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Oshiomhole mourns Justice Oputa BENIN CITY: Governor Adams Oshiomhole has commiserated with the government and people of Imo State on the death of eminent jurist, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa. In a condolence message signed by his

Chief Press Secretary, Mr Peter Okhiria, Comrade Oshiomhole said, “The death of Justice Chukwudifu Oputa came to me as a rude shock. Unarguably one of the best legal icons to have come from

Osagie Ize-Iyamu and a handful of his friends who have resigned their membership of the APC. The APC Interim State Chairman further said “this development is directly related to actions arising from the long-planned and allconsuming pathological

fixation of Pastor IzeIyamu becoming the next Governor of Edo State without regard for truly building the party and respect for established rules and regulations.” “It is no wonder that after giving a 7-day ultimatum, within a couple of days, the Pastor and his

Aggrieved APC members did not exploit channel of redress - Osaro Idah By ADAMS OYIBOKE

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this part of the world, Justice Oputa was a shining example of the best of the Judiciary; an incorruptible judge who gave faultless judgments

which have become reference points in the country’s jurisprudence. As Chairman of the Human Rights Violations Investigations Commission, now popularly known as the Continues on page 2

BENIN CITY - The All Progressive Congress (APC) has decried actions of some members of the party and declared that the contestation of party registration, congresses and even primaries were not peculiar to it. did not exploit. Leaders of the party led According to Chief by the interim state Exco Idah “Leaders of the All Chairman, Chief Osaro Progressive Congress Idah in a press briefing (APC), in Edo State, met yesterday in Benin City today (i.e yesterday), 6th said there were established of May, 2014 to review mechanisms and the recent development processes to redress in the political space in grievances which Pastor Edo State, in particular Ize-Iyamu and his friends the action of Pastor

friends were in Abuja holding meetings with leaders of the opposition party from this state, PDP National Leaders and the President of the country, which in itself is nothing short of antiparty activity. He added “We note that contestations on the

issues of the party registration, congresses and even primaries are not peculiar to the APC in Edo State but to party p olitics in general

especially in emerging democracies. The leadership of APC in Edo State Continues on page 2

Odubu lauds Legislative, Executive co-operation

BENIN CITY- Edo State Deputy Governor, Dr. Pius Egberanmwen Odubu has appreciated the cordial working relationship that exists between the legislative and the executive arm of government in the state. The deputy governor made the remark when he received the Executive Council of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), Edo State House of Assembly chapter who paid him a courtesy visit in Government House, Benin City. Dr. Odubu who was represented by the Deputy Chief of Staff, office of the Deputy Governor, Prince

Ekpenriebe Akenzua said the cordial relationship between the executive and legislative arm in the state has enabled government to deliver on its promises to the people. Prince Ekpenriebe Akenzua noted that the state government under the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has vowed to continue his developmental drive until he leaves office. He added that the need to provide a conducive learning environment and the desire to enhance the future of the Edo Child, informed government’s determination to among other objectives upgrade infrastructures in

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“Pride is the first armour of a person on the mission to selfdestruction”.” - Kinglsey Ogbeide-Ihama

schools in the state. Chairman of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), Comrade Shugaba Aliu Haruna said the deputy governor has lived up to expectations in view of his p a r l i a m e n t a r y background. The state chairman of PASAN also observed with appreciation the good working relationship between him and the governor which he added has expedited the pace of development in the state.

PRESS FREEDOM RALLY: Rt. Hon. Uyi Igbe, Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly (left) receiving a position letter from Comrade Desmond Agbama, Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Edo State Council during the World Press Freedom Day Road Walk by Journalists to the Parliament on Monday. Photo: GODWIN ISEGUAN.

Abducted Girls

ABUJA - President Goodluck Jonathan has declared that security and intelligence services in the country will continue till the secondary school girls abducted in Chibok, Borno State are rescued and brought back to their families. He made the declaration yesterday, while inaugurating the Presidential fact-finding committee set up to

unravel the circumstances surrounding the reported abduction of about 234 secondary school girls in Chibok.

Security operations ’ll continue - Jonathan

Stressing that the committee is not an administrative panel or

judicial committee, he

Mr Olusegun Agbaje, announced this in Lokoja on yesterday. He said that the distribution of the cards would take place in all the 5,248 polling units in the 21 local government

councils in the state. Agbaje said that only those who participated in the last registration cards would be issued the cards, saying that the decision to distribute the cards at polling units

said the work of the fact-finding committee

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INEC to distribute permanent voter cards May 23 LOKOJA - The INEC says it will commence distribution of permanent voter cards to the electorate in Kogi State on May 23. The state Resident Electoral Commissioner,

was to facilitate easy collection by voters. Agbaje said that the distribution of the cards, which will last till May 25, would be followed by registration of voters who Continues on page 2


News

Oshiomhole mourns Justice Oputa

Continued from page 1 “Oputa Panel”, the late Justice Chukwudifu Oputa displayed extreme patience, resilience, fairness and the wisdom required to handle such an important national assignment to the admiration of all.’ “He distinguished himself

in all areas of professional, social and family life and stood tall among his peers for his intellectual prowess and high sense of integrity. He was always on the side of justice and equity. “His death is more painful at this time that the nation requires the wisdom of men of high stature like him to help navigate

the country through her difficult moments. However, while we mourn the loss of such a great mind, we also celebrate his many accomplishments. His philosophical judgments for which he will forever be remembered have served as a reference point in the nation’s legal system.

On behalf of the Government and people of Edo State, I commiserate with the Government and people of Imo state; the Nigerian Bar and Bench on this sad loss. “I pray God to grant the soul of the late Justice Oputa peaceful rest and his family the fortitude to bear the loss. Peter Okhiria,

commended the effort of the Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Party leaders who did everything possible to reassure Pastor IzeIyamu that it was improper to do hop-step

and jump in politics, but rather to work together in building the party along defined democratic processes. Chief Idah said “we state unequivocally that the action of Pastor Ize-Iyamu and his friends will in no way affect the structure unity,

functioning and fortunes of the APC in Edo State; rather it has given APC a chance to consolidate and work for the growth of the party along with loyal and dependable party faithful,” he stressed. While describing the list of members who attended

the pastor’s meeting and their stagnancies as a “mere attendance list rather than list of persons decamping from APC, the interim state chairman urged APC members across the 18 local Government Areas to remain clam and continue to mobilize support for APC in their various locations.

Continued from page 1 reserve for the state government. He also disclosed that the committee is not a replacement for the ongoing search and rescue operations by security agencies or for covert intelligence gathering required to assist the operation. According to him, the setting up of the committee was inevitable to confront the sad circumstances that surrounded the abduction of the girls. The government in conjunction with the international community, he said ?will do everything possible to get the girls back. “First of all, let me clarify that this committee is not a replacement for the search

and rescue operations being undertaken by security agencies or for covert intelligence gathering required to assist that of the operation. The operation of the security and intelligence services will continue to intensify till our daughters are rescued and brought safely home to their families. First let me make it very clear, luckily the Minister of Justice is here, that this committee is neither a judicial committee nor an administrative committee to look into the affairs of this incident. No. It is not administrative panel set up by Federal Government or a Judicial Committee. I must make that very clear because those are the responsibilities of the state and not that of the Federal Government. I say so because before you

know somebody will go to court and say that Federal Government is interloping in an area which is supposed to be an exclusive preserve of the state”, he noted. Continuing in an emotion laden voice, President Jonathan noted: “You will agree with me that this is not a committee that brings joy to me and indeed our country men and women. “However, it is a necessary step which government must take to confront the sad circumstances surrounding the abduction of female students, our daughters in Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok”, he explained. According to the president, the committee will be primarily concern with providing public interface with all directly concern in the tragedy

towards providing well coordinated citizens inputs into the overall investigations. “Fellow country men and women, this is a trying moment for our country and it is reassuring that we have the empathy and cooperation of friendly countries from across the world at this time. I am appreciative of the fact that this sad incident has attracted global outrage. This is a clear testimony to the fact that humanity can come together and stand as one against evil no matter how it is presented. This is the time when we must dwell together beyond all political, religious or regional divide against our common enemy. We must remain vigilant and be ready to assist security agencies and authorities at all time”, he added.

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Security operations’ll continue

External debt climbs to $9.16 billion management and borrowing that state government use By JOSES SEDE

ABUJA - The issue of the country’s rising debt profile

was yesterday, the major concern of the National Confab Committee on Public Finance as members sought to know the level of control the Debt Management Office has on state governments as regards to borrowing. The Director General, Dr. Abraham Nwankwo, insisted that borrowing and debt management are part of modern economy. He gave examples of countries like Germany and UK that have strong and frugal economy but still borrow. He was the first guest of the Committee. In his presentation, he put the nation’s external debt at 9.16 billion dollars, with the states having approximately 2.8 billion dollars. According to him, States account for 18 per cent of domestic debts while the federal government accounts for 82 per cent. The laws guiding borrowing, he said, stipulate that no state can borrow except with the expressed permission of the National Assembly; and any state that does not conform with the stipulation

would be seen as committing an illegality. States also require the approval of the Finance Minister to borrow from the capital market, he added. For States to borrow in whatever form, they must obtain the approval of their respective Houses of Assembly. Dr. Nwankwo explained that it was the responsibility of SEC to ensure that the money borrowed from the capital market by the States is judiciously utilised. He said in 2007, the DMO took a decision to help states establish debt management departments to reconstruct their debt profile, particularly domestic debt which he put at N8.7 trillion, excluding debts owed local contractors. Contractor ’s debt is not included because it is a structured debt and usually provided for in the budget. The Committee Chairman, Senator Adamu Aliero, expressed concern over the action of State governments who borrow money indiscriminately from foreign sources without due process. He sought explanation from the DMO why it was so. The Director General’s response was that relevant agencies of government saddled with the responsibility of tackling states that violate the laws regarding debt

should take appropriate action. While Nigeria’s cumulative debt at N10.1 trillion, about 10 per cent of the nation’s GDP, Dr. Nwankwo, insisted that Nigeria has been consistent in servicing all its loans. A member of the Committee, Col Bala Mande expressed worries over the tripling of the nation’s debt and wanted to know the relationships between the DMO and other relevant agencies like EFCC and ICPC. Another member, Chief Dipreye Alamieyeseigha wanted to know how effective the control mechanisms are regarding borrowing, given that most States do not conform with laid down prescriptions. Dr. Nwankwo explained that the DMO works with State governments but has no relationship with either EFCC or ICPC, since the DMO was not a law enforcement agency. On the effectiveness of the mechanism to control State governments, he said the DMO could do anything once the State Assemblies okay such loans as stipulated by the law. He said the citizens have the responsibility of ensuring

borrowed money judiciously. The committee also met with the delegation of the National Planning Commission led by Mr. Tunde Lawal, a Director of Micro Economic Analysis, who represented the Minister of National Planning, Shehu Yuguda. Mr Lawal briefed the committee on the state of the nation’s public finance and the role of national budget in public finance management. He said deficit financing was inevitable for a developing nation like Nigeria and listed the major sources of Public Finance to include Federation Account, Value Added Tax and oil revenue which constitute about 76 per cent. He said the net federally collected revenue in 2013 was N6 trillion, while oil revenue accounted for 76 per cent of all net revenue accruing to federal government. · The GDP in 2013 was 9.8 per cent · Value added tax 16 per cent, customs 9’percent · Non-oil tax increased from N1.5 trillion in 2010 to 2.1 trillion in 2013. He stressed the need to tackle issues of waivers and exemptions, and said government was working towards reducing recurrent expenditure.

CAC President, others storm Benin for 3-day crusade By TUNDE EIGBIREMOLEN BENIN CITY- President of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Worldwide, Pastor Abraham O.Akinosun, the General Evangelist, CAC, Prophet Samuel Abiara and a retinue of other distinguished men of God from across the country have stormed Benin City for a 3day crusade with the theme: “Destroying the Horns of oppression”. The outstanding men of God, who were received on arrival at the Benin Airport by the host, Prophet John O. Odigie, Minister-in charge, CAC Deliverance Centre, and other faithful of the Church amidst fanfare, used the opportunity to comment on the state of the nation, which they said, necessitated the 3-day

crusade in Benin City, among other reasons. Speaking with newsmen, the CAC President, Pastor Abraham Akinosun, the General Evangelist, prophet Samuel Abiara and the Host, Prophet John Odigie were unanimous that the 2014 3-day crusade which begins today at the Baptist Convention Ground, TV Road in Benin City, will serve as platform to redress the problems in the country and Christiandom , noting that to solve the nation’s current challenges, there was need to look up to God for deliverance, salvation and advancement. They decried the insecurity condition in the country and lamented the abduction of the over 200 school girls in Borno by insurgents, saying “We feel sad, it is a shame for such a thing to happen, Nigeria is not a bush country”.

CBN laments low participation

Cashless policy: YOLA - The Acting Governor of Central Bank of Nigerian CBN, Dr. Sarah Alade, yesterday expressed concern over low participation of stakeholders in the effective implementation of cashless policy. Alade expressed the concern in a key note address at the cashless policy sensitisation in Yola. She said that while the CBN was playing a leading role in its development and implementation, there was also need for effective cooperation among stakeholders for it to succeed. “Operators, merchants, the government, among others are extremely important in the implementation of the cashless policy. “The policy, if properly supported and implemented will ensure the efficiency of Nigeria’s payment system. “It will contribute to the country’s economic and social development through increased financial resources,” Alade said. Alade, who was represented by Alhaji Yahya Lawal, the Yola Branch Controller of the bank, said the success of the policy depended on the cooperation of all.

Alade said that since the introduction of the policy in 2010, the apex bank had embarked on the repositioning of the nation’s financial system. “In this journey, we require the cooperation of all parties so that we can bequeath a safer, more efficient and effective payments system,” she said. Mr Aaron Yaduma, Head of CBN’s Shared Services, said the cashless policy was introduced to meet Vision 20:2020 requirement. Yaduma said that the policy was not intended to eliminate the use of physical cash for payment but rather to reduce other ills associated with it. Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, who was represented by the Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Ibrahim Vokna, lauded the CBN for the cashless policy. Nyako said the policy had improved financial transactions as well as curtailed financial irregularities in the country. He, however, tasked the CBN to do more in the sensitisation of the people, especially those living in the rural areas on the benefits of the policy. “The state government will soon ensure that all ministries, departments and agencies are linked with e-payment,” he said.

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had just turned 18 years. He said that those who did not register in 2011 and those whose names were missing in INEC data base would be captured during the exercise which would last till June 1. “Worthy of note is that the display for claims and objections is simultaneously carried out with continuous voters registration. “Those who fail to collect their permanent

voter card at the polling unit level will still have the opportunity to do so at INEC local government offices across the state,’’ he said. The commissioner said that the commission was embarking on the exercise as part of strategies to achieve successful conduct of the 2015 elections. He said that nobody would be allowed to vote in the elections without permanent voter card.


Inside Edo BTC Secretary Bags WASU Award BENIN CITY – Secretary to the Benin Traditional Council (BTC), Mr. Frank Irabor has received the 2014 WASU GOLD PLATINUM Award of the West African Student Union (WASU) for his inspirational leadership, among West African youths. Receiving the award, Mr. Irabor appreciated the Benin Monarch, His Royal Majesty, Oba Erediauwa for creating the enabling environment for him to thrive. Irabor said the monarch has been a foremost producer of achievers and great thinkers who are needed to develop and advance the society to greater heights. He also appreciated Crown Prince Eheneden Erediauwa for his (Prince) unflinching support

Mr. Frank Irabor

and encouragement over the years. Mr. Irabor used the occasion to call on federal, state and local governments to as a matter of urgency create job opportunities for the teeming jobless youths so as to reduce unemployment with its attendant criminality. President of WASU, Deacon Kwame Mensa who presented the award described Irabor as a silent achiever and an icon of hope to all youths of West African origin. He noted that the dream of building a better society is sacrosanct and can only be achieved through collective and collaborative efforts of all well meaning members of the society.

AUCHI – Etsako West Local Government Council has commenced another phase of road reconstruction in parts of the locality with the inauguration Kessington Momoh Street, formerly Akinniranye in Auchi town. The 750 metres road which links the sharp corner and Warrake road is to be completely land scaped and asphalted with side drains. Chairman of the council, Hon. Hassan Kadiri while performing the official inauguration ceremony explained that the reconstruction became imperative, not only because of its commercial value but also in fulfillment of the development programme of his administration. Hon. Kadiri noted that the council had mapped out a c o m p r e h e n s i v e development programme for the entire locality, spanning the period of his tenure, explaining that apart from Auchi town other areas were also gradually being addressed. He disclosed that the

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President Goodluck Jonathan (middle), Vice President Namadi Sambo (left) and Chairman of the Presidential committee on rescue of the abducted female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, Rtd. Brig. Gen. Ibrahim Sabo after the inauguration of the committee yesterday at the State House in Abuja.

Owan East Council Inaugurates Neighbourhood Watch AFUZE - The Executive Chairman of Owan East Local Government, Barr. (Chief) Jimoh Ijegbai has inaugurated the Central Neighborhood watch of the East Local Government Area, with a charge on members to be civil and firm in the discharge of their duties.

Etsako West LG Commences Road Reconstruction BY MORRISON HAYBLE

Dora Gold-Idehen Buried In Benin

programme was being approached in phases while appealed to the people for understanding and patience while work is in progress. In a remark, Supervisor for Works and Housing in the local government, Engr. Yusuf Daz Momoh expressed optimism that the job been handed to a competent contractor would stand the test of time, especially as it was a very sensitive people centred assignment. He noted that what was contained in the bill of engineering measurement and evaluation would certainly guide the council’s engineers in ensuring that the contractor complied fully with the job specification. Engr. Daz Momoh assured that the Kadiri led administration had deliberately designed a programme to complement the developmental policy of the Governor Adams Oshiomhole, led government. He added that the council had concluded the planning stage till the end of the administration and was in the process of execution.

The Owan East Council boss who gave the charge at the inauguration ceremony in his office at Afuze, said, aside being civil in the discharge of their duties, his administration will not tolerate any act of criminality or crude dispensation of justice on the part of members. He enjoined them to live above board while outlining their functions to include, protecting lives and properties in the Local

Government Area. Chief Ijegbai stressed that as members of the Central Neighborhood Watch, they are not expected to take over the functions of the law enforcement agencies, rather, to compliment their efforts. He explained that they were expected to monitor and supervise the activities of the local neighborhood watch, just as he said they should promptly handover suspects to the Nigeria

police, as it was not the organisation’s duty to engage in investigation of cases. Responding on behalf of the members, the Secretary of the Central Neighborhood Watch, Owan East Chapter, Mr. Ken Imoudu, assured the Council Boss of their preparedness to collaborate with the police and other law enforcement agencies in ensuring sustained peace in the locality. The 26-member Central Neighborhood Watch is drawn from the eleven wards of the Local Government Area.

BENIN CITY - The families of Gold-Idehen and Prince Odiase of Uhumwode and Ovia North East Local Government Areas pf Edo State last week laid to rest, Mrs. Dora Ohuimumwen Gold-Idehen in Benin City. She passed on at the age of 95 years. A statement issued by one of her children, Chief (Dr.) Mrs. Christie Onokpasa (JP), the Managing Director of MIDSTEEL Industries Limited, Benin City described the late Mrs. Dora Ohuimumwen GoldIdehen as a heroine, described her passage as a glorious home call worthy of celebration. Mrs. Dora Ohuimumwen Gold-Idehen is survived by many children amongst whom are, Chief (Dr.) Mrs. Christie E. Onokpasa (JP), SP Gabriel Gold-Idehen and Mr. Ignatius Omongale all of whom signed the statement of her funeral ceremony.

Late Mrs. Dora Ohuimumwen Gold-Idehen

...To Reactivate Fuel Dump AFUZE – Re-activation work is to commence on the long abandoned fuel dump of Owan East Local Government Council for optimal use. Chairman of the council, Barr. (Chief) Jimoh Ijegbai disclosed

this when he visited the dump for an on-the-spot assessment. He said once fully reactivated, the fuel dump will be commercialised in order to shore up the Council’s Internally Generated Revenue

(IGR). Chief Ijegbai explained that the Council has taken delivery of two digital fuel dispensers, and assured that motorists are guaranteed value for their money.

President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo in group photograph with members of Presidential committee on rescue of the abducted female students of Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, after the inauguration of the committee yesterday at the State House in Abuja.

According to the council boss, “We have purchased two new digital fuel dispensers to replace the analogue ones, and I want to assure the public that every litre of petrol bought will be worth the purchase as every litre of our product will always count”, Chief Ijegbai promised. Meanwhile, the council has acquired a 15-seated Hummer bus to bring to 23, the number of buses in the fleet of the council’s Mass Transit. The latest acquisition weekend, according to the council boss, is in preparing the transport service for Lagos route. He disclosed that a 15 seater bus will be bought at the end of every month, beginning from May 2014 for the next four months, to fully establish the Lagos route. According to the chairman, “proceeds from the mass transit will be used in financing the purchases”, adding that the Lagos route, like the Abuja route, is to ensure that the people of Owan East get the best of transportation for a cheaper rate.


