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Ï Approves 4 others as MPC members Olufemi Samuel and Tunde Opalana, Abuja

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uty Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as well as four members of the apex bank’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). While Ahmad’s confirmation Continued on page 6

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Polls sequence: Court stops NASS from overriding Buhari Ï No, we have power over elections sequence, veto President - Reps Ï Okay removal of S 138, 152 of Electoral Act in conflict with Constitution Ï To regazette Electoral Act, retransmit bill to Buhari for assent

Henry Omunu, Andrew Orolua and Doosuur Iwambe, Abuja

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Some members of the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ group during their protest in Abuja ... on Wednesday

President in 7 Dapchi, pledges to rescue abducted schoolgirls alive

Inflation declines to 14.33 % as experts projects further slow in Q2 B4

Allow me to 5 travel abroad for treatment, Olisa Metuh begs court

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Polls sequence: Court stops NASS from overriding Buhari Continued from page 1 taking any further action on the Electoral Amendment Bill, 2018 till Tuesday next week when a suit filed by Accord Party will be determined. Justice Mohammed, who granted the preservative order specifically ordered “the defendants to maintain status quo ante belum pending the next adjourned date on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Justice Mohammed gave the order while delivering ruling on an oral application for preservative order moved by the lawyer to Accord Party (the plaintiff), Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), seeking the court’s intervention on the matter. The judge ruled that there was the need to preserve the res (the subject matter) of the case In his ruling on the matter, Justice Ahmed said, “In view of the provisions of section 58, subsection 5 of the 1999 Constitution which empowers the National Assembly to veto the president withholding of his assent by a two-thirds majority votes, the court is simply to preserve the res in order to safeguard the integrity of the court and the sanctity of the judiciary under section 6 (6) of the 1999 Constitution. “The parties are therefore ordered to maintain status quo ante belum between now and the next adjourned date. Hearing notice is to be served on

the second defendant (the Attorney General of the Federation AGF) who is absent in court.” In the motion filed pursuant to order 26, rules 1, 2 & 3 and order 18, rule 1 of the Federal High Court, Accord Party is seeking for an interlocutory injunction restraining the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from assenting to the Electoral Act amendment bill 2018 as passed by the National Assembly, pending the final determination of the substantive originating summons. Secondly, the plaintiff had sought a further order of interlocutory injunction restraining the National Assembly from taking any further action or actions on the bill titled, ‘Electoral Act amendment bill 2018, particularly, to convene to pass the said bill by twothirds majority of each of its two Chambers, pending the final determination of the substantive originating summons. In the Originating Summons marked FHC/ABJ/ CS/232/2018, the plaintiff raised eight issues for determination by the court, thus: Having regards to the combined provisions of sections 79,116,118,132,153,160(1) and 178 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the constitution read together with paragraph 15(a) of the third schedule to the same constitution, whether the Independent National Electoral Commission (the

third defendant) is not the only institution or body constitutionally vested with the powers and vires to organise, undertake and supervise elections to the offices of the president, the vice president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Governor and deputy governor of a state, the membership of the Senate, the House of Representatives and the House of Assembly of each state of the federation, including fixing the sequence and dates of the elections to the said offices? “That considering the combined provisions of sections

79,116,118,132,153,160(1) and 178 of the 1999 constitution as amended, the constitution read together with paragraph 15(a) of the third schedule to the same constitution, whether the National Assembly possesses the powers and vires to propose any bill or pass any bill into an Act which directs or purport to direct, mandates, or purport to mandate, dictates or purport to dictate to the 3rd defendant to follow a particular sequence in the organisation and conduct of elections to the offices of President and vice president, the Governor and deputy governor of a state,

the membership of the Senate, the House of Representatives and the House of Assembly of each state of the federation? “Whether having regard to the exercise by INEC of its powers and in furtherance of its function and duty to organise, undertake and supervise all elections to the offices of the President and vice president, the Governor and deputy governor of a state, the membership of the Senate, the House of Representatives and the House of Assembly of each state of the federation, as prescribed by sections 76(1), 116(1), 132(1), 153(1)(f) and

178(1) and sections 25 and 30 of the Electoral Act, 2010 and having come out with or announced a schedule or timetable for 2019 general election, the National Assembly can later make a law to re-order, or prescribe a schedule inconsistent with the schedule or order earlier on made by INEC under legislation which were at the time of the exercise valid and extant. The plantiff further asked for a declaration that INEC is the only body and or institution constitutionally vested with the powers, vires and duties to Continued on page 7

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Allow me travel abroad for treatment, Olisa Metuh begs court

Andrew Orolua, Abuja.

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Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, on Wednesday approached the Federal High Court in Abuja with an application seeking approval to travel abroad for medical attention. He also asked for the release of his International Passport to enable him travel abroad to attend to his health. In his application moved by his lawyer, Mr Emeka Etiaba (SAN), Metuh urged Justice Okon Abang to grant him leave to travel abroad on health reasons.

Arguing the application for the release of Metuh’s travel document yesterday, Etiaba, told the court that the application was different from the two previous ones, which the court had refused. He drew the attention of the court to Exhibit three attached to the application, which is a letter dated February 14, 2018 addressed to Dr. Raymond Onwuelo by Mr. Andrean T. H. Kessy, a Neurological and Spinal Surgery Consultant in London, stating detailed health status of Metuh. According to Etiaba, the surgery on Metuh will take about 10 days and requires five weeks to heal. He said, “Even when a

defendant, in a trial as this, is due for a routine medical check up, court ordinarily will grant an application such as this, but we have gone beyond that to show why the court should grant the application. “We have asked the prosecution to make available health personnel to evaluate the heath status of the first defendant (Metuh) in this matter, to show our sincerity in our application for him to travel abroad on medical grounds”. In his submission, lawyer to a firm allegedly linked to Metuh, Destra Investments Limited, Tochukwu Onwugbufor (SAN) said the application deals with the exercise of the court’s dis-

cretion. He said the granting of the application by the court will speed up the trial as Metuh will have no reason to be absent from court for his trial. But the prosecuting lawyer, Mr Sylvanus Tahir, opposed the application on the grounds that Metuh had failed to place sufficient materials before the court to warrant its discretion on the application. He said all the exhibits the defence attached to support the affidavit were not convincing and that none qualify as a medical report to warrant a critical look by the court to see Metuh’s complaints of ill-health. Tahir therefore urged the

court to dismiss the application for lacking in merit and consider it as an abuse of court’s process. The former PDP spokesman, who is facing trial alongside his firm, Destra Investment Limited was alleged to have received N400 million from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), prior to the 2015 presidential election. The EFCC had told the court that the N400million, released to Metuh by the erstwhile NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki, (rtd), was part of the $2.1 billion earmarked for the purchase of arms to prosecute the war against insurgency in the North Eastern part of the country. The anti-graft agency

said the fund was electronically wired from an account ONSA operated with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to Metuh, via account No. 0040437573, which his firm operated with Diamond Bank Plc. Metuh, who was carried to last month to the courtroom on a stretcher, is facing a seven count charge. But the court had during its earlier sitting admitted him to a N400million bail. Metuh was also granted bail with two sureties with N200 million each. The court added that the sureties must have landed properties in Maitama district of Abuja. The case has been adjourned till today.


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At last, Senate confirms Aishat Ahmad as CBN Deputy Gov Continued from page 1 was in accordance with the provisions of section 8(1) (2) of the CBN Act,

2007, the appointments of Prof. Adeola Festus Adenikinju, Dr. Aliyu Rafindadi Sanusi, Dr. Robert Chikwendu Asogwu and

Dr. Asheikh Maidugu as members of the MPC were in accordance with the provisions of section 12 (1) (4) of the CBN Act,

2007. The Daily Times recalls that the Senate on Tuesday ordered its Committee on Banking,

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (2nd right); Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (left), with the newly appointed Permanent Secretaries - Mr. Abayomi Ebenezer Olusanya (2nd left) for Education District II and Mrs. Olubusola Rhoda Ayinde for Accounts, Office of Establishment and Training during their swearing-in at the EXCO Chamber, Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.... on Wednesday

Be champions of growth mindset, Ambode charges new perm secs

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Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday swore-in two new Permanent Secretaries with a charge on the appointees to lead by example and be champions of growth mindset in public service. The State Government had recently launched a special advocacy campaign to engender growth mindset among civil servants and imbue them with the right skills and attitude to contribute to the efforts to fast-track development and set the State on the path of sustainable and inclusive growth. Speaking at a brief swearing-in ceremony held at Lagos House in Alausa,

Ikeja, Governor Ambode charged the new appointees – Mrs Ayinde Rhoda Olubusola, and Mr Olusanya Ebenezer Abayomi, to key into the template already created for the civil service designed to stimulate change of mindset and the infusion of innovation and creativity in government business. He said: “Every appointment comes with higher responsibilities and expectations. For the Lagos State Public Service, a template has been developed and it is being implemented systematically. Essentially, the template is about change of mindset and the infusion of innovation and creativity in government business.

“As members of the top echelon of the Public Service, you are expected to be champions of this paradigm shift not only by words but by your actions. You must lead by example and create the environment for your subordinates to emulate high standards of performance. This is the only way we can build a public service for the future and one that has what it takes to facilitate the level of development required of a Smart City.” While congratulating the Permanent Secretaries on their well-deserved appointments, Governor Ambode expressed confidence in their ability to succeed in their new assignments.

He added that though the exercise had become a regular ceremony to fill vacancies, concerted efforts must be made to resist the temptation to see it as a routine but a solemn commitment to live up to expected standards. “Although this exercise has become a regular ceremony due to the vacancies created from time to time as a result of retirement of office holders, we must resist the temptation to view it as mere routine with no serious significance attached. On the contrary, it is a solemn occasion in which a commitment is made before God and man to live up to expected standards,” the Governor said.

We’re tackling water shortages in Sokoto - Tambuwal ÏÏÏ Sokoto

state government said it has devised strategies to tackle the current water scarcity bedeviling the state capital and parts of some major towns across the state. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal stated this when he inspected water levels at Goronyo dam which experts say have depleted by as much as 90 percent of its installed one billion cubic meter capac-

ity. Speaking after the inspection, Tambuwal said the depletion of the dam’s water level was alarming. “The reservoir of Goronyo Dam was constructed to hold one billion cubic meter of water but as we’ve seen today, the water in it is just about 100 million cubic meter. “This has resulted in inadequate supply to the water board and in effect,

we had to resort to rationing water to the people. We have however adopted proactive measures to boost supply to the people pending when the rains will come and increase the volume of water in the dam. “I have directed the state water board to immediately reactivate 12 boreholes in Sokoto metropolis and build additional ones to supplement what we get from other sources,” the

Governor added. Tambuwal urged residents to be more patient as solution to the problem is implemented. “We urge the people to be more patient and to please economise their use of water. Residents should please stop wasting water because it is a precious commodity. We are doing everything possible to overcome these challenges.”

Insurance &Other Financial Committee to screen and confirm the appointments of two deputy governor nominees as well as nominated members of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Prior to the confirmation of their appointments, the Senate had put on hold their screening, following the existing impasse between the executive and the legislative arms of government. But the Senate has considered the screening of the nominees as a matter of national interest especially to save the nation’s monetary system and the economy at large a major setback as the next meeting of the MPC will take place on Monday, March 19, 2018. The Chairman of the

Committee on Banking, Senator Adebayo Rafiu, who brought the issue under Order 42 and 52 (Matter of Urgent Attention) appealed to his colleagues to confirm the appointees. He said given the importance of MPC to Direct Foreign Investment into the country, it is imperative for the MPC to continue directing the affairs of Nigeria’s monetary economy. Senate President, Bukola Saraki, also said in the interest of the nation, the lawmakers will always prioritize the economy while he urged the chairman of the Committee to ensure a speedy completion of the confirmation process to enable the MPC have a successful meeting on March 19, 2018.

We generated over N38bn for FG in 2017 – Immigration boss Tom Okpe, Abuja

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The Comptroller General (CG) of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammed Babandede, has said that the NIS has generated more than N38billion between January and December 2017 from passport revenue, address verification fee, non refundable administration fee, e-pass among others. He said part of the revenue raked in has however, been paid into the government pulse, service providers and other stakeholders. Speaking on Wednesday in Abuja during an operational review meeting with zonal coordinators and Comptrollers of commands, the Babandede said his agency also generated about $28,850, 654. 00 from passport; and $1, 087,950.00 from Carrier liability and Visa on arrival from foreign collection. The NIS boss said his leadership has opened Service Windows at all state commands, zonal and service headquarters for receiving all applications for various immigration services, which he said was “intended to

eliminate unnecessary human interface in service delivery and prevention of rent seeking opportunity for extortion, bribery and corruption by officers and non-officers”. Urging senior officers to ensure discipline at various level, Babandede said there was need for strict adherence to the provisions of the public service rules and discipline with respect to wearing the correct badges of rank, “especially by officers of Inspectorate Cadre, compliance to the Service Dress Code, appropriate hair, jewelry and make-up by female officers and courteous and friendly behavior towards customers”. The CG also tasked senior officers to embrace President Muhammadu Buhari’s initiative on the Ease of Doing Business and the opportunity in the agricultural sector for sustainable alternative as they approach retirement, revealing that NIS was commended for being proactive, receiving a trophy from the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) in recognition of its contributions to the Ease of doing business reform in Nigeria.


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Court stops NASS from overriding Buhari Continued on page 5 organise, undertake and supervise elections to the offices of the President and vice president, the Governor and deputy governor of a state, the membership of the Senate, the House of Representatives and the House of Assembly of each state of the federation, including fixing or assigning dates for the said elections and the sequence of same. The plaintiff is therefore asking the court for an Order setting aside clause 25 of the Electoral Amendment Bill, 2018; An order of perpetual injunction restraining: The President of the Fedral Republic of Nigeria, represented by the second defendant, from assenting to the Electoral Act amendment bill, 2018 as passed by the first defendant; The first defendant from passing into law, by a two thirds-majority, or any majority at all the said bill as already passed by it. When the case was mentioned, lawyer to Accord Party, Olanipekun (SAN) told the court that the defendants were served with the Originating summons on March 12, 2018 and as such prepared to go ahead with their argument. But the lawyer to the National Assembly , Chinelu Ogbazor, argued that the motion was not ripe for hearing, going by the rules of the court that requires a time frame of 48 hours after service before it can be heard. She added that her client is entitled to 7 days within which it can respond to any motion, and with the permission of the court would be asking for a short adjournment to prepare the reply of her client to the motion. But the lawyer to INEC, Taminu Inuwa, did not oppose to the hearing of the motion. Responding to the request for an adjournment, Olanipekun however noted that the plaintiff would not be opposing the request if Ogbazor would give an undertaken that her client (National Assembly) would not take any action that would affect the res of the litigation until the determination of the matter. But Ogbazor said he could not enter into any

undertaken to stop National Assembly from performing its constitutional primary function to make law. She stressed that the time given by law to respond to the motion has not even elapsed, adding that INEC was served with the court process less than 48 hours ago. Her refusal prompted Olanipekun to move an oral application for a preservative order. The senior advocate contended that following the refusal of the president to assent to the bill, the National Assembly with the powers vested in it can go ahead and override the president’s assent and thereby passing the bill into law while the matter is pending. Further hearing on the matter has been adjourned to March 20. Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has insisted that it is constitutionally empowered to legislate on the sequence of elections to be conducted by INEC and has resolved to expunge areas contained in the amended Electoral Act which President Muhammadu Buhari refused to assent to that are in conflict with the 1999 Constitution (as amended). Similarly, the House announced that it will override the president’s veto of the Nigerian Peace Corps bill and nine others. Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon Abdulrazak Namdas, who made the declaration on Wednesday at a press briefing, said that the House agreed with two of the reasons adduced by the president in withholding assent to the Electoral Act. Hon Namdas asserted however that the House faults the first reason given by the president, adding that based on the development, the House will expunge the areas that are in conflict with the constitution, regazette the bill, pass it and forward it to the President for assent. Specifically, he said the House is in agreement with Buhari that it lacks powers to amend Sections 138 and 152 (3-5) of the extant Act, but objects to the claim that the National Assembly lacks power to tamper with the discretionary powers granted INEC to

conduct elections. According to him, Section 4 of the constitution empowers the National Assembly to legislate on elections into the offices of the president, Vice President, Senate House of Representatives, governor and state deputy governor with the exception of the office of local government chairman. He said, “Again, Section 76 of the constitution states that the INEC has powers to fix dates of elections in accordance with Electoral Act.

“Our argument is that if the National Assembly has no powers to legislate on elections timetable, then it has no powers to pass the Electoral Act in the first instance. “You’ll recall that the Supreme Court voided the introduction of the card reader initially because it wasn’t backed by legislation. “In view of these, we’ll regazette the Act and expunge the areas we’re in agreement with the president, pass it through first, second and third reading

and retransmit it back to the president for assent.” The lawmaker was however silent on what step the House will take in the event Buhari again withholds his assent to the amendment, adding that “the House believes the president will see with the reasons we’ve given and the president will also agree with us when we retransmit the amended Electoral Act. “However, we’ll cross the bridge when we get there,” he added. Namdas further disclosed plans by the House

to override Buhari’s veto of 10 bills, including the bill establishing the Nigerian Peace Corps. The other bills include the Chartered Institute of Management, Nigerian Council on Social Works, currency conversion, police procurement fund, environmental health registration council, Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management, Institute of Public Management, Chartered Institute of Commodity Brokers and the bill establishing the Federal University, Wukari.

L-R: Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Public Petition, Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta receiving the legislator of the year award from the chairman Cross River Basin Development Authority, Hon. Esene Ejibo during the House of Representatives Press Corps dinar / Award night at the International Conference Center in Abuja recently.

Buhari in Dapchi, pledges to rescue abducted schoolgirls alive Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

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du Buhari has reassured parents of the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls that the Federal Government will not rest on its oars, until their children are safely brought back home. Buhari gave the reassurance on Wednesday in Dapchi when he met with the parents of the schoolgirls for a second time after meeting with stakeholders in Damaturu, Yobe State. The President, who was accompanied by Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam,

said he had directed full scale aerial surveillance and investigation to ensure that the girls are returned safely. Buhari said, “I have read the full report of what happened in Dapchi. As I received the report, I was saddened and I am praying that God will continue to console you.” Buhari also said that government will ensure that the Boko Haram menace is totally brought to an end. He said, “Boko Haram was in control of many local councils in Borno and some parts of Yobe State before we came. Now it has

resorted to using young girls for suicide missions in mosques, churches and motor parks. “We will not spare their members. We will ensure that Boko Haram meets its waterloo. By the will of God, I have directed the police and reinforced them, and the army and air force to keep searching until the children are returned alive.” Governor Gaidam had promised that the state government would continue to provide all the necessary support to security agencies to enable them embark on a successful search and

rescue of the girls. In her remarks, the Principal of the Government Girls’ Science/Technical Secondary School, Dapchi, Mrs Adama Abdulkarim, said some gunmen stormed the school premises and started shooting at about 7pm on February 20, 2018. She said, “We had a roll call and realised 110 girls were missing; out of 906 girls, we had 796.” A representative of the parents, Alhaji Bashir Manzo, appealed to the Federal Government to do all within its means for the safe return of the schoolgirls.


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Tillerson’s sack: FG says no negative effect on US, Nigeria relations ÏÏÏ The Federal Govern-

ment has said that the sack of the United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, by President Donald Trump will not have any negative effect on US/Nigeria relations as the government is a continuum. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, M.r Geoffrey Onyeama, stated this at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja on Wednesday. The meeting was presided over by the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. “You know the govern-

ment is a continuum as we all know. So, is not about individuals. “When he came it was the United States that was speaking and clearly we expect that with every expectation that everything he has said as regards US-Nigeria relations reflects the position of the United States, reflects the position of the president of the United States, so we don’t see any change happening at all,” he said. Also reacting to question on proposed modular refineries, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, said the estab-

lishment of the refineries in Niger Delta region was not a solution to the problem of fuel shortages in the country. He said the modular refineries would essentially address the menace of illegal crude oil refining rampant in the Niger Delta, while saving the environment and providing a more legal opportunity for the youth of the area. “On modular refineries; modular wasn’t supposed to provide a sufficient solution to your product needs, modulars are on the average between 2000 and 5000 maybe 10,000 at most capacity per

refinery. “Your consumption is about 630,000 barrels per day, that is not the essence of modular. What modular was supposed to do for us is provide work within some of these communities where people are busy doing illegal refining. “It’s not meant to address the refining product gap we have in the country. We are hoping that those gaps will be covered by a mixture of the three or four refineries that government owns currently, Warri, Port Harcourt and Kaduna and of course the Dangote refinery of 600 barrels.”

According to him, the long-term solution to the shortages of petroleum products in the country is the complete rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna. The minister added that Nigeria’s dependence on importation of petrol would also be adequately addressed when the Dangote Refinery in Lagos, the proposed Nigeria/Niger joint refinery and another private refinery under construction become

Forgery charges: Hands off case, Innoson asks judge ÏÏÏThe arraignment of the

Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson (left), congratulates Madam Aboye Ebinimi Odibukuma, during the Swearing-in Ceremony of 24 Special Advisers, at the Executive Council Chambers, Government House, Yenagoa.

APC lawmakers sabotaging Buhari’s government - Adamu ÏÏÏ

Senator representing Nasarawa west, Abdullahi Adamu on Wednesday accused lawmakers who are members the All Progressives Congress of (APC), of sabotaging the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Adamu said though the party lawmakers dominate both the Senate and House of Representatives, they have held the “executive prisoner of politics”. In a statement, Adamu said failure of the lawmakers to support the executive and their delay in approving appointments has caused the public to tag Buhari and his administration “go-slow”. “Our party, the APC, has the majority in both chambers of the national assembly, yet we hold the executive prisoner of pol-

itics that are unhealthy for the polity,” Adamu said. “It is such a terrible irony that we sabotage our own government by refusing to do our part in support of the executive. Appointments requiring senate approval are held up. The consequence is that the public has nicknamed the President and his administration goslow. “The national assembly is the second arm of this administration. We cannot undermine the executive without undermining the government of which we are a part.” Adamu advised the lawmakers to retrace their steps, and reconsider their stand as “legislators on matters of public interest”. He asked what the lawmakers would tell the pop-

ulace when they return to them to re-validate their mandate in 2019. “Perhaps, while we are consumed with sabotaging the administration and stabbing one another in the back, we forget that in less than a year from now, we shall be required

to seek the people’s revalidation of our mandate to sit in these hallowed chambers. What shall we tell them?” he asked. “I believe we need to retrace our steps and reconsider our stand as legislators on matters of public interest.”

operational. He said: “As a seasoned professional, I have given all the guidance that is required to fix the refineries. We came into a situation where we don’t have money to fix the refineries. We had to raise the money looking into the PPP model, it has to go through a process. “The technical committee is headed by NNPC, obviously they will submit their report to the board when they complete their work.

Chairman of Innoson Motors Ltd, Innocent Chukwuma on charges of conspiracy, obtaining by false pretences, stealing and forgery was stalled Wednesday at the Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja. This is because Mr. Chukwuma was again not present in court for his arraignment and the EFCC has not been able to arrest him despite a bench warrant issued by Justice Mojisola Dada. Instead of showing up for his arraignment, Mr. Chukwuma and his company, Innoson Motors Ltd, filed a petition against Justice Dada asking her to recuse herself from the case. The judge who disclosed this at the proceedings Wednesday did not disclose further details of the contents of the petition neither did she state the reasons given by the defendant for the petition. Justice Dada, however, said that she would adjourn proceedings to await the outcome of the Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Opeyemi Oke to whom the petition has been forwarded. After the adjournment, the defence team declined to comment on the petition or the proceedings, the EFCC prosecutor also claimed ignorance of the petition or its contents. The EFCC on November 30, 2017, filed a four-count charge of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretence, obtain-

ing property by false pretence, stealing and forgery against Mr Chukwuma and his company. The commission also joined his brother, Charles Chukwuma as the 3rd defendant to the charges. In an amended charge, however, the EFCC has deleted the name of the 3rd defendant, Charles Chukwuma. In the first count, the defendants were alleged to have conspired between 2009 and 2011, to obtain by false pretence containers of motorcycle spare parts and raw materials from Mistui OSK Limited, a company based in Apapa, Lagos. The items listed are said to be the property of Guaranty Trust Bank (GT Bank). In the second count, the EFCC alleged that the defendants bribed some members of staff of Mistui OSK and Maersk Line Limited to deliver to them, through their clearing agents, containers of motorcycle spare parts, moulds of plastic parts, steel structures as well as raw materials imported into Nigeria from China in the name of GT Bank as the consignee by pretending they had the authority of the bank to clear the items and took delivery of same. The offences are said to be contrary to certain provisions of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Offences Act of 2006.

Abdulmumin Jibrin resumes plenary after suspension ÏÏÏ

Formerly suspended lawmaker, Abdulmuni Jibrin has resumed plenary at the House of Representatives. Jibrin, who had been on a 17-month suspension, on Wednesday resumed plenary after the suspension placed on him was lifted by the House. He was pardoned on Tuesday, March 13 after writing a letter apologising to the House and having met all

conditions given to him. Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara while presenting the letter to the House on Tuesday said Jibrin is free to resume his legislative duties. “He has fulfilled all the conditions by writing a letter to the House so he is free to resume his duties whenever he wants, if he so wishes,” Dogara told the House. The lawmaker representing Bebeji/Kiru Federal Constituency of Kano was suspend-

ed in September 2016 after the House of Representatives committee on Ethics and Privilege found him guilty of accusing the leadership of the House of Representatives of padding the 2016 budget. Jibrin who was the former Chairman of the Committee on Appropriation had been out of the House for a period of 180 legislative days after allegedly breaching the practices and precedents of the House of Representatives.


