IPOB: Buhari, not me, should be tried for felony –Kanu
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Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday, accused President Muhammadu Buhari of committing treasonable felony against Nigeria.
He said that that unlike President Buhari that benefited from a coup against a legitimate government, he (Kanu) is a freedom fighter struggling to actualise Biafra legitimately. Kanu stated this through his
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Abuja runway closure: FAAN to lose 30% revenue
Ï Concessionaires, car hire operators jittery Ï Closure will not serve collective interest of Nigerians –Stakeholders Ï Minister fails to convince Senate on action Ï Repair to gulp N5.8bn
Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo, Lagos and Olufemi Samuel, Abuja
The impending economic loss that may arise from the proposed closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja (NAIA) is becoming a source of worry to stake-
holders in the nation’s aviation sector as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) is set to lose 30 per cent of its revenue as a result of the closure. This is even as Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, on Thursday, failed to convince the Continued on page 6
Buhari forwards new list of non-career ambassadors to Senate 12
Ï Drops Mamora, Bugaje, Tallen, 9 others
Sourthern Kaduna killings: FG to commence special 7 operations
Atiku pledges support for Ohaneze on national agenda 6
Reps summon IG over diversion of N1.2bn meant for APCs
Ogun State Governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun; Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, during the All Progressives Congress (APC) Southwest Elders’ Forum meeting in Oyo State … on Thursday.
OAUTH recorded 14 successful open heart surgeries in 2016 –GMS 6
Electoral crisis: Buhari off to Gambia
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Editorial Need for economic diversification in 2017
ith the increasing parlous state of Nigeria’ economy brought about by dwindling price of crude oil, it is time the country and citizens look inwards for solution. The present dire financial strait now facing the country was predicted long ago. However, successive administrations failed to heed the warnings or read the tea leaves for signs of hard times to come. For long, the country lived a profligate existence, while squandering the commonwealth that should have been saved for the rainy day. Now, the chickens have come home to roost and with them the consequences of a charmed existence. The economic downturn is cause for concern giving that Nigeria depends on massive importations for almost every product consumed in the country. Moreover, with the continuing depreciation of the Naira against all major currencies, the situation ahead is predicted to gloomier. We believe the country can ride out of the looming recession if it starts local manufacturing of those goods that are presently imported. In fact, it is time to encourage “Made in Nigeria” goods. If enacted, such policy would save the country the much-needed foreign currencies now being expended on importation of goods and services. Analysts had for long decried the unregulated importation of goods that could be easily produced in the country. For example available figures reveal that more than 2 million metric tonnes of rice are imported into country annually. This is against the fact that Nigeria has vast arable land that could be used for planting and processing rice. What goes for rice is symptomatic of the importation mania that
has become the bane of the economy. There is no gainsaying that most of the imported products such as textiles, margarine, palm kernel, vegetable oil, poultry products, chicken, eggs and turkey, Indian incense, cold rolled steel sheets, galvanized steel, roofing sheets, wheelbarrows, head pans, metal boxes and containers, and enamelware can be produced locally. Others are steel drum, steel pipes, wire mesh, steel nails, wire rods, security wire, wood particle and board, plywood board and panel, wooden doors, toothpicks, glass and glassware, kitchen utensils, tableware, tiles and wooden fabrics, plastic and rubber products, soap and cosmetics. That is where the government should step in and support artisans and other small-scale enterprises with funds to undertake massive production of goods, especially those requiring low cost technologies. Not only will the country save scarce foreign exchange, such manufacturing outfits would employ hundreds of thousands workers, thereby reducing the high level of unemployment. Nigeria should learn from other developing countries such as Taiwan, China, Malaysia and Indonesia that have succeeded in pulling millions out of poverty through local production of goods. That is why we are hailing the amendment of the Public Procurement Act of 2007. When signed into law, it will make it obligatory for Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs) of the Federal Government to first consider and patronise Nigerian products before their foreign alternatives. There is no denying the fact that the law will have ripple effects on the manufacturing industry, as it will assure local manufacturers of a ready and sure market for their products.
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Abuja runway closure: FAAN to lose 30% revenue Continued from page 1 Senate that the planned closure of the airport for six weeks and the resolve to move air flights operations to Kaduna Airport was the best option for effecting repair work on the NAIA. Also, concessionaires, transporters, workers and other business operators that offer ancillary services at the NAIA are also losing sleep over the possible loss that will greet their businesses whenever the airport runway is closed for flight operations. Car hire service operators said they will be out of business for more than one month should the airport be closed. A transporter said “if the runway is closed, it then means we will remain out of business for over six weeks that the runway is closed. We are not even sure if the airport will be opened as planned. But it’s just a short period of time and that will definitely affect our
daily hustle.” “I make over N5, 000 every day after the daily expenses. This I used for my family upkeep. When there are no passengers, how do I cope?” Another operator at the airport, Mr. John Ogar said that though it is a short period, the closure would render them jobless for the six week period. “Six weeks is a short period but such government’s plan is capable of causing untold hardship on us that operate here, especially in this era of recession,” Ogar said. A lady vendor at the airport, who simply identified herself as Ruth, said it will be a difficult time for them. The Minister of State Aviation had notified the general public few weeks ago that the Abuja airport runway will be closed for six weeks to create space for repair works at the tarmac. Although, the Senate had waded into the controversies surrounding the planned closure of the airport, stakeholders are still
worried that the closure might not serve the collective interest of Nigerians, saying that such move will attract huge loss to business activities within and outside the airport. Commenting on the planned closure, aviation analyst, Olumide Ohunayo, lamented the proposal by government, saying it is as a result of poor maintenance culture and poor planning. Ohunayo, who concurred that it will amount to a monumental loss to the business community within the airport, added “the losses will be monumental and it will definitely affect the airlines, car hire operators, concessionaires, workers, airlines and all those who offer ancillary services at the airport. “There will also be some amount to renovate the airport and another to build the Abuja-Kaduna highway. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. If we had maintenance plans, we wouldn’t have what we are going through now. Abuja is
the only major city in the world that has only one runway.” In his own views, aviation expert and former director, flight operations, Afrijet Airlines, Alhaji Mohammed Tukur, said the closure will cost huge losses to both airlines and other users of the airport. Tukur, while advising the federal government, said it is very important that government awards the second runway contract to another company, which will construct the second runway as they repair the current runway. “I saw that particular runway and I feel it needs to be closed completely. If the airport runway will be closed for six weeks, let it be closed. But government must give the contract for the second runway to argument the one that they are repairing. As they are repairing, they will be constructing another runway. The Daily Times gathered that the closure of the runway will negatively affect the revenue
generation of FAAN, which may equally affect payment of salaries of its workers. The airport generates 30 per cent of the revenue of FAAN. Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, on Thursday, failed to convince the Senate that the planned closure of the Airport for six weeks and the resolve to move air flights operations to Kaduna Airport was the best option for effecting repair work on the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja (NAIA). The Minister, however, told the Senate that the proposed repair work on the runway of the airport will gulp N5.8 billion as against N1.2 billion earmarked for similar purpose in the 2015 budget. Sirika made this known during an interactive session he had with the Senate where he adduced reasons behind the planned total closure of the Abuja airport for six weeks for repair works to take place.
Atiku Pledges to support Ohaneze Ndigbo for National Agenda Tom Okpe, Abuja
Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has pledged his readiness and support to work with the Ohaneze Ndigbo in what he said is to further a National agenda that will make all Nigerians proud of the country. Atiku, in a congratulatory message to the newly elected President-General of the social-cultural organization of the Igbo nation, Dr. Nnia Nwodo, the former vice president said, “Nnia Nwodo’s election is auspicious, coming at a time when the Igbo nation, nay, the entire Nigerian federation is facing challenges of nationhood, and needs men and women of knowledge and goodwill to get the country out of this challenge. Nwodo could not have assumed leadership at a better time.” The Turakin Adamawa notes that Dr. Nwodo ranks very high among the many quality men and women in the Igbo nation, who could fill the position of Ohaneze leadership and for the mantle to have fallen on the former minister of information, attests to the high esteem in which he is held in Igbo land and beyond. The APC chieftain commended the leadership of Ohaneze for holding a hitch and rancor free election, thereby showing that democratic transfers of power in our society can be carried out in a harmonious manner.
OAUTHC records 14 successful open heart surgeries in 2016 –CMD
Sodiq Adekunle, Osogbo
ÏÏÏ The Chief Medical Director of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife, Prof Victor Adetiloye, has disclosed that the hospital recorded 14 successful open heart surgery operations in 2016. Adetiloye made the disclosure while chatting with journalists in his office on Thursday in Ile-Ife.
He said the success story of the surgery operations were recorded based on the competent medical doctors they have on ground. The CMD added that the medical experts presently serving in the hospital are of international standard that were trained abroad. Adetiloye explained that the routine surgery that people travelled abroad to perform have been successfully handled and recorded success at lesser cost in
OAUTHC. He appealed to Nigerians who were of the opinion that they have to travel abroad before they could get solution to their health challenges to approach the teaching hospital for treatment of such ailments. In the same vein, a cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Uvie Onokpoya, stated that a hole in the heart, which has three sections of surgery that people travel abroad to perform at the cost of over N6
million, had been successfully treated by medical experts in OAUTHC with less than N1 million. Onakpoya charged people who has medical ailments to always patronise indigenous hospitals such as OAUTHC. He added that people should first visit local hospitals to examine the degree of their ailments to determine whether they could be treated in the teaching hospital, before referring it to abroad.
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Southern Kaduna Killings: FG to commence special operation Tony Ailemen and Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
Indications that full military operations is to commence in Southern Kaduna and its environs emerged yesterday after President Muhammadu Buhari met with Service Chiefs at the Presidential Villa. This is even as the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has advised the Federal and Kaduna State governments to approach the conflict holistically with a view to preventing similar occurrences in the future. The meeting with the president, which took place behind closed door, according to the Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Burutai, was partly to review the crisis in Southern part of Kaduna, the North West Nigeria and other parts of the country. Fears were recently expressed that Boko Haram may have shifted base from the Sambisa forests after security forces completely dislodged them from their stronghold in the North Eastern region of the country to other parts of the country. But the Chief of Army Staff, Buratai, who spoke to State House Correspondents after the meeting, focused on review of military strategy for the year, adding that most of the opera-
tions in crisis-ridden and volatile areas of the country will be sustained. He confirmed that security operatives are already fully mobilised to the troubled Southern Kaduna. “Our troops are already in Southern Kaduna, we have our special forces operating there along with all other security agencies and we intend also to have an exercise very soon in Southern Kaduna to cover some part of Plateau and in-
deed part of Kano State. “So, it is part of our strategy for this year to continue all the exercises we have had before. We will be having exercise Kunama II, which will come into Southern Kaduna State and part of Plateau and Kano state. Crocodile smile in the Niger Delta and indeed the Python dance,” adding “that but we are going to rename the Python Dance for the South East this year also,” he said.
Buratai noted that operation Lafiya Dole, around the Sambisa area is still ongoing and will be sustained. As part of the solutions to the Southern Kaduna crises, which had claimed hundreds of lives, President Buhari, last week, directed the InspectorGeneral of Police to proceed to Southern Kaduna to assess the situation first hand. In addition to the conventional policemen deployed in
the area, a squadron of mobile policemen was also deployed. Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali, while also speaking on the issue, said conclusions were reached on most of the crisis in different parts of the country and resolutions were passed. According to him “Like I said in the Southern Kaduna, we have our troops being moved and they have already taken places, operation is going on and I believe that very soon it will come to an end.”
Former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan (2nd left), during a condolence visit to the family of the late former governor of Niger State, Engr. Abdulkadir Kure, in Niger… on Thursday.
Electoral crises: Buhari off to Gambia
Tony Ailemen, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari will today, travel to Banjul, capital of The Gambia and Bamako, the Malian capital from January 13 to 14, 2017. A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said while in Banjul, President Buhari, as the mediator in The
Gambia, is scheduled to meet with President Yahya Jammeh and the President-elect of that country, Adama Barrow, to continue dialogue on the political situation in the West African country. The Nigerian President will be joined by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia; chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, President Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone, and
the immediate past President of Ghana, John Mahama, who is the co-mediator of The Gambian mission. Later on January 13, President Buhari will travel to Bamako, Mali, to participate in the 27th Africa–France Summit. The Summit for Partnership, Peace and Emergence, convened by French President Francois Hollande, is aimed at strengthening cooperation between France and African coun-
tries in the areas of peace and security, economic partnership and development. Recognising the role played by France in the successes so far recorded in implementation of the regional initiative against terrorism, President Buhari will reaffirm Nigeria’s commitment to global efforts on the war against terror and underline the need for improved collaboration to address the menace of terrorism in the region.
President Buhari will use the opportunity of the summit to underscore the efforts government is making to improve Nigeria’s business environment to attract more foreign direct investment. The President will be accompanied by Governors Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Defence.
Stakeholders hail suspension on ban of vehicles importation through land borders Babajide Okeowo
The suspension of the ban on importation of vehicles through land borders has continued to elicit commendation from some stakeholders in the maritime industry. According to Lucky Amiwero, President of National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs (NCMDLA), the suspension of the ban by the Senate is not only timely but an exercise of the Senate’s legislative rights as the ban order of vehicles through the land border is in
contravention of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Articles X on publication and application of trade regulations In his words, the provision as contained in the above convention stipulates that each contracting party shall provide opportunities and an appropriate time period to traders and other interested parties to comment on the proposed introduction or amendment of laws and regulations of general application related to the movement, release, and restriction of transit goods. As stipulated in the WTO
convention, trade regulations and amendments with regards to restriction and reversal of Fiscal Policy on Trade, must be subject to process of consultation by trading public and transparency in the timing, so as to accommodate the challenges that will be associated with the directive/regulation. The restriction of Vehicles through the land border is done with a very short notice, which contravenes the convention and global best practice on reasonable information across the international community, carrier, and shippers, traders
etc. that are directly affected by the decision. Speaking in the same vein, former president of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF), Eugene Nweke also hailed the decision saying the ban on land importation was done to favour some powerful individual while warning that policies should be formulated with inputs of stakeholders in the maritime industry. “Government should stop making policies because some people have met you to canvass
their interest that does not help in nation building, most of the policies we saw in the maritime industry last year represented the interest of some people” he said. He also opined that the ban on importation of both new and old vehicles through the land borders could endanger the lives of officers and men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) “You don’t make policies that will indirectly push up smuggling activities and exposing officers and men of the Customs to unnecessary risks,” he said
7 News Chibok Girls: FG assures Malala of remaing Girls Safety, release Tom Okpe, Abuja
The Nigeria government has assured that it is not relenting in its efforts to ensure the safe return of the remaining Chibok girls still in captivity. While responding to a letter addressed to him by Ms. Malala Yousafzai, the Co-founder of the Malala Fund, President Buhari said he cannot divulge the details of ongoing negotiations to secure the release of the girls due to the sensitive nature of the negotiations, adding “be rest assured, however, of the doggedness, commitment and sincerity of the Nigeria’s Federal Government towards ensuring the safe return of the Chibok girls, and indeed all others still in captivity.” The letter, dated January 10, 2017, signed on behalf of the President by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the gallant troops of the Nigerian military have recently scored a great victory by seizing control of the Sambisa Forest, the last stronghold of the Boko Haram elements who are responsible for the kidnap of the Chibok girls. The letter reads, “however, in line with his pledge that Boko Haram will not be considered defeated without the rescue of the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by the insurgents, the military, the State Security Service and the other security agencies are intensifying their efforts to ensure freedom for all those who remain in captivity.” On the welfare of the 21 Chibok girls who regained their freedom on October 13, 2016, the President said the federal government has taken over the responsibility for their educational and professional goals and life ambitions. “They are being given comprehensive medical, nutritional and psychological care and support; anyone who has seen them in recent times will attest to the fact that their reintegration back to the society is progressing well. “The federal government believes that it is not too late for the girls to go back to school and everything will be done to ensure that they continue the pursuit of their studies,” he said.
News 8 NOA advocates organic farming to curb untimely deaths in Nigeria Abiodun Taiwo, Abeokuta
Worried by the high mortality rate among Nigerians, the Ogun state office of National Orientation Agency has called on Farmers to engage in organic farming. The Ogun state director of the agency, Mr. Sola Babalola, made the call in Abeokuta, while addressing members of Nigeria Union of Journalists, National Orientation Agency Chapel at a day seminar organised by the NOA NUJ chapel held at Okemosan, Abeokuta. Babalola who spoke on the theme of the Seminar tagged Wellness. Nutrition And Fertility Awareness” said many of the deaths being recorded in Nigeria are through what we eat or drink. The Director said that the nation needs more farmers that do not need to depend on inorganic materials like fertilisers and other chemicals in order to save lives. His words: “The agency is ready to enlighten Nigerians on the health implications on depending on inorganic agricultural foods like vegetables, fruits and others since researches have shown that many of our people die prematurely because of the consumption of vegetables and fruits that were planted with chemicals like fertilisers. He added that science have proved to us that consumption of natural fruits and vegetables can prolong life span and reduce health related diseases like Cancer lung and heart diseases , but many of these vegetables are planted with chemicals that are harmful to our health, hence NOA is ready to collaborate with medical personnel and other stakeholders in raising more organic farmers.
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Police arrest two for stealing 20 bags of Lake rice Joy Anyim
ÏÏÏ Two suspects have been arrested by the Lagos state police command for allegedly breaking into a warehouse and carting away 20 bags of rice. It was gathered that the suspects - Nura Rabiu and Ahmed Gombe - had broken into the warehouse in Agric bustop, along Badagry Expressway, where the Lagos state government produced rice was being packed on Tuesday January 10,
and made away with the bags of rice. They were however arrested while trying to flee the scene of the crime at Iyana-Iba. Nura, 20, denied responsibility for the alleged crime. The Katsina-born suspect, said: “I didn’t steal the bags of rice. I had only resumed work as a barrow pusher that morning when a man called me to call me carry some bags of rice for him at Agric bustop. He said it was 20 bags so I had to call Ahmed who
is also a barrow pusher to assist in the carriage. “We carried the bags of rice ten bags each and had not even gotten to Iyana-Iba when we heard people shouting thief thief. Since we knew we weren’t thieves we didn’t run. But surprisingly, the man who had called us to carry the bags of rice for him fled. “We were caught and they started beating us that morning. We were late taken to the police station. But sincerely we didn’t
Good Governance: Lagos taps from experience of top retired public servants Benjamin Omoike
ÏÏÏ The Lagos state government
Senior Pastor Grace Assembly Rev. (Dr.) Femi Paul (2nd right); CDA Chairman, Jakande Estate, Lekki, Mr. Tunde Obadimeji (3rd left); Church leader, Mrs. Tayo Chiemeka (left); Wife of Senior Pastor, Evelyn (2nd left) and Associate Pastor, Steve Omotayo (right), during a Fun Summit Programme by Grace Assembly for the Children of Jakande Estate, Lekki, Lagos… on Wednesday.
Ganduje accuses predecessor’s Govt of fraud Yakubu Salisu, Kano
Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has alleged the overseas scholarship scheme of the immediate past administration in the state was a scam, carried out with the connivance of a contractor. He argued that instead of following due process to secure admissions for the students, the government engaged the services of what he called “a contractor”, who collected money improperly from both the government and the institutions, turning the whole admission exercise into a racket. “When they want to pay the bursaries of the students, they give the contractor, who in turn takes
steal from anyone,” he said. As to whether the fleeing man had been patronising them before the incident, Nura said the man was a regular customer and they always carried various items for him but didn’t know he was dubious. The Lagos state commissioner of police who paraded the suspects at the police headquarters in Ikeja however said investigations were on to arrest the fleeing suspect and also charge them all to court.
his share before remitting the money to the students. Similarly, when they want to pay the school fees, they send the money to him, to take his share, then give the rest to the institutions”, the governor claimed. The governor, who made these assertions while receiving the new executives of National Association of Kano state Students, NAKSS, who visited him lamented that such arrangement was fraudulent and unacceptable to his administration. Ganduje explained, however, that his administration is determined to regularize the states’ scholarship process so that the students continue with their academic endeavors conveniently. “While some state governments
are bringing their students back home because of economic recession, we are sustaining the foreign scholarship scheme until our children complete their studies and return home,” the governor assured. He stated that his government inherited a huge liability of unpaid scholarships for students in foreign universities, pointing out that although effort was made to settle some of the debt, about N3 billion is still being owed to the institutions. On local scholarships, he berated his predecessor for not paying the teeming Kano students for four years running, saying so far, the outstanding claim by students in private universities alone is over N2 billion, apart from the
amount due to students in public universities and tertiary institutions. Speaking on Northwest University, also initiated by the past administration, the governor noted that the project was at complete standstill for two years, before his assumption of office, highlighting that his administration has since asked the contractor handling it to return to site, adding that presently, the work is progressing smoothly. He therefore, urged the Kano state students to shun machinations of those who obstruct education instead of promoting it, as there is evidence to suggest that those people are the same group of people plotting against the administration of President Buhari.
says it has decided to assemble retired top public servants in the State, in order to tap from their diverse experiences with the aim of achieving good governance. The state acting Head of Service, Mrs. Folasade Adeoye, who disclosed this at the maiden edition of Lagos State Retired Heads Of Service and Permanent Secretaries (ALARHOSPS) Day, said the forum was informed by government’s conviction that the diverse experiences of members would enrich the policy formulation development aspect of the state. Adesoye pointed out that its decision to assemble them has since been vindicated. “Members’ rich and diverse public service experience, their unique insight , objective perspectives and closer ties with their respective communities since retirement has without doubt, proved an invaluable resource for public policy development and governance generally.” She added that the resolve of the retired civil servants to support the needy in the society remains a noble gesture which must be commended by all well-meaning individual and the society at large. “I believe it will go a long way in ameliorating the needs of the less-privileged of the society and also serve as an example to emulate for others. It is for this reason that I must appreciate and commend the association’s recent visit to Modupe Cole Memorial Home for Children and the Old People’s Home, Yaba, to lend helping hands to the residents.”
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Politics Femi Ogunshola Elections and electoral process in the country has been seen as one event that always pitched people of different political divide against each and has also seriously raised the question of trust and credibility for electoral umpires. However, analysts opine that reports on election observations have proved that they serve as a potent tool for strengthening democratic governance and add value to the electoral process. They note further that such observations are integral parts of processes of providing good governance, emphasising the need for more partnership of electoral umpire with election observers. One of such partners is the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement that participated in the recently concluded governorship election in Ondo State as an observer group. In spite of the noticeable importance of the exercise however, pundits note that observers have not engaged enough scientific methods to convince the public more on its significance. In the light of this observation, Mr Paul James, an election observer, noted that achieving quality electoral process through statistical method would boost the activities of the observers in elections. According to him, the methods such as Quick Count methodology or the Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) where observers are randomly distributed across sample polling units and send short message code of what they observe will complement the exercise. James said that the deployment of PVT in observing election was first tested in the 2011 presidential election and six gubernatorial elections in Borno, Kano, Plateau, Imo, Oyo and Delta states. He said “PVT is an advanced observation methodology that uses well established statistical princi-
Using election observers for electoral credibility
ples and sophisticated information technology. “It provides the most timely and accurate information on the conduct of voting and counting, and is the only observation methodology that can independently verify the accuracy of official Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) election results.” Mr Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement, said that the initiative adopted PVT methodology to observe the governorship election in the Nov. 26, 2016 governorship election in Ondo State. He noted that 340 stationary and 23 observers were deployed to randomly sample 300 polling units across the 18 local governments in the state.
