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N30bn Missing From NSITF, FG Alleges

BY MICHAEL OCHE, Abuja

The minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, in line with a presidential directive,

yesterday inaugurated all the boards of parastatals under the Ministry of Labour except the board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF)

due to the huge fraud discoverd in the agency. The boards inaugurated by the minister include those of the National Productivity Centre

(NPC), National Directorate of Employment (NDE), and Michael Imoudu National institute for Labour Studies (MINILS). LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls

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President Muhammadu Buhari launching Plateau State Tractor Ownership Scheme in Jos, yesterday.

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NFIU Bill: Victim Of Legislative Lethargy

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he National Assembly on Tuesday, March 6, granted the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU, autonomy from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. The development followed the adoption of the NFIU Bill by the Conference Committee of both chambers of the Assembly. In so doing, the lawmakers removed Section 2(c) of the EFCC Act which provides that the EFCC “is the designated Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) in Nigeria, which is charged with the responsibility of coordinating the various institutions involved in the fight against any money laundering and enforcement of all laws dealing with economic and financial crimes in Nigeria.” The domiciliation of the NFIU in the EFCC was at the core of the suspension of the unit, last July by the Egmont Group, same with the tiff between the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice and the EFCC leadership. The executive, legislature as well as watchers and players in the global anti-corruption circuit are well aware that Nigeria needed to separate NFIU from the EFCC on or before the March 11 meeting of the Egmont Group in Argentina or be handed a permanent expulsion by the group. Though it has passed the NFIU Bill, through a process that crawled from July last year upon NFIU’s suspension, the Senate understands that only half a chance has been ensured in the attempt to stave off Egmont Group’s wrath. Nigeria’s sure-footedness in the Egmont Group would only come when the process runs full circle with the bill becoming law. With the bill only passed, NFIU’s readmission remains squarely a matter for Egmont Group’s discretion. It would amount to self-delusion on the part of the National Assembly to assume that as the Group sits in judgement over Nigeria’s membership in a matter of hours, it would have illusions that the legislation on NFIU are worth more than the paper on which it was written unless it is transmitted to the executive for assent. Given the emergency, one would expect the legislators to avoid

the lazy path they treaded in the passing of the bill in transmitting it as well. We recall that the Senate, last July, hurriedly passed the NFIU Bill without even conducting a public hearing. This it did in a knee-jerk reaction to the Egmont Group’s suspension of the NFIU. However, a spat with the House of Representatives over procedures ensured that the Conference Committee of both chambers

would not sit and harmonise the bill for adoption until it dawned on them that the country was just five days adrift of Egmont’s deadline to permanently expel NFIU and by extension, Nigeria. The Egmont Group provides and shares intelligence to financial intelligence units, FIUs, of member countries as part of effort to combat money-laundering and terrorism financing “and other

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predicate offences.” With about 153 countries as members, the group is the supreme inter-governmental association of intelligence agencies in the world of which the suspended NFIU is Nigeria’s representative. The consequences of NFIU’s expulsion from the Egmont Group are both dire and severe on any economy and may be aggravated on that of Nigeria that is still gasping in recession aftershock. Expulsion from the Egmont Group means a straightaway withdrawal of seals of integrity and credibility from the country in global financial transactions and replacing it with those of suspicion and doubt. In an instant, it would erode the confidence of the international community in doing business in or with Nigeria and Nigerians. Barring those who bear diplomatic passports, every Nigerian who ventures outside the country would be flagged on the suspicion of being a possible money launderer or conduit for funds to terrorist cells. This would imperil the use of Nigeria-issued credit and debit cards by Nigerians abroad. The expulsion will also hobble the country’s ability to recover stolen funds hence the nation will be interdicted from carrying out international monetary transactions and specifically orphan the NFIU within the global financial crime intelligence sharing community. Aside making NFIU an independent entity as prescribed by Egmont Group, the bill establishes a new entity called Nigerian Financial Intelligence Agency, NFIA and situates the NFIU in the Central Bank, without making it answerable to the apex bank. The NFIU would also now derive its funding sources from international grants and federal government’s budgetary allocations, while its director will be appointed by the president on the recommendation of the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and subject to confirmation by the Senate. Avoiding Egmont Group’s axe, in our opinion, is not an option for the country – it is a disaster it must head off, especially having had nine long months to get things done and dusted.


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Loko-Oweto Bridge To Be completed By November – Official The Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing has said that the 2.2 kilometre Oweto Bridge across the River Benue, linking Nasarawa and Benue states, will be completed by November, 2018. Engr. Wasiu Taiwo, Federal Controller of Works in Nasarawa state, stated this in an interview with newsmen in Lafia, yesterday. LEADERSHIP Weekend , learnt that the Federal Ministry of Works on the instruction of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, had embarked on a media tour of ongoing projects in the state on Wednesday. Taiwo, said the completion of the bridge across River Benue, will create shortcut for travellers from Abuja to South East, by reducing their travelling hours by three hours, hence the commitment from the Federal Government to speed up the completion of the project. “I want to assure that the federal government is fully committed to completing this project at the set date. There are a lot of benefits that comes with the completion and one is the option of going to the South east through here. The journey is 3 hours less from here,” He said. Taiwo also said the 82 kilometre Nasarawa-Loko road that links the bridge to both states would be completed by September 2018 so as to facilitate movement because without good motorable road, the essence of the bridge will be meaningless. By Danjuma Joseph, Lafia.

NYCN Wants More Empowerment, 30% Affirmation

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), has canvassed for more entrepreneurial support and 30 percent affirmation for Nigerian youth in the political firmament of the nation which is from the centre to the local governments. Speaking yesterday, during the NYCN 2018 2nd Annual Conference with the theme: ‘Roles of Nigerian Youth in Fostering Peace, Accountability and Good Governance” organized by the Directorate of Political and Democratic Matters of NYCN, the Director of the Directorate, Comrade (Amb) Obinna Nwaka said that proper restructuring of Nigerian youth and development should be tackled first before the much sung political restructuring. His words, “What we want for Nigerian Youth is Entrepreneurship, 30% affirmation space in political parties and appointments in LGAs, States, Federal and including Private firms operating in Nigeria, Mentorship, Youth empowerment, Grant, National Youth Centre in FCT, Subvention to National Youth Council of Nigeria, Scholarships and Core-financing of meaningful Youth programs or projects to give us sense of belonging. By Blessing Bature, Abuja

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara (2nd left); minister of Science and Technolgy, Ogbonaya Onu (3rd left; minister of state for National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed (right) and the director general of National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Prof. Mohammed Saidu Ibrahim, during the closing ceremony of Technology Innovation EXPO’2018 in Abuja, yesterday Photo: Speaker’s Media Office

Kano Spent N2bn On Student Scholarships In 7 Months – Board BY ABDULLAHI YAKUBU, Kano

The executive secretary Kano State Scholarship Board, Professor Fatima Umar has said that the state government has in the last seven months, settled the school fees and allowances of its students studying in 55 institutions of higher learning within and outside the country. Prof Umar revealed that a to total of N2, 546, 666, 841 is marked for the project. Dropping the hint yesterday in a telephone interview with LEADERSHIP Weekend, Professor Umar said she and other members of the state delegation were in Egypt to settle the school fees as well as the allowances of the students studying in AL-mansoura University in Cairo, based on the instruction of Goveror Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. The executive secretary posited that the gesture was part of the resolve

of the State Government to critically looked into the problems bedevilling against the progress of the students with a view to proffer solutions to them. Umar said the government had so far cleared all the fees, ranging from 2O11-2O12 up to 2O172O18 academic session and the remaining fees is only 40 per cent left, which would be paid before their graduation. She said the Kano state Students studying in Cyprus, Egypt, Sudan and other universities had received both their feeding, rent and other allowances and they were doing well academically. She said even the Kano State students studying Bayero University (BUK) and Ahmadu Bello University Zaria ( ABU), have benefited from similar gesture from the state government.

On his part, the Kano State commissioner for Information, Comrade Muhammad Garba, who led the state delegation to Cairo, said the state government, under the able leadership of Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje , has taken the payment of the debt incurred by the previous administration as a priority. He said; “It is the resolve of the Ganduje administration to complete all the abandoned projects in all sectors for the benefit of the people of the state.” Garba highlighted that all the students under the state government scholarship have been given Nine Hundred and fourty Five thousand Naira and those on private sponsorship went home with Seven Hundred Thousand Naira to help them complete their academic programme successfully.

Step-up For Gender Equality, Alhassan Urges Women By Blessing Bature, Abuja

The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan, has urged Nigerian women to step- up the campaign for gender equality. She made this call during a press conference to mark the international women’s day (IWD) celebration with the theme “The Time Is Now: Rural and Urban Activities Transforming women” yesterday at the women Development Center, Abuja. Alhassan said this year international women’s day was an ample opportunity to reflect on situations and build supports for

women and girls in their endeavors and to take appropriate steps predicated to provide relevant strategies to address areas of challenges and consolidate on issues that will sustain the existing political and economic gains. Stressing that there is need to highlight changes that will empower women and girls building accountable mechanisms in the rural and urban areas to enhance their power in inclusive governance, impact quality of life for girls and women, achieving social justice, gender equality as well as poverty eradication. She however called for for equal opportunity for both women

and men as the need to harness women’s capital assets as a growth driver for national development has never been so unprecedented, adding that as the campaign to pass into law the Gender and Equal Opportunity Bill continues to receive supports from most individuals and groups, the 2018 IWD will serve as an opportunity to transform this momentum into action by empowering women in all settings both rural and urban and celebrate activists who are working relentlessly towards entrenching women’s rights and ensuring the realization of their full potentials particularly in the rural areas.

society, decried the very low level of savings, investing, contributions towards pensions and retirement and the shallowness of insurance and mortgage industries. Speaking during a press conference in Abuja yesterday, Barrow said since March 5, 2018, the Firm, alongside its copromoters of the project-Nike Oni, Ukot Umezinne and Kola Ojo, as well as the project sponsor, Mr Anthony Oni, who is the executive

director of Be Better Books, have reached out to 60 schools in Abuja (40 private and 20 public to teach financial literacy to over 200 pupils and teachers across these schools and empower them with financial intelligence. He averred that Nigerians fall in droves for Ponzi schemes, wonder banks, and other fraudulent investment schemes because of the dearth of financial planning skills that are responsible for the mind-

boggling corruption scandals that have destroyed our public sector, the under banking industry and capital markets which would ordinarily be the engine of national growth. According to him, “One of the things my colleagues are most passionate about is ensuring that children receive education as early as possible in the areas of learning that are most important to their survival in the real world.

Firm Advocates Financial Literacy For Children As part of activities to commemorate the 2018 Global Money Week and Financial Literacy, a financial firm, YourFinances.biz, has urged Nigerians, especially young adults and children, to embrace financial literacy, so as to enable them plan for a financial secured future. Project director, YourFinances. biz, Omagbitse Barrow, who said there is a dearth of these skills in financial planning across the

Finance Firm To Commission N10bn Estate ASO Savings and Loans Plc. and its partner, Global High Property Development Companyn are set to commission the N10 billion ASO Garden Estate in Karsana, Abuja. The residential estate, conceived by Global High Property Development Company, was totally financed by ASO Saving and Loans Plc. ASO Garden Estate consists of 249 units made up of 129 units of 2 bedroom apartments, 117 units of 3 bedroom apartments and 3 units of 4 bedroom terrace houses and associated external works. Total construction cost of the Estate is put at N10 billion. The estate, which is located on a 5-hectare site after Gwarinpa along the Kubwa Express Road beside the Papal Grand within the Karsana East District, is part of the Abuja Phase IV. ASO Savings and Loans Plc. is a Primary Mortgage Institution, PMI, with a vision “to be the Mortgage bank of choice”. By Ebriku John Friday, Abuja

Imo Guber: Group Seeks Support For Uche Nwosu A pressure group, under the auspices of National Support Group for Uche Nwosu ( NSGFUN) has thrown its weight behind the candidature of the chief of staff and son in law to Governor Rochas Okorocha, Uche Nwosu, adding that the state needs an experienced person to sustain the developmental legacies of the governor. In a statement by the group’s National Coordinator, Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele, he noted that after critical analysis and evaluation of those jostling to govern the state in next year election, Nwosu stands out as a grassroots politician with youthful appeal and possesses the right credentials to govern the state. The group, which flayed the exponents of zoning arrangement in the state, argued that what is necessary is the capacity and ability of the candidate to deliver democratic dividend to the state and not premised on zoning. It also maintained that there was no charter of equity that promoted zoning in the state, as previous gubernatorial elections were contested by other candidates in the three zones. The group further disclosed that it had set machinery and structure in place to mobilise and coordinate support for the actualisation of Uche Nwosu governorship ambition.


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Wrangling Threatens FG’s Asset Recovery Drive BY SUNDAY ISUWA, Abuja

The determination of the present administration to recover assets belonging to the Federal Government which were either stolen or diverted by politicians and civil servants may not be realised soon following internal squabbles among officials appointed to carry out the task, LEADERSHIP Weekend can report. Findings showed that some of the members of the investigative panel who were drawn from the Nigeria Police, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and others from ministries and agencies are now returning to their parent agencies because of redundancy. LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls that the presidency had last year set up a Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery of Public Property headed by Chief Okoi Obono-Obla, with Akingbolahan Adeniran as secretary. But it was gathered that the duo, who are also presidential aides, had not been having the best of cooperation for the task at hand. A source told LEADERSHIP Weekend when our correspondent visited the panel’s office located at the Ministry of Justice, Abuja, that the chairman and the secretary were not treating the very important assignment given to them by the federal government with the seriousness it deserves “Because both of them are politicians.” “You hardly see them in their offices,”

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the sourced noted, advising that “In making such appointments, if the head is a politician, the secretary should be either a technocrat or a bureaucrat.” According to the source, the panel was active only within the first three months of its life. “If not for the work we commenced within three months of inauguration last year, we won’t have done anything as a panel. There are a lot of things this panel needs to do but we don’t sit. As

you can see, we don’t know the last time both of them came to this office.” Another source hinted that the chairman and the secretary might be having a conflict of interest, which was stalling the committee’s work, forcing some members to return to their parent MDAs. “The mandate of the committee, which is achievable, has not been achieved because the heads seem to be having some squabbles. They hardly collaborate, and as a result of redundancy, some of the members of the committee are now returning to where they were drawn from.” It was gathered that since their inauguration by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was then acting president, both Obono-Obla and Adeniran had not been carrying other members of the panel along. “From the formation of this investigative panel, we only worked in the first three months and there were results coming out. But now, some of the members are now going back to their parent ministries because nothing is happening concerning the asset recovery, the source who does not want his name mentioned revealed. LEADERSHIP Weekend reports that the panel was set up in line with the Recovery of Public Property (Special Provisions) Act Cap R4, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004. Within three months of its inauguration, the Obono-Obla-led panel, it was gathered, recorded remarkable milestones by recovering a quarry, four houses and 86 luxury

vehicles in Abuja from the director, Finance and Accounts, Ministry of Works, Housing and Power, Ibrahim Tumsah, with 23 of the vehicles believed be bullet proof. The panel is still investigating evidence of due certification from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) which is required for the acquisition of bullet proof vehicles, it was learnt. The panel, within that period, was said to have recovered hundreds of millions of Naira from some government agencies. One of the panel’s discoveries within the period, according to LEADERSHIP’s findings, was the non-execution of the Calabar Channel despite payment of about 70 per cent of the contract sum. It was also gathered that despite reaching out to some international agencies for collaboration in the areas of asset recovery, capacity building and technical assistance with a view to enhancing the effectiveness of the panel and adding credence to the anti-corruption war of the Buhariled APC government, within the first three months of their inauguration, both the chairman and the secretary rendered the other members, mostly civil servants, redundant, with some of them now returning to their various offices. Obono-Obla did not respond to calls or text messages sent to his phone, while the committee’s head of media and communication, Lucie-Ann Laha, said she was not authorised to speak on the matter.

Presidential Aide, Ojudu, Declares For Ekiti Guber Race BY ALO ABIOLA, Ado Ekiti

The special adviser to the president on political matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, yesterday formally joined the Ekiti State governorship race. In his speech, he appealed to the members of All Progressives Party (APC) in the state to be

united for the success of the party in the July 14 election. Ojudu, a former member of the seventh National Assembly, also advised party members and aspirants to refrain from back stabbing and character assassination, saying such was fuelling disaffection within the party’s ranks.

He spoke yesterday while unveiling his intention to vie for the 2018 governorship poll at the APC state secretariat in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital. The presidential aide said, “We are all friends and one big family in APC. Our common concern in the party is the progress and development of Ekiti, as such we

must work together as one body and make unity our watchword to achieve our common goal of returning the party to power again in the state come July 14. “We should support and rally round our aspirants. We shall fight this battle together and we shall conquer together.” He gave assurance that the

N30bn Missing From NSITF, FG Alleges FROM COVER

president of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Chief Frank Kokori, as the chairman. However, giving reasons why the board was not inaugurated alongside others yesterday, Ngige said he had the consent of the president to stay action on inaugurating the NSITF board the pending the outcome of the administrative enquiry recently set up by the ministry to investigate the mindless looting of the agency. The minister urged members of the other boards so inaugurated to be accountable in the discharge of their mandates to avoid a repeat of the rot in the NSITF. Ngige said: “The operations of the various parastatals must strictly conform to financial regulations, especially Section 32 and the provisions of the Procurement Act. The audited accounts of the parastatals must always be prepared and submitted to the relevant authorities as and when due. “The NSITF, for example, is reeling from massive looting with no audited account

for five years. A whooping sum of N5billion was unearthed by an audit panel of enquiry as having been taken out of the NSITF coffers with First Bank in a single day without vouchers. “Worse still, the organisation maintained no cash book as required by financial regulations. This resulted in massive looting of funds by board members acting in concert with the management staff. “When we say N5 billion was taken in one day, that’s not the only amount missing. Over N30billion cannot be accounted for and the members of the past board participated actively in the looting. We want to know how board members, who are not part of the management, found their way so deep to have participated in plundering of the agency,” Ngige said. The labour minister revealed that some indicted management staff and members of the previous board, including their chairman, had been charged to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). “We don’t want the new board to go

into a stench; putting a new wine in an old wine skin, it will be polluted. That’s why the president agreed for us to do an administrative enquiry there to explain the total failure of the internal audit mechanism for checking that no money leaves the establishment without voucher, and in this instance, over N30 billion missing and N5 billion of it without any voucher, no trace. It is unacceptable,” he stated. Ngige asserted that having discovered that the former board was neck deep in massive corruption, it was imperative to forestall recurrence. He, therefore, said that once the panel of enquiry concluded its findings and government issued a gazette on its conclusions, a new board would be inaugurated. “We will make sure that people who are going there will be people of character and quality so that such a thing will never happen again because the NSITF is the flagship board of this ministry and for the constituent tripartite organisations,” he said.

alleged attempts by Governor Ayodele Fayose to continue ruling Ekiti State after the expiry of his tenure by foisting his stooge as the governor would be foiled, saying the three and half years under Fayose had been disastrous in terms of the alleged looting of the state’s treasury and mismanagement of state funds.

LOW GI FOR BETTER SLEEP You may have heard about the health benefits a low-GI diet can have for youmore 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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SPN Demands Probe Of Past Oyo Govs Over N11.5bn Fraud BY ADEBAYO WAHEED, Ibadan

Following the re-arraignment of former Oyo State governor, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala and two others by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged N11.5 billion fraud, the Socialist Party Of Nigeria (SPN), Oyo State chapter, has called for the probe of the past chief executives of the state. SPN secretary, Abiodun Bamgboye, in a statement issued yesterday, described the re-arraignment of AlaoAkala as a glimpse of fraud often perpetrated by Nigeria’s capitalist ruling elite under the

guise of contract system. The party, therefore, called for a special panel that would include representatives of labour, promasses organisations, Nigeria Bar Association, etc, to conduct a public enquiry to truly probe the revenues and expenditure of the state government and agencies in the last 19 years of civil rule so as to reveal the real depth of corruption among the thieving elite often masquerade as politicians and businessmen and businesswomen in the state. LEADERSHIP Weekend reports that former governor Alao Akala and two others, a former commissioner for local government and

chieftaincy matters under his administration, Senator Hosea Agboola, and an Ibadan-based businessman, Femi Babalola, are currently facing an 11-count charge of conspiracy, awarding contracts without budgetary provision and obtaining by false pretence, acquiring property with money derived from illegal acts among others, particularly over an award of a road contract worth N8.5billion between 2007 and 2009 to Pentagon Engineering Services. He was also alleged to have ordered the supply of drilling machines on behalf of the 33 local government councils without budgetary provision.

SPN added that the revelation was not surprising because over the years, the contract system had been a fraudulent means through which capitalist politicians often award public money to themselves and their acolytes who usually masquerade as businessmen and women. “This is why we of the SPN often call for the complete abolition of contract system while we advocate a public work system placed under a democratic control and management of a committee made up of the elected representatives of workers, consumers and the community,” he said.

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Nigeria Ready To Host African Tourism Ministers – Lai Mohammed BY TUNDE OGUNTOLA, Abuja

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Nigeria has formally invited African tourism ministers to the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)/Commission for Africa (CAF) meeting scheduled to hold in Abuja from June 4 to 6, 2018. Minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, personally extended the invitation to the ministers at a meeting they held on the sidelines of the ongoing International Travel Trade Fair (ITB) in Berlin, Germany, on Thursday. ‘’I have tried to contact,

individually, every minister. I have sent an email to every minister, reminding them of the meeting and assuring them that we will leave no stone unturned to host a very successful meeting. ‘’The truth is that no matter the level of preparation that is made, if you are not there, it is not a success. So I really wish to appeal to all of us to please attend the CAF meeting in June,’’ the minister said, shortly after handing over the invitation letters to his African colleagues. He said the participants at the meeting would experience

the best of Nigeria, especially in the area of the creative industry where Nigeria’s competitive advantage is widely acknowledged. Meanwhile, Alhaji Mohammed has urged the global tourism body, UNWTO, to involve African heads of state in its plan to rebrand the continent and make it more attractive to global tourists. Contributing to the debate on the UNWTO’s rebranding process for Africa in Berlin, he said ministers other than those of tourism should also be involved. ‘’The UNWTO could make

presidents and heads of state from across Africa honorary champions of tourism as a way to get them involved. There could also be a forum where the UNWTO will invite other ministers, including those of Finance, Budget and Planning, Health, Interior, Foreign Affairs, Infrastructure and Agriculture, to come and hear first-hand how tourism impacts their various portfolio. ‘’Tourism is the barometer through which the world will feel the temperature of any country. There is no area of governance that is left untouched by tourism,’’ he stated.

NIS Suspends 2 Officers Over Human Trafficking BY CHRISTIANA NWAOGU, Abuja

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has suspended two officers, Araoyinbo Oluwadare and Gabriel Awosanmi, over their alleged involvement in facilitating and abetting an attempted trafficking of six underage girls.

NIS public relations officer (PRO), Mr Sunday James, revealed this yesterday in a statement obtained by LEADERSHIP Weekend. It was gathered that Oluwadare, a senior inspector of immigration, and Awosanmi, an immigration assistant, were arrested at the Murtala Mohammed

International Airport, Lagos, on Thursday night. They were alleged to have facilitated an attempted trafficking of six underage girls to Oman and Kuwait through an Ethiopian Airlines flight. Investigations further revealed that luck ran out of them when a team of aviation security personnel at the

airport apprehended them. According to NIS statement, the comptroller-general of immigration, Muhammad Babandede, ordered the suspension of the duo from duty with immediate effect in line with Service rules and regulations. The suspension, according to the statement, was to allow

for detailed investigation into the issue with a view to unravelling their level of culpability and indeed other syndicates involved in the act. The comptroller-general further assured the public of the management’s commitment to the eradication of smuggling of migrants and trafficking of persons.

10 Feared Killed In Abuja Multiple Accidents BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI, EJIKE EJIKE, Abuja

Ten people were feared dead while several others sustained various degrees of injuries following a multiple road accident that occurred at about 9:30am yesterday at Nyanya in Abuja. The accident, which occurred close to the popular Nyanya Tipper Garage, involved a truck belonging to a drinks company and two others belonging to a construction company. According to an eye witness, the accident happened after a truck laden with gravel lost its brakes while descending the steep Kugbo road. The eyewitness, who gave his name simply as John, told LEADERSHIP Weekend that the truck lost control and hit several

other vehicles. “It was in that process that the second truck, which was equally loaded with gravel, brushed the soft drinks truck, which was as well loaded with crates of drinks and some other vehicles and fell inside Tipper Garage and emptied its content.” Confirming the accident, Nyanya Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Mr. Micheal Agu, said the actual number of the casualties could not be ascertained as rescue operation was still ongoing. According to him, many of the victims had been rushed to both Nyanya General Hospital and the Asokoro District Hospital. However, another eyewitness told our reporter that two soldiers

were also killed in the accident. “The number of people who died in the accident and those who sustained injuries were not immediately available. Two soldiers, who were controlling traffic after the first accident, were said to have died on the spot after the second truck lost control and hit them. “Some injured persons were taken to Nyanya General Hospital, some to Asokoro Hospital. I can’t say now their number, but two soldiers were hit and they died instantly,” he said. When LEADERSHIP Weekend visited the scene of the accident, there was free flow of traffic as soldiers, officials of the FRSC, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Vehicle

Inspection Officers (VIO), had taken over traffic of the area. Meanwhile, the FRSC said only three people were killed and 10 others injured in the multiple vehicular accident. According to the official report released by FRSC spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem, two males and a female died, while nine males and one female were injured. The report also stated that a combined team of rescue personnel from the officials of the FRSC, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lifeline Ambulance, Nigeria Army (as one of their personnel was killed) and FCT Emergency Management Agency all intervened at the crash scene while the Nigeria Police took charge of the investigation.

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Market Women, Men Protest Imposition Of New Levies In Ilorin BY ABDULLAHI OLESIN, ILORIN

Scene of multiple accidents that claimed many lives at Nyanya, Abuja yesterday.

Benin: Oba Curses Native Doctors Engaged In Trafficking, Cultism BY PATRICK OCHOGA, BENIN CITY

The Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II, yesterday gathered senior juju priest, priestesses and native doctors where the reverend placed curses on those aiding and abetting human trafficking in the state. The monarch did not spare native doctors who subject would be trafficked girls to oath of secrecies thereby encouraging the illicit trade. Others cursed include, violators of the order banning Community

Development Associations and others whose business is to initiate the sons and daughters of the land into various cult groups. Those who took part in the swearing exercise were the Ohen Okhuae, Ohen Ovia, Ohen noriyekeogba, Ohen Ake, Ohen Niwuo, Native Doctors, Ohen Sango, Odionwere, Iwueki and the Enigies. The monarch had last week also invited religious group, all Benin chiefs, market women Leaders, directors official of NAPTIP among

others. Meanwhile, a member of the Task Force on Illegal Migration and Human Trafficking, Comrade Solomon Okoduwa said the step taken by the monarch would go in a long way stamp the menace of traffickers and other criminal activities in the state. Oba Ewuare said those aiding and abetting human trafficking through the use of black magic and subjecting them to the oath of secrecies should desist from it henceforth or face the wrath of the gods.

“You native doctors whose business are to subject people to the oath of secrecies and encouraging this evil act on the land, you have to repent, stop doing it. This is not a joking matter and if you do not repent, you have to wait for the repercussion”, he said. He said the palace is not against those practicing the act of native doctors but seriously frowns at those who use it to perpetrate evil in the land through aiding and abetting human trafficking in the state.

Ex-servicemen Hail Ugwuanyi’s Succor To Fallen Heroes’ Widows The Enugu State Council of the Nigerian Legion has commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his “rare” gesture in donating the sum of N19.6 million empowerment grant to 96 widows of fallen heroes of the Nigerian Army residing in Abakpa and Awkunanaw Barracks, Enugu to assist them start businesses of their choice to ameliorate their sufferings. Gov. Ugwuanyi, who took

note of the plight of the widows during the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration at the Michael Okpara Square, Enugu promised the intervention of his administration, leading to the recent approval and release of the money to the 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu for disbursement to the women. Consequently, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 82

Division, Enugu, Major General Adamu Abubakar, recently disbursed the cash to the affected widows, on behalf of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai. Reacting to the development, the chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Enugu State Council, Barr. Emeka Igwesi thanked Gov. Ugwuanyi for his “spirited and magnanimous” financial support

to the widows and families of the fallen heroes, describing him as an “unprecedented, exceptional and caring leader”. The legion chairman stated that the gesture shows that Gov. Ugwaunyi is sensitive to the plight of the people irrespective of their socio-cultural, religious and political differences, adding that the money will go a long way to ameliorate the sufferings of the women.

Sustainable Development Impossible Without Gender Equality BY MAKINDE OLUWAROTIMI, ABUJA Gender rights activist, Dr. Ramatu Tijani Aliyu has said that attainment of sustainable development would be imposible if marginalisation and adversity against women are not addressed. She also enjoined more women to participate actively in politics. This according to her ‎and is the most potent way to effect gender mainstreaming on

the African continent. Aliyu while speaking at the 2018 African conference in New York, notedthat the African countries that have been able to get more women into leadership and governance have made significant progress in meeting the developmental targets and evidences are there for all to see. “However the irony is that sustainable development is virtually impossible without frontally addressing marginalisation and adversity facing our women. From politics and governance to the family and economy, the challenges confronting our women are

as real as they are daunting. Year after year we continue to pay lip service to issues of women empowerment and gender mainstreaming,” she said. Aliyu added that The MDGs, and now the SDGs have provided a great vehicle for attaining sustainable development and by extension women empowerment. Unfortunately the success stories have been rather too few and far between. “A good place to start would be to first have a comprehensive appreciation of the scope of the gender gap in our society today. Notwithstanding the dearth of credible

and detailed data to guide implementation of gender policies, the Gender Equality Index put together by the African Development Bank (AfDB) provide a very good starting point. Additionally, we must tap into the vast reservoir of socioeconomic and cultural experiences and resources available to draw up tailor-made interventions that will significantly close the gender gap. “However what needs to be clearly emphasized is that without women empowerment there also cannot be any real sustainable development,” she added.

NAF Advocates For Increased Security Consciousness Among Youths PEMBI DAVID-STEPHEN, ABUJA

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has advocated for increased security consciousness amongst Nigerian youths as a way of engendering a flawless Nigerian society. The Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI) Headquarters NAF, Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Olatokunbo Adesanya, reiterated this advocacy while delivering a lecture at Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) as part of programmes to mark the University’s 2018 Law Week. The theme of the Law Week is

‘Law and Security: Fostering a Flawless Society’. According to AVM Adesanya, the relationship between law and order is direct and interwoven and cannot be separated from the other in an effort to have a near flawless society. He maintained that it might be impossible to attain a totally flawless society because respective human beings have individual choices to do either what is wrong or right. Nevertheless, the citizenry must make every effort towards having a flawless society. Speaking further during his lecture titled,

‘Role of Security Agenciesin Engendering a Flawless Society: the Nigerian Air Force in Perspective’, AVM Adesanya stated that it is only in a near flawless society that there could be true prosperity in a peaceful and orderly environment. He further averred that it is only by operating within the ambient of existing statutes that security agencies could contribute to the engendering of a flawless society. Accordingly, the law and the security should be seen as two sides of the same coin if we must aspire to become a flawless society. He added that although the journey

towards becoming a flawless society is collective, it begins with individual choices to be orderly and to encourage others to be orderly. The NAF Spokesman therefore encouraged the Law undergraduates, who would chart the future of law in Nigeria in the coming years, according to him, to be very mindful of their individual and collective responsibilities towards fostering a flawless Nigeriansociety. He also urged them to be more security conscious while being mindful that they would work side by side with security agencies and not on opposite sides.

Shop owners at Oja Tuntun, Baboko area, Ilorin, the Kwara state capital on Friday protested against alleged imposition of new levies by the authorities of the Ilorin West local government area. They accused the new council chairperson, Alhaja Romoke Omodara of planning to also impose new security level on them. The placard carrying protesters staged a peaceful protest from the market to the local government secretariat along Western Reservoire road, Adewole, Ilorin. They decried an alleged plan by the council to convert the expanse of land used by the marketers as the parking lot, to a shopping complex. Some of the placards read: ‘This is democracy not military regime,’ ‘Omodara don’t misuse your opportunity,’ ‘Omodara you are elected to serve not to destroy,’ Saraki did not ask you to pull down our shops,’ ‘our security should be your concern Madam chairperson,’ etc. Addressing newsmen during the protest, Financial Secretary, Oja Tuntun Market Association, Ayelara Kehinde said: “We said we cannot allow her to build shops at the car park without provision of alternative place for our customers and us to park our vehicles, but she is insisting that she would convert the place to shops. Due to no enough parking spaces we have lost many of our customers to other markets. That is why we are opposing her latest move. “There is another place where aged women are selling tomatoes; the council also wants to evict the women. We are not opposed to building of shops, but we want the chairperson to provide alternative for the women that she is about to send packing. Because of our opposition we said she had outlawed our executives. “She does not have that power to abolish our excos as she did not elect us in the first place. The people elected us. We are not serving government, we are serving our people.

Edo Urges Residents To Clear Drainages BY ORJIME MOSES, ABUJA The Edo State government has urged residents in the state to clear gutters and embrace best practice in disposing their wastes as the raining season sets in. Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, said the early rains, though good for agricultural activities, “could impact on the physical environment if proactive measures are not taken by residents to desilt drains and properly dispose their wastes.” He noted that “the heavy rains are coming earlier than projected by the federal government weather monitoring agencies and could cut short the dry season window and impact on ongoing road construction work across the state.” Osagie assured that efforts are being made by the appropriate agency of government to reduce the down time of domestic wastes at collection points and evacuate debris from drainages. “The Ministry of Environment is worried over the delay in evacuating debris on the road side and is currently simulating several options with a view to adopting the most effective way of dealing with this challenge.


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I Don’t Cheat But Follow Everything In Skirt – Davido


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Chidinma Wows In Love Me Video BY SAMUEL ABULUDE, Lagos

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Why Pregnant Haylie Duff Wanted Second Child to Be a Girl Growing up with sister Hilary Duff was so special that Haylie Duff was hoping she was having another girl. So when she and fiancé Matt Rosenberg found out they were indeed expecting a second daughter, Haylie, 33, was ecstatic for her firstborn Ryan Ava Erhard to experience sisterhood. “Truthfully, we really wanted another girl. My sister and I have such a special relationship. Ryan could have that bond of sisters,” Haylie tells PEOPLE. “We would have been happy if it was a boy, but we’re pretty pumped that it’s a girl.” PEOPLE recently confirmed that Haylie and Rosenberg are expecting a baby girl. “Ryan is thrilled!! She really wanted a baby sister,” a source said at the time. Haylie, who is the older sister of actress Hilary, announced her pregnancy in January with a cute photo of Ryan pointing at her own belly.

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Kedike gal, Chidinma who is trying much to reposition her brand just released the video for her first single of 2018, Love Me. Directed by Asurf Oluseyi, the visual was shot in Epe, Lagos and depicts a rural setting featuring beautiful aerial, outdoor and indoor visuals. The video follows a couple trying to work out their relationship while Chidinma, dressed in a variety of beautiful outfits, sings soulfully. Scenes where the couple gets advice from their friends are all too familiar for anyone who has been in a relationship. Love Me is a love song characteristic of the singer who rode her luck when she was crowned the 2010 winner of MTN Project Fame. It appears Chidinma is under pressure to churn out a hit single. Also blessed with a good voice, the lady who exuded a church-girl mien has not been able to define her brand to see which part of her good

points to project. Chidinma who has worked with artistes like illbliss, Banky W, Tha Suspect, Wizkid, Flavor, Sound Sultan, Awilo, Toofan just to mention a few needs to do more- re-discover herself and music that earned her the Best Female West African Act Category at the 2012 KORA Awards in Ivory Coast. Today's music is dynamic. Since she left Capitol Hill Records, is Chidinma doing better? Her fans will answer that. She became the first female musician to peak at number 1 on the MTV Base official Naija Top Chart. Her self-titled debut studio album “Chidinma” released in 2011 was a success and had producers like Tha Suspect, Teey Mix, Cobhams, Oscar, and Wiz boy.

I Don’t Cheat But Follow Everything In Skirt – Davido catches his fancy. He declares that he follows everything in skirt. That is quite mouthful and a disclosure. Obviously high on something or maybe not, The IF crooner says on social media that he is not a cheating boyfriend but will go ahead to chukuchuku (have sex) with his lover Chioma. Flaunting his present loveydovey relationship, David Adeleke is in a romance with Chioma. He shared and posted pictures of himself and Chioma hanging out together. The singer presently is the toast of brands and show promoters on account of his success. He also commented on Wizkid acquiring a pet-goat during the week. Having sired two daughters, Imade and Hadley, the OBO himself does not look ready to settle down and marry soon. Let him enjoy the moment but remember that BY SAMUEL ABULUDE, LAGOS change is the only constant thing in life. A source quipped that the Nigerian music star, has disclosed singer earns as much as N8million that he is a lover man and won’t per show. No wonder he flaunts mind bedding any woman that them exorbitantly.

Lionel Richie Jokes About Fighting with Katy Perry and Luke Bryan on American Idol

When it comes to finding the next American Idol, music legend Lionel Richie isn’t messing around. When PEOPLE caught up with Richie and fellow judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan during the taping of Idol‘s Hollywood week, the trio got candid about their judging styles … and whether or not they’ve engaged in heated disagreements. “Not yet,” Richie said about. “Here’s what’s happening. We start out with 200 some odd people, let’s be honest. We took off the top layer and

we also had our getacquainted moment which is like, ‘That’s nice. Very good, don’t do that again.’ So now we’re in the second layer. As we get closer to the real deal I can almost feel that we’re going to be able to voice our opinions – I’m bringing my mace!” “You’re going to

mace us,” Bryan replied. “Don’t let him go through your pocketbook, Nicole [Richie], and get your pepper spray.” “We’ll each have different people that we’re rooting for I’m sure,” Perry added. “But the great thing is that America is really the one that chooses so that’s exciting.”