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-Senate probes arming of Vigilante group in Kogi , summons NSA, AGF Ï`ƆƉƆƅƐƈ•ƒƆƐƈ‹“Ɛƈ”•”ƇzƈƊƆô•Ɔƈ‹ŒƄ”ƏŒ””ƗƓ“ƐƅŒ

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Senate yesterday ordered probe into existence of alleged armed Vigilante group in Kogi state and subsequently mandated its committee on National Security, Intelligence and Judiciary to summon the National Security Adviser, Brigadier General Babagana Mungono (rtd) and the Attorney - General of the Federation ( AGF) Abubakar Malami to promptly look into the activities of the state owned armed outfit and outlaw it if used against public interest. It however, rejected call by Senator Magnus Abbe for investigation of Neighborhood Watch set up in Rivers State by Governor Nyesom Wike. This was sequel to a motion moved by Senator Dino Melaye (APC Kogi west) who came under order 42(1) of the senate standing rules, to allege that the Kogi State

Governor, Yahaya Bello was introducing State Police in the state through the back door. He alleged that the state governor had signed into law a bill passed by the State House of Assembly establishing Vigilante Service Group saddled with functions constitutionally entrusted to the Police. Melaye said section 15 of the state law establishing the Vigilante Service Group illegally empowers it to be involved in the detection and prevention of crime, carry dane guns and other light ammunitions allegedly being used by the group to kill political enemies in the state. He stressed that the establishment of the armed outfit and its operational guidelines run contrary to relevant provisions of the 1999 constitution and should therefore be disbanded in line with Section 1(3) of the 1999 Constitution. The section states: “ If any law

is inconsistent with provisions of this constitution, that law should be declared null and void and of no effect “. In his contribution Senator Godswill Akpabio said it was unfortunate that the Governor of Kogi state who supposed to be the symbol of the youth in government is always in the news for bad reasons. “Very unfortunately, it is Kogi State again. We are trying to make laws to make youths join governors. But we are seeing a youthful governor in Kogi State who is not doing well. It is something that must be nipped in the bud. Arming youths and militias is not good. It must be looked into. Nigeria has been struggling with the issue of arms. What I am seeing is that people are legalising illegality and thuggery, he said. But the Senator Victor Umeh (APGA Anambra Central) called for caution in the disbandment of

such groups, arguing that though the Kogi example is a bad one based on available reports but that of Anambra State has judiciously used the Vigilante group for peace and security. He said “ It is unfortunate that Kogi State has been in the news for some time now. Vigilante services have worked in some states to maintain peace. I will give you Anambra State for example. The vigilante group was established there 9 years ago. It was set up to tackle the insecurity in the state. I want us to treat the issue of Kogi State as a special case. “ There was an order from the IGP recently that small arms be withdrawn from vigilante groups. My people told me that they are not comfortable with the plan to withdraw arms from vigilante groups. While we condemn vigilante groups in some states, others should be allowed to stay”. The Deputy Deputy Senate

President, Ike Ekweremadu, in his own contribution said such outfits being created by state government arose from the failure of centralized security architecture being operated in the country. He said creation of state police in the country in the mode of the Brazilian model, would take off our land various forms of locally armed groups being established in some states. “ We have very few number of policemen. The soldiers have been brought in. Even the soldiers are overstretched. Our security agencies are overstretched. “Our security forces cannot protect our people. I am an advocate of state police. If the National Assembly can amend the constitution to make room for state police, we can regulate what states are doing. We should begin to take seriously the issue of state police. We should come up with state police”

Court dismisses N272.5m fraud charge against oil marketer Peter Fowoyo

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A Lagos State High Court, Ikeja has dismissed a two count-charge of stealing and fraud, instituted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), against an Independent Oil Marketer, Mr. Anthony Adejugbe, and his company, Tonique Oil Services Limited. Consequently, the court has acquitted and discharged the oil marketer and his company of the two counts charge levelled against them by the EFCC. Justice Lateefat Okunnu held that the prosecution did not bring up substantial evidence to prove its case against the defendants. The EFCC had on November 13, 2012, arraigned Adejugbe and his company before Justice Lateefat Okunnu of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja in charge marked ID/198C/2012. The commission had in the charge alleged that the defendants, fraudulently obtained the sum of N272, 500 million, from a company, Watergate Petroleum and Gas Limited, under false pretense of supplying the

company five million liters of petroleum. However, during the pendency of the matter, EFCC called five witnesses and tendered some documents as exhibits, while Adejugbe and Tonique Oil Services Limited equally called five witnesses and also tendered several documents. In particular, Adejugbe and his company denied the charges levelled against them by the EFCC. Justice Lateefat Okunnu, in dismissing the charge against Adejugbe and his company, Tonique Oil Services Limited, said: “there is, therefore, reasonable doubt regarding the case of prosecution that the payment in question was intended by the defendants for use in paying off part of the second defendant’s loan. ‘’In the event, and by reason of all the foregoing, it is my findings that this is neither a case of stealing, nor one of obtaining by false pretence’’. Reviewing the facts of the case as presented by both parties before the court, Justice Okunnu said the prosecution failed to bring strong evidence enough to show that there was such

Members of BBOG during a protest on the release of Dapchi Schoolgirls at the entrance of the Presidential Villa in Abuja….on Tuesday

known fact or even, a whiff of rumour to back their case of alleged fraud against the defendants, she declared. “I had earlier explained that the missing link necessary for the prosecution to slot in as to prove that charge was for them to establish the requisite ‘men’s rea’ on the part of the defendants. ‘’Given the inability of

the prosecution to prove the requisite standard, its assertion that the money the defendants paid to Sterling Bank Plc was for the purpose of settling the second defendant’s liability to the bank cannot be firmly established. Justice Okunnu further held that she did not see or find anything that suggests, talk less of prove, that the

defendants intended to use the money as a pledge or some other form of security. ‘’That is not the case before the court. The case, rather, is that they intended to use it to pay off a debt.’’ “In the event, and by the reasons of the foregoing, it is my finding that it is neither a case of stealing nor one of obtaining by false pretense.

“ The evidence adduced by the prosecution in legal proof of the ‘mens rea’ for the offences charged (the intention behind the actions of the defendants) was not sufficient, so the little that exists from the prosecution came to be eroded by what the defendants have said, the prosecution, as a result, was unable to sustain its case.


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Protesting youths storm villa over Not Too Young To Run Bill Myke Uzendu, Abuja

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of youths stormed the Presidential Villa Wednesday, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ Bill into law. The action of the protesting youths is coming a day after President Buhari withheld his assent to the amendment of the 2010 Electoral Act. The youths’ groups made up of coalition of 55 youth organisations across the country under the auspices of the ‘Not Too Young to Run Movement’ began their rally in the early hours of Wednesday at the Unity Fountain amidst Police and other security agencies watchful eyes and marched down to the villa. The youths blocked parts of the road in front of Eagle Square, carrying various placards and chanting various songs. The youths barricaded the entrance to the presidential villa and rejected a delegate initially sent from the Presidential Villa to address them. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on New Media was sent to address the youths but they refused to give an audience. They insisted that a higher government of-

ficial in the caliber of a Minister or the Secretary to Government of the Federation be sent to address them. Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika later addressed the youths and received their message on behalf of President Buhari. The aggrieved youths claimed that they have chosen to carry out the protest to guard against the possibility of refusal by the President to assent the bill which seeks to allow involvement of Nigerian youths in governance. The Bill which was passed by the National Assembly has been endorsed by 35 State Assemblies. The Bill also reduced the qualifying age of the President from 40 to 35, House of Representatives from 30 to 25, State House of Assembly from 30 to 25, while the age for the Governor and Senate was retained at 35. One of the conveners and the Executive Director of the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) Samson Itodo urged the President to immediately signed the bill into law upon receipt and also for the federal lawmakers to transmit the constitutional amendment to President Muhammadu Buhari for assent within one week.

NASU, SSANU suspend three-month strike ÏÏÏThe Non-Academic members and members of Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (NASU) and some other unions have suspended their strike, which commenced on December 4, 2017. Samson Ugwuoke, chairman of the joint action committee of the unions, announced this at a briefing in Abuja on Wednesday. He said the decision was reached “based on extensive consultations with our various organs”. The JAC comprises of the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU). “Government is to source for N8 billion within five weeks to pay JAC of SSANU, NAAT and NASU

the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), who did not get paid in the last disbursement exercise,” read a communique released after a meeting with Chris Ngige, minister of labour. “The National Salaries Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) is to rework the 15th December 2017 Call Circular taking into consideration the observations of JAC of NAAT, NASU and SSANU with a view to ensuring that it complies with the National Industrial Court (NIC) judgment.” The JAC embarked on a strike to protest the alleged disparity in sharing formula of N23 billion released to universities in Nigeria as earned allowance.

L-R: Total Nigeria Limited (TNL), Deputy Managing Director, Deep Water District, Engr. Ahmadu -Kida Musa and founder, Flying Doctor Nigeria, Dr. Ola Brown, during a seminar organised by TNL in Lagos...on Wednesday.

N925m indebtedness: Great Ogboru asks court to stay execution Peter Fowoyo

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candidate of Labour Party in Delta state in the last general election, Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru and his two companies Sofimar Fisheries Nigeria limited and Grato Nigeria Limited have filed an application before a Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos urging the court to stay the execution of the order of the court restraining him and his two companies from operating their bank accounts in 26 banks in Nigeria listed before the court, as a result of their alleged indebtedness of N925,138,106.58 to Syke bank Plc. Sometimes in November last year based on an Ex-parte application filed before the court by a Lagos lawyer Mr. Oluwakemi Balogun SAN on behalf of Skye bank Plc urging the court to restrain Ogboru and his two companies and their agents from making any withdrawal from their bank accounts in 26 banks in Nigeria, over an al-

leged indebtedness to Skye bank to the tune of N925,138,106.58 The various credit facilities granted to Sofimar Fisheries Nigeria limited were guaranteed by Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru. In her ruling, Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo ordered the 26 banks listed before the court having the defendants assets up to the outstanding indebtedness of the defendants to the plaintiff in the sum of N925,138,106.58 as at June 2017 owed by the defendants to the plaintiff should be sequestrated and keep same in an interest yielding account in the name of the Chief Registrar of the court pending the determination of the suit. Justice Oguntoyinbo, also directed the plaintiff to file a proper undertaking in the court. However in affidavit sworn to by the Manager of Sofimar Fisheries Nigeria limited, Mr Victor Agberien and filed before the court by a Lagos lawyer Chief Nelson Imoh, the defendants while urging the court to set aside the order

and staying the execution of the order of the court averred that the Federal Government owes the defendants and their sister company not less than $20million or about N7.2Billion from which the sum of N1.6billion domiciliation of funds proceeds was issued to Skye bank by the ministry of Justice on behalf of the defendants and at the request of the defendants, that the domiciliation of proceeds of N1.6billion in favor of the bank on behalf of the defendants is still with the bank. In August, 2016, a reconciliation of the final figures owed the defendants was sent to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for payment. The approval to pay the defendants company $20 million was obtained only on 17th May, 2017. That it was agreed at the meeting of 30th of November, 2017 between the defendants and the representatives of Federal Government, -judgement debt committee as follows: that the defen-

dants would be paid in part from the $10Billion allocated by the Federal Government of Nigeria for judgement debt in the current budget, that the honourable minister for finance has asked that the beneficiaries of the N10billion be listed and send to her office, to enable her release the funds, that the meeting identified the Eurobonds of $5.5billion as another source that could be utilized by the Federal Government in the payment of its indebtedness to the defendants. All the above facts are known to the bank and are in writing to the knowledge and acknowledgement of the bank. The defendants hereby undertake not to tamper with the proceeds of these funds from the Federal Government to the detriment of the bank if released. Both the defendants’ domiciliation of the proceeds of N1.6billion as well as collateral and additional collateral in respect of their property in Effurun warri, Delta state is still with the bank.


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We will guard against unilateral dismissal of legislative aides by lawmakers –Melaye NASSLAF leadership crisis dragged on for a long time and eventually you emerged victorious as the chairman of the Forum after a brokered peace. Personally, how do you feel? To start with, I feel very, very great. I am most fulfilled. I would have felt otherwise if justice happened not to prevail. It is always said that there cannot be peace without justice and I feel that, that was what had happened in the last two years. To the glory of God, the right thing is being done. My election has been upheld now. Two committees were set up and the committees actually vindicated me that we had an election and I actually emerged as the chairman of the National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum. That didn’t come easy because there were issues at the level of my inauguration where a few of my colleagues stormed the venue where the Senate President was billed to inaugurate me and disrupted the event. That is actually in the past now. At a point, about seven factions emerged in the Legislative Aides Forum, but I thank God now that all those groups have eventually come together and now we are facing what I call a united front. We are now more united than ever and all our visions for the Forum that are hanging, I pray that we will be able to achieve our desires within the one year left in our tenure. In specific terms, what are these desires or programmes you have for the Forum within the one year left for you? Already the programmes have actually commenced. I’m aware that each of the Senators and members of the House of Representatives have five legislative aides ranging from the Senior Legislative Aide (SLA) down the ladder to the secretary. Am aware that after every four years, one of the major challenges we face as aides is the issue of coming back again or retention of job. Most times, in every new Assembly you see these aides loitering all over the place in the complex seeking for how to get another job for another term. Interestingly, what we are trying to introduce now is called ‘The Pool’ just like we have in the Police. You can serve with the IG office today and tomorrow you can be posted to a governor as an Orderly or even to a

After a protracted leadership crisis that rocked the National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum (NASSLAF), Mr. Samuel Melaye was recently inaugurated as the new chairman of the Forum. In this interview with select journalists, he bares his mind on the planned reform of the Forum, among other developments. TUNDE OPALANA was there for The Daily Times exchange programme with American Congress, partnering together and let’s know what is happening there at the level of their parliamentary assistants. I can tell you that in the course of time, some of our members will be going there for physical observation and assessment of what is happening there. They are also aware that we are planning to host them in Nigeria so that we can strengthen our legislative experience as legislative aides in the National Assembly. We are also addressing the issue of unilateral dismissal of aides by lawmakers with the NASC over minor issues like coming to the office late in order to put a stop to it, among others. An aide should be allowed to serve his principal for at least two years in order to get his severance pay.

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Senator. So, what of a situation whereby maybe the cadre of Secretary, because secretaries keep some of the confidential documents in their custody while serving lawmakers. It is also very important to note that the SLAs are actually the brain box of the legislators. Most of those Motions and Bills you see that are being presented on the floor of the Senate or House of Reps as the case may be, are actually the products of some of these SLAs because mostly some of us are lawyers. So, what I’m trying to say is that we want a situation whereby the slot of SLA and that of Secretary will be domiciled in a pool, so that we now ask a lawmaker as the case may be, to bring three out of five of his or her aides, then those two

will now be statutory. Whether your lawmaker returns or not, your job is actually secured. So, this is what I feel or what I call job security, because it will actually reduce lobbying for job by legislative aides at the beginning of every Assembly. We have discussed this issue with the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), and we also wrote a petition to the Senate President and I can assure you that in no distant time, this will be achieved. Secondly, we have a bus, which conveys members in and out of the Assembly, which is effectively working and there have been feedbacks from members commending us for this initiative. Also, we are contemplating foreign

We are also addressing the issue of unilateral dismissal of aides by lawmakers with the NASC over minor issues like coming to the office late in order to put a stop to it, among others. An aide should be allowed to serve his principal for at least two years in order to get his severance pay.

What is your own internal mechanism for dealing with indiscipline among your members since you are suspecting their victimisation by some lawmakers over minor misdemeanor? What we are doing in that regard is simple! Before now, I must confess to you that we have training that comes from the Management of the National Assembly, we have training that comes from the National Assembly Service Commission and we have training that comes from the National Institute of Legislative Studies (NILS). And I’m aware that most times before now, most of these institutions I have mentioned usually will just engage us a day or two before the training without preparation and our own inputs. You cannot shave someone’s head behind his back. So, we are saying this time that we will not accept that again. If you want to train us, at the beginning of the training, we want to know topics of discussion and what will be the focal points of discussion. So, we are using some of the instrumentality

of these trainings to address our issues like the discipline you mentioned. We also have a disciplinary committee for this purpose, whenever anybody is noticed not to be behaving well. There are a lot of things we plan to do within the limited time we have including amendment of our constitution. Already, I have resumed office. Our office is located at the basement room 1.16 and fully furnished and our team is already working. There used to be reports of non-salary payment to legislative aides in the past. What is the situation now? Well, I’m aware when I was the chairman of the caretaker committee of NASSLAF. One of the major things I did was to stop the deductions of union dues from our coffers. I looked at it critically that the ones they have deducted previously, what exactly did they use it for? And I know that no organisation could possibly run without members’ dues, but where this money is being misappropriated, it is better not to have it than being misappropriated. As I speak to you till now, the union dues have actually stopped. Though some stakeholders are not happy with me but I feel that was the right thing to do. The aides are happy and they are praying for me. Talking about salary payment to aides, I strongly believe that the non-payment issue was in the past. Even last December, it was a bit difficult for us to get our salary and I insisted and challenged the management and the salary was paid. I also challenged the management in December and we got our DTA paid for the first time in a year. That, for me was a major achievement and our colleagues were extremely happy for that development. In January again, members returned from their Christmas and New Year holidays only to start receiving bank alerts again and everybody is happy now and comfortable with the new regime in NASLAF.


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My mission is to rescue Ekiti from bondage, says Ojudu

CACOL laments recycling of corrupt politicians

A governorship aspirant in Ekiti State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Babafemi Ojudu, has said that the desire to rescue the state from bondage and enslavement informed his decision to contest the governorship position of the state Ojudu, who is a Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, noted that the people of Ekiti State, has suffered hardship due to bad governance and deceit from the Ayodele Fayose’s administration, noting that the administration was wasting the resources of the state on extravagant lifestyle and unnecessary foreign trips. The aspirant who spoke on the sidelines after his declaration for the governorship race said “The people have not been paid here for several months, the people here are hungry, this is a government of deceit, forget about the stomach infrastructure, it is all deceit, “Many people are saying what kind of government is this?

The Centre for AntiCorruption and Open Leadership (CACOL), has kicked against the continuous recycling of corrupt politicians into public offices in the country by the President Muhammadu Buhari led -administration. This the Executive chairman of (CACOL), Debo Adeniran, noted has seen several of the people who siphoned the wealth of the country and subjected it to bad governance now being appointed into positions. Speaking in Lagos State, Adeniran, accused some public officers in the country of working to undermine the anti-graft war and economic reconstruction of the current administration, while charging Nigerians to support the antigraft war of the administration. He lamented the adoption of secondary school girls in Dapchi, Yobe State, stressing that the country must be prepared for more of such attempt to derail the country as the 2019 general elections approaches. “The alarming record coming out of the public domain from all corner of the world shows a country that is seriously hemorrhaging because of the

OJUDU Fayose is demolishing houses, without any notices to the people, no compensation; this is because the people of Ekiti Central have removed their support for him, he wants to punish them before he leaves offices,” Ojudu said. Ojudu, who is a veteran journalist, said if voted into power his administration would give priority to agriculture and revitalise the agricultural potentials of the state, while creating jobs for the youths. “There is hunger here, if you

go and see the face of the people they are malnourished, the land here are not cultivated, if we don’t have the Igala people here farming; there would not be food. “We would go back to farm and we would produce food that would be sufficient to feed our people and we would provide jobs. I am going to modernise agriculture in the state. He promised to diversify the revenue source of the state and initiate a sport programme which would unearth talented athletes in different sports in the state. Speaking further, the former Senator of Ekiti West Senatorial District, said he would live in his personal house if elected as the governor of the state, stressing that he was not interested in acquiring wealth and living extravagant lifestyle at the expense of the masses. Ojudu, added that he was not desperate to govern the state, stressing that he would respect the outcome of the election, while expressing confidence in the APC to conduct a credible primaries in the state.

Amosun salutes Ifo monarch on leadership role

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A charge has gone out to civil servants in Lagos State, to ensure the development of soft skills as indispensable tools in the state’s civil service. The charge was given by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday at the opening of a twoday training session tagged, ‘Building Values and Sound Human Relations Skills in Lagos State Civil Service’, organised for civil servants by the Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions and facilitated by Messrs. Geum Microphyllum Project at Citiheight Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos. According to the governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson Oke, for a long time candidates had been excluded from employment or dismissed from their jobs due to their non-possession of soft skills deemed relevant to the job or employment. This, he said, had always been the outcome of the non-possession of soft

Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has commended the leadership role of the Olu of Ifoland, Oba Samuel Atanda Oladipupo, Aeronrwi 1, who only recently marked his 80th birthday and 13th Coronation Anniversary as the paramount ruler of the ever busy town of Ifo. According to Amosun, the auspicious leadership style of the monarch could not be overemphasised, stating that Oba Oladipupo had demonstrated deep maturity and understanding of the rich Yoruba cultural heritage, and in the same vein, proving that he could carry everyone along at critical times, especially regarding sensitive matters. All these qualities, and more, he said, had ensured a peaceful reign thus far for the monarch. The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, also rejoiced with the sons and daughters of the town for having a well-bred and trustworthy king such as Oba Oladipupo. The Olu of Ifolan on his part, thanked the governor

AMOSUN for the goodwill message and charged the people of the kingdom to continue to live in peace and harmony. Oba Oladipupo, who expressed appreciation to all the sons and daughters of the town, including those working and trading in the commercial town for their love, cooperation and support, noted that it was God alone, with the people’s cooperation and support that made it possible for him to enjoy relative peace since his ascension to the throne and even made it possible to celebrate his 80th birthday on earth. He thanked God for his life, adding that the kingdom was blessed by God with promi-

nent sons and daughters, whom had distinguished themselves in their respective fields, just as he urged the people to sustain the existing peace in Ifoland, saying that development could only be achieved in a peaceful atmosphere. He urged government at all levels to site development projects that would provide employment for the people and also charged youths to shun actions that would scare investors and visitors from the town. “I am full of joy today that God spared my life, because to be alive till today is nothing than the grace of God, which without doubt am enjoying. I, however pray that the grace continue to abide by me. And I pray God spare the lives of all that come from far and near to celebrate with me. May the grace of God abide with all of them too and enable all of them enjoy the fruit of their labour and get back safely to their destinations,” Oba Oladipupo prayed. The roll call of dignitaries at the event include the Olu of Ijoko, Onipapa of Papalanto; the Olumegbon of Lagos, Chief Fatai Olumegbon, Olu of Ibogun, Senator Otegbola, among others.

brazen looting of its treasury by its greedy leadership. “The country lies permanently in a state of comatose because of the injurious activities of the past administration especially since even the return of democracy. “Nigerians now feel that there cannot be any way out of the vicious circle of poverty, ignorance and disease as they even see old notorious looters being repacked into new national positions while serving public officers are merely paying lip-service to the present administration’s commitment to change for economic reconstruction and anti-corruption war.” Adeniran, advocated more opportunities for youths in leadership position in the country, if Nigeria was to attain its potentials, while lamenting the poor ranking indices of the country by international agencies in several sectors. “New generation of Nigerians must emerge to change the colour, shapes and character of leadership far away and from expired former leaders parading themselves as vanguard of third forces of leadership in the country,” he added.

Ambode seeks development of soft skills in Lagos workforce

AMBODE skills because it was considered impossible to learn soft skills. “Clearly, the possession and practise of vital interpersonal values and human relations skills is an art that is not taught in Universities and other formal schools. This is therefore an attempt to help our middle level officers learn and appreciate this art. “The people-oriented government of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has mandated the Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions to embark on a continuous training

of the officers of the Lagos State Civil Service, in order to ensure the delivery of top quality service to government. “The Lagos State Civil Service is desirable of having officers with two skills set: ‘hard skills’ and ‘soft skills’. As we all know, hard skills are the specific, teachable abilities that can be defined and measured, such as typing, writing, doing maths, reading and the ability to use software applications and programmes. “By contrast, soft skills are less tangible, harder to quantify, challenging to teach and, sometimes, difficult to describe. Soft skills include attributes such as sterling personal values, etiquette, getting along with others, listening and engaging in small talk, among others,” he said. He said these skills are related to the concept of ‘employability’. He said ‘employability’ was the greatest attribute any candidate for employment could aspire to meet.


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Editorial Poor performance of telecoms network operators

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he poor performance of the telecommunication networks in the country has come to the fore again. At the recent 81st telecoms consumers parliament organisation organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) in Lagos, participants deplored the dismal performance of the telecommunication networks in recent times. Participants implored telecommunications consumers to demand for compensation from the telecommunications operators over infractions on their rights. It is sad that some 15 years after the telecommunications networks were licensed and they rolled out their services, Nigerian consumers of their services have been at the receiving end of the poor services rendered by the telecoms networks. Among such poor performance by the networks are dropped calls, failed calls, network interruption, network congestion, loss of signals during calls, overcharging for calls and charges for unsubscribed services, failed attempts to load recharge payment, inability to change their tariff plan, inability to activate the offered service, inability to send or receive SMS, unsolicited messages without an option to opt out, and call misdirection to an unintended number, among others. Many aggrieved customers have at different times resorted to media assistance to get redress from the telecoms networks without any positive answer from the telecoms network operators. Thanks to the recession that swept through the economy in the last 18 months, most consumers became more discerning about the services offered by the telecoms networks and were able to discover their poor services and how they had been cheating their consumers for services not subscribed to. It was also discovered that even when customers complained to the telecoms companies about their services they hardly made any apologies or tried in any form to improve on the quality of such service. Indeed, subscribers to the services of the telecoms networks operators are their customers. Therefore, it is the consumers’ right to demand for reasonably high quality of service, seamless connectivity, little or no disrup-

tion in service, affordable and value for their money and proactive information on service. Consequently, where a telecoms company performs poorly, it must give its consumers adequate compensation for the loss they suffered as a result of its poor service. In the Nigerian business environment certain network problems cannot be ruled out. Among such problems are glitches arising from the vagaries in power supply, vandalism of equipment, network software malfunctions and fraudulent hacking and human errors. However, when such problems occur, telecoms operators owe it a duty to promptly communicate to their consumers about the occurrence of the problems and what they are doing to restore high quality service. The fact remains that today, the networks have taken it upon themselves to give their customers unsolicited messages, to unnecessarily charge them for services not rendered and to continue to give them poor quality service. If anything, 15 years after commencement of operation the telecoms networks should have improved on the quality of their services. They should know that such poor quality services and lack of courtesy for their consumers cannot be business as usual for too long. In addition, some of the telecoms network operators are foreign investors who invested in this economy and may not have known much about how Nigerians cherish high quality service and detest cheating and lack of respect for customers’ feelings. But, having operated in this country for about 15 years or so, they ought to have adapted to the Nigerian high value for service and comply. Going forward, NCC is the last hope of the telecoms services consumers. As such, NCC must put in place stringent rules and guidelines for the various telecoms networks operators in the country and also set out to telecoms consumers the NCC telephone lines to call for complaints whenever the consumers feel aggrieved especially when they are cheated by the telecoms network operators. Such complaints must also be well investigated and, if found to be true, the telecoms network operator should be made to apologise to the consumer and other necessary compensation made to the consumer.

President Muhammadu Buhari (first right), Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe state (beside the President), on a sympathy visit at the Government Girls Science and Technical School, Dapchi, where Boko Haram insurgents abducted 110 students in February this year.

Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara (left), welcoming the suspended Member Hon. Abdulmumini Jibril into the Chamber after 185 sitting Legislative days suspension while Chief Whip, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa looks on at the National Assembly on Wednesday

L- R: Ndidi Nwuneli, Founder, LEAP Africa, Osayi Alile, CEO, ACT Foundation, Amina Oyagbola, Founder, Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR) and Toki Mabogunje, Deputy President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Meet-a-WISCAR event in Lagos...on Wednesday.

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeneye, Commissioner for Commerce & Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru and Commissioner for Budget & Planning, Ms. Adenrele Adesina, at the unveiling of the theme of Ogun State Investors Forum 2018, at Abeokuta‌.on Tuesday


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Daily Times Nigeria Tuesday, March 15, 2018

10 killed, scores injured in Nasarawa multiple crash Idu Jude,

Abuja.

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as 10 persons were killed in Nyaya, Nasarawa state multiple crash near the Tipper Garage. The crash which happened around 9:30 am involved a soft drink company truck and two others owed by a construction company. An eye witness told Daily Times that the accident might

have been caused by brake failure as the truck laden with clippings and was descending the Kugbo hill and the driver could not control it. The eye witness who craved anonymity, said the truck lost control and hit several other vehicles resulting to multiple collusion. “ It was in that process that the second truck, which was equally loaded with chippings brushed the soft drink truck, which was as well loaded with

crates of drinks and some other vehicles and fell inside Tipper Garage and empty its content” Confirming the accident, Nyanya Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) , Micheal Agu, said the actual number of the casualties could not be ascertained, as rescue operation was still on going as at the time of the interview. He however said that about ten people including

a soldier was confirmed dead on the spot, while rescue and evacuation operation continued. He however, stated that many people who sustained injuries, had been rushed to both Nyanya General Hospital and the Asokoro District Hospital. Another eye witness Mr. Ibrahim Yakubu said: “The number of people who died in the accident and those who sustained injuries were not immedi-

ately available. “Some injured persons were taken to Nyanya General Hospital, some to Asokoro (General) Hospinumber. But two soldiers were hit and they died instantly,” the person said. As at the time Daily Times visited the scene of the accident there was free flow of vehicles, FRSC officials, soldiers, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Vehicle Inspection Officers

(VIO), have taken over traffic of the area. Meanwhile, damaged vehicles including a Sienna car, a coaster bus and about five cars and the trucks involved in the accident, were still at the scene causing heavy traffic jam on both sides of the road for several hours. Accidents occurrence at the same spot involving heavy vehicles with the loss of airbags has become a regular occurrence along the Nyanya/Keffi road.