He observed that if INEC’s official results fell within the observers’ estimated range, then the public, political parties and candidates should have confidence that the official results would reflect the ballots cast at polling units. He added that the group observation also revealed that Card Readers were used throughout accreditation in 96 per cent of polling units. Appraising PVT method in election observation, Mrs Amina Zakari, National Commissioner in charge of Electoral Operations of INEC, said the method showed reports in agreement with the commission’s results. “We are very excited to see that a group was tracking the Ondo governorship election’s results at various polling units and the result has
very thin difference with our own. “We also had an e-track monitoring system, we have been monitoring our elections online and we have seen the trend, what we have online and what is announced has no significant difference. “This is because from 2010 to 2011, there has been improvement on our electoral processes; we have been monitoring and managing the elections from a more scientific perspective. “For Ondo State, INEC needs to be commended because this is the first time we delivered election materials fully; election materials arrived in all the local governments, even in Ilaje’’ (riverine areas), he said. She called on Civil Society Organisations monitoring electoral processes in the country to watch
Jonathan visits Kure’s family, describes his death as shocking Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday in Minna described the death of former governor of Niger, Malam Abdulkadir Kure as great loss to the country and shocking. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that former President while extolling the virtues of late Kure at the family residence said, “it is a very sad moment for us.” “There are burials and there are
burials, there are deaths and there are deaths. One day all of us that are mortal beings will surely leave the earth. “He left us at a very young age and at a time the ovation is about to be loudest. Within a short lifespan, he has impacted the society significantly,” Jonathan said. He said the PDP would miss Kure greatly, saying that in PDP, he was one of the pillars of the party and
also a member of the Board of Trustees. “That is why almost all our members in the country were around during the burial,” the former President said. Jonathan further prayed the Almighty God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss. Among those in his entourage were former Minister of the FCT, Alhaji Bala Mohammed, former Min-
ister of Special Duties, Malam Kabiru Tanimu Turaki and former Minister of Aviation, Mr Femi Fani-Kayode. Others were former leader, House of Representatives, Mrs Mulikat Akande, and former Minister of State (Finance), Malam Bashir Yuguda. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that former President Jonathan also visited the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Farouk Bahago at his palace to express sympathy on the loss.
the conducts of politicians who he said were cardinal to the success of elections at all levels. He also assured the public that the electoral body would continue to partner with all the stakeholders to further improve electoral process in the country through observations and other scientific methods. Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu, Chairman, Partners for Electoral Reforms, said “the police and other security agencies should further open their doors for Civil Society Organisations in observing elections.” He noted that this would strengthen engagements and partnership to enhance better electoral system in the country. In her view, Mrs Cynthia Mbamalu, Project Director of the observers’ group, commended the electoral body for an improved electoral process in the country. She noted that the group’s report on Ondo State election poll indicated that the result of the election reflected the wishes of the people of the state. She also noted that challenges observed by his group were not enough to discredit the poll as there was improvement in both logistic, Card Readers’ functionality, conducts of the security and INEC personnel and timely distribution of election materials, among others. Mbamalu, nonetheless, called for welfare of the security personnel monitoring elections, saying their conduct could also determine the outcome of elections. Ogunshola, is of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
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Political participation and Adeboye’s anger Yinka Salaam, Lagos The immediate past General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria and overseas, Pastor Enoch Adeboye recently ordered Christians to join politics with a view to ensuring their wishes are frequently pushed through at the national level. He said this at the Annual Ministers’ Conference on Saturday as he decried what was described as government’s meddlesomeness on church matters in the country. Adeboye was apparently reacting to the Corporate Governance Code of the Financial Reporting Council which made him step down and appoint a new General Overseer for Nigeria which led to the invention of a new title of the General Overseer of RCCG Worldwide. Pastor Enoch Adeboye joined the RCCG in 1973 and was appointed General Overseer of the church at the age of 36 in 1981 after the demise of Ondo-born founder of the church, Reverend Josiah Akindayomi. As at the time, the church had 43 local branches and had just established the first overseas parish in Ghana. It would be recalled that the Financial Reporting Council Act stipulates a maximum period of 20 years for the heads of registered non-governmental organisations, including churches, mosques and civil society organisations. With the development, the likes of Adeboye, Pastor Williams Kumuyi of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Ministries will have to go. The law is also applicable to Islamic organisations like: Nasrullahil Fatih NASFAT, The Muslim Congress, Ansarudeen, Jama’atu Taawun Muslimeen, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, the Ummah and any other religious organisations that engage in business activities or money making ventures. Speaking at the Redemption Camp along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Ogun State, Adeboye expressed worries over deliberate ‘anti-Christian laws’ being churned out by the Federal Government to interfere in church affairs. He therefore challenged the ministers and members to go back home and get themselves involved in party politics by registering as card-carrying members of political parties of their choices. “All of you should get back and encourage your members to join political parties of their choice, get membership cards and be very active at the ward levels. The government has been showing increasing interest in church affairs. Unfortunately, for us in RCCG, it might not be very helpful,” The Pastor told the congregation that the only means to sustain the RCCG grip on government and prevent unfavourable laws and policies is to determine those who make laws and implement them. “Some people believe that RCCG is becoming too influential and we’re going to be more influential. When you get home, tell members to join a political party. Join a party and become a cardcarrying member of any party. Just join any party. We shall decide issues right from the ward level. “If you are not active at ward levels, you’ll do what they plan and stay at the top. Enrol in any party of your choice and have a card. When holding meetings at ward level to choose delegates, be there.” Adeboye particularly urged the Christian faithful to take advantage of their rising number in the society and beat their rivals to it.
“One Muslim in Ibadan said years ago that he didn’t know what’s wrong with Christians that we help them to occupy political positions and serve, refusing to capitalise on our population. That’s going to change from now,” he boasted. The cleric who did not hide his anger on the developments alleged that other fresh laws had been enacted by the government to ruffle the feathers of church in the country, with a particular target on RCCG. According to him, “Now there are fresh laws. We have a rough idea of what the law is about.” Pastor Adeboye went further to accuse the government of not allowing the church to continue with its stipulated lifetime 100 per cent salaries to its pensioners. “For example, when I decided on what will be the pension of our pastors, what I decided was not
done anywhere in the world - that somebody will retire and continue to earn full salaries all his lifetime. “This, I started, but the government stepped in and made a law that we should be contributing to pension fund. “We have to obey and we started doing that. The results are that pastors don’t get as much as they were getting under our own previous arrangement. But what can we do? We have to obey the law,” he disclosed. The RCCG exercise very strong holds in the Nigeria’s political and economic landscape. Through tactical, strategic and thorough planning, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a Senior Pastor in the RCCG warmed his way into the heart of a foremost political gladiator in Nigeria, by which he became the Attorney General of the most influential state of Lagos before he eventually became the Vice President through a high-wired deft political maneuverings. And with proper economic packaging and intricate networking, RCCG with its interests is today a
All of you should get back and encourage your members to join political parties of their choice, get membership cards and be very active at the ward levels. The government has been showing increasing interest in church affairs. Unfortunately, for us in RCCG, it might not be very helpful
force to reckon with in the Nigeria oil industry and economic sphere generally. A Lagos-based politician, Adeola Adebanjo attested to the political consciousness and sophistication of the RCCG. “RCCG members are conscious and sophisticated politically. They can always get what they want either at the CDA, political party or government level. They can also be decisive in getting what they want. For instance, a strong RCCG member, Pastor Olugbenga Oyebode is the leading aspirant for APC Chairmanship position in Itire-Ikate LCDA. He’s even being supported by a Muslim former Chairman.” Adebanjo explained that Oyebode’s rival, AbdulHakeem has what it takes to challenge the Pastor,’ since he’s a grassroots politician and very popular in his constituency, but he couldn’t secure enough support from the kingmakers and political god-fathers, because he could neither match the political sophistry nor the financial muscle of Pastor Oyebode and his group. Commenting on the development, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who is also a member of the church, Ebun-olu Adegboruwa said though Pastor Adeboye and his followers were not happy with the development, the law meant well for the populace. “The Codes of the Financial Reporting Council are not new. They were implemented seamlessly for Banks when their Directors who had been in office for ten years were asked to hand over. This has now been extended to non-profit organisations like churches and there is nothing strange about this. “These codes were contested at the Federal High Court and the court decided against us. They are meant to achieve transparency in these organisations. “I therefore humbly appeal to Daddy GO to follow through his plan and avoid the temptations of the Gambia.” And speaking on Adegboruwa’s submission, a columnist and social commentator, Warees Solanke wondered why those who were meant to be protected by the law seem not to appreciate the import of the Corporate Governance Code. “Corporate governance is about public or stakeholders interest. Any responsible government must have systems and instruments, through policies, regulations and codes to protect the public interest. Government cannot wait until the time when public interest is jeopardised before it acts. “At whose cost or expense are law enforcement agents invited to wade into leadership crisis in many organisations. People are just being sentimental about the code. I will advise anyone who wants to gain a broader and rational understanding of this issue to read the 2011 gazette of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria as well as the 2014 separate codes of governance for public, private and not for profit organisations. “There are actually three codes, one for public organisations, another for private organisations and the third for NGOs and FBOs. From my understanding, these codes are meant to preserve the integrity of the organisations, their leadership and management, protect the interest of stakeholders, the public or the members and save the organisations from odium and crises associated with leadership succession, financial prudence, operational and administrative responsibilities.” Solanke expressed surprise at the reactions of those who should know better. CONTINUED ON PAGE 11
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North-West crisis: APC summons Kwankwaso Tom Okpe, Abuja
…As Na’Allah denies impeachment plot against Ekweremadu
The National Secretariat of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Thursday hosted the former Kano State governor and Senator representing Kano Central, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso in a closed door meeting over his alleged role in the crisis rocking the North-West zone of the party. Kwankwaso, who came into the party secretariat around 2:30 pm, went to the national chairman’s office, Chief John Oyegun where the meeting was held with some other national officers. The former governor was however seen after the meeting storming out with his aides in tow, ignoring media men who wanted him to answer some questions concerning his visit.
Sources, revealed that Kwankwaso expressed displeasure with the way the crisis in the Kano State chapter was handled by the Senator Mohammed Magoro-led committee which investigated the removal of the former Chairman of the Kano State chapter of the party, Haruna Doguwa. Recall that the North-West National Vice Chairman of the party, Inuwa Abdulkadir had accused the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufa’i and the former governor of Kano State, Sen. Kwankwaso of sponsoring allegations of fraud against him due to their bitterness in the manner in which the national leadership of the party handled the crisis in both state chapters.
The APC Zonal Women Leader (North West), Hajia Aisha Kaita, had recently alleged that Alh Abdulkadir could not account for millions of naira party funds, an allegation threatening to engulf the region. Neither the party chairman John Odigie Oyegun nor Kwankwaso spoke to journalists after the brief meeting. Meanwhile, Deputy Senate leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah has denied any plot to impeach the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu. Na’Allah who was at APC Secretariat on Thursday to receive briefing from the party chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun on the upcoming Edo National Assembly elec-
tion said, “I was not in the country and it is not in my character to speak about what I don’t know. As far as I am concerned, there is nothing near to that, I am back and I am in the office”. When asked about the Deputy Senate President being wooed to the party he said.”Please, APC is a big family and everybody is welcome. We are strengthening the party based on our belief that this country needs to be united at this critical time of our history. So, I am absolutely sure that it will be a very nice thing if he decides to come. It will equally be nice if we are able to see that any other person with the same intention and idea could join our great party,” he said.
My emergence as Senate Leader, an act of God -Lawan Olufemi Samuel & Chris Emetoh, Abuja
L-R: Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Eshinlokun-Sanni Wasiu; Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja ll); and Hon. Sikiru Osinowo during presentation of gift to Ooni in Lagos yesterday.
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“So, it is unfortunate that enlightened minds that are supposed to understand the import of corporate governance and the role of government in preserving public interest are the ones showing worst ignorance. Anybody that follows the shameful crisis within the Assemblies of God Church or the Celestial Church of Christ over the years would easily see the appropriateness of the code. “The subject of corporate governance has always dominated public discourse. The absence of corporate governance has sounded the death knell, mismanagement and power tussle in many organisations, even leading to infighting, fictionalisation, splinter groups, bloodshed and in worst cases of assassination,” he said. The immediate past Executive Secretary/ Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Reporting Council, Jim Obazee indicted the Pentecostal churches for frustrating government effort to sanitise the system. “In keeping other peoples’ money, you have to prepare account. That is why churches fought me so badly, took me to court as a person and then my office too. Mosques and orthodox churches freely complied, but those Pentecostal churches called me to ask questions. They said: ‘This church is church of God and we are accountable to God.’
Senator Ahmed Lawan who on Tuesday emerged as the new leader of the Senate has attributed his emergence to an act of God, as he said he never envisaged it. Senator Lawan who pledged to work harmoniously with the Senate President Bukola Saraki and all the senators to successfully achieve the objectives of the 8th Senate gave further insight to his emergence during his acceptance speech during plenary yesterday. Thanking the All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators caucus for deeming it fit to elect him to the position, he also urged members of the opposition to accept the decision of the caucus and consider it to be in the interest of the Senate and the country, adding that there is need for synergy irrespective of political affiliations in order to be able to deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians and for the economic growth of Nigeria. “I will partner with every senator to make this 8th Senate a success. Nigeria does not belong to APC; it belongs to all Nigerians who want us to deliver the dividends of democracy for economic growth. Let’s make it happen,” Lawan urged his colleagues. “The Senate has passed through a protracted crisis and started on a shaky note, but my emergence is an act of God, because until late, I was not aware of that decision not until I received a call from some of my colleagues the preceding night to tell me on the intentions of the national headquarters of the APC and it was the position of our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari that party supremacy must stand.”
Political participation and Adeboye’s anger And I told them: ‘Very good, so you must take this church to heaven, you can’t operate it here’. When public funds are involved, government needs to ensure proper accountability.” He explained that religious organisations are set up as ‘not-for-profit’ and they should remain institutions of public character. “If you want to set up a school, then it should be free for all your members’ children. If you charge any money, then you are in the same league with other schools outside that are paying taxes to the government. If you set up schools, hospitals and the likes under a church, there is a high likelihood that you will be engaging in non-charitable activities within charity. If you are doing that, then what stops Dangote from setting up a mosque and having all his cements, rice and sugar under it? That is actually what some churches and mosques are doing.” Responding to this scenario, the immediate past Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, said that NSCIA was indifferent to the Financial Reporting Council Act which stipu-
lates a maximum period of 20 years for the heads of registered churches, mosques and civil society organisations. Oloyede was of the opinion that the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God worldwide, Pastor Enoch Adeboye in his notification of his withdrawal as the GO of RCCG, Nigeria; should have explained that the FRC regulations was not a new act. “I was a bit disturbed because rather than facing issues, we always divert attention. When people talk about this law, was it made by Buhari? The answer is No! It is not a new law, it has been there. When this law was made, our Christian counterparts approached Islamic group to ask for our reaction and our reaction was indifference.” Oloyede said the law was not meant strictly for religious organisations but was meant for NGO to avoid extortion of the public. “Was the law made for religious groups? No! It is made for NGOs. You know that NGO has become non-governmental individuals, they are using NGOs in a private and personal manner, extorting the public and if in the wisdom of the government
you are either NGO, or not?” In a surprise twist, the Federal Government on Monday, along with other four agencies, suspended the Corporate Governance Code which was issued on October 17 by the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria. While many attributed this to the stepping aside of Pastor Adeboye and his overbearing influence on the government, a statement by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah, who is also a Redeemer, said the code was only suspended in order to carry out a detailed review of its application He said the review would involve extensive consultations with stakeholders upon the reconstitution of the board of the FRC. The statement stressed government’s commitment to ‘restoring and enhancing market confidence and improving the ease of doing business in the country’. Nigerians are hoping that the good initiative and well intended move of the government would not be thwarted by the usual primordial sentiments and the typical Nigerian factors.
News 12 Buhari forwards new list of non-career ambassadors to Senate Olufemi Samuel, Abuja
ÏÏÏ President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, forwarded a new list of non-career ambassadorial nominees to the Senate for confirmation. However, the name of the former deputy minority leader of the Senate and immediate past deputy Director- General, Muhammadu Buhari Presidential Campaign Organisation, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora from Lagos state was not listed in the revised list the president filed before the Senate. Also, the revised list did not contain names of former national secretary of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Usman Bugaje, and former deputy governor of Plateau State, Mrs. Paullen Tallen, who were reported to have turned down the president’s nomination for diplomatic jobs. By this development, Lagos lost the third slot occupied by Mamora as only two slots were retained for the state on the new list. The Senate had on November 15, 2016, rejected the initial list of the non-career ambassadors submitted by the president on the condition that there were series of petitions against those nominated by the president. The Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs led by Senator Monsurat Sunmonu had advised the Senate to reject the list and by sending it back to the president for resubmission and re-jigging. Most of the state governors had also protested against the list as submitted by the president then. In the new list received by the Senate, about 12 of those on the initial list sent last year were dropped. The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), which had no nominee in the last list, has now been added, with Habiss Ibrahim Ugbada getting nominated as FCT nominee. Those dropped from the new list include, Jamila Ahmadu-Suka (Sokoto); Clifford Zirra (Adamawa); Enyantu Ifenne (Benue); Mohammed Hayatuddeen (Borno); Ayodele Ayodeji (Ekiti); Mohammad Yaro (Kaduna); Sola Iki (Ondo); Adegboyega Ogunwusi (Osun); Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor (Rivers); Mustapha Jaji (Taraba); and Abdullahi Garbasi (Zamfara). Other prominent names on the former list, who made it back include, Musa Ibeto (former deputy governor of Niger state), and George Oguntade, a former justice of the supreme court, from Lagos state.
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IPOB: Buhari, not me, should be tried for felony –Kanu Continued from page 1 counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, at the Federal High Court Abuja while arguing his motion challenging charges of treasonable felony and terrorism filed in the court against him and three others. Ejiofor said: “My lord it was Buhari that committed treasonable felony in 1983 when he spearheaded a coup that overthrew a democratically elected government, not my client.” The counsel said that Kanu was not caught with any ammunition as alleged and that the allegation was incompetent as there was no
proof that he committed the alleged offences. “In 2014 and 2015, Buhari was not the President, so there was no how Kanu’s comments at that time could have been inciting against him. “The Biafra agitation predates this present administration. “The fact that the Honourable Justice Ademola decided that there was no incriminating evidence against the first defendants, he ordered his release but this was blatantly refused. “He’s a freedom fighter unlike people who overtook a legitimate government in 1983.
“The court has no option than to discharge the charges. “The defendants are merely exercising their right to selfdetermination, which is clearly provided under Article 20 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights and also under Article 1 and 55 of the United Nations Charter.’’ He said these were constitutional rights and could not translate to a case of treasonable felony. The defendants, Nnamdi Kanu; Chidiebere Onwudiwe; Benjamin Madubugwu; and David Nwawuisi are facing 11 count charges of treasonable felony and terrorism.
Counsel to the 2nd to 4th defendants, Mr. Inalegwu Adoga, Mr. E.I Esene and Mr. Maxwell Okpara, all made similar arguments. Prosecution counsel, S. M. Labaran, however, stated that as against what the defence counsel said, he had filed a counter affidavit asking the judge to stay off the suit. He said the application lacks substance, urging the court to consider section 396 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act and refuse the application. Trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, then adjourned the case to February 10, 2017 for ruling.
Reps summon IGP over diversion of N1.2bn meant for APCs Henry Omunu, Abuja
ÏÏÏ The House of Representatives on Thursday, summoned the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to appear before it over allegations of diverting N1.2 billion approved in the 2016 budget for the purchase of 10 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) to buying 64 Toyota Hilux commuter vehicles without the approval of the National Assembly. Passing the resolution after the House adopted a motion, the lawmakers resolved that the
IGP appear unfailingly before its Committee on Police Affairs on January 19, 2017, by 2.00pm. Furthermore, the House directed that a bench warrant for the arrest of the police boss be issued to compel him to appear before the House committee in the event he refuses or fails to appear on the appointed date. While condemning the attitude of the police chief for failing to honour previous invitations of the House committee, the lawmakers said his refusal to appear has stalled the investigations on the alleged diversion of the N1.2 billion.
Moving the motion, Rep. Gabriel informed the House that apart from the diversion of the funds to purchase Hilux vehicles, the IGP also diverted another N6 billion approved in the 2016 budget meant for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of 102 police stations nationwide to other uses without the knowledge of the National Assembly. He said that “these infractions of the Appropriations Act 2016, the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007 and the Public Procurement Act 2007, are just two of the several infractions committed by the Nigeria Police in the course of
implementation of the 2016 budget.” Rep. Gabriel declared that the House Committee on Police Affairs had invited the IGP on December 6 and December 13, 2016, to explain or justify these perceived infractions but that he refused to honour the committee’s summons. “The diversion of a sum appropriated in the budget without the approval of the National Assembly constitutes a breach of the Appropriations Act and a gross violation of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
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The many lessons from the 2016 Ghana elections
ne month after the wind of change blew across West Africa’s poster child of democracy, Ghana, her newly elected president, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo of the National Patriotic Party (NPP) has been sworn into office in an atmosphere of jubilation and elegance. It is not surprising that the wind of change that blew across Nigeria and The Gambia was also experienced in Ghana. The opposition party defeated the incumbent in what has been termed the most expensive and fiercest electoral battle in Ghana’s history. The election was also the first time an incumbent seeking re-election would lose since the country’s return to multiparty democracy in 1992. Just like towards the 2015 Nigerian elections, the NPP and its candidate campaigned on rooting out corruption from the polity. The atmosphere pervading the election was tense with threats of violence, implosive hate speeches, while even the electoral commission was adjudged biased. Ghanaians demonstrated leadership in the way they participated and managed the elections at a time it was predicted that the elections would be marred by violence. A survey on The Impact of Elections: Voting, Political Behaviour and Democracy in SubSaharan Africa revealed that public attitudes in Ghana are similar to those in countries where elections have been much more challenging or violent. However, the voters in Ghana kept the peace and did not allow their country slide into chaos and instability, irrespective of the outcome. The maturity displayed by Ghanaians is worthy of emulation by other countries. Ghana raised the bar on election management, democratic transition, party politics, and citizens participation. This should be a source of inspiration to other countries like Nigeria, Gambia and the duo of Liberia and Kenya, who are preparing for national elections in 2017. For Nigeria, some lessons from Ghana could guide the National Assembly and INEC on key areas of electoral reform ahead of 2019. The Electoral Commission (EC) has been applauded for its stellar performance and upholding the tenets of democracy and transparent elections. One vital point that must not be easily forgotten is the fact that prior to the election, stakeholders in several quarters queried the capacity and neutrality of the EC. These concerns arose against the background of the newly appointed EC chair, Madam Charlotte Osei who replaced Mr. Kwadwo Afari Gyan who had led the EC for twenty-two years (1992 – 2015). Charlotte Osei was heavily criticised for most reforms she introduced on assumption of office, including the introduction of a new logo for the EC; disqualification of candidates and discrimination against smaller opposition parties when the EC submitted the voter register to the NDC and NPP before the other parties received copies of the register, etc. At some point, she was accused of being a card-carrying member of the National Democratic Party (NDC).
Despite the logistics and legal challenges suffered by the EC, the credibility of the electoral outcome was not undermined. For instance, the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO), Ghana’s largest citizens observation group, reported early commencement of polling in 98 percent of polling units sampled in its Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) findings. CODEO independently verified the accuracy of the official election results declared by the EC. Their findings were corroborated by several domestic and international election observer groups like the National Democratic Institute International Observation Mission, ECOWAS, and the European Union Election Observation Mission, who all lauded the EC for effective and professional management of the elections. A lesson learned here is the importance of building institutions guided by independence, integrity, and professionalism. Despite the appointment of Ms. Osei as the EC chair a year into the elections, the EC delivered credible elections that reflected the will of the people. Nigeria ‘borrowed’ the use of Smart card readers (SCR) for voter verification from Ghana. One thing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) forgot to import however is its efficiency in authenticating fingerprints of registered voters. In all the polling units visited, the SCR didn’t stop echoing the prompt sound “Verified” as voters got accredited to vote. This was further verified by the CODEO PVT findings, which revealed the biometric verification machines functioned in 99 percent of the randomly sampled PUs. The success ratio of the verification process can be linked to the provision of finger wipes for voters to clean their fingers before going through the verification process. In addition, the machines were in good condition and they looked more durable and stronger compared to Smart Card Readers used in Nigeria. Whilst the security feature in Nigeria’s Permanent Voter Card (PVC) is contained in a chip in the card, the Ghana EC uses barcodes as the security feature for its laminated voter ID. Human beings with varying de-
grees of expertise, personality, temperament, and emotional intelligence manage elections. A great number of the 148,000 election officials deployed by the EC in the Ghana elections were not just courteous but also professional in managing the elections. In all the hysteria the elections generated, there was no allegation that polling officials were compromised or bribed by politicians to rig the elections. The officials comprising largely of young people displayed a significant level of capacity and competence. As noted in several pre-election observation reports, the training of ad-hoc staff in Nigeria requires large-scale improvement. In the 2012 elections in Ghana, the EC recorded 251,720 rejected ballots. In the 2016 elections, the EC introduced a new mechanism to reduce the number of rejected ballots by redesigning the ballot paper to make the boxes bigger and the separating lines thicker. The EC also used a different ink colour for indelible ink and thumb print pad. This perhaps can be attributed to the reduction in the number of rejected ballots. At the end of the 2016 elections, a total of 166,248 votes, representing 1.54 percent of the total votes cast for the presidential elections were rejected due to wrong thumb printing. The electoral commission in Nigeria should consider adopting this approach as utilised by the Ghana EC to reduce the number of rejected ballots occasioned by improper thumb printing by voters. Voter education should be intensified as well. Recognising the challenges experienced by Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in exercising their voting rights, the Ghana EC made adequate provisions to facilitate their participation. For instance, the EC provided tactile ballot jackets for visually impaired voters to enable them vote independently without any form of assistance. This protected the secrecy of their ballot, unlike Nigeria, where an estimated 25.5 million persons living with various disabilities are disenfranchised. In several instances, PWDs are unable to cast their votes due to the inaccessibility of polling units or lack of PWD-focused voter education. A recent Accessibility Audit conducted in the 2016 Ondo gover-
norship election by the Leave No One Behind partners reveal that 77 percent out of the 224 sampled polling units were situated in locations inaccessible for persons with disability. It reported that in all the observed polling units, there were neither instructions in sign language for PWD nor Braille or tactile ballots provided for visually impaired voters. It is important for the electoral commission to make adequate provisions to ensure PWDs exercise their franchise effortlessly in future elections. There are many reasons why Ghana continues to shine as a beacon of democracy in Africa. Their ability to promote inclusion through special voting and prisoner voting is worthy of emulation. Special voting allows certain categories of stakeholders providing essential election services on Election Day to vote before the Election Day (includes election officials, accredited media personnel, security agencies etc.). Prisoners also participate in the voter registration process and can vote. During the limited BVR, CODEO reported that prisoners were registered in the prison although the prison officials kept their voter cards. Nigeria is lagging in mainstreaming early voting or special voting into the electoral process. Prisoners were not allowed to vote in the 2015 general elections despite a Federal high court ruling directing INEC to make provisions for prisoners to vote. This promotes institutional disenfranchisement of voters. INEC needs to make provisions ahead of 2019 for security agencies, election officials, and election observers to vote before Election Day. It would be remarkable progress if Nigeria introduced early voting in the 2019 elections. In the US, early voting is not restricted to special individuals but to all voters who are willing to cast their vote early. This improves voter turnout. Electoral commissions must go the extra mile to put mechanisms in place that guarantee citizens right to vote without complications. The introduction of reforms to the electoral process was designed and implemented in consultation with the political parties through the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC). Prior to the elections, IPAC and the EC reached an agreement on several issues like manual voter verification and electronic transmission of results. The EC visibly engaged different stakeholders in the elections. The monthly meetings between the EC and IPAC were helpful in providing a platform for information sharing and addressing apprehensions. In conclusion, the Ghana elections have come and gone; it is time for elected officials to commence the business of governance. We must never forget that elections are just a part of a broader framework of democracy and not democracy in totality. While as a continent we have made appreciable gains in the peaceful political transitions, it is time to begin the arduous work of making democracy to deliver development to the people. Samson Itodo works with the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA) in Nigeria.
