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Forex transactions hit N15.32trn in 3 months

Motolani Oseni, Lagos

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traded in the Foreign Exchange (Forex) market between January and March, 2018, settled at a whopping sum of N15.32 trillion, Investigations by The Daily

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Sen Omo- Agege: Parliamentary Support Group tackles Saraki ÏSays Senate lacks power to suspend member, ban group Ï Insists court judgment on Sen Ndume’s suit subsisting Ï Vows to stop bid to override Buhari on sequence of elections

Olufemi Samuel and Tunde Opalana, Abuja

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the division in the Senate as senators loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari have insisted that the upper chamber lacks the power to ban them. This follows the Senate decision last week to disband the Parliamentary Support Group for President Buhari and later handed 90 legislative days suspension on Senator Ovie Omo- Agege (APC, Delta Central). A top ranking Senator, who spoke in confidence on Sunday, confided in The Daily Times that the group will resist the attempt by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and his associates to turn Senate into ‘anything goes’. Continued on page 5

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Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson (third left); former Ogun State Governor Olusegun Osoba and others during the presentation of Best Governor Award to Dickson at the Vanguard Personality of the Year Award 2017 in Lagos ... on Saturday.

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Sen Omo- Agege: Parliamentary Group tackles Saraki Continued from page 1 The senator said: “Saraki is not the president of senators. He is just a leader among equals. But he is stressing his power beyond his constitutional boundary. “Firstly, he lacks power to outlaw any group. By virtue of the 1999 Constitution, we have the right to belong to any association. We did not form our group in Senate, we meet outside the Red

Chambers. “Can you magine the impunity of the Senate President calling for the ban of Buhari Support Group when he did not have the power. What of other groups like Northern Senators Forum, Southern Senators Forum?” The Daily Times learnt the group is an ad-hoc arrangement with the agenda to block Senate bid to override the President on sequence of elections and

support Buhari; ensure passage of 2018 Budget in April; pass vote of confidence on the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu; and ensure reverse of Omo- Agege’s suspension among others. The senator further stressed that the Senate lacks power to suspend any Senator, citing the landmark judicial precedent in Ndume v the Senate to but-

tress his point. The Daily Times reports that although the Senate has appealed against the verdict, the request before the Court of Appeal in Abuja is not tantamount to stay of proceedings as the Federal High Court in Abuja held that Ndume’s suspension was illegal on the grounds that the Senate lacked the power to suspend federal lawmaker in the first place. Unless Court of Appeal

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rules otherwise, the verdict of the lower court is still subsisting. Another flaw cited by the source is that the report of Sen Anyanwu-led Ethics and Privileges Committee was signed by six members, adding that all the members of the Committee are PDP except 2 APC members. According to the senator, the Senate president is not helping the party on which platform he held sway as Senate president by banning a group that purportedly supports the president. He said, “If the Senate president is a loyal party man, why would he be antagonistic to a group supporting the president who is the national leader of his party?, he asked. He disclosed that the division in the Senate is obvious and that those of them in the Parliamentary Support Group will not abandon Senator Omo- Agege in his trying period. He said members of the group will prevail on the suspended senator not to withdraw his suit as demanded by the Senate but pursue to its logical conclusion. He even threatened that the group will challenge its disbandment in court. But responding to the issues, one of the members of Senate leadership told The Daily Times last night that the leadership of the Senate

remains unperturbed by the threat from the Support Group to challenge the decision of the Senate in court. He added that the Senate leadership will not waver but stick to its gun as its decision was purely parliamentary procedure without prejudice to any senator or group. The Senator, who sought anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter said, “ The leadership believes that the sanctity of the Senate as an institution has to be protected above any personal interest.” Senator Omo-Agege was last Thursday suspended for 90 days by the Senate over his comment that the amendment to the Electoral Act 2010 to reorder the sequence of polls in a general election was targeted at President Buhari.

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CHOGM: PDP sets agenda for Buhari, seeks sincerity over FG’s predicament

Tunde Opalana, Abuja

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Ahead of today’s commencement of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM),the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has set an agenda for President Muhammadu Buhari by asking him to inform other world leaders of the depressing state of affairs in Nigeria under his watch. The party urged President Buhari to resist the temptation of seeking to impress world leaders with false performance indices, but should present the real situation, particularly the “pitiable state of Nigeria’s economy, escalated insecurity, human rights abuses,

daily bloodletting, persecution of opposition and erosion of democratic values in the last three years”. In a statement made available on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan the PDP asked Buhari not to forget to inform CHOGM that back home, there is a national indignation and general vote of no confidence against his administration for its abysmal performance and failure to fulfill the promises made during the 2015 Presidential campaign. The PDP said “President Buhari should inform other world leaders that due to the harsh economic policies and gross incompetence of his administration, our

once robust economy, internationally rated as one of the fasted growing in the world and one of the best investment destinations, collapsed in his hands and went into a recession; that infrastructures are collapsing and that all sectors of public and private lives are now in shambles. “He should not forget to tell the world that not only has he failed in his false promise to increase the value of naira from N1 to 1USD, his government has wrecked our currency from N160-N170 it met it in 2015 to a devastating N350-N400, with attendant horrible pressure on the economy. “Mr. President should not forget to inform CHOGM that under his administra-

tion, more than 16 million Nigerians became unemployed, 18 million more became underemployed while another 27.44 million refused to work in 2016 for various reasons not unrelated to frustration in the polity. “Our dear President, who is already seeking re-election, should not forget to tell the world that due to his harsh policies, the middle class has been wiped off, families are in distress; hunger, poverty and strange diseases are now ravaging our people to the extent that Nigerians, once considered the happiest people on earth, are now resorting to slavery and suicide as options. “President Buhari should

not shy away from informing the world that his administration has failed in guaranteeing the safety of lives and property; that under his watch, our dear nation has become one of the most insecure countries to live in; bloodletting, violent attacks and sectorial crisis have become the order of the day; insurgents and marauders are having field day pillaging innocent citizens while our land has practically transformed into a large funeral palour. “Furthermore, President Buhari must tell the world that he has woefully failed in his much touted fight against corruption; that his administration is merely engaged in personal vendet-

ta, direct persecution and media trial of opposition members, while known corrupt persons in the All Progressives Congress (APC) continue to enjoy official cover of his Presidency. “He should not forget to confess that his administration has done nothing about the Presidency cabal involved in the alleged stealing of N9 trillion ($25billion dollars) in NNPC and billions of naira National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) intervention funds. The party urged Buhari not to allow his aides to mislead him to colour his presentation at CHOGM as such will detract from his integrity as a leader.


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Forex transactions hit N15.32trn in 3 months Continued from page 1 of Nigeria, investment management firms, hedge funds, and retail forex brokers and investors. But the breakdown of the figure showed that transactions in the Nigeria’s FX market stood at N6.12 trillion ($18.67bn) in March, an increase of 44.59 per cent from N4.6 trillion ($5.76bn) when compared with the value recorded in

February ($12.92bn). In January, the FX market had traded $14.01 billion, which was higher than $12.92 billion recorded in February, however, weaker than $18.67 billion transacted in the month under review. Also, in the month under review, total value traded at the Investors & Exporters FX (I&E FX) Window stood at $6.06 billion, an increase of 55.38 per cent ($2.16bn)

relative to the value recorded in February ($3.90bn). This brings the total value traded year-to-date at I&E FX Window to $15.21 billion. During the same period, the Nigerian local currency, Naira, appreciated at the Investors’ & Exporters’ (I&E) FX Window, closing the month at N360.20 per dollar from N360.41 settled as of February 28, 2018. The Naira, also, traded at a discount to the paral-

lel market which closed at N362.00 from N363.00 per dollar as at February 28, 2018, while the Central Bank of Nigeria’s official Spot rate appreciated slightly, gaining N0.25 to close at N305.65 from N305.90 to the dollar during the same period. Total value traded at I&E FX Window in March settled at $6.06bn, an increase of 55.38 per cent ($2.16bn) relative to the value record-

Supporters of Dr. John Kayode Fayemi,Minister of Steel and Mine and a former governor of Ekiti at the rally in Ado Ekiti, capital of Ekiti state, where Fayemi declared his intention to vie for the seat which he lost in 2014

Looters List: No amount of intimidation will stop us – FG

Tom Okpe, Abuja

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Federal Government has assured Nigerians that no amount of pressure, including the antics of hack writers and threats of litigation, will prevent it from releasing more names of the alleged looters of the public treasury. In a statement made available on Sunday by Segun Adeyemi, Senior Assistant Media to the Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said since the release of the first two lists of the alleged looters, there have been overt and covert attempts to intimidate and blackmail the Federal Government into discontinuing the release of more looters’ names. The minister said, “Hack writers have inundated the social and traditional media with articles cast-

ing aspersion on the lists, while some newspapers have even resorted to writing editorials against the Federal Government over the release of the lists. Most of the write-ups have accused the government of politicizing the anti-graft war by releasing the lists. We strongly disagree with. ‘’We do not have the power to try or convict anyone. That is the exclusive preserve of the courts. But we have the power to let Nigerians know those who turned the public treasury into their personal piggy banks, on the basis of very concrete evidence, and that is what we are doing.” Mohammed said the government has always known that corruption will fight back, fast and furious, hence it is not surprised at the hiring of hack writers to attack the very idea of naming and shaming the

looters, or the hysterical threats of litigation ‘’All the fuss about politicizing the anti-corruption fight is aimed at preventing the government from releasing more looters’ names and at the same time muddling the waters. But 1,000 negative write-ups or editorials will not deter us from releasing the third and subsequent lists. For those who have chosen to give succor to looters, we wish them the best of luck with their new pastime”, the Minister added. He also said the pressure being mounted on the government over its decision to expose looters is not unexpected adding that: ‘’We know where the pressure is coming from. However, the die is cast. We will not stop until we have released the names of all those who have looted our commonwealth. Those who have not looted our treasury have

nothing to be afraid of. He challenged anyone who feels that he or she has been wrongly accused to seek redress in court, rather than engaging in exhibitionist sophistry. Mohammed also reminded Nigerians that it was the PDP that dared to challenge the Federal Government into releasing the list of PDP looters, hence the argument that the list only contained the names of PDP members falls short without proper contextualization. He said. ‘We are not underestimating the desperation of the looters, but we wish to assure Nigerians who are justifiably outraged at the mindless plundering of the nation’s wealth also of our determination not to back down. Nigerians must know those who have wrecked the country and mortgaged the future of their children”.

ed in February ($3.90bn). This brings the total value traded year-to-date at I&E FX Window to $15.21 billion. Inter-Member trades recorded $2.00 billion in March, an increase of 47.15 per cent ($0.64bn) relative to the trades recorded in February ($1.36bn), and a 237.28 per cent ($1.40bn) increase YoY ($0.59mm). The Member-Client trades stood at $10.98 billion, an increase of 47.50 per cent ($3.54bn) from the previous month and an 84.12 per cent ($5.02bn) increase YoY ($5.96bn). Member-CBN trades recorded $5.70 billion in March ($4.11bn in February), representing an increase of 38.48 per cent ($1.58bn) and a 277.17 per cent ($4.19bn) increase Year on Year ($1.51bn) as the effect of the Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) continued to boost activity in the FX Market The Inter-Member trades, recorded $2.00 billion in March, an increase of 47.15 per cent ($0.64bn) relative to the trades recorded in February ($1.36bn), and a 237.28 per cent ($1.40bn) increase from year-on-Year (YoY). Meanwhile, the 21st Naira-settled OTC FX Futures contract, NGUS MAR 28, 2018, worth $437.52mm, matured and settled in March, whilst a new 12-month contract – NGUS MAR 27, 2019 – for $1.00bn, was introduced by the CBN at N361.96 per diollar. It recorded N4.16 trillion or $12.92 billion in February, a decline of $1.09 billion (7.78 per cent) when compared with $14.01billion value recorded in January, data obtained from FMDQ OTC has revealed. Breakdown of the figure showed that total value traded at the Investors’ & Exporters’ (I&E) FX Window in February settled at $3.90 billion, representing a decline of 25.71 per cent ($1.35bn) relative to the value recorded in January ($5.25bn), bringing the total value traded at the Window Year to Date to $9.15 billion. Meanwhile, the Naira depreciated week-on-week (w-o-w) against the dollar at the Investors & Exporters Foreign Exchange Window (I&E FX) by 0.09per cent to close at N360.32/Dollar. The depreciation is coming on the heels of weekly injections by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) of $210

million into the foreign exchange market. Of the $210 million, $100 million was allocated to Wholesale (SMIS), $55 million was allocated to Small and Medium Scale Enterprises and $55 million was sold for invisibles. The Naira also depreciated at the parallel market by 0.28per cent to N363.00/ Dollar. But the Naira/Dollar rate remained unchanged at the interbank foreign exchange market and the Bureau De Change segments at N330.00/Dollar and N360/ Dollar respectively. Meanwhile, all dated forward contracts at the interbank Over-The Counter (OTC) segment appreciated amid a 0.51 per cent w-o-w increase in external reserves to $46.75 billion – spot rate, 1 month, 2 months, 3 months and 6 months contracts fell by 0.02per cent, 0.01per cent, 0.10 per cent, 0.18per cent and 0.70per cent to close N305.55/Dollar, N363.72/ Dollar, N367.24/Dollar, N370.73/Dollar and N382.85/Dollar respectively. Analysts at Cowry Assets Limited in a report said the apex bank sold Treasury Bills worth N500 billion via the secondary market. According to Cowry Assets report, “The outflows were partly offset by inflows worth N476.21 billion in matured treasury bills. Nevertheless, NIBOR fell for all tenor buckets amid sustained liquidity ease in the finanacial system – in line with our expectation: NIBOR for overnight, 1 month, 3 months and 6 months tenor buckets fell w-o-w to 3.00% (from 4.56%), 13.43% (from 14.64%), 14.17% (from 15.28%) and 15.35% (from 17.06%) respectively. “Meanwhile, while Standing Deposit Facility (SDF) which fell w-o-w by 3.93% to N593.89 billion, outweighed Standing Lending Facility (SLF) which also fell w-o-w by 9.51per cent to N211.37 billion; indicative of excess financial system liquidity.” The report added that, “NITTY fell for all maturities tracked on sustained bullish activity: yields on the 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months maturities fell to 12.52% (from 14.09%), 13.02% (from 13.61%), 13.65% (from 14.31%) and 14.72% (from 14.90%) respectively.


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Buhari meets Bola Tinubu in London ÏÏÏPresident Muhamma-

du Buhari on Sunday met behind closed doors with chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in London. The President’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Alhaji Bashir Ahmad, made this known on his tweeter handle, @BashirAhmad, in Abuja. The presidential aide posted thus: “President Muhammadu Buhari receives Na-

tional leader of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (Jagaba) today in London.’’ Buhari, who is on official visit to London had on Wednesday met with the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London where he explained why he declared his intention to run for another term in office. The President had on April 9, 2018, during the

National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) declared his intention to seek re-election in 2019. He had said, “I declared before leaving home because Nigerians were talking too much about whether I would run or not. “So, I felt I should break the ice. We have many things to focus on, like security, agriculture,

economy, anti-corruption, and many others. “We needed to concentrate on them, and politics should not be a distraction. “The majority of Nigerians appreciate what we are doing, and that is why I am re-contesting,’’ President Buhari told the Archbishop. While in Britain, the president is billed to hold discussions on Nigeria – British relations with Prime Minister Mrs

Theresa May, prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings scheduled for April 18 to 20. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, had earlier disclosed that: “The President will also meet the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc, Mr Ben van Beurden in connection with Shell and other partners’ plan to

invest $15billion in Nigeria’s oil industry. “These investment ventures will lay the foundation for the next 20 years production and domestic gas supply, bringing with it all the attendant benefits both to the economy and the wider society.” Shehu said that further meetings had also been scheduled for the President to see some prominent British and Nigerians residing in Britain.

APC Convention: Gov Badaru heads 68-member C’ttee Tom Okpe, Abuja

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Congress (APC) has announced a 68-member national convention planning committee headed by Jigawa State Governor Mohammed Badaru. In a statement made available on Sunday by the Party ‘s publicity Seccretary Mallam Abdullahi Bolaji through its newlyunveiled website, APC listed Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as vice chairman and Senator Ben Uwajumogu as secretary. Though the party has not announced the date for the convention, its National Organizing Sec-

retary, Sen. Osita Izunaso listed other members of the committee as Senator Ken Nnamani, State Governors: Rochas Okorocha (Imo); Kashim Shettima (Borno); Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina); Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo); Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe); Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna); Simon Lalong (Plateau); Bindow Jibrilla (Adamawa); Yahaya Bello (Kogi) and Godwin Obaseki (Edo). Others are Senators Ahmed Sani Yerima, Adamu Aliero, Dajuma Goje, Abdullahi Adamu, George Akume, Chris Ngige and Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir. The list also includes Mr Danjuma Attah, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, Sen. Ovie Omo Agege and a host of others.

Wife of Ondo state Governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu - Akeredolu (second left) and other wives of governors, during the Private Sector Advocacy Meeting for Investment in the RMNCAH+N Sector, at Banquet Hall, State House Abuja

We’ll justify your trust in us, Buhari assures Nigerians Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

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President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that that his administration will do its best to justify “your trust in us, and that confidence won’t be abused.” The President spoke in London on Sunday while receiving the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization, led by Mr Charles Efe Sylvester. Buhari said, “I am happy that people like you are here, on your own, defending the country. You have shown courage and sacri-

fice. I assure you that your confidence in us won’t be abused, we will do our best to justify it.” He noted that Nigeria was gifted with tremendous human and natural resources, but regretted that “failure of some of the leadership we had in the past led to our not being able to capitalize on resources to improve the lot of the people.” Saying wicked people plundered the country, “and kept Nigerians poor,” the President added that looking at the condition in which the current administration met the country,

without savings and the economy badly vandalized, “we have not done too badly.” President Buhari said the damage done to the Nigerian economy in the years of plunder was massive, and that government was doing its best to recover some of the loot, but noted that it was impossible to identify and recover all. “If they had used 50% of the money we made, when oil prices went as high as $143 dollars per barrel, and stabilized at $100 dollars with production at 2.1 million barrels per day for many years, Nigerians

would have minded their businesses. You could almost grow food on our roads, as they were abandoned. The stealing was so much, and they were so inept that they could not even cover the stealing properly. I wonder how all those things could have happened to our country.” the President said. He commended the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization for deciding to identify with the country, “when you could have stayed here, and being comfortable.” The Coordinator of the organization, Mr

Charles Sylvester, said the group was happy with the achievements of the Buhari administration so far, noting: He said, “You met a difficult situation, but you have overcome most of them. We are happy with the agriculture revolution, the ease of doing business, the anti-corruption war, the employment of youths through the N-Power programme, and the blockage of leakages in the public sector through the Treasury Single Account (TSA). “We are proud of the speed with which you re-

covered the abducted Dapchi schoolgirls. It shows you as a worthy general. We are happy that you have declared for 2019. Majority of Nigerians are happy, but agents of corruption and darkness are unhappy. The same God, who healed you when you were ill, will grant you victory in the 2019 elections. You are a General who does not fear combat, either with Generals or non-Generals. We declare our love and support for you. You are fixing the faulty foundations of our country and second term is when you will build the enduring structure.”


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Wike hosts IPI team, calls for free press The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has given the Nigerian media a wakeup call: they should live up to their responsibility of being the mouthpiece of the poor. Wike also said without a free press, Nigeria and its people would be denied the fruits of democracy. The governor, who spoke at the weekend in Port Harcourt while hosting a delegation of the Media 2018 Congress, said he was happy Nigeria at a period the nation was trying to have another transition. in the state as part of its advocacy visit to critical stakeholders to mobilise support for the successful hosting of the congress, scheduled for Abuja in June. Wike said: “We’re happy this is

happening while we are trying to have another transition. “Press freedom can only happen when we have democracy and rule of law. “We are happy the press will let Nigerians and the world know the way the Federal Government the opposition. “The press should wake up. the poor. “The press must speak out and defend the poor and the vulnerable.” Wike expressed regrets that the Federal Government by its conduct has portrayed Nigeria as not been ready to have enduring democracy. National Electoral Commission of insincerity in conducting free and fair polls in 2019.

The governor said his administration was aware of plans by the Federal Government

the congress and to ask Wike to sponsor journalists from the state

undermine the wishes of voters in the state during the next general election. He, however, vowed his administration would do everything within the law to frustrate plots to rig the polls in the state in 2019. He pledged his administration’s

hosting of the congress will the world to see Nigeria beyond the stereotype negative narrative they have been exposed to by the dominant global media. “We hope that after this event, the foreign media will shift focus from the negative reportage of events in the country,” he said.

Congress a success. delegation to intensify its national advocacy visit to create more awareness for the Abuja congress. Earlier, the leader of the delegation and former Director General, Nigeria Television

also visited the NTA Zonal Network Centre in Port Harcourt, during which it solicited support for publicity for the event. The Zonal General Manager, Adebayo Bamidele, said his organisation was ready to partner

had told the governor that the visit was to create awareness for

ensure the success of the Abuja congress.

Aregbesola, 19 African countries’ delegates advocates tree planting GOVERNOR Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and 19 delegates from African countries have advocated massive tree planting as a panacea to the danger posed by climate change in the continent. They called for overhauling of forest management to save Nigeria and Africa from imminent climate change, saying that the continued existence of the black race on the African continent lies in protecting and maintaining the natural rainforests. This was contained in a press statement signed by Aregbesola’s media adviser, Mr. Sola Fasure, which was made available to journalists in Osogbo on Sunday. This was even as the delegates from 19 African countries at the African Forest Forum, a regional West and Central African workshop hosted by the Osun

held in Osogbo, Osun State Capital, advocated trees planting to save the continent from the possible The participating countries at the forum include; The Gambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Niger, Benin Republic, Chad, Senegal, Kenya, Tanzania, Guinea Bissau, Cameroon, Liberia, Togo, Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and the host country, Nigeria. Addressing the participants at the state dinner party organized in honour of the African Forest Forum Training Programme on Modelling Climate and Applications to the Forestry Sector Delegates, Aregbesola said Africa as a continent does not deserve change if the continent’s forest has been properly preserved.

development of forestry and management as the cause of the challenges posed by the climate change in Nigeria and Africa, stressing that it is high time we rose to the challenge and developed a modality that will strengthen forest management. Aregbesola lamented the 90 percent loss of forest resource in Africa, a setback which he said had culminated in the climate change challenges confronting the continent, just as he tasked leaders in Africa to wake-up from their slumber by revamping the abundant resources buried in the ‘great lake region’ of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania. According to him, “it is unfortunate that we are yet to

together to revamp the core values and resources residing in the ‘great lake region’ as we forgot that the region has the socioeconomic resources to rescue the entire black race from the present challenges”. Earlier in his remarks, the Executive Secretary, African Forest Forum, Godwin Kanero, said the forum had recorded various successes in its public enlightenment programmes organized across the participating countries. He said, “we are concerned about climate change because we have been informed of the need for humanity to preserve natural environment so as to curtail the menace. We are just 10 years plus but since we have been on board, we have been working hard to improve on forestry development in Africa”.

Imo Prison takes delivery of two storey buildings to tackle congestion of Nigeria Prisons Service has taken delivery of two- storey buildings to tackle congestion of inmates in the prison. The Controller of the Prison, Chris Okoya, made this known during a tour of prison reformation centres Rivers State. He said that each of the storey buildings Government and the Nigeria Prison Service. Okoya said that each of the buildings were well structured for maximum security and to accomodate 500 inmates to decongest the already overcrowded prison. congestion to many awaiting trial cases, adding that the state government had also constituted a Prerogative of Mercy congestion. Okoya commended Governor Rochas Okorocha and the Controller General of Prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, for the gesture and pledged proper maintenance of the facilities. He said that the Okigwe Prisons had equally been renovated, while vocational, educational, medical and recreational centres of the service were being adequately utilised for the inmates’ rehabilitation. Okoya said that most of the former trained inmates, who had regained their freedom, were doing well outside the prisons. Conducting newsmen round the skill acquisition industry in the prison, Rev. Freedman Ben-Rabbi, a Deputy Controller of Prison in Owerri, said the inmates were acquiring various skills to be selfreliant and be employers of labour. He said that over 45 inmates had been trained in the last three years with help them for employment. According to him, over 181 inmates are currently undergoing one form of training or skills acquisition as post rehabilitation measure to keep them freedom. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the media team had earlier visited the Eleme Prison Farm Centre where the Deputy Controller of Prison

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state(left) raising the hand of his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, as his adopted candidate for 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State.

the inmates were made to engage in farming as a form

of rehabilitation. He said the farm, which was established in 1976, had produced various cash to the country. He said that the Prison Service had 15 farm centres across the country. understand that the prison service do not only keep inmates, but make them to undergo transformation by engaging them in meaningful ventures that would help them in future. realised the sum of N2.55 million which is a form of incidental revenue for the centre. “The inmates, after serving their terms, are empowered with imputs to help them establish on their own. “This reformation has contributed in no small way to the economic and manpower development of the country, helped to make the inmates useful to themselves and the society because it is in a crime-free environment that you talk of development.” the inmate reformation programme was a way of re-orientating the inmates’ minds, human capital development and keeping law breakers out of circulation to provide a peaceful environment. Some of the inmates expressed their gratitude to the Nigeria Prison Service for the empowerment and reformation. engaged in incenticide spraying on farms, said they now had good experience in farming activities. Augustine Ogedemgbe, another inmate engaged in palm oil production who confessed to been previously of bad character, commended the prison reforming him. He also promised to be of good behaivour whenever he left the prison walls. NAN reports that the inmates are also engaged in other skill activities like architectural designs, upholstery, electronics and technical services, carving, painting, shoe and soap making and fabrication. The Head of the Prisons Central Workshop, Chidiadi Anyatowu, who said he had been in prison since 2011, said that the reformation had greatly impacted on inmates’ lives and gave them a sense of belonging. He advised Nigerian youths not to indulge in crimes.


