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I won’t lead a rubber stamp Senate, Lawan assures Says he desires to provide developmental synergy between Executive, Legislature

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Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu (4th left); Secretary General of INTERPOL, Jurgen Stock (6th left), and others when INTERPOL delegation visited the Commission’s Headquarters in Abuja…on Tuesday

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executive in providing good governance for the betterment of Nigerians. Lawan, who lamented that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and by extension the federal Government could not achieve optimally its programmes in the last four years as a result of not too cordial relationship with the 8th National Assembly, said he is desirous of providing developmental synergy between the two arms of government. The anointed candidate of the APC for the position of Senate President in the 9th Senate gave the assurance on Tuesday while receiving a youth group, All Progressives Congress Youth Forum, who came to pay solidarity support to him in Abuja. Lawan, however, cautioned that “if by

rubber stamp people mean the parliament collaborating with and corroborating efforts of the Executive in implementing policies that will work elevate the country, then I am ready for that”. He stressed that the country cannot achieve much when the Executive and Legislative are not on the same page on issues and polices. C o m m e n d i n g President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC administration for achieving so much in a short space of almost four years, the Senate Leader said the government in the next four years will do better if it gets necessary support from the National Assembly. On his aspiration, he said he is not leaving no stone unturned and not underrating any Senator across party lines as he has been engaging senators- elect personally with his campaign team.

Lawan said he is enjoying the support of members of APC, PDP and YPP because they “were persuaded by my mission, convinced by my unmatched parliamentary experience and loyalty as a party man”. Having being in the opposition for 16 years as a legislator, he allayed fears of opposition that he will not use his good office as Senate President to oppress or suppress members of the opposition. Spokesperson of the group, Mr. Ife Adebayo said the youths in the party were convinced that Lawan has the leadership qualities needed to lead the 9th Senate. He said at this point in the nation’s development, the parliament need a committed loyal party man at the helms of affairs and that Lawan is capable of proving such leadership.

Electoral corruption worst form of corruption, says Magu Andrew Orolua, Abuja

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has described electoral corruption as the worst form of corruption that undermines the will of the people and invests power in illegitimate hands. According to Magu, a government that pays its way into power is hardly expected to be accountable; its priority upon assumption of office would be how to recoup its investment. “That is the open sesame to corruption in public life, a phenomenon that has held us down as a nation,” he stated. Magu stated this on Tuesday, at the National Policy Dialogue on Eradicating Electoral Corruption (VoteBuying) at the AntiCorruption Academy of

Nigeria. Magu, who spoke through the Secretary of the Commission, Ola Olukoyede, noted that the dialogue was critical to “our collective aspiration to clean up the institutions and process of election management for the good governance of our nation”. He said that it was to mitigate the damage done to the integrity of our electoral processes through vote buying that the commission resolved to play a more active role in stemming the practice. “The EFCC’s intervention was moderated by our understanding of the pattern of vote buying in the elections that were held in two states, Ekiti and Osun states, in 2018. “To stem the ugly practice, the Commission decided to employ a combination of preventive and

enforcement strategies.” “Before the political actors became aware that the commission had become unusually interested in the electoral processes, the EFFC held sensitisation meetings with critical stakeholders in the financial sector, impressing on them the need not to lend their institutions to be used as vehicles to subvert the will of the people,” Magu stated. He disclosed that the commission is prosecuting a number of vote buying offenders and have secured the conviction of a local government councillor in Gombe State for vote buying. The commission has also finalised arrangement to file charges against more offenders and those arrested for vote buying and some others with large sums of money they could not explain the source.

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike receiving Certificate of Return as re-elected Governor from INEC National Commissioner in-charge of Rivers, Bayelsa and Edo States, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu on Tuesday at INEC Headquarters in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

L-R: NASCON Allied Industries Plc Chief Financial Officer, Aderemi Saka; Executive Director, Commercial, Hajia Fatima Aliko Dangote, presenting gift to the best overall Truck driver of the company, Nurudeen Shomuyiwa; representative of the Lagos Zonal commander of Federal Roads Safety Commission, Corps Commander Akporowho O. Isaac; NASCON Fleet Adm. Manager, Augustia Odega, at the NASCON Truck Drivers Performance award for year 2018, held on Tuesday at the Oregun Lagos headquarters of the company

L-R: Director of training, Office of Establishment and Training, Lagos state, Mr. Deji Aruna; Facilitator, Mrs. Folasade Ogunnaike; Vice-Chancellor, University of Lagos, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe; Lagos state Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions, Dr. Akintola Benson Oke and CEO, Human Capital Management and Solutions LTD, Mrs. Tetsoma Onwuka, during a training tagged: Team Building And Synergy For Peak Performance Workshop, held in Lagos...on Tuesday. Photo: Bolaji Olasunkanmi.

L-R: Afolasade Alonge, Divisional Head, Corporate & Specialised Banking, Heritage Bank Plc; Kikanwa Akpenyi, Group Head, Customer Experience & Analytics; Amb. Soline Niyirahabimana, Hon. Minister of Gender & Family Promotion; Mother Dan-Egwu, Group Head, Experience Centre Coordination and Rev. (Dr.) Uche Juliet Ajirison, Port Harcourt Coordinator of African Women in Leadership Conference (AWLO), during the African Women in Leadership Organisation Conference held in Kigali Rwanda... on Tuesday.


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Speakership: Buhari, APC adopt Gbajabiamila Mathew Dadiya, Abuja

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has intensified its strategy at ensuring that it produces the leadership of the National Assembly as President Muhammadu Buhari and the party adopted the present House Leader, Rt Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila, for the speakership of the House of Representatives in the ninth assembly. The endorsement was given on Tuesday at a dinner organised by President Muhammadu Buhari with all APC members of the House of Representatives-elect, held at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja. At the dinner, the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, said the party was not ready to share what belonged to it with the opposition party.

Oshiomhole said that new members elected on the platform of the party in the House can also chair committees. According to him, if you are elected, it means you are tested and trusted. He said: “The NWC had a meeting with Reps-elect three weeks ago and it was very revealing, their interventions is a clear confirmation that Nigerians did not make mistake by electing them. “They have deep knowledge of the constitution would confuse many that they were not first timers but seasoned lawmakers. They all on their own speaker after speaker, across the zone, pledged to work together for PMB to leave him landmark foundation for a new Nigeria.” The ruling party chairman maintained that he was confident that this time around, the party will produce the leadership of the National

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Assembly. He noted that Nigerians were “very hungry Nigerians ready to deliver on the mandates at the campaigns.” He described the present leadership of the National Assembly as hostile, saying,

“they created tension in the system, delayed budget needlessly, and created all obstacles to frustrate the government. “In life mistakes are permitted but it becomes a problem if the mistake is repeated twice. We

Onnoghen’s exit: Probe other judges, SANs ask Buhari Andrew Orolua, Abuja More judges are likely to be forced out of the bench following the exit of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, some senior lawyers said. This is imminent if the Federal Government heeds the advice of a powerful lobby group made up of 20 Senior Advocates of Nigeria who are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to probe other judges. The group was said to be disappointed with the revelation and spurious explanations offered by Justice Onnoghen to the petition that occasioned his resignation and are currently lobbying top security officials to extend the probe of the Judiciary. They are particularly angered that some deposits credited on Onnoghen account by some lawyers and his other alleged misdemeanor “raised significant questions about the financial practices of the Nigerian judiciary and the various heads of courts.” The Group stated that given the gravity of the allegations

against the suspended Justice Onnoghen and his admission, the law should be made to take its course to show that it respects no one. A member of the group who craved unanimity on Tuesday, said the SANs have also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to subject all other judges to the same type of probe that Onnoghen went through, so as to fish out all other judges living above their legitimate means. According to the SANs, the details of the allegations of financial mismanagement which the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) leveled against Onnoghen in the petition it submitted to the National Judicial Council, and Onnoghen’s response to the allegations, “raised significant questions about the financial practices of the Nigerian judiciary and the various heads of courts. ” They said that “beyond Honourable Justice W. S. N. Onnoghen, the JRP believes the revelations that have been made in the course of this affair necessitate that urgent steps be taken

to identify and sanction all other Nigerian judicial officers who are found to possess inexplicable wealth that cannot be reconciled with their legitimate income or their asset declarations, two of the allegations made against Justice Onnoghen. “These steps are necessary for a variety of reasons. First, to ensure public confidence in the judiciary and disabuse the notion that all judicial officers in Nigeria are corrupt and that justice is for sale. “Second, to disabuse the notion that Justice Onnoghen’s travails are a mere witch- hunt motivated by ethnic and political interests rather than the result of a genuine concern for sanitising and reforming the Nigerian judiciary. “Third, to eliminate the suspicion that the executive arm of government is using the information it has access to, by virtue of its control over the apparatus of the state, to take selective action only against those judicial officers that fail to do its bidding.” The SANs appealed to all lawyers in the country as well other members of the public not to hesitate to forward to

relevant regulatory agencies corruption information on any judge they know. They argued that there was a need for the judiciary to regulate itself, so as forestall the Onnoghen experience in the future. The group said it was closely monitoring unfolding developments and would at the appropriate time make more recommendations for the reform of the justice sector.

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are determined not to repeat the mistakes of 2015 in 2019, we have learnt our lesson. Out of 223 APC elected members, about 67 were re-elected, the rest are new members. “In other climes, you don’t go into coalition when you are in the majority, you do so when you don’t have the numbers. We have the numbers, out of 306, Nigerians elected 223 APC members because they don’t want Mr. President to face the trauma of 2015. “Most of those who decamped were rejected and even those who led it were uprooted. We cannot as a party which has a comfortable majority, entrust critical committees in the hands of the PDP or opposition. “If Nigerians wanted them, they could have voted them. In the days of PDP, every committee were chaired by PDP members due to Saraki, Dogara selfish, greedy nature. “We do not need to do business with the devil for us to survive in the ninth Assembly. “In African family, we sit down in a closed door to address issues, the good news is that there is a role for everyone. “Neither Mr President nor the party expects the National Assembly to be rubber stamps, we don’t have rubbers...But we will not fight in Wuse market. “Both the re-elected and new members are entitled to heading committees. “We have asked our people not to share what belongs to us with other party members. “I don’t have apologies against forces of retrogression,” the APC chairman said. Honourable Abdulmumin Jibril, who spoke to State House correspondents after the meeting, said that Gbajabiamila was adopted as the party’s choice for the position of Speaker of the House of Representatives. He also said that the four positions were also zoned to the North Central, South East and South South among others.


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Reps to probe issuance of fish importation licences Henry Omunu, Abuja

The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate all licences granted to fish importers within the last one year by the Federal Government. This resolution followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Gaza (PDP/Nasarawa), who called for the probe into the recent issuance of licences for fish imports into the Nigeria. Rep. Gaza moving the motion, stated that in the last few years, Nigeria had gone through a recession and had recovered largely due to the diversification of the nation’s economy, especially by promoting agriculture. He said that fishery was an important sub-sector of country’s agriculture sector with the abundant rivers like Benue, Niger, Ogun, Osun and lakes like Kainji, not mentioning other dams and ponds located in parts of the nation. According to him, fishery has also attracted an increase in the number of fish farmers using the latest technology which has led to an increase in fish production and employment.

Gaza recalled that before now, the minister of state for agriculture held a meeting with the ljebu Initiative on Poverty Reduction (IDIPR) in Abuja, sometime in Aug. 2017 and during the meeting, the minister announced plans by the federal government to stop issuing fish import quota to importers, saying the practice was no longer sustainable. He said that calls have been made in various quarters, including by the National Assembly to ban the importation of fish into the country as it had a negative effect on the nation’s economy. Also, the House member said it was virtually impossible to ascertain the health status of fish imported into the country and expressed worry that even with the federal government’s pronouncement to ban fish imports to encourage local farmers, licenses were still been given to importers. According to him, these importers have turned Nigeria into a dumping ground for all manner of fish, warning that if this trend continues, the gains that had been recorded by local fish farmers and jobs created will be lost. “Fish importation is not sustainable and if the federal government does not urgently look into the matter and rescind its policy on the issuance of

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licences for fish importation, it will continue to bring about backward integration in the nation with people not being able to set up fish farms or employ people and create jobs,” he said. Contributing to the motion, the Deputy Speaker, Yusuff Lasun, said that it was imperative for Nigeria to be able to export the nation’s agricultural produce in order to generate foreign exchange. According to him, government policies should be directed towards this and encourage local food production. Also in his contribution, Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas (APC/Adamawa), said that issuing of licences for fish import should be reduced

to boost local production. “As we did on the issue of rice by encouraging local production, we should also reduce issuing of a licences to increase local production,” he added. The motion was unanimously adopted by members when it was put to a voice vote by Speaker Yakubu Dogara. The House therefore, requested the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the Bank of Agriculture to provide incentives to local fish farmers to help boost production. It thereafter, mandated that an ad hoc committee be set up to carry out the investigation within two weeks and report back to the House for further legislative action.

Chibok Girls’ case, not closed – FG

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has assured the international community that the Buhari administration is working with Swiss partners and others on a daily basis, to track and secure the release of the remaining abducted Chibok Girls still in captivity. Alhaji Mohammed disclosed this at a briefing at the Department of African Studies, Georgetown University, Washington DC. The minister who engaged members and students of the department on the development in the country, said that government has never one day forgotten or closed the case of the abducted girls. “A few days ago was the fifth anniversary of the abducted girls and that means they were kidnapped more than a year before President Muhammadu Buhari administration came into power. “It was the engagement of this government that led to the release of 107 of the girls and what I can assure

you is that the government is still engaging in trying to find out where the girls are and what has become of them. “However, some of these negotiations are very delicate due largely to the fact that it takes a lot of time and there is a sort of rationalization within the terrorist group. We are still working with our Swiss partners and the others every day so that we can be able to track where these girls are, what has become of them and how many are left. “However, these are not something you can disclose, anyhow because of the sensitivity,” he said. Responding to questions on the reintegration and sponsorship of the girls, the minister said, going by the experiences of the 107 girls that were released, the government took responsibilities for their reintegration and got them all back to schools. He said only recently, there were media reports about the bright performances of some of the girls in their respective fields. On the recently

concluded general elections, the minister said the presidential poll was a referendum on the integrity of President Buhari and the triumph of the common Nigerians over the elites. He said prior to the elections, there was a lot of misinformation and disinformation on the social media that would have marred or discredited the elections, but with proactive steps government overcame them. The minister said that fake news was one of the major threat to the general elections, to the extent that some people had posited that “If there are polling booths on social media the opposition would have probably won”. He said that the government was tackling the menace of fake news through the vigorous campaign, which had helped to bring the danger to the fore. He reiterated the position of the government not to gag the press or use coercion but appeal to the sensibilities of the people in fighting

fake news. Fielding questions on Boko Haram crisis, the minister said that the war could not be won only by the bullets and there is the need to give hopes and opportunities to the younger ones being indoctrinated and rehabilitate the victims. Many of the younger ones are carried away by the terrorists’ ideology because they feel hopeless, excluded from governance. In winning the people away from the ideology and giving them hope and opportunities, he said the government would consolidate on its social intervention programmes. He said some of the programmes were put in place to encourage medium and small scale enterprises and allow people access to credit facilities. The Director, African Studies in Georgetown University, Dr. Scott Taylor, thanked the minister for the interaction. Many of the students that took part in the briefing were from Nigeria.

Interpol commends EFCC’s anti-graft efforts, pledges to partner agency Secretary General of INTERPOL, Jurgen Stock, has commended the zeal and concerted efforts of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in ridding Nigeria of all forms of economic crime, and stressed that partnership between INTERPOL. “Working with the EFCC will help in building a strong network in the fight against corruption across the globe,” he said. Stock, who made the remarks during a visit to the EFCC Headquarters, Jabi, Abuja, on Tuesday, as part an official visit to the agency, was received by the acting EFCC acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu. According to Stock, “the fight against corruption will help in the fight against terrorism as the main source of terrorism financing comes from corruption”. While emphasising the need for collaboration between international law enforcement agencies in the fight against corruption, he stressed that the Interpol was establishing a link with the EFCC in achieving the mandate of the anti-graft agency. On his part, Magu, who expressed great delight at the visit, commended Stock for

finding time out of his busy schedule as the Secretary General of Interpol, to visit the EFCC. Magu stressed that corruption had become an organised crime in Nigeria, and it needed a concerted effort within and outside of the country, to combat. “EFCC and Nigerians in general are delighted with the visit by the Interpol, and this visit gives the Commission hope in partnering with the Interpol,” he said. He further gave assurances that the EFCC will remain unrelenting and resolute in its fight against corruption. “The EFCC deals with partnership with other countries in order to address the issue of terrorism financing,” he said. He further highlighted the importance of exchange of information, stressing that it was key to winning the fight against corruption, money laundering and terrorism financing. “Other countries need to support the EFCC in achieving our goal of ensuring the repatriation of funds stashed out of the country by corrupt people,” he said. The delegation from the Interpol was taken on a tour of the new EFCC Head Office Complex.

Vote buying casts doubt on credibility, integrity of electioneering process-SGF The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, on Tuesday, called on Nigerians to eschew vote buying. According to him, vote buying casts doubt on the credibility and integrity of Nigeria’s electioneering process. Boss said this at the National Policy Dialogue on Eradicating Electoral Corruption with focus on vote buying held in Keffi, Nasarawa State on Tuesday. The event was organised by the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), the research and training arm of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC). The SGF was represented by the Permanent Secretary General Services, Mr. Olusegun Adekunle. He said other forms of electoral corruption such as violence in the 2019 general elections also raised question on the credibility and integrity of the electioneering process. “Hate speech too has become a tool for opponents to attack each other because of conflicting political interests,’’ he said. Mustapha reminded Nigerians that they were stakeholders in the electioneering process, hence the need to strengthen credibility of the electioneering process of the country. The SGF, however, noted that although Nigeria’s democracy was troubled with some challenges, event as that gave the hope that the country would overcome its challenges and become strong. “The 2019 general elections have come and gone, now is time to take a critical view on its successes and failures so as to help build a better nation.” He said that dialogue served as a forum that would

enable participants have useful engagements needed to build the consensus necessary for development. The SGF said it would also help to build national and multistakeholder response, required to tackle challenges like the vote buying phenomenon. “The Buhari’s administration in 2017 approved and adopted the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (2017-2021), to strengthen the electoral process across the Federal, State and Local Government levels to engender public confidence.” “The ultimate aim of the strategy was to create a more credible electoral culture. “I wish to commend ICPC on the introduction of intellectual dimension to the fight against corruption, especially the Risk Analysis on various aspects in the Anti-Corruption drive. “Let me encourage you to channel that same activity in the electoral process.” Mustapha urged participants to explore some other issues that affecting Nigeria’s electoral process like court sanctions, legislative reforms or improved voter education and enforcement. The SGF further urged them to develop a policy framework that would guide the electoral management body, political actors and citizens among others on handling incidences of vote buying. He commended the leadership of the commission for putting up a dialogue at a time which would help set the tone for the second term of President Buhari. “I can assure you that, the policy framework from the meeting will be considered in the fight against corruption as part of the change President Buhari promised Nigerians.”


