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Mr. President and his assets
eadership is just all it takes to move a country from a position of hopelessness to the high point of greatness. President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against sleaze is in full gear following his declaration of assets on Thursday September 3, 2015, alongside Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. Modesty captures all that President Buhari made public. One bank account, five houses, including two mud houses inherited from his forebears, plots of land in Kano and PortHarcourt, shares in Union and Skye banks, Berger Paints, 270 heads of cattle, 25 sheep, five horses and few vehicles. The disclosure of assets helps to provide a baseline and thus means for comparison to identify assets that may have been corruptly acquired and that a public official may legitimately be asked to account for. A good disclosure system can, further, be the basis for successfully enforcing criminal and other legal anti-corruption provisions. This must serve a useful lesson for the National Assembly as they can borrow a leaf from the United Kingdom experience. In the UK the House of Commons set up a register of interest in May 1974 maintained by the parliamentary Commissioner for Standards as laid out in the House of Commons Standing Order No. 150. “The purpose of the register is to encourage transparency and accountability. It is “to provide information of any pecuniary interest or other material benefit which a Member receives which might reasonably be thought by others to influence his or her actions, speeches or votes in Parliament, or actions taken in the capacity of a Member of Parliament”. The register is not intended to be an indicator of a member of parliament’s personal wealth, nor is registration an indication that a member is at fault”. Our Senate and House of Repre-
sentatives can draw useful experience from the model and complement the Buhari administration’s resolve to fight corruption through transparency and accountability. There is need for Nigeria to embrace international best practices on asset declaration by our public officials by considering the following measures: • Extending asset declaration to members of families of public officials • Constituting a code of conduct on asset declaration for our parliamentarians • Setting up the office of the ombudsman to monitor and enforce compliance • Creating a register of interests to be rigorously enforced by our parliamentarians • Other measures depending on the model being adopted. Next to public declaration of assets is the need to insist on code of conduct for public officials. Whether for parliamentarians or public officials, codes of conduct help to build an atmosphere of ethics. For government officials, they offer a clear, concise frame of reference for an institution’s ethical principles in a single document. Within a government, codes of conduct strive to decrease corruption and increase accountability among public officials – whether elected or appointed. The aim of these codes, which may be voluntary norms or legally enforced, is to make sure that the public’s interest is protected. When designed well, codes of conduct offer clear ethical standards and a reference point which citizens and governments can use to assess the behaviour of public officials. Codes of conduct typically are combined with sets of penalties and other punishments for public officials found to be in violation of them. No doubt, asset declaration by our President and Vice President is a step in the right direction. We can now say that the war against corruption has actually started.
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Ndubuisi Ugah, Tunde Oyesina and Donald Ojogo
n spite of a Federal High Court ex-parte motion halting the arraignment of the Senate President Bukola Saraki, the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) sitting in Abuja yesterday commenced the prosecution of the 13-count charge with an order that the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Solomon Arase and other relevant security agencies in the country should arrest the Senate President. The order, however, meant that the IG is expected to produce Saraki before the CCT on Monday to take plea in the charge slammed on him by the Federal Government over alleged false declaration of assets. The allegations are under Section 2 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act. The offences are punishable under paragraph 9 of the 5th schedule of the 1999 Constitution. Saraki is accused of committing, among others, offences ranging from anticipatory declaration of assets to making false declaration of assets in the forms he filed at the CCB while he was the governor of Kwara State. But in a swift reaction, counsel to Saraki, J.B Daudu (SAN) and Mahmud Magaji (SAN), said they would approach the Court of Appeal to set aside the ruling.
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Assets declaration: Conduct Tribunal orders Saraki’s arrest l Senate President appeals ruling l Cracks in APC as pro-Lawan senators want Senate president to step aside l Our party on dangerous path – Na’allah The Federal Government had on September 11 filed a 13-count charge against Saraki before the CCT, which fixed yesterday for arraignment. However, in a bid to stop his arraignment, Saraki on Thursday approached the Federal High Court, Abuja, with an ex-parte application seeking to restrain the Federal Government, Code of Conduct Bureau and CCT from arraigning him. The trial judge, Justice A.R Mohammed, in a ruling in chambers summoned the chairmen of CCB, CCT and a Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Justice, M.S Hassan to appear before it on Monday to show cause why Saraki’s application should not be granted. When the matter came up yesterday, the prosecution counsel, Musiliu Hassan, said the accused was not in court despite the fact that he was served with the summons, adding that they exhibited it in their process.
He, however, prayed the tribunal to issue a bench warrant on the accused person for disobedience of court orders. Opposing the application, Magaji submitted that the charge, as well as the prosecution lacked validity to come before the court on the ground that there was no incumbent Attorney General of the Federation (AGF). He further argued that there is a pending ruling of the Federal High Court had summoned the chairmen of CCB, CCT and Hassan. Based on this, the tribunal later stood down the matter. After about three hours stand down, the presiding judge, Justice Danladi Umar, in his ruling held that the tribunal took notice of the fact that there is no AGF at the moment. He further held that the absence of the AGF does not stop the filing of a criminal charge, adding that in the absence of the
AGF, the Solicitor General can institute such charge. On that ground, the tribunal knocked off the accused argument, while on the issue of a pending ruling, the tribunal held that the Federal High Court had the same jurisdiction with it, and hence, it is not bounded by its ruling. Justice Umar held that the tribunal would go ahead with the trial. The tribunal also noted that it was clear that the accused person had been served with the summons, as such was shown by the proof of service. “No court of co-ordinate jurisdiction can halt the proceedings of this tribunal. This tribunal called on the Senate President to come and stand his trial. The defendant is expected to respect the constitution he sworn to,” the tribunal held. Justice Umar, however, ordered the IG to produce the Senate President before him on Monday to take his plea.
The tribunal later adjourned till Monday for arraignment. In the same vein, Saraki has filed an appeal challenging the ruling of the CCT which ordered the IG to arrest and bring him before the tribunal on Monday. In his ground of appeal, Saraki through Daudu submitted that the tribunal erred in law and also acted without jurisdiction by assuming jurisdiction over the criminal trial of the appellant at the CCT for a charge, which is being challenged at the Federal High Court. In his particulars of error, Saraki said as at the time the lower tribunal overruled the appellant's application to discharge the Order for Bench Warrant for his arrest by the respondent, there existed an order of the Federal High Court, which was served on the lower tribunal. Similarly, Saraki in a statement issued by his
Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, said the tribunal chose to ignore the subsisting order of a Federal High Court by going ahead to sit. The statement titled: "CCT Defiance of Subsisting Court Order: Our Stand", said: "Saraki had stated and maintained that he was ready to submit himself to due process of the law on any issue concerning him, he also believes he has an inalienable right to resort to the same judiciary for protection when he feels his fundamental rights are about to be infringed upon; "It is for this reason that Dr. Saraki, having satisfied himself that the case filed by the CCB and the manner in which the case was filed show that he will not be given justice, resorted to the Federal High Court for the determination of the issues of competence of the prosecutor as well as compliance with the procedure stipulated in the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act; "The Federal High Court on Thursday, September 17, 2015, therefore, ordered c o n t i n u e d o n pa g e 5
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Abia North senatorial poll: Kalu, Ohuabunwa know fate Oct 14
Igbeaku Orji and Tunde Oyesina
he National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Umuahia has fixed October 14 to deliver judgment on the consolidated petition of the former governor of Abia State and the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) senatorial candidate for Abia North, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, in the last election against the declaration of Mao Ohuabunwa of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo, who said this yesterday, said the tribunal was concontinued from pag e 4
that the all parties in the case should appear before it on Monday, September 21, 2015. The implication of this ruling by a court of competent jurisdiction is that the sitting today has been overtaken by event. It is for this reason that Dr. Saraki chose to go about with his normal official schedule; "Today at the Tribunal, Counsel to the Senate President, Mr. M. A. Mahmud (SAN), raised a motion stating that there is a pending constitutional matter before the Federal High Court to be decided on Monday and that the Tribunal should hold the trial until the constitutional matter is disposed of; "We are however dismayed that the Tribunal chose to disregard the order of the Federal High Court and the motion to suspend hearing till Monday when all parties are expected to argue their positions on the constitutional matter; "It is also a surprise to us that despite the application by the lead counsel to the Senate President that he will produce Dr. Saraki on Monday and the personality of the person involved as the Number three man in the country, the Tribunal insisted on issuing a warrant of arrest as if its intention is simply to embarrass Dr. Saraki. We are not unmindful of the fact that the Tribunal is acting under political influence and external pressure. This is dangerous to our democracy; "The conduct of the Tribunal today left nobody in doubt that it cannot do justice on the matter before it. It is also clear that today's decision is an abuse of the rule of law which portends danger to our judicial system. The Tribunal has equally set a bad precedent in the way and manner it conducted itself during the
l Absence of INEC counsel stalls Rivers guber hearing strained by time and the terminal date of the petition and other cases pending before it, stressing that all the parties had to file and adopt addresses on October 6. Earlier, the only witness for the day and the 1st respondent (Ohuabunwa), who said he polled 47,027 votes to emerge the winner of the election, said the election was not his first electoral contest having contested and won as member representing Arochukwu/Ohafia in the House of Representatives in 1999 and 2003. He claimed that it was Prof. Ovuoh Ethelbert as the returning officer that declared him the winner when Dr. Ihekweaba Chigoziem absconded.
Ohuabunwa also denied that there was no election in Arochukwu, Ohafia and Umunneochi local government areas. Speaking in an interview, counsel to Kalu, Kelvin Nwufo (SAN), said: “We are now at the level of writing our written addresses, which we shall come back with on the 6th of October and judgment should be delivered thereafter.” He said the application that the tribunal overruled was the application to recall the SW5 to come and tender a document which he omitted to tender on the day he testified, but that the tribunal in its wisdom said that allowing him will be to prolong the case be-
cause time is of essence and “I agree with the tribunal.” He said the tribunal ruling was not injurious to the case “because we went to areas that will deal a devastating blow on the case of the 1st respondent. “I am very satisfied with the proceedings so far. I thank my lords; they are so hard working to have brought the case almost to an end today,” he said. Meanwhile, proceeding at the Rivers State Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Abuja was yesterday stalled due to the absence of the lead counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commissions (INEC), Onyebuchi Ikpeazu (SAN), even though a
letter was sent to the tribunal notifying it that the counsel was sick. INEC had on Thursday opened defence against the petition of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Peterside Dakuku, where it was supposed to call more witnesses at the sitting of the tribunal but could not go on following the absence of its lead counsel. The commission called one witness last Thursday, Mr. Ebikoru Tebekaemi, who told the tribunal that he was the electoral officer that superintended over the governorship poll at Obiakpo Local Government Area of the state. He told the tribunal that
contrary to the evidence of witnesses that were produced by the APC and Peterside, there was no incident of ballot box snatching or multiple thump printing of ballot papers at Obiakpo. At the resumed hearing of the Tribunal yesterday, Mr. Alexs Ejieseme, who stood in for Ikpeazu told the tribunal that he got to the court early in the morning given the usual practice since the Tribunal began but was told that he had cold. The Justice Suleiman Ambrusa-led tribunal after listening to the submissions of counsel in the matter reminded the electoral body of the time constraints the Tribunal had and urged them to prepare all their witnesses by the next adjourned date.
Assets declaration: Conduct Tribunal orders Saraki’s arrest proceedings; "We want to emphasise the fact that this is not part of any war against corruption but using state institutions to fight political opponents and seeking to achieve through the back door what some people cannot get through democratic process; "We need to caution here that in a desperate bid to settle political scores and nail imaginary enemies, we should not destroy our democratic institutions and heat the polity for selfish reasons. Let us all learn from history; "The Senate President is a law abiding citizen who will not do anything to undermine the judicial process and authority. However, Dr. Saraki will always act to protect his fundamental human rights." Meanwhile, Saturday Telegraph gathered that some power blocs within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have renewed their rivalry following the intention of the CCT to put Saraki to trial over discrepancies discovered in his assets declaration 10 years back. Saraki’s main opposing camp within the Senate, the Unity Forum, has firmed up arrangements to pressurise the Senate president to step aside. The planned move is expected to commence after the Sallah holiday. But the pro-Saraki senators are fighting back, saying the move to put the Senate president to trial was hatched by a few party men. Saturday Telegraph observed that some of the Senate President’s associates, especially former governors and other leaders of the APC have refrained from making comments. “My brother, this matter is a trap o. The Senate president is a friend, no doubt,
The empty dock showing that Saraki was not in court... yesterday
but the more you look the less you see in this matter. I think only a few can come out to say anything either for or against the move because this is like a trap,” a former governor who is likely to make the federal cabinet list said on the telephone. Amid this development, the leadership of the party appears caught in the crossfire as it is “helpless,” according to a member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC. The Senate president, however, described the move as politically-motivated, vowing not to be 'distracted'. According to a member of the APC NWC, although it is clear that the timing of the move to prosecute Saraki was wrong, the party was helpless in view of the government's anti-corruption move. “This is a clear case of the devil and the deep blue sea. Is it Saraki we will continue to support or the government which we have put in place that we all have resolved to fight corruption? “The truth is that we cannot hide under one finger, we cannot beat the drum and dance at the same time, one of the two must stop if they are to be played by one individual.
“When the news got to some of us, it was really devastating not because of anything but for the fact that the issue has really reopened fresh wounds and patched cracks. It is a good move no doubt but what about the timing? Is it right? That is our feeling. “The most intriguing thing in this matter is how do we resolve the matter? Who do we approach to calm down? The president or who because we do not want to be seen as discouraging the fight against corruption? “To be honest with you, to say that we are not disturbed is to be pretentious in all ways because nerves are actually frayed and we are trying to ensure this does not escalate beyond our control,” he said in confidence. APC national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, neither answered his calls nor responded to text messages sent to him on the issue. Though it could not be officially confirmed if the planned move to ease Saraki out of office has the backing of the Presidency, a member of the anti-Saraki senators however, said the
Senate president lacked the morality to continue in office. “We don't want to rock the boat, we all want to celebrate the festivity but as soon as we resume, common sense should prevail on Saraki to abdicate the office. “This country at this crucial stage that we are beginning to have a renewed attention from the global village, cannot afford to have a Senate President with such garbage. “The same man had his wife, Toyin, invited and interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). That alone was strong enough for him to step aside. “Assuming it was not, what about this CCT trial? We will not condone this anymore except we are deceiving ourselves with the so-called anti-corruption and change slogans. We must start with ourselves and the only way is for the man to quietly leave and allow some without such moral burden to mount the saddle,” he said Nevertheless, deputy leader of the Senate, Senator Bala Ibn Na’allah, has described the planned trial of
Saraki as a dangerous move. He accused some “unnamed” APC leaders as the masterminds of the plot. Na’allah said: “We believe that certain persons are bent on instigating crisis out of selfish reasons. This is political era and so many people are trying to play up unreasonable sentiments here and there. “This is a very dangerous trend that can affect the party and its cohesion. Those behind it merely met somewhere and cooked up these issues just to play to the gallery. It is failed plot already, I can tell you. “The dangerous aspect of it all is that the issues brought up are issues of over 10 years back. The laws are clear on all these. As a party, we need to be mindful of this pattern of politics. “To be honest, our great party is on the verge of putting the pillars of its transparency, justice, liberty and fairness to test. The change we all clamoured for and achieved with the help of Nigerians must be nurtured rather than being ambushed by selfish individuals who want to achieve their aims at all costs. “We are aware that some elements are already dropping the president's name in this regard, but I can assure you that it's all lies and such are all intended to colour their mischief in the integrity of our president. “Our dear president is a man of courage who does not shy away from saying what he wants to say or do. He expresses himself on all issues the way he feels strongly about them. “We just hope that those behind this know the implication of what they are doing as far as it affects the party. For us in the Senate, we are solidly behind the Senate President and no antics of anyone can stop us.”
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KANO FAAN ends hajj operation at Kano Airport
N EWS I N BRIEF
Managing Director, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr. Saleh Dunona, has expressed delight at the successful airlift of the 2015 Hajj pilgrims at the Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano. A statement issued by FAAN’s General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Yakubu Dati, yesterday in Abuja, said Dunoma supervised the conclusion of the airlifting of Hajj pilgrims to Makkah from the airport on Thursday. It said the FAAN’s managing director expressed satisfaction with the level of safety and security measures put in place to ensure that 2015 Hajj operation was hitch-free. “He gave the assurance that all necessary arrangements have been made to ensure successful arrival of all the pilgrims,” it stated.
ENUGU ILORIN Police arrest two robbery suspects Ahmed appoints four Enugu State Police Command has arrested two new special advisers suspected notorious bandits out of a gang that specialised in robbing victims at gunpoints. The two robbery kingpins were identified as Chinonso Ogbodo alias Cobra and Ifeanyi Ani from Akpugo in Nkanu West Local Government Area of the state. They were nabbed by the operatives of the Nkanu West Division of the Police while a manhunt on one of the fleeing members of the gang has been intensified. The suspects were nabbed by the operatives following a report of alleged robbery operations by the suspects who allegedly blocked their victim at gunpoint along Akpati junction Agbani in Enugu. The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, said the police operatives swung into action, arrested suspects and recovered from them during search one double barrel locally made pistol with one live cartridge and two daggers.
Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has appointed four new Special Advisers to strengthen his administration for high performance and to reflect his sensitivity to gender representation in governance. A statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Sola Isiaka Gold, said the new appointees are Mrs. Felicia Dupe Faremi (Special Duties); Hajia Ejide A. Balogun (Electoral Matters); Mr. Olayinka Olaoye (Infrastructure and Project Monitoring) and Alhaji Mahmud Saraki (Road Maintenance and Rural Roads).
Allow Buhari choose his ministers, Ogbemudia tells Nigerians Cajetan Mmuta BENIN
ormer Governor of old Midwestern region and Bendel State, Dr. Samuel Ogbemudia, yesterday urged Nigerians to allow President Muhammadu Buhari make the best choice of those that would help rebuild and reposition the nation in his yet-to-beannounced cabinet. Ogbemudia said President Buhari as a thorough bred leader who had passed through thick and thin while in military was determined to give his best towards the growth and general wellbeing of the country and her citizenry. Besides, he advised the citizens to get themselves prepared by making “concrete” sacrifices in the pro-
cess of nation-building and good governance since the President was poised to get the country out of the woods. Speaking in an interview with Saturday Telegraph in Benin City, the Edo State capital, Ogbemudia said: “The man (Buhari) passed through a course in the army called planning and preparation followed by execution. So, that is precisely what he is doing, he has planned; he is now executing his plans and one of the things to do is to carefully, mind my word, carefully select those who will help him bear the cross. “What they need to do is to give the man a little time. Let him on his new drawing board; he spoke about change, you cannot change a society without preparing for it.”
Alleged ‘missing’ Bauchi aircraft lands in Nigeria
T L-R Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, Dr. Stephen Baba; Ogun State acting Governor, Chief Yetunde Onanuga; Secretary to Lagos State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello; Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, during the funeral service held in honour of the late Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Ade Adefuye, at the Cathedral Church of Christ Marina, Lagos… yesterday.
I won’t divert bailout fund, says Fayose Adesina Wahab and Dennis Agbo
kiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, has distanced himself from the allegation that some state governors are planning to divert the bailout funds being given to some states to offset arrears of unpaid salaries and pensions. The governor said as a lover of workers and firm believer in the Biblical injunction that a labourer is worth his wages, he will never contemplate punishing workers. However, following the Federal Government’s directive on Treasury Single Account (TSA), the Debt Management Office (DMO) yesterday advised governments at all levels not to prioritise borrowings, noting that it affects the economy negatively. Speaking at a lecture organised as part of activities marking this year’s Civil Service Week, the governor in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, said the funds would be judiciously used for the purposes intended. Fayose, who explained
l DMO advises states, LGs against borrowings to workers that the government had met all requirements for the fund, stated that he had yet to receive the fund; adding that the workers would be paid immediately the funds hit the government account. He said he would not purse developmental projects at the detriment of the growth of workers’ “stomach infrastructure.” “At the last meeting I held with all of you in this hall, you asked me to go ahead and get the bailout fund. I have gone ahead, I have signed. I am waiting for the money and as soon as the money comes, I will pay. I am not going to be among the governors that will divert the bailout. I want the stomach infrastructure inside you to grow,” Fayose said. The governor said the various borrowings obtained by the previous administrations and the bailout fund would have impact on the income of the state when the deductions were made. Delivering a lecture titled “Work ethics and improved productivity in the civil service”, Prof. Femi Omotoso of Ekiti State Uni-
versity, Ado-Ekiti, said civil servants were important to the service delivery function of government. Omotoso said public servants should conform to ethical standards while discharging their duties; saying effective public service would bring about effective governance structure in the country. Meanwhile, the DirectorGeneral of the DMO, Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, in Enugu, said efficient and effective utilisation of revenue by governments would lessen huge borrowing and empower them to stay afloat in times of financial crisis. Nwankwo, who addressed journalists at the end of a one-day enlightenment workshop for civil society organisations (CSOs), said when revenue was well managed and the amount borrowed covers only things government's revenue could not sufficiently cover, all levels of government would have the capacity to withstand financial crisis. “As debt managers we are very much concerned with the effectiveness and efficiency of the use of resources because one of the ways to ensure that you do not bor-
row much is to ensure that whatever you have collected as revenue is well utilised. “If you maximise whatever you collected as revenue, the gap left for you to borrow will be less. So, for us as at the DMO, we are concerned and we are keen in making sure that resources, whether borrowed or not, are transparently, efficiently and effectively managed so that waste and linkages are greatly reduced,” he said. He also identified the diversification of the economy as a sure way to reduce the vulnerability of both federal and state governments in the face of dwindling oil revenue. The Director-General of DMO said when the economy was diversified by way of investing in critical infrastructure and other valuable sectors, alternative sources of revenue would be open to the government, thereby, making it financially stable and stronger. He advised governments to only borrow when they want to use the borrowed money to fund projects that would have an impact on the growth and development of the economy.
he allegedly missing Bauchi State-owned aircraft has landed in Nigeria from Morocco where the state government claimed it was found. The Embraer ERJ 145 touched down on the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi at about 10 am yesterday. Its whereabouts had been a subject of controversy as the new government suggested the aircraft was stolen by its predecessor and hidden in Morocco. In an address two weeks ago, Governor Mohammed Abubakar, announced the airplane had been found in the North African country. Abubakar said the state’s public Property Recovery Committee traced the plane. “I wish to announce the fruitful efforts in locating
the state owned "Embraer 145 aircraft in Morocco and soon it will land at the Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa International Airport in a matter of days,” the governor said. In response, former Governor Isa Yuguda, told journalists the plane was on lease to Overland Airways. Yuguda said he had provided full details about the plane, which was bought by former Governor Adamu Mu’azu, in his handover notes. The state’s deputy governor, Nuhu Gidado, who acknowledged the arrival of the aircraft, said: "We have been longing to see our aircraft is back and we are glad that the aircraft is back we will be meeting with the crew to see what next and how to move forward."
Encomium as Adefuye is buried
he remains of the late Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Ade Adefuye, were buried yesterday at the Ikoyi Vault and Gardens, Lagos amid encomium and tributes from family members, relatives and associates. The late diplomat who died on August 27 at the Suburban hospital, Washington DC, United States, remains had arrived Nigeria on September 11 to kick-start a three-day burial rites after it had departed Dulles, Washington airport the previous day. Dignitaries at the event include Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, Dr. Stephen Baba; Ogun State
acting Governor, Chief Yetunde Onanuga; Secretary to Lagos State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello among others. Prior to his burial yesterday, a Christian service of songs for the late Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye, was held on Thursday at the Harbour Point, Victoria Island in Lagos. In attendance were family, friends, colleagues and other sympathisers, who all gathered to mourn the late envoy fondly called Ade. Paying tributes, ViceChancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Rahman Bello, described the deceased as “a great Nigerian, a friend, colleague, mentor and research leader”.
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Ex-DSS DG's brother, Ekpenyong, regains freedom Our Correspondent
suquo Ekpenyong, the elder brother of the immediate past Director General of the Department of State Security (DSS), Mr. Ita Ekpenyong, who was kidnapped two weeks ago was yesterday released from captivity. Ekpenyong was abducted on September 5 in his country home in Creek Town, Cross River State. He regained his freedom at about 7 p.m. from his captors who allegedly manhandled him for the "sins" of his younger sibling. According to Ekpenyong, the kidnappers told him that he could have
been released long before now but for his brother's inability to pay the ransom his abductors demanded upon his abduction. "You could have been released since but your brother (former DG of DSS) couldn't even pay for your release all this while but he was busy chasing Boko Haram terrorists and us (kidnappers) when he was the DG. We learnt he is even living in a rented house in Abuja," the kidnappers were quoted to have said. It was learnt that Ekpenyong was in an undisclosed location in the creeks and a family source said, no ransom was paid to the kidnappers.
Berom youths urge Buhari to intervene in Plateau killings Musa Pam Jos
he National Body of Berom Youth Moulders (BYM) in Plateau State has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take proactive steps towards curbing the persistent killings orchestrated by Fulani herdsmen in Riyom, Barkin-Ladi and in Mangu local government areas of state. The group, which pledged its loyalty to Buhari’s administration, also urged him to break “his long silence on the perpetual killings of innocent people in the state by taking stringent measures to curb the menace.” A statement issued in Jos and signed by its National President, Chuwang Choji and National Publicity Secretary, Jatau D. Gyang, urged the people of the state to beware of the deliberate steps taken by some Fulani herdsmen to pitch ethnic groups in the state against one another
through persistent attacks. The group, which condemned the recent attacks in Kudunung village in Mangu Local Government Area, refuted claims in some quarters that the attack was carried out by Beroms. The statement said: “It is repulsive that the media reported the contrary, portraying the ever armless Berom on the offensive by accusing us of attacking Kadunung community which we are also residents, this mischievous British Broadcasting Corporation’s (BBC) assertion is not just false but misleading and aimed at stirring conflict amongst Plateau indigenes. “The government must not pretend not to be aware of the unrestrained behaviour of these Fulani herdsmen which has jeopardised the peaceful co-existence of the entire country, and so we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to break his long silence on these killings by taking stringent measures to curb the menace of insecurity in Plateau State."
DUTSE Appeal Court dismisses Kebbi PDP guber candidate’s petition
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The Appeal Court sitting in Sokoto State yesterday dismissed an appeal filed by the Kebbi State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Gubernatorial candidate, General Bello S. Yaki (rtd) against Senator Abubakari Atiku Bagudu of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Saturday Telegraph gathered that the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Birnin Kebbi had last month upheld the election of Bagudu which the PDP subsequently filed an appeal challenging the tribunal’s verdict. Speaking to journalists in Birnin Kebbi shortly after the verdict, the Chief of Staff to the governor, Alhaji Suleman Arugungu, commended the judiciary for performing its civic responsibility by following the rule of law.
The total number of goals conceded by Brazil in the 2014 World Cup. Source: Fifa.com
VICTORIA ISLAND Ruggedman unveils TSW
In a bid to empower and encourage Nigerian fashion designers to put their creativity to work by developing distinct fashion brands with African touch, Ruggedman is set to unveil new designs from his Twentieth September Wears clothing line (TSW ) . TSW stands for Twentieth September Wear and it is named after his birthday. According to the organizer of the event, the show will feature artist like. Akpororo, Kcee, MI, Mbryo , Dj kaywise, Solidstar, Dj Shevco, Emmaohmagod, Presh, Seyi Law, Efewarriboy, Emma Nyra, Yung K, Barkbone, Rex, Classiq amongs others. The event which holds tomorrow at Troy Lounge, Victoria Island Lagos, is aimed at showcasing to the world that Nigerian designers can make both formal and casual outfits that can compete with global standard.
CALABAR Oil theft: Navy impounds 30 ships in nine months
The Eastern Naval Command (ENC) of the Nigerian Navy yesterday said it had impounded 30 ships in the last nine months. The out-gone Flag Officer Commanding (FOC) the ENC, Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, who said this in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, during a handing over ceremony to his successor, Rear Adm. Atiku Abdulkadir, said: “In the last nine months, we have impounded a total of 30 ships which include tug boats, Cotonou boats, and we have as well arrested a good number of oil thieves.” The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Babalola, who was transferred to the Naval Headquarters, Abuja, as Chief of Training and Operations, as saying the ships were impounded under his leadership of the command, adding that they were impounded for conveying adulterated crude oil and other stolen products on the waterways.
The total number of connected mobile (GSM) lines of Nigeria in February 2014. Source: Ncc.gov.ng
The percentage of individuals using the internet in Albania in 2002. Source: Itu.int
Ganduje cautions Buhari on negotiating with Boko Haram TALKS
Kano State governor has called for due diligence in negotiating with Boko Haram group Anule Emmanuel
ano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has advised the Federal Government to be wary about negotiation with members of the Boko Haram sect in order not to engage in futile dialogue with the wrong people. Speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa Abuja, the governor commended the increased efforts of the Armed Forces in the fight
against terrorism. He said since assumption of office by President Buhari, the insurgency in the NorthEast part of the country had been fought with more commitment to end it. Ganduje, warned that government should be careful about the group they negotiate with because the Boko Haram insurgents have been known with many factions. President Buhari had few days ago said his administration is negotiating with some of the leaders of the Boko Haram sect to secure the release of the over 200 abducted Chibok schoolgirls. Buhari, reportedly made the disclosure on Tuesday in Paris while fielding questions from members of the Nigerian Community in France. The missing girls were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Borno
State, by Boko Haram insurgents on April 14, 2014. But the governor, when asked on his message for Boko haram in the face of possible dialogue, said: "I hope when we negotiate with them, we are negotiating with the correct people. “Experience has shown that they have so many factions and if we are not lucky, we may be dealing with the wrong faction. Whatever it is, I believe the security agencies should have intelligence information to know what type of people we are dealing with,” he said. Ganduje, also stressed on the need for community policing, saying communities should be interested in the whole security situation because a lot of information could be received from the local people which would assist the security agencies. He also spoke on the
great optimism for a peaceful Id-el-kabir celebration in view of the success being recorded by the Nigerian Armed Forces in the fight against the sect. He said: “Sallah is a few days to come and we pray to almighty Allah for us to have a successful celebration. Already we are expecting a peaceful sallah because the Nigerian President has done a lot in controlling insurgency in the north eastern part of the country which normally flows to places like Kano, especially during Sallah celebration. We believe that with the efforts of Mr. President, the insurgency is down and we are expecting a hitch-free sallah celebration.” The governor further urged Nigerians to continue praying for peace and stability in the nation.
UNWTO suspends Ghana, Ikeja Hotel Plc, others Andrew Iro Okungbowa
he United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) ended its general assembly session in Medellin, Colombia, with the admittance of 26 new affiliates to it midst while also announcing the suspension of a number of countries and corporate bodies for not making the obligatory financial contributions to the body for years. The admission of the 26 new affiliate members, according to the organisation, thus brings its total membership to 480, which is the highest ever. The meeting also witnessed increased attendance with over 80 affiliate mem-
bers represented, an indication of the strong growing interest in the global body. While welcoming its new affiliates, UNWTO announced the suspension of some of its member states though on notice due to what it described as prolonged non-payment of obligatory contributions to the budget of the UNWTO. The affected countries are: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Central African Republic, Chad, Djibouti, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Syrian Arab Republic, Macedonia, Turkmenistan and Vanuatu.
L-R: Mother of former Abia State Governor, Mrs. Eunice Orji Kalu; former Minister of FCT, Mr. Chuka Odom and former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, at the Service of Songs held in honour of the late Dr. Roland Nwaogu, at the Diocese of Abuja (Anglican Communion) the Basilia of Grace, Gudu District, Abuja… Thursday. Photo: TIMOTHY IKUOMENISAN
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APAPA YENAGOA DPR redeploys 20 officers Dickson lauds peaceful The Department of Petroleum conduct of ward congresses Resources (DPR) has redeployed no
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fewer than 20 of its senior officers nationwide. A statement published on the agency’s website yesterday said the postings and deployment were to reposition the department, enshrine accountability, efficiency and performance for effective monitoring of the oil and gas sector. The statement indicated that the postings and redeployment which were made on Wednesday also affected some divisions at the DPR headquarters. “Mr. Alfred Ohiani, who previously headed the Engineering and Standards Division, has been redeployed to head the Planning Division. While Olugbenga Koku who was Head of Planning is now to replace Mr. Olumide Adeleke, as the new Zonal Operations Controller of Warri."
The average height of football players in Germany in the 2009-2010 season. Source: Football-observatory.com
Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, yesterday applauded the peaceful conduct of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ward congresses across the state. The governor, who participated in the exercise held at the headquarters of Ward II, Constituency I of Sagbama Local Government Area in Angalabiri town, expressed satisfaction with the level of understanding, which led to the emergence of the ward’s three delegates for the PDP governorship primary, from where the party’s standard bearer for the December 5 governorship election would be formally nominated. He expressed gratitude to all the delegates to the congress for their maturity and commitment, which has again portrayed the PDP, as the leading political party in the state.