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A Producer Once Grabbed My Boobs – Omalicha

deep must have happened. It seems female producers are rapidly taking over the movie industry, what's really going on? I think its becoming a woman's world. The women are out there to take over and make more money. For the upcoming actresses that also ventured into movie productions, I think they do it because they are tired of constant sexual harassments by the producers. Producers are always asking for sex or money from up and coming actresses.

Omalicha Elom is a budding actress with her eyes on. The Ebonyi-State-born roleinterpreter who has played in over 40 movies since 2011 that she debuted, speaks to SAMUEL ABULUDE on challenges of being a new kid on the block, sex life and more.

He grabbed my boobs and I was shocked. I cautioned him and walked out from his office

Not long ago you granted an interview where you were quoted saying you don't mind asking men for sex. How true is that? I never said such, the reporter quoted me out of context. How can I boldly ask a guy out or even ask for sex when I am an African and it's not part of us? I only said, I have only dated two guys in my life and I am presently single and not in any relationship. I don't know where the reporter got that from. If I really like a guy, I can only imagine him in my head as my boyfriend, but I can't walk up to him to ask for sex. No way! I'm a very romantic type but not crazy.

me then. He chased away all my friends male and female. He caused more harm to me than good. Unfortunately, the relationship didn't last, we had to part ways.

What's the new project you are working on? I have been into many things and other projects. Late last year, I produced my own movie titled Marriage Police. This is the story of what's going on in different homes in our present world; domestic violence, abusive marriages, etc. I just picked one of the causes of marriage breakups, which is over protectiveness, jealousy and nagging. Every man wants a peaceful home. It’s full of morals. A tragic comedy and quite interesting. This movie came out in January 2018 to the Glory of God and the reception was heart warming.

People say oral sex is dirty, what do you think about it? I don't know about other people but I don't like it at all.

Is this your personal story? Yes! I encountered something similar in my first relationship. However, it’s becoming like a norm. I have only dated two guys in my life. My first boyfriend was so jealous and obsessive. Nobody could say 'hi' to

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you victim of sexual harassment? Yes! I joined AGN in 2011. So, there was one audition I went for, the producer asked me to seduce him, I was acting it with all my heart, not knowing he had ulterior motives. He grabbed my boobs and I was shocked. I cautioned him and walked out from his office. After that, I really felt discouraged but I didn't give up. I told my mum and family members, and they gave me lots of moral support. It's very true. Some of them feel their body can answer all things. To be honest, some of these so-called Asaba big girls started these paying for movie roles and sex for roles. They feel they have all it and wants to be appear in movies by all means. In Asaba, some girls give producers N100,000, N200,000, just to be appear in one or two scenes.

How did you cope after you broke up with him? It was a serious issue then, but with prayer and fasting, I overcame him his troubles. Don't you think the society would frown at you for doing a movie on marriage while you are still single? It doesn't matter. Anybody can talk about that with little knowledge because it has become a big issue in the society.

And what if you get married and your husband insists, he wants it, will you succumb? The bible says women should be submissive to their husbands, so if I get married and my husband wants oral sex, I’ll give it to him, so I can make heaven (laughs). What if he wants more than oral sex and demands for anal? I can't do that, at all. In fact, I know my husband can't be crazy enough to ask me for anal sex when he is not Bobrisky. Can you forgive a cheating partner? Never ever! Because once I'm in a relationship, I stay very loyal and faithful. I would not even look back when the person cheats on me be it

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my husband o r boyfriend. Once, you have me, let it be me forever until we part ways. Don't even try to cheat on me. They say men are polygamous in nature, but it’s not right. Before a woman would cheat, something

Thus, you would agree to the saying that there are a lot of prostituting actresses in the new Nollywood? Yes, there are. It's quite painful and annoying. However, it's in other places too; in different aspects of life. banking, ministries, offices, etc. How spiritual are you? I am very spiritual. I don't joke with Church. I always pay my tithes, even when someone dashes me money, I pay my tithe from it. I make sure I help the less privilege as often as I can. I fast and pray when need be. I might be crazy, but I really love God and everything that concerns Him.


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Celebrities’ Rough Ride To Stardom T In this piece, ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM takes a look at the journey of some celebrities whose fame didn’t come easy.

I got some small money off that to buy some new jeans and shoes so that girls would, you know, say hi to me when they see me

heir swags, fresh skin and lavish lifestyle today is not without pain. Many who don’t know some of these Nigeria’s famous celebrities are wont to believe they just got it on a platter of gold. While some Nigerian entertainers got to fame on a platter of gold using their parent’s wealth to rise to the top, there are many others who fought their way to the summit using talent and persistence. They looked depressed, hungry , dejected , deprived and even abandoned, yet, their goals kept them going as they marched in persistence to victory. Today, before one could see any of them, it is like an SSCE student trying to pass JAMB. The lanky looking Plantation Boiz consisting of Face, Blackface and 2Face story is what could be likened to Grass to Grace. They were not from the wealthy homes that amy present crop of artistes emanated from today. Their parents would never thought it right to fund their musical talent with cash, because to them, it was a waste of time. Why won’t they channel that energy to become a doctor, lawyer or any profession that would put food on the table. To them, music was a waste of time. The artistes had to work harder and sponsor themselves to attain the height they enjoy today. The blings they wear today, the mansion and exotic cars they drive are the results of efforts they have put in after years of working persistently. The group was formed during their college years in Enugu, at the Institute Of Management And Technology (I.M.T Enugu). The artistes had worked and laboured for years before becoming what they are today. Another artiste is Flavour. He is the first son of a large family. His family wasn’t very fond of his musical ambitions; they often dismissed it as a pipe dream. His mother in particular believed that his musical ambitions wouldn’t amount to anything. But today, he is one of the best contemporary highlife musician Nigeria can boast of. But the case of Ice Prince is different. In 1999, he began writing rap songs and started performing them at social events held at his school. It was not until 2001 that

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he began going to recording studios to record. In 2002, he got together with a couple of friends and formed a group called the “Ecomog Squad”. They had few performances as a group and split a year later. In 2004, he connected with M.I, Jesse Jagz, Ruby, Lindsey, Eve, Taz, and together they became what is now known today as the “Loopy Crew”. During an interview with Adeola Adeyemo, Ice Prince was asked to summarise his story. He said “I started out in Jos in a group called ECOMOG squad. We used to rap and sing together. The group split up after a few years and after that, I joined the choir in my church and started singing tenor. That was about the time MI moved back to Nigeria and we became friends, we became family, we started living together, started making music together. I had a song that made it to Number 1 in Jos, that was when I started getting more attention. Then I got admitted into University of Jos to study Zoology but then I couldn’t really continue because of some financial constraints at the time.” Ice Prince also opened up about the passing of his parents and the challenges he faced early in life. He said:”Life was not that

rosy. When my dad was alive, life was pretty much rosy but I lost my dad in 1999 and it was my mum that was taking care of me up until she died too. So it was kinda hard to get by, really. I dropped out of school in my 100Level to focus on my music.I moved to Abuja and started living with MI and Jesse Jagz. We were making music, doing some small small shows just to get money. Then we moved to Lagos, we got a chance to chill at Djinee’s house. Djinee gave us some space in his house to sleep. Djinee is like my Jesus. He came through for us. We lived in his house and made it very uncomfortable for him but he took all the pain and accommodated us. This was in 2008. Gradually, there was steady growth. We got our own place, started making music. In 2008, I hosted Sprite Triple Slam. We did 30 shows, 15 in Lagos, 15 in the East. I got some small money off that to buy some new jeans and shoes so that girls would, you know, say hi to me when they see me.” Patoranking once said that he struggled to even have his CD aired, selling various stuffs just to fund his musical career. Today he is one of the most respected dancehall artistes

in Africa. Timaya (Dem Mama Soldier) also went through hell to get on top. He once said he was proud that his effort and pain were not in vain or else many would have dismissed him as a successful failure. If a top act is named in Nigeria today, certainly , Timaya would be among. Wizkid, Harrysong, Wande Coal, Olamide ( The Street Goon) and many others sweated to be where they are today. It is a sign that hard work pays and persistence also pays. Upcoming artistes today want to make it by all means, forgetting that it takes a lot to ‘blow.’ Rugged Man once said he walked kilometres to sell his CDs in the past, that was before the advent of social media Nigeria is enjoying. Today an artiste could communicate with his fans in seconds and response from songs he posted on line would generate likes and go viral. The opportunities the present generation of artistes have shouldn’t be misused because they have everything at their disposal. Don’t hasten to be like 2Face, rather up your game to be you and tomorrow would surely be a gracious atmosphere for you.


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Chatta, Adekola Compete For Yoruba Movies Golden Boy BY SAMUEL ABULUDE, LAGOS

The King of Yoruba movie production, Odunlade Adekola, may be finally getting an actor that is ready to wrestle the five-year or more reign he has enjoyed as the most sought after actor in Yoruba movie genre. For followers of the Yoruba movie which some have singled out as the next big thing that attracts DSTV Multichoice patronage after Supersport and perhaps Telemundo, Odunlade

due to his versatility and facial expressions has enjoyed being the lead actor in every three out of seven quality Yoruba movies shot weekly. The actor who has made the Abeokuta-caucus actors proud, has worked hard for decades since the first time he got his lead role. Other rivals like Femi Adebayo have surrendered the ingenuity to Odunlade and is now busy with political post - helping the Kwara government in

repositioning the Arts and Cultural sector of the state. Enters Ibrahim Chatta who is fast becoming another actor in the mould of Odunlade; thanks to his versatility. Sources in the movie sector say that Ibrahim needs like two years to develop and get lead roles non-stop before he can snatch the lover- Mary Timms boy role from the tall and lanky talented Odunlade Adekola. Damola Olatunji is another competitor but his upward career has seemed tortuous.

US-Based Nigerian Queen, Mary Timms, Fights Rape With Video

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Uchenna Echeazu Conphidance Goes to Hollywood Conphidance is an actor, writer, comedian, musician and producer. He began his entertainment career as a dancer and drummer. He is mostly known for playing Okoye in American Gods, a recurring role as Curtis “CJ” Jackson in Complications, and a supporting role in The Sacrament. Conphidance was born and raised in Nigeria. His family later moved to the United States. He has just landed a role in a new movie titled “Atlanta Robbin’s Season”. He will be playing the role of the owner of FX’s night club owner in the

movie. Very soon he will be a notable actor in the industry, although he had starred in many other movies before now. Conphidance played the recurring role of Curtis “CJ” James Thompson in Complications opposite Chris Chalk and Jason O’Mara. Later that year, he was cast in Survivor’s Remorse opposite Tichina Arnold, Teyonah Parris, and Erica Ash. He guest-starred in Hidden America with Jonah Ray and played supporting roles in The Inspectors on

CBS, Satisfaction on USA Network, and Good Behavior on TNT. He appears as Okoye opposite Orlando Jones in Starz fantasy series American Gods, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman as well as the History Channel’s Navy SEAL drama, Six. In films, he played supporting roles in Fist Fight, The Sacrament, and Klippers. In his new movie Atlanta Robbin’s season Conphidance will be featured alongside Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beths, Lakeith Stanfield.

Tallest Man In Nigeria Shocks Nollywood Stars

Nigerian model, Afeez Oladimeji, is considered to be the tallest man in Nigeria, he is popularly called Hafiz Agoro. The tallest man was spotted at an event held at Abule Egba Area of Lagos State with some Nollywood stars. The height difference will surely shock you, as these stars were left to look as if they were never up to an average

height. Afeez was captured alongside Nollywood stars in person of Ronke Ojo Oshodi Ronke and Kunle Afod and the tallest man was all smiles.The cute tall model is 7ft 4inch tall, he is managed by tale tall agency. From the smile it could be assumed that he is amused by how tall he looks and how he has been able to make others look short.

In an effort to shed light on the evils of rape in the society, United States based Nigerian top model and beauty Queen, Mary Timms, who won the Face Of Next Generation Entertainment in Maryland last year is set to launch a campaign tagged “Fight Against Rape” following her return to Nigeria recently. The beauty queen who doubles as Fashion Entrepreneurs wishes to spread the message in Nigeria and in Diaspora. According to her, “Rape is one of the most dangerous crimes against humanity. It's like a vampire that has milked the life blood of a

nation as several young ladies in the society have fallen victim to the menace.” She urged all hands to be on deck to put a stop to the ugly trend as she steps up the campaign to 'Fight Against Rape' As the world celebrates the International Women's day, Timms is using the occasion to launch out her NGO - Mary Timms Foundation which seeks to empower the girl child and eradicate social vices like rape, drug abuse and other negative societal ills. ‎To achieve this monumental project, she will be partnering with notable NGOS and A-list celebrities to drive this fight against rape campaign home.

‘Just Before I Do, Most Unique Story Ever Told In Nollywood’ BY ANTHONY ADA ABRAHAM

When a man has confidence in his charm, he displays it by first hitting it on his own head. This is definitely the case with Nollywood filmmaker, Omilani Oluyinka, who believes that his new movie, ‘Just Before I Do’ is the most unique story ever told in Nollywood. From romance to drama and comedy, the industry seems to be plagued with similar storylines and plot that have the audience knowing where the movie is heading even before the end credit is shown. ‘Just Before I Do’ tells the story of a conniving motherin-law, young unmarried couple and a lawyer who are torn between by love and the fight to win a selfish battle; each one fighting for his own. The twist and plot appears to captivate the audience leaving them wondering who will win this battle of love with his or head held up high. The movie features some of the brightest minds in Nollywood albeit in a nonlead role. This has triggered doubt as to the claim of the producer that the movie would be the most unique story ever told in Nollywood. In a swift reaction to the

relatively unknown stars who play the lead roles, Oluyinka made it clear that the strength of the movie is far beyond the cast. “We don’t have the biggest of stars and marketing budget but we dare say we have one of the most unique stories ever told in Nollywood. Our strength lies in our unique storyline and plot twist which will get you glued to your screen till it’s over. It’s a drama with a difference. The cast is mainly an expression of the uniqueness and depth of the story. Each of the cast member was carefully selected for the roles they played. It had nothing to do with how popular they were but how competent they were. It was simply a matter of, would this person deliver exceptionally on this role? Thankfully, they all did and this is why I am confident that people are about to be dazed with ‘Just Before I Do’, if I could say so myself”, he said. Regardless of the lead actors concern, the movie featured some of Nollywood’s finest as well; Afeez Oyetoro (Saka), Kalu Ikeagwu, Shaffy Bello, Jide Kosoko, Eddie Watson, Omowunmi Dada, Omilani Oluyinka and others.


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Drama As Omoregbe Fails To Takeover COSON Leadership Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina (left) with chairman, House of Representatives Committee on legislative budget and research, Hon Golu Timothy, during President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Plateau State, yesterday.

BY MARK ITSIBOR, ABUJA

HoS Inaugurates ASCON Governing Board By Bidon Mibzar, Abuja In its bid to meet the objectives of the federal government’s Change Agenda, through the provision of human capacity development, the Head of the Civil Service of the federation Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita has, in Abuja, inaugurated the Board of Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, (ASCON). The head of service who reiterated her commitment towards ensuring the achievement of an efficient service delivery

NEC’s Tenure Elongation Cannot Stand - Edo APC

in the federal civil service through the adoption of a new work ethos represented by the acronym EPIC, which stands for Efficient, Productive as well as Incorruptible and Citizen Centred, also called on ASCON to strive towards generating quality content for the service. Oyo-Ita who stressed the need for new innovations in order for the service to keep afloat with the global trend also said “Innovation can only be achieved through a sustained programme to enrich our knowledge and one of such programmes

the director general/CEO, ASCON is a member/ secretary of the board. Other members includes; Abbas Ahamad Gand, Adamu Musa, Dr. Bruce Ugbode as well as Dr. Adeeyo O. Atilade, Federal Civil Service Commission (to be represented by a commissioner in the commission), director, Institute of Administration, Zaria, Other includes, director, Institute of Administration, OAU, Ife, director, Institute of Administration, UNN, commandant, Command & Staff College, Jaji and lastly Commandant, Police Staff College, Jos

FG Reiterates Commitment IDPs’ Plight BY HUSSAINI HAMMANGABDO, YOLA

BY PATRICK OCHOGA, BENIN CITY

Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC yesterday said at no time did the National Executive Committee, (NEC) of the party approve the extension of National working committee of the party as led by Chief John Odigie Oyegun. He added that the decision that was reached was subject to the provision of the constitution which does not provide for any extension adding that a what happened was a motion passed indicating preference that it should extend. State Chairman of the party, Barr. Anselm Ojezua, who spoke at a press briefing in Benin City yesterday expressed optimism that the decision taken will not stand when NEC of the party eventually meets. Barr Ojezua emphasized that no decision was reached at NEC from tenure elongation and explained that state chairmen of the party supported it because they were beneficiaries. Ojezua warned that the party needed to act fast because the tenure ofthe party executives would soon expire. He noted that there was the suspicion that NWC was working to get approval for their own tenure to be extended to enable them finish whatever task before them but NEC insisted that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. According to him, “There must be a misconception as what decision the National Executive Committee of the APC made. There was a motion put before NEC proposing the extension of tenure for a number of reasons but our attention was also drawn to the constitution of the party that it does not contain any provision for extension of and that should it be that there was extension, something has to be done to satisfy the constitutional provision.

is the re-enactment of human capacity development.” “This is what informed my decision on assumption of office to visit ASCON in order to acquaint myself with its workings, challenges and make every effort to breathe life into the institution so as to empower it to meet the objectives of the Federal Government Change Agenda in the area of human capacity development”. She noted. The Inaugurated Management of ASCON is to be chaired by Nduka Anyanwu, while

The office of the vice president has reiterated the commitment of the federal government to empowering the IDPs through humanitarian Innovation Development hub for the North-East region Mr Mohmamed Brimah, special assistant to the vice president on IDPs (Social Investiment) made this known in Yola at the idea pitch for participants to support home-grown innovation in the country. According to him, 1000 IDPs from the affected states and stakeholders are involved in free distribution of forms translated into their languages for identification of critical challenges. Brimah said government is poised to

provide financial and legal framework supports for innovation solution business,to address Gender Base Violence,automated irrigation,education and health. The project NEMakeathon Challenge in collaboration with PCNI,NEMA,ICRC brought ideas from affected people, humanitarians, start-ups, engineers, academics, and businesses, an open & intensive solution contest for participants. Earlier,Ife Adebayo, special assistant on Innovation and Entrepreneurship further said the innovation would bring solutions to the plight of IDPs in the region and be of relevance globally. He said the participants are expected to come up with products that would make impact on IDPs and host communities. “The major challenges in the program

through consultations with NGOs and IDPs participants are expected to select one field of interest amongst the challenges and proper innovative based solutions.” He expressed that a panel of judges would evaluate the teams based on a predetermined Score Sheet to come up with winners at the end of the contest in the six identified major challenging area.” Mrs Filister Musa, a participant from COE Jalingo, Taraba State,identified lack of using history and philosophy of education and sciences a major challenges in wrongful uses of technology by people. She enlightenment on education should be key pointer to the deradicalization of extremism ideology and traumatization in the region.

Dickson’s Wife, CPA Advocate Female Presidency BY OSA OKHHOMINA, YENAGOA Dr. Racheal Dickson, wife of the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson on Thursday led members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) on an advocacy campaign for increased women participation in the politics of Nigeria and wider protection of the girl child. Dr. Racheal Dickson, who hosted the regional leadership of the CPA led by Hon.Lindiwe Maseko, the Chairperson and Executive Committee of the CPA and Former Speaker of Guateng Provincial Legislature, South Africa and Hon. Angela Didisa, Chairperson,CPA and Former Minister of Agriculture, South Africa, said the increased advocacy for women participation in politics and education of the Education of the girl child may lead to Female Presidency in Nigeria. The Bayelsa State First Lady, Dr. Racheal Dickson, who led the CPA regional executives and the Leadership of the State House of Assembly, to the State owned St. Jude Girls Secondary school, Amarata to mark the International Women day with an interactive session

tagged “Moment with women legislators”, noted that with an increased awareness and education, Nigerian women will become more bolder to view for political offices. Mrs. Racheal Dickson said though the present political atmosphere may not be ripe for female presidency, but with the increasing awareness ongoing among Nigerian women, the Nigerian political space may throw up a female presidency in the soonest future. She said: “ For now, I don’t think the time for female Presidency is ripe yet. You know that women are just getting their voices back and there are so many other things to be put in place. Women need to build that confidence that they can do it. Once we have arraigned that height and it comes to voting, we will vote the men out. But for now, we should continue advocating and arraigned the needed height through education of the girl-child.” “Also we must know that the men are our husbands, Brothers, fathers and uncles. But they also know that we are their mothers and we are clibimbing the height to intervene and produce a female president soon. “

Mrs. Dickson also noted that the needed advocacy for girl child education and protection against violence and rape has led his husbands administration to initiate boarding school policy with multitude of under-priviledged girls benefiting and excelling under free, compulsory and scholarship education. The duo of Hon. Angela Didisa and Hon. Lindiwe Maseko from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) commended the Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson and his wife, Dr. Racheal Dickson for the achievement recorded in the education sector and the verifiable exposure of the girl child through education. On the fear expressed by the students on the increased cases of child rape and violence against women in some parts of the country, the Bayelsa First Lady said though such cases had reduced in the state due to increased advocacy by the Federation of Women Lawyers, the establishment of a Family Court for uick prosecution of perpetrators and the domestication of some laws by the State Government, “the cases of negotiation by parents of victims is reducing conviction. “

The leadership tussle in the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), took a new dimension as the Efe Omorogbe-led fact of the executive failed in what is described as desperate attempt to takeover leadership of the association. Omorogbe who is a deposed executive member of the association, on Tuesday, March 6, stormed COSON House in Ikeja with some of his supporters, targeting the association’s secretariat, but was unsuccessful “in a desperate attempt to take over control of COSON House” the association said in a released statement. In stout defence of the society, some of the staff who were on gorund locked him out of the building and “neither Omorogbe nor his bouncers could gain entry,” head, corporate affairs of COSON, Chibueze Okereke said. COSON lately filed a suit in the High Court, asking Omorogbe, a formermember of the COSON Board to stop parading himself as an officer or Chairman of COSON. According to Okereke, Omorogbe had sent e-mails to the General Manager of COSON, Mr. Chinedu Chukwuji asking him to call a board meeting which he would chair. In his reply, Mr. Chukwuji was said to inform him that the Management of COSON could not accede to his request as they do not recognize him as Chairman of the association. The response to him which was made available to our reporter says: “You will recall that after December 7, 2017 when Chief Tony Okoroji was said to have been removed as chairman and replaced by you, the entire Management of COSON gave you our total and unalloyed support. On December 19, 2017 when the general assembly at the Extra Ordinary General Meeting, annulled the decision of the Board in exercise of its powers, the Management had no choice but to revert to Chief Tony Okoroji as Chairman.

Corruption Responsible For High Level Of Poverty - CSO BY MAKINDE OLUWAROTIMI, ABUJA

A group, under the aegis of Concerned Association for Transparency and National Advancement (CATNA), has said that poverty is the resultant effect of corruption in the country. The group stated this in a statement signed by Hon Tukur Idris Aminu and made available to LEADERSHIP Weekend. Tukur said poverty is the most devastative disease that is ravaging every part of the county irrespective of gender, religious, ethnicity, languages or educational status. While calling on all and sundry to support the present administration in the fight against corruption, he noted that poverty is a disease that is only curable through eradication of corruption. He reiterated that Nigeria will not be able to generate sufficientincome to feed its populace if corruption is allowed to thrive. The group further noted that half of the estimated 180 million population of the country, live in the rural areas with subsistence agriculture as a major source of income. The statement said that corruption has hindered the introduction ofrelevant modern technology in agriculture leading to untold negative impact on farm yields leaving the rural dweller pauperised. The urged all Nigerians to key into President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against corruption to make the resources of the state accessible to all.


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18NEWS ACROSS THE STATES CSO, Parents Takes Protest To Nass Over Dapchi A group, Coalition of Civil Society for the Girl Child and Women, in conjunction with some parents of the abducted Dapchi school girls, on Thursday embarked on peaceful protest to the National Assembly. The protest was organised to lend a voice to the release of the abducted students. from Government Science and Technical College Dapchi,Yobe State, on Feb.19. The group urged the Lawmakers to investigate the abduction of the students, and take steps towards safeguarding the girl child as Nigeria join the rest of the world in marking the 2018 International Women’s Day. Mr Ariyo Dare-Atoye, who spoke on behalf of the group, said the peaceful protest was a solemn march to remind leaders at all levels that a lot needs to be done to protect women. ‘’We are asking the National Assembly to show leadership by urgently convening a special stakeholders summit to address the plight of women and the girl child, mostly in zones and areas prone to attacks. ‘’The National Assembly is also urged to conduct a powerful investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding how over a hundred girls were kidnapped without them being spotted or meeting any security check points. By Omonu Nelson, Abuja

Group Advocates End To Violence Against Women, Children As Nigeria joins the world to celebrate the international women’s day, a non governmental organisation, the Amazon Healing For Women and Children Empowerment Initiative (AHWOCEI), has called for an end to violence against women and children in the country. The executive director of the NGO, Esther Gwamna made the call yesterday during the flag off of the AHWOCEI, in Keffi, Nasarawa state. She expressed worry that cases of abuse against women and children in the country are on the increase, calling on all parties to partner towards ending the menace. According to her, “As we sit here, and as each day passes by, army of rapist and pedophiles are on the march. A hot and hungry catastrophic March which leaves several abused women and children on the path they follow. Those who are lucky to survive are nicknamed victims by the society. While those who are not lucky will be six feet bellow aside those forced in to the family way at the early stage. She said, “Distinguished guests, time is against us to safe many. It was against us yesterday. It is today. The moment compels us to unclench our fists and stretch a hand to lift those people who no longer trusts anyone or feel loved by the society which did not protect them. “It will interest you to know that all of us are sitting at the door step to the larger room where these dastardly acts have become common place, and even sometimes awarded medals, owing to the conspiracies of silence in high places. Cases of rape and child abuse in Keffi and environs need urgent action by well meaning Nigerians to address it”. She added. By Christiana Nwaogu, Abuja

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L-R: Oyo State governor and visitor to The Technical University, Ibadan, Abiola Ajimobi; pioneer Chancellor of the university, Chief Tunde Afolabi and Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ayobami Salami, during the installation of the Chancellor and first matriculation ceremony of the university at the institution’s library hall, Ibadan, yesterday. Photo: Governor’s Office

Group Tasks FG On Strategies To Empower Rural Women BY STELLAMARIES AMUWA, Abuja

As the world marks the international Women’s Day, the African Union Economic, Social a d Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC Nigeria) has called on the federal government of Nigeria to implement strategies that would empower the rural Nigerian Woman The Council, in a statement by the Nigeria representative, Dr. Tunji Asaolu and the special adviser, diaspora, Mrs Chinwe Maduike, yesterday said the government should mobilise rural women leaders, organisations, and grassroots groups

to claim their rights; Strengthening local/national initiatives in rural communities and creating new women’s groups to rise for compliance. “The government should also raise awareness of the multifaceted problems still facing rural women communities; educating for advocacy and providing empowerment tools; linking rural women and their communities to the wider International communities; ringing to light the inequalities and lack of progress in many rural areas, its multifaceted aspects of poverty, and the need to generate sufficient

government and public support for improving life in rural areas; and reating new synergies at many levels between diverse actors (youth and women included) to empower communities.” Asaolu said in line with agenda 2063, the promotion of gender equality for the African Woman has been given high priority by the African Union and that this has been effectively implemented through result-oriented actions both within the secretariat and in member states with a wide range of International partners.

Foundation Screen Ushafa Women For Cervical Cancer BY OMONU NELSON, ABUJA

The ISABELA Foundation, a Non-Governmental organisation founded by the 2012 Miss Nigeria, Isabela Ayuk, Thursday, screened Ushafa women, in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory of Cervical Cancer. According to Isabela, “The purpose of our being at the Ushafa Primary Health Centre today, is to screen Ushafa women of Cervical Cancer as part of International Women’s Day. As we are all aware, Cervical Cancer is curable to the extend it is discovered

early. So, education becomes a veritable tool for Taming the rising cases of death resulting from Cervical Cancer.” Speaking on the choice of Ushafa, the Beauty Queen said: “The choice of Ushafa is Informed by the fact that, rural women are more likely to be ignorant of the disease. My Foundation deals mostly with the rural people.” Shedding more light on the foundation’s campaign, the Medical Director of the Foundations, Dr Chimaijem Ikekeoun (JP) said, the essence of the programme is to first and foremost create

awareness among rural women that there is a disease called Cervical Cancer. He noted that the disease is preventable, saying vaccination is a potent way of preventing the virus that causes Cervical Cancer. According to him, “It is only what you know that you can guard against. We want to first of all create awareness among the rural women. Where we establish a case of Cervical Cancer, we will take it up from there. Depending on the stage, whether it will require surgery or radiotherapy. We will continue with the follow up as revealed by our investigation.

Fashola Inspects Work On Kaduna Bypass, Tamburawa Bridge, Others BY ABAH ADAH, Abuja

The minister of Power, Works and Housing on Thursday embarked on an inspection tour of ongoing road projects in Kano and Kaduna States. The first port of call was the Kaduna Eastern bypass. Others were the 2016 National Housing Programme Rigachukun pilot project still in Kaduna, the Zaria-Kano Road which is under rehabilitation by Mothercat

Nig. Ltd and the weighbridge constructed at some point of it, and the Tamburawa Bridge in Kano which is undergoing rehabilitation, and finally the commissioning of a 73kwh solar Hybrid power plant at Rumbus Industries in Kano. Inspecting the Kaduna Eastern Bypass, the Minister who commended the contractor for being on site working, expressed concern over the embankment and drainage at some point which

he said were poorly done and should be reworked to standard. Fashola who frowned at what he described as stagnated progress on the project, urged the contractor and other stakehoklders to sit up, adding that any contractor or worker found to be unwilling to work along with the commitment of Mr President will be replaced with those who are ready to work and help government actualise its dream for Nigerians.

Abaji Council Boss Restates Commitment To Improve Education

Chairman of Abaji area council, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya, has restated the determination of his administration to ensure that every child in the area council has access to quality education. Speaking shortly after being conferred with an Award of Excellence, by the Students Union (SU) of College of Education (COE), Zuba, Ajiya said that his dream has always been to deliver projects aimed at boosting access to education by every child. He noted that it was this drive to ensure that every child acquires basic education that led to the establishment of a secondary school immediately he assumed office, adding that the establishment of the school has made parents to send their children to the school. The chairman disclosed that in order to encourage learning, the council has also disbursed scholarships to indigent students of the council, who are learning at various tertiary institutions across the council. Earlier, the students’ union president of the college, Comrade Abubakar Mubaraq Musa, while presenting the award said that the union was quite aware of the council chairman’s antecedent in piloting affairs of the council. Musa explained that the students union decided to present the award to the chairman because of his efforts in giving priority to education sector, especially disbursement of scholarship and establishment of secondary school, as well as his support to the girl- child education. He continued: “And we are also aware that the present APC-led government, under the leadership of Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya, has been paying staff salaries promptly, which was among the criteria that made us conferred him with the award, “ he said.


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Nigeria, UK Partner On Girl-child Education BY BLESSING BATURE, Abuja

The United Kingdom is poised to champion girls’ quality education across the globe to promote global stability and transform the lives of women and girls in conflict settings. The British High Commission in Nigeria made this known during the

international women’s day organized by the British Commission with the theme “ Press for progress” yesterday in Abuja. Speaking with the Information Activities and Outreach/ Gender Advisor, BMATT Nigeria, Major Ian Robertson said that UK is committed to protecting and empowering girls and women across the world by providing

quality education and training, empowering the poorest and most vulnerable girls to get the skills needed to get good jobs, build successful careers, engage in politics and have choice over their futures. He however stressed that increasing opportunities for girls’ quality education is vital because when a girl is safe,

healthy and educated, when society value her as an equal and she has control over her own body and decisions, when she can choose when and how many children to have, where she has the information, supports and resources to earn a decent income, women and girls thrive, poverty is reduced, society becomes stable and everyone benefit.

Adding that evidence have proved that if all women went to secondary schools, then infant mortality would be cut in half and 3 million young lives would be saved every year. About 12 million children would not have their growth stunted by malnutrition and the tragedy of child marriages would become less.

Create Positive Impact, LAPO Advices Women The Lift Above Poverty Organisation (LAPO) has called on women to always create positive impact in the society in order to drive gender parity. The regional officer of the organisation, Mr. Basil Ogbuagu made this known in Nyanya, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Federal Capital Territory (FCT) during the celebration of this year International Women’s Day (IWD). He said men should always encourage women to enable them realise their potential for the purpose of helping the society. In her paper presentation at the ocassion, tittled “Press for press” which is a topic within the theme, “Fundamentals for progress to Nigeria Women”, a staff of International Federation of Women Lawyers, Abuja chapter, Mrs. Eboh Blessing said it is time for women to come out strong to press forward and progressing gender parity, a strong calls to the press to progress and a strong call to motivate and unite friends, colleagues and whole communities think, act and be gender inclusive. By Orjime Moses, Abuja

NGO Seeks End To Discrimination Against Women BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI, ABUJA

As part of the activities marking this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD) yesterday, an Abuja-based nongovernmental organisation, (NGO), ‘Helpline Foundation for the Needy’, has called for a total end to all forms of discrimination against women. In an interview with LEADERSHIP Weekend yesterday, president of the foundation, Dr. (Mrs.) Jumai Ahmadu, noted that rural women constitute over a quarter of the world population, while the majority of the 43 per cent of women globally are in the agricultural labour force. Ahmadu pointed out that the International Women’s Day, which has been held for about 100 years now, has become a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, as well as political achievements of women globally and to accelerate action on the call for gender parity. She maintained that the day, which is celebrated on March 8, every year, affords women all over the world, the opportunity to address issues affecting the womenfolk, especially those living in the rural areas. According to her, “The foundation wants to use the day to draw the attention of government, at levels to the plight of women in the society. An average Nigeria woman goes through hardship to feed her family, because of disparities in the country.

Director of Public Relations and Information (DOPRI), NAF headquarters, AVM Olatokunbo Adesanya and the Provost, College of Law, Prof Smaranda Olarinde, during the 2018 Law Week of the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, yesterday.

Netherlands Envoy Seeks Collective Action On Humanitarian Aid In N/East BY HENRY TYOHEMBA, ABUJA

Ambassador of the Royal Kingdom of Netherlands, Robert J. Petri, has seek for a collective action to foster humanitarian aid to displaced persons in the north eastern part of Nigeria. Petri spoke in Abuja at a panel discussion group event and launch of the Consortium video Documentary, “Shelter In The Storm, “ organised by Nigeria Joint Response (NJR), to mark

International Women’s Day. He said: “A lot of work need to be done and we have to press for progress. I will also encourage you to follow such programmes. We talk about shared responsibility by government, NGOs and ordinary people to make things work and I think with the collective effort we will be able to achieve this.” The ambassador further, stressed that women are facing a great challenge of survival in the north east

as most men have been killed and left them to take care of the families. He urged the humanitarian agencies to consider women in their development efforts. Also speaking, the Consortium Coordination NJR, Etta Mbong said NJR which is a consortium of seven INGOs is also working with local NGOs to ensure that people affected by crisis in the north east needs are met. “We are trying to raise

awareness on the the gaps regarding gender issues in the north east so that stakeholders who are providing responses in the region can be aware and then improve their programmes to empower women.” He stressed that some house holds have become women headed house holds because they lost the bread winners of the family therefore, imposing more responsibilities on women than they normally used to.

Women Should Be Involved In Govt To Change Nigeria – Omotosho The National Chairman, Labour Party of Nigeria, Dr Mike Omotosho has stressed that to achieve a desired change in Nigeria, women need to be fully recognise in the political affairs of the country. Omotosho said this in Abuja while delivering a remark at a programme organized by ‘Women In Politics Forum’ to commemorate International

Women’s Day. He said: “It’s amazing that there is a lot of negative publicity about Nigeria and corruption to the extent that the entire country and administration will hinge its strategy on fighting corruption. It makes us appear like devils especially out there but we still have a lot of sincere people especially, women. I’m not saying it because we have women here.

“I truly believe that if we want our country to change, we truly must start not just to ourselves but with women, that’s the truth,” he added. Also speaking, the President, Women In Politics, Mrs Ebere Ifendu said as the world celebrate Women all over the world, the Forum is looking at the challenges serving as barriers to full women participation in politics.

“Our aim and objectives is to have more women participate as voters and more women also participate as people that will vote for women. Our idea is to bring out the beat that we have.” She further encouraged women to spread over all the political parties in the country and get number of seats for the women in order to get involved in government.

FMC Keffi Board Chairman Tasks Staff On Dedication To Duties BY DANJUMA JOSEPH, LAFIA.

The newly inaugurated chairman of governing Board, of Federal Medical Centre(FMC), Keffi, in Nasarawa State, Prince SuleIko Sadiq Sami has charged staff of the centre to be dedicated to their duties. Sadiq Sami made call on Friday during the board`s maiden visitband interactive session with management and staff of the hospital in Keffi.

The board chairman promised to give priority to staff welfare for effective health care service delivery. According to him, staff welfare would not only improve on their productivity but would also improve on the health status of the people of the state and Nigeria at large considering the importance of health to the development of the society. “We are here to do our job without fear or favour and with the fear of God as well as

to make you happy as long as you are making the patients happy especially in the area of staff welfare” he said. Sadiq Sami advised the staff to be punctual and dedicated to their duties for optimal productivity, adding it is no longer going to be business as usual. The chairman who tagged the governing board a “Dream Team” also assured the management staff of the centre of the board`s willingness

and commitment to harness available resource in the centre for infrastructural development. “We will ensure enhanced staff welfare in cognizance with president Buhari`s change philosophy of zero tolerance for corruption,” he added. Also speaking, the Medical Director of the centre Dr Joshua Ndom-Giyan, congratulated the board members on their appointments and assured them of the management`s support for effective service delivery.


