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You're a full adult -established in career and looking to settle down , you take your fiancé to meet your parents for an introduction and your parents call you afterward, sit you down for a talk ,only to tell you -they are not your real parents, you are the offspring of a mad woman they saw in labour, collected the child and raised as their own. What would you do ?

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I can't kill myself & d only thing dat can then worsen d case is wen my spouse fail 2 reason with me & accept dat fact.

Is the most killing. I will even bless them for saving me and the shame I would have had. They're still the best parent I had.

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Feb. 28, 2014 - Mar. 14, 2014 Vol. 2 No. 14

Editorial Sanusi: Whistleblower or a Reckless Governor?

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reaking News! 20th February 2014: President Goodluck Jonathan announced the suspension from office of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. According to the announcement, Sanusi, who became the governor of the Apex bank in Nigeria on the 3rd June 2009, was suspended pending investigations into some serious allegations of financial recklessness and incompetence levelled against him from several quarters. The man Sanusi had always been controversial. He was the Managing Director of First Bank before his appointment as CBN governor and his appointment at that time was not without misgivings amongst his colleagues and contemporaries. Sanusi had always maintained that the banks were one of the major culprits in the financial crisis that rocked Nigeria in 2008, with the unbridled greed and financial recklessness that had the blessing, and even in some cases, the active participation of the bank CEOs. This sort of person was never going to be liked by a lot of people. The bank CEOs were up in arms against him, and it was fashionable even for the lower level banking staff to also rain abuses bordering

on incompetence and extreme socialist tendencies against the man. Sanusi says he is an unrepentant leftist or socialist. He was in the trio of northern reformers that had graced the public la nd sc ap e re ce nt ly , th e other two being Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, and Mallam Nuhu Ribadu. These scions of the northern oligarchy were also in school together at the Ahmadu Bello University, and had come quite a long way. Each of the trio had in recent history of the country, played so me wh at co nt ro ve rs ia l roles, and none of these were liked by the powers that be in real terms. To start with, the former president Sheu Musa Yar'adua was not going to appoint him CBN chairman if he had his way, but he believed in the merit and the rule of law and appointed him not withstanding his personal misgivings about the fellow. These misgivings are not far-fetched. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is not an establishment man. He is not cowed by trappings, and cannot be made silent if he does not want to be. Mallam Sanusi Lamido is a very eloquent man! If you were at a place where he speaks, you are taken in by his eloquence and grasp of issues. He does not mince words about the leanings of his Economics. He pulls no punches either and tells it as

it is. His message has always been that back to b a s i c s economic principle is what will get our economy b a c k i n shape. Tight financial control- not allowing the 'city boys' as the bankers in elegant suits are called, mess our economy up for us is prominent as his rallying c r y . H e drastically reigned in the banks, and instituted reforms that are sometimes far reaching and painful to both the banks and the common man, but if you really look at it, even though we may not be fully ready in terms of infrastructure and prerequisites, it is obvious that we must be taking steps along that direction, otherwise we will never move. The question on our lips is “Is Sanusi being witchhunted or what?� We agree that so many groups will be happy that he has been kicked out. The old Bank CEO's including Cecilia Ibru. Erastus Akingbola, Sebastian Adigwe, Okey Nwosu, and Francis Atuchie, were on the receiving end of Sanusi's anti-corruption purging of the banking sector sho rt ly after he became Governor. These high and mighty were hounded, some tried and imprisoned, all spent time behind bars, and some are still in self declared exile abroad scared that they may be picked up by the security agents. Then you have the NNPC and the Nigeria oil cartel, probably including the Minister of Petroleum Resources. Recent accusations about 49billion dollars not being remitted comes to mind. Lately the missing sum has been

whittled down to 20billion dollars. Is the NNPC a conduit for monies to be moved for political and personal enrichment purposes or is there a sincere reason for the shortage as the Group MD of NNPC made us believe during his recent appearance at the National Assembly? The official line is that subsidies on Kerosene products consumed most of these monies, and that there are other sinkholes like pipeline protection, and pipeline repairs from sabotage. All these monies were spent without any appropriation, and the National Assembly wasn't aware! The general annoyance is obviously that the NNPC is now acting like a go ve rn me nt wi th in a government. Another issue that comes to mind is the question of loyalty. Some are saying that Sanusi was openly disloyal to the President, and that he should not have spoken like he does in public about the President. He doesn't directly attack the president, but when you attack his kitchen cabinet and make allegations in the magnitude of what Sanusi makes, you are indirectly attacking the president. There is yet another theory that he may actually be guilty of financial recklessness. Cited are allegations of spending over a billion naira cumulatively on lunches, and spending billions on moving currency around nigeria, using airlines that don't operate in Nigeria; using about 30 billion to print currency notes; and the infamous donation of about N150million to Kano State vi ct im s of Bo ko Ha ra m attacks. The financial Regulations Council have allegedly investigated these charges, and have submitted their report to the President, and it is assumed that the President is now acting on the strength of this report. It is said now that Sanusi didn't blow the whistle too early, and that he is like a man who is drowning, but now wants to take as many people as he can down with him.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is also a suspect in the Governor's travails. It is on record the Sanusi is a nationalistic CBN governor. He has consistently fought economic colonialism of Nigeria time and again and has resisted suggestions from the IMF that the way out of our problem is to devalue our currency yet again! Under his regime, for as long as we can remember, naira has been somewhat stable, at least until his problems started. Now the naira has been sliding dangerously since cracks openly began emerging on the walls of our Economic Management Team. As of today, naira is 165 to a dollar, 275 to the pound, 213 to the Euro, and about 33 to a CFA. A year ago, naira was 150 to the dollar, 241 to the pound, 202 to the Euro, and about the same price as is now to the CFA. How come this man has so many enemies? Which one of them is doing him in now? It is noteworthy to mention that Sanusi has only about 3 months to go before this current term expires. It would have been easy to allow him to sit out his term as a lame duck governor. No matter the independence of

a Central Bank, the President is ultimately accountable to the nation for the economy. The Federal Executive Council, or to put it squarely, the President may simply refuse him the latitude to do the things he had enjoyed doing. But to remove him like he has is making sure that the Presidency is going to lose a few more hours of sleep. Perhaps those who after him don't want him to have an honourable exit. Beign booted out is not good, no matter how well you may be perceived to have done. The saga continues to unfold, and as usual, Nigerians continue to talk about this. Some say it's not right, some say it is. Some people agree Sanusi is not clean himself, others says those allegations are lies! One thing is clear and should be a lesson to all; he who must come to equity must come with clean hands! As the Yorubas will say (paraphrasing), if you are not in the midst of untruth, no one will lie against you. Perhaps it's true here, but perhaps not! Time will tell

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Feb. 28, 2014 - Mar. 14, 2014 Vol. 2 No. 14

Port Harcourt News! Agumadu's C. J. Appointment rendered null & void by court

Justice Peter Agumagu

A federal high court in Port Harcourt nullified the appointment of Justice Peter Agumagu, as Acting Chief