I was removed for fighting corruption - Buhari
Says his objective in anti-graft war remains steadfast ‘Corrupt officials ‘ll be held accountable no matter how long’
Mathew Dadiya, Abuja
2015, he has made a very conscious decision to pursue a vigorous fight against corruption in public life. He added that he was released from detention three years after because of the death of his mother and with an effort of a journalist from Benin The President disclosed this on Tuesday at the commissioning of the new corporate headquarters of the
President Muhammadu Buhari World Cup: has described the fight against corruption as a delicate war, Court declines to stop Super saying that his first attempt to fight corruption in the country; corruption fought back as he was removed from Eagles Supporters Club office and detained for three years. Buhari said that throughout his journey in national service and since
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Int’l calls termination fraud
Stakeholders seek EFCC’s intervention Say action undermines security, loss of jobs, tax revenue Insist development poses negative trend on investment
Mathew Dadiya, Abuja
Stakeholders in the Nigerian telecommunications industry have raised the alarm over the activities of some people in the country who have Continued on page 4
L - R: Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, MD/CEO, First Bank of Nigeria Limited; Otunba (Mrs.) Debola Osibogun, Non-Executive Director, FBN Holdings Plc; UK Eke, GMD, FBN Holdings Plc; Oba Otudeko, Group Chairman, FBN Holdings Plc; Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited; and Mallam Bello Maccido; Chairman, FBN Merchant Bank Limited at the 6th Annual General Meeting of FBN Holdings Plc in Lagos... on Tuesday.
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Stakeholders seek EFCC’s intervention Continued from page 3 now taken their fraudulent act to a new dimension by using foreign telephone numbers to call people’s phones locally, pretending to be calling from outside the country. The stakeholders are therefore seeking the intervention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stem the dangerous trend. The international calls termination fraud generates what is also called International Revenue Sharing Fraud (IRSF). International Revenue Sharing Fraud (IRSF) is, without a doubt, both the most damaging and the most prevalent VoIP telecom fraud scenario. Revenue share fraudulent activities are those which abuse carrier interconnect agreements. The fraudster partners with a local carrier that charges high rates for call termination and agreement to share revenue for any traffic generated by the fraudster. Common destinations for these calls include West African countries, UK mobile numbers and satellite phones. In most economic frauds, criminals of all sorts use telephony as a tool to defraud consumers and businesses using telephone number with international code. Phone fraud is a huge category, and can cover anything from Nigerian prince-style scams to identity theft to extortion. According to telecoms experts, such fraudulent activities undermine security, short-change states’ tax revenue business transaction, and if not checked, this development can lead to negative image, loss of confidence and loss of job in the economy. This is a crafted international crime that has reaped off many people of their hard earned money, crippled businesses and provide unfettered link for internal and cross-border terrorism. The Daily Times findings revealed that such crimes are corporately perpetrated by international telecoms in connivance with local telecoms
operators and the regulators purposely to amass revenue fraudulently and share the revenue across board. Some citizens have complained grossly on how they have been dubbed by fraudsters who posed as international business partners while some also narrated their ordeals with the nefarious acts of how they were almost defrauded. One of such numbers was recently used by the fraudsters where they attempted to defraud a prominent Nigerian in Abuja. The Daily Times findings revealed that international calls termination fraud is the commonest form of fraud in the world today because of the huge revenue involved. The Daily Times further gathered that revenue share fraudulent activities are those which abuse carrier interconnect agreements. Cooperation is the key to this type of fraud. The fraudster’s goal is to pair up with a destination that can charge high rates, and then inflate traffic to his numbers at little or no cost to himself. These types of schemes can occur within a country, or across international borders. Though they may not be technically illegal, they are often also paired with PBX hacking or other forms of fraud that generate illegal and artificial traffic. IRSF is characterised by large amounts of calls, often with long duration, to a single destination. While it is not difficult to detect IRSF by examining Call Detail Records (CDRs), by the time the CDRs are generated, gathered and analysed, the damage has been done. SIP analytics is a much faster telecom fraud detection method, and it is available in both ClearIP and NexOSS. Ryan Delgrosso, CTO of Phone Power, said: “IRSF is the most common form of fraud we see. The international carrier that delivers the last mile is obligated for paying the final destination telco. They charge the carrier that sent them the call, and the cost flows downhill until you get to the access
point that was compromised. Further complicating matters, these schemes always cross international boundaries making pursuing it from a criminal perspective almost impossible. Access or retail service providers usually end up eating the costs.” Delgross further said: “It is not an easy task to distinguish between legitimate callers and phone fraud. One way is by using phone printing technology to analyse the audio content of a phone call.” The Pindrop Security estimates that a financial institution taking 50,000 calls per day will lose over $10 million per year to phone fraud losses. Fraudulent wholesale trunking is a relatively new phenomenon, but one that is growing in popularity and difficult to detect. In this scenario, the fraudster is actually making money by selling wholesale trunking services, using stolen credentials to terminate the calls. The key calling signature for this type of fraud is a huge number of apparently random calls. The destinations are not particularly high cost, but neither are they cheap. This new form of fraud is becoming very alarming by the day in Nigeria as people have continued to cry for help from the government over the increasing rate of this telecom fraud. They particulary urged the EFCC to beam its searchlight on the sector with the aim of unmasking the brains behind the crime and bringing them to book. The development, according to them, will stem the possible loss of jobs, tax revenues and negative image for the country. But when The Daily Times contacted the Director of Public Affiars of the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Mr. Tony Ojobo, on what the commission is doing to curtail such fraud in the industry, he simply said the commission is taking some measures to ensure enforcement of the law guiding the industry in the country.
L – R , Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Mrs. Patricia Scotland, Former President of South Africa, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, President Muhammadu Buhari, Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha and Acting Chairman, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu during the Official commissioning ceremony of EFCC Headquarters Office in Abuja on Tuesday 15th May, 2018. Photo: Speaker’s Media Office.
L – R, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Mrs. Patricia Scotland, Former President of South Africa, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara and President Muhammadu Buhari during the Official commissioning ceremony of EFCC Headquarters Office in Abuja on Tuesday 15th May, 2018. Photo: Speaker’s Media Office.
Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara (middle), Chairman, Ad-Hoc Committee on PIB, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Hon. Victor Nwokolo during the public hearing on Petroleum Industrial Bill at the National Assembly on 15th May,2018. Photo: Speaker’s Media Office.
Crisis looms as NASS summons Omo- Agege, Ndume over Senate invasion Olufemi Samuel and Tunde Opalana, Abuja Fresh crisis is now looming in the Senate as the Joint Committee of the National Assembly set up to investigate the April 18, 2018, invasion of the Senate Chamber has invited former Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) as well as Senator Ovie OmoAgege (APC, Delta) allegedly fingered in the mace theft saga to explain their roles.
The Committee had via separate letters invited Ndume and Omo-Agege to appear before it today. The duo are being invited to answer questions on allegations of aiding the invaders who forced their way into the chamber and seized the Senate mace. The chairman of the committee and Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah (APC, Kebbi South), issued the summon at the committee
meeting in Abuja on Tuesday. The invitations were sequel to testimonies from heads of different security agencies within the National Assembly, alleging that Omo-Agege led seven unauthorised personnel into the red chamber and disrupted plenary. Senator Ndume was also accused of compromise. He was alleged to have prevented Sergeant-at- arms who kept the Mace from taking it away to safety. Continued on page 5
Muhammadu Buhari and Magu during the inauguration of EFCC Headquarters
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Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha John Jonah retd, addressing members of the Press during the April, 2018 edition of the State monthly Transparency Press briefing at Government House, Yenagoa, while the Special Adviser to the Governor on Treasury, Revenue and Accounts, Mr. Timipre Seipulo (2nd right) and the Chief Economic Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Duate Iyabi (right) look on. Photo by Lucky Francis.
Crisis looms as NASS summons Omo- Agege, Ndume over Senate invasion Continued from page 4 Specifically, the invitation letter to Ndume reads in part: “ Based on the testimony of the sergeant-at-arms before the committee, you (Mr Ndume) is alleged to have prevented the mace keeper from taking away the mace to safety. “The committee has, therefore, deemed it necessary to invite you in order to respond to that allegation” The committee, in inviting Omo-Agege stated that, “based on the testimony of the National Assembly Divisional Police Officer (DPO) , the DSS and the Sergeant at Arms, you are alleged to have entered the National Assembly accompanied by seven
persons who allegedly took the mace of the Senate during plenary session on April 18, at about 11:30 a.m. “All those who testified, stated that the said people were cleared into the chamber based on your confirmation that they were with you “ The committee, in pursuance of this, has deemed it necessary to formally invite you to respond to these allegations on Wednesday, May 16 at 11:00am,” Last week, the National Assembly Divisional Police Officer, Sulu-Gambari Abdul, accused the lawmakers of conspiring with thugs who invaded the Senate chamber and took away the mace last month.
According to SuluGambari, Senate invasion was an act of internal conspiracy among some security agencies and some lawmakers. The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, while inaugurating the joint ad hoc committee of the National Assembly to investigate the invasion of the Senate chamber and snatching of the mace by suspected thugs last week, noted that the attackers had violated the liberty of the people who the National Assembly represent. Saraki had said: “ It has been inferred in many quarters that this group of thugs and urchins were led by a serving distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (this) is most despicable and
unspeakable requiring appropriate sanctions against perpetrators”. The Daily Times recalls that Ndume and OmoAgege had at different times been suspended by the Senate for 90 legislative days but got reprieve from the court where such suspensions were nullified. While Ndume’s suspension effected by the Senate in March last year was nullified by a Federal High Court in Abuja last October, Omo- Agege’s suspension, which started on the April 12 this year, was nullified by the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday last week. But Omo-Agege did not attend the Senate’s plenary on Tuesday as earlier vowed after the judgement last week.
2018 Budget: NASS receives report, may pass appropriation bill today Idowu Samuel, Tunde Opalana and Henry Omunu, Abuja The National Assembly on Tuesday received the report of Joint Appropriations Committees of the Senate and the House of Representatives on the 2018 budget estimates. The Chairman of the Senate committee, Senator Danjuma Goje, laid the report before the Senate in plenary, six months after it was presented by President Muhammadu Buhari. The Senate and House of Representatives had promised to pass the budget on April 24, but failed to do so. There were assurances that the budget would be passed in the first week of May but it was not passed. The Senate had on several occasions accused Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of not keeping to appointments with the various standing
committees to defend their budgets. The development prompted the Senate President , Dr Bukola Saraki, to mandate the Appropriation Committee to tidy up reports on the budget latest by April 13. With this development, the January to December budget cycle would not be obtainable with the 2018 budget. Buhari had on November 7, 2017 presented a budget of N8.6 trillion before a joint session of the National Assembly. The president who announced the 2018 budget as “Budget of Consolidation”, said the projected expenditure would drive rapid economic recovery. He added at the session that with a benchmark of $45 per barrel at an exchange rate of N305 to a dollar in 2018, the budget would consolidate on the achievements of previous budgets to aggressively
steer the economy to the path of steady growth. In a related development, House of Representatives on Tuesday disclosed that the 2018 budget estimate of N9.12 trillion will be passed into law today. This disclosure follows the laying of the conference report of the joint appropriations committee of the House and Senate yesterday at plenary. Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun alluded to the passage of the budget today, after the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations, Hon Mustapha Dawaki had laid the budget report. The N9.120 trillion budget is however, higher by N410 billion against the N8.612 trillion proposed by President Muhammadu Buhari to the joint session of the National Assembly in December 2017. Lasun thereafter, directed House members to pick copies of the budget from the appropriation
committee, adding that the House is likely to pass the budget today. Daily Times reports that controversy has trailed the passage of the budget with the National Assembly accusing Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of failing to defend their budget proposals. The development, the National Assembly leadership said, led to the delay in the passage of the budget, prompting President Buhari to issue a deadline and directed heads of all MDAs to defend their respective budgets unfailingly. A breakdown of the budget indicates that the sum of N530.42 billion is for statutory transfer; N2.20 trillion is for debt service; N199 billion is for sinking fund for maturing loams. Also, the sum of N3.51 trillion is for recurrent (non-debt) expenditure while N2,87 trillion is for development fund for capital expenditure.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at Jabi, Abuja. He said, “This is another milestone in our determined and collective fight against corruption.” He said that despite his ill treatment in the past by the corrupt persons in the country, he remained steadfast in his objective in the fight against corruption and would stop at nothing to ensuring that Nigeria is rid of such dreaded monster. Buhari said, “Since 2015, we have made significant progress in the fight against corruption. Everyone now knows that corrupt officials will be held to account, no matter how long it takes. We have recovered and are still recovering trillions of naira that were stolen in the past few years by people without conscience. He said his administration was pursuing recoveries everywhere and was making sure that anyone who has been found culpable is made to answer for his or her crime under the law. The President said, “War of corruption is not an easy one to fight, because it affects so many different branches of our lives, so much that some people do not even consider breaking trust is anymore a crime. It has become the norm. We must Change our ways of handling public trust. Corruption not only kills governments but destroys societies. “It is my hope and expectation that the judiciary, which is a critical stakeholder and partner in the war against corruption, would continue to collaborate with the Executive to bring corrupt people to book. “Permit me to also seize this opportunity to call on the Legislature which provides the legal framework for the anticorruption war to add more verve to the determination of government to rid our nation of the brazen corruption witnessed in recent years, through reviewing archaic provisions in our laws and proactive passage of new legislation.” He noted that corruption was the major reason the nation is struggling with basic developmental issues that other comparable nations have long overcome. According to him, the goal of his administration is to ensure the protection of public trust, and the anti-corruption war is at its centre. “We never intended, and we are not engaged in witch-hunts, but we are determined within the laws to call people to account,” the President added. Buhari appealed to Nigerians to support regulatory agencies like EFCC, saying, “Fighting corruption is everyone’s concern.” He reiterated his call on the Judiciary and the National Assembly to join hands his administration’s effort to rid the country of corruption. He said that quite a number of nations were signifying interest
to “help us tighten their laws and enter into agreements with Nigeria to repatriate not only stolen funds but to make the culprits face due process of law.” The President said Nigeria is committed to working with their “foreign friends” to stop the inflow of stolen funds from Nigeria into their countries and recovering what is there already. These assets, when repatriated will be put to building our infrastructure. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara, who also expressed concern on the issue of Nigeria being labelled as “fantastically corrupt” said, “not all public officers are corrupt”. In her remark, SecretaryGeneral, Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, commended the acting chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu for the doggedness and fearlessness deployed to the fight against corruption, describing the edifice as “unique in Africa”. Also speaking, Thambo Mbeki, former President of South Africa, lend credence to the fact that the EFCC staff welfare needed to be upgraded. “The people who work in this building are valuable. It is important the staff are looked after by empowering them, so that they can do what is expected of them and shun temptations”, he said. Earlier in his welcome address, Magu described the commissioning of the new head office, as the beginning of a new phase of EFCC. Describing the project as “a dream come true”, Magu acknowledged the accommodation problems faced by the Commission saying that ; “As we increase our scope, we are faced with accommodation problems. When I was appointed as acting chairman EFCC, I have always had the mind to bring this project to completion”. He appreciated the contributions of his predecessors to the project and the political will of President Buhari in fighting corruption. Magu said, “The anticorruption thrust of the present administration is backed with political will and we, at the EFCC are ready to carry on with the fight in accordance with the rule of law”. According to him, the EFCC had secured 89 convictions from January to date, while a total of 489 convictions had been recorded in the last two years. He said the EFCC had also recovered looted funds to the tune of over N500billion. The event was graced by eminent personalities across the country including members of the Federal Executive Council, members of the National Assembly, members of the diplomatic corps, captains of industries and royal fathers. The office, located on No.301/302 Research and Institution Cadastral, Jabi, Abuja, comprise a 10-storey office block, a forensic building, clinic, and male and female detention facilities.
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DSS arraigns El-Zakzaky for murder
The Department of State Security (DSS) on Tuesday arraigned the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, before a Kaduna High Court amidst tight security to face charges of alleged involvement in unlawful gathering, criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide. The appearance of El-Zakzaky marks the first time the Shiite leader would be tried in public since his arrest and detention in December 2015. The DSS has held the Shiite leader in detention despite a court order ordering his release. He was arrested following a clampdown on his supporters who blocked Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen TukurBuratai, from using a public road. The development led to killing
of hundreds of members of the Shiite group by the soldiers in attacks condemned by local and international rights groups. One soldier was also killed. But the Kaduna State government is prosecuting ElZakzaky for the death of the soldier. It is for that trial that Mr ElZakzaky was brought to court on Tuesday. The Premium Times also reports that El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenah, were brought to court at about 9am. They were said to have been brought into Kaduna the previous night from where he was kept. Journalists and other members of the IMN that trooped to the court premises were barred from entering as the major road leading to the court was blocked off by
armed security officers. Persons who were not officials of the court were also turned away from the area. Lawyer to El-Zakzaky, Maxwell Kyom, told the online medium that the cleric is being charged with unlawful gathering, criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide punishable with death. According to him, an oral application was moved for the bail of the cleric and his wife. But the presiding judge, Gideon Kurada, asked him to put his application officially in writing. The case was later adjourned to June 21 by the presiding judge based on application by the prosecutor for them to properly file their statement of claim. Following the trial, IMN members protested in Kaduna, demanding the release of their
leader. A member of the group, Abdulhameed Bello, said the group was disappointed with the trial because the federal government refused to heed an earlier court ruling granting bail to the cleric. “We call on the Federal and Kaduna State governments to as a matter of urgency obey the judgment of the Federal High Court in Abuja and release the Sheikh for peace to reign,” he said. Bello explained that IMN members will continue to use all peaceful means to put pressure on the government to release the detained cleric. Hundreds of IMN members are already being detained and tried by the police in several states and Abuja for embarking on protests demanding the cleric’s release.
L-R: Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun; Senator Shehu Sani; Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Mustapha Bala Dawaki and Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje, at the end of the meeting of the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Senate on Promissory Note Programme and Bond issuance at the National Assembly ... on Tuesday.
Buhari okays release of National Stadium Surulere to Lagos Govt Benjamin Omoike, Lagos President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of National Stadium, Surulere, to Lagos State government for upgrading to host international sporting tournaments, the state government said on Tuesday. Speaking at the ongoing annual Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the third anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration held at Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr. Kweku Tandoh, said it was gratifying to report that after series of back and forth, action would commence next week on paperwork for the formal handover of the facility to the state government. Responding to a question on the delay in handover of the stadium to the state government for upgrade from its present state of decay, Tandoh said the approval for the release was given verbally by the President during his visit to Lagos few weeks ago, while terms of the agreement would now be based not
on concession but complete release to the state government. Giving details of the handover , Tandoh said: “You would recall that the Lagos State government signified interest in taking over completely the National Stadium and the governor did not just say it, he actually met with the Minister of Sports and a tour of the facility was carried out. “One thing later developed and there were signs and signals that the governor received that they were not actually ready to hand over the stadium to us, rather, it seems as if they just wanted a concession agreement where the state government would spend the money, get it fixed while the Federal Government would still be in place but that is not what Lagos state government wants. “So, during the visit of the President to Lagos state few weeks ago, the governor at the State Dinner was able to speak on the intention again and he mentioned it in his speech to the President and the President verbally gave approval that that was going to be
in place. Just yesterday, the governor directed that I proceed to Abuja next week to deliver some communications that are necessary to put in place a formal handover of the National Stadium to Lagos State government. We are grateful that this time they will give it to us on the terms that the Lagos state government has requested for,” he added. On activities of the Commission in the last one year, Tandoh said in line with the commitment of the present administration towards provision of world class sporting facilities, approval had already been given for comprehensive renovation of the Campos Mini Stadium in Lagos Island; Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere; Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Yaba; Isheri Football Field/Swimming Pool, and Ijede Mini Stadium, Ikorodu. He said both the Teslim Balogun Stadium and Campos Mini Stadium would have their artificial turf replaced with natural grass, while the remaining seats of Agege Stadium would be covered in addition to the upgrade
already done in preparation of the facility for Confederation of African Football (CAF), matches. He also said within the period under review, the state government awarded contracts for transformation of Onikan Stadium to an all-covered ultra-modern international stadium with FIFA certified artificial turf and multipurpose arena for entertainment concerts with capacity to accommodate 10,000 people, while preliminary works had already commenced on the construction of Maracana Stadium in Ajegunle. He said it was also significant to report that the State Government has concluded plans to establish three viewing centres across the State for fans to watch World Cup matches free of charge. He added that approval had also been given for the employment of full time coaches as well as contract coaches, while training grants were also paid for a total of 300 state athletes in individual sports, combat sports, team sports, racket sports, traditional sports, para sports and deaf sports.
God mightier than federal might, Fayose tells Fayemi Governor Ayodele Fayose, of Ekiti state, has asked former governor Kayode Fayemi to stop bragging about the use of federal might to win the July 14 governorship election, saying God’s might is bigger than all. This is just as Fayose, described Fayemi, current Minister of Solid Minerals, a failure for not being able to attract one federal project to the state after almost three years in office. fayose stated this in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday when the Muslim Community in the state held a gathering to appreciate the appointment of one of them, Kazeem Deji Ogunsakin, as the deputy governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). In a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, he quoted the governor as saying that the choice of Prof, Kolapo Olusola Eleka as the PDP governorship candidate and Ogunsakin as his deputy, was divine. “I know that this is God’s project and cannot fail. Those bragging about one might or the other are only deceiving themselves. We are firmly on a solid ground with God. I have done my part and I want the Muslim Community to go all about and spread the news. He is a vibrant young man and with the support of the people we are coasting home to victory come July 14,” he said. In his remarks, the Chief Imam of Ekiti State, who is also the Chairman, League of Imams in Yorubaland including Delta and Edo States, Sheikh Jamiu Kewulere Bello, described Fayose as a promise keeper. “The governor made four promises to the Muslim Community and he has fulfilled three. The third one is what we are witnessing and appreciating today and we know he will fulfil the last one. We said we will support whoever picks a Muslim as his deputy and we thank God that Governor Fayose has done us proud. We are happy that the governor values us. You will succeed in this enterprise. We still have much to do and we will not disappoint in that respect,” he said. In his remarks, Ogunsakin described Fayose as a leader worthy of emulation. ” Governor Fayose is not one of those leaders who would label youths as lazy and not give them the opportunity to shine and use their talents. He is my political leader and mentor who brought me up. I won’t disappoint the people of the state, our party and our great leader, Governor Ayodele Fayose. As a young man, I am not lazy and I say our youths are not lazy as some people would want the world to believe,” he said. The PDP governorship aspirant, Prof Eleka, said he and Ogunsakin would be faithful and not disappoint the people of the state and the confidence reposed in them.
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L-R: Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Sports, Mr. Anthony Adeboye; Director General, Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC), Mr. Babatunde Bank-Anthony; Chairman, LSSC, Mr. Kweku Tandoh; Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information & Strategy, Mrs. Kofoworola Awobamise during a media conference by the Sports Commission, as part of the ongoing Y2018 ministerial press briefing to commemorate the third Year in Office of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja ...on Tuesday
nPDP to Buhari, APC: Ignore our ultimatum at your own risk Tom Okpe, Abuja The New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) led by AlhajiKawuBaraje in the All Progressives Congress (APC) has told President MuhammaduBuhari and the party to ignore the 7 days ultimatum contained in their letter calling for dialogue on way forward at their risk. The group also said that they were yet to receive any communication, written or verbal from either the President or the party in response to their letter, saying that they will be meeting in the next few days to decide on their next line of action which will be in the best interest of Nigeria and democracy in the country. Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and spokesman of the group, Comrade Timi Frank, in a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday while reacting to Monday’s counter letter to the leadership of the party by another faction of the nPDP leaders in the party dismissed the Senator AbdullahiAdamu-led Buhari Supporters in the group, saying Nigerians should not take them serious as they were mere noise makers. Frank said they were not surprised at the decision of Senator AbdullahiAdamu and his group in opposing their letter to the party, adding that the Senator is known to have supported Abacha’s bid of self succession and former President Obasanjo’s third term bid. Dismissing the existence of a faction within the group, the spokesman pointed that over 95 percent of members of the group have given their leader, AlhajiKawuBaraje, the right to speak on their behalf indicating that Senator AbdullahiAdamu only joined them in the new PDP when it became obvious to him that they were interfacing with the APC. He reminded the party that the same steps being taken to mend fences were taken by them while in the PDP, but were ignored, stressing that the singular mistake of ignoring them was responsible for the exit of the Jonathan government and the coming into power of the APC. He said: “I want to use this opportunity to remind my party that this is the same way we were trying to correct the wrongs of the Jonathan’s Government while in the PDP, but they never listened to us. We told them why we were aggrieved. Our leaders moved round the states to talk to party members, to ask the government at that time to listen to our views, but at the end of the day, they refused, they ignored us, which is why we are where we are today. “We joined the APC and that was how today, we are enjoying this so-called change agenda we are talking about. So, if today, 95 per cent of us, who came from the new PDP are aggrieved and they felt they are going to undermine us, or they are going to ignore our group, so be it, but at the end of the day, we believe we are going to take a decision that will benefit the Nigerian people because we believe that democracy should be all inclusive. Democracy should not be a situation where, when you speak the truth, you will be
harassed, you will be intimidated. “Today, everyone that is being harassed within the party came from the new PDP. We have not seen anybody from the ACN or the CPC or the ANPP or the section of APGA that joined us that is being intimidated or harassed. It is clear. So, we refused to be intimidated. We believe we are going to be doing the right thing. We believe we are going to do everything possible to rescue Nigeria the same way we rescued Nigeria from the PDP. So, if today, we decided to lay our complaints to the party and they feel it is not important for them to attend to our issues, we will leave them to God”. Frank, who insisted that there is no faction within the group, said: “I am here to clarify issues and debunk some of the lies from some of our members led by Sen. AbdullahiAdamu and Hon. JibrinAbdulmumini who were in the party secretariat yesterday (Monday) to oppose the view of the majority, to oppose what our leaders have said. The chairman of our group, AlhajiKawuBaraje was at the secretariat to submit a letter informing the party of our grievances as the new PDP that joined the merger that brought the APC into power. “In all of these, I want to make it very clear that we have no faction in our group. I saw in some of the papers that there is crack in the new PDP. There is no crack as far as we are concerned. We only have one group, we have only one leader and that leader remains only AlhajiKawuBaraje and I can tell you clearly that, without fear or favour. I want to make it known to all of you that AlhajiKawuBaraje is not alone in that letter. He has the mandate of over 95% of some of us that joined the new PDP into the APC that made victory successful in 2015”. He emphasised that the participation of the new PDP in the affairs of the APC was responsible for the victory we are all enjoying today. “So, when people like Sen. AbdullahiAdamu who used to be one of us came up with some of his positions, he must have forgotten history and I want to make it known to you that whatever they’ve said to counter our move, are total lies. “Nigerians are there to testify. They said the new PDP group has benefitted massively from this government. That is one of their claims which are not true. But, I want to make it very clear that we are not here to respond to individuals, we are here to make it known that our letter is to the party. So, it is left for the party to either take it seriously or not. But I believe any serious party will take whatever position or decision we have brought them to look into. “Today makes it seven days from the day our group brought this letter to the party. But as it stands, we’ve not gotten any response yet from them. As we’ve said, whatever we must have said in that letter is not an empty threat. If they decide to ignore us, so, be it. But at the appropriate time, we are going to respond and make our position known to Nigerians based on what we’ve said. It is not just a mere ultimatum. But I will tell you clearly that we are meeting with our leaders and we are going to come up with a clear position on our next step if finally they don’t attend to us,” Frank said.
On the claim by the Senator Adamu led group that they have benefitted from the government, he said: “I want go back to some of the benefits that they claimed our group has benefitted. The Senator Abdullahi and Jibrin said yesterday that we benefited by getting the office of the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Some Senators, Governors and so on. For God’s sake, these are elected positions. “Nigerians are aware of how we succeeded in getting the Senate President and the Speaker from the new PDP. They were not supported by our party, neither were they supported by the executive arm of government. We managed to get these two positions by the grace of God and by the support of Nigerian people. We also got those position through the support of senators and members of the House of Representatives that believed and had confidence in the leadership of Senator BukolaSaraki and YakubuDogara and chose to stand by these two people because they believe these two people will take the party and Nigerians to the promise land. “They never got there on the fact that the new PDP should be able to benefit from the APC because of their Labor because they contributed in bringing the change and government of today. Therefore, let’s reward them with these positions. This is not true. The only two beneficiaries in our group is RotimiAmeachi who finally became Minister of Transportation and Senator Aisha Alhassan who is the Minister for women Affairs. These are the two people we can remember. So, I want to make it very clear that we are not going to be intimidated by anybody as long as the Nigerian people are happy with us”.
One policeman and a bank official were killed when suspected armed robbers invaded an old generation bank in Ilawe community in Ekiti South West Local Government Area of Ekiti State, on Tuesday. Residents of the community said that the robbers had commenced their operation at about 2:45 pm and that it had lasted for more than an hour, in which one other official of the bank was said to have been shot in the arm. The community people said the robbers had destroyed the bank’s security door with explosives, and added that the explosive device had also destroyed a car parked near the bank. The traditional ruler of Ilawe, the Alawe, Oba Adebanji Alabi, who spoke on the telephone, expressed shock at the incident, which he described as a warlike situation. Oba Alabi said the robbers had turned his domain to a warfront by firing dynamite and grenade which caused panic and paralysed traffic, halted businesses and threw the community into confusion. Oba Alabi said: “It was a terrible experience; my palace is very close to the bank. It was terrifying, it was like a warfront. They kept detonating grenades during the attack. “I was in the palace during the robbery, the attack happened less than a hour after a bullion van delivered cash to the bank. We have been in touch with the governor and the state police command.” Police reaction could not be obtained when this report was filed in.
We’re set to wrestle power from APC in 2019 Tafawa Balewa THE National Chairman, Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM), Dr. Abdul Jhalil Tafawa Balewa, on Tuesday, said efforts are in the offing, alongside other eight political parties to wrestle power from the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government in 2019. Dr. Balewa, who disclosed this in Abuja after his meeting with eight political parties and other stakeholders, said the movement is set to work out a grand coalition for an election alliance that would bring fresh breed into governance in 2019. Among the representatives of the parties at the meeting included: Labour Party (LP); Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN); Action Democratic Party (ADP); Social Democratic Party (SDP); Action Alliance (AA); KOWA Party; as well as Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) and United Progressive Party of Nigeria (UPPN). The Technical Committee was thereafter set up to work out on Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which would be signed by all parties present at the meeting. Speaking further, the National Chairman said the aim of the coalition was to govern Nigeria to better economy, agriculture, education, health and ensure adequate security for the entire populace. He said the strategy to adopt to dislodge APC in 2019 is in pipeline, saying there are better days ahead for Nigeria and her citizens. Also speaking, NIM Steering Committee member, Honourable (Dr) Olu Sybil Usim-Wilson, said cabal had taken over President Muhammadu Buhari government, hence the need to savage the country from the present crop of political office holders.