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Allow North Central, South East lead Short News House of Reps, Nabena tells PDP Bovi plots to set Warri ablaze

Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena, has appealed to the leadership of the party to ensure even spread in the zoning of National Assembly principal offices in the national interest. He made this appeal ahead of the official announcement of the APC’s zoning formula for National Assembly principal officers. According to him, the party should zone the position of speaker of the House of Representatives and deputy speaker to the North Central and South East respectively, while the South South should be allowed to produce the deputy Senate president. In a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, Nabena, said with the President and Vice President coming from the NorthWest and South-West respectively, other parts of the country should be allowed to produce principal officers of the National Assembly in the interest of equity and fairness. However, he warned that if the party does not get the sharing of National Assembly principal offices

right this time around, the 2023 general elections might turn out to be a free- fall for the ruling party. He stated that “the APC has elected National Assembly members from all geo-political zones of the country. Hence, the party’s leadership and indeed, the Presidency must take deliberate efforts to provide a fair and justifiable zoning arrangement for the 9th National Assembly leadership. “The zoning arrangement must also respect the fact that the NorthWest and South-West have already produced the President and Vice President respectively. “So, for equity and adherence to the principle of federal character which is a constitutional requirement, the positions of Senate President, deputy Senate President, speaker and deputy speaker of the House of Representatives in the incoming 9th National Assembly must be occupied by APC members from the remaining four geopolitical regions of the country.” He added that it was evident that theAPC’s National Working Committee (NWC) under the

leadership of the National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has already zoned the Senate Presidency to the North-East. He maintained that “the deputy Senate President should be zoned to the South-South while the speaker and deputy speaker of the House of Representatives should be zoned to the North-Central and South-East in any order agreed by the party’s leadership.” Aware that his position conflicts with the aspiration Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, from the South-West, Nabena reiterated that “the SouthWest already has a slot filled by the Vice President. In any case, the South-West does not necessarily translate to Lagos or Ogun state. This is a sentiment widely shared by our members from the zone. “As I earlier stated, the party’s leadership must take deliberate steps to provide a fair and justifiable zoning arrangement for the incoming 9th National Assembly leadership. Our actions and inactions will have serious implications on party unity and positively or negatively affect our standing ahead of 2023.”

Bovi Man on Fire, a comedy show by one of Nigeria’s best comedian, Bovi Ugboma, will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Brownhill Ultra-Modern Hall, in Warri, South-South Nigeria. Top telecoms firm and Nigeria’s biggest promoter of entertainment, Globacom, is the sponsor of the event. Globacom explained that it is supporting the Warri edition of the comedy show “so that people in Warri axis and the entire Delta State can also have a feel of the fun the show is associated with”. Bovi Man on Fire has been held repeatedly in Lagos over the years before the organisers decided to hold the first edition of the show outside Lagos, in Warri. According to Globacom, the company decided to support the event to give subscribers in the city a memorable Easter celebration. Apart from Bovi, other comedians like Kelvin Sapp, Young Chief and Mr. Flexy. The event promoters, Messer Brownhill Event Limited, have also contracted popular Nigerian music raves like Zlatan, Victor AD, Erigga and D’Banj will perform at the event Globacom said that many of its HNIs and other customers in the Warri area who have used N10,000 and above in the last one year would be given free tickets to attend the show, adding that it also planned to use the event to unveil its enterprise product portfolio. Globacom has over the years been the greatest corporate supporter of arts and entertainment in the country with its endorsement of entertainers as brand ambassadors.

Customs to commence recruitment of 3, 200 officers Joseph Inokotong, Abuja

The Nigeria Customs Service barring any last minute change will from Wednesday begin the process of recruiting about 3, 200 personnel to fill existing vacancies within the agency as part of ongoing reforms by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd). The acting Deputy Comptroller-General, Human Resources, Umar Sanusi, while speaking Tuesday at the headquarters of the service during a press briefing, said the time has come when the human resources requirements for implementing the reforms of the federal government needed to be addressed. According to him, the recruitment had already received the backing of the federal executive council and those who meet the requirements irrespective of tribe, religion and state would be considered for employment. In his breakdown of the 3, 200 personnel to be recruited, he stated that 800 applicants would be hired as support staff for superintendent cadre while the remaining 2, 400 would be employed under customs inspector and customs assistant cadre in the general duty categories. Sanusi said that “Following the necessary approval from the federal executive council, the Nigeria Customs Service is now set to recruit officers and men to fill existing vacancies.

Dalung begs Buhari over Nigeria’s World Cup, Nations Cup participation Says Nigeria will remember him for democratizing sports

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The MD/CE of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) Umaru Ibrahim (left) exchanges pleasantries with the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun (right) during the NDIC Board’s visit to the Governor led by the NDIC Board Chairman, Ronke Sokefun (centre) as part of the Corporation’s Board Retreat in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Niger Delta dominated by primitive leaders – Gov. Dickson Akam James, Yenagoa Bayelsa state Governor, Seriake Dickson, has faulted the kind of politics played by politicians and leaders of the Niger Delta region, describing them as primitive leaders. Dickson noted that the business of politics is to serve and better the lives of the people and not to maim, kill or destroy the people that ought to be protected. The governor who spoke during the monthly state executive committee meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the party’s state secretariat in Yenagoa, referred to the recent presidential election in the country, that was characterized by alleged violence in the state, adding that no single crisis happened in Katsina and

Adamawa states where the two major contestants hail from. “Our leaders are so primitive; why is it that in South-South and the Niger Delta region which is mostly the Ijaw areas, we always fight ourselves? They bring soldiers to kill their own brothers in the name of politics. “Did you hear that they killed people in Katsina and Adamawa states? Tell our Ijaw brothers to bring development to the Ijaw areas and not to kill the people. As we prepare for the forthcoming elections, there’s big work to be done. We have to prepare because in the last elections, we didn’t contest against the APC, but federal might who came to kill our people. “We suffered a lot in their hands and we never lost any election apart

from the ones they hijacked which we will recover soon in the court,” he said. Dickson, who commended the stakeholders for the support during the last elections, disclosed that there are thousands of refugees still fleeing their communities due to intimidation by the military, adding that if they will do all that to get power in a general election, he wonders what will happen in an isolated election as that of the governorship poll in the state. “This time, it will be the state system against the federal system and with all of you leaders supporting us, we will overcome. I hereby appeal for prayers, while we are also consulting together for a successful outcome,” the governor added.

Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, has sought President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention in the release of funds in three major competitions coming up between now and August this year. The competitions according to the minister are the 2019 Africa beach soccer games in Cape Verde, in June, the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals holding June 7 to July 7 in France and the 12th All African Games scheduled to take place in Rabat, Morocco from August 19- 31. Dalung, who spoke to State House correspondents on Tuesday after he met with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said that the quick release of funds will facilitate Nigeria’s preparation for the competitions. He also called for Buhari’s intervention to host the African Union Volunteers Corp, as requested by the African Union which unfortunately came after the submission of the ministry’s 2019 budget proposal. The minister who did not disclose the capital expenditure profile of each of the competition, said sports is capital intensive. He added that the African Games has a very large contingent because Nigeria will be participating in 15 sports and five non-Olympic sports, noting that the funds would help in trainings and camping.

FCTA explains demolition of AIT structure

The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has explained why it pulled down the structure of the African Independent Television (AIT), saying that the media organization was guilty of illegally encroaching into the land on which the structure was erected. Addressing journalists Tuesday in Abuja, Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Umar Shuaibu explained that the fence was removed because AIT failed to meet up with the agreement it reached with the administration. The coordinator said that “following the illegal encroachment into plots of lands belonging to many Nigerians and the refusal by the management of DAAR Communications to abide by the mutual agreement reached between it and the FCT Administration, officials from the Department of Development Control of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council led by the director, today removed a portion of the fence around the premises of the Africa Independent Television (AIT) in the Asokoro District of Abuja. “It is important to let the public know that this removal was not intended to inflict any pain on the owners of the property, but rather to enable other citizens have access to their legitimate properties. It is also a culmination of series of meetings between the management of DAAR Communications owners of AIT and the Federal Capital Territory Administration to end many years of misunderstanding.


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Parties beyond 2019 poll

Kayode Robert Idowu

Now that outcomes in about all outstanding constituencies under the 2019 general election cycle have been electorally – take note: not judicially – decided, attention must turn to life beyond the poll. While awaiting the final reports of the many international and domestic observers of those recent elections and, of course, the upshots of associated litigations, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has served notice that it is already looking ahead to off-season governorship poll in Kogi and Bayelsa states. The public’s expectation is that the electoral body will mine lessons from practical circumstances of the just-concluded poll to improve its processes for future elections. But that is regarding INEC. For Nigeria’s legion of political parties, it seems just the perfect time to head back to the smithery and rework their brand if there’s one, or freshly forge one if there’s none. The whole idea is for them to prospect for better relevance in the scheme of things. Before the electoral commission called a halt to registering political parties ahead of the 2019 general election, it had a haul of 91 of them on its roll, out of which 73 parties put in appearance for the February 23rd presidential poll. For most part, that appearance was tokenistic, because the election was in actual terms a two-horse race between the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Considerably fewer numbers of political parties pitched in respectively for the other elections into the national assembly, governorships and state houses of assembly. Still, the 2019 poll featured a grossly crowded field of contending parties compared with the 2015 general election for which only 30 parties were on INEC’s register, out of which 14 parties stepped up to the plate for that year’s presidential poll. Now that the 2019 general election is behind, the statute of time limitation on INEC to register more parties has lapsed. And you need no special skills to forecast that new associations will soon

begin to file applications to get on the electoral roll. With the minimalist criteria prescribed in our laws, the commission can’t help enlisting most fresh applicants; and that means the number of registered parties in Nigeria will yet swell beyond the present level that many would argue is already on excessive side. The catch here is: other than the few political parties with some stake in power at different constituency levels, nothing typically gets heard from the fringe parties until the next election cycle when they – some, certainly not all – barely manage to rouse and put in nominal appearance on the ballot for select constituency elections. Under Nigerian electoral law, there is virtually nothing stopping any party getting on the ballot for any election. But then, the electoral commission has never shied from making clear the challenges that huge numbers of fringe parties pose for its logistics and other processes in the context of elections – among these, its statutory mandate to monitor the parties’ primaries before the poll, and the time it would take after voting to return winners through the thick forest of also-rans. The immediate past leadership of INEC under Professor Attahiru Jega attempted resolving those challenges by applying the provisions of Section 78(7) of the Electoral Act 2010 (as Amended) in deregistering some dormant political parties. Only it was overruled by the courts, which held the said Electoral Act provisions inconsistent with freedoms guaranteed by our country’s Constitution. By the way, it curious (isn’t it?) that those provisions yet remain in the Electoral Act as of today. But having a crowd of political parties on the electoral roll is not by itself the problem. Many of the world’s pluralist democracies parade bloated registers of political parties that do not, for that very reason, hobble their electoral system. A recent publication by the Election Commission of India, the world’s largest democracy, which kicked off its marathon (sixweek-long) election just last Thursday, showed

that the country had 1,841 registered parties. But those parties were restricted to jurisdictions and couldn’t play beyond their respective sphere. Of the whole number, there were seven as national parties, 51 as state parties, and 1,785 ‘unrecognised’ parties – so designated because they did not enjoy the privileges attached to ‘recognition’ by the electoral commission such as a reserved party symbol, free broadcast time on state-run media, being consulted in the setting of election dates, and making input to electoral rules and regulations. Meanwhile, the electoral body periodically reviews the parties’ respective status based objective criteria. In the United States, the country whose model we have adopted in Nigeria, the historical duopoly of the Democrats and Republicans has not shut out other players. Although those two parties exclusively alternate power and share the seats in Congress, there are at least three minor parties at the national level namely the Libertarian Party, the Green Party and the Constitution Party. That is not mentioning scores of other parties at the state and regional levels. But here’s the deal: whereas the fringe parties do not hold any seat in Congress, their existence is sufficiently justified by their active preoccupation with self-assigned social and ideological agenda. For instance, the Libertarians advocate non-interventionist foreign policy and civil liberties; the Greens are left-wing environmentalists who promote social democracy and respect for diversity, peace and non-violence; while the Constitutionalists canvass American nationalism, greater attention to the U.S. Constitution, and conservative ethics of Christianity such as opposition to abortion. Besides, U.S. parties all have strict jurisdictional fields of play. But the places to really find political parties for whom political power isn’t the major objective are the states and communalities. Yes, you read that right: the operational relevance of most parties, by design, is restricted to social agenda in the states and provinces. Other than Independents,

allowed by the country’s Constitution, minor parties include the United States Marijuana Party, which obviously is keen on marijuana legalisation; the New Black Panther Party, which promotes Black Nationalism; the United States Pacifist Party, concerned with pacifism; and the United States Pirate Party that is focused on Pirate politics. Among a throng of others, regional parties include the Natural Law Party in Michigan; New York State Right to Life Party, Rent Is Too Damn High Party, and Women’s Equality Party – all in New York; and then, Ecology Democracy Party and GrassrootsLegalize Cannabis Party – both in Minnesota. Even in United Kingdom where the Liberal Democrats pose a third force to the parliamentary duopoly of the Conservative and Labour parties, there are other major parties that contest only within specific regions – say, in Ireland and Scotland. And those are national parties. Several local parties contest within a specific area, a single county, borough or district. The point here is that even though Nigerian electoral law, as we already observed, does not prescribe jurisdictional limits for political parties, the parties could by themselves consolidate their base jurisdictionally ahead of the 2023 general election. One ready way of doing that, perhaps, is by gunning for a stake in respective local government elections. And that is for parties keen on political power. Nigerian parties should begin to commit to social and community causes such as the need for good roads and other infrasructure, on the basis of which they could then connect with the public and drive for membership that would evolve to become their regular support base. That should be a foundation on which to subsequently build the quest for political power. But to really tidy up the clogged electoral system in this country, INEC must itself pursue evolving regulations for ballot access by political parties, or, at least, status regulation of the parties as is the case in India.

Towards the Igbo renaissance

Aniebo Nwamu

The first newspaper I read as a boy was called The Renaissance published in Enugu. I later learned it was once known as the Biafran Sun. And while I continued to read my favourite title every day a copy was delivered to our home, it was renamed Daily Star. A vernacular title called Ogene soon followed. Today, however, you can hardly find any paper that resembles Ogene. As I now wonder what has happened to the “Jews” of Africa, I remember that the tonic Ndigbo needed is in the title of the first newspaper I read in the early 1970s. Together with their kith and kin of the south-south, Ndigbo have taken a stand this year through their votes. But there’s still a problem. Where would an outsider find the Igbo leader today? Not any of the five state governors. Not a senator. Not a first-class chief. Not even an elder statesman of Igbo extraction. But it’s not totally true that Ndigbo know no king. Although there were fewer human kings in the days of yore, there were masquerades, speaking in their guttural voices, in Igbo-land to provide leadership. Generations of Igbo people will forever remain grateful to Chinua Achebe for telling the story of pre-colonial Igbo-land through Things Fall Apart. As he shows in the evergreen novel, the masquerades in Igboland – egwugwu or mmanwu– are regarded as the ancestors from beyond whose advice cannot be ignored. Their voices are unlike human voices, but they speak the truth at all times. Perhaps it’s because masquerades have been abandoned that Ndigbo now act and talk individually. Were it in the good old days,egwugwu would, for instance, have been able to state the position of Ndigbo in the current affairs of the country. However, how the dead ancestors transform to egwugwuis what I don’t know and cannot describe today! I’ve heard leaders of other parts of the country say they have been seeking “a handshake across the Niger” but don’t know Igbo leaders with whom they can strike a deal. Of course, they can’t converse with weird masquerades! With traditional religionists vanishing in Igbo-land, the custodians of eternal wisdom (mmanwu) are hardly

heard these days. Even the Igbo language is facing extinction due to the foolishness of the “modern” Ndigbo. Ohanaeze Ndigbo comes closest to what could be regarded as the Igbo leadership today. The socio-cultural group now led by Chief Nnia Nwodo has left no one in doubt about Ndigbo’s determination to take their rightful place in Nigeria and in the world. Nnamdi Kanu is perhaps the next most influential after Ohanaeze. Touch Kanu and you face opprobrium from millions of youngsters! What do the Igbo want in 2023? It’s restructuring or nothing, because Nigeria’s unbalanced “federalism” is hurting them the most. For there is no pretending that Ndigbo are still bearing a cross in Nigeria. Appointments made at the federal level in the past four years have cleared all doubts! Now it’s no longer the Igbo alone that complain about the imbalance in the leadership of the nation’s security, judiciary, legislature and executive. Away from government, an Igbo employee has to be 200% better than a nonIgbo to be considered half as good. Luckily for the Igbo, many are self-employed as traders and technocrats. That’s why they hardly get to the top except they’re indispensable. The unwritten rule seems to be: “Let them be hewers of timber and drawers of water while we help ourselves to the treasury.” Whenever there is a crisis in any part of the country, Igbo people and their shops are the first to be attacked. For no just cause. Just envy. The Igbo masquerade would tell you that rotation of political offices is older than Nigeria, at least in the Igbo area – it was not started by the NPN of the Second Republic as many have erroneously stated. Right from the earliest times, monarchies were not permitted in Igbo communities (except in Onitsha, though the people of “Onitsha Ado” trace their ancestry to the old Bini empire). There can be no better explanation for Ndigbo’s republicanism than their love for rotation of leadership positions. Even if all other parts of Nigeria are against rotation, Ndigbo should not be. Rotation (or what

“special” linguists now call “zoning”) is not democratic, but Nigeria has not grown above it. The current hullabaloo would have been avoided if visionary people had led Nigeria. It was Alex Ekwueme that actually divided Nigeria into six geopolitical zones. The 1995 constitutional conference supported him and agreed that the presidency should be rotated among the zones for 30 years (that is, one term of five years each) in order to achieve national unity and stability. One “Nigerian factor” has been that nobody has cared to prosecute Abdulsalami Abubakar and his military goons that, after Abacha’s death, threw away the recommendations of the 1995 conference and, instead, gave us a fraudulent constitution. Imagine the billions that were wasted on that conference and the billions that have been wasted on the review of the 1999 Constitution since 2001. By the way, where is the sixth Igbo state recommended by the conferees of 2005 and 2014? Maybe that has entered voicemail too. Ndigbo know it should be their turn to produce the president in 2023 but they’re not enthusiastic about it. Political offices are relatively inconsequential. Even then, their undoing has been that any position reserved for them gets contested by scores or even hundreds. Everyone feels he’s the most qualified. Egoism – it’s wrong. When the Igbo rally round a leader, once again, it will be the beginning of their renaissance. I’m no chauvinist. Far from it. But, like most Igbo, I’m a realist — realists say things the way they see them. Come to think of it, is tribalism not a huge problem in Nigeria? Why do some people bury their head in the sand like an ostrich whenever ethnicity is mentioned, yet they drink, eat and bathe with ethnicity every day? If preaching oneness is the solution to the problem, why have we not been united all these decades? Even the Nigerian constitution devotes several clauses and sub-sections to the “Federal Character Principle” and the like, yet all the people who have ruled and ruined Nigeria did so by practising tribalism of the crudest kind. All the talk about “zoning” or rotation of offices is nothing more than tribalism.

