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Altering Election Timetable Won’t Affect PMB’s Victory – Kogi Gov Counsels Kogi, Benue, Taraba corps members on modesty

BY JONATHAN NDA-ISAIAH , Abuja

Amid concerns that the reordering of the election sequence by the

National Assembly will affect President Muhammadu Buhari’s chances at the 2019 presidential elections, Kogi State governor,

Yahaya Bello, has said that the president will still win by a landslide irrespective of which elections come first.

LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that the National Assembly Conference Committee on Electoral Act (amendment)

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Ex-govt officials accused of squandering N183bn

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L - R: Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; Commandant of National Defence College, Rear Admiral Adeniyi Oshinowo; Deputy Commandant, Major Gen. Peter Danke and other senior military officers during a lecture delivered by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Course 26 Participants of National Defence College, Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO BY OYEDELEAMOKEDO

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NNPC Must End The IPMAN Blackmail

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he Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has the right to be genuinely embarrassed that despite efforts on its part to ensure uninterrupted supply of petroleum products, the queues have continued to linger at fuel stations. The corporation has continued to insist that it pumps enough of the products into the market to erase any spectre of scarcity. Butonemajorfactorishampering the effective distribution of fuel which the corporation needs to urgently address. It is obvious that the lingering scarcity of the product is artificial, orchestrated by unscrupulous independent marketers intent on maximising their profits at the detriment of the consuming public. NNPC itself has made it clear that diversion of the products by these middlemen is making it look bad in the eyes of Nigerians who have persistently suffered frustration, spending hours and, in some cases, days at petrol stations around the country just to get supplies. We commend the efforts by the NNPC, especially its recent move to pump 100 million litres daily into the market to ease the hardship Nigerians are going through. It further stated that two cargoes containing 50 million litres of petrol each would be brought into the country every day in February. But it needs to involve other agencies of the government, especially the security agencies, so as to be able to bring these saboteurs to book. Its intelligence unit, working in collaboration with the security agencies, should intensify efforts to eliminate this odium that is making the country a laughing stock in the eyes of the outside world. We believe that this is a necessary step that will check the activities of bad eggs in the system who are bent on taking advantage of other Nigerians. We appreciate the fact that the NNPC’s monitoring teams are out to bring an end to this unpatriotic act just as we point out that most

of the diversion is cross border. Also part of it is within as series of arrests so far have indicated. The marketers claim that they are confronted by other challenges as they strive to bring the products to the market. The leadership of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) allege that its members buy premium motor spirit (PMS) at ex-depot price of

N162 instead of the official price of N133.28 per litre and use that as an argument against selling at the government controlled price of N145 per litre and even to justify the criminal diversion of the products in order to make quick profit. In spite of these attempts to rationalise what, in our view, is an act of sabotage, we need to remind IPMAN that the Petroleum Equalisation Fund

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(PEF), an agency of the federal government, has confirmed that it pays out a minimum of N26billion annually as reimbursement to petroleum product marketers as palliative for transportation. That amount, in our opinion, ought to be enough to absorb whatever under-payment they are complaining about. We are assuming without accepting that the alleged price differential actually exists. PEF is worried, and justifiably so, that despite this huge sum of money paid-out by the government to cushion the effect of product transportation, incidences of diversion remain a major challenge in the downstream sector of the country because some people who have become entrenched in the act of manipulating the supply chain to their advantage have refused to let go of their lucrative illicit activities regardless of the implication to the socioeconomic circumstances of the country particularly with the loss of valuable man-hours as well as the negative effect on the health of consumers who go through anxious moments in the process of accessing supplies. This newspaper lauds ongoing efforts by NNPC and other agencies of government to manage this man-made crisis. We also believe that they need to step up their game in monitoring fuel distribution in the country. We, therefore, urge the corporation to adopt, as a matter of urgency, the use of electronic method in the tracking of trucks conveying petroleum products from depots to retail outlets as part of measures to check product diversion. The NNPC may also consider re-opening contacts with major marketers under the auspices of Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) and engage them wholly in the fuel distribution and supply chain across the country. They have an image and integrity to protect and will be more efficient in service delivery. It is time NNPC ended the IPMAN blackmail.


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Do Something On Fuel Scarcity Now, Group Tells FG Unified Nigerian Youth Forum (UNYF) yesterday called on the federal government to solve the perenial problem of fuel scarcity in the country. In a statement signed by UNYF President, Abdulsalam Mohd Kazeem, the group said fuel scarcity has brought untold hardship to Nigerian. “Why are there scarcity of PMS? Strangely, petrol is available in every other state where it is criminally sold (N220) per litre above the approved pump price of (N145) per litre except in Abuja and Lagos, the only two states the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) is practically in existence.” “Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, should tell Nigerians the whole truth about the present situation because these stories of diversion, sabotage by depot owners and the cabal theory can no longer hold up with the suffering masses,” the group said. By Bidon Midza, Abuja

Kaduna LG To Commission N120m Projects The administrator, Jema’a local government area of Kaduna State, Alhaji Yusuf Mu’azu Usman, has disclosed plans to commission some projects worth N120 million executed between November 2017 and February 2018. The disclosure was made by the administrator on Thursday on return from an inspection tour of eight projects worth about N120million, executed by the administration. Alhaji Yusuf Mu’azu Usman said though the security challenge faced by the local government slowed down the pace of execution of the projects, he appreciated the level and quality of work done by contractors handling the projects, which has reached 95 per cent completion.

Girls Withdrawing From Schools In Sokoto – Commissioner Sokoto State commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Jabbi Kilgori has decried the worrisome rate at which the girl-child are withdrawn from schools on reaching a particular age. Kilgori, who is the immediate past ommissioner for Basic and Secondary Education and now commissioner for Higher Education, admonished his predecessor, Prof. Aisha Madawaki to ensure that she uses her status to enhance girl child enrollment, retention and completion in the state. Speaking before handing over the affairs of the ministry for Basic and Secondary Education to Prof. Aisha, the outgoing commissioner, Dr Kilgori said number of girl child decreases at higher classes across the state. By Onuminya Yusuf, Sokoto

Abuja Artisans Seek PMB’s Protection

Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, addressing Kogi, Benue and Taraba National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members deployed to Orientation Camp in Asaya in the state.

Refinancing Domestic Debt Enters Next Step – DMO BY ORJIME MOSES, Abuja

The planned external financing of USD2.50 billion is for the refinancing of maturing domestic debt obligations of the federal government. It is not a new or incremental debt because it will not lead to an increase in the public debt stock. The purpose is to rebalance the federal government’s debt portfolio by increasing the external component while reducing the domestic component in line with Nigeria’s Debt Management Strategy, which has a target of a 40:60 ratio for external to domestic debt from thecurrent position of about 25:75, respectively.

Use of Proceeds and Benefits of the Refinancing Plan The proceeds of the planned USD2.50 billion will be converted to Naira and be used to redeem relatively more expensive domestic debt. This is expected to save about N64 billion per annum in interest cost which will help to reduce the Debt Service/Revenue ratio and free up the fiscal space for other priorities of government. In December 2017, the government redeemed matured Nigerian Treasury Bills (NTBs) with proceeds of USD500 million Eurobonds issued in November 2017. Apart from saving about N17 billion per annum in debt service cost, there was also a

significant drop in the Bid Rates at the Auctions of both NTBs and FGN Bonds in December 2017 and January 2018 from a range of 16% to about 13.5%. This translates to savings for government on new borrowings, reduction of pressure on lending rates in the economy with positive impact on job creation and poverty reduction. The debt substitution will also help to lengthen the maturity profile of the portfolio and leave more borrowing space for the private sector to access credit to grow the real sector, including export which will increase the foreign exchange earning capacity of the economy.

We Were Rigged Out Of LG Polls – Sen Doguwa BY ABDULLAHI YAKUBU, Kano

The chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano State, Senator Mas’ud EL-Jibril Doguwa, has said that his party and other opposition parties were rigged out of today’s local government election even before the conduct of the election and announcements of the final results by the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) The State PDP chairman made the assertion while speaking with the LEADERSHIP Weekend Reporter on the phone yesterday over the readiness or otherwise of the party to

partake in today’s local government election. He said the PDP had already being rigged out as a result of the inability of most of its candidates to buy the exorbitant electoral forms which the state electoral body deliberately charged in order to discouraged popular participation. Beside, Doguwa called on the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KANSIEC) to as a matter of utmost urgency furnished the opposition parties with the lists of all the APC candidates participating in today’s local government election in the state, their bank tellers, and the bank account numbers they paid

the monies for the electoral forms in or risk fresh legal action. The Chairman said , the PDP will not relent in its efforts to continue to blame the ruling party and KANSIEC for deliberately over hiking the cost of the electoral forms. And alleged that all the APC candidates that participated in the contest have not paid one Kobo to the electoral body. He said, “The APC at the national level deliberately strangulates the economy there by making it impossible for the PDP candidates who have nothing in their hand since they vacate power in 2O15 to meet up with the financial requirements necessary for the contest.

Leave IGP Alone, Group Tells Reps BY EKUERUGBE ONOME MERCY, Abuja

A civil society organisation, Arise Nigeria Initiative (ANI), has asked the House of Representatives to leave the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris alone to perform his constitutional duties. Reacting to call by members of the House of Representatives, demanding the sack of the IGP over failure to handle security issues in the country, its publicity secretary,

Amos Gizzor, said the IGP has performed credibly. According to him, the IGP should not be judged by the killings in Benue State. The statement said, “Idris is an officer with impeccable track records who earned his position at the top echelon of the force. We as a group identify with this fine service man that has done well for the country. “It is under Idris that we saw

massive fight against Kidnapping, armed robbery and corruption in the force. Based on his achievements, we want him to be allowed to continue his work of securing lives and property of Nigerian. “We recall that the Benue State commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, told newsmen in Makurdi that the officer who was being searched and returned hale and hearty and had even joined his colleagues at his primary duty post.

President Muhammadu Buhari should restrain the director general of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsawe, from using policemen to harass and scare tourists from the Abuja Arts and Crafts Village. The appeal was made by the African Arts and Cultural Heritage Association, an umbrella body for artisans and traders in arts and crafts, in a petition sent to President Buhari over what they called constant harassment by the NCAC leadership. The petition dated February 5, and signed by the president and Board of Trustees chairman of the association, Nze Kanayo Chukwumeze and, Alhaji Mustapha Kidama respectively; urged the President to restrain Runsawe from using Police officers to harass them and scare away tourists from the market. They artisans and traders said since the December 11, 2017, fire incident that razed down 36 shops and reportedly destroyed N400 million worth of goods in the market under questionable circumstances, the NCAC boss failed to visit this market until last Saturday when he stormed the market with seven truckload of policemen. The petitioners said, “On arrival, the DG hastily summoned us and demanded that we should vacate this facility from Monday and that a renovation work on the affected shops would commence immediately and last for about two to three months.” They traders believe “this is a hatchet plan to realise a failed long ambitious of taking over our allocated shops; adding that the NCAC leadership had painted the arts village in black before various security agencies all in an effort to have his way”.

My Life Is In Danger – IBB’s Spokesman Kassim Afegbua, spokesman of former military President Ibrahim Babangida, says his life is under threat. Afegbua, who has been in and out of the offices of the police and the Department of State Services (DSS) since Sunday when he issued a statement on behalf of his principal, said the last six days have been traumatic. He said on Wednesday, after spending seven hours without being told why he was summoned to the DSS headquarters, he was asked to return on Friday, and that an operative interrogated him over the statement after he had spent two hours. He said at the end of the interrogation, his personal details were taken. Afegbua added that he had been receiving strange calls since the controversy began. “In the last six days, I have gone through traumatic experience when I was declared wanted by the Nigeria Police. By the strength of that unprofessional declaration, I was treated like a common criminal and fugitive until I showed up at the police headquarters Abuja to physically present myself,” he said.


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EFCC To Reopen 14 Former Govs’ Corruption Cases BY SUNDAY ISUWA AND KUNLE OLASANMI, Abuja

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to reopen the corruption cases of about 14 former governors and other top government officials, LEADERSHIP Weekend can report. It was gathered that the sums of money in the corruption cases involving some governors, their family members and some influential Nigerians are put at over N183 billion. LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that in July 2016, the minister of Justice and attorney-general of the federation (AGF), Shehu Malami, had written to both the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practicies and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) requesting the case files of 31 former governors being investigated or prosecuted by the anti-graft agencies. It was gathered that Senate President Bukola Saraki (former governor of Kwara State); a former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, and Senate minority leader, Godswill Akpabio who was Akwa Ibom State governor are some of the names of people facing corruption charges. Others are: former governors Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia), Chimaroke Nnamani (Enugu), Saminu Turaki (Jigawa), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), and Joshua Dariye (Plateau), Ahmed Yerima (Zamfara), Gabriel Suswam (Benue), James Ibori (Delta), Martin Elechi (Ebonyi), Danjuma Goje (Gombe), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Ikedi Ohakim (Imo) and Peter Odili (Rivers). Of these corruption cases, according to a source, only the cases against former IGP Tafa Balogun and PDP stalwart, Bode George, were concluded. A source said: “But the cases were not extensive in my opinion because if they were, more heads should have rolled. The pension thieves and subsidy cases should top the list, but they seem to have become secret cases of sorts, which no one is following up on anymore. But the commission will pursue these cases to the letter,” he said. “Since 2007 when most of these cases started, many of them are still at interlocutory stages. Some of the cases have gone as far as to the Supreme Court and are now back at the high courts where they started,” another source said. On Tuesday, September 22, 2015 the EFCC arraigned former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, his two sons Aminu Sule Lamido and Mustapha Sule Lamido, Aminu Wada Abubakar and

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Batholomew Darlington Agoha. They were docked before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on a 27-count amended charge bordering on corruption and money laundering. Also, on Wednesday, July 9, 2015, EFCC made a string of simultaneous arraignments of four governors, their sons and other accomplices on charges of diversion of public funds. The EFCC arraigned a former Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako, his son Abdulaziz and two aides, Zulkifk Abba and Abubakar Aliyu, before a Federal High Court in Abuja on charges of embezzlement of state funds. The EFCC also arraigned former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim, on a three-count charge in a different court for conspiracy and money laundering. The next adjourned date for trial is September 28, 2018 at the Federal High Court in Abuja. The EFCC had on Monday March 18, 2013 arraigned the former governor of Kogi State, the late Prince Abubakar Audu alongside a former directorgeneral of the Directorate of Rural Development in his administration, Alfa Ibn Mustapha, before Justice A.O. Adeniyi of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. They were arraigned on a 36-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and misappropriation of public funds to the tune of over N10 billion. A top official at the EFCC decried the slow pace of the cases, noting that the commission had already called three of four witnesses and is close to its final addresses on the matter.

Former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, had a rough time with the EFCC even before the end of his twoterm tenure in 2007. His travails started when the anti-graft agency investigated the finances of Rivers State, and he was alleged to have diverted over N100 billion of the state’s funds. The case was stalled when presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Buba, heeded Odili’s request and granted a perpetual injunction restraining the EFCC from probing him. Recently, EFCC chief executive, Ibrahim Magu, confirmed to the media that indeed the judge had granted perpetual injunction in Odili’s case and said the commission’s quest to appeal the matter was being frustrated by the Court of Appeal since 2008. According to the EFCC, the case of Odili will be re-opened. Another high profile case is that of the former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, who was a former governor of Bauchi State. Mu’azu has a pending case with the EFCC. His case borders on alleged mismanagement of N19.8 billion when he was governor between 1999 and 2007. Former governor of Plateau State, Chief Joshua Dariye, has a running battle with the EFCC after he was alleged to have siphoned about N1.2 billion of the state’s Ecological Fund. He was being prosecuted on a 23-count charge of diversion of funds into private accounts and money laundering. According to an EFCC document, he is also alleged to have diverted about N204 million meant for the state’s treasury to Ebenezer Retnan Ventures, ERV - a company linked to him. Dariye’s ordeal with the EFCC began after he was unceremoniously removed as governor through impeachment by the state assembly. Another governor facing a corruption case is Alhaji Saminu Turaki. According to the EFCC, Turaki is alleged to have misappropriated N36 billion. He is charged with criminal conspiracy, stealing, money laundering and misappropriation of public funds. Turaki was Jigawa State governor between May 29, 1999 and May 29, 2007. Up until now, his case with the commission, which began more than 10 years ago, is still pending in court. He was said to have broken down in tears when he was arraigned in court for alleged corrupt practices. A former governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, is being

Kano LG Polls Hold Today BY ABDULLAHI YAKUBU AND ABDULGAFAR OLADIMEJI, Kano

As Kano State holds its local council polls today, Nigeria Police Force, Kano State Command yesterday served Kano residents with no-movement ban in all the 44 local government area from 6am to 4pm as part of security measures to ensure hitch-free local government elections. The command’s spokesman, DSP Magaji Musa Majiya, said within the stipulated hours, vehicular and

pedestrians are restricted from the streets of Kano. Majia noted that those permitted to move around while the ban last are accredited political party officials and electoral officials, essential service providers, accredited journalists and security operatives. He disclosed that the command had deployed about 12,000 security operatives, comprising conventional and anti-riot policemen, alongside officers and men that were mobilised from other security agencies in the

state. According to him, they had been deployed to all the 44 local governments in Kano State to keep vigil prior to, during and after the local government elections slated for today . He revealed that IGP Ibrahim Kpotun Idris had deployed a special operational squad from Force Headquarters, Abuja, to partake in the LG poll operations. Majiya further disclosed that anti-riot police units had also been ➔ CONTINUED ON PAGE 7

prosecuted alongside his former commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Hosea Agboola, and a businessman, Mr. Femi Babalola, for a N11.5 billion fraud in 2012. Also, the EFCC accused the former governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, of diverting the state’s N5.6 billion while in office between 1999 and 2007. He was arraigned in July 2007 on a 107-count charge of money laundering, official corruption and criminal diversion of public funds. His case is one of the cases that have gone as far as to the Supreme Court and is now back to the high court for trial. Former governor of Adamawa State, Boni Haruna, was dragged to court on a 28-count charge of fraud and embezzlement preferred against him and three others by the EFCC. Also, a former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has also been accused of corruption by the EFCC. Daniel is being prosecuted for alleged mismanagement of state funds between 2003 and 2011. He is facing trial on a 38-count charge of stealing and fraudulent conversion of public property as well as false declaration of assets to the tune of N211.3million. Stella Oduah, a serving senator, also has issues with the EFCC. She was a key member in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan as minister of Aviation. She is being prosecuted by the EFCC over alleged purchase of two armoured BMW cars for N255million by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) on her watch. On August 26, 2015, she obtained an interim injunction stopping the EFCC from prosecuting her on the matter, a position the anti-graft agency challenged. These and many cases, LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered, would soon be revisited by the EFCC. “Most of these cases will be revisited. The commission is determined to pursue the cases to the letter,” the source said.

LOW GI FOR BETTER SLEEP You may have heard about the health benefits a low-GI diet can have for you-more steady energy levels, less bloating, no sugar cravings – but eating a low-GI diet can also be beneficial for your sleep quality. GI stands for Glycaemic index – the ranking of carbohydrate – containing foods based on their overall effect on blood glucose levels. When we eat foods with a high GI, such as white bread, pastries and sweets, our blood sugar spikes and then drops rapidly, leaving us tired, irritable and hungry. This can continue on into the night, so if you have finished the evening off with sweetened tea and biscuits, you can wake in the night with feelings of hunger. Eating low-GI foods helps ensure your body is fuelled throughout the night, meaning you don’t get the midnight snack-attack and have steadier sleep. – Culled from “50 Tips To Help You Sleep Well”


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200 Nigerian Peacekeepers Withdraw From Liberia BY SUNDAY ISUWA, Abuja

The final batch of 200 Nigerian peacekeepers deployed to Liberia under the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) is heading back to Nigeria following the completion of their assignment in the country. The last military protection force in UNMIL left Liberia on Thursday as part of the termination of the mission’s mandate, scheduled on March 30, the mission said. UNMIL was set up in 2003 to continue the peace effort in Liberia, a country that descended into civil war in 1990. This final batch has been serving in the country for five years. UNMIL was established in September 2003 to monitor a ceasefire agreement in Liberia following the resignation of

President Charles Taylor and the conclusion of the Second Liberian Civil War. An official farewell ceremony was held on Monday in honour of the departing police and military personnel who served with the mission. This symbolises the end of UNMIL’s military and police operations in Liberia, more than 14 years after UNMIL was deployed in compliance with a Security Council resolution in 2003. The Mission began in 2003 with 16,475 uniformed personnel and the farewell ceremony was in honour of the last departing 689 uniformed personnel (404 military and 285 police). The Force Commander, Maj.Gen. Salihu Uba, is the head of UNMIL’s military component of

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men and women from various countries including Nigeria, Pakistan and Ukraine. Uba was Commander of the Training and Doctrine Command of the Nigerian

Army (TRADOC) before his appointment as the Force Commander for UNMIL by the former UN Secretary-General Ban, Ki-moon, on January 9, 2015. The Police Unit was composed of Nigerian and Chinese personnel and since 2003, 61 contingents from various countries had served in Liberia, UNSMIL said. According to Uba, the mission’s military and police components have taken greater stride towards strengthening peace and security, rule of law, and governance among others in Liberia. The Force Commander stated that it was not all roses particularly for the military which had the highest fatalities of 138 personnel while the police lost 21 persons.

“As we are closing, the memory of those 159 persons and others in the Mission will continue to live in our minds. “We will continue to pay special tribute to them and those who contributed to peace and security in Liberia” Uba said. The Force Commander, on behalf of the Police Commissioner Simon Blatchly, expressed their profound appreciation to the uniformed component of UNSMIL. “As individual units and contingents, you have done remarkably well to keep the flags high. We are proud of your endeavours as significant contribution to peace in Liberia. “Today, Liberia is a success story and classical example of a post-conflict nation that has emerged stronger than ever before.”

Altering Election Timetable Won’t Affect PMB’s Victory – Kogi Gov FROM COVER

country with the presidential election coming last. The House of Representatives committee had, in its amendments to the 2010 Electoral Act, included section 25(1) into the Act which reordered the sequence of the elections to start from that of the National Assembly, followed by governorship and State Assembly elections before the presidential election as against the earlier sequence rolled out by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) last year which put presidential and National Assembly election first before governorship and state assembly elections. Speaking to State House correspondents yesterday after observing Jumat prayers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Bello said only lawmakers who rode on the back of the president would be afraid of losing their seats. “I so much appreciate this (the reordering of the polls). I think if you observe critically what happened in the last election where Mr. President was elected along

with other members of National Assembly; then we called it Buhari ‘Tsunami’, where the good, the bad and the ugly were all put together and elected. “It is either going to be in their interest that the Buhari Tsunami will return them or everybody will be on his or her own. Let Buhari return and let Nigerians select the good ones from the bad ones to return to the National Assembly. “Whichever order it comes these upcoming general elections, I can assure you that Mr. President will win landslide and the good ones will return to the National Assembly,” Bello said. When asked if lawmakers would be the losers in this proposed timetable, he replied: “They have the choice to make and they have made their choice - that the goodwill of Mr. President should not rub on the bad ones. Surely, the good ones on their own account will return to the National Assembly at the appropriate time.” He also dismissed insinuations that Nigerians are angry with the administration of President Buhari, pointing out that this category of Nigerians are looters

who benefited from the last administration. “Yes, I followed it keenly and one of the key statements there (Catholic Bishops advice to the president) was that Nigerians are angry. Yes, it is true that Nigerians are angry, but the question is, who are in this category of Nigerians who are angry? “These categories of angry Nigerians are those who used private jets to carry away Nigeria’s money in dollars out of the country to South Africa. I’m sure you are aware that our money is still locked down there; such money if you bring it into the economy, a lot of youths that are unemployed will surely be employed,” the Kogi governor stated. ...Counsels Kogi, Benue, Taraba Corps Members On Modesty Meanwhile, Governor Bello has admonished corps members posted to Kogi State from Benue and Taraba states for their orientation camp phase to exhibit high level of decorum and discipline for the peaceful completion of their national assignment..

Bello gave the admonition on Thursday while addressing the 2017 Batch B Stream 2 Taraba and Benue corps members who were hosted at the Asaya National Youth Service orientation camp in Kabba local government area of Kogi State. The governor explained that one of the core values of the NYSC programme was to ensure unity among Nigerians, saying that the objectives of the scheme can only be accomplished if corps members contribute their quota to making the nation united. The governor urged the corps members to preach the togetherness, peace and oneness they have learnt in Kogi State to others in their states of primary assignment in order to foster unity and peace among the diverse ethnic groups in the two states Bello noted for the corps members to be hosted in Kogi State because of the success of his administration in curtailing security challenges, it was quite evident that the governors of Taraba and Benue state believe that Kogi was safe enough for the corps members.

He said, “Kogi is safe because my administration has tackled the causes of insecurity which was ethnic, religious and gender bias. “On assumption of office, we had a divided state in terms of gender, ethnic and religious differences and we made these differences a taboo and ensured that our core values were competence, character and readiness to serve the people; and the result today is the unity of purpose among the people of Kogi State. Bello also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his effort in tackling the security challenges facing the nation, assuring the people that the president would soon find a lasting solution to the herdsmen/farmers’ crisis in the country. Chief of staff to the state governor, Edward Onoja, who was also at the event, noted that the barriers of ethnic and religious divide have been turned into bridges of connections within the state. He added that Governor Bello has proved to be a good leader by having people from different tribes in his cabinet.

that. Movement would be restricted,” the police spokesman warned. Meanwhile, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi 11, has called on parents to be vigilant on the movement of their wards and to warn them not to do anything that can lead to the breakdown of law and order in the name of pursuing their personal interest during elections. Emir Sanusi made the call yesterday during a special prayer organised by the Emirate Council at the Central Mosque, Kofar Kudu, in Municipal local

government area. The special prayer drew participants, mainly religious leaders from all walks of life and emphasis was made on the reckless lifestyle of many the youths who dangerous intoxicants and narcotics. Sanusi noted that any society that wants to excel emphasises youth development and giving them attention as a very formidable segment of the society. He advised the youths throughout the state to go about the planned local government election with good intention and shun anything

that could cause trouble at the polling units. Emir Sanusi advised those who will emerge victorious to be gallant in victory and those who lose the election to see it as destiny for it is God that gives and takes away power at will. On his part, Sheikh Balarabe Dan Almajir commended the emir for always taking the front row in advising the youths against anti-social behaviour. He called on the youths to be steadfast in all they do and to work assiduous in making Kano and Nigeria great again.

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mobilised to Kano from neighbouring Jigawa and Katsina states. He cautioned that officers assigned to provide security services during the polls had been directed to wield the big stick against individuals or groups of person who attempt to disrupt the polls. He further warned that anyone found to be in possession of dangerous weapon will be apprehended and prosecuted before the court of law. According to him, security

agencies will be neutral and fair to all parties, adding that security operatives will be deployed to ensure an atmosphere devoid of intimidation and all forms of harassment.

 “Ours is to make sure that an enabling environment is provided for the electorate to go out en masse to cast their votes. We will act against anybody or groups of persons that may intend to scuttle this exercise, so when you go out to vote, please avoid thuggery; don’t carry lethal arms or weapons on you we are not going to tolerate


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Again, 3 Killed In Benue Community

Tinubu ‘s Reconciliation Committee Long Overdue – Senate Leader

Benue State police command has disclosed that 7 persons were attacked by unknown gunmen in Anyiin in Logo local government of the state. 3 people were killed while one person escaped and the other 3 are currently receiving treatment in the a public hospital The Benue State commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who disclosed this to newsmen in Makurdi yesterday , said 3 Persons who went to Tsokwa stream to Fetch water around 7;30pm on Thursday and were attacked by these criminals alongside 4 people who were coming on the bikes where 3 people died on the spot. “At about 7;30 pm yesterday in Anyiin, Logo local government the police special team deploy to the community were alerted by gunshot emanating from Tsokwa stream and quickly went to the area and discover 6 persons on the ground and rush them to the hospital,where it was discover that 3 of the victims were already dead.” According to the CP, Abraham Terver one of the victim who was able to speak to the police, averred that they went to the stream to fetch water and on their way back, the hoodlums attacked them. CP Fatai explained that the command has already put in place a tactical operation point in 22 areas in makurdi metrpolis to curb panic threat alert in Adaka, a suburb of Makurdi, and urged residents to be calm and go about their lawful duties.

Senate leader ,Ahmed Lawal has said the appointment of a chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Bola Tinubu by President Muhammadu Buhari to reconcile warring factions in the party is long overdue. Speaking to State House Correspondents yesterday after observing Jumat prayers at the Presidential Villa, Lawan said the committee should have been constituted long time ago. He said “Fantastic! In fact that that committee should have been constituted long time ago because APC is plagued by some internal issues and I believe that these are issues that are surmountable. The Tinubu committee will definitely add value into reconciling the warring sides so to speak. Time is against us, we have to really kickstart these process of reconciliation immediately and I believe that as a family we should be able to come out very much much United that we were before.” He also expressed confidence that the National Security Summit organised by the National Assembly will tackle some of the insecurity bedevilling the nation. He added that: “Of course. We should be positive and thinking in a very positive manner that we should be able to solve our problems, if we cannot solve the problems why did we even venture into it? “I’m an optimistic person and I believe that coming together the executive and the legislature we can solve any problem in Nigeria if we have the support of Nigerians. It is not only those of us in government that are suppose to do everything to solve these kind of challenges but we need the continuous, and relentless support of citizens to ensure that we are able to provide the kind of solutions we need.

By Hembadoon Orsar, Makurdi

Bribery: You Have Case To Answer, Court Tells Rickey Tarfa Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere yesterday dismissed the no case submission filed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Rickey Tarfa seeking to quash the bribery charge brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). Justice Akintoye, in her ruling on the application, held that the EFCC had successfully established essential elements of the offences it brought against the senior lawyer and that a prima facie case had been made against the defendant. The anti-graft agency is prosecuting the embattled Senior Advocate of Nigeria on a 26-count charge of obstruction of public officers, offering of gratification to a public officer and failure to declare assets. The lawyer was alleged to had internationally gave the sum of N1.5 million to Justice Nganjiwa Hyeladzira Ajiya of a Federal High Court in Lagos, on June 27 2012, directly from his Zenth Bank Account No 1002926967, in order that the said judge acts in the exercise of his official duties. The accused person was also accused of intentionally offering the same Judge the sum of N500,000, on the same day, in order that the said judge refrains from acting in the exercise of his official duties. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail on self recognizance. In her ruling, the judge stated that the justice of the case thus requires that the court should demand some explanation from the defendant in respect of the charge. Justice Akintoye also ordered Tarfa to enter his defence on the next adjourned date, March 13, 2018. BY OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos

Immediate past national chairman, National Society of Mechanical Engineers (NSE ) Engr Ugochukwu Nzurumike (L) decorating the newly elected NSE President ,Engr Robinson Ejilah, during his investiture ceremony in Abuja, yesterday PHOTO; BY THEOPHILUS AKOR

PMB Condoles With Buratai As Father Is Buried

BY JONATHAN NDA- ISAIAH, ABUJA AND FRANCIS OKOYE, MAIDUGURI

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday commiserated with the Buratai family over the death of Alhaji Yusuf Buratai, the father of the chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai. President Buhari in statement by his special adviser media, Femi Adesina said the service of the ex-serviceman and veteran of World War II would always be appreciated and remembered. The President believed that Alhaji Buratai’s years of service to the nation epitomized by courage, skill, determination and devotion has been rightly bequeathed to his son, who is diligently serving the country. The President prayed that the Almighty Allah will comfort all who mourn the late patriot and grant his soul eternal rest.

Meanwhile, a federal government delegation led by the National Security Adviser, Gen Babagana Monguno ( rtd) were in Maiduguri to condole the chief of Army Staff’s family. Late Baba Buratai as he is fondly called and a World War 11 veteran who served the West African Army in 1942 died Friday morning in Maiduguri. He was laid to rest amidst crowd of sympathizers at the famous Gwange Cemetery at 2:pm in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital yesterday. Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima in his remarks, said the mammoth crowd that converged at the Jummaat Mosque and performed the burial and funeral prayers of the late Yusuf Burutai was a clear testimony that baba lived a better and honest live.

He prayed God to grant him eternal rest and forgive all his sins. Other dignitoires at the burial and funeral prayers include the Chief Of Air staff , Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar ,the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Rogers Nicholas , Other Top Militry Commanders, the chairman Senate Committee on Defence, Senator Abu Kyari, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume, Chairman House Committee on Defence, Aliyu Betara among others. Late Yusuf Burutai aka Baba is aged 106 years. He is survived by one wife, 15 children comprising 10 females and 5 males among whom is the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur yusuf Brutai, the Chief Of Army Staff.

Fayose Commends Ortom For Resisting Pressure To Repeal Ranching Law Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose has applauded Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State for standing firm and resisting the pressure to repeal the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Establishment Law, saying it is better to suffer persecution than repeal the law. Governor Fayose stated this in Makurdi the Benue State capital, during a visit to the state to commiserate with Governor Ortom and people of Benue over the new year killings by herdsmen.

He stated that the constitution allows states through their respective Houses of Assembly to make laws for good governance and security of their domains, stressing that any attempt to dislodge Benue people from their ancestral homes would be met with stiff resistance from God. According to him, the battle to sack farmers from their homes across Nigeria by herdsmen is worse than terrorism, noting that it was unacceptable to turn a blind eye to wanton destruction of lives and property while hate speeches are

termed acts of terrorism. While noting that the blood of the slain victims of herders attacks would rise and fight against the invasion of Benue, Fayose stated that Nigeria is the only country where cattle are reared with AK47 and other sophisticated weapons instead of sticks. Responding, Governor Ortom said if the concerned authorities had heeded his security alert and risen to the occasion, the ongoing genocide in the state would have been averted.

Oil Price Tumbles To $64.43 Per Barrel As Iran Plans Production Increase BY CHIKA IZUORA, LAGOS

Oil prices tumbled for a sixth day yesterday after Iran announced plans to boost production and US crude output hit record highs, adding to concerns about a sharp rise in global supplies. The falls come amid a rout in global share markets as inflation fears grip investors. Brent futures were down 38 cents or 0.6 per cent, at $64.43 a barrel after it fell Thursday, by 1.1 per cent to its lowest close since December 20. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 54 cents, or 0.9 per cent,

at $60.61, having settled down 1 per cent in the previous session at its lowest close since January 2. Both contracts have fallen more than 9 per cent from this year’s high point in late January. “Bets on further rising oil and metals prices, for example by hedge funds, have climbed to excessively bullish levels,” said Carsten Menke, commodities research analyst at Swiss Bank Julius Baer. “We see oil prices dropping towards and below $60 per barrel,” he said. OPEC member Iran on Thursday announced plans to increase production within the next four years by at least

700,000 barrels a day. Meanwhile, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) this week said crude production last week rose to a record high of 10.25 million barrels per day (bpd). At that level, US production would overtake current output in Saudi Arabia, the biggest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC. OPEC and other producers, including Russia, have cut production since January 2017 to force down global inventories, but these cuts have been offset by rising US oil production.

By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja

Passengers Commend Air Peace Security Over Lagos Airport Incident Passengers have commended Air Peace flight and cabin crew for their security consciousness and professionalism after suspected thieves opened the cargo hold of Flight 7138 holding for departure on Runway 18R (A1) of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos at about 7.35pm on Thursday. The passengers praised the pilot-incommand for insisting on thorough security screening of the Abuja-bound flight after the incident. Corporate communications manager of Air Peace, Mr. Chris Iwarah confirmed the incident yesterday, saying the carrier’s crew acted in line with the high safety standards of the airline. In a statement issued on Friday, Iwarah said: “We are sincerely grateful to all our wonderful guests on board Flight 7138 for their support, patience and cooperation throughout the precautionary security checks conducted by Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) squad, Federal Airport Authorities of Nigeria Aviation Security and our security team after suspected thieves opened the cargo hold of our aircraft holding for departure on Runway 18R (A1) of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos at about 7.35pm on Thursday, February 08, 2018. “Pilot-in-Command, Capt. Adesola Arasi had to contact control tower when he was alerted by the light that came on in the cockpit suggesting that the cargo hold was opened for about 15 seconds and immediately shut. By ANTHONY AWUNOR, Lagos


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DPR Shuts 13 Filling Stations In Niger BY ABU NMODU, Minna

The controller, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) office in Niger, Alhaji Isa Jankara has stated that 13 filling stations have been closed down for selling above approved pump price. This is coming as the scarcity of Petroleum products persist in all parts of the state with some black market filling stations selling PMS as higher as N350 per litre Jankara stated at the weekend that the filling stations closed down were dispensing fuel at N205 to N250 per litre during inspection visit. According to him, some of the stations were also involved in other form of sharp practices like hoarding the product, hence the DPR office in the state sanctioned the erring stations appropriately. He said that the affected stations were required to pay fines ranging from N100,000 to N600,000 according to the numbers of pumps they were found using adding that that the sealed stations would have to pay the fines to the TSA account of DPR before their stations will be opened. He therefore warned marketers to desist from selling above approved pump price or hoarding the product because the department will not relent in fishing out those involved in such acts.

Council Boss Empowers 300 Beggars, People With Disability BY ABU NMODU, Abuja

The chairman of Tafa local government area of Niger State, Alhaji Ado Abubakar, has empowered no fewer than 300 artisans, petty traders, beggars and people living with disability in his area even as he said because APC is rebuilding Nigeria there are bound to be challenges. Abubakar who stated that the empowerment was to make them earn decent living rather than being a burden to the society stated his council has made progress and recorded development for the last two years in the areas of education, primary health care and rehabilitation of roads. The chairman who was marking his two years anniversary at the weekend in Sabon Wuse said that the strength of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC ) was in its focus of delivering dividends of democracy to Nigerians notwithstanding the challenges. He disclosed that the APC has made efforts to avoid the mistakes of past administrations in the country, adding that the doors of the APC would be opened to all likeminded Nigerians who desired people oriented policies.

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Kogi Gov Apologises To Catholic Bishops Over Media Comments

BY SAM EGWU, Lokoja

Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has apologise to Catholic Bishops over a statement credited to him in the media stating that he has “tremendous respect for the Catholic Institution”, and will not do anything to disparage any religious organisation. In a statement issued by his director general, Media and Pub-

licity, Kingsley Fanwo, Governor Bello said the reports in the media that he disrespected the Catholic Church and leaders was not true. “My statements to the press were misconstrued and misrepresented but I take full responsibility for this as I tender my unreserved apologies to the Catholic Bishops and by extension my Christian brothers and sisters who are displeased with my statement on

tithing. “I recognise the enormous contributions of the Catholic Church to entrenching a social order which is devoid of corruption, oppression and in the promotion of socio-economic justice. Governor Bello said he is confident genuine religious leaders of all faiths are united in the President’s fight against corruption, insisting that no good religion has a

place for corruption and corrupt people. “The Catholic Church has done very well in promoting literacy and healthcare. I am quite familiar with a good number of Catholic Priests and I know their stance on the issue of corruption. Every church and religion must fight corruption because corruption oppresses the poor and destroy justice and fairness,” he said.

L-R: Member Representing Damboa, Chibok and Gwoza Federal Constituencies in the House of Representatives, Dr. Asabe Vilita Bashir; Special Assistant to Katsina State Governor on Girl-Child Education and Child Development, Hajia Binta Abba and the Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, Hajiya Hajia Sadiya Farouk, presenting educational materials to Miss Binta Jini and Master Mohammed Tijjani during the flag-off of the distribution of food and non-food items, empowerment and Educational Materials to Internally Displaced Persons Camp, Wasa, Abuja at weekend

Police Rescue 2 Out Of 4 Officers Missing In Benue BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi

Benue State Police command yesterday disclosed that two out of the four mobile policemen who were missing during gun duel with suspected herdsmen in Adzege village in Logo local government last Saturday have been rescued alive.

LEADERSHIP gathered that the Mobile Police Force deployed to maintain security at Azege community in Tombo council ward of Gaambe-Tiev Logo LGA, Benue State came under heavy attack by herdsmen in the area leading to the missing of four Mopol. The attack witnessed the

burning down of the Hilux Patrol vehicle attached to the operatives as the suspected Fulani herdsmen who came in three different groups were said to have ambushed the security operatives in order to capture them but were however not lucky this time as the trained Mobile personnel professionally

took cover and defended themselves. Not happy by their inability to achieve their criminal mission, the militia herdsmen, our correspondent learnt, resorted to property destruction which included the burning down of a brand new patrol vehicle belonging to the police team.

Nasarawa: Senator Adokwe Donates To IDPs, Decries Killings BY DANJUMA JOSEPH, Lafia

The Senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial district at the National Assembly Abuja, Senator Suleiman Adokwe, has lamented the killing of persons in the latest attacks on Tiv communities of the southern senatorial zone of Nasarawa State. Senator Adokwe, expressed the

regret at the weekend when donating relief materials worth millions of naira to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), as a result of the attacks in Agwatashi, Obi, Agyaragu and Doma towns in the southern senatorial zone of the state. He said, “In the last one one week, the attacks have intensified and persisted. A lot of lives have been lost. At

the last count, we know that not less than 20 people have died and we are still counting because there are still people in the bush. “I am not trying to be sensational, but bringing the graphic truth to the Nigerian public to know that the misery is rising on a daily basis. The sooner the government keeps it words that it will send military ex-

perts to come around and crush this thing once and for all, the better for everybody.” Senator Adokwe, who is the senate committee chairman on Information and Orientation, said if government failed in that responsibility “it is leaving people with no choice but to run helter-skelter and those pushed to the wall to stand and fight back.”

Group Faults Benue River Basin For Slow Work In 3 LGAs BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi

The non commencement of work at the various key projects sites across the 3 local government areas in Benue State by the Lower Benue River Basin Development authority has become a source of worry to benefiting community

members and stakeholders in the state. This was even as the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi Foundation For Justice Developments and Peace FJDP) in collaboration with the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) held a conference with community

representatives to brainstorm on ways to fast tract the implementation of these projects which include Boreholes and irrigation projects in Gwer, Gwer-west and Makurdi local government areas of Benue State The state coordinator of FJDP, Rev. Fr. Remigius Ihy-

ula through the programme manager, Blessing Adzaagee, explained that the foundation has trained some community members in the affected local governments in social accountability and also evaluating the progress and success of these projects in their respective localities.


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2019: NURTW Roots For PMB, Gov Bagudu BY YAHYA SARKI, Kebbi

The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has declared to support President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State for second term in office at the 2019 general election . The national president of the union , Alhaji Najeeb Usman Makama announced this in Birnin Kebbi at the weekend during a mass rally organised by the Kebbi State branch of the union in support of APC led administration at the federal and state levels. He told the mammoth crowd of NURTW and APC members at Haliru Abdu Stadium in Birnin Kebbi that president Buhari remains the most credible person to continue in office as the President of Nigeria in view of the importance he attaches to improving roads and the transport sector of the country. “President Buhari more than any other president this country had has embarked on improving our roads across the country which has rekindled confidence of travellers, he has also restored security and tranquility in Nigeria,”he said. He maintained that the national body of the union was in full support of the decision taken by the state branch to endorse president Buhari and governor Bagudu for the second term come 2019. The national chairman of NURTW was represented by the national auditor of the union, Yahuza Yan-Kaba at the rally . The Kebbi State chairman of the union, Usman Abubakar directed all members of the union to reelect for the second term in office president Buhari and governor Bagudu because of their track records of achievements . In his remarks, governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State appreciated support of the union to the APC led administration and promised to deliver their letter to the president.

APC Wins Mashi/Dutsi Rep Re-Run Election BY ANDY ASEMOTA, Katsina

The candidate of the All Progressives Comgress (APC), Mansur Ali, has emerged the winner of last Saturday’s Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency of the House of Representatives rerun election in Katsina State, the returning officer of the election, Prof Hudu Ayuba, has comfirmed. The APC candidate retained the seat with a total of 30,719 votes against 22,690 votes of the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nazif Yusuf Bello, after the rerun in 15 polling units ordered by Katsina Election Tribunal and reaffirmed by the Court of Appeal sitting in Kaduna. A breakdown of the result showed that APC won all but one polling unit, Rumfar Dankada Majigiri Ward in Mashi in the federal constituency. Recall that sequel to the court verdict, the APC went to Saturday’s rerun with a total of 27,607 votes as against PDP’s 19,307 votes from May 2017 byelection. The state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mal Jibril Zarewa, and other stakeholders who monitored the poll hailed the conduct of the election and voters’ turn out as impressive.

Kano state Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (middle), queuing to cast his vote, during the Kano State local government election held across the 44 local government areas of the state, in Kano, at weekend.

PMB, Govs Eulogise Buratai’s Late Father BY JONATHAN NDA-ISAIAH

President Muhammadu Buhari, governor Kashim Shettima and the governors of Edo, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States yesterday joined the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, to observe the Third Day prayers for the repose of his father, Yusuf. According to a statement by the senior special assistant to Buhari, Garba Shehu, the Pres-

ident was represented by a government delegation led by the Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari, who was accompanied by the minister of State Power, Works and Housing, Sulaiman Hassan Zarma, Ambassador Babagana Kingibe, Alhaji Ismaila Isa, and presidential aides, Ya’u Darazo, Sarki Abba and Garba Shehu. The permanent secretary, State House, Jalal Arabi was also on the delegation. The President in his message,

which was read by minister Sulaiman Hassan listed the good qualities of the deceased which included honesty, patriotism and the fear of God, adding that these had endeared the late Yusuf to people of different backgrounds. President described the late father of the Chief of Army Staff, himself a veteran of the World War 11 as a “man of exemplary conduct who had left behind lasting legacies for his

nation and beyond. He has indeed left behind a good name and reputation to be proud of.” Governor Kashim Shettima who responded on behalf of the grieving family and the people of the state said that his people will remain forever indebted to President Muhammadu Buhari for restoring peace to the Northeast. He assured that they would continue to support the administration.