The percentage of population under 15 years in Cook Islands in 2012. Source: Un.org
SURULERE Ayo-Vaughan passes on
A former lecturer at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Colonel Adedotun Taiwo Ayo-Vaughan (rtd), is dead. The Army Educational Officer was killed in a ghastly motor accident by a reckless truck driver who drove against traffic along the Ijebu-Ode/Ore Expressway, on September 9 on his way back to Lagos from Benin. Ayo-Vaughan was born on September 24, 1944, in Lagos to the late Chief Adenekan and late Mrs. Bosede Felicia Ayo-Vaughan. He attended Abeokuta Grammar School and proceeded to the University of Nigeria Nsukka for his Bachelor’s degree in education and thereafter bagged a Master degree from the University of Ibadan (UI).
The IGR realized from road taxes revenue sources of Borno State in 2011. Source: National Bureau of Statistics
Oshiomhole: $700m Sovereign Wealth Fund missing Anule Emmanuel
he Governor of Edo State Adams Oshiomhole yesterday raised the alarm that $700 million Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) was missing from the treasury. Oshiomhole said this during an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting with VicePresident Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The governor who is the chairman of the National Economic Council Ad hoc Committee on Remittances to the Federation Account by revenue generating agencies, said he had it on good authority that only $300 million was left from the $1 billion invested as seed fund by the Federal Government. He dismissed claims by the Managing Director of the Fund, Mr. Uche Orji, that the balance was invested in the Second Niger
l ‘19 states benefit from workers salary bailout facility' bridge and Kaduna-Abuja rail projects. According to him, the former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, had openly admitted that the Kaduna rail was being funded through a Chinese loan. He said he would be compelled to publish the submission of the managers of the SWF to his committee where this disclosure was made if anybody attempted to deny the allegation. "When I reported to the media that the Sovereign Wealth people in their report to us, which I have in black and white, showed clearly that they have only $300 million left in the SWF account. "We have it in black and white and I can publish it if anybody wants to deny that because it was not submitted to me secretly. It was submitted at plenary of the committee. "And then we asked, be-
cause I knew that the fund was $1 billion. What was done with $700 million? And they said they have made some investments. "We asked them what they invested in and they said the Second Niger Bridge and partially in Kaduna-Abuja rail. That is what they said and I was not alone there. "We were about five governors and it was a full plenary. But we know that the Kaduna-Abuja rail was funded with Chinese loan, which even Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala spoke about, when they said the loan from China was not used for Lagos, she said it was for Kaduna-Abuja. It will be recalled that the Federal Government had three years ago provided $1 billion for the establishment of the fund. Meanwhile, no fewer than 19 out of the 27 states affected have so far benefitted from the workers’ sal-
ary bailout package, which was earmarked to enable them to pay the backlog of workers’ salary. The Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN’s) spokesman, Mallam Ibrahim Mu’azu, said this in a telephone chat over the weekend in Abuja. Contrary to reports that Ogun State had accessed N20 billion, the spokesman confirmed that the actual amount was N18.9 billion. On the tenure of the bailout facility, he said all the states were having 20 year tenor except Ogun State which opted for a 10-year tenure. Earlier, states like Kwara, Zamfara, Osun, Niger, Bauchi, Gombe, Abia, Adamawa, Ondo, and Kebbi had applied for and received various sums from the bailout facility. Other states include Ekiti, Imo, Ebonyi, Ogun, Plateau, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Edo and Oyo which were granted in the week.
Clerk of the Sokoto State House of Assembly, Muhammad Ahmad (left) and Governor Aminu Tambuwal, at the signing of the state Primary Healthcare Development Agency Amendment Bill (2015) in Sokoto...yesterday. PHOTO: GOVERNMENT HOUSE, SOKOTO
Lagos records more business travellers in July Andrew Iro Okungbowa
fter what looks like a bleak period in travelling to Lagos State following the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), terrorism occasioned by Boko Haram and the falling oil price, the city is enjoying a turnaround as a recent survey report shows that bookings for July alone to the city was higher than ever recorded in the last 12 months. An agency, ForwardKeys, analyses 14 million flight reservations each day. This performance, according to the Co-founder and CEO of Forwardkeys, Olivier Jager, is quite impressive and shows that the city has bounced back to reckoning by business travellers. He said: “It looks like
Lagos is back in business after a full year of decline. Our data shows that during the crisis period, business travel was hardest hit. But that segment is now back on track. Although July 2015 shows a higher volume of inbound arrivals than the same period the previous year, improved performance in the summer has not yet matched 2013 levels. But forward-looking trends indicate that the 2013 performance will be met by the end of the year.” However, the analysis on flight reservations shows the impact of Ebola and terrorism on travel to Lagos from the main source markets down 18.8 per cent overall, with the UK down 7.5 per cent, the USA down 20.1 per cent and South Africa down 25.5 per cent.
…partners UNICEF on welfare Peace Morrison
agos State Government in a renewed commitment towards the realisation of her mandate to guarantee welfare of the people with special regards to social welfare of vulnerable children is partnering the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in organising a training programme for its social workers. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who was represented by the Director, Social Welfare, Mrs. Olaide Latinwo, said the state government had identified effective costing in budget preparation as playing a key role in ensuring task programme are achieved, hence the need for the workshop. He said Governor Akin-
wunmi Ambode-led government is passionate about the welfare of its people through formulation of appropriate polices, programmes and implementation. Muri-Okunola said: “The workshop will offer practical, tested and effective ways of costing social welfare programmes, thereby imparting positively on social service delivery in the state.” He said the state was poised to realise this objective by partnering relevant agencies in achieving the set goals in line with the state’s Private Partnership (PPP) philosophy. Speaking at the event, the Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF Lagos, Mrs. Akinroye Roseleen, said there was the need for such a forum where all relevant agencies come together to review the social welfare activities.
Borno to re-open schools in Oct Ahmed Miringa MAIDUGURI
orno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has constituted a nine-man committee to look into the re-opening of schools in October. Shettima set up the committee while receiving the report of the committee to workout modalities for re-opening public schools within the state capital at the Government House, Maiduguri, yesterday. He said: “Our decision to set up the committee was largely informed by the need to radically reinvigorate the sector with a view to making it a formidable model of excellence worthy of emulation. “You may recall our earlier attempt at re-sustaining the education system when the education quality assurance task team was
established. However, the work was marred by the extremely complicated and unconventional security challenges we have been experiencing.” The committee has the state Commissioner for Education, Musa Inuwa Kubo as chairman with Commissioner of Higher Education, Usman Jaha, Dr. Shettima Kullima, executive chairman, UBE, Dr Suleiman Bello, chairman, Teachers Service Board, representative of GOC, police commissioner, director SSS, chairman Nigerian Union of Teachers as members, while Justus Zare, director, research and statistics of the Ministry of Education will serve as sectary of the committee. While presenting his report, the chairman, Alhaji Gambo Gubio, said after their inauguration on Augusts 26, they started the assignment in earnest.
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Edo PDP suspends Imasuen, two others for anti-party activities
he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State has suspended a one-time deputy governor and former state vicechairman (Edo South) of the party, Chief Lucky Imasuen, and two other members for anti-party activities. The two members are former deputy chairman, Christopher Adesotu and former organising secretary, Mr. Richard Ehimagbi. The suspended members have been directed to appear before a Disciplinary Committee of the party on September 21in accordance with the party constitution. A statement signed by the PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, said the decision was “in the spirit of rebirth and reorganisation of the PDP and in line with the solemn pledge to bequeath a responsible and responsive government to the people in 2016.” The party also commended the state National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal for reaffirming the victory of Senators
Matthew Uroghide (Edo South) and Clifford Ordia (Edo Central) in the March 28 senatorial election. “The party congratulates Senators Uroghide and Ordia on their victory at the tribunal and restates its confidence in the judiciary as the last bastion of hope for the citizens. “Indeed, the outcome of the National Assembly election, which saw PDP winning two of the three senate seats and five of the nine House of Representatives seats is a clear indication that Edo people have rejected the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Governor Adams Oshiomhole’s administration. “However, efforts by the PDP to replicate the same feat in the April 11 House of Assembly election were frustrated by many senior leaders and members of the party who turned themselves into “political mercenaries”, collected huge sums of money from the APC and its government to subvert the will of Edo people,” the statement stated.
IKEJA FCT Saraki promises to partner Tribunal upholds APC development partners Senator's election
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President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, yesterday stressed the need for development partners to work in collaboration with the legislative agenda of the eighth Senate. Saraki stated this when the National Institute for Legislative Studies Development Partners paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the National Assembly complex. He said the proposed collaboration between the National Assembly and development partners, would aim at capacity building for the members and staff of the federal legislature. It would be recalled that the President of the Senate had inaugurated the Committee on Legislative Agenda, which is chaired by the Senate Leader, Senator Ali Ndume.
The average age of the Ghana team to New Zealand FIFA U-20 World Cup. Source: Goal.com
The election of Solomon Olamilekan Adeola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District was yesterday upheld by the National and State Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Ikeja. This was sequel to the dismissal of a petition filed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the election, Segun Adewale, by the three-man panel led by Justice Sylvester Orji, for lacking in merit. Dismissing the petition, the tribunal said there was no substantial evidence to proof that Adeola was not qualify to run for the poll.
The estimated number of male circumcision needed to reach 80% coverage among males 15 – 49 years old in Uganda. Source: Who.int
FCT Election tribunal: Akpabio ends defence
The Senator representing Akwa Ibom North West senatorial district, Chief Godswill Akpabio, has ended his defence at the Akwa Ibom State National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting at the customary court, Dutse, Abuja. Akpabio who is also the Minority Leader of the Senate at the close of his defence called 19 witnesses from across the 10 local government areas which make up the senatorial district. All the witnesses said in unison that they participated in the National Assembly elections which they said were free, fair and peaceful. They also confirmed that they had no doubt in their minds that they voted for Akpabio as a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The IGR realised from direct assessment sources of revenue in Imo State in 2012. Source: National Bureau of Statistics
Gas explosion kills four in Port Harcourt Deborah Makoji
esidents of Eliozu in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday expressed shock over the gas explosion which killed four persons on Thursday. Reports said residents were seen talking in small groups around the scene of the explosion which had remains of the wreckage caused by the explosion. Some eyewitnesses told Channels Television that the explosion occurred when a car air conditioner repairer was trying to refill one of the cylinders in his shop. Sadly the explosion killed him on the spot and three others nearby. Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Ahmad Muhammad, a Deputy Superintendent
of Police (DSP), confirmed that the deceased had been taken to the mortuary. Meanwhile, Muhammed yesterday announced the ban of the use of siren by private individuals in the state. A statement issued by Muhammed in Port Harcourt, said the ban forbade private individuals from using siren in the state. The statement said: “No private individual is allowed to use siren anywhere in the state. Bullion vans are also not allowed to use siren, except when piloted by police pilot vehicle.” According to the statement, top government officials- the President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker House of Representatives and InspectorGeneral of Police (IG) were exempted from the ban.
Flooding: Quit waterways, river banks, Fayose tells residents Adesina Wahab Ado-Ekiti
kiti State Government has warned residents living in structures constructed on waterways and river banks to vacate them immediately in order to prevent loss of lives and property s a result of expected flood. The state Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, who gave the directive yesterday when he visited some flooded areas in Ikere-Ekiti, said govern-
ment would not hesitate to pull down any structure obstructing the free flow of water. A statement issued by the governor ’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti, said: “We have spent so much money this year on the dredging of rivers and streams in major towns in the state. In fact, we covered about 50 kilometres before the heavy rains set in. All houses and structures on waterways will be removed.”
L-R: Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa; Deputy Governor, Mrs. Aderanti Adebule; Osun State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, former House of Representatives member, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and his wife, Bolanle, at the closing ceremony of the National Women Conference in Lagos …yesterday. Photo: Suleiman Husaini
Buhari condemns coup in Burkina Faso Abuja Emmanuel
l Military junta frees interim president
resident Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the coup d’etat in Burkina Faso, which was led by a former chief military adviser to former President Blaise Compaoré, General Gilbert Diendéré, saying it was no longer fashionable. The President in a statement yesterday by his special adviser on media and publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, joined the ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations in rejecting coup which he described as the brazen contravention of the constitution and transitional charter of Burkina Faso by elements of the Presidential Guard under Diendere. He urged the Defence and security forces of Burkina Faso to keep faith with the agreed transitional programme for the return of the country to full democratic rule after elections, which were due to be held in the country on October 11, in support of which Nigeria has donated 20 pick-
up vans to the National Electoral Commission of Burkina Faso. While welcoming the news that the Interim President, Mr. Michel Kafando, has now been freed, President Buhari and Nigeria also demand the immediate release of Prime Minister Isaac Zida and other detained ministers. “Nigeria will give the fullest possible support to ongoing efforts by the ECOWAS mediatory team of President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Boni Yayi of Benin Republic to quickly restore Burkina Faso to the path of order, democracy and constitutionalism,” he said. In another development, Diendéré yesterday said he had had no contact with Compaoré since he was ousted as president of the country in October, 2014. He insisted in Ouagadougou during an interview that he had no contact with the former president, and had “so far not called me, nor has he called me, too.” He said the coup was
carried out because the new electoral law in the country excluded Compaoré’s supporters from upcoming presidential and legislative elections. Diendéré confirmed that soldiers on Wednesday night detained interim President, Michel Kafando, the Prime Minister, Isaac Zida, and other government officials. “We will not keep them indefinitely; we will release them,” he said, adding that he had the support of the defence and security forces. Meanwhile, Diendere yesterday announced the release of Kafando and two of his ministers. Diendere was for three decades the chief military adviser to former President Blaise Compaore. He made the announcement on state television said yesterday in Ouagadougou that the Interim Prime Minister, Yacouba Zida, was still under house arrest. “I confirm that President Kafando has been freed. He is in good health,” he told Reuters.
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I was married to Deinde Fernandez
- Erelu Dosunmu insists despite earlier denial by the late billionaire
Numerous eulogies for the late Deinde Fernandez may have been read by relatives and friends in Brussels, Belgium, where his remains were buried on Friday, but it's doubtful if any had fittingly captured the legendary life of the reclusive Nigerian billionaire like a tribute penned thousands of kilometres away in Lagos by Erelu Abiola Dosunmu, a woman with whom he had an apparently estranged relationship, writes LAURENCE ANI.
n a piece she had titled, Fernandez: At last 'the veil is lifted', Erelu eulogised Fernandez's entrepreneurial flair, his famed generosity and, above all, gushed about their friendship which she said culminated in marriage. "You left home at the age of 18, in search of the Golden Fleece... We met in 1972 on one of your return journeys with your business proceeds. We discovered our families were old friends and after all the initial courtesies and ceremonies, we got married in April 1973. It was with great pomp and pageantry in the palace of the then Oba of Lagos with the wedding reception attended by several dignitaries including the then Governor Lawal. "We waited on the Lord for our baby to arrive and in March 1976, our daughter Oyinkan Antoinette Fernandez (whom you named after your mother and first daughter of your mum) was born." But this romanticised tale ran contrary to the claims contained in a disclaimer made by Fernandez a few years back. In a full page advertorial published in Thisday on July 17, 2007, the businessman whose chieftaincy titles include Garsan Fulanin Kano said: "My attention has been drawn to a recent interview granted by Erelu Abiola Dosunmu in City People Magazine of July 10, 2007, referring to me as her second husband and making reference to 'us' buying Tower Fernandez and the factory in Badagry. "I want to state here categorically that I was never married to this woman. Hence I went to court to stop her from using my name. She was trading in a small boutique on Broad Street when I met her and had no money at all. I helped her out of pity for a young woman with two children and no husband. Her mother, may she rest in peace, constantly reminded her that she has no quality for me to be interested in, except out of pity. "I was married thrice in my life, the first was never consummated,
my second marriage was to Barbara Joyce and third to Halima Adebisi, my present wife." The genial note in Erelu Dosunmu's tribute published in Vanguard's September 16, 2015, issue, was a sharp contrast to the acerbic tone of Fernandez's disclaimer. Yet, the resolute strain was unmistaken. For instance, with regard to the Tower Fernandez, she said: "I was in the process of completing the purchase of 'Habib Building' on Berkely Street, Onikan, when you exclaimed: 'How can you have a property like that when I do not have a leaf in Nigeria?' I had it transferred to you at (no) cost to the amazement of the Habib family. For me, whatever was mine was yours and whatever was yours was mine." A similar conviction was just as evident on the issue of the "factory in Badagry". "Having succeeded in making you come back to Nigeria," she wrote, "we embarked on the business of creating wealth. Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson (still a living witness) gave us twenty hectares of land on Badagry Road to build our first factory. I reassured him you were not going to be an absentee landlord and as the senior officer to
We waited on the Lord for our baby to arrive and in March 1976, our daughter Oyinkan Antoinette Fernandez was born
my late husband he gave us every support. "Next was the 'Fernandez Food Corporation'. We competed with Uncle Bens Rice by acquiring rice from the same source and packaging it in our factory on Badagry road; we also ventured into the manufacturing and packaging and distribution of other foods. Many illustrious Nigerians were our valued customers and distributors including the revered Mama Awolowo who was very kind to me and a lot more people were empowered through the factory. I was the businessperson and you were the philanthropist with a heart of gold who being almost generous to a fault, gave a lot away without payment!" For a man who seemed so besotted with the traditional institution (he was conferred with the title Woye-Ileri by the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Adesoji Aderemi, and was also honoured by Oba Oyekan with the title, Bajiri of Lagos, the king's pillar and prime consultant), it's a surprise he would be buried in a foreign land. Indeed, it's a sentiment echoed by Erelu. "Your last wish was for you to be brought back to Nigeria and to be buried in Lagos as a Catholic, where you were once a choir boy," she wrote. But a member of the old Lagos elite who asked not to be identified disagreed with such notion. "Fernandez was a citizen of the world;
he didn't simply belong to Nigeria. He was equally an iconic figure in countries where he had either lived or had investments. So it doesn't matter where he is buried," he said. Erelu rounded-off with a homage to the fabulous wealth of the late St. Gregory's College's illustrious alumnus: "In London, Claridgeâ€™s hotel lights up when Chief Fernandez is in residence with your array of great business associates and royalty. King Hussien of Jordan loved you like a brother. The Crillon in Paris rolls out the red carpet always for the 'Grand Chief' Fernandez. America was your oyster. The world was at your feet. We bought the house in Connecticut in America and the Chateau in France to be our homes away from home, but alas it was not to be. The lawyers pressurised me to claim my right but I told them we donâ€™t take our husbands to court where I come from. I am still an 'Isale-Eko' girl at heart." As history proves, the assets of the remarkably wealthy are seldom ever solely managed via wills when they have passed on, especially if the dead is someone with a larger-than-life image and with interests that transcend continents. So, are Nigerians likely to see relatives of another prominent family engage in a protracted legal tussle over the estate of their deceased patriarch? "You can wager your life on that," a Lagos-based lawyer said.
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LASTMA assures residents of harmonious working relationship
Ngozi Ogbolu he General Manager of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Basher Braimah, has assured the residents of the state that the government will continue to ensure safety of their lives, free flow of traffic and harmonious working relationship between them and the agency. The LASTMA boss said this at a meeting between the agency and representatives of transport unions. Braimah who tagged the meeting a family gathering stated that as professional traffic managers, strategies had been mapped out to increase the level of voluntarily compliance through awareness, sensitisation and public enlightenment. He added that the agency was more determined to enhance sanity, decency, orderliness and safe road usage in conformity with the new state charter on service delivery. He also lamented that motorists were reverting to old habits of indiscriminate parking, wanton disobedience of traffic lights/signals, BRT violations amongst others which had become a daily features since the pronouncement of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on impoundment and arrest of offenders vehicle. Braimah recalled that Ambode used the opportunity to remind the stakeholders that the road traffic law is still in existence and the agency is poised to ensure compliance. He added that this was to ensure restoration of road sanity and eradication flouting of traffic rules and regulations. “Government cannot fold its hands and allow lawlessness and impunity to reign on our roads since traffic plays a vital role in business and economy growth.
LASTMA Officials and other stakeholders at the meeting
Without adequate movement of goods and services, no economy can grow. Therefore all hands must be on deck to take Lagos State to the next economy level,” he said. However, he appealed to the unions to corporate with the LASTMA in order to keep Lagos traffic moving by supporting the vision of the state and be cautious on the road, drive safely, avoid excessive speeding and ensure that their vehicles are road worthy at all times so as to avoid preventable accidents and deaths. The unions jointly pledged their readiness to partner with the agency and agreed to attend monthly stakeholders’ meeting with the purpose of finding a lasting solution to traffic congestion.
FG moves to check road abuse in Anambra Okegwo Kenechukwu Onitsha
he police in Anambra State have said it will collaborate with the Federal Government Committee on Surveillance and Action against Road Abuse (FERCSARA) to enforce strict compliance in Anambra State. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hosea Kamah, gave the assurance at a stakeholders meeting in Awka. Represented by DSP Chike Stephen, Kamah said the Federal Government’s programme would not only reduce touting along the federal highways but would make the job of the police along the highways less cumbersome. “Well the programme is an interesting one, the police will assist the committee but would want to appeal to the members of the committee to exhibit high level of maturity and decorum while partnering with the security agencies to ensure sanity in the exercise”, he said. On his part the Deputy Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Anambra State, Core Commander A. K. Okoye, thanked the committee for organising the stakeholders’
meeting, saying that the meeting would give all the stakeholders not only fundamental information’s about the policy trust of the federal government in establishing the committee but would also provide an enabling environment for them to operate under mutual relationship. Okoye remarked that road abuse along the federal highways was becoming a source of worry not only to the security agencies but to government at all levels, as touts and other groups and individuals operated various illegal business and other abuse along the highway across the country thereby constituting public nuisance. The programme consultant Anambra State and Managing Director Dominion king Gate Transport Limited, Prince Cornelius Udodi, said that FERSARA was inaugurated in 2013 to solve the perennial problem of maintaining sanity and zero tolerance to road abuse by touts and other members of the public. “Road abuse in Anambra State is not peculiar, but a general situation across the 36 state of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)”, Udodi stated.
One dead as 18-seater bus plunges into forest in Delta Dominic Adewole Asaba
ne passenger was confirmed dead while 17 others were injured on Thursday night when a commercial bus plying the Benin-Asaba-Onitsha Expressway, plunged into a bush at Issele-Uku in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State. The bus, the Saturday Telegraph gathered, was coming from Akwa-Ibom State and going to Akure, the Ondo State capital when the accident happened.
The driver of the vehicle allegedly lost control of the vehicle when he was on top speed, after one of his tyres burst about 8pm and somersaulted several times before killing one of the passengers on the spot. An eyewitness said, “The bus tumbled three times before crashing into the deep forest along the Expressway.” The source said the incident caused traffic jam on the ever-busy Expressway as commuters in other vehicles alighted to rescue passengers that were trapped in the smashed bus.
He said, “Some of the passengers were battling between life and death, as some were in their pool of blood, as at the time I left the scene.” According to the source, officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) at Issele-Uku Division immediately got wind of the occurrence and dashed to the scene. He said they were still carrying out their rescuing mission when he left the scene. The Commander of the FRSC at the unit, Patrick Ikaba, confirmed that one passenger died on the spot.
Oshiomhole’s wife donates N2m, clothes to IDPs victims Cajetan Mmuta Benin
ife of Edo State governor, Mrs. Iara Oshiomhole, yesterday showered love on victims of Boko Haram attacks taking refuge in Uhogua in Ovia NorthEast Local Government Area of the state as she donated the sum of N2 million, on behalf of the state government, for the upkeep of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). Oshiomhole also presented items, including clothes, footwear, books, toiletries and other materials running into millions of naira to the victims. She said the state would do everything possible to make life as comfortable as possible for persons in the camp. She said: “The visit was a follow up to our earlier visit and as we did promise, the
government and people of Edo State are ready to make you as comfortable as possible. “We are fully aware of the circumstances that made you to leave your homes and we are sure that in a very short time, peace will return to every part of Nigeria. Let me emphasise that you are at home anywhere in Nigeria. We are planning to come back so that we can have a party together and know more about each other.” The First Lady pointed out that, "Edo State has promised to provide an enabling environment that will enhance your education and general well-being. “Towards that end, I am here today with some of the regular requirements for your wellbeing. While we understand that nothing can be provided as adequate replacement
for the comfort of your homes, it is our resolve to ensure that you have all that can humanly be made available." She assured the victims that: “Today, every person in this camp will have pairs of changeable clothes, foot wear, books and household basic toiletries such as soap. “Let me use this opportunity to encourage you once again to take advantage of the warmth and facilities provided by the people and government of Edo State to enhance your opportunities in this great country. Prepare yourselves for the future through the skills acquisition and education. “I promise to do everything possible to make your life easier here. On behalf of the government and people of Edo State, I will like to donate the sum of N2 million for the upkeep of the camp.''
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Is it right for parents to take a bath with their teenage child? It depends on
A teenager needs privacy
Actually, it depends on culture. There are cultures that allow that while some don't allow it. For instance, in Yoruba culture it is not allowed. Even if they are of the same sex because when you are bathing with them, they may be thinking otherwise. – Adeleke Adekoya, civil Servant
Not with the opposite sex
I don't see anything bad with it but at the same time I feel as a mother, you should not with your teenage child especially the opposite sex. – Bose David, businesswoman
It is not right No, it is not right especially if it is the opposite sex. I cannot imagine myself bathing with my daughter. – Johnson Adekogbe, civil engineer
Not with my son
As a mother I cannot bath with my son. If it is my female child, that is a different case not my son. Even if I agree to bath with him, he will not even want to bath with me. – Oladimeji Lola, trader
I can’t bath with my daughter No, it is not right. I can only bath with my teenage child of the same sex. But I cannot bath with my daughter because we are of different sex. – Sunday Fayemi, civil servant
I can bath with any of my teenage children As a Christian parent, I have given my teenage children good home training so I can bath with any of them but if I see any change in him/her I would stop and look into the matter. – Tony Egoh, businessman
It is not the right thing to do because puberty begins during one’s teenage years. So, a teenager needs his or her privacy to understand the changes in their bodies, which must be respected.
– Mrs. Patience Ikekhuah, businesswoman
It is not ideal
When we were young in those days we didn't see the nakedness of our parents. I never saw my father or mother together on the same bed but now the change in technology and civilisation have introduced immorality to our children. But for real, it's not ideal. – Abiodun Bakare, entrepreneur
I don’t see anything bad in it Well, I don’t see anything wrong in bathing with a teenager in my house. But I will only be careful with the kind of movies that they watch because I don’t follow them to school to monitor their discussions with other kids. – Oladokun Serah, caterer
it will induce negative thoughts It isn't right because the child is been exposed to negative thoughts at a very tender age such as, seeing the features in the body of the adult and that can make him or her start imagining or reflecting on it. – Marcus Dfogle, civil servant
It is morally wrong I don't know if such practice is done in other parts of the world. Here, some tribes wouldn't see anything wrong in it and it's passing a wrong message to our present generation because even a child at six already knows about sex which was not so in those days. So, I wouldn't be in support that parents should bath with a teenage child for morality sake. –Mrs. Angel Ogunlano, businesswoman
I bath with my son It is not all together wrong because my youngest son for example is only 13 plus, so he can’t or let me say I don’t have the confidence that he can take perfect care of himself at this stage. So, I have to help him till he is man enough. – Alex Osundare, pharmacist
Parents should not allow that That is not good enough. Why should I permit that? His eyes are opened now to see anything and who knows what might happen? That one is deep. I don’t think any right thinking parent will permit that. – Suliamon Azeez, trader
That means arousing him sexually No way! That is another way of arousing him sexually. It is uncalled for. Let him bathe by himself. – Mrs. Feyijobi Tosin, Elizade
Family value must come to play
What I know that is definitely wrong is for a parent to bath with a teenage child of the same sex. Having said that the question of a mother bathing with a teenage daughter in this part of the world may depend on the race or family culture. From the biblical point of view Noah cursed his son Ham because he looked at his nakedness. Should one take that as being forbidden to look at one's parent's nakedness? I cannot make a hard and fast rule on that. I sincerely believe that family values must be considered. – Mrs. Abiose Ogunsanwo, clergy
It is not a good thing to do Bathing with my teenage child is not a good thing to me because children of nowadays are exposed to all kind of immoral acts. So, if I bath with my teenage son/ daughter, they might end up imagining immoral images. It only takes the grace of God. – Nkoli Samuel, fashion designer
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C o n v e r s at i o n
The white dregs: dashing and glamorous p.15
Tv & Radio Nkem Ike: I don’t joke with casual wears p.18
Love & Living ‘I fell for his athletic physique’ p.36
There were times where we felt we might not be able to make it big as we wanted it to be but we kept pushing on
Savouring chicken vegetable curry sauce p.39
Finding opportunities for
Despite being rated as the number one online job website in Nigeria, Olalekan Olude, a co-founder of Jobberman, insists that the company established in 2009 still have a long way to go. OLUSHOLA RICKETTS met with him recently.
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Humble beginning The Jobberman concept was originally Opeyemi Awoyemi’s idea and after he sold it to his friends, they didn’t require much convincing. He bought the domain jobberman. com and put up a first version online. In his fifth and final year, during an industrial strike, he exchanged text messages with Ayodeji Adewunmi on making the idea a real business and they formally launched Jobberman.com in August 2009. As one of the co-founders, Olelekan Olude, told Saturday Telegraph, they were just living by the day during the formative years. “We did what we needed to do at that moment.
There were times where we felt we might not be able to make it big as we wanted it to be but we kept pushing on.” Before starting Jobberman, Olude and Ayodeji had a bit of work experience. “I’ve been working since 2001 and I have always had one project or the other to work on at any given time,” Olude explained. “I also interned at Goldman Sachs over a space of three years. Ayodeji has worked on a number of profits and non-profits projects and had a short stint at Goldman Sachs also. But Opeyemi has always had the entrepreneurial spirit even as an undergraduate.”
While Opeyemi and Olude studied computer engineering, Ayodeji studied medicine. Though Opeyemi was Olude’s course mate in school, they hardly did stuff together. Olude, however, admits that a business deal tied them together and they went on to become good friends. Since it started, Jobberman.com has reputedly helped more than 50,000 Nigerians find their dream jobs. To advertise job openings and find the right people, both local and multinational companies use the portal. Seeing the huge potentials in this business model, Tiger Global, a New York-based fund with investments in Facebook and LinkedIn became an investor in Jobberman.com in 2011. The service now has a subsidiary in Ghana and East Africa. Through the owners’ lens Despite the remarkable growth Jobberman CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
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‘People should only apply for jobs they could truly secure’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13
has experiencd since 2009 the three undergraduates of Obafemi Awolowo University introduced it, it’s quite ironic that the architects of the project do not pretty much share such belief. Olude’s argument is simply based on the fact that the ratio of people getting jobs on the platform is low when compared with population of the workforce in Nigeria. He explains: “Till today, we don’t feel we have achieved our dream. We still need to put a lot of things in place and success means different meanings. For instance, If Jobberman has about three million people out of 50 million workers in Nigeria on the platform, we cannot call that a success. You would look at the number of employers and how many who subscribed to Jobberman before we start talking of success. It might look like a phenomenal success in the eyes of the public, but I must tell you that there is still a lot to do. “ Complementing one another Speaking about how they’ve managed to work together, he says the key point was that they knew themselves from school days before setting up the business. Olude also highlights another important point. “I am not talking philosophically now; this is the reality. If you look at three of us deeply, we are different. My strength is somebody’s weakness and that has contributed a lot to helping one another. The moment I am shouting and ready to bite, my two other partners try to calm me down. It is practically hard to see three of us not in talking terms,” he noted. As the chief operating officer of the company, Olude ensures the company runs from day-to-day and takes care of the staff members in order to function effectively. “I ensure that we have the right human and operational capability. Ayodeji is the CEO; he focuses on investors and also drives the strategy of the businesses, while Opeyemi handles the technology and the success of the products that we sell.” Moving from Lekki to Marina For Olude, moving the Jobberman’s office to Marina, Lagos, from Lekki was strategic. He pointed out that most of their employees come from the mainland and had issues of getting to the office in time due to the early morning traffic. He explains that they saw the need to be more central. The moves, he says, excited the staff members and boosted their morale. “It is vital to make the staff members happy and comfortable. If one has the wrong strategy but the right people, it would be hard to identify weaknesses. The work atmosphere is very cool and we have people who are passionate about what we do and stand for.” Eyes on the future While insisting that their optimal goal is to help a candidate gets the best job, he maintains that as a company they desire to do more in educating the public and helping clients to get the best people to drive their companies forward. “We’ve set up other subsidiaries to help us achieve some of these things. We now have Jobberman Learning, which is focused on helping candidates on the portal to get the best education. When you work with a Jobberman Learning consultant, he looks at your profile and suggests to
L-R: Olude, Adewunmi and Awoyemi (co-founders)
We have a succession plan and the business can survive or thrive without any of us with the way it is structured
you some of the courses we feel could take you to the next level. “We also have a subsidiary called the Work Centre. We realised that we’ve left uneducated people out for a long while. I mean people like the drivers, chefs, among others. With this platform, we help them to get jobs and ensure that they are well protected and given all the benefits when they are employed. They don’t get certain things from employers because they are being looked down on. We ensure that they get all these things before we deliver them to employers.” Expanding frontiers Three years ago, the company moved to Ghana and recently too they’ve extended to East Africa. Though Jobberman Ghana stands on its own, Olude maintains that it is doing just fine. The extension, for him, was a logical progression of the desire to be the biggest job provider in Africa. But since Nigeria is a bigger market, he admitted that the bulk of their businesses come from here. “I must also say that response and
acceptance of Jobberman Ghana has been overwhelming. I could say we have had more acceptances in Ghana than in Nigeria. Though there is little success in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, we are still trying to make our impact felt,” he explained. In the Island office, they have about 70 staff members in which Olude feels is quite a number for a recruiting company. He insists that their mission is to ensure that people have access to jobs that are available in other companies, not in Jobberman. Though they have plans to set up different branches across Nigeria, he says that Lagos is a huge market with 50 to 70 per cent of Nigeria’s total GDP. “So, if you look at it from that perspective; it makes sense to dominate Lagos first so to speak before extending to other parts. We have plans to move to Abuja, Port Harcourt and even places people might feel are not a priority. We are working along that line and you would begin to see some output very soon.” A life of its own If one of the partners decides to leave Jobberman, Olude insists it cannot cripple the company. “Nothing will happen to the company if any of us decides to go, to be frank. We have a succession plan and the business can survive or thrive without any of us with the way it is structured,” he said with confidence. Dealing with resentments Olude says the pain of losing out in
jobs for which applicants had hopes of securing due to intense competition in the labour market is fuelling the perception that Jobberman is not reliable. “I would be frank here: when 500 people applied for a job and the employer needs just one person, it means that 499 people won’t be happy and some won’t even get calls. The way some of the applicants also set up profiles makes it hard for them to get the right job. I would advise anyone who is having difficulty with the portal to get in touch with our customer centre, rather than feeling bad about it. We would look at their profiles and see how best we can help them out. Also, people should only apply for jobs they fit in because it reduces their frustration. I don’t see why a fresh graduate should apply for a job meant for top executives with years of experience.” Growing up years Growing up was quite interesting for Olude. He says as the second child in the family he had a lot of fun and could still recall exciting memories. “I have two younger sisters and an elder brother. I studied to be an engineer and enjoyed it until I felt I needed to add more values to the society apart from adding values to inanimate objects. I still have things I love to do; I am not close to my dream. I have plans to do certain things but don’t see them coming up anytime soon because Jobberman still has a long way to go.” Marital bliss Although “still new in the business of marriage”, he noted that the experience has nonetheless been fun so far. “I say this to my wife every time that I am sure I cannot marry anybody better than her. She has been a blessing to me. I met her in the university and we attend the same church too. I think I was attracted by her complexion. Marriage has made me calmer and I work harder now because I know I have a family at home.”
