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Onitsha inferno: 20 houses, 15 vehicles, goods worth billions lost

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The commercial city of Onitsha in Anambra State was on Wednesday night engulfed in an inferno that gutted 20 houses,

15 vehicles, 10 tricycles and three filling stations and other properties worth over N5bn, along Oguta Road by Dennis Memorial Grammar School and Upper New Market Road.

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Judge orders final forfeiture of $153m 7 linked to Allison-Madueke Ozekhome asks court to vacate forfeiture order on N75m 5 Reps reject N7bn Ministry of Communications’ budget 12

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Onitsha inferno: 20 houses, 15 vehicles, goods worth billions lost Continued from page 12 Commanding Officer, Navy Outpost Onitsha, Captain Mohammed Dahiru, when he visisted the scene promised that his administration will rehabilitate the victims by relocating them within the area at least for one year to ameliorate their suffering. He said the Obi of Onitsha will coordinate the resettlement and rehabilitation of the victims, so that their suffering would be reduced to the barest minimum. Obiano frowned at the setting up of petrol stations in residential areas, noting that henceforth the state government will ensure that petrol stations are not built indiscriminately at residential areas. He called on the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to check the tyres of articulated vehicles so as to stop those that don’t have good tryes from operating on the roads. He said that he has

Ozekhome asks court to vacate forfeiture order on N75m Peter Fowoyo

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Abdulazeez Anka, ordered a temporary forfeiture of N75m found in Chief Mike Ozekhome’s Guarantee Trust Bank account, the fiery lawyer on Thursday asked the court to vacate the order. The order made by the judge on February 7, 2017, followed an application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which prayed the court to freeze Ozakhome’s account, temporarily, on the ground that the N75m was suspected to be proceed of crime. Ozekhome sought the court for an order discharging and/or vacating forthwith, the interim order made ex-parte, which ordered an interim order of forfeiture to freeze or attach the money for 120 days. Besides, the senior advocate sought an order restraining the federal government and the EFCC, whether by themselves, their operatives, agents, servants, and/or privies

howsoever, from dealing in anyway and manner as to the operation or the proprietary rights of the ownership of the account. Specifically, Ozekhome said the application for an order for interim attachment/forfeiture of his account was done in bad faith by EFCC, which he said, did not comply with statutory and judicial authorities in obtaining an interim order vide motion ex parte. According to him, the respondent allegedly suppressed material facts in obtaining the order, therefore, the action is unconstitutional as same offends Sections 36, 37 and 41 of the 1999 of the Constitution as there was no legal justification for EFCC’s action. “The Applicant’s family, staff, dependants, associates, business and livelihood will greatly suffer, and are already suffering and will continue to suffer irreparable damage, if this application is not granted, and the blockade or freezing of the account lifted immediately. “The interest of justice

demands that these prayers be granted as it will ensure that the applicant and his family, staff, associates, livelihood, dependants and business do not suffer untold and irreparable damages,” Ozekhome said. He also said EFCC’s application and the subsequent order were based on non-compliance with the court’s rules and judicial authorities regulating the grant of ex-parte application. He argued that the entire application leading to the grant of the interim order ex parte amounts to forum shopping and was calculated to overreach him. Ozekhome said the N75m was part-payment of legal fees from Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayode. “The issue of whether or not the funds in Governor Fayose’s account from which the N75m was posted to Mike Ozekhome’s chambers’ GT Bank account is suspected proceed of crime is currently on appeal as filed and entered by the self-same counsel to the respondent herein, Mr.

Rotimi Oyedepo Iseoluwa,” Ozekhome said. Ozekhome also filed an affidavit of urgency deposed to by a lawyer in his firm, Chimaobi Onuigbo, praying that the case be heard urgently. “The motion on notice seeking to discharge and/ or vacate the said interim order of this honourable court on 7th February, 2017, requires urgent hearing and determination, as the continued freezing of Mike Ozekhome’s chambers’ account renders the chambers impecunious and unable to carry out the day to day activities of the firm,” he said. The lawyer said the temporary freezing of his account has caused Ozekhome “untold embarrassment, public odium, obloquy and mental agony as the respondent gave very wide publicity to the said freezing or attachment in print, electronic and social media, thus giving the wrong impression that he has committed a criminal offence against the laws of the land.”

Dr. Nwankwo invested in firefighting trucks which has capacity for 10,000 liters of water, 750 liters of foam and 75 kilogrammes of powder, and other qualities, saying they have already arrived in Lagos, and in two weeks’, they will take delivery of them in the state. The trucks would be distributed among Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi offices of the state fire service, assuring that they would stop these incidences of fire disaster. “I am going to set up a committee that will look into the actual people that were affected, headed by the Obi of Onitsha and we will ensure that they are relocated to nearby places here and the state will pay for their house rent even if it is for one year, for them to get back on their feet. “I am also using this opportunity to direct the Federal Road Safety Corps

to seize any heavy duty vehicle coming into Anambra State with bad tyres, and detain the driver for at least a day, so that they know that we are serious about safeguarding our people, and we are going to put barriers in our three flyovers in the state to stop them from falling and blocking our roads,” Obiano said. The Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Sam Okaula, who was represented by the Police Public Relations Officer, Nkiru Nwode, warned miscreants to stop cashing in on fire incident and other unfortunate situations to rob people of their property. Nwode said the Police arrested three people who wanted to use the opportunity of Onitsha fire incident to loot people’s property, saying that they will face the wrath of the law after investigations have been concluded on them.

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This is to inform the general public that a Certificate of Occupancy with Registration No. 32/32/2001J registered at the Lands Registry, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos State dated 8/6/2001 for a property situated at Kilometer 3, LASU – Igando Road, Isheri Olofin, Lagos belonging to Mrs. Afishetu Abiodun Yakubu is missing. All efforts to recover the documents have been abortive. I f found, please contact the Lands Registry, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos State.


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review the country’s Foreign Exchange (FOREX) policy. The council made up of 36 governors, governor of the CBN and key ministers, gave the order at the council meeting, yesterday, which was presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, while briefing State House Correspondents after the meeting, said NEC’s position followed a briefing provided to the council by the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele. The Naira has been having a free fall, a situation that has resulted in high inflationary rate of close to 19 per cent with the currency exchanging at N506 to the Dollar at the parallel market and about N308 as official rate. The finance minister revealed further that the CBN Governor Emefiele, in his submission to the NEC, pleaded for patience from Nigerians, assuring that something was being done. According to the minister, “After a brief presentation on FOREX policy options by the CBN governor, council members generally expressed concern over the current situation of the exchange rate and called for an urgent review of the current FOREX policy, especially the gap between interbank and the parallel market rates. “The CBN governor sued for patience and understanding, assuring that the situation is being closely managed,” she said. Adeosun also disclosed that NEC has approved the report to inject the sum of $250m into the Nigerian Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) to be sourced from the Ex-

cess Crude Account (ECA). Speaking further on the SWF, Adeosun disclosed that the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the fund, Mr. Uche Orii, presented a report to council on the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Agency (NSIA) annual reports and accounts for the year ended 2015 and update on 2016 activities. Adesoun said in the report to NEC council members were informed that NSWF has the highest ranking in Africa in terms of performance and capitalization. She added: “The report highlights, among others, the following: Financial performance 2014 to Q3 2016; update and investment

strategy on the NSIA Future Generation Fund (FGF); NSIA infrastructure strategy and Agriculture Fund; NSIA -Old Mutual Real Estate Co-investment vehicle, among others.” According to her, NSIA outlook, among others, include plans to increase domestic infrastructure investment in 2017 “as there are compelling opportunities in the environment.” She noted that NSIA will also focus on “social infrastructure,” including investments in the form of affordable housing and healthcare through the development of specialist hospitals. “Council, while adopting the report of the NSIA, decided to inject a fresh $250 million into the

SWF sourced from the ECA,” she stated. The minister also reported to the council that the balance in ECA stood at USD 2,458,382,844.03, as at February 15, 2017. Giving an update on Budget Support Loan Facility, Adeosun reported that eight accounting firms have been appointed to start the verification process of the monthly facility, based on the approved fiscal sustainability plan by the States. On the economic recovery plan, she said the minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma, assured the council members that federal government has a recovery plan that will take Nigeria out of the woods.

She also reported the composition of the board of the NSIA with a member, each, nominated from the six geo-political zone. They are North-East, Mrs. Halima Buba, non executive director; North West, Mr. Bello Maccido, non executive director; North Central, Ms. Lois Laraba Machunga-Disu, non executive director; South West, Mr. Babajide Zetilin, non executive director; South East, Mr. Urum Kalu Eze, non executive director; South-South, Mr. Abue Ighodalo, legal practitioner with 10 years postqualification experience. Council members unanimously adopted the nominations for onward consideration by the president for his final approval.

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Nigeria’s total debt profile rises to N17.4trn from N2tn in 2015 Olufemi Samuel, Abuja

ÏÏÏ Nigeria’s total debt profile office has risen to N17.36 trillion or $57.39 billion as at December 31, 2016, according to the Debt Management Office (DMO). The debt profile stood at N2.03trn ($10.32bn) as at the end of June 2015, according to record. The total figure of debt now owed by Nigeria amount to 500 per cent increase as disclosed by the Director General of the DMO, Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, during the budget defence session by his office before the Senate Committee on Foreign and Local Debts. The DMO DG said the total debt profile of the country, comprising of both local and foreign debts, has been on the increase since July 2015 due to prevailing economic challenges at hand for

both the federal and state government. He said while the federal government domestic debt stock as at December 31, 2015 was N8.84trn, it rose to N11.06trn as at December 2016. Nwankwo also explained that the total debt profile of $57.39bn is made up of external debt stock of $11.41billion (N3.48trn and domestic debt stock of $45.98bn (N13.88trillion). According to him, the debt owed by the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) accounted for about 32.45 per cent and the federal government accounting for the remaining 67.55 per cent. Chairman of the committee, Senator Shehu Sani (APC Kaduna Central), had, however, asked the DMO D-G why the federal government has not sought for

debt relief from the creditors as once did. Nwankwo in response, expressed confidence that the Nigeria economy was still strong despite the debt overhang, where as his response angered members of the Committee The DMO boss said, “In our humble view, Nigeria is not in a position to beg for debt forgiveness. Nigeria is still a very strong economy. We have some challenges; but, Nigeria has not reached a stage that it needs to beg for debt forgiveness. We are not in that position, sir”, he said. Angered by the DMO DG’s response, Senator Shehu Sani accused him of being careless and insensitive to the plights of ordinary Nigerians with his stance against seeking for debt relief. He said: “It is shocking that in 2006, people found it easier to feed

their families and pay the fees of their children and rents. Now, things are in a very bad shape. But you’re speaking not typical of somebody, who lives with the people but like somebody who is speaking from an ‘expert’ point of view. “You said we are not in a bad position to ask for debt forgiveness. If you are talking from the point of how our people live nowadays, you would not be able to say such things. But you are speaking naturally as an expert. The question we are putting to you is that, when we went round the world seeking for debt forgiveness, were we in a situation that was worse than this?” Responding, Nwankwo insisted that the questions asked “are bigger than public debt management.” He explained that he had made a recommendation on how

the economy could be turned around by raising the infrastructure deficit. He added, “Beyond that, I don’t think I have the mandate and I don’t want to presume that I have the capability to come here and pontificate on how all the problems of Nigeria can be resolved because that is not my mandate. And I will be very presumptuous to be saying that.”

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Judge orders permanent seizure of $153m linked to Allison-Madueke Peter Fowoyo Justice Muslim Hassan of a Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos on Thursday, ordered the final forfeiture of the sum of $153 million linked to a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke. The Judge issued the order while delivering judgment in a suit by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeking a forfeiture of the funds as being proceeds of crime. Justice Hassan had on January 6, issued an in-

terim order of forfeiture of the sum of $153.3 million to the federal government, following an ex-parte application by the EFCC seeking similar relief. The EFCC had initiated an ex-parte application seeking an interim order for the temporary forfeiture of the sum to the FG, which it claims is linked to the ex Minister. The court had also issued 14 days to any interested party to appear and prove the legitimacy of the monies, failing which the funds would be permanently forfeited to the FG.

At the last adjourned date on Jan. 24, Mr. Rotimi Oyedepo and Mr. Charles Adeogun, counsels representing the EFCC and respondent, had respectively argued their originating processes before the court. Oyedepo had urged the court to make the interim order absolute and order a final forfeiture of the sums to the federal government. He had also urged the court to order the forfeiture of other sums to which no claim had been laid. In his argument, Adeogun urged the court to is-

sue an order, directing a refund of the sum of N9.08 billion to the respondent on the grounds that same was obtained by coercion. He argued that before such forfeiture orders can be made, two essential elements must be satisfied namely: “that the property in question is unclaimed, and that such property or funds forms proceeds of an unlawful act. He had urged the court to order a refund of the sum of N9.08 billion to the second respondent on the grounds that same was obtained by coercion.

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Agric expert supports RSG’s move to lease out Delta Rubber Company Amaka Agbu, Port Harcourt An Expert in the field of agriculture, Engineer Muzan Umor, has thrown his weight behind the current move by the Rivers State Government to lease out the Delta Rubber Company to a private firm. The Agricultural Engineer who spoke in Port Harcourt on Thursday affirmed that the Delta Rubber Company would fare better in the hands a private company than what the state could achieve with it. Engineer Umor stated that experience has shown that several ventures by past governments in running agricultural enterprises failed, recalling that the demise of such ventures as the Rivers State-owned School-

To-Land Authority. Last week, the Rivers State governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, expressed the state government’s willingness to lease the Delta Rubber Company to a private firm. He spoke during a working visit to the oil palm estate (SIAT) formerly known as Risonpalm, in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government Area, Rivers state. He said that the Rivers State Government would partner with SIAT Nigeria Limited to revive Delta Rubber which has been moribund for years. The governor reiterated his commitment to the creation of jobs for unemployed youths in the state through the promotion of public/private partnership in commercial agriculture.

CBN debunks been queried by AGF over forex allocation, transactions

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Agric expert supports RSG’s move to lease out Delta Rubber Company Amaka Agbu, Port Harcourt An Expert in the field of agriculture, Engineer Muzan Umor, has thrown his weight behind the current move by the Rivers State Government to lease out the Delta Rubber Company to a private firm. The Agricultural Engineer who spoke in Port Harcourt on Thursday affirmed that the Delta Rubber Company would fare better in the hands a private company than what the state could achieve with it. Engineer Umor stated that experience has shown that several ventures by past governments in running agricultural enterprises failed, recalling that the demise of such ventures as the Rivers State-owned School-ToLand Authority.

Last week, the Rivers State governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, expressed the state government’s willingness to lease the Delta Rubber Company to a private firm. He spoke during a working visit to the oil palm estate (SIAT) formerly known as Risonpalm, in Ubima, Ikwerre Local Government Area, Rivers state. He said that the Rivers State Government would partner with SIAT Nigeria Limited to revive Delta Rubber which has been moribund for years. The governor reiterated his commitment to the creation of jobs for unemployed youths in the state through the promotion of public/private partnership in commercial agriculture. The governor said that through

commercial agriculture more than 10000 youths would be gainfully employed in the coming months. “With the commitment that SIAT Nigeria Limited has shown in the revival of Risonpalm, we believe that the company will make Delta Rubber functional once again. “I direct the Commissioner of Agriculture to open up immediate discussion with the company over the privatisation of Delta Rubber. “With 5000 persons already employed by SIAT Nigeria Limited (Risonpalm) we believe that the privatisation of the Delta Rubber will also create thousands of direct and indirect jobs,” he said. The governor noted that commercial farming estates in Bori would also be privatised for the creation of jobs for Rivers youths. Recall that the former Risonpalm was leased to a Belgian company, SIAT, in 2011 for a period of 35 years by former Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi.

Following the allegation that the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Abubakar Malami, had queried the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) foreign exchange allocation and transactions, the apex bank on Thursday debunked the claim saying that it had yet to receive any query from the office of the AGF over issues relating to the sale of foreign exchange. The Acting Director, Corporate Communications Department, CBN, Mr. Isaac Okoroafor, in a statement clarified that neither the Governor of the CBN, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, nor the Director, Legal Services Department has received any communication from the AGF office with regard to the issue. According to the statement, the attention of the Central Bank of Nigeria has been drawn to a media report suggesting that the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has issued a query to the Central Bank of Nigeria over issues relating to the sale of foreign exchange. “While it is perfectly normal for any agency of government to seek clarifications on any matter from other agencies of

government, we wish to state that neither the Governor of the CBN nor the Director, Legal Services Department has received any communication with regard to the issue. “The CBN, as a responsible and responsive arm of Government, will always provide clarifications on any matter within its purview for the purpose of educating and enlightening all concerned”, it reads in parts. The apex lender explain further that since the introduction of the new forex policy last year, the CBN had mandated all banks participating in the policy to forward evidence of forex sale to end users as well as advertise same in national dailies. It said the decision to ask banks to publish their forex rate was to ensure transparency as the CBN neither allocates foreign exchange nor does it deal directly with bank customers. It would be recalled that in a letter from the AGF, dated February 6, 2017, and with reference number, HAGF/CBN/2017/ VOL.1/1, in polite terms and without giving any ultimatum, asked Emefiele to respond to the allegations “to enable us to advise the Presidency and take appropriate measures.


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Community threatens NPDC operation over insensibility Isaac Olamikan, Warri

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The Tsekelewu community in Egbema Kingdom, Warri North local government area of Delta state, has warned the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC)/Elcrest against carrying out any drilling operations in the community in the interest of peace, appealing to Federal and Delta state governments to prevail on joint operating company to do the needful to avert the looming crisis. The warning was contained in a press statement signed by the President, Secretary General and Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mr. Marvis Ofiyai, Asoki Victor and Ebidinana Afari, respectively of Tsekelewu Community Welfare Association and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Warri. The statement decried the insensitivity of the oil company to the plight of the community adding that the people would henceforth get 40 per cent of all the contract arising from drilling operations in the community, otherwise no drilling would take place. “We are informed that there is a drilling rig project about to commence in the community. This project if not properly handled can cause serious breach of peace in Opuama Field, NPDC/Elcrest should beware, “ the statement asserted. The NPDC/Elcrest currently operates the Opuama Field in Oil Mining Lease (OML) 40 formerly owned and operated by Shell Petroleum and Development Company (SPDC). “The president said Opuama Field was hosted by Opuama and Tsekelewu communities on equal basis. Since the operation of NPDC/

Elcrest the host communities’ indigenes are not employed. “For instance, when contracts are to be awarded for jobs by NPDC/ Elcrest, no bidding is made for the contracts. “Even when contracts are awarded, they are awarded to one person or a clique that has been monopolizing contracts. The bidding is not made open to community executive except the clique. “We are also aware that a drilling operation shall commence soon based on a purported Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) dated February 2015. “This drilling shall not commence if the Tsekelewu people does not get 40 per cent of the contracts arising from the drilling operations,” the statement said. It also urged the NPDC to provide the final report of the EIA on the dredging campaign and pipelines replacement going on in the Opuama Field Area adding that the project was taking it’s toll on the people. While calling for an established MoU between the NPDC and the Tsekelewu people to facilitate development in the community, the statement accused NPDC of hobnobbing with her selected community to the detriment of Tsekelewu community. The observed that oil companies were expected to operate in line with best global practice by relating with her host communities through the communities accredited representatives. “We demand the duly elected and accredited representatives of Tsekelewu community to be notified and carried along through the bidding process to the award and the execution of contracts.

Dogara seeks accelerated development of FCT satellite towns

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said on Thursday, that the National Assembly is committed to ensuring an accelerated development of satellite towns in the Federal Capital Territory. The Speaker said this while declaring open a public hearing on a bill for an Act to provide for the establishment of the Satellite Towns Development Agency and a bill for an Act to provide for the administrative and political structure of area councils of the Federal Capital Territory area councils and for other related matters. Represented by Deputy Majority Whip, Rep. Pally Iriase (APC/Edo), the speaker disclosed that the amendment seeks to charge the agency with the responsibility for development and defining the boundaries of satellite towns. “The first Bill is geared towards the establishment of an agency whose responsibility is to ensure accelerated development of the satellite towns of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) through the provisions of basic infrastructural facilities

for the ever-growing population in the satellite towns, the six area councils and also define the boundaries of the satellite towns,” he said. Dogara lamented that the absence of an enabling law has always created constraints in the operations and output of the satellite towns as a major organ of development in the FCT. He maintained that the public hearing on the two important bills are tailored towards grassroots social and political development of the FCT to ensure that it meets up with other emerging capital cities of the world. “The absence of an enabling law has always created constraints in the operations and output of the satellite towns as a major organ of development in the FCT,” the speaker added. The amendment of the second bill, the Speaker said is to ensure that FCT area councils are politically and administratively provided for in a law that clearly defines the extent and functions of the executive and legislative organs of the FCT area councils and other governmental structures at the area council level.

Members of Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals on a peaceful protest over lack of basic equipment, discrimination and corruption in the health sector in Lagos… on Thursday. Photo: OLAWALE ROTIMI.

