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Nigeria (TUC) and key players in the telecoms sector, including the National Association of Telecoms Subscribers (NATCOMS) and the Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) have warned against what it called the on-going conspiracy between the federal government




through the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and major telcom companies, especially the MTN, to further increase their data rates from December 1, 2016, noting that it was “startling the extent government and its capitalists cronies would go to frustrate the lives of Nigerians.” The TUC in a release jointly signed by its president, ComradeContinued on page 6


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Senate raises Buhari’s virement request by N33bn Ï Approves N213.8bn as against N180.8bn requested Ï Armed Forces, NYSC, Foreign Affairs to benefit Ï Urges FG to target, fund local contractors Ï Promises to co-operate with executive to boost economy

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approved the sum of N213.8 billion to be vired from the N500 billion earmarked

for special intervention programmes in the budget as against N180.8 billion requested for by the president. The virement request Continued on page 6

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Editorial Africa and the fight against AIDS


omorrow, Thursday, November 1, the international community will be observing World AIDS Day. It will be a Day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day is, ‘Leadership. Commitment’. Even though many countries have made concerted efforts to combat AIDS, the disease remains a major public health concern and cause of deaths in many parts of the world, especially in Africa. The HIV infection is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), while it is spread when blood, semen, or vaginal fluids from an infected person enter another person’s body, usually through sexual contact, from sharing needles when injecting drugs, or from mother to baby during birth. Although, Africa is home to about 16 percent of the world’s population, Sub-Saharan Africa alone accounts for 69 percent of all people living with HIV and 70 percent of all AIDS related deaths. Incidentally, of all people living with HIV globally, 9% of them are in Nigeria. This scary figure ranks Nigeria as the second amongst the highest HIV-burdened countries in the world. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), HIV prevalence is remarkably small (3.2%) compared to other sub-Saharan African countries such as South Africa (19.1%) and Zambia (12.5%), but the size of Nigeria’s population means that there were about 4 million people living with HIV in 2015. Nigeria, together with South Africa and Uganda, account for almost half of all annual new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa. This is despite achieving a 35 percent reduction in new infections between 2005

and 2014. Approximately 210,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses in Nigeria in 2015, which is 14 percent of the global total. Since 2005, there has been no reduction in the number of annual deaths, indicative of the fact that only 20 percent of people living with HIV in Nigeria are accessing antiretroviral treatment (ART). Unprotected heterosexual sex accounts for about 80 percent of new HIV infections, with the majority of infections among prostitutes. Although prostitutes, homosexuals and drug addicts make up only 1% of the Nigerian population, they account for around 23 percent of all new HIV infections because many of them do not use condoms when they have sex. Experts say there is no cure for AIDS, although several drug cocktails are proving effective in prolonging lives and giving patients better health. However, treatment can be costly and beyond the reach of many in the most vulnerable sectors. While poverty is undoubtedly a crucial factor as to why health problems are so severe in Africa, political will of national governments is paramount, despite disheartening odds. Unfortunately, HIV/AIDS has been particularly noted to affect the working population and prevent women and men from making meaningful contributions to development and improvement of families while at the household level, the epidemic increases the burden of care and erodes savings. While calling on both the federal and state governments to intensify efforts at curbing the spread of HIV/ AIDS, it is imperative that such measures begin with mass sensitisation of the population on the dangers of drugs and substance abuse, including indiscriminate and unprotected sex.

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Buhari urges urgent resettlement of IDPs to avert crisis Tony Ailemen, Abuja


President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday warned that the two million displaced Nigerians in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps must be properly resettled if the country is to avert another social crisis. The President also acknowledged that Nigeria is now learning the hard way for failing to invest in agriculture in time of economic boom, while admitting that the country is facing the toughest time ever since the civil war. Buhari stated this while speaking at a meeting with Sheikh Sharif Mohammed Kabir Ibn Mohammad, the world leader of Tijjaniya Islamic Movement at the State House. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the Presi-

dent also lamented the destruction of public institutions in the North East by Boko Haram terrorists. “We are learning the hard way. The mistake we made was to abandon agriculture. We came at a time of difficulty the country has never experienced since the civil war,” According to him, “Government is faced with the problem of repairing schools, health centres and whole towns. We must repair their schools and recruit teachers otherwise they will become tomorrow’s Boko Haram,” he warned. President Buhari reiterated the importance of justice in the affairs of governance, emphasizing that men and women in authority must show kindness and justice to all the people under them. In commending the religious group for the profuse prayers, they had rendered for three days in Yola, Ad-

amawa State for the recovery of the economy and peace in the country, the President said that the problem oil production is currently experiencing in the country and in the global markets has forced the imperative of agriculture on Nigerians. President Buhari also requested the religious leaders to persuade Nigerians to embrace hard work, endurance and patience, assuring that the administration will not relent in the effort to achieve self-reliance and security for the nation. In his remarks, Sheikh Sharif Mohammad commended President Buhari’s sense of justice and concern for the people of Nigeria. He assured the President that the Tijjaniya movement was in full support of the administration and will continue to pray for its success.

Reps want fuel sold FG says marriage must be consummated from age 18 for N70 per litre Tom Okpe, Abuja


To completely eradicate early marriage in the country, the Federal Government has directed that marriage age should be from 18years, while condemning in strong terms the marrying off of minors particularly girls below 18 years of age. Vice President Yemi Osibanjo gave the directive on Tuesday at the national

campaign launch of ending child marriage in Nigeria, held at the Sheraton hotels in Abuja. Osinbanjo blamed the increasing rate of child brides on poverty, saying there is an urgent need to tackle this issue even as he assured that FG must take concrete steps to ensure the compulsory education of Nigerian girls. “There is a positive correlation between child

marriage, poverty and illiteracy. The states with the lowest level of illiteracy have the highest rate of child brides. “Nigeria has made fairly poor progress in ending child marriage, 24 states out of the 36 states have passed the Child’s Right Act but implementation is yet to be done fully. He regretted that there is no penalty for child marriage in the constitution,

stating however that laws and institutions are only effective as the society believes and consent to them. To this end he urged the citizenry to change their mindset especially as it concerns child marriage, stressing that the FG will never support any marriage below the age of 18. “We must persuade all Nigerians to stop this through advocacy and more campaign against it.

Violators of MMA2 agreement to be prosecuted - Ben Bruce

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The Senate has called for the prosecution of Federal Government officials that negotiated the N36b concession that gave birth to Murtala Muhammed Airport 2 (MMA2) but reneged on implementing the pact. This was the recommendation of the Senate Com-

.. Senate to summon Sirika mittee on privatisation after its fact finding mission to the ultra-modern MMA2 terminal in Lagos. Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatisation, Mr. Ben Murray Bruce stated that those who negotiated the contract must go to jail for not implementing the contract.

The disclosure by Bruce could open up former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and many former Managing Directors of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to scrutiny. The ex-Minister was instrumental to the agreement that all domestic

flights would originate from the new terminal; a condition that allowed the terminal operator to invest N36 billion to build the facility. While Fani-Kayode went the extra to ensure implantation of the agreement, successive Ministers of Aviation had frustrated efforts to implement the pact, alleging that the deal was skewed in favour of Bi-Courtney.

Emmanuel Iriogbe and Henry Omunu, Abuja


Nigerians may soon heave a sigh of relief from the excruciating effect of the recession that is biting hard in the country if the federal government heeds the call of the House of Representatives to sell petrol at seventy naira (N70.00). This is because the House at plenary yesterday resolved to urge the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), to review the current price template for premium motorized spirit (PMS), with a view to bringing down the price of the product popularly referred to as petrol by Nigerians. This was one of the three prayers answered by the House in a Motion sponsored by Rep. Abubaker Fulata titled:

“Urgent Need to Review the Petroleum Price Template”. Speaking on the Motion, Rep. Fulata noted the widely circulating rumour of a possible hike in the price of PMS in the country, which though has been denied by the federal government through the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources is coming at a time when the nation is going through difficult times occasioned by dwindling revenues, high inflation rate, unemployment and general fall in the standard of living of many Nigerians. The lawmaker also noted that the current template for the price of PMS could be reviewed downwards without it affecting the profit margin of marketers and transporters and also contribute to reduce the current inflationary trend in the economy.

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Senate raises Buhari’s virement request by N33bn Continued from page 1 was made to the National Assembly last month by President Muhammadu Buhari to smoothen the implementation of the 2016 budget. President Buhari had explained that his request for virement arose due to the shortfalls in provisions for personnel costs; inadequate provision for some items like the amnesty programme; continuing requirements to sustain the war against insurgency; and depreciation of the Naira. He had initially requested for total sum of N14.208 billion as capital component of the virement and N166.630billion as recurrent component of the virement. But the Senate in its approval of the proposal based on report submitted by its Committee on Appropriation, approved N39.208billion for capital component of the virement and N169.613billion for recurrent component of the virement aside extra N5billion approved for sustainable development goals in the Ministry of Housing based on special request during consideration of the entire proposal, totaling N213.8billion. Breakdown of the expenditure items of the virement as submitted by the Appropriation Committee chairman, Senator Danjuma Goje (APC Gombe Central), are service wide vote: Public Service Wage Adjustment (PSWA), N71.8billion; service wide vote: Contingency, N1.2billion; service wide vote: Margin for increase in cost, N2billion, and service

wide vote: Amnesty programme N35billion. Others are service wide vote: Internal operations of the Armed Forces, N5.2billion; service wide vote: Operation Lafiya Dole, N13.933billion; NYSC N19.792billion; Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Foreign Missions), N16.349billion etc. Deputy Senate Pesident Ike Ekweremadu had earlier raised the issue of unconstitutionality of the request for virement, stating that there was no provision for that in the Nigerian constitution. According to him, “though virement has been made in our budget implementation on yearly basis, there is no room for

the practice in the constitution, which only provides for supplementary budget in situations like this.” The Senate President, however, said the need to stimulate the economy urgently had necessitated the virement request by President Buhari for budget implementation, a reason the Senate should approve the request. He said: “I think your observation as far as the constitution is concerned is well noted. I think we are all fully aware of that and that is why I cannot continue to thank my colleagues so much in the way we have been addressing the issue of the economy and we are not looking at it whichever party we are or whatever side

we belong. “If we stick to the constitution, you are very right and is part of our support and cooperation to the executive, to Nigerians to move things forward. As you rightly said, this should come as a supplementary budget but in part of trying to make this move and incorporate it and ensuring that we give the support, and the executive should also take note,” he said. Saraki also expressed conviction that the Presidency will target the funding of local contractors as a way to push more resources to different areas of the country. He added, “As we work to release these special intervention

funds for critical recurrent and capital items, it is important that these contractors have a track-record of efficient and quality work,” he stated. Saraki also stated that the Senate would utilize its oversight powers to ensure that the contracts follow a competitive bidding process, and that the projects themselves have a positive impact on the economy of local areas through the economic multiplier effect. “Moving forward, as we round out the year,” he said, “The Senate and the Presidency will continue to work cooperatively to utilize the 2016 budget as a tool for economic growth and relief for local communities.”

R-L: Governor of Lagos state, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and acting Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Adebowale Sanni, during presentation of the 2017 budget estimates to the House, at the Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos… on Tuesday.

TUC, telecom stakeholders decry hike in data rate

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Boboi Bala Kaigama, and acting secretary, Comrade Samson Amachree, said, “We feel particularly awful about the move because data is one of the cheapest ways to empower the teaming youth. This move, if allowed, would make it unaffordable. In our view, this is insensitive and criminal on the part of the parties involved. “We are not surprised MTN has thrown its whole weight behind the policy; but the telco giant should realise that trying to lobby the government will not save the organisation when the chips are down. Of course, this cannot happen in South Africa. “Naturally, we had expected that government would increase awareness for greater citizens’ participation, especially in ICT, but unfortunately, they are doing the opposite. One cannot really situate federal government policy direction these days. On

one hand, the vice president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, is banking on ICT for youth empowerment while on the other, the NCC is trying to cut youth participation. All the promises made to the Chief Executive Officer of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, when he visited the country cannot be achieved if the policy is implemented. “This is not the best way to make money. This move is spineless and should be done away with. What then would be the benefit of the policy to the self employed, who depend on data for their businesses? The truth is, cheap internet data is a vehicle of some sort to economic development. It is very unfortunate, very unreasonable and inhuman to come up with such idea at a period of recession. Any call for increase in anything for now is most unreasonable, uncalled for and a calculated attempt to record more suicide

cases and insecurity in our already tension-soaked country,” he said. Also speaking on behalf of the National Association of Telecoms Subscribers (NATCOMS), its president, Mr. Deolu Ogunbanjo, decried the disposition of NCC for increasing the data tariff arbitrarily, adding that NCC should be consumer-centric because they have telecom consumer’s parliament, town hall meeting and the Industry Consumer Advisory Forum (ICAF), which they could have met with before taking any decision, but failed to do so. He stated that NCC should work so as not to be seen as working for the government alone, but to be seen as protecting the consumers as well. The NATCOMS president accused the government of trying to use the back door to control the social media that has been criticising its policies, stressing

that if anything happens to data tariff, it will affect the way we do business in Nigeria. Olusola Teniola, president, Association of Telecommunication Companies of Nigeria (ATCON) said that with the increase, other telecom companies would jerk up their prices, which would adversely affect subscribers. He said that operators would also increase the cost of megabytes, which consumers could not afford at this time of economic recession. “So what we are saying at ATCON is that no taxes should be applied in this industry and if there should be any taxes, it should also include other sectors. “Already, the cost of data will go up in December and subscribers will not be getting as much data as they paid for,” he said. Also speaking, Edwin Okolo, a computer scientist said that the increase in the cost of data “is uncalled for”, adding that there

should be other avenues for government to make money. “What we are saying is that we want every Nigerian to be linked with the internet and you are planning to increase the cost of data, so it is no longer for the poor,” he said. Teniola also berated the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), governor, Godwin Emefiele, who recently advocated the imposition of tax on any call beyond three minutes. Teniola said “my response to this is that it does not make sense not to have dialogue with real stakeholders you are trying to make money out of. We were not consulted. So this notion that we should cut it at three minutes is very arbitrary and not founded on theory. In fact, you will now see that the very thing I mentioned about people using the phone less to avoid paying this tax being applied after the three minutes will happen.

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Why Delta set up security trust fund -SSG Nosa Akenzua, Asaba


The Secretary to the Delta State Government SSG, Hon. Festus Ovie Agas has advanced the reasons why the Delta state government established the Delta State Security Trust Fund as administrative apparatus and the appointment of an Executive Secretary to the headship of the body. At a maiden Ministerial press briefing in Unity Hall, Government House,

Asaba the Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), Hon. Festus OvieAgas stated that Governor Okowa’s administration has achieved a lot of results in building peace among Deltans which has made the state conducive for investments. According to him, the 41-member peace building and advisory council which was inaugurated by Governor Okowa “has been modified to include settlement of disputes among commu-

nities and ensuring peace building platforms aimed at socio-political stability of the state.” He also, stated that Governor Okowa, has encouraged the activities of security operatives in the state by giving them necessary incentives and also, established the “Delta State Security Trust fund to help in mobilizing funds for intervention in critical areas of security administration and thereby, ensure the achievement of conducive atmosphere for

socio-economic activities.” Hon. Agas, stated that among the bills that were initiated by the Governor Okowa administration have been passed into law for promoting good governance, the administration has also, executed several programmes to make the people prosperous. The Works Commissioner, Chief James Augoye, who also brief the press, said governor Ifeanyi Okowa administration has spent over N32 billion on

road construction, noting that the amount was for the construction of roads from 2015 to 2016. “In line with the realization that road development and construction is the backbone for the achievement of the SMART Agenda of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s administration, the ministry has embarked on 71 road projects at a total cost of N32. 905 billion for construction between May 2015 and November 2016 covering over 282 kilometres of

News road and 136 kilometres of concrete lined drains,” he said. He added, “the value of projects currently being handled by the ministry, including those inherited from the previous administration is put at about N110 billion and it covers 381 kilometres of road.” The Works Commissioner however, disclosed that “the terrain of the state also results in additional high cost of constructing roads with respect to the swampy nature of some parts, which require the replacement of quantities of unsuitable materials and several hydraulic structures on the one hand and erosion prone parts of the state where drainage structures are necessary.”

Bill to establish ‘Management Day’ underway Chijioke Kingsley, Jos

ÎÎÎA proposed bill to mark

the celebration of Management Day is set to go to the National Assembly. This was communicated to newsmen yesterday in Jos, the Plateau State capital by the president and chairman of Council of the Nigerian Institute of Management, Prof. Munzali Jibril. Jibril said that the institute is proposing November 19 to be set aside every year to celebrate Management Day. He posited that the day is being proposed because it is the birthday of Prof. Peter Drucker, a man considered to be the father of management. His words: “Since there are World Malaria Day, World Water Day and so on, there should be nothing wrong in setting aside a day to celebrate professional managers”. The Management boss, who was in Jos on a value tour of North Central zone, said that the institute will continue to improve the skill of its members through the mandatory continuing professional examination programme (MCPEP) and other human capital development programmes, adding that the institute is also continuing with its subsisting memorandum of Understanding with the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, the National Defence College as well as the Nigerian Army

School of Finance and Administration, Lagos in the area of professional management training. He said that these programmes were being pursued alongside other regular programmes of the institute such as distinguished management lecture, women in management and leadership conference and Management Day. He lauded Governor Simon Lalong for the peaceful atmosphere prevailing in Jos, which he said was contrary to the notion being held in other parts of the country, adding that the fact that he was being hosted in Jos attested to the peaceful nature of the state. Responding, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee of the tour, Chief Edinen Usoroh, said that the zone has been fortunate to host all the three immediate past presidents while they were in office, adding that this was made possible by the prevailing peace in Plateau state. Usoroh said that NIM in Plateau State has come of age; from just a chapter of few members, drawn largely from the public sector, into a branch with three chapters inaugurated in 2011. Also, Chairman of North central zone of NIM, Mrs. Farida Bello, said that the zone is one of the most blessed in the country with abundance of natural resources and agriculture, saying that the zone is the food basket of the nation.

L-R: Wife of Oyo state Governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi; his Lagos state counterpart & Founder, Hope for Women Initiative in Nigeria (HOFOWEM); Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; rep. of Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Jide Idris; Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary Health Care, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga and Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi at the “High-Level Meeting on Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation” organised by HOFOWEM at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos… on Tuesday.

Lecturer urges female lawyers to return gender disparity bill to senate Andrew Orolua, Abuja


Prof. Dakas G.J. Dakas of the University of Jos on Tuesday challenged International Federation of Lawyers (FIDA) Nigeria to represent Gender Disparity Bill to the National Assembly. The bill which seeks for equality between men and women in all spheres of life was thrown out of the Senate

last year simply because some members misconstrued it to be in conflict with culture. But issues which the bill had sought to address resonated on Tuesday as members of FIDA deliberated on means to address Gender disparity in the country. Prof Dakas a discussant on the topic “Gender Disparity and the Legal Profession: The Nigeria Dispensation and Agenda for Action,”said it is

essential that FIDA revisit the bill and collaborate with the sponsors to work for its passage into law. He also urged female lawyers to test some of the existing laws in courts in order to move it from jury equality to de facto equality. Prof Dakas said that it is absurd for female lawyers to be addressed as gentlemen of the bar when they are not men. “They don’t have to be gentle-

men to be lawyers. What they need is equality of status.” The Law professor also charged FIDA to seek legislation to address hostile work environments which female folk are subjected to. They should also seek means to navigate work and family challenges that had held them back. He urged women who are aspiring to grow to have mentor and role model they look up to.

Dangote Group to establish rice mill in Kano Yakubu Salisu, Kano


The dirctor general, Dangote Group, Hajiya Halima has announced plans to establish in Kano a rice mill to foster the coun-

try’s self-sufficiency in rice production. She made this known at the 43rd international trade fair in Kano. With an annual processing capacity of 250,000 tons, the mill will process rice produced in Kano, So-

koto and Zamfara states. According to her, the group’s investment comes in a context where the nation aims to diversify its economy which mainly depends on oil export revenues. Agriculture is con-

sidered as a key component in the diversification process. For now, Nigeria remain one of the world’s greatest rice importers with close to $20 billion spent yearly in food imports.

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Ambode presents N813bn budget for 2017 Glo 4G LTE Benjamin Omoike


state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday, presented the 2017 budget proposal of N813billion to the House of Assembly. He assured that the budget would be judiciously implemented to continue the massive infrastructural renewal and the enhancement of Lagos as one of the foremost tourism and investment destination in Africa. The Governor, who christened the budget as “The Golden Jubilee Budget” as it coincides with the state’s 50th anniversary, said it would focus on physical infrastructure, while social sectors especially health, education, youth and social development would get adequate attention. Giving the key components of the budget, Governor Ambode said recurrent expenditure

would gulp N300.535billion while N512.464billion would be dedicated to capital expenditure, representing a Capital/Recurrent ratio of 63 percent to 37 percent. According to the Governor, road construction, rehabilitation and maintenance would be one of the key focuses of the budget, adding that efforts would be geared towards roads that will open up the hinterlands, improve connectivity in the State and reduce travel time. He listed some of the road projects to include Murtala Mohammed International Airport Road from Oshodi, Agric-Isawo-Owotu-Arepo Road in Ikorodu, Igbe-Igbogbo Phase II-Bola Tinubu way in Ikorodu, Ijegun Imore Phase II Amuwo in Ojo axis, Oke-Oso-Araga-Poka in Epe, Epe-Poka-Mojoda in the Epe axis and the completion of the Abule-Egba, Ajah and Pen Cinema flyovers. The governor also said that within the course of the budget

implementation, his administration would enter into a Public Private Partnership (PPP) to execute some road projects including Oke Oso-Itoikin dualisation project in the Epe axis, Okokomaiko-Seme road project in Badagry axis and Ikorodu-Agbowa-Itoikin-Ijebu Ode road project in Ikorodu axis, just as he disclosed that the phase II of the 114 local government roads project as well as the construction of the fourth Mainland Bridge would also kick off in 2017. “In the course of the 2017 financial year, we shall carry out fundamental reforms on all our modes of transportation – Roads, Water and the Walkways. In this wise, a Public Transport Infrastructure Bond will be issued in the course of the year. “The state government will embark on the urbanisation of the Marina axis, waterways channelization, establishment of more parks

and gardens as well as the Community Sports Centres and stadia in different locations across the state. “We will fully implement the Medical Health Insurance Scheme and deploy e-health/e-insurance health Service solutions; and complete the on-going upgrading and extension work in the state general hospitals and Ayinke House in Ikeja. Work will commence on our Medical Park in the 2017 fiscal year,” Governor Ambode said. On the revenue expected from federation account, the governor said a conservative approach was taken owing to the falling oil prices, which, according to him, was about $41.98per barrel at the time of finalising the budget. He however expressed optimism that the state would get an increase in Federal allocation through the 13 percent derivation from oil and gas in 2017.