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Oshiomhole pledges to end crises in APC, meets Reps caucus Henry Omunu, Abuja
Former governor of Edo State and aspirant of the National Chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole on Tuesday, bemoaned the current crisis rocking the party in some states, declaring that if elected as national chairman all contending issues will be resolved with all party members having a sense of belonging. Oshiomhole stated this while addressing the APC caucus in
the House of Representatives. According to him “I am contesting for this position not because there is a vacuum but because I have been an active member and I am convinced that we need to do something different to make our party stronger. “A lot of things happening now in our party; the problems in some states would have been checked if we had an effective party administration. Though we are having issues because we are a progressive party but with a proactive leadership all
the issues will be resolved. “They will be resolved in a win -win situation. Everybody must get something. I am saying this because even as a governor I have never told a party member who are you? Because if I do that in the day of election I will be in my village and that person will be in his area and he might punish me. “I am convinced that working with leaders of our party, I believe we can build a party that is founded on inclusiveness and not exclusion. A party must argue and resolve amicably no
matter the issues. There is no problem that cannot be resolved and we must resolve all our problems as party men and women.” Oshiomhole expressed his gratitude to the lawmakers for finding time to listen to him, assuring that “our party, the APC will remain strong and we will win the 2019 general elections God’s willing.” In a remark earlier, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara , commended Oshiomhole for his visit just as he stressed the need for the
party to be united ahead of the general elections. The APC caucus members had a closed door meeting with Oshiomhole for more than two hours after Oshiomhole addressed the lawmakers. Some of the dignitaries that accompanied Oshiomhole, includes the Deputy Governor of Edo state, Comrade Philip Shaibu; Patrick Obahiagbon, Senator Domingo Obende, Deputy Whip of the House Pally Iriase and other members of the House of Representatives from Edo state.
Vice- Chancellor of University of Nigeria Nsukka, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba (middle) in a shake hand with the guest lecturer, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo (left) while the Dean of Faculty of Social Science, Rev. Fr. Hillary Achunike (right) during the lecture on the value of diversity: restructuring to save Nigeria held at University of Nigeria Nsukka.
Bill to amend High Court Law pass 2nd reading in Lagos Assembly Alade Tasma, Lagos A bill for a law to amend the Lagos State High Court Law CAP 85 (2015) and for other connected purposes has passed second reading in the state House of Assembly. Giving overview of the Bill, the Acting Chairman Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petition and LASIEC, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho
submitted that the law as it stands only prescribes the manner of appointing judges whereas it does not provide for the number of Judges to be appointed for the High Court of the State. Adding that the High Court of Lagos State currently has 56 judges to handle all the cases that come up despite its huge population. “The law has to be amended to ensure increase in the number of judges instead of
restricting ourselves to 56, it can be taken to 120 to make sure that we have enough Judges to handle cases in Lagos State, because justice delayed is justice denied,” Tejuosho stated. In his contribution, Hon. Tunde Braimoh explained that part of the prerogative of the House of Assembly is to determine the number of Judges adequate for the State. He quoted section 70 (2) paragraph b to support his
submission which stated thus “The High court of the State shall consist of such number of judges as may be prescribed by the Law of the House of Assembly of the state”. He added that the 56 Judges are presently inadequate for a cosmopolitan State like Lagos stressed that the amendment will improve access to justice by the people. Hon. Ogunyemi in his contribution said the amended bill if pass into law will help
quicken the dispensation of justice. “The bill will also help in decongesting our prisons especially for criminals who are awaiting trials,” Ogunyemi stated. The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa who presided over the plenary therefore, committed the bill to the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petition and LASIEC to report back in two weeks.
PDP decries Buhari’s failure to resolve health workers’ strike Ifeanyichukwu Nwannah, Gusau Tunde Opalana, Abuja Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has knocked President Muhammadu Buhari for failure to address the devastating strike action by health workers across the country. It described federal government’s silence on the strike as a clear manifestation of insensitivity to the plight and suffering of Nigerians while the party lamented the anguish of hundreds of Nigerians who are abandoned and dying by the day in public hospitals. The PDP on Tuesday in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said the APC controlled government has little or no regard for human life and well being of average Nigerians. “Is it not the height of insensitivity that while Nigerians in dire need of medical attention are languishing, President Buhari abandoned them without any form of intervention and embarked on medical tourism in London with our common patrimony? “As if that was not enough, upon his return to Nigeria, instead of summoning an emergency meeting of critical stakeholders to find solution to the problem, Mr. President abandoned the striking health workers and chose to organize and attend a political rally in Jigawa State for a doomed 2019 re-election bid. “Such aloofness by the government is directly responsible for the escalation of killings and bloodletting in Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau, Kogi, Zamfara, Borno, Yobe, Kaduna states and others parts of the country, where marauders and insurgents are pillaging our citizens as if overlooking the plight of Nigerians has become a state policy”, the party quipped . According to him, health, security and welfare of Nigerians remain pivotal to the PDP and that is why it feel pained that compatriots are dying in their numbers because of the refusal of the Buhari-led APC administration to address the health workers’ strike. He said the PDP stands with Nigerians at this critical time, identify with the sick and those who have lost their loved ones under this present circumstance and while it urged all public-spirited individuals, humanitarian organizations and the international community to come to the aid of the nation. The party however, pleaded with the health workers to be open to ways to solve the problem, and charged Nigerians to support one another and adhere to all health etiquettes to forestall an outbreak of epidemic and health crisis.
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Rivers court attack APC plot to reverse democracy – PDP Idu Jude, Abuja Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the recent attack on a High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers Sate is a plot by the All Progressive Party (APC) to reverse the democratic system it laboured for in the past sixteen years. The party in press statement signed by its National publicity secretary Mr. Kola Olagbadiyan, also called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of APC leaders linked with the violent attack and invasion of the Court last Friday. According to the party, “Nigerians were alarmed when armed thugs, sponsored by some desperate leaders of the dysfunctional and violentprone APC, attacked the court,
shot their way through, assaulted judicial officers and disrupted proceedings in a bid to stop the court from giving a ruling against them. ‘‘It is instructive to note that the attack came on a day the court set aside to make pronouncement on a suit related to APC’s ward congresses for which some APC leaders in a faction allegedly aligned with the Presidency, including a serving minister, unleashed hoodlums on the court.” The PDP further said that it is particularly alarmed that since the attack, no arrest has been made, while the Federal Government has not taken any concrete steps to bring the perpetrators of this treasonable act to book. The statement read in part that, “the failure of the APC-led Federal Government to act validates
allegations that the attack was coordinated as part of the design to intimidate and emasculate the judiciary and ultimately erode its ability to boldly dispense justice on election matters, ahead of the 2019 general election, having realized the electoral failure that awaits the APC. ‘‘We are also aware of secret interferences, threats, harassments and coercion of judicial officers, since the sting operation on judges, to do APC’s bidding in cases related to PDP members as well as the 2019 elections. ‘‘The party observed that the Rivers State assault on the judiciary is coming on the heels of the invasion of the National Assembly by hoodlums sponsored by the agents of the APC, who brazenly stormed the Senate chambers, disrupted proceedings, threatened our
lawmakers and carted away the mace, after which none of them has been brought to book. “We therefore invite Nigerians to rise up and resist this drift towards fascism. Our citizens worked hard for the democracy we have in our country today and we cannot fold our hands and allow the APC destroy it with their lust for power. ‘‘While we urge the judiciary to do all to protect itself against the onslaught of the APC, we want the APC to come to terms with the fact that no amount of intimidation, violent attacks, harassment and smear campaign can stop Nigerians in their determination to rally on the platform of the repositioned PDP to end this misrule and return our nation to that path of peace, national cohesion and economic prosperity, come 2019.”
L-R: A Special Guest, Mr. Ibrahim Muktar; another Guest, Mrs. Zinabu Duke; Former President South Africa, Mr. Thambo Mbeki; and Managing Director Julius Berger, Engr. Wolfgang Goetsch, during the inauguration of new EFCC office in Abuja... on Monday...Photo: Temitope Balogun
No petition on Ekiti APC guber primary, says appeal panel Tom Okpe, Abuja All Progressives Congress (APC), Ekiti State Governorship Primary Election Appeal Panel headed by Ambassador Fati Balla, on Tuesday submitted its report to the Party National Leadership declaring that no petition was received on the exercise conducted last Saturday. The party’s earlier governorship primary election was disrupted in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State Capital. National Organising Secretary of the Party, Senator Osita Izunaso, while receiving the report on behalf of the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun at the party National Secretariat Abuja said: “All efforts are currently geared towards winning the July
14 Ekiti Governorship Election disclosing that the Party’s National Campaign Committee for the Ekiti Governorship Election will soon be set up. “We are glad that you have finished your assignment after sitting for three days and there is no petition from any aspirant, both orally and in writing. We are also glad that the Ekiti Primary Election has taken place and that the aspirants are working together to ensure that we win the governorship election in the state. The most important thing to us in the APC is victory in the July election. For us in the APC, whenever there is a Primary Election, it is a family affair. And whenever we finish our Primary Elections with aspirants and stakeholders come together to
work as a team, it gladdens our heart as a Party. “I am aware that very soon we will set up the National Campaign Committee for the state and also have another meeting with the aspirants to properly integrate them into what we are doing because ultimately, victory is our end result and we believe that by the special Grace of God, the people of Ekiti will regain the mandate that they gave to APC four years ago, that was stolen. This is another opportunity for Ekiti people to regain that mandate. And this time around, it will no longer be stolen by anybody. “Once the people come out in their large number and vote for the APC, we will defend our result and ensure that we reclaim what truly belong to us. Right now, it is
only Ekiti State in the South West that is not in the APC fold. That shows that South West is APC and we should as much as possible try to encourage our voters in the state to come out and vote for our Party”, he said. “In the three days that we (committee) met, we did not receive a single petition, either in form of writing, telephone call or a text message, which means there has been no petition after the Primary Election in Ekiti State. We have come before you this afternoon to submit our report, Since there is no petition from Ekiti State, therefore the committee has finished its work this afternoon”. The committee included Capt Bala Jibrin, Secretary and Mrs. Lilian Obenwa, member.
INEC Director undergo capacity training ahead of 2019 polls Tunde Opalana, Abuja Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has organised a 5-day Professional Capacity building workshop for the Commission’s Directors to promote best practices in driving its policies and programmes ahead of the 2019 General Elections. This was contained in a daily bulletin of the Commission, Volume 2, No 14, released on Tuesday. Declaring open the 5-day Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) Professional Development Training in Abuja, the Chairman, Board of the Electoral Institute, Professor Okechukwu Ibeanu, represented by National Commissioner, AVM (Rtd) Ahmed Tijani Muazu, said the training was necessary and timely due to the various institutional mechanisms developed by the Commission for the success of Ekiti and Osun governorship elections as well as the 2019 general elections. The Chairman Board of TEI said: “As the countdown to the 2019 General Elections draws nearer and Ekiti and Osun Governorship elections just some few months ahead, the Commission has taken some steps to establish best practice in the procedures and processes. “There is a plethora of institutional mechanisms developed by the Commission, such as Election Project Plan (EPP), Strategic Plan, Gender Policy, Communication Policy and the recent integration of EOSC, EMS, ERM and EVMAT into one platform called Election Management Support Centre (EMSC). All of these can only be managed by well informed
practitioners, hence this training”. He added that: “The Commission as presently constituted is leveraging on knowledge and skills to conduct its affairs, therefore, every opportunity created by the Commission to improve our electoral knowledge should be taken as a right step in the right directions”. Professor Ibeanu appreciated the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) for supporting the Commission to organize the training and implored them to continue to support the Commission to deepen democracy in Nigeria. In his remarks, the Acting Director General of TEI, Dr Sáad Umar said the objective of the training was to improve leadership capacities of the Directors who are saddled with the responsibility of implementing policies. He called on the participants to use the opportunity to further improve and galvanize their skills to enhance the credibility of the electoral process in Nigeria. In his goodwill message, the Country Director of IFES, Shalva Kipshidze, said “Ahead of the 2019 general elections, it is of utmost importance that the leadership of the Commission takes out time to undergo the BRIDGE training for better effectiveness in the conduct of the forthcoming elections and from a more professional stand point”. “It is our hope that fall outs from the workshop will enhance the performance of the Commission and professionalism of its staff in the 2019 General elections”, he added.
Ajimobi congratulates Assembly for rancour-free election of Speaker Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has congratulated members of the Oyo State House of Assembly on the rancor-free election of a new Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olagunju Ojo. Ajimobi, also felicitated with the new speaker for being found worthy by his colleagues to occupy the exalted position. A statement by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Communication and Strategy, Mr. Bolaji Tunji, on Tuesday, said the governor pledged the full support of the executive arm of government to the new speaker. The governor also charged the speaker to sustain the legacy of peace,
cooperation and bridgebuilding existing between the executive and the legislature. Ajimobi stressed that the support of the legislature is critical to the consolidation of the unprecedented achievements of his administration in the last seven years. The seat of the speaker became vacant following the sudden death of the first Speaker of the eighth Assembly, Rt. Hon. Michael Adeyemo, on April 27. Ojo was elected by his colleagues during a plenary session, where Adeyemo’s deputy, Hon. Abdulwasi Musa, retain his position. The governor prayed that the Almighty will continue to comfort and sustain the family of the late speaker.
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We’ll ensure Engagement Committee delivers mandate on privatisation – FG Tom Okpe, Abuja Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that the Stakeholders Engagement Committee (SEC) under the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) will deliver on its assigned mandate. Alhaji Mohammed, who speake in his Office on Tuesday while inaugurating the Stakeholders Engagement Committee, said poor attendance especially of key members has delayed the inauguration.
He said: “The National Council on Privatisation has entrusted upon us the responsibility of ensuring that this Stakeholders Engagement Committee of the National Council on Privatization delivers on its assigned mandate. “The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), being the Secretariat of the NCP, is saddled with a huge responsibility of reaching out to all its stakeholders. That is why it’s very necessary for us to do all that we can to ensure that the committee lives
up to its responsibilities by ensuring that we identify and maintain contacts with various stakeholders and opinion leaders; and advise the Council on their interests and concern about the programme which is one of the requirements of the committee”. The Minister reiterated that the current administration under President Muhammadu Buhari recognises and actively promotes the participation of the private sector in the strategic economic agenda of the nation. “This pro-business posture
of the government is eminently reflected in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of this government and we believe that the key business of government is to provide an enabling environment for private businesses to thrive and build economic prosperity for the generality of Nigerians, including the provision of critical infrastructure through Public Private Partnership”, he added. Earlier in his remarks, the Director General of Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Alex A. Okoh emphasized that BPE
is the secretariat of the National Council on Privatization charged with executing the policies and decisions of the council in its mandate of achieving a credible public enterprise transformation strategy of the Federal Government. “Essentially, this strategy derived from the notion that by virtue of the technical expertise and financial investment bought in by the private sector, public assets and enterprises, managed by the public sector are able to achieve better operational efficiency which in
turn should translate to better service”, he said. The DG pointed that the benefits of privatization have not been universally acknowledged in Nigeria, adding; “In the court of public opinion, it is believed that privatised enterprises have been sold for less than their actual market value and that these enterprises are not doing well”.
Police parades 4 suspects, recovers 11 stolen cars in Plateau Kingsley Chukwuka, Jos
L-R: Managing Director and Co-Founder, Azura Power Team, Mr. David Ladipo; World Bank Executive Director, African country sub-group, Mr. Seydou Bouda; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; andCommissioner for Wealth Creation, Cooperatives and Employment, Hon. Emmanuel Usoh, during the inspection of the Edo-Azura Power project, by 10 World Bank Executive Directors in the state, recently.
Christian pilgrimage: Delta records abscondment of 2 pastors, 11 others - Commissioner Nosa Akenzua, Asaba Delta State Commissioner for Bureau on Special Duties, Barrister Ernest Ogwezzy, has said that two Pastors and 11 others absconded during the 2017 Christian pilgrimage in Israel. Ogwezzy, who spoke to journalists on Monday, in Asaba at a media parley, however disclosed that the escapees (names withheld) were not indigenes of the state, adding that they disguised under Delta indigenes to escape in fraudulent manners. He said that in 2015, the numbers of pilgrims were 104 with 2 government officials and a medical officer, while in 2016, the state had 86 pilgrims with 2 government officers and in 2017, 73 pilgrims and 2 government officials performed the pilgrimage exercise. On combating fire outbreak, the Commissioner
explained that the statistics from May 2015 to date, showed that the state fire service attended to 794 fire calls, 63 were false calls, 176 persons were rescued alive and 24 others evacuated dead, adding that value of property saved was put at N8, 381, 584, 427, 100, 000 while property destroyed to five incidences, was estimated at N13, 237, 837, 00 .
On revenue generation, the Commissioner said that the state fire service through the issuance and renewal of fire safety certificates to patrol and gas stations, industries, had generated under the period of 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, N9, 739, 000.00 adding that following its tremendous performances, the state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa approved an insurance cover
of N10million yearly for all personnel of the fire service in the event of death. According to the Commissioner during, during the period under review, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) inspected over 115 cases of fire disasters, 60 cases of rainstorms and over 2, 500 cases of flood disasters, adding that the state government through the
committee set up camps in Asaba, Kwale and Aboh for Internally Displayed Persons (IDPs), distributed relief materials including food items worth N28, 630, 000. “The Agency lacks enough funding for effective performance in spite of the difficult times, the staff work assiduously to fulfil the mandate of the Agency” the Commissioner added.
EFCC nabs 6 notorious internet fraudsters Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), have arrested six suspected internet fraudsters also known as ‘yahoo yahoo boys’ in one of their hideouts, Kubwa area, Abuja. The suspects according to a press release signed by the commission’s Head, Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, and made available to THE DAILY TIMES are: Ihoeghian Aghasomwan, Precious Osarumen, Enabulele Osazee
Frank, Osahon Scott, Efe Ehieorobo and Peter James. The operation, which was carried out on May 11, 2018 by the Advance Fee Fraud Section, AFF, of the Commission through a sting operation followed an intelligence report on the activities of the fraudsters. Surveillance was carried out and the identity and location of the fraudsters who specialize in defrauding innocent citizens both within and outside the country through internet was
identified. On arrest, some of items recovered from the suspects include - one Toyota Camry 2009, 10 laptop computers, 4 ECOWAS International passports, 17 mobile phones, 2 flash drive, HP printer and Certificate of Award of Asian Professional Security Association in favour of Sun Yaje. Also recovered was a traveling bag and air piece check-in bag suggesting Abuja as its destination dated March
19, 2018 labeled with two paper clearance certificate of Custom Controlling Department, International Affairs China, No: 00548 and TDK courier service worldwide express service shipment details with track No: ME103178131. All the hardware and digital devices recovered from the suspects would be subjected to forensic examination. The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.
Plateau State Command of Nigeria Police, has paraded four suspects in connection with alleged snatching of 11 cars. The suspects were identified as Abdullahi Mohammed, a king pin, Sani Idris, a painter, Dauda Ibrahim, an electrician and Abubakar, a receiver of three stolen vehicles among the 11 cars. Parading the suspects at Police Headquarters in Jos, on Tuesday, the Police Commissioner, Undie Adie, said that the suspects would soon be arraigned to court. Narrating on how the suspects were arrested, the Police Commissioner stated that one Mrs. Mgbachi Nkeiruka Pauline of University of Jos Health Center reported to Area Command, that on October 28, 2017 her Toyota Camry car parked at Film Corporation Street was stolen. CP Adie added that on receiving the report his men swung into action which led to arrest of a suspect known as Paul in Enugu with Pauline’s stolen car. “His arrest led to the arrest of one Ozoani Obiora in Enugu which also led to the arrest of one Alhaji Tijjani on 27th February, 2018 in Zaria, and further interrogation of the suspects led to the recovery of more suspected stolen cars totaling 11”, the Police Commissioner said. He said that the cars that were recovered included Ash Colour Pencil Light 1998 Toyota Camry, Green Honda Hennessy, Toyota Corolla 2003 Model, Red CRV 2000 Model and Toyota Corolla Red Colour among others. The Commissioner said the 11 cars were recovered from innocent different buyers in different locations in Enugu and Ebonyi state respectively.
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Nigerian youths negatively influenced by exposure to corrupt politicians – Livinus Ukah The Very Reverend Father Monsignor Livinus Ukah is one of few professional priests in the Catholic Metropolitan Sea of Lagos Archdiocese. A Canada trained journalist, psychologist, author and humanist, Ukah has been at the centre of managing, directing and grooming the large population of Catholic Christian youths in Nigeria for over two decades. When our correspondent cornered him at the 60th Anniversary celebration of the Young Christian Workers Movement in Nigeria (YCW) held recently at the Church of Ascension, Airport Road, Ikeja, Lagos, he spoke on a range of national issues. LADESOPE LADELOKUN reports Role of Nigerian youths in politics and the Church “The Young Christian Workers in Nigeria are numerically intimidating; many amongst them are lawyers, doctors, professionals with attractive profiles that reveal a bright future; but when you look beyond their promising profiles, you will see that all that glitters are really not gold. “I admire them, mark you; and I see their zeal to change the political narrative for good, but I see something in their roots: this is a generation that grew up in a system of governance corrupted by politicians since our independence; the 16 years of misrule by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the first four years of All Progressives Congress (APC) have exposed our youths to corrupt leaders and mentors who love money more than their people.” Apparently unimpressed by the Catholic Youth’s body’s move to float an all-youths political party in their bid to take over the polity at least by 2023, the radical priest warned that this would be an uphill task. “I know our youths aim to take over governance from recycled old politicians legitimately, but I can tell you it is going to be an uphill task. It would take determined youths with leadership know-how and who are willing to sacrifice their lives for their fatherland to remove operators of this evil system and restore the decaying politics in Nigeria. In all my years grooming these youths, I have been searching for those with qualities to fill that gap and, and if you ask me, I am still searching. “Nigeria as a geo-entity has taken a lot of battering from her rulers so we have to be careful; we don’t want youths who are aspiring to enter leadership position and use public funds to build houses in Abuja, Dubai, London and America; then when the villagers in the constituency that elected them reject them after their tenure, they quarantine themselves in the Federal Capital Territory or exile
Kayode Fayemi themselves somewhere abroad; this is the culture prevailing in political leadership to date and we don’t
want youths who will go there and compound our woes.”
Role of church in raising upright youths for leadership Stressing that the Church is the foundation that will raise a new generation of young leaders that can change the political landscape, Ukah revealed that the Church has been labouring for decades to prepare the youths for leadership. “We can recall that during the reign of Archbishop Olubunmi Okogie, he instilled confidence in the youths when he was president of Nigerian Conference of Bishops in the 1980s; he was an alternative voice; one particular case was when he confronted the president over a Muslim girl who was convicted of fornication and was sentenced to death. “Okogie challenged the ruling, but when it was overruled, the archbishop then said they should hang him (Okogie) instead of hanging the young lady – and the authorities backed down: he won the case! He was our equivalent of Desmond Tutu at that time and we implore him to continue even though he has retired now. Truth does not retire or die, you know.” The people’s priest however indicted the youths of that era, regretting their failure to emulate
and demonstrate that courage in their quest for leadership; he pointed out that discipline and sound scriptural orientation have not been evident among the youths. “Before the exit of Cardinal Okogie, he gave the youths good chaplains to lead them to political Eldorado, but unfortunately, chaplains noticed that many of these youths are so very individualistic; they don’t respect their leaders and they exhibit traits of ‘village politicians’. That is the problem, and unless local politics which they imbibe is removed and they begin to respect leaders irrespective of tribes and clans, they will not make the difference Nigerians want.” Worried about the implication of these traits in youths on the future of Nigeria, the trans-cultural priest who identifies with every state of his fatherland, fears that the future is far from rosy. “The future of Nigeria is bleak and shaky; only God knows how it will shape out; but the answer to this is not just wishing the youths into leadership: what the nation needs is a person who is presentable, trans-cultural and educated with a sense of sacrifice and who will not hesitate to die for his country; not one who is looking for free money to enrich himself. “That person must be clothed with genuine and transparent integrity, not like Muhammadu Buhari’s integrity that has failed to correct the ills in his own government. The person we want must have grasp of what is happening in Nigeria; if we can identify and vote in such individual, then the future of Nigeria will become bright and promising. We are still very far away from practising true democracy.”
Shehu Sani hails Senate’s decision on Omo-Agege The senator representing Kaduna Central District of Kaduna State, Shehu Sani has said that the Senate’s adherence to court order on Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was a step away from tyranny and desecration of democracy in the country. Recall that the Senate on Monday night complied with the judgement of the Federal High Court, ordering Senator Ovie Omo-Agege to resume from his suspension on Tuesday, May 15. The Senate had initially stated it would not respect the order, since it has filed an appeal, in a higher court, but in a sudden twist, the Senate gave its new position in
a statement by its spokesman, Senator Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi, chairman of the Committee on Media and Publicity. It said, “The Senate leadership has been briefed by our lawyers on last Thursday judgement of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on whether the Senate has the legal authority to suspend a member for certain misconduct or not. “We have equally filed an appeal against the judgement of the court and a motion for stay of execution of the judgement at the Court of Appeal. “As an institution that obeys the law and court orders, the Senate has decided that it will comply with the judgement of the Federal
High Court and do nothing to stop Senator Ovie Omo-Agege from resuming in his office and at plenary from tomorrow May 15, 2018, pending the determination of the application for stay of execution. Writing on his Facebook page, Sani said senate’s adherence to court order would challenge the executives and all security agencies to also respect all court orders pending before them. “As a man born in Kaduna where PMB lived, I can attest to his history of honesty and moral uprightness; but there are other Nigerians who are equally upright; Gowon, Adamu Ciroma, Balarabe Musa, Usman Jibrin, Yohanna Madaki,
Aliyu Jamaa etc. We have good people in our country everywhere. “I’m of the view and will insist that the Senate should respect the court order given in respect of the suspended Senator, to set a standard for respect for rule of Law; and to challenge the executives and all security agencies to also respect all court orders pending before them. “Disobeying court orders is resistance to the rule of law. We desecrate democracy each time we defy the courts. Every step away from the law is a step towards tyranny. The tower of justice stands on the rock of the rule of law. Liberty is guaranteed when the constitution is respected.”
Daily Times Nigeria Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Jonathan’s aide slams Aregbesola over comments against ex-President Says don’t blame Jonathan for your failures
Osun State governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has been advised not to hang his failures in governance of the state on former President Goodluck Jonathan or the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led Federal Government of the past era, but rather admit that he failed on his own to deliver on the promises he made to the people. Challenging Aregbesola on his claims while addressing participants at “Ogbeni Till Day Break 2018,” held at WOCDIF Center, Osogbo, on Friday, where Aregbesola was said to have blamed his failure as a governor on the fact that his administration coincided with that of the PDP government at the centre, between 2010 and 2015, which according to him “was the most traumatised era in the history of Nigeria”, Media Adviser to exPresident Jonathan, Ikechukwu Eze said such thinking was neither sincere nor commonsensical. Ikechukwu in a statement said, “I see this as the governor’s attempt to rewrite history by disingenuously seeking an accomplice for his dreadful failure in office. “This should be prevented from entering public records, as he wished. Ordinarily, it is considered a courageous act in governance to admit utter failure, as the governor attempted doing. Unfortunately, in this instance, Governor Aregbesola’s confession bordered on treachery, since he was neither sincere nor commonsensical. “Rather than be the hero he sought to be, Aregbosola ended up as an anti-hero whose admittance of failure became mired in cowardice and deception, once he ventured lamely to seek an accomplice or a fall guy in the past PDP administration. “His attempt to pass the buck failed woefully, as the public has seen it for what it is: a spineless act of dishonesty and contrived rectitude wearing a mask of false alibi and specious altruism. “In the first place, Aregbesola’s premise was wrong. Didn’t he realise that as semi-autonomous subnational entities that control own revenues, states cannot reasonably yoke their fortunes with that of the Federal Government? “Aregbesola should ask himself
Jonathan why his performance is far below the standards set by his counterparts in such states as Gombe, Ekiti, Ebonyi and Enugu. Like Aregbesola’s Osun, they are neither oil-producing nor high revenue earning states. It would have been more honourable, and perhaps worthy of exculpation, if the governor had been man enough to take absolute responsibility for his monumental failure, without the futile effort to clutch at straws. “That Aregbesola failed as a governor is a fact known to not only the good people of Osun State but indeed, all Nigerians. That he is also the architect of his disappointing performance is also incontrovertible. “In the first place, an elected governor who waited for over two years before appointing commissioners or aides courted nothing but failure. Rather than apply discretion in policy choices, Aregbesola choose to lavish the state’s resources on grandiose white elephant projects that at best served as avenue for personal aggrandisement, to the detriment of workers’ welfare and the good of the people. “One of such extravagant project was the Opon-Imo, an e-learning ‘tablet of knowledge’ meant to ‘solve all’ secondary education needs of the state, which sadly became one of the biggest scams in the history
Aregbesola of the state, with many close to him allegedly complicit in a contract scandal worth billions of Naira. “It is instructive that while he was fiddling with his tacky Opon-Imo project, the state which used to lead others in learning slipped into 29th position out of 36 on the scale of educational performance in Nigeria. “Another was the ill-advised school uniform policy which generated the kind of crisis that almost crippled the education system in the state. If Aregbesola had not been clueless and bereft of productive ideas, he would have taken a cue from the governors of other states with a similar mix in the religions of their population. “Those hard working governors knew better than waste state time and resources in enforcing a controversial dressing code for school kids. “Nobody was then surprised when Aregbesola failed to pay the salaries of all civil servants and public sector workers for upwards of 12 months, a development that sparked unprecedented labour protests, and strident calls for his resignation. “His failure in this regard was so glaring, that the predicament of Osun workers continues to elicit empathy and concern from across the country.” He said the above and many other issues, has shown the world that
Aregbesola lacks capability to run the state. “It is this sordid state of affairs that pushed Justice Olamide Folahanmi Oloyede then of the Osun State Judiciary to take unusual step, by moving against the governor. Apparently unable to bear the governor’s missteps and unending blunder any longer, Justice Oloyede had in 2015 petitioned the State House of Assembly over what she termed Aregbesola’s financial recklessness. “It is therefore worrying that a man with this kind of odious public record would seek to compare himself with the administration of Goodluck Jonathan famed for its feat in reinvigorating education, reviving agriculture, strengthening democracy, and growing the economy to become not only Africa’s biggest, but the number one destination for foreign direct investment on the continent. “It is shocking that leaders like Aregbesola are allowed to blow their trumpet as probable messiahs in this dispensation. Little wonder then that the administration in which he is a key player, inherited a robust economy that was rated as one of the world’s best performing in 2015, but within a year brought it to a state where it now serves as a reference point for poor performance,” he said.
APC congresses: Lawyer faults APC spokesman over attack on Okorocha A legal practitioner and activist, Anthony Chyma, has tackled the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, for describing Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, as “being malicious and unfair to the NWC”. The APC National Working Committee (NWC) warned the governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, against transferring his mismanagement relationship with his people to the party’s national leadership. Abdullahi had accused the governor of being malicious and frustrated. “With due respect, Governor Okorocha is being malicious and unfair to the NWC. If he has mismanaged his relationship with his own people, in a way that they now constitute an encumbrance to him, he should not transfer his frustration to the NWC,” Bolaji had said. However, reacting, Chyma said Bolaji’s statement was most uncharitable considering the contributions of Governor Okorocha to the APC. Briefing journalists in his office in Abuja, Chyma said the vituperation of the spokesman on the executive governor of Imo State was totally uncalled for and not deserving of the role of a National Publicity Secretary of a governing party. “As a publicity secretary of the party, he should have come by way of amenable statement and not aggravating the situation. “Rochas Okorocha, is the current governor and has all the information on issues bedevilling the party. “It amounts to bias to castigate the governor in such a manner and leaves the party open to unnecessary bashing. “It does not speak well of the office of the national publicity secretary and generally the entire party. His bias as a national officer is tantamount to hard sell,” he said.