PCNI Donates Medical Equipment, Reconstruction Materials Worth N2bn To Borno BY PEMBI DAVID-STEPHEN, Abuja

Presidential Committee NorthEast Initiative and Presidential Committee for Victims Support Fund has donated building materials to Borno State government in Maiduguri to support reconstruction of communities destroyed by insurgents. The presentation was made to Kashim Shettima, the governor of Borno State by the vice chairman of the presidential committee, Alhaji Tijjani Tumsah on Friday, February 9. He further stated that “Re-

building of hospital infrastructure is meant to complement our short-term interventions such as the medical outreach programmes that have been going on across the north east.” Also the PCNI has flagged off a Housing Refurbishing Material Support Programme intended to provide access to an improved housing, in terms of quality and standard for returnees and people directly affected by the insurgency. A total of 298, 000 pieces of timber, 59, 710 ceiling boards and 20, 865 bags of assorted

nails were handed over to the governor. 14, 100 bundles of zinc and 2, 400 bags of cement were also part of the presidential committee’s intervention to the state. The distribution of the building materials was made to nine local governments of the state where reconstruction works are ongoing. According to Alhaji Tumsah, ‘the distribution was based on populations of the local governments and damage assessment’. Biu, Gwoza and Monguno

local governments got 50, 000 pieces of timber, 2, 275 bundles of zinc, 2, 650 ceiling boards and 350 bags of cement each. 48, 000 pieces of timber, 2, 275 bundles of zinc, 2, 650 ceiling boards and 350 bags of cement were donated to Damboa local government. Five local governments, Guzamala, Kala-Balge, Kukawa, Mafa and Ngala received 20, 000 pieces of timber, 1, 000 bundles of zinc, 2, 053 bags of assorted nails, 5, 670 pieces of ceiling boards and 200 bags of cement each.

NBA Takes Sensitisation Programme To Kano, Jigawa BY KUNLE OLASANMI, Abuja

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has taken its sensitisation ‎campaign programme on the implementation of Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) to Kano and Jigawa States. Some states are yet to adopt the ACJA as their procedural law for the administration of criminal justice in Nigeria. The NBA-MAC ARTHUR project team was in Kano and

Dutse in Jigawa State for senzitisation workshop. According to a press statement made available to newsmen by the association, NBA 1st vice-president, Caleb Dajan Esq., who represented the NBA president, Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN, stressed the importance of the ACJA in the Criminal Justice System and stated that it is the Association’s desire that at the end of the day, the aim of the workshop will not only be achieved

but contributions made will lead to a smooth implementation of the Act in Kano State and Jigawa States. He appreciated the presence of officers of various security agencies, who are also key partners in the administration of criminal justice. Mr Caleb Dajan later inaugurated the nine member state committee assigned with state level tasks to build partnership and work in collaboration with key stakeholders working in the area of domesticating and

implementing the ACJA 2015. The project coordinator, Muritala Abdul-Rasheed Esq, gave the project overview. He noted that, the uniform adoption of the ACJA in all 36 States of the Federation has been hindered by the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, which vests the States Houses of Assembly with the power to make laws for the peace, order and good government of the State among other legislative provisions.

Kaduna: College Of Health Sciences Matriculates 338 Students For 2017/18 Session BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna

The Al-Ameen College of Health Sciences and Technology Kaduna has matriculated 338 students in various fields of study for the 2017/2018 academic session and awarded scholar-

ship to eighty (80) students. Seventy five of the students are in Senior Community Health, 50 in Junior Community Health, 40 Medical Laboratory, 40 in Science, 30 in Dental Science, 20 in Health Information Managment, 21 in

X-ray, 22 in Environmental Health, 20 in Health Education, 20 in Food Hygiene and 40 in Pharmacy. In his keynote address, the chairman, Governing Board of the college, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the positive impact of health

and education on national development can never be over emphasised, stressing that both health and education are enhanced in a society through the vital contributions of health institutions and colleges of health sciences.


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Entertainment Awards Suffer Lack Of Sponsorship – Report

Tiwa Savage and Dr Sid BY SAMUEL ABULUDE, LAGOS

2017 will be regarded as the year major awards in the entertainment industry suffered lack of sponsorship. According to a source, the major music award, Headies 2017 could not hold last year due to lack of sponsorship and the organiser's inability to proffer a solution to the dwindling fortunes and unwillingness of major brands and corporate bodies to fully support and sponsor such an institutional award. Headies, formally known as Hip Hop Awards has been on now for decades, and its rally point for a reward system for the dynamic Nigeria music industry. Also the gospel counterpart award, music and Entertainment Gospel Awards, MEGA 2017 could not hold the way it ought because of lack of patronage from corporate bodies. The award, which was in its 4th year and founded by the cerebral Femi Akintunde-Johnson FAJ, sadly could not even get a suitable venue to host the only remaining gospel music award in Nigeria. A radio station, Ray Power 100.5 had to come to their aid resulting into a MEGA 2017 Studio Award of a kind where the public could not attend.

Followers of the music industry are of the view; this ugly trend does not bode well for the image of the industry. An industry where a star musician is said to be richer than the music industry itself. Remember that the music union, Performing Musician Employers Association of Nigeria, PMAN or what have you still remains in comatose and it has lost its relevance. Aside music, the major film awards, African Movie Academy Award, AMAA and Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, AMVCA held their annual awards last year and the quality of the awards ceremony dipped. The AMVCA, a product of Africa Magic channels of Multichioice, had taken the shine off the previous and there are feelers that AMAA founded by Peace Anyiam-Osigwe and which prides itself as an institutional award and formally hosted by Bayelsa State may not enjoy the patronage it used to in Nigeria owing to different factors. Now AMAA 2018 will be hosted by the nation of Rwanda or Malawi, the second time its hosting will be taken out of Nigeria. The Nigerian entertainment industry namely the music and movie industry, which has entered a new phase of consolidation is in dire need of foreign or local investment to get to the desired level or else the growth it has garnered over the years will be stalled and will not be sustainable. This is the view of some stakeholders in the entertainment industry. If everything goes according to plan, HEADIES 2018 will hold in the month of March, which is next month, and there is no buzz or publicity to that effect. Indeed the industry needs concerted efforts by stakeholders, investment and government initiative that will pilot the gains of it in the last few years.

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Big Brother Naija Week One: No Eviction But ‘Strike One’ for #KSquared BY ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM

Seven days into Big Brother 3, the housemates got their first taste of reckoning at the first live show. Hosted by Ebuka ObiUchendu, Sunday’s show brought with it the usual blend of intrigue, suspense and entertainment, as Kcee, the Limpopo crooner, entertained studio guests and viewers at home. Soothed by the absence of evictions for this week, the housemates got to share their experiences thus far in the house. After last week’s pairings, the housemates were once again tasked with competing to become the next Head of House. Bam Bam, Cee C, Tobi and Teddy A came out victorious, meaning that teams Cebi and Bamteddy will have to do battle for the HOH crown. Another pair caught in the spotlight albeit for the wrong reasons was the dynamic quo of Khloe and K Brule, otherwise known as K-Square, who were handed their first strike by Big

Brother following their unruly behavior. Khloe was able to single handedly tie herself to every controversy in the Big Brother house with her confrontational and approach, but it was K Brule who escalated the duo’s troubles by jumping off a balcony, an action that triggered an emotional response from fellow housemate Bitto. Biggie handed K-Square a strike which ultimately is a step closer for them to get booted out of the Big Brother house; they were also disqualified from the HOH contest that took place shortly after. Kcee, who performed his hit singles ‘Pull Over’, ‘Limpopo’ and more, thrilled viewers. After sharing his usual dose of wise words with the housemates, Ebuka let the viewers in on a twist: there will be fake nominations on Monday night, and no evictions next week Sunday. The housemates are however oblivious of the development and this guarantees even more excitement for the viewers.

Traffic: Schools Hurry To Register Candidate For 2018 Cowbellpedia Qualifying Examination BY ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM With the February 11 deadline for registration fast approaching, secondary school authorities across the country are besieging the Cowbellpedia Registration Portal to enlist their students for the 2018 Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics Television Quiz Show. The qualifying examination takes place on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at designated centres

nationwide.

According to Abiodun Ayodeji, marketing manager of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, makers of Cowbell – Our Milk and sponsors of the competition, registration for this year’s Cowbellpedia competition is strictly online.

Each participating school, he further explained, is entitled to put forward five candidates who must be between 10 and 18 years old for each of the junior and senior categories. To encourage Girl Child Education, Mixed Schools

are expected to nominate a minimum of two l girls for each category to represent such a school. As an added value, the first 1,000 schools to complete their registration will be entitled to a free copy of the Cowbellpedia Compendium, a compilation of questions and answers of past editions of the competition. This is to improve proficiency of students in Mathematics and commemorate the 20th anniversary of Cowbell and Mathematics. While urging schools

and students to avail themselves of the opportunity ahead of the deadline for registration, Ayodeji advised that each school should nominate their best students to boost their chances all through to the final. To mark the occasion of 20 years relationship of Cowbell and Mathematics in Nigeria, Promasidor has increased the prizes tremendously such that the winner in each of the senior and junior categories will now receive N2m, instead of N1m previously. In

addition to that is an allexpense paid educational excursion outside the country for the respective category winners. The first and second runners-up in each category will be rewarded with N1.5m and N1m respectively, up from the previous prizes of N750,000 and N500,000 respectively. Teachers of the first prize winners will win N500,000, while those of the first and second runners-up will receive N400,000 and N300,000 respectively.


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SEB Marks Sino-Nigera Cultural Fiester 2018 BYANTHONY ADA ABARAHAM

It was a day of cultural celebration, dance and music renditions as FCT Secondary Education, Board in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy organised SinoNigeria Cultural Fiesta 2018 themed, 'Cultural Universality In Promoting Friendship' held at the education resource centre, Wuse 2, Zone 7, Abuja. The event, which witnessed about 18 schools in the FCT come in their numbers, represent various cultures, thrilling the guests and teachers who were on hand to witness their exquisite performance. After displaying the various cultures of Nigeria through dance, they also presenting some amazing steps of the Chinese culture with great ease. “The cultural fiesta is to enable the children master and weave both cultures together for better understanding,” according to the Cultural Counselor Chinese Embassy, Mr Li Xuda. He thanks everyone for making the programme a success and promise his continued support towards improving the cultural relation of both countries. “Today we are celebrating together because we have one common goal. We will continue to support the effort of the education board. I have visited about 5 Chinese corners since I was appointed last year. Everyone is a winner and I am happy that we are here to see the children embrace various cultures.” He said. Mr Li Xuda also promise the student that all those who participated in the cultural fiesta will have straight access to the Temple Fair Celebration at the Chinese cultural centre which is the biggest event in China.

Cultural Counselor Chinese Embassy, Mr Li Xuda( Middle) with teachers and students who took part in the cultural fiesta in Abuja , recently.

Also speaking, Deputy Director Bilateral cooperation Unit SEB, Mrs Eneh Francisca who couldn’t hide her joy said ‘the performances of these children were out of this world. She congratulated them as she hopes they continue to learn their cultures.’ For HOD Curricular Dept. SEB, Victoria George Uno, who also doubles as one of the judges, she revealed that It is a competition, but aside that, it is not the competition that matters, but how to entertain

and show the cultural affiliation between both countries. “That is why many students are dressed in various attires. Know that you are promoting the coming of two cultures together. And most especially understand the language. I also want to appreciate the student who sang the Chinese national anthem. They did very well. I appeal that they should expand the centres to other schools to broaden their scope of Chinese culture.’ The elated Mrs. George appreciates the children who

though haven’t visited China, presented the culture of Chinese in a subtle way. “I want them to grab the opportunity of the bilateral relations. Most of them will not find it difficult when they find themselves in China to study. My message to the teachers and students is that they should work harder so that they can win prices next time. It was a really close context and we hope they will do better next time.” She concluded. About 12 schools participated in the cultural celebration and competition.

Song performance category GSS Jabi 3rd position for GGSS Dutse 2nd position 281 Gas Gwarimpa 1st position Nigeria cultural Dance category: GSS Mpape 3rd position ADSS Asokoro 2nd GSS Maitama 1st Chinese dance competition: 3rd position (combined) GSS and GSS Biaji 2nd position GSS Apo Resettlement 1st GGSS Dutse

Tonto Dikeh’s RealityTV Show Second Trailer Causes Uproar BY SAMUEL ABULUDE, LAGOS

The husband believed that the show was too matured for the kid who at this point can not make decisions for himself and in future could probably regret his involvement on the show. Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh has not allowed the law suit stop her from doing what she loves doing and has released the second trailer for her reality tv show titled “King Tonto”. The trailer was shared on social media yesterday and has caused a lot of reactions on the side of fans and lovers. Many of them said the acting in the show looks very fake and boring. Daniel, Oge Okoye, Katherine Obiang, Adaora Ukwo, Jumoke Odetola, and Anthony Monjaro. Tonto Dikeh


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Pa Joseph Njoku Buried BY AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE, Abuja

Octogenarian and British and American trained engineer, Sir Joseph Iwuala Njoku, who recently died aged 82 years was yesterday laid to rest in his home town IhoDimeze in Ikeduru local government area of Imo State. In a statement signed by Chief Chyma Anthony, a former senatorial aspirant in Imo State and son in law of the late icon, said Pa Njoku was a man who touched many lives in Imo State and a famous engineer who served the Imo State Ministry of Works for many years. “Pa Njoku Was an icon, a community leader, knight of Anglican Church and a traditional chief. He inspired and endured that many people in his community obtained University education through personal contributions. He also served the people of Imo State bringing his training and experience to bear in the Ministry of Works. He was loved by all and would be greatly missed, “ he said. The statement further added that the late Njoku is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren including Mrs Ifeyinwa Anthony, wife of Chief Chyma Anthony.

Nigeria’s Economy Still 89% In Recession – Expert Only 11 per cent of the Nigerian economy is out of recession while the remaining 89 per cent is still in recession, chief executive officer of RTC Advisory Services Limited, Mr. Opeyemi Agbaje has said. Agbaje also said Nigeria’s exit from economic recession was largely driven by an improvement in the oil sector, and then, partly by agriculture and utilities (particularly power sector), which he said summed up to constitute only 11 per cent of the nation’s economy. He said: “The economy is not policy driven. It is driven by the oil sector. If you want to look at the growth or movement of the economy, you look at policies and politics.’’ For instance, he said, “during recession, telecoms didn’t go into recession. But it is now in recession. Our economy has become poorer as a result of inflation, recession and devaluation of the currency. The significant issue is the structure of the economy.” Agbaje made the assertion yesterday while delivering a lecture at a media parley that was organized by the leading financial institution in Nigeria, First City Monument Bank (FCMB). He observed that stability in the NigerDelta region and rise in prices of crude oil at the international market are responsible for the economic growth that has seen Nigeria witness marginal rise in foreign reserves up to over $40 billion. He said the non-oil sector that accounts for 89 per cent of the economy with key sectors including manufacturing, agriculture, telecoms, amongst others is still in recession following what he described as failure of the authorities to embark on pragmatic reforms or investment-end policies towards jobs creation. He stated that as a country, Nigeria is optimizing many of its sectors, including oil sector, public administration, amongst others. By Mark Itsibor, Abuja

Former Bayelsa State acting governor, Hon Werinipre Seibarugu, (second left); chairman, Board Of Trustee, Senator Abu Ibrahim (middle) and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Sen Eta Enang (second right), at the commissioning of the state secretariat of the National Committee on Buhari Support Groups in Yenagoa, yesterday. PHOTO BY OSA OKHOMINA

PMB Support Groups Open Offices In Warri, Yenagoa

NASS, NILS, Others Partner Nigeria’s Tax System Review

BY OSA OKHOMINA, Bayelsa

In a bid to enthrone a tax system that would improve the overall wellbeing of its citizens and diversify the nation’s economy, the National Assembly, has set up a Technical Committee, comprising the Director General, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Lagos State, and the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), with the mandate to critically look at Nigeria’s Tax policies, Legislative framework and administrative regulations, viz-a-viz the constitution. Other partners include the Federal inland Revenue Service, Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), the Budget Office of the Federation, the Commissioner of Finance. In a statement by the Communications Adviser of NILS,Nwajei Kanayo C, this is with a view to address public concerns on the current tax system and the need to diversify the nation’s economy by widening the tax base. He said a member of the Committee and the Senior Special Assistant to the Senate President, Kingsley Amaku disclosed this during a technical session of the Committee. He noted that there will be a synergy between the National Assembly Technical Committee and the Presidential Initiative on the Ease of Doing Business, set up by the Executive arm of government. “The National Assembly has passed several laws that have helped Nigeria to move up in the World-Bank Ease of Doing Business ranking. “The Senate and House of Representatives have been driving the process of making doing business in Nigeria easier by reforming some of the extant laws that affect businesses in a way that inhibit investment in the country and make Nigeria un-competitive. “ What we are doing now is deepening the process by looking at the past tax reforms as a way of improving the competitiveness of Nigeria as an investment destination.”

The National Committee of Buhari Support Groups (NCBSG) yesterday kickstarted the second term bid for President Muhammadu Buhari with the commissioning of two of its offices in Warri, Delta Sate and Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State. The two offices of the NCBSG, which are imposing edifices accomodating the Council for New Nigeria were conmissioned by Senior Special Assistant to the president on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang who was assisted by chairman, Board of Trustee (BOT) of the NCBSG, Senator Abu Ibrahim. Addressing thousands of supporters who thronged the venue of the commissioning, Senator Enang reeled out the achievements of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the past three years under the Buhari administration. He said President Buhari has succeeded in tackling the hydraheaded problem of corruption as well as turning the economy around with his various policies. Noting that his achievement in the area of agriculture is

obvious to Nigerians, Enang said government meant well with the introduction of cattle colonies in states. He said that opposition politicians were the ones kicking against the policy to derail the plan and put government in bad light. On his part, chairman of BoT of the NCBSG, Senator Abu Ibrahim, commended Council of New Nigeria for opening the office in support of the re-election of President Buhari in 2019. He aknowledged that the Council of New Nigeria is the first of over 200 Buhari Support Groups under NCBSG that will open an office for its operations to garner support for President Buhari, just as he commended the leadership of the group led by Chief Emma Aworoh. Also speaking, national chairman and of NCBSG, Alhaji Mustapha and national secretary, Otunba Biodun Ajiboye urged supporters of President Buhari not to be brainwashed by the antics and blackmail of the oppositon but should instead go all out to enlighten others on the achievements of President Buhari and the need to reelect him. In Yenagoa, Bayelsa State at the newly commissioned

office of the NCBSG, Senator Ibrahim expressed joy at the large turn out of supporters for President Muhammadu Buhari and called on those on the fence about President Muhammadu Buhari reelection to decide and work for a second term. He told the crowd of APC supporters and loyalists of Chief Tomiperetu Sylvia, that the New empowerment programme initiated by the Buhari support groups tagged “women and youth empowerment programme(WOYEP)” is targeted at the Nigerian people irrespective of party affiliation. He said the message to Nigerians from the Buhari support groups is for Nigerians to allow the president finish his good works. The State Coordinator of the NCBSG and former acting governor of Bayelsa State, Chief Werinipre Seibarugu also assured that with the newly initiated empowerment programme, “all Bayelsa indigenes irrespective of political affiliation will benefit. “ The Port Harcourt office of the NCBSG will be commissioned today (Saturday) after the South East zonal meeting.

Theatre Commander Denies Unregistered NGOs Access To IDPs BY FRANCIS OKOYE, MAIDUGURI

The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole , Maj Gen Rogers Nicholas has given unregistered non governmental organizations (NGOs) operating within the theatre of operation 2 weeks to get registered with appropriate government’s supervisory agencies. He added that unregistered NGOs will no longer have access to IDPs camps and thorough fare at the security check points.

Maj Gen Nicholas stated this yesterday when he held meeting with heads of security agencies and non governmental organizations (NGOs) at the headquarters, Theatre Command, Maiduguri to deliberate on issues bordering on security and humanitarian activities in the north east theatre of operation. Speaking at the opening of the meeting, General Nicholas who expressed immense appreciation for the humanitarian support of the NGOs to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the north east, stated that the meeting became

necessary to address some unpleasant challenges arising from both security and humanitarian activities in the region. According to the statement issued in Maiduguri by the deputy direcor, Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, Col Onyema Nwachukwu, the Theatre Commander disclosed that some unregistered NGOs have found their way to the theatre and are operating without proper documentation with appropriate government supervisory agencies.

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OBJ’s Coalition Against PMB’s Second Term – Aide

L-R: The Wambai of Old Muri and Katukan Karmi-Lamido in Taraba State, Mr Babangida Hassan (CNA) receiving a humanitarian award of excellent service from the chairman, Association of Northern Nigerian Students, Taraba State chapter, Comrade Salahudeen Shaibu in Jalingo, yesterday. With themare other members of the association.

Eminent Nigerians Mourn Ace Journalist Mahmoon Baba-Ahmed BY SUNDAY ISUWA, ABUJA

Eminent Nigerians including deputy Senate Leader, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, and chairman, Liberty TV/Radio, Tijjani Ramalan yesterday attended the burial of an ace broadcaster and media manager, Mahmoon Baba-Ahmed. He died on Thursday night after a brief illness at the age of 74. Mahmoon was buried on Friday at about 2:15pm in Ungwan Sarki burial ground after Islamic prayers held at

Sultan Bello Mosque. Until his death, Mahmoon maintained a column in Blueprint and a Hausa newspaper, Aminiya. He was a presenter of “Tambihi” and “Damokradiya”, popular Hausa political programmes on Liberty Television, Kaduna. He is survived by a wife and seven children. Among his relations is Hakeem BabaAhmed, the Chief of Staff to Senate President Bukola Saraki. He began his broadcasting

career as duty continuity announcer at the Broadcasting Company of Northern Nigeria, BCNN, in 1971. Late Baba-Ahmed worked briefly with New Nigerian Newspapers as subeditor before returning to Broadcasting Corporation of Northern Nigeria, BCNN, for outstation posting. He served as state correspondent of BCNN in Bauchi, Kano, Borno, Plateau and Lagos and as chief correspondent of Radio Nigeria, Kaduna.

He was later appointed a director of information in Kaduna State Ministry of Information. He served for about five years before his appointment as the Managing Director of Kaduna State Media Corporation, KSMC. Former Kano State Governor, Sabo Bakinzuwo, had in 1983 appointed him general manager of Kano State Media Corporation. Mr. BabaAhmed served for one year at Radio Kano before going back to FRCN as controller of Current Affairs.

The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly, Hon. Abdurrahman Kawu Sumaila, has described the recent outburst of former President Olusegun Obasanjo on the formation of Coalition For Nigeria Movement as a clandestine move to block the chances of the current President should he attempt to recontest for a second term. The SA made this known while in an interview with the LEADERSHIP Weekend in Kano. According to him, the former President has the constitutional right to associate or form an association at any given time and as a Nigerian no one will challenged him for doing that He said contrary to the believe of some people that if the Obasanjo CN turns into a political party it will mar the chances of President Buhari in staging a come back in 2O19 adding that most Nigerians are fed up with Obasanjo’s antics he has done similar act to finished former President Goodluck Jonathan and today he is after president Buhari this time he will be digging his grave politically. The former MP said Obasanjo is late in executing his plan he could have done that long before now but at the time when the government has came out boldly to define it’s agenda of gradually revolutionising the country in all aspect of human endeavour, it will not be possible for the president to accomplished all he has started in one single term. He said he is confident that President Buhari will serve two terms and once that is possible all his policy plan concerning the less privilege Nigerians would began to impact positively on their lives. By Abdullahi Yakubu, Kano

PDP Suspends Dep Chairman In Niger

NCS To Eliminate Smuggling In Adamawa, Taraba

Amidst speculation of likely defection of the Niger State People Democratic Party (PDP) deputy chairman, Alhaji Aminu Yusuf to All Progressives Congress (APC), the PDP yesterday announced that he has been suspended from the party for alleged anti party activities, A statement signed by the State Secretary of the Party Alhaji Abdullahi Santali and made available to Journalists stated that the decision to suspend Alhaji Aminu Yusuf was taken at an emergency meeting of the state working committee which met at the party Secretariat in Minna yesterday. He stated that the state working committee met based on allegations brought against him by the Wushishi local government area and the Niger North Senatorial district wing of the party According to him the allegations which leveled against the high ranking member of the party who was campaign director general of the party in 2015 and was secretary of the party in the last dispensation were “ gross misconduct, anti party activities and engaging in conducts unbecoming of a party executive”. While saying that the state working committee found some of the allegations cogent , the party decided “that Alhaji Aminu Yusuf the state deputy chairman is hereby suspended from office to allow for investigations of complaints against him”. Consequently he stated that they resolved, “That the complaints against Alhaji Aminu Yussuf be referred to the disciplinary Committee of the party for investigation “ adding that “ no member is above the law and that every member should strive to adhere to the rules and regulations of the party with a view to improving its fortunes in the state.”

The Adamawa/Taraba Area Command of Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it has intensified marine patrol on River Benue channel linking Nigeria and Cameroon to contain fuel smugglers. The Area Comptroller of the command, Mr Adetoye Francis made this known Wednesday in Yola while auctioning 23 jerrycans of diesel confiscated from smugglers along the river.

BY HUSSAINI HAMMANGABDO, Yola

Francis said the present administration has zero tolerance for smuggling which he described as harmorrhege on the economy. The comptroller warned smugglers in the border states to stop in their own interest as the service under the present leadership of its comptroller general, Hameed Ali, has zero tolerance for smuggling. He lauded the role played the by CIU deport of the command, in identifying smugglers hide out in the state which he described a

huge suscess in meeting the target earmarked by federal gocernment to the command. “It is also to alert the members of the public that regardless of the idea being haboured or canvassed by a selfish section of the public. “Smuggling is not a trade, it’s a fraud and serious stealing from the national economy which has resultantly left the economy bleeding endlessly. “We have a situation where traditional ruler invited us to

come and collect duties in his domain, this is commendable,” Francis said. Francis said the command made nine seizures within the past one month valued at N3.2 million. He said the command which was given the target of N16 million monthly generated N20.5 million in January. The diesel was auctioned to military and para-military organisations at the cost of N100 per liter.

Kidnappers Hold 5 Motor Spare-part Dealers Hostage In C/River BY RICHARD NDOMA, Calabar

About five Igbo motor and electrical spare-part dealers trading around the Bedwell axis an area well known for motor and electrical spareparts business in Calabar South local government of Cross River State have been abducted by hoodlums within three weeks in Calabar metropolis of the state. Investigations carried out by our correspondent in Cross River State revealed that while one Ifeanyi and

Lazarus, spare parts dealers, and other of the victims popularly nick-name as”but why” were kidnapped two weeks ago, another of the igbo trader who specialises in marketing electrical parts/ dealer in all sorts of electrical materials was also whisked away by the kidnappers on Monday this week. Facts emerged that the victims were said to have been kidnapped at their shops at Victor Akan Street an area known for all sales of motor and electrical spare parts in Calabar

metropolis of the state. It was learnt that while one Ifeanyi and Lazarus, spare parts dealers, were kidnapped two weeks ago, an electrical dealer and contractor popularly known by friends and associates as ‘But Why’ was whisked away on Monday. Family sources averred that they have regained freedom after paying ransom running into millions of naira. As if that wasn’t enough, the latest kidnapping of one popular Japanese spare parts dealer, Mr Paulinus Obi,

popularly known as Matata, and Emmanuel Ozokwu a contractor have sent shivers down the spine of most of Igbo traders doing business in the area in Calabar South of Cross River State. The Japanese motor spare dealer was taken hostage by dare-devil kidnappers on Wednesday at Bedwell Street, while Ozokwu was whisked away on Thursday at Target Street all in Calabar South LGA of the state, a local government noted for all manner of notoriety in Calabar metropolis of the state.

Girl Child Education Empowerment Our Major Focus – Osadebay BY CECILIA OGEZI, ABUJA

The chief executive officer (CEO) of Nigerian Children Ambassadors (NCA) Stephen Osadebay, has said the foundation is focused on promoting Girlchild education in rural communities. Osadebay who was speaking during the birthday ceremony By Abu Nmodu, Minna of recently crowned Little

Miss Nigeria, Winner Ekhator noted that the young Queen’s first project which will commence next week is aimed at enhancing the dignity of the girl child, he added that other projects in will include advocacy for enhancement of the child right act which according to him is often neglected. Winner, on her part expressed her joy as she added

a year, while also adding that she was committed to fight against human trafficking in persons and child molestation which has been an ugly trend so many children live with in the society. The parents of the young Queen, Mr and Mrs Osamede Ekhator assured of giving the foundation the needed support to uphold the virtue the girl child is born with to

mold her into a mother to help groom children in the society. Mr Ekhator also stressed the need to give premium to education of the girl child, adding that it was in their effort to support this drive that they are going to open a foundation to help out of school children particularly the girl children to inspire them to school.


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I Was Forced To Marry Him, Wife Tells Court

A housewife, Hadiza Ibrahim, has pleaded with a Sharia Court in Minna to dissolve her marriage as she does not love and cherish her husband. Ibrahim told the court that she had warned her husband, Mai-Anguwa Aliyu, from the onset that the ‘arranged marriage’ was destined to hit the rocks as she was forced into it. “I am begging this court to dissolve our marriage because I don’t love and adore my husband. “I warned him from the beginning, when he and my father pressured me into it, that the marriage was never going to see the light of the day. “It was an arranged marriage and what’s the point of being in it when I don’t feel anything for my husband? “Nothing will make me go back to him, even if he is given the chance to try and settle things with me,” she said. According to the News agency of Nigeria, Aliyu, however, maintained that he still loved his wife and would not want them to go their separate ways. He prayed the court to give him more time to try and prevail on his wife to have a second thought about opting out of the marriage. The presiding judge, Ahmed Bima, advised the couple to give peace a chance and settle their differences with patience and understanding. Bima, however, cautioned against marrying a woman against her wish, saying that such could be counterproductive. He adjourned the case until Feb. 22 to give room for both parties to reconcile their differences.

Suspected kidnappers

Police Burst Kidnap Syndicate, Arrest Members The police have arrested the suspected abductors of Chief Nemi Adoki, the 61-year-old Chief Executive Officer of Menakeb Limited. Adoki was kidnapped on 15 December, 2017. The six suspected kidnappers, according a statement by Aba Kyari on Whatsapp, were arrested at different locations in Rivers and Bayelsa states The arrest of the suspects came following the killing of Maikano Abdullahi and the kidnapping of Adoki and his eventual release

on payment of N9m ransom on 4 January, 2018 after 21 days of captivity in the Creeks of AkukuToru LGA of Rivers State. Between the date of the payment of the ransom and 5 February, 2018 operatives of the IGP- Intelligence Response Team IRT deployed to PH by IGP Idris Ibrahim arrested the suspected members of the kidnapping syndicate. Suspects arrested and roles played are: Justice Timothy the 22-year-old suspected gang leader who uses an AK47 rifle

and allegedly responsible for the death of Abudullahi. He was in charge of negotiations. His share from the ransom was N1.8m. Akpos Livinus, 33, coordinator of the gang’s operations, was also arrested. He was said to have arranged the weapons used and the location of the stronghold in the creeks. His share was N1.2m. Daniel Allen,27, participated in the kidnap, also negotiated for ransom. His share is N1m. Another one is Kelvin Alpheus who is 30 years old. He was tasked with cooking and

running errands for the gang and hostages. His share was N.4m. David Abak, 29, the driver of the operational vehicle, used for the kidnap was also arrested. His share was N.8m. Also arrested was 26-year-old Tekena Silva, the sacked driver of the victim. Silva, it was who brought the kidnapping job to the group and got N1m share from the ransom. The police unit said there were serious efforts towards arresting the only one gang member remaining who was still at large.

20-Year-Old Marriage Crashes Over Child’s Exam Fees An Idi-Ogungun Customary Court in Agodi, Ibadan, on Friday dissolved the 20-year-old marriage between one Funmilayo and Babatunde Abiodun, over the husband’s refusal to pay one of his children’s SSCE fees. Funmilayo had approached the court for the dissolution of the marriage that produced four children over negligence of responsibility on the part of her husband. In his ruling, the court’s President, Chief Mukaila Balogun, said that the evidence by both parties had proven that there was no more love in the relationship.

Balogun, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, said the court was handicapped in resolving the dispute between the couple since both had agreed to part ways. He dissolved the marriage and gave the custody of two of the four children to the defendant. According to the president, the two children who are over 18 years of age should be in the custody of their father under the law. He also ordered the remaining two children who are below 18 years to remain with the plaintiff. The court ordered the defendant

to be paying N8, 000 monthly to the plaintiff for the upkeep of the two children that would be in her custody. The court also directed the defendant to be responsible for the school fees of the four children, henceforth. Earlier, Funmilayo, 42, had told the court that she left her matrimonial home about five years ago due to maltreatment from her husband. She said the defendant neglected his responsibility as a father, which made her to shoulder the payment of the children’s school fees, feeding and other responsibilities alone.

“My lord, I decided to divorce him because he had refused to pay the SSCE fees of our second born. “I do not want him in my life again and I urge the court to compel him to be alive to his responsibility,” Funmilayo said. The defendant, Abiodun, did not object to the dissolution of the marriage, but pleaded with the court to give him the custody of the four children. Abiodun, 49, however, accused his wife of committing adultery and that he had tried to satisfy her to the best of his ability.

Kwara LG Poll: Seven Arraigned In Court Over Alleged Intimidation BY ABDULLAHI OLESIN, ILORIN Eight persons who were arrested for allegedly causing mayhem during the 2017 local council poll in Kwara State have been arraigned before an Ilorin Chief Magistrates’ Court. The accused are Salaudeen AbdulGaniyu, Atanda Usman, Usman Ayo, Lukman Abdullahi, Ibrahim Isah Taiye Komolafe and Ahmed Baba Aboto, all of via Malete, Moro local government area of the state. The accused were arraigned on a four-count charge of criminal conspiracy, mischief by fire, criminal intimidation and causing hurt, which

contravened Sections 97, 336, 397 and 246 of Penal Code. Police from the Divisional Headquarters, Malete, Ilorin arrested the accused following a report on November 18, 2017 by one Ibrahim Abdulrasaq of Kwara State Teaching Service Commission, Ilorin that during the conduct of the council poll, he received information that some hoodlums came to his community at Kulende Area, Arobadi village, via Malete, Ilorin and caused pandemonium. According to the complainant, the suspected hoodlums came in a Gulf car, registration number Lagos

JJJ 161 DP and Bajaj motorcycle, registration number Lagos SMK 405 QA with dangerous weapons and were threatening to burn down houses and vehicles in the village. The complainant stated that the hoodlums held hostage one Issa Adaara Jimoh in his vehicle, Rio Kia car, registration number KW 111 AOI and later tore his four tyres with knife before the car was set ablaze. The complainant stated further that the suspected hoodlums also partly burnt one Alhaji Adaara’s Honda car, registration number Kwara BDU 140 TD, while the vehicle’s four tyres were also deflated.

The complainant added that some of the hoodlums also beat and stabbed one Mohammed Yusuf Jamiu with knife on his head as a result of which he was soaked in his own blood and was taken to the hospital. The Police First Information Report (FIR) stated that during the course of investigation at Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Ilorin, the accused were arrested in connected with the attack. The FIR added that the accused criminally conspired with other suspects at large to perpetrate the offences The prosecutor, Nasir Yusuf, said

investigation into the case was yet to be completed, as effort was ongoing to arrest the other suspects now at large. He objected to the bail application of the accused and urged the court to remand them in prison custody pending the outcome of investigation. The defence counsel, Toyin Onaolapo, prayed the court to admit the accused to bail pending the determination of the case. The trial Chief Magistrate, Mr. A.M. Ibrahim, agreed with the submission of the defence, as he admitted the accused to bail each in the sum of N100,000 and two sureties in like sum.


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Court Remands Teenager in Prison For Gun Possession BY ABDULLAHI OLESIN, Ilorin

A teenager, Umar Lawal, of Odota Area, Ilorin, Kwara state who was arrested with a gun in his possession has been remanded at the Federal Prison Yard, Oke-Kura, Ilorin. The order to remand the 19-yearold accused was made by an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court before which he was arraigned on a three-count charge of house breaking, attempt to commit theft and illegal possession of firearm, which contravened Sections 353, 95

of Penal Code Law and 3 of Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R11, Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. Men of the state police command arrested the accused following a complaint on January 19. 2018 at ‘D’ Division police station, Adewole, Ilorin, by one Wasiu Garba of Gerewu area, Ilorin that the accused attempted to steal the property of his landlady. According to the complainant, while he was in his room he noticed

that the accused was trying to escape through the window in his landlady’s room, which made him to raise the alarm to the extent that it got to the attention of the neighbourhood. The complainant stated further that the accused was later arrested and a locally made pistol and live ammunition were found in his possession. Police First Information Report (FIR) stated that investigation conducted at the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence

Department, Ilorin revealed that the accused committed the offence. The prosecutor, Alhassan Jubril, objected to the bail of the accused and urged the court to remand him in prison custody pending the outcome of investigation. The trial Magistrate, Mrs. Hafsat Alege, acceded to the submission of the prosecutor and ordered that the accused be remanded at Federal Prison, Oke-Kura, Ilorin until February 12 when the case would come up for further mention.

WHO OWNS THE CHILD: A youngster being terrified by a masquerader called Arebisola during the Egungun festival at Owode Obafemi, Ogun State. PHOTO BY KOLAWOLE ALIU

Woman, 20, Remanded For House Breaking, Theft BY ABDULLAHI OLESIN, ILORIN A 20-year-old woman, Suleiman Rashidat, of Gaa-Akanbi area, Ilorin, Kwara State who allegedly broke into different houses where she stole some property has been remanded at the Federal Prison Yard, Oke-Kura, Ilorin. The order to remand the accused was made by an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court before which she was arraigned

on a three-count charge of criminal trespass, house breaking and theft, which contravened Sections 348, 354 and 287 of Penal code Law. The accused was arrested following a tip-off one at Otte Divisional Police Headquarters that the accused trespassed into various houses at the Idi-Agbon Compound in the community and carted away their property.

According to the Police First Information Report (FIR) investigation into the mater revealed that the accused belongs to a gang of thieves that goes about burgling people’s rooms when they were away to their work places. The prosecutor, Alhassan Jubril, who informed the court that investigation into the case was in progress objected bail of the accused

and urged the court to remand her in prison custody pending the outcome of investigation. The trial Magistrate, Mrs. B.A. Baraje, acceded to the submission of the prosecutor and ordered that the accused be remanded at the Federal Prison Yard. Oke-Kura, Ilorin. She adjourned the matter till February 14, 2018 for further mention.

My Husband Is Not Responsible, Wife Tells Court A housewife, Fatima Mohammed, on Friday asked a Sharia Court in Minna, Niger State, to dissolve her marriage to Abdulrasheed Ogundipe because the husband was not living up to his responsibilities. The woman, who told the court that her husband had not been providing for the family, added that “my husband had been starving me; there is no food in the

house. I want this marriage dissolved.” The woman according to the News Agency of Nigeria also said she would no longer cope with his behaviour, adding that “my husband does not provide food in the house and I cannot bear it anymore. “He also does not perform other responsibilities expected of him as the man of the house.

“That is why I am pleading with this court to help me out of this marriage by ending it.” Ogundipe, who was not in court but was represented by his counsel, Hamza Abdulrahman, prayed the court to give him time to reconcile with the wife. He said “I will like the court to give me a little time to settle the matter.” The presiding judge, Ahmed Bima,

granted the prayer, saying “I hope the couple will resolve their differences and get back together again.” Bima advised the couple to give peace a chance, adding that marriage required patience, endurance and understanding. He adjourned the matter until Feb. 22, for report on the outcome of the reconciliation.

Man, 24, Docked For Attempt Kidnap Of Girl A 24-year-old, Chinedu Eze, who allegedly attempted to kidnap a seven-year-old girl, was on Friday brought before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court. The police are prosecuting the accused for a charge of attempted

kidnap. Prosecutor Kehinde Omisakin told the court that the accused committed the offence on Jan. 26 at 3.00 p.m. at No. 24, Lasi St., Kudehinbu in Ijegun, a Lagos suburb. According to her, the accused

attempted to kidnap a seven-year-old (name withheld). The offence contravened Section 2 of the Kidnapping (Prohibitions) Laws of Lagos State, 2017. Eze, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Oluyemisi Adelaja, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two responsible sureties in like sum, one of who must own a landed property. Further hearing has been fixed for March 17.

Horror: Mother Kills Daughter, Husband, Self Investigators believe the mother of a three-month-old girl was the shooter in a double-murder-suicide that left her, her infant daughter and her husband dead last week, a police source in St. Louis in the United States said. The three were officially identified by police as Mary Jo Trokey, 32, Matthew Trokey, 33, and their daughter Taylor Rose Trokey. A spokeswoman for the department declined to release further information in the ongoing investigation. But a police source said Mary Jo Trokey is believed to be the shooter. Investigators are tracking her purchase of a gun in the days before the shooting late Thursday night or early Friday, and are investigating mental illness as a possible cause. The three were found dead in their home in the 6200 block of Kinsey Place about 3:45 p.m. Friday. The victims were discovered by a parent of one of the adults, who then called the police. A portion of the St. Raphael Catholic Church bulletin from Christmas weekend 2017 announces the baptism of Taylor Rose Trokey. on Feb. 2, 2018, the 3-month-old girl and her parents, Mary Jo Trokey and Matthew Trokey, were all found dead in their St. Louis home in an apparent double murder-suicide. Authorities have consistently said they believe it to be a murder-suicide, and said they found a gun at the scene. In a summary of the crime released, police named all three, listing all of them as victims with no indication who may have been the shooter. The Trokey family’s pastor told the Post-Dispatch that he had seen no sign of trouble. The Trokeys had been attending St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood for about two years, said the Rev. Bob Reiker. A church newsletter in December congratulated the couple on the Dec. 17 baptism of their daughter. Reiker said he performed the baptism. Reiker described the couple as friendly and said they regularly attended Sunday Mass; he said Mary Jo was active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society. “It’s hard to imagine what happened,” Reiker said. “People are baffled by it. It’s inexplicable how someone could do this to themselves, let alone their little girl.” Speaking at the scene, police Capt. Eric Larson said all three were found in the same part of the home. He said there was no sign of forced entry and no one else was home at the time of the shootings, which police believe happened overnight. The scene is just southeast of Francis Park, in the St. Louis Hills neighbourhood on the south edge of the city. Police said counsellors were made available to the first-responders who were sent to the home. A relative of the mother who asked not to be identified said the couple, lifelong residents of south St. Louis and South County, had married several years ago. The father worked at an auto accessory and repair shop. A funeral Mass for the Trokeys is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Church, 4900 Ringer Road. Kutis Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Culled from Post-Dispatch


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The Utility Value Of “Competency”Tests For Determining Professional Competencies Of Teachers

Teacher and students in a public school PROF. IBRAHIM A. KOLO

Certainly the Kaduna Exercise was more of what is technically termed achievement testing and not anything near competency or aptitude testing

Even as the Kaduna State Government remains adamant in respect of its position to shut out “teachers” found to have performed below the set 75% threshold in the test (s) administered to the lots of them in the employ of the relevant agencies, the exercise is still dodged in controversies, particularly in respect of the nature of test (s) and procedure of testing employed. The most tenable explanation offered by the Government thus far has been that teachers who cannot perform at the 75% mark or above in tests set to determine what is expected to be taught and learned by pupils cannot be considered good enough to be engaged for quality teaching and learning delivery at the Basic Education or even perhaps Secondary Education levels. To the extent that the allusion may be tenable, however, it still remains enmeshed in a number of technical controversies when considered against the backdrop of the educational concept of teaching as a profession. There are also serious concerns about the validity and usability values of the nature of the “test” or “tests” used as a basis for determining the capacities competencies of teachers, whether as professionals or by whatever status they are labeled in Nigeria. The implications of such an approach as used by the Kaduna State Government are important to be addressed to avoid a resort by some other states to using it in a bid to “cleanse” the teaching workforce of the incompetent ones. Foremost is that a one-shot or even a series of tests do not determine teacher capacities and competencies for efficient delivery of quality teaching and learning. Professional Teacher capacities and competencies are determined by evidence of demonstration of a number of criteria, mainly – knowledge capacity of subject matter expected to be taught; demonstration of related pedagogical knowledge and skills; evidence of motivation for making a career in teaching; and illustration of the zeal for the tenets of teacher profession-

alism. Obviously, the test or tests administered to determine the competencies of teachers in Kaduna State only addressed a part of one of these four core components of a professional teacher. To have used the process as the main criterion only indicates that either the exercise was done because those who should know and who should advice the Governor failed in their responsibilities or that it is the playing out of the institutionalized official contempt for Education and teaching that has been turned into a vocation, rather than developing it as a career. Now that the decision to sack those teachers who did not meet the 75% threshold has been taken and decreed as irrevocable; and “fresh” applicants have applied for the positions, the way forward is the assessment of all new applicants (as well as those who participated in the forgone exercise and are interested in getting re-engaged) by the four parameters, including cognate experience in teaching at the different levels of the Education System as well as experience in different parts of the State. Anything short of this makes the so-called competency tests earlier administered to determine the fate of over 21, 000 teachers only a mockery of teaching as a profession. There is no doubt that in any such one-shot knowledge of subject matter test given to other professionals engaged in the civil service in Nigeria today and using the same threshold mark, probably many more than the number of teachers in the Kaduna Exercise would also fail. Secondly is the error of labeling the test used in the Kaduna Exercise as “competency” or “aptitude” tests. As much as knowledge achievement tests as used in the exercise may measure the basic knowledge capacities of the teachers, they do not usually measure the required related competencies (such as methodologies for communicating concepts and ideas; approaches for using appropriate teaching strategies for meeting diverse leaner learning needs, etc.) for effectively teaching the subject matter. While English Language facility has become the accepted norm for teach-

ing in Nigerian schools, teachers’ competencies cannot be adjudged on the basis of responses in English alone. Effective communication for teaching in classrooms with children whose mother tongue or first language is different from English requires more than the basic knowledge of English Language. Importantly, teachers and their expected teaching competencies are most objectively assessed on the basis of the core professional capacities listed above in addition to classroom communication and management skills. Certainly the Kaduna Exercise was more of what is technically termed achievement testing and not anything near competency or aptitude testing. Technically, a teacher professional competency or aptitude testing would have also involved assessment of oral communication skills; use of knowledge of indigenous language and concepts (as prescribed by the National Policy on Education for teaching at the lower Basic Education levels); demonstrable skills of practical pedagogical abilities in classroom situations; and levels of motivation and zeal for making a career in teaching. In other words, a more comprehensive, appropriate and objective approach for determining teacher capacities and competencies requires the use of a framework referred to as Teacher Professional Assessments and Evaluation Portfolio which in addition to determining the suitability of teachers for professional teaching at different levels of the Education System also identifies their potential proficiencies for becoming teacher-mentors to be involved in continuous capacity development of new and upcoming teachers. Another fundamental issue arising from the foregone Kaduna Exercise is the lack of consideration for the Teacher Education background and the employment process which brought most of these teachers into the service either at the Local or State Government levels. Many believe and quite rightly too that a credible and transparent screening entailing specified teacher education and professional capac-

ities (genuineness of educational certificates, teacher education qualifications relevant to subjects taught at different levels of the Education System, cognate teaching experience at different levels and in different settings, demonstrable pedagogical skills for the various levels, etc.) would have identified more objectively those who are most incompetent among the teachers. The truth is that teacher employment, especially at the LGA levels became more of political patronage for local politicians. Added to the many cases of forged certificates in the hands of several of those so employed as well as the poor standards of teacher education and training, there is no doubt that determining teacher competencies by the kind of one-shot tests administered only amounted to calling a dog a bad name in order to hang it. Above all else is the issue of what measures have been adopted to avoid the pitfalls which generated the attendant controversies following the Kaduna Exercise. In other words, in screening and probably assessing the new and re-applying applicants, it is hoped that a more empirical and evidence-based framework beyond the one-shot test approach has been designed. The idea is to ensure that a more objective teacher education and professional assessment approach is used, to be able to separate the trees from the woods. The involvement of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria – TRCN in the screening approach intended to be used in the new screening would go a long way in addressing the concerns over the legality and validity values raised regarding the previous exercise. This is particularly important for Kaduna State which has announced special extra incentives for teachers. To get worth for its money, Kaduna State has to be sure that it is only those who possess the professional teacher qualities to deliver quality teaching and learning that are engaged this time around. Certainly, a one-shot test approach like the one used to determine the fate of the 21, 000 teachers cannot identify the type of teachers Kaduna State intends to engage. The assessment procedure as already prescribed must be one that is portfolio-based and inclusive of the four core components of the ideal professional teacher. Such an assessment framework needs to be utilized also for continuous teacher professional quality assurance system to be developed for use in the State’s Education System to ensure sustainability of the desired teacher capacities and competencies. Conclusively, it is imperative to reflect on the ripple effects of the last screening exercise in Kaduna State with a view to avoiding the kind of controversies which followed it and for the purpose of ensuring that all stakeholders understand and are taken along. The Niger State Government has for example set up a Teacher Professional Development Institute which is addressing both the Education Sector and Teacher Professional challenges from the four-pronged perspective of programmes focusing on Pre-Service Teacher Pre-Professional Orientation; In-Service Professional Teacher Training and Capacity Development; and Teacher Professional Quality Assurance System. The Institute is also developing instruments for a Portfolio-Based Teacher Education and Teacher Professional Quality Assurance System meant to foster efficient professional teacher recruitment and capacities development. Perhaps, the Niger State approach can be adapted for utilization in other States across the country. –Prof. Ibrahim A. Kolo is former Vice Chancellor, IBB University, Lapai, Niger State.