Price of kerosene in Nigeria rises above 87% in January 2017 ...as Kano, Oyo, Abuja pay more for gas in January 2017 OpeOluwani Akintayo

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released monthly report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has shown that price of kerosene in Nigeria rose by 87.12 percent in January. According to the report published on Thursday, Nigerians bought kerosene at N434 per litre in January. As at December 2016, the product was sold at N231.85. The report titled ‘National Household Kerosene Price Watch (January 2017)’, the average price per litre paid by consumers for kerosene increased by 87.12 percent year-on-year, while it increased by 93.19 percent month-onmonth to N433.84 in January from N231.85 in December, 2016. “States with the highest average price per litre of kerosene were Sokoto which sold for N647.62; Niger, N625.00 and Edo which sold for N560.19. “States with the lowest average price per litre of kerosene were Ogun which sold for N324.44; Zamfara sold for N300.00 and Plateau N270.00.’’ Again, it said the average price per gallon paid by consumers for Kerosene increased by 38.92 percent year-on-year. The report stated that it increased by 101.80 per cent month-on-month to N1, 434 in January from N1,033 in

December 2016. “States with the highest average price per gallon of kerosene were Sokoto which sold it N1, 814.00; Taraba sold for N1,787 while Oyo and Niger sold for N1,700.00. “States with the lowest average price per litre of kerosene were Ogun (N1,182. 14), Zamfara (N1,211.11) and Plateau (N1,232.35). On the part of Automotive Gas Oil (Diesel) Price Watch for January, also released by NBS, average price paid by consumers for automotive gas oil (diesel) increased by 22.56 percent year-on-year. The product increased by 50.06 percent month-on-month to N240.52 in January from N196.20 in December 2016. “States with the highest average price of diesel were Abuja and Bayelsa which sold for the product for N270, followed by Delta which sold for N256.77 and Cross River, which sold for N256.36. “States with the lowest average price of diesel were Enugu (N230.78), Adamawa (N230.50) and Lagos, Oyo, Taraba (N230).’’ NBS said to arrive at the report, fuel Prices were collected from the 774 local governments across all states, including the FCT from over 10,000 respondents and locations. It reflected actual prices house-

holds stated they actually bought those fuels together with the prices reportedly sold by the fuel suppliers. The average of all these prices is then reported for each state and the average for the country is the average for the state. Meanwhile, residents of Abuja, Kano and Oyo states paid the highest average price for 5kg cylinder of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas) in January, NBS also stated. Abuja residents paid N2,800.00 for the refilling of a 5kg cylinder of Cooking Gas, while residents of Kano and Oyo paid N2,750.00 and N2,700.00, respectively. However, states with the lowest average price, were Borno and AkwaIbom with N2,511.11 and N2,520.00, respectively. Others, the bureau said, are Bauchi, Benue, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Jigawa, Osun, Yobe and Zamfara (N2,500.00). Average price for the refilling of a 5kg cylinder for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas) increased by 28.24% year-on-year and 39.39% month-on-month in the month under review. The price, increased from N2,002.16 in December 2016 to N2,567.56 in January 2017, according to the report.

You must do better tha Jega -senate tells INEC boss Chris Emetoh, Abuja

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Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Senator Ali Ndume has challenged the commission to surpass the feat it achieved under its previous Chairman Atahiru Jega. Senator Ndume who challenged the INEC Chairman at the 2017 budget de-

fence of the commission said the country cannot afford to go back to pass. Ndume recalled that the 2015 general elections conducted by Jega was globally acclaimed to be credible and the best of its kind in the history of the country. He assured INEC of the committee’s willingness to give it all the needed support to ensure that the 2019

general elections and others meets the expectations of Nigerians. In his presentation, the INEC chairman manhood Yakubu said N45 billion has been budgeted for the commission, which is broken down into four subheads, such as the payment of salaries which is expected to cost N21 billion for over 16 thousand staff nationwide.


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Anambra Central and Umeh’s Supreme Court triumph Michael Jegede After the conclusion of the March 28, 2015 National Assembly elections, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, the then candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was declared winner of the Anambra Central Senatorial poll by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with 101,548 votes. Ekwunife’s main contender, Chief Victor Umeh of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), came second in the race with a total of 77, 129 votes and Chris Ngige, the then candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), now Minister of Labour and Productivity placed third with 20, 850 votes. Umeh, a dogged fighter and consummate politician who believes in always using the instrumentality of law to seek justice, as against resorting to violence, proceeded to the Anambra State Election Petition Tribunal to challenge Ekwunife’s victory at the poll with the conviction that INEC was wrong to have declared her winner. The tribunal led by Justice Nayai Aganaba on October 8, 2015, affirmed Ekwunife’s election, but noted that from its calculation she scored 93,300 votes as against the 101,548 originally allotted to her by INEC. The APGA candidate had 85,898 votes from the computation done by the tribunal as against INEC’s 77,129. Notwithstanding the affirmation of her victory at the tribunal, the reduction in Ekwunife’s figure and increase in the number of votes for Umeh, made many to believe that the Anambra Central senatorial poll was rigged and the APGA candidate may have truly won the election as he had invariably claimed. Consequent upon Umeh’s appeal, the Court of Appeal sitting in Enugu on December 7, 2015, sacked Ekwunife and ordered a rerun barring her and the PDP from participating on the ground that she did not emerge as candidate through a properly conducted primary election. Dissatisfied with the verdict, the sacked Senator went back to the Appellate Court and requested for a review of the judgement. The Court of Appeal, however, stood by its decision and refused to reverse itself, insisting that its judgement was absolutely in order. Despite the provision of Section 246 (3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which made the Appeal Court the terminal point for matters relating to legislative elections, Ekwunife headed to the Supreme Court, where Umeh finally knocked her down with a heavy blow. In dismissing the appeal by Ekwunife challenging the nullification of her election by the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court described her move as a flagrant abuse of court process and disobedience to the Constitution. According to Justice Amina Augie, who read the lead judgement, the Apex Court had no jurisdiction to entertain disputes arising from the conduct of National Assembly elections. In the words of Augie: “The apex court

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lacks jurisdiction to hear and determine Ekwunife’s appeal in the circumstance. Looking closely at the wordings of Section 246 (3), it is clear that the decision of the Court of Appeal is final. This court is completely bereft of jurisdiction to entertain the appeal. Once the court of appeal delivers its judgment on a National Assembly Election Petition appeal, the judgment becomes final. For the umpteenth time, the Constitution does not approve of the apex court to entertain this appeal no matter how cleverly it has been framed.” In his reaction, Umeh described the decision of the apex court as victory for democracy and the rule of law, while calling on INEC to immediately rise to the occasion and fix a date for the Anambra Central senatorial rerun election as ordered by the Appellate Court. He lamented the plight of the people of his senatorial district who had suffered from a long period of non-representation in the Red Chamber of the National Assembly. Hear him: “The next thing to do now is for INEC to fix the date for the fresh election ordered by the Court of Appeal. This judgement has resolved all the issues. Firstly, the judgement read this morning (Friday, February 10,

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2017) has confirmed that PDP’s candidate was disqualified by the Court of Appeal before it ordered for the fresh election. That being the case, under our law, somebody who was disqualified in an election can no longer take part in the fresh election. Supreme Court has decided it since 13th of February 2009 - this Supreme Court. So, this affirmation that PDP’s candidate was disqualified according to the final judgement of the Court of Appeal makes PDP not to have a candidate in the election. So, INEC would not wait for anybody to conduct this election. They should go on now to conduct this election. My constituency had been unrepresented for over 14 months now. And it is affecting all of us. The useful time that the person who will win the fresh election would have used to serve the people is being wasted.” Also the Director General of Victor Umeh Campaign Organisation, Prince Emeka Udodeme, said: “One good thing about this judgement is that it has laid to rest all the cases pending in the court. What we are pleading now is for INEC to do the needful. Fix a date for an election so that the good people of central senatorial district of Anambra State will

The next thing to do now is for INEC to fix the date for the fresh election ordered by the Court of Appeal. This judgement has resolved all the issues. Firstly, the judgement read this morning (Friday, February 10, 2017) has confirmed that PDP’s candidate was disqualified by the Court of Appeal before it ordered for the fresh election.

be represented in the Senate. I am very happy and thankful to Almighty God for the wisdom given to the Supreme Court judges to deliver a perfect judgement. We expect INEC to now do the needful and save this nation from further disgrace and again save the people of the Anambra Central senatorial district who have been without a representative in the Senate for almost two years now. So, we are pleading with them with this Supreme Court judgement to go and fix a date for the election. We are ready!” The electoral body was actually set to hold the Anambra Central rerun poll on March 5, 2016 as directed by the Enugu Division of the Court of Appeal without the PDP. But the PDP got a judgement from an Abuja High Court compelling INEC to include it in the exercise against the ruling of the Appeal Court. This prompted the electoral commission to postpone the rerun indefinitely and appeal the said High Court ruling believed to have been given in bad faith. The development led to series of other frivolous court cases which were meant to simply delay the rerun poll by those who have obviously lost out and want to do everything possible to stop the election from holding till 2019. However, the February 10, 2017 judgement of the Supreme Court given between Umeh and Ekwunife, to many, as argued by the APGA candidate and his campaign director, Prince Udodeme, has clearly rendered all other pending cases concerning Anambra Central senatorial rerun election invalid and worthless. And in the views of enlightened Nigerians, INEC, do not have any reason to continue to delay the conduct of the exercise. CONTINUED ON PAGE 11


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“The next thing to do now is for INEC to fix the date for the fresh election ordered by the Court of Appeal. This judgement has resolved all the issues. Firstly, the judgement read this morning (Friday, February 10, 2017) has confirmed that PDP’s candidate was disqualified by the Court of Appeal before it ordered for the fresh election.

When politicians, stakeholders brainstormed to end unemployment Patrick Okohue It was a gathering of political and media heavyweights in the nation yesterday when they came together to seek solution to the nation’s high unemployment market and to seek ways to decongest it and give hope to the less privileged. Former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel used the occasion to advised governments across the country to give most of their contracts to local contractors as a way of helping to create more jobs for the people and taking the country out of recession. Daniel said though it may be true that some local contractors do not have the requisite expertise to execute some kinds of jobs, but that when they are challenged with the jobs they may make mistakes at the initial stage, but become better with time, arguing that unless that happens there is no way local contractors can become better in what they do. This was at the First Annual Lecture of SWAAYA Ltd, Publishers of Freedom Online, Daniel who was a guest speaker at the event said giving all available contracts to foreign contractors in the name of looking for expertise does not help the nation’s economy, nor help to create jobs as most of the foreign contractors will end up transferring the money they are paid to their home countries and then take bank loans to do the jobs. Sharing his experience while

working for a foreign construction company before setting up his business, Daniel who is an engineer by training said that it was always the practice of his former employers to repatriate their contract money immediately the first tranche of the money is paid and then go for a loan in local banks to do the job, rather than investing the money paid into the job. He said the topic of the lecture, ‘Unemployment: How do we tame this monster’ was apt in view of current economic realities in the country, arguing however that defeating unemployment was possible if there is the will on the part of the government to tackle it. According to him, “employment generation is a simple thing if the right things are done. It is about everything we do, everything we say. “The bane of our country with the attendant security challenges of kidnapping, armed robbery is a fall out of unemployment,” he said, adding that “we must learn to keep our jobs within and encourage local contractors. “We must decide as a matter of deliberate policy to encourage lo-

cal contractors, our people will first do substandard jobs, but overtime they will learn and improve, that is how other countries grow their own technology.” Speaking about his experience as a governor, Otunba Daniel said as governor all the road construction work and electrification work that he executed were done through the state roads maintenance agency (OGROMA) and other such agencies created by the state to engage engineers and other professionals in the state in the development of infrastructure. He also made other suggestions on how the scourge of unemployment in the country can better be dealt a death blow, advising that government must put infrastructure in place to encourage the younger generation to go back to the farm by creating an atmosphere that will help the youths survive and prosper in it and also give the people the opportunity to learn skills that can enhance their employability. While appealing to governments across the country to stop considering the option of retrenchment

as a way of dealing with the current economic downturn, Daniel said rather than sack, the government should think of ways to properly engage those already in employment such that no one will be idle and in the process creating economic activities that will yield more income to the state. Also speaking at the event, the Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Taiwo Akerele said that the government rode to office on the back of promises to create 200,000 jobs in the state within its first four years in office, noting that since assumption of office in November it has concentrated efforts at ensuring the actualisation of that promise. He said that since assuming office the government has created a databank of 250,000 hectares of arable land and that the government has been holding clinics to identify factors militating against the maximum growth of the agriculture sector. He added that Edo State is one of the states that is well positioned to excel in the agriculture sec-

Today, the unemployment situation that Nigeria is facing has become complicated because workers are not being paid their salaries as at when due or not at all for several months and those retired are not being paid their gratuities and pensions and those who want to be productive by being self employed are being discouraged because of the harsh economic environment in the country

tor because of the prevalence of research institutions established since the colonial times including Oil Palm research institute, Rubber Research Institute among others. Obaseki assured that the present government was determined to put the majority of the youths in the state back to the farm, adding that to achieve that it has embarked on programmes that will make farming interesting to them. He said the three technical schools in the state was being revamped to meet the current labour needs and help create the needed manpower and train the youths with relevant skills that will make them able to compete in the present world. Chairman of the occasion and governor of Lagos State who was represented by his deputy, Dr (Mrs) Idiat Oluranti Adebule commended the organisers of the event for their thoughtfulness in choosing to gather people to address such critical topic that has become a major concern of all well meaning people across the country. She said the government while campaigning for office was clear on what it was going to do to address the menace of unemployment in the state and has since assumption of office focused its attention on achieving that through the creation of the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment Trust fund through which about N1bn was recently disbursed to over 1000 youths to set them up in entrepreneurial drive. Former National Deputy Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, while appealing to government across board to set politics aside and work on programs that will benefit the people even if it means continuing a good programme of their predecessor, added that unless politics is removed from job creation nothing much can be achieved. According to him, “Politics is using the resources of the people to the benefit of the people, anything outside of that is politricks. “The problem today has nothing to do with whatever political party you belong, it is a national malady and everyone must join hands to solve it,” he said. In his Keynote address, the Abia State governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu noted that unemployment has become a monster in the country that nobody has been able to tame, adding that the intervention of the organisers of the event was not a fault finding one or a blame apportioning one, but a solution provider which seeks to identify the problem, “highlight why we are where we are and suggest ways of getting out of it.” Ikpeazu who was represented by his deputy, Rt. Hon. Ude Okochukwu said Nigeria with its population ought to have such an economy that will be capable of CONTINUED ON PAGE 11


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Lagos Assembly Minority Leader, five other lawmakers dump PDP for APC Alade Tasma After several denials six of the eight Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday formally dumped the PDP, the party under which they contested and won election into the House. Thursday”s defection of the PDP lawmakers into the APC, led by the Minority Leader of the House, Akeem Bello finally put paid to the lingering rumour of the six decampees. In a letter titled; “Letter of defection from the PDP to APC” and dated Thursday 16th , February, 2017 and addressed to the Speaker and jointly signed by five of the six defectors announcing their defection from the PDP

to the ruling APC was read on the floor of the chamber by the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni. The decampees sighted what they refer to as irreconcilable differences and fictionalisation of the PDP, excellent performances of the state governor, Akinwumi Ambode as well as the leadership quality and style of the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa as major reasons for their action. The five lawmakers who jointly signed the letter are; the Minority Whip, Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara representing Surulere constituency 02, Hon. Olusola Shokunle representing Oshodi Isolo 01, Hon. Jude Idimogu, Oshodi/Isolo 02. Hon. Dayo Famakinwa, Ajeromi Ifelodun 02 and Hon.

Oluwa Fatai Ajeromi/Ifelodun 01. Announcing his defection on the floor of the House, Hon. Famakinwa said: “My reason to jettison the PDP was borne out of the monumental achievements of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state.” His counterpart from constituency 01 of Ajeromi/Ifelodun, Oluwa Fatai said: “My reason for joining APC is due to the fracas between Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff faction and Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP. “I admire the leadership style of the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and Governor Ambode.” Idimogu Jude, the only non yoruba member in the House representing Oshodi/Isolo 02 said “I appreciate the

kind of relationship that we have here. I must confess that I am in love with Governor Ambode. The governor has been kind to me and my constituents despite the fact that I was formally in the opposition. “APC is better. I don’t know how to appreciate him (Ambode) than to join his party to move the state forward.” Another defector representing Oshodi/Isolo 01, Hon. Olusola Shokunle said his decision to align with the ruling party was borne out of the desire to move the state, especially his constituency forward. The Minority Whip and the only female member among the defectors, Hon. Sangodara Mosunmola said she took the step so as to serve her constituents better, saying “we are all aware

of what is happening in PDP.” Welcoming the defectors into the APC fold, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Obasa said: “For the fact that these people have joined us, let us welcome the defectors. There is a pleasure in dumping PDP.” Other lawmakers however, exchanged pleasantries and took turn to welcome the defectors into the APC. The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade in his welcome speech said “No reasonable man will continue to live in a house that has given signs of collapse. The defection is a welcome development. “As the Majority of Leader of the House, I welcome you. This has increased the strength of the ruling party and deflated the strength of minority.”

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employing all those interested in being employed in the country, but that unfortunately that is not the case. “It is a pity that a nation blessed like ours with all good blessing with arable land, abundant natural resources among many others still battle with high unemployment rate and unfortunately unemployment has become a social economic problem and that little or nothing has been done to put it in check and is now having adverse effect on the country, leading to criminal activities and other negative vices in the country. “The latest unemployment data released by the National Bureau of Statistics states that the number of Nigerians without job as at September 2016 was 31million, the report added that the economy has not been sufficient to meet the evergreen labour market. “According to the report, unemployment and under employment stood at 13% and 33.6% respectively in the second and third quarters of 2016.” He said however that despite the cries and hues about the unemployment rate, nothing will happen unless concerted efforts is made by the government to address it like he is doing in Abia State with the Aba revolution, which is a deliberate effort of government to turn the tide for good for made in Nigeria goods. “Let me also proffer some solutions that will help us tame the monster, one of such is the reformation of the education sector, we must start teaching practical skills

in our schools be it secondary or tertiary, our curriculum should be reversed to introduce fit for purpose courses. “Government should encourage investors by granting of tax wavers for new businesses and certain categories of businesses to help them strive. “Government at all levels should also emphasis friendly investment policies, ease of doing business and general deliberate policies that will help businesses grow and thereby employ workers.” Earlier in his welcome address, Managing Director and Editor in Chief of Freedom Online, Mr. Gabriel Akinadewo said the company decided to pick the topic of unemployment for its maiden lecture because they realised that until and unless everybody makes deliberate efforts to address the problem, it may be with us for a long time. He identified epileptic power supply as one major contributory factor to the nation’s high unemployment situation, arguing that unless the government deal with it as is done in all developed nations across the world, the nation may have a long way to go. “Today, the unemployment situation that Nigeria is facing has become complicated because workers are not being paid their salaries as at when due or not at all for several months and those retired are not being paid their gratuities and pensions and those who want to be productive by being self employed are being discouraged because of the harsh economic environment in the country,” he said.

L-R: Honourable Jude Idimogu, Oshodi Isolo Constituency 2; Honourable Hakeem Olushola Shokunle, Oshodi Isolo Constituency 1; Honourable (Mrs.) Mosunmola Sangodara, Surulere Constituency 2; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Honourable Adedayo Famakinwa, Ajeromi Ifelodun Constituency 2; and Honourable Fatai Oluwa, Ajeromi Ifelodun Constituency 1 when five lawmakers from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ikeja

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Many have continued to wonder why PDP, a party that was much more favoured by the same kind of judgment delivered by some other divisions of the Court of Appeal is bent on ensuring that the Anambra Central rerun election does not hold because it was disqualified from participating. For instance, today, PDP occupies Kogi Central and Kogi East seats in the Senate as a result of the judgement that disqualified APC given in the same manner as that of Anambra Central. In the same vein, the seats of Okene/Ogori/Magongo Federal Constituency in the House of Reps, Ankpa 1 and Ofu State Constituencies in Kogi Assembly all now belong to the PDP due to the same judgement of the Court of Appeal

that stopped APC from taking part in the reruns. Outside Kogi State, a PDP member now represents Akko Federal Constituency of Gombe State in the House of Reps because the APC candidate that initially won the seat had his election annulled and was equally disallowed participation in the rerun poll. These are indications that PDP is indeed the greatest beneficiary of such judgements of the Appeal Court where elections were cancelled and the original winners barred from participating in the reruns ordered. Why would the same PDP insist it must be part of the rerun in Anambra Central against the Appeal Court verdict, using all sorts of tricks to frustrate the conduct of the exercise? Why do they want the case of Anambra Central to be treated differently?

INEC must therefore be bold enough to commence the process of conducting the Anambra Central rerun poll without further ado. The Supreme Court judgement, in favour of Umeh against Ekwunife, has further straightened the way for the electoral body, in taking a decisive action to prevent the unnecessary delay that has denied the entire people of Anambra Central the right to have representation in the Red Chamber. The Apex Court was quite emphatic in its pronouncement that no other court has the power or jurisdiction to entertain any matter that has already been decided by the Court of Appeal in respect of National Assembly elections. That is the final bus/stop for issues arising from legislative elections according to the justices of the Supreme Court.