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L-R: Chairman of Pace Setters Academy, Kenneth Imansuagbon; Chief Judge of FCT High Court,Justice Ishaq Bello and Public Diplomacy Officer at US embassy, Mr Lawrence Socha, during the Pace Setters’ 2018 cultural Festival in Abuja, yesterday

Gowon Flags-Off Free Hepatitis B Screening In Adamawa BY HUSSAINI HAMMANGABDO, Yola

Former head of state, Gen Yakubu Gowon, has flagged-off free screening and vaccination, of 5000 people, against viral hepatitis B virus which causes acute and chronic inflammations of the liver in Adamawa State. Gowon, during the exercise at Specialist Hospital, Yola, said the project is aimed at controlling the increasing prevalence of the disease in the state. He noted with concern that, out of 1500 people screened in January,150 people tested positive with hepatitis B virus,

Husband Hacks Wife To Death In Enugu The Enugu State command of the Nigeria Police Force says it has commenced a full scale investigation into an alleged incident in which a husband allegedly hacked his wife to death. A statement from the Police Public Relations Officer in Enugu, Ebere Amaraizu, said it gathered that the deceased, identified as one Nkechi Nnamani and a mother of four children, was hale and hearty last week before her husband, identified as Sunday Nnamani, allegedly hit her with an object on the head. He added that the development left the deceased unconscious and in coma, stating that she was consequently rushed to Parklane Specialist Hospital, Enugu where she was confirmed dead by a doctor. He disclosed that operatives of the command were trying to unravel the circumstances surrounding the alleged unfortunate incident just as the dead body of Nkechi has been deposited in a nearby mortuary. The, incident, he further disclosed, was said to have occurred at Afia Nine Axis of Obiagu Enugu . By Nnamdi Mbawike, Enugu

which he described as alarming and disturbing for the state. He urged government to implement national policies and guidelines for the control, suppression and treatment of the disease, for effective and timely control of the virus in the state. The project, which has been conducted by Yakubu Gowon

Centre with the support of PCNI, is targeted at 5000 beneficiaries in the state. “Treatment of affected persons with hepatitis virus and administering vaccines, is the concern of Yakubu Gowon and the partners are free to curtail the scourge in the state he maintained.

The Leader of the team, Nduka Ozor, said six screening centres have been established across the state for easy access to the vaccines free of charge. “We have established screening centres at FMC Yola, Specialist hospital, all IDP camps in the state, Lamido place, Douragi hotel among others.

Social Security: FG Injects N3.6 Billion In Jigawa BY MUH’D ZANGINA KURA, Dutse

Federal government has so far, spent over 3.6 billion in the implementation of its social security program in Jigawa State. The state coordinator, federal government social security program, Bala Usman Chamo, revealed this while briefing newsmen on the progress, so far, made by the four components of the program in the state. He said, 3,253 graduates were enrolled in the first batch of -power program in the state and from 2016 to date, a total sum of N1.3 billion was paid as their monthly allowances by federal government.

Bala added that, in the second batch of the program, a total number of 8,694 applicants were enrolled, which made the total number of N-power beneficiaries in the state to be 11,857 with their monthly allowance stand at N353.6 million. The coordinator also stated that, for the Household Uplifted Program, a second component of the federal government social security program, over 36,000 less privileged persons were registered and so far over N989,580,000 was paid as their monthly grant. “For third component, Home Grown School Feeding, over 7,000 cocks were recruited and from the

commencement of the program to date, federal government has expended over N1billion in the state. “The federal government is feeding primary 1-3 while the state government is feeding primary 4-6, on the flat rate of N45 per pupil. Based on this arrangement, the state is paying N68.5 million monthly for the program” “The fourth component is Government Enterprenur and Empowerment Program (GEEP). About 40, 000 people are targeted to benefit from the skills training and loan to enable them start their own businesses or improve on the one they have already started. Presently, 15 have applied across Jigawa State”

G20 Summit: China Set To Boost World Trade BLESSING BATURE, ABUJA

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China has resolved to support economic globalisation on the international community on several major international occasions such as the world economic forum in Davos, the Belt and Road Forum for International Corporation and G20 Summit. The Economic and Commercial Counselor, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Zhao Linxiang, made this known in a press statement

on the China International Import Expo, yesterday, in Abuja. He said that the decision to hold the China International Import Expo, is an action to implement China’s stand to support economic globalisation as expressed by President Xi Jinping. Adding that the Chinese Government has decided that the first China International Import Expo will be held in Shanghai from November 5, 2018 to November 10, 2018, and that the Expo will not only provide new opportunities for countries around the world to

expand export to China, but also create a platform for countries to engage in international trade and share business opportunities with each other. Linxiang declared China’s readiness to welcome all over the world, especially the African countries, to board the train of China’s development, either for a fast ride or for a free ride. Products and services with strengths, characteristics and competitiveness, are welcome to enter China’s vast market with population of 1.3 billion.

Foundation Trains 2000 Youths On Entrepreneurship In Benue BY HEMBADOON ORSAR, Makurdi

Over 2000 youths, dràwn from 276 council wards of Benue State, are to benefit from the skill acquisition training initiated by the wife of the Benue State government, Eunice Ortom, under her pet project, Eunice Spring of Life Foundation (ESLF). Addressing the youths who converged in Makurdi for the training, Mrs Ortom explained that two youths were selected from each council ward, for the training, adding that she was committed to

supporting the youths to achieve their desired dreams through skill acquisition. Mrs Ortom, who was represented by the Senior Special Advider to the governor on administration and ICT, Daniel Gbabo, disclosed that the training is a tripartite agreement between ESLF, Trainers and the Trainees in five trade areas of Tailoring, Shoe making, Hair Dressing, Baking, Fashion and designing. She also explained that those for baking and confectioneries will at least receive the training for three months while those for tailoring and other areas will at least

train for six months. In a welcome address, the programme manager, ESLF, Tine Agernor, who said the foundation is focused to the welfare of the Benue child as its priority, urged the youths to use the skills acquired to also help others to be self employed even as he commended the youths for the decision to own their lives. The training, according to Agernor, is a follow up training meant for youths entrepreneurship and empowerment to help curb social vices among youths with a theme “Made in Benue is possible “

We Employed Over 200 Youths In Jos – NELMAC Jos based industrialist and the Managing Director of NELMAC Global resources, an indigenous drilling and borehole pipes producing company, Ambassador Uba Nelson Nkparu has disclosed that his company has employed over 200 youths while expressing his determination to partner with youths irrespective of political and religious divide for a peaceful co existence in Plateau state. He made this known while speaking with newsmen after receiving an award of Jarman Matasan/Icon of societal transformation from a group, Northern Youth Council of Nigeria in Jos, the Plateau State capital. “The youths are the leaders of tomorrow, youths constitute a greater percentage of the population and should be engaged in gainful employment,” stressing that government should create an enabling environment for jobs creation “I am calling on the Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong to continue to provide an enabling environment for business to grow in the state.” He said he is willing to partner with the state government to develop Plateau State in terms of creating job opportunities for the teeming youths in order to reduce youth restiveness and poverty in the State. “Just recently, I paid the school fees for over 50 less privileged students in some secondary schools. NEMAC Global Resources, producer of high Quality PVC ceiling, conduit pipes, borehole pipes and electricity fittings and other product lines, also commended the state government for their efforts at restoring peace to Plateau, especially Jos metropolis. By Achor Abimaje,Jos


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Managing Risk Of Cancer, Stroke, Others In Women

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Foods That Prevent Heart Disease

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Time To Take Regular Check Up Seriously Few weeks ago, the country lost one of its best professors in the person of Professor Dogara Gwamna to the cold hands of death after a brief illness. Prof Gwamna who hailed from Nasarawa state before his demise was the secretary of Association of Pro-Chancellors of Private Universities in Nigeria.While the cause of death is not very clear, his professor colleagues think he must have died from a heart related ailment having suffered a stroke about 10 years back. The country had lost about four professors in 2years!Their deaths are not unconnected to stress and being saddled with responsibilities too enormous for them to handle. His colleagues especially, the Chairman of the Association recalled cautioning him not too long ago to take it easy having noticed his ever busy schedule coupled with the nature of his job. Another professor colleague of the late Gwamna also narrated how he would have been dead by now were it not for his wife who insisted he had his blood pressure checked after conducting free medical tests ranging from blood pressure, diabetes ,cancer screening and others on people for free , and alas his blood pressure was an incredible 190mm/ Hg(systolic ) – an automatic candidate for stroke! What am I trying to say in essence? We all seem to be too busy working, hustling and chasing money without paying attention to our health!We forget that after making the money it is useless when you are not in sound health to enjoy it. It takes a lot of time,energy and resources to train a Professor and losing five of them in a space of two years is very sad! It is time for government,private organisations,universities and employers of labour either government or private to make routine medical check-up a must to avert untimely deaths of not just our professors but other Nigerians whose deaths are preventable only if we make routine check up a habit.

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ithout water, life becomes practically impossible. The United Nation (UN) in December 2003, proclaimed the year 2003-2015 as the International Decade for action ‘Water for life’. Its primary goal is to promote efforts to fulfil international commitment made on water and water related issues by 2015. Studies shows that, the rate of painful kidney stones is rising. Which one of the reasons could be because people, including children aren’t drinking enough water. Water dilutes the salts and minerals in your urine that form the solid crystals known as kidney stones.

Water basically helps your kidneys. It helps the body fluids to transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a watersoluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine. Hence, your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate. Studies shows that, when you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely in light colour and free of odour. But, when your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, colour, and odour increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions. Hence, if you chronically drink

too little, you may be at higher risk for kidney problems, especially in warm climates. Benefits Of Water • Have a beverage with every snack and meal. • Choose beverages you enjoy; you’re likely to drink more liquids if you like the way they taste. • Eat more fruits and vegetables. Their high water content will add to your hydration. About 20 per cent of our fluid intake comes from foods. • Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, or in your bag. • Choose beverages that meet your individual needs. If you’re watching calories, go for non-caloric beverages or water.

May the soul of Professor Gwamna and others find eternal rest. E-mail: miminaija@yahoo.com 08029606414 (text only)

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The Untold Dangers Of Masturbation

Masturbation is not a subject that is discussed in daylight but, many people indulge in it privately and it is therefore important to know the dangers of masturbation as well as its negative and positive effects on your health. TUNDE OGUNTOLA reports.

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asturbation is a term used to refer to the selfstimulation of genital organs, by both men and women, in most cases, to the point of getting an orgasm. According to health experts, “forty per cent of adolescent girls, and between sixty and ninety per cent of boys in this age group take part in regular masturbation.” For most youngsters, masturbation provides them with the chance to explore sexually in private, before they can make the decision to engage in sexual activities with other people. Given the fact that the world is currently filled with all kinds of diseases and conditions, masturbation is considered to be the safest type of sex, when it comes to helping prevent the transmission of diseases, such as HIV. Consequently, abusive masturbation can harm the male and female body in the following ways: infection, mood swings and stress, fatigue, insomnia and sleep disturbance, weak or soft erections, premature ejaculations that is sometimes accompanies by excessive precum, fuzzy vision or eye floaters, performance anxiety attacks, discomfort or pain in the lower back, thinning hair, insulin resistance and suppressed immunity, testicular pain and pain in the groin. Even though masturbation may at times be recommended by doctors to assist patients with their sexual lives, it also poses some dangers. A new study has shown that men who masturbate on a frequent basis are at risk of developing prostate cancer. A new study established that men who masturbated a lot in their early twenties, had a thirty-four per cent chance of developing prostate cancer by the time they got to their sixties. For women, it has been noted that frequent masturbation may lead to them not enjoying sexual sessions with their partners. Most women claim that the orgasms they derive from their own touch tend to be more intense as compared to those that they get from engaging in sex. Female Masturbation Side Effects As a woman, even if you do not happen to be addicted to sex, too much masturbation may lead to unfortunate physical consequences. Due to over stimulation, your G-spot, vagina, and clitoris could lose

sensitivity, and this may make it more susceptible to injuries and infections. It is a condition known as sexual exhaustion. While looking at the masturbation effects on health, experts have noted that frequent masturbators will in many cases have a problem when it comes to performing with their real-life sex partners. This is attributed to the fact that these women have conditioned their minds and bodies to self-stimulation, which leads to a quick release. As such, the women no longer regard sex sessions as shared experiences. In a woman, it is something that can lead to an inability to reach sexual orgasm as well as lead to complete lack of sexual desire. When you snuff out this spark in your bedroom, you will find that problems such as breakdown in communication, insecurity, and distrust will start to arise. Mitochondria fatigue and masturbation: It is normal for you to experience fatigue after you have had an orgasm. It is therefore not uncommon to feel tired after you have masturbated. Getting enough sleep, as well as making sure that you reduce your frequency of masturbation

will assist in alleviating the exhaustion that you are experiencing. If this fatigue continues, it is recommended that you try out herbal solutions such as Tumeric root, as they will assist in re-energizing your mitochondria. In cases where masturbation does not lead to significant problems such as mitochondria fatigue and sexual exhaustion, masturbating too often may still cause problems to your relationships. Male masturbation side effects Having looked at the effects, it has on the female body; let us look at the masturbation effects on health, when practiced by men. Given that masturbation is a noxious habit, men regularly practice it across the globe. Today, it is a practice that has corrupted the life of many young men, with many taking part in regular, or daily masturbation sessions. In a bid to understand the masturbation effects on health, experts looking into this topic found that men are controlled by three main factors: environmental, emotional, and hormonal factors. One of the major effects of

this practice is that it creates drowsiness. After ejaculating, you will find yourself going to sleep for most of the time, and as explained earlier, you may find your body experiencing tiredness. Additionally, your body will also become weak, as the calcium and the proteins will be drained from your body. If looking for information on masturbation effects on health, it is important to note that too much masturbation may lower your sperm count. In the human body, the proteins are the most important building blocks that there is, and when you ejaculate, they diminish. You may therefore find yourself becoming lean, and this in the process distracts the formation of muscles in the body. It is something that can negatively affect couples that are trying to get pregnant. As such, it is recommended that couples trying to start a family desist from masturbation, as it may prove to be counterproductive. How to stop masturbation for men and women Having looked at the masturbation effects on health discussed above, you may feel the

need to stop the habit completely, or reduce the frequency with which you masturbate. If you do, you will find that these points will come in handy in helping you achieve this fete: • Aim to stay busy and focused at all times, as you need to ensure that you fill your life with activities that are engaging. Taking part in new activities brings with it new excitement, which will help you resist the urge to masturbate. To achieve this, you can try the following: be creative, take part in sports, eat a balanced and healthy diet, make sure you get adequate sleep, make a plan to avoid masturbating during your go-to times of each day, if you find your bathing time to be tempting, switch from taking warm showers, and start taking cold showers. • Limit your isolation, if the reason you masturbate frequently is because you have a lot of time alone, try to find ways in which you can become socially engaged. • Stop the urge to watch porn. On a final note, trying to stop masturbation is not something that can be accomplished within a single day. It is a process that will require commitment.


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Foods That Prevent Heart Disease

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healthy heart is no longer something that can be achieved only by visiting the doctor. With plenty of diets and exercises to choose from, individuals have varied options to hold onto when it comes to getting a healthy heart and maintaining it that way for years to come. Here are some fabulous tips from experienced individuals from around the world who claim these pointers helped them get heart healthy and fit in a very short span of time in addition to helping them stay free from several heart related illnesses, disorders and diseases in the long run. Get Your Food Chart Right If you want your heart to remain healthy and fit for many years, you would need to start incorporating a few changes in your regular diet, and add some essential foods to it. Healthy Diet In addition to maintaining the health of the heart, these foods will also help protect it from cardio vascular disorders and similar heart related ailments. Fish It is known that fishes are excellent sources of protein and essential fatty acids (called Omega 3 Fatty Acids) that have been proved to be very

beneficial for the heart. Varieties like hilsa, tuna, mackerel, salmon, rohu and sardine can provide your body with the necessary amount of Omega 3 Fatty Acids on a daily basis even if consumed only 2-3 times a week. Sour Grapes And Garlic Studies have revealed that a glass of sour grape juice can help offset an impending heart attack by at least a few months. The effect was more prominent in individuals who consume alcohol on a regular basis (alcohol consumption tends to weaken the heart and cause heart attacks). It is also an established fact that garlic helps to bring down the blood pressure by dilating the blood vessel walls present in the heart. Even though every vegetable has its own benefits on the body, vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes help to target the positive health and well being of the heart. Carrots help to control the blood sugar levels in the body and also help to maintain the good cholesterol levels while reducing the bad cholesterol levels to an extent. Sweet Potatoes Sweet potatoes on the other hand are effective substitutes for white potatoes and can easily bring down the sugar levels in individuals suffering from high blood sugar.

Nuts And Seeds Nuts like almonds and walnuts have a profound influence on the health of the heart and are rich sources of monosaturated fats that provide your body with the necessary nutrients it needs without clogging the arteries (other fatty foods usually do so). Likewise flaxseeds, especially the ground varieties are very rich sources of omega 3 oils, phytochemicals and fibre, all of which are very beneficial for a healthy heart. Then again, you can opt to include hot chilli peppers in the dishes that you cook. Hot chilli peppers are very useful in preventing heart attacks in addition to regulating the cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body. Hot chilli peppers also prevent the formation of blood clots in the heart and arteries. Oats And Barley Oats is considered as one of the best nutritional supplements for diabetic individuals. In addition to bringing down the blood sugar levels in diabetic individuals, oats helps to also regulate the cholesterol levels in the body by reducing the bad cholesterol levels (LDL) in the same to a significant extent. Barley is also known to possess anti diabetic properties. Substituting your daily quota of white rice with barley will ensure that your blood sugar and cholesterol levels are maintained properly.

Medical Terms And Meanings Detoxification Detoxification is one of the more widely used treatments and concepts in alternative medicine. It is based on the principle that illnesses can be caused by the accumulation of toxic substances (toxins) in the body. Eliminating existing toxins and avoiding new toxins are essential parts of the healing process. Detoxification utilizes a variety of tests and techniques. Detoxification is helpful for those patients suffering from many chronic diseases and conditions, including allergies, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, chronic infections, depression, diabetes,

headaches, heart disease, high cholesterol, low blood sugar levels, digestive disorders, mental illness, and obesity. It is helpful for those with conditions that are influenced by environmental factors, such as cancer, as well as for those who have been exposed to high levels of toxic materials due to accident or occupation. Detoxification therapy is useful for those suffering from allergies or immune system problems that conventional medicine is unable to diagnose or treat, including chronic fatigue syndrome, environmental illness/multiple chemical sensitivity, and fibromyalgia.

When You Can’t Open Your Eyes for Three Days Natalie Adler, 21, of Caulfield South, Melbourne, Australia, said she can sense the onset of her unusual condition -- and when she should start preparing for three days of darkness. “The night before it sets in, my eyes get quite heavy and that is how I know it is coming,” Adler told ABCNews.com. Invariably, the next morning Adler finds herself unable to open her tightly shut eyes. The bouts generally last for about three days, after which she can open her eyes and once again see normally. Adler has suffered from the condition for the last four years, she said. Doctors, both in Australia and the United States, are baffled as to the exact cause -or indeed, whether her condition is physical or psychological. “We’re not really sure of the diagnosis,” said Catherine Mancuso, an orthoptist who coordinated Adler’s treatment plans at The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. “There’s nothing that would

cause symptoms of a woman to close her eyes for three days, and open her eyes for three days,” said Dr. Dean Cestari, a neuro-ophthalmologist at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. Cestari believes that at least part of Adler’s condition may be attributed to a psychological condition that has manifested itself in a physical way. “It can be hard, because sometimes these patients come in with real experiences. They aren’t making this up,” said Cestari. “But the mind converted a conflict into a physical manifestation.” For now, Adler receives Botox treatments to the muscles surrounding her eyes. The injections often help her to keep her eyes open, but she said that the effectiveness of the treatments is starting to wane. Now she is holding out hope for a more permanent solution, as well as a way to continue her day-to-day life despite the condition. “In the beginning, I tried to ignore it, but [I] have now learnt to live with it,” she said.

Your Sexual Health Question Answered Can I make my penis bigger? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but this is at best difficult (closer to impossible) and in almost all cases unneeded. Certain positions can make you feel bigger to your partner. For example, if you have her lie face-down on the bed and enter her from behind—like this— it will create a snug fit, which makes you feel larger to her. You can also accentuate what you’re working with by keeping your pubes trimmed. (Trust me, she’ll appreciate it for more reasons than one!) Plus, hitting the gym and eating clean will give you a fit, flat core—another way to diminish distraction around your prized possession.

clitoris some love while doing the deed, then this may be the root of your problem. As I’ve said before, plenty of women cannot climax through penetrative sex alone. So shoot for positions that stimulate her hot spot indirectly— such as the Coital Alignment Technique—or go for one that bodes well for hands-on action, like The Pretzel. With that being said, diddling her skittle isn’t the only thing that will make her moan. For women, climaxing is as much a mental game as it is physical. So do whatever you can to eliminate distraction. Shut off the TV, silence your cell phone—even kick your roommates out of the apartment if you have to. And lastly, stop asking if she came Can I make my wife orgasm already. Not only does that put during sex? pressure on her if she hasn’t, If you’re not showing her but it also kills the mood.

JOKE Surgeons On Best Patients To Operate Five surgeons are discussing who the best patients are to operate on. The first surgeon said, “I like to see accountants on my operating table, because when you open them up, everything inside them are numbered.” The second responded, “You should try electricians! Everything inside them are colour

coded.” The third surgeon said, “I really think librarians are the best; everything inside them are in alphabetical order.” The fourth surgeon chimed in, “You know, I like construction workers...they always understand when you have a few parts left over in the end, and when the job takes longer than you said it would.” But the fifth surgeon shut them all up with this observation, “You’re all wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on. There’s no guts, no heart, no spine and the head and butt are interchangeable.”


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About 6500 Permanent, Adhoc Staff For 2018 UTME – JAMB About 6500 permanent and adhoc staff have been deployed for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), which started yesterday in 605 CBT centers in the country. The registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede stated that 10 officials will be stationed in each center. “Our team of supervisor and examination monitors which include the chief external examiners, Youth of Virtue, the NSCDC members and our staff will provide the necessary role in each centre in the examinations,” he said. The exam which began yesterday, started by 3.o clock in the afternoon. LEADERSHIP Weekend while monitoring the exam in CBTs in Kugo and Dutse in Bwari area council saw that the officials were present making sure that the exams were going as planned. However, candidates complained of not getting information on the centers of the exam earlier enough which made them arrive late for the exam. The Board has however told candidates not to wait for the board to send the details, but they should visit its website and follow the instructions provided for viewing and printing out their examination slips. A total of 1,662,762 candidates registered for this year’s exam which continues until March, 19, 2018. By Chika Mefor, Abuja

Niger Gov Reiterates Commitment To People Oriented Projects Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello, has reiterated his administration’s commitment to supporting projects geared towards improving the socioeconomic life of the people. Governor Sani-Bello stated this yesterday in Bida during the foundation laying ceremony of an Information Communication Technology Center initiated by the Senator representing Niger South, Senator Mustapha Sani Mohammed. The governor who said his administration will not relent in its bid to improve the standard of living of the people, especially at the grassroots level, also said the ICT center, if completed, will assist in acquiring modern skills in information management. He commended the initiative and foresight of Senator Mustapha Sani adding that it will also bring about job creation in the district. Etsu Nupe and chairman Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar also commended the Senator for the giant stride addig that the center would make the younger generation to be ICT compliant. By Abu Nmodu, Minna

L-R: Senior Brand manager of Friesland Campina Wamco Nigeria Plc, Mrs Omolara Banjoko; Human Resource director, Mr Tominiyi Oni; managing director, Mr Ben Langat; CDSM director, Mr Adewale Arikawe; Finance director, Mr Dirk Van Breen and national sales manager, Mr Adedeji Adeshoga, during the official launch of the new Three Crowns Creamer in Lagos, yesterday. PHOTO BY KOLAWOLE ALIU.

APC Crisis: Northern Group Rallies Support For Tinubu C’ttee BY MOSES ORJIMEH, ABUJA

The Northern Alternative Forum (NAF), has urged members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to rally round the Bola Ahmed Tinubu- led peace and reconciliation committee in order to enable it succeed in uniting the party. The pro-democracy group championing the course of good governance in the country noted that the only way Tinubu can be successful in reconciling party members is when the APC governors and other party stakeholders cooperate with him. President Muhammadu Buhari had personally directed the setting up of committee, asking the party’s national leader to head the committee saddled with the responsibility of reconciling aggrieved party members. In a chat with journalists yesterday, national chairman of NAF, Mallam Gidado Ibrahim, said Tinubu was the best option chosen by the president to resolve the crisis and that his failure would spell doom for the APC. He said, “Even if the president is to make another choice again, the best option for the party will still be Senator Ahmed Bola

Tinubu and I believe that he will succeed, but whether he will succeed depends on the governors and party stakeholders. They must be prepared to cooperate with him. “Tinubu’s recent appointment by President Buhari to lead the APC team of consultation, reconciliation and confidence-building is the president’s own way of positioning the party ahead of 2019 because a divided house cannot stand. “It is going to be a tragedy if Tinubu fails. As far as I am concerned he is the man the cap fits to do the job considering how he worked tenaciously towards the formation of the party,” Ibrahim added, noting that those working at cross-purpose with the former Lagos State governor are enemies of APC working as moles for the opposition. Recalling the commitee’s terms of reference as specified by the president, Ibrahim said, “Tinubu’s assignment, among others, involves reconciling political office holders in some APC-controlled states and addressing crises in the party’s chapters in Kano, Kogi, Kaduna, Bauchi and other states. The task is herculean and a very tall order, but it underscores the confidence President Buhari has in Tinubu. “We at the Northern Alternative Forum

have the same confidence in Tinubu, a party leader who has worked assiduously in ensuring that APC is kept as one. Don’t forget that if anything happens to the APC, a platform that produced one of the country’s best president, Nigeria is doomed as a country”. Ibrahim further advised the Tinubu reconciliation committee not to take sides but to give equal treatment in the interest of the party and its members. He expressed confidence that Tinubu’s appointment would address the fundamental issues confronting the party at both the national and state level, even as he maintained that nobody would have solved the party’s many problems other than President Buhari through Tinubu. The NAF national chairman noted that even the party at the national level could not solve the problem because there had been disrespect and disregard for the party’s leadership in the last two years. “It is of concern that a party that came to power with so much goodwill, and hope has found itself in a civil war with itself”, Ibrahim stated, recalling that PDP was not destroyed from the outside, but from the inside.

Ibadan Technical Varsity Matriculates 190 Pioneer Students The Technical University, Ibadan, which is the first of its kind in the country, has matriculated 190 pioneer students, in a ceremony that coincided with the installation of an oil magnate, Chief Tunde Afolabi, as the institution’s first chancellor and chairman of council. The ceremonies, including the turning of the sod for the proposed AMNI Energy and Petroleum Training Institute for the university, being championed by Afolabi, were performed by the Governor of Oyo State and Visitor to the institution,

Senator Abiola Ajimobi, at the university complex, on Friday. The university, a brainchild of the Ajimobi-led administration as a public-private partnership (PPP), had begun academic activities in January 2018. In his address at the occasion, an elated Ajimobi said that the matriculation of the first set of students of the university was a dream come true, given the initial cynicism of some citizens about the possibility of establishing the university.

The governor expressed gratitude to Afolabi for honouring the call to serve humanity by taking up the role of chancellorship, stressing that his exceptional background and international network would enhance the growth of the university. Ajimobi said, “To say this ceremony is epochal is to say the least. We are today witnessing history, as the idea that was conceived by our administration with full commitment of notable individuals is here birthed today.

standing instruction of a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke. Zakari, who is second prosecution witness in the case, further testified that his investigation revealed that the N650 million was part of a total sum of N23 billion which Mrs. AlisonMadueke warehoused in the bank. The former Minister, a former Senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District, Ayo Ademola Adeseun and a politician, Chief Olanrewaju Otiti, are standing trial

before the court on a 24-count charge of alleged N650 million fraud. The accused persons were also accused of conspiring to directly take possession of N650million, which they reasonably ought to have known forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act. According to the EFCC, they allegedly received the money from Mrs Alison-Madueke in the build- up to the 2015 general election. The money was said to be part of a larger sum of $115 million allegedly

doled out by Mrs. Alison-Madueke to influence the outcome of the 2015 presidential election. However, they all pleaded not guilty to the charge. The witness while being led in evidence by the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo on Friday claimed he discovered that the N23bn was the naira equivalent of a total of $115.01m, which Diezani collected from three oil marketers and one Lano Adesanya in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.

How Alison-Madueke Paid Akinjide, Others N650m Cash- EFCC Investigator BY OLUGBENGA SOYELE, LAGOS

An Investigating Officer with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday told a Federal High Court in Lagos how Akinjide and her co-accused allegedly took delivery of a cash sum of N650m March in 2015. The prosecution witness, Usman Zakari also claimed that Akinjide and two others collected the N650 million cash from the Dugbe branch of a new generation bank in Oyo State on the

Gov Sani-Bello Donates N20 Million To Fire Victims BY ABU NMODU, MINNA

Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has donated the sum N 20million to the victims of last Thursday’s fire outbreak that engulfed the Etsu Musa Market, Bida, as part of efforts to ease the hardship of the victims Governor Sani-Bello disclosed this in Bida at the Estu Nupe Palace, while commiserating with the traders and the people of Bida Emirate. He said the N20 million was a palliative to enable the victim’s find ways to engage in their businesses and earn their source of living as a committee will be set up to look into compensating those that were affected. “For the main time, we are donating the sum of N 20 million cash to those that were affected by the fire disaster. Niger State Emergency Management Agency, NSEMA , together with a committee that will be set up will investigate and take stock of the losses suffered by the people to ensure that they are compensated”. The Governor while describing the fire incidence as unfortunate assured the people of a fire service station in the market and also directed NSEMA to provide safety devices to avoid future occurrences in the proposed new market in case of emergency. Governor Sani-Bello has however called on the people to corporate with the committee as they carry out their investigations and has also prayed God to replenish them. Governor Sani-Bello who visited the scene along side the Estu Nupe, Alh Yayaha Abubakar and other top government officials , promised to investigate the cause of the incidence. Also speaking, the Etsu Nupe and chairman Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar commended the Governor for the timely intervention and called on the people to ensure Maximum Corporation with the committee. He also stated that a committee will be set up at the local government level to carry out the investigation. The Governor was accompanied by the Etsu Nupe, Alh. Yahaya Abubakar, Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, Hon Ahmed Marafa, Senator Mustapha Sani, chief of staff, Mikail Al-Amin Bmitosahi, Head of Service, Alh. Sule Yabagi, commissioners, special advisers, director- generals, women leaders, APC stakeholders and other government officials to the Mmarket.


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Agric Policy Neglect Cause Of Hunger In Nigeria - OBJ BY FRANCIS OKOYE, MAIDUGURI

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that the neglect of viable agricultural policies by respective administrations has left the country in food crisis. Obasanjo who is chairman of Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum noted that if the policies were implemented by the successive administrations, Nigeria would have been in the position to feed Africa and by extension, the world. The former Head of State stated this on Friday during his two-day visit to

Maiduguri for the Third Meeting of the Nigeria Zero Hunger Forum organised by the Six Pilot States in Nigeria held at Multi Purpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri. He added that Nigeria has what it takes to end hunger in the country and if the government would implement its agricultural policies, Nigeria would be one of the greatest countries of the world. “ I thank you the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima for boldly and confidently hosting this meeting in Maiduguri. I was thinking due to the Security Challenges, we may not be able

to hold it here as we did in Ebonyi in 2017 and Benue in 2016. “I also commend the Ogun State government for attending the meeting for the first time as a member state of the six pilot states. I thank all the stakeholders here, IITA, FAO, ADB. Zero Hunger hasramifications to end poverty and hunger in Nigeria by 2025. “I hope by the time we sit down and share our experiences, knowledge, ideas and successes of our respective pilot states, as you will be telling us what you have done and how you have achieved them, we will all learn from the successes you made in providing

food to your people to end hunger. “ We have a lot of agricultural policies that have been neglected. And if we had implemented them, Nigeria would have been one of the greatest countries of the world agriculturally, because we have what it takes to feed Nigerians and end hunger in the country. “We can establish rice, cassava, beans, yam, fruits, grains, groundnut and palm oil food processing and manufacturing industries in some parts of the country, particularly, in the northeast and south where these resources and farm produces are manufactured abundantly”, Obasanjo

L-R: Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed; deputy Commandant of the National Defence College (NDC), Maj-Gen Peter Dauke; Ambassador of IreLand to Nigeria, Sean Hoy and Provost of Centre for Strategic Research and Studies, Chijioke Wagwe, during a workshop on peace through dialogue for national security organized by NDC, Embassy of Ireland and Likeminde Project in Abuja, yesterday. PHOTO BY NAN.

FCTA Set To Rehabilitate Ushaffa Pottery BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI, ABUJA The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) said it is set to rehabilitate and upgrade the Ushaffa Pottery Centre in Bwari area council, to a centre for skill acquisition and empowerment to assist women to be self-reliant and employable. Delivering a goodwill message, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day celebration yesterday, minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello disclosed that the administration has

committed a total of N96.7 million to a UNESCO YouthMobile ICT and Mobile Application training project, designed to inculcate in women and youths, employable skills. Bello stated that over 1,000 participants drawn from women and youths in the six area councils of the territory, are benefitting from the training programme, adding that initiative would make women competitive in the contemporary job market. The minister further stated that the FCTA’s One-VillageOne-Product (OVOP) scheme

is specifically targeting rural women in order to improve their place in the agricultural value-chain and expose them to national and international export market. “To this end, we have pilot enterprise development and empowerment projects such as a Shea-butter Processing Centres in Nuku and Rimba communities in Abaji Area Council as well as a Cassava Processing Centre in Chikuku, Kwali Area Council,” he said. He added that the administration is also working to upgrade all institutional

frameworks designed to empower and create jobs forwomen, as well as eliminate all hindrances to their full participation in the economic and political frontiers of the society. While acknowledging the pivotal role that women have played in the realisation of the Abuja project, the Minister noted that Abuja could not have been what it is today without the contributions of women, which he noted spans all aspects including engineering, law,administration and social services among others.

Borno Business Community Worst Hit By Boko Haram – BOCCIMA Boss BY FRANCIS OKOYE, MAIDUGURI The Sole Administrator of the Borno State Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines And Agriculture (BOCCIMA), Alhaji Ahmed Ashemi has said that no group of people suffered the Boko Haram insurgency in Borno like the Business Community. Ashemi said this is because at the peak of the crisis, the terrorists resorted to the killing of merchants and burning of lorries conveying goods outside Nigeria to neighbouring countries enroute Gamboru Ngala. The BOCCIMA Boss stated this yesterday while recieving the management team of Nigera ExportImport Bank ( NEXIM) at his chamber

in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital. He noted that Maiduguri has been

for centuries, a centre for trade and commerce and stop over station of trans-Sahara trade before the emergence of the Boko Haram insurgency that has devastated the economy of the state. “ Before the insurgency, Maiduguri has been a stop over for manufactured products. This is where goods are finally loaded out of Nigeria. We are bordering four different countries and goods move out from here up to Sudan, Congo Brazzaville, Eritrea to Central African Republic through Gamboru Ngala. “ But the business slowed down following the emergence of Boko

Haram crisis, as the terrorists resorted to attacking merchants and Transport Vehicles on the route. “ With the relative peace in the state now, we are seeing the rejuvenation of the trans -border trade as 150 trucks are escorted every Tuesdays and Fridays through Gamboru Ngala. Apart from people who have lost their lives, there are no groups of people that have suffered the insurgency like business men whose businesses have been eroded. If there is any Community that needs assistance, it is the Business Community,” Alhaji Ashemi noted. The BOCCIMA Boss appealed to

the management of NEXIM Bank to package a kind of intervention that will benefit the business Community in Borno, adding that the bank should, in addtion to removing the hurdles of accessing such funds, place it at a very low interest rate that will enable the people succeed in their businesses. Responding, the Executive Director Business Develpment of NEXIM Bank, Hon Stella Okotete, said the bank, in an effort to reposition businesses in Borno and other Northeastern states following the Boko Haram insurgency, has earmarked the whopping sum of N12 billion for the revival of ailing Industries in the region.

Canadian NGO Harps On Equality Of Gender In Nigeria RICHARD NDOMA,CALABAR YouLead, a Canadian non governmental organisation advocating for gender equality and green economy in Nigeria’s agriculture value chain, has charged the federal government and the traditional institution to formulate policies that will include women participation in governance, especially when it comes to matters of shaping the policies of government as it affects health, education and all areas of human endeavour. Team Leader for Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Access and Development (YouLead) project being implemented by CUSO International Nigeria, Jerry Nwigwe, urged the male not to relegate the women to the background adding that women can do well just like their male counterparts if given the privilege. Nwigwe stated that a time has come when women are to be given equal opportunity to take full responsibilities on matters that affect them politically, economically, and otherwise as it affects them in their places of work and at family levels. Nwigwe, who spoke on the theme; Pressing for Progress, stressed that more still needs to be done by stakeholders to ensure that women are given equal opportunity with their male counterparts to represent the people in most places of authority. ”Today, if you go to our houses of assembly, you can count number of women representing their constituencies”. The Canadian organisation called for the provision of opportunity to be given women with the requisite capacity to occupy the seat of the president of senate in Nigeria stressing that the men have, over the years, dominated the women in the area of making policy decisions that affect the people.

Youths Laud el-Rufai On War Against Fake Drugs BY BIDON MIBZAH, ABUJA Youth in Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State, have expressed appreciation and applauded the governor of the state, Mallam Nasir Ahmad Elrufai for stepping up the fight against the proliferation of fake drugs in the state, through the establishment of the Kaduna State Bureau for Substance Prevention and Treatment. The youth, in a statement signed and made available to our Kafanchan correspondent on Wednesday by one of their leaders, Mr Bako Danlami, stated that the appointment of their own, Dr Isah S Baka, whom they described an Ambassador of humanity that cares for good health of people, was heartwarming and worthy of commendation. Dr Baka’s recent sensitisation / mobilisation drive on the effect of the consumption of fake, illicit drugs and substances as well as setting up drug Abuse Clubs in post Primary Schools across the state; was a plus to the Administration of the Governor, hence “the Youth of Jaba have resolved to support the re-election of his Excellency, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai in his bid for the governorship, come 2019 General Election.”