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Plantain: Major Cure For Kidney, Bladder Problems

Plantains are rich in certain vitamins and minerals that contribute to good health. It is famed to be diuretic and also can help prevent kidney and bladder problems. TUNDE OGUNTOLA writes.

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lantain also known as ‘’Musa Paradisiaca’’ has been used throughout the world as food and medicine. It has been tested scientifically for the treatment of diarrhea, diabetes, dysentery, injuries, malaria, and ulcer. Plantain is basically cooked and served in many dishes as the chief carbohydrate source in most parts of the world. The fruit can be roasted or fried as food. In Nigerian it is called bole when roasted and dodo in some Nigerian languages, the ripe fruit can also be eaten raw as fast food. This plant known as ogede or ogede agbagba in Yoruba, Oghede in Benin, Ayaba in Hausa, while it is known as abereka, ojioko and ogbadejieko in Igbo, is rich in vital vitamins and minerals, it has soft trunk with lots of fluid. Plantains are rich in certain vitamins and minerals that contribute to good health. Plantains are available at most local markets, large grocery stores and can add new flavours and recipes to your healthyeating plan. Research shows that, plantain relatively has more calories weight for weight than that in the fruit bananas. 100 g plantain holds of 122 calories, while dessert banana has only 89 calories. Indeed, they are very reliable sources of starch and energy; ensuring food security for millions of inhabitants worldwide. It has more vitamin C than bananas. 100 g provide 18.4 mg or 31 per cent of daily required levels of this vitamin. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals. Plantains have more vitamin A than bananas. In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin A plays a vital role in the visual cycle, maintaining healthy mucus membranes, and enhancing skin complexion. Experts asserts that plantain has vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), in which pyridoxine is an important B-complex vitamin that has a beneficial role in the treatment of neuritis, anaemia, and to decrease homocystine (one of the causative factors for coronary artery disease (CHD) and stroke episodes) levels in

the body. For healthy living, men need between 30 and 38 grams of fiber a day and women need between 21 and 25. Getting these adequate amounts of fiber promote an efficient digestive system, which can prevent constipation, haemorrhoids and diverticular disease. Eating plenty of fiber can lower your cholesterol level, which might reduce your risk of heart disease. Plantains also provide adequate levels of minerals such as iron, magnesium, and phosphorous. Magnesium is essential for bone strengthening and has a cardiac-protective role as well. Health benefits of plantains Plantain relatively has more

calories weight for weight than that in the table bananas. 100 g plantain holds about 122 calories, while dessert banana has only 89 calories. Indeed, they are very reliable sources of starch and energy; ensuring food security for millions of inhabitants worldwide. It contains 2.3 g of dietary fiber per 100 g (6% of DRA per 100 g). The adequate amount of dietary fiber in the food helps regular bowel movements, thereby reducing constipation problems. Fresh plantains have more vitamin-C than bananas. 100 g provide 18.4 mg or 31% of daily required levels of this vitamin. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps the body develop resistance against

infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals. However, boiling and cooking destroy much of this vitamin in plantains. Plantains carry more vitamin A than bananas. 100 g fresh ripe plantains contain 1127 IU or 37.5% of daily required levels of this vitamin. Besides being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin-A plays a vital role in the visual cycle, maintaining healthy mucosa, and enhancing skin complexion. As in bananas, they too are rich sources of B-complex vitamins, particularly high in vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine). Pyridoxine is an important B-complex vitamin that has a beneficial role in the treatment of neuritis, anemia, and to decrease homocysteine

(one of the causative factors for coronary artery disease (CHD) and stroke episodes) levels in the body. Also, the fruit contains moderate levels of folates, niacin, riboflavin and thiamin. They also provide adequate levels of minerals such as iron, magnesium, and phosphorous. Magnesium is essential for bone strengthening and has a cardiacprotective role as well. Fresh plantains have more potassium than bananas. 100 g fruit provides 499 mg of potassium (358 mg per 100 g for bananas). Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure, countering adverse effects of sodium.


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Natural Remedies Cafe Mom Always Keeps Hydrogen Peroxide In The House

Kills off airborne germs- Mixing 1 pint of HP with 1 gallon of water and pouring into a humidifier will kick airborne germs in the bud, cleansing your air!

Here are 20 benefits you didn’t know of… We often see hydrogen peroxide as one of those essentials in any first aid kit, and we know that when we put it on our injury it bubbles up, stings a bit, and then we are ready to stick the bandage on. Hydrogen peroxide, or H2O2, is very chemically similar to water, or H2O, except for it has an extra Oxygen atom. This extra Oxygen atom is easily expunged to react with its environment, often at the expense of living microorganisms in its vicinity. In other words, hydrogen peroxide is able to disinfect and sanitize at the microbial level. Here are 20 ways you can take advantage of this small, but mighty, power! (Henceforth I will abbreviate hydrogen peroxide to “HP” and the below uses the %3 concentration of HP that is often found in common

stores rather than a %5 concentration) Destruction of viruses- 3 drops of HP in each ear, and let drain, will eliminate earwax and any viruses that like to fester such as “swimmers ear”. Elimination of pesticidesSoak vegetables in ¼ cup of HP and 3 cups of water for 30 minutes. After rinse well, and store in the fridge (ensure that your vegetables are healthy and whole to prevent from solution sinking into the product) Kills off airborne germsMixing 1 pint of HP with 1 gallon of water and pouring into a humidifier will kick airborne germs in the bud, cleansing your air! Clean toothbrush-Leaving a moist toothbrush overnight isn’t the best for oral hygiene. Soak in HP and you’re all set! Helps with foot fungus-Mix together a 1:1 ratio of HP and water in an amber bottle and keep away from sunlight, apply to fungus directly.

Remove organic stainsAnything like sweat, blood, wine, or food stains can be dissolved with HP and a little laundry detergent. Protection from swimmers ear-I bring this up in the form of a routine of cleansing your ear as a preventative measure, rather than a one-time fix as I had before. Treat calluses and corns- Mix equal parts HP and water and soak your feet to soften them. Eliminate boils-Pour one cup of 35% HP into a bath and soak in the tub. Skin cleanser-the antibacterial properties of HP can cleanse your face as well! Mouth rinse-Not only will it kill mouth bacteria that cause bad breath, but whiten! Wound cleaning and disinfection-Small cuts and lacerations of course will be able to heal faster unhindered by debris and bacteria! Relieve toothache-gargle with a mixture of coconut oil and HP a remedy that has been

said to relieve tooth pain swiftly! Sinus cleanser-Safe enough to enter your nasal passages and clean out your sinuses! Body detoxification- 1 cup of 35% HP in a bath for a 30 minute soak, and then shower as per usual! Household cleaner-As a sanitizing agent HP is remarkably well-suited for the job! Use as a general, multisurface cleaner! Contact lenses cleaner- In a diluted solution of HP, leave your contact lenses to soak in it overnight! Refresh reusable shopping bags- Especially if you carry packages of meat that are not always tightly packed and give under duress, do some sanitizing with HP! Glass cleaner- Allow HP to sit on a mirror and bubble before wiping away! Lunchbox disinfectorLunches that leak can provide a shock under the microscope, use HP to cleanse it!


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Workers

When Labour Should Go To Equity With Clean Hands SAM DIALA examines the prolonged battle between the Kogi State Government and its workers

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ogi State is engaged in a running battle with its workers under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC. At the centre of the rift is alleged neglect of workers’ welfare that hinges on non-payment of salaries and other entitlements for many months. Like many states, Kogi, according to reports, owes its workers a backlog of salaries – over 20 months in its case; amounting to billions of Naira. This development has resulted to series of strikes and other forms of industrial action. For instance, in September 2017, the Labour unions’ leadership in the state directed workers to embark on an indefinite strike when a seven-day strike notice to the government would lapse. A statement by the state chairmen of the NLC and the TUC, Edoka Onuh and Ranti Ojo, respectively, said the strike was ordered to protest government’s failure to pay salaries and other entitlements of the workers. The unions also wanted the state government to implement the collective agreement entered with them on August 1, 2016. They also demanded that government pay the arrears of salaries to all “pardoned workers” among state and local government primary school teachers and Local Government Education Authority staff from January

2016 to August 2017. In another statement jointly issued by the leaderships of NLC, TUC and Joint Public Sector Negotiating Council (JPSNC), the groups said: “As we all know, whoever that is down does not fear falling anymore, this government has brought workers down to the lowest level and as such we fear neither fall of sack nor non-payment of salary. We encourage you to discountenance all the threats and intimidation being dished out by the officers of this government and remain focused and determined to carry this struggle to its logical conclusion. Be resolute and defend your jobs now or never.” The statement continued: “We urge you to disregard all the manoeuvrings of the government aimed at using flimsy and irrelevant innuendoes to take attention away from the core foundation of our agitation. For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to make it abundantly clear to government that nothing, other than the meeting of all our demands will stop Kogi workers from downing tooling as from Friday 22nd September 2017”. The Masterstroke Apparently over-stretched, the Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yaha Bello, took the initiative to strike back; and in an uncommon way. He had granted pardon to many workers that ran foul of the

civil service rule through fraudulent and corrupt practices that cost the state billions of Naira. He now felt he could no longer accommodate the workers’ “excesses” and had to do something different: He went beyond the usual practice of identifying and uprooting ghost workers; and went extra miles to scrutinize their credentials to determine those qualified to be in government payroll. The outcome was alarming: A staff screening and verification exercise conducted by the state government revealed that no fewer than 1,667 workers in the State Civil Service were found to possess dubious academic qualifications and forged certificates. They used these illegal credentials to secure or retain their jobs where they earned wages for their “labour”. In a report presented during the State Executive Council meeting sometime last October, a total of 5,203 civil servants were found culpable of various offences. The Kogi State Auditor General, Alhaji Yakubu Okala, who gave a breakdown of the figures of the various categories of offences, explained that this was coming after the governor had earlier granted amnesty to errant civil servants. This included those held liable for offences ranging from age falsification and disparity, and sundry ➔  CONTINUES ON THE NEXT PAGE

We urge you to disregard all the manoeuvrings of the government aimed at using flimsy and irrelevant innuendoes to take attention away from the core foundation of our agitation


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He also disclosed that a total of 40 persons were reported to have indulged in outright cases of fraud and embezzlement, while 66 workers were discovered to be on double employment

offences. Also about 1,846 workers were discovered to have had their appointments illegally backdated from 2015 and 2016 to 2007, 2008 and 2012 respectively. He also disclosed that a total of 40 persons were reported to have indulged in outright cases of fraud and embezzlement, while 66 workers were discovered to be on double employment. Okala also revealed that, 980 workers were discovered to be guilty of being ‘diaspora employees’, while 419 were found to be illegally placed on the payroll of the government by their parents. The state Director-General on Media and Publicity to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, who vowed that government would no longer continue “funding fraud” in the service, said, “Recent discoveries of forged certificates in the service have vindicated government. We have wasted over N5bn naira paying people who forged certificates to defraud the state and deprive the Kogi people of potable water, good roads, good hospitals and good schools. What we have used to pay workers with fake certificates was enough to provide water in every ward in Kogi State”. The governor, who promised to implement the recommendations in the report, had described the exercise as one of the “surgical operations” his administration had to embark upon toward effective service delivery. This vow was fulfilled recently as Kogi confirmed the compulsory retirement of eight permanent secretaries, some directors and dismissal of 1,774 others from the state

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civil service. The Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Bello, Petra Akinti-Onyegbule, who defended the action as part of ongoing reforms in the civil service, said the retirement affected only permanent secretaries that had served for four years and above and that they had been paid their consolidated benefits that accrued to them. Also affected were civil servants who had attained the special salary grade level 17. Akinti-Onyegbule also confirmed that 1,667 workers with fake certificates were dismissed from the state civil service, while 107 other workers were dismissed for engaging in fraudulent activities. She confirmed that government would prosecute those with forged certificates. “This is very wrong. They must all be prosecuted as a deterrent to others”, the CPS told LEADERSHIP Weekend on telephone. But the Kogi Chapter of the NLC, Edoka Onuh, holds that the onus of proving forged certificate lies on the issuing authorities. He told LEADERSHIP Weekend on telephone that the state government had no powers to pronounce a person’s certificate forged because the certificate did not belong to the government. “Government cannot declare a certificate it did not issue as forged; it is the institution that issued the certificate that can say it is forged. How can government say a certificate obtained from an existing institution is forged?” he querried. Reminded that the cases were established after extensive investigation, Onuh said, “If a certificate is proved

to be forged, it is the holder of such certificate that should defend himself to prove that the certificate is genuine. In that case, I agree with you it is a serious matter. But the worker must be paid for the job he has done”. Stakeholders/Experts Speak Mixed reactions have, however, greeted the action of the government and the culpability of the workers. Prof. (Mrs) Ngozi Osarenren of Faculty of Education, University of Lagos, condemned the act of certificate forgery but frowned at the failure of the Kogi government to carry out due diligence before engaging the workers. “The government must pay the workers for the job they have done, and then proceed to prosecute them because government ought to have carried out due diligence. All those involved in the process must be identified and punished because there could be some culpability on the part of those that carried out the employment,” she told LEADERSHIP Weekend. A labour economist, Mike Akpan, wants the culprits punished because they had ulterior motive. “It is the motive that matters. They had the motive to commit crime and that is fundamental. Government spelt out the qualifications for the jobs. It did not tell anyone to forge certificates. Forgery is a crime. Those alleged to have committed the offence must be made to face the full weight of the law, Akpan argued in a telephone chat with LEADERSHIP Weekend. A retired bank worker and

legal practitioner, Jonas Agada, is unhappy about the image dent of Labour. He said he battled with Labour when he was in active service because, “the leaders are untruthful, deceitful and fake. It will be interesting to see how the NLC, the faction of the organised labour, torn apart by greed, corruption and pseudopatriotism, will go about this alarming scandal”. (The other faction is the United Labour Congress (ULC)). Agada added, “We must be courageous to apportion Labour its measure of the blame when truth makes such moves inevitable. The reason is that over the years, Labour is found to be treading on the inglorious beaten path of corruption, greed and impunity for which it claims to abhors the ways of the politicians. “Gov. Bello must not look back in fighting Labour because they are part of the rot in the system. How will a citizen deliberately use fake certificates to earn a living in government service; yet has the temerity to sound belligerent over non-payment of salaries? This is fraud.” Another legal practitioner, Victor Ukutt, agreed that the suspects should be prosecuted to obtain judicial pronouncement that they presented forged certificates. He said the affected workers remained suspects until the court pronounces their certificates forged. “Then they can be disengaged and punished.” “It corrodes the system and makes punishing the culprits as inevitable as the blade sliding down the guillotine. He that goes to equity must go with clean hands”, said Agada.


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Argungu Fishing Festival To Hold A Decade After

BY TAYO ADELAJA

Argungu Fishing Festival last hosted in 2009 is one of the major festivals celebrated annually to mark the end of the centuries-old hostility between the Sokoto caliphate region and the Kebbi kingdom in the northern part of Nigeria. The festival was initiated in 1934 in Argungu, Kebbi State. It is an annual four-day event in Kebbi State. It is mostly celebrated in the month of February after the end of all farming activities. More than 30,000 fishermen had taken part in the annual Argungu fishing festival. The main event of the festival is the fishing contest in River Mata Fada, where fishing nets and traditional gourds made with calabashes are used. In 2005, the winner caught a fish weighing 75kg. It was the biggest fish that had ever been caught in the festival till date. The evolution of the festival at Argungu seems to go hand in hand with the socio-economic development of the people of Kebbi. Before going into comatose, it has become an international event in which people from Africa, Europe, America and other continents would converge in the ancient town of Argungu to witness the festival every year. The then Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, together with Alh. Diori Hammani of Niger Republic attended the Argungu festival in 1970. Since then the festival has been visited by most of the country presidents. The festival also attracts governors from different states in the country most especially the northern states governors. Originally celebrated as a religious festival, it was transformed in the early 19th century by Shehu Usman Dan Fodio, the ruler of Sokoto, when he stormed the Kebbi Empire during a jihad and took control, he subsequently founded a village that he renamed Argungu. The name, rather derogatory means ‘those foolish people’ in Hausa language. The festival was used in 1934 to mark the end of hostilities between the Sokoto Caliphate and the Kebbi Kingdom. In 16th century, there were four rites performed before the major festival. The rites were performed by the people of Kabi in the days of Kanta. The rites were: the Gyaran Ruwa, the Fashin Ruwa, the Gyaran Gari and the Shan Kabewa and Fura. Gyaran Ruwa is for the purification of rivers before the great fishing day, to placate the gods for a hitch free fishing festival. On the day set aside for the rites, the priests and the Bori parishioners enter big canoes and traverse the length of Kabi Rivers pouring libations in the middle of the river to appease the Queen Spirit of the water (Doguwa). Fashin Ruwa denotes the opening up of the waters for fishing. The village seeks the formal permission of the Emir of Kabi to pick a date for the fishing season. The ‘Fashin Ruwa’ attracts a lot of tourists (non-villagers) for the event. Gyaran Gari,(Purification of the town) and ‘Shan Kabewa’(Testing of the Pumpkin porridge) were land rituals of atonement. This ritual is to repel evil spirits from the land and solicit for a bountiful harvest. With the invasion came the Muslim

religion and gradually the traditional rites were eroded, and what remains is only the Fashin Ruwa, which is actually the main fishing event and known today as the Argungu Fishing Festival. At the beginning of the event, over 5000 fishermen and women gather close to the river, and at the sound of a gunshot, they all dive into the river. The fishing equipment used are the traditional nets and gourds made of calabash. They are joined by canoes filled with drummers, plus men rattling huge seed-filled gourds to drive the fish to shallow waters. Vast nets are cast and shoals of fish are harvested from the giant Nile Perch to the peculiar Balloon Fish. The person who catches the largest fish is awarded a huge prize money. Furthermore, there is canoe racing, wild duck hunting, barehanded fishing, diving competitions and naturally, swimming. Afterwards, there is drinking, singing and dancing into the night. The festival marks the end of the growing season and the harvest. A one mile (1.6 kilometre) stretch of the Argungu River is protected throughout the year, so that the fish will be plentiful for this 45-minute fishing frenzy. In 2018, the state has decided to resuscitate the festival by also adding polo tournament to the event. Ogboro speaking recently about the addition said he and the entire NPF family were very honoured to have been personally invited by the Emir to witness the maiden Argungu polo tournament. “I am very excited that polo has come to Argungu for the first time in the history of the state and I am proud to have been part of this historical event,” he said. He said the NPF would work harmoniously with NSK Farms, the sponsors, as well as the state government to ensure that the dream becomes a reality. He added that the game of polo would indeed be a plus to the festival as

it had the potential of attracting people from all over the world. “The benefits are indeed numerous for this part of the country as well as the entire nation,” he said. The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) has also stated its readiness to partner with the Kebbi State Government to revamp the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival. The Vice President of FTAN (North West Zone), Mr Nura Sani Kangiwa, in a chat with journalists disclosed that the decisions was reached at the 9th National Council on Tourism, Culture and National Orientation conference held in Dutse, Jigawa State recently. The National Council on Tourism, Culture and National Orientation is an annual gathering aimed at bringing together stakeholders to discuss ways the sector can contribute effectively to improve

the country’s Gross Domestic Products (GDP). Kangiwa said that part of the decisions reached at the meeting was the revamping of the Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival. “Based on the resolution recently reached by the National Council on Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, it was agreed that the Federal Government and all tourism stakeholders will partake in the revamping of the festival. So, all tourism stakeholders are going to partner with the Kebbi State Government to ensure that the festival, which has been comatose for some years is revived to promote our country as a tourism destination,” he said. He said the Federal Government’s effort at diversifying the economy had recognized the creative industry, which culture and tourism were integral part to

create jobs and improve foreign exchange earnings. “This was reflected in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017 to 2020. Cultural Tourism is a source of revenue generation. As an “invisible export” it creates a flow of foreign currency into the economy of a nation. The Culture and Tourism Sector is gaining more recognition and visibility and evolving economic activities capable of reducing extreme poverty, creating jobs and generating revenues for national growth and development. Therefore, in line with the mission of the current political dispensation for diversification of economic activities, revamping the Argungu International Fishing Festival will no doubt satisfy the yearnings of our people,” he added. The Argungu International Fishing and Cultural Festival is expected to hold next month. ...Gov appoints Kangiwa as aide Meanwhile, Kebbi state Governor Senator Abubakar Bagudu has appointed Turakin Kebbi, Alhaji Nura Sani Kangiwa, as Senior Special Assistant on Tourism Matters with a clear mandate to restructure and rebrand Argungun fishing festival into a notable world class cultural event. The festival at its prime many years ago and also on global tourism calendar, brought fame and honour to Nigeria nay Kebbi state but disappeared completely from global cultural watch list due to unexplainable circumstances, thereby denying Kebbi state the needed tourism dollar and to the people, access to foreign investments on hospitality and loss of jobs expected there from. Indeed, the governor’s choice and appointment of Nura Kangiwa to revamp the festival and the entire tourism architecture of the Kebbi state sign posts a fresh start off for the famous festival which at its height was Nigeria’s face of culture tourism to the world. Kangiwa, a prince of the Kebbi Emirate Kingdom and a frontline tourism investor, has hit the ground running with key projects that would create signature influence on the about to be rebranded festival, beginning with critical assessment of other special cultural offerings in the state. In a press release issued in Lagos by Frank Meke, tourism media coordinator to Nura Kangiwa, the Turakin Kebbi, the comeback bid of Argungun fishing festival would add a fresh flip to the desire to open up the cultural offerings of northern Nigeria to which Kebbi state was once a notable tourism destination attracting both foreign and local visitors in droves not only to witness the fishing festival but also to appreciate the state’s huge basin as agriculture wonderland.


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Let There Be A Stand-alone Ministry For Tourism – Rabo How do you plan to involve tourism destinations and host communities in better tourist experience?

We plan to systematically involve local host communities in day to day handling of tourists. The best practice from global leading tourism destinations is that, host communities supervise the tourism activities in their locality such as being the primary food chain suppliers, tour guides, security vigilante, souvenirs and handcraft sales, traditional entertainment, and many other direct tourist services. Within the context of Nigeria, the active involvement of tourist host communities is easier said than done, because of the strong hold that state governments have over local government affairs. We would proactively engage with state government apparatus to organise their tourist host community leaders and give them formal training on the niceties and responsibilities of tourist handling at their respective destinations.

Saleh Rabo, President of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN), tells STELLAMARIES AMUWA about the body he leads, the creation of a stand-alone ministry of tourism and other matters tourist data at all leading tourist destinations in Nigeria, as well as, from our international tourist source markets. So that, going forward, we would knowledgably engage and partner with relevant governments based on available and verifiable data. Let me just say, we are very focused on what we want to achieve and very ambitious too. What has been the contribution of FTAN in the tourism sector?

We have been sensitising people on the importance of domestic tourism and what they stand to gain if our domestic tourism is developed. We have been speaking to our members and the general public because tourism plays a very important role in terms of economic development, multiplier effect and creation of employment for our citizenry. We are also talking to the government so that the multiplier effect will be felt in the economy. What are the social economic contributions in the industry for Nigeria?

What are the challenges facing hospitality and tourism sector?

The tourism industry like any other industry in Nigeria is having a lot of challenges. First of all is the security challenge. Tourism cannot strive where there is violence and breach of peace. We face so many of these like the Boko Haram, herdsmen clashes and issues of kidnapping. All these have a negative impact on the tourism sector in Nigeria. There is also the problem of infrastructure which has to do with provision of adequate roads, security and befitting structure for the sector. You are aware that we have less developed tourism sites in Nigeria; we are yet to harness our tourism potentials to the maximum. No accessible roads, toilets, no good restaurant; it’s only in the city centre that you can find access to some of the sites. The government and private sector need to come together and do more especially the government because it is its responsibility to provide infrastructure. And other security services then the private sector will come in and develop. The government is trying to maintain good security, they have been trying but more needs to be done, for us we believe that any security lapse will send potential tourists away. Security is paramount to tourism. How did the industry strive in 2017?

We were able to cope because no matter how tough the situation is, there are times it

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gets better. So we tried organising some packages, taking to our members to help their businesses flourish. Though within Abuja there have been some improvements on the roads, electricity supply all these help us to stabilize our business. Particularly in the rate of exchange there has been a little improvement. It has also helped in improving our business for a foreigner. If you leave your country and come to Nigeria, you have more money to spend when you change your dollar, and as a Nigerian if you stay in your country and spend your money it is better for you than buying dollar to travel abroad. So we have been emphasizing on domestic tourism so that people can spend their money in Nigeria and we also encourage foreigners to come into Nigeria so that we can promote international tourism since Nigeria has become a cheaper destination because of value of our currency. Experts in tourism sector are agitating for the creation of the Ministry of Tourism, what is your view on this?

Our take on this as an association is that we want a stand-alone ministry of tourism because tourism is not an industry to be dependant of ministry of information. If you combine them there will not be a good

result. Tourism should be created as a ministry, the highest you can add is to combine culture and make it ministry of tourism and culture. Culture is a product of tourism. For every country you must identify what you want to offer. One of the things Nigeria can boost of is our rich culture. We have natural heritage. If you combine tourism and culture, the culture will become one of our tourist’s products. Then we can harness, package it and send to the international community. What is your vision and programme for tourism development in Nigeria?

There is dearth of data about tourism consumption and market patterns, inter and intra Nigeria. Hence, our government has been driving blind with regards to their actions and inactions about tourism. It is heartbreaking to see the nomenclature of the former Ministry of Culture and Tourism changed to Information and Culture. Personally, I feel that the decision was made because the government had no access to incontrovertible data that evidently shows the impact of tourism receipts on Nigeria’s economy. So, in partnership with multinational organisations and the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, we would set up structures to collate

Tourism, like we all know, is one of the greatest contributors to the economy. We always say tourism will replace petroleum because petroleum will finish but tourism is our natural endowment, our natural resources and these will never cease all we need to do is to harness, maintain and develop tourism then the generation of money comes in. Tourism is multi-disciplinary. There are a lot of other industries gaining from the tourism business. The railway line the government is working on right now will ease transportation and movement of goods and services for Nigerians and it is also part of tourism. Tourism is a key tool that can be used for economic enhancement and there will be stability. What is the way forward for tourism in 2018?

2018 has started and we are working and doing a lot of sensitization. We are also organising workshops and seminars for the government and private sector so as to let them know the importance of tourism and the need for its development so that we can have a sustainable economic development. Towards the end of February we are giving an award to some of our members who have contributed to the industry. FTAN is now 20 years old so we are using the opportunity to recognize the people who have greatly impacted in the industry. We also have the tourism exhibition towards the end of 2018. We are hoping to bring travel sectors and visit site together so that people can see what Nigeria can offer. Both indigenous and foreign investors are expected to come and see what we can offer and help in the development of these sites so that tourism can grow and the necessary impact felt by Nigerians.

If you leave your country and come to Nigeria, you have more money to spend when you change your dollar, and as a Nigerian if you stay in your country and spend your money it is better for you than buying dollar to travel abroad. So we have been emphasizing on domestic tourism so that people can spend their money in Nigeria


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New Opportunities For Nigerian Engineers As Dangote Refinery Debuts BY CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos

The management considers it expedient to groom young Nigerian engineers to train on management and technical aspect of running such a huge

The return of 22 Nigerian engineers who were sent to India to enhance their knowledge on refinery operations and management was a clear testimony of commitment of Dangote group to promote local content in the overall operation of its multi-billion dollars refinery and fertiliser plant. The training a deliberately structured continuous exercise by the management of Dangote Oil Refinery Company (DORC), keys into the company’s a successive plan that will empower indigenous engineers to manage and operate its refineries. To achieve this, the company is collaborating with Nigerian universities to identify brilliant brains in the engineering field for recruitment exercise on refinery operations and management. The company considers the training programme as very essential to allow the newly recruited Nigerian engineers to strengthen their skills and bring them to a higher level so they all have similar skills and knowledge. This will further help to reduce any weak links within the company who rely heavily on others to complete basic work tasks. The Dangote Petrochemical and Refinery’s 650, 000 barrels per day capacity is to be operated by expatriates from India for a period of time but the management considers it expedient to groom young Nigerian engineers to train on management and technical aspect of running such a huge venture. The 22 graduate trainees who returned from Mumbai, India underwent a five months training at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited. At an experience sharing interactive session held in Lagos, Technical Consultant to president and chief executive, Dangote Group, Engineer Babajide Soyode said the company would at the initial stage engage the services of experienced refinery operators from Indian to operate the refinery while a middle class level is attached to them. According to him, the trainees would still need between 18 to 20 months to be put through Dangote refinery before they can allow to operate and that the training has exposed them to the nitty-gritty of refinery’s modus operandi. “As time goes on, each of the trainees will be made to specialize in their areas but before them, we are going to bring in experienced operators from Indian to operate the refinery” he said. Soyode said that sending young Nigerian graduates to Indian for training is part of smooth transition process of developing the nation’s local content. “Fifty Nigerian graduates were sent by Dangote Refinery to Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Mumbai, India, five months ago to undertake training in refinery operations, maintenance and production, out of which 22 returned to the country last week” he stated. Soyode revealed also that there are plans to recruit about 900 engineers from across Nigerian universities preparatory for take-off of the Dangote refineries project. He said the train-

ing exercise began in 2015 when first batch of 50 engineers were sent to India for the training after which another batch of 30 engineers were sent for similar training while another batch of 30 engineers would be going in March. He added that another 30 are scheduled to attend in April, saying these are aside additional 50 being planned for such training by Dangote Petrochemical (Fertiliser) plant. The company’s director of Human Capital Management and Project Support, Mr. Mohan Kumar speaking at the forum said the young engineers were trained at Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited in India on how to manage the operations of the refinery. He added that the engineers had gathered fundamental practical knowledge about refinery, saying the engineers are recruited and trained to witness the building of the refinery from scratch. He said the engineers spent two months in classroom training and three months on the job training. Kumar explained that the 22 engineers were trained by experts who had over 45 years’ experience in refinery operations, stressing that the training became imperative due to the commitment of Dangote Group to promote local content by developing indigenous capacity. Kumar noted that another set of 600 engineers would be sent for training before the end of April. According to him, the refinery will produce 780 Kilo Tonnes Per Annum (KTPA) of Polypropylene, 500 KTPA of Polyethylene, while the fertiliser project will produce three million tonnes of urea per annum. He explained that “the refinery will also have the largest sub-sea pipeline infrastructure in the world with capacity to handle three billion cubic metres of oil annually.” Dangote Refinery is expected to save Nigeria $12 billion annual import substitution and create 4,000 di-

rect jobs, as well as reduce prices of petroleum products after completion. The company’s senior general manager, Umar Hamza also said the company had embarked on recruiting exercise as part of deliberate effort to ensure equal participation of Nigerians in the company adding that Dangote Refinery is partnering Nigerian universities in the recruitment process in a bid to get the best among the graduating students. The local content aspect of the project is in the heart of then management who see the completion of the Refinery in 2019 as a major another milestone in the Nigerian oil and gas industry as the $11 billion refinery holds the prospect of stopping of importation of refined petroleum products by Nigeria. The Dangote Refinery will produce 650,000 barrels per day of refined petroleum products to meet all the country’s refined petroleum products needs as well as export to other countries. Nigeria spent N2.59 trillion to import refined petroleum products in 2016, according to the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics. Aliko Dangote, the promoter of the project said that the refinery projects were primarily meant to diversify the resource base of Nigeria. According to him, this is the biggest industrial site anywhere in the world from the fertiliser, petrochemical and refinery plants. Dangote stated that “our refinery will be 1.5 times the capacity of all the existing four refineries in the country even if they are working at 100 per cent capacity. “This is the single largest refinery in the world. The petrochemical that we have is 13 times bigger than the Eleme Petrochemical built by government.” Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo also described the project as an incredible industrial undertaking, the largest and most ambitious on the continent. The Dangote Refinery is an integrated petro chemical complex, apart from refining crude oil to

petroleum products, it will also have petrochemical and fertiliser plant. LEADERSHIP reports that the petrochemical plant would process 1.3 million metric tonnes per annum of petrochemical products, while the fertiliser plant will produce 2.8 million metric tonnes of assorted fertiliser, and the gas plant will produce three million cubic metres of gas per annum. The refinery will also have the largest sub-sea pipeline infrastructure in the world with capacity to handle three billion cubic metres of oil annually. The project is located in Lekki Free Trade Zone on a vast land mass of 2,200 hectares. Meanwhile, stakeholders have expressed regrets that Nigeria with large crude oil reserves and being the largest crude oil producer and exporter in Africa and eighth in the world, still imports more than 80 per cent of its petroleum products needs. The country often experienced fuel shortages due to the poor state of its refineries. All the three refineries, operated by NNPC, are producing far below their installed capacity. The federal government is already anticipating relief that Nigeria will now host one of the largest refineries in the world after the Jamnagar Refinery in Gujarat, India which is the largest refinery in the world and produces 1,24 million barrels per day. The Dangote Refinery will be the biggest in Africa taking over from the South Africa’s Sapref Refinery producing 180,000 barrels per day and Cairo’s Mostorod Refinery with a capacity of 142,000 barrels per day. Dangote has already provided $7 billion in equity out the $14 billion estimated total cost of the project. Some Nigerian banks provided a syndicated loan of $3.3 billion for the project. The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has also promised to assist the Dangote Group to access foreign exchange and funding for the project.


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Banks Borrow N11.7trn From CBN In Q4 2017 ‘NEXIM Bank Committed STORIES BY BUKOLA IDOWU, Lagos

Commercial Banks in Nigeria borrowed N11.733 trillion from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through the Standing Lending Facility (SLF) in the fourth quarter of 2017 as the apex bank mopped up N3.399 trillion from the system through Open Market Operations (OMO). The CBN, in the just released Quarterly Economic Report for the fourth quarter of 2017, said banks had taken up N7.266 trillion direct SLF and N4.467 trillion Intra-day lending facilities (ILF) converted to overnight repo. Daily average for the 59 transaction days running from October 1 to December 27, 2017 was N198.88 billion, with daily request ranging from N67.35 billion to N383.53 billion. The apex bank in the report said a total interest of N8.04 billion was earned. Liquidity in the money market had been relatively stable in the fourth quarter of

last year boosted by fiscal injections and maturing CBN bills but withdrawals as a result of the CBN foreign exchange interventions and OMO helped to stabilise the market. A total of N4.997 trillion had been offered at the OMO last quarter while total subscription and allotment were N3.532 trillion and N3399 trillion, respectively. The bid rates ranged from 12.9 to 17.95 per cent, while the stop rates ranged from 12.9 to 17.93 per cent. Repayment of matured CBN bills stood at N3.042 trillion, translating to a net withdrawal of N357.52 billion. At the government securities market, Nigeria Treasury Bills (NTB) of 91182- and 364-day tenors, amounting to N602.11 billion, N1.161 trillion and N602.11 billion were offered, subscribed to and allotted, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2017, bringing the total NTB to N2.365 trillion. At the bond market, the term to matu-

rity of the bonds ranged from three years seven months to nine years five months. Total amount offered, subscribed to and allotted were N300 billion, N551.78 billion and N265.35 billion, respectively. Allotment on non-competitive basis amounted to N29.79 billion for the 10year bond, while there was no maturity in the review quarter. The bid rate on all tenors ranged from 12.5000 to 16.2500 per cent, while the marginal rates for all the tenors ranged from 13.1900 to 15.0000 per cent. The bid-to-cover ratio was 2.08, while the auction was oversubscribed by 95.48 per cent. Total value of money market assets outstanding at the end of the fourth quarter of 2017 was N12.122 trillion, showing an increase of 0.8 per cent, in contrast to the decline of 3.0 per cent at the end of the preceding quarter. The report attributed the development to the 3.6 per cent increase in FGN Bonds outstanding in the review quarter.

L-R: Managing director/ chief executive officer, Keystone Bank Limited, Obeahon Ohiwerei presenting souvenir to Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State at the governor’s office in Benin, recently.

I&E Forex Inflow Drops To $716m Foreign exchange inflows at the Nigeria Autonomous Foreign Exchange market known as the Investors’ and Exporters’ window has declined for the second week running, dropping to $716.61 million as the Britain’s export finance agency said it will add the naira to its list of pre-approved currencies. Compared to the inflow of $1.06 billion the previous week, the $716.61 million inflow at the I&E window declined by 32.3 per cent. The inflow of the penultimate week had likewise declined by 10.7 per cent from $1.19 billion which came into the market through the window the previous week. Weekly average turnover at the window has been well over $1 billion in recent times before last week. The value of the naira at the window however, closed stronger than what it traded during the week. Opening last week’s trading at N360.25 to the dollar, the value of the local currency had declined to N360.31 before settling at N360.27 to the dollar on Friday. In total, the turnover at the I&E window on

both sides of trades from its launch in April through to last week has exceeded $33 billion. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had injected $325.64 million into the interbank foreign exchange market as part of efforts to boost liquidity and reduce dollar shortages. The intervention was earmarked for the agricultural, airline and petroleum products sectors, as well as for raw materials and machinery. The CBN’s quarterly economic report for the fourth quarter of last year, showed that aggregate foreign exchange inflow into the economy through banks and autonomous sources increased by 86.9 per cent year on year rising to $30.45 billion. Meanwhile, Britain’s export finance agency said it will add the naira to its list of “pre-approved currencies”, allowing it to provide financing for transactions with Nigerian businesses denominated in the local currency. With this, the naira will become one of three West African currencies that UK Export Finance has pre-approved

for its programme of funding transactions that promote trade with Britain, it said. Britain voted in 2016 to leave the European Union, which has forced London to rethink its trade ties with the rest of the world. The United Kingdom and the EU struck an agreement in December that opened the way for talks on future trade ties. According to British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, the development “is a clear indication of how much value the UK places on its relationship with Nigeria. It will provide a firm foundation for a significant increase in trade and investment between both countries.” A statement from the United Kingdom credit agency said the UK will provide up to 85 per cent of funding for projects containing at least 20 percent British content. The naira financing will follow the same structure as someone buying in sterling, except that Nigerian firms taking out a loan in the local currency can benefit from a UK government-backed guarantee.

To Revitalizing Cocoa Industry’

Nigeria Export -Import (NEXIM) Bank has reiterated its resolve to work with major stakeholders towards meaningful development of the cocoa industry in Nigeria. The bank also called on entrepreneurs in cocoa processing value chain to avail themselves of the N500 billion single digit interest rate funding incentives by the bank as it is set to grant a loan towards the revitalization of MultiTrex Cocoa processing plant. Multi-Trex has stopped production since 2015 following a court order relating to its outstanding debt with the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON). The Managing Director, NEXIM Bank, Abubakar Abba Bello during a joint facility tour of the plant with members of the House Committee on Banking and Currency, assured of his readiness to effect the processing of the loan application by Multi-Trex. Reiterating the bank’s commitment to promoting exportoriented investments in the non-oil sectors of the Nigerian economy, he however noted that the terms of settlement between Multi-Trex and the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has to be reached in specific terms for the loan application to sail through. “It is our determination to bring back Multi-Trex to life. This will create jobs and encourage export,” he said just as he challenged the managing director of the company to show more commitment towards revival of the Cocoa giant. Bello said that looking at the huge investment and available equipment in the factory, NEXIM Bank considers it very important to support the project which has the prospect of creating thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the state. He reiterated that what the company needs is only the working capital, saying that as an export credit institution charged with the mandate to promote export diversification of the non-oil sector, it has in the past supported the cocoa value chain by funding major cocoa processing plants. Also speaking, the Honorable Chairman, House Committee on Banking and Currency, Hon. John Onyereri stressed the need to encourage the private sector to advance the growth of the economy by

reducing the interest rate on loans. He noted that the private sector must be stimulated because it is the only way to grow the economy and that it is so annoying “that we pride ourselves to have the biggest economy in Africa while our private sector’s contribution to the GDP is small.” Onyereri assured that he will push until the MultiTrex factory is resuscitated, adding that the lawmakers have the will power to continue to push for it “but nothing is achievable until there is an executive approval.” On his part, the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Multi-Trex, Mr Dimeji Owofemi said that Cocoa is the largest non-oil commodity in the country and the best way to benefit from this natural resource is to collaborate with the Central Bank Of Nigeria, NEXIM Bank and the Bank of Industry in order to fast tract the revival of the Cocoa processing plant. He assured that the company which created about 1,500 jobs in the past, would create even more, adding that he has learnt his lessons in terms of effective and efficient management of Multi-Trex. Commending NEXIM Bank and CBN’s effort in setting up N500 billion funds to help exporters carry out their obligations without financial stress, thereby adding value to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) base of the country, Oladimeji said the money expected to keep the company moving is just a working capital of N4 to N5 billion, adding that it sounds big but looking at the cost of a ton of Cocoa, the money might not be big as such. A ton of cocoa he said, was one N1million naira in the last season and hence assured that the company will be able to process 65,000 tonnes at full capacity. “The role we will expect the committee to play is to bring the three legs of Bank of Industry, NEXIM and the Bank of Agriculture together so that the risk will be shared because the higher the risk, the higher the return,” he emphasized. Under the Direct Lending Facility, NEXIM would grant short, medium and long term fixed or floating rate loans, to exporters directly and/or under co-financing/syndication arrangement with eligible banks.