News Oba Erediauwa’s Suspension Of ‘Odionwere’ Subsists

Community Leader Appeals To Govt To Construct Link Road By JOEL CHUKWUAGHONIM

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BENIN CITY - The Iguosagie community in Uhunmwode Government Area of Edo State said the suspension of the Odionwere of the community, Mr. Ahunwan Osazee by the Palace of the Benin Monarch, His Royal Majesty, Oba Erediauwa in August, 2012 subsists. Mr. Ahunwan Osazee suspension was contained in a release signed by six palace R-L: General Evangelist, Christ Apostolic Church, (CAC), Prophet Samuel Abiara; chiefs , including the Iyase of President CAC Worldwide, Pastor Abraham Akinosun; General Secretary, CAC, Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Pastor E. E. Mapur and prophet John .O. Odigie, Minister-in-charge CAC, Igbe and the Oliha of Benin Deliverance Centre, Edo State and host 2014 CAC crusade on arrival at the Kingdom, Chief Edionwe Benin Airport yesterday for the 3-day crusade. Photo: LUCKY AGIE. Otasowie. According to the release, the suspension was occasioned by Mr. Osazee’s “total disrespect for Benin customs and tradition and undermining the authority of the Oba of Benin”. “ Consequently, Mr. Erhahon Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba gives his royal blessings to BY ROLAND OSAKUE Obasogie, the second in Erediauwa. anyone that seeks his face and command(Ozukpogieva) and He stated that the Royal the Benins will not allow or Mr. Johnbull Edionwe BENIN CITY: The father is God’s representative any flippant (Okaighele) are to take charge Obasogie of Benin Kingdom on earth who stand aloof in condole of the community,” the release and chairman, Peace and their politics and should be politician who advance higher cause to win more members added. Conflict (PCRC), Edo State,

UMUTU-The Odeneze of Umutu Community, in Ukwuani Local Government Area of Delta state, Chief Micheal A.S Chibogu, has appealed to the Delta state government for the completion of the abandoned Skill Acquisition Centre and construction of the road linking Umutu and Akoku community, saying the two communities are oil producing communities. Chief Odeneze who is also the secretary to the traditional ruler in Ukwuani local government area, appealed to the oil producing company ( Platform Petroleum) in the area to come to the aid of the two communities in constructing the link roads in the area, since the company is using the road. He strongly appealed to the

PCRC Boss Advises Ag Against Linking Benin Palace To Politics

Oba of Benin Kingdom

Chief Eduwu Ekhator Obasogie has strongly advised politicians against insinuations linking the palace of the Benin Monarch with the ongoing politics in the State. In a chat with newsmen in Benin City, Chief Obasogie, who expressed dismay at the insinuations and flippancy of some politicians, who, in attempt to advance their political cause often make reference to the palace of the Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo,

allowed to remain in the sovereignty of his fatherly role to all. The chairman also cautioned politicians to desist from any sharp practices capable of causing unnecessary tension into the state particularly in their insinuation and other body language of blackmail with the intention to drag the palace into their ‘petty politics’. According to him, “the Omo N’Oba is the father of all who

Court Dissolves Marriage Over Husband’s Laziness ILORIN- An Ilorin Area Court Yesterday dissolved a three-year-old marriage between Rofiat Ahmed and Isiaka Ahmed over the man’s

lazy habit. Rofiat, 30, a resident of Edun area in Ilorin, prayed the court to dissolve her marriage to Isiaka, on account of laziness.

APC Chieftain Urges Members On Total Loyalty BY JOEL CHUKWUAGHONIM OZANOGOGO (DELTA): The Coordinator of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ward 3, Ihu-Ozomor in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, Mr. Aiworo has urged the party members at the three levels of government to be firm in their loyalty to the party. Aiworo gave the charge in a chat with The Nigerian OBSERVER in Ozonogogo, Delta State. Expressing his belief that the electorates in APC controlled states are getting

the dividends of democracy, he noted that APC is the only party that has structure from the polling booth to the federal level. He called on well meaning indigenes of the state to support the party to select credible candidates that could be elective in positions in the 2015 general elections. The APC Chieftain used the occasion to appeal to members at all levels to help co-ordinate the party members in Ozanogogo community saying the party was doing well and growing stronger in different parts of the country.

The petitioner told the court that her husband was unable to provide for the family needs. “My husband only sleeps at home shamelessly and expects me to fend for the family,’’ she said. She told the court that her marriage to Siaka was contracted in 2011, but produced no child till date. “My Lord, I want an end to this marriage because I cannot tolerate it anymore with an idle man,’’ she said. The defendant, who did not object to the prayer of his wife, said he had tried all he could to find a job but failed. “I don’t know why my wife kept on frustrating me while she knows what I am passing through,’’ he said. He prayed the court to grant the prayer of his wife without delay. The presiding judge, Mr. Yusuf Abdulkareem, dissolved the marriage and issued a certificate of divorce to the plaintiff.

to their side by denigrating our revered Monarch. He therefore advised such politicians who persist in such cheap publicity to desist from such mischievous act and not to drag the name of the palace to the mould. Chief Obasogie however reasoned that what has

happened to Benin in recent time in terms of development was an improvement in the state, even as he destined calamity and utterly destruction to those who would wish to disrupt the progress of the state. While expressing his appreciation to the Royal father over his prayers to those who meant well for the state, PCRC Chairman warned the people not to take quietness of the palace for a ride.

Council legislative arm, Hon Sunday Oyerebu has been suspended from office by seven out of the 10 members of the House. In his place, Hon. Gbenga Daniel has been appointed. Hon. Oyerebu’s suspension followed a motion moved by

Joshua Suberu representing Ward 3 and seconded by Hon. Gbenga Daniel. Moving the motion, Hon. Suberu observed that as leader of the legislative arm of government, Hon. Oyerebu has been high handed in performing the duties of his

Delta state government to see the problem of the Skill Acquisition Centre as the major problem in Umutu community. According to him, since the governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan sent monitoring teams to inspect the Skill Acquisition and promised the completing of the project four years ago, there is nothing. He appealed to the Delta State Governor to do something urgently and avoid bringing ridicule to his administration. The Odeneze, thanked an illustrious son of Ebede community in Ukwuani Local Government Area, Engineer Amushi for the road construction. He also thanked the Okparauku of Umutu, H.R.H Ogbuewu Oji Oshigbo, and the Onochaze of Umutu kingdom, High Chief Felix Oji, the chairman Ukwuani traditional rulers committee and H.R.M (Dr.)Evangelist R.C. Osanwata, the Ezhie 1 of Ezieonu kingdom for the fatherly roles displayed in their various communities.

Chief Micheal A.S Chibogu

Leader Of Esan S/East Legislative UBIAJA: The leader of Esan Arm Suspended South East Local Government

office. Besides, the lawmakers accused Hon Oyerebu of abuse of office, corruption, creating disaffection among legislators as well as unnecessary harassement of council staff.

President, Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Worldwide, Pastor Abraham Akinosun (right) flanked by other men of God in the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) addressing newsmen on arrival at the Benin Airport yesterday for the 3-day crusade hosted by CAC, Deliverance centre, Edo State which begins today. Photo: LUCKY AGIE.


South West Customs Impounds N13.3m Goods

IFAD Commends Beneficiaries Of Programme AKURE- The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has rated high, beneficiaries of the organisation’s programme in 27 communities in Ondo State. A consultant to IFAD, Prof. Jones Lemchi, gave the verdict in an interview with newsmen after his team visited some benefiting communities in the state. Lemchi, who commended the beneficiaries for their tremendous commitment to the programme, said IFAD would assist in tackling poverty. He said the programme was jointly being funded by IFAD, NDDC, Federal Government, Ondo Government, local government councils and benefiting communities. Lemchi said IFAD benefiting groups were involved in livestock, crop production, piggery, and poultry initiatives. “ The goal of the programme is to improve the standard of people living in a rural area in Niger Delta states and making life more meaningful to them “ The purpose of our inspection is to showcase how benefiting groups use the available funds given to them and to know the area of their challenges. “ The performance of the benefiting groups in 27

communities is highly impressive “ Right now, we are going to consolidate on those that we have seen to be viable and have potential to lead the beneficiary out of poverty, ’’ he said. Lemchi said the programme’s completion date was now September 2015 due to additional two years extension. He, however, appealed to stakeholders to pay their counterpart fund on time, saying this would make more funds available for the project.

Victim of an explosion at a domestic gas plant in Ibadan on Monday.

Cleric Advocates Promotion Of Technical Education

IBADAN- A religious leader, Satguru Maharaji, has advocated the introduction of technical education in the country’s university curricula to reduce unemployment. Maharaji told newsmen that introducing technical education would expose students to various vocations that would make them self-reliant. “I have been advocating for 20 years now that university farms should be established to expose students to the mother earth and produce to make ends meet. “Stringent education laws should be made for the nation’s development,’’ he said. He said that the country in the last 100 years had slipped from being a producer nation to a consumer one. Maharaji, who also supported the establishment of universities

by religious groups, however, faulted the exorbitant tuition fee being charged. “Private schools are blossoming while the public ones are dying. “I do not disagree with government taxing religious groups, having been oppressing the people with the wealth they have amassed,’’ he added. Maharaji also stressed the need for universities to be linked to the old culture which embraced truthfulness, love, honesty and service to humanity. He urged government to develop zero tolerance for corruption, “We cannot continue to tolerate a situation where someone who

Ekiti Guber Poll: Police Warn ADO-EKITI - The Ekiti State glasses indiscriminately. Commissioner of Police, Mr Canditates Uyana warned political parties Felix Uyana, has directed governorship candidates of parties to get police permit before using siren and cars with tinted glasses. Uyana gave the order on Wednesday at an emergency security meeting with 18 governorship candidates in AdoEkiti on the June 21 election. “It is illegal for any of the gubernatorial candidates in the state to use vehicles with siren and tinted glasses without first obtaining permission from the State Police Command,’’ he said. Uyana said that the police was not happy with the way and manner some of the 18 gubernatorial candidates were conducting their campaigns. He said that the command was shocked to realise that in spite of the appeals and warnings made to them in the past to avoid fomenting trouble while carrying out their campaigns, they continued to ignore the warning. “The incidence of politically motivated crimes such as malicious damage to posters,

billboards, banners and other valuable property of fellow candidates, including attempted murder have continued unabated. “The menace cuts across three major political parties and from our investigation, the only deference between them is in terms of depth of involvement,” the police boss said. According to Uyana, the level of intolerance so far exhibited by all political actors toward one another is unjustifiable. The commissioner said that the command had so far recorded a total of 25 politically-related criminal cases of which 14 had already been charged to court. He said that the remaining cases were at the various stages of investigation. The police commissioner said it had also been observed that most of political parties and their candidates had resorted to the use of vehicles without registration numbers. He said that others also use vehicles with siren and tinted

stole N90 is being sentenced and another who stole N40 billion keeps roaming the streets. “This is pure discordance from culture. Laws must be made urgently to address corruption

before it destroys the nation,’’ he said. The religious leader, however, commended President Goodluck Jonathan over his nation building efforts.

LAGOS-The Western Marine Command (WMC) of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) has said that it impounded goods worth N13.3 million between January and April. The Public Relations Officer of the Command, Ms Ngozi Okwara, said in a statement in Lagos that the amount was against the N16 million worth of goods recorded during the same period in 2013. She said the breakdown of the seizures included 769 bags of rice and 715 cartons of poultry products among others. Okwara said that many of the seized items were intercepted at different locations at Idiroko, Badagry and Yekeme. She also said that nobody was arrested in conection with the seizure as suspects jumped into the water on sighting the security officials.

Oyo To Complete Abandoned IBADAN- The Oyo State Water Projects Government has promised to complete all abandoned water projects before the end of the tenure of the present administration. Mr Wale Adeoye, the state Commissioner for Water Resources, told newsmen in Ibadan that Governor Abiola Ajimobi had resolved to provide potable water to all residents. Adeoye said this informed the governor’s decision to revive the Asejire water works after it was abandoned for 17 years. “The Oyo Government is committed to providing drinkable water to every resident’s home, including those in rural communities,” he said.

Adeoye said government rehabilitated the Asejire water scheme under an emergency plan, adding that there were plans to rehabilitate all existing bore holes in local government areas. “The state government has awarded a contract for bore hole construction in all the 33 local government areas,” said Adeoye. He also said that the government had committed about N575 million to complete the Ajumose water supply scheme. “Under this arrangement, 10 hand pumps and one motorised mini-water scheme is being provided to boost

water supply to the people of the state,” he said. Adeoye said government would soon mobilise the contractors to site to enable them complete the project under a 40-month deadline. Government, he further said, was trying to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Government on the completion of abandoned water projects and irrigation schemes in the state. The commissioner listed the water projects to include the Ogun-Osun River Basin initiative, Ikere Dam in OkeOgun and the Irrigation Power Project Scheme.

and directors of their campaign organisations that “drivers of such party branded vehicles will be prosecuted and such vehicles will be impounded.’’ He urged the political parties to preach peace and ensure that their supporters were not allowed to engage in any violence. The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) for Ekiti state, Alhaji Halilu Pai, said the meeting was to remind the various stakeholders in the election of their responsibilities in the electoral process. Candidates of the various political parties include Mr Ayò Fayose of the PDP, Kole Ajayi of Accord Party, Seyi Osekita of Alliance for Democracy, among others attended the meeting. The Director-General of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Mr Bimbo Daramola, represented the state governor and candidate of APC, while leaders of the various political parties also attended the Policemen inspecting a car affected in an explosion at a domestic gas plant in Ibadan on Monday. meeting.


Across The Nation Yola: Prices Of

Tomatos, Pepper Soar

L-R: Chancellor, Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Community), Justice George Oguntade; Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, and Diocesan Bishop of Lagos and Dean Emeritus, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Rev. Adebola Ademowo, at the opening of the second session of the 32nd Synod of the Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) in Lagos recently.

Education Transformation:

LOKOJA- Governor Idris Wada of Kogi has pledged the state’s readiness to support individuals whose focus was to impart knowledge and support its education transformation agenda. Wada made the pledge in a statement by the Deputy Governor’s Press Secretary, Mr Michael Abu, in Lokoja. Wada made the promise throught the Deputy Governor, Mr Yomi

Awoniyi, at a book launch by a renowned educationist, Dr Bello Ibrahim, in Arabi Local Government Area of Kogi. It said the knowledge gathered by the author and documented would be significant to the development of education in the state and country at large The book titled “Pathfinder: The Footprints of Alhaji Ahmed

MAKURDI- Mr Peter Chieshe, a governorship aspirant on the platform the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue, has suggested more international assistance in the fight against insurgency in the country. Chieshe said in an interview with newsmen in Makurdi

that the government and international communities should evolve pragmatic approach aimed at ending the activities of the insurgents. Reacting to the bomb blasts at Nyanya, Abuja, Chieshe condoled with those who lost relations and loved ones in the blasts, describing the abduction of school girls in

Insurgency:

demand by customers especially from neighbouring states. He stressed that a bag of pepper which was sold for N500 a week ago had increased to N3,000 while a basket of tomatoes sold for between N1,300 and N3,000 now goes for between N7,500 and N8,000. Some customers and food vendors expressed concern over the development. Mrs Precious John, a food vendor at Jambutu Central Motor Park, bemoaned the high prices, saying that the situation was negatively affecting her business. It was observed that some of the food vendors had resorted to using dried tomatoes and pepper due to the high cost of the fresh ones.

Kogi Pledges Support

Badamasui. It said that Wada urged Nigerians to see politics as geared towards development. It added that the present realities point to the fact that those in positions of authority must live above board and make service delivery their cardinal point. The statement said the book would advance the need for a peaceful political process and development of

religion in Ebira land in particular. It described the book as one that would impact positively to the nation’s developmental politics, noting that knowledge is power. The statement called on other individuals with skills to emulate the contributions of the author. It said Dr Joseph Makoju, who was chairman at the

occasion, noted that the book would enrich the fading political values of the area. The statement said Makoju explained that reading would help to improve quality decision to be made by leaders. It called on Nigerians to imbibe the culture of reading developmental books. The statement also said

that the author of the book, Ibrahim, noted that the book was aimed at contributing to the political development of Ebira land. It said the book was his own contribution toward making the younger generation to shun politics of violence and other vices that would not mean well for the people. It appealed to the people to embrace issue-based and developmental politics.

Chibok, Borno, as despicable. He, therefore, called on Nigerians not to surrender

their destiny to faceless insurgents whose mission was to destroy the country.

“The insurgents seek to disrupt the peace, unity and existence of the country; but

it is the duty of every Nigerian to work for a united and peaceful Nigeria,’’ he said.

AKWANGA (NASARAWA STATE)-St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Akwanga, Nasarawa State, has announced a special prayer for the freedom of more than 200 school girls abducted in Chibok, Borno. Rev. Fr. Azige Alfred, the Assistant Parish Priest of the church, said during his sermon

that the prayer became imperative to seek God’s intervention. “The church has decided to intercede for the release of the abducted girls throughout the month of May,’’ he said. He urged the members of the church and Nigerians to pray seriously and ask God to help the

girls to gain freedom. Alfred also said because of the security challenges in the country; the church had taken some measures to protect members. He said such measures included the directive that church members and visitors should not be allowed to enter the church

with handbags. He called on leaders to create employment opportunity for the youths to curtail vices in the society. He also called on the insurgents to have a change of heart, warning that everyone would give accounts of his or her deeds on the last day.

Guber Aspirant Wants Foreign Assistance

Nigeria, Niger To Curb Flooding

SOKOTO- The Nigeria-Niger Joint Commission for Cooperation yesterday pledged to identify protective measures against flooding in the two countries. Secretary-General of the commission, Alhaji Abduljalil Sulaiman, said this at the opening of the meeting of the Standing Committee of experts on Water Resources in Sokoto. Sulaiman said that the commission invited experts in order to provide the people of Nigeria and Niger with satisfactory responses to their multi-faceted and legitimate expectations. “The experts were invited to thoroughly and attentively consider all the agenda items and come up with pertinent recommendations which will

YOLA- Prices of tomatoes and pepper have risen in Yola, a survey of the market conducted by newsmen revealed. Tomatoes that sold for N3,000 per basket last week now goes for N8,000 at the Yola Perishables Market. Pepper, which sold for N500 a bag last week, now sells for N3,000. Alhaji Adamu Dan-Wanzam, the Adamawa State Chairman of Dry Season Farmers, attributed the hike in prices of the commodities to shortage in supply and “limited harvest. “The annual production of the commodities in the state is limited. We now travel as far as Sokoto and Katsina States to buy the commodities.” He added that the increase in prices was also due to the high

enable the NNJC to overcome and even strike out barriers affecting the equitable sharing of common Water resources.” Sulaiman also said that the committee was saddled with the responsibility of examining and adopting the terms of reference of the feasibility study of the Dole-Kaina Area. “This is in order to identify protective measures against flood therein, with a view to promoting the development of socioeconomic activities.” Sulaiman urged the experts to carry out their deliberations with a spirit of understanding and a sense of responsibility. Meanwhile, Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State observed that the agenda of the meeting was impressive for the development of Nigeria and Niger

Abducted Girls:

Church Declares Prayer

L-R: Representative of Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye; Former, Pro-Chancellor, UNIBADAN, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo and the celebrant, Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Isaac Adewole, at the 60th birthday lecture of Prof. Adewole in Ibadan recently.


South South Water Board Worried Over Unpaid Debts CALABAR- Mr. James Buchan, the General Manager (Operations) of Cross River Water Board, said more than N300 million owed it by various consumers in the state posed a challenge to its operations. Buchan said this in an interview with newsmen in Calabar, saying that the board was worried about the debt. He said the board spent an average of N25 million monthly on diesel and chemicals to sustain water supply, urging the consumers who owed to settle their bills. The general manager said that the state government paid its water bills regularly, urging the consumers to emulate the government by paying their bills to avoid disconnection. Buchan further advised the consumers to always make genuine complaints about the services of the board to guarantee uninterrupted clean water supply. The manager also urged consumers to shun illegal connection and to report to the board, those, including its staff members, who engaged in fraudulent activities. “We want to supply to the public well treated water, we want to provide 24 hours

service to the people, but we can only do this with the help of the people,’’ he said. Buchan promised that Geographic Information System had been put in place to streamline the operations of the board and improve services. He said the board was also worried over the damage of its pipelines worth more than N300 million by road construction companies in the state. Buchan said the board had, however, drawn the attention of the officials of the concerned construction companies to the development.

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State (2nd left); Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere (3rd right) and other government officials during a condolence visit to the family house of Justice Chukwudifu Oputa at Oguta in Imo recently.

Dam Project

Mark’s Aide Lauds FG KAKWAGOM (CROSS RIVER) - An aide to the Senate President, Victor Abang, has commended the Federal Government for building the 140-hectare Buya-Kakwagom Dam (Kuan Dam) in Kakwogom, Cross River.

Abang, Special Assistant, Public Affairs Office of the Senate President, made the commendation in an interview with newsmen in Kakwagom. He spoke on the sidelines of a reception organised by the community in honour of the Senate Leader, Victor

Ndoma-Egba, who was on an inspection tour of projects in the senatorial district. Abang said that when completed, the N747.9 million hydro-electric power generating dam, would improve the living standard of the residents of Boki Local Government Area of the state.

Olu Of Warri’s Reign Has Brought Blessings -Uduaghan

WARRI (DELTA)- Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta has said that the reign of the Olu of Warri, Ogiame Atuwatse II, has brought immense blessings to the State and the country. Uduaghan made the remark at the Thanksgiving Service to round-off the four-day celebration to mark the monarch’s 27th Coronation Anniversary. The service was held at the Erejuwa 11, Four Square Gospel Church, inside the Olu Palace in Warri. Uduaghan said that many indigenes of Itsekiri land had risen to different political positions during the reign of the Olu. “It is under your reign that an Itsekiri man became Speaker of the Delta Assembly. Others are President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Chief Judge of the State and Governor of Delta, among others. “However, under your reign, Itsekiris have had some challenges with their neighbours, but we were able to deal with the challenges and leaving peacefully with these neighbours. “Under your leadership as Chairman of the Delta Council of Traditional Rulers, the body has witnessed peace.

“The presence of several traditional rulers in this thanksgiving attests to how well you have been leading’’, he said. The governor commended majority of the monarchs who have embraced Christianity, noting that it was an indication of progress and good things happening in the state.

“Nowadays, you hardly go to any palace without experiencing allegiance to Christian life and when the King is at peace with God, the kingdom is at peace”, Uduaghan said. He promised his administration’s commitment to supporting the state’s council

of traditional rulers. Top government functionaries, palace chiefs, General Overseer, Four Square Gospel Church, Rev. Felix Mebuoye and the Warri District Overseer, Rev. Sam Aboyeji, among others, attended the thanksgiving.

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Enugu State Commandant, Mr. Nathaniel Ubong (middle) addressing newsmen on intercepted fuel tanker (behind him) conveying suspected stolen fuel in Enugu recently.