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Peace Corps Bill: Lamentations Of Disappointed Nigerian Youth

The recent refusal to sign the Peace Corps bill has created apprehension among thousands of Nigerian youths whose hope of being employed through the corps is now hanging in a balance. JOSEPH CHIBUEZE reports.

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o the over 70,000 Nigerian youths who scrambled and toiled to get enlisted as cadets in the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), the recent news of the refusal to ascent to the bill establishing the corps by President Muhammadu Buhari, has come as a thunder bolt shattering their hopes. Of course they have been made to go through thick and thin in the hope that when the bill was signed into law, their world would change, as they would be gainfully employed among other expectations as soon as the bill was signed. All that hope has simply evaporated into thin air, no thanks to the President’s action. Some of the youths who spoke to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND, looking visibly angry and dejected, asked rhetorically ‘what kind of government is this? “They promised to create jobs, but are blocking opportunities that would give thousands of youths employment.” Mohammed Kabir from Kano state was seen standing with two of his friends, John Imasuen and Sani under a tree at the premises of the FCT Abuja command of the Peace Corps of Nigeria obviously wondering what the future holds for them with the latest development. “I am just confused,” Mohammed began his story, “I am just totally confused. I left school in 2014, I read accountancy at the Kano State Polytechnic and since then I have been moving from one menial job to another. When I got the opportunity to enlist with the Peace Corps, last year, I was so happy that I didn’t mind some of the demands they were making as requirements for enlistment. When I saw the opportunities the Peace Corps offered me, I didn’t look back, I borrowed money to buy the form and make other payments. My hope had been that when I get posted to a good place, from my salary I would pay back the loan. What would I do now that the President has refused to sign the bill?” One could see the pain and fear for the future in his eyes. Mohammed represents the feeling of thousands of other Nigerian youths in different parts of the country who are also ‘fortunate’ to be recruited into the peace corps and are awaiting posting on the hope that the bill would be signed by the President. Although not willing to share his thoughts or tell his story, John Imasuen preferred to believe that the National

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Assembly would keep their promise of over-riding the President. According to him, “All hope is not lost yet. Something can still happen. If members of the National Assembly passed the bill, they have a reason for passing it and they will not allow the narrow interest of a few individuals to prevail.” The apprehension with which these youths are receiving this news is not unfounded. Nigeria has one of the highest youth unemployment figures in Africa with over 52.65 per cent, according to latest figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). This is compared to other African countries like Liberia with 4.7 per cent, Kenya 18.7 per cent, Egypt 26.3 per cent, South Africa 27.7 per cent (its highest in recent years), Lesotho 31.8 per cent, Libya, 43.8 per cent and Ghana 48 per cent. It is no more news that scammers are cashing in on the huge unemployment situation in the country to fleece unsuspecting job seekers their hard earned money. In fact these days stories abound of job seekers paying hundreds of thousands for a non-existent government jobs. Remember the recent claim that the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) was recruiting. Ironically, screenshot of the NCS website showed that there were no available vacancies at the Service. PCN Public Relations Officer,

Patriot Millicent Umoru while responding to questions on what she thought could have informed the President’s decision not to sign the bill said, the President was being ill-advised by some selfish individuals. According to her, “We have been having a running battle with the Nigerian Police which think we are coming to take over their job. But that is not true, Peace Corps is basically to provide intelligence for the Police. We do not have the power to arrest or prosecute, our duty is basically with schools and neighbourhood watch. We are not in competition with the police in any way.” Umoru who suddenly became emotional wondered why youths will not keep finding their way out of the country when the authorities keep frustrating them at every turn. “For more than a year, the police sealed our headquarters and they have refused to leave there even when there are two court judgments ordering them to leave,” she said, adding, “How can we move forward as a country when we do not follow the rule of law?” Although there have been calls from different quarters including the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), the National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) among others, urging the President to rescind his decision and sign the bill, there are also dissenting voices saying that there is no need for

another paramilitary body in Nigeria. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, though acknowledged the role National Commandant of PCN, Dr. Dickson Akoh played in the resolution of the crisis in NYCN, he does not see the need for Peace Corps in the Nigeria security system. For him, the body can exist as a non-governmental organization (NGO) doing voluntary works and getting support from government from time to time, but not for it to exist as an agency of government. “What problem is the Peace Corps going to solve that the Police and Civil Defense cannot solve if they are empowered,” he queried. “If the police is properly equipped in terms of intelligence gathering, do we need another agency to come in?” On what becomes of the youths who paid through their nose to enlist in the corps, he said, “We warned people not to pay that money but they will not listen believing that the bill will be passed. Now they have themselves to blame.” All eyes are now on the National Assembly to see if they can muster the two thirds majority required by the constitution for them to be able to veto the President and pass the bill as an Act of Parliament just like the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) bill.


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Minister Debunks Armed Robbery Attack On Train BY EJIKE EJIKE, Abuja

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has denied the report of armed robbery attack on Kaduna bound train at the Rijana along Abuja - Kaduna rail line. The minister, who spoke at the inauguration of the board of agencies and parastatals of the Ministry of Transportation on Friday in Abuja, said “I saw one false, or what

you can call fake news, on social media about an attack on our train, which is not correct. But, you see how Nigerians on their own fabricate stories. “On every Coach, we have armed Policemen and we heard that armed robbers attacked the rail line, it’s very impossible in the station. It cannot happen while the rail is moving and they said it happened in Rijana community.

“What we have done in the rail is that we have provided security to make it easier for those who are travelling from Kaduna to Abuja.” Concerning the Warri-Itakpe rail line, the minister said “We have seen how far they have gone and because we told them that by June/July, we will be commissioning. I need to go there to see how far they have gone. Speaking on the newly inaugurated board members,

the minister said, “I informed them to perform their responsibilities. Like you know, the ministry will not oversee them unnecessarily, we will, but it will be more like supervisory role and we want to make sure that there is speed because, Nigerians don’t want to hear stories, they want it to deliver and also expect the board to also deliver in that line. We know there are challenges.” Also speaking to

Nigeria Ranks First On TB Scourge In Africa – Minister BY ALIYU YUSUF, Zaria

Nigeria ranks top with the highest number of people living with tuberculosis in Africa, Health minister has disclosed Dr Osagie Ehanire, Hon Minister of State for Health, stated this shortly after he commissioned the National External Quality Assurance Laboratory at National Tuberculosis and Leprosy

Training Centre, Zaria on Friday He emphasised that, Nigeria ranks top among the 30 highest TB burdened countries in the world, while it is first in Africa. According to him, statistics of the 2017 World Health Organisation global TB reports, indicate that, there are 10.4 million new TB cases world wide. Ehanire lamented that the

emergence of a drug resistant type of TB, has compounded the challenges of TB control efforts in the country, adding that, children also bear the burdenchallenge to the right of the children. He lauded the Medical Laboratory Science Council, for donating a well equipped, state of the art laboratory, describing it as worthy of emulation. Earlier in an interview, Dr Tosan Erhabor, Acting

UNIFPEAN President Promises Face Lift For Agriculture BY SAM EGWU, Lokoja

The National president of United Farmers, Produce, Export Association of Nigeria (UNIFPEAN), Comrade Zakari Mathew, has pledged to put his wealth of experience into the onerous task of moving the united farmers into motion to achieve the desired food security for the country. “Having come from the dingy, obscure part of the

country to assume the position of the president of over 80 per cent farmers in country, is not a mean achievement which carries alongside the task of ensuring that farmers and farm produce are given the pride of place”, Zakari stated. The President, who was addressing journalists in Lokoja yesterday said, “our various governments have come with agricultural programmes and projects of

all sorts, drawn and redrawn our time, made beautiful pronouncements in policy speeches yet, the Nigerians are left in the old tradition of farming.” “Nigerian farmers are left with archaic tools and technology with productivity levels that are too embarrasing in the 21st century while other countries have gone ahead multifold in production and productivity”.

Stay Out of Politics, Okorocha’s Aide Tells Cleric BY MBACHU GODWIN, Abuja

Special Adviser to Imo State governor on Electoral Matters, Barr Steve Asimobi, has admonished the Arch Bishop of Owerri Catholic Arcdiocese, Arch Bishop, A J Obinna, to focus on spiritual and ecclesiastical matters than meddling into partisan politics. The governor’s aide spoke at the weekend in Abuja, while interacting with the press on the activities and some

developmental strides of the Okorocha-led All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state. Bar Asimobi expressed concern over what he described as unnecessary intervention of some clerics in partisan politics, noting that such activities were not healthy for the polity and peace of the state. Speaking further, the governor’s appointee denied the involvement of the supporters of Okorocha’s son in law’s governorship bid in

the fracas that occured at the burial service of Hon Mbata’s mother at Obube Owerri North local government area where the Requiem mass was disrupted by an angry mob. Asimobi, who flayed the Bishop over his critical stand on the governor, noted that Okorocha’s administration in the state will not be intimidated, distracted or cowed by any body or group, not even the clergy in its rescue mission of the state .

NDE Boss Tasks Politians On Employment BY SAM E GWU, LOKOJA

The director general, National Directorate of Employment, (NDE), Dr Nasir Ladan, has tasked all political office holders to embark on remarkable program to compliment the efforts of government. NDE boss, represented by DG procurement of the organisation, Alhaji Suraz Adegbite, stated this yesterday at Kabba during the flag off of empowerment program embarked upon by the Speaker, Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Kolawole Mathew, in Kabba Kogi State. He said it would become

less cumbersome for the government if public spirited political office holders and individuals could compliment government efforts at reducing the unemployment saga. “If all political office holders could think the same way Hon Kolawole has done in engaging idle hands in the skill acquisition programm, the number of unemployed youths would be drastically reduced “. Earlier, the speaker opined that he was constrained to embark on the program to contribute a little, in his own way, towards uplifting the less privileged in the society, looking back at his own

background before becoming what he is today stressing that within his limited resources, he would remain committed to the course of the downtrodden in the society. He enjoined others to follow the New Direction Agenda of Governor Alh Yahaya Bello in providing succour to those at the low ebb of the ladder. Kolawole, who further promised the 135 member trainees, a token fee of N500 every month, also called the trainees to take advantage of this opportunity with all amounts of seriousness to enjoy provisions of equipment at the end of the course.

Registrar, Medical Laboratory Science, described the effort as a milestone achievement geared towards enhancing health care delivery in the country “The tempo can be sustained by putting our priority right as a country, once that is done, Nigeria can achieve greater results. “With the results that are coming out in line with present administration, Nigerians would remain proud despite the dwindling resources.” He said the idea of bringing the minister, is to see for himself that such facilities do exist in the country. He urged the centre to ensure proper utilisation of the facility meant for development of the health sector of the country.

journalists after the inauguration, chairman, Board of Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Senator Seriki Ademola, while speaking about the school, said “ The situation on ground is what we have to

really understand. First of all, as you would recall that there was IMC (Inter-MinisterialCommittee) the chairman of the committee, which was fully in place, I have to meet and study some of their recommendations.


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Balkrishna Doshi named India’s first winner of the Pritzker Prize Balkrishna Doshi has become the first Indian architect to win the Pritzker Prize in its four-decade history. Regarded as the profession’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize, the award went to Doshi in recognition of a career spanning almost 70 years.


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Ghana is the second largest producer of gold in Africa, behind only South Africa.

THE PACESETTING PAGES Africa and Europe are separated by less than 9 miles at the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Spain from Morocco.

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PROUDLY NIGERIA UFUOMA KOLOKO

Skincare expert The managing director of the UK Skin Academy, Ufuoma Koloko was born in the UK by Nigerian parents. She relocated to Nigeria to revamp her father’s business and later established the

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hen she moved back to Nigeria, her focus was to revive her father’s restaurant and then establish the UK Skin Academy, building it to one of the most sought after skin care institutions in Nigeria. But when things settled down, “my then restaurant manager saw that I was doing this skin care on the side and customers were coming and he said, ‘Madam, I feel that this thing could be much bigger. Why don’t you apply for YouWiN,” she said. Eventually, she did and she was successful. The graduate of history and African studies started her business in earnest and barely two years after its establishment, Koloko struggled to keep up with both local and international engagements. Her interest in the business led her to do a one year course on skin care. Talking about the reason for venturing into the skin care business despite her academic background, Koloko said that for one reason or the other, many people don’t end up with what they studied, adding that in her own case, interest is her propellant. “I went into business consulting in the UK, working with Accenture. I was there for three and a half years and I left because a lot of these multinationals are very rigid in their structure. They are not always interested in someone that is a free and independent thinker.”

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Feeling restricted in Accenture, the ambitious lady wanted to do her own thing and left them for another consulting firm, where she had a lot more opportunity to express herself and her confidence grew. But all the while, she was planning her exit. “I was there for two years before I was allowed to go for sabbatical,” she said. It was during her sabbatical that she was able to test the business in London and she never went back to ordinary employment. On the kind of issues her customers present her with, the skin care guru who confirmed that men also come for facials said they are varied. “Some people

may have serious acne, issues with sunburn and discoloration. With the women it’s often due to using bad cream, for men it’s mostly due to everyday exposure and not knowing how to protect themselves well.” However, Koloko doesn’t stop at treatment, she also empowers her clients by advising them on what to do, going forward, giving them the right products to use at home. She abhors skin whitening, she said she is very much against its use. Advising the Nigerian women, the young entrepreneur said, “I wish more women out there would not wait to be pushed by someone. I wish they could push themselves more and take their future into their own hands by doing something.” Successful, young and single, Koloko says that what drives her is seeing people get transformed and empowered in the course of working for her. “Seeing those transformations gives me a sense of achievement, a sense of purpose,” she added. Koloko went further to say that in spite of all the challenges in Nigeria, she feels at home and more alive in Nigeria than UK. She would like to be remembered as a positive force of energy, energizing others –providing energy for people to launch their own dreams and visions. The young lady relaxes by swimming, reading and also having pampering treatments in her spa.

How to protect yourself when at the spa

Look around and ask questions making your experience more While at the spa, take time to observe spa practices and ask the staff any questions you may have. You can do this when you go to make an in-person appointment, while you wait for your service and even during the service itself. This can also help to build trust with your spa,

enjoyable.

Make an informed decision

If you are uncomfortable with what you see or what you hear, don’t be afraid to refuse the service. You have the right to make sure you receive a safe service th at is given with clean tools and

clean hands.

Report concerns or complaints You can help to prevent the spread of serious infections at the spa. If you are concerned about a spa’s cleaning and disinfection practices, you can report your concerns or lay your complains to the appropriate person.

She was born in Boston to her Nigerian parents and went on to attend Boston University on an athletics scholarship. While there, the voice major fell in love with acting and moved to New York City after graduation to pursue a career on the stage. After appearing in off-Broadway productions, Aduba made her Broadway debut in 2007. But it would be TV that put her on the map when she landed the role of “Crazy Eyes” Warren on the popular Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, a role that brought fame and acclaim to her doorstep along with two Emmy Awards. Aduba moved to New York in the early 2000s. She took on unpaid roles while waiting tables to get a foot in the door. Before long, though, she found her way to the New York stage, performing at the Theater for the New City and with the Huntington theatre company and the American repertory theater. With the latter, she won an Elliot Norton award for outstanding musical performance, and for her work in a Kennedy center production of translations of Xhosa, she was nominated for a Helen Hayes award. Also in 2007, she made the leap to Broadway in Coram Boy, following up with a role in the hit 2011-2012 revival of God spell. For her work as Crazy Eyes, Aduba has garnered millions of fans, critical acclaim and industry honors such as a screen actors guild award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series and a 2014 Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a comedy. She won another Emmy the following year, this time for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, making her and Ed Asner the only actors in history to win an Emmy in both the comedy and drama genres for the same role.


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THE BIG STORY

REAL PEOPLE WHO INSPIRED FAIRY TALES Fairy tales have become so ingrained in our culture that we rarely question where they came from or what may have inspired them. As is often the case, the possible truth behind these tales, and who inspired them, may be stranger than fiction.

Al-Khayzuran Bint Atta One Thousand And One Nights One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of fairy tales with a storyteller named Scheherazade at their center. She was the newest bride of a murderous Arabian king who would execute each wife the morning after the honeymoon. Scheherazade survived by telling him stories night after night, and eventually he fell in love with her and spared her life. In real life, a woman named Al-Khayzuran bint Atta, born in Yemen between 701 and 761, was kidnapped by Bedouins and sold into slavery. Her luck took a turn when the caliph (Al-Mahdi ) she was sold to fell in love with her and married her. Al-Khayzuran became a highly influential figure in her husband’s court and even convinced him to appoint her sons (Al-Hadi and Harun

al-Rashid) as his successors, rather than the sons of his other wives. She also greatly influenced both her sons and

the affairs of the empire to the extent that her son Al-Hadi tried to kill her by poisoning her. She was suspected of

involvement in his death. Al-Khayzuran died in the autumn of 789. It is said that Harun al-Rashid, walked barefoot in the mud to honor his mother’s death. Though it’s not known if she won the caliph with her storytelling ability, AlKhayzuran’s marriage to the caliph and subsequent rise to power is believed to be the foundation for Scheherazade’s character. It’s an intriguing story on its own, with or without the many tales in between. The histories do not detail Khayzuran’s political achievements, but coins were struck in her name, palaces were named for her, and the cemetery in which subsequent Abbasid rulers were laid to rest all carry her name, all testifying not only to her status but also to her civic largesse.


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Jenny Lind The Nightingale “The Nightingale,” another story written by Hans Christian Andersen, focuses on a Chinese emperor who is so entranced by the song of a nightingale that he invites the bird to stay with him in his castle. But when he receives a jeweled mechanical bird as a present, he loses interest in the real nightingale and lets her return to the forest. Years later, the emperor becomes deathly ill, prompting his old friend, the nightingale, to return and sing to him on his deathbed. Upon hearing the song, death is so moved that he lets the emperor live. Andersen is believed to have dedicated this story to his unrequited love, famed opera singer Jenny Lind, also known as the Swedish Nightingale. Unfortunately, Lind saw Andersen

more as a brother than a romantic partner and went on to marry the Polish composer Frederic Chopin. One of the most highly regarded singers of the 19th century; Lind performed in soprano roles in opera in Sweden and across Europe, and undertook an extraordinarily popular concert tour of America beginning in 1850. She was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music from 1840. She was in great demand in opera roles throughout Sweden and northern Europe during the 1840s, and was closely associated with respected composer Felix Mendelssohn. After two acclaimed seasons in London, she announced her retirement from opera at the age of 29. In his memoir, Andersen stated, “Through Jenny Lind I first became sensible of the holiness of Art.

Saint Barbara Rapunzel Being locked away in a tower is a fairy tale trope most commonly associated with Rapunzel, which was first written in the 1600s. But this plot may have originated with Saint Barbara, an early Christian martyr from the third century. Barbara had several suitors lusting after her as a result of her legendary beauty. This did not sit well with her father, who locked her in a tower to keep them away from her. He also wanted to keep her from being exposed to Christianity, as he practiced the Greco-Roman religious system and wanted her to do the same. Barbara lived in the tower for years, receiving food and laundry through a basket attached to a rope. One day, someone dropped a book on Christianity into her basket, spurring her interest in the religion. Once her father found out that she’d

converted, he had her tortured by Roman authorities in an attempt to make her renounce her faith. When that didn’t work, her father beheaded her. Legend has it that he was then struck by lightning, burst into flames, and died. Saint Barbara is often portrayed with miniature chains and a tower. She continues to be a popular saint in modern times, perhaps best known as the patron saint of armourers, artillerymen, military engineers, miners and others who work with explosives because of her old legend’s association with lightning, and also of mathematicians. Many of the thirteen miracles in a 15th-century French version of her story turn on the security she offered that her devotees would not die without making confession and receiving

WOMEN WHOSE LIVES MIRROR FAIRY TALES Grace Kelly Grace Kelly’s life has all the makings of a fairy tale. In the style of Cinderella, Kelly, an ordinary girl (aside from the famous acting career) rose far above her station and became royalty. Ms. Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco’s first meeting only allowed the pair the briefest of introductions. However, she must have made quite and impression because during Rainier’s trip to the U.S. he made a special effort to meet Ms. Kelly as well as her family. They spent a totally of three days together before the Prince proposed. Ms. Kelly took to royal life right away, dropping her

acting career and embracing her duties as princess and her philanthropic work. This may not exactly be a rags to riches story, but the whirlwind romance and the elevation of an commoner to royal status makes this tale a dead ringer for Cinderella. Anastasia The iconic tale of the lost royal Anastasia of the Romanov family is certainly an example of a real life fairy tale. While the likelihood of a survivor has been almost definitively proven impossible, the idea still fuels people’s imaginations. It encouraged countless

young women to make false claims of being the lost Romanov, the most famous being Anna Anderson. The story has also inspired many movies, including the 1997 musical film Anastasia, which depicts what might happen if Anastasia really were alive and was discovered and returned to her rightful place as royalty. Elizabeth Bathory So far, all our examples have been of women who resembled the role of the heroine in different fairy tales. Elizabeth Bathory, however, falls squarely under the category of

the iconic evil queen. Called such names as The Blood Countess and Countess Dracula, Bathory is one of the most notorious serial killers of young women in history. She tortured and killed hundreds of girls between 1585 and 1610. One famous anecdote about Bathory claims that she bathed in the blood of virgins to retain her youth. She sounds a bit like the evil queen in the movie Snow White and the Huntsman. Bathory and her vicious exploits became part of national folklore, and the tales of her wickedness continue to draw people’s interest to this day.


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REAL PEOPLE WHO INSPIRED FAIRY TALES Gilles De Rais Bluebeard Another possible inspiration for Bluebeard was Gilles de Rais, a French military leader who is believed to have murdered children rather than women. A member of the House of Montmorency-Laval, He earned the favor of the Duke of Brittany and was admitted to the French court. From 1427 to 1435, Gilles served as a commander in the Royal Army, and fought alongside Joan of Arc against the English and their Burgundian allies during the Hundred Years’ War, for which he was appointed Marshal of France. After fighting alongside Joan of Arc against the English in the 1420s, Rais returned to his homeland of Brittany, where he inherited a luxurious chateau, married a rich heiress, and began to lead an extravagant lifestyle filled with pageants and music. But

he wanted more money and more power, so he cultivated an interest in Satanism. By the time he was arrested in 1440, Rais was thought to have abducted, tortured, and murdered at least 140 children. At his trial, the parents of missing children in the surrounding area and Gilles’ own confederates in crime testified against him. Gilles was condemned to death and hanged at Nantes on October 26 1440. Though he confessed and repented prior to being hanged, some historians believe that Rais could have been innocent, as he only confessed under threat of torture. He was also an enemy of the duke of Brittany, who would have benefited financially from Rais’s downfall. In any case, Rais continues to be associated with the story of Bluebeard to this day.

Maria Sophia Margaretha Catharina Von Erthal Snow White Snow White is a German fairy tale known across much of Europe and is today one of the most famous fairy tales worldwide. The Brothers Grimm published it in 1812 in the first edition of their collection Grimms’ Fairy Tales. The Grimms completed their final revision of the story in 1854. A possible inspiration for Snow White is Maria Sophia Margaretha Catharina von Erthal, daughter of Prince Philipp Christoph von Erthal. She was born in 1729 in Lohr, Germany. Her stepmother was Claudia Elisabeth Maria von Venningen, who was by many accounts a domineering woman who favored her own children over her stepchildren. The castle in which von Erthal grew up is now a museum and has a famous mirror on display, which the prince

gave to his second wife. The mirror has inscriptions that translate to “self-love” and, “She is as beautiful as the light,” perhaps an inspiration for the evil queen’s narcissistic vendetta. Mirrors in Lohr were often called “talking mirrors,” as they were believed to show the truth in their reflections, not unlike the evil queen’s magic mirror. They were made by the region’s famed glassmakers, who may have also inspired the glass coffin that Snow White was placed in after biting the poisoned apple. Speaking of which, the hills of Lohr have always been rich in apple orchards as well as the poisonous nightshade plant. Once again, the dwarfs are believed to have been inspired by mine workers, as only shorter men were able to fit into the nearby tunnels in Bieber.


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TRAVELOGUE The beautiful German town of Goerlitz with its medieval streets, blend of Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Gothic architecture might be familiar to movie lovers because it’s regularly used as backdrop for some of Hollywood’s most successful movies. Tourists are also welcome to enjoy.

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BALKRISHNA DOSHI NAMED INDIA’S FIRST WINNER OF THE PRITZKER PRIZE Balkrishna Doshi has become the first Indian architect to win the Pritzker Prize in its four-decade history. Regarded as the profession’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize, the award went to Doshi in recognition of a career spanning almost 70 Considered one of the Indian subcontinent’s preeminent living architects, Doshi is known for designing low-cost housing and public institutions. Among his most acclaimed projects are Tagore Memorial Hall in Ahmedabad and the Aranya low cost housing development, a collection of more than 6,500 residences in the city of Indore. The architect and urban planner, who turned 90 last year, described the decision as “a great surprise” during a phone interview from Ahmedabad, where he lives and works. But Doshi insisted on putting the achievement in the context of India’s urban and economic development. “I think it is very, very significant that this award has come to India -- of course to me, but to India,” he said. “The government, officials, those who take decisions, cities -- everyone will start thinking that there is something called ‘good architecture’ (and that) lasting things can happen. (Only) then can we start talking about urbanization and urban design.”

India’s housing pioneer

This announcement marks a

landmark move for an award that has previously faced criticism for its lack of diversity. To date, more than two-thirds of Pritzker Laureates have come from Europe or North America. In the last decade, however, three Japanese architects have claimed the award, as have China’s Wang Shu and Alejandro Aravena of Chile. But in addition to being South Asia’s first Pritzker Prize winner, Doshi differs from recent Laureates by having no overseas landmarks to his name. While he has regularly taught abroad, the vast majority of his work has taken place within India, reflecting a commitment to using architecture as a force for public good. “(In India) we talk of housing, we talk of squatters, we talk of villages, we talk of towns -everybody talks, but who is going to really do something about it?” he asked. “I took the personal decision that I would work for the ‘other half’ -- I’d work for them and try to empower them.” The aforementioned Aranya low cost housing project is capable of accommodating more than 80,000 people. Typical of Doshi’s

pioneering housing complexes, it features an intricate network of interconnected passages, courtyards and public spaces. Referring to his own childhood encounters with “extreme poverty,” Doshi expressed hope that, by winning architecture’s most coveted award, he can draw attention to the impact of social housing in India.

A ‘desire to contribute’

Born in Pune, around 100 miles from Mumbai, Doshi worked under Le Corbusier in Paris in the early 1950s. He returned to India to oversee the celebrated FrenchSwiss architect’s projects in both Chandigarh and Ahmedabad, staying in the latter city to establish his own practice, Vastu Shilpa Consultants, in 1956. Since then, his firm has completed more than 100 projects in Ahmedabad and other Indian cities, including Bangalore, Hyderabad and Jaipur. Doshi’s best-known public buildings include Madhya Pradesh Electricity Board in Jabalpur, the Indian institute of management in Bangalore and Ahmedabad’s striking school of architecture,

which he served as founding director. But the firm has also worked on private residences and art galleries, such as Amdavad ni Gufa, a cavernous subterranean museum with domed roofs that protrude playfully above ground. And one of Doshi’s most celebrated designs is that of his own studio, called Sangath, which comprises a bold collection of cylindrical concrete vaults. Whether drawing on Le Corbusier’s modernist values or flirting with brutalism in the 1960s, Doshi’s work has remained sensitive to local traditions. The Pritzker Prize’s ten-person judging panel -- chaired by Australian architect and 2002 Laureate, Glenn Murcutt, highlighted his commitment to Indian architecture. “Over the years, Balkrishna Doshi has always created an architecture that is serious, never flashy or a follower of trends,” read a jury statement. With a deep sense of responsibility and a desire to contribute to his country and its people through high quality, authentic architecture, he has created projects for

public administrations and utilities, educational and cultural institutions, and residences for private clients, among others. “Doshi is acutely aware of the context in which his buildings are located,” the statement continued. “His solutions take into account the social, environmental and economic dimensions, and therefore his architecture is totally engaged with sustainability.” Now in its 40th year, the Pritzker Prize is awarded to a living architect who display a combination of “talent, vision and commitment.” Philip Johnson claimed the first prize in 1979, with other notable winners including Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas and the late Zaha Hadid. Last year’s prize was shared by the Catalan trio of Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta. Founded by Jay A. Pritzker and his wife Cindy -- members of the American family behind the Hyatt Hotel chain, the annual award is modeled on the Nobel Prize. Doshi will collect a prize of 100,000 dollars and a bronze medallion, which will be presented during a ceremony at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto in May 2018.


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BONUSPACK $94.8 83 billion kmh

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KEEPSAKES

FASTFORWARD The highest speed attained by a destroyer ship, the 2,900 tonne French ship, Le terrible in 1935.

MOST BEAUTIFUL BIRDS IN THE WORLD

Scarlet macaw

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No question that the enemy has tried to spread sectarian violence. They use violence as a tool to do that. GEORGE W. BUSH

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It is one of the most beautiful and largest members of the macaw family. They inhabit in humid evergreen forests across Central and South America. They have bright red plumage with a blue back. Their upper wings are yellow and edged with green color.

Peacock The peacock is actually the name of the male bird of peafowl family. There are three types of peafowls in the world – Indian, Congo and green peafowl. The peacocks (male birds) are renowned for the colorful display of iridescent tail feathers.

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Flamingo The flamingo is probably the most recognizable wading birds in the world. The stunning red-purple coloured plumage itself makes the flamingo so special among the birds. There are 6 different species of Flamingos in the world. They live on every continent except Antarctica.

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Keel-billed toucan The keel-billed toucan is among the most amazing bills in the family of birds. They have huge, multi-colored beak that will reach up to 20 cm in length. They are also known as rainbow-billed toucan because of their colorful bill. Their beak is a mixture of green, red and yellow colors.

Atlantic puffin Atlantic puffin is a small, well-adapted seabird that is found across the coast of the Northern United States and Eastern Canada. They are also known as sea parrot because of their huge, multi-colored bill and penguin-like coloration. Their water-resistant

ENGLISH PHRASES

SEEN & OVERHEARD

In a dangerous neighbourhood, always walk backward so that no one can sneak up on you. BARRY BLYVEIS That’s one of the tragedies of this life – that the men who are most in need of a beating up are always enormous. JOHN D. HACKENSACKER

Geography

We had brought a large map representing the sea, without the least vestige of land: And the crew was much pleased when they found it to be a map they could all understand. LEWIS CARROLL I stopped a man from Wigan in the street on the way to the football and I asked him, “How do you get to the JJB Stadium?” And he said, “me brother takes me?” DAVE SPIKEY Hoping to improve my son’s knowledge of geography, I bought him an atlas for Christmas. A few days later I asked him, “where is Portugal?” He answered, “three pages after France.” LAURA GREEN

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A bag/bundle of nerves An extremely nervous or agitated person. Get on somebody’s nerves To begin to irritate or distress somebody. It is very tragic, of course, but you must not get yourself mixed up in it. I see by the standard that she was seventeen. I should have thought she was almost younger than that. She looked such a child and seemed to know so little about acting. Dorian, you must not let this thing get on your nerves. Have/need nerves of steel To show or need great composure and not be easily upset. It’s an ugly job, though, all the same... to have to deal with a case of the kind, when a woman is in fault. We soldiers need nerves of steel! Live on one’s nerves/one’s nerve ends To live an emotionally demanding life. Lose one’s nerve To become uneasy or overcautious about something one was previously determined about. Hit or not, the steersman lost his nerve and shrank from the coming shock. Strain every nerve To make a great physical effort. Strain every nerve and bid the vessel fly. IIf from yon jostling rocks and wavy war Jove safety grants; he grants it to your care. Touch a raw nerve To cause somebody to react by mentioning a sensitive matter, often unintentionally.

Health and medicine

Call

Oh, love, can you get me some of that cunnilinctus for my cough? EDNA STEELE

The call of nature The need to urinate or defecate. Show me a city so macerated with expectation – who neither eat or drank, or slept or prayed, or harkened to the calls of either religion or nature for seven and twenty days together, who could have held out one day longer. Call the shots/tune To have the initiative or be in control. In England, the daily business of politics is not controlled by the Prime Minister or Westminster: it is Whitehall that calls the tune.

You might get bird flu if you ate ground-up turkey droppings on your cornflakes for a week, or there again you might not. BORIS JOHNSON

My whole family is lactose-intolerant; when we take pictures we can’t say ‘cheese.’ JAY LONDON

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The golden pheasants are famous for their brilliant colored plumage. They have a beautiful golden-yellow crest tipped with red. The wattle of golden pheasant is yellow and its upper back is green. They also have dark, red shoulder feathers and a long pale brown tail.

JUST UNBELIEVABLE The total net worth of Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and the world's richest man.

Funeral

Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t go to yours. YOGI BERA I was prostate with grief. TONY SOPRANO He was such a hypochondriac that they buried him next to a doctor. STEVE LAWRENCE

Spoon Make a spoon or spoil a horn To be resolved to achieve something, whether this is a success or a failure. Win the wooden spoon To come last in a race or contest. Sure my invention must be down at zero and I grown one of many ‘wooden spoons’. Of verse (the name with which we Cantabs please to dub the last honours in degrees).


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Fashion has always been a part of Nikki Khiran. She had always loved fashion, fabric making and the arts from an early age. Her passion for fashion led her to the London College of Fashion where she majored in Fashion Design Technology. The designer who owns the Nikki Khiran brand speaks with OLUWATOYIN AGUDA about her recent ventures and her plan for tomorrow

At what point and why did you delve into bags and accessories which are aspect of fashion and what market niche were you hoping to fill? I wanted my brand not to just be about clothes. In a lot of instances, people walk in åand want accessories and bags to coordinate with their clothes, so we decided to incorporate accessories into the NK brand. I will say I don’t have a niche market, I just want people that appreciate my sense of fashion and want beautiful and wellmade clothing. You are also into interior design, when and why did you decide to do interiors, and what has been the response so far? I look at the Nikki Khiran brand as more of a lifestyle brand than just fashion. I am about lifestyle, and I love comfort. I want clients to have beautiful homes as well as beautiful clothes, for me, the two come together to make a beautiful well rounded life! I am fortunate that my clients appreciate and buy into my taste, so it has been very well received so far. What do you like most about being a designer? I like bringing out a woman’s best assets and showing beauty and diversity no matter her shape size or height. Also, seeing the joy on her face when her expectations are met makes all the hard work worthwhile. Having a client call and telling me how great they look puts so much smile on my face, it just makes my day.

Style is knowing what to wear, how to wear it and when to wear it. It is being confident enough to try different looks, and knowing what works for you.

If you are to access the Nigerian fashion industry now and what obtained when you started, what comparisons will you make? In the past few years the Nigerian fashion industry has suddenly boomed. There are a lot of new and emerging talent so there is more variety, compared to when we started in Nigeria some 14 years ago, there was little to choose from in terms of variety. I will say I still feel like we still have a long way to go in terms of our finishing, infrastructure and raw materials, these still remain enormous challenges to the Nigerian fashion industry. Should women change the way they dress as they get older?

Yes! There are certain outfits that are less appropriate the older one gets. It is sad when you see a woman at a certain age trying too hard to look young. I believe in aging gracefully with almost anything. We can’t all be a Tina Turner who can wear anything. Sometimes, being covered up can be very sexy. You are passionate about training and mentoring the younger ones, what has been your experience? Yes I believe that all the knowledge and experiences I have acquired should be passed on to the younger generation, I want to invest in the future of young Nigerians and build a skills acquisition center where young people can learn creative skills. I will also want to be involved in mentoring programs to p r o m o t e discipline and

entrepreneurial skills. Being a fashion designer and a very stylish woman, how would you define style and elegance? Style and elegance are both interwoven. Style is knowing what to wear, how to wear it and when to wear it. It is being confident enough to try different looks, and knowing what works for you. Elegance is the individuality, grace, and confidence that a woman exudes without trying too hard or having to break the bank. If you have the opportunity to change anything in the fashion industry in Nigeria, what will that be? I will improve on infrastructure, open a world class art and fashion

design college, encourage people to create more and copy less and teach more on finishing of garments, since what is holding us back in this country is the quality of garments we are producing, What three key points will you tell someone venturing into the fashion industry to consider? Being creative is a gift, it can’t be forced it is either you have it or you don’t! Work under an experienced designer for a few years, understudy the person, find out what works and what doesn’t life is too short to make unnecessary mistakes! Be teachable and humble, exposure and experience is invaluable, you can never know enough! I will also add that you must be able to

balance both your creative side with your entrepreneurial sides. However, this can be very difficult because most creative people are geared towards the creative process and unfortunately, they often forget or know very little about the commercial side of things. They forget that rent, electricity, staff, generator, apart from, fabric and trimming costs have to be factored into the cost of the garment. So a lot of creative people rarely break even. It is however a learning process, with time you learn, you know how to merge the two. Who will you say has been your greatest influence? My greatest influence in life was my mother, she taught me to be strong,


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Achieve More With Flowers OLUWATOYIN AGUDA

Flowers are presented as a show of affection especially on special days such as Valentine’s Day, mother’s day and anniversaries. For centuries, flowers have also played an important part in our physical and mental

wellbeing. Flowers add a touch of serenity and sophistication to our home decor. Choosing the right flower arrangement can brighten a dull corner in a home and it can also uplift our spirit when we are feeling down. Flowers always make a home seem more welcoming.

You can adorn your entrance with some beautiful roses, or other types of flowers such as Lily-of-the-Nile and Petunia. Flowers can be used as centerpiece on your table and dining table, you can also display it for dinner parties

Flowers can be used to spark up intimacy between lovers as well as to beautify the bedroom Flowers can also be used to show the changes in seasons. For example Christmas and Easter Flowers can be used to complement other home decoration such as your art

works The sweet smelling fragrance of your flower can help eliminate bad odours Flowers also serve as colour therapy as they help brighten up the house Flowers for your home isn’t a luxury, it is a culture you must cultivate.


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6 Beauty Hacks For The Morning - After BY MILLICENT AREBUN ONUOHA

Sometimes, we like to have fun, hang out with friends all night, wild on champagne or just let go of the carefully reined control we mostly base our self-worth or pride ourselves on. Depending on the current circumstances in our lives or religious leanings, we may sometimes also engage in intense nights of prayer, or marathon study, trying to change or turn our fates or those of our loved ones favorably.