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Boko Haram: ECWA declares 3 days fasting and prayer for abducted Leah Sharibu By Kingsley Chukwuka, Jos College The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), has declared three days praying and fasting for the abducted Leah Sharibu who has refused to renounce her faith for Jesus Christ after being abducted by Boko Haram. Recall that on February 19, 2018 at 5:30pm, about 110 school girls, aged 11–19 years old were kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group from the Government Girls Science and Technical

(GGSTC), Dapchi, located in Bulabulin, Yunusari Local Government area of Yobe State, in the northeast part of Nigeria. Consequently, on the release of the girls after an alleged negotiation between the abductors (Boko Haram), and

outgoing President of ECWA, Rev. Jeremiah Gado, laud the dogged faith of Leah Sharibu and declare a 3-days fasting for her release. Gado said, “the council particularly applauded Leah Sharibu for her dogged faith in identifying with Jesus Christ at

among the girls died with Leah Sharibu held back because of her faith in Christ. However, in a communique issued at the end of the 65th ECWA General Church Council held in Jos, at the weekend, the

that the good Lord whom she has honoured is able to keep her safe from any harm and grant her freedom in due time. “The Council praises Leah’s parents for instilling in their child the love of God and

encourages them not to despair but keep trusting God for her miraculous deliverance from the hand of the terrorists in no distance time. “To this end, ECWA has declared a 3-days fasting and prayer for the release of Leah Sharibu and for improve security/economic situation in Nigeria; the fasting and prayer will hold on April 27 to 29, 2018and will be rounded up across all ECWA church services globally and we invite other Christians to join in this intercessory prayer, Gado said.

Women in Takum, stage a demonstration following the arrest of two members of the alleged state - sponsored militants arrested by the Nigerian Army with sophisticated weapons.

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Kwara:

Youths endorse Ibrahim for governorship

race

YOUTHS across the 193 wards in Kwara state, under the aegis of Kwara Youth Stakeholders Forum, have endorsed a retired superintendent of Police, Alhaji Muhammad Ajia Ibrahim, as a preferred governorship choice ahead of 2019 general elections. According to a communiqué issued at the end of its fourth annual conference in Ilorin at the weekend, the youth organization said that it was high time youths took over the mantle of leadership in the state. The chairman of the forum, Comrade Charles Olufemi, said that the youths across the 16 local government areas in the state

had unanimously agreed to present Alhaji Ibrahim as the sole governorship candidate in the next general elections. Comrade Olufemi, who said that youths formed 75 per cent of the population in the state, added that it was imperative to allow the generation to rule and bring back the lost glory of the state. He also said that youths should take over leadership because old generation had failed the entire country. The group advised youths across the state to ensure that they collect their PVC, as tools to change the change, saying.that the state must be free from dictatorship and political dynasty.

Senators endorse Orji, as Ukwa, Ngwa people task him on second term

By Sunday Nwakanma, Umuahia

Members of the National Assembly, weekend adopted the senator representing Abia Central, Sen. Theodore Orji as a working material even as the people of Ukwa and Ngwa, appreciated him as equitykeeping one, while tasking him on his second term. This adoption came at Ngwa High School, Aba premises as the Ukwa/Ngwa people appreciated and endorsed him for a second under “Grand Thank-U reception”. The retinue of senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria numbering about twelve and led by Sen. Godswill Akpabio described Sen. Orji as a senator that “carries himself with candor and a bridge builder during the occasion, telling Ukwa/Ngwa people “since you have adopted him, you have given him to us (the Senate) and we will use him” “We (the Senators) associate ourselves with Sen. Orji and Gov. Ikpeazu”, the senators further said, pointing out that together with Sen. Enynaya i Abaribe, Sen. orji has represented the state well at the red chamber, including Sen. MAO Ohuabunwa. According to them, “Abia people, when you

have giants behind you, you need not look for dwarfs”, and also expressed their happiness with the transformation the state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu is doing in the state, especially in Aba, assuring the state governor that with the team of National Assembly members from the state, more development will be coming to the state. The senators included Joshua Ladon, Samuel Anyanwu, Rose Oko, Sony Ogbuji, Fatima Raji-Rasaki, Philipe Gwer, Jona Jang, Enyinaya Abaribe, Mao Ohuabunwa, Abdulahi Adamu, and a former senator, Adolphus Wabara, amongst others. Earlier, the people of Ukwa and Ngwa had described Sen. Orji as a bridge builder, their lamentation “that our bruised and brutalized psyche had begun to accept that our lot is to bin as “The umbrella (Ochendo as Sen. Orji is popularly called), whose umbrella shade protected and projected a clan from political obscurity to limelight”, “chose to do something to change the political destiny of ndi Ukwa na Nkwa”. In his welcome address, an Ukwa/Nkwa elder, Emma Adaelu, described Sen. Orji as “a rare gem, a prodigy of example, a man of

equity and justice and a man of history”, stating “”God allowed him and used him to wipe out the tears of the Ukwa/Ngwa people”. According to him, “We have never smelt prior to this time or any form of development come nearer us. He has kept his spirit of equity”. His gratitude to the senator was thus “you are a great man and I do not know where we would have been if you have not done this. Others who spoke during the occasion were Dr. Gashun Amuta for Ngwa people, Hon Uzoma Abonta for Ukwa people, Hon. Sam Onuigbo for Umuahia people and Ikwuano, Chief Charles Ogbonna, the speaker of the Abia State House3 of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chikwendeu kalu and the state Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Ude Oko Chukwu. All appreciated the senator for all he did for the state as a governor and all he is doing now as the senator representing Abia North. According to traditional rulers in the area led by Eze Eberechi Dick, what the senator has done for the Ukwa na Ngwa people will remain in the annals of the people of the area, including handing over to them ”a good governor” in the person of Okezie Ikpeazu . The appreciated him with a chieftancy title

of “Omezirimba” (one who favoured a people). Responding, Sen. Orji said in making sure that peace and equity reigns in the state, he prayed to God and Ikpeazu became a governor, not ,minding those who did not want power to shift to Ukwa/Ngwa area. Recalling what his father had told him while alive that “there is no success without a successor”, the senator said he saw the need for equity, Abia North and Abia central having taking their turn at the governorship seat in the state. He disclosed that in no way does he intervene in the administration and function of Okezie Ikpeazu as the state Governor He also used the occasion to advise his fellow senators quarreling with their governors to “come to Abia and take the template for peace to your state”. Sen. Orji thanked the royal fathers over their appreciation and urged them to support him and the state governor. Responding, the state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, quoting the Biblical parable of 10 lepers, said “it is because of this that today, I say I am blessed and hence the decision of the Ukwa/ngwa people to thank the one who has done them well.


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You are the cause of your woes, PDP tells APC, Presidency By Tunde Opalana, Abuja

All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu(left) and former governor, Lagos state and Minister Power, works and Housing in warm embrace at a recent function.

Niger CJ docks editor, reporter over refusal to divulge source of story By Saka Bolaji, Minna

before the Chief Judge appeared and to

corporate bodies”.

The Chief Judge of Niger state, Justice Mariam Zukogi, has charged two journalists working with the state owed media organization, Newsline Newspapers, for contempt of her court for declining to divulge the source of a story concerning the state judiciary published by the newspaper. The editor of the newspaper, Mohammed Hadi Pandogari and the judicial correspondent of the organization, Uthman Siraja, were said to have been invited by the

schedule. The case was cited as we versus the Chief Judge”. The editor said that while in the dock, the Chief Judge requested him to identify the copy of the Newspaper and the particular story on the rejection of appointment of judges from the state by the NJC, adding

instill fear in journalists and to endanger media pluralism and democracy explaining that that the future of democratic pluralism and the defense of people’s rights are dependent on the right of citizens to receive reliable and useful information. He said, “it is pertinent to reiterate that the social responsibilities of journalists include amongst others, the advancement of the right to freedom of expression, access to information, freedom of the

were ushered into court room to face trial. It was learnt that the journalists incurred the anger of the Chief Judge when they declined to divulge the source of the story that the National Judicial Council (NJC) has rejected appointment of some judges from the state. The editor, Mohammed Hadi Pandogari told our correspondent in Minna that he was invited by the Chief Judge along with his reporter covering judiciary over the story, refused to see us but said we will meet in court”. He said, “We were taken to the court

ours, she said I should tell her the source of the story and I told her that I cannot disclose my source of information. When she asked me again to disclose the source of the story, I kept quiet. It was at this point that the Chief Judge ordered me to disclose the source of my story on next adjournment date of face contempt of court before adjourning to 18th of this month. In a swift reaction, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned the action of the Chief Judge calling on her to unconditionally stop the trial immediately. The union, in a statement issued at the weekend by its National Secretary, Shuaibu Usman Liman said, “We condemn a situation like this in which journalism is being threatened by the narrow self-interests of political and

transformation and peace building. It is instructive to note that sources are important roots of information and vital links in the chain of investigation by journalists. Accordingly, Journalists are not expected to divulge their sources of information or be compelled to do so, except in a situation where crime is involved”. Our correspondent gathered that the state Acting Governor, Ahmed Ketso has directed the state commissioners of Information and Justice to initiate a meeting with the Chief Judge in order to

#BBOG raises the alarm over police ban at Unity Fountain Suspends sit-out over govt threat

By Idu Jude, Abuja Convener of bring back our girls campaign, Obby Ezekwesili, has alerted the general public of the unwarranted abuse of human right by the Muhammadu Buhari administration as the FCT police command, has suspended any aspect of gathering of protest at the common venue. Sesugh Alike Sunday in a press release, said that the police clamp down on its group at the venue, has become a death threat as they can no longer express their citizens’ rights. Daily Times recall that another pressure group Known as our Mumu Don do led by Mr. Charles Oputa, Charley boy, has raised an alarm on receiving such threat last Friday in Abuja Mr. Slime of BBOG said “On the eve of the

Fourth Year Commemoration of the Chibok abduction, personnel of the Nigeria Police Force descended on the Unity Fountain, venue of our daily sit-outs in Abuja since 30 April 2014 and carted away our chairs. Our members who arrived for the sit-out on 13 April 2018 were also manhandled and the meeting space barricaded. As of this moment, there is an obvious plan to deny us access to the Unity Fountain as a ploy to frustrate our advocacy which has been ongoing for four years. A report by the online news medium, ‘Premuim Times’, states that the Commissioner of Police has once again banned ‘banned’ us from holding our daily sit-outs there, despite a subsisting court order which gives us the right to hold our meetings. Our movement is also aware of the revelations on 14 April 2018 by the journalist Ahmed Salkida about the fate of our 112 #ChibokGirls in the hands of

the terrorists, and the response put out by the Federal Government. Our immediate response is that Salkida’s statement has raised issues too weighty for the seemingly insubstantial response by the Federal Government.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lambasted the Buhari Presidency for drawing the wrath of Nigerians through its brazen arrogance and insult on persons that criticized its failures in the handling of insurgency as well as the governance of the nation. The PDP blamed the APC administration for its intolerance rather than being penitent and responsive to the views of the citizens especially on his recent comments on Libya’s connection with insurgency problem in the country as well as his London declaration., It berated the ruling party for usual arrogance and disdain, including federal legislators as well the institution of the National Assembly rather questions raised by concern citizens. The opposition party said Nigerians are still demanding for answers. If the Buhari administration knew, in the course of the last three years, that the nation has been invaded by forces from outside or even deserters from Libya, why has it continued to admonish Nigerians to learn to live with their neighbours? The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement in Abuja said the PDP, has a responsibility to stand with the citizens, irrespective of class, creed or ethnicity to hold the APC administration accountable for its failed promises ahead of their electoral disgrace in 2019. “If in the course of investigations, it (Buhari Presidency) discovered that the insurgents were from outside Nigeria, why is the government reportedly paying ransoms to them and even considering amnesty options? Is it part of governance to pay ransom to invaders? These are the questions that Nigerians expect the Buhari Presidency to answer. “It is therefore a misplaced reaction for any member of the

Federal Government claims that it has back. He said that it follows therefore that the Federal Government has the added responsibility of making available the assuring details which it has from its Slime observed that as a citizens’ movement anchored on the rule of law, we shall suspend our sit-outs while reviewing the situation and will hold a press conference on Wednesday, 18 fundamentals of our advocacy.

Ologbondiyan

Buhari presidency to recourse to personal insults, diatribes and invectives against Nigerians, low or high, who had expressed his view or demanded some explanations in the government’s handling of the insurgency challenge. “The simplest expectation of Nigerians is for the Buhari Presidency to be alive to its responsibility by strategically responding to the pains, it has caused the entire citizenry in the last three years”, said the party. The PDP therefore asked the Buhari government to stop all sorts of arrogance, name calling and intolerance to views as well as disdain for Nigerians. The party added that it is ridiculous that the Buhari Presidency is whining and alleging that President Buhari is being de-marketed ahead of the 2019 election, when the facts of the failures of his administration, speak for themselves. “ The Buhari Presidency ought to know that the London Declaration was an explicit admission of failure by our Commander-In-Chief. After his declaration, would it be wrong for anybody to state that the nation is now under the mercy of external vandals and that his administration does not have the competence to defend our territorial integrity? “It is shocking that rather than being penitent and responsive to the views of the citizens, the Presidency has resorted to abusing majority of Nigerians, who had put President Muhammadu Buhari, but today, are expressing disappointment with the fact that his administration has failed abysmally”, stressed the parry. The party said that the question Nigerians are asking is whether the President’s declaration in London, that marauders ravaging our people are deserters from Libya, is about semantics.


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APC announces new website, social media accounts The All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced its newlydesigned website and other

“The

newly-designed

website

“This website as well as the An online news site reported how

Buhari

However the account later tweeted

Bello

2019: Gov Bello insists real voters behind Buhari will re-elect him

The APC said its new website will be regularly updated with news on

We’ve paid N22bn as pensions, gratuity in one year – Lagos Govt

by re-electing a President that guarantee

his

re-election

in will surely re-elect President

By Benjamin Omoike

billion as pensions and gratuity

and where we have to be in the “There is a deliberate choice question and abruptly brought the

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to put good roads and electricity

I’ll apologise to Igbo for past wrongs if I become president –Sowore

people are with the APC and by

to unite the nation by ensuring

A 2019 presidential aspirant

saying there was no division in in the civil war and ever since then united and prepared to continue upon which to transport their seaport that can bring their goods


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PDP leadership woos Chidoka, visits his country home The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has appealed to Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka to return to the party and join hands with its leaders to rebuild it. Leading a cross section of leadership of the party to Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, his country home, the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Senator Babayo Garba Gamawa and the Zonal Vice Chairman, Deacon Austin Umahi, said the reason for the visit was because Chidoka was one of the founding members of the PDP, but left due to lapses within it. Umahi said “We apologise for the rancour we have been having in the party, and we know the reason for your leaving abinitio,” assuring Chidoka that all the lapses have been taken care of and the party has come to take back what is theirs. He said the essence of the visit was to ask Chidoka to return to PDP to join the transformation. “Nobody needs to ask you to come back to the house you built.” Umahi said, “God has brought you to limelight where you cannot be hidden, you are not a hidden face in the South East, we need people like you among us to get things right.” Umahi said, “We brought Senator Babayo here because of the importance of your return to us. A person of your calibre does not need to be told to return to a party you helped to build.” Speaking, the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Senator Babayo Gamawa said the delegation

through a continuous process. “Nigeria is a great country, we are a unique people, and we have energies that are fancied. What we need more is to restructure the country energies,” Chidoka said. “Having worked with manifestoes and all I did in the party, I can rightly say I have the spirit and soul of PDP.” Chidoka informed the delegates that the UPP is ready to get into any positive coalition that will pull the

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Chidoka

was at the country home of Chidoka because it was convinced that Chidoka remained a PDP member. Babayo said Chidoka had contributed immensely to building PDP, and has no contribute to nation building than to return to PDP. Babayo said “We are not here to ask you to rejoin the party, but to join a rescue mission because the country needs to be saved.” He said PDP is the rightful place for Chidoka, and and this cannot happen when the people are outside the ring. He implored Chidoka to Babayo stated that having assessed Chidoka during his time as the aviation minister and his exploits with the Nigerian airports, it is pertinent to bring him back to join the rescue mission.

Furthermore, he stated that Nigeria needs a vibrant economy, which will revive all the lost opportunities which were available during the PDP leadership. Babayo said the party was aware of some of the reasons for the exit of Chidoka, but said the party had been rebranded and was poised for exploits in He added that PDP had realised its mistakes and Babayo also notes that Nigeria needs not play regional politics, but an all inclusive politics for development which is what the country needs at the moment. Chidoka in his response to the delegation’s request to rejoin the party said the from the party was glaring, but expressed happiness that the current leadership was addressing them.

Chidoka informed the party that the leadership of United Progressives Party (UPP) was aware of the visit of the PDP delegation to him, and that he would reach back to them to intimate them of the visit. “When I heard the PDP was sending a delegation to see me, I thought it was just a small one, but you sent a high calibre delegation. “There is urgent need to heal the land. There is need to build a nation where no man is oppressed or alienated. “This country has never been this divided. There is need to look back at Nigeria and adjust it structurally.” “We need not wait for another violent outburst to structurally adjust the nation, we need to restructure now.” He said. “I went to UPP because they agreed with my vision.” “We cannot resolve Nigeria’s structural issues at once, but we can do so

“I will relay the message of the PDP to the UPP and a feedback will be sent through the zonal vice Chairman,” Chidoka promised. In his closing remarks, the National Youth Leader, Mr. S.K.E Udeh-Okoye appreciated the leadership at both national and zonal level and implored Chief Chidoka to hearken to the clarion call and join the rescue mission to save the nation. were the PDP Deputy National Chairman, Sen. Babayo Garba Gamawa, National Vice Chairman South East, Deacon Austin Umahi Rt Hon. SKE Udeh-Okoye (National Youth Leader), Hon. Chief Casmir Ugwu (Southeast Zonal Secretary), Hon. Chief James Ugwu (Financial Secretary), Hon. Mrs. Mary Omile Woman Leader), Hon. Chidiebere Egwu (Youth Leader), Chief Hon. Ede Romanus (Zonal Sylvester (Zonal Auditor), Hon. Barr. Ukpai Ukairo (Auditor).

Sagay accuses Oyegun of turning Saraki, Dogara into ‘monsters’ in APC Chairman Presidential

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of the advisory

corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay has accused the national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun of turning the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara into ‘Monsters’, describing him as a ‘failure’. Sagay who said that Oyegun’s tenure has brought nothing but disaster for the party, kicked against Oyegun’s reinstatement, stating that it would be ‘suicidal’ for the party. In his words; “Oyegun has been a terrible failure as national chairman of the party. He has not shown

the resolve and strength of purpose to direct the party properly and rid it of moles and enemies. “When a person, against the party primary, goes to contest as Senate president and another one contrary to the party’s primary contests as Speaker of the House of Representatives, that is gross indiscipline and people like that should be punished and the punishment is suspension and possibly, expulsion from the party. “That did not happen under Oyegun. Rather, he was cuddling, befriending and appeasing them, thereby allowing them to become monsters. The result now is that the National Assembly this government; all that is created by Oyegun’s

appeasement. So, his tenure has really been a disaster for the party. “I supported the rejection of the one year extension not because I didn’t like Oyegun but because if the tenure elongation had been allowed to stand, the PDP would have had an apian way, expressway to the presidency and the

A governorship aspirant and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State, Prince Chemberlin Adiaso has expressed disappointment over the leadership style of the Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, saying that the governor has failed to provide infrastructural development in the state. He said the governor lacked the capacity to govern the state, alleged

failure

to

the

who installed him as governor. Prince Adiaso who made his feeling known in an interview with an online news media, promised to revamp moribund stateowned infrastructures and industries in the state and create massive employment for the people of the state. He said, “Governor Ikpeazu has not been able to marshal out his plans for Abians in terms of infrastructures and then manpower development. He has not shown he has capacity to govern Abia State. “What is obtainable in Abia as at now is godfatherism. Ikpeazu has not been able to exhibit his actual potential to govern the state, a state that is endowed with human and natural resources. “When I’m elected as governor, I will marshall out plans on how to make Abia great again. That’s why people like us have joined the governorship race to change the face of governance in Abia State. “Also, if I emerge as governor of the state, the see the revitalisation of the Golden Guinea Breweries and Modern Ceramics Industry. We have glass industry in Aba, which has gone moribund over the years.

the nominations of the APC would have been held illegal and invalid because the people who organised it themselves are not entitled to be there. “People who are could only produce illegal nominees. So, the President saved the party from catastrophe by rejecting the tenure extension.”

Aspirant faults Ikpeazu over dividends of democracy

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Editorial Commentary

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OUR POSITION

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Complete Zungeru Power Plant on time

ecent news that the Chinese company handling the 700MW hydro electric power plant in Zungeru, Niger State has given notice that the December 2019 delivery date of the project to the federal government might not be feasible is a clear indication of the levity with which Asian companies, particularly those from China treat contracts awarded to them in the country. It also shows their lack of concern for the sanctity of contracts once signed. The Deputy Project Manager, CNEEC- Sino Hydro Consortium, Mr. Xiao Nie, told journalists during a tour of the project site that the first unit of the project, which is currently at 47% completion, will be delivered in December 2019, while the remaining are to be released after every three months. The $1.29 billion project which was started in 2013 consists of four units of 175 mw each. When completed, the 700MW power plant would supply 2,640GWh to the national grid annually. About 3,000 Nigerians have so far been engaged with majority of them

coming from Zungeru. One of the flimsy excuses given by the company was shortage of personnel. The company claimed that the project required more hands but due to certain constraints only about half of the required number could be engaged at the moment. We doubt the veracity of this claim. There is no amount of personnel that the company needs in the construction of a hydro electric dam that cannot be obtained within the country. The action of the contractor handling the construction of the power plant also shows the lack of understanding of the sanctity of contracts by Asian businessmen, particularly Chinese nationals. A contract once signed by parties to it becomes binding on all the parties. It is a known fact that if a contractor delays the delivery of a project beyond the time given to him, he risks being heavily penalised for such delay. In this case, the Chinese contractors must know the implications of delaying the delivery of the Zungeru power plant both for Nigeria which needs more electric power delivered to it and for the contractor itself which has given delivery date in the contract and is

now giving indication that it would delay the delivery of the plant. Apart from the alleged shortage of personnel, the company also attributed the delay in completing the project on time to unresolved community issues. But it did not elaborate. It is preposterous for any contractor to claim shortage of personnel as a reason for delaying the completion of a major power project in a country like Nigeria where there is no shortage of personnel, particularly artisans needed at the project site. The reasons given by the company for shifting the date of delivery of the project to the federal government is therefore unconvincing and untenable. If there were community issues that could affect the delivery date of the project to the government such issues ought to have been reported to the government for better handling and for a new date for handing over of the project to be agreed. We therefore urge the federal government to reject the untenable reasons advanced by the contractor to extend its delivery of the project and compel the company to stick to its original delivery date.