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Dashing and glamorous white dress
hen it comes to one of fashion hottest trends "white dress" is the first thing that will strike your mind. Celebrities are sighted at every event lately in white and for those following the traditional norm in which only brides wear white, it’s time to forget everything you know about "wedding gowns" because you will find no veil covering faces here. Wearing white is always a great way to instantly create a fresh chic look, so, white dresses are for so much more than a walk down the aisle lately. You can wear the trend in fabrics like cotton, chiffon, silk and lace. White dresses are rave fashion among fashionistas nowadays; they are simple and refreshing. No colour is more fresh or crisp than white, so, when you wear the shade from head to toe, it results in an exceptionally stylish and high impact look. The amazing thing about this trend is that it puts the focus on you and makes you look trendy with a bright lip, sleek with a metallic eyeliner, or go with matte makeup while keeping it neutral to highlight just how fabulous you are.
• The hottest way to wear white this season is head-to-toe. It can be really flattering if the proportions and the fit are just right. • It’s incredibly versatile, as you can dress it down or glam it up with just a few key accessories. • If you prefer spending time on your hair, do a braid, bun, loose or waves. Your hair and makeup get more attention when your outfit is simple and chic, so leave enough time for your hair. • Wear underwear that is the same colour as your skin white underwear is quite visible beneath white fabric. So, avoid it and anything other than your skin colour except you want to make statement. • White is the colour of purity and simplicity. If you want to stand out, you can add red high heels with your white dress. • White is a canvas that will suit many kinds of accessories but a key element is to keep it simple. Avoid creating an overwhelming effect. • We a r i n g white dresses well, however, is a little more complicated than the simplicity suggested by the colour. You can play with other colours to make statement but beware of over bedecking your look.
am literally wondering what went wrong with fashion lately. From flashing underpants to showing off too much flesh and a whole lot seem to be the order of the day. Could it be that designers have exhausted their creative ideas? For an industry that is ostensibly concerned with clothing the body, there’s a surprising amount of nudity in fashion. A hint of nipple here, a buttock bared there, is all part and parcel of attending most fashion shows. Attempt to be like somebody often leaves you either classy or trashy. Wardrobe malfunctions happen to everyone, but some moments are more notorious than others. You need not expose your lady areas or lingerie to glam up your look. The most common wardrobe mishap for ladies on red carpet lately is not properly lining see-through fabrics. Many of our celebrities are victim of this wardrobe faux pas on multiple occasions such as evening outing with friends or at an event. There are so many tasteful ways to keep the sheer trend classy without going half naked. You can coat something sheer under a see through skirt or top but make sure the top layer is thick enough that the complete fabric underneath doesn't create unflattering bumps and bulges. Sheer fabrics abound this season, but can you incorporate them into real life without being arrested for indecent exposure? The simple answer is wearing a body under a sheer blouse to provide more coverage.
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ACCESSORIES TO LIVE FOR
Hair flags of the season T
Deborah Makoji o say hair accessories were a big trend on the fall these days would be an understatement. Hairstylists broke out luxe with magic hair comb, spools of ribbons, and even brooches like the ones you'd find in your mother's jewelry box. Magic Combs are stretchy beaded and metal embellished hair combs that work great in any hair type from thick to thin hair, long or short. To complete your hippy chic outfit for any occasion while making fashion statement and looking girlie, find the perfect hair accessory today. For styles such as up do's, French twists, half up's, butterfly style and many more, magic combs works perfect for them. They are easy to put in and they stay in as they hug tight to your hair. The shape can be changed in just a few seconds and they are adjustable for your comfort. You can tighten or loosen them as you wish. This eye-catching hair accessory comes in diverse array of colours to suit all outfits. Whether your hair is curly, straight, thick or thin, you will love it when you decorate it with magic comb. These combs may be placed one under the other or with the teeth interlocking. The magic hair comb brings you a new hair style in seconds. Keep your hair beautifully neat and tidy for any occasion. Beautify your hairstyles with magic hair comb for the look that is quite young, innocent and very sophisticated.
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I don’t joke with casual wears – Nkem Ike Beautiful actress, Nkem Ike, who usually shy away from speaking about her rumoured relationship with Super Eagles striker, Nnamdi Oduamadi, speaks with DEBORAH MAKOJI about her fashion sense. What is your sense of fashion? Fashion is dressing gorgeously without compromising your comfort. Simply put, fashion is dressing good. What determines the kind of outfit you wear? My mood and the event are the major determinants of what I wear; a long dress for red carpet and casuals for casual outings. Does any particular outfit takes up most space in your wardrobe? That will be casual wears. I don’t joke with casual wears because I don’t joke with my comfort. How about your ready to go outfit? My ready to go outfits is pants
and shirt. I love sneakers too. Is there anything you are unlikely to be caught wearing? No. What kind of jewellery appeals to you most? I love shades of gold and silver when it comes to jewellery. And shoes? Well, is depends on what I want to use it with. I definitely cannot wear sneakers with a long dress for red carpet regardless of the fact that I like it. I love low heel, high heel and flat. In fact, I love all kinds of shoes provided it flatters my outfit.
The cardigan was originally made to be a military jacket made of knitted wool.
Silk was developed in China were it was kept a secret for more than two thousand years. Anyone found trying to smuggle silkworm eggs or cocoons out of the country was immediately put to death. The most expensive shoes in the world are ruby slippers located in Harrods in London, which cost $1.6 million. It has a full time security guard. They are made from platinum thread and have 642 rubies in them. It took over 700 hours to produce the shoe.
There is a bra that doubles as a gas mask. It’s meant to be snapped off and put over the mouth in the event of an emergency.
attoos are considered one of the fashion's oldest subcultures that has gone mainstream. We all know that body tattoos are getting increasingly trendy worldwide and with this growing style, thousands of people are on track to have permanent body tattoo onto their skin without considering eventual loss of desire that may likely to occur afterwards. Well, for beginners, tattoos are no longer considered permanent and irreversible designs or marks on the skin. At present, dermatologic surgeons can safely and effectively use different techniques to successfully remove unwanted tattoos. Fashionable body tattoos can provide great compliment to the dress that you are wearing, helpful in creating new identity and in providing uniqueness in your nature. You can have a tattoo carved on your fingers or neckline in order to make it a substitute for jewellery. However, the very mark of pride on your body may well come back to haunt you, triggering an urge to have it removed. The good news though, is that you can consider any of the following process when faced with such desire. Nevertheless, having to conceal visible tattoos on a daily basis for work and social events is one disadvantage it brings about. In any case, ensure you seek professional advice and counseling before embarking on any. Laser surgery This is one of the few methods of tattoo removal that does not involve cutting into the skin. Instead, pulses of light at a very high concentration are used to remove the tattoo. Though considered one of the most effective and safest ways to remove a
Makeup? Make up should be subtle. What is happening between you and Nnamdi Oduamadi? A lot has been written about me without even asking me for any form of clarification. You journalist have written so much about me without hearing from me. So, continue writing whatever you like. Is it now late to get clarification on this? I will not say anything about it because it’s already late. So, you people should continue writing whatever you like on that.
Methods of removing body tattoo
How do you love your hairdo? I love long hairs.
tattoo, laser tattoo removal can cause scarring, blisters or scabbing as well as pain in the affected area. Dermabrasion In this procedure, your skin will be sprayed with a numbing solution and then sanded down to reveal the unblemished layers of skin underneath the tattoo. This will allow the tattoo ink to leach out of your skin. Bleeding usually occurs and the process can be painful as you will be sore for a little over a week. Keep in mind that like laser removal, dermabrasion may not completely remove the tattoo. Cryosurgery and chemical peels In cryosurgery, the tattoo is frozen and burned off with liquid nitrogen. Chemical peels are similar in that they are applied to the skin, causing it to blister and subsequently peel off. These may not also remove the tattoo completely, and could be very painful procedures. However, they are not as effective as laser treatment. Salabrasion Salabrasion is the term for rubbing a salt solution onto your skin, thereby heating it, and scraping the top layers of skin away as well as the unwanted tattoo. It is an
ancient method for removing tattoos. However, modern methods like selective laser removal and dermabrasion are much more effective and will prevent excessive scarring of the affected area. Salabrasion method can also be detrimental to sensitive skin and is not a verified remedy for removing a tattoo successfully. Removal creams Removal creams are the cheapest and least painful method of tattoo deletion: But, their effectiveness depends on regular and diligent use. These creams are expensive and will require three to nine months to fade the tattoo. Excision This method is said to be effective but requires that a local anesthesia is administered after which the tattoo is taken out physically through surgical intervention. Subsequently, the doctors bring the edges together and suture them. The advantage of this is that the entire tattoo can be safely removed. Although, a large sized tattoo could necessitate skin grafting from other parts of the body. The noticeable side effect of this treatment is the bleeding that occurs during the surgery, which can be easily managed.
TV & Radio with Deborah Makoji
SATURDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER, 2015
This weekend AIT
Demi O and Shade Ladipo
ON THE COUCH
A forum for love stories
n the couch is Spice Tv’s unique chat show that presents a candid group of people to discuss and debate on love, intimacy and relationships. Last week’s edition focused on the deceptive nature of social media profile picture. So many issues were raised during the discussion and the guest speakers (Demi, Moi and DJ Sose) gave their personal opinions and experiences about online dating. Shade Ladipo anchored the show. Demi, a guest on the programme and a photographer, did not see anything wrong with online dating. He narrated his experience: “Funny enough, we met face to face in a public place after we dated online for a while. It lasted for years and it was such a good relationship. I remembered one of our dates, I got home and she embraced me with a kiss. I was in secondary school and it was a very nice relationship.” Moi, an actress, who was also a guest at the show, was a bit stylish with the way she responded to questions. “I have met different guys on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and dinner. When you meet people to discuss business and they are saying something else, you have no choice than to just try them out. So, I give them the attention while I move on with my life, the decision as to whether to date them or not is all to me”, adding that whatever happens online is the reflection of what happen in real life. “There are so many fake profiles online. I upload things I do daily on Facebook and there is nothing fake about my profile. As for expectations, I have learnt not to expect much so as not to feel disappointed”. Moi however associated her online dating experiences to loneliness. “I have dated online once, we did not get to meet each other face-toface but we do everything online. I was his girlfriend online because there was nobody else. The fact is
that I really liked him so I felt that one day I would see him because he was in the US. I eventually broke it up but the time it lasted was good”. Ladipo, the hostess, stated her position as: “These things are happening because it is an era where everybody is on social media, I can sit down today and create a random profile, ask a guy out and makes sure he falls for me thinking I am a girl. If you check my social media, the majority of my pictures there are real, social media is just like a market where people own the best of your pictures, you can duplicate, create or fake anything there. But you just have to make a choice of yes or no. Social media brings out the best of you. So, it depends on what you are using social media for. However, DJ Sose who was also
a guest never supported the idea of dating on line. “In African society, it is more of face-to-face relationship/dating but now, online dating is what technology has brought to us and that involves exchanging of pictures and videos. We have single men and single ladies everywhere so, I don’t see any reason you should go on social media to date. I feel that when you go dating online, it means you are not social and cannot meet people out there; it is just not a normal thing to me.” At the end of the programme, suggestions were made on how to meet online partner. It was advised that you meet the online partner in an open place and that it is even better you get someone to wait behind to ensure your safety.
Woman Tori EKO FM (Saturday @4:02pm)
It is a programme that features element of science and fiction in a very light mood.
Just like the name implies, it is a programme that features activities of Nigerian women.
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FACE BEHIND THE VOICE
Top Radio FM’s Tosyn
osyn Bucknor is one of Nigeria’s most popular on-air personalities. She is a writer, presenter, MC, an entrepreneur and runs a sickle cell project known as These Gene. She is the second of four children from the family of Segun Bucknor. The Top Radio 90.9 presenter handles a morning show and has won some awards including “Executive Lady of the Year Award”, “Female Radio Presenter of the Year”, “Future Award Radio Presenter,” and “Dynamic Award Radio Presenter.” She said what kept her going was hard work and hours spent perfecting what she did until she eventually became successful.” Bucknor, with her These Genes plat-
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form, has put a smile on the faces of some carriers of sickle cell. She began the project in December 2007, with the aim of getting Nigerians to talk freely about sickle cell as well as offering support to families and people with “these genes”.
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Love can’t stand in the way of my career
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Role as Nigeria's late Ebola heroine my most challenging Actress and TV host, Bimbo Akintola, has starred in many memorable movies. But she is quite upbeat about being cast as the Ebola heroine, Dr. Stella Adadevoh in a new film, 93 Days. She shares her excitement about the feat and losing weight in this interview with LANRE ODUKOYA. How does it feel returning to work with Bolanle Austen-Peters who previously only did stage plays? That is the thing with familiarity. When you are working with artistes that you have worked before, you already have a rhythm with them so it is like going back to work with family. So it’s pretty good. I have worked with Steve Brocker as well, he was the director of Keeping Faith which featured me, Genevieve Nnaji and Funlola Aofiyebi. So she is familiar which is great because the story itself is pretty challenging. Essentially what we’re doing here is becoming these people, some of whom are no longer with us and also, the fact that they did so much to save us. You have to understand it is reading the script that makes you understand what they did, how much they did. And remember they did not choose to becomes heroes, but when they realized what was happening, they knew that Ebola was in their hospital, they didn’t run away which many would have done, they stood up to the challenge. They became true heroes and heroines and we must understand the fact that we have lost some of them and they died for us and we must respect that and honour that, it is amazing playing Dr. Adadevoh in 93 Days. You never met the woman whose character you’re expected to play in the forthcoming feature film; what have you done to know exactly who she was? It is challenging playing the role of someone that lived, that was around, that people had known. It’s challenging because everybody had a particular thing about them they want to see, but what I am revealing at the end of the day is her courage. I’ve always told reporters when they asked me what has been my most challenging movie role that I’m yet to find one, but now, playing Dr. Adadevoh in 93 Days is. She was extremely courageous, her warmth was indescribable, the fact that she was the mother to so many people, the fact that she had principle that she lived by and her stubbornness helped a great deal.
stories that means something to me. As for my new weight, I want to continue to enjoy this body and task it to be the best it can be. Health is wealth and none of us is getting younger, there’s no better time to pay attention to our bodies. How exactly did you almost arrive at size 10? There’s no secret about this, I exercise this body very well to get results.
Akintola...Inset: Starring in some movies
Assuming she hadn't been a little stubborn, the story would be totally different by now. So those are the things I’m trying to channel my energy into discovering as I’ve also begun my background checks from people who lived and knew her. I’d been to the hospital to find out what manner of doctor she was, her neighbourhood, her friends and beneficiaries had all given me insights into her life and times. Did you have fears to take on this role as you never met her in the beginning? At first, I was not really thinking about it, you know you are just excited by the fact that you’re doing something that is so important. I think it is extremely important that we tell our own stories, I’m tired of hearing other people tell our stories, they don’t tell it as good as we can, so let’s start doing it. That was my first excitement. If you read the script and you realized all the things that she did, you’ll get goose pimples. I think I started having nightmares because she was such an amazing person, I can’t explain how amazing, I keep saying amazing, because
I don’t have any other word to use. But if you had a conversation with one person that knew her you would understand what I’m saying and why I’m in awe of the lady. I have met all the doctors who survived and you see; one thing I have realized about them is that they don’t come and say the story came out this way - they are all quiet about it, I find that amazing. You look a lot slimmer than you were a few months back; are you rebranding for business or are there other reasons you are shedding some weight? It’s not a matter of rebranding; it’s a matter of believing in something, I started talking to myself, I’m tired of being in every movie that doesn’t say anything, I want to be part of movies that says something and I choose my script now based on what is seen and what it means to me, there is a lot that needs to be changed in this country. There is a lot that needs to be done and to whom much is given much is expected. We as actors have a duty to Nigeria, so with me, I’m only acting in
Do you mean you didn’t take any slimming drug? Trust me. Go and ask at the gym, they would tell you, go to Eko Gym, they would tell you I’m usually there by 5:40am, but since I’ve started shooting, I’ve had to stop. But I’m usually at Eko Gymnasium for three hours. Now that you’re picky about movie roles, are there other things you venture into for livelihood? I anchor programmes. I was part of the Amazons on TV, but I’m starting my own show sometime next year, so watch out for that. What will be different in your upcoming show? If I’d told you to watch out, I simply mean it’s not time yet to let the cat out of the bag. Just watch out as I said earlier. What is the name of the show? I’m just going to say, watch out. Is being single a deliberate decision? I knew you were coming there, but no comment on that please.
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MI: It could become toxic when MI’s rise in showbiz is phenomenal, but he is humble about it. Currently the chief executive officer of Chocolate City, he is now charged with the responsibility of making successes out of the younger musicians on the label. In this encounter with OLUSHOLA RICKETTS, MI speaks about rivalry in the industry and what has kept him relevant. South African hip-hop culture has grown over the years. Do you think Nigeria still has an edge? When it comes to the great musicians, Nigerians can say we have more. Though South Africa has probably two or three people who are doing great hip-hop music, I don’t think there is anybody in the class of Mode 9. In Nigeria, we have many hip-hop musicians, including Vector, Ice Prince, myself, among others. South Africans are making amazing music, but I cannot agree that the hip-hop there is better than that of Nigeria. You can’t convince a Nigerian to do what he does not want to do. When hip-hop came into Nigeria, it bent. There are many countries hip-hop will go to and change the people, but we change what we want and that is how it is in everything, including technology. I think that is what made our voice so strong. For instance, instead of me doing core rap music, I could do African Rapper No 1 and it became big all over the continent. That is the power we have in Nigeria. I love South African hip-hop, but Nigeria is definitely the leader. This is a very controversial topic; they can just be sending me bullet from there if I am not careful. The number of albums shows that Nigeria has ‘elite rappers’ and I don’t think any other country in Africa has the same pedigree. What I mean by elite is someone in a class of his own in terms of words. MI
Your rap style used to be fast. Did you change your style to suit the market? When you think of the first 10 rappers, you would think of Jay Z, B.I.G., Tupac, Ice Cube, among others. But I think a lot of them are not fast rappers, though they are great. The real power in rap comes from the words you say and I come from that school of thought. Also, Nigerians generally are a very relaxed people and I saw that parents don’t like the sound of rap. You know in Nigeria we shout a lot and rap is all about screaming, but people didn’t like it. I had to be calm and speak. Now, we have rappers who are aggressive and people still love them. Rap music is more accepted in Nigeria unlike before. How would you describe your style now? The thing about music is that style changes. Vector’s style is different from mine. MI comes from a more structured, broad, calculated background. Without understanding what I say, you can follow the flow. We now have rappers who don’t follow flow; what they are doing is very brilliant, as they break up the flow. MI has to learn to be relevant in that style, just like others have to learn in the areas I am dominant too. So, styles keep switching but for me I try not to misplace my core person. You featured Sakordie in Millionaire Champagne. How would you describe him? Once you are rapping with Sakordie, there is a problem. So, I have to practice. If you listen to him in his language, he is very deep but in English I think the brilliance doesn’t reflect as much. I am not saying he is not brilliant; he is very brilliant. The language makes it possible for every Ghanaian rapper to have the best flow in Africa. If you listen to all Ghanaian rappers, they have that flow. We still have Nigerians who like to listen to good stories in music, but it seems the trend has slowed down. You are also guilty of this too… Though you are right; I think Nigerian rappers are doing it a lot. Listen to Vector on his song, Popular, where he talks about his problem with his former label and you cannot even know that he is been controversial. As I move on in my life, the motions are the same but I have fewer real times. What do I write about when I am at home on PlayStation every night or seeing movies? So, I am not having real experiences anymore and I have to be aware of that since I don’t
Why I left Chocolate City – Jesse Jagz Though the public didn't know why Jesse Jagz left Chocolate City, his return to the label has stirred a huge interest. He speaks with OLUSHOLA RICKETTS. Has anything changed since you left Chocolate City? The label is doing great. There are changes but good ones. The staff strength has increased and there is more room for creative talents.
For me, it makes no difference.
Why did you come back? Why did I leave in the first place? I left because when I was done recording Thy Nation Come's album and I played it for the record label, they were not convinced. It could probably be for business reasons. Truly, if you listen to the album, it's pretty controversial. They were not sure they wanted to put it out or be part of it. I then went ahead and put it out myself.
What do you think of the new positions of MI and Ice Prince on the label? I feel happy for them and you must also understand that MI has always been our president. Ice Prince has always been an administrative person even when we were in Jos. MI has always been an elder brother and the leader.
You wore dreads for a long time. Was that symbolic? You should understand that everything an artiste does is for the sake of arts. It suited the model of music I wanted to do and the image I wanted to project at that time. Two years later, I am obviously not the same person. I am growing wiser and more matured in my thinking. Regardless of what I was two years, I feel this new album I am doing is a point of evolution for me.
Don’t you think if you didn't leave you would probably have been on the management team too? I must say it is just titles at the end of the day. I am a shareholder in Chocolate City even when I was not around. Chocolate City is family and I would always be Jesse Jagz of Chocolate City regardless of any situation.
What way do you think your song, Greatest, defined your career? I guess it was Audu Maikori that made some things clear to me. He always told me that what you call your album or yourself determines how people receive you.
What is happening to your record label, Jagz Nation? It is my personal project that I run. I am looking forward to signing some artistes, but I am yet to do so. Just as MI's record label (Loopy Music) used to be under Chocolate City before the merger, my label too will be a subsidiary. Now that you are back on board, what should we expect from you? When I put out those two albums, everybody had a lot to say. People said it was a fanatic album, but the push was not enough. With Chocolate City now involved, that shouldn't be a problem anymore. When I said I was coming back too, a lot of people were disturbed. They feared that it would change my music, but coming back gives me more opportunity to make deeper and better music. I think I have more love songs now. Would you still be doing production? Definitely, I would still produce music. I produced most of the songs on my new album. Though I stayed away from producing and working with other artistes for a while, I
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people compare Ice Prince and I smoke or drink. If I do all those it could be helpful in recalling happenings I had forgotten long ago. What I do now is to pay attention to things whenever I go and I meet people. Whenever I go, I try to stop and meet people. Does it mean that success has stopped you from experiencing certain things? Yes, it is. I mean real life situations. When I was writing One Naira, I was dating a girl; she is dead now. I remembered that we used to take a ride on motorcycles to meet. As an artiste, it continued to ring in my heart and I decided to write about it. But what do you expect me to write about when any girl I meet would just drive to my house? I don’t have any parent to stop her from coming and even if my mother were to be around, I would just take excuse. So, you must be very careful to source inspiration in what you do even when things have changed. What was responsible for her death? She had leukemia, though we’ve separated before that happened. We were great friends till death took her away. How do you source inspiration now? When you understand that you can never be the same person again, it takes a lot of pressure from you. Once you are 12 you can never be 12 again and once you are the best new artiste you can never get the award again. Going forward, you need to have targets. When I look at the Chairman’s album, it is so brilliant creatively because I had four producers on it. It is possible that only few people have heard the album because I may not be able to compete with someone like Patoranking who is the new discovery. But when you hear my music, I want you to know it is a great song. To be a new artiste is easy and boring because people will accept you no matter what you are. When you are successful, that is where the real work starts because you must now create something that nobody had done before. For me, I still believe I am the best rapper. Nobody has my consistency and I don’t think I have musical low points. What is your definition of fame? One needs to understand
Whether people like his music or not, I see Eedris as the most important Nigerian rapper of all times
that fame is something that is given; it is not earned or bought. It is the given by the fans and when someone gives you something, you don’t plan the rest of your life with it. All you have to do is to make good music, though it is easier said than done. You shouldn’t care about what people are saying because they can choose not to like it. You may be the best to the fans and suddenly they don’t want you again. You really need to be the best version of yourself. Apparently, you have good eyes for talents. What do you look out for in raw talents? Let’s say Koker was a mistake; he can still do songs with MI, Ice Prince, Jesse Jagz or Victoria and mistake would be less impactful. Left to me alone, I could pick a wrong talent, but since I am part of a team it is less likely for me to pick wrongly. How do you feel being compared with Ice Price and Jesse Jagz? I think with Jesse and I, it is easy for us to be compared without becoming toxic. Once you start making comparison between myself and Ice Prince or Vector, it could become toxic. But Jesse and I are brothers, so what do people want to say? If you are talking about the Noble Igwe’s piece, I think there was a personal component with Noble and Ice Prince. Noble is very controversial at times; he writes objective pieces when he is not in objective positions. When you are somebody’s friend, you cannot really be objective. But I still appreciate him for whom he is because what he does is important. Ice Prince has gone out of his way to hold me in high esteem in the public’s eyes because he doesn’t want anything between
would be producing other artistes soon. Are there other things you do asides music? Every other thing I do is related to music. So, if it's not directly music, I am writing about music. I have been trying to write a book. What do you like in a lady? I want a calm woman. With development and exposure, I think the biggest part of marriage is commitment and submission. It was Seun Kuti that told me this. For women, inasmuch as you are getting education and exposure, you must always remember that a man is a man. Nevertheless, I like when a lady is confident and beautiful. She should also be able to inspire me. Have you found such lady? I am yet to see, but that doesn’t mean I am ready to settle down if I see. With entertainment, relationship and marriage is a different ball game. Do you plan to stick to your style of music? It is a tough thing to do, but I intend to make more commercial songs. However, what I tag comJesse Jagz
us to become toxic. He doesn’t want to be seen as disrespectful towards me. We should be very careful what we say about artistes. Unless you understand whom the artiste is and what he tries to do, you cannot criticise him or her. I would soon put out an article on 10 things hip-hop critics should do. Who is the lady in your life? People know that I am terrible when I am asked such question; I would never answer because it should be private. Let us say I am getting married now, the multiple effect would be crazy. For me to say that I may have to inform all potential side chicks. I have to tell them that I would be making a press statement today, so they shouldn’t be offended. If you want to have a real life, you have definitely to protect your life no matter how much the media likes to know. If I want to get married, the first thing is to talk to the media about how to present it because people deserve to know. When you are a public figure people deserve to know everything about you. What do you mean by side chicks? I don’t mean to be rude; what I am saying is that you would now see people releasing comments on social media, saying different things about you. You might do an interview somewhere and offend somebody elsewhere. Who are those people you consider as top musicians in Nigeria? The two most important rappers in Nigerian music are Eedris and eLDee. During his peak, Eedris took on establishments and he spoke without fear. Whether people like his music or not, I see him as the most important Nigerian rapper of all times. He is followed immediately by eLDee. He has not been celebrated as much as he deserves, but he has given a lot to the industry. At events, people change music they want to perform because of Ruggedman’s performance. Mode 9 is my greatest Nigerian rapper, but for most important I would put him at number 4. We then have Ice Prince, Olamide, Dagrin, Nigga Raw, Phyno, Lord of Ajasa, Freestyle, Terry Tha Rapman, Naeto C and Ikechukwu. mercial may not necessarily be what people are used to. A song like “Bad Girl” is a commercial song, but in a different way. So, when I do commercial music, it is still that pop music you would like to listen to. Do you have any international artiste you would love to work with? I don't mind working with someone like Angelique Kidjo or Shade Adu. I have ran through all the American artistes in my head and I don’t think I want to work with anyone. Would who you love to have a rap battle with? I don’t see myself as a very good rapper. Whenever they say battle, I just stay in my space but I love to be around rappers when they write lyrics because I learn from them. No matter what people say about him, MI is a beast. We have people who are passionate about their art, including J. Cole, Jay Z, among others. I am not a battle artiste. Since when have you been doing music? I know so many artistes must have said this to you, but it was since they gave birth to me. My father is a pastor, so music has been part of me. I played music in the church choir and school.
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The concept “FORTYfied” is designed to celebrate the life and achievements of 2Face Idibia whose work has shaped the course of the music business for almost two decades. It takes place tomorrow at the Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos. Burna Boy, Black Face, Sound Sultan, Faze, Seyi Shay, Patoranking, Dammy Krane, Wizkid, Timaya, Vector, Omawumi, DJ Jimmy Jatt, DJ Neptune and DJ Spinall have been lined up for the concert.
Back to stage Singer Nomoreloss is set to hold his concert tagged ‘Back To Stage’on October 2 at the Freedom Park, Lagos. He has been in and out of showbiz for a while. Artistes billed to perform at the event include Sound Sultan, Weird MC, Capital F.E.M.I, among others. The show will be hosted by comedian Omo Baba and Classic FM's OAP, Schullz.
Gathering of Talkatives The concert tagged 'Gathering of Talkatives' holds September 26 at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja. Comedians expected to perform are include, Klint da Drunk,Gandoki, Buchi, Francis Odega, Gordons, Princess,Igosave, Shortcut, Funny Bone,SeyiLaw, Mr. Ibu, Osita Iheme, Basorge and a host of others. Also, there will be music from Timi Dakolo, Sound Sultan and Terry G.
Waje, Bez for Ones2Watch Come Sunday, September 27, Waje, Bez Idakula and Eva Alordiah will feature in a spectacular evening of live music experience in Lagos. According to a statement by the founder of Tenstrings Music Institute, Mr. Akapo Emmanuel, the ‘Ones2Watch' Project is a series of promotional activities culminating in a world-class music concert. The concert taking place at the Lagoon Restaurant, Lagos, is aimed at giving the audience a stunning shower of good music.
Ali Baba parties with lawyers Comedian, Ali Baba, was the host of the 2015 ESQ Nigerian Legal Awards which took place at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos. The organiser of the Awards, Lere Fashola, said it was not a hard decision settling for Ali Baba due to his track record in the entertainment industry. "He is a foremost comedian, a role model and well respected in the entertainment industry. He is the perfect person to host our dinner and we didn't think twice when we wanted him to come on board. He hosted the last edition successfully and he did the same today too," he said.
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Love can’t stand in the way of my career Wave-making actress, Mary Uranta, keeps delighting fans with her spontaneity and versatility. The effortlessly winsome entertainer speaks about career, family and marriage in this interview with LANRE ODUKOYA.
You have had a stint in pageantry and been a runner-up at Miss Niger Delta. How was the experience and what lessons did you learn from it? As far as pageantry is concerned, I was ‘The Finest Girl’ on campus. I picked the form for Miss Nigeria which I later did not go for because I fell ill. And one of the things that actually discouraged me was when I saw the politics in the contest, I just felt let me just stop here. I know that I don’t just have passion for pageantry, I have passion for anything entertainment. I can sing, I can dance and I can act. You have a production company, 50th Film Academy. What motivated its establishment and does the name symbolise anything? 50th Film Academy is my own way of giving back. The truth about it is that we have big plans for 50th Film which hasn’t really taken off yet. It is a platform for training aspiring actors. 50th Film is a production company. We’ve done our first and second production. So, it’s a growing production company. By the time we do up to five productions, people will get to know about us and then they can start coming in for training and production. The motive for setting up 50th Film is to see how I can help my people because the industry is a clique thing, it is a family thing. I thought I could set up the academy to help talents from my state, Rivers, to afford them the opportunity to come into the industry. Already, they have started coming but for now we are yet to start training. We are concentrating on production in order to gain that ground but we will eventually delve fully into training. What were the initial challenges you faced as a fresher in Nollywood and how did you overcome them? Challenges are part of life. Every industry comes with it is own challenge; it is not just peculiar to Nollywood. There is no sector that you find yourself that you won’t face challenges. So, for me, every challenge I faced at the early stage was part of the training. How do you handle competition and stay successful in the industry? I am not in competition with anyone. I do the best that I can and leave the rest to God. I don’t think getting into competition will make me bigger than I am today. By the grace of God, it’s been a gradual thing for me and I love it that way. That’s what defines me. I am not in competition with anyone. How would you describe your personality? What do people not know about you? I’m a very calm person by nature. I don’t like to be in the eye of the public all the time. I hardly go out. That is something I would say people know about me. Anybody that knows me knows I am a very private person.