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NSE-ASI Loses 3.4% Week-on-Week On Sell-Offs Across Sectors STORIES BY OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos

The equities market reversed previous week’s gain, recording losses in every session of the week. T ‎ he All Share Index (ASI) shed 1,512.07 per cent or 3.39 per cent week-on-week to 43,127.92 points, as investors took profit across major sectors. Month-to-Date and Year-toDate returns dropped to 2.74 per cent and 12.77 per cent respectively. Similarly, investors lost N542 billion in value as market capitalisation fell to N15.477 trillion. Sell offs were recorded across small to large capitalised stocks with losses in Dangote Cement, FBN Holdings and Guaranty Trust Bank as the major drags to perfor-

mance. Performance across sectors was bearish as all indices closed in the red. The Industrial Goods index led laggards, down 3.5 per cent on account of losses in CCNN and Dangote Cement. Following closely was the Banking index which shed 3.4 per cent due to sell pressure on Skye Bank and Wema Bank. Similarly, the Consumer Goods index fell 2.6 per cent on account of profit taking in Nestle and Nigerian Breweries, while the Oil & Gas and Insurance indices were dragged 1.3 per cent and 0.7 per cent lower by price depreciation in Mobil and Wapic Insurance respectively. Investor sentiment as measured by market breadth weakened as 22 stocks advanced

relative to 63 stocks that declined. The best performing stocks for the week were Linkage Assurance, Caverton and Prestige Assurance with a gain of 25 per cent, 21 per cent and 16.7 per cent respectively, while Consolidated Hallmark Insurance, Skye Bank and Unic Insurance declined by 27.1 per cent, 25.2 per cent and 21.7 per cent respectively to lead decliners. Also, a total of 4.42 billion shares valued at N24.24 billion in 29,573 deals were traded in last week under review as compared to a total of 3.27 billion shares valued at N28.12billion in 35,760 deals previous week. Outlook For This Week This week, stock market analysts anticipated increase in the NSE-ASI as investors reposition in the market for antic-

ipated corporate results. Analysts at Afrinvest Limited said that “although the market closed last week negative, we expect to see a rebound this week as a result of bargain hunting by investors as well as positive expectations for the full year earnings season.” Analysts at Cordros Capital Limited added that favourable relative valuations of the NSE, coupled with strengthening fundamentals and support attractiveness of the equities market will suggest legroom for gains, more so, as investors take position ahead of fourth quarter, 2017 earnings. APT Securities and Funds said that “cautious investors are expected to be on ‘watch’ mode in this trading week pending a significant push factor in the market.”

10 Broking Firms Transact N254bn Worth Of Shares In January The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), said 10 stock broking firms were outstanding in the business of buying and selling of shares in the month of January 2018. The figure, which was contained in the NSE Brokers Performance Report for January showed that the top 10 firms were said to lift the activities of the equities market in the review month with a total of N254.34 billion which represents 64.43 per cent of total value transacted in the month.

Stanbic IBTC Stockbrokers Limited transacted deals worth N67.04 billion or 16.98 per cent of the total value transaction done on the NSE in January. CSL Stockbrokers carried out transaction worth of N57 billion or 14.44 per cent, while Rencap Securities traded shares valued at N29.38 billion or 7.44 per cent. Other firms on the top 10 list are United Capital Securities, FBN Quest Securities, EFCP Limited, Cardi-

nalstone Securities Limited, Chapel Hill Denham Securities, Investment One Stockbrokers and APEL Asset Limited. Meanwhile, the equities market recorded a strong start to the year, with a 15.95 per cent month-on-month return in January. The highest monthly return since May 2009. Capital market analysts attributed the uptrend in the month to strong macro-economic fundamentals, which was largely supported by the

rise in crude oil prices and stable production, declining yields in the fixed income market and continued expectation of better corporate earnings results. Also, the NSE’s recent domestic and FPI report for December showed that transactions by foreign investors on the NSE remained healthy, increasing by 37.56 per cent monthon-month, while domestic transactions maintained the pace of growth by 113.66 per cent.

With the NSE Banking index recording the highest return of 23.29 per cent on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in the first month of the year, 2018, capital market operators had said the sector would remained vibrant in the year. Speaking on the Banking sector, the managing director and CEO of Capital Bancorp, Mr. Aigboje Higo said that the Nigerian banking sector has remained one of the most vibrant and delicate sector in the Nigerian economy especially as it has the capacity to send shock waves round the economy if it fails. According to him, the sector has since 2015 continued to suffer significant headwinds as CBN monetary policies and economic realities have continued to hamper its ability to significantly grow profits. He however, said most of the Tier-1 banks have been able to surmount these headwinds and have continued to surpass expectations even in the face of the unfriendly business environment and hostile business policies. Higo noted that “2017 saw the banking sector continue to post bumper earnings especially for most of the Tier-1 banks and a few Tier-2 banks. The rest of the group have continued to battle with high level of loan impairment which has eaten deep into their operating profit and dampened

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their ability to grow bottom line.” He added that the banks in 2017 are expected to report higher interest income on the back of the high interest rate environment observed during the period while we expect an increase in cost to income ratio for the period. He stated that going forward, the banking sector is expected to remain robust and continue to return profits into 2018 but with the implementation of IFRS 9 which require banks to recognise impairment sooner and estimate lifetime expected losses against a wider spectrum of assets and is expected take effect from 2018. According to Higo, "We expect a prompt increase the banks impairment charge which will reduce its profitability going forward but make banks stronger and less exposed to risk of impairment shocks. “Also, despite the reduction in interest rates which is expected to increase banks’ lending to the real sector of the economy, the implementation of IFRS 9 may hamper some of the banks as an aggressive rise in loan advances would give rise to increased provisioning which may affect the bank’s capital buffers in the immediate. All in all, the banks are expected to have a decent outing during the year 2018 with less shocks expected in the sector.”


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Cryptocurrencies: The Future For Payments In Nigeria? BY BUKOLA IDOWU, Lagos

The use of cryptocurrencies across the world has continued to gain popularity as more governments and corporate organisations consent to its use as a means of payment for goods and services. Likewise, the use of cryptocurrencies has continued to grow in Nigeria. According to Wikipedia, cryptocurrencies are digital assets designed to work as a medium of exchange that uses cryptography to secure its transactions, to control the creation of additional units and to verify the transfer of assets. Bitcoin, the first digital currency to gain widespread

acceptance, sprang up during the global financial crisis a couple of years ago. Its attraction, early proponents maintained, was that it offered a way to bypass banks and governments, and to conduct financial transactions more cheaply. Every transaction is validated and recorded on a public ledger called a blockchain that is maintained by a network of computers. Though anonymous, the individual transactions are available for all to see on the internet. They are secured by cryptography, the computerized encoding and decoding of data. Though bitcoin turned out to generate huge attention, it is

still not widely used by ordinary consumers. Few retailers accept it, and processing transactions on the blockchain remains much slower than payment card networks, despite some recent technical changes. The question that readily comes to mind is, will the Nigerian Government produce one and what purpose will it serve? If they will adopt an existing cryptocurrency, which project will that be? Answers to these and other questions will become manifest soon as many more financial gurus join the fray. Presently, there are over 1,300 cryptocurrencies available over the internet, but Bitcoin has the

largest market capitalisation followed by Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash amongst others. A locally made cryptocurrency (ABJCOIN) currently got listed on CoinMarketCap and is trading on various international exchange websites with other good cryptocurrency projects is set to make waves. Considering the online financial experience most Nigerians had in the past, there are concerns that they may be wary and not easily buy into such innovation. But some pundits said should Nigeria decide to join the race, she wouldn’t be alone. Germany has since legalized the use of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency

as legal tender. In December 2017, the Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, officially said the pre-sale of the country’s proposed cryptocurrency – the “petro” will be launched on 20 February 2018. With the current state of ABJCOIN and the road map provided in its website, experts said it may foster a borderless trade and commerce in Africa and to other parts of the world. The Coin has promised to connect all Nigerian and African banks as well as introduce the first Cryptocurrency ATM Machine in Africa at Abjcoin global commerce conference billed to hold in April this year in Lagos.

Paga Agent Launches Largest Financial Services Center BY MARY TITUS

Leumastek Ventures, a retail entrepreneur registered under the Paga Agent Network has launched a dedicated one-storey building to bring financial services to communities in Badagry, Lagos. According to a statement by the company, this center, being the third center this agent has launched, will serve as a convenient location for people in Badagry to send money to anyone, deposit and withdraw money from any bank account, pay bills and have access to other financial products. The event was graced by royal fathers in the community, customers and friends of the agent, Paga staff and Paga founder and chief executive officer, Tayo Oviosu. A Paga business developer Adenike Yusuf, shared, “We are all out to support one of our own, and this is one of many ways we make life possible for our agents and for Nigerians because we believe that Paga agent network will be the bank branch of the future.” Speaking on the building launch, Paga General Manager, Agent Network and Sales, Arike Okunowo expatiates: “The launch of this beautiful purpose-built edifice clearly demonstrates the immense opportunities of the Paga agency business which is focused on solving the payment needs of all Nigerians and delivering financial services to the mass market. The people of Badagry in general can now leverage Leumatek’s office as a convenient, onestop centre for payment services.” “Being a Paga agent means so many things to Me.” said Agbelemo Samuel, Chairman, Leumastek Ventures. “Importantly, it has given me an opportunity to positively transform the lives of people in my community as they no longer need to travel to distant locations or spend valuable time queuing up in overcrowded banks or billing offices just to make payments. It is therefore not surprising that people in Pota community now see this new center as their community bank.”


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Duplicate Incentives Will Erode Tax Base – CITN BY BUKOLA IDOWU, Lagos

The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has said the tax holiday incenL-R: Vice President tive proposed in the amendMarketing, Lumos Nigeria, ment of the Company Income the Community Partner Tax Act will further erode to the 2018 Lagos City Marathon, Olufemi Ashipa; the country’s tax base without commensurate economformer Super Eagles ic benefit. captain, Austin Jay-Jay The Institute in a position Okocha and 3rd place paper released at the weekNigerian winner of the end, said the amendment 10km category of the 2018 Lagos City Marathon, which seeks to relax the eligibility requirements for rural Oman Sale, during the investment incentives and presentation of one of the at the same time increase the 20 Lumos Solar Powered Systems to Nigerian rate and duration of the inMarathon winners at Eko centive, will not be beneficial Atlantic, Victoria Island, to the country. Lagos, at the weekend. According to the docu ment, the Institute said, “We PHOTO BY KOLAWOLE ALIU. observe that there is no empirical data to justify the proposals especially regarding the performance, cost and benefåits of existing rural investment incentive. Without in Nigeria to declare on this, the country may simply their behalf. be losing money through the The tax authority will, grant or expansion of arbihowever, review tax infor- trary incentives. mation provided by declar“The proposal to grant a ers to ensure they are accurate. Information provided by declarers are confidential and strictly for use under VAIDS. Those who fail to declare at the expiration of the window in 31 March BY GODDIE OFOSE, Lagos will face a variety of sanctions, including payment The National Institute of of interests and penalties Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN) has said it would help the fedas well as prosecution. eral government market the country’s potentials to the world. President and Chairman of Council of the institute, Tony two airlines with tax payers’ Agenmonmen, who said this funds. is in line with the institute’s “So we don’t have a level commitment to contribute its playing ground because AM- quota to the efforts to move CON is a competitor, using the country forward, noted the taxes we pay to compete that its conference themed: with us. When are they going Marketing Nigeria scheduled to leave the airline industry?” for Abuja on February 15-16, He said accruing of debts 2018 will focus on this. was normal in the aviation “The choice of the theme industry because airline op- is informed by the strong erations was a continuous conviction of the institute business and the debts were that marketing can be used usually settled between air- as a strong vehicle to prolines and service providers ject and promote the image of the nation externally but from time to time. more importantly, share the

VAIDS: FG Outlines Process For New Taxpayers BY CHIM AKWAJA, Lagos The Federal Ministry of Finance has explained the process of participation in the Voluntary Assets and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS), saying it has been made easier for new taxpayers as well as existing ones, who have not been paying appropriate taxes. According to the VAIDS office in the Ministry of Finance, the first step for new taxpayers is to apply for a

Tax Identification Number (TIN), which will be fasttracked. Existing taxpayers are required to register for VAIDS by filling the declaration form, obtainable from relevant tax authorities and available online. The relevant tax authority can help calculate a taxpayer’s liabilities. In addition, the VAIDS office has also provided training to professionals in tax advisory services to educate taxpayers on their obligations.

VAIDS, which provides a time-limited opportunity to regularize tax status, is open to every taxpayer liable to pay tax in Nigeria. “It covers Nigerian residents, who had taxable undeclared income outside Nigeria and non-residents, who earned undeclared income derived from or accruing from Nigeria,” explained the VAIDS office. Those resident outside Nigeria can declare online or appoint an agent resident

NIMN To Help Highlight Nigeria’s Abundant Resources

N516bn Debt: Airline Operators Fault Sirika BY ANTHONY AWUNOR, Lagos WITH agency report

Nigerian airline operators have faulted the claim by the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, that they were indebted to aviation agencies and other firms to the tune of N516 billion. The Chairman of Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), Capt. Nogie Meggisson, told journalists in Lagos on Sunday that the minister’s claims were unverified.

Sirika reportedly said that Nigerian airlines were ridden with debts, weak and unable to compete and take advantage of the newly inaugurated Single Africa Air Transport Market (SAATM). Meggison, however, said that the minister was reeling out figures offhand, stressing that he could not prove any of the debts he mentioned. The AON chairman said that Nigerian aviation agencies lacked the ability to transparently record their

revenues and document accurately the debts owed them by the airlines. Meggisson said: “We have always asked them to list the debts. It is easy to call numbers. Let those we owe bring their bills and explain the debts. “Although government cannot be held responsible for the operation of privately owned airlines, but the Asset Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON) is competing with airlines, running

Transactions On FMDQ OTC Exchange Drop To N11.71trn In January BY OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos

Transactions in the fixed income and currency markets, FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange declined by 1.28 per cent to hit N11.71 trillion in January. According to the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange monthly review, transaction turnover in the Fixed Income and Currencies (FIC) markets for the month of January 2018 amounted to N11.71 trillion, a 1.28 per cent decrease from the value recorded in December, 2017. Reviewing activities on

the market showed that the Treasury Bills (T-bills) market accounted for 39.24 per cent of market turnover, while the Foreign Exchange (FX) market accounted for 37.50 per cent of the total turnover and the Money Market (Repurchase Agreements, Buy-Backs & Unsecured Placements/Takings) accounted for 16.90 per cent of market turnover. The Exchange noted that these three segments combined contributed 93.64 per cent to the total turnover in the FIC markets. A further analysis of the performance in January

showed that transactions in the FX market settled at $14.01 billion in January, 2018, an increase of 8.91 per cent to when compared with the value recorded in December, 2017 of $12.86 billion. The total value traded at the I&E FX Window in January, 2018 settled at $5.25 billion, an increase of 36.87 per cent relative to the value recorded in December, while the total value traded at the I&E FX Window since inception on April 21, 2017 stands at $31.46 billion Also, the turnover in the Fixed Income market for

higher investment allowance and at the same time a 10-year tax holiday is duplicative” the institute said noting that rather, government should develop a framework for infrastructure relief which caps the tax incentive to the maximum of money spent to avoid abuse. “In addition, we believe further amendments are required to the Companies Income Tax Act and should not be restricted to only these provisions. The Mining and Gas incentives should also not be carried out in isolation but in conjunction with other key issues affecting the sectors.’’ CITN in the position paper noted that the current amendment to the principal Act being sought to increase the tax free periods for new companies and companies in mining of solid minerals, gas utilisation (downstream operations) to five or ten years do not meet any test of consistency with the provisions of the Industrial Development (Income Tax Relief) Act (IDITRA), Cap. I7, LFN 2004.

the month under review went up by 7.16 per cent to settle at N5.33 trillion, with transactions in the Tbills market accounting for 86.11 per cent of the overall Fixed Income market, an increase from the 84 per cent recorded in December, 2017 Outstanding T-bills at the end of the month stood at N11.47 trillion, an increase of 8.21 per cent month-on-month. FGN bonds outstanding value also increased by 0.96 per cent month-on-month to close at N7.64 trillion from N7.57trn in December, 2017.

great strides our nation has achieved and what it means to love Nigeria by its citizenry,” said Agenmonmen. He said the theme is also in support of the efforts of the government to fundamentally rebrand Nigeria and endear it to both Nigerians and the outside world alike. It is gathered that the Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah will deliver a key note address. Agenmonmen said the actionable conference conclusions will be presented to the government as the institute’s input to policy making and good marketing practice in governance. The former chairman of Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria and group managing director of Prima Garnet, Lolu Akinwunmi.

PAL Pensions To Promote Savings Culture Among Youths BY GODDIE OFOSE, Lagos

PAL Pensions said it would continue to promote a financially secure future among Nigerian youths in a bid to reinforce and inspire confidence for the greater wellbeing of the society. Managing director, PAL Pensions, Morohunke Bammeke, who said the mission of the organisation is to secure and deliver retirement benefits with ease, pleåaded with Nigerians to ensure they save for the future. He said: “We want to be the leading pension fund administrator in Nigeria and at the same time create val-

ue, adding that, “at Pal Pensions, we are constantly focused on creating value and delivering superior customer service to our clients.” Bammeke also stated that the company is driven by the passion to be the leader in attracting new clients and retaining old ones. For us, she said, “it is crucial that every time our clients interact with us, they can be assured of the highest quality of service delivery. The Pal Pensions brand exudes empathy, warmth, partnership and integrity. “We are driven by the passion to make things easier for our clients.”


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BSTAN Group Commissions Abuja Office BY JERRY EMMANSON, Abuja

In its continued effort at providing quality and affordable shelter for Nigerians and keying into federal government policy on mass housing, renowned real estate firm, BStan Group has commissioned its Abuja office. The company has projects spread in parts of Nigeria, Ghana, and also Dubai with its hedonic strategy of housing where prospective buyers can acquire land with a flexible payment plan and also pay building with ease. With its hedonic strategy of housing, prospective buyers can first acquire land with a flexible payment plan and also pay for building with an ease. Speaking during a press conference in Abuja, the MD/CEO Engr Becky Damilola-Oke, said it is unfortunate that Nigeria is facing a huge housing deficit which has grown over 17million. She said as a result, BStan Homes is determined and passionate about creating affordable homes for every Nigerian, hence the need to expand and open its Abuja. Responding to questions on the stringent process by Nigerians to access loans from banks to buy houses and why there are many unoccupied houses in Abuja, she said: “We are calling on Mortgage and commercial banks to reduce the high interest rates on loans. Also, a lot of developers build houses that many people cannot afford, and don’t need; we are talking about functionality. “BStan Group builds accessible houses. We have a mortgage system with saving and loans package where Nigerians can use to access loans at zero interest. Our passion is to see housing problems solved across Nigeria and Africa,” Damilola-Oke said.

Kawu Declares For Kano South Senatorial Seat

BY KAUTHAR ANUMBA-KHALEEL, Abuja

The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly matters (House of Reps), Hon. Suleiman Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, has made public his intention to contest for Kano South senatorial seat at the forth coming general elections in 2019. Kawu, who served three terms in the House of Representatives of which he served as principal officer for eight years, declared his intention to run for the seat at a well-attended event in Sumaila, Kano State. At the event attended by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, represented by the commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mirtala Sure Garo, the ex-lawmaker said that his 12 years experience in the House and two term as a member of the body of principal officers as well as his current experience as a presidential liaison officer gives him an edge over other contestants. “Being a founding member of APC, a former gubernatorial aspirant in Kano and member of the 2015 Presidential Campaign Council of APC is an added advantage,” he said. Asked if he has the mental capacity and physical fitness to be in the Senate, Kawu said he would be marking his 50th birthday in March, adding that he is well prepared to represent the largest senatorial district in Nigeria. “It is unfortunate that after we formed the ruling party, APC on the principle of change and radical revolution, some elements hijacked the process and made it difficult to achieve the set objectives. “Despite all the difficulties and challenges, we will do our best to uphold the manifesto of our great party, APC. If elected into the Senate, I will join hands with progressive minded Nigerians in order to move this country forward”, Kawu said.

Group photo of facilitators and participants at the inaugural training programme for journalists by TMTR Training Room in Lagos, yesterday.

Katsina, Kano Polls: Buhari, APC Have Lost Popularity In Strongholds – PDP BY CHIBUZO UKAIBE, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday claimed that the resort to cheating and deployment of heavily armed security forces by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in last Saturday’s House of Representatives bye-election in Katsina State indicates that President Muhammadu Buhari and his party have completely lost popularity among Nigerians, even in the President’s home state. PDP also described the last Saturday’s Kano State Local Council election, which was it said was characterized by outright cheating, open underaged voting and ballot stuffing, as a wholesome mockery of electoral process.

These two elections have signified that the APC cannot win any free and fair election, even in their supposed stronghold. National Publicity Secretary of PDP Kola Ologbondiyan, said the fact that the APC had to recourse to brute force and allocation of ballots to gain votes in the bye-election in Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency, which ordinarily should have been for them, a walk in the park, being President Buhari’s constituency, shows that the party has pathetically lost it all. The PDP said the fact that it still held a legitimate 22,690 votes against the 30,719 fraudulently allocated to the APC, despite the use of force and other brazen infractions by the APC, shows that PDP is the natural winner of the election.

“It further strengthens our resolve that our party, the PDP, still commands a genuine followership among Nigerians. “We however invite Nigerians and the international community to mark how the APC and its controlled Federal Government are corrupting our electoral system, by using force to intimidate the people and steal their votes. “The APC is also corrupting security officials to use maximum force as a desperate measure to save President Buhari, whose popularity had dipped across our nation. “In their desperation to help the President, the APC in cahoot with the inept Presidency declared war on the people by ensuring the deployment of over 1000 heavily armed and

hostile security operatives for an election that held in only 15 polling units within two local governments of Katsina State,” the party said. The opposition party stated that it is unfortunate that the APC has allegedly recoursed to worst kind of intimidation and violations twelve calender months ahead of the general elections. “Currently, the PDP is compiling a comprehensive documentary evidence of infractions and irregularities including barring of legitimate voters from accessing polling centers, assigning of polling units to APC government functionaries, indiscriminate arrests of opposition members and supporters, underaged voting and allocation of votes for APC.

Saraki Mourns, Condoles PMB Over Death Of Family Members BY SOLOMON AYADO, Abuja

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of two members of his extended family, describing it as the handiwork of God. The Buhari family have lost Hajiya Halima Dauda and Haji-

ya Ai’sha Alhaji Mamman to the cold hands of death, few days ago, in a sequence. However, Saraki, yesterday, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, equally condoled with Buhari’s Uncle, Mallam Mamman Daura over the death of his younger sister.

It said, “My family and I share with Mr. President and his entire family this moment of grief,” Saraki said. “I urge Mr. President to be heartened and see the twin death as the will of Almighty Allah. “The death of a family member is often traumatic. It is much more unbearable when one loses

two family members at short interval. May God grant Mr. President and his entire family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” it stated. According to Saraki, he urged for fervent prayers and asked God to grant the souls of the departed a peaceful place among the righteous ones in heaven.

Atiku Support Group Lauches #WooYourDelegate Campaign BY TUNDE OGUNTOLA, Abuja

The Atiku Global Support Group (AGSG) has launched a new campaign #Operation Woo Your Delegates to help former vice President Atiku Abubakar clinch the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential ticket. A statement issued by the National Coordinator of AGSG, Alhaji Gambo Jagindi said that the era of imposition of candidates is over in the PDP, add-

ing that the campaign is created to creatively seek the vote of PDP delegates. He said “As a pro-Atiku group, we have a task to do. We are not going to wait for our principal to take the burden of winning the party primaries all alone, we perceive this as costly and too risky for a well networked group and serious group like AGSG. “This blueprint is born out of our desire to contribute to the emer-

gence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the PDP flag bearer in 2018 slated for 2019 general elections. “It is time for Atiku presidency, since the days of SDP, Atiku’s stand for a prosperous country that offers opportunities for all has not been overemphasized.” He said his position on restructuring the country resonates with the wishes of a greater majority. He added that Atiku understand

the dynamics that would shape and deliver on the effective development of our country, Nigeria. The group, he explained, was working round the clock to win the support of both members of PDP and other electorate to actualise the political ambition of Atiku. According to Jagindi, the group is convinced that Atiku stands a better chance to win the next presidential elections in 2019.

of Kebbi State, the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state has described PDP in Kebbi as a wounded lion in utter desperation for relevance in the political arena of the state. Alhaji Sani Dododo , the

Publicity Secretary of the ruling APC in Kebbi stated this while fielding questions from journalist over the critism of PDP against the government of Kebbi state. Dododo who vehemently

responded to the critisms of the opposition party said the party in the state was in a state of confusion following the mass defection of thousands of their members and key stalwarts to APC in the state.

Kebbi PDP Wounded Lion In Confusion – APC BY YAHYA SARKI , Kebbi

In a swift reaction to the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) critism over the performance and pattern of governance of governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu


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Misplaced Priority Of Opposition In Bauchi BY GARBA ALIYU MAIGAMO Recent political situation in Bauchi State calls for urgent attention to put the ugly development behind us, not only because of the forthcoming general elections but for the good of all and sundry. It is a truism that there can be neither progress nor development where strife is the order of the day. No doubt, the mission of Governor Muhammed A. Abubakar in office since assumption of office in 2015 has been to create a new Bauchi where dividends of democracy as it relates to provision of social amenities and ensuring peaceful co-existence of the people, would be taken for granted. To achieve these, there would be a departure from old ways of doing things, and this naturally would bring friction between the old and the new order. His journey to providing good governance started on a cracked foundation. With determination, Governor Muhammed Abubakar started piloting state affairs with courage. Unknowingly to him, his action tailored to transforming the state was against the interest of some political merchants. Their usual interest is illicit wealth accumulation and misuse of power for selfish advantage. To M.A Abubakar, that mission was satanic which he rejected. Then they resorted to blame game and a clownish gangingup for a selfish goal. It is an understatement to say that their action is battering democracy and good governance. It was surprising for the governor to have inherited a pervasive and alarming rate of insolvent treasury, unemployment, corruption, infrastructural decay, insecurity, political intolerance, moral decadence and other societal vices that deeply ate into the system. Though, he is battling to tackle the problems, it requires the highest level of commitment and contribution. However, misplaced priority and irrational criticisms from those that form the opposition within and without are major issues of concern. It will be difficult for any government to progress if internal opposition adopts unpatriotic and inconsiderate tendencies as is the case in Bauchi State, but the governor seems not deterred and focuses more on actualizing his mandate. In civilize democracies, the common priority of opposition is replacement of nonperformance, but in Bauchi, the tactics and measures differ to achieve diabolical aim including trading in mischief and hate speeches. Though, nothing is wrong in opposing any government if the priority is reasonable, objective and patriotically pursued; but it becomes undesirable if dubious, criminal, unreasonable, wicked and unpatriotic in the pursuits. In other climes, those in opposition put the interest of the state foremost in theircriticisms against the government but in the case of Bauchi state, it is personal interest against the people’s interests. A gang-up is assiduously working to ridicule the legitimate government in power. The offence of the state governor is his rejection of selfish requests and vow to protect public treasury from vandalization. In return, spurious allegations started flying against his person and administration. What M.A Abubakar expects from his opposition is responsible criticisms to guide against derailment from good governance, not selfish requests and unnecessary demands to institutionalize corrupt practices.

Opposition is beclouded by selfish interest and refuses to study the policies and programmes of the government in power to devise ways of improvement and present same as additional manifesto to swerve the electorates’ votes in favor of the ruling party in future elections. Although, in the Nigerian context, external opposition is always an avenue to pull down those in power, in Bauchi state the bulk of opposition is from the ruling party itself. Some members of the ruling party are unnecessarily bitter with the style of governance that is battling the odds to address the mess of the past. Their interest lies more with corruption than service as some of them defrauded the state several millions through non-execution of contracts. Some politicians of Bauchi state extraction are only known for pursuing their selfish interests not minding the negative effects of such actions on the state. Every step and policy of government is condemned or made to look worthless and appalling in the eyes of the electorates by those charlatans for selfish desire. The trend is synonymous with our democracy and has persisted since M.A Abubakar took the oath of office on May 29, 2015. One important aspect of the struggle for good governance is the effort put-in by patriots before the democracy was restored that cannot be quantified. With the Fourth Republic, one expects the people to have learnt lessons to handle governance maturely by curtailing, if not eradicating the trend of unnecessary opposition, but, reverse is the case as the situation gets worse by the day and the system suffers. The issue of opposition’s misplaced priority is not an ideology of a particular group, party, ethnic group or religion; most politicians are guilty of this anti-democratic activity. In as much as this piece recognizes that in politics, there are no permanent friends or foes but, permanent interest, Bauchi politicians have misconstrued this principle to mean personal and selfish ambitions/ interests. As a result, the permanent interest of opposition is to pull down the government not minding the damage or pains it may inflict on the state. Those in government are right to see opposition as enemies as mutual suspicion has pervaded the polity. The mudslinging and baseless allegations by a few disgruntled persons remains a mystery for discourse. Those blindfolded by parochial sentiments and greed should retread to the path of honour. Expectedly, it is the people bearing the brunt endlessly and instead of them to join the governor to fight bequeathed problems, they chose trading blames for value to their mischief. Despite the governor’s efforts for reconciliation with those ‘aggrieved’, they mischievously maintain a cat and mouse stance for deceit. In desperation for a pound of flesh from the innocent, they are carrying their mischief to the highest pedestal. They are regular visitors to several important personalities to spoon-feed whoever cares with folktales. Mischief cannot deny that Bauchi State Government has built 20 brand new Primary Health Care Centres in the 20 local governments across the state with modern VIP toilets and other facilities. Over 320kilometers of roads are under construction while drug revolving fund and counterpart funding with UBEC, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dangote Foundation and other development partners was paid. Monthly civil servants salaries are paid regularly as well as other sundry service. – Maigamo writes from Bauchi

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Odumakin’s ‘Call-Out’ On Osinbajo: Of Fallacies And Hypocrisy BY IKECHI CHUKWUDI

Yet again, Mr. Yinka Odumakin has attacked Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. This time around, he scoffs at the Vice President’s faith and ethical fidelity to the principles of rule of law. In August 2017, in reference to an idea expressed by the Vice President, Mr. Odumakin claimed that Prof Osinbajo had abandoned federalism because he had become Vice President. Not much else can be gathered from Mr. Odumakin’s antagonistic pieces other than that they serve the purpose of discrediting both the man and his ideas. The first thought is that while Prof Osinbajo’s recent views might point to the underlying philosophy that informs Government policy, much as they explain the policies themselves; they are by no means novel to the man. Prof Osinbajo, in the past two decades, remains one of a dwindling number of Nigerians that we regard as public intellectuals that provoke both the rationality and conscience of Nigerians. The only impression that Mr. Odumakin intends to leave with the reader is that power has somehow morphed Prof. Osinbajo into a hybrid of a hypocrite and an intellectual charlatan. However that isn’t the case. Mr. Odumakin tries to project the image of intellectualism in his commentary on national issues. The issues that constitute the object of Prof Osinbajo’s views as well as Mr Odumakin’s attack are important national issues that dominate contemporary public debate. Restructuring, against the background of sectional anxieties, as well as the perennial herdersfarmers conflict, has been driven largely by ethno-religious sentiment.

Prof Osinbajo, both as a leader of constituted authority and moral thought, in both instances offered a constructive narrative to douse palpable anxieties and foster unity among the diverse people of a country where ethnic and religious suspicion is often cheap currency for less than altruistic political actors. Lives have been lost, property has been destroyed, and mutual trust among the citizens of our country, severely fractured. It is easier to destroy and tear apart than it is to build and bring together. The tragedy of the genocide in Rwanda fuelled by divisive views is a footnote to always remember. The bestrationalized thought expressed with little regard for truth and conscience is at best hollow- at worst, it is destructive. Being in the public view, an objective review of the alternative narrative now being advanced by Mr. Odumakin is relevant. So taking his first stab in August, Mr. Odumakin disingenuously misinterpreted the VP’s statement made at the Institute for Security Studies in a Paper titled “Unity in Diversity”. The reference to Nigeria being a “geographical expression” in Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s seminal work of 1947 “Path to Nigerian Freedom”, was explained as an invitation to do the hard work of building a unified federal union, rather than a balkanization along ethnic or religious lines as Odumakin had misconstrued. The VP dug through history to a century earlier where the notable Austrian diplomat of the 19th Century, Prince Clemens von Metternich, made a similar “geographical expression” reference in relation to Italy. Metternich who was a towering figure in European diplomacy, (central to the restoration of monarchical

Europe after the turmoil of the French revolutionary and Napoleonic wars of 1789-1815) was confounded by Italian unity or lack of it. This led him to the famous quote- “Italy is a mere geographical expression” expressed in a note written on August 2nd, 1847 to Count Dietrichstein. This thought led Sir James Hudson, British minister in Turin, to ask Lord Cowley, British ambassador in Paris, in a letter of January 5th, 1860: ‘Why should it be more difficult for four Italian provinces who have but one written and spoken language to transact their business than it is for Highland, Irish, Welsh and English members to sit and vote together?’ The implication of the “geographical expression” conundrum of Italy, which concerned both Metternich and Hudson, is: that although a considerable chunk of Italy had greater linguistic unity than the British Isles had, it yet was less unified as a nation, than linguistically diverse Britain. Essentially, Chief Awo’s thesis was that a unified federal union must be worked upon and not assumed- an idea that Prof Osinbajo articulated. Becoming a “nation” was an intentional and collective effort that isn’t assumed either because of geographical proximity or linguistic affinity. As such, the idea of Nigeria’s restructuring along ethnic lines will not necessarily confer the benefits of a working federation as seen from Italy’s example. In the same speech, Prof Osinbajo alluded to his continued belief in fiscal federalism and devolution of powers to the federating units- States- ideas he had not only canvassed in theory, but also fought for in the Supreme Court. Now, Mr Odumakin has ratcheted up the flames of attack, questioning Prof Osinbajo’s faith. Apparently,

Odumakin observed the VP being in a “forlorn” state during a prayer event at the Redeemed Christian Church of God campsite. He alludes to the sad death of “that lady evangelist”, (Pastor Eunice Olawale) exploiting a very unfortunate incident to stoke up anger. The mark of genuine Christianity and fellowship do not lend itself to the acerbic passion that Mr. Odumakin attempts to foster. In fellowship, the VP’s wife visited the family of Mr. Elisha Olawale to commiserate with, and comfort them on the sad loss of their wife and mother. Prof Osinbajo never condoned nor encouraged criminality perpetuated under the guise of religion or on any other ground. Mr. Odumakin attempts to suggest that the VP’s comment or lack of it on each criminal act committed against members of his faith is evidence for his belief in, or ditching of, the rule of law. The real evidence of belief in the rule of law is reforming Nigeria’s broken criminal justice system that is incapable of tracking down criminals and bringing them to justice- something that has been a feature of governance for decades. In the same way that the high profile political assassinations of Bola Ige and Aminasoari Dikibo remain puzzles for crime detection, is the same way many criminal acts all over the country go undetected. One of the first actions of this administration was to push for Police Reform. The Vice President also has an active role in promoting the rule of law in all facets of Government as he continues to work in formulating and promoting policies that ensure that the broken system is fixed. But many of these structural reforms must be backed up by legislation. State policing, one of the proposals that have been put forward as a structural reform of Nigeria’s security apparatus

can only materialize by legislation. The Herders-Farmers conflict is another very divisive issue that touches on security, the economy, food security, national unity and climate change. At the interdenominational service to mark the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, on January 7th 2018, Prof Osinbajo only expressed the view that the conflict must not be politicized. While there is an important law and order issue, there are also underlying factors that touch on land, water and pasture that must be addressed to avert future occurrence. This conflict is an age-long and century old struggle for livelihood among groups that have co-existed for decades but have increasingly become agents of violent and fatal conflict. In addition to its own policy initiatives, the establishment of a National Economic Council (NEC) committee by the Buhari administration is in recognition of the principle of federalism. The States, which are the theatres of the conflict, are integral to the solution. This Committee, comprising the VP and Governors, is what Mr. Odumakin refers to as “diversionary and contemptuous shadow-chasing committee”. The terms of reference of the Committee include dialogue with all the parties involved and not just Miyetti Allah as Odumakin mischievously suggests. There are those with little moral fibre that will play to the gallery and score cheap political points with this historical and critical national issue. Prof Osinbajo’s remarks only suggest that the issues must be addressed devoid of the mischievous characterization that promotes the conflict rather than prevent future conflict.

– Chukwudi writes from Lagos

There Is No Imposition Of Monarch In Bwari (2) BY ABUBAKAR MUSA Evidence from tax receipts show that the indigenous Hausawa and Fulani had paid their taxes to the district head at Dutse-Mado, who was in-charge of the whole districts. These was alongside the GwariBwari people or community. It is also rather unfortunate to call Late Sarkin Bwari as a tax collector by the same people (Gwari) who acknowledge the three predecessors of Musa Muhammad Ijakoro ‘as District Heads of Bwari from the Royal Family, who he has succeeded with the same functions. These district heads includes; Ma’aji Ali —1902 —1935, Ishaku Mohammed Gani — 1935 — 1954, Abubakar Barau Musa Angulu — 1954 —1975 and Musa Muhammad Ijakoro — 1976 — 1997. Note from the table of the district heads above, from 1902-1997 clearly shows that out of the four district heads, two were Koros, and

from Abuja Emirate, while none was a Gwari man. Therefore where do they source their history from? The same Sarkin Bwari HRH. Musa Muhammad Ijakoro who served as the district head of Bwari, was shouldered with responsibilities of approving, turbaning or coronating and disciplining all traditional rulers. Top among them was the turbaning of Late Esu Dimas Isuwa Zamayi, in the year 1993, whom the present Esu of Bwari HRH. JP Ibrahim Danlami Yaro succeeded, and the host of others. Thus, if HRH. Musa Muhammad ljakoro was a tax collector, while Esu Dimas Isuwa Zamayi (1993) and other village, hamlet/cottage heads were then junior tax collectors. They also claim that he was the Hakimi of Hausawa and Fulani Muslims (Bigotry). What a myopic idea and thought that is least expected from any indigene of Bwari, and the entire residents of Bwari area council, Abuja in particular and Nigeria at

large. He was a man of the people, who did not discriminate among his subjects. Today every tribe that lives in Bwari will testify to his generosity in assisting anyone that sought his assistance. Therefore the Late Emir, Dr. Musa Muhammad ljakoro was a man of peace, who has only two words, “Yes or No”. If HRH. Musa Muhammad ljakoro was he district head of Hausawa, Fulani and Muslims, according to the so-called press release, page 2, paragraph 1, then, Dimas Isuwa Zamayi and host of other traditional rulers, who were turbaned by HRH. Musa Muhammad Ijakoro, the district head of Bwari, was also village and hamlet heads of Hausawa, Fulani and Muslims. When FCT became a reality, an option was given to the original inhabitants of FCT as to either move to your mother state or remain. At that time, HRH Alhaji Musa Muhammad ljakoro chose to remain in Abuja, when the entire parents of the present Esu of Bwari have chosen

to relocate. They therefore collected compensation and finally relocated to New Bwari of Tafa local governemnt in Niger State. At that time, HRH the Esu of Bwari, Ibrahim Yaro was under the tutelage of his parents. It may be interesting to let the whole world know, that HRH JP Ibrahim Yaro’s elder brother, Abdullahi Adamu Samu is the current district head of New Bwari, in Tafa local government area of Niger State. At this juncture, we the good people of Bwari, who formed part of the indigenes, wish to reinstate that we are peace-loving citizens, with the slogan: “Peace Progress and Hospitality.” As such, the Gwari people of Bwari town should be made to note that, they cannot in anyway intimidate or threaten our corporate existence as a people. As we are ready for peaceful coexistence in Bwari and they know that they are not only owners of Bwari town. More so, Sarkin Bwari

is for the entire Bwari area council, (Bwari Chiefdoms), Bwari town, the FCT and the entire nation. Above all, the entire inhabitants of Bwari, it environs, the FCT in particular and Nigerians, know that HRH Alhaji Musa Muhammad Ijokoro was a man of peace, who strived hard, throughout his ruler-ship to sue for peaceful co-existence among all. We cannot fold our hands to be intimated by the so-called false claims and counter claims of the Gwari people of Bwari, which are full of blunt lies. Finally, if the Gwari claimed that Sarkin Bwari, HRH Dr. Alhaji Musa Muhammad ljakoro (MFR) was from Niger State, Tafa local government, then somebody from Sabon-Bwari is from which state and which local government? After all Niger State was a mother of all of us. So let us stop deceiving ourselves.

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SMARTNEWS ASUU Decries Poor Funding Of Educational Institutions BY ADEBAYO WAHEED, IBADAN

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has lamented gross under funding of public educational institutions in the country. ASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan, Dr Deji Omole who stated this while reacting to a report by a national newspaper(Not Leadership) that the about 197,050 qualified candidates were denied admission in just seven public varsities lamented that only about 600,000 students managed to get admission into universities in Nigeria yearly out of average of 1.5million who purchase JAMB forms yearly. The union said that the federal government was not doing anything to increase access to public university education in the country. ASUU said it is obvious that despite granting more licences to private universities in Nigeria, the choice destination of many Nigerian children are the public varsities that have been neglected for attention by the government. The union noted that it had become obvious that a parent who sends his wards to private university as a civil servant must either be into another business or engrossed in corrupt activities. ASUU said the NEEDS assessment conducted by government had clearly shown that most public varsities lacked infrastructure that could make them deliver fully on their mandates of teaching, researching and community servicing. Omole lamented that rather than increase budgetary allocation to education, the ruling government which promised 15percent in their manifestoes during campaign dragged it downwards to about seven per cent instead of the minimum of 26percent suggested by UNESCO to government. According to Omole, there is nothing stopping university of Ibadan from admitting up to 20,000 candidates if the government increased funding for its overstretched infrastructure, overlaboured lecturers working in environment that is not conducive.

An industrious woman paddling a canoe used as a mobile shop to sell Herbal traditional medicine (Agbo) at Makoko in Yaba, Lagos. PHOTO BY KOLAWOLE ALIU.

Illegal Building: Lagos Seals Off RCCG, Others BY GEORGE OKOJIE, Lagos

Officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, (LASBCA), have sealed the zonal headquarters of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG) under construction in Ajegunle, a hotel in Ikeja and six other buildings over illegal development of structures, It was learnt that over 11 people found working on site when LASBCA officials visited were arrested and arraigned at the Mobile Court, which sat in Ebute Meta area of Lagos at the weekend and sent to jail for not being able to perfect their bail conditions. The operation was led by the General Manager, LASBCA, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde, while officials

of the Lagos State Task Force were on ground to provide security and arrest culprits during the enforcement exercise on Saturday. The RCCG, a massive three-storey structure, being developed on Old Ojo Road in Ajegunle was said to have broken government’s seal on several occasion after it was served stop work notice and sealed. Seven labourers found working on the structure were arrested and in put in the Black Maria, while about four other buildings on Old Ojo Road were sealed for the same offence and labourers found on site were arrested. An illegal shopping centre being in Ajeromi was also sealed. The developer was already erecting a third floor illegally without approval

when LASBCA officials came and sealed up the building. It was also learnt that the structure had been sealed several times, with the shop owners breaking government seals, while two people were arrested in the process. De-Golden Guest Hotel on Opebi area of Ikeja was also sealed as the developer converted a residential apartment to a hotel without getting government approval for the conversion. LASBCA General Manager, Shodeinde told newsmen that all properties sealed had been sealed up to four times in the past, but that their owners always break government’s seal to continue their illegal development.

Customs Officer Beaten To Coma By Smugglers In Ogun BY YUSUF BABALOLA, Lagos

An officer of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ogun State Area Command, Muhammed Maigari, was at the weekend brutally macheted by armed smugglers at Ibeji River around Idogo-Ifoyintedo axis in Ipokia Local Government Area of the state. The command public relations officer, Abdullahi Maiwada, who confirmed this to journalists, said the victim is currently in a critical condition. According to him, Mr. Maigari,

who is attached to the Federal Operations Unit but posted to the Idiroko border axis, was ”dealt a life- threatening cut on his left upper arm by the smugglers. ”Maigari and some of his colleagues were said to have been on routine patrol when they got an intelligence report that some smugglers were coming with a smuggled Toyota Highlander towards the Ibeji River, and they rushed to the scene to intercept the vehicle,” he said. The spokesman added that the smugglers attempted to disarm

Mr. Maigara but when they were unsuccessful, they, ”decided to smash his head with the machete but he blocked it with his arm. He also explained that the incident occurred on Wednesday last week. “The cut was life-threatening. The smugglers were armed and they confronted our operatives. But since we did not want any loss of lives, our operatives successfully intercepted the Toyota Highlander being smuggled through the forest,” Mr. Maiwada told journalists.

Boat Mishaps: Lagos Intensifies Campaign On Life BY GEORGE OKOJIE, Lagos

As part of measures to curb frequent boat mishaps and ensure safety on the inland waterways, the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) has distributed over 1500 Life Jackets to ferry operators, passengers and riverine communities across the state. Speaking to journalists at the weekend, Managing Director of LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel, said the Authority has intensified

campaign to emphasize the use of Life Jackets by all waterways users. He said the 1500 life jackets were distributed within 2017 and January 2018, adding that more would be distributed in the course of the year. Emmanuel urged passengers to insist on life jackets before embarking on any journey on the water. He said aside the donation of life jackets, the authority has also embarked on sensitization

at various State-owned jetties whilst also using electronic media to emphasize on safety measures to be adhered to by all waterways users. The LASWA boss added that to improve safety on the waterways, the Authority with relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) is currently planning and working towards establishing an Emergency and Response Unit for the Inland waterways.