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Why I’ll vote Buhari again and again

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Femi Adesina

he greatest talking point in our country this week has been the declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari that he would seek a second term in office next year. And naturally so. Desire by any President, whether positive or negative, should elicit great interest in the citizenry. The President that should be pitied is the one that says something, and the people just shrug, unconcernedly. He is of all men the most miserable. As to be expected, the notice given by President Buhari has engendered diverse emotions and reactions. The joy kiln has ben kindled in the hearts of many millions. They are exultant and ecstatic. I am in that number. While millions are like Romeos beholding their Juliets, others on the flip-side, however, are like King Leah at his worst. It was as if they got blows to the solar plexus. Ouch! And they are wailing, kicking and screaming. Mournfully so. The days of their rustication from power will be extended, and they can’t bear it. Doomsday is elongated, doors to freebies shut again. They are quite vocal, but much smaller in number, and the elections next year will so prove. There’s still plenty where the bloody nose of 2015 came from. Now, despite the challenges in the country (and very many of them), from Enugu to Borno, Benue to Zamfara, Oke Ogun farmlands in Oyo to Mambilla in Taraba, Plateau to Edo/Delta, virtually everywhere, why is President Buhari still the man to beat? That is the purpose of this piece. Some of the challenges in the country are genuine. Some others are orchestrated by those the President would say are playing “irresponsible politics.” For such people, they would first urinate inside the well they want to draw drinking water from. They would gladly step into power, treading on skulls and crossbones, and on the flowing blood of innumerable countrymen. Ogres! But Nigerians are wiser. They know those who are serving them, and who wish to serve more for altruistic reasons. They also know those who just want to grab power, so that the country can return to business as usual, and their snouts can be dipped in the honeypot once again. I’ll vote for President Buhari over and over, again and again, because he can be trusted. You can trust him with the resources of the country. He won’t filch them. You can trust him with power. He won’t misuse it. You can trust him with the well being of the land, he cares. I remember one night, I had gone to the residence to see the President. It was about 8 p.m, and there were just two of us in the waiting room. The other elderly fellow has held power at very senior levels in the country. He had even aspired for the highest office in the land. So, he knows what he’s talking about. He told me: “Look at this sprawling place. Just two of us waiting to see the President. It didn’t use to be like this. Up to 3 a.m daily, the place used to be like a market, filled with men, women from within and outside the country. They would come to seal all kinds of deals on petroleum, power, transport, iron and steel, and all others. And of course, the President and his household would always have a cut. The wheeler-dealers would also have

their cut. Who dares approach this President with such proposals? That is why you see so much sanity here.” A President who won’t sell our collective patrimony while the rest of the country is sleeping. That’s the one I want. And we all know that man. Accountability is another reason. Under some presidents, the rich gets richer, while the poor gets prison. Not under Buhari. The resources of the country are for the people of the country. Greatest good to the greatest number of people. The last administration (we won’t and can’t stop talking about them, never!) sat over resources in billions of dollars. Oil prices hit $140 dollars per barrel under their watch, and stabilized at about $100-110 for a number of years. They met our foreign reserves at $62 billion. When they left, it was just $29.6, yet oil prices had hit the rooftops. What happened? Thievery. Today, with oil prices having dropped to about $30 per barrel in 2015, and now oscillating between 60 and 70 dollars per barrel, our reserves have hit $47 billion, and still growing. Prudence. Transparency. Resourcefulness. Accountability. Will I then exchange this type of government for another? That would mean willful blindness, after our sights had been amazingly restored. That would mean willful backsliding into perdition, after we had been wonderfully saved. Still talking of accountability, you must have heard of the billions and trillions of naira that accrued to government from agencies like Customs, Federal Inland Revenue Service, NIMASA, JAMB, and many others in recent times. These agencies are not newly created. So, what happened to revenues they made in the past? Your guess is as good as mine. Will I then leave terra firma for terra incognita? God forbid! Because an accountable man is in the driver’s seat, the virtue is now flowing downwards. Elections are coming. And there’s no need to fear. Why? Because the will of Nigerians will not be subverted. Never! A President once told us in this country that the coming polls would be do or die. Not with President Buhari. Fair is fair. No foul play. Under his watch, his political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lost gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa and Anambra states. At the last Council of States meeting, Gov Willie Obiano publicly registered his appreciation to President Buhari, for the level playing ground he made available during the election in his state. With do or die apostles, and a certain political party in power, such would never happen. Not with their garrison mentality. All states are territories that must be conquered, willy-nilly. APC has won gubernatorial positions under Buhari in Kogi, Ondo and Edo states. The victories were fair and square. The party lost in Bayelsa and Anambra. This President would never manipulate victory for anyone, not even his own party. And you ask me not to trust him? I will, and no mistake. Global respect. That is what Nigeria has today. I’ve accompanied President Buhari to over 30 countries in about three years. And he has been resetting the buttons, relaying the foundation of relationships with those countries. And how the leaders respect him. And they say it. Barrack Obama, the then American President said the

Nigerian leader came to his job with a “reputation of integrity.” At another time, while introducing our President to the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, he said:”Meet the Nigerian President, who is doing a very good job.” And the latter concurred. In Britain, when David Cameron was Prime Minister, he had made a faux pas when he named Nigeria and some other countries as being “fantastically corrupt.” And who rose in defence of the Nigerian leader? The Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby, who said; “but this particular President is not corrupt.” And you ask me to throw away such President when he still wants another term? I’ll vote for him again and again, no matter what naysayers claim. What of the personal virtues? I sit with him, speak with him, and I know. Discipline. Simplicity. Love of country. Lack of greed. A heart for the poor and downtrodden. A realization of the ephemeralness of power, and of life itself. These are things that resonate in his speeches. They don’t make them like this anymore. And then, I should prematurely jettison the one I have? Even the Heavens will hold a people who take such decision in derision. Some people ask; where are the achievements? Well, if they are of such mindset, unfortunately they can’t be helped. We don’t have the authority to mix spittle with clay, put on their eyes, and direct them to go to Siloam pool, wash, and come back seeing. Once anybody decides to be willfully blind, no matter what you push in front of his eyes, he wouldn’t see. If he decides to be willfully deaf, even if there are thunder peals by his ears, he won’t hear. Those of us that manage the media of the President put all the activities and achievements in the public domain. They claim not to know. Good luck to them. Those who know, really know. And they are the millions who will stand by the President any day. Strides in security, agriculture, anti-corruption, infrastructure, and many others are evident. When they drive on Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, Aba Port Harcourt Expressway, and hear that early works on the Second Niger Bridge have reached about 45% completion, and still refuse to believe, what then can anybody still do? But thankfully, those who believe far outnumber the inveterate cynics. They talk of the economy, and make it appear as if the heavens were falling upon them. But the economy, according to pundits, began to slow down in 2012. By 2014, it was poised for recession. Before the last administration left, Nigeria was already borrowing to pay salaries, as confirmed by Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. And that was in spite of trillions earned from oil. By 2016, recession was inevitable. But for how long did it last? Just one year. Due to deft footworks,sound economic policies, transparency and accountability, we were soon out. Today, inflation rate has fallen for the 13th month running. The auguries are good for the economy, but all they want to wail about is hunger, to deceive and beguile. But Nigerians know. They know where food self-sufficiency is coming from. They know where their future and those of their children will be guaranteed. The polls would prove it next year. When we were awash with

money, what happened to infrastructure? Simply nothing. Power, roads, rail, bridges. Nothing! Now, when we are earning about 60% less than what we used to earn, those things are coming. Power was inherited at about 3,000 megawatts, with a large chunk of it not distributable. Today, power generation stands at over 7,000 megawatts, and over 5,000 MW is distributed. Rail projects will cover the national landscape within the next one year. Abandoned projects are being resuscitated nationwide. Recently, the N8.5 billion water project in Otuoke, Bayelsa State, came on stream. It was not achieved when a native of the area was President. The Lagos-Otta-Abeokuta road has been awarded. It was not done when a son of the area was in power. The dredging of Warri port for N13 billion has been awarded. Was it awarded when a native of the region was in office for six years? Nigeria is making tremendous progress, and things can only get better. For the first time in the history of the country, stealing has become corruption. It didn’t use to be so, particularly in the last epoch. No wonder the Excess Crude Account was looted dry. Foreign reserves drawn down. Federation Account, emptied. And the economy was set on an irreversible path to recession. And they say; don’t talk about it. Focus on the present and the future only. How we miss Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. He would have said: “I go shout o, I go shout plenty o.” If we don’t focus on the past, we are then liable to make the same mistakes. “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” (George Santayana). Stolen monies are being recovered in billions of naira and dollars, and being appropriated and spent on infrastructure. Properties acquired with laundered funds are being seized. President Buhari has promised to sell them, and return the funds into public treasury. No wonder some people are running scared, and had tried earnestly to dissuade the man from going for a second term in office. But the die is cast. Let each mother warn her child. Days of reckoning will come. A party left the country in ruins after 16 years. It is now crying that the edifice has not been rebuilt in three years. Is it not easier to destroy than to rebuild? The rebuilding of Nigeria is proceeding apace. Another term for President Buhari will take the job very far. Consolidation of the good works is good prospect, not only for us, but also our children. Things may be tough for Nigerians now, but they are like birth pangs, which begin to fade at a point. And they are fading. A woman brings forth only with pains, tears and groaning. But when she beholds her baby, all those pale into insignificance. A new dawn, new visitation is coming our way. We can see the Promised Land. Nothing should stop us from stepping into it. Archbishop Justin Welby, Head of the Anglican Communion Worldwide, told President Buhari in London this week: “Great statesmen are those who run for the good of their country.” Spot-on. The 2019 race is not for self, but for the good of the country. Discerning Nigerians did it in 2015. In greater numbers, they are poised to do it again in 2019. Adesina is Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity


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Why Fayemi should not run?

Times Columnist FEMI ODERE

Fayemi is like the 500-pound elephant in a small forest patch which is being kicked by other animals in the hope that it will just leave so that they can breathe easily and their chances of survival can be significantly improved. This is the fundamental objective and directive principle of Dipe’s disguised vilification in his why Fayemi should not run

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s a self-styled political analyst, perhaps Segun Dipe should have done himself a world of good if----in the interest of full disclosure----he had intimated his readers that his piece in The Nation on Monday, April 9, 2018 which he titled “Why Fayemi should not run” in his so-called analysis of Ekiti State politics derived its source and sustenance from being the official mouthpiece of Ekiti Rebirth Organization, a political platform being used by Sen. Babafemi Ojudu to contest the July 14th 2018 Ekiti governorship election under the All Progressives Party (APC). Before going into the ‘meat’ (however tasteless) of his article as to “why Fayemi should not run,” it is important to bring into the reader’s attention some form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) of Dipe for Fayemi even since when no one had any clue whether or not the Minister of Mines and Steel Development was going to join the contest for the Ekiti governorship seat. Dipe has always been all over the social media in such riotous and insidious youthful exuberance about Fayemi that one couldn’t help but wonder if he really has anything to say about Sen. Ojudu----his principal. But one must also admit that there’s probably a strategy behind his OCD and that may be: Throw anything and everything at Fayemi in the hope that some would stick; thereby making him a ‘damaged good’ before those delegates who’re yet to make up their minds as to whom among the aspirants they should vote for, and by extension the voters. Dipe’s peregrination about Fayemi’s intellectual solidity and his “distinguished career in the Nigerian politics,” having “done an excellent job” both in his first outing as the governor of Ekiti State and currently as a Minister within a relatively short period of time in his opening paragraphs notwithstanding, his assertion that “the controversies surrounding whether or not John Kayode Fayemi…should throw himself into the ring to vie for the governorship slot” was a figment of his imagination rather than the reality as we shall see presently. Dipe should also have intimated his readers that his self-conferred credential as a political analyst now includes clairvoyance and/or clairaudience in light of his posers to Fayemi such as what the Minister finds “so attractive in the state pilloried by Fayose that he is ready to spend all his life savings to want to return to the seat.” For him to state matter-offactly that Fayemi is on the verge of spending his “life savings” in his bid

Fayemi for re-election to Ekiti governorship seat, he’s either a clairvoyant or he’s Fayemi’s personal banker to know his true net worth. Dipe has not only demonstrated a pedestrian thought pattern unbefitting of a serious political analyst with his insinuation that Fayemi is on a revenge mission “against the incumbent” because “he did something to me so I’m going to beat him” kind of reasoning, but how Fayemi will “take another defeat” by a man he admitted earlier has “pilloried” the state. Why is Dipe worried about Fayemi’s defeat when he should be concerned about Ojudu’s survival in this contest? He sounded like someone taking the Panadol analgesic for someone else’s headache. Why would Fayemi be “on a revenge mission” against Fayose? There’s no basis for that reasoning. But it should be pointed out that it would probably take about five lifetimes for Fayose to come to par with Fayemi even if he retires from public life today. So, it is mischievous, if not asinine of Dipe to put these two politicians on the same pedestal. Perhaps what Segun Dipe has refused to take into account in his political analysis of Ekiti and its politics and what, for the most part, the current crop of the state’s political gladiators are yet to comes to terms with is not necessarily the physical “pillorization” of the state by Fayose, but how he has largely re-orientated the thinking of Ekiti people as they have lost their sense of Being which the governor has encapsulated into what he calls “stomach infrastructure.” Physical infrastructures can be rebuilt within a short spate of time, but the “de-fayoselization” of the larger society requires a politician with sterner stuff at the helm. This is the hardest part of “re-growing” Ekiti. But I digress. While there’s not much that can be faulted in his observation that “confidence in the honesty of political leaders is seemingly at an alltime low” in the people’s democratic experience, Dipe’s assertion that “Fayemi has reduced his status from that of a leader of the party in Ekiti to that of an aspirant” is akin to saying that Awolowo lost his leadership and political status when he attempted to return to the Western Region

after his sterling performance at the federal level. It takes someone with a high sense of public service and a clear idea about how a society must be structured and re-engineered to have Fayemi’s commitment to want to serve Ekiti state. Win or lose, Fayemi will remain a political force to be reckoned with not only in Ekiti but the larger Nigerian political canvas because he stands out of the pack of the country’s integrity-challenged and values-deficient politicians. One should ask Dipe what was the sense in throwing APC’s National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu into his analysis if not because his overarching strategy, as mentioned earlier----and assuming he even knows----is to throw everything and anything at Fayemi with the hope that some would stick. What makes him think that Fayemi “has fallen out of favour with Tinubu?” Was it Tinubu or Fayemi that told him this? How has Fayemi committed a sin because he has not played “a key role in organizing the Bola Tinubu colloquium” that just ended not to talk of the “last two years?” Assuming he was not at this year’s colloquium, Dipe should have at least asked if anyone saw Fayemi who sat with other ministers in the second row of the colloquium hall before he went to town with this falsehood. And since when did frequent attendance of Tinubu’s events become the necessary requirement for his protégés to validate and re-validate their loyalty to the man? This is definitely the most idiotic aspect of Dipe’s so-called political analysis of Ekiti State politics. Drafting Tinubu into a campaign that Dipe’s principal doesn’t have even a fighting chance is not only in poor taste, but a red herring whose political value has since been lost. One wonders why there seems to be some kind of siege mentality in Ojodu’s camp about the man who gave Ojudu the 2011 senatorial ticket against wise counsels when he was the governor. The contest for power in any clime has been aptly described as war by any other means and Nigeria is not an exception. The country is probably one of the few countries of the world whose politicians still deploy the crudest ‘weapons’ during con-

tests for political power. Politicians throwing monkey wrenches dressed in jurisprudential garbs to their opponents has been one of those ‘weapons of war’ for achieving ‘success’ for political power in this clime. Since it’s obvious that Dipe is on mission to advance a particularly negative narrative about Fayemi, he may not be faulted for his unwillingness to engage in any critical thinking in his desperate attempt to weave the narrative of Fayose’s so-called White Paper as part of the items to throw at the minister. Just so that Dipe may know, Fayose’s white paper is not only already soaked in cooking oil and cannot be read by any competent court of jurisdiction, but there had been similar cases that had set precedents from the lower courts to the nation’s Supreme Court. In his reference to Fayemi that his candidacy has the capacity to “attract legal maggots towards APC” because of Fayose’s White Paper, Dipe should be reminded that a court of competent jurisdiction overturned a 2004 indictment against former Kano State governor and governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwakwanso. Kwankwaso was alleged to have wasted the state’s ecological funds while in office and for not disclosing the fact of an indictment by the government after him while filling an affidavit issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for his particulars. The plaintiff, Hassan Indabawa, prayed for an order that Kwankwaso should be disqualified from the April 2011governorship election because he was indicted by the Commission of Inquiry constituted by the government of his predecessor Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau. The court struck out the case because it lacked merit. Also, in an attempt to stop Atiku Abubakar, who was then Vice President from contesting the 2007 presidential election, then President Obasanjo set a booby trap through some legal abracadabra in which INEC was involved. In its verdict, the Supreme Court ruled in Atiku’s favour that INEC has no right to exclude the then Vice President from that year’s presidential election. The point must also be pointed out, however, that if there’s a general consensus that Fayemi, who brought nothing into the murky and criminal-infested waters of Nigerian politics except his name, is one of the most descent few politicians in the land, to which Dipe also alluded that he “has had a distinguished career in the Nigerian politics,” it goes without saying that the former governor would not have risked his name and “distinguished career” if he believes that Fayose’s White Paper has even one leg to stand on in any competent court of jurisdiction. Fayemi is like the 500-pound elephant in a small forest patch which is being kicked by other animals in the hope that it will just leave so that they can breathe easily and their chances of survival can be significantly improved. This is the fundamental objective and directive principle of Dipe’s disguised vilification in his why Fayemi should not run. Femi Odere is a media practitioner. He can be reached at femiodere@gmail.com


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civil group, Legal Minds for Good Governance Initiative, has condemned the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, for ordering the immediate disbandment of a group, Parliamentary Support Group, formed in March by proPresident Muhammadu Buhari senators, after a face-off with their colleagues on the amendment of the Electoral Act. The group in a statement by its convener, Festus Ogun, described the actions of Saraki as wrong, unwarranted and uncalled for in a democracy. Ogun said the move violates the constitutional rights to peaceful assembly and association. He said: “The disbandment first of all is wrong, shameful, illegal and should be wholly con-

demned. The rights of the pro-Buhari Senators to freedom of association by way of forming the group is utterly disrespected by move of the Senate President. Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution, at least, provides for the pro-Buhari Senators to assemble freely and associate with other persons for the protection of their interests. “Yes, it is understandable that virtually all Nigerians are against the aspiration of President Buhari owing to his woeful performance, but that should not deprive his supporters in the Senate the right to form a group in his support. It is high time we became tolerant of divergent views in our polity. Political differences should not be an opportunity to disrespect the provisions of our laws and tactically silence opposing views.”

Ogun however explained that the group is only interested in political tolerance and predominance of rule of law among the ruling class of the country and not in any way supporting the cause of the Parliamentary Support Group. In his words: “We need to put it straight that we are not in support of either Buhari or his men at the Senate. We are only interested in saying it the way it is. Just because Senator Bukola Saraki and his caucus at the Senate is allegedly observed not to be in support of President Buhari’s aspiration, disbanding a group in support of Buhari by Saraki shows how intolerant the leader of the Senate can be. It is unacceptable.” Ogun enjoined Saraki to lift the ban on the group “for the interest of rule of law and our democracy”.

David Mark @ 70 renews pact with God ÏÏÏ The

immediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, at the weekend took stock of his 70 years sojourn on earth and renewed his covenant with God to serve Him and humanity faithfully. Mark told a crowded gathering in Abuja to commemorate his birthday: “I have resolved to serve God and humanity ceaselessly for the rest of my life. “I will intensify my prayers and do the work of mercy for peace and unity of Nigeria where genuine friendship and brotherhood, devoid of parochialism reigns. “When I was growing up, I made friends across board devoid of ethnicity, tribe or religion. And we saw ourselves as brothers and sisters with a common destiny. “But what we see today is a celebration of ethnic or religious champions in our national life. “This is not the Nigeria of our dream. “We must rise up to reorientate our people in order to reverse the trend for good. “We must see ourselves as one people with a com-

mon destiny and purpose.” Mark expressed optimism that a better Nigeria where everyone is free to live and pursue his or her legitimate ambition in any part of the country without fear of intimidation or molestation is possible “if we see ourselves as brothers and sisters”. President Muhammadu Buhari, who spoke through his Special Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, described Mark as a brave soldier and astute politician who has made positive impact in the development of the nation. In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, showered encomiums on his predecessor for the foundation he laid in the Senate as well as his contributions to national development. Saraki requested Mark to always make his knowledge and wealth of experience available for upcoming leaders to profit from, pointing out: “Mark is a rare gift to Nigeria.” Also speaking, the Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, described Mark as a patriotic and relentless public servant who over the years demonstrated unquestionable loyalty to his fatherland. The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, praised Mark for his steadfastness, recalling that in the wake of the gale of defection that hit the party after its defeat in 2015, the former Senate president stood firm when he said he will remain in the PDP no matter the odds. Mark had insisted that he will not abandon the PDP, saying: “I will remain the last man standing, even if others decamps.” Mark’s classmate, General Alwali Kazir, who spoke on behalf of Nigerian Defence Academy Course 3 Alumni Association, commended Mark for his relentless and unblemished service to the nation. Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, General T. Y. Danjuma, noted the indomitable spirit of Mark, which he said is needed to navigate through the murky political water in Nigeria.

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President Muhammadu Buhari (left) and National Leader, All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu when the latter paid Buhari a coutesy visit in London...on Monday

Members of the Buhari Support Group in Diaspora with President Muhammadu Buhari(middle) at the Abuja House, London...on Sunday

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike inspecting the construction of Zonal Hospital Bori.... on Saturday.

L-R: Representative of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, and the Oliha of Benin, Chief Edionwe Oliha; Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonaya Onu; the Esogban of Benin, Chief David Edebiri; and Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, during the presentation of a book titled: Ogiamien and the illusion of kingship, by Chief Edebiri, in Benin City, the Edo State capital, at the weekend.


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How God saved 72 members from church building collapse – Cleric From Alphonsus Nweze The General Overseer of Bible Base Miracle Assembly, Rev. Jerry Nwachukwu, has said it was divine intervention that saved him and 71 members of his church in Asaba, Delta State capital when the building they Speaking to newsmen in Onitsha, headquarters of the Church, the cleric said in April 2013, 72 of them were inside the building when suddenly it collapsed but to the glory of the Almighty no single person died or injured.

He said “it was a day the enemies planned to wipe away 72 members of the Church through an on-going renovation. The structure gave way and72 of us were inside the church but none of us was hurt or dead. But that was the beginning of the miracles for the church, said Rev. Nwachukwu as God brought somebody who was not even a member of the Church to reconstruct the church beyond the level they planned it without collecting a dime from the Church. Nwachukwu said it was

on account of this that the Church is organizing a seven-day programme at their church in Asaba from April 22 to April 29, 2918, with the theme: “Help from Above”, to give God glory for this great deliverance. He said this God has continued to deliver them, stressing that the programme was also to encourage people out there going through one challenge or the other that God is still in the business of delivering his people. “The God who delivered us will also see them through. We will use the opportunity to pray for

the prosperity of Delta State and the entire country. And that is the reason we have invited the Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa and members

receiving the report his men swung into action which led to the arrest of

“His arrest led to arrest of one Ozoani Obiora in Enugu which also led to arrest of one Alhaji Tijjani on 27th February, 2018 in Zaria, and further

Council, the Speaker and the members of the State House of Assembly as well as the Asaba traditional institution” he said. The highlights of the programme would be praise night and Thanksgiving Service/Luncheon which will hold Friday, April 27 and April 29 respectively. Meanwhile, the cleric has called the political class in both South South and South

East of Nigeria to mount vigorous campaign for the people to register and collect their PVCs for the 2019 general election. He said this was the period these politicians can bring out their money to educate the public to go out to register and collect their PVCs. He advised Nigerians and Ndigbo in particular to secure their future by taking part in the process of electing people who will rule and represent them, reminding them that their voters’ cards were their power to determine who represents or rules them.

“If you don’t have PVC, you have already voted for a wrong candidate to be your representative. To be neutral is to accept the outcome of the election. I must be blunt if you don’t have PVC, you are one of the enemies of Nigeria. No

interrogation of the suspects led to the recovery of more suspected stolen cars totaling 11” he said. He said that the cars that were recovered included

Ash Colour Pencil Light 1998 Toyota Camry, Green Honda Hennessey, Toyota Corolla 2003 Model, Red CRV 2000 Model and Toyota Corolla Red Colour

among others. He said the 11 cars were recovered from innocent

having PVC” he said. The General Overseer continued “politics is part and parcel of human beings. And we are all political animals. I am saying this to make it clear that there will be no meaningful change without action. And neutral gear can’t move a vehicle”.

Police recover 11 stolen cars, parade 4 suspects in Plateau

By Kingsley Chukwuka, Jos The Plateau state Police Command has paraded four suspects in connection with alleged snatching of 11 cars. The suspects were

as Paul in Enugu with Pauline’s stolen car.

locations in Enugu and Ebonyi state.

Mohammed, a king pin, Sani Idris, a painter, Dauda Ibrahim, an electrician and Abubakar, a receiver of three stolen vehicles out of the 11. During the parading of the suspects at the Police Headquarters in Jos at the weekend, the Plateau State Police Commissioner, Undie Adie said that the suspects would soon be arraigned before the court. While narrating on how the suspects were arrested, the Police Commissioner Mgbachi Nkeiruka Pauline of University of Jos Health Centre reported to Area Command Metro in Jos, that on 28th October, 2017 her Toyota Camry parked at Film Corporation Street was stolen. CP Adie added that on

Hon. Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN (middle), Managing Director/CEO, Transmission Company of Nigeria(TCN), Mr.Usman Gur Mohammed(left) and Special Guest of Honour, Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Sadanobu Kusaoke(right) during the commissioning of 60MVAR Capacitor Bank funded by Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at Apo 132/33kV Transmission Substation, Apo. . . in Abuja

Insurgency: Taraba LG boss decries continuous influx of IDPs By Tom Garba, Yola The Chairman of Donga Local Government Council of Taraba, Mr. Nashuka Ipeyen on Sunday warned of

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the council may lead to a humanitarian disaster, without intervention from the state and Federal Government. Ipeyen disclosed this while conducting newsmen round the Internally Displaced primary schools in Donga,

the headquarter of the local government area. According to him, there are over 4,000 IDPs from the neighbouring villages currently seeking shelter in the council. The week ago in Muzi and Utile villages when suspected herdsmen returning from inhabitants. had since spread to other villages including Tormom, Shaakaa, Ovoh, Igo and

Burukunu. Ipeyen stressed

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headquarters had created humanitarian crisis despite the state government prompt intervention in providing relief materials through the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA). “The IDP situation Control, at the last Count, they were over 4,000 and more are still coming due to talking to you, more villages are being burnt down by

herdsmen and people being killed. “From the time the crisis started to date in the local government, 20 people have been killed so far and thousands rendered homeless on their own land,” he said. Ipeyen called on the people to use traditional methods including Sticks and stones to defend their land from invaders. Mr Samaila Ulaha, a Supervisory Councilor told journalists that the on communities claiming

that they have been leaking information about their (herdsmen) movement to Takum and Ussa local government areas Mrs. Terhemba Nyijimi, a 42-year-old mother of 10 who is living at the Donga central primary school camp told newsmen that water, food, medicals and clothing were the main challenge facing them. She lamented that though government provided food for them the food could not go round the population as more and more people kept coming to the camps

communities in the area. “I can’t continue staying here for long, feeding 10 children and other relations in the camp is not easy. Some of them will be resuming school soon and I don’t know how I am going to raise money for their school fees. “Again the rains are here and as farmers we need to go back to farm what we can eat and also take care of our families. So, we are appealing to the government to help bring the crisis to an end,” she said.