Everyone has the right to express their feelings on any subject. So I don’t criticise those who frown at my “daring” to mention “Igbo” when everyone ought to be preaching national unity. But they should not attempt to deny me my own right to freedom of expression. Is it fair if I don’t show interest in the affairs of the zone I come from? Meanwhile, I’ve not spared Igbo people that have contributed to the nation’s problems. I’m only asking that the Igbo who are honest and competent should be recognised for what they are. They should be treated like other Nigerians. Ndigbo’s ingenuity and hard work should be a source of strength for the nation; it should not attract envy or jealousy. The generation that fought a civil war (to defend themselves) 52 years ago is dying off. Most promoters of MASSOB and IPOB today had not been born then. As I once wrote, it is most regrettable that the “Asian Tigers” like Malaysia, Singapore and the Koreas have overtaken a people that, almost 50 years ago, made ogbunigwe bombs and rocket launchers, made trucks and tanks from scrap, refined fuel at their kitchens, built airstrips overnight and achieved other incredible feats. One Abdullah, in a rejoinder to my column, taunted me by asking why, if the Igbo were so enterprising, they hadn’t turned their native homeland to a mini Taiwan or at least a “Nigerian tiger”. In response, I told him he was ignorant, and that I didn’t think he had ever travelled more than 20km from the place he was born. Had he ever visited Nnewi, Aba or Onitsha or seen the technological wonders the Igbo “boys” are performing in Lagos and several major cities around the world, his opinion would have changed. As far back as the 1980s, Nnewi was viewed as Nigeria’s Silicon Valley because of the numerous industries that were in operation there. And Abdullah’s shoes supposedly “made in Italy” were actually made in Aba. The bad policies of incompetent governments have frustrated many industrialists, the Igbo not excluded. Nigeria has been the loser.


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9th Assembly Leadership: Onyejeocha and the need for a female speaker

Times Guest Columnist Austin Asadu

As the dust from the 2019 National Assembly cleared up, one formidable political heavyweight and outstanding federal legislator remained the Last Woman Standing in the person of Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha of the All Progressive Congress (APC)who defeated her Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival to emerge the winner of the Isiukwato/Ummuneochi federal constituency polls. By her unassailable victory, Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha has shattered all available precedents to emerge as the longest serving female member of the National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives combined) the longest serving federal legislator from the Southeast to have been elected on separate political platforms, a testimony to her abiding popularity and widespread acceptability in her constituency, Abia State and Nigeria as a whole. While some other female federal legislators had their tenure either truncated or delimited as a result of litigation, a durable Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha has served an unbroken stretch of 12 years (2007 - 2019) and is set for another eventful tenure in the House (20192023) with a resounding number of her House colleagues, civil society organizations, social affairs commentaries, top notch public policy think tanks and the general public clamouring for her to be elected as Speaker of the House of Representatives in recognition of her hardwork, resilience, resourcefulness, courage and avowed determination to break all shackles of gender discrimination, patriarchy and misogyny that may still lurk around the power precincts of the nation. Indeed Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, presently the House Committee Chairman on Aviation has arrived at her pinnacle of power and prestige not as a result of tokenism or affirmative action but happily through dint of unceasing and relentless hardwork, erudity, shrewdness, perseverance and a palpable commitment to undiluted professionalism and exemplary performance in all it ramifications. Indeed she solidly belongs to the exalted ranks of Margaret Thatcher, Indira Gandhi, Hilary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Bachallette and others that broke the ranks of male dominated political hierarchies to stamp their feet indelibly in the sands of time. Indeed it will not be out of place to adulate Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha as the Amazon of the National Assembly as she has strenuously striven to deliver crucial dividends of democracy to her beloved people while immensely enriching the quality, substance and nitty gritty of debate and discourse in the hallowed Green Chamber. Little wonder that an affable Hon Onyejeocha enjoys incredible rapport and enormous goodwill among her colleagues in the House and the Senate as she believes that the national interest should be the foremost preoccupation of the legislators and not any parochial or primordial interest or consideration. Undoubtedly, Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha’s outstanding performance in the legislative, representative and oversight arena is majorly as a result of her abiding belief in teamwork, co-operation, collaboration and synergizing on crucial issues of the day rather than engaging in undue brinksmanship and grandstanding for selfish or self-aggrandising ends. However, like any other formidable leader, the Foreign Committee Chairperson can be resolute, firm and even uncompromising on core matters of principle and integrity not caring whose ox is gored in the process. This was the situation that presented itself when some self-styled overlords in her home state, Abia

sought to truncate her political aspirations in the Peoples Democratic Party, a tenous position that saw majority of her constituents clamouring for her to seek re-election under another party platform which was ultimately, the APC and her record victory once more testified to her political sagacity and durability. While many of her male and female colleagues in the House and Senate crashed out of the National Assembly after the elections, a resurgent Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha emerged from the elections, stronger, more energized and more committed to the cause of her people and Nigerians in general. Many people both within and outside the National Assembly believe that Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha can perform creditably and resoundingly if elected as Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives and they have accordingly voiced their sentiments in the print and online media. They believe rightly that Hon Onyejeocha has the ability, capacity, competence, composure, strength of character and force of conviction to lead the 360 member House to the next level in the relevant scheme of things. However, those who are awed by her towering stature have resorted to undemocratically restricting the Speakership contest to personalities or geopolitical zones as they are aware that the Awesome Amazon would be incalculably hard to defeat in an open race. These undemocratic shenanigans should be condemned in all its entirety as the responsibility of electing principal officers of the House is the sole preserve of the members and not by dictation or undue pressure from external factors or godfathers. The Speakership as well as other positions should be left to be decided by the House Members themselves and this scenario further reveals the fact that Hon Nkeiruka Onyejeocha is not beholden to any political godfather or potentate calling the shots from the shadows as is the case with some aspirants in the Speakership race. Her loyalty belongs to the Almighty God, the Nigerian constitution the laws and statues as well as the House Legislative Agenda in that order. For 12 years, Hon Nkeriuka Onyejeocha has dutifully soldiered on despite the ernomous challenges and obstacles that confronted and still confronts her in our male dominated political landscape. However, there is a need for the nation and indeed the National Assembly to embrace the wind of change sweeping across the world which envisages a gender sensitive and discrimination free working and living environment where all and sundry can pursue their dreams and aspire to any office in the land free of stereotyping, maligning, rumour mongering or mudsling in whatever form. The entirety of the 9th House particularly the male members may cast their mind back on the shabby and inhumane treatment meted out to former House Speaker, Hon Patricia Etteh who was ignominiously booted out of office on spurious, unfounded and patently false grounds. Without doubt, that unfortunate episode put a dent on the democratic credentials of the House and the nation as whole and the time may well have come for the House to redeem its image in the eyes of Nigerians and indeed the world. Without pandering to any sentiment or parochial inclination, the election of a female speaker, namely Hon. Nkeiruka Oyejeocha who is a competent, capable and energetic candidate in her own right will go a long way in raising the estimation of the House in the eyes of right thinking members of society.

OUR POSITION Containing rising deaths from sickle cell anaemia

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ickle cell disease affects an increasing number of people but is still unknown to the general public. More than 66% of the 120 million people in the world with sickle cell disease live in Africa. In Nigeria, about 150, 000 children are said to be born yearly with the debilitating disease, heightening the need for all hands to be on deck to checkmate the disease. The condition can cause extreme pain, life-threatening infections and other complications such as stroke or loss of vision. The disease can interfere with many aspects of the patient’s life, including education, employment and psychosocial development. Despite the disastrous consequences, they do not receive adequate attention. In particular, the sources of funding for the fight against these diseases and the technical partners involved are insufficient. The burden of blood-related diseases could be considerably reduced if cost-effective preventive and curative measures and interventions are implemented in a balanced and coordinated manner. In 2008, Ministers of Health from the WHO African region adopted a regional strategy to combat sickle cell disease and in some countries where sickle cell disease is a major public health concern, control programmes do exist. However, these have neither the national coverage nor basic facilities to manage patients. Systematic screening for SCD using a simple blood test is not a common practice, and diagnosis is usually made when a severe complication occurs. Counselling and prevention of causes and infections are simple measures not readily accessible to most patients. As a result, the majority of children with the most severe form of the disease die before the age of five, usually from an infection or severe anaemia. We are of the opinion that there is an urgent need to tackle the disease. We must continue to make an effort so that together with our brothers and sisters from other continents, we can win the noble fight against blood diseases in Nigeria and Africa.

Our States alone, without the precious support of partners, will not be able to cope with information, communication, education, screening, case management and also basic research in this field. SCA is a significant and underrecognized global health problem, and with new SDG efforts focused on ending preventable deaths of newborns and children under the age of 5 it is essential to specifically include SCA in that effort. With increased availability of POC diagnostics and inexpensive and highly effective treatments, such as hydroxyurea, simple efforts can result in millions of lives saved. Pediatricians have the unique opportunity to be leaders in improving the health of children not only in our local practices, but also across the world. Increasing the visibility and advocacy for less commonly recognised childhood health conditions, such as SCA, can lead to important changes and provides an opportunity to save millions of lives.

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INEC presents certificate of return to Wike Amaka Agbu, Port Harcourt

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday presented the certificate of return to the re-elected Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike, at the commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt. INEC Returning Officer, Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Otuoke, Prof. Teddy Adias, had declared Wike winner after he polled 886, 264 votes to defeat African Alliance Congress candidate, Biokpomabo Awara, who scored 173, 859 votes. Rivers state Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Ipalibo Banigo and members-elect of the state House of Assembly also received their certificates of return. National Commissioner in charge of Rivers, Bayelsa and Edo states, Mrs. May Agbamuche-Mbu, presented the certificate of return to Gov. Wike in the presence of his wife, Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike. Speaking after receiving his certificate of return, the governor dedicated his re-election to the good people of Rivers state whom he said overwhelmingly voted for him. He also dedicated the victory to those allegedly killed by the military while defending their votes and

democracy, declaring that their sacrifices would never be forgotten. “Today, I dedicate this victory to the people of Rivers state. I also dedicate this victory to those killed by the army in defence of votes and democracy. But, for their sacrifice, we would not be here,” Wike said. The governor berated the military for the alleged negative role they played during the 2019 general elections in Rivers state, adding that “the duty of the army is not to take over the INEC office and carry out collation. We saw the army take over the INEC functions and that of the police. “Go to Bori Camp, you will see INEC materials. Is it where it is supposed to be. But, for God, we wouldn’t have been here. But, God intervened and that’s why we are here.” The governor commended the police and DSS for living up to their responsibilities during the general elections. However, he urged INEC to take steps to investigate why the state was the only one that experienced violence during elections. He advised the commission to work towards the prosecution of the F-SARS commander who he alleged was indicted for violence during the 2016 re-run elections. He alleged that the same F-SARS

commander killed a chartered accountant who served as the PDP collation agent and must be brought to justice and commended INEC for their steadfast commitment to the legal conclusion of Rivers elections, despite the pressure for them to do otherwise. He said: “I commend INEC for standing firm on the side of the truth. I commend INEC officials for being firm.” Gov. Wike urged INEC headquarters to take immediate measures to ensure the total rehabilitation of the INEC office in the state, disclosing that as a matter of state policy, the state government would take steps to assist the families of those who were victims of election violence. He said should INEC and the army permit, the state government would also reach out to their staff affected by the violence. According to him, his second term would witness more projects for the development of the state, just as he advised his opponents to take advantage of his olive branch, saying that it was extended in the interest of the state. INEC National Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, thanked Rivers people for their contributions to the successful conduct of the 2019 general elections in the state.

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Short News Clergyman advises Christians to return to basic truth Isaac Job, Uyo Bishop of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Uyo Diocese, Rt. Rev Asuquo Antai has warned Christians to return to the basic truth of Christian faith as a way to solve the many problems confronting society. Bishop Antai observed that the church community has derailed from the pattern of the apostles who died for the truth as was propagated by Christ and wonder how many Christians would die for the truth like the early apostles. “How many churches have genuine altar call to surrender their lives to Christ. Today, the message is all about riches and money making motivational scriptures to inspire people than giving their lives to Jesus Christ,” the bishop declared. He said the church doctrines should be scripture based rather than the tradition of men and submitted that Easter has been with the church from time immemorial, adding that even though the activities to mark the death of Christ was not observed in the early church because of constant persecution, but the spirit of the season has always been with the church. He noted that doctrines of the church ought to be crafted to mimic the life of Christ, but regretted that many doctrines have negated the purpose of Christ to the benefit of their progenitors. He lambasted some Christians who refused to observe Easter, describing them as ignorant of the truth.

FRSC targets 30, 000 work force by 2022

Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi says the corps aims to increase its workforce to 30, 000 officers within the next three years. Oyeyemi disclosed this on Tuesday in Enugu during the opening ceremony of assistant corps commanders’ promotion course. He said that the move was to reinforce the corps to ensure adequate implementation of safety measures on Nigerian roads. The corps marshal said that the corps currently had about 26, 000 work force and that the increase in the number of FRSC officers was as a result of the waiver given to the agency by President Muhammadu Buhari to employ 1, 500 additional officers yearly. “Our target is to attain 30, 000 work force within the next three years. We currently have about 4, 650 prospective officers doing their internship with us. They will be commissioned in June to bring the total number of FRSC officers to 26, 000,” he said. Oyeyemi said that the corps was getting the support it needed from the federal government which had resulted to massive infrastructure development and that the about 600 formations of the corps across the country and their operational facilities were receiving adequate attention.


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Restructuring BOA: Bank to kick off Short News arrests 182 suspects for drug with N250bn capital base – Minister NDLEA abuse, trafficking in Katsina

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe has revealed that the Bank of Agriculture will raise a kick off capital base of N250 billion to enable farmers access credit at the lower than 6 percent. Ogbe made this revelation in his office on Tuesday during the meeting of Restructuring and Recapitalization of the Bank of Agriculture in Abuja attended by the Director General of Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr. Alex Okoh, Managing Director BOA, Alhaji Kabir Mohammed Adamu. He said that following the approval of the national council on privatization on Friday 12th April, the kick off meeting which is to formally execute the agreement and also introduce the appointment of the transaction advisers Lead Way Consortium to key stakeholders, FMARD, Ministry of Finance, BOA and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Ogbe said: “If this structure we want to put in place now starts working successfully, and we raise a capital base of anything between N200 billion to N250 billion and farmers can access credit at the lower end of the single

digit, lower than 6 per cent and 5 per cent, we hope to achieve a whole lot of things”. Chief Audu Ogbeh expressed optimism that the bank after recapitalization would be a large Bank that will ensure farmers access to loan easily. He said: “We have a new vision for agriculture, we want to create the farmers bank and we want you to pass the good news to farmers, that this is their chance as co-members and owners of the bank. It has a chance to becoming a large Bank in the future, just like the BOA in China. Failures in agriculture have been caused by a number of factors, sometimes the excessive interest rate and agronomic practices which are not in place or properly aligned”. Chief Ogbeh further said; “The Ministry of Agriculture will make sure that they give support to the Bank, so failures are minimized, we begin with the seed, increasing our seed supply to farmers and make sure they don’t fail, we then go on to soil testing, to make sure that the right kind of soil and the kind of fertilizer applied.

While harping on the need to make agriculture the mainstay of the economy, the Minister said that currently Nigeria has saved about $21 billion from food import in the last 3 and half years and exportation has also gone up to 500 per cent. “Two banks in Nigeria announced that we have actually save $21 billion on food import in 3 and half years, and the Bureau of Statistics has affirmed that agriculture exportation has gone up to 500 per cent since we came in, and we are just beginning. “We need value addition, we need cottage industries, we need to decongest the cities so that young people can be comfortable in their rural environments, making money and living a good life, we want to minimize the tendency of our young people crossing the desert to Europe in search of happiness which doesn’t exist anywhere”, Ogbeh said. In his earlier reactions, the Director General of BPE, Mr. Alex Okoh said: “It’s imperative to restructure the bank to substantially improve its operating framework, and governing framework to improve its efficiency.

The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Command in Katsina state says it arrested no fewer than 182 suspected drug dealers from January 2019 to date. The State NDLEA Commandant, Hajiya Maryam Gambo who disclosed this on Tuesday during the commissioning of the agency’s rehabilitation center in Katsina said that about 113 of the suspects were males, while 49 were females.“The remaining 20 suspects were students,” Gambo said. According to her, the NDLEA secured conviction for 46 suspects during the period, while 131 drug users were counselled 131. She added that the NDLEA seized 66.11 kilograms of cannabis sativa, 15,696.5 grams of psychotropic’s substances and 38 bottles of cough syrupy with codeine. She urged the State Government to engage rehabilitated drug users in skills acquisition programmes to further make them self reliant and curtail drug abuse.

Benue Ag. Governor condemns Jukun/Tiv clashes, says lasting solution underway Benue Acting Governor, Engr. Benson Abounu, has condemned the recent communal clashes between the Jukuns and Tivs in Benue and Taraba states. Speaking to newsmen in Makurdi on the outcome of a factfinding mission to Taraba, Abounu said that the clashes were sparked off by two individuals – one Tiv and the other Jukun adding that the conflict was “uncalled for and unnecessary”. The acting governor explained that although the conflict was criminal in nature and involved only the two individuals, the issue later assumed another dimension when several communities got involved resulting to the destruction of property. “I was a very unfortunate incident; unfortunate in the sense that there was a fracas between two individuals one Tiv, one Jukun and the Tiv guy was arrested by the police, detained, and later granted bailed.