News 12 Reps reject N7bn Ministry of communications’ budget Henry Omunu, Abuja

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House of Representatives Committee on Communications on Thursday, rejected the N6.97billion 2017 budget of the Ministry of communications based on the scanty details presented by the ministry. A breakdown of the budget estimate showed that the ministry proposed N5.96 billion for capital projects, N742.880 million for personnel cost while N216, 880 million was proposed for overhead cost. Chairman of the House committee, Rep. Saheed Fijabi, directed the Minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu, to provide documents on the various capital projects, project locations, third party contracts, receipt vouchers for conferences, trainings as well as the nominal roll of the ministry’s workforce among others. He declared that the committee will not consider the 2017 budget estimates of the ministry until lawmakers embarked on an onthe-spot assessment of projects contained in the 2017 budget. The budget defence session started on a bad note when the minister refused to explain details of the budget, saying that the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Sunday Echono, who is the ministry’s accounting officer was in the best position to respond to the budget specifics demanded by the House committee. According to the minister, contrary to what was on record, the ministry actually received N3,095,437billion as against N4,912,735, 231 billion that was recorded for it on Government Integrated Financial Management System (GIFMIS) platform for its 2016 capitol expenditure. Lawmakers were shocked when the minister disclosed that out of the N216, 791,496million appropriated for overhead cost, N138,905,138million was released leaving a balance of N77.9 million, just as out of the N600,239,582 million appropriated for personnel cost, N695, 877, 059 million was released, meaning that funds released for personnel cost was greater than the money appropriated. The House committee demanded to know why the ministry spent N8 million on presentation at the federal executive council meeting, while seeking explanations on the procurement of computers worth N12 million. Similarly, the House committee expressed doubts over the capital expenditure of N4. 9million spent on the supervision of unspecified work.

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This is even as the Anambra State governor, Chief Willie Obiano, on Thursday, promised that his administration will rehabilitate the victims of the inferno by relocating them within the area at least for one year to ameliorate their suffering. He also added that the state government is considering relocating all the filling stations affected in the incident. The inferno started around eight O’clock Wednesday night when a petrol tanker lost control and break through the popular Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe Roundabout before ramming into the filling sta-

tion, thereby causing the fire. Fortunately, the last staff of the filling station was on her way out of the office when the tanker lost control. However, all the houses and offices near the filling station were not spared as the explosion from the vehicle took the whole environment by storm and affected everything on the right, that is Oguta Road and Upper New Market Road on the left. Even the street directly behind the filling station, Oboli Lane, was also consumed by the fire. The damage even spread to Mr. Biggs Roundabout at Ogbommanu Junction and that was made possible by the fuel which flowed

like a flood down the drainage system filled with sand and dirt. A popular bookshop, Jeneson, which used to stock good volumes of professional books, an eatery Devensson, Trend Cable TV, Rex Chemist and Laboratory were all consumed in the fire. Eye witness account said that the fire service men from Onitsha and Okpoko who came in later were not of much help, untill the Delta State Fire Service from Asaba came to assist in the rescue and were able to limit the damage from spreading to other houses and offices. One of the hardest hit was the shopping plaza building owned by

Chief N. C. Unachukwu, that was totally razed. Speaking to newsmen, Chief Unachukwu said: “One has to thank God that no life was lost, but it pains so much that all the electronics sold here all got burnt. And my tenant just took delivery of goods worth N70 million on Tuesday. I just advised the wife to go home and think less of the incident.” Meanwhile, Gov. Obiano, who flew in from Abuja on Thursday and was flanked by the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe; Commander 302 Artillary Regiment, Col. Idiongisit Akpan and Continued on page 5

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Dogara tasks FG on gas production, utilisation Henry Omunu, Abuja

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of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara on Thursday, advised the federal government to pay more attention to gas production and utilisation as a way of freeing up Nigeria’s gas deposits and as an alternative to over dependence on crude oil. Represented by the House Chief Whip, Rep. Garba Ado Doguwa, the Speaker stated this while declaring open a public hearing on two bills: “Nigerian Gas Processing and Marketing Regulatory Board and the National Gas Resources Development Agency” sponsored by Rep. Frederick Agbedi (PDP/ Bayelsa). Dogara said that “presently, Nigeria has a proven gas reserve of about 187 trillion cubic feet

and with the global drive towards the use of cleaner fossil fuel (gas), we must do everything possible to draw maximum benefits from the emerging gas economy and the global trend on gas resources. “Today, the establishment of fertilizer plants, utilisation of gas for electric power production and for several significant economic purposes has tremendously heightened interest in gas production. “These bills seek to establish the much needed legislative framework to free up Nigeria’s gas deposits from the overarching concentration on crude oil production at the detriment of gas production. “The bills are expected to propel the country to give gas development, production and marketing its pride of place. If these bills are eventually enacted into

law, they will help create the enabling legislative order in which gas shall no longer be a footnote of crude oil with the attendant overriding benefits to the Nigerian economy.” He added that “the gas sector of the Nigerian economy has despite several commercial efforts failed to yield its value chain benefits. The laws in place in Nigeria have continued to make crude oil production the corner stone of the country’s petroleum sector development, with inadequate focus on gas production. “This misnomer is quite understandable in view of the fact that at the time of developing the Nigerian petroleum sector, global interest in crude oil production and utilisation far outweighed gas utilisation. Indeed, gas was treated as waste. It has even still continued to be flared.” The Speaker said that the es-

sence of the public hearing was to allow for stakeholders and host communities to make input into the two draft bills which have both passed second reading at the House of Representatives. “The legislations that are required to boost the envisaged level of gas utilisation are largely opaque and not robust enough to accelerate private entrepreneurial investment in gas development, production, beneficiation and downstream activities. “It is for this reason that the House of Representatives is highly committed to enacting legislation that would attract capital into the Nigerian gas sector. “It is therefore our expectation that stakeholders would maximise this window of opportunity presented by the lawmaking process to make their input into the bills,” he maintained.


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Editorial Advancing Nigeria’s polytechnic education

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ne of the embarrassing attitudes of the Federal and state governments in Nigeria is the lack of adequate recognition to polytechnic education. Probably, this lack of recognition is borne out of ignorance on the place of polytechnic education to the overall technological development of the country. Definitely, no one is positioned to point out this discrepancy than the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, who recently lamented such shortsightedness. Speaking recently at the 2nd Education Summit of Igbajo Polytechnic, Igbajo, Osun State, Ojerinde called for the repackaging of polytechnic education to ensure advancement of the country. We are totally in support of this submission, especially in the realisation that no country that is in need of technological advancement can ignore the role of polytechnic education in achieving it. It is fact that polytechnic education places emphasis on practice-based learning and skills acquisition. Sadly, the state of infrastructure in many of the country’s polytechnics is very depressing. Such a crisis is making learning difficult, as the students find it increasingly difficult to access good libraries, decent research laboratories and modern technological gadgets. The increase in the number of polytechnics, as well as the drop in funding, have also adversely affected the quality of academic staff. That explains why today, no polytechnic in the country is among those ranked in Africa. The sorry state of these institutions is responsible for the lack of technological progress in the country. It is, therefore, no wonder that even when Nigeria has many polytechnics that produce this middle level manpower; its economy has re-

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“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.”

“You don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great.”

“The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”


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Gov. Ishaku tasks Taraba residents on public infrastructure ÏÏÏ

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Ex- NAF boss Umar’s N558m monthly upkeep was not documented, says witness Andrew Orolua, Abuja

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Finance and Account, Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Salisu Yaushau (rtd) on Thursday told the federal high court in Abuja that he had no documented evidence or receipts to show that the former Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal, Mohammed Dikko Umar (rtd) collected the sum of N558,200,000.00 monthly for two years. Yaushau, a star prosecution witness in the ongoing trial of former Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Umar yesterday told the federal high court in Abuja that the sum N558.200m he usually give to the defendant as his monthly upkeep from the coffers of the Nigerian Air Force were not receipted. The witness had told the court in his evidence-in-chief last week that the former Chief of the Air Staff collected over N13.3b for two years as his monthly upkeep from the cof-

fers of the Nigerian Air force. He also told the court how he assisted Umar to acquire properties across the country worth over N2.3b out of the monthly upkeep of N558,200m. But under cross examination by lead defence counsel, Hassan Liman (SAN), the witness said the payments made to Umar were not captured in the cash and votes books of the Nigerian Air force. The defence counsel tendered in evidence, a book titled “Manual of Financial Administration of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, 2012” which provides that receipt be issued on all payments made by any of the forces. Though the prosecution counsel, Sylvanus Tahir objected to the admissibility of the book on the grounds that it was not certified as a public documents by the relevant authorities, it was admitted in evidence by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba. Tahir predicated his objections

on the provisions of sections 102 and 104 (1) of the Evidence Act, 2010, which required the Certified True Copies (CTC) of all public documents. In his short ruling, Justice Dimgba agreed with the submissions of the defence counsel that the exhibit was an original copy and therefore needs no certification. Justice Dimgba also ruled that the then Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Oluseye Petirin authorised the publication of the manual to be used in conjunction with the Federal government Financial regulations of Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) 2007 and 2009 revered version. The Judge also agreed with Liman that the document sought to be tendered was a subsidiary law and therefore needs no certification. Liman had cited a Supreme Court authority and Sections 85, 86 and 88 of the Evidence Act to per-

suade the court, in admitting the manual in evidence. After the Manual was admitted in evidence, the defence counsel referred the witness to paragraphs three at page iv which provides that all payments must be backed by receipts. Responding, the witness admitted the existence of such provisions but explained that the payments referred to in the manual means payments that contained a source documents whereby a request to insure expenditure was sent to the Chief accounting officer and authority is given for that expenditure to be incurred. He added that where an accounting officer say give me this and there is no source document, that cannot be said to be payment. Yaushau said although he was the Director of Finance and Accounts of the Nigerian Air force headquarters, he was not a signatory to its accounts.

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba has urged people in the state to change their careless attitude towards public property, and described such behaviour as “unhelpful”. “We must see public property as our commonwealth and strive to protect it,” Ishaku said in Jalingo, at a town hall meeting on the state’s water sector reforms. The governor said that his administration, in conjunction with African Development Bank (AFDB), was making huge investments in the water sector, to meet the water needs of the state. Ishaku pledged to support the Taraba State Water Supply Agency (TSWA), through the deployment of technology and innovations, to achieve efficiency. He promised to review existing laws to ensure the success of reforms in the water sector, and hinted that a board of directors would soon be constituted to give policy direction to the water agency.

EFCC in Enugu seeks closer ties with 82 Div. of Nigerian Army

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has solicited for a robust partnership between the commission and the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Enugu. The EFCC South-East Head, Mr Johnson Babalola, stated this when he received the Commander of the Provost Unit of the division, Col. D. A. Abubakar, in Enugu on Thursday. Babalola said that the security operatives must synergise to secure the country, adding that the EFCC was ready to assist the Nigerian Army in the area of training and investigation.

PDP, ALGON congratulate Ugwuanyi’s appellant court victory Moses Oyediran, Enugu

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) have congratulated Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State on the Appeal Court judgment in Abuja. The court affirmed Ugwuanyi’s emergence as the governorship candidate of the PDP duly elected at the December 4, 2014 primary election for the 2015 general elections. Reacting to the judgment, the Enugu State chapter of the PDP in a statement signed by its Chairman, Hon. Augustine Nnamani said that the Appeal Court’s verdict was a victory for

democracy and the good people of the state, whom he said gave the PDP-led government of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi the mandate to lead the state and have continued to show tremendous goodwill and support to its noble vision in advancing good governance and impact positively on their lives as true heroes of democracy. Nnamani, while thanking God for the victory, appreciated the judiciary for rising up to its solemn responsibility of ensuring that justice prevails, stressing that the judgment was a clear indication that the third arm of government is the last hope of the common man. This is also the Chairmen of the 17 Local Government Areas in Enugu

State under the aegis of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), through a statement by its State Chairman, Prince Cornelius Nnaji also congratulated Gov. Ugwuanyi on the victory, describing it as a true reflection of the wishes of the people of the state, especially those at the grassroots. The PDP Chairman, in his statement maintained that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s emergence as the party’s governorship candidate in 2014 was a popular choice, urging a few individuals who are still aggrieved with the party’s decision to put their differences behind and join hands with the governor in moving the party and state forward for the overall interest

of the people. “Gov. Ugwuanyi’s emergence as our governorship candidate in 2014 was overwhelming and a popular decision, which saw to his landslide victory both at the primary and general elections. The recent judgment of the Court of Appeal only affirmed the unanimous decision, goodwill, solidarity and support, which our party members and the good people of Enugu State have continued to accord him and his administration for the entrenchment of good governance and people-oriented leadership in the state. “The party therefore, wishes to call on a few persons who may still be aggrieved to drop their difference in the

interest of the state and join hands with our visionary governor to move Enugu state forward. Our governor as a man of peace is ever ready and willing to accommodate all shades of interests in line with his administration’s peace and development initiatives.” The Court of Appeal in Abuja, had on Wednesday, dismissed the appeal by the former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general election in Enugu State, Senator Ayogu Eze, seeking to upturn the emergence of Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as the candidate of the PDP duly elected at the December 4, 2014 primary election in the State.


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Happy New ‘Happy New Year!

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am not about to add to the pile off goodwill messages you’ve received in the past month. That would be very inconsiderate, unless you are an insatiable social media consumer. You may then wonder at my choice of title. But regard it again, very carefully. You’ll find I am not wishing you a ‘Happy New Year.’ I probably have already anyway, even though we might have never met and our paths may never cross. So rise above the overdose and regard the title again. I am simply asking you to be happy at the new tech-driven proliferation of Season’s Greetings around you, and the power it has placed in your palm to send whatever gifts you like to as many people you want. We were never one of the leading paper greeting cards consumers in the world. Judging by the sheer volume of my e-messages receipts in the last month though, I must say we have really moved up the ladder. Opon ti sun. The game has shifted so much that no one dares to blink. And I am not even a consummate social media buff,

being barely two years old on Facebook and a only little longer than that on WhatsApp. I’m told those two are anachronistic by the way; but there you go. So I can imagine how busy you’ve been, crisscrossing seven or more platforms, garnering electronic wishes and retaliating with equal vigour. The stage had been set for eleven months of the year. A very visual generation, we’ve had everything reduced to pictures, videos and animation. Let the traditionalists wonder: Can anyone put a proper sentence together anymore? If they can, would they even bother to compose messages from the heart to particular individuals or groups? Well, if composed, would anyone even try to exhume such from under the rubble and get around to digesting them? To such people, I say, ‘Calm down. Look to the bright side.’ Haven’t you received any of those ‘Good Morning’ photo messages? Yes; the ones with a cup of steaming white coffee, delivered sometimes with an unwrapped set of butter biscuits? Or the ones with the early morning sun lazily rising from behind some gentle rolling hills? Who then cares about dull, sterile words?! Pity though that the coffee was sometimes delivered late due

to network issues or on occasions, I got to open my WhatsApp late in the afternoon, and then I’m like, ‘What a waste of some good brew!’ The ground work had been laid for eleven months with lots of ‘Happy New Month’, ‘Happy New Week’, ‘Happy Sunday’, ‘Happy Friday’ and several other messages. There is now an e-card for every day of the week. Nothing though compares with the volume and variety that came tumbling down in December. On the first day of December, I received a couple of messages reminding me it was the Christmas month. ‘A ku imura odun,’ they bellowed. From then on, there were several, including countdown messages. On December 20, I received a very beautiful one that announced that Christmas was only five days away. Not to be outdone, and for the pictorial value, I forwarded it anyway. Yes. On December 21. Up till the first day of January, it was a flurry. Animations of all sorts; animals and birds singing, fireworks. I was truly entertained. One message, for example, commanded me to touch a button and witness a big surprise. I did and four other buttons jumped at me. Each of them begged me to touch

it first for a big present. Oh yes. There were virtual presents I would in reality love to receive. Between us, I salivated over some. There were trucks loaded with giant fishes, a ten-step Christmas cake, choice wines, chilled and served. Someone also sent me a box full of US dollars. I got whole turkey, grilled and diced, complete with veggies and sauce, cutlery laid invitingly by the sides. Who says we are not a proper democracy? Look no further than the liberalisation of e-messaging to conclude otherwise. My petrol generator ‘engineer’ sent me a WhatsApp Christmas message. The boy is a stark illiterate in the formal education sense. But verily verily I say unto you, the sort of grammar and philosophy contained therein blew me off; and he is not even a Christian. Moreover, I have seen the phone he uses. I am not a phone expert, but no way could that contraption have sent such beauty. Just before I left for cross-over night church service on the 31st, I received a message from my kid sister. ‘B4 the lines get busy,’ it starts. ‘B4 the network is jammed… B4 I get drunk with praise…let me be the first to wish you Happy New Year…

Why the criminal politician nexus suffocates Nigeria

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ince 1999, we have seen a disturbing rise in politicians with criminal backgrounds contesting and winning elections at local, state and federal levels in Nigeria. Apart from being closeted murderers engaged in different forms of ritual killings and routine assasination of opponents, they are also drug barons, terror sponsors, armed robbers, advanced fee fraud afficionados and cross-border pedophiles. There must be reasons why parties nominate and voters vote for such candidates. The reasons are not far fetched. Criminal candidates are strongly rooted in the communities of their electoral jurisdiction. They have immensely powerful local networks which they deploy for political support and to generate resources for their political ambitions. Most often, they are interested in politics because they see politics as another criminal enterprise and the opportunities it offers in rent seeking. Politicians need a lot of money to fund political activities, sustain party offices, bribe the electorate for votes and, of course, to fund their flamboyant lifestyles. Long before shady characters took over our politics, there has been a symbiotic relationship between criminals and politicians. Politi-

cians are beholden to the dons of crime because criminals pay them and law enforcement for protection against the processes of law in advance, by helping them win elections. Soon, the criminals realised there was no serious fulfillment required for public office other than money and impunity which they have in abundance. Once they realised this, they found their way in and today we have 32 Senators with active criminal proceedings against them and 97 in the House of Representatives. In a generation, Nigeria became a racket and a vast criminal enterprise where criminals rule over the law abiding with unrestrained impunity. It is so bad that a retired General with much touted integriy, uprightness and character has been reduced to a toothless pit bull by a criminal gang. In a way, the delegate system created this bind because political parties put forward criminal politicians on which they depend for funding. Be it in All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or any other political party, the excessive control of party apparatchiks in the democratic selection process within their parties, in deciding who runs for public office, is a problem. The root of the criminal

take over of our politics can be found in election finance. Elections are not cheap, they cost money and parties often have to use money from their own account to subsidise candidates. Most often criminals emerge as party candidates due to their financial clout, obtained from their nefarious activities as opposed to candidates who earned their own keep legitimately. Consequently, criminal candidates are able to finance their campaigns independently and party bosses welcome this because not only does it conserve the party’s limited funds, it helps the party allocate money to other activities. Political parties welcome any source of funding, they do not discriminate, they actively court and encourage criminal candidates to sponsor their own campaign and the campaign and election of other candidates. We got to this sorry pass because nepotism, cronyism and lack of intra-party democracy creates a channel for the entry of criminal candidates who are willing to use political office for private ends. Our politics has degenerated to abysymal levels because of extreme poverty at the grassroots which the politicians continues to propagate, systemic corrosion of values where everything is seen in monetary

terms even if it is destructive to our long term interests, and the lack of specific ideology in our politics, which enables politicians to shift between parties depending on which party gives them the best deal. Another year is here! We can change the narrative in Abuja and the state capitals. We have the power! We are only beset by the twin affliction of poverty and ignorance of the power we wield. If things must change we have to change the delegate system and use open primaries. Let us push for open primaries where everyone can vote. Candidates can bribe a few delegates but they cannot buy every vote or at least it is more difficult to buy votes in an open primary. Let us pressure the Independent Electral Commission (INEC) to make it mandatory for all candidates seeking political office (at federal, state and local government level) to file an affidavit disclosing criminal records (pending criminal cases) as well as information on his or her asset, liabilities and educational qualifications. This will lead to increased voter awareness about those who seek to represent them at all levels. Nigeria cannot be great if we do not drive up the quality of those who seek to lead us. We cannot aspire to greatness when criminals make laws for us.


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We have secured 1500 convictions under a year -EFCC

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday, said a total of 1,500 convictions have been made between 2015-2016. Head, Public Relations EFCC, South-South zone, Mr. Oluwale Oladele, made the assertion while speaking on the topic ‘Fostering Citizens’ Support for the War Against Corruption in Nigeria: Experience from EFCC’ at the event put together by CLEEN Foundation in Benin City. He said it is not true that the commission is not living up to its mandate of which it was set up and that it is also selective in its prosecution of the citizens, noting that with the number of those convicted by the commission, it has proven that the body is working and proactive. He said the commission could only be more effective in its fight against corruption when Nigerians join hands to fight corruption by volunteering information to the body that can lead to the arrest and investigation of culprits. On the part of the Edo State Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association.NBA Barr. Ede Asenoguan, while delivering his keynote address on the topic: “Evaluating The Current Anti-corruption Efforts of The Federal Government in Nigeria”, he said corruption is encouraged when those who looted public funds are meant to pay a fragment of the huge sum of money stolen from

the government coffers and thereafter allowed to work on the streets freely without forfeiture and adequate sanctioning. “If their is no enforcement of stringent sanction against those who looted the public funds, the fight against corruption remains a joke. For instance, I can assure you that over 80% of Nigerians, if given the chance, would prefer to steal N5b and pay the sum of N5m or to go to jail for six months or one year and later come out to enjoy the balance of the N5b. Efforts must be made that looters should not enjoy or benefit from their loots”, he said. While commending the federal government fight against corruption, he said it must not be centered on only the influential people in the country but should cut across board regardless of whoever that is involved. On preventing corruption in public administration, citizens engagement for improved transparency and accountability, Mr. Samuel Odebajo, Assistant Superintendent of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and other related offences, said though corruption is as old as the creation of the world, it must be prevented from happening due to its multiplying effects on the society. He said transparency and collective efforts is needed from the citizens to fight corruption rather than leaving the whole job for a particular body.