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2019: End herdsmen’s killings now, clergyman tells Buhari By Charles Onyekwere, Abakaliki The Bishop of Methodist Church Nigeria, Diocese of Abakaliki, Ebony state, Lawson Elom has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to end the escalation of Herdsmen’s killings and country, as Nigeria glides slowly to another general elections. The clergy made this known at the weekend while addressing a

mammoth crowd of faithful and stakeholders of the state during the 24th Annual Synod of the church at place Agba, circuit in Ishielu local government Area of the state. Elom who spoke on the theme “Strive for peace and holiness- Hebrews 12:14” at the synod, urged Christians in all over the country to continue to pray and advise the government especially in this challenging period. He called on Christians to embark on aggressive evangelism as a way of saving the country from total destruction, so also,

tasked them to invest aggressively in agriculture to assist the country overcome its food security challenges, reduce crimes. The Bishop however, expressed worry over the recent Herdsmen/ farmers clashes in Nigeria, stressing that the development Nigeria. He frowned at the activities of Herdsmen in the country,which according to him, was originally supposed to be carrying sticks but now carrying Ak47 and other related ammunition and be

moving around unchecked. “It could be recalled that the same Fulani Herdsmen who used to carry stick now moving around with Sophisticated weapons like AK47 etc. “As a terrorist group, Fulani Herdsmen are rated as the fourth most dangerous in the world by the global terrorist index, GTI 2015 report. These terrorists have indeed become a deadly group in Nigeria that at present, security agencies, especially the police are seemingly avoiding encounters with

them. The clergy who admonished worshippers to continue to pray for Nigeria’s recovery, also urged the federal government to do its best to ensure that those who are allegedly sponsoring Herdsmen are brought to justice. “Unless those who are sponsoring Herdsmen are traced and brought to justice, this country will continue to be in danger. “What a misfortune to our nation Nigeria. I think it is high time eminent Nigeria at home and in

Diaspora cry out to God like the Israelites cried to God when they were in slavery in Egypt, So that God will send helpers to Nigerians and save us from these dangers which are man- made. “One will not say that the leadership of this country is especially if students can be abducted from their schools. Then it means that life is not yet safe in this country, especially as the 2019 election is drawing manipulations” he stated.

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253 teachers to teach Benin language, history - Obaseki Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said the state government has completed the training of 253 teachers, who will be deployed to teach Benin culture, language and history in secondary schools and selected primary schools across the state. Obaseki disclosed this at the weekend during the presentation of a book titled: “Ogiamien and The Illusion of Kingship,” Benin, Chief David Edebiri, in Benin City, the Edo State capital. He said the deployment

of the teachers to the schools is in line with the state government’s policy to preserve Benin’s rich history and culture, noting, “We are emphasising the study of Benin language, culture and history to preserve it for the present and the future generations. This is to ensure that we preserve our identity.” The governor said a major focus of his administration is to reform basic education in the state, adding, “In few years to come, children who complete basic education in the state would have obtained

quality education, similar to the quality of education obtained by the author of the book.” According to him, “During the last book presentation by Chief Edebiri, I made a commitment to restore the teaching of history in our school curriculum. We have not only achieved the promise but happy that the Federal Government is following suit by reintroducing the teaching of history in the national curriculum.” He commended the author of the book, whose generation, he said,

has helped build local communities, the state and country. The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, also commended Chief Edebiri, noting that the book has revealed more historical facts about the Benin monarchy by dispelling the wrong perception relating to the defeat of Ogiamien by the Oba of Benin in the 13th Century. The Benin monarch, who was represented by the Oliha of Benin, Chief Edionwe Oliha, noted that presenting the real issue about Ogiamien, adding,

“I commend the author in going the extra mile to present such a book. I have serve as valuable research material for researchers and all those interested in Benin history.” The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonaya Onu, said the heritage of Benin Kingdom development of Nigeria, noting, “When I visited the Benin Museum and Igun Street, where the great Benin art works are made, I was marvelled by the resourcefulness put into creating such works. The

Federal Government will review how such resources can be used in deepening the development of science and technology in the country.” The author of the book, Chief David Edebiri, expressed appreciation to dignitaries who were at the event, noting, “The book is the 8th in the Benin historical essay series. I realised that if I fail to document these aspects of our history, it would mean denying the present and future generations the knowledge of these facts in our historical development.”


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Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal (middle) presenting a gift to Aliko Dangote, in Sokoto, in appreciation of his role in combating Polio in the country. Left is Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar

“Enugu among states paying contractors regularly” By Moses Oyediran, Enugu

salaries on before the 25th “We are no longer talking

Commissioner for Works Development, Engineer Greg Nnaji, has said that the state is ranked among

is ranked among the states contractor at the moment. contractors.

projects in their respective domains. The commissioner for this positive state of

administration has constructed/rehabilitated over 240kms of roads valued at close to N40 billion, stressing that close to N19 billion has been spent on rehabilitating federal

roads to put the state back on track as one of the

He added that the plethora of development projects going on in the

By Tom Okpe, Abuja

rural record that development of infrastructure and taking development to the grass to him.

development

record that the Governor has constructed/rehabilitated

rehabilitating its internal

Balarabe Musa offers presidential ticket of PRP to Sowore A former governor of old Kaduna state, Balarabe Musa has

ahead of the election. Peoples

Redemption

a presidential aspirant, the ticket of the Peoples for the 2019 presidential election.

relevance

All

Progressives

Timi Frank, to contest the position of the National Chairman in the forthcoming national convention. The President of the

of APC. We also appeal to Comrade Timi Frank to to contest for the position during the forthcoming APC While

forthrightness and insistence

social justice, and restoring

form a coalition of relevant political parties on the basis of minimum programme for Nigeria, covering the

Musa said.

and

social-economic

described

clamoring for generational shift and the current

the

and members of his team

the escalation of the current

coalition of political parties. He explained that his political campaign to

there has been intense clamor

religious bias noting that Nigeria is one.

Comrade Frank is a perfect representation of this

“And that is the minimum of political parties to dislodge the incumbent, as never

that

no longer take the back seat

“The

has

declaring

He said that the outgoing

socialist reconstruction of

Nigeria out of its socioMusa said Nigeria needs a

their future. “We are appealing to leaders of thought in

political Musa

his residence in Kaduna

presidential candidate that

of

Nigerians seek to take them out of the present political

Yoruba extraction under the aegis of National

the leadership of the ruling as our separate existence

the

APC Convention: Yoruba youths urge Timi Frank to join chairmanship race

ruling informed

as the Regional Capital, having served as the capital of defunct Eastern Nigeria

and to maintain its status

creating more urban centres to decongest the metropolis. He further

include but not limited to Engineer Nnaji said that

over 240KMs of roads and these roads are valued at close to N40 billion, and he is not selective on these roads, he has intervened on federal roads. Close to N19 billion has been spent on rehabilitating federal roads

contested

an

current

National

Frank is above 30. Though,

politics

having

been

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I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS. GRACE CHINONYEREM MGBEMENA, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS GRACE CHINONYEREM ANIFOWOSE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAINS VALID, GENERAL PUBLIC TO PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

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I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS NUREEN RASHEED IDOWU NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ADEBISI LUKUMAN IDOWU. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID, GENERAL PUBLIC TO PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

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I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ALAEKWE EUCHARIA UKAMAKA NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ONUORA EUCHARIA UKAMAKA. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID, GENERAL PUBLIC TO PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS HENRY SUNDAY NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MICHAEL ESSANG BASSEY. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID, GENERAL PUBLIC TO PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

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JESUS SUPER ANOINTED EVANGELICAL INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990 PART C. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MRS. ELIZABETH OLUFUNMILAYO ADELEYE 2. MR. JOSHUA OLUWASEUN ADELEYE. AIM AND OBJECTIVE: (1). TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST TO THE WORLD. (2). TO SET FREE THOSE THAT ARE SPIRITUALLY BOUND FROM THEIR BOUNDAGE. ANY OBJECTION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRATION GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION. NDOLA SQUARE, ZONE 5, WUSE, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

ORANGE DEALERS ASSOCIATION ABAKALIKI NIGERIA, HOSANNA PARK THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HERBY INFORMED THAT THE ABOVE-NAMED ASSOCIATION 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 ANIEKWE IKENNA - CHAIRMAN 2. NWANGBO PEACE - SECRETARY 3. NWANUKU CHUKWUMA - TREASURER 4. NWACHI NKECHI - FINANCIAL SECRETARY 5. VICTOR ANIGBO - P.R.O/PROVOST 6. NNEBEDUM BEATRICE - MEMBER 7. NWANKWO NNEKA - MEMBER 8. EMMANUEL AKPU - MEMBER 9. ALICHE NNEKA - MEMBER 10. UGWU AMOS - MEMBER AIMS & OBJECTIVE 1) TO ASSIST OUR MEMBER IN TERMS OF ANY DIFFICULTIES 2) TO PURSUE IN HUMANITY THE BASIC IDEAS AND ASPIRATION OF OUR MEMBERS 3) TO FIGHT AGAINST SOCIAL INJUSTICES AND ENSURE FAIR PLAY AND EQUABILITY 4) TO ENHANCE MOST EFFECTIVE THE ECONOMICS, FINANCIAL AND HUMAN RESOURCES OF OUR MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED: MR. JOSHUA OLUWASEUN ADELEYE

REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION [CAC] ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANY AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1} AKINTAYO KOLADE AKINWOLE 2} ENITAN OLUSOLA SOLOMON OLALEKAN 3} ODUNMBAKU SOLOMON OLUFEMI 4 ADEBAYO EMMANUEL AYOMIKUN 5 ZUBAIR IZI ADEKUNLE 6 AKOGUN SEGUN OYEWOLE 7 EKUNDAYO OLUSEGUN MOSES AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1) TO ENHANCE THE WELFARE AND EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF REAL ESTATE AGENTS OPERATING IN NIGERIA AS FUNDAMENTAL ASPECT OF THE PROFESSION. 2) TO PROMOTE AND ENCOURAGE OWNERSHIP OF REAL PROPERTY AND BY DOING THINGS WHICH MAY BE DEEMED NECESSARY OR ADVISABLE TO MAKE THE REAL ESTATE A SOUND AND DESIRABLE INVESTMENT IN NIGERIA ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRARGENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION [CAC], PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED: SECRETARY

HIGH LEVEL SOCIAL CLUB

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 ACTS OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE 1. AJAYI IBRAHIM ADEBAYO- PRESIDENT 2. TAOREED ABDULLATEEF - TREASURER 3. ASISI HAKEEM - ASSISTANT TREASURER 4. RAFIU ALIU ADEMOLA - FINANCIAL SECRETARY 5. RABIU ABISODUN - CHIEF WHIP 6. IDOWU GBENGA - PRO/SECRETARY 7. FALANA DARE - ASSISTANT CHIEF WHIP AIM AND OBJECTIVE: TO PROMOTE PEACE AND UNITY AMONG MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAIMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION

OZUOBA CENTRAL MOSQUE

TRUSTEES ARE 1.AZEEZ AJANI AKINOLA - CHAIRMAN 2.JIMOH AKANI ISHOLA - SECRETARY 3.ROFIU JIMOH 4.MURI ALADE 5.ABIODUN AMUKA-KANNIKE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1.TO PROPAGATE THE WORD OF ALLAH. 2.PREACHING LOVE FOR ALL. 3.ASSISTING MEMBERS IN TIME OF NEED. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL,CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION,PLOT 420,TIGRIS CRESCENT,OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET,MAITAMA,PMB.198,GARKI,ABUJA WITHIN TWENTY EIGHT (28) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION SIGNED: CHAIRMAN

OKORO OKECHUKWU

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OGONNA OKECHUKWU OKORONWODII, NOW WISH TO BE CALLED AND ADDRESS AS OKORO OKECHUKWU AUSTIN. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

ADELUSI JOHNSON RADIANT LIFE CITY CHURCH

JOKE OLADIPUPO

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND IThe FORMERLY KNOWN AS notified that general public is hereby the above named ministry ADDRESSED AS ADELUSI OLADIPUPO has applied toTAWAKALITU the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under JOHNSON ADEOJO NOW KNOWN JOKE, NOW WISHES TO BE Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2004.AS ADELUSI AND ADDRESSED KNOWN AS JOKE OLADIPUPO JOHNSON OJO. ALL FORMER SHOKANBI. ALLARE FORMER THE TRUSTEES DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID, DOCUMENTS REMAINS 1. LUCKY FAVOUR OKHAIRO. AUTHORITIES CONCERN AND VALID, THE GENERAL PUBLIC 2. JAMES OVIE IGHOYIVWI. GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE TO PLEASE TAKE NOTE. NOTE. 3. MERCY CHINAGOROM ABOSI.

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REBECCA AKONFA AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

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OBUS EMAKPOR

I FORMERLY KNOWN AS I FORMERLY AND 1. To preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ andKNOWN win souls for Christ. REBECCA AKONFA NOW ADDRESSED AS OBUKOHWO WISH TO BE KNOWN AND EMAKPOR,NOW WISH TO BE ADDRESSED Any objectionAS to this registration should be forwarded to the RegistrarCALLED AND ADDRESS ASoff MRS. REBECCA AKONFA General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent CHINTUWA. ALL FORMER OBUS EMAKPOR. ALL FORMER Aguyi Ironsi Street, PMB 198, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days from the DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID day of this publication. THE NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE, GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE WAEC AND THE GENERAL NOTE . PUBLIC SHOULD TAKE NOTE. Signed by: TRUSTEES.

CHANGE DELONIX OF NAME FOUNDATION CHANGE OF NAME

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND I FORMERLY KNOWN AND THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT AS THEKUKOYI ABOVE ADDRESSED AS ODESANYA ADDRESSED MUINOT NAMED ORGANISATION APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO OLUWAKEMI DEBORAH, HAS NOW BOLANLE BUT NOW WISH TO BE THE AFFAIRS AND COMMISSION UNDER THE PART “C” OF WISHCORPORATE TO BE KNOWN KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ADDRESSED AS MRS OLAWOYIN COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. STEVENSON MUINOT BOLANLE. OLUWAKEMI DEBORAH. ALL ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN TRUSTEES: REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TO . 1. OKABIE PRINCEWILL JESSICA TO PLEASE TAKE NOTE. PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

2. OKABIE PRINCEWILL NWOBIANDU DANIELLE

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: CORRECTION OF NAME CONFIRMATION OF NAME TO ADVOCATE FOR THE LESS PRIVILEGED CITIZENS WITHIN IN SOMEAND OF MY DOCUMENTS THIS IS TO CONFIRM THAT THIS NIGERIA BEYOND. MY NAME WAS WRONGLY BEARER WILLIAMS OLASENI ABIODUN WRITTEN AS ANYANWU IS THE SAME PERSONBE AS WILLIAMS ANY OBJECTION(S) TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD JANE OLUCHI INSTEAD OF OLASENI TAOFEEK,HIS CORRECT DATE FORWARDED THE REGISTRARGENERAL, CORPORATE ONYEMAOBI TO JANE OLUCHI OF BIRTH IS 19 DEC 1979 AS AGAINST AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, MAITAMA, CHIZOBA. ALL FORMER 19 DEC 1978, ALL FORMER DOCUMENT ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. DOCUMENTS REMAIN REMAIN VALID , GENERAL PUBLICTO VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TO PLEASESECRETARY TAKE NOTE. PLEASE TAKE NOTE. SIGNED:

CHANGE OF NAME ASTELLA PHYSIOTHERAPY CLINICS FOUNDATION

CHANGE OF NAME /CORRECT DATE OF BIRTH

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND I FORMERLY KNOWN AND THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL ADDRESSED PUBLIC THAT ABOVE ASTHEOGUNDOKUN ADDRESSED AS VICTORIA AYODELE NOW WISH OLASUMBO FAGBAMIGBE NOW HAS WISH APPLIED NAMED ORGANISATION FOR KEHINDE REGISTRATION TO TO BE KNOWN TO BECORPORATE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS THE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER AND THE ADDRESSED PART “C” AS AYODELE KEHINDE JOSHUA RISIKAT OLASUMBO FAGBAMIGBE. OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. EBENEZER. ALL FORMER CORRECT DATE OF BIRTH: 17/10/1962. DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID, ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN GENERAL PUBLIC TO PLEASE TRUSTEES: VALID, GENERAL PUBLIC TO PLEASE TAKE NOTE. TAKE NOTE. MADUKA CHUKA (CHAIRMAN) (1) CHIKE

(2) UZOAMAKA CHINELO CHUKA (SECRETARY)

THE RESTORATION POWER OF CHRIST EVANGELICAL & PRAYER MINISTRY AIM AND OBJECTIVE: TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF ITS MEMBERS THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR ANY OBJECTION(S) THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE REGISTRATION TO UNDER C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED FORWARDED THEPART REGISTRARGENERAL, CORPORATE MATTERS COMMISSION, ACTS OF 1990. PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, AFFAIRS TRUSTEES ARE : MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. 1. PASTOR OLAKUNLE JOHN OLAGOKE. 2. ABOSEDE DEBORAH OLAGOKE SIGNED: SECRETARY 3. ADEYEMI ELISHA OLAGOKE 4. ADEAGBO OLUBODE EMMANUEL 5. TEMITAYO OLAGOKE AIMS: TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAIMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED SECRETARY

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GREAT SAPPHIRE CLUB OF NIGERIA

VISIONED SKILLS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE

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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.

EBERE FLORENCE

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS EBERE FLORENCE ETIABA, NOW WISH TO BE CALL AND ADDRESS AS MRS EBERE FLORENCE CHUKWULOBE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

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.ELDER LAWRENCE F. JUMBO 2.HON. IYK B. OJI 3.SIR DR OKERE N. IRAGUNIMA 4.CYRIL M. HARRY 5.PROF.CHARITY U. OKUJAGU

- CHAIRMAN - VICE CHAIRMAN - SECRETARY

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1.TO ENCOURAGE PROFESSIONALS WITH PROVEN RECORD OF EXCELLENCE AND INTEGRITY TO GO INTO POLITICS AND GOVERNANCE.. 2.TO INFLUENCE GOVERNMENT AT ALL LEVELS TO LEAD WITH GOD CONSCIOUSNESS,NATIONALISTIC FERVOUR AND RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW. 3.TO PROMOTE PROFESSIONALISM AND EXCELLENCE IN OUR NATION. 4.TO IDENTIFY,ENCOURAGE AND DEVELOP BRILLIANT YOUNG PERSONS FOR LEADERSHIP IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR. 5.TO INSTITUTE AND PROMOTE CHARITY FAIRS FOR CARE AND REMEMBRANCE OF THE NEEDY. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL,CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION,PLOT 420,TIGRIS CRESCENT,OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET,MAITAMA,PMB.198,GARKI,ABUJA WITHIN TWENTY EIGHT (28) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION SIGNED: CHAIRMAN

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.APOSTLE ISRAEL S. KAMA-EMEKA - CHAIRMAN 2.MRS RUTH EMEKA-KAMA - VICE CHAIRMAN 3.PST.EDUN JOHN ABIODU - SECRETARY. 4.BISHOP GODFREY AMECHI KAMA - TREASURER AIMS AND OBJECTIVES TO PROMOTE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL,CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION,PLOT 420,TIGRIS CRESCENT,OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET,MAITAMA,PMB.198,GARKI,ABUJA WITHIN TWENTY EIGHT (28) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION SIGNED: CHAIRMAN

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SALUS FOUNDATION FOR EMPOWERMENT AND EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

GODS VINEYARD POWER GLOBAL

HOLYGHOST EMBASSY

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) UGOCHUKWU AGUGAM ESQ (2) OBY F. AGUGAM

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 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. UKPABI NNABUIFE GREEN - PRESIDENT 2 UKA JEMIMAH KAMA - GENERAL SECRETARY 3. NKAMA UGOCHI CHIMA - TREASURER AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED BY SECRETARY

AIM AND OBJECTIVE:

(1) TO ASSIST THE LESS PRIVILEGED AND EDUCATIONALLY DISADVANTAGED PERSONS TO ACQUIRE FORMAL EDUCATION ( 2) TO ASSIST VULNERABLE AND DISADVANTAGED PERSONS ACQUIRE NECESSARY TECHNICAL AND ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS TO ENHANCE THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING. 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: UGOCHUKWU AGUGAM, ESQ 08159999303.

CHIEF GABRIEL ADILUE NWILOH FOUNDATION

TRUSTEES: 1. MR.KENNETH OZURUIGBO 2. MR. EMMANUEL IFIONU 3. MRS AMAKA IFIONU. 4. MR. CHUKWUDI ANI 5. MR. EFOSA ENOGHASE. 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. SIGN: NWABEKE SUNDAY 08165836609

WUNDIA STEPS FOUNDATION FOR DISABLE

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION 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. DR. JONATHAN OSITA NWILOH - CHAIRMAN 2. MR. JONATHAN JNR, ONYEBUCHI NWILOH - SECRETARY 3. MR. MICHAEL CHUKWUEMEKA NWILOH - MEMBER AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO OFFER SECONDARY AND TERTIARY EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP TO INDIGENT INDIGENES OF ADAZI UNUKWU. 2. TO SUPPORT ORPHANAGES AND THE HOMELESS 3. COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ANY OBJECTION TO THIS EFFECT SHOULD BE FORWARDED WITHIN 28 DAYS TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA OR TO THE UNDERSIGNED. SIGNED: FOLUSHO OLUSHOLA OMOWOLE (SOLICITOR) PLOT 9, LADIPO OLUWOLE AVENUE, IKEJA,LAGOS. TEL. 08023139575

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), OGUNDIPE TOYIN MARY - PRESIDENT. (2), ADEOYE ADEGBEMISOLA GANIYAT - SECRETARY. (3), ADESANWO ADEYEMI TUNDE JAMES - FINANCIAL SECRETARY. (4), OWOSOWOYE STELLA OLUSEUN - TREASURER. (5), OGUNDIPE OLUWADAMILOLA ADEAGA. (6), OGUNDIPE ADEBUKOLA OLUWATOYIN (7), OGUNDIPE CLEMENT SHOLA. AIM AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO HELP AND CARE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 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: TRUSTEES

EMO-ENI GRAMMAR SCHOOL ELLU OLD STUDENTS

LOSS OF DOCUMENTS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ORGANIZATION HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE AS FOLLOWS: 1. MR. EMMANUEL ODIEDI - CHAIRMAN 2. DR. VINCENT OGHENEROBO IMIEJE - SECRATARY 3 PRINCE THOMAS ATABUNO OMOVIYE 4 MR. JOHNMARK ODAFE UKOKO 5. MR. JOHNSON OTHUKE EMUH 6. MR. JONES OBOH 7. GODDY ATHOJA UMUGHELE ESQ. THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE ORGANIZATION ARE AS FOLLOWS: 1. TO PROVIDE A LINK BETWEEN EMO-ENI GRAMMAR SCHOOL, ELLU, ISOKO-NORTH LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, DELTA STATE, NIGERIA (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS “THE SCHOOL ” ) AND ITS EX-STUDENTS AND THROUGH THEM WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC. 2. TO ASSIST THE SCHOOL IN WHATEVER WAY POSSIBLE IN ITS DEVELOPMENT WITH A VIEW TO BUILDING AND MAINTAINING A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE IN ALL ITS ENDEAVOURS. 3. TO PROMOTE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING, ASSISTANCE, COOPERATION, INTERACTION AND FRATERNAL RELATIONSHIP AMONGST THE EX-STUDENTS AND THE STUDENTS OF THE SCHOOL. 4. TO ADVISE THE AUTHORITIES OF THE SCHOOL ON ALL MATTERS RELATING TO THE WELLBEING OF THE SCHOOL. 5. TO ADVISE GOVERNMENTS AND STATUTORY BODIES IN THE COUNTRY ON ISSUES RELATING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION IN THE COUNTRY. ANY OBJECTION TO THE APPLICATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, AREA II, PMB 198, GARKI, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: ATHOJA UMUGHELE ESQ.

THE PILLAR OF THE TRUE WORD CHURCH THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990 TRUSTEES: 1. PASTOR OLATUNJI ABIODUN FEMI 2. DEACON ADEWARA OLUFEMI ADEBAYO 3. EVANGELIST AYODELE SUNDAY 4. PASTOR (MRS) OLATUNJI KEMI GRACE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED: THE GENERAL OVERSEER

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I proposed private How we survived political turbulences Why sector’s contribution to in Enugu –Ekweremadu health care –Dangote

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of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has extoled the peaceful dispositions and leadership qualities of Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, noting that he had brought permanent peace to the State. He said that whereas the year preceding general elections in Enugu State had always been characterised by political tension, the Governor had ensured that political peace, which he engendered upon his election, had endured till date. Ekweremadu stated this EBERE at Ithe EnuguFLORENCE West Peoples FORMERLY KNOWN AND Democratic Party (PDP) ADDRESSED AS MISS EBERE FLORENCE ETIABA, NOW WISH Zonal Peace Rally held at TO BE CALL AND ADDRESS Udi Local Government Area AS MRS EBERE FLORENCE of CHUKWULOBE. the State at the ALLweekend. FORMER DOCUMENTS VALID He said: REMAIN “I have been GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

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involved in the politics of Enugu State since 1997. Since 1998, there had always been problems in Enugu State every year before general elections. “In 2002, ahead of the 2003 general elections, there was also crisis that almost consumed everybody. Enugu State was divided from bottom to top. We survived it. “In 2006, ahead of the 2007 elections, there was crisis of succession and related political tussles. Again, we survived it. “In 2010, there was also political feud between our brothers in Abuja and those in Enugu. God helped us to survive it. OKORO “In 2014, OKECHUKWU Enugu was also I FORMERLY KNOWN AND divided; we managed to surADDRESSED AS OGONNA vive it. ThisOKORONWODII, is 2018. There OKECHUKWU NOWbe WISH TO BE CALLED will elections in Enugu AND ADDRESS AS OKORO next year, but everywhere OKECHUKWU AUSTIN. ALL isFORMER peaceful in this state DOCUMENTS REMAINbe-

cause we have a governor, who has brought permanent peace to the State. “There is peace between the workers and the government; there is peace between those in Abuja and those in Enugu; there is peace between PDP and APC and other political parties in Enugu State. There is peace between the various parts of the state”. Ekweremadu explained that it was for this reason that the PDP, Enugu West and the entire people of the Senatorial District felt it was appropriate to come together to celebrate and thank God for the political peace and security of lives and property in the State. “Coming from National Assembly, I know what is going on in many states. But we do not have political fights here. We do not have

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killings by bandits, which occur almost on a daily basis in many states. “God has been very faithful and kind to our State, but we will not take it for granted. That is why we came together today to thank God and celebrate our governor, who has made this possible”, he added. On his part, Governor Ugwuanyi, who lauded Senator Ekweremadu for showing leadership and support at all times, which had contributed immensely to the peace and development in the State, also appreciated the people of Enugu West for the good example they had shown, urging other senatorial to emulate them. While calling for prayers for the continued peace and development in the State, Ugwuanyi assured that he would always lead with a sense of peace and justice.