How fulfilling is it being in the spotlight always? Do you sometimes wish things were different or that you had another job? I am happy being an actress. I couldn’t have
wished for any other job, that is the truth. I love where I am. I love entertainment. Is Mary Urantha in a relationship? What are your views about love and marriage? That is personal. Love and marriage is a good thing. Everybody wishes for love. Every woman wishes for marriage but it is not something you die for. When it comes, it comes. I can’t force myself into anything. When you force yourself into marriage, you find yourself coming out. Love cannot stand in way of my career because first of all, I cannot date a man who doesn’t support my career. A man who loves me will love my passion, my career, everything around me. When you find a man who doesn’t love or support you, it is very simple; it just shows that the man is not for you. My first priority for a man is you must love my family. Career is even secondary. A man that loves you will love everything about you. What beauty tips or routine do you indulge in to stay beautiful? I don’t have any beauty routine. Let me shock you, I hardly go to the spa for facials. I have never done facials before in my entire life. It is funny, but it is the truth. I don’t even use a lightening cream, I do moisturisers. If you have seen my family, you will notice that I am the darkest. My siblings are white, that’s the truth. What movie roles are you most comfortable with and which ones would you not dare play? I’m comfortable with any role, that’s what makes me an actress. The only thing I can’t do is going nude. Some will say they can act in pant and bra but for me that’s nudity. I can’t do that. I can never do that because this is Africa. This is not Hollywood. Maybe that is why I am not as famous as others. Could you please shed light on your background and formative years? I am from Queens’ Town in Opobo, Rivers State. I’m from a family of nine. Growing up for me was fun. We didn’t have issues at all. I don’t like to go deep into my growing up because I don’t know how to say that we were so rich and suddenly my father woke up one morning and said he had a covenant with God to serve Him. And he abandoned everything else and dedicated his life to serving God. We are grateful daily that my father yielded to that call because he has taught us what life is all about and loving God. I think that is the best thing any father can give to any child and not riches. He taught us the right way and till tomorrow, he is still my mentor. He actually went to school and studied and have lots of degrees that would make him feed to the end of his life and with all the positions he held before he resigned; I am proud of him. My father resigned at Michelen as Michelen's first African manager in Rivers State. Why did he resign from his job? He woke up one morning and said, God asked him to resign to serve Him and leave everything. And that’s how he left it. Shell was one company everybody was fighting to be part of. Shell came to the village to look for my father. They came down to ask for Albert Uranta and that was how he was employed. My father has a doctorate degree. He is a civil engineer and an architect. For someone that went this far in studying even abroad, he was so brilliant that he was even the best student in his class that Shell had to come all the way to the village with a boat to fish him out. Why I don’t like bringing this part is because I don’t know how to say I was born with a sliver spoon. We were so rich and all of a sudden we lost that silver spoon, but that was how it happened. Life wasn’t difficult if you ask me because we all looked up to our father. You see a man who has been having the best things of life, travelling abroad like his backyard and all of a sudden you see him putting his mat in the house of God. We had the basic things of life though. I don’t think I’d have asked for anything more than that. If I have my way, I will want to be a child again because my parents are very lovely people.
Investigations SATURDAY TELEGRAPH 19 SEPTEMBER 2015
Long road to Catholic priesthood Priesthood is a calling. Becoming one, therefore, is not for everyone. The vocation requires someone committed to the Catholic Christian faith. Priests must know all about Catholic creed, and should serve as models, leading by example. But, doing so entails a significant amount of time and sacrifice as ISIOMA MADIKE and CHIJIOKE IREMEKA found out in this report
A cross-section of Catholic Priests
s a young child, Earnest Emordi, from Anambra State had fancied being a Catholic priest. He grew up hoping to realise this childhood dream but met with opposition from his father. In spite of that, he stubbornly went into the seminary but made a U-turn half way into celibacy. He realised, according to him, that becoming a Rev. Father was not his destiny. “It’s simply not my calling. “I discovered that I wasn’t meant to be there. At first instance, my parents, especially my father didn’t allow me to do that, but I did it on my own until I realised the place is not for me. “There are a number of hurdles there but you begin to know them when you are advancing in the programme. I had finished secondary school, got to second philosophy before I left. I had gone far.
When I left, my parents, of course, were happy. “It takes a total of 15 years to become a Catholic priest. A number of things happened that I felt there was no need for me to continue. These are things I can’t start saying now but I will say that it’s not an easy turf to be a Father.
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“Today, I’m a graduate though, and I’m happy about that. Some people will leave the seminary and want to kill themselves but all that you have to do is to be focused and fix yourself into any other meaningful venture. I’m not the first to leave and will not be the last.” Athanasius Motouh, who works with the Department of State Security (DSS) and father of three, is another dropout from the Catholic seminary. He is today a graduate of history and international studies from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, in Anambra State. Just like Earnest, Motouh had wanted to become a Reverend Father of repute to fulfill his childhood aspiration. However, he could not continue with the programme as he realised along the line how unending such journey could be. Though, he had gone through the first stage, but like other young boys who cherished and desired to be priests, he had to quit when it dawned on him what task he was going into. Motouh jumped at the opportunity of becoming a Father but had
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to leave when he suddenly understood that not to be what he really wanted in life. He said: “At the Seminary School, when one gets to a certain stage, believing to be mature, you would be briefed on the priestly mission you are embarking upon, especially the issue of marriage, love and sexual affiliation with any woman. In Catholic priesthood, falling in love is a crime and having to show a woman love is the height of it. “There are things that are better imagined than experienced. Being a Catholic priest takes a lot from you. When I discovered certain things about it, I didn’t want to continue again. “You know, as a child from primary school, I wasn’t yet matured enough to reason. It was later when I got to the spiritual stage that I began to understand it better. Nevertheless, they often would explain everything to us at every stage, asking whether you are still willing to continue or not. If you decide to continue at this stage, you will keep on considering it until the last stage before you are ordained. So, it was at the spiritual stage that I understood everything and I left. There is no regret.” Indeed, becoming a Catholic priest is much like studying for any other vocation. Participation in studies to become a priest does not obligate one to finally be one just like going to law school is not a guarantee that one must be a lawyer. Usually, to beCONTINUED ON PAGE 24
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come a Catholic priest, one must fulfill some requirements. The first of the many requirements, according to the director of Social Communication for Lagos Archdiocese, Very Rev. Monsignor Gabriel Osu, is to be a male and unmarried. Although, there are some exceptions, he said, particularly for a few married priests, who were formerly Episcopalian ministers who converted to Catholicism. “Because they were previously married, they may not be asked to take the vow of celibacy. However, this is a very rare exception, and normally a married man would not be allowed as a candidate for the priesthood. He can only be at best, a church deacon and so help the church, but he is often required to promise not to remarry should his wife predecease him,” Father Osu added. The next stage, he said, is to join a seminary after high school, or go to college. A college degree, the Rev. Father said, could be in liberal arts or religious studies. He also said that classes emphasising public speaking and writing are helpful in a secular or religious college. “Attending a Catholic college is encouraged since it is thought the college will give the potential priest more access to other priests and opportunities for service in the church. “However, if upon finishing college, a man still wants to become a priest, he will join a seminary. If he joins without college, education to become a priest takes longer years. With a college degree, time in the seminary is usually short. During this time, candidates are encouraged not to pursue romantic relationships. But, establishing friendship with both men and women is encouraged.” Meanwhile, the Vatican, it is understood, is clearly opposed to homosexuality. As a result of Church policy, a homosexual man who is sexually active would be asked to leave the seminary and reconsider his life. Official Church policy is also against ordaining even celibate gay men as priests; although it is assumed that some gay priests exist, keeping their sexual orientation a secret. The four years in the seminary, or eight for high school graduates, are both instructional and spiritual. It is the time to learn all the law and history of Catholicism, as well as the way in which people minister to a parish. Those wishing to become priests are also asked to continue to reflect on their desire to serve, and to seek greater union with God. A successful graduate of the seminary first becomes a deacon for about six months. Should this experience of serving in the church lead the man to feel he should still become a priest, he may then take his vows and enter the priesthood. This is a sacred vow, not lightly broken. This may be why seminary preparation continues to question a person’s desire to make this decision. In addition to education and vows, a prospective priest would again be subjected to background checks, which thoroughly research past history of criminal sexual behaviour. The recent scandals in the church involving the molestation of children and subsequent cover-ups mean that anyone now wishing to become a priest is very seriously scrutinised. As well, since the priest often acts as counselor, he must learn the rules specific to reporting suspected sexual abuse of a child by another member of the priesthood to the secular authorities. Also, Catholic priests must be committed to the Catholic faith and feel called into the priesthood. This takes candidates through extensive counseling, prayer and training to be sure they are hearing God's call. As they progress through seminary and other training, they are expected to become even stronger in the
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'Catholic Priests are not to pursue romantic relationships' demonstration of their faith, knowing the rituals, routines and prayers that are common to the faith. They must also take a vow of celibacy as a sign of their commitment to God. The only exception to the vow of celibacy is men who are married before becoming Catholic priests. During seminary, many potential priests complete a pastoral year where they are assigned to a theological college and learn what it is like to become a Catholic priest. As part of seminary, priests take courses in biblical theology, philosophy, liturgy, prayer and counseling. Before becoming fully ordained into the priesthood, prospective priests must perform masses and other Catholic ceremonies to demonstrate their knowledge and abilities. Father Osu said they must also have been practicing Catholics for at least five years and have been active participants in a local parish for at least two years. The local parish and diocese, according to him, play a large role in determining whether one will even attend seminary. “They can be rejected for a criminal past, speech impediments, physical deformities and disagreements with bishops and other heads in the church. Every school has a different application process. Some may need reference letters, proof of church involvement, and a statement of interest, to name the basics. “In seminary, candidates spend years studying philosophy, Latin, Greek, Gregorian chants, dogmatic and moral theology, Canon law, and church history, just to get started. They would also take a year concentrating on ‘spiritual study’,” he further said. Attending retreats, conferences, and workshops are regular aspects of Catholic priest training. This way, candidates are guided on meditation and solitude and be given adequate time to hone their public
speaking skills. The final “test” of whether or not candidates have a vocation to the priesthood is the call of the Bishop. If the Bishop does not call one to Holy Orders, such a candidate does not have a vocation to the priesthood. At the conclusion of seminary training or other guided preparation for the priesthood, a candidate is generally ordained, which is sometimes called “receiving the sacrament of holy orders.” This may be done during a mass celebration or through some other kind of ceremony. A priest then receives an assignment or begins living a religious life along with fellow members of their order. In spite of the tedious road walked to become a Catholic priest, nearly every mother in Igbo land would do everything possible to encourage their sons to be one. This, however, is despite the premium placed on male children in the Igbo tradition – where a male child is almost worshipped, cherished, and awaited by nearly every couple to seal up the marriage blessings. To the men, this declaration, sometimes, could be debilitating even as it presents mixed feelings and reactions in the immediate family. While the wife may be smiling and preparing to be called “Nne Father,” (mother of a reverend father) the husband sees it as a smack of foolishness on the side of the son, for trying to erase his name from the annals of existence, since he (the son) will not marry to have offspring in his name. This choice of fellowship has often set the child against the father and the father against the mother, for allegedly not educating her son well.
Nearly every mother in Igbo land would like to be called Nne Father (mother of a Rev. Father)
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former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Abiodun Baruwa, has downplayed talks regarding Carl Ikeme’s readiness to step into Vincent Enyeama’s position as the number one goal minder of the senior national team. Baruwa noted that although Ikeme was a good goalkeeper he was still a long way from stepping into the large shoes of Enyeama, who had been a regular fixture between the sticks for Eagles in over 10 years. Wolverhampton Wanderers goalie, Ikeme, had to step in the breach when Enyeama missed the 2017 African Cup of Nations
qualifier against Tanzania and the friendly against Niger. Ikeme’s impressive showing on both occasions coupled with Enyeama’s recent utterances which have hinted at a certain weariness with the national team and readiness to “hang his gloves,” have seen commentators and fans alike already salivating about the prospect of Ikeme manning the goal for the Super Eagles henceforth. They are already looking to send the experienced goalie on his way, but Baruwa is quick to dismiss such thinking. The former 3SC goalkeeper, who was a member of the football gold medal-winning team at the 1996 Atlanta Games, noted that
Enyeama was still very relevant in the national team set-up and that if there were any plans to let go of him such should be jettisoned. “He (Ikeme) is a good goalkeeper, but why are people saying he should replace Enyeama now? What are they thinking? Are they saying all of a sudden that Enyeama is not good anymore?” queried Baruwa. “Sometimes I don't understand our people. They don't understand how football works especially in the goalkeeping department. It’s a sensitive position. What I am saying is that Ikeme is good goalkeeper but for now Enyeama is still the number one, when he is retired, Ikeme can then come in to replace him.”
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Nigerian League Rendezvous TOP SCORERS 13 GOALS Tunde Adeniji (Sunshine Stars) Esosa Igbinoba (Nasarawa United)
Matchday 30 Giwa FC vs Sharks Dolphins vs Taraba El-Kanemi Warriors vs Enyimba Wikki Tourists vs Bayelsa Utd Heartland vs Lobi Stars Shooting vs Akwa Utd Nasarawa Utd vs Rangers Kwara United vs Sunshine Abia Warriors vs Warri Wolves IfeanyiUbah vs Kano Pillars
12 GOALS Bright Ejike (Heartland)
Enyimba take title chase to El-Kanemi E nyimba of Aba will on Sunday take on El-Kanemi Warriors as they continue their quest to win the 2015 Nigeria Professional Football League title. The People’s Elephant have been the most consistent team in the league this season and currently top the table with 55 points from 29 matches, four points ahead of Warri Wolves in second position. Warri Wolves and Wikki Tourists are currently the major challengers to Enyimba, while Sunshine Stars who, at some
point, were considered a major title contender have dropped down the ladder to fourth position after failing to win a game in their last four matches, both home and away. Enyimba will be seeking their brother, Abia Warriors’ favour to stop Warri Wolves charge as the two sides file out on Sunday in Umuahia. It will be an uphill task for bottom of the table side, Bayelsa United, as they confront title contenders, Wikki Tourists, in Bauchi.
10 GOALS Gbolahan Salami (Warri Wolves) Chisom Chikatara (Abia Warriors) Tony Okpotu (Lobi Stars)
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Enyimba's Chinonso Okonkwo (left) vying for the ball with Bayelsa United's Dengo Ebinipere
Wikki have been grinding out the results in recent games and they are currently third on the table, seven points behind Enyimba. Sunshine on the other hand will hope to return to winning ways and get their title chase back on track after recording one point from a possible 12 in their last four games. They will however have their work cut out as they tackle Kwara United who are currently battling to escape relegation.
2 Warri Wolves
5 Giwa FC
6 Kano Pillars
7 Heartland FC
8 Nasarawa Utd
9 Abia Warriors
12 Rangers FC
14 Lobi Stars
15 Akwa Utd
16 Sharks FC
17 Kwara Utd
18 Dolphins FC
19 Taraba FC
20 Bayelsa Utd
Lagos FA stopped us from pulling out of the league – MFM chairman ism from area boys, it has been very peaceful. We have one of the best pitches, there are camera stands, the toilets are top notch and the environment serene.
Chairman of MFM Football Club, Godwin Enakhena, in this interview with CHARLES OGUNDIYA says the team is ready to compete with the best in the Nigeria Professional Football League after they gained promotion from Nigeria National League. Excerpts… Excitement on gaining promotion Obviously I was very excited and want to give glory to God who used Dr. Daniel Olukoya of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries to bring this to pass. It wasn’t an easy journey but we ascended well and we are grateful. New Terrain I don’t agree when people keep saying we are going into a new terrain. We have put up a big plan which has helped us to get to this level. MFM FC are the only team in Nigeria that I know that is not owing their players, we have the facilities in terms of accommodation for the players, we feed our players without collecting a kobo from them, we also have one of the best hospitals, Fidelity Hospital in Yaba, Lagos, where we take care of our players. So everything is ready for us to be successful in the premier league. In terms of travelling for away games, we have regional overseers who took care of the players in terms of feeding and accommodation, so we don’t have problems. If we talk about the players and technical crew, we have those who have played in the Premier League before, some of them have played for the national team in Nigeria, and we have an experienced coach in Nduka Ugbade, so why should we fret? MFM FC have played Enyimba in the past and they couldn’t beat us. We played
Olukoya’s impact I would describe it in one word, awesome. God has used him to reposition youths in Nigeria. When it started in 2007 he called and said God had given him a position to reposition the youths of this generation for Jesus Christ through sports. It is called the 70-point agenda and sport was one of them.
Warri Wolves they couldn’t beat us, same goes for El-Kanemi Warriors, and these are the teams we will be playing against in the premier league, so I don’t see any reason we should be afraid. Secret of success Nothing else but God who used Dr. Olukoya to make it happen, and special thanks to the players, the coaching crew, the fans in Agege, Lagos, who stood behind us through thick and thin. We also want to thank the Lagos Football Association specifically the chairman Seyi Akinwummi, his deputy, Tade Azeez. At a point we were going to pull out of the league; I remember one game that we played against Atiba United, we were leading 1-0 and we had to play that game for extra 19 minutes. I wrote a letter to the Nigeria National League, telling them of my intention to pull the team out of the league because it was annoying. But Azeez pleaded with me not to pull out. Officiating Officiating problem is everywhere, it is not just about the NNL. But truth be told, the LMC is doing its best likewise the NLL, but the best solution to checkmating referees is having the games on television. More games should be shown live every matchday. When a referee knows that the world is watching
he will not mess up. When we went to Atiba we recorded the game but the thugs in Atiba collected the tape from us and when they later returned the tape to us it was empty. No evidence again, we had to appeal to the rights owner, Super Sports. They are doing it in South Africa they can do it here in Nigeria. Home ground We pray that they will allow us maintain Agege Stadium, we really love to play in Agege which is about 6 000 capacity. If Akure township stadium which is also 6 000 capacity was allowed to host premier league games, why not Agege Stadium where there is no evidence of violence, no record of hooligan-
Sponsorship Let me say that our doors are open to everybody for sponsorship apart from alcohol and betting companies. Any other sponsorship that glorifies God, we will be involved. Our doors are open to Nigerian Breweries to have one of their products that is Godfriendly come in as sponsors. When you bring Maltina we will embrace them. Advice to others Seriously you cannot correct an abnormally from outside, it has to be from the inside, and I say that more churches and religious organisations should join and come together to produce a team. There must be a check somewhere, for example if a team belongs to RCCG and the boys are misbehaving on the pitch, the Enoch Adeboye (general overseer) factor is there to check the players. But if someone from Enyimba is misbehaving you do not know who to report to, so these things are so easy to deal with. What we just need is support from the system that has been there and with this the sky will just be the beginning.
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Sodje: I saw hell during the match-fixing scandal What has been happening with you since you last played for Portsmouth? I have had a great career and things have been wonderful with me. I have recently got time to spend with my lovely family who have sacrificed so much as I followed up my dream. Since then I had gone ahead to further my education. Can you tell us about the project you are working on? The project I am working on is about players’ welfare. I want them to benefit from my experience. I plan to help players sustain themselves after football; so in a way the project is like life after football for these players, especially those of them playing at home. I will try my best to make sure it works, but it won’t work if these players do not get paid. You understand this risk and still want to pursue this project, how do you plan to get the clubs pay their players? I think the people that run those clubs do not have clues on how to do a professional job. You are managing a club without grassroots development plans, no proper welfare package, no proper insurance package for players. Players are not given proper guides on how to sign contracts. What really upsets me is that the body that’s supposed to look after the players is not doing its job properly. But players unions like APFON and NANF have been fighting for these players I don't know who they are, but I think they are not doing their job very well. The NFF, LMC, APFON, even FIFA are not important if there are no players. The NFF president will have no job without players. The first thing to come to mind should be the players, but these people are just selfish. If these players are not getting paid for six, seven months, because that is what I have confirmed, it means the LMC, NFF are not doing their job, and they should all get sacked. I would prefer to have just two teams in the league rather than have the current 20 that would not pay their players. What we have today in the league is slavery; these local players are enslaved. Let us cancel the league if we cannot have a law that will compel these clubs to pay their players, let us forget about the league and these players will go out there and look for other jobs. The English Premier League that all of us are excited about now is a product of sacrifice by individuals who want to leave a legacy that will last for long. But unfortunately the leaders we have now are not ready to do that.
The president of the NFF now is not supposed to be there, he does not have a clue and is surrounded by bad advisers
Former Super Eagles player, Sam Sodje, who had his national team career cut short by injury tells AJIBADE OLUSESAN in this interview about his plans to help home-based players. The defender who was born in England but came back home at an early age, talks about his famous football-playing family and sundry issues. Excerpts… The president of the NFF now is not supposed to be there, he does not have a clue and is surrounded by bad advisers. Sunday Oliseh took over from Stephen Keshi as Eagles coach; do you think he can do a good job? He is a very good friend of the Sodjes and he was involved in most of our charity games. He is a top manager and a top coach but I was shocked he took the job because of the person in charge of our football, even the system. I think he took it because he loves Nigeria what is left now is to support him. I can vouch for him but I have reservations about the working environment. However, I think he has been talking too much to the press. You can plan to do some things without necessarily announcing them. I was not too impressed when he said he would not invite players not playing in top divisions in Europe; you don’t say stuffs like that, you keep it to yourself and go ahead to
executive it. I have played under top managers and Alan Pardew is one of them. He is one of the greatest managers you can think of; he talks less and achieves much. You keep your plans to yourself; if they work fine, if not no one knows about it. I think he's talking too much. It appears he also compounded it with his statement on the refusal of Mikel Obi to pick his calls. Don’t you agree? I would've done it in a different way if I were him, but maybe that's the way he handles things and I can't blame him for being honest. But you've not settled down and don't want to start having issues with players, but if he wants to handle it that way, it's up to him. A lot has been said about the quality of players that we have now. Many Nigerians are worried that our players are not playing for big clubs in Europe… I don’t think we have the calibre of players that we can call true Super Eagles and I am not trying to be disrespectful to anyone. Why don’t we have players in big clubs anymore? It is because the players are not just there. Who do you think we have that can play in big clubs in Europe? And that is why the national team is not attractive be-
cause it does not parade top players. Many top countries have passed through this dry period. England, Spain, Italy and even Brazil have suffered that bad patch in their football and they were able to bounce back. Hopefully, in the future we will reclaim our glorious days. But these countries had blueprints on how to get out of the mess and they did, don’t you think we need such measures too? You just used the exact words - blue - print! The way forward is to go back to the grassroots. That is key, discover these young players and nurture them. But unfortunately those that we have at the top are too obsessed with the EPL, so much so that they don’t even know what they have to do. They are opportunists who are supporters of foreign clubs but running our football. I was born in London and I played in the Premier League but I am not that obsessed. Instead of chasing after some Premier League players, just focus on developing youngsters and guide them until they get to the top of their careers and the national team will greatly benefit from this. I remember your debut match for the Eagles, Nigeria lost 3-0 to Romania… I was so happy to play for my fatherland, because that time the national team was so attractive. I also had the opportunity of playing for England but there was no question about whether I wanted to represent Nigeria. We lost the match 3-0 but I was still very happy that I played for Nigeria; it was a dream come true for me. You played with some players in the heart of Eagles defence. Who do you consider your best partner? I have a lot of respect for everyone I played alongside in the defence because it is not easy to play for the national team. I played with Joseph Yobo, Daniel Shittu, Obinna Nwaneri and even Rabiu Afolabi. These guys are great. It is just sad that injury prevented me from showcasing my full potential to Nigerians. I have got ability and it was there for everyone to see but I got injured at a wrong time. Many people did not know I played through injury for about five years. Sodje family has become popular in Nigeria: you, Efe and Akpo have done well playing for several clubs in England… My father was a great footballer. Although short he was very good. My mum too was a sprinter; the sports gene is there. And let me tell you, my nephew has just signed a contract with Man City, he is a striker and you should expect more Sodjes in the football circle soon.
How do you describe Efe, the bandana-wearing tough-tackling defender? We are different players. Efe is my hero, to me he is a legend, and he made me who I am. Ability wise, I have got it but Efe works really hard. If I worked as hard as Efe with my ability, I CONTINUED FROM PAGE 31
ilan have no time to dwell on last weekend's disappointing derby defeat against Inter Milan as they face a tough test against unbeaten Palermo on Saturday. Sinisa Mihajlovic suffered a second defeat in his third Serie A match in charge of Milan as Inter took the bragging rights in a 1-0 win last Sunday. Milan had plenty of opportunities in an open contest, with Luiz Adriano spurning two great chances and Mario Balotelli hitting the woodwork on his first appearance since returning to the club on loan from Liverpool. Following the defeat, Mihajlovic credited Milan's performance and he will have seen enough to believe they can put a run of good form together. But starting that against a Palermo side who have taken seven points from three Serie A games this term - and who won the corresponding fixture 2-0 last season - will not be an easy feat.
Milan seek response to derby flop
Brendan Rodgers has at his disposal, including Christian Benteke and Philippe
iego Godin and Filipe Luis should be available to Atletico Madrid Coach Diego Simeone for the game against Eibar. Godin injured his knee in the Champions League win over Galatasaray, but itâ€™s not a major prob-
Godin, Filipe fit for Eibar clash
Premier League, with 12 goals against in five games, can now turn their attentions to Arsenal and the manager Mourinho most likes to beat. Former goalkeeper Petr Cech, back at Chelsea for the first time since he moved to North London, will be standing in their way but Chelsea go into the match with a sense that the tide may have turned. "Obviously it will be new to play against Chelsea but when you start playing the game the only concern you have is 'can I play my best game and can we win?'" Cech said.
Bologna v Frosinone 2pm
Atalanta v Verona 2pm
Chievo v Inter Milan11:30
UdinesevEmpoli 5pm MilanvPalermo 7:45pm
EPL SATURDAY Chelsea v Arsenal 12:45 Aston Villa v West Brom 3pm Bournemouth v Sunderland 3pm Newcastle v Watford3pm Stoke v Leicester 3pm
If Chelsea think Arsenal are arriving at just the right time, then so does Wenger who has had a spring in his step since he finally beat a Mourinho side for the first time in the pre-season Community Shield. The Frenchman, who declined to shake Mourinho's hand after that match at Wembley and who is still smarting from losing 6-0 to Chelsea in his 1,000th match as Arsenal manager, has yet to beat the Portuguese in the league but he can see a chance to shake off another hoodoo.
Kickoff: 12:45 pm
ommanding centre-back Sebastien Bassong believes Norwich City
Bassong (middle) celebrates a goal with team mates.
here may not be many handshakes offered or accepted, but Jose Mourinho has reason to welcome Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger back to Chelsea in Saturday's big Premier League lunchtime clash. The champions are languishing on the brink of the bottom three after their worst start to a Premier League season, while Arsenal are fourth, but Wednesday's 4-0 Champions League thrashing of Maccabi Tel Aviv has lifted some of the gloom. The side with the worst defensive record in the
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saviour after driving them from the brink of relegation a few seasons ago to title contenders, was "unsackable" given his contribution but another loss on Saturday would unavoidably turn up the heat. Gone is the enthusiasm of making their first ever Champions League appearance where on Tuesday they lost 3-0 to Sevilla, conceding three penalties in 20 minutes in yet another disappointing performance. The departure of Germany internationals Max Kruse, who joined VfL Wolfsburg, and Christoph Kramer, who returned to Bayer Leverkusen after his loan deal, has left huge gaps on the pitch.
Former World No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo, a new mum, has sent out a cryptic tweet, saying she is not a candidate presumably for the French Davis Cup captain's post. Arnaud Clement is the current French Davis Cup captain but is expected to step down before the French's next Davis Cup tie in 2016 and the former hampion said she was not interested in replacing Clement.
hampions League club Borussia Moenchengladbach are with their backs to the wall as they prepare to face Cologne in the Rhine derby, with coach Lucien Favre under mounting pressure following their four-game losing start this season. Gladbach finished third last season following a sensational run after the winter break when they racked up more points than any other Bundesliga club. Their current campaign, however, has so far been a flop with Favre's team losing all four league matches to remain in last place. Days ago club bosses said Favre, hailed as the team's
W est Ham United hope to continue their recent giant-killing feats when they take on Manchester City at the weekend, but manager Slaven Bilic does not expect Manuel Pellegrini's side to suffer a dip in confidence after losing to Juventus midweek. The Hammers have arguably been the enigma of the early going so far, with disappointing home defeats by Bournemouth and Leicester City offset by impressive away wins over Liverpool and Arsenal.
Fernando Alonso says the chasing pack are "trying to find the miracles" required to catch Mercedes. Since the V6 turbo regulations were introduced at the start of 2014, Mercedes has dominated F1, taking 26 victories from the 31 races in that time. Honda returned to partner McLaren this year but has struggled for both performance and reliability, with the team currently having scored just 17 points.
Bilic faces a tough task if he is to add Pellegrini's scalp to his belt alongside those of Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers, but exuded quiet confidence in his tried and tested counter-attacking gameplan when he spoke to reporters ahead of Saturday's Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium. "Man City will feel they need a response after Juventus (in the Champions League), but that won't affect their confidence," the Croatian said.
SERIE A Clubs
1 Inter Milan 2 Chievo 3 Sampdoria 4 Torino 5 Roma 6 Sassuolo 7 Palermo 8 Fiorentina 9 Lazio 10 Atalanta 11 Genoa 12 AC Milan 13 Udinese 14 SSC Napoli 15 Verona 16 Juventus 17 Empoli 18 Carpi 19 Bologna 20 Frosinone
Pts 15 11 10 10 9 9 8 8 7 7 6 6 6 5 4 4 4 2 2 2
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
9 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 4 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 0 0
P 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5
No Clubs 1 Man City 2 Leicester City 3 Man United 4 Arsenal 5 West Ham 6 Crystal Palace 7 Everton 8 Swansea City 9 Norwich City 10 Liverpool 11 S’ampton 12 Tottenham 13 Watford 14 West Brom 15 Aston Villa 16 B’mouth 17 Chelsea 18 Stoke City 19 Sunderland 20 Newcastle
Pts 9 7 7 7 7 6 5 5 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 0
4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
12 12 8 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 1 1 1 0 0
P 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
BUNDESLIGA 1 Dortmund 2 Bayern 3 Wolfsburg 4 Frankfurt 5 Schalke 04 6 Bremen 7 Hertha Berlin 8 FC Cologne 9 Ingolstadt 10 Mainz 05 11 Darmstadt 12 Hamburg 13 Leverkusen 14 Augsburg 15 Hoffenheim 16 Hannover 17 VfB Stuttgart 18 Gladbach
No Clubs 1 Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 3 Celta Vigo 4 Villarreal 5 Eibar 6 Atl. Madrid 7 La Coruna 8 Valencia 9 Real Betis 10 Ath. Bilbao 11 Granada 12 Espanyol 13 Las Palmas 14 Levante 15 Malaga 15 Sociedad 15 Sporting 18 Sevilla 19 Vallecano 20 Getafe
Augsburg v Hannover 4:30pm
Dortmund v Leverkusen4:30pm
VillarrealvAth Bilbao 5:15pm
Wolfsburg v Hertha 2:30pm
Bremen v Ingolstadt 2:30pm
Stuttgart v Schalke2:30pm
Darmstadt v Bayern 2:30pm
EibarvAtl Madrid 7:30pm
Deportivo v Gijón 3pm
Hamburger v Frankfurt 2:30pm
Sevilla v Celta Vigo11:00
SATURDAY Cologne v M’gladbach 2:30pm
Swansea v Everton 3pm Man City v West Ham5:30pm SUNDAY Tottenham v Crystal Palace1:30p
Real v Granada 3pm
Carpi v Fiorentina 5pm
Torino v Sampdoria 2pm
Roma v Sassuolo 2pm
Genoa v Juventus 2pm
Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has come to the rescue of his alma mater, William Knibb Memorial High, after donating $1.3 million, plus sporting equipment, to aid the school's ailing sports programme. Called upon for assistance after the institution's struggles to sustain its sporting programmes because of financial constraints, Bolt returned to his old school to personally deliver the items, after his triple-gold-medal performance at the Worlds.
lem and he finished the game and was able to train on Wednesday night. Filipe was also involved in the session despite not even travelling to Turkey for the game in Istanbul, and his return to fitness means Cholo has no injury problems with which to contend.