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Bankers as crooks
he “temporary” forfeiture of $153 million looted funds by the former minister of petroleum, Diezani Allison-Madueke to the federal government, once again points to the felonious nature of Nigerian banks and their executives. It is a crying shame that there are no sacred institutions in Nigeria. Actually, there are no institutions. Criminality seems the norm everywhere. Only a few are interested in building an enduring enterprise, company or the nation. Everyone else wants to “hammer”! Everyone wants to steal from the system. The shame that a woman is involved in this monumental heist and crime against the Nigerian state is crippling to those of us who wonder if anyone needs that much money. Especially if the money is not coming from genuine enterprise and honest contribution to humanity. Nigeria’s financial system is not only corrupt in practice, it is corrupt by design. Nigeria banks are notoriously invested in short termism. They offer no real product and services to advance the real sector of the economy. They play and game the system. Their promotions
and salaries are designed to incentivise unethical and criminal behaviour and anything else it takes to bring in deposits and generate profits. The banks, like other systems within the country, are a true reflection of the society. A society inflicted with a systemic corrosion of values. A society where the incentive system rewards fraudulent behaviour. Thus, there is no surprise when we get these kind of results because fraudulent behaviour begets social tragedy. The banking halls are vaults of reward for criminal behaviour and in the absence of deterrence and governmental refusal to prosecute, we can only expect more crime. The deep-seated cultural and ethical failures involved in the transfer of money from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on behalf of Ms. Diezani Alison-Madueke confirms the lack of respect for law, regulation and the public trust by banks. At every turn, we continue to see bank executives, who have no respect for financial laws and regulations, who are not worthy of public trust, and are culturally and ethically impaired at a very profound level. Unfortunately, the story will remain the same with the reluctant attitude towards the criminal prosecution of bankers and the banks themselves.
All over the world, we have bankers as crooks but it is worse in Nigeria. Our slavish devotion to the worship of money, wealth and consumption drives all the ills in our society. We have rejected the idea that there is any dignity in the lives of ordinary, law-abiding working people. Where there is money there will be thieves and this is Nigeria where actions do not have consequences. The economy is very informal and people do not have confidence in banks partly because they know their money is not safe. They also know, from the failed banks of Abacha era, to the Cecilia Ibru usurpation and the Akingbola gallivant, that bank executives are fraudulent. Banks are smart spaces. They do a cost/benefit analysis when planning actions that might be financially risky or when they plan to do something that they know to be illegal. That is why much of the Diezani loot were placed off the balance sheet in clever schemes to avoid detection. Banks usually plan ahead to examine the odds of getting caught, and they weigh the penalties against the profit from the transaction if caught. If the projected profit exceeds the penalties, or if the risk of getting caught is low, they make a run for it. The top cadre of banks are filled with legal wizards and finance whiz kids
paid to think bad! They spend their time on studying labour loopholes that allows marketers to be forced into prostitution in the name of deposits, beat anti-money laundering procedures and offshoring of accounts, hiding liabilities and cooking the books. Illegal banking has evolved into a behemoth that feeds corruption, drug trafficking and terrorism. Nigeria cannot continue this way. What action is the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) taking on this issue? Will it continue to be business as usual? We should be concerned because inspectors from the Central Bank are routinely bribed and entertained by the banks and they don’t do their jobs. The price of corruption is steeper than we realise. There has to be a method to doing things right and doing the right things. The banks may have to police their own conduct and believe in economic and social justice. If they must survive and not selfdestruct, they have to find a way of bringing values and ethics into their transactions and discussions. Their complicity in the Diezani heist is absolutely shameful. The Roman playwright Plautus wrote; Nam ego illum periisse duco, cui quidem periit pudor – I count him lost who is lost to shame. If they face no consequences for their actions, it will happen again.
Mining’s huge potential for Nigeria
M Fatima Maikore
ining is the extraction (removal) of minerals and metals from the earth. Manganese, tantalum, cassiterite, copper, tin, nickel, bauxite (aluminum ore), iron ore, gold, silver, and diamonds are just some examples of what are mined. Mining is a money-making business that contributes to the revenue of countries and mining companies, while workers also derive their livelihoods and other benefits as well as the community from this activity. Organised mining in Nigeria started in 1903 when the northern protectorate survey was created by the British colonial government. The southern protectorate was founded in 1940. However, mining attained its highest peak in the Jos plateau of Nigeria with the extractions from large reserves of tin, columbite and coal. These successes became reversed on the discovery of hydrocarbon in Nigeria in 1956. The Ministry of Mines and Steel Development was unbundled in 2005 to reposition the mining sector, after its establishment in 1995. Its newer responsibilities included the
formulation, implementation and regulation of policies related to the mining sector. In addition, it was to create a sustainable policy on wealth creation and job opportunities that would guarantee livelihoods. Currently, there exist the following regulatory frameworks for mining in Nigeria: Act, NMMA 2007 Policy, 2008 Regulation, 2011. However, 90 percent of all mining activities in Nigeria are carried out by artisanal and small scale mining operators. All over the world, an estimated 13 to 20 million men, women, and children from over 50 developing countries are directly engaged in artisanal mining. But in Nigeria, about 500,000 people are directly involved in this, with over 150,000 of them being women and children to who it constitutes sizeable source of income. Unfortunately, mining has its dark sides, especially when it’s not properly regulated. At every stage in the life cycle of mines, the environment is always at the receiving end of the impact of the activity. Mining
involves disturbances of the earth surface. In open cast mining, a large volume of earth materials is often moved away to reach the ore deposit. This causes the distortion of the geomorphological features. The overburdened materials may end up being washed into waterways to cause siltation. Clearing large expanses of land for mining activities have adverse implication on biodiversity, wherein forests are destroyed and animals lose their natural habitats. Heavy metals, which are most times liberated from the ore, often contaminate the soil and water bodies. A typical example of such contamination is the so-called Acid Mine Drainage, where heavily acidified water from mines drain into water bodies thus polluting them, making them very hazardous for aquatic lives to thrive. There are many other social and environmental problems that are associated with mining activities. However, with stringent regulations and the right policies, the proper balance is struck such that mining provides the needed revenue for the development of the host country. In Nigeria, it appears that the right policy framework has been formulated but the implementation of
these policies has become very challenging for the regulatory authorities. The authorities appear helpless in the face of pervasive illegal mining activities going on around the country, which has caused untold hardship to the country. It causes the country to lose serious investors, in addition to terrible environmental damages. Because of the nature of their operations, government is not able to collect royalties from them. They involve in mineral commodity smuggling, while causing social conflicts with host communities. There is need for government to retool and retrain the staff of the ministry of mines and steel development in order to properly equip them with the right skills to devise appropriate strategies to tackle illegal mining in Nigeria. The ministry needs to be provided with all logistical requirements such as field vehicles to enable them to traverse the vast areas with mining potentials in the country. There is also the needs to foster a strong synergy between the ministry and other relevant agencies such as the security agencies, the national environment standard and regulatory agency, so as to curb the menace of illegal mining in Nigeria.
Daily Times Nigeria Friday, January 13, 2017
Daily Times Nigeria Friday, January 13, 2017
How to come out of recession, by stakeholders It’s widely agreed that the deep recession that Nigerians now face is an abysmal failure of public administration, economic policy and execution. It is, in effect, the triumph of corruption – one of the cheapest commodities with which the Fourth Republic is commonly associated. Igboyivwi Oghenefejiro visits the genesis in search of a way out.
Rich seedlings in the boom cocoa days (Inset: Cocoa farmer in Ondo)
The recession has, it’s true, weakened the confidence of workers, tax-payers and voters in both government and politics. Abuja based economist and public affairs analyst, Mr. Benjamin Bob-Manuel acknowledges that this recession is of a unique character. “It is indeed unique in that there has been a dearth of sorely-needed funds, such that 27 out of the 36 states in the country have been declared almost insolvent – unable to pay the salary of their workers. It is a development that has enfeebled the morale of workers in general. “It has, besides, tended to question – on the part of would-be local and foreign investors – the wisdom of investing in the country’s economy. But that is almost forgetting the fact that the Nigerian economy is exquisitely famous for its resilience, for which it is sure to bounce back,” BobManuel said. The economist further said this has often been the argument of development economists, since the past four decades, that Nigeria should not have predicated her economy and national development solely on the fortunes of oil, because it was fraught with the sometimes dangerous steep dip in the market price of the product.
Minister of Agriculture, Ogbeh
Meanwhile, agro allied specialist, Professor Chidi Uwaegbu regrets that Nigerians misjudged the discovery of oil and put paid to other natural resources. “Since the Biafra war, it would seem that Nigerians have been living in self-denial that the age of agricultural boom was over; that the country needed to rely on crude oil. The openly hostile reality of today’s recession is one that deflates whatever confidence that the relentless advocates of crude oil
as the anodyne to any economic challenges that Nigeria may be confronted with. “For development economists, to see crude oil as having the Midas touch that could neutralise the unfriendly effects of today’s deep recession would be unrealistic. It would be courting a catastrophe of a gargantuan proportion for Nigeria to openly lean heavily on crude oil, in maintenance of her preference to be seen as a mono-product economy,” the Prof
said and added that “Nigeria does not, whichever way you look at it, compare favourably, with any of the conservative, oil-rich, sheikhdoms of the Middle East, which make up the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) – including Saudi Arabia; all of which are, primarily, dependent on crude oil. “With fat times fast receding into history, Nigeria would do well by heeding the advice of development economists, who argue that it was high time she diversified her economic base; that it was time that she launched, beyond policy pronouncement, what could be akin to a renaissance in expanding – and very firmly, too – her economic base to non-oil products to cushion the unkind effects of today’s deep recession. “Therefore, the Buhari era is an auspicious period for Nigeria to retrace her former giant economic steps to the era of cocoa in what was then the Western Region; ground-nut, hides and skins, Northern Region; palm oil and coal, Eastern Region; rubber and timber, Mid-west Region, and other untapped minerals and cash crops – zinc, gold, iron-ore, kaolin, copper, yam, cassava, rice, beans, sorghum, beniseed, CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
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Groundnut-Pyramids as of old. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 17
corn, banana, plantain, citrus fruits of diverse kind – including oranges, amongst others,” Uwaegbu advised. There is, therefore, a pressing need to revive the textile industries that were forced to fold up during the structural adjustment years of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Veteran journalist and commentator on national affairs, Mr. Nduka Uzuakpundu stressed the need to construct a network of all season roads that could withstand the huge traffic of trucks and industrial vehicles that would ferry cash crops and food stuffs from rural areas to the urban centres and the ports. “To achieve that goal, the Nigerian Railway Corporation would have to be empowered to fit well into the new economic diversification programme. It will also be necessary to rejuvenate the river basin authorities that were created during the era of Directorate for Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI) and the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA). “Still, with her vast endowment in mineral and cash crops; her ballooning demography of highly-skilled individuals and rich agricultural lands, Nigeria has all that she needs to ease her out of recession. “She needs to exploit the pre-oil resources – cocoa that was used in building the Cocoa House in Ibadan, provide free education for children in the late ’50s, set up radio station and the first television station in Africa, during the premiership of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo; the funds from ground-nut that was used in setting up the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; palm oil, coal, rubber, timber etc. that were put to good use, in other parts of the country, in the promotion of good governance,” Uzuakpundu said. In looking beyond crude oil, therefore, stakeholders want Nigeria to strive hard to regain her comparative palm oil advantage from Malaysia. CEO of one of private integrated farms in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, Mr. Maxwell Okon advises that a renaissance of our natural resources be looked into speedily. “If the federal government can spearhead a cocoa renaissance, a groundnut revolution, a boom in the production of palm oil,
Local production of oil before technology age
rubber, timber and other cash crops, one thing is certain: the Nigerian economy will be a lot better for it. “The country’s ports would witness a healthy armada of local and foreign ships – from far and near – that would be here to ferry such non-oil products to consumer destinations within Africa and beyond. “And within the distance, there might be a compelling need for the Nigerian government to revive the Produce Marketing Boards of the days of regionalism, and sculpt out a veritable tourism attraction programme from the ground-nut pyramids
and other sites – armed with new security architecture, so as to steel the confidence of prospective investors in the industry.” Retired Unionist in the Maritime trade, Pa Augustine Aniekwe also looks at the future and predicts that the seaports would provide succour in Nigeria’s quest to move out of recession. “You never can tell, in the glorious future, the Apapa Port in Lagos may race past Durban or Algiers as the largest and busiest in Africa because it is estimated that Nigeria could earn as much as $150 billion annually, in the first five years.
There is a projection of nearly $380 billion, a decade later. Then, all the parties involved in the economic renaissance – producers of cash crops and those involved in the extractive industry – beyond non-oil products – would have become a reliable source of tax revenue – alongside custom duties for government.
“There is a projection of nearly $380 billion, a decade later. Then, all the parties involved in the economic renaissance – producers of cash crops and those involved in the extractive industry – beyond non-oil products – would have become a reliable sources of tax revenue – alongside custom duties for government.” The appealing picture that one paints here is based on the belief that government would have been gracious enough to dole out some generous seed funds via the EXIM Bank, Bank of Agriculture and Urban Development and Bank of Industry to reputable individuals, who would re-launch the Nigerian economy out of recession. Therefore, the skippers of the Nigerians Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Nigeria Customs Service, Nigeria Police Force, licensed freight forwarders and clearing agencies, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Nigerian Labour Congress etc., should be actively involved in laying a new foundation for a virile non-crude oil export economy for Nigeria.
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NAFDAC sealed 200 bakeries in 2016 in Kwara
Kehinde Akinpelu, Ilorin
National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) said that it sealed over 200 bakeries between January and December, 2016 in Kwara state over unhealthy production. The coordinator of NAFDAC in the state, Mrs. Roseline Ajayi, revealed this during an interview with the Daily Times in llorin, the state capital on Thursday. Ajayi said the over 200 bakeries sealed in 2016 across the 16 local government areas of the state were producing breads in unhealthy environments, which he said, constituted health hazard to the residents of the state. Some of the other offences violated by the sealed bakeries according to the Coordinator were use of promate, lack of labels on their breads, operating
on exipired licences and failure to upgrade licenses permit as required by NAFDAC. “The NAFDAC in the state during 2016 sanctioned over 200 for failure to meet our standard and specifications for producing breads”, the NAFDAC coordinator said. She disclosed that between the last quarter of 2016 and now, over 150 of the sealed Bakeries have been reopened after meeting the NAFDAC standard for producing breads. Ajayi warned Bakeries and other Factories in the state to desist from producing unhealthy products, stating that the NAFDAC would not hesitate to seal any Factory who fails to comply on standard. In his reaction, the Chairman of Kwara Bakers Association, Alhaji Babatunde Gidado said the step taken by NAFDAC towards ensuring quality Bread
production in the state is part of effort to safeguard the wellbeing of the people. He said the Members of the
Association would continue to cooperate with NAFDAC in its bid to continue to ensure a healthy living.
A cross section of Ogun Integrity Group (OIG) under the auspices of Yoruba Patriots Movement (YPM) during the National Coordinators’ stakeholders’ meeting in Ibadan, Oyo State… on Thursday.
$8.4m fraud: Fred Ajudua trial stalled again
scheduled trial of businessman, Fred Ajudua alleged to have defrauded former Chief of Army Staff, General Ishaya Bamaiyi of $8.4m was on Thursday stalled, following a new application filed, challenging the power of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to prosecute him. Fred Ajudua was charged to court by the EFCC for allegedly collecting various sums of money from Mr. Bamaiyi while the duo were in custody at Kirikiri prison, Lagos. According to the EFCC, the defendant and his accomplices had
approached Mr. Bamaiyi, who was facing trial for the attempted murder of Alex Ibru, the late publisher of The Guardian newspaper, and convinced him they could secure his freedom. Ajudua’s co-defendant, Oluronke
Rosulu, who had opted for separate trial, was last year sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment by Justice Lawal-Akapo. Ajudua’s trial was originally before Justice Kudirat Jose but was last year transferred to Justice Oyefeso. At the resumed proceedings on Thursday, Ajudua opposed EFCC’s effort to re-arraign him on an amended charge. Ajudua’s lawyer, Mr. S.A Quakers, SAN told the court that under the administration of criminal justice law, the EFCC has no powers to prosecute his client. Quakers further raised objection against the amended charges stating that his client cannot be
arraigned on the new information before the court since the anti-graft agency failed to obtain his witness statement. Counsel to EFCC, Seidu Atteh, however countered the argument saying that it was not necessary for the EFCC to obtain statement from the defendant simply because the charges were amended. Atteh pointed out that Ajudua had personally refused to volunteer any statement to the commission over the allegations against him. In her brief remark, trial judge, Justice Oyefeso insisted that parties should harmonize their arguments. She adjourned that matter till February 13, 2017 for hearing.
AMC launches new blockbuster series, asunder on StarTimes
viewers are set for more exciting moments and delightful viewing on television as popular entertainment channel, African Movie Channel (AMC) launches its first TV series, ASUNDER, a 65-episode analytical drama series that mirrors challenges faced in contemporary marriages and relationships. Billed to debut on 30th January, the blockbuster drama will be aired exclusively on AMC Series in Nigeria on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by 8PM, on StarTimes channel 072 (Antenna), channel 134 (Dish) and other platforms across Africa. Using three families in its narratives, the series dissects roots and causes of various issues and
challenges faced by today’s married couples. The audience is taken through the emotional journey of modern day marriages and an insight into the importance of trust, communication and forgiveness in these marriages. At a recent launching cocktail in Lagos, A-list celebrities including casts from the ASUNDER series, Nollywood actors, media buyers as well as other industry personalities gathered to show their support and were entertained with a preview of the ASUNDER series. Produced by award winning Producer/Director, Paul Igwe and directed by Henry Ejeta, ASUNDER features the stellar cast of Stan Nze, Tessy Oragwa, Benita
There are over 400 Bakeries in Kwara out of which over 250 situated in the llorin metropolis which is the state capital.
Nzeribe, Nonso Odogwu, Frankincense Eche Ben, Maureen Okpoko, Sandra Ezeamong others. Speaking on the new series, AMC Managing Director, ‘YinkaMayungbosaid,“Our channel has commissioned the new series as part of renewed drive to produce unrivalled content and relentless commitment to offer awesome entertainment that guarantees countlesshours of maximum viewing pleasure for African families. With a cast that parades world class super stars, heart gripping story, best in class production crew and equipment, we have no doubt that viewers would certainly find the series quite exciting, educative and engaging.”
StarTimes Head of Public Relations, Israel Bolaji remarked that “StarTimes aggregates various exciting and top-notch channels such as AMC on its platform to offer millions of digital TV subscribers a rich blend of entertainment - be it movies, sports, news, drama, series, and music. Our desire is to ensure that every Nigerian family can afford, access and enjoy digital television with over 100 owned and authorized channels creatively selected to appeal to every member of the family.With the launch of Asunder, entertainment on AMC and StarTimes will go some notch higher and glue viewers to their seats for pleasurable hours. That is our goal.”
New AIB boss resumes, calls for teamwork
ÏÏÏThe new Commissioner/Chief
Executive of the Accident Investigations Bureau (AIB), Engr Akin Olateru, has called for teamwork to move the agency to greater heights. In his remark at a brief ceremony while taking over as the AIB Commissioner, the incoming Commissioner, Engr Olateru, said there is time for everything in life adding that only change was permanent. Olateru thanked the outgoing commissioner for being able to move the agency forward during his tenure adding that AIB will be taking to greater height before he leaves the agency. He said to achieve that, all hands must be on deck through hard work and dedication to duty stressing that it was a new dawn in the agency. While describing aviation as highly technical, regulated and dynamic Olateru called for total dedication to duty by workers Olateru, said in order to put the agency on track. Olateru thanked the outgoing commissioner for being able to move the agency to its present level during his tenure adding, that AIB will be taking to greater height before he leaves the agency while admonishing workers to be dedicated to duty always. While describing aviation as highly technical, regulated and dynamic Olateru said AIB was the smallest agency in the industry saying, that only cooperation, understanding and handwork will lift the agency. In his handover speech, Dr. Felix Abali, thanked all those who worked with him and sued for cooperation with the incoming commissioner. He urged workers to be above board at all times and work with the management rather than employing the bring him down syndrome in the system.
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Failed projects: FCTA to sack contractors Idu Jude, Abuja
ÎÎÎThe FCT Minister, Malam
Muhammad Musa Bello, has indicated that the FCT administration may be forced to hire another contractor to take over construction works on some road projects that had remained stagnant till date. One of such road projects, according to the minister, is the Karshi/Ara/Apo alternative route linking the Abuja city centre to the northern axis of the country. The road project which the administration meant to be serve in de congesting the Abuja, Keffi high way with perennial traffic grid lock. The minister who expressed sadness that work on road has remained uncompleted against all expectations, said the administration is trying
to see how it could salvage the challenges being faced by the current contractor; warning, however, that it might be forced to look for alternatives, should these challenges persist. Malam Bello spoke while receiving the Managing Director/CEO of Army Post-Service Housing Development Limited, Brig. Gen. Mahe Bashir, who paid him a visit with his team in Abuja on Tuesday. According to him, “with respect to Karshi/Ara/Apo road, quite frankly, I had thought that by now, we would have completed that road. But unfortunately, the contractor handling the project has been faced with a number of challenges, which we are trying to overcome to salvage that project. Ultimately, what will happen is that if we are not able to sort out the issues of the con-
tractor, we may have to look at some other alternatives of making sure the road is completed. But you can be rest assured that that road is a priority for this Administration. We will try as much as possible to see that it is really completed as quickly as possible.” While noting the intervention being done by the Army in area of providing housing facilities for its officers and men, Malam Bello said these interventions have brought a lot of benefits to both retired and serving members of the Army, as well as other civilians. He said the FCT Administration would continue to provide all the needed support so that the Armed Forces can continue to develop, strengthen and deliver on its various mandates. “Definitely, whatever support we can give you in the
form of land in the FCT to continue your projects, we will do,” the Minister stressed. The Minister however called on the Army Post-Service Housing Development Limited and indeed all other mass housing developers to ensure that all the housing schemes they are embarking upon adhere strictly to all the housing regulations in the FCT to make the process of individual title documentation and certification a lot easier. “It is very important also to ensure that all the estates are built based on approved plans from the relevant authorities and departments of the FCTA. We have had instances of organizations that go into projects without seeking the necessary approvals. Invariably, that tends to distort planning in the city and development control generally,” he added. On illegal sales of plots, the
Minister emphasised that no individual, entity or community is authorized to sell land; adding, “each land you see in the FCT is earmarked for a specific purpose based on the Master Plan and the Master Plan is a document that is very important for us and as much as possible, we guard very it jealously.” Malam Bello, stressed that, sequel to the earlier assurance by the Administration to give Certificates of Occupancy to individual beneficiaries of houses within Mass Housing Projects in the Federal Capital Territory, the process will commence soon. He said, “as a policy, we are working out the modalities whereby all the estates within the FCT, every house and every flat will be issued a C of O because that’s the only way you can make the properties more flexible in terms of ownership,
in terms of transferring title and even as a way of investment and store of value.” The Minister noted that the project would commence from the Army Post-Service Housing Scheme in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja, in earnest. Malam Bello insisted that all landed properties in the Federal Capital Territory must have title documents to add more value and make them bankable. Speaking earlier, the Managing Director/CEO of the Army Post-Service Housing Development Limited, Brig. Gen. Mahe Bashir remarked that the organization is a commercial entity registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission doing business of housing development for its officers and men as well as the general public which has developed 26 estates so far across the country.
Urhobo Union sets up inter-ethnic committee -UPU Isaac Olamikan, Benin
ÎÎÎThe Olorogun Moses Taiga
L-R: Director, FCT Archives and History Bureau, Cerie Jogai; Managing Director, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. Ernest Mupwaya and acting Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Dr. Vincent Akpotaire, at the inauguration of the Metering Project for Large Power Users under Abuja Electricity Distribution in Abuja...recently.
50% of N10.6bn loan refund earmarked for establishments, payment of arrears –Abia Govt Sunday Nwakanma, Umuahia
ÎÎÎAbia state government has
restated its resolve to appropriate its N10.6b share of the Paris Club refund to focus on “establishments with many outstanding arrears.” The Commissioner for Finance, Obinna Oriaku, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the outcome of
the Governor Okezie Ikpeazu meeting with contractors handling road and other projects in the state, while expressing regret at the high incidence of ghost workers, especially among primary school teachers in the state. The Commissioner said that 50 percent of the N10.6 billion received by the state will go for capital projects while the remaining will be earmarked for the payment of arrears of sala-
ries and pensions, maintaining that the process of disbursing the funds has commenced. Also speaking, the state Commissioner for works, Eziuche Ubani said the state government will make use of the dry season window to intensify road construction and rehabilitation in the state, explaining that the meeting with the contractors was aimed at exploring ways of ensuring that the contractors are funded to continue
with the projects. The Commissioner, who pointed out that no contractor has left the site disclosed that some of the road contracts were nearing completion. He stated the state Governor’s intension to embark on vigorous inspection of the projects to ascertain the progress of work adding that there will be massive renovation and building of infrastructure including schools, markets etc.
workers and over eight months owed pensioner’s in the state. NLC said the relationship between it and the state government came to its lowest due to lack of understanding or better still deliberate Government policy to frustrate NLC and its affiliates. Speaking during a press
briefing with newsmen in Jos the Plateau State Capital, the NLC Chairman, Comrade Jibrin Bancir, laud Governor Simon Lalong for the prudent utilization of bail-out funds and Paris Club refund for the said purpose and the release of promotion to deserving workers across the state service.