Wike faults security agencies method of destroying illegal refineries Amaka Agbu, Port Harcourt

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Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, of Rivers state has declared that the black soot damaging the state’s environment was mainly caused by the method adopted by the Federal Security Agencies in destroying illegal refineries. Governor Wike stated that the Rivers State Government has formally approached the Federal Government to help resolve the challenge, without any assistance from that quarter. From left: Senator Bashir Baba Kaka Garbai, Tunisian Ambassador to Nigeria, Jalel Trabelsi President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Speaking during a speBukola Saraki, Tunisian Minister of Foriegn Affairs, Mr. Khemales Jhinaoui, Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, cial appearance on ChanChairman Senate Committee on Foriegn Affairs, Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, when the envoys visited the President of the nels Television Sunrise Senate in Abuja. Daily at the Government House Port Harcourt on Friday, Governor Wike said that security agencies must find alternative ways of deADDITION OF NAME ever informing Chief OgMyke Uzendu, stroying illegal refineries. believing that the BuhariMy name was written as beh that major rice mills Abuja He said: “We set up a led administration has TOLUWALOJU BABATUNDE on were shutting down in my bvn, but now wish to add technical committee to achieved national selfOLUMIDE to my name. Henceforth Thailand as a result of drop investigate the black soot sufficiency in food producThe People’s Democrat- in importation of rice by wish to be known and addressed problem. The committee’s tion; a stunt which fell flat as TOLUWALOJU OLUMIDE ic Party (PDP) has charged Nigeria. BABATUNDE. All documents report indicated that the on its face and brought the the Minister of Agriculbearing my existing names remain The party said the minisblack soot was largely a nation into international valid. General public/authorities ture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, to ter had neither clarified his concerned should take note product of the destruction ridicule. resign over false claims that claims nor offered any exof illegal refineries by seThailand’s rice mills have planation for the heavy emcurity agencies. closed down due to importa- barrassment he has caused JESUS LIBERATION AND RESTORATION MINISTRY “It is not within the purtion drop from Nigeria. the nation adding that such A.K.A. DIAMOND CHRISTIAN CENTRE view of the state governPDP in a statement on has placed a heavy moral ment to tackle or control NOTICE is hereby given that the above named Association has applied to Friday in Abuja signed by burden on him and the Fedthe Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for registration under part “C” of the security agencies. the Companies and Allied Matters Act (Cap 20) 2004. its National Publicity Sec- eral Government. Therefore, we met with retary, Kola Ologbondiyan, TRUSTEES:The PDP also wondered them and appealed that 1.Goodluck Ijeoma Uchebike said the denial by the Thai- why President Muham2. Nwaodike Chioma Phibe they find alternative ways 3. Anyaele Anne Nkem land authorities is an inter- madu Buhari, as African 4. Nmoemenam Esther Chigozie to destroy the illegal refinnational embarrassment Union 5. Asekun-Olarinmoye Ifeoluwapo Oyebola Anti-Corruption eries. 6. Oghale Uchebike which has further dragged Champion, has not taken “We also appealed to the OUR AIM AND OBJECTIVES down the image of the na- any action to redeem the 1. To liberate and restore destinies through the gospel of Jesus Christ Federal Government to tion under the APC led gov- image of the nation, after (wipe out tears from the eyes of the oppressor) – Luke 4:18-19 intervene, but so far they ernment. Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar the ugly development. are yet to do anything,” he General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Wuse, Zone 5, Abuja, within 28 The party said the whole “It is clear that the intendays of this publication. stated. world was shocked when tion of the APC-led Federal The governor added: “We Signed: Mrs Naomi Oghale Uchebike the ambassador of Thai- Government was to use the General Secretary have prioritised this issue, No. 21, Olaniyi Street, New Oko-Oba, land to Nigeria, Wattana Minister of Agriculture Abule-Egba, Lagos, Tel: 0708 133 9312 but we cannot stop the seKuwongse, publicly denied to mislead Nigerians into

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curity agencies. There must be a refined way of stopping the oil criminals, without damaging the environment.” He said that politics must be separated from governance in respect of issues that affected the people. “We should separate politics from governance. This issue of environmental challenge posed by the black soot requires the direct intervention of the Federal Government. “We are working with all major stakeholders to address this challenge. We are working with international oil companies to provide needed solutions. The Federal Government should as a matter of urgency intervene, because the solution is within her purview,” Governor Wike said. The governor explained that the Rivers State Government’s Committee has taken the fundamental steps of checking the indiscriminate burning of tyres, but the major challenge is the manner the Security Agencies destroy illegal refineries.

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Three days with The Oranmiyan (I)

Times Columnist MOHAMMED ADAMU “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored” - Aldous Huxley.

An entire State turned into a massive construction site, comprising scores and scores of completed or on-going projects, -from as mega-sized as overhead bridges and networks of drainage systems to as promising as an International Cargo Airport currently under construction; from massive roads construction, dualization projects and building of pedestrian bridges, to an aggressive re-construction and rehabilitation of rundown or dilapidated public utilities, including once-derelict schools, stadia and rail transport systems; from the building of brand new, world-class, state of the art elementary, middle and high schools all over the State, to the building of numerous health centers, public parks, modern markets, garment factories massive waterworks projects and others too numerous to mention.

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hey call him the ‘unusual governor’. Or as the ‘The News’ Magazine’s Special Edition of 26, June 2012 would say, the “untypical Governor”. Because –ironically- he seems more like the ‘aberration’ here than the ‘norm’. And they call his Government too, the ‘unusual government’. But essentially, he is the reason his Government is ‘unusual’. He is the strange ‘character’ that is strangely changing the character of political governance at the states where people are almost irretrievably accustomed to ‘bad governance’. And so it is only to the ‘apolitical’ who may appreciate truth of a political kind, that Ogbeni is a pleasant ‘rarity’, a welcomed ‘freak’. Not to desperate, un-altruistic partisans to whom he is merely an unpleasant off-key note jarring the hymn of ‘business as usual’ rather than upping the ante of political governance in an ‘unusual’ way. To these he is a political ‘gadfly’ posing the most irritation to a status quo of bad governance. But just how ‘unusual’ is this ‘unusual governor’ of the State of Osun? First is his austere deportment exuding the self-effacing aura of ‘ascetics’, more concerned about the ‘ethereal’ than about the ‘terrestrial’; or rather of ‘mystics’, more in touch with the ‘spiritual’ than with the ‘physical’; or maybe of ‘prophets’ –who tend more to the ‘soul’ than they do to the ‘body’. But just as his mien is un-grudgingly revealing of his ascetic or mystic nature, so is his apparel loudly telling of his acute sense of the genuinely frugal from the profligately frolic. Aregbesola’s Spartan, some may even say inelegantly-puritanical, signature code of trado-dressing, is a world apart from the extravagant fad of his colleagues who often step out in as gaudy a style as should provoke the envy of fashionistas even in proud Italy. Yet it is the Ogbeni we accuse of profaning public morality because we insist that his skimpy ‘kembe’ trousers, rather than promote the Yoruba culture, are ‘divisively Islamic’ projecting a ‘mullah’ in command of the secular affairs of men.

Oranmiyan staff But even in his rejection of what ‘The News’ Magazine had described as “the culture of big titles and superlative prefixes”, Aregbesola should strike you as the quintessential ‘untypical’ governor. Whereas he would not regale the public with the hypocritical fad by a few, of bearing ‘Servant Leader’ or ‘Chief Servant’, yet he would not delight in wearing “big titles and superlative prefixes”. Reason he chose to adopt the simplistic title ‘Ogbeni’ or ‘Mister’ which harmonizes with the very simplicity that he has brought to governance. And so as his colleagues strenuously act to mystify that which is simple, namely ‘the art of governance’, Aregbesola alone has conducted himself in a manner that simplifies the mystic around ‘governance’. He would even defy security advice, they say, to have his modest convoy wait on traffic. But again in his radical approach to the rebranding of his State, symbolically re-christening it ‘The State of Osun’; and in the rejuvenation of the cultural ethos of his people; and the adoption of patriotic songs and new anthems of allegiance; and in the recreation of inspirational emblems, totems, crests and motivational cultural motifs -to reawaken the state pride necessary to create a renascent future for Osun- Aregbesola stands, among the groove of State governors, an ‘unusual’ plant with the most ‘untypical’ foliage. But maybe far more ‘unusual’ than all these ‘unusuals’ was the Governor’s almost oracular ‘Six Point Integral Action Plan’, an omnibus, 22-page pre-election ‘Green Book’ consecrating a pact –or covenant if you will- with the people even as it itemizes, with uncanny detail, virtually everything that Aregbesola had intended to do if he came to office. The document states not just the ‘whats’, the ‘hows’ and the ‘whens’ of his vision and mission in office, but it also answers virtually all the ‘whys’ and the ‘wherefores’ of achieving the objectives as enumerated in the Green Book, namely: 1, Banishing Poverty by revitaliz-

ing commerce through market-friendly policies; 2, Banishing hunger by repositioning agriculture in the State away from subsistence to commercial venture; 3, Banishing unemployment by imparting of life-long skills in both youths and adults; 4, Promoting functional education by making it especially employment-generating rather than employment-scouting, 5,Restoring healthy living by providing effective and available healthcare for all and 6, Enhancing communal peace and progress by restoring the bond of trust between those who govern and those who are governed. In fact Aregbesola has often proudly said himself: “I had prepared what would be my program… Everything we are doing today is in strict compliance with the provision of that agenda”. In political climes like ours where it is the norm and not the exception for elected politicians to come into office first before figuring out what to do with it, Aregbesola’s ‘Six Point Integral Action Plan’ was as novel as it was innovative. But even more so novel and innovative was his pledge of fidelity to rise or to fall only by the extent to which he stays focused in achieving those goals -and not by his ability to end the struggle to attain them. And since ‘the proof of the pudding’ as they say, ‘is in the eating’, nothing proves a proposition altruistic more than if the one propounding it also attaches a ‘falsification test’, by which his proposition may be proved or disproved. It is called ‘putting your money where your mouth is’. Which is not usually popular with our kinds of un-achieving politicians. But it is even in the practical implementation of the ‘Six Point Integral Action Plan’, that Aregbesola’s reputation of ‘unusualness’ assumes its most lurid effects. I was privileged to be in the State of Osun last week for three days on the invitation of the Governor; and as we say whenever we want to be both bombastic and waggishly tonguetwisting, I was, to say the least, ‘flabber-whelmed and over-gasted’ –by

what I saw. I saw virtually an entire State turned into a massive construction site, comprising scores and scores of completed or on-going projects, -from as mega-sized as overhead bridges and networks of drainage systems to as promising as an International Cargo Airport currently under construction; from massive roads construction, dualization projects and building of pedestrian bridges, to an aggressive re-construction and rehabilitation of rundown or dilapidated public utilities, including once-derelict schools, stadia and rail transport systems; from the building of brand new, world-class, state of the art elementary, middle and high schools all over the State, to the building of numerous health centers, public parks, modern markets, garment factories massive waterworks projects and others too numerous to mention. The ‘facts’ I saw in the State of Osun resonated stubbornly with the American novelist J.D. Salinger’s “facts at hand” which he said not only “speak for themselves, but a trifle more vulgarly… than facts usually do”. And you know what the British philosopher John Stuart Mill said about what we see ourselves from what we hear of, that “The only proof capable of being given that an object is visible is that people actually see it.” By the way for such an indigent State, famed often for forming the bottom list of receipts from the Federation account, you are astounded as to how the Governor could bite and chew so much -all at the once without having to see the dentist. And in fact you get even all the more astounded when the Governor tells you that he came to office meeting an insolvent State owing a “suffocating” N18.3 when its monthly income was a measly N1.5 billion. Or when he tells you that not long after he came into office, a new minimum wage had increased salaries from N900 million to N1.8 billion monthly –N300 million more than the State’s monthly receipts. To be continued


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Protest mars Reps hijab probe Henry Omunu, Abuja

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The investigative hearing by the House of Representatives joint committee on Justice and Judiciary was on Wednesday marred by protest, forcing the joint committee to suspend indefinitely the controversial hijab probe. The protests were carried out by the Muslim Right Concern (MURIC) against a court order stopping the investigation into the contro-

versy between the Nigerian Law School and a law school graduate during the recently call to the bar ceremony held in Abuja. The protest erupted following the ruling by the Chairman of the joint committee, Abdulrasak Atunwa, who announced that the indefinite suspension of the hearing based on a court injunction. Before suspending the hearing, Atunwa had apologised to stakeholders who had thronged the venue of

the hearing. Displaying a copy of the court order issued by Justice Chikere of the Federal High Court, Abuja, and signed by Ben Mulokwu, as registrar, the lawmaker said that the committee was obliged to suspend the hearing in order to allow Ojo and seven others to be determined. However, a member of the committee, Bode Ayorinde questioned the right of the court to intervene in

a parliamentary proceeding. Ayorinde argued that the Bill of Rights which covers the legality of actions by each arm of government empowers the parliament to carry out investigations into matters of public importance in line with the constitution. “By virtue of the existence of the Bill of Rights, the committee can go ahead and conduct the hearing, but having been approached by the chair-

man over this, I would want to defer to him on the basis of the need to respect judicial pronouncements with a view to protecting the system just as we wouldn’t like the institution of the legislature to be disobeyed.” But the ruling by the committee chairman did not go down well with the Muslim faithful present at the hearing whose protest was spearheaded by the president of MURIC, Ishaq Akintola. Speaking during the pro-

News test, Akintola said they will resist any attempt to stop hijab by authorities of the law school, adding that “an injury to one of them is an injury to all Muslims in the country.” Briefing newsmen later, Akintola said those who went to court to obtain the frivolous injunction against the hearing are afraid of the truth because they have no point to prove or argue. According to him, Amasa Firduasi, who was stopped by the law school authorities for her wearing of the hijab should be called to bar like every other lawyer in her graduation year.

Herdsmen attacks: Fear grips residents of Abraka community Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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For residents of Abraka community, Delta state, the fear of the Fulani herdsmen, is the beginning of wisdom. The renewed attacks of the rampaging herdsmen have triggered fresh fear in the residents, as no fewer than 26 households have fled their home for fear of the unknown. Investigations revealed that residents of Abraka community and the adjourning villages who have come under the siege of these “killer” herdsmen who allegedly, killed one Happy Akpomiemie, a father of eleven recently in the areas. Angry residents of the community, further investigation revealed, especially those of Ovre-Abraka/ Urhuoka areas, have fled their houses to an unknown destination for fear of being killed by the herdsmen. A fleeing resident, Abel Umukoro who spoke to our reporter said: “people who do business in Abraka main town currently close early to enable them get home before it is nightfall. These herdsmen have begun their fresh attacks again on our people, we are afraid of this whole herdsmen issue”. But the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Muhammad Mustafa in a swift reaction, said the police were working hard to ensure the Fulani herdsmen attackers are brought to book, reaffirming that any herdsman caught with arms would be adequately prosecuted. Speaking in the same vein, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi

Okowa, Mr. Charles Aniagwu expressed worries over the renewed attacks by the herdsmen in Abraka and its environs. However, he assured the State Government’s readiness to protect the lives, and properties of the people. Only last Monday, suspected herdsmen allegedly butchered another victim, Ossai Famous 48 years old, and a father of five children in Obiaruku in his farm land in Abraka community; a situation that has triggered fresh worry among the people.

HRN, Ezenwanyi Obosi, Kosisochukwu Iweka Ogbueshi (second right); Marina Chikezie-Ikeazor; Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Mrs Sharon Ikeazor; Eze Obosi Community, Igwe Chidubem Iweka and other family members at the 2018 Ito-Ogbo Obosi Festival in Obosi community celebrating “Irugo at 80” in Onitsha Anambra State

Ahmed tasks Varsities on entrepreneurship education Kehinde Akinpelu, ilorin

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nor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, has challenged higher institutions of learning to place more emphasis on entrepreneurship education with a view to making students gainfully engaged after graduation. According to Dr. Ahmed, while receiving the Governing Board of the University of llorin, led by its Chairman, Dr Abdullahi Oyekan, who paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Ilorin, “It is important that Universities across the country place more emphasis on entrepreneurship education in order to prepare students for life after school. “Students should have a paradigm shift in their orientation of searching for

white collar job that is now fading away. They should learn how to stand on their own and be job creators”. Gov Ahmed stressed the need for Universities across the country to strengthen the concept of career guide for students, saying that it would go a long way in guiding students on how to be self-reliant after University education. “There are serious knowledge gap among students on career guide, because there are students with good grades without idea of what to do after school”, the governor said. The governor praised Management and Staff of University of Ilorin for maintaining a stable academic calendar, advising the institution to maintain the sense of discipline it is known for.

Delta government approves completion of Stadium In Asaba Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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The Delta State Government has approved the award of contract for the completion of the second phase of outstanding works in the Stephen Keshi Stadium (formerly known as Asaba Township Stadium) in Asaba. Making this disclosure, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, said that the approval was part of the decisions taken during the State Executive Council meeting held in Asaba on Tuesday. He said that the approval is to ensure that the stadium is ready to host the 2018 Africa Senior Athlet-

ics Competition billed for August this year. Mr. Ukah said that the hosting right of the event, given to the state by the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), will not only harness the budding talents that abound in the state, but will further promote grassroots sports development in Delta State. The Commissioner for Information also stated that the Executive Council approved the appointment of Obi Julius U. Enueme, as the Agadagba of (Obiava) Adiai Kingdom in Ndokwa West Local Government Area. He said that the construction of Delta Development and Property Au-

thority (DDPA) Housing Estate Road in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area, was equally approved. According to Mr. Ukah, the construction of Efeizomor 11 Road, Owa-Alero in Ika North East Local Government Area, the construction of Main Axial Road in Erowha Community (from Patani end to the river) in Isoko South Local Government Area and the rehabilitation and expansion of Access Road to Uwvie Modern Market, Ugbolokposo, from PTI Road/Alegbo Road junction to DSC Expressway in Effurun, Uwvie Local Government Area, also got the nod of the state government.


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Nigeria, Tunisia form synergy in combating extremism Myke Uzendu, Abuja

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Federal government and Republic of Tunisia have resolved to strengthen political and socio-economic relations and cooperation and as well form synergy on the fight against terrorism, violent extremism and promotion of sustainable development in the African continent. In a communiqué issued at the end of The Fifth Session of the Nigeria-Tunisia Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) held in AbujaNigeria, both countries agreed to intensify bilateral engagements, specifically in the Political, Defence and Security, Social and Economic fields as well as Consular Relations. The session, co-chaired by Nigeria’s minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and Khemaises Jhemaies Jhinaoui, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tunisia, was preceded by a Meeting of Experts and Senior Officials to finalise discussions on the mutually agreed areas of cooperation. At the end of the meeting, The JMC reaffirmed its commitment to renewed partnership and strengthen the long-standing political and socio-economic relations and cooperation, based on shared principles of friendship, alliance building and sovereign equality. It was noted that the JMC will continue to provide the most effective institutional mechanism to catalyse action towards realizing the common goals of mutually beneficial bilateral relationship. “The two sides agreed to intensify bilateral engagements, specifically in the Political, Defence and Security, Social and Economic fields as well as Consular Relations. To this effect, the two Ministers of Foreign Affairs signed, on behalf of their governments, six (6) Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs)/Agreements as follows: “Agreement in the field of Consumer Protection; Memorandum of Understanding in the Field of Social Affairs; Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural Cooperation and Exchanges; Memorandum of Understanding in the Energy Sector; Agreement on Youth Development and Agreement on Trade Cooperation” Both countries also explored strategies to consolidate cooperation in Social Affairs, Cultural Coopera-

tion, Youth Development, Agriculture, Energy sector, Consumer protection, Trade Cooperation and Visa Waiver for diplomatic and official passport holders. It was also agreed that both countries would continue to pursue beneficial relations in other areas such as Maritime Transport, Air Services, Tourism, Vocational Training, Employment including Conformity in Standards of Products. Other areas include Technical Cooperation, Handicrafts, Industrialization and Trade, capacity building, Diplomatic Training, Defence, Education and Cultural exchanges Health, Investment Promotion, Science and Technology, Information, Communication and Media and Political Consultations. The Joint Ministerial Commission took cognisance of the importance of knowledge sharing and experiences as a condition of promoting vibrant economic relations driven by mutual trade interests and investment exchanges through stronger private sector engagements. “The two sides agreed to increase the level of cooperation in programmes dealing with Youth Empowerment, Social Investments, Promotion and Protection of Investments, Tourism, Educational Training as well as InterAgency collaborations. “The Session highlighted the advantages of promoting people-to-people and business contacts as a joint strategy to accelerate inclusive growth and sustainable development in their respective countries. The two countries pledged to encourage and support the full functioning of the bilateral Chambers of Commerce and mutual participation in trade fairs and exhibitions.” Both Ministers utilized the JMC Session to review the current situations in their respective regions, Africa and globally. “They agreed to work together by engaging in regular political consultations at Ministerial and Senior Officials’ level and with like-minded African countries. The Joint Ministerial Commission further pointed out the overriding need for a more robust, and active role for Africa in the evolving global order. This is to help towards the attainment of the African Union vision and mission as enshrined in Agenda 2063.

-L: Principal, Methodist Boys High School, Very Rev. Paul Olukanga, Vice Principal, Methodist Boys’ High School, Lagos, Lai Onipede, Past President, Methodist Boys’ High School, Lagos Old Boys’ National Association, Rev. Peter Kayode Omole and National President, Methodist Boys High School, Lagos Old Boys’ National Association, Arc. Victor Rotimi Buraimoh at the 140th Founder’s Day Anniversary/Thanksgiving service celebration of the School, held in Lagos...on Wednesday.

PDP, lawyer, others back June 16 date for LG poll as APC kicks

Amaka Agbu, Port Harcourt

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the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State vehemently kicks against the June 16, 2018 date fixed by the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission, RSIEC, for the conduct of local government election in the state, many stakeholders have welcomed the planned election. Recall that the Chairman of the APC in Rivers State, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, during the stakeholders meeting with RSIEC on Tuesday threatened to drag the commission to court to challenge the conduct of the planned local government election, scheduled for Saturday June 16, 2018, in court. Dr. Ikanya stated that the matter concerning the local government election was still pending in court and that the electoral body had no power to dabble into such exercise pending the determination of the case. “The issue of the law itself is in court. We are saying that there is nowhere in the world that you make a law to say once RSIEC conducts election, no court can adjudicate. And the matter is in the Supreme Court. It is in the place of the Supreme Court to declare that the tenure of these people is over and that it is going to

conduct another election. In a press conference in Port Harcourt also on Wednesday, the APC Chairman said: “It is important to note that the APC and the 23 LGA chairmen had approached the Federal High Court to challenge their dissolution by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and be joined in the matter in a motion on notice filed on their behalf on the 22/04/15 in Suit No: PHC/ PH/CS/84/2015 as necessary parties and to enable them file and serve their counter affidavit in opposition to the motion seeking to nullify that election. “The motion also prayed the trial court to stay its ruling to enable them file a counter affidavit in opposition to the motion seeking to nullify their elections. Even when the motion was in the file of the Court, Hon. Justice Lambo Akanbi, formerly of the Port Harcourt Division of the FHC, refused to fix it for hearing and did not even issue hearing notice to the 23 LGA Chairmen. “The constitutionality of the RSIEC Law 2018 is a subject of litigation before the Federal High Court between APC v. INEC & Ors. in Suit No: FHC/PH/CS/13/2018 and it is just but laughable that RSIEC as currently empanelled is engaging in a wild goose chase of conducting an election which

RSIEC as a party is aware that the matter is sub judice, that is, the case is actively before the courts and, the belief is that, any words or acts that are likely to influence the case could invite prosecution for contempt of court. “As a law abiding party, the APC and the 23 LGA Chairmen will approach the CA with these facts and ensure that Governor Wike and the PDP are not allowed to benefit for their brazen impunity and lawlessness,” he stated. Hailing RSIEC decision, however, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state said it was ready for the conduct of the local government election in the state. The Chairman of the PDP in the state, Chief Felix Obuah said: “We have long expected democratically elected local government chairmen in the state. “This is the beginning of the fulfilment of that expectation. We are all happy that the long awaited timetable has been released. Indeed, we expect a free and fair election so that we can elect credible candidates who will represent us in each of the local governments. All this period we have been seeing just caretaker committee chairmen. Also reacting was the Special Adviser to Governor Nyesom Wike on Inter Party Affairs, Mr. Chris Itamunola, who defended the RSIEC saying that the

commission was working in accordance with the provision of the law. He said that there should be no vacuum in the local government administration.” Wike’s Special Adviser continued: “The reaction of the APC is neither here nor there. Their position has been to always attack. What the RSIEC has done was to fix a date. There can never be a vacuum regarding electoral processes. By the time of the election, three years would have elapsed. Once it is so there would be an election. Let them go and look at the electoral laws.” Also a Port Harcourtbased lawyer, Mr. H. King stated that RSIEC was free to conduct the local government election if there was no court injunction restraining it from doing so. Mr. King was reacting to arguments from some quarters that RSIEC should not conduct an election when there is a pending case bordering on the local government election in the court. He said: “It would have been a different case if there was an injunction against conducting an election. I think to conduct an election is better. It will even serve Rivers State better to conduct an election. Even if the case goes against RSIEC, the elected chairmen can still be removed and the judgement of the court carried out.”