I Specialize In Robbing Lagos Socialites– Suspect BY ISMAILA OGUNTADE, Lagos

A robbery suspect arrested by the operatives of Rapid Response squad (RRS) of the Lagos State Police Command has said he specializes in robbing Lagos socialites who are drunk in night clubs. The suspect, Nathaniel Peters, 28, was arrested in Abule Egba early Saturday morning during a search for a suspected robber, who stabbed a lady after dispossessing her of her mobile phone. Peters, who was returning from a popular night club in Ikeja around 5:00 a.m. where he had gone to operate, was seen running away while police were searching for a robbery suspect. The Rapid Response Squad officers, who are stationed near Abule Egba Roundabout, heard the scream of a lady shouting for help at around 5: 20 a.m. early Saturday morning. When Peter was arrested, found on him were stolen laptop, three mobile phones, two wrist watches. The lady who was stabbed and robbed confirmed it wasn’t Peter that robbed her. On further interrogation, Peter disclosed that he was coming from a night – club somewhere around Ikeja where he had dispossessed clubbers of the laptop, phones and wrist watches. Peter added that he had been visiting night clubs particularly those in Ikeja to break into parked vehicles and rob sleeping and drunk clubbers of their valuable. He said, ‘I have been in this business since 2016. My friend, Sheriff introduced me to it. We were both butchers at the Agege Abattoir. At a point, he ran into him after absconding with his boss’s N170,000:00. “I ran into him few months later and he invited me to join him visiting night clubs in the metropolis to rob clubbers. He told me it was very lucrative. I have discovered too that it is better than my butcher job at Abattoir.”


38 SOUTH SOUTH 2019: South-South PDP Youth Leaders Adopt Atiku Abubakar BY RICHARD NDOMA, Calabar

Ahead of the 2019 presidential poll, a youth wing of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) operating under the aegis of Atiku Nation in the South-South geo-political zone at the weekend converged in Calabar saying that they have unanimously adopted former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as the choice of the zone for president of Nigeria. To actualise this dream, the party youth leaders in the zone which compromises, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Edo and Rivers States inaugurated youth coordinators across the zone to enable them begin the campaign for the installation of Atiku Abubakar as Nigeria’s president in 2019. Speaking at the ceremony, Cross River State director, Atiku Nation, Comrade Jimmy Aninege urged all the youths in the zone to ensure that their permanent voters cards (PVCs)are intact if they were serious with the business of installing the “Turaki of Adamawa” as the country’s president in 2019. Aninege who spoke shortly after the Zonal coordinator of the group, Chief Douyi Douglas Naingba finished making his remark averred that the group initiative to install Atiku as the country’s next president in 2019 was based from the fact that Atiku Abubakar has the pedigree to managed both the human and material resources that would move the economy of the nation forward.

‘I Won’t Disappoint C/River Central District’ BY RICHARD NDOMA, Calabar

A business tycoon and lawyer Chris Agara, has promised not to betray the confidence reposed in him by the people of Cross River Central senatorial district whom he claimed had mounted much pressure on him to throw his hat into the ring to challenge a ranking Senator, Sen. John Owan Enoh who is currently still occupying the seat of Cross River central senatorial district in the red chambers of the National Assembly but has also indicated interest to recontest the seat again in 2019. Agara made the promise while receiving leaders of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and some party stalwarts who paid him a courtesy visit in Ikom local government area for political activities in the central senatorial district of Cross River State. Agara lauded the political leaders in the constituency for finding him worthy to challenge the power of incumbency in the person of Senator John Owan Enoh who is a ranking senator representing the people of central senatorial district in the senate.

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Obaseki Calls For Focus-driven Leadership

BY PATRICK OCHOGA, Benin City

Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has urged Edo and Delta citizens to hold fast to the virtues and legacies that made the old Bendel State outstanding among its peers, calling out leaders of the two states to sustain and build on the heritage of the old region. Obaseki made the submission in his goodwill message at the birthday celebration of Prof Pat Utomi, who marked his 62nd birthday anniversary at Ibusa, Delta State at the weekend. The governor urged the business and political elite in Edo and Delta States to redirect their focus to rebuilding and returning the states

to a leading spot in Nigeria, wherein things worked for the good of everyone and not for few persons. According to him, “The defunct Bendel State, which is now Edo and Delta states, was revered as a leading light in Nigeria in the areas of quality education, infrastructure and sports. Then, other states in the country looked to us for direction.” He said, “Nothing is wrong and new about Nigeria. We all are to be blamed for what is happening in the country today. Nigeria, just like the old Bendel State, worked for us, as a place where people had access to quality infrastructure and education, which made most of us today the best in our

chosen careers. “If we must get it right, we must begin by upholding truth in leadership. Chief Obafemi Awolowo, for example, stood for truth and made the then Western Region work for the good of all. In Edo, we have started by upholding this truth, which made the former governor, Adams Oshiomhole lay the foundation for a society where things work for the good of the people. “My administration has continued in that line, as we continue to make progress to solidify and sustain a system where resources are deployed for the benefit of everyone and make life better for the people of the state.”

Calling for a united front in tackling challenges of development, he said, “Delta State must not remain behind, but follow in the progress being achieved in Edo State, where things are working. Let us unite to return our states to the leading position in the country.” He argued that democracy is built from the bottom up, not top down, as the people should lead in the quest for development, noting, “Any policy that will not benefit the people is bad. Political actors should be men and women of integrity. Political actors in Delta State, should join us in Edo State, to return our states to the leading position in Nigeria.”

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki(middle); Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Taiwo Akerele (left); Leader of Delta State All Progressives Congress(APC), Hon. Olorogun Otega Emerhor (2nd left); Chief Celebrant, Prof. Pat Utomi (second right) and his Wife, Mrs. Utomi (right) at the 62nd birthday anniversary reception for Pat Utomi, in Asaba, Delta State, at the weekend.

LG Poll: PDP Withdrawal Shows It No Longer Exist In Edo - APC

BY PATRICK OCHOGA, Benin City

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State says the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state not to participate in the forthcoming March 3, 2018 local government election is an indication that the party no longer exist in the state. The state secretary of the party, Mr Lawrence Okah, who was reacting to the declaration made by the

state chairman of the PDP, Chief Dan Orbih, that the party was staying away from the election due to what he described as the alleged manipulation of the processes by both the Edo State Independent National Electoral Commission (EDSIEC) and the state government, said the PDP knew “they have been rejected by the people and that is why they want to chicken out”. He stated: “ I feel very sorry for the PDP because every day all we

hear from them is that Obaseki has done this and that but they have not proffered one solution. If they said they are not participating in an election that will affect the lives of their people then it shows they have never been ready for governance. “That attested to the fact that they are no longer in Edo as we have been saying. They have confirmed it. If you look at all the states controlled by the PDP, they held local government elections and APC participated because

APC is on ground in those states. “They did not assume that because it is being conducted by the state electoral commission they will not participate. “So that is how the 2019 general election will still be in Edo because by then they will tell you that police or army is harassing them so as a result they will not participate. If they sincerely love this state they should participate in elections because we want vibrant opposition in Edo.

Total Partners Major Industry Players For Women Development BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, Port Harcourt

Multinational oil giant, Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI), have gone into partnership with other major players in the oil and gas industry towards the development of women in the state. Other partnership in the project,

which include the construction of a Women Development Skills Acquisition Centre in Port Harcourt, include, the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC), CNOOC, Sapetro and Petrobas. Performing the groundbreaking ceremony centre in Port Harcourt, Rivers State governor, Chief Nye-

som Ezenwo Wike, who said the centre when completed will empower women with relevant skills for economic sustenance, commended TUPNI and her partners for investing in the project. Reiterating the commitment of the state government to the welfare and empowerment of women

as captured in the 2018 Budget. Wike said, “The empowerment of Women is very key to the development of the state. That is why we are investing resources to uplift our women. “We are happy with total and her joint venture partners for this project.

Edo Governor, Obaseki, Lauds Women Achievements BY PATRICK OCHOGA, Benin City

Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has celebrated the innovative spirit of women researchers who have broken new grounds in science and technology, commending them for braving the many cultural hurdles to stamp their names in history.

Governor Obaseki said this on the occasion of the commemoration of the 2018 International Day for Women and Girls in Science marked every February 11 by the United Nations (UN). The governor said that breakthroughs by women researchers in recent years across the globe have

shown that when spaces are open for everyone to thrive, much can be achieved to advance the cause of mankind. According to him, “There has been an upsurge of women scientists who are breaking new grounds in various scientific fields. I believe this reality is a call on us here in Edo State and

Nigeria to continue to expand the space for women to get into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Already, we are focusing on basic and technical education to ensure that our children, including boys and girls get a headstart to explore carriers in science and technology without discrimination.


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Managing director/chief executive officer, Linkage Assurance Plc, Dr Pius Apere (left), in a handshake with the acting Vice Chancellor, Niger Delta University (NDU), Professor Samuel Edoumiekumo, during a career talk at the University Campus in Bayelsa State, recently.

Insuring Farmers Through Index-Based Agric Insurance In this piece, ZAKA KHALIQ writes that with the federal government’s renewed efforts at making agriculture a major source of revenue, providing index-based agric insurance to farmers would help in reaching the government’s target on time.

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ollowing the move of the federal government to diversify the economy from oil to agriculture, farmers are now resuming work on their farmlands with the numerous incentives being provided by the government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as well as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Just like every human endeavour associated with risk, farming is not an exemption. In farming, a single risk can wipe out the whole farm land as well as thousands of livestock. To this end, there is the need for risk mitigation mechanism to ensure that farmers don’t run at a loss, whenever an insured risk occurs. Traditionally, when a major risk occurs, either drought, epidemics or other hazards, it usually affects a large population of farmers at the same time and often in difficult circumstances, assessing the losses of each individual insured party that is affected is not feasible. In this instance, the insurer will not have the resources to assess each claim individually in a short period even in the best conditions. To this end, Index Based Agricultural Insurance (IBAI) is usually the best answer. It is a relatively new finan-

cial instrument for transferring agriculture risks from individuals or groups of farmers to risk carriers, that is, insurers. In an Index-Based System, when a claim is triggered for a specific area, all insured units, that is, farmers within a given geographical area and having similar characteristics, are compensated at the same payout rate, usually a percentage of the sum insured, on events specifically covered by the policy. To champion this course, a joint technical committee comprising of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) and NIRSAL was constituted to take further actions towards seamless deployment of Area Yield Index Insurance being facilitated by NIRSAL for its grain finance and other projects that kicked off in June 2017, wet season. To this end, a consortium of five insurance companies were granted license to provide Group Yield Crop Insurance cover to farmers under the scheme. Earlier, LEADERSHIP had learnt that five insurance companies have provided index-based agric insurance coverage to about 500,000 farmers, who are primary producers in the country. The five insurers include; Leadway Assurance Company Limited, Royal Exchange Assurance Plc, Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Scheme (NAIC),

African Re and AXA Mansard. The benefiting farmers are those who benefited agricultural lending from NIRSAL, a public-private sector initiative meant to transform the country’s agricultural sector through enabling the flow of affordable financing to all players along entire agricultural value chains, in 2017. It was however learnt there are plans to expand this insurance coverage to about 3.8 million agricultural primary producers, with more insurance companies expected to license to partake in this arrangement. Speaking at a seminar organised by the National Insurance Commission(NAICOM), for Insurance journalists in Benin City, Edo State, the Director, Inspectorate, NAICOM, Mr. Barineka Thompson, disclosed that the commission had earlier granted product approval to these five insurers participating in the Index-Based Agricultural Insurance (IBAI) pilot scheme. And with 2018 planting season approaching, he anticipated that more insurance companies will join as a result of greater awareness and the upcoming capacity building programme on indexbased agricultural insurance. The approval granted to the five underwriting firms, he said, are in line with the ongoing efforts by the feder-

al government to diversify the Nigerian economy and create opportunities to promote Agric. business and employment, stressing that IBAI is a programme in support of the policy of government. NAICOM, he said, is collaborating with NIRSAL on the initiative, stating that the pilot scheme is currently running in 10 states. The states include; Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kaduna, Kano, Kasina, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Taraba and Zamfara states, while the crops covered by this initiative are; rice, maize, soya and sorghum. Meanwhile, last week, the federal government, said it was working with a Kenyan firm to develop innovative insurance products for livestock to end the incessant herdsmen and farmers clashes across the country. Reacting to this, the Managing Director, NIRSAL, Mr. Aliyu Abdulhameed, also disclosed that 25,000 farmers had subscribed to IBAI scheme. He noted that in addition to the partnership with the Kenyan firm, the Federal Government had recently signed partnership agreements with a leading Moroccan agricultural insurance as well as a reinsurance company to provide technical support in expanding the range of agricultural insurance products in Nigeria.

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Pension Advocacy Group Applauds CPS The director, Centre for Pension Right Advocacy (CPRA), Mr. Ivor Takor, has applauded the feat recorded under the Contributory Pension Scheme(CPS) in the pension industry. As at December 2017, he said, the Net Assets Value of Pension Assets under the Contributory Pension Scheme was N7.5 trillion. Of the N7.5 trillion Net Assets Value, he said, 70.42 per cent was invested in FGN Securities, 10.33 per cent in Ordinary shares, 9.08 per cent in local money market securities, 2.03. Per cent in States government’s securities and 2.71 per cent in Real Estate properties. The fund, he noted, was also invested in Supra National Bonds, Mutual Funds, Specialised Funds (Infrastructure and Private Equity), among others. Investment of pension fund in Federal and States governments’ securities, according to him, has assisted these governments to cost-effectively manage their national debts, thereby contributing in the solving of their financial needs. The fund, he pointed out, has come in as an independent financial intermediary, as the nation’s private business enterprises no longer rely on the banks as the sole sources of outside capital for the financing of their businesses. The fund, he stated, has therefore provided a domestic source of borrowing, which doesn’t attract excessive high interest rate, noting that transfer of resources in favour of long term assets by the fund has significantly impacted on the nation’s GDP growth rate. Combined, he said, National Pension Commission (PenCom), Closed Pension Fund Administrators (CPFAs), Pension Fund Administrators(PFAs) and Pension Fund Custodians(PFCs) employ thousands of graduates of diverse professions, thereby helping to take off the streets able bodied Nigerians in particular, young graduates who otherwise would have been roaming the streets in search of jobs.

NAICOM Charges Underwriters Over Superior Customer Service STORIES BY ZAKA KHALIQ, Lagos

The National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has charged underwriting firms in the country to pioritise quality service delivery to their clients to increase insurance acceptance. Commissioner for Insurance, Alhaji Mohammed Kari, while speaking at the First Interactive Session with major consumers of insurance products and services in Lagos, advised insurance operators that providing a strong customer experience is not just about reducing the risk of customer service mishaps, but in-

creasingly a way for companies in competitive markets to distinguish their brands. Delivering a superior customer experience, according to him, takes more than developing a mobile app or adding a call centre staff, adding that, it requires significant investments, relentless improvements, and collaboration across customer channels and business functions, from distribution and underwriting to claims handling. Stating that understanding what customers want is paramount in building a better customer experience, he said, NAICOM has ob-

served, in recent time, certain behaviours and actions of consumers that are not in psych with this belief which is detrimental and dangerous to the insurance industry in Nigeria. While the Commission is not averse to ceding of risk offshore, he said, this must be done only when the local market has taken the much its capacity would allow. He pointed out that one of the challenges facing the industry is direct involvement of the insured with reinsurance placement of their insurances, saying, ‘once the consumer places his risks with the insurer, whether direct or through a broker, he or the broker

has no role in the placement of the reinsurance.’ He, therefore, reminded insurance consumers that Nigerian Insurance space should only be occupied by insurance institutions licensed and regulated by NAICOM, promising that the commission would not accept insurances placed through a non-licensed operator. He listed other challenges being encountered from consumers to include; delays in submitting evaluation results of bidding process to the Commission, delays by the insured in issuing placement/ renewal instruction to the insurer as these delays makes it impossible

for the insurer to meet the application period for the placement of excess risks offshore where applicable. The emerging practice of supposed premium funding by local brokers on behalf of the insured is also a threat to the insurance industry, he said. While pleading on consumers to desist from these practices because they are neither in their best interest nor that of the insurance operator and of course, that of the nation, he crave the understanding and cooperation of the consumers to ensure compliance with its laws and regulations particularly the Insurance Act 2003 and the Local Content Act.


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Stay Glam With Red! BY OLUWATOYIN AGUDA

Red is one colourful and glamorous colour and it is one colour fashion lovers tend to play with. You all know red is a very loud colour, hence it is one colour you have to be careful with so you don’t end up calling attention to yourself. Here are steps to fabulously rock in red. Step out in red shoes: Nearly every woman would love a piece of red shoes in her wardrobe. Red shoes can give life to the dullest of outfits and make a bold,

confident statement. As beautiful as red shoes could be, it is better you use them to spice up outfits of other colours. If you will wear a red shoe on a red dress, it is better you try a different shade of red. I will advise you go with a deep shade of red, as it is more subdued and a little less noticeable. Match red with neutrals: If black, brown, gray, nude, white, and deep navy blue are the only colours found in your outfit, a neutral shoe will only make your outfit seem duller. Add a bright

red shoe to brighten up your style. A red shoe with a black pencil skirt and white button-down blouse will be a great idea. Try Colour blocking: Colour blocking is the practice of wearing solid blocks of bright, complementary colours against one another. Try wearing your red shoes against an orange, pink dress or olive dress. Red and red could make a big fashion blunder: If you have a solid red dress, do

not wear it with your red shoes. If you do, you may end up overkilling your outfit or appearing loud. If you would prefer to wear your bright red shoes with a red dress, choose a deep red dress to add depth to your ensemble. Keep your casuals stylish with red: Red shoes look great with denim blue jeans, especially sky blue and dark blue. A red shoe will give a taste of sophistication even to your everyday look. Try out red accessories: You can match your yellow dress

with red shoes. Red belt, red scarf, red bracelet, and ruby red ring can be matched with colours like white, ash, navy and olive. A few red accessories looks coordinated, but too many looks overdone. Do not adorn yourself with red: Red shoes, red gown, red bag and red accessories will definitely make a wrong combination. C’mon! Even a Christmas tree has other shades of colour. Are you ready to rock? Catch some fun with red this season of love!


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Create your own perfect idea of valentine

go for a couple massage or spa session

Take a visit to the first place you met

Visit a resort

Visit a seaside

Go for a charity fair

Perfect Valentine’s Day Destination For Lovers OLUWATOYIN AGUDA Valentine’s Day can put a lot of pressure on lovers, as many look for perfect ways to celebrate the special day without having to join the band wagon or celebrate it the commercial way. When you find true love, Valentine’s Day can be an amazing way to get away and connect, and you must ensure that you celebrate it in the most amazing and memorable way. If you are thinking of visiting places or taking a trip on Valentine’s Day, we have made a compilation of places and events that will surely leave you with fond memories. Visit an art centre/ art gallery You can dish the usual restaurant outing for an art gallery or art center where you can get a life portrait or get to create your own art work. One of those places you can visit is the prestigious Nike Art Gallery located on the Island. You can also visit art workshops, the good thing is that some art workshops offer visitors and arts enthusiast the opportunity to tap into their creative energy by allowing them paint their own piece of art. Won’t it just be a great thing painting and creating your own art work on Valentine’s Day?

Go for a helicopter sightseeing If you can afford it, taking a helicopter sightseeing won’t be a bad idea. You can enjoy a unique, exclusive and private helicopter tour across a city of your choice. The helicopter tour which is no doubt a luxury exclusive only to the rich offers an amazing and fantastic view which will linger in your memory for a long time. Go for a lingerie shopping It won’t be a bad idea ditching your usual clothe shopping for a lingerie shopping where you also get your partner to choose for you. Shopping for lingerie with your partner can be an extremely rewarding experience. Not only does picking out a sexy, seethrough lingerie have the obvious benefit of building positive sexual anticipation, the communication it requires can be a huge boost to your bond as a couple. However, if you have never shopped together, remember that your partner might be taking a big step out of their comfort zone, hence, choose places that appeal to both of you. Surprise your spouse with a private musical performance If you and your partner both relate to

music or the other person loves music then a musical performance won’t be a bad idea. Select a unusual, private, quiet location; it can be a rooftop or the point where you first told him or her “I love you,” you can hire an artiste to sing or get to sing your partner’s favorite song. Visit a seaside Basically on Valentine’s Day, restaurants are a very busy place to visit. Why not take a visit to a seaside, where you will have a quiet time to think and reminiscence about your love life and fond memories rather than go to a restaurants which can be filled with too many people. The seaside is really a cool place, you can talk over issues and how you can build a much healthier love life. Take a boat cruise Taking your partner or loved one to a boat tour on Valentine’s Day is a special way to show them you love them. You can spend your night romantically sipping wine, cuddling outside on a boat and listening to classic romantic songs. Go for a charity fair Valentine’s day is not only a day to

show love to your spouse or partner, you and your lover can get to do some charity work together that day, you can get to put smiles on the faces of the less privileged. You can visit Home for Motherless Babies, an Orphanage, Old People’s home, Home for children with Down syndrome and other places. It will be a memorable day for you. If you have been looking for a way to affect people’s lives, then Valentine’s Day can be a perfect day to this. Have an indoor picnic Take dinner in bed, decorate your space, string white Christmas lights around the room, buy some snacks, pop the champagne and set up a blanket and pillows for you and your spouse. Do not forget to ask your roommates, relatives or children for some time alone, just for the two of you. You can also play or dance to a slow, romantic music. Take a visit to the first place you met Wouldn’t it be a great idea to visit the first place you met your partner on Valentine’s Day if you can. You can recreate that very moment you met which may be months or years back. If you remember what you said to each other, you can act it out.

Couple’s massage / spa session You can treat yourself and your partner to a sensual, and intimate, couples massage. You will find Spas offering some seriously indulgent packages for Valentine’s Day. Asides the spa, you can include breakfast, or some chocolate. You can have flowers dropped for your partner at the spa, just do something special, add something little extra. Visit a resort The resort provides you with virtually all amenities you will be needing; food, drinks, lodging, sports, entertainment and shopping. They also provide you with tourist attractions, good water sports, candle light dinner and so on. Resorts are no doubt a perfect Valentine getaway. The Obudu cattle ranch is a perfect example. Create your own perfect idea of valentine You don’t have to go by what the world dictates for Valentine’s Day: an expensive dinner, a romantic movie, flowers, champagne, jewelry, and all, you can create your style. Spend the evening doing the things you love to do as a couple, but maybe don’t always have time for, you can take drive to a certain part of the town, go fishing, go for pizza until you are both exhausted.


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Picking Right Curtains For Your Home BY OLUWATOYIN AGUDA

Curtains are very great home accessory as it will go a long in determining the overall beauty of your home. Picking the right curtain for your home is not such a difficult task. Your curtains need to be beautiful and attractive. However, there are other factors to consider such as the texture and the way you will want it to hang in your home. The texture will determine the thickness and the privacy you want them to provide. Here are tips to keep in mind as you shop for new curtains. Take measurements You can easily estimate the right length and

width of your window and find curtains that work, but getting a precise measurement for the curtains you’re picking out is what makes a home look polished. For the width, measure your window and double or triple it. This method is pretty standard and ensures that curtains or drapes come together in the middle with no gap. Length, however, will depend on the style of drapes you want. Decide on the material Decide on a style. The fabric you choose will determine how your curtains hang and the length they should be. Silk and taffeta offer a a more appropriate look for formal spaces, and they are typically made to hang

longer for a dramatic effect. Cotton or linen curtains look best when just barely touching the floor. Standard curtain with a pocket for the rod look fancier, while tabtop and grommet curtains are more casual and show off unique curtain rods. In addition to framing your windows, curtains and drapes can also be functional. Instead of covering windows with blinds, put up a pair of light-blocking curtains. This helps wind or keeps your house cool by preventing cool air from escaping. Sheer curtains are strictly decorative, but if you like the look and still want something that will block the light, look for panel sets with one set of drapes and a sheer panel.

Decide on colour You will need to decide if you want the curtains to blend with the decor or not. For blending, pick curtains that are the same tone as the wall but a few shades darker, or choose a non-dominant subtle color in the room, may be a soft shade from the rug. A bold colour will work like an work like magic and will give a wow effect Also keep in mind that in a space where the sun shines through unlined curtains, the colour will infuse the room. How to make cleaning of your curtains easier? There are a number of ways you can reduce the need to clean household materials

like curtains. By simply following a few rules, you can just give your curtains a proper wash every now and then, rather than on a regular basis. Try to reduce the absorption of smells. When cooking, keep the kitchen door closed, and try to limit smoking to outdoors only. Vacuum your curtains regularly with a soft brush attachment to remove everyday dust and dirt and prevent stains from becoming ground into the material. If bad smells are continuing to be a problem, give your curtains a good airing every so often. Take them down off the rail and hang them in the breeze for an hour or two to freshen them up.


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Top 7 Tempting Fragrances For Men This Val BY MILLICENT AREBUN ONUOHA

AMOUAGE Interlude Man: According to fragrantica, Interlude Man is a spicywoody fragrance that opens with zesty bergamot, oregano and pimento berry oil, perpetuating intervals of conflict which are countered by aromatic notes of amber, frankincense, opoponax, cistus and myrrh. Creed Aventus: Evocative of War, romance and times past, Creed Aventus is for the confident, suave yet dominant man. Top notes blackcurrant, bergamot, apple and pineapple. Heart: rose, dry birch, Moroccan jasmine and patchouli. Base:

oak moss, musk, ambergris, and vanilla. The perfume retails at under #200, 000 and the reviews on the latest batch from 2012 till date are mixed so try a sample size of the fragrance first before splurging.

with warm, musky trail. This fragrance is resolutely modern and masculine with notes of Marine, Mandarin, Bergamot, Neroli, Persimmon, Rosemary, Nasturtium, Jasmine, Amber, Patchouli, Cistus.

Acqua Di Giorgio Armani: This fragrance for men is a scent of freedom, full of wind and water. The composition is built of a perfect harmony of sweet and salty notes of sea water and nuances of sunny warmth on your skin. Bitter citrus with aromatic nuance of rosemary intertwined with salty, sea nuances and pellucid hedione, the Sharp notes of spices are softened by the woody base

Hot Water By Davidoff: This sensual oriental scent smoulders with a burning, latent heat. It’s all about intense sensations and primal masculinity. With Top Notes of Absinthe, Red Basil. Heart Notes: Pimento, Patchouli. Base Notes: Styrax, and Benzoin; this fragrance is all about heat and passion which makes it perfect for a night of passion.

1 Million By Paco Rabanne: This perfect teaser high-impact fragrance creates a multi-facetted signature of masculinity. The freshness of grapefruit invites you into this audacious scent, combining with top notes of mint and blood mandarin. Striking and assertive middle notes follow with a refined yet virile combination of rose, cinnamon, and spicy notes. The base notes evoke the ultimate velvety harmony of leather, white wood, amber and Indonesian patchouli essences. Vintage Black By Kenneth Cole: An edgy and provocative scent that’s steeped with

seduction, Kenneth Cole’s Vintage Black is for the masculine, metropolitan man who exudes power and confidence. Top notes of green lime, pink grapefruit, dewy greens, white pepper, icy tequila accord, lavender buds, oak and sandalwood. Le Male By Jean Paul Gaultier: The unconventional fragrance for men by Jean Paul Gaultier is a powerful sensual scent that combines virility and sensitivity. Seducing with its uniqueness; it is built on contrasts: traditional and bold, fresh and mild, strong and sensual. Its masculine blend of Mint, Lavender and Vanilla is absolutely irresistible to women.


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Gandujiyya/Kwankwasiyya Feud Endangering APC’s Chances In 2019 The political battle between Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and his predecessor, Sen Rabiu Kwankwaso, has failed to abate posing a serious threat to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019, CHIBUZO UKAIBE and ABDULGAFAR OLADIMEJI write

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he intense battle for the soul of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State has remained a major headache for the ruling

party. The attempts to reconcile the two powerful forces in the state led by the governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and his estranged predecessor, Sen Rabiu Kwankwaso, has remained futile. In 2016, a three-member committee led by Sen Mohammed Magoro had failed to resolve the crisis in the state. In 2017, Ganduje and Kwankwaso, also met with the Reconciliation Committee set up by the APC at the national secretariat in Abuja. The closed-door meeting, which lasted for over two hours, was attended by Ganduje, Kwankwaso, party’s leaders and some state government officials. But it failed to achieve result. In January this year, ahead of the controversial visit to Kano by Kwankwaso, the Presidency invited Ganduje and his predecessor to avert a breakdown of law and order in Kano State. However, just days after Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was appointed to mediate in the crisis rocking the party in the states, Ganduje was quoted as declaring that he would not reconcile with Kwankwaso. He said, “We have had enough of such a vendetta, which had been raging with no end in sight. We have parted ways with Kwankwasiyya forever. “They have erroneously believed and have been telling people that we are on the road to losing our seat in the 2019 general election. I find such a permutation laughable and a mere ranting of a wounded lion.” This statement clearly sends a strong signal to Tinubu’s reconciliation efforts in Kano State. The concern for the APC is huge because Kano State is one of its major strongholds. One of the most populous states in Nigeria, the state remind very strategic to APC in the 2019 general elections. But how did a Kwankwaso/ Ganduje formidable political alliance split? The political marriage between Kwankwaso and his long time ally Ganduje dates back to 1999-2003, when they both administered Kano State under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as governor and deputy respectively.

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In 2003, the move to secure a second term in office was scuttled by Malam Ibrahim Shekarau of the defunct All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP). The defeat paved avenue for Kwanakwso to be appointed Minister of Defence by President Olusegun Obasanjo, while Ganduje served as Kwankwaso’s Special Adviser. The crack in their relationship first reared its ugly head in 2007, when Kwankwaso plotted the fielding of Garba Bichi as the candidate of the PDP at the gubernatorial polls, a move that was vehemently resisted by the Ganduje faction, in their then party, the PDP. The marriage still intact, at the 2011 general elections, they both mobilized and fought their away back into the Kano State Government House as governor and deputy, again under the banner of the PDP. Our correspondent gathered that, at the close of Kwankwaso’s tenure in 2014, Ganduje’s interest to vie for governor was initially rebuffed by Kwankwaso. However, the insistence of the majority of the then serving local government chairmen, and House of Assembly members, ensured that Ganduje emerged the candidate of the APC. Perhaps preoccupied by his presidential ambition, Kwankwaso did not campaign for Ganduje, nor appeal to the electorate to vote for his then deputy. It was gathered that he blatantly refused to contribute to Ganduje’s campaign fund. This was

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the first major indication of a crack in their relationship. Close allies of Ganduje were aggrieved over the maltreatment meted out to their mentor by Kwankwaso, who was then engrossed in his ambition of becoming the presidential candidate of the APC. The political acrimony between the two political heavyweights was brought to the fore in March 2016, when Ganduje lost his biological mother. A source, who confided in this reporter said, Ganduje was displeased with the manner Kwankwaso reacted to the demise of his mother. The source alleged that “the first person Ganduje contacted, when his mother passed away was Kwankwaso, he called him severally, he did not pick the calls, a short message was sent to him, he did not reply. “Kwankwaso did not put a call back to condole with Ganduje. Even the text message he did not reply he was only to later call Ganduje to inform him that he (Kwankwaso) would not attend the funeral, though he had delegated his brother to represent him at the Janaza,” the source claimed. The source further alleged that, Ganduje thanked Kwankwaso, noting that, the presence of Kwankwanso’s blood brother at the funeral is equal to the presence of the senator representing Kano Central. On Monday March 7, three days, after Ganduje lost his mother, Hajiya Fatima Umar, Kwankwaso stormed

Ganduje’s country home in Ganduje Village in Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area, accompanied by a large crowd of loyalists. Ganduje’s loyalists defined the condolence visit by Kwankwaso as a dance on the grave of Ganduje’s mother. The supposed sympathy visit snowballed into a political rally and campaign programme jointly as banner and leaflets announcing and projecting Kwankwaso’s presidential ambition provoked, as till date the most annoying to the Gandujiyya elements. Further is that Kwankwaso all through the journey was busy indulged in acknowledging cheers from his supporters on the route from Kano metropolis to Ganduje village. The ruling APC, Kano State chapter, under the grip of a renown Kwankwassiyya loyalists hurriedly condemned the manner in which Kwankwaso conducted his activities during the condolence. Then APC chairman in the state, Haruna Umar Doguwa, and Alhaji Audu Kirare, acting chairman, Elders Committee, of the party said Kwankwaso would be thoroughly investigated and dealt with in accordance with its constitution if found to have flaunted the it. The party chieftains alleged that Kwankwaso’s supporters “climbed over the fence breaking iron barriers and destroyed the security scanners ➔  CONTINUES ON THE NEXT PAGE

The political acrimony between the two political heavyweights was brought to the fore in March 2016, when Ganduje lost his biological mother


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at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport. Also, thugs were busy distributing presidential campaign posters, car stickers reading ‘Kwankwasiyya 2019, Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaspo for President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.” “The Kano State APC Executive Committee and Elders jointly, hereby, condemn the character and texture of the Kwankwaso condolence visit and its portent objective as a launch pad of his presidential ambition campaign which was wholly unfounded. We wish to state categorically that there is no presidential vacancy in the first place. Our loyalty and commitment is to our able President Muhammadu Buhari and his policies and programmes. “What specifically made the visit a misdemeanour to our party’s spirit of discipline and brotherhood, was the fact that the visit was purely political as against the mission of condolence. We wish to unequivocally state that the leadership of APC in Kano was not officially informed about the intention of the Senator to pay a condolence visit to the bereaved Governor Ganduje let alone the display of seemingly presidential campaign slogans and chanting of hatred and vulgar vituperations against Governor Ganduje organized and executed during the visit.” Kwankwaso promptly reacted to the allegations levied against him, urging Ganduje to desist from dividing the APC leadership in Kano State and concentrate on giving the people of Kano dividends of democracy. Kwankwaso who spoke through the former commissioner for Water Resources, Dr. Yunusa Adam Dangwani, advised Ganduje to stick to the tenets of APC and stop using the name of President Muhammadu Buhari to cover the weaknesses of his administration. According to him, “it is apt at this juncture to call on the Kano state government to desist from dragging the name of President Muhammadu Buhari to cover for their administration’s obvious weaknesses. With the battle lines drawn, the governor proceeded to weed out Kwankwaso’s loyalists from the state government. Secretary to the State Government, Dr Rabi’u Bichi, was immediately replaced by Usman Alhaji Usman. The battle front moved to the control of the APC in Kano. The party chairman, Umar Haruna Doguwa, and Organizing Secretary, Sanusi Suraju Kwankwaso, were both accused of misconduct and anti-party activities and were suspended. They are close allies of Kwankwaso. To the chagrin of the Kwankwassiyya faction, special adviser to governor Ganduje on Political Affairs, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas Sanusi, emerged the new state chairman of the party. At this time, Ganduje had begun his own movement, Gandujiyya, seeking to uproot Kwankwaso’s Kwankwasiyya movement, renowned for its red cap signature. Briefing reporters at the

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Maiduguri Road headquarters of the APC, secretary of the party, Abbas Sani Abbas, said “We suspend the party chairman, Haruna Umar and the Organizing Secretary, Sanusi Suraju Kwankwaso, from their various positions and we hereby constitute a seven-mandisciplinary committee which was set up to investigate the matter and take proper disciplinary measure and we urge them to discharge their duty without hindrance. The APC national secretariat issued a press statement denouncing the removal of Doguwa as the state party chairman, directing that the status quo be maintained. The next battle line was at the traditional Hawan Daushe, to mark the Eid-El-Kabir, at the Emir’s palace. Supporters of the Gandujiyya and Kwankwassiyya movement allegedly engaged in fisticuffs, some prominent political figures suffered injuries during the scuffle, both sides traded blames, accusing either side of inciting the skirmish at the royal ground. Police spokesman, Magaji Musa Majia, DSP, said “the fracas occurred during ‘HAWAN DAUSHE’ at Emir’s Palace, Kano, on the second day of Eid-El-Kabir, an occasion organized by the Emirate Council, purely traditional and not political. “During the occasion, District Heads (Hakimai) pay homage to His Royal Highness, the Emir of Kano at ‘Kofar Kudu.’ On that fateful day, the Kwankwasiyya faction of the APC converged on the Hasiya Bayero Hospital in thousands, with their supporters drawn from Sokoto, Kogi, and other neighbouring states and various local government areas of Kano state with the suspected motive to disrupt the occasion, which was not a political gathering. “They were chanting ‘Bamayi! Bamayi!! Bamayi!!!, meaning, ‘we are not in support, we are not in support, we are not in support. Spokesman of the Kwankwasiyya Movement, Alhaji Yinusa Dangwani, refuted the police version of the incident, he claimed that 20 of their members were injured during the fracas. The change of gear in the drama ensued, when the APC chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, resigned his position. Although no reason was given for his resignation, it was learnt that the erstwhile chairman voluntarily resigned to allow peace

reign within the party hierarchy. Interestingly, the national secretariat of the APC reacted by instantly announcing the sack of the Kwankwassiyya factional chairman of the party, Umar Haruna Doguwa. It however recognised former spokesman of the state chapter of the party, Engineer Bashir Karaye, a Ganduje loyalist as party chairman, albeit in acting capacity. The Kwankwassiyya Movement under the aegis of Concerned members of the APC, (Kano Chapter), responded aggressively, calling for an immediate reinstatement of Doguwa. They argued that his removal was hatched and executed from the Presidency. A statement, issued and signed by the spokesman of the group, Aminu Abdulsalam, noted that they considered the development as unfortunate, pointing out that it was a flagrant disregard for the party’s constitution, as well as an abuse of due process. Ganduje described the statement by members of the Kwankwassiyya group as derogatory against President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC national leadership. He demanded for immediate apology, warning that they should be ready to face sanctions from the party leadership. With the polity heated, the police said it had opened investigations into the clashes between the supporters of Ganduje and the Kwankwasiyya, APC faction. An advice from the Kano State Police command asking Kwankwaso to refrain from staging his planned January 30, political visit to the state to avert an unforeseen mayhem heightened tension and soaked the state in apprehension. CP Rabiu said, “Senator Kwankwaso as citizen of this country has the constitutional right of association, assembly and above all, movement. However, credible information at the disposal of the command reveals that the proposed visit has generated palpable fears in the mind of the people of Kano state.” The security advice issued by the police incurred the wrath of the Kwankwassiyya group, they accused the Gandujiyyans of using security agencies to pursue political agenda against their mentor the duo groups kept trading words, political accusations and counter

accusations, and mudslinging enveloped the political atmosphere in the state. The issue was also deliberated at the Senate, where they mandated the Inspector General of Police to provide protection for the senator. Kwankwaso, however, bowed to pressure, saying he shelved his planned visit to the state. He alleged that the postponement was due to pressure mounted on him from within and abroad and to avert the loss of lives and properties. Keen observers and political foot soldiers have continued to roll out permutations in connection with the internal crisis ravaging the Kano APC. It is perceived in some quarters that the Gandujjiya, Kwankwansiyya political feud may provide a soft landing for PDP to snatch the state from the ruling APC, in 2019. The Kwankwasiyya movement are suspected to be on their way out of the APC. The calculation is that if they stay back in the APC, they may engage in anti-party activities. Others are of the opinion that the Kwankwasiyya movement may have started aligning with a popular candidate from the ranks of the opposition party to oust Ganduje. A PDP chieftain, Malam Sagir Takai, is alleged to be in a political romantic affairs with the aggrieved chieftains of the Kwankwasiyya Movement. This follows the pronouncements by Takai’s political godfather, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, who said that no aspirant in the PDP would enjoy special privilege, nor get an edge over others under the guise of political godson. Still, other analysts believe that Ganduje enjoys the sympathy of most serving members of the Federal and State Houses of Assembly. More so, majority of Ganduje allies are meant to emerge local government chairmen during the forthcoming local government polls. Another factor in favour of Ganduje is the recent defection of Senator Basheer Lado from the PDP to the APC. Accompanied by over 120,000 loyalists Lado decamped to the APC, swelling the support base of the Gandujiyya group. Lado had given Kwankwaso a tough fight during the battle for the Kano senatorial seat at the 2015 general elections. The permutation is that with incumbency factor in his favour this time, his deep pocket and appreciable number of supporters, he was lured into APC to wedge war against Kwankwaso and also deflate the strength of the opposition PDP in Kano Central. What’s more, the appointment of Alhaji Usman Alhaji as secretary to the state government must have pacified members of the Legacy group, another faction that comprises members of the now defunct CPC, who form one of the pillar structures of the APC in the state. With the Legacy Group on the side of Ganduje, containing the Kwanlwasiyya movement might be easier, observers noted. But in a constantly evolving political climate, the intrigues are far from over.

With the polity heated, the police said it had opened investigations into the clashes between the supporters of Ganduje and the Kwankwasiyya, APC faction


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I Returned To APC To Help My People – Oke

Chief Olusola Oke, the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the 2016 governorship election of Ondo State and former national legal adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), now a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) spoke with journalists recently. TOPE FAYEHUN was there. You were in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), you left to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) and left there for the Alliance for Democracy (AD) now you are back in the APC, what exactly is going on?

Sometime after the presidential election in 2015, before the House of Assembly election, I had reasons to leave the PDP, where I had been for 15 years and served at the highest level as a national officer of the party. The reasons were not farfetched, the long standing absence of internal democracy, lack of reward for hard work, and above all, misrule despite all efforts to advice the then government. I left with a mission that I would join other progressives in the APC to bring about resurgence of vitality in administration of Ondo State which I cried out was on daily basis diminishing in value. I complained that our economy was nose-diving and that wealth was not being generated for our people. I complained for instance that, despite abundant natural and human resources in the state, that poverty level is rising, and unemployment was becoming burdensome and excruciating if nothing urgent was done, that our economy will collapse in the state. That was the main reason I joined the APC, to join hands with other progressives to salvage the state. For reasons that were all in public domain which I do not intend to go again, the primary election, which we all participated in, was flawed. I just could not operate in that kind of atmosphere. And because I had a mission and I have a direction to do everything to reverse the dwindling fortune of the state, to see if we can enthrone good governance, create wealth for our people and redirect the economic situation in the state, I moved to the AD. The election had come and gone. I decamped to the AD on the 1 October, 2016. The election took place on the 26 November, 2016. How well I fared, how the AD that was not in existence fared in the election is also well known to all of us and that has become part of history now. Why am I back in the APC? I sympathize with the situation in our country today and I sympathize with the situation in our state. No doubt, my friend and my brother, whom God favoured in that election inherited a very bad situation and having waited a year to see the vigour with which the resurgence would be pursued, I am convinced in my mind that he requires additional support and encouragement from some of

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us who also understand the plight of the people of the state. Rather than wait till another time to take a plunge again, I believe that whatever advice and experience I have, whatever opinion I harbour; I should align forces with the current government so that we can reverse the very bad situation we have in Ondo State. Don’t you think the governor would be a little scared about your return to the party?

I had interaction with him before my final decision. He is quite welcoming and quiet enthusiastic about our coming. We have everything in common; both of us were born in the same year, although I am months older than him. We belong to the same profession and we are members of the inner bar and of cause, we are also related from his and my maternal side. I believe that if God had favoured him to be in the saddle, all I owe him is to encourage and advice him. Whether or not he will take the advice is entirely at his own discretion. But let it be said of me that I didn’t just watch from the sideline and that I did my best. I am doing this for Ondo State. That the AD came third in that election did not justify the strength of the party in the state. You all know what happened. In terms of strength, I can boast that we have the largest followership as a political party in

this state today. The governor had informed me that, there would be what he called the unity rally sometime in February. That is the rally we want to bring all our leaders to attend. This is substantially internal, that is, between the leadership of the AD and the APC in the state. In spite of the enthusiasm of the governor and his readiness to embrace the AD members in the state, don’t you feel that you are leading your supporters to a very hostile environment?

We are mortals, we can only do our permutation or calculation on the basis of facts known to us, and we are all speculators. Only God knows. I have heard this as part of the questions. Even my supporters asked me, are these people welcoming? Are these people not hostile? Would this not affect your vision and dreams? If you put all your dreams at their disposal and they take all of it, they probably will not acknowledge the source of the advice. They asked all these questions. But I think the interest of the state is paramount. It overrides every personal consideration. Like I told the governor when I met him; if our people are looking for opportunity in terms of economic empowerment, they would not CONTINUES ON THE NEXT PAGE

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‘The Only Thing I Can Be In Ondo Is Governor’ issues in the APC, there are more issues in the PDP. In fact, I didn’t participate in the preliminary discussions and they all agreed that the APC is still the better option.

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move from the AD because I cannot see the difference between the AD, the PDP even the APC members in the state. One thing I asked from the governor is that my people and I should be respected. We are coming to add value. In this state, any party the AD moves to wins the state. I had pleaded with him and the leadership. They have also assured me that we would be respected. Again, because we are a formidable group, we would not fire any arrow in anybody’s direction and nobody should also underestimate our capacity for protecting ourselves. To a large extent, I see the governor as somebody who bears his mind easily on any matter, you may not agree with him but he has made his stand known. I like such an individual more than somebody who will tell me one thing and do another. I don’t tolerate and relate with any human being who is not straightforward. If I am right in my opinion that the governor is straight forward in his dealings, that means, where we disagree, we would know and where we agree, we would know. He has no reason to disrespect me and I have no reason not to acknowledge his authority over the state. There may be issues, but of cause, the rough edges would smoothen over time. We are not coming to appropriate to ourselves the result of their labour. We are coming to work for the future of Ondo State, a future opportunity where we will have equal right. But we will deal with the situation as we are confronted. You are coming at a time when the party is battling with internal crisis and when the water is troubled. The crisis of the September 3 primary election is still very much on ground, one of the aspirants is still in court. Do you have any magic to calm the storm? I am not a miracle worker. I don’t work on water. I have not attempted it but I swim in it. No doubt, the APC in the state, even at the national and like any other political party has its internal problems. I am going to be a stabilising factor because whosoever that is aggrieved because of the primary, I was also aggrieved. My own reaction was even more violent than theirs because rather than causing bickering, I went out from it. Coming back now, I think I am in a very strong footing and standing on very strong platform to be able to do some measure of mediation. If you say you are hurt, I was also hurt. The only thing is that the matter in court is subjudice. We are not going to talk about it. Let them resolve it. Whichever way the court is going to resolve it, there must be internal stability. Even if the court resolves it against Akeredolu, the other man is coming to govern this state on a platform of a party. So, you cannot desecrate the party because of personal grievances. We would do some mediation and pacification

Your defection in 2016 to the AD resuscitated and also re-engineered the party. Now with you back in the APC, are you saying the structure of the AD is being totally collapsed into the APC?