2019: APC members defect to PDP in Plateau Ahead of the 2019 general elections, no fewer than 7,235 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Plateau State have dumped the broom and taken shelter under the umbrella of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state. The defectors were received by the Plateau PDP Chairman, Hon. Damishi Sango, during the commissioning of Kanam
PDP office, inauguration of Chairmanship Campaign Committee and Appeal fund raising in Dengi, Kanam. Receiving them, Sango, represented by Vice Chairman, Plateau Central Zone, Hon. Benedict Shiknughul, commended them for taking “the right decision’’ in their political race. “Today, we welcome you into PDP with open arms to work with
you towards our victory at the 2019 general elections at all levels. “We shall accord you the privileges therein for all members of PDP on the Plateau; ensure you are fully registered in your own various wards to participate in all our programmes,” the chairman advised. Sango urged them to go straight to work and begin to campaign for PDP victory in all elective positions from the ward to
national level against 2019. Responding, Yahaya AngwanGero, spokesman of the defectors, said, “ We are here in PDP for stay to work for its victory to take power from APC in 2019. “Some of us are asking for forgiveness for first leaving the party sometimes back and to give us the opportunity once again to prove our loyalty and commitment to the party once again,” Angwan-Gero pleaded.
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Editorial Commentary OUR POSITION
Need to revamp textile industry
he recent news report that the Kaduna Textile Mills, the New Nigeria Development Company (NNDC), in partnership with a Turkish firm and in collaboration with the federal government will invest $15 million to reactivate the collapsed Kaduna Textile Company is a welcomed development. The move is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari administrationâ€™s policy of resuscitating the textile industry, among others, to provide more job opportunities in the country. The textile company was started in 1956 in Kaduna to process the cotton being produced in the northern part of the country. Many other textile companies soon sprang up in Lagos and between Kaduna and Kano axis. By the 1970s and the early 1980s, the Nigerian textile industry had grown to become the third largest in Africa and employed well over 400,000 Nigerians across the country. The oil boom of the 1970s and the early 1980s which increased the purchasing power of the government and the citizens led to the neglect of agriculture and many vital industries, particularly the textile industry, thus crippling other sectors of the economy and putting the economic viability of the country in serious jeopardy. Thereafter, the textile industry
suffered neglect and by 2002 the Kaduna Textile Mill closed with more than 7,000 of its workers sent home. Today, the textile industry employs less than 30,000 workers with the factories operating either below capacity or totally closed and most of their plants in operational distress. The first attempt to revive the industry was in 2010 when the Bank of Industry (BoI) approved N10 billion textile revival fund. The fund increased capacity utilisation in the industry from 29.14 per cent to the current 50 per cent. In reviving the industry this time around the government must also focus on the production of cotton, kenaf and other raw materials that are associated with the textile industry. It is a good thing that in revitalising the textile industry, government has put in place the cotton, textile and garment policy. Towards this end, it has directed that uniforms of military and paramilitary personnel as well as uniforms for many public schools students should, henceforth, be produced and purchased locally. With this policy in place and, if the prices are right, governments in the ECOWAS sub-regional market will patronise Nigerian textile industry. In addition, governmentâ€™s current intervention in the industry must be effective and sustained so that the local textile industry can thrive and flourish
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again. In the past, poor power supply and high interest rates on borrowed funds escalated the cost of production of local textile mills. This time around, the government must ensure improved power supply across the country so as to lower the cost of production for the textile mills, while the government should create intervention funds through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as alternative to loans from commercial banks which attract high interest rates. Furthermore, the Department of Customs must also address the smuggling of cheap textile goods and second hand clothing by Nigerians and Asians, particularly Indians and Chinese into the country. There must also be frequent access to long-term finance by the BoI and other investment banks in the country to enable the textile mills stock raw materials and change their machinery as and when due. There is no doubt that if this new tempo is maintained and sustained, the Cotton, Textile and Garment industry will thrive and blossom again. We believe that with such strategic revamping and repositioning, the Cotton, Textile and Garment industry promises to be one of the effective ways of providing employment for the teeming youth, thus promoting economic growth and stability of the country.
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Child rights in 21st century education system (I)
I Wahab Shittu
feel really humbled and highly honored by the invitation extended to me to deliver this lecture. When I first got hint of this invitation, my initial reaction was one of fear of disappointing the organizers, not because that would ordinarily be my intention but significantly because of my schedule prosecuting corruption cases all over the country combined with my responsibilities at the University of Lagos. I was afraid today’s very important event may clash with such hectic schedule. I am glad that did not happen because I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the St Bernadette Educational Service and Doregos Private Academy for molding all my children. I recall that Doregos nurtured my first son Yusuf Shittu who is now a medical doctor, my second son Rilwan Shittu also passed through the Doregos system from nursery school up until Secondary School level and today he is a Legal Practitioner, My third child, Rafiat Shittu was also here as a student and currently a Third Year Law student at the University of Lagos. Of course, the baby of the house Imran Shittu who is perhaps sitting somewhere in the crowd is still very much part of the Doregos system as a SS1 student. I can therefore say that I live, think, breathe and eat Doregos and I can proudly say that this is my second home and my natural family. Given this background, it would have been unpardonable not to be present here today, for whatever reason. Thank you once again
for this privileged invitation. I am being called upon to examine the topic “Understanding the Rights of a Child in the 21st Century Education System”, incidentally on the occasion of the 21st Speech Making & Prize Giving Day of this great institution. I am mindful of the significance of the magical 21st both in the topic assigned to me and the coincidence of this occasion. INTRODUCTION Childhood is a time for education, recreation, growth and discovery. All children and young people, regardless of their circumstances and background, must have the opportunity to participate and engage in a world class education system and emerge equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the future. Education is a right to which all human beings are entitled. It is both a human right in itself and an indispensable means of realizing other human rights.It plays a very important role in achieving just societies because education caan develop a child’s sense of self, sense of community, and sense of citizenship. EDUCATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY The 21st Century essentially is a period that has generally been characterized by a lot of advancement in thinking, methods, science and technology. This century has witnessed more growth than earlier imagined, with the potential for even more. Over the course of this period, the education sector, particularly primary and secondary education has been
under the spotlight.In 2000, the United Nations began promoting the Millennium Development Goal to achieve free universal primary education for all, regardless of gender, by 2015. The MDGS were later replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals with Goal 4 focused solely on Quality Education. Amidst all of this, the rights of a child in a 21st Century Education System still remains a very critical aspect of education in this period. From an analysis of surveys and research conducted by experts in the education sector, the consensus has generally been that in this 21st Century, from the earliest learners to adolescents, students across age groups are missing out on critical learning opportunities. These opportunities are those that help develop a range of skills, essential to tackle the challenges of our dynamic, rapidly growing world and transform students into mindful, empathetic, critical-thinking, creative, and collaborative beings. Successfully nurturing the students of the 21st century is the call of accountability & it’s preparation starts with creating a positive school culture with a safe and caring environment with values and empathy for people and environment, embedded in the entire length and breadth of the school climate as well as high student motivation and engagement, a professional faculty culture, and partnerships with families and the community.
Prophetic milestones and 2019 polls
I Gbemiga Olakunle
n the countdown to the 2019 General Elections, in the course of His rescue mission and a bid to prevent unprecedented political upheavals in the country, God in His infinite mercies may decide to arrest and throw some political juggernauts troubling the peace and progress of this country into His political dungeon and allow them to die politically. And those who may manage to come of out this divine judgment will eventually become social and political outcasts and lepers whom no one will dare to associate with. Also, the recalcitrant among these troublers of Israel (Nigerian) who may still fail to decipher and read correctly God’s warning or handwriting of judgment upon their lives may found themselves condemned to God’s underground cells. They will become dead lions while lesser animals who may decide to do God’s bids and obey His voice will be divinely empowered by God to continue with the affairs of the kingdom. And the Holy Scripture which can never be broken has rightly declared that a living dog is better than a dead lion . Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is no doubt a political strategist and one of the heroes that God used to send the immediate Administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan packing. And to do that, he had to settle his known political scores with the former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Both of them put their political differences behind them and joined forces
together in order to ensure the success of the Presidential flag bearer of the then Opposition-All Progressives Congress (APC). And the main beneficiary of that alliance is the present President Muhammed Buhari. To demonstrate his displeasure at the performance of his party’s candidate -Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo publicly tore his the party’s membership card – a sign that prophetically triggered a chain of reactions leading to the defeat of the then Ruling Party – PDP (Peoples Democratic Party) at the 2015 General Elections. Before that public denunciation of the PDP by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo, it was a known fact that he wrote not less than 3 open letters to the then President Goodluck Jonathan. And instead of listening to the voice of wisdom from his known benefactor (President Olusegun Obasanjo) whom GOD used to raise him as the then Governor of Bayelsa State to become Vice – Presidential candidate to the late President Umar Yar’Adua, which eventually won the polls, Jonathan decided to choose another political godfather/ benefactor for himself in person of his kinsmen – Chief Edwin Clarke. And he did this to his eventual downfall and the downfall of his party – the PDP. It should be recalled that it was these noticeable crack in the PDP leadership that the likes of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the leaders of the then opposition party (including its presidential flag bearer – General Muhammed
Buhari) saw that enabled them to take due advantage and made the former President’s home in Abeokuta to become a political Mecca to politicians who were seeking for President Obasanjo’s endorsements. The National Leader of APC, Asiwaju Tinubu cannot deny the fact that it was this AOPBJ (Any Other Person but Jonathan) project that made him to team – up with President Obasanjo to form the arrow – head that forced Jonathan’s government packing out of the Presidential Villa. And now that the mentor of big masquerade has came out again to say that the oracle is no longer satisfied with the performance or the dance – steps of his much published masquerade for certain obvious reasons which certain sections of the audience have confirmed, it will be wise and in the best interest of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the chieftains of his party to look into the areas of concern with a way to make amends instead of brushing such matters aside or trivalise them in the name of politics. To be candid, it is uncharitable of the former Governor of Lagos State to say that President Obasanjo was just playing to the gallery or playing politics with his recent letter to the President and Commander- In – Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammed Buhari. Who told Tinubu that the issues raised in the open letter have not been privately discussed with the President? Is it not in the public domain that the Nigerian Electorate and indeed some opinion molders/leaders of thought have been crying out against the
nepotic tendencies of this present Administration? And coupled with that, is the government’s inability to check the excesses of the Fulani herdsmen which have gradually become a national phenomenon and eventually earned the tag of Number 3 terrorist organization in the world. And instead of addressing these areas that are attracting public displeasure to the government, the concerned authorities seem not to pay due attention to the raised issues. In our own opinion, these are the issues – nepotism, suspected condonement of Fulani herdsmen menace, and other pertinent issues raised in President Obasanjo’s open letter that should be the concern of the APC leaders with a view to address them and allay public fears instead of trying to rubbish the contents of the letter. In this regard, therefore, our opinion is that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu should be more circumspect in his reactions to the former President Obasanjo’s pronouncements on the performances of the current Administration. Tinubu cannot claim to know President Muhammed Buhari more than this former boss. Who knows Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his core of legacy party – the Action Congress(AC) may in future need the support and alliance of Obasanjo’s new movement – Coalition for Nigeria Movement when the chips are down and when they may be looking for political relevance ? “Ojo ma npa eeyan wo ile kan na ni eemeji o”. We hope the Asiwaju will get the import of this Yoruba adage.
Daily Times Nigeria Wednesday, May 16, 2018
2019 and the politics of campaign finance
Times Columnist REUBEN ABATI
And it is like this: campaign finance scrutiny and the audit of the electoral process requires a non-partisan, and objective process, but in Buhari’s case, the process began with a determination to discredit and malign the preceding administration based on the assumption that this would automatically make the successor look good. It is a strategy thathas failed
ach Governor was reportedly asked by the ruling APC party to bring N250 million ahead of the party’s National Convention. When the public protested, recently, the party disclaimed the news even if it added that it was the responsibility of members to pay outstanding dues. The APC needs N6 billion for its pre-election Convention. In the just concluded Ekiti Governorship primaries, an APC Gubernatorial aspirant who claimed he spent N100 million, got just 11 votes! I wonder how much the eventual winner spent. This story and similar ones, underscore the politics of campaign finance, the threat it poses to electoral integrity and outcomes, the enforceability of electoral laws, and the freedom of the people to choose. Elections cost money, however. The political party has to set up a party secretariat in virtually every ward, state, and at the national level, pay staff, promote its brand and its agenda, organize meetings, pay sitting allowances, support candidates, run media advertisements, arrange receptions and entertainment, pay for logistics, buy vehicles, pay for air travels and road transportation, the organization of rallies and campaigns, reserve some tidy sum for lobbying at all levels including the lobbying of the media and other groups in civil society. Win or lose eventually, every political party be it in Africa, Europe, America, or Asia knows that money drives the game of politics. This is no rocket science, no matter how unfortunate the implications may be. It is nonetheless for this reason that political parties write into their constitutions, means of raising funds. These include membership subscriptions, payment for expression of interest in elective positions, donations, fund raising activities, and support from friends and the corporate sector. As it is with the political parties, so it is with the candidates who seek elective offices on the platform of political parties. Their chances are also determined by the amount of money that they are able to raise and spend. In Nigeria, our experience has been that political office holders take loans, borrow money from Godfathers which has to be repaid with interest and at a cost, sell their property if they have any, solicit for money from friends and corporate organisations who are also at best, investors looking for latter-day return on investment. In Oyo state, Lamidi Adedibu fell out with Governor Rasheed Ladoja because he insisted on a share of the Governor’s security vote. In Anambra state, Governor Chris Ngige ran into troubled waters because he refused to share privileges with the man that allegedly put him in power. This commercialization of the political process is a universal dilemma and part of the crisis of what seems to be
the perceived end of liberal democracy. If money makes all the difference, and politicians have to acquire and repay monetary IOUs, then where does that leave the big, liberal, ideas about choice, sovereignty and the power of the majority? Where really, are the people in the entire democratic equation?Before the election, on election-day and even after, the electorate at least in Africa, expect to be paid in cash and kind. The people are encouraged to embrace democracy with cash, they are induced to vote in the same manner and their loyalty is maintained only when it is procured. Countries where democracy still seems to be putative or uncertain are the worst hit and many of them are in Africa. But it must be carefully noted that politicians also spend money elsewhere: in France, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the United States, Spain, Germany, Italy and so on…. campaign finance has been a problem, to be specific, corrupt campaign financing, poses a threat to the globalization of the democratic enterprise. The liberal democratic project is based on the assumption that the electorate are granted the freedom to choose, determine the future of their country and their individual/collective future as well. When they make mistakes, they bear the consequences, but a few years later, four, or five, under the constitution, they may also be allowed the opportunity to correct their mistakes and hope for the best within the framework of representational democracy. But a drawback to all that, I argue, has been money, described elsewhere as the root of evil. The connection between evil and money has been a principal bane of democracy, turning democracy, that same vehicle that is supposed to bring good tidings into a vehicle of mixed blessings – the good and the ugly. In cognizance of this, many countries have written into their electoral frameworks, rules and procedures on campaign finance: to rescue democracy from money bags, the influence of money, also, to prevent the undue use of money, and to preserve the people’s sovereignty. In real terms, these rules which exist in virtually every jurisdiction, include laws and regulations which forbid the unauthorized use of state resources for political purposes, contributions from dubious sources, violation of campaign funding limits as prescribed by enabling laws, the use of money to influence voters and election outcomes, non-disclosure of campaign spending, abuse of media, broadcasting and political advertising rules, and rules on declaration of assets, academic qualifications, health and other disclosures and internal party guidelines and rules. Accordingly, Sections 222 – 229
of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution (as amended) provides rules and regulations on the operations of political parties, with Sections 225 and 226 thereof affirming the powers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the country’s electoral body to monitor, inquire into and assess campaign finances, and a party’s source of and management of funds. Section 228 expressly provides sanctions with regard to party finance and campaign finance, and provides the National Assembly statutory powers in this regard. The best that the National Assembly of Nigeria has done in this regard, however, has been the enactment and review of Electoral Acts to guide the conduct of elections in Nigeria (notably the Acts of 2002, 2006 and 2010). The extant 2010 Electoral Act, as amended, caps spending limits as follows: Presidential election – N1 billion, Governorship- N200 million, Senatorial – N40 million, House of Representatives candidate – N20 million, and House of Assembly – N10 million. Section 92 (3) of this enabling law also requires every political party to submit, six months after every election, an audited revenue and expenditure report of the party, failing which penalties are stipulated. But this has never happened. The first key argument of this commentary, therefore, after the legal, cultural and socio-political, context described above, is that corrupt campaign finance is a big problem in Nigerian politics, and that money poses the biggest threat to our democracy. Upon his assumption of office in Nigeria in 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari recognizing this fact decided that he would focus on the abuse of campaign financing and tackle electoral corruption. The way he has gone about it and the conduct of his own political party, the All Progressives Congress should be a useful global study in how not to tackle the challenge of campaign finance. And it is like this: campaign finance scrutiny and the audit of the electoral process requires a nonpartisan, and objective process, but in Buhari’s case, the process began with a determination to discredit and malign the preceding administration based on the assumption that this would automatically make the successor look good. It is a strategy thathas failed. The biggest focus of the Buhari administration has been simply this: to prove to Nigerians that the preceding Jonathan administration used public funds to finance the 2015 general elections, and that the public funds involved were meant for the prosecution of the war against the Boko Haram: Nigeria’s biggest security challenge. We have been fed with details of thieving officials, money
given to prayer-warriors of different denominations, the media, the civil society, traditional rulers, politicians and other stakeholders, but here is the take-away: the Buhari war against corruption has been utterly selective and selfish. His government is just as terribly guilty. The 2015 general election is in retrospect, a test case for Nigerian democracy. The truth is that the dominant political parties – the PDP and the APC –both violated the laws on campaign finance, before and after the fact. I am not aware for example that either of the political parties complied with the aforementioned Section 92(3), or Section 92(6) of the Electoral Act 2010, (as amended), or that even INEC itself bothered to take up the matter. In every election since 1999, contribution and spending limits have been exceeded and the relevant laws have been observed in the breach by political parties and politicians at all levels. In 2015, the Jonathan campaign at a fund raising dinner breached the fund raising limit, for example by collecting more than N20 billion! The APC would later claim it spent just a little above N1 billion in the 2015 Presidential election, but this has not yet been investigated, and I don’t think anybody believes it. Some of the state Governors who later became big men in the Buhari Government have been accused of making untidy donations to the Presidential campaign without any investigation. Businessmen, who associate with any government in power, hedging their bets, protecting dubious advantages,have also been known to donate money to politicians as protection fees. Thislack of equity and transparency, is principally the reason the Buhari government’s effort to address the challenge of corrupt campaign financing is considered hypocritical, one-sided, fake and dishonest. Most of the Jonathan men and women who are today in the dock are there for campaign finance reasons –Sambo Dasuki and his team – they are accused of using state security funds to organize political campaigns, Olisah Metuh – he is accused of taking state money to help Jonathan’s re-election, part of which he allegedly diverted, Femi Fani-Kayode and Nenadi Usman are accused ofusing state funds to run political campaigns, but not even one person from the APC wing has been similarly charged, or accused, and yet the same APC also gave money to politicians, journalists, persons in civil society, including spiritualists and thugs, and there are self-styled Godfathers in that party who have been quarreling over the redemption of the IOUs they incurred. This essay is not about the APC, however. It is about corrupt campaign financing and the bona fides of the current Nigerian government in that respect and it is something the incumbent President should begin to worry about. Whoever comes to equity so the law says, must do so with clean hands. In Nigeria, the ruling APC party and its principal, Muhammadu Buhari may have been trying to claim a moral high ground in the last three years particularly in relation to matters of integrity and governance but they seem to belong more to the valley. Nothing makes this more obvious than the APC ward congresses and Local government elections held last week in which there were accusations of vote buying, harassment, violence, parallel congresses,
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Kano Speaker survives impeachment, Chief Whip, Deputy Leader lose seats Yakubu Salisu, Kano Move by 24 members of the Kano State House of Assembly on Tuesday to impeach the Speaker of the House, Honourable Abdullahi Attah, failed as the aggrieved members of the House could not meet up with the 27 signatories 2/3rd majority required for the impeachment of the speaker. The assembly members who were barred from accessing the complex by the Police and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, however decided to announce the impeachment of Honorable Labaran Abdul representing Warawa constituency as the chief whip of the assembly, as well as honorable Muhammad
Bello Butu-butu, deputy majority leader and have unanimously agreed that Honorable Abudullahi Iliyasu Riyasa of Tudun Wada assume the seat of the chief whip while Ayuba Labaran from Kabo is to act as the new Deputy Majority Whip, Right Honorable Abdulaziz Garba former speaker to continue as the majority leader while honorable Kabiru Dashi Kiru is now the Deputy majority leader. According to the spokesperson of the house, and former speaker of the House, Honorable Alhassan Rurum who spoke on behalf of the aggrieved members said that, they were not backing down on their bid to impeach the speaker and will continue to work to meet up with the required
2/3 majority needed for the speaker’s impeachment. “As law abiding citizens and the representatives of the people of Kano State, we have gathered here to do what we deemed necessary to remove the speaker of the House. You would recall that there were allegations leveled against me when I was the speaker, which led to my honorable resignation to enable the House carryout it’s investigations which led to the emergence of Yusuf Abdullahi Ata as the new speaker. And recently there has been calls for the impeachment of Attah as the speaker. These we have gathered here to do today but as you can see the assembly complex is being barricaded by the Police and men of the Civil
Defence Corps” “To impeach the speaker, we need 27 out of the 40 members of the House of the assembly to do that, so far so good we have 24 members who have endorsed the impeachment of the speaker. That is below the number needed but with that number we can impeach other Principal officers and we hereby announce the impeachment of Honorable Labaran Abdul representing Warawa constituency as the chief whip of the assembly, as well as honorable Muhammad Bello Butu-butu, deputy majority leader and we have unanimously agreed that Honorable Abudullahi Iliyasu Riyasa of Tudun Wada assume the seat of the chief whip while Ayuba Labaran from Kabo is to act as the new
Deputy Majority Whip, Right Honorable Abdulaziz Garba former speaker to continue as the majority leader while honorable Kabiru Dashi Kiru is now the Deputy majority leader” “Although we are not in the assembly complex but we are within its premises. As law abiding citizens we won’t engage the security men. The speaker Abdullahi Attah came into the assembly last night and took away the Mace but that wouldn’t stop us from carrying out our statutory duties as you can see we have provided another Mace.” Atah is being accused of incompetency, official high handedness and localising the activities of the Assembly as well as embezzlement.
FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello (right) inspecting farm produce on exhibition at the pavilion during the recent flag off of Rain-fed farming season in the territory...recently
‘We must not ignore calls for restructuring’ By Moses Oyediran, Enugu Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) former senatorial candidate for (Anambra Central), Dr. Obiora Okonkwo has stated that decision makers must not ignore calls for the restructuring of the country. Okonkwo, who is the chairman of Dome Entertainment Centre Abuja, said this in Nsukka on Tuesday during 2018 edition of the faculty of social science, University of Nigeria Nsukka public lecture titled “ The Value of Diversity :Restructuring To Save Nigeria” . He said until governance is unbundled the country will not achieve greatness. “Until the governmental system unbundled and unleash the powers of our diversity on development, we may not
really achieve our collective dreams. “Our country will continue to struggle until we agree to unbundle the federation and allow component units tap into their local talents and endowments to grow. “When the country is restructured it will make positions at the centre less attractive and makes bring out states potentials by making them to harness their resources. “The present situation where states depend on federal government to pay salary and carry out developmental projects will not be sustainable when the period of oil is over. “Restructuring will make states more viable and strengthens the unity in diversity of the country,” he said. He said there was no need to fear for unknown as Nigeria had witnessed restructuring since
1914, Nigeria had undergone several restructuring. “Nigeria witnessed first restructuring in 1914 through the amalgamation of the northern and southern parts of Nigeria by Lord Lugard “The only thing is that the restructuring of 1914, 1922, 1946 and others constitutional restructuring by colonial masters in which Nigerians did make contributions. “Nigerians should erased every fear of unknown to restructure the county as its not dividing the country but making the country more viable and more united,” he said. The business tycoon said the Nigeria federation should be unbundled to enable federal government to concentrate on defense, immigration, foreign policies, legal tender and few other things so that state government could manage their resources and pay tax to
Federal government. “With restructuring states will have more autonomy and responsibilities which will enable them to pursue and fasttrack development. “Our federation needs to be unbundled so that federal government will focus on defense, legal tender, Immigration and few others. “United States become a stronger nation after it was restructured the same will happen to Nigeria as restructure brings the best of any country, “ he said. Okonkwo said restructuring would eliminate wastages, enthrone merit, accountability as well as healthy competition in development among states. He expressed appreciation to the faculty of social science for finding him worthy to deliver the lecture. In a remark the Vicechancellor of UNN Prof.
Benjamin Ozumba who was represented by the deputy Vice chancellor Administration Prof. Charles Igwe commended the faculty of social science for the topic of the lecture which he said was apt and would help many people to know more about restructuring. Earlier in a remark, Prof. Hilary Achunike the Dean of faculty of Social science described Obiora as a man that had made his mark in business as well as a through bred academic, having been trained as a political scientist up to doctorate level at the Russia Academy of Science, institute of World Economy and International Relations Moscow. “A parcel primed for opening does not deserve to be pinched, I have no doubt our guest lecturer doctorate degree holder in political science will do justice to the topic,” he said.
Cultists kill 45 in Ilorin –Emirate Union kehinde Akinpelu, ilorin National President of Ilorin Emirate D e s c e n d a n t s Progressive Union (lEDPU), Sheikh UthnanAbdulAzeez, has confirmed that 45 youths from various families were murdered by some suspected cult members in Ilorin between 2017 till date. Uthnan-AbdulAzeez gave the figure in Ilorin on Tuesday at an interactive session organized by the Union with Islamic clerics and Chief Imams of various mosques in the Ilorin emirate and beyond. The Daily Times, reports that the interactive session was aimed at reminding the Islamic Clerics to center their sermons during Ramadan and beyond on eradication of social vices in Ilorin emirate. The IEDOU National President described the killing of 45 youths in the town between 2017 and now by some suspected cult members as alarming which he said needed to be addressed. Uthman-AbdulAzeez urged Islamic clerics in the state to compliment the effort of eradicating cultism and other vices in the state through their sermons. He said several residents of the Ilorin emirate and beyond were living in perpetual fear of insecurity of their lives and property. “It saddens the Union that several youths in Ilorin are now smoking Indian hemp including some Islamic clerics”, he said. The lEDPU frowned at what he described as alarming rate of sales and dealing with human parts in various parts of the state and charged the clerics to assist in the eradication of the menace. Uthnan-AbdilAzeez advised the Islamic clerics to shun rivalry among themselves and see themselves as one indivisible entity with common goal to eradicate social problems and insecurity in the state. The Chief Imam of Radio Kwara Ilorin, Uztas Olayiwola Abdulsalam in his remark, urged his colleagues to always be conscious of what they write and utter during sermons to ensure a peaceful society.
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17 News Kaduna Govt to inaugurate rapid response team on rape cases
Fulani herdsman rapes 14-year- old girl in Ebonyi By Charles Onyekwere, Abakaliki A suspected Fulani herdsman was on Tuesday reported to have raped a 14 year old girl, Favour Okugbo of Umuifi community of Anioma-Isu in Onicha, Local Government Area of Ebonyi State. The victim who is a student of Union Secondary School, Agueke-Isu, had been taken to an undisclosed medical facility for treatment. Confirming the incident, the Chairman of the community, Festus Nwachukwu condemned the activities of Fulani herdsmen in Umuifi Anioma-Isu community as a threat to the agricultural revolution of the state considering how
the herdsmen had been destroying their farm produce and threatening the peaceful co-existence of the Onicha people. According to him, even though the suspect has been arrested by the police, the act that was committed by the Fulani herdsman was an abomination to our land and we are going to carrying out a cleansing ceremony on the land so that it will remain fertile. “The Fulani herdsmen are destroying our farms; if you want to talk to them they will threaten you with knives; our major occupation is farming; we can no more farm because of this menace; they are fond of using their cows to destroy our farmlands and crops. “The government policies on agriculture
are being threatened in Onicha LGA. I came back from church on Sunday of 9th April and learnt that this girl was raped by a Fulani man when she went to the farm to get vegetables; and that if she refuses he will kill her; he used the knives to beat her on the back and then raped her. “What has happened is an abomination in our land; the man has damaged the fertility of the land and we are going to use cows, fouls and many cartons of beers and palm wine to bless the land.” Narrating her ordeal, the victim, Favour Okugbo who said she has been sad over the incident called on the state government to look into the activities of Fulani herdsmen in Umuifi
community in order to avert any negative episode involving young girls in the near future. “I went to the farm to fetch vegetables when I was attacked by a Fulani herdsman. He came to our farm with his cows and cross the cow around; he asked me if am with water and food, I said no; he now went and got more cows to surround me; he told me that if I allow him to have sex with him, that he will give me N700. I refused and started running away. He chased me and used the back of his cutlass to hit my back so I fell and he raped me. “I feel sad I want the government to come to my aid as young girls like me are no longer safe to go the farm and help
our parent; government should make sure the arrested Fulani herdsmen is prosecuted according to the law. Every Fulani herdsmen with bad intention should be meant to leave our land.” Reacting, a member of the State Committee on Herdsmen, Mr. Amechi Oken who extolled Governor David Umahi for putting mechineries in place to checkmate the excesses of herdsmen in the state added that the Committee usually visit locations were skirmishes between herdsmen and farmers occur in order to proffer solution. As at the time of this report, the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Loveth Oda denied knowledge of the incident promising to carry out further investigation.
Wife of the Ondo state Governor, Mrs Betty Anyanwu - Akeredolu (middle), receiving the Distinguished Female Gender Advocate Award from Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo Provost, Prof. Olukoya Ogen (right), during the inauguration of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Female Staff Association in Ondo, Tuesday, 15, May, 2018.
Army arrests suspected militia spiritual head in Nasarawa Army on Tuesday said it arrested suspected spiritual head of militia armed group in Toto Local Government Area of Nasarawa State after destroying some of the group’s camps in Ugya village. Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-
Gen. Texas Chukwu, gave the name of the suspect as Angulu Idaku, in a statement in Abuja, said that seven locally made guns, 12 catridges, 200 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 76 rounds of 7.62mm NATO special ammunition and four knives were recovered from
the group. Others, Chukwu said, were 15 cutlasses, six mobile phones, one DSTV decoder set and four solar panel sets. In another development, Chukwu said troops of Operation Lafiya Dole neutralised six Boko Haram terrorists and wounded
some others during clearance operation in the North East. He, however, said two soldiers sustained injuries during an encounter with the insurgents. He added that one antiaircraft gun, four AK47 rifles, six AK47 magazines, two mortar bombs and two
gun trucks were recovered from the terrorists. Chukwu also said that the troops had successfully cleared Gambori, Dumbawa, Damsu, Awardi, Kanaram, Laridi, Malumdi and Yuramdi villages and recovered one refrigerator, one 14inch TV two DVDs and a box filled with drugs.
Kaduna State Government said on Tuesday it would set up a rapid response team to handle cases of rape and ensure justice for victims. Hajia Hafsat Baba, the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, made the disclosure in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna. Baba said setting up the team was a development strategy to address the menace of rape in the state. “The response team would have all the stakeholders together – security agencies, ministries of Health, Education and Women Affairs – to quickly intervene in any reported case of rape.” She said that the committee would be inaugurated soon. Baba described the rising cases of rape as alarming, noting that it was been fueled by cultists and people with deep psychological problem. “We don’t expect somebody who is in his right senses, an old person to be raping children as young as less than a year old.” “We have been engaging with stakeholder including religious and traditional rulers to push them into playing their natural roles of enlightening the general public on the menace of rape in our society. “We have been working hand in hand and I am happy to say that the Emir of Zazzau has been very active on the issue of rape cases. “We had a meeting in his palace with all the traditional leaders on the role they needed to play as community leaders to ensure that we curb this menace.” The commissioner urged parents to take their responsibilities as parents seriously to protect them from sexual exploitation. She also said that the state government was very concerned on the drug addiction among the populace and had began verification of the licences of drug stores. “Those undertaking the verification have been given permission to close down and prosecute those operating illegally. “The government is doing it’s best to ensures that the sale of drugs most especially to young children is prohibited, and even to adults, it must be with a prescription,” the commissioner asserted.