6 states to switchover to digital broadcasting April – Minister The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has announced simultaneous switch over to digital broadcasting of six states, one each in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria by April. He stated this on Thursday in Abuja at a public hearing of the House of Representatives’ Ad Hoc Committee investigating the Digital Switch Over (DSO) in Nigeria. Mohammed reiterated Federal Government’s irreversible commitment to DSO, stressing that he will not want to say the June 20 deadline is impossible. He told the lawmakers that 13 companies had already set up manufac-

turing plants to produce Set-up boxes which he described as gate way to the digital era. The minister noted that the switch over will be by far cheaper than subscribing to any digital T.V. Mohammed emphasised that the switch from analogue to digital would result in better content, an increased number of programmes as well as transmission of images and sound in high-definition. He added that apart from employment generation, DSO will phase out the challenges of piracy. The minister also disclosed that N10 billion was left out of the N34 billion seed money budgeted for DSO in 2014.

L-R: Honourable Jude Idimogu, Oshodi Isolo Constituency 2; Honourable Hakeem Olushola Shokumle, Oshodi Isolo Constituency 1; Honourable (Mrs.) Mosunmola Sangodara, Surulere Constituency 2; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Honourable Adedayo Famakinwa, Ajeromi Ifelodun Constituency 2; and Honourable Fatai Oluwa, Ajeromi Ifelodun Constituency 1 when five lawmakers from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ikeja

Insurgents attack NAF helicopter conveying personnel on medical outreach The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said its helicopter conveying personnel on medical outreach programme at Gwoza came under attack by the insurgents. A statement by its Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Capt. Ayodele Famuyiwa made available to newsmen in Abuja disclosed this on Thursday. According to Famuyiwa, the Mi-17 helicopter

was shot at several times by the insurgents, however, there was no casualty except for an airman that sustained bullet wound. He explained that the helicopter had departed from Maiduguri enroute the venue of the 2-day medical outreach programme in Gwoza when it came under attack by the insurgents. “Nevertheless, the pilot was able to fly the helicopter safely to and

from its destination to enable the outreach programme continue uninterrupted. “Following the attack, NAF immediately scrambled a fighter aircraft and helicopter gunship to the location between Bama and Gwoza to neutralise the threat,” he ssid. Famuyiwa added that intelligent report by ground troops confirmed that scores of insurgents were killed, signifying

“Our attention was drawn to the incident that occurred on the 14th February, 2017 at the Tombia Junction, Yenegoa Bayelsa. “Our respected sister and Amazon, Lady Ann Kio Briggs, had a scuffle with some persons, who felt her protest on that faithful day was naive, distractive and orchestrated to over-heat the polity. “This foiled protest was totally unnecessary and unacceptable by the majority of the Ijaws. “While we consider the situation unfortunate, especially as it affects a woman, who has been involved in the Niger Delta struggle for many years, we are at the same time forced to ask this very pertinent question. “Was the protest necessary? In our thinking, Ann Kio Briggs and her

group did not follow due process in staging the planned protest in Yenagoa. “Our investigations revealed that the police and other security agencies in the state knew nothing about the planned protest. “Meanwhile, the protest could have been hijacked by hoodlums to cause trouble,” the statement read in part. The coalition noted that some Niger Delta youth leaders had prevailed on Briggs to shelve the action, but she rebuffed the entreaties. The coalition further stated that the government of Bayelsa’s explanation that the move to restrict the cattle business was a security measure to avert clashes between farmers and herdsmen devoid of politics. However, they noted that Briggs may have act-

that the air attack on the threat location was successful. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that NAF has been conducting medical outreach in the North-East as part of its humanitarian support to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). The latest of this effort was in Gwoza, followed by a similar effort undertaken recently for IDPs in Lagos area.

Grazing land: Niger Delta youths flay protest by Ankio Briggs The Niger Delta Youth Coalition for Peace and Progress (NDYCPP) on Thursday said the aborted protest led by Ms Annkio Briggs, against allocation of grazing land was ill advised. The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) reports that Briggs had led a protest on Tuesday against the donation of 1,200 hectares of land to cattle rearers for grazing purposes by the Bayelsa Government. The protesters were dispersed at the Tombia area of Yenagoa by youths, who stormed the area in several buses injuring the protesters in the process. Reacting to the development, the coalition in a statement signed by Messrs Jude Tiedor and Henry Nabena, Acting Coordinator and Acting Secretary, respectively, noted that the protest did not follow laid down procedure.

ed from a misinformed perspective. Reacting to the attack by rival youths, Briggs, who said she lost her phone in the course of the melee, described the action of the youths as “unacceptable”. “All what we are saying is no to Ijaw land being ceded to Fulani people under any circumstance. “At the rally, thugs invaded the Tombia round about and started fomenting trouble, one particular boy collected my Samsung phone, my Identity Card, my necklace and disappeared from the location. “I told the police DPO that this rally was not against the Governor of Bayelsa, but against the decision he has made. “It is unbelievable. I am an Ijaw person, I have fought for the Ijaw nation for as long as I can remember.


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Prof. Banji Akintoye to deliver Obafemi Awolowo Memorial lecture as Gowon Chair Abiodun Taiwo, Abeokuta

Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC), Rev. Uja Tor Uja (5th left); Chairman, Review of Registry Repositioning Implementation Committee. Mr. John Usman (3rd right) and others during their inauguration recently at the Commission’s corporate headquarters in Abuja.

National Productivity Day: FG to honour distinguished Nigerians

Idu Jude, Abuja In a bid to institutionalize productivity consciousness and excellence in service among workers and organizations in Nigeria, the federal government has approved February 21, 2017 for the observance of the 16th edition of the National Productivity Day, NPD in Nigeria. According to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen Chris Ngige, who disclosed this to journalists at a press briefing in Abuja, said that the NPD will be celebrated simultaneously in all the states of the federation. A major component of the NPD is the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM), Award

which is an award of honour, excellence and dignity conferred on the most productivity individuals and organisations in Nigeria scheduled to take place at the Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja. Ngige also revealed that after a thorough screening exercise by the National Productivity Order of Merit Award Committee, an independent board made up of eminent Nigerians from diverse backgrounds, fifteen (15) individuals and five (5) organisations drawn from all sectors of the economy were recommended for the conferment of the National award of this year’s NPD. Speaking further, he noted that the awardees

which will fall into three categories including, National Honours, National Merit Award and the National Productivity Order of Merit, NPOM, will be decorated by President Muhammadu Buhari himself in Abuja while that of the States will be done by the state governors. He also said that an Award Lecture aptly titled: ‘Productivity for sustainable Entrepreneurship and Employment’ will be delivered by an erudite speaker, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi as part of the activities marking the day. Furthermore, an exhibition of made in Nigeria goods by Manufacturers, Small and Medium Scale

Industrialist, past and present Award winners are expected to be mounted at the venue of the ceremony. While noting government’s consciousness of the critical place of productivity in the realization of the ‘Change Agenda’, he opined that no nation can be self-reliant and competitive in the international market without productivity improvement in all sectors of the economy. “The observance of National Productivity Day, NPD, and the conferment of National Productivity Order of Merit, NPOM is one positive step by government to stimulate the psyche of Nigerians towards redirecting their efforts to the growth and development of our country.

The Executive Director of the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, Dr. Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, on Thursday disclosed that Prof. Banji Akintoye would delivered the Memorial lecture for this year’s Obafemi Awolowo Memorial lecture. Prof. Akintoye is an eminent scholar, author and leading African historian and Senior Professor and Director of the Institute of African Studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Aw o l o w o - D o s u n m u spoke at the Press conference and Presentation of trophies for the 4th U-10/ U-16 Boys and Girls football competition at Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State to honour the late Sage and his wife, Hannah Idowu Dideolu (HID) Awolowo. The competition is being organised inconjunction with the National Youth Soccer Association (NYSA). She said that lecture replaced the 2017 Obafemi Awolowo Prize for leadership Award after no nominee out of the nominees meet up the criteria for the Prize and the tittle of the lecture is “The Awolowo Legacy and It’s Message for Nigerian Youths”. Awolowo-Dosunmu explained that the lecture was also to refresh Nigerians’ memories about Awolowo’s legacy in the sphere of leadership and “ particularly to fire the imagination of Nigerian

youths about the immense possibilities for their individual and collective progress and development if they would understand and strive to restore the leadership model of the likes of Chief Awolowo”. She said that the former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon would chair the occasion. “From his (Prof. Akintoye) early years as a prominent student activist in University, he was eventually elected Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1979-1983). Today, he is one of the very few surviving men and women who worked closely with Chief Awolowo”. On the reason why the Award was replaced, she said “ The prize is not being awarded this year, not because the nominees were not eminently accomplished individuals in their various fields of endeavor but because the award is based on demonstratable evidence of substantial achievement, across the board of the criteria laid out by the Selection Committee”. The NYSA Secretary, Mr. Aliu Ganiyu said 16 teams from boys and girls categories are going to compete in the competition. He said the association took into consideration the role played by Awolowo and his wife in the development of youths in Nigeria before organising the competition, saying the competition was also to further immortalised them.

IGR: FCTA to adopt single digit taxation on coys -Min Oluwo hails judicial for striking out case been of great concern to nize all these taxes.” against him Idu Jude Abuja the FCT Administration The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has put machinery in motion to harmonize taxes in the capital city to reduce cases of multiple taxations. Recall that the National Assembly recently, frowned at the multiple taxation being imposed by some area councils in addition with that of the FCTA, which had made the residents kick against the move. The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, stated this while receiving members of the Hotel Owners Forum, FCT chapter, that paid him a visit. The Minister said that one of the areas that have

is multiplicity of taxes; stressing that the Administration, the soon to be operational FCT Inland Revenue Services in concert with the Federal Inland Revenue Service will work out a modalities to harmonize all taxes. His words: “One area that has been of great challenge to us is the multiplicity of taxes that FCT residents pay. It’s something that is of great concern and jointly with the Federal Inland Revenue Service together with the FCT Inland Revenue Service which will soon be operational, will work on what is already being done nationally so that we can harmo-

According to him, “the ultimate goal is for businesses and organizations to just make one payment to a particular agency and that agency divides the payments to all the others. That way, you don’t have to communicate with five or six different people coming to you and you don’t know who is genuine and who is not genuine. I can assure you we are on the path towards being able to surmount that.” Malam Bello revealed that in no distant future, the Administration would sort out all these problems of multiple taxations and give the residents a clear programme and roadmap as to what the collections are supposed to be.

Sodiq Adekunle, Osogbo

Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi Telu I, has affirmed his ardent love for the judiciary, pointing that he has respect for the rule of law and human rights. He said this while speaking to journalists immediately after Magistrate Falilat Sodamade pronounced the discontinuance of the suit instituted against him by Oluwo-Oke. Oba Akanbi described his actions, since emergence as Oluwo in combating hooliganism and illegalities, as unprecedented, reiterating his financial commitment to

the judiciary within and outside Osun State as unmatched within the frame of his rulership. Oluwo disclosed that his financial aid and influence resuscitated Iwo High court at the tale time it was about to close owing to poor infrastructures and poor funding. And my disposition to any litigation is fairness and free hearing. Oluwo further tagged his action as purposeful as contained in the letter of discontinuance of the case before the court. He said, “I am a friend of the judiciary and I will always be. I am financially committed to the judiciary and a core respecter of

the rule of law. Even when there was a threat to close down Iwo High Court due to poor infrastructures, I used my personal fund to renovate it which runs to millions of naira. I ensured fairness irrespective of the person involves. “I want to tell the court that all what happened during the matter was misinformation. My feeling towards that effect is expressed in the letter of discontinuance before the court. Oluwo is never a ringer and will never be.” Oluwo urged Nigerians to be respectful to the constitution of the country through their actions and uphold the principle of the rule of law.


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THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PASTOR GEORGE OLUGBOYEGA ORIFUNMISE IMORU 2. CLARA IMORU 3. SAMUEL AGENE 4. SAMUEL THLIZA THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. 2. TO LIBERATE THE UNSAVED WORLD THROUGH THE ANOINTING OF JESUS CHRIST. 3. TO PLANT CHURCHES TO EQUIP NEW CONVERTS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_ GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIR COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: EWERE A. ALIEMEKE, ESQ. FOR PREVAILING HAND’S ATTORNEYS. 08061227667

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The Trustees are: 1. Nwafor Innocent Chukwuemeka 2. Ndubuisi Ogbonnaya Kanu 3. Benevolent Okpogor Aim and objective: 1. To foster unity among member ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIR COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. Signed: Secretary

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The Trustees are: 1. PASTOR OLAHANMI MATTHEW OLAOYE 2. PASTOR (MRS) OLAHANMI OLUWATOYIN HANNAH. 3. LADY EVANGELIST OGUNSANYA MARY (

The Trustees are: 1. PASTOR ELISHA MURANA 2. PRECIOUS MURANA 3. ISAIAH MURANA

Aim and objective: 1. Preaching and propagating the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Aim and objective: 1. To preach the gospel of our lord jesus christ

The Trustees are: 1. UCHENDU NNENNA LILIAN. - CHAIRMAN 2. MOHAMMED SANUSI ISA 3. AKABIGBO MODESTA CHIDINMA 4. MUHAMMAD NDAGI ABDULMALIK 5. TAIWO JULIUS MICHEAL. - SECRETARY

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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA, FOR REGISTRATION OF ADDITION OF SEVEN (7) NEW TRUSTEES TO THE THREE (3) OLD TRUSTEES UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. Names of Trustee: 1. Sanusi Ibrahim Adekunle 2. Bashiru Kolapo Sulaimon Aims and Objectives: 1.To help the less priviledge 2.To empower widows, orphans and Indigent muslims. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIR COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. Signed: Trustees

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIR COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. Signed: Secretary

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REASON FOR ADDITION: FOR THE GROWTH OF THE ASSOCIATION. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES REMAIN THE SAME. ANY OBJECTION TO THEREGISTRATION 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

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PALACE OF THE LORD GOD OF ISREAL GOSPEL CHURCH THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA, FOR REGISTRATION OF ADDITION OF SEVEN (7) NEW TRUSTEES TO THE THREE (3) OLD TRUSTEES UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. Names of Trustees: 1. Ade-Ayo Adeleke Mathew 2. Adeayo Issac Adejare 3. Ijadele Ajayi Johnson 4. Osasona Samuel Ayoola 5. Adeleke Funke

NEW TRUSTEES: 1. ADEROGBA CHRIS ADE 2. CHIEF REGGIE UDUHIRI 3. JIDE ALUKO 4. BARR. VICTOR UDUHIRI 5. KAZEEM KOLEOSO 6. ENGR. ANDY IBEKAKU 7. ENGR. OLUFEMI OLATUNJI.

SABHA NATHANI FOUNDATION

Aim and objective: 1. Unemployment, recession and poverty control through formal and informal education

2. JIMOH ISMAILA ADETUNJI- RETAINED 4. MAKINDE HAKEEM OLATUNJI - RETAINED

NEW TRUSTEES 1. JIMOH ISMAILA ADETUNJI - APPOINTED 2. MAKINDE HAKEEM OLATUNJI - APPOINTED 3. DR MUTIU ADESINA ADELEYE -APPOINTED 4. MARIAM ABIOLA JIMOH - APPOINTED AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO ENSURE HEALTH SAFETY 2. TO ACHIEVE NATIONAL WATER SECURITY

Aims and Objectives: 1. To preach the gospel of our lord Jesus Christ ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIR COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. Signed: Trustees

SOUTHERN GOVERNORS’ WIVES FORUM The General Public is hereby notified that the above named Forum has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2004. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Her Excellency Mrs. Ugo Nneoma Nkechi Rochas Okorocha - Chairperson 2. Her Excellency Mrs. Olufunso Amosun - Secretary 3. Her Excellency Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu 4. Her Excellency Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel 5. Her Excellency Dame Edith Okowa 6. Her Excellency Mrs. Linda Ukwuye Ayade 7. Her Excellency Mrs. Racheal Augustine 8. Her Excellency Mrs. Bolanle Ambode 9. Her Excellency Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi 10. Her Excellency Alhaja Sherifat Aregbosola THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: a)To use the Forum as a mechanism to strongly support the programmes and activities of the Wife of the President of Nigeria. b)To compliment the giant strides of the Southern Governors of Nigeria for the overall development of our society.

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

Any objection to the 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 Twenty-Eight (28) days from the date of this publication.

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Formerly known and addressed as AFOLABI ISLAMAT YETUNDE, now wish to be known and addressed as IBRAHIM ISLAMIAT YETUNDE. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

IGWE STEPHEN OGBONNAYA

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS TAMURAT AJIBOLA LAWAL, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS TAMURAT AJIBOLA YUSUF. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

EMMANUEL ESHIET UDOFIA

My name was wrongly written on my BVN as LAHIFU BUKKY instead of OJORA ADIJAT BUKOLA. My correct name is OJORA ADIJAT BUKOLA. All former documents remain valid.

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

AJAYI IKEOLUWA ADEOLA

ADEKOGBE OMOLOLA MODINAT KOFOWOROLA

Formerly known and addressed as MRS OLUBIMPE OLUSANYA SANUSI, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS OLUBIMPE OYINKANSOLA SANUSI. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

AWOTUYISE ADE FRANCIS I, formerly known and addressed asAWOTUYISE ADEWODUN FRANCIS, now wish to be known and addressed as AWOTUYISE ADE FRANCIS. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

Formerly known and addressed as AYINDE SARAH SEUN, now wish to be known and addressed as AYINDE SARAH OLUWATOBILOBA. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

ACHINIHU CHUKWUNYEREM SAMPSON Formerly known and addressed as ACHINIHU UKWUOMA CHUKWUNYEREM, now wish to be known and addressed as ACHINIHU CHUKWUNYEREM SAMPSON. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

OGUNSADE OLABISI NIMOTALAHI

LEONORA TUOYO

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ABIODUN OLUMUYIWA ABOLADE, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OKANLAWON -ABOLADE MUSODDIQ ABIODUN. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

SYLVESTER MARCY IKEMEFULA

Formerly known and addressed as IKEMEFULA MARCILINUS SYLVESTER, now wish to be known and addressed as SYLVESTER MARCY IKEMEFULA. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. NWAFOR MATHEW CHINENYE

I, formerly known and addressed asOLANITE OLABISI NIMOTALAHI, now wish to be known and addressed as OGUNSADE OLABISI NIMOTALAHI. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS NWAFOR MATHEW NWAFOR, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS NWAFOR MATHEW CHINENYE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

MRS. TINUBU OLAJUMOKE OLUWATOYIN

MRS SHOSANYA TAIWO REMI

RICHMONDA NSIKAN

I, formerly known and addressed as OWIE OMOLOLA, now wish to be known and addressed as ADEKOGBE OMOLOLA MODINAT KOFOWOROLA. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS OREDOLA TAIWO REMI, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS SHOSANYA TAIWO REMI. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as RICHMONDA EKAM, now wish to be known and addressed as RICHMONDA NSIKAN. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as MISS ONI OLAJUMOKE OLUWATOYIN, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS. TINUBU OLAJUMOKE OLUWATOYIN. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

BAKARE ISMAILA ADEWALE

AYUBA YAHAYA I, formerly known and addressed as INUWA BABANGIDA MUHAMMED, now wish to be known and addressed as AYUBA YAHAYA. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

OSINOWO MARGRET OMOTOKE

I, formerly known and addressed as OWOLABI KAMAR OJO, now wish to be known and addressed as OWOLABI OPEYEMI. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

I, formerly known and addressed as BAKARE SUMOILA, now wish to be known and addressed as BAKARE ISMAILA ADEWALE. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

MRS. OKEBIORUN OLUWASEYI FRISCILIA

ELIZABETH AUGUSTINE EKPO

CORRECTION OF NAME

CONFIRMATION OF NAME

I, formerly known and addressed as ELIZABETH ETIM AKPAN, now wish to be known and addressed as ELIZABETH AUGUSTINE EKPO. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

THAT MY NAME WAS WRONGLY WRITING AS UMARU AHAMADU YARO, MY CORRECT NAME IS UMARU AHMAD YARO. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

I, formerly known and addressed asAJAYI IKEOLUWA OLUBUNMI, now wish to be known and addressed as AJAYI IKEOLUWA ADEOLA. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

OWOLABI OPEYEMI

THAT I AM THE SAME PERSON BEARING OLUWANISHOLA AYOOLA AMOO AND OLUWANISHOLA SIMON AYOOLA. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD TAKE NOTE.

I, formerly known and addressed as ADESUNLOYE OLUWASEYI FRISCILIA, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS. OKEBIORUN OLUWASEYI FRISCILIA. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

ADDITION OF NAME

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS YUSUFF RASHEEDAT ABIMBOLA I WISH TO ADD AKINYEMI TO MY NAME NOW TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS AKINYEMI-YUSUFF RASHEEDAT ABIMBOLA, ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD TAKE NOTE.