Man docked for attempting to defraud Obasanjo Abiodun Taiwo, Abeokuta


Attempt by a high ranking chief to allegedly defraud the former President Olusegun Obasanjo has landed him in trouble. The man, Chief Salimon Abiodun Ajayi (popularly known as Rantipe), was on Tuesaday arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court sitting at Isabo Abeokuta for fraudulently obtaining the sum of N105 million from a company, Alarab Properties, a subsidiary of Obasanjo Holdings Limited (OHL). Ajayi, who is also the Balogun of Ijemo land in Egbaland in Ogun state and owner of the popular Rantipe Petroleum, was arraigned on a three-count charge bothering on forgery, fraud and stealing. Reading the count charges before the accused, in case number MA\606\c\2016), the police prosecutor, Sunday Eigbejiale, stated that the accused had allegedly fraudulently obtained the sum of N105 million from the above company in the sale of 67acres of land at the Sidipon village. The second charge reads: “That you Salimon Abiodun Ajayi on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned Magistrate District with intent to defraud did obtained the sum of N105m property of Alarab a subsidiary of Obasanjo Holdings Limited with pretext that you are in position to sale 67acres of land to Alarab Properties, a subsidiary of Obasanjo Holdings Limited and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 419 revised law of Ogun state 2004.”

L-R: CEO of Red Star Express Plc., Mr. Sola Obabori; recipient, fellowship of the Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria (SCGN), Mr. Isaac Orolugbagbe; his wife, Modupe; Elder statesman and past president, SCGN, Mr. Christopher Kolade and Divisional MD, Red Star Express, Mr. Charles Ejekam during the annual president’s dinner and induction ceremony of SCGN in Lagos… recently.

Commissioner charges Nigerians to support IDPs Tom Garba, Yola

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support and take care of the IDPs, living amongst them in host communities and camps across the country. The Adamawa state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Ahmad Sajoh, who made the call while speaking at a two-day workshop organized by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), with support from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) for the North-East zone, in the state, maintained that the IDPs are suffering not because they choose to but due to communal clashes, flood, insurgency and a host of other disasters. Sajoh, who spoke at the opening of the workshop with the theme

‘Engaging State and non-state Actors towards a national Internally Displaced Persons Policy and Act in Nigeria’, stated that people are to know what it feels like to be displaced, they would need to get a platform that will be quick and fast in responding to their needs. He disclosed that the state government is extremely committed to taking care of IDPs, Governor Muhammadu Umar Jibrilla cares about the IDPs to the extent of celebrating his Eid el- Kabir with them in the camp and will continue to support the cause of humanity especially the disadvantaged ones. “Some good has come out of the ashes of displacement as some IDPs have been given scholarship to study even abroad”, the commissioner stated. He stated further that the challenges of insurgency have fur-

ther brought the people of the state together “There are lessons we have learned from the challenges, it brings unity between the faith.” The Senior Program Officer of CISLAC, Okeke Anya, decried the nonexistence of laws that covers persons displacements. Mr. Anya, who was represented by CISLAC Executive Director, Mr. Auwal Ibrahim Musa, maintained the need for the adoption of the national policy and laws on IDPs in Nigeria. He therefore called on participants and other Nigerians to put all hand on deck and find sustainable and lasting solutions to issues of displacement. Our correspondent in Yola reports the workshop was attended by participants from Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states.

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Subscribers of Nigeria’s next generation network, Globacom, have described the company’s recently launched 4G LTE network in glowing terms, just as they solicited for prompt extension of the new network to more cities and villages in order for them to benefit from the advanced telecommunications technology. Although Globacom has wider coverage of 4G in the country than its competitors, the customers asked that the technology be extended to more cities and towns to enable them enjoy the service anytime they visit their places of origin. An Abuja-based Bureau de Change operator, Maniru Saminu, said the Glo 4G LTE service was a breath of fresh air because of its fast internet connection, which, according to him, made him to abandon all earlier alternatives. “I really appreciate Glo 4G service. It is very fast. I am enjoying the internet service, I do not experience delays doing streaming and downloads. I also do my internet banking transactions with ease,” Saminu said. He disclosed that he was pleased by the marked difference in quality of service and encouraged his business associates and relations to subscribe to Glo 4G. Said he: “I even gave my old Samsung S7 Edge phone to one of my friends to use and he has subscribed. The second person will soon subscribe. I want to urge Globacom to bring the service to Kano, my home state so we can enjoy it over there also.” Stephen Obembe of Wuse 2, Abuja, like Saminu, eulogised Globacom for introducing the 4G LTE services in Abuja. Obembe disclosed that he ported to Globacom from another network and enthused that: “It’s been great. Glo 4G has been good, very good. I use a lot of data for my business and I am really satisfied with the service. I am very happy I ported to the Glo network.” Another subscriber, who resides in Lagos, Titilayo Lawal, a fashion designer based in Adeniran Ogunsanya area of Surulere, expressed satisfaction with Glo 4G LTE service. She also ported from another network into Glo owing to her belief that she was not receiving commensurate value for the sum she was expending on data bundles. She however said that the story had changed for the better since she switched to Glo 4G services, which she described as “impressive. “It is good. It is very fast no matter the amount of attachment you are sending. I love the services,” she added while enjoining Globacom to ensure quick extension of the technology to every part of the nation.

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Anenih’s retirement and Jonathan’s concern Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja Retirement is one thing that people look forward to in life after years of meritorious service. That was precisely what Chief Anthony Anenih, popularly known as ‘Mr Fix It’, did last Saturday during the public presentation of his book, “My Life and Nigerian Politics”. At 83, Chief Anenih, former Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), could not have been wrong to call it a quit with active partisan politics on that day. But the immediate past President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan thinks otherwise. He believes strongly that Chief Anenih still has a lot to offer to the younger generation of politicians and as such should have a rethink over the decision. The venue of the public presentation of the book was the popular and strategically situated International Conference Centre, ICC, Abuja. The atmosphere was serene. The array of dignitaries included former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, Dr. Jonathan and two former Vice-Presidents, Dr. Alex Ekweme and Alhaji Namadi Sambo. General Abubakar was the Chairman of the occasion. Former Minister of Defence, Lieutenant-General Theophilus Danjuma, rtd, was the book Presenter. He was however represented by former Minister of Information, Professor Jerry Gana. Chief Anenih, the Uromi, in Edo State, born political tactician and strategist, in his speech announced that he was quitting active partisan politics and that he would thereafter be offering advice to people as an elder statesman. According to him, “As from today (Saturday, 26th November, 2016), I am withdrawing from active partisan politics. I will only be offering advice as a statesman.” However, Dr. Jonathan, who, obviously, was not too pleased with the declaration by Chief Anenih, upon being handed over the microphone for his goodwill message appealed to him (Chief Anenih) to reconsider his position, stressing that his experience in politics cannot afford to be wasted. In the words of the immediate past president, “Your (Anenih’s) experience in politics cannot be wasted. People will continue to come to you. You will continue to be our political leader for as long as you live”. Continuing, Dr. Jonathan, who spotted his usual South-South attire with a bowler hat, “Your experience, your knowledge and your wisdom are still needed. We plead with you to allow us to continue to consult you in the areas of politics and security. You may not be attending night meetings, but we will still be consulting with you”. Chief Anenih, in a tactical response to the request by Dr. Jonathan, said, “I will not re-


spond to my son’s request for now”. The book presenter and erstwhile Minister of Defence, Lieutenant-General Danjuma described Anenih as a role model in the political landscape of Nigeria. Danjuma, waxing philosophical, said that in Chief Anenih, God has produced a resolute, determined and a highly courageous leader for Africa. He commended Chief Anenih for producing three presidents-Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Late Umaru Musa Yar;Adua and Dr. Jonathan- within the 16 years rule of the PDP. Danjuma further described him as a man of excellence and a leader with vision and mission with the fear of God at heart. The book reviewer and former DirectorGeneral of Nigerian Institute of Advanced


Legal Studies, NIALS, Professor Epiphany Azinge describe Chief Anenih as a recurring decimal in Nigerian politics, saying, “Like him or hate him, you cannot ignore him. Such is the stature the author has acquired in our political firmament that his name continues to reverberate across political divides and from generation to generation.” Continuing, Professor Azinge added, “This nation has never seen and may never see again a politician with such an enduring credential and impactful sagacity. “Today, therefore, I join all men and women of goodwill in saluting Chief Toney Anenih for this significant achievement, for his industry, tenacity of purpose, research acumen, scholarship and penetrating logic. “It is instructive to mention that this au-

Your experience, your knowledge and your wisdom are still needed. We plead with you to allow us to continue to consult you in the areas of politics and security. You may not be attending night meetings, but we will still be consulting with you

tobiography enables the reader and indeed Chief Anenih admirers to appreciate his early life in the village setting of Arue, his humble beginning, primary school education at Government School, Uromi, his failed ambition to get into Teachers training college and his enrolment at police college on 1st July 1951 to kick start what turned out to be a brilliant career in the Nigeria police. “It should be said that but for the authors incarceration for 18 months after 1983 coup this autobiography would not have been conceptualized. But with his detention, marked the collapse of his business and the beginning of life in politics,” he said. Among other dignitaries at the event were; former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and one time President of the Senate, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, erstwhile Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Tom Ikimi, former Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, former Minister of Finance, Mrs Nenadi Usman, former D-G of NTA, Dr. Tony Iredia, former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Aloma Mariam Muktar, governorship candidate of the PDP in the last election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, PDP Chairman in Edo State, Chief Dan Orbi and Dr, Anthony Aziegbemi, former House of Representatives member.

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Buhari must call APC leaders to order to avoid implosion -Adeyeye Dr. Ajibayo Adeyeye, is the immediate past Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly and a frontline member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Adeyeye is concerned about the internal wranglings in the party and wants the President to intervene now to avert further damage before the 2019 elections. He also told PATRICK OKOHUE in this interview that Nigerians need to be patient with President Muhammadu Buhari while he works towards removing the country from the economic woods that it is in, arguing that a problem that was created over a period of 16 years will take more than a year and half to resolve. The APC is a party built on change and the impression given to nigerians during the campaigns was that they are trying to do things right, but as we speak the APC seems to be a party at war with itself, this became obvious with the Ondo election primary which has created a problem at the center, now many are saying unless the President intervenes, he may not have people to work with in the party in 2019, what is really happening to APC? It’s a very difficult question to answer, being that one I am not in the corridors of power, I am not in the President’s team, it is difficult for me to see or know or be exact about what is happening within the presidency. We have read a lot in the papers, we read all sorts. We read about our leader being marginalised in appointments, we read about appointment of people who did not really take part in the campaign, we read about Mr President not knowing the people he has appointed into office. Infact there was an outburst by the wife of the President concerning appointments and things happening in the corridors of power. But, I think it behooves on the President at this point to call up all the leaders of the party and discuss whatever is causing the internal bickering. This problem dates back to the time the National Assembly was inaugurated; we saw how the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives emerged. We saw the politics before it, we saw the politics after it, we saw a situation where a PDP member emerged as the deputy Senate President and so on, different things have been happening and they are not to my mind the best for any political party and until recently we could see the division in Ondo State. We saw how the primary was conducted, we saw the outcome, we saw the quarrel between our national leader and the chairman of the party, which we are told have since been settled. So, I think President Buhari being the President and being a leader of the party should call our people to order and have a word with them so that all of us can work in unison in whatever election that may come our way between now and 2019. Does the present development in the APC not seem to give credence to what some leaders of the opposing party, the PDP said about the APC when it was being formed, that it is a gathering of strange bed fellows and so will not last; don’t you think that that assertion by the PDP is starting to come true? Well, I don’t agree with the PDP because there is a Yoruba adage that says that 20 children, even from the same par-


ents cannot play together for 20 years, it is not expected that people of different family, ethnic, academic and many other backgrounds will come together to form a party and we expect that there will be no disagreement amongst them, it is very unlikely. But, what must not happen is a situation where those disagreements are intractable and there will not be an end to it. Even if another party emerges, the same problem may still happen and for how long are we going to continue to have this kind of problems, pull out of one party to join another or form another

party and that sort of things. A very good example is the situation we saw in the last election in the United States of America, where even Republicans castigated Donald Trump before the election, we saw a situation where the whole world thought Hilary was going to win and alas, the election came and Trump won and of recent you see Republicans that threw tantrums at Trump now falling in line, now that he has been elected President. So, I think our democracy really needs to move from where it was and some of us are praying for a situation where we will have two

I think President Buhari being the President and being a leader of the party should call our people to order and have a word with them so that all of us can work in unison in whatever election that may come our way between now and 2019

major political parties and I think that is where we are now and for us to still have three or four big political parties may be a little bit unwieldy and may promote ethnic segregation. We may get to a situation where the Yoruba may return to their party, as it was in the days of AD, Igbo were largely PDP, Hausa largely ANPP and that is very unhealthy for our country and I think whichever leader we have right now need to really manage the polity the way it is so that we don’t get back to where we were in 1999, we have since been progressing from that time to now, but it is looking to me like if care is not taken we may get back to 1999 when each geo-political region had a pre-dominant party that the ethnic group was supporting. There are indeed insinuations that another political party may emerge towards the 2019 elections, borne out of the frustration within the APC and even the PDP, but if that happens will you want to identify with such party? That is a difficult question for me to answer right now, I will wait to see the characters in such party, I will wait to understand the ideology behind such party and I will wait to see what reception my people will give to that party, because every politics is local. It might be difficult for me to say whether I will be part of it or not. But, by all means if whichever party you are in is not meeting your political objectives and not meeting your ideological principals, then there will be nothing wrong in moving out of it and joining another one. Some of the problems people see with the APC as a party in government is that many of the things that they promised the people before election are not being implemented, they said they will build more refineries, because it was very easy to achieve, but today the papers reported that in the last few months, over N900bn was spent importing petroleum products, which some analyst said can build about five refineries, yet nothing. Yes they are defeating Boko Haram, but so much blood is being spilled in the country, no security, so besides the anti-corruption war, do you think the APC is delivering on its promises? While agreeing that the things you have said are valid observations that anybody will see in Nigeria at this time, I want to say that it is not going to be very fair on the government of the day to heap all the blames on it. We cannot say that it is the government of the day that is causing a situation where fuel importation has continued. We cannot say it is the government CONTINUED ON PAGE 11

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of the day that has created a situation where there are uproars in different areas of Nigeria, particularly with the issue of the herdsmen. When the government of the day was coming into power, nobody knew that $2.1bn was taken out of our money in Central Bank and squandered; the government of the day only came into power to find this out and has since been in the process of trying to recover it. Are you saying Nigeria cannot move forward because of $2.1bn? Yes, Nigeria can move forward, but moving forward is a process, nobody knew people were given contracts to buy arms and ammunitions for our Military and those contracts were never executed, rather they gave archaic arms and ammunition to our Soldiers to go and face people that has sophisticated weapons and they try them again for not being bold enough to face them. Nobody knew the decadence in the Nigerian economy, before those promises were made, because a lot of facts and figures were hidden from the public, but now that the reality has done on government that this is the true picture of what we met on ground, as honourable people, the government of the day is still trying to keep to its promises, despite the challenges of the reality of what they met on ground when they came in. At least one would have thought that by now the government would have long completed the Lagos Ibadan Exprwessway, that by now, Ore Shagamu Expressway would


have been completed, but there are simply no funds to prosecute these projects. At the time that Jonathan was in power oil price went as far as $120 a barrel, no-

body ever thought that oil price will drop as low as $35 a barrel and if our income was $120 a barrel and now you earn $35 a barrel, it simply means you are earning

one third of what you use to earn, it simply means that if dollar was one to one fifty before, it will now be one to four fifty, which is what it is now, it means whatever you were doing before for one dollar, you now need three dollars to get it done. So, the snowballing effect of all these indices has suddenly made government not to be able to meet its campaign promises like it said it was going to do. However, they are still trying to do that, if you look at the power sector, the average power generation has moved from the range of 2000 to about 4000 megawatts. If you look at the road infrastructure sector, in this administration, they have managed to complete the Kaduna Abuja rail line, they are working on daily basis on the Lagos Ibadan Expressway, they are working on the Shagamu Benin Expressway and recently I learnt they are trying to privatise our airports and make it more efficient and dynamic in its operations and even the petroleum that you spoke about. Fuel has been a little bit stable since this administration came in, we have not witnessed the kind of fuel scarcity that we use to witness, I think what we only need to tell Nigerians is that they should be patient with this administration, it is yet to be a year and half, so there is really no reason to start castigating a government that is barely one and half years old, for the sins of a party that has been in power since 1999 or sixteen years. So, lets be patient, I have a lot of confidence in the President and his team and I believe that they will ultimately live up to expectation.

Ondo PDP suspends 22 members of Sheriff’s faction Tosin Ajuwon, Akure

The Ahmed Makarafi led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has suspended twenty two members of the party over allegations of gross anti-party activities. The suspension came Two days after the ruling PDP lost the governorship election conducted on November Saturday 26, 2016 to the op-

position All Progressives Congress (APC) in keenly contested horse race. According to a statement issued on Tuesday by the factional Publicity Secretary of the Party in Ondo State, Banji Okunomo, the 22 members were suspended at a meeting of the State Working Committee (SWC) held in Akure. Mr. Okunomo said “in line with section 57 of the constitution of

our great party, and the inherent power conferred on the State Working Committee, the members are suspended from the party with immediate effect for gross anti-party activities”. Daily Times correspondent checked on the statement further revealed that those suspended were mostly group members of the Ali Modu Sheriff led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

The group was led by the factional Chairman of the party in the state, Mr. Biyi Poroye and Ademola Genty as the factional Vice Chairman. Among those suspended included: Ebenezer Alabi, former State Chairman of the party, Dennis Alonge, former Deputy National Youth Leader of the party, Dare Emiola, former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Sola Ebiseni, a former Commissioner for

Obaseki commends military for role in Edo, Ondo elections Titus Akhigbe, Benin Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki yesterday appraised the role of security agencies, especially the military in stabilising democracy in the country where no life was lost in the Edo September 28th and Ondo November 26th governorship elections. Governor Obaseki while receiving the Commandant of the National Defense College, Rear Admiral Samuel Ilesanmi Alade, at the Government House, Benin City, Tuesday, said, “I want to put on record that particularly during the last election (Edo) and the one that was done on Saturday,(Ondo) the role of the military has not been acknowledged as it should be.”

He said, “For the first time in several years, if you can recollect, there was not one incident of loss of life during Edo State election and that was repeated again last week in Ondo State. “It might not be obvious but we know that it is as a result of the diligence and the amount of work that went behind the scene from the military - and so, we want to thank you for it. This sort of initiative can only help us to stabilise our democracy much better which is essentially what we need.” He added, “For us, and for me in particular, this institution, the Defense College is so critical in the defense arrangement, not only for Nigeria but for the entire sub-region.” Obaseki who called on the man-

agement of the National Defense College to share vital research information with the state in order to help shape government policies and enhance the growth of the economy said, “data and information is key for survival in the modern economy.” Continuing, Obaseki said, “It is not an accident that NIFOR is located here, and the oil palm research institute and the rubber research institute. These are two crops that can prosper the economy of Nigeria. We will give all the support we can possibly give to ensure that we re-establish ourselves as global players in these two crops and others we have comparative advantage in.” Speaking earlier, the Commandant, National Defense College, Rear

Admiral Samuel Ilesanmi Alade said, “We are here in Edo State on tour of strategic installations or strategic establishments and we consider these institutions we are visiting in Edo State as strategic because of what it holds in terms of contribution to national development. “This time around, we are visiting two of these strategic establishments - one of them is Okomu Oil which is a private concern and the second is Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research (NIFOR) which is semi-private. The aim is to visit those two establishments, trying to learn what they do and at the end of the day, we will write a report that could be useful to them and also could be useful to Nigeria as a whole.

Environment and former governorship aspirant of the party. Others are Olabisi Johnson, Olu Ogunye, Omololu Meroyi, Yemi Ajonibode and Musa Megida, Isaac Alase, Yemisi Akinyemiju,Yemisi Akinmade, Ade Adebawore, Bakita Bello and Adegboruwa Taiwo, Mr. Omowole Oluwagbehinmi, Gbamila Ogunji, Abiye Ademoyegun, Johnson Alabi and Dara Akinbobola. The statement said these suspended members are to appear before the disciplinary committee of the party on Monday 5th December. All effort to get the reaction of some members of the suspended faction proved abortive as calls to their mobile phones were not picked. But impeccable sources confirmed to the Daily Times in a telephone interview that most of the suspended members worked against the candidature of Mr. Eyitayo Jegede as the recognised candidate of the PDP in the just concluded governorship election of the state. One of the sources further added that these same members teamed up with the controversial businessman, Jimoh Ibrahim who claimed to be the authentic candidate of the PDP in the election to work against the umbrella party.

News 12 NAFDAC destroys N2.1bn fake drugs in one year Saka Bolaji, Minna


National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), says over N2.1 billion worth of fake and counterfeit drugs were destroyed throughout the country in the last one year. The last destruction of drugs, valued at N144 million, took place in Minna the Niger state capital. The Acting Director General of NAFDAC, Mrs. Yetunde Oni, who was represented by the director, special duties of the agency, Alhaji Abubakar Jimoh, said that some of the products were voluntarily surrendered to the agency by their owners after realising that they were either fake, substandard, unwholesome, or had expired. Jimoh, who supervised the destruction of the products at the state permanent refuse disposal dump site, along Beji/Zungeru road in Bosso local government, also said the latest statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO) had shown that fake drugs valued at over N200 billion were floating globally looking for a country to berth. “Circulation of fake and counterfeit drugs is a spectre that is hunting the entire world,” the NAFDAC director said. Speaking earlier at a stakeholders’ forum at the Federal Secretariat Complex in Minna, Alhaji Jimoh disagreed with the Niger state commander of the NDLEA, Mr. Joseph Iweajunwa that the circulation of fake drugs was on the increase in the country. The NDLEA commander had at the forum claimed increase in circulation of substandard drugs saying that Onitsha in Anambra state was notorious for this. However, contrary to the claim, Alhaji Jimoh said “there is a decline, which had been internationally acclaimed. “We at NAFDAC will rid the nation of fake drugs and the counterfeiters. The destruction is very massive because one drug can wipe out a whole village. Such fake drugs had been found to be largely responsible for the rising cases of diseases associated with liver, kidney and the heart. He further disclosed that in its quest to clean up the system, much progress was being made as the system recorded only 3 per cent of fake drugs in 2014, down from 19 per cent recorded in 2011. According to him “We are making substantial progress in the war, but we are targeting zero per cent so that Nigeria will be totally free. “We are optimistic that after sometime, we shall have nothing to destroy.”