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foremost entrepreneur, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has given an insight into why he is advocating that the private sector operators in the country commit one percent of their profit annually to funding health care services. Dangote has suggested to members of an expanded National Economic Council meeting recently the need to have a trust fund to revitalize the nation’s sorry public health sector similar to the education trust fund operated at the federal level and security trust fund run in some states. He expressed the conviction that such trust fund would go a long way to help the nation’s health sector and improve the people’s wellbeing in the face of multiple challenges confronting the nation with limited resources available to government. His advice came on the day the Co-Chair, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates picked holes in the economic policy of the federal government, when he said the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) by the government does not address the needs of Nigerians. Gates said the ERGP was just a mere document which identifies the need to invest in people but which

has failed to reflect so in its implementation adding that though Nigeria has economic potential, it has to be maximized through investment in people as the greatest resource. The Microsoft Founder stated emphatically that Nigeria was a dangerous country to give birth as it is the fourth worst country in maternity mortality rate in the world, only better than Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and Chad. He therefore urged the government to invest in healthcare, education and human capital because Nigeria’s fiscal system is built on low equilibrium, which in turn produces low level of service. But Dangote, while speaking with journalists in Lagos at the weekend, on the proposal for one percent profit for health care trust fund, said for Nigeria to invest in her people, the same people must have good health and it is glaring that government does not have enough resources to execute all health care infrastructure, hence the need for private sector to come in. The President of Dangote Group explained that such fund could be administered by government and private sector together for maximum impact just as being done in the educational sector.

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5 natural ways to treat dandruff at home Dandruff is more embarrassing than harmful. Also called Seborrhoea, it affects up to 50 percent of the world’s population. Poor hair brushing and shampooing habits, dry skin, stress and improper diets are factors that will make your scalp more prone to dandruff. Here are five natural ways to treat dandruff at home without expensive alternatives. Water Not for washing your hair but drinking. The lack of sufficient water in our bodies often causes dry skin. It is very important to drink plenty of water daily to help your overall health as well as the dryness of your skin and scalp. Baking soda Baking soda serves as a scrub and gently exfoliates the scalp without irritating it and also removes dead skin cells. Exfoliation is essential to ensure there is no build-up of flakes on the scalp. Coconut oil Coconut oil has strong anti-

viral, anti-microbial and antifungal properties. These properties help target and kill the fungus and any viruses or bacteria that may exist. Daily use of coconut oil can show positive results in as

little as one week. Aloe vera Aloe vera is known to soothe and help heal irritated skin. New York dermatologist Michele Green, MD, notes that in a small study, aloe

vera eased itching and scaly skin in people with seborrheic dermatitis, a more severe skin condition that can create dandruff. Vinegar Vinegar helps in treating

itchy, dry skin and also helps to kill dandruff-causing fungus and bacteria. The acidic content of vinegar is supremely beneficial to drastically reduce flaking. thecable.ng

6 foods that may boost your chances Are you ready to conceive and you are having a hard time doing so? There are certain foods that when consumed regularly will increase fertility and consequently boost your chances of pregnancy. Here are six foods you should include in your diet when trying to make a baby. Beans Beans are a fertility-boosting food because of their high protein level. Women who eat a lot of plant protein are less likely to have trouble trying to conceive. Lentils, tofu, edamame, and nuts are also good plant-based proteins. Ice-cream The nurses’ health study found that one or two daily servings of whole milk or whole milk products like ice-cream protects against ovulatory infertility. Vegetables

Spinach, romaine, arugula, broccoli, and other dark leafy greens are high in folate, a B vitamin that some studies have shown may improve ovulation. Men who also get higher doses of folate make healthier sperm, potentially reducing the chances of miscarriage or genetic problems in the baby. Salmon acids which are proven to regulate organs. Oysters Oysters have a reputation for increasing libido, but oysters can also be a great source of fertility because they are packed with zinc, which increases the production of good-quality eggs. Yam Research shows yams have an ovulation-stimulating substance that can help boost fertility. Source: thecable.ng


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Growing the economy, improving governance and integrating the nation By Atiku Abubakar

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would like to thank Professor Isawa Elaigwu and the Institute of Governance and Social Research for honouring me with the invitation to speak at this symposium. The invitation said that the stakeholder from each of our six geo-political zones making a presentation, as I am, would “decently express their grievances, while proffering solutions to Nigeria’s problems of nation-building.” Mine however will not include the airing of the grievances of my zone, though those exist. My grievances, if you can call them such, will focus on a few critical national issues that need to be addressed if we are to become a truly productive, sharing, integrated and peaceful society, a society that draws strength from its most important characteristics. So I would rather try to input into the ideas and plans for improving our federation to enhance economic development, democratic participation, national integration and social peace. There’s no doubt that we are facing serious challenges as a nation, including building an economy that creates vast opportunities for our citizens and giving each of our diverse peoples a sense of fairness in the distribution of opportunities across the country and creating in them a sense of unity and oneness. Over the years political and civic leaders have stressed the inviolability of Nigeria as one united country and called on our citizens to show a sense of unity and patriotism. Unfortunately, as leaders, we have not done enough to encourage the behaviour and values we expect of our citizens. We have not always matched our rhetoric with our actual behaviour. Thus it has been difficult for us to achieve national integration and development. I will identify objective or structural and subjective or non-structural factors responsible for this: Objective/Structural Factors: The Structural/objective factors include our multi-ethnic/multi-religious nature, with regional differences and imbalances with respect to population, natural resource endowment, land mass, topography, etc. Our governments are also dependent on revenues from oil derived from a small patch of the country, mainly three states. We are also characterized by differential location of economic and political power or dominance, among our groups/ regions. This diversity is in itself not a problem. Indeed it can be a source of strength if we are organized in a way that each section or group contributes its special endowments to the whole. The issue is our subjective responses to our diversity. Those responses have profound impact on nation-building processes, especially our perception of our relationships with one another. I also have to point out that while our dependence on oil is now a structural fact, it is not natural; it re-

Atiku sulted from conscious government policies and practices which can be reversed. And we have excessive centralization and concentration of power and resources at the federal level relative to the states. Non-Structural/Subjective: These are what we do, can do or fail to do to improve our society and realize our national goals. These include quality of governance: what the government does or fails to do as well as the practices and pronouncements of political and civic leaders, which profoundly shape political discourse and the relationships among citizens. Let’s take a coser look. We are a diverse, multi-ethnic and multi-religious society with three dominant groups in three geographic regions each with many minority groups. None of the three major groups and neither of the two main religions has overall dominance in the country. Another dimension of our diversity is that the government’s revenue base (oil) is located within a minority section of the country while political power is broadly located elsewhere – with the majority group(s). Although these two features can make for a harmonious relationship among the component groups, by locating different forms of power in different groups/ regions, they have largely been a recipe for conflict in Nigeria. Another aspect of our diversity, which contributes to conflicts, is the uneven development among the regions/zones, which had been there since our political independence. There is also what I regard as the excessive cen-

There is also the need for political majorities to be more sensitive and accommodating to the interests of the minorities. The self-restraint of majorities is critical for the maintenance of peace and harmony. Nigeria’s selfrestraint in the ECOWAS and AU, despite her overwhelming power, population and resources, is, in my view, a secret to the endurance of those organizations tralization of power and concentration of resources in the federal government relative to the federating states. This resulted from a subjective response to the inherited structure that I have described above and the political crisis that flowed from our poor management of same. And it became a cause of our dependence on oil revenues. Our leaders at independence, after vigorous debates and negotiations, decided, rightly in my view, that a federal system is better suited for our situation. A federal system allows for shared national goals and policies but also allows federating states the autonomy to pursue peculiar priorities. A federal system is also best suited for the protection of the interests of minorities, especially with the cre-

ation of states that allowed many numerically large minorities to have more political influence. At independence we had three (later four) regions with adequate autonomy and powers to develop at their own paces. When the regional leaders tried to extend their influence outside their region of dominance, especially in ways that were less than democratic, it created a political crisis that helped precipitate the military’s seizure of power. Military command and control structure and the crisis and civil war led to centralization and concentration of power and resources in the centre at the expense of the federating states, which had then been carved out of the regions. Oil revenues underwrote the process, ensuring little resistance. That’s how we came to have “unitary federalism.” Our “unitary federalism” has also been characterized by too much government involvement in economic and other activities. We now have federal roads, schools, and hospitals, in addition to business investments that the federal government embarked upon. With unprecedented inflow of oil revenues the expansion of government didn’t seem to be a problem. The state became the means to wealth. Politics became a zero sum game. But soon government overreached itself and when oil prices collapsed, the folly of our ways became very obvious. The collapse of our infrastructure and the fiscal crises across Continued on page 27


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Growing the economy, improving governance and integrating the nation Continued from page 26 the country are pointers to this. It is now so bad that all but a handful of states cannot pay their workers unless they collect monthly revenue allocations from Abuja. And people have come to depend on the governments just as the governments are dependent on oil revenues. Consequently there has been a crowding out of the private sector, with excessive dependence of people on the government for jobs and other opportunities in addition to social services. The result, therefore, is huge unmet expectations. The government’s inability to meet these expectations heightens inter-group tensions, which contribute to political instability and insecurity, and scare investors. Our governments over the years, in response to some of the crisis thrown up by these objective structures have tried a number of policies and measures. These include states creation, federal character, NYSC, and changes to revenue allocation formula, which moved more resources to the centre at the expense of the federating states and later moved a little bit more back to the states. Contradictorily the government has also encouraged the distinction between indigenes and settlers, emphasizing place of origin rather than place of residence in the allocation of opportunities such as jobs and school admissions. This is clearly the wrong type of value to impart in our young people. What needs to be done? on what the centre must do and what can and should be devolved to the lower tiers of government. We must devolve powers and responsibilities to the federating states. Much of what is currently in the Exclusive Legislative List need to be moved to the concurrent List. We don’t need federal roads, federal hospitals, and federal schools. They should be transferred to the states along with the funds expended on them. At best the federal government may establish regional centres of excellence in medicine and research in each of the geo-political zones, which can act as models for state governments. The federal government should hands-off the adminis-

of “origin.” Obviously the use of place of residence rather than place of origin will be easier to sell under a very productive and growing economy rather than one characterized by low productivity and contraction. governance. A well-governed people tend to worry less about where their leaders come from. While citizens may maintain their identities, these do not define their attitude to the state or leaders per se. And the most sustainable way to ensure good governance is by improving our democracy and electoral system so that the people’s choices are usually elected. Thus we must ensure internal party democracy, reduce the role of money and godfathers in our elections, reduce the use of state resources for electoral advantage by incumbents, and strengthen the independence of our electoral umpire.

Atiku tration of local governments. States should have the power to create as many local governments as they wish or to not create any. With the devolution of power to state governments, people in each state would know who to hold responsible if their roads are not fixed and if their hospitals have no medication. And the devolution of power to states must extend to political parties. Out political parties should not behave in a unitary manner and expect a robust democratic federal system for Nigeria. Having the party headquarters in Abuja dictate to state (and even local government) branches even on purely local matters is not healthy for democracy and federalism. Such high-handedness promotes corruption and impedes attention to minority interests and local peculiarities. ter and spirit of such existing mechanisms as federal character and other affirmative action policies to help manage distributive conflicts until such a time when we do enough to enhance

production in order to reduce the scarcity that drives our conflicts over distribution. Inevitably in federal systems, component units will bicker over the distribution of resources, including revenues, location of investments and other opportunities. We need to acknowledge that much of our conflicts over distribution are driven by scarcity. That is why I strongly believe that our efforts at redistributive justice must be accompanied by efforts and reforms to improve the productive capacity of our country. We need to remove all impediments to and provide all necessary incentives for the emergence of a truly productive economy. We must invest in infrastructure, education and innovation, and health care. And these will be more difficult if we maintain the current “unitarized federal” structure and the overblown government bureaucracy. Rather than relying on revenues from oil we should create a really private-sector led thriving economy that creates enormous jobs, reduces poverty, and creates wealth commensu-

rate with our potentials. When our economy starts creating so many jobs that we will have a hard time filling them, employers will pay less attention to the place of origin of the applicant. The willingness and ability to do the job will become paramount. When we have enough university spaces that our universities compete for students to fill those spaces, they will pay little attention to place of origin of the prospective students. ing and implementation are also critical. Our distributive system needs to be fairer and seen to be so by the vast majority of our people. If we promote merit even in the context of federal character (best from each area) conflicts will reduce. lic resources and services, our emphasis should be on place of residence rather than place of origin. The cause of national unity and integration will be better served when we encourage mobility of persons across the country as opposed to encouraging people to stay in their places

political majorities to be more sensitive and accommodating to the interests of the minorities. The self-restraint of majorities is critical for the maintenance of peace and harmony. Nigeria’s self-restraint in the ECOWAS and AU, despite her overwhelming power, population and resources, is, in my view, a secret to the endurance of those organizations. Nigeria’s political majorities can do the same here in our country to help ensure peace and harmony. If we restructure our federation, make compromises, and govern better, we will have a greater chance of transforming our diversity into a national asset. And enduring changes to our structure and redistributive systems can only come about through negotiations and compromises by leaders of our diverse groups and zones. With a spirit of give and take, the capacity to empathise, to walk in the other’s shoes, compromises will be easier. I wish your fruitful deliberations at this symposium, and I thank you for your attention. Footnote: Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar delivered this piece at a symposium on Federalism, Diversity and Nation-Building – Tackling the Challenges of Integration in Nigeria, organized by the Institute of Governance and Social Research at the Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.


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Group mobilises over 600,000 youths for Wike By Memoye Oghu , Port Harcourt

Wike because of his unparalleled

The organisers of the one million youths to march for Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state to galvanise support for his second term bid said they have so far mobilized the active participation of over 600, 000 young men and women. Chairman of the movement, Hon. Edison Ehie, representing Ahoada-East state constituency 2 and Secretary, Hon. Major Jack, representing Akuku-Toru state constituency1, both in the state parliament insisted in a joint interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital over the weekend that all Youths who have volunteered to join the movement have their Permanent Voters Card (PVCs). Ehie stated: “Rivers youths are showing solidarity for Governor

time, youths are a force to reckon with in all strata of government in Rivers State. “The governor has elevated youths in the executive council; in the legislature; in the academic sector; in the education sector; in the health sector; and virtually all strata of the state. He has given N500 million to all the tertiary institutions in the state to upgrade academic facilities to enhance education.” Jack stressed that the one million youths march for a new Rivers State is to show appreciation for what Governor Wike is doing for youths in the state. He budgeted N2 billion for youths’ empowerment; N1 billion for women empowerment and N6 billion for employment generation, including interest-

free loans. Both Ehie and Jack maintained: “Today, Rivers youths are in the mainstream of Rivers politics. The governor has directed that youths should be spurred to play active part in politics at the local government level. His record in the area of youths empowerment is unbeatable.” According to Ehie, Governor Wike has given approval for the sponsorship of 100 Rivers indigenes into the PAMOL University of Medical Sciences every year to further empower Rivers youths. “It is unprecedented. So, as a people, we are showing appreciation to a governor that has given the youths of Rivers State a formidable platform from which to embrace the future.” The lawmaker representing Ahoada-East state constituency

reasoned: “We know that youths in Rivers State are more than one million. So, with one million votes from the youths, Wike’s second term bid is safe and dry.” Responding to a question on If the governor has truly performed, why then is the group talking about one million youths to support his second term bid? Jack, the lawmaker representing Akuku-Toru state constituency explained that the movement is not aimed at rallying the youths, but rather, to galvanise the youths to show appreciation for what Wike has done for their various constituencies and have a foothold in Rivers politics. “If politicians in Rivers State know that there are one million youths with their PVCs, who are active politically and are prepared to vote at any given election, then

our leaders, after Governor Wike would have completed his second term will continue to follow the path laid by Wike.” Ehie and Jack emphasised that the movement is currently engaging youths who are 18 years and above in the 23 local government areas in the state. “One million youths with PVCs will be more interested in voting for a candidate that have transformed youth participation in politics and government, rather than be involved in electoral malpractices. They dismissed the fear that the federal government may use the formidable forces at its disposal, including the military to rig PDP out of power in the state come 2019 by saying that it was a farce and erroneous because the votes of the people will count in 2019.

Ekiti Guber: PDP stakeholders unite ahead of primaries All critical stakeholders in the Ekiti state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have resolved to work together to ensure the victory of the party in the July 14 governorship election in the state. This came on the heels of assurances by the Prince Uche Secondus National ensure a level playing ground for all aspirants in all processes leading to the primaries for the party’s governorship candidate. National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement said these resolutions were reached at the end of a meeting, in Abuja, between the party’s leadership and critical stakeholders from Ekiti state. Speaking at the meeting, the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus reiterated the commitment of the party leadership to ensure a transparent, free, fair and credible

primary in Ekiti state and urged all stakeholders to work together for the victory of the party in the election. He insisted on providing a level playing ground at all levels of the process and charged all contenders to be ready to unite immediately after the primaries to present a common front for the election. Consequently, he said the national leadership will visit Ekiti state early in the week to meet with other stakeholders in the state to ensure that the PDP family works together for the victory of the party. Among the stakeholders at the Friday’s meeting were Ekiti state Governor Ayo Fayose, and gubernatorial aspirants; Hon. Prince Adebayo Adeyeye and Senator Abiodun Olujimi. Also present was the immediate past President of the Senate, Senator David Mark and other party key stakeholders.

R-L: Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Taiwo Akerele; Commissioner of Police, Edo State, Mr. Johnson Kokumo; and State Director, Department of State Security, Halilu Ibrahim, during a church service at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Odighi, in Ovia North East Local Government Area... on Sunday

Kwara Express salary arrears: Amalgamated union gives state govt 2 weeks ultimatum

By Kehinde Akinpelu, Ilorin The Kwara state Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) has given the state Government two weeks ultimatum to all salaries arrears of Kwara Express workers. The outgoing Chairman of the Union, Comrade Gabriel Afolabi made the disclosure during the 5th Quadrennial state delegates conference held at Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies, Ilorin, Kwara state. He said “the activities of

Harmony Holdings in Kwara Express and Kwara Investment Property Development Corporation is becoming worrisome. “The holdings are interested in collecting all income generated by this organizations without any commitment towards the welfare of workers. “We therefore appeal to the state government to intervene in mandating the management the outstanding arrears of 18,000 minimum wage amounting to N8.5 million. arrears amounting

of to

Cooperative N9.5 million,

Fund amounting to N6 million, amounting to N8.7 million and no promotion to deserving workers since the inception of Harmony holdings. The Chairman stressed that if these conditions are not met in two weeks they cannot guarantee industrial action. The Kwara state Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Yakeen Agunbiade called on the state government to of acquiring the N4 billion loan to clear workers’ arrears both in the local government councils and MDAs.

He said: “We workers are not happy with the government because the Governor during our 40th anniversary about a month ago promised that the loan will be available but we are still waiting endlessly. The NLC boss expressed grievances over the Head of Service absence but sending somebody to represent her during the quadrennial conference. According to him labour will continue to support AUPCTRE in ensuring that their demands are met by the state government. The North Central zone AUPCTRE Chairman, Comrade Shaaba Yusuf, who supervised the election of new state Executive

council called on them to work together and obey the laid down constitution of the Union. Those elected were: State Chairman, Engr. Michael Bamidele, Vice chairman 1 Comrade Manzuma Ibraheem, Vice chairman 2, Comrade. Salmon Abdulganiyu, Treasure, Comrade. Saka Taofeek, Sec Finance, Comrade. Mrs. Babatunde Mariam. Others were Secretary Administration, Comrade Olarongbe Amuda, Secretary Welfare, Mashood Hassan, Auditor, Comrade Yaqoob Babatunde and the State Secretary assigned to Kwara State zone Comrade Saliu Oluwole Suleimam.


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Saraki calls for concerted efforts toward rescue of remaining kidnapped school girls By Tunde Opalana, Abuja Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Sunday called governments, security agencies, religious and community leaders, to rescue the remaining 112 Chibok Girls and the Dapchi school girl, Leah Sharibu, from Boko Haram’s captivity. He noted with sadness the plight of the parents of the abducted girls whose wards

are not back and the anxiety they have had to endure all these while as he called on them to remain steadfast as government will never daughters back home safely. Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, said even though four years have elapsed since the sad incident of the Chibok girls’ kidnap, it must not dampen

girls rescued and reunited with their families and loved ones. As a parent, the Senate President said “I feel the pains of these unfortunate young girls from Chibok and the latest one - Leah Sharibu - from Dapchi, their parents and the people and Governments of Borno and Yobe States over these harrowing experiences. “However, all hope is not lost. We are all involved in this. Their return will give

us joy while their continued

are adequately protected.

us with perpetual torment of failure. “This is no time for blame game or passing the buck. We must all gear up and work together to see these girls rescued within the shortest possible time. I believe that the last four years has given

strategies that have won us successes and discard those that have failed us. The goal and focus must be clear to rescue our girls and all those in forced captivity in any part of the country, and ultimately, to restore our pride as a sovereign entity. “This is the time for all stakeholders to retool and re-strategize to ensure that all these girls are not only rescued but do all in our

the calamity, review our modus operandi - politically and militarily - and resolve to ensure that all Nigerians

power to put a closure to all cases of kidnapping and insurgency in this land,” he said. He, however urged Nigerians who can help to come to the aid of government and the security agencies on how to rescue the girls while he urged security agencies to keep people abreast of developments about the issue to avoid the speculation. s and talks like the one insinuating.

L-R: Former President of Ghana; Mr John Mahama, Ghana Consul General, Mr Maxwell Awiaga; Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Steve Ayorinde, and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Fola Adeyemi during the arrival of former Ghanian President in Lagos ... on Sunday.

WhatsApp Business: How to get started and to use Whatsapp effectively Globally, WhatsApp has 1.5 billion monthly active users (MAUs) and the app processes around 60 billion messages each day. This makes it a great platform for anyone or customer support over mobile. In January this year, WhatsApp introduced its business-focused app in India, just days after its initial launch. The WhatsApp Business app is currently only available on Android. The app is similar to the regular WhatsApp app, but comes with a number of features that enable businesses to

much more credibility to your conversations. 1. To get started, simply download the WhatsApp Business app from the Google Play Store. 2. Sign up using your mobile phone number. Ideally, you should be using your business phone number because that will easier later on. by entering your business Make sure you accurately enter details like your business name, address, contact details, etc.

with their customers. Let’s take a look at the new features, and how to make use of WhatsApp Business. How to create a

Business Once you’re done creating

So far small businesses have been using the regular WhatsApp app to conduct

messaging tools which can help you save time and make things easier. You can set up automated greeting and away messages. You can also set up quick replies

customer support. While that can also work, creating

now time to set up the app. The WhatsApp Business

for your customers. Here’s how to set up WhatsApp for Business: 1. To setup these messaging tools, simply messaging options available there. 2. You’ll see three available options: Away message, Greeting message, and Quick replies. You can set each of these depending on your requirements. 3. You can setup an automated away message when you’re unable to reply to your customers. You can also set it up to send the away message at all times, on a customised schedule, or outside of business hours. A greeting message is sent out automatically when a customer messages after 14 days of inactivity. For quick replies, you can setup a basic message, pick a shortcut, and select keywords (optional). These come in handy when you’re answering frequently asked questions, or want to

exchange pleasantries. Using WhatsApp Now that you have everything setup on the app, You can use WhatsApp Business in a number of ways. It could be something to your customers or send them timely updates. The possibilities are nearly endless. 1. Labels for your conversations One of the biggest things you’ll need to consider while using WhatsApp Business is keeping a track of your customers. While you’ll need to manually add them to your contacts list, you’ll also be able to assign labels to your conversations. These are helpful while interacting with a large number of users. You can setup labels for your customers and then label your chat conversations using them. For example: You may want to label a conversation as ‘new customer’. This way

when your customer replies after some time you’ll still be able to make out who this person is. To add a new label: Tap chat conversation and tap New Label. Enter the text for the new label and tap on Save. To add labels to chats: chat conversation and then pick a label and tap Save. 2. Use WhatsApp Business on desktop and Web Just like your personal WhatsApp account, you can use WhatsApp Business mobile app with the desktop variant too. This makes it much easier to interact with a large number of customers. The setup process for the desktop variant is the same as the regular WhatsApp WhatsApp Web and scan the given QR code. 3. One-on-one support One of the primary advantages of using WhatsApp Business app

on-one support to your customers. If you’re running a small business, you’d want to stay on top of your customers’ queries. WhatsApp Business app also lets you send photos, videos, and other customers, and viceversa. This can help your customers explain their issues more clearly. 4. Sending out updates WhatsApp Business can also help you send out timely updates related to your business. Be it a new product or a new service you’re about to launch, it’s always perfect to let your existing and prospective customers know about it You could create broadcast lists to send out messages to a large number of people in one go. This can help you save time in case you have a large customer base, though broadcast lists are currently limited to 256 contacts.( Gadgets 360)


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Lalong’s declaration will not stop APC primaries - APC Chairman

By Kingsley Chukwuka, Jos

The Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Plateau State Chapter, Hon. Latep Dabang, has said the declaration of the State Governor, Simon Lalong, to re-contest at the 2019 governorship election, does not stop any other intending aspirant in the party from contesting the number one seat in the State. He said the State primaries for the gubernatorial election will still hold, irrespective of the Governor’s declaration,

adding that everyone will be given the opportunity to express his constitutional right. The State Chairman stated this at the weekend in Jos after the party’s stakeholders meeting where the party met to deliberate on the issues strategies for the 2019 polls. Dabang said, “the governor’s declaration to re- contest the 2019 governorship election does not foreclose any other chieftain of the party from contesting because there would be party primaries”.