Alas, having fun, changing fates or letting go often comes with a price, sometimes costly. For the style lover, most often the fleeting gains of a night out in town or vice versa is spoilt by the dreaded morning after effects which includes blotchy skin, bloodshot eyes, appalling pallor, and other hangover symptoms. Worry no more as we bring you morning-after regime to combat or camouflage the effects of a night of valour, piousness or fun. 6 Tips for the Morning-after Green Tea. The Caffeine in green

tea helps combats inflammation and stimulate skin, making it the perfect remedy for the morning after. Place warm green-tea bags over eyes for two minutes, then place on the sides of your nose. This helps to reduce dullness, blotchiness and dark eye circles. Concealer and Foundation. For ladies, the magic trick to hide the ravages of the night of indulgence or sacrifice is concealers. Stay away from your foundation and slick on the concealer for instant healthy glowing skin. For the gents, Brighten your eyes. In order

to hide the evidence of a night of decadence as evidence by bloodshot eyes, simply place cold slices of cucumbers on your eyelids till warm, replace with another slice and repeat process until your eyes are clear. Ladies, add a cold of mascara to your lashes to add faux brightness to your eyes. Bold Lipstick. Bold lipstick can over all kinds of sins while rehydrating dry lips and distracting from any leftover pallor. Be sure to pick a creamy formula. Gents, use a lip gloss or natural color coat with hydrating

properties to heal and camouflage dry caked or burnt lips. Ponytail or Topknot. This hair styles are great for to repair mangled, slept-on hair, while guaranteeing instant chic in under a minute. Brush Your Teeth and Pop Mint! This is very important. Before you so much as open your eyes, pop some mints, so as not to kill the nearest person to you with the “scent� of a night of decadences, valor (if you were reading or praying).


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A good bra is as hard to find as a good man these days, so why complicate matters by wearing the wrong bra cup or band size? A bra is an undergarment worn by women to support the breasts. Every female, having reached that landmark turbulent stage in life called puberty begin a lifetime love affair with lingerie especially the brassieres. The way in which a bra cups the breasts varies between style, functionality, fashion and fabric. Most times a girl’s self-confidence is being determined by the fit of a bra. Amazingly many ladies have no idea about the right type of brassieres to wear. For the lady or young female suffering the plights of under or oversized bras, it’s time to smile again as I bring you answers to those irksome bra questions you may be too embarrassed or intimidated to ask. Signs that your bra is NOT your perfect size In order to determine your correct size, you need to know if your current bra is the right size. Simply check if you notice any of the following signs: • Spillage or overflow of the breast from the cup and armpit when your bra isn’t a half cup

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• Puckering and wrinkling of bra cups. • Bra straps taking the full weight of the entire breasts. • Band riding up your back and hitching all over. • Gaping front center of the bra riding the breastbone or ribcage. • Underwire discomfort of pricking, pinching, pulling or poking. How to Measure For Perfect Bra Cup and Band Size. Tools needed: • Measuring tape • Comfortable bra with no padding or stay nude 1. Band size - make sure your measuring tape is ground level with your

body and exhale the air in your lungs while measuring directly around your bra or better still your breasts, if your measurement ends on an even number then you have got your band size if it stops at an odd number then add (1) one to it to determine your band size. 2. Cup size - measure across and around the fullest part of your bosom, when done, subtract your band measurement from your bust measurement; each inch represents a cup size. Viola! It’s that easy to know your perfect bra size, now go shopping for some fab lingerie for that extra boost of confidence and sexiness.

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fashion 10 essentials for a woman’s bag BY OLUWATOYIN AGUDA

A hand bag is a woman’s best friend, it goes with her everywhere and holds all of her secrets. From her phone to her notepad, the bag holds tons of items a woman needs for her convenience. Here are must have for a woman’s bag. Lotions and sanitizers There is need to keep your hands moist and fresh all day by using a lotion. The sanitizers also keep our hands protected from germs. Tissues and hankies The public restrooms might be out of tissue, and yours will come in handy. When sneezing or sweating, your hankies come to good use. Deodorants and perfumes The hot weather may leave you sweaty, a deodorant, an antiperspirant, a body spray, a body mist, or a perfume will keep you smelling nice all day. Phones and gadgets Phones and tablets for surfing the net, and the iPod for music, these gadgets are a woman’s good companion. Notepad and pen The notebook or a planner is very essential to keep track of one’s daily activities. A wallet It doesn’t have to be the Gucci or Prada, a pretty wallet that will help you keep your money and other little items organized is key. A makeup bag You do not want your eye pencil, mascara, foundation, lip gloss and other makeup items littering your bag, get them organized into your makeup bag. Sunglasses Whether you are going to the beach or just a casual outing to a friend’s house, a trendy sunglasses never goes wrong. Hair items A comb, hairband or a scarf are a must have accessory for woman to keep your hair beautiful all day. Tampon or pad What can be worse than not having a tampon or pad when nature calls? Be prepared always! Have at least a piece in your bag.

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Pink quick fix BY OLUWATOYIN AGUDA

Pink is a woman’s favourite colour. The pink color stands for unconditional love and understanding, and is associated with giving and receiving care. Since pink is a combination of red and white, both colors add a little to its characteristics. Here are different shades of pink you can try for your makeup: FACE The QUAD BRONZER in Rose Dawn offers a luxurious glow with a light and airy feel. Three pink tones work perfectly to provide a gorgeous shade across the cheeks, eyes and lips. Alternatively it can be used as an all-over bronzer for natural-looking radiance. The queen of versatility the 24-KARAT GOLD DUST SHIMMER POWDER in Champagne; can be used across cheeks, eyes and lips for a delicately gilded look. Mix it with a moisturiser for a shimmering décolletage or golden legs! EYES Pink Silk EYE GLOSS adds a touch of pink tao your eyelids for an all day silky and luminous look. We love that it won’t crease or smear and will stay put until you decide it’s time for it to come off. Pink Bliss PUREPRESSED® EYESHADOW TRIO is a trio that suits most complexions. These pastel pink eye shadows are encased in an elegant rose gold mirrored compact and look great as an allnatural colour palette for green eyes. White Pink HIGHLIGHTER PENCIL is a jumbo dual-ended pencil designed to highlight the eye area. The white end, when applied inside the eye edge, makes your peepers appear bigger and brighter. Apply the pink side inside the ledge for a soft, radiant effect. Use above your lip line to give your lips a fuller look. LIPS The jane iredale PUREMOIST® LIPSTICK in Rose blends nourishing natural oils and superfruit extracts for petal‐soft lips that look, feel and taste incredible. Our most popular shade for Spring brides. jane iredale’s Pink LIP PENCIL, provides a soft colour that works wonders as a filler before you apply your favourite pink shade of lippy. It can also create a fabulous base to help your colour last even longer. For deliciously kissable lips try the Pink Candy PUREGLOSS® LIP GLOSS. The new and improved

formula protects and nurtures your lips with natural ingredients, a treatment for your lips. You will fall in love with the berry fresh flavour too. JUST KISSED® LIP AND CHEEK STAIN provides both a lip and cheek stain that is longlasting and pigment enhancing. The Forever Pink shade develops to suit your natural complexion. A great multi-purpose product that doubles as a cream blush. A great travel bag essential. Finally, Cherish LIP FIXATION® which was created for the purpose of breast cancer awareness and has been so popular it’s now incorporated as a permanent fixture in the range. This multi-tasker provides a lip stain and lip gloss, combining pastel and pale pinks which complement each other and look great with any makeup look. THE PINK BALL LIPSTAIN We recently launched the House of Tara Lipstain in partnership with Genevieve Pink Ball with all returns going into helping support women both medically and financially towards the prevention and treatment of Breast Cancer.

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March 10, 2018

Outdoor Appeal

BY MILLICENT AREBUN ONUOHA

Perception often times are the keys to unlocking limitless possibilities, a fact well known by the debonair man, whose mantra is “looking good is good business”. The suave male keen about cloths that can translate from work to play while looking always looks ultrastylish in any ensemble. The trick to pull off the “outside appeal look” is to stick to timeless pieces that are impervious to fads or season. Knowing a few of our male

sweethearts may still be daunted by this look, here are some tips for putting together an ensemble, that will cause hearts to flutter when you step out of your yard. Afro-pean: Go the afropean route by mixing and balancing your tribal pants, print trousers or chinos with plain polo’s, tees or silk shirts with afro embellishment, detailing or design. Urban Hip: Look ultra-hip and part of the cool crowd by pairing your tailored shorts, cuffed hem chinos, cropped Demin, or bright colored

skinnies with nautical tripped tees, dress shirts, or pastels and voila! Complete the hip look, by accessioning with vests, mufflers, skinny ties, colored plimsolls, boat shoes or gladiator. Rugged Rouge: Go rouge and break some hearts by simply pairing your ripped teased, bleaches, faded or distressed jeans with your sleeves tees, earth toned shirts, white print and accessorize with sneakers, boots, loafers, sandals, slippers, Converse All Stars or Shocks


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Fake Cleric Dupes Woman N.5m After One Month Sex Romp BY OGUNTADE ISMAILA, Lagos

A 26-year-old man claiming to be an Islamic cleric, Alfa Babatunde Samuel, has been arrested and arraigned for defrauding a woman N500,000 and engaging her in ‘sex deliverance’ that lasted for one month in Lagos. The incident happened at Jofolo Street in Iyana Ipaja area of AbuleOke where the suspect took the victim for the sex deliverance. It was reported that the deliverance started but did not last for the one month Samuel had planned after the Police at Area M Command, Idimu busted the plan and arrested him. Ondo State-born Samuel told the police that he was into selling of films before he changed and became an alfa. He confessed to giving the victim a fake prophecy that put fear into her. According to the victim, Samuel met her and predicted her that she would soon die and therefore needed deliverance to cast out the spirit of death. It was gathered that Samuel told the victim things related to her and her family and she asked for the solution to avert those problems. LEADERSHIP Weekend learnt that Samuel took her to a place where he gave her the conditions for the said deliverance which involved paying the said amount of money, buying a goat and having sexual intercourse with him for one month. It was also gathered that the victim collected the money from her sister and fulfilled other requests from Samuel including the sex romp. However, the whole thing got exposed after Samuel continued to make demands of money and sex from the victim. She then confided in her sister what she had been going through and how she gave Samuel the money she collected from the sister. The matter was reported to the police; Samuel was trailed, arrested and taken to the Area M Command, Idimu. Police sources said that during interrogation, Samuel admitted that he was an Alfa but he gave the victim a false prophecy to obtain money from her and had carnal knowledge of her which he had expected to last for at least one month. He was charged before the Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court for the alleged offences. He pleaded not guilty. The magistrate, Mrs. J.O.E. Adeyemi Ajayi, granted Samuel bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum. The prosecutor, Kenneth Asibor did not object to his bail condition.

Some of the 48 armed robbery suspects paraded in Bosso Police Divisional Headquarters, Minna, Niger State on Thursday

Police Arraign JSS3 Student For Allegedly Kidnapping Cousin BY ORJIME MOSES, ABUJA

The Nigeria Police Force have arraigned a Junior Secondary School student at a Wuse zone 2 Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, over the alleged kidnap of eight-year-old Innocent Sani, his cousin. The prosecutor, Mr.

Kufreabasi Ebong, alleged that the defendant kidnapped Sani on December 18, 2017. The prosecutor said the defendant, 18-year-old, Ebenezer Istifanus, demanded N40m ransom but was paid N160, 000. He alleged that the defendant enticed the boy out of the

custody of the guardian, adding that the offence contravened section 273 of the Penal Code. Istifanus, however, denied committing the offence, saying he was wrongly accused. He said he was a JSS 3 student of Government Science School, Wamba, Nasarawa State. The defendant said he was

fixing electrical faults in a shop of a former neighbour when policemen arrested him. The Magistrate, Emenisi Ebiwari, described the case as delicate because it involved members of the same family and ordered that the defendant be remanded in the police custody.

Police Kill 2 Suspected Kidnappers, Rescue Victim BY OGUNTADE ISMAILA, Lagos

Operatives of the Federal Special Anti- Robbery Squad, FSARS, of Ogun State Command have killed two suspected kidnappers whose aged 23 and 25 years respectively. The two suspected members of a kidnapping syndicate on 1 March 2018, ran out of luck when they engaged the FSARS operatives in a bid to rescue an abducted woman in a gun duel. According to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Abimbola Oyeyemi, “Trouble started at about 1pm last weekend when a distress call was made to the police that one

Mrs. Ajayi, a pastor’s wife, had been kidnapped along Abeokuta Ibadan Road”. The woman was said to have boarded a taxi going to Eleweran in Abeokuta area of Ogun State unknown to her that she boarded the wrong vehicle. She was forcefully driven to Odeda where she was taken into the bush and held hostage. The kidnappers collected her husband’s number, put a call across to him informing him that his wife was in their custody and that the sum of N2m should be paid for her release. The victim’s husband who happened to be the pastor of

a popular church in Abeokuta quickly informed the police. Upon receiving the information, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Iliyasu, gave a marching order to the officer incharge of FSARS, Uba Adam, to go after the hoodlums, rescue the victim and apprehend the suspects. In compliance with CP’s directives, the O/C FSARS led his men to the bush where the suspects were technically traced to, and engaged them in a gun battle which lasted for about 45 minutes. At the end of the encounter, two members of the syndicate

were shot and arrested but eventually died on the way to hospital. One policeman was also injured and undergoing treatment in a hospital while the victim was rescued unhurt. Recovered from the suspects were two locally made single barrel guns and four live cartridges? After the success of the operation, the CP praised the gallantry displayed the men. He enjoined members of the public to always report any criminal incident to the police on time with an assurance that prompt actions will always be taken on such incidences.

I Steal To Pay My School Fees – Phone Thief BY OGUNTADE ISMAILA, Lagos

A man who claims to be a 200 level student, Timilehin Olaniyi, has told the police that he engages in stealing to pay his school fees. Olaniyi who was captured in a CCTV footage by operatives of the Rapid Responds Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command,

currently circulating on the internet disclosed that he was propelled to steal an iPhone 8S in a retail outlet in Ikeja because of the need to pay his school fees According to RRS, he was captured in a trending CCTV footage where he claimed he was desperate to pay his tuition fee of N80, 000, hence he stole the

iPhone 8S. He said the 200 level student of DS Adegbenro ICT College, Ogun State noted that he was in Computer Village, Ikeja on 16 February, 2018 to dispose off an iPhone 5s given to him by his course mate to enable him raise money for his school fees. He added that, the source stated

that Olaniyi failed to open up to his elder brother who saw him spotting a T-shirt he bought for him in the video and the brother had gone to engage the services of a lawyer for defamation. Meanwhile the suspect was tracked and arrested in Wasimi, Ogun State by the Decoy Team of Rapid Response Squad.


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Courts Have Court Adjourns Case Against PMB’s Impersonator Area No Jurisdiction BY ORJIME MOSES, ABUJA

A Kano Magistrates’ Court has adjourned the case of a 58-yearold President Buhari’s longterm campaigner, Abdulmajid Danbilki-Commander, to May 30, 2018 for hearing. Danbilki-Commander, who resides at Koki Quarters, Kano, was arraigned on a three-count charge of intentional insult, defamation of character and

inciting disturbance. Chief Magistrate Kabiru Abubakar adjourned the case until May 30, for hearing. Earlier, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Sunday Ekwe, told the court that two Special Assistants to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media: Sha’aban Sharada, Bashir Ibrahim and their friend, Hafiz Ibrahim, all of the various addresses, reported the

matter at the Kano State Police Command Headquarters on January 21. He told the court that on January 14; the defendant aired a radio programme at Aminci Radio Station in Kano, where he intentionally insulted the three complainants by defaming their character and reputation, and called them liars. He alleged that the defendant also impersonated as acting

for the President Muhammadu Buhari and working to cause a misunderstanding within the APC party. The prosecutor said that police investigation was still ongoing but the defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges. The prosecutor said the offences contravened sections 392, 399 and 114 of the Penal Code.

Executive chairman, Amuwo Odofin local government area, Engr. Valentine Buraimoh (left), exchanging pleasantries with the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal (right) at the Town Hall Meeting for security stakeholders in Area ‘E’ Police Command held at FESTAC Town, Lagos . With them is the Area Police Commander, ACP Auwal Musa Mohammed, yesterday. PHOTO BY KOLAWOLE ALIU.

My Wife Denied Me Sex For Four Years – Pastor A 46-year-old pastor, Joshua Aranse, on Thursday, told an Alagbado Customary Court in Lagos that he impregnated another woman and abandoned his matrimonial home for four years because of his wife starved him of sex for four years. “I am a pastor and I counsel people. It is true that I abandoned her. For over four years, she did not allow me have sexual intercourse with her. “This is why I went out of my way to impregnate another woman,” he told the court while reacting to a request by his 42-year-old wife, Funmilayo, who is

seeking the dissolution of their 16-yearold marriage over alleged adultery. The trader, who resides at No. 18, Adebayo Oloye St., Baba Ijebu Bus Stop, Meiran, a Lagos suburb, also alleged that her husband abandoned his matrimonial home between 2010 and 2014. Aranse, however, told the President of the court, Prince A. M. Kosoko, that he abandoned his wife for over four years because his wife denied him sex. “When I sold the car, I gave her a sum of N40,000 but she used the money to buy second hand shoes to sell.

“I did not commit adultery except the woman I impregnated,” Aranse said, urging the court to dissolve the marriage, adding “I don’t love her anymore.” Earlier, the wife had told the court that her husband, a pastor, had in 2010, impregnated another woman. Funmilayo said: “In 2014, he finally abandoned our matrimonial home. My husband has not set his eyes on his three children since June 30, 2014. He refused to pay their school fees. They no longer go to school because I do not have money to send them to school.

“He sold our car and gave the money to the woman he impregnated. He has refused to take care of the children and I. “Please separate us because I no longer love him.” In his ruling, the court’s president ordered the respondent to pay N15,000 for the upkeep of the three children until the case was disposed off. He directed the man to bring the feeding allowance to the court and adjourned the continuation of trial until March 13.

Alleged Wife Killer Took Photos Of Pregnant Victim – Police A Florida man who’s been accused of fatally shooting his pregnant wife before taking photos of her dead body was arrested Monday, as his wife remains missing almost three months after her disappearance. Vincent Terry, 47, told the Marion County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 8 that his wife, 41-yearold Chrystal Terry, had been missing since Dec. 21, the sheriff’s department wrote on Facebook. He told authorities that his wife, who was 20 weeks pregnant, had fled their Summerfield home around 9:30 p.m. and left her cell phone, purse, medication and other personal belongings behind, WKMG-TV reported, citing an

arrest record. Less than two hours earlier, Chrystal reportedly texted her friend: “Will u plz come pick me up. 911.” Another text read: “I’ll do anything. I need u plz.” A search of the Terrys’ cell phones by the county’s Major Crimes Unit found that those urgent text messages from Chrystal were deleted, according to WKMG. During their search, deputies said they discovered gruesome photos on Vincent’s phone in which his wife “appeared to be deceased.” Chrystal was apparently naked, bloodied and appeared to have severe facial trauma. She also reportedly had a gunshot wound to her abdomen in her husband’s

photos, the Ocala Star-Banner reported. Vincent allegedly admitted “getting into it” with this wife, and argued that he took the photos to show Chrystal “how she looked” after taking some pills. He reportedly insisted that she left their home after the pictures were taken. Cadaver dogs who searched the couple’s property didn’t find Chrystal’s body, however, police did find the house’s floors had been recently cleaned and detected blood splattered on a living room wall, WKMG reported. The sheriff’s office also recovered a .22 calibre rifle and 53 rounds of .22 calibre ammunition – neither of which

Vincent can possess as he’s a convicted felon, the department said. Vincent, the Star-Banner reported, had been previously arrested in Colorado on suspicion of attempting to kill his wife, but charges were dropped after Chrystal declined to cooperate. Based on what authorities found on his phone, forensic evidence and his past history, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested Vincent on second-degree murder charges, in addition to previous charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and 53 counts of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, for which he was already in custody.

Over Criminal Matters – Judge

FCT High Court, Apo has ruled that area courts in the Federal Capital Territory, under the Sharia Court, have no jurisdiction on criminal matters. Justice Bolaji Belgore gave the ruling in a suit filed by Anugom Ifeanyi Chukwu, an Abuja-based legal practitioner, against the Grand Khadi, Sharia Court of Appeal, and two others. Justice Belgore declared that all area courts in the FCT were restrained from hearing and trying criminal matters under the Penal Code and Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015. The judge, however, declined to nullify judgments and orders made by the area courts on criminal proceedings since 2010. Chukwu had approached the court for interpretation of the following: “Whether by virtue of enactment of the FCT, Abuja Area Court Act 2010, the Area Courts in the FCT, have the jurisdiction to entertain and try criminal cases under the Penal Code and Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015? “If the laws of the Federation 1990 gave the Area Courts in the FCT power to hear and try criminal cases under the Penal Code and Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015?”

IGP Reinstates Police Welfare, Repositioning Cooperatives Society BY OGUNTADE ISMAILA, Lagos The Inspector-General of Police (I-G), Mr Ibrahim Idris, on Friday reiterated his commitment to the welfare of the officers and men by of the force by repositioning the Police Cooperatives Society to meet their needs. Idris, who is the President of the society made the commitment on Thursday in Lagos during the 26th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigeria Police Cooperative MultiPurpose Society Limited held at the POWA Hall Ikeja GRA. The Force Headquarters Annex spokesman in Lagos, Giwa disclosed the I-G’s commitment in a statement on Friday, which was made available to the LEADERSHIP Weekend. He said the society would be reengineered to perform its core mandates of promoting the socialeconomic well- being of police personnel by providing platform for seamless accessibility to revolving loans, sales of goods at affordable prices. Idris, represented by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) Valentine Ntomchukwu, said the men should also access cars and motor cycles loans, including affordable houses among others. He urged them to embrace voluntary contribution through thrift and savings, stressing that the society was a positive catalyst in driving home his passion in alleviating the welfare of police personnel through numerous welfare-oriented programmes.


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I will never be a politician – Ujo Professor Abdulhameed Ujo, a former Resident Electoral Commissioner of the Independent Electoral Commission, and Senior lecturer of the University of Abuja, speaks with ISABEST OMOREGBEJI on the state of Nigerian politics there? I cleared all my papers during the GCE and when I did so I applied to ABU and I was admitted. It was there I did my first degree, a B.Sc in Political Science.

Where and when were you born? I was born around 1948 in Ugbokolo, Otukpo now in Benue State. How was growing up? It wasn’t bad in the sense that I come from a royal family; my grand-father was the Ogli Otukpo (The Chief of Otukpo people). In view of that fact everything was okay as far as youth development was concerned. So I didn’t have any problems. Where did you work immediately after graduation? After school I was brought home, as they felt it was designed for us to take over from our father. They actually wanted to keep us, teaching us all kinds of village procedures of tradition. As soon as you finish primary school they wouldn’t want to push you into the modern way of life they would like to bring you up in the traditional way. I was particularly gifted for that type of thing so when I followed them I wasn’t working I was just following my dad. Any time there was an occasion we would go to the

village square and celebrate it. My father taught me a lot of things on how I should go about all the traditional worshiping method and all of that. But later on I developed and stayed with my uncle, Morgan Okpole, who was the first legal practitioner in Idoma land. He finished from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) and travelled to England to study law. When he came back, he was a government legal practitioner. He picked me up and I went and stayed with him. Outside royalty, didn’t you feel the urge to try something else like your friends? When I moved to stay with Morgan, my uncle, we didn’t stay long before he was called abroad. I was like I didn’t know what to do. They had to put me in school, that time schools were not many. They put me in one of the developing schools where they gave you secondary education. It was some sort of a special school not a government school. I was there until I got my GCE London. Where did you go from

When did you eventually get your first job? I finished my degree around 1976 and I was employed in the School of Basic Studies, Ugbokolo, immediately after graduation. I went there and later on I decided to go back for my postgraduate studies because I graduated with a Second Class Upper degree. I qualified immediately for higher education and they called me in ABU and I went and did my masters there. Because of my qualifications, high score in masters and a very good B.sc I applied for the Federal Government scholarship to go and study for PhD. I was given scholarship to do PhD in the University of Manchester. I went there and within three years I finished my PhD and thereafter I returned to Nigeria. Did you continue teaching when you came back? I continued teaching for a while in Ugbokolo and then transferred my services to the University of Jos . I was there for a few years then moved to the University of Abuja where I was a pioneer staff. I went there as Lecturer II. From there I rose to Lecturer I, then senior lecturer. From there I moved to two other levels of professor until now. What was your motivation to join this line of career? Every human being moves towards his sense of self actualization, you progress in life and you try to fulfill your ambition. I started climbing my academic ladder until I reached the highest level in academic environment by becoming a professor.

Have you had any opportunity to serve in government? Within this period when I became professor the government of Nigeria identified me and I was able to be employed and did so many things for the government. For example I was a Resident Electoral Commissioner 1999- 2003 for Kaduna State. I was also involved in other businesses for the government for example I was in the Justice Uwais committee as member, I was also for a short time a special adviser to the senate president Ameh Ebute under the Uaru Yar’Adua administration. I was contracted to do a lot of things like write-ups and so on. Also, I succeeded in introducing a lot of things to the university. I was also in a number of committees in the university. For example I was a member of the committee on adult learning. I headed the committee for three or four tenures. I will say that this is how I was able to fulfill all my needs in life. As a scholar of political science, did you at any point join politics? I never joined politics. I’m just a scholar. I have never been a politician and will never be. When did you publish your first book? My first book was published in Jos. But I have so far published 20 books of my own. After I wrote my first book in Jos, I continued to write from there. Many of my books were written in Jos because the weather was so good that we could sit down up to midnight in the office. Even now there is a library in Jos that over 90 per cent are my published works. That’s just to recognize my contribution to knowledge at the University of Jos. Having been on the scene

I started climbing my academic ladder until I reached the highest level in academic environment by becoming a professor


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I will never be a politician – Ujo   FROM PREVIOUS PAGE

for a long time, what differentiate politicians of those days from those of today? They are all the same. A Nigerian is a Nigerian; the political process in Nigeria has not changed. All they’ve been trying to do is to aim and capture political power and they use all means, the end justifies the means.

I have to prepare for the rainy days unless I’m a foolish man. You don’t say you’re coming to make money but then when there’s a position and allowances start coming in, you save and don’t waste in preparation for your retirement

How do you differentiate earlier scholars like you from the ones we have now? We political scientists in the social sciences teach that every person has a way of thinking, deciding, choosing and making conclusion. Social science is not like other sciences, it is a living science. If the young lecturer is speaking we will not condemn him/her if it his/her idea. Change and progression of society is based on new ideas, society develop based on new ideas. We don’t condemn people because they’re coming out with rubbish ideas. Actually what some new lecturers are doing the truth is that I may have my own personal opinion about it but the truth is it’s their idea. So if you must be a proper professor you must allow ideas to come out however stupid you think there are. What some of them are doing in the campuses now obviously some of them are wrong we know it but then again they are young and inexperienced. They can make mistakes but if you start condemning them, they will not come out with ideas again. So when they come up we allow them to say what they want to say and that’s it, if you have an advice to give them you do so. We deal with human beings and in humans we have variations of interest. Will you say you made money from your chosen career? I just wanted to be a graduate, money wasn’t my intention. There’s this old saying that the reward of teachers are in heaven. What’s important is that as you go up in your career you start preparing for retirement. In just a year I’m going to retire. In fact during our time in INEC you could not make money. How are you preparing for your retirement? When you have these positions –you travel abroad they pay you allowances and all that. Then you come back home, you’ll be a fool to spend all the money abroad. And then there are certain assignments when

I was in INEC I had my own allowances that I got. In addition, if you travel out to observe elections, allowances are paid. I’ve done a lot of work for government and in the process I have to prepare for the rainy days unless I’m a foolish man. You don’t say you’re coming to make money but then when there’s a position and allowances start coming in, you save and don’t waste in preparation for your retirement. What were your expectations during the Nigerian independence and have those expectations been met today? Every Nigerian then had optimism that with independence everything would move forward. We believed that they would give us the power and it would be left for us to use to benefit the entire citizens. But as Nigerians are very much aware, our expectations were dashed a few months after independence not even a few years as Nigeria was immediately riddled with crisis caused by our leaders. The major crisis in the Western Region led to the imprisonment of Obafemi Awolowo. In the Tiv area of Benue, we had Awolowo and the ruling party, the Northern Peoples Congress (NPC), wanting to whittle the influence of the more popular opposition party leading to the Tiv Riot. There were the killings they referred to as Atemtio (the cutting of the head). This has been the order till this day. So I cannot say the expectations had been met; instead they have been Ujo dashed. the morning after my exercise I go round. I don’t have Do you exercise? friends. I don’t make friends Of course I do, if not for because I know we Nigerians. you I would have been in the If you start making friends Sheraton exercising. they’ll take you to areas you don’t like. That’s how I live Do you have a particular my life. diet? Yes, at my age I have to be How long did you plan to on diet, I normally exercise live? and eat good diet food. There’s no individual that will tell you I’m going to live What will you ascribe to for so and so time. It’s all God. your longevity? Just do your best. My children I’ll ascribe it to good are all grown up. They have diet and good exercise and their own children too. I think of course, staying around I’ve fulfilled all righteousness. gardens like this one. You In everything in life just do your can see I planted so many best; do the right thing. Don’t trees in my compound and be wicked. Nobody can live in the oxygen exchange is good. this world forever just do your To all things in life, I try to best in terms of relationship be useful. One of the things I with others, do exercise and like is being straight forward. I eat good food. As you grow in am a straight forward person; life you become a philosopher. honest to the core. Even my Whether you like it or not, children see that I haven’t somehow philosophic thinking been a bad person. I have will emerge and you start lived my life based on truth applying it. and honesty. It’s the will of God that’s how I look at it. You Do you still have a dream? can see flowers everywhere. I My life is not like that. don’t go out. I don’t travel. In

The way it is, I have fulfilled all righteousness. I am a self contented person. I live in my own house. Do you still have a sibling? My sister died a few years ago. But I have a half-sister and a half-brother. Is any of your children a lecturer like you? No. The boy works in INEC. He has finished his masters. I plan to encourage him to do his PhD. Did you encourage any of your relatives or children to follow your footsteps? I’m a free thinker in the sense that I allow my children to do what they like but I advise them. For instance, I would have loved my first born to do medicine but he was ready for natural sciences and he went and did it and got a job in the bank. Now he is doing another master’s in preparation for PhD. My first daughter did law in London and these other smaller ones are all doing their masters.


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omen who generally believe that good things will happen may live longer, a new study suggest. The study which affirms the power of positive thinking, stressed that optimism is associated with reduced risk of death from stroke, respiratory disease, infection and cancer. Optimistic people tend to act in healthier ways. Studies show that optimistic people exercise more, eat healthier diets and have higher quality sleep. An upbeat outlook also may directly affect biological function. Research has demonstrated that higher optimism is linked with lower inflammation, healthier lipid levels (fats in the blood), and higher antioxidants (substances that protect cells from damage). Optimistic people also use healthier coping styles. A summary of over 50 studies showed that when confronted with life challenges, optimists use healthier coping methods like acceptance

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of circumstances that cannot be changed, planning for further challenges, creating contingency plans, and seeking support from others when needed. For this investigation, scientists reviewed records on 70,000 women who participated in a long-running health study that surveyed them every two years between 2004 and 2012. The study authors examined optimism levels and other factors that might affect the results, such as race, high blood pressure, diet and physical activity. Overall, the risk of dying from any disease analyzed in this study was almost 30 percent less among the most optimistic women compared to the least optimistic women. For the most optimistic women, for instance, the risk of dying from cancer was 16 percent lower; the risk of dying from heart disease, stroke or respiratory disease was almost 40 percent lower; and the risk of dying from infection was 52 percent lower, the study found. Levels of optimism were determined

Live well tips are NOT medical advice. Please consult your doctor before taking medicine or supplement, changing diet or exercise. • If you are exercising to get fit, please try a few short 30-seconds bursts of high intensity full speed running. It will speed up fat

from responses to statements such as “In uncertain times, I usually expect the best.’’ While the study uncovered an association between optimism and life span, it did not prove cause and effect. Healthy behaviours may help fuel optimism. It is easier to feel optimistic when you feel healthy and energetic. By choosing a healthy lifestyle, you may open yourself up to greater gratitude and create more energy for deeper relationships and professional satisfaction. For people with depression and anxiety, medication may help to improve mental outlook and thus overall health, although this study did not address that specific issue. The simple act of writing down best possible outcomes for careers, friendships and other areas of life could generate optimism and healthier futures. It is pertinent to write acts of kindness you performed daily. Also write down things you are grateful for every day. Both these exercises increases optimism.

burn. • Mushrooms control blood pressure, lower cholesterol, kill bacteria, combat cancer and strengthen bones. • Please limit intake of saturated fats like butter, margarine or hydrogenated oil. They clog your arteries and raise your cholesterol. • Exercising for 40 minutes

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Anti-Aging Foods That Keeps You Young

While we are yet to find the ‘’Fountain of Youth’’ we have discovered through research anti-aging foods that help you maintain a healthy, young-looking skin. Ultimately, poor-quality foods like transfats, causes inflammation and aging while, anti-aging foods like fruits and vegetables are essentially good for your skin this includes: Water Are you getting your full eight glasses of water every day? Water is not only critical for hydration, but also helps your body naturally flush out toxins, rejuvenate its skin, and efficiently fulfil internal functions. Protein Instead of simply looking at what foods you consume, it’s important to consider your key dietary components as well. Since metabolism slows with age, it’s critical to eat sources rich in protein to protect muscle mass and prevent unnecessary weight gain. Eggs, skinless chicken, and turkey breasts are excellent sources of protein that are easy to consume. Coconut Oil Pound for pound, coconut oil is one of the single most nutritious superfoods you can put in your body. It has a vast array of incredible health benefits including: healthier skin and hair, lower cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased levels of immunity, proper digestion and metabolism. Spices If you open your spice cabinet right now, you may find ginger, paprika, and cayenne pepper. These are incredibly delicious on our foods, but did you know that they’re filled with anti-aging benefits as well? These can lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol by fighting high blood pressure, and also improve circulation throughout the body. Avocado Considered one of the “super foods” of the world, avocado is rich in the vitamins and nutrients needed to keep the body as healthy as possible. Similar to nuts, however, guacamole is high in fat calories, so be sure and conscious about your intake. Spinach One of the vitamins we rarely hear about is vitamin K, which improves bone density and strength. Leafy greens, such as spinach, are primary sources of vitamin K and a single serving is over one-and-ahalf times your daily requirement of the vitamin. Aside from strengthening your skeleton, spinach also provides nutrients to keep your eyesight healthy. Almonds Though all nuts are generally healthy, almonds top the list. Numerous medical studies reveal that a single serving of almonds every day will lower LDL cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Since fat calories are disproportionately high in nuts, we recommend eating them by the dozen per day.

reduces stress for up to 3 hours. Rest and relaxation for 40 minutes reduces stress for only 20 minutes, your choice! • Make it a habit, no skipping breakfast you must eat something healthy, like oats, wholegrain bread. Do it today, tomorrow and every day.

• Chewing a stick of sugarless gum after meals reduces heartburn. It raises saliva flow, which neutralises stomach acid. • Take a high-protein snack within 30 minutes of working out to increase muscle gain. A peanut butter sandwich for example.


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KIDS HEALTH

Allergies

A If you are confused about what kind of natural remedies you should adopt for your child’s allergy then this article is just the right thing for you

llergies are very common in most children and they can be caused as a result of various kinds of environmental and medical factors. Children with specific allergies can suffer from one or more kinds of symptoms, such as eczema, hives, high fever, sneezing, wheezing, coughing and so on. Sometimes allergies can be caused due to certain foods or even insect bites, such as those of wasps, bees, etc. There is a wide range of over the counter allergy medicines available in the market, but in case of children, it is advisable that one should always opt for natural remedies. If you are confused about what kind of natural remedies you should adopt for your child’s allergy then this article is just the right thing for you. Here we have some effective natu-

ral remedies that are not only effective but also free from any kind of side effects. Check them out! Ice If your child gets the pain during allergic sinusitis, then what you can do is wrap some ice cubes in a piece of cloth and apply it the painful areas. This is a very effective remedy in treating all kinds of pain instantly. Honey Honey is often considered as a kind of a mini allergy shot when it comes to treating allergy naturally. If your child is allergic to anything, then just give him two to three teaspoons of honey on a daily basis. This is helpful in fighting any kind of allergy and its related symptoms. However, it is advisable that you should

go for the organic honey and not the processed ones if you want the best results. Honey is not only a tasty natural remedy that is loved by children but also free from side effects as well. Hot Tea In case your child is suffering from inflamed and blocked mucous membranes then you should instantly rustle up a cup of hot tea for him. You can try out any kind of tea, such as ginger tea, lemon tea or peppermint tea but remember that it should be consumed piping hot for best consequences. Hot tea is very effective in unblocking the nose and also has many anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties, thus providing instant relief. Inhaling Steam You can make your child in-

hale steam in order to soothe inflamed and irritated nasal sinuses. Steam can reduce congestion of the nasal system and also helps in eliminating mucous secretions in children, who have nasal allergy. For this, you should boil a pan of water and add two drops of essential oils, such as that of eucalyptus, rosemary, and myrtle and tea tree. Tent a towel over the pan and let your child inhale the steam for at least five to ten minutes. Healthy Foods Increase your child’s intake of healthy foods, such as green vegetables, nuts, fishes and fresh fruits. These foods not only provide adequate health benefits to the child but also aid in strengthening the immune system as a result of which it is possible to ward off all kinds of allergic reactions.