We have built the AD. We are moving out of the AD. We didn’t found the AD, even though the party was in comatose, our moving out of the AD will not throw it into comatose. It would still be there. The officers of the AD are there. They are not moving with us. Our movement will not collapse the party, but it would make the AD not viable. There are speculations that you are returning to the APC for political reasons. How true is it?

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while the law continues to take its cause. If a politician is looking for a still environment, then, he should not go into politics. He should just go to the graveyard. That is where you will not see conflicts. Don’t you think people will see the person of Chief Olusola Oke as somebody who jumps from one party to another? How do you intend to manage the perception that you always want to be in the ruling party?

Those who followed the thread of my political journey in the state would know that my history of migration is very recent and I have been in politics for decades. I was in the PDP for 16 years with no movement. If you have a vision, you have a direction, then the contemporary issue of development around you will drive your direction and they will sharpen your opinion and behaviour. I am not a decampee to the APC, I am a returnee. It would have been another thing if I leave the AD to another political party where I have never been. Let me assure you, yes a few people will think that he still wants to be in power. What do I stand to benefit from that in Ondo State? The only thing I can be in Ondo State is governor. I can’t be anything less. But don’t forget that politics is not about me alone, you have followership. When Moses left Egypt with the Israelites and the red sea became a barrier and they were trapped in the wilderness, you know what was said of him. There are some of our members who want to be Councilors, Local Government Chairmen, who want to go to House of Representatives and Senate. If politics is all about leadership, I must look for a way for them. I must not be selfish. I am not contesting for any position. They are not appointing Ministers at the centre now. So, I am not a shopper. I am not shopping for opportunity. I must lead my people to where they

can also actualise their aspiration outside my personal aspiration. Besides, I informed you earlier that, all what most politicians do is to stay outside and throw pebbles and criticize the government, using that to prepare for their own aspiration. It is a reverse policy. Let me also see how I can advise this young man and make things better. Whatever perception it is, over time, it will fizzle out but my conscience is clear. Once your conscience is clear about what you are doing and you are not doing it for personal aggrandizement, but doing it for the collective interest of the people, you stand vindicated at the end of the day. What is important is what history records about you. What was the first impression from your supporters when you told them about your return to the APC?

I am a leader that would consult. We went from the highest level to the least level. Don’t forget that the AD constitutes of three category of membership. One, those who share the same vision and had reasons to leave from the PDP to the APC with me. Two, those who bought into my dreams of becoming governor in the state who I met in the APC and later became my friends, three, those that were mobilised by the leaders, supporters and admirer everywhere to join me when I left for AD. Those who became my friends in APC, their primary constituency was the APC. If I said, let me return to PDP, 80 per cent of them will say, we have come to work with you in the AD. Since you are no longer in AD and you are no longer pursuing that in the AD, let me go back to where I come from. Those who came with me from the PDP were even stronger about coming to the APC. They don’t want to return to Egypt. Having left Egypt and those reasons why they left Egypt were still prevailing there, they were not going back. It wasn’t my decision. Yes, there are

In a simple statement, what I will do next is in the hands of the Almighty. All I know I want to do right now is to help the government of the day increase the tempo of its performance. All I know is that, I am in politics, I practise law then, I practise politics. So, I will have more time to practise law. I would also give support to the government. If in the cause of doing all of that, I am inspired by the Almighty to do anything and I know that thing, glory be to God. When you left for the AD, it was in the public domain that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu sponsored you to contest on the platform of the party. Now that you are back, was he (Tinubu) the one that engineered your return?

No, we don’t do that in my profession. The second question is very assumptive. You must first establish that the first one was correct and then you can now build a question on it. Whatever it is that is in the public domain, every opportunity I had when I was contesting, I utilised to debunk that impression. It is also understandable that at his level as national leader of a party, as a most vibrant south westerner in politics today, every bad thing, people will trace to him, every good thing, they will trace to him. The day we stop attributing such development to him that means, he is going out of relevance. I went to the AD with the view that I could actualise a mission. I contested in 2012, was it Tinubu that asked me to contest? I contested in 2016 and if I am still going to contest, it isn’t going to be about Tinubu. Therefore, if he was not the one that asked me to go to the AD, then, he wouldn’t be the one to ask me to come back. Before I decided to come back, he was one of the leaders I consulted that I am looking at the AD and the PDP and he was very quick in saying, “I can see your strength, you are a formidable politician that will add a lot of value to us in the APC, please, join us.” Whereas, I say that, he was not the one that asked me to go to the AD, he was one of the leaders that encourage me to return to the APC.


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KIDS HEALTH

Speech Problems In Children

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or a child to speak correctly, its brain has to learn how to make plans that tell his or her speech muscles how to move the lips, jaw and tongue in ways that result in accurate sounds and words. But sometimes this is not the case due to one form of speech disorder or the other. One of such disorders is Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). This is an uncommon speech disorder in which a child has difficulty making accurate movements when speaking. Symptoms are usually noticed between the age of 18 months and two years. For a child suffering from this condition, the brain struggles to develop plans for speech movement which as a result makes it difficult for children to learn accurate movements for speech with normal ease. It is often thought that in childhood speech apraxia, the speech muscles are weak but this is not so as research has shown that the re-

verse is the case. They found that the muscles do not perform normally because the brain has difficulty directing or coordinating the movements. Symptoms • Depending on age and severity, children with this condition may have many speech symptoms or characteristics. • It can also be associated with delayed onset of first words, a limited number of spoken words, or the ability to form only a few consonant or vowel sounds. • Vowel and consonant distortions- separation of syllables in or between words; and voicing errors. • Difficulty getting jaws, lips and tongues to the correct position to make a sound, and also difficulty moving smoothly to the next sound. • Language problems, such as difficulty comprehending speech, reduced vocabulary or difficulty with word order.

Sometimes, other speech disorders are confused with childhood apraxia of speech. They are explained below: Articulation or phonologic disorder A child who has trouble learning how to make specific sounds, but doesn’t have trouble planning or coordinating the movements to speak, may be suffering from articulation or phonologic disorder. In this disorder, a child has difficulty with specific sounds. He or she may leave out the sound or use another sound in its place. The child also has certain sound error patterns, such as difficulty producing sounds in the back of his or her mouth. Articulation and phonologic disorders are more common than childhood apraxia of speech. Articulation or phonologic speech errors may include substituting sounds, such as saying “fum” instead of “thumb,” “wabbit” instead of “rabbit” or “tup” instead

of “cup” or “fog” instead of “frog” Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder This is due to weakness, spasticity or inability to control the speech muscles. Making speech sounds is difficult because the speech muscles can’t move as far, as quickly or as strongly as normal. Children with dysarthria may also have a hoarse, soft or even strained voice, or slurred or slow speech. Dysarthria is often easier to identify than childhood apraxia of speech AS. However, when dysarthria is caused by damage to certain areas of the brain that affect coordination, it can be difficult to determine the differences between both disorders. Some symptoms seen in children with childhood apraxia of speech and can be helpful to diagnose other speech problems. However, some symptoms of this condition are also symptoms of other types of speech or language disorders.

PHOBIA

Bacteriophobia – Fear Of Bacteria Bacteriophobia is the fear of bacteria. The origin of the word bacterio is Greek (meaning rod-shaped micro-organism) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear). Bacteriophobia is considered to be a specific phobia, which is discussed on the home page. Bacteriophobia is also related Bacillophobia (fear of microbes, bacilli (bacteria) or germs)

and Microbiophobia, Microphobia and Mikrophobia (a fear of microbes and bacteria). It is generally accepted that phobias arise from a combination of external events (i.e. traumatic events) and internal predispositions (i.e. heredity or genetics). Many specific phobias can be traced back to a specific triggering event, usually a traumatic

experience at an early age. Social phobias and agoraphobia have more complex causes that are not entirely known at this time. It is believed that heredity, genetics, and brain chemistry combine with life-experiences to play a major role in the development of phobias. As with any phobia, the symptoms vary by

person depending on their level of fear. The symptoms typically include extreme anxiety, dread and anything associated with panic such as shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, excessive sweating, nausea, dry mouth, nausea, inability to articulate words or sentences, dry mouth and shaking.


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Strange But True! Blood Type Change After A Liver Transplant 15 year-old Demi-Lee Brennan didn’t just get a new lease on life thanks to her liver transplant, she also received a new blood type. Her new liver changed her blood type from O- Negative to O-Positive. While this sounds like a scary side effect, it’s actually quite lucky. It means Brennan won’t have to take anti-rejection drugs for the rest of her life like most organ recipients. In fact, taking the immunosuppressant drug cocktail actually

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hink you might have low testosterone? Before you start taking meds to boost your libido (among other things), here are tips to help get your back. Feel tired and listless? Wondering what happened to your sex drive? Wishing for the days when you felt like a badass in the gym? Maybe you’re wondering if something’s wonky with your testosterone. If so, you might be right. Low testosterone is a legitimate medical condition. It’s actually called Hypogonadism. You can, of course, address low testosterone with medication. But you might want to tell your doctor to put away the prescription pad (for now). First, here are things to help you determine your best plan of action. Put on your deerstalker cap. You and your doctor are codetectives in this case. Be honest Admittedly, talking to your doctor about this stuff means answering lots of personal questions. Really personal. To make things even more uncomfortable (not that you can

get much more awkward than talking about your erections), a good doctor won’t just ask you about your sex drive: he or she will also ask you about your weight, eating habits, sleeping habits, alcohol use, and even (ugh) your feelings. In other words: a whole lot of stuff bound to make you squirm. Do your best to answer as honestly as you can, though. Your doctor depends on it – and so does your health. Ask your doctor to run some tests Your doctor will likely want to test your testosterone but don’t stop there: Testosterone symptoms are often similar to thyroid and adrenal issues (among others). So get your doctor to check them all using blood or salivary tests. Think about your daily habits For starters, are you getting enough rest? Remember, even if you’re in bed for 8 hours it doesn’t mean you’re sleeping solidly throughout the night. And inadequate sleep interferes with testosterone production. Nutrition counts, too. If you’re struggling to eat balanced meals, your diet could be a reason you

feel lousy. You might be surprised by the difference small dietary improvements could make. For example, slightly reducing your intake of carbohydrates and increasing your intake of fats could raise testosterone in measurable ways. Or, if you’re undereating, simply eating more can boost your hormonal production. Take it one step at a time Trying to improve your lifestyle and possibly starting new medication routines can be overwhelming. Especially if you already feel tired or depressed. Ask your doctor what one or two actions he or she thinks will be most effective for you. Then follow those one or two pieces of advice. Religiously. Track your progress on a calendar: give yourself a checkmark each day you complete your new habits. This will help you be consistent, and you’ll have more reliable information on your progress to share with your doctor. Most importantly, choose to be an active participant in your own health, rather than just a patient. Medicine is great. But it’s even better when we skip the meds by taking charge of our own health.

Medical Terms And Meanings Echovirus: A group of viruses found in the intestinal tract. The ‘echo’ part of the name is an acronym for enteric cytopathic human orphan viruses. ‘Orphan’ implied that these viruses were not associated with any disease. However, it is now known that echoviruses can cause a number of different diseases, including rashes, diarrhea, respiratory infections (such as the common cold, sore throat, bronchitis, and bronchiolitis), muscle inflammation, meningitis, encephalitis, and inflammation around the heart. Multiple Sclerosis Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a nervous system disease that affects your brain and spinal cord. The cause of

MS is still unknown, scientists believe the disease is triggered by as-yet-unidentified environmental factors. Living with multiple sclerosis means living with uncertainty. The course of the disease is very difficult for doctors to predict. Some people live with MS for years without suffering serious symptoms. Others may rapidly become disabled. Why the course of the disease varies so widely remains unclear. One thing is certain. Most people with MS experience periodic relapses, also called flare-ups or attacks. Muscle weakness, visual disturbances, balance problems, memory loss, loss of bowel or bladder control.

slowed her recovery process by pushing her original blood cells to hold on rather than letting the entire system adapt and change. Doctors say they have no idea how this happened. “We didn’t believe this at first. We thought it was too strange to be true,” her doctor said. “Normally the body’s own immune system rejects any cells that are transplanted, but for some reason the cells that came from the donor’s liver seemed to survive better than DemiLee’s own cells. It has huge implications for the future of organ transplants.”

Your Sexual Health Question Answered Which Is Better, A Clean Shave Or Extra Fluff Varieties they say are spice of life, just as people have a variety of practices for grooming the mammal fuzz on their heads, faces, armpits, and legs, there’s no right or wrong look for women or men when it comes to the hair down there. Some people prefer things trim and tidy, while others just go “au natural.” Feel free to leave things as they are or experiment with a new ‘do — either way, your hair will keep growing as usual. Sometimes shaving is simply about function, not form. Some people enjoy a clean shave for added friction, while others may like playing hide and seek behind extra fluff. Like the rest of our body hair, pubic hair varies by colour, quantity, and texture. No two patches are alike, and grooming (or not) is completely up to you.

JOKE A Therapist A therapist has a theory that couples who make love once a day are the happiest. So he tests it at a seminar by asking those assembled, “How many people here make love once a day?” Half the people raise their hands, each of them grinning widely. “Once a

There are plenty of women and men who could care less, or don’t think twice, about hair — pubic or otherwise. To the contrary, just as some folks may favour a sleek bob or a spiky Mohawk, other folks may prefer a certain look below the belt on themselves or a partner. Some women grow the thickest bush in the forest, while others prefer a blank slate. There are also women who like to trim a little here and there, from the patch of hair that looks like an upside-down triangle covering the mons pubis (the soft area of fatty tissue over the pubic bone) and/ or the hair around the labia majora (the outer lips of the vulva). When it comes to man-scalping, there are just as many options. Some men find that being cleanshaven gives the appearance of larger equipment, while others prefer a grizzlier look down below.

week?” A third of the audience members raise their hands, their grins a bit less vibrant. “Once a month?” A few hands tepidly go up. Then he asks, “OK, how about once a year?” One man in the back jumps up and down, jubilantly waving his hands. The therapist is shocked—this disproves his theory. “If you make love only once a year,” he asks, “why are you so happy?” The man yells, “Today’s the day!


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All women have vaginal discharge and it is completely normal as well. It is only when the normal vaginal discharge changes in colour, consistency and odour that you need to take notice and understand that something has gone wrong, somewhere. Experts assert that changes in vaginal discharge can be due to many reasons such as, infections, diseases, hormonal imbalance. If you find that your vaginal discharge is green, yellow, curdy, watery and foul smelling or blood stained, it could be a warning signal and you need to see the doctor without wasting time. Diagnosis Of Vaginal Discharge Fishy Smell If the discharge from the vaginal smells very foul and increases in quantity, it could be a bacterial infection. A typical fishy smell from the vaginal discharge is associated with bacterial vaginosis which is a very common bacterial infection affecting women. Though not a sexually transmitted disease, bacterial vaginosis is more common among younger women who are sexually active and have multiple sexual partners. The discharge due to bacterial vaginosis is more noticeable immediately after a sexual intercourse.

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irth control allows us to prevent pregnancy and plan the timing of pregnancy. For thousands of years now people have been using different birth control methods. As of today in 2016, people have the safest and most effective methods available to use depending on what is best for yourself and your significant other. Family planning is a good way of preventing and unwanted pregnancy and also to delay having a baby for as long as you want. It is very important to give some space between two births so that your body has enough chance to recover and recuperate. With advancement in technology, there are plenty of methods that are available to women. Here are some pregnancy birth control methods includes: Condoms One of the best ways of preventing an unwanted pregnancy is to use a condom. Condoms are rubber sheaths which the man uses on his penis just before vaginal intercourse. He ejaculates in the condom and thus the entry of the sperm in the woman’s uterus is prevented. Common Causes Of Female Yeast

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Infection Condoms are one of the most popular methods for birth control because they not only prevent pregnancies but also give sound protection against sexually transmitted diseases. The Oral Contraceptive Pill Next in line is the oral contraceptive pill which is widely used by millions of women all over the world. This pill has two essential hormones called estrogen and progesterone. Some pills are combination pills which contain both estrogen and progesterone while some pills are progesterone pills only. They work in two ways. They prevent the release of the egg from the ovaries or make the cervical mucus so thick that the sperms cannot enter the uterus. One pill is taken each day starting from the 4th day of the cycle with the first day of your period being counted as the first day. Many women prefer to use birth control pills as condoms are said to reduce or minimize friction and pleasurable sensations. The Hormonal Shot Or Injection Many women find themselves forgetting or finding it difficult to be on the pill every day. The problem with the pill is that you Live well tips are NOT medical advice. Please consult your doctor before taking medicine or supplement, changing diet or exercise. Sweet potato is an excellent source of Vitamin A, C and B6. This fibrous veggie is also good remedy of stomach ulcer. Oranges are useful for brains development. They help control

cannot afford to miss even one single pill as it can increase your chances of getting pregnant. Different Types Of Fibroids Treatments In such cases it is best to go in for hormonal shots or injections. One of the popular shots is the depo provera shot or Injection which gives a woman protection against a pregnancy for at least 3 months after which she has to go in for a repeat shot. Intra Uterine Devices Intra uterine devices are an oft preferred method for birth control especially after the birth of the first child. The device can be placed deep inside the vagina, closer to the cervix and left there for at least 5 years. This gives protection against pregnancy. The man or the woman need not worry about any other form of birth control. Sterilization A permanent form of birth control is the option of sterilization which can be performed on both the man and the woman. In a man the procedure is called as a vasectomy in which the tubes transporting the sperms called as the vas deferens are tied or cut off.

your cholesterol level and have the potential to prevent kidney stones. Litchis have the potentials of to boost body energy and increase your body fluid which is good for total well-being. Tap to the ryhthm of your heart beat. If it is hard to do, rest one hour and repeat. If it is still hard it may be a rhythmia, please see

Yellow Green/Grey Discharge Trichomonas is an infection caused by protozoa parasites and has symptoms like yellow green discharge, foul odour, itching, pain during intercourse and vaginal irritation. Trichomonas is a sexually transmitted disease and is one of the most common STDs. Thick And Curdy Discharge Thick and curdy discharge like that of cottage cheese indicates yeast infection, caused by fungus. This kind of discharge will be followed by burning sensation, itching, painful urination, vaginal irritation etc. The discharge due to yeast infection will not have any foul odour. Watery Discharge Watery discharge with pain and burning during urination and weeping blisters or presence of visible sores may be due to genital herpes. The sores may sometimes be located internally and not visible outside. Genital herpes is sexually transmitted and is caused by herpes simplex virus. Cloudy Discharge Cloudy discharge from the vagina along with burning sensation, pain and inflammation of the vaginal canal can be caused due to gonorrhoea which is a sexually transmitted disease as well. Gonorrhoea normally do not present itself with symptoms and hence is very difficult to diagnose until you go for specific tests.

a doctor. Usually symptomless high BP can cause fatigue, buzzing ear noises, headaches, nose bleeds or chest pain. If you have these, check your BP If you have cuts or wounds that are very slow to heal, it may be because of diabetes. Please get a blood sugar test. He who has health has hope, and

he who has hope has everything - Arabic proverb. Do you know that Apples not caffeine are more effective in waking you up in the morning? You won’t know until you try it. A sample test: bend forward and touch your toes without bending your knees. You need to take action if the gap is more than 3cm


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rinking hot tea can increase the risk of esophageal cancer, especially if you are a heavy drinker or smoker, a new study has found. Esophageal cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the esophagus. The esophagus is a muscular tube that moves food and liquids from the throat to the stomach. The most common types of esophageal cancer are squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. Squamous cell carcinoma begins in flat cells lining the esophagus. Adenocarcinoma begins in cells that make and release mucus and other fluids. Smoking and heavy alcohol use increase the risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Gastroesophageal reflux disease and Barrett esophagus may increase the risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma. Esophageal cancer is often diagnosed at an advanced stage because there are no early signs or symptoms. But even those who don’t touch alcohol or cigarettes appear to have a higher risk, researchers warned, but they stressed more tests are needed to assess how damaging it could be. The new study done by scientists in China found drinking tea heated to over 65C (149F) was associated with a five-fold increased risk for esophageal cancer when combined with excessive drinking or heavy smoking. The Chinese scientists said the link was ‘biologically plausible’ as thermal injury caused by the hot tea to the gullet lining impairing its ability to act as a barrier to harmful toxins from alcohol and smoking. The two most common forms of esophageal cancer are named for the type of cells that become malignant (cancerous): Squamous cell carcinoma: Cancer that forms in squamous cells, the thin, flat cells lining the esophagus. This cancer is most often found in the upper and middle part of the esophagus, but can occur anywhere along the esophagus. This is also called epidermoid carcinoma. Adenocarcinoma: Cancer that begins in glandular (secretory) cells. Glandular cells in the lining of the esophagus produce and release fluids such as mucus. Adenocarcinomas usually form in the lower part of the esophagus, near the stomach. Smoking, heavy alcohol use, and Barrett esophagus can increase the risk of esophageal cancer.

Anything that increases your risk of getting a disease is called a risk factor. Having a risk factor does not mean that you will get cancer; not having risk factors doesn’t mean that you will not get cancer. Talk with your doctor if you think you may be at risk. Risk factors include the following: Tobacco use. Heavy alcohol use. Barrett esophagus: A condition in which the cells lining the lower part of the esophagus have changed or been replaced with abnormal cells that could lead to cancer of the esophagus. Gastric reflux (the backing up of stomach contents into the lower section of the esophagus) may irritate the esophagus and, over time, cause Barrett esophagus. Signs and symptoms of esophageal cancer are weight loss and painful or difficult swallowing These and other signs and symptoms may be caused by esophageal cancer or by other conditions. Check with your doctor if you have any of the following: Painful or difficult swallowing. Weight loss. Pain behind the breastbone. Hoarseness and cough. Indigestion and heartburn.

Tests that examine the esophagus are used to detect (find) and diagnose esophageal cancer The following tests and procedures may be used: Physical exam and history : An exam of the body to check general signs of health, including checking for signs of disease, such as lumps or anything else that seems unusual. A history of the patient’s health habits and past illnesses and treatments will also be taken. Chest x-ray : An x-ray of the organs and bones inside the chest. An x-ray is a type of energy beam that can go through the body and onto film, making a picture of areas inside the body. Barium swallow : A series of x-rays of the esophagus and stomach. The patient drinks a liquid that contains barium (a silver-white metallic compound). The liquid coats the esophagus and stomach, and x-rays are taken. This procedure is also called an upper GI series. Barium swallow. The patient swallows barium liquid and it flows through the esophagus and into the stomach. X-rays are taken to look for abnormal areas. Esophagoscopy : A procedure to look inside the esophagus to check for abnormal areas. An esophagoscope is inserted through the

mouth or nose and down the throat into the esophagus. An esophagoscope is a thin, tubelike instrument with a light and a lens for viewing. It may also have a tool to remove tissue samples, which are checked under a microscope for signs of cancer. When the esophagus and stomach are looked at, it is called an upper endoscopy. Esophagoscopy. A thin, lighted tube is inserted through the mouth and into the esophagus to look for abnormal areas. Biopsy : The removal of cells or tissues so they can be viewed under a microscope by a pathologist to check for signs of cancer. The biopsy is usually done during an esophagoscopy. Sometimes a biopsy shows changes in the esophagus that are not cancer but may lead to cancer. Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options. The prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options depend on the following: The stage of the cancer (whether it affects part of the esophagus, involves the whole esophagus, or has spread to other places in the body). Whether the tumor can be completely removed by surgery. The patient’s general health.

The Chinese scientists said the link was ‘biologically plausible’ as thermal injury caused by the hot tea to the gullet lining impairing its ability to act as a barrier to harmful toxins from alcohol and smoking


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N200 Bribe Ends Wedding Dream at Police Checkpoint

R You Know vengeance belongs to God. Our battle will be fought. This was one young man that was preparing for his marriage and as you can see his wife is traumatized. Though he had two kids from another woman, we are really pained that this is happening

uth, as she is simply called by her late fiancé sat on a low stool gazing into space with tears cascading down her puffy face. She was silent: dead silent. But occasionally, she gave out a loud bellow accompanied with a question: “Where is David?” It was a question no one could answer the young woman who was heavily pregnant. Not even her would-havebeen-in-laws. Everybody around just starred at her with an obvious pain. Why the silence? David was her fiancé till last Tuesday when he bade the world farewell albeit abruptly and painfully. Ruth had, before now, looked forward to Saturday 18 February, 2018 with great joy. It was the date set by the two love birds to walk the aisle to exchange marital vow. Arrangement had reached its peak with most of the things required to make the wedding a memorable one procured. But the wedding was not to be after all: no thanks to some police officers who allegedly pushed him to his death. These policemen abruptly put an end to the only happiness of Ruth by allegedly pushed his husband to be David Ikoniba, a 25 year-old-cab driver to a fast running truck that crushed his head over his refusal to part with N100 at a check point in Benin City last Tuesday. Late Okoniba, had early in the morning of Tuesday without any premonition that death was lurking around the corner woke his pregnant fiancée up to catch up an early morning appointment with their pastor, obviously in connection with the their marriage plans. The death of the young cab driver sparked of a riot in Benin City as thousands of youth at the Upper Igun, scene of the incident and adjoining streets took to the streets. In anger they set ablaze four operational hilux van of the police. Policemen sighted within the vicinity were chased by the angry mob that set up bonfire thereby grounding commercial activities for several hours. The grieving Okoniba family said their son David and his wife-to-be, Ruth, were on their way to church in the morning of the fateful Tuesday when the policemen stopped them and

Riot broke out last Tuesday in Benin City, the Edo State Capital following the death of a 25-year-old cab driver who was alleged to have been pushed to his death by the policemen PATRICK OCHOGA writes

Ruth, fiancee to late David Okoniba

demanded for his vehicle particulars. He was said to have, however, told the policemen that he deposited the vital documents with another set of policemen the previous week at Ahon station after he took an accident lady to a nearby hospital in the area before she gave up the ghost. When the traumatised was brought to journalists, she could hardly speak but only wailed profusely shouting intermittently: “David where are you?” But an older cousin to the deceased, Mr. Festus Okoniba, told Leadership Weekend at their Urora residence that the late driver had only N110 on him when they had an encounter with the policemen. David, he said, gave the gun slinging policemen N100 as against the N200 they allegedly demanded. The policeman with him rejected it. According to Festus, the deceased had entered his car and pulled down the driver’s seat to rest after much argument with the policemen hence the officers threatened to take him to their station when his wife afterwards brought out N1,000 note from her purse so that the policeman could give them the balance and allow them to go. He said “I am the elder brother to David. I saw him (late David) last two weeks; we were together, he gave me a ride in his cab and told me everything about his wedding to come up next week Saturday. He was a taxi driver and worked with BMW to do his taxi work. On Tuesday I was at home when

my younger sister called me, “Brother, did you hear what is happening?” I said no. She said I should call my younger brother’s number and I asked what was happening and she said he had an accident at New Benin. I called his line and somebody else picked the call, saying that they were at the Military Base on Airport Road and I asked what happened, he said a policeman pushed David to his death.” Members of the family also called on the Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Idris, to rid the force of bad eggs who had continued to drag the image of the police to the mud through their excesses and unprofessional conduct. Another family member, Mrs Aremu, in tears described late David as a humble and hardworking man and wondered why the police would send him to an untimely death. She said, “We are pained that the police have sent our son to an early grave. We never expected this. Just like the Bible says, vengeance belongs to God. They look at us as if we are nothing but by the special grace of God we have something. The Police Commissioner was here, he came to the house to condole with us. “He told us that we should be patient and not to take the laws into our hands; that everything we were going to do for the burial should be related to them so that they would support us. The human right was here too. I will like to thank the Commissioner of Police; he was the one who carried the corpse to the mortuary when this incident happened. “But what we are begging the people of Nigeria to help us to know the man who brought this pain and evil on us. I want to use this opportunity to beg the Commissioner of Police to prevail on his men to stay away from the road because they no longer go after criminals who they are sent to go after rather they now turn their guns at innocent Nigerians because of N100” “You Know vengeance belongs to God. Our battle will be fought. This was one young man that was preparing for his marriage and as you can see his

wife is traumatized. Though he had two kids from another woman, we are really pained that this is happening.” Meanwhile, Edo State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has directed that an investigative panel be set up to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the fracas between men of the Nigeria Police and youths in Upper Igun area, in Oredo Local Government Area of the state. This as the Commissioner of Police led a team of other police officers to pay a condolence visit to the residence of the Okoniba. Obaseki who spoke through his Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Paul Ohonbamu, said the government was deeply saddened by the development. According to Ohonbamu, “The Chairman-in-Council expressed deep sadness over the fracas between the police and civilians in Upper Igun and called for calm over the fracas. The governor, who presided over the executive council meeting, mandated the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie Esq. to set up an investigative panel to be headed by a reputable retired Judge.” Ohonbamu added, “Other members of the panel will include a retired police commissioner, retired senior army officer and members of the civil society. The investigative panel will ascertain the cause of the crisis, ensure that justice is done and prevent future occurrence.” Meanwhile, the Edo State Police Commissioner, Babatunde Kokumo, has confirmed the arrest of five policemen that allegedly pushed the commercial driver to his death. Kokumo said he had set up a departmental investigative panel of inquiry to look into their involvement in the fatal accident that killed the driver. His words, “We have set up departmental investigative panel of inquiry to look into their involvement in the fatal accident that caused the death of a driver. Whether they pushed him or not is a matter to be investigated.”


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Wanzami: Glowing Embers Of An Undying Art

Wanzami, the traditional Hausa haircutting technique, is becoming more popular even in city centres despite the presence of more sophisticated and more hygienic electric clippers, GABRIEL ATUMEYI reports

T To crown it all, the literate and relatively wealthy folks that patronize our trade, do so because we use brand new blades which have no risk. We also use local clippers and a sharp knife to barb

raditions they say die-hard, so is it for wanzami, the Hausa traditional haircutting technique. The technique, which involves using small alum, knifes for haircutting and shaving deep down to the scalp, has survived the trendy and more sophisticated modern salons, which is even thought to be more hygienic. With the advent of modern salons, many thought the end has come for the traditional barbers, but reality has shown that it is not so. Wanzami has not only maintained its customer base, it is winning more converts particularly among urbanites. Our investigation reveals that individuals across the socioeconomic and ethnic divides also find this method safe and in some cases even better as a means of having clean shaving and haircut. The typical Wanzan (the traditional barber) is always seen carrying his bag, called Zabira, in which his sharp blade- like knife is stored alongside items like his cup, a piece of soap, charcoal and other herbs with some other secret

items which he uses in the course of his trade. Even though, the men of this craft are mostly found in the North, which is their traditional heartland, they have also exported it to other regions of Nigeria particularly places with pockets of Hausa settlements which account overwhelmingly for the patronage they enjoy. This method of barbing can also been seen in certain areas of the South-West where they are referred to as ‘farifari’. This traditional barbing far from receding into obsolescence seem to be waxing strong especially in the absence of an expeditious socio-cultural and economic modernization which is providing an avenue for young men of northern extraction taking up the craft as a means of making a livelihood. Also, there seems to be a hereditary aspect to this trade as it is passed down from one generation to another, from father to son or sons and so on. This gives it a deep cultural dimension. Speaking to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND, one wanzam, Ibrahim Kalo, who plies his trade around Mabuchi area of Abuja, says he has been engaged in this profession for

over eight years. He says: “I learned the job from my father before coming to Abuja. I thank the Almighty Allah since I came to Abuja at least I am trying my best and I am able to eat and even feed other people with this job and able to save N1000 on a daily basis. This barbing is affordable because it does not require electricity and I charge people N200 or N150, and all sorts of people both rich and poor patronize me; northerners and southerners alike. “At times my clients will visit my stall or they will invite me to their homes or wherever they are. To crown it all, the literate and relatively wealthy folks that patronize our trade, do so because we use brand new blades which have no risk. We also use local clippers and a sharp knife to barb.” Speaking on how such a trade once assumed to be obsolete has continued to survive and thrive he said it is hereditary. “It is not a job that is learnt, it is usually inherited. Presently I am tutoring my siblings and some of my cousins. It isn’t compulsory for them to take up this trade; it is a matter of personal

choice. “I am doing this job because I don’t have any viable option. This is the only craft I know. There are about eight of us plying our trade at this stall. Whenever you come here you will meet us here. It is like our own office.” Similarly another local barber, Suleiman Nura, who resides in Kubwa area of Abuja, bares his mind to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND saying “I have been in this profession for over 27 years, I inherited the barbing profession from my grandfather when I lived in Kano. I came to Abuja during the dry season. I had more patronage in Kano than Abuja but the money I make in Abuja is more. “In Abuja I cut hair for an average of 10 people daily and I charge my customers as much as N150 or N200 for barbing and N100 for just shaving. I barb for all types of people, I don’t segregate among my customers, and I barb everybody irrespective of your religion or ethnicity. The wealthy and people of other tribes come to me to barb them skin cut. I make ➔  CONTINUES ON THE NEXT PAGE


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nothing less than N1000 in a day.” On the question of apprenticeship, he noted, that he did not operate any formal system of apprenticeship but any of his siblings willing to learn from him is welcome. He further added, that he was never a member of any formal local barbers association, “In Kubwa here we don’t have any trade guild.” When asked of his profit margin he revealed that the job was not as profitable as people thought, noting that if he could get a better job he would go for it. His client, one Sunday Dio, told our reporter that he had been barbing with the traditional barbers for a long time. “The traditional barbing practice barbs as well as shaves you very well. This is the main reason I stopped going to the salon, because I don’t want rashes and bumps, that is why I prefer the local barbers because I heard rumours about HIV transmission but this type of barbers use different types of knife not like the modern salons that use just one clipper for general purpose. The local barbers usually use different knifes for different customers on a daily basis and they sterilize the knife before they use it in your presence. If they barb you with one they will not use it for another customer because they buy this knife in large quantity.” He added: “Since I have been patronizing the local barbers I have never experienced anything like rashes on my head. In the wanzami barbing they use the razor type or the knife type and in all my years of patronage I have come across all sorts of people patronizing these barbers. They have local clippers which they usually use to trim the hair before finally scrapping it bare with the small aluminium knife.” Also speaking to LEADERSHIP, another barber by name Umar Farouk who has a local barbing stall by the Kubwa central mosque said: “I am from Kano State. I was about 20 years old when I started my apprenticeship in this trade and I have been in the business for the past 30 years.” He also confirmed that the art is mostly passed on from father to child. He also corroborated the statements of his colleagues by saying that in this line of work he had met people of different classes and ethnic groups. On how much he charges he said, “I don’t charge too much. People usually give me whatever they can afford.” He further revealed that most people that uphold their culture usually value the “askar” that is the traditional knife method of barbing than those that assume to be more civilized. When asked how they acquired the tools of their trade, he said, “The sort of knife we use in this trade is acquired from the professional blacksmiths,” adding that “In Kano we have an association of traditional barbers, a sort of guild to which all men in our trade belonged. We even had identity cards like a formal union but in Abuja we don’t have such.

another traditional barber barbing his client

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This is not a small business.” “The reason we formed an association in Kano was because of the fact that the state medical association kicked against our trade so we formed the guild to fight for our trade if not it would vanish. So the NGOs came to sensitize us on best practices and procedures. We fought in order to preserve our culture and heritage. So far no governmental agency has exercised any supervisory control over us; we have not seen intervention from any agency.” Also speaking to our reporter, one Mallam Nafiu Dahiru Balare, who identified himself as the head of the traditional barbers association in Utako, said he learnt his trade in Ajingi Local Government Area of Kano State when he was a young child way back in the 80s. According to him, “My dad put me through all the procedures until I learnt it. With time I became a professional and started working for myself. I have travelled to different states in the course of

plying my trade. I have been to Jos, Kaduna and even Niger State. I have also come across people from different parts of the country in the line of duty. The reason too is that I use both the traditional and modern technique of haircut depending on one’s preference. “However, most people prefer the traditional “aska” barbing because it cuts to the hair root (scalp) and because we sterilize the equipment so that our customers do not contract rashes.” When quizzed on his profit margin, he said, “In one day, from midweek to weekend I barb about 60 persons. I don’t have a specific price; some one can give me N500 or N1500 or even N50. He said that his customers cut across different walks of life with some of them even inviting him to their homes. He said that wanzanchi, which refers to their craft in general is not only limited to barbing, but also to the circumcision of children, the removal of condescend blood in any part of the body using cow

horns among others. Speaking on how much he makes on the average he couldn’t really ascertain exactly how much he makes on a daily basis but that some days he makes just enough to feed and other days he could make as much as N5000. On his plan for the future he said he is willing to stick with the profession saying “I don’t have the intention of leaving the trade, I even hope to make money and open a big shop.” He further revealed that the association of tradesmen of which he was the head covers the whole of Utako and the objective of which was to afford members moral support in the event any harm. A client who was having his haircut spoke to LEADERSHIP Weekend on condition of anonymity said he is of the southwestern extraction and has been patronizing this wanzams for about 15 years. He said this method enables him to have a cleaner haircut and shaving which makes him more comfortable.

However, most people prefer the traditional “aska” barbing because it cuts to the hair root (scalp) and because we sterilize the equipment so that our customers do not contract rashes


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Groundnut Soup (Omisagwe) BY STELLAMARIES AMUWA, Abuja

Groundnut soup is popular amongst Etsako people of Edo State. It is called Omisagwe among the Etsakos. Groundnut Soup is a yummy Nigerian soup made with groundnut (peanuts). It is a very popular delicacy in some Southern and Northern parts of Nigeria, but particularly common amongst the Etsako people. It is prepared the same way Egusi Soup is prepared. If you cannot find the ingredients to cook Egusi Soup where you live, Groundnut Soup is a great alternative. Groundnut soup can be made with or without vegetable leaves

and it can be thickly or a watery consistency. Bitter leaves are used for groundnut soup traditionally but it can be replaced with Ugu or Spinach leaves, where Bitter leaves are unavailable Ingredients 1 cup raw un-skinned groundnuts ¼ cup oziza seeds 1 handful of chopped Efinrin – basil can be used as a substitute 1 medium sized smoked fish – I used Eja Osan 1 medium sized stockfish An assortment of boiled meats pumpkin leaves, spinach or bitterleaf Beef stock 3 – 4 Ata Rodo or more – I will say more because you’ll enjoy this soup

spicy 1 red onion 1 cooking spoonful of Palm oil 1 cup periwinkle Salt Seasoning cube – optional* Knorr Chicken cube preferred How to prepare Groundnut Soup Before cooking your groundnut soup, soak the stock fish and dry fish for a few hours, when soft, clean the fish, remove the bones and separate them into small pieces. Roast the raw groundnuts in a pan, stirring constantly till they look golden brown. Make sure the groundnuts do not get burnt, after this set aside to cool down completely then grind into powder with a dry mill.

Wash & cut the pumpkin leaves into tiny pieces. If using spinach, cut into small pieces, if using bitterleaf, wash till the bitterness is fairly out & set aside. Prepare other ingredients: grind the pepper and grind the crayfish. Cook the shaki first as it is the toughest meat in the bunch. Always keep water to the same level as the contents of the pot and top it up as you cook. When the shaki starts to curl, add the dry fish and stockfish. When the shaki is almost done, add beef and Knorr soup seasoning. Cook till all the meat and fish are well done. Add the crayfish, salt and pepper, cover and cook till it boils. Transfer the meat and fish to another pot/

cells. Bitter compounds have complete among other substances andrographolide a bitter taste, alkaloid, and potassium. Andrographolide content of which can improve the body’s

defense systems such as the production of white blood cells that attack bacteria and other foreign substances. High potassium in Bitter leaf useful to remove water and salt to treat hypertension.

container leaving the stock in the pot. Add the grinded groundnuts and stir very well till there are no lumps. Reduce the heat to very low and start cooking. Stir every 5 minutes and top up the water if necessary. To avoid the mixture from burning, watch it closely and stir as often as necessary. Cook till a thin film of clear oil appears on the surface. This should take about 15 minutes. Add palm oil and stir very well. Add the beef and fish, stir and cook on low heat till it boils. For those who prefer their groundnut soup without vegetables add the vegetables, stir and leave to simmer. Stir again.

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Bitter Leaf

Bitter leaves help tone down the sweetness of this soup so if you do not have a sweet tooth, then you should use bitterleaves in preparing this soup. It is efficacious as a medicine and contains an antiseptic that is very

effective to reduce the heat inside. Some studies report that the plants can stop the activities of gastric cancer cells, can inhibit tumour growth. Bitter leaf extract can inhibit the growth and development of breast cancer

Bitter is also believed to be used as a medicine for typhus. Typhus is a disease caused by bacterial infection of the intestine and lymph nodes, and spleen. The incubation period of 5-14 days reach.


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Alleged N400m Fraud: Metuh Has Case To Answer – Supreme Court BY KUNLE OLASANMII, Abuja

The Supreme Court has said that the former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, has a case to answer in respect of the money laundering charges involving the sums of N400m and $2m filed against him by the federal government. The apex court in its judgment on the separate appeals filed by Metuh

and his company, Destra Investments Limited, unanimously affirmed the May 25, 2016 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja. The Court of Appeal had dismissed the appeals for being incompetent. The court also went on to uphold the March 9, 2016 ruling of Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in Abuja. The apex court said Metuh failed to comply with constitutional

requirement saying that he and his company failed to first obtain the leave of either the trial court or the appellate court before filing a notice of appeal as required by the Constitution when filing an appeal against an interlocutory decision, on the grounds of mixed law and facts. Justice Dattijo Mohammed headed the five-man panel of the apex court and prepared the leading judgment of the Supreme Court which affirmed

the decision of the Court of Appeal on Friday. In Justice Mohammed’s judgment which was read on his behalf by Justice Ejembi Eko, the apex court resolved all the three issues raised in the appeals against the appellants. The apex court held that as much as the Court of Appeal lacked the jurisdiction to hear the appeals, the Supreme Court too could not entertain the appeal arising from the

A/Ibom Demolishes Properties On Drainages

Taraba: 55-year-old Business Tycoon Kidnapped

BY BERNARD TOLANI DADA, Uyo

BY ANDREW OJIH, Jalingo

Barely two weeks after burial of kidnapped Taraba Assembly Member, a 55-years-old business Tycoon, Mallam Bala Goesblack, was yesterday abducted by kidnappers in the State. The incident which occurred along Takum-Chechenji road at 6am according eye witness said the victim was picked on his way to the market. He further reviewed that Bala was force to the awaiting vehicle by his abductors as his own was abandoned at the scene of the incident. “We don’t really know of what is happening this days in Takum, since the kidnaped of late Hon. Hosia Ibi, Member representing Takum 1 in the Taraba State House of Assembly on the 30th December, 2017 over five to six cases of kidnapp have been recorded,” the eye witness lamented. He noted that the situation has send panic in the minds of the people, a situation that has led politicians and top government functionaries in the area avoiding coming home.

Operation Cat Race Will End Herders/Farmers Clashes – Group BY MICHAEL OCHE, Abuja

A group, The Middle Belt Conscience Guard has described the launch of operation rat race in the middle belt part of the country by the Nigerian Army as a timely intervention to avert further bloodshed in the region. The group therefore called the Middle Beltans to give their maximum cooperation to the military, saying it is important for them to allow the military get rid of killers under whatever guise. Addressing Journalists in Abuja on Thursday, convener/national president, Prince Raymond Enero, commended the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai for always leading the Nigerian Army to protect the sanctity of lives of all Nigerians. He said, “As law abiding people, we appeal to members of all our communities to provide information that will enable troops track down the killers that are clouding our land with sadness.

incompetent appeals before the court below. The Supreme Court ruled, “By section 233 (2) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), appeals from the Court of Appeal to this court lies only against the decisions of that court. “Such decisions evolve from the Court of Appeal upon the exercise of jurisdiction over appeals from the court below.

Group Patron and former president of the African Busness Roundtale, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur (middle) handing over the staff of office to the new president, Mr Samuel Dossu (left). With them is the Minister of FCT, Mallam Mohammed Bello, during the handing over ceremony in Abuja, yesterday.

5,750 Borno IDPs Decry Neglect BY FRANCIS OKOYE, Maiduguri

Over 5,750 internally Displaced persons (IDPs) taking refuge at Faria Garki Block IDPs camp in Old Maiduguri, Jere Local government area of Borno State have decried official neglect and starvation ravaging them. The displaced persons who are made of victims of insurgency from Marte which makes up the majority, Bama, Dikwa, Kalabarge, and Gamboru Ngala, added that since 3 years of their existence in the camp, no government agency, be it National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) or State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has been to their camp, talk more of government, either state or federal. The IDPs bared their minds to LEADERSHIP yesterday in Old Maiduguri, in Maiduguri, during the 10 Day yellow Fever vaccination

campaign embarked by the World Health Organization aimed to vaccinate 1.2 million IDPs in Borno State. The IDPs noted that apart from some NGOs like IOM which erected the tent they are living, MSF, and WFP, which sometimes ago brought food and provided cash tranfer of some stipends to few of them, no help has come their way, saying that for the past 52 days, they have not seen food to eat. An IDP from Marte local government area, Abdullahi Ahmad said most of them have turned beggars for surving, adding that government should return them to their communities, rather than abandoning them to starvation. “We are starving of food and it is Action Against Hunger that has brought food to us, MSF erected the tents we are living while World Food Programme (WFP) provided cash

transfer of some stipends to few of us. For the past 52 days no food has come our way. We are really suffering here. “Since our 3 years of existence on this camp, neither National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) or State Emergency Management Agency ( SEMA), has visited the camp. Not even any government official, be it federal or state has been here,” Ahmad lamented. Similarly, another IDP from Marte, Bashir Jibrin said another challenge they are facing in the camp is drinking water as the only borehole water they have in the camp at times gets contaminated thereby resulting to some of them contracting diarrhea after drinking the water.

“We are appealing to the Borno State government and the federal government to listen to our cry and come to our help.