APC chieftain cautions party against marginalisation in NASS leadership

L-R: Head Legal Service /Council Secretariat BOA, Halima Haliu; Director General Bureau of public enterprises, Alea Okoh; Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Bank of Agriculture, Mr. Kabir Adamu; Managing Director, Lead Capital, Mr. Wale Adewunmi; Minster of State for Agriculture and rural Development, Sen. HeinkenLokobiri; and Minister for Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh during the singing of Memorandum of Understanding between Bank of Agriculture and ministry of Agriculture in Abuja.. on Tuesday. Photo: Temitope Balogun

N115m fraud case: Court acquits, discharges suspended SEC DG, Gwarzo Andrew Orolua, Abuja The suspended Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Dr. Mounir Gwarzo, who is standing trial on a five-count charge before the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court for alleged N115 million fraud has been set free. The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) had charged Gwarzo alongside an Executive Commissioner in the Commission, Zakawanu Garuba, for allegedly misappropriating to the sum of N115 million and conferment of corrupt advantage on a public officer which they have denied. Justice Baba-Yusuf in his ruling on the nocase- submission made by the two defendants held that the prosecution did not make any prima facie case against the two defendants. He said the prosecution failed to establish the essential ingredients of the elements of the offence the defendants are accused of.

“Accordingly, the defendants are discharged of the allegations against them,” he ruled. The defendants, on February 7, through their counsel, Abdulhakeem Mustapha (SAN), and Robert Emupkoeruo, informed the court of their intention to file no-case submission. The defendants took the position after the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Adesina Raheem, closed his case with the testimonies of five prosecution witnesses. Gwarzo’s counsel, Mustapha, SAN, on March 18 urged the court to hold that the prosecution has not been able to adduce any credible evidence to make the defendant enter any defence. Particularly, the suspended D-G was accused of receiving the sum of N104, 851,154.94 as severance benefits when he had yet to retire, resign or disengage from the service of SEC. Part of the charge added that he conferred a corrupt advantage upon himself when he received the sum of N10, 983,488.88 in excess of car grant payable to him. While on his part Garuba was accused by

ICPC of allegedly conniving with Gwarzo to commit the fraud. His lawyer said that the no-case submission the defendants filed was brought pursuant to Sections 302 and 303 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015. According to him, the prosecution had failed to make out any the prima facie case against Gwarzo, adding that the evidence adduced was all contradictory. He submitted that the prosecution in its written address on the submission relied on the law on certain political office holders and admitted that SEC was not mentioned in the said law. Specifically, he urged the court to uphold the no-case submission by the first defendant as well as discharge and acquit him of the charge against him. Counsel to Garuba, Mr. Robert Emukpoeruo, also made similarly the argument that the prosecution had failed from the evidence adduced to make any prima facie case against the second defendant.

Mr Yekini Nabena, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned the party’s national leadership against marginalisation of any zone in constituting the 9th National Assembly’s principal officers. He made the call while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, saying that fair distribution of positions in the assembly would ensure equity to all stakeholders. “The party’s leadership must take deliberate steps to provide a fair and justifiable zoning arrangement for the incoming 9th National Assembly leadership. “Our actions and inaction will have serious implications on the party’s unity and will positively or negatively affect our standing ahead of 2023,’’ he said. Nabena noted that the President and Vice President were already from the North-West and South-West, adding that there was the need to ensure balance to cover the six geo-political zones of the country. the APC national leadership who had already zoned the Presidency of the Senate to the North-East stressed the need for the party to get its acts right on the issue of zoning arrangement for the National Assembly, considering 2023 elections might turn out to be a free for all.

Court admits video of cleric confessing to beheading woman for N4000 A Lagos High Court in Igbosere Tuesday admitted in evidence a video showing an Islamic cleric, Taofeek Adamu, confessing to beheading a member of his mosque for N4, 000. Adamu, 61, of Masinowe Compound, Ikoga in Badagry, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder, preferred against him by the Lagos State Government. Prosecuting Counsel Mrs O. F. Fagbai alleged that Adamu, alias Kiekie, severed the head of Oluwakemi Afolabi, 38, at about 4pm on March 19, 2017 at Waterside, Ikoga-Zebbe in Badagry. She said the deceased went to seek spiritual help from the cleric, but “the defendant beheaded the deceased before chopping off her other parts for ritual purposes. “He was apprehended when members of the community saw him carrying a sack soaked with blood.” The alleged offences contravened sections 222 and 233 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, the court heard. At the last adjourned date on April 9, the prosecution sought to tender the video through the police as electronically generated evidence, but this was opposed by the defence counsel Mrs A. O Ajayi. The case continues on May 21.


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EFCC officials apprehend Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia in court

There was mild drama at the premises of an Ikeja High Court as officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) apprehended Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, a dismissed judge of the Federal High Court after corruption charges against her were struck out. According to reports, about 10 officials of the EFCC surrounded Ofili-Ajumogobia as she attempted to leave the courtroom at 10.24am on Tuesday after the ruling by Justice Hakeem Oshodi. Upon sighting the officials, the judge made a hasty retreat and went back upstairs into Justice Oshodi’s

courtroom to seek the protection of the court from the EFCC officials. Justice Oshodi when notified about the development said there was nothing he could do as “the file had been closed.” The embattled former judge and her husband, who was with her, were observed frantically making various phone calls. Mr Godwin Obla. SAN, OfiliAjumogobia’s co-defendant was however allowed to exit the court premises by officials of the EFCC. However, when Justice Oshodi’s court rose, she was apprehended at 11.47 a.m. by some EFCC officials who whisked her away in a white

hilux van with Abuja plate number BWR637AT. Justice Oshodi had in a ruling struck out the 31-count charge filed by the EFCC against OfiliAjumogobia and Obla on the grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the suit. The judge ruled that based on the judicial precedent set by the case of Justice Nganjiwa Vs FRN, the EFCC had “jumped the gun” in filing the first amended charge. Justice Oshodi noted that the anti-graft commission had not followed the procedures set by the National Judicial Council (NJC) in disciplining erring judicial officers.

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Short News Expert laments acute agric facilities, research shortfall in developing countries Saka Bolaji, Minna An agricultural Expert, Dr. patricia Pessa has lamented that developing countries of the world have not been able to meet their food needs because of inadequate research and development of agriculture. This according to her is as a result of shortage of trained personnel, facilities and motivation. Dr Patricia Pessa who is a director in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture spoke when she delivered a keynote address at the annual Research Review and Planning Workshop of the National Cereals Research Institute Badeggi in Niger state. She remarked that a major constraint is that the system is not institutionalised adding that in many developing countries particularly in Africa research and development in agriculture are inadequate and suffer from lack of trained personnel facilities and motivation “Provision of appropriate research methodology is not readily available in developing countries, until recently not even the basic principles and concepts had been enunciated”. She added that one of the ways to solve the problem is the reorientation of young researchers so that they would improve agricultural research in the nearest future.

Ikpeazu reaffirms resolve to complete all on-going road projects Sunday Nwakanma, Umuahia

Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has reaffirmed his determination to complete all on-going road projects as well as the resuscitation of moribund industries, especially Aba show factory in the state. Speaking during the inauguration ceremony of its Works and Project Committee headed by the state Commissioner for Works, Hon. Eziuche Uban, the governor said that the committee will oversee and monitor all on-going projects in the state, especially road infrastructure. Represented the Deputy governor Ude Oko Chukwu, the governor disclosed further that the committee will “monitor and evaluate the ongoing road projects he identified as Ururuka, Aba road, Umuahia, Etitiama Nkporo, Port Harcourt road, Aba, Obikabia, Aba-Owerri road, Aba, Osusu, Eziukwu road and the moribund Aba shoe factory in Aba. He named other members of the committee to include the state Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu as the Secretary, the Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Aham Uko as member and the Principal Secretary to the governor, Engr Emma Nwabuko as member. Other members are former adviser to Gov. Ikpeazu on Social Investment, Chinenye Nwogu, and the state Commissioner for Finance, Obinna Oriaku.

RIFAN to build 130,000 metric tonnes Rice processing plant in Delta – Official Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

Residents of Sarki, Ido, Giri and other affected villages during a protest on the killing and forceful taken over their Land by Nigerian Army at the entrance of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in Abuja... on Tuesday. Photo: Temitope Balogu

JAMB arrests 50 ‘Professional’ examination writers in 2019 UTME Doosuur Iwambe, Abuja

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board has said that about 50 professional examination writers across the country who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination on behalf of actual candidates for a fee have been arrested. This was contained in JAMB board’s weekly official bulletin, tagged: ‘JAMBULLETIN’ and signed by JAMB’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin. According to the examination body, the arrest followed various intelligence gathering mechanisms which help the board to uncover and arrest over 50 of such fraudulent persons in centres spread across the nation.

Some of the suspects according to the board were Master’s Degree holders and undergraduates of tertiary institutions in Nigeria. These “professional UTME examination writers” conspire with some Computer Based Centre owners to perpetuate the crime by engaging in multiple registrations whereby the fingerprints of the actual candidates and their impersonators are captured side by side. “The modus operandi of these UTME syndicates was confirmed when one of the kingpins was apprehended recently. “On interrogation, he confessed to the multiple registrations of his biometrics alongside other several potential candidates preparing to sit for the examination, in exchange for a

huge sum of money. The bulletin added that another startling discovery by the board was the fact that a substantial portion of the UTME application documents was composed of the bogus registration. It noted that the unwholesome application had the singular effect of inflating the total statistical data of candidates’ registration that amounted to over 30 per cent of the 1.8 million that registered for the 2019 UTME. “The board in a bid to live up to its billings, has therefore resolved to set machinery in motion to effect the arrest and prosecution of all those involved in the unwholesome act, capable of subverting the sanctity of the entire examination process,” the bulletin added.

The deputy President, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) Segun Atho has revealed that the association is set to commence a construction of about 130,000 metric tonne rice processing plant in Delta State. Speaking with the Daily Times in Asaba on Tuesday, Atho said that the processing plant when established would not only support farmers but would also create Jobs for youths and women in Delta State. He also disclosed that plans are underway to ensure that meeting of all rice farmers in the southern Geo political zone hold in Asaba to expose members to the best practices and opportunities in the anchor borrower’s programme. He said, ‘’RIFAN was set up to unite all members to benefit from the available resources for rice farmers, I call on members to organize themselves into cooperative of not less than ten and more than twenty members as the programme will not give member Cash but Items will be offered the farmers and all that are required of a registered member is personal details such as name, Bank Verification number (BVN) farm location and LGA, others”.

Shun corruption, Lalong tells Corps members Kingsley Chukwuka, Jos Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state has tasked the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members to shun corruption while they embark on their primary assignment. He encouraged Corps members to rather emulate their predecessors and strive to surpass their achievements in the areas of education, agriculture and healthcare delivery. Lalong stated this on Tuesday at the Closing and Passing-Out Ceremony of the 2019 Batch A Corps Members held at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Mangu local government area in the State. Represented by the Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Hon. Victor Lapang, Lalong said, “You must shun corruption and other vices in whatever form and strictly, embrace integrity, patriotism and selflessness to achieve a formidable foundation. “I urge you all to accept your postings to your places of primary assignment in good faith and with a sense of commitment trusting that the government and people of Plateau State will always provide an enabling environment for a smooth sail as you settle down to serve our dear fatherland”, he said.


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Dangote Salt rewards drivers for accident-free, target delivery in 2018 Joy Obakeye The management of NASCON Allied Industries Plc has said it would continue to accord its staff due to recognition just as it rewarded its truck drivers for meeting product delivery target and driving accident-free in 2018. Executive Director, Commercial, Hajiya Fatima Aliko Dangote, who presented various gifts to the drivers, said the drivers as a critical part of the company’s workforce, are the most important assets of the company and would, therefore, continue to recognise and reward them for meeting targets. Underscoring the importance, NASCON management attached to the roles of the driver, she said the business transaction of the organisation with its customers is not completed until the final delivery of products to the right destination which is made possible only by the truck drivers. “Therefore, no serious organisation would take its drivers for granted. Our drivers are the most important in the distribution chain. They take a lot of risks while striving to deliver products and meet the target and even exceed the target. We are doing this to recognise them that they matter in our business and we will continue to celebrate them”, she stated. Hajiya Fatima Dangote explained that the Company has put in place various incentives to motivate and encourage the drivers to perform well pointing out that each driver that meets the delivery target and records zero accident collects N50,000 every quarter totalling N200,000 in a year. The NASCON boss disclosed that the annual the performance award ceremony is meant to celebrate the drivers and for them to know that their contributions to the success of the company is not unappreciated. She urged the drivers and the entire workforce not to rest on their oars but strive to exceed 2018 performance, promising them that the company would always live up to expectation by rewarding their hard work. The Fleet Admin Manager, Mrs Augustia Odega explained that five of the drivers were adjudged best performing truck drivers for the year 2018 and all of them automatically becomes NASCON brand ambassadors. Some of the criteria used in selecting the best performing drivers according to her include high trip performance; Volume lifted – tonnage; Good truck Maintenance Records; Low cost of the truck Maintenance, i.e tyre and AGO usage; Accidentfree operations; FRSC and Safety compliance and overall driver personal conduct in compliance with company Rules and Regulations. She said NASCON is blessed with good truck drivers and that was because of the company policy that only the best is good enough pointing out that most of the drivers exceeded delivery target and still recorded zero accident during 2018. The overall best driver, Nurudeen Shomuyiwa is said to possess post-graduate diploma but chose to a truck driver because of he has to passion for driving. In his remark, Corps Commander, Akporowho Isaac who represented the Lagos Zonal Commander of the FRSC described the gesture of rewarding drivers by the company very laudable but rare in organisations. According to him, most management and individuals treat drivers with disdain yet the function of drivers are very critical in the overall success of the organisation. “What you are doing here today is an important event but which many organisations don’t consider as necessary.”, he stated.

Chief Executive Officer, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Dr Adesola Adeduntan (left), flanked by the Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, FirstBank, Folake Ani-Mumuney (right) during the presentation of N1.25million to Olarinde Olayemi, the grand prize winner of the “Magic 125 Campaign” on Twitter by FirstBank, in commemoration of the Bank’s 125 anniversary.

FG saves over N37bn from padding, others, by MDAs, AGF reveals Mathew Dadiya and Joseph Inokotong, Abuja The Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF) Mr Ahmed Idris has disclosed that the Federal Government has saved over N37 billion from misapplications, padding, mistakes and non-compliance by Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) to the agreed template for the payment of promotion arrears. This, Idris, said, followed President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that N10 billion be set aside monthly, commencing from May 2017 to offset backlog of Promotion Arrears, which the OAGF inaugurated an in-house committee to verify MDAs’ claims and submissions. Mr Idris made the disclosure on

Tuesday in Abuja when he played host to the National Executive of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria. According to the AGF, so far, the committee has paid out the sum of N42 billion, out of the N55 billion released leaving an outstanding of N13 billion in cash while a total of N35 billion is yet to be released to the office. He reassured civil servants in the Country of the commitment of Office of the Accountant –General of the Federation, in line with Mr President’s directives, to the continued payment of promotion arrears owed Federal civil servants. The accountant general promised that he would take the concerns of the Association to the Minister of Finance and would also dialogue with the Director General, Budget Office, to ensure that government continues to

keep its part of the agreement reached with Association in order to ensure industrial harmony. He commended the leadership of the Association of Senior Civil Servants for their understanding and support in the implementation of government plans and programmes, saying without industrial harmony, no meaningful development can be achieved. The AGF equally commended the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation’s arm of the Association for their understanding and support assuring them of his continued commitment to improving the welfare of the Staff through the implementation of people oriented programme. Earlier, the National President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria,( ASCSN), represented by the National Vice President, Comrade Bola

Audu Innocent, extolled the leadership qualities of Mr Ahmed Idris, saying he had displayed professionalism in managing the Nation’s Treasury. “We as a Union, that Unionizes Senior Staff in public service is proud of your achievements and contribution to nation building at this level” Comrade Bola Audu emphasized. He, however, informed the AGF that their visit was necessitated by recent developments from the payment of outstanding promotion, salaries, and other arrears owed civil servants in the public service, where the association understood that concerns raised by DG Budget Office is leading to delay in the continued payment of the arrears. Comrade Bola Audu explained that failure of the government to continue to honour the agreement signed in May 2017, may lead to industrial unrest.

Naira strengthens as CBN lifts forex market with $210m Motolani Oseni The Nigerian currency, Naira, at the end of yesterday trading activities strengthened at the interbank foreign exchange market to close at an appreciable rate of N306.95 per US Dollar at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) official rate, against N307 that has been trading since the beginning of April. This is even as the apex bank lifted the forex market with total injections of

$210 million on Tuesday. At the Investors & Exporters Foreign Exchange (I &E FX) window, the local currency, appreciated by 0.02per cent to N360.23 against the Dollar, but closed flat at N360.00 at the parallel market. The special forex window, however, recorded total transactions turnover of $111.79 million, with trades consummated within the N356.00-N362.00/Dollar band. But stood steady at an average rate of N360/$1 in the Bureau De Change (BDC) segment of the forex market

Meanwhile, the figures obtained from the CBN on Tuesday, authorized dealers in the wholesale segment of the market were offered the sum of $100million. Similarly, the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) segment received the sum of $55 million. Customers requiring foreign exchange for Invisibles such as tuition fees, medical payments and Basic Travel Allowance (BTA), among others, were also allocated the sum of $55 million. The Director, Corporate Communications Department, Mr Isaac

Okorafor confirmed the transactions adding that the effort of the Bank had helped to reduce exchange rate pressures across all segments of the market. According to him, the stability of the exchange rate underscored the level of confidence investors and the public had in the Naira. The overnight lending rate crashed 2,550 basis points to close at 17.43per cent as market players were able to access liquidity from the CBN’s Standing Lending Facility window.

Access Bank increases profit 86% to N41bn in Q1 2019 Temitope Adebayo Access Bank Plc has released its unaudited financial results for the first quarter (Q1) ended March 31,

2019 showing an increase of 86 per cent in Profit after Tax which stood at N41.1 billion from N22.1 billion in Q1 2018. Profit before tax also grew by 64 per cent to N45.1 billion from N27.4

billion recorded a year ago. Profit growth was aided by a 23 per cent improvement recorded in the group’s Net Interest income which closed the period at N56.8 billion from N44.6 billion in Q1’ 2018.

Access Bank’s balance sheet remained strong with a 30 per cent growth in Total Assets as the Bank closed the quarter ended March 2019 with Total Assets of N5.9 trillion from N4.5 trillion in December 2018.