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El-Rufai faults CAN over Southern Kaduna killings Baba Ba’abba, Kaduna

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Kaduna state has said that the killings in southern Kaduna by suspected herdsmen is pure criminality and has nothing to do with ethnicity and religion. Speaking to a group of journalists, Tuesday in Kaduna, the governor faulted the statement credited to the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Supo Ayokunle, who had earlier described the attacks as religious cleansing. El-Rufai pointed out that ‘’the same Fulani are killing Fulani in hundreds in Zamfara state. It has nothing to do with religion or ethnicity. It is pure banditry.’’ According to the governor, the perpetrators of the attacks in both southern Kaduna and Zamfara state are just criminals, adding that ‘’their ethnicity and religion do not matter.’’

He pleaded with leaders to be mindful of their utterances and to stop encouraging their people to resort to self-help, stressing, “let’s fight the problem; let’s not bring sentiments, sensationalism and division into it,’’ he added. The governor narrated the steps that his administration had taken in order to understand the root cause of the killings in southern Kaduna, beginning with the setting up of the General Martin Luther Agwai (rtd) committee. He said that the committee found out that the killings in the area was rooted in the 2011 postelection violence, where Fulani from Cameroun and Niger Republic were killed in southern Kaduna while they were returning to their countries. ‘’They organized themselves and came back for revenge,’’ elRufai said, adding that “a lot of what was happening in southern Kaduna and Plateau state is actually from outside Nigeria.” El-Rufai said that Governor Pat-

rick Yakowa had sent emissaries to some of these Fulani communities in neighboring countries in order to make peace “but after his death, the whole thing stopped.” He further said that his administration continued from where Yakowa stopped, by sending some people to go round these countries to explain to the Fulani that “there is a new governor. He is also Fulani like you and he has no problem paying compensation for loss of lives and livestock. But he is begging you to stop the killings.” According to the governor, most of the communities forgave the killing of their relatives during the post-election violence, after hearing this explanation. “There was one or two that asked for monetary compensation for cattle. They said that they had forgiven the deaths of human beings but they should be compensated for their lost cattle. We said no problem and we paid,” he added.

The governor said that there was peace when these steps were taken “but what is happening now, I don’t want to restrict it to southern Kaduna, is a case of pure banditry.” According to el-Rufai, these renewed killings have nothing to do with the fall-outs of the postelection violence. “It was a small problem that started in Ninte, Godogodo, that could have been handled better by both the Fulani and community leaders,” he said. El-Rufai further said that the killings in Kaura was triggered off when youths attacked a police station and killed the very Fulani man who had reported his brother to the police for suspected criminal activities. While appealing for restraint on both sides, el-Rufai said that as governor of Kaduna state, “I am very sad over the loss of lives because the burden is on me. I am supposed to defend everyone. We regret the loss of lives and property.”

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Ganduje wants restriction of smoking in public places Yakubu Salisu, Kano


Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has called on the federal government to enact a legislation to restrict smoking of cigarettes in public places, saying such regulation is necessary to prevent recurrence of environmental problems such as fire outbreaks and health hazards. He was of the opinion that cigarette smoking in public domains ought to be regularized as obtained in most developed countries, lamenting that some fire incidents in Kano, for instance, have been linked to careless disposal of cigarettes. The governor made the call

while receiving the Comptroller General, Federal Fire Service, Mr. Joe Garba Anebi, who visited him in Kano, pointing out that it is in the best societal interest for all public premises to be smoke free. Ganduje lamented that in recent times, eight market fire incidents took place in the ancient city, stating however, that the one that occurred at Sabon Gari market severely affected the economy of the state, in view of the huge loss incurred. He, therefore, described the selection of the state for the national conference on fire under the theme, ‘The Menace of Market Fire in Nigeria,’ as timely considering the efforts of the state gov-

ernment to improve its capacity for fire services management. He promised that the conference resolutions and recommendations would be utilized by the state, assuring that already, measures have been taken in all the major market in the state with a view to averting recurrence of the fire outbreaks. On his part, the Controller General, Federal Fire Service, Mr. Anebi, told the governor that the conference was initially slated to hold in Anambra state, pointing out that after careful scrutiny of the theme, the Minister of Interior, General Abdurrahman Dambazau, advised for the transfer of the programme to Kano based on recent fire incidents in the state.

the rigorous campaigns on prevention of HIV/ AIDS, millions of people are still being infected with the virus. The United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) prevention gap report on HIV showed that an estimated 1.9 million adults have been infected with HIV every year for the past five years, worldwide and the number of new infections on the increase. Wife of the governor of Cross River State, Dr. Linda Ayade, disclosed this on Tuesday at a press briefing in preparation for the celebration of the 2016 World AIDS Day. Dr. Ayade, who was represented by her special adviser, Mrs. Rose Eneji, said that despite the campaign, the numbers of HIV infected victims are on the increase. “The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day is ‘Hands Up for HIV prevention’. This theme is a response to the report that the decline in new HIV infections among adults has stalled. The UNAIDS prevention gap report shows that an estimated 1.9 million adults become infected with HIV every year for the past five years, worldwide and that the number of new infections is rising in some regions.” She said that as a result, HIV prevention efforts must be reinvigorated if the world is to stay on the fast-track to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

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The threat of a new political party


Reuben Abati

hen aggrieved politicians within the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) decided to join forces with members of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the All Progressives Peoples Alliance (APGA) to form the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013, they had welldefined, even if poorly conceived objectives: to send President Jonathan out of power, displace the PDP, exert vengeance and offer the people an alternative. The triumph of the APC in the 2015 elections resulting in victory at the Presidential level, in 23 states out of 36, and also in the legislature, state and federal, was propelled on the wings of the people’s embrace of this slogan of change. Change became the aphrodisiac of Nigeria’s search for democratic progress. The new party’s promises were delivered with so much certainty and cock-sureness. Those promised free meals were already salivating before casting the first vote. The permanently opportunistic players in Nigeria’s private sector started trading across the lines as they have always done. Everyone knew the PDP had too much internal baggage to deal with. The opposition exploited this to the fullest. The party failed from within, and even after losing the 2015 elections, it has further failed to recover from the effects of the factionalism. It took the PDP 16 years to get that hubristic moment. It is taking the APC a much shorter time to get to that same moment. The displacement of the PDP gave the impression that Nigeria’s political space, hitherto dominated by one party, had become competitive. But the victory of a new party over a dominant political party in power such as occurred in 2015, has not delivered the much-expected positives: instead, questions have been raised about the depth of democratic change and the quality of Nigeria’s political development. The disappointment on both scores has been telling. The APC has not been able to live up to expectations. In less than two years in power, it has been behaving not like the PDP, but worse. Not a day passes without a pundit, a party member, or a civil society activist suggesting that the only way forward is the formation of a new political party. There are over 30 registered political parties in Nigeria; no one is saying that these political parties should be reorganised. The received opinion is that a new political party would have to replace the APC. The implied message is the subject of political science. Many political parties in Africa, not

just in Nigeria, lack substance. They reflect the problematic nature of party politics in the continent, even after the third wave of the continent’s democratic experience. Party organisations are weak, their organs inchoate and their fortunes mercurial. In Nigeria, this seems to be more of a post-military rule reality. In the First and Second Republics, some of Nigeria’s political parties appeared to be more relatively people-based and socially rooted. The military left behind an authoritarian streak at the heart of Nigeria’s party politics, producing political parties since 1999 that do not fully reflect or assimilate the people’s yearnings. There isn’t therefore in place a mass-based, people-driven political party to replace the elite-based hegemonic parties we have, despite early efforts in this direction by the likes of Aminu Kano and his People’s Redemption Party (PRP), Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s Movement of the People (MOP), Tunji Braithwaite’s Nigeria Advance Party (NAP), Gani Fawehinmi’s National Conscience Party (NCP) and Wole Soyinka’s Democratic Front for the People’s Federation. There was also the Labour Party, mentioned separately here, advisedly, because it ended up abandoning its social democratic base, and became like the regular parties, an elite cabal. A profile of this political party and its initial principal promoters would reveal just how alimentary Nigerian politics is. Our immediate concern, however, is to argue that those who are raising the flag of a new political party as the answer to the emerging failure of the APC and the growth of factions among its members, and by extension, the spreading despair in the land, are missing the point. They are not promising any revolutionary

change. Permit me to quote Danjuma Gambo, of the Enugu Chapter of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) who reportedly said: “A new political party is what we need. A new party with new plan, (and an) ideology that will bring succour to the sufferings of Nigerians is the answer.” Gambo deserves some credit: he phrases the matter delicately. His “what we need”, “new plan” “ideology” means change, another form of change to end, he tells us, “the sufferings (sic) of Nigerians”. We ask him, although he seems to have answered the question already: what happened to the change that happened in 2015? If the formation of a new political party did not solve Nigeria’s problems since 2015, what is the guarantee that a new party would gain power and perform better than the ruling APC? Professional politicians do not comment on the matter as carefully as Gambo attempted. They are brazen about it and they have been loud too. However, is a new political party the solution to Nigeria’s foreign exchange crisis or the people’s angst? The conundrum is easy to resolve. It is easy for the political elite in Nigeria to change their garments, sans remorse, ideology or sentiment and that is how some of the most prominent political figures in Nigeria today have changed party membership cards more than five times in the last 17 years. The politics of elitism is simply about access to power, position and privileges. It has nothing to do with the people’s interests. The APC is in crisis for this reason, very much like the PDP, and even the smaller parties, because these are political parties of big men of influence. Conflict results when

they are not allowed to exercise that influence by other competing big men, who are similarly if not equally driven by ego, religion and superior ethnic considerations. The exercise of influence as a party big man follows a known pattern: after electoral victory, the big man wants the spoils of victory; he wants positions for his followers, contracts for wives and children and the freedom to have a say in the new government. Any attempt to shut him down, oppose him, or sideline him or her, immediately creates a crisis within the party. The greater the number of such big persons who feel short-changed and marginalised, the greater the chances of such factionalism that would trigger threats of a new political party. New groups can create new tendencies in society, but in Nigerian politics, new groups don’t really emerge, it is the same recycled set moving from one political party to a new or another one, looking for benefits. Poverty, low literacy and the weakness of public institutions make the people vulnerable. Because the people are hungry, they accept money to attend rallies to help create an illusion of populism and acceptability. On Election Day, they sell their votes. After the election, they are too ashamed to speak up. A patrimonial and neo-patrimonial political system such as we have in Nigeria promotes nothing but difference, disappointment and distrust. Those who are plotting to create a new political party should be told that the harvest is predictable: more intense leadership competition, high level conflict among big men, greater deception, increased difference and tension within the polity. The Nigerian political system operates above rules. It is possibly one of the most Machiavellian in Africa. We should end this then where we started: leadership is the principal challenge. Until we sort that out, Nigeria’s politics will remain trapped in the throes of ethnicity, patrimonialism, authoritarian dominance, the threat of system volatility and fragmentation and the politics of revenge.

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Budget 2017: That Ambode may perform creditably


Mufutau Egberongbe

n December 17, 2015, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, of Lagos State visited the state House of Assembly to present the financial proposal of his administration for 2016. It took the state House of Assembly under Speaker Mudashiru Obasa a few days to iron out any grey area. It is a fact that in any society, the bad side of any issue swallows up the good part. Where there are optimists, there are also pessimists. Of course, little is known of what goes into preparing a budget before presentation. Weeks before Ambode visited the House of Assembly, Obasa came up with the idea of town hall meetings with the people. Even though the idea did not originate from him, the stakeholders meeting have become an annual event. As the new Speaker, Obasa had vowed to ensure that the House would bring the state residents, speculated at over 22 million, into governance. It would no longer be a top-bottom government, but a bottomtop one. Thus, he kept the idea of a town hall meeting, but in this case, each member of the 40-man House had the responsibility to organise his people.

It was the speaker’s argument that since lawmakers are representing the people, there was the need to go back for feedback. To him, the town hall meeting was imperative if the people are not to reject them in 2019. “We have to go back home to hear from the people so that we can have a good relationship with them. We have invited traditional rulers, politicians, traders, marketers, CDAs, CDCs, transporters, the physically challenged, students and others. The reports would be put together and submitted to the governor for implementation,” he said. The members held the town hall meeting. They all returned with suggestions that will be compiled for presentation to the House. Some spoke on the need to accord special status to Lagos. Others listed roads and the infrastructures as priority. Ambode confirmed the people’s desire during the budget presentation, even as he implored the Federal Government to look into the issue of according special staus to Lagos State. It is of note that presentation of the town hall report was done in the House of Assembly by Obasa. However, it was just the first and would further provide opportunities for better performance in the future. Definitely, the 2016 budget was evidence of the success of the

first town hall meeting. Obasa understands that aside his many other achievements, the town hall meeting is unique. Speaking on his first one year in office, he said: “We held our town hall meetings simultaneously, the first of its kind which was successful. Even, the Federal Government has taken a cue from us”. Not long ago, federal ministers embarked on town hall meetings across the country to feel the pulse of the citizens concerning governance. As 2016 is ending, it is noteworthy that Obasa has again fulfilled that promise made the first day he presided at the House as speaker. The House has held another edition of the town hall meeting ahead of the 2017 budget presentation. With the theme: ‘Community/ Neighbourhood Policing starts With You’, the House received commendations from participants who are happy that government is not from bottom to top rather than the other way round. This year’s demands include road rehabilitation, construction and clearing of drainages, provision of more schools and markets, employment and empowerment for women and youths, potable water and general infrastructure. Obasa already understands the challenges faced by his Agege

constituency 1 since he lives with them. He also knows, that the state government is performing well in infrastructure development. What is needed is a maintenance culture. For example, six major roads have been built in Agege and five others are ongoing. “Apart from these, there are ongoing AbuleEgba and Pen-Cinema fly-over bridges as well pedestrian bridges at Cement bus stop, Dopemu (under bridge) and Iyana-Ipaja,” he said. Obasa told the governor: “We decided to feel the pulse of our people through the constituency stakeholders’ meeting and what I’m presenting today is their aggregate demands and recommendations collated by field officers in the 40 constituencies.” Replying, Ambode said; “These are the wishes of Lagosians and they will help in preparing the 2017 budget. This is a very unique initiative which has been complementing the efforts of the government to improve the welfare of our people and bring dividends of democracy closer to them.” By 2019, Obasa would be able to beat his chest and tell Agege people that he meant well and has done well. Egberongbe is Special Adviser to Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly on Political and Legislative Matters.

Men of little mind

W Monsgr. Livinus Ukah

e are born to grow and develop ourselves and develop our minds. We are born to develop the boundaries of our minds and horizon and embrace others across the world. If we are men of little mind we cannot go far, our little minds will always create obstacles in our dealings with people because we have not expanded our minds to embrace new ideas. We have localised ourselves, unable to bring new information and new ideas to renovate ourselves. We begin to live by the old myth that others are not like us and we indulge in old story of the past. The type of story our forefathers told when they were warming themselves near the fire. These stories resonated at their time. With education and sophistication, we bury what does not profit us. We drop what creates divide. There are still few of us that still cling to the old past. In spite of our education, we dance around that myth that creates divide. At social gatherings,

you see the nuances of coming from the old forgotten myth. It irritates the mind to see that your brother is not comfortable with you. He only gives you plastic smile and a polite handshake that does not show Et-sprit-de’Corps. it is all empty show that leaves us where we were before. One would ask; what is the anthropology behind our fear of each other, with all our educational brush- ups? Do we need to consult our ancestors in the grave? No, they lived their own life and we should live our own life inspired by the values of Jesus Christ because the water of baptism is greater than blood. We do not need to spend all our life building hate in us characterisation and building walls instead of bridges. We were born to be with others and confront each other for prosperous future. We do not need to be the head of division nor be a part of the polarised world. We need to be a part of the globalised world. When we come together to share ideas and work out our differences, we do not need to see

each other as strangers. This does not hold now, we must come out of the crowd and make a statement not exclusive statement but inclusive statement that we are, because Jesus reigns. We are because we have many challenges. With you and me, we confront tomorrow that is pregnant with meanings. We can never gain anything by retiring to our cocoons, rusticating with old ideas and indulge in primitive loyalty. We are of age; God demands a lot from us. What brings us together is greater than the nuances created by little mind. As children of God, educated men, we must rise to create a future for our children. We should not let our children down by clinging to the past that has no relevance now. Many tried it but failed and they became dirty footnotes in history. We should pray that we never enter into a dispute with somebody inferior to us. This is an extract from the former Prime minister of Canada, who came from Quebec, the French speaking part of Canada. Quebec

has been trying to separate from Canada but have not succeeded. Each time they have referendum the result does not favour them. However, Quebec has produced many Prime ministers than the English Canada. Right now, the son of the former Prime Minister Mr. Truedau is the present Prime minister. We can see how life is, and how things happen to teach us lessons. Nevertheless, we are not paying attention because we do not want to. When we allow life to drift us, it can lead to a cul- de- sac where we cannot move again. We must let people be and not separating yourself from them. “You are” and “they are” with the strength that comes from each of us we stand and make a big move that will surprise the world and the men of little mind who want us to remain in the same closet with them will be left behind. Never! Never, because there is a prize we pay for remaining the same. Let us strive to follow the globalised world than to be comfortable with the ideas of the past that yield divide.


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NUC warns new varsities against lowering standards Augustine Okezie, Abuja The National Universities Commission (NUC) has warned proprietors of eight newly approved private universities in the country against subjecting their academic staff into degrading treatment and all forms of practices inimical to democratic freedom. NUC Executive Secretary, Professor Adamu Abubakar Rasheed, gave the warning at the presentation of provisional licenses to 8 new private universities at the commission’s headquarters, Maitama, Abuja, recently. All but one of the newly licensed universities is located in the southern part of the country, bringing the total number of universities in the country to 152. Earlier in his welcome address, Chairman, Standing Committee on Private Universities (SCOPU), Professor Akaneren Essien, congratulated the new institutions for scaling the difficult hurdle involved in issuance of provisional licenses, noting that all eight universities “are ready for students to commence their academic activities.” According to him, the process took between two to fourteen years, recalling with pain the death of some SCOPU members in the 2012 Dana plane crash

while on assessment of four of the universities even as he prayed God to grant their souls eternal rest in peace. On his part, the NUC scribe, Professor Rasheed thanked the proprietors of the new varsities, describing their investment in education as an indication of their belief in the Nigerian state.

According to the NUC scribe, private universities, contrary to the opinion of many, are not primarily motivated by economic motive. He described investment in education as “investment in the social cultural, religious, political and ideological development of a nation.” “What is being issued today is a

Former Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, in a handshake with Director of Protocol and Special Duties, National Universities Commission, Mr. Chris Maiyaki, at the Nigeria Higher Education Summit in Abuja on Monday. With them is the former Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan, Prof. Bamiro Olufemi.

TETFUND reviews intervention guidelines for tertiary institutions Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa, has told visiting members of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Education led by its Chairman, Senator Jibrin Barau, who were on oversight visit, that the fund is currently reviewing its intervention guidelines, as part of its inward looking attempt aimed at ensuring the realisation of maximum benefits from all of its interventions. He said “much that we are being celebrated, thanks to your support, we believe that our impact can multiply the desire of President Buhari towards ensuring the fund becomes globally competitive’’. Baffa further listed some of the identified key areas that are currently receiving greater attention to include ensuring a conducive learning environment with the desired physical infrastructure

provisional licence with a lifespan of three years,” he said, adding that in line with global best practice, the new universities would be mentored by older ones for the next couple of years. He challenged the varsities to embark on new programmes that are not readily available in the older ones, pledging the support of the NUC to

that discourages the construction of ‘’match box structures’’, promotion of enhanced academic staff training and ensuring that foreign scholarships are not conducted on ‘’bottom of the league foreign varsities’’, and the promotion of accelerated research activities through the National Research fund. He further disclosed that TETFund has so far allocated N156.3 billion to finance its special intervention projects in the nation’s public universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, and has expended billions of Naira to boost physical infrastructure in the tertiary institutions through annual direct disbursement and the high impact projects. While saying that some of the special intervention projects have been completed, Baffa said universities were allocated N74 billion, polytechnics N40 billion and colleges of education got

N41.5 billion. His words: “For the universities, we have allocated about N74 billion and we have disbursed about N57.7 billion and there is a balance of N16 billion; for the polytechnics, N40 billion was allocated, N31 billion disbursed and about N8.6 billion balance. “For the colleges of education, N41.5 billion was allocated, N32.8 billion disbursed and about N8.6 billion outstanding. In total, we have allocated N156.3 billion”. Baffa, however, listed some of the challenges of the TETFund to include the dwindling collection of the 2 per cent education tax occasioned by the falling price of crude oil, the failure of most companies to remit education tax and the inability to access the portal of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to know what is paid in real time for easy reconciliation.

assist in this regard. The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Onwukah, at the occasion, announced that more universities are needed to increase access to tertiary education, noting that the 152 universities in the country presently are grossly inadequate in relation to demand. He said: “With these 8, it means the ratio of the universities in relation to population is 1 for 23 million people, a challenge that must be addressed, considering the huge population of Nigeria conservatively put at 170 million today”. The Minister warned the universities and their proprietors not to cut corners, adding that where cases of infractions are established, appropriate sanctions would apply. Reminding them that the new licences are revocable, Professor Anwukah urged them to appoint governing councils, implement their carrying capacity without compromise as well as moderation of admissions amongst others. The newly licenced private universities include Anchor University, Ayobo, Lagos State (owned by the Deeper Christian Life Ministry); Arthur Jarvis University, Akpabuyo, Cross River State (owned by Clitter House Nigeria Limited); Clifford University, Owerrinta, Abia State, among others.