He said: “I am from Boki and have been privileged to see these projects on paper. “This tour is very revealing because it has gone further to dispel the rumour and lies told about this project before now,” he said. He also lauded the efforts of Ndoma-Egba who represents Cross River Central in the senate, noting that he attracted the project to the area. “Principally, the job of a legislator is to make laws, but Ndoma-Egba has done more than that and we are grateful to him,” he said. The supervisor of the project, Mr Solomon Yakubu, said that with steady financial backing, the project would be completed soon.

Yakubu said that the contract for the dam project which was awarded in 2008 would, however, require some variations. Ndoma-Egba, who said he was impressed with the state of work in the dam, added that he was optimistic that the project would be completed on time. “Ours is to do everything humanly possible to ensure that the project is funded; I hope that we will be able to complete the project this year. “This is to ensure that the people of the catchment community can begin to derive the benefits of this project. “This is one big project I attracted, apart from the transAfrican Highway and the Calabar-Oban-Nsan road. “This dam is a regional project because it will serve a cluster of communities,” he said.

Late Mrs Mamuzonwu Yankey For Burial May 10 BENIN CITY – The death has occurred in Benin City of Mrs. Mamuzonwu Hilda Yankey (Nee Okagha), during a brief illness. Aged 44, the late Mrs. Mamuzonwu Yankey is survived by husband, daughter, mother, sisters and brother. According to the burial arrangement, there will be a service of songs on Friday, May 9, 2014 at family compound, No 6, Oghosa Close, Off Amadasun Street, Off Etete, Road, GRA, Benin City, at 4:00pm. Funeral service comes up at the same venue on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 10.00am This will be followed immediately with interment

while outing service holds on Sunday, May 11, 2014 at Church of God Mission, Etete Branch, Benin City at 10.00am

Late Mrs. Mamuzonwu Hilda Yankey


Abuja Support FG To Fight Insecurity, Nigerians Urged ABUJA- The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Linus Awute, has urged Nigerians to join hands with the Federal Government to fight the security challenge facing the country. Awute made the call at church service marking 25th Marriage Anniversary of Charles Omalu, Director of Finance and Accounting, Office of Secretary to Government of Federation on Sunday in Abuja, “Security is the responsibility of every body, we must key into this problem by ensuring that we stem and checkmate it. “If we love this country, we should join the government to fight for the betterment of the nation. It is our collective responsibilities’’, he said. The permanent secretary said the media also had a role to play by promoting government programmes and policies positively. “The media should continue to help us, not only to report events but also monitor the activities around the city and protect the lives of citizens.’’ Awute congratulated Omalu and his family and wished them long life and prosperity. Mrs Sarah Jibril, the Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Values, called on Nigerians to embrace peace and love one another. “It is ethical to love one another and to live a righteous life. If we can embrace peace and follow the commandments of God Almighty, our country will be better’’, she said. Jibril reminded Nigerians of the joy of living together as one people under one nation, adding that there was more to gain by being together than constantly being at war. She commended the couple for renewing their marriage vows, adding that it was an indication that their marriage was strongly backed with love, peace and fear of God. “I advise young couples to obey and renew their marriage vows as by so doing, they are not only building the entire family, but the church and the nation as well’’, Jibril said. Most Rev. Peter Okpareke, the Bishop of Ahiara Diocese, Imo State, called on Nigerians to be

committed to serving God and praying for the nation. Okpareke urged Nigerians not to relent in their prayers and assured that God had answers to all the country’s challenges. Mr. Fednard Agu, the Senior Special Adviser to the President, Office of the SGF, said that the marriage was blessed with love of God. The couple, Mr. and Mrs. Omalu, said they were delighted and grateful to God for the opportunity given to them to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

Kenyan President Begins Official Visit To Nigeria

President Goodluck Jonathan receives a delegation of North-East Forum for Unity and Development led by Mallam Adamu Ciroma at the State House in Abuja yesterday.

Institute Concludes Research On Bad Roads

A cross section of the members of the delegation during the visit.

Confab Delegate Advocates Exploitation Of Solid Minerals

ABUJA- Dr Nelson Uwaga, delegate representing professional bodies at the National Conference, has called for the development of solid minerals available in each state to boost national development. Uwaga, President, Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), made the call in an interview with newsmen. He held the every state of the country had enough resources to sustain it and create jobs. “Every state in this country is

endowed with abundant natural resources, so why are we depending solely on oil? “We need to develop these resources and we can only do this when we devolve power from the centre and develop the country economically’’, he said. Uwaga advised the country to emulate Indonesia in the use of earnings from the oil sector to develop other sectors of the economy rather than sharing the revenue among states. “Indonesia has oil but you never hear about it, because

specifically, the oil is meant to developed industries. It is purely for development. “I agree they have in their system that such weak states are supported and that is because we must be our brothers’ keepers. “Beyond that, they don’t share their money the way we do here. They use it to set up industries and the result is that there are jobs, and the youths are working and they don’t have time to go for insurgency.’’ The delegate stressed the need to improve the country’s power

relocation of students to sit for their examinations in the state capitals in safe locations. “The minister in turn wrote to the three governors but none of them responded; then I directed my zonal coordinator in Borno in particular, to liaise with the Ministry of Education in that state. “The response they got was so disheartening; they were told that they had security in place for the candidates and that we should

come and conduct the examinations in the schools. “They also said that they are not ready to relocate their students from Chibok; and indeed other areas to Maiduguri or nearby locations, where security agencies could provide security,’’ he said. He noted that after the abduction of the girls, the WAEC officials got a response from Borno government that it was ready to relocate the remaining

supply to boost industrial development and employment generation. He said, “If there is enough power supply in this country, the economic structure will change completely and people will work. “Nigerians are the strongest people that I have ever met on this planet. They are bold, strong and innovative but need the right environment.’’ Uwaga said there was need for government to invest in education and ensure that every citizen acquired sound education.

Abduction: WAEC Indicts Borno Government Officials

ABUJA- The Head of National Office of WAEC, Mr. Charles Eguridu, says the Borno government officials should be blamed for the abduction of school girls in Chibok. Eguridu spoke in Abuja at a meeting of stakeholders convened by the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan to seek the actual whereabouts of the abducted girls of Government Secondary School Chibok, Borno.

ABUJA- The Kenyan President, Mr Uhuru Kenyatta arrived in Abuja on Sunday on an official visit to Nigeria. The Kenyan president, who arrived at Nmandi Azikiwe International Airport in the evening, was received by the FCT minister Sen. Bala Mohammed. Speaking after receiving the president Mohammed said the visit was to strengthen the bilateral relations between Nigeria and Kenya. He said Kenyatta and his host, President Goodluck Jonathan, would discuss how to strengthen economic relationship between the two countries as well as the security challenges facing them. “President Jonathan believes in African brotherliness; just yesterday some areas were bomb in Kenya, it is better the two countries come together and discuss the way forward to address the security challenges,” he said. Mohammed presented the Kenyan president with the Key to the City, which conferred on him the Honorary Citizenship of Abuja, as a mark of respect for strong friendship between the two countries.

He said WAEC had been silent because it did not want to heat up the polity by creating tension between the federal and the state government. He noted that he had been, on several occasions, encouraging the workers who had refused to go to Borno, Adamawa or Yobe to conduct examinations that there was adequate security in the states. “I wrote to the Minister of Education to ask for the

students to another place called Uba. He said 530 students applied to sit for the examinations in the area comprising 395 girls and 135 boys; adding that after the abduction, 189 were relocated to Uba to continue their examinations. However, Hajiya Nana Shettima, the wife of the Borno governor wife, said 53 girls had returned safely to their parents.

ABUJA- The Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute, has said it had undertaken a study on the frequent deterioration of roads in the country. Prof Danladi Matawal, Director-General of the institute said in an interview with newsmen in Abuja that the research was funded by the Samuel Olatunde Fadahunsi Foundation. He said N6.8 million was received from the foundation for the project, which also entailed designing and fabricating an interlocking block making machine and developing ceiling boards using pulp and sawdust. According to him, the researches have been highly successful, and a number of publications on the subjects have been made. Matawal said the findings were presented during the 2013 national conference on road failure organised by the institute and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria. “We have also promoted a publication which was sold and distributed to the public and the media. ‘This was done so that those who are involved in road construction should see very glaringly some of the reasons for road failure.” On the interlock block making machine, the DG said it was also successful, and was able to address problems of “overheating and leakages of hydraulic from the valves of the machines”. Matawal said the institute had developed cooling systems for the machines.


Business + Economy Unstable Power Supply Hindering Phone Manufacturing - NCC ABUJA - The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says the instability in power supply is hindering the manufacturing of mobile phones in the country. The NCC Director of Public Affair, Mr. Tony Ojobo, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Abuja. Ojobo said that before a mobile phone manufacturer could invest in the country successfully, there must be a stable power supply, among other factors. “The issue of power has to be addressed before we begin to manufacture phones because power plays a very critical role in manufacturing. “Cell phones use micro-chips and other software; it is not a thing that you can manufacture when the light goes off. “Any interruption when the production process is ongoing may cause monumental damage, meaning that the cost of such phone will be too high because manufacturers are not charity. “This means that the cost of production will affect the item and find out that the factors of production will contribute to high

cost of in terms of manufacturing. “There are automations that are programmed on the computer and without light, it can’t be achieved,’’ he said. “If people are manufacturing using generating set you will have to consider the price of diesel required to run such production plant. Some of the phones like techno, he said, were being assembled in Nigeria because we don’t have manufacturer yet. He noted that it was only local companies that assemble computers that were available in the country, saying that there was no single manufacturer. “The issue of production of phones in Nigeria was a policy issue, but as at now there is no Act that says phones that will be sold in Nigeria should be manufactured in the country.

Former Minister of State Health, Dr. Muhammad Pate as Chigarin Misau and Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State as Dan’Isan Misau during their turbaning as Chigarin Misau and Dan’Isan in Misau Local Government Area of Bauchi State at the weekend.

Electricity Coy Laments Lack Of Patronage

BAUCHI - The governmentowned electricity cables and conductors manufacturing company, Alind Nigeria Ltd, Bauchi, said that poor patronage

by the owners had impacted negatively on its growth and profitability. The Managing Director of the Company, Dr Ahmad Mai-Abba,

made the assertion in an interview with newsmen in Bauchi. According to him, Bauchi State after the privatisation of the

L-R: Assistant Director, Consumer Protection, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan; Chief Executive Officer Banksys Consulting, Mr. Chris Chukwu and Deputy Director, Consumer Protection, CBN, Hajiya Khadijah Kasim during an interactive session with Journalists in Enugu recently.

company in 1995 owns 25.5 per cent of the shares, Gombe State 12.5 per cent, while the investing public controls 62 per cent of the equity. Mai-Abba said the two states which currently have 42 staff on the company’s payroll, have refused to patronise its products but instead buys similar products from other companies. “Unfortunately, as I have told you sometimes ago, you will see that in spite of the fact that the place is established by the two states, they have refused to patronise the products of the company. “There is no reason why there is no patronage by the two governments, if they are sincere; there is no reason why they will go and buy the products of other companies,” Mai-Abba said. He said that “the two major consumers of similar products happens to be the two state governments, either directly or indirectly. “Let them be fair to us and patronise their own products, we are not asking them to give us money, but patronage”. Mai-Abba said the company

UNILORIN Plans N1.2b Oil Palm Plantation ILORIN - Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, the Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin, has said that the university would soon establish an oil palm plantation of more than 1,000 hectares. Ambali, who disclosed this in Ilorin while addressing the 239th meeting of the Senate of the university, put the cost of the proposed plantation at N1.2 billion. According to him, this is in the bid to fully discharge the university’s three-pronged mandate of teaching, research and community service. The vice chancellor said that

the project would be flagged off on Thursday, May 15, by the Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi OkonjoIweala. He said that Okonjo-Iweala would be joined by the Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike and Agriculture Minister, Dr Adewunmi Adeshina. Ambali said that the plantation would provide training and laboratory facilities for students in the Faculties of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. He said that students in the Departments of Forestry, Plant Biology and other related

disciplines would also benefit from the project. The vice chancellor said that the plantation would also be a good source of internal revenue for the university. Ambali disclosed that clearing of the site would commence in earnest ahead of the May 15 flagoff date. He said that a renowned Professor of Agriculture, Job Atteh, had been appointed as the Chairman of the Oil Palm Plantation Committee. Speaking at the meeting, Atteh

said that the plantation, planned to kick-off with 10 hectares in the first instance, would be “a highly profitable venture.” He said that land clearing had already commenced, while the committee had brought in 2,000 oil palm seedlings from the National Institute for Oil-Palm Research (NIFOR) in Benin City, Edo. Atteh said: “We have the Tenera variety, which has high oil content in the fruit and it is expected to start fruiting in two to three years.”

On the revenue prospect from the venture, he said that at maturity, the university would reap 10 tonnes of fresh fruits from each planted hectare. “We expect to get 4,000 kilogramme of palm oil, 500 kilogramme of palm kernel oil and 600 kilogramme of palm kernel cake”, he said. Atteh said that the revenue would be at about N1.2 billion per annum from the 1, 000 hectares at the peak of production.

had resorted to payment of half salary to its staff and deviated from signing of contracts to enable it survive the harsh business situation. “We have a reasonable business partner; one Indian organisation which is the major importer of copper and aluminium. “We collect raw materials without signing any agreement, we process, sale and make little margin that has kept us up to this time. “On the other hand, the individual shareholders are afraid, they are always afraid that as far as the government has a hand in the business, they will not risk their money,” he said. Mai-Abba also said the inability of other shareholders to inject more funds stemmed from the fear that the company operated like an agency of government. “The presence of government is scaring away our shareholders though there has been no interference, but there have been negligence on the side of the two governments by not patronising their own products,” he said. The managing director said the company established in 1980 with Alind of India as technical partners had an installed capacity of 20 kilometres of cables and 20 kilometres of assorted conductors per day. He asserted that the high capital intensive nature of the industry made it difficult for the company to operate with a little over N3 Million Working Capital. The Alind Nigeria Ltd boss described as regrettable the piece meal release of the N50 million lifeline the Bauchi state government offered the company in 2008.