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We’re creating digital ecosystem to ease Trade Finance flows - Afreximbank Mathew Dadiya, Abuja The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has said it is working with the support of African Union (AU), to create a digital ecosystem that will eliminate the major bottlenecks to trade finance flows within Africa. Afreximbank’s President, Prof. Benedict Oramah, disclosed this while delivering a speech in Washington D.C. at the IGD Frontier 100 Forum organized by the Initiative for Global. Development (IGD) on the sidelines of

the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings. Afreximbank Global Director of Communications and Branding, Obi Emekekwue, on Tuesday, quoted Oramah as saying that “one of the major constraints to intra-African trade was lack of information to support intra-regional trade and investments.” That, Prof Oramah said, was the reason many African countries were importing products from outside the continent while neighbouring countries were exporting the same products at a much lower cost. “It was to address that the challenge that Afreximbank and the AU were working to use digital technology to

improve access to trade information and facilitate the use of African national currencies via intra African trade settlements,” he explained. Prof. Oramah further disclosed that Afreximbank was developing a focused programme to support small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across the continent, recognizing that SMEs were a vital component to unlocking intraAfrican potential. The Afreximbank boss noted that IGD has been facilitating discourse on important African issues over the years and said that Afreximbank identified with the efforts and achievements of the

IGD, hence its close partnership with the initiative. Also speaking, Leila Ndiaye, President and CEO of IGD, said that the initiative’s work was aimed at supporting Africa’s growth and development agenda and at pushing to unlock intra-African trade through SME growth and development. Prof. Oramah and Dr Hippolyte Fofack, Afreximbank Chief Economist, who accompanied him to the event, also participated in two-panel discussions, on “Supporting Africa’s Growth and Development Agenda” and “Expanding Regional Trade and Investment for Africa’s future”, respectively.

CBN to auction N58.5bn Treasury bills this week Temitope Adebayo The Central Bank of Nigeria will conduct a primary market auction on treasury bills this week, offering a total of N58.5bn across the 91-day (N5.8bn), 182-day (N29.2bn) and 364-day (N23.4bn) tenors. The 91-day tenor recorded the last stop rate of 10.29 per cent on Friday, the 182day tenor recorded the last stop rate of 12.6 per cent, while the 364-day tenor had the last stop rate of 12.85 per cent. The Treasury bills secondary market sustained its bullish run into the second

trading week of the second quarter of 2019. Analysts at Afrinvest Securities Limited said the bullish trend was sustained due to the absence of Open Market Operation auctions as well as N33bn worth of maturities that bolstered the system last week. Consequently, the average yields across all tenors declined by seven basis points week-on-week to settle at 13.3 per cent from 13.4 per cent the previous week. Although buying interests were witnessed across all tenors, more investors positioned at the shorter end of the curve, causing yields on short-term instruments to contract by 20bps week-on-week, while the medium- and long-term bills

depreciated by 17bps and 10bps week-onweek, respectively. Analysts at Afrinvest said, “Going into the week, we expect to see a boost in system liquidity on the back of OMO and T-bills maturities worth N107.4bn and N58.5bn, respectively. “On the back of these inflows, we anticipate that the CBN will resume its liquidity management via OMO auctions, which will keep yields around current levels across the curve.” Investors were advised to take advantage of T-bills with attractive yields, as well as available OMO bill offerings. In view of the moderating T-bills yields, the commercial papers from

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corporates resumed last week as Nigerian Breweries Plc announced its plan to raise N15bn in the first and the second series of its N100bn commercial paper programme to support its short-term funding requirements. Meanwhile, activities in the bond market maintained a bearish outlook as the average yield trended northwards by 12bps to settle at 14.2 per cent last week due to sell-offs experienced across most segments of the curve. However, major sell-offs persisted on the May-19 and Jul-21 instruments. Analysts said a quiet trading session in the bond market was anticipated as investors await clearer policy directions.

Rebranding: Taxify changes name to BOLT

Promises better service to users

Mutiat Alli Leading European ondemand transportation platform Taxify has changed its name to Bolt and introduced a new logo with the sole aim of providing quality and better services to its users. The update brings the brand identity in line with the company’s broader vision of transportation that has already expanded from ride-hailing, with cars and motorbikes, to scooter sharing. Speaking on why the company chose to make the change, Markus Villig, CEO and co-founder, Bolt said, “Taxify launched five years ago with a mission to make urban transportation more convenient and affordable. Our first product was a taxi dispatch solution that gave the company its original name.” The Estonian-born tech company has evolved in leaps and bounds since its inception to now serving 25 a million customers in over 30 countries globally, making it a leader in Europe and Africa. It was also the first company to

bring ride-hailing and scooter sharing together in one single app and is currently working on expanding the scooter sharing service across a number of European cities. Speaking on the name change, Regional Manager for West Africa at Bolt, Uche Okafor disclosed that Taxify outgrew its name and the need to have a name change was necessary so as not to limit the services provided by the platform as we are brands with a vision to solve the transportation problem on an increasingly broader scale and as such the new name ‘Bolt’ stands for fast, effortless movement and convenience which better represent who we are Bolt launched in 2013 and is one of the fastest-growing transportation platforms in Europe and Africa with investors including Daimler, Didi Chuxing, Korelya Capital and TransferWise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus. Bolt previously Taxify, launched in Nigeria in 2017 and operates in Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Owerri and Benin. Bolt has 25 million customers in over 30 countries globally. www.bolt.eu

LG Electronics unveils premium 2019 TV collections Motolani Oseni LG Electronics (LG) has unveiled its premium 2019 TV lineups, including new OLED and NanoCell TV series featuring ThinQ AI technology at InnoFest MEA. The unveiling, which took place at LG Science Park in Seoul, South Korea from April 9 to 10, InnoFest is LG’s annually held celebration of innovation. The electronics company in a statement obtained by our correspondent on Tuesday in Lagos, stated that the new TV models deliver upgraded AI picture and sound quality, underpinned by the company’s advanced second-generation α (Alpha) 9 Gen 2 intelligent processor and deep learning algorithm. Thanks to the new algorithm, LG’s TVs will offer an optimized picture and sound by analyzing source content and by recognizing ambient conditions. LG’s premium range for the MEA market is headlined by the flagship OLED TV lineup, which offers a variety of screen sizes: W9 (model 77/65W9), E9 (model 65E9), C9 (model 77/65/55C9) and B9 (model 65/55B9). NanoCell is LG’s new premier LED brand, the name highlighting the outstanding picture quality enabled by NanoCell technology. Ensuring a wider colour gamut and enhanced contrast, NanoColor employs a Full Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlight unit. NanoAccuracy guarantees precise colours and contrasts over a wide viewing angle while NanoBezel helps to create the ultimate immersive experiences via ultra-thin bezels and the sleek, minimalist design of the TV. The NanoCell series comprises fourteen AI-enabled models, available in sizes varying from 49 to 77 inches (model 65SM95, 7565/55SM90, 65/55/49SM86 and 65/55/49SM81) [3]. The LG C9 OLED TV and the company’s 86-inch 4K NanoCell TV model (model 86SM90) were recently honoured with CES 2019 Innovation Awards. The exceptional 65-inch E9 and C9 OLED TVs also picked up accolades from Dealerscope, Reviewed.com, and Engadget. The α9 Gen 2 intelligent processor used in LG’s W9, E9 and C9 series OLED TVs elevates picture and sound quality via a deep learning algorithm (which leverages an extensive database of visual information), recognizing content source quality and implementing the best method for optimizing visual output. Able to understand how the human eye perceives images in different lighting, the α9 Gen 2 intelligent processor finely adjusts the tone mapping curve in accordance with ambient conditions to achieve the optimal level of screen brightness. The processor uses the TV’s ambient light sensor to measure external light, automatically changing brightness to compensate as required. With its advanced AI, the α9 Gen 2 intelligent processor can refine the High Dynamic Range (HDR) content through altering brightness levels. In brightly lit settings, it can transform dark, shadow-filled scenes into easily discernable images, without sacrificing depth or making colours seem unnatural or oversaturated. LG’s 2019 TVs also leverage Dolby’s latest innovation, which intelligently adjusts Dolby Vision content to ensure an outstanding HDR experience, even in brightly lit conditions.


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House of Reps tussle: Why PDP is scared of rerun in Ajeromi/Ifelodun – Hon. Taiwo Hon. Kolawole Taiwo is the former Deputy Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly; he had invested 16 years into legislative business and is popularly referred to as Methuselah of the Assembly. He recently laid bare his reason for jostling to represent Ajeromi Ifelodun federal constituency of Lagos State in the green chamber, litigations arising from the inconclusive poll and his hope for the best among other sundry issues. PATRICK OKOHUE met him. What is the state of things with litigation hindering the conduct of the supplementary election in your constituency? I think that is where we have gotten ourselves to after the March election, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared the election inconclusive and we were all looking forward to the rerun that was to come up on the 9th of April, suddenly my opponent in the PDP went to court and said she won, I was shocked because we have an umpire supervising and conducting the election who said this is where we are, that we still have 43,660 votes outside and they said she had 31,000 + votes while I had 28,000+ so we had the difference of 3,224 votes and they now said we will need to do supplementary election in those areas with problems, I feel when she heard that she realised it would be very difficult for her to win me because most of the areas in contention are our own strongholds, we have about 71 booths, though some of her own area are also there, she threw caution to the wind and went to a court in Abuja using all the connections in the House of Reps because I was told that the Speaker Rt.Hon Yakubu Dogara was like a pillar behind her. It’s Dogara that now want to tell us in Ajegunle who should represent u, I just wonder. They took the case to a court in Kubwa, not even in Abuja business district court, but far away in Kubwa, Gwari judicial district, we went there I was not afraid and the INEC lawyer said the court has no jurisdiction to hear the case, my lawyer said we should not bother ourselves with jurisdiction we should rather answer it, because when you have an exparte injunction according to my lawyers’ explanations it implies that you are called upon to afford the court with some information and we told them what INEC gave us, because they actually called a stakeholder’s meeting, to announce the inconclusiveness of the election. I was however shocked when I saw her complaint that INEC did not declare the result before saying we should go for a rerun, that is not true, because INEC did call us for a stakeholders meeting, but the PDP did not show up, that is where they told us that this is the scores of PDP, that of the APC and this is the difference and they cited the Electoral Act that says if the difference between the first and second is not up to the cancelled results then there is supposed to be a rerun and we still had over 43,660 votes outside in 71 booths. But in the wisdom of the judge, though we quoted that in our reply, INEC as the umpire are the ones that are even supposed to provide the figures, but the INEC said the court doesn’t have jurisdiction and the judge assumed jurisdiction on the day of judgement and now said INEC should go and release the result of the collated areas and now tell the world what the situation is, that is where we are. Are you confident that INEC would not go ahead and declare your opponent winner because there are some areas where such happened and INEC did that, don’t you see such scenario repeating itself here? INEC has spoken now and I don’t expect INEC to change their position on that, INEC initially called us to a stakeholders parley, briefing us about the situation on ground, asking us to prepare for rerun which we were ready for even on the governorship election day on the 9th of March, we had started voting when we suddenly had to stop owing to an order INEC in Abuja signaled they had stopping us from holding the rerun, I think she took it to National headquarter of INEC claiming she has an exparte injunction and you know INEC would not want to do that with a knowledge of court injunction, they have done it in several situations,

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like in Bauchi where an exparte injunction made them schedule it for another day, same goes for Adamawa and other reruns held, but that does not stop INEC from doing what it needs to do because the judge said the court doesn’t have power to stop INEC from doing whatever it needs to do, that was part of the judgement. I have been working and I have been talking to people, I am aware that when you are facing election you need do a lot of campaigns like I had done in the past, people even commended me that the way I have put myself into this is more than my previous elections and I said yes I don’t want to lose but win, and the only way you can win is by talking to people to let them know why they should give you their votes and not an alternative, I am a strictly law abiding citizen and don’t take short cuts to victory. What is your assessment of what used to be your political dynasty in Ajeromi/Ifelodun and the paradigm shift there now? I wouldn’t want to wash our dirty linens outside, but I know there are interference that caused some of the weaknesses in our party, because before now I know what I did in preparing our people for governorship election, but the interference though baseless some people just felt you are below them and they are making a costly mistake too which caused a lot of problems. It

is really not for discussion today, I pray there would be lots of time for me to write the story, but now I am looking forward to being elected, I would not want to say something that would jeopardise my chances and let people decide otherwise, even there would be a day I would write a book about my life. I have spent a lot of time in public life that I must sit down and write a book for myself, not asking people to write on my behalf, because there is nothing somebody can say that would match what you want to say. I have seen a lot and need to talk for others coming behind to take cue and get some assistance for the future, I know I am getting to the end of this career and I have not fared badly, I have put so much into politics than anybody can ever imagine, until I am able to come out and tell them before they can be able to see what I have done, but I give all thanks and adorations to God that in 2015 we lost with about 20,000 votes for the House of Reps which means I started the race with 20,000 negative and I am here today very close to success and at the end of the day we have won the two seats in the House of Assembly which we lost the last time, we won because we have been trying to let our people know that we must not lose the winning spirit and I think they have gotten that spirit rejuvenated, they are ready to fight and win, go to Ajegunle and ask them. You will discover that is why she is running from pillar to post, that is why she doesn’t want a rerun because she has seen now that our people are ready to fight for what is theirs and I know we are going to win, I am confident more than before the election. Igbo, Yoruba issue in Lagos politics, what is your take on it? It is quite unfortunate, we have tried all means to draw them closer, my brother this is the only state they can do it, in their area for a Governor of a state to pick a Yoruba person and make him a Commissioner, is it possible? Somebody was telling me that there is a state in the East where a guy was born and bred, he schooled there from Primary to Tertiary education level and graduated, even bagged a Doctoral degree and he lectures in that University, they now called him to be their NBA chairman and he won, but they killed him overnight. It is as bad as that, but here we draw them closer, take for instance Akabueze, do you know Akabueze is one of the few that have approving limit as a Commissioner, aside the Governor and the Deputy Governor? It means he is one of the few that can give you direct approval to go and get Lagos money, he is an Igbo man and after his tenure Asiwaju still recommended him for a position at the federal

In 2015 we lost with about 20,000 votes for the House of Reps which means I started the race with 20,000 negative and I am here today very close to success and at the end of the day we have won the two seats in the House of Assembly which we lost the last time, we won because we have been trying to let our people know that we must not lose the winning spirit and I think they have gotten that spirit rejuvenated, they are ready to fight and win, go to Ajegunle and ask them. You will discover that is why she is running from pillar to post, that is why she doesn’t want a rerun

level and he is now the DG in charge of the budget of the federation because we look for quality, we don’t want to be sentimental, we draw them closer. Even that local government you are talking about ;Ajeromi, the Vice Chairman is an Igbo woman, they had two councillors, not that they are depriving them of positions there no, there are so many Igbo people that are SSA there, but what is most annoying is that yes you cannot say everybody must support your party, absolutely not, but you would not be happy having people leaving and benefitting from the commerce here to now be waiting for instructions from the East to make decisions about how we are to run our government here, we have a performing government here? We have turned Lagos around, I always tell people that it takes those that knows where we are coming from to appreciate where we are, if you don’t know where we are coming from, you may not be able to appreciate where we are, I started with the government as a lawmaker in 1999. I can never forget my first motion on the floor of the house calling on LAWMA to get rid of filth in Lagos State within 24 hours and calling on the Governor to reorganise LAWMA, that is where we started from, Lagos was so dirty, when they said we have heaps of filths sometime ago, imagine then that we didn’t have structure, we can count the number of roads that were tarred, now there is no place they don’t enjoy tarred road, infrastructural development has gone far, far up, these people some of them came to Lagos with nylon bags with few cloths, now they are Billionaires, we made life good for them and at the end of the day they would wait for instructions from the East to take decision about our state ,that one is a discussion for another day, because I am not happy with the way some of them are behaving, some of them are good to us even till now, Eze Okoli one of the Eze’s in my area gave me a chieftaincy title, he donated 1million naira into my campaign aside that he also did a poverty alleviation on my behalf, printed exercise books, school uniforms and more, but some of them are bent on removing us, there was a day I was telling them that do you think you can stand us if we want to be violent with you? Go to most of the Igbo markets in our areas you would be shocked that they are not cooperating with us. Trinity market for example, the road leading there is so bad, but the adjoining streets some of them are still very good roads that can take three to four cars at a breathe, they pack all their wares on the road leaving just only one lane and our people are not fighting them, they are tolerating them because we don’t want anybody to view us as being tribalistic, but they are more tribalistic than us that they also want to determine our fate, I was telling some of them that, but you people are pulling us down I know where I supposed to be, I know where your reactions has gotten me to, I was supposed to be Speaker of Lagos Assembly they suddenly woke up one day and voted against us enmasse and we lost, we lost the election, we lost the opportunity, I told them that why are you people behaving like this? We have not been fighting you people now, that we can start problem for them, now that we even had the federal we can lobby that they be dealt with, but we don’t want that, we want to make life bearable for each and everybody, but I give thanks and adorations to God for where we are and I look forward to INEC because the court has sent that thing back to INEC but I know INEC has released the result before because there is a concluded case in that direction.


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Renmoney takes technology to public schools in Lagos

Renmoney, a leading fintech company in Lagos, has partnered with Ingentes Technologies to coach public school pupils on computer programming. The initiative titled, ‘Tech for the Streets’ exposes secondary school students to technology by teaching them basic coding and providing them with other tips on how to be successful in the Nigerian technology space. Students at the IIupeju Senior Secondary School were the first to benefit from this in February 2019. Renmoney’s Information Technology Manager, Adija Uzodinma, facilitated a session during the orientation. While addressing the students, Adija said: “Technology skills cannot be ignored today as people who learn even basic technology skills are often viewed as more qualified for complex, higher income roles. I think it’s important that every child, no matter what career path they choose, should have at least one digital/technology skill”. Oluwatobi Boshoro, Renmoney’s CEO said: “We’re really happy to partner with Ingentes Technologies for this initiative because there’s a real need to provide a platforms where young minds can learn the basics from practicing professionals and be mentored to make good career choices”. Ingentes Technologies is an IT solutions company specializing in training, computer sales, repairs and IT support. Tech for the Streets is an initiative aimed at equipping public school students with ICT skills to prepare them to take advantage of future technological opportunities. Students will be tutored by seasoned facilitators on the use of Excel, Corel Draw and basic programming amongst many others.”