AKINBOLA DUPE FLORENCE

PETER EGIEMEN EDIOYE

MRS KEVWE GIFT ONYOGO

UDEH EMMANUEL EMEKA

I, formerly known and addressed as ABIMBOLA DAVID OLADUNWO, now wish to be known and addressed as AKINBOLA DUPE FLORENCE. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

formerly known and addressed as PETER EDIOYE, Now wish to be known and addressed as PETER EGIEMEN EDIOYE All former documents remain valid general public should take note.

formerly known and addressed as MISS KEVWE GIFT OKPUBIGHO, Now wish to be known and addressed as MRS KEVWE GIFT ONYOGO All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

I Formerly known & addressed as Udenta emmanuel, now wish to be known and addressed as Udeh Emmanuel Emeka. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS BADEGESHIN TAWAKALITU OMOTOKE, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OSINOWO MARGRET OMOTOKE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

DAVID CHINAGOROM EKECHUKWU

I, formerly known and addressed as CHIDI OSUEGBU, now wish to be known and addressed as DAVID CHINAGOROM EKECHUKWU. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.

ONJEFU EJEH FORMERLY KNOWN & ADDRESSED AS JEFFREY ONJEFU EJEH, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ONJEFU EJEH. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.


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LOSS OF DOCUMENT THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT I MR. SAMUEL ABAYOMI LOSS THE ORIGINAL OF CONVEYANCE OF PROVISIONAL APPROVAL OF CUSTOMARY RIGHT OF OCCUPANCY IN RESPECT OF PLOT NO. C43 OF ABOUT 1384.91SQM, KUCHI YAKO DISTRICT LAYOUT KUJE AREA COUNCIL FCT ABUJA. BEARING CHIEF BOLAKALE KOTUN. ALL EFFORT TO TRACE THE SAID DOCUMENT PROVED ABORTIVE. IF FOUND KINDLY RETURN TO THE NEAREST POLICE STATION & GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE LOCAL GIN DEALERS ASSOCIATION NSUKKA

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REFORMED &UNITED SPECIAL FRIENDS CLUB THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CLUB HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 2004. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. DAVID TASIE 3. EZEDIBIA ONYEKA 5. UNEKE CHRISTOPHER 7. CHARLES ANI 9. EZEAKHUNNE ARINZE

2. CHIEF DAVID NWEZE 4. OKEKE CHINEDU 6. EMECHEBE CHIDI 8. ONYEJIDE OKECHUKWU 10. ADIMONYEMMA EKENE

ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRARGENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B. 198, GARKI, ABUJA WITHIN TWENTY-EIGHT (28) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION.

Any objection to the 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 Twenty-Eight (28) days from the date of this publication.

SIGNED: BARR. CHUKWUZITALU OKONKWO

Signed by Albert Esene Esq.

TRUSTEES: 1. HON. ONAMUSI ONADEKO - CHAIRMAN 2. DR TADE OLAJITAN 3. MR DOLAPO KUYE SECRETARY. 4. MR. OLUWASEYI OLADIMEJI AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO FOSTER HEALTH CARE DEVELOPMENT IN VARIOUS COMMUNITIES UNDER THE HEALTH TRUST. 2. TO PROVIDE AWARENESS AND ENLIGHTENMENT AGAINST DRUGS AND OTHER VICES THAT COULD ENDANGER HEALTH.

Any objection to the 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 Twenty-Eight (28) days from the date of this publication.

ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRARGENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B. 198, GARKI, ABUJA WITHIN TWENTY-EIGHT (28) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED: SECRETARY.

SIGNED: SECRETARY.

FOUNTAIN OF GLORY OUTREACH MINISTRIES

GLOVERA FOUNDATION

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.

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 COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.Pastor Duru Obinna, (founder) 3.Pastor Jerry Akikoye, 5.Bishop Mathew Nwaeze, 7.Elder Oke Okenwa, 9.Deconess Ifeoma Ejiougu.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. DR. ONYEKACHI MADUBUATTAH 2. DR. CHUKWUNONSO CHUKWUDOZIE 3. LT UCHENNA O. ALOR 4. DR. ANIAKU OBINNA REMIGIUS 5. NONSO HELEN OBAH

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.To preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus to all Nations. 2.To help to the poor and needy in the society. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIR COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : PASTOR DURU OBINNA. (Founder)

CHRIST LIGHT UNIVERSAL BANNERS MINISTRY

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.TO OFFER FREE MEDICAL CARE. 2. TO HELP THE LESS PRIVILEGED IN THE SOCIETY. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR_GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIR COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET , MAITAMA , ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY

SOCIETY FOR COMMON GOOD

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

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. 1 OF 1990

TRUSTEES: 1. PASTOR (MRS) FEHINTOLA CAROLINE DAVID EFFIOK 2. PASTOR DAVID FELIX EFFIOK 3. MISS RUTH MONDAY ASHAKA 4. MRS JUSTINA MONDAY ASHAKA

TRUSTEES: 1. ENGR. YAKUBU MOORE 2. BARR. ABDULRAZAK 3. MR. ABDULBARRY RILWANI

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. To preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ 2. To take care of the welfare of its members. 3. To establish Local Branches for the propagation of the Gospel worldwide. 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

GOLDEN LAMP ASSEMBLY

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO ASSIST THE POOR IN THE SOCIETY 2. TO HELP DEVELOP AND PROMOTE PEACE IN OUR 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

ASSOCIATION OF GOOD FRIENDS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, LAGOS

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

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 PST DANIEL EMMANUEL, PST MRS. DANIELVICTORIA, PST PRINCEWILL OBINNA LAWRENCE, PST OGHENEHOVWE AWHOTU WISE BRO. TIMOTHY SIMON ODAFE.

TRUSTEES: 1)VICTOR UZOMA MMADIKE,(BOARD CHAIRMAN) 2)MICHEAL ONYEMACHI, (MEMBER) 3)AKPAMGBO CHIGOZIE,(MEMBER)

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. To preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ 2. To take care of the welfare of its members. 3. To establish Local Branches for the propagation of the Gospel worldwide.

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SOUTH - WESTSHIRE HEALTH TRUST

TRUSTEES: 1. AGBO SAMUEL (CHAIRMAN) 3. UGWU CYRIL IKE (SECRETARY) 5. ONYISHI FREDERICK (PATRON)

2.Prophetess Glory George Teke 4.Pastor Chris Ofili, 6.Elder Valentine Emeka Ezra’s over, 8.Deconess Duru Theresa ,

The Trustees are: 1. Eyeniyan Joseph.....Chairman 2. Eyeniyan Juliet....Secretary 3. Napoleon Osayande 4. Izevbigie Simon. Aims and objectives 1. To partner with resource persons and institutions in the area of skill acquisition and capacity building for its members who desire to be proficient in skills like, soap making (bar and liquid), photography, bead making, interior decoration, cake baking, etc.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CENTRE HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 2004.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO CATER FOR THE WELFARE AND INTEREST OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION 2. TO PROMOTE PEACE AND UNITY AMONG MEMBERS. 3. TO FINANCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY EMPOWER MEMBERS WITH FUNDS FOR THEIR BUSINESSES TO ENSURE A BETTER LIFE THEREBY ALLEVIATING POVERTY AMONG MEMBERS.

The General Public is hereby notified that the above named Centre has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2004.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO PROMOTE PEACE, LOVE AND TOGETHERNESS AMONG THE MEMBERS OF THE CLUB 2. TO PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF THE MEMBERS.

The General Public is hereby notified that the above named Centre has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2004. 2. EZE FESTUS (VICE CHAIRMAN) 4. EZE EMMANUEL (PATRON)

CENTER FOR SKILL ACQUISITION AND CAPACITY BUILDING

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES TO ASSIST, PROMOTE AND PROTECT THE WELFARE AND INTEREST OF MEMBERS

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.

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

SIGNED: SECRETARY

This is to inform the general public on the loss of official document, containing an original document of a Mass Housing Development Programme within the Federal Capital Territory, belonging to PGHE CONTROL LIMITED of plot 117 Monrovia street Wuse 2 Abuja. FCT, With file no. MISC 105936, for the purpose of MISSED USED( MASS HOUSING) dated 16-022010. Lease term of 10 years. All effort made to trace the said document prove abortive. If found contact the nearest police station. COASTER RANGERS ASSOCIATION 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. THE TRUSTEES ARE; 1. OSUO PEREZIDE PETER- PRESIDENT 2. DANIEL BLESSING - VICE - PRESIDENT 3. REV.OLOKPA OGHENEKARO JAMES - SECRETARY 4. ORUEBE WILLIAM MIEKPOBIM - P.R.O 5. DR. PESSU CLARA OMATSEYE - TREASURER AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. TO MAKE PEACE IN THE COASTAL AREA COMMUNITIES ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION,PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI, MAITAMA,ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: J.K NANA. CRWN KINGS CONSULTANCY CO. 08037769526

THE GIVE HOPE TO THE SLUM CHILD PROGRAMME 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. MR. OLOWONIYI OLUWASEUN -CHAIRMAN 2. DR. JOHNSON BABAJIDE -SECRETARY 3. MR. OLOWONIYI ADEDOYIN 4. MISS LOFINMAKIN BUSOLA AYINKE 5. MR. FALADE SODIQ 6. BARR. AYE OMOLOLA-MOTUNRAYO 7. DR. ADELEKAN ADEBOWALE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES TO ASSIST THE LESS PRIVILEGED IN OUR 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

MISSING PERSON

TOMI SEGUN ADETOLA

This is to inform the general public that Mr Tomi Segun Adetola ‘M’ whose photograph appears above is missing. He is 33yrs of age, native of Ijebu-Igbo Ogun state, 5.7ft tall, speaks English and Yoruba languages fluently. He travelled to the United Kingdom Oct 2014 and was expected back to Nigeria since June 2016 but he has not been seen since. Anyone who knows his whereabout should please contact Mrs. Adetola at Ketu Police Station, Lagos, Nigeria.


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MBOHO MBONG MKPARAWA IMAN IBOM ASSOCIATION

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORM THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, DEGREE NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. OBONG IME SAMPSON BROWN - CHAIRMAN 2. OBONG JEREMIAH JIM ETUKNWA - SECRETARY 3. OBONG SAM ETUK SAMPSON (JP) 4. OBONG (REV) GODWIN OKON AKPAN 5. OBONG EKPO MOSES DANIEL

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AJUMONI IDERA CENTRAL MOSQUE LAGOS

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 OF 1990.

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 OF 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE 1. ALHAJI SAFARI ADISA ADARANIJO 2. ALHAJI KAMORUDEEN ADISA SULAIMON 3. MR. RASAKI ADISA IBRAHIM.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. CHIEF BERNARD EDEWOR 3. JULIANA EDEWOR THOMAS 5. FLORENCE EDEWOR ITOJE 7. PROFESSOR IKECHUKWU OYEJIWE. 9. OVO EDEWOR 11. ONOME EDEWOR

AIMS/OBJECTIVES: 1. TO FOSTER RESPECT FOR OUR TRADITIONAL FATHERS AND ALL CONSTITUTED AUTHORITY

AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1.TO PROPAGATE THE MESSAGE OF ISLAM 2. TO TEACH ESSENCE OF BROTHERHOOD 3. TO EMPHASIZE THE NEED FOR PEACE AND UNITY AMONG NIGERIANS.

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

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: IME SAMPSON BROWN (CHAIRMAN)

SIGNED: SECRETARY

SUNNY LIFE FOR ALL RESTORATION CHURCH (A.K.A LIFE IN ABUNDANT MISSION)

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘’C’’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, CAP C2O, LFN 2004. TRUSTEES PASTOR SUNDAY OGBONNA – CHAIRMAN/PRESIDENT MRS SUNDAY FLORENCE BLESSING – SECRETARY PASTOR PAUL AYIM – MEMBER MR. SUNDAY A. CLETUS – MEMBER PASTOR NWOGWUGWU UCHECHUKWU – MEMBER MR. ELIYA BALLA – MEMBER MR. NWAELE SAMUEL – MEMBER AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO POPULATE THE KINGDOM OF GOD THROUGH THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. 2. TO MAINTAIN PURE AND FAITHFUL CELEBRATION OF THE ORDINANCES GRACIOUSLY GIVEN TO US BY JESUS CHRIST AS THE MEDIATOR OF HIS COVENANT. 3. TO PARTNER WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAS SIMILAR OBJECTIVES. 4. TO PROCLAIM GOD’S PERFECT LAW AND THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL OF HIS GRACE THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE WORLD. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION PLOT 429, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED – SECRETARY

ZION DELIVERANCE INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE

2. JAMES OBU EDEWOR 4. MOHAMMED EDEWOR 6. PROFESSOR ISAAC MOWOE 8. PROFESSOR EBUN CLERK 10. ESE EDEWOR

AIMS. 1. TO PROMOTE EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE SOCIETY. 2. SUPPORT EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. TO PROMOTE EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AND ADVANCEMENT 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

ISOKO ELITE YOUTH ASSOCIATION NDOKWA

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.

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.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: (1) PASTOR FAITH ABAH DANJUMA (2) PASTOR ABAH HELEN (3) EVANG NATHANIEL JAMES (4) ELDER EJEH JOHN (5) EVANG EBENYE EMMANUEL (6) MRS REBECCA JAMES

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1) MR. FRANK OMINIKE AKPOYIBO 2) MR. IDOLOR OVIE CYPRIAN 3) MR. BORLIN CHRISTOPHER OSSAI 4) MADUAGU BARTHOLOMEW

THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. TO PROPAGATE THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION MAITAMA ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION SIGNED: SECRETARY

WORD OF FIRE CHRISTIAN SEMINARY

SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF ZION CHARISMATIC MINISTRY

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.

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.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. DR. DAVID OLUMUYIWA OJELADE 2. MR ALABI ZACCHAEUS OTORI 3. MRS. PRISCILLA SILEOLA OJELADE 4. MR. OLALEKAN JACOB BABALOLA 5. MR. FELIX BABATUNDE OJELADE 6. DR. DANIEL OLUWASEUN ADEBANJO 7. MR. JOHN OMOTAYO

JAMES OGBOKO EDEWOR EDUCATION FOUNDATION

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It’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure Nigeria does not break up, says Kaigama Gbubemi God’s Covenant Snr It was mixed reactions from the clergy at the 50th year anniversary (1967-2017) celebration of the Association of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate heart of Mary at St. Agnes Catholic Cathedral in Maryland, Lagos recently as archbishops, reverends and lay readers bared their minds on the massacre of Christians by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Southwest Kaduna in recent times. The Catholic Archbishop of Jos, and National President, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, Most Reverend Dr. Ignatius Kaigama minced no word in describing the fate of Christians in the Northern states of Nigeria: ”It’s not easy to be a Christian up North. The Church is in trouble. Every physical thing has been destroyed. The only thing not destroyed is our faith,“ he said. Touching on the fragile unity of the nation observers fear is doomed to break up, the clergyman stressed that “It is the responsibility of every Nigerian to ensure that the country does not break up. “Everyone thinks the problem is the other person, or with those in government, when it truly lies within us,” he said. On the dramatic emergence of Mr. Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America, Kaigama ascribed Trump’s victory to the prayers of Catholic faithfuls all over the world. His words: “Donald Trump won because of the prayers of Catholic faithfuls in the United States of America. I enjoin all faithfuls to continue to pray for Trump.” Chief host, Archbishop of Lagos Emeritus, Dr. Olubunmi Okojie, in his reaction said “These herdsmen go about killing innocent people and wasting lives that God has made, and they say they are worshipping God. If He is the same God we Christians call upon they call Allah, they should be told that God is not two, He is One. “So whatever they think they are doing, they can’t play God. Let them show us their God and we’ll show them our God because we believe in the true God. If they believe in that same God, let them stop spilling the blood of innocent citizens; but if they don’t believe even in their own Allah, let them continue.” On the call for Christians to take up arms to defend the Church, Kaigama said retaliation is not in the vocabulary of Jesus. His words: “We are not saying that criminals who kill should be let off the hook, but we are not advocating a tit-for-tat approach. When we begin to engage in violence to solve violence, we only multiply violence. “If other people kill in the name of religion, our religion does not allow that. But that doesn’t mean we should sit down and watch people burn down our houses, our means of livelihood and kill us. We have the right to self-defence, which is legitimate even in law”.

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The occasion which had Archbishop of Lagos Emeritus, Dr. Olubunmi Okojie as chief host and the Archbishop of Lagos, Rev. Adewale Martins as a very special guest also received priests from across the length and breadth of Nigeria and beyond, including delegations from the Camerouns as well as Reverend Sisters representing different religious bodies across the country. Reacting to the downturn of the economy in recent times, Archbishop of Lagos Diocese, Dr. Adewale Martins regretted that there is so much poverty than the years before. “Our government needs to find new initiatives that will help new investors come into this coun-

try,” he said. In a press parley after Mass, Archbishop Kaigema told journalist he has been a member of the Sacred Heart from childhood. Extolling the benefits of the Sacred Heart as an association in the Catholic Church in the past 50 years, Kaigema had this to say: “The Sacred Heart of Jesus is all about Jesus who, no doubt is God and became man; He took on flesh and therefore, has a heart that is all embracing, loving, forgiving; a heart full of goodness. Therefore as Christians who bear the name of Christ, we all should aim at having such a heart.” Also extolling the virtues of the Virgin

(2nd from left) Archbishops Okojie, Kaigama and Martins at the hightable after Mass on Friday. Photos by God’s Covenant Snr

Mary, the archbishop said, “Because of the special role she played in bringing Jesus Christ into the world, the blessed Mary, in our heart, is full of grace, holy, pure; she’s everything that is good and this is testified by God Himself, so we give her tremendous honour in the Catholic Church. “Those who do not know the very great importance of this woman in the history of salvation may conclude that the Catholics worship Mary, but this is far from the truth. Mary was a woman, a human being. We honour her and pay tremendous respect to her as one who was a bearer of the Saviour Jesus Christ, bearer of God in her womb and we believe she was an extraordinary special human being; so we believe we can draw a lot from her attitude, composition, disposure and the heart of a sweet mother.” Even as the heart of Jesus is special, he continued, so is the heart of Mary is special and these two hearts are very dear to us Catholics. On the way forward for the Association, Kaigama said it’s not about lip service. “It’s about looking at the importance of the association and making it alive from within, by imitating the sacred heart of Jesus and Mary in the way they carried out their lives. They reached out to others, especially the marginalised, the sinners and those who were not wanted by the society, etc. “There was a space and a place in their two hearts for everybody that was in need; therefore, if you’re a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Sacred heart of Mary, you have a high, moral responsibility: you are involved also in social responsibility by expanding your horizon to embrace everyone you meet as a human being created in the image and after the likeness of God, with no room for discrimination. You would willingly provide the best that you can to any human being without considering your religion, tribe or region, etc. “Jesus came for all; and if you’re a member of this organisation, you must allow the love of Jesus to permeate from you into people who look up to you as a model,” the clergy man said and added a parting shot: “If not for prayers and intercessions by Christians, where would Nigeria have been since the end of civil war?” Stressing the qualities that qualify members of his group, Group Captain E.J. Ebiye (Rtd), National President of the association said, “Members of the Association of Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate heart of Mary eschew all those attitudes and ways of life that are contrary to the will of God found among people; praying that God will forgive them all and turn the heart of the people towards Christ. “So the association is playing an important role in the sense that it is teaching members to recognise the voice of God that call for sacrifice, making every effort to do something for the good of others, rather than for one’s personal benefit. We play this role in so many ways, but particularly through prayer.”


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Lassa Fever: Another harvest of deaths? Ladesope Ladelokun Like Abiku-a Yoruba word for a child born to die, but reincarnates repeatedlyNigeria has, again, recorded fresh cases of the dreaded Lassa fever disease. As the disease has been claiming lives in different parts of the country, many have expressed fears about what they believe to be the beginning of yet another harvest of deaths across the length and breadth of the nation. Lassa, a town in Borno State, was like other little known places in Nigeria until it shot to limelight, when the hemorrhagic fever, which was named after the town, recorded its first case in1969. Ever since,the disease had killed scores of Nigerians across the country, when its outbreak struck with serious devastation in late 2015. For instance, from November 2015, to January 2016, on online newspaper, Premium Times, reported that 41 people had been dispatched to their early graves with not less than 93 reported cases. Owing to the severity of the disease, the Lagos State Government had, as part of efforts to rid the state of rats, launched a war against rats in major markets in Lagos, leading to the killing of over 4000 rats at different locations ,while a Nigerian Senator advised the Ministry of Health to breed cats for elimination of Lassa fever. According to experts , Lassa fever is caused by infection with Lassa virus,

which is spread by rats. And the virus is carried in their faeces and urine. However, the Technical Assistant, Communication, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Bakare Lawal, had recently alerted Nigerians on the increasing cases of Lassa fever and the need to increase focus on prevention. He added that Nassarawa recorded three deaths, while Taraba State recorded one death out of six confirmed cases. Bakare listed Edo, Ondo and Rivers States, as states that have recorded one case each. Since the beginning of the dry season in December, 2016, NCDC has confirmed not less than 9 deaths and 20 cases of Lassa fever in seven states. Meanwhile, Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, had at an emergency National Council on Health meeting described as embarrassing and abnormal that a country that is blessed with enormous resources like Nigeria still grapples with Lassa fever every year. But the Deputy Director, Surveillance, NCDC, Mrs. Ilori, dismissed the claim that there is a resurgence of Lassa fever.