Recall that our correspondent had earlier reported that Lalong through his Commissioner for Information Hon. Yakubu Dati, said he will be contesting the 2019, guber polls, which the Commissioner said the party unanimously urged him to contest. However, in an interaction with Journalists, the APC Chairman said, “the declaration by the governor was coincidental as it was not part of the agenda of the meeting. But at the end of the meeting, there were motions by

party faithfuls requesting the governor to clear the air on whether he would contest the 2019 elections or not. And the governor took time to also inform the of fact, there has been that pressure from all sectors, including some from the Plateau State Youth Council and quite a number of spirited party faithfuls who have have been drumming support for him to seek a “We are democrats and can’t stop anybody from contesting. However,

the governor won’t get automatic ticket because we will surely conduct primaries. But for now, governor Simon Lalong is the one that has publicly declared that he would contest this election come 2019 on the platform of the APC. If there are others, we cannot stop them from contesting”, he said The meeting had in leadership in the state, Deputy Governor, Prof. Sonni Tyoden and members of the State Executive Council, Speaker of the State House of Assembly,

Peter Azi, members of the Parliament as well as members of the National Assembly. Dabang appealed to people of the state to continue to support the party at all times.

Tambuwal donates 1,000 bags of grains to widows, others Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Sunday donated 1,000 bags of grains to widows and the needy across the state through the Zakkat and Endowment Commission. Distributing the grains in Sokoto, Malam Lawal Maidoki, the Chairman of the commission, said that the gesture was part of the support the needy. Maidoki said that the grains would be distributed 70 per cent of them being widows, who requested for food to take care of the orphans under them. He said that each of the bag of grain and N 1,000 cash to transport fair the item. Maidoki said: “The state governor donates 1,000 bags of grains which include 250 bags of rice, millet, maize and guinea corn for distribution to the widows and the needy across the state. “This is to ease the

L-R: Member, House of Representatives, Hon. Segun Odebunmi; Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara; Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Lasun Yussuff at the thanksgiving service for the late Pa Sunday Oyetunde Odebunmi (father of Hon. Segun Odebunmi) at First Baptist Church, Oko, Oyo State on Saturday.

Drug abuse: NDLEA, NAFDAC, NOA, partner Bida Poly By Mathew Dadiya & Dickson-Amusa, Abuja The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the National Orientation Agency have taken the war against drug abuse to Federal polytechnic Bida to enlighten the students on the danger of such vices. The NDLE chairman, Colonel Muhammad Mustapha Abdullahi (Rtd) said that curiosity, peer pressure, ignorance and unemployment are amongst the chief causes of drug abuse in Nigeria. Abdullahi, represented

by Mrs. Madubuike Ngozi Ezeonu at a one-day seminar, organized by the Mass Communication Department of the Polytechnic on Thursday; urged youths to desist from drug abuse, warning “it is detrimental to the growth of the community.” against illicit drug use cannot be left to NDLEA and governmental bodies alone. “It must be defeated from the grassroots. Youths must know that these drugs are killing them, and they awareness”, Mrs. Ezeonu said. The Director General NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, said that the agency has

of Drug Abuse through Engaged Conversation with the Youth,” had students from all departments of the

stressed that drug abuse was almost a state of emergency situation in the Northern part of the country. Bala added that awareness measures such as seminars, campaigns and face to face interactions were the only ways to curb the menace of illicit drug use in the country especially on campuses. Pharmacist Ohida Aminu of the Federal Medical Centre Bida, educated the students on the stages of drug abuse, listing curiosity, social use and total dependence on the illicit substances. He further noted that drug

Also speaking, the representative of the Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Bala Musa,

on the abusers, amongst which lung disease, insanity and cancer were prominent. He further stated that the

found that narcotics such as codeine, stimulants such as cocaine, cannabis, nicotine, solvents and sedatives were amongst the most abused drugs in Nigeria. Mrs. Oni said that NAFDAC as a regulatory in place to restrict supply and control of these drugs and make them less available to ‘illicit peddlers.’ The seminar titled”

only cure for the victims of drug dependence is extensive rehabilitation. The department was represented by its Chief own Public Relations Firm, A+ Public Relations Consultancy, Mr. Adamu Terah Boyih, an HND 1 student has bemoaned the high drug use amongst youth, saying that the seminar timely and necessary to curbing the menace. Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Dr. Abubakar Abdullahi Dzukogi, commended the Mass Communication department for organizing the event urging them to continue the good work.

privileged in the society and in the state. “As such, the commission is using the gesture to assist the needy based on the request received from various widows and the needy across the state.’’ The commission chairman said that the programme was a continuous process, till all the required needy in the state were covered. He appealed to the wealthy individuals in the state to emulate Tambuwal’s commitment to assist of supporting the lessprivileged in the society. In his remarks, the Guest Speaker, Malam Idris Garba, stressed the need for wealthy individuals to assist the needy in the society to reduce Garba

urged

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utilise the grains to ease their for people that support their living standard.


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Amazing benefits of soybeans

Soybeans have a wealth of benefits, including their ability to improve the metabolism, help in healthy weight gain, protect heart health, defend against cancer, and reduce the effects of menopause. They improve digestion, promote bone health, protect against birth defects, increase circulation, decrease the risk of diabetes, and generally tone up the body. What are soybeans? Soybeans, which are also known as soya beans, are a species of legume that has become one of the most widely consumed foods in the world. They are extremely useful for human health and they are easy to cultivate as well. These legumes are produced in greatest numbers in the United States and South America, but they are actually native to East Asia. Their scientific name is Glycine max, and they are classified as an oilseed, rather than a pulse, like most legumes. Soybeans have become wildly important and popular in recent decades because of the rise in soy food’s popularity, including soy milk and textured vegetable protein. The high levels of protein make these soy products an ideal protein source for vegetarians and the variety of soy products has created a massive new market altogether. One of the reasons soybeans are widely cultivated is because they contain more protein per acre of land than any other crop. They grow up to 2 meters in height and are a green, lowlying plant. Furthermore, soybeans are packed with other essential nutrients, making them extremely important for people on diets, those who need to improve their overall health, and vegetarians and vegans throughout the world. We can talk about the importance of soybeans all day, but why are they so important? What exactly is found in these wonderful beans? Let’s take a closer look at the nutrition facts of soybeans. Soybeans nutrition facts The health benefits of soybeans come from the nutrients, vitamins, and organic compounds including a significant amount of dietary fiber and a very large amount of protein. In terms of vitamins, soybeans contain vitamin K, riboflavin, folate, vitamin B6, thiamin, and vitamin C. As for minerals, soybeans contain

significant amounts of iron, manganese, phosphorus, copper, potassium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, and calcium. They are also a good source of organic compounds and antioxidants, which further help in boosting your health. Health benefits of soybeans The health benefits of soybeans include the following: Improve metabolic activity As mentioned above, soybeans are an extremely important source of protein. When you have enough proteins in your body, your metabolic functioning and the overall system will get a major boost. Proteins are the building blocks of cells and blood vessels and basically every essential part of the human body. Proteins from soybeans ensure proper health and regrowth of cells if they need to be repaired or replaced. It can be difficult to get enough protein when you follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, so soybeans provide an excellent replacement for proteins that are normally acquired from red meat, chicken, eggs, dairy products, and fish. Healthy weight gain Soybeans and soy-based products have been associated with appetite suppression to eliminate overeating, which can lead to obesity and other related risks. However, soybeans also provide a decent amount of fiber and protein, which can help in weight gain, if eaten in large quantities. Therefore, soybeans are beneficial for people who want to lose weight as well as the ones who want to gain some. Furthermore, the weight they provide to your body is not unhealthy high-fat or high cholesterol in nature, which protects you from dangerous conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Prevent cancer The levels of antioxidants in soybeans make them good for preventing the onset of various cancers. Antioxidants seek out and neutralize free radicals, which are the dangerous byproducts of cellular metabolism. These free radicals can cause healthy cells to mutate into deadly cancerous cells. Furthermore, the high fiber content in soybeans has been connected to a reduction in colorectal and colon cancer, since fiber helps ease the digestive process and thus putting far less

strain on the gastrointestinal system. Boost heart health Soybeans are a source of healthier, unsaturated fat, which helps you lower your total cholesterol. This allows you to prevent conditions like atherosclerosis, which can easily lead to heart attack and stroke. Furthermore, there are some specific fatty acids that are necessary for a healthy system. Two of those fatty acids are linoleic acid and linolenic acid. These two fatty acids, found in significant amounts in soybeans, regulate smooth muscle function in the body and help maintain appropriate blood pressure levels. Finally, the fiber in soybeans has actually been shown to reduce cholesterol levels in the body by scraping excess cholesterol off the walls of blood vessels and arteries. Relieve menopausal symptoms Soybeans are a very good source of isoflavones, which are essential components of the female reproductive system. During menopause, estrogen levels drop significantly. Isoflavones are able to bind to estrogen receptor cells, so the body doesn’t feel as though it is going through such a dramatic change. This can ease many of the symptoms of menopause, such as mood swings, hot flashes, and hunger pains. Menopause can be a traumatic time of life for many women and soybeans are a great way to ease that major life transition. Boost digestion One of the most common elements lacking in many people’s diet is fiber, which is present in high quantities in soybeans. Fiber is an essential part of a healthy body, particularly in terms of the digestive system. Fiber bulks up your stool, making it move through your digestive system smoothly. Furthermore, it stimulates peristaltic motion, which is the contraction of the smooth muscles that push food through your system. It is vital also because constipation can be a very serious condition that can lead to more serious conditions, including colorectal cancer. Improve bone health Soybeans have a high vitamin and mineral content and the impressive levels of calcium, magnesium, copper, selenium, and zinc are very important for a variety of processes in the

body, most importantly for bones. All of these elements are essential for promoting osteotropic activity, which allows for new bones to grow and also speeds up the healing process of the bones. Eating soybeans can be a long-term solution for problems like osteoporosis, which commonly occurs as we age. Prevent birth defects The high levels of vitamin B complex and folic acid in soybeans are very important for pregnant women. Folic acid ensures the prevention of neural tube defects in infants, which ensures a happy and healthy baby. Improve circulation Copper and iron are two minerals found in abundance in soybeans and both of these are essential for the formation [9] of red blood cells. With an appropriate amount of red blood cells in the body, extremities of the body and essential organ systems can get the blood flow and oxygen they need to function efficiently. This maximizes metabolic activity and increases energy levels, while also avoiding dangerous conditions like anemia. Control diabetes This dreaded disease has been on the rise among the globe for more than a decade. Soybeans are an effective method of prevention and management of this disease, primarily because soybeans have shown an ability to increase insulin receptors in the body, thereby helping manage the disease effectively [10] or prevent it from occurring in the first place. Relieve sleep disorders Soybeans help in reducing sleep disorders and the occurrence of insomnia. However, soybeans also have a high content of magnesium, which is directly linked to increasing the quality, duration, and restfulness of your sleep. Side effects of soybeans Although there are many beneficial aspects to consuming soybeans and soy products, there are also some potentially negative health effects of consuming soybeans as a part of your diet: Estrogen Levels: Since there are estrogenmimicking compounds in soybeans, men can occasionally develop a hormone imbalance if they consume high amounts of soybeans or soy milk. In men, this can lead to infertility, sexual dysfunction, lower sperm count, and even an increase in the chances of certain cancers.

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Obiano inaugurates Anambra State Youth Empowerment, AT2 Entrepreneurship Council

ANSG maps out strategy for safety of school children AT3 Flood prediction: South East Govts tasked on early preparation ÏÏÏGovernments

Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano (centre); Chief of WASH section of UNICEF, Mr Zaid Jurji, (4th left); Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr Mark Okoye (2nd left), after a brief visit by UNICEF officials at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia...recently

ANSG urges communities to complete projects Stories by John Ndu, Awka

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State Government has again sent an appeal to all the Traditional Rulers, PresidentGenerals and Contractors in the three senatorial zones to complete their community projects in the first phase ‘choose your project initiatives.’ This was contained in a press release signed by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment Mr. C. Don Adinuba made available to the public recently. The Government said in the release: “It has come to the attention of the Anambra State Government that some communities in the three senatorial zones of the state have not yet concluded work on their chosen projects under the 1st phase of the N20m community choose your project programme

of the government.” “Government wishes to for the umpteenth time, appeal to such communities to as a matter of urgency expedite action towards the completion of all projects embarked upon by such communities in the 1st phase.” “The traditional rulers, the president generals of those communities, and the contractors handling the apparently stalled projects are particularly enjoined to do all that is necessary to attain project completion objective soonest.” “Government also wishes to call on the communities still lagging behind in the completion of their 1st phase in the N 20m community choose your project initiative that such delay is hampering the realization of the overall objective in government approach-

ing the programme in a stage by stage basis, such that the completion of the 1st phase would be a condition for participating in the second phase.” The Government also said, “We reiterate that His Excellency Chief Dr. Willie Obiano, initiated this laudable programme, now being embraced by some other sub national governments in Nigeria to ensure even development in all the communities in the state.”

“Government is set to commence the 3rd phase of the community development and it is vital that this time, all community chosen projects that execution must start simultaneously in all the 179 communities in the state.” The release pressed that those communities still lagging behind in the completion of the 1st phase are therefore holding not only their communities and people, but Ndi Anambra, down.”

Collect permanent driver’s licence, FRSC tells motorists ÏÏÏThe

Anambra State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps says it has cleared the backlog of permanent licence that needs to be printed up till date. A statement by the State Sector Commander of the Agency, Mr. Sunday Ajayi, appealed to the general public to visit any board of Internal

Revenue nearest to where they process their Driver Licence, to pick up the Permanent one immediately. It maintained that henceforth, anyone who presents a temporary or photocopies of driver’s licence documents in place of the permanent driver’s licence, which is due for collection will be booked for drivers licence violation.

of the South Eastern States have been urged to commence early preparation for possible flooding as alerted by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). Commenting, Mrs. Oge Ekweozor said this would help reduce the level of devastation if eventually it occurs. Mrs. Ekweozor, a lawyer, enjoined residents of South East states to maintain regular sanitation exercise and avoid dumping refuse inside the drainage system to ensure free flow of water. On the appointment of two new judges by Governor Willie Obiano, she said this would help to accelerate dispensation of justice and commended the Governor for living up to expectations. Another guest, Comrade Mike Opia who noted that Governor Obiano started his second term with a strong bold step urged members of the State Executive Council to remain on the same page with him. Comrade Opia noted that the present efforts to strengthen the State revenue machinery would help to eliminate illegal and multiple revenue collection. He commended the present move to create a web portal for Ndi Anambra in the diaspora which he noted would among other things promote Igbo language and culture as well as keep people well connected with events at home.


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Anambra Transportation Ministry sets to decongest Anambra roads ÏÏÏThe

Bishop Paulinus Ezeokafor of Awka Diocese (6 left), during the blessing of 48 rooms edifice built by Catholic Diocese of Awka, Lagos Support Group recently. The building will be used by the priests for their spiritual retreat

Obiano inaugurates Anambra State Youth Empowerment, Entrepreneurship Council Stories by John Ndu, Awka

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inaugurated a 13-member Anambra State Youth Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and Creative Economy Council. The 13-member council which is to be chaired by Dr. Nick Okoye, and inaugurated at the Exco Chambers of the Government House, Awka, has among its terms of reference, to create a reliable database that the state government will find resourceful for its youths development initiatives as well as to develop a result -oriented framework using the creative economy to engage and empower youths and also advise

government on other youths-related issues. Other members of the Council are the Commissioners in-charge of relevant Ministries such as Youths Entrepreneurship, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, Agric Mechanisation, Processing and Export and Budget and Economic Planning, among others. Governor Obiano while inaugurating the council, said his government relies on their wealth of experience at this time to make a difference in its efforts at drastically reducing unemployment among youths in the state. He urged them to look beyond their stipulated terms of refer-

ence to develop initiatives that government and the private sector alike can fund to make life more meaningful for the youths, assuring them of the full support of his administration. The Chairman of the Council, Dr. Nick Okoye said the creation of the council shows clearly that Governor Obiano understands that the major problem of the nation is unemployment and is ready to address it, thanking the governor for selecting them to serve the state. He promised that they will tap into the benefits of the emerging creative economy to make Anambra State, a model in terms of youth development in the country.

APGA should give us Assembly ticket, say Igala communities

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Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State have called on All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA)-government to continue extending its political kindness by giving them pride of place in the state House of Assembly. They made the call at a forum tagged Igala Grassroot Voter’s Forum which attracted dignitaries of the communities within and outside the state. It was gathered that it was the largest political forum in the communities with 656 executives cutting across all clans in Igala communities. The political forum also comprised of all indigenes and residents in Igala communities who are of voting age and voter’s card is identity card of the members. The essence was to reorient and inculcate in them the need to embrace political participation,

geared towards emancipating them from political denial and slavery. Speaking during the meeting, an indigene of Igala Community, Mr. Charles Udile, said that Igala communities had been neglected and relegated to the background since the creation of Anambra State. Udile noted that the community with one of the highest voting strength, still face political backwardness, and high level of underdeveloped records. He commended Governor Willie Obiano for appointing one of them, Hon. Enemali, the Commissioner for Youth and Entrepreneurship. Udile stressed that Obiano administration had made history, as the appointment was the first time the people of the area perceived political inclusiveness since the creation of the state. He further urged All party leaders especially APGA to see the need for an Igala person to represent

Anambra West in the State House of Assembly in the forthcoming general election. “This will really confirm to us, the minority that “Nkaa Bu Nka anyi”. Let me also remind our people of Governor Obiano’s recent promises to construct a military bridge to link the Island communities of that area (Olumbanasa) to other part of Anambra, as well as other developmental plans to open up windows of opportunities within the Area.” Udile added. Also speaking, Hon. Ken. Okonkwo commended the people for their overwhelming turnout and encouraged them to sustain the pace for political inclusiveness and always speak with one voice. Okonkwo while urging them to obtain their voters card, charged them also to further sensitise the people to register, to enable them vote in the forthcoming election.

Commissioner for Road, Rail and Water Transportation in Anambra State, Uchenna Okafor, said that the Ministry would decongest all roads in Anambra State. Okafor said this in a meeting with the Anambra State Traffic Management Agency (ATMA) in her office. “ATMA will be equipped with traffic laws and every necessary machinery to ensure adequate decongestion on our roads and free traffic flow round the state”, Okafor said. The commissioner also told the ATMA personnel that anybody that was not officially recruited by the ministry would be disengaged immediately. ``We will disengage anybody who is not our staff to ensure sanity in this ministry. No more

late coming but you can apply shifting method, `` he said. The Ag. Permanent secretary in the ministry, Sir Anaene Ezeogu, appreciated the commissioner for his wonderful efforts at bringing ATMA to standard like other state traffic agencies. ``On behalf of (ATMA) personnel, I promise you positive reactions henceforth``, Sir Ezeogu said. The state commandant of ATMA, Chidiumu Ezinwa, thanked the commissioner for giving them the opportunity to enumerate their challenges in their duties. ``We will work with you as a team to achieve good results and to boost the image of Anambra state through the Agency.

Obiano charges contractors to speed up construction ÏÏÏAnambra

State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has charged all contractors handling different road projects in the state to accelerate in order to meet up with the end of April target, to avoid next rainy season. The Governor gave the charge while inspecting the ongoing construction of Ajali - Nawfija roads. The 21.21 Km road network cut across Akpu, Nawfija, Ajali, Ufuma Ogbunka in Orumba North and South respectively. Speaking during the inspection, Governor Obiano expressed satisfaction on the level of works, assuring that 3 km distance of the road would be asphalted before the next rains. The Governor disclosed that the road was awarded last year and his administration had mobilised every contractor handling road projects across the state. “All our roads will be completed with the full compliments of a standard road. When completed, it will give a brighter prospects for agricultural revolution in the state. Our dream is to make Anambra the food basket of the nation.” the Governor said.

He commended people of the community for their cooperation with the contractor and urged them to sustain the support to enable the contractor deliver the Project on schedule. The Commissioner for Road Infrastructure, Furniture and Maintenance, Chief Law Chinwuba noted that due to the nature of the road, the State government had hired a competent firm to execute it. In his remarks, a former Chairman of Orumba South Council Area, Bar John Onyeakpa noted that the road creates a major by-pass to the very busy Umunze junction especially during festivities and said by constructing the road, Gov Obiano has done something that will remain indelible in the minds of Ndi Orumba. For a stakeholder from Nawfija, Dr. Maduka Nwankwo, the construction of the road will make it easier for farmers in the Orumba North and South communities to evacuate their farm produce and there is no better way for the people to repay the governor than to continue to support him.


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ANSG nabs fake revenue collector at Nkpor, vows to deal with others ÏÏÏThe

Commissioner for Trade, Commerce, Markets and Wealth Creation, Dr. Christian Mmadubuko, says he is committed to ridding the state of illegal revenue collectors. He stated this when the officials of the Ministry arrested one Mr. Nnamdi Enendu at the New Tarzan Junction Nkpor extorting money from motorists in the guise of working for the State government. The Commissioner who assured of ensuring that all revenue enters into government coffers said henceforth any unauthorized person caught collecting revenue will be made to face the full weight of the law. He maintained that the arrest will serve as a warning to those engaging in such act advising motorists to raise alarm whenever they noticed an illegal revenue collector as they will provide phone numbers where they will lodge complains advising them to pay to only government authorized revenue collectors or in the Bank. The culprit, Mr. Nnamdi Enendu a native of Ogbunike in Oyi Local Government area who said that his friend introduced him to the business due to unemployment pleaded for leniency.

Agric Commissioner applauds training on cassava value chain ÏÏÏCommissioner for Agriculture,

Mechanisation, Processing and Export in Anambra State, Mr. Afam Mbanefo, has applauded the initiative in the training on cassava value chain. The training was being anchored by the Department of Extension, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD). The commissioner, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Leo Imoka, noted that the training would boost knowledge of the participants in cassava value chain technology. According to him the importance attached to cassava are numerous, making the commodity essential food staple among agricultural crops. Mbanefo affirmed that with the training, all errors inherent in planting of the commodity in the past would be corrected and youths could be fully preoccupied through the potential it would offer.

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ANSG maps out strategy for safety of school children Stories by John Ndu, Awka

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to the incessant abduction of school children in Nigeria, Anambra State government has mapped out various measures to ensure the safety of school children in the state. The Chief Press Secretary to the government, Mr. James

Ezeh announced this during a post Exco briefing at the Government House Awka. Eze said that Governor Willie Obiano’s administration had deployed special School Marshals to every public school to avoid any obnoxious intention by some hoodlums. Eze observed that the present administration had earli-

er given directive for the construction of perimeter fencing in all the public schools to boost adequate security. This is in line with the dream of Obiano administration to protect the right of every child and provide them with adequate facilities that would enhance quality learning.

While directing the management of the private schools to embrace the security measures, Eze assured that the Obiano administration would not leave any stone unturned to ensure security of lives and property, assuring that security would remain the top of the present government.

Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano (right); his wife, Ebelechukwu (centre) and the Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Nkem Okeke during the Exco retreat in Awka...recently

ANSIPPA gets new 12 board members ÏÏÏAnambra

State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has inaugurated 12 new board members for the Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), at the Exco Chamber, Government House Awka. The former Chairman and the Traditional Ruler of Umuoji, Igwe Cyril Enweze maintains his position as the Chairman while Dr Ifediora Amobi is to serve as Executive Secretary and a new Managing Director, Mr. Jide Ikeakor. Other members include the Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Ifeatu Onejeme, the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Mark Okoye, the Attorney-

General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Uju Nworgu, the Commissioner for Lands and Rural Development, Mr. Nnamdi Onukwuba and Ambassador Uche Ajulu -Okeke. The members also include Dr. Nicholas Okoye, Mrs. Chika Nwobi, Mrs. Chinelo Anokwu and Mr. Yemi Anyaoku. It would be recalled that ANSIPPA was established on the 25th of April, 2015, by the Obiano administration. The Agency, since its creation has taken steps to position itself as the country’s premier investment promotion agency. Providing existing and prospective investors with attractive investment opportunities, business facilitation and

world class services to ensure and guarantee 100% investor’s satisfaction. The Agency in the state, has attractded over US$3.2bn in investments with over 70% committed from credible indigenous, local and foreign investors across the four (4) pillars and thirteen (13) enablers of the Anambra economy. It is also a one-stop investment outfit with the responsibility of promoting, protecting, monitoring and coordinating investments activities to make the State a first choice investment destination and hub for commercial activities. Governor Obiano while inaugurating the board noted that “the past ANSIPPA Board did well by attracting 41 Mem-

oranda of Understanding signed by the State government and the investors, with 22 of them on ground. “It’s your responsibility to effectively monitor those investments on ground and identify those that are yet to commence production and advice the state government if need be to withdraw their certificates,” the Gov said. Responding, the Chairman of the Board, Igwe Enweze said the composition of the new board had competent personalities with vast wealth of experience to accelerate the realization of the Governor’s vision for investments promotion in the State. He, however, assured that they will deliver on their mandate.