Bilic looks to give Pellegrini headache
ristiano Ronaldo can overtake Raul as Real Madrid's all-time top scorer when Granada visit the Bernabeu in La Liga on Saturday and the Portugal captain would have needed fewer than half as many matches to do it. Former Spain striker Raul, now with New York Cosmos, netted 323 goals in 741 appearances for the world's richest club, while Ronaldo's hat-trick in Tuesday's 4-0 Champions League victory at home to Shakhtar Donetsk took his tally to a jaw-dropping 321 in just 304 matches. The 30-year-old FIFA Ballon d'Or holder's treble at the Bernabeu came hot on the heels of his five-goal haul at Espanyol last weekend and Real have rattled in 15 goals without reply in their last three outings. "I know Cristiano Ronaldo's value and performance level," Real coach Rafa Benitez told a news conference after the Shakhtar game. "He is the best in the world and is showing that in games and every training session." Ronaldo hit five goals in a match for the first time when Real hammered Granada 9-1 at the Bernabeu last season and Granada midfielder Ruben Rochina is expecting another rough ride despite Benitez missing several regulars due to injury.
Raul's record in Ronaldo's sights
Coutinho. “It’s a nice feeling to go there and play in this type of game. I think we have to give it a go,” Bassong said. “I think we have to go there with no fear and hopefully get a good result.“Liverpool are a great club, they have changed, they’ve got some additions to their team this year, some good players but football depends on a lot of factors.''
Time runs out for Gladbach's Favre as Rhine derby looms
must be fearless in their approach to Sunday’s match at Liverpool. The experienced defender has continued his good performances under Alex Neil’s guidance following promotion, keeping Bournemouth’s dangerman Callum Wilson under control during City’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth last weekend. Now the 29-year-old hopes to continue that form against the talent Liverpool boss
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AFCON 2017: Invite the best for Egypt games – Nieketien
Ugochi Akwueze x-international, Peter Nieketien, has advised Super Eagles’ head coach, Sunday Oliseh, to invite the best players available to prosecute the two Africa Cup of Nations qualifier games against Egypt in March 2016. Speaking with Saturday Telegraph, the former Nigeria player said the coach should invite players that are fit and performing well in their clubs, if the country was serious about qualifying for Gabon 2017. “Players like Obafemi Martins, Ikechukwu Uche, Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo are doing well for their clubs and should be invited,” Nieketien said. “Mikel Obi should also be considered because of his experience, but Oliseh should not make the mistake of experimenting with him as an attacking midfielder. “He should be allowed to play his usual role
as a defensive midfielder since he can make good passes, which will help the team in the game against Egypt.” The 46-year-old coach urged the team to remain focused, go to Egypt next year and get a win or a draw, and then come back home to get the three points. On the matches played so far under Oliseh, Nieketien said the players were not too impressive in the two games played against Tanzania and Niger, but applauded the coach’s effort in team’ organisation. The former Julius Berger player said: “The team now has a shape, every area is being covered, courtesy of Oliseh’s experience. “Our first game against Tanzania lacked creativity and finishing, but the second one against Niger was better, but the team still needs to do more.”
Yaounde agog for Pro-Wrestling Africa Championship Charles Ogundiya
Lagos Marina Captain, Muyiwa Sonubi (right) receiving the Dantata Cup from the special guest of honour, Emir of Kano, HRH, Sanusi Lamido, during the presentation ceremony of the first stage of the MTN/Kano 2015 international polo tournament in Kano on Sunday.
MTN/Kano Polo: Lagos Marina, Kano Valda clinch titles
he Lagos Marina and Kano Valda teams emerged winners of the first major trophies in the ongoing MTNsponsored international polo tournament. In the final games witnessed by the Emir of Kano and a host of other top dignitaries at the Usman Dantata Polo Grounds Kano, both teams registered their presence as the first set of winners in what remains the biggest tourism attraction to the commercial city since the early 1930s. The polo-loving monarch, who was attending the MTN grand polo festival for the first time in his capacity as the Grand Patron of Kano Polo Club, presented the Dantata and the Sir Muhammadu Sanusi cups to the winners and runners up. The Lagos Marina team, led by Captain Muyiwa Sonubi, made a sensational debut to the tournament, smashing their way to the Dantata Cup victory in their first attempt, defeating a host of high profile teams in the process. The visiting Lagosians kicked off their campaign on a bright note, coming from 3-5 down to outpace Abuja Dogonyaro 6-5 in a tense Dantata Cup match, before facing their stiffest challenge against favourites, Kano Dantek, who they held off to win 61/2-5 in a fiercely-fought final game to clinch the Dantata Cup. The other winner in the tournament, Kano Valda, led by their captain, Sani Umar, also emerged the highest scoring side after pumping an incredible 251/2 goals past opponents, Kano Ambo, Ibadan Challenge and Kano Fas Ago Sacks in a closely-fought final on Sunday to win the MRS Cup. Speaking on their victory, Umar said: “It was an excellent campaign. We set ourselves an ambitious target of winning the title despite the record number of opponents that
participated in the tourney. We are really proud of our achievement and we want to dedicate this cup to our teeming fans who cheered us all the way to the final”. Also speaking after the event, general manager, Consumer Marketing, MTN, Richard Iweanoge, congratulated Kano Valda and all the participating teams for their sterling performances in the tourney. Iweanoge who described the Kano international event as one of the biggest in Africa, assured that MTN was excited to be involved with such a prestigious game as polo and was committed to giving it the deserved attention. “MTN Nigeria is excited to be associated with the prestigious game of polo. We understand that beyond being a mere game, polo is the lifeblood and passion of some of our key stakeholders. We appreciate that fact and we remain committed towards ensuring that polo gets the needed attention and support it deserves,” he declared.
he day is finally set for the much-awaited maiden ProWrestling Africa Championship, as Nigerian heavyweight champion Peace “Power Lee De Great” takes on Camerounian Michel Noudem “Le Matrquer”. The fight put together by the Pro Wrestling Africa and tagged Battle of Yaoundé 2015, will take place at the Palaise De Sports, Yaoundé, Camer-
oun, on September 19 (today). Speaking to Saturday Telegraph from Yaoundé, the secretary of the PWA, Olusesan Olukoya, said Power Lee and other Nigerian wrestlers were ready to make the country proud. “I have not seen as much determination in some of these wrestlers in recent time,” he said. “I have no doubt in my mind that they are going to carry the day because apart from the preparation from home (Nigeria), they have displayed a high level of professionalism since we arrived Cameroun.” According to Olukoya, some of other Nigerian wrestlers in Yaoundé are: Young Power Mike, Mighty Man, Flying Danko, among others. Power Lee also restated his target to win the fight to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the creation of Delta State. He said: “I am in top shape for this fight and I want Nigerians to support me because the glory is not for me alone. “Le Matrquer is not going to believe what hit him after the fight because I am going to show him who the master is.” He however called on Delta State and all other well-meaning Nigerians to come to his aid as he looks forward to defending the title in Nigeria if he wins.
UN, CAP co-host Lagos Beach Marathon Edwin Usoboh
he United Nations Information Centre has collaborated with Community Agenda for Peace (CAP) to host the fourth edition of Lagos Beach Marathon slated for October 1. The 2015 edition of Lagos Beach marathon is special in many respects, foremost being that it is being co-hosted in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations Organisation and the independence of Nigeria.
Obuesi Phillips, the initiator of the marathon, said the event was designed to draw Nigerian youths, budding and established athletes to a must-see showcase of beach race. He said: “they are not just going to run a beach race, there will also be a musical concert, a raffle draw and lots of gift items for Nigerians as they gather to celebrate our nation’s independence.” Obuesi, who is the president of the Beach Race Club, organisers of the Lagos Beach Marathon, stated that the event would be a bumper package for all participants. He said although beach race was new in Nige-
ria all hands were on deck to institutionalise it, making it a regular sporting activity in the country. Sammy Obodo, CAP's head of administration stated that over 100 athletes and non-athletes alike had registered for the beach marathon so far. He added that there were still opportunities for more participants to register. Obodo explained further that fun lovers, family members and other picnickers would have the opportunity to participate in the event also as a way of celebrating Nigeria’s independence.
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NFF president not qualified to run football – Sodje he got to me.
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But how did you manage the crisis? It was tough. Imagine you are in the public eye all the time; you have a family name you have worked hard to build over the years being tarnished but I was too strong for him, I was not going to allow one man from nowhere to destroy us. He was not working alone; he was working with a newspaper which had promised to pay him for such story. He was working with gunmen and even corrupt police officers, it was like a gang, working to get a story. But today I am enjoying my life. His name is Mazher Mahmood. He’s been doing this for over 30 years. He lied in the court and thank God he was caught red-handed. He was caught in a case before ours and as a result, our case was thrown out straight away after which he was exposed live on TV and his identity was made known to the public.
think I would have played for Barcelona. Efe is still working hard to become a good manager. But Akpo did not get to play for Nigeria like you and Efe… He never got the chance to play. We started playing together in Warri before we both moved to England. He’s had wonderful career even though he did not play for the national team. I wish he did but I don’t think he has any regrets. 2013 was a tough year for you when you were arrested for alleged match-fixing. Tell us what really happened… I want to thank the Nigerian press for waiting to get the true story. You guys supported me. What happened to me made me who I am today, this is why I want to do what I am doing. I want to help players so that they will not experience what I went through. These young players are vulnerable and we need to teach them how to avoid troubles. If I did what they accused me of, I won’t be here today; I would have been in prison. But today I got my pride back, I have got my degree, I have got my own company, I am enjoying my life. But the man in the centre of the scandal actually approached you; were you trying to look at the offer really? I would like to tell my story: he did not offer me anything. He was not even talking about match-fixing, he approached
me for a charity game and that is something I do, which my family does. He was talking about what we do to raise funds for charity homes; it was when he was setting me up that he changed the whole story. He asked me a question, I answered, then he changed the question again in the video and put my answer there to make it look like I was asking for money to fix a
match. He is a specialist in what he does. In that video he alleged that I wanted 50,000 pounds for a yellow card but tell me who will pay that kind of money? I am so happy that the truth came out; I am so happy and proud where I am today. He never approached me for match-fixing, he told me about charity and that was how
It must have been so tough on you but how much support did you get? Nothing from the NFF but it is okay. Let us assume I actually did it, I don’t think they should have done that, your son is your son. Regardless, I thank Nigerians especially the press and my family; we were so strong Any regrets playing for Nigeria? I am proud to have played for Nigeria. Anytime I wore the shirt I felt on top of the world. But if you look at how somebody like Rashidi Yekini left, you would wish you played for some other country. All the same I have no regrets. have days to the World Cup but we will evaluate the players so that at the end of the day, we would take only those who can do the business for us in Chile. Only the best players will be taken to Chile because I want all the players to be able to play when occasion demands. We want all the players to have high sense of responsibility because you can’t predict what would happen; so all of them must be ready to play at any point in time. That is why we involve everybody when we are training in order for everybody to be on the same page. When the time comes, we will pick those that would make us proud.
Amuneke: Only the best players for Chile 2015 Speaking against the background of the Golden Eaglet’s performance at the recent Suwon International Youth (U-17) Tournament in Korea Republic, coach Emmanuel Amuneke tells thenff. com about the team's preparations and prospects at the U-17 World Cup in Chile. Excerpts… It is exactly a month to Nigeria’s first match at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, against USA. What is the state of your team, Golden Eaglets? The state of our team is that we are still preparing. We are glad that we were part of the intercontinental competition in Suwon, Korea, because it gave us the opportunity to assess the players individually and collectively, as a team. So, we are working towards the World Cup in Chile and we are hopeful that we would be able to give a good account of ourselves when we get to Chile. In football, you can say that everything has been done at this stage but it is a continuous process; even when we get to the World Cup because you still have to prepare the team in order to face the challenges of the matches to be played. The Eaglets came third at the intercontinental tournament in Suwon. Were you satisfied with the performance of the team generally? We were not bothered about the final position of the team at the tournament in Suwon; rather, we were concerned with the response of the players based on what we are demanding from them in terms of their individual and collec-
tive behaviors when we have the ball and when we don’t have the ball. I’m happy for the players because they gave a very good account of themselves and that gives us hope that we will do our best at the World Cup. However, we are not getting carried away about anything yet. We are still working on our lapses and when we go to our training camp in Argentina, we will intensify our preparation so that when October 17th comes, we would be ready to play and give our best against USA. Who were the players that impressed you the most in Korea? I don’t think at this moment or at this category, we should be talking about individual players, and I have tried to channel my thoughts on looking at the team collectively rather than as individuals. I want all the players to feel important and there is no reason to pick one player or the other for special praise. Of course, we have added some new boys into the team and we are happy they have shown to us that they can play. We just have to remain focused and it is our prayers that they would also be able to give a good account of themselves at the World Cup.
I want all the players to feel important and there is no reason to pick one player or the other for special praise Very soon, you would have to pick the 21 players for the World Cup; do you have them in your head already? No. I don’t have anybody in my head. Selecting the best 21 players is not as easy as that. We, I mean the technical crew, have to sit down and evaluate the performance of the players and pick the ones that would be very useful to us. We still
Nigeria are the defending champions of the FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy. Are you under any pressure going to Chile? I’m not under any pressure but I have the sense of direction that we are the defending champions at this level. I don’t want us to dwell so much on that. We keep working quietly and hard; when the time comes, we shall be ready. We must psyche ourselves that we can do it, but I’m not under any pressure. I think I’ve always been used to pressure, previously as a player and now as a coach. I believe in hard work and I don’t think hard work disappoints anyone. You played against Korea, Brazil and Croatia at the tournament in Suwon. Can you confidently say your team would be able to cope at the World Cup? Yes, we are going to cope very well and that is why we are the defending champions. No team would be a pushover at the World Cup and it was great we went to Suwon because our boys can now see a clear picture of what to expect in Chile. All the 24 teams going to Chile have one objective: To win the World Cup. That means we must be on top of our game if we want to win. We would be ready for the World Cup, that I can assure you.
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Lifestyle of Sportsmen
Model Summers sends video of support to Inter
ot Playboy model April Summers has sent a video of support to Inter Milan ahead of derby against AC
Milan If this doesn’t motivate them, nothing will! In an interesting motivational video, stunning bikini model Summers wished Inter good luck in their derby game against Milan by posing in very little clothing by a swimming pool. A huge fan of Italian football, Summers is known for similar video posts, having also recorded shoots for former Juventus star Andrea Pirlo.
Drake gives Serena a kiss on the hand like the queen
erena Williams got a kiss on the hand from rumoured-boyfriend Drake after her fashion show in New York City Tuesday. Cameras caught the rapper giving the tennis champion a peck backstage following the unveiling of her Serena Williams Signature Statement by HSN Spring 2016 collection. Drake was sitting front-row for the event, seated alongside Anna Wintour, Gigi Hadid and Lily Aldridge. Williams used multiple songs by Drake during the show, according to TMZ. She previously quashed speculation of a romance. "We've been friends for, like, so many years," Williams told the Associated Press back in July. "Just like family."
Victoria Beckham removes tattoo dedicated to husband
ading love? Victoria Beckham sparked trouble in paradise rumours with her husband David when she bared her back in New York City on September 14, revealing her faded tattoo dedicated to her love of 16 years. The fashion designer is reportedly receiving laser treatments to zap away the heartfelt tattoo. The ink read, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” This isn’t the first tattoo the mother-of-four has removed. She also zapped off the date she renewed her wedding vows with the retired soccer player. She then removed her “again from the start” tattoo of when the family moved to America in 2007.
Ronaldo poses in flashy car alongside private jet for latest Instagram post
Bolt bolts out of restaurant without paying
ristiano Ronaldo ended his mini ‘goal-drought’ with an astonishing five goal haul during Real Madrid’s 6-0 win away at Espanyol on the weekend and posted the picture below via his Instagram
s the fastest man on the planet, Usain Bolt is in a good position to do a runner from an expensive bar bill. The Olympic gold medallist accidentally dashed off without paying a £10,000 bar tab after partying at new London nightspot, Drama. None of the club’s staff was sprightly enough to catch up with him and demand a payment. The Jamaican sprinter, 29, had enjoyed a night out at the new Mayfair club over
the weekend, where he even joined the club’s DJ behind the decks while celebs including Daisy Lowe and Lindsay Lohan partied nearby. Realising the following day that he’d jumped the gun with his swift exit, Bolt, who won his 10th world championship gold medal last month, returned to the club in person to rectify his mistake. A source said: “Usain was having such a great time enjoying himself on his night out, he completely forgot to settle up at the end.'' Stories courtesy Dailymail
account. The Real Madrid man is now just five goals short of Raul’s total of 323 goals and looks likely to race past that total to become the leading goal-scorer in the history of the Bernabeu side.
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Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Most Rev Matthew Kukah
Another cross-section of Rev. Sisters.
Encounter with Monsignor Gabriel Osu
t was not a happenstance; but planned. Saturday Telegraph’s meeting with the director of Social Communication for Lagos Archdiocese, Very Rev. Monsignor Gabriel Osu, in his home at Northern Foreshore Estate in Lekki, Lagos, on Monday, August 7, was quite revealing. Though, locating his abode was a herculean task, the aftermath of the encounter was worth the trouble. However, if the estate where his house is situated could be described as serene, then his warm welcome was simply angelic. “I hope you did not have much problem locating this place,” was the first word this revered priest from Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State, uttered. I could not have had any problem though, because he had given me the kind of direction on the telephone that even the blind would have no difficult with. But, what has it been like as a Catholic priest, Saturday Telegraph asked after settling down in his modest seating room for discussion. The Father took a big sigh and said: “I started like any other person. Although, priesthood is a bit challenging; a priest is chosen from the world but as Jesus said, he is not of the world again. Ironically, priests must minister to this same world from which they were called from.” Father Osu went on to describe the Catholic priests as representatives of Jesus Christ on the altar. “They, like Jesus, during the last supper where He offered blessings over bread and wine, celebrate the mass in the Catholic Church as commanded in the Bible. But the journey to become a mass celebrant is a long, arduous task. Making a decision to be one, especially in Africa, where culture and tradition expect everyone to marry and raise offspring, is a great task, one that could be difficult to comprehend by relatives, even parents.” Like the famed Oliver Twist, Saturday Telegraph probed further to know what his relationship is like with his immediate family. Again, Father Osu did not waste time in explaining that he has lived almost all his life in Lagos as such could rightly be referred to as a Lagos man. He added: “Since I was ordained a priest, my relationship with my immediate family has been deep spiritually because I see myself as more spiritually-privileged. Given that I have a full pastoral work to do in the parish, meeting them regularly is reduced to once or twice monthly. Priesthood is a life of sacrifice. You must sacrifice your time, life and the companionship of your immediate family. “Although, it is natural for them to feel your absence but because one has become a priest, your family members have equally enlarged to include all those you minister to in your pastoral work. That is just the way it is.”
Does that mean the Catholic Church has no rule regarding how much time off a priest can have for holidays, this reporter enquired? To this, Father Osu said, as a general rule, a priest takes one month a year, during which time he is replaced by another priest so as not to leave the parish without pastoral care. “Equal to all laypersons, a priest is entitled to at least a day off during the week to rest. When a parish has more than one priest, sometimes the priests are allowed two days off per week. What the priest does on his time off, it concerns him alone. He is entitled to his own privacy. Such must be respected.” He said that he developed passion for communication because, “I have been interested in writing. I have always coordinated the social affairs of the Lagos Archdiocese. We publish the Catholic Herald. The Catholic Herald had been published for a long time, but it later became moribund. “When I resumed office, we re-launched it. I didn’t even attend any formal school in journalism. We put minds together and people put me through. And that is why someone like me will always say that what matters is not your certificate but your experience.”
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I don’t drink, smoke or womanise Although director-general of Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Muda Yusuf, grew up in the village he believes that modes his growing up years shaped his adult life. In this interview with WAHEED BAKARE and OLUWATOSIN OMONIYI, he spoke about his toughest challenge in life among other issues. How do you perceive life? Well, life is about living it to the fullest, about doing your best in whatever circumstances you find yourself and by loving your neighbour as yourself and about contentment. Basically I think that is the way I see it because there would always be challenges in life no matter where you are. At whatever level, there will be challenges; what is important is not the challenges but your attitude and response to them especially if we do our best, in good faith, in whatever circumstances we find ourselves. I think Almighty God will continue to prosper people, but it is important to be contented. Did you pick that up from your parents or was it something you grew up with or you learnt as an adult? It’s a combination of those. You know there are some norms, codes of conduct that you see when you are growing up or that people talk about, either in the family setting or in the religious places. There are things that are regarded as the standard of behaviour which you imbibe but may not know the import until you begin to grow and now begin to see the import of those things, you will begin to see experiences around you. You now grow to appreciate those things better. I hope you understand the point? You now grow to appreciate those things better with age so it’s a combination of the two; the way you were brought up. Some of these things along the line are validated by experience. And the moment you begin to have those experiences, your conviction gets stronger about some of those principles. As children, we played one prank or the other. Can you remember the ones you enjoyed playing as a child? Well, as a child I remember there used to be some people around us at that time when I was in the village. Some people will say go and buy me cigarette and I used to wonder what was in the cigarette? Sometimes, they give you the cigarette to light for them. And they smoke and drop it. So as a child, I was inquisitive to know what was in it. So one day, I just took the thing and lit and put it in my mouth, those ones that they throw away. I tried to smoke it and the thing started to give me some cough. I said ‘what is the thing that they see in this thing?’ I didn’t see anything in it. You know, it’s part of the things that as a child you see, even if nobody is talking to you, particularly things done by elders. As you know there was this perception that those who were older than you always did the right things and you have to emulate them. But it’s not always correct. That is why it is not good to do the wrong thing in the presence of children, because there is this tendency for them to emulate you. Did you then go on to smoke? No. I didn’t. I didn’t like it, so I concluded that the thing was rubbish. I was thinking that maybe it was something that was exciting. Because the way they smoke it, it looks as if there is something to enjoy. You know it’s like somebody either taking sweet or something, when
We lived with all the grandmothers in mud houses, and they used cow dung to do the painting
you are taking honey, you feel that this thing is really sweet. It’s not the same thing with some of these things. So I kept wondering what these people were enjoying in those things. Did you apply that experience to other areas of your life? I won’t say that I applied it but I will just say that there are people we grew up to see as role models, and you say ‘I like to be like this person.’ You know, such persons could be your uncles, people you see around who are nice and you want to emulate them. Another thing that was similar to cigarette is beer. When I saw people drinking it, I thought it was something sweet, but when I tasted it, the thing was bitter. I was like “what are this people getting in this kind of thing?” This experience I am talking about, I was maybe under 10 years, when all those uncles or big boys will say “hey you, go and buy me this, go and buy me that.” But as one grew up one began to see that there were some standards you want to maintain. I went to a boarding school, that was also another formative period, and because I was one of the few that were seen as well-behaved… you know what it meant to be a prefect at that time; by the time I was in final year I was even the head boy. So, there were some standards I had to maintain. I had principals who took matters of character very highly in school. So, this also shaped my behaviour generally. How long did you stay in the village? Then when you moved to Lagos, what was the experience like? I was in the village, first in the east, with my parents in Enugu. My early years were actually in the east. During the civil war, we had to migrate from the east to the village because my dad was an itinerant trader. His base was in the east. We had to move to the village in Kwara State, and my parents dropped us there and went in search of a new base. We were with our grannies. Though the environment was not up to standard, it was fun. We lived with all the grandmothers in mud houses, and they used cow dung to do the painting. I don’t know whether you have seen such, I don’t
know how old you are, whether you know what I am talking about. They use cow dung to do the painting. They will mix it and use it to do the painting and it will really look beautiful. And my grandmother had goats, so every night the goats will come inside. We had another room where the goats slept while we slept in another room. In the morning the goats woke up first, so when you saw the goats you know it was time to wake up. So it was fun and although the standard of living was very low, we didn’t know that it was low because who were you going to compare yourself to? All of us were the same. From there, of course, I went to an uncle for a while. He took me to Jos, he was working there in a company they call CN in Jos town. I was in Jos with him, in one room, my uncle had a bicycle that I had to wake up every morning to clean. I was with him and it was fun. Then from there the man was transferred to Kwara, I went with him. So, really all those years, we didn’t feel that anything was amiss. The first time I entered a vehicle to go to school, I think I was already 10 or 12 years old, was when a neighbour just gave me a ride with the children. That was the first time I boarded a vehicle to school.
How was the experience like? It was great. We were used to trekking. That day the man just said, “join the children in my vehicle”. But coming to town, the first major culture shock, well, secondary school was still not too much of a shock. But when I left secondary school to the higher institution, that was where the major shock came because we now saw children from upper class who were more exposed and it was not easy to adjust. Even their clothing was differ-
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–DG, Chambers of Commerce ent. Those of us who were coming from the village and the grammar school environment - the kind of clothes we wore didn’t fit into that environment. It took us time to gain confidence. And that is one of the benefits of education. After some time we now gained confidence, we were among people of varying backgrounds. Which higher institution? Kwara Polytechnic. It was a school of basic studies in Kwara. There is this popular saying that growing up as a man, there are three different aspects, it’s either you are into women, into drinking or into smoking. So, which one did you pick? I won’t pick anyone. It’s just that occasionally, you know peer group pressure can be very strong. Occasionally you are tempted to get into some of these things. But if you are not cut out for it, even if you try to do it, you will find it very awkward to remain in it. You know, when we were in school, of course there is always this pressure then in higher institution. People going around with girlfriends, into the girls’ hostel and you know some of us were not confident enough. We came from a background that teaches you to be careful about certain things and sometimes to a fault. So it was very difficult for one to fall fully into it, but occasionally, you got tempted and you also wanted to try. You try it and you find out the thing wasn’t working for you. You get out of it and just follow your normal acts. That is just it. Smoking, I told you, the moment I tried it once and I started coughing, I knew this was not for me. And drinking, because you see people around you drinking you want to even taste it, it wasn’t for me. Even if you find yourself in the group of people that want to push you to it, and you even try to do it and the thing wasn’t good, it just goes to validate the fact that this thing is actually not the best for you. So it’s not true that everybody has to pick one of those perversions.
of nothing to do, just attending parties. As a form of relaxation, do you take time to go out with your family? Occasionally, Yes. But I don’t do it much. And my wife too is a very busy person. She’s a business person. So, from Monday to Saturday she is talking about her customers, her party, there is a lot of things she has to deliver. Even to get her to go out sometimes can be very hard. I can also be quite busy myself. There are always issues to conclude, there are always analyses to do, so I must confess, I am not doing much when it comes to that. Do you have any favourite meal particularly at weekends? No, I don’t. Whatever she gives me I take. I don’t sit down and say go and do this. If she feels like doing something special, good. If she’s happy, she’s the one that dictates what she will serve. Sometimes, she will just come up with something fantastic and you will be wondering what is happening today? Apart from tennis, do you have any other favourite sport? No, no. My favourite sport is tennis. Do you watch football? No, it gives me stress, especially when I have a stake in it. I only watch replays. You do not support any club? No, I don’t. I am not a fan of any. I just watch them. I enjoy
What’s your social life like? Well, I visit friends occasionally, I am a member of Ikoyi Club, I visit there occasionally. I play tennis. Sometimes, I go there with my laptop and listen to different kinds of developments around the world, listen to some moral, inspirational discussions or teachings. Occasionally when I am tired, I just switch on to some things like that. And if there are social outings to attend, I do, if it is compulsory for me, if it is somebody close to me. Do you go to Owambe parties? You see, for somebody like me, first I don’t drink. And if you don’t drink there are some environments you cannot really flow with easily. Then if you don’t womanise, although for many people of my age, you don’t do much of that. For most of the parties I attend they are always mandatory that I attend. Not that it’s for want
watching them. Not that I am a fan of any particular club. Being a fan gives me stress. I feel tensed up, as if something big is at stake. Especially when you are watching a live match. You understand what I mean.
...with a friend at a party
What is your favourite colour? I like white.
We had another room where the goats slept while we slept in another room
Is there any particular challenge of life that you wish did not occur in your life? Yes, there is one experience. And it had to do with when I was getting married. There is this genotype thing. I am AS. So I know that I should not marry somebody that is AS. A couple of people I met because of genotype thing, it didn’t work for me. When I met my wife, the test she did presented her as AA. I said okay, of course I was there when she did the test. So we got married. We had our first daughter and when she was five, she started to develop some funny symptoms. I said, “What is wrong with this girl?” Pains in the night, she will be crying about her legs and so on. I thought it was an orthopaedic matter so I took her to an orthopaedic person. So the woman looked at her severely and asked us to go and conduct a test. By the time we did a test, we discovered she was SS. My first though was “how did this happen?” So I took my wife and the other two children to the hospital and they confirmed that my wife was AS. And we already had three children. So it was a terrible time.
Did you feel your wife tricked you into it? No. I feel it was an error on the part of those that conducted the test. That is why even for some of this very important tests, it is better to validate whatever test someone has done for you. And you should do it in a very standard hospital. So it was very devastating. Of course, about two years after I lost the child. She died. And luckily, the other two are not. But because of that experience I did not bother to have any child again. But the risk was too much. So that is one terrible thing that happened. And the lesson for people is that for such things they have to get the check done. It was a terrible experience. Before the girl died, every day was like a bonus. You get my point? You get home, you meet her and she is still there. Because anything could happen. Because the crisis could just develop like that. So that is perhaps the most devastating experience. Which is your happiest moment? I have a lot of happy moments. Waking up and seeing that you are healthy is great. It’s true, because we take a lot of things for granted. Even getting out of bed, driving out, going out and coming back is a lot of things we don’t normally appreciate. It’s only when something goes wrong that we now know the value of many blessings. So every day is a happy day. What will I say? When I had my school certificate result, I discovered that I made division one. They used to call it division one, two, three at that time.
L ve&Lv ng
Dear Love Doctor, ‘Help! My man has reconciled with his wife'
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‘I fell in love with him because of his body' he says that I’m just teasing him or flattering him. But that is the truth. In life, I’ve come to realize that exercise is very important to beauty. Exercise makes a man look good. The truth is that my Mike is hot and sexy and that's to a significant part because of his well built body. Here in Nigeria, women are the ones usually expected to maintain their shape, while men are allowed to grow pot bellies, erroneously thinking that it is a sign of wealth or good living. Although some men like fat women, a majority of fat women generally feel bad about their bodies and think that they may actually be unattractive. I love my man because of the way he exercises and keeps fit and I wish all men were like that. I’m going to marry Mike not only because of his great body, but because I love him from the very depths of my being.
Confession In this story, a lady meets an old friend at a party but ends up in bed with his brother... As narrated to Michael Uchebuaku
y name is Sandra and I’m 29 years old. A few years ago, I was at a sexy and wild party in Port Harcourt with a group of my friends when I bumped into Chris, a guy I'd had a serious crush on since secondary school but hadn't seen in years. We ended up talking for most of the night. But after we'd had a few drinks, he excused himself to go to the bathroom. When I bumped into him a few minutes later, I suggested that he came home with me. He told me to take some more bottles of beer before we would go home together. At first I refused but he put pressure on me to drink more, and before I knew it I was really drunk. The next morning, I woke up with the worst hangover I'd ever had, and when I rolled over, I realized that I wasn't with Chris at all -- I had gone home with his twin brother, Mike, whom I didn't even know. I was really angry with Chris for playing such a cruel trick on me. I had always known Chris as a joker but this joke was too practical for my liking. Imagine having sex with a complete stranger whom you didn't even meet before having sex with. I was shocked after realizing that I had gone to bed with Chris’ twin brother and not Chris himself. But somehow I had to secretly admit to myself that I really enjoyed the one night stand I had had with Mike. He had satisfied me sexually, and that didn't happen to me often! When I took a good look at him, I loved his body because he was well built. And I felt that it would really be worth it to have an affair with Mike since I had really enjoyed having sex with him in the first place. I didn't want to make the first move by suggesting to Mike that we have a relationship. But I was glad when he confessed to me that he had also enjoyed our night together so much. He apologized for taking advantage of me and asked for my forgiveness. I told Mike that I had forgiven him although I didn't like the fact that we hadn't been introduced to each other and therefore hadn't even known each other before he went to bed with me. I was really disappointed in Chris for setting me up with his brother like that, but I didn't want to make a case out of it because if I did, both of them would have been arrested and probably jailed, because strictly speaking, such an act
Romantic Quotes "Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze." ― Elinor Glyn "In your light, I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art." ― Rumi
could be regarded as rape since I hadn't expressly consented to having sex with Mike before the act. However, I decided to let that matter rest. I accepted it as my destiny to meet Mike and when he asked me if we could date, I said yes from my heart because I knew that that was what I really wanted. Mike and I started dating and it was really fun and exciting. I regard those first days of dating Mike as the happiest moments of my life. Whenever I was alone, I daydreamed of the way Mike made love to me and I just couldn’t get him off my mind. I was like a flower and Mike was like a butterfly. We were stuck together! I was in love with him. And I couldn't sleep at night without wishing he was by my side. I would turn and toss dreaming of Mike and wake up still thinking about him. I was crazy in love. I told Mike about my past. I couldn't hide my past from him anyway because I thought he deserved to know. I honestly think that when you meet someone new in your life, that special person
deserves to know your history, or rather, your story. You don't need to tell him/her every single detail but at least you owe it to the new person in your life to tell him/her what you've been through in life. I told Mike that I have been a victim of rape and heartbreak. I told him that when I was 17 a schoolmate forced himself on me. I didn't know that I was pregnant with his baby because I was still a virgin then. The guy denied me when he found out that I was pregnant. And after my daughter was born, my mother moved us out of Lagos to Port Harcourt and I lost contact with the father of my daughter. I told Mike that I was lonely and needed the love of a man in my life, and he agreed to be my man. That was three years ago. And today, Mike and I are still together. Mike says that he never experienced love at first sight until the day he set his eyes on me. Whenever I tell him that I fell in love with him because of his sexy body, he smiles and looks so happy. Sometimes
"So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me ... every day." ― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook "Lost love is still love. It takes a different form, that's all. You can't see their smile or bring them food or tousle their hair or move them around a dance floor. But when those senses weaken another heightens. Memory. Memory becomes your partner. You nurture it. You hold it. You dance with it." ― Mitch Albom "Anyone who falls in love is searching for the missing pieces of themselves. So anyone who's in love gets sad when they think of their lover. It's like stepping back inside a room you have fond memories of, one you haven't seen in a long time." ― Haruki Murakami
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'No hot nannies!'