In a radio programmemonitored in Lagos, Ilori says the disease cannot be totally conquered due to the habit of the people. ‘‘It’s not really a resurgence. It’s a seasonal disease. For now, it cannot go away totally because of the habit of the people. And it’s more endemic in some states like, Edo. The rats that transmit it is more common in those areas . The processing of food is also a contributory factor to its cause and spread. For example, some of them spread their cassava flakes on the road side. That is why we have the Lassa fever centre in Ekpoma.’’ On some of the steps taken by NCDC to halt the spread of Lassa fever, Ilori said, ‘‘ Towards the end of last year, we repositioned supplies to all States in terms of medicine they need to manage the case. We gave that to 36 States of the federation and Federal Capital Territory(FCT). We also sent out letters to the states across the country, reminding them to prepare for the season,’’ Ilori said. Reacting to the claim that the disease is seasonal, the chairman of Lassa Fever

For many years, Lassa fever has been with us, but we don’t take it serious. In other parts of the world, when a single person dies of a disease, it is a national emergency. For how long are we going to call tragedy an embarrassment?

Control Committee, Prof Oyewale Tomori, said it was deceitful to tag the disease seasonal, he blamed the persistent reoccurrence of the disease on poor disease surveillance system. His words: ‘‘If you do not hear of new cases, it is not because the disease does not occur, it is because our disease surveillance is not up to par. We deceive ourselves that it is a seasonal disease, but the fact remains it occurs throughout the year. At least, three people are diagnosed of Lassa fever daily somewhere in the country.’’ He added: ‘‘ For many years, Lassa fever has been with us, but we don’t take it serious. In other parts of the world, when a single person dies of a disease, it is a national emergency. For how long are we going to call tragedy an embarrassment”? Meanwhile, Chairman, Infectious Diseases Committee of the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Augustine Umoh , says Lassa fever has been with us for many years and unfortunately it is still with us. Umoh harped on the need to intensify enlightenment campaign , and the need to take measures to eliminate rats in the environment and keep a clean environment to check the spread of the disease. On the allegation that some states under-declare casualty figures, Umoh stated that,‘‘ that will be unfortunate. It is just like smoke,no matter how you cover it, it will find its way out.’’ He, however, added that the rats that mostly carry the virus are tiny rats with multiple breasts.


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Census serves as document for policy formulation, economic planning –Obaseki Titus Akhigbe, Benin Edo state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has reiterated the importance of periodic census noting that it serves as a document for policy formulation and economic planning for the government. Obaseki, who said this as he received the delegation from National Populations Commission (NPC) yesterday, also said that this function could not be overemphasised. Speaking at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital, Obaseki assured the delegation of his administration’s readiness to support them effectively in Edo state’s Enumeration Area Demarcation (EAD) in preparation for the proposed 2018 Nigerian population census. He called on the commission to collaborate more with local governments in the state as this would make their job easier and will enable them to get more data on deaths and births in the areas. Meanwhile, the leader of the NPC delegation, Dr Tunde Lakoju, who is also the Federal Commissioner, representing Edo state in

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the Commission said the NPC has commenced EAD in Edo state as it prepared for the proposed population census in the country in 2018. Lakoju said that Egor Local government area of the state had been successfully demarcated while the demarcation of Esan West Local Government Area would commence from February 20th 2017. He said, “The demarcation exercise for the 2018 proposed population and housing census in Edo has commenced. One of our most important pre-census activities is the delineation of the county into EDAs. The EAD essentially serves as the foundation building blocks of the census pyramid and architecture, hence the commission places very high premium on the exercise. In the EAD exercise, no human beings are counted, we only count and number houses and demarcate the areas using satellite images”, he said. Speaking further, he added that the results of the EADs would be used to generate zip codes for the country and the EADs would also serve as a national frame for future censuses.

FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello (right), in a handshake with the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Hotel Owners Forum, Eze Maxwell Omerra Kanu, when he led delegation of the forum to the Minister in Abuja…Wednesday.

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the Cross River Police Command headquarters in Calabar on Thursday, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Irene Ugbo, said the suspects were notorious armed robbers who terrorized the peace of residents in Calabar South. ASP Ugbo said that the suspected armed robbers “in broad day light, invaded Ephraim by White House street in Calabar South to rob shop owners. Not too long ago, at around 1.30pm we received a distress calls

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they engaged the SARS team in a gun duel. From what we learnt, they were about 20 of them. Our men were able to arrest five of them while other flew away with several bullet wounds.”

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Debris of burnt buildings and vehicles at Upper New Market, Onitsha... on Thursday


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Ajax Coach Warns Arsenal over Omidiji A

coach at famous Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam has told Arsenal the race is not over for the signature of much-coveted striker Lateef Omidiji Jr. The Premier League side have reached an agreement with the Sparta Rotterdam trainee that he will join the Gunners when he

attains the age of majority. “He is a player that I do think will end up at Ajax at whatever the cost because he is the ideal Ajax player because of his insane technique and vision, ” the Ajax coach told reporters. “The fight is not over yet and we will move mountains to bring him to Ajax. ”

American-born Lateef Omidiji has drawn comparisons to several Ajax Amsterdam legends, including Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars, Luis Suarez and Nwankwo Kanu. “His technique reminds me of Ajax legends like Dennis Bergkamp, Marc Overmars and draws a very good comparison

Nigerian Teen Awua Courted by Roma

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However Inter are yet to firm up their interest in the 18 year old, who has evolved into one of the stars of their Primavera side in his first season with the club. Roma are reportedly lining up a move for the services of the box to box midfielder, and contact have already been established with Spezia, the

club that owns the economic right of the Football Abuja graduate. Rated by former England international John Fashanu as one of the best teen prospect in Nigeria football, his future will no doubt cause both teams to go up against each other in the summer.

Arsenal Fans Blast Iwobi A

rsenal fans have descended heavily on Alex Iwobi over his poor performance in the 1-5 loss they suffered against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League round of 16. Iwobi played below expectation in the game and had to be withdrawn for Theo Walcott with the gunners trailing their host

Lateef Omidiji Jr (middle)

to the finishing of your own Kanu. “In scouting quarters in Amsterdam, he truly reminds some of my colleagues of Luis Suarez simply for one reason-he has an eye for goals and his versatility of course means he can play four positions equally well on the pitch.

Theophilus Awua

ighly rated Nigerian teen midfielder Theophilus Awua is seriously courting interest from Serie A side Roma. Awua joined Inter-Milan in the summer on loan from Spezia on a deal that gives the Milan side the first option of signing him permanently in the summer.

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by three goals to one. The fans took to twitter to vent their annoyance on his performance in the game, with most agreeing that he is not good enough to be commanding a starting spot in the team.

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uper Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is optimistic the national team will end the first phase of African World Cup qualifiers with maximum points from three matches. The German noted that Nigeria’s next opponents are the new African champs but remains confident of a victory because of their home advantage and Cameroon will be faced with a fixture congestion following their participation at the 2017 Confederations Cup. “I’m not afraid of Cameroon because I believe we can beat them in Uyo in August, “ Rohr told the NFF YouTube channel. “They will be favourite now in the two games because they are African champions and we did not play in Gabon, and don’t forget they will be in Russia for the Confederations Cup.” The former Bayern Munich defender added : “But the good thing is that it will be difficult for them because they won’t have many holidays to rest. “What is positive for them is that they were together for five to six weeks ahead of the Cup of Nations, they played six games and became better as they progressed which is normal”. Rohr is back in Nigeria after working as a pundit and scouting the Super Eagles group opponents Cameroon and Algeria at the just concluded African Cup of Nations.

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verton manager Ronald Koeman has praised Nigerian-born forward Ademola Lookman, saying he is a big talent who is the future of The Toffees.

The 19-year-old forward has scored a goal in five appearances since his 11 million pounds transfer from Charlton Athletic. He has started the last two matches for Everton. “I’m not surprised because I am watching him in training every day,” Koeman, who has taken his squad to Dubai for a training camp, told evertonfc.com. He now knows what intensity he is up against and the quality of the players around him. “It’s a big challenge for Ademola but he is doing well. He is the future of the club. He’s a big, big talent who is working hard to improve, like everybody.

The left full back spot of the Super Eagles is still a thing of worry for coach of the Super Eagles Gernot Rohr, who is keen on having more options before the start of the AFCON 2019 and resumption of World Cup 2018 qualifiers. Rohr in a chat with NFF.com lamented the struggles of regular left full back Elderson Echiejile at his club Monaco before his loan move to Spanish side Sporting Gijon on transfer deadline day. The FrancoGerman coach of

the Super Eagles is worried that he might not be match fit when the Eagles regroup for competitive games later in the year. His worry can also be extended to the fact that Echiejile deputy Kingsley Madu is also struggling to nail down a permanent shirt at Belgian side ZulteWaregem. Madu has been sparingly used by the Belgian league leaders in league games, although he has featured in almost all of their games in the domestic cup.


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Business Times Daily Times Nigeria Friday, Febranuary 17, 2017

FIRS records deficit of N1.6trn from N4.9trn 2016 target Page B3

SEC lifts suspension on Heritage Capital Market

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Minister, NTDC engage stakeholders on tourism promotion Page B6

Workplace safety: NUPENG assures on minimal road accidents Joy Ekeke Sequel to the 5-week intensive training of tanker drivers by the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), The National Chairman, PTD Branch, Comrade Sulaimon.Oladiti has assured road users that there will be a significant reduction of tanker accidents in the country. the training, Oladiti confirmed that the union has been able to train1500 drivers in Lagos and “The intention of the union is to reduce tanker accident in Nigeria, we are Aiming a zero accident campaign because we want to save lives and property.” “For the drivers, apart from their business which is driving, what can help them is their family in staying alive. Our members are very dedicated to their job.” Oladiti also confirmed that talks are ongoing to ensure an improved welfare package for tanker drivers. “The salary review for tanker drivers is different from the national minimum wage. We have a collective agreement with tanker owners under the umbrella of NATO. We are working interwovenly. “Let’s not forget the issue of freight rate, if there is no increase, I’m telling you that most tanker owners will abandon their trucks. As we speak, a tanker tyre is now 110,000 naira. How can the owner make his money if there is no review of freight rate? It is a matter of must if government wants the products to be available everywhere.” Chairman, NUPENG, Lagos Chapter, Comrade Tokunbo Korodo, said, “The primary objective of this exercise is to ensure a reduction in tanker acidents on the highway to the bearest minimum.

BUSINESS TIMES Head Business Azubike Nnadozie Asst. Business Editor Simon Ugwu Capital Market Editor Bonny Amadi

L – R: Haruna Jalo-Waziri, Executive Director, Capital Markets, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE); Oscar Onyema, Chief Executive Officer, NSE; Biodun Arokodare, Chairman, First Ally Asset Management and Winston Osuchukwu, Managing Director, First Ally Asset Management at the Facts Behind the Offer of TSL – REIT … on Thursday.

Power generation increases by 515MW OpeOluwani Akintayo Power generation has increased by 515 megawatts, as shown by the figure obtained by Daily Times on Thursday. The boost was noticed even as the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has said that it distributed 4,102.7 megawatts of generated electricity to 11 distribution companies. Our peep on the daily power statistics from Nigerian Electricity System Operator (SO), a section of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, showed that power generation had risen from 3,528MW, to 4,102.7MW between February 1 and 15. The slight improvement comes on the heels of recent controversies surrounding the replacement of the company’s Managing

... As TCN distributes over 4000MW to 11 Discos Director. Dr. Abubakar Atiku, the former MD, was replaced with Usman Mohammed. Although 4,102.7MW is far below what Nigeria needs to be sufficient, it is however an improvement to below 3000 megawatts obtained since this year. According to the data gathered, the lowest generation recorded a day before (February 14) was at 3,556.1MW, with its peak generation at 4211.2MW. According to TCN, the 515MW increase in generation as at February 15 was due to slight increase in gas supply to some power generating companies. Information gathered has it that the new MD of TCN, Mohammed, is doing all it takes to increase power generation through the facilitation of gas supply to

the station. We also gathered that within the last seven days, the power station which has capacity to generate 1,320MW, now generates 420MW as against former generation of 160MW. The Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NESI, had announced drop in the power supply on January 22 to 2,662.20MW due to low water levels and the challenge of accessing gas by electricity generation companies, GENCOs However since early February, the Federal Government replaced TCN’s MD, Dr. Abubakar Atiku with Usman Mohammed. Atiku’s replacement generated controversies which led to protests by staff of the company. Immediately after resumption

of duty, the new MD, Mohammed, Daily Times gathered, ordered suspension of all payments, award of contracts and issuance of local purchase orders by the TCN. However, Mohammed’s order of suspension of all deals earlier made by the company, was followed by another round of protest by workers of the firm under the umbrella of the National Union of Electricity Employees and the Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies. The workers insisted that the new CEO would not gain entry into the office of the managing director. Daily Times gathered that Dr. Abubakar Atiku, the former MD, CONTINUED ON PAGE B2

NCC plans upward review of mobile voice termination rates Tony Nwakaegho The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), is planning a review of the Mobile Voice termination rate in the telecom sector. Prof. Umar Danbatta, executive vice chairman of NCC made this known while speaking at a recent stakeholders’ forum on cost based study, adding that the Commission deemed it neces-

sary to review the rate set in 2013 in view of the current market realities. According to him, the review was consistent with the Commission’s principle of ensuring participatory regulation in the telecom sector, stressing that the telecom market requires a sound and functional interconnection regime to be able to fine tune the regulatory regime and lead the Nigerian telecoms mar-

ket towards full competition and effective regulation. Prof. Danbatta said that when the exercise is completed, the scale of changes will inevitably affect the unit cost of providing services including interconnection and may lead to differences between regulated interconnection rates and underlying costs which in turn may result in differences between on-net and offnet retail tariffs.

In a related development, a comprehensive report of a seminal study undertaken by PriceWaterhouseCoopers for the telecommunication industry in Nigeria with a thematic focus on cost based determination of mobile voice termination rate, was presented to industry stakeholders, Thursday at the Nigerian Communications Commission Head Office in Abuja. CONTINUED ON PAGE B2


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TSL REIT to sustain dividend payment policy – Arokundare Bonny Amadi Chairman of Top Services Limited, Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) has assured that the company will sustain a dividend payment policy and will sustain positive cash balance based on its structure. Speaking at the Nigerian stock Exchange (NSE) in Lagos during the presentation of its facts behind its offer, the chairman said that the TSL REIT will focus on retail related real estate assets that have established occupancy levels, adding that the funds does not intend to take on projects at the development or construction stages. TSL REIT is a close ended real estate investment Trust funds (REIT), regulated by the Securi-

…Offers 20bn units atN1.000 each

ties and Exchange Commission (SEC) and to be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). the offer application opened on Wednesday February 01, 2017 and will close on Friday March 10th, 2017. The chairman said that the company’s prospects remain very bright hence is maintains a predictable cash flow, having multiple anchor tenants at every of its estate location. He added that with 30 per cent holding in every of its estate , the company shows commitment to its business, having high average occupancy of TSL estates “ all the malls are at or above 80 per cent occupancy levels,” he said. According to the chairman, the TSL REIT will invest in retail

real estates and has identified four malls that will constitutes the company’s initial investments. The malls are Adeniran Ogunsanya mall in Surulere Lagos, Apapa Mall Apapa Lagos, Cocoa Mall Dugbe Ibadan and Akure Mall Akure, Ondo state. He said that before investing, the company would ensure that gross let able area (GLA) of over 8,000, occupancy ratio of over 75 per cent, and at least one nationally recognised anchor tenant with a long term lease. Some of the company’s anchor tenants he revealed are ShopRite, PEP and Filmhousse Cinemas. Earlier in his remark, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE),

Mr. Oscar Onyema commended the TSA REIT fund manager, issuing house and other parties to the offer for achieving endorsement of the NSE for the offer. Onyema revealed that, the company disclosed in its fillings with the Exchange that the funds raised from this offer would make possible the purchase of various retail commercial properties, located in the South West of Nigeria. “If successful, the new REIT will join UPDC REIT, Skye Shelter REIT, and Union Homes REIT on the Nigerian Stock Exchange” he said. He said that facts behind the offer is designed by the NSE to enable the Sponsors to provide information on the offering to the key stakeholders in the market.

Insurance industry needs government’s intervention – Expert Kayode Adelowokan Owing to the economic crisis in Nigeria with daily raise in inflation, Chairman of the newly constituted Board of Directors, Guinea Insurance Plc, Mr. Godson Ugochukwu, has called on President Muhamodu Buhari to provide intervention fund for the insurance industry. Ugochukwu, who disclosed this on Wednesday, while briefing journalists in Lagos, said that though insurance business in Nigeria was an extremely worthwhile venture but required government’s intervention especially at a time when the country’s current economic crisis occasioned by high inflation and low disposable income, which have significantly impacted on the performance of insurance practitioners in recent time. “When economies experience downturn, the first casualty is insurance. We have seen a lot of reduction in interest for insurance as lot of people who naturally would buy insurance, would regard it as a secondary issue due to the fact that insurance business thrives on the back of the economy” he said. In the same vein, the Chairman called on government to provide the necessary regulatory mechanisms, conducive business environments and ensure full enforcement of compulsory insurances in Nigeria.

United Capital seeks shareholders’ approval for 50 kobo dividend Bonny Amadi United capital Nigeria Plc, has notified the shareholders of intent to make divided proposal of 50 kobo per share for shareholders of the company whose names appear in its register by the date of its closure on 3th March -6th March 2017. The company disclosed in recent publication via the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) that Annual General Meeting (AGM) will hold on March 17th, while dividend payment, expected to be approved by shareholders at the proposed AGM, will be affected on March 22, 2017. The 50 kobo dividend to be proposed by the company, represents about 41 per cent increase from the N0.35 dividend paid to shareholders in 2016, which was delivered to investors on April 18th. United capital is Nigeria’s leading African investment banking group listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, with focus not only in Africa’s market, but on the global sphere.

NCC plans upward review of mobile voice termination rates CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1

L-R: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communication Technology, Mr. Sunday Echono; Minister of Communication Technology, Barr. Shittu Adebayo and Post Master General of Nigeria, Barr. Bisi Adegbuyi, during the 2017 pre-budget defence with the House of Representatives Committee on Communication Technology at the National Assembly in Abuja... on Thursday. Photo: TEMITOPE BALOGUN.

Power generation increases by 515MW CONTINUED FROM PAGE B1

was still in the office of the MD/ CEO on Monday despite the supposed resumption of work by the new MD. But, in a memorandum to all executive directors and general managers of the Transmission Service Provider and Independent System Operators of the TCN, which was obtained on Monday with reference number TCN/ TCEO/01/C.001/Vol.001/2017 and signed by Mohammed on February 3, 2017, he ordered the temporary suspension of payments, award of contracts and issuance of the LPOs. “Sequel to my assumption of duty on appointment as the

Transitional Chief Executive Officer of the TCN, and in view of effecting controls on our payment systems, repositioning the organisation for greater transparency and improved efficiency, you are hereby directed to suspend all payments in all the TCN related accounts with immediate effect. “This comprises all payments in respect of capital projects through the GIFMIS (Government Integrated Financial Management Information System) accounts, Remita payment platform via the Treasury Single Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria and payment via the CBN foreign transaction accounts in headquarters, except operational

activities, which must have the approval of the TCEO. “In addition, there shall be no issuance of contract awards, local purchase orders, work orders and letters of intent. The suspension exercise is expected to be lifted within one week from the date of this memo. This is for immediate compliance, please.” Reacting to the crises, in a joint statement issued by the Abuja Chapters of NUEE and SSAEAC on behalf of the TCN employees, the unions said that the National Assembly had advised that Atiku continues as the MD/CEO until all the contending issues were resolved.

Consistent with NCC’s principled commitment to participatory regulation, a broad spectrum of industry players and other stakeholders attended the event which kick-started another project of the Commission aimed at re-positioning the telecom sector for greater heights. Professor Umar Garba Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC in his remarks delivered by Miss Josephine Amuwa, Director Policy Competition and Economic Analysis at the Commission, called on stakeholders to supply industry statistical data promptly because of its centrality in the determination of appropriate interconnection termination rates.