Mr. Bancir urge the Governor to continue with its efforts in the sustenance of payment of salaries and pension in other to consolidate on the gains made so far in the state and also to consider the payment of accumulated gratuity to retirees to alleviate their hardship and boost the economy.
London Paris Club Refund: NLC end feud with Plateau Govt
Chijioke Kingsley, Jos
ÎÎÎThe Plateau state chapter
of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), on Thursday said it has shelve its sword with the Plateau State Government for settling outstanding salaries of
led Urhobo Progress Union (UPU) has set up an Inter-Ethnic Committee that will help reconcile as well as bring about peaceful co-existence between the Urhobo Nation and their neighbours. In a chat with newsmen shortly after the first UPU Inaugural Meeting held at Turf & Country Club in Orhia-Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta state, Olorogun Taiga noted that the aim is to help the Urhobo Nation identify with the Ohanaeze, Afenifere, Arewa, Ijaw National Congress, Isoko Development Union and other groups with a view to relating well with them. He hinted that the InterEthnic Committee is under the supervision of his 1st Deputy President General, Chief Osiobe Okotie whom he expects to expand the committee with his wealth of experience. “We set up an inter-ethnic committee which under the supervision of the first Deputy President General, Chief Osiobe to look into it and expand it further and indeed we are identifying national organizations like Ohanaeze, Afeniferi, Arewa, how we can relate to them. “Today, we went into the dept on how to expand what we had talked at Uvwiamuge-Agbarho that we want to relate with our neighbours. Ijaw National Congress, Isoko Development Union, name it, I can tell you many more.” “We talked about how we will reconcile ourselves to our neighbours - the Itsekiris, Ijaws, Isokos , Ndokwas , Ben-
ins,” he asserted. Olorogun Taiga added that the UPU also set up another committee to reconcile the warring Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh people. He called on the Delta State Government to ensure that committees it set up in the past announced its result and end the crisis between the communities. Olorogun Taiga also appealed to the people of Aladja and Ogbe-Ijoh to ceasefire and live in peace with one another. Some of the issues deliberated on at the inaugural meeting include the opening and development of Urhobo College; setting up a national microfinance bank to enable women do business effectively as well as establishing an Urhobo University to be named with the legacy of the first President General of UPU, late Chief Mukoro Mowoe. Meanwhile, Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, and the Delta state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, as well as the Obi of Onitsha Kingdom, Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe, have accepted invitation to celebrate the 100-year birthday bash of the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom, HRM. Ovie Richard Layeguen Ogbon Ogoni-Oghoro I. A statement signed by Olorogun Moses Taiga and Prince Godwin. U. Ogbon, Chairman and member Planning Committee respectively disclosed this much to newsmen at a press briefing today held at Okpare-Olomu. “Our King, the Ohworode of Olomu Kingdom, HRM. Ovie Richard Layeguen Ogbon Ogoni-Oghoro I JP OON will be 100years on the 20th of this month. We think it’s very important. This kingdom is known for old age.
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GLOBAL ASSOCIATION OF PRODUCE EXPORTERS
SALAWU ABIOLA COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL MILLENNIUM 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 general public is hereby inform that the above named body has applied to Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part ‘C’ of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, Degree No. 1 of 1990
THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. DR CHARLES CHUKWUEMEKA AMANZE 2 MRS ROSELINE IHUOMA AMANZE 3 UDOCHI CHARLOTTE AMANZE 4 SUNNY UGONNA AMANZE.
Trustees are (1) ADENIYI LADIPO (2) ADEBOWALE SAHEED ADESHINA (3) SHORINOLA RAFIAT OLADOYIN (4) FATAI WASIU.
The aim and objective: 1. To promote global best practices in the export industry in Nigeria. Any objection to thisregistration should be forwarded to the RegistrarGeneral of Corporate Affairs Commission Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication.
Aims/objectives. To promote educational empowerment for the less privileged in the society Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the RegistrarGeneral of Corporate Affairs Commission Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication
SIGNED: CLEMENT GBADAMOSI ESQ, Tel: 08036179886l
ESUCOM HEALTHCARE DELIVERY RESEARCH INITIATIVE The general public is hereby notified that the above named has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Registration under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Dr. Edmund Onyemaechi Ndibuagu - Chairman 2. Dr. Innocent Anayochukwu Ugwu - Secretary 3. Prof. Anthony Ikemefuna Ugochukwu 4. Prof. Frank Okechukwu Ezugwu 5. Dr. Innocent Igwebueze Okafor 6. Dr. Sussan Uzoamaka Arinze-Onyia 7. Dr. Ogechukwu Francesca Amadi 8. Dr. Anthony Chigozie Nevo 9. Dr. Ignatius Ikemefuna Ozor 10. Dr. Titus Chukwubuzor Okapara The aim and objective: 1. To provide grants and fund and support research for Health practitioners in Nigeria. 2. To encourage research among lecturers, doctors and other health practitioners Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General of Corporate Affairs Commission Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication.
LUGBE FRUIT MARKETERS ASSOCIATION ABUJA 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. ADAMU USMAN 3 . BUHARI SULEMAN 5 . ISHAKA IDRIS 7 . ADAMU IBRAHIM 9 . HASSAN DALHA
2 . MUSTAPHA UMAR 4 . AHMADU SAIDU 6 . HARUNA LAWAN 8 . NALADI RABIU 10 . FESAL SAMINU
THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. TO FOSTER UNITY AND UNDERSTANDING AMONG MEMBERS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION MAITAMA ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION
WOMEN CONNECT FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT.
CHRIST THE LIVING VINE CHURCH.
The general public is hereby informed that the above named Foundation 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 informed that the above named has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part “C” of the Companies And Allied Matters Act 1990.
THE TRUSTEES ARE 1) Mrs OLABISI AYODELE SALIS. 2) Miss MARIAM OLAMIDE SALIS 3) Mrs CLARA OARE OBAZELE .
THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PASTOR EKE SMILES OKAMONG. 2. MRS. OKAMONG LILIAN UZOAMAKA. 3. JIBUIKE NGOZI ORAE.
THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVE: (1) Development of women through Capacity building 2. TO BE A VOICE FOR THE GIRL CHILD. Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama Abuja within 28 days from the date of this publication SIGNED: AJAYI PATRICIA(MRS) SOLICITOR
NIGERIAN THORACIC SOCIETY
The general public is hereby notified that the above named body has applied to the Corporate affairs commission Abuja for registration under the part C of the companies and allied matters act 1990. Trustees 1. B. O. ONADEKO. 3. PROF. J. OKPAPI 5. PROF. P. U. ELE.
2. PROF. E. A. BANDELE 4. PROF. G. E. ERHABOR
Aim and objective 1. To improve the quality $ practice of thoracic medicine $ surgery in Nigeria. 2. To encourage basic research $ clinical investigation in the field of thoracic medicine $ surgery Any objections to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar general corporate Affairs commission plot 420 tigris crescent off aguiyi ironsi street maitama Abuja within 28days from the date of this publication. Signed: Barr. DIHE. JUDE AMAZING GRACE CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH. The general public is hereby notified that the above named body has applied to the Corporate affairs commission Abuja for registration under the part C of the companies and allied matters act 1990. Trustees are: 1) pastor Julius olaniyi afolayan 2) ademokun kolawole Isaiah 3) oyedeji olushola 4) mrs Deborah ojong oyongha 5) afolayan dorcas olapeju 6) Mr. Victor olatope. Aims To preach undiluted words of God. Any objections to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar general corporate Affairs commission plot 420 tigris crescent off aguiyi ironsi street maitama Abuja within 28days from the date of this publication. Signed: Secretary
SUMMER TIME WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
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. Ovoke Idogun - President 2. Onakpoma Adeola Bolajoke 3. Idogun Ukachi 5. Idogun Ufuoma - Secretary
4. Ashikwe Harriet 6. Demesi Magdalene
The aim and objective: 1. To cater for the less privileged women in the society Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the RegistrarGeneral of Corporate Affairs Commission Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication SIGNED: SECRETARY
Signed: J. E Anaekwe & Co
AIM AND OBJECTIVE: TO REACH OUT TO THE LOST SOULS.
LOSS OF DOCUMENT
THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC OF THE LOSS OF ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY (C OF O) (CUSTOMARY) RIGHT OF OCCUPANCY NO. FCTGAC RLA MISC 12946 WITH NEW FILE NO. MISC 94766 LOCATED ALONG KADUNA - LOKOJA ROAD OPPOSITE UNIVERSITY OF ABUJA QUARTERS, GIRI GWAGWALADA- ABUJA BELONGING TO SAIHAL NIG. LTD. ALL EFFORTS MADE TO TRACE THE DOCUMENT PROVED ABORTIVE. GWAGWALADA AREA COUNCIL, AUTHORITIES CONCERNED AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE AL- HUDAYBIYYAY DA’WAH FOUNDATION The general public is hereby notified that the above named Foundation has applied to the Corporate affairs commission Abuja for registration under the part C of the companies and allied matters act 1990. TRUSTEE 1. Ustaz Hassan Uzoigwe Nwakamma 2. Engr Abdullah Muhammad 3. Ustaz Okonda Suleiman Al- Amasiriyyu 4. Mallam Amuta Dawud Oluchukwu 5. Sheik Jibril Isa Ugiri 6. Chief Yusuf P. C. Orlunwo 7. SH Isa Christian Okonkwo
Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to theRegistrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420 Tiqgris Crescent,Off Aguiyi ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, within 28 days of this Publication
AIM AND OBJECTIVE 1. To spread the religion of Islam and guide to the muslims and non muslims. 2. To guide the muslim communities towards consolidating their Islamic identities Any objections to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar general corporate Affairs commission plot 420 tigris crescent off aguiyi ironsi street maitama Abuja within 28days from the date of this publication.
Signed Babafemi Lucy (lawyer)
ITSEKIRI NATIONAL YOUTH ASSOCIATION The general public is hereby notified that the above named body has applied to the Corporate affairs commission Abuja for registration under the part C of the companies and allied matters act 1990. Trustees 1. CHIEF AYIRIMI EMAMI. 2. PRINCE YEMI EMIKO 3. CHIEF. NEWUWUMI OMOLUBI Aim and objectives 1. To protect , promote and foster the advancement of the itsekiri youth Any objections to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar general corporate Affairs commission plot 420 tigris crescent off aguiyi ironsi street maitama Abuja within 28days from the date of this publication. Signed: Secretary HEALTHCARE INITIATIVE FOR THE SUPPORT OF INDIGENT VICTIMS The general public is hereby notified that the above named body has applied to the Corporate affairs commission Abuja for registration under the part C of the companies and allied matters act 1990. Trustees 1. ONIRINWA MOFOLAMI 2. AKINDELE AJOKE 3. MEREDITH WALKER 4. IMO KALU CHIBUIKEM Aim and objective 1. To provide efficient medical support to accident victims $ victims of bomb blast by providing emergency and first aid services and general body check up. Any objections to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar general corporate Affairs commission plot 420 tigris crescent off aguiyi ironsi street maitama Abuja within 28days from the date of this publication. Signed ONIRINWA MOFOLAMI. CHAIRMAN.
CHRISTIAN WALK COUNSELLORS ASSOCIATION The general public is hereby notified that the above named body has applied to the Corporate affairs commission Abuja for registration under the part C of the companies and allied matters act 1990. Names of Trustees 1. Pastor Emmanuel Olujide Babajide - Chairman 2. Dr Adeigbe Christopher Olubunmi- Secretary 3. Pastor Thompson Bosun Shokunbi 4. Prophet Festus Olonade Bamise 5. Dr (Mrs) Adegbite Deborah Doyinsola 6. Elder Augustine Oluwasegun Adegbenro 7. DCNS (Mrs) Oluranti Olurin Aims and Objectives : 1) To train christian Counsellors for the confuse world and provide counselling services to the needy 2. Accreditation and registration of products as licensed christian counsellors in Nigeria. Any objections to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar general corporate Affairs commission plot 420 tigris crescent off aguiyi ironsi street maitama Abuja within 28days from the date of this publication. Signed: Trustees
EMPATHY DRIVEN WOMEN INITIATIVE The general public is hereby notified that the above named body has applied to the Corporate affairs commission Abuja for registration under the part C of the companies and allied matters act 1990. Trustees 1. URI NGOZICHUKW UKA 2. CHIDINMA AWA - AGWU 3. ADA DIKKO UJU 4. TOYIN ERIYE 5. JAYAIKE BENJAMIN Aim and objective 1. To empower physically challenged women including professional and working women Any objections to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar general corporate Affairs commission plot 420 tigris crescent off aguiyi ironsi street maitama Abuja within 28days from the date of this publication. Signed: NNENNA NWAOKOBIA
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EMY BEN FOUNDATION.
The general public is hereby notified that the above named Foundation has applied to the Corporate affairs commission Abuja for registration under the part C of the companies and allied matters act 1990. The Trustees Are: 1. EMEKA BENJAMIN EKWEALOR 2. OLUCHI BENJAMIN. 3. DILIBE CHINEDU IFEZUE 4. HENRY OKWUCHUKWU MADUKA 5. DANIEL IZUNNA EBUNUBE Aims and objectives: 1. To provide assistance to the less privileged persons in the society 2. To provide social amenities to rural communities in Nigeria. Any objections to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar general corporate Affairs commission plot 420 tigris crescent off aguiyi ironsi street maitama Abuja within 28days from the date of this publication. Signed: Barr. Chinedu Dilibie Ifezue.
ASSOCIATION OF PROGRESSIVE TRADERS IDUMOTA, LAGOS. This is to inform the general public that the above name Association has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja for a Change of name from ASSOCIATION OF PROGRESSIVE TRADERS IDUMOTA, LAGOS TO THE ASSOCIATION OF PROGRESSIVE TRADERS OF NIGERIA. Any objection should be forwarded to the RegistrarGeneral Corporate Affairs Commission. Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maltama,P M.B.198. Garki, Abuja within twenty-eight (28) days of this publication. Signed: MIKE MOGHALU,ESQ Solicitor.
ASSOCIATION OF PROGRESSIVE TRADERS IDUMOTA, LAGOS.
ASSOCIATION OF PROGRESSIVE TRADERS IDUMOTA, LAGOS. CHANGE OF REGISTERED ADDRESS.
This is to inform the general public that the above name Association has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for the amendment of its Constitution. Any objection should be forwarded to the Registrar-General Corporate Affairs Commission. Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maltama,P M.B.198. Garki, Abuja within twenty-eight (28) days of this publication.
This is to inform the general public that the above name Association has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Abuja for a CHANGE OF ITS REGISTERED ADDRESS FROM 4, OBANIKORO STREET, IDUMOTA, LAGOS TO THE SECRETARIAT, THE ASSOCIATION OF PROGRESSIVE TRADERS OF NIGERIA, PROGRESSIVE INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTER, INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR COMPLEX, LAGOS- BADAGRY EXPRESSWAY, LAGOS,NIGERIA. Any objection should be forwarded to the Registrar-General Corporate Affairs Commission. Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maltama,P M.B.198. Garki, Abuja within twenty-eight (28) days of this publication.
AMENDMENT OF CONSTITUTION.
Signed- MIKE MOGHALU,ESQ Solicitor. HEPHZIBAH MOSES OGUNSAN FOUNDATION.
PEACE AND GLORY CHURCH OF GOD.
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990.
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990.
THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Mrs Rechel Taiwo Shodiya - Chairperson 2. Pastor Ogunsan Oluwumi Esther - Vice Chairperson 3. Mrs Omokunu Olukemi Bukola - Treasurer 4. Mrs Ogunsan Oyindamola Ajoke - Secretary 5. Mrs Ogunsan Adeolu Olufunso - Financial Secretary 6. Mrs Soile Olufunmilayo kehinde 7. Mrs Awonorin Adebola Abosede Aims And Objectives: 1. To help the less privileged. 2. To encourage and promote all works of humanity and charity for the need without any distinction as to race, class or religion. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. Signed: Secretary
THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Akinwole Emmanuel Olujide 2. Akinwole Jelilat Abosede 3. Doji Odus David AIMS AND ONJECTIVES: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: TRUSTEES.
ENIGMA INT’L MINISTRY. THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. EJIOGU IHEANYI. 2. EJIOGU UCHE. 3. HARRIS STEVE IGBODO. 4. OJEDIRAN OLUMUYIWA OLATUBOSUN. 5. ADEBAYO ADENEKAN BELLO. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: TRUSTEES.
JOY CHINONYE FOUNDATION.
JOY COMETH BIBLE CHURCH.
The general public is hereby notified that the above named Foundation has applied to the Corporate affairs commission Abuja for registration under the part C of the companies and allied matters act 1990.
This is to inform the general public that the above named Church has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration Under part C of Companies and Allied Matters Acts of no 1 1990.
Trustees: 1.Olebu Chinonye Joy. 2.Olebu Chinazo Favour .
THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. BELLO TAIWO HASSAN. 2. CHARLES ODIOM.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES : 1.TO PROMOTE THE AWARENESS AND MANAGEMENT OF HEPATITIS . Any objections to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar general corporate Affairs commission plot 420 tigris crescent off aguiyi ironsi street maitama Abuja within 28days from the date of this publication.
AIMS & OBJECTiVES: 1. PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST TO THE WORLD. 2. GATHERING SOULS FOR HEAVEN. 3. DISCIPLING THE SAVED SENDING DISCIPLES FOR WORLD OUTREACH. Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the registrar General corporate affairs commission plot 420, Aguiyi Ironsi street, Mariana, within 28days of this publication.
Signed : secretary
A PLACE CALLED HOME FOUNDATION
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. IYAMU KINGSLEY NOSAKHARE - President 2. OGBONNA CYNTHIA KELECHI - Secretary 3. DADA OLUWADARE EMMANUEL - Treasurer 4. MOSIMABALE OSEKAFORE EMMANUEL - Member 5. AWOPEJU JACKSON OMOLEWA - Member 6. ABBAH VIVIAN CHIDIMMA - Member AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To support orphanages and motherless baby home through getting their basis and immediate needs and provide welfare packages for them. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. Signed: Trustees
The Trustees Are: 1. UGOCHUKWU HUMPHREY DAVID. 2. UGOCHUKWU CHARITY ONY. 3. EZE KINGSLEY TOBECHUKWU. 4. EZE LINA NONYELUM. 5. OCHONU SUNDAY. 6. ABAJUO EVEREST IZUCHUKWU . 7. NNAJI PEACE UZOAMAKA Aims And Objectives: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. Signed: Trustees
THE GLORIOUS UPLIFTMENT TABERNACLE
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990.
Signed- MIKE MOGHALU, ESQ Solicitor.
THE AJOKE ORPHANAGE FOUNDATION THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. AJOKE ARAMIDE FASHINA - President 2. OLUWATOSIN FEYISARA AYILARA - Secretary 3. AYOADE OLUGBENGA - Treasurer
TRINITY INTEGRATED COLLECTIVE EMPOWERMENT THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. The Trustees Are: 1. Ogunbuyide Oluwasola Stephen. 2. Adebolarinwa Adedoyin Elizabeth. 3. Omotuyi Sunday. 4. Olamolu Ebenezer Temitope. 5. Owoseni Ayokunle Taiwo. Aims And Objectives: 1. Provision and facilitation of vocational education to promote self employment. 2. Youth development and leadership education to promote nation building. 3. Provision of adult education to promote literacy. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. Signed: Trustees.
THE SOUL REFRESHERS FOUNDATION THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. APATA ISAAC ISAAC - PRESIDENT 2. BANJO OLUWASEUN ADEGBOLA - SECRETARY. 3. ONI ADEDAYO DAVID - MEMBER 4. FATUKASI SAMSON OLUSEGUN - TREASURER AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO RAISE END-TIME ARMIES FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND TO MAKE HEAVEN. 2. REACHING THE UNREACHED AT ALL COST. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: TRUSTEES
VISION ACHIEVERS CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY. This is to inform the general public that the above named “MINISTRY” has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under the part C of Companies and Allied Matters Acts 1990. TRUSTEES ARE AS FOLLOWS: 1.Akinwunmi Segun Johnson - (President) 2.Akinwunmi Modupe Oluwabunmi - (Vice President) 3. Aremu Olutoyin Adewale - (Secretary)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. To care & assist less privileges & widows. 2. To raised orphans, abalone, poor children in the home for the schooling, food and lodging. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
AIMS. & OBJECTIVES: 1. To promote the gospel of Jesus Christ. 2. To promote Christian morals and value. Any Objection(s) to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, plot 420, Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, PMB 198, Garki, Abuja within 28 days from the date of this publication.
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CHRIST THE HEALER GOOD TIDINGS MISSION THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. 1. APOSTLE AARON LATEEF MURAINA 2. PASTOR(MRS) ESTHER TOLULOPE MURAINA 3. PASTOR(MRS) EDITH EYAROBO EDEMADIDE 4. BRO GODWIN JOEL ONAH 5. BRO GANIYU BOLAJI OLADIPUPO AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: 1. TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST 2. TO RAISE VIBRANT MINISTERS AND SOLDIERS FOR CHRIST ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. Signed: AJIMAJASAN ESQ.
ABUNDANT GRACE AND TRUTH DELIVERANCE MINISTRY. The general public is hereby inform that the above named Church has applied to Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part ‘C’ of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, Degree No. 1 of 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Apostle Eshiet Tom Akpan - Chairman 2. Ikwo Eshiet Tom - Vice Chairman 3. Effiong Edet William - General Secretary 4. Ntukidem Bassey Ikot - Financial Secretary 5. Godwin Aniefiok Akpan - Treasurer 6. Ukarajit Samuel Iwok - Assistant General Secretary.
UMU ANIOMA PROGRESSIVE FORUM THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. EMECHETE EMMANUEL AZUKA - CHAIRMAN 2. ESEMEZIE EDIOGO EMMANUEL - SECRETARY 3. UGBODE IFECHUKWUDE RAYMOND 4. NWABUODAFI KELVIN EBOKA 5. ASIANAH CHUKWUDI IGNATIUS 6. ESEMEZIE ALEX ONYEMA 7. NWANDU HENRY AMECHI 8. ASIANAH PETER
AROJE GOD’S FAMILY CHURCH This is to inform the general public that the above named ministry has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PASTOR OLANIYI ISAAC OLAYIWOLA 2. ELDER ISAIAH OLADAYO ADELANI 3. MRS. MARY OLUYOMI OLUWAMOLA 4. DR. OLATUNDE OWOEYE 5 MR PIUS OLATUNJI MAKINDE
AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. TO FOSTER UNITY, PEACE AND PROGRESS 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, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. To preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2. To pray for the deliverance of the captives and oppressed. 3. To train people on how to be instruments in the hands of the Almighty God. 4. To help the needy in time of need. 5. To preach the sanctification of believers and second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Any objection to the registration should be forward to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, within 28 days of this publication.
BLESSED MINISTRY OF CHRIST FOR ALL “BMOCFA”
ABRAHAM’S SEED PRAYER INTERDENOMINATIONAL FELLOWSHIP
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORM THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CHURCH HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART ‘C’ OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, DEGREE NO. 1 OF 1990
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED BODY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 2004.
TRUSTEES 1. APOSTLE ALFRED CHIEDOZIE AJUZIE JUDE 2. MRS. MARIAN AJUZIE 3. MISS URENNA ANNABEL AJUZIE 4. PASTOR PATRICK OLUBE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. OMERESAN MIMI OGODO 2. DARCY OGODO.
AIMS/OBJECTIVES: 1. To carry out the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. (Matt. 28:19) Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420 Tiqgris Crescent, Off Aguiyi ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, within 28 days of this Publication.
ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIQGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION
THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. PRAYER FOR WOMEN & COUPLES BELIEVING GOD FOR THE FRUIT OF THE WOMB, CHARITY WELFARE SUPPORT FOR PREGNANT WOMEN, WIDOWS & ORPHANS. USING THE WORD OF GOD ALMIGHTY. ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B. 198, GARKI, ABUJA WITHIN TWENTY-EIGHT (28) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION.
SIGNED: THE TRUSTEES
AFRICAN ENVIRONMENTAL AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
THE AIM IS TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
LIBERTY CHRISTIAN FOUNDATION FOR SOCIAL WELFARE
THE LEADING LIGHT WORSHIP CENTRE
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REMOVAL OF OLD TRUSTEES AND APPIONTMENT OF NEW TRUSTEES TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO. I OF I99O.
The General Public is hereby notified that the above named body has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2004.
THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO.1 OF 1990.
TRUSTEES OLD I. PROFESSOR COSY NUABA BARIKOR 2 DR NGBOROGWU KOATE OSARO-EDEE 3. DR. MOFIA AKOBO
Trustees: 1. YOMI ABIODUN ADAMSON-OLAOTAN 2. MOJIRAYO ADAMSON-OLAOTAN 3. BABAJIDE ADEOLA BALOGUN
THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.PASTOR MOTIGA SAMUEL VICTOR - PRESIDENT 2. PASTOR ( MRS) JOHN OYOVWIKIGHO RITA - VICE PRESIDENT 3.MOTIGA SUNDAY VICTOR - RESIDENT PASTOR 4.MOTIGA EVELYN - ADMINISTRATOR
Aims and Objectives : 1. To provide food, clothings, shelter and other welfare benefits to the downtrodden of society Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the RegistrarGeneral, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, P.M.B. 198, Garki, Abuja within TwentyEight (28) days from the date of this publication.