Reps seek TETFUND intervention in N’East The House of Representatives Committee on Education has called for the intervention of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) in the infrastructural development of schools in the North eastern part of Nigeria that has been devastated by insurgency and years neglect. Chairman of the House Committee, Aminu Suleiman, who made the call when he led other committee

members on oversight visit to the headquarters of the fund in Abuja, said the region requires urgent master plan and clear initiatives that will assist in the recovery and restoration of the falling standard of education. Aminu also drew the attention of the fund to the level of infrastructural deficiency in 3 newly established universities which he said had not received more than 30 percent intervention.

PTA executes N32.7m projects in FGC Sokoto The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of Federal Government College, Sokoto, has spent N32.7 million in the last three years on the execution of various projects in the school. The Chairman of the association, Prof. Aminu Ibrahim, made the disclosure in Sokoto on Monday, when he addressed newsmen.

Ibrahim, who is also the Provost, College of Agriculture, Munki-Wurno, said the projects covered renovation of classrooms, hostels and other structures, as well as electrification and provision of 500 units of furniture. “We have also sponsored school Prefects to a Citizenship and Leadership Training in Kotorkoshi, Zamfara State.

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Capital projects: Mounting concerns over neglect of varsities in S’East Augustine Okezie Abuja There are growing concerns especially amongst opinion molders and stakeholders in the South Eastern region of Nigeria over increasing disparity in budgetary allocations made by the Federal Government for tertiary institutions in the 6 geopolitical zones of the country, particularly to the schools in the South East. The Daily Times investigation revealed that all the five federal universities in the South-East geopolitical zone of the country have received the total sum of N218.4 million for the execution of capital projects in the 2016 budget, while the budgetary allocations made to the same number of varsities in the North quadruples this figure.

Further findings made on the amount received by the universities, which is contained in a document on Federal Government capital releases as at October 2016, made available by the Budget Office, showed that the total receipts by universities in the South East is a far cry from the N498 million received so far by just two universities in Nigeria’s North-West zone, namely Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and Bayero University Kano (BUK). The document shows that University of Nigeria Nsukka; Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; Federal University of Technology, Owerri; Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike and Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, each received total allocation of N43.6 million. The document further revealed that Ahmadu Bello University

(ABU) Zaria and Bayero University Kano received N498 million, with each getting N273 million and N225 million respectively, while Federal University, Dustin-Ma and University of Abuja also got N128 million and N259 million respectively. The poor capital allocation to the universities in the South, especially those in South-East, is viewed by some stakeholders as unhealthy for the nation’s beleaguered education sector, with many blaming the present administration for the lopsided allocations. Spokesman of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Ben Bem Goong, who reflected government position on the matter during a media chat, stressed that most of the allocations could not have been done without reference to the modalities put in place by past administration.

Representative of Minister of Education and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Folashade Esan (right); Yabatech Rector, Dr. Margaret Kudirat Ladipo (second left) and Deputy Director in the office of the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Odejinmi Adebayo (first left) and others inspecting the Bakassi Female Hostel of Yabatech which was razed by fire…recently

UNIABUJA lecture award: Don advocates improved research culture

Augustine Okezie Abuja

A lecturer at the University of Abuja (UNIABUJA), Prof. Godwin Onyeamaechi Egwu, has called for increased attention on research related activities in the nation’s university system, so as to bring about the needed transformation of the Nigerian society. Egwu, who made this call in Abuja while delivering the maiden Academic Leadership Award Lecture of the university, with the theme, “The role of research in academic leadership in the university system,” also harped on the need for adequate publication of research results. He said: “There cannot be meaningful research without publica-

tion. This is solely to disseminate information and further progress of science. In academic setting, the outlet for this information is the Scientific Journal or in very simple terminology, a Journal”. Egwu, who is the Director of UNIABUJA’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, said many universities are finding it extremely difficult to match their mission and vision statements due to increasing multifarious challenges bedeviling the university system. While listing the noted challenges to include poor funding, proliferation of universities, infrastructural deficit, poor remuneration of lecturers, the lecture award recipient said the issues have continued to take a toll on the institutions and making some of the universities

mere glorified secondary schools. “This with all certainty has repositioned some of our second and third generation universities to glorified secondary schools. The poor state of affairs has also resulted to the very poor research turnout,” he said. Commenting on the lecture, UNIABUJA’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Michael Adikwu, eulogised the intellectual prowess of Egwu, saying his qualifications and profile stood him out from others. The Vice Chancellor, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Adegboyega Kolawole, also commended the organising committee of the Academic Leadership Award Lecture for a great work done in ensuring ‘’the successful and thoughtsprovoking lecture’’.

UNN inducts 96 medical doctors The College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) on Monday inducted and swore in 96 medical students into the medical profession. Performing the ceremony at Ituku-Ozalla, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, said the graduating students passed through a lot of training and experiences before emerging victorious in their chosen career. The vice chancellor said that more than 200 students were admitted into the college but only 96 scaled through. Ozumba said that the management was committed to restructuring the fallen standard of the college of medicine as it was made financially autonomous. He urged the doctors to always approach the institution for assistance whenever they encountered challenges in the course of their profession. Earlier in his welcome address, the Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Prof. Hygienus Ezegwui, commended the graduating students for their perseverance and hard work which saw them through. “This is not the end, you have enormous responsibilities and the remarkable experiences you had and shared have shaped your ideas and choices in life. “Your responses to the opportunities and challenges you faced have affected your sense of value, discipline, focus and passion.

“As from today, your life is embedded in certain ethical standards which you must follow and as you are celebrating with your families and friends, you have enormous responsibilities ahead of you in the coming year as a doctor,” the dean said. Ezegwui thanked the parents for the financial support and encouraged the young doctors to take the opportunity that might come their way seriously as well as be good ambassadors of the university. The guest speaker and former Governor of Anambra, Mr. Peter Obi, urged the youth to take back their country as their leaders had failed them. Obi said that corruption and wastes were the major problems facing the country, saying that they were unacceptable. He urged the students to create a future for themselves, saying that working for the government in future would not give them the desired satisfaction. “You do not need to depend on the government for jobs because the society we abuse today will take revenge on us in the near future,” he said. Some of the inducted doctors who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), including Nnenna Oji and Chimdi Nnamani, expressed joy at the event and pledged to practice the profession without fear or favour. A parent, Dr Ejike Oji, urged parents to always support their children in their academic pursuit.

Education minister commiserates with YABATECH over fire outbreak Esther Taiwo Following the last week fire outbreak that razed two floors of Bakassi female hostel of the Yaba College of Education where properties were lost and six female students hospitalised, Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has commiserated with management of the College, parents and students over the fire incident. The Minister represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education (FME), Dr. Folashade Esan, commended the solidarity among higher institutions within Lagos, which she said hastened the effort to quickly salvage the situation. “We are grateful to God that no life was lost, “the minister said, commending the foresightedness of the College Management for acquiring essential equipment that helped

in remedying the situation. Earlier, Yabatech Rector, Dr. Margaret Ladipo expressed appreciation to the Minster and all the top echelon of the FME for the visit and phone calls since the accident occurred. She explained that a committee had been set up to investigate the immediate and remote cause of the fire, and that the report of the committee would aid the College presentation to the insurance company in charge of the building. The rector expressed appreciation to parents and the entire Yabatech community for the oneness of purpose with which the fire was fought. The Minister and the College Management, including a deputy director in the FME, Mr. Odejinmi Adebayo, later inspected the affected hostel, and visited the remaining five students at the Military Hospital, Yaba, three of whom were slated for discharge last Friday.

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Meduoye calls for funding, infrastructure for varsities

ABU lecturers decry attacks on Shi’ites

Joy Anyim

Esther Taiwo

The Visitor, McPherson University and General Overseer, Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria, Rev. Felix Meduoye, has called on non-governmental organisations and well-meaning individuals in the society to participate in funding and providing infrastructural supports such that will engender a suitable learning environment and research base in Nigerian universities. Rev. Meduoye, who was speaking during the maiden convocation of McPherson University at the university’s multi-purpose hall at Seriki Sotayo in Ogun State, stated that tertiary education should not be the sole responsibility of the government, especially with the numerous challenges before the country. The clergyman disclosed that McPherson University was one of the contribution of the proprietors of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria, aimed at complementing government’s efforts in ensuring quality and affordable education. According to him, McPherson University fees have been greatly subsided to encourage everyone to benefit from the initiative. He said: “By the grace of God, in our own little way we have, since inception, been subsidising school fees by almost 100 percent. We also give additional rebates and scholarships to students.” He also congratulated the first set of graduands who he said would apply the skills they have acquired in the institution to better the society and equally challenged them to be worthy ambassadors of the university wherever they find themselves in the years ahead. He commended the overall best graduating student, 20-year-old

Some lecturers at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and Kaduna State University have decried attacks on an Islamic Movement of Nigeria, otherwise known as Shi’ites in some Northern parts of the country. According to one of them, Dr. Waziri Isa-Gwantu from the Department of Mass Communication, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, the country is gradually going into a state of anarchy as basic human rights are being violated. The don, who said this while addressing a group of journalists at the University of Lagos, Akoka, on the “State of the Nation; Threats to National Cohesion and Unity of the Nigerian Nation, NGO’s Perspectives” under a group called Centrum Initiative for Development and Fundamental Rights Advocacy (CEDRA), a non-governmental organisation based in Kaduna. Gwantu whose four children were killed during last year attack on Shi’ite members in Kaduna urged Nigerians to say no to inhumanity and bring sanity and peace to the country. “Government is fighting some people in the name of corruption because they belong to another political party. Unless there is justice, equality, fairness and respect to humanity, there will be no peace in the country”, he said. Another former lecturer at the Kaduna State University, Dr. John Danfulani, said the latest trampling on rights of Shi’ites Muslims in Nigeria started in December 2015 when the Nigerian Army massacred Shi’ites, bombed their schools and worship centres and also invaded the residences of their followers and captured their spiritual leader, Sheik Ibrahim Zakzaky. “Since the military took away Shi’ites spiritual leader ElZakzaky to God knows where and later handed him over to the Department of State Security (DSS), he has neither been charged to court nor allowed to enjoy his freedom as a Nigerian bestowed with array of rights in the 1999 constitution. His members’ peaceful protest for his release has not attracted a comment or action by his abductors”, he said. Danfulani called on the Federal Government to set their leader free to enable him seek medical treatment and enjoy his liberty as a human being after all he has instituted a fundamental human rights case against the Federal Government.

L-R: Commissioner of Finance, Kastina State, Mr. Mukhtar Abdulkadri; Mrs. Tokunbo Martins; author of the book, Mr. Sam Afemikhe; Former Minister of Information and Culture, Prince Tony Momoh; Dr. Zakari Lawal, representative of the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning and author’s wife, Mrs. Evelyn Afemikhe, during a book presentation titled ‘Hope Rekindled’ in Abuja... recently. Photo: Temitope Balogun

Miss Temiloluwa Sholola, who graduated with a 4.81 CGPA in Accounting for her focus and academic discipline. Similarly, Nigeria’s Former Head of State, General Dr. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) has commended the effort of the institution in building and promoting excellence amongst her students in last four years. Gowon, who was also the Chairman of the University’s maiden Convocation Lecture, expressed confidence that the products of the institution will be good ambassadors of the institution. Lending his voice on the topic, ‘Food Security & Terrorism: Way Out for Nigeria’, the former Head of State, said: “As we have come to know, rebels without any cause, as we can rightly describe insurgents

everywhere, deliberately create panic in the land so that there is no time to produce food crops”. “No nation is ever stable when there is food scarcity, which, more than power mongering, is one of the easiest ways to cause social unrest”. On his part, the university’s Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Prof. Forounsho Adu, maintained that the nation’s education sector is contributing to the societal mess through a gradual loss of academic culture, heightening politicisation even in faith-based universities and gangsterism in the name of unionism. The veteran researcher and administrator, said “the Nigerian education system is today plagued

with many problems, which have lowered values and morals, most of which are internally or selfgenerated.” Adu, who was the former ViceChancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, however commended the McPherson University Proprietor and the Management, saying: “This institution has set for itself a trajectory of rapid development, by putting in place proper academic, administrative and physical structures during what can be called the foundation years. However I must state that the daunting challenges of power supply, water, staff accommodation, transportation and most importantly fund have slowed down the growth process.”

FUNAAB rises on universities webometrics rating Esther Taiwo The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Ogun State, has recorded yet another feat in the area of webometrics. This piece of information was disclosed by Dr. Olutayo Ajayi, the Acting Head, Information and Communication Resource Centre (ICTREC) of the university. According to Dr. Ajayi, despite the small size and age, FUNAAB remained a forerunner in webometrics ranking in Nigeria, ahead of some first or second generation universities such as University of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State; University of Benin, Edo State and the Ahmadu Bello

University, Zaria, Kaduna State. He also lauded the University for setting high standards as one of the few universities in the country that cherished in-house development, by ensuring that most of its applications were developed in-house, thereby, saving the cost of outsourcing ICT projects. The criteria used to rank the universities bordered on the assessment of Composite Indicators and Web Impact Factors, with development of indicators about resources in the society and social networks visualisation on the website, with friendly, dynamic and interactive graphic interfaces, design and evaluation of documented analysis techniques of

web resources, genre studies applied to the scholar activity on website, development of applied cybermetrics techniques based on the positioning on search engines of web domains; and the analysis of the information usage through Website and data mining of log files, among others. Webometrics Ranking is essential to knowing how visible a tertiary institution is in the world by ranking all universities and knowing the position of any institution. It also enables a university to know how well it is doing in the areas of research and the application of learning tools. It allows for assessment of how FUNAAB ranks with other universities. It leads to the improvement of the

University’s website. Ajayi revealed that this achievement was made possible because of the enormous skill and staff strength that cover all areas of ICT, from network design to software development, web development, information management systems and training. He further stressed the need to groom more in-house talents and products from the campus in order to add to the home-grown heritage that FUNAAB enjoys, adding that the university had produced graduates both from the Department of Computer Science and other departments that are making waves in the information Communication Technology (ICT) world, within and outside the country.


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This is to inform the general public that the Original Certificate of Occupancy (C. of. O ) in respect of plot 54 cadastral zone (A05) Maitama District with File No: EN 10202 in favour of ISSAC OBI0RA NNONAH got missing. All efforts made to trace the missing document proved abortive. If found please return to the nearest police station. Abuja Geographic information system (AGIS) and the general public should please take note.

This is to inform the general public that the above Named has applied for registration to Corporate Affairs Commission Under Part C of the Company and Allied Matters Act No.1 of 1990.



This is to inform the general public that the above Named has applied for registration to Corporate Affairs Commission Under Part C of the Company and Allied Matters Act No.1 of 1990. Trustees 1. PHILIP ANDY NESTER 2. BULUS L. YAKSAT 3. DR. HAUWA MOHAMMED 4. DAGAL ROBERT 5. JOHN JOHNSON EDACHE Aim and objective 1. To provide a healthy academic intercourse among scholar from all field of study Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, PMB 198, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. Signed MARTIN ANYANWU ESQ -Solicitor

Trustees 1. Adanoritsewo Benebo 2. Abiye Miebaka Benebo 3. Omesi Esther Benebo 4. Fubara Ala Benebo. AIM & OBJECTIVES: 1. To propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, PMB 198, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. Signed. Secretary.



ENUGO QUARTERS LANDLORDS ASSOCIATION NKPOR-UNO This is to inform the general public that the above Named has applied for registration to Corporate Affairs Commission Under Part C of the Company and Allied Matters Act No.1 of 1990. The Trustees Member: 1. Peter Nkachukwu - (Chairman) 2. Ajanma Kenneth Chinedu 3. Chukwudi Pius Chukwuemeka 4. Nweke Patrick Offorbuike 5. Okeke Innocent Onyemeach Aims And Objectives: 1. For the welfare of the members and community Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, PMB 198, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. Signed: Trustees.


This is to inform the general public that the above Named has applied for registration to Corporate Affairs Commission Under Part C of the Company and Allied Matters Act No.1 of 1990. The Trustees Are: Rev. Judah Yinka Flourish. Pastor Motunrayo Adejoke Flourish Aims And Objectives: 1. To proclaim the message of salvation in the power of the Holy Spirit by every means possible. 2. To support local churches and missionaries. 3. To build Christian schools for the benefits of communities.




Signed: Trustees.



This is to inform the general public that the above Named has applied for registration to Corporate Affairs Commission Under Part C of the Company and Allied Matters Act No.1 of 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 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 TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Nifemi Temiloluwa EitaioAlao. 2. Fatai Olagunju Akanbi. 3. Balogun IBRAHEEM. 4. TAOFEEK obalende. 5. Yusuf Suleman Akinade. 7. Salau Rahmat Omowunmi. 9. Titilayo David Oni.

Trustess 1. Mr. Victor Chijindu Arisa - Chairman 2. Mr. Innocent Chinemenma Nwogu - Trustee 3. Hon. Chinedu Ugwuezi Ugoala - Trustee 4. Rt. Rev. Dr. Innocent Okechukwu Alozie - Trustee 5. Dr. Chibuzo Anyim - Trustee 6. Mr. Oruh, William Iheanyichi - Trustee 7. Mr. Offor, Sylvester Chukwuma - Trustee/Secretaty.

Trustees 1. Rev Isaac Ahangba Koko. 2. Laura Sewuese Koko. 3. Dr Tyonzughul Joseph Orsar. 4. Solomon Aondolumun Awua. 5. Rev Terlumun Faajir. Aim and objectives 1. To improve the lives of the less privileged people through provision of free qualitative education, health care and human capacity building.

6. Afolayan O. Samuel. 8. Oluwasesan Bello. 10. Akintola Sameey Olalekan.

Aim And Objective: 1. To provide platform to advance and protect the diverse interest of members in their various fields of endeavour. Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, PMB 198, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28TH DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PUBLICATION. Signed: Trustees.

SELLINA ADOH COMMITTEE FOR JESUS FOUNDATION 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. Trustess 1. Joseph Sunday Giwa, - chairman 2. Joshua Oluwagbemiga Abraham, 3. Mr. Alade Rotimi John, 4. Immanuel Immanuel, 5. Miss Adejumoke Adeoti, - Secretary 6. Miss Lydia Abu, 7. Dr. Faisudeen Olusegun Alade, 8. Pastor Adebare Opeyemi Abraham, 9. Stephen Jide Adeoti, 10. Pastor John Aiyemoba Abraham Aim and objectives 1. For charitable works. Any objection to the above registration should be forwarded to the RegistrarGeneral, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed: Barr. Abimbola Daini

LOSS OF DOCUMENTS This is to inform the general public of the loss of the title documents of the property known as No 2, Joseph Wayas Close, Apo Legislative Quarters, Apo formerly Block 14, Flat 4, 11th Street, Apo and registered in the name of Jimoh Tijani with File No. OY30039 with the proprietary interest of late Dr James Ezuma. Particularly, AGIS, the Department of Land of the FCT and the general public are by this notice alerted to prevent any unauthorised and fraudulent dealing on the property. Signed: Ego-Queen Ezuma 08033166171

Aim and objectives 1. For the welfare of the members and community Any objection to the above registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed Barr Nkechi F Chukwuemeka


Any objection to the above registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed. Barr Obihan Amaka Udoka-Ezenwa.



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 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.



Aim and objective 1. To promote home - grown enablers of cyber- defense capabilities. 2. To influence value realization for african countries in the new economy Any objection to the above registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed. Secretary EBONYI INDIGENES ELECTRICAL DEALERS ASSOCIATION OJO ALABA CHAPTER.

The general public is hereby informed that the above named association has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. Trustees 1. ELDER NWANKWO AUGUSTINE ALOKE. - CHAIRMAN 2. NWEVOH OKORIE CYRIL. - SECRETARY. 3. NWOGBALA INNOCENT. - MEMBER 4. NWAGU BAJIS ROLAND. - “ 5. EDEH NDUBUISI CHRISTIAN 6. NKPUMA SUNDAY STEPHEN Aim and objectives 1. To cater for welfare and progress of members 2. To be their brothers keepers Any objection to the above registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed: Barr AGUGOESI VICTOR IKEM - 08035757908

Aim and objectives 1. To cater and helping the indigent citizens 2. To providing hope and encouraging the less privileged citizens to be self dependent. Any objection to the above registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed: Barr AGUGOESI VICTOR -- 08035757908


The general public is hereby informed that the above has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Removal Appointment and the Retained of Trustees under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. RETAINED TRUSTEES 1. SIS RUTH ELTON. - CHAIRMAN 2. PASTOR. JOHN LADEGA. - SECRETARY NEWLY APPOINTED TRUSTEES 1. FUNSO LADEGA. REMOVED. TRUSTEES 1. DR. ADEWALE OSHUNAIKE Any objection to the change of the composition of board of trustees as stated herein should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. SIGNED: PASTOR. JOHN LADEGA SECRETARY


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The general public is hereby informed that the above named body has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ALH. JIBRIL BUKAR AMINU 2. OLADAPO MUSA 3. ALFA MUSBAUDEEN BELLO 4. IBRAHIM SHARAFADEEN 5. HAJIA NAFISAT AHMED LAWAL 6. HAJIA NUSIRAT ALIYU 7. HAJIA SADIYAT BUKAR THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. To propagate Islamic Religion in accordance with the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him) 2. To promote the teachings of Islamic culture and values. 3. To enlighten Nigerian Muslims on the need for education.

ADVOCATES FOR BETTER LEADERSHIP AND SUSTAINABLE RURAL DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE The General Public is hereby notified that the above named organisation has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Act No. 1 of 1990.

Trustees 1.Eduwem Dianabasi Udoete- Chairman 2.Udosen Sylvanus Monday-Secretary 3.Effanga Lydia Edem 4.Essien Emlia David 5.Ogbeche Mark Ogar 6.Ekpunwa Okpan Cleopas 7.Ekpenyong Ubong Duff

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. HON. MADU DESTINY UCHE 2. HON. ABUBAKAR MAIKUDI 3. MR. IHEME FRANCIS ONYEKACHI 4. ALHAJI JAMILU Y. ALIYU 5. PRINCE DEJI ASHAOLU PRINCIPAL AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. To promote advocacy and work for better leadership at all levels. 2. To work for peace and sustainable development of rural communities. Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja, within twenty-eight (28) days of this publication. SIGNED: SWIM PARTNERS 08068875363

Aim and objective 1. Assist the less privilege. Any objection to the above registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed: Secretary




The general public is hereby informed that the above named initiative has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990.


Any objection to the Registration should be forwarded to the Registrar general, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off AguyiIronsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication.





