevron Drive, Lekki, Lagos; Royal Grove Estate, Port-Harcourt, and others in Abuja and Kaduna. He said all the recovered property would be developed for the benefit of NNPC staff. Dr. Adeniran commended the Management of the NPL for developing the Third Party Home Ownership Scheme for staff with competitive interest rates from reliable banks and affordable deals from credible developers. In his keynote address, the Managing Director of the NNPC Properties Ltd, Arch. O. D. Sokari-George maintained that the company under his watch was determined to deliver quality and affordable houses with the best funding options for staff, but cautioned staff member against frivolous spending to be able to acquire house with ease.

Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara (middle) inspecting the Prototype of Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited, with him are: Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello (2nd right), Minister for State Solid Mineral Development, Alhaji Abubakar Bawa Bwari (1st right ), Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Prince Mathew Kolawole (2nd left ) and General Manager of Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited, Engr. B.O Suru when Speaker Dogara led a House Committee on Solid Mineral Development on an inspection tour of Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited in Kogi State on Monday 12th February ,2018. Photo : speaker’s Media Office.

Automaton of Airport GAT car park records 68% revenue increase

Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has automated the car park at the General Aviation Terminal (GAT) at the Murtala Muhammed Airport (MMA), Lagos. This is as FAAN said that the evacuation of disused aircraft at the nation’s airports would continue with the removal of unserviceable airplanes at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA), Kano. Mrs. Henrietta Yakubu, General Manager, Corporate Communications, FAAN in an interview with our correspondent at the agency’s headquarters yesterday in Lagos said that within one month of the automation exercise, FAAN had recorded 68 per cent revenue increase. She explained that the automation exercise

had blocked some of the loopholes in the system, stressing that FAAN was making more revenues than in the past from the GAT. She said that with the automation of the car park, rowdiness and massive traffic associated with the manual collection at the park had disappeared. She added that FAAN would review the performance of the exercise by the end of this quarter and make adjustments where necessary, but noted that so far, the new system had been in favour of both FAAN and the public. FAAN commenced the automation of the GAT car park January 8, 2018, which eliminated the manual collection of toll that had been in existence for about two decades. She said: “FAAN decided to overhaul the whole

system and see how we could make it orderly because we were getting a lot of complaints from our passengers and airport users that they were not getting a space to park their vehicles. Then, we were wondering if all the people that park their vehicles at the car park are airport workers and travellers. Also, we are in an era of technology where people no longer do things manually, but automated. That was what prompted FAAN into doing the automation. “And since we started, there has been a lot of sanity at the car park, there is a lot of orderliness, progression. As soon as you go into the airport, you just go into the car park without any issues. In time past, there were lots of queues. Once you get into the airport, if you are not dropping,

you are encouraged to go to the car park and do your business there, rather than parking on the road and create traffic.” Despite the automation of the car park, Yakubu said that FAAN would still continue with the planned construction of a multi-storey car park within the GAT terminal, stressing that such would further enhance revenue generation for the agency. “As you know, FAAN just completed the construction of a multi storey car park at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. Plans are on ground too for the car park at the GAT. When we commence the construction, everyone would see it,” she said. On the evacuation of aircraft at the Lagos Airport, she expressed that the exercise had been completed in Lagos while

Aviation union lays siege on ASL over workers welfare Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo

The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE) have continued to lay siege at the Newrest ASL, the in-flight catering service in the Nigeria aviation industry over the refusal of the management to allow the workers to join the unions of their choice. NUATE has since Monday grounded the operations of Newrest ASL, which has affected the company’s catering services to some of the air-

lines it serves at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos. This is as the union threatened to picket the entire offices of the catering service nationwide from today (Wednesday) if the management refused to listen to its demands. At the picketing ground in Lagos Airport, Mr. Olatunji Abioye, the General Secretary, NUATE, accused the management of compelling the workers to remain with a union they felt was not protecting their interests.

Speaking with aviation journalists, Abioye alleged that the workers who before now belonged to the National Union of Hotels, approached NUATE for membership, but the management insisted that the workers must remain with the former union, stressing that the insistence of the management ran contrary to Section 40 of the Nigeria constitution. He purported that the insistence of the workers to join NUATE and other unions of their choice in the Nigerian

aviation industry, led to intimidation and transfer of some of the workers out of Lagos Airport, but declared that the union would continue to resist any form of harassment by the management. Abioye also accused the National Union of Hotels of conniving with the management to short-change the workers, alleging that the union consistently receive kickbacks from the management against the interest of the workers, which they were supposed to protect. According to him, before

the union took the decisive action, all attempts by the union to hold a meeting with the management proved abortive. He said: “Section 40 of the Nigerian constitution allows citizens of Nigeria to freely associate and choose the union, political party or association of their choice. Before now, workers of this company were members of the National Union of Hotels and after several years, they realised that they were not getting value for their unionism. “They indicated their

the team, would move to Kano airport for the same exercise and subsequently move to Ilorin, Kaduna and others. She added that FAAN was also working on the toilet facilities at the international wing of the Lagos Airport. “The Wing D toilet fittings have been removed and completely replaced. Once we are done with Wing D, we shall move to Wing E. we are doing complete overhaul of the facilities so that we can have new toilets for users. “We have been getting a lot of complaints from our customers on the state of our toilets. You know, MMA is an old airport and what we are doing is in line with our core value of comfort for passengers and other users of the airport. We felt it was necessary for us to remove them and replace with others while we are waiting for a new terminal,” she said.

willingness to opt out of the union, which they felt didn’t protect their interest. What the former union continued to do was to visit the management, romance the management and take advantage of the situation with them and moved on as if the interest of the workers they were supposed to protect did not matter any longer. “The workers individually approached our union. This company was established primarily to provide in-flight catering service to airlines that are even members of our union.