AIM AND OBJECTIVE TO MINISTER DIVINE DELIVERANCE FROM FOUNDATIONAL HOLDS ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO REGISTRAR - GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT OFF AGUIYI IRONSI MAITAMA ABUJA,WITHIN 28DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
TRUSTEES NEW I. NAALE RAPHAEL 2. MEHTA MIRA ALEXANDRA I. TO AMEND THE ENTIRE CONSTITUTION TO CONFORM WITH PRESENT REALITIES AND PROVISION OF CAMA. Any objection to the application should be forwarded to the RegistrarGeneral, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, P.M.B. 198, Garki, Abuja within TwentyEight (28) days from the date of this publication. SIGEND: SECRETARY.
Signed: Syntegral LP
CHANGE OF FAMILY SURNAME
This is to inform the general public that we formerly known and addressed as OKOLI GABRIEL CHUKWUEMEKA from Amekwulu Village in Ezinifite Town of Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State now wish to be called and addressed as OKECHINEKE Family. All our former documents remains valid, Schools, Banks Concerned Authorities and general public take note. EDITH CHIDINMA INWEREGBU
I, formerly known and addressed as, MISS. EDITH CHIDINMA UCHEHARA, now wish to be known and addressed as, MRS. EDITH CHIDINMA INWEREGBU. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note. JOHNSON ISAAC WOGBOM
I, formerly known and addressed as, ISAAC NYESO, now wish to be known and addressed as, JOHNSON ISAAC WOGBOM. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.
TRIUMPHANT TRUE GOSPEL LIFE CHURCH This is to inform the general public that the above named Church has Applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission Abuja for registration under part C of the companies and allied matters act of 1990 THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1 . EGBA STEPHEN NWEZE 2 . EGBA ELIJAH 3 . REV. EGBA AUGUSTINE ITUMA 4 . EGBA EMMANUEL OGODO 5 . NWEKE AGU 6 . ALI ALI ALI THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To spread the Holy Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ. Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporation Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi-Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. SIGNED EGBA STEPHEN NWEZE PAUL UMEH.
GEORGE VANESSA EJUWOWU
I, formerly known and addressed as, GEORGE VANESSA VICTORIA, now wish to be known and addressed as, GEORGE VANESSA EJUWOWU. All former documents remain valid. General public should xxxx
I, formerly known and addressed as, UCHENNA PAUL UMEH, now wish to be known and addressed as, PAUL UMEH. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note. XXXX
SIGNED: J.K NANA CROWN KINGS CONSULTANCY CO.
FAITHFUL FISHER MEN INTERCESSORY MINISTRY This is to inform the general public that the above named Ministry has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, Cap C20, LFN 2004. TRUSTEES ARE 1.BARIDOMA PRECIOUS PATRICK - CHAIRMAN 2.VISANGHA SINEON TAGALOBARI- SECRETARY. 3.GIADOM BARIDUANEN 4.AGAWA BARIVULE GODFIRST AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. FISHING OUT SOULS WORLDWIDE BY THE WORD OF HIS POWER (HEB 1VS3) 2.FOR EFFECTIVE MASS EVANGELISM, CRUSADE, HOUSE-TO-HOUSE VISIT AND FELLOWSHIP. 3.FOR EFFECTIVE MERCY MINISTRY FOR THE POOR. Any objection to the registration should be directed to the RegistrarGeneral, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420 Tigris Crescent, Maitama District, Abuja within 28 days from the date of this publication SIGN - CHAIRMAN
IBINABO DOOLE NAKWAASAH.
I, formerly known and addressed as, MISS. IBINABO ALLWELL POLLYN, now wish to be known and addressed as, MRS. IBINABO DOOLE NAKWAASAH. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.
UZOCHUKWU CHIKAODINAKA ASSUMPTA
FLORENCE CHIKA AHANA.
I, formerly known and addressed as, MISS. ELENDU CHIKAODINAKA ASSUMPTA, now wish to be known and addressed as, MRS. UZOCHUKWU CHIKAODINAKA ASSUMPTA. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.
I, formerly known and addressed as, FLORENCE CHIKA JIJI, now wish to be known and addressed as, MRS. FLORENCE CHIKA AHANA. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note
OKOROIWU KELECHI IJEOMA.
I, formerly known and addressed as, OKECHUKWU KELECHI IJEOMA, now wish to be known and addressed as, OKOROIWU KELECHI IJEOMA. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.
I, formerly known and addressed as, ISREAL DADDY, now wish to be known and addressed as, ISAIAH MAAH. All former documents remain valid. General public should take note.
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ADEBISI FOLAKE OMOLADE I, formerly known and addressed as FOLAKE SHOBAYO OMOLADE , now wish to be known, called and addressed as ADEBISI FOLAKE OMOLADE. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. CHRISTIANA KEHINDE AWONIYI
ADEBISI FOLAKE OMOLADE.
I, formerly known and addressed as JAYEOALA ABIMBOLA AFOLAKE , now wish to be known, called and addressed as ADEBISI FOLAKE OMOLADE. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note OBAKA JOSEPH.
UNEKE AMARACHI OGOMA
I, formerly known and addressed as IKECHUKWU AMARACHI, now wish to be known, called and addressed as UNEKE AMARACHI OGOMA. All former documents remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note. ANNA CHINENYE NLEMCHUKWU.
ALEGWU OCHANYA MARY. I, formerly known and addressed as OCHAPA-ALEGWU MARY OCHANYA , now wish to be known, called and addressed as ALEGWU OCHANYA MARY. All former documents remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note. ADEDEJI OLUWASEUN TOSIN
MAGAJI LAURATU GARBA. Formerly known and addressed as GARUBA IYABO LAURATU, now wish to be known, called and addressed as MAGAJI LAURATU GARBA. All former documents remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note. ADEGBILE ADEDEJI ADESHINA
SAMUEL EZE AMOS OGBONNA.
I, formerly known and addressed as EZE AMOS OGBONNA, now wish to be known, called and addressed as SAMUEL EZE AMOS OGBONNA. All former documents remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note. EZEOKOLI NGOZI THERESA.
I, formerly known, called and addressed as CHRISTIANA FUNKE ADEYEMO, now wish to be known, called and Addressed as CHRISTIANA KEHINDE AWONIYI. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.
I, formerly known, called and addressed as HABEKIAH BANKE, now wish to be known, called and addressed as OBAKA JOSEPH. All former documents remain valid. General public take note
I, formerly known, called and addressed as MISS. ANNA CHINENEYE EZE, now wish to be known, called and Addressed as MRS. ANNA CHINENYE NLEMCHUKWU. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.
OWOEYE TOBI MICHAEL.
ADEYEYE ADEMOLA OPEYEMI
FABODE IBIDUN EUNICE BUKOLA.
I, formerly known, called and addressed as ADEMOLA OPEYEMI RAFEL, now wish to be known, called and addressed as ADEYEYE ADEMOLA OPEYEMI. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.
I, formerly known, called and addressed as FABODE BUKOLA EUNICE, now wish to be known, called and addressed as FABODE IBIDUN EUNICE BUKOLA. All former documents remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note.
I, formerly known, called and addressed as OKON DANIEL ALICE, now wish to be known, called and addressed as EDET ALICE OKON. All former documents remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note.
I, formerly known, called and addressed as EMMANUEL ONOJAH AUDU, now wish to be known, called and addressed as EMMANUEL ONOJA. All former documents remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note.
DOMINICA OMOLADE ONASANYA
HASSAN AMINAT JENIFER I, formerly known, called and addressed as HASSAN AMAIMATA as it appears on my bank documents, now wish to be known, called and addressed as HASSAN AMINAT JENIFER as it appears on my Driverâ€™s Licence with LIC. No. FKJ99130AA15 . All former documents remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note.
UMASOR ESTHER ESE. I, formerly known, called and addressed as MISS UNUAKHALU ESTHER ESE, now wish to be known, called and addressed as MRS. UMASOR ESTHER ESE. All former documents remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note.
I, formerly known and addressed as BAMIGBOSE ALABA JAMIU, now wish to be known, called and addressed as ALABA ASHAYE ADEMOLA LATEEF. All former documents remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note.
That on my bank document, my name appears as AYO BEAUTY, while on my BVN, it appears as OHIOZE AYO BEAUTY. That I am the same person bearing both names mentioned above. All former documents bearing both names are mine and remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note.
ABOKI, PATIENCE EFEMENA.
NNAMANI NDUBUISI EMMANUEL
CONFIRMATION OF NAME
MUHAMMED GHALI. I formerly known as Muhammed Ghali Muhammed wish to be known and addressed as Muhammed Ghali. All former documents remain valid, General public please please take note.
I, formerly known, called and addressed as OWOEYE OLUWATOBI MICHAEL, now wish to be known, called and addressed as OWOEYE TOBI MICHAEL. That I was born on 19/04/1994. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. EFOSA DORA OSADEBAMWEN
I, formerly known, called and addressed as AIRUEGHIONMON DORA OSADEBAMWEN, now wish to be known, called and addressed as EFOSA DORA OSADEBAMWEN. All former documents remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note.
I, formerly known, called and addressed as DOMINICA OMOLADE SUNMOLA, now wish to be known, called and addressed as DOMINICA OMOLADE ONASANYA. All former documents remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note
OLALEYE OLASUNKANMI OKANLAWON
DORIS KALU I formerly known and addressed as Miss Doris Chima now wished to be known and addressed as Mrs Doris Kalu. All former documents remains valid. General public should please take note
Formerly known and addressed as Oluwatoyin Gabriel Isaac now wish to be known and addressed as Olaleye Olasunkanmi Okanlawon. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. OLAWALE MARIAM ADESHEWA
MARIA ITUNU SHOYINKA
. Formerly known as miss Okpa Patience Efemena now wish to be called and addressed as Mrs Aboki, Patience Efemena. All fomer document remain valid. And general public take note AKINKUNMI OLUJIDE MICHEAL
I formerly known as Olawale Mariam Feyishara wish to be known and addressed as Olawale Mariam Adeshewa . All former documents remain valid, General public please take note.
I formerly known as Maria Motunrayo Shoyinka wish to be known and addressed as Maria Itunu Shoyinka. All former documents remain valid, General public please take note.
GEORGE TEMITAYO AMINAT ENIOLA
ASIMOLOWO OMOLOLA BUKOLA.
MARIAM ADEWUNMI TITILAYO ADEBAYO
Formerly known and addressed as Miss Olayinka Omolola Bukola now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs Asimolowo Omolola Bukola. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note.
Formerly known and addressed as MISS MARIAM ADEWUNMI TITILAYO AKINPEJU now wishes to be known and addressed as MRS MARIAM ADEWUNMI TITILAYO ADEBAYO. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note.
Formerly known and addressed as Miss Razaq Temitayo Aminat now wish to be known and addressed as Mrs George Temitayo Aminat Eniola. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. ADOGHE BALIKISS OLUWAFUNKE
AGWU CHUKWUMA OKORIE
I formerly known and addressed as OYELADE BALIKISS OLUWAFUNKE now wish to be known and addressed as ADOGHE BALIKISS OLUWAFUNKE.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note.
. I formerly known and addressed as OKORIE CHUKWUMA AGWU now wish to be known and addressed as AGWU CHUKWUMA OKORIE. All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note.
ABODERIN MUSA OLATIDOYE.
OKEKE ONYEBUCHI PAUL I formerly known and addressed as UMEH ONYEBUCHI PAUL now wish to be known and addressed as OKEKE ONYEBUCHI PAUL.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note
I formerly known and addressed as ALIMI MUSA OLATIDOYE now wish to be known and addressed as ABODERIN MUSA OLATIDOYE. All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note. AGWU CHUKWUMA OKORIE.
. I formerly known and addressed as OKORIE CHUKWUMA AGWU now wish to be known and addressed as AGWU CHUKWUMA OKORIE.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note.
GANIYU MOSUNMOLA ARIKE
I formerly known and addressed as POPOOLA MOSUNMOLA ARIKE now wish to be known and addressed as GANIYU MOSUNMOLA ARIKE.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note.
I formerly known as AKIN OLUJIDE wish to be known and addressed as AKINKUNMI OLUJIDE MICHEAL. All former documents remain valid, General public please take note.
I, formerly known, called and addressed as HAZEEZ SEUN TOSIN, now wish to be known, called and addressed as ADEDEJI OLUWASEUN TOSIN. All former documents remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note. EDET ALICE OKON.
Formerly known as NNAMANI NDUBUISI HENRY now which to be known as NNAMANI NDUBUISI EMMANUEL . All fomer document remain valid and general public take note AKINLADE FESTUS SAUBANA
I formerly known as AKINLADE SAUBANA AKANJI wish to be known and addressed as AKINLADE FESTUS SAUBANA. All former documents remain valid, General public please take note. CHUKA JONNY CHUKWUKA
Formerly known and addressed as Mr CHUKA JONNY ARUNGWA now wishes to be known and addressed as Mr CHUKA JONNY CHUKWUKA. University of Calabar, University of Lagos, National Open University of Nigeria & the general public please take note. All former documents remain valid.
I formerly known and addressed as MORUFU SALIU DADEOWO now wish to be known and addressed as MORUFU SALIU OGUNFOWOKE.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note.
ABDULHAMEED IYABO ADEOLA I formerly known and addressed as ABDULHAMEED AISA ADEOLA now wish to be known and addressed as ABDULHAMEED IYABO ADEOLA. My date of birth was wrongly written 16/7/1989 instead 16/7/1988 of All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note.
MALCOLM MATHEW MSUGH
OKOLOGO OBIAGELI PRISCILIA.
MORUFU SALIU OGUNFOWOKE
I formerly known as Malcolm Mathew Anzenge wish to be known and addressed as MALCOLM Mathew MSUGH .All former documents remain valid, general public please take note
I formerly known and addressed as SIMON OBIAGELI PRISCILIA now wish to be known and addressed as OKOLOGO OBIAGELI PRISCILIA.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note.
MONDAY MICHEAL. I formerly known and addressed as FREDRICK ABU now wish to be known and addressed as MONDAY MICHEAL.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note.
OLATUNDE REBECCA KIITAN
I formerly known and addressed as MISS ADEFUSIKA OSEYEMI KIITAN now wish to be known and addressed as MRS OLATUNDE REBECCA KIITAN.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note
I, formerly known, called and addressed as ADESHINA ADEDEJI ADEYEMO, now wish to be known, called and Addressed as ADEGBILE ADEDEJI ADESHINA. All former documents remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note.
ALABA ASHAYE ADEMOLA LATEEF
ALIYU NANA MARIAM, ALIYU MARIAM AND ALIYU MARIAM N. ARE ALL ONE PERSON AS CONTAINED IN SOME DOCUMENTS AND MY CORRECT DATE OF BIRTH IS 9TH MARCH 1992. ALL FORMER DOCUMENTS REMAIN VALID FIRST BANK PLC AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD PLEASE TAKE NOTE IFEJOWO MODUPEOLUWA.
Formerly known and addressed as OMOLE DUPE OWOEYE now wish to be known and addressed as IFEJOWO MODUPEOLUWA. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. OBIANUJU PATIENCE CHUKWUKA CALEB
I formerly known & addressed as Mrs. OBIANUJU PATIENCE ARUNGWA now wish to be known & addressed as Mrs OBIANUJU PATIENCE CHUKWUKA CALEB UNIVERSITY IMOTA LAGOS STATE, FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY OWERRI, UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC PLEASE TAKE NOTE. All former documents remain valid.
I, formerly known, called and addressed as NWANKWO NGOZI THERESA, now wish to be known, called and addressed as EZEOKOLI NGOZI THERESA. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. BAKRE ABIBAT YETUNDE
I, formerly known, called and addressed as ABATI YETUNDE ABIBAT, now wish to be known, called and addressed as BAKRE ABIBAT YETUNDE due to change in my marital status. All former documents remain valid. General public and Authorities Concerned should please take note CONFIRMATION OF NAME
ABDULLAHI ADEWALE SALIHU
Formerly known and addressed as SALIHU OTARU ABDULLAHI now wish to be known and addrwssed as ABDULLAHI ADEWALE SALIHU. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. YAYAH JAMIU ADENIYI.
Formerly known and addressed as YAYA JAMIU AREMU now wishes to be known and addressed as YAYAH JAMIU ADENIYI. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note
INNOCENT PATIENCE ODION
AKANBI BASIRAT RONKE. I formerly known and addressed as AJADI BASIRAT RONKE now wish to be known and addressed as AKANBI BASIRAT RONKE.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note
OKUMA IFEOMA VIVIAN
CHIAMAKA KASIE MGBEMENA
I formerly known and addressed as ODION BELLO now wish to be known and addressed as INNOCENT PATIENCE ODION.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note.
I formerly known and addressed as MISS ODUKWE IFEOMA VIVIAN VIRNAZZ now wish to be known and addressed as MRS OKUMA IFEOMA VIVIAN VIRNAZZ.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note
I formerly known and addressed as ODUNUKWE CHIAMAKA KASIE now wish to be known and addressed as MRS CHIAMAKA KASIE MGBEMENA.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note.
SYLVESTER GRACE MFON.
OLADINNI OYINDAMOLA NIMOTA
I formerly known and addressed as MISS IBANGA CRACE MFON now wish to be known and addressed as MRS SYLVESTER GRACE MFON. All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note.
I formerly known and addressed as AGARAWU OYINDAMOLA DOLAPO now wish to be known and addressed as OLADINNI OYINDAMOLA NIMOTA.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note
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OKOYE ROSENA NKECHI.
I formerly known and addressed as NNOLI NKECHI ROSENA now wish to be known and addressed as OKOYE ROSENA NKECHI.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note MUSA MADU
I formerly known and addressed as MADU MUSA ISHAKU now wish to be known and addressed as MUSA MADU.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note. OJO RILWAN AYO
ISIAQ ADEOLA AGBAJE. I formerly known and addressed as OLUSEGUN ADEOLA ISIAKA now wish to be known and addressed as ISIAQ ADEOLA AGBAJE. All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note CHARITY ALIU I.E ADEMOSU
I formerly known and addressed as CHARITY ALIU now wish to be known and addressed as CHARITY ALIU I.E ADEMOSU.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note. OMOBA ENIOLA HANNAH
OJO: I, formerly known as OJO RILWAN, now wish to be known and addressed as OJO RILWAN AYO. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.
OMOBA: I, formerly known as JUBRIL RAMOT OMOLARA, now wish to be known and addressed as OMOBA ENIOLA HANNAH. All former documents remain valid. General public take note
BAMIDELE BODE WALE
OKWUEGBULEM EMMANUEL CHUKWUDI.
OSINAIKE OLUBUNMI ADEOLA.
I formerly known and addressed as ADEBANWO OLUBUNMI ADEOLA now wish to be known and addressed as OSINAIKE OLUBUNMI ADEOLA.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note. YAHAYA SEFIAT TALATU.ALL
I formerly known and addressed as SANNI SEFIAT TALATU now wish to be known and addressed as MRS YAHAYA SEFIAT TALATU.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note NWACHUKWU OMOTUNDE SIDIKAT.
Formerly Miss. Ibitoye Omotunde Sidikat. Now Mrs. Nwachukwu Omotunde Sidikat. Former documents remains valid. General public please note
ONASANYA OBATUNDE ADELEKE
ONASANYA OMOWUMI JADESOLA
. I formerly known and addressed as ONASANYA BABATUNDE ADELEKE now wish to be known and addressed as ONASANYA OBATUNDE ADELEKE.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note.
I formerly known and addressed as ODUBELA OMOWUMI JADESOLA now wish to be known and addressed as ONASANYA OMOWUMI JADESOLA.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note.
UDECHUKWU NDUBUISI GODSWORD
ARIYO TEMITOPE OLUWAKEMI.
UDECHUKWU: I, formerly known as UDECHUKWU NDUBUISI OBINNA (D.O.B: 25/05/1980), now wish to be known and addressed as UDECHUKWU NDUBUISI GODSWORD (D.O.B: 25/05/1982). All former documents remain valid. General public take note.
ALABI DEBORAH TEMITAYO
I formerly known as TEMITAYO ADEYEMO wish to be known and addressed as ALABI DEBORAH TEMITAYO. All former documents remain valid, general public please take note.
ARIYO: I, formerly known as MISS FALADE TEMITOPE OLUWAKEMI, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS. ARIYO TEMITOPE OLUWAKEMI. All former documents remain valid. General public take note IDOWU BABATUNDE ZACCHAEUS.
UJU JULIET IKECHUKWU
I formerly known and addressed as UJU JULIET NWAIWU now wish to be known and addressed as UJU JULIET IKECHUKWU.All former documents remain valid. General public to please take note. CHISOM CHIKA NDUKA ALUMA
ALUMA: I, formerly known as CHISOM CHIKA NDUKA, now wish to be known and addressed as CHISOM CHIKA NDUKA ALUMA. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. GABRIEL MATHEW SONAYON
Formerly IDOWU BABADE ZACCHAEUS. Now IDOWU BABATUNDE ZACCHAEUS. former documents remains valid. General public please note.
Formerly Mr. Gabriel Sonanyon now Mr. Gabriel Mathew Sonayon . former documents remains valid. General public please note.
Formerly known and addressed as Moses Luka now wish to be known and addressed as Ayuba Ishaku. All former documents remain valid. General public to please note
I, formerly known and addressed as BAMIDELE BODE, now wish to be known and addressed as BAMIDELE BODE WALE. All former documents remains valid. General public please take note.
Formerly Abimbola Olaronke Olaniyi now Abimbola Olaronke Fatoki. Former documents remains valid. General public please note.
OMOTOSO KAYODE SAMUEL
Formerly OKAFOR EMMANUEL CHUKWUDI, Now OKWUEGBULEM EMMANUEL CHUKWUDI. Former documents remains valid. General public please note.
Formerly Ojo Oluwakayode Samuel now Omotoso Kayode Samuel. Former documents remains valid. General public please note
AYANDA QUDUS ISHOLA I formerly known and addressed as Balogun Kudus Ishola now wish to be known and addressed as Ayanda Qudus Ishola and my correct date of birth is 19/11/1983. All former documents remain valid. General public to please note.
SHAIBU YUSUF. Formerly known and addressed as Shaibu Stephen now wish to be known and addressed as Shaibu Yusuf. All former documents remain valid. General public to please note
CHINYERE AMARACHUKWU UKAH
MALEFORD JAHDI INTERGRITY
CONFIRMATION OF NAME
I, formerly known and addressed as MISS CHINYERE AMARACHUKWU CHUKWUMA, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS. CHINYERE AMARACHUKWU UKAH. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note.
MARY UDOH SAMMY I, formerly known and addressed as MARY ROASE UDOH, now wish to known and addressed as MARY UDOH SAMMY. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note.
UGWU JOY EBERE. I, formerly known and addressed as UGWU JOY LOVINNA, now wish to be known and addressed as UGWU JOY EBERE. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.
OBIEZE AMANDO ANGELICA.
UGWUOZOR ROSELINE NNENNA
AGADAEZE IJEOMA GRACE
ONYEBUCHI PEACE AMAKA I, formerly known and addressed as MISS IFEANYI PEACE AMAKA, now wish to be known and addressed as MRS ONYEBUCHI PEACE AMAKA. All former documents remain valid. General public should please take note.
ABIMBOLA OLARONKE FATOKI.
I, formerly known and addressed as AMAGBAOBI JAHDI INTERGRITY, now wish to be known and addressed as MALEFORD JAHDI INTERGRITY. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note. CHIBUZO KATE ONYEDIKACHI.
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ANTHONY IZUCHUKWU EMMANUEL
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I Samuel Akobundu Emmanuel and Samuel Akobundu Longjohn refer to one and the same person. But now wishes to be known and addressed as Mr Samuel Akobundu Longjohn. All former documents remain valid. General public should pls take note.
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EHIHIE NGOZI FRANCA
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I formerly known and addressed as EBIRIM NGOZI FRANCA, now wish to be known and addressed as EHIHIE NGOZI FRANCA. All former documents remain valid. General public please take note.
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Formerly known and addressed as CHUKU MERCY EBERE, now wish to be known and addressed as OCHIGBO-OBE MERCY EBERE. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.
ADEBAYO OLAYINKA JAMIU
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Formerly known and addressed as ABUCHI CHARLES now wish to be known and addressed as ABUCHI SUNDAY JOHN. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. MKPUMA GABRIEL EYEKE.
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Formerly known and addressed as TYOAKAA SEWUESE WUESE now wish to be known and addressed as TYOAKAA SEWUESE MERCY. And that my date of birth is 7 June 1996. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. CONFIRMATION OF NAME.
OCHIGBO-OBE MERCY EBERE.
Formerly known and addressed as ADEBAYO OLAYINKA MUHAMMED, now wish to be known and addressed as ADEBAYO OLAYINKA JAMIU. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. OWOLABI OLABODE AKINOLA
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MERCY NDUBUISI ANUWE-UZOMA
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This is confirm I, NAPOLEON EZE OPARA is one and same person as NAPOLEON AHUMARAEZE OPARA. All documents bearing the above names remain valid. General public take note.
SELIMOTU FUNKE SAMUEL.
ONYEAGWARA CHINELO VICTORIA.
OLUWA ADEBAYO JAMIU
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Formerly known and addressed as NWAOKAFOR CHINELO VICTORIA, now wish to be known and addressed as ONYEAGWARA CHINELO VICTORIA. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.