OFON NUSE AFAHAENE FOUNDATION 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.

Trustees 1. MOHAMMED BABANGIDA GARBA 2. ZAINAB BELLO 3. MR. CHRIS FWA 4. MALLAM AHMED IYA 5. AISHA MOHAMMED GARBA. Aim and objective 1. To empower women and youth to become self reliant have access to basic amenities and promote entrepreneurship. Any objection to the Registration should be forwarded to the Registrar general, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off AguyiIronsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. SIGNED: BARR. PATRICK ABANG.


The general public is hereby informed that the above 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 has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES. 1. Don metche Nnadiekwe. -Chairman 2.Chief Sunday Akibor 3. Lion Iyiola Rasheed Adesina -(secretary). 4.Bar Maduabu chukwu Akudu. 5.Taiye Adebisi. 6. Babalola Palmer 7. Prince Augustine Onokwai 8. Badmus Idowu Kazeem.

NAME OF TRUSTEES : 1. Olaleye Olanrewaju Nojeem 2. Adigun Alani Michael 3. Folorunsho Olusesi John 4. Folorunsho Dorcas Oluwatobi_ Secretary. 5. Folorunsho Olusegun FAVOUR._ G. O.

THE FOUNTAIN OF LIVING SPRING APOSTOLIC MINISTRY The General Public is hereby notified that the above named has applied for registration with the corporate Affairs Commission Abuja under part C of the companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. TRUSTEES: 1. APOSTLE (DR). OLORUNFUNMI PETER SUNDAY. FOUNDER/GENERAL OVERSEER 2. REV (MRS). OLORUNFUNMI SARAH MOBOLAJI 3. ELDER DISU ADEDEJI ABIODUN 4. PASTOR ADEKUNLE EZEKIEL OLUMIDE

Any objection to the above registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

Any objection to the above registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

AIMS OBJECTIVES 1. TO PREACH AND TEACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IN ALL NATIONS 2. TO EQUIP THE SAINTS FOR THE WORK OF MINISTRY AND PREPARED THEM FOR HEAVEN 3. TO RUN CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 4. TO RUN BIBLE SCHOOL 5. TO CONDUCT OPEN AIR AND INDOOR REVIVAL FOR THE TOTAL LIBERATION OF THE TOTAL MAN Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, plot 420 Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication.


Signed : Bar Olaleye Olanrewaju.

Signed: J. A OLADAPO & CO 08030696558.

AIM AND OBJECTIVE: To promote unity and peace among members.

MORIAH HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT TRUST The General Public is hereby notified that the above named has applied for registration with the corporate Affairs Commission Abuja under part C of the companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. Trustees : 1. Dr. Bridget Okoeguale - Chairman 2. David Moses Etche Nwedu 3. Barr. Hadassah Faith Godwin - Secretary 4. Gloria David Nwedu (Mrs) 5. Dr. Jerome Mafeni. 6. Chuks Chilaka Israel 7. Victor Abel 8. Adaeze Odogwu 9. Dr. Ogu Omede 10. Grace Nkiru Nweze ( Mrs). Aims: To provide sustainable public health intervention in community and local settings focussing on communicable and non communicable diseases Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the RegistrarGeneral, Corporate Affairs Commission, plot 420 Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

AIM AND OBJECTIVE: To promote the gospel of God.





Signed : secretary


THE HAIR ATTACHMENT AND WEAVON ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA ( HAWAN ) The General Public is hereby notified that the above named Association has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Removal and appointed Trustees under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 2004.

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



NEW TRUSTEES TO APPOINTED : I. MARTIN OBIAKOR 2. CHINEDU ABODIKE 3. NDUBUISI EJIOFOR 4. RISIKAT AGBAMU. THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES REMAIN THE SAME. 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.

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE: 1. To assist the less privileged in the society; such as orphans, widows and physically challenged. 2. To mobilize resource for the promotion of love, unity and peaceful coexistence among our Society. 3. To improve the living standard of helpless youths/widows and children through awareness and creative empowerment. 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.

Aims and Objectives To improve Education and Literacy To promote Good Leadership and Governance To facilitate the achievement of interfaith harmony and the development of Christian faith. To empower youths in the acquisition of soft skills. To organize seminars, workshops and talk shops. To empower youths on career and entrepreneur development. To promote good moral development in the society .



Signed by Chairman



JOSEPH FELICIA ADEYOKUNNU FOUNDATION This is to inform the general public that the above named Foundation has applied for Registration to the Corporate Affairs Commission under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990 BOARD OF TRUSTEES Pastor J. A. Adeyokunnu Pastor (Mrs.) Felicia Adeyokunnu Adeniyi Tayo Tajudeen Ibrahim Ayoola Jolayemi Adewale Olusegun Adeyokunnu

Chairman V. Chairman Secreatry Legal Adviser Member Member

Any objective to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar general Corporate Affairs commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication.

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KINGDOM OF BELIEVERS MINISTRY This is to inform the general public that the above named Mnistry has applied for Registration to the Corporate Affairs Commission under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990 BOARD T OF TRUSTEES Pastor Olusanya Gbenga - Chairman Olusanya Oluyemisi - Member Mr. Olayiwola Aina - Secretary Pastor Emmanuel Ojo - Member Doctor Funso Adesanya – Member Aims and objectives To preach the gospel of Jesus Christ To teach the word of God to lost soul in all Nations. To carry out soul winning evangelism throughout the world To teach men how to live victoriously through the practice of God’s word. To establish branches throughout the word. To establish a Bible College, training, license and ordain ministers with the collaboration of International Bible Schools. To print, publish and distribute freely or commercially religious or educational literatures including tracts, magazines, periodicals, circular, books, articles or make such other publication and expression of opinions as may be consistent with its aims and objectives. Any objective to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar general Corporate Affairs commission, Plot 420, Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed by Chairman


This is to inform the general public that the above named Initiative has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Registration under part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Acts 1990. Trustees are: 1. MOST REV. MICHAEL KEHINDE STEPHEN – Chairman 2. RT. REV. MATHEW ADEWOLE OSUNADE 3. RT. REV. ABRAHAM OLUYEMI AWOSAN 4. DR. MICHAELINE ASUQUO ISAWUMI 5. DR. FASESAN OLUWATOYIN ADETUTU 6. VEN. DR. OJELABI ISAAC KEHINDE 7. PASTOR AYODEJI IBUKUNOLUWA ADETOLA 8. MS. BOLADE ANIKE AWOSAN - Secretary. AIMS: 1. Sensitisation and capacity building for marginalized and traumatized women and the girl child, for a better society. 2. Advocacy on family values and socio-economic empowerment of vulnerable and/or traumatised women and youths. 3. To intercede as change agents, focusing on women and the girl child, for upholding, modernising and maintaining family Ethics. 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 from the date of this publication. Signed: Trustees




This is to inform the general public that the above named has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Registration under part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Acts 1990.

This is to inform the general public thst the above named Ministry has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Registration under part C of the Companies and Allied Matters Acts 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Pastor (Mrs) Funmi Harrison 2. Dr Yemisi Harrison 3. Mr. Adebayo Okwuobi 4. Mrs. Bunmi Olowude.


Aim & Objective: To propagate the teachings of Christ 2 To win souls 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 from the date of this publication.

Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate.Affairs Commission, plot 420, Tigris Crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi street, Maitama P.M.B. 198, Garki, Abuja within 28 days from the date of this publication.

Signed: Lanre Adeoye.


OGANIHU MBAISE ASSOCIATION, PORT HARCOURT. This is to inform the general public that the above named ASSOCIATION has applied to Corporate Affairs Commission for registration under Part ‘C’ of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Patrick O. Ekeanyanwu, Esq. 2. Dr. Peter Chikere. 3. Prof. Celestine C. Nwachukwu. 4. Dr. Clement C. Iro. 5. Dr. Charles U. Amanze. 6. Chief A ugustine Nwamkpa. AIMS/OBJECTIVE: 1. To promote the welfare of Mbaise in its entirety. 2. To be involved in socio-cultural and developmental activities aimed at projecting the image, welfare and interest of Mbaise people. 3 To promote and embark on viable economic ventures for the sustenance of the Association and interest of its members. 4. To promote understanding and co-operation among members and their welfare. 5. To pursue resolutely the Oganihu Mbaise agenda. Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420 Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, P.M.B. , 198 Maitama, Abuja within 28 days from the date of this Publication.

ENUGU SUPER STARS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA The general public is hereby notified that the above named ASSOCIATION has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission Abuja for Registration Under Part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Acts, 1990. THE 1. 2. 3. 4.


THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE: 1. To Create social and business cooperation among the members of association. 2. To protect the interest Enugu super star residing in Awka. 3. To protect the spirit of Brother hood among members Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420 Tigris Crescent, Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed: MADUABUCHI ASADU

SIGNED ; Patrick O. Ekeanyanwu, Esq President.





This is to inform the general public that the above named has applied for Registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matter Act 1990.

This is to inform the general public that the above named organization has applied to the corporate affairs commission for registration under part “C” of the companies and Allied Matters Act,1990.

AIMS/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, Abuja within 28 days from the date of this publication.

Board of Trustees (1). Festus Oloyede Ogunbayo - chairman (2). Matthew Ola Popoola -Secretary (3). Joseph Adamolekun - Member (4). Elijah Abiodun Familusi - Member (5). Margaret Aduke Adebamigbe - Treasurer . AIM/OBJECTIVES (1). To promote the interest of members. Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General Corporate Affairs Commission, Plot 420 Tigris Crescent off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days from the date of this publication.

Aims and Objectives 1. To feed and empower less privileged 2. To take care of widows and elderly


Signed: Trustees

This is to inform the general public that the above named has applied for Registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matter Act 1990. Board of Trustees (1). OJO PERFECT (2). SONIA BABS.

AHEB REVEALATION MINISTRY The general public is hereby notified 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. Agari Onome Eleazer 2. Agari Ogagaoghene 3. Agari Alvin Ajirioghene Atari 4. Agari Allene Arosouoghene 5. Agari Alina Akpezioghene


The general public is hereby notified that the above named Initiative has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Registration under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Okunlola-Agbe Adenike Adeola - President/Chairman 2. Agbe Jubril Mohammed - Vice Chairman 3. Agbe Jubril Mobolaji 4. Agbe Mariam Abiola 5. Olanrewaju Raimot Abimbola - Secretary 6. Olanrewaju Noah 7. Mustapha Monsurat Bolaji - Treasurer.

Aims and objectives: 1. To preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ 2. To help the less privileged in the society Any objection to this registration should be forwarded to the Registrar-General of Corporate Affairs Commission Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication

Aims and objectives: 1. To Provide Free Qualitative Education For Indigent Students And Award Of Scholarship 2. To Help The Widows And Orphans 3. To Provide Free Basic Health Care to Combat Common Ailments 4. To Assist In The Provision Of Basic Amenities In Communities 5. To Establish A Resources Centre For Learning and Research 6. To Foster Unity Amongst 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.

Signed: Lucy E. Nwanise

Signed: Secretary


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Any objection to the regisration should be forwarded to the registrarGeneral corporate affairs commission ,Plot420,Tigris crescent, off Aguiyi Ironsi Street ,Maitama, Abuja within twenty -eight (28) days of the publication Signed :The Chairperson EZENWANNE AMAKA ANASTECIA

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Gbaramatu community under military siege -monarch

Isaac Olamikan, Warri

ÎÎÎThe Ibe-Benemowei of Gbara-

matu kingdom, Chief Godspower Gbenekama, and acting Secretary Gbaramatu traditional council in Delta state, have raised the alarm that the community is under the invasion of military personnel. They alleged that many lives of innocent souls were lost to the raid. According to the monarch, “the Gbaramatu people are now being treated like slaves in a nation we call our own. “What is more worrisome is the seeming silence of the political elites of the Niger Delta who are holding one position or the other in this present government both in the state and federal level. If the reason for being in governance is just to accumulate wealth for themselves and their immediate family not

minding anything that happens to the people on whose back they rode to office is very unfortunate. “The governor and his deputy, who is even a son of the soil, paint a very hopeless picture of helplessness. “This I find very difficult to understand. These are the chief security officers of the state and I expect them to have a say on what happens to its citizens but the opposite seems to be the case.” However, reacting to the outcry in a chat with Daily Times, Prince Collins Eselemo, a respected Ijaw born activist said the complains of the monarch is needless. “For him (Chief Gbenekama) to say that his people will not vote for the state governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, in 2019 because of the presence of military men in his community, is taking it too far. “His community’s votes are not

the only ones that brought the governor to power. The presence of the military men is for the safety of all those using the waterways. “Properties of the elites like Chief E. K. Clark and even prominent people from Gbaramatu kingdom are been guarded by armed military personnel’s. To forestall attack by miscreants. “There is no way the Federal Government will not secure its sensitive facilities from destructive elements hence the presence of the military men. I think someone is missing the point here. “It will be reasonable for Tompolo (Government Ekpemupolo) to come out of hiding and face whatever is the case against him. He should come out of hiding. He should submit himself for prosecution. “He is self centred and is compounding the security situation of the entire Niger Delta region.

“The case against him is a civil case which is bail able. He is not the only Nigerian or Ijaw man facing the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecution. The majority of those having similar cases have since appeared in court and have been granted bail to walk the streets free. “So, who is Tompolo? Nobody will kill him. He is only complicating issues by going into hiding. If the people of his community want to be honest with him they should tell him to come out of hiding and face the charges against him by the EFCC just like other people (Nigerians and foreigners) who have issues with the anticorruption agency have been doing. “Isaac Adaka Boro did more than what Tompolo has done but he came out boldly to defend his actions. Today he is a hero of the Ijaw nation.”

Sokoto establishes agency for girlchild education ÎÎÎ

As part of renewed efforts to enhance access to education among females in Sokoto, the state government has announced the establishment of an agency girlchild education. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal made this known during a meeting with officials from the Nigeria Office of UNICEF and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). The new agency will coordinate all issues related to female education from basic level to tertiary level. Officials of the agency will also interface with local and international stakeholders to properly monitor progress of our girls in schools and what needs to be done to boost enrolment, retention and completion of all girls in schools in Sokoto state. “Most importantly, the agency, in close collaboration with other agencies and government departments, will supervise and implementation targeted policies aimed at assisting our female students to achieve their potentials,” the Governor quoted via a statement issued Wednesday by his spokesman, Malam Imam in Sokoto. According to him, huge investment has been made to ensure turn around in the fortunes of education in Sokoto, and appealed to development partners, especially the DFID, to expand their areas of intervention in the state.

L-R: Desk officer, Youth office, Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Mrs. Lola Olaopa; Secretary of Programs, Waziri Laminu; General Manager, British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation, Abimbola Okoya; British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN), Head, Government Affairs, Lawan Aliyu; SSA to the President on SDGs, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire; Executive Director, BATN Foundation, Oluwaseyi Ashade; during a courtesy visit on SSA office in Abuja… on Monday.

Ambode, wife, others seek end to female genital mutilation ÎÎÎGovernor Akinwumi Ambode

of Lagos State has called for zero tolerance for female genital mutilation. His wife and founder of Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, also called for a multi-disciplinary approach to ending the practice, stressing that the effort would involve legislations, professional health organizations, women empowerment and public sensitization. They both made the call in Alausa, Ikeja, at a high-level meeting, organized by HOFOWEM in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and Action Health Incorporated

(AHI), to discuss the worrisome practice. The governor was represented by his Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris. He said: “t is surprising that 45 out of every 100 adult women living in Lagos State have undergone FGM at one time or another as reported in the National Demographic Health Survey 2013.This is largely due to migration from those states where the prevalence is much higher.” Founder of HOFOWEM, Bolanle Ambode, noted that female genital mutilation was a brutal and gruesome procedure that had no medical or emotional benefit for the girl or woman. According to her, the practice had

been perpetuated through time by tradition, which erroneously tied the practice to family honour, hygiene, fertility, protection of virginity and prevention of promiscuity. She said: “Female Genital Mutilation is recognized worldwide as a fundamental violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women.” “It is also a violation of a person’s right to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death,” she stressed.

PFN launches a trust fund to assist widows, IDPs Mathew Dadiya, Abuja


Worried by the debilitating conditions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), widows and orphans in the country, the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Gwarimpa region, has launched a trust fund christened ‘Barnabas Trust Fund’ to provide relieve to vulnerable groups in the country. Speaking to our correspondent after the launch of the programme, the initiator of the project, Rev. Nzete Favour, explained that he was inspired to initiate the project following the difficulties they encountered in the process of burying two pastors in their zone. According to him, the name Barnabas in the scripture means son of encouragement, therefore, the idea of the trust fund was borne out of the need to have respite for the ministers of the gospel, especially when they are in need. He said, “in the recent time, we lost two pastors and ran into challenges in the process of planning their burial and we decided that to continue in that light would not be a legacy any leader would want to bequeath his successor. “So, we decided to have a structure on ground that would address the aforesaid challenge. The core idea behind the project is to pull resources together and see how we can harness it together to deal with certain challenges such as the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), scattered in different camps across the country, prisoners, orphanages, bereave families of pastors among others. “We are doing that so as to mitigate any seen and unforeseen challenges, this is in line with the fact that it was not raining when Noah built the Ark. Therefore, we wish to put structures in place to be able to confront some of these challenges when they occur.” On how they intend to provide helping hands to IDPs, he explained that “as soon as we attract funds, we would look out to see the possible ways in which we can help, especially during this Christmas period. If we are able to attract the anticipated funds, we plan to reach out to them in the area of food items, clothing and other basic necessities, which is the basic reason why we are here.” But when asked if the fund intend to provide scholarship to children in IDPs he responded thus; “At the moment we have a lot of children in our church that we are catering for their education, especially children of late pastors. Nonetheless, we are working hard to involve other churches to buy into our vision so that this act of charity will be extended to other vulnerable school age children that are out of school due to economic hardship”, he concluded.


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Meeting Nigeria’s fertilizer needs:

The Indorama option Amaka Agbu Port Harcourt

In the 90s, the National Fertilizer Company of Nigeria (NAFCON) was a Mecca of sorts for many farmers, who trouped to Onne in Rivers State for fertilizer, the synthetic plant nutrient. At some point in those glorious days, the NAFCON fertilizer plant was running at its maximum installed capacity. The economic pilgrimage was symbolised by a snaking line of trucks waiting to load in Onne. They converge from all parts of the country, eager to distribute essential nutrients to farms across the country. Even with the spectacular performance of NAFCON in those days, many farmers in the country were still not getting sufficient fertilizer for their crops. This persisted until Notore Chemical Industries Plc took over in January 2010, and started producing 300,000 metric tons/annum ammonia and 500,000 MT/annum urea. Those numbers are a far cry from the needs of the market for fertilizer in Nigeria and it continued growing as the market is second only to petroleum products in Nigeria. Various tiers of government give priority to its availability and distribution. It is estimated that Nigeria uses about 20kg fertilizer per hectare, on the average. And this does not match the situation in countries like South Africa and Egypt that use over 100kg/hectare. It has been established that the more fertilizer employed in growing crops, the higher the yield, other things being equal. Compared to what is obtainable in the developed countries, the average in Africa pales into insignificance. It makes sense, therefore, for efforts to be geared to increasing the usage of fertilizer to bolster food and nutrition security status of developing countries. The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) postulation and projection for Africa shows that the

A sample of the fertilizer

use of the input would rise by 2018. According to the recent report of the world agricultural body, ‘demand for nitrogen fertilizers is expected to grow fastest in Sub-Saharan Africa, at 4.6 per cent a year. However, even with the current low usage in the region, it is expected that about 340,000 additional tons of nitrogen will be used in 2018. But it noted that this accounts for less than five per cent of the projected global increase. Since farmers have increasingly come to rely on fertilizer as a core agricultural input, meeting their needs was also becoming a huge challenge for the few local suppliers. This made it imperative for other big players to cash in on the situation.

Thus, the coming of the $1.5 billion Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited in Eleme, near Port Harcourt, was a welcome development. Described as the largest single-line gas based Urea Fertilizer Company in the world, the facility hitherto owned and managed by a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Eleme Petrochemicals Company Limited (EPCL), was initially moribund and abandoned before the Indorama Group acquired, refurbished, and turned around the huge complex into a profitable public private partnership (PPP) venture. The plant is designed to produce 1.4 million metric tons of the synthetic nutrient products annually. The facility comes

with an 83-kilometer gas pipeline to supply natural gas liquid (NGL) feedstock and a port terminal at Onne port complex to complement the plant. The project components include 2,300 MTPD Ammonia plant, 4,000 MTPD Urea granulation plant with associated offsite and utilities. Indorama Group, a polypropylene company with headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, entered Nigeria in 2006 when they bought the former EPCL, which was operated by the federal government. In 2013, it expanded into building a 1.4 million metric tonnes fertilizer plant, a product Nigeria spends billions of Naira importing yearly. The Managing Director and Chief Executive

Officer of Indorama Eleme Petrochemicals Company Limited, Mr. Manish Mundra, said the company was a success story of Public Private Partnership. Over the years, the company had paid $34 million to the federal government and $23 million to the Rivers State government in taxes, he said. According to him, the presence of the company in the country has saved her $659 million that would have been used for importation. Mr. Mundra who said the company was a major foreign direct investor, added that it would boost the economy of Nigeria and Rivers State as well. He assured that it would boost the agricultural sector, provide needed

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Our priority is the domestic market —Nkwocha

MD of Indorama Eleme Fertilizer and Chemicals Limited, Manish Mundra (left), taking some visitors on a tour of the company.

Continued from page 26 fertilizer for farmers across the country, improve crop yield, and create numerous employment opportunities. “The fertilizer project is a whopping UDS1.4 billion foreign direct investment (FDI) from Indorama Corporation, funded majorly by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), an arm of the World Bank and some Nigerian banks. It is one of Nigeria’s biggest FDIs in the downstream sector of the nation’s economy,” he said. Mundra noted also that fertilizer was one of the indicators listed by the World Bank as a key element in boosting agricultural production in Nigeria just as the Federal Ministry of Agriculture underlines the fact that food security is indeed critical for national security. The Daily Times gathered that last year, African countries spent over $30 billion importing food. Seven out of 10 Africans earn their living from farming. Yet, even at this time of high unemployment, farming remains a low-input and low-output enterprise, unpopular with the young people. Agriculture contributes about 40 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with crops accounting for 80 per cent, livestock 13 per cent, forestry 3 per cent, and fishery 4 per cent. It plays significant roles in the nation’s economic development. These roles include: contribution to the country’s gross domestic product; source of income and decent living for a large proportion of the population; provision of adequate food for the people; supply of raw materials required by the industrial sector; generation of foreign exchange through export; provision of employment opportunities for the teeming population. The former Minister of Agriculture and current President of the Africa Development Bank, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, had explained that Nigeria must learn from Asian countries by tapping into all resources of its farmers across the nation and delivering a green revolution that will make Nigeria self-sufficient in food production.