Yabatech water factory commissioned

The Water Factory of Yaba College of Technology (Yabatech) was recently commissioned by the Chairman, Governing Council, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, to boost the College internally generated revenue (IGR) and to provide hygienic and affordable water for the College community and its environment. Fagbemi disclosed that the day he commissioned the water factory was one of his happiest moments; and that he believed in achievement without noise. He praised the Rector, Engr. Obafemi Omokungbe for his resilience, and his ability to undertake thought provoking project. He described him as a silent achiever who God has put in charge to pilot the administration of this College to a greater height. He said “No matter what type of dream you have, if you don’t have the support of the governing council the dream will not come into reality, that is why I want to specially thank my colleagues for their understanding. It is because the Rector has the understanding of the Council, he has been very polite and civil, and always concerned about having the concrete things done. He is on the fast lane to see that Yabatech develop in all ramifications” “We all know the importance of water, no man on earth will wake up in a day and say that he is not going to drink water, if at all he is not drinking, he will use it to bath. I am happy that the dream of this water factory has come to pass; therefore I want to congratulate everybody that contributed to the project”, he said. The Chairman recommend the water for everyone in the institution and encouraged them to advertise it saying no matter how good a product is, if not advertised, nobody will know about it. “I want to advise that all the materials that will be needed for the production of the water should be sourced from within including the labeling, so that the money is retained here, nothing should go outside.” In his Opening remark, the Rector, Engr. Omokungbe, noted that he was happy because the establishment of water factory in the name of Yabatech is another landmark achievement, and thanked God that the dream has become a reality.

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NCCE calls for engagement of certified teachers

Management of Jordan Hills with some of the winners of the poetry writing competition held for schools in Lagos recently displaying their dummy cheques.

Train medical personnel in local languages, Minister urges stakeholders Stories: Esther Taiwo Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has suggested training medical personnel in indigenous languages as part of solutions to challenges confronting the health sector. Ehanire said this at the maiden edition of the Professor Folabi Olumide annual lecture organised by the Alumni with the theme “Rethinking Medical Education: An Imperative for Improving Health Care in Nigeria” held recently at the Aderemi Makanjuola lecture Theatre, LASU Ojo, Lagos. The Minister also urged Institutional sectors to design curriculum that addresses local questions that are begging for answers and to address the relationship between the traditional practitioners and the orthodox practitioners. The Minister commended the management of the university and the alumni for organisng the event and for choosing the theme. He said: “The theme of this programme is apt and relevant to the direction of the President Muhammad Buhari’s administration on health.” He highlighted some of the concerns of the federal ministry of health, the need for universal health cooperation which he said is contained in the change and next level agenda of the president, the situation of Nigerian citizens chooses to seek health care abroad which rips the country of global confidence in the health system and interpersonal rivalries and frequent strives amongst workers and service distortion. On tackling the problems in the Nigerian health sector, he said: “We must tackle our challenges which is to provide basic health care for 198million citizens and also provide improved patient centre health care at all levels where it is needed, we also need to develop a country culture and circumstance tailored strategy and healthcare workers to achieve this objective, specific for us.” “Prioritisation may need placing less emphasis on some areas that are not relevant to our environment, however best practices from all parts of the world may be used to create a fit for purpose system, workforce and strategy. “It will be useless to copy hook line and sinker what work in another country with the erroneous belief that and mindset, beliefs and strategy are unique and different, we can solve

these 3 problems by giving thesis and instruction in the native local languages of our community rather than pursuing the so-called international standards and designing a curriculum that addresses as local questions which are begging for answers. I talked with the Ethiopian minister for health who told me once that they train workers in English language and gave them an exam which 20 percent of them failed, they were later given same exam in their local language and 80percent of them passed, this shows that language was an obstruction but what he was interested in is service delivery.” However, he stated that the door of learning from other countries must never be put out but should always remain open. “The relationship between traditional practitioners that are reality in our country and orthodox practitioners also needs to be address.” He added “It is necessary for us to go back to the drawing board. Medical education is in a state of constant flux. As new knowledge emerges, we must strive in Nigeria to remain up to speed with training and curriculum development.” “Beyond the impact of global knowledge and technology, countries have always tailored Medical Knowledge to their specific needs. Nigeria’s medical education must be tailored to meet our needs.” “We therefore must look at tailored specific solutions to our environment. However, best practices from around the world may be used to tailor our education. For example, we can train out medical practitioners in our local languages. We must also look at workable relationships in the interest of our country,” the minister added. The guest lecturer, Professor Foluso Afolabi Lesi, cited in his paper, the determinants of health as Income and social status, education, physical environment, employment and working conditions. “There has been an improvement in Nigeria’s health indices especially in areas of infant mortality rate. The improvement in health indices is directly influenced by growth of Medical Schools in Nigeria,” he said. On building a good health care system, he said “a good health care system requires among other, a robust financing mechanism; well trained and adequately paid workforce; reliable information on which the indices are based. Prof. Lesi identified some problems

with Nigeria medical education which includes; Quality of our products, Drop in the quality of graduates of our education sector, Discord among members of the health care team, Shortage of postgraduate training position, Brain Drain, Over 40k of the Doctors Nigeria has produced are operating abroad. On tackling the problems, he added that everyone within their spheres of influence must decide to do things right. “We must build better capacity among our faculty for teaching, research and leadership. We must encourage innovation and entrepreneurship among students and faculty, We must properly motivate and reward excellence. “Health indices in Nigeria, though improving are still unacceptably high, we in tertiary institutions, need to rethink, we train our health workforce to achieve desired results, we need to have selfless result-oriented and purposeful leadership at all levels of government, we all must join Prof Olumide in believing that “Africa will surely rise,” he said. Lesi, who is the Provost of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, also called for a culture of rewarding excellence as a way of reducing brain drain within the medical professions in Nigeria. He challenged stakeholders on building the capacity of university teachers for teaching, research and leadership. “The current structure where people get the same remuneration irrespective of work output demotivates hard workers and dis-incentivises workers,” he said. Aside regular salaries, he believed that “a system should be in place where outstanding staff are given special consideration for awards and access to grants.” In the mood of celebration of the Lagos State pioneering Vice Chancellor, Prof. Folabi Olumide, the Lagos State University sitting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, SAN, stated that the institution has since its inception graduated 200,000 graduates. In his welcome address, Fagbohun, said: “Sir you have every reason to be proud from one campus the university has now contains three campuses, seven faculties, three schools, one college, seven academic centers, a post graduate school, over 23000 students and close to 2700 academic and nonacademic staff”.

The National Commission for Collages of Education (NCCE) has called on the Federal Government and other stakeholders to ensure engagement of certified teachers into the teaching profession. Dr. Mchivga Abelega, Deputy Director Curriculum Development and Innovations, NCCE made the call at the five-day workshop on Review of the 2012 Edition of The NCE Minimum Standards for Arts and Social Science in Gombe recently. He said the commission had been working towards ensuring that the curriculum of the collages of education in country were up to date and that high quality teachers were produced. According to him, one of the major challenges is the problem of lack of employment in the teaching profession. “We have good teachers with the needed skills to teach, but who roaming the street searching for what to do,” he said. In his remarks, Prof. Bappa Muhammadu, the Executive Secretary of the Commission said the review exercise after every five years was to accommodate emerging issues and changing trends in the education sector. Muhammau who was represented by Mr Vitalis Uji, Director Administration Programme Department, said that the 2012 version of the minimum standards was due for review. “That is why we are here to take a second look at it with view to injecting new trends so that we make it more effective for training of effective teachers for our basic education system,” he said. Dr Adamu Ali, Provost Federal Collage Techinical (FCET) Gombe said NCCE had over the years been giving very responsive and dynamic leadership in ensuring standard in the tertiary teacher education sector in the country.

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AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1 ADVANCEMENT AND PROMOTION OF THE TRADITIONS AND CULTURE OF TIV PEOPLE 2 CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT TO FOSTER AND PROMOTE TRADING OF LOCALLY MADE DELICACIES OF THE TIV PEOPLE 3 ENLIGHTEMENT AND EDUCATION OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE 4 EMPOWERMENT OF YOUTH AND WOMEN ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL OF THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA F.C.T. WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: JOSEPH WERNA SECRETARY

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1 TO PROVIDE FORUM FOR MEMBERS TO NETWORK WITH ONE ANOTHER, ENGAGE IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, AS WELL AS EDUCATIONAL, HEALTH AND CULTURAL ENRICHMENT. 2. TO CREATE GOOD LEADERSHIP AWARENESS IN THE TOWN 3. TO SUPPORT YOUTH AND WOMEN ACTIVITIES THROUGH CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL AWARENESS PROGRAMS ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL OF THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA F.C.T. WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: JOSEPH WERNA SECRETARY

HOSANNA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION

AGAPE FAMILY DELIVERANCE & MIRACLE INTERNATIONAL

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

TRUSTEES: MAXWELL CHIKA OGUDORO PETER CHIBUZO EZEGAMBA IJEOMA UHEGBU CHINEDU ESTHER CHIZURUOKE

TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MOMOH S.J. SANTOS 2. EMMANUEL ELIJAH OMEIZA 3. AJEPE JOHN OMOTAY.

AIM AND OBJECTIVE: TO FOSTER UNITY AMONG MEMBERS

AIM AND OBJECTIVE: TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST AND REACH UNTO THE NEEDIES

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

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

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

SIGNED: TRUSTEES

SIGNED: NWABEKE SUNDAY 08165836609

SIGNED: SECRETARY

CHRISTY CARE FOR THE NEEDY FOUNDATION

SHELTER EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 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 IS APPOINTING 4 ADDITIONAL TRUSTEES AS INDICATED BELOW: THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ANIGBO AMECHI KIZITO OBINATU - APPOINTED 2. OBINATU KENECHUKWU KIZITO - APPOINTED 3. IDONIBOYEOBU CHRISTINE ADAOBI - APPOINTED 4. ANABA SARAH NWANJUOBI - APPOINTED 5. OBINATU CHRISTIE NIKEM - RETAINED 6. OBINATU BONNIE OBIAMAKA - RETAINED 7. OBINATU NNAMDI ALEX - RETAINED

TRUSTEES 1. ALI BUKAR FATOMA CHAIRMAN 2. SADIQ ALI BUKAR SECRETARY 3. FALMATA ALI BUKAR 4. NAFISA ALI BUKAR

ANY OBJECTION TO THE PUBLICATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA.

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

SIGNED: SECRETARY

SIGNED:- SECRETARY

COMMONERS ADVANTAGE UNIVERSAL EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE

LIVELIHOOD EMPOWERMENT ASSESSMENT DEVELOPMENT &SUSTAINABILITY FOUNDATION

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990 THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MR. AJAYI OLUWATOBA THOMAS - CHAIRMAN 2. VEN. ALABI OLADEJI SUNDAY 3. MR. AYITI OLUWATOYIN MATTHEW - SECRETARY 4. MRS TOBA-AJAYI OMOTAYO 5. MRS OLORODE FARAMADE ARAMIDE 6.MR. ADEDAYO ADEROPO CHARLES 7. MRS OLANIPEKUN ABIMBOLA DEOLA 8. MR. FALADE GBENGA EBENEZER 9. MR. EMILOLA TAIWO AIM & OBJECTIVE: 1. TO ASSIST THE LESS PRIVILEGED IN THE SOCIETY. ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL OF THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA F.C.T. WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: TRUSTEES

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES TO ASSIST THE LESS PRIVILEGED

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990 TRUSTEES ARE (1) YAKAKA BUKAR MANDARA (2) PROF. MALA MOHAMMED DAURA (3) HAJJA BINTU ZANNA BUKAR (4) HAFSAT MANDARA MIJINYAWA AIM AND OBJECTIVES TO TRAIN GIRLS AND WOMEN ON LIVELIHOODS SKILLS THEREBY DEVELOPING A ROBUST INDEPENDENT ENVIRONMENT FOR THE GIRLS AND WOMEN. FREQUENT SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, ADVOCACIES, AND SENSITIZATION CAMPAIGNS FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN ON SAFETY, HYGIENE, SEXUAL VIOLENCE, SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES AND INFECTIONS. NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR AFFECTED POPULATION AT SELECTED AREAS TO DEVELOP A SUSTAINABLE ALL-INCLUSIVE PROGRAM WHICH WOULD ALSO TARGET MEN AND WOMEN WHO ADOPT HARMFUL COPING MECHANISMS TO SUSTAIN THEIR FAMILIES. ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL OF THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA F.C.T. WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

LAPE ESTATE RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990 TRUSTEES: 1. LIMAN TERNA ISAIAC - CHAIRMAN 2. ZUBAIRU RAKIYA OLUWATOYIN - SECRETARY 3. LANRE LASISI 4. ROSE SAMUEL CHAGGA KULE 5. IBI RICHARD EMMANUEL 6. FRANCO EMMANUEL BAKO 7. ARUKWE UCHENNA ERNEST 8. ABBA GANA BASHIR 9. VICTOR OLU OGUNNUPEBI AIMS AND OBJECTIVE: 1. TO PROMOTE THE INTERESTS AND WELFARE OF ALL THE RESIDENTS OF THE ASSOCIATION 2. TO PROMOTE AND FOSTER FEELINGS OF BROTHERHOOD AND FELLOWSHIP AMONG THE FAMILIES OF ALL THE RESIDENTS OF THE ASSOCIATION 3. TO ENDEAVOR TO SECURE REDRESSAL OF GRIEVANCES, PROBLEMS AND/OR DIFFICULTIES IF ANY BEING EXPERIENCED BY THE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION BY MAKING DUE REPRESENTATION OF SUCH PROBLEMS AND DIFFICULTIES WITH CONCERNED AUTHORITIES AND OFFICIALS OF GOVERNMENT ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL OF THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA F.C.T. WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

OBA TIMOTHY TALABI DADA FOUNDATION

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC), ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. DADA GBOLAHAN - CHAIRMAN. 2. OSUNLABU BAMGBOYE AKANNI - SECRETARY. 3. DADA ADEDIRAN MICHEAL - MEMBER. THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. TO ASSIST AND PROVIDE FOR THE NEEDY AND VULNERABLE IN THE SOCIETY. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS APPLICATION 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: KAYODE OYEDEJI ESQ SOLICITOR (0803-359-8319)


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SURE ELECTS OF GOD MINISTRY NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ORGANISATION WHICH IS BASED IN LAGOS HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990 THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. OLUWAJINDE, OLUSEGUN OMOTAYO 2.OLUWAJINDE, OLURANTI AYODELE 3. SAMUEL GBADEBO OPENIYI PRINCIPAL AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. RAISING AN ARMY OF BELIEVERS WHO ARE HEAVEN BOUND AND DOING EXPLOITS FOR THE LORD ON EARTH 2. PREACHING THE GOOD NEWS (GOSPEL) OF SALVATION TO ALL PEOPLE. (MARK 16:15) 3. NURTURING CHILDREN SO AT TO BE SAVED AND ALLOWED TO SERVE GOD 4. TO RAISE YOUTHS AND PREPARE THEM FOR LEADERSHIP IN THE CHURCH AND THE SOCIETY ACCORDING TO THE PURPOSE AND STANDARD OF GOD 5. TO RAISE GODLY HOMES THAT WILL BE THE BACKBONE OF THE CHURCH AND THE SOCIETY. ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL OF THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PMB 198 PLOT 565 NDOLA SQUARE ZONE 5 WUSE ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

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ROYAL PARK ESTATE RESIDENTS AND LANDLORDS ASSOCIATION.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘’C’’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACTS, DECREE NO. 1 OF 1990.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘’C’’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACTS, DECREE NO. 1 OF 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE; 1. OBOSE MICHAEL - CHAIRMAN. 2. AJURUCHI IFEOMA CONSTANT - VICE CHAIRMAN. 3. DORGU KUROAKEGHA (HON) - SECRETARY. 4. LIZZY SUKU - TREASURER.

THE TRUSTEES ARE; 1. DIKE HARCOURT WHYTE - (CHAIRMAN) 2. NWAOGU OBINNA AMANZE - (SECRETARY) 3. OBI CYRIL IKECHUKWU 4. ANYA HILARY. 5. DANAGOGO WENIKE TAMUNOBAABO. 6. NSOFOR-NWOKORO OBINNA FRANCIS 7. IGWE ELIZABETH IHUOMA 8. CHUKWURA OLISA

AIMS/OBJECTIVES ; 1. WE BELIEVE THAT GOD IS ONE 2. WE BELIEVE THAT JESUS IS THE SON OF GOD AND THE VERY GOD WHO CREATED THE UNIVERSE. ANY OBJECTIONS 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.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES; 1. TO PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET MAITAMA ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED: CHAIRMAN

SIGNED; CHAIRMAN.

SIGNED ; CHAIRMAN.

GO YE MINISTERS NETWORK INTERNATIONAL.

ARANSEOLUWAFADLU-NABIYYMUSLIMSOCIETYOFNIGERIA

FOUNDATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF PUBLIC LEGAL EDUCATION AND INFORMATION.

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

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

THE TRUSTEES ARE; 1. APOSTLE SAM-ONUEGBU EMEKA DAN - PRESIDENT. 2. PROPHET DR. DESIRE DAVID GEORGE SAMSON - SECRETARY. 3. ONUEGBU GABRIEL CHIBUNNA. 4. EMOVEFE GIDEON AUSTINE-PEACE. 5. DR. PROPHET DAVID DESIRE G S.

THE TRUSTEES ARE :1. MAHMUD ABDULLAHI YUNUS 2. YUNUS JAMIU OMOTOSHO 3. ONILE NLA RAZAQ KOLAWOLE 4. OLOLADE NURUDEEN OLADAPO 5. ABDULLAHI ABIBAT YETUNDE 6. OLOJEDE KUDIRAT OLUWASEYI 7. ODUNSI BISIRIYU A. 8. ABDULLAHI MUSTAPHA OLATUNJI 9. ADEKOMI RUKAYAT OLUWAFUNMI

AIMS/OBJECTIVES; 1. TO PROMOTE A SENSE OF UNDERSTANDING AND MUTUAL COOPERATION AMONG MINISTERS IRRESPECTIVE OF DENOMINATIONAL AFFILIATION TO BE MISSION ORIENTED. 2. TO TRAIN, DEVELOP AND DEPLOY MINISTERS FOR MISSIONARY WORK WITHIN AFRICA AND BEYOND. ANY OBJECTION(S) TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR- GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED; PRESIDENT.

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 . THE TRUSTEES ARE 1. IGBEGU EROMOSELE- CHAIRMAN 2. EMOKARO OSAMUDIAMEN CHRISTOPHER- VICE CHAIRMAN 3. MRS EBAKOTA OMONIGHO DANIEL- GENERAL SECRETARY 4. IHUGBA UZOMA BETHEL- PUBLICITY SECRETARY 5. CHIJIOKE UCHENNA SAMUEL- TREASURER 6. ABU AMINU- FINANCIAL SECRETARY

THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE IS :TO PEACEFULLY PROPAGATE THE RELIGION OF ISLAM

AIMS AND OBJECTIVE: TO CHAMPION, PROMOTE & ADVANCE THE CAUSE OF PUBLIC LEGAL EDUCATION & INFORMATION IN NIGERIA THROUGH LEGAL CLINICS, SYMPOSIA, WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES.

ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE REGISTRARGENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET, MATIAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THE PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

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

DAILY BENEFITS & SEED HOPE FOUNDATION

MASEV IHYAREV NONGOV YOUTH DEVELOPMENT FORUM

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO 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 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 CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT 1990

THE TRUSTEES ARE:(1) ACHIV DANIEL DECHIER (2) AKIGHIR CYPRIAN IORWUNDU (3) UZOHO DOMINIC AONDOWASE (4) ZAKI TSEVENDE ALBERT

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.GANIYU OLADUNJOYE -CHAIRMAN, 2, SODEDEJI SUNDAY AJOSE -SECRETARY, 3, KELANI KAZEEM OLANREWAJU -TREASURER, 4, OBABUKOLA MUFUTAU, 5,OWOLABI SULAIMAN.

THE TRUSTEES ARE:1. EROJIE ISIOMA FLORENCE 2. EROJIE BENEDICT AGOCHICHE 3. AKAGWU BAMIYO 4. AKAGWU GABRIEL ONALO 5. NWULI NDIDI ESTHER 6. AMUNIKORO ISMAIL OLALEKAN 7. EROJIE ODILILE AGOCHICHE THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE:1. TO EMPOWER YOUTHS IN THE SKILL OF ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT 2. TO COUNSEL AND TEACH THE YOUTH ON THE ART OF SAVINGS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 3.TO EMPOWER THE UNSCHOOLED THE ART OF ACQUIRING SKILLS TO ELIMINATE POVERTY ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA DISTRICT, P.M.B. 198 GARKI, FCT, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED BY :- SECRETARY

AMBROSE ALLI UNIVERSITY ECONOMICS CLASS OF 1998 ASSOCIATION 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 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE :1. TO ADDRESS MEMBERS NEEDS, CREATING AN AVENUE FOR FINANCIAL OUTSOURCING IN ORDER TO EMPOWER MEMBERS 2. TO PROMOTE THE PROGRESS OF THE MEMBERS ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT , OFF AGUIYI - IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA DISTRICT , ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED BY : SECRETARY

HOLY GHOST GLOBAL REVIVAL CENTER

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. GREEN MARIA EKHUEMUEGHIIAN 2. ERO KENNETH OSAYUWANA 3. IDIAKE ONUWABHAGBE AUSTIN 4. OKOANEGBETE DARLINGTON ABU

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ILESANMI ABIOLA BEATRICE 2. ILESANMI DAMILOLA GABRIEL 3. OGUNSANYA DAVID OLUWAGBOGO 4. IGE ESTHER OLUWASOLA 5. ONIPEDE ADEWALE AMOS

AIM AND OBJECTIVE: TO FOSTER RELATIONSHIP AMONGST CLASSMATES.

AIM AND OBJECTIVE: TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.

ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION SIGNED STRAIGHTPATH CONSULTING 08023694015

IGBO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION IBILLO. THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED “ASSOCIATION” HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 2004. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES ARE: 1. DAVID CHIDI. 2. NWACHUKWU HENRY. 3. OKAFOR SUNDAY. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE 1. TO ENHANCE UNITY AND PEACE AND PROGRESS AMONGST MEMBERS. 2. TO SEEK AND PROMOTE WELFARE OF MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET, PMB 198, MAITAMA, TO ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DAY OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED BY; TRUSTEES.

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

LIBRATION ELDERS ASSOCIATION OF ORIMERUNMU.

AIM AND OBJECTIVE: TO PROMOTE UNITY AND PEACE AMONG MEMBERS, ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT ‪420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET‬, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED SECRETARY

OSE-ODION SOCIAL 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 BOARD OF TRUSTEES ARE: 1.AIGUEHIVEN DORATHY EDEGHOGHO. 2.MICHEAL MERCY OSETOHANMEN. 3.IBOI EVELYN ODION. 4.EFEZOKHEA AGNES. 5. ONOIGBORIA JULIET FAITH. 6. IGHIFA THERESA AKOJE. 7. OBAMEN JULIET FAITH. 8. ADEHO LUCKY EHINOMHEN. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE 1. TO ENHANCE UNITY AND PEACE AND PROGRESS AMONGST MEMBERS. 2. TO SEEK AND PROMOTE WELFARE OF MEMBERS. 3. TO ACQUIRE PROPERTIES AND BUILDINGS FOR THE PURPOSE OF ENHANCING MEMBERS WELFARE. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUYI IRONSI STREET, PMB 198, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DAY OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED STRAIGHT PATH CONSULTING

SIGNED BY; TRUSTEES.

AUCTION SALES! AUCTION SALES!!

AUCTION SALES! AUCTION SALES!!

THERE WILL BE AN AUCTION SALES OF SCRAP MOTORS, TRICYCLES, MOTORCYCLE AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS AT THE NIGERIA POLICE, DIVISIONAL HEADQUARTERS, SANI ABACHA ROAD, GRA PHASE 111 DIVISION, PORT HARCOURT OF THE RIVERS STATE POLICE COMMAND. AFTER 21 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. 1. ONE SCRAP MAZDA 323 CAR TAXI REG. NO. AE 769 BDR 2. ONE SCRAP NISSAN SUNNY SALON CAR TAXI WITHOUT REG. NO. 3. ONE SCRAP GOLF DARK BLUE WITHOUT REG. NO. 4. ONE SCRAP EMPTY RED NISSAN CAR WITHOUT REG. NO. 5. ONE SCRAP HONDA ACCORD REG. NO. CH 717 PHC 6. ONE SCRAP TVS KINGS KEKE REG. NO. HER 45 QC 7. ONE SCRAP SUZUKI MOTORCYCLE WITHOUT REG. NO. 8. SCRAP TWO WHEELS CART TRUCKEDS, TWO SCRAP BICYCLES, THREE PIECES OF SCRAP ARMORED CABLE, SCRAP SUMO PUMP INSIDE SACK BAG, ONE BLACK SCRAP MOTOR BATTERY, SIX SCRAP POLES, THIRTY SEVEN PIECES OF SCRAP RODS. 9. SCRAP AIR CONDITIONERS, SCRAP TELEVISIONS, SCRAP HANDS SETS, SCRAP TORN CLOTHES. 10. AND OTHER HOUSEHOLD ITEMS. SIGNED: ALH. UBALLO DANU AUCTIONEER

THERE WILL BE AN AUCTION SALES OF SCRAP MOTORS AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS AT THE NIGERIA POLICE, DIVISIONAL HEADQUARTERS, ELIOPARANWO DIVISION, PORT HARCOURT OF THE RIVERS STATE POLICE COMMAND. AFTER 21 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. 1. ONE SCRAP MERCEDES BENZ C-CLASS BLACK IN COLOUR REG. NO. UGH 93 KZ 2. ONE SCRAP YELLOW KEKE WITHOUT REG. NO. AND OTHER HOUSEHOLD ITEMS. SIGNED: ALH. UBALLO DANU AUCTIONEER


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THAT MY NAMES WERE WRONGLY SPELT AS FAFUNMI IBUKUN HANNAH. MY CORRECT NAMES ARE FAFUNWA IBUKUN HANNAH. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC AND AUTHORITY CONCERNED TO TAKE NOTE.

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FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS ADETORO ADEPEJU OLAIDE NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS BALOGUN ADEPEJU OLAIDE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC AND AUTHORITY CONCERNED PLEASE TAKE NOTE

AYINGBA MIKE

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED MRS JAYEOLA GRACE OLUWAFUNMITO NOW WISHES TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS ALAYA GRACE OLUWAFUNMITO ALL FORMER DOCUMENT REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS HUNPATIN VICTORIA SENAMI NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS OGUNDANA VICTORIA HUNPATIN. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC AND AUTHORITY CONCERNED PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

I FORMERLY KNOWN CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS ODINE OGHODALO .NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN CALLED AND ADDRESSED AS AYINGBA MIKE IGHODALO. FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID.GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

JIMOH IBRAHIM

OLADIPUPO ADESOLAPE FORMERLY OKUNOLA ADESOLAPE SEKINAT NOW TO BE ADDRESSED AS OLADIPUPO ADESOLAPE SEKINAT. FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAINS VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC NOTE.

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS FADAINI OLUWATOYIN ELIZABETH NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ARIYO OLUWATOYIN ELIZABETH ALL FORMER DOCUMENT REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE

FORMERLY SHITTU IBRAHIM NOW TO BE ADDRESSED AS JIMOH IBRAHIM. FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAINS VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC NOTE. AFOLABI OLUWASEGUN

.I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS AFOLABI SIKIRU OLUWASEGUN NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS AFOLABI OLUWASEGUN AJUMOBI. FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE

OWONIFARI JALAILUDEEN AFOLABI, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS AJAGBE JALAILUDEEN AFOLABI. THAT MY DATE OF BIRTH IS 04/11/1996. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

I FORMERLY KNOWN AS MUYIWA-AJAYI

OLATUNJI FALILAT

OKOH WISDOM

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS SOTUNDE FALILAT AYINKE NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OLATUNJI FALILAT AYINKE . THIS IS DUE TO MARRIAGE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC KINDLY TAKE NOTE.

SAWYERR

MABEL. ALL

AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

I FORMERLY KNOWN AS OSIGUWA SARAH TEMITOPE NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ODHEGBA SARAH TEMITOPE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE

MRS EKECHUKWU GEORGENIA

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OKOH MONDAY NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OKOH WISDOM EROKE . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC KINDLY TAKE NOTE.

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS CHINEDU GEORGENIA NEE DIALA NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS EKECHUKWU GEORGENIA NEE DIALA . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC KINDLY TAKE NOTE.

ELEBUTE SAUBANA

ONYEULO CHIBUZOR

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS NJOKU CHIBUZOR AHAMEFULE CHIMEZIE NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ONYEULO CHIBUZOR AHAMEFULE CHIMEZIE . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC KINDLY TAKE NOTE.

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ADEWOLE ADEBAYO NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ELEBUTE SAUBANA ADEWALE VICKERS . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. UNITED KINGDOM,NIGERIAN HIGH COMMISSION AND GENERAL PUBLIC KINDLY TAKE NOTE.

OLOYEDE ALICE

UCHENNA JOHNSON

ERUMENA OKEZI I FORMALLY KNOWN AS ERUMENA OKEZI OGUN AND THEREAFTER KNOWN AS ERUMENA OKEZI ITEIRE. NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AS ERUMENA OKEZI OGUN. ALL

FORMER

DOCUMENTS

REMAIN

VALID GENERAL PUBLIC AND AUTHORITY CONCERNED PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

MRS. PETER EUNICE FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS. ODE EUNICE AYEGWU NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS. PETER EUNICE AYEGWU.ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL

PUBLIC

AND

AUTHORITY

CONCERNED PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

JEMINE BAFIGHA

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ISAIAH JEMINE BAFIGHA , NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS JEMINE BAFIGHA. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. BANKS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

MRS CHIZOBA AMAECHI

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS CHIZOBA EZEKWEM, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS CHIZOBA AMAECHI. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

ADDITION OF SURNAME FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ONYEJIAKA CHINASAOKWU SOPHIA, NOW WISH TO ADD INYAMAH TO MY NAME. HENCEFORTH, I WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ONYEJIAKA INYAMAH CHINASAOKWU SOPHIA. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

MRS GBADEBO SODIMU FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS

MISS

FOLASHADE

GBADEBO

CHRISTIANA, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS GBADEBO SODIMU FOLASADE CHRISTIANA. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

CHIMEODO PRECIOUS I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS CHIMEODO, PRECIOUS AKUCHI, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS CHIMEODO PRECIOUS COMFORT. MY CORRECT DATE OF BIRTH IS 30/09/1999 NOT 01/10/1997. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD TAKE NOTE.

ABIMBOLA AUGUSTINA

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS AYERE TINA NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ABIMBOLA AUGUSTINA ALLU . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC KINDLY TAKE NOTE.

OLUWABIYI HANNAH

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OLAOGUN HANNAH OLUYEMI NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OLUWABIYI HANNAH OLUYEMI . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC KINDLY TAKE NOTE.

ADDITION OF NAME

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED

THAT ON MY BVN, MY NAME APPEARS AS

AS OGBAJI JOHNSON CHINONSO, NOW

AS OWU ALICE ELIZABETH, NOW WISH TO

ALEKE PRECIOUS. THAT I WISH TO ADD OGECHI

WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED

BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OLOYEDE

TO MY NAME. THAT HENCEFORTH, I WISH

AS UCHENNA JOHNSON CHINONSO. ALL

ALICE

DOCUMENTS

TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ALEKE

DOCUMENTS BEARING MY FORMER NAME

BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN

PRECIOUS OGECHI. ALL DOCUMENTS BEARING

REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERNED

VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERNED AND

MY FORMER NAME REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITY

AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

MAITO AJANAKU IDOWU I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MAITO IDOWU TAOFIKAT, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MAITO AJANAKU IDOWU TAOFIKAT DUE TO MARITAL STATUS. ALL DOCUMENTS BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

OMOLOLA

FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID.

SULEIMAN-KADIRI

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS IBRAHIM BUKOLA AJOKE NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS SULEIMANKADIRI ABADAT . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC KINDLY TAKE NOTE.

NOW WISH TO BE

KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS DAVID-

CONFIRMATION OF NAME: IN SOME OF MY DOCUMENTS MY NAME APPEARS AS AKINYEMI JOHNSON WHILE IN SOME OTHER DOCUMENTS IT APPEARS AS FAPARUSI SYLVESTER AKINYEMI . I AM THE SAME PERSON BEARING ALL THE NAMES. ALL DOCUMENTS BEARING ALL THE NAMES ARE VALID, GENERAL PUBLIC KINDLY TAKE NOTE.

MABEL

.FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS IZEGBE AKWARA, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS IZEGBE GBADEBO. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

ODHEGBA SARAH

DAVID-SAWYERR

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS DANIEL CHINYERE SUSAN NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS. EJIMADU CHINYERE SUSAN. FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

OMOLOLA

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ONYEJIAKA OBINNA CLINTON, NOW WISH TO ADD INYAMAH TO MY NAME. HENCEFORTH, I WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ONYEJIAKA INYAMAH OBINNA CLINTON. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

IZEGBE GBADEBO

AJAGBE JALAILUDEEN FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS

MRS. EJIMADU CHINYERE

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS BABATUNDE KAMILDEEN ADEWALE, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS KAMIL RASHEED OLAWALE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

ADDITION OF SURNAME

ADDITION OF SURNAME FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ONYEJIAKA CHINYERE SANDRA, NOW WISH TO ADD INYAMAH TO MY NAME. HENCEFORTH, I WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ONYEJIAKA INYAMAH CHINYERE SANDRA. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

OHAGWA OFOR

.FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OHAGWA MACDONALD OKEY, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OHAGWA OFOR OKECHUKWU. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

KAMIL RASHEED

UDOCHUKWU NWAIWU

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS UDOCHUKWU PETER NWAIWU, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS UDOCHUKWU NWAIWU. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

ADDITION OF NAME

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ZAKI BONIFACE, NOW WISH TO ADD ABU TO MY NAME. HENCEFORTH, I WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ZAKI ABU BONIFACE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

ARIYO OLUWATOYIN

19

AS IRONDI VICTORY, NOW WISH TO KNOWN

OLANREWAJU

AND IGE.

ADDRESSED ALL

AS

DOCUMENTS

BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

ALL

ALARAPE OLUWABUNMI

OLANREWAJU IGE I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED BE

ELIZABETH.

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS DESMOND OZABOR OTABOR, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ALARAPE OLUWABUNMI. ALL DOCUMENTS BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

CORRECTION OF MOSQUE NAME THAT IN THE NEPA DOCUMENTS, THE NAME OF THE SAID MOSQUE WAS WRONGLY WRITTEN AS ADUGBA MOSQUE INSTEAD OF THE CORRECT NAME AS ADUA GBA MOSQUE, ORILE AGEGE. THAT ALSO THE NAME OF THE SAID MOSQUE WAS WRONGLY WRITTEN IN THE WEMA BANK DOCUMENTS AS ADURALAGBA MOSQUE INSTEAD OF THE CORRECT NAME AS ADUA GBA MOSQUE, ORILE AGEGE. THAT THE CORRECT NAME OF THE MOSQUE IS ADUA GBA MOSQUE, ORILE AGEGE. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

Classified BADA AMATBASIT

IDOWU ABIMBOLA

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS UTHMAN AMATBASIT OLAYEMI NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS BADA AMATBASIT OLAYEMI. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC AND AUTHORITY CONCERNED PLEASE TAKE NOTE

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS IDOWI ABIMBOLA ADUNNI NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS IDOWU ABIMBOLA ADUNNI. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

HAMMED SULAIMON

JULIANA HASSAN FORMERLY SUNDAY JULET KALAKU NOW TO BE ADDRESSED AS JULIANA HASSAN. FORRMER DOCUMENTS REMAINS VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC NOTE.

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS AMADU SULEIMAN NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS HAMMED SULAIMON I WAS BORN ON THE 2ND APRIL, 1980.ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID GENERAL PUBLIC AND AUTHORITY CONCERNED PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

MRS. DIKE CHIKA

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS EGWUE CHIKA JENNIFER , NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS. DIKE CHIKA JENNIFER. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE

DAVID SIMON

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS UGBEKILE SIMON, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS DAVID SIMON. THAT MY CORRECT DATE OF BIRTH IS 17 SEPTEMBER 1997. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

IKE AKUDO

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS IKEH AKUDO ESTHER, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS IKE AKUDO ESTHER. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

JOSHUA AGNES

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS EBEBE AGNES EKAETTE MONDAY, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS JOSHUA AGNES EKAETTE MONDAY. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

ERIC BASIL

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ERIC UCHE NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ERIC BASIL . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC KINDLY TAKE NOTE.

ADDITION OF NAME :

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OLADUJA OLAKUNLE NOW WISH TO ADD BENSON TO MY NAME NOW I WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OLADUJA OLAKUNLE BENSON . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TO PLEASE TAKE NOTE

CONFIRMATION OF NAME: IN SOME OF MY DOCUMENTS MY NAME APPEARS AS OSEYEMI DARE PETER WHILE IN SOME OTHER DOCUMENTS IT APPEARS AS OSEYEMI DAMILARE . I AM THE SAME PERSON BEARING ALL THE NAMES. ALL DOCUMENTS BEARING ALL THE NAMES ARE VALID, GENERAL PUBLIC KINDLY TAKE NOTE.