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Oni threatens to leave APC should Fayemi fail to honour agreements
By Gbenga Sodeinde, AdoEkiti
Former governor of Ekiti State and runner-up in the just concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in the state, Engr. Segun Oni, has threatened that he would leave the party if “Fayemi fails to honour our agreement”. Oni expressed regret that he had got reports about how his supporters were being allegedly harassed with threat that they won’t be accorded any
Tension in Ughelli over herdsmen attack on govt. college officials, facilities
recognition if the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi wins the July 14 poll. Oni appreciated Fayemi’s gesture and respect by immediately visiting him barely six hours the election result was declared, saying unity of purpose and friendliness could only be sustained if the Minister could rein in his supporters to engender cohesion within APC. The party chieftain stated that he would only return to his former position of APC National Deputy Chairman (South), if leaders of the party ask him to take up that challenge. In the keenly contested primary, Fayemi polled 941 votes to defeat other 32
contestants, with Oni coming second with a total vote of 481. Speaking with journalists in Ifaki Ekiti on Tuesday, Oni said he was ready to change the mindset of Ekiti politicians that defection remains the only option after losing an election as a popular and acceptable politician by staying put in APC. “I am still in APC; we are loyal party men. I decided to contest to give our party the probability to win. The contest was not about me. “Our people must learn a new lesson that when you enjoy goodwill and you lose a primary, the next thing is for you to move to another party, with a thinking that you will win.
“Even if you enjoy goodwill, it is not good to expend it that way. So, we are not leaving APC, but I have a responsibility to protect my supporters. But this habit of winner takes all and what we are hearing that Segun Oni boys will be in the cooler for four years if APC wins is what I won’t tolerate. “We are approaching a windstorm, which is the election and I believe we need to take caution on both sides. As much as we are ready to work with the winner, they too must be receptive and be trusting. “We are not scavenging; neither are we scavengers. We have been receiving pressures from different parties that we should come for the tickets,
but we said no, because we want this to be an example and become a new thinking that when you lose the primary, you must stay in your party even when you are popular. “But if they continue to harass my supporters, I may quit the party, because I have responsibility not only to protect them but ensure that they are not taken for a ride”, Oni stated. On the level of money that was involved in prosecuting the primary election, Oni revealed that money played prominent role in mobilizing the delegates for the highly pulsating poll. The former governor suggested option A4 in electing the party’s candidate,
describing it as being more representative and inclusive than the delegate system “Money played a prominent role in the election and virtually every aspirant was guilty of it. But let me say, our party won’t tread this path again, because a situation whereby few people are allowed to elect a candidate and see it as opportunity to maximize their profit is dangerous. “Any serious political party must guard against that. So, I believe that every member of a political party must be involved. This will make it more representative and more inclusive than allowing few individuals turned themselves into opportunists and avenue to make making”, he said.
Nosa Akenzua, Asaba Tension has continued to mount in Ughelli Government College following attack on the staffers by rampaging Fulani herdsmen. Principal of the college, Mr. Godspower Odenema who spoke to our reporter said; “My staffs were attacked on Monday on their way home from school by herdsmen, they injured seven of them, my school has been invaded by herdsmen, security agents should come to my rescue”. He lamented the activities of the herdsmen as “hell fire” for their victims, alleging that their constant invasion to the school premises in an attempt to look for grass for their herds had destroyed many of the school’s facilities. While appealing to the Delta State Government for a perimeter fencing around the school’s athletic fields, as well as the deployment of security staff to always be on guard, and protect the herdsmen from coming to the school’s compound, the principal said; “We have suffered lots in the hands of the herdsmen, our injured staffers are still lying critically ill in the hospital over their injuries, thank God they were not killed” adding since the broken down portion of the school fence, hoodlums including herdsmen activities have continued to unsettle them. But the Police Spokesman in the state, DSP Andrew Aniamaka who confirmed the attack on the school facilities and staffers, told our reporter; “We are investigating the act, though no arrest has been made, but the police will do everything possible to bring the herdsmen to book”. Sources said that frequent “wicked activities of herdsmen in Ughelli, Abraka and its environs, had created sleepless nights for the residents who currently go to bed with their two eyes open.
L-R Ogun State Head of Service, Mr. Abayomi Sobande, Commissoner for Culture and Tourism, Bashorun Muyiwa Oladipo, Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Adedayo Adeneye, Special Adviser, Information and Strategy, Mr. Rotimi Durojaiye and Special Adviser, Forestry, Barr. Yinka Odufuwa during a programme, “EXCO in Class”, an initiative of Junior Achievement Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Ogun State government...yesterday
Bayelsa laments shortfall in allocation Akam James, Yenagoa The Bayelsa state government has lamented the shortfall in the allocation from the Federation Account Allocation Committee, FAAC, to the state, stating that the allocation accruing to the state does not reflect on the increase in increased allocation to the federation account. The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral Gbogborgha John-Jonah (rtd), who disclosed this in Yenagoa on Tuesday during the monthly Transparency State Briefing in Government House, said that the gross monthly allocation accrued to the state for the month of April which stood at N14b was N774m short of the month of March’s despite improved conditions in revenue generation. According to the Deputy Governor, the gross monthly allocation from FACC stood as N14b, 590m, 446,302, 56K, while
monthly Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, stood at N1b, 245m, 152, 597, 86k. His words: “Funding is a very difficult thing in this country now, recalled that between March and April the income reduced by over N700M and it is still further threatening. The strange thing about this reduction at the federal level is that the accruals to the Federation Account have defied all mathematical predictions. You cannot calculate it sitting here. “Ordinarily, if oil prices increase, the quantity increase, Naira is devalued; there is just no justification that we won’t have sufficient Naira to pay salaries. All indicators are increasing but the money coming to us is reducing. That is why the last meetings that we had at the Federal level for FAAC, they couldn’t hold the meeting, the governors decided that they should be part of those calculating that money now, why is it that conditions are improving but money is reducing? What
happen at that level? You and I do not know “But all you will hear federal government say, are between this period and that we have given this much money to the state, I think the Vice President said it recently, they will never say how much they have got and they will not tell us that they take loans that is beyond that one they got. These are facts, nobody is falsifying anything. We have authority to take loans, all that they do is to stay at Abuja and incite citizens against their state, that can’t work. “At a time the federal government was borrowing N80b a month to pay salaries, facts are there, but they will not say those ones outside. They will say we have given the state so much money, why are they downsizing?” On the ongoing civil service reforms, the deputy governor stated that the government would be fair to all, adding that
no one would be unjustly sack and stressed that those dismissed would be given a soft land and provided with opportunities for a new lease of life. He said the state government would at the end of the exercise computerize the state civil service. “We have been on this for more than two years now, one committee after another, in fact this reform we have well over 16 sub committees looking at various aspects of the entire public service and that is why it is taking very long time to be able to get the report of all the sub committees and bring it out and make a coherent piece so that people can understand while decisions have been arrived at certain level. “These various committees have recommended certain optimal money or staff scheduled for all the establishments and these are worked out by experienced experts and not by government people here.
Best practices were followed to ensure that university can run at optimum performance in terms of personnel requirement and facilities as well. “So the number that we are actually talking about does not involved NDU, the number involved all the other establishments School of Health Technology, College of Education and the state Polytechnic and mainly non-teaching staff and that must be clearly understood. “It is not something directed at one particular establishment, it is the committee reports based on best practices and affect every tertiary institution that we have in this state to make sure that they function at optimal level while we should be able to intervened in the requirement developing the facilities to make sure that quality service delivery is rendered to our children who should be able to compete favourably when they leave here.
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Navy arrests 42 vessels, acquires 173 boats to boost operations Andrew Orolua, Abuja Nigerian Navy said on Tuesday said that its operations have improved the safety of the country’s maritime domain leading to the arrest of 42 vessels involved in various act of illegalities in the last one year. Chief of Naval Transformation, Naval Headquarters Abuja , Rear Admiral Begroy Enyinna IbeEnwo disclosed this during a press briefing on activities line up to mark the 62 anniversary of the Nigerian Navy. He said that Nigerian Navy had sustained an aggressive patrol within the nations maritime environment covering over 22,000 hours with newly acquired 173 assorted boats, including Epenal Boats, Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats, and Hydrographic Survey Boats in the last one year. Ibe-Enwo said that 6 OCEA Fast Patrol Boats that were recently acquired from France
which will be commissioned soon. According to him, the suspects who were arrested on board the seized vessels “are undergoing various stages of investigations and prosecutions.” He also attributed the successes to the upgrade of surveillance over our maritime environment in recent times. “This has been made
possible through upgrade of available maritime surveillance equipment, which includes the Regional Maritime Awareness Capability (RMAC) and Falcon Eye systems,” he said. “Accordingly, the NN has 9 RMAC sites established at Badagry, Bonny, Naval Base Apapa, Ibaka, Brass, FOB FORMOSO, NHQ as well as the Headquarters of the Eastern and Central Naval
Commands.” The NN is working towards increasing its Falcon Eye system from 9 sites at present to 12 , he added stating that when completed, “these facilities will enable the NN expand its surveillance coverage of Nigerians maritime domain, with more effective check on illegalities.” On recapitalization of the NN fleet, Ibe - Enwo said it has
been a top priority of the Chief of Naval staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas who had pursued the objective through a double-pronged strategy acquiring ships from abroad and complementing with local construction of ships and boats. He maintained that the ongoing operations: TSARE TEKU and RIVER SWEEP are addressing illegalities in the Blue and Brown waters
... to mark 62nd anniversary with regional maritime exercise Andrew Orolua, Abuja Nigerian Navy on Tuesday said it will conduct a Regional Maritime Exercise (REMEX), involving seven foreign countries navies to mark its 62 anniversary. The exercise will be an international event in which ships from at least 7 foreign navies, including the US Navy, Chinese Navy, French Navy, Portuguese Navy, Ghana Navy, Cameroonian Navy and Togolese Navy will take part. Chief of Naval
Transformation, Navy Headquarters, Rear Admiral Begroy Enyinna Ibe-Enwo who announced the activities in Abuja said the objective of the REMEX is to enhance collaboration between the NN and foreign navies in combating security threats in the Gulf of Guinea. Furthermore, the exercise will afford the Chief of the Naval Staff the opportunity to evaluate the operational effectiveness of the naval fleet individually and collectively. The exercise will dovetail
into the International Maritime Conference (IMC) which will be held at the Admiralty Conference Centre, Naval Dockyard Limited, Victoria Island, Lagos on 31 May 18. He said activities marking this year’s Navy week will commence with the commissioning of some projects in the Commands. Notable among the projects is the Nigerian Navy Military School, Ikot Ntuen in Akwa Ibom State which will be commissioned on 23 May 18. Thereafter, Special Jumaat
Prayers for the 2018 Navy Week activities will be held in Abuja area and the Commands on 25 May 18. OnSaturday 26 May 18, the Commands will carry out Medical Rhapsody. The Rhapsody is a grassroot social and medical outreach programme usually held in rural communities where there is naval presence or where the Nigerian Navy is having a major event. It is estimated that a large number of people will benefit from the exercise. On Sunday 27 May 18, the NN will hold Inter-
Yobe Govt opens account for completion of N11bn airport Yobe State Government has said that it had established a dedicated account to ensure the completion of the N11billion Damaturu International Cargo Airport before the tenure expiration of the present administration. Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, stated this on Tuesday while inspecting work on the project in Kalallawa village, 17 kilometres from Damaturu, the state capital. According to him ‘‘we have opened a dedicated account called the Airport Project Account, money is there waiting for payment at any time.’’ H expressed satisfaction with the speed and quality of work at the airport saying the contractors should complete the project on time because government has the money to execute the project. He said the state government had paid N5.6 billion out of the N11.3 billion contractual fee. According to the governor, the project is cost effective compared to airports constructed at over N63 billion in other states. Gaidam said work has reached 51.5 per cent completion with impressive speed and quality. The contract was awarded in September 2017 with 15 months completion deadline.
respectively. While surveillance systems, ships and helicopters are specifically aimed at checking crude oil theft, illegal bunkering, piracy/sea robbery and illegal fishing among others. According to the programme for the Navy Week events will be carried out in the 5 Commands of the Nigerian Navy.
From left: Iyalode Alaba Lawson, President of NACCIMA; Mr. Uchola Emmanuel, Deputy Director, Policy and Strategy, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment; Mr. Olaniyi Omodara, Director Legal Services and Enforcement, National Human Rights Commission and Mr. Alex Akoh, Director General of the Bureau for Public Enterprises at the inauguration of the Stakeholders Engagement Committee of the National Council on Privatization by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja. . . on Tuesday.
Denominational Church Service in Abuja and simultaneously in the Commands. Additionally, some NN ships will be open to visitors the next day in the major naval bases at Lagos, Calabar and Port Harcourt. The ships will remain open to visitors till Wednesday 30 May 18, when the 2018 Regional Maritime Exercise (REMEX) will be flagged off at the Naval Dockyard Limited, Victoria Island, Lagos. The theme of the 2018 IMC is, Enhancing an Integrated Maritime Strategy for Security in the Gulf of Guinea. The objective of the Conference is to improve on the synergy of efforts between the Nigerian Navy and the international community in combating current and emerging security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea. The Conference is also an avenue for the NN to solicit support from the international community and other maritime stakeholders in dealing with the security challenges in the nations maritime environment. Finally, on Friday 1 Jun 18, the NN will round off the 2018 Navy Week Celebration with a Ceremonial Sunset. The event will take place from 6:30 pm to 9.00 pm at the Parade Ground, Naval Dockyard Limited, Victoria Island, Lagos. The Ceremonial Sunset is a symbolic traditional naval ceremony, which usually marks the conclusion of special events. In keeping with the tradition, the Ceremonial Sunset will feature a parade of the ceremonial band of the Nigerian Navy and a salute to the lowering of the Ensign at the calculated time of sunset.
El-Zakzaky: Protesting followers now bear weapons, 60 nabbed -Police Idu Jude, Abuja Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja Police Command has confirmed that members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) protesting the continued detention of their leader Sheik Ibrahim El-Zakzaki by the Federal Government, just as it also confirmed the arrest of 60 members of the group during a violent protest in Abuja, on Monday. DAILY TIMES report that
the group in continuation of its protest clashed with police officers on Tuesday, fired a shot which hit one police woman who was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment. According to police spokesperson in FCT DSP Mr. Anjuguri Manzah, “the group now bear dangerous weapons the woman is recuperating from the shot and the general public should be on the watch out on their activities. Do not forget that the police had recovered locally made
gun from the group in one its protests at the central business district of Abuja.” Mr. Manzah, said that the group defied warning from the police and staged the violent protest to demand for the release of their leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, who had been detention since 2016.” Manzah was in the hospital to see how the two personnel of the command, who sustained injuries while dispersing the protesters, were recuperating. They are SP Linus Ogah,
who had bruises on his face and could hardly speak or open his eyes, and Insp. Mary Ameh, who sustained injury in one of her hands. “During the Monday protest, members of IMN or otherwise known as Shiites engaged police and haul stones at police personnel deployed to disperse them. “They also smashed some vehicle glasses parked around the Federal Secretariat,” he said. It would be recalled that
on April 16, the police had arrested 115 members of the sect when they embarked on a similar violent protest to demand that their leader be freed. Manzah, who said that though citizens had right to protest, advised that they should do that in a “civil manner’’ and not to disturb public peace. He said that the command had taken proactive measures to check violent protest in the territory.
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Enugu LG Boss receives newly elected monarchs Moses Oyediran, Enugu The Chairman Nsukka Local Government, Chief Patrick Omeje has received the newly elected traditional rulers for the six proposed autonomous communities in the area. The traditional rulers were received at the council secretariat amid fanfare as members of the various communities, including elders, men, women and youths trooped out in their numbers, dancing, jubilating and thanking God for giving them traditional rulers who would pilot the affairs of their communities. The traditional rulerselect presented to the council were Mr. Matthias Agboeze for Umuoyo community; Mr. Simeon Ugwunweze for Umakashi community, Mr. Emeka Ugwu for Owerre community, Mr. Linius Obayi for Nguru community, Mr Attugwu Linius for Edem/Ezema
community and Mr. Christopher Ezeugwu for Echara community. Making remarks, the Chairman of Nsukka LGA, thanked the communities for their orderly conduct during the elections to elect traditional rulers for the proposed autonomous communities. Omeje urged members of the communities to continue to live in peace. “I am happy the elections for traditional rulers in the six proposed autonomous communities were peaceful and orderly. “The six Igwe-elect will become first traditional rulers as soon as the Enugu State government gives them autonomous status. “The aim of curving out communities and making them autonomous was not to create disunity but for administrative convenience as well as bringing development closer to
grassroots,” he said. He congratulated the traditional rulers elect and urged them to carry everybody along in piloting the affairs of their various communities after coronation. “Ensure that that you carry everybody along including your opponents and those who did not vote for you during the election. “You are now the father of everybody in your communities and there should be no form of any discrimination, “You should know that to whom much is given much is expected from that person” he said. Also speaking, Mr. Fabian Onah, the Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nsukka LGA, commended the governor of the state, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in his wisdom to make some communities in Nsukka autonomous.
Describing the decision as a welcome development, Onah said it would help bring development closer to the people. “I am satisfied with the caliber of persons presented as Igwe- elects for the proposed six autonomous communities in Nsukka LGA,” he said. Onah, whose community, Umuoyo was among the proposed autonomous communities said in every contest there would be winners and losers and advised the traditional rulerselect to ensure reconciliation with aggrieved members to ensure peace and unity. Equally speaking, Mr. Peter Okonkwo, the Commissioner for Housing in Enugu State who is from Echara community, urged people to see the proposed autonomous communities as a way of bringing government closer to the grassroots and not to create
disunity. Okonkwo urged the traditional rulers-elect to ensure that measures were put in place to reconcile aggrieved people during the elections especially their opponents. “We are all brothers and sisters. We should not allow the recent exercise to elect traditional rulers create enmity among us, “he said Responding, Agboeze one of the traditional rulers elect, thanked the people for the trust they have in them in electing them as traditional rulers and promised they would not disappoint their people. “In piloting the affairs of the communities, we will carry everybody along and be fair to all. “We will ensure that we reconcile with aggrieved members of the community especially those who contested with us during the elections.
Indonesian Ambassador to Poland, Peter Gontha; Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; Executive Director, Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC), Mr. Mahendra Siregar; and Mr. Ryan Edwards of Dartmouth University, during a panel session at the conference on Eradicating Poverty through Agriculture and Plantation Industry to empower Peace and Humanity in Rome, Italy. . .on Tuesday
Makoko killings: We will not spare any indicted individual – CP
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Imohimi Edgal said the command had commenced a high powered investigation into the fracas which occurred between the Lagos State Task Force on land grabbers, officers of the Nigerian Police Force and suspected land grabbers in Ilaje community in Makoko area of Lagos. The incident which
happened on Thursday, May 10th, had led to the death of three persons in a church. Updating journalists on efforts the command was making to unravel the actual cause of the incident, Edgal said: “ It was alleged that a particular Unit of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice accompanied by policemen invaded a church and in the process of carrying out their duties, there was a fracas and three casualties were recorded. “Based on new evidence
and a petition by the church through a lawyer, I have ordered an indept investigation into the entire incident. “As a first step, the head of the police Unit that gave the policemen to the officials of the Task Force on land grabbing who incidentally is the Officer in Charge of the AntiKidnapping Unit has been relieved of his appointment for now to make way for impartial investigation. “Secondly, all the policemen who
accompanied this unit have been brought down to the state headquarters for proper interrogation. “As I speak to you, officials of the Lagos State Ministry of lands and Environment, members of the Nigeria Police Force attached to the Task Force and prominent members of the Makoko community where the incident happened have been invited for questioning. “The outcome of the investigation will be made known to the public in due
course.” The Commissioner of Police also assured Lagosians saying any person culpable whether by misusing authority or by unauthorised use of force will be indicted and firm disciplinary action taken against such person. He said if it is discovered that the entire movement by the team from the land grabbing Unit was not approved officially, then the office will be forced to indict the senior officers of the Unit.
“We will not disappoint the government and our people as we will ensure justice, peace and unity in our various communities,” he said.
Gov Ahmed to swear in new commissioners next week By Kehinde Akinpelu, Ilorin Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed will swear in new commissioner nominees whose names were forwarded to the State House of Assembly for screening next week. Governor Ahmed who made the promise Tuesday in Ilorin, at the monthly stakeholders meeting of the state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), explained that the commissioner nominees would be sworn in as soon as the lawmakers were through with their screening this week. He told the gathering that his government dissolved cabinet five months ago to enable him inject new bloods and make adjustments where necessary. Gov Ahmed further explained that as the government is winding down, it is important to bring on board more experienced and energetic people who will assist in accelerating the execution of policies and programmes for the benefit of the masses that voted the APC government into power. Ahmed further stressed that with the appointment of the new set of Commissioners, his administration is set to refocus and redirect the state’s resources and energy towards realizing already set goals so as to justify the confidence reposed on the administration by the people of the state. Governor Ahmed who commended party stalwarts at the meeting for their peaceful conducts at the recently concluded congresses in the state, said the APC remains a strong party in the state. “We are committed with the principles of equity, fairness and justice in handling party and state affairs, the governor said. According to the governor, the same process adopted that ensured peaceful congresses in both ward and local government will be adopted in the coming Saturday state congress. The state APC Chairman, Hon. Ishola Balogun Fulani had earlier in his remarks expressed gratitude to the party members for their cooperation and support for the party at all times. He urged the party faithful to continue to remain committed to the party and be wary of nocturnal politicians who are head bent to cause confusion in the party.
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Companies Registration 22 CARE AND REFORMATORY INITIATIVE 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. HALIMA IBRAHIM KABIRU 2. DR. ALHAJI UMAR ALI 3. BILKISU ADO MAJE 4. SANI YA’U BABURA 5. MUHAMMAD RADHI AMINU 6. FUAD KABIRU GAYA 7. RAMADAN ABBAS AMINU 8. BASHIR SUNUSI DUKURAWA
OBJECTIVES: 1. TO ENCOURAGE YOUTHS AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE TO KEEP THE ENVIRONMENT DRUG FREE FROM DRUG RELATED OFFENCES. 2. TO EMBARK ON REFORMATORY AND REHABILITATIVE PROGRAMS FOR THE YOUTHS THAT WERE INVOLVED IN DRUG ABUSE AND SOCIAL VICES. 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: UKAGA O. K. ESQ. 08033155820
AMU-AMU UMUNWANYI NWANGELE INITIATIVE THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1. LOVETH DURU NKEIRUKA - CHAIRMAN 2. ABIAKAM EGONDU FLORENCE - SECRETARY 3. AKWAUGO JOY ONWU THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO FOSTER RELATIONSHIP AMONG WOMEN OF NWANGELE ORIGIN. 2. TO ASSIST WINDOW’S OF NWANGELE ORIGIN. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY
MIRACLE IKECHUKWU FOUNDATION
DENTAL SUPPORT FOUNDATION CAC/IT/NO/77509
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. ODERINDE OLATUNDE. ADEDEJI - PRESIDENT. 2. ABIMBOLA AL-HAFIZ ADEYINKA SECRETARY, 3. AMORAN ADEKUNLE SAMUEL 4. ODERINDE FUNMILAYO IDOWU AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. FACILITATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FOR THE POOR AND PPOR COMMUNITIES. 2. FACILITATING INCLUSIVE BUSINESS MODEL FOR PROVATE SECTOR CONCERNS. 3. FACILITATE SUSTAINABLE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE INITIATIVES .
THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED, HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR AMENDMENT OF CONSTITUTION AND APPOINTMENT OF ADDITIONAL TRUSTEES UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. THE OLD TRUSTEES ARE: 1. DR. ABIDEMI OLADAPO DAWODU - RETAINED 2. DR. CLEMENT OLUROTIMI OLOJEDE - RETAINED 3. DR. BABATUNDE OGUNBIYI OGUNBANJO - RETAINED THE NEWLY APPOINTED TRUSTEES ARE: 1. DR. ADEMSON ADEMOLA GBOYEGA 2. DR. OWOTURO ENERE OMOTOLA 3. DR. MANG GRACE NDUKA 4. DANFILLO ISHAKU SALLAU 5. DR. LABO DAHIRU SAIDU 6. DR. AWOKOYA MOBOLANLE OLUROTIMI AMENDMENT OF ARTICLE 4(2) OF THE CONSTITUTION TO PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL TRUSTEES OF DENTAL SUPPORT FOUNDATION BY INCREASING THE TRUSTEES FROM THREE (3) TO NINE (9) ANY OBJECTION TO THIS APPLICATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION MAITAMA ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION SIGNED: SECRETARY
ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY
ALL CHRISTIAN YOUTH INTERNATIONAL FORUM 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. BOARD OF TRUSTEES: 1. PST KAYCEE AGBONS 2. PST FRIDAY OWUZO 3. MR DANIEL AKANIMO 4. SAVIOUR KUZO, 5. FREEMAN JACOB, 6. PST. UKANA OKASIME EDEKI 7. MISS GRACE EHIOGU CHIGOZIE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. REACHING OUT TO THE LESS PRIVILEGED 2. TO FACILITATE PEACEFUL CO-EXISTANCE 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 BARR. ULOKO VICTOR ITODO 07038294132
GRACETECHN FOUNDATION THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1) PASTOR PAT. IBRAHIM MBUIDIFFU (MISS) 2) ARCHITECT JOHN M BAROVBE (MR) 3) ENGR. STEPHEN ODUH (MR) AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO GIVE HOPE TO THE HOPELESS BY EQUIPPING THEM VIA EDUCATION, VOCATIONAL TRAINING AND EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMS THAT WILL MAKE THEM EMPLOYABLE AND SELF RELIANT.
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
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
OMO BELLO MUSIC FOUNDATION
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
NIGERIAN YOUTH PROFESSIONALS FORUM THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES: 1. CYRIL ISONG 2. ABDULKADIR ILIYASU 3. AKUDAZIE NDUGBU 4. UNWANA EYO EKONG 5. OKEME AROME 6. TIJJANI MUSA 7. OLAKUNLE. OLOWOJOLU 8. MONDAY NWABUZOR 9. CHRIS AKWA 10: FBI SIM TUKUR 11. MBASITI JULIUS JESSE 12. CHRISTIAN ABUTU EDWIN AIM AND OBJECTIVE: TO GENERALLY PROVIDE A PLATFORM FOR DEVELOPMENT OF NIGERIAN PROFESSIONALS BY PROVIDING CAREER ENHANCEMENT THROUGH QUALITY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES , NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES 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: AKUDAZIE NDUGBE SECRETARY
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DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION FOR STRATEGIC DERIVATIVES
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. JAKPA-JOHNS EVANS ORITSEGBUBEMI - CHAIRMAN 2. IGBOKWE MIRACLE IKECHUKWU - SECRETARY AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PROMOTE CHILDREN’S RIGHT TO EDUCATION, ERADICATING POVERTY, ADVOCATE FOR CAREER CHOICE, PEACE AND UNITY, RELIGIONS TOLERANCE, HEALTH AWARENESS.
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, BELLO OMOLEGHO SABENA - CHAIRPERSON 2, ADENOWUN JOSEPH ADEGBOYEGA - SECRETARY 3, ADEIGA ADEMOLA ALEXANDER - MEMBER 4, BELLO JOHN OHIOLE - MEMBER AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO CREATE AN AWARENESS MOVEMENT FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC IN NIGERIA AND OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD. 2. TO PROVIDE A PLATFORM FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF CLASSICAL MUSICIANS TO MOVE TO THE NEXT PROFESSIONAL LEVEL IN CLASSICAL MUSIC AND OTHER MUSIC. 3. TO PROVIDE THE CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS CANNOT AFFORD MUSIC CLASSES THE OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP THEIR TALENT 4. TO PROVIDE THE FUTURE MAINSTREAM MUSICIANS, IRRESPECTIVE OF GENRE OR MUSICAL STYLE, A SOLID GROUNDING IN FORMAL MUSIC 5. TO SET UP THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND INSTITUTIONS THAT WILL EXECUTE THE ABOVE AIMS.
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BRAZILIAN DESCENDANTS ASSOCIATION LAGOS
BENEVOLENCE ALTRUISTIC FOUNDATION THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES: 1. OLATEJU FADEKEMI MARYJONES - PRESIDENT 2. OLATEJU MICHAEL BAMIDELE - SECRETARY 3. OLATEJU OLUREMILEKWU OLUFUNMILAYO AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. TO SHOW AN ACT OF BENEVOLENCE TO THE LESS PRIVILEGE IN THE SOCIETY ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL. CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET. PMB 198, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY
SUCCESS PACT GLOBAL FOUNDATION
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC),ABUJA, FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE 1. IBRAHIM YUSUF TANZE - CHAIRMAN. 2. JAMES RUTH - SECRETARY. 3. UWAEME KELECHI PAUL. 4. DANJUMA FATIMA. THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.TO ENCOURAGE AND PROMOTE THE WELFARE OFTHE LESS PRIVILEGED. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: VALENTINE C. ONWUACHU ESQ.
THE BIRTHPLACE FULFILMENT FOUNDATION
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. LAWAL PEDRO SAN 2. OLUREMI DA COSTA 3. KAYODE DA SILVA 4. ALEXANDRA DE SOUZA 5. OLADIPO VERA CRUZ AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PROMOTE MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING, CO-OPERATION AND FRATERNAL RELATIONSHIP AMONG MEMBERS IN NIGERIA AND DIASPORA. 2. TO PROVIDE EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT MEASURES IN PRESERVING OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE AND MONUMENTS. 3. TO INITIATE, PLAN AND EXECUTE PROGRAMMES, EVENTS, PROJECTS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES TOWARDS ACCELERATING THE OVERALL GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF MEMBERS AND POPO AGUDA COMMUNITY/BRAZILIAN QUARTERS. 4. TO TAKE COLLECTIVE STEPS TO ENHANCE MEMBERS RELEVANCE IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS IN NIGERIA, LAGOS STATE AND LAGOS ISLAND IN PARTICULAR.
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PRINCESS-ANNE ATULAEGWU 2. ELIZABETH ATULAEGWU AIMS AND OBJECTIVES (AMONGST OTHERS INCLUDE): 1. TO STRENGTHEN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT BY EDUCATING, EMPOWERING AND NURTURING YOUTHS TO LIVE PRODUCTIVE AND FULFILLED LIVES THROUGH MENTORING, CONFERNCES, OUTREACHES, GROUP STUDIES AND HANDS ON TRAINING; 2. TO CONSIDER, REVIEW AND UPDATE ON THE CHALLENGES FACED BY YOUTHS IN THE COURSE OF THEIR DEVELOPMENTAL CYCLE AND ULTIMATELY PROFFER SOLUTIONS AND PLATFORMS FOR THEIR ADVANCEMENT; 3. TO STRENGTHEN THE FAMILY CULTURE BY MENTORING, NURTURING AND GROOMING THE GIRL CHILD INTO THE PILLAR OF THE FAMILY, SOCIETY AND THE WORLD AT LARGE THROUGH MENTORING, CONFERENCES, OUTREACHES, GROUP STUDIES AND HANDS-ON TRAININGS.