“We must turn Nigeria into a bread basket, a power house for food production. To do so, we must make a fundamental paradigm shift. Agriculture is a business, not a development programme. It must be structured, developed, resourced, and financed as a business. One sure way to achieve the nation’s food self-sufficiency goal is the astronomical increase in farm output that comes with adequate use of fertiliser. “Farm output in Nigeria could easily be 20 times of what it currently is if fertiliser is accessible to farmers in Nigeria every time and anytime. But being one of the commodities around, which much corruption thrived, it had been a near impossibility for real farmers to get fertiliser without first going through politicians,” he noted. Dr. Adesina had also confirmed that the non-farming fertiliser merchants were only interested in the massive government subsidy that accompanied the commodity, which of course, never got to actual farmers in the far-flung rural communities where most of them lived and farmed. By making fertiliser more accessible to farmers through its supply chain and pricing, Indorama is helping to stimulate the local production of foods such as rice and sugar, increasing self-sufficiency and reducing the continent’s dependence on imports. Against the background of these contributions, many were taken aback recently, when the Office of the National Security Adviser declared that Notore Chemical Industries Plc. mostly owned by Nigerians and Indorama Petrochemical Limited, were threatening the nation’s economy and its security by their business activities. Some analysts said the accusations were downright absurd and preposterous. They reasoned that Urea fertilizer being a critical input for the agricultural revolution in Nigeria was crucial for the millions of farmers who relied on it to achieve food security and self-sustenance. They added that “when urea is produced for agricultural purposes, it is harmless. It is only when people that are involved in nefarious activities further process urea by mixing it with harmful

substances such as nitric acid that the combination can become dangerous. Putting the records straight, the Management of Indorama Eleme Fertilizer & Chemicals said all its domestic supplies to customers so far were in accordance with the approval of the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the Farm Input and Supply Services (FISS) department in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Refuting allegations that the company and another Notore are sabotaging the national economy and security through their export of fertilizers at the detriment of farmers in Nigeria, the company said it had ensured steady flow of fertiliser to farmers in the country. The company said in a statement signed by the head of Corporate Communications, Dr. Jossy Nkwocha, the worldclass fertilizer plant built at a cost of $1.5 billion started pre-commissioning production only recently at 75 per cent capacity, and has so far been giving priority to the domestic market.

Fertilizer is one of the indicators listed by the World Bank as a key element in boosting agricultural production in Nigeria just as the Federal Ministry of Agriculture underlines the fact that food security is indeed critical for national security.

According to him, “the plant is still awaiting official inauguration, adding that the company’s brand-new fertilizer plant has capacity for 1.5 metric tonnes of fertilizers per annum, which is designed to serve Nigeria’s entire domestic requirement and the surplus is for export markets. Nkwocha said that “the company’s primary focus was to serve the interest of our domestic market and this we have been doing with great sense of responsibility and commitment to the Nigerian economy. “It is also a matter of national pride that the surplus production would be exported to enable the generation of foreign exchange for the country at this time of huge deficit of foreign exchange as well as branding Nigeria’s global reputation as producer and exporter of petrochemicals and fertilizers, thereby, encouraging more foreign investors to come and invest in Nigeria,” he added. Nkwocha stated that IEFCL has been loading and distributing an average of between 90-100 long trailers of fertilizers, each carrying 600 bags of 50kg, totaling over 57,000 bags of Indorama Urea fertilizer daily since July for the benefit of Nigerian farmers across the country. “Currently, the company has distributed 180, 000 metric tonnes of fertilizers to farmers across the country,” he said He added that Indorama-Nigeria is 100 per cent committed to the growth and development of the Nigerian economy and has in the past 10 years demonstrated such total commitment and loyalty by providing more than 85 per cent domestic needs of polymers, which were hitherto imported into the country at huge foreign exchange cost.” The position of IEFCL was supported by the Rivers State governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, who described the fertilizer firm as a clear testimony that the state was a safe haven for multibillion dollar investments. The governor, who inspected the urea plant recently, called on investors to seize the opportunities that abound in the state to do their businesses. He said: “For the company to develop the world’s largest single urea fertiliser plant, build an 83 kilometre gas pipeline and set in place a big manufacturing concern in three years shows that this state is the business hub of the country.” According to him, the company spent about $3 billion across five local government areas in the state to develop production facilities, stressing that the success of Indorama indicated the several opportunities that abound in Rivers State for credible investors. The Daily Times gathered that Federal Government, Rivers State Government, and the Eleme community have equity stakes in the multi-billion dollar world-class petrochemicals facility, which has continued to report huge annual profits since its acquisition by Indorama Group in 2006.

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Spiritual collateral Cradle conflict of Nigar By Prophetess Ronke Akin-Ooye 08087414122 What is spiritual collateral? A collateral is something given in value for the need of exchange for money. 1. Collateral as money: job 2:4 When job had his tragedy everything went down the drain for him because god made a pose of Job’s faithfulness. Satan understood the power in ransom that whatever you place down speaks for you. Proverbs 13:8 speaks that the ransom of a man’s life is his riches. It is obvious that your riches, wealth or value of life can deliver from death as a ransom. 2. Collateral for deliverance Esther was actually a collateral for the deliverance of Israel Esther 2:7 – she was an orphan, young beautiful and extremely looking good. Esther was a humble girl, she was serviceable and she was a focus person. She was listed to the enriched and to the king’s beauty treatments and special diet. 3. Collateral of your will/flesh: Philippians 3:4 Are you ready to trade your will to be dead to flesh which is our enemy. The flesh is our enemy until there is sacrificial of your Isaac- what do you love most? 4. Collateral of your seed: Genesis 22:1 Abraham had instruction and on the following day, he responded quickly by not waiting, nor telling his wife Sarah.

He took his son Isaac and the servant and went on a three days journey to mount Horia, where he had an encounter with God. And the lord brought them back. 5. Collateral of body: Genesis 38:16 Judah’s daughter in law took his cord and staff. Desperation of Judah’s in-laws to still have a hold in the lineage and the self-centeredness’ of Judah to put her in bondage. – Signet ring, cord, and staff, Judah was not righteous. Conclusion The blood of Jesus is our internal collateral for remission of sins redemption and internal life. You cannot have all this without believing and accepting Jesus as your lord and personal saviour. Prayers: 1. Lord Jesus, every spiritual, physical, financial collateral against my destiny, deliver me by fire in the name of Jesus 2. Blood of Jesus redeem me from the power of evil collateral against my destiny Prophecy of the Week This week; the lord will grant you divine submission of all your entitlement in arrears in Jesus name. For counselling and prayer request Prophetess Ronke Akin-ooye 08087414122

By Henry Akinbolade-Roberts Oracles from Genesis 10:6-14 The ‘Nigar’ knowledge of the kingdom life, culture, custom and value but without the mindset of God or it purpose of God’s kingdom lifestyle on the earth grew up to become his conflict cradle Nigar has the knowledge of the kingdom purpose on the earth but because of his greed it turns God’s kingdom pattern to empire and resulted to the ruling of unbenevolent king or dictators.

The Oracle

Greatness flows in the loins of the founding fathers, but glory is form in the wombs of the virtuous women. This tells us that it is not enough to be great or dream greatness, what is the essence of being great, without manifestation of glory that comes from God. The glory that the devil gives is of this world and this has no record with God. Whatever greatness a man has and is not fulfilling God’s purpose, then on what basis is God going to take such glory? Thank God for great mothers as their wombs infuse God’s fear into young lives about to manifest God’s glory. To manifest greatness before the Lord does not mean you are fulfilling divine purpose but when you align with God’s divine purpose, which is fulfillment. Many deeds are great but before God, it holds not good record or notice. The exploits that many so most times are not for divine purpose, God has no option, He will watch until the labour is ended in vanity, but for you beloved, great deeds that is aligned with God divine purpose, brings kingdom result. Empire is not the same thing with the kingdom of God. Nigar has eternal secret and the form of God’s kind of kingdom but greed in the mind of the

Nigar stole away the hidden secret. The kind of the kingdom lifestyle the Nigar produced is the Empire, the kingdom with unbenevolent king. This is the NIGER CRADLE CONFLICT. Any beginning that does not have God in its foundation is built on confusion and it is destined to scatter and no one stay in Shinar. There is different between laying a foundation of a thing, e.g. house, town, city, project etc. and call gods to it and the other is to call the God of heaven. Nigar’s fundamental problem is the absence of God in whatever he founded. Let the Nigar bring the God of heaven to what he is doing not the gods of his father’s land, his mindset will see what God see and most especially divine purpose. An imported spirit proceeds to produce the counterfeit of the original mind and this is the cradle conflict of the Nigar. The act of repenting genuinely remove reprobate mind, it opens the eyes of the spirit to see what God has and help to act in the right direction. When genuine repentance take place it has productivity effect. It brings ideas from the chamber of Yahweh for constructive mind. The opposite is nonrepented mind which produce deception that gave birth to witchcraft, this is the mindset and the foundation of the Nigar. Nigar would have or supposed to be the custodian of the secret God’s kingdom lifestyle on the earth which made him the best evangelist on the earth.

Prophetic prayer:

Lord, as a Niger, I receive the mindset of God as concerning His kingdom life culture, value, custom and command to break and destroy the greed that caused Nigar’s cradle conflict.

Red-hot N Ajayi repays Al Ahly with goals

igeria striker Junior Ajayi has said he hopes to justify the $2 million Egyptian giants Al Ahly paid for him. On Sunday, Junior Ajayi netted his fourth goal for Ahly in the league. “I need to justify the huge amount of money spent on me by the Egyptian club,” he said “So, I thank God I am doing

well by scoring goals, that is the main reason why I was bought. “I can still do more by scoring many goals for my club, what I need is just to remain focussed.” He added: “I am really enjoying my time in the Egyptian league, which is a good league with very good structure and organisation and above all the

fans who troop to the stadium to watch the matches are incredible. “The support and love for the game is something else. “I have played in the Nigerian league, the league in Tunisia and now I am featuring in the Egyptian league. The leagues across Africa have really grown.”

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resident of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick has confirmed a proposed friendly against AFCON-bound Egypt will no longer be played in January. He said the friendly was off because there were some conditions Nigeria could not meet like parading the country’s top Europe-based professionals as it will not be a FIFA-friendly window. Pinnick said they are now shopping for other friendlies for the Super Eagles as a result of this cancellation. Egypt were earlier due to take on Nigeria in a friendly on January 9 in Dubai as part of their build-up to the 2017 AFCON in Gabon. We had earlier reported that the game was likely to be

called off because cash-strapped NFF demanded Egypt bear the entire costs for the game. Meanwhile, Nigeria are shopping to play a friendly against Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire next year because their playing style is similar to the Super Eagles rivals Cameroun. In August 2017, Nigeria will first welcome Cameroun before playing a reverse fixture against the Indomitable Lions a few days later in continuation of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. It is understood that the matches against West African foes Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire could be played in the FIFA-friendly window in March in London. The other FIFA-friendly window will be in June, officials said.


Reps dismiss

Osimhen injury rumours

Four NPFL clubs for R Dikko tourney


PFL runners-up Rivers United, Federation Cup winners FC IfeanyiUbah as well as premier league clubs Wikki Tourists, Niger Tornadoes and Katsina United will feature in this year’s Shehu Dikko Annual Football Tournament in Kaduna. The pre-season competition is named after Nigeria league boss Shehu Dikko.

The tournament runs from November 30 to December 5 with matches slated to be played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna. Rivers United coach Stanley Eguma said the tournament in Kaduna will help him ascertain the level his charges have reached after a month a pre-season as well as sharpen their competitive edge ahead of the start of the new season. “We have not really gotten

there (to our desired level) but I am very impressed with the way the boys have responded to our methods,” he said. “I hope they continue on this path but I must state here that we cannot draw any conclusions on anything at this stage of the season. “I however know that we have very good crop of players and I hope we can create a good team out of what we have.”


epresentatives of Nigeria’s most exciting young striker Victor Osimhen have dismissed rumours that the player has suffered a major injury while with German Bundesliga Wolfsburg. Osimhen’s representative Ariyo Igbayilola said the striker is not injured and rather he is being rested after playing a series of friendlies for Wolfsburg who will sign a professional contract with in January 2017. “No, there is nothing wrong with Victor whatsoever. He is fine and ready to go,” Ariyo said. “He has played as many as four friendly matches for Wolfsburg and they in their wisdom have thought it wise to rest the boy. “He will soon be back in Nigeria to work on his papers.” Record top scorer at the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile, Osimhen will clock 18 next month and he is expected to sign a professional contract with Wolfsburg in January 2017. He was courted by several top European clubs including Arsenal and Anderlecht before he chose Wolfsburg.


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Neymar mourns Chapecoense victims



razil and Barcelona star Neymar has led tributes to the victims and survivors of the plane crash involving Chapecoense. Authorities have confirmed 76 people died when the flight crashed en route from Bolivia to Colombia on Monday. Five others are believed to have survived.

A delegation of players and staff from Chapecoense, as well as journalists reporting on the team, were on board. The Brazilian Serie A side had been scheduled to play the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional at Medellin’s Estadio Atanasio Girardot today.

Neymar, Brazil’s biggest star, was among a host of football players and teams to express their sadness as news of the incident emerged. “Impossible to believe in this tragedy, impossible to believe in the event, impossible to believe that the plane crashed, impossible to believe that athletes, humans

were on this plane, impossible to believe that these people left their families…,” he wrote in a post on his Instagram account. “Today the world cries, but heaven rejoices in receiving champions. My feelings go out to all the victims’ family and friends,” he wrote in a post on his Instagram account.”

Del Bosque backs Simeone as best coach


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icente del Bosque believes Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone deserves to be named the Best FIFA Men’s Coach. Del Bosque, who retired from coaching in June, won the prize in 2012, while he was runner-up two years earlier. Simeone led Atletico to third in La Liga and a runnerup finish in the Champions League last season and Del Bosque backed the Argentinian for the award. Also shortlisted for the prize are the likes of Pep Guardiola, Luis Enrique, Zinedine Zidane, Claudio Ranieri and Fernando Santos. “I’d love for one of the Spanish nominees to win it, truly, but I’d lean towards Simeone,” Del Bosque told

“I think that, beyond just this year, his track record over the last few years has been really impressive. “He’s given the team an identity, making it his team, and they’ve competed really well. “I don’t think I’d look further than him, though that’s no slight on the rest of the nominees – I’d like to place on record that I hold them all in high regard.” As for the Best FIFA Men’s Player, Del Bosque believes Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are hard to split. The former Real Madrid and Spain coach, winner of numerous La Liga titles, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, said it would come down to which team people supported.

Pioli excited by Inter potential I

nter coach Stefano Pioli was excited by what he saw from his team in their win over Fiorentina, but he expects further improvement. A fast start set up Inter’s 4-2 victory at San Siro on Monday before Mauro Icardi completed his brace to seal the win late on. Pioli, who enjoyed his first win at the helm, saw the potential of his team, particularly early on. “We did lots of good things, especially at the start of the game,” he told

a news conference. “We got our approach right and if we play as a team and stick together we have the potential to be very successful. It’s when we stop playing as a team that we start running into trouble.” Inter struck three times in the opening 20 minutes through Marcelo Brozovic, Antonio Candreva and Icardi. Despite a Nikola Kalinic goal, Inter appeared set to cruise to victory when Gonzalo Rodriguez saw red in the first half.

But a Josip Ilicic effort made for a nervy finish before Icardi sealed the three points for Inter. Pioli added: “First and foremost we need to work on our mentality. We have to learn to dig deep and know when to hold on because there are always two teams out there. “The lads are working really hard, but we need to think a bit more clearly at times and understand that we can’t play at the same tempo for the whole 95 minutes. We’ll get better at that with time.”

Sagna in dark over Man City Bacary Sagna admits he does not know whether he will still be at Manchester City next season. The right-back joined City from Arsenal in June 2014 and has since made 69 appearances in all competitions for the club. But Sagna’s contract at the Etihad Stadium is due to expire in June 2017 and no talks over a renewal have taken place. Sagna has been linked with a move to Marseille in recent months, but the defender is not convinced a transfer to OM would be the right choice.

No regrets over Bayern exit — Can

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can does not regret his decision to leave Bayern Munich for Bayer Leverkusen in 2013. The Germany international played in the Bayern youth system and was regarded as one of the club’s hottest prospects. However, he left Bayern for Leverkusen after just seven appearances in all competitions, before eventually joining Liverpool in 2014.


wanted Suarez, Hazard at Spurs

Harry Redknapp was considering a move for Luis Suarez and said Eden Hazard was “dead keen” on a switch to Tottenham when he was manager of the club. Redknapp’s men eventually finished the 2011-12 season in fourth in the Premier League, while they reached the FA Cup semi-finals. Then linked with the England job, the 69-year-old said Spurs were close to signing Suarez and Hazard. Suarez joined Liverpool in January 2011, scoring 69 league goals in just 110 appearances for the club.

Klopp: We can

cope without Coutinho!


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his team can deal with the absence of injured star attacker Philippe Coutinho. The Brazil international is facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury during Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday. Coutinho has made a brilliant start to the season, scoring five goals and assisting just as many in 13 league games.


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have never celebrated any footballer’s birthday on this page. This would be a first and for a very special reason. It is a useful reminder of our mortality and how time flies! Time has crept in like a thief in the dark of night. How can the CJ be 60? That’s the age people start to be referred to as ‘old’. And CJ can never be ‘old’ in my eyes. By CJ I am referring to one of Nigeria’s most celebrated and most cerebral footballers in the country’s history. ‘CJ’ is the acronym for ‘Chief Justice’ the nickname given to Adokie Amiesimaka by Ernest Okonkwo, the late Nigerian radio commentator whose commentaries in the 1970s and 1980s gave life to many a game and nicknames to the more celebrated among the players that became their eternal identities - Chairman, Mathematical, Blockbuster, Tallest, Chief Justice and so on. Every time I see Adokie he looks exactly the way I first saw him, almost strolling into the camp of the national team to step into the shoes left behind by Africa’s best winger at the time, Kunle Awesu, who had just emigrated to the United States after being a part of establishing Nigeria as an emerging African football power at the African Cup of Nations in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. Anyone that would step into Awesu’s shoes would have to have been ‘huge’, not this fine looking ‘small’ boy, an undergraduate student in the University of Lagos, who came into the national team without even the slightest fear of being in the company of famous legendary footballers, nor any fanfare to herald a new genius into the fold. To everyone’s amazement this fledgling started to rattle, dazzle and mesmerize from day one. Here was a player way ahead of the rest of his generation and even the global game at that time - playing in the mid-1970s what the world has now adopted as one of the great revolutions of modern day football – a left-footed player playing on the right side of attack, and a right-footed player doing the same on the left. That’s what the world’s current best players have been doing lately and succeeding – Messi on the right, and Ronaldo and Neymar on the left. So, let it be recorded that it started with Adokie Amiesimaka in Nigeria’s national team in 1977/78. Adokie was right footed, but only very few people realised that because he played as a winger on Nigeria ‘s left flank. He was an absolute beauty to watch when in full flight. He was sleek, fleet footed, elegant and a master dribbler. He would cut through defences like knife through butter, and in the process making the art of the dribble look so easy and so beautiful. He was a thinker, never wasting any

Celebrating Chief Justice Adokie at 60! “Adokie was right footed, but only very few people realised that because he played as a winger on Nigeria‘s left flank. He was an absolute beauty to watch when in full flight. He was sleek, fleet footed, elegant and a master dribbler. He would cut through defences like knife through butter, and in the process making the art of the dribble look so easy and so beautiful. He was a thinker, never wasting any ball, always deliberately doing things with the ball that made sense to the onlooker.”


ball, always deliberately doing things with the ball that made sense to the onlooker. I benefited from his style of play. Between us evolved a telepathic and telegraphic relationship that was not shaped by any rehearsals but through an unwritten understanding between two players on either side of the attack reading and understanding what the other wanted to do with the ball. He would dribble down the left flank, get to the goal line, feint a cross, and then cut the ball back with his left foot to his stronger right foot, and then lift a delightful cross that would sail and

soar in the air begging for connection. I often responded with a timely run that fetched us a few crucial goals. In the national team, Adokie’s crosses were partly why I scored more goals with my head than with my feet. For five years we shared the limelight of Nigerian football. Since we left the national team decades ago our paths have continued to cross occasionally along the circuit of our different pursuits in life. Even though we also only chat occasionally, we have been friends through all the years. Adokie turned 60 this past week

and I am reminded how fast we all are ageing, with me surging a few years ahead. I use this page to join millions of Nigerians (and, indeed, Africans) that he entertained and gave immeasurable pleasure in our days in Nigerian football, to wish him a happy 60th birthday and many more decades of useful service to the game, to his family and his country. Congratulations, the very ‘Chief Justice’ of the Federation, High Chief Adokie Amiesimaka, Member of the Order of the Niger! ÏƑƋƋƆƗƇƏ”ƌƑƍƆƏƍ”ƏƐêƅ”ƌ


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anchester United manager, Jose Mourinho is set to make a shock move to bring his former midfielder, Mikel John Obi to Old Trafford from Chelsea. Super Eagles captain, Mikel, has not played under new Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte and there are no plans to renew his contract which runs out this season. Foreign media reports revealed that Mourinho is ready to take advantage of the situation with a cut-price New Year offer for the Nigeria international midfielder

the Red Devils thought they had signed 10 years ago. Mikel had just turned 19 when the Old Trafford outfit announced on their website that they had signed him on a four-year contract from Norwegian club FC LynOslo. The £4 million transfer was done directly with the player and his club — bypassing his agents and he was even pictured in a United shirt. But Chelsea angrily claimed they had an agreement with the agents to buy him.