PHOBIA

Chaetophobia – Fear Of Hair Almost all parts of the human’s body surface is covered with hair, from the hair on our head which is considered the crowning glory of most women, to the tiniest hairs found on our skin and ears that help to conduct sound, and even inside our noses which help block and trap dirt when it enters our nasal passages. It is impossible to avoid

hair, but there are some people who are scared of hair and this phobia is called Chaetophobia coming from the Greek word khaite meaning ‘loose, flowing hair’, and phobos or fear. Some people fear their own hair, or they may fear other people’s hair. This could have been brought about by a traumatic experience such as having

a really bad haircut as a child and one became subject of ridicule, or could have gotten disease such as folliculitis that caused blemishes on the skin that was perceived as ugly. One could have also gotten head lice or pubic lice, thus they fear that having hair can make them prone to having these infestations. People with this phobia may try to

shave off all of their hair, or have really short hair. They would try to keep their hair as clean as possible by shampooing or taking a bath several times a day. Psychotherapy might help in some cases but medications may be needed in the very isolated cases that rendered the phobic person dysfunctional in society.


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Researchers Discover New HIV Antibody

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esearchers said they have discovered an HIV antibody that can suppress the virus for nearly six months without additional treatment. The new study involved about half of a group of monkeys, infused with a broadly neutralising antibody to HIV combined with an immune stimulatory compound. The findings, released at the 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, lend a clue to strategies that attempt to achieve sustained, drug-free viral remission in people living with HIV. Being supported in part by the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the study may have targeted the viral reservoir,

populations of long-lived, latently infected cells that harbour the virus and that lead to resurgent viral replication when suppressive therapy was stopped. “HIV excels at evading the immune system by hiding out in certain immune cells,” said NIAID Director Anthony Fauci. “The virus can be suppressed to very low levels with antiretroviral therapy, but quickly rebounds to high levels if a person stops taking medications as prescribed.” “The findings from this early stage research offer further evidence that achieving sustained viral remission without daily medication might be possible,” he added. In the study, scientists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center infected 44

rhesus macaques with simian human immunodeficiency virus, an HIV-like virus commonly used in nonhuman primate studies. They then initiated daily antiretroviral therapy during acute infection to suppress the virus to below detectable levels in the monkey’s blood. After a 96-week treatment, researchers divided the monkeys into four equal groups and continued to administer ART for 16 additional weeks, with an aim to determine whether the combination of HIV antibody and immune stimulant could reduce the viral reservoir while virus replication was well controlled by the ART. After discontinuation of ART, the virus rebounded in the blood of all 11 monkeys that neither received HIV

antibodies or immune stimulant after a median of 21 days. The experts also said six of 11 monkeys that received the therapy combination showed a delayed viral rebound after a median of 112 days, and five others of the 11 did not rebound for at least 168 days. “Our findings suggest that the development of interventions to activate and eliminate a fraction of the viral reservoir might be possible,” said Dan Barouch, principal investigator of the study. The researchers said compared with the antiretroviral therapy which needs to be taken daily, antibodies to HIV tend to last longer in the body and have shown promise for longer-acting HIV therapeutics and prevention.

They then initiated daily antiretroviral therapy during acute infection to suppress the virus to below detectable levels in the monkey’s blood


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Essiac Tea Makes Tumors Shrink, Cancer Cells

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ssiac tea makes tumors shrink and cancer cells disappear. It has been used successfully for 50 years. Here is how to prepare it. Essiac has become widely known for its remarkable ability to boost the immune system and detoxify the body. Many people who drink Essiac tea regularly report feeling healthier with less incidence of colds and flu. A simple inexpensive four herb tea that cures cancer? Essiac tea is said to have been an ancient recipe made by the Ojibwe tribes of Native Americans who populate areas of Canada and the northern United States. It was referred to as the “Ojibwa Tea of Life.” Essiac tea was introduced in Canada during the early 1920’s. For over 50 years, a humble nurse, Rene Caisse (pronounced Reen Case), used the tea successfully with many terminal cancer patients from her clinic in the tiny Canadian village of Bracebridge, north of Toronto. It consists of four main herbs that grow in the wilderness of Ontario, Canada. The original formula is believed to have its roots from the native Canadian Ojibway Indians The four main herbs that make up Essiac are Burdock Root, Slippery Elm Inner Bark,Sheep Sorrel and Indian Rhubarb Root.

The four main herbs that make up Essiac are Burdock Root, Slippery Elm Inner Bark,Sheep Sorrel and Indian Rhubarb Root

How Does Essiac Tea Work? Essiac tea detoxifies the body, attacks cancer cells, and ramps up the immune system with powerful antioxidants. Burdock root is the major ingredient in Essiac tea and it is rich in the anti-oxidant anthraquinone which has been shown to reduce cell mutations and prevent tumor growth. Several case studies have been written up that have reported claims that Essiac tea helped see a regression

of tumor size and severity of symptoms. These patients suffered from different forms of cancer including uterus, prostate, and bowel cancer as well as growths on the skin’s surface. From the Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, “Sheep sorrel is gaining popularity as an anticancer agent and for its ability to break down and reduce tumors. A poultice made from sheep sorrel is reported to have a drawing effect on tumors or cysts. Sheep sorrel’s rutins and polysaccharides act to prevent tumors and other cancerous growths. The beta carotene contained in sheep sorrel acts as an antioxidant, increasing the production of white blood cells and T-cells (cancer-killing cells). The chlorophyll in sheep sorrel acts to purify the liver, promote regeneration of tissue, decrease swelling of the pancreas, strengthen cell walls, cleanse the blood, and

may increase resistance to x rays. The oxalic acid also has antitumor and anticancer properties. Sheep sorrel has also been used to treat the side effects of chemotherapy.” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a test tube study that showed that Essiac might inhibit prostate tumor cell growth. To date, it has proven safe for all but pregnant or nursing women Ingredients in Essiac Tea Recipe It has a proven record of cured patients since the late 1920’s. Brewing your own Essiac tea is favored by most upon ordering the herbs, which are sometimes packaged individually, or pre-mixed into one bag. * 6 1/2 cups of burdock root (cut) * 1 pound of sheep sorrel herb (powdered) * 1/4 pound of slippery elm bark (powdered)

* 1 ounce of Turkish rhubarb root (powdered) Directions to Make Essiac Tea -. Mix all four herbs thoroughly, store in a tightly sealed glass container away from light -. For a quart of tea, you need 1 ounce of herbal blend -. For a gallon of tea, you need 4 ounces of herbal blend -. Bring desired amount of water to a rolling boil in a steel or cast iron pot for 15 minutes -. Cover with a lid, steep at least 12 hours -. The following day, reheat the water but do not boil -. Allow to settle, then strain out herbs (there will be sediment in the bottom) -. Pour into tightly sealed glass or ceramic containers and cool -. Refrigerate and use as recommended (sweetened with honey or natural sugar to taste).

The Original and Free Cucumber Diet Plan, Low-Calorie for Best Weight Loss Results Calories in Cucumbers, Nutrition Facts Cucumbers act as a natural diuretic and aid in removing trapped water from the body. What causes water retention? Too much salt (sodium) in the diet can encourage water retention and water weighs very heavily on the scales. So the next time your meal

contains a bit more salt than you would have liked, grab a serving of cucumber. 5 ounces of cucumber contain about 20 calories 1/2 of a medium cucumber contain about 20 calories 1 medium cucumber contains about 40 calories Diet Cucumber Food Notes – To remove the bitterness

from cucumbers, cut off the top from the stem-end of the cucumber. Rub it against the exposed flesh of the cucumber and a foam will appear. Wash, then you are ready to enjoy your cucumber. – Cucumbers are often waxed before they reach your market. Be sure to remove the peel before consumption.

– Individuals allergic to aspirins may experience an allergic reaction to cucumbers. – Cucumbers make a delicious, healthy snack for dieters and non-dieters alike. Soak in a bit of white vinegar and water for a different tantalising flavor. The vinegar will also crisp the cucumber. – A five-ounce serving of

cucumber contains about: 1.5 grams of dietary fiber, 1 gram of protein, 12% RDA of Vitamin C, a trace of saturated fat and zero cholesterol. – Cucumber Spa: Yeah – you know this relaxing trick! When you find your diet bringing you down, relax with a couple of cucumber slices over your eyes. So refreshing!


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Weekend Politics Editor: Chibuzo Ukaibe

PDP’s Subtle Move To Select Presidential Candidate CHUWANG DUNGS in this report writes on the intrigues that underpinned last week’s PDP governors’ meeting in Gombe State

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he absence of the National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, and the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, at the PDP Governors meeting with members of the National Working Committee (NWC) in Gombe State last week Sunday gave credence to the insinuation that the party might be divided against itself. Though details of their absence at the meeting were not officially addressed, it is believed that it may not be unconnected with simmering political scheming and power tussle over who controls the soul of the party, and by extension, who emerges as its presidential candidate in 2019. These are certainly not the best of times for the opposition party, rocked by unending crises as some of its founding leaders and elders recently dumped it for the Social Democratic Party (SDP). Former ministers and former PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) members, Professors Jerry Gana and Tunde Adeniran, left the party, citing among other claims that the party had become the preserve of one or a few individuals. To this end, it is being projected that some serving governors, former governors, serving senators, former senators and other key elected leaders are also planning to leave the former ruling party. The main actors in the subtle tussle are Wike’s camp against some key stakeholders championing the presidential ambition of Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State. This group of stakeholders are unhappy that despite their contributions to the formation and development of the party, Wike seems to have hijacked it, and is perceived to be dictating affairs within. The Rivers State governor on the other hand believes that he is currently the biggest investor in the party and as such should have a major say in who becomes what, including the party’s presidential candidate. It is alleged that he has settled for a former governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido, as the party’s presidential candidate. It was also alleged that he is considering the immediate past chairman of the national caretaker committee of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi. Besides Lamido and Makarfi, other PDP presidential aspirants

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include former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau; former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa; and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. Despite the party’s zoning of its presidential ticket to the North, the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, (from the South-West) who is also the chairman of party’s governors forum, is in the race. However, Wike’s perceived hesitancy not to align with a fellow governor is said to have sparked a dissension within the rank and file of the party, especially among some of the serving governors who feel that one of them should be given the full backing to contest for the nation’s most exalted political office. Their argument is that since the presidential slot has been zoned to the North, Dankwambo, who is serving his last term should be entitled to the privilege of becoming the party’s flag bearer at the expiration of his tenure, considering his sacrifices and contributions in ensuring the survival of the party in the North against all odds. But Wike’s huge influence in the party preceded the emergence of Secondus as national chairman. Wike had rallied his colleagues to back the Secondus’ victory during the convention much to the chagrin of aspirants from the South-West and its leaders who felt they deserved to produce the national chairman of the party. But his influence in the party became noticeable shortly after he emerged governor of Rivers State.

Dakwambo

With a robust political background having served as local government chairman (in one of the most politically charged councils in Nigeria during the 1999 to 2007 era) and later minister of state for education, Wike teamed up with Fayose (another domineering influence in the party) to impose Senator Ali Modu Sheriff on the party, despite the agitations that trailed their action. When their short-lived political romance fell apart, Wike, at a convention he hosted in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, was also instrumental to setting up the Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee (NCC), after Sheriff was rejected by the party. Throughout the 14-month political and legal tussle that eventually ensued, Wike and his staunch ally, Fayose, stood with the NCC and other organs of the party. As such, in the build up to the December 2017 national convention of the party, Wike had already established himself as a major factor in the party. But watchers of the party, aver that what could be interpreted as Rivers State governor’s overbearing influence in the party might be because he seems to have more active engagement with the party than most other governors. Party sources confided in LEADERSHIP Weekend that Wike, has been very much more involved in the well being of the party compared to other governors. A BoT member of PDP who pleaded anonymity said “I don’t want to take anything away from

other governors, but I must say that the Rivers State governor has been very supportive to the party. He has proven that he is a party man. Yes, sometimes he can be overbearing and forceful in demanding what he wants but his passion for the party is not in doubt.” The nature of his emergence as governor could perhaps have played a role in how influential he has become in the party. While most of the other governors emerged through the support of their immediate past predecessors or some very powerful godfather, Wike, despite enjoying the support of the wife of the former President, Dame Patience Jonathan, he had to battle his predecessor and estranged political ally, Chibuike Amaechi, in such a way that he practically emerged without a direct godfather like some other governors had. However, watchers of the party believe that the political latitude that Wike enjoys in the party is reflective of not just his huge financial war chest but the seeming lax posture of other governors when it cames to critical decision making within the party. It was in the light of this that serving governors of the party and members of NWC held a closeddoor meeting at the Gombe State Government House to deliberate on the matter. But the national chairman of the party, Secondus and Wike were ➔  CONTINUES ON THE NEXT PAGE

The main actors in the subtle tussle are Wike’s camp against some key stakeholders championing the presidential ambition of Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State


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absent at the meeting which lasted till about 3:00 am on Monday. Another PDP governor absent at the meeting was that of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, while Bayelsa State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State were represented by their deputies. Hosted by Dakwambo, other governors present at the meeting were Ayodele Fayose (Ekiti) Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ben Ayade (Cross River), and Darius Ishaku (Taraba). Interestingly, while the Gombe meeting was on going, a statement by Governor Seriake Dickson further gave fillip to the simmering tussle for the party’s soul. Although he was absent at the meeting, Dickson had, in a statement, through his press secretary, Francis Ottah, insisted that former ministers and former Board of Trustees (BoT) members of the PDP, Prof Jerry Gana and Tunde Adeniran, must be made to return to the party. He added that the PDP is a national asset owned by all Nigerians, and not by any individual. Dickson, who is also the Chairman of PDP Reconciliation Committee noted that while the leaders of the party were important stakeholders in the scheme of things, the real stakeholders of PDP were the ordinary Nigerians in whom sovereignty lies. He noted that the most rational thing for all PDP stakeholders to do now is to start a process of building consensus and reaching out to players across party lines with the PDP leading the coalition to wrest power from the APC in 2019. The statement reads: “No one governor, no one lawmaker or leader of PDP can own PDP or singlehandedly produce a presidential candidate. Therefore, what is required of PDP leaders now is to work with all parties including those who have left the PDP to produce a credible candidate that is acceptable to the generality of Nigerians on the platform of PDP to defeat the APC in 2019.” The governor said his reconciliation committee would continuously engage aggrieved party members including those who have left the PDP to return to the party, stressing that “we must be together to save our party and country from collapse”. He said with less than one year to the 2019 general elections, time was of essence and the right thing to do now was for all men of goodwill to come together to challenge the APC. He also called on PDP members not to lose faith in the party. He said the next election was critical to the survival of democracy and the nation, stressing that history would be unkind to PDP leaders if they failed to lead a coalition to unseat the APC-led Federal Government. Although the governors refused to speak with reporters who waited

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Secondus, in a statement, affirmed his faith in the strength of the party even as efforts are on to appease all aggrieved leaders of the party

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patiently for several hours for the communiqué of the meeting on the reason why the national chairman and Wike were absent, sources said the governors and other leaders of the party might have deliberated on the arrogant posture of the Rivers governor and the leadership style of Secondus which they feared that if not properly managed would affect the fortune of the party in the 2019 general elections. LEADERSHIP WEEKEND also gathered from sources at the meeting that, their absence was in connection with the existing cold war within the party as regards the party’s choice for the 2019 presidential election. Whatever the case may be, the point is that Secondus and Wike’s absence at the Gombe meeting revealed that all is not well within the party. Some sources are of the view that the Gombe fellowship was strategically designed to plot ways for Dankwambo/ Fayose presidential ambition which the national chairman and Wike are vehemently against. One of our sources said while some of the serving governors and members of the NWC were pushing for the candidature of Dankwambo and Fayose, some, including the national chairman and Wike were strongly against it on the grounds that the Gombe State governor, despite achieving a lot in his state, was allegedly unreliable and deceptive to be trusted with leadership at that level. They are of the view that former governor Sule Lamido and Wike will make a better combination and will also bring a larger followership to the party, considering Lamido’s political strength and acceptability within and outside the North which they claim overweighs Dankwambo’s popularity by far. “Governor Dankwambo has no political structure beyond Gombe State, he is only relying on the support and backing of his colleagues,” a source said, adding that Atiku Abubakar and Sule Lamido have better and formidable political structures in Gombe State and the entire North-East when compared to Dankwambo. He said if PDP were serious to win election in 2019, they should think of presenting more serious

and acceptable candidates, not the likes of Dankwambo and Fayose. Although Dankwambo is yet to officially declare for the nation’s number one job, his body language and information from his close associates show that he is seriously working underground to win the support of the the party’s leadership. A source close to him told our correspondent that the former accountant general of the federation was busy going round and making consultations to win the support of political stakeholders across the country, especially traditional rulers and religious leaders. “His greatest obstacle for now is winning the support of top players within the party and beyond, that is why he is busy going round to lobby the support of traditional and religious leaders to help him convince those concerned that he is the best man for the job.” However, Fayose, while answering questions from newsmen shortly after disclosing the resolution of the meeting said they could not force anyone to remain in the PDP noting that those leaving or planning to live the party were “Abuja” based politicians without any relevance in their states. According to him, some of them are just mere liability and burden to the party without adding any political value to the party. “You cannot be in Abuja and be making noise without adding any value to your party at the home front and claim to be a politician, we have passed that level in the PDP.” In their resolution, they warned the All Progressive Congress (APC)led administration against using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to intimidate them, vowing to resist such act. They asked the APC to desist from misusing state machinery in fighting their perceived political opponents in the guise of waging anti-corruption war. Fayose, who described the intimidation of the PDP members in the APC-controlled states as “worrisome” said if such harassment continued, it was capable of truncating the country’s hard earned democracy.

“The use of brute force, harassment and intimidation clearly show the level of desperation ahead of the 2019 election”, he said. Fayose who said corruption was on the increase under the present administration added that the PDP remained the most credible alternative for Nigerians at the 2019 general elections. According to him, the party is now well focused, strong and reliable of returning to power in 2019. “We have very strong hopes of returning to power, we may not be shouting about strategies and the work that we are doing, the PDP is still the best option”, he said. The PDP leadership while condemning the recent kidnapped of Dapchi girls, described it as “unfortunate and regrettable”, and called on Mr. President to live up to his responsibility of protecting lives and property of Nigerians which was APC’s major campaign promise. However, Secondus has reiterated his commitment to implementing his reform agenda to take the party to a new height. Secondus, in a statement, affirmed his faith in the strength of the party even as efforts are on to appease all aggrieved leaders of the party. The party chairman reaffirmed his commitment to the three ‘Rs’ which formed the major plank of his campaign, the statement noted. “The national chairman alongside other leaders will reform, rebuild and retake power for the party in 2018 and 2019. The challenges are many but the Chairman is in full consultation with key stakeholders to address all outstanding issues”, the statement narrated. While acknowledging that the PDP is passing through difficult times, the statement noted that the National Chairman believes strongly that the various organs of the party are strong enough to resolve all knotty issues. “The NEC, the Board of Trustees, the NWC, the Governors’ Forum, the Reconciliation Committee are all working to address ongoing challenges. As a team player, the chairman assures party members that reconciliation is upper most in his agenda”, the statement noted. While no reference was made to the defection, the statement described the party chairman as a peace maker and consensus builder who will bend backward to accommodate all party interests. “The chairman is open to peaceful and inclusive leadership and he has confidence in the various ongoing efforts designed to strengthen the party ahead of forthcoming polls “, the statement concluded. With the absence of both Secondus and Wike, at the all important Gombe meeting, it is evident that all is not well with party. In the same vein, the fact that Professors Gana and Adeniran also left the party, citing its hijack by the duo of Secondus and Wike is both instructive and a pointer to the fact that the part still has a long way to go in its quest to return to power next year.


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PDP Has Betrayed Us – Adeniran

Former Education minister, Professor Tunde Adeniran, was a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) until last week. In this interview with select journalists, Adeniran speaks about his reasons for leaving the party and why he believes that neither the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) nor opposition PDP can provide leadership for the country. MUYIWA OYINLOLA was there. You recently left the PDP. Why did you opt for the Social Democratic party (SDP)?

We are being guided by a definite philosophy called orientation. We are social democrats, we believe in the welfare and wellbeing of the people. We believe that there are certain irreducible minimum an average Nigerian is entitled to. We believe for instance, that education is the key for the future. Without education, we are nobody. We believe that education should be made free and compulsory for every Nigerian up to the secondary school level. The second area is health. Before you can be anything in terms of growth and development, you have to be healthy. That is why we believe that health issues should not be played with. The healthcare delivery system has to be overhauled in such a way that people will have access to basic healthcare facilities. Health insurance is one of the things we believe in very much. You see the Nigerians of old age, they can no longer afford the drugs; they can no longer take care of themselves. I have visited virtually all the continents of the world; I also had the privilege of visiting about 56 countries. I do not know of any that is as blessed as Nigeria in terms of both human and material resources. Our vegetation, you look at it and ask, ‘why should Nigerians be hungry?” There should be no hunger in this country for goodness sake. And that is why we believe that agriculture will be handled in such a way that hunger will be pushed out. Nigeria doesn’t have reasons to be hungry. As social democrats, these are some of the things that prompted the SDP. Was there consultation before you joined the party?

Apart from the core values that we share with that party, we asked our team to go round. We also went round when it became apparent that the present party and the PDP can no longer divorce themselves. They seem to have a covenant with impunity and imposition. So I feel that an alternative has to be considered. In the consideration of an alternative, the APC is a nogo area because the damage that it has done to this country within a short time shows that we cannot entrust this country into the care of the APC with just one additional year after 2019. It will be a greater disaster because we are already in a disastrous situation. During the consultations, people felt these values that are entrenched in the programme and philosophy of this party, we share them because we could have gone ahead and registered a new party. But what we are looking for is already on ground, we can build on it, we can remodel it, we can reposition it the more. Then of course, when you are coming

up with new parties, there is the tendency to have as it is inherent in party formation some elements of what you can call possibility for crisis. So you do not have a perfect situation in an arrangement whether it is a family you are putting together or a political party. In the history of the SDP, you can see that relatively, it has been crisis-free. It is also national and not driven by primordial, parochial or sectional tendencies and they have not deviated from that. We did a thorough survey; it didn’t just come from the blues. We are thinking of making it a more people-oriented party. In 2015, the SDP fielded candidates but didn’t do well at the polls. What gives you the courage that it will win elections in 2019?

Yes, it fielded candidates but it was a small party then; it didn’t attract large followership. But now that we are coming in, it is going to become the biggest party because of the potentials, because of the attraction to the younger generation. It will be dominated by the youths; so some of us who are the older generation will just be there to mentor, to make sure that we add value to whatever they have to offer Nigerians then we take the backseat. Don’t you think the PDP will feel betrayed about your exit?

No, it is the other way round. It is the PDP that has betrayed some of us. The PDP has betrayed us because what we all subscribe to, when you go back and read the preambles of the PDP, you will know that the party has betrayed many of us. We started this party and when you see the mission and vision of the party being aborted, you see so many things happening. If you use me as a reference point, in the past, I had the mandate to go to the Senate, it was taken away from me, given to someone who did not even contest; who was not even a member of our party. I didn’t leave the party because I felt we needed to work; the answer was not to leave. On two or three different occasions, other parties had attracted me because of some of the things that I went through but I said no, I am not an opportunist. I didn’t come into politics to be seeking for positions and then if I am not I will leave the party, no, that was not the motive. There is the need to serve the people but when it starts getting to a situation where that opportunity to serve the people could no longer be there, there will no longer be justice, it is bad. If some other people are elected through a fair, credible process, I will work. I have done it in the past. I will work with them. But the principle involved is that you cannot continue to

do things the wrong way; you are destroying the future. When you go against the principles, policies, programmes and vision of anybody, it is sabotage. So the people behind it are people who have betrayed the trust. Sometimes when I look back and I think through, those who have gone; founders of this party like (Abubakar) Rimi, (Alex) Ekwueme, Solomon Lar, I feel they will be shaking in their graves to see what is happening. Those who are still around, why would someone for instance, Jerry Gana who is spending like 18 hours per day since the formative years of this party leaves such a party? He was involved at every critical stage of the formation of the PDP

but he decided to leave. So it is a painful situation. Is the movement of aggrieved chieftains of various political parties to the SDP and especially some former ministers who served under President (Olusagun) Obasanjo a fulfilment of his recent proclamation?

The way I look at it is that former President Obasanjo is a very passionate person when it comes to the issue of Nigeria and Africa. And what I see in this regard is the meeting of minds and God is also at work. While we were thinking about how to rescue this country, I have seen this as a decisive action. We have to change the narrative; we can’t afford to leave this country the way it is. I believe that when we were thinking about how to rescue this country, he too was preoccupied as an elder statesman, what could be done to redeem the nation, to rescue the situation. What he is coming up with, the Coalition for Nigeria is in tune with what we are doing and what we also believe in. There should be a third force; the coming together of people who are determined to rescue this country. At the time he was raising the issues, of course, all the issues he raised, many people felt the same way but they were not being as courageous as he had been. We share views and we also

Sometimes when I look back and I think through, those who have gone; founders of this party like (Abubakar) Rimi, (Alex) Ekwueme, Solomon Lar, I feel they will be shaking in their graves to see what is happening

believe that people who also believe in this will join us to work together. Did you meet with former President Obasanjo before your defection to the SDP?

We always have the opportunity of meeting the former president. He is a very active person and where there are issues being discussed about Nigeria, Africa and even the world, you will always find him there. So we interact with him from time to time and as far as this party is concerned, he is not going to be a partisan person and I believe he said it himself. He is an elder statesman but he will not shy away from encouraging a movement that will salvage this country.


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The claim that it was the state electoral body under my watch that masterminded underage voting in the just concluded local government election was not true. The Kano State Independent Electoral Commission scheduled February 10, 2018 for the LG elections. This was widely publicized. Unfailingly, we were able to hold the elections as scheduled. Thereafter, it was followed by challenges, just like in every other election in the country. In all aspects of one’s endeavour, there must be challenges. There were challenges which were at the close of the day surmounted. The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano, Senator Mas’ud EL Jibril Doguwa, was reported to have discredited the election for disallowing his members to partake and also described it as mere political drama. How will you react to that?

The PDP, as a formidable political party, deliberately refused to participate in the local government polls while other political parties willingly participated. But to my dismay, at the date fixed for the election, the PDP’s representative was present. We communicated directly with the PDP representative. We issued forms to the PDP representatives, which they filled. We have copies as proof. At the close of the day, you cannot force any political party to contest an election. It is their free will to contest. What about the legal action the PDP instituted before the conduct of the election?

During the LG election process, the PDP dispatched a letter regarding the fees for the purchase of nomination forms, which they protested was extremely expensive. They argued that there was no place in the constitution whereby an electoral commission is empowered to collect fees with regards to the contestants. They instituted an action against KANSIEC but we later emerged victorious and went ahead with the election. The PDP was present when the 2014 elections were conducted and they paid the same amount. Nothing has changed since then. A stipulated fee of N300,000 was the fee for the chairmanship nomination forms, while that of councillorship was pegged at N150,000. I do not see the

reason why in the 2018 elections, the same PDP members would argue that there was no place in the constitution for such charges. It is in the same 2018 elections that some PDP members purchased their forms and at the close of the day, their leaders withdrew from the contest. The problem of democracy in Nigeria rests on the political parties and the leadership. To this end, the State Independent Electoral Commissioners and the election managers have to drastically deal with this kind of situation. We learnt that the PDP lacked representation during the election?

The party leadership represented them. The PDP Public Relations Officer was present. It is one of the higher positions in the party. On the D-day, thus prior to that time, everything was in shape because there were certain materials that were not in our hands but were in the custody of the airport at MAKIA because they landed in Kano, but not within the KANSIEC premises in time. To transport them into the premises and to distribute them to the LGAs took us time, but we saw that as part of the challenges we had encountered. Notwithstanding, we used all the necessary logistics, energy, and resources within our reach to ensure that we achieved the target goals ahead of us. Every one of us became either a loader or a messenger, including myself as KANSIEC Chairman, as well as the entire administrative staff. We were all involved in the down loading and distribution of the election materials with dispatch. Anything that would compel us to shift that election would have been the greatest mistake to be made in our electioneering management. KANSIEC had to do whatever was humanly possible to scale through the hurdles put before it. During a recent interview, some people were asking me my reaction on the importation of electoral boxes. I told them that we had started to discourage the importation of such things from outside the country because it is illogical. We had decided to contact companies that produced sachet water, which we would buy and transport it into the election boxes. There are many ways to fight challenges. In as much as there are problems, we will devise a means of circumventing them. God, in His infinite mercy blessed us with wisdom, with which we applied, and transported the materials to our premises, loaded them and delivered them to the polling units. How do you feel, about the issue of kid voting in Kano which was talked about nationally?

I hope you are conversant with

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the emerging global modern technology, particularly in the media. Anyhow you want, you can transplant something or part of a body to form a man. Prior to the LG polls, we told the world that we would not use the modern technology brought by INEC in the conduct of the elections. But to my surprise we saw in a video clip, posted by those complaining that kids voted in the 2018 LG polls held in Kano State. However, we quickly noticed that they were using card readers. Unfortunately for the mischief makers, KANSIEC did not use card reader throughout the conduct of that election. But upon noticing the outcry in the media we were able to trace the source and we defended ourselves adequately when the committee set up by INEC later arrived the state to investigate how small kids were allowed to vote during the exercise. In fact, we had publicised our stand not to use the card reader to the listening ability of most people in this country. What brought about the card reader in that allegation?

To me it was meant to smear our image. That is not an allegation. It is simply a set up. And whatever you are doing, you must be prepared for the pull him down syndrome. People do not want to appreciate your success in whatever you are doing. In as much as they foresee that you are going to succeed far above what they have achieved in life and what they are planning to do ahead of your time. CONTINUES ON THE NEXT PAGE

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Posts On Alleged Underage Voting In Kano, A Setup – KANSIEC Boss I am just hearing it from you for the first time that kids voted during the LG polls. Is today 2015? That is a fictitious allegation because I told you if those people are so systematic in terms and references, they should study our election guidelines. If INEC does not have the picture, that went viral in the social media, we do have it. And it was shown to them and they had agreed with what they saw and even commended KANSIEC for a job well done.

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The former governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, in a recent interview, also faulted the process and described you as a disgrace to the institution you represent. That is his personal political presumptions, as no one can stop him from expressing his mindset because he sees it that way, while other people will view it differently. Everybody has his peculiar way of achieving success. It is Allah that determines success but not Kwankwaso and it is the same Allah that will make it happen today and tomorrow. It is not a one-man effort but collective. The process goes in line with modifications. Whatever process one takes, goes in line with modifications. Are you embarrassed by the video of minors (underage voters) said to be voting at the election?

What does the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria say about voting? You will not be eligible to vote until when you attain the age of 18. When you attain 18 years and 11 months, you are eligible to vote. So, why do you think that one would go against what the constitution says? Is there any verse in the Bible or the Glorious Quran where one would go against, the Holy Scripture? A Muslim can never go against what the Quran says, no matter the circumstance and vice verser. Can you say, with all certainty that no underage persons voted in the election?

I make bold to say that no Nigerian can go contrary to the provision of the laws of the land. The security agencies were on ground, watching the elections in order to ensure peace, security and compliance. They scattered in all the 44 LGAs of the state and at the KANSIEC office here in Kano to ensure that everything went according to plan. How on earth do you think we can allow what the constitution prohibits? And I told you, as we have said it time without number, that we would not use card readers in the conduct of our elections on February 2018. And we saw on the screen a card reader placed beside a kid voter. So, that is nothing but a set up. It’s modern technology at work, anything can be transferred for one to achieve their political goals. INEC investigators have come and gone. What’s your take? Were they satisfied or not?

We did welcome them to the state and we had proven our innocence on the pictures that were posted regarding the underage voting. In fact by all indications they were convinced beyond doubt that some people out there were responsible for this unpatriotic act. If we have done anything illegal we could have became afraid or jittery of their coming. We do not have any skeleton in our cupboard. So, how can we be afraid

It is suggested that underage voters could sway the outcome of elections if allowed to happen in a political setting. Are you comfortable with that?

The democratic and the constitutional order indicates that if you are not eligible to vote, you cannot vote. Apart from this, all election managers are aware of the maxim and they have to abide by that maxim. So, bringing this question now I think is begetting the rights of democracy because we are Nigerians and we have to respect the laws of our fatherland. We have to respect the laws and order governing our states. We have to respect the laws and orders of our Local Government Councils.

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of anybody? Tell me which register was used during the conduct of the election? Was it that of INEC or the one designed by KANSIEC? We don’t generate registers despite the fact we have a Memorandum of Understanding between KANSIEC and INEC. We received voter registers from INEC developed and used it for the conduct of the elections. This is what obtains in all the 36 states of the federation.

Some people have questioned the fact that the APC won in the 44 LGAs in the state in the last election. How do you defend the outcome?

Is it the beginning? It is not the beginning and it would never be the end. And it is not only in Kano that this feat is practicable. So, this question is not supposed to have even aroused at this point in time. Because a lot of indicators have shown that INEC conducted elections in 2015. How many seats of the National Assembly went to another party? How many seats were won by any party in the 2015 National Assembly elections? It always goes to the APC. At the state levels, if one is to critically look at how many State Assembly seats do we have? They all go to the APC. How many senatorial districts and seats do we have? All the Senators went to the APC. How then can one see it differently in the local government contest

Kwankwaso blamed you for embarrassing the teeming youths including your students as a result of the role you played as head of the electoral body that spearheaded the controversial conduct of the LG election?

I refuse to accept that criticism because of my standing as a professor working at the Bayero University Kano (BUK). And eligibility wise, this informed the decision of the state governor to appoint me as the chairman of SIEC. And I have performed my duty diligently, effectively and efficiently to the best of my ability and every other thing that follows is a challenge and nobody will escape challenges. The expectation is that your performance ought to have been compared to that of Professor Attahiru Jega, who handled INEC at the national level and went home with Kudos?

It is the same people in the 2015 election, who criticized Professor Jega, as well as cast aspersions on him. So, it is something associated with human behaviours. If I performed creditably, the other side would prove otherwise. Meanwhile, if I am decorated with a gold medal; that does not stop other people from castigating me because they have their own reasons for doing that and that is why it is a challenge. Some people are of the view that many underage persons voted at the 2015 polls in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari. How authentic is that notion?

Are you saying that Kano is an APC stronghold?

The political parties have to wake up from their slumber and do the right thing for the right contestants and at the right time

Yes of course. The political parties have to wake up from their slumber and do the right thing for the right contestants and at the right time. They have to embark on deep mobilization and if they don’t, let them go into research or hire vibrant researchers, who will establish the methodology, with which they would operate to penetrate through. But if they stay where they are, they will remain permanently stagnant. INEC’S Director of Voter Education, Osazze Uzzi, recently said some of their officials got threatened in the North and that it was the reason why underage voting happens. What do you think about that?

Where in the North? You have to be specific! I don’t know whether he has gone to places like

Maiduguri. That is where people are been molested or kidnapped and due to the exigency of Boko Haram, apart from there, what other states did you travel to in the North that INEC staff have been molested or harassed? You have to be specific. We do not want to rely on speculations. Somebody could wake up over night and just say what did not happen. How will the election get a clean bill of health?

We were able to get a clean bill of health because we had conducted a free, fair and the most credible LG Poll in the state which was devoid of any rancour and bloodshed. But a former Resident Electoral Commissioner, Professor Lai Olurode, also confirmed the situation, saying he was almost killed for something like that. How would you react to this?

Where? Which place? And what mistake hac he made? He is supposed to be categorical in outlining the mistakes he made. He is a human being, like every other person. If you go and mess up. I was here when some observers came into this very premises. They went out to monitor the conduct of the election like any observer on an observatory mission but later over stepped their boundary and started picturing small kids, who reacted and attacked them. They ran quickly back to the commission’s premises, saying that their vehicle was smashed by the angry youths. The bottom line is that they caused it. You went above your mandate! Then, one of them said, we just took some photographs because we want to feature them. Who told you to do that? You are simply an observer not a reporter. Neither was he an NDLEA Staff Isn’t it? Whatever you are assigned to do, you have to adhere strictly to what you were assigned to do. If you dare go above your mandate, you can slip into a deep hole. He should have stated the mistake he made to encounter those challenges. How do you think we can stop underage voting?

By the constitutional process.

Some people have alleged that the INEC register has already captured some underage registrants. What do you think should be done?

How many Nigerians to date were able to get their Permanent Voter Card (PVC)? Although, I agree that the issuance of PVCs is a continuous exercise, how many Nigerians have done their PVCs right from 2014 to date and have access to them? What is your take on printing of electoral materials outside the country?

I am vehemently opposed to it. We have state-of-the-art technology in Nigeria. The latest technology for the production of Mercedes Benz is right here in Nigeria and what else do we need to forge ahead as a nation technologically and otherwise?


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State Electoral Commissions And The Dilemma Of Independence In a country in desperate need of electoral integrity, the independence of the state electoral commissions has been a recurring theme, GABRIEL ATUMEYI, looks at matters arising.