Akwa Ibom State government has threatened to pull down all structures standing on the rights-of-way in a bid to checkmate the perennial flooding of Uyo metropolis and other cities in the state. Commissioner for Works, Akparawa Ephraim InyangEyen, handed down the warning, yesterday, while inspecting the extent of work on Asutan Street, Idongesit Henry Crescent, Effiong Udo Akpan Street, among other adjoining streets in the vicinity. The commissioner, who addressed property owners, said that the government will bring down any property blocking water channels but pledged to pay compensation on the affected properties to alleviate the plight of their owners. He stated that the efforts of governor Udom Emmanuel in undertaking to build new roads in the metropolis were to address flooding and ease the movement of people and goods. Inyang-Eyen said the governor was passionate about opening up the state capital, tackling the challenges of flooding and providing alternative routes for the people and advised the youths in the communities to cooperate with the contractors handling the project. The works commissioner appealed to citizens to cooperate with the state government in its resolve to bring development and dividend of democracy to their doorstep.

CLO Condemns Plateau LG Election Postponement BY ACHOR ABIMAJE, Jos

Plateau State coalition on electoral reforms and good governance PLASCER has disclosed that they are deeply pained by the inability of the Plateau State Independent Electoral Commission (PLASIEC) to conduct the local government election as planned due to the failure of government to guarantee the constitutional provision of security of lives and properties in the state. According to them the

explanation by PLASIEC which hinge on the suspension of the council poll as a result of insecurity is just a hoax saying they are deeply pained by this development. PLASCER is a coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs), the media, faith base organisations (FBOs), specialised groups like persons with disabilities, women, youth and community stakeholders with the aim of focusing on the obstacles and short coming of the Nigerian

electoral system. Addressing Journalists in Jos yesterday on the postponement of the council election, acting executive director, Community for Popular Participation (CAPP) Nelson Amanze and Japhet Phillips interim chairman PLASCER appealed to Plateau citizens to keep calm and not to take the laws into their hands instead should take part in constructive engagement with relevant government agencies in charting the way forward.

They further called on PLASIEC and Plateau State government to act responsively by taking proactive measures in providing the secure atmosphere needed for the conduct of a free, fair, credible acceptable and violence free election as soon as possible so that Plateau citizens will not be perpetually denied their constitutional rights of service delivery that will enhanced good governance at the third tier of government.


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PDO Moves To Decongest Kano Courts The embracing of alternative dispute resolution will facilitate the decongestion of court and aid the speedy dispensation of justice, the programme manager, Public Defenders Office (PDO) Barbara Maigeri, has said. She made the disclosure in Kano, during a three days training sessions for mediators and conciliators drawn from Kano State Ministry of Justice and peace building organizations, on the effective use of ADR tools. She lamented that , the courts are besieged with cases that ordinarily could be mediated and resolved amicably without approaching the courts. Maigeri said, constant and effective use of ADR mechanism will decongest the courts and pave way for judges assigned to the courts to concentrate, on severe cases, explaining that, this will further enable judges reasonable time to deliver their verdicts, on time. According to her, the people of Kano and beyond are gradually resorting to the useage of ADR in proffering solutions to their civil disputes. She disclosed that, the training held in Kano is programmed to equip lawyers attached to the state Ministry of Justice and peace builders working with Civil Socity Organisations with the capacity to resolve dispute and reframe the minds of the populace, from embarking on litigation, where and when it could be avoided through the use of ADR. Maigeri called for severe punishment to be meted out on persons convicted for perpetrating the act of rape. She groaned that, the failure to slam punishments that are deterring in nature, on rapist is worrisome, noting that, perpetrators of the act of rape seem unrepentant, daily cases of rape occur indiscriminately, she added. By Abdulgafar Oladimeji, Kano

Be Computer Literate Before Registering For JAMB, Says Minister Ahead of the Unified Matriculation Tertiary Examination (UTME), examination, the minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has called on candidates to become computer literate. The minister who spoke after the inspection of some Computer Based Test (CBT) centres in Abuja yesterday, stated that their being computer literate will aid them operate the system and answer the exam question in record time. Adamu who visited the Global Distance Learning Institute and the Digital Bridge Institute expressed satisfaction over the facilities in the centers. Recall that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board extended the registration of the UTME exams to February 11, 2018. JAMB’s spokesman, Dr Fabian Benjamin said that the decision was taken to accommodate candidates who failed to register between the two months window period that ended at midnight of Tuesday, 6th February, 2018. BY Chika Mefor

L-R: Former vice president, Information System and Audit Control Association (ISACA), Mr Idonggesit Efiong Utah; president of ISACA, Mr Glory Idehen and the former president, Mr Ezeribe Chmenka, during the 2018 award and inauguration of new board of directors in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO BY OYEDELE OMOKAGBO

Kaduna Fixes 12 May For LG Polls

BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, KADUNA

Kaduna State Independent Electoral Commission (KADSIECOM) has announced that elections into the positions of chairmanship, vice chairmanship and counselorship in the 23 local government areas of the state will hold on the 12th May, 2018. This followed the passage of the bill by the state House of Assembly to allow the use of electronic machine for voting. Recall that the election was earlier scheduled to hold in December 2017 but cancelled due to legistlative challenges and non passage of the bill prior to the announcement of

the election date then. Meanwhile, addressing political parties and relevant stakeholders in the state, chairman of the commission, Dr Saratu Binta DikkoAudu, said all is now set and in order to conduct the election. “May I therefore in compliance with the appropriate provisions of the law formally announce that the commission has completed plans to hold elections to positions of chairman, vice chairman and counsellors in all the 23 local government areas of Kaduna state on Saturday, 12th May, 2018. “You are already aware that we shall be using Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and the smart

card readers in the conduct of these elections. All citizens who have been issued with the INEC Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) shall be eligible to participate in the election. “Electioneering campaign by political parties and candidates are by this notice authorised to begin. Party primaries may be organised as from 20th February until 27th March, 2018 with the campaigns ending at midnight of 11th May, 2018. “Stakeholders, especially political parties and candidates are strongly advised to ensure that they must strictly follow the election timetable and guidelines in order not to offend the State Electoral Law.”

…Kano Won’t Use Card Reader – INEC

BY ABDULLAHI YAKUBU, KANO

The chairman of the Kano State Independent Electoral Commission (KNSIEC) Professor Garba Ibrahim Sheka, has said that the Commission is not going to use the Bio metric Card reading machine during the forthcoming local government election slated to take place on the 1Oth of Febuary 2O18. Professor Sheka dropped the hint yesterday while briefing the Press in his office over the preparation of the KNSIEC in the forthcoming ‎local government election in the state.

The KANSIEC chairman stated that the used of the Card Reader was necessitated due to the multiple voting pattern adopted by unpatriotic voters, he said that INEC and other electoral bodies were able to identified the problem during the previous elections. However, he said his commission decided to use the hard sheet to record every thing without the fear that it will failed adding that once everything is recorded on the results sheets ranging from the councillorship to ‎the chairmanship election it facilitate the commission to announce the result on time.

According to him, KANSIEC is very much prepared for the conduct o‎f the election in February and that the state government gave it all that is needed to conduct a hitchfree local government election. He said the commission was given adequate funds‎ and logistic support to conduct free and fair election in all the four hundred and eighty seven wards across the state. The KANSIEC boss revealed further that about twenty five political parties are going to participate in the forthcoming election out of the seventy registered political parties‎.

The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has partnered United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in convening Community Peace Building/Awareness Sensitisation on Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) in Northeast Nigeria. The workshop drew participants from the women group, traditional rulers, religious leaders, Police Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDC), Youth groups and others. In their remarks, Aliyu Rambo of the UNICEF, Dr M. Machina from COSFON and representative of the Emir of Fika who is the Zanna Dujima of Fika, Alhaji Bukar Abubakar all applauded the training, pointing out that it will go a long way in restoring the dignity of the Children. Speaking to Journalists at the venue of the workshop, Chukwuemeka Mbah, Chief Researcher, IPCR explained that the insurgency in the Northeast has caused serious dislocation of communities and livelihood. According to him violations against children in Yobe State are rife, requiring community awareness/sensitisation for high risk areas where most incidences affecting children have taken place and/or reported so far. He adding that, “It is in line of this mandate that the Institute collaborated with UNICEF, Yobe State government and other critical stakeholders in designing mechanisms that would ensure child protection, peaceful returns of the displaced and community coexistence towards sustainable development in conflict affected communities,” he said. The six grave violations against children according to the chief researcher, were killing and maiming, abduction of children, rape and other forms of sexual violence against children, recruitment and use of children by armed forces or armed groups, attacks on schools and hospitals and denial of humanitarian access. By Hussaini Jirgi Damaturu

Strike: Varsity Workers, Students Want Urgent Govt’s Intervention BY HENRY TYOHEMBA, ABUJA

The Joint Action Committee (JAC) comprising the Senior Staff Association of Universities, (SSANU) Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the Nation Association of Technicians (NAATS) as well as students from several universities, have jointly called on the federal government and particularly the Federal Ministries of Labour and Education, to urgently intervene in the more than two months industrial action embarked upon by JAC over the disparity in the ‘’sharing ‘’ of earned allowances recently released

by the federal government to the universities. A member of the Joint Action Committee and chairman of SSANU, University of Abuja Chapter, Mr Hassan Chabiri Shallangwa, told newsmen in an exclusive chat in Abuja yesterday, that the industrial action had lingered long enough with its attendant consequences on both the youth and Nigeria’s tertiary education sector He said, “The strike had lingered simply because of the non chant attitude of the government through relevant federal ministries to intervene expeditiously.

‘’If for instance, the ministers of Labour and Education bring our demands before the federal executive council, the matters arising therein would have been laid to rest long ago, but they continued to shy away from the reality on our campuses as if nothing is happening.” Also speaking on the matter, across section of students interviewed by newsmen lamented the difficulties they are experiencing since activities resumed on their campuses for the new semester. Miss Josephine Maduacbuchi, a second year Sociology student in one of the universities, admitted that

even though lectures are going on, on skeletal basis due to the fact that ASUU is not on strike, life on the campuses were made worse by the non availability of complimentary utilities that could have been provided by the striking workers However, the national leadership of the Joint Action Committee, led by the vice president, Comrade Solomon Alba, has read the riot act on members who sabotage the ongoing industrial action by going to work and pleasing their respective office bosses, saying those caught in the act will be duly sanctioned


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‘I Live A Contented Life’

Col. Simon Kachiro Bargo, is a man of many parts, a celebrated novelist, a soldier and an evangelist all rolled into one. In this interview with DANIEL GARBA ENAMS, he shares his life experiences. Background I was born on July 18, 1947 in Dayandand. I am Ham (Jaba) but because of mission work my father who was an evangelist moved to Kurmin Kwara in Daddu, which is also, called Sakiya. Sakiya is made up of seven villages. Education I started my primary school education in1956 at the Native Authority Chori Primary School. I did primary one to four there. I passed my exams but my head teacher withheld my result. My father decided that l should go for tailoring because tailors in those days were doing well. But as small as I was, I refused to go into tailoring preferring instead to go to school. I proceeded to Kafanchan for my senior primary school at the United Native African School (UNA), because of the standard of that school, it was nicknamed useless nonsense school. While in Kafanchan I stayed with two different Nupe women, an Igbo woman, and a Hausa man as I tried to get a comfortable place to stay. It was a trying moment in my life. When I lived with these people, I woke up as early as 4 am to help in house chores and thereafter go from street to street selling akara (bean cake) and kulikuli (groundnut cake). After that, I would still go to the railway station to carry load for big men coming from the east just to earn some money to sustain my life. With all these, it was difficult for me to continue my education.

I have always loved being a soldier, but most importantly, it was God’s arrangement for me to join the Army because I was doing well as an agric officer

Why did your headmaster withhold your result? It is a mystery to me, even till today I don’t know why he withheld that result. However, when I was in Kafanchan, I met a classmate of mine whose name was Musa Zom, he is late now, he told me that he saw my name on the notice board that I passed my exam. I then went to the headmaster, he is still alive today, Mr. Tagwai Sambo, he is the first chief of Moroa. I narrated my story to him and he simply asked me move to primary six. By the time I finished my primary school education I had another setback, my name again was not among

Col. Bargo those published. But later in December that same year, one Mr. Mairai told me about Saint Mary’s Secondary Fadan Kaje, I went there, sat for the entrance examination and I passed. I stayed with an indigene and from his house trekked the long distance to school every day. I worked extra hard combining my house chores with my studies. I was lucky, God blessed me and I performed very well at school, taking first positions in most of my exams and I was promoted from class one to class three. I spent only four years in Fadan Kaje. How did you come about

joining the military? I have always loved being a soldier, but most importantly, it was God’s arrangement for me to join the Army because I was doing well as an agric officer, in fact there was a plan to send me overseas for a course, which was very tempting, but because of my love for the military, I left to join the army. What was your experience in the military? In military there are both good and bad just like any other profession but what stood me out is discipline and commitment. In the military, if you are not disciplined, you are not committed and you are not loyal, forget it. But if you have these

qualities you will go far. Any experience you could never forget? In the military one thing I will not forget in a hurry is their respect for seniority. A junior officer cannot talk to a senior officer anyhow. There is strict discipline in the military. You dare not behave anyhow. When did you get married? I got married in 1979 to Evangelist Mrs. Margaret. We have five children: three boys and two girls. Where did you meet her? I met her when I was in Kaduna. She was a very ➔  CONTINUES ON THE NEXT PAGE


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‘I Live A Contented Life’ a girl to be pregnant when she is not married, the parents will be ashamed to come out. What do we have today? The girl will even flaunt it and dare you to abuse her. Things have really gone bad and that is why we are advising parents to stop chasing money, but sit down and train their children. There almost total break down of the family and that is why there is high rate of crime in the society and waywardness among youths.

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young girl; she had just what I wanted in a woman. She was humble, organised and had the fear of God. We spent 11years in courtship before we got married. That helped us to study one another very well. That has helped to keep us together since then. It is not that we don’t disagree sometime, of course we do, but the good thing is that we find a way of reconciling without involving a third party. What is your advice to young men getting married? The problem of this generation is materialism and lack of the fear of God. In` our time we were not materialistic when you see a woman you marry her and leave everything to God and believe you will get it well with your wife struggling together, fighting together. But today young men give conditions like she must be highly educated, must be beautiful and must come from a rich family. Those are not the qualities to look for. The bible says men look at the outward quality but God looks at the inward quality. Every woman is beautiful and every man is handsome, it all depends on the way you present your self. Youths should stop looking for artificial things and look for the real substance. If you have a God-fearing woman, who is humble and obedient, forget about academic qualification and physical beauty. If God has destined that she would go far nothing would stop her. I married my wife from secondary school now she has master’s degree and will continue to her PhD. Peer pressure also affects this generation and they don’t have patience for each other that is why you see the high rate of divorce in the society today. Again, you don’t just meet someone at a party and decide to marry him or her, that is not good, there is need to check the person’s background, not necessarily whether the person has money or not or whether the person` is beautiful or not. It is character that y o u should look out for. Now that you are retired what do you do for a living? After my retirement I committed myself to the church in fact right from my youth. After my retirement, my people also wanted me to go into politics, they also wanted to give me a chieftaincy tittle, but I

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rejected both because I know God wanted to use me in another way. While I was in the Army, somehow I did not join others in drinking or smoking. While I was still in service I got admission into do my OND and HND at Kaduna Polytechnic. In 2005 I decided to do theology at ECWA theology seminary, Suleja, there it was discovered that I was far ahead of the class. I traveled to Jos and met the deputy provost of the school, who is now associate professor in the same school, he told me that I was already above the level of Suleja and that I should go and do my PGD in Jos. I collected the form the following year, I went for the entrance exam and I passed, so I was admitted. After the one-year postgraduate diploma (PGD) programme, I continue with my masters in “Divinity”. In 2009, I graduated and ECWA has been monitoring my activities, especially my spiritual life since then. I got involved in` some programmes both in our village and in town and for that on June 26, 2010 ECWA ordained me a Reverend and licensed me to preach. They wanted to give me a church but I said no, I just wanted to be an evangelist. Since then I have been an evangelist traveling from place to place preaching. After my masters I was encouraged to go for PhD, but I said no. But as God will have it, ECWA Theological

Seminary, Kagoro Kaduna State awarded me a PhD in Preaching and Mission. How do you manage the ministry and your family? One thing I observed in ministry (God) work is if you are favoured and you have a family that has passion for God it makes your work easy. I can be away for one, two or three days and there will be no problem, my wife will be praying for me, she’s into ministry too. My wife can be away also and we have no regrets because we are likeminded persons. If you and your wife think alike, it makes things easy, even when you offend each other, it is very easy to resolve but if you don’t have something in common that is where problem arise. The same thing with children, they watch their parents, if they are peaceful. They too will be, but if not you are in trouble. Can you compare your time and now? There’s a remarkable difference. Sometimes I sit down and look at what is happening now, I shake my head. During our time when a young person sees an elderly person, you give him 100 per cent respect whether you are related or not. That is no more there today. There is a serious breakdown in morals. At our time, you can discipline a neighbour’s child if he misbehaves, but today you cannot try it. That time it was a taboo for

What will be your advice to Nigerians in general? One problem we have is that we don’t have leaders that have the fear of God in their hearts. If you are a leader that have the fear of God you will be fair to all, be you a Christian or a Muslim. Some people are only interested in acquiring wealth while abandoning every other person. Some have 20, 30 cars, what are you doing with that? It is useless. Any comfort at the detriment of others is evil and will attract punishment from God. We should shun greed, we should work for the good off the country. I am particularly disturbed at the rate Nigerians pursue wealth without caring how their actions affect other people. Some people even go as far as killing people just to make money, that is evil. What are you going to do with all the money? How many years do you have to spend on this earth that you are acquiring so much? Another thing I want Nigerians to do is to love one another no matter where one comes from. Let us stop this tribal wars, this person is from my tribe, I will favour him; that person is not from my tribe, let him go and die. We are all children of God and He knows why He decided that we all should live together in the same country. You are over 70 but you look like 50 what is the secret? Some people asked me that question just last Sunday in the church. Frankly it is the grace of God and I ascribe it to Him first. It is not because I am wise, even at this age I eat every thing. Doctors have not asked me to stop eating anything something. I drink my soft drink. If God has given you the spirit of contentment you will live long, you don’t envy anybody you don’t compare yourself with anybody you are happy when somebody is happy whether I have money or not I am okay. I live a contented life as you see me if my car is faulty I can enter kabokabo, I don’t feel ashamed.

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Parenting Ringworm In Children With Cecilia

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ashes are common among children and often times do not need treatment to go away but it always poses a lot of problems especially when it becomes persistent. Ringworm which is a highly infectious fungal skin infection that causes a ring-like red or silvery patch on the skin that can be scaly, inflamed or itchy is one among many rashes that affects the skin of children. Ringworm often affects the arms and legs, but it can appear almost anywhere on the body. Other similar fungal infections can affect the scalp, feet, groin and nails. Research has shown that,Ringworm can be easily treated with antifungal medicines, which can be prescribed by a doctor.Ringworm of the scalp can cause scaling and patches of hair loss. It’s treated with antifungal tablets, often combined with antifungal shampoo. The symptoms that children get are practically the same as that of adults get; however, there’s one exception. According to Dr. Donna D’Alessandro and Lindsay Huth,

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curators of the online Virtual Pediatric Hospital, one unique symptom of ringworm common in teenagers and young adults is that the skin may become lighter or darker on the sides of the face, neck, back and chest. If your child’s rashes come with a fever, it is highly recommended you contact your doctor right away, as it could be a sign of a more serious condition.5 If your child has a weakened immune system due to a preexisting condition, let your doctors know as well so they can guide you through an effective treatment plan without harming your child’s health further.

Treatment and Prevention of Ringworm in Children If a doctor confirms that your child has ringworm, you can follow the treatments mentioned in this guide without any problem. Natural home remedies such as apple cider vinegar, papaya or tea tree oil should prove effective in treating your child’s ringworm. It’s also important to educate children on how they can protect themselves from catching

ringworm, especially if they love spending time outdoors with their friends. Make sure that they:6 Avoid sharing clothes such as shirts and jackets Avoid sharing accessories such as combs and hats

Wear clean clothes everyday Wear sandals or slippers while walking around public pools and showers Refrain from touching a pet that has ringworm. Have your pet treated for the fungi right away too How ringworm spreads Ringworm is caused by a type of fungi. It can be spread through close contact with: an infected person or animal infected objects – such as bedsheets, combs or towels infected soil – although this is less common Children ages 3 to 9 years old tend to get ringworm especially scalp ringworm, more than adults.Generally, they get ringworm by playing in areas with fungi-infected soil or playing with

animals that came into contact with fungi. They may also get ringworm at a daycare center. Children in Urban Areas Are More Susceptible to Ringworm In a 2010 study conducted in the Kansas City metropolitan area,3 evidence shows that children from kindergarten up until the fifth grade are more likely to get ringworm than other school levels. From the participating schools, almost 7 percent of the children were infected with ringworm scalp (tinea capitis) caused by the Trichophyton tonsurans (T. tonsurans) strain. This particular strain is one of the leading causes of ringworm in the U.S., especially in metropolitan areas. The study concluded that: Overall, the infection rates of the participating schools ranged from 0 percent (no cases at all) to 19.4 percent from a total population sample size of 10,514 children. Of all ethnicities that had ringworm, African-American children were affected the most with 12.9 percent, compared to 1.6 percent in Hispanic children and 1.1 percent in white children.

Mothers Of Children With Down Syndrome Share Their Experiences After a blissful happy pregnancy and a smooth delivery, Lori Punzell and her husband were shocked when they heard the words ‘Down syndrome’. The first 48 hours were terrifying for the Mackay, Queensland family, who had little knowledge of the condition. ‘I was truly scared,’ Lori, 41, recalled. ‘I didn’t know if that meant our child would talk, walk, or have a quality of life.’ The day before they found out little Lexi had T21, Lori and her mum went to the special care nursery for a heel prick test. Down Syndrome child Lori turned to her mum, a nurse, and asked the big question: ‘Do you little Lexi had T21, Lori and her think she has it mum?’. ‘Yes darling, I think she does,’ her mum went to the special care nursery for a heel prick test. mum replied. Lori turned to her mum, a So Lori, whose daughter is now 13 months old, decided to ask her nurse, and asked the big question: ‘Do you think she has it mum?’. some very important questions. ‘Yes darling, I think she does,’ Will she walk? Yes, her mother reassured her. Will she talk? Will her mum replied. So Lori, whose daughter is now she see beauty in a sunset? Still, yes. 13 months old, decided to ask her Will she know love? Yes, yes, yes. ‘And with that, I was healed,’ some very important questions. Will she walk? Yes, her mother Lori recalled. ‘If my baby can understand and experience reassured her. Will she talk? Will the most valued experiences in she see beauty in a sunset? Still, our world, then the rest is just yes. Will she know love? Yes, yes, yes. frosting.’ ‘And with that, I was healed,’ ‘I was truly scared,’ Lori, 41, recalled. ‘I didn’t know if that Lori recalled. ‘If my baby can meant our child would talk, walk, understand and experience the most valued experiences in or have a quality of life.’ The day before they found out our world, then the rest is just

frosting.’ ‘I walked out of the hospital, ready to lace my boots up and deal with this the best we can.’ Another mother Even as a young girl, Kathryn knew she wanted to adopt one day. And growing up with a mum who was a principal at a special needs school, she always felt a connection to children with disabilities. Kathryn, now 49, and her partner had three biological children, an adopted daughter and son, and fostered two babies with T21 that they still keep in touch with. So after 23 years of parenting, the couple felt ready to bring home

another child - and they knew it was going to be one with Down syndrome. Abbie joined the northern New South Wales family in 2013, and at the time was a tiny malnourished baby who took an hour to drink a bottle. But now the five-year-old is thriving, with a knack for knowing exactly when someone needs a big hug, a shoulder to cry on, or a huge laugh. ‘Abbie belongs on the stage, I’m sure of it,’ Kathryn said. ‘She is an all-dancing, allsinging, performing one-manshow. Wherever we go she makes people smile.’ But Kathryn still worries about how others view her little girl, that they’ll only see her through the lens of ‘out of date stereotypes’. ‘The hardest part is knowing that we’re raising Abbie in a world where many people believe that she shouldn’t exist. That people with Down syndrome shouldn’t be born and will have no quality of life,’ she said. ‘I wish more people knew just how much richness and diversity children with DS bring into the world. People with DS are just as diverse as everyone else.’ Culled from dailymail.co.uk


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Regulatory Lapses Leads To Illegal Gas Retailers In Residential Areas BY CHIKA IZUORA, Lagos

Operators of Liquefied Natural Gas (LPG) otherwise known as cooking gas have blamed the incessant explosion from operations of Liquefied Natural Gas (LPG) on regulatory lapses. They also attribute the rising demand for the product to the proliferation of gas refilling shops around commercial and residential communities. President, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association of Nigeria (LPGAN), Mr. Dapo Adesina, who made this assertion recently said that these unlicensed vendors do not handle the refill process and storage properly. He said the market is experiencing a surge in demand

and that currently the demand for the product has outstripped its supply, adding that the realities on ground suggest that more LPG needed to be dedicated to the domestic market by Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG). He explained that the paradigm shift in the use of kerosene to LPG, which is regarded as a cheaper, reliable and cleaner source of energy, accounts for the increase in demand for LPG, and as such the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), which regulates the industry should exercise its functions as required by the law. Adesina said currently the NLNG has increased its supply from 250,000 metric tons, MT, to about 350,000 MT to meet domestic demand, adding that

campaigns on the use of LPG for cooking have increased among stakeholders in the value chain, which have paid off as more people now use LPG. However, the danger, he feared is the proliferation of unlicensed vendors, which now pose serious threat to the environment. “Essentially there is the need for the DPR to expand its monitoring and oversight functions, because as an Association we don’t have power to arrest and prosecute, that function squarely rests on the regulator but it is very unfortunate that we still experience these problems. “Yes, we are aware of reports of existence of these operators but we cannot say this is the figure but we have our members who we engage

L-R: Director, Epidemiology and Health Outcomes GSK Vaccines Belgium, Dr Debasish Saha; outgoing PAN president, Dr Ngozi Ibeziako; medical director GSK Nigeria, Omolaja Odunuga; president, UNAPSA and past president PAN, Dr Dorothy Esangbedo; director, Scientific Affairs and Public Health GSK Vaccines Belgium, Prof Richard Adegbola, and head, Department of Pediatrician Unilorin Teaching Hospital, Prof Olugbenga Mokuolu, during UNAPSA and PAN Annual General meeting and Scientific Conference 2018, with the theme: “Impact of Deprivation and Inequity on the African Child”, held in Abuja.

AfDB To Partner ABR On African Private Sector Growth BY FESTUS OKOROMADU, Abuja

The African Development Bank, (AfDB) has said it is partnering the African Business Roundtable (ABR), to expand the frontiers of private African businesses in anticipation of an increasing stable political climate. The Senior Director, Nigeria for AfDB, Mr. Ebrima Faal, stated this during the ABR Presidential Handover ceremony and dinner held at the Trancorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja recently. Faal who represented the President of the Bank, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, in his keynote address stated that the

bank would work closely with the public and private sector to unlock new sources of growth for Africa, while reducing inequality between countries and within countries, working together to unlock the enormous potentials of African economies and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals for African with the Bank’s High 5s for Africa. He highlighted the historical ties between the bank and ABR, which it helped to set up in 1990. He further noted that, “ABR is now Africa’s foremost and continent-wide association of businesses and business leaders, and truly a successful Pan-African

institution”. The occasion saw the former President and Chairman of the Board of ABR, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, handling over the mantle of leadership to Mr. Samuel Dossou-Aworet. The event was well attended by representatives from Africa Development Bank (AfDB), the Nigerian presidency, ambassadors (Côte d’Ivoire, Congo, Senegal, Germany, France, USA, Burkina Faso, Benin Republic, Angola, South Africa, and Botswana), development partners, international business men and women and other dignitaries.

regularly to ensure they abide by the regulations as provided by DPR,” he said. LEADERSHIP reports that Nigeria is a net exporter of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG); producing an average of 3 Million Tonnes annually (MTPA) and an annual consumption of 400,000MT (FY 2016) a mere 15 per cent

of production. Conservatively, about 85 - 95 per cent of the LPG consumed in Nigeria is primarily for domestic cooking and the current level of national consumption is also a fraction of the annual potential which has been projected at between 1.5 - 2 metric tons per annum, MTPA and a N380 billion estimated valuation.

Kenyan Bank Picks Nigeria’s PFS Software For Reconciliation BY OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos

Kenya Women Microfinance Bank (KWMB) has selected Precise Financial Systems (PFS) Nigeria’s leading fintech firm, awards winning automated accounts reconciliation solution, CLIREC, to address the identified needs for a more efficient and effective accounts reconciliation practices across the institution. KWMB formerly known as Kenya Women Finance Trust or KWFT had identified its peculiar needs to include faster resolution of unprocessed items, faster resolution of customer queries and improves responsiveness; achieve a near real-time scenario of the reconciliation process, timely reporting to management and automated escalation of long outstanding items. According to information

emanating from PFS and signed by the MD/CEO, Dr. Yele Okeremi, the objective of the project was to deploy a reconciliation solution that will facilitate a reduction of the turnaround time of the reconciliation process in KWFT. “The reconciliation will enable KWFT to increase its operational efficiency by providing a faster resolution to unprocessed items, customer queries and improve responsiveness among other benefits”, he said. KWMB is a medium-tier financial services provider in Kenya. As of December 2013, it was the largest deposit-taking MFB in Kenya with an asset base valued at about $220 million. Then, the bank had in excess of 600,000 deposit accounts and a loan book of approximately $147 million, and shareholders’ equity valued at $29.5 million.

Mercedes-Benz Records 193, 000 Unit Sales BY ANTHONY AWUNOR, Lagos

Daimler AG has reported January 2018 sales of over 190,000 units in the Mercedes-Benz Passenger cars segment, making it the most successful start to a year in the company’s history. With this new sales record which also represents a growth of 8.4 per cent, Mercedes-Benz started the year 2018 as successfully as it concluded the year 2017 and has defended its position as the bestselling premium brand with the most new registrations. Commenting on the sales record, a member of the Board of Management of

Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing and Sales, Britta Seeger, said “With more than 193,000 Mercedes-Benz cars sold in January, we achieved the most successful start to a year in the company’s history. And with the presentation of the new G-Class, we had an emotional start to the New Year”. “I am delighted that we are setting standards not only with our unit sales, but also for example with the new smart configurator with realtime 3D car visualization. In this way, we are offering our customers an innovative platform upon which they can configure their future car”, Seeger added.

PRCAN Applauds PMB On Executive Order On Expatriates BY GODDIE OFOSE, Lagos

The Public Relations Consultants Association of Nigeria (PRCAN) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Executive Order making it unlawful to grant visas to expatriates to come into Nigeria to render professional services which could be otherwise provided by Nigerian professionals. According to a press release issued in Lagos and signed by

the association’s President, John Ehiguese, and publicity secretary, Israel Jaiye Opayemi, respectively, the PRCAN described the Executive Order as “exceptional, courageous and an act of nationalism which puts our country first over and above the popular penchant of government officials for all things foreign, and particularly Caucasian.” PRCAN, the regulatory body of public relations consultancies in Nigeria, described the Executive

Order as a valid extension of the “Buy Nigeria, Save the Naira” campaign of the Federal Government of Nigeria, which a large number of government officials had treated with contempt. The body assured President Buhari of its readiness to play the role of Whistle Blowers in relation to the public relations and marketing communications sector, promising to avail the Presidency with the details of foreigners operating agencies illegally in

defiance of the laws regulating the industry in Nigeria. “President Muhammadu Buhari can be rest assured of our support in this regard. We will compile the names and addresses of those currently operating illegally here against the extant law regulating the Public Relations practice in Nigeria. That law is among those you promised to enact and enforce in your capacity as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to protect businesses in Nigeria. We

will make this task easy for you so that relevant government agencies can enforce the Executive Order and other extant laws,” PRCAN said. Last year, PRCAN took up the gauntlet with Finance Minister, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, when news broke that her ministry retained the services of a United Kingdom-based public relations firm to manage the campaign around Nigeria’s participation at 2017 World Bank Spring Meeting in Washington DC, United States.


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Trucks Crush 4, Injure 8 In Edo

L-R: Vice president, Marketing, Lumos Nigeria and the Community Partner to the Marathon, Mr Olufemi Ashipa; President, Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Engr Ibrahim Shehu Gusau; chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr Kweku Tandoh and 2018 Lagos City Marathon Project Consultant, Hon Bukola Olapade, at a press conference for Lagos City Marathon 2018 held in Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO BY KOLAWOLE ALIU.

BY PATRICK OCHOGA, BENIN CITY

2019: Plateau APC Elders Endorse PMB For Second Term BY ACHOR ABIMAJE, JOS

The All Progressive Congress (APC) Elders Advisory Council in Plateau State has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and governor Simon Lalong to re-contest the 2019 Presidential and gubernatorial elections respectively. Chairman of the APC Elders advisory Council Captain Joseph Din (Rtd) made this known yesterday while addressing journalists in Jos. He said: “We members of our forum in Plateau State have been following the antecedents of our President Muhammadu Buhari with

CSOs Raise The Alarm Over Smear Campaign Against NNRA Mgt BY TUNDE OGUNTOLA, ABUJA

A coalition of civil society organizations made up of Arewa Initiative (AI), Coalition of Youth Against Corruption (COYAC) and Good Governance Initiative (GGI) have called on Nigerians and anti-graft and security agencies to be wary of smear campaign against the management of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NNRA). A statement signed by the secretary, Arewa Initiative (AI), Com. Mohammed Dantijo, president of COYAC. Mahmud Bello and National Coordinator of (GGI), Com. Sani Ninjiba Sarki, condemned the clandestine plot, blackmail and malicious petition to antigraft agencies and security organization as wicked and defamatory aimed at resolving personal grievances and scores in a bid to discredit the transparent management of NNRA. The statement said as champions and propagators of transparency, good governance and accountability in the public service, these malicious ethnic casting of aspersion on the management of the NNRA, campaign of calumny, witch-hunt, and threatening the management of the regulatory agency is not only detrimental to good governance practice, but to the lives and security of management of NNRA. The statement reads in part: “This smear campaign of calumny presently being orchestrated by these disgruntled former employees is intended to pull down the name of the organization into public odium and therefore should be disregarded by all well-meaning Nigerians in its entirety. “These petitions are vindictive, callous, wicked and repugnant to natural justice and meant to settle old scores for having returned them to their pool for unprofessional conduct and behavior.”

interests since he came into power in May 2015 ,especially his vision and mission in the key areas of inset, poverty, economic, anti corruption war, power and agriculture which he promised to tackle. “As far as we are concerned, security is the bedrock of development as one can not undertake any meaningful development without adequate security this government has done well in the area of provision of adequate security,considering that it came into power when insurgents were holding 13 local governments in the North East as their territory and even here in Plateau State, we were

devastated but our Armed Forces with the support of government have decimated the insurgents and have reclaimed our territory, this is so because Buhari,s government has the Political will to defeat the insurgency, no president can say throughout his tenure that there is no skirmishes so he can not exempt himself, we support Buhari because he has shown us beyond reasonable doubt that he has the will power to curtail any insurgency. Captain Din added that :”We thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his recent directive to Military and other security operatives to fish

out all the perpetrators of wanton killings of innocent Nigerians particularly in the middle belt zone. Also, President Muhammadu Buhari stands out as the first president of Nigeria to openly take the fight against corruption as his agenda, he has done that well hence the improvement in the economy of the country which only the opposition may not see and appreciate, this attack on corruption has today attracted commendation all over the world to the effect that the African Union has appointed him the first chairman of fight against corruption in Africa.

No Agreement On Cattle Colonies, Obaseki’s Aide Insists The Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, has declared as frivolous, comments by the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the strategic steps the Edo State government has taken in bringing the clashes between cattle herders and farmers to an end, in the state. Osagie cautioned the opposition party not to trivialise a sensitive subject matter that requires a great deal of expertise to comprehend, a requirement he said, the PDP lacks and urged the party to know where to draw the line of propaganda. “We want to state as we did before that there is no agreement to establish cattle colonies in Edo State. Our decision was based on expert finding after a scientific research on the herdsmen/ farmers clashes in the state. The Obaseki administration subjects every issue to critical thinking, wide consultation and research. “But unlike us, we have noticed that the Edo PDP’s decisions and declarations

are never thought through and are selfserving. As we expect, because of the learning challenges of members of the Edo PDP, it seems to be an uphill task for them to comprehend the position of the state government despite the repeated declaration that there is no agreement to establish cattle colonies in Edo State. “Or is the Edo PDP subtly pushing for the establishment of cattle colonies?” He asked. He maintained that “A study of this matter has shown that an overwhelming majority of the nefarious activities of herdsmen happen at night. We are taking our decision based on the findings of a scientific research and not some kneejerk reactions that are characteristic of the Edo PDP.” He asked the chairman of Edo PDP, Dan Orbih, to honestly tell Edo people and Nigerians if the total ban on cattle movement in any part of the country, be it at night or day, has stopped herdsmen from rearing their cattle across the country.

“In the states where cattle rearing have been banned from moving in the day and night, are there no herdsmen activities or cattle in those states?” The governor’s aide stressed that “to make declarations that are not realistic and sustainable for the sake of talking is not the style of this administration.” He explained that “the ban on nightgrazing and armed herdsmen are steps in the right direction in addition to the setting up of two committees that will monitor the activities of herdsmen in all parts of the state.” Edo State Government on Thursday after a crucial meeting with representatives of the various Fulani communities in the state and security officials, announced a ban on night grazing and the carrying of guns and other dangerous weapons by herdsmen in the state. He also announced a seven-man committee in each of the 18 Local Government Areas in the state to check clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

TCN Repairs To Put Kaduna Communities In Darkness For Months BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN, KADUNA

Some communities in Kaduna State will be experiencing darkness for months, following planned outage by TCN to enable its crew decommission the existing conductors & insulators on the line and also reconducting with ACC and installation of composite insulators on 132KV, Town 1, line 1 & 2. To this effect, the Management of Kaduna Electric has informed its esteemed customers of the

extension of the planned outage earlier announced on the request of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). According to a statement issued by Abdulazeez Abdullahi, Head, Corporate Communication Kaduna Electric, the outage which was scheduled from February 6th to February 14th is now extended till April 14, 2018. The outage is expected to be from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. “Areas to be affected within Kaduna metropolis, he said will include Kakuri, Barnawa,

Nassarawa, Narayi High Cost, Narayi Village, Chelco feeder, as well as Nortex, Sunglass, Sabon Tasha, Unguwan Pama, Kabala Costain, Kachia Road and all areas across River Kaduna bridge (Kaduna South). “Others are Government House, Kaduna State University, Police Headquarters, Constitution Road and Catholic Social center. “Kaduna Electric deeply regrets the inconvenience this may cause our customers” he stressed.

Four trucks were on Thursday razed by a mob at Agbede along the Benin-AuchiAbuja high way after one of the trucks rammed into some persons. It was gathered that the truck had a brake failure and rammed into several persons standing and selling by the road side. The mob blocked the highway during a protest and caused heavy vehicular traffic. Eye witnesses said four persons died while eight others were seriously injured. The witnesses said the action of the mob prevented officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other security personnel from carrying out rescue operations. But Edo State Sector Commander of the FRSC, Samuel Odukoya, confirmed the incident but said only person died. Odukoy stated that six others suffered severe injuries and attributed the cause of the accident to brake failure and dangerous overtaking. He said officials of FRSC has begun clearing major obstruction from the highway.

PSIN Seeks Partnership With NAIC On Capacity Building BY BIDON MIBZAR, ABUJA

In its bid to ensure an improved productivity of the Public Service, the administrator/chief executive officer, Public Service Institute of Nigeria (PSIN), Dr. Abdul-Ganiyu Obatoyinbo has solicited for strong partnership on staff capacity building with the Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Cooperation (NAIC). A press statement signed by Ekaete Umo, Head, Press and Public Relations, PSIN, reveals that Dr. Obatoyinbo made the request when he led the PSIN management team on a courtesy visit to the Managing Director of the Corporation, Mrs. Folashade Joseph. The PSIN boss who said that its organisation’s capacity building programme is in line with the agenda of the present administration also added; “this will serve as a step towards the realisation of the vision of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, to transform the Service to make every Civil Servant to be Efficient, Productive, Incorruptible and Citizen-Centred (EPIC) through the Federal Civil Service Strategy Implementation Plan (FCSSIP) “. “it was expected for NAIC being a government organisation to partner with PSIN, a government institute with the mandate to provide competencybased and demand driven training to public servants. Adding that being knowledge based Institute, PSIN provides capacity building targeted at meeting the needs of individual organisation thereby ensuring that staff are able to be the best at their respective schedules at the end of the training”, he said. In her welcoming address, the Managing Director, NAIC, said that the need to train and build capacity of staff is key and not negotiable. She also expressed her desire to sustain high standard service delivery in the organisation through building the capacity of staff. While acknowledging the need for partnership between the two organisations, she noted that such partnerships should provide a platform for mutual benefit.


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2019: Group Endorses PMB For Second Term

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, a group under the aegis of Maikkings Associates a non-government organisation (NGO) in Nigeria, has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for second term. The national coordinator of the coalition, Dr Kingsley Ogbonnaya, who made the endorsement during the national seminar, organised by the group yesterday in Abuja, explained that the endorsement has become necessary following the outstanding performance of the President Muhammadu Buhari in the last two year in office. He said “I believe that at the end of President, Buhari second tenure, Nigerians would not need much campaign for any political party in the country.” He added that Mr. President is passionate about the well-being of Nigerians and will surely deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of this nation. “I request you to declare your intention for a second term; this is because of your great achievements in the last two year in office. “I believe after the second tenure, we will not need to campaign for any party and person, because of the legacies you will leave on ground. “God secured for him, his position in the political history of Nigeria, after many attempts, he will continue to devote resources to manage conflicts and remove factors that hinder and undermine peace, security, stability and development. I appeal to Nigerians to be patient with the president; he will certainly move the country forward in the right direction,” he said.

L-R: Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Senate president Bukola Saraki and Clerk of the National Assembly, Mohammed Ataba Sani–Omolori, during the opening ceremony of the 9th meeting of Clerks of the National Assembly and Houses of Assembly in Abuja, yesterday

Nigeria Will Benefit From Pamo University – Abubakar BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, Port Harcourt

Former Nigerian Head of State, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, has declared that the establishment of Pamo University of Medical Sciences will help the country conserve foreign exchange as highly trained medical doctors will be educated locally. Abubakar, who is the Chairman of the Governing Council and Board of Trustees of Pamo University of Medical Sciences said that the new institution will offer more Nigerians the opportunity to study medicine. The former Head of State spoke at the Government House Port Harcourt yesterday during a courtesy visit by the Governing Council and Board of Trustees of Pamo University of Medical Sciences to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

He said, “At present, only five percent of students who seek admission to study medicine gain admission into existing institutions.” Abubakar stated that the Board of Trustees will work with the management of the university to make it the best in the country. He urged the Rivers State Government to support the new University in its quest to develop medical education in the country. The former Head of State praised Wike for his outstanding developmental strides, saying that Rivers State is wearing a new look. Former Rivers State Governor and Founder of Pamo University of Medical Sciences, Dr Peter Odili assured that the university will live up to the expectations of Nigerian students.

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike described the establishment of the university as a commendable effort. Wike said Rivers indigenes who are interested in studying medicine would benefit from Pamo University of Medical Sciences because of admission slots. The governor noted that the Rivers State Government will sponsor eligible Rivers students to be trained as medical doctors in the university . He said, “I am encouraged by the quality of the university. The Rivers State Government will partner with the university to train Rivers children“. Wike commended the founder of Pamo University of Medical Sciences, Dr Peter Odili, for his contributions to the development of Rivers State.

(b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). Shehu said Justice O.O. Tokode is also to refund all salaries and allowances earned illegally from 2nd December, 2015 when he was sworn-in as a Judge of the Federal High Court to date. “The President urges judicial officers to be alive to their responsibilities and eschew corruption in the discharge of their duties., he said. Similarly, President Buhari has commenced the process of ensuring that persons, Judges and Justices recommended by the National Judicial Council

(NJC) for appointment into various Courts of Record in the instant are fit and proper, and are not under any disability to function as Judicial Officers. The President’s position is in furtherance of the executive powers vested in him under Section 5 of the 1999 Constitution, which allows him as the appointing authority to exercise same reasonably, taking all relevant factors into consideration. Nigerians are assured that President Buhari will issue his approval or otherwise as soon as the process of the background verification is completed.