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Buhari’s visit to Benue: Matters arising Terhemba Agee Approximately three months after the New Year day massacre of innocent farmers by suspected marauding killer herdsmen, President Muhammadu Buhari has made an appeal to leaders of thought in Benue State to convince their constituents that the Federal Government is doing its best to end the incessant attacks by armed herdsmen in various parts of the country. This came on the heels of his one day visit to the state to commiserate with the good people of Benue State on the wanton destruction of lives and property due to the farmers/ herders clashes. On the 1st and 2nd of January 2018 popularly known as black new year, Benue State was thrown into mourning by rampaging herdsmen militia who murdered and wreaked havoc on peaceful farming communities in Guma and Logo while yet in their sleep. Guma and Logo being the local governments of the incumbent and erstwhile governors of Benue State, governors Samuel Ortom and Gabriel Suswam. Babies, pregnant and nursing mothers, children were worse hit. No fewer than 72 persons lost their lives with over 600, 000 displaced and rendered homeless. The survivors are currently being sheltered in various displaced persons camp across the state. The fallen heroes of that massacre were subsequently given a mass burial by the state governor on January 13. Despite repeated distress calls to the presidency and relevant security agencies in the state prior to the impending attack, nothing was done to forestall the attacks. Due to the uproar that accompanied the gruesome attacks, the president then directed the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim Kpotum, to relocate to Benue State to quell the crisis. Silent killings however continued unabated with police operatives not been spared. This led to the launching of a military exercise code named Ayem a Kpatema (Cat race) to bring to cessation the unprovoked killings and enhance peace to the troubled communities. Sequel to the president’s visit, and despite the heavy military presence in the form of Ayem a Kpatuma, the blood thirsty mongrels in brazen display of defiance launched another attack on the people of Omosu-Edumoga in Okpokwu Local Government Area of Benue State, killing 26 people, women and children inclusive, thereby making a mockery of the entire security apparatus in the state. In the spirit of the blame game, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Alli, alleged that: “Since independence, we know there used to be a route whereby this cattle rearers use. Cattle rearers are all over the nation. You go to Bayelsa, you see them, you go to Ogun, you see them. If those routes are blocked, what happens? These people are Nigerians. It’s just like you are going to block a river or shoreline, does that make sense to you? These are the remote causes. But what are the immediate causes. It is the grazing law. These people are Nigerians. We must learn to live together with each other, which is basic. Communities and other people must learn to accept foreigners within their enclaves, finish!” In a surprise announcement, the DSS accused a terrorist group, the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWA) as being responsible

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for the attacks. According to the report, the ISWA network had been carrying out the killings “ostensibly to exacerbate tensions along the country’s ethnic, religious and regional faultlines”. The assumption was made based on recent arrests, according to the source, many could not express themselves in any of the Nigerian languages but were however fluent in French. The inspector general of police on his part described the crisis as a communal one and blamed the massacres on the anti-open grazing law which was aimed at curbing the farmers/ herders clashes and described it as hasty and unenforceable. However, a chronicle of the crisis shows that the attacks predates the anti-open grazing law which came into effect 1st November 2017. Consequent to the above, during the state working committee meeting of the APC at the state secretariat, Governor Samuel Ortom announced president’s intention to visit the state. The president scheduled a one day visit to the crisis ravaged state and consequently had a meeting with stakeholders in Benue state. Reacting to the president’s visit, many described it as unduly delayed, belated and an afterthought. The President arrived Makurdi airport at 10.43.a.m and was treated to a cold reception by residents with streets empty and deserted. President Buhari later held a meeting at the Government House popularly known as the Benue People’s House with the state governor and other relevant stakeholders in attendance. Relevant groups in attendance include the representatives of farmers in Benue state, Benue joint socio cultural group, livestock guards, the Miyetti Allah group, etc. Governor Samuel Ortom appreciated the president for the visit describing the president as “a father known for his integrity and fight for justice.” He observed that attacks by armed herdsmen predated the current administration as it commenced since 2011. He said between 2013- 2017, no fewer than 47 attacks had been recorded across the state with 1,878 men, women and children murdered in cold blood across 14 local governments. The governor said the recent attacks had displaced people with children of school age

constituting 60 percent. He called for support for ranching, compensation for victims of the attacks and rebuilding of destroyed houses and farms as well as the upgrading of the current military operation to a “military operation”. The governor maintained that “through consultations and research, we discovered that the global best practice for animal husbandry is ranching. Top countries in the global cattle business such as India, Brazil USA South Africa etc are known to practice ranching. I urge anyone who has a superior method other than ranching to bring it to the table.” Tor Tiv, his Royal Majesty, Prof James Ayatse appealed. “Mr. President, if there is something dear to the heart of Benue people, it is that law. I say it because I was there through the process and the agitation and the house of assembly had to be occupied for days for them to pass that law. So it is really the people’s law and I want to passionately appeal to you to do everything possible to support the implementation of that law. It is not the Governor’s law. During the meeting, the concerned groups asserted their positions and views. The chairman Miyetti Allah, Ubbi Harunna denied the group’s involvement in the killings despite earlier claims to the contrary. Chief Edward Ujege urged the Federal Government to declare its support for the anti-open grazing bill, and also requested for the restoration of peace to crisis areas while demanding for compensation to be paid to victims. The livestock guards on their part denied allegations of arming and leading a militia group. According to chairman of the livestock guard, Aliyu Teshaku, the outfit had been working lawfully in close relationship with the national security adviser, farmers, herdsmen and other relevant security. Pursuant to the above, they had carried out successful operations within and around the state to arrest both cattle rustlers and criminal elements in the state. The Benue delegates did not mince words in addressing the president. Chief Terlumun Akputu, representative of peasant farmers in the state alleged: “First of all, the government allowed international cattle merchants to smuggle in all kinds of sophisticated weapons to direct their hirelings to come down to the Benue valley to kill us and to destroy our property and sack us from our ancestral homes. Mr. President, this is completely unacceptable”. Gen. Lawrence Onoja asserted, why do countries or state make laws? We make laws to sanitize the society and to make sure there is justice, so for those who know the term law cannot precipitate violence. So for those who say it is the law that precipitated the violence, perhaps, they need to be more educated. That law was made to benefit farmers and herdsmen” Rev. Akpen Leva, CAN chairman Benue state submitted his position thus, we believe as a church, we believe the only thing that can bring peace between farmers and herdsmen is the open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law”. The Principal Special Assistant to the Benue State governor on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s), Mr. Emmanuel Doughdough, faulted the president’s ignorance on the disobedience of his relocation orders by the IGP. He deemed it as carelessness since the order was made and

flouted in January and the president only learnt of same three months after. He also noted that the three focus of this administration is security, economy and fighting

corruption. He however expressed his dissatisfaction with the security efforts of the presidency by asking, “Mr. President is that your best” taking into consideration the security crisis across the nation. He submitted that Nigerians perceived Mr. President’s fight against corruption as selective, but left Nigerians to analyze the successes or otherwise. He also questioned the economic successes recorded by the executive in the light of the widespread hunger and poverty. Responding to remarks by stakeholders, the president urged all relevant parties to showing restraint and allow security agency to handle the situation. Accordingly he said: “The governor and I, and others here know that we will leave one day, but the relationship between farmers and herders will continue. I urge to keep in touch with them and advise them to live peacefully. Nigeria has over 250 ethnic groups with different cultures and nobody can question God for putting us together. On allegations of the inspector general of police flouting the president order to relocate to Benue state, the president revealed that he was not aware of the IGP’s disobedience. Buhari however said “he was not in the habit of publicly rebuking his appointees as many would desire, but said he preferred to quietly read the riot act as he had done to inspector general of police. An interview with a cross section of residents including Mr. Aondonengen Uhula on why there was no pomp and pageantry that usually attended the visit of the president, he responded, saying: “It is only a subtle protest by the people of Benue on the conspiracy of silence from the executive. Buhari has taken sides and failed to condemn the killings and bring the perpetrators to book. Why should we roll out the drums out for a man who has refused to protect us”. According to Mr. Andrew Ubeke, “Buhari has failed the people hence deserves no celebration, there is nothing to believe, his actions and body language as it relates to the farmers/ herders clashes is suspicious, deceitful and unbelieving”. Mr. Jingir Tar on his part said the President had no iota of respect for the Benue people as it was expected of him upon arrival in the State to have visited the Chairman, Council of Chiefs, Benue State chapter, Orchiviri Prof. James Ayatse (Tor Tiv V) as a mark of respect and also visited the graves site and one of the IDPs camp to see things for himself and better appreciate the plight of the Benue people.


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Landlords shut down Ado–Ekiti in protest against bills, prepaid metres Gbenga Sodeinde, Ado Ekiti

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Landlord and landladies’ resident in AdoEkiti, Ekiti State capital, on Wednesday staged a peaceful protest against Benin Electricity Distribution Company(BEDC) over alleged hoarding of prepaid meters and ‘over-billing’. The protesters, who operated under the auspices of Ado Ekiti Landlords and Ladies Electricity Consumers Association of Nigeria(ALLECA), alleged the company of demanding

for a sum of N40,000 from landlords before proving prepaid meters, describing the action as tantamount to fraud and extortion. The protesters, led by the Chairman of the Association, Dr. Ibukun Ogundipe, started the protest march from the popular Okeyinmi junction via Ijigbo roundabout and converged on the BEDC’s office in Ado Ekiti. Some of the placards they displayed included: ‘BEDC, Stop Oppressing Us, We are tired of your Fraudulent Action, ‘No Be Only Snake

Dey Swallow Money, EFCC Must Probe BEDC’, No Prepaid Meters, No Payment’, Stop Extorting Us, BEDC Staff are Thieves’, among others. They chanted various songs to deride BEDC and the landlords, including commercial motorcyclists and drivers joined them on the way as the procession progressed. There were massive deployment of police, men of the Department of State Services(DSS), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence

Corps (NSCDC) and Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC) , to forestall hooligans from hijacking the protest. Addressing the crowd, Dr Ogundipe demanded that electricity consumers across Ekiti should get prepaid meters to ensure accurate billing. He said it was wrong and flied in the face of commonsense for BEDC to be giving between N13,00 and N18,000 to a three-bedroom bungalow when electricity last for between two and three hours daily.

Ogundipe added: “Pursuant to inability of BEDC to meet our first demand, we shall henceforth start paying N3,000 per month as our legitimate bill without any regard to whatever figure or amount posted on our bills. “Our Lawyers have been briefed to take appropriate legal action to challenge these unmitigated pains on every electricity consumer in Ekiti , Ado Ekiti in particular”. Ogundipe added that the management of the company had indicated interest to dialogue with the group, saying : “legal action will be deployed if dialogue fails. “Anywhere across the world, prepaid meters remain the best way to mea-

sure the actual amount of megawatts consumed and Ekiti case can’t be different”. Reacting to the protest, BEDC Public Relations Officer, Mr Kayode Brown, said the company now generates 9,500 megawatts of electricity for Ekiti with daily electricity supply of between eight and 12 hours, this he said pushed the tariffs upward. “The protest is a legitimate right, but payment of N3,000 monthly electricity bill doesn’t correspond with what we offered. This was the amount we were charging when the megawatts supply to Ekiti was 4500 and it has doubled now”.

Group faults failed democratic leaders Electorate Alleged failure for right Person Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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L-R: Senate Leader, Sen. Ahmad Lawan, Managing Director of Nokia Networks, Richard Edet, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Ambassador of Finland to Nigeria, Pirjo Snomela Chawdhum, Chief Whip, Sen. Olusola Adeyeye, Deputy Leader, Sen. Bala Ibn Na’Allah and Senator Shehu Sani, when the Finnish envoy visited the President of the Senate in Abuja recently.

Police nab killer lunatic in Ogun Abiodun Taiwo, Abeokuta

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mand of Nigeria Police on Wednesday, said it has arrested the suspected lunatic who hacked to death two pupils of St. John’s Anglican School, Agodo in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of the state. The suspect, Lekan Adebisi, had on Monday stormed the primary school at break time and hacked two pupils, aged four respectively, to death. He however fled the scene immediately after he carried out the deadly act.

In a statement released Wednesday, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the State Police Command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said Adebisi was arrested on Wednesday morning through the combined efforts of policemen attached to Ogbere Area Command, led by ACP Makinde Kayode and local hunters. The manhunt for the suspect, according to Oyeyemi, followed orders given by the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, to the Area Commander of Ogbere and DPO of Abigi, to apprehend the fugitive

suspect as soon as possible. He added that the suspect, when discovered hiding inside the bush, resisted arrest and tried to attack the policemen with a machete, after which he was shot and injured in the leg. “In compliance with the CP’s order, the Area Commander mobilized policemen and local hunters for the manhunt of the suspect,” the police spokesman said. “Their efforts paid off in the early hours of today (Wednesday), when the suspect was seen in a bush

around the community. While they wanted to arrest him, the suspect who was brandishing a sharp cutlass, attacked them, consequent upon which he was shot and injured on the leg. He has been taken to hospital for medical treatment. “Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, has directed that the case be transferred to the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID) for proper investigation.” Oyeyemi stated.

concerned group, residents of Ethiope East in Delta State, otherwise known as (CREE), has blamed the democratic leadership on the alleged failure of the electorate to vote the right person, and warned against abstain from voting during elections. In a statement on Wednesday by the group co-ordiantor, Mr. Eruemulor Happy, a copy made available to our reporter, warned that if Nigerian electorate continue to abstain from casting their votes during elections, and for the right persons, poor leadership would continue to abstain their elections, and for the right persons, poor leadership would continue to dominate the democratic processes, adding that nascent democracy cannot be achieved without the votes of the electorates. Part of the statement reads: “if you want your vote count, if you want the right persons to lead you, you must come out enmasse cast your votes come 2019”, adding that gone were the days ballot box method where politicians and their cronies write results, and snatch ballot boxes, but electronic voting which means the vote as an individual will count. The group however called

on Nigerians to resist the bribe takings process before casting their votes, and get it right this time with a view to voting the right candidates. The statement warned the electorate against voting for people based on financial inducement, pointing out that “if you vote for this set of candidates, know that you are mortgaging the future of our children and generations yet unborn over few thousand”. Meanwhile, the Delta State House of Assembly has ratified the authorization of payment of outstanding financial commitment to CCC Nigeria Limited, and Setraco Nigeria Limited through the guarantee of certificate discount facilities. The commitment tagged for de-fraying are N11.8 billion and N8.9 billion respective. The ratification was sequel to a letter from the State Governor, read by the Speaker of the House, Mr. Sheriff Oborevwori during plenary on Wednesday. According to the letter, constructed by the state debt burden, it became imperative to bring outstanding commitments within sustainable limits as enshrined in the fiscal responsibility plan to which Delta State Government has assented.


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I formerly known and addressed as MISS AWOKOYA CHRISTIANAH OLUWASEUN I GOT MARRIED TO MR BABAJIDE EMMANUEL OLUWABAMISE ON 19TH AUGUST 2017, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS. BABAJIDE CHRISTIANAH OLUWASEUN. All former documents remain valid, General public to please take note.

In some of my documents my name was written as AGBAJE SIKIRU while in some other documents it was written as AGBAJE SIKIRULLAI ADEMOLA, BUT IN MY VOTERS CARD WAS WRITTEN AS AGBAJE SIKIRULAI ADEMOLA. NOW AGBAJE SIKIRU ADEMOLA. I am the one bearing all the names. All documents bearing the names are valid, General public to please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS EGEONU ALICE TOCHUKWU, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS SORONNADI ALICE TOCHUKWU. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

I formerly known and addressed as OYINLOLA LATEEF now wish to be known and addressed as OWOLABI AFUSAT IYABO . All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note.

ONWUKWE CHINYERE GIFT

I formerly known and addressed as OKAFOR CHINYERE GIFT now wish to be known and addressed as ONWUKWE CHINYERE GIFT . All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note.

ODII MOSES

I, formerly known and addressed as ANYADIEGWU JOSEPH NZUBE now wish to be known and addressed as ANYADIEGWU MELODY CHINONSO. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.


22 Change of Names NJOKU JAMES I, formerly known and addressed as JAMES AKUMA NJOKU now wish to be known and addressed as NJOKU JAMES. All former documents remain valid. BANKS and General public should please take note. MRS NWACHUKWU OGECHUKWU JULIET I, formerly known and addressed as MISS OZOMBA OGECHUKWU JULIET , now wish to be known and addressed as MRS NWACHUKWU OGECHUKWU JULIET. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

OKOLI EZE IFEANYI I, formerly known and addressed as OKOLIE EZEJIOFOR BENSON, now wish to be known and addressed as OKOLI EZE IFEANYI. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note. MRS ANI CHIDIMMA JECINTA I, formerly known and addressed as MISS UGWU CHIDIMMA JECINTA, MISS UGWU CHIDIMMA and UGWUANI CHIDIMMA JECINTA,, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS ANI CHIDIMMA JECINTA. All former documents remain valid. BANKS and General public should please take note.

ADDITION OF NAME

AMADI IJEOMA RITA I, formerly known and addressed as IJEOMA LUCY .R. AMADI, now wish to be known and addressed as AMADI IJEOMA RITA. All former documents remain valid. BANKS and General public should please take note. I, formerly known and addressed as OMAI ORJI ALICE CHIDINMA, now wish to be known and addressed as ORJI ALICE CHIDINMA. All former documents remain valid. BANKS and General public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as UGWU NKIRUKA INNOCENTIA, now wish to be known and addressed as UGWU NKIRUKA BLESSING. All former documents remain valid. BANKS and General public should please take note.

MRS EZE HELEN AMAKA

NDUKUBA DOROTHY NGOZI

IORPAA DEPUUN GODWIN

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS NWODO HELEN AMAKA, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS EZE HELEN AMAKA. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note. OBASI FIDELIS CHEKWUBE

I, formerly known and addressed as ONYIA ESTHER CHIKA, now wish to be known and addressed as EKWO ESTHER CHIKA. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

CHUKWUMA IJEOMA DORATHY

CONFIRMATION OF NAME

CONFIRMATION OF NAME

This is to certify and confirm that ODOH EMENIKE SUNDAY, ODOH EMENIKE EMMANUEL, ODOH EMENIKE RESPECTIVELY and ODOH EMENIKE SUNDAY EMMANUEL refers as one and the same person now wish to be known and addressed as ODOH EMENIKE SUNDAYEMMANUEL. All former documents remain valid. BANKS and General public should please take note.

This is to certify that, I, EMEKA DARLYNTON EMMANUEL ODINAKA, EMEKA DARLYNTON ODINAKA AND EMEKA DARLYNTON EMMANUEL refers to same and one person. All documents remain valid Banks and General public take note.

OJOPOKE OLAYINKA

NWAGBO IJEOMA CONFIDENCE

Formally Alabi Oluyemi Sarah now Shittu Rashidat Iyabode. Former document remains valid. General public should take note.

SUNDAY BONIFACE OKECHUKWU I, formerly known and addressed as Nwosu Boniface Okechukwu and Sunday Kelvin Okechukwu now wish to be known and addressed as SUNDAY BONIFACE OKECHUKWU. All former documents remained valid and the general public please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as, Miss Nwabuzor Onyinyechi Vivian, now wish to be known and addressed as, Mrs Chima Onyinyechi Vivian. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

ADDITION OF NAME/CORRECTION OF DATE OF BIRTH I, JOSHUA TOBE KELLY-CHARLES, wish to add, JOSHUA, CHARLES, to my name which was formerly, TOBE KELLY, in my International Passport. I now wish to be known and addressed as, JOSHUA TOBE KELLY-CHARLES. My correct date of birth is, 31st July, 2001, not 13th April, 2000. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

STELLA EGO MESSIAH I, formerly known and addressed as, STELLA EGO AKUGBO, now wish to be known and addressed as, STELLA EGO MESSIAH. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

MRS CHIMA ONYINYECHI VIVIAN

ABIODUN THOMAS ABIODUN

FORMERLY OLATUNDE ABIODUN AGBONJINMI. Now ABIODUN THOMAS ABIODUN. Former document remains valid. General public should take note. ADDITION OF NAME/CORRECTION OF DATE OF BIRTH I, MRS. NENGI TAMMY KELLYCHARLES, wish to add, NENGI, CHARLES, to my name which was formerly, TAMMY KELLY, in my International Passport. I now wish to be known and addressed as, MRS. NENGI TAMMY KELLY-CHARLES. My correct date of birth is, 15th February, 1973, not 18th January, 1975. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

ADDITION OF NAME I, TEMPLE DUBEM KELLY-CHARLES, wish to add, TEMPLE, CHARLES, to my name which was formerly, DUBEM KELLY, in my International Passport. I now wish to be known and addressed as, TEMPLE DUBEM KELLY-CHARLES. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

CORRECTION OF NAME AND DATE OF BIRTH I wish to correct my name and date of birth that was wrongly written on my voter’s card as Adeniji Adedeji Detunji.1st,November, 1975. I now wish to be known and addressed by my corrected name as Adeniji Adedeji Adetunji. My correct date of Birth is 1st, November,1973. All former document remain valid. General public should please take note.

I formerly known and addressed as TOWOLAWI ABISOLA AFOLAYAN , now wish to be known and addressed as AFOLAYAN ABISOLA. All former document remain valid. General public should please take note.

MRS .ADELEYE RACHAEL ABARO

ANI FRANKLIN CHIGBO

I formerly known and addressed as Miss Ejigbo Racheal Abaro , now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs .Adeleye Rachael Abaro. All former document remain valid. General public should please take note.

AFOLAYAN ABISOLA

I formerly known and addressed as KOROMA ABU BAKARR, Now wish to be known and addressed as ANI FRANKLIN CHIGBO . All former document remain valid. General public should please take note.

MRS GODWIN GOODNESS CHINWE

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

CORRECTION OF NAME

Formerly Olufade Olayinka now Ojopoke Olayinka. Former document remains valid. General public should take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS ENEZE LOVETH OSINACHI, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS ONYEMALU LOVETH OSINACHI. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

OMABE – KENNETH NNEKA MEEKNESS I, formerly known and addressed as OGOH NNEKA MEEKNESS, now wish to be known and addressed as OMABE – KENNETH NNEKA MEEKNESS. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

I FORMERLY KNOWN AS AGU STELLA CHINELO NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS ENE STELLA CHINELO . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

SHITTU RASHIDAT IYABODE

My name was misquoted as AMIDAT MONSURU instead of HARUNA JUMAI. My Date of Birth was mistakenly written as 1st day of January,1977 instead of 1st day of September,1979. My correct phone number was mistakenly written as 08122334498 instead of 08137602952. My correct name is HARUNA JUMAI and not AMIDAT MONSURU. All former document remain valid. General public should please take note.

ENE STELLA CHINELO

MRS ONYEMALU LOVETH OSINACHI

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS OTAH GOODNESS CHINWE, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS GODWIN GOODNESS CHINWE. All former documents remain valid. NYSC and General public should please take note.

I FORMERLY KNOWN AS UZOMA IJEOMA DORATHY NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS CHUKWUMA IJEOMA DORATHY. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

MRS. SHOLAJA-KASSIM BUKOLA Formerly known as MISS SHOLAJA BUKOLA RASHIDAT now wish to be called MRS. SHOLAJA-KASSIM BUKOLA RASHIDAT. Reason:Due to Marriage. Former document remains valid. General public should take note

MISQUOTATION OF NAME/ CORRECTION OF PHONE NUMBER AND BIRTH CERTIFICATE

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

MRS AGBO BERNICE ONYEBUEKE I, formerly known and addressed as MISS OGIRIGA BERNICE ONYEBUEKE, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS AGBO BERNICE ONYEBUEKE. All former documents remain valid. Banks and General public should please take note. MRS EMMANUEL FELICIA NGOZI I, formerly known and addressed as MISS OGBONNA FELICIA NGOZI, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS EMMANUEL FELICIA NGOZI. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

UGWU NKIRUKA BLESSING

I, formerly known and addressed as OBASI FREDLICK CHEKWUBE, now wish to be known and addressed as OBASI FIDELIS CHEKWUBE. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

This is to inform the general public that my name CHUKWUDI CHUKWUAKAZIE was wrongly written during my BVN Registration and Voters card ID, but now wish to be corrected and addressed as CHUKWUAKAZIE CYNTHIA IFEOMA. My correct date of birth is 20th August 1984. All former documents remain valid. Banks and General public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as, UGOCHUKWU OBURU, now wish to be known and addressed as, ATASIA UGOCHUKWU. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as OKOLO EMMANUEL NDUKA now wish to be known and addressed as OKOLO CHRISTIAN NDUKA . All former documents remain valid. BANKS and General public should please take note.

MRS JOY AKUOBI OLANIYI I, formerly known and addressed as MISS JOY AKUOBI EJIOFOR. now wish to be known and addressed as MRS JOY AKUOBI OLANIYI. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note..

MRS OKEKE CHIWENITEM THEODORA I, formerly known and addressed as MISS OKEKE CHINWE UGOCHUKWU, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS OKEKE CHIWENITEM THEODORA. All former documents remain valid. BANKS and General public should please take note.

ORJI ALICE CHIDINMA

That I was formerly known and addressed as ODINAKA MICHAEL, that I now wish to add MICHAEL to my former name that I now wish to be known and addressed as ODINAKA MONDAY MICHAEL. But in my voter’s card I.D was wrongly written as ‘’MICHAEL’’. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take notes.

ATASIA UGOCHUKWU

OKOLO CHRISTIAN NDUKA

Daily Times Nigeria Thursday, March 15, 2018

I formerly known and addressed as Agina Ijeoma Confidence And Mechieobi Ijeoma Confidence now wish to be known and addressed as Nwagbo Ijeoma Confidence. All former document remains valid. Banks and general public take note. ADELAKUN RASHIDAT YETUNDE

CORRECTION OF NAME

wrong name is: bakare alaba toyin, correct name is : bakare alaba oluwatoyin. General public should take note AJAO FOLAKEMI OLUFUNMILAYO

EKWO ESTHER CHIKA

BANJOKO ARAMIDE

Formerly BANJOKO OLAYEMI Now BANJOKO ARAMIDE Correct date of birth is 1/2/1986. Former document remains valid. General public should take note. MRS IBRAHIM LATEEFAT OLUWATOYIN

Formerly Jimoh Rashidat Yetunde now Adelakun Rashidat Yetunde of 21 Adelaja Ojo Street, Ikotun Egbe, Lagos. Former document remains valid.. General public should take note.

Formerly JOSHUA FOLAKEMI OLUFUNMILAYO now to be addressed as AJAO FOLAKEMI OLUFUNMILAYO. Former document remains valid. General public should take note.

OBOKA INNOCENT ONYEKWERE

I, formerly known and addressed as, OBOKA INNOCENT KINGSIZE, now wish to be known and addressed as, OBOKA INNOCENT ONYEKWERE. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

ADDITION OF NAME/ CORRECTION OF DATE OF BIRTH I, PHEBE ONYEKACHI KELLYCHARLES, wish to add, PHEBE, ONYE, CHARLES, to my name which was formerly, KACHI KELLY, in my International Passport. I now wish to be known and addressed as, PHEBE ONYEKACHI KELLY-CHARLES. My correct date of birth is, 18th May, 2003, not 18th September, 2003. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as, UMEH STELLA CHIEBOLAM, now wish to be known and addressed as, CHUKWU STELLA CHIEBOLAM. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

MRS. OBIOMA CHINEMEREM IKECHUKWU

CONFIRMATION OF NAME

OGBUEHI, CHRISTIANA CHINYERE

I, formerly known and addressed as, MISS. OBIOMA CHINEMEREM OBASI, now wish to be known and addressed as, MRS. OBIOMA CHINEMEREM IKECHUKWU OSIGWE. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note. MUSTAPHA OLAYINKA RASHEEDAT

I formerly known and addressed as Mustapha Olayinka Tiwalade, now wish to be known and addressed as Mustapha Olayinka Rasheedat. All former document remain valid. General public should please take note. XXXXX

I formerly known and addressed as MISS .SHOTE OKIKIOLA ALIMAT, now wishh to be kkknnown and addressed as MRS .OLATUNDE ALIMAT OKIKIOLA SHOTE. All formerr document remain valid. General public should please take note.

I, OLUWAKEMI OYINKAN AJAYI, and OLUWAKEMI OYINKANPUPO OLAWOYIN, refer to one and same person but, now wish to be known and addressed as, MRS. OLUWAKEMI OYINKANPUPO OLAWOYIN. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.

ATOYEBI FATIMO OPEMIPO

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS ADEWALE LATEEFAT OLUWATOYIN,BUT NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS IBRAHIM LATEEFAT OLUWATOYIN ALL FORMER DOCUMENT REMAIN VALID. General public should take note CHUKWU STELLA CHIEBOLAM

I, formerly known and addressed as, OKEREKE CHRISTIANA CHINYERE, now wish to be known and addressed as, OGBUEHI, CHRISTIANA CHINYERE. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note. ASHEFON IBUKUNOLUWA OLUDOLAPO

I formerly known and addressed as Fatimo Shodeyi , now wish to be known and addressed as Atoyebi Fatimo Opemipo. All former document remain valid. General public should please take note.

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

MUNIRAT IYABO BALOGUN

ALPHEAUS AWAJI IKARAME I Formerly known and addressed as IGAH IKARIA BLESSING, now wish to be known and addressed as ALPHEAUS AWAJI IKARAME. and my date of birth is 24 SEPT. 1991.all former document remain valid general public take note.

I formerly known and addressed as MUNIRAT IYABO LAWAL, now wish to be known and addressed as MUNIRAT IYABO BALOGUN . All former document remain valid. General public should please take note.


Daily Times Nigeria Thursday, March 15, 2018

CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH, JESUS STAR LIGHT The General public is hereby notified 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. Fagbeemi Janet Omolola 2. Amos Fagbemi Olalekan 3. Yusuf Jubril 4. Fagbemi Amos Olasupo. Aim and Objective. To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC)Plot 420 Tigris Crescent off Aguiyi Ironsi street, Maitama, Abuja within 28days of this publication. Signed secretary

CORRECTION OF NAME This is to notify the general public that my name was wrongly written as UGWUOKE CHRISTOPHER CHRISTOPHER instead of UGWUOKE CHRISTOPHER EMEKA. My correct name is UGWUOKE CHRISTOPHER EMEKA. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. AJAYI VERA OLUWATOYIN

I formerly known and addressed as Amune Vera Oluwatoyin now wish to be known and addressed as Ajayi Vera Oluwatoyin. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note AJAYI VERA OLUWATOYIN

UDEALOR AUGUSTINE CHIDEBELE

I formerly known and addressed as Udealor Augustine C. now wish to be known and addressed as Udealor Augustine Chidebele.all former documents remains valid, general public take note.