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 LAWAL PEDRO SAN
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
OLAJIRE JONATHAN FOUNDATION THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES: 1. OGBUNGBANGBE OLUWAFEMI BOLARINWA 2. IDOWU IBIRONKE TEMITOPE AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. TO RENDERING HELP TO THE LESS PRIVILEGED 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: IDOWU IBIRONKE TEMITOPE.
OGONI LIBERATION INITIATIVE
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES: 1. FABEKE DOUGLAS DEEKA 2. GORGE NWIYEGE 3. FRIDAY BARIGBIDOGO 4. INNOCENT UEBARI 5. VICTOR EBOH AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PROVIDE BASIC WEIFARE FOR THE OGONI COMMUNITY. 2. TO PROTECT AND SUPPORT THE INTEREST OF THE OGONI PEOPLE ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARR. VICTOR EBOH
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TINA ATASIE FOUNDATION THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ORGANIZATION 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) MRS. AUGUSTINA CHINENYE ATASIE 2) MR. MACAULEY CHIDINMA ATASIE 3) MRS. PROMISE CHINAZA IBEZIMAKOR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES A) TO GIVE, PROVIDE AND/OR RENDER HELP AND ASSISTANCE IN CASH AND KIND TO WIDOWS. B) TO GIVE, PROVIDE, FOOD, MEDICINE, SCHOLARSHIPS AND OTHER ASSISTANCE IN ANY SHAPE OR FORM TO THE POOR, LESS PRIVILEGED AND NEEDY PERSONS. C) TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO AND/OR IMPLEMENT ANY SCHEME FOR PROVIDING LIVELIHOOD AND UPLIFTMENT OF THE POOR AND LESS PRIVILEGED. D) TO GRANT OR GIVE SCHOLARSHIP, STIPEND, PRIZES, REWARDS, ALLOWANCE AND OTHER FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OR HELP IN CASH OR KIND TO STUDENTS WITH A VIEW TO HELP THEM IN PERSECUTING THEIR STUDIES IN SCHOOLS. E) TO ESTABLISH, PROMOTE, ASSIST, FINANCE, OR AID IN SETTING UP OR RUNNING SCHOOL AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS, ORPHANAGES, WIDOW HOMES, LUNATIC ASYLUMS, POOR HOUSES, OR OTHER ESTABLISHMENT FOR RELIEF AND/OR HELP TO THE POOR, OLD AND INFIRM PEOPLE AND/ OR DESTITUTE. ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION MAITAMA, ABUJA , WITHIN 28 (TWENTY EIGHT) DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: NNOLI UDORA IZUCHUKWU
LOSS OF DOCUMENT
THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC OF LOSS OF ORIGINAL COPY OF RIGHT OF OCCUPANCY (ROFO CTC), RE-CERTIFICATION OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT (CTC), OPEN FILE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT (CTC), LOCATED AT PLOT 264.FILE NO IM10646. SIZE 2474.87SQM LOCATED AT GUZAPE A09, ABUJA,ISSUED BY FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY ADMINISTRATION, ABUJA GEORGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS (AGIS), ABUJA, BELONGING TO MR JUDE OJUKWU ANYAMELE, GOT LOST IN TRANSIT . ALL EFFORTS TO TRACE THIS LOST DOCUMENTS PROVED ABORTIVE. IF FOUND PLEASE TAKE IT TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION, GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
GOD’S AGENDA LADIES INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES: 1) NNAJIEZE MARIA ELOCHUKWU - CHAIR PERSON 2) UCHEONYE AMAKA MONICA - SECRETARY 3) NNAJIEZE JOSEPH - MEMBER 4) ONYEABOR ONYEKACHI ANTHONY - MEMBER 5) MBAH CHIEBONAM PATRICIA - MEMBER AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1) TO UPGRADE OUR MEMBERS FINANCIALLY AND FOR ERADICATION OF POVERTY. 2) TO INCULCATE THE SPIRIT OF UNDERSTANDING AND GOOD RELATIONSHIP AMONG MEMBERS. 3) TO SEE ABOUT THE WELFARE OF THE LESS PRIVILEGED 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: NNAJIEZE MARIA ELOCHUKWU
LOSS OF DOCUMENT
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC OF THE LOSS OF ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION TRUSTEE OF YORUBA ACADEMY .IT NO 28663 DATED 05/07/2018. GOT MISSING IN TRANSIT .IF FOUND PLEASE RETURN TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION. GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE. SIGNED: DE-BENTOS LIMITED 08023449597
FLAMES OF FIRE HEALING AND DELIVERANCE MINISTRY
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES: 1. VINCENT CHIBUEZE UGWUANYI 2. ARINZE EDWARD 3. NDUKAIFE CHUKWUNONSO JOHN 4. ATTAMA BENICE OGECHI 5. MADUAKO UKAMAKA GRACE 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. SIGNED: SECRETARY
23 Companies Registration PRISENDA WRITERS RESIDENCY INITIATIVE THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE 1. MRS. TITI HORSFALL - PRESIDENT. 2. MR. UCHE IZUORA 3. MRS. TONBARA EGEKWU. 4. MR. KABIR ALWALLED YUSUF. 5. MR. ANOTE AJELUOROU. MR. EMMANUEL ONYEMA CHUKWU - SECRETARY AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1). TO PROMOTE LITERACY. 2). TO PROMOTE CREATIVE WRITING AND INTELLECTUAL EXPRESSION OF THOUGHT. 3). TO PROVIDE AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE EXPRESSION OF CREATIVITY. 4). TO INSPIRE THINKERS AND SOLUTION PROVIDERS THAT WOULD POSITIVELY IMPACT THEIR GENERATION. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION(CAC)PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY
UNCOMMON GRACE AND POWER OF GOD MINISTRY THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY 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} OYINLOLA DORCAS OLUWAYEMISI 2} ONI AYOTUNDE 3} OLAFISOYE YETUNDE HUSAMAT AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1) TO WORSHIP AND SERVE GOD AND TO FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION OF JESUS CHRIST AS SET FORTH IN MATT. 28: 19-20. 2) TO MINISTER TO THE NEEDS OF MEMBERS AND OTHER AS THE CHURCH IS ABLE TO DO SO. 3) TO DO ALL OTHER THINGS RELATED AND IN CONNECTION WITH CARRYING OUT THE OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSE HEREIN ABOVE SET FORTH. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION [CAC], PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: OYINLOLA DORCAS OLUWAYEMISI
UNIQUE DIVAS FOUNDATION
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) FORL REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES & ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: 1. OGBONNA IJEOMA. 2. EMEKA ANEKWE QUEEN OZIOMA. 3. OSADOLOR CHITURU NKEM. 4. OBASI NNENNA DIANA. 5. OKWARA BLESSING OBIANUJU. 6. OTTIH ROSECOLETTE IHUOMA. 7. OBI AMARACHI GRACE. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO FOSTER UNITY AMONG MEMBERS. 2. TO CARTER FOR THE LESS PRIVILEGE. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY
LIVING SAINTS IN CHRIST MINISTRY
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ORGANIZATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PASTOR ANAMA IDOKO RAPHAEL 2. GODWIN AGBO 3. MICHAEL BONIFACE FRIDAY 4. AKOR MICHAEL OGWUCHE 5. JOHN ODEH ADIKPE 6. IJUO OKPE 7. OGWUCHE EJEH BENJAMIN 8. ANAMA JOSEPH UJAH 9. OGUNKALU TITILAYO GRACE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO OPERATE AS A RELIGIOUS, SOCIAL, CHARITABLE, EDUCATIONAL GROUP AND FOR ECCLESIASTICAL PURPOSE. 2. TO CONDUCT LOCAL CHURCHES BY DIRECTION OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND UNDER THE PERFECT LEADERSHIP OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE WORD OF GOD. 3. TO SPREAD THE WORD OF GOD THROUGH BIBLE SEMINARS, HEALING SCHOOLS, OUTREACHES, MEDIA MINISTRY, PUBLICATION OF TRACTS, BOOKS AND OTHER FORMS OF LITERATURE FOR THE SPIRITUAL SOCIALIZATION, REORIENTATION OF THE INDIVIDUALS AND FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE OBJECTIVES OF THE ORGANIZATION. 4. TO OPERATE ALL AND EVERY OF IT’S OBJECTIVES IN TANDEM WITH RECOGNIZED CREED, DOCTRINAL ASSEMBLAGE, PATTERN OF WORSHIP OF THE DIVINE AND GODLY DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: BARRISTER IJUO OKPE & PASTOR RAPHAEL ANAMA.
CITY OF GRACE ASSEMBLY INTERNATIONAL
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘’C’’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1999 TRUSTEES: (1) SAMUEL IFEANYI OGBU (2) MICHAEL ANDREW ONIAMOH (3) ELIZABETH NJOKUOCHA AIM AND OBJECTIVE: TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY
FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT FOTE RC: CAC/7133 THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ORGANIZATION HAS APPLIED FOR AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 2004. THE ORGANIZATION SHALL INCREASE ITS BOARD OF TRUSTEES FROM MINIMUM OF 5 MEMBERS TO MAXIMUM OF 15 MEMBERS TO BE APPOINTED BY THE EXECUTIVE SUBJECT TO THE APPROVAL OF THE GENERAL MEETING AND SHALL BE KNOWN AS “THE REGISTERED TRUSTEES OF FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT. ANY OBJECTIONS TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, ONF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, P.M.B 198 MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS FROM THIS DAY OF PUBLICATION. ENGR. MADUKA J.O ADEKUNBI ADESOKAN CHAIRMAN SECRETARY
JESUS CHRIST SALVATION INTERCESSORY MINISTRY THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED 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: 1 RICHARD CORDELIA 2 LAZARUS RICHARD MONEKY 3 EZE PETER NWANNEKA 4 ONUORA JAMES ONYEKA 5 ONU CHUKWUDI JOSEPH AIM: TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION(CAC)PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION SIGNED – TRUSTEES
GOLDEN CROWN WORLDCARE FOUNDATION THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES & ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MAY DABIRI, MARK AWONGO. 2. UBA PRINCE. 3. MAY DABIRI, JOY NKECHI. AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. RAISING A GENERATION IN THE ENHANCEMENT OF HUMAN CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT FROM THE GRASSROOT. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: TRUSTEES
SHINING NATIONS FOR CHRIST MINISTRY
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. TRUSTEES ARE: 1) REV. PATRICK NOMEH. 2) EVANG. ANGELA OGECHUKWU PATRICK. AIMS & OBJECTIVES: 1) TO PREACH THE GOSPEL. 2) TO RAISE CHRIST’S GOSPEL BEARERS. 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
FOUNDATION FOR CIVILIAN PEACE IN NIGER DELTA CAC/IT/NO. 94901 THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR CHANGE OF TRUSTEES UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO 1 OF 1990. THE OLD TRUSTEES ARE : 1. CHIEF JOSEPH EMEREJE IJEDE - RETAINED 2. ENGR. RICHARD OMOEFE - RETAINED 3. MANU DANBOYI YAGDAH - RETAINED 4. ALIYU AMINU WAZIRI - RETAINED 5. CHIEF JOHN MILLER OMAGBEMI ORIDO - RETAINED 6. MANU DANBOYI YAGDAH - REMOVED 7. ALIYU AMINU WAZIRI - REMOVED 8. CHIEF JOHN MILLER OMAGBEMI - REMOVED THE NEWLY APPOINTED TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ALHAJI BELLO ARCHI 2. PAUL IJEDE EMEREJE. 3. EMMANUEL ANEMEJE. THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES REMAIN THE SAME. ANY OBJECTION TO THE CHANGES SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRARGENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET MAITAMA, PMB 198, GARKI, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: AUSTIN U. NWAROH ESQ 08037881053.
Companies Registration 24 BADMUS LATEEF FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS GBADAMOSI LATEEF GBOLAGADE, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS BADMUS LATEEF GBOLAGADE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.
FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OGUNJOBI KOLAWOLE AZEEZ, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS AL-HASSAN KOLAWOLE AZEEZ. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.
FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MR OLORUNNISOLA JEREMIAH, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MR OLORUNNISOLA JEREMIAH KAYODE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.
FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OLAJIDE REMI ADEKUNLE, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OLAJIDE ADEREMI ADEKUNLE . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.
CORRECTION OF NAME/ BIRTH DATE
I FORMERLY KNOWN CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS ADEDOYIN ADEOLA, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS ADEBANJO ADEOLA. DUE TO MARRIAGE . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT MY NAME WAS WRONGLY WRITTEN AS SAMUEL GLORY AND AYODELE LOA GLORY INSTEAD OF AYODELE GLORY TAMILOLA. THAT MY CORRECT DATE OF BIRTH IS 15 MARCH 1965 AND NOT 17 MARCH 1965. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.
CONFIRMATION OF NAME
THIS IS TO CONFIRM THAT OKAFOR AKUDO ROSEMARY AND OKAFOR AKUDO MARYROSE IS ONE AND THE SAME PERSON. HENCEFORTH I WANT TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OKAFOR AKUDO ROSEMARY. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE
I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADRESSED AS ADEDIRAN OLOLADE HANNAH NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN, CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS OLADELE OLOLADE HANNAH ALL DOCUMENTS AND CERTIFICATES BEARING MY FORMER NAMES REMAIN VALID. RELEVANT AUTHORITIES AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
RARE PEARLS PROGRESSIVE DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION 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.NWAOHA GIFT ONYINYECHI - PRESIDENT 2.ARIWODU JOY ADANNE 3.LENCHI EJENIHI PRINCE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1.TO CATER FOR THE LESS PRIVILEGE IN THE SOCIETY. 2.TO FOSTER LOVE AND UNITY AMONG MEMBERS ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL,CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION,PLOT 420,TIGRIS CRESCENT,OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET,MAITAMA,PMB.198,GARKI,ABUJA WITHIN TWENTY EIGHT (28) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: PRESIDENT
TRIPLE DOVE SOCIAL CLUB OF NIGERIA
FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS IWU PATIENCE OGADINMA IGHO FAITH ASANA, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS AYINDE-IGHO PATIENCE FAITH. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.
AKINTUNDE TEMITOPE I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ADEDOKUN TEMITOPE OLUWABUSAYO NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN, CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS AKINTUNDE TEMITOPE OLUWABUSAYO ALL DOCUMENTS AND CERTIFICATES BEARING MY FORMER NAMES REMAIN VALID. RELEVANT AUTHORITIES AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
OLISA LIVINA FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS TONY NKECHINYERE, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OLISA LIVINA NKECHI. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.
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FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OLANREWAJU DAVID ADETULE, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ADEMIOYE MICHAEL ADETULE . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.
FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS SIMI PHILIP, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS BULUS SIMI PHILIP. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.
CONFIRMATION OF NAME THIS IS TO CONFIRM AND CERTIFY THAT IBRAHIEEM RASHIDAT OMOSHEKE AND SULAIMON RASHEEDAT OMOSHEKE REFER TO ONE AND SAME PERSON. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.
FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS YUSUF OPEYEMI SAHEED, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS SERIKI SIKIRU AKANBI. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.
AS BABATUNDE AMINAT
I FORMERLY KNOWN CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS BAJOWA FUNMILAYO OLUWASEUN , NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS BAJOWA FUNMI AKANKE . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
I FORMERLY KNOWN CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS ODOH BENJAMIN IFESINACHI , NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS SYLVANUS BENJAMIN OSINACHI . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
I FORMERLY KNOWN CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS SAKARIYAU AMINAT , NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS BABATUNDE AMINAT FUNMILAYO . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
UWELU SECONDARY SCHOOL OLD STUDENT ASSOCIATION
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. TRUSTEES ARE 1,JOSEPH OSA- CHAIRMAN 2,OSAZEE STEPHEN -VICE CHAIRMAN 3,JULIUS AGHAMA-SECRETARY 4,BELLO ALFRED IKPONMWOSA 5, OBASOGIE CHARITY EDEHIA. 6,FRANK OKUNGBOWA 7, IYEN ELVIS OSAYANDE. 8,OSAYI IZEKOR. 9,FRANK OMOKORO. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1, TO FOSTER UNITY AMONG OLD STUDENTS. 2,TO ASSIST THE SCHOOL IN THE AREA OF NEEDS. 3,TO DRAW GOVERNMENT ATTENTION TO THE PLIGHT OF THE SCHOOL. 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 BY - JAMESEDOS@YAHOO.COM
AVENUE OF GOD CHURCH INT’L
I FORMERLY KNOWN CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS MICHAEL EMMANUEL GODSON, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS GAVLO EMMANUEL JOSHUA. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS AYINDE OPEYEMI ROFIAT NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS ALAMU OPEYEMI ROFIAT. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC NOTE
CORRECTION OF NAME
FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS ADERINTO ABOLORE LATEEFAT NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS AMOSUN ABOLORE LATEEFAT. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC NOTE
MY NAME WAS MISTAKENLY WRITTEN ON MY BVN AS OGUNBOTE-ABOLAJI GBENGA INSTEAD OF MY CORRECT NAME WHICH IS OGUNBOTE-ABOLAJI GBENGA OLUWADAMILARE. FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID.GENERAL PUBLIC NOTE.
SOUL-WINING ROYAL CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY 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
ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION(CAC) PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE:1. MUKABA NGANGIEBE NOE - PRESIDENT 2. INNEH DAVID - VICE PRESIDENT 3. NDEKE CHRISTIAN TULUNZUKU - FINANCIAL SECRETARY 4. AROMIRE OLUWASEUN SEFUNMI - SECRETARY THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE:1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST 2.TO WIN THE LOST SOULS FOR CHRIST THROUGH PROPAGATION OF GOD’S WORD 3.TO ASSIST THOSE WHO ARE IN DESPERATE NEED ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION(CAC) PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
SIGNED BY: SECRETARY
SIGNED BY: SECRETARY
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CLUB HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE:(1) OGUNDELE ADESINA OLUWASEYI (2) AKPU ESTHER NWAMAKA (3) ADEYALE ABDULMALIK ADEWALE THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE:(1)TO PROMOTE UNITY AND HARMONY AMOUNG THE YOUTH (2)TO DEVELOP SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS IN THE FUTURE (3)TO DEVELOP THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE YOUTH.
I FORMALLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS AMAKA SOLOMON NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS CHIAMAKA FAVOUR. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN ,VALID GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE
I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS CHUKWURAH JULIET ONYINYE, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS. NWAKUSOR JULIET ONYINYE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD TAKE NOTE.
LADI DARIYA I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS LADI CHRISTOPHER, NOW TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS. LADI DARIYA. THAT I WAS BORN ON THE 15TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 1980. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD TAKE NOTE.
I FORMERLY KNOWN CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS TONY ASIKAGBON.NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS ANTHONY AS I K AG B O N . F O R M E R DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC AND AUTHORITY CONCERN TAKE NOTE.
FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS EDDIE OLUWAMAYOWA IBUKUN NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ADEKOYA OLUWAMAYOWA EDDIE. FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC NOTE.
I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OKPANI JUDITH UCHENNA , NOW WISH TO BE CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS EKEZIE JUDITH UCHENNA . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS OLUWAKEMI ADEOLA ADEMILA NOW WISHES TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS AJAYI OLUWAKEMI ADEOLA ALL FORMAL DOCUMENT REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE
I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ANIEBUK UDOINYANG NOW KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ESTHER UDOINYANG. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID, AUTHORITIES CONCERN AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
MODUPE OLUWATOYIN I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS MOTAYO MODUPE OLUWATOYIN NOW WISH TO BE CALLED AND ADDRESS AS MRS OYENIRAN MODUPE OLUWATOYIN .ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE .
DOTOU THERESE I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS KPEMEDETOU THERESA .NOW WISH TO BE CALLED AND ADDRESS AS DOTOU THERESE.ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE .
ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL,CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION,PLOT 420,TIGRIS CRESCENT,OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET,MAITAMA,PMB.198 ,GARKI,ABUJA WITHIN TWENTY EIGHT (28) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION
CORRECTION OF NAME
I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS AJOKE OLORIEGBE NOW WISH TO BE CALLED AJOKE ALFRED IYAMU .ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES TO PREACH THE WORD OF GOD.
MY NAME WAS WRONGLY WRITTEN AS METU EVERESTER CHIDALU INSTEAD OF METU EVARESTER CHIDALU. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS GLORIA IBRAHIM , NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESS AS GLORIA FEMI .ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE .
AJOKE ALFRED IYAMU
TRUSTEES ARE 1.PASTOR OLUWADELE SAMUEL 2.MRS OLUWADELE ELIZABETH BISI 3.DEACONESS OKPONIGENE QUEEN ATOSIMHE
ISAAC EMMANUEL I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS EMMANUEL ISAAC ISAAC . NOW WISH TO BE CALLED AND ADDRESS AS MOSES ISAAC EMMANUEL .ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE .
DAVID EMMANUEL UDOH
I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS SHORINMADE OLUWAREMILEKUN TOYIN NOW KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS. ABIDOYE OLUWAREMILEKUN PRECIOUS. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID, AUTHORITIES CONCERN AND GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
I FORMALLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS DAVID EMMANUEL NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS DAVID EMMANUEL UDOH. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC AND AUTHORITY CONCERN PLEASE TAKE NOTE.
PETERSON T BRIDGET
I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS AZEGO TAIBA BRIDGET NOW WISH TO BE CALLED AND ADDRESS AS MRS PETERSON T BRIDGET. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE .
I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS KIKELOLA OLUDAMILOLA OYELEYE , NOW WISH TO BE CALLED AND ADDRESS AS KIKELOLA OLUDAMILOLA OLANIYAN . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE .
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C.U IDEOZU FOUNDATION
IKWERRE BUSINESS FORUM
THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER THE PART “C” OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990.
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC) FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES & ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990.
THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER THE PART “C” OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990.
THE TRUSTEES ARE: (1) EJEZIE CHINONYE GERALDINE (2) VICTORIA NGOZI OBI (3) MAUREEN UJU OBI UGBOME (4) IMELDA IFEOMA OBI
TRUSTEES ARE: 1. GODSON IDEOZU ................CHAIRMAN. 2. KINGSLEY IDEOZU ..............SECRETARY. 3. HARVEY IDEOZU 4. HOPE IDEOZU 5. ESO HARRISON IDEOZU 6. GLORY IDEOZU 7. EZE JUSTIN IDEOZU
GREENLAND GLOBAL AND BLACKALIVE FOUNDATION
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Daily Times Nigeria Wenesday, May 16, 2018
Education Place greater emphasis on cutting-edge research, Buhari tells varsities Stories: Esther Taiwo Nigerian Universities have been told to place greater emphasis on the conduct of cutting-edge research, which will invariably and progressively affect the quality of teaching and community service and ultimately proffer appropriate and practicable solutions to the challenges confronting the country. President Muhammadu Buhari gave this charge at the 49th convocation of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Akoka, Lagos where he stressed that the most effective means to tap into the benefits inherent in the nation’s large population is to get people
educated, skilled and employable. The President, who is also the Visitor to the the University, said it is the high quality of education that government is able to give to children at all levels that will guarantee a better Nigeria in the future. The President was represented at the event by the Executive Secretary National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Adamu Rasheed. He said it is practically impossible to tell the history and development of university education in Nigeria without the milestone of the establishment of the University of Lagos as one of the first generation universities of Nigeria.
The Visitor reiterated that education is a key factor in economic development of any country in the 21st century, adding that with the advent of the knowledge economy, educational competencies, rather than natural resources, drive national development. “Both the developed and the developing countries strive to mobilise education as a key engine of growth and development. In Nigeria, the importance of education in national development has been enunciated in the National Policy on Education (NPE). International documents like those of EFA and MDGs of the past and the present SDGs have also stressed the important roles of education in
human development. “Human capital development is essential to the attainment of the goals of the various national and international initiatives and the Universities have critical roles to play in the development of the critical mass of manpower that drives various national economies”, he said’. The President noted that it is increasingly becoming imperative to reposition Nigerian Universities to meet the goals and aspirations behind the existence of universities and urged the Governing Councils and University Managements to occupy the front line in the achievement of the aspirations for Nigerian Universities
Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council, University of Lagos, Dr. Wale Babalakin and the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, congratulating the winner of the Best PhD Thesis Award in Sciences, Dr. Ibrahim Mutiat Bolanle (middle), at the 49th convocation of the university... recently
and indeed for Nigerians. He affirmed that his administration is determined to face and tackle the challenges and make them issues of the past, adding that the hallmark of university education is the academic programmes they offer and the curriculum plays a major role in determining the content and depth of the courses offered in every programme as well as the requirements to deliver on the courses. To this end, he said government has directed the National Universities Commission to chart a new course for curriculum development and review in the Nigerian University System in line with global best practices and dynamics urging universities, on their part, to be innovative in their approach to curriculum development and delivery as well as to embark on strategic capacity building to bring academics up-to-date with new trends in their respective subject areas in order to achieve the desired impact. Buhari however expressed worry that some Nigerian Universities are not demonstrating capacity for fund utilisation despite the need and justified clamour for increased funding of higher education institutions, some universities still find it difficult to access funds from Tetfund because they have not shown commitment to meeting the requirements for the release of the funds. Vice Chancellor of UNILAG, Prof. Toyin Ogundipe, reiterated his administration’s commitment to reposition research and scholarship as part of his new agenda as well as developing students by honing their skills through entrepreneurship training to be introduced as part of their curriculum. Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council, Dr. Wale Babalakin, urged the graduating students to make attitude and not necessarily aptitude their watchword adding that aptitude is a natural gift but attitude is one’s determination to succeed.
Educationist wants FG to increase budgetary allocation to education An educationist, Mrs. Oluwakemi Waniko, has advised Federal Government to increase the annual budgetary allocation for education sector in order to improve the standard of education in the country. Waniko gave the advice during the second edition of Scholars Quiz Primary Spelling Competition in Ota, Ogun State. According to her, the six percent allocated to the sector in 2017 and the proposed seven percent in 2018 was not sufficient to boost the nation’s education sector.
“The Federal Government needs to do more in the area of allocating additional funds for the ministry of education so that a sustainable goal could be achieved in the sector. “No nation can develop without massive investment in education because an educated nation is a developed nation,”she said. Waniko, who was the organiser of the competition, appealed to stakeholders and corporate organisations to support laudable programmes that could boost development in the sector. According to her, the Federal
Government does not have the capacity to fund the education sector alone. She, therefore, urged other corporate organisations to assist in ensuring the attainment of sustainable development in the sector. According to her, the objective of the competition is to improve the spelling skills, vocabulary, learning concepts of children as well as create academic and social interaction among pupils in different schools. Waniko explained that the competition was developed out of the desire to eradicate poor spelling
among pupils. “It is pertinent that we take seriously the effect of incorrect spellings and wrong usage in order to reduce the high rate of failure in our examination in the country,” she added. Waniko also underscored the need for more academic competitions to boost children’s performance in school. “We want to see how we can help our children at this tender age to develop their spelling skills so as to improve the standard of education in the country,’’ she said. A total of 30 primary schools took
part in the competition with Bells Nursery and Primary School, Ota, emerging the overall winner. Kingdom Way Schools, Ota, and Emmanuel Children School, Ota, came second and third respectively. The overall winner, Miss Odunjo Toluwanimi, received a trophy, plaque, N15, 000 cash and products from the sponsors, while the first and second runners up got a plaque, N10, 000 and N5, 000 cash respectively. Toluwanimi commended the organiser for creating a platform for pupils to improve their spellings skills.
Daily Times Nigeria Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Ex-NUC scribe advocates quality assurance in varsities Esther Taiwo A former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie, has declared that any nation that is serious about engaging education, as a socialchange instrument, should ensure good quality University education for her citizenry. The University Don made the disclosure while delivering the maiden Distinguished Lecture Series of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, titled “A Robust Regulatory System: An Imperative For Quality Assurance in Nigerian Universities” to commemorate the 30th anniversary celebrations of the university. According to him, universities are pivotal to research, innovation and enterprise which underlie the progress and development of any nation as well as its global competiveness, hence the need for a more efficient and effective monitoring system to guarantee an acceptable balance between quality and access to University education. Stressing the need for proper
monitoring of access and quality of programmes to guarantee the standard of university graduates, Professor Okojie, who is also a former ViceChancellor of the University, said that fortunately, regulators such as the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), professional bodies, civil society organisations and other relevant stakeholders assist in Quality Assurance issues in Nigeria alongside external quality agencies like International Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education(INQAAHE); Nordic Network of Quality Assurance Agencies; African Quality Assurance Network among others. Professor Okojie noted that the existence of these bodies confirms that quality of programmes and graduates is a worldwide concern because of staff and students mobility, advocating that the education sector takes advantage of these organisations and domesticate global best practices to improve its quality assurance architecture. The former Vice-Chancellor of the university said that it is evident that Nigeria’s Quality Assurance activities
have improved the quality of programmes in the Nigeria University System as the number of programmes with full accreditation status has continued to improve. Speaking on the way forward, Professor Okojie recommended that universities in Nigeria should take advantage of the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN) platform to share resources with other Universities, adding that it provides cheaper bandwidth, telephony, video conferencing and improves the prospect of teaching larger class sizes. The former NUC Executive Secretary, who disclosed that contrary to the belief that the quality of Nigerian graduates is poor, said that the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID) confirmed that graduates from Nigerian Universities are globally competitive with over 200 of the First Class Honours graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) who benefitted from it being top in their programmes in the top 25 per cent Universities
Prof. Okojie in the World. He stressed that some of the best graduates from the Nigerian Universities are world acclaimed professionals in developed countries.
He charged the university at 30 not to rest on its oars but to continue to raise the bar of excellence as “only the ultimate is best for FUNAAB”.
Yabatech to begin Open Distance Learning, trains lecturers on initiative Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) in collaboration with National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) have organised Open Distance & Flexible Learning (ODFL) training, titled “train the trainer workshop” for her lecturers drawn from twelve department approved for the take off of ODFL by NBTE. The vision of NBTE for all Polytechnics in Nigeria is to adopt Distance learning and make judicious use of it to the maximum. NBTE had trained lecturers from various Polytechnics and has mandated them to go into their respective schools to train others, in order to spread the knowledge of distance learning in all departments, so that ODFL will kick off in Nigerian Polytechnics. Speaking at the workshop, the Director of Flexible Skill Development (FSD) Dr. I.A. Abdul welcomed the participants and advised them to pay rapt attention to the facilitators and ask necessary question. The representative of NBTE, Elder Ayo Aroge commended the workshop and encouraged the participants to go back to
their departments after the training to train other staff on how to use the platform. Aroge stated that he was happy because ODFL is not new in Yabatech because FSD has been planted in the College which has germinated and it is growing. “Tertiary Institution Eresource is a project to capture the former sector. NBTE is saying that student can stay at home to receive lecture; it is practicable all over the world and we are finding it difficult to plant it here, how can we capture the heart of student in this aspect? They are familiar with social media; let us transform it to learning because students are technology compliance. NBTE is initially planning for 70% to 30% i.e 70% for online learning while 30% is for face-to-face revision, practical and examination, it will move next to 90% to 10% and will eventually transform to 100% online. I therefore encourage the partakers to be active and at the end of the day they will be better for it”. Earlier in his speech, Yabatech Rector Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe explained that for over seventy years our education system has relied on face-to-face
Yabatech Rector, Omokungbe methods of classroom teaching, however, to be able to maintain our leading position in the future, Yabatech must develop and perfect her ODFL system to meet the demand of time. ODFL is one of the most rapidly
growing fields of education and it will be an important element of future education and training systems. “In May 24, 2017, the NBTE approved the implementation of ODFL in 12 programmes
for Yabatech and 29 for other Polytechnics. Prior to this approval, the College established the FSD centre in April 2016 with 3 departments, one of which is ODFL department. The ODFL department of the FSD centre came up with a draft ODL policy for the College in January 2017 but its implementation was suspended pending the launching of the NBTE/M8 FSD/ TIER project. Yabatech has been an active participant in the FSD/ TIER project since inception mainly because of our belief in potential of ODFL to increase access to quality Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in formal and non- formal sector”. “The promise of ODFL remains unfulfilled in many education institutions in spite of their good initiatives due to their failure to recognize key planning and implementing steps. At Yabatech we ensured a great deal of planning with careful and systematic implementation strategy to avoid pitfalls and unnecessary failures. Extensive capacity development is one of such strategies and that is the focus of this staff training,” he added.