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Bearish trend provides entry point for more investors …Expert ÏL“ƏƊƆƐƒ“ƋƑƆƗƈƍƄƕƠêÖƠü

Stories by Bonny Amadi The Nigerian equities market sustained its downtrends on Monday , as the NSE’s All -Share-Index (ASI) opened the week on a bearish note, losing -0.90per cent to close at 42,737.89. A total of 517,437,393.00 shares worth N5,185,077,387.75 billion was transacted by investors in 5,852.00 deals, as the equities market value closed at N15,337,109,735,827.52 trn. Bond capitalization closed at N9, 725,014,791,461.04 trn, while ETF capitalization also closed the day at N7, 454,153,955.24 billion. The bearish trend, experts maintained was largely driven by the selloff across most sectors. However, in the near term, it is expected that the market will trade sideways just as investors continue to take positions as companies were yet to commence announcement of corporate actions for the just concluded year. The downturn, analysts maintained, would present a viable entry point for more investors into quality names for investors with a medium to longer term horizon. Market breadth index was negative as 36 stocks declined against 13 stocks that gained. Nigerian Breweries led the top five decliners with -2.85% close to close at N133 per share, followed by GTB which lost 3.85 per cent , closing at N45.6 per share, FMDQ OTC securities Exchange through its board listings, markets and technology committee, admitted the listing of the Stanbic IBTC Dollar, Money Market and Bond Funds (the SIAML Funds) on its platform, on Monday. The SIAML Funds, which are open-ended Funds, are set to enable investors achieve competitive returns on their assets while safeguarding capital, by investing in low risk short-term securities, high quality government bonds and dollar denominated securities domiciled in Nigeria. Welcoming the guests to the Ceremony, Ms. Tumi Sekoni, Vice President, Capital Markets Directorate,FMDQ, commended the Fund Manager on the strong and consistent performance of the Funds and on taking

while WAPCO also dropped 3.85 per cent to close lower at N50 per share. ZENITHBANK declined by 4.85 per cent, closing at N29.4 per share, while FLOURMILL closed the top five decliners table with 3.37 per cent equity price loss, closing at N31.5 per share. DANGCEM with 1.99 per cent, led the top five advancers closing at N272 per share, followed y BETAGLAS which closed at N68.7 per share , having gained N3.25 or 4.97% and

PZ that gained 5.83 per cent, closing at N25.4 per share. INTBREW closed higher at N60 per share, having gained 1.69%, while GLAXOSMITH closed the top five gainers table with 4.95 per cent closing trade at N21.2 per share. The top five trade for the day were, Skyebank with 73,151,209shares worth N79, 161,356.36, FBNH with 71,341,897 shares valued N815, 727,621.80 and Jaizbank, which recorded 40,572,710 shares turnover

valued at N42, 389,864.80. TRANSCORP posted 40,476,650 shares worth N84,074,282.48 as FCMB with 26,221,749sharesturnover worth N71,333,705.43, closed the top five trades table for the day. All the key sectoral indices declined. For example, NSE Banking Index declined by -3.80%, NSE Consumer Goods Index declined by -0.95% ,NSE Industrial Index also lost -0.37% , as the NSE Oil and Gas Index declined by -0.16%.

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FMDQ celebrates Stanbic IBTC Dollar, money market funds , bond listing the prudent and strategic decision to list the Funds on FMDQ’s platform. She reiterated the OTC Exchange’s commitment to support and deepen the Nigerian financial markets by steadfastly availing its platform for the efficient registration, listing, quotation and trading of securities. In FMDQ’s typically unique and impressive fashion, the Ceremony was marked by memorable highlights which included, amongst other activities, the signing of the FMDQ Fund Listing Register by the Fund Manager, sponsor of the Funds on the OTC Ex-

change and FMDQ; the unveiling of the FMDQ Scrolls in favour of the Fund Manager and sponsor; and the special autograph impression by the Fund Manager. Mrs. Bunmi Dayo-Olagunju, Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited, during the Fund Manager’s special address, stated, “Considering the volatility in the equities and commodity markets, it is imperative for investors to diversify their portfolios by investing in Mutual Funds and other investment vehicles.” The attractiveness of Mutual Funds or collective schemes, she said, “is

derived from the numerous benefits they offer over other investment vehicles, such as flexibility, liquidity, steady returns, professional management and risk reduction, among others” Speaking on behalf of the FMDQ Registration Member (Listings) and sponsor of the Funds on FMDQ, Mr.Kobby BentsiEnchill, during his remarks, noted that Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited had sponsored any listings on FMDQ’s platform. He commented that Stanbic IBTC was excited with the remarkable growth of the fixed income market as this was vital to the creation

of liquidity and pledged that the organisation will continue to work with regulators and operators to establish a world-class capital market in Nigeria. “As a Registration Member (Listings) of FMDQ, Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited is also pleased to have supported the listing of the Stanbic IBTC Bond Fund, Stanbic IBTC Dollar Fund and of course, the Stanbic IBTC Money Market Fund which is the largest open-ended mutual Fund in Nigeria”. Mr. Bola Onadele. Koko, the Managing Director/ CEO of FMDQ, commenting on the SIAML Funds, applauded the Fund Manager for its impres-