'Hold On To The Nights'
l Couples give marriage advice in just three words after hashtag goes viral on Twitter
sk any married person for advice on how to make a relationship work and they'll probably have a lot to say. But a new Twitter hashtag which emerged yesterday inviting people to share their '#MarriageAdviceIn3Words' demanded a much more concise response. More than 1,500 social media users took up the challenge within 24 hours, and their snappy suggestions ranged from the profound and the practical to the amusing and the bizarre. A handful of celebrities even waded in to join the popular discussion, with two revealing their advice during an appearance on Comedy Central. 'Eventually you'll die,' stated actor Seth Green, while comedian Craig Ferguson quipped: 'Deny deny deny.' Meanwhile American fashion designer Kenneth Cole clearly knew what he was talking about when he tweeted: 'Apologize with shoes.' One of the most common three-word pearls of wisdom to appear alongside the
hashtag was to always let a wife triumph. Wife's always right,' one read. 'You're right honey' and 'she always wins', read two others. Another common piece of advice was to 'marry your friend' and to 'laugh together often'. Others were a little more specific, with one Twitter user advising 'put lid down!' and another suggesting 'get a dog'. Unsurprisingly, considering some studies have revealed as many as 50 percent of married people confess to an affair, matters of fidelity featured heavily. 'No hot nannies', advised one user, while another simply suggested: 'Don't ever cheat!' Computer-related advice was also a common thread, with gems including 'delete browser history' and 'use good passwords', as well as 'unfriend exes'.
Just when I believed I couldn't ever want for more This ever changing world pushes me through another door I saw you smile And my mind could not erase the beauty of you face Just for awhile Won't you let me shelter you
Many users mentioned religion as being vital in making a marriage work, with guidance such as 'pray, plan, persevere, and 'put God first'. Opinions were split over the issue of bathroom privacy, with one suggesting 'have separate bathrooms' and another stating 'kiss boundaries goodbye', along with a photo of a Barbie and Ken doll placed in unabashed positions in a toy bathroom. Finally, upon thorough examination of the most popular themes, there was no shortage of the simple three-word suggestion: 'Don't do it.' Tweets of this nature included 'kill yourself first', 'divorce is expensive' and 'get a prenup'. Courtesy: Daily Mail.
[Chorus:] Hold on to the nights Hold on to the memories I wish that I could give you something more That I could be yours How do we explain something that took us by surprise Promises in vain, love that is real but in disguise What happens now Do we break another rule Let our lovers play the fool I don't know how To stop feeling this way [Chorus]
'He masturbated right beside me on the bus' This is a true story of a lady's personal experience on a public bus. Peace Morrison
he world is full of mysteries and every day we see the unbelievable, unexpected and unusual. On a sorrowful Friday, a day the entire staff and students of my school (Nigerian Institute of Journalism) had a football match, tribute and candle night session in honour of our dear lecturer, Mr. Chris Ugo-Chukwu Ogbodo. He had died on Friday, March 13, 2013, leaving behind his lovely wife and children. The staff and students were all dressed in black with candles in their hands. They sang songs as they walked round Ogba, Lagos, and back to the school premises to put off their candles at a spot. The candlelight session ended at about 8pm that day. I decided to leave school because it was getting late and Friday traffic in Lagos is not what you would want to experience. It is always hectic and frustrating to be caught up in Lagos Friday traffic. I walked down to Ogba bus stop where I boarded a green tricycle auto mobile popularly known as 'KEKE-NAPEP’ from Ogba to Pen Cinema, Agege, then from there I entered a a yellow 18-sitter bus headed to Dopemu. The buses are always tight with passengers shouting: "Abeg make una shift o!" And the drivers screaming: "If you no want make I join you with another person enter with your N50 change o!" The bus driver stopped all passengers at 999, a bus-stop before Dopemu because of the traffic situation. I alighted with others passengers, collected my change from the driver and trekked down to Dopemu, where I boarded another bus to Egbeda. When I entered the bus, I had to sit down very quickly, due to the
impatient attitude of Lagos drivers, who are always in a haste to beat traffic and go for more trips before the end of the day. I sat down in the middle of the last row of a yellow 14-sitter commercial transport bus with one passenger at my left, a man to be precise, and another passenger at my right. Shortly, after I entered the bus, I turned to my right and I saw a slim, tall, darkskinned young man in his early 20s. He had brown eyes, a pointed nose and small lips. But I never got to see his teeth because he neither spoke nor opened his mouth while on the bus. He wore a blue-stripped short sleeve shirt on black trousers with a black belt and black shoe to match. He was handsome and well dressed. This young man's right hand was in his trousers and he used his left hand to cover his right hand with his shirt in order not to be seen by other passengers. I was worried and concerned; so many questions went through my mind. At first I asked myself what his hand was doing in his trousers or probably he was actually hiding a gun in his trousers waiting for the right time to attack us. But that was not the case, I actually saw the young man indulging in an act usually done behind closed doors. I have heard about it but never thought a grown young man would exhibit such an act on a public bus. The young man could not even control his sexual urge. He was masturbating on a 14-sitter public bus and he was so car-
ried away by the act that he was not even concerned about the other passengers sitting on the same row with him. I however noticed that the right hand in his trousers was actually the hand he was using to caress his manhood and the left hand he used to cover his right hand with his shirt. I could not believe my eyes; I was astonished and also concerned. Whenever the bus driver stopped to pick up some passengers, he would remove his hand and sit upright; and immediately the bus started moving again, he would put his hand back into his trousers and use the left hand to cover it with his shirt not regarding other passengers seated with him. Before the driver stopped at Jimoh, a bus stop along Egbeda axis, we were three on the last row. Then the driver stopped and picked other passengers. One passenger came and joined us at the back, thereby making us four passengers on the last row. I allowed the passenger that just entered to sit beside me on my left and I was still sitting close to this young man. So I think he obviously was not concerned about other passengers in the bus, because if he was, he would have noticed I was closely watching him. As he touched himself, so many thoughts dazzled my mind. I could not stop imagining how a young man like him could be so addicted to masturbation that he could not control his urge in public. I thought he should have waited to get behind closed doors to indulge in such an act. And it was so obvious that the young man had been addicted to masturbation which means to manually stimulate one’s sexual organs to achieve orgasm without sexual intercourse. After about 30 minutes, due to the traffic situation, we arrived at Egbeda last busstop. He alighted from the bus and fixed his belt. I noticed that he had removed his belt from his waist line, which enabled him to freely put his hand in his trousers. While all the passengers were alighting from the bus, I came down and stared at the young man as he walked down the road, till I saw him no more.
Well, I think that I've been true to everybody else but me And the way I feel about you makes my heart long to be free Everytime I look into your eyes, I'm helplessly aware That the someone I've been searching for is right there [Chorus]
Upon Julia’s Breasts Display thy breasts, my Julia, there let me Behold that circummortal purity; Between whose glories, there my lips I’ll lay, Ravished in that fair Via Lactea.
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Relationships & Love Advice
'Help! My man has reconciled with his wife' Dear Love Doctor, I am now heartbroken and an emotional wreck after my dream man recently returned to his wife. We had been living together for the past five years after he left his wife in Lagos and came to live in Abuja. Last Christmas, he said he was tired of living away from his family and that he wanted to reconcile with his wife and children and live once again like a responsible family man. I've been feeling so sad since he left. What do I do now? From Bunmi. Love Doctor’s Advice: Dear Bunmi, He was never yours in the first instance, so you should have known that you were shooting yourself in the foot when you decided to live with somebody else's man. Put yourself in the shoes of that man's wife. Would you like someone else to do to you what you did to her? The truth is that what goes around, comes around. Therefore, we should do to others what we want to be done to us. Through your living with that man, his family must have suffered a great deal, not to mention the psychological trauma and heartbreak his wife went through. You have to admit that through your actions, you caused his family a lot of pain, directly or indirectly. And if a man now chooses to do
what is right by returning to his family and living responsibly as a married family man once again, the best you can do is to encourage him. You shouldn't constitute a barrier to his doing what is right. We should all learn to make responsible choices in life and take responsibility for our actions. The choice to date or cohabit with a married person will always be wrong. We should not lose our morality or values all in the name of love. It is simply not right. Although you may feel heartbroken at the moment, you just need to move on with your life and forget him.
mother-of-four was horrified to discover her one-year-old baby daughter was not breathing after choking on part of her dummy, which she claims had broken off in her mouth. Caoimhe Henry, 33, from Belfast, found baby Eireann motionless and turning blue in her cot last week and says she saw the broken-off dummy on the floor nearby with the end of its teat missing. A terrified Ms Henry, a former nursery nurse, immediately went into action and performed CPR on her daughter and managed to successfully dislodge the broken-off teat. She says although there does not appear to be any lasting physical damage, little Eireann remains distressed by the incident and added she has now stopped giving the baby a dummy. Ms Henry said: 'Eireann's still sleeping in a cot in mine and my partner's bedroom as she's only 13 months old, so that night I went to check on her after EastEnders had finished, around eight o'clock. 'I walked in and she was lying there, staring with a fixed gaze at the ceiling. She made no response when I spoke to her, her chest wasn't moving and her lips were blue. 'When I saw the dummy on the floor beside the cot with no teat on it, I instantly knew. I got such a fright. 'My partner Martin was out at the time but I shouted for my eldest daughter, who was just in shock and kept saying she didn't know what to do. 'I used to be a nursery nurse so I have paediatric first aid training. I lifted Eire-
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Toddler turned blue and nearly choked to death after the teat came off her dummy and lodged in her windpipe ann out of the cot and did back slaps, then chest presses, then another round of back slaps before the teat came out. 'It was another minute before she came round and started to cry. 'I'd called 999 so the paramedics checked her over but by that point she seemed fine. Martin got home soon after and I was in bits. 'I just broke down in tears. If I hadn't gone up the stairs when I did, things would have been so much worse.' Ms Henry said she bought the dummy from manufacturer MAM on eBay earlier in the summer and says the one in question had not been in use long. She contacted MAM - which is now investigating the product - and says she was told she should have carried out a 'pull test' on the dummy before allowing her daughter to use it. She and her partner, a joiner, no longer give Eireann a dummy but argue that this safety test should be more widely publicised so other parents know the risk. Ms Henry said: 'When I explained to the company what had happened, they offered me another dummy which I declined. 'They then asked if I had done a pull test but I had never heard of it. They said you are supposed to pull on the teat to check it's secure 'I've always researched things like car seats and prams, but never dummies I didn't realise the potential danger of them. 'Though Eireann has six teeth, I don't
think she bit the end off. The pull tests should be mentioned more clearly on the packaging. 'I was lucky to have known what to do thanks to my training, but other parents might not be so fortunate. The consequences could have been far more tragic. 'Eireann thankfully seems fine, but she has been gagging after eating, which the doctor said is the result of an in-
flamed throat. 'I haven't been able to settle her in her cot after the trauma she went through in there, but I'm hoping she will forget all about it soon.' The manufacturer MAM - which sells baby products in pharmacies and supermarkets across the country as well as internationally - has sent the product for testing in Austria. Spokesperson for MAM said: 'MAM takes all of its complaints extremely seriously and this one is no exception. 'MAM are not yet in a position to comment on this particular incident. We are in contact with the customer directly. 'All MAM products have been extensively researched and tested to ensure that they are suitable for the purpose for which they have been designed for and of the highest standard. 'There has never been a serious safety issue on MAM products in the UK. 'Each soother undergoes a tensile strength test and is batch coded for complete traceability. Our international requirements for tensile strength are much higher than required. 'MAM include warnings in all soother leaflets and warn parents to inspect the soother carefully before each use, pull the soother in all directions, and throw away at the first signs of damage or weakness. 'This ensures the quality of the teat is still at the highest standard possible.' Courtesy: Daily Mail.
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Chicken vegetable curry sauce CHEF'S CORNER
bserving Mrs. Blessing Eboma at work up close, you can't help being charmed by the trained chef's amiable personality and her sound grasp of her trade. She goes about her cooking and catering for the hordes of patrons that visit her catering outlet (based in Egbeda area of Lagos) with courtly smile and a sense of urgency as she caters to every need and ensuring that her staff maintain same decorum. Getting her to present one of her special recipes was not a difficult task. Her choice of chicken vegetable curry sauce seemed natural. ‘‘The first time I tasted this delicious and healthy sauce served with Basmati Rice was at a wedding," she told her guest. "It tasted so good that I had to make it at home the next weekend. This tasty sauce made from chopped salad vegetable is a more healthy way to enjoy a wide range of staple foods with vegetable. It is very rich in vitamin and nutrients. ‘‘After eating this sauce, you would not want to eat rice, yam and others with the regular Nigerian red stew anytime soon. It is also very easy to make with any meat, poultry or
Mrs. Blessing Eboma, chief executive officer of Blessing Catering and Event Services, Lagos, shares one of her recipes with PEACE MORRISON to delight your weekend. vegetables of your choice.’’ Ingredients: • 5 skinless and boneless chicken thigh or breast (soft chicken) • 2 table spoons of olive oil (optional) • 10 medium size Irish potatoes (for thickening) • 3 tablespoons of curry pow-
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Hoteliers in Lagos State have appealed to the state governor, Akinwumi Ambode, to address the issue of multiple taxations which they say is having an adverse effect on the hospitality business in the state. According to the president, Hoteliers Association of Nigeria (HAN) Lagos State, Aare Tola Odunuga, “we want to appeal to Governor Ambode to save our business from collapsing. Multiple taxations being levied on our members are having a crippling effect on our business. While state government imposed levies on us which we paid as at when due, local government officials and officials from Ministries of Health and Environment have also been making life difficult for us through various levies being imposed on our members.” While also urging government to regard hoteliers as partners in the campaign against terrorism, Odunuga who is also HAN's vice president in the South-West, said: “There is need for a greater collaboration between government and hoteliers at this critical moment of our national life when insecurity
der. • Ginger • Garlic • Thyme • 2 bulbs of onion chopped • 3 stock cubes • Chicken broth • 8 plum tomatoes (seed removed and finely chopped) • 5 large sizes of body carrot
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has become a source of concern to everybody, considering the vital role hoteliers play in the economic development of the nation, all hands must be on deck to ensure that the hospitality industry is not threatened by terrorism.” Odunuga urged other state governments to organise workshops and seminars on a regular basis to enlighten operators on what measures to take to secure their business premises as being done in Lagos State. “It is gladdening that hoteliers in Lagos State and the state government have been collaborating through As preparations for this year’s edition of Joy of Jazz intensify, the organisers of the yearly musical and entertainment feast have announced an impressive line up of artistes and other performers expected to enthral the crowd that usually throng the event, scheduled to hold in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa from September 24-26. The box office event followed around the world by many jazz enthusiasts, formerly known as the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz
(diagonally sliced) • Green pepper (seed removed and chopped optional) • Salt to taste Preparation: Before cooking the sauce, wash and cut the vegetables. Remember to scrape the carrots before cutting and set aside. Also, peel the Irish potatoes, wash and cut into small sizes. Cook till salt blend into a thick paste and set aside. Wash the chicken and place in a sauce pan. Add chopped onion, thyme, ginger, garlic, stock cube and water to cover the chicken. Cook for 15 minutes, remove the chicken from the chicken broth and set aside. Use shifter to shift the broth water. This is done to remove the entire ingredient used to simmer the chicken. Return the chicken broth to the pot. Add more water. This will depend on the consistency or how thick you would prefer the sauce. Allow to boil and when boiled add the fresh tomatoes, allow to cook for 20 minutes. Add the oil and sliced carrot; allow to boil for 10 minutes then add all other vegetables and the potato paste. Allow the sauce to cook till it reduces to the c consistency you want, add stock cube and salt to taste and your sauce is ready. It can be served with rice, boiled yam, fried plantain and others.
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Odunuga workshop and seminars to create more awareness on security. We should all realize that any issue relating to security should be seen as a collective responsibility and not as a task for government alone,” he declared.
Ahead of its next conference billed for Cape Town from November 21 – 23, the African Business Travel Association (ABTA) has released an updated agenda for the event. The conference is expected to feature two keynote addresses, four plenary sessions, 18 break-away sessions (nine repeated) and nine networking sessions. Topics include selling value across the supply chain; data control and visibility: From average to better to best; industry innovations: Creating your own disruptions; The F-Word that offends and threatens us all: FRAUD; The mischief of MICE: Uncovering the good, the bad and the ugly; What is hot and happening with hotel programmes; and Africa snap-shots: Country educational. ABTA expects to welcome close to 200 travel professionals from across Africa to its second Annual Africa Business Travel Conference at The Westin Cape Town in November.
trumpeter, arranger and Joy of Jazz unfolds impressive line up UK’s composer Matthew Halsall concert first took place at the Pretoria State Theatre over 18 years ago. Introduced by Peter Tladi, it has since then witnessed a lot of transformations and huge interest. Over the three days, musicians from the USA, UK, Italy, India, Cuba and Africa will perform. This year’s event promises to be a dynamic mix of new and old from the popular Yellowjackets to the new vocal
sensation Cecile McLorin Savant who won four categories including Female Vocalist and CD of the year in the Down Beat Critic’s Poll. The adventurous line-up includes an Italian trio; trumpeter Paulo Fresu, from Cuba; the world renowned pianist Omar Sosa; bassist William Parker whose group includes the acclaimed drummer Hamid Drake; Dwight Trible from Los Angeles,
whose influences include Alice Coltrane and John Coltrane. Others include guitarist Larry Carlton, American jazz singer Dee Alexander; soul singer Peabo Bryson; Danish harmonica player Lee Oskar and one of the finest electric bass players Marcus Miller and his band as well as pianist/singer Estelle Kokot with American saxman Chico Freeman and South Africans Herbie Tsoaeli and Kevin Gibson.
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International brands see Africa as a great opportunity to grow Following the recent release of survey report by STR Global on average room rates in some major African major, including Lagos, the director of business development for the group, Mr. Thomas Emanuel, speaks with ANDREW IRO OKUNGBOWA on issues arising from the report and the state of the hospitality industry in Africa. What is the implication of the report for the African market? The African market is doing fairly well; generally speaking, there is growth across the continent. Region wise, North Africa is growing at a faster rate because they have had more difficult time in recent years with the Arab spring and the very political changes that are taking place in that region. So, they are coming from a lower base. In Sub – Sahara Africa, some countries are doing well and others are not doing so well. We do see some differences across the countries when we look at country level. But across the continent as a whole the industry is growing, What are the factors hindering growth in those countries that are not doing so well? I think it is a selection of factors and the markets that we came across are those markets which had enough participants. In terms of those that are not doing well, it is a variety of reasons really. Some of them would be around safety concerns and the decline in oil price. But for those countries growing, I guess the key driver generically speaking is that across Africa we have seen economic growth. What are the processes of gathering your reports? Around the world we work with over 50, 000 hotels and they submit their propriety data to us, which allows us to track the performance of the market. So, any data that we quote, any data that we have has come directly from the hotels. In return for the data that they provide for us, we provide them with bench marking data so that they can understand how they perform against the market or against their competitors. All of the data that we have presented aggregated performance of the data that we received directly from the hotels. So, we collect the data subsequently and we process it.
sub-Sahara Africa, obviously growing economically. So, when we see growing economies we see more economic activities and as the world gets smaller they become more international. And as the African middle class continues to grow these people need somewhere to stay. So, the international brands see Africa as a great opportunity to grow and we do see that as we see an increasing pipeline from international operators across the continent. What is your impression of the African travel market? I can’t really comment because we don’t really have any data to back that up. However, I can say that air connectivity is getting better, we have seen more airline flights, Turkey Airways, Qatar, Emirates flying to more African markets and opening up for the international travellers. We have seen Ethiopian Airlines expanding their route network as well within Africa. So, there is positive sign as far as air connectivity is concerned. Have you ever been to Nigeria? Unfortunately not. But I have industry contact in the country. It has the biggest pipeline of hotel rooms in sub-Sahara Africa and so, it will continue to grow in importance in terms of hospitality industry. But what feelers are you getting about the Nigerian market? We’ve worked with a number of hotels across Nigeria; we are very committed to the market and to growing that market. What we have seen in recent years across the whole country is that we have seen demand grow with the ex-
STR and STR Global track supply and demand data for the hotel industry and provide valuable market share analysis for international, regional hotel chains and independent hotels. With more than 50,000 hotels participating in its performance surveys, the group is the world’s foremost source of historical hotel performance trends on a daily and monthly basis. It offers standard reports and customised data sets that create understanding of the historic and forecast market performance, supply and demand dynamics for the hotel industry. Thomas Emanuel is the director of business development with overall responsibility for the organisation’s business development and sales activities. He spent his entire career in the hotel industry, both at corporate and unit level with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. In 2006, Thomas joined Deloitte’s Hotel Benchmark but in 2008 moved to STR Global.
ception of this year and last year where we saw demand declining. But we have also seen supply growth across the country on consistent basis, which was at its recent peak in 2011. It has slowed a little, but is still growing-up 3.9 per cent this July year to date. So, from an occupancy standpoint over the 2014 to 2015, we have seen decline in occupancy and now part of that is because of the fact that supply is growing quickly more than demand. And when you get that naturally, you will see occupancy decline. Talking about Nigeria in local currency, we have seen rates increase since 2011 with the exception of a small decline in 2013 and the generative rate now increasing and what we know of Nigeria compared to many other countries not just in Africa but from an average rate, in US dollar term, Nigerian hotels do come out very high on average room rates. But your report does indicate that Nigeria is recovering. Do we then expect it to rebound to its usually high average room rates in the future? Nigeria historically has been
How does the report help the hotels to track their performances? Precisely, the data allows them to understand how they are performing against their competitors effectively. So, it allows them to change their pricing, it allows them to change their marketing and sales strategies if they have understanding of how they performed in comparison to their competitors. So, are they gaining market share or are they losing market share? With this information they are able to assess whether they need to change strategy or position from the management point or pricing standpoint or even marketing standpoint to increase their share of the market and increase their performance within that market. What would you say is largely responsible for the growing interest in African market by the international hotel chains? Africa is to some extent, particularly
very strong and we are just talking about a seven-month period in time that Addis Ababa has a slightly higher average room rates than Lagos. However, Nigeria historically had a very strong average room rates. Looking ahead what is the future for African market based on your report? We don’t forecast performance for Africa, so I can’t provide any data in that respect but what I can say is that there is a robust pipeline in Africa. We do see a large number of international operators across the continent. There is going to be a lot of development activities across Africa. But do you see a slowdown in achieving this pipeline based on economic situation especially in the case of Nigeria? We would hope to see some of the hotels in the pipeline come to fruition. Historically, we have seen supply increased across Nigeria. So, we would expect to see supply continue to increase based on history. What are your expectations at the forthcoming Africa Hotel international Forum (AHIF) where you are expected to present details of the report? It is an event that I have attended in the last four years and it is certainly a big conference for the hotel investment community within Africa, attracting a number of African local attendees as well as those from outside Africa. I am expecting to see some interesting conversations and topics raised throughout the couple of days. So, I am certainly looking forward to it because it is a good opportunity to network with colleagues from around the world and to understand their expectations and their hopes for the continent. What are your thoughts on the trend in global industry in comparison with the African market? If we look at this year’s data from July year to date, the industry is in a pretty positive state, we have seen increase in occupancy across the board, with the exception of a slight decline in the Middle East, and demand is up. It is generically looking quite promising. But when we look at Africa it does have a lower occupancy than any other continent this year July. Overall, we have seen demand growth across the world, so it is a positive stage going into the first seven months of 2015. We have also seen growth in 2014 as well as across the world. Things from a data perspective are looking very robust. What is your perception of Africa generally? There are a lot of opportunities for the hospitality industry in Africa. There are a lot of markets with under supply rooms and there are opportunities for those markets. As Africa economy continues to grow and we have seen strong growth across a number of African economies, improved air connectivity and that will increase demands. The future is bright. There are some concerns around safety and terrorism, that is the case everywhere now and it is a global concern. If we look at the fact that supply is increasing, the fundamentals of the industry are quite strong across Africa and there are positives to be expected.
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lobal attention would be on African hospitality sector beginning on Wednesday September 30 as the yearly Africa Hospitality Investment Forum (AHIF) is set to hold in the Ethiopian capital city of Addis Ababa. According to the organisers who are upbeat about the success of this year’s event, the stage is set for every participant to be welcomed to the warm embrace of Addis Ababa. It is a two-day event attracting business leaders and government ministers, hospitality experts and operators, hoteliers, leading global hotel chains, investors, bankers, the media and many others from diverse professions to Africa to discuss investment, network, identify opportunities and discuss all aspects of tourism development in Africa. The annual forum organised by Bench Events with Matthew Weihs as the managing director, is making a second return to Addis Ababa this year having held its last edition at the same city last year. The theme for this year’s gathering is: Africa…An Endless Discovery. Reflecting on the choice of the theme and its relevance, Weihs described it as very apt for both the industry and the forum. ‘‘We love this theme as we have been in an endless discovery of new and exciting chapters of AHIF. The market too reflects this theme as it seems to be constantly changing and uncovering new development opportunities. We want to use this year’s event to emphasise that Africa is 54 countries a simple fact that, too often, is missed at the suffering of Africa as whole. One such example is the impact Ebola has had right across Africa when, in real terms, it was limited to a few African countries and those countries were closer to London than they were to East Africa.’’ According to the Organisers, ‘‘AHIF is attended by the highest calibre international hotel investors of any conference in Africa. It is the only annual hotel investment conference that connects business leaders from the international and local markets, driving investment into tourism projects, infrastructure and hotel development across Africa.’’ The line-up for this year include over 10 broad topics covering different aspects of the industry, with renowned industry operators and experts in relevant fields expected to make presentations and lead discussions, which according to Weihs will be more stimulating, informative, revealing and educative. Also, round table "brainstorming sessions" with attendees will hold. These sessions allow participants to meet and share ideas ahead of the start of conference sessions. A great ice-breaker and an excellent way to gain industry knowledge. Network, demonstrate your expertise to potential partners
Sheraton Hotel Addis Ababa, venue of the forum
Africa Hotel Investment Forum attracts all to Addis Ababa Bench Events’ annual homily on African hospitality, Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF), is scheduled to hold on September 30 in Addis Ababa. ANDREW IRO OKUNGBOWA previews the event's highlights. and gain insight from industry leaders in an intimate setting. Each table will be hosted by an industry expert. During the session you will move tables twice to discuss industry issues from a wide selection of issues. Speed networking would also form part of the two-day gathering, which in the words of the organisers is to afford attendees the opportunity to make
Starwood Hotels and resorts unfolds water story: Thinking beyond conservation
As one of the leading hospitality outfits in the area of water conservation, Starwood Hotels and Resorts has recently unveiled its holistic water story detailing the company’s efforts to tackle this important matter. As part of the company’s overall strategy on water issues, including scarcity, flooding, and quality, Starwood has set a system-wide water reduction goal, introduced new technology and dedicated on-property actions, offered conservation-focused guest programs and joined with community partners. “Some say water is the new oil and, as we execute a global growth strategy, water is
dozens of exciting new contacts before the conference has even started by participating in this fast-paced and very beneficial networking opportunity. A major part of the meeting would be the presentation of a survey of prices of international grade hotels in some major African cities, produced by hospitality research firm, STR Global, which has revealed that Addis Ababa is the most
not only an environmental consideration, but also a potential business risk that impacts guests, properties and the communities where we operate,” said the chief administrative officer, general counsel and head of global citizenship at Starwood, Ken Siegel. “Starwood has to look beyond conservation and leverage innovation and partnerships to limit its environmental impact, support and enhance its local economies, and protect people and the planet, all while delivering an unmatched guest experience.” In July, Starwood announced that it was nearing its 20 per cent water reduction goal by achieving a 17.26% decline in water consumption since 2008. The reduction follows the launch of Starwood’s 30/20 by 20 environmental goals in 2009, aimed to cut energy use by 30 per cent and water use by 20 per cent by 2020 globally.
expensive place for a good night’s sleep in Africa. Director of business development of the organisation, Mr. Thomas Emanuel, would be presenting details of this survey reports and interpretation of hospitality trends in the continent. Welcome remarks would be made by Weihs who actually conceptualised the event and has been largely responsible for its success over the years.
Jovago launches mobile app In its bid to expand the online booking platform services, Africa’s leading hotel-booking website Jovago.com has recently launched a new mobile application, which allows customers access its inventory of 25,000 hotels in Africa and 200,000 hotels worldwide. The app is free for download via the Google Play Store for users of android mobile devices and is designed to facilitate the hotel booking process for its customers as well as push the "mobile first" initiative of the Africa Internet Group. Paul Midy, chief executive officer of Jovago said this feat demonstrates the company’s commitment to focusing on developing trendy mobile solutions that help improve customer experience when search-
ing for hotels to book. “The launch of App is a great milestone for us in order to offer great flexibility for the customer-centric mobile experience. We have noticed the immense growth of mobile devices in Africa and have used gathered knowledge to develop the most convenient hotel booking app. With the Jovago.com Hotels Booking, customers can readily access our growing inventory of hotels on the go with little to no hassles as our customer service team cater to their needs,” he said. The app pages for the hotels have the pictures, description, locations, amenities and reviews giving travellers the opportunity to search for exclusive deals and best prices from hotels around the world.
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Addis Ababa: Africans' homestead
y objectives of this trip, when not seated in an airline lounge, taxi or airplane was to visit Ethiopia to officially announce the launch of our conference to the media and then head off to Kigali to see how developments in Rwanda were going for the new Radisson Blu Hotel and Convention Centre and the Kigali Marriott Hotel properties. Both are planning to open their doors for 2016. Obtaining a visa wasn’t easy again
Fasilides Castle,Ethiopia. Inset: Sampling Ethiopia's cultural showpiece
Ahead of the annual African Hotel Investment Forum (AHIH) holding in Addis Ababa, the managing director of Bench Events, organisers of the forum, MATTHEW WEIHS, visited three African countries - Ethiopia, Rwanda and Egypt. He recounts his interaction with the people, culture, sceneries, cuisine, among others. but there have been some processes put in place which will make it easier for the event. Immigration will now accept multiple currencies and card payments. Outside of this, unfortunately, the process seemed chaotic and I was only glad I managed to get somewhere near the front. I addressed this with the ETO, our partners, and changes will be in place to support the smooth entry of our delegates which is a relief. After some meetings on the Monday we worked on preparing a media briefing set for 10am on Tuesday morning. It was a somewhat nervous start that, at 10am, we only actually had three
press arrive but we’d also gained a new speaker. At this point, however, I had real doubts that this was going to even take place but by 10.30am we had a pretty full and attentive room – a hubbub of local press and, true to form, it all seemed to go rather well. After a short meeting with Ethiopian Airlines I was straight off to Kigali. After a very productive meeting regarding how we can best work together – with some interesting topics for Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) being generated, I got the chance to explore a museum piece in the grounds of the compound. I found
out that this plane was actually the plane that took the first ever flight for the airline to Cairo, via Asmara, in 1946. It was magnificent and I saw an opportunity to go and have a look inside. You could feel the history wash over you when stepping into the fuselage. You could imagine the noise, the turbulence and the excitement of being on it. The romance was, however, definitely dented a little when I, curiously, took a little peak into the loo and was promptly knocked back by the stench. My contact at the airline commented that it must have been the construction workers nearby finding relief during the day.