Formerly known and addressed as ABDULHAMID GAMBO ZOTO, now wish to be known and addressed as MOHAMMED IDI. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.
ADIGUN TOMOLOJU FLORENCE KEMI.
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ODUWOLE GBEMISOLA Formerly known and addressed as SERIKUDI GBEMISOLA, now wish to be known and addressed as ODUWOLE GBEMISOLA. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.
Formerly known and addressed as MISS IDRIS OMOLARA KAFAYAT, now wish to be known and addressed as OLUGBUYI OMOLARA KAFAYAT. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.
EZEONYETUME EBUKA HARRYSON
MURI IYABO ARIKE. Formerly known and addressed as SULIMON IYABO ARIKE now wish to be known and addressed as MURI IYABO ARIKE. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.
Formerly known and addressed as IBITOYE TITILAYO KHADIJAH now wish to be known and addressed as AGBOLUAJE TITILAYO KHADIJAH. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.
Formerly known and addressed as OBADIMEJI BILIKIS GBEMISOLA now wish to be known and addressed as OLAWOLE BILIKIS GBEMISOLA. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.
OGUNYEMI AZEEZ OLAYEMI.
LUCKY MICHAEL CHUKWUMA.
SALAMI OYINOZA AGNES
OLAGUNJU OLUWAFUNMILAYO ELIZABETH.
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Formerly known and addressed as MISS SUBERU OYINOZA AGNES now wish to be known and addressed as MRS. SALAMI OYINOZA AGNES. All former documents remain valid. General public take note.
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OGUNBAYO OLABISI AFUSAT
AHIANTE TEMITOPE RITA
CHUKWUDI CHUKWURA ABUNYIE
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My name was wrongly written as BADMUS TAJUDEEN IDOWU instead of BADMOS TAJUDEEN IDOWU. All former documents remain valid. General public take note. FAWOLE ELFRIDA KOFOWOROLA
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OSUNTUBO IBUKUNOLUWA ELIZABETH
BELLO ADETOUN AISHAT.
UDOH ESTHER ESSIEN.
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This is to confirm and certify that OKORO HELEN IFEOMA is the same person bearing OKORO IFEOMA HELEN ADA. That all documents carrying both names remain valid. General public take note.
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Art/Book & Review
The world of arts in continua phenomena Only a few decades ago, exciting images and colours dominated the visual arts world, expressed in album sleeve designs, posters and such like, when music rolled out of the studios in Vinyl format rocked the music world. But the phenomenal metamorphosis defining music world has since seen the vinyl age go into the graveyard of history. From thence on, the world has watched the coming and going of CDs, music/video cassettes, as well as DVDs. And now that we have direct live-streaming swallowing up all past formats, what takes the stage next? One surviving name in the conservative world of album sleeve cover design, a contemporary Nigerian artist of some 34 years, Mr. Ghariokwu Lemi remains the rallying point encompassing the old and the new and he is brazed to hold his ground in the next age of arts phenomena. Record sleeves in 2017 music world With 26 album sleeves designed exclusively for the late afro beat icon, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Lemi says record sleeve design is too far; even now, he says, the CD and DVD market is in trouble! At his studio on Sunday Street, Palmgrove, Ikorodu Road, Lemi paints picture of the phenomenal changes in music production. “Record sleeves art as a profession is tough right now and so is every other thing hinging on technology. As you know, technology is growing every day. Vinyl went out of vogue when musical and video cassettes. Also, the cassettes era closed down when CDs came. And as we speak, the DVD and CD format are in trouble because live streaming on the internet is on the rise. “Right now musicians are making money from streaming on the internet more than they’re selling CDs. Fewer people are buying CDs now because all the young people listen to music on their cellphones. What that means is that they are buying from telephone service providers; as they download, there’s a way money accrue to the musicians from that because there are companies involved in making
Lemi stressing a point
His master’s voice: Gone with the times
Fela: Big Blind Country
sure that as you’re downloading, you are paying. “Using your iphone, for example, you cannot download music for free even with your data; you have to go through the Apple Store and you pay like 99 cents for any song you’re downloading, which is a lot here; about the same thing applies to visual covers.” But Lemi is still doing covers in 2017. “Yes, I’m still doing covers; in fact I have one I’m doing right now. I did one two weeks back for a group called Newen Afro beats; they’re in Chile. Last November,
I did one for a group based in Canada called The Brooks, and they still want to do vinyl. You know in some circles, they still love to do vinyl, that’ what we used to know as record plates, so once in a long while, musicians still demand record sleeves which they do for conservatives who are purists, they still want to keep vinyl. “You may be surprised to know that they are still selling record changers like His Master’s Voice, if you remember, although very few. “Also for streaming, artistes
need a cover image. I did it for a guy in Chicago last month; it’s not going to be printed but will be used on his website to show that “This is my album.” So, cover arts or album sleeves are still very relevant though not as before.” Where would the remnants be in the next decade, for example? “I still think it’ll be relevant, because any brand needs a package; you cannot bring out a product without a package, internet or no internet. Though you may not have it in hard copies because it is digital, but at least, when you go online, you
will see an image to know what the product is all about.” The successor question Now in his mid-sixties, has Lemi raised successors to run with his brand of arts? (He laughs) “That’s a million Naira question. Interestingly, those who know my pedigree will confirm that I used to train people who come around me; I had trained many in fine arts initially while doing covers, but lo and behold, because of the survival strategy, one wasn’t able at those point in time to pay all one’s bills via the visual arts business entrepreneurship. “So, for somebody like me personally, I metamorphosed from visual arts, then graphics to printing; I even did van display, bill boards, neon signage, etc, so one had to go through all that to both survive and remain relevant in the field; something quite like multiple streams. “But a successor? Hum, you know, young people are always in a hurry; they love everything fast and instant; the bubble gum age came and everyone wants everything instantly, like instant noodles, the fast foods and so on, and so all the guys I trained opted for printing and they’re still printers as I speak; they opted for printing and forgot about the painting I taught them! “Then with album cover art as a professional, I am like the only professional sleeve designer in Nigeria because I took it as my full time profession for so many years. Today, I don’t even know any sleeve designer. The people who design sleeves probably work for advertising companies or graphics artists, those creative art studios who just do it by the corner for the salary; so they are not committed to it like I did and have been doing all along. “So, to tell the truth, I’ve heard this question asked during interviews in international forums, and sadly, I can’t mention anyone I can say I’ve mentored. Even in the present age, all the CDs young artistes release every day and marketed by Alaba International market, I found they just do photo-shop and design with computer graphics. Well, okay, it’s their age and time, but no credit goes to anyone.
Foreign 28 Cameroon crushes opposition to dominance of French over English
strike by Englishspeaking professionals in Cameroon has taken another turn with the government shutting down an independent radio station. The station hosted a discussion of what the striking lawyers and teachers say is the overbearing use of French in the bilingual country. Cameroon is officially a bilingual country but only about a fifth of the population speaks English. Professionals in Anglophone parts of the country complain that English is being sidelined. For example, they say the government has failed to provide official documents in English as well as French. Teachers are also demanding reforms amid what they say is the proliferation of French-oriented schools. However, the months-long strike has actually pushed some families in affected areas to move their children to Frenchspeaking schools so they won’t miss the academic year. Radio Hot Cocoa is based in Bamenda in Cameroon’s northwest region, the center of the strike by English-speaking lawyers and educators. Authorities sealed the station’s offices Thursday, after a call-in program in which participants criticized the government over its handling of striking professionals’ grievances. VOA reached the manager of Radio Hot Cocoa, Gideon Taka, by phone. “The governor’s office accused us of broadcasting information that could incite the public to violence, incite the public to hatred, and incite the public to civil disobedience,” he said. Taka said the region’s governor is mad that the show’s hosts took the side of the callers, not the government, during the live debate. Activists say the radio shutdown is part of a wider clampdown on public debate in Cameroon.
Daily Times Nigeria Friday, January 13, 2017
Damascus water supply cutoff could trigger military action UN warns ÎÎÎ A senior United Nations
official says a water crisis affecting Syria’s capital, Damascus, could trigger military action with devastating consequences unless vital supplies from the nearby, rebel-held Wadi Barada area, are restored. Damascus gets most of its water from the Wadi Barada Valley. Damage to the infrastructure during battles between rebel and Syrian forces has cut off this vital source of water to the Syrian capital’s population of 5 million since
December 22. The U.N. special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, says it is a matter of great urgency that Syrian government engineers be allowed to go into the area to repair the damage so water once more can be pumped to Damascus. He says rebels in charge of the main water source in one of the five Wadi Barada villages will not agree to this. “Therefore, there is a danger, substantial danger, imminent danger that this may develop into a further mili-
tary escalation and the consequence of it, unavoidably, no
water solution for the people in Damascus,” he said.
day outside the Moscow headquarters of the Alexandrov Ensemble to The U.S. Justice Department’s Inspector General announced Thursday that he will investigate the actions of the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) prior to the November 2016 presidential election. President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA promised to maintain a
“clear-eyed” view of Russia and said he would not comply with any White House order to restart the use of torture tactics. “You have my commitment that every day I will speak truth to power,” said Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday. Pompeo said he accepts the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia meddled in last year’s presidential
Damascus People queue as they fill containers with water in the government controlled al-Rabwah area, a suburb of Damascus, Jan. 10, 2017.
election won by Trump, describing the report as “sound.” “It’s a longstanding effort of the Russians,” he added. “It is something America needs to take seriously and a threat that we are vulnerable to today.” Enhanced interrogation Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California noted that, during the campaign, Trump spoke favorably of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” to extract information from terror sus-
pects. Pompeo himself criticized President Barack Obama for reining in the tactics. “If you were ordered by the president to restart the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques that fall outside of the Army Field Manual, would you comply?” Feinstein asked. “Absolutely not,” Pompeo replied. “I can’t imagine that I would be asked that by the president-elect or, then, the president … I’ll always comply with the law.”
Gambian official says sacked envoys failed government ÎÎÎGambian President Yahya
Jammeh was right to fire 12 top envoys who failed to defend the Banjul government after the disputed December 1 election, the country’s acting U.N. ambassador says. The 12 envoys had called on Jammeh to hand over power peacefully to Adama Barrow, whom the Independent Electoral Commission declared winner of the vote. The fired envoys included the ambassadors to the United States, Senegal, China and Turkey. “They did not defend the
government that they are supposed to represent at this very trying time, when they were expected to do so,” Samsudeen Sarr, Gambia’s acting permanent representative to the United Nations, said this week. “The Gambian government really gave them the position with the expectation that during circumstances like this, they would stand by the government and explain at least the conditions or the situations that are not very clear to the world.” Opposition supporters said the dismissed envoys were true
heroes who had spoken on behalf of the people, following more than two decades of gross human rights violations and a clampdown on free speech during Jammeh’s rule. Sarr disagreed. One could understand the envoys’ actions, he said, “if there were to be no controversy over the election.” But Jammeh, who initially accepted the election results, later backtracked, alleging that voting irregularities had tainted the outcome. “I think these guys owe it to the government they are represent-
ing to show it to the world,” Sarr said of the dismissed envoys. “But the world has seen that they made their decision even before the facts were presented.” Civil society groups have said that if Jammeh loves the country as he claims, then he should peacefully hand over power without bloodshed. Meanwhile, Senegal reportedly put its army on standby, waiting to see whether the regional Economic Community of West African States bloc, of which Senegal is a member, decides to use force to remove Jammeh.
US confirms airstrike killed 33 Afghan civilians in Kunduz
ÎÎÎUnited States military said
Thursday while releasing details of its investigation into the incident A joint military operation in northern Afghanistan in early November killed 33 Afghan civilians and wounded 27 more, the. The deadly attack in Boz village in the restive Kunduz province flattened dozens of houses, according to residents and Taliban insurgents. The joint operation was conducted to capture
Afghan villagers gather around several victims of clashes between Taliban and Afghan security forces
ÎÎÎTurkey is still reeling from
the deadly New Year’s shooting at an Istanbul nightclub, in which 39 people were killed. Far from bringing the country together, the attack has further deepened national divisions. With the gunman still on the loose, fears are growing about the threat so-called Islamic State poses to Turkey. The threat comes from within and abroad.
US justice department to investigate FBI actions before election ÎÎÎMourners gathered Sun-
Turkey IS threat heightens after New Year’s attack
Taliban leaders who were plotting to seize the provincial capital of Kunduz, according to Afghan and U.S. military officials. “To defend themselves and Afghan forces, U.S. forces returned fire in self-defense at Taliban who were using civilian houses as firing positions,” the U.S. military said Thursday. “Regardless of the circumstances, I deeply regret the loss of innocent lives. … I wish to assure President Ghani and the people of Afghanistan that we
will take all possible measures to protect Afghan civilian,” the statement quoted General John Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, as saying. Afghan special forces planned the raid against the Taliban hideout in Kunduz with the help of a small group of American military advisors. But the insurgents swiftly engaged them, opening fire from multiple civilian buildings, the U.S. military explained in its investigation.
Rather than uniting the country in grief, the shooting appeared to only deepen societal divisions, Posts were placed on social media in support of the incident, denigrating the revelers as decadent and anti-Islamic and therefore getting what they deserved. One theologian declared the attack was a message that “Turkey is not the old Turkey, and that the pious will bring all others to their knees.”
Political columnist Semih Idiz of Turkey’s Al Monitor website says the attack has exacerbated worrying tensions. “There were those who gloated over this attack and who seem to celebrate it, rather than mark the tragedy that happened in front of them,” said Idiz. “This all goes back to this post-modern civil war that has been going on between Islamist and secularists, between the ultra-conservative nationalists and the more pro-European elements. And we have a government that hasn’t really helped in overcoming divisions, in fact at times, the approach of the government and the president is divisive rather than unifying.”
Ban Ki-moon advances toward South Korean presidential bid ÎÎÎFormer Secretary-General
of the United Nations Ban Kimoon arrived back home Thursday in South Korea amid mounting expectations that he will run for office of the president. Ban was greeted by crowds of supporters at Incheon Airport near Seoul when he arrived in the early evening. When asked about entering the race for president, he would not commit, but he did indicate he is leaning in that direction. “I have already said that I am ready to give my all [for the country] and my determination remains unchanged,” he said to the cheering crowd
Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Royal Intern’l, others bankroll Taekwondo, T/Tennis in CRS schools
Edem Edem Calabar
he Royal International Farms and Estates Limited in partnership with First Royal Micro Finance Bank and Triple Star Printing Press Limited have indicated intension to sponsor two major championships in Cross River State. The championship
includes Calabar Open Taekwondo and Calabar Primary and Secondary Schools Table Tennis Championship. Disclosing this to our correspondent on Thursday, the General Manager of
Royal International Farms and Estates Limited, Usen Umoh said it was a way of giving back to the society and also engaging the youths and students in effective and productive ventures in order to turn their energies into
more positive ventures. He said: “Budding stars and young talents in taekwondo will be expected to participate in the 1st Calabar Open Taekwondo Championship as well as Calabar Primary and Secondary Schools
Table Tennis Championship. We intend to use the two championships to discover new sports talents in the state and groom them for national, continental and international glories.” The Taekwondo
Championship is billed to hold from January 19 – 21 at Kolanut Centre in Calabar, while the Table Tennis Championship will hold from February 8– 10 February at Hope Waddel Assembly Hall.
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Nigeria’s Marylove Edward defeated Kouma Niangadov of Mali at the ongoing AJC Tennis in Lome, Togo.
AJC Tennis: Team Nigeria in multiple wins!
igeria continued its great form at the 2017 ITF/CAT African Junior Championship West and Central Africa qualifiers holding in Lome, Togo as no fewer than seven of its players were victorious in the second day of action at the tournament featuring 15 countries. With four wins from five matches on the opening day, the defending champions stepped up the gear enjoying the highest number of wins as hostilities hot up at the Stade Omnisports, Lome. Marylove Edward had her match against Kouma Niangadov of Mali stretched to Thursday following poor visibility and the 12-year-old double forehand and double backhand player posted a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win to enhance her chances of qualification from the round-robin preliminaries. Omolayo Bamidele from Ekiti also won her match against a Togolese opponent 6-0, 6-1. The duo of David Dawariye and Rebecca Peters also enjoyed comfortable wins in their first matches. Dawariye of the Kodian Academy in Port Harcourt was too good for Paul Padio of Togo with a 6-1, 6-0 win, while Kaduna-based Peters was awesome beating Marie H. of Burkina Faso 6-0, 6-0. Matthew Abamu also made sure that the home fans went home disappointed as he defeated Togo’s M. Dossen 6-0, 6-1, while Micheal Ayoola beat Delmas Ntcha of Benin Republic 6-2, 6-3. Abuja-based Saminu Abubakar kept Nigeria’s winning run with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Cedric Falalou of Togo, while Oyinlomo Quadri began her quest to a successful defence of the Girls’ 14 and under title she won in 2016 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Hanah Minet of Cote d’Ivoire.
Osun SWAN appoints Aregbesola grand patron TianjinTeda suffer Sodiq Adekunle Osogbo
embers of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Osun State Chapter, have made Governor Rauf Aregbesola their Grand Patron. During the investiture and award ceremony, Chairman of the sports writers, Mr. Yemi Aboderin, commended Aregbesola policy of promoting sports and healthy living among the people of the state. He singled out two such beneficial programmes Walk to Live and Calisthenic - as such impactful sporting
programmes his government introduced for the benefit of both young and old in the state. According to the Governor, such programmes, which ensures healthy living, promote team work, unity of purpose and develop cognitive ability of school children are too important to be ignored by the media and sports journalists in particular. “Sporting activities promote healthy living and drive away boredom as well as promote spirit of organisation and team work. In recognition of this, we introduced two key programmes: Walk to Live and Calisthenic. “But sports journalists
did not give these two mass participatory and beneficial programmes enough coverage they deserved. Such programmes are too important and helpful to turn a blind eye to. “In particular, as sports journalists and in general, as media practitioners, I think we have the enormous duty of informing the people about what government is doing. “Besides, let us encourage government to do things that have positive values to the generality of the people. “We should also challenge government on the need to continue programmes that have positive impacts on our people.
defeat on Mikel’s debut
Aregbesola “Whatever is good; whatever has values, must be promoted and supported. Whatever will raise and develop the society should not at all be neglected or ignored by the media.”
uper Eagles captain Mikel Obi made his debut for Tianjin Teda on Wednesday, in their 1-2 friendly defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach U-23 at the Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium. Wearing jersey no. 10, the midfielder was unable to rescue Jaime Pacheco’s men from bowing to the German youth side in the friendly encounter. Zhou Tong got Teda’s lone strike as Mikel was replaced in the second half alongside debutants, Wang Dong, Zhou Liao and Goodley. Mikel, who was Chelsea player for ten-and-a-half years, joined the Chinese team on a three-year deal and will reportedly earn 140,000 pounds a week. Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has assured that as long as the experienced midfielder is playing well in China, he will be part of the national team. “We can still follow him on the internet and as long as he is playing well, he remains in our plans,” Rohr stated. “I am happy he will play in China and not sit on the bench at Chelsea.”
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Man United trigger
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anchester United have triggered a clause in Marouane Fellaini’s contract to extend his stay at Old Trafford through to 2018. Fellaini followed David Moyes to United from Everton in 2013, signing a four-year deal with an option for an additional season. The club have exercised their right to extend the Belgian international’s agreement, securing his future beyond the current campaign.
An official United statement read: “Manchester United have confirmed a clause has been triggered in Marouane Fellaini’s contract to extend his stay with the club. “When signing from Everton on the final day of the summer transfer window in 2013, the Belgian agreed a four-year deal with the option of a further year. “That has now been taken up, tying him to Old Trafford until at least the summer of 2018.”
Fellaini has previously struggled to nail down a regular place in the United starting XI but appears to be highly valued by Jose Mourinho. The 29-year-old has made 21 appearances in all competitions, including nine starts in the Premier League. He scored his first goal of the 2016-17 campaign in Tuesday’s 2-0 victory over Hull City in the EFL Cup semi-final.
£4m Narsingh signing
Ranieri makes case for visiting Kante
laudio Ranieri hopes Leicester City fans give N’Golo Kante a warm reception should he make his first appearance at the King Power Stadium since leaving for Chelsea. Kante was an integral part of Leicester’s unlikely Premier League title triumph last season following his arrival from Caen, with his form earning a place in the France squad for the first time. The 25-year-old agreed a switch to Chelsea ahead of the 2016-17
season but was an unused substitute when Antonio Conte’s side produced a dramatic comeback to win an EFL Cup meeting at Leicester 4-2 last September. Should Kante feature in Saturday’s Premier League encounter, though, Ranieri hopes the fans do not react negatively. “I hope our fans give to Kante a warm welcome as he was our champion. It’s important to remember what he gave to us,” said Ranieri.
“Chelsea started not so well but soon Conte understood his team and they have made a good first half of the season. “We respect them a lot but we are ready to fight and ready to try to win.” Leicester could have Andy King and Jamie Vardy available after they missed the 2-1 FA Cup win over Everton last weekend through illness, but Algerian duo Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani remain unavailable due to their international obligations.
Swansea City have announced the signing of Luciano Narsingh from PSV in a £4million deal. The 26-year-old has agreed a twoand-a-half-year deal with the struggling Premier League club. Narsingh, who will wear the number 28 shirt, is the first signing made by Paul Clement since he took over as head coach on January 3. Speaking to the club’s official website, Narsingh said: “I’ve looked at the Premier League for two or three years now, and Swansea always play good football. “That’s why, when Swansea came in for me, I knew I wanted to play here.
Alli doesn’t need new deal —Pochettino Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham cannot give Dele Alli a new contract every time there are rumours over his future amid speculation linking him with Barcelona and Real Madrid. Reports suggested Spurs were ready to hand inform Alli a new deal worth in excess of £100,000-per-week due to interest from the two La Liga giants. But the 20-yearold signed new contracts twice in 2016, the most recent coming in September - tying him to Spurs until 2022 – and Pochettino does not think his contract can be extended every time there is interest.
Friday, January 13, 2017
SPECIAL FEATURE Segun Odegbami
wo weeks into 2017 permit me to repeat a story I have told a few times before in several media in the past 13 years. I am doing so again only because I watched an interview on CNN of Gianni Infantino, President of FIFA, on the eve of the New Year that should interest West Africans. Infantino spoke about the positive reaction of football federation presidents around the world to his proposal that the World Cup finals be expanded from 32 to 48 countries. He gave the assurance that the bidding process will be more transparent and that hosting it will benefit more countries and not ‘impoverish’ the host. For those reasons, from the 2026 edition, FIFA would seriously welcome a co-hosting of the World Cup by three or more neighbouring countries. That’s the reason for my story. Shortly after the 2002 World Cup, jointly hosted by Korea and Japan in a historic collaboration, FIFA concluded that the joint hosting experiment was not the success initially envisaged and decided not to pursue that system again. Not everyone was in agreement it seemed. Some people felt that what the system needed was a tweaking and further fine-tuning, not it’s outright abandonment. Before he was axed from the FIFA executive committee, Michel Platini had mooted the idea of a European Cup of Nations to be jointly hosted by a group of European countries rather than one. Coming back from Japan in 2002 I saw the bigger benefit of co-hosting the World Cup, particularly by poorer countries that could benefit more from the experience. I shared my thoughts with the then Nigerian Minister of Sports, the late Stephen Akiga. He initially thought it was ‘madness’ to suggest what I proposed. It took a while before he started to see a little of the picture I painted of a truly innovative African World Cup. I told him I could arrange for us to meet with Mr Sepp Blatter to share the vision so that the FIFA president’s reaction would help him take a final stand on my ‘crazy’ idea. Surprisingly, he agreed. Within days I secured an appointment for us to meet with Mr Blatter at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. At the end of the Commonwealth Games in 2003 in Manchester, UK, we flew to Zurich for the appointment. The meeting was held in the FIFA president’s office with Mr Walter Gagg, the then head of the technical department in FIFA, in attendance. After all the pleasantries, Mr Akiga told the president our mission and asked me to speak on the subject. It took a few minutes but my message was simple – a new World Cup format hewn from the lessons of Korea/Japan 2002; the first to be held in Africa; it would not impoverish the host but benefit an entire region of the continent; it will be hosted by four or five neighbouring countries led by Nigeria in the West African sub-region with a population of over 250 million people. The benefits of such an arrangement were enormous - travel between the countries would be a breeze; the cost of hosting will be shared by four or five countries; the dreams of the founding political fathers of West Africa will come true, including a single currency, a borderless region, the evolution of a regional economic and social hub, a single visa requirement for all the countries, a super highway from Lagos to Abidjan, a West African mono-rail system, co-operating security and immigration agencies, a huge economic market, proper cultural integration, a tourism
World Cup industry boost and so on and so forth. It will be a catalyst for the broadest and fastest regional infrastructural development programme in the Third World. It was an idea I had sold to private sector specialists from the World Bank and they had agreed it was not just a great idea but also one that would attract their support. Mr Blatter caught the vision immediately. He told the now mesmerised Minister that should Nigeria propose it and secure the support of the other West African countries, FIFA would enthusiastically re-consider their stand on co-hosting and give it another look-in. On our return to Abuja we went straight from the airport to the office of the then Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, where the minister delivered Mr Blatter response. The Vice President went immediately to brief President Olusegun Obasanjo with whom he had a great political romance up till that point. He came back a few minutes later with the good news - The President had not only approved the idea but also directed the setting up a committee to do a proper feasibility study to clearly look at the project’s viability, challenges, as well as the political and cost implications of such a monumental project. In short, things moved rapidly. Within weeks the committee hand-delivered letters from the Nigerian President to the Presidents of Benin, Togo, Ghana and Cameroun, selling the idea
and seeking their necessary buy-in. By the time the committee returned from its West African contact tour the general reaction was unprecedented excitement in those countries. Nigeria was the only exception. A segment of the Nigerian media had vehemently risen against the whole concept of hosting another international event so soon after the scandalous financial fraud called COJA 2003. The co-hosting idea with neighbours was considered unrealistic and a ploy to loot the Nigerian treasury as had been the practice in the past. Meanwhile, the Federal Executive Council of the Nigerian government met over the matter and approved the project on the condition that it will be co-hosted by the listed African neighbours. Unfortunately, the project did not leave the tarmac of implementation. Beyond the public and some media outcry against it, Thambo Mbeki, the then President of the Republic of South Africa, put a nail in the coffin when he got President Obasanjo to concede the bidding right for the 2010 World Cup to South Africa in exchange for South Africa’s support for Nigeria’s interest to host the Commonwealth Games that was also in contemplation at the time. The Nigerian President had no qualms about shutting down the entire project. That’s how it was asphyxiated.