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Put CAFÉ projects to good use, Mrs. Obiano urges beneficiaries Stories by John Ndu, Awka

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wife of Governor of Anambra State, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano, has called on the beneficiaries of projects executed by her NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ), to put the houses, toilets and boreholes to good use for personal benefit and the interest of the community. She made the call Wednesday at the commissioning of CAFÉ Market toilet and water borehole at Afor Ugbenu, Awka North Local Government Area, and CAFÉ Widow’s House at Umuanum Nibo, Awka South

Local Government Area. Commissioning the toilet and borehole, Mrs. Obiano said that the Ugbenu projects were built to promote hygiene and healthy environment, as well as raise awareness against open defecation. Mrs. Obiano said: “As you take over these facilities, I want you to take full ownership, make good use of it and maintain them. I have no doubt that it would restore the dignity of womenfolk who trade in market, and reduce practices that are detrimental to health.” In the same vein while keys new 3-Bedroom bungalow, at Umuanum village Nibo, Osodieme told the widow, Mrs.

Elizabeth Okonkwo, “take good care of your new home and live peacefully with your children. Admit only those it pleases you to invite. However the water borehole and power generator attached will serve both you and members of the community who wish to fetch from water from the reticulation point in front your building.” Explaining the programmes of CAFÉ, Osodieme noted that the Nibo house is the eleventh handed over to indigent widows across the state to alleviate their sufferings. She assured that her CAFE will continue its humanitarian service to Ndi Anambra, and urged the people to continue to pray and support

her husband’s leadership and her NGO, for more results of good governance. Earlier at Ugbenu, Special Adviser on Security and Emergency, Sir Chikodi Anara, said that Osodieme’s visit to commission her NGO project in the community is very symbolic and a continuation of the good work of the Obiano administration in the local government. He thanked Osodieme for always remembering the less privileged and Ugbenu community in her charitable programmes by promoting hygiene with market toilet in the area. In his remark, Transition Committee Chairman Awka

North Local Government, Mr. Hon Law Onwuzuka, commended the governor’s for sustaining the tempo of development in the area with the CAFÉ supporting the government. He thanked the government for improving the condition of the road leading to the market and looked forward to its completion very soon. Also speaking at Nibo, Deputy Speaker Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon. Hafford Oseke, said that Mrs. Obiano has been very supportive and contributing effectively to her husband’s good governance through CAFÉ which has really favoured the less privileged.

Newly inaugurated board members of ANSPPB urged to brace up ÏÏÏThe Commissioner for Lands,

Physical Planing and Rural Development Mr. Nnamdi Onukwuba, has urged the Newly inaugurated Board members and Executive Secretaries of Anambra State Physical Planning Board to brace up to the task ahead so as to lift the Board to a greater height. Speaking in his office during a courtesy call by the Executive Secretaries, the Commissioner reminded them that their mandate is to make sure that aesthetics of the state is improved. He enjoined them to shun malpractices, adding that they have the responsibility to work towards redeeming the image of the Board. Mr. Onukwuba warned that any Executive Secretary found wanting in the course of discharging his duties will be automatically removed and disciplinary action taken against him. He urged them to make an enviable mark within the first one

hundred days of Gov. Obiano in office, saying that Governor Obiano knows how to reward good workers. The New chairman of the Board, Mr. Chike Maduekwe called on the Executive Secretaries to join force with him to do what is expected from the Board, stressing that together they will make Anambra State clean. Mr. Maduekwe told them to always report challenges they have in the course of discharging their duties as his office is always open to welcome their complaints. The New General Manager of the Board, Victor Okpoko appealed to the Executive Secretaries to do their job without fear or favour. He urged them to work as a team towards making Anambra state clean. He warned them to be careful while discharging their duties, stressing that government has set up whistle blowers to monitor their activities.

Monarch urges Ndi Anambra to pray for Obiano’s administration ÏÏÏThe traditional ruler of Umuo-

ba Anam, in Anambra East Local Government Area, Igwe George Ekwealor, has appealed to Ndi Anambra to continue praying for the success of the Obiano administration. Speaking to newsmen in his palace, Igwe Ekwealor, who said that the Obiano administration has transformed all critical sectors of the state economy in the last four years, urged Ndi Anambra to support the present administration with prayers to enable it surpass its previous achievements. He commended Governor Obiano for his numerous developmental

projects in his community which includes road construction, street lights, forty million naira Community Choose Your project Initiative among others. For the State Chairman, Akpokuedike Action group, Mr. Michael Nwofia, Governor Obiano has conscientiously turned around the economic fortunes of the State, through the provision of adequate security of lives and property, mechanized agriculture, industrialization, trade and commerce, infrastructural development, among numerous other achievements and prayed God to give him the wisdom and grace to succeed in his second term.

Cross section of professors during the commissioning and dedication of Life International Hospital and 41st inaugural lecture of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, entitled ‘EndoEYE View of the Woman’ delivered by Prof. Ikechebelu at the University’s auditorium.

Market leader arrested in Aguata for diverting Govt revenue ÏÏÏThe Market leader of

Oye Uga Market, Aguata Local Government Area, Mr. Victor Isichekwe, has been arrested for diverting government revenue to his personal account. The Commissioner for Trade, Commerce, Market and Wealth Creation, Dr. Christian Mmadubuko, made the arrest and handed him over to the officers and men of Department of State Service. Mr. Victor Isichekwe was alleged to be in the practice of issuing fake receipt with which he diverts funds to his personal account. Commissioner Mmadubuko regretted that government had hitherto battled with the ugly

trend of revenue diversion by the market leaders but warned that the era when people appropriate government money has gone as, henceforth, any unauthorized person caught in the act must be dealt with. Dr. Mmadubuko directed all those who have permit from the government to collect revenues to revert back to the Ministry so as to know their job specification and the duration of their services while the marketers should put on hold, any payment till further notice. The Head of Department, Market, in the Ministry, Mrs. Nkiruka Ebo Nwosu, said on assumption of office in 2017, she noticed that market leaders were giving authority letters to

collect revenue in their various markets but that many of them are not complying with the directive of using the integrated pay direct system in revenue collection. Giving his side of the story, Mr. Isichekwe, Who narrated how they were giving authority letter, said the marketers do not comply without being issued with receipts, hence the printing of the receipts. He stated that he began the collection of revenue in October last year and has about one hundred and ninety thousand naira at hand. Mr. Isichekwe was later handed over to the Department of State Service.


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Intra-Commonwealth Trade Investment targets over $1.5trn by 2020 Intra-Commonwealth trade and productive greenfield investment is expected to reach 1.6 trillion dollars by 2020, in spite of the global trade slowdown caused by the 2008 financial crisis. This rising share of intra-Commonwealth trade and investment underscored the growing significance of Commonwealth markets for member countries, according to a new report issued by Niall Jeger, Communications Officer, Commonwealth Secretariat. The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states and is home to 2.4 billion people and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. Commonwealth Trade Review 2018, said proactive policy measures such as improving trade facilitation or tackling non-tariff barriers could trigger even greater gains for member countries. In 2017, cumulative intra-Commonwealth greenfield foreign direct investment was estimated at 700 billion dollars, creating 1.4 million jobs through 10,000 projects. The Secretariat projects intraCommonwealth greenfield investment – when a parent company establishes its operations in a foreign country – could reach 870 billion dollars by 2020. Trade among Commonwealth countries grew to just under 600 billion dollars in 2016 and is expected to increase by at least 17 per cent to around 700 billion dollars by 2020. Together, intra-Commonwealth trade and greenfield investment is expected to surpass 1.5 trillion dollars, Commonwealth said. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said: “This is a remarkable indication of the power of Commonwealth connection and of the benefits that accrue to member countries as a result of Commonwealth Advantage.” This, she said, was significant with world trade only now emerging from the unprecedented slowdown triggered by the financial crisis a decade ago. “With rising protectionist sentiments and a backlash against globalisation in many countries, the role of the Commonwealth becomes increasingly important as a positive influence for strengthening trade links across boundaries and building prosperity in which all can share.”

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Adeosun, Emefiele lead other Nigerians to IMF/World Bank meeting Motolani Oseni The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, left Nigeria for Washington DC on Sunday to join other economic experts from around the world to discuss issues affecting global economy. Discussions would take place under the auspices of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Spring Meetings of the IMF and the World Bank will bring together central bankers,

ministers of finance and development, parliamentarians, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organisations and the academia. The experts will discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development and aid effectiveness. There will also be seminars, regional briefings, press conferences and many other events with focus on global economy, international development and the world’s financial system. The meetings will hold between April 16 and April 22, 2018.

Nigeria attends the meeting each year because of the quantum of investments and assistance it receives from both the IMF and the World Bank. Although Nigeria currently has zero loans with the IMF, it enjoys technical support from the organisation. The World Bank Group on the other hand is helping to fight poverty and improve living standards in the country through 33 Core Knowledge Product Reports and 29 ongoing National and Regional projects. This is in addition to about 60 Trust Funds.

The World Bank Group since 1958 supported Nigeria with loans and International Development Association (IDA) credits worth about 14.2 billion dollars. The group in 2017 fiscal year alone committed 1.51 billion dollars to the country and so far in 2018, it already spent 486 million dollars on different development projects across the country. Some of the projects include Electricity Transmission Project, Agro-Processing, Productivity Enhancement and Livelihood Improvement Support Project, Polio Eradication Support Project and Housing Finance Development Programme, among others.

L- R: Chief Risk Officer, Tunji Kazeem, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE); Executive Director, Regulations, NSE, Tinuade Awe; Chairman FCMB Group Plc, Mr. Oladipupo Jadesimi; Chief Human Resources Officer, NSE, Pai Gamde during the Closing Gong Ceremony in commemoration of the newly appointed Chairman at the Exchange in Lagos on Thursday

FirstBank promotes e-payment with free petrol payment with verve card Adesola Afolabi In partnership with Verve International, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced a promotion to reward its customers for using their FirstBank Verve card to purchase petrol at selected Oando filling stations in Lagos.

FirstBank Verve Card holders would receive free extra litres of petrol each time they use their FirstBank verve cards to purchase a minimum of N3,000.00 worth of petrol, The selected Oando petrol stations where the promo will run are the Maryland, Marina, Alapere and Ojodu Berger stations. The promo which will run from

Thursday to Monday every week between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. will end on Monday, May 21, 2018. Verve Card is a secure debit card which allows the card-holder to conveniently meet day to day financial needs like the payment for goods and services, airtime recharge, bill payments, funds transfer amongst others.

It is accepted at all ATMs, POS/ Web/Mobile Channels, Firstmonie Agent Kiosks, and Bank branches connected to the Interswitch network in Nigeria. FirstBank advises consumers to walk into any FirstBank branch to pick up personal Verve cards in order to get rewarded.


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Medview in talks with Boeing to acquire bigger planes Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo Medview airline is to acquire a bigger aircraft to operate all its routes both local, hajj, regional and international routes as it is working closing with Boeing and a leasing company to achieve this. Managing Director/CEO, Medview, Alhaji Muneer Bankole in an interactive with the media in Lagos, said the airline had decided to scale down its operations on the London and Dubai routes as two of its aircraft were currently being re-figured and undergoing C-checks in a facility outside the country. “Apart from this airplane, we leased two aero planes 777 and 737-800 which we have returned, the reason why we returned is the earlier aircraft I said had an issue, you cannot lease or owe an aircraft with these challenges, the decision to return them affected our London and Dubai routes, now we are work-

ing closely with Boeing and a leasing company, we are trying to procure a bigger aircraft that will support our hajj, London and Dubai routes. The B737-500 is going through a C-check, it will be delivered before the end of the first week of May”. He noted that while its domestic and regional operations were still up and running, the absence of the two aircraft had affected their schedule operations and so it had to re-strategies and consolidate on its domestic operations and restructure and re-plan its strategies to satisfy its customers. “What we have achieved now, they say charity begins at home, rather flying everywhere and making nonsense of the whole operations, we consolidated on the domestic operations with no challenge, we are flying 99.9% capacity, we have developed a new model”. Bankole emphasized that ,”We are here to testify that the domes-

tic, hajj operations, regional and International operations are sustainable routes for us”. Explaining steps taken on the decision to suspend the London and Dubai routes, the MD/CEO of Medview said the agencies of government of the two countries were duly notified including the Nigeria CAA. “What we did on London, Dubai routes was to go the CAA and the agencies of government of those countries, we said on the 15th of March, we wrote officially and we mention to CAA Nigeria that we will suspend the flights to those areas and the reason why we want to do so and we re-protect our dear passengers, which probably would have been a commendable effort by my colleagues. Some of our passengers flew on Emirates, Virgin Atlantic and other few airlines”. “What are saying here is that we have Abeke that will take off the Dubai shot but there were delays like I have said, they com-

pletely carried out beyond what we expected that’s the MRO apart refurbishing all the toilets, they emptied the whole aircraft and when such is the case, you need to go through a new test as if you are working from a manufacturer point of view that is why we have the delay between and today, we have bought seats, premium economy which are being fixed, once we get the delivery of the aircraft we are done with that”. Primarily we started with hajj, that is why hajj is very important for us. On from our recorded, we have been involved with the Hajj Commission for the past twelve years now, we have done with over 80,000 pilgrims in and out, it gives us between 30-35% of revenue to Medview every year. We thank the National Hajj Commission, NAHCON for believing in us, the Chairman/ CEO of NAHCON and his colleagues for the trust and commitment we have shared together over the past10 to 15 years.

R – L shows Oscar N. Onyema, Chief Executive Officer, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and Karim Hajji, Chief Executive Officer of Casablanca Stock Exchange signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate with each other for the growth and development of the two exchanges, in the presence of the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari and the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI in Abuja.

Russia, Afreximbank open new window for new aircraft acquisition in Nigeria Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo A new window for acquisition of brand new aircraft in Nigeria has opened following a partnership arrangement made between African Export Import Bank, (Afreximbank) with the Russian Export Centre (REC) to provide brand new aircraft for airlines’ operations in the country. This partnership is coming at a time when airline operators have struggled to pay about 26 per cent interest loan to banks just to acquire new aircraft, a situation that has left them to face strenuous conditions from United States and European countries on aircraft leasing agreements. The event of the partnership announcement in Lagos at Sheraton Hotels in Lagos was well attended by representatives of Africa’s commercial aviation , together with senior executives from airlines, airline leasing companies and others. The forum was also used to showcase Russian MC21 airplanes, the Sukhoi Superjet, the Sukhoi Business Jet and Russianmade Helicopters. Speaking during the announcement of the partnership in Lagos, Rene Awambeng, Global Head, Client Relations, Afreximbank, said the bank has entered into a strategic partnership with the Russian Export Centre, which is the export bank of the Russian federation to promote aviation in Africa, so that it can meet one of its strategic goals. “The Russians have invested significant amount in research and development in their aircraft which are very efficient in terms of fuel consumption and are ecologically very friendly. “We have partnered with Russian Export Centre, to provide solutions so that African entrepreneurs either private sectors, national airlines, private sectors, operators of airlines can acquire these aircraft through asset structures to meet our objective of moving people from one part of the country to another,” Awambeng said.

Expert wants withdrawal of $44m contract awarded by NPA, BPP Mathew Dadiya, Abuja A legal Adviser to Dredging Atlantic Limited/Westmintser Dredging and Marine (DAW), a multinational company, Mr. Liborous Oshoma has urged the National Assembly to withdraw $44million contract awarded to Dredging International Services Limited (DISL) by the federal government. The company alleged that the Bu-

reau of Public Procurement (BPP), Ministry of Transportation and the Nigeria Ports Authority, have violated the Public Procurement Act (PPA) 2007, in the award of the contract for remedial works at Escravos Channel. The contract includes replacement of navigational aids and minor dredging at the Delta Port, in Warri, and is worth about $44million. Oshoma, in a petition, urged the National Assembly to prevail

on the agencies, which awarded the contract, to disqualify DISL from executing the contract. According to the petition, the said contract was awarded to Dredging International Services Limited (DISL), one of lowest ranking bidders, in a process manipulated by the three government bodies. A copy of the petition, signed by the company’s legal adviser, Mr Liborous Oshoma, alleged that the BPP ignored an official complaint

made by DAW, and hurriedly concluded the administrative review of the bid process. It also alleged that NPA manipulated the process and publicly announced tender figures of DISL for the contract bid. “How come the lowest bidder as publicly announced (DAW) had “errors” and or additional figures (increase) of N11, 709,932.84 ($38,393.23) to arrive at $44,918,741.22 as against $44,880,348.21, while the highest

bidder (DISL) had “errors” and or subtracted figures (a reduction) of $136,456.95 (N41, 619,369.75) to arrive at $44,861,596.81, as against $44,998,053.73, from their announced figures,” the petition reads. The firm also queried that the BPP failed to comply with the provisions of Section 31 (5) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007, and didn’t notify it of any arithmetic corrections, nor were they invited to either adopt or defend/deny the figures.


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CIBN elects Olowu as new President/ Chairman of council The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) has elected Dr. Uche Messiah Olowu, as the new President/Chairman of the council institution with other new national officers to steer its affairs for the next two years. Dr. Uche Messiah Olowu, who is a distinguished banker of repute will be assisted with other officers elected running the task of the affairs of the Institute. The other officers include Mr. Bayo Williams Olugbemi, who emerged the first vice-president; Mr. Kenneth Onyewuchi Opara, 2nd VicePresident and Prof. Pius Oladeji Olanrewaju, National Treasurer. Dr. Uche Olowu’s inauguration has been slated for Saturday, May 19, 2018 at an Investiture ceremony at the Bankers house, Victoria Island, Lagos. Before his election as President, Dr. Uche Olowu has been the Institute’s 1st Vice President and Chairman, Board of Fellows/ Practice Licenses of the Institute. He is a seasoned professional banker and astute scholar with over 30 years cognate experience. He has a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) in Management from Rivers State University of Science & Technology (RUST), Port Harcourt, where he traditionally capped it with a Doctorate of Philosophy degree (Ph.D) in management-Organisational Behaviour. He started his professional banking career in 1985 with United Bank for Africa Plc, where he rose to become the Manager, Corporate Banking (Energy South) in 1999. Olowu joined Equitorial Trust Bank Ltd in 2000 as Senior Relationship Manager before crossing over to Fountain Trust Bank in the same year as Senior Relationship Manager and was promoted to Assistant General Manager (South) in 2005, a position he held until he pitched his tent once again with UBA Plc in 2006 as Head, Upstream & Oil Services South.

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CBN, Banks close financial gap for SMES with N26bn AGSMEIS fund Stories by Motolani Oseni The Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele has s flagged off the disbursement of funds to the first set of beneficiaries under the Agribusiness/ Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme (AGSMEIS), an initiative of the Bankers’ Committee, noting that the challenges of youth unemployment and restiveness must be confronted with strategic innovative thinking to provide sustainable solution. Addressing over 300 beneficiaries at the flag-off ceremony held at the Head Office of the CBN in Abuja, Mr. Emefiele, who was flanked by the four Deputy Governors of the Bank and Chief Executive Officers of all Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) in Nigeria, said the disbursement was in fulfilment of the commitment

jointly made by the Bankers’ Committee during its 2016 Retreat, to design and fund a suitable scheme aimed at reducing the huge financing gap for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). He said the Fund also aimed at job creation, financial inclusion and inclusive growth for Nigerians, particularly the teeming youth population. Further to the 2016 commitment, he recalled that the Bankers’ Committee at its 331st meeting held on February 9, 2017, came up with the AGSMEIS as an initiative to improve access to affordable financing for MSMEs, particularly those operating in the informal sector of the economy and to support the Federal Government’s efforts and policy measures to promote sustainable economic development and employment generation. To ensure the successful im-

plementation of the Scheme, he disclosed that all deposit money banks in the country, voluntarily agreed to set aside and contribute 5 percent of their Profit After Tax (PAT) annually to finance eligible projects under the Scheme, which currently stands at about N26 billion and is expected to exceed N60 billion by June 2018. According to him, the first batch of beneficiaries were youth who had been trained on various entrepreneurship, vocational and management skills across the country by Entrepreneurship Development Institutions and Centres, such as Fate Foundation; Lagos Business School; House of Tara and Thrive Agric. Unlike practices where physical funds were disbursed to beneficiaries, Mr. Emefiele said that this set of beneficiaries, upon completion of their vocational training, are being provided with

the specific implements needed to practice their vocations, procured under the scheme. He said the beneficiaries’ details, including their Biometric Verification Numbers (BVN), were equally forwarded to the deposit money banks to confirm that they were their customers before accessing the fund. Citing recent employment statistics from the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), he said the unemployment challenge was one that could be adequately tackled with unity of purpose from all stakeholders. While disclosing that beneficiaries under the three components of the AGSMEIS, namely Direct, Indirect and Developmental components would access the Fund at the rate of five per cent per annum, he said no bank would be allowed shortchange beneficiaries.

L – R: Brigadier General (rtd) Bright Ateke Fibionumama, Anany Anabo 1 of Abuloma Kingdom; Dr .Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi, GMD, Obijackson Group; Engr. Simbi Wabote, executive secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB); Guido D’Aloisio, MD, SAIPEM and Gabriel Oramasionwu, GCCO, Energy Works Technology (EWT) during load-out and sail-away ceremony of OLT Bouy Mooring Piles fabricated by Energy Works Technology for the Tupni-Egina Project, at the Nestoil Industrial Area, Abuloma, Port Harcourt on Tuesday.

Access Bank, GTBank, 4 others maintain highest liquidity ratio Access Bank Plc, Guaranty Trust Bank and four others are the highest liquidity ratio maintaining lenders in 2017. It is however, worthy of note that liquidity ratios are a class of financial metrics used to determine a bank’s ability to pay off its short-term debts obligations. It is the total specified liquid assets of a bank divided by total current liabilities. Although, the higher the value of the ratio, the larger the margin of safety a bank possesses to cover short-term debts, while the Central Bank

of Nigeria (CBN) over the years maintained liquidity ratio for commercial banks operating in Nigeria at 30 per cent in a move to provide a strong buffer against any macro economy challenges. The four other banks include Stanbib IBTC, Zenith Bank United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) and First City Monument Bank. The bank subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC in 2017 reported 102.3 per cent in liquidity ratio, against regulatory minimum of 30 per cent. Zenith Bank reported 69.7 per

cent in liquidity ratio in 2017 as against 59.6 per cent reported in 2016. The bank in a statement said, “Liquidity buffer well in excess of regulatory requirements. Solid and high-quality capital position provides room for further growth and has supported Zenith Bank’s historically strong dividend payout ratio.” From 39 per cent in 2016 to 50 per cent in liquidity ratio, UBA came third among the considered banks by Nigerian NewsDirect. However, GTBank’s liquidity

ratio grew from 42.19 per cent to 47.56 per cent. GTBank stated that liquidity ratio at 47.56 per cent in 2017 from 42.19 per cent was well above regulatory minimum of 30 per cent despite the constant pressure on customers’ deposits and regulatory tightening. “Average Liquidity position for the financial year of 2017 period came in at 47.22 per cent,” the bank said in a statement. Access Bank and FCMB reported 47.3 per cent and 35.5 per cent in liquidity ratio in 2017 from 43.6 per cent and 31.2 per

cent in 2016 respectively. Over the time, the CBN had maintained that some banks in Nigeria are operating with liquidity ratios below the minimum requirement. Due to unsteady global oil prices, the apex bank in 2016, directed that commercial banks need to maintain minimum liquidity ratio of 30 per cent in line with regulatory requirement. The guideline was contained in the Monetary, Credit, Foreign Trade and Exchange Policy for fiscal years 2016/2017 released


Capital Market B4 Custodian and Allied grows profit by 37% Custodian and Allied Plc, quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has announced its audited result for the year ended 31st December 2017. With the Group’s profit after tax improved by 37 per cent from N5.3 billion achieved in 2016 to N7.3 billion. The firm, which has its investments in life and nonlife insurance, pension fund administration, trusteeship and property holding businesses, quoted on the NSE has recommended the payment of a final dividend of 32 kobo for every 50-kobo ordinary share of the company. In the statement filed with the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the directors, stated that it had paid earlier an interim dividend of 10kobo per share making a total payment of 42 kobo per share in respect of the company’s result for the year ended December 31st, 2017, subject to approval of shareholders at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting. The Company has consistently paid dividends to its shareholders every year for the past 20 years.