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You've got to give it to the Egyptian men; they don't hold back on the staring
Kigali: A piece of a thousand hills
Onto Kigali but only after a cancelled flight and, as a result, a full day in Entebbe airport lounge as a consequence. It did mean I got the chance to fly to Rwanda over Kigali which is an absolute pleasure. However, was met with another tiresome and aggravating visa process. I was excited that I was going to be staying at the Hotel Des Mille Collines or, to many, The Hotel Rwanda (Don Cheadle fame). I’d been to this hotel on my previous visit but I had not stayed the night – only taking lunch there. I remembered the service that time not being good at all. However, the hotel had recently been rebranded to a Kempinski, so I was curious to see if that had made a difference. The turn-around is interesting because it is, currently, more about the people than the product. Yes, they’ve updated the lobby and put a lick of paint around the place but actually the same staff from two years ago are now seriously happy, motivated and attentive. So many of the rough edges (including the original curtains, furniture and some attempts at wiring in UK plugs in the room) were easily forgiven because of this. There is still some work to do around the rooms with the bathrooms a priority but, on a romantic level, it would be sad if they lost the history and feel of the 70’s when they do so. Getting going in Rwanda was quite slow but we did some visits of some new hotel properties. Both Radisson and Marriott properties are on their way to being extremely iconic buildings in the city and I liked the spaces they are creating for Rwanda’s focus on the MICE industry. However, due to contractual issues, the Convention Centre property hadn’t progressed very far since I last saw it two years ago. It did, however, have the iconic roof in place. Built in the image of the indigenous family homes found in the Rwanda the Convention Centre is already a striking looking building that pays homage to the past but will look to the future. Rwanda always impresses me. The streets are safe, clean and quite beautiful. The climate is good and it produces an abundance of trees and greenery. If anything it could be argued, harshly in my opinion, that Rwanda lacks a bit of an edge and is a bit quiet compared to other African cities. This image of quiet city with little to do is an image that I got the impression Rwandan’s want to re-address. However, during my stay I was able to get out and play tennis, drive around the city safely, shop and eat out at some wonderful restaurants with views of the rolling hills I think this is perhaps a concern only assigned to locals. I see great
River Nile, Egypt
potential for this to develop over the coming years. Whilst I was in Rwanda I also took the chance to spend some time with Ed Pearson of the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation (RCSF – www.rcsf. org.uk), a charity we had supported with the Kilimanjaro climb last year. I took the time to see the local facilities – just one pitch for the whole of Rwanda – and the ground chosen for the new pitch. It was a special moment to meet a couple of the young players, one they nicknamed Danger because he could hit the ball so far, and to see the challenges and the passion to overcome them. Unsurprisingly, I faced further airline madness for my journey home. All in all, for a complete week trip I worked out that I spent three and half days either in the act of travelling or being stuck in airports struggling my way into and around the continent. Perhaps this is actually a good place to start thinking about some key topics for AHIF 2015…
Cairo: Attracted by the Nile
As part of our work in Africa we were lucky enough to host a briefing session in Cairo. I'd never been to Egypt before but my curiosity was aroused when I watched the recent "Walking the Nile" TV programme. I hadn't realised the extent that tourism had been impacted by the two uprisings in Egypt but at a lecture given by Levison Wood (the man
who did the walking in the named program) last week, he underlined the impact the estimated 400,000 lost jobs in tourism has had. One of his slides showed a cruise liner that, before the problems, used to take many tourists up and down the Nile. Now, beached and rotting, it served as a symbolic representation of the state of the industry and, perhaps, a modern monument to those jobs that have been lost. Interesting then that the regional briefing, attended by around 60 people, was on the whole upbeat about the investment potential. STR Global's Philip Wooller showed how rates had stabilised and occupancy in most areas, were getting stronger. A good time to invest then, but only as Ben Martin from Aecom mentioned, if things remain stable... In the evening we took a walk from the hotel across the Nile. As there were four of us this didn't feel too threatening but there was certainly an eye being kept on us. However, being on the main roads most of the attention was directed at the ladies. You've got to give it to the Egyptian men; they don't hold back on the staring. We actually ended up going to a restaurant at another hotel (at the Sofitel) - a kebab place on the Nile. Fantastic location and with great food. Typically I don't take advantage of my trips. I tend to go into the city, do whatever business needs to be done, and get back. However, this time, prompted by the team, I was urged to take advantage of the situation and go and see the pyramids. This experi-
ence was well worth it and I am glad I stayed for the extra day. The first thing to do, if you're going to see the pyramids, is leave early. This not only gets you to them before the crowds start building up but also means you can avoid (in part) the traffic. Our expert, funny, guide kept us entertained all the way - with some great facts and a genuine passionate energy regarding the history of the city. After we arrived and had tried our best to take in as much of the pyramids from the outside we moved inside and, after paying a small fee, were able to walk to the tomb area of the pyramid. At times this got a little cramped and claustrophobic but on the whole it was a fun and quite surreal experience. When reaching the tomb area, after passing what seemed to be around 100 Japanese tourists on their way back down, it was quite mystical to think that you were stood in the heart of a pyramid - a structure that has stood for over 4500 years. Such a huge accomplishment of any time and, as our guide told us, these structures were the highest manmade structures on earth up until the Eiffel tower was completed. After the pyramids we took a trip to the museum to view the Tutankhamun artifacts. As a kid I loved the mystery of this particular story. Last week I was asked to give a short presentation of my travels to my daughter's class of six year olds. Tutankhamun's curse was definitely the highlight of this talk with lots of questions about the manner of deaths and how many people died.... It was a great reminder for me about how curious I was as a kid and it was fabulous to finally fuel all my childhood intrigue by being at the museum. Ironically, perhaps, during the museum visit, we received a call from a concerned colleague... There had been a terrorist attack in Cairo. Another unfortunate and debilitating attack but, as usual, media tends to distort. Cairo is about 300 square miles and with around 12 million people in it. The shocks of these attacks weren't felt locally at all - but internationally. On leaving the museum we were reminded of the struggles within the city as an old, burnt out, government building loomed over our exit. The guide told us that the culprits are debatable but it is understood to have been started by the government - keen to burn documents and evidence of wrongdoings. No one really knows. The final hours in Cairo were spent either in back-to-back traffic wanting to get to the airport or, when the traffic broke, fearing for your life with the driving and wanting to be in back-toback traffic so to make it stop. The typical duality of Africa... And I love it.
Rwanda's traditional hut
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SATURDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER, 2015
Politics SATURDAY INTERVIEW
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The truth about the 2nd Niger Bridge p.51
George Alily: The pleasure of his company p.52
Why I want to be Ooni of Ife, by Prince Ayedun Prince Sikiru Adetona Ayedun is a contender for the throne of Ooni of Ife from the Giesi Ruling House. In this interview with ADEOLU ADEYEMO, he speaks on his dreams for Ife and sundry issues.
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You are a politician of note and now want to contest for the throne of ooni of ife, as a politician. How influenced is politics to community development? Everyone of us is a political animal. I had the opportunity to serve under the administration of Aregbesola and I believe if I had not done exemplarily well, I might not have had the support of the government and the essence of serving on any political platform is for you to be able to give service to the people which, by the special grace of God,, the four years that I had the opportunity of being in the saddle of Ministry of Home Affairs, Culture , I was able to make a great impact on our socio cultural environment and particularly, economic and human capital development of Ile-Ife. Meaning, if I had not been in this cabinet, may be I would not
be able to facilitate all the road constructions that we did apart from the one done by the two local government councils in Ile-Ife. I was able to facilitate the rehabilitation and construction of almost about 10km roads within Ife metropoly and those that are very germane to the economic development of Ile-Ife. So If I don’t have this opportunity may I would not be able to impact or deliver
I was baked in Ife except for other educational advancement that I had
the legacy that would have given an inspiration to aspire to be next Ooni Ife. What qualities do you think you posses that qualify you as Ooni Of Ife? In as much as it is said that a man should not praise himself, but it is also said that if you don’t blow your trumpet, nobody else will blow it for you. First of all I will say I am an Ife man to the core. In any Yoruba setting, you have 16 lineages and all these 16 lineages, none is out of Ife township. I am from a royal family personally and maternally too, I am also from a royal family. My maternal grandfather had been the Wassi of Ile-Ife and with this, I have a CONTINUED ON PAGE 46
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very good opportunity of known the culture and tradition of Ile-Ife and Yoruba race. Aside that, all my educational started from Ife. I would even say I was baked in Ife except for other educational advancement that I had. That is in term of education, In term of socio-economic and capital development, since I started working, I have being of great influence and impact to my contemporaries, my junior ones and the elderly ones. Wherever I found myself, with any opportunity to advance the course of Ile-Ife, I always try as much as possible to do that to the extent that even when we are serving in the cabinet of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, it got to point that the Governor will say that you are not Commissioner for Ife alone, you are the commissioner for state but in as much as I am a blue blooded man I know that the development of the town is very germane to me personally. Those are the attributes that I know I possess to make me the man to be on the throne. Obaship connotes a lot of traditional rites, Would you be able to cope with this? In as much as it is traditional, I have no choice. I will even ask a question, why are we all ashamed of our background? A westerner would tell you about Christendom, an Arabian would tell you about Islam, we are known in Yorubaland as being traditionalists, so if they are doing it, god will support them, for them to still be in existence, I believe they have call for service that they are doing for God. Secondly, we all know it in Yorubaland, they said whoever abandons his culture has given room for everlasting sovereign, even in the developed worlds. Places like China, Indian, Japan and Cuba, they hold this our religion in high esteem and we know, being the cradle Yoruba civilization, we must also hold it in high esteem.
Appraise your chances of getting to the throne? I will ,first of all, say I have been an Ife man. Though I started my life as man in Lagos but the first house I would ever build in my life was my first house in Ile-Ife. I remain a tenant in Lagos when I was landlord in Ife and this is a fact that home is home even though, my economic base is Lagos. But I believe that having a pet in IleIfe, would give me what I can call a nostalgic feelings about home and it gives me room to attend to the needs of the people and this is also what helped my political life though I work and live in Lagos, I still believe Ife people find it difficult to that I am in Lagos because I come home fortnightly to attend to what I believe my people need. And aside that, when we started the political journey, I saw it as an opportunity to deliverer a good legacy, never knew that this would come as quickly as we are in now. Because I believe the people that I see as my mentor, like Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Chief Bola Ige, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, what they grey for is legacy. The late Ooni and his predecessor, Oba Adesoji Aderemi whose legacy is Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, and other things . O b a Siju-
I have more opportunity and capacity to become the next Ooni of Ife
wade did too have been a source of inspiration to me and I have been doing my utmost best even though I still believe I can do more. This is the singular reason, being Ooni, the father of all, I should work for the development of Ife and attracts more resources to the town which is beyond economic resources, I am talking about human resources and in as much as I know that I am a bridge between the old and the new, definitely I believe I have more opportunity and capacity to become the next Ooni of Ife. Since when have you nursed this ambition or are you in the race because you are part of the current administration in the state? It is not true that I am in the race because I am part of this government. I will say that my father, Sooko Adetoyebi Ibrahim Ayedun happened to be the head of Giesi Ruling House, they called it Sooko ninu, ,overall head of all Sooko. Who is a Sooko? Sooko is the head of the royal linage in Ife setting. When he was being installed as Sooko in 1989, I was previledge as one of his sons to be at where the rites are being performed and we had a discussion. He said then that,all that I was doing today, I am doing it because of you. And since then, I have fallen in love with culture and tradition of the land. It was the statement of my father that equally motivated me to build my first house in Ife and I have been very conversant with my people at home even when they are in Lagos or anywhere. I always be man of the people. Secondly, it is the legitimate right of my ruling house, Giesi, to produce the next Ooni. And with humility and sense of responsibility, I believe I have given enough of myself to the people to give me a better assessment for me to be the one. Not just because I just woke up and found myself in the government, I have never been an opportunist and I will never be one, it is genuine intention to develop Ife, to put Ife into that committee of cities in world that have been referred and respected. What are your plans to transform and make the
town more virile if eventually you become the next Ooni of Ife? Part of what inform my ambition is the level of degradation in the ancient town of Ile-Ife. Our youths are not thoroughly engaged and I believe our youths are our future, they are tomorrow for us to get to that lofty height, we must develop our youths. Also, Ife is blessed with minerals and agricultural resources, I have a plan to work in consonance with the government to have good road network, assesibility and movement of our produce because I know that we are commercial socities and there is need to develop the commercial activities of the town. This is paramount to us. I also have the need to develop the cultural opportunities that Ife has just like when I was the Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, part of our programmes, the vision and mission of our government was to build what we call a new Ife City where all Yorubas whether here or in diaspora would have Ife as their ascentral home and would be willing to be there at least once in a year and make Ife to be traditional society as all our traditional sites would also be enhanced for us to take our place in the committee of towns in the world. Ife, as the Cradle of Yorubas, we are made to belief that, there is no day without perfoming rite to one deity or the other, how do you want to enhance or ensure its sustanability? I want to let you know that, Ooni of Ife is only an administrative head of the town. Yes agreed, it is 201 dieties that we have in Ife, it is the Ooni that fixed the other 200 dieties and speaks on their behalf. All these deities that we are talking about have their custodians, the only thing as administrative head is to know who do what and How is it being done? Within Giesi Ruling House, how many royal compounds are there and have you reached out to them? We have nine royal families in Giesi Ruling House and I cannot do it but my father, uncles, my brothers and friends are on their toes because they know that, it will be their pride for me to ascend the throne and in as much I have been tested and trusted, they know that definitely, I will be a good Ooni for Ife to have. Do you have confidence in the kingmakers to make the right choice? The only thing that I would do and say is that, God will take care of them. The decision that they want to take now is an everlasting decision that would make or mar the progress of Ile-Ife but God would give them the good direction.
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No sooner had the Osun State government demanded evidence of original primary school certificates than uproar broke out among civil servants in the state, ADEOLU ADEYEMO reports.
ivil servants in the state had been agitating for the payment of their salaries before the state government compelled them to sign a form which required that their primary school certificates should be made available. To this effect, the state government made available a bio- data form for all state workers where, it was stated that, their primary school leaving certificates, including all other personal information about them, should be provided and filled within the stipulated period. The development threw many workers in the state into a state of panic and fear as the form which stipulated how they should fill the form before proceeding for the collection of the certificates were not even enough to go round all affected workers in the state. The forms were only made available to some workers in the state ministries and parastatals while workers in the teaching service were denied the opportunity. Critics argued that the scarcity was artificial and deliberately designed because the state government was never really enthusiastic about paying workers their salaries. Due to the urgency and importance attached to the primary school certificates however, many workers who had left their various primary schools for years had been contacting the various school they attended while some even expressed their readiness to embark on impromptu journeys to their respective schools so as not to be left out in the new scheme of things. The expectation of other workers to collect these certificates met a brick wall as many of their primary schools had been merged with other schools by the same administration in the state. This unfortunate muddle has provided additional fuel for critics who say that they have been vindicated in their allegation that the state government was not really sincere about liquidating the backlog of salary arreaer which it has been owing workers in the state. Apart from the merger of schools that was introduced in the state then, the building of these schools were also demolished by the government and they are now left in a cloudy situation on where the records of their primary schools would actually be now. However, the state government insisted that if the certificates are not made available by the workers, there may not be salaries for them. It is this proviso that critics have latched upon as vindication of their allegation of basic mischief by the state government. Some went as far as to Borno State while some to Kano, it depends on where every one of them attended his or her own primary school. Worried by the development which it termed as inhuman and sheer wickedness, the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress under the leadership of Comrade Jacob Adekomi screamed blue murder, almost went berserk and issued out a counter-order saying,there was no basis for it and instructed all workers in the state to stop worrying themselves for they would do all they could to resist the move of the government on the collection of the primary school certificate. The state labour leaders poised for war against the state government over its alleged insistence that primary school certificate should be a condition for payment of outstanding workers salaries in the state. The leadership of the union, in a bul-
Uproar over bizarre primary school certificate order in Osun letin NO8-2015 made available by the state NLC Chairman, Comrade Jacob Adekomi and JNC Chairman, Adebayo Adejumo in Osogbo, ordered the state government to withdraw its circular, directing all workers to submit their primary school leaving certificates or see their red eyes. In a one page bulletin, the union leaders kicked against the state government decision on this and directed state workers to ignore the circular in question and the form they brought for filling in entirety. They maintained that "the labour movement believes that the government of the state of osun is committed to the spirit and the letters of memorandum of understanding reached with the labour on 13th and 29th july,2015." The NLC however posited that,"the expectation of the entire workforce at this trying period is the immediate commencement of the payment of backlog of salaries and pensions now that the much exoected bailout had been released to the state and not another round of screening exercise under any disguise". In a separate statement by the Civil Societies Coalition for Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEO),the group saluted the courage of the state labour leaders for rejecting a new directive by the state government that workers should produce their primary school certificates before being paid their salaries. The group described this new step by Governor Rauf Aregbesola as not only sadistic but that of a man who did not fear God. According to a statement signed by the group’s Chairman, Comrade Adeniyi Sulaiman, asking workers to bring their primary school certificates was a way of delaying payment of their eight months salaries and
to further impoverish the state public servants. “In the last two weeks, the state workers have undergone rigorous screening exercise where these workers have submitted all necessary documents for verification and are now awaiting payment of their salaries from the federal government bailouts. “In the first instance, primary school certificates were never included in the requirements of getting public service job in the state. What is the essence of asking for such certificate now? And why must Aregbesola engage another consultant to do this after the first screening exercise? “By calculation, we know how much has accrued to the state purse in the last two months and we don’t want to believe that the money has been fixed into a particular account for the benefit of Aregbesola and his cronies”, he stated. “We are firmly in support of the labour leaders on this issue and we want all public servants in the state to stand by them and to collectively reject this draconian order by Aregbesola." Seeing this,the state government made a reversal statement saying,primary school leaving certificate is no more a condition for the payment of arrears and salaries of the state workers. The state head of service, Mr. Sunday
By calculation, we know how much has accrued to the state purse in the last two months
Owoeye said this in a programme monitored on the state television, Osun state Broadcasting corporation (OSBC). He frowned at the media report that the state asked all workers in the state to present their primary school certificates before the areas of salaries due to workers are paid. Owoeye therefore described the report as mischievous and incorrect and argued that the circular sent out by government is not meant for the payment of salaries,but for the monitoring and control within the civil service. According to him:"the verification of workers under a normal civil service situation is an exercise that is supposed to be carried out yearly." "The streamlinning the civil service must be an on-going process.For organisation,be it public or private to grow and remain healthy, such outfits need to examine and chck itself regularly." The HOS added that:"the circulars and forms that were distributed to workers to fill were like questionaires that civil servants need to input information that are applicable to such category of workers." "It needs to be stated clearly that in the scheme for public service workers, it is only those who are appointed as cleaners, messengers and guards that are expected to present their primary six certificates. Do you ask Doctors, Engineers, Pharmacists and other cadres in that category to come and present primary school certificate. "Form filling is very important and you can see that in why institutions place much emphasis on it. If you are filling a form, you are not compelled to fill everything. You will have provision for “Not Applicable”. If the question is not applicable to you, then you put it their. Primary six certificate is not a compulsory condition. "The impression these people are now giving is that the circular says that if you don't present your Primary six certificate, you can't receive your salary, that impression is mischievous. So, it is not correct that all workers are being asked to present such certificates before they are paid," Owoeye emphasised. "The government is not unaware of the fact that some people have been paid to distort the truth, noting that they will want to justify the pay received by their paymasters by trying to set workers against government. "The much talked about bail out is not a charity from banks and Osun is trying to be sure that the loan meant for the payment of backlogs gets to people that are supposed to get it. " The screening and verification exercise is a scheme by government at ensuring that leakages are being blocked, "nobody borrows to pay for fake or dubious service or products. "As we speak the comprehensive screening of workers and pensioners of the state of Osun was completed only yesterday (Tuesday) whereupon a formal report is to be submitted on the outcome of that exercise this Friday. We are on it.” On insinuations that the process is a delay tactics, he queried this saying that workers and government had earlier decided that there should be an exercise to get the actual figure of the amount to be paid as salary. "Government’s intention on this exercise is healthy and we are on course. The chairmen of the screening committees are to bring in their reports. We are looking at it and we’ve been discovering irregularities. I don't have to hide that from you.
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DRESSING TO KILL
The reign of indecent dressing on campuses “Dress to kill” appears to be the popular slogan in lecture halls nowadays in many higher institutions. However, the reign of skimpy dresses, as NGOZI OGBOLU observed in this report, has turned many campuses to fashion runways-albeit without rules.
ver the years, students of higher institutions have had the problem of dressing indecently within campuses. It got worse in recent times and has persisted despite various campaigns against it. It became really worrisome due to the prevalence of sexual abuse within the ivory towers. Some have cited it as one of the reasons lecturers now misbehave with students. But, despite being a major headache for parents and school authorities, wayward dressings in Nigerian campuses has continued even as the struggle to checkmate the menace is sustained and intensified. Worried by this trend, managements of higher institutions are now taking measures to stem the ugly tide. While some seem to be succeeding, others have not. This, according to some students, is because what constitutes indecent dressing is yet to be clearly spelt out in most institutions. At present, schools like the University of Lagos (UNILAG), University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) as well as Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Ogba, among others have reintroduced dress codes in their institutions. Though, implementations of the rule differ from school to school. For instance, it is part of the orientation for fresh students at the UNILORIN. The authority of that institution has included it as part of the several pamphlets distributed
Students of one of the higher institutions in Nigeria
to students at the commencement of each academic session. At YABATECH and NIJ, it is contained in their students’ handbook, which every student is expected to have. These institutes do not only condemn the act but have resolved to send home any student whose dressing is deemed indecent right from the school gate. However, these measures are not limited to public tertiary institutions. Private ones, it seem, have somehow caught the bug also. In Covenant University, Ota, and Babcock at Ilishan-Remo, all in Ogun State as well as Bowen at Iwo in Osun State and most other private varsities, it is compulsory for students to dress decently. Wearing strapless, short blouses and sagging of shorts are prohibited in those institutions too. But, while some students applauded the initiative to curtail the “insanity” on campuses, others saw it as a backward tradition that is not in accord with modern fashion trend. Those in this bracket have claimed that it is an infringement on their right. Adeniyi Olakunle, a Higher National Diploma (HND) 1 student of YABATECH told Saturday Telegraph that the menace has persisted ‘’because some students don’t have a proper upbringing by their parents.’’ Ajani Tobi, another 200-level student of UNILAG also said that ‘’such students lack manners and disregards their parents from home.’’ The reaction of Ola Moses, also from
Sagging student in one of the nation's institutions
Dress code is now part of the orientation for fresh students at the ivory towers same institution, is not different. To her, “they are simply attention seekers and ‘refined’ whores.” Diana Nelson, a 300-level mass communication student also from UNILAG has a different view. She feels that students dress indecently to “impress and imitate the rich on campus.” Nelson added that such undergraduates lack personal and parental discipline. To Kelsey Dada, another 300-level library and information student of Delta State University, Abraka, “they dress for temptation and seduction.” Bolanle Joseph, another mass communication student of the University of Port Har-
Student of UNILAG
Photo: NGOZI OGBOLU
Another set of Nigeria's tertiary students Photo: distantlibraryng.blogspot.com
court appears to be in agreement with Dada when she said that students dress waywardly because they want to fit into the trends of the society. “Ladies, though, in a liberal environment yet failed to realise that they are very vulnerable even within the confines of their institutions,” she said. According to one of the security personnel in charge of checking students at the school entrance gate at YABATECH, who identified himself simply as Paul, “the institutions are supposed to award degrees to only those that are worthy in learning and character. In that regard, discipline and modesty ought to be the watchwords of schools.” He noted that UNILAG and UNILORIN appear to have taken a cue from YABATECH on student’s dress codes on campus. “I’m aware that it now forms part of their student’s handbook,” he said. In like manner, the deputy provost of NIJ, Jide Johnson, strongly believes that proper dressing in an academic environment is not only necessary but also needed in life after graduation. “Indecent dressing at NIJ attracts a fine in form of warnings to ignorant first-time offenders and more stringent disciplinary actions for others that intentionally violate the dressing ethics,”
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Images at YABATECH depicting approved and prohibited wears
photo: NGOZI OGBOLU
Dress code pamphlet of UNILORIN photo: NGOZI OGBOLU
Students of UNILAG
photo: NGOZI OGBOLU
Some University of Port-Harcourt student photo: NGOZI OGBOLU
he said. He, however, added that such punishments have not deterred those in such despicable act. “It does not go down well with some students in spite of its good intentions. Yet, aggrieved students have no choice but to comply with the rules and regulations,” Johnson said. In spite of Johnson’s observation, an anonymous student told this reporter that dress code is just a way to restrict the freedom of students. Though, higher institutions are designed to offer academic literacy, it should also be a platform, according to many, for moral training. Every tertiary institution is supposed to train students in character and learning. Thus, only students proven to be successful in both aspects are legible to be awarded their degrees. Today, however, wearing of skimpy
Another set of UNILAG student photo: NGOZI OGBOLU
Some students saw it as a backward tradition that is not in accord with modern fashion trend
clothes, fitted, strapless, short blouses and sagging of trousers - “low waist” or “ass down,” by boys and even girls; cleavages and sleeveless shirts, known as “spaghetti or off-shoulder,” have remained a major moral problem in tertiary institutions. Apart from the skimpy and tight-fitting nature of these dresses, they are transparent; revealing certain parts of the bodies that under normal dressing patterns ought to be hidden away from public glare. Many believe that one is addressed the way one dresses. In many societies, dressing decently enables one to gain respect from people, lecturers, fellow students and even in the entire academic community. There are also those who are of the opinion that it is a proactive measure that is capable of reducing some prevalent societal problems such as rape and other forms of sexual assaults. A lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Iniobong Samuel, told Saturday Telegraph that the word tertiary means grown up stage, and as such there should be no point creating any mode of dressing for students by any institution’s management. Rather, the schools, according to him, should give students proper orientation that should redirect their attention to know that they are in school to learn and not in runways. “That should be the ideal thing to do instead of violating their right by sending them home for improper dressing,” Samuel said. Indecent dressing, which is a social malady, cuts across many countries of the world and male students are not left out. Many innocent students have, over time, been arrested along with suspected armed robbers just because of the way they dressed. “I see no reason why a child from good home should relax his hair or keep dreadlocks and pierce his ears all in the name of fashion,” one observer noted.
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Zaki-Biam: 14 years after the pogrom
xactly 14 years ago, the burstling town of Zaki-Biam, in the Sankera axis of Benue State, encountered a sour taste of Nigeria’s military might when a detachment of the Nigerian Army, in a most brutal show of might, invaded the town, allegedly, in a reprisal attack. This followed the cold blooded murder of 19 soldiers who were sent to restore peace in the town following a rash of ethnic violence among minorities whose nationalities interface in the area. The attack on Zaki-Biam could best be described as an ethnic cleansing considering the magnitude of the carnage that trailed the attack and the global outrage that greeted the army operation. In that operation, the entire Sankera axis was cordoned off by soldiers with an armada of armoured tanks that were given air cover by helicopter gunboats. During the blitzkrieg, the military unleashed comprehensive and systematic terror on unarmed civilians, a type that has not been heard of or seen in Nigerian history. At least 300 persons, including women, children, young and old were massacred with many women allegedly violated before being terminated in that gory expedition. For example, attesting to the comprehensive nature of this tear-jerking military action is the fact that a 90-year-old uncle to former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), MajGen Victor Malu and his wife were burnt alive by soldiers who allegedly rebuffed every attempt by villagers to rescue them from the retired general’s picturesque house which was razed in the operation. The elderly couple were prevented from being rescued by some over-zealous troops who allegedly taunted that the retired general should also sample the full barbarity of a similar action he recommended for Odi community in Bayelsa while COAS. Properties worth billions of naira were destroyed, prominent amongst included the former ECOMOG leader, Malu’s, whose properties were burnt, alongside other relations who were also killed in the military invasion; Second Republic Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Benjamin Chaha and lots of other prominent indigenes of the area. Though a semblance of the bubble has returned to Zaki Biam, jaws never fail to drop in awe and shock whenever tales of the invasion and massacre are mentioned. Other communities and towns in the Sankera axis may have been similarly violated with similar barbarity and viciousness that evokes sordid memories of the Nigerian civil war that may never have been reported during the civil war. Other communities in the axis that were also torched by the soldiers included: Vaase, Gbeji and Ayilamo where 14 years after, the Federal Government is yet to do anything to bring succour to the devastated communities, despite an Enugu High Court ruling which pronounced a N40billion compensation for victims of the attack. Though six years after the carnage, in November 2007 to be precise, during the Chief of Army Staff Conference which was held in Makurdi, the then Chief of Army Staff of blessed memory, Lieutenant General Luka Yusuf, apologised to the people and government of Benue State over the army invasion of Zaki Biam in 2001. Addressing the gathering at the JS Tarka Foundation, Makurdi, which also had in attendance the then late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and former governor of the state, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, Gen. Yusuf said the action of the Army was not different from the military’s normal role as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal
The upsurge of criminality in the Sankera axis of Benue, CERPHAS IORHEMEN reports from Makurdi, refocuses attention of the bloody military invasion for which atonement is yet to be paid
Republic of Nigeria. But exactly 14 years after, nothing tangible has been done for the people of Sankera, leaving the impression that they have been left to lick their wounds and bear their pains by the same government which ordained their persecution. The people have all braced up with the challenge and have since reconstructed the area through Suswam who is also an indigene of the area. His administration also embarked on a massive construction of rural roads in the affected towns and villages. Aside this effort by the Suswam administration, the people are still counting their loses just as the scars of that military adventure still remain indelible in their minds. Their situation was even made worse by the failure of the Federal government to pay the N40billion reparation to the victims after an Enugu High Court ruling to that effect. Sadly, the arrowhead of the fight for compensation for the victims, Dr. Alexander Gaadi, who through his Benue Democratic Movement (BDM), fought for recompensation for the traumatised people, died a couple of years after a protracted illness. Aside sheer frustration from unsuccessful efforts to procure relief for the people in form of reparation as approved by the court, the white paper of the report of the Justice Okechukwu Opene investigative panel which was reluctantly set up by former president Olusegun Obasanjo has not seen the light of day. Some critics allege that it was unreasonable to have expected anything meaningful from the report from Obasanjo’s administration because it was the same administration which authorised the military action. According to them, it might not be accidental that the report of the panel that investigated the carnage has not seen the light of day several years after the report was submitted to government. Obasanjo, according to them, refused to release it because the report reached conclusions that were considered damning, uncomplimentary and offensive to his administration. This sense of shame that ought to have been felt by Obasanjo’s gov-
The elderly couple were prevented from being rescued by some overzealous troops ernment, as the aggressor, was reinforced by the public apology by his successor, the late President Yar’Adua and the then Chief of Army Staff. Despite the concerted efforts to conceal and distort the facts of the cold-blooded extermination of the communities by the Obasanjo administration (in Odi and Zaki-Biam), a group under the aegis of the Survivors of the Zaki-Biam crisis recently urged the Federal Government to release the white paper of the commission of enquiry set up to investigate the killings that were recorded in the military invasion. The group maintained that the release of the white paper would permanently address the issues relating to the killings and also apportion blames where necessary. According to the group, “It is this unwarranted secrecy which surrounds the report that resulted in the shifting of blame between Obasanjo and George Akume, a one-time governor of Benue as to who was responsible for inviting the soldiers on defenseless women and children.'' Recounting his ordeal during the invasion, an indigene of the area, Mr. Emmanuel Ujah, a native of Ayilamo who lost property and loved ones in that infamous operation, stressed that life has not been the same for his people since then. Ujah lamented that years after the invasion, his people have been forgotten despite several promises by the federal government to rehabilitate the victims. “What happened in Sankera was a carnage of unimaginable magnitude. Aside losing our loved ones, our schools, hospitals and social infrastructures were all destroyed and we were left to live with the ruins, it is as bad as that. “We had expected that the federal government would keep its words by ensuring that our people are adequately
compensated even after the High Court ruling, it is just appalling that the people have been left to live with the agony of that horrific experience in the last 14 years. “But be that as it may, we have picked up our lives and we are strongly forging ahead to make the best out of life; we have rebuilt all our personal property that were destroyed", Ujah lamented. As if the carnage was not enough, suspected Fulani herdsmen have been invading the area unmolested in the last two years. Targets of such unmolested raids, he said, include Ayilamo and other villages in Logo local government area, ancestral home of former governor Suswam and killed scores of people, including women, children and destroying properties. Thousands of people have been displaced or rendered homeless as their homes were not only raided by the marauders but their wives and loved ones taken away by the herdsmen. Saturday Telegraph recalls that in one of the coordinated attacks on Anyiin village, over 30 people were murdered in cold blood. Notoriety recently beckoned when a dreaded militia leader, Gerwase Agwa, nicknamed ‘Gana’, an indigene of the area, allegedly killed many people, including an army officer which prompted a second army invasion. Many people were kidnapped by the militia group and huge ransom demanded as a condition for their release. Worried by the criminality, Governor Samuel Ortom granted amnesty to 'Gana' after he surrendered over 85 weapons he allegedly used to terrorise the people. The amnesty granted the militia leader was condemned by many, including a retired Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav, who demanded Gana's immediate trial for heinous crimes he committed against humanity. Tsav said in an interview that he believed that 'Gana' was recruited by some politicians who were bent on winning elections, stressing that there was need to try him to serve as deterrent to others. "They should try him for the atrocities he has committed. This idea that they gave you amnesty, they gave you money is wrong", said Tsav.
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Buhari is sharpening Biafra consciousness, says MASSOB Even though the embattled leader of the militant Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazurike, declined comments, the Director of Information, Comrade Uchenna Madu tells DOMINIK UMOSEN, categorically that President Muhammadu Buhari is reinforcing Biafra consciousness in his undisguised display of distrust in Ndigbo for appointment as personal staff.
awaken that consciousness. The consciousness that inspired Biafra will certainly be re-awakened by the president’s actions so far. This feeling is perfectly legitimate and acceptable.