NSE DAILY ACTIVITY SUMMARY (EQUITIES) AS AT YESTERDAY (06/0514) Stocks

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7UP

90

85.5

-4.5

ABCTRANS

0.83

0.83

0

Units

Value

NB

149.41

148.72

-0.69

0

2,319,072

346,159,040.60

0

446,507

38,176,348.50

NEIMETH

1.18

1.23

0.05

0

513,659

628,567.29

0

1,064,200

880,948.00

NEM

0.75

0.75

0

0

10,412,743

7,860,223.25

Deals

ACCESS

9.11

9.01

-0.1

0

52,974,213

481,226,944.80

NESTLE

1070

1080

10

0

542,405

590,789,461.00

AFRINSURE

0.5

0.5

0

0

155,979,000

77,989,500.00

NEWGOLD

2019

2002

-17

0

18

36,036.00

AFRIPRUD

2.91

2.91

0

0

289,709

867,584.59

NIGROPES

7.46

7.46

0

0

201

1,425.09

AGLEVENT

1.5

1.57

0.07

0

181,081

284,297.17

NPFMCRFBK

0.85

0.81

-0.04

0

140,000

113,700.00

AIICO

0.79

0.79

0

0

7,176,204

5,660,025.32

NSE30

1736.21

1735.39

-0.82

0

245,727,051

4,230,000,220.00

AIRSERVICE

2.14

2.14

0

0

14,000

31,360.00

NSE50

1882.3

1881.07

-1.23

0

286,713,778

4,397,340,907.00

ASHAKACEM

18.75

19

0.25

0

1,722,898

32,517,849.22

NSEASEM

950.94

950.94

0

0

200

256

ASOSAVINGS

0.5

0.5

0

0

2,015,000

1,007,500.00

NSEASI

38452.11

38474.07

21.96

0

511,320,640

4,633,622,903.00

394.83

393.5

-1.33

0

177,501,099

1,761,230,937.00

BERGER

8.75

8.75

0

0

53,570

481,088.50

NSEBNK

BETAGLAS

18.59

18.59

0

0

10,101

178,517.67

NSECNSMRGDS

953.55

954.99

1.44

0

11,782,647

1,178,836,042.00

CADBURY

71.32

71.32

0

0

78,956

5,507,614.20

NSEINDUSTR

2497.57

2513.04

15.47

0

6,503,407

521,962,874.70

CAP

40.35

40.35

0

0

122,605

4,735,964.10

NSEINS

136.52

137.15

0.63

0

33,015,604

24,306,599.59

CAPHOTEL

4.55

4.55

0

0

20,000

86,600.00

NSELOTUSISLM

2693.51

2706.38

12.87

0

9,603,294

1,217,521,842.00

CCNN

9.05

9.05

0

0

79,005

715,180.14

NSEOILGAS

311.73

312.27

0.54

0

3,481,216

114,276,346.10

CHAMPION

13.79

13.79

0

0

72

943.92

NSLTECH

0.5

0.5

0

0

500

250

CHAMS

0.5

0.5

0

0

256,005

128,002.50

OANDO

15.5

15.49

-0.01

0

2,917,142

45,580,532.57

CHELLARAM

3.95

3.95

0

0

2,000

7,520.00

OASISINS

0.55

0.55

0

0

40,020

22,011.00

CILEASING

0.5

0.5

0

0

30,000

15,000.00

OKOMUOIL

33.95

34.94

0.99

0

135,694

4,671,351.84

CONOIL

49.2

49.2

0

0

49,734

2,271,288.33

PHARMDEKO

1.57

1.57

0

0

50,000

78,500.00

CONTINSURE

0.96

0.98

0.02

0

1,548,916

1,518,716.38

PORTPAINT

4.2

4.41

0.21

0

756,513

3,336,222.33

CORNERST

0.5

0.5

0

0

2,393,452

1,196,726.00

PRESCO

37.05

37.05

0

0

46,200

1,635,300.00

COSTAIN

1.43

1.38

-0.05

0

344,738

476,412.50

PRESTIGE

0.58

0.56

-0.02

0

1,101,000

618,413.34

CUSTODYINS

2.52

2.64

0.12

0

11,499,589

29,947,506.23

PZ

36

36

0

0

665,626

24,674,672.16

CUTIX

1.77

1.85

0.08

0

77,000

142,450.00

REDSTAREX

4.26

4.26

0

0

211,400

901,284.00

DAARCOMM

0.5

0.5

0

0

25,000

12,500.00

REGALINS

0.5

0.5

0

0

950

475

DANGCEM

226.51

225.92

-0.59

0

654,934

147,998,392.30

RESORTSAL

0.5

0.5

0

0

1,000,000

500,000.00

1.19

1.19

0

0

108,943

129,214.89

DANGFLOUR

7.78

7.78

0

0

464,347

3,617,805.08

RTBRISCOE

DANGSUGAR

9.16

9.3

0.14

0

3,207,192

28,937,880.76

SCOA

5.06

5.06

0

0

480

2,308.80

204,870,455.50

SEPLAT

632.03

662.99

30.96

0

83,755

54,718,418.06

DIAMONDBNK

6.25

6.19

-0.06

0

33,105,611

DNMEYER

1.06

1.06

0

0

52,777

58,581.27

SKYEBANK

3.5

3.55

0.05

0

5,898,185

20,523,364.18

DUNLOP

0.5

0.5

0

0

3,390,189

1,695,094.50

SOVRENINS

0.5

0.5

0

0

536,160

268,080.00

EQUITYASUR

0.5

0.5

0

0

850

425

STACO

0.5

0.5

0

0

900

450

ETERNA

3.61

3.61

0

0

25,552

87,643.36

STANBIC

23

22.6

-0.4

0

3,054,052

68,907,103.35

ETI

12.81

12.81

0

0

7,833,533

99,951,395.06

STDINSURE

0.5

0.5

0

0

5,000

2,500.00

EVANSMED

2.46

2.58

0.12

0

152,404

383,985.86

STERLNBANK

2.22

2.19

-0.03

0

5,125,991

11,093,806.19 1,000.00

FBNH

13.03

13

-0.03

0

27,622,424

358,229,915.90

TANTALIZER

0.5

0.5

0

0

2,000

FCMB

3.5

3.54

0.04

0

2,232,775

7,860,138.68

TOTAL

150

152.5

2.5

0

52,576

8,024,819.47

3.76

3.68

-0.08

0

22,819,744

83,945,606.06

FIDELITYBK

1.9

1.91

0.01

0

3,061,260

5,802,768.81

TRANSCORP

FIDSON

2.62

2.49

-0.13

0

587,728

1,463,442.72

TRANSEXPR

2.13

2.13

0

0

15,000

33,000.00

FIRSTALUM

0.51

0.5

-0.01

0

114,339

57,214.50

UAC-PROP

23.4

23

-0.4

0

234,689

5,453,102.34

FLOURMILL

68.5

68.5

0

0

210,483

14,436,121.07

UACN

55.25

57

1.75

0

4,169,966

237,702,971.90

FO

148.99

148.99

0

0

422,065

56,761,903.49

UBA

6.76

6.75

-0.01

0

41,379,330

280,276,937.80

FTNCOCOA

0.5

0.5

0

0

500

250

UBCAP

2.04

2.04

0

0

28,401,621

59,314,455.41

GLAXOSMITH

69.5

69.5

0

0

25,390

1,770,342.84

UBN

9.85

10

0.15

0

381,343

3,795,006.61

GNI

0.5

0.5

0

0

1,500,000

750,000.00

UNHOMES

0.5

0.5

0

0

420,822

210,411.00

GUARANTY

26.8

26.5

-0.3

0

21,072,037

565,039,502.90

UNIC

0.5

0.5

0

0

20

10

GUINEAINS

0.5

0.5

0

0

326,244

163,122.00

UNILEVER

48.01

48.25

0.24

0

1,081,426

52,079,758.96

GUINNESS

175.2

176.02

0.82

0

275,718

48,423,311.94

UNITYBNK

0.5

0.5

0

0

10,000

5,000.00

3.99

3.9

-0.09

0

165,405

645,243.10

HONYFLOUR

3.66

3.69

0.03

0

1,037,478

3,810,455.82

UPL

IKEJAHOTEL

0.63

0.6

-0.03

0

271,790

163,462.50

UTC

0.51

0.51

0

0

88,600

45,186.00

INFINITY

1.61

1.61

0

0

1,550

2,371.50

VETGRIF30

17.44

17.48

0.04

0

1,550

27,061.50

INTBREW

25

25

0

0

437,279

10,887,061.92

VITAFOAM

4.3

4.3

0

0

80,715

331,991.50

INTENEGINS

0.55

0.53

-0.02

0

253,000

134,150.00

WAPCO

108

110.02

2.02

0

3,026,781

331,857,210.40

JAPAULOIL

0.5

0.5

0

0

126,500

63,250.00

WAPIC

0.72

0.74

0.02

0

9,802,550

7,095,296.41

JBERGER

69.4

69.4

0

0

82,171

5,670,278.14

WEMABANK

0.98

0.97

-0.01

0

7,672,225

7,434,854.62

LAWUNION

0.5

0.5

0

0

20

10

ZENITHBANK

22.55

22.5

-0.05

0

4,123,362

92,309,707.04

LEARNAFRCA

1.66

1.66

0

0

126,405

201,968.00

TOP 10 GAINERS

TOP TOP 10 10 LOSERS GAINERS

LIVESTOCK

3.14

3.24

0.1

0

3,130,230

9,822,514.24

MANSARD

2.2

2.2

0

0

38,709

86,183.89

Stock

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Gain

Stock

Close

Loss

MAYBAKER

1.78

1.78

0

0

75,465

130,235.50

MBENEFIT

0.5

0.5

0

0

20

10

MOBIL

115

115

0

0

12,146

1,451,829.75

MRS

51.72

51.72

0

0

2,001

98,329.14

NAHCO

4.7

4.7

0

0

403,760

1,893,948.30

NASCON

11.27

11.83

0.56

0

935,443

11,004,518.81

SEPLAT NSEASI NSEINDUSTR NSELOTUSISLM NESTLE TOTAL WAPCO UACN NSECNSMRGDS OKOMUOIL

662.99 38474.07 2513.04 2706.38 1080 152.5 110.02 57 954.99 34.94

30.96 21.96 15.47 12.87 10 2.5 2.02 1.75 1.44 0.99

NEWGOLD 7UP NSEBNK NSE50 NSE30 NB DANGCEM STANBIC UAC-PROP GUARANTY

2002 85.5 393.5 1881.07 1735.39 148.72 225.92 22.6 23 26.5

-17 -4.5 -1.33 -1.23 -0.82 -0.69 -0.59 -0.4 -0.4 -0.3


THE Federal Government says 86 persons out of 1, 623 reportedly infected by the cholera outbreak in some parts of the country have died. As its response, the Federal Government directed the Nigeria Centre for disease Control to immediately coordinate all its response activities and report to the ministry of health daily on both the patterns of occurrence. The Federal Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, in a statement by his Special Assistant (Media and Communications), Mr. Dan Nwomeh, directed all federal health facilities in the country to provide free services to cholera patients. AS at the last checks, the cholera outbreak has affected a number of states including Ogun, Oyo, Plateau, Zamfara, Nasarawa and Lagos with fears of possible spread to other parts of the country. There is also gastroenteritis outbreak in Sokoto and Katsina states which have not been confirmed to be cholera. WE are alarmed at the sudden outbreak of cholera in the country and the fast rate of its spread. The death toll is also disturbing because it show the parlous state of our attention to basic hygienic practices in the country. IT is shameful that while other countries in sub-Saharan Africa are making progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goal on Sanitation, Nigeria is off track. Also shameful is the fact that Nigeria is off track in meeting the Millennium Development Goal for Water. Cholera, as we all know from basic science or hygiene is a water-borne disease. It is sad that in spite of billions of dollars earned from crude oil since its discovery in commercial quantity in 1958, access to potable water is still a mirage to many citizens as 42 per cent of Nigerians still take water from unwholesome sources. WE also decry a situation where the Federal

THE NIGERIAN

Curbing The Spread Of Cholera Government still saddle itself with provision of water to Nigerians, a responsibility it ought to have devolved over the years to the States and Local Governments, which are the tiers of government closest to ordinary citizens. ALSO, owing to the failure of government to provide potable water to its citizens, many resort to self help with poor regulation of the sector by government whose responsibility it is to regulate the sector. Many boreholes are located near sewage and pits while a good number are located near graves in residential premises. Some citizens as a result are practically drinking their faeces. These situations predispose citizens to water- borne diseases such as the cholera epidemics that is ravaging parts of the country. IN some parts of South-West of Nigeria, human faeces and wastes are exposed close to sources of drinking water in such a way that the outbreak of cholera is as good as a time bomb waiting to explode. WE therefore call on governments at all levels to rise up to their responsibility of providing safe drinking water to Nigerians and take steps to regulate the sector in such as way that private persons involved in water provision for self-use comply with international best practices. WE urge governments of affected states to take a cue from the federal government by ordering free medical services to all cholera patients in secondary and primary health

institutions across the country. AS the nation is currently undergoing the process of amending the 1999 constitution, or producing a brand new constitution as being demanded by Nigerians from the national dialogue advisory committee, we urge the law makers and conference participants to make access to water and sanitation a right for all Nigerians. It should be expressly stated in the constitution. This is, more so, when a number of International instruments and convention exists governing the right to water and sanitation. However, governments of all countries need to domesticate these instruments for the rights of citizens to be assured. ON 30 September 2010, the UN Human Rights Council affirmed for the first time that the human right to water and sanitation is legally binding. Nigerian authorities need to guarantee this right for all citizens. The right to water and sanitation is derived from the right to adequate standard of living, which is recognised in several international treaties. These include the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) to which 160 States are party, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which has reached nearly universal ratification. IT is instructive to note that the Council’s resolution helps those denied the right to water and sanitation to hold governments to account. It is for these reasons we call on Civil society and those at risk to actively claim this right from duty bearers. The Society for Water and Sanitation, NEWSAN, Nigeria’s umbrella body for Civil Society Organisations working in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector to rise up to the occasion by holding government to account and ensuring that Nigeria moves speedily in guaranteeing the rights of all citizens to WASH.


Issues MOST residents of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), are contending with various challenges, ranging from accommodation to transportation, among others. Abuja, especially the city centre, is considered expensive and ranked the 31st most expensive city in the world by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Cost of Living Survey, conducted in 2011. Residents are also worried that notwithstanding poor public utilities, they are compelled to pay levy on virtually all facilities in the city. Observers note that FCT, especially the city centre, is gradually becoming an elite settlement. They say that Abuja has attracted a huge influx of people, leading to the development of satellite towns such as, Kubwa, Karu, Nyanya, Mararaba, Suleja, Gwagwalada, Lugbe, Kuje and other smaller settlements within and outside the FCT. According to them, most of the low income earners live in these areas with inadequate infrastructure, where the annual rent of a bedroom apartment is between N350, 000 and N450, 000. Mr Femi Olubode, a resident of Lugbe, a satellite town of FCT, opines that the Ministry of FCT ought to have built more houses for civil servants and low income earners. “A situation where a civil servant who earns N50, 000 or N60, 000 monthly has to pay N350, 000 or N450, 000 per annum for a bedroom apartment is worrisome.’’

But Olubode observes that rents will have been lower if the Ministry of FCT has been aggressive in the construction of houses in the Federal Capital Territory. “I have been living in Lugbe for many years, in spite of high rent, the residents have always relied on boreholes and water vendors as sources of water. “Beyond the accommodation problem, most of the residents pay about N1 million per session for a child’s school fees in private schools in FCT and most of them spend a lot of money on transportation,’’ Olubode lamented. Mr Martins Egbe, a resident of Galadimawa in FCT, says appropriate authorities should introduce measures to regulate the cost of accommodation in the FCT. “There should be fixed rents and regulations and

Senator Bala Mohammed, Minister of FCT

Challenges Of Living In The FCT how much apartments should cost depending on where they are located and the available facilities,’’ he said. Citing some challenges in health sector, a resident of Wuse in the city centre, Mr. John Ibe, narrated his experience when he took his son to a public health facility. “I had to wait for five hours; I watched my son being weighed down but there was nothing I could do. “Even after seeing the doctor, the hospital did not even have the prescribed drugs and I had to buy the drugs elsewhere. “It is a very pathetic situation and it happens in virtually all government

By CHIJIOKE OKORONKWO hospitals in the FCT,’’ he said. On transportation, Mr. Johnson Umeh, a resident of Kubwa, said that when the FCT new transport scheme was introduced, residents heaved a sigh of relief. He however said that several months after the introduction, many residents could not make effective use of the high capacity buses because of their irregular schedules. “If you have to depend of those buses, it is either you miss going to work or you go to work very late, because some of them operate at a time when most workers might have left for

their offices. “Sometimes, more than three buses will be at the bus stops waiting for passengers; at another time, passengers will be at the bus stops waiting for the buses,’’ Umeh noted. According to him, the few FCT cabs available charge cut throat prices to convey people to their various destinations. All the same, the FCT Administration is aware of the myriads of problems facing the residents, and poised to solve them. On housing, Minister of State for FCT, Ms Olajumoke Akinjide, said the administration would

“According to them, most of the low income earners live in these areas with inadequate infrastructure, where the annual rent of a bedroom apartment is between N350, 000 and N450, 000.”

provide affordable houses in order to address the accommodation challenges faced by residents. Speaking at a forum in Abuja, Akinjide said the government would allocate land in the area councils to individuals and estate developers. She said the administration would then develop infrastructure in the satellite towns and declare certain districts as affordable housing districts. The minister also said the administration would involve the private sector to provide the houses, saying that the design, price and quality would be controlled by the administration. Akinjide said 5,000 housing units would soon be constructed in Mamusa and Wasa districts of the FCT. “The overall objective of the project is to stem the dearth of accommodation in the FCT and ensure that a secure community conducive for business and leisure is provided,’’ Akinjide stated. Recently, President Goodluck Jonathan also inaugurated two phases of the Abuja Water Treatment

Plants at the Lower Usuma Dam, Bwari, to boost water supply in the FCT. Speaking shortly after the inauguration, the Minister of FCT, Sen. Bala Mohammed, said the plants had the capacity to treat 20 million litres of water per hour. In the same vein, the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, said the Federal Executive Council had approved the borrowing of 170 million dollars from the French Development Agency to boost electricity supply in the FCT. “The loan, which is usually given on e x c e p t i o n a l l y concessionary grounds by the French Government to very friendly countries, and in this instance when the French President visited, the two leaders accepted the need for this loan, which is to support the power infrastructure in Abuja,’’ Maku said. While the efforts of the government are recognised, stakeholders want the government to evolve workable approach to address all the challenges faced by FCT residents. (NAN)


Opinion WHEN Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi was dropped from the federal cabinet a few weeks ago, the consensus was that he was one of the best ministers in the Federal Executive Council and that competence was sacrificed on the alter of politics. Even the sports media, notorious for its caustic pen and for being the albatross of more than one minister, praised Abdullahi for bringing stability to the sector and as the best minister of sports Nigeria had had in a while. Nothing best describes the affection of the sports community for Abdullahi than the soppy headlines, ‘Thank you, Abdullahi,’ ‘Bowing out with pride’, and the likes, which became common in the days after his sack. I worked with Mallam Abdullahi for more than two years, first in Youth Development and later in Sports, so I think I know what makes the man tick. I know that the adulation that followed his exit from the FEC was well earned and well deserved. I know too what it cost Mr. Abdullahi to follow the narrow path to build a reputation as a competent manager of men and resources. It is essential to tell the Abdullahi story, it is a story which suggests that Nigeria is redeemable, that in a society where mediocrity is often celebrated, there could be competent, honest and detribalized folks in government. I first met him in 2008 in Lagos where I was the editor of a magazine and he a Commissioner for education in Kwara, becoming famous for radical reforms. After interviewing him, I left with the impression that he was very knowledgeable and cut

No Thanks To Abdullahi out for greater things. The next time we met was in July 2011 when I was invited to be part of his team soon after he was appointed Minister of Youth Development. That began the journey with him, at the end of which I have come to admire him deeply as an innately good man imbued with rare qualities. Abdullahi is a handworker who has a single-minded pursuit of results. No matter how difficult or complex the matter was he didn’t let go until it was resolved to his satisfaction. And he is not easily satisfied. Not with mediocrity. Not with a job half-done. I recall his first task in sports. It was to find peace in the troubled football sector, where factions and litigations were crippling the administration of the beautiful game. The sector was so crisis ridden that our senior national team, the Super Eagles had failed to qualify for the 2012 Nations Cup in Gabon/ Equatorial Guinea. Some of the parties quarreled with the election that brought in the current board of the FA; others faulted the change of name from NFA to NFF. Others were annoyed over some indeterminable issues, but very angry nonetheless. The FA board led by Aminu Maigari was clearly distracted by the numerous court cases and increasing number of parties spoiling for a fight. Abdullahi knew that achieving peace and stability was essential in creating the right policy environment for sports development. Without it, all efforts would be tantamount to fetching water with a basket. So he went about it, setting up meeting after meeting, sitting down with

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one aggrieved person and the other. At a point, I felt it was a wasted effort and it was impossible to achieve any kind of rapprochement among the numerous aggrieved parties. First, they were so many and secondly, and perhaps more important, it seemed the

take on difficult tasks defined the ‘ministeralship’ of Mallam Abdullahi. He is very modest too and does not live above his means. I was a bit taken aback when as a newly appointed minister of Youth Development; he was busy looking for a rented

assistants that the job was temporary, which would come to an end someday. But that does not mean he does not like the fine things of life. He does. His suits are often dapper and his babariga, well cut. It is just that he would not steal or misappropriate funds to acquire these things. However, like he often said,

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parties thrived in a crisis environment. And their demands were numerous, some ridiculous, others irreconcilable with any genuine effort for peace. But Abdullahi worked at it, and after several exhaustive meetings, soothing big egos, made the parties to agree to a comprehensive peace deal. This open-minded nature and willingness to

apartment in Sun City, at the fringe of the Abuja metropolis. He got a modest apartment there and was the only minister living in the neighborhood. Yet this is the same country we hear that some ministers spend billions on air travel, with a chartered jet at their beck and call. But not Abdullahi, he would not spend above what he can personally afford and reminds us, his

“But of all the good qualities of the Mallam, what I admire most about him is his knack for being confident in his own skin. He was never tired of saying that his first job in life was as a bus conductor. He talked too about the humble beginning of his parents, a tailor father who supplemented the income of his family doing odd jobs, and a mother who was a petty trader.”

being poor does not indicate integrity, just as being wealthy does not mean one is a thief. Unbelievable as it may seem, I know that as minister, he relied heavily on funds from his businesses in Ilorin- a farm and digital photography studio, among others – to supplement his living expenses, which ballooned when he became minister. For Abdullahi, work came first. And, boy, was he good at it? You bet! With a degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, several leadership courses across the globe, Abdullahi crowned his education with a master ’s (he made a distinction) in Development Studies from the University of Sussex. So he seemed

well prepared for the leadership roles he has played since 2003 when he left journalism. In each of this position, whether as special assistant, commissioner for education or double-barreled minister, he served with distinction, initiating policies and implementing them with passion. But of all the good qualities of the Mallam, what I admire most about him is his knack for being confident in his own skin. He was never tired of saying that his first job in life was as a bus conductor. He talked too about the humble beginning of his parents, a tailor father who supplemented the income of his family doing odd jobs, and a mother who was a petty trader. Even more, he didn’t mind or shy away from visiting poorer relatives in their houses with his assistants in tow. Abdullahi seemed so sure of himself and was never ashamed of his past or the background that produced him. That’s probably why he didn’t mind playing football every other Saturday with his assistants, cook, drivers, security details and mobile policemen attached to him. Real hard football, in which there’s no distinction between cook and minister. It is the same attitude he had in his appointments, and nominations for government boards. It was about what the nominee or appointee could offer, not where they came from or the faith they professed. It is not surprising then that all his special assistants are Christians from the south. When I asked Abdullahi, what shaped his philosophy and why he has turned out the way he has, he said his life was shaped by his belief in Islam and the upbringing given to him by his parents, who though poor instilled in him the ideals of Omoluabi, Yoruba for a person of integrity, a person of excellent character who is loyal and true to himself. I think the media got it wrong in their adulation of Abdullahi; all thanks should go to his parents who produced such a fine man, an Omoluabi.


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Exploiting Jonathan’s excessive humility and misconstruing his profoundly gentle mien for weakness, top politicians like Nyanko, driven by desperate bid for power return to the North in 2015, are making inflammatory statements, campable of igniting inter-tribal war and endangering peace and security in the country.

Nyanko’s Vomit And National Security IN a letter to the Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) Governor Nyanko of Adamawa State alleged that President Jonathan, being on Easterner, was using the excuse of Boko Haram to kill innocent Northerners. He said Boko Haram is a phanthom organisation and that Jonathan is only replicating the killing of Northern political elites of 15 January 1966 which he said was done by Easterners. Meanwhile, Detectives from Force Headquarters last week, grilled Nyanko for four hours over those allegations. It was gathered that the interrogation of this former Chief of Naval Staff was the first of the session as he is expected to show proof of his allegations. The areas said to have been concentrated on by the Detectives were those of the Federal Government genocide to reduce the voting population of the North, allegation of Boko Haram terrorism and herdsmen attacks and killing which the governor alleged to be a project pursued by the government for political purposes. Earlier, at a Security Council Meeting held at the presidency last week, Nyanko was cautioned on his irresponsible outburst. Governor Babangida Aliu of Niger State stressed the need for leaders and indeed State governors to desist from making statements that could make the Boko Haram insurgents feel they are reigning and thereby further aggravating an already bad situation. Of a truth, a careful

examination shows that Nyanko’s letter has multidimensional implications. The first is a revelation of the amount of disrespect he has for President Jonathan and the contempt he holds him. He does not appear to see Jonathan as the leader of Nigeria who, irrespective of political differences deserves to be respected. Will Nyanko tolerate any of the Local Government Chairmen in his State who relates to him the way he does to Jonathan? The second objective is to use the instrumentality of that letter to make Jonathan politically unacceptable and unmarketable in the North in view of the 2015 elections. He hopes that by poisoning the minds of Northern elites, Jonathan’s electoral fortunes would have immensely dwindled. Thirdly, he hopes that by his unguarded, reckless and irresponsible inflammatory statements, he would have prepared the ground for the desecration of our national symbol and identity, and in the process prepare a regime of lawlessness. This regime of lawlessness, in Nyanko’s calculation, is expected to crystalise in yet another ground or platform for progrom against the Ibos living in the North, including other Southerners. If Nyanko is not simply out to cause confusion and ignite inter-tribal war, he would have been restrained by the fact that Boko Haram started their operations by killing hundreds of Christians in churches, and over 90% of those Christians, were Southerners

Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State

living in the North. Boko Haram has since it started its murderous escapades in the North desecrated Christians places of worship, killed hundreds of Southern traders on trade mission to the North. Over 50 women traders from the Yoruba West were massacred at Boko Haram check point in Maiduguri sometime ago. Who and where are the socalled Northern elites being targeted by Boko Haram. How many of them have been killed? Where are the apostles of dogs and baboons. How can the mindless killings of farmers in Benue Plateau and Nasarawa by Fulani herdsmen be said to be Jonathan’s project to reduce the voting population of the North. Are all Northern farmers members of Nyanko’s APC that

Jonathan would want them eliminated to procure political advantages? This is madness at its peak. Nyanko must be compelled to prove his allegations. The truth of the matter is that our enemies are with us. Those who want the country to look ungovernable are dining with Jonathan on the same table. How are the Boko Haram members getting their arms which indeed are highly expensive. Who is financing their operations and giving them logistics supports. Is it by sheer coincidence the terrorist group has become more deadly now that 2015 beckons. Jonathan once said some Boko Haram supporters were in his cabinet. What is he doing to them?

Those who link Boko Haram operations to the 2015 election have very solid reasons. Those who say their actions have political motives are further bolstered in their beliefs by the kind of statements coming from Nyanko. We have to advise that we need peace. The unfortunate thing is that those who have taken so much from the country are those fanning the embers of discord and crisis. Nyanko rose to the position of Chief of Naval Staff, a member of Armed Force Ruling Council, a Military Governor and for the past seven years, a civilian governor of Adamawa State. What else does he want? Why does he want to destroy a country from which he has eaten so much! I must confess that I am not very comfortable with Jonathan’s excessive humility and profound gentlemaness. People are taking advantage. Perhaps the president does not appreciate the weight of the power he wields. If he does, there should have been a comprehensive state of emergency in the three Northern States of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa with all the democratic structures suspended. Obasanjo did it in Plateau and Ekiti States and got positive results. The conditions in Yobe, Adamawa and Borno are worst than what we had in Ekiti and Plateau. President Jonathan needs to take densive action and allow the military to go all out to battle Boko Haram. State of

emergency and democracy cannot co-exist. I don’t expect that president Jonathan should succumb to blackmail by abandoning his ambition in order to appease the North. This country does not belong to the Nyankos who feel Nigeria should remain ungovernable as long as a southerner is at the helm of its affairs. As observed earlier, Nyanko’s investigation should be very thorough. His letter is nothing short of treasonable felony. Inciting the North against the president is indeed treasonable I don’t see any immunity that can shield him from prosecution. He has to be made to know that there are laws which must be applied irrespective of who is involved. When he was in PDP, he together with four others asked Jonathan to drop his ambition as a condition for their remaining in the party. When that failed, he defected to APC. In furtherance of his anti-Jonathan, anti-Ibo, and anti-South mission, he is now lobbying the North to go to war. This man needs to be taught a lesson-that being a governor does not screen him from the clutches of law. Exploiting Jonathan’s excessive humility and misconstruing his profoundly gentle mien for weakness, top politicians like Nyanko, driven by desperate bid for power return to the North in 2015, are making inflammatory statements, campable of igniting intertribal war and endangering peace and security in the country.