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Naira unchanged at 510/$1 at parallel market Stories by Motolani Oseni The Nigerian currency, Naira on Thursday remained unchanged at 510 to a dollar, the same rate it was traded on Wednesday at the parallel market At the beginning of the week, the local currency was exchanged at 503 but dropped four points on Tuesday to close at 507, and eventually hit a record low of 510 to the dollar on Wednesday at the unofficial market. The naira, however, depreciated by a total of five points against a pound sterling, while compared to the closing rate of 603 on Thursday to 625 that

was traded a day before. Also, the naira recorded a similar five point drop against the Euro with a closing price of 540 to 535 it was sold on Wednesday. The local currency at the interbank segment of the foreign exchange market closed at 314.75 to the greenback but was sold at 305.50 to a dollar at the CBN official rate. Consequently, the naira at the Moneygram receiving rate yesterday exchanged at N373.12 to the greenback, while it traded at 466.66 to a pound and N396.22 against the Euro. Meanwhile, the federal government through its Debt Management Office (DMO) has raised 160 billion naira ($525

million) in local currency bonds at its second debt auction this year at yields lower than the inflation rate in Africa’s biggest economy, the DMO disclosed on Thursday. FGN bonds are Federal Government of Nigeria securities issued under the authority of Debt Management Office (DMO). Since 2003, DMO has been regulating the activities of the FGN bonds market, while the Central Bank of Nigeria acts as the Issuing House and the Registrar. The debt office had initially want to raise 110 billion at the auction but increased the offer due to demand. Total demand stood at 337.03

billion naira at Wednesday’s auction, higher than 235.05 billion naira at its previous sale. Annual inflation in Nigeria climbed to a high of 18.72 percent in January, its 12th straight monthly rise. The trend was worsened by dollar shortages, which have crippled the import-dependent economy and triggered its first recession in 25 years. The government is also facing funding challenges brought on by the low price of oil. It expects the budget deficit to widen to 2.36 trillion naira this year as it tries to spend its way of out of the recession. More than half of the deficit will be funded through local borrowings, the government

has said. The debt office said it raised 70 billion naira of the paper maturing in 2036 at 16.77 percent, lower than 16.99 percent same instrument fetched at the previous auction and paid 16.61 percent for the 30 billion naira raised in the paper maturing in 2026 compared to 16.99 percent at the previous auction. It issued 60 billion naira in the note maturing in 2021 at 16.55 percent against 16.89 percent at the previous auction. Nigerian government issues local currency bonds every month to raise funds to support its spending plan, which also goes to help the banking system manage liquidity.

UBA wins Most Innovative Bank of the Year award

L-R: Babajide Soyode, Technical Consultant to the President/Chief Executive; Mansur Ahmed, GED, Stakeholder Management and Corporate Communications; Sunny Iyuke, Principal/Chief Executive, Petroleum Training Institute (PTI), Warri and Abubakar

Pan African banking and financial services group, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc has added yet another award to its growing list of laurels as it emerged Most Innovative Bank of the Year at the Independent Newspapers Awards The award which is a recognition of innovative products and services introduced by the bank in the past years towards meeting customer needs, comes on the heels of recent awards hauled by the

FIRS records deficit of N1.6trn from N4.9trn 2016 target The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has raked in a total sum of N3.303 trillion in 2016, an amount which is in deficit of N1.6trillion from the initial targeted revenue of N4.9trillion for the year under review. The nation’s revenue agency Chairman, Mr. Babatunde Fowler disclosed in Lagos, shredding earlier reports of the revenue made for the central government by the agency. Earlier reports had said the agency only raked in between N1.2 trillion and N2trillion for the year, as against N2.92trillion made in 2015. The new figure reported by Fowler shows that the agency beat 2015 figure, but failed to meet the N5billion

target set by the Federal Government for the 2016 budget. Mr Fowler disclosed the new figure, at a breakfast meeting of PEDABO, a tax, audit and advisory firm in Lagos. The event took

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place at the Civic Centre on Victoria Island in Lagos. He was the guest speaker. NAN.ng learnt from guests at the event that he gave the figure himself. Juxtaposed with the country’s GDP, the N3 trillion plus collected still falls short of the recommended 30 per cent. Nigeria’s tax collection is estimated at 6 per cent of GDP. At individual level, only 13.4 million people of tax paying status have been captured by state revenue agencies and many companies are also dodging payment. Fowler disclosed that FIRS added over 800,000 to FIRS corporate taxpayers’ list while States increased their taxpayers’ numbers by 3.4 million.

Kano State added the highest numbers of taxpayers with 900,000 new taxpayers. The FIRS Executive Chairman said very soon taxpayers will be able to pay taxes online from the comfort of their bedroom. Also, evidence of payment of Withholding taxes will be sent immediately after payment, to the email addresses of taxpayers. Fowler’s disclosure in Lagos today came amidst some concerns over whether the Federal Government planned to increase the taxes paid by businesses. But Budget Minister, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma has debunked the speculation, saying that what government planned is the broadening of the tax collection

in the country. The FIRS, under Fowler has been doing that since he came on board in 2015. At a meeting with SouthSouth Professionals of Nigeria (SESSP) on 8 February, Fowler said the Federal Government will soon stop relying on oil revenue, even if there is a renewed boom in the sector. “For the country’s sustainability, tax revenue is a now major source,’’ he said. According to him, FIRS, Customs and FRSC are working together to serve the Nigerian populace better in the area of effective collection of tax. He called on the association, led by its President, Mr Denzil Kentebe to help the service advocate the importance of tax payment.

Bank, including Finnacle Client Innovation Awards, and Best Bank Awards won by its 5 subsidiaries across Africa by The Bankers Magazine. The event played host to dignitaries and business leaders, from different industries across Nigeria including: the deputy Governor of Rivers State; Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Mr. Sam Amuka, Publisher, Vanguard, Mr. Eric Osagie, Managing Director, Sun Newspapers Mr. Sam Cookey, CEO, Space Concepts Receiving the award at the weekend in Lagos, Group Head, Consumer and Digital Banking, United Bank for Africa, Dr. Yinka Adedeji, thanked the organisers for the recognition noting that he is delighted that UBA’s dedication to hard work and particular emphasis on quality to customer needs are been recognised. According to him, the award affirms the Bank’s strong management and commitment to service excellence. “Our drive for quality, conforms with our desire to continuously deliver innovative and convenient payment options to our customers. Our innovations in the digital banking space have been possible because of our huge investments in building efficient, trust-


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Capital Market B4 Court sentences illegal operator to 5 years imprisonment The Securities and Exchange Commission has notified the investing public on the conviction of “Marian Moses Ventures Ltd” by the Federal High Court Kaduna Division. According to SEC Mariam Moses Ventures Ltd was convicted for soliciting and collecting deposits from unsuspecting members of the public with unrealistic return on investment without a SEC registration or CBN license. SEC in a statement released on Thursday, stated that the conviction of this illegal Operator serves as warning to perpetrators of illegal investment schemes that regulators will not “fold their arms” in the fight against the ac-

tivities of illegal Fund/Investments Managers. “Consequent upon the above, this is to advise the investing public to always demand for a SEC Registration or CBN License before making deposit or subscribing to a scheme promoted by any firm.” The statement partly read The Judgment taken on October 27, 2016, handed down a 5 year imprisonment term against the Managing Director, Moses Samanja of the Illegal Operator (Marian Moses Ventures Ltd) and also ordered that the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) should wind up the said Mariam Moses Ventures Ltd; while funds in the accounts of the firm should be used to restitute its clients.

Daily Times Nigeria Friday, February 17, 2017

Stock market retracts one day gain, as market cap sheds N26b Stories by Afolabi Adesola Equities trading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Thursday reversed previous day’s gains as market capitalisation depreciated N26 billion in contrast to N34 billion gained in previous session. The market capitalization thus slid 0.30 percent to N8.671 trillion as against previous closing figure of N8.697 trillion. Lead market indicator- The All Share Index (ASI); also declined by 0.30 percent. The ASI dropped 74.97 points from 25,130.26 points it started the day with to close at 25,055.29 basis points. The price movement chart showed that Julius

Berger, led the gainers’ table when it added 5.00 percent to close at N36.57 per share, followed by Neimeth which appreciated 4.55 percent to close at 69 kobo, FBN Holdings gained 4.38 percent to close at N3.34. Sterling Bank increased 4.29 percent to close at 73 kobo per share, while Eterna Oil grew 3.09 percent to close at N3.34 per share. Jaiz Bank, Livestock, Dangote Sugar, NEM and UBA also made it to the list of top ten gainers on Thursday following appreciation of 3.05, 2.56, 1.48, 1.27, and 1.04 percent respectively among others. On the other hand UACN led the decliners’ table with a loss of 4.97 percent to close at N14.35, followed by Vitafoam, which shed 4.81 percent to close at N1.98, john

Holt dropped 4.55 percent to close at 63 kobo, Mansard fell 4.40 percent to close at N1.52, while Nigerian Breweries went down by 3.81 percent to close at N113.02. Also

on the losers chart were UAC- Prop, Fidelity Bank, Stanbic, Transcorp and Diamond Bank.. They shed 3.77, 3.57, 2.94, 1.28 and 1.16 percent respectively.

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SEC lifts suspension on Heritage Capital Market The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has lifted the suspension it placed on Heritage Capital Markets in December last year. The SEC in a circular issued on Thursday said the suspension of Heritage Capital Markets Ltd together with its Directors and Sponsored Individuals was lifted on Wednesday February 1, 2017. Daily Times recalls that SEC, in a circular, stated that it suspended Heritage Capital Markets“in connection with the unauthorised sale of shares belonging to an investor.” SEC also suspended the directors and sponsored individuals of the

company, including two former presidents of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Mr. Chidi Ajaegbu, and Mrs. Ibironke Osiyemi. Ajaegbu is the Managing Director of Heritage CapitalMarkets Limited while Osiyemi chairs the board. According to SEC, Heritage Capital Markets failed to comply with the Commission’s directives to restitute the affected investor. Other suspended directors included Dr. Elijah Ogbuokiri, Prof Emmanuel Emenyonu, and Oluseyi Olanrewaju. Suspended sponsored individuals included Paul Onalo, chief compliance officer, and Oyafemi Titus, a stockbroker.

Summary of activities on NSE ASI DEALS VOLUME VALUE CAP

25,055.29 2,303.00 144,395,422.00 1,535,209,831.55 8,671,161,187,951.06

Total sustains sectorial leadership with high equity pricing, dividend … To reward shareholders more in 2017 Bonny Amadi TOTAL Oil Nigeria Plc is poised to replicate its priced dividend payment in 2016 as the company’s board has scheduled meeting to deliberate among other issues, on how to rewards shareholders in 2017. The company, Daily Times Nigeria recalls has sustained payment to shareholders the highest dividend in the oil and gas sector of the NSE as reflected by dividend of N12, 000 which paid on June 13th, 2016. The payment was affected shortly after the

company’s AGM on June 10th 2016. This was over 70 per cent higher than 2016 dividend paid by its closest competitor, Mobil at N7.20 per share. In 2015, Total sustained the high rewarding trend with N9.00 DIVIDEND PER SHARE PAID TO ITS shareholders for the financial year ended December 31st, 2014, while its closest rival, Mobil in the same year paid N6.00 dividend. N270.00 equity price of Total as at February 16th 2017, ranked high on equity pricing with its closest competitor, Mobil Oil Plc at N275.99 per share. While total attained year to date

high and low of N345.00 and N137.75 it stands out as the company in the sector that commands high liquidity and support for shareholders loyalty through enhanced dividend payment. The company on Thursday notified the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) that its Directors will hold 10 am on Friday 10th March in the company’s boardroom in Victoria Island. The company which clocked 60 years in 2016 stands as one of the two companies in the petroleum and petroleum products marketing company that commands high equity price.

The company listed among the issues to be discussed as , consideration of the financial statements for the period ended 31st December 2016, recommend same for approval of shareholders at the general meeting and also to authorize two directors of the company to sign the financial repost. The company’s secretary, Popoola-Mordi, revealed in a statement that, the meeting will also be used to recommend for approval by the shareholders at the general meeting, dividend per share subject to approval of appropriate taxes at the time of payment.


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Stories by Ebere Chibuzor The much awaited award for top 100 Hotels in Nigeria has been scheduled to take place at the Port Harcourt Bantaba, in Rivers State. This edition of Bantaba with the awards is unique as Bantaba would be returning after 2 years of absence and with a shift from its traditional Abuja location to the Garden City of Port Harcourt, popularly referred to as the Treasure Base of the Nation. The event will hold at De Edge Hotel Resort, Port Harcourt on 16b – 17th March, 2017. “Bantaba” means “Meeting square” in Mandinka language of the The Gambia. Top 100 Hotels in Nigeria is aimed at recognizing and celebrating hotels which have impacted positively on the growth and development of travel and tourism business in Nigeria through maintaining resilience, high

Bantaba 2017: The world awaits Top 100 Hotels in Nigeria quality in service delivery, excellence in operations, top class in infrastructure and steady progress in growth. It was started in 1999 by Travellers magazine. Winners emerged through a rigorous process that started at 2016 Akwaaba African Travel Market through over 2,000 nominations by delegates, top travel professionals, travel agents, tour operators, travel experts and professionals with collations from returned questionnaire from nominated hotels. Mr. Ikechi Uko, Publisher of ATQNews.com and Organizer of Akwaaba Travel Market, talking about this year’s return of Bantaba in Port Harcourt, said that, ‘The Government of Nige-

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BON Hotels launches in Abuja to meet economic challenges The Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of Bon Hotels Grand Pela and Suites Abuja, Mr. Peter Nwakeze, has said irrespective of the economic situation globally, that Nigeria continues to remain the best place for investments, guaranteed to yield maximum returns. According to him, local and international investors should take a cue from the multi billion investment that has been made by his company in the tourism and hospitality sectors, thereby adding value to the economy, through initiatives that can lead to job creation, economic diversification and the empowerment of Nigerians. Speaking during the launch /opening of Bon Hotels Grand Pela and Suites on Friday, Nwakeze said the idea of building the hotel was borne out of his desire to contribute to the structural and social development of the fast-growing capital city of Nigeria, Abuja. And to provide employment to the teeming unemployed youths roaming the nation’s streets every day. Nwakeze said his business sojourn which has taken him to various places in the world, raised his pas-

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sion to provide hospitality and an understanding that a contribution to the hospitality industry is indeed a service to humanity. “I know there are many existing hotels in Abuja, paradigm shift by adding new features in the hotel which represents our core values of excellence and professionalism in order to change the old perception of Abuja hotels by tourists and visitors. These new features will be observed as you inspect our facilities and rooms. We want to carve a niche in the hospitality business that will leave a lasting experience in our customers”. Nwakeze noted that the mission statement which is to offer a unique and

exceptional services that will promote Grand Pela Hotel and Suites into an inspiring and most sort after brand synonymous with creativity and excellence is apt, because it represents what his personal values and what those of the hotel are. According to him, since the hotel business is a dynamic and proactive one, suggestions on how to improve services will not only be welcomed, but also form an integral part of the company’s policies. ” I want to emphasise at this point that we are not averse to constructive criticisms and suggestions because they will help in our future upgrading of the hotel as the hotel business is a dynamic one”.

L-R: Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Nkem Okeke (right); Chairman, Bon Hotel Grand Pela, Chief Peter Nwakeze and his wife Mrs. Nwakeze Emmanuela, during the official commissioning of Grand Pela Hotel in Durumi , Abuja

turn Bantaba to Nigeria.’We had planned to move Ban-

taba to Atlanta, Georgia in America because for 4 years Boko Haram disrupted our events in Abuja. As a response to the Honourable Minister’s request, Bantaba is back to Nigeria. It might be rotated to different cities based on request’, Mr. Ikechi explained. The recognition and awards for the Top 100 Hotels in Nigeria will hold at the Travellers Night Dinner inside the De Edge Hotel Resort, in the Garden City of Port Harcourt, on 16th March 2017. In order to empower hotels in Nigeria, organizers of Port Bantaba has included a 2-day Master Class training for e-tourism including Trip Advisor, Facebook, Google and other online tools, even as it creates networking

opportunities for the participants. The first day will be training on how to package inbound and outbound tours and admission for day 1 is free. Bantaba is a travel and tourism speed dating event that was first held on Abuja in 2011. According to the organisers, Port Harcourt Bantaba, would be a two-day event that will include speeddating and high-powered seminar sessions with mini exhibition, matching travel buyers with sellers and allied tourism players; focus on developing the SouthSouth and South East as a tourism destination by attracting several countries in Africa and reducing the cost of individual marketing in the region.

Minister, NTDC engage stakeholders on tourism promotion The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed and the Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs. Mariel Rae-Omoh, have charged tourism stakeholders in the country to collaborate with the government on the agenda to repositioning the tourism sector through promotion of domestic tourism. Alhaji Muhammed and Mrs Rae Omoh, both made the call while addressing participants at the public presentation and lunching of the book titled, “Redefining Tourism in Nigeria: The Real Issues and Challenges Vol. 1-3” at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja. The Minister, represented by the Director-General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR), Mrs. Chika Balogun, explained that, “Promotional efforts must be collective and should attract the best of Public-Private Partnership.” He said, “Nigeria has strong comparative advantages in the Hospitality and Tourism industry because of its diverse cultural heritage that are all disposed to what is commonly referred to as the Nigerian hospitality. “This great nation is indeed blessed with abundant natural and cultural re-

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sources that are well blended for tourists’ delight and might I add, a strong emphasis on domestic tourism. It is against this background that the Federal Government is committed to repositioning tourism as one of the levers for economic growth and development in the country,” Lai Muhammed said. Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs. Mariel Rae-Omoh, earlier in her speech emphasised her commitment to ensuring that the Nigerian youth embraces tourism. Mrs. Mariel Rae-Omoh, the Acting Director-General, however suggested that more attention should be devoted to promotion of the tourism sector, which according to her, if well de-

veloped and promoted, will create more jobs and wealth for Nigerians. She added that the sector has the capacity to generate more revenue for the country, more than oil has done. The Acting DG, who also recommended the book to the Nigerian students, individuals, institutions and corporate bodies, said, “at this time when oil is dwindling, we should focus more on tourism, a viable and potent job and wealth creating machine.” This kind of project according to her, informed the efforts of the Corporation to promote youth tourism. She explained that “I have always been a crusader of youth tourism, even before I became the Acting DG. And now, the efforts have geared


Daily Times Nigeria Friday, February 17, 2017

B7 Real sector digest

ACAI sets up 563 trials in Nigeria, Tanzania, to solve cassava puzzle Stories by Siaka Momoh The African Cassava Agronomy Initiative in 2016 established 563 trials across Nigeria and Tanzania to help unlock the agronomy of cassava. The trials were part of the broader initiative by the research community led by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) with its international and national partners to increase the productivity of cassava and improve the livelihoods of resource-poor farmers. Researchers are hoping that the trials will resolve the puzzle around fertilizer recommendation, best planting practices, intercropping, and scheduled planting of cassava to ensure all year cultivation and harvesting of the root crop. Although widely cultivated in Africa, cassava yield per hectare has remained low on the continent compared to Asia. Nigeria and Tanzania have continued to report yields per hectare of less than 8 tons per hectare as opposed to Asian countries such as Thailand where yield of

Project and the Director of IITA Central Africa Hub, said the importance of cassava was not in doubt. “It is one of the most consumed staples in Africa and a source of income. The question is how can we reduce the yield gap… this is where the science

more than 22 tons per hectare has being reported (FAO, 2014). This yield disparity puts African cassava farmers at a disadvantage as they can’t compete globally especially in terms of exports. Dr Bernard Vanlauwe, Principal Investigator of the ACAI

of ACAI comes in,” he said during the Annual Work Review and Planning in Ibadan, Nigeria. Over the years, research on cassava agronomy in Africa has been site specific and in what may be described as pilots. The ACAI project aims to take agronomy to scale by researching and making recommendations that could be widely adopted on large scale. Researchers who are heading the four components of the ACAI project otherwise known as use cases—fertilizer recommendation and blending, best planting practices, intercropping, and scheduled planting— say they are working towards developing decision support tools for site-specific scenarios covering nutrient management best planting practices, intercropping, and scheduled planting. Dr Abdulai Jalloh, Project Leader of ACAI believes that the project is a game changer for cassava in Africa. “Our farmers are yet to realize the potential of genetic improvement because of poor agronomy,” he said.

We are taking Nigeria back to the top in cocoa – Ogbeh The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has said “Nigeria is taking Nigeria back to the top in cocoa”. He described as embarrassing the downgrade of Nigeria in the global cocoa business. To revive the industry, however, the Minister disclosed that a re-launch will be done early this year as part of activities to bring cocoa back to public consciousness. Moreover, he said that millions of cocoa trees will have to be planted, beginning this year. “This year’s activity,” Chief Ogbeh noted, will start with “the relaunch of cocoa.” In his words: “It is an embarrassment that Nigeria fell to the seventh place. We are re-launching cocoa. We are targeting 15 to 20 million trees a year and we are rehabilitating the existing ones and improving upon agronomic practices and processing, and all the value chains that need to take us to number one.”

Enterprise Strokes with Siaka Momoh

Bad etiquette can kill your business

It surely can and must not be allowed in any business. I remember quite well during my few years’ stint with MFP a satellite TV Receiving Systems production and Marketing Company in Lagos, as senior sales manager, my marketing director, Mike Adinlewa, told me ‘The customer is king. Relate well with him. Make him buy your product by all means – even if he or she slaps you, let it be if it takes such action to make the customer in question put his or her money in your pocket.’ A recent incident concerning a

rental company and a customer made me recall Mike Adinlewa’s tutoring. Mike Adinlewa is U.Strained marketing expert who was one of the few who pioneered the introduction of Satellite TV System in Nigeria. The rental company’s ‘manager’ – an untutored supervisor, talked down on a customer who could put in place an endless chain of business opportunities. Too bad. And I had to step in to advise his boss to tame him or change him. Wecomply.com gives an excellent tutorial on business etiquette: Every word spoken on the phone,

every e-mail sent and every meeting attended reflects on you and your company. When the employees involved in these interactions lack business -etiquette skills, they may result in lost leads and cold deals. While often overlooked, proper business etiquette is vital to the success of your company. In today’s marketplace, where business is conducted through e-mail, social media, phone calls and in-person meetings, business etiquette training is a way to ensure your company and reputation remain intact.