Things turned nasty when it was reported Mikel started to get threatening phone calls and ended up having to take refuge in a safe hotel with a security guard. He then went missing from Lyn amid stories he had been kidnapped. Mikel had actually travelled to London where he went on Sky Sports TV to claim that he had been pressured into signing for United, something they denied, and he wanted to join the Blues. The matter was resolved when

Chelsea to reward

Moses with new deal


nglish Premier League club, Chelsea will hand Super Eagles winger, Victor Moses with a new contract and will hold talks in 2017 according to reliable sources. The Stamford Bridge will open talks with the Nigerian in the coming days with a view to rewarding him for his


impressive displays this season. Moses agreed a four-year deal worth £45,000 a week in 2015 but Chelsea are already willing to negotiate another one and offer the 25-year old a significant pay-rise. His powerful displays have helped Chelsea to the summit of the league standings. Moses joined Chelsea from Wigan for £9 million in 2012 but has been loaned to Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham respectively in the previous three seasons. However, coach Antonio Conte has given him a chance to impress since arriving in the summer and is a huge admirer of the skilful star. The 25-year-old scored his fourth goal of the season in the 2-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday and was also named man-ofthe-match for a second week in a row.

Chelsea paid United £12 million and FC Lyn-Oslo £4 million. If a deal happens then it will be the second time Mourinho will sign Mikel, who he believes can play in a defensive midfield role in front of the back four. He needs that type of player to give £89 million Paul Pogba freedom to roam. Mikel

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Kachikwu decries security challenges in oil, gas sector

L – R: Head, Environment Compliance and Public Relations, Etisalat Nigeria, Oluseyi Osunsedo; Managing Director, Kantar Consumer Insight Nigeria, Aggrey Maposa and Head, Marketing Communications, Etisalat Nigeria, Seni Ogunkola, during presentation of an award for the Most Connected Brand in Nigeria won by Etisalat at the 2016 Kantar Awards for brands in Nigeria on Tuesday in Lagos.

OPEC cut deal fails, as Russia backs down Opeoluwani Akintayo The Organisation for Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC may as well say goodbye to achieving the cut deal between its members and nonOPEC countries as the meeting held ahead of today’s general meeting failed to produce any deal. Delegates said OPEC failed to bridge divisions after 10-hour talks. OPEC officials failed to bridge their differences on an agreement

to cut production and push up oil prices. Russia also said it will not attend crucial talks today, Wednesday. After a 10-hour meeting, Iraq and Iran maintained unwillingness to cut production. OPEC officials agreed to refer the matter to ministers for further consideration today. The proposed deal would trim production by 1.2 million barrels a day from October levels, though it remains unclear whether the idea has the support needed for

approval, according to delegates. Benchmark Brent crude fell as much as 1.2 percent to $47.68 a barrel in London, after touching $48.81 on Monday. Inside the meeting, countries fought to the very last barrel. Iran suggested a deal whereby it freezes production at 3.975 million barrels a day, or about 200,000 barrels a day above its current output. Saudi Arabia countered with a proposal for Iran to cap output at 3.707 million barrels a day, roughly its current level. Algeria, which is acting as a go-

between in the talks, offered an alternative that would see Iran freeze at 3.795 million barrels a day. OPEC is also asking other big producers including Russia to reduce output by as much as 600,000 barrels a day. The Kremlin so far has resisted requests that it join the cut, offering instead to freeze production at current levels. Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Tuesday that he has no plans to visit Vienna on Wednesday, but that Russia is ready to talk with OPEC once the group reaches an internal consensus. Russia’s refusal to cut supply CONTINUED ON PAGE B2

Stakeholders address challenges, boost fertilizer sector Tom Okpe, Abuja

Stakeholders in the fertilizer industry have reiterated commitment to ensure that various impediments hindering the accessibility and affordability of fertilizer to farmers at the grassroots across the country are speedily addressed. Speaking to journalists at the end of the Nigeria Fertilizer Roadmap Stakeholders Consulta-

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tion in Abuja on Monday, a consultant with the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP), Scott Wallace said the economic importance of fertilizer in the Nigeria’s agricultural value chain cannot be over emphasized. He emphasized that in other to ensure high productivity in yields, it is imperative for farmers to replace nutrients lost during harvest through the consistent use of quality fertilizer. “Every time you harvest a crop,

you pull out nutrients, plants need nitrogen, phosphate and phosphorous, so every time you pull out plants from the soil, you need to replace the nutrients because if you do not, you are basically making that land not fertile and farmers will not getting yield. “Nigeria has been ruining the nutrients of the soil so how do we improve the productivity for the farmer? The key ingredient is getting fertilizer into the soil,” he said.

Highlighting some of the recommendations reached by stakeholders at the end of the forum, Wallace disclosed that Nigeria already has a private sector investment of 4.5billon Dollars in the fertilizer sector in Nigeria run by two fertilizer industries, Indorama and Notre; the coming on board of Dangote Groups would boost surplus supply in the coming years. He pointed that despite federal CONTINUED ON PAGE B2

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu said the effects of security challenges in oil and gas sector had affected all sectors of the country’s economy. Kachikwu said this on Monday in Lagos at the 17th International Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Biennial Conference on the Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria. The theme of this year’s conference was titled “Integrated Security Approach, New Strategies and the Way to go in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry’’. The minister was represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the Minister on Physical and Regulatory Matters, Dr Timothy Okon. He said that sustained vandalism of production facilities had led to shut-ins and deferment, which in turn had drastically declined oil production and export figure. Kachikwu said that this had resulted into concomitant economic losses and reduction in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the nation. The minister said that the far-reaching effects of the environment pollution arising from oil spills were the degradation suffered by the affected community lands. He said the country would still expend valuable resources to clean up the affected lands. “There is also the inevitable cost of repairs and maintenance of sabotaged facilities, not to mention some irredeemable losses like injuries, fatalities and the trauma associated with kidnap cases. “There is no exaggerating the pervading effects of the security situation in our fields. “ Mere recounting and lamenting the effects may not help much, except to identify the immediate and remote cases with a view to addressing them with all the deserved vigour.

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World bankers’ confab, opportunity for investment – CIBN The president of the President, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Mr Segun Ajibola, has called for utilisation of the forthcoming World Conference of Banking Institutes (WCBI) to attract foreign investments. The CIBN president made the call during an interview with newsmen in Lagos on Monday. Ajibola said that WCBI slated to hold in April, 2017 in Lagos, would be an avenue to showcase the investment potential of Nigeria, particularly, Lagos State. Ajibola said: “The conference holds a great potential in that it will attract more direct foreign investments to the state. “Since it is a biennial global forum, it will bring professionals from the banking and finance industry, training providers and relevant stakeholders. “It will also be an opportunity to showcase the hospitality potential and rich cultural heritage of the state. “This automatically will further improve the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state as a tourism destination of choice.’’ Ajibola commended the state Governor, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, for efforts in developing the state.

PILA seeks law compelling men to get life insurance policy The Professional Insurance Ladies’ Association (PILA) on Monday urged the Federal Government to initiate a bill seeking to compel men – from 18 years – to take life insurance policy. The PILA President, Jocelyn Ogbuokiri, made the appeal recently during an interview with newsmen in Lagos. Ogbuokiri said that such a bill had become necessary to reduce suffering of women and children due to loss of their bread winners. “Widows that are left without life insurance cover, most times, face hardships in several ways. “Girls that are part of that family sometimes take to prostitution while the boys become urchins,’’ she said. The PILA president said that, if passed into law, the bill would boost insurance penetration in the country. She regretted alleged lackadaisical attitude of Nigerians towards insurance policies, saying that the policies were in the interest of the citizenry.


R – L: Executive Director, Dangote Flour Mills PLC., Hajiya Halima Dangote; Dangote Salt Brand Ambassador, Chef Zee; President of Kano Chamber of Commerce, Customers and Deputy Managing Director, DFM Plc., Alh. Ahmed Yakasai at the Dangote Stand during the Dangote Special Day at Kano Inlt. Trade Fair

NLNG, highest corporate tax payer in Nigeria - MD Tom Okpe Abuja

The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) has disclosed that it paid over $4 billion as education and corporate income tax between 2014 and 2015, thereby becoming recognised as a global LNG company flying Nigerian flag worldwide. The managing director, Nigeria LNG limited, Tony Attah made this disclosure at the public presentation of the 2016 winner of the Nigeria prize for literature award in Abuja yesterday. “We have a viable corporate social responsibility footprint, both in our local Operation environment, boarder country, and the Nigeria prize for litera-

ture remains one of the flagship aspects of our major program. “NLNG has proved that the rightful place for Nigeria and indeed Nigerians remain up with the very best, and that is why the NLNG instituted the prize for science and the Nigerian prize for literature to further reinforce the fact that what is good for business is also good for Nigerians. “with the support of eminent advisory board and judges, we found a worthy winner and ambassador for 2016 in Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, author of the winning entry, “Season of Crimson Blossoms”, he said. He described the story as compelling as the issues he very artfully weaved together in the “season of crimson blossoms” having believed that literature

is a subject and an environment which should have no barriers especially those that are erected on ethnic, sectional or religious foundations. Other program embarked upon by the NLNG included an initiative created to support teaching and research in which it has built and equipped state of the art engineering laboratories in six selected universities from Nigeria’s geo political zones at the cost of $12M, provision of scholarships to thousands of Nigerians at post primary, undergraduate, and post graduate levels, as well as training over 600 Nigerians in ship building technology in both south Korea and Nigeria; also the construction of 6 new modern LNG. Vessels bearing Nigeria native names at a cost of $1.6Bn amongst others.

led to the cancellation of planned discussion on Monday with nonOPEC suppliers. Last week, Saudi Arabia pulled out of the meeting, arguing that OPEC needs to sort out its internal divisions before engaging with other producers. “Saudi Arabia and Iran are all playing very strong negotiation tactics,” said Abhishek Deshpande, chief energy analyst at Natixis SA. “The problem for Saudi Arabia is that this isn’t the 1980s and 1990s, when it could use its clout and expect others to follow. Today members like Iran and Iraq are equally strong and their agenda is to ensure they get a large market share.” Both Iraq and Iran have resisted cutting their own production, but need an OPEC deal to benefit from any increase in oil prices. The official news service for Iran’s oil ministry, Shana, published an article on the country’s position. The report quoted Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh as saying that reviving Iranian oil output was “the national will and demand of the Iranian people.” In the article, Zanganeh said Iran was excluded from the production-cut decision adopted in late September in Algiers. Saudi Arabia is opposed to exempting Iran completely from the deal, so far only accepting Libya and Nigeria as special cases.

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AU, others call for economic growth via infrastructure development Bonny Amadi African countries have been urged to implement rapid infrastructure development policies to boost operations of enterprises, commercial activities and massive job creation across the continent. Africa has to offer employment openings for its youth if it is to harness their potentials and contribute to the desired economic growth outlined in the vision of Agenda 2063, Africa’s economy drivers have noted. The assertion was made by officials from the African Union

(AU) the NEPAD Agency and the African Development Bank (AfDB) at the opening of the second annual Programme for Infrastructure Development (PIDA) Week in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. A report of the meeting made available to the Daily Times noted that PIDA, a multi-sectoral programme covers transport, energy, Trans boundary water and ICT, is dedicated to facilitate continental integration in Africa through improved regional infrastructure. This year’s gathering organized under the theme, “Creating Jobs through Regional Infrastructure Development,”

Dr. Elham Ibrahim, AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, said that PIDA should play an important role in narrowing the gap between job creation and unemployment. Ibrahim, called on government agencies, public decision-makers and private sector management to undertake training and skills acquisition in infrastructure development, particularly in building roads, rail systems, power generation and power transmission systems, as this would enable young Africans to be well prepared for the implementation of complex programmes of Africa’s infrastructure development.

government interventions in the fertilizer distribution chain, farmers were still faced with low yields and in some cases for non access of input by some farmers. According to him, “The first recommendation is developing a regulatory system; not just a regulatory paper but a system that will ensure that you have quality and truly labeled product. For example, if a farmer buys a 50 kg of triple 15, he is getting 50kg of triple 15 and not 48kg of14:3:6. “To improve data collection in terms of how much is distributed, where it is distributed, how much it is purchased by the farmers and how much is used by the farmers, it is a huge vacuum and so investing in data collection for proper decision making is also key”, he added

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Why banks interest rates’ll remain high - Experts Stories by Motolani Oseni As financial experts continue to dig deeper into the rationale behind the decision of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to maintain benchmark interest rate at 14 percent, with the nation’s inflation rate accelerated to 18.3 percent in October, and the Nigerian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrinking to 2.24 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2016, some financial analysts have concluded that commercial banks’ lending rates should be expected to be high for a long time. For the very fact that traditional monetary policy tools at the moment have become dampened, having reached their limits in stimulating investor confidence, hiking interest rate would not buoy foreign investor confidence

in returning to the Nigerian market. At the same time, cutting interest rate at this time may not necessarily spur real sector lending by Deposit Money Banks (DMBs), but generate appetite for government securities and speculative foreign exchange (FX) positions. According to the lead analyst at an investment banking and securities group, Afrinvest, Robert Omotunde, the holdback in the return of foreign capital is largely tied to the lingering currency risk and perceived misgivings regarding the credibility and transparency of the current FX market structure. Although, most investment analysts said they are in accord with the MPC’s decision, nevertheless, the pin drop silence regarding the apprehension on the credibility and transparency of the opera-

tions of the interbank market remains a concern yet to be allayed. “We believe that the MPC press briefing may have been a perfect platform for the monetary policy managers to allay investors’ concerns regarding the interference of an invisible hand in market operations. We expect that the FX market will continue to face liquidity crunch while other macroeconomic indicators stay downbeat given limited fiscal space to substantially stimulate economic activity while FX administrative measures continue to restrict private capital inflows necessary to provide buffer for weak external current account operation,” the analysts unanimously agreed in an e-mail note. Earlier in his speech at the 2016 annual bankers’ dinner, titled “Policy Options for Reversing

Nigeria’s Economic Downturn,” CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele hinted that with inflation at over 18 percent; the CBN would be abjectly failing on one of its cardinal objectives if it cuts interest rates at this time. According to Emefiele, for those who say CBN need a rate cut to spur growth, high inflation is highly inimical to economic growth. According to Emefiele, “Indeed, many empirical studies have estimated the threshold level at which inflation becomes significantly growth retarding to be 11 percent for developing countries. With ours at 18.3 percent, one must question the judgment of cutting interest rates at this time. Finally, I think it is important to underscore that interest rates reflects not just the cost of capital but also the cost of doing business, and so we need to also look

Godwin Emefile CBN Governor at interest rates from the perspective of the lender. Given that most banks have to individually provide security, power, and other infrastructure, it is not surprising that some of these costs are passed on to customers in the form of high interest rates,” the governor stated.

Naira weakens to 480/$1 in Lagos, 475 in other cities

L-R: Adenike Ogunsugba, Head Retail Performance,North East, North West ; Kenneth Igbo Igwe, DiamondXtra North Directorate drawN1 Million winner; and Chinedu Nwanyanwu, Account Officer Emerging Businessesat the DiamondXtra North Directorate Prize presentation Ceremony held inAbuja..recently.

Loyalty promo: Heritage bank set to reward customers Heritage Bank Plc is set to introduce a promo tagged ‘Happy Days Promo’ to empower and reward its teeming loyal customers. The promo which is additionally designed to encourage savings at this period of tight economic situation will see the emergence of a winner of a brand new car and a handful of millionaires from across the country when it kicks off in full swing next week (December 1, 2016). On a monthly basis, 12 lucky customers will be rewarded monthly with 42-inch flat screen LED television sets in the 6-month life of the promo, strategically

meant to also deepen financial inclusion in the country. According to a statement from the bank, customers who save up to N100, 000 will qualify for a draw to win N1million from each of the six geo-political zones of the country at the end of the fifth month while a customer that saves up to N500, 000 by May 2017 will stand a chance to win a brand new saloon car. To participate in the promo, accounts must be opened or reactivated with a minimum balance of N20, 000 to attract a gift and a raffle ticket with an additional monthly N20,000 giving the ac-

count holder more chances of winning the prizes. The statement further said that the draws would be done at the end of every month from December 2016 to May 2017 in the six geo-political zones with two customers winning TV sets in the six geo-political zones. Altogether, customers will win 48 TV sets. “The ‘Happy Days’ promo, underscores our determination to improve the standard of living and lifestyle of our customers who deserve the reward for their unflinching loyalty to the brand since the bank berthed three years ago.”

The Nigerian currency, the Naira weakened to 480 on Tuesday in Lagos from 473 traded on Monday, while sold at N475 in other major cities like Kano, Port Harcourt and Abuja, as fresh dollar scarcity hit the parallel foreign exchange market. Although, forex dealers believed that the Naira has come under fresh pressure in the parallel market having depreciated to N473 per dollar following the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to slash dollar sales to Bureaux De Change (BDCs) by 46 percent. The local currency had appreciated to around 450 after security agents carried out series of raids on BDC operators, who sold the greenback above the N400 stipulated by the apex bank few weeks ago. But the reduction in forex sales to the BDCs through Travelex Nigeria Limited came as a shocker to most of the operators, because it happened at a time when they are expecting an increase of $5,000 to the $15,000 weekly sale to each of them but now have only $8,000 to sale to their customers for the whole week. The Chief Executive Officer of H.J Trust BDC, Mr. Harrison Owoh said the reduction came as a surprise to the market. He said this was contrary to the general

expectation that the dollar sale will be increased to $20,000 per BDC. “That is why the currency is under pressure with the rate going up.” Given a clearer reason behind the new forex decision by the CBN, Chairman, South West Zone, Association of Bureaux De Change Operators of Nigeria (ABCON), Mr. Taiwo Ebenezer, said that the reduction in dollar sales was done to accommodate BDCs in other zones of the country. He said: “The dollar sales have been limited to BDCs in Lagos and Abuja, but ABCON recommended to CBN to find a way to accommodate BDCs in other zones. That is what the CBN has done though the reduction in supply in Lagos and Abuja has prompted the exchange rate to go up.” Ebenezer added that the CBN will definitely consider the impact on the rates and take a decision on whether to keep it at $8,000 per BDC across board or increase the quantity sold per BDC. It would be recalled that security agents have been raiding the offices of the BDC operators, ordering them to sell dollar at a lower rate in a bid to break the fall of the local currency. However, the naira started recording losses gradually again as scarcity of the greenback weighed on the forex markets.

Capital Market B4 FG affirms SEC as sole approving authority for securities issuance The director-general of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr. Mounir Gwarzo, has reiterated SEC’s obligation as the sole authority for approving securities issuance for capital raise in the nation. While noting that SEC was a government agency mandated to regulate and develop the Nigerian capital market, he regretted that it had been relegated for the Debt Management Office (DMO) in time past, whenever the federal Government needed to raise funds for developmental projects. However, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has declared that SEC had the sole responsibility for the supervision, regulation and approval of issuance of securities in the local market for Nigeria’s internal debt. In a circular recently, the minister noted that in pursuance of its powers as conferred by the Investment and Securities Act No. 29 of 2007(ISA) and the Rules and Regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission made pursuant to the ISA (the SEC Rules), the Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC) shall continue to have and discharge the sole responsibility for the supervision, regulation and approval of the issuance of such securities in the local market by Federal, Government Agencies, State and Local Governments, their Agencies and Corporations. “Henceforth, all applications in relation to the issuance of such securities by any of the aforementioned entities shall be made to the SEC for review and approval,” the circular emphasized. Mrs. Adeosun added that this clarification became necessary in recognition of “the need to engender proper management and coordination of Nigeria’s internal debt through issuance of securities in the local market and to promote better fiscal responsibility.” It further stated that in discharging its responsibility, SEC shall collaborate with the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Debt Management Office in carrying out a debt sustainability analysis with a view to encouraging fiscal responsibility by the various tiers of government, and thus promoting an efficient sustainable capital market which engenders investor confidence.

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Investors move 511.6m shares worth N1.7b Stories by Afolabi Adesola

Equities market investors traded a total of 511.6 million shares at the end of Tuesday’s trading session. The shares traded in 2,342 deals were worth N1.695 billion and represented a 153 percent growth from 202.4 million shares worth N1.616 billion and exchanged in 2,558 deals on Monday. However, market performance continued in a negative territory as the All Share Index (ASI) dropped 0.34 percent to close at 25,

233.42 from Monday’s closing figure of 25, 318.41. Investors worth also recorded further depreciation of N29.3 billion as market capitalization closed at N8.686 trillion, compared to N5.2 billion lost on Monday when market capitalization closed at N8.715 trillion Mobil again led the day’s appreciating stocks with a 10.25 percent appreciation to close at N241.89 per share. UPL followed with a 4.87 percent growth to close at N4.09 per share, while UAC-Prop recorded a gain of 4.68 percent to

close at N2.46 per share. Total recorded a 3.83 percent growth to close at N254.85 per share and AIICO Insurance added 3.51 percent to close at 59 kobo per share. On the flip side, Forte Oil led the day’s retreating stocks, with a 9.74 percent depreciation to close at N53.85 and Oando lost 5 percent to close at N3.61 per share. Transcorp Hotel followed with a decline of 4.90 percent to close at N5.24 per share while Fidelity Bank lost 4.88 percent to close at 78 kobo per share. Honeywell

closed the day at N1.02 per share following a depreciation of 4.67 percent. Wema Bank emerged the most traded stock for the day with 356.2 million shares valued at N181.3 million, Diamond Bank followed with 63.6 million units of shares worth N57.5 million while FCMB came third with the sale of 14.6 million shares worth N15.0 million. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated traded 9.5 million shares worth N92.9 million and Wapic Insurance sold approximately 6.9 million shares at N3.5 million.

NSE CEO becomes ASEA President for Second term

L – R shows Mr. Sadiq Mohammed, Director, ARM Investment Managers Limited/Deputy GCEO, Asset & Resource Management Holding Company Limited; Haruna Jalo-Waziri, Executive Director, Capital Markets Division, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and Ms. Jumoke Ogundare, Director, ARM Investment Managers Limited/GCEO, Asset & Resource Management Holding Company Limited at the Listing of ARM Money Market Fund at The Exchange on Monday.