Midweek Magazine I can remember Basket mouth’s joke when he said that the first time he smoked marijuana or igbo as the Nigerian Youths call it, he got home, took his TV remote, sat on his TV set and started pressing his chair. Trust me when I tell you, that is what marijuana can do to a man, it turns your world upside down. Marijuana is a mood altering or “psychoactive drug”. It comes from he dried leaves and flowering tops of the Indian hemp plant (cannabis Sativa). This drug is a hallucinogen, a substance which distorts how the mind perceives the world we live in. the main chemical that creates this distortion is THC (decta -9 – tetrahydrocannabionol). The membranes of certain nerve cells in the brain contain protein receptors that bind to THC. Once the THC is in place, it initiates a series of cellular reactions that lead to the ‘high’ that users experience when they smoke marijuana. This psychoactive effects known as “high’ as usually noticeable and its ranges from increasing creativity mystical experiences, to increased senses. Marijuana can be taken in three ways; by eating, brewed as tea, or smoked which is the popular way of using marijuana. After alcohol, marijuana is the most popular form of recreational drug in recent times. Over 50 per cent of the adult population admits to having smoked marijuana. A survey conducted in 2007 found that 14.4 million

individuals in the United States alone had smoked marijuana at least once during the previous month. In a 2010 survey, 17.4 million people in the United States said they had used marijuana in the past month. Marijuana is so popular that an estimated one out of every three people in the world has tried it. Over the years, there have been medical and scientific findings trying to prove that marijuana has benefits as a medicine. Marijuana has been indicated through research to prevent and cure the following health disorder, such as chemotherapy induced vomiting, Alzheimer’s, digestive disorder, insomnia, nervous disorders and gonorrhea. On March 17, 1999, the U.S Institute of Medicine (IOM) said that smoking marijuana has benefits for the terminally ill. They suggested that cannabinoids can be useful in treating pain, nausea and appetite loss caused by advanced cancer and AIDS. They also suggested that Dtetrahydrocannabinol (THC) also acts as a sedative and reduces anxiety, which in itself may have therapeutic effects. One of the first therapeutic uses of marijuana in the modern era has been its effects in suppressing nausea suffered by anticancer chemotherapy patients. An Institute of Medicine study in 1999 found that marijuana provided “modestly effective” relief for nerve pain, stimulated appetite for people with AIDS, and helped chemotherapy patients control nausea

Marijuana: and vomiting. But yet, there is no true evidence that marijuana actually works. The true evidence is that, when a person smokes marijuana various gases and tiny particles are produced including cancer-causing substances such as benzopyrene and benzanthracene which has thrice the concentration found in tobacco. Smoking one marijuana leaves airway deposits of 4 times as much cancercausing tar as one tobacco cigarette. This drug is also suspected to cause lung disease, emphysema, chronic users have the risk of developing acute and chronic bronchitis, asthma, sinus problems and airway injury. Just minutes after smoking marijuana, a person experiences immediate effects such as; increased heart rate, lessened coordination and balance, and a “dreamy” unreal state of mind. Studies have shown that it takes just about 30 to 60 minutes for a person to begin experiencing effects of marijuana after he or she has smoked it. When eaten, the effects takes longer time to appear. These effects may wear off in two to three hours or take longer depending on how much the user takes. Excessive intake of marijuana may cause mental effects which include depression, flashbacks, aggressive feelings, anxiety leading to panic, confusion, delusions, hallucinations, resulting from toxic psychosis, psychotic disorder (insanity),

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delirium, and depersonalization. When a person tolerance builds up, marijuana can lead users to consume stronger to achieve the same high. SHORT TERM EFFECTS OF MARIJUANA Marijuana can cause short-term such as; Increased heat rate: studies shown that marijuana increases the smoker’s heart rate. Doctors have said that this can be especially dangerous for people who suffer from heart problems. In fact, in the first hour of smoking marijuana, the user has a high risk of having a heart attack. Impaired memory: using this addictive drug can cause short-term memory problems. The users can also have problems with learning new things. The PET brain scan of chronic users shows that marijuana may continue to impact in the brain three or more days after use particularly affecting motor coordination learning and memory. D i f f i c u l t y concentrating: users of marijuana may have difficulty concentrating on a task. Red eyes: marijuana users, moments after smoking the drug, develops red eyes. Agitation and paranoia: many people experience agitation and paranoia as a result of smoking marijuana. Anxiety: according to experts, one of the commonest side effects

“Just minutes after smoking marijuana, a person experiences immediate effects such as; increased heart rate, lessened coordination and balance, and a “dreamy” unreal state of mind. Studies have shown that it takes just about 30 to 60 minutes for a person to begin experiencing effects of marijuana after he or she has smoked it.”

people get after smoking marijuana is panic attacks or anxiety. A study by researchers in Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital indicated a strong link between heavy marijuana smoking and depression. Those who used it daily ran seven times the risk of suffering depressing and

anxiety. Loss of coordination: the intake of marijuana may make the user to suffer from mild to severe loss of coordination, depending on the amount taken. Sleepiness: users of marijuana may feel the need to sleep after smoking it. Euphoric and relaxed: just after minute of smoking marijuana, a person feels relaxed and excited, but this only last for a short time. Elevated confidence: marijuana gives a person a feeling, the confidence,

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the belief that he or she can kill a lion with bare hands, that he/she can stop a bullet with their hands, that he/she can lift a bag of cement with a finger. Anyone that thinks that way needs a bucket of cold water. Distortion of time,

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space, vision and hearing: when a user smokes marijuana, he or she enters into a dreamy state, unable to see clearly, hear clearly, and would be unconscious of time and space. Increased appetite: this is one reason why those who smokes marijuana with learn wallets becomes thin and unkempt. If a non-user eats a plate of rice, a user of marijuana eats five plates of rice. A person who smokes marijuana can finish a bowl of eba and still ask for more. That is what marijuana do to

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eople, it makes them luttons. LONG TERM EFFECTS The long-term use of marijuana may cause ffects such as; Mental illness: many tudies have shown that moking of marijuana for

certain period of time can sult in the development various types of mental sorders. In more severe ses, users have been dmitted to psychiatric spitals. In 1998, the then SU (New South Wales) ealth Minister Dr. ndrew Reshauge ported that between 1993 nd 1997, hospitals perienced an almost 10 r cent in the number of nnabis - dependent atients suffering from ug - induced psychotic ness. arijuana use may cause ncer: some researchers

believe that smoking of marijuana may increase the risk of developing cancers such as lung, oral, and neck cancers. Research shows that the smoke from marijuana contains more carcinogens and tar than the smoke from tobacco. A recent study by the British Lung Foundation

suggested that people who smoke marijuana are about 20 times more prone to developing lung cancer than people who smoke tobacco cigarettes. Another study which was published in the Cancer Prevention Research Journal stated that long term marijuana users have up to 61 percent risk of developing head and neck cancers than nonmarijuana users. Negative effects on the male sperm: it is strongly believed that marijuana use can have a

negative effect on male sperm and testosterone production. There is evidence that the sperm produced by marijuana users may have biochemical or structural defects. While some believe that marijuana increases sexual desire and performance, the long-term effects are; loss of sex-drive, impotency, and infertility. Reduces the body’s ability to fight illness: marijuana users may also experience impairment of immune functions. It lowers the body’s capacity to fight infection and disease. In 1989, US study revealed that THC in marijuana reduces the activity of cells that destroy foreign substances. This counters the claim that marijuana has therapeutic benefits for AIDS and cancer patients. Respiratory problems: the frequent smokers of marijuana tends to suffer from heavy coughing and wheezing and may worsen the symptoms of bronchitis. They also experience airways that become partially blocked as a result of the smoke they constantly inhale into them. Another respiratory problem that comes as a result of marijuana smoking is a high risk of suffering from infections of the lung. Marijuana smokers after a period of time, also suffer from too much production of Phlegm. Non-chalant attitude: the user marijuana may display a non-chalant

attitude to life, school, sport, personal hygiene, personal appearance and various activities. Ageing of the brain: marijuana causes ageing of the brain which is responsible for shortterm memory (hippocampus). Professor of pharmacology at Oxford University in the young people who are heavy marijuana smokers are equal to that of 70-90 year olds. Also chronic users may experience what is referred to as ‘a motivational syndrome’ apathy and loss of motivation. Schizophrenia: studies conducted in Sweden of more than 50,000 people over a 15-year period revealed that those who has used marijuana 50 times or more were 6 times more likely to develop schizophrenia than non users. Marijuana may also trigger schizophrenia in those already predisposed to the illness. A 1990 study of schizophrenia and substance Abuse found that 42 percent of schizophrenics had used marijuana in their lifetime. MARIJUANA CAN CAUSE ABNORMAL CELL Division: smoking of marijuana may cause abnormal cell division which leads to severe hereditary defects. A pregnant woman who regularly smokes marijuana may give birth prematurely to an undersized, underweight baby studies also revealed that children

whose mothers smoked marijuana just before or during pregnancy had ten times the risk of developing leukemia (cancer of the bone marrow). Over the last ten years, many children of marijuana users have been born with reduced initiative and lessened abilities to concentrate and pursue life goals. According to moffit Malouf and Thompson in Drug Precipice (1998), studies conducted in laboratories suggest that marijuana is able to change the character of genes in cells or chromosomes. This changes may be mutagenic, that is, can be passed on to future generation. In Nigeria today, marijuana has gained prominence among the youths and adults alike. You may wonder that despite the awareness on the danger of this drug, the drug is still being brazenly sold and used. In spite of the spirited efforts by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to check the sales and consumption of this drug demand for marijuana is on the rise. In the past, marijuana rarely used by the youths. People who smoke marijuana only did it in hiding where they would not be seen. But today, reverse is the case as marijuana is openly consumed in beer parlours, night clubs, mallam joints and even in musical concerts. Gone are the days when marijuana smokers hide under the cover of darkness to get high on weed. Nowadays, they have no need to hide their

odious habit from the public. Marijuana has also crept into schools as students of secondary schools and higher institutions smoke this drug with reckless abandon. Some members of Law Enforcement agencies who are supposed to check the use of this drug allegedly join in to get high. Our musicians and celebrities who are supposed to act as role models to the young one’s publicly admits to smoking marijuana. To make it worst, marijuana is sold for a cheap price. And since it is cheap, it is ready available for anyone interesting in giving it a try. The drug is sold for merely N50, while the special type commonly known as skunk is sold for N100. you may want to ask me, what is skunk and how is it special? Skunk consists of a small amounts of cocaine and dry leaves. It is a drug for those who feels that the normal igbo does not make them high anymore. Skunk is highly addictive and could easily make a person run mad than the normal weed. There is also the biggest size known as ‘jumbo’ or ‘Baba 70’. This is 20 wraps of igbo wrapped in a newspaper. Some smokers even mix marijuana with gin or brandy in a concoction known as ‘Monkey tail’. At present, marijuana is the most abused drug in Nigeria. It is so because it can grown effortlessly anywhere and it is very cheap. In fact, smoking of marijuana is so rampant that, if it is not addressed soon and properly. It will become a culture, a way of life in our country.

“Gone are the days when marijuana smokers hide under the cover of darkness to get high on weed. Nowadays, they have no need to hide their odious habit from the public. Marijuana has also crept into schools as students of secondary schools and higher institutions smoke this drug with reckless abandon.”


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FEW weeks ago, two students from the University of Ibadan U.I pursuing their P.H.D thesis came and asked me who was the first Oba of Lagos and who were the original owners of Lagos? I referred them to the publication by Chief O.E.I Aimieuwu in Nigeria Magazine No. 103 December 1969/ February 1970, pages 624-627 as abridged here. 1 told them that Oba Orhogbua who reigned in Benin (1550-1578) waged wars along the West Coast of Africa from Benin City to the territory of Dahomey now known as (Republic of Benin). He conquered the territory and appointed a military administrator known as Isidahome to administer the territory. The place became known as modem Dahomey after centuries. Oba Orhogbua tried to find a resting place along the Coast and finally arrived in Lagos and found the place swampy but moving further, he discovered a sandy beach around Lagos. The Oba and his soldiers built a camp (Eko) on the sandy beach. “Eko” is a Benin word meaning Camp. Many Yoruba historians agree that the early Yoruba settlers from the interior never went beyond Iddo in the mainland of Lagos. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, colonists from Benin founded the part of Lagos and Badagry”. H.Ling Roth in his book Great Benin two of its (Benin) colonists are Badagry and Lagos. The name ‘Eko’ is a reminder that the original settlers in Lagos Island in the area around Isaleko where Oba’s palace is situated were the Benins, it is a fact not disputable. Other Benin names that showed Benin influence in Lagos were very significant “Bajulaiye” a chieftaincy title in Lagos, is a corruption of “Bazuaye” a Benin chief that accompany Aisikpa to Lagos, “Ode — Iddo” or Iddo is corruption of Benin phrase “Ode-Edo” which was used to point towards the mainland as road leading to Benin”. Ode-Iddo or Iddo are never Yoruba words. Idumota and Idumagbo are corruption of Benin words of ldumwota and Idumwagbon. These are also not Yoruba words. It means for them certain areas

Aisikpa The First in Lagos. The Lagos white cap chiefs do not dress like other chiefs in Yoruba land. The dress is like the traditional Benin chiefs in Benin as they are descendants of Benin chiefs who settled in Lagos. Some historians have been quoting extracts from Notices of Lagos by J.B. Wood and History of Nigeria by Sir Allan Burns to support their claims that Ashipa the first Oba of Lagos was a Yoruba prince. The oral tradition which J.B. Wood and Sir Allan Bums based their conclusion on the tribe of Aisikpa (Ashipa) cannot be regarded as reliable historical information. According to R.E. Bradbury in his book The Benin Kingdom and the EdoSpeaking People of South — Western Nigeria” Oba Orhogbua made Lagos “his headquarters about the middle of the 16 century”. Oba Orhogbua was educated in one of the Portuguese colonial schools and he could speak, read and write the Portuguese language. Oba Orhogbua left Lagos for Benin when he heard the rumour that his son had been made the Oba of Benin. When he reached Benin, he discovered that his son had not been crowned Oba. Instead of recalling his troops from Lagos to Benin, Oba Orhogbua sent his grand son Aisikpa (the Yoruba now call him Ashipa) to rule Lagos and to be the commander in chief of the forces in Lagos. Aisikpa was the title specially given to the grandson of Oba Orhogbua and it is a contraction of the Benin phrase “Aisikpahienvbore” which means the town will not be deserted by us” it would have been unreasonable for him to have sent a foreigner to Lagos to rule the territory in view of the strategic importance of the town as sailing port. Aisikpa (Ashipa) was appointed the ruler of Lagos by the Oba of Benin Royal family. B.E. Bradbury says that Oba of Lagos confirmed this to some extent by Lagos traditional (administrative sources) ‘it is not the usual practice for a colonial power to appoint one of its citizens of its colony the colonial governor of that territory. It is

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a historical fact when Aisikpa (Ashipa) died, his remains were taken to Benin City for burial. It is against Yoruba tradition to bury a traditional ruler in a foreign land. It is also against Benin tradition to bury

Aisikpa (Ashipa) died, the people of Lagos conveyed his body to Benin for burial. He was succeeded by his son Edo. The name “Edo” has been corrupted to “Ado”, Edo is a pure Benin name

discovered while in Badagry that the body of the Late Chief of Badagry “like those of his ancestors had been sent to temple at that ancient and respected custom which has even been religiously confirmed to and tenaciously held by the Lagos people.

political beliefs of the people as they narrate historical events in their lives. It was understood by us that the original natives of Lagos have been singing this songs in the presence of their Obas for centuries. If Aisikpa (Ashipa) the first Oba of Lagos was really a Yoruba Prince, his descendants would not have allowed their subjects to be singing the song. This song alone is enough historical evidence to show that Aisikpa

Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba Erediauwa visits Oba of Lagos Rilwan Akiolu I an Oba or a Benin noble man in a foreign land. If Aisikpa (Ashipa) was a Yoruba Prince as claimed by J.B. Wood and Sir Allan Bums, the people of Lagos would not have agreed to take his body to Benin City for burial. J.B. Wood agreed in his Historical Notices of Lagos that the people of Isheru know the importance Benin attached to their great men being buried in Benin hence they allowed Ashipa to take Isheru (a great man) to Benin for burial. When

which means nothing in Yoruba language. If Aisikpa (Ashipa) were to be a Yoruba as claimed by some writers, he would not have given his (prince) a Benin name. His people would have frowned at such action. After his death, Edo was also buried in Benin in keeping with the Lagos tradition that their Obas should be buried in Benin their ancestral home. After the visit of Landers (Lander Brothers) to Badagry in 1 830, they stated that they

In June 1969 Chief Aimieuwu visited Oba of Lagos, Oyekan II in his palace, and found some women there singing traditional songs in praise of the Oba. There was one particular song that struck him. The English Version of the song is “who says we have no father, we are not vagabonds without a father. Our father is at Benin who brought us to this place”. In traditional historical facts in Nigeria, traditional songs reflect both their religion and

(Ashipa) was a member of the Royal family of Benin. Oba Oyekan II took us round his palace and showed us some shrines of some departed Obas of Lagos. We saw the shrines are kept in the same way as some shrines and altars of the departed Obas of the royal palaces in Benin and some Benin traditional chiefs houses. Chief Osayomwabo Osemwegie Ero is the Edobayokhae of Benin 08055828788.

“In June 1969 Chief Aimieuwu visited Oba of Lagos, Oyekan II in his palace, and found some women there singing traditional songs in praise of the Oba. There was one particular song that struck him. The English Version of the song is “who says we have no father, we are not vagabonds without a father. Our father is at Benin who brought us to this place”.


Nature Medicine DEHYDRATION is simply water shortage in the body: it means the body does not have sufficient water to carry out its physiological processes required to sustain life. Therefore, dehydration can kill. One consequence of dehydration is that toxic wastes are retained in the body since there is inadequate water to expel them. Invariably, there is a harmful toxic build-up in the body. Incase you don’t know, solid wastes in the body are one of these harmful substances. Without enough water, the body finds it difficult to eliminate these wastes resulting in constipation. Therefore be informed that when you suffer from frequent constipation, don’t rush to take a laxative or purgative. Check if your water intake is adequate, to start with. The problem may lie there. Usually, a toxic waste build-up is accompanied by body acidity which in itself is a favourable medium for the growth of bacteria, virus, fungi and other diseasecausing micro-organisms. All these developments go to show that once there is a dysfunction in the body, an unfavourable condition is created for triggering off other health problems. Also, dehydration results in the high viscosity of the blood. In ordinary language, this is saying that insufficient water intake makes your blood to be thick. Impliedly, your blood circulation is impaired while your blood’s ability to transport oxygen to all parts of the body is hampered. Don’t forget that already your blood

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Effects Of Dehydration circulation has been inhibited by body acidity due to a toxic waste build-up arising from poor water intake. Therefore, what you now have in your hands is double health jeopardy. With your blood circulation compromised and oxygen

What is the message here? it is: Don’t ignore an advice to drink water regularly when a health-care giver prescribes the remedy for your aches and pains. Medicine is not about expensive sophisticated drugs but about simple therapies that work

oral micro-organism because saliva contains antiseptic substances that checks their growth in the mouth. From the foregoing, you can understand why sour, smelling mouth may be a result of dehydration. That is a simple diagnostic guess

compounding the initial problems of dehydration. A medic without robust insight would start treating the injured skin which is the effect of dehydration ignoring to recommend hydration as a long-term remedy for the ailing skin.

delivery to your body impaired, you will discover that you begin to experience body aches and pains. If you are a person pre-disposed to self-medication, you may start taking pain-killers. Yet, all you need is water which will not only de-acidify the body, thin the blood and improve your blood circulation but will also eliminate all the aches and pains in your body caused by dehydration.

efficiently and effectively without leaving behind side effects, adverse toxic reactions-or further health complications as is now the case. Furthermore, dehydration can lead to a dry parched mouth and poor salivation. The aftermath of this situation is that your mouth becomes a storehouse of germs. Water helps salivation, miniaturization of the mouth and the control of

requiring no costly, sophisticated medical equipment. Also, dehydration maybe responsible for your dry, wrinkly and drab skin configuration. Of course, as the medical books tell us, a dry skin itches and irritates making you scratch it-until it bleeds, sometimes. At this stage, the skin wound may become cross-infected. In other words, a complication has occurred

See, prevention is not only better than cure, authentic medicine requires that a medic addresses the root cause of a sickness in addition to managing the complicative effects of the root cause. Additionally, dehydration can affect the vision. How? It results in poor moisturization of the eyes. When this occurs, the cornea and lens cannot achieve their optimum elasticity body weight as well as visual curvature. Hence, their refractive indexes are affected. Poor eye focusing results accompanied by defective vision, whether long or short sight is involved. At this juncture, let me reveal this secret to you. Your eyes itch and are irritated sometimes after spending prolonged hours working at a computer terminal. The

“...Don’t ignore an advice to drink water regularly when a health-care giver prescribes the remedy for your aches and pains. Medicine is not about expensive sophisticated drugs but about simple therapies that work efficiently and effectively without leaving behind side effects, adverse toxic reactionsor further health complications as is now the case.”

reason for this is that your eyes dry up due to poor moisturization caused by not blinking your eyes frequently. While you are before a computer, all eyes blink naturally blink 15 times a minutes. But during a computer work out, this natural blinking process is disturbed by your behaviour of staring at the computer screen. Hence, the eyes are less lubricated by water/ moisture. They become dry, itchy and irritated as well as lose their abilities to focus and see well. This is not all. Dehydration can trigger a rise in cholesterol in your blood in acute conditions. Normal blood level of cholesterol ranges from 150250 mg/100cm of blood. Well, it may equally interest you to know that your blood also thickens, circulation is hampered and oxygen delivery in the body is compromised when there is elevated cholesterol in your blood due to dehydration. Some scientists theorize that the presence of an abnormal rise in blood cholesterol following dehydration is a defence mechanism by the body to prevent loss of water since there is a shortage of it in the body. Finally, dehydration has other effects. It slows down your rate of metabolism. This implies that your energy output becomes low. You become weak and prone to physical fatigue at daytime and, so, your work suffers, all because of water which is available everywhere. Also, dehydration gives rise to short-memory lapses, mental confusion, my facial pain, muscle cramps, headache and rapid heartbeat or palpitation. Dizziness is similarly, sometimes, attributable to dehydration. What is the way out of dehydration? Simply, it is drinking adequate water daily. On the average, an adult needs about eight glasses of water each day. Drop that bottle of soft drink and beer!! Drink water, instead.