Looking back now, even I agree that it was not the most auspicious of times to have undertaken that venture. Not with the levels of corruption both in FIFA and in Nigeria. It would have been turned into another reckless financial jamboree. That was 13 years ago. Few weeks as 2016 went to bed, I saw the Infantino interview on television and it resurrected the vision of a World Cup to be cohosted by four to five countries in the year 2030. Meanwhile, the world is a different place now. FIFA is been wiped clean of its ignoble past, just as Nigeria is being cleansed of her reputation as a country infested with the cancer of corruption. Those that have the eyes to peer into the future should now shine them because FIFA is ready to embrace co-hosting from the 2026 World Cup. West Africa must seize the moment and opportunity now. The leaders of Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire should set up a small group of stakeholders to examine Infantino’s idea of co-hosting the World Cup in 2030 by combining resources to organise the next African World Cup. It will be a truly unique, first-of-its-kind event that would not impoverish any one of the countries but would, instead, benefit the entire region through the essential infrastructural developments that will take place in order to accommodate the guaranteed 1 million-plus army of football followers from all over the world that would come to celebrate the beautiful game in an exotic part of the world that is very rich in football culture. ÏƑƋƋƆƗƇƏƌƑƍƆƏƍƏƐêƅƌ
“Those that have the eyes to peer into the future should now shine them because FIFA is ready to embrace co-hosting from the 2026 World Cup. West Africa must seize the moment and opportunity now. The leaders of Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire should set up a small group of stakeholders to examine Infantino’s idea of co-hosting the World Cup in 2030 by combining resources to organise the next African World Cup.”
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Coach Gernot Rohr has restated plan to call up Wolfsburg boy, Victor Osimhen.
igeria coach Gernot Rohr has said he plans to call up a Nigerian-German striker for a 2019 AFCON qualifier in March. Rohr said he has followed the striker, but would rather not reveal his identity yet. “I will look at another Nigerian-German player who I discovered. I think we can see him in the next game in March,” he said. “There is also the young Victor Osimhen, who from January 1 can now play professionally for Wolfsburg. I will look at him. “We have a good competition among the strikers in the team.” Rohr has been scouting Europe for top players with Nigerian root for the Super Eagles. He had earlier penciled down Tyronne Ebuehi, who was born in Holland to a Nigerian father, but the ADO Den Haag defender later declined a call-up to the Super Eagles even after several assurances.
Rohr to unleash ‘mystery striker’ for AFCON
FIFA Rankings: Nigeria now 50th, as Argentina stay top
igeria have moved a spot up and are now Algeria are 39th in the world and fifth in Africa, 50th in the world according to the latest Cameroun are 62nd in the world and 12th in FIFA Rankings released on Wednesday. Africa, and Zambia are 88th in the world and They are also seventh in the African ratings, 21st in Africa. which is still led by Senegal, who are ranked Meanwhile, the next FIFA World Ranking will 33rd in the world. be published on February 9, 2017. The top 34 positions of the ranking table remain unchanged with Argentina, Brazil and Germany still holding first, second and third place respectively. Meanwhile, Super Eagles ranking is expected to suffer seriously by next month because they will not feature at AFCON 2017 in Gabon and have been inactive since their 3-1 home win over Algeria in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in November. Super Eagles line up before a match. Infantino Nigeria World Cup rivals
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Sirika restates commitment to airport concession Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo Minister of State for Aviation Hadi Sirika has said the quest to concession the maintenance of airport infrastructure and the building of new ones across the country is to maintain high standard and efficiency in the running of airport operations in tandem with global standards. The minister who disclosed this when he received a delegation from the international Enterprise Singapore led by its Director, Middle East and Africa Group, Ian Lee, said government is strongly committed to providing an enabling environment for investors to thrive in the aviation sector with rules and regulations to make the industry economically attractive. He added that the government has also made concerted efforts on the improvement of security in the country with the virtual defeat of the Boko Haram insurgents that had terrorized the nation in the immediate past, and also confirmed that the procurement processes for the Concession and the National Carrier had reached advanced stages as government would soon appoint Transaction Advisers. While reiterating the position of Nigeria in the African sub region, especially in the aviation sector and considering its size and geographical location as it concerns investments, he added that these factors guarantee more than adequate returns on investments overtime. He expressed delight at the interest shown by International Enterprise Singapore and other Singaporean firms in Nigeria’s aviation industry and assured them of the federal government’s openness and preparedness to work with all serious minded and sincere investors who have the know-how to contribute to the nation’s development.
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Nigeria’s Hospitality Sector Booms Despite Myriad Of Challenges
Nigeria’s headline inflation set to drop to 18%, says FDC Page B7
Power supply to Nigerian households drops to 37% Q4 2016
A recently conducted by NOIPolls for the second half of 2016, has shown that power supply to Nigerian households dropped to 37 percent. The report said only an average of 37 percent reported improvement in power supply, representing a 9-point decline when compared to the third quarter (Q3) of 2016 at 46 percent. It would be recalled that in the third quarter, Nigeria experi-
enced an improved power supply due to the rain which provided adequate water reserves in the nation’s water dams within this period. During the peak period of the rain, the water was used to power the Hydro Generating Plants since Nigeria’s Kainji, Shiroro and Jebba hydro plants rely on water to generate electricity. NoIPOIIs said the individual months covered in this period “revealed a constant downward trend observed from the month
of October to December 2016 and the month of December accounted for the lowest (27 percent) improvement in power supply in the second half of 2016”. In the second half of 2016, August and September, saw the most improved power supply to households, according to the report. “Similarly, analysis of the monthly average cumulative hours of power supply experienced by Nigerian households nationwide for the months of August and September 2016 each
stood at 10.6 hours daily, representing the highest daily cumulative hours of power supply within the six month period while the quarterly nationwide average daily cumulative power supply to Nigerian households in Q3, 2016 stood at 9.9 hours. It is pertinent to note that although these daily average hours of cumulative availability of power were not near an acceptable standard of 24 hours daily supply, it was perceived to be a little better than the results obtained in Q1, Q2 and Q4, 2016 .
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LPG markers call for rehabilitation of jetties Simon Ugwu The National Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers(NAPGAM) has called for rehabilitation of moribund jetties in Nigeria to harness the easy distribution of petroleum products in the country. The National President of the Association, Mr. Basil Ogbuanu, made this call in exclusive inter-
view with Daily Times in Lagos. “The vessel conveying LPG has been waiting for four days to bet but could not because the Vessel discharging Aviation fuel was betting. All the vessels conveying all the petroleum products bet at the same jetty. This led to the temporal scarcity of the products because all the LPG depots have run out of gas. If other moribund jetties are rehabilitated, vessels will be able
to bet as soon as they come in to the port,” he said. This is contrary to the claim made by the Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Ndu Ughamadu stating that marketers were responsible for the current scarcity of Kerosene and diesel in the country. The GGM of Public Affairs Division of NNPC accused market-
ers of being responsible for the scarcity of the above petroleum products. Confirming this development, the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Company NLNG on Wednesday issued a statement that LPG vessel has been unable to discharge LPG at Apapa Port since December 29,2016 due to unavailability of jetty, resulting to temporal scarcity of the product.
Capital Market B2 Stories by Afolabi Adesola
Trading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) relapsed on Thursday as market capitalisation; the barometer of investors worth dropped N19.1 billion to settle at N9.059 trillion. The decline in market capitalization represents a loss of 0.21 percent from N9.078 trillion recorded on Wednesday. The AllShare Index (ASI) also depreciated 0.21 percent to close at 26,385.80 points following a loss of 55.41 points from previous
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Market Cap down N19.1 billion as Investors move 179m shares days’ closing figure of 26,385.80 points. Volume of stocks transacted by investors likewise dropped by 9.1 percent to 179.4 million units from 197.4 million units of shares transacted previously, while value traded increased by 42.2 percent to N1.5 billion from N1.05 billion. The day’s business were transacted in 2,928 deals in contrast to 3,410 deals recorded previously. The day’s weak per-
formance cut across the sub-sector indices most of which closed lower. The Oil and Gas Index recorded the highest loss of 1.59 percent on the back drop of losses in Total, Forte Oil, and Conoil. The Consumer goods index was next with a decline of 0.94 percent, The NSE 30 fell 0.27 percent while the Main Board depreciated 0.16 percent. The Banking Index was the only index to record growth, it added 0.93 per-
cent consequent on share value increases in UBA, Access, Zenith and Stanbic Bank. The price movement table showed 13 companies appreciated, while 23 had their equity prices shaved. Livestock Feeds led on the gainers table by 4.94 percent to close at 85 kobo, UBA followed with an increase of 4.89 percent to close at N4.93, Cap Hotel grew 4.83 percent to close at N3.47, May and Baker appreciated
FG’s Green bond, 10 points agenda’ll positively impact capital market – Onyema
The Nigerian government expected green bond and the 10 point economic roadmap have been identified as policy directions expected to rejig the economy and impact the capital market positively. The Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Mr. Oscar Onyema revealed this on Thursday in Lagos during his annual media briefing shortly after his 2016 stock market review and preview of 2017. The NSE CEO described the policies as timely and demonstration of the government’s commitment to focus more attention on the economy aimed and enhancing production, creation of more opportunities and enabling environment for organisations to flourish. He said that the recovery of the economy from recession would impact positively on the Nigerian capital market, adding that the NSE has maintained a communication line with the FG on creation of market enabling policies and other innovations that would enhance the economy. Onyema revealed that the NSE has put modalities in place to ensure the success of the 10-point agenda of the federal government towards reviving the economy, adding
that the government’s fiscal policies is focused on resolving obstacles to development and enhancement of the human development Index (HDI).The new policy direction of the government, the NSE CEO said would drive efficiency, create jobs and expand wealth making opportunities to realize broad based growth. He said that as a stakeholder in the domestic economy, the NSE has put modalities in place, making the necessary expertise available to the government to make success of the roadmap in both the short and the long term period. He restated the NSE’s commitment to drum support for the Nigerian green bond as it is billed to impact positively on the economy and the capital market. Onyema said the Exchange supports the unbundling of the nation’s refinery as this will open new vistas of investments, opportunities and wealth creation for the government and the people. The unbundling, he said would facilitate more new listings on the exchange expanding scope and volume of market offerings. Onyema said that 2017 brings hope for capital market recovery as the prospect for the economy looks brighter, recovery from economic downturn. According to him, projected modest GDP growth
of 0.69 per cent would be spurred by strength of fiscal policy implementation, with a keen focus on articulation of desired goals. Also, lower rates of disruptions to oil infrastructure arising from resolution of the Niger Delta conflict, he summed, would increasing Foreign exchange (FX) inflows into
the economy. Other factors expected to drive economic recovery, he said include crude oil prices enduring above the FGN’s benchmark of $42.5/barrel, positive impact of the war against corruption, improving ease of doing business as well as policies aimed at boosting economic productivity.
4.26 percent to close at 98 kobo, and Diamond Bank gained 3.03 percent to close at N1.02. Nascon led the decliners, losing 9.70 percent to close at N7.63, Forte Oil dropped 9.20 percent to close at N73.99, Fidson depreciated 8.26 percent to close at N1.11, UACProperty fell 5 percent to close at N2.85, while PZ Cussons depreciated 4.90 percent to close at N13.79. UBA topped the activity chart for the day, with
the sale of 36 million shares worth N175.1 million. FBN Holdings followed with 29.4 million shares worth N108.4 million, while Access Bank emerged the third most traded stock for the day with 16.5 million shares amounting to N107.5 million. Transcorp came fourth having traded 13.8 million units of shares valued at N12.4 million while UCAP was fifth with 12 million shares worth N39 million.
Summary of activities on NSE ASI DEALS VOLUME VALUE CAP
26,330.39 2,928.00 179,432,399.00 1,493,160,466.63 9,059,663,818,361.51
improved budgetary allocation to capital expenditures, exit from Joint Venture (JV) cash Call arrangements with International Oil Companies (IOCs) by the FGN is expected to save the country $2billion annually. “Notwithstanding the forgoing, the Nigerian capital market will have to do a better job at promoting its unique value proposition to both global and domestic investors” On market performance in 2016, Onyema said that the poor performance of the economy in 2016 impacted negatively on the market as barometer to measure the economy. The NSE Industrial Index recorded the steepest drop of the year at 26.37 per cent, while the Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) market, tracking to this methodology, the Vetiva Industrial ETF also recorded the largest price decline in 2016 of 20.51 per cent when compared to ETFs in other sectors. However, the NSE’s NewGold ETF saw a sharp increase, as its value climbed 94.73% during the year, a clear indication of investor’s flight to safety sentiments. “Generally, we saw 19.41% increase
in ETF AUM listed on The Exchange from 2015 to 2016” Onyema said. According to Onyema, the high rate of inflation forced the CBN to raise interest rates to 14% in July 2016. Consequently, the value of bonds in the market depreciated, increasing investors’ appetite for portfolio diversification via interest rate products selling at discounts. This resulted in a 137% increase in the value of bonds traded on the NSE in 2016, admittedly from a low base. We also saw a 31.17% improvement in bond issuance during the year. Meanwhile a cross section of stockbrokers who attended the event raised burning issues which expressed the need for the exchange not just to focus on bringing new companies for listing, but also to ensure that listed companies are not delisted either voluntarily or by regulatory induced. Issues on collaboration with government to drive market friendly policy, denationalization of the exchange, proliferation of exchanges as well as crowing out fund from the market by money market, and bond instruments.
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Naira slips to 496/$1 at parallel market As the federal government, through its central bank continues to deduce different strategies in upholding the value of the local currency, the naira on Thursday slipped further to close at 496 to a dollar against 492 that traded on Wednesday at the parallel market. The naira was exchanged in the morning on the street of Lagos at 492 the same rate it closed on Wednesday but dropped by three to four points, as the parallel segment of the foreign exchange market traded for the rest of the day between 495 and 496. Therefore, this indicated that the local currency on Thursday, slightly weaker than the 490 rate it traded last week amid thin dollar liquidity. However, the naira was quoted at 305 to the dollar at the official interbank window, while Euro and Pound Sterling were sold in the morning at 510 and 592 but closed at 517 and 600 respectively, an indication of drop in value compared to 510 and 592 it was sold in the previous day. The local currency at the beginning of the week appreciated at the parallel market after about two weeks of posting losses. The currency gained 3 points to exchange at N490, from N493 it posted last Friday, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N600 and
N506, respectively. At the Bureau De Change window, the Naira closed at N399, CBN rate, while the Pound Sterling and the Euro traded at N599 and N510, respectively. The Naira had exchanged around N490 in spite of speculations that it would hit the N500 to a dollar mark. But despite the fall against the three major foreign currencies yesterday, the naira is expected to strengthen a little next week after the central bank assured currency changers of its plans to improve dollar liquidity in the market. “The international money transfer organisations will commence dollar sales to bureau de change operators next week and this will help ease tight liquidity in the market and help the naira to gain some strength,” a currency changer said. In an effort to close the wide gap between the official forex rate and the BDCs, it would be recalled that the operators on Tuesday set their first ever reference exchange rate for the naira at 399 per dollar. Consequently, apex lender data showed foreign exchange reserves rose 6.68 percent to $26.65 billion at Jan. 10 from a month before, the highest level since May, driven by a rise in crude prices.
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FG determined to resist devaluation calls – CBN Stories by Motolani Oseni Despite the pressure from both local and foreign investors to see Nigerian government devalue its currency, the federal government through its central bank has said it does not intend to devalue the naira but will support it at current levels. This even as the apex bank recertified 3,147 BDCs and 71 finance companies, following the payment of N786.8 million (N250, 000 per BDC) annual license renewal fee. The President, Association of Bureaux de change operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Aminu Gwadabe on Thursday said that the central bank governor Godwin Emefiele told the group in a meeting that it was look-
... Recertifies 3,147 BDCs, 71 finance houses
ing at ways to boost dollar liquidity on the official market to eliminate the spread to the parallel market. The government has been pressing retail operators to narrow what it says is a damaging gulf between the naira’s official rate - currently 305 to the dollar - and the parallel rate, which has been as weak as 490 in recent days. “With the recovery of oil prices, CBN (Central Bank of Nigeria) has no intention of devaluing the currency and intends to support the naira at the present level,” Gwadabe said, quoting the central bank governor. The bank appealed to operators to follow the rules in order to avoid
sanctions and curb speculation on the currency. Meanwhile, the updated list of BDCs posted on the apex bank’s website has revealed that the number of BDCs increased from 2,998 at end-June 2016 to 3,147 as at January 10, 2017. This indicated that the CBN granted operating licences to 149 new BDCs in the second half of 2016 which added to 159 new licences it granted in the first half of the year, to bring the total to 308 in 2016. CBN also revealed that the number of FCs increased from 69 as at June 2016 to 71 as at year end indicating that the apex bank licenced two new FCs in the second half of the year, bringing the total new FC
licences in 2016 to five. According to the CBN half year report for the finance companies subsector, “The number of licenced finance companies (FCs) stood at 69 at endJune 2016, including the three (3) newly licenced that were yet to commence operations. But total assets of FCs at end-June 2016 stood at N109.43 billion compared with N128.58 billion at end-December 2015, reflecting a decrease of 14.89 per cent. Nevertheless, funds available to the sub-sector increased significantly to N1.19 billion at end-June 2016 from N0.12 billion at end-December 2015, arising from the injection of new capital.
L-R: Brand Manager,Mamador Cooking Oil, Oluwatoyin Popoola-Dania, participants, Emeka Austine,Udoh Anietie and Brand Manager, PZ Wilmar Ltd, Oloketuyi Adebowale at theMamador Pledge For Your Heart activation held at Festival Mall, Festac, Lagos…recently.
#OccupyCBN protesters trying to destroy economy, says CBN
CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has exposed a group which called itself Wailing Wailers as paid hirelings, describing them as a bunch of blackmailers fighting for the interest of those who want to destroy the Nigerian economy. The group which goes by the tag OccupyCBN had threatened to protest efforts of the CBN to conserve scarce foreign exchange. A statement by the CBN Ag. Director of Corporate Communications, Mr. Isaac Okorafor, described the group as paid agents of some selfish interest groups and enemies of the Ni-
gerian economy. He said further that “the allegations are totally false and fabricated”. According to him, there is no iota of truth to these allegations. Okorafor said that the CBN did not allocate or sell any $12 million to anybody. He challenged the group to show proof, stating that such a thing is not possible under the new forex system. He stated that “these paid agents of selfish interests and the enemies of the Nigerian economy will fail in their bid to distract the CBN and the Federal Government from their focus on the diversification of
the Nigerian economy away from import and crude oil dependency”. The CBN spokesman pointed out that “some powerful interests want the CBN and Government to reverse the policy on conservation of forex and sabotage the ongoing efforts to wean Nigerians from senseless importation”. He opined that they want to create markets for importers to the overall detriment of the Nigerian economy. He went further to state that no amount of blackmail will make the CBN allow a practice whereby our farmers and in-
dustrialists who have invested heavily and employed our youths in the production of Nigerian made rice, fish, industrial starch, palm produce, wheat, tooth pick, wines, etc, would be made to close their farms and factories again. He noted that what these charlatans and hirelings want are basically twofold; first, they want the CBN to give out the nation’s scarce foreign exchange to their sponsors to import all manner of foreign goods and dump them on our markets, thereby frustrating the good work our own farmers and manufacturers have begun.
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D aily M ark e t Ro u n d U p M o n e t a ry Po licy Ra t e a n d Sp r e a d b e t w e e n In t e r b a n k a n d Pa r a ll e l M a r k e t F X Ra t e C h a r t 1: H ist o ric a l M PR a n d Sp r e a d b e t w e e n In t e r b a n k a n d Pa r a ll e l M a r k e t F X Ra t e
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Nigeria’s Hospitality Sector Booms Despite Myriad Of Challenges
By Ebere Chibuzor The Nigeria’ s hospitality industry has come a long way. Although the industry is facing many challenges including instability in power supply, security, negative global publicity and the effects of the general issues facing the growth of tourism in Nigeria, the industry has remained investors’ choice due to the market size. However, over the course of the last two decades, a tremendous amount of growth has been recorded in the hospitality industry leading to the rise of fast food restaurant chains and hotels. In hospitality, apart from hosting services including restaurants, bars, cruise lines, parks and gardens, hotels happen to be a strong feature in the industry, forming a major attraction for both residents and travelers who rely on the hotels. In the past 20 years, there have been a renewed desire for both local and foreign investors tapping into hotel businesses in the country. Consequently, global players like Starwood Hotels & Resorts offers a unique range of brands in Nigeria including Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton. Also brands like South Africa’s Protea, America’s Star Points, Marriott Group, among others have invested heavily in the country in connection with a strong investment stream
Minister of Information Lai-Mohammed from local entrepreneurs who have committed local funds to multi-classes of developments. With a wide array of hotels in the country, including other tourism outfits, stakeholders in the nation’s hospitality industry have given the sector a pass mark. Commenting on the state of hospitality industry in Nigeria, former General Manager of Max Royal Hotel, Mrs Ngozi Ibelegbu said that the Hospitality Industry is the most buoyant aspect of our economy as a nation, especially in this time when we are faced with a recession. According to her, the hospitality industry is a broad category of fields within the service industry that includes lodging, restaurants, event planning, theme parks, transportation, cruise line, and additional fields within the tourism industry. She however, said that the hospitality industry is a several billion dollar industry that mostly depends on the availability of leisure time and disposable income, adding that “a hospitality unit such as a restaurant, hotel, or even an amusement park consists of multiple groups such as facility maintenance, direct operations (servers, housekeepers, porters, kitchen workers, bartenders, etc.), manage-
ment, marketing, and human resources. This is an Industry that regardless of which of the fields you choose to explore, it involves bringing people together”. Although, Mrs Ibelegbu said the competition is high but maintained that healthy competition encourages most hotels owners on the right steps to take. “So there are lot of improvements on a daily basis. We try to know what their complaints are and through that one would be able know what the issue is and deal with them”, Ibelegbu said On his own part, Chief Executive Officer NANET Hotels and Suites, Abuja, Mr Ini Akpabio said the major challenges in the hospitality industry over the years are insecurity and poor infrastructure. According to Akpabio, there is need for Nigerians to imbibe the culture of discipline in every ramification of their lives just as he advised for zero tolerance to corruption. “There is nothing like industrialization without electricity, there is need for emergence electricity for the hospitality sector to grow”, Akpabio added. Despite the challenges facing the sector, the hospitality sector, particularly, the hotel business aspect seems to boom. This is self-
evident in the number of hotels that have invested in Nigeria. For example, Transcorp Hilton Abuja Hotel is a 5 star luxury hotel located in Maitama, Abuja has been in business for many years. With its location in the heart of Nigeria’s Federal Capital, the Transcorp Hilton Abuja hotel offers easy access to the commercial district, Abuja tourist attractions. Set on beautifully landscaped gardens, the hotel offers a wide range of business and leisure facilities. This is in addition to the Abuja Sheraton Hotel and Towers which is another luxury hotel in Abuja, about 40 km from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. In Lagos, hotels such as Eko Hotel Lagos, Lagos Oriental, Protea Victoria Island, Sheraton Hotel Lagos and Protea Hotel Ikeja hold sway. There are however, many other hotels in major cities like Port Harcourt, Benin City Calabar, Kaduna Kano, Ibadan and Asaba. As part of growth and hotel development, Golden Tulip recently opened its second branch in Lagos, along the ever popular Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road. This is, separate from the existing one in Festac Town, making it the second branch of the hotel brand in the country.
The new General Manager of the hotel, Mr. Emmanuel Atelier pointed out that the hotel is primed for the top as it wants to be recognised among the top five rated world class hotels. ‘‘We want the hotel to be in the class of the best hotels in the world by providing high quality facilities and services for guests in order to ensure their value worth,’’ he said. Meanwhile, the latest brand into the Nigeria hospitality sector is BON Hotels which unveiled 9 hotels across 5 cities in country recently. The launch which took place at BON Hotel Stratton Asokoro in Abuja attracting VIP guests, members of the press, dignitaries, politicians, airline executives, hotel owners, stakeholders and government representatives. Commenting on the new entrant in the Nigeria’s hospitality industry, Chairman of Africa Alliance Group, Gregory Ozegbe who is engaged in a joint venture agreement with BON Hotels on new projects said. “It is our primary focus and we are positioned with the support of our shareholders and strategic partners across the world to embark on the most ambitious expansion in the history of any country in Africa, to build first class 4 and 5 star international standard hotels in
37 locations in Nigeria, and in at least 30 locations in countries in Africa over the next 10 years.” The properties include: BON Hotel Grand Towers; BON Hotel Stratton Asokoro, refurbished & rebranded; BON Hotel Abuja, refurbished & rebranded; BON Hotel Delta; Protea Hotel Ikeja, refurbished & operated by BON Hotels and Protea Hotel Victoria Island, refurbished & operated by BON Hotels According to the hotel chain, three hotels under construction and due for completion in 2018 are: BON Hotel Apo; BON Hotel Ekiti and BON Hotel Owerri. In his own views, Director of BON Hotels International West Africa, Bernard Cassar said “With many larger groups exiting their business interests in Nigeria, we believe that now is the time to support the country that has given us decades of success and we will continue to add value to the local hospitality industry, our guests, our staff, suppliers, the communities in which we serve, and of course our owners.” BON Hotels has seen phenomenal growth since its inception in 2012 with hotels across Africa including South Africa, Nigeria, Namibia, Ethiopia and Uganda, and is primed for significant expansion throughout the continent.