Daily Times Nigeria Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Foreign Affairs S’Africa learning ropes of coalition politics, inherent instability
Solly Msimanga, centre, the mayor of Tshwane, with Democratic Alliance national leader, Mmusi Maimane, right, celebrate winning the city in 2016
Richard Calland and Mike Law South Africa’s politics has entered largely uncharted terrain. Following the municipal elections in 2016 several political parties swiftly coalesced to elect Democratic Alliance (DA) mayors in three hung metropolitan councils that had emerged as a result. It appeared that there was a firm intention on behalf of these former opposition parties to unite under the objective of ensuring that the common enemy, the African National Congress, would no longer govern. But international experience of coalition politics shows that instability is never far away. Political parties in South Africa are clearly struggling to cope with the delicate demands and dilemmas of coalition politics. The recent shenanigans in Nelson Mandela Bay are testimony of what can go wrong. What began as a rift between the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) over the now-axed UDM deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani, spilled over to threaten the whole of the original five-party coalition. Like a formula one car, if something small but significant fails, the whole complex machine can fall apart and come off the road.
Worldwide experience shows that parties of opposing ideological views can work together. But there is a clear danger for coalition partners surrendering the uniqueness of their identity. They are forced to compromise to accommodate the policies of others indispensable to the numerical ability of the coalition to govern. Coalitions can result in significant electoral gains. But several parties that have been involved in coalition arrangements in South Africa and abroad have admitted to a backlash from their electorates. That’s because they have been seen as siding with their traditional enemies. Coalitions are also inherently adversarial. It’s a necessary condition that parties work together. But empirical evidence from across the world shows that the primary rationale for coalition formation is the acquisition of political power. There is nothing inherently objectionable to this. The best intentions for positive change are of little consequence unless coupled with the power to implement them. The acquisition of power through legal means is therefore a legitimate and fundamental objective of any political party that has the best
intentions for the people that it seeks to serve. But this inevitably generates conflict as coalition partners continuously manoeuvre themselves to ensure that they get the best return for their investment in political compromise. While each must work together, the end goal for each party is its own success. And sometimes fights among friends can lead to more destructive and enduring fallouts than fights among foes. At a recent inaugural, groundbreaking symposium in Cape Town, six political leaders from across the German political spectrum conducted a dialogue with senior representatives from eight of South Africa’s nine largest parties. One of the lessons from Germany is that successful coalitions have been founded on written agreements that create formal structures for engagement among partners. These include management, decisionmaking and dispute resolution procedures. Foreign experience shows a clear and direct relationship between well written coalition agreements and the stability of the coalition. But they’re not easily enforceable. That’s because they’re political agreements rather
than legal agreements. Therefore, the only way to ensure that coalition partners stick to a deal is to offer each partner enough benefits to ensure that it derives more political advantage by staying in the coalition, than if it were ‘go it alone’ or offer its allegiances elsewhere. The academic literature, supported by the German experience, suggests that any attempt by the largest coalition partner to control the coalition outright, and pass off any success as its own, is a coalition doomed to fail. Both abroad and in South Africa, there are accounts of the largest party in the coalition acting unilaterally to the strong disapproval of its partners. While it is natural and legitimate for the larger coalition partner to get a greater share of the spoils, especially in a legislature where the numbers game is tight, a strategy of unilateral action by the largest partner will destabilise its ability to exercise power. In such legislatures, where the size of the coalition is only just sufficient to obtain a legislative majority, each coalition partner is indispensable to the other’s ability to govern. Therefore, it is striking that in Germany’s coalitions, especially its “grand” coalitions of
recent years, decisions are sought to be made by consensus. This necessitates compromise – something one of the leaders of a smaller South African party said was unfortunately seen as a sign of weakness by the public. Hence, it is understandable that after decades of being in opposition, the country’s largest opposition parties are seeking to wield as much power in their coalitions as possible. This, as they endeavour to show South Africans that they were being more than noisemakers when they promised that they could deliver a better country to its citizens. But, as a fundamental, defining characteristic, coalitions do not grant a political party power, but merely the opportunity to share in it. And share they must. Why sharing is so key If South Africa’s parties can get this right, the benefits may be far greater than just sharing in the spoils of power. When it comes to politics, the country is still deeply divided along racial, cultural and ideological grounds. But a handshake between political enemies from across the floor could lead to a handshake between personal enemies from across the street. To achieve this in South Africa, political leaders are going to have to reshape political culture. Parties should regard their rivals as opponents, and not enemies. Coalition research shows the clear potential of party collaboration to be an instrument to enhance national unity . India, Kenya and Mauritius are all good examples. Parties of differing ethnicities, cultures and religions came together in these countries and restored peace in times of strife. This is another notable aspect of coalition formation. Parties have united from across the full ideological spectrum, showing that there is no combination of South African political parties for whom it is impossible to form an alliance. That fact was clear to see at the Cape Town symposium as traditional adversaries from across the ideological spectrum came together to discuss potential means of working together. It is clear that South African parties recognise that coalition politics is now part of the political landscape and that it is here to stay. Written by Richard Calland, Associate Professor in Public Law, University of Cape Town and Mike Law, Senior legal researcher in Public Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Source: The Conversation
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Loew agrees Germany contract extension Germany coach Joachim Loew has agreed to extend his contract with the world champions to 2022, he said on Tuesday before the unveiling of his preliminary World Cup squad. Loew, whose current deal runs out in 2020, has been in charge for 12 years and in 2014 led Germany to their fourth World Cup title. “This is a big responsibility to continue developing players,” the 58-year-old told reporters after German Football Association President Reinhard Grindel said they had agreed to extend their current deal by two more years. “To work with the best players in Germany, then develop them and to make them better, to form a team that sets the highest goals, this is what drives and still gives me joy.” Loew has been in charge for 160 matches, winning 106, more than any other Germany coach. He started out as assistant to Juergen Klinsmann after only limited coaching experience in club football. Loew took over after the 2006 World Cup in Germany and has led his country to at least the semifinals in all of the five major tournaments for which he has been at the helm.
Dele Ajiboye: I will fight to be at World Cup Plateau United goalkeeper Dele Ajiboye has said he will do his best in the Super Eagles training camp so as to make the final cut to the World Cup in Russia. Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa from Enyimba and Chippa United’s
Daniel Akpeyi are the other goalkeepers named on a 30-man provisional squad. Three goalkeepers will make the final squad to Russia. Ajiboye, who has represented Nigeria at U17, U20 and U23 levels as well as CHAN Eagles, said he is delighted to
be called up for the World Cup. “I am very happy to be included in the World Cup list,” he said. “I will do my best in camp to get to Russia, it’s going to be a great contest, I will do my best and leave the rest to God. “I will do my absolute
best to give the selectors serious headache when they have to make their final choices.” He was a surprise inclusion ahead of Portugal-based Dele Alampasu. “It was an opportunity I never expected, so I am really excited,” he revealed.
Niger Tornadoes defender dies in motorcycle accident The Nigeria Professional Football League has lost another player to road accident. This occurs few months after former Enyimba skipper Chinedu Udoji died in a ghastly auto crash. Hussaini Isiah, a Niger Tornadoes defender, died on Monday in a motorcycle accident along Maitumbi Road, Minna, Niger State. “With sorrow heart, we painfully announced the sudden exit of our dedicated and humble defender Hussaini Isah, who lost his life this Monday evening,” the club
wrote on their Twitter handle on Monday night. “The defender who just returned to the team after
a match suspension due to yellow card accumulation was hit by a reckless motorcycle rider popularly called Okada along Maitumbi road, Minna, Niger State.” The left-back was named man of the match in Niger Tornadoes’ 1-1 Nigeria Professional Football League draw against Kwara United in a match day 21 encounter on Sunday at the Bako Kontagora Stadium, Minna. Incidentally, the late Udoji was also named man-of-thematch in his last match before his death in February.
“We did not need long to get a conclusion,” Grindel said. “We will extend the contract of Joachim Loew and the entire training team until 2022.” Germany will face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in Group F at next month’s World Cup in Russia.
Rivers government plans Real Madrid Academy in Port Harcourt The Rivers State Government has agreed a partnership with Spanish giants Real Madrid to set up an academy in Port Harcourt, Governor Nyesom Wike has announced. Governor Wike said the academy will empower the youths in the oilrich southern Nigerian state. “We have young men who want to be coaches, who will be trained in Spain (going by this agreement),” disclosed Wike, whose government sponsors top Nigerian club Rivers United. “We have our young boys and girls who want to go and play football in Spain. “This partnership is with the best club in the world and it’s in the interest of all.” President of the Confederation
of African Football Ahmad will lay the foundation stone for the academy on May 28. The event will be celebrated with an international friendly between World Cup-bound Nigeria and DR Congo same day in Port Harcourt.
Olanrewaju Kayode insists no hard feelings after World Cup snub Manchester City loanee Olanrewaju Kayode has said he does not have any hard feelings after he was overlooked in a 30man provisional squad for the World Cup next month. Kayode, who won a league and cup double in Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk, said he would have liked to play in Russia 2018, but said coach the final responsibility to pick the team. “World Cup is a dream of every football player, I’m no exception. It’s my dream to play at World Cup in Russia, but the coach has the right to pick whoever he thinks
he needs at a particular point,” he said. “I wish all the invited players best of luck.”
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Amaju Pinnick: Super Eagles‘ll play Congo in Port Harcourt Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick has rubbished speculations that the pre-World Cup friendly between Super Eagles and the Leopards of Democratic Republic of Congo billed for May 28 in Port Harcourt has been put off. There were speculations that the match will be canceled because of an Ebola out break in the Congo DR. The Ebola outbreak started more than five weeks ago and has claimed 18 lives, including one health care worker. Pinnick has stated that
there are measures that will be taken by the Nigerian Federation in partnership with the Health Ministry when the Congolese delegation arrives in Nigeria. ‘’It is in a very remote village in Congo, besides 98 percent of their players are foreign-based players, they are flying in,’’ Pinnick told Channels Television. ‘’They will fly into Port Harcourt at 6pm on the 25th of this month, three days to the march. The airplane will wait for them and take them back. ‘’Officially just to be
cautious, we have written to the Ministry of Health to give us cover, before they arrive and leave, they will test them just to take extra precaution.’’ Meanwhile, the Fédération Congolaise de Football-Association (FECOFA) has announced a 32-man provisional roster for the trip to Port Harcourt and ex-Arsenal schoolboy Benik Afobe, ex-Chelsea winger Gaël Kakuta, Everton’s Yannick Bolasie and Newcastle United star Chancel Mbemba are among the eye-catching names in the group.
Word Cup: Gernot Rohr’s selection must be respected – Emmanuel Amuneke
Former Africa Footballer of the Year Emmanuel Amuneke has said that the 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup picked by coach Gernot Rohr should be respected.
“The decisions of the coach must be respected, and must be supported, he has drawn a list of players who he believes can work for him and ready to give their best,” said the former Barcelona
winger . “You have to agree with his sense of judgment for continuity, which is a key for the team to do well at the World Cup. “The strength of the team is that the bulk of players qualified Nigeria to the World Cup.” Amuneke, who featured at the 1994 World Cup, further said the Eagles are capable of surpassing the Round 16 finish the country has achieved in 1994, 1998 and 2014. “This team can surprise the world and go beyond our best performance which is the second round,” he predicted. “The result of our first match (vs Croatia) will determine how far we can go in Russia.”
Former world No 1 Novak Djokovic said on Monday he felt reassured to be back playing on the familiar red clay of Rome as he dispatched Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets in the first round. The 12-time Grand Slam champion, who won the last of his 68 ATP titles at the Canadian Open in 2016, has slipped to 18th in the world, his lowest ranking in 12 years as he struggles with a nightmare elbow injury. But he got off to a comfortable start in his bid for a fifth ATP Italian Open title at the Foro Italico, taking 55 minutes to oust Ukrainian Dolgopolov in the first round. “Rome has always been a place where I felt good, where I received a lot of support, where I played well, and had a lot of great results,” said Djokovic. “And today’s match encourages me and gives me reason to believe that it can be a good week for me. “Obviously I would like to go all the way but, at the same time, looking at my results I have to
be a little more modest with expectations and see where it takes me.” The 11th-seeded Serb has reached eight of the last ten finals in Rome, including the past two years, and won four titles – most recently in 2015. Djokovic broke 54thranked Dolgopolov three times in the opening set, with another break in the second helping him wrap up the match. He next plays either Nikoloz Basilashvili or Filippo Baldi, both qualifiers, before a potential third round meeting with US eighth seed John Isner. And the 30-year-old said his focus was on the French Open where he won his last Grand Slam title in 2016. “The French Open is where I want to play my best tennis. That’s the big goal for this part of the season,” added Djokovic. “I know that I haven’t been up to the level that I desired but I feel like my game has been going in the right direction in the last couple of tournaments. “It’s a mental game
for sure. Knowing that I’ve reached the biggest heights of this sport and been consistent with the best possible results for so many years. The bar has been raised so high. “When I step on the court, I expect to win every match against anybody on any surface. And it’s not a secret. “At the same time I had to learn in the last 12 months that, because of the circumstances and injury and surgery, I had to think about my game and about my results and approach the tournaments in a little bit different way. “But, I’m getting there. And I feel more comfortable on the court.” Belgian ninth seed David Goffin also eased past Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 6-2, as Japan’s Kei Nishikori sent Feliciano Lopez home early with a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 defeat – the Spaniard’s sixth in seven visits to Rome. Nishikori, runner-up to Rafael Nadal on clay in Monte Carlo, next meets third seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.
Yannick Bolasie leads DR Congo foreign stars for Super Eagles World Cup warm-up Everton star forward Yannick Bolasie will lead a 32-man DR Congo squad dominated by overseas pros for a May 28 World Cup warm-up against Nigeria in Port Harcourt. Other top pros stars are Paul Jose Mpoku (Standard Liege/Belgium), Benik Afobe (Bournemouth), Cedric Bakambu (China) and Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle United). DRC will use this match to prepare for a 2019 AFCON qualifier against
Liberia. The team will fly into Nigeria on a special chartered flight on May 25. DR Congo 32-man list for Super Eagles friendly Goalkeepers: Joël Kiassumbua, Nicaise Kudimbana, Parfait Mandanda Defenders: Issama Mpeko, Jordan Ikoko, Arthur Masuaku, Fabrice Nsakala, Glody Ngonda, Wilfied Monke, Christian Luyindama, Chris Mavinga, Yannick Bangala
Litombo, Gabriel Zakuani Midfielders: Chancel Mbemba, Jacques Maghoma, Taguy Ndombele, Aron Tshibola, Neeskens Kebano, Paul Jose Mpoku, Gael Kakuta. Strikers: Yannick Bolasie, Mubele Ndombe, Chadrack Akolo, Harrison Manzala, Jordan Botaka, Yeni N’Gbakoto, Cedric Bakambu, Britt Assombalonga, Benik Afobe, Kabongo Kasongo, Ben Malango, Rick Tulenge.
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Senate passes CAMA business reform bill
Success in aviation achieved through team work – Yadudu
PIB: ‘Oil industry lost $250bn investment for lack of legislation’ Host communities reject 5% We’ll pass PIB before end of Q4 – Dogara
Henry Omunu, Abuja Stakeholders in the oil industry on Tuesday, expressed concerns over the loss of investments worth $250 billion due to the absence of an appropriate legislation regulating the reform envisaged in the nation’s oil
industry. The stakeholders made this known at the commencement of a 2-day public hearing on the petroleum industry administration, fiscal and host community bills. In its joint presentation, the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff
Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), declared that the country has so far lost some $250 billion of investments due to its inability to legislate the proposed reforms in the oil and gas industry. The two unions gave the breakdown
L-R: Director General/CEO, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr. Aliyu Aziz; President/CE, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote; General Manager, Operations, NIMC, Abdul-Hamid Umar; and Regional Coordinator, Lagos, Kayode Adegoke, on a visit to present National Identification Number (NIN) Slip to Aliko Dangote, at the Dangote Group Head Office in Lagos on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Dangote highlights economic benefits of National ID card
Urges Nigerians to enroll
Motolani Oseni Citing the economic benefits of having a robust unified national identity card management, President of Dangote group, Aliko Dangote has called on Nigerians to get enrolled in the on-going registration for National Identity cards being carried out by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). The business mogul made the call just as the NIMC disclosed that it has enrolled till date 30 million Nigerians and that efforts are on to capture the entire population within the next three years. Dangote spoke when the management of the Commission visited him in his office in Lagos and presented him with his Identity slip as well as a draft report of the Strategic Roadmap for Developing Digital Identification in Nigeria
He explained that the national identity management policy of the federal government is pivotal to the economic growth strategy being implemented by the government, saying key government services would be delivered efficiently and effectively when government knows the categories of Nigerians in need of such services. According to him, critical government programmes relating to social safety net, education, financial inclusion, insurance cover as well as credible elections depend heavily on proper identification. Dangote told the NIMC management to copy from the India with a larger population and which had also successfully carried out Digital Identification of all its citizens and that with collaboration with partners and adequate awareness campaign, the Commission can successfully
accomplish the task of enrolling all Nigerians within the shortest possible time. The business man commended the Commission management for its foresight in tapping into the Indian strategy and seeking collaborative efforts to carry out its assignment. Speaking earlier, the DirectorGeneral and Chief Executive Officer of the Commission, Engr. Aliyu Aziz said the Commission is adopting an Eco system just as india to liberalize the enrolment process by licensing state and local governments, business organizations, bodies and agencies to enroll the citizens while the Commission only regulate their activities. He stated that after the enrolment, the NIMC would then pay the organizations on performance based taking into consideration the number of citizens enrolled successfully.
We’ll ensure SEC delivers on mandate – FG Tom Okpe, Abuja
of investment lost by Nigeria to include $15 billion in investments withheld or diverted by investors to other countries because of the uncertainty in the oil industry, as investors do not know which rules will guide their investments and another $14.7 billion potential earnings in seven years, from 2010-2017 had the PIB been passed into law since 2009. They further observed that the tax burden on operators in the industry may render many deep water and gas projects less attractive, adding that the use of 20 per cent of revenue could be used by oil and gas companies as an incentive to downsize, by reducing the number of Nigerian employees on their payroll and increase the use of contract and casual staff in order to increase their cost efficiency factor. The oil workers also aligned with the OPTS and independent producers over overbearing powers conferred on the National Petroleum Regulatory Commission, just as they kicked against indiscriminate award of oil blocs/ licenses to former or serving public officers or government officials who obtain interests in the licence through an abuse of public office. In order to ensure adequate funding of the host community development fund, the unions declared the 2.5 per cent operating budget as inadequate, but backed the paying taxes, fees and royalties, three per cent to the Niger Delta Development Commission, two per cent education tax. Oil producing communities in their submission at the hearing rejected the proposed five per cent proposed to be paid into a trust fund in the host community bill. This is as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara assured stakeholders at the hearing that the House will pass the three bills into law before the end of the fourth quarter of this year. Members of the OPTS, comprising of 28 indigenous and international oil operators who constitute 90 per cent in the oil and gas sector, while applauding the ingenuity of the National Assembly on the PIB, frowned at the stringent provisions for relinquishment of licensed area as well as retrospective legislation on relinquishment of fees after seven years. They expressed concern over the impact of a toxic legislation on existing and prospective investments, but stressed the need to ensure that the legislation becomes applicable when the bill is signed into law.
Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that the Stakeholders Engagement Committee (SEC) under the National Council on Privatization (NCP) will deliver on its assigned mandate. Alhaji Mohammed, speaking in his Office on Tuesday while inaugurating the Stakeholders Engagement Committee said poor attendance especially of key members has delayed the exercise to this day. He said: “The National Council on Privatization has entrusted upon us the responsibility of ensuring that this Stakeholders Engagement Committee of the National Council on Privatization delivers on its assigned mandate. “The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), being the Secretariat of the NCP, is saddled with a huge responsibility of reaching out to all its stakeholders. That is why it’s very necessary for us to do all that we can to ensure that the committee lives up to its responsibilities by ensuring that we identify and maintain contacts with various stakeholders and opinion leaders; and advise the Council on their interests and concern about the programme which is one of the requirements of the committee.” The Minister reiterated that the current administration under President Muhammadu Buhari recognises and actively promotes the participation of the private sector in the strategic economic agenda of the nation. “This pro-business posture of the government is eminently reflected in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of this government and we believe that the key business of government is to provide an enabling environment for private businesses to thrive and build economic prosperity for the generality of Nigerians, including the provision of critical infrastructure through Public Private Partnership”, he added. Earlier in his remarks, the Director General of Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Alex A. Okoh emphasized that BPE is the secretariat of the National Council on Privatization charged with executing the policies and decisions of the council in its mandate of achieving a credible public enterprise transformation strategy of the Federal Government.
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ERGP Focus Labs to unlock $22.5bn investment into Nigeria – Udoma Mathew Dadiya, Abuja The Ministry of Budget and National Planning Sen Udoma Udo Udoma has said the Economic reform and Growth Plan (ERGP) Focus Labs would unlock investment potentials of $22.5 billion in Nigeria. Udoma disclosed this on Tuesday during an Open Day to mark the end of the first phase of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) Focus Labs, which was an opportunity to present the outcomes of the labs which took place over a six week period in Abuja (from March 12 to April 20) and focused on six core sectors. The labs were designed as a forum for detailed discussion between the private sector and the government to agree on projects that offer the most catalytic impact on investment
and job creation and develop plans to implement them; as well as resolve some of the most problematic bottlenecks and inhibitors of additional business investments in the economy. Specifically, the scopes of the labs across three work-streams were: Agriculture, manufacturing and processing including solid minerals as well as Power and Gas sector. The agriculture and transport targets increased private sector investments in selected crops and products (agro-business) and provide necessary transportation infrastructure that would enable transportation of agricultural products, so as to provide a major boost to the agricultural sector Manufacturing and Processing focuses on increasing private sector investments in selected manufacturing sub-sectors and products as well as the processing of selected solid minerals in
Nigeria While the Power and Gas sector is aimed at increasing private sector investments in the power sector, i.e. electricity generation across its value chain and energy mix, and the gas industries including expansion of the domestic market. At the open day, the lead Ministers presented the lab outcomes from their respective sectors, particularly the agreed way forward to address the identified challenges hindering increased investment. It was also an opportunity to elicit feedback from the private sector and the public and a number of lab participants made presentations, sharing their experiences. In his Keynote address, the VicePresident Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, pointed out that that ERGP was unlike other plans introduced by governments in the past. “At its core is a focused
approach to its implementation, supported in particular, by the highest level of political will, from the President himself through to our civil servants on the ground… It is no longer business as usual for us in government.” The Vice President said given the political will of the current administration which comes from the highest level, government is working to ensure that the promises made in the President’s manifesto come to fruition for the people of Nigeria. “It is our aim to make these Focus Labs a success so that Nigeria can take a transformative step towards sustained economic prosperity and social liveability.” He assured the private sector that government would deal frontally with all issues raised during the conduct of the labs and the feedback that emanated from there to improve the business environment for the growth of the
Senate passes CAMA business reform bill Olufemi Samuel and Tunde Opalana, Abuja The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that repeals and re-enactment the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA). The bill, seen as the biggest business reform bill in Nigeria in over 28 years was regarded as a great achievement of the 8th Senate. With its passage, the bill will herald a new dawn for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) development in Nigeria, and place the country among comity of nations with attractive investment environments. Speaking on the passage of the bill at plenary, Senate President, Dr.
Bukola Saraki, said the passage of CAMA was a significant milestone in the 8th Senate’s Legislative Agenda. “With the passage of CAMA, which is by far the biggest and one of the most far-reaching legislation ever passed in any legislature in our country, we have now put in place a regulatory framework to promote the ease of doing business and reduce regulatory hurdles. “This is a pro-business law. This bill that we have just passed will show the audacity that we have to move Nigerian businesses into a new era of success and development,” Saraki said. The new bill, once it is passed and signed into law, will help to make Nigeria’s business environment as competitive as its counterparts around
the world; allow business owners to now register their businesses in a faster and more efficient way — using technology; removes all the unnecessary regulatory provisions — such as the requirement for ‘annual general meetings’ and ‘company secretaries’; and reduces the minimum share capital for all companies and start-ups in Nigeria — which will encourage more investments and create new jobs. CAMA will also creates the ‘LLP’ (Limited Liability Partnership) which is a new form of legal identity for businesses in Nigeria that is targeted at increasing foreign investment in the country; as well as guarantees that Nigerians will be able to register their businesses from anywhere in the
country through the e-Registration system that the Senate’s amendment gives legal backing. “We are truly now walking the talk,” the President of the Senate said, “With the passage of CAMA, we are saying to the rest of the world that Nigeria is ready for business and the government of Nigeria is ready to support small scale industries to promote innovations, and encourage enterprise. “It will not have been done without the effort of all my colleagues. I thank you for this great day in showing that truly the National Assembly is here in support of Nigerians to create an environment that enables them to be able to create business and seek opportunities”, he said.
Chairman of PENGASSAN, NNPC Headquarters Branch, Comrade Matthew Duru (left), presenting the union’s Prudence and Integrity Award on the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, yesterday.
Fisrtnation suspension: ‘NCAA must punish airline’ Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo Following the suspension of First Nation airways by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority NCAA, a prominent stakeholder has urged the agency to impose a very stiff penalty on the airline for violation. The general secretary of Association of Nigerian Aviation Professionals (ANAP) Comrade Abdulrasaq Saidu while commenting on the recent suspension of the airline, said NCAA has been sleeping and has realized their responsibility as the regulator. Saidu explained the there have been several calls by stakeholders to suspend First Nation airways operations as a result of a single a aircraft in its fleet but failed to heed the call until few days ago. According Saidu, the NCAA should come up with a fine on the airline because the airline was insincere with its operations while NCAA closed its eye on the airlines operation. “Committing an offence must attract punishment and First Nation must be punished. Don’t just suspend them without punishing them, like MTN was punished by the NCC. “The action taken by NCAA is commendable,it has been on since. You can use one aircraft for operation, they have been treating the Passengers badly. This will serve as a deterrent to other airlines.”
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Eunisell restates commitment to lubricants industry devt Motolani Oseni Specialty chemicals company, Eunisell Limited, has restated its commitment to develop the lubricants arm of Nigeria’s downstream sector, to bring it up to par with world-class standards. Group Managing Director of the company, Mr. Chika Ikenga, who disclosed this recently at an industry event, said that the company will continue to partner with top-flight foreign companies in ensuring that its customers enjoy the best of manpower and technological support in lubricants and allied fluids production. Condemning the prevalence of inferior lubricants in the country, the downstream industry operators at the event agreed that these substandard engine oil formulations are deficient in additives, and implored lubricant companies to intensify efforts in enlightening Nigerians on what makes a good automotive lubricant, so as to avoid buying the fake ones. Mr. Ikenga implored people making poor quality lubricants to improve on quality as their actions have a negative impact on the industry and the economy at large. He explained that engine oil is basically made up of two components- base oil and additives, adding that the additives which Eunisell provides are of core importance to manufacturing highly effective lubricants, for automotive and industrial applications. The company is the first to market and distribute high-end lube additives locally. Meanwhile, he emphasized that Eunisell is unarguably the largest supplier of lubricant and fuel additives in Africa, adding that the company provides this solution to most of the big names in the industry. “We don’t manufacture lubricants; but we are reputed as a company that supplies the most effective additives to lubricant blenders and producers”, Ikenga posited. He also hinted that Eunisell is a solution-driven company, constantly developing bespoke chemicals for optimizing processes in downstream companies, with best-in-class equipment in Port Harcourt, Lagos and Ghana. “Eunisell has been supplying specialty chemicals and key fluids to a wide base of customers since 1996, and has grown to become a big source of lube and fuel additives, oilfield chemicals, polyurethane, oilfield engineering services, water treatment solutions and a broad range of other industrial chemicals,” he stated.
L – R: Chairman, ABC Transport Plc, Prince Olumide Obayomi; Executive Director, Regulation, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Tinuade Awe and Managing Director/CEO, ABC Transport Plc, Frank Nneji (OON) during a Closing Gong Ceremony to commemorate their 25th Anniversary at The Exchange Tuesday.
NCAA alerts airlines, pilots over Ebola virus Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has called on airlines, Pilots-in-Command to observe a high level of vigilance in their operations, especially, those doing international and regional flights into the country. Although, the outbreak of EVD in DRC is yet to be declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a Public Health Event of International Concern (PHEIC), the regulatory agency had since started adopting measures to stop the virus from entering into the country. Cautioning airlines and pilots, NCAA in a recent circular signed by the Director General, Murtah Usman
with ref no. NCAA/DG/AMS/Vol.1/196, dispatched notice to all operating airlines, warning them to be proactive in managing the transfer of the EVD and other communicable diseases. In the circular dated May 11, 2018, all airlines were informed of the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo on 8th May, 2018. According to NCAA in the circular, Pilots-in-Command of an aircraft are to report to Air Traffic Control (ATC) any suspected case of communicable disease onboard their flight in line with Nig. CARs 220.127.116.11. The agency further stated that in case of any suspected case of communicable disease on board an aircraft, aircrew are
to fill the General Declaration (Gen Dec) and Public Health Passenger Locator forms in line with Nig.CARs 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 respectively. These completed General Declaration and Public Health Passenger Locator forms, NCAA said are to be submitted to the Port Health Services (PHS) of the destination Aerodrome. The aviation agency also directed that airlines are to ensure they have onboard valid and appropriate number of First aid kits, Universal Precaution kits and Emergency Medical kits in line with Nig. CARs 126.96.36.199. Other interim measures proffered by NCAA include that airlines are to refresh the knowledge of their crew members in the handling and communicating
with ATC of any suspected case of communicable disease on board. It further stated that “airlines are to contact Port Health Services for clearance before importing human remains into the country; airlines are to report to the Authority in writing of any suspected case of communicable disease in flight”. The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) will continue to collaborate with all relevant agencies to ensure that the Public Health Emergency Contingency Plan (PHECP) developed for the guidance of aviation stakeholders are adhered to. This will prevent the importation of any communicable disease into the country through our air borders (Airports)”, the agency noted.