New Horizon

Riches Of The World

An Illusion

LISTEN to this message of the Supreme Lord “It will be easy to thread the head of a camel into the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God”. Richness as stated above will be analysed into three categories for the sake of clarity. There is no specific definition of richness but here we are talking based on the undisputed categorical pronouncement of the supreme God, as stated above — Read that again to get it right and digest it after reading to be able to reach for the essence of this message. An adage says, “A madman picks everything on the ground. So don’t pick everything you see on the ground-translation — don’t look for money at all costs — this is common in today’s hard struggle to survive with a staggering 85 percent of the world population, caught up in this virus — money at all cost. R1CNESS THROUGH ONES OWN SWEAT: This challenging statement is direct and must be directly achieved otherwise one is a thief; you may accept or not. Here we have two areas to look into. Those employed and the employers, Businessmen and women of any category. How do you earn your daily living? Our father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come: GIVE US THIS DAY, OUR DAILY BREAD…? These categories of people are very rare. They suffer from the common hands of the majority of cheaters and oppressors. They live average life and prone to tolerance, patience, forbearance, humble, fearful, never in a hurry about life, considerate and fear of God. They are always being cheated, denied of their

rights and seen as unwise or uncivilized. They hardly get to the top because they are always thrown out from time due to their ruggedness in insisting to do things conscientiously from start to finish. Some of these gentlemen and women could be found amongst the Civil Servant, Businessmen, Teachers, the Armed forces personnel of the forties, fifties and down to 1960 just before our independence after which things began to fall apart to this present day of multiple unrest and corruption to the marrow of almost all Nigerians including our dear clergymen and women. A person of this category must be humble and live by his own examples. He does not say, “do what I say and not what I do, but do what I say and do’: If you question most of our clergymen in their affluent life they live today in the mist of their congregation, the answer is “Do what I say and not what 1 do”. That is to say that you don’t have to imitate your superior other than accept what he tells you. This one idea gives room to open corruption and transgression of the laws of God and nature. “Do unto others what you want others to do unto you”, Majority of the poor class belong to this category who go after their daily bread. Same category of workers in the civil servant live by their pay packet and the little support from their wife. So also to the business class who will do their business with minimum profit and fear of God at heart and not maximum profit that leads to the present day inflation and cut throat market prices in all market scenes. A person in this category is never greedy, inconsiderate, and ungrateful to God for giving him something for his daily bread. People in this category are very rare. In this category, you

will find people who will build just one bungalow for 10, 15, to 20 years. A friend, Reverend Pastor Eyo (late) built his three bedroom bungalow from 1967 — 1982 when he took his ordination ceremony and opening of that three bedroom bungalow.

earth because he was contented in that position. In that last minute, he achieved being a Pastor, a Reverend and finally moved into his three bedroom apartment with all glory and joy. People of this nature are very rare in the present day of human nature.

That day was his happiest day because his ordination goes with the opening of his house built within 15 good years. That’s a man of God expressing his joy after 15 years of constant trials and failures to build one bungalow just to hide his head and his family at old age. Compare this one act to what you see today with our clergymen. Reverend Pastor Eyo in his eighties had no bicycle nor a car but trekked all through his days and always remained healthy until his last day on

The reverse being the case for now because many are called but just few are chosen. To live by ones only means is highly spiritual and not material. It requires some austerities which most people are not prepared to bear. Most people go for the shortest possible short-cut to make do with richness. What does it benefit a man to gain the whole world and loose his soul. Don’t loose your soul for material gain. 2. RICHNESS THROUGH HOOK AND

“In the civil service, business houses, market places and even in places of worship of God, Our Lord , Jesus Christ demonstrated this wonderful act when he sent the Jews trading in His Fathers synagogue packing out of the church premises for their illegal act.”

With VICTOR ANIUKWU CROOK MEANS Who will accept to be called a crook. Infact everyone is a saint out there. The Bible clearly stated that “We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God.” This world is a place for atonement but how many of us are really prepared to embrace what it takes to face this atonement squarely. Ninety percent of the world population are involved indirectly in this hook and crook business. It is now a means of survival whereby some areas formed clubs, gangs, cartels, cults, groups, mafia, fraternity etc. All these names exist at various level and statutes all

nonsense activities, don’t join them because you know there must be a repercussion in the days ahead. Shakespeare warned the world that “The evil that men do, lives after them” And at present, it is stated that “The evil that men do does not only live after them, but lives with them during their life time. People even when alive suffer for some of their misdeeds. For example, people are caught in their acts and penalized. Others are very rich and die through serious illness and diseases. Others are very rich but end up in life imprisonment or even being hanged as in many other

over the country and the world over. In the civil service, business houses, market places and even in places of worship of God, Our Lord , Jesus Christ demonstrated this wonderful act when he sent the Jews trading in His Fathers synagogue packing out of the church premises for their illegal act. This is still going on in most places of worship. Our Lord Jesus is coming again and as he comes, what is going on in our places of worship — illegal activities or sanctified activities? Watch out for yourselves and don’t be a slave to it. It is warned that we should be in the world, but not part of the world. In politics, if you cannot beat them, you join them, but in the true worship of God, if you cannot beat them in their

countries etc. Definitely due to poor preaching amongst preachers about Karma and the presence of the devil, people are cajoled into believing that Karma does not exist. You can do whatever you like and get away with it because Lord Jesus is coming again to take away our sins as he did in the past. And secondly, the devil is always responsible for all our bad deeds and so people feel that their bad deed does not affect them especially when you believe in Jesus and you are born again. All these believe and born again of a thing are just a prelim stage to righteousness. Our Lord Jesus told the man who wanted to live eternal life to first of all go and follow the Ten Commandments, which he Continues on page 24


Place Of Prayer

The Characteristics Of Bride Of Christ (8) HER DISPOSITION PROPERLY REPRESENTS HER HUSBAND BIRDS of a feather, they say, flock together. Every groom would want to marry a bride that will property represent his personality. No groom is proud of a wife that is always disgracing him in public. A groom would ensure that the bride he has chosen is one that will be faithful to him, not one that will flirt or get pregnant for someone else. Decency is an attribute every wise groom searches for in a prospective bride. A bride that is pregnant outside marriage is not ready for the marriage. A good bride prepares herself to carry only the seed of her husband; not the seed of someone else. A bride that is pregnant for someone that is not her husband has a strange seed inside her. Such indecency will certainly cost the prospective bride her marriage. As a bride of Christ waiting for the marriage feast, what fruit are you carrying? Is it the fruit of the spirit or that of the flesh? Does your disposition properly represent Christ? Do people see you and conclude immediately that you are a fit and proper bride of Christ or do they see you and doubt your claim? You are known by the fruit you bear, whether you are a prepared bride of Christ or a child of the devil. A prepared bride of Christ will have the fruit of the Spirit which is: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (Galatians 5:2223). An unprepared bride will have the fruit of the flesh which are: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revelling, and such like (Galatians 5:19-21). Recently, my wife, who is from the northern part of Nigeria, re-echoed to me something she told me years back when she first came to Benin. She told me that when she first came to Benin, she

thought there were no Christians in Benin. This was because she did not see any marked difference between Christians and unbelievers. Taking an analytical look at her observation, I find that she made this conclusion based on the attitude of Southern Christians to the practice of Christianity. A lot of Christians in the South have not made any sacrifice for the gospel’s sake and so their Christianity is not dogged. It is a true saying that you value only something that cost you much. When you get something of value too easily, there is a tendency for you to take that thing for granted. True salvation is like circumcision; it ought to be painful. If your salvation experience is not a painful experience, then you will not be rugged in your Christianity. Circumcision is what separates the boys from the men. No wonder God insisted the Israelites must be circumcised before they enter into the Promised Land. True salvation is painful but gainful. For your salvation to be authentic, an integral part of you must be cut away. Old friendship, old lifestyle, old haircut, old music, and the likes must be cut away. These old practices may not necessarily be sinful, but yet you must do away with them to create a clear distinction between you, who has been saved, and the unbeliever who is unsaved. The mark of separation must be clear for all to see. If people cannot easily distinguish you from an unbeliever, then your salvation is in doubt. People claim to be saved these days, and yet, one year after their salvation, there is still no obvious change in their character They still maintain the same association, visit the same places, speak in the same way, and do the same things they used to do. In years past, Christians used to be easily identified by their bible which was always in their hands. But these days, people carry handsets instead of bibles. Christians hold worldly literatures instead of Christian literatures. In those days, the sacrifice you made was a check on your

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going back to the world. But these days, people find it easy to go back because they have made no sacrifice. True salvation is like crossing a river and destroying the bridge; a journey of no return. If you cross and leave the bridge behind; there is a

with an idolatrous uncle. But as strict as our uncle was, we took our stand against everything that was idolatrous. We were flogged for going to church. We went hungry for refusing to eat food dedicated to idols. It was a painful experience, but the joy

Christian politicians soil their Christianity with the loot of politics. Christian students cheat in exams and their Christian parents encourage them in malpractice. It is sad to note that it is mostly in

want to remain in the camp of the devil? There is no midpoint. You are either in the light or you are in darkness. If you are in the light, then the marks of the light must be seen in your life. You must be

tendency for you to go back into the world at the slightest pressure. The Apostles were happy to be counted worthy to suffer for the gospel’s sake. They were persecuted, yet they persisted in following Christ. Stephen prayed for those who were stoning him. Indeed, there is nothing as sweet as when you suffer for Christ’s sake. When you make painful sacrifices on account of Christ, there is an inexplainable joy in yours spirit man. As a young Christian, I lived

of suffering for the sake of the kingdom kept us going. Today, that joy of suffering is missing from the lives of most Christians. Today there is no cross to carry. No persecution. No suffering. Compromise has destroyed the beauty of today’s Christianity. Christians are always looking for the easy way out. A Christian does not see anything wrong in offering a bribe to win a contract or to get out of police net. Christians business men and women cheat their customers the same way unbelievers do.

areas of persecution, the northern part of Nigeria for instance, that we still see die hard rugged Christians, who are willing to suffer persecution for the sake of the gospel. My dear reader, you must make your decision today. Your husband, the Lord Jesus Christ, watches you from above. He is searching to find that mark that will distinguish you as His bride. What is your disposition? Will you be proud to let Him meet you as you are right now? Do you want to serve God or do you

willing to let go everything that puts your salvation and sanctification in doubt. It may be painful at the beginning, but eventually, the gains of the sacrifice will wipe out the pains of the sacrifice. I invite you today to a sacrificial walk with God; a walk where your services for God is motivated by love and not gain. A walk where you do not count anything as important except the things that pertain to the Kingdom. Until you step up to this level of Christianity, your preparedness for the marriage feast of the lamb is in doubt.

“My dear reader, you must make your decision today. Your husband, the Lord Jesus Christ, watches you from above. He is searching to find that mark that will distinguish you as His bride. What is your disposition?”


Police Fire Shots As Aid Truck Is Attacked

AAB BAREEK, AFGHANISTAN - Afghan police fired gunshots into the air yesterday to disperse villagers who fought police and aid workers distributing emergency supplies near the remote site of a deadly landslide, witnesses said. Aid agencies have rushed tons of supplies to more than 4,000 displaced by the landslide in Aab Bareek, a village in the Argo district of Badakhshan in the northeast of the country, that was partially destroyed when the side of mountain collapsed on Friday. Tensions have been running high in the area, as victims say emergency supplies are not arriving fast

UN Chief In S/Sudan, To Urge For Peace JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN U.N. Secretary-General Ban Kimoon is visiting South Sudan to urge both sides involved in the country’s conflict to abide by a peace deal they signed in January, a U.N. spokeswoman said yesterday. Ban’s visit comes four days after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir leading to Kiir’s announcement that he is ready for talks with the rebel leader, former Vice President Riek Machar. But government troops over the weekend attacked the rebelheld city of Bentiu, the capital of Unity state and the rebel stronghold of Nasir, in Upper Nile state. Ban will call on the participants in South Sudan’s war to implement the cease-fire agreement they signed on Jan. 23. Neither side has honored the peace deal. South Sudan has been rocked by violence since December, when Kiir accused Machar of attempting a coup. Thousands of people are believed to have been killed and 1 million people have fled their homes. The violence has taken on an ethnic dimension between Kiir’s Dinka ethnic group and Machar’s Nuer tribe leading to fears of genocide. The U.N. refugee agency said Tuesday it is seeing a sharp increase in the number of refugees fleeing South Sudan’s violence to western Ethiopia. Over the past 72 hours some 11,000 people have crossed into the Ethiopian town of Burubley along Baro River, which divides the two countries, after South Sudan government forces captured a key rebel stronghold of Nasir, said U.N. refugee agency spokesman Adrian Edwards. Many more refugees are massed on the South Sudanese side of the border, waiting to cross the river on one of the few small ferry boats, Edwards told reporters yesterday in Geneva.

enough. Compounding the situation, residents of neighboring poor villages have walked to the refugee center in a bid to get food and other rations. Dozens of people tried to

board an aid truck on Tuesday, and then attacked two police officers who attempted to restore calm, a Reuters witness said. A further eight police joined their colleagues,

beating them the villagers back with the butts of their rifles. “Up to 80 people on a nearby hill pelted the police with stones and the police fired into the air for about a

minute,” the witness said. In a tense standoff, a man armed with a pistol approached the aid truck. “Four police were pointing their AK47s at him, and one rushed at him and twisted his arm and grabbed his gun,” the witness said.

After decades of conflict, guns are commonplace in Afghanistan. Hundreds of villagers were buried in up to 50 meters of mud and debris on Friday in the worst natural disaster to hit the country in a decade.

ZAGREB - Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic sacked the finance minister yesterday over a property deal he said had hurt the state budget, but economists said Slavko Linic’s dismissal would have no impact on fiscal policy. Croatia, the European Union’s newest member, is struggling to exit a recession now into its sixth year but is also under orders from Brussels to slash a budget deficit expected to hit 4.5 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) this year. “Minister Linic does not enjoy my confidence any longer and I will propose that he be replaced by his deputy, Boris Lalovac,” Milanovic told reporters. Milanovic said Linic was politically responsible for the finance ministry’s purchase of property from a struggling firm that was later found to be worth at least 20 million Croatian kunas ($3.66 million) less than the ministry had paid for it.

“It is possible there was no (ill) intention. Mistakes happen but then it should be checked who was responsible for the mistake ... I waited two months but the minister took no action and I am not satisfied with his explanation,” Milanovic said. “I don’t think the removal of Linic will have a negative impact on Croatia’s (eurobond) issuing plans as Lalovac was Linic’s deputy,” said Zrinka Zivkovic Matijevic, an analyst at Raiffeisenbank. “Also, Croatia’s fiscal policy is under monitoring from Brussels that provides rather firm fiscal guidelines.” The former Yugoslav republic is tentatively planning to issue a eurobond in May or June. The market expects an issue worth about 1.5 billion euros. Croatia, whose economy is forecast to contract modestly this year, is currently in the EU’s Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP), a tool Brussels uses to enforce fiscal discipline in member states. Zagreb has to cut its budget gap to below three percent of GDP by the end of 2016. Linic is the sixth minister to leave the Social Democrat-led government since it took over in late 2011 and the first to be sacked. Relations between Milanovic and Linic had long been strained, according to local media. Linic’s sacking follows the recent resignation of Croatia’s tax department chief who said the finance ministry had obstructed her work. Croatia’s anti-corruption police said on Monday they were investigating documents related to the property purchase that has toppled Linic. ($1 = 5.4714 Croatian Kunas)

Croatian PM Sacks Finance Minister

Pro-Russian gunmen carry their weapons at the local administration building in the center of Slovyansk, Ukraine, yesterday.

A suspected assailant is taken away after being subdued in an attack at a railway station in Guangzhou in South China’s Guangdong province yesterday.

30 Pro-Russian Insurgents Killed

DONETSK, UKRAINE — Ukraine’s Interior Minister said yesterday that 30 proRussian insurgents were killed during operations to expunge anti-government forces in and near a city in the east, while the Kiev authorities attempted to reassert control over the southern region of Odessa by appointing a new governor there. Arsen Avakov said on his Facebook page yesterday that four government troops also died and 20 were injured during fighting in Slovyansk. Gunbattles took place at various positions around the city Monday in what has proven the most ambitious government effort to date to quell unrest in the mainly Russian-speaking east. Avakov said Monday that pro-Russia forces in Slovyansk, a city of 125,000, were deploying large-caliber weapons and mortars in the region and there were injured

on both sides. Government troops were facing about 800 insurgents, he said. In Donetsk, a major city some 120 kilometers south of Slovyansk, international flights from the local airport were suspended Tuesday. The airport said on its website that the cancellations followed a government order. Ukraine is facing its worst crisis in decades as the polarized nation of 46 million tries to decide whether to look toward Europe, as its western regions want to do, or improve ties with Russia, which is favored by the many Russianspeakers in the east. Dozens of government offices have been seized, either by armed insurgents or anti-government crowds, over the past several weeks. The central government attempted to re-establish control Tuesday over the predominantly Russianspeaking Black Sea region of

Odessa, where 46 people died after fighting and a fire broke out between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian forces late on Friday. In a statement published on the president’s website, the Kiev authorities announced they were firing the acting governor and replacing him with member of parliament Ihor Palytsya. On Saturday, the police chief of the city was fired, mere hours after he had called for calm. While no reasons were given for the latest change, the interim Kiev government has previously wielded its authority to appoint regional governors as a way of reasserting control over rebellious regions in the country’s east. The concern that Odessa could be the next region to fall to pro-Russian forces — particularly after 67 people detained in the Friday fighting were released by the police under pressure from an

angry crowd — has sparked concern in Kiev, which said it was sending an elite national guard force to the city on Monday. The goals of the pro-Russian insurgency are ostensibly broader powers of autonomy for the region, but some insurgents do favor separatism. Leaders of the antigovernment movement say they plan to hold a referendum on autonomy for eastern regions on May 11, although visible preparations for the vote have to date been virtually negligible. The Russian Foreign Ministry has put the blame for the unrest squarely on Kiev, which it says “stubbornly continues to wage war against the people of its own country.” The ministry has urged what it called the “Kiev organizers of the terror” to pull back their troops from the east and hold peaceful negotiations to resolve the crisis.


International

Brutal Child Murders Spark Outrage In Turkey

ANKARA - Several brutal murders of children have sparked outrage across Turkey, prompting calls to bring back the death penalty and leading the government to stiffen sentences for child killers.

Turkey abolished capital punishment more than a decade ago as part of Ankara’s bid to enter the European Union, but calls to bring it back have multiplied after the gruesome killings. Yusuf Yigitalp, deputy leader of the Islamic Saadet (Felicity) Party, said scrapping the death penalty had sparked a surge in crimes and bringing it back was a “must”. “Today capital punishment is applied in Western countries. The death penalty is in place in the United States and in Europe for certain crimes,” he told the conservative Milli Gazete newspaper. Ankara abolished capital punishment in 2002 as part of reforms to aid its EU bid,

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enshrining it in its constitution two years later. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that reintroducing capital punishment was impossible if Turkey wanted to join the bloc and the government would instead work to ensure full-life sentences for child murders. “These incidents are a kind of capital offence,” Erdogan said on Friday. “An aggravated life sentence is on our agenda even if we cannot reinstate (the death penalty).” Aggravated murder in Turkey means full-life imprisonment. The calls to reintroduce state executions come after several gruesome child murders. In one, a six-year-old girl was stabbed, tortured and set on fire, according to preliminary police findings reported in local media. The suspected murderer, described only as 20-year-old S.A., reportedly confessed to the crime, saying he had lured the girl into his car by saying they were going for a picnic before tying her up and attacking her. “I closed my eyes and stabbed her. She fell down. I poured gasoline on her and lit it with a match. She started to scream,” he was quoted as saying by the Hurriyet daily. In another shocking killing earlier in the month, a nineyear-old boy was found raped and strangled in the eastern province of Kars.

The solemnization of marriage between former Miss Marie Darline Thomas and Mr. Thomas Osiomie Okhimame took place on Thursday, April 24th 2014 at the Egor Local Government Council Marriage Registry in Uselu, Benin City. Amongst those present were Hon. Aigbedo Osunde, Dr. (Mrs.) Jennifer Ebeigbe, family members, relations, friends and well wishers. Picture shows the couple at the Registry.