In an article in CBS Moneywatch, Steve Strauss highlighted six business etiquette blunders as the most offensive including email etiquette flubs, tardiness and dress code bloopers. “If it is true that business etiquette is simply the use of commonly accepted social norms, then by not using them you are sending a signal that casualness is a main priority in your business, and that is probably not the message you want to be sending, especially in this economic environment,” Strauss said.

ca and the rest of the world. The US has recently put up 144 trade protection instruments. “In the 1930s the US put up 3,200 tariffs to block trade and this saw a decline in the economy and unemployment that it took a long time to come out of,” Moyo told more than 6,000 delegates in Cape Town. Moyo also dismissed US President Donald Trump’s fiscal stimulus spending plans on infrastructure of $1 trillion. “Japan spent $6.3 trillion on infrastructure but it did nothing for the economy either,” says Moyo,

who believes that African mining is looking at tough times ahead. “To quote Mark Twain: I believe when it comes to African mining reports of its demise are grossly exaggerated,” says Mark Cutifani, CEO of Anglo American. “ The last year has brought some reprive. We have emerged stronger than where we were before. If it’s not grown it’s mined. The world needs to be reminded this is an industry that contributes 45% of global economy. This week Cape Town is the centre of the world.”

Dambisa Moyo bearish on world growth, African mining

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Zambian born, Londonbased, economist Dambisa Moyo painted a gloomy picture for the world economy as she took the stage at the Mining Indaba in Cape Town. According to CNBCAfrica report, Moyo, the author of several books who studied at Oxford University and Harvard, believes the United States could see three interest rate hikes this year and could be heading to recession by the end of 2018. A bearish Moyo also believes that a growth in protectionism by the United States could hurt Afri-

Siaka Momoh, a media consultant, is publisher of The Real Sector monthly digital magazine and Realsectornow.com. Contact:siakamomoh@yahoo.com; 08061396410


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How technology disruption is good for economy An analysis of 85 years’ worth of patents shows that techn ological innovation boosts total wealth. The “creative disruption” sparked by innovation is even greater than previously thought. Ever since the economist Joseph Schumpeter immortalised the phrase “creative destruction,” most economists have argued that technology innovation creates both winners and losers — but that the economy as a whole benefits. In practice, however, it’s been very hard to isolate the specific link between a company’s pace of innovation and its future growth, and even harder to confirm how much tech innovation is just disruption, shifting money from “losers” to “winners,” versus how much it increases total wealth. Now a sweeping new study of millions of patents issued over the past century offers concrete answers to both questions. The study coauthored by Amit Seru, a professor of finance at Stanford Graduate School of Business, confirms that the pace of innovation is indeed a disruptive force between competitors — perhaps more than previously thought. It also finds that periods of rapid tech innovation, such as the 1920s, the 1960s, and the 1990s, lead to a measurable increase in overall productivity and economic growth. “If innovation were only about McDonald’s getting ahead of Burger King, we wouldn’t really care,’’ Seru says. “But our study shows that something more important is happening. When firms innovate, they are expanding the pie, and we see increased aggregate growth.” Seru and his colleagues — Leonid Kogan at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dimitris Papanikolaou at Northwestern University, and Noah Stoffman of Indiana University — reached that finding by coming up with a new way to measure the economic impact of millions of patents that companies received between 1926 and 2011.

Thus far, many of the studies of patents and innovation have been based on measuring the apparent scientific importance of patents, usually by counting the number of times a patent is cited as “prior art” in later patents. As the researchers note, however, some patents have considerable scientific value but very little economic value. IBM patented a system, for example, to reserve bathrooms aboard airplanes. The patent went on to be cited in many other patents, but IBM let the patent lapse without ever doing anything with it. When firms innovate, they are expanding the pie, and we see increased aggregate growth. Amit Seru and his colleagues took a different approach, looking at how much the news of a patent’s issuance had on the stock price of the company that received it. The researchers looked at nearly 1.8 million patents that were granted and assigned to publicly traded companies from 1926 to 2011. After using statistical techniques to filter out random fluctuations and market noise, they found that news of a patent being granted had a measurable

impact on the stock price of a company on the day or two after the news was announced. The researchers then looked at what happened to companies that were faster or slower at getting market-moving patents. Sure enough, they found a strong correlation between the pace of that activity and a company’s future growth and competitive edge. Specifically, Seru says, companies in the top 10% on innovation experienced annual growth rates during the subsequent five years that were between 1 and 3 percentage points faster than those of companies with only a median pace of innovation. Given that 10% is a fast rate of growth for most companies that amounts to a significant edge. By contrast, companies that lagged behind their industry’s innovative pace saw their annual growth over the next five years slow by as much as 2.5 percentage points. Those results are similar to those of earlier studies that looked only at the scientific value of patents, but the new results show more evidence of “creative destruction.” Earlier studies didn’t find as much damage to the less-innovative competitors.

The bigger question, of course, is whether innovation increases the overall size of the economy. Do the rewards of innovation go only to the winners, at the expense of rivals or of workers whose jobs become unnecessary? To answer that, Seru and his colleagues used their data on market-moving patents to create an aggregate “innovation index” and then looked at how the index tracked with increases in overall economic growth and productivity. Again, the results confirmed the basic theory of creative destruction. A significant jump in overall innovative output (in statistical jargon, an increase of “one standard deviation”) correlated to an increase in annual economic output of between 0.6 and 6.5 percentage points. That’s a major boost, given that the U.S. economy usually expands by less than 4% a year. If the study’s estimated range of that economic impact seems wide, Seru says that’s because the researchers plugged their results into a wide range of models for how the economy works. Using the simplest and most popular economic models, he says, indicates that an innovative surge increases total

economic growth by at least 4.5 percentage points. That’s a huge impact. According to Seru “What our work shows,” says, “is that Schumpeter was right after all.”

Specifically, Seru says, companies in the top 10% on innovation experienced annual growth rates during the subsequent five years that were between 1 and 3 percentage points faster than those of companies with only a median pace of innovation. Given that 10% is a fast rate of growth for most companies that amounts to a significant edge.

value but very little economic value. IBM patented a system, for example, to reserve bathrooms aboard airplanes. The patent went on to be cited in many other patents, but IBM let the patent lapse without ever doing anything with it. Nwaodu Chukwuemeka, is a consultant with IDEAS Exchange Consulting, Lagos. He can be reached at nwaodu.lawrence@hotmail.co.uk (07066375847)


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Government should create an enabling environment for Nollywood -Rita Dominic Silverscreen siren, Rita Dominic, is of the most sought after actresses in the industry who know her onions when it comes to acting. With several awards to her name; Rita is sure not retiring soon. With her doggedness and acting well in cinemas and receiving positive review. Cornered at the screening of the

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Gist L3

Ajibade Alabi

I’m glad I got my second shot in marriage –Daniel Ademinokan Daniel Ademinokan, former husband to Nollywood actress, Doris Simeon, has no doubt gotten married to Stella Damascus, another Nollywood veteran actress, whom they both live together in the USA. News of the surprise wedding ceremony was made

IG page. He wrote, “While people across the Atlantic are waiting for the announcement of a wedding date, I celebrate you today my beautiful WIFE @ stelladamasus.”

Daniel, wrote further in the Valentine came into my life and gave me the right perspective.” Thank you for being such a supportive wife, a remarkable mother to our kids and the glue that holds this home together... “Everyone deserves another shot at getting it right with love. “...Every single day, I just it to come home to you because you are my safe place. With you, every day is

Minjin drops hot new single, ‘Baby Kojo ‘Ft Timaya Talented Afro-Pop cum RNB singer, Adewale Lawanson Junior, better known as Minjin, has shown his versatility in the music industry having dropped Jare, Boogie which gained massive airplay. The Swaga record act, on Monday, dropped yet another major hot single, Bayelsa, Timaya. Produced by famous hit maker, Orbeat visual of the song is expected to drop in another two weeks as directed by Unlimited LA. On what he enjoyed most working with Timaya, Minjin disclosed that it feels so beautiful seeing Timaya record live and as such his high spirit of willingness is working with him and as a colleague in the industry, he equally gives advice to me. Blessed with raw stage energy and vocal prowess, Minjin has carved a niche for himself since 2010 after he played black cast high school musical where he played the role of Troy. Not relenting on centage musical contest and ever since, he has been releasing good music.

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BBN: Gifty, Marvis, TTT Alibaba, Simi, Timi Dakolo, Naomi Mac make nomination list Prepare to Thrill Audience at ‘One Night …As Debie-rise, Uriel escape nomination Following her narrow escape at the last eviction show, Gifty has been nominated once again but this time she is joined by Thin Tall Tony (TTT) and Marvis, as revealed after the nomination show on Monday night. nominations were a bit sketchy made their way one after the other to the diary room to nominate two housemates each for possible eviction, it became clear who would be making the cut. As it was during the last nomination show, Bally was make his selection. He once

again delayed the use of his advantage card and nominated Bisola and TTT. However, all other housemates made their nominations and from the result; Gifty, TBoss and TTT had the highest number of nomination nods. As it has become the norm, big brother called on new head of house and fake housemate, Ese, to save one of the housemates and replace with Ese opted to save TBoss and replaced her with Marvis. The countdown to the next begun and will hold this Sunday February 19, 2017.

Stand with MC Abbey’ Veteran comedian, MC Abbey, has announced his Valentine-themed show tagged to hold on Sunday, February 19 2017 at Agip Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos. The show will feature highly sought-after entertainers such as Alibaba, MC Abbey, Timi Dakolo, Simi, Naomi Mac, Isaac Gerald, Tosin and a host of other exciting performers. The Chief Host, MC Abbey, who is well known for anchoring the popular annual is ready to say it as it is when it comes to love, relationship and intimacy. Speaking on what to expect at the show, MC Abbey remarked, “While the discussion is revolved around love and relationship, I will not only say things as they are but I will also and uncensored manner. So I urge Nigerian adults to go purchase their tickets and attend the extraordinary and eye-opening event.” been described by many as one of the most

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Mutiat Alli

My son goes to school on a public bus -Doja Allen

Ex-Project Fame Winner, Jeff Akoh, joins Iyanya at Temple Management Coy R&B starlet, Jeff Akoh, took a positive career move by joining leading creative agency Company.

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Society Gist L5

Ajibade Alabi

American big boy, Oyesanya, to bury father in style

Unveiled! Prophet Faleyimu His name rings bell among socialites and politicians, in fact, even among the social circle of entertainment. Some term him controversial others call him prophet of doom, but he will tell you he will never say what God does not reveal to him “I have said many things in the past that many people now see me as a prophet of doom, simply because whatever I said always come to pass. For instance, in 1992, God revealed to me that Obasanjo will become president and what happened after then? I also predicted that Buhari will still rule this country even before he contested, what happened again? But many people did not know that all these things are being revealed or socialites to canvass or beg for money to see vision for them. But I am telling you that Nigeria will not be settled until 2025. I also spoke about Funke Akindele before she got married that she will have problem in having issues even after marriage. I am not a prophet of doom,” Prophet Fayelimu stated in a chance meeting with him.

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An American- based socialite, Fakunle Oyesanya, is set to bury his father, Late Chief Adeboye Oyesanya, today Friday, 17thFebruary, 2017 in Lagos The burial ceremony which is bound to attract diginities has been talk in town for many weeks prior to today burial of Pa Oyesanya who slept in the Lord in January, 2017 after a brief illness at the ripe age of 81. According to Fakunle, the burial ceremony will wind up tomorrow

The late Oyesanya until his death was the Araba of Odi Olowo Mushin, the chief Missionary of Association of African Traditional Religion and overseas and Chairman of Ajawesola Medical and Herbal Practitioners, Ijaye Ojokoro Lagos Fakunle could not but poured encomium on his late father” He was one father in all, I will really miss him”

When Alhaja Opeloyeru celebrates with her friend It was a day to remember in the life of socialite and matron of Yoruba Radio Presenters Association, Alhaja Gbemisola Opeloyeru, the CEO of Ola Inu Kan Food Canteen, last month when she graced the wedding of the son of her mutual friend, Alhaja Modinat Sanyaolu, whose son Ayodele Saidi Sanyaolu got married to his sweetheart, Adenike Akorede in a classy engagement. The event took place at the family compound of Akorede, Oja Odon area, of Ogun State The ceremony was attended by who is who in social circle within and outside Ogun state. Saidi who was basking in

euphoria of being married was full of joy as he was seen grinning from ear to ear during the event which also drew important personalities from media circle. “Nike is a wonderful woman and it is a thing of joy to have her as a wife and soul mate” he told Daily Times Also speaking after the ceremony, Alhaja Modinot am very grateful to God for today, it is a day of joy and I thank God for everything and its success. I also appreciate my very good friend, Alhaja Opeloyeru, for her physical,

Socialite’s wife on the run after failure to complete family ritual For family of Steven Olusanya, a popular socialite whose death shook the entire Efon-Alaaye in Ekiti state in 2012, it is no love lost between them and the wife of their late son. Daily Times gathered that

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complete her mandatory 40 days traditional ritual after the demise of her husband has set her up against the family of her late husband. “Elizabeth Funmilayo has absconded from our family house since 2012, a day before she concluded 40 days mourning of her husband, who was our son. And we have declared her missing for anyone to report to nearest police station if she is sighted” a family source hinted. Prior to his death, Steven Olusanya was a wellknown socialite who many musicians sang praises. In fact, he was adjudged as one of the biggest social elites in the entire Ekiti State. Her death shook entire social circle in Ekiti State and beyond

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Opinion L6

Daily Times Nigeria Friday, Febuary 17, 2017

Segun Odejimi

Dear Nollywood, don’t shut out media and complain about inaccuracy of their reports The part I like the least about my job is when I have to interview our Nollywood stars. It is only on a few occasions that I look forward to talking with Nollywood stars. Many of the Nollywood people I have interacted with on a let-us-have-an-interview-with-you level have treated the interaction as if it is a favour they are doing me. I remember how I had to literally run after AY Makun because I wanted to have a word with him Film Festival. In the past year, as editor of True Nollywood Stories, I sent over 50 emails requesting interviews, over 90% of those emails remain unreplied. I remember when actor Kalu Ikeagwu was picked up by the police because a robbery and kidnap case was allegedly traced back to him. His personal assistant had reportedly bought a phone which was allegedly stolen in Abuja. TNS tried reaching out to him when the blogosphere was awash with several rumour versions. We called his number several times and even sent him a text message. We never got a reply. At the time, the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) brouhaha was in its peak, and Emeka Ike was causing too much trouble, making several posts. TNS put several calls to the president of the guild, Ibinabo Fiberesima. She never picked. We sent her a couple of texts. She ignored them. When she was facing the manslaughter heat, we tried reaching out to her. The results were the same.

and several people were tweeting at TNS, trying

He replied a couple of hours later asking me to ignore the reports and that he would be in touch later.

from Stanlee until almost 48 hours later. I was personally very angry and I conveyed my thoughts to him via SMS. Till now, many people, including myself, believe it was a horribly executed publicity stunt. Film Festival (TIFF), writer Jude Idada called Omoni Oboli a thief and alleged exclusively to TNS work. Oboli was in Canada and I got her Canada line courtesy of a friend. I called the line severally, left multiple voice messages and even sent a mail. Maybe she will

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hear from her, I reached out to her PR agency. I was told I would be contacted in a couple of days. Maybe, four months later, a couple of days has not elapsed. And this is a serious allegation. One of theft. Omoni Oboli does not think it is responsible enough for her to respond. That she at least owes her fans some statement. But it did not take her more than were next to crap. then claim they are spreading lies about you or

fact that you cannot walk down the street to buy something in a shop down the road without having to be faced with an over-enthusiastic fan or some But it is a career path you have chosen. The hazards are part of the job description. You cannot eat your cake and have it. You cannot treat the media like scum and go on a rant, like Ikeagwu did, about how it is misreporting you. Agreed, some media organisations are irresponsible and do not bother to cross-check facts before going to town with stories. Some blogs are guilty of it.

putting it out. This is not to say the media have a licence to

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you, at least have the decency to give a response. Whether that response is enough to satisfy the appetite of the fans is another thing. But do not just go on a media shutdown spree. through the media, many people including industry practitioners were in panic mode. The director Stanlee Ohikhuare was an acquaintance who I had interacted with several times so I immediately reached out to him as my gut told me it was all a publicity stunt. Nollywood social media had gone into overdrive

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Review L7

Ayokunle Edema

Movie Review

The Guest: Intriguing beginning; Wacky ending

Different people come out with their different views on accommodating people, be it close people like family and friends. Some see it as a bad ideal and others see it as a very nice gesture to accommodate people, most times friends and family if they are in need of accommodation or if they are faced with one or two problems with accommodation. The GUEST also gives its own opinion. The movie THE GUEST talks about two love birds, Femi Jacobs (BILL OLISHE) and Somkele Idahlamah (LOLA OLISHE), who have been happily married for some years and yet to be blessed with kids but built their relationship on love, trust and honesty and lot of commitment. The husband, Bill, happens to be a very successful business that can afford to buy anything that will do anything to make his wife happy. somkele is a young beautiful woman who wants the be as successful as her husband, very hardworking too and also a beautiful woman. The movie started on a very interesting note when the going was good with them and moved to when the wife now becomes a very busy

but the love was still there which has a result almost tore them apart. The story of the two love birds changed from being sweet to being strange when the UNWANTED guest entered into their happy home. The guest, Rita Dominic

back in the university. On getting to the house she realized she should have dated Femi back in school. belives she can still win his heart forgetting the fact that he is married and has a wife who happens to be her friend and also the person in which she got accommodation grants from . Nikky did not stop at nothing to get Bill to sleep with her and also make her his wife but along the line got it all wrong and later got persecuted for her devilish acts. The story that had so many suspense, intrigues and a good story line all along from the beginning ended with with a shabby ending which has a result made so many waste of time and also at a stage looked so scary and probably looked like a zombe movie and also should be “and “ Band Of Brothers “ she has produced some indie vibrant actors that could probably exsicutet thr roles well, ranging from Rita Dominic, Femi Jacobs, Somkele Idahlamah and Chika Chukwu who played their roles well to make to the movie on the chart . Nice picture quality that made so viewers glued to their TV sets, nice sounds that made the actors sound loud and clear, nice location.

Soremekun Gbemisola

Music Review WIZKID-BABA NLA DIRECTED BY SESAN

after about a minute and a half in the video) it was quite The CEO of star boy records drops another hit song which he titles baba Nla, Wizkid dropped Final (Baba Nla) very recently and quickly dropped this really “swaggerlicious” video shortly

boss (baba Nla). Good lighting, good camera shots, pretty women and like this but something about this particular one keeps it

with women, drinks and fancy cars. Sadly, like many

then you really might not be able to do too much with it. The video was directed by Sesan who was quite brilliant in handling the concept, graphic and also the location in the video, he seemed to make sure the video was very colorful and pleasant to the eye without too many good song like Final should have a feel good video too and that was expressly achieved, thumbs up to the star boy records and legendry beat. dressing, (and even though he eventually took it off

Apart from Wizkid and maybe Wizzy Baby, maybe he wants us to start calling him Baba Nla which, for those who may not understand Yoruba, roughly translates as

to make anything he does sound nice. He has done well for himself in recent time and I think he is not doing bad the good work.

late Nigerian artist “Twins Seven Seven and directed by Christian Olayinka Christian Olayinka is a medical

Academy. The producer should always make sure she always try to make her movies more realistic and less scary for


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Daily Times Nigeria Friday, Febuary 17, 2017

URBAN CENTRAL By: Konnie Agu Let’s talk make in Nigeria This would be our third edition since inception.

authenticity. The things we have to ensure before putting out and brand. On this note we bring to you a very exciting and innovative idea brought to you by the senate president himself, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki. This goes to show that great minds think alike. to get together as one and rebuild our economy. Now the Government has put a place a challenge to show her support and encourage we Nigerians. The time to start is Now! On the 2nd of January 2017 with his team they launched the Made in Nigeria Challenge. The campaign was organized to showcase everyday products that are used by Nigerians and produced by Nigerians Locally, that also serves as an alternative to imported products. Within a few weeks to come, they hope to identify these products and ideas that can be matched with investors and government agencies. The made in Nigeria Challenge is scheduled to be wrapped up in March. How? They would be inviting table at the senate. This round table would allow the senate house, legislators, government agencies, business owners and everyday Nigerian consumers to review and update the report of NASSBER, the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable, which was held in 2016 to improve the ease of doing business in the country.

oversight of government agencies, they would use this opportunity to get feed back on the public procurement Act passed by the Senate in 2016 which mandates government agencies to give Goods and services.

box and join hands to move Nigeria forward. senatepresident.gov.ng.

second to 3-minute video that shows what good/ to goods that are currently being imported. The product should be made of up to 70 percent local content. Note that the video should contain information on whether your business is registered, the number of employees you have, and what you would like the government to help small businesses in Nigeria. Manufacturers can post the video on social media

For more information and updates on how to urban_central.

to date information about product, services, events and news that grow or country Nigeria and Africa at large.

Have a Fabulous weekend. He also urges Nigerians to think outside the

Written By Konnie for urban Central.

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