AHMED RAMOTA I formerly known and addressed as TAWA OPEYEMI IBRAHIM, Now wishes to be called and addressed as AHMED RAMOTA. All former documents remain valid, general public should please take note.

AHMED RAMOTA

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS OGBEIDE PEACE SEFINATU now wish to be known and addressed as MRS ONAOLAPO PEACE SEFINATU. All former documents remain valid and the general public, kindly take note.

BABAODUTAYO THAMYRAT OLUWATOMISIN

BABAODUTAYO THAMYRAT OLUWATOMISIN

I formerly known and addressed as BABA-0DUTAYO THAMYRAT OLUWATOSIN now wish to be known and addressed as BABAODUTAYO THAMYRAT OLUWATOMISIN and my date of birth is 8 NOV, 1993.all former documents remains valid, general public please take note XXX

Formerly known and addressed as OMOLARA OMOTAYO AKINREFON, now wish to be known and addressed as OMOLARA LAWAL. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. XXX

I formerly known and addressed as BABA-0DUTAYO THAMYRAT OLUWATOSIN now wish to be known and addressed as BABAODUTAYO THAMYRAT OLUWATOMISIN and my date of birth is 8 NOV, 1993.all former documents remains valid, general public please take note

CORRECTION OF NAME This is to inform the general public that my name was wrongly written as ODIA CHRISTIAN OKALEMEW instead of IYOHA CHRISTIANA OKALEMEN. That my correct name is IYOHA CHRISTIANA OKALEMEN. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

CORRECTION OF NAME

CORRECTION OF NAME

UDO MOSES CHUKWUDI

My name was wrongly written as ADEYEMI ADEPOJU MICHEL on my bank documents, instead of ADEPOJU ADEYEMI MICHEAL . That my correct names are ADEPOJU ADEYEMI MICHEAL. All former documents remain valid. General public and authorities concerned, kindly take note.

I, formerly known, called and addressed as Udoh Moses Chukwuma, now wish to be known, called and addressed as UDO MOSES CHUKWUDI other documents bearing my former names remain valid. Banks & the general public should please take note.

UCHENDU CHINWA JEROME

Formerly known and addressed as CHINWA JERRY UCHENDU, now wish to be known and addressed as UCHENDU CHINWA JEROME. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. MRS MAURICE LINA SOCHI

Formerly known and addressed as MISS OBIAGHANWA LINA SOCHI, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS MAURICE LINA SOCHI. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. MRS MAURICE LINA SOCHI

ZACCHEAUS OJO KOLAWOLE

THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT I MR OLAJIDE SAMUEL ADEBAYO ON BEHALF OF OUR FAMILY WISHES TO CHANGE OUR SURNAME FROM IKUSIKA TO OLAJIDE. THAT OUR FAMILY SURNAME SHOULD NOW BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OLAJIDE HENCEFORTH, GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

MESSEMAKER VALENTINA OLUBUKOLA

AFOLABI ENIOLA HALIMAT

BAKARE ABIMBOLA TOLA

ABIMBOLA DEBORAH ADENIJI

Formerly known and addressed as OLANREWAJU ENIOLA HALIMAT now wishes to be known and addressed as AFOLABI ENIOLA HALIMAT. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

Formerly known and addressed as SHIYANBOLA ABIMBOLA TOLA now wishes to be known and addressed as BAKARE ABIMBOLA TOLA. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

Formerly known and addressed as ABIMBOLA FALILAT ADENIJI now wishes to be known and addressed as ABIMBOLA DEBORAH ADENIJI. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

Formerly known and addressed as JUDE ONYEKACHI IBEH now wishes to be known and addressed as JUDE IBEH. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

AFOLARANMI ADENIKE.

MRS RASHIDAT AJOKE AGORO

OBIGHA PERES TUTUYE

Formerly known and addressed as SALAWA ADENIKE now wishes to be known and addressed as AFOLARANMI ADENIKE. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

Formerly known and addressed as MISS RASHIDAT RACHEAL KAREEM now wishes to be known and addressed as MRS RASHIDAT AJOKE AGORO. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

MRS EMEM GODWIN SOLOMON

OYEDELE MORUF BABATUNDE

ALAO MUTIU OMOTAYO I formerly known and addressed as ALAO MUTIU TUNDE now wish to be known called and addressed as ALAO MUTIU OMOTAYO. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as ALO OLAOLUWA GABRIEL now wish to be known and addressed as OLAJIDE OLAOLUWA GABRIEL. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

I formerly known and addressed as BABATUNDE ADIO SALAUDEEN now wish to be known called and addressed as OYEDELE MORUF BABATUNDE. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

MRS MERCY UBONG MICHAEL

MRS. OGUNDEJI RUKAYAT

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS MERCY EBIOT EFFIONG, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS MERCY UBONG MICHAEL. All former documents remain valid. Authority Concerned and General public should please take note.

MRS ONAOLAPO PEACE SEFINATU

I, formerly known and addressed as LUCKY CHUKWUMA UGBEBOR now wish to be known and addressed as LUCKY CHUKWUMA JULIUS. All former documents remain valid and the general public, kindly take note.

ADEYEMO AKEEM AJANI Formerly known and addressed as AJANI OLAWALE ADEYEMO now wishes to be known and addressed as ADEYEMO AKEEM AJANI. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

FAMILY CHANGE OF NAME

OLAJIDE OLAOLUWA GABRIEL

MRS OBAZI ESTHER OGWA I, formerly known, called and addressed as Miss Izekwe Esther Ogwa, now wish to be known, called and addressed as MRS OBAZI ESTHER OGWA. All other documents bearing my former names remain valid. Banks & the general public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS ARIYIBI RUKAYAT AJOKE, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS. OGUNDEJI RUKAYAT AJOKE due to change in my marital status. All former documents remain valid. Authority Concerned and General public should please take note.

XXX

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS. WAHEED SADIAT OLUWATOYIN, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS. ADEBISI HALIMOTSADIAT OLUWATOYIN. All former documents remain valid. Authority Concerned and General public should please take note.

Formerly known and addressed as FATUROTI KOLAWOLE now wishes to be known and addressed as ZACCHEAUS OJO KOLAWOLE. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

Formerly known and addressed as ABDULRAHMAN VALENTINA OLUBUKOLA now wishes to be known and addressed as MESSEMAKER VALENTINA OLUBUKOLA. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

JUDE IBEH

Formerly known and addressed as EMEM AKPAN OKON now wishes to be known and addressed as MRS EMEM GODWIN SOLOMON. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

I, formerly known and addressed as ARDERT PERES now wish to be known and addressed as OBIGHA PERES TUTUYE. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

AKPAN LAWRENCE HAPPINESS

OMORIAWO PETER IHIMEKPEN

I formerly known and addressed as AKPAN LAWRENCE IMEM now wish to be known called and addressed as AKPAN LAWRENCE HAPPINESS. All former documents remain valid. General public take note CHRISTIANA AGBONOGA CHERVEL EXELLENCE RAPHAEL COLOSSUS

I, formerly known and addressed as DESMOND AGBONOGA BOLARINWA OGIRRI, now to be known as CHRISTIANA AGBONOGA CHERVEL EXELLENCE RAPHAEL COLOSSUS . All former documents remain valid, Authority concerned and General Public should take note.

LUCKY CHUKWUMA JULIUS

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS. VIVIAN JOSIAH UGWULASHI, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS. VIVIAN KUROTAMUNOYE GEORGE. All former documents remain valid. The general public should take note.

This is to inform the general public that my name was wrongly written as ODIA CHRISTIAN OKALEMEW instead of IYOHA CHRISTIANA OKALEMEN. That my correct name is IYOHA CHRISTIANA OKALEMEN. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

TAIWO FASANYA TEMILADE ATINUKE

KOLAJO TEJUMADE TOLULOPE Formerly known and addressed as ADELEKUN TEJUMADE TOLULOPE now wishes to be known and addressed as KOLAJO TEJUMADE TOLULOPE. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

I formerly known and addressed as MISS OGWUDILE NKIRUKA EUPHEMIA, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS OZOCHUKWU NKIRUKA EUPHEMIA. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

MRS. VIVIAN KUROTAMUNOYE GEORGE

Formerly known and addressed as OMOLARA OMOTAYO AKINREFON, now wish to be known and addressed as OMOLARA LAWAL. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

I formerly known and addressed as TAWA OPEYEMI IBRAHIM, Now wishes to be called and addressed as AHMED RAMOTA. All former documents remain valid, general public should please take note.

OLAWALE ABIDEMI Formerly known and addressed as OLAWALE OLADELE ABIDEMI now wishes to be known and addressed as OLAWALE ABIDEMI. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

MRS OZOCHUKWU NKIRUKA EUPHEMIA

This is to inform the general public of the LOSS OF DEED OF LEASE. That am Saheed Olateju Onile - Ere am the 4th Administrator name in the letter of Administration granted by the high court of Lagos state on 8th day of February, 2017 in respect of the estate of AIHAJI OLASENI ABDUL- RASHEED ONILE-ERE. Otherwise known as Hadji Abdul Seni Onile - Ere That our father the late Alhaji Olaseni Abdul-Rasheed is the lease / Owner in the respect of the landed property situated at 17/19. Dipo Olubi Street, Ikate Surulere Lagos which is covered by Deed of Lease dated 10th of March, 1980 and registered as 40A at page 40A in volume 1791 of the register of Deed kept at the Lagos State Land Registry, Lagos Nigeria is Missing and could not be found. That all the efforts made to locate the document has proved abortive. If found please report to the nearest police station. General public should please take note

Formerly known and addressed as MISS OBIAGHANWA LINA SOCHI, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS MAURICE LINA SOCHI. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

I formerly known and addressed as Amune Vera Oluwatoyin now wish to be known and addressed as Ajayi Vera Oluwatoyin. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note

Formerly known and addressed as MOSES ATINUKE TEMILADE now wishes to be known and addressed as TAIWO FASANYA TEMILADE ATINUKE. All former documents remain valid. General public take note

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I, formerly known and addressed as OMORIAWO OTAIGBE IHIMEKPEN, now wish to be known and addressed as OMORIAWO PETER IHIMEKPEN. All former documents remain valid. Authority Concerned and General public should please take note. MOHAMMED TAIWO TOYYIBAT

I, formerly known and addressed as YAHYA TOYYIBAT ARIKE, now wish to be known and addressed as MOHAMMED TAIWO TOYYIBAT. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

ADEWOLE SEUN DAVID Formerly known and addressed as ADEWOLE OLUWASEUN DAVID, now wish to be known and addressed as ADEWOLE SEUN DAVID. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. XXXXX

Formerly known and addressed as MISS OBASI JUDITH NGOZI now wishes to be known and addressed as MRS OHALE JUDITH NGOZI OBASI. All former documents remain valid. General public take note XXXXX

Formerly known and addressed as MISS OBASI JUDITH NGOZI now wishes to be known and addressed as MRS OHALE JUDITH NGOZI OBASI. All former documents remain valid. General public take note YUSUF ADENIKE OSAGIE Formerly known and addressed as MAMUDU ADENIKE OSAGIE now wishes to be known and addressed as YUSUF ADENIKE OSAGIE. All former documents remain valid. General public take note DORIS NKEM AGHA Formerly known and addressed as DORIS NKEM AMBAKEDENMOR now wishes to be known and addressed as DORIS NKEM AGHA. All former documents remain valid. General public take note MR EGWUH OBIORAH KINGSLEY.

I, formerly known and addressed as MR BAMIDELE OLAIDE AYODEJI now wish to be known and addressed as MR EGWUH OBIORAH KINGSLEY. All former documents remain valid. General public take note BADERINWA SANYA OLU I, formerly known and addressed as SAMUEL OLUSANYA, now wish to be known and addressed as BADERINWA SANYA OLU. All former documents remain valid. Authority Concerned and General public should please take note. XXXXX

I, formerly known and addressed as EBOHOA OMODIAGBE JOHN, now wish to be known and addressed as USIFOH OMODIAGBE JOHN. All former documents remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note.


24 Change of Names GREAT GLORY CARDINAL CLUB 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 ARE 1. MATTHEW NKPUMA OMIRE 2. AKPU KELECHI OGAYI 3. ODO OKECHUKWU AGBADU AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. BRING TOGETHER PEOPLE FROM DIVERSE COMMUNITIES OR BACKGROUND WITHOUT DISTINCTIONS OF AGE, RACE, POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS OPINIONS IN ORDER TO ADVANCE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING AMONGST THEM FOR THEIR ULTIMATE SOCIAL BENEFITS. 2. RELIEVE THE CHALLENGES OF MEMBERS IN A COMMON EFFORT TO IMPROVE THEIR WELFARE ANY OBJECTIONS SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION SIGNED SECRETARY

CULMINATES CLUB

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. ANIEDI ANIEDU IBOK. 2. IKENNA JULIUS AZUBUIKE. 3. KINGSLEY OSITA OKONKWO. 4. SYLVESTER OMENLI AGU. 5. GBENGA OMOLOKUN. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PROMOTE FRIENDSHIP AND UNITY AMONG MEMBERS AND FAMILY. 2. TO PROMOTE RECREATIONAL AND SOCIAL INTEREST OF MEMBERS. 3. TO CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF NIGERIA. 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 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : EZUGWU CHIDEBERE ESQ. SOLICITOR (07034544514).

ADEABEKE FABOLA EDUCULTURAL ORGANIZATION 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. HRM. DR. ADEDOKUN OMONIYI ABOLARIN 2. MR. OLATUNDE OLAOYE. 3. MR. IFEOLUWA OLADEJI FALEYE 4. MISS OLUWADAMILOLA PRECIOUS FALEYE 5. PROF. AKINKUNMI ADEGBOLA ALAO. 6. MRS. RASHIDA BADMUS-JONES. 7. DR. (MRS) ADEOLA ADIJAT FALEYE. (CHAIRMAN) 8. DR. OYEBADE GBOYEGA FESTUS. (SECRETARY) AIM AND OBJECTIVE TO TEACH ASPIRING ARTISTS THE SKILL INVOLVED IN THEATRE ACTING FREE OF CHARGE 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 TOPE ADEYEMO

UMUDURUOTUTU DEVELOPMENT UNION

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) BONIFRANCIS ONWUASO 2) IGNATIUS OKORIE 3) AGU LEONARD IFEANYI 4) OGBENNA CASMIR CHIJIOKE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1) TO ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF UMUDURUOTUTU COMMUNITY. 2) TO ASSIST THE INDIGENT MEMBERS OF UMUDURUOTUTU COMMUNITY AND IT’S ENVIRONS. 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 IZU

CENTRE AGAINST INJUSTICE AND DOMESTICE VIOLENCE 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. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. SOLOKI MOSES OLUGBENGA 2. VICTOR OTUBANJO 3. ODUSANYA OLUSOGA 4. AYENI SAMUEL SEUN 5. OWOSGENI SEFIU 6. ADEYINKA EZEKIEL AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO HELP REDUCE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN OUR SOCIETY 2. TO HELP REDUCE SOCIAL INJUSTICE IN OUR SOCIETY ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS FROM THIS PUBLICATION SIGNED: TRUSTEES

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ROBERT AJAYI AYENI 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 MEMBERS 1. AYENI BABAJIDE TEMITOPE (PRESIDENT) 2. OGUNKUNLE ELIJAH AJAO (SEC) 3. KOIKI AKEEM OLALEKAN 4. PATRICK TEJUMOLA MOTUNRAYO YETUNDE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1) YOUTH EMPOWERMENT THROUGH SKILL ACQUISITION 2) TO ASSIST THE LESS PRIVILEGED 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. SIGNED SECRETARY

PURIM INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY

THIS IS TO NOTIFY 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. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. AJILEYE OLUSOLA FESTUS 2. SOBAKIN OLUSEGUN AYOOLA 3. BISADE OLUSEGUN MICHAEL 4. ADENIRAN OLALEKAN AMOFE. THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. TO OPERATE AS A CHURCH FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST, 2. TO RAISE AND NURTURE BELIEVERS TO BECOME TRUE FOLLOWERS AND DISCIPLES OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, 3. TO OPERATE A THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY WHERE SOUND BIBLICAL DOCTRINES AND PRINCIPLES WOULD BE TAUGHT FROM ORDINARY LEVEL TO ADVANCE LEVEL. 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: TUNJI OMOLE ESQ GREENFIELDS SOLICITOR

ALTER CHRISTIAN LOVE FELLOWSHIP

VICTORIOUS KINGS CHAPEL INTERNATIONAL 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) DAVID OLUWANIYI MATTHEW 2) ANGELA NENE DAVID 3) AMOS AJAYI DADA 4) DAVID GBEMINU JOHN 5) OLABIMTAN SUNDAY OLANREWAJU 6) LAWAL ADEYEMI. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1) TO IMPACT ON OUR GENERATION 2) TO TRANSFORM OUR SOCIETY INTO BETTER PLACE 3) TO FOSTER UNITY AMONG CHRISTIAN 4) TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE TO ALL NATION 5) TO CREATE ENABLING ENVIRONMENT THROUGH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS. 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

GLORY UNIVERSAL CHURCH

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 ARE 1. EKWUEME JOHN KEN (CHAIRMAN) 2. IFEANYI CHRIS DESTINY 3. ANANE ROSE MARY IFY 4. EMEGHEBO DAALU EDITH (SECRETARY) 5. MASAKU NGOZI AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1.TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE TO MANKIND 2. TO HELP 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. SIGNED: BARR FERGUSON

LIKE HEAVEN INT’L. 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. TRUSTEES: (1) SUNNY BASIL AGUIYI. (2) DOREEN CHISOM AGUIYI. 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, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. APOSTLE SAMUEL. AUSTIN. - CHAIRMAN. 2. EVANG. DEBORAH. ÀUSTIN. V/CHAIRMAN 3. EVANG. DANIEL. BULUS - SECRETARY. 4. PASTOR CHIKA. CHILAKA - TREASURER. 5. DEACON IKECHUKWU. LINUS. - FIN . SECRETARY. 6. DEACONESS. ANNA. IKECHUKWU. LINUS. - MEMBER. 7. BRO. CHINEDU. ELEM - MEMBER. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO PROCLAIM THE WORD OF GOD TO THE WORLD. 2. TO WORSHIP GOD IN TRUTH AND IN HOLINESS. 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 : APOSTLE. SAMUEL AUSTIN - CHAIRMAN

ADONAI POWER WORD MINISTRY INTERNATIONAL THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE MINISTRY BODY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA, FOR THE REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ‘ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. AMAFULA EMMANUEL ONYEBUCHI. 2. ELEHUMANYA HERBERT. 3. EZE JULIET CHINASA. 4. OYEAHIALAM CHINEDU ELVIS. 5. NWAEJIAKA NDUBUISI MICHAEL. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PREACH AND TEACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST TO ALL NATIONS. 2. TO ORGANISED PRAYER CONFERENCE, REVIVALS, CRUSADES AND SEMINARS FOR THE LIBERATION OF SOULS FROM CAPTIVITY, REBUILDING OF DESTINES AND RESTORATION OF GOD’S GLORY. 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

MY COMPLAINT UNTO THE LORD’S DAY CHURCH 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. ABRAHAM AZIANKOU KANISURU 2. FRIDAY UDEME 3. UDU MOSES UKERE 4. FRIDAY JOSEPH 5. ABRAHAM OLUWAYOMI AMEN 6. ABRAHAM DAMILOLA MARIA AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO ALL 2. TO PROPAGATE CHRISTIANITY 3. TO CARE FOR THE LESS PRIVILEGED IN OUR SOCIETY 4. TO ADVANCE EDUCATION AND SET UP EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS FROM THIS PUBLICATION SIGNED BY SECRETARY

LIFECARE DIVINE GRACE 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. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. REV. DR. POPOOLA FLORENCE OMOSOLA. 2. MR. POPOOLA GABRIEL OLUFEMI ONAADEPO. 3. COMFORT FUNMILAYO IKUMAPAYI. 4. MR. ODISHIKA THOMAS EGWENI. 5. MR. POPOOLA, TEMITOPE IBUKUN. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST TO ALL NATIONS. 2. TO ORGANIZE SEMINARS, CONFERENCES, SYMPOSIA ON NATURAL HEALTHY LIVING 3. TO PROVIDE HELP TO THE LESS PRIVILEGE IN THE COMMUNITIES. 4. TO PROMOTE MISSION WORK IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS FROM THIS PUBLICATION SIGNED: TRUSTEES

OLUTAYO FATOGUN FOUNDATION 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. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. OLUTAYO AYODELE FATOGUN (CHAIRMAN) 2. BUKOLA REMI FATOGUN (VICE -CHAIRMAN) 3. DAMILOLA TEMITAYO FATOGUN. 4. IFEOLUWA ABIMBOLA FATOGUN 5. OMOWUNMI BUSOLA FATOGUN (SECRETARY) AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO HELP THE LESS PRIVILEGED PEOPLE IN THE SOCIETY. 2. TO SPONSOR THE EDUCATION OF THE LESS PRIVILEGED. 3. TO SET UP BUSINESSES FOR THE WIDOWS. 4. TO EDUCATE AND ENCOURAGE THE YOUTH TO AVOID CRIMES AND VICES. 5. TO ESTABLISH AND RUN A SKILL ACQUISITION CENTER FOR LESS PRIVILEGED. 6. TO EMPOWER THE RURAL DWELLERS FINANCIALLY IN OUR LITTLE CAPACITY. 7. TO DO ALL SUCH OTHER LAWFUL THINGS AS MAY BE CONSIDERED TO BE INCIDENTAL OR CONDUCIVE TO THE ATTAINMENT OF THE ABOVE OBJECTS OR ANY OF THEM. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS FROM THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED BY OLUTAYO AYODELE FATOGUN (CHAIRMAN)


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DISCLAIMER

THE MANAGEMENT OF CHUKS OKPARA & CO WISHES TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC, THAT RICHARD TARKPA JOHNDAJO IS NO LONGER A STAFF OF CHUKS OKPARA & CO. THE MANAGEMENT OF CHUKS OKPARA & CO WISHES TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT ANYONE WHO DEALS WITH HIM ON BEHALF OR IN RESPECT OF CHUKS OKPARA & CO DOES SO AT THEIR OWN RISK. SIGNED: MANAGEMENT

INTER - DENOMINATIONAL CHRISTIAN PRAYER CENTRE THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REMOVAL OF TRUSTEES UNDER PART ‘’C’’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1999 NAME OF TRUSTEES 1. REV. DR. DANIEL ASIAN 2. EMMANUEL EVANS UDOUKPONG 3. ANIEFIOK UDUAK FRIDAY UMOH 4. SAVIOUR UWANA 5. FRANCIS UMOREN AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD TO THE WORLD. 2. TO PRODUCE CHRISTIAN LITERATURE THAT PROMOTES SALVATION OF SOULS, HOLINESS OF BELIEVERS AND SOUND BIBLE TEACHING AMONG CHURCHES AND NATIONS OF THE WORLD. THIS INCLUDES CHRISTIAN BOOKS, MAGAZINES, TRACTS E.T.C 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.

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DANDANO CHARITY FOUNDATION THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REMOVAL OF TRUSTEES UNDER PART ‘’C’’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1999 TRUSTEES: 1, SALIHU YUNUSA SALIHU 2, NUHU YUNUSA USMAN, 3, BASHIR MAGAJI ALHASSAN 4, ZUNNURAINI MUHAMMAD, 5, SANI ABDULHADI MAGAJI, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES, 1. TO UPLIFT THE EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS OF WOMEN/GIRL-CHILD AND THE LESS PRIVILEGED BY SPONSORING THEIR EDUCATION AT ALL LEVELS. 2. TO EMPOWER WOMEN/WIDOWS, YOUTHS AND THE LESS-PRIVILEGED BY TEACHING THEM SOME VOCATIONAL SKILLS AND FUNDING THEIR SMALL BUSINESS. 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

VISIONARY ELDERS’ FORUM THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REMOVAL OF TRUSTEES UNDER PART ‘’C’’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1999 TRUSTEES ARE 1. ENGR. OLEJIYA IDOWU VICTOR 2. ALH. ODUBAYO NURENI ALIMI 3. PASTOR SOLANKE MATHEW AKINTOYE 4. PRINCE EMMANUEL LAWRENCE SYLVESTER 5. PRINCE OLADEINDE BABASOLA SAMUEL 6. PRINCE AWOLESI SOLOMON SOYEBO 7. MRS ONANUGA GRACE ORIOLA . AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PROMOTE SOLIDARITY, SPIRIT OF FRIENDLINESS AND ONENESS AMONG ITS MEMBERS. 2. TO ENSURE PROGRESS IN THE UNDERTAKING OF ITS MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

WASE KANANG INDIGENOUS MINERS DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REMOVAL OF TRUSTEES UNDER PART ‘’C’’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1999 TRUSTEES: 1, MUHAMMAD ASMA ANANI, 2, ABUBAKAR WASE MOHAMMED KABIR 3, MAMUDA MOHAMMED BADAMASI 4, YUSUFU SALISU AL-BALA 5, GARBA ALHAJI ABUBAKAR, AIM AND OBJECTIVE TO FOSTER PEACE, UNITY, PROGRESS AND DEVELOPMENT OF WASE KANANG COMMUNITY AND SOCIETY AT LARGE. 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

THE AMAZING GLORY OF GOD CHERUBIM & SERAPHIM CHURCH THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REMOVAL OF TRUSTEES UNDER PART ‘’C’’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1999 TRUSTEES: 1. IBIDAPO ABIODUN ABRAHAM- CHAIRMAN. 2. GIWA ABAYOMI ALANI . 3. ODUFOWOKAN OLUWABUSAYOMI. 4. DARAMOLA FUNMILAYO RACHEAL. 5. MICHEAL TEMITOPE IBIDAPO. AIM AND OBJECTIVE TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST TO THE WORLD 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

SIGNED: SECRETARY

UNIQUE NETWORK EDUCATION FOR YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

THE CENTER FOR IMPLEMENTATION SCIENCE RC.NO 866716

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 1999 TRUSTEES: 1. AKAMIRO LILIAN EZIHE -PRESIDENT 2. EKELEME MARTINA ADA- SECRETARY 3. PASTOR CHINEDUM INNOCENT ADIOLE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PROMOTE EDUCATION AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT 2. TO PROTECT THE WELFARE AND INTEREST OF MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR CHIDINMA OSAROBO CHIDINMA AKUKWU CHAMBERS

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REMOVAL OF TRUSTEES UNDER PART ‘’C’’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1999 THE TRUSTEES ARE 1. IHEADI ONWUKWE (RETAINED) 2 .YAKUBU KURE (RETAINED) 3. AMASIKE CHIBUZO IHESIABA (RETAINED) 4. IHEUKWUMERE ODOCHI CHINWE (RETAINED) 5. EGBODO IJI EGBODO (REMOVED) 6. KELECHI AGORSON (REMOVED) THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES REMAIN THE SAME ANY OBJECTION TO THESE CHANGES 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

LOVE FILLED FAITH MINISTRY INTERNATIONAL

SIGNED TRUSTEES

GOD’S DIVINE CHARISMATIC CHURCH INTERNATIONAL

FOUNTAIN OF CONSOLATION GOSPEL CHURCH

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5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

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Get your eyes tested to prevent Glaucoma, experts urge Nigerians Stories by Angela Onwuzoo Worried about the increasing cases of glaucoma in the country, Nigerians have been advised to undergo regular eye screening for early detection of the eye disease, especially those with family history of glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness. Experts say early detection through regular and complete eye examination was key to protecting vision from damage caused by glaucoma. Glaucoma, according to experts, is an eye disease that affects the optic nerve, gradually damaging the fibres of the nerves in an irreversible manner till blindness occur if no intervention is undertaken. Glaucoma is said to be the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world; affecting over 45 million people. As part of efforts to reducing cases of blindness caused by glaucoma in Nigeria, Me Cure Eye Centre, in commemoration of the 2018 World Glaucoma Week, is offering free glaucoma screening to over 200 Nigerians. The 2018 theme of the weeklong event is “Green = Get Your Eyes tested for Glaucoma: Save Your Sight”, aimed at beating invisible glaucoma. World Glaucoma Week is an annual weeklong event marked

between March 11 to 18. It is marked across the globe by the World Glaucoma Association and the World Glaucoma Patient Association. Speaking on the aim of the free glaucoma sreening exercise in Lagos on Tuesday, a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Chief Operating Officer, Me Cure Eye Centre, Lagos, Dr. Adegboyega Alabi, said the free screening was part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of his organisation, with the over all objective of reducing the rate of blindness caused by glaucoma in the country. According to Adegboyega, glaucoma has no cure and many people have no idea they had it. “It is only when they undergo free eye screening exercises like this that they often discover they have glaucoma. That is why the message now is get your eyes tested for glaucoma: save your sight”, he said. Identifying early detection as key in preventing glaucoma, the ophthalmologist, stressed that glaucoma was the cause of avoidable blindness. “Glaucoma is referred to as “the silent thief of sight”. This is because it slowly damages the eye and causes irreversible loss of vision to the sufferer.So, glaucoma can be avoided if the disease is picked up early”, he

Dr. Adegboyega

added. The eye specialist, said to beat invisible glaucoma in the country, Nigerians should walk into any eye care standard facility and have their eyes evaluated or checked for glaucoma. Lamenting the socio-economic impact of glaucoma,the ophthalmologist, revealed that over 45 million people are suf-

fering from glaucoma all over the world,stressing that the eye disease was on the increase in Nigeria despite the lack of available data on the number of Nigerians affected. He described glaucoma as a burden on the immediate family and community of those suffering from the eye condition, as they now depend on others

for survival,besides the huge cost of managing the disease for life. Adegboyega identified advancing age, family history of glaucoma, being black, high pressure in the eye, migraine, high blood pressure as risk factors for developing glaucoma. Listing various ways individuals, communities and governmnent could beat invisible glaucoma, Adegboyega said: “For individuals, they should present themselves for screening and check if they have it or not. Know your glaucoma status as we have in HIV, that is the message.” While calling for community participation and enlightenment in the fight against glaucoma, Adegboyega, urged the government to increase funding for the health sector and also subsidise cost of treatment for glaucoma patients. Also speaking, an Optometrist and Outreach Coordinator of Me Cure Diagnostics, Dr. Martin Nwabuzor, enjoined Nigerians to embrace the free glaucoma sreening excercise to prevent irreversible blindness from glaucoma. He noted that the free glaucoma screening exercise would run for three days to enable more people have their eyes screened.