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Industrials, Oil and Gas growth move ASI by 0.21% Stories by Afolabi Adesola Commercial activities in the equities segment of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) closed the week ended 13th April on a positive note, as performance of Industrial, Oil & Gas sectors moved the All Share Index (ASI) by 0.21 per cent in the course of the week’s total trading activities. The total trading, however, closes at 40,928.70 points, which lessened the losses of the Month-toDate returns to -1.39 per cent and improved the Year-to-Date returns to 7.02 per cent. Also, the NSE’s growth indica-

tor, which is the market capitalisation increased by 0.21 per cent to close the week at N14.784 trillion. Analysing performance of sector indicators which are the components of the ASI, majority of the indices finished the week lower but growth recorded in the NSE Industrial, Oil & Gas were responsible for the ASI’s growth during the week under review. In fact, the total volume and value of trades for the week were N1.415 billion and N19.644 billion, representing a 19.82 per cent and 26.04 per cent reduction from previous week’s total of 1.765 billion shares valued at N26.562 billion. Although, 37 stocks appreci-

ated in share price, 38 other stocks recorded a depreciation of their share prices, while 94 equities remained unchanged lower than 99. Even as Learn Africa led the week’s gainers following an appreciation of 18.56 per cent and CILEASING led the week’s losers following a depreciation of 18.02 per cent. In the other hand, Zenith International Bank Plc, Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc, and Skye Bank Plc emerged the most traded stocks by volume, for the week in review. They accounted for 437.704 million shares worth N5.609 billion exchanged in 2,659 deals, thus contributing 30.93 per cent and

28.55 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. The Financial Services Industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart with 1.136 billion shares valued at N12.336 billion traded in 12,240 deals; thus contributing 80.26 per cent and 62.80 per cent to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. The Consumer Goods Industry followed with 103.975 million shares worth N5.723 billion in 3,369 deals. The third place was occupied by Oil and Gas Industry with a turnover of 51.007 million shares worth N436.610 million in 1,417 deals.

L-R: Managing Director, FCMB Limited, Mr. Adam Nuru; Executive Director, Finance FCMB, Mrs. Yemisi Edun; Group Chief Executive, FCMB Group Plc, Mr. Ladi Balogun, Executive Director, Regulations, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Ms. Tinuade Awe; Chairman FCMB Group Plc; Mr. Oladipupo Jadesimi, Mr. Olusegun Odubogun, Non-Executive Director, FCMB Group; Mr. Olutola Mobolurin, Non-Executive Director, FCMB Group Plc; Mrs Olufunmilayo Adedibu, Company Secretary, FCMB; Mr. Jide Jadesimi during the Closing Gong Ceremony in commemoration of the newly appointed Chairman at the Exchange in Lagos...recently

Forex loss of N13.5bn worsens Lafarge pre-tax profit Lafarge Africa Plc (Lafarge) released its Full Year (FY) (2017) financial statements to the Nigerian Stock Exchange last week, showing pre-tax and post-tax losses worsened to N34.0bn and N34.6bn respectively in comparison with Profit Before Tax (PBT) of -N22.8bn and PAT of N16.9bn in FY-16. Despite the cement maker depressing figure of 46 per cent hike in losses, it declared a dividend of N1.5kb..... Although, the results showed a 36.2 per cent increase in revenue from N219.7bn in 2016 to N299.2bn in 2017. Analysis of the result by analysts at United Capital explained that Lafarge’s revenue recovery was mainly

due to price increases implemented in Nigeria and South Africa. “Cost-to-Sales ratio rose to 83.0 per cent as Cost of Sales spiked to N248.4bn in FY-17 from N179.1bn in FY-16. This is attributed to a N19.2bn impairment loss (recognized in Q4-17) emanating from the construction of Mfamsoing evacuation road at UNICEM in Calabar which failed as well as a full impairment taken on a Pre-heater project in ASHAKACEM which the cement maker hinted it has discontinued. Also linked to the massive jump in cost is the sharp increase in variable cost of production (+22.4%y/y) which as mainly driven by 73.8 per cent increase distribution wages & salaries to

N10.5bn. Thus, gross margin tumbled to 16.97 per cent while EBITDA margin settled at 2.6 per cent. N13.5bn exchange rate loss obliterates pre-tax profit: Total borrowings leaped 145%y/y to N256.5bn in FY17, compared to N104.7bn in FY-16, largely driven by the intercompany loan of $88.4m received from Holderfin B.V. on 28th Dec-2016, converted at N314/$ and rolled over alongside the accumulated interest of $7.79m (representing a total of $96.19m as at Dec-17). According to management, this was used for the payment of UNICEM’s syndicated loan. This effectively drove interest cost to N43.2bn, inclusive of a N13.5bn FX translation loss,

its highest level in the past seven years. This wiped out operating profit (the N7.9bn) and resulted in over N34.0bn pre-tax and post-tax losses. Following the analysis the analyst’sdowngraded its valuations on the company but declared an overall positive outlook for Lafarge by the end of the 2018 financial year. “We expect revenue growth to be sustained amid a faster recovery in Nigeria, thanks to increased government infrastructure spending ahead of the 2019 general election notwithstanding stiff competition.” However, paltry operations of the South African arm is a concern. Cost of production should improve

in 2018 given that the one-off impairment loss is not likely to recur. Also, FX losses, largely tied to intercompany borrowing, should be obliterated in 2018 following the recent conversion of N112.2bn quasi-equity loan for rights in Dec-17, but pressure on margins due to high finance charges will persist given the huge shareholder loan, negative cash flow position and the need to finance working capital. Juxtaposing the foregoing with the cement maker’s post right issue turnaround plan, and its impact on its Q1-18 numbers, we downgrade the ticker to a HOLD, revising our year-end target price to N49.5 (previously N77.7).” the researchers noted.


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B5 Business Interview

We are complying with eight critical elements of safety to achieve zero accidents –NCAA boss In the past few months the aviation sector, issues concerning safety and aircraft monitoring by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) were raised as to whether the agency was actually effectively performing its function. But the Director General of the agency, Capt Usman Mukhar in this interview with CHUKWUEMEKE IWELUNMO, says the agency has been complying with all necessary critical elements to continue to maintain safety in the country’s aviation sector. In the past four years, there has not been any accident to commercial aircraft in Nigeria, how does NCAA hope to sustain this? Let me first of all thank God that we have not had any major accidents in the past years. However, we have a lot of inputs in preventing accidents from happening. Whatever we do through regulations is in-line with the ICAO’s eight critical elements; robust regulation, legislation, organisation, manpower and training among others and if you remember recently, we retained the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Category One Status and all that was done in-house because we have the required manpower and we are not going to rest on our oars; we will continue to train and also attract experience manpower in sufficient numbers as required by ICAO. We will also provide all the necessary working tools and as I am talking to you presently, we are automations our systems to reduce the workloads of our people and improve efficiencies in the system. The area of surveillance is also there and it is one of the key areas to sustaining this accident-free period and where there are infractions, we will also ensure compliance with our regulations and we will also sanction where we have to. We have been sanctioning, we have a whole data base, which is a requirement by ICAO as part of the eight critical elements – compliance and enforcement. Sir, are you not bothered abut some minor and major incidents that seem to have characterised 2018 so far? Let me say that the year 2018 started with so many incidences and even accidents worldwide. Unfortunately, even though we have some incidences here, none has resorted into any fatality or any serious injury. Of course, when you have occurrences, incidences, they are to give you an early warning probably

something more to come if you don’t do anything. Of course, we are all humans and have our own inadequacies and that is why accidents or incidents happen, but our job here in NCAA is to prevent those accidents or incidents from happening and that we do through the safety oversight systems as defined by ICAO. So, we take note of those incidences that have happened, we are going to learn from those incidences to ensure that we don’t have any unforeseen accident. So, we are intensifying our surveillance especially the ramping aspect of it; checking, rechecking, training, re-training, inspections as much as possible to ensure that whatever happens is in the past. What is NCAA doing to ensure compliance with the safety recommendations released by the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB)? First of all, let me say that we have been having harmonious working relationship with AIB; don’t forget that my last posting was at AIB before I was posted to NCAA. So, I understand the importance of implementing safety regulations because the aim of investigation of incidence and accident is to learn lessons and we learn lessons; understanding how and why and knowing those things have happened and the safety recommendations. Safety recommendations until implemented may not help. While AIB has the responsibility to make those safety recommendations, we have a duty to monitor and ensure compliance and we have been meeting with AIB through different levels; one on implementation and secondly on the effectiveness of those safety recommendations. So, we have been working handin-hand with AIB to ensure we sustain and improve the current safety level because we have a few incidences already this year. Why do we usually have

Usman Mukhar discrepancies on the data released by NCAA and other government agencies especially the National Bureau of Statistics? I can’t tell you why we have the discrepancies, but the fact is that we have to collect aviation data and everybody collects data based on the use for that data. So, I can’t comment much on the NBS data for the industry because I’m yet to see it. I won’t be able to say so much on that and I don’t know the basis of their own statistics they have. What are your programmes for aviation industry in the remaining part of 2018? Whatever what we are going to deploy, it is to sustain the zero accident that we have been talking about. We want to improve safety in the system by complying with the all the eight critical elements of the safety oversight system and this would be enhanced to ensure we achieve the sustained level of safety within our aviation system in Nigeria and in line with ICAO. What is your say on the recent activities of Consumer Protection Council (CPC) in aviation matters as it relates to infringements on rights of consumers by airlines? First of all, I will like to say that we are all working towards

a common goal, which is the satisfaction of consumers. We were all set up by the government and we will try as much as possible to work together to achieve the same goal. Having said that, aviation industry is one of the most regulated industries in the world, we operate under the standards and recommended practises set up by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). We have annexes to the convention that we have to abide by, we also have our own regulations following some of these civil aviation Acts and the international civil aviation annexes and documents. Aviation is international in nature and there are several treaties, bilateral air services, and other agreements, Memorandum of Understandings (MoU) and other activities especially commercial activities. So, the role of CPC should be complementary with that of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). As I said earlier, we have to contend with other international treaties, MoUs treaties and agreements signed by Nigeria. CPC should focus more on other areas that are not so regulated like aviation. What is your view on the controversies raised by the 5 per cent Ticket Sales Charge (TSC) collected by NCAA on

behalf of other agencies and the allegation of inaccurate data rendered by the agency? We have made our response public on that. The person who was making the allegation was basing his figures on certain assumptions, which are not the actual. We have our ways of billing and it’s in line with the provision of the Act and our own regulations and we still stand by the explanations we gave. We have been trying to automate, we have a platform, which is automation for billing and we have been working with the airline operators to be on that platform for transparency for the entire parastatals because all the agencies are on that platform for them to be able to see the billing and also the collection. It is one thing to bill and another one is to collect what you have billed for. Currently, we have one or two airlines that are fully on the system and a number of others are at various stages of being on the system. One has opted for another automated platform, which is an alternative to this; this is the Bill Settlement Plan (BSP) under the International Air Transport Association (IATA). For the agencies that are benefiting from the 5 per cent TSC, we normally send out on a monthly basis how much has been realised and also let them know how much is due to them and how much is actually transferred to them. So, I don’t know where the allegation is coming from. And I know we have been doing that for a very long time. If there is any difference, the agency or agencies involved can come forward for reconciliation and see where the differences are. So, the system we intend to continue to use will be transparent because it is automated we try to reduce the human interface, efficiency would be higher and there will be less likelihood of underhand dealings and it is also in line with the Ease of Doing Business policy of the Federal Government. However, we have never had any differences with any of the agencies that get from this 5 per cent TSC in the past. What I am saying is that we are very open and if any agencies believed they are being short-changed, they can come forward for reconciliation, but so far, we have not had any cause to go through that.


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Western Lotto platform records 50% rise in winnings Motolani Oseni With an increase of 49.6 per cent over February, gaming and entertainment firm Western Lotto has announced that 3740 players won prizes on the platform in March 2018. It compares with 2500 who won in February. Yomi Ogufowora, managing director, said the cash prize payouts reflect the commitment of Western Lotto Nigeria Limited to “empower and upgrade the lives of people”. Western Lotto offers no fewer than seven international lottery games on its platform. LottoRace, one of the games, rewarded many players with jackpots. Participants in LottoRace play with N100 each. Ogunfowora stated, “What we have c done is to continue to set the pace in the gaming industry with our international lotteries and fast-paced games. LottoRace, for instance, is drawn in minutes. Our games guarantee privacy, and they are highly entertaining and rewarding. “We appreciate our customers for keeping faith with us. We will continue to prioritise their interest in servicing these games or in introducing new ones. We are happy the winnings enable customers to upgrade their lives and address their most pressing needs. We are their true partners. That is the reason we are in business, and that is what gives us joy – the opportunity to empower people from all walks of life and add value to their lives.” Western Lotto offers several games on its online portal. They include Powerball, Mega Millions, and Euro Millions. Others are LottoRace, UK Lotto and Euro Jackpot. The platform also offers an indigenous range of games known as the Kashman games. The National Lottery Regulatory Commission registered Western Lotto Nigeria Limited as an official lottery operator that provides the chance to players to win on the outcome of international lotteries and games.

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Tek experts, Microsoft to boost ICT skills, job creation Ladesope Ladelokun

The Technology landscape in Nigeria is set to witness a major shift as Tek Experts and Microsoft join forces to establish a Customer Service and Support (CSS )centre in Lagos. Tek Experts makes its debut in Nigeria, having successfully established similar centres in other global locations. The collaboration, which has led to the employment of 300 Nigerian youths, will also enhance the training of technology startups in the country. Tek Experts is committed to supporting talented individuals around the world and providing them with long and rewarding careers with partners such as Microsoft Nigeria.

Speaking on the collaboration, the Founder of Tek Experts, Yaniv Natan, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Microsoft in developing talent that will improve the technology landscape in Nigeria and leverage the skills and expertise of Nigerians to provide great levels of service to customers as we have done in other locations around the world. We are committed to investing in the region and the people, and to raising the profile of Nigeria as an exceptional location for technical talent. “This is the first phase in what we want to be a long and fruitful future in Nigeria. We are investing in state of the art offices, in providing bestin-class training programmes and in developing the infrastructure that will provide ex-

ceptional services to our clients and exceptional careers for our employees.” Aileen Allkins, Corporate Vice President, Customer Service and Support, Microsoft, said: “We are committed to investing in the talented workforce Nigeria has to offer through our partnership with Tek Experts and I expect that this relationship will continue to grow and provide additional career opportunities for the local market. By expanding our global support model to Nigeria through Tek Experts, we are able to enhance the support we offer Microsoft’s customers across multiple time zones in EMEA and the east coast of the US.” Also speaking on the collaboration, Akin Banuso, the Country General Manager, Microsoft Nigeria, stated: “We

are excited that Nigeria will be the first country in Africa to host a global operation for Microsoft through our strategic partnership with Tek Experts. This is a unique opportunity for Nigeria’s youth to realise their potential and pursue a world class technical career locally. This is in line with our mission of empowering every individual and organisation on the planet to achieve more”. With an unemployment rate in double digits in Nigeria, the centre comes at a good time, as it will not only impact positively on technical skills development in Nigeria, it will also prove to be the first of many opportunities to bring technical jobs, with career growth, to the continent of Africa.

L – R: Mr. Olivier Thiry, Managing Director, Promasidor Nigeria Limited; Master Ayooluwa Oguntade, winner, senior category, 2016 Cowbellpedia Mathematics TV Quiz Show; Miss Juliet Ekoko, winner, junior category, 2016 Cowbellpedia Mathematics TV Quiz Show and Dr. Ikechukwu Anyanwu, Director, Quality Assurance, National Examination Council, NECO at the 2017 Cowbellpedia Mathematics TV Quiz Show press briefing in Lagos

NACCIMA tasks government to unlocks potential of large population The national president of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Iyalode Alaba Lawson has charged the Federal Government to harness the country’s huge population potentials and make it a national asset instead of a burden, as this would ensure better development of the country. Speaking at a press conference

in Lagos on Friday, Lawson noted that although the huge population could be a valuable asset, but if not properly planned for, equally poses a lot of challenges in various areas including provision of infrastructure, adequate healthcare system and service, an appropriate educational system and employment opportunities for the populace. She said: “NACCIMA has taken note of the recent announce-

ment by the Nigerian Population Commission (NPC) that the country’s population is now estimated to be 198 million, thus making our country the seventh largest in the world and the largest in Africa. “Meeting these challenges require proper planning by government at all levels in close collaboration with other stakeholders. “As the voice of business and a national body engaged in pro-

moting activities of the private sectors in all major sectors of the Nigerian economy, commerce industry, mines and agriculture industries, NACCIMA is ready to work with government at all levels to ensure that the huge Nigerian population becomes an asset. “We look forward to a national dialogue on the challenges associated with population growth in a developing economy and the way forward,” she stated.


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Foreign Affairs Ministry launches initiative to stimulate economic growth

Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Ms. Seun Omobo, Special Adviser to the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs

Osinbajo

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Thursday launched the Nigerian Economic Diplomacy Initiative (NEDI), at the Banquet Hall, State House. It was initiated by the local businesses with opportunities abroad and professionals in the diaspora with businesses in the country. Speaking at the launch, he stated that NEDI is a game-changing initiative that has been designed to complement the fundamental economic objective of the Federal Government, which is to improve the well-being of Nigerians as individuals and collectively. “In the case of Nigeria, the private sector is particularly important because it accounts for well over 90 percent of our GDP. We are fully aware that building a competitive and vibrant national economy of our dream relies on enabling the innovation and dynamism of our

he said.

Prof Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and John Boyega, British Nigerian Actor

said: “NEDI is designed to ensure economic growth and development through the facilitation of market access, cross-border trade, and recruitment of skilled Nigerians in “This initiative is a result of our commitment to leverage on existing infrastructure to stimulate economic growth for Nigerians in the country The unemployment rate in the country has been on an upward trend, however, one way of changing this is by seeing to it that the government engages the private sector. It is important the government provides critical infrastructure and the right platform to empower the private sector to become more productive. Also, there is a need to promote initiatives that would reduce the barrier to entry for budding entrepreneurs. Other speakers at the event include

Monalisa Chinda, Dakore Egbuson and Adebola Williams

Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment; Ms. Seun Omobo, SA to the Honorable Segun Awolowo, Executive Director/ CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC); Ms. Yewande Sadiku, Executive Secretary, Nigerian Investment Promotion Council and

many other top dignitaries. NEDI is an initiative of the Ministry of with the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and by Investment (FMTI); the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC); and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC). Source: venturesafrica.com


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Nigeria’s inflation rate falls lower than the lending rate for the first time in 2 years which determines the rate banks give out

last time the country recorded reserves

earlier this month stating that it wanted to allow key economic variables have “more time to fully manifest.” One of those key

However, with massive election spending expected with the general elections in February next year, the MPC still has a lot to consider before loosening the lending rate. The continuous delay

(MPC) could cut lending rates in in months in as economic variables continue to show improvement. With these favourable macroeconomic indices,

with Taraba state having the highest

been far away from the desirable single will be needed to drive economic development in the country.

of the Central Bank. the monetary policy stance could change when the economic fundamentals are

percent from the month of February to rate since the economy nosedived into

predicted levels. Since then, the foreign exchange reserves and consumer prices have been moving in the positive direction. The country’s foreign exchange reserves had

also a major risk to the economy as most of the infrastructural projects will be stalled, which will continue to frustrate economy. The president had earmarked The average cost of Petrol (PMS), Diesel, Kerosene and Cooking Gas also dropped in March, as stated by the Bureau of

The MPC had left the main lending rate,

continue to improve and get back to the desired levels. Right now, food prices and prices of other necessities are still at high levels and unable to lift many out of poverty yet. The responsibility now falls on the government to utilise the monetary and in the country when macroeconomic indices are moving in the positive direction.

Ridding Nigeria’s ports of problems will make it a maritime hub There seems to be an inter-port coastline, as well as an increase in private investments in these ports. However, despite being the leaders in the region through sheer market size and

than double the size of the vessels that

land-locked countries like Mali, Burkina,

alternative (for cargo ships). Once the dredging is done so that you’ve got a

overall cost. Mr Lynch says it should be a up to Calabar, then we’re in a position to add a boat.” Mr. Lynch said, stating that MSC already has a ship delivering cargo to Calabar and Port Harcourt.

somewhere close to Lagos because Lagos is the market, it’s the manufacturing capital and the consumption hub for the country.”

costs are out of the way, it would be of

Lagos

ports dropped down the global ratings, basically due to bad infrastructures. Its

the most expensive in the sub regions. To send a ship to Tema (Ghana), boarding in

over the construction of the Tin can port access road in Lagos, a major road that

to be more regionally, but have infrastructural problems; they are old. “There’s a limit to the size of vessels they can accommodate and shipping, especially container shipping, is all about economies of scale. So the larger vessels you use, the lower the cost of importing and exporting, and the lower the freight cost we can deliver” he said.

region; the Port of Lome, Togo, Port of Dakar, Senegal, Port of Cotonou,

to board in Lagos for the same vessel. ” he said, saying there’s also the problem of trucking the goods from the Lagos ports into the country. “The cost of trucking a container from the port to the north of Ikeja, say Sagamu, Ibadan is actually higher than bringing

Ministry of Works, Power and Housing. The access road is a major cause of some of the problems at the Lagos port; makes it barely accessible. However, repairing that road isn’t the

Challenges to shipping to and within Nigeria

not transit corridors for goods heading

infrastructure. Shipping

Company

(MSC)

on our ship.” he added. Overcoming these challenges How do we solve these problems? De-

Ghana, Togo, Benin, and Cote D’Ivoire

needs to go though a total infrastructure haul of its roads, to allow it become the maritime hub we know it can be. “Most important thing which could also on the major corridors, the major entries in and out of the port to the industrial sector — Sagamu, Ibadan up to the

can come in at Lome, Togo are more key to encourage creative use of these two (Calabar and Warri) ports. I mean if

transformation.” he said. you know, to Kano, Kaduna, Maiduguri, through Lagos. It can come through any other port along the coast.” he said.

port elsewhere taking cargo…and of course cargo for Lagos can come through Lagos.” However, there are things to be done, like dredging of channels, before the other

Harcourt is seven meters while Calabar ports are six point four meters. The depth of Calabar and Port Harcourt waters limit their capacity to receive big cargo ships. “The port authority will need to ensure the dredging in Calabar gets done, and then it can become an interesting

it ushered in a new avenue for private sector investments, which resulted in also increasing their capacities. It also was a prime example of public-private partnership models that could work in from these concession, allowing them Mediterranean Shipping Company is a transportation logistics company, with large cargo ships that bring goods in continents, while also facilitating intraSource: venturesafrica.com


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Images are most important language of communication –Azu Nwagbogu, Founder Lagos Photo Festival Azu Nwagbogu is the founder and direc-

separatist state that lead to the civil war that changed forever the way the world viewed

Nigeria that is dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African arts and artists. The collector and curator is also the founder of numerous other projects supporting and celebrating African arts

ing with Magnum Photos to show work from

to discover and learn about contemporary African Art and diaspora. In gearing up for

Fosso, No Touch Am by Osborne Macharia for which we sponsored and collaborated on

Azu Nwagbogu in this chat with MUTIAT

We are also super pleased to announce a creative partnership with National Geograph-

What is the Lagos Photo festival all about? Lagos Photo is an annual international festival of photography that brings artists visual story tellers and photographers from all over the world in a month long series of exhibitions workshops

and also the massive opportunity to become

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Middel recreates and retells this sad shameful event in a very creative and Performative

festival?

leading art festivals on the continent and the only control the narratives that relate to us as Africans if not others will hijack and shape our What new ideas are you bringing on board tant language of communication today and of the 8th edition? This is a special edition and through our theme: Regimes of Truth we explore contemportant to use the knowledge from the past to visualize a newer better future and this is something that contemporary photographers

continuously receive is overwhelming and our continued growth dethat? tered itself as a science and with that the weight and burden of being an arbiter of generally? We are glad to contribute our part to this community and it is very important to build and support this growing community of visual story We are fortunate to have the support of several who value our contribution to society none more so than Ford Foundation and all

There is no doubt that the creative industry is our most buoyant ex-

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Bolanle Olukanni Partners Temple Management to launch TV Presenting Workshop

Comedian Okey Bakassi’s ‘Comedy Master Class’ clocks 25

Award Winning television presenter and executive producer, Bolanle Olukanni, best Workshop in association with leading talent An avid presenter, Bolanle possesses a passion for inspiring the next generation of presenters, a cause she is equally commitding presenters titled “Everything You Need Her experience as a presenter has taught her the art of proper and effective delivery while anchoring, a knowledge she desires to pass on in the One-Day Inten-

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Come April 22, 2018 at the prestigious Eko Hotel & Suites, Comedian Okey Bakassi will be hosting top personalities, colleagues and fans at his coming edy show which clocks 25 years will see top comedians and musicians thrill guests to an evening of

Bolanle I know when I was learning I had to travel

Okey Bakassi, who once delved into politics, okeybakassi to my career

to build a strong on camera personality and Speaking on her decision to launch the course, Bolanle said: “I get numerous emails and messages from aspiring presenters and it was hard to keep up with re-

like AY, Zoro, Bovi, Basket opportunity of watching Mouth, Julius Agwu, Alli him perform is a master Baba, Acapella, Senator and others will grace the Yours sincerely would be privileged to be on stage One of the comedians, with one of the original AY, on the forthcoming kings of comedy and the event, speaks on the ini- best comedians in Nigeria, tiator, and how he helped him become a brand to-

I could coach and teach them on all the ex-

have natural talent but there are techniques

Dayo Amusa loses dad

wait to see the results of its impact on the

partnership on the project, Director of Comwe always see the larger picture and with a

people whose ideas transcend the now and

Mr. 2Kay set to hold elevated concert, give back to Port Harcourt this June Harcourt and its environs to a night of great music and fun as he will

together by Grafton Entertainment will hold on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Aztech Arcum, in the heart of Port Dayo Amusa & Late Dad

Nollywood actress cum singer, Dayo Amusa has announced via her instagram page the sudden loss of

Your death will always remain a blurry memory??? Good night Papa? May almighty Allah be pleased with

Announcing the death of her father, she wrote on her page “My father has unfortunately passed away this afternoon and today I realized the pain of losing a father will hurt for a

Amin??? been receiving lots of condolence

album on February 11, 2018 and it climbed from 3 to the number 1

the album, he has performed at the ongoing Big Brother Naija eviction show and had a media tour in Kenya


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