VICTOR CHUKWUDUMEJEH I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS VICTOR DUMEJEH OFOKANSY, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS VICTOR CHUKWUDUMEJEH OFOKANSI. ALL DOCUMENTS BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

SALAMI QASIM

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS SALAMI KAZEEM BABATUNDE, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS SALAMI QASIM ADEBAYO. ALL DOCUMENTS BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

EZENWABASILI CHRISTIANA

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ONUOHA CHRISTIANA ONYEKA, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS EZENWABASILI CHRISTIANA ONYEKA. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

ADDITION OF NAME

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS KEHINDE UTHMAN, NOW WISH TO ADD IDIAT TO MY NAME. HENCEFORTH, I WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS KEHINDE UTHMAN IDIAT. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

JASON ODIAKOSE

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS JAMES ODIAKOSE MONYE, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS JASON ODIAKOSE MONYE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

OKORIE- DEGAULLE

FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ELEKWACHI OGECHI JENNIFER, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OKORIEDEGAULLE OGECHI JENNIFER. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

EMMANUEL WISDOM . I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS JOHN WISDOM NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS EMMANUEL WISDOM OKON . I WAS BORN ON 09/09/1993 NOT 12/11/1992. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC KINDLY TAKE NOTE.

ODIMGBE VICTOR I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ODIMGBE VICTOR NICHOLAS NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ODIMGBE VICTOR TOCHUKWU . I WAS BORN ON 25/12/2000 NOT 25/12/1997 AS IN MY BVN/BANK DOCUMENT. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC KINDLY TAKE NOTE.

MRS UGWUEZE HAPPINESS

I FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS NNADOZIE HAPPINESS NGOZI NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS UGWUEZE HAPPINESS NGOZI . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC KINDLY TAKE NOTE.

SAMUEL DAMILOLA I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OLAWOYIN DAMILOLA ENIOLA, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS SAMUEL DAMILOLA ENIOLA DUE TO HONOURING MY FATHER’S FIRST NAME. ALL DOCUMENTS BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

EKAETTE JOSEPH I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS EKAETTE BENJAMIN EMMANS, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS EKAETTE JOSEPH WELLINGTON. ALL DOCUMENTS BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.


Classified 20 OKPERE DAVID

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OKPERE DAVID JOHNSON, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OKPERE DAVID IRIA. ALL DOCUMENTS BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE

MRS EJINAKA OGECHI

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS ONYANTA OGECHI RITA AND MISS ONYANTA OGECHI RITA MARIAGORETTI, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS EJINAKA OGECHI RITA. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. BANKS AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

ONU ALPHONSUS

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ALPHONSUS CHUKWU, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ONU ALPHONSUS. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

NWANCHOR IKECHUKWU

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS NWANCHOR JOHN IKECHUKWU, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS NWANCHOR IKECHUKWU. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

UGWU IFEANYI

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS UGWUALUM IFEANYI KELVIN, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS UGWU IFEANYI KELVIN. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. BANKS AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

SERIFATU OMOTANWA

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS SERIFATU OMOTANWA SARUMI , NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS SERIFATU OMOTANWA OWOJENMI . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. BANKS AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE

MOHAMMED DIKKO

Daily Times Nigeria Wednesday, April 17, 2019 ARUYA FIDELIX U

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED

AS MOH DIKKO YUSUF-USMAN, NOW

AS ARUYA FEDELIX ODION, NOW WISH TO

WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS

BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ARUYA

MOHAMMED DIKKO YUSUF-USMAN. ALL

FIDELIX U. ODION. ALL DOCUMENTS

DOCUMENTS BEARING MY FORMER NAME

BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN

REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERNED

VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERNED AND

AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

NWANDE CHIDIEBERE

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS NWANDE EDWARD, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS NWANDE CHIDIEBERE VINCENT. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. BANKS AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

MRS ANICHIKWA CHIKAODILI I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS NWANKWO CHIKAODILI NNEOMA, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS ANICHIKWA CHIKAODILI NNEOMA. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. NYSC, BANKS AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

UKPERI AZAKA FELIX

MRS ILO UJUNWA

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS ONYEBUEKE UJUNWA LILIAN, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS ILO UJUNWA LILIAN. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. NYSC AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

NWOKPORO IFEOMA

AS AHANOTU IFEOMA JENNIFER, NOW

AS INNOCENT OLUCHI JOY, NOW WISH

WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED

TO

AS NWOKPORO IFEOMA JENNIFER. ALL

AS UZOMUEFUNA OLUCHI JOY. ALL

FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID.

FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID.

BANKS AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD

BANKS AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD

PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

ANI SAMUEL CHIDIEBERE

ONUAMAH EZEKIEL

ONAH CHIBUZOR CHINENYE

NONSO VICTOR

UZOMUEFUNA OLUCHI I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ANI SAMUEL CHIDI, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ANI SAMUEL CHIDIEBERE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS NONSO VICTOR OKEKE , NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS NONSO VICTOR AARON . ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. BANKS AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE

MRS NNEKA ROSE

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS OFORDU NNEKA ROSE, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS NNEKA ROSE OFORDU UMEH. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. NYSC AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS AZAKA UKPERIOKORIE FELIX, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS UKPERI AZAKA FELIX. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ONUAMA EZEKIEL ACHUNIKE, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ONUAMAH EZEKIEL CHIBUIKE. MY CORRECT DATE OF BIRTH IS 12 MARCH, 1992. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. BANKS AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

ADDITION OF NAME THAT ON MY BVN, MY NAME APPEARS AS OGUNDIMU OLUWASEUN. THAT I WISH TO ADD KAYODE TO MY NAME. THAT HENCEFORTH, I WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OGUNDIMU OLUWASEUN KAYODE. ALL DOCUMENTS BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OKEKE CHIBUZOR CHINENYE, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ONAH CHIBUZOR CHINENYE. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. NECO OFFICE AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE.

MRS, ISHOLA OZOFU

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MISS AWEH OZOFU ESTHER NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS MRS, ISHOLA OZOFU ESTHER, ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID, GENERAL PUBLIC AND ALL APPROPRIATE INSTITUTION SHOULD TAKE NOTE,

BE

KNOWN

AND

ADDRESSED

ABANUM-BANKS. I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS GODSWILL ABANUM, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS GODSWILL

ABANUM-BANKS.

ALL

FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. GENERAL

PUBLIC

SHOULD

PLEASE

TAKE NOTE.

ALOH NKECHI

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS IGWE NKECHI ANGELA, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS ALOH NKECHI ANGELA. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID. NECO OFFICE AND GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE. CONFIRMATION/CORECTION OF NAME.

ON MY BVN, MY NAME WAS WRITTEN AS JOSEPH LUCY CHRISTABEL INSTEAD EGWUATU LUCY CHIOMA. MY CORRECT NAME IS EGWUATU LUCY CHIOMA. GENERAL PUBLIC NOTE

OYEYEMI OLUREMI

I, FORMERLY KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OMOTUNDE OLUREMI ABOSEDE, NOW WISH TO BE KNOWN AND ADDRESSED AS OYEYEMI OLUREMI ABOSEDE. ALL DOCUMENT BEARING MY FORMER NAME REMAIN VALID. AUTHORITY CONCERNED AND GENERAL PUBLIC TAKE NOTE.

MRS AGU KATE NWAKAEGO

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ELOM SUSSAN

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Uganda would ‘consider’ granting al-Bashir asylum A Ugandan official said his government would consider granting asylum to al-Bashir because of his role in mediating a peace deal in neighbouring South Sudan. “If Uganda is approached to grant asylum to Bashir it is an issue that can be considered at the highest level of our leadership,” Henry Okello Oryem, state minister for foreign affairs, told AFP news agency. Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide and war crimes relating to the conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region. Egypt’s Sisi offers support to military rulers Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called al-Burhan, the head of Sudan’s transitional military council, Abdel Fattah to offer his backing. Sisi affirmed “Egypt’s full support for the security and stability of Sudan and its support for the will and choices of the Sudanese people”,

a spokesman for the Egyptian president said in a statement. Report: US to mull Sudan terror list removal after changes The United States would consider removing Sudan “from the list of state sponsors of terrorism if there is significant change in the country and a smooth transition”, a senior State Department official told Reuters news agency. Washington was in the process of discussions on removing it from the US terror list when the military intervened to remove al-Bashir. The US administration suspended the next round of the talks, scheduled for the end of April, after the military said it would enter a two-year period of military rule to be followed by presidential elections. “It is important that the will of the people are respected, and that Sudanese people be allowed a peaceful transition,” the official added.

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Military council takes aim at alBashir era officials Sudan’s military council has dismissed the country’s public prosecutor and the head of the state-run radio and television broadcasters, according to a statement. Sid Ahmed Mahmoud replaced Omar Ahmed Mohamed Abdel Salam as the top prosecutor, the council said. It also named Murtada Abdullah Waraq as the new governor of Khartoum state, and Yahiya Altybe Abu Shora as the head of the judiciary. Russia recognises Sudan’s military council Russia’s deputy foreign minister said Moscow recognised Sudan’s transitional military council, according to the RIA news agency. Mikhail Bogdanov, responding to a question on whether Russia recognised the new authorities in Sudan and maintained contact with them, said: “Yes, of course.”

Egypt’s parliament has passed proposed constitutional amendments that could see President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi remain in power until 2030, according to state media. The vote on Tuesday sends the changes to a public referendum that will likely take place before early May when the Muslim holy month of Ramadan starts. Critics have decried the proposals as another step back to authoritarianism, eight years after a pro-democracy uprising ended put an end to Hosni Mubarak’s decadeslong rule. The amendments approved by the 596-member parliament, which is dominated by pro-Sisi politicians, include allowing the general-turnedpresident to extend his current term by two years and stand for another six-year mandate. “Today, we are concluding what we started in February,” Speaker Ali Abdel-Al said at the beginning of the session. “In this great day, we offer to the Egyptian people a draft bill of the constitutional amendments.” Human rights record In recent weeks, large posters encouraging people to vote in the referendum and back the changes have been splattered across Egypt’s capital, Cairo, including in the central Tahrir Square, where mass protests became the symbol of the 2011 antiMubarak uprising and of hopes for democratic change in Egypt. “Take part, say ... ‘yes’ for the constitutional amendments,” says one banner near the pro-government Nation’s Future Party. Most of the posters were apparently funded by pro-government parties, businessmen and MPs, according to reports. Sisi led the 2013 military overthrow of elected president and Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed Morsi. He won his first term as president in 2014 and was re-elected in March 2018 with more than 97

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percent of the vote, after standing virtually unopposed. His government has been widely criticised by human rights groups for the repression of political opponents. In the past three years, more than 15,000 civilians, including children, have been referred to military prosecution in Egypt, according to Human Rights Watch. Proposed amendments The constitutional changes would only extend a president’s term in office from four to six years and allow for a maximum of two terms. But they also include a special article specific to Sisi that extends his current second four-year term to six years and allows him to run for another six-year term in 2024 potentially extending his rule until 2030. Justifying this clause, Abdel-Al, the speaker, said it was aimed at “political justice ... and the required stability.” The February draft of the special article was different, proposing to allow Sisi to run for two more six-year terms after his current term expires in 2022, possibly putting him at the helm of Egypt until 2034. No reason was given for the change, apparently made by the committee that drafted the final version of the text. The amendments introduce one or more vice presidents, revive the Senate and enshrine a 25 percent quota for women in parliament’s lower, legislative chamber. They allow the president to appoint top judges and bypass judiciary oversight in vetting draft legislation. They declare the military the “guardian and protector” of the Egyptian state, democracy and the constitution, while also granting military courts wider jurisdiction in trying civilians. Finally, they include provisions for what is described as adequate representation for workers, farmers, youth and people with special needs.

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Pele ‘back on the field’ after short hospital stay in Paris

Former Brazil star Pele has thanked medical staff following his short spell in hospital and assured fans he is “back on the field”. The 78-year-old was treated for a urinary tract infection in Paris, where he had been attending a commercial event alongside Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe. He returned home to Brazil last week and has now told his

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followers on social media that his recovery has gone well. He wrote on Twitter: “My dear friends. I’m happy to be able to write again to let you know that I’m fine. “I would like to thank the medical staff of Albert Einstein Hospital, and especially you, for the prayers and positive energy. I’m back on the field, thirsting for new goals in life.”

Friendly: Super Eagles to play Senegal in Spain Nigeria’s international friendly against the Teranga Lions of Senegal may hold in Spain as part of build up ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, President of the Senegalese Football Federation Augustin Senghor has revealed. Speaking to journalists on Monday, Senghor who has returned to Dakar after witnessing the draw for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo last Friday said the modalities are being worked between both federations. He said Spain was suggested because it is where Senegal will camp before the tournament. “Both coaches are committed to the cause. Everything was done in Cairo

during the draw between the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick and myself in the presence of the coaches. “The two sides will work out the modalities so that the match can be played under the best conditions. The match could be played in Spain where Senegal will be camped or Egypt. Nigeria has been drawn in Group B against Madagascar, Burundi and Guinea while Senegal are in Group C with Desert Foxes of Algeria, Tanzania and Kenya. Another Pre-Afcon friendly has been lined up for Eagles against Ghana.

U-17 AFCON: Zenith Bank charges Golden Eaglets to earn World Cup spot Players of the U-17 national team, the Golden Eaglets, competing in the ongoing African Nations Cup for this cadre, have been urged to go all out and secure a ticket for Nigeria in the forthcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup finals billed to take place in Brazil later this year. Zenith Bank plc, partners of the Nigeria Football Federation, gave this charge on Tuesday, urging the team to record a resounding victory over Angola on Wednesday. It is of note that Zenith Bank is the sole sponsor of the NFF future Eagles project where U-13 and U-15 players compete for honours over the years. As the Eaglets take on Angola in their second Group A match on Wednesday, a win will be enough to guarantee Nigeria a place in the FIFA U-17 World Cup finals taking place in Brazil. According to an official of the NFF close to the team, the sponsors, Zenith Bank, are so excited that some of their products in the Future Eagles Project have graduated into the current national U-17 team. About seven of the players featured in the Zenith’s youth developmental competition and the bank is banking on

them to go all the way and excel. The NFF official said: “The officials of Zenith are so happy that some of the players who were in the Future Eagles project are currently in Tanzania in the colours of Nigeria. “This is not a small feat and it is understandable that the bank chieftains are happy that their investment is really worth the while in the country’s football development. “The NFF has about 11 national teams to take care of and it is wonderful that sponsors like Zenith Bank are assisting to reduce the burden of the federation.” The Eaglets under the tutelage of Coach Manu Garba defeated host Tanzania 5-4 in

a highly entertaining opener on Sunday. It will be recalled that the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, and board member, Aisha Falode, late last year lead the U-17 team and officials to the headquarters of the bank in c on a courtesy visit. “We are so grateful to the management of Zenith Bank for helping us with the Future Eagles project which has taken some burden off our shoulders. The competition involved young boys from all parts of the country. They played at state and zonal level under the supervision of my vice, Barrister Akinwunmi, who monitors their progress from one stage to the other,” NFF president, Pinnick, said.

African champions Nigeria will contend with Burkina Faso, Niger Republic and Mali in the group phase of this year’s WAFU B Women’s Tournament taking place in Abidjan, 8th – 18th May. They will play in Group B. Host nation Cote d’Ivoire, alongside Togo, Senegal and Ghana will battle things out in Group A. Next month’s tournament will serve as the last preparatory competition for the Super Falcons before they fly to their final camp in Austria ahead of the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France. Already, the Falcons have participated in tune–up tournaments in China, Cyprus and Spain, and pundits already rate the Class of 2019 as the side that have been afforded the best preparation for the World Cup finals

by the nation’s football–governing body. After the WAFU B tournament, the Falcons will spend two weeks at the Avita Resort in Bad Tatzmannsdorf in Austria putting finishing touches to their preparations, before arriving in France. The nine –time African champions are up against Norway at the Stade AugusteDelaune in Reims on 8th June, before facing Korea Republic at the Stade des Alpes in Grenoble on 12th June and host nation France at the Roazhon Park in Rennes on 17th June. WAFU B WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT 2019 GROUP A: Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Senegal, Ghana GROUP B: Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Niger Republic, Mali

Carles Puyol arrives Nigeria for UEFA Champions League tour

AFCON: Emmanuel Amuneke predicts early exit for big names Tanzania’s head coach Emmanuel Amuneke has predicted that some of the bigger names could make an early exit from June’s Africa Cup of Nations. The former Nigeria and Barcelona star thinks some of the lesser names at the finals have a point to prove. Tanzania have qualified for their first finals since 1980 and will face Algeria, Senegal and Kenya in Egypt. “Don’t be surprised if you see some of these so-called big teams packing their bags early in the tournament,” he said. “I personally don’t fear any team and I know the so-called small teams

WAFU Cup: Falcons to play Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso

are going to the Nations Cup with a lot of appetite to try and prove a point. “Every team that has qualified for is strong enough and now it’s about how much more work the technical teams and players do. “The small details will count during the tournament, but I like the hunger that my team has. “Many people thought Tanzania could not qualify and now we are there and we need to prove yet another point.” The 1994 African Footballer of the Year also believes expanding the tournament from 16 teams to 24 is a good thing.

“It is good Caf has adopted the 24team system which gives chance to many other teams,” he told BBC Sport. “Generally teams have improved because younger boys have changed their attitudes and want to shine to improve their daily lives and families.” Amuneke, who coached Nigeria to the 2015 Under-17 World Cup, has the full backing of the Tanzania Football Federation (TFF). “I trust in Amuneke and the players to continue doing us proud,” Wallace Karia the TFF President said. “We will make sure all that the technical team asks for is provided so that the team is well prepared.”

A former Barcelona FC captain and three-time UEFA Champions League legend, Carles Puyol, has arrived Nigeria on a three-day visit starting from today, Tuesday to Thursday (April 16-18). The former captain is in Nigeria to lead the UEFA Champions League tour connecting with consumers and football lovers across two states in the country, namely Akwa Ibom and Lagos. Regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation, Puyol has won 20 major titles, including six La Liga trophies and three UEFA Champions League titles. He has also won 100 caps for Spain, and was part of the squads that won Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. It was gathered that the 40-year-old defence maestro on arrival in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state on Tuesday morning was met with a rousing welcome from hundreds of fans as he signed a couple of autographs.

Puyol will be in Uyo for a consumer event and an Unmissable Match, as he would be playing as Captain of the Chairman Team alongside ex-Nigerian internationals, current NPFL wavemakers, Akwa United players and selected consumers against a ‘Shine Shine Bobo Team’ led by Nigerian football legend, Jay Jay Okocha. According to the itinerary of the professional footballer, he would be in Lagos also for a tour as well as other planned events on Wednesday and Thursday (April 17 & 18).


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