Food experts warn against exposing bottled water to sunlight Food experts in the country have warned against exposing bottled water to sunlight, saying it could adversely affect the plastic bottles and the shelf life of the content. Speaking in an interview with The Daily Times in Lagos recently , one of the food experts and First Vice- President, Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology (NIFST), Mr. Oluwole Toye, said from safety point of view, “When the plastic gets hot, the air intake increases and this reduces the shelf life of the content.” He explained: “If bottled water is left in the sun for a long period, it is not safe. From the perspective of shelf life, bottled water exposed to sunlight overtime, is not safe enough or not as safe as it should be when kept in an ambient environment. “So, it is not advisable and should not be debated, the ef-

Bottled water

fect of sunlight on the shelf life of bottled water.” Citing the country’s weather condition, Toye however, said: “Because we have a peculiar environment in Nigeria, most of these waters do not stay too long before they are sold off. But from general safety perspective, the producers have

the task of educating the distributors not to leave them under the sun.” The NIFST Vice- President, therefore, called on the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), to carry out continuous surveillance and monitoring of registered packaged

drinking water in the country to ensure their proper strorage. “As an Insitute, we have offered our services to NAFDAC because we have our members all over the federation. So,NIFST is out there to assist in ensuring food and water safety in the country. “There is need for constant monitoring to ensure that the food and water we consume in Nigeria are safe and properly stored”, Toye said. He concluded:”What needs to be done is create awareness down the value chain. Let the man on the street know some of these facts, let retailers know these facts, let consumers know these facts. Let the people be educated.” Another food expert, Mr. Nureni Opaleye, also said water was not supposed to be stored in the heat of the sun owing to the fact that there could be a possible reaction with the packaging materials-

Poly- Ethylene Terephthalate (PET) bottles. Opaleye who is a Scientific & Regulatory Consultant at Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited, said though PET bottles were not produced from materials that are injurious to health, bottled water should however,not be kept in sunlight. “But in the area of sachet water, I see challenges because most of the materials used for the production of sachets calls for concern. Also, the waters themselves, most of them are not safe. Regulatory agencies should be more strigent in sachet water regulation in the country”, he said. To stop the habit of exposing table water to the sun in Nigeria especially amongst retailers, the water expert, called for aggressive education of marketers and retailers on the right condition and atmosphere to store bottled water.


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Stakeholders to mothers: Immunise your children against measles Stories by Angela Onwuzoo As part of efforts to reduce Nigeria’s high underfive deaths, mothers have been urged to bring out their children for immunisation against measles as the Lagos State 2018 Measles vaccination campaign begins today. The vaccination campaign will hold between 15 and 29 March, 2018, in all health facilities in the state and designated posts in communities with a target of 3.6 million children from nine months to five years. Speaking at a Media Orientation Programme on the campaign in Lagos on Monday, organised by the state government in collaboration with UNICEF, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board, Dr Iyabo Aare, said the measles campaign was also targeted at immunising all eligible children, irrespective of previous vaccination history. According to Aare, the measles vaccine is free, safe and also saves lives. She stated that during the previous measles campaign in 2015, the state met 86.2 per cent of the expected 95 per cent coverage target. The state, she noted, could not achieve optimal coverage due to some resistant groups, including churches, mosques and estates where vaccinators were not allowed to vaccinate children. “This campaign is very important for our children to protect them from this killer dis-

A nurse immunising a child

ease, to secure them because they are our future. The campaign is in collaboration with UNICEF, WHO, the National Primary Healthcare Board Development Agency and other partners”,she said. Measles according to experts is a highly contagious viral illness transmitted through respiratory droplets and with mortality more amongst children who are less than 5 years of age as well as malnourished children, especially with Vi-

tamin A deficiency and those who live in crowded condition. Symptoms include: cough, fever, red eyes, light, sensitivity, muscle aches, runny nose, sore throat and white spots inside the mouth. Stakeholders say immunisation was one of the most important and potent means of preventing childhood mortality. According to experts, a child is considered fully immunised if he or she has received vac-

cines such as Bacilli Calmatte Guerin (BCG) and Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), Diphetaria Pertusis; Tetanus, Yellow Fever, Measles and Hipatitis B. Highlighting the importance of the measles campaign, UNICEF’s Health Specialist, Dr Charles Nwosisi, said Nigeria ranked number one for being the most unimmunised for measles vaccine 1st dose, with 3.3 million children as compared to India with 2.9 children.

Nwosisi said that Nigeria was also 192 out of 200 countries in global ranking for measles vaccination coverage. According to him, measles vaccination coverage in 2016 was below the 95 per cent coverage target as Nigeria met 51 per cent coverage. He said: “This 2017/2018 campaign has been tagged: ”Catchup” campaign; it is to mop-up or reach children that have been missed over the years, so as to meet the 95 per cent target coverage.” In her remarks, Immunisation Programme Officer, Lagos State, Dr Olubunmi Akinlade, described measles as a dangerous disease caused by a virus and one of the leading causes of death among young children. Akinlade said that measles could cause blindness, death and reduce a child’s ability to fight other diseases, resulting in frequent illness. On her part, Modupe Owojuyigbe, Director, Health Education, Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board, said it was important for children to receive immunisation during the campaign to be fully protected against measles. “The vaccines are safe, free and not harmful to children; a child that does not complete his routine immunisation is half protected. “The best protection against measles is to be vaccinated and complete one’s routine immunisation; vaccination will save more lives”, she said.

Violence against women: Network of journalists tasks states on VAPP Act To eliminate violence against women in the country, the Network of Reproductive Health Journalists of Nigeria (NRHJN), has requested for the immediate signing of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act 2018 (VAPP Act 2018) into law by all states of the federation. NRHJN believes that the domestication of the Act by the 36 states of the federation would go a long way in addressing all forms of violence against women in the country. The network made the request in a statement to commemorate the 2018 International Women’s Day, celebrated across the globe recently. According to the statement signed by its President,Mr. Roland Ogbonnaya and Secretary, Mrs Yinka Shokunbi respectively, NRHJN decried the lukewarm attitude of most of the state governments to issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights of all persons especially women and

girls. The network noted that such lukewarm attitude would grossly affect the development and total wellbeing of women and girls in the country if not urgently addressed. The network applauded the recent historic signing into law of the Act by Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State which now brings to four the number of states that have passed the VAPP Act since it was introduced in 2015 by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. NRHJN described the introduction of VAPP Law in the state as a welcome development because Ogun State has one of the large burdens of domestic violence, incidences of reproductive health challenges such as teenage pregnancy, and child sexual abuse in the country. It therefore, called for the immediate domesticaton of the VAPP Act in all the other states which were yet to do so as to give women and girls some sense of social justice and se-

curity from violent and abusive tendencies. “So far, the states which have domesticated the Act include Anambra, Oyo, Ogun and the FCT while Lagos and Ekiti have each passed laws against Violence Against Women. The extent of the effect of the nonpassage of the VAPP Act to Nigerian women will be worsen by the consequences of the reinstated expanded Global Gag Rule of President Donald Trump of the United States in 2017”,the network said. Speaking on consequences of the Global Gag Rule on sexual nd reproductive health of women, Country Director, Ipas, Nigeria, Hauwa Shekarau notes: “More than 22 million women every year—almost all in developing countries—will have an unsafe abortion because they lack access to safe, high-quality abortion care. “It’s worse in Nigeria where the law criminalises abortion and women’s access to reproductive health services such as family planning contraception

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is dependent more on donors fund some of which have had their funds cut due to the GGR because of their involvement in providing abortion services in many countries around the world”. Shekarau went on: “The Global Gag Rule will not only hurt abortion access or access to contraception but other forms of health care.

On his part, Chairman Association of Advanced Family Planning, Nigeria (AAFPN), Dr Ejike Oji, commended Amosu for the effort. He noted that the Law if well enforced would promote the good health of the people of Ogun State especially women and girls who ae often at the receiving end of domestic violence, harmful traditional practices and sexual abuses.

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FCT Minister inaugurates reconstituted Board of FCT Water Board Idu Jude Abuja

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respect to the order given by the presidency to all MDAs ensuring the inauguration of all boards of agencies and parastatals, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has inaugurated the reconstituted management Board of FCT Water Board and has charged them to give priority attention to ongoing water projects in the Territory. The FCT Minister, who was represented at the occasion by the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Chinyeaka C. Ohaa, called on the board members to put in their best to sustain the momentum of service delivery as well as enhance the dividends of change which is the driving spirit of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration. He said their coming on stream should help in consolidating the foundations of good corporate governance and productivity in the organization with anticipated multiplier effects in the FCT economy. His words, “Our expectations from agencies is that they should have sound internal dynamics, be productive, peopleoriented and financially self-sustaining. So much confidence has therefore, been reposed in you. You must consequently hit the ground running.” Also speaking at the occasion, the FCTA Permanent Secretary, who was represented by the Chief of Staff to the FCT Min-

ister, Malam Bashir Maibornu, said the coming on stream of the Management Board is a significant value addition that will assist in setting out broad policy guidelines, key performance indicators and professional advice that is required for improved performance of the board. Mr. Chinyeaka charged the Board members to guide and support the management team of the FCT Water Board by setting attainable goals and globally acceptable standards that would ensure the provision of quality water supply to all nooks and crannies of the FCT. It would be recalled that the Management Boards of some FCT Parastatals and Agencies were recently inaugurated by the FCT Minister to stimulate and galvanize activities of these agencies for optimal performance and improved service delivery. The FCT Water Board could not be inaugurated at the time due to some circumstances beyond the control of the FCT Administration that needed to be cleared to pave way for their formal coming on stream. In his response at the occasion, the Chairman of the newly inaugurated Board, Engr. Kassim Ali thanked the Administration for the confidence reposed in the members by their call to service. He called for the support and partnership of the Administration and residents towards the achievement of the mandate of the Board.

Founder Obasa Foundation, Mr. Damola Adekunle (middle) with students of Sango Junior Secondary School, Agege, during donation of stationaries to the school...on Wednesday

Transportation ministry to implement ECOWAS Road Scheme – Director Idu Jude Abuja

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of Transportation says it will implement the Interstate Road Transit (ISRT) Scheme in 2018 to generate employment and facilitate trade between ECOWAS region. Mrs. Ekpa, the Director (Road Mass Transit), Federal Ministry of Transportation, made the promise in Abuja on Tuesday while talking with newsmen. According to her, the Federal Government appointed NEXIM bank as the national guarantor for the project in 1992 with the sum of N500 million to be paid to the bank to commence the project. She said that over N300 million had been released to NEXIM bank between 2015 till date since the advent of the current administration.

Ekpa said NEXIM bank had the responsibility of guaranteeing goods transiting through Nigeria to other ECOWAS countries against the risk of diversion. “We are putting in place what is called the Inter State Road Transit Scheme. “In the sense that it provides for the sector, especially those who are involved in importation and exportation of goods in utilisation of roads for passage of goods. “The project offers to such people, an insurance mechanism so that goods that are transited from Nigeria to countries along the ECOWAS corridors are insured. “Nigeria has released over N300 million to NEXIM bank between 2015 and now. “The irony for us which

is a pleasant one is the fact that N500 million was what was required in 1992 and are still willing in 2017 to collect the same amount to kick start the project. “It is a huge project and we are glad because we see it as one of the job creation factors for the sector. “We also look at improving our relationship with ECOWAS by implementing all the policies and programmes that are required to make business transaction between Nigeria and other countries very useful’’. She said that Nigerian ports had been boycotted by transporters, adding that transporters preferred to go through Cotonou or Ghana because Nigerian ports were not compliant to this ECOWAS protocol. The director said ECOWAS had completed the

Joint Boarder Post which the department played a vital role, explain that the post was a boundary setup between Nigeria and Benin republic. “Trucks and vehicles that are going from Nigeria to other ECOWAS countries along the BeninAbidjan-Lagos corridor are scanned so that people do not bring in arms. “It is a good check point for monitoring transit between Nigeria and its bordering countries, the aspiration of the government and ECOWAS is to minimise the hold ups that we have been having on that corridor. She said ECOWAS was formed primarily to facilitate the establishment of a single market in the West African sub-region, which would lead to economic development of the region.

Sierra Leone fixes March 27 for presidential run-off

Myke Uzendu, Abuja

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National Electoral Commission (NEC) of Sierra Leone has fixed March 27 for the next Presidential run-off between Rtd Julius Maada Bio of opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) and Dr Samura Kamara of the ruling All People’s Congress (APC). Both candidate emerged top contenders at the fiercely contested March 7 elections but failed to secure the required 55 percent votes to be declared

winner. The final results of the presidential, parliamentary and local council polls released by Mohamed N’fah-Alie Conteh Chair of the National Electoral Commission (NEC) in Freetown Tuesday showed that Bio received 43.3% or 1.097 million of the votes, followed by Kamara 42.7% or 1.082 mllion votes. Dr. Kandeh Yumkellah of the National Grand Alliance (NGC) is third with 6.9% or 174,014 votes.

NEC Chair quoting the constitution said a second round will take place March 27 since none of the candidates obtained 55% of the votes in the first round. Some 3.17 voters were registered in the with an estimated seven million populations. Votes cast were 2.6 million and valid votes 2.5 million. Following the announcement on Sunday of 75% of the processed votes, NEC at the instance of some political parties carried

out vote recounts at 154 polling stations, while ballots of 221 polling stations were annulled because of irregularities The winner of the runoff vote will replace outgoing President Ernest Bai Koroma of APC, as the country’s 5th President. This is the first time that Sierra Leone authorities would take charge of the electoral process since end of the country’s 11-year civil war in 2002, and the withdrawal of the UN Mission in 2014.

Ernest Bai Koroma, Sierra Leone President


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Buhari in Yobe, speaks on steps taken to rescue kidnapped Dapchi girls

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am here in Yobe State today, to express my sincere sympathies with the parents, families, the Government and the entire people of Yobe State whose daughters were callously abducted by unrepentant terrorists. 2. On 19th February 2018, we woke up to the painful news of the abduction of One Hundred and Ten (110) students of Government Girls’ Science and Technical College, Dapchi. Since this ugly incident happened, I have not left any stone unturned in making sure that the girls are rescued. 3. I have ordered the Service Chiefs and the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to take direct charge and brief me on a daily basis on the efforts to bring back the girls. Within four (4) days of the incident, the Minister of Information visited Dapchi and the next day, the Minister of Interior who was accompanied by the Minister of Information re-visited the school for on the spot assessment. 4. I have ordered the re-strengthening of a Joint Operational Base involving relevant agencies and Services to coordinate the rescue mission. Consequently, the Service Commanders have not only established a unified Command Centre in Maiduguri, the Military has raised several rescue teams to comb the forests in the North East Theatre of Operation. 5. In addition, the Nigerian Airforce has maintained aerial surveillance of the area. The Federal Government had earlier sent a delegation of senior officials to visit the Governor and the parents of the girls to reassure them of the measures the government is taking as well as have an on-the-spot-assessment of the incident. 6. Similarly, the Federal Government has set up a 12-member Committee to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the students. The membership of the Committee was drawn from among security agencies and local residents. It is my hope that any agency, person or group found to have been negligent or culpable in the abduction of the girls will be punished in accordance with the law. 7. Furthermore, the government is partnering with the International Community and organizations including our neighbours to ensure that these girls are safely returned. Just recently, I reiterated our resolve to negotiate for the unconditional release of the girls. This is borne out of this administration’s conviction that, doing so is safer devoid of risks and will not endanger the lives of our young girls who are in harm’s way. 8. Since the inception of this administration, we have remained resolute in our fight against Terrorism and Boko Haram insurgents. Nigerians will readily recall that prior to our coming in 2015, the situation was chaotic with violent terrorist attacks being the order of the day. 9. Terrorists had made life very unbearable for the people in Yobe, Kano, Kaduna, Borno, Niger, and even the FCT, Abuja.

I am here in Yobe State today, to express my sincere sympathies with the parents, families, the Government and the entire people of Yobe State whose daughters were callously abducted by unrepentant terrorists. President Buhari

Our Mosques and Churches witnessed daily suicide bomb attacks. Parts of Adamawa and Borno States were helplessly ceded to the terrorists. 10. But today, we have so far shown clear determination in tackling terrorism which is a worldwide phenomenon. We have not only degraded the power and dominance of the criminal elements, our security forces have patriotically exhibited an uncommon zeal in executing their assignment. 11. We explored various strategies including regional and international collaborations to exterminate terror. We have re-equipped our armed forces, security and intelligence Services. They are empowered with improved welfare and better equipment. The outcomes have been good. Our achievement in maintaining security is such that the international community and even our critics commend our modest efforts in this regards. 12. The Federal Government’s re-

sponse to the unfortunate abduction of the schoolgirls is a clear departure from the insensitivity of the past administration which looked the other way while the Chibok girls were taken away in 2014 and held in captivity for over 3 years. Due to our commitment, over 100 Chibok girls have been rescued and reunited with their families, sent back to school and empowered with requisite skills. 13. You may recall that recently, our negotiation efforts led to the release of abducted University of Maiduguri lecturers, some women Police personnel, students and even an NYSC member. We, therefore, have no doubt that the Dapchi girls will be rescued or released. I can reassure parents, Nigerians and the International Community that we will do all that is within our power to make sure that the girls are brought back safely to their families. 14. I have ordered a 24-hour brief to me by security agencies on its successes or

challenges. While expecting the report of the Committee set up to investigate the abduction for implementation, I have asked that appropriate Federal Government authorities be in constant touch with the Yobe State Government and other neighbouring States to ensure a common strategy and line of action. 15. There will be no rest till the last girl, whether from Chibok and Dapchi, is released. The girls, like all our citizens, must enjoy unhindered freedom and pursue their legitimate aspirations. 16. The Dapchi and Chibok students are our girls and must enjoy our protection. They must live to achieve their individual ambitions, to be great women of tomorrow. It is our duty to protect them. We are determined to restore peace to all part of the country – from the West to the East; North to the South. While calling for calm, I implore affected parents and families to restrain from making statements that may jeopardize the success of the rescue mission. 17. We are aware of orchestrations by some evil elements to take advantage of the development to score cheap political points. I call on law-abiding citizens to shun activities and statements that may cause a breakdown of law and order. 18. The Government, under my watch, will continue to maintain normalcy and ensure that incidents of this nature are stopped. Be assured that measures are being put in place to achieve these objectives. Thank you and may Almighty Allah bless our country. Being full text of an address by President Muhammadu Buhari on his official visit to Yobe State, on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.


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Imo to conduct LG June Val Okara, Owerri.

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Anambra Central senatorial seat: Appeal Court reserves judgment Andrew Orolua, Abuja

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special panel of the Court of Appeal on Wednesday reserved it’s judgment in the appeal filed by the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Obiora Okonkwo seeking to restore him as senator representing the Senatorial District of Anambra state. The appellate court reserved the judgment after counsel to the parties adopted their briefs of arguments. Presiding Justice M.L. Garbahe said that the date of judgment will be communicated to the parties. In the notice of appeal Okonkwo further prayed the Court of Appeal to set aside January 12, 2018, ruling of Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court which vacated the said consent judgment of December 13, 2017. He also asked the appellate court for an order directing INEC to immediately comply with the consent judgment of Justice Tsoho delivered on December 13, 2017, by issuing him with a Certificate of Return as the winner of the disputed senatorial seat. But before hearing the appeal, the court had on February 26, granted the application by Senator Victor Umeh and his All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) political platform to participate in the proceedings. The court granted the

application after it was not opposed to by counsel to Okonkwo, the peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Mrs. Uche Ekwunife. Okonkwo in the said appeal filed by his team of lawyers led by Sabastine Hon; specially asked the appellate court to restore the consent judgment of the Federal High Court delivered on December 13, 2017, ordering the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to issue him a certificate of return as senator representing the Senatorial District of Anambra state. Meanwhile, Senator Victor Umeh and his political party who were joined as 5th and 6th respondents in the appeal have asked the court to dismiss the appeal for lacking in merit and a gross abuse of court process. On its part, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has in its notice of preliminary objection, challenged the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the appeal. When the matter came up for hearing yesterday, counsel to the appellant Mr. Hon (SAN) urged the court to allow the appeal and dismiss the objections raised by INEC, Sen. Umeh and APGA. He argued that both the 3rd, 5th and 6th have not validly respond to the all-important issue con-

tained in ground one of the appeal. Hon who relied on the Supreme Court authority of Hassan V Halilu urged the court to hold that a pre-election matter have a life of its own which cannot be extinguished by post- election matter. The appellant lawyer further submitted that the Court of Appeal cannot be bound by its earlier decisions as the law has changed. On this, he relied on the case law in Sani V Unity Bank (2017) to submit that the Court of Appeal can no longer be bound by the decision of the Enugu division of the court, which had nullified the election, since the law has changed in Hassan V Halilu. Hon further submitted that anybody seeking to challenge a consent judgment can not come by way of motion, but by a fresh action. But counsel to INEC, Eyitayo Fadipo in urging the court to dismiss the appeal, challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear the appeal. Both counsel to the People’s Democratic Party and Senator Uche Ekwunife, Ifeanyi Umeji and Ernest Nwoye did not file any brief of arguments. Counsel to Senator Umeh and APGA, Patrick Ikwueto (SAN), urged the court to dismiss the appeal for lacking in merit and allow his preliminary objection filed on March 5.

Ikwueto argued that a consent judgment can be set aside if it turns out that it was made by a court without jurisdiction or it was obtained by fraud. He further argued that the legal authority in Hassan V Halilu cited by counsel to the appellant was rather in favour of his clients. In the appeal, Okonkwo is further seeking an order of the Court of Appeal to the effect that the consent judgment entered into by Justice Tsoho on December 13, 2017 in suit No; FHC/ABJ/ CS/1092/2014, ranks superior to any post-election decision, notwithstanding the hierarchy of court established by section 287 and other relevant provisions of the 1999 constitution [as amended]. He further prayed for an order that in spite of the hierarchy of the courts established by section 287 and other relevant provisions of the 1999 constitution (as amended),a pre-election suit and decisions ranks/ superior to a post-election decision notwithstanding that the court delivering the pre-election decision is inferior to the court delivering or which has delivered the post-election decision. Other members of the special panel drawn from the various divisions of the court to hear the preelection matter include Justices M.A. Danjuma; T.O. Awotoye; M.L. Shuaibu and F.O. Oho.

Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has said that the he would conduct the Local Government election in June this year to elect Chairmen and Councilors, even as he charged the State House of Assembly tidy up the Local Government laws without delay for the election. Okorocha who spoke at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport on arrival from Oversea tour stating that the APC is weak in the South-East and promised to take the necessary steps to strengthen the party in the zone. Daily Times reports that if Governor Okorocha keeps to his promise to conduct council election, it would be the first local government election since he came to power in 2011. Investigation revealed that Okorocha plans to use the elected council Chairmen and councilors during APC primaries and 2019 general election. He insisted that the endorsement of his son inlaw given, Uche Nwosu for the governorship in the State stand and challenged those opposed to the en-

dorsement to present their own aspirants or Candidates if they believed they have better options. “Let those criticizing the endorsements present their own aspirants or candidates if they think or feel that what they have is better than what we have endorsed so that the people can look at the whole of them and make their choice. You don’t criticize an action you do not have a better option”. “The APC Primary in Imo is going to be very transparent. It is going to be open. The world will be made to watch it. There will be no short-cut. Anybody who wins the Primary becomes the Candidate of the Party. And the whole noise about Uche Nwosu is because he is the best of all those talking about the governorship in the State at the moment”. He reiterated that “Rescue Mission government in the State is on course. I have no apologies endorsing President Buhari for the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and no apologies accepting the endorsements of all the local governments of Imo State for Ugwumba Nwosu”.

Reps raise the alarm over increasing cases of abuse of expatriates quota system by companies

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tatives on Wednesday raised the alarm over the increasing cases of abuse of expatriates quota system by companies in the country without due regard to local content Act and the recently signed Executive Order by President Muhammadu Buhari aimed at putting an end to all sharp practices relating to the illegal influx of expatriates. The House Committee on Telecommunications investigating the level of Compliance with expatriate quota system by companies operating in the Country raised the alarm yesterday when the management of Huawei Telecommunications company along with some of its expatriates appear before the Committee. Chairman of the Committee, Honourable Shaheed Akinade-Fijabi while reacting to the submission of the Company which had 299 expatriates mainly Chinese on its employment despite the availability of qualified Nigerians who could perform similar duties they were being made to do by the firm. According to Akinade- Fi-

jabi, “The parliament will not allow Nigeria to be turned a dumping ground of all manners of expatriates, f this committee finds out that there are Nigerians that can do similar work these people are doing, we will not hesitate to send them packing. “If you say you have about 10 or fewer expatriates in your Company, that can be overlooked but when you are saying about 300, that is alarming and unacceptable to us when the law of local content is there with the recently signed executive order by the president. ” If there are Nigerians that Can do what all these expatriates are doing, there is no reason giving them our visa in line with the new Executive order signed by the President. ” However, there was a mild drama, when the expatriates could not provide answers to simple questions put to them on the numbers of Nigerians attached to them to over study them despite the fact that their entry permits would expire in three months’ time as well as their description of jobs.