and aspiring entrepreneurs from across the continent. The Top 100 Emerging SMEs list is an initiative aimed at identifying, honouring and supporting Nigeria’s leading upcoming SMEs who have shown resilience by thriving despite the challenging. Speaking about the launch of the initiative, Union Bank’s Head of Retail Segments, Paul Aseme said:“As a bank that recently crossed the century mark, we are committed to supporting the growth of Nigerian businesses so they can also be profitable and sustainable in the long term. We will continue supporting the SME sector which we recognize is a vital part of the Nigerian economy. “Through this project, we intend to acknowledge and celebrate upcoming SMEs whose hard work and persistence deserve to be recognized.” The selection process to pick the top 100 emerging SMEs will involve a combination of voters’ polls and judges’ assessments. Criteria to be considered in selecting the top SMEs will include innovation, scalability, business feasibility, market opportunity, reach and revenue. Emeka Okafor, CEO Connect Nigeria said”“The top 100 SMEs, is a project aimed at amplifying the best from the SME segment in Nigeria. Through diligent research, we hope to present the most authentic list of top 100 emerging businesses from different industries. We are pleased that Union Bank is partnering with us on this which is a clear indication of their commitment to the sector and to Nigeria as a whole.”

sive performance in the market and stated that FMDQ remained unflinchingly committed to developing the Nigerian financial markets through its highly efficient platform, promoting unrivaled world-class standards to drive transparency, governance and liquidity, among others, in the markets. He commented that the funds, among which was the largest open-ended mutual Fund in the nation, having availed on FMDQ’s world-class listing service, would benefit from improved credibility, as continuous disclosure of all relevant information to do with the Funds was made available to a wide range of investors. The benefits availed the Funds listed on FMDQ, would also, by extension accrue to the Fund Manage


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B5 Money Market

Naira steadies across major foreign currencies as market lifted by CBN The Nigerian currency, Naira, on Tuesday steadied against major foreign currencies at the official and unofficial foreign exchange markets, just as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Monday injected $210 million into the interbank foreign exchange market The local currency, at the official Spot market, stabled at N305.90 per dollar, the same rate it traded on Monday, however, weaker than N305.85 exchanged on Friday, data obtained from FMDQ OTC has showed. But the Naira, at the Investors and Exporters (I&E) FX window, began trading at a better rate of N359.70 to the dollar against depreciated rate of N360.03 recorded the previous day, before traded high at an improved rate of N361against N361.50 and eventually closed low at N360.22 compred to N360.10 compared to N360.27 settled when the forex market closed for last week. The autonomous forex window, recorded a decline transactions turnover of $111.03 million, which was weaker than of $158.01 million sold on Monday. The Nigerian legal tender at the parallel market on Tuesday extended gains against Pound and Euro, closing bat an appreciable rate of N502 and N440 respectively, against N505 and N442 traded the preceding trading day. Meanwhile, the CBN in a statement explained that the total sum of $100 million offered to the wholesale market, $55 million for small businesses and individuals, and $55 million for certain dollar expenses such as school fees and medical bills. “The bank will continue to intervene in the interbank foreign exchange market, in line with its pledge to sustain liquidity in the market and maintain stability,” the central bank said in an emailed statement.

L-R: Director Legal Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Johnson Akinwunmi; Acting Director Corporate Communications Department CBN, Mr. Isaac Okorafor; and Deputy Director Financial Markets Department CBN, Mr. Demenongu Yanfa, during a two day public hearing on bill to amend the banks and other financials institutions National Assembly in Abuja.

Lagos-Kano Economic Summit: Buhari, Sanusi, Jega lead discussants

Ï1”ƐƄƍ•“•ƃƄèƄƃƏƍƆƎƓèƆ•ƅƍ“ƎƍƏƃƎƏƍƄèƄƕƏƃ“ƎƆ”•”ƎŒƄƍƎ”Ƌ“‹Ƅ•ƕ“ Benjamin Omoike President Muhammadu Buhari is among dignitaries listed to discuss the strategic importance of collaboration among key institutions to national development at the first Lagos-Kano Economic and Investment Summit. The summit, which is scheduled to hold at the Jubilee Chalets, Epe, Lagos, between February 28 and March 1, 2018; is to focus on thematic areas such as security, governance, ease of doing business, agriculture, tourism, internally generated revenue, education and infrastructure in key areas of power, transportation and urban waste management. Aside President Buhari, other lead discussants at the summit are the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammadu Sanusi; Oba of Lagos, HRH Rilwan Akiolu; former National Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega; development expert, Professor Pat Utomi, among others