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Stories by Siaka MOMOH ‘While many other indicators have declined dramatically (e.g. purchasing power and the value of the naira) agricultural productivity has helped support gross domestic output with the sector enjoying two consecutive quarters of sustained positive growth.’ Nigeria’s headline inflation is forecast to slide to 18.3% in December, the first decline in 14 months, according to Financial Derivatives Company Limited (FDC). FDC argues that the direction of the inflation downwards will come as a relief to the monetary policy committee, which has been waiting for the change in trend for almost an eternity. “After exhausting every arrow in its quiver, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had almost given up on the war against the indicator, “ it notes. Level still high FDC argues further, “Even if estimates actualize and inflation declines, it is still a mile away from the CBN’s comfort zone of 6-9%. A December decline coinciding with a sharp increase in the PMI is good news. It might be an indication that consumer resistance to retail price increases may be driving prices down. It might also project that a high inventory level and borrowing cost environment are coaxing producers to bring down their prices. Monetary influences “The change in headline trajectory may come as no surprise when some fundamental factors are considered. First when looking at drivers of inflation, apart from the Keynesian demand pull and cost push factors, monetary influences are another major factor to push up or contract consumer prices. There is a positive relationship between money supply growth and rising inflation. Therefore, a contraction in money supply will trigger a tapering of rising consumer prices.”
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Nigeria’s headline inflation set to drop to 18%, says FDC pany (FDC) has said. This is the case “as the committee is very likely to adopt a wait and see approach to determine if this new development is the beginning of a trend or a flash in the pan”.
Agric and inflationary trend For FDC, the income constraint and sustained increase in productivity in the agricultural sector, observed in the economy, also serve to reinforce the anticipated change in inflationary trend. “While many other indicators have declined dramatically (e.g. purchasing power and the value of the naira) agricultural productivity has helped support gross domestic output with the sector enjoying two consecutive quarters of sustained positive growth.” Diesel high price saga FDC argues that the anticipated change in inflationary trend can serve as good news to Nigerians who have sought respite from Nigeria’s economic woes, but notes “there are certain core components of the consumer basket that may increase”. Diesel, which it says its prices have maintained a persistent increase, which in turn feeds into costs of production and logistics (cost push factors), is a typical case in point. FDC argues: “Diesel prices were selling at an average rate of N260/ltr in December, up 62.2 per
cent YTD. This factor is likely to widen the divide between the rural and urban areas in terms of inflation, as urban inflation usually incorporates rural inflation plus transportation costs.” It adds that financial costs are also ridiculously high and impeding output level. “Manufacturers are servicing very expensive debts as well as operating in an environment with highly priced and sometimes unavailable loans,” FDC notes. Urban price movement For FDC, the urban index reinforces its forecast of a decline in headline inflation. The FDC Lagos urban inflation index decreased to 11.74 per cent in December. This is a decrease of 0.72 per cent from the November rate of 12.45 per cent. The yearon-year food index decreased to 13.50 per cent from 15.49 per cent in November while the non-food year-on-year index decreased to 10.85 per cent from 10.92 per cent. MPC meeting and rates The likelihood that rates will be revised this January by the Monetary Policy Committee is slim, Financial Derivatives Com-
Decisions, commitments from AGRF 2016 The African Green Revolution Forum 2016 (AGRF) brought together over 1500 delegates from 40 countries came up with a 1493word communiqué. RealSector Digest brings you the third part of excerpts of the communiqué. Have a good read: At AGRF 2016, many of Africa’s steadfast champions of agriculture stepped forward with significant and concrete commitments that have already begun to put this nine-point plan into action. They pledged more than US $30 billion in investments to increase production, income and employment for smallholder farmers and local African agriculture businesses over the next 10 years. African governments represented by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, H.E. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Cabinet Ministers and senior government officials from more than 20 countries across the continent laid out a bold vision for how agriculture transformation will drive economic transformation. H.E. President Kenyatta put forth concrete proposals that included a call for governments to refresh multi-year plans for agriculture development; a push to mobilize a combination of US $400 billion in public and private sector resources; and an effort to put in place the continental agricultural transformation
scorecard that would measure and track all commitments to ensure they trigger action. President Kagame challenged the continent and other leaders around the world. He noted that, “We should not only seize the moment but continue momentum for transformation of agriculture and economies of our continent. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a global report entitled “A Food-Secure 2030” and set the tone for supporting Africa’s agricultural transformation agenda with its political and financial commitment through the Global Food Security Act, which is the largest development authorization the US Congress has made in a decade. Other development partners including the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the MasterCard Foundation, and the World Food Programme (WFP) recommitted and intensified their long-standing support for African agriculture. A representative set of private sector partners including AGCO Corporation, Kenya Commercial Bank Group (KCB), Equity Bank, OCP Africa, UPL and Yara International ASA (Yara) committed to significant new investments to boost production for smallholder farmers and link them to lucrative agriculture value chains. The actions taken over the next 16 months until the January 2018 AU Summit will be critical to delivering on this agenda and contributing to achievement of the goals laid out in the Malabo Declaration.
Power supply to Nigerian households down 37% Q 4 2016 – NOIPolls ‘Nigerians are not oblivious of the tremendous efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria at salvaging the Nigerian economy, but without fixing the power sector, those efforts would be futile.’ The new aggregated power poll results released by NOIPolls for the second half of 2016 (July to December 2016) covering Q3 and Q4 has revealed a decline in power supply to Nigerian households in Q4 as only an average of 37 percent reported improve-
ment in power supply, thus representing a significant 9-point decline when compared to the third quarter (Q3) of 2016 at 46 percent. Moreover, according to the report, Nigerians experienced the highest improvement in power supply in Q3 (46 percent) and this was possibly as a result of the adequate water reserves in the nation’s water dams within this period (the peak of the rainy season) used to power the Hydro Generating Plants since Nigeria’s Kainji, Shiroro and Jebba hydro
plants rely on water to generate electricity. A view of the individual months covered in this period revealed a constant downward trend observed from the month of October to December 2016 and the month of December accounted for the lowest (27 percent) improvement in power supply in the second half of 2016. * Similarly, analysis of the monthly average cumulative hours of power supply experienced by Nigerian households nationwide for the months
of August and September 2016, according to the survey, each stood at 10.6 hours daily, representing the highest daily cumulative hours of power supply within the six month period while the quarterly nationwide average daily cumulative power supply to Nigerian households in Q3, 2016 stood at 9.9 hours. It is pertinent to note that although these daily average hours of cumulative availability of power were not near an acceptable standard of 24 hours daily supply, it was perceived to
be a little better than the results obtained in Q1, Q2 and Q4, 2016 with the quarterly nationwide average daily cumulative power supply of 8.8 hours, 6 hours and 9.6 hours respectively. * These current results were in line with the power industry statistics obtained from the National Electric System Operation (SO) which showed that electricity generation improved step by step in the third and fourth quarter of the year across the country as power generation hovered above 4,000MW,
contrary to around 2,500 to 3,000 megawatts in the second quarter. Nonetheless, more still needs to be done to find a pragmatic solution to issues militating against power generation, transmission and distribution as anything short of this is capable of affecting development in the county. Nigerians are not oblivious of the tremendous efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria at salvaging the Nigerian economy, but without fixing the power sector, those efforts would be futile.
Siaka Momoh, a media consultant, is publisher of The Real Sector monthly digital magazine and Realsectornow.com. Contact:email@example.com; 08061396410
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If capitalism can’t bind people, what will? - Pt 2 A near-forgotten document, the Charter of the Forest, also bears mention here. Signed two years after the Magna Carta and later incorporated into it, this charter recognized the traditional rights of commoners to use royal lands and forests. Thus commoners formally enjoyed the rights of pannage (pasture for their pigs), estover (collecting firewood), agistment (grazing) and turbary (cutting of turf for fuel) on royal properties. As a practical matter, the Charter of the Forest gave commoners basic rights to subsistence. It also protected them against state terror as waged by the king’s sheriffs in their defense of the king’s enclosures. As this brief history suggests, the law of the commons points to a different type of law — one that originates from the lived experience of commoners; one that tends to be informal, situational and evolving rather than fixed and written; and one that encourages social mutualism and equality over commercial goals or state authority. Peter Linebaugh is instructive on this point: “Commoning is embedded in a labor process; it inheres in a particular praxis of field, upland, forest, marsh, coast. Common rights are entered into by labor. They belong to experience, not schooling.… Commoning, being independent of the state, is independent also of the temporality of the law and state. It’s much older. But this doesn’t mean that it’s dead, or premodern, or backward.” Commoning remains vitally important as a bulwark against the abuses of formal law because it represents one of the few ways that formal law can be made accountable to the people. Formal law can be more easily corrupted and betrayed because it has identifiable access points — legislatures, courts, heads of state — where bad actors can traduce it, whereas vernacular law is deeply rooted in the daily lives of people and their culture and is therefore harder to manipulate or corrupt. As welcome as the Magna Carta was to commoners, its guarantees could only be assured through constant vigilance. Commoners were skeptical, and understood the necessity of fighting back. This is one reason why kings repeatedly republished the Magna Carta over
the years, ritualistically affirming that the basic human rights of commoners were indeed being upheld. Of course, a piece of paper has proved to be of only limited value in stopping the abuses of state power. As we’ve seen in our own times, the US government has, in the name of fighting terrorism, ignored with impunity the rights of habeas corpus, due process, the prohibitions on torture and other principles of the Magna Carta. So, too, in the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries, the Magna Carta did little to impede enormous new enclosures of land. In 1536, King Henry III eliminated Catholic monasteries, unleashing a fierce round of enclosures by lords and nobles — a “massive act of state-sponsored privatization,” as Linebaugh calls it. Authorized by four thousand acts of Parliament over several centuries, a rising class of gentry seized roughly 15 percent of all English common lands for their own private use. These enclosures destroyed many commoners’ social connection to the soil and trampled their social identities and traditions, paving the way for their proletarianization. As enclosures intensified, women who tried to maintain their old ways of commoning — who asserted their rights to common, if only because they had no other way to subsist — often found themselves accused of being witches. Silvia Federici explores these themes in her feminist history of the medieval transition to
capitalism, Caliban and the Witch. She writes: “The social function of the commons was especially important for women, who, having less title to land and less social power, were more dependent on them for their subsistence, autonomy and sociality.” The eclipse of the law of the Commons: “Enclosure meant a shift away from lives guided by customs preserved in local memory toward those guided by national law preserved in writing,” observed commons scholar Lewis Hyde. “It meant a shift in the value of change itself, once suspect and associated with decay, now praised and linked to growth. It meant a change in the measurement and perception of time” (as factories began to rationalize and measure time and direct people’s activities based on it). As people’s access and rights to land were separated from social custom, a new type of person arose — the individual, someone who was not visibly a member of a collective and whose worldview became oriented around personal wages, technological progress, social progress and material gain. The new market order, writes Karl Polanyi, created people who were “migratory nomadic, lacking in self-respect and discipline — crude, callous beings.” All of this followed when the “bundle” that constituted the commons — resources, commoners and social practices — was disassembled and com-
moditized to serve the needs of the new industrial market order. Of course, enclosure had some positive effects, such as doing away with the master/ commoner relationship, transforming vassals into freeholders. But this new “freedom” cut both ways: while it liberated people to pursue new identities and social freedoms, it also destroyed the social cohesion of the commons, a person’s assured subsistence, ecological sustainability and the stabilizing linkages between identity and resource use. The history of socialism and political liberalism can be seen as attempts to ameliorate some of the worst structural problems created by the dissolution of the commons. European socialism in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries introduced new sorts of social mutualism and bureaucratic systems to try to meet the needs of former commoners in the new circumstances of industrialized society. Bottom-up innovations such as consumer cooperatives, social security systems and municipal water supplies were invented. The idea was to meet the basic needs of commoners in a very different historical context, that of the Market/State. These innovations were certainly an improvement over the laissez-faireorder, and indeed, many of the early socialistic or utopian projects more or less functioned as commons, perhaps because they still had a lively memory of traditional
commons. But as workers’ collectives adapted to the requirements of state law, bureaucracy, corporations and market forces, the practice of commoning — and the vitality of commons — slowly disappeared. State regulation has been another means to compensate for the problems introduced by “free markets,” namely the displacement of costs and risks onto the environment, communities and the human body. The regulation of environmental practices and the safety of food, drugs, medical devices, chemicals, autos and consumer products can be seen as attempts to use the cumbersome apparatus of formal law, science and bureaucracy to enforce the social and ethical norms of commoners. Given the scale of commercial dealings and the power of multinational corporations, state regulation is absolutely necessary; conventional commons are too small, unorganized and lacking in resources to assure socially responsible outcomes. On the other hand, regulation has not worked so well. The centralization and formalization of law made it easier for regulated industries to capture and corrupt the process — no surprise given the power of the Market/ State and the depth of its overlapping interests. It remains something of an open question how governance might be restructured to rein in the chronic social and environmental abuses generated by markets.
“Enclosure meant a shift away from lives guided by customs preserved in local memory toward those guided by national law preserved in writing,” observed commons scholar Lewis Hyde. “It meant a shift in the value of change itself, once suspect and associated with decay, now praised and linked to growth” Nwaodu Chukwuemeka, is a consultant with IDEAS Exchange Consulting, Lagos. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org (07066375847)
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“I hawked bread, Garri to attained this height” -Hon. Motunrayo Adeleye-Oladapo Honorable Motunrayo Adeleye is a renowned politician cum socialite. Her role in Ogun state politics cannot be over emphasized. She represented Ifo constituency in the Ogun state House of Assembly two times before losing out in her bid to move to the House of Representatives in the last general elections. In this interview, she shares her grass to grace story, her political career and the success of her marriage. Excerpt…
Can you tell us about your journey into politics?
Did you now join politics as a way of making ends
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Hon. Motunrayo: On Politics, growing up and style Continued from L2 Life is a school and you learn every day. While I was in school, I was brilliant and I was one of the best…that was while I was school but my concentration was affected when I changed school after I had a child. But the fact is that when I see some of my class mates back and I would like, should I begin to say thank God for what happened to me? And that takes me to the fact that the path of man is already charted by God. I cannot encourage people to get into what I got myself into because it was a mistake because when I look at myself, I realize things. For instance, if I did not get pregnant
be where I am today. I know of my class mate who came out with a First Class in higher institution and up till last year, there thanking God. Its only God who knew why he allowed what happened then to happen and he alone knew how he did everything because a lot of people went through the same thing and they were never able to pick the pieces of their lives. For ever and ever, I will continue to be grateful to God. No matter happens to me….for where he has brought me and for where I am today, I will eternally be grateful unto God. With ability to fend for yourself and street knowledge, how were you able to cope with your husband because some submissive? fear of God in you that will help you. Then, your upbringing. The upbringing you had, the type of home you are from will determine that. My upbringing has actually helped me about women who were already on their own making something; female politicians have the same challenge. You see some of them separated, divorced and all that. It is not an easy thing. African men have this ego, macho ego that I am the head of the home and the woman that is going out there to work, most especially, when you are making more than what your husband is making, that tendency that after all, I am the one making more money, pride. The tendencies will always be there. It is now left for you as a woman who has been trained properly and brought up properly to know where the boundary should be. I have seen
my husband so it takes a very understanding
But I am pleased to inform you that I am happily married with great two daughters. In your own case, what has kept your marriage going? The success of my marriage, if I give
myself twenty percent, I will give my husband eighty percent .An average African man, Nigerian man wants her wife to be at home, prepare the food and the rest but in a situation not to be at home, always on the road…I think where my husband is coming from equally helped me. My husband was to cooking his meals, doing something on his own but even at that he could still say sit down there or something and if he does that I would have been forced to either remain in the marriage or be on my own. But I can tell you I married the most liberal and the most understanding man on the planet earth. Aside of the determination you had, were you convinced of success? Let me tell you that I have always known I would turn out a success. How? I never knew but the strong will has always been there. I always tell people that politics or no politics, I was going to be a success. I am optimist but I also have it at the back of my mind that there are times you push and they in God so, when I go after something and it me. When I contest for the House, I was not the best, I was the youngest and there were better people but God did it. God has done certain things in my life….if he could bring me after I had fallen, took me from there, put me where he did, I was in the House for eight years, I was a local government consultant for two and half years ….i know only option available was PDP and I went.
one of City People awards, I greeted him.
Let me also say this that every individual who won into the legislative arm did not win because they were the best, they rode on the back of the change mantra. The rode on the back of the fact that people were fed up of the government of Goodluck Jonathan.
unfortunately, we did not get to see most of the time, we met a few time and I greeted him. What we had then was he as the governor and me representing my people and wanted to take something back to them. It was not personal. Although, this last election, he did some funny things like trying to remove my name but I believe it was politics. But personally, I will greet him if
place. You crossed from PDP to ACN in 2011 and still made it back to House but going back to PDP this time to contest did not work. Some believe you over stretched your luck and overrated yourself? When you do something and it woks for you, people call you a genius and when
Well, I had a reason to leave PDP back then because of what we all know and this time, I had a reason to leave ACN. I belong to the ACN of Chief Segun Osoba and we know what transpired between himself and governor Amosun. I left ACN that was part of APC merger, not because I wanted to leave but I left for two reasons. I left because of my loyalty to Chief Osoba But you did not go to the SDP with him? Yes, for a reason. The time SDP was come up with it earlier, I am sure some of PDP people would have come into the party. A lot of people were ready to work with Oga but he knew the best. I did not want him to feel I went back to the governor because I would have disappointed him more by that but at the same time I could not go to SDP because it came too late. Okay, since you and I felt SDP was not the best for me, the
to know the kind of change they are asking for when they are fed up, all they want is change. And that was what gave some of them the leverage to win the election, not because they were better than those of us who lost election. Basically, I lost because God wanted it. If God had wanted me to win, I would have won irrespective of the party through which I contest. Some people contested under APC and they still lost, even in Lagos state where APC is believed to be strong. Anyway, that is gone now. Future is what is most important now. That that I am on sabbatical, I have done self-
a leader so I will give him is due respect. How stylish would you say you are? that can say that. But for me, style is a total on, the hair you have on. Style evolves poise, your carriage. The way you talk, wear your cloths, the way you gesticulate, what For me, I like to be simple but cute. I am
not doing anything but now, by the time because when somebody is driving me and
and they will be revealed gradually. You were in the throat of Gbenga Daniel in the days of G-15. What is your relationship with him now? If I see him, I will greet him. We met at
on a bike. That is the kind of person I am. I want to be comfortable and not put myself through stress, all in the name of style or simple and not do the eye pencil thing and all that. But sure, when there is need to be glamorous or something, I surely do.
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Alhaji Surajudeen Ayoade ready to redefine hospitality business Though the widely acclaimed lovers day which February 14, and is widely celebrated worldwide is still weeks away, but the CEO
waves among the youths and socialites in Lagos has map out his plan for the
lovers day Speaking with Daily Times recently in a society gathering in Island, the youthful looking man he plans ahead. “That is the kind of person I am, I planned my things ahead. Come February 14th it will be another way of celebrating lovers day in my hotel, I have said it many hospitality business not only in Lagos but in Nigeria” he also speaks on why he
Agege side and not Ikeja, Ogba, or Island. “All of us cannot go to Island; many people in Mainland are also catch fun people and if all of us decided to build in Island what happened to people in mainland”
Popular prophet Faleyimu celebrates New Year in a new fashion The founder of Mountain of Blessing and Miracle Church of Christ Dr. Olagorioye Faleyimu, who has predicted the death of popular televangelist, TB Joshua had his New Year celebration in a different way last week when he invited every member of his family and member for the celebration Unlike what it used to be where he will invite few people, the popular pastor whose prediction in the last few years always come to pass hinted that, the fact that he invited many people to grace his new year celebration party speaks volume of what God has been doing in his life. “Even though not many people, especially those in the government will like to hear my voice, but I will continue to talk. You press has even tag me controversial, but all I know is I speak what God revealed to me. And more reason why I am celebrating differently this year”
Waheed his Family
Society big boy Mustapha Waheed Olatunde marks 5 years of marriage Society big boy, Mustapha Waheed Olatunde, the Assistant Sales Manager with Chil Limited, the makers of
wife has been the rock of his progress and success and that married her he has not iota of regret “ My marriage
mood last week when he celebrated his 5 years marriage
I will forever be grateful to God for meeting her. She is
is also into water business is well known in social circle
water business, to help reduce unemployment among the youth. “My aim and objective is to help the society and the country as a whole” the handsome looking Ilero, Oyo State society guy disclosed.
Lagos is in his late 30s and has given out to may charity home. Speaking with Daily Times, Olatunde stated that his
Abuja society girl Adeola goes into on line TV production Alhaja Adeola Agoro is one of environs romance journalism, Adeola hinted that this will be another platform for not the story behind this beautiful our politician to tell people what they woman who is also a veteran have achieved in their respective “I am just at the beginning of it, by latest news coming from her is the the time I am through, many people news of her going into on line TV production where she features who Daily Times is who in society in Abuja and its Adeola Agoro
Former ICAN chairman celebrates wife at 50 Former chairman of Institute of Charter Accountant of Nigeria (Ikeja Lagos was rounded off with a classy
Mr & Mrs. Oderinde)
FCA on Monday, 3rd of January, 2017 celebrated her loving wife, Mrs. Taiwo Atinuke Christiana Oderinde who clocks golden year of 50. The elaborate celebration which kicks off at the Diocese of Lagos
Chaired by Bashorun Doja Adewolu the ceremony paraded many big wings in the society especially from where Mr. Oderinde is the head of
Account Mrs. Christiana Oderinde who was joined by her twin sister, Mrs. Kehinde Ayinke Seilat Adeoye was full of praise to almighty God for sparing her life till that golden year. “I give God the glory for making me to celebrate my golden year this year, together with my sister Kehinde. I
also want to thank my husband for his love and caring since when we are married. Not forgetting my three sons they have been so wonderful and also friends who come out to celebrate with me despite the fact that today is a working day, to them all I say a big thank you “
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Omawumi signs to music outfit Cabal Entertainment nitely bringing good deals to some of our notable superstars with if you ask me crooner, Omawumi Magbele, signing unto a newly digital Afro-Centric music group which will henceforth take charge of her management deal and other issues. Omawumi who has been running her act as an inde-
pendent artiste for a while is excited about her new deal with the entertain-
the new imprint. The lovethemed single produced by Cobhams Asuquo also has an accompanying video. It is, however, important to note that the soulful be signed on to the music
Ambassador Oluwatosin Oshin takes NIYE Awards to Ghana
If feelers emanating from grapevine is anything to go by then The Nigeria Youths Excellence Awards (NIYE Awards) who is to unveils its plan for the debut edition of the award come tomorrow may have concluded plans to take the award to West Africa country of Ghana Daily times exclusively gathered form a very close source to Ambassador Oshin that the youthful socialite handsome man has concluded an arrangement with his Ghana counterparts to have the award stage in Ghana later this year hin is looking beyond NIYE Award in Nigeria, he has put into motion other necessary machine to host the prestigious event in Ghana later this year” disclosed Aduralere one of the organizer
New Video Alert: CDQ out with ‘First come, First serve’ General record label act and rapper, CDQ , opens the New Year with a smashing new song titled produced by Masterkraft. Known for his distinctive rap game ahead in 2017 and with his
raise the ranks of his works on the chart list of this year. On how prepared he is for the year, CDQ disclosed that 2016 was indeed a great for him and his entire theme and as such 2017 already looked favorable and such all hands are on deck towards making an impact this year.
Ooni of Ife set to storm Canada for 150 years Canada independent celebration Daily Times can exclusively gathered that Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunnusi Ojaja II, will storm Toronto Canada for the country 150th independence celebration Daily Times Society Gist gathered from a very high source that Invitation to the event which we have Nigeria culture been celebrated has already been sent to the respected Ooni who in turn has made pledged to storm Toronto the capital of Canada for the prestigious event . “Since part of the celebration is to celebrate and promote
Nigeria culture and there is also going to be a reception for traditional rulers during the event, so
to accept the invitation, and God willing he will be there for the event, which comes up in the
Shola Olugbenro promises to raise the bar for NMNA
founder of Nigeria foremost media award (Nigeria Media Nite-out Award) Mr. Shola Olugbenro has promised to raise the bar for this year award The prestigious award which is to award journalist, entrepreneur, and captain of company chiefs and politicians who performed exceldeavor is a yearly event that is in its eleven year Olugbenro who has dinned with who is who in society in a chance meeting with Daily Times disclosed that raising the level of the award is his priority this year. “Thank God, you are having been following this award for years, and if I am not mistaken you have won it way we do churn out good shows. And I can tell you that Nigeria Media Nite -out Award is the only media award that is been solemnly sponsored by an individual, other have sponsors. But that is not the issue now, what I am thinking right now is how to raise the bar for the award this year” disclosed Shola who is also the CEO of Solkem,
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