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Lagos assembly okay compulsory study of Yoruba languag Edward Nnachi, Abakaliki

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a bid to stem the tide of imminent extinction of Yoruba language in the nearest future, Lagos State House of Assembly (LASHA) has approved the compulsory teaching of Yoruba language in all public primary schools in the state. It has therefore approved the publication of a work book titled, “Akomolede Yoruba Alaworan A-Y.” In a letter dated 19th February, 2018 and signed by Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi, Chairman, House committee on Education, the assembly stated that the approval had become necessary in view of the extinction threat the Yoruba language faces given the attitude of the pupils towards the use of the language. Similarly, the state ministry of education has also approved the work book in a separate letter signed by Ojeah J.O (Mrs), Director (H.O.D) for Permanent Secretary. In a chat with newsmen, the author of the book, Moshood Bankole commended the Lagos State House of Assembly and the ministry of education for the approval,

stressing that the work book would beuseful in the compulsory teaching of Yoruba language in the public primary schools in the state. Bankole also commended the Senior Pastor of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua for his immense support of the project. The commendation was also extended to the National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW) Lagos state chapter, SIFAX group, RTEAN, Lagos state chapter, the banking sector, CLAM and others for supporting the project which aims at preserving the Yoruba cultural heritage. He noted further that the study of Yoruba language at the primary level would help to inculcate in the pupils the nitty-gritty of the language and the use as they grow in their academic pursuit. The author lamented that quite a number of the youths today could not communicate in the mother tongue fluently and charged parents to assist the teachers by ensuring that the pupils learn and practice the language at home.

A fire outbreak at Olulosun dumpsite in the Ojota area of Lagos state led to traffic lockdown on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.... on Wednesday evening.

Fallen standard of education, bane of science, tech development - Minister Idu Jude Abuja

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Federal Government of Nigeria, has been advised to improve the value of education to encourage the development of science and technological education among Nigeria students. The FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello made this call Tuesday while declaring open 2018 EXPO of FASTECH held at Utako district of the federal capital territory. The minister, in his speech reiterated resolve to ensure greater involvement of youth in science and technology, for the ad-

vancement of the society in the 21st century. Bello noted that the FCT Administration remains unwavering towards harnessing the economic and scientific potentials of the science and technology sector. Bello, who was represented by the Secretary for Education, Senator Isa Maina, at the FASTECH Expo, holding in the FCT Department of Science and Technology, in Utako, stressed that the importance of science in human endeavours. According to him, the recent excellent performance of FCT students in science and technology competitions demon-

Group hails Gov Akeredolu one in office Titus Akhigbe,Benin

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Ondo Professionals in Edo State has eulogised Governor of Ondo state,Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu for outstanding performance in office in the last one year. In a press statement signed by Dr. Samson Falana, State Chairman, Ondo Professionals in Benin, the group stated that since the emergence

of Akeredolu,it has been a year of projects execution and commissioning that has never been witnessed for a long time in the history of the state. According to the statement, “since the inception of Akeredolu administration, the people of Ondo state are breathing the air of freedom, prosperity, peaceful co-existence compared to the last administration of Mimiko in which the people languished in

abject poverty, misery and hopelessness”. “When this administration came on board, he met a backlog of debts on ground, of importance is the civil servant’s salaries running over 10 months, all these are a thing of the past as Akeredolu has offset all of them. The state economy is picking up. We implore the people of the state to support all the good initiatives of the governor.”

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strates our priority attention to sector. He called on the Department and stakeholders to ensure that the exhibition becomes a continuous event, in order to sustain the technological development in the FCT. In her welcome address, Acting Director, Department of Science and Technology, MRS. Ibrahim Christiana, said purpose of the event is to showcase the innovations from schools and stakeholders in science and technology. She added that rationale for this occasion is to promote indigenous enterprises, build trust in made in Nigeria goods, link innovators with entrepreneurs for effective commercialization of innovations and inventions. She urged stakeholders to actively participate in the exhibition, as it is a rare opportunity for all to see in practical terms the creativity in Nigerian scientists, fabricators inventors, which will impact positively in the economy. In a goodwill message, Chairman, FCT Council of Chiefs and Ona of Abaji, Adamu Baba Yunusa, stressed the need to always embark on the development of technology to solve the ever changing problems of the society. The monarch, represented by Esu Kwali, Audu Shaban Nizazzo, noted

it’s not enough research works without developing them into viable products for the use of the society. He therefore urged the government to encourage schools especially teachers to do more than churning out research works without putting them into useful things to the society. Similarly, Pioneer Director, FCT Science and Tech Department, Hajya Fatima Baba-Ari, noted overtime, something positive always comes from science and technology sector. She appealed to the government to continue offering support in the form of finance and policies, Technical and vocational education should be given priority attention by the government, because of its economic importance to the society. On his part, Vice Chancellor, University of Abuja, Prof Michael Adikwu while presenting a paper on the theme of the Expo, decried the fallen standard of education in Nigeria especially advanced learning, which must improve to pave way for the advancement of science and technology. He advocated for the retooling of science teaching and research curriculum, as both should not be too different from each other, this according to him will make teaching less stressful.


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GTBank remains strong, records N200.24bn PBT in 2017 financial result Ï^Ə”ƍ”ƆMƾêƿƠƇƈ•“ƋƗƈƒƈƗƆ•Ɨ Motolani Oseni Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) Plc has announced Profit Before Tax (PBT) of N200.2billion in the 2017 financial year, representing a growth of 21.3per cent over N165.1bn recorded in the corresponding year ended December 2016. The bank on Wednesday, released its audited financial results for the year ended December 31, 2017 to the Nigerian and London Stock Exchanges, proposing a final dividend of 240k

per unit of ordinary share held by shareholders in addition to interim dividend of 30k per unit of ordinary share bringing total dividend for 2017 financial year to N2.70 per unit of ordinary share. A review of the results showed positive performance across all financial indices, reaffirming the bank’s position as one of the most profitable and well managed financial institutions in Nigeria. Gross earnings for the year grew by 1.1per cent to N419.2bn from N414.6bn reported in the

December 2016; driven primarily by growth in interest income, as well as e-payment revenues. The bank’s loan book dipped by 8.9per cent from N1.590trn recorded as at December 2016 to N1.449trn in December 2017, while customer deposits increased by 3.8per cent to N2.062 trn from N1.986trn in December 2016. The bank’s balance sheet remained strong with a 3.9per cent growth in Total Assets and Contingents as the bank closed the year ended December 2017 with Total Assets and Contin-

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gents of N3.845trn and Shareholders’ Funds of N625.2bn. In terms of Assets quality, NPL ratio increased to 7.7per cent in December 2017 from 3.7per cent in December 2016 largely as a result of classification of a single exposure within the Nigerian Telecommunications Industry. However, non-performing loans would moderate to 4.6per cent, which is below regulatory threshold, if we exclude this name from NPL ratio computation. Overall, asset quality re-

mains stable with adequate coverage of 119.6per cent, while Capital remains strong with CAR of 25.7per cent. On the backdrop of this result, Return on Equity (ROAE) and Return on Assets (ROAA) closed at 35.4per cent and 6.2per cent, respectively. Commenting on the financial results, the Managing Director/ CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Mr. Segun Agbaje, said, “2017 was a pivotal year for the bank. We delivered a strong result in a challenging environment; achieving record growth in earnings, carefully managing cost margins and leveraging our digital-first customer-centric strategy to deliver world-class services that are simple, cheap and easily accessible.” He further stated that, “The result demonstrates the fundamental strength of our franchise as well as the progress we are making in transforming our organization into a platform on which our customers could build their businesses, connect with their consumers and access all the resources that they need to make their lives better.” GTBank has continued to report the best financial ratios for a Financial Institution in the industry as revealed by its return on equity (ROE) of 35.4per cent and cost to income ratio of 38.1per cent evidencing the efficient management of assets and operational efficiency. Overall, the Bank has enshrined its position as a clear leader in the industry. In recognition of its innovation and hard work, the Bank received over 20 international awards in 2017.


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Bi-Courtney assures Arik of hitch-free from MMA2 Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo

Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operators of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), has assured the management of Arik Air of seamless passenger facilitation, as the airline begins its scheduled flight operations from the terminal to Port Harcourt International Airport on Saturday.

A statement by the spokesman of BASL, Steve Omolale, said with its spacious ticketing and departure hall, as well as modern facilities, such as automated check-in counters, smooth escalators/ elevators, waiting ambulance, health facilities, lounges, restaurants and shops, “MMA2 remains a safe, secured and efficient passenger-friendly terminal to provide exceptional

services to Arik’s guests to Port Harcourt and the best destination for other flying passengers and shoppers. “We want to assure all the passengers who will be flying Arik Air from this Saturday of seamless facilitation as we welcome all of them to our terminal”. The statement quoted the Chief Executive Officer of BASL, Captain Jari Williams, as expressing delight at the move by Arik, saying,

MMA2 would continue to offer passengers using the terminal hitch-free facilitation and the ambience that would make their flying experience worth the while. Arik Air had earlier said its flights to and from Port Harcourt International, hitherto operated from the General Aviation Terminal (GAT), will cease from Saturday and resume at 7am at MMA2. Two other flights will follow at 11am and 3pm same

day. Omolale said with this move, Arik Air will join Dana, Aero, Med-View, Azman and First Nation airlines, which have been operating scheduled flights from MMA2 over the years. Arik Air currently flies Chevron chartered flights from MMA2 to the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) Base, Port Harcourt. With the scheduled flights from Saturday, all the airline’s flights out of Lagos to and from Port Harcourt will now operate at the terminal.

Enugu Airport obstructing masts to be dismantled Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo At last the Enugu state government has given approval for the dismantling of two obstructing masts on runway 08 and a community market at the other end to ensure security. The Managing Director of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN Engr Saleh Dunoma disclosed this in a chat with aviation journalists at the gateway forum of the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents in Lagos. According to Engr Dunoma, the governor of Enugu state last week during the visit of aviation Minister to the governor ordered the dismantling of the two masts and relocation of the community market to give way for proper expansion and to ensure security of the airport. Dunoma explained that restiveness from communities around the airport has warded off contractors installing the lighting facilities at the airport adding that all the lighting facilities were on ground but could not be installed as a result of hostilities from the communities around the airport. It will be recalled that concerned authorities in the aviation sector

Representative of the Benin Monarch and the Obasogie of Benin Kingdom, Chief Eduwu Ekhator; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; the Esogban of Benin Kingdom, Chief David Edibiri; Member, Board of Directors, Okomu Oil Palm Plc., Mr. Hubert Fabri; and Chairman, Board of Directors, Okomu Oil Palm Plc, Dr. Gbenga Oyebode, during the commissioning of 11,400 hectares oil palm plantation at the Okomu Extension 2 plantation in Ovia South West Local Government Area, Edo State, on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

had on several occasions called for actions in the dismantling of two obstructing masts on the runway 08 of the Akanu Ibiam international airport Enugu as it posed as danger to safety. The masts which remained threat to air safety are located at the take off end of the runway 08 of the Akanu Ibiam international airport Enugu making it difficult for aircraft to ascend directly. Daily Times carried

out investigation with a visit to the manager of Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu, who disclosed that several letters have been written to both NCAA and the Enugu state government to dismantle one of masts belonging to Enugu State Broadcasting Service (ESBS) while the NCAA should carry out its oversight functions. A source told our correspondent that the people charged with the responsibility of bring-

ing down the masts were either playing politics or waiting for the worst to happen before they take action. “We can not continue like this and watch things go bad. For goodness sake, we have the authorities in charge of this and they are waiting for calamity to occur before they swing into action, it’s really bad” Inter national flight operations commenced in

Enugu in 2013 with the introduction of the only international airline, Ethiopian Airlines which led to the expansion of the runway from its original condition of 2,500 metres length to 3,000 metres length or 3km to be able to accommodate medium size and big aircraft. It was gathered that the Enugu state government has done little or nothing

to improve the status of the airport by constructing facilities such as Very Important Personality lounge like the Kaduna sand Imo state governments did to compliment the contributions of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria. It was gathered further that the airport risks certification hence the government especially the Enugu state, must work with the FAAN management to dismantle the barriers.


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Stories by Godwin Anyebe Alhaji Garba Kankarofi, the former Registrar of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), has described the Nigerian advertising industry as being in a state of crisis. He said this recently at the launch of Alphabet Media Academy in Lagos. According to Kankarofi, government needs to act fast in addressing the challenges bedevilling the sec-

tor . He identified the speedy constitution of the council for APCON as one of the issues on the front burner. He recalled that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, inaugurated some of the boards of parastatals and agencies under his ministry; and wondered why that of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) was conspicuously left out. In his words, “We are

waiting for government in its wisdom to do the right thing and hopefully bring back the Council because a lot of things are happening in the industry , which are unethical; and without a Council; it will be difficult to address these. If you remember , we had issues in 2013 and 2015 , respectively”. “I hope the government would use its wisdom to ensure that there is a proper Council so that the industry can move forward.

Nigerians are suffering, agencies are suffering, and media houses are being owed money.” Kankarofi lamented that the recent trend in the industry now shows that most registered practitioners who are media buyers run away with monies allocated to them to buy media spaces on behalf of their clients. Asked to assess the advertising industry, he said, “Believe me, the industry is suffering, the clients are

in trouble, media houses are being owed money; and everything is not working out well. “When clients are not happy and the market is not growing; of course, all agencies and media buying agencies will be affected because it will create a ripple effect. Clients are not happy as the non passage of the federal budget affects them negatively. Even multinationals are being very careful to spend because they need to see the direc-

tion that government is going. “It is when the federal budget is passed that clients will be happy, media will get its money, agency will make its money and everybody will be happy. But right now, there is a total crisis, there is chaos in the polity and I pray to God almighty that anybody who is responsible in government will look at it and do something very fast. I think that is very important.” He added.

Three Crowns inaugurates Nigeria’s first creamer

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Three Crowns, one of Nigeria’s leading low cholesterol milk has increased its array of products as it launched the nation’s first locally produced evaporated Creamer in Lagos recently Speaking during the unveiling the Three Crowns Creamer, the Managing Director FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Mr. Ben Langat said, “I am pleased to announce to you that we have expanded our portfolio with the introduction of the Three Crowns Creamer, the first locally produced Creamer in the Nigerian market. I have tasted it, used it in my breakfast and local meals and I am confident that we have provided a nutrition solution for consumers.” Langat assured consumers that “FrieslandCampina WAMCO will continue to ensure that every Nigerian

mother has Three Crowns for her home.” A press statement signed by Mrs. Ore Famurewa, Corporate Affairs Director, FrieslandCampina WAMCO disclosed that Creamers are generally perceived to be for the upper class in developed countries. “Three Crowns now offers majority of Nigerians more affordable access to a rich, tasty new Creamer at just N120 per tin”. A Three Crowns retailer said at the launch: “Three Crowns Creamer has a rich sweet taste, you will definitely be going back for more once you taste it.” Key business partners of FrieslandCampina WAMCO, including wholesalers and retailers from different parts of the country were at the launch to welcome the new product into the market.

X3M Ideas shortlisted for Lurzer’s Archive Grand Slam Award One of Nigerian Leading advertising agencies, X3M Ideas, has been shortlisted for the Lurzer’s Archive Grand Slam debut edition, which seeks to reward creators of outstanding ideas across the globe. The Nigerian agency got shortlisted for the Grand Slam in the digital category with its work tagged “Depression”, a self funded social service campaign to combat the increasing pace of suicide in the Nigerian society at about mid-2017. An earlier review, which spotted the advocacy campaign as a parity breaking work, noted the agency rode on the aphorism, “A problem shared is a problem half solved”, to

offer a helping hand to the growing number of depressed individuals and youth in the country. X3M Ideas expressed regrets about the turn of events in the country especially with the increasing incidents of suicides and attempted suicides, a development, which the agency management believes, was unlike the known Nigerian “can do” and “never say die” spirit, it therefore puts its entire being into proffering a way out of the quagmire. Speaking on this development in a statement made available to Journalists recently in Lagos, Steve Babaeko, Chief Executive

Officer, X3M Ideas said; “It was part of these virtues that Nigerians are globally recognized as the “happiest people” on the globe despite all the odds. This is why we, as X3M Ideas, cannot keep silent in the face of this ugly development” explained Steve Babaeko, Chief Executive Officer, X3M Ideas. The grand slam described as a “competition like no other” is rooted in the Lürzer’s Archive’s passion for showcasing brilliant creative work from around the world. “Lürzer’s Archive debuts Lürzer’s Grand Slam, a one of a kind competition. Our belief is that the most remarkable work in the

world is the one that adds value to people’s lives and businesses. “We will celebrate and applaud all groundbreaking ideas, as well as rewarding them with something of real value – money” said Christian Lürzer, CEO, Lurzer’s Archive . According to the Grand Slam organizers, 60% of all submission fees will go to winners. “Lürzer’s Grand Slam is the first and only advertising competition that rewards the best work with prize money. We think it is only fair to use real value to reward the creators of ideas that push the industry forward, whether the creators come from agencies, clients

or production companies, it said.. Lürzer’s Grand Slam is absolutely transparent about the earnings from submissions and will make them public in real time. Regardless of the number of entries, 60% of all the earnings acquired from the submissions will be awarded as prize money to the winners. Silver winners will receive two times higher Prize Money than Bronze while Gold winners will receive three times higher Prize Money than Silver. In addition, all the entrants that submit work to Lürzer’s Grand Slam will get a free Lürzer’s Archive subscription for one year.


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Stories by Motolani Oseni Nigeria’s Inflation rate as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has improved further to 14.33 per cent in February, compared to 15.13 settled in January, but financial experts believed The National Bureau of Statistic (NBS), on Wednesday, said the nation’s inflation slowdown to 14.33 per cent (year-on-year) in February, making it 13th consecutive disinflation since 2017. Inflation rate dropped by 0.8 per cent points, lesser than 15.13 per cent rate recorded in January 2018 According to the bureau, “on a month-on-month basis, the Headline index increased by 0.79

per cent in February 2018, down by 0.01 per cent points from the rate recorded in January. “The percentage change in the average composite CPI for the twelve month period ending February 2018 over the average of the CPI for the previous twelve month period was 15.93 per cent, showing 0.29 per cent point lower from 16.22 per cent recorded in January 2018. “The Food Index increased by 17.59 per cent (year-on-year) in February, down by 1.33 per cent points from rate recorded in January 2018 (18.92) per cent. “During the month, all major food sub-indexes increased. Price movements recorded by All Items less farm produce or Core sub-index increased by 11.7

per cent (year-on-year) in February 2018, down by 0.4 per cent points from the rate recorded in January (12.10) per cent. “During the month, the highest increases were seen in prices of Fuel and lubricants for personal transport equipment, Maintenance and repair of personal transport equipment, Narcotics, Vehicle spare parts, “Passenger transport by air, Clearing, repair and hire of clothing, Hospital services, Domestic services and household services and Glassware, tableware and household utensils. “The Urban inflation rate rose by 14.76 per cent (year-on-year) in February 2018 from 15.56 per cent recorded in January, while the Rural inflation rate also

eased by 13.96 per cent in February 2018 from 14.76 per cent in January. “On month-on-month basis, the urban index rose by 0.82 per cent in February 2018, down by 0.01 from 0.83 per cent recorded in January, while the rural index also rose by 0.77 per cent in February 2018, showing no difference with the rate recorded in January. “The corresponding twelve month year-on-year average percentage change for the urban index is 16.24 percent in February 2018. This is less than 16.55 percent reported in January, while the corresponding rural inflation rate in February 2018 is 15.64 percent compared to 15.89 per cent recorded in January,”

the report by NBS stated. The report by NBS stated that composite food index rose by 17.59 per cent in February 2018. “The rise in the index was caused by increases in prices of Bread and cereals, Milk, cheese and egg, Potatoes, yam and other tubers, Fish and Vegetables, Coffee, tea and cocoa. “On a month-on-month basis, the Food sub-index increased by 0.85 per cent in February 2018, down by 0.02 per cent points from 0.87 per cent recorded in January. “The average annual rate of change of the Food sub-index for the twelve-month period ending February 2018 over the previous twelve month average was 19.52 per cent, 0.1 per cent points from the average annual rate of change recorded in January (19.62) per cent, the report by NBS added. Meanwhile, an economist, Dr. Aminu Usman has predicted that inflation rate is likely to stabilise in the second quarter of 2018.

Obaseki’s reforms boost investment climate in Edo

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Stanbic IBTC records 36% growth in gross earnings

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Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, on Wednesday announced growth in its Gross earnings to N212.4 for the year ended 31 December 2017, against N156.4 billion declared in December 2016, the 2017 figure represented a growth rate of 36 per cent. The lender, who is a member of Standard Bank Group, also recorded Profit After Tax (PAT) of N48.4 bn, which means that 2017 audited result is the profitability financial results since inception. On the other hand, profit after tax grew by 70 percent as against the prior year’s N28.5 bn. Similarly, profit before tax went up by 64 per-

cent to N61.2 bn in 2017 as against N37.2bn recorded in the corresponding period of 2016. The Group also made other significant improvements across all three divisions during the period under review. Total assets increased to N1.386.4 trn last year, a 32 percent boost compared to the N1.053.5trn recorded in December 2016. The growth in the balance sheet size was driven mainly by customer deposits, which recorded a growth of 34 percent to N753.6bn in 2017 from N561.0bn in 2016. Gross loans and advances grew by eight percent to N403.9 bm, compared to N375.3bn recorded in December 2016.

Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, Yinka Sanni, stated that the strong performance was evidence of the positive outcome of the group’s strategy of growing the client base across target and key market segments, while maintaining a principled credit process. “The Group reported its best profitability results since inception. We achieved a 70% growth in profit after tax amid healthy capital and liquidity levels. “Our balance sheet grew by 32% to N1.39 trillion and this was funded mainly by customer deposit growth of 34%,” Sanni stated. He noted that the various busi-

ness divisions achieved strong operating results as well as retained market leadership across the various businesses such as global markets, investment banking, pension, stockbroking, asset management, and custodial services, with several accolades received during the year. “Furthermore, Fitch retained our AAA national ratings, which reaffirms our strong fundamentals, stability, credit worthiness and low relative risk in the Nigerian financial markets,” he added. Moving forward, Sanni said the Group remains optimistic that it will sustain the improved financial performance in 2018 and beyond.

Riding on the wind of a conducive investment climate guaranteed by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led government in Edo State, Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc has commissioned an 11,400 hectare oil palm plantation covering over 10 communities in the state. The commissioning of the plant held on Wednesday, at the Okomu Extension 2 Plantation in Ovia South West Local Government Area, was witnessed by captains of industries, Benin high chiefs and members of the companies’ host community. Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, said that the state is pursuing far-reaching reforms to open up the state for investments, assuring that the state is committed to attracting even more investors. He commended the Federal Government for taking the right decision in 1976 to open up the space for private investment in oil palm sector in Nigeria, noting “since the move, Okomu Plc has been standing tall. We are made to understand that the yield per ton on the farm is highest in Nigeria.” According to the governor, “We are grateful that my predecessor took the right initiative to sign the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) for the expansion project, despite the opposition to the move at the time. We will continue to support the effort of Okomu Plc as long as it continues to expand.” Noting that the speed of development at the plantation was evidence of the conducive business climate in the state, he said, “You can see that this is quite extensive. But, more importantly, it is second to none in Africa. They were able to prepare and cultivate 9,000 hectares of land in one year. Can you imagine if we had more companies expanding at this pace; the amount of jobs and economic activity that they will create. I think this is a feat and it is amazing.”


Capital Market GTB’s 736% y/y non-interest income growth to lift PBT by 85% ÏƍƏ”ƍ”ƆMƾêƿƠƗƈƒƈƗƆ•Ɨ“M^GƏƈƆƄƕƤü The Guaranty Trust Bank’s (GTBank’s) result for the 2017 financial year ended 31 December and release the Nigerian stock Exchange (NSE) on Wednesday showed a PBT growth by 85 per cent y/y, driven by a 736 per cent y/y growth in non-interest income. Management has proposed a dividend of N2.40 per share, higher than our N2.09 estimate. The proposed dividend implies a yield of 5.2 per cent and a payout ratio of 39.7 per cent. According to the result , which experts say would trigger slight positive reaction once the market has digested the figures properly, also recorded Funding income declined by 9 per cent y/y, while Non-Performing Loan (NPL) ratio rose to 8per cent from 3.9 per cent recorded in Q3 The result showed that PBT grew by 85 per cent y/y to N50.2bn, although noninterest income which grew by 736 per cent was the main driver behind the strong earnings growth. Also, a 54 per cent y/y decline in loan loss provisions also helped

the deposit money bank’s 2017 result. The bank in 2016 enjoyed a -56% reduction in income tax as it paid 10.6 per cent against 44.0 per cent paid in Q4 2016, this coupled with increase in other comprehensive income helped to conserve funds that buoyed Profit after tax (PAT), which grew by 227 per cent y/y. Funding income declined by -9 per cent y/y, even as the strong performance in non-interest income completely offset the weakness here, resulting in a 31 per cent y/y expansion in preprovision profits. Sequentially, while PBT was up by around 3 per cent q/q, PAT grew by 16 per cent q/q, thanks to the positives on the tax and OCI lines. On a full year basis, GTB’s PBT and PAT were up by 21 per cent y/y and 26% y/y respectively. However experts have expressed concern on the sustainability of the uptick in none income line as irrespective of the better-thanexpected results and dividends, the bank’s shares are weak to -5 per cent against ASI -0.5 per cent.

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Investors transact 373.52m shares in 5,220 deals ÏMƋƆ“Ɨ‹“ƈ•ƆƏ“MƆƐƋƆƐ”ƍƋ”ƆƏôƅŒ“ƏƐ

Stories: Bonny Amadi Investors in the Nigerian equities market transacted a total of 373,518,084.00 million shares valued N6, 848,670,473.37billion in 5,220.00 deals, as equity market valued closed lower at N15,325,118,733,616.90 trillion , while NSE ASI closed at 42,839.52. This was lower than a total of 407,961,780.00 million shares worth N6, 118,854,000.87bm transacted investors in 5,247.00 deals on Tuesday, when market capitalization closed at N15, 408,803,226,873.60 trn. The

Nigerian equities mark decline was due to sell-off across most sectors. The Nigerian equities market closed negative today as NSE-ASI shed 0.54 per cent, reversing the 0.04 er cent gain posed on Tuesday. Top advancers table was led by Nigerian breweries , which gained 0.69% or N0.9 to close at N130.9, followed by STANBIC which appreciated by 1.13% or N0.55, losing at N49.15 per share, while DANGCEM placed third on the highest gainers table with N0.4 or 0.15% to close trade at N268.8 per share. FIDSON closed

higher at N5.14having gained N0.24 or 4.90%, while UAC-PROP closed the top five gainers table with 5.00% or N0.15 closing at N3.15 per share. NESTLE led the decliners table as it closed lower at N1380 having declined by N20 or 1.43%, followed by TOTAL followed with 1.20 per cent or N3. Decline to close at N246 per share, while DANGSUGAR N closed lower at N21.2 after depreciating by -4.93% as third highest loser. CADBURY lost 4.7 per cent to close at N17.1 per share, while NASCON closed the top five losers table with 3.18 % loss, to close

at N21.3 per share FIDELITYBK emerged as the most active trade or the day with 45,803,808millionshres worth N131, 493,917.17, followed by ZENITHBANK with 36,344,385 million shares valued N1, 108,387,189.10 bn, while FBNH with 34,110,848 million shares worth N388, 946,132.95m placed third on activity table. MANSARD was the third most active trade with 25,264,899 million shares valued N69,729,359.64 m, while FCMB closed the top five most active trades for the day with 25,002,276million shares worth N63,335,232.58m.