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he local government area should be the foundation of democratic governance for all countries. It is the closest level of government to the citizens. It should address the basic needs of the citizens. It is expected to provide citizens with more direct representation and opportunity for political participation. However, the perceived poor performance of State Independent Electoral Commission (SIECs) has become a cause for concern given the significance of local governments in a democratic society. The recent conduct of local government elections in Kano and Edo States respectively, and controversies generated has brought to light once again the debate about the integrity and independence of the various SIECs. In Edo State the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) decided to boycott the polls, citing distrust of the composition of Edo State Independent Electoral Commission (EDSIEC), and the unwillingness to give credibility to a flawed and pre-determined process engineered by the state government. Similarly, in Kano State, the PDP, the major opposition party, rejected the outcome of the polls which saw the ruling

All Progressives Congress (APC) clearing all the chairmanship and counsellorship seats. The PDP alleged that the election was orchestrated to give the ruling party undue advantage. The integrity of the State Independence electoral commission has been on trial as it is seen as an extension of the ruling government and party. The system has been the ruling party wins all the available positions in local government elections. for example, the November 2017 local government elections in Enugu State saw the PDP which is the party in government swept the polls. The APC in the State dismissed the election as a sham, insisting that officials of Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) were card carrying members of the PDP handpicked to do the bidding of the ruling party. So far there has not been a local government election that has been satisfactory to all parties involved. In most of the states where local government elections were conducted, candidates of the ruling parties won virtually all the seats. Often such results do not reflect the voting pattern in federal elections. In view of the performance of the SIECs, there have been popular suggestions at the public hearings, in some of

the memoranda submitted, and also in the media for their abrogation. Analyst have observed that the SIECs, unlike the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which has gone through varying stages of incompetence and inefficiency before undergoing a reformation process, still remain mired in incompetence. That State independent electoral commissions, observers say have become appendages of not just the governments in power at the states, but also of the ruling parties. The members of the state commissions openly have party allegiances, elections are poorly organized and brazenly rigged, and the term ‘independent’ is completely rubbished. This is even in states where there are regular elections, as most states hold them any time they deem it fit, without any consistency or adherence to the idea of organizing elections at the expiration of tenures. Unlike other elections in the country, local government elections have always been at the behest of the state governors. All political parties are guilty of it. It happens in all the states of the federation. It is believed that where a local council election is held, the men and women who the governor

anoints become council chairmen or councillors. It is another classic case of he who pays the piper dictates the tune. The governors are empowered by the constitution to conduct local government elections; they appoint the state INEC chairman and other staff of the state independent electoral commission. They pay their salaries and are responsible for every other thing needed for the election. By that very fact, the SIECs are only independent in name. The controversy trailing the performance of SIEC was also seen in 2004 and 2008 elections. The Electoral Reform Committee (ERC) set up by late President Yar’Adua in its December 2008 report observed that “Many people who submitted memoranda expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of SIECs which were considered mere organs of the incumbent State Governors and the ruling parties. The Justice Muhammed Uwais-led Electoral Reforms Panel suggested among other things for States Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs) and Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to be abolished. SIECs will be brought under the INEC structure, while RECs will be replaced by ➔ CONTINUES ON THE NEXT PAGE

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Nigeria has been marred by endless controversies and the state electoral commissions have failed to deliver outcomes that can be said to truly represent the will of the grassroots people

Directors of Election for each of the 36 states of the federation and Abuja who will be career civil servants. INEC’s funding will also be a first charge from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the federation. The 2014 National Conference resolved to have the States Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) scrapped and recommended that its functions be transferred to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). It observed that the commission at that level has outlived its usefulness and has become a tool for governors to manipulate elections into local government councils. Recently, the National Conscience Party (NCP) joined the call for the scrapping of State Independent Electoral Commission in addition to empowering the National Independent Commission (INEC) to take over the conduct of local government elections. The party said that there is empirical evidence that SIEC is not clothed with transparency because of its loyalty to state governments. According to NCP, this will create room for the much needed transparency and neutrality in the conduct of local government polls at the local government level. Proponents of the scrapping of state owned electoral bodies have argued that it amounts to duplicity of office, as INEC is constitutionally empowered to conduct elections in the country while others are of the opinion that it will allow for greater autonomy of the local government. They said one cannot speak of local government autonomy without addressing the foundations. They further noted that states have to be stripped of powers to constitute State Electoral

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Commissions to conduct elections into local government. and that the autonomy of local government was sacrosanct and there will be fairness only if INEC is allowed to conduct elections into councils. Speaking to journalists in early 2017, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, described the conduct of local government elections in Nigeria as a shame and mockery of democracy. He faulted the situation where elections are conducted and only one political party wins all the seats. He said the current system is not working, that local government elections have benefited only those who constituted themselves into middlemen to grab the resources meant for the development of the grass roots. Little wonder that last year; there was a renewed call in the National Assembly for the abrogation of the state Independent Electoral Commissions and the transfer of their functions and power to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). It was the third bill on scrapping of SIEC from the constitution but was narrowly defeated in the House of Representatives with eleven votes short of the required 240 votes. Speaking to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND, the Chairman of APC in Edo State, Barrister Anselm Ojezua said, a level playing ground is the universal application of rules. If the PDP is given 45 day notices, justice requires the APC and other political parties are given the same time notice and that is what EDSIEC did. He said all the parties were given the same notice. “Is there any other definition of a level playing field?” he queried, adding, “What happened in the local government elections is that the PDP no longer enjoys the

goodwill of the people of Edo State. “They don’t even have capacity to give leadership to their followers. How can they tell their members to boycott the elections? The local government election is the most important and they say they are not interested but if it is election into other national offices, like the Senate and House of Representatives they will be interested. If they cannot contest an election how can they justify their existence. If people are calling for the SIEC to be scrapped they forget that INEC are also made up of human beings. I don’t think SIECs should be scrapped, if there is evidence that the independence of any of the SIEC have been tempered with, they should restore it. Also speaking to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND, the Chairman of Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih, stated that there was a deliberate plan to exclude his party from the local government election. According to him, “A meeting was fixed by the state electoral commission, we were only invited to the meeting on the day of the meeting. “But we insisted on sending officers of the party to attend the meeting, it was at the meeting that they announced their intention to conduct local government elections and they read out a series of activities that will proceed the election. We pointed out that the elections will not hold based on the information they gave us. The law for the conduct of local government election in the state is very clear; parties should be given a minimum of 90 days notice before the day of the election. On their part, they claim that instead of 90 days it should now be 45 days notice. We later agreed but the amendment bill was horridly sent to the state House of Assembly.

The executive bill was proposed and sent to the state assembly by the state governor, it was the same day the law was amended and it was the same day the governor assented to the bill. “It may interest you to know that under our legislative system in the state, a proposed executive bill must go through the first, second and third readings, and there must be a public hearing to have the inputs of the people they intend to applied to. It may also interest you to know that what was said to have been amended did not go through the first, second and third readings as well as public hearing before it was pass and assented to by the governor. The governor is the only person with the authorisation to propose an executive bill and convey it to the state House of Assembly. In this very instance, it was the secretary to the state government who signed on behalf of governor, which is not how it ought to be, all these issues and many others like the composition of the EDSIEC made up of card carrying members of the APC, made us seek redress at the high court. Dr Abubakar Umar Kyari University Lecturer at University Of Abuja said there has been a clamour for transfer of SIEC’s function to INEC but proponents of strict federalism have been kicking against it. Because under a federal structure the component units have their own responsibilities and one of them is for the components unit of the federation to hold their local government elections but if you look at it democratically the local government elections in Nigeria has been marred by endless controversies and the state electoral commissions have failed to deliver outcomes that can be said to truly represent the will of the grassroots people.


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lose to 300 people have died in Nigeria this year alone due to herders/ farmers clashes, banditry and Boko Haram terror activities. It is instructive to note that Nigeria is not at war. The country is peaceful and lives are being lost daily to insecurity. Just last month, the Boko Haram insurgents took their activities a notch higher by kidnapping over 100 girls in the Government Girls Science Secondary School, Dapchi in Yobe State. This was a replay of the Chibok girls’ abduction in 2014. Critics and opposition alike have criticised the president for not visiting the trouble spots to commiserate with the victims, but last week, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo moved in defence of his boss. During a media chat in Lagos, he pointed out that no amount of condolence can compensate for the loss of lives, whether in Calabar, Mambilla, Benue or where people were killed in Adamawa or Zamfara. According to the VP, ensuring security in trouble spots is the priority of government and not condolences. He said, “Let me say it first that no amount of condolence can compensate for the loss of life, whether in Calabar, Mambilla or Benue or where people were killed in Adamawa or Zamfara- any of these states. “There is no amount of condolence that can compensate for the loss of life. Benue killing is one set of killing far too much; there is no amount of condolence that can compensate for that.” On Monday morning, the presidency eventually issued a statement, pointing out that the president was set to embark on a

tour of trouble spots in the country. The president, according to the presidency, is scheduled to visit Taraba, Benue, Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers states. Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, noted that President Buhari had decided to undertake an on-the-spot assessment of the various occurrences and to meet and console the communities affected. Adesina added that the president called on all Nigerians, especially those in the affected areas, to cooperate fully with security agencies to enable them curb the spate of crimes, bring those responsible to justice and prevent further occurrences. Political observers have commended the president for listening to the voice of the people and embarking on the tours of the epicentre of killings in the country. The thinking is that, as a former military general, Nigerians expect the president to bring his warfare experience to bare in the bid to end the incessant killings going on in the country. Capping all for the president, a pro-democracy group in the North, Northern Alternative Forum (NAF) contended heavily on Wednesday that President Buhari’s decision to visit the epicentres of killings in the country should be commended. Noting that the decision wouldn’t have come at a better time than now, national chairman of the pro-democracy group, Mallam Gidado Ibrahim, observed that the president is not a leader who plays to the gallery and as such, he would not have rushed to Benue, Taraba, Yobe Rivers and Adamawa States just to score cheap political point. Ibrahim chided those claiming

Buhari’s visit to the volatile areas in the country at this time was more of campaign for 2019 than a leader’s empathy towards the plight of his people, just as he noted that, as a retired army general, Buhari knew that intelligence gathering and ensuring the safety of the people in the affected areas was paramount before the visits. He said, “President Buhari is not a president who plays to the gallery and therefore, there is no way he would have rushed to those volatile areas without a cohesive intelligence report on the real state of affairs on ground before visiting. “Let me tell you something; the problem with public commentary is that many people, especially those in the opposition divide, are quick to throw up cheap propaganda in order to disparage the government in power and the bad side of it is that there are a lot of Nigerians who give credence to them by swallowing hook, line and sinker such armchair criticisms. “We all know that the president’s visit to these troubled areas is never the solution to the gory activities being perpetrated by bandits who disguise as herdsmen. Without delay, President Buhari summoned his security chiefs, ordered the IGP to relocate to Benue and set up a committee, involving the state governors to come up with lasting solution to the farmers/ herders clashes. What else should a president do to show that he is active?” Ibrahim further advised the people in the volatile areas to be wary of political propagandists who were bent on destroying “the goodwill President Buhari enjoys among the Nigerian populace.”

Yusuf Buratai: A Humble Leader BY IBRAHIM BIU

Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai, has taken bold decisions which have succeeded in turning around the fortunes of the Nigerian Army, thereby making it second to none in Africa according to some experts. Similarly, the brave efforts of his men under his diligent supervision and direction has helped greatly in degrading the Boko Haram menace which people in the North Eastern part of the country has experienced in the past few years. As a professional soldier, Tukur and his lieutenants have left no stone unturned and are still doing whatever it takes to further bring the situation under control which obviously must have caused millions of innocent people sleepless nights for a long time.

It would be recalled that when Tukur was appointed into this sensitive position alongside another indigene of Borno State, Major General Babagana Monguno, (retired) as the National Security Adviser to Mr. President together with others like them, it became very clear that some tough professionals from Borno State who have proven their worth have been carefully selected and entrusted with very sensitive assignments. And so far they these people have not disappointed their own people. Rather, they have been able to justify the confidence reposed in them after they were carefully handpicked by President Buhari due to their track record of achievements. A casual look at the armed forces now will reveal that apart from raising the morale of the entire soldiers Buratai who had

embarked on a massive provision of infrastructure all over the place has also made efforts to ensure that army vehicles and other equipment were properly refurbished and put to use so as to facilitate the work of the soldiers. Though General Buratai’s benevolent actions had started many years ago his appointment as the chief of army staff, and his recent reappointment had brought about an unprecedented spate of activities in the army which has greatly and positively impacted on the activities of the entire army and even on the lives of the ordinary soldiers, who believe that General Buratai is a competent leader who is doing everything to carry them along in whatever is being done. According to his colleagues, the Chief of Army Staff has endeared himself to them by proactive actions, his

...No Birthday Message For Obasanjo

It is a tradition in the Nigerian presidential setting that the president often sends birthday messages to prominent Nigerians. Apart from birthday messages, the president also sends congratulatory messages to Nigerians who achieve a feat in their field or condolences to bereaved persons. Not a few Nigerians were taken aback when the president sent congratulatory messages to Wizkid and Davido, two front line musicians, for winning international awards. One of my colleague said he could bet his salary that the president didn’t even know Davido and Wizkid. Another of our colleagues told him not to bet on that because from the way most adults react to the works of these young artistes these days, it could possibly be that the president too might be dancing to Wizkid and Davido’s songs in his closet during his quiet moments. Last week Monday, former President Olusegun Obasanjo turned 81 – though some people claim the man is over 90 – and we were expecting the usual birthday message from the presidency but none was issued. This was unlike the presidency, especially when it is considered that Obasanjo is a former president and now an elder statesman. The reasons are not farfetched. Recall that it was Obasanjo who recently issued a statement, asking President Buhari not to seek reelection in 2019. Your guess is as good as mine. It is apparent that the battle line has been drawn between the presidency and the former Nigerian leader.

simple attitude to work and his philosophy that no contribution from any soldier is too small from whatever angle. Moreover, he encourages them to be innovative apart from creating conducive atmosphere which encourages the workforce to excel in whatever they are doing. Information available has indicated that the COAS is not only keen in seeing that things are done properly but have always encouraged the workforce of all categories to do their best in whatever assignments they were given. Tukur according to his colleagues always encourage his workers especially the senior ones to explore new areas which will bring positive results to the army. He has also done a lot in the area of human capacity development. The soldiers believe that Tukur is not only a motivator

Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, noted that President Buhari had decided to undertake an on-the-spot assessment of the various occurrences and to meet and console the communities affected

and a performer but a leader who has succeeded in turning around the fortunes of the entire armed forces within the past few years. Even though he is still a serving officer he has been rendering assistance to deserved people here and there. Tukur is also known as a very simple and a religious person who is always patient and respectful to elders. General Buratai though a brave soldier to the core is also a pressshy leader who usually prefers to work quietly without any publicity towards achieving set goals. He is an unassuming leader, compassionate and is loved by the people due to his kindness. His simplicity is perhaps his greatest asset and strength. He is also a very loyal and understanding individual. – Biu sent in this from Kuje.


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Shell To Triple Gas Production, Halve Carbon Emissions By 2050 BY CHIKA IZUORA, LAGOS

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is set to boost its share of natural gas production to triple that of oil in order to meet self-imposed goals to halve carbon emissions by 2050, its chief executive officer, Ben van Beurden said. Speaking at the CERAWeek conference by IHS Markit in Houston, van Beurden outlined a series of measures the Anglo-Dutch company is considering to meet the ambitious targets, which include limiting emissions from its operations as well as emissions from the burning of its petrol and gas by customers. “Over time, this net carbon footprint ambition will transform

our company’s product mix,” van Beurden said. Other than increasing the share of natural gas, the least polluting fossil fuel, from around 50 percent today, Shell could also sell energy from offshore wind farms, sell biofuels and use carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, van Beurden said. Shell is even rolling out a program charging customers one to two cents at the gasoline pump to be used to plant trees around the world to offset carbon emissions, he said. Van Beurden however said that the energy sector will need gas production operations to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, or the case for the fuel as a lower carbon alternative would be “fatally undermined.”

AFC Wins Africa Power Deal Of 2017 BY BUKOLA IDOWU, LAGOS

Founder of FCMB Group Plc, Otunba Olasubomi Balogun (middle); a director of FCMB Group Plc, Professor Oluwatoyin Ashiru (right) and his wife, Mrs. Adenike Ashiru, during the 84th birthday celebration of Otunba Balogun n Lagos, yesterday.

Stakeholders To Collaborate On Open Banking APIs

BY BUKOLA IDOWU, LAGOS

Open Banking Nigeria, a notfor-profit founded by banking and financial technology industry veterans, has said it is collaborating with TeamApt, a leading financial technology firm, to introduce open non-partisan Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) into its system to drive digital banking. This will enhance service offerings, create sustainable model for underserved markets, increase revenue growth and customer satisfaction. The firm also said it will consolidate their promise to deliver feature-rich Omni-channel digital banking experience with a smooth customer experience for its

clients who serve retail, corporate, small business and youth customer segments of the market. Speaking on the partnership, Adedeji Olowe, spokesperson of Open Banking Nigeria, added that, “Through the adoption of Open Banking Nigeria API standards, TeamApt solutions will turbocharge banks with innovations and also provide customers with greater financial transparency options for account holders ranging from open data to private data.” He informed that security is one of the greatest concerns of financial institutions. As such, “security has been comprehensively designed right into the API standards of Open Banking Nigeria. Its adoption by TeamApt will make the firm

one of the few reference points in Nigeria’s banking and financial technology industries today.” As a financial services term, “Open Banking” is a financial technology that refers to the use of open APIs that enable third-party developers to build applications and services around the financial institution. In a statement, TeamApt CEO, Tosin Eniolorunda, said that “As we adopt the Open Banking Nigeria standards, we would be upgrading our money for digital banking and payment infrastructure solutions for more secure, reliable and scalable payments that power digital banking and businesses with world-class support.”

Vitafoam Targets Subsidiaries For Increased Shareholder Value BY OLUSHOLA BELLO, LAGOS

Vitafoam Nigeria Plc has announced plan to increase its shareholder value with expected strong earnings from the subsidiaries. Besides, the company has assured the elated shareholders that the board and management shall look into the popular demand for floating Rights Issue to strengthen its working capital. By the company’s performance last year, most of its subsidiaries are already operating profitably while others have strong potential to enhance its profitability. Addressing the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lagos, the chairman, Dr. Bamidele Makanjuola explained that a strategic review of the company’s business units to ascertain continued alignment with broader transformation objectives was

undertaken to position it for accelerated profitability. According to him, the company had completed its expansion project and has begun to consolidate for optimal performance as reflected in the current status of some subsidiaries. “Vitapur Nigeria Limited has become a source of hope and inspiration,” he said. “It has posted profit for the second year running. Our moulded foam products, Vitavisco Nigeria Limited has continued to operate profitably. It is growing slowly but steadily. Vitafoam Nigeria Limited has maintained its profit-making streak, although this was attenuated during the year by the adverse economic conditions in the country.” He assured the shareholders that the company would revamp Vono Furniture Products, Vitagreen Nigeria Limited while strategic decision would be taken

on Vitafoam Sierra Leone Limited and Vitafoam Ghana Limited respectively in view of the negative impacts of foreign exchange on their operations. Makanjuola further stated that shareholder value would always be at the focal point of the company’s consolidation phase. The shareholders commended the company’s board and management on its long tradition of stability and regularity of dividends despite the tough operating environment. A shareholder, Alhaji Gbadebo Adetokunbo commended the company’s foresight in diversification into prefabricated buildings and leather products that could be exported to earn foreign exchange and suggested the floating of rights issue to generate revenue internally in addition to prudent management of the N2.1 billion loan from the bank of industry (BOI).

Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) has been named the winner of the Africa Power Deal of the Year in the Infrastructure Journal (IJ) Global Awards 2017 for its 80MW peat to power project in Rwanda. The project is expected to improve access to electricity for three quarters of the country’s population that is currently off the grid. AFC was the Mandated Lead Arranger for the project debt, and successfully arranged total senior debt facilities of $245 million, contributing $75 million of its funding to the facilities. Despite its status as one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies, only 25 per cent of Rwanda’s

population currently has access to reliable electricity. The $350 million power plant will increase Rwanda’s installed capacity by 40 per cent. Scheduled for completion within three years, the project is located in the Gisagara District, one of the most remote areas of Rwanda. The Project is sponsored by Hakan Madencilik A.S, a Turkish energy company, and Quantum Power, a power and energy infrastructure investment platform. Apart from AFC, other members of the lending consortium included Finnfund (which served as the lead arranger for total mezzanine debt facilities of $35 million for the Project), Trade and Development Bank (TDB), African Export-Import Bank, and the Development Bank of Rwanda.

Firm To Redefine Hospitality Services By Hannah Oni, Lagos Grand Capital Hotel has promised to redefine hospitality services in Nigeria. The hotel made the promise at its first anniversary celebration held recently in Akure, the Ondo State capital. Chairman, Grand Capital Hotel, Mr. Henry Agbaje, said “our hotel made history in hospitality industry within one year of its existence in Akure and redefined hospitality services to our esteemed customers in great ways they have never experienced in Akure.

“Ultimate luxury is what redefines the traveller’s experience when staying at Grand Capital Hotel, befitting and exquisite. Our modern architecture and contemporary designs set the ambiance that meets the expectations of our guests.” The general manager, Olugbenga Sunday, said the hotel prides itself on opulence in presentation, professionalism, and service excellence thus creating an ambiance that exudes the chic lifestyle whilst providing the best hospitality.

In a bid to empower women operating in the Micro, Small Medium Enterprises (MSME) sectors of the Nigerian economy, Sterling Bank Plc, organised a capacity building to equip them with competencies required to run a better business. The programme was powered by One-Woman, the bank’s robust and exclusive value proposition for women. Commenting on the capacity building programme, Head of Retail Sales, Sterling Bank Plc, Cosmas Uwaezuoke, said: “The bank is committed to equipping female entrepreneurs with business skills and financial management competencies required to run better businesses. We are doing this because research shows that women own 41 percent of businesses in Nigeria. However, just about two percent of

women entrepreneurs have access to finance, that is bank loans. To change this trend, we are teaching female entrepreneurs to enhance profitability through effective cash flow and working capital management.” According to Uwaezuoke, a research conducted by Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA) indicates that women constitute about 47.5 per cent of Nigeria’s population. However, just 30 per cent of women have bank accounts even though it is estimated that there are more women doing businesses than men in the country. “Research shows that women want convenient banking services, safety of funds, access to finance and capacity development as well as savings opportunities for their children.”

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S'Africa Moves To Be Continent's Tourism Hub BY TAYO ADELAJA

South Africa has become one of the most visited destination’s in Africa with millions of visitors per year. There is simply no way to tour South Africa and not be awestruck by its scenic beauty, epic history and culinary assorted variety. The country is filled with endless possibilities, exotic sites and wondrous establishments; both natural and man-made. There are numerous fun activities – beaches, theme parks, museums and of course they have some of the best malls in Africa. Malls in South Africa are usually extremely large, they contain a variety of stores, restaurants and other business establishments which provides the best shopping experience, perfect environment for social gatherings, great performances and promotions. From city to city, there are awesome places in the malls to chill, relax and hang out with your spouse, eat, shop and window shop if that is your pastime. Would you like to take a walk on the most treasured paths in one of Africa’s most cherished and most renowned strip malls; Sandton city? A sparkly walk would not hurt, be the “well-heeled” couple parading the newly tiled corridor of Sandton City as you get to see some of the world’s most exclusive fashion brands. Sandton City is situated in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa. It invites more than 400 global and neighborhood design brands. The atmosphere at Sandton City is cosmopolitan and sophisticated. You will locate the absolute best of South Africa as it brings to the table - its extensive variety of shops and showrooms, exemplary, contemporary things running from engineering and eating to retail outlets and originators. This mall is home to many restaurants, including some of the top dining establishments in the city. The latest and hottest dining and drinking spots in Johannesburg is on the Sandton Sun’s sixth floor, which includes a cheese room, interactive kitchen, wine bar and drinking deck with a view over the city. Access is through the hotel or shopping centre. Just a stone’s throw away from the mall there is also the Liberty Life Theater on Nelson Mandela Square, which is is a 200-seater theatre that produces and shows an array of outstanding productions, library, restaurants, bars and cinemas. Shopping at Nelson Mandela Square is always unforgettable, named after one of the world’s most famous legend’s Nelson Mandela. This spot is a popular tourist destination as well as a shopping haven. The Square has stood out as truly newsworthy, and a square that a lot of tourists took the highest number of pictures while in South Africa. It has walkway bistros, fine feasting and over 93 selective shops with the imposing figure of the greatest African-Late President Nelson Mandela. The stunning statue of Nelson Mandela is a eyesore, a magnificent statue. It is believed that this statue watches over all, especially couples in love. The six-meter bronze statue was etched by Kobus Hattingh and Jacob Maponyane and weighs more

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than 2.5 tons measuring 2.3 meters from elbow to elbow. The shoulders of the statue are 1.7 meters in width and the shoes are 1-meter long. For a shopping delight, add some fine dining to your experience with any of the world class eateries or you can make the day out interactive by adding, an excursion to Nelson Mandela Square where you will learn more about the legend. This is “home-from-home” environment for the couples, business travelers or for families. As you take an observant walk through the Mall of Africa, you get to feel the natural rays of light and watch the beautiful sky right there in the mall as you shop indoors. This mall is tailored to fit your convenience with a stylistic theme that enhances the shopping experience. The Mall of Africa, located in Gauteng, Johannesburg, is an ideal shopping center for love birds. The mall design was inspired by Africa’s geological features, as evident by its courts. The Crystal Court is located in the Northern Section of the mall, representing Southern Africa’s mineral wealth with sharp geometric patterns. The Great Lakes Court is located the Eastern Section of the mall, representing the Great Lakes mostly of East Africa and has calm and gentle materials. The Desert Court is located in the Southern Section of the mall, representing the Sahara Desert of North Africa and has calm motifs used in traditional Berber carpets. The Oleum Court is located in the Western Section of the mall, representing West Africa’s Oil wealth. The Forest Walk Court is in the center of the shopping mall, representing Central Africa and its rain forests. There is something to suit every taste even architecture wise. It is situated in Waterfall City, Midrand, Gauteng. The aggregate retail region is 131 000 square meters, and a gross range of 550 000 square meters or opportunity. This vast space can accommodate 65,000 cars specifically designed

to accommodate, provide space, freedom as well as wonderful scenery for couples. The mall has over 300 stores, a whopping 40 elevators and its stylistic theme takes its motivation from the backwoods, extraordinary lakes, and the oil, exchange, sand and mineral riches. The second largest mall in Africa, located in Tshwane Capital of SA (formerly known as Pretoria). The special thing about Menlyn is that it caters to newlyweds beautifully. There is an abundant of wedding venues in Menlyn, and of course what goes well with romance, weddings and all that great stuff? Shopping!! Indulge yourself in extreme mold, excellence and solace in the core of South Africa as you take a chilled tour around Menlyn Park, it is a shopping and entertainment centre combined! The architects went all out on this one! They created a tensile shade structures for the grandstands of the multi-purpose arena, which is home to athletic competition, concerts, fashion shows and more. The amusement does not stop there, you also get to be involved in the history of South Africa by visiting its first event boutique called, Gift Shack and finally for the love of chocolate, don’t forget to stop by the Lindt Chocolate Boutique before heading home! If you’re feeling generous enough, bring treats back home for loved ones. Gateway also known as the Theater of Shopping is viewed as the biggest mall in the Southern Hemisphere located on Umhlanga Ridge in Umhlanga, north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Direct Distance from Gateway to Johannesburg, Gauteng is six hundred kilometers which will take you on a scenic six-hour drive or 1 hour by flight. The shopping center has been in existence since 2001. There are an extensive variety of about 400 shops, including universally known brands at costs for all pockets.

Shopping at Nelson Mandela Square is always unforgettable, named after one of the world’s most famous legend’s Nelson Mandela

This mall has retail chains, silver screens, a theater, and of course general stores for you every day needs. It is activity filled too! Gateway additionally contains the world’s highest climbing wall, go-kart track, arcade and rides. Do you know that walking is one of the nicest ways to explore beautiful canals and rivers? The shopping complex merges the world’s most desirable brands with shopping convenience, all in a majestic setting. Canal walk has worked hard to ensure an open and accessible walk without stress, when we say it is the most delightful sights, don’t take our word. Find out for yourself! The unfolding scenery of a canalside stroll also takes some beating, where you could you find a mix of wildlife, architecture, brands and the countryside view of course. This mall is situated in Cape Town, South Africa, very easy and convenient to access. It furnishes you with the most pleasant shopping experience, 400 individual shops including eateries, coffee houses, apparel, foodstuffs and devices. Set off on a one of a kind trip visit by taking a tour to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in the core of Cape Town. Situated at the foot of Table Mountain, within a stone’s throw from the Cape Town Stadium and in the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour, the V&A Waterfront offers the visitor an abundance of unforgettable experiences What is so fantastic about V&A waterfront is the blend of indoor shopping and entertainment venues that merge so seamlessly. This zone is one of the significant locales for visitors’ attractions, shopping, eateries, boat trips and aquarium. At night, the entire complex comes alive! It offers by a long shot the greatest, most changed choice of locally created mold, adornments, materials, toys, homeware, and so forth. Yet, don’t stop there, there’s a great deal more to be found in the city.


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Our primary and secondary school students today are exposed to information and skills sets in their schools that many of those critics were not exposed to when they were their age

or years now I have written about certain necessary reforms that are required to make Nigeria’s education globally attractive, competitive, and functional (by which I mean the type of education that is designed to equip beneficiaries with the skills that are needed in our economic and social sectors of development). In this essay, which is the first in a series, I would focus on the integrity of national examinations. But let me first clear up some weeds. Some have alleged “falling standard of education” in Nigeria, which they struggle to define coherently. There are critics who allege that standard of education in Nigeria has fallen because “many Nigerian graduates cannot make simple sentences in English language, orally or in writing.” To them, “speaking good English language” is a sign of high standard of education. Interestingly, some of those critics don’t write in or speak the language very well either. I affirm that functional education is not measured by writing or speaking proficiency in a language (including our darling English language, the language of colonialism), but by the quality of thought in solving real-life problems of the society. Nigeria has some of the brightest minds on earth, who even under stressful conditions of learning (e.g. unstable electricity, lack of potable water in some schools or on college campuses, absence of high-speed internet, etc.) manage to acquire and demonstrate skills that are in high demand in the world. Recently (this year), it was announced at a gathering in South Africa that Nigeria is among the top three countries in the world with the most use of the google search engine to look up information on the net. Many Nigerian students are in possession of smart phones, which they have turned to virtual libraries and tools of learning— taking screen shots of literature and lecture notes, downloads of e-books, transmission of notes, etc. They are equipped with current information on the various courses or subjects they study in their schools and on their campuses. Our

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The State of Education In Nigeria (Part 1)

primary and secondary school students today are exposed to information and skills sets in their schools that many of those critics were not exposed to when they were their age. There are Nigerian critics who agree that Nigeria is offering “expired education”. The foundation of college or university education is primary/secondary education. Many of our secondary school graduates that have been admitted to study in some of the best universities in the world are not first “quarantined” in programs codenamed: “detoxification of Nigeria’s expired education” before they start as freshmen in their choice degree programs. The numbers of foreign universities that hunt in Nigeria for candidates for their universities keep growing by the year; this should put a lie on the claim that we are producing bad products from our schools. Furthermore, graduates of Nigerian universities have proceeded to their graduate programs in universities around the world, and achieved high performance, even winning awards. What is the problem with some of my Nigerian colleagues that they fall over themselves to injure their country with “fake news” (apologies to President Trump)? What we need, which I have written copiously about, is to improve management selection in our schools by making it globally competitive, adopt better practice and theory of quality assurance, and increase funding of public education in order to provide more facilities to conveniently accommodate the ever growing number of Nigerian students. If these are done, our students will achieve more. But I would stand firmly against vicious propaganda against Nigeria’s education, which is highly variegated, with handsome quality investment by the private sector. In Nigeria, just like in other countries of the world, we have different classes of schools (from primary to tertiary)— upmarket schools and the lowly ones; super-equipped and funded schools and the averagely funded and equipped ones; very expensive schools and the cheap ones; and schools that offer the American

style education, Nigerian style, and other styles of education. These all represent the various strengths and weaknesses that could be imputed to our education. And we can only seek and advocate improvements; but it is a disservice to use one dark and dirty brush on Nigeria’s education. By the way, thousands of university and college dons in Nigeria are well-exposed and have studied and taught in some of the best universities of the world. Some of them are deans of schools/faculties, department chairs, and directors of academic planning units of their universities or colleges in Nigeria. It is very unfair to claim that those people do not know how to instigate or do not instigate updated curricula for programs of study. In Nigeria, the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB), West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO), and Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) all conduct examinations that are used to select candidates for admission into universities, polytechnics, and other tertiary colleges. The integrity of their examinations matter, and determine the quality of students that slip from secondary schools/technical colleges into our institutions of tertiary education. I understand that during registration for NABTEB, WAEC, and NECO examinations, some candidates are required (and with the joyful collaboration of their parents at times) to pay extra sums, which are called “understanding fees” or some other weird name. These are meant to facilitate fraud in the examination halls, with the full cooperation of the examination supervisors and proctors, who are well compensated for their complicity. Those students, who may end up with fantastically excellent results in those examinations are usually exposed when they get into our tertiary schools. About two years ago, most of the freshmen of a faculty (school) in a Nigerian university were placed on probation after the first

year, having earned a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of less than 1.5 on a scale of 5.0. This “understanding fees” syndrome must stop. I call on the Management of those examinations agencies to take practical steps to stop this. As chairman of the Governing Board of NABTEB, having just officially entered upon this office, I pledge to not knowingly allow this, and to openly name, shame and punish whosoever will sell themselves to work such evil in our education system. I ask those concerned to pledge the same for WAEC and NECO. We must preserve the integrity of our examinations; and as for me and NABTEB we shall be loyal to this cause. Any university, polytechnic, or college would find NABTEB examinations reliable, and students’ performance in them true reflection of their abilities. I hope WAEC and NECO would openly say so. Nigerian parents, why would you pay for fraud? Why would you pay for your children to be “helped” to pass WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB examinations? Do you know that you are doing damage to your children? They will be exposed at a point! The Federal Government gave the deadline of 2015 for NABTEB, NECO, and JAMB to migrate from the Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) format to Computer Based Test (CBT) format. Until now, only JAMB has complied, thus making their examinations more credible. NABTEB must be next. Besides reducing operational costs (when MCQ question booklets and Optical Mark Readers are all excluded), students’ performance in essay-type examinations could be benchmarked against their performance in CBT. For instance, the geometric means of the scores in CBT and essay-type examination for mathematics would be the final score. Accordingly, if a student scores, for instance, 30% in mathematics CBT and 80% in essay-type, their final score would be 49%, which is the square root of 2,400 (product of 30 and 80). There must be a pretty correlation between CBT and essay type.

2019: Why Nasarawa State Needs Maikasuwa BY AISHA IBRAHIM

Since its creation in 1998 by the General Sani Abacha military regime, Nasarawa State has had a succession of military and civilian administrations which struggled with the numerous political, socio-economic, developmental and infrastructural challenges that has largely constituted clogs in the wheel of fast track economic growth and progress that will uplift the living standards of the overwhelming majority of Nasarawans. A cursory glance at the array of contenders for the 2019 gubernatorial contest distressingly reveals the same tired, depleted, worn out and perpetually self-promoting henchmen that perceive the State of Solid Minerals as their wholly owned estate to be exploited or expropriated at their personal whims and caprices. Cross-carpeting and defections galore is their inglorious stock in trade leading to a situation where the vast majority of the electorate are dismayed

and disaffected by the run of the mill politicians as well as politics as usual and fervently clamour for an incorruptible, principled, resolute, visionary compassionate and highly dedicated leader untainted and unblemished by the drudgery, double talk, pretensions, deceit, treachery, betrayals and blackmail inherent among professional politicians. Without any iota of doubt or uncertainty, Maikasuwa thoroughly fits the billing of a visionary, exemplary and outstanding apparatchik that is poised to transform Nasarawa State to a major industrial, economic and industrial hub of the North Central region akin to the famed Asian Tiger economies. Having garnered profound, invaluable and inestimable experience in the nation’s public sector for over 30 years Maikasuwa made history as the unassailable progenitor of the vastly popular and all – encompassing administrative, operational, organizational and managerial revolution that restructured, re-

organized, re-engineered and revitalized the entire NASS bureaucratic organogram for a more efficient, credible, transparent, effective and responsive service delivery to the federal legislators and the Nigerian people as a whole. On assumption of the CNA position in 2016, Maikasuwa inherited a disillusioned, disgruntled, underperforming and thoroughly demoralized staff and managerial workforce that had stagnated without promotion for several years, enduring late and irregular payment of salaries and raven with cronyism, sectionalism, favouritism and godfatherism etc. A highly creative Maikasuwa hit the ground running by mandating a series of promotional examinations that cut across all employment cadres of NASS with successful candidates automatically receiving their confirmatory appointments. The Chiroman Keffi instituted a strict regime of regular payment of staff salaries and allowances while contracts,

procurements, prequalification and tenders followed the uncompromising diktat of the Public Procurement Act. A thoroughly detribalized policy wunderkind Maikasuwa will definitely unite all Nasarawans regardless of ethnic, religious, cultural, linguistic or partisan affiliations as he similarly achieved in the National Assembly. Ethnic strife, religious acrimony as well as inter-communal clashes will be consigned to the dustbin of history. Prudent management of human and material resources will be the most singular mantra of his administration while youth employment and the empowerment of adults and women will form the policy backbone of Maikasuwa’s leadership imprimatur. For Maikasuwa who clocks a glorious 60 years on this planet this week, it will no longer be business and politics as usual but business and politics unusual. – Ibrahim, a public policy expert, wrote in from Keffi, Nasarawa State.

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Birth Defects bifida, cleft palate, clubfoot, and congenital dislocated hip. How Birth Defects Are Diagnosed Many types of birth defects can be diagnosed during pregnancy. A healthcare professional can use prenatal ultrasounds to help them diagnose certain birth defects in uterus. More in-depth screening options, such as blood tests and amniocentesis (taking a sample of the amniotic fluid), may also be done. These tests are usually offered to women who have higher-risk pregnancies due to family history, advanced maternal age, or other known factors. Prenatal tests can help determine whether the mother has an infection or other condition that’s harmful to the

baby. A physical examination and hearing test may also help the doctor diagnose birth defects after the baby is born. A blood test called the newborn screen can help doctors diagnose some birth defects shortly after birth, before symptoms occur. It’s important to know that prenatal screening doesn’t always find defects when they’re present. A screening test can also falsely identify defects. However, most birth defects can be diagnosed with certainty after birth.