Hash Oil Explosions Rise With Legalized Marijuana DENVER, USA - The opening months of Colorado’s first-in-the-nation recreational marijuana industry have seen a rise in fiery explosions and injuries as pot users try to make the drug’s intoxicating oil in crude home-based laboratories. Since Jan. 1, when sales began, the state’s only certified adult burn center has treated 10 people with serious injuries they suffered while making hash oil, compared with 11 in 2013 and one in 2012. Law enforcement and fire officials, meanwhile, are grappling with how to respond, as the questionable legality of the process has made it difficult to punish amateur chemists. Some prosecutors are charging them with felonies, while others say hash oil production is protected under a provision of the new legal pot law. “These today are the meth labs of the ’90s. We have to change our thinking and what we’re looking for,” said police Sgt. Pat Long in Thornton, a Denver suburb where officers were puzzled by the city’s first hash oil explosion in January. Hash oil is typically made by packing the castoff leaves and stems of pot plants into a pipe and pouring highly flammable butane through it. The concoction is heated to make the potent oil for far cheaper than it can be purchased in stores. The golden mixture can be up to 80 percent THC, marijuana’s intoxicating chemical, and devotees say one or two drops can produce a more euphoric high than an entire joint. It can

also be infused into baked goods or vaporized. Without proper ventilation, butane fumes can linger. All it takes is a spark of static electricity to ignite a room. Firefighters in the state have raced to at least 31 butane hash oil explosions this year, compared with 11 last year, according to the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, an agency that has only recently started tallying cases. The data represents only reported and confirmed cases, and the actual number of explosions could be higher, said Kevin Wong, an intelligence analyst for the agency. “This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Wong said. The organization has started training police and firefighters on how to spot the signs of a hash oil explosion. After the Thornton blast, officers found a charred home littered with bottles of butane. They

were perplexed, which highlighted the need for more training, Long said. In recent years, there have been dozens of explosions and injuries in other states where residents can get access to the plant through medical marijuana systems, including California, Washington state and Oregon. In Washington state, where home pot growing isn’t allowed, officials were so concerned about the dangers of producing marijuana extracts for sale in state-licensed shops that they require licensed producers to have an expensive ventilation system. Colorado marijuana businesses are allowed to manufacture hash oil using butane, but with strict rules. Colorado’s pot laws allow adults 21 and over to grow up to six plants at home and cooks often use their

own plants to affordably make hash oil in their kitchens or garages. as a result, explosions have happened primarily on private property. There were at least five blasts in one week alone last month. In one case, two children had to be rescued from their burning suburban Denver townhome after their father and his girlfriend caused a blast while making the extract. In that case, authorities charged the homeowner with arson and child abuse, a common punishment for home cooks whose recipes ended in disaster. Denver, where at least eight explosions have occurred, banned home hash oil production under a portion of the building code that prohibits “creating an unsafe environment.”

mentally ill. The latest incident happened late in the morning at the Guangzhou Railway Station, city police said on their microblog. Officers arrived as passengers were being hacked, and shot and subdued a male suspect with a knife after he failed to respond to a police warning, the statement said. Following initial confusion about the number of attackers, police said there was only one perpetrator. It said the person was receiving treatment in a hospital, but gave no further details. Police said six people were injured and taken to a hospital, not

at a train station in the farwestern region of Xinjiang — where extremists among the Turkic Uighur Muslim population have been waging a simmering insurgency against Beijing for years — left three people dead and 79 injured, prompting Chinese President Xi Jinping to demand “decisive actions” against terrorism. In March, five knife-wielding men and women believed to be Uighurs slashed at crowds at a railway station in Kunming city in southwestern China, killing 29 people. Four attackers were killed by police.

6 Injured In Hacking Attack At Chinese including the suspect. BEIJING - Chinese police shot Station Last week, a suicide bombing and wounded a suspect who attacked passengers at a busy railway station in southern China yesterday, leaving six people injured in the third highprofile assault on civilians at a train station in a little more than two months. There was no immediate word on a motive for the violence in the Guangdong provincial capital of Guangzhou. The attack came despite heightened security countrywide in the wake of two deadly attacks at train stations blamed on extremists from far-western China. The country also has seen mass stabbings carried out by people with grudges against society or who were deemed


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claimed to have been in the practice for long. And Jesus said to him, Go and sell your belongings, give the money to the poor and come back to me. This gentleman who wanted eternal life regretted for going to Jesus, walked away and never returned as directed by Jesus. Most of us are in this category, assuming that we are pure and ever qualified to go to the kingdom of God any time and any day. First of all, no one is a crook, but we all go to church or the mosque or temple. We can access ourselves with the Ten Commandments. What is your score — ten over ten or what have you. Please let the answer be your New Year resolution to make progress in becoming pure in Heart. Definitely the pure in heart, shall see God, but it is not through specialization, imagination, assumption, imposition, false ego, position, pastorship, Reverendship, Bishopship, Arch-Bishopship, professing, visionary — No, One must develop the spiritual not material qualities of a saintly ambassador who has a qualified genuine spiritual guide to lead one to the spiritual abode. No one can go to the spiritual world nor become pure in Heart just on his own. The science to go back to the kingdom of God is not taught in schools and higher schools because in todays world, science and technology leads the world, directs the world at the expense of the human material slavery that has entangled about eighty five percent of the world population thereby given room to various forms of riches through hook and crook means in this World of illusion that we are living in, The world was made to move on a circular basis but due to poor consciousness of the world leaders which has been extended to the followers, the world seem to be in a pendulum state — moving up down and up again and never revolving as nature predicted. This is due to so much deviation from the laws of nature. Three ways one can be

free from hook and crook ways of becoming rich. 1. To live within your income 2. To knock and it shall be opened unto you. 3. To seek help from friends, relations and well-wishers. A borrower or beggar is better than a thief If you are in business, sell with minimum profit and the world will be a better place to live. Don’t be Mr. Shylock who believes in cutthroat buying and selling. Be Mr. Anthonio who gives out loan to people without asking for interest as it is common in todays attitude of lending money to people. When you give, work, assist, recommend, recognize etc without sinister intension, it is twice blessed. When you give, work, assists, recommend with some expectation, it becomes direct or indirect extortion. In the nursery rhymes, it is stated that, “There was a crooked man, and he worked a crooked mile. He found a crooked six pence against a crooked stile, He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse and they all lived together in a crooked house. Nigerians from top of the ladder to the bottom must learn how not to be crooked in all our dealings because we will be bound to live in a crooked house which will never be recognized no matter how beautiful it is decorated. 3. RICHES GOTTEN THROUGH BLOODSHED In Bethman Bible, it is stated, “Whosoever sheddeth man’s blood by man shall his blood be shed”. Ill-gotten wealth through bloodshed is neither direct nor indirect. Direct bloodshed is done through armed robbery, terrorism, invasion, piracy etc. These are aimed at becoming richer and expansion of one’s territory. The resultant effect of all these richness by individuals and countries., through various means of bloodshed remains unhealthy, madness, un-natural, uncalled-for, uncivilized, unfriendly, untraditional and unwholesome. When God created the three worlds, there was neither clash nor crashes, which showed that the world

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from start was peaceful. But today in the world with the people of the world, what do we see, more killings everywhere. It has been clearly stated that the rate presently has greatly increased as this inferno becomes world-wide. Becoming rich and richer nor richest becomes a yardstick to one’s status quo. In the past, there was no mad rush to become rich, it is rather slow and steady. But today in the

motioned here that in some schools of thought around the world, there is belief and practice of ritual killing as a right to be rich nor richer. In the past and present, there is a cult in which members hunt for some vital parts of the body, such as the human eyes, tongue, Heart, breast, Head, the private part for rituals leading to richness for its members. All these means leads to avoiding poverty at

Heaven where he was well placed. When the rich man died, He was given the opportunity to stay next to Lazarus with less advantage that the rich man could not have access to water to drink, while Lazarus have more to eat and drink but has no right to distribute them. The rich man in his agony to get water pleaded for help at all cost. He did not know that the person above him was Lazarus. So

and at death this consciousness takes you to your next life. Remember, only the pure in Heart shall see God. Are you pure in Heart. Sincerely answer this question to yourself and score yourself. Virtually everyone is rich as far as you spend money every day. That money you spend, small, big or great - How did you get it, from what source- legal or illegal, genuine or ingeniune, truly or

present dispensation, people go much crazy about wealth. That makes it a do or die affair. Try to view Edo Broadcasting Service crime Watch, its all about youths between 18-30 years bursting all available avenues to grab money. This mad rush for money at all cost has eroded our culture, tradition, natural laws, discipline, regards for elders, proper behaviour at home, in public, at place of worship, places of work, at market places, schools, hospitals etc. It must be

all cost. Many say, let me be rich come what may. Better to be a rich man in hell than a poor man in Heaven. This world is Hell and people prefer to be rich here in hell no matter the way one makes it. What happens to the King and Lazarus. On earth, the rich man was very rich and yet hated Lazarus the poor beggar. The rich man could not allow the poor Lazarus to eat from his dust bin and sent his dog to bite Lazarus, who later died of dog bite. Lazarus was well received in the high

his eyes was opened a little and all he saw was Lazarus the beggar in a comfortable position than himself, both are separated and no one has any right to move about as it is here on earth. The man had no choice but to ask Lazarus for just a drop of water to quench his agony of dry throat. Lazarus could not help the rich man because over there you are no more in control but you are being controlled. The rich man was made to realize his good days on earth which he misused as a rich man but after death to meet with agony. He could not believe himself in this predicament of life after death. Life after death is real for every one no matter your class, creed nor status must account for his or her deeds, committed by thoughts and actions. Now is to rethink about your words, thoughts and actions which reflects your consciousness

falsehood, clean or unclean etc. The great administrators of God will ask these questions at death so prepare yourself and your mind now. Finally “it will be easier for you to tread the head of a camel into the eyes of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God” HOLY BIBLE QUOTE. Once upon a time, a poor man being inquisitive about his situation confronted a rich man to know how he was able to be a rich man. The rich man sat him down to a full analysis of how he has manipulated, toiled, maneuvered, his ways to become a rich man. This poor man managed to hold his breath after which he declared “It is better for a poor man to remain poor, than trail the horrific ways to become rich -quite incredible”. Yes, so it is to all types of riches. No form of riches comes through the straight path.

“It is better for a poor man to remain poor, than trail the horrific ways to become rich -quite incredible”. Yes, so it is to all types of riches. No form of riches comes through the straight path.”


Education

THE insurance industry recorded a lot of activities in 2013. Some of the activities relate to the inability of many insurance companies to produce International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS)-compliant statements of accounts and the enforcement of “No Premium No Cover’’ policy. However, the efforts of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria’s (CIIN) to promote insurance education in the country reached a crescendo in 2013. Mr Joseph Oba, CIIN’s Director of Communications, said that plans to promote insurance education started in 2007 with visits of the CIIN Governing Council to the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Federal Ministry of Education. Cynics are often tempted to ask questions as to the need to restructure insurance education in Nigeria. However, insurance experts habitually insist that tangible efforts should be made to promote insurance education in the country. This is because available statistics show that insurance penetration in Nigeria is very low, compared to Ghana and South Africa in spite of the huge population of Nigeria which is over 160 million. Also, the contribution of the insurance industry to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is less than one per cent. With the recent addition of 14 Fellows and 158 Associates, the number of registered members of the CIIN is now 210 Fellows and 2, 641 Associates. But there is high public apathy towards taking on insurance policies in the country. Mr Jero Akanbi, a retired civil servant, took a life insurance policy in 1980 and paid the calculated premium of N20 religiously for 20 years. However, in 2000, when he disengaged from the policy, he was paid a paltry sum of N5,000 and he was highly exasperated. Akanbi vowed never to have anything to do with insurance again in spite of explanations that the payment was due to his maintenance of the same premium, the nonreview of the policy and the effects of inflation. Investigations, however,

Promoting Insurance Education In NIgeria revealed that Akanbi never read the insurance document before taking up the policy. “My friend, who is an insurance broker, brought it to my office. After his explanations, l felt it was good and asked him to sign me on. “I only signed the areas where I was required to append my signature. I never read through the documents as l trusted the insurance broker who is my friend,” he said. Akanbi has since embarked on a damaging campaign. He has been discouraging family members, friends and others from taking on insurance policies. The man’s plight aptly reflects the dilemma of many Nigerians who have similar tales of woes to narrate about insurance. “Such anomalies are what the CIIN sets out to correct with its current focus on insurance education,’’ Mr Fatai Lawal, the CIIN President said. However, Dr Wole Adetimehin, the immediatepast President CIIN, said that insurance was a contract. He underscored the need for anyone who intended to take on an insurance policy to read and understand the content of the insurance documents. “In a contract document, the terms and conditions are scrutinised critically whenever disputes arise; that is what insurance companies look out for when paying claims. “Many Nigerians are always in a hurry. Most people do not take things that concerned them seriously. “Also, many people do not want to read; that is the problem,” he said. CIIN is targeting the youth in its bid to check public apathy towards insurance, while tackling misconceptions about insurance and deepening its penetration in the country. “We want the younger generation to recognise the benefits of insurance, while helping to educate their parents on the need to take up one policy or the other,” Mr Sunny Adeda, a former CIIN President, said.

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“To achieve this, the CIIN Governing Council came up with a programme to include insurance studies in the secondary school’s

“Now, our graduates can be gainfully employed in the federal civil service. “Besides, insurance is now a subject in the Senior

The CIIN president then said: “The presentation of the book marks a significant milestone in the annals of the institution.’’ Lawal stressed that the book would advance insurance

curriculum. “The institute also ensured that more tertiary institutions run accredited courses in insurance. “These informed the Governing Council’s visits to the NUC and Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja,” Adeda said. Beyond that, Oba said that officials from the Federal Ministry of Education came to the CIIN Office in Lagos and inspected its facilities, syllabus and the structure of its examinations. “The efforts of all the past presidents of the CIIN paid off, as the Federal Ministry of Education has recognised our insurance certificate.

Secondary School curriculum and this year, insurance will be taken as part of the West African School Certificate Examinations,” he said. To address factors such as dearth of insurance teachers and insurance textbooks, the CIIN is encouraging insurance professionals to take up teaching appointments in tertiary institutions. The institute has also published a textbook on insurance — “Insurance for Secondary Schools’’ — for senior secondary schools. The book was presented to the public during the CIIN’s Graduation and Fellowship Awards Ceremony in Lagos in 2013.

education in Nigeria which, he said, was one of the cardinal programmes of the CIIN’s Governing Council. “It will also herald a new dawn in insurance education by stimulating the consciousness of secondary school students and our future leaders concerning insurance,” he said. Besides, the CIIN has been visiting tertiary institutions and during the visits, the institute donated books to institutions offering insurance courses. Some of the beneficiaries of the books’ donation include University of Lagos, Lagos State University, Redeemers’ University, Lagos State

Polytechnic, Ibadan Polytechnic, Federal Polytechnic, Offa, and Federal Polytechnic, Bori. Others are Kwara State University, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Imo State University, Bayelsa State University, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Enugu State University Technology and Institute of Management of Technology (IMT), Enugu. Lawal said that the books’ donation was one of the

institute’s strategies aimed at promoting insurance education in the country. “The only way we can stimulate the penetration of insurance in this country is to get more people involved as crusaders for insurance,” he said. Lawal described that the donation of books to tertiary institutions nationwide as a landmark commitment to achieving the institute’s agenda for the growth of insurance in the country. Industry watchers commended the CIIN for its efforts to boost insurance education in Nigeria, saying that such efforts will surely engender the development of the insurance industry in the country.

“The only way we can stimulate the penetration of insurance in this country is to get more people involved as crusaders for insurance.”


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Inconsolable Suarez Breaks Down In Floods Of Tears WHEN Steven Gerrard broke down in tears following Liverpool’s remarkable 3-2 win over Manchester City in April, the way his emotions poured to the surface spoke volumes as to how much the pursuit of the Premier League title meant to the club. But after surrendering a 30 lead to draw 3-3 with Crystal Palace on Monday night, there were tears of a different kind, and they revealed the crushing realisation that the title will not be heading to Liverpool at the end of the season. After Dwight Gayle scored two goals in the last minute to give Palace a point, Luis Suarez broke down in torrents of tears and hid his face as he failed to contain his bitter disappointment. In fact, the Uruguayan striker kept his face hidden for the whole of the time he walked off the pitch as he refused to let the world see how pain-stricken he was. Captain Gerrard knew though, and quickly sought out the striker to console him and even push a TV camera away from Suarez. Strangely enough, the point means Liverpool go top of

the league, but they are only one point above Manchester City, who have two games remaining to Liverpool’s one. Having equalled the Premier League record of 31 goals in a 38-game season, this would have been the perfect night for Suarez, but for Gayle’s most unlikely intervention. Instead he ended it displaying one of the most naked shows of heartwrenching disappointment ever seen in the English game.

ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger expressed his satisfaction for winning the last home game of the season but says the Gunners will have to improve their injury record.Tags: Arsenal, West, Bromwich, Albion, Premier, League, Arsene, Wenger Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said he was left with “mixed feelings” after watching the Gunners secure a 17th successive season in the Champions League but fail to maintain a title push. Everton’s 3-2 home defeat to Manchester City on Saturday secured another top four finish for Arsenal, but Wenger said he remained frustrated that his side’s challenge for Premier League glory had faded. “There are mixed feelings because we were 128 days top of the league and mixed feelings because you feel at the most important period of the season, in March and April, we didn’t have our players

available,” he told Arsenal Player, reflecting on injuries to the likes of Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott. “As well [I feel] pride because we are the only team now in the last 18 seasons who has finished in the top four. Nobody else did it. If you look across Europe, not many others did it. That’s a sign of consistency, commitment and quality of work.” Meanwhile, defender Per Metesacker has said he believes Arsenal have to play their final Premier League game of the season at Norwich with full intensity, even though their focus has now switched to the FA Cup final against Hull later this month. Ahead of a game that could be crucial to the Canaries, who are deep in relegation trouble and need Sunderland to lose at home on Wednesday to have any

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Inconsolable Suarez Breaks down in floods of tears.

Palace Draw A ‘Killer Blow’ LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers conceded the Premier League title to Manchester City after his side surrendered a three-goal lead and had to settle for a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. While Liverpool will still the game and we didn’t do that, have an outside chance of so it is a massive advantage now clinching the title on the final for Manchester City.” Rodgers told media in his postweekend of the season, Rodgers said he believed City would be match interviews that Liverpool champions of England for the players were “devastated” and second time in three years after “crushed” by the loss, his team collapsed late on in a particularly due to the fashion in which it happened. dramatic game. “It’s very disappointing. We “I think Manchester City will can analyse it a look at it and find go on and win their two games and they will be champions,” the lots of things wrong, but our game was Anfield manager told Sky offensive Sports. “We needed to win outstanding,” said Rodgers. “To tonight, that was the simplicity get three goals against a team that of it, to keep the pressure on is set up so well was fantastic, Manchester City. The important but it was a killer blow to only thing for us tonight was to win take a point.”

Wenger Left To Rue Arsenal Title Failure

chance of escaping, the Germany international said: “When you switch off it’s hard to switch on again — so we want to keep the focus and intensity high.”

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Rodgers accepted his team’s defensive flaws caught up with them in a frantic finale at Selhurst Park, but tried to put a positive gloss on a night that left some of his players in tears at the final whistle. “For us, it has been an outstanding season up to now,” he said. “For us to get to 81 points is a great achievement. We are obviously disappointed right now, but we will go again. We have a great game at Anfield [against Newcastle] now to finish the season, and we will keep looking to build and develop what we are doing. “The dressing room is very quiet because, for 75 minutes, we put in an outstanding performance. The quality of our football, the penetration, the relentlessness of our attack was fantastic for 75 minutes. Maybe we got carried away, thinking we could get more than three goals, but the important thing was to win and we didn’t do that. “We are very disappointed how we conceded the three goals. It was real poor defending that cost us there. They showed great spirit to come back into it, but the comfort we had in the game and the quality we showed to get to 3-0 up... you have

to manage the game better than that.” In the wild finish that saw Palace score three goals in the final 11 minutes of regulation time, Liverpool were not able to turn the tide in front of a raucous home crowd at Selhurst Park. “You have to think clearly under pressure,” said Rodgers. “But in that crazy spell we didn’t and we know we need to be better in that area. It was about dealing with the situation. You need that calmness and control to see the game through, and we didn’t manage it.” The title dream now seems to be a longshot for Liverpool. But they are mathematically alive still, needing Manchester City to drop points in one of their remaining two games. “Of course the impossible can become possible. We’ve all seen what happened in Spain this weekend, when all three of the sides dropped points but City are now the clear favourites,” said Rodgers. “When we reflect on it at the end of the season, we’ll see it as an outstanding season. But that doesn’t take away the pain now because this was a game we should have won.”

the summer and insisted he will go with “no regrets” after deciding he could not line up for another Premier League club. He will make his 299th and penultimate appearance for United against Hull on Tuesday as he brings down the curtain on a trophy-laden period. Vidic, a 2006 signing from Spartak Moscow, enjoyed seven years of success before enduring a difficult final season but said his memories are entirely positive. “I have no regrets,” he told national newspapers. “I’ve given this club 100 percent and my time at this club will always rank as the best part of my career.

years — or a great seven years because at the moment we are not doing so well. “I never considered staying in England as the only club I ever wanted to play in this country is United and I have been lucky enough to be part of this club for so many years. I’ve got so many great memories. I never could have imagined winning 15 trophies, including five Premier League titles and the Champions League. “I’ve played for the greatest manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] and I have

UEFA are trying to hand down the biggest fine in the history of football to Manchester City due to breaking Financial Fair Play regulations, reports claim. According to reports in both France and the UK, UEFA want to fine City £50m and limit their Champions League squad next season to 21 players instead of the usual 25. City are believed to be unhappy with the severity of their punishment but only have until Friday to agree a deal with European football’s governing body. City have been negotiating with the Club Financial Control Body but the decision may now how to go to arbitration. The Daily Telegraph reports: “The parties are so far apart that City are in danger of being the only one of nine clubs facing punishment who choose to fight on beyond Friday’s deadline and take their chances with the CFCB’s adjudicatory chamber.” No club is expected to be excluded from the Champions League for breaching the spending limits, the maximum possible sanction. Both Manchester City and PSG are believed to have fallen foul of the FFP rules with sponsorship deals related to each clubs’ owners. Abu Dhabi-owned City have a £40 million-a-year deal with Etihad Airways, while Qatarowned PSG have a back-dated deal with the Qatar Tourist Authority which is worth up to £165 million a year. Clubs can lose up to £37million over the last two years under UEFA’s rules. City made losses of £97.9million in 2012 and £51.6million last year, but were able to write off some sums spent on facilities, youth development and a number of other items.

Vidic Ready For Old Trafford Farewell “It has been a great eight

NEMANJA Vidic prepared for his final game at Old Trafford by saying his spell at Manchester United will always remain the greatest time of his career. The United skipper has agreed to join Inter Milan in

Nemanja Vidic

learned a lot, not just on the pitch but off the pitch as well. “Manchester United make you feel part of the family. It has been a great experience for me. I have developed as a man at this club. Manchester United make you feel part of the family. It has been a great experience for me and my family.” Vidic said it was easy to select the highlight of his time at United. “The Champions League final in 2008,” he added. “You don’t win the Champions League every year. The club has only won it three times and I was lucky to be part of one of those teams.”