FG to pay inherited contractors’ debts, ex-Nigerian Airways’ workers Clears N34.2bn workers’ promotion arrears Mathew Dadiya, Abuja The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has said the Federal Government would settle the inherited debts and contractual obligations to local contractors between 2006 and 2015. The Minister made this known on Tuesday while appearing before the Ad-Hoc Committee of the Senate on “Promissory Note Programme and Bond Issuance”. The Committee is chaired by the Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Francis Alimikhena. She explained that the debts owed to various classes of contractors, including the terminal benefits of exNigerian Airways workers, would repaid through promissory notes and bonds issuance. The Minister stated that the unpaid
Federal Government obligations constituted a drag on economic activity across many sectors, adding that the present Administration was determined to address the problem. She listed the unpaid obligations to include obligations to pensioners and salary & promotion arrears to civil servants; obligations to contractors and suppliers who in turn, owe banks increasing the quantum of non-performing loans, and unpaid electricity bills by the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). Others are: exporters owed funds under the Export Expansion Grant Scheme and unpaid refunds due to State Governments in respect of projects undertaken on behalf of the Federal Government. “The Federal Government is working towards settling these inherited debts. The Small and
Medium scaled Enterprises are the lifeline of our nation. The Federal Government will be stimulating the economy by paying these legacy debts,” Adeosun told members of the Ad-Hoc Committee. The Federal Government, according to her, has approved the issuance of promissory notes and bonds to settle its contractual obligations subject to the approval of the National Assembly. On the ex-Nigerian Airways workers, the Minister explained that their terminal benefits were reconciled and agreed at N45 billion following verification. She debunked claims by the exworkers that there was a presidential approval for the payment of terminal benefits of N45 billion to the workers. “There has been a misconception in the media that the President had
approved the payment of N45 billion terminal benefits to the workers. There is no presidential approval and no appropriation yet for the payment of N45 billion to the ex-workers,” she said. Earlier, the representative of the Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Mohammed Usman, had told members of the Senate’s Ad-Hoc Committee that the Government paid N34.2 billion to clear the promotion arrears to workers in the MDAs. Usman, who is the Director of Funds in the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, added that the payment process was still ongoing. “These payments were made to the accounts of the beneficiaries in the MDAs after detailed verification of all documents attached as proof of promotion”, he said.
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Naira steadies as Forex Market lifted by $210m Stories: Motolani Oseni The Nigerian currency, Naira, on Tuesday stood steadied against the US Dollar at the Central Bank of Nigeria Foreign Exchange (Forex) rate and the unofficial forex market, while the inter-bank segment lifted by total sum of $210million. The Naira at the close of yesterday trading activities gained 2.3 points to
appreciate against the dollar at the parallel market in Lagos, closing at N360, stronger than N362.3 posted on Monday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed N497 and N428. Trading at the Bureau De Change (BDC) segment showed that the Naira closed at N362 to the dollar, the CBN regulated rate, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro closed at N497 and N428. At the investors’ window, the Naira
was sold at N361.61, while it exchanged at N305 at the CBN window. Meanwhile, the apex bank in another round of intervention, injected the sum of $210million into the inter-bank Foreign Exchange Market to boost liquidity in the system. The figures released by the Bank in Abuja indicate that it allocated the sum of $100million to dealers in the wholesale sector, just as the Small and
Medium Enterprises (SMEs) segment and invisibles each received the sum of $55 million. Validating the releases, the Acting Director of Corporate Communications Department (CCD) at the Bank, Isaac Okorafor, said that the continued interventions in the interbank foreign exchange market was mainly to ensure sustained liquidity and stability in the market.
According to him, the interventions by the CBN had impacted the market positively and guaranteed a stable exchange rate for the Naira, which has since stabilized the foreign exchange market. He reiterated that the Bank’s intervention moves had also seen to a reduction in the country’s import bills and accretion to its foreign reserves.
L-R: General Manager, ArcSkills, Bolodeoku Ebunoluwa; Senior General Manager, Human Resources, Dangote Group, Alhaji Umar Hamza; Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) Employability Support Project Trainee, Oyedeji Oluwaseun; Group Chief Sustainability and Governance Officer, Dangote Group, Dr. Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien; Director of Programmes, LSETF, Teju Abisoye and Head of Employability Programme, LSETF, Seyi Ladejobi, during LSETF’s Training programme with Dangote Group and its partners in Lagos...on Tuesday.
Inflation rate slowdown to 12.48% in April – NBS As FG assures Nigerians of improved economy
Mathew Dadiya, Abuja The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said inflation rate slowdown to 12.48 per cent in April 2018. The bureau in its report on Tuesday, said “the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which measures inflation increased by 12.48 per cent (year-on-year) in April 2018, this is 0.86 per cent points less than the rate recorded in March 2018 (13.34) per cent and represents the 15th
consecutive disinflation since January 2017.” According to NBS, “On a month-on-month basis, the Headline index increased by 0.83 per cent in April 2018, down by 0.01 per cent points from the rate recorded in March 2018. “The percentage change in the average composite CPI for the twelve-month period ending April 2018 over the average of the CPI for the previous twelvemonth period was 15.20 per cent, showing 0.40 per cent.
“The Urban inflation rate eased by 12.89 per cent (year-on-year) in April 2018 from 13.75 per cent recorded in March, while the Rural inflation rate also eased by 12.13 per cent in April 2018 from 12.99 per cent in March. “On month-on-month basis, the urban index rose by 0.85 per cent in April 2018, down by 0.01 from 0.86 per cent recorded in March, while the rural index also rose by 0.82 per cent in April 2018, recording no change from the figure obtained in March
(0.82) per cent. “The corresponding twelvemonth year-on-year average percentage change for the urban index is 15.47 per cent in April 2018. This is less than 15.87 per cent reported in March, while the corresponding rural inflation rate in April 2018 is 14.95 per cent compared to 15.34 per cent recorded in March.” Meanwhile, the President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that the nation’s economy was steadily improving.
He has, therefore, urged Nigerians to remain optimistic as according to him, the future of the country was bright. A presidency statement signed by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity) which was made available to the media in Abuja on Tuesday, said the president made the remarks at a State dinner held Monday, in his honour by the Government of Jigawa State during his two-day working visit to the state.
CBN cautions Nigerians against Naira abuse The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as again cautioned Nigerians against mishandling naira notes as it is a symbol national identity and pride. Speaking at the celebration of 2018 International Museum Day on Tuesday, Deputy Governor, Corporate Services of the bank, Mr. Edward Adamu said “the Naira as a symbol of our national pride should not be sprayed or step
on, should not be squeezed, defaced or stained. “The naira should not be sold or counterfeited. Be a role model by neatly arranging the Naira in pouches, wallets or envelopes, he appealed. A currency museum exhibition also held as part of the activities, which showcased the unveiling of CBN’s temporary Currency Museum where currencies of various countries from
both ancient and modern times are on display. Adamu said the idea of the currency museum was to enable members of the public to appreciate the various stages of the production of the nation’s currency notes and coins, which consisted of a complete life cycle from birth to death of bank notes, as well as, knowledge sharing irrespective of one’s age.
According to him, activities of the Currency Museum would expose members of the public to better education on how to properly handle the naira and other related matters. Also speaking, the Deputy Director, Currency Operations Department, Mr Vincent Wuranti said that the way and manner people handle the Naira, affect its lifespan. He explained that a lot of thought
was put into the design and production of the currency, thus the need to have respect for the currency. According to Section 21 of the CBN Act 2007, abuse of Naira such as squeezing, staining, writing, spraying and illegal sales amongst others are punishable offences. It states that the offender must pay nothing less than N50, 000 or jail term of six months or both.
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FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello (right) with the FCT Permanent Secretary, Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, inspecting agro-chemical on exhibition a the pavilion during the recent flag off of Rain-fed farming season in the territory...recently
FCTA fetes farmers with N250m subsidised implements Stories by Idu Jude, Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has distributed two hundred and fifty million naira subsidised farm implements to ensure adequate food production for the teeming population of the FCT. The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, stated this during the flag off ceremony recently, adding that the FCT Administration has keyed into President Muhammadu Buhari’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) through agriculture. Bello stated, however, said that ‘’the Administration is working to improve agricultural practices in the FCT with a view to guaranteeing food security, creating jobs and helping the government save on the foreign exchange that was hitherto expended on food imports’’. He also indicated that the Administration is working towards the provision of tractors for improved farming activities in the Territory. The Minister further disclosed that the Administration has strengthened
the framework for timely distribution of fertiliser and other farm inputs such as improved seeds and herbicides adding that the sales of these inputs would continue on a regular basis at the agro-service centres in various parts of FCT, namely; Karshi, Gwagwa, Abaji, and Gwagwalada among others. His words: “Our presence here today, certainly, bears eloquent testimony of the Administration’s commitment, not only to ensure adequate food production, but also creation of other products in the agricultural value chain. “We believe this is possible because FCT is endowed with a vast tract of agricultural lands, abundant human resources and large market for goods and services. These also offer great potentials for value addition for FCT farm products and development of the rural economy.” Among the high points of the day’s event was also the distribution of motorcycles to FCT Extension staff for the purpose of strengthening the extension delivery system.
The Minister, however, solicited the cooperation of traditional rulers and the entire residents to strengthen agriculture as the foundation for a strong industrial base and economic prosperity, noting that the FCTA cannot do this alone. The Secretary, FCT Agric and Rural Development Secretariat, Hon. Nzekwe Stanley, while buttressing the FCT Minister’s remarks, said the FCT Agric Secretariat has procured fertilizers to be distributed at subsidized rate to genuine farmers. He said 20,000 farmers have also been targeted for the Accelerated Agric Development Scheme (AADS) which is a presidential initiative being executed through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Bank of Agriculture. Nzekwe also disclosed that the Agric AADS will provide soft loans in this farming season to over 5,000 young men and women who are genuine farmers and are identifiable through the Chiefdom and Area Councils. The Secretary further noted that the
FCT Administration is collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, as well as the IITA, Leventis Foundation, JICA and other international organizations to ensure the youths of the FCT and women are trained on modern skills of agriculture. He urged the Area Councils and Chiefdom to encourage the youths, women and farmers to come into Agriculture and avail themselves of these developmental packages. The flag off was attended by collaborators like the IITA, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), CBN, Leventis Foundation and others. Agric implements that went on the 50% subsidy were spraying machine, chemicals, fertilizers and motor bikes. Area council chairmen were represented by AMAC Chairmen, Abdullahi Adamu Candido, chiefs from all over the chiefdom were present, while the Ona of Abaji, chair of Traditional Rulers Council was represented by the Etsu Yaba, HRH, Adamu Abdullahi and several other stakeholders.
Traditional chiefs in the FCT have called the administration to be weary of the imminent danger of famine in the FCT, should things continue unabated. FCT traditional chiefs made their concerns known during the ceremony to kick off the 2018 farming season in Abuja. Speaking during the occasion, Esu of Yaba in Abaji area council, Alhaji Abdulahi Adamu, speaking on behalf of the chiefs, warned the administration that there is imminent danger of food shortage owing to the unwarranted neglect of security issues bordering on the menace of Fulani herdsmen and farmers across the FCT. He said the fight between the herdsmen and farmers last year and currently ongoing should also serve as a major case for food shortage. “We have not actually solved the problem of herdsmen grazing along farm settlements and that destroys farmer’s crops. Many have been beating killed, some of our women raped and there have been fear and perplexing among the farmers and many have left their hobby for other things and this portends danger for the FCT,” he stated. Other issue that brings about food shortage according to the Esu of Yaba, is the non fulfillment of the administration’s earlier promise to provide tractors for mechanised agriculture in the FCT, stating that the absence of tractors have not only reduced the effort of providing food in its huge supply but has cut short the plan to create employment for the teeming unemployed youths. “It amuses me when this administration says that the FCT will become a food basket in the north central Nigeria but we fail to realise that there is no single tractor in the FCT to help farmers engage in large scale agriculture. Please this administration should be able to do the talk than making empty promises. We should be able expect full agricultural produce ones government fulfil its promises,” the monarch added. While urging the Mallam Mohammed Bello administration to ensure that its promise does not become a hoax, the Esu revealed that lack of fertilizers for farming season remains elusive since the present administration assumed office in 2015. “We are saying so many things here. In the past, having fertilizers is never a problem but now there is nothing to fall back on. We are calling on them to show us the way to food boost,” the minister stated.
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Bello commissions Fraser Suites in Abuja Stories by Idu Jude, Abuja The Federal Capital Territory Administration has said that the current population of the capital city, growing at nine percent yearly, is among the fastest growing cities in the world and truly an investor’s heaven. FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, made this disclosure when he represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the commissioning of Fraser Suites – a Five-Star Hotel – which debuted in Abuja’s Central Business District, recently. Bello, who cited a current UN Habitat figures, lauded the Royal Pacific Group, the Hotel owners, for their demonstrated faith in Abuja. He paid growing tributes to the Nasreddin family, also owners of NASCO Foods Jos, for the nearly six decades of their investing in Nigeria. Said the Minister: “On behalf of Mr. President, it is my pleasure to welcome all the
guests gathered here to Abuja. This is a very important project for us in Nigeria in general and Abuja in particular, especially because we are happy to be the first country and, indeed, the first city in Africa to host the prestigious Fraser Suites.” FCT’s support for the landmark hospitality outfit, located in Abuja’s strategic business district, according to the Minister, bear eloquent testimony of the Administration’s commitment to helping willing investors settle down in the Territory. He noted that the Administration, in keeping faith with its pledge to prospective investors, extended infrastructure and sewer lines to the hotel area as soon as they expressed interest to commence development. Located just hundreds of meters away from the Abuja Metro Train Station, Bello underscored the Hotel’s unique position and expressed optimism that the Abuja Light Rail would be of great service
to prospective clients of the hotel. The Minister urged that they could travel by rail from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to the hotel, just located around the corner. He welcomed the hotel as a major addition to the Abuja skyline, which he indicated, has heightened estate development around the layout, improved land value and very importantly, has created jobs and would boost tourism as well as tax revenue to the FCT Administration. Also speaking at the occasion, the Chairman, Royal Pacific Group, Dr. Attia Nasreddin, noted that the mission of the Group is to deliver world class services to its clients. He said that the Group is dedicated to the growth and development of the African Continent and driven to transform lives of the host communities in the emerging markets for generations to come. Nigeria, Dr, Nasreddin said,
is a nation of nearly 200 million people and a country of endless possibilities as far as hospitality business is concerned. With the Abuja outfit, he indicated, Fraser Suites marks the 20 years of its existence having started in Singapore in 1998. Today, it boasts of over more than 150 properties spread to more than 40 countries, with the Abuja facility being their first in Africa. Earlier in his welcome address, the CEO, Middle East and Africa, Fraser Suites, Mr. Guus Bakker, praised the beauty of Abuja and the dynamism of Nigerians whom he described as a very special breed of people, hospitable and resilient. He expressed delight that the project finally was successfully executed despite the tough circumstances. He stated that the brand-new property has been conceived with the lifestyle preferences of today’s discerning travelers in mind and offering intuitive services to deliver memorable services to its guests.
SDS scribe reads riot act to scavengers in FCT The FCT Administration has given May 10, 2018 as possible effective date for scavengers, popularly known as ‘Baban Bola’ to cease carrying out their activities and business of refuse collection from residential and business premises in the nation’s capital. The Secretary, Social Development Secretariat, Alhaji Oladimeji Ali Hassan, who made this pronouncement in a meeting held in his office with the leadership of the Association of BolaBola & Craftsmanship, Abuja chapter, said the negative reports reaching the FCT Administration has necessitated the meeting and the decision of government to restrict the activities of members of the Association to the approved dump sites located at Idu and Jabi only. “Government decided to call for this meeting to brainstorm with you and to find lasting solution to the incidences of incessant theft and attacks on residents and house owners by your members. Scavenging has grown past going from house to house to scatter people’s bins. It is done only at dump sites around the world; we must have to meet up and do it that way too”, Alhaji Hassan said. The Secretary said the FCT Administration is giving a grace of one month for the Association to inform their members of this decision after which the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) will commence public announcements through the mass media, enforcement and perhaps, possible prosecution. Alhaji Hassan said it has been brought to the attention to the FCT Administration how scavengers who go to residential areas pose a threat and make life difficult for the residents. According to him, “every member of the society has the right to live and associate freely without fear, injury or any form of molestation. Where one’s activity is posing a threat to other resident’s life, property, freedom and peace, it has to be checked and regulated.” He went further to say that government is not trying to stop the
business of scavengers but is trying to bring sanity and orderliness to the business, saying going to the approved dump sites will even save them time and reduce the labourious task of scavengers moving from place to place and sometimes getting knocked down by moving vehicles. Responding to the argument that scavengers do help remove refuse from people’s residence and so help keep the environment clean, Alhaji Hassan said there is a well-organised system of refuse collection from such places put in place by FCT Administration that ensures the refuse are taken from business and residential premises to the dump sites. Alhaji Hassan said the government will always encourage this group of people as scavenging business has turned out to become lucrative business around the world; a source of materials for recycling companies; create employment; generate income and ensure a cleaner, safer environment. Making his input as to whether it is possible to create more temporary dump sites, Engr. Agbanukwe Francis of AEPB, said Abuja is a planned city and so dump sites cannot be created anyhow. He quickly added that the planned dump sites at Idu and Jabi are more than enough for over 100,000 scavengers to conveniently carry out their activities daily, adding that all six Area Councils of FCT have a temporary dump sites. Earlier, the secretary of the ‘Bola’ Association, Musbahu Abdullahi, expressed fears of the ripple effect FCT Administration’s decision will have on their members such as losing their jobs and shortage of supply of scrap metals to iron smelting companies both at home and abroad. He said the government should always carry them along in any new development as regards the practice of their trade and that they are happy as there are signs that their interest is taken into consideration by the government.
FCTA cautions illegal pharmaceutical, patent medicine outlets FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello (3rd right) on behalf of Mr. President, commissioning Fraser Suites Abuja recently. He is flanked by Alhaji Umar Mutallab, MD, Jaiz Bank (to his right); Attia Nasreddin, Chairman, Royal Pacific Group, (to his left); Guus Bakker, CEO, Fraser Suites Middle East and Africa (2nd left) and others.
Ohaneze FCT expels Ezeigbo Abuja over insubordination Leadership crisis rocking the Ohaneze Ndigbo in the Federal Capital Territory has worsened with the immediate suspension of the Eze Igbo Abuja, Dr. Nwosu Ibe, by the executives of the Central Body. Ohaneze Ndigbo President in Abuja, Odozi Nwodozi, said that the suspension of Nwosu Ibe as the Eze Igbo Abuja became necessary following barrage of allegations of misconduct against the Eze Igbo. Nwodozi stated that it was unacceptable for a high profiled ruler like Nwosu to be involved in creation of illegal units and also giving chieftaincy titles to people who lack the character
to portray the Igbo in good light. “At the April meeting of the Central Body of Ohaneze Ndigbo FCT Chapter held on Friday 4th of May, 2018 amongst issues discussed was the indiscipline in some sections of the Igbo community in the FCT. Especially the Eze Igbo, Dr.(Sir) Nwosu Ibe, who has been causing disaffection amongst the Igbo in Abuja, through his illegal creation of units and coronation of persons with questionable character as Ochigbos in the illegally created units. “In the course of the meeting, a motion for the suspension of Eze Igbo Abuja was moved and
duly seconded. It was followed by a voice vote which was an overwhelming affirmation. Hence in accordance to Article 9 (2) (a) (b) and (J), Dr. Nwosu Ibe (JP) (MON), stands suspended indefinitely as the Eze Igbo of Abuja for gross violations of the constitution of Ohaneze Ndigbo Abuja. “Illegal creation of units in violation of article 9 (2) (i) of the Ohaneze Ndigbo FCT Constitution. Illegal appointment and coronation of unit chiefs (Ochigbo) in violation of article 9 (2) (f) of the Ohaneze Ndigbo FCT Constitution,” he said. Meanwhile, Eze Igbo Abuja, Dr. Nwosu Ibe, has dismissed
his purported suspension as a mere threat by people he described as mischief makers, who are seeking vain glory and selfish interest. He told The Abuja Times that all the allegations raised against him by the group were baseless and falsehood formulated to tarnish his hard earned reputation. “Don’t mind them and their suspension story. These people are moving about with peddling falsehood against me. All their allegations are baseless. They have even gone to the National Headquarters of Ohaneze Ndigbo in Enugu, but were not listened to. I still the Eze Igbo Abuja”, he said.
The FCT Taskforce on Counterfeit and Fake Drugs (FCT TFC&FD) has sent a strict warning to all outlets that engage in sales and distribution of pharmaceutical products within the territory to abide by the rules and regulations guiding their operations or face the full weight of the law. The Acting Director, Pharmaceutical Services and the Chairman of the taskforce, Pharmacist Abiodun Amos Aremu, gave this warning during its enforcement outing in Lugbe, Gwarinpa and Dawaki areas of Abuja Municipal Area Council of the FCT. He said the FCT Administration will not relent on its effort to fish out all illegal pharmaceutical and patient medicine outlets within the territory that operate without license will be sealed up and operators will be prosecuted accordingly. Director added that some of the patent medicine stores in Lugbe were operating without license the committee visited the place some months back and closed it down and the owner recently went and reopen without approval of the authority. Pharm. Aremu explained that some of the facilities were also sealed because they were not registered with
Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN) and operating outside their guidelines while some are selling drugs that are not on their approved list of drugs. The Chairman further added that intending patent medicines vendors are required to apply for inspection and conclude the process of registration of patent medicine shops before commencement of business. He pointed out that the National Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicines Dealers (NAPPMED) is not a regulatory agency, hence members of the association who are yet to register r with the Federal Capital Territory should do so as a matter of urgency or face the consequences as prescribed by the law. In her remark, Deputy Director, Pharmaceutical Inspectorate, Pharmacist Halima Abdullahi Gero, stressed the need for members of the public to be vigilant and patronize only pharmaceutical or patent medicine stores that are registered and regulated. She said most of the illegal patent medicine stores are operated by quacks and unlicensed personnel who are in the habit of dispensing fake and expired drugs.
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FCTA shares N2.2bn to Area Councils, others
Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disbursed the sum of N2.2 billion to the six Area Councils in the FCT and other stakeholders as its share of statutory allocation for the month of March 2018. FCT Permanent Secretary,
Sir Chinyeaka Ohaa, who made the disclosure over recently in his office at Area 11 Garki, Abuja during the Joint Area Councils Allocation Committee (JAAC) meeting, charged the council chairmen to step up service delivery to residents of the Territory and also ensure
workers’ salary is given top priority. The figure shows that Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) got N183m, Gwagwalada received 167millionaire and Kuje got N139m. Similarly, Kwali received
N136m, while Bwari got N129m and Abaji equally received N129m. Furthermore, statutory deductions from the release includes: Primary School Teachers gulped N1bn, 15% Pension funds of N226m, 1% Training Fund gulped N22m
FCT security cracks down on crime kingpins Hard times await evildoers in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as the FCT Security Committee last week rose from its quarterly meeting with a resolution to stem the rising tide of kidnappings in the outskirts of the territory. Other decisions taken include heightened surveillance against insurgency and determination to fight minor crimes. Briefing newsmen at the conclusion of the meeting which
took place at the conference chambers of the FCT Minister’s residence, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, disclosed that security agencies have been mandated to strengthen joint patrols and to undertake other measures designed to curb these negative developments. The Minister assured that all areas identified to be harbouring criminal elements especially around the Mogadishu Cantonment in Asokoro, Kugbo and other
flash points in the Territory, would be evacuated. He, however, promised that the Administration would precede all evacuation efforts with enough notices, publicity and stakeholder engagements as well as adopt the multi-stakeholder approach to checking these menaces. The Committee noted that even though FCT has remained largely peaceful, the increase in small crimes has remained a source
of worry. The Minister, however, assured that the Administration is working hard to eliminate them. Bello expressed the gratitude of the Administration to all security agencies as well as FCT residents for their support and contributions to the maintenance of peace in the Territory and urged residents to cooperate with the Administration in its efforts to ensure the security of life and property.
and 10% Employer Pension Contribution received N58m. Chairman of Kwali Area Council, who is also the Chairman of FCT Chapter of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria( ALGON), Mr. Joseph Kwali Shazin, thanked the Minister and the Permanent Secretary for always ensuring that Area Councils in the Federal Capital Territory get their full allocation and as at when due. As the Federal Capital Territory, prepares to get involve in another round of area councils election, All Progressive Congress chairmanship aspirant in Kuje Area Council Honourable Haurindu Sarkin Gaube has promised to live up to expectation and demands of the people if he emerge chairman of the council come next year. Honourable Hamidu who is generally perceived to be a better leadership under platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) said this while speaking with journalists in Abuja recently. He explained that he has prepared a blueprint on how to administer the council effectively. Part of his promise, he said is ensuring youths engagement in mechanized agriculture as a means of fighting unemployment. He said that his administration, will also ensure a judicious use of internally generated revenue for the development of the area. He observed that his people need adequate security, befitting road networks and at
least proper primary health in all facilities across the wards. Speaking on his decision to join the race, the chairmanship aspirant explained that past leaders of the Area Council were not fair in the way they administered the affairs of the council. “A man who does not know where the roof of his house is leaking, will not be able to oversee the affairs of that house. The demands of someone elected to serve as chairman in Kuje is not as burdensome as many people have been made to believe. “It’s just that when people get to office they forget the aspiration and dreams of those that voted them into office. I am contesting this office to put an end to all that”. Speaking further Hon. Hanidu said: “I feel sorry when I see the poverty level of our people and this has given me a lot of headache. Many communities have no portable water, good road, and our education system need improvement. We can’t afford to run schools without basic amenities like toilets”. The chairmanship aspirant noted that if given a chance he will use his influence and connections to attract development to communities in the area. Speaking on the recently conducted APC ward elections in Kuje, Honourable Hamidu condemned the violence that preceded the exercise and called on the electorates to sanction aspirants that are known for sponsoring violence.
FCTA to close down unauthorised car marts - Bodinga
A chieftain of APC in the FCT, Alhaji Tanko Abari (first left) donating farm sprayer to benefiting farmers in the FCT during the launch of rain-fed season and distribution of farm inputs...recently
Free school feeding: FCTA targets 1,000 children in Kwali, Bwari, Gwagwalada Stories by Idu Jude, Abuja The FCT Administration looks to immediately kickstart implementation of National Home Grown Feeding School Programme (HGFSP) in the FCT, with a target of 3001000 children in Kwali, Bwari and Gwagwalada Area Councils of the territory. Making this disclosure, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, explained that the Administration is first starting the programme in rural communities across three Area Councils areas where it feels it is needed the most, because large number of the poorest of the poor reside there. Bello spoke at a two-day
stakeholders’ workshop recently with the theme: “Developing sustainable school feeding programmes”, aimed at brainstorming on the operation modules of the programme in the FCT, to pave way for efficient implementation of the Programme. The Minister, who was represented at the occasion by the Secretary for Social Development Secretariat (SDS), Oladimeji Ali-Hassan, assured that FCT Administration is highly committed to implementation of the programme. “We are starting immediately with Area Councils- Kwali, Bwari and Gwagwalada because we are already behind schedule.
So we are starting very soon, in fact in the next few weeks. “At least, we can start with three hundred to a thousand children, which will be a good start. “We have done our survey, and that’s why we plan to take the programme to where it’s highly needed. It is children in the rural communities that need the programme the most,” he stressed. Earlier, Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment programmes, Maryam Uwais, said the programme focuses on feeding children of primary one to three, in selected schools. Explaining the delay in the process of implementing the programme in the FCT,
President’s Aide said it because of non availability of recommended database for the programme in the Territory. She stressed that even though the FCTA is joining halfway through, what is critical is to implement the programme, as there is still about twelve states to go. According to her, the Federal Government pays the number of cooks selected by the respective states, depending on the number of the children. She therefore appealed to the stakeholders drawn from the education, health, agriculture and private sectors, to ensure quality and prompt delivery of the feeding programme in the FCT.
The FCT Directorate of Roads Traffic Services (DRTS), popularly called Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), is to intensify efforts to ensure that unauthorised car marts in the Federal Capital Territory are closed down to pave way for organised system where only genuine registered operators will be in the business. Addressing the task team, the Director, Alhaji Wadata Bodinga, said the directive of the Secretary, Transportation Secretariat, must be fully implemented as it is aimed at bringing sanity to the sector which he described as a critical area as far as transportation service is concerned in every city. Bodinga said the management of DRTS will not fold its arms while some people take over every space in the city displaying vehicles thereby, creating unnecessary traffic in the name of business without considering the plight of other road users. He further explained that there is no reason why some people will go into any business of this nature without collaborating with those who have been into it as it is always
easy for governments to relate to an organized group than different individuals among other gains of working as a team. He insisted that those who are not registered with the Directorate has no business displaying their wares in any part of the Federal Capital City as it is the responsibility of the Directorate to register or give permission for any automobile business within FCT and warned that anybody who does that is doing so at his or her own risk. While responding, the head of the task team, Mr. Kenneth Iloduba assured the Director that they will not disappoint the directorate saying that they needed a little push for them to swing into action, especially as the logistics for the operation had been made available. It would be recalled that the FCT Secretary Transportation, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, had earlier directed those involved in the practice to remove their vehicles from all unauthorised places on before March 5, 2018, as officials of the directorate and other relevant task forces were directed to mobilise to ensure compliance.
The Abuja Times 4 FCTA bemoans loss of assets worth N5bn to vandals
The FCT Administration has lamented the huge burden posed by the vandalism of public assets and critical infrastructure, which it has estimated to run into billions of Naira. The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, made this revelation during a paper presentation recently on the Protection, Preservation and Community Ownership of Public Assets and Critical Infrastructure, organised by the National Orientation Agency. Malam Bello, who was represented at the occasion by the Director of Engineering, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Shehu Ahmad Hadi, lamented that preliminary assessment of losses put the cost of replacement of vandalised, stolen or damaged facilities in the four major roads of FCT alone at over N5 billion. This, he noted, is money which could have been spent on executing new infrastructure or providing utilities in new districts. These include; the Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX), Outer Northern Expressway (ONEX), Inner Southern Expressway (ISEX) as well as the Circular Road among others. Concerned over the spate of sabotage and pillage therefore, Bello disclosed that FCT Administration has set up a Committee for the replacement, reconstruction and restoration of vandalised public assets and infrastructure in the Territory. The Committee, which is headed by the Executive Secretary, FCDA, Engr. Umar Gambo Jibrin, is also to ascertain the scope of the challenge and to proffer long-lasting solutions to stem the negative development. Bello said: “It is always saddening to witness incidents of pillage of major components of public infrastructure such as railway lines and cables, bridge railings, manhole covers and communication ducts to mention but a few. These hoodlums sometimes dig deep into the ground to unearth armoured cables and puncture water pipelines to irrigate their farms or set up car wash centres.” He disclosed that in the short run, security and surveillance have been beefed up around public assets and critical infrastructure in the FCT to apprehend and prosecute these hoodlums. In addition, the Administration is replacing some of these facilities with configurations that could not easily yield to hit and run theft among others. While appealing for to residents to support the Administration’s efforts to combat this scourge, the Minister stated that a more permanent solution to the problem both in FCT and in the country in general would include working to inculcate the spirit of community and people’s ownership of public assets and critical infrastructure in Nigerian citizens.
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Revolution in agric alone would earn Buhari second term - AMAC boss Stories by Idu Jude, Abuja
The Agricultural revolution presently being experienced in Nigeria alone would earn President Muhammadu Buhari a second term in office come 2019. The Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, Mr. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, stated this in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The Chairman said that the emphasis given to agriculture since the assumption of
President Buhari into power is worth commendable and needed the support of all stakeholders in the country to achieve the desire goals. Candido noted that the council has since keyed into the President Buhari’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, ERGP, through the agriculture. He added that the council is working to improve agricultural practices in the council with a view to guaranteeing food security, create jobs and helping the
government save the foreign exchange that was hitherto expended on food imports. The AMAC boss also hinted that the council has procure two thousand four bags of fertilizer and other farm inputs to be distributed to the farmers free of charge within the council. Candido further said that plans are underway towards providing additional one thousand two hundred bags of fertilizer apart from earlier one with the aim to record bumper harvest within the council, FCT
administration and Nigeria at large. The AMAC Chairman, who called on the residents to keep on supporting President Buhari agriculture policy also urged them to support the President’s second term bid in 2019 for him to consolidate on the gains he has already recorded in agriculture. Also speaking at the event, a member of the National Assembly representing AMAC/ BWARI constituency, Hon. Zephaniah Jisalo, has pledged
to support and sponsor any bill that would aid agricultural practice in the territory. He added that agriculture is the source of livelihood to the people of Abuja and its environs. Hon. Jisalo then enjoined the farmers to make judicious use of tools given to them by the council or the FCT administration to record bumper harvest this year and also to complement the economy diversification policy of the Federal government.
FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr. Chinyeaka Ohaa (right), welcoming the newly appointed FCT Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Alhaji Yahaya Bello, when the later paid him a courtesy in his office, in Abuja ...on recently.
Jubilation as FCT minister completes N501m Gbagalape Road Residents of Gbagalape in Nyanya satellite town of the FCT have praised the efforts of the FCT Administration in fixing and saving the residents from the death trap. The residents, who were all praises to the efforts of the minister in fixing the 1.9 meters length road, said the gesture will remain ever green in the lives of the residents who have lived with in fear as there was no other road linking the Abuja urban city centre. Some of the residents, who spoke to journalists during an inspection tour of the facility, commended the speedy pace of the project and sincerity of purpose of the government. Mr. Edidiye Amanam, a resident who have used the road for 9 years, said that the sudden constructing of the road to alleviate the suffering of the people was a surprise as most of the residents had
initially doubted the intention of Government as several administrations had failed despite requests. He said: “This is the first time I have seen a thing like this. How can this happen in our life? It amazes me to see a minister start a project and nearly completes it within one month in Nigeria. I have lived here for 9 years and this is the first time this road is constructed”. Amanam further pleaded with the administration, to ensure the fixing of rail protector at both sides of the road to avoid drivers and cycle riders vie into the gully. Also speaking, Mr. Emmanuel Akpa, expressed gratitude to the government over the efforts. He noted that the road, which was a death trap last year eventually become motor able. Meanwhile, the coordinator Satellite Town Development
Department, Alhaji Ishaku Tanko Yamao, said that what the people are witnessing is not in any way miraculous but the great support of the Minister of FCT who was able to release fund to mobilise contractors who have been out of site for sometime now. “You see when I assumed office, the people said it can not be archived but today people are witnessing a great change. There was this issue of abandoning the project. And when we came in, we called for the project cv and we asked the contractor to start ashfacting the place already graded to avoid abandoning the job when the rain set in again and that was an effort to beat the timeline. I took time to come around myself and the job began a month ago but this morning when I asked the Deputy Director works supervision, he told me that the work has gone far. And to my surprise, he has surpassed the
pass mark,” Yamao said. On the technicalities of the road construction, he said that the road is very sloppy with the concern that there must be protectors after taking a look at the contingency fund to determine what type of protector that will be placed by the sides of the road. He said that the road is built drain by drain to last longer. Also speaking, Yamao, said that the value of the contract initially stood at N501 million having spent over 174 million so far with over 75 per cent work completion. On the extension of the work, Alhaji Yamao insited that it is not proper for his office not to extend the road to the village and the palace of the traditional ruler, “but we are looking at the contingency funding and we see whether we can do justice to it”. Engineer Saliu Deputy Director in the department
told The Abuja Times that in ensuring that the road lasts longer that it has provided dredges and what we call jooks so that the water is channeled to the jooks. On the side protectors, he observed that the contingency fee will determine what type either ion or concrete protector would be provided. Commending the office of the Minister, Chairman of Gbagalape development union, Mr. Wale Ajibade, said that the road which has remained a death trap over a decade, said that as a resident of the place for ten years, that the new trend has defied popular notion of Juju preventing the construction of the road by several administration. Ajibade, like Oliver twist, pleaded the administration, to ensure those speed breakers are fixed along the road to help protect the lives of people plying the road.
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Why ICAO members should migrate from AIS to AIM – Akinkuotu Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency NAMA, Capt Fola Akinkuotu has observed that it is very important that members of Internationally Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO migrate from Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) to Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) because the world is constantly changing with technology improving at fast rate. Due to the dynamic nature of information management, Capt Akinkuotu stressed that dissemination of Aeronautical Information is increasingly moving away from the obsolete way of doing things manually to a more digital and carefully managed process. To this end, Capt Akinkuotu
who spoke at the World’s AIS Day at Mokola, Ibadan in Oyo State attributed such developments to the main reason ICAO is canvassing for the need for all AIS installations to move away from the regular AIS procedures to Aeronautical Information Management (AIM). Akinkuotu who was represented by the acting director operations Idowu Ogufowora said it is in the realisation of this importance that NAMA Management has taken the decision to see the Automation of AIS to a logical conclusion. He said NAMA shall leave no stone unturned to ensure that the AIS Automation process remains on course, stressing that the agency will do their utmost best to see the process through within the limits of the scarce resources available to us. Akinkuotu condemned a situation whereby an AIS Personnel fails to
disseminate the right information or delays it due to negligence on his or her part, warning that such instances could lead to very unfortunate circumstances. He said “When NOTAMS are not carefully done and promptly issued, it could leave a lot of people that depend on such information in the safety chain in the dark” . He emphasised that training and retraining will play a great role in equipping AIS personnel to meet the demands and challenges that automation and the new AIM will bring. He further pointed out that ICAO has equally been proactive in introducing yet another document which clearly caters for this, adding that “Management will therefore do its best at ensuring regular training among your members across board in a bid to secure the future of this
great organisation through proper succession plans.” “While everyone expects us to do all of their biddings, it is pertinent to state at this juncture that management itself is also constrained by a number of challenges and has the responsibility of juggling so many issues all at once in a manner whereby it does its best to keep the organisation going in the overall interest while trying to meet specific needs”, Akinkuotu said. Akinkuotu used the opportunity solicit AIMAN’s cooperation and understanding to work together for the good of NAMA and ultimately for Nigeria which all must all join hands to build to ensure the country’s collective survival. Highlighting the importance of AIS, Akinkuotu emphasised that Aeronautical Information Services (AIS) is a critical part of the safety chain in aviation.
L-R: Managing Director/CEO of First Registrars; Mr Bayo Olugbemi, Non-Executive Director of First Registrars; Ambassador Ibironke O.Vaughan-Adefope (Mrs), Chairman First Registrars; Alh. (Dr) Ahmadu Abubakar (OFR), National Coordinator Emeritus and Guest; Sir Sunny Nwosu, at launch of its mobile app in Lagos...recently
PENGASSAN extols Baru, honours him with award on integrity By Idu Jude Abuja The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Corporate Headquarters branch of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has conferred the union’s highest award of prudence and integrity on the Group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru. Conferring the award on Dr. Baru, the NNPC PENGASSAN Branch Chairman, Corporate Headquarters, Comrade Mathew Duru, applauded him for operating an open-door
policy and for always making staff welfare a priority. Comrade Duru noted that the continuous harmonious working relations between the current management and staff were because of the sterling leadership of the GMD and his management team, assuring that the unions would continue to provide all the needed support to enable it to deliver on its mandate. “We in the union describe you, Dr. Maikanti Baru, as ‘Talk Na Do’ because since your assumption of office, you have always kept your promises to the union and we felt that we should confer this highest
award on you in appreciation of your positive industrial relations. We the staff and our retired colleagues would always live to remember you and be proud of you for impacting our lives positively,” Comrade Duru stated. Speaking in a similar vein, the National General Secretary of NNPC Retired Staff Association, Comrade Pajara Ndiuno, thanked the GMD for having the interest of both staff and retirees at heart, stressing that his leadership style has given them a sense of belonging. He said the NNPC retirees would always pray to God to continue to give Dr. Baru wisdom and sound
health to pilot the affairs of the corporation aright for the common good of the Nigerian people and the economy. He lauded the GMD for ensuring uninterrupted supply and distribution of petroleum products across the nook and cranny of the country, adding that the retirees were proud of his job performance. In his response, NNPC GMD, Dr. Baru thanked the union for conferring its highest award on him, assuring that he and his management would continue to maintain harmonious working industrial relations with the entire staff.
Senate calls for completion of Kogi dams for infrastructure, agric devt Olufemi Samuel and Tunde Opalana, Abuja The Senate on Tuesday called on the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to urgently ensure the resuscitation and completion of Osara/ Ekuku Dams in Kogi Central Senatorial District of Kogi State due to their strategic importance to crop production and infrastructural development. Noticing that the Osara dam is the largest source of water in Kogi State and the Ekuku dam the second largest, the upper legislative chamber mandated its Committee on Water Resources to liaise with the ministry over the completion of the two dams. The senate resolution followed a motion, “Urgent call for the speedy resuscitation of the Osara / Ekuku Dams in Kogi Central Senatorial District”, sponsored by Senator Ahmed Salau Ogembe (PDP Kogi Central) during plenary. He informed that the Osara Dam was first conceived in 1995 under the Ibrahim Babangida administration as part of the country’s public irrigation sector schemes, adding that it was meant to provide water for irrigated crop production and drinking. He explained that construction of the dam “is a strategic component in the development of Nigeria’s Iron Ore and Steel projects in Itakpe and Ajaokuta as the Osara dam site is situated about 6km north of the National Iron Ore Mining Company, NIOMCO, Itakpe and is accessible through the Lokoja-Okene highway”. Ogembe, however, expressed worries that the construction works and the development of the necessary infrastructure for Osara dam to effectively function as an irrigation project and water supply scheme was truncated; He also lamented the “abandonment of this laudable project impacts negatively on the socio-economic life of not just the people of Kogi Central Senatorial District, but the entire Kogi State and indeed the whole country”. Senator Ogembe therefore warned that “Kogi State being a gateway between the Northern and Southern Nigeria, the possibility of outbreak of diseases due to water crisis cannot be overruled. “Kogi State is geographically located in the heart of Nigeria. The state is well blessed with water resources being the host of the confluence, the meeting point of two great rivers, Benue and Niger. “Despite this natural advantage, the lack of potable drinking water supply accurately rhymes with the anonymous sailor’s distress cry: ‘Water, water everywhere, but not a single drop to drink’. This perfectly describes the portable water supply situation in Kogi State”, he said.
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Market Cap depreciates by N22.5bn Stories: Adesola Afolabi The market capitalisation which tracks the overall worth of equities investment slumped by N22.5 billion on Tuesday from N14.734 trillion to N14.712 trillion recorded at the close of yesterday trading activities. Also, investors on the domestic bourse remained bearish, with the ASI dropping further by 0.12 percent, as sustained sell pressures in banking stocks outweighed renewed interests in
other value stocks. Accordingly, the Month-toDate and Year-to-Date returns inched lower to -1.55 percent and 6.24 percent respectively. The Banking index was the sole loser among other indices. It fell 1.35 percent following profit taking in the shares of Zenith Bank that dropped 4 percent and Guaranty Trust Bank that declined 0.68 percent. Whereas, demand for Nestle which increased 2.81 percent, Sovereign Insurance that appreciated 5 percent and CAP that grew 2.83
percent caused gains to resurface in the Consumer Goods, Insurance and Industrial Goods indices which grew 1.42 percent, 0.95 percent and 0.08 percent respectively. The Oil & Gas index closed flat. Market breadth remained negative, albeit narrower, with 12 gainers and 25 losers, led by SOVRENINS (+5.00%) and VERITASKAP (-9.52%) respectively. Total value of trades spiked 98.47 percent to N4.43 billion, despite decline in volume of trades by 7.05 percent to 203.36
million units, following notable crosses in GUARANTY (15 million units at N44.20), NB (4 million units at NGN124), and NESTLE (200,000 units at NGN1,573). Transactions were executed in 4,090 deals. Amidst still strengthening macroeconomic fundamentals ( Slower pace of inflation for April came in Tuesday at 12.48 percent, Cordros research analysts says outlook for risky assets remains positive in the medium to long term, despite continued sideways trading.
L – R: Bamidele Asije, Non-Executive Board Member, ABC Transport Plc; Prince Olumide Obayomi, Chairman, ABC Transport Plc; Tinuade Awe, Executive Director, Regulation, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE); Frank Nneji (OON), Managing Director/CEO, ABC Transport Plc; John Okoro, Independent Director, ABC Transport Plc and Godstime Iwenekhai, Head, Listing Regulation, NSE during a Closing Gong Ceremony to commemorate their 25th Anniversary at The Exchange on Tuesday.
IOSCO focuses on key challenges facing securities regulators International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has resolved to focus on key issues affecting regulators worldwide and proffer ways of tackling the challenges This was part of the resolutions reached at the organization´s 43rd Annual Conference in Budapest, Hungary. The conference also featured meetings by the IOSCO Board, IOSCO´s Growth and Emerging Markets (GEM) Committee, the four Regional Committees and the Affiliate Members Consultative Committee (AMCC). The public sessions of the conference deliberated on four key issues: (1) the sale of unsuitable products to retail investors; (2) the challenges of Fintech and digitalization, (3) the shift from active to passively managed collective investment schemes, and (4) SME access to funding through capital markets. In his remarks, Ashley Alder, Chair of the IOSCO Board, said: “IOSCO members have taken important steps this week to advance IOSCO´s priority work in focused areas such as market resilience, financial technologies, and information sharing among securities market regulators, while addressing the biggest risks to investor protection, market integrity and financial stability.” The Board discussed how best to approach the continuing growth of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). It agreed to develop a Support Framework to assist members as they consider how to address the domestic and cross-border issues stemming from coin offerings that could impact investor or consumer protection.
FBN Holdings Shareholders approve N8.97 bn dividend Shareholders of FBN Holdings Plc on Tuesday approved the total dividend of N8.97 billion recommended by the board for the financial year ended Dec. 31, 2017. The shareholders gave the approval at the company’s sixth Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Lagos. The dividend translated to 25k per share against N7.18 billion or 20k per share paid in the 2016 financial year. Speaking at the meeting, Mr Sunny Nwosu, the National Coordinator Emeritus, Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria (ISAN), commended the board and management for the dividend and stability in the company in the past three years. Nwosu said the shareholders appreciated the dividend, though small, considering the unfriendly operating environment and impairment charge during the year under review.
He also lauded the company for making significant process in reducing the nonperforming loan (NPL) to 22.8 per cent against 24.4 per cent in 2016. Nwosu tasked the management to ensure further reduction in NPL in the current financial year to boost dividend pay-out through various strategies. He called on shareholders to embrace the e-dividend payment platform to reduce the company’s unclaimed dividends presently at N6.34 billion. Nwosu said shareholders should not allow their money to be wasted but should claim their dividends. Mrs Bisi Bakare, National Coordinator, Pragmatic Shareholders Association of Nigeria, commended the board and management for the improvement in the company’s performance indices.
“The problem we faced in the past is today history, we are now able to pay dividend. It might be small but better than none,” Bakare said. Responding, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, the Managing Director, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, said the bank at various levels was committed to recovering loans. Adeduntan said the bank had recovery and remedial committee at the board level to strengthen the traditional loan recovery team. He said one of the bank’s biggest NPL on its book was now performing, noting that the bank would remain committed to loan recovery. “Not one kobo that is due to us will be left on the table, we are chasing all our debtors,” Adeduntan said. According to him, the board and management had strengthened various risk controls in the bank aimed at lowering risk appetite. Mr. UK Eke, Group Managing Director, FBN
Holdings, told the shareholders that the company had made great progress in the past three years. “We are not where we should be but we have made progress, NPL has dropped. “We are seeing recovery, better valuations and rewrite backs into the books,” Eke said. He said the dividend approved by the shareholders came from the company’s other subsidiaries, noting that the banking subsidiary did not contribute anything for strategic reasons. Eke explained that the company was targeting cost of risk of below five per cent in the current financial year and less than two per cent in 2019. The company recorded gross earnings of N595. 4 billion against N581. 8 billion in 2016, an increase of 2.3 per cent. Its profit before tax stood at N56. 8 billion in contrast with N22.9 billion in 2016, representing a growth of 147.6 per cent.
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B7 Aviation Former AFRAA scribe to attend LAAC seminar
L-R Ogun State Head of Service, Mr. Abayomi Sobande, Commissioner fo Budget, Ms. Adenrele Adesina, Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, World Bank Team Leader, Mr. Kofi Nouve, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, World Bank Project Manager, Feyi Boroffice, World Bank Consultant, Nike Adekanbi and Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, after a presentation by the World Bank team before the state Executive Council at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Success in aviation achieved through team work – Yadudu Stories: Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo Director of Airport Operations, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN, Captain Rabiu Yadudu, has said the only way to achieve success in aviation is through team work Capt. Yadudu made the observation at the directorate of airport operations strategic management officers’ retreat which took place in Ijebu Ode in Ogun State recently with the theme: “Operations Directorate: Strategy Development
Action Plan”. Yadudu in his opening remarks at the retreat which was attended by airport managers drawn from different parts of the country, the airport director also called for the need to review and improve airport management model for greater efficiency and accountability,stressing that the only way to achieve success is through team work and being abreast with the dynamic nature of the global aviation standards. According to Yadudu, airport managers must remain current and operate in harmony with
global aviation industry trends, programmes and initiatives. The director said airport managers must also work to adopt the culture of the age of competence, the culture of technical knowledge, technology, safety, security and efficiency. “We must accept, support and cooperate with each other as partners in progress towards the achievement of a common organizational goal. This is the only way to work and succeed as a team. And success in Aviation is achieved only through team work”
Yadudu added that airport managers must start to enhance their destiny by identifying themselves through their profession”. Advising fellow workers, Yadudu pointed out that “We must understand that FAAN is not a being in itself or of itself. It is just a concept personified by us. And as such it has nothing tangible to gain or lose. As human beings and employees, we alone stand to gain or lose from whatever it is that we choose to sow in the fertile farm field that is FAAN”
FAAN keys into 2day Tourism Transport Summit Expo Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has keyed into the Tourism Transport Summit Expo as an avenue to collaborate with the tourism sub-sector to foster economic benefits to the country. The expo which takes place in Abuja from 21st – 22nd May 2018 has the theme: ‘Tourism and Transportation: The Key Sectors for Sustainable Resilient Growth and Development’ According to organizers, Institute of Tourism Practitioners (ITP), the Summit will create conditions for the development in the most economic and efficient manner of air transport and the services connected. In a statement made available, the Airports Authority’s participation at the Summit and Expo is a platform that offers it a unique opportunity to interact with policy makers, entrepreneurs, key players in both the tourism and transport sectors of the economy and the general public to engage in an allparticipatory discourse aimed at charting the desired synergy, collaboration and connective inter-play between the two sectors for
maximum economic benefits of the country. The Tourism Transport Summit/Exposition is expected to deliberate on the complex relationship between transport provision and tourism, and will adopt global perspective in forging a mutual relationship between the two sectors; It will make regulatory and enforcement agencies, national, state and local government to reappraise and have a better understanding of the importance of tourism and transportation to local, state and national economies, and their impact on employment regeneration. Other sub themes at the summit include: Tourism and Transportation Interdependencies for Mutual Growth and Sustainable Development; Potentialities of Developing Regional Inter-Connectivity in Transportation and Inter-Modal Connectivity, Traveler Safety and Security. Others are, Licensing Regulations and Oversight–Meeting the International Standards for Sustainable Development of the Transportation and Tourism Industries; Marketing Destination Nigeria – What Role
for the Transportation and Tourism Sectors; Public Private Partnership and Investment in the Tourism and Transportation SectorsProspects and Challenges; Development of Critical Infrastructure and the Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria- The Case of Tourism and Transportation Industries; and Building Capacity for Global Best Practices in the Tourism and Transportation Sectors. The organizers also lauded the efforts of the Honourable Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika in his efforts at repositioning the sector and strengthening air connectivity in Africa, said the event will bring together critical stakeholders in the Nigerian transport sector such as the Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC), Nigerian Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), Nigerian Railway Cooperation (NRC), Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITI), Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the National Clearing and Forwarding Agency (NCFA) among others.
Mr. Nick Fadugba, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Aviation Services Limited has confirmed participation at the forthcoming seminar of the League of Airports and Aviation Correspondents (LAAC). Fadugba would present a paper on ‘Partnerships as Key to Survival of Local Airlines.’ Apart from him, other resources persons are expected to present various papers to about 250 participants who operate within the industry and outside it. Fadugba who was also a former Secretary General, African Airlines Association (AFRAA) in his confirmation e-mail to LAAC said that he was pleased to be part of the event, which he said would help to further shape the African aviation industry. He added: “I am willing to present a paper on the topic given to me by the league. I will physically be present on the date chosen for the seminar.” Fadugba, was Co-Chairman, African Airlines/MRO Africa Technical Committee on Line Maintenance Co-operation & Spares Pooling in Africa, Co-Chairman, African Airlines/MRO Africa Technical Committee on Aviation Standards & Regulations Harmonisation in Africa, Vice Chairman, Safety & Training Committee, African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA), Advisor, Association of African Aviation Training Organisations (AATO), former Secretary General, African Airlines Association (AFRAA) and Lead Moderator, Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) official launch discussion at African Union (AU) Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is also a Member, Institute of Directors (IOD), United Kingdom (UK), Member, International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT), USA, Committee Member, Aviation Club of the UK, Member, European Aviation Club, Member, German Aviation Research Society (GARS) and Launch Member, African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA). Fadugba holds BSc (Honours), Mass Communication, Post Graduate Diploma, Air Transport Management, MSc (Distinction), Air Transport Planning & Management and MSc Dissertation Award Winner. Fadugba has won several awards and recognitions in the sector, among which were AFRAA Award Winner for ‘Outstanding Services to the African Aviation Industry,’ presented with a Plaque by the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) for ‘Outstanding Contribution and Service to Aviation Safety,’ Aviation Round Table (ART), Nigeria, Award Winner for ‘Invaluable Support and Contribution to the Upliftment of Aviation Safety in Africa, particularly in Nigeria,’ among others. The seminar with the theme: ‘Financing Aviation Development Through Private Sector Partnerships,’ would hold on July 19, 2018 at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers in Lagos. Other topics to be presented at the seminar include; ‘Funding Perspectives of Aviation Security in Nigeria,’ ‘Federal/State Government Partnership in Air Navigational Development and ‘Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Financing.’
Daily Times Nigeria Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Celebrities as role models
Daily Times Nigeria
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Celebrities as role models It is no hidden knowledge that most people especially the young minds look up to Parents, great names in history, bible characters, celebrities and public figures as role models. This is due to the attitude or naturally programmed character they might have in common. Questions have been raised on what is really the cause of recent trends among individuals especially youths. Their vast appetite for lavish spending, attitude towards life in general and their priorities which are sometimes misplaced. That is a cause for worry. Here is the chain of connection. As a public figure, a celebrity or preferably an actor, your roles and character is being monitored by those who look up to you. They notice your attitude off-set but imbibe your character on set mostly. If you are playing a role as a playboy in a movie, your young fan likes that person he sees, and since he wants to be like you, he finds that playboy in himself... Automatically, he has been influenced. As celebrities and public figures, you are responsible for the present state of mind of youths and recent trends in the society... These trends and influence might be positive or negative... So as a role model, you should consider properly you actions as it may have an effect on someone’s life. Musicians and their vulgar lyrics and obscene video scenes are not left out. When you flash a Ferrari and a Bentley with stacks of dollars being thrown in the air like its nothing that leaves one’s mind money conscious, desperate for the good life, then money becomes the motive at any expense. Not forgetting the vulgar lyrics that become a theme song for even children who innocently repeat it and dance to it. Now the videos, decency is not in the dictionary of most videos being aired lately. Although an agency was set up to censor harmful scenes, what can’t be found on the internet? The movie industry is not left out, considering their scenes of nudity
and soft porn movies. Nollywood is gradually being exposed to the belief that more revealing scenes make more sales. Yes! They make sales, but at whose expense? Entertainment becomes a necessity at some point. It is only appropriate that the right message be passed on by their various mediums. There is no better preservation method for decency and morality besides straight examples by role models who lead for others to follow. Celebrities are the major ears of the public in general. They can inspire people with their talent, handwork, sincerity and style. The way celebrities handle their problems and relationships are made a point of reference by followers. It is only right that they beget the sense and habit of guiding their followers. Let’s take a turn to the models and foreign celebrities who inspire our young aspirants in Nigeria. How do we explain a situation where a Nigerian teenager who wants to look like Kim Kardashian starts bleaching with creams and resizing or inflating her body parts just to look like her? Advice should be rendered to fans and followers on the importance of originality. What you do as a public figure is always copied. Another example in a stretch is the set of “Super Stars” who go clubbing on a regular basis, smoking, drinking and taking all sort of drugs... Cocaine maybe, and all these happen with little concern of who is watching. Why wouldn’t we have youth smoking Indian hemp, sneaking out to clubs in the name of church and selling properties to get drugs or buy the cheap common substitutes like tramadol and the likes? Why wouldn’t they desire to sniff that cocaine their mentor is having? The next thing they realize is they have misplaced their priority by getting ahead too fast. If you are reading this as a public figure and someone’s mentor, carefully take into consideration your actions in public and general attitude towards life as someone out there is willing to take your nest step.
Daily Times Nigeria Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Life & Style
The dirty truth about diet pills How fat burners work One category of diet pills are fat burners. But really, they’re stimulants which agitate the central nervous system so as to reduce appetite and burn off fat. The active ingredients in fat burners are many different kinds of stimulants, from good old caffeine (in very high doses), to natural extracts like guarana and willow bark, to synthesized chemicals like hydroxycitric acid (the main ingredient in Hydroxycut) and chromium picolinate, along with lots and lots of herbs and even aspirin. A variety of stimulants are used because not only do more stimulants, well, stimulate the body into losing weight, but they increase energy as fat is burned. (Burning fat all day long tends to sap the body.) Stimulant-based diet pills do work, if combined with exercise, but it’s probably the exercise doing the heavy lifting. However, these pills are recommended to be used in short periods—an extremely jittery body is pretty unpleasant, as is the sky-high pulse, blood pressure figures, and strokes or heart attacks caused by those things. Next How fat blockers work A chemical called orlistat is at the heart of fat blockers—it actually prevents the body from absorbing dietary fat. It’s now available commercially under names like Xenical or Alli, but it debuted in the mid-1990s as Olestra, a fat substitute used in the production of fat-free potato chips. But there were some side effects among those who ate too many servings of Olestra-laden chips, and they’re the same side effects that plague those who use diet pills with orlistat. If there’s fat in food or in the stomach, and the body won’t absorb it into its cells, that fat has to go somewhere—and that generally means an oily anal discharge. Other symptoms: excessive flatulence, gas, diarrhea, oily stools, and the body’s decreased ability to absorb Vitamin A and Vitamin D. And weight loss is more than just eating (or absorbing) less fat—it’s burning off fat already in the body. Studies show that orlistat does help with weight loss, but only in conjunction with a reducedcalorie diet.
all, and if they do work, they work too well, because they’re loaded with powerful ingredients. How is this even legal? It’s because most diet pills are legally classified as “dietary supplements,” and not drugs. That means manufacturers don’t have to prove safety or effectiveness to the Food and Drug Administration. Even more troubling is that diet pills sold online may contain ingredients that have actually been banned by the FDA. A supplement called Slimming Beauty cited the allnatural “bitter orange” as the big ingredient. Sure, that’s all well and good—bitter orange has been used for centuries around the world, as both an appetite suppressant and energy booster. But these pills also contain very high amounts of sibutramine, a prescriptionstrength stimulant and weight loss aid. Under the name Meridia, sibutramine was pulled by the FDA in 2010, after a study found it increased the risk of stroke by 16 percent. But the FDA has no jurisdiction over supplements, so into Slimming Beauty it went.
Diet pills aren’t regulated There’s a reason why diet pills are sold via cheap-looking commercials on late-night TV, in some shady corner of a pharmacy, or via spam email. It’s because a lot of them are totally shady, and don’t work at
The magic ingredient may be totally normal Some diet pills tout the inclusion of chitosan. What that reportedly does is bind to food molecules, preventing digestion—the body then passes the whole thing, making sure less calories go into
the body. But what is chitosan? It’s the powdered shells of crab, shrimp, and other crustaceans. (Chitosan is not for use by vegans, or those whose religion prohibits the consumption of shellfish.) While some studies have shown
that dieters who took chitosan lost a bit more weight than dieters who didn’t, other researchers say chitosan is more or less fiber. Or at least it behaves like fiber, which binds to fat and cholesterol and prevents absorption into the body.
The main difference between chitosan and fiber: Chitosan is expensive and comes only in pill form. Fiber is cheap and plentiful. And like orlistat, chitosan blocks the body’s ability to absorb vitamins. Fiber doesn’t do that.
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Daily Times Nigeria Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Ways to control negative feelings
The ability to control negative feelings affects our life quality and may change the way people around us look at us. Emotions are a very important part of our everyday life. Whether it’s a message that makes you smile, or traffic stress, it certainly affects how you feel. Research conducted by psychologists makes progress in understanding how to control feelings and how to express them. Some emotional reactions do not need to be arranged. If the feeling fits the situation and makes you feel good, it can stay as it is. Laughing with everyone is a suitable response when something funny happens. But when you have a serious meeting, looking at the message from your phone and laughing does not fit the situation. Or trying to calm down when you are angry may sometimes become a difficult. If you cannot control your negative feelings, they may cost friendships, business, or even your health. It is possible to learn to control your emotions by applying certain methods and practicing. You can do most of the emotional practice without a bad situation. By preparing yourself in advance, you can help solve the problem without affecting your life. Take precautions for unwanted situations
You should take your precautions for the unwanted situations. Because unwanted situations generally makes you feel in a negative way. If you know that you will be disturbed when you are in a hurry, do not leave work for the last minute. For example, leave the house or the office 10 minutes early so that don’t feel in a rush. By doing so you may easily tolerate the traffic congestion and the slow elevators :) Similarly, if you know someone you are uncomfortable to see, find a way to avoid it.By doing so, you can avoid the situations that have risks to create negative feelings on you. To be able to think about t a few small details like these one may affect your life in very positive way. So take your precautions before you are faced with any situation that may bother you and do not let it bother you.
Change the way you think Disappointment is one of the most common feelings that anyone wants to reduce. You should accept that you cannot reach success without failure. You should get rid of the negative disappointment by changing the way you think. Most relieving facts that may help you to change the way you think when you are in disappointing situation: 1-Any failure is step on the way of success 2-You may be dreaming of
unattainable perfection. No one can be perfect. 3- You must live your life with those in your hand and with the actions you can achieve at that time. You can of course reach the goal you missed another time, there is always chance. Because it is very important to know that you are happy with what you have and to be at peace with yourself. Besides that, you can change the disappointing situations with what you have. Focus on yourself Let’s say you feel bad with more athletic people than you are. This feeling will gradually worsen as people watch how many kilograms of weight gain people in regularly working at the gym and how fast they are running. Focus on what you can do better than the previous week. Maybe you can run for 5 minutes more, or maybe you can increase the weights you lift . Anyone is responsible for the
Take precautions for unwanted situations
behavior he has done. In this way you both feel better about yourself and increase your motivation. You see that increased confidence high amount of your own success. Even more beautiful, you can focus on what you are doing and ultimately reach the end you desire. The important thing is to put the right targets and focus on what you can achieve. Change your beliefs and think positively Beliefs have a great significance for human psychology. Your beliefs form basis for your deepest emotions and keep them alive. Learning how to change them by positive thinking can make you get rid of effects of negative feelings If you believe that you have lost something, you feel bad. However you will be happy if you believe that it will be good. In fact everything is in your hand. And it is in your hand to manage them. But sometimes things you think that are positive
may bring great difficulties behind them. On the other hand, situations that upset you, may open up new gates for your success. It is your choice to make your life even more beautiful by thinking positively. Let’s think well in life and get good things. Change your temper If nothing works, and you cannot stay away from negative situations, cannot change the way you think, or cannot focus to another, the last step in emotion control is to control your reaction. For example, think about a situation that really made you very angry. How do you control our response? First of all, listen to your body. Maybe your heart is beating like crazy, or maybe you have started to tremble... Take deep breaths, focus on your breath before you react, and let your breath calm you down. Breathing exercises you take in the right way is very important. It is your own hand to recognize yourself and take the right steps.