In seconds, the car slipped into gear and started to roll. ‘I just saw complete fear,’ she told the Oprah Show. ‘I remember their little eyes were huge, looking at me just like, “help me, do something”.’ Without thinking, she rushed over and threw herself between the vehicle and the canyon, refusing to let her children die. She continued to struggle with the car even as she found herself being dragged under the wheels. ‘The back tire basically went this way, and just crushed everything, my lungs, my ribs, my clavicle,’ she recalled, speaking to PBS. ‘I had my head tilted, and they said that’s what saved my life as the tire went this way. My father put his hand on the brake before it went over the canyon and said, “Joy, Joy, I got it!” And then I remember hearing my mother scream, and then they ran to the back of the car and found me. ‘I couldn’t see because the blood vessels had broken in my eyes from the pressure of being run over, and so I told my dad. I said, I don’t want to live, I said I’m blind and I’m paralyzed, I just want to die. ‘And he said, no, no, no, don’t say that, you don’t want to die, don’t say that. And so the next thing I remember is in a helicopter being

flown. My family, they were a huge support. They’re the reason I basically survived. They gave me the desire to keep living and to go on. ‘It was like this voice said, “you’ve got a choice here,’ she told Oprah Winfrey. ‘You can go in if you want to tell your kids goodbye and say those parting words, but if you want to fight, you’ve got to fight. ‘And when I heard them screaming, I knew I had to fight.’ This took place in 1999 - she first spoke to Oprah in 2004 - and since then much has changed. Her children, Chloe, 22, Annie, 20, and Elliot, 17, are thriving; Chloe has just graduated from Harvard, and Elliot says that his mother is his ‘inspiration’. But Joy herself, now 46, will never walk again. ‘After the show I went to Portugal because I’d really been searching for a cure,’ she told Operah Winfrey this week, 11 years after the accident, on Oprah: Where are they now? (Sundays, 9 p.m. ET on OWN). ‘That was pretty much my focus. I had a stem cell transplant and I went through surgery... But it didn’t make me walk again.’ After years of arduous rehabilitation, there came a moment of realisation. ‘I remember lying in my bed one day and being depressed and hearing my children playing outside,’ she said. ‘I remember thinking then, it’s my choice. I can lie here and I can be depressed and I can miss out a lot in life. ‘Or I could learn to walk again. Maybe not walk in the physical sense, but walk in life.’

esearch has shown that while still in the womb, some babies have problems with how their organs and body parts form, how they work, or how their bodies turn food into energy. These health problems are called birth defects. There are more than 4,000 different kinds of birth defects, ranging from minor ones that need no treatment to serious ones that cause disabilities or require medical or surgical treatment. There are various types of birth defects. If a baby is born with a part of the body that is missing or malformed, it is called a structural birth defect. Heart defects are the most common type of structural defect. Others include spinal

Types of Birth Defects When there is a problem with a baby’s body chemistry, it is called a metabolic birth defect. Metabolic defects prevent the body from properly breaking

down food to create energy. Examples of metabolic defects include Tay-Sachs disease, a fatal disease that affects the central nervous system, and phenylketonuria (PKU), which affects the way the body processes protein. For people who want to become parents, it’s important to know that some birth defects can be prevented. During a woman’s pregnancy, taking folic acid and getting enough iodine in the diet can help prevent some types of birth defects. But it’s also important to realize that most babies born with birth defects are born to two healthy parents with no obvious health problems or risk factors. TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK

Mum Gets Paralyzed While Saving Kids

Joy Veron, 30, Texan schoolteacher, was on vacation with her family in the Colorado mountains. The trip had been idyllic, and they were preparing for one last swim before driving home to Texas. Then disaster struck. Her three small children, then aged between two and seven, ran ahead and got into the family SUV, which had its engine running and was parked next to a cliff leading down to a deep canyon.

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That was exactly what she did. Her younger daughter, Annie, 20, said this week that her mother was more active than most other parents. ‘Honestly she hasn’t let her wheelchair stop her from anything,’ she said. ‘I actually think she does more than most moms do.’ The accident continues to cast a long shadow over their lives, however. When she was going through rehabilitation, Joy recalled, a doctor told her that 99.2 per cent of marriages ‘do not make it’ after the woman suffers a serious injury. After 23 years of marriage, Joy and her husband also become two more victims of this statistic. Recalling their recent divorce was the only moment that Joy broke down in tears during the interview. ‘I’m hurt,’ she said.

‘I think that in the beginning, we should have had major counselling. That would have helped a lot. ‘Unfortunately, we didn’t. I think we were so caught up in my rehab and trying to get me better than we didn’t pay enough attention to what he was going through.’ But if there is one thing she has learnt from her experience, it is guts. ‘It’s life,’ she said. ‘I know it’s something I’ll make it through.’ Then again, her heroic act of 11 years ago shows that she was full of guts already. Www.dailymail.co.uk


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The Youth As Vanguard For Transformation (2) BY SYLVESTER EDOH In politics, there seems to be a demographic dichotomy in the leadership of our nation, a dichotomy that is favourable to the older generations and unfavourable to the younger ones. Laws were even made to define the minimum age of eligibility to vie for certain political offices. Aside the law, the economic disadvantage of the youth segment of our population alone occasioned by unemployment, has led to their political enfeeblement and exclusion. Successive years of bad governance and corruption have presided over an economic system with a growth rate that lags far behind our phenomenal population growth thereby dwindling economic opportunities, especially for the youth. Looking at it from this perspective, the political exclusion of the youth may not have been a deliberate design or orchestration by the older people in power but an effect of failure of leadership. Since economic or employment opportunities are very few relative to the population, those who have the opportunities maintain a firm grip over what they have, unwilling to let go, except to bequeath it to their own children like an inheritance of a sort. This has left millions of our youth in dire economic straits in an unstable, corrupt and decadent political system. However, there seems to be a

welcome relief as exemplified by a resurgence in advocacy for youth inclusion in politics in recent times. The advocacy groups championing this cause are innumerable. Youth should participate in politics, after all, young men in their primes fought for the independence of this great nation. There is no plausible reason why they should be excluded from the leadership generations after. The youth are the hope of tomorrow, why should they be excluded from being part of policies and decisions that affect their future? By observing the demographic structure of our population, the youth are the most populous, why should they be deprived of proportionate representation? Indeed the argument in favour of the youth are quite many if not endless. However, there is a way we go about our quest for political inclusion that negates the very essence of our advocacy. Most struggles for political power in Nigeria are predicated on one selfish or sectional interest or the other. This has over the years fuelled the sentiments of ethnicity and religion. A closer look at these ethno-religious sentiments only reveals the major driving force behind the quest for power by the average Nigerian politician – selfinterest, self-aggrandisement and self-emancipation. The people before us used and are still using the ethnic and religious

credentials as qualifications to vie for political offices. There is no use questioning the capacity, the intellect, the vision or achievements of a candidate so long as he has a favourable ethno-religious credential. We don’t need a debate. We don’t need to hear what they have to say so long as we know their names and where they come from. This has led to the entrenchment of mediocrity above excellence in our political and economic systems. Ours is like the proverbial kingdom in which servants ride horses while princes trek. You will wonder how some political actors, both past and present, managed to assume such positions if our political system were driven by merit. This is the state of our nation and the defective approaches that brought us where we are. Not just the youth, but our nation in its entirety, needs a rescue from endemic collapse. Our society needs to be rescued from a warped value system that sponsors political imbecility, leadership ineptitude and corruption. What is wrong is not just that young people are excluded from politics. We have a society with a corrupt value system and a political system with ideological bankruptcy. We have a political system that has systematically excluded excellence and meritocracy. We have a political system with parties that have no clearly defined ideological leaning. That is why we don’t just need a

demographic change in our political system; we need an ideological change because it is possible to have a young person with a perverted and decadent political orientation. If the young people are going to take over the reins of power in this system that is bankrupt of ideological foundation, what difference would it make? After all, many of these people that we now call old heads, came to power in their youthful age. If youthfulness is all that makes the difference, why did they not change our nation for the better? As we speak, there are a handful of young people holding major political offices at various levels across the nation, what difference are they making? Our struggle for a new Nigeria must begin inside out. We need to tear down that entrenched mentality of entitlement to certain things in this nation based on our tribe, religion or region. We need to stop seeking for political power based on the narrow premise of ethnicity, religion or even representation. We need to first purge ourselves before we can heal our nation. After this, we need to pull down all existing structures of greed, hypocrisy and deceit that characterise politics in our nation through a drastic ethical revolution. We need a whole new political system founded on a progressive ideology, superior agenda, productive vision and a unifying approach to leadership. We

need to show indeed that political leadership can be undertaken by sincere, honest, reputable, godfearing, intelligent, exemplary men and women with revolutionary ideas and transformative visions and not just the exclusive preserve of ethically ruptured minds and morally depraved souls driven by evil and greed. We can show that politics is meant for the assembly of reputable men and women with moral rectitude and not for a colony of moral lepers. We can indeed lead the way in demonstrating that politics is a creative endeavour and not a spoil-sharing initiative. We also need to reach out to all young people across ethnic and religious divides. We need handshakes of peace, unity and solidarity, not the sentiments of hate and discrimination. As citizens, until we begin to see ourselves as one tribe, Nigeria, with one religion, Patriotism, the task of nation building, will continue to be counter-productive. Let every youth, every genuine patriot, every lover of progress, every seeker of peace, liberty and equality, as well as all those who yearn for a strong, united, economically prosperous, scientifically and technologically advanced Nigeria, rise up now to build us the country of our dream. – Edoh, a writer and social analyst, can be reached at sylved4eva@yahoo. co.uk.

Head Of Service And Civil Service Reform BY OFEM UKET When the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HoS) Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, recently announced that about 150 Deputy Directors failed promotion examinations in the federal civil service within the last three years and followed up the announcement with a warning that indolence and inefficiency by federal workers would no longer be tolerated, it became clear that action was being matched with words. The functionality and vibrancy, politically and economically of any given administration is dependent on an efficient, productive and incorruptible public service, driven by growth, which of course has far reaching effects on the overall performance of government. Ideologically, systems and structures were established to sustain and strengthen government institutions to function at optimal capacity with a reassurance to hard work to enable a sitting government succeed in its policies and programmes. Expectedly, the current leadership of the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) is factually not relenting in rolling out reform programmes, setting up various committees, working on effective collaboration between the public service and the private sector to deliver on its mandate. However, the reasons why the Nigerian civil service has not progressed in the past is orchestrated by super monopoly of government business, the civil

servants award the contracts, the civil servants are the contractors, the civil servants authorise the payment, how can any system work under such primordial enclave? Not until the entire process of governance is open to public and effective participation by high profile professionals, in line with the ongoing reforms, the civil service will continue to record abysmal performance in running the affairs of government. At the second edition of the head of service office’s quarterly meeting with organised labour in Abuja, Oyo-Ita also disclosed that the issue of promotions for the 2014 batch of Directors in the administration cadre of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) had finally been resolved. She noted that the lifting of the court injunction on the promotion of administration cadre would enable the civil service administrative positions hitherto filled by officers in acting capacity be filled by substantive directors. She said: “I am particularly delighted to inform you that the issue of promotion for the 2014 batch of directors in the administration cadre has been finally resolved. The lifting of the court injunction on this issue also led to the conduct of examinations for 2015 – 2017 batch of directors in the same cadre. “Over 290 deputy directors sat for the examination out of which only about 140 were successful. ‘I am certain that going forward, the civil service will ventilate itself

and officers will be rewarded for hard work. “With this, we now have a solution to the issue of dearth of directors of administration in MDAs. Oyo-Ita declared that departments which were hitherto manned by officers in acting capacity would now be manned by substantive directors, while acknowledging that efforts were already being made to enhance service delivery, as workers cannot perform optimally if the work environment is not conducive and attractive. According to her, the issue of a conducive working environment for staff that was raised by organised labour is key, and to achieve this, a committee has been set up trusted with the duties of office allocation and expansion with a focus on maintenance, rehabilitation and restructuring. To further strengthen its resolve, the OHCSF has approved the composition of two committees to develop policy framework for Public Service Disaster Prevention and Safety Management. While expressing appreciation to the Presidency and the Federal Civil Service Commission for supporting the efforts made towards resolving the knotty issue of promotion of Deputy Directors to the next level, Oyo-Ita enjoined the leaders of organised labour to explore the opportunity presented by the meeting to resolve other burning issues in order to promote industrial harmony. Deputy President, Nigeria Labour

Congress (NLC), Mr Mohammed Kiri, lamented the absence of a robust system of succession in the civil service. He also harped on the issue of poor working environment as part of the problems affecting workers in the public sector, and expressed satisfaction that the issues are being handled by the head of civil service. He spoke about the public service having a crisis of succession, where professionals and competent personnel may have proceeded on retirement and there are no qualified people for possible replacement, making that particular office and desk ineffective and unproductive. This scenario from track records is common in state offices of federal ministries and again there has been a long time absence of recruitment into the public service to enable new intake acquire relevant training for succession. Meanwhile, the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (HOS), has inaugurated two new committees to ensure safe and healthy working environment for public servants in the country. The inauguration is part of the on-going reforms in the civil service. The committees are: Joint Committee for the Development of Framework for the Implementation of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) and Technical Committee for the Development of Public Service Emergency Management Policy Framework. Performing the ceremony, Oyo-

Ita gave members of the committee two months to submit their findings, with the hope that the implementation of the outcome will enhance self-esteem and increase job satisfaction among public servants. This was followed by the signing into law of the Employees Compensation Act (ECA) 2010, which is being implemented by the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF). However, the initiative was expected to provide the opportunity for civil servants and indeed the public service as a whole, to access the various benefits provided for in the ECA. The technical committee members, which comprises of critical stakeholders from relevant organisations, were expected to develop the Public Service Emergency Management Policy content with action plan for the implementation. The Joint Committee members are to examine the ECA 2010 and identify areas of collaboration between NSITF and the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF). The Technical Committee for the Development of Public Service Emergency Management Policy Framework comprises of 12 members from the Federal Road Safety Corps, Federal Fire Service, National Emergency Management Agency, National Institute of Architects among others. – Uket wrote in from Abuja.


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Poland Call-up Lewandowski, 21 Others For Eagles Clash BY WALE AYENI, ABUJA Poland head coach, Adam Nawalka, has named Bayern Munich forward, Robert Lewandowski and Juventus goalkeepers, Wojciech Szczeshny and 20 others foreign-based players for his side friendly clash against the Super Eagles of Nigeria and South Korea respectively as parts of preparation for 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Ipswich Town goalkeeper, Bartosz Bialkowski has been handed a maiden call-up to the Poland’s senior team and he will battle with former Arsenal dual Wojciech Szczęsny and Łukasz Fabiański to be on goal when they trade tackles with Nigeria. Ola Aina’s teammate at Hull City, Kamil Grosicki, Grzegorz Krychowiak of West Brom and Łukasz Teodorczyk of RSC Anderlecht are also included in Nawalka’s team list released to the public, yesterday by Polish Football Association. Nawalka is also expected to release names of his homebased players for both games on Friday, March 16.

Poland and Nigeria who will feature at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will clash at the Wroclaw Stadium on March 23. The Poles will also face South Korea at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzow on March 27th, same day the Super Eagles are expected to take on Serbia in another tune-up game in England. Other notable names on the list are; Borussia Dortmund rightback, Lukasz Piszczek and Monaco’s centre-back, Kamil Glik. “With the matches in Wroclaw and in Chorzów at the Silesian Stadium, we are starting our full preparation for the World Cup in Russia,” Nawalka told the Poland Football Federation official website.

“Matches against tough opponents like Nigeria and South Korea will be a great opportunity to improve our organization of the game and check specific tactical and personal solutions. “The selection of opponents was made in terms of optimal preparation for group matches at the World Cup. “The composition of the team is based on players checked in previous matches of the team and maintaining the appropriate disposition in their clubs. “We will continue to closely monitor national and international matches, aiming to increase competition for a place in the World Cup squad. The debutants will also get a chance.

NBBF Crisis: Fear, Anxiety Grip Warring Factions As FIBA Delivers Verdict Today BY SALIFU USMAN, ABUJA There is anxiety within the Nigeria Basketball Federation as the Federation of International Basketball Associations (FIBA) will announce its resolution on the leadership crisis rocking Nigeria’s basketball body during their executive committee meeting, today in faraway Egypt. Nigeria’s basketball has been enmeshed in leadership crisis that has been a major concern to the international body which sent a three man fact-finding team to the country in its bid to find a lasting solution to the impasse. Alphonsus Bile, who led the three-man delegation to Nigeria, told journalists that the fact-finding

mission was fruitful and assured that FIBA would take a decision in the best interest of all the parties involved in the dispute. He said that his delegation had no mandate to reveal what was discussed at the meetings and assured that FIBA would come up with a decision on the matter. “Our job is to meet all the parties involved in the crisis and send all the facts we gathered to the FIBA Central Board that will now take a decision on the matter in March,” Bile said. The nation’s basketball has not known peace since the controversial elections in Kano and Abuja which produced Tijjani Umar and Musa Kida respectively as contending presidents. Since then both men have laid

claim to the position, a situation that forced the world body to give the ultimatum.
FIBA out-rightly rejected the results of the two elections. The body, in its letter to Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) and signed by its secretary-general, Patrick Baumann, clearly stated that it did not recognise any of the two groups and directed the NOC and the two warring factions to resolves their differences. According to FIBA, both the elections held in Kano, and in a hotel room in Abuja respectively lacked procedural process and international standard for federation elections, and warned that failure to reach an amicable resolution could see it resorting to wielding the big stick on Nigeria. The peace move by the NOC to

resolve the impasse did not yield result as Musa Kida walked out of the meeting after failing to agree on contentious issues with Tijuani Umar. Speaking ahead of today’s FIBA executive committee, NOC secretary general, Tunde Popoola, they are awaiting the final verdict of the FIBA investigation team on the crisis to finally put to rest the issues dodging the body. He said decision of the world body would give Nigerian basketball a sense of direction, adding that NOC was ready to back the development of basketball in Nigeria. “The NOC is still awaiting FIBA to give it verdict on March 10 on the NBBF leadership crises. The organisation wants the game of basketball to excel this year.”

Argentina Coach To Spy On Moses Against Barcelona Argentina national team coach, Jorge Sampaoli will be among the spectators when Chelsea tackle Barcelona in a Champions League round of sixteen tie at the Camp Nou on Wednesday, March 14, according to reports. Sampaoli will also be in the stands when Brown Ideye and Isaac Success's Malaga take on Barcelona in La Liga this evening, after he must have watched the game between Sevilla and Valencia at Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. '' I'm leaving earlier to see the Chelsea match. I wish I could go to the house to talk to Leo for a while,'' Sampaoli told reporters. Three Argentina players Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), éver Banega (Sevilla) and Lionel Messi (Barcelona) who have been summoned for the friendlies against Italy and Spain will be observed by Jorge Sampaoli during his trip to Spain. In addition, Nigeria's most important player for now, Victor Moses, will be monitored by the Argentina manager. The 27-year-old was on the bench in the Super Eagles 3-2 loss to the South Americans at the 2014 World Cup and a hamstring injury kept him out of the squad for the friendly in November.

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I’ll Cut My Hair If Colombia Win World Cup – Valderrama Carlos Valderrama promised he will cut his curly blonde hair if Colombia wins the World Cup this summer. Colombia will meet Japan in their World Cup opener on June 19 and also face Poland and Senegal in Group H. Los Cafeteros did not appear at a World Cup from 2002 until 2010 but reached the quarterfinals four years ago -- their best finish in the competition -- before being eliminated by hosts Brazil. Valderrama, 56, was asked if he would cut his famous hair if Colombia lifted the trophy in Russia. “If we are world champions ... it’s yes,” Valderrama told RT. “We don’t qualify for World Cups very often, you know. So, we have to use this opportunity and if we reach there, we live it in the flesh.” Valderrama will be a host throughout the World Cup for Spanish television channel RT. “For me, personally, it’s an opportunity to show what happiness means to us, the Colombians,” he said. “Besides, all our country will be able to see our national team play and have all the information live and directly from RT.” Considered among the best South American players of all time, the former Deportivo Cali playmaker made 111 appearances for his country and captained Colombia in the World Cup in 1990, 1994 and 1998. There is even a 22-foot bronze statue of Valderrama outside the Eduardo Santos stadium in his home town of Santa Marta.

Europa: Wenger Hails Arsenal Win Under-fire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was relieved after his side’s impressive 2-0 Europa League last 16, firstleg victory at AC Milan on Thursday, following a “nightmare” week. Henrikh Mkhitaryan drove Arsenal into a 15th-minute lead with his first goal for the club, and a shellshocked Milan fell further behind before half-time as Aaron Ramsey waltzed through to score. Wenger desperately needed a positive result after coming under pressure for a run of four straight defeats, and he got just that against a Milan side who saw a 13-match unbeaten run ended. “It is an important win of course after we had a nightmare week,” the 68-year-old Frenchman told BT Sport. “I am happy with the spirit and response we gave. When you are knocked down like a boxer you don’t have time to react and you are only halfway up, but you have to respond. “Your pride and desire to show quality has to come through in the game.” Gennaro Gattuso’s seven-time European champions now have it all to do ahead of the second leg at the Emirates in seven days’ time. “Arsenal are in a very difficult period, but are a great team, but we made too many mistakes,” s a i d Gattuso. But Arsenal, 13 points adrift of the top four in the Premier League, will be confident of continuing their bid to return to the Champions League by winning Europe’s second-tier competition for the first time. “Overall it is important to win, but it is not qualification. We have to finish the job at home,” Wenger added.

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CAF Named Liberian First Lady Women Football Ambassador The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has named Liberian First Lady, Clar Weah as their ambassador for women’s football, making the announcement at the first symposium for African women’s football in Morocco. Speaking during the closing ceremony in Marrakech on Tuesday, CAF President Ahmad Ahmad announced that Weah, wife of Liberia president George Weah, will have the task of promoting women’s football around the globe. Weah, whose husband was the World Footballer of the Year in 1995, told KweséESPN: “This is unbelievable. I have attended this symposium for two days and now I am to champion the Women’s Football cause out there. “It is a task that I am ready to do because I know the importance of football right from what it did for my husband and now my family.” Agnes Mugena, a member of Uganda FA’s executive committee representing women, told the assembled guests: “This has been an eye-opening symposium and it will get back to us who run football in our respective countries to become more proactive and push women’s football to another level.” This was echoed by Meskerem Tadesse Goshime from Ethiopia, who said the symposium was a great chance for women’s football to get the recognition it has been waiting for: “Everybody involved in women’s football in Africa has been waiting for such a gathering.

“We want to raise our game but we cannot do it alone. It is my hope that women’s football will from now get the needed support to take a step ahead.” Ahmad said he would ensure that the meeting’s talking points did not go to waste: “The various recommendations will be forwarded to the newly established CAF Women’s Football Department for review, and then to the CAF Executive Committee for implementation.”

Mahrez Refuses To Quash Quit Talks

but at that time I thought it was the best thing to do,” Mahrez told Sky Sports. “I was away because I needed time to think, it was a difficult situation. “The club handled it very well. When the teammates and the club were behind me it was OK, it was easy to come back here. “Manchester City is a good move for everyone

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eicester City playmaker Riyad Mahrez regrets the way he handled a failed move to Premier League leaders Manchester City during the January transfer window, but said he did not struggle to reintegrate himself back into the squad. Mahrez missed two matches and six training sessions after Leicester rejected City’s bid to sign the Algeria international on deadline day. British media reports described his absence during that period as a protest. The 27-year-old returned to action for Leicester in a 5-1 defeat by City last month and scored a dramatic late equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Bournemouth last weekend. “You’ll always have regrets

but it is the past. It is behind me. If we start talking about this it’s like coming back to the transfer window and now I’m moving forward, trying to give my best for the team,” he added. Leicester are eighth in the table with 37 points and visit bottom club West Bromwich Albion in the league today.


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Man United, Liverpool In For Clash Of Titans Szczesny Mocks Tottenham Fans Over UCL Defeat To Juve

Wojciech Szczesny may have left Arsenal for Italian football a couple of seasons ago, but it still seems as if there is a bit of Gunner left in him. The Polish goalkeeper is now back-up to Gianluigi Buffon at Juventus, who came from behind to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Wembley on Wednesday night. The win, which sends Juve into

Give Homebased Players Chance In Eagles, Eguavoen Tells Rohr

the Champions League quarter finals and Spurs out, was celebrated by Szczesny with a little mockery of the home support. As he followed Buffon down the tunnel after the game, Szczesny made a ‘chin-up’ gesture to the Spurs fans - pushing his chin up with his fingers. It was an ironic dig at the home support - unlikely to have forgotten his connection to their local rivals telling them to keep positive, as they suffered a very disappointing night. Szczesny also goaded Spurs on social media, posting a picture of him and his team mates celebrating in the dressing room straight after the final whistle. The Instagram post was captioned: ‘Great win and celebrations vs one of the best teams in North London. FORZA JUVE!!! #northlondonisred.’

The 30th game week in this season’s Premier League starts with a bang as Manchester United host Liverpool at Old Trafford at lunch-time, today. It is a fixture that is earmarked by fans of both sides as soon as the fixture list is out in June. The anticipation of a thrilling game is high among the fans, despite the three drab draws that the two sides have played out in last three games and even though neither of the two can win the league this season. Manchester United come into this game after a thrilling 2-3 victory over Crystal Palace on Monday. However, this encounter is the first of two important matches lined up for them as Sevilla will come calling on Tuesday night in the second leg of

the Champions League last sixteen tie. Jose Mourinho does not like his team to lose any game but against a “Big Six” rival and especially Liverpool, he simply hates to lose. This cautiousness has caused the last three games between the two sides to end in drab draws. However, the winner of this weekend game will greatly strengthen their claim for Champions League football next season. Can this incentive along with the fact that they are playing at Old Trafford lead Jose Mourinho to play a bit more attacking football? Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp can never be accused of playing defensive or drab football. No side has scored more away goals in Europe’s top five leagues than

Liverpool and Lyon (34 each). But the Reds have also conceded 10 goals more than Manchester United in this season’s Premier League so far. Liverpool come into this game following a 0-0 draw with Porto in which Jurgen Klopp managed to rest some of his key players and still stroll into the Champions League quarterfinals. Overall as well, Liverpool are in great form as they have conceded 3 goals and scored 15 in their last six games, winning four and drawing two. A win today will help the Reds leapfrog Manchester United and reach the 2nd position. This kind of form and the incentive of gaining over Manchester United should be enough for Klopp’s side to be pumped up.

Private Sector Urged To Invest In Grassroots Sports Development BY WALE AYENI , ABUJA

Alhaji Abdulkadir Mahmud, principal Government Secondary School, Airport – Abuja, has urged the private sector to invest in grassroots sports development by financing sporting activities in secondary schools across the country. He made the call while flagging off the 11th Annual Inter-house Sports Competition of the School held at the School premises, on Thursday. He said private sector support will go a long way in complimenting government efforts in sports development, adding that government alone cannot fund sports in the Country. “The private sector and people of goodwill will need to lend more support to schools if the goals of developing talents at the grassroots level will have to be

BY WALE AYENI, ABUJA Former Super Eagles coach, Austin Eguavoen has urged Gernot Rohr to bring more players from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to his squad as the Eagles prepares for Russia 2018 World Cup, The dual of Enyimba goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Akwa Unit-

achieved,” he said. According to him, private sector and individual alike involvement in grassroots development cannot be overemphasized because over the years, sports have become a powerful tool for showcasing the strength

ed striker, Okechukwu Gabriel are the only home-based players for Eagles international friendly games against Poland and Serbia. But the former Eagles captain believes the call up of new players with great quality to the squad will give the Eagles technical adviser more latitude in making his final 23Man list to the Mundial.

of a country. Mahmud stated further that there are lots of benefits for companies that get involved in sports development. Sport is an essential part of the school’s curricular activities provides for physical wellbeing of the students and this is in

“I saw the list and it’s a good one, but I think there should be more players from the league (NPFL) in his squad,” the former Super Eagles captain told newsmen He also mentioned that CHAN 2018 star defender, Stephen Eze deserve the invitation sent to him from Rohr due to his great performance at the African championship. “Eze was a standout player from (Af-

line with national policy on education. The atmosphere assumed an explainable climate of joy when Red House was declared winner with 392 points while Green House emerged Second with 310 points. Five houses competed for laurels at the event.

rican Nations Championship) CHAN, so he deserved his place. “Gabriel Okechukwu is good striker and he possesses certain unpredictability when playing which could be an asset relatively unknown, and he could spring surprises. Ajayi as well has proved his worth playing for Al Ahly in the continent, but let’s see how they will all fare.” he concluded


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Beniseed Soup BY STELLAMARIES AMUWA, Abuja

Beniseed soup or sesame soup is a very common soup Nigerian made with the edible seeds of the sesame plant. This soup can be prepared in two ways either by frying or by adding the ground seed directly to the meat stock once the meat is cooked. Beneseed or sesame seeds are sometimes used whole, the oil is extracted from the seeds for other nutritional purposes. It taste more like egusi soup when cooked, if you are familiar with egusi soup or peanut soup, you will also find beniseed soup or sesame soup interesting too. Beniseeds are very common food in the middle belt or far north, they are mostly referred to as “Ridi” by the Northerners, “ishwa”,”ocha” and “igogo by

the Tivs, Idomas and Igalas respectively. While the Igbos referred to these seeds as “Isasa” and the yorubas call it “Ekuku” or “Eeku. Beniseed can be fried and eaten with fried peanuts. However, the oil is commonly used in salad dressing and it has been proven to be a good source of various nutrients, including flavonoid, phenolic antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids, dietary fibre, and vitamins Beniseed or sesame seed oil is very useful in the world, it can be used for making canned sardine, margparine, and corned beef, Beniseed are available in white, black, and brown variants, the seeds can be consumed in raw, dried, as well as roasted forms and they can be ground into paste to thicken soups just like egusi soup. Beniseed or sesame

has a whole lot of benefits, it can be used as a spread on bread, pastry, meat, doughnuts and on cakes. A little quantity of vegetable like uziza or bitter leaves can be used to garnish this soup for a better flavor. However, when preparing beniseed soup, make sure you take a little time to wash the seeds properly to get rid of sand and some tiny particles you can use this method of washing acha to achieve that. After you have washed the seeds, spread them on a flat surface to dry before grinding, but if are able to get the clean beniseed in the market you can just blend it without washing the seeds. The cleaning and grinding process can be done in the market at once.

Ingredients 1 cup of beniseed/sesame seeds ½ kilo of beef 1 medium sized kpomo (cow skin) 1 cup of stock fish 1 medium sized mackerel or smoked fish 2 tablespoons of crayfish 4 scotch bonnets 2 cooking spoons of palm oil 1 small locust beans (okpei/ dawadawa) A handful of bitter leaves or Uziza 2 seasoning cubes Salt to taste How to prepare beniseed soup After you season and cook your meat and fish you then drain from the broth and set aside. Add some palm oil into your pot and put the pot on fire, add onions to

it and fry for 1 minute. Add the ground beniseed to the oil, fry for 3 minutes, and keep stirring as it fries. Once it is well fried, add the meat stock to the fried seed on heat and stir. Add ground crayfish, pepper, locust beans, cover the lid and cook for 10 minutes. Taste the soup before adding some stock cubes and also return the cooked meat to the soup and stir it properly to combine. Cook on a medium heat for 5 minutes. You can always add water to the soup to adjust the consistency if it is too thick. Add few uziza leaves or bitter leaves and stir, stir the soup and then cook it for another few minutes. Beniseed soup is ready once you are happy with the taste and the consistency. Serve beniseed soup with eba, pounded yam or with your preferred swallow.

Mama’s kitchen

Locust Beans – Dawadawa Locust beans is added to everything – not only because it tastes good and can serve as a tastier alternative to other spices

cubes, but also due to its health benefits among which are vision improvement, digestion aid and much more.

It is believed to also contain tannins, astringent substances found in many plants. Foods rich in tannins are often recommended

for treatment of diarrhoea. The portion of carob that is made into locust bean gum contains soluble fibre in the galactomannan family.

Like other forms of soluble fibre, it has shown potential benefit for enhancing weight loss and controlling blood sugar levels.


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My Secret Life

I Am Not Scared Of Customers’ Debt – Bello-Salami BACKGROUND My name is Ohiza BelloSalami. I was born in 1983 into a polygamous family at Okoroke, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State. Both my primary and secondary schools were in Okehi after which I proceeded to Plateau State where I attended the Jos Television School, Jos. I am happily married and I have a baby girl.

mother. ADVICE TO OTHERS My advice to other women is that they should not embark on idleness because it brings a lot of problems. A woman should not be looking up to her husband for everything that concerns finances. Hence, she should get cracking. Waiting for the husband will frustrate you. You can start with a business by selling ordinary sachet water. All you need is a small capital and with faith and hard work you can become an entrepreneur.

HOW IT STARTED I was 10 years old when I started buying and selling of clothes and pieces of jewellery. I still do these now, though combined with my work. INSPIRATION My love and passion for the business of buying and selling clothes were inspired by my mother who got these items from Okene and took them to Abuja to sell. She also bought stock from Abuja and came to Okene to sell. Realising that it was very profitable, I entered into the business. Everybody wears clothes; hence, selling clothes is not as difficult as many people think. When I was 10 years old, my mother was making soap which she would give to me to sell. From the proceeds, I bought and sold sweets. I, however, returned her money after I finished selling my wares. When I was in the secondary school, she bought me veils to sell; which I did. That was how I entered into the business world.

When customers go to the market to buy and discover that your price is reasonable they will come back to buy from you. And that is okay

CHALLENGES There are challenges in every business. But here, the greatest challenge is that of debt owed by patrons. That is, people would buy goods and refuse to pay. But this can be conquered and so one does not have to entertain fears on it. If one makes small profit, then one doesn’t have to worry or entertain fears. When customers go to the market to buy and discover that your price is reasonable they will come back to buy from you. And that is okay. In the last 15

ACHIEVEMENTS In all the years I have been in business, I have been able to achieve a lot. When I was observing the mandatory one year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, I also engaged in selling clothes combined with snacks. After NYSC, I was able to make N200, 000 and it baffled some of my colleagues who did not believe in buying and selling. It also widened my horizon in other businesses and that has made my husband happy. When you are independent through business, you derive respect from your neighbours and it makes you happy and the house too will be happy. You don’t have to wait for anybody for little needs that you can ordinarily do on your own.

Bello-Salami

years that I have been in the business, debt has not pushed me out. I had to

take up the responsibility of a woman early enough because of what I saw in my

LIFE IN BRIEF Ohiza Bello-Salami was born in 1983 into a polygamous family at Okoroke, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State. She had both her primary and secondary schools education in her home town of Okehi after she proceeded to the Jos Television School, Jos, Plateau State. Ohiza is married and blessed with a baby girl. INTERVIEW BY

SAM EGWU

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Ohiza Bello-Salami

HOBBIES I love cooking so much and I am sure that is why my husband fell in love with me. I just love cooking. Cleanliness is also part of my hobby. Right from childhood, I have been a champion of cleanliness and as the only woman from my mother, I clean everywhere in the house, kitchen and surrounding. I love singing too. REGRETS I really have no regrets to the magnitude of exploding.‎ The only regret I have is that I learnt business from my mother but nobody has learnt from me yet.

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Saturday Column Daniel Omale

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igeria attained category 1 status in 2009, with dedicated effort of a team led by Dr Harold Demuren, the former director general of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). It is clearly visible today that sustaining the status was as impossible as achieving it. The reason for this skepticism is nothing short of the diminished role, responsibility and purview of the NCAA. It is highly unfortunate that the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority’s regulatory oversight is being fragmented, diluted, and constantly disrupted by those who cannot support the current leadership of our regulatory agency. These negative interferences would have surely told on how the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) agency scored the NCAA in the audit. But we must thank God that the current crop of leadership of the NCAA is as determined as ever to

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keep the rigorous safety oversight of our air transportation system intact. The Director General and his team deserve the biggest applause. A few days ago, the result of the intensive audit of our Civil Aviation Authority was released with flying colours. This is another milestone in the standards the NCAA has sustained since the first audit in 2009. All Nigerians must be proud of this achievement, and those who are unhappy, because they had written off the efforts of the professionals in the regulatory agency, too bad. For those who do not understand what category 1 status is about, the definition and explanation below should clarify Nigeria’s repeated, excellent performance: The International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) programme involves assessing whether another country’s oversight of its air carriers that operate, or seek to operate, into the United States complies with minimum

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international standards for aviation safety. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is making these changes as it commences a new phase of the IASA programme following the completion of initial determinations on the safety oversight exercised by virtually all countries whose air carriers operate, or have applied to operate, to the United States. This notice modifies the IASA policies previously announced by the FAA. Background The policy announced at 57 FR 38342, August 24, 1992, described how the FAA would assess whether a foreign civil aviation authority (CAA) complied with the minimum international standards for aviation safety oversight established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). In obtaining information relevant to its assessment, the FAA meets with the foreign CAA responsible for providing the safety oversight to its carriers, reviews pertinent records and meets with officials of the subject foreign air

carriers. The FAA then analyzes the collected information to determine whether the CAA complies with ICAO standards regarding the oversight provided to the air carriers under its authority. This determination is part of the basis for FAA recommended courses of action to the Department of Transportation on the initiation, continuation, or expansion of air service to the United States by the carriers overseen by that CAA. The IASA programme applies to all foreign countries with air carriers proposing, or with existing air service to the United States under an economic authority issued by the Department. Sources of Information on Safety Oversight The FAA has a continuing obligation to ensure that CAAs comply with minimum international standards for safety oversight. In collecting information to support its assessment findings, the FAA will continue to rely, when necessary, on meetings with CAA and airline officials and reviewing pertinent documents. The

FAA also will make use of other sources of information on CAA compliance with minimum international standards for safety oversight. These sources may include other qualified entities (e.g the European Joint Aviation Authorities or ICAO) considered reliable by the FAA. Categorization of Results of FAA AssessmentsAs in the past, assessment determinations will continue to be publicly disclosed. However, FAA will only use two categories, i.e., Category 1 (in compliance with minimum international standards for aviation safety), and Category 2 (not in compliance with minimum international standards for aviation safety). This change is being made to eliminate any confusion that has resulted from having two different categories regarding non-compliance with ICAO standards. Category 2. The Federal Aviation Administration assessed this country’s civil aviation authority and determined that it does not provide safety oversight of its air carrier operators in accordance with the minimum safety oversight standards established by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). This rating is applied if one or more of the following deficiencies are identified:(1) The country lacks laws or regulations necessary to support the certification and oversight of air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards; (2) The CAA lacks the technical expertise, resource; (3) The CAA does not

08054102747 have adequately trained and qualified technical personnel; (4) The CAA does not provide adequate inspector guidance to ensure enforcement of, and compliance with, minimum international standards, and (5) The CAA has insufficient documentation and records of certification and inadequate continuing oversight and surveillance of air carrier operations. This category consists of two groups of countries. The FAA will review the category determinations of all countries included in the IASA categorization scheme at least once every two years, or when new information becomes available which calls into question the country’s ability to continue complying with minimum standards for aviation safety. It would have been shameful if we were downgraded to category 2, but, again, we thank the men and women of the NCAA for the excellent performance.

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