Granada Snatch Point To Leave Real Sociedad Waiting

as a Juve player. They finished seventh in the two years before he arrived as the aftershocks of calciopoli were still being felt at the club. Now they are Italy’s dominant force again after three exceptional seasons. The natural next step would be to restore the club as a European force and supporters would have been hoping to do it with Conte at the helm. “This is only the second year that we’re taking part in Europe and I think we’ve

grown a lot, we got into the semi finals of the Europa league and I think deserved to go to the final,” said Conte. “But we need to be patient. The fans see us winning in Italy and want to return to being a big player in Europe, but it’s not going to be easy. “I am a Juventus fan, I was even when I was going around the country to work as a coach and learn. I am now that I am the Juventus coach and will be in future. Juventus is my family.”

GRANADA scored a late equaliser to take a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad, who failed to nail down a Europa League place for next season. Odion Ighalo found the back of the net in the third minute of stoppage time at the end of the Liga clash at Anoeta to cancel out Carlos Vela’s opener on 73 minutes and snatch a point for the visitors. The result means Sociedad must wait to secure a place in Europe’s second-tier competition next season, with Villarreal still in with a shout of finishing sixth. Sociedad are on 58 points with two games remaining, while Villarreal are five points back in seventh, also with two to play. Sociedad have another chance to claim sixth place against Athletic Bilbao in the Basque derby on Sunday, but should they lose that and Villarreal beat Rayo Vallecano a day earlier, it will come down to a straight shoot-out between the two sides on the final day of the season. In San Sebastian, both teams were reduced to 10 men after Granada’s Recio and Sociedad’s Mikel Gonzalez were sent off in separate incidents within two minutes of each other early in the second half.

REAL MADRIDs Italian coach is expecting all three teams in the Liga title race to keep fighting and is hoping the Catalans do his side a favour Real Madrid coach Carlo

Ancelotti has insisted that Barcelona will go out to beat Atletico Madrid on the final day of the season. All three sides are still in the Liga title race, with Diego Simeone’s side needing four points from their final two games to win the Primera Division. Real Madrid need to win their final three games and will be hoping that Barcelona do them a favour when they tackle Atleti at Camp Nou and Ancelotti is certain that the Catalans will not take it easy. “I’m sure that Barcelona will want to win,” he said at a press conference. “Barca will give their all against Atletico. They have always played like and and will do so all the same. “It was an amazing end to the season because Levante had a very good match against Atletico despite playing for nothing as did Valencia, who were in the

same sitution, against us. “This is good for the league. We will all fight until the final minute. These three games are in our hands and we must win. “[Wednesday’s game against Valladolid] will be crucial because losing means not winning the league. “Winning is the only option we have. The advantage is with Atletico because they need four points to become champions. We’ll see what happens.” Ancelotti also ruled Gareth Bale out of the trip to Valldolid, but expects Cristiano Ronaldo to feature. “Cristiano is fine, just a little tired. He just took part in training and is available at Valladolid. Carvajal, with slight discomfort, and Bale, who took a knock, are out.”

Juventus celebrate title with win over Atalanta

Conte Sparks Doubts About Juventus Future

JUVENTUS manager Antonio Conte declined to commit his future to the newly-crowned Serie A champions after their ceremonial 1-0 win over Atalanta, sparking fears he might leave the club he has led to three straight titles. Juve had already secured the championship thanks to stay with us!” during Monday Roma’s spectacular 4-1 night’s stroll, which was collapse at Catania on decided by a 72nd minute Sunday but, as his players Simone Padoin strike, but there celebrated on the pitch in now appears to be serious front of the fans, Conte doubt that he will. remained cagey about what “I have a great relationship next season holds. with the board,” he said. “So “It’s been an extremely we’ll assess what needs to be tiring season. I doubt done for the good of Juve, Juventus could’ve done any which is what I want, and if I more than this over the past have the strength to carry on.” three years,” Conte told Sky This was not what supporters Italia. wanted to hear on a night they “We need to sit down and were celebrating what they talk about it in a calm manner. claim is their 32nd What I want to say I’ll say to championship, the 2005 and the president and directors.” 2006 titles stripped from the There has been intense club after the calciopoli speculation about Conte’s matchfixing scandal not future in Italian media for forgotten. weeks, with Conte himself Juventus have been reborn refusing to give a firm answer under the 44-year-old, who when pressed. won four league titles and a Juve fans chanted “Conte, Champions League in 13 years

Barca Will Want To Beat Atletico - Ancelotti

PSG Set Fo Quadruple FFP Sanctions

PARIS Saint-Germain can expect to be hit by a fourpronged punishment when UEFA hands out its first financial fair play (FFP) sanctions later this week, L’Equipe has claimed. France’s main sports daily reported yesterday the French champions have failed to convince European football’s governing body their recently signed contract with the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) is not overvalued. The deal, which brings the club up to 200 million euros a year, thus allowing them to squeeze inside FFP thresholds, has reportedly been valued at only half that amount by UEFA experts. Consequently, UEFA and

PSG have reached agreement on a moratorium which protects the club from any further, immediate sanctions, but does impose upon their owners, Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) a number of damaging restrictions. PSG, which boasts Europe’s highest wage bill at 240 million euros, will not be allowed to increase the amount it pays in salaries, and they will have to sell players before being able to spend in the coming transfer window. UEFA will also reportedly ask PSG to limit their transfer activity, allowing them to buy one player at 60 million euros, but forbidding them to break

down that sum to buy two players, for example, at 30 million euros or three at 20 million euros. PSG’s Champions League campaign next season will be hit with Les Parisiens permitted to only name a 21man squad instead of the usual 25. Eight of those players will need to be homegrown, thus restricting coach Laurent Blanc’s options. Furthermore, PSG will have to pay a 60 million euro fine spread over the next three years and reduce their losses to 30 million euros, rather than the 45 million euros stipulated by FFP regulations, by the end of the 2014-15 season.

Vela put the hosts ahead on 78 minutes with an astute finish from Alberto De La Bella’s cutback before substitute Ighalo swooped late on to convert Jeison Murillo’s cross, amid appeals for offside. The point sees 15thplaced Granada move onto 38 points, three above the relegation zone.

Jerome Boateng Banned For Two Games

BAYERN Munich defender Jerome Boateng has been handed a twomatch ban after slapping Hamburg midfielder Kerem Demirbay, the DFB has announced. The Germany international was sent off in the final minutes of Bayern’s 4-1 win at Hamburg on Saturday and club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said he would be given a significant fine for his “brainless” action. The DFB disciplinary tribunal has now ruled that he also have to serve a twogame suspension, which will rule him out of Bayern’s final Bundesliga game of the season, against Stuttgart on Saturday, as well as the opening match of next season. However, he remains eligible for the DFB-Pokal final with Borussia Dortmund on May 17 as Bayern seek to defend their trophy. Boateng was the third Bayern player to slap an opponent in the face in recent weeks. Rafinha was sent off in the dying minutes of Bayern’s 3-0 defeat at home to Borussia Dortmund on April 12, while France international Franck Ribery escaped punishment when he struck Dani Carvajal in the 4-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal at the end of the month. Neither player was fined by the club.

Jerome Boateng


How Amir Khan Breathed Fresh Life Into His Stalling Career TO say that Amir Khan’s boxing career was not exactly going the way he would have liked over the last two years would be an understatement. Okay, dodgy scoring and a failed drug test made his world title defeat to Lamont Peterson rather dubious. But it was nonetheless a setback which kicked off a very testing period for the British boxer. Danny Garcia KOd Khan in his next bout, which led to Amir firing trainer Freddie Roach and hiring Virgil Hunter instead. Almost a year and two

Amir Khan

more fights after that, there werenít any actual signs that the change of cornerman was leading to any change in Khanís performances. Then, since the ropey win over Julio Diaz in Sheffield, Khan went a year without a fight. There could have been one in the winter: Devon Alexander was lined up. Khan

LFP Promises Tough Action On Racism

THE Spanish League (LFP) has promised to bring in strict new punishments to deal with racism in domestic football. The issue of racism in La Liga has been highlighted in recent weeks after Barcelona’s Dani Alves picked up and ate a banana thrown at home during a game at Villarreal. A subsequent social media campaign launched by Alves’ Barca and Brazil colleague Neymar has brought the international spotlight onto the Spanish game, with widespread outrage again last weekend when some Atletico Madrid supporters abused Levante’s Papakouli Diop. While the individual who threw the banana at Alves was identified and banned for life by Villarreal before being arrested and charged by local police, and the incident included in the official match report of referee David Fernandez Borbalan, the LFP has yet to take any official action itself. The Spanish League broke its silence on the matter by releasing a statement the day after the Levante-Atletico game condemning all racism and violence in football, insisting the organisation was working with the Spanish government to introduce new punishments for offenders, and also promising to implement a new obligatory training programme to help clubs deal with the issue. “The Liga de Futbol Profesional (LFP) and in particular, its

Department of Integrity, vociferously condemns any act of discrimination, violence, racism, xenophobia or intolerance in the world of football and sport in general,” the statement said. “In this sense, the LFP warns that it is taking steps, before the [Spanish government’s] AntiViolence Commission in Sport, to introduce sanctions for serious violations of the 2007 antiviolence, xenophobia, racism and intolerance in sport law, against those who have been involved in such incidents over the past few matchdays. In all cases, the LFP will punish this type of behaviour and announces that the prevention of these acts will come in the form of obligatory training courses for all clubs associated with the LFP.” Alves has regularly pointed out that he has been subjected to racist

abuse throughout his 11 years in La Liga, and that previous attempts to draw attention to the issue have fallen mostly on deaf ears. A Primera Division club whose supporters are found guilty of racist abuse can be heavily fined and have their ground closed for subsequent games, however such serious measures have never been taken. Officials [such as Villarreal president Fernando Roig after the recent incident] instead often talk of “isolated incidents” and the “unfairness” of punishing a club for the actions of one individual. The 2013-14 season has seen a number of serious incidents of racism during games. Police took action against two Elche fans who were caught on camera directing racist abuse at Granada defender Allan-Romeo Nyom

Isner Joins Nishikori And Tsonga In Madrid JOHN Isner earned a place in the the tournament, the Australian Second Round second round of the Madrid beating ninth-seeded Dominika Masters with a straight-sets victory over Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili. The big-serving American, seeded ninth in the Spanish capital, hit 14 aces on his way to a 7-6(8) 6-4 win - his first on clay this season. “I feel like I competed very well out there and on top of that I felt

like I played well from start to finish,” said Isner. “I played really well in the first set. Had a lot of chances, but I just didn’t capitalise on them. I was able to win a super-close tiebreak. “I served extremely well. When I serve like that, I’m very

this is the right moment,” he told La Nacion.

“After my injury last year, I wanted to prove that I could come back to competitive football and I made it. “I dreamed of ending my career with Inter. Inter is my my home and I’ll try to contribute off the pitch as well as on it. “I’ll be the sporting director a fascinating new challenge. I’m willing to learn.” Zanetti, who joined Inter from Banfield back in 1995, made over 850 appearances for the club, winning five Serie A titles and the Champions League among numerous other trophies.

Zanetti Confirms Retirement INTER skipper Javier Zanetti has confirmed that he will retire at the end of the season. The 40-year-old suffered a serious Achilles injury last season and has found game time hard to come by this term. Club president Erick Thohir claimed last week that the Argentine would hang up his boots at the end of the season and take up a new role with the club, and Zanetti is looking forward to the challenge. “To quit at 40 is a unique sensation. I feel proud of myself,

during a game in last October, while Atletico were fined 10,000 euros by UEFA after racist abuse was aimed at Manchester City youth players during a recent UEFA Youth League game. However the LFP itself has not directly taken action against member clubs who cannot control their fans. In February, a section of Atletico supporters sang “Marcelo is a monkey” at the Real Madrid player after a Copa del Rey game, but there was no official response from either club or the league authorities. There was also no official response when Real Betis defender Paulao publicly called for followers of his own club who abused him during a defeat to local rivals Sevilla last November to be punished — even after FIFA president Sepp Blatter tweeted that he had been “sickened” by the incident.

voluntarily abandoned those plans when Floyd Mayweatherís camp suggested he should keep his schedule clear for a big-money meeting ñ before Floyd opted late on to battle Marcos Maidana instead. All of the above, as you can imagine, did nothing to quell the criticism Khan has endured since the early days of his professional career. Criticism for running his mouth too often ñ which while irritating is commonplace in this sport. Criticism for being heralded by media and promoters alike from day one ñ less understandable, considering how the media and promoters ultimately have to respond to demand, which like the vitriol comes from the fanbase. Unfortunately and least understandable of all, he also endures criticism for having the ënerveí to be BritishPakistani. Of course, the one surefire way to silence that is to do the business between the ropes. Even Khan would surely admit that in the 24 months leading up to May 3, 2014, he simply wasnít doing that. But on the evidence of his performance in defeating Luis Collazo in Las Vegas on a card he expected months beforehand to be headlining, he is finally reacting to the negativity the right way. Against a strong and dangerous opponent, Khan resisted his trademark urge to

Javier Zanetti

tough to beat and it bodes well for me. Number 10 seed Kei Nishikori also won through with a 6-4 6-4 win over Ivan Dodig of Croatia, while 11th seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga found the going a little tougher in a 6-3 4-6 6-3 victory over compatriot Edouard RogerVasselin. “I started well,” said Japan’s Nishikori. “I broke his serve in the first game. He’s not easy to play. He has a great serve and he comes to the net sometimes. “But I played really well. There was just one bad game, on my serve at 3-2 in the second set. Otherwise, it was an almost perfect match.” Tsonga, who took two hours and 10 minutes to beat RogerVasselin, said: “It was a difficult match. I played well in the second set, but I lost my concentration a bit and then it was too late to come back. But in the end I won, and that’s good.” In the women’s draw, Sam Stosur sprung the first upset of

Cibulkova 6-4 6-0. Although Stosur is ranked lower than Cibulkova, she has now won all four of their meetings, the latest victory coming after she went on a run to claim 12 of the last 13 games. There were no problems for the top seeds in action on the opening day though, with Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep - two, three and four respectively - all winning through in straight sets.

John Isner

dive in carelessly. His work was assured and well-rounded. As Sundayís post-fight analysis pointed out, trainer Hunter didnít have to bark at his charge as often as in the Carlos Molina and Diaz fights. When Mayweather was made to work harder than he has in years by Maidana ñ who a prime Amir beat in a thriller in 2010 ñ it gave Khan the opportunity to bounce back from being a castrated Floyd lapdog to staking a serious case for a crack at ëMoneyí by following up his own win with determined words in his press conference. [WATCH THAT HERE] So, finally, we have a positive reaction to adversity from Amir Khan at the top level. That begs further questions: Can he keep it going? Who should he fight next? And, could he seriously be the one to crack the ëMayweather codeí? It looks as though Mayweather-Maidana II may be forthcoming in September, at which point Khan would be observing Ramadan. Itís not inconceivable that Amir could take on a top opponent in the winter before finally sealing the deal to take on Floyd in exactly a yearís time. We looked at possible toplevel Khan foes after he missed out on Mayweather in the below video. And since none of the five we suggested were Luis Collazo, all of them remain viable bouts to bridge Khan between now and the big one: Khanís shift up to welterweight is off to a promising start, though time will tell whether he can become a two-weight world champion. Itís actually a bit of a shame that, of the five boxers highlighted on the video, Broner is going in the opposite direction and looking to assert himself as a lightwelter. He was the scalp which earned Maidana the crack at Mayweather, and I doubt Khan would have much trouble with the insipid ëProblemí. Regardless of who, though, itís important that Khan does fight another serious opponent before he is to potentially challenge Mayweather. The Collazo fight was a great start to his long-overdue revival ñ but the hard work isnít quite over yet. If he can knock off the winner of Shawn Porter and Kell Brook or even gain revenge against Peterson or Garcia, then he like Maidana will have the case he needs to go for the biggest scalp of all.


Bayelsa YSFON Appeals For Sponsorship

YENAGOA - The Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria (YSFON), Bayelsa Chapter, on Tuesday appealed to the state government for sponsorship to the International Youth Football Championship in Oslo, Norway. The South-South YSFON’s Vice-President, Mr Kali Gwegwe, told newsmen in Yenagoa that the tournament would hold from July 27 to Aug. 2. Gwegwe said Holmlia SportsKlub of Oslo had already paid the registration fee for the chapter. “But the chapter needs the state government’s help to

participate in the 2014 edition of the championship. “Holmlia SportsKlub is a foreign partner of Bayelsa YSOFN; I am indebted to the partnership and we are praying for a victorious outing at the tournament. “We appeal to the state government to assist the team to honour the invitation because youth football is pertinent to soccer development. “The non-appearance of Bayelsa in the championship for six years now is worrisome; we want to make

2014 Ibile Games

our state noticeable in the championship this time. “National and international competition is an avenue to discover young talents that can be nurtured for better use,” he said.

THE proposed novelty basketball match between Nigeria and Venezuela might not hold again, an official of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) said. NBBF President, Tijani Umar told newsmen in Ilorin that the match was to be organised by the federation on behalf of the Venezuelan Embassy in Nigeria.

He noted that the match could not take place again because of time constraint. According to Umar, the match, which had been scheduled for May 10, was to commemorate Afro-

Flying Eagles Set To Take On Tanzanian U-20 Team

THE Flying Eagles on Tuesday said they were prepared to lock horns with Tanzania in the first leg of the qualifying series for the 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC). The team’s Head Coach, focused on the match. Manu Garba, told newsmen NAN reports that the second Wonderful Lords College, in the main bowl of the round qualifying match would Kosofe beat St. Francis National Stadium, Lagos hold on May 10 in Dar-esSecondary School, Yaba 4-1 to that the players were fully Salaam, the capital of also win its first match. In girls’ event, Birel Avenue beat St Francis Grammar School, 11-2. Coach Rowland Okonkwo of Whitesands told NAN that the first victory would increase the players’ passion for participating in sports generally. “We are happy for the exposure, it is our first major competition and it is very important for us because it will enhance our passion for sports participation. “Our players are initially scared when they saw their opponents but I had to calm them down and I am glad they won their first match. “We will continue to believe in ourselves until we claim a medal at the end,’’ Okonkwo said. Zainab Aliu of Birel helped her team by scoring seven of the 11 goals, sending warning signals to other competitors. The competitions is holding at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Complex, Yaba, Lagos. Manu Garba

Tanzania. Garba said that the team would do everything within their capability to ensure a victorious outing in the qualifiers. He added that once the first leg ended in their favour, the return leg in Nigeria would be

Enugu Football Stakeholders Caution Over World Cup Team Selection

FOOTBALL stakeholders in Enugu have cautioned against undue pressure on the Super Eagles technical crew in the selection of players for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Some of the stakeholder who spoke to newsmen yesterday said that people should not manipulate the technical crew or impose any player on them. A director in the Enugu State Ministry of Sports, Mr Edwin Eze, said the call was

vital because football neophytes were trying to put pressure on the technical crew and the football governing body. “This demand is being unleashed on the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) and the World Cup team crew. “The NFA is determined to ensure that the team performed well at the Mundial but some people are trying to force players on the technical team.

Venezuela Day in remembrance of the country’s late President, Hugo Chavez. He said the game was not a friendly match between the two countries as presumed by many, but a mere novelty match.

2015 AYC Qualifiers

ISL Boys, Girls, Others For Basketball Finals THE University of Lagos International School (ISL), Akoka, Yaba, boys and girls teams on Monday qualified for the basketball finals of the ongoing 2014 Lagos State Sports Festival, “Ibile Games.’’ ISL boys will meet Victoria Memorial Secondary, Ijesa, at the male final, while ISL girls face Ayetoro Secondary School, Yaba in the female. To qualify, ISL boys beat Birel Avenue, Yaba 35-22, while the ISLgirls beat Topfield College, Surulere 10-0. Victoria beat Figil College Surulere 24-21, while Ayetoro beat CMS Grammar Shool, Bariga 18-6. In the handball event which began on Monday, three boys and one girls’ school won their first match in the events. In the boys event, Whitesands Secondary School, Lekki defeated Aje Comprehensive Junior High School, Yaba, 6-1, while Birel defeated Herbert Macaulay Secondary School, Yaba 6-4.

Nigeria/Venezuela Novelty Match Cancelled

“First, we should understand that the players are selected based on the coaches discretion. “Beside, Nigeria is blessed with players around the globe but not all would represent us at World Cup. “I believe Keshi will do well if he is given a free hand with the World Cup players’ selection,’’ Eze said. The sports director said

that players like Mikel Obi, Godfrey Oboabona, Ramon Azeez and Ejike Uzoenyi to mention but few should not be over looked at the final screening. In his reaction, a former Rangers player, Nwabueze Nwankwo, said it was the technical team’s final list that will prevail. “As a patriotic Nigerian, I nurse the hope of the Super Eagles winning at the summer

World Cup but let’s not forget that experience matters. “Well, the coach knows this because he has played at that level and has coached different national teams,’’ Nwankwo said. Another Rangers former player, Dominic Nwobodo, also said that the call for the recall of the experienced players was okay. “ It will bring out the best in the new players. Energetic and experienced players should be invited for the World Cup,’’ he said.

a mere formality. “We have trained so hard for this match and won’t stop training till we meet them at both away and home because that is the only way we can come out victorious. “Efforts are not just on their physically fitness but also on their psyche and emotions because they are all working together. “A player needs to be stable in these forms so as to be productive and we are doing just that,’’ he said. He, however, said that it was unfortunate that Isaac Success one of his key players, could not make it for the first leg encounter because of the injury he suffered while playing for his club. “Also Kelechi Iheanacho will be absent because he is still representing his club in the current season and hopefully they would be at the return leg,’’ he said. The head coach said that the team would not be deterred by any form of inclement weather. “We all know that Nigerian players are accustomed to any condition and have the ability to survive any condition. “Be it hot or cold, we are prepared to play in it and I assure Nigerians that we will make it,’’ he said. Garba also said that the players had trained on different types of pitches and would not find it difficult to adapt to any type of pitch the Tanzanians would want to take them to. “We have trained on natural grass and Astroturf. We have trained the players to play on different surfaces, so none of it will be a challenge to them when they get to Tanzania. “We are not taking any chances, so, we are equipping ourselves very well for the task ahead,’’ he added.


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