Stanbic IBTC public offerings delay elicits stakeholders concern …As 2015 result, Q1, Q2, Q3 filings lag 30 days to 2017 Bonny Amadi Stanbic IBTC’s Holdings (SIBTCH) regulatory approvals for the 2016 financial year continued to be delayed, even as the holding company continues to wage legal battle with the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) of Nigeria over regulatory breaches. Meanwhile, cross section of retail shareholders who spoke to Daily Times expressed concern over the delay in the company’s offerings and also release of its audited 2015 financial statements. The observers urged the firm to deploy workable means at ensuring that the results are released, while the approved offerings are executed without further delay. The holding company, the parent of Stanbic IBTC Bank and other subsidiaries, secured ap-

proval from the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on 18th March 2016 and on 26th August 2016 respectively. While the NSE has, during the year, recorded some bond and ETF issuance on its official list, that of the Stanbic IBTC was still being awaited. However, based on the uncertainties surrounding its legal tussle with the FRC it may take longer for the instruments to be listed either on the NSE or the FMDQ. The expected offerings by SIBTCH include, the Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited Proposed Initial Public Offering of 5,000,000 Units of the Stanbic IBTC Dollar at US$1 Each. Brokered by the group’s subsidiary, Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers with Stanbic IBTC Capital is the issuing house, the approval for this was secured on 26th August 2016.

Also, being delayed is the Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Initial Public Offering of 10 million units of Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited Pension ETF 40 at N100 per Unit, with Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers Limited stock broker to the offer, while Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited is the issuing house. Approval to tis offer was secured from the NSE on 18th March 2016.

The Chief Executive of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mr. Oscar N. Onyema, has been re-elected president of the African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA) for another two-year term. His reelection came at the association’s 20th Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was attended by 16 member exchanges and two associate members on Sunday in Kigali, Rwanda where Mr. Karim Hajji, the CEO Casablanca Stock Exchange was retained as the deputy president. Onyema thanked the association for the support he had received during his first tenure as president and entrusting him with the leadership of ASEA for another term. “I am grateful to my fellow Executive Committee Members, for the support and dedication shown to me and to ASEA. I humbly accept this new challenge and I look forward to further delivering on the promise of the Association in the two years ahead,” he noted.

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House Committee promises to support NIMASA’s rebuilding process The House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education, and Administration has resolved to support the rebuilding efforts of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in its quest to reposition, reform and restructure for the benefit of the nation. The chairman of the committee, Hon. Mohammed Umar Bago, disclosed this when he led other members of his committee on oversight visit to the agency. Hon. Bago challenged the agency’s management on its budget implementation, stating that the committee expects implementation above 90%. He called on the management to spend the funds appropriated according to the provisions of the law so that the value of the projects can be realized. Describing NIMASA and the committee as partners in progress, Hon. Bago assured of the unflinching support of members to enable the agency deliver on its mandate in ensuring the growth and development of the maritime sector. The legislator called on the management not to see their visit as punitive but as a wakeup call noting that “in the 8th Assembly, the legislative agenda is the same.

All of us apply the same approach now in trying to bring out the best in our parastatals. We should not be seen as vindictive or punitive but as partners in progress.” On his part, Dr. Peterside stated the agency’s readiness to cooperate with the committee in the interest of the maritime industry and the country as a whole. According to the DG, “when you are given an assignment, you are expected to be accountable; you are expected to conduct the assignment in a transparent manner. The oversight function today is part of the accountability responsibility on our side. The National Assembly appropriates for us, so we are expected to be accountable. And so, we have given account of our stewardship. “The National Assembly may not have been totally satisfied with what we have done but they appreciate that a lot is being done to change the narrative in NIMASA”. Dr. Peterside who assured the chairman and members of the committee that there would be a significant improvement in the operations of the agency also welcomed the call for synergy between the executive and legislative arms of government for the benefit of Nigerians.

Pirates attacked three vessels in one week - Report Stories by Babajide Okeowo Despite all the measures put in place by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) to curtail pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea, Nigeria last week experienced three separate attacks, raising questions on security within Nigerian waters. The attack that would lay precedent took place on Saturday 20th of November, 2016 when a Maersk Line container vessel came under attack from Nigerian pirates according to a report by security broker, Asket. The Singapore-flagged, 61,614 dwt box ship, Maersk Cotonou, was attacked in Rivers State Nigeria close to Bonny Island according to the report. Asket said that the container ship was attacked by eight armed men in a speedboat and the

Maersk Cotonou successfully applied counter piracy measures. The vessel then continued to its destination. Asket said the attack was carried out by the same group that attempted an attack on a convoy of supply vessels earlier on 19 November. In that case, a security vessel escorting the convoy intercepted the pirate skiff and came under fire. Hardly had the dust settled on that attack when another vessel, MV KENDRICK sailing from Uyo to Onne port was attacked by Pirates; the attack was carried out by unknown pirates in the vicinity of AGBAMI field, approximately 70 nautical miles (NM) from the shore. As the attack was ongoing, another vessel, the tanker ELIANA was also attacked. The MT ELIANA was attacked on transit from Port Harcourt to Lagos by un-

known sea pirates approximately 60NM from shore. However, NIMASA Director General, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has called for calm saying the agency, in collaboration with the Nigerian Navy and Air Force, was striving to eradicate the menace. “We have made some progress; in 2014, we had about 20-something cases of pirates attacks. Last year, we had 12, the whole of this year we have had below five so far. It means we are making progress; it is not as bad as it used to be, we are not where we want to be, but we are making progress. We however acknowledge that if we don’t deal with the issues of piracy, two things will happen, vessels won’t call at our ports, even the ones who call at your ports, insurance will continue to go up which we will all pay for as importers will include it in the prices of goods.

NPA, NPCC collaborate to boost economy The managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, has promised to work with professionals in the maritime sector to make the ports attractive for business. NPA, Usman said, was more determined to close the gaps between the agency and the professionals by engaging them in most of its activities to promote port business. Speaking when members of the Nigerian Ports Consultative Council (NPCC) paid her a courtesy visit recently, the NPA helmsman told the group that she would need their input and that of other professionals to move the industry forward. NPA, she said, will find solution to the issue of gridlock in Apapa and fix the access road to boost port operations She expressed concern over other challenges facing the ports

and assured the group of her determination to find a lasting solution to the problems. NPA, she said, would look critically at all the recommendations made by the group and promised to implement the good ones to boost the economy. The maritime industry, she said, needs the experience which many members of the NPCC are bring forward to NPA in charting a new course for the sector. She also expressed the readiness of her management team to pursue the issue of making the ports competitive in the subregion to a logical conclusion to improve the performance of the ports by developing port infrastructure, regulating charges and making the ports more cost effective. NPA, Usman said, had embarked on the journey to achieve efficiency at the seaports. The new management of NPA,

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management of NPA to always reach out to all stakeholders. NPCC, Folarin said, had produced many reports that were found relevant in tackling some of the problems facing the ports and the sector and promised to always support the NPA in its drive to succeed.

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NITDA DG promises to fulfill ISO enlarges IIN from 6 to 8 digits agency’s mandate Stories by Tony Nwakaegho The director-general of the National Information Technology Development Agency, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami, has assured Information Communications Technology (ICT) stakeholders that the agency will now focus on its core mandates in order to serve the industry and the economy better. He made this commitment at ers at the just concluded eNigeria conference and exhibitions 2016, adding NITDA was not established as a mere ‘contract’ awarding agency. “We need collaborations to reform NITDA and make it more productive. First, I am reiterating that I am not in NITDA to award contracts. If we must, such contract must take us closest to implementing our core mandates; it has to lift the nation from economic quagmire. I have spent few months into my appointment brainstorming with the staff on how best to serve the industry and nation at last. I am not against awarding contract, but NITDA can’t be reduced to mere administrative agency. We

have to play better in our regulatory role,” he stressed. Pantami said that the Agency established in May 2001 remains committed to implementing the National Information Technology Policy, especially to articulating frameworks for the planning, research, development, standardization, application, coordination, monitoring, evaluation and regulation of Information Tech-

of the agency’s mandate is wide enough to positively impact every Nigerian, but lamented that NITDA’s regulatory role has been relegated over the years. “NITDA’s regulatory role has been relegated for a long time, but we will address that without delay. Our mandate covers capacity building too. However, we will widen the scope to cover more students especially for those in the rural areas to benefit.” The NITDA boss called for improved collaboration with the players in the industry in lifting the fortunes of IT sector in the country. The present administration, he said, accords local content the deserved attention, while working

cordially with its foreign partners. He said that Nigeria loses approximately $2.8 billion annually from the importation of ICT goods and services, including $1 billion spent annually on software imports. He explained that the situation whereby locally manufactured or assembled computers represented less than 8 percent of all the computers used in the country was quite unacceptable.


By Tony Nwakaegho The standard behind the Issuer Identification Number (IIN) used on many personal cards, including credit cards, is changing, according to an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) statement. The IIN is the first six digits of the number found on the front of debit or credit cards. The standardized global numbering scheme identifies the institution that issued the card. The standard also defines the primary account number, which is used to identify an individual account holder. The personal area network (PAN) is of variable length, ranging from eight to 19 digits. The IIN structure is defined within ISO/IEC 7812-1, “Identification cards — Identification of issuers — Part 1: Numbering system,” developed by the ISO/ IEC joint technical committee JTC 1, subcommittee SC 17, cards and personal identification. According to the release the increasing number of card issuers is expected to cause a shortage in the available supply of

IINs. To solve this problem, ISO/ IEC 7812-1 is being revised to expand the IIN from six to eight digits. The PAN will remain a variable length, ranging from 10 to 19 digits. The draft of this revised standard has been approved by ISO members, with publication expected in early 2017. Changes in the revised standard will mean that, as of the publication date: the Registration Authority will commence assigning eight-digit IINs to any institution applying for a single IIN or block of IINs; issuers with eight-digit IINs will be required to issue a minimum PAN length of 10 digits. The maximum will continue to be 19 digits in length; existing sixdigit IINs will be converted into a block of a hundred eight-digit IINs. As the majority of issuers are unlikely to need all one hundred of these, they are encouraged to return any unused eight-digit IINs to the RA; and any ISO/ IEC standards referencing ISO/ IEC 7812-1 should be reviewed for their potential effects.

5G subscriptions to reach half billion in next 5 years- Ericsson By Tony Nwakaegho The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts released shows that there will be 550 million 5G subscriptions by 2022. North America will lead the way in uptake of 5G subscriptions, where a quarter of all mobile subscriptions are forecast to be for 5G in 2022. Asia Pacific will be the second fastest growing region for 5G subscriptions, with 10 percent of all subscriptions being 5G in 2022. This year, Ericsson has published five Regional Reports with the Global Mobility Report. The Sub-Saharan Africa Mobility Report reveals that while total mobile subscriptions penetration in the region is currently 85 percent, this number is expected to reach 105 percent by 2022 with over 1 billion mobile subscriptions. This makes Sub-Saharan Africa the region with highest growth rate in mobile subscriptions globally. From 2016 to 2022, Sub-Saharan Africa will dramatically shift from a region with a majority of


GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions, to around 83 percent of all subscriptions on WCDMA/HSPA and LTE. By the end of 2016, there will be 3.9 billion smart phone subscriptions globally. Almost 90 percent

president of Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa of these subscriptions will be registered on WCDMA/HSPA and LTE networks. By 2022, the number of smartphone subscriptions is forecast to reach 6.8 billion, with more than 95 percent of the subscriptions registered

on WCDMA/HSPA, LTE and 5G networks. In Sub-Saharan Africa, smart phones penetration will reach around 80 percent by 2022 while mobile subscriptions on smart phones will rise by 21 percent annually from 2016 to 2022. The report also highlights the role Internet of Things plays (IoT) in providing new means to deliver efficient, innovative solutions that meet socio-economic challenges and transform business models to unlock growth in sub-Saharan Africa. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the report projects cellular IoT connections growing from 11 million in 2016 to 75 million connections in 2022. The latest Ericsson Mobility Report also forecasts that in 2022, there will be 8.9 billion mobile subscriptions, of which 90 percent will be for mobile broadband. At this point in time, there will be 6.1 billion unique subscribers. As of Q3 2016, 84 million new mobile subscriptions were added during the quarter to reach a total of 7.5 billion, growing at around 3 percent year-on-year.

India grew the most in terms of net additions during the quarter (+15 million), followed by China (+14 million), Indonesia (+6 million), Myanmar (+4 million) and the Philippines (+4 million). Mobile broadband subscriptions are growing by around 25 percent year-on-year, increasing by approximately 190 million in Q3 2016 alone. The total number of mobile broadband subscriptions is now around 4.1 billion. Mobile data traffic continues to grow, driven both by increased smart phone subscriptions and a continued increase in average data volume per subscription, fueled primarily by more viewing of video content. In Q3 2016, data traffic grew around 10 percent quarter-on-quarter and 50 percent year-on-year. A rise in access and viewing of video content is also a driver for mobile data traffic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Other drivers are wider network coverage, continued reduction in prices of both devices and services and a growing population with 57 percent of the current population under 15 years old.

Aviation B8

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NCAA steps up surveillance of domestic airlines Stories by Chukwuemeke Iwelunmo As part of its mandate and resolve to keep the airspace safe, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has intensified surveillance of domestic carriers. The move by the aviation regulatory agency was to ensure that airlines do not compromise safety and security standard in flight operations because of the prevailing economic recession Foreign exchange challenges, paucity of aviation fuel, and high cost of maintenance have constituted a big hurdle for Nigerian carriers, so there is fear they may cut corners, especially as there is significant

reduction in passenger traffic, which means less revenue. But the Director-General of the Niger ian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Muhtar Usman, allayed fears of air travellers at the weekend over possible accident, especially during the Yuletide, saying the Authority has intensified the monitoring of activities of the operators. The Director General who spoke in Lagos said NCAA has sanctioned some airlines and pilots recently when they strayed from the rules and disclosed that the Authority while supporting the operators in every way possible would ensure they do not compromise

standards. “One of the major components of the regulatory agency is surveillance and we have intensified that; especially since this recession started, to ensure that all operators are abiding by the provisions of safety and security regulations and in the areas of enforcement and compliance, we have done a lot. He said recently the regulatory body had to withdraw the license of some pilots for infractions and also had to sanctions some airlines. “There are those that thought they would slip under our radar and do things that they should not do, we were able to sanction a number of operators; even

individuals who had licence and were trying to operate in ways contrary to the privileges given to them in their license, such as the pilots we caught and suspended from operating flights as a result of testing positive to illicit substances and some flying without necessary documentations and other infractions,” the Director General said. He noted that contrary to reports making the rounds, NCAA has been carrying out both local and international training because training of technical personnel is the bedrock of the Civil Aviation Authority anywhere in the world, remarking that NCAA


cannot deviate from that, adding that due to the present economic situation in the country, overseas training has to be prioritized and the agency has to be very prudent and strict in the way already limited funds are deployed.

Senate to summon Sirika over MMA2 agreement.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, Vice-Chairman (left), Senator Yahaya Abdullahi and the Chief Executive Officer, Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL), operator of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal Two (MMA2), Lagos, Captain Jari Olubunmi Williams, during a tour of MMA2 facilities by the committee

Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatization, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, has revealed that the committee would summon the Minister of State (Aviation), Senator Hadi Sirika to explain why the federal government was not honouring its agreement with BiCourtney Aviation Services Limited (BASL). This is just as Bruce stated that it would be impossible for government to see their plans of concession of four major airports through without completely solving issues

arising from the (Murtala Mohammed Terminal 2) MMA2 concession. Senator Murray-Bruce made this known after a tour of MMA2 where he indicated that those who signed the agreement with BASL on behalf of the Federal Government should be prosecuted as they have showed gross incompetence. “If anyone shortchanged government or negotiated badly on behalf of federal government so they can have a good time, they will be prosecuted, We will have to publish them

on newspapers and on television, and when we do there will be a crisis. Those people who did a bad deal on behalf of the federal government should be punished, the senator said. “The main issue is that we go back and make our findings to the leadership of the senate and also draw the attention to the committee of aviation so they can add their wisdom on this issue . The most fundamental is fixing this country thing and to do this I don’t think we should create any avenue for unnecessary losses and wastage of resources.

African travel expenditure projected to rise by 23 % in 2018 FMTA cooperatives Data emanating from Sabre Corporation has revealed that air travel expenditure in Africa is expected to rise by 24 per cent with the introduction of the pan-African passport in 2018. The new passport will enable African travellers to visit other countries on the continent without visa. The comprehensive survey by Sabre, according its Vice President for Europe , Middle East and Africa , Airline Solutions , Dino Gelmetti, intends to uncover opportunities and challenges faced by travellers in Africa to help airlines’ growth and provide African travellers improved overall journey. Sabre Corporation is the lead-

ing technology provider to the global travel industry, offering software, data to customers in more than 160 countries. He said travelers from four countries – South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Egypt - were surveyed with outcomes suggesting they would spend 24 percent more with the introduction of the passport from $1,100 to $1,500 annually. He said despite willingness among travellers to spend more on flights, travel in Africa still remains inaccessible to the majority. Factors that militate against such trips, the study revealed borders on expensive cost of travel, difficulty in obtaining visas ,booking challenges as well as inability to get direct flights to some

destinations . Other factors, he said, include too much time required for check in , cumbersome check in procedures, dislike for food on board and not enough activity at the airport. Gelmetti said :” The results suggest that while travel is inaccessible to many and is difficult for those who do travel, there is a still a strong desire to travel more. “Additionally, most of the pain points can be addressed by airlines, and these tweaks could make all the difference to travellers.” The study reveals that African carriers currently face tough competition from international rivals that control 88 percent of

African airspace. The study further reveals that as demand for travel increases, African airlines have a real opportunity to win the lion’s share of travel bookings by addressing challenges that could improve their experience.” Respondents said they would be willing to spend up to $104 per trip on an airline’s extra products and services – such as excess baggage, cabin class upgrades. “Airlines, globally, currently pocket an average of just $16 per passenger on ancillaries, so the fact that African travellers are prepared to spend six times more than that represents a significant retail opportunity for carriers on the continent,” said Gelmetti.

records 530 new members

Over 530 new members joined the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Aviation and Allied Organizations Multipurpose Cooperatives Society at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos from September 2014 till date. The President of the Society, Prince Joel Adeyemi, who disclosed this in Lagos at the cooperative’s 47th Annual General Meeting, said percentage increase in deductions rose by more than hundred percent in the sector. According to Prince Adeyemi, the cooperatives society remained free of any kind of indebtedness adding that membership increased by 51 percent over previous years ago.


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My career took different turn when I got married



Interview L2

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I enjoyed every process in making of ‘Suitcase’ album-Aramide For Aramide Sarumoh, her kind of music is better described as Afro-Soul as it connects natural-

come from the same clot, probably have respect a lot and I love her music.

why that timeline? Well, it took me a while to grow. I think it takes some time for every artiste to What did you do differently this year? I think this year was the year I really promoted my musical career and I pushed harder than ever because it has really been great. I think all the works I have been doing in the previous year became well known this year. A lot of people wonder how you won an Afrima award over A-list that includes Seyi Shay, Tiwa Savage, and Yemi Alade etc? I think everyone is entitled to his opinion and I worked for it and I equally respect everyone that were nominated alongside some honest. I was not particularly upset, I was just really happy to be recognized. For me, it just means that I have been recognized and I have to work harder. You performed a tribute song on King Sunny Ade, how does that make you feel and were you under any pressure to deliver? Yes, I did. Pressure? Not really, because I think it was sometime alongside Brymo. So, from then I was even excited about it because I am a big fan of Sunny Ade. I was excited when he even joined us on stage; it was like the highest point for me. I was under pressure even though I felt like okay, I was just really happy about it.

was the production journey like for you?

journey has been in this business for long. For me, at every point, journey was exciting because at every point of the process, I was super-excited and here we are, the album is out and people are enjoying it.



honest. I feel nothing in music is entirely new, everything that is being

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platform to actually represent yourself. So for me, I think this point is when I am really sure that if I put out an album people will pay keen attention to it. You are a wife, singer, how have you been able to balance up? Well I always say this every time, I think I am lucky because my husband is very understanding and ever supportive. In terms of

the song in clubs. So for me, I think if I can be that creative, I can work with great musicians. Has it ever occurred to you that you go to a club with husband react to that? He feels super proud of me and the next thing, he snaps shots and makes videos of people enjoying the music. Even though he cannot sing; he so much appreciates my works all the time. A lot of people say you got that concept of Funmi Lowo from Rihanna song? that impression because I think the person said that because I put “please better have my money”. The song was written long before playing the song for my producer I just said “please better have my money” and it worked. I put it because I felt that people relate to worked.

Does your husband come along with you during shows or stay at home?

is that deliberate or your style? I think naturally I am a very careful person. When people listen to my music, I want them to take something back. I calculate how I

manager and other people I work with.

a way of saying it that would be interesting instead of sounding nasty.

Most Nigerians feel that once a female singer is married, it reduces her appeal to fans, especially the male fans. What do you say to such? I think it depends on what you are selling. For me, I am selling

You seem to be a cool- headed person but as human, what will make you lose your cool? Sometimes when things are not working like when you plan and plan and you do not see things falling in place, I could get frustrated in situations like that. I may start talking to ease myself.

of course, I want fans, so I think it depends on what you sell and a different turn because now, I am focused in doing what I do. My

What has being married changed about you? Nothing. I think now, I am more focused. I know I am in this for the music, passion and to make money. At least now, I know I have a family and this is serious business.

pressured to switch to the up-tempo kind of music at any point? First for me, I call my kind of music Afro-Soul and also it is important to disclose that I have never been pressured to switch to pop. For me, when you are doing Afro soul, there is up-tempo, mid-tempo and the normal regular slow and all that; you can switch things. I did Funmi lowo and it was up-tempo and people love it. I

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With several instrument to work with, you chose the guitar over Gongo, Bata amongst others? I love guitar. When I started as a songwriter in school back then, I wanted an instrument that would help me with my melodies. I was really passionate about songwriting back then and I am presently, this and that. That was how I learnt it. For a newly married woman, how often do you think you should have sex and why? As many times as possible because it makes everything work out,

On one of your tracks, you talked about your experience, what was the experience? You know as an artiste, there are times we have lonely moments, you will get frustrated because things are not falling into place. Then I was at that point when that song came to me.

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Red Carpet L3

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Sola Sobowale, Mo ’Abudu, Banky-W, others attend ‘The Wedding Party’ grand premiere It was indeed a night to remember as top celebrities, Socialites all gathered at the prestigious Eko Hotels &suites to a part of the grand premiere of the much talked about

Here are photos from the premiere:

Banky W. Denrele Edun

Adesua Etomi

Osas Ajibade Ebuka Obi-Uchendu

Kemi Adetiba Zainab Balogun Mo Abudu


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Fashion & Style L6

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Rocking your wedge made easy

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Lagos welcomes Scent of Africa

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Retrospect Miss NigeriaL7

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Memories from 39th Miss Nigeria booth camp

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