FG, states misuse N500bn Ecological Fund - Senate Olufemi Samuel and Tunde Opalana, Abuja Federal and states governments have reportedly misused about N500billion meant to redress ecological problems prevalent in some parts of the country. In 2013, a report of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts uncovered a massive abuse and misappropriation of funds which include N154.9 billion on projects not related to the environment. This disclosure was made on Wednesday at the Public Hearing of the National Assembly Joint Committee on Ecology & Climate Change and Environment on the bill seeking the establishment of the National Ecological Agency. Sponsor of the bill, Senator Mohammed Hassan in a situation report of cases of misuse of the fund said N93.7 billion was illegally transferred from the Ecology Fund to the Consolidated Revenue Fund to fund the acceleration of capital bud-

get advances to states and local governments to meet revenue shortfall and third quarter development fund warrant. It was further revealed that The National Economic Council reported that about N200 billion belonging to the Ecological fund had been spent on questionable projects that were either nonexistence or had no relation to the fight against ecological disasters. In June 2010, the House of Representatives raised queries over curious withdrawals and loans to agencies and individuals totalling N146.594 billion, mainly to irrelevant objectives of the fund while in December 2011, a sum of N20.1 billion was illegally deducted from the Fund for debt servicing. The administration of President Goodluck Jonathan allegedly gave N2billion to certain states of the federation but excluded other states and a sum of N2.078 billion was withdrawn from the fund towards the building of the Second Niger Bridge.

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Africa projects 3m tonnes steel demand per year by 2050 African steel demands is projected to peak 3 million tonnes per year in 2050 and may expose the country to ,more pollution if the iron and steel business is not done with more decorum. Persuading China’s Iron and Steel Association to do their business in Africa neatly blends environmental concerns with the government’s geopolitical motives to

push investment in Africa. A recent report released by Distributed by APO Group on behalf of APO Group - Africa Newsroom, noted that the Economist’s recent analysis of African steel needs and China’s aggressive steel exploit in the continent ,gives reasons to suspect Chinese steel makers motives.

According to the report, The economist published “It’s a STEEL!” analyzing Chinese strategy of their over-production of steel. There may be reason to be suspicious of Chinese steelmakers’ motives. To some, it looks as if China simply wants to export its domestic pollution abroad. Officials are desperately trying to close dirty domestic steel plants.

It noted that persuading China’s Iron and Steel Association to do their business in Africa neatly blends environmental concerns with the government’s geopolitical motives to push investment in Africa. But now it seems that US Steel Industry might have to fight for what they believe in; over a century of iconic production.


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Peter Fowoyo A Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos on Wednesday heard that the Honeywell Companies are no longer indebted to Ecobank Nigeria. The Chairman of Honeywell Group, Oba Otudeko, yesterday said Honeywell had paid a total of N3.5 billion to Ecobank as full and final settlement of all its financial obligations to the bank. Otudeko made this statement when he gave evidence in the ongoing matter instituted by Honeywell against Ecobank before Justice Mohammed Idris. At yesterday’s proceedings, Honeywell’s counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, while leading Otudeko in cross examination affirmed that the Honeywell companies, following an agreement reached with the MD of Ecobank Jibril Aku and other executives of the bank on July 22nd 2013, paid a total sum of N3.5 billion as full and final settlement of Honeywell’s obligations to the bank. Prior to giving evidence, Ecobank’s counsel, O.A. Divine sought to stall proceedings by making an application to adjourn the matter on the basis that another appeal and an application for stay of proceedings had been filed just yesterday at the Court of Appeal. Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN however objected to the oral application for adjournment stating that the matter for the day was the delivery of a ruling regarding the issue of cross examination of Ecobank’s witness, Dr. Oba Otudeko. Olanipekun said the application was an abuse of court process as it was an attempt to arrest the ruling of the court. Justice Idris ruled that he was unable to place any value on the application to stay proceedings because the copy presented to the court by Ecobank’s counsel was not a certified-true-copy. On the issue of the matter for the day, Justice Idris also affirmed that indeed the “ruling of the court cannot be arrested”. Justice Idris subsequently ruled that cross examination should proceed. Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN concluded the cross examination of Dr. Oba Otudeko and Ecobank’s counsel declined to re-examine him. The witness was thereafter discharged. Meanwhile Ecobank’s strategy to call Oba Otudeko as its star witness fell flat on its face as counsel was unable to extract any testimony from Otudeko to support Ecobank’s case. Despite being the

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ÏƔƔƔ BY Idu Jude, Abuja Ad the general election of the Federal Capital Territory Administration and the Federal Capital Development Authority cooperative society, FCDA, draws nearer, members of staff of the government establishment have bemoaned the activities of the outgoing executives, who they have accused of embezzling over 1.6billion naira. The FCDA/FCTA staff cooperatives, is an operation meant to generate dividend to all the staff and solve their immediate problems. Unfortunately, since its inception, nothing has hap-

pened, despite the regular deduction of percentage from over 18,000 staff salaries. In this exclusive interview, one of the contestants to the office of the President, Mr. Hipo Onah, has been speaking with our correspondent on the possible way of rewriting the wrongs as well as instituting a financial prudent leadership to the full benefit of the cooperators. As an association of all pensionable staff of the FCTA/ FCDA amounting to 18,000 staff with category of contribution monthly, records left by the outgoing executive, shows reckless financial conduct which has

generated much outcry to the attention of the FCT administration. According to Onah, “We are just rising from mirage of problems where the present executive that were brought in as an interim measure; to clean the dirt has become a kind of ambush who actually has come to embezzle the funds. At a particular time, this cooperative has a leadership that has a curse to buy a land mounting to over 1.6billion in Maitama. On a more serious note, 200 square meters in m Maitama amount to 1.6 billion and paid in the name of the in-

terim President and we also has in a good authority and this is a verifiable facts. He built a school that can be compared to an American International school in Nigeria. The then secretary is a man of God who is pasturing a church also built his own school. And they shared to themselves at various committees, the amount of money amounting to 5million naira”. Onah, who is one of the leading aspirants, noted that the practice left behind, was a kind of sharing Arabian cake to those who participated in perpetrating the evil.

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Stories by Bonny Amadi The bearish run of the Nigerian equities market reversed on Wednesday as investors take new position for dividend payments in expectation of release of 2017 financial year results by listed companies. The equities market rebounded after seven consecutive sessions of losses, with the ASI appreciating by 1.11% to 42,171.80 points, following bargain hunting. Accordingly, the Month-toDate and Year-to-Date returns improved to -4.90% and 10.27% respectively. The Banking index with +2.74 per cent growth led the new gaining spree following renewed interests in

tier 1 and tier 2 stocks. Zenith bank with 5.00 per cent and Skye bank’s 10.00 per cent growth lifted the NSE banking sector index growth. The Insurance with 1.29 per cent growth was driven by Wapic, Consumer Goods index 0.96% appreciation was boosted by DANGFLOUR which gained +4.97 per cent, while Industrial Goods index which gained 0.19% was driven by BERGER paint’s 4.76 gain. However, the Oil & Gas (-0.29%) index closed negative, as the shares of FO (-1.75%) were sold. Market breadth turned positive, with 25 gainers and 19 losers, led by SKYEBANK (+10.00%) and FIRSTALUM (-9.09%) respectively. Total volume traded increased

by 10.67% to 520.74 million units, valued at NGN4.72 billion, and exchanged in 5,694 deals. Meanwhile, experts maintained that investors’ appetite is expected to remain strong, as investors continue to hunt bargains and take position ahead of Q4-17 earnings, amidst generally improving macroeconomic conditions. The USD/NGN remained flat at NGN363 in the parallel market, while it weakened by 0.04% to NGN360.37 in the I&E FX window. Total volume traded in the I&E FX window increased by 36.5% to USD151.55 million, exchanged within the range of NGN358 to NGN361.50. On the fixed income market, the overnight lending rate dropped by

633 bps to 9.00%, following anticipation of tomorrow’s inflow via maturing OMO bills worth NGN89.08 billion. Accordingly, activities turned bullish in the NTB market, as average yield declined by 3 bps to 14.46%. Yields contracted across all ends of the curve – short (-4 bps), mid (-1 bp), and long (-5 bps) – driven by interests in the 92DTM (-58 bps), 183DTM (-11 bps), and 235DTM (-35bps) bills respectively. At the time of writing, the result of today’s auction was unavailable. Conversely, investors were downbeat in the bond market, with average yield inching higher by 2 bps to 13.78%. Yields closed higher at the short (+8 bps), mid (+2 bps), and


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Motoring

Weststar takes on the firefighting truck segment Ï^ƏƆƆ•ƐƐŒƆƐƆ‹”ơƣƾǀƇƈƏƆƇƈ‹ŒƐƈ•‹ƐƏƑƅƊ Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo The Commercial Vehicles Department of Weststar Associates Limited – (Authorised General Distributor of Mercedes-Benz in the Federal Republic of Nigeria) recently d made a debut of its first unit of the new Atego 1725 firefighting truck for the year 2018 to support firefighting operations in Nigeria. This is in line with Weststar’s new strategic philosophy to support firefighting operations in Nigeria. The Mercedes-Benz Atego Firefighting truck comes with a double cabin laid-out for 6 people - driver plus one person in front and four people behind. It features Autonomous Respirators built into the seat backrests. The Pump compartment

in this Atego Firefighting vehicle is mounted between the cabin and the water tank made of aluminum profiles and coated with smooth aluminum with its Pump access door on the right side and with roller blind-type door located on the left of the driver’s side. The structure and firefighting equipment are in accordance with MBR 14096 – for firefighting vehicles, setting the minimum conditions required for the design, construction and performance of the vehicle. Two tanks are within the inner compartment, one for water and another for LGE, with capacity respectively of 5000 liters of water and 500 liters LGE, fitted with internal longitudinal and transverse deflectors according to standards boost

flexibility when driving in rough terrain. The Atego 1725 firefighting truck is the perfect match for organizations striving to achieve total quality in fire protection solutions as it is equipped with a strong and robust 6.4 liter inline, 6 cylinder Mercedes-Benz engine that produces 245hp ensuring excellent performance, complies with Euro 3 emission standards ensuring a low level emission of pollutants and low fuel consumption. Indeed, the dashboard of the vehicle supports economical driving by featuring a real time indicator for fuel consumption, as well as an econometer, which indicate the most appropriate engine speed in every operating situation. Extremely hazardous

fires require top-level skills and innovative agents. Twin-Agent Fire Suppression Systems provide proven technology to fight large flammable liquid and gas fires.

This main capability distinguishes the Atego 1725 firefighting truck from others in its category - combining dry chemical agents for rapid flame knock down and Aqueous Film Forming

Foam (AFFF) for securing the fire area. Available with Class BC dry chemicals (Purple K or sodium bicarbonate) and your choice of 3% or 6% AFFF concentrate.

Infinity tyres opens Kaduna sales, service outlet Infinity Tyres Limited, one of the foremost & distinctly the industry leader by far in the automotive aftermarket sales & services in Nigeria, proudly inaugurated its retail facility in Kaduna in the august presence of Ms. S.M. Ambisa, Route commander, FRSC, Mr. Dauda Yakubu, fsi, Regional Coordinator, North West, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Mr. Cyril Ogbekene, Executive Director Wheels Plus Limited (KIA Motors) Kaduna, officials of infinity tyres ltd and other distinguished dignitaries on 28thFebruary 2018. This facility is located on Ali Akilu Road, by Lugard

roundabout, Kaduna. The Kaduna centre will provide services, such as tyre changing for all kinds of tyres, wheel balancing, wheel alignment, nitrogen air filling, etc. Leading global tyre brands such as Pirelli, Goodyear, Ceat, Infinity will be made available to the customers. Batteries from Exide and Nova, Infinity branded spare parts, coolants and battery terminals will also be available for customers to choose from. As an introductory offer at Kaduna Retail outlet, Infinity will be offering 25% discount on services and at-

tractive discounts on products till 31st March 2018. Infinity Tyres Limited now operates multiple company owned tyre retail facilities and Infinity Express franchisee outlets across the country. Infinity Group, recognizing the growing needs of quality customer service and world-class products, has also introduced a full line of solar solutions in association with Eastman Power Limited, India. The group will be shortly launching MOTUL lubricants from France, automotive filter solutions from FILTRON, Europe, Steam washing and Sanitizing facilities

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...as Dunlop tyres, autofit open service center in Lagos Autofit Maintenance Centre Limited in conjunction with Tyre Express Limited, distributor of Dunlop Tyres in Nigeria, has opened service centres in Lagos, as part of efforts to allow car owners experience auto care and after sales services in one place. The services to be rendered by both centres include wheel balancing, alignment, brakes, batteries, shock absorbers, exhausts, tow bars, panel beating, spray painting, tyre mechanical repair, and many others. Speaking at the launch,

Managing Director, Autofit Dunlop Express, Ayo Oludemi, said Autofit started operation four years ago, and have rapidly grown to become a force to be reckoned with in the auto body industry because of its service delivery.Oludemi said: “Today, you are witnessing a change in direction, all along we had always thought of having a onestop facility where our customers will have all their auto repairs needs met in a world class facility that is conducive and comfortable. “I am proud that we have aligned ourselves with a

world renowned brand, Sumitomo rubber industry, South Africa, owners of the Dunlop brand, and promoted in Nigeria by Tyre Express Limited to change the experience of buying tyres,” he added. According to him, one of its additions in the coming weeks is to complete its children’s play area, which will have swing, slides, and trampoline where children accompanying their parents can also enjoy themselves.He said the company also intends to have a skills acquisition centre for youths, where they will

equip themselves with various technical skills such as panel beating, spray painting, tyre and mechanical repair. “Our vision is to try and get the youths and eliminate the thoughts of going to countries like Libya in search of greener pastures. We want to make them believe there is hope in Nigeria and make them responsible citizens,” Oludemi said. He assured customers of the unrelenting spirit of the firm in providing them with best services available. In his remarks, Gen-

eral Manager, Operations, Tyre Express Nigeria Limited, Jair Uto-Dieu, said the company is poised to make buying of tyres a comfortable experience as much as possible for customers. Uto-Dieu said: “Tyre is a grudge purchase, you only buy tyres when you must buy tyres, it is difficult to find somebody happy and anxious to buy tyres like going to buy that dress, or suit or designer wristwatch. “As a company, we aspire to be the preferred choice for tyre purchase. We endeavour to stock the com-

plete range of tyres needed in the Nigerian market, while being competitively priced. Our trained staff will serve the needs of our customer with single-minded focus of ‘customer first’, he said. Dunlop Express offers efficient, affordable and quality tyre related services for all vehicle types. Services include Wheel Balancing, Wheel Alignment, Tyre Changing, Professional Tyre and Tube Repair, Caster Adjustment, Camber Adjustment, Batteries, Complete auto repair and body work.


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Agriculture set to revolutionise African economy- Report Ganiyu Obaaro, Agency reports

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With a huge potential in agricultural resources, including food and export crops such as cassava, coco yam; cocoa, palm oil, cashew, among others, Africa’s future will depend on how it harnesses those potential for future development. With a focus on SMEs and smallholder farmers creating the high productivity jobs and sustainable economic growth that failed to materialise from mineral deposits and increased urbanisation, latest Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), has indicated that agriculture will be Africa’s quiet revolution. According to the report commissioned by Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), smart investments in the food system can aid the revolution if planned correctly. Despite 37 per cent of the population now living in urban centres, the report showed that most jobs have been created in lower paid, less productive services rather than in industry, with this service sector accounting for

more than half of the continent’s GDP. Commenting on the report findings, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) Dr. Agnes Kalibata said: “Africa has the latent natural resources, skills, human and land capacity to tip the balance of payments and move from importer to exporter by eating food made in Africa. This report shows us that agriculture involving an inclusive transformation that goes beyond the farm to agri-businesses will be Africa’s surest and fastest path to that new level of prosperity.” To succeed, she explained that Africa’s agricultural revolution needs to be very different to those seen in the rest of world. It requires an inclusive approach that links millions of small farms to agribusinesses, creating extended food supply chains and employment opportunities for millions including those that will transition from farming. This is in contrast to the model often seen elsewhere in the world of moving to large scale commercial farming and food processing, which employs relatively few people

and requires high levels of capital. The report highlights the opportunity for Africa to feed the continent with food made in Africa that meets the growing demand of affluent, fast growing urban populations on the continent looking for high value processed and precooked foods. Furthermore, it advocates that this opportunity should be met by many of the continent’s existing smallholder farmers. Currently part of this growing

demand for Africa’s food is met by imports. These amount to $35bn yearly and are expected to cost $110bn by 2025 unless Africa improves the productivity and global competiveness of its agribusiness and agriculture sectors. The report acknowledges that the private sector holds the key to the transformation of the food system so far. “Impressive value addition and employment is being created by SMEs along value chains in the

form of increased agricultural trade, farm servicing, agro processing, urban retailing and food services. Large agribusinesses like seed companies, agro processors and supermarkets are also playing an increasing role in the food value chain in many regions,” said Peter Hazell (IFPRI), the technical director of the report. However, the study is clear that left to the private sector alone, growth in the agrifood system will not be as fast as it could,

nor will it benefit as many smallholder farmers and SMEs as it could. Government support is needed to both stimulate and guide the transition. As a high priority, governments need to create an enabling business environment and in particular, meet targets to invest ten percent of GDP in agriculture, agreed at the 2003 African Union (AU) Summit as part of The Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).

Agric sector needs regulatory body – Chamber The President of the Chamber of Agribusiness, Anthony Morrison, has argued about the need for a regulatory body to supervise activities of the agriculture sector as it is with other sectors of the economy. Morrison believes the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has become too huge to take on all the country’s growing agricultural demands for which reason such a framework was needed, if the country was serious about putting agriculture and agribusiness back on the map of performing sectors. Gross Domestic Product(GDP) from agriculture in Ghana for example, increased to GHS 7790.18 million in 2016 from GHS 7567 million in 2015. It averaged GHS 6541.21 million from 2006 until 2016, reaching an all-time high of GHS 7790.18 million in 2016 and a record low of GHS 5422 million in 2007.

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‘Ire’ is not just a regular song, it’s spiritual –Adekunle Gold Known as King of Photoshop, Adekunle Kosoko better known as Adekunle Gold shot into limelight

performing it live. My live shows as well as that of my colleagues have been sold out back to back.

he signed with Olamide Adedeji-led YBNL Nation

band? This is story for plenty days because, imagine

that. Despite leaving YBNL, Adekunle Gold is still Now popular amongst his other peers, Adekunle Gold is currently gearing up for the release of his next album, upcoming projects and tours. He opened up to MUTIAT ALLI on these and other issues. Enjoy… You are currently blazing the trail with your live band. How ready do you think Nigerians are for live music? We are ready now and Nigerians are embracing live music with both hands. Nigerians are tired of artists miming to songs on stage as against

band to Dublin and paying a band for a show that you are not even getting paid for. Paying your own

band, but I am doing it, God is helping me. Thank God I have an understanding band, they know when it is rosy and when it is not. What are projects are you currently working on?

talks about everything I have been

life so far.

inspiration? A lot of people have been able connect to the song because it appears that the message in the song touches every sphere of life. I feel gladden as an artiste that my music can connect a lot of souls across the world. It was surprising to see how a lot people started doing several covers for the song and at that point I realize that the song was not just about me alone. What

gave

you

the

the time especially at a time when commercial music was the order of the day? I was initially afraid. I was scared because I was skeptical that the Nigerian market was ready for it. So, why did you still go ahead? how to do any other thing; alternative music was

&

and is the only thing I know how to do. Starting out, I wanted to embrace a sound I was double sure of. I started out with a song, I was comfortable with irrespective of whether people were going to like because I have always believed that difference sells. And if am coming into an already saturated market what am I bringing that is different? Why do I want people to notice me if am doing the same thing these other guys are doing? When did you get your big break?

because I have been releasing other covers. In two weeks, the song was already a hit and I was surprised that people could love a song which was originally mine this much. So, I decided to churn


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‘Music is my world’ out more songs with similar sounds and my story changed overnight.

I started photo shopping myself into the pictures of celebrities for the fun of it but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. One Saturday morning, I was in my house and I saw a particular photo of Tiwa Savage, which I loved. So I told my friend to take my picture and I did my thing. I was struggling to get people to listen to my music at the time. So I thought, if I can be popular for this one, I might as well just do it. It

having some money and contacts in the industry. You have to do it right. Shout out to the people doing an amazing job. The kind of label I would

work with as a musician. I went on to do pictures with Toolz and Tonto Dikeh and it became a sensation. So, when I released a song, people

First I have to correct that; my music appeals to a lot of people, you will be shocked. My concert in London, children came out. The audience consisted of aunties, uncles, grandmas, grandpas,

“This Photoshop guy, what can he sing?” But, here I am today.

in a situation where I make such announcement

performed at different places where all ages came

My process is my experience. Who do I want to talk about? I like to talk about things that have happened to me; in short, I like to tell stories. There need to be an experience or something I want

on my album, Gold album. I made that one up, it the music. I have season producers. I have Pheelz, Seyikeys, Oscar; Master Kraft even did one for me. So I think about the song and I ask myself “who do I hear on this song?”, Who has the right sound for much involved in my production. Sometimes, I tell the guitarist what I want to hear. I tell a bassist what I want to hear. I did a lot of that in this new album. I

If you have a goal, it only makes sense to follow it through right? My goal is to be timeless. There would always be distractions for someone with a goal. I just told someone that I would be lying if I said that when I hear new sounds from other

we make the music together, I make corrections and then I start writing. Sometimes I write the music, I write the song before I even get to listen to any beat.

what is the point of doing something that is not you? What is the point of getting off a journey that you have started well? I want to be timeless; I

note and sent to Pheelz, he sent back the music how do I want to say it, what melody, what bounce, What produce, what instrument amongst others.

learning new sounds to add to what I make. My through.

me to come up with everything.

in anything that is creative. have done anything differently. I started out with God and I want it to remain that way. No, it was not that bad. What was bad for me


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Mutiat Alli

Mavin Record Di’ja welcomes second child

Multiple Grammy Award winner, Dr. Karen Clark Sheard storms Lagos for Enkay Live in concert Enkay

Ogboruche

popularly

American respected Multiple Grammy Award winning artiste tiple Award winning and Grammy Other notable gospel artistes will and Dynamic Worshiper with a

she make good music, her lyrics

shared a touching story with her

the way you are #gbadun you mu-

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undying support and helping a preg-

Lagos based gospel record label,

music

minister, mentors many upcoming - many choirs and more recently the multiple award -

Awards, AGMA, NGMA etc Armed with a message that cuts across gender at the prestigious gospel music

Also appreciating her mother and with @michaeltubescreations and -

bum, Kingdom Anthem, has been -

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“Yes, you are the Lord!” is a com-

worship sphere

taken Nigeria by storm and are currently rocking the

LIFU’ is evicted and pairings end as Big Brother tells housemates: ‘You’re On Your Own’!

Neo Phlames, Labosky to hold Live concert Labosky will be holding a concert on Eas-

with drama, intrigue and clashmarked an emotional departure

independent artistes will hold between the

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marks the last paired departure According to the artistes, we came up

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our neighborhood, yes there had been shows here in this hood but we are taking supporting us as up-comers because as it to set a standard and also to inspire other not a duo, we are separate artistes with big dreams but we came together to pull this

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It is important to note that current head Neo on the other hand said; “although it

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Ajibade Alabi

PHOTOS: Jeff Akoh, Iyanya, Tjan, Terry Apala, others make ‘Live & Wavy’ 2 an unforgettable affair

Meet the Designers! ARISE Fashion Week 2018 unveils line-up -

show in Africa, famed for handfresh and renowned talent, as well as acclaimed international names in fashion, is once again attracting a host of original African or Jeff, Iyanya

March 9, 2018 would certainly go down in history as one of the most momentous dates in the history of concerts as we know it in Nigeria; as seasoned RnB sensation Jeff Akoh

The concert featured an ensemble Tjan, Isaa -

celebrated acts graced the stage to thrill and serenade the heart and soul

50 designers from 15 countries

dom, Germany, Morocco, Botswa-

of two-time Grammy Awards winner sets along with a handful of other talRuth Osime

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mances from the other artists, the con-

African fashion across the globe as

formances, which further raised the

songs at the request of the audience, including his radio-friendly smash hits

Music sensation, Danjay Seduction out with new song ‘Gogo’

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From day one to the last day, the that includes Canadian designer, Au-

some of the best internation-

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and Paris, known for establishing -

duction, is one of the new entrants in the music industry to watch out for as his unique style of music dis-

2018 will boast leading designers from cessful designer, known for dress-

gan his musical career in 2014 till

case his custom made, bare-to-there

Currently signed to his selfcords, Danjay is sure ready to make Currently, Danjay kicked off his 2018 with a smashing brand new

once more with strong collaborations, ducer, Ruth Osime

a must to listen to as it is dedicated

again showcase the best and brightest fashion designers from around the

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Mutiat Alli

Addressing discrimination in Nollywood These are interesting times for the movie wood is starting to get it right with out of the -

made the country proud. -

by a foreigner, a greater number have supported the identity on the ground that it puts us in -

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A read through the history of pre and post -

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The New York Times where it was used to dethe movie industry. Observations abound of a -

Eddie Ugboma among others are evidences of a harmonious desire to improve the movie in-

actors as regards recognition, awards and even

dustry is faced with stiff competition from for-

Fighting challenges and discrimination It seems that one of the strongest advanbecome its nightmare as a growing trend of discrimination and segregation is starting to set -

the heights.

speaking actors in the Nigerian movie industry and one need not wonder shared by other indigenous actors ir-

The Movie industry in the glorious 90s industry. -

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which has seen the industry grow to become the third biggest in terms of revenue earnings wood.

actors and others.

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debate and to some further authenticated the reports of perceived bias against indigenous acts. The Nigerian movie industry has

dressed the issue of perceived discrimination,

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the war against piracy is effected, we may have to endure this menace reason to put away unnecessary dis-

other foreign soaps are beginning

Moving forward with a positive outlook It must have beaten the imagination of many when a Nigerian rapper

opment portends more positives than negatives break from the norm, a better and fairer recognition of hard work and a step in the right direction towards discouraging the growing discrimination. ing actors and actresses is proof that

emerged the Best Actor in a Comedy -

ken. This is w

Rita Dominic

tor, Ime Bishop and others IK Og-

continues to increase by the day. Pa-

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Still on our business Matter, we

has to take up the mantle and fend for

Urban Central L7

Women and quest to make honest living Most female business owners who

she has a passion for what she wants

the number of women there on one

(well for the serious minded ones who

need to lend more support — and

empowerment of women remains a

sweat and tears that founders pour into female entrepreneurs still start their

all startup founders look

One of the major reasons female

into some of the more elite business As a female entrepreneur in a male-

of female investors, those women

be inspired to take bold steps toward have fallen into this pattern for two

responsibilities to their businesses some of these disparities, some female and mentors limits their professional

Instagram: urban_central Email: urbancentralng@gmail.com Have a Fabulous weekend.

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Ladies, 5 major signs your boyfriend is possessive Hi guys, so we decided to take our discussions to a wider audience. Here, we would be addressing relationship issues, giving advices on solving relationship problems and answering questions. So if you have any questions or issues you need to talk about or topics you would want us to talk about, send email to allimutiat@yahoo.com

2. He wants to be involved in all the decisions you take

1. He stalks you

5. He seems to like it when

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