Ogun PDP Crisis: Court Affirms Adebayo Dayoled Exco PMB Approves Retirement, Dismissal Of Justices Ademola, Tokode Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court in Lagos, yesterday affirmed that the Adebayo Dayo-led executive of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State is the authentic leadership of the party in the state. Justice Idris, who stated this while delivering judgment in a case filed by some chieftains of the PDP in Ogun, held that the plaintiff are beneficiaries of the judgment of Justice Ibrahim Buba in the suit no FHC/L/CS/636/2016 which affirmed that the tenure of the Adebayo Dayo led executive of PDP in Ogun State subsist until May 2020. The court, therefore, directed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the PDP who were sued as first and second defendants in the suit to obey the judgement of Justice Ibrahim Buba delivered on the 24th of June, 2016. The court also nullified the Congresses which were held in defiance of Justice Buba’s judgment, which produced the Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele-led Ogun State PDP executive. The judge held, “The decision of a court of competent jurisdiction is binding on on all parties concerned until set aside by either the Court of Appeal or the same court that made the order, if found to be made in error. “I am not in agreement that the decision by my learned brother Justice Buba is in conflict with the decision of the learned law lords of the Supreme Court.” BY OLUGBENGA SOYELE, Lagos

BY JONATHAN NDA- ISAIAH, Abuja

Following recommendations from the National Judicial Council (NJC), President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the compulsory retirement of Honourable Justice A. F. A Ademola of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court and the dismissal from office of Honourable Justice O.O Tokode of the Benin Division of the Federal High Court. According to a statement by his senior special assistant media ,Garba Shehu, the disciplinary actions on the two Justices are in pursuance of section 292 (1)

Monarch Commends Akeredolu Over Completion Of Road Projects BY MARY TITUS,ABUJA

The Olubaka of Oka Kingdom, Oba Yusuf Adebori Adeleye, has commended the Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) for his efforts in providing road infrastructure to Iwaro Oke/ Oka road in the state. The monarch disclosed this while receiving the governor who came to inspect and commission some road projects at Oka Akoko recently. Oba Adeleye said the project was a life-saving one for the

people in the community. He recalled that before the reconstruction of Oke Oka hilly road, a whole family of 18 people had tragically lost their lives while returning from a graduation ceremony of their son at Adekunle Ajasin University. Also speaking, a prominent indigene of the state and the president, Association of Good Governance Development Advocate Lagos, Prince Olusegun Ologbese, commended Governor Akeredolu for

saving the people in the area the agony of losing their lives on the hilly road on daily basis. Ologbese, who is also the patron of Ondo/ Ekiti Council of Nigerian Union Of Journalists (NUJ) urged the governor to extend road construction projects to other parts of the state. Other roads that need urgent attention in the area, according to the indigenes of the state include: Ayegunle/ Iwaro, Ebo, to Ikunnu Road, and Oka to Isale Ugba.

Oduah Launches Foundation In Honour Of Late Son The Senator representing Anambra North, Senator Stella Oduah, has officially launched MAXLIFE Foundation in honour of her late son, Omabuwa Maxwell Oduah. The foundation, which has been operational for over one year, was officially launched in Abuja as part of activities to commemorate the anniversary of the late Buwa, as he was fondly called. Recall that Mr Maxwell Oduah died in Abuja on August 26, 2016 after a brief illness. The launch, which was graced by the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, had many lawmakers, government officials and businessmen in attendance. Also in attendance were Nollywood icons including Segun Arinze and Eucharia Anunobi. While delivering a special remark, Saraki said that he was humbled by the strength of Sen. Oduah who in the face of adversity and personal tragedy, came up with a beautiful legacy. Saraki said: “The loss of a child is something that would have broken many people, this is why, I honoured to be at this charity ball marking the Launching of the MaxLife Foundation, a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to the memory of the late Maxwell Chinedu Omabuwa OduahEtoromi, the late son of my colleague in the 8th Senate, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah. “I am humbled by Senator Oduah’s grace in the face of adversity. Somehow, she has been able to find the strength and giving heart to turn personal tragedy into a beautiful legacy, through the work of the foundation she has founded in Maxwell’s name. “It has been encouraging to know that already, many youngsters are benefitting from the foundation’s targeted sponsorships in formal and informal education. ``For example, where the beneficiary’s aptitude is not in the tertiary educational pathway, they are taught practical skills that will equip them to live ‘MAXimum Lives,” he said. Earlier in her opening remark at the event, Sen. Biodun Olujimi commended Oduah for her courage at a time of grief. She said that it could only take a strong woman to see through such a difficult moment to touch the lives of the less privileged. By Ahuraka Isah, Abuja


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Many Nigerian students and graduates have thereby been offered opportunities to achieve their academic dream, and therefore the Nigerian dream

his week, I was asked in a class by a student of mine how salaries of Nigerian university lecturers are paid, given that students’ “charges” in Nigerian Federal Universities are less than one hundred thousand naira (N 100, 000 or $ 277, or about 46 % of current minimum wage) a year— In fact, some students pay less than fifty thousand naira (N 50, 000) a year. For a better understanding of what this student meant, let me inform that the “charges” or tuition fees, if that expression is acceptable in the context, paid by 100 students studying in a Federal University in Nigeria are not enough to pay the salary of one professor! Who pays the difference? The Nigerian State does, in order that the dream of university education will be within reach of the brilliant and prepared; and every Nigerian who has studied in a Federal University in Nigeria has been a beneficiary of this Nigerian dream. Many accomplished Nigerian technocrats (practicing both in Nigeria and in the Diaspora) have been beneficiaries. This is a Nigerian dream. Accordingly, burdens such as mountains of college loans are off the back of the many Nigerian graduates trained in Nigeria. Although there are more than 200,000 admission spaces available to be taken up in private universities in Nigeria, every year, hundreds of thousands of candidates apply for admission into public universities? Why? It is because of the huge education subsidy in public universities (including State Universities). Based on the 2012 Orosanya committee report, the current cost of education in a federal university in Nigeria per student is estimated at more than one million naira (N 1,000,000). How many Nigerian families could afford this if such tuition fees were charged? If such were charged, even if minimum wage was

fixed at one hundred naira (N 100,000 or $ 277) a month, many Nigerians could not afford university education. It is often claimed that Nigeria does not vote sufficient funds for education. While I concede and have shown in a book that federal government’s allocation to education between 1990 and 2002, as a percentage of yearly budget votes, has been relatively poor, the highest being 14.86 % by Abacha’s government [Source: Federal Ministry of Education (2003) Education Sector Report], the overall combined expenditure on education in Nigeria by local governments, State governments, federal government, and the private sector through statutory contributions to TETFUND (2% of profit after tax, amounting to hundreds of billions of naira annually) is impressive and growing. Besides, we have had interventions by federal agencies such as National Communications Commission (NCC) toward improving information and communications technology education in our learning institutions. Many Nigerian students and graduates have thereby been offered opportunities to achieve their academic dream, and therefore the Nigerian dream. When we examine the taxes paid by Nigerian families from their lawful income, a conclusion could be safely reached that in Nigeria, families are allowed to keep so much of their earnings and spend as they wish while government offers huge education subsidies (For instance, a professor teaching at a federal university pays only about $ 1, 000 a year in taxes on PAYE basis). This explains why parents who spent hundreds of thousands of naira annually on their children’s education at private primary and secondary schools suddenly start having huge savings when those children start studying at a federal

university in Nigeria. I have written and affirmed that of the three major problems with education in Nigeria (management, quality assurance, and funding) the least is funding. When a nation offers its citizens opportunities to acquire quality education, such citizens owe a debt, not only of gratitude, but also of quality service. This week, I posted on my Facebook wall an essay titled, “When I become a Nigerian.” Someone made this beautiful and insightful comment: “I believe looking at several great nations of the world, no nation can become a nation on its own. Every nation is a reflection of its people. This is to say, if we become ‘Nigerians’ we would have ‘Nigeria’, and a better country.” I can’t agree more with this statement. There are Nigerians who were sent abroad to study at government’s expense. After completing their studies, they refused to come back and serve. Such are not truly Nigerian at heart, and have abused the Nigerian dream. The Nigerian movie industry has done a lot of harm to the perception of the Nigerian: In a movie, a Nigerian who is struggling to make ends meet travels overseas—to Europe, USA, or an industrialized Asian country. He returns to Nigeria after just one year, and builds a duplex, buys a jeep, and is expecting a container-load of imported goods worth N 20,000,000. Screen script writers should please make their stories realistic, and not misleading. Here in Nigeria, a family earning less than three hundred thousand naira (N300, 000 or $820) a month [e.g. University Lecturer 2 to Senior Lecturer family combined income] could own a decent house such as a three-bedroom bungalow without having to steal, whereas their American, European, or Japanese colleague could only dream of such privilege in spite of their artificially

superior earnings. This also is a Nigerian dream. If you are a Nigerian with a family in USA, but who now works in Nigeria, you appreciate what I have said here. You probably pay a monthly mortgage of more than $ 1,000 in the States on a house that you don’t truly own (It is like a glorified rent system), which you could lose to foreclosure on consecutive three months’ default. “Standard of education in Nigeria has fallen,” is a refrain parroted by even Nigerian scholars these days. And this has been on since the early 1980s! What is the standard, and by how much measure (assuming an agreed metric has been devised) has Nigeria’s education fallen below this standard? I agree we can do more, but having taught at both private and public universities in Nigeria, and studied and done research at both Nigerian and foreign universities, and interacted academically in teaching and seminars with scholars from both Nigeria and the developed world, I can authoritatively say that we have exaggerated this refrain. Some Nigeria elite, who are also ever so glad to advance the position that “nothing works in Nigeria,” point to “ranking of global universities” to buttress their point. I hope I will one day expose the disadvantage at which Nigerian universities are placed with regard to the ranking yardsticks. For instance, when more than 60 % combined is assigned to non-academic indices such as popularity of university, placement of graduates in fortune 500 companies, ratio of international faculty to locals, and ratio of international students to locals, how do you expect Nigerian universities to compete in the ranking game? But we can do better without putting down our own. I am proudly Nigerian, and this is my only citizenship, I seek none other. As they say, a cow does not know the value of its tail until it is cut off.

Buhari: Obasanjo Follows Good Intentions With Bad Actions BY SKC OGBONNIA Without a doubt, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo is an important witness to the Nigerian history. He is also known to often speak his mind, whether good or bad. But ignoring him is to do so at one’s own peril. That is why the controversy trailing his recent open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari may never subside. To start with, Obasanjo has good intentions to declare that things are not going well in Nigeria, and there is a need for real change. In short, the letter is similar to the one he wrote to the then-sitting president, Goodluck Jonathan, which was then hailed by those of us in the All Progressives Congress (APC). Even Buhari himself commended Obasanjo at the time, saying that, “No right-thinking Nigerian will choose to ignore the appalling descent to anarchy that Nigeria” was experiencing under Jonathan. Hence those now criticizing Obasanjo’s admonition to Buhari need to have a serious rethink. To continue, the Abeokuta born former president was damn forthright to infer that President Buhari might have saved Nigeria by being able to dislodge the corrupt empire under the Peoples Democratic Party

(PDP). Obasanjo was very candid to remark that Buhari has shown a measurable improvement on the war against corruption among other accomplishments. He is also objective to state that President Buhari is performing below expectations overall. Very tellingly, he is patriotic to insist that the President Buhari is neither in good state of health nor has the capacity to pilot the affairs of the nation and thus needs to exhaust his tenure and retire with some sense of dignity in 2019. More relatively, OBJ had good intentions when he mooted the need for a Third Force to rescue Nigeria. To him, the two major political parties, the APC and the PDP, only differ by name. But Obasanjo’s action on the Third Force might have become a poisoned chalice. First of all, though Obasanjo insists that the Third Force will remain as an ordinary movement, its stated objectives clearly mirror that of a political party. Even if Obasanjo decides to walk away in event the movement metamorphoses into a political party, as he alluded, the other political figures in the movement are likely to stay put, thereby occasioning the emergence of another strong party in Nigeria. That will be a big blow to the country. Multiplicity of political parties is not

good for Nigeria’s turbulent democracy. It only goes to weaken opposition activity. That explains why most political insiders (including the two most reliable barometers of military opinion in Obasanjo himself and Ibrahim Babangida) have never failed to quip that Nigeria’s history with weak opposition not only contributed to past leadership crisis but also created the chances of military takeover of government. Accordingly, instead of a new political party, all hands ought to be on deck in strengthening the two major parties, thereby producing strong opposition activity by consequence. The problem with the two major parties has nothing to do with their ideologies or manifestoes. The problem is an ageless minority in position of leadership of the two parties, whose only raison d’être of being in politics is corrupt practices. But guess what, the masses are the majority. The Third Force, therefore, should emerge and operate as change agents within the two major parties. Its goal should be to provoke power shift to the masses, including new breed politicians and the youth, who are not part and parcel of Nigeria’s shameless corrupt oligarchy. Jumping from one party to another does not demonstrate good leadership. True leaders do not run

away in midst of crisis; they stay to make things better. Second, the gallery at Obasanjo’s launch of the Third Force, aka, Coalition for Nigeria Movement, (CNM), might have effortlessly ruptured the balloon of public goodwill that followed OBJ’s salvo to Buhari, which was initially inflated by a cocktail of desire for true change. With a possible exception of very few individuals, the premier of the Third Force was a confluence of the ageless politicians that combined to ruin Nigeria. Unbelievable! Be that as it may, Obasanjo’s letter urging President Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019 is commendable. But the Ota farmer must ensure that the emergent change is positive. The desired change starts with practice of internal party democracy within the two major parties. A true change must embrace a new breed of leaders, particularly the youths, who have the zeal and the competencies to cope with the demands of the 21st century. Such leaders must not be part of the status quo. Nigeria direly needs leaders with the moral audacity to demonstrate consequences for bad behaviour without minding whose ox is gored. – Ogbonnia, an APC presidential aspirant, can be reached via SKCOgbonnia1@aol.com.

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Representative of wife of the President, Pauline Kedem Tellen; Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, wife of Kaduna State governor, Hadija el Rufai, IBB Golf Club captain, Sunday Ameh, and members of IBB Golf Club’s Lady Session during the Tee-off Ceremony of the 2018 IBB Golf Ladies Open in Abuja, on Thursday.

Aisha Buhari Tee-off IBB Golf Ladies Open BY SALIFU USMAN, ABUJA The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has teeoff the 2018 IBB Golf Ladies Open with no fewer than 250 golfers from both Nigeria and ten foreign countries including Swede, battling for various prizes at stake. Mrs Buhari performed the ceremonial tee-off of the three day annual championship on Thursday amid funfair in the presence of Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong; wife of the Kaduna State governor, Hadiza el-Rufai; General IBM Haruna (Rtd); representative of FCT minister, Chief Dilichukwu Onyendima; Captain of the IBB Golf Club, Sunday I. Ameh; Senator Uche Ekwunife; IBB Golf Ladies

captain, Grace Ihonvbere; member of diplomatic corps, Director General of the National Council of Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe; and other notable Nigerians. The president wife, who was represented by the former deputy governor of Plateau United and Minister of State for science and technology, Pauline Kedem Tellen, urged the IBB lady golfers to sustains the championship and take it to higher level in develop young girls. She commended the ladies for their resourcefulness and commitment to the unity and wellbeing of Nigerians. “I am glad to note that this championship has attracted over 250 female participants and

10 foreign participating countries. As we all know, Nigerian women are very resourceful in organising events and activities that are not only serve as source of unity, but will improve the health and well-being of participants. “On this note, I call on the ladies to sustained this Open championship and take it to high level. I urge you to replicate this very important of social recreation at all level especially in develop young girls in schools by catch them young. “I believe by so doing Nigeria will be sufficiency in the pride of peace not just in African continent, but globally. “As women, there is need to work in harmony in promoting

each other for our collective progress. I wish to thank the ladies captain, organising committee and entire IBB Golf club’s ladies golfers who are working tirelessly for the success of the club.” The highlights of the opening ceremony was hoisting of the participating countries’ flags and unveiling of a friendship arena been package by the National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC) to showcase Nigerian rich culture and attires. According to Director General (NCAC), the arena will be dedicated to culture during the event where Nigerian arts, cuisines, music and dance will be on show.

Winter Olympics: PMB Sends Goodwill Message To Team Nigeria BY JONATHAN NDA ISAIAH, ABUJA

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended his best wishes to Team Nigeria

as they begin their epoch-making representation of the country in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Nigerian flag flies high as Winter Olympics commenced in PeongChang, yesterday

President Buhari in a statement by his senior special assistant media Garba Shehu, commended the women’s bobsleigh team made up of Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga for making history by being the first African bobsleigh team to participate in the Winter Olympics in that category. The President also saluted Nigerian Olympian, Simidele Adeagbo who has raised the bar as the first African female to compete in Skeleton at the Games, assuring the athletes that Nigeria stands with them throughout the competition. Shehu said “President Buhari believes that the patriotism, sacrifice, hard work and personal dedication

of these Nigerian athletes, who chose to stand with our homeland and lift our flag high at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea, will continue to inspire Nigerians, especially our young people. “The President, who had earlier approved the appointment of Chef de Mission to take care of the team, assures the Olympians of the unflinching support of the Federal Government and thanks all who made their participation in the games possible, particularly Corporate Nigeria. “The President wishes Team Nigeria, who clearly represents the resilient spirit of the Nigerian -ever ready to endure and prevail- a resounding success at the Winter Olympics.”

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Musa’s CSKA Moscow Revival Excites Adepoju

Three goals since his January move back to Russia and Ahmed Musa may just have found his magic back according to Ex Super Eagles and Real Sociedad Midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju. The Nigeria international struggled for form at Leicester City after his big money move – that lasted a year and half – but opted for a loan return to CSKA Moscow to revive his World Cup chances, and made a goalscoring return against Nordsjælland. The forward continued against the Spanish outfit as he got Viktor Goncharenko’s men ahead in the 22nd minute and Vitinho doubled the lead before the break The forward has now scored three goals in two games and will be looking to replicate the form when CSKA Moscow travel to Stadion Rajko Mitić for their Europa League encounter on February 13.

Serena Sets For Comeback At Fed Cup Serena Williams returns to tennis after a year-long absence on Saturday, with all eyes on the former world No 1 as she sets out on her quest to reclaim her position at the pinnacle of her sport. The 36-year-old superstar has not played a competitive match since winning the last of her 23 Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open last year, where she was in the early stages of pregnancy. Since giving birth to her daughter Alexis Olympia in September, Williams has played only once, in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi in December, where she lost to French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko. Williams had initially targeted last month’s Australian Open for a comeback, but abandoned that ambitious goal after declaring she was not “where I personally want to be”. Instead, she will get her first taste of competitive tennis when the United States kick off the defence of their Fed Cup crown against the Netherlands at Asheville, North Carolina.


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Win CAF Champions League For Nigeria, Lalong Tasks Plateau United BY SALIFU USMAN, ABUJA Ahead of this weekend kick-off of the CAF Champions League, Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Plateau United has been given a target to win the continental championship for Nigeria for third time after Enyimba FC of Aba back-to-back triumph in 2003 and 2004. The soccer-loving governor, who set the target while speaking to newsmen during the teeoff ceremony of the 2018 IBB

Golf Ladies Open, on Thursday, in Abuja, also want the club to retain their title of NPFL champions in the ongoing new season and assured them of his government support. “I was them at the Stadium last Sunday and won 5-1 against Sunshine of Akure. The CAF Champions League will begin on Sunday in Jos and I will be in the Stadium personally to cheer the team. We’ll not relent in our support for the team and we are backing them to CAF Champions League title for Nigeria.

Enyimba has won it twice for Nigeria and I want Plateau United in it for Nigeria for third time. I also want them to win the league again, even though my focus this time is on continental glory. “We want the trophy to remain in Jos at the end of the season and they have started on a good note,” Lalong said, We would give the team all the support needed to succeed and want the management and players to remain committed. “Plateau United’s victory brought a lot of people to Jos

and portrayed the state as the home of peace and tourism, in line with this administration’s vision,’’ the governor added. He said the people of the state savoured the 2016/2017 league title success and wanted it repeated in the 2017/2018 season. Plateau United, are hopeful of a good outing as they kickstart their continental cup campaign against Eding Sport of Cameroon in one of this weekend’s Total CAF Champions League preliminary round-first leg fixtures

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Super Eagles To Train At Essentuki Arena

Football governing body, Fifa, confirmed on Friday that the Nigerian national team will be based in Essentuki at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Sanatorium Istochnik Hotel in the Stavropol region, Essentuki will act as the Super Eagles headquarters during the tournament, while they will train at Essentuki Arena. A double room at the Sanatorium Istochnik Hotel will cost guests a minimum of N31,900.00, inclusive of meals. The facilities at the hotel include: swimming pool, indoor pool, fitness center, personal trainer, ATM On Site, daily housekeeping and a business center. Children cannot be accommodated at the hotel and pets are not allowed. If the Super Eagles qualify for the knockout rounds, they have to choose whether to retain the Sanatorium Istochnik Hotel as their base or move to another location/ city.

Eze, Ojo Make CHAN Team Of The Tournament

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Plateau United squad before a match

Invest In Sports Development, NVBF Scribe Urges Nigerians BY WALE AYENI The secretary of Nigeria Volleyball Federation (NVBF), Maikano Adamu has advised corporate organisations and well to do individuals to invest in sports and set up structures that would aid the development of sports and the athletes involved. In an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP Sports, said government alone cannot develop sports in the country except the private individuals collaborate with government to develop sports. He said Nigerians should not

only talk big without any follow-up and takes action when it comes sports development. ‘’We need funding if Nigerians really want the Volleyball Federation to do well. “We are calling on the government, corporate bodies, and well to do Nigerians to come and partner with the Volleyball Federation. We have talent that can make Nigeria proud most specially in Volleyball. He further explain the benefits that Nigeria and private individuals would gain by going into partnership with the NVBF ‘’Corporate bodies and in-

dividuals can showcase their product to people during tournaments. The benefits are enormous including the publicity mileage for their organisations. we will appreciate if they can come to the aid of the Federation’’ “If Nigeria host any international tournament people from all over the world will come to Nigeria, this will even improve the nation’s economy in terms the flight tickets, accommodations, local transports and food vendors. He however revealed that Nigeria beach volleyball team

would not make it to the forthcoming Commonwealth games in Gold Coast, Australia because the team did not qualified due to unnoticed staff verification carry out by affected players various offices. ‘’Nigeria Beach Volleyball team fail to qualify for the Commonwealth Games due to the fact that the players to represent the country had unnoticed Staffs verification to carry out in their various offices. The second team by the federation could not qualify the country for the championship despite came second at the end of the qualifying games’’

NPFL Coaching Clinic: LaLiga Instructor Counts Gains Luciano Santana Marcel, one of the three LaLiga instructors in Nigeria for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Youth Clubs’ coaching clinic has projected that benefits of the partnership between the two leagues would soon manifest. Santana said one of such benefits would be the integration of Spanish football fea-

tures in Nigeria’s style of play in the future. “Of course, I won’t be surprised if in the future, Nigeria, already with its unique football style, will be very successful in world football because of the knowledge we are sharing with these young coaches who in turn would impart such to young Nigerian

footballers who will form the future of the national teams and club sides,”Santana told npfl.ng. The NPFL -Laliga Coaching Clinic for Youth Coaches kicked off in Abuja on Wednesday and will run through Sunday. The coaches have been undergoing practi-

cal field sessions since Day 2 of the clinic. The NPFL-LaLiga partnership was signed in 2016 and has since recorded a number of exchange projects between the two leagues, including a tour of Spain by an NPFL AllStar team, the opening of the LaLiga Nigeria office in Abuja, and the U-15 tournament.

Super Eagles team B defender Stephen Eze and midfielder Dayo Ojo have been named in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) Team of the Tournament, Eze, who played for Nigeria in all the entire games of the championship, his impressive performance saw him awarded TOTAL man of the match award during the CHAN Group C match between Libya and Nigeria his one of three central defenders in a 3-5-2 formation CAF XI for the tournament, while Ojo, who scored a rocket goal and was awarded Man of the Match award in the Eagles game against Equatorial Guinea in Agadir is one of the central midfielders in the XI. According to cafonline.com, the hosts Morocco dominated the tournament best 11 with five players including the Most Valuable Player and tournament highest goal scorer Ayoub El Kaabi who scored nine goals. El Kaabi was presented the award after Morocco defeated Nigeria 4-0 in the final on Sunday.

Puel: Mahrez Will Not Face Man City Riyad Mahrez will not be selected to face Manchester City following his continued absence from training, says Leicester boss Claude Puel. Mahrez has refused to return to training with Leicester since the end of the January transfer window after failing to push through a move to City, who offered a £60m cashplus-player deal for the Algerian winger.


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Director of the KCCN, Abuja, Han Sungrae and Nigerian Fans, cheer Team Nigeria at the livestreaming of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Fans Cheer Team Nigeria As Winter Games Gets Underway BY CHINELO CHIKELU, ABUJA Fans of the Nigerian Winter Olympic team convened at the Korea Culture Center, Abuja to cheer on the women representing Nigeria at Pyeongchang 2018 Games. Watching the games at the center’s wall sized HD screen, the fans largely made up of youngsters cheered loudly as the Nigerian bobsleigh and skeleton team made their way amidst the parade of competing athletes at the opening ceremony decked in green-andwhite parkas with head scarfs, hoisting the Nigeria flag. This is Nigeria’s first participation

at the Winter Olympic Games, led by an all-female team which include athletes Seun Adigun, Akuoma Omeogo and Ngozi Onwumere representing Nigeria in the bobsleigh team, and Simidele Adeagbo competing for the country in the Skeleton Games. KCCN Director Han Sungrae noted the gathering of Nigerian fans to cheer on the athletes was important so that both countries can together wish team Nigeria good luck at the games. He further hopes Nigeria’s participation would strengthen sports and cultural relations between Korea and Nigeria. Expressing his joy at North

and South Korea appearance at the Olympic Games as one Korea hoisting the Unification Flag, a blue map of the Korean Peninsula at the center of white background, Sungrae said, “In spite of the recent tensions between South Korea, North Korea and the United States, we had a successful and peaceful opening ceremony. This is meaningful for the world. I want the Games to help keep peace in the world.” Speaking at the ceremony the President of the International Olympics Committee and former Fencing Olympic Champion, Thomas Bach applauded the unification of both Korea at the

Games saying that the gesture indicates the ability of sports to promote peace and unity. “We are all touched by this experience. We join you (South and the North Korea) to share this message of peace. In Pyeongchang, the athletes of South Korea and North Korea by marching together sent a message of peace to the world. Let’s share this message of peace to the world,” Bach urged all. He also urged the 2,900 athletes participating in the games to compose themselves in a manner deserving of inspirators to the world, and compete with an Olympic spirit. He cautioned athletes that they can only enjoy

their Olympic performance and career “if you stay clean”. Nigeria joins other African countries like Eritrea, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Togo, and Morocco to compete at the 23rd Winter Olympics. Other countries competing for the first time at the Winter Olympics include Kosovo, Ecuador, Malaysia, Singapore. The United States and Canada hold the highest number of athletes competing at the Winters with 241 and 226 athletes respectively. This is the first time Korea is hosting the Winter Games after the Summer Olympics Games held in Seoul in 1988. Russia will host the next Olympics Games in 2022.

2010 census), is considered the cultural capital of Russia’s Greek population. It is located at the base of the Caucasus Mountains. Reports gathered from FIFA confirmed the announcement. According to the report, the authorities of the region will treat with double attention each team

that has chosen the bases for accommodation in the Caucasian Mineral Waters. As previously reported by TASS, training camps in Zheleznovodsk were also interested in national teams from Africa and Central America. In total, five training bases

were built in the Caucasian Mineral Waters: in Kislovodsk, Yessentuki, Lermontov and two bases in Zheleznovodsk. The bases are stadiums with a football field measuring 110 m by 70 m, there are administrative and utility rooms with changing rooms and a conference hall

stands for 500 seats and more, as well as parking spaces. Each playground is paired with a hotel where athletes will live, train, and will leave for Mineralnye Vody airport. The total cost of construction works is 790 million rubles, of which 635 million are federal budget funds.

The local athletes participating in the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon can now look forward to beyond the medals and the monetary gifts already being offered those who will emerge winners in the pulsating 42km race. Lumos Nigeria, a leading solar-powered Mobile Electricity Service provider announced its donation of 20 units of Lumos Solar Power systems, comprising of an indoor unit, a solar panel and 2 DC bulbs, valued close to N300,000 to the first 10 Nigerian men and women winners each, of the marathon. The Solar Power System can power the basic items such three electric bulbs, rechargeable

fans, 21 inch to 32 inch LED television sets, laptop computers, phone chargers and other small home appliances. It can also be used to power the needs of small businesses such as neighbourhood stores, poultry farms, pharmacies, barbers shops and nail studios just to mention but a few. According the Vice President Marketing Lumos Nigeria, Olufemi Ashipa, the organisation, a Community Partner to the Marathon, will also provide free WI-FI internet for the participants and guests at the starting point and finish line, as well as free mobile phone charging services at the marathon. “We are very pleased to be

associated with the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, undoubtedly one of the leading Marathon events in Africa,” Ashipa said. “For us at Lumos Nigeria, our involvement aims to inspire and support the runners while empowering people through mobile electricity at work and at play; we are passionate about lighting up Nigeria one family, one small business and one community at a time, as such, the marathon connects with one of our core values, passion for excellence, hence we have decided to reward the top 10 indigenous male and female winners at the event.”

World Cup: FIFA Confirms Essentuki As Eagles’ Camp Base

FIFA has confirmed the base camp of the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the summer’s World Cup holding in Russia. The team will be based at Essentuki in Stavropol Territory of Russia. Essentuki, with a population of 100,996 inhabitants (based on

Vice president, Marketing, Lumos Nigeria, (Community Partner to the Marathon), Mr. Olufemi Ashipa; president, Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Engr Ibrahim Shehu Gusaul; chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, and 2018 Lagos City Marathon Project Consultant, Hon. Bukola Olapade, at the Media Press Conference for Lagos City Marathon 2018, at Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO BY KOLAWOLE ALIU.

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EPL: Arsenal, Tottenham Up For North London Derby

Premier League Sunday

Arsenal head to Wembley to face Spurs having not beaten their rivals in the Premier League at White Hart Lane since 2014. The Gunners are four points and one place adrift of their neighbours as they sit sixth heading into the north London derby. But Wenger’s men have won their last nine games at the national stadium, including a penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea in this season’s Community Shield and the Frenchman is pleased to be back at Wembley. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has no injuries to contend with for the match. January signing Lucas Moura could make the squad after working on his fitness this week while Toby Alderweireld is in line to start after playing 90 minutes against Newport on Wednesday. Harry Winks, Serge Aurier and Danny Rose all returned in the FA Cup fourth-round win in midweek and are also in contention. Arsenal could be without Petr Cech for the match. The experienced goalkeeper was forced off in the win over Everton with a calf problem and has not trained since as David Ospina prepares to deputise. Nacho Monreal also came off in that 5-1 victory due to illness but should be available to retain his place while Danny Welbeck (hip) is back in contention. Santi Cazorla (Achilles) remains a long-term absentee. Spurs have lost just one of their last seven Premier League games against Arsenal (W2 D4), although that defeat came earlier this season, losing 2-0 at the Emirates. Arsenal are aiming to win both home and away against their

16:15 Newcastle vs Man Utd 18:30 Southampton vs Liverpool

Madrid Face Final Rehearsal Ahead Of PSG Showdown

Italy - Serie A 13:30 Sassuolo vs Cagliari 16:00 ChievoVerona vs Genoa 16:00 Inter vs Bologna 16:00 Sampdoria vs Verona 16:00 Torino vs Udinese 21:45 Roma vs Benevento

Just days before Paris Saint-Germain touch down in the Spanish capital, Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid have the chance to boost their fragile confidence when they face Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday. The reigning European champions have been shipping a worrying number of goals in the build-up to their Champions League last-16 showdown with the likes of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe.

Fixtures Today’s Matches

Premier League 2:30 Tottenham vs Arsenal 17:00 Everton vs Crystal Palace 17:00 Stoke City vs Brighton 17:00 Swansea City vs Burnley 17:00 West Ham vs Watford 19:30 Man City vs Leicester Italy - Serie A 16:00 SPAL 2013 vs AC Milan 19:00 Crotone vs Atalanta 21:45 SSC Napoli vs Lazio Spain - LaLiga 14:00 Villarreal vs Alaves 17:15 Malaga vs Atletico Madrid 19:30 Leganes vs Eibar 21:45 R. Madrid vs R. Sociedad Germany - Bundesliga 16:30 Leverkusen vs Hertha 16:30 Dortmund vs Hamburger 16:30 Eintracht vs FC Cologne 16:30 Hannover 96 vs Freiburg 16:30 Hoffenheim vs Mainz 05 19:30 Bayern vs Schalke 04 France - Ligue 1 18:00 Toulouse vs PSG 21:00 Angers vs Monaco 21:00 Bordeaux vs Amiens 21:00 Dijon vs Nice 21:00 Guingamp vs Caen 21:00 Metz vs Montpellier

Sunday's Matches 14:00 Huddersfield vs Bournemouth

Spain - LaLiga 13:00 Sevilla vs Girona 17:15 Barcelona vs Getafe 19:30 Celta Vigo vs Espanyol 21:45 Valencia vs Levante Germany - Bundesliga 16:30 VfB Stuttgart vs Borussia Moenchengladbach 19:00 Werder Bremen vs Wolfsburg France - Ligue 1 February 11 16:00 Strasbourg vs Troyes 18:00 Nantes vs Lille 22:00 Lyon vs Rennes NPFL 17:00 Rangers vs El Kanemi

17:00 Go Round vs Abia Warriors

17:00 Ifeanyi Ubah vs Heartland 17:00 Kwara Utd vs Katsina Utd 17:00 Tornadoes vs Nas. Utd 17:00 Sunshine vs Kano Pillars 17:00 Yobe Stars vs Rivers Utd

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north London rivals in the Premier League for just the fourth time in the same season, doing so previously in 2004-05, 2007-08 and 201314. Harry Kane has scored six goals in six Premier League games against Arsenal, only failing to score in one those games - the reverse fixture this season. The England striker has scored four times in three home Premier League games against Arsenal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored four goals in four previous appearances against Tottenham Hotspur in all competitions;

Zidane’s side have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight outings, and they could pay a heavy price for any goals conceded against the French giants in next Wednesday’s match at the Santiago Bernabeu. “It shows that we need to work even harder. That’s football — whoever your opponents they are there to make things difficult for you,” said Zidane after last week’s disappointing 2-2 draw at Levante. That result left Madrid fourth in

once in the Champions League (2 games) and three goals in the Europa League (2 games).

Wenger Calls For Cool Heads Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal stars to keep their cool when they face bitter rivals Tottenham as the heated north London derby returns to Wembley for the first time in 25 years. Languishing in sixth place in the Premier League, Wenger’s side are however just four points behind fifth placed Tottenham. With their hopes of a top four

the table, a point behind Valencia in third but with a game in hand. Real Sociedad lie in the lower half of the table but they score goals for fun — witness a 5-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna last weekend. They also have one of the worst defensive records in Spain, so Cristiano Ronaldo — who turned 33 this week — will hope to fill his boots along with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. Zidane’s side are still 19 points behind leaders Barcelona, who remain unbeaten, but the Frenchman refuses to completely give up on a successful La Liga title defence, publicly at least. “I am always going to say that the league is not over. There are a lot of points to play for, but we dropped two in a game we were controlling,” he said of last week’s game, when Levante twice came from behind to draw. “We needed to make it three straight wins and we couldn’t do it.” Barcelona have what looks like a straightforward home meeting with mid-table Getafe on Sunday, fresh from securing their place in the Copa del Rey final by beating Valencia on Thursday. The Catalans do not face Chelsea in their Champions League last-16 tie until February 20 so can focus on further consolidating their nine-point

place and qualification for the Champions League hanging in the balance, the Gunners can ill-afford a damaging defeat at the hands of their hated neighbours this afternoon, while Tottenham are also a point adrift of the top four and desperate to avoid defeat. “There is always huge passion before the game and the emotion at stake that becomes a bit more agitated,” he said. “It is always a game that is charged emotionally. For us, it is an opportunity to come back closer to the Champions League places, which is a priority.”

lead over Atletico Madrid at the summit of La Liga. Atletico visit bottom club Malaga on Saturday, while third-placed Valencia host local rivals Levante on Sunday having suffered six consecutive losses in all competitions. Man to watch: Clarence Seedorf The former Dutch international, and ex-Real Madrid midfielder, Clarence Seedorf, will take charge of Deportivo for the first time when they take on Real Betis at Riazor on Monday. Seedorf was appointed by the Galician side at the beginning of this week after Cristobal Parralo was sacked in the wake of the 5-0 defeat at Anoeta that left the club in the relegation zone. Seedorf, 41, is Depor’s third coach of the season — he has only had two previous short and unsuccessful spells as a coach, at AC Milan in 2014 and then at Shenzhen in the Chinese second division from July to December 2016. There has been scepticism about his appointment, but Seedorf believes a certain rookie coach in La Liga has shown the way to go. “You need to believe in young people, in the new generation. Zidane is an example. He might have had less experience than me when he started at Madrid and look what he has done,” he said at his unveiling.


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I Dread Failure – Zibiah BACKGROUND My name is Zibiah D.B Solomon. I am from Dogon Kurmi in the Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State. I was born into the family of Mr Bulus Garba and Mrs Sarah Bulus in Dogon Kurmi. I am the first child of the family. I started my educational career at Joy Nursery and Primary School, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna. I also attended Our Lady of Fatima Secondary School, SabonTasha, Kaduna. After my secondary school education, I proceeded to a catering school in Kaduna and after that before I attended Kaduna Polytechnic; where I studied Office Technology and Management, for Ordinary National Diploma and Higher National Diploma. I was posted to Bayelsa State for my National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. Now, I am a caterer.

HOW IT ALL STARTED It started after my secondary school education when I proceeded to a catering and event decorations school in Kaduna. Since then I have been making cake and snacks for people. Although I didn’t grow with it right from childhood, I have always thought of doing something for myself. In short, I had always wanted to be an entrepreneur. While in the higher institution, I was doing it but I got into it fully after my NYSC. It was then I opened a catering and rentals shop in 2014. I also do event decoration. WHAT IS YOUR DRIVING FORCE? My driving force is God the almighty my father, my mother, my clients and hard work.

The secret of my success is God in whom I put all my trust. I believe in myself, my clients believe me and trust my hand work

WHAT STANDS YOU OUT FROM COMPETITORS? What stands me out from competitors is honesty and dedication to my business. I always deliver at the right time and I also empower other people. I always think of being creative, doing new things for my customers and making them happy. With these, they keep coming to me just as I

others and I am still doing training. Glory be to God; those who have graduated are confidently running their businesses now. Apart from training, I secure contracts of making cake, snacks and others. YOUR MENTORS My father is my mentor. CHALLENGES I have financial challenges and the difficulty or challenges to register my business fully. REGRETS I have no regrets in this business; I thank God for everything. YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT My most memorable moment is the day my first set of students graduated. There was excitement with the students, their relatives and well-wishers. I was happy too.

Zibiah

always try my best to keep to time no matter the difficulty I encounter.

My hobbies are reading, cooking, tourism and making new customers.

SECRET OF YOUR SUCCESS The secret of my success is God in whom I put all my trust. I believe in myself, my clients believe me and trust my hand work. I don’t discriminate. I welcome everybody no matter their stature, colour or religion. These keep the business growing.

DREADS What I dread mostly are insincerity, laziness and failure. when you fail to deliver at the right time your client may get upset and will come back again.

HOBBIES

YOUR ACHIEVEMENT I have achieved a lot in this business. Since I set up my catering school I have trained

A LIFE IN BRIEF ZIBIAH D.B SOLOMON is the first child of her family. She hails from Dogon Kurmi in the Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State. She had all her schoolings in Kaduna. She holds a Higher National Diploma in Office Technology and Management. Currently, she runs a catering and events decoration outfit. INTERVIEW BY

DANIEL GARBA ENAMS, Abuja

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ZIBIAH

YOUR FUTURE PROJECTION My future projection is to partner with international bodies through training of women and youth who will become independent. ADVICE My advice to the youth is that they should hold on to what they want and put their trust in God because nothing is impossible. All they need to do is take a bold step, pray and be dedicated to what they are doing. They should stop looking for white collar jobs carrying CV from one office to another, because everybody has what it takes to make life better especially those who are thinking of leaving Nigeria to other countries. Nigeria is better than those countries. The money you waste on the road, use it here to invest. HOW DO YOU BALLANCE YOUR BUSINESS AND THE FAMILY? Time is so precious to me and I manage it effectively. l try my best to give attention to domestic chores when I am at home and if am at the shop I face my business seriously without jokes. I thank God for helping me to strike the balance.

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Saturday Column Daniel Omale

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irservices Australia has been a global pioneer in the use of automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) for more than a decade. But while few other countries have kept pace in terms of deployment or application, the rapid rate of technological advance means Airservices is already looking to the next evolution in air traffic control surveillance. The air navigation service provider (ANSP) operates a network of ground-based ADS-B stations that has given it continent-wide coverage at higher altitudes since 2012. However, a new system under development in the U.S. promises to eliminate the need for a ground network by relying on satellites instead, which would extend coverage to oceanic airspace and allow greater coverage at lower altitudes. Airservices wants to be one of the users of the system after developer Aireon brings it fully online around 2019. This aim is influencing decisions on whether to upgrade the current terrestrial-based ADS-B equipment and also

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highlights the need to replace a backbone air traffic management (ATM) operating system with one better able to handle the increased surveillance data. For many years, Australia could lay claim to having the most extensive ADS-B surveillance network. Now some others-including the U.S. – have also deployed ADS-B networks covering vast areas. Australia still has the largest network where ADS-B is the sole surveillance source, since unlike many countries, it has very little radar coverage of its interior. Australia has also taken the most strides in requiring aircraft to be equipped with ADS-B compatible avionics. Key mandates include one in 2013 requiring aircraft above 29,000 ft. (Flight Level 290, or FL 290) to be equipped and another, last February, applying to almost all aircraft operating under instrument flight rules in controlled airspace. Airservices has gradually built up its ADS-B network to 72 ground stations, which receive signals from aircraft based on GPS location. Coverage is virtually complete at FL 290, but diminishes progres-

sively down to ground level. Radar only covers a “J” shaped area on Australia’s heavily populated eastern and southeastern coasts, as well as smaller areas on the west and north coasts. This means ADS-B has allowed the advantages of air traffic control surveillance to be extended much further, as it is far cheaper and easier to install. Along with safety benefits, the broader coverage means separation can be reduced and aircraft can have greater routing flexibility. The advantages have increased as aircraft equipage rates have risen.For example, reduced separation can be applied when both aircraft involved are equipped. Now virtually all aircraft operating in controlled airspace are ADS-B compliant. There are some exemptions through 2020, for private operators and foreign airlines in certain airspace, but these are applied to very few aircraft. ADS-B has also allowed greater use of flight-planning options such as user-preferred routing and flex tracks for domestic and long-haul flights. This is because controllers have a more accurate picture of an aircraft’s position, altitude and heading. Airservices is still expanding the ground-based ADS-B network and plans to deploy up to 15 more stations. These additional sites are intended to increase low altitude coverage in some cases, and in other places they will replace radars reaching the ends of their lives. In a space-based ADS-B system, the satellites fulfill the role of the ground stations. Aircraft equipage would be the same as for the current ground-based ADS-B network. If the new system eventually proves itself, Airservices would probably look to retire some of its ground-based ADSB stations. Space-based ADS-B will probably be cheaper, and

many of the original terrestrial stations will otherwise soon need upgrading with second generation equipment. Airservices will still maintain at least a skeleton network of ground-based ADS-B as a backup, in much the same way it still retains groundbased navigation aids as a backup to GPS navigation. However, many steps remain before Airservices can contemplate using spacebased ADS-B. The company would essentially need to subscribe to surveillance data from Aireon, the U.S. based joint venture that is deploying the system. Iridium Communications and Nav Canada are the major stakeholders, along with a handful of European ANSPs. Aireon will rely on a constellation of 66 satellites being progressively launched by Iridium. The first 30 have been sent into orbit in three launches, with the most recent on Oct. 9. The remainders are due to be launched by mid-2018. Aireon is already receiving aircraft positional data, which is being used for testing. Nav Canada is expected to be the first to use the service operationally by late 2018 or early 2019. The Aireon system will be able to provide surveillance anywhere on the globe, and about 10 ANSPs have entered into surveillance data contracts. More than 20 others, including Airservices, have signed agreements to evaluate the service in their regions. Airservices hopes to have an initial contract in place by early next year to at least begin receiving some data, which will allow it to start building a safety case for Australian regulators. Operational use by Airservices is unlikely to occur before 2020, however, as the safety and cost-benefit assessments will require a lot of work. No cost estimate is available yet. The fact that Australia al-

ready have a mature ADS-B network will make it easier to validate the Aireon service. When it has been proven to be as accurate as the existing system, it will be a matter of providing the right interface to feed the new data into Airservices control rooms. While many others are interested in Aireon’s system, it will be particularly well-suited to Australian requirements. Airservices control 11% of the world’s airspace, most of which is oceanic and out of range of current surveillance technology. “This would be a fantastic enhancement for us” he says. Aireon views Australia as an important potential addition to its network, says Cyriel Kronenburg, the company’s vice president for aviation services. Airservices is “a true pioneer of ADS-B and is already reaping the benefits of a terrestrial-based system. “We see our technology as the next logical step” for surveillance over the enormous area Airservices covers,” he notes. “To be able to collaborate on the deployment of space-based ADS-B in Australian airspace would be in an incredible opportunity for Aireon to really hone in on separation capabilities and efficiency-enhancing services and processes.” While some countries regard space-based ADS-B as primarily a solution for oceanic surveillance, Airservices is looking at it for domestic coverage, too, Angus says. Aircraft coming in on international routes can sometimes be over Australia for 3-4 hr. before reaching the east coast cities. Airservices uses the same platform to monitor flights, whether they are over land or sea. The current ADS-B system relies on line of sight between ground stations and aircraft, so the coverage area from each land-based site is an inverted cone that shrinks closer to the

08054102747 surface. Space-based ADS-B, however, offers full coverage down to ground level. This means it will provide far more complete low-level surveillance than the terrestrial system. In the oceanic environment, the Aireon surveillance will allow the same hands-on air traffic control and separation standards as over land. Airservices’ terrestrial network only extends a limited distance offshore, although it has extended coverage into the Tasman Sea with an ADS-B site on Lord Howe Island. There is currently a coverage gap on the busy air routes between Australia and New Zealand. However, ANSP Airways New Zealand is also evaluating Aireon’s system, so there could eventually be full coverage between the two countries, Harfield notes. While these are relatively short flights, the sheer volume of traffic means any greater efficiency could result in significant savings for airlines. There would even be the potential for controlling traffic all the way across the Tasman from either side. – Source: AW&ST October 1629, 2017

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