Comment on President Buhari’s appointments The president has made several apUwazuruike... declined comments pointments since inauguration as president. Most of these appointments have been defended by his apologists as per- Gov Rochas Okorocha; former governor of sonal appointments which he has the pre- Abia State and All Progressives Congress rogative to make as he deems fit. But we (APC), foundation member, Dr Ogbonnaya have taken stock of everything and I must Onu; the APC Organising Secretary, Senatell you that we are even praying for the tor Osita Izunaso; former Anambra State president to demonstrate more of this dis- governor and former senator, Dr Emeka criminatory appointments. They reconfirm Ngige and others now realize that the civil the fact that like others before him, they war is not yet over. The shabby treatment still harbor a grouse against Ndigbo. We and open show of disdain demonstrated support the appointments because they by the president against Ndigbo will deficonstitute further re-affirmations that some nitely help hone the Biafra consciousness Nigerians simply do not believe that the in the South-East and even militancy in the civil war is over. They are further re-affir- Niger Delta. mations of hatred against Ndigbo. On a serious note, may be those Igbo sons like Against this background, what is your
What is your take on the war against corruption which the president has sworn to pursue to a logical conclusion? Is there anything like a war against corruption in the country? To us, there is nothing like that yet. The truth is that from inception, there was a conspiracy by some people to run the country the way it pleases them. And the president seems to be reinforcing that tradition. Buhari himself can not escape allegations of corruption, judging from his activities in the past, including previous appointments held, including his activities at the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) during late Gen Sani Abacha, which reeked of ethnic consciousness. President Buhari is just trying to divert attention and deceiving Nigerians. His administration is a continuation of the same oppressive Nigeria, from Igariwey... his group, Ohaneze is yet to take position the point of view of Ndigbo. recommendation against this regime? You are still asking me about recommendations? In view of the reality of undisguised disdain against the South-East demonstrated by President Buhari, we can only congratulate him on this open show of his hidden agenda. We want him to continue demonstrating that he is leader of only a section of the country, against the letter and spirit of the constitution of the country; we pray that he should continue in this manner so that his actions will help to convince and reassure our people that there is a legitimate basis for the consciousness of Biafranism. He is helping us to re-
Do you subscribe to the view that by excluding past regimes from the probe, the president is demonstrating fear of past leaders like former military president, Gen Ibrahim Babangida? That is what I am saying. The exemption of past regimes is an agreement which has been discussed and agreed upon by the Northern caucus. Either as Buhari’s administration or you call it what you will, it is still the same hypocrisy. They are one and the same thing. For us in, we encourage President Buhari to continue the hypocrisy. That will surely accelerate militancy in the South-East and the Niger-Delta.
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE 2ND NIGER BRIDGE
s part of the routine debriefing by President Muhammadu Buhari since he resumed office, the leadership of various MDA’s have met with the President to appraise him of the goings on in the Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies; some newsy items invariably follow such meetings. After the President met with the leadership of the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (I.C.R.C.) the newsy buzz was that the contract for the construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge had been revoked or cancelled and that work on the bridge had STOPPED‼ Like every Nigerian I was dazed, aghast, flabbergasted and just angry about this “injustice again” against “my people”. It took the crew of the very popular radio programme on Ray Power called “Political Platform” to assure people like me that there was no truth in that rumour of the revocation of the contract for the 2nd Niger Bridge; which is probably one of the most emotional projects for people travelling to Eastern Nigeria. Now what is this 2nd Niger Bridge and what is the truth I want to tell? Please hear me: The 2nd Niger Bridge has been concessioned under what is called a Public Private Partnership (PPP) – whereby a Contractor has “partnered” with the Federal Government to Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) the completed bridge after the contractor has recouped his “investment” through tolling after some years. The ICRC is the statutory body empowered to regulate all “Partnerships” and concessions in which the government and any
other legal persons are involved. In the build-up to this PPP for the 2nd Niger Bridge, I recall that Senator Chris Ngige was stridently against the project as packaged and delivered. At a meeting on Cameron Road in Ikoyi where he addressed some Igbo elites sometime in 2014, he lambasted the project, calling it a fraud and a Trojan Horse. He compared the “cost” of the Bridge with that of the “LekkiIkoyi” bridge of about the same length and called it outrageous. The PDP Aparatchik and their leaders from the then Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government under Senator Anyim attacked Ngige and countered that the cost of the bridge could not be the same with the Lekki- Ikoyi Bridge as the Lekki Bridge was not fortified for carrying trailers and the type of traffic the 2nd Niger Bridge would carry. Ignorant me, I was persuaded; in any case, Ngige could have been “talking politics”. Alas, I was to receive a wakeup call when on July 1st 2015 the news broke about China opening the World’s Longest Ocean Bridge measuring 26.4 Miles (about 42 kms) and costing just US$1.5 Billion. Yes, the Jiazhou Bay Bridge of 26.4 Miles over an Ocean, cost US$1.5 Billion while the 2nd Niger Bridge of less than 2 kilometres under this arrangee PPP was to cost US$700 Million, wait for it; and as part of the obligations of the Federal Government to this PPP, N10 Billion of our money has already been disbursed towards the “project”. These figures dazed me and put me on further inquiry about this PPP project. My findings will shock you; under this PPP the concessionaire/contractor would be entitled to “Build and operate” the Bridge by tolling for a period of Twentyfive years (25 years). This appears quite fair
The truth is that President Muhammadu Buhari has neither revoked nor suspended the “contract” for the 2nd Niger bridge if they are to recover their US$700 Million investment; but wait for it; without doing any “affordability study” this Contractor had fixed to collect a toll of N2,000 (Two Thousand Naira) per Saloon Car, going up to N7,000 (Seven Thousand Naira) for trucks and trailers for a one time crossing. Now compare; we Lagosians are protesting N250 (Two Hundred and fifty Naira) for Lekki bridge and N150 (One Hundred and fifty Naira) for Lekki/Epe Toll gates respectively, yet some shylock was planning, and with the connivance of some high ranking officials of the past administration, my good people of Eastern Nigeria and other users would have been yoked into a most extortionate “contract” for 25 years and to a project that ordinarily should not have cost more than US$70 Million (Seventy Million U.S. Dollars). Do the simple arithmetic with the cost of the Jiazho Bay Bridge which is across a more treacherous terrain like an ocean and you will know that those who conceived and delivered that project are the Victor Ludorum of rent seeking. The truth is that President Muhammadu Buhari has neither revoked nor suspended the “contract” for the 2nd Niger bridge, what he has done as the official
guardian of our commonwealth is to direct that the entire PPP be reviewed to ensure compliance with best practices and to protect long suffering Nigerians from the wickedness and greed of their long time oppressor brethren who feast on them like the vilest vampires. Just imagine that the “over priced” Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge (1.3km) cost N29 Billion; while the 2nd Niger Bridge (1.7km) was to cost N117 Billion with the Federal Government providing additional N30 Billion (N10 Billion already released). If it was the perspicacious debriefing of ICRC that caused the President to order the review of this most oppressive PPP contract, then the leadership of that agency must be commended and recommended for more oversight responsibilities as the Nigerian consumers continue to suffer the tyranny of service providers like the TELCO’S; DISCOs and others who though ought to be regulated by NCC; NERC etc still ride roughshod on prostrate citizens who can now look up to PMB for help. In conclusion, one cannot help but wonder what the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation under Senator Pius Anyim did in preparation for the presentation of the EXCO papers for the approval by the EXCO for this warped and pernicious PPP which was to keep the people of eastern Nigeria in perpectual hardship to “repay” the PPP consortium. Upon what data and materials did Anyim’s office make the recommendation or due diligence for a project so vital to “his people”? That, is the truth about the “2nd Niger Bridge”. Azike is a Lagos-based attorney.
he large living room fell silent. You could hear a pin drop. It was eerie. As Chiga looked around the room, he noticed that everybody looked away, avoiding his eyes. He returned his glaze to the 60-inch Song LED Television suspended on the wall, and to the electoral returning officer reading the details of the election results. Only last week, during the campaign around the country, the turnout was overwhelmingly positive, indicating support. He was convinced that his track record during the first term would see him through. As head of government, Chiga was allpowerful. The armed forces, police, secret service, and other security agencies answered to him. Most importantly, he controlled the electoral body. After all, he appointed its head. In these parts, it was impossible to unseat an incumbent. Yet, the results being announced said that he lost by a slim margin. Was this a conspiracy? Was he outraged by the opposition? The results were suspect! That night was long. Party officials, strategists, lawyers, political jobbers, people of his ethic group, and hangers-on of all shades and sizes inundated him with advice to reject and contest the results. They even got around to getting the service chiefs’ loyalty and affirmation to go along with any line of action he decided to take. The elections were difficult. The economy was not doing well, and unemployment was high. Recovery was slow, and the people were impatient. The candidate for the other party was charismatic and a populist. In his heart, Chiga knew that the economy was turning around. He needed some time to complete the many projects he had started. He had put the country in a solid path to recovery. All he needed was one more term! He could crush possible protests and handle the judiciary. But at what cost? For what purpose? For ego? Power? Spoils of office? Leaders protect and provide for their people; they do not shoot or trample on them! It was 10 o’clock in the morning as President Chiga walked up to the lectern in the government office. He paused. Then looking into the cameras, he conceded defeat and congratulated his opponent. He did not take questions. The above excerpt, a passage from the book, Defining Persona: 16 Virtue that Transforms Societies written by Navy Captain George Nnadozie Alily (rtd), shows a mind that has penetrating foresight. It is necessary to declare an interest. I am a great
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George Alily:The pleasure of his company admirer and devoted friend of the captain, whose superiors and friends love to call George. My association with him over the last 10 years is one of the joys of my own life. It’s not only that Alily deepens one’s understanding of the world, of its problems and possibilities, but that he is always such a good man to be with. No one that I have come across could be more fun than him, no one more appealing, with those impulses of gentleness and intellect so curiously intermingle in his vivid personality. He value friendships, precision and truth. I first met Alily sometime in 2005, when my then principal at Thisday: Mr. Adeyeye Joseph, directed me to fill in a story on the dumping of waste in the Lagos Lagoon. The encounter was most revealing about the then Commander of NNS Beecroft Apapa Lagos. George possesses a personality so appealing, a mind as richly endowed and informed, a heart so warm and understanding, a spirit so unconquerable. He has the precious gift of inspiring the courage of others. The way he efficiently and silently organised the legal battle against his compulsory retirement and 12 other Naval officers from the Nigeria Navy showed his limitless ability. The President of the National Industrial Court (NIC), Justice Babatunde Adejumo, ruled that “The compulsory retirements of the claimants through the letters each dated 9 March, 2007 are wrongful, Illegal, Unconstitutional, null and void as same were done in com-
plete violation and breach of the principles of natural justice”. Upon his exit from the Navy, he moved on with his life and set up Southgate Maritime Services Ltd., a company involved in the maritime risk management, training and consultancy. He has this to say about his retirement. “We must remember that right has a strength of its own. No end will justify wrong as a means; instead, wrong means will defeat the best of ends. There is a right and a wrong about the conduct of men and of nations that is not merely a matter of expediency and the man or the people who ceases to make justice its standard of conduct is lost. He once told me that “success is not the money one makes or the position that you occupy, but how your family turns out. If your family is a success you are a success.” Whenever he comes back from overseas, his usual refrain is “Sule, your book is ready.” Alily often says: “Use your mind to the fullest; discover the world through reading, study and travel; welcome new adventures. A staunch Catholic, but that has not affected our friendship. A forthnight ago when I went to collect the latest book that he brought back from the United States where he spent his summer vacation, he intoned: “Why did Jesus accept crucifixion and suffer and die for us? What was He doing for us, and by example telling all of us?” Faith, he explained, “Is a great living gift from God, intended to sustain our lives on earth, to guide us in our activities and to act as a source of solace and comfort.” His former boss and superior, Navy Captain Akin Adekoya (rtd), once described him as the best Chief of Naval Staff the Nigerian Navy never had. “A great many officer and men of the service will tell you that George was the grand hope of
He has the precious gift of inspiring the courage of others
the Nigerian Navy. He has everything. He is young, able, of high integrity, personally attractive, and modest. He has never been an exhibitionist or a prima donna. He is sanely progressive and wisely cautious. The military has been his life since he was 12 years old. Alily was born on September 20, 1960 at the Island Maternity Hospital on Lagos Island to the late Major Ohawady and Regina Alily. Following the outbreak of the Nigeria Civil War, his family relocated to their home town of Lorji in Aboh-Mbaise Imo State. He attended Lorji Community School for his primary education. From 1973 to 1978, he attended the Nigerian Military School, Kaduna for his Secondary education. In 1979, Alily proceeded to the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna. upon graduation in 1981, he underwent his midshipman sea training on board the NNS Aradu. He was a member of the star-studded 25th Regular course, which produced the current Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, the immediate past Chief of Army staff Lt. Gen KTJ Minimah, the former Chief of Air Staff, Marshal Sola Amosun, the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Air Vice Marshal Monday Morgan to mention but a few. Alily hails from a warrior clan, while his late father was a major in the Nigerian Army, his eldest brother Felix Alily retired from the Army as a Brigadier-General. His first cousin, Major General Eugene Nwanguma, was once the General Officer Commanding 81 division, Lagos. He also attended Basic and Advanced electronics Intelligence course in Hamburg between 1985 1986. He was in the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, in 1989, and between 1989 and 1990, he underwent the officer long course at NNS Quorra, Lagos. He also attended the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Teshie- Accra from 1995 to 1996 and he was at the National War College, Abuja between September 2006 and August 2007. Before disengaging from the navy, Alily served as the former Naval Attache, Embassy of Nigeria in Washington DC, United State, with concurrent accreditation to Canada. He holds a Master’s degree in International Service, majoring in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from the American University in Washington DC. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. He has held several appointments, ashore and afloat, including serving as the Navigating Officer onboard NNS ERINOMI deployed to Liberia during the ECOMOG operations in 1992, and was the Deputy Director of Research and Development, Defence Intelligence Agency. He commanded NNS KYANWA, an auxiliary ship demployed for maritime surveillance and law enforcement, between 2002 and 2004, and was the Commanding Officer of NNS Beecroft, Apapa, Lagos, the Nigerian Navy’s premier operational shore base between 2004 and 2005. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Navigation, London, a life member of the US Naval Institute, Annapolis and a fellow of the National War College, Nigeria. He also authored the book “Naval Diplomacy: A Critical Component of National Power” Alily is married to Mrs. Gracy Chizzy, a legal practitioner and their marriage is blessed with two sons. Sule writes from Lagos.
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The el-Rufai examples and northern governors
he northern part of the country is the luckiest in terms of political gains that have accrued to different parts of the country since we attained independence almost 55 years ago. A region that has produced nine of the country’s leaders cannot be said to be lacking quality politicians and statesmen imbued with political and socio-economic acumen that can bailout a country from its multifaceted problems. However, what the north gained in producing more of the country’s leaders does not reflect on the socio-economic development of the region and its people. This is not to begrudge the political leaders of the north but to show concern because whatever happens in any part of the country will covertly or overtly affect other parts. By now, that assertion should not be strange to us going by the attendant effects of the Boko Haram insurgency. The problem, which was viewed as northern problem at its threshold, has festered for years to become a national disaster. Although there are myriad of problems in the country as a whole, the north is the most backward if the Human Development Index (HDI), a composite statistic of life expectancy, education, and per capita income indicators are used to assess each of the geo-political zone. The northern states occupy 70 per cent of Nigeria’s land mass; has the highest infant mortality rate and the highest number of children out of school. It is now the hotbed of insurgency, terrorism, cattle rustling, genocide, injustice, poverty, high rate of unemployment, deprivation, unprecedented orgy of violence, deep animosity among other vices. For years, Nigeria was listed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as polio endemic country on account of poor health facilities and deceit of a largely illiterate populace by political and religious lead-
Waheed Bakare on Saturday 08124877036 (sms only) email@example.com ers who kicked against polio vaccination. These are just a few of many insipid stories in the north. The governors from that region confirmed this when they converged on Kaduna last Thursday under the aegis of the Northern States Governors’ Forum. “Things have become so bad, so much so that we can say without fear of contradiction that in Nigeria today poverty glaringly wears a bold northern face. We have turned our region into a laughing stock, derided by friends and foes alike, and not without justification as having dragged the rest of the country down with us,” chairman of the forum and the Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, said in his address at the event. Interestingly, the same Shettima who read out the lamentation of his fellow governors, has a penchant for giving out money to children, who scramble at his feet. This is another way of sustaining the culture of begging and initiating the children into the Almajiri lifestyle, which is seen as a way of life in the north. When children are allowed to grow up with the mindset that there is nothing wrong to leave their homes early in the morning with begging bowls, moving from one street to another, one can imagine what their adult lives will look like. The picture of Shettima doling out money evokes the memory of William Blake’s poem, “Holy Thursday”, in which the writer expresses his feelings towards
the 18th Century England when it was the norm to parade children for charity in Cathedral under the pretence of fulfilling religious benevolence, whereas the real intent was to exploit the impoverished children. The real reason the Almajiri culture is still being sustained in the north is just to exploit the youth and make them ready tools for destruction of lives and properties. The treacherousness of some northern leaders has discredited the region for long. But with this new song, one hopes the governors will see the need to create values in people’s lives. The Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, seems to be moving in the right direction going by the steps he took in his first 100 days. He realised from the outset that doing things the same old way was a recipe for disaster. I was enamoured with his cultural revolution that begging cannot be a way of life in a rich and fruitful country like ours. The idea of reducing overheads spending by 60 per cent by the same governor is fantastic. The rest of the governors in the north should be concerned with having realistic budgets. Unrealistic budget is antithetical to socio-economic development and should be avoided like a plague. Education is also key if the north is serious about development. Western education cannot be an haram (forbidden). The enrolment of pupils in schools is still low
while the few ones who attend schools either attend classes under the trees or where classes are available, they lack basic facilities like chairs, tables, books, potable water and toilets among others. In a region where children are still reluctant to go to school, education should be made attractive. It should not only be free but should be made compulsory and criminalised for parents who do not enroll their children in school. When the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II took oral polio vaccine in the public, the effect resonated throughout the north and this reassured the people that the vaccines were safe. This can also be replicated by involving traditional and religious leaders in the campaign for compulsory education. It is a shame that almost 55 years after independence; the north is still struggling to catch-up with the rest of the country in the area of education. Arabic education is a form of education and it is a misconception to assume that only those with western education are qualified to be regarded as literates. But combining Arabic education with western education is possible and it is ideal. The northern youths need reorientation on this. It is a welcome development that the northern governors told one another the truth that their region is synonymous with poverty and deprivation. However, they should go beyond the rhetoric of making mere political statements that will amount to nothing at the end of the day. A lot of traumatised children have been raised in the north in the past few years while many families have abandoned their homes particularly in the North-East in search of elusive peace on account of the insurgency and inter-tribal wars. It is expected that the governors will integrate such people back into the society. This generation of governors cannot afford to fail the north.
Much ado about N750 meter maintenance fees! TS from L ast weekend an article in The Guardian titled: ‘Fixed N750 Charge: Electricity Consumers Allege Rip-off By DISCOs’ caught my fancy because it had been an issue bothering me for quite awhile. Before reading the article I had actually been wondering for quite some time the rationale behind the collection of the so called meter ‘maintenance fee’ first by the now defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) and now the offshoot distribution companies! Not too long ago I had a firsthand experience of how the fee has caused hardship for unsuspecting individuals, but let me share a snippet of the article before I tell of my own experience. According to The Guardian: “The Two Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) in Lagos, the Ikeja and Eko Distribution Companies may have collected well over N21 billion from residents in Lagos in the last two years when they started collecting N750 from every home with electricity meters as fixed charge on power consumption. This amount is based on the assumption that each of the houses captured by Lagos State Geographic Information System, which put the total number of houses in the Lagos metropolis in 2011 as 1,194,525, are metered. “The figure of houses in Lagos, based on the figure from Lagos State, is in conflict with the figure from the DISCOs, which claimed to have 1, 118,000 customers in Lagos State, an indication that they have only collected N20.2bn fixed charge from consumers in the last two years.
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“While Ikeja DISCO admitted having 716,000 customers, the Eko DISCO said it has 402,000 customers. But other sources have disputed the figure, saying the houses in Lagos, even in 2011, cannot be less than three million, an indication that the DISCOs may have collected well over N54 billion as fixed charge from electricity consumers since their inception.” Of course it will be truly unNigerian for the claim not to be disputed and in response Chairman of the body overseeing the sector, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Sam Amadi while stressing that the fee was not illegal also insisted that it was a “standard industry practice across the globe.” However, this claim is a little skewed because my interaction with some Nigerians living abroad revealed that it is actually not “standard industry practice across the globe.” For instance when I put calls through to some Nigerians living in the United Kingdom and the United States I learnt that no such fees are paid. However, some provinces in Canada do collect a maintenance fee.
Incidentally, while it is understandable (at least from the point of the DISCOS) to want to generate a regular source of funds in order to recoup their investments, the situation also reveals the inconsistencies in government policies. When Professor Bart Nnaji, the mover behind government’s new road map for the power sector, became Minister of Power and Steel between 2011-2, I remember vividly him telling the nation that pre-paid meters would be provided across the nation with the populace expected to pay N500 for 18 months to cover the cost of the meter! So how comes, years later we are still paying ‘maintenance fees’ on meters, many which have never been maintained even once since being installed? True while the N750 levy might not seem too much on the part of the DISCOS, we shouldn’t forget that when the defunct PHCN first introduced pre-paid metres in the late 90s the charge was N100! It was Prof Nnaji who then moved it up to N500 before it was again jacked up a few years ago ostensibly at the behest of the new investors taking over the power
sector. Sadly it was this fee that left a sour impression a few weeks ago, following an occurrence involving an elderly man who had come to buy units for his meter. The incident, which took place at Magodo service centre in Lagos, saw the man hand over N6000 hoping to be given units corresponding to his money. Alas when he was handed his token he immediately noticed that the units did not correspond and demanded to know why? The service centre official asked to see the token and then pointed out to the elderly man that he had not paid any maintenance fee for three months which had been removed leaving him with only units worth N3750 instead of the N6000 worth he had budgeted for. The man, who was visibly downcast, muttered that he did not have any extra money on him to ensure he got N6000 worth of units and wondered loudly why he had to pay the fee every month! I’m sure this scenario will be playing out at other service points across the country with people being caught off guard. Sadly knowing the way we operate in this country it is highly unlikely that anything will be done towards getting the fee reduced talk much less of being completely scraped. But one must concede that at the end of the day should we enjoy very decent power supply; not many of us will really mind contributing an additional N750 to the cause – because at the end of the day, public power will always be much better than running generators!
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19 SEPTEMBER 2015
Eagles return for Enyeama, Mikel, Ighalo
uper Eagles’ Head Coach, Sunday Oliseh, has listed goalkeeper and skipper Vincent Enyeama, midfielder John Mikel Obi and forwards Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo among 24 players for next month’s friendly internationals against Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon in Belgium. Enyeama is joined by England – based Carl Ikeme, who in his debut kept clean sheets against Tanzania and Niger Republic in two internationals earlier this month, as well as home – based stars Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Femi Thomas. Former junior international defender Abdullahi Shehu gets his first opportunity at senior level, and Moses Simon, who scored against Niger Republic, is also considered, alongside home boys Chima Akas, Austin Oboroakpo, Paul Onobi and Prince Aggrey. The Super Eagles play the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo on October 8 and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon three days later, in Belgium, as the Nigeria Football Federation activates its plan to entrench stronger bond and cohesion among the relatively new group. The winner of the preliminary round between Swaziland and Djibouti will host the Super Eagles on November 9 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup first round qualifier, with the Eagles hosting the return leg in Nigeria eight days later. All invited players are expected to arrive in Belgium on Monday, October 5.
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AAG: NSC increases gold medal bonus
Charles Ogundiya he National Sports Commission on Friday increased the winning bonus of Team Nigeria gold medalists at the ongoing All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo. While appreciating the athletes for their commitment and passion, the Director General (NSC) Alhassan Yakmut, revealed the increase in the cash prize given to the gold medalists. He explained that the previously announced winning bonus of US$2,000 for gold medalists was inadequate, hence as a global standard practice, gold medals should attract something different
from other medals. Therefore, the gold medal winning bonus has been increased to $2,500. Yakmut told athletes that had earlier collected $2,000 to come for the balance of $500. However, other winning bonuses of $1,500 for silver and $1,000 for bronze medals remain the same. Addressing the athletes at the Nigeria Olympic Hostel, Kintele, during the award ceremony of the second batch of Team Nigeria athletes who won medals, the DG said the athletes displayed commitment regardless of the fact that they did not camp outside the country in preparation for the games. The recipients were athletes in powerlifting, para-athletics and table tennis.
‘No better candidate than Kalu’
he presumed ambition of former Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, to become the next FIFA President has been described as the best thing to happen to Africa. Chancellor of the Akpabiosm Centre for Leadership Development and Convener of the Southern Youths Development Forum, Pastor Bassey James, who made this submission on Thursday stated that there was no better candidate than Kalu for the FIFA job. He said: “Kalu’s aspiration is the best thing to happen to Nigeria, Africa and the black race. For the first time in the history of Nigeria and Africa, the country won
the CAF Cup back-to-back, through Enyimba International Football Club, when he was the governor of Abia State. He transformed the club completely and this motivated the team to put in their utmost best. “As the pillar of sports, he inspired innovations in football. He has been able to establish himself in the hearts of people across Nigeria, Africa and the world. “He is one of the few notable African business leaders with a real love and passion for football development in the continent and a great eagerness to see a radical improvement in the management of the round leather game.”
... Ex-governor 'not against Odegbami, any contestant'
he Orji Uzor Kalu Media Centre, Abuja, has reacted to an article published on September 17 in The Guardian with the title, “Odegbami petitions NFF over conditions for nomination as FIFA presidential candidate." A statement issued by Mrs. Rubby Obinna of the Media Centre, noted that while the opinion and views of Mr. Segun Odegbami should be respected, he should not drag the former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, into the scuffle he (Odegbami) disclosed he was having with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). She cited an instance where Odegbami made reference to Kalu in a letter to the NFF: “As part of your response to me, you mentioned the interest of another Nigerian – Orji Uzor Kalu – even though you also said, at this meeting, that he had not officially notified the NFF of his intention...” Mrs. Obinna said that Kalu’s global
media team would not like its principal to be dragged into what is clearly NFF’s affairs with Odegbami. She pointed out that Kalu "is still consulting beyond the shores of the country and is of the belief that this is the time for Africa to produce the next FIFA president after Mr. Sepp Blatter and build on the policies Blatter has set for FIFA." According to her, the Centre "totally believes in Kalu, owing to the fact that after 100 years of the formation of the world football body, it was the right time for Africa to produce the next president of the body. "As a social democrat, Kalu is not against any contestants and no contestant should be against him should he indicate an interest in the race, which would probably be made public in a few weeks time." The statement adds that the former governor has expressed gratitude to individuals and groups that were endorsing
him for the FIFA presidency. “Kalu is indebted with gratitude to persons like former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd); CAF president, Issa Hayatou; former Director-General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Dr. Amos Adamu; Sports Ambassador and ex-footballer, Mr. John Fashanu, who have endorsed him for the FIFA presidency. “Others are Chairman of Nigerian National League side, Bussdor FC, Oscar Igbokwe who pledged a N20m financial backing; the initiator of the campaign, Peterside Idah; Chief Executive Officer of Pamodzi Sports Marketing (PSM), Mike Itemuagbor; a former vice chairman of the NFF and Chief Gabriel Chukwuma, for supporting with N1B; the National Vice-Chairman of the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), South-East, Ndubuisi Opara and Mr. Stanley Okoro, journalists and fans.”
The crisis in athletics family 'A house divided against itself cannot stand'
fter football, athletics is the next sport that attracts huge followership in Nigeria. The attention the Super Eagles’ best scorer gets is also accorded to the fastest man or woman in Nigeria especially if he or she is also the fastest on the continent. Till date, names like Chidi Imoh, Olopade Adeniken, Osmond and Davidson Ezinwa, Yusuf Ali, Innocent Egbunike, Henry Amike, Uche Emedolu, Deji Aliu, Soji Fasuba, Adewale Olukoju, Chioma Ajunwa, Mary Onyali, Falilat Ogunkoya, Beatrice Utondu, Mercy Nku, Omolade Akinremi, Fatima Yusuf, Bisi Afolabi, who competed in the ‘80s, ‘90s and early 2000s are still household names in Nigerian athletics. They posted consistent results for the country at the All Africa Games, Commonwealth Games and even at the Olympics. At that time, there was peace in the athletics family. Between 2000 and now, the athletics family in the country has been swimming from one form of crisis to the other. The unending crisis within the federation is the major bane of the sport and the athletes as well. Between 2001 and 2005 when Dan Ngerem was the President, the body was recording results because of the template inherited and the professionalism he brought on board. Ngerem was heavily criticised because of his uprightness. He was not ready to cut corners or engage in shady deals in the name of promoting athletics. When Violet Udogwu-Nwajei took over in 2005, the problem within the federation persisted for another four years. She was accused of lacking the managerial ability to handle athletes despite her pedigree as the first Nigerian to win a Commonwealth Games medal. In 2009, Chief Solomon Ogba took over and despite his track record as a grassroots sports administrator, the problems within were still evident. It became worse as some board members and former athletes opposed the programmes and ideas coming from the same federation they belong to. The athletes on the other hand are not friendly with one another. The effects of the incessant crisis in the federation are the rather shocking and poor results being recorded at global and continental levels. At the World Athletics Championships in Beijing recently, Nigeria failed to pick a medal. High expectation was on Blessing Okagbare who finished in the last position in the 100m final. It was so bad that she was the only hope. So much pressure was on Okagbare and the lady was unable to handle it, hence, Nigeria missed out on the medals table. Why is it that Okagbare is the only worldclass sprinter in the country today? That is a big question for the AFN to answer. At the ongoing All Africa Games, Nigeria failed to win a medal in the female 100m event. That was absurd and it has not happened in over 50 years! The country only managed silver in the men’s 100m courtesy Ogho-Oghene Egwero who recorded 10. 17secs. Cote d’Ivoire won both the men and women’s 100m event in Congo. Nigeria’s Cecilia Francis was 5th in the women’s final with 11.53sec while Seye Ogunlewe who won the trials in Delta came 4th in the men’s final with 10.45secs. The best Nigerian men were unable to record sub 10 secs while the best woman was also unable to hit sub 11 secs. It is a shame because sprint is Nigeria’s area of strength. In the 400m men Nigeria was 6th with Orukpe Erayokan finishing with 45.73 secs and in the women, Patience Okon with 50.71 secs led two other Nigerians to place 2nd, 4th and 5th respectively. I recall that in the same event, Egbunike and Ogunkoya were unbeatable for many years on the continent. They went further by winning individual Olympic medals. The surprise performers at the AAG are Oluwatobi Amusan (110m hurdles), Nwanaga Kelechi (Javelin) and Chinzom Amadi (long jump). They won gold medals to boost Team Nigeria’s haul but every keen follower of athletics should be worried with the overall performance at the games. In the 4x100m relays, Okagbare inspired the women to clinch gold but the men finished second in a disgraceful manner. Ogunlewe was leading with about 10metres only for Cote D Ivoire’s Ben Youssef to beat him at the tape. I am worried about the time posted by the country’s best athletes and the AFN should also be worried. It is time for the body to unite and address the various problems facing athletics in the country.
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Ajibade Olusesan ose Mourinho recovered his specialness when Chelsea romped to a 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the UEFA Champions League midweek but the Portuguese can win over many more critics if he guides his under-performing side to victory over rivals Arsenal today (Saturday). The English Premier League champions have started the defence of their title in worst possible way after picking miserable four points in five matches. The four-time EPL winners have already lost three games this term, same number they recorded throughout last season. Defeats against Crystal Palace, Manchester City and Everton have pushed the Blues just one step above relegation zone and many critics have already written the team off for a successful defence of the title. Of course, most of the attacks have been directed at Mourinho because many believe he brought the calamity on his team. Although the sign was ominous right from their first game this season when they drew 2-2 against Swansea at home, many pundits believe unrest in the dressing room, orchestrated by the coach himself is largely responsible for the bad patch. Mourinho has been blamed for the way he treated the club’s medical chief, Eva Cameiro, and it is believed this caused some disaffections even among his playing staff. However, it instructive to note that key players have lost form considerably. Talisman Eden Hazard
who was the EPL best player last term has been a shadow of himself, midfielder Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic have lost consistency while Branislav Ivanovic and captain John Terry have let everyone down with their lacklustre displays in the defence. Mourinho has vowed to stem the tide of bad run and in doing so he suggested he was going to axe a couple of senior players and he demonstrated that on Wednesday when the likes of Terry, Ivanovic and even Diego Costa were benched. It remains to be seen if the Special One will not reinstate these men against Arsenal. This tie with Arsenal is special in a way to Mourinho because he will be desperate to avoid losing to his direct rivals, Arsene Wenger, in the league for the first time and will also be looking forward to avenging the 1-0 loss he suffered in the Community Shield last August. That was the first time Mourinho would lose to Wenger in their previous encounters and the Portuguese will not allow lightening to strike twice, he will want to make it look like Arsenal’s victory at Wembley was a fluke. The Wednesday 4-0 bashing of the Israeli club was a good booster for the Special One and his team but Wenger’s men will come into the game with a battered morale following a 2-1 loss against Dynamo Zagreb same night. Mourinho is ready for a big showdown at Stamford Bridge and he underscored its importance when he said: “Saturday is a big match, it's a great rival. This result can put us in a better situation.''
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