Addressing a joint press briefing at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa on Tuesday, Chairman of the Steering Committee of the summit and Lagos State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, said the summit was specially designed to create awareness on the investment climate and policy thrust of both Lagos and Kano state governments, as well as create a platform for dialogue for potential investors, with the overall objectives of national development. He said the summit will also offer opportunity to share emerging investment ideas with the target audience and engage both states’ unutilised and under-utilised resources toward efficiency and prosperity. According to Ashade, “Globally, inter-state and regional partnerships are fast becoming benchmarks and leading practices for economic growth and development. Equipped with this knowledge, the Governments of Lagos and Kano States, under the visionary and able leadership

of their Excellences - Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje respectively decided to take a leading role towards maximizing the unique comparative and competitive economic and investment opportunities of both states.” Giving reasons for the summit, Ashade said it was common knowledge that both states share peculiar history and pedigree in demography, economic viability and leading roles within each of their respective geopolitical regions. “We both have the highest population and cosmopolitan spread in Nigeria, while I make bold to say that, the performances of the two States in areas of economic reforms, improved their business environments and contributed significantly in boosting Nigeria’s “Ease of Doing Business” Global Ranking from 169 to 145 for the year 2018 as measured in 2017. “This Summit, the first of its kind in sub-saharan Africa, signals the first phase in the journey towards a long-lasting partnership between the

two States and promises to help boost economic development and foster national unity amongst others. Hence, the choice of the theme “States Partnership as a tool for Sustainable Economic Development” for the Summit,” Ashade said. He also disclosed that adequate measures have been firmed up to ensure that the summit is not another talk show, hence the decision to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two states during the summit, designed to seal and sustain the partnership. “The governments of Lagos and Kano states are optimistic on the outcomes of this Summit in terms of Sustainable National Development and hope that the ensuing collaboration will offer a constructive case study for other States of the Federation to emulate by looking inwards and developing blueprints for their own inter-states collaborations that will propel them towards achieving economic sufficiency.

In a release made available to media practitioners in Lagos, Chioma Afe, Head, Corporate Communications Division of the Bank, stated that women form a strong socioeconomic force in Nigeria, pointing that stemming the increasing rate of abuse and violence against women will help in building a better and peaceful society. According to her, Diamond Bank is very passionate about helping women realize their dreams and live better lives, adding that “the partnership with WARIF is an important one, as it is an opportunity to re-orientate and educate women and young students on issues

around gender-based violence.” She further stated that “Women’s Wealth and Wellbeing form a core part of the bank’s approach towards corporate sustainability and WARIF’s efforts provide a good platform through which to empower not only Nigerian women but the younger generation.” “We believe that educating women is a strong economic value addition to the society, this informs our decision to empower them through result-focused specially designed curriculum that will help equip these young girls with the required knowledge and tools to face the future and prevent gender violence”,

she said.. Reiterating Afe, WARIF’s Founder, Dr Kemi DaSilva Ibru, expressed gratitude to the management of Diamond Bank, pointing that improving the well-being and financial stability of women and children are very important in building a healthy society. Dr Ibru stated that although the initiative started last year, the knowledge gained has been very impactful, especially in helping to generate useful data critical to the successful reduction of gender-based violence in Nigeria, adding that going back to schools with more awareness of how to effectively tackle gen-

der violence menace will yield even greater results. She said: “We are extremely excited about our recent partnership with Diamond Bank. With their support and sponsorship, we are going back to schools in the Lagos State District and will expand the WARIF Educational School Program WESP to include an additional number of affected adolescent school and children. This will provide the necessary tool-kit that is vital in educating and re-orienting the mindset of our future generation of young men and women and will put an end to genderbased violence in our society”

Preventing gender violence: Diamond Bank partners WARIF As part of efforts in preventing gender violence in the country, Diamond Bank Plc, has partnered Women at Risk International Foundation’s (WARIF) initiative to prevent gender-based violence and abuse against women in Nigeria. The project which is aimed at educating secondary school girls between the ages of 13-16 years, will use specially designed curriculum that will be offered to students, parents and teachers from selected schools in Lagos. About 200 schoolgirls will participate in the pilot phase of the training programme.


Daily Times Nigeria Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Emirates signs contract for 20 additional A380

B6Aviation Arik Air introduces ‘Super Saver’ fare on all domestic routes

Emirates and Airbus firmed up an earlier Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and signed a contract for the 20 additional A380s with a further 16 options to be confirmed at a later date. The total agreement for 36 aircraft is valued at $16 bn based on latest list prices. Deliveries are to start as early as 2020. The agreement was signed at the World Government Summit by HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group; and Mikail Houari, Airbus President for Africa and Middle East. HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, ruler of the Emirate of Dubai and Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France were also present. HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group said: “This agreement underscores our commitment to the A380 programme, providing stability to the A380 production line and supporting thousands of high-value jobs across the aviation supply chain. “For Emirates, the A380 has been a successful aircraft for our customers, our operations, and our brand. We look forward to continue working with Airbus to further enhance the aircraft and onboard product.” “We thank Emirates, HH Sheikh Ahmed, Tim Clark and Adel Al-Redha for their continued confidence in the A380, which has so successfully

transformed air travel in the 21st century,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President Commercial Aircraft and Chief Operating Officer. “This latest agreement further demonstrates the strength of our valued partnership with Emirates in support of their impressive growth.” The A380 is an essential part of the solution to sustainable air traffic growth, alleviating congestion at busy airports by transporting more passengers with fewer flights. The aircraft is the best way to capture growing world air traffic, which doubles every 15 years. The flagship airliner can accommodate 575 passengers in 4 classes and offers a range of 8,200 nautical miles (15,200 kilometres). The double-decker has become the passenger’s favourite resulting in higher load factors wherever it flies. The A380 is the world’s roomiest aircraft, offering the widest seats, wide aisles and more floor space. The A380 has the unique capability to generate revenue, stimulate traffic and attract passengers, who can now specifically select the A380 when booking a flight via the innovative iflyA380.com web site and the new IOS app. To date more than 200 million passengers have already enjoyed the unique comfort of flying on board an A380. Every two minutes an A380 either takes off or lands at some of the 240 airports around the world, ready to welcome this magnificent aircraft. To date, 222 A380s have been delivered to 13 Airlines.

SAA promotes corporate travel with attractive rewards

NAMA moves for industrial harmony in sector

South African Airways (SAA) Africa’s most awarded airline has urged corporate travel managers in Nigeria to take advantage of the airline’s incredible new Voyager – SAA frequent flyers’ reward system in flying from Lagos to Johannesburg, South Africa and beyond. South African Airways recently held a Corporate Travel Managers forum in Lagos during which Kemi Leke-Bamtefa, National Sales Manager, South African Airways , explained the new Voyager reward system to credit passengers with miles based on the amount of airfare and fuel levy rather than the travel distance or cabin class. According to Kemi, “South African Airways is always prioritising the welfare of its passengers hence, our new Voyager reward is now based on the amount of airfare and fuel levy rather than the travel distance or cabin class. For every N48 you spend flying South African Airways, you are guaranteed 1 Mile.” “In addition, South African Airways also offer corporate travel managers super corporate deals up to 14% with seamless upgrades, priority boarding, priority waitlist and lounge access as part of the many rewards attached,” Kemi added.

Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency ( NAMA) is set to achieve industrial harmony in the sector. Towards this objective,the agency’s management last week, held an engagement forum with the Joint Aviation Trade Unions. The unions included : National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (ATSSSAN), National Association of Air Traffic Controllers (NATCA), National Association of Aeronautical Engineers (NAAE), Aeronatical Information Management Association of Nigeria (AIMA) and National Aeronautical Communication Association of Nigeria (NACAN), and Almagamated Union of Public Corporation Civil Service Technical and Recerational Services Employees ( ACUPTRE). The forum, which held at the corporate headquarters of the airspace agency, provided an opportunity for the airspace agency’s team, led by Captain Fola Akinkuotu to engage the leadership of aviation unions on how to forestall industrial unrest and examine issues bordering on non conclusive conditions of service, poor salaries as a result of non implementation of the National Wages and Salaries Commission approval for NAMA to operate same salary structure with Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), since

L-R: A representative from the Light For the Lost Orphanage, Media/ Communications Manager of Dana Air, Kingsley Ezenwa and Linda Umesi, Special Service Agent during the presentation of gifts to the orphanages

2003. The meeting, a source said, was the first time Akinkuotu met with trade and professional unions after one year in office. Led by the National President of NUATE, Comrade Mohammed Dauda Safiyanu , the meeting offered a robust window for NAMA manage-

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ment to resolve mistrust that has existed in the agency occasioning lack of trust . According to Safiyanu , the meeting also provided opportunity for NAMA management to leverage capacity building, foster training and promotion personnel of the agency to elimnate low work morale.

Arik Air, Nigeria’s largest carrier has introduced a “super saver” fare which gives customers the benefit of making massive savings when they book early online to travel to any of the airline’s domestic routes. To travel to any destination within Nigeria, Arik Air customers can buy a one-way ticket from N16,000 provided such booking is made at least seven days before departure at www.arikair.com The super saver fare is aimed at enabling more Nigerians experience air travel and reduce the stress of traveling by road especially at night. It will also enrich family and friends visitation, while giving opportunities for small businesses to take advantage of the massive savings to enhance their businesses in the New Year. Commenting on the new fare, Arik Air’s Chief Executive Officer, Captain Roy Ilegbodu said: “We are constantly evolving ways of adding value to our services to be more customer friendly and responsive to the yearnings of the traveling public. “Air travel should not be an exclusive preserve and that is the reason for this low fare of N16, 000 aimed at making air travel more affordable.” “Our promise this year is that there will be something great and of interest for every customer of the airline.”

He said : “ The meeting provided an opportunity to consider ancillary issues , especially matters of discipline and the need to promote fair, just and harmonious work environment . “ It also help to reduce tension in the work environment through constructive interface as the agency sets the tone for 2018 in the discharge of its corporate mandate. “ We are happy with the management change in NAMA, which brought Captain Akinkuotu to office as managing director and other officials in the human resource department especially the director, Maira Bashir.” He said the meeting achieved its purpose as there is now good union representation in the Industrial Relations and Discipline department. The NUATE boss said : ‘ There is now assurance of dialogue on issues that will move NAMA forward, which is now possible with the unit in charge of industrial relations and discipline. This is good, because such a unit did not exist. But, with the new arrangement, unions are now ready to synergise with management. There will be any unnecessary distractions . “ If there is any reason to suspect any issue that may trigger disharmony, it will be professionally resolved through the industrial relations and discipline unit of NAMA.” The unions, it was learnt, is very excited with the strides so far achieved in NAMA under Akinkuotu.


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Herdsmen attacks have displaced 5m farmers – FCMB

Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

The First City Monument Bank (FCMB) has raised the alarm over likely acute foot shortages in the country, following persistent herdsmen attacks that have displaced over five million farmers in the country. The Group Corporate Head of FCMB, Mr Diran Olojo, who spoke with journalists during a media parley in Abuja, attributed the rising cost of foodstuffs to the farmers/herdsmen crises especially in the food basket valley of Benue, Nasarawa, Kaduna and Taraba states. He said, “ The herdsmen and farmers crisis is a very serious issue that needs to be tackled with all urgency, but the government seemed to be turning its eyes away from the crisis. “ If nothing is done to curtail this, the implication is that most farmers would not farm this year and this could result to shortage of food and possibly lead to famine is most part of the country. “Small holder farmers make up 90 percent of Nigeria’s agricultural sector and over 90 percent of the food produced in this country are done by these subsistent farmers whom have been displaced by the herdsmen. “Most people in these affected areas are afraid to go to farm because of imminent attack by the herdsmen. “The 2018 is an election year, as such the 2018 budget is very aggressive even delusional in terms of revenue projection. It is not realistic. The whole country spends its recurrent budget both federal and states government on just about three million persons. We have to reverse a situation that channels all government recurrent revenue on employees of government with less concentration on infrastructural development.” Olojo wondered why Nigeria has failed to be properly governed. According to him, petty things that have bogged down the country have long been overcome by poor countries across Africa. He said, “If we don’t get it right, Africa will not get it right. The black race looks up to Nigeria, so if we don’t get it right, the black race would equally not get it right. Botswana is getting it right but Nigeria is not getting it right.” He also decried a situation where large numbers of Nigerian professionals are dominating the scene across the world while the country has remained weak and behind many countries of the world. Speaking on the topic, “ Nigerian Economy and Financial Sector in 2018, the Chief Executive Officer of RTC Advisory Services, Mr Opeyemi Agbaje, pointed out that the much heralded exit from recession was fragile and not driven by any special government policy. According to him, the development is not broad based but driven by the increase in oil price. Agbaje also gave a negative

prognosis that could derail the recovery process which he termed fragile due to increasing threats from Niger Delta agitators, prices of oil at the international market among other factors. He further raised the alarm on the preparation and implementation of the budget as it concerns oil subsidy regime of the current administration. He said, “This government has no budgetary allocation for subsidy. No record oil subsidy, and has the worst possible way to managing the downstream oil

sector. Our economy has become smaller, shrinking due to inflation, devaluation of the naira and recession. Recession in the country was essentially driven by oil.” He added that in spite of federal government’s claim of exiting the country from recession, only 11% of Nigeria’s economy has exited recession. Agbaje said, “Our research has shown that only 11% of Nigerian economy has exited recession while 89% which is non-oil sector is still in recession.

“While the non-oil sector is still in recession, the oil sector has escaped recession due to increase in the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) occasioned by rise in prices of crude oil at the international market.” He disagreed with the notion that Nigerian economy is not diversified, saying that, “What is not diversified is government revenue from these other areas of our economy and exports from these areas. He said, “Government exports is essentially oil which

accounts for 75% of all accruable revenues, meaning any sneeze would shake the economy. He also tasked government to rise up to the occasion and promote exports and deepen taxation. The media parley, the FCMB said, was organised to educate Nigerians on the direction of the economy and the role of financial institutions. The FCMB is one of the leading financial institutions with robust corporate social responsibility aimed at eradicating poverty.

L-R: Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Beloxxi Industries Limited, Mr. Obi Ezeude; Chairman, Beloxxi Industries Limited, Mr. Ernest Ebi and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the commissioning of Phase 2 and Foundation Laying of Beloxxi Industries’ Phase 3 Expansion Project in Agbara, Ogun State..

FedEX, UPS shares drop as Amazon prepares to launch delivery service Ladesope Ladelokun with agency report

Following reports that Amazon.com is planning to inagurate its own delivery service, which would directly compete with the U.S. package delivery companies, shares of United Parcel Service Inc and FedEX fell by two percent on Friday. Amazon is a one stop shop for home goods, electronics, furniture, clothing and more, but in order to get items to homes, the e-commerce giant has to depend on delivery services like FedEx and UPS. That may change in the

coming weeks though, as the WSJ reports that Amazon will inagurate its own delivery service. Dubbed, “Shipping with Amazon” (SWA), the service will pick up packages from businesses and deliver them to customers. Sources claim that Amazon will begin rolling out the service in Los Angeles within the next few weeks with thirdparty sellers that do business through Amazon.com. The company then plans to expand even further before the end of the year, even opening up the service to businesses that are not third-party

merchants. WSJ first reported on a delivery service pilot program from Amazon back in 2016, and this new initiative appears to be the result of a successful test run. SWA rolled out some time ago in London and, as WSJ points out, Amazon already delivers its own orders in 37 US cities. Between Amazon Key, an expansion into ocean freight and the establishment of an air cargo hub, Amazon has made major strides in building a parcel delivery network in recent years. Considering the decades FedEx and UPS have had to build out their networks, observers

say it will be an uphill climb for Amazon to make a dent in the industry. However, Amazon has reportedly been working on making its own logistics network a reality after a disappointing holiday season in 2013 during which countless packages were delivered late. Meanwhile, those familiar with Amazon’s plans say that the company will undercut FedEx and UPS when the service launches in full. Since it already delivers some of its own packages, Amazon can fill extra space in its trucks with more packages, which will not add to the overhead.


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How equities market makes more millionaires, leaves many poor Bonny Amadi Recently, the National Coordinator of the Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria (ISAN), Mr. Adeniyi Adebisi raised the alarm over the Nigerian capital market’s sudden boom; and called on the nation’s economic managers to monitor the economy closely. Adebisi said that, “The capital market is a barometer of some sort. It mirrors the state of the economy of a country. A situation where the economy of Nigeria is throwing out poor financial indices and the capital market is showing signs of good health and growth is suspect and should not be.” He called on stockbrokers, registrars and financial advisers to be more proactive and take their integrity more seriously to checkmate the rising cases of frauds in the sector, adding that ZX “Cases of frauds are becoming more worrisome and alarming. Assurances of our financial advisers are becoming more unreliable”. The Nigerian equities market currently has been on the bullish run returning with over 16 per cent year to date (Ytd) returns on investment. This gives foreign portfolio investors (FPI) and other global investors the much needed ground to converge on the Nigerian market for the much needed returns on investment in 2018. Fears are that the market may have started building another round of bubbles on the back of companies or banks without fundamentals, which is expected to burst, trapping uninformed investors who joined the herd. This could be the backdrop for which the ISAN boss made his pronouncement. For the week ended Friday, 2ND February , 2018, the equities market closed on bearish sentiments, which remained prevalent in the Nigerian bourse, the week was trailed by consecutive decline day after day in the NSEASI during the week.. Mr. Jude Fejokwu of Galactic Africa Analyst recently noted that as the buying frenzy continues, “be wary of where you are investing your money. Most stocks are rising on momentum and not because of improved financial performances and near-term expectations.” Fejokwu focusing on the banking industry, which has so far given the highest rewards year to date, noted that there are some banks to be weary of, irrespective of the hype on their equities price upward movement. He said, “The market has

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gone crazy; do not rub shoulders with it. If a stock does not deserve to rise to the level it has, when it falls, it will take no prisoners on its reverse journey. It is better to gain less than to lose more.” Fejokwu noted, “ The banking industry takes the brunt of bulls and bears so, I will focus on this industry. I will mention (briefly) three banks to be wary of when the tide turns and stocks start heading south as investors panic and seek for the exit trying to hold on to their unrealized gains.” Remarking on some of the banks that have seen high rise in their equity prices recently, Fejokwu said, “ FCMB Holdings’ nine-month (September 2017) result is not on the Nigerian Stock Exchange’s corporate disclosures page”. He pointed that the bank’s Pre-tax income declined by 52 per cent year-on-year and Gross Earnings declined by 16 per cent year-on-year. Pre-tax income was 7.57 Billion naira in April 2007 (12-month result) and ten years later now operating as a holding company, nine-month pre-tax income in September 2017 is N6.84 billion despite interest income being approximately seven times larger in September 2017 compared to

April 2007. Taking a closer look at Skye Bank, which for some days, led the gainers’ table on the bourse, the analyst pointed that Skye Bank’s 2016 fiscal year result has been releasedl while 2017 fiscal year results are about a month away from release every other bank. On Stanbic IBTC Holdings, he noted that it is the holding company that incorporates the largest asset management company in Nigeria. Nonetheless, the bank’s gross earnings and assets are less than that of Diamond Bank, while trading 12.5X higher per share. However, reacting to the prevailing market bullish trend, Mr. Solomon Kugbe, a Lagos state stock broker told Daily Times Nigeria that the bubble alarm raised by the national president of ISANl, may scare retail investors from the market instead of strengthening them to take advantage of earning opportunities prevailing in the bourse. Kugbe said, ‘that is not correct, because Nigeria is not alone in positive equities performance prevailing globally. “We are number three last year in equities performance ranking globally and all over the world equities market are doing very well, so, the growth

trajectory is always there for our market and other performing markets across the globe and people who understands this take advantage of the opportunities the market provided”. According to Kugbe, the Nigerian Stock exchange is not doing badly, and as the third best performing market in 2017, the trend has continued in 2018 and may further lead to a better performance, a trend he wants retail investors to understand appreciate. Explaining why the market has remained bullish, Kugbe said that understanding the fact that Nigeria came out of recession in 2017, reinforced investors’ confidence in the nation’s bourse. “When economy is coming out of recession the growth pace will be high because of renewed confidence as more investors try to reinforce their position in the market.” He added ,“Second, we are expecting full year result of many companies and the market is gearing towards that”. The stock broker stressed that, what might look like a bubble in equity price movement should be looked at from the economy point of view and devalued currency which has reduced the worth of the Nai-

ra even trading at ‘assumed” high price. “You might think that the market is going up, but you have to know that because the naira has been devalued, the N50 naira of today is not the same of yesterday, so, when you see a company trading at N50.00, it is as good as trading at 10 or N15.00 before devaluation of the Naira. So, the market is just adjusting to the realities of the macro economy”. Afrinvest Securities Nigeria Limited, CEO Mr. Michael Eboh, at a recent forum in Lagos, told our correspondent that, key analysts still have not seen what may be driving up share prices of some banking stocks without strong fundamentals. He noted that some inventors may be blind to such performance measuring indices. According to him, some of the banks that have lately recorded high growth in equity prices have negative capital adequacy ratio, while some may not have released their results for the past two years. He said, “you may feel that you want to double your money, but at the end f the day you are trapped. Some of the banks have been rallying for the past weeks; now the buyers want to sell no one want to buy.”


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Banky-W to share season of love with fans

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Banky W has loads of surprises for fans this valentine season African King of R&B and EME boss, Banky W, has an amazing Valentine planned out for some lucky fans this

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giveaway in collaboration with MTECH Communications. Three lucky fans will win a Samsung phone when they stream consists of his greatest hits Strong Thing, High Notes, Made for You, Yes/No, Jasi and many more. Fans of the EME boss will also get a chance to call in and speak with him and he will be spilling juice on his personal

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also get to know what his plans are for the Beat 99.9 fm by 10 am on the 14th of February and later that day by 2pm he will be having a live twitter chat with fans on the Music Plus Tweet Guest. Fans should tune in and join the conversation with the hashtag #LiveWithBankyW and follow @_ miss out on the gist. To qualify to win these amazing prizes

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BBNaija: Team BamTeddy, Mina, Pritto, others up for possible eviction

….as real eviction begins this Sunday

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Loto- Cebi and Mina Two days ago, the Big Ceebi- Vandee and Loto Brother Naija Housemates Leolex- AngelIfu and Mina were asked to nominate two KSquare- Vandee and Cebi pairs they would love to leave However, after the the competition; earlier before that the trio of Ifu, Bambam nominations, there was a plot and Khloe went on the battle twist. Biggie was apparently angry with the housemates female head of house after a for conspiracy and gossip. He two weeks ruling on a row by cancelled the nominations and put all the housemates up for Tobi Bakare. nomination except the Head of female head of house House. The Head of House (Khloe) (HOH) and she is immune to was asked to use her veto nominations for this week. power to save a pair and she At the live show held saved Leolex. The rest is up for last Sunday, Ebuka had eviction on Sunday. announced to the housemates As voting is begins at 6.30pm that at least two pairs will be Nigerian time on Monday and closes at 9:00pm on Thursday, live show. Here is how the viewers are urged to vote via nomination went for this week SMS, mobile site and website eviction process as each pairs by texting “Vote” followed by the are to nominate two pairs team name to 32052. Voting via each: mobile site & website requires Mina- BamTeddy and registering on africamagic.tv/ Loto bbvote with a mobile number Vandee- Mina and Cebi & password, and entering the Pritto- Cebi and Mina OTP number to vote for free. Rineeka- Mina and Loto Bamteddy- Mina and Loto

Valentine playlist by texting 268 to 5900

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(MTN Subscribers only), the top 3 streamers will be selected and they get to win a Samsung phone and recharge card vouchers, this promo ends on the 28th of February, 2018.

Banky-W who had a fairy tale wedding with the vivacious Nollywood actress Adesua Etomi last year, recently released a video to his hit single “Love you Baby”.

Spirit music releases ‘Idiebube’ in honour of the memory of Eric Arubayi Spirit Music is pleased to announce the release of Idiebube, the debut single of gospel singer, Believe Sustain, today. The new single which features the late Eric Arubayi will be aired on several radio and TV stations across the country. Produced by Kaycee Nyerho Avwomakpa, Idiebube reminds us of sovereignty. The music video is expected to be released shortly. voice with the artistic delivery that has garnered praise among his peers and fans, Believe is considered one of the most exciting new voices for his generation. Believe Sustain started a career in the entertainment industry with a theater group In high school, he went on to form a band called

Unlimited which disbanded as the members went on to pursue higher education. In his desire to pursue his music career, he in 2007, which was organized by

Believe crossed paths with the

late Eric Arubayi in 2009 who later signed him to his current record label. Believe Sustain is happily married with a son and He is based in both Nigeria and Ghana. Idiebube is released in honor of the memory of Eric Arubayi.


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thoughtful things to do for Bae this Valentine’s Day

1 - Breakfast in Bed

2 - Dinner for Two

3 - Movie or Game Night

4 - Picnic

5 - Go Skating

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Trend alert: The waist coat The great thing about any piece of clothing is how it can be used to highlight or disguise aspects of your figure whilst still keeping you looking completely put together and dapper.

piece that, once mastered, can bring a whole new dimension to your look. The waistcoat. It is capable of transcending social situations and dress codes, yet gives you enough room to experiment with layers and remain stylish. In the same way that most guys hate the idea of wearing a suit because all they have to go on are real life examples of men wearing suits badly, the same applies for waistcoats. you can really appreciate the true potential of the item. Getting it right It must fit. Make sure it has high armholes, fits snug around shoulders and torso but without there being any pulling around the

buttons or the fabric at the back. Excess material just makes you look bigger than you are; the whole point of a waistcoat is to help you look more streamlined and tidy.

put together. However, always leave the last button undone, like a suit jacket. Try not to look like a waiter: This can be done in three easy steps: One, go for seasonal materials such as tweed/corduroy or cotton. This avoids that shiny polyester appearance that looks so tragic in any light. Two, avoid any unnecessary details such a s fancy lining or bizarre affectations like pocket watches. Three, simply pair it with items that you look like a waiter that is anything but black trousers, unless of course it came with them as part of a suit. How to pull it off like a real gentleman jeans and a flannel plaid shirt in a compleGo

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wear it with some grey tweed trousers and a waistcoat by wearing one chambray shirt. I also love to layer a denim in a contrast colour to your jacket over my waistcoat to create a play on regular the suit or blazer textures and tone. that you may have on from layering. By simply wearing one over simple trick is to pair it with your usual dress-down work ensemble of chipieces of a similar texture. nos, shirt and tie, you add a point of differTweeds and corduroys go ence to an everyday look and can still look perfectly with denim and sharp once the coat comes off. other wools, so why not try a waistcoat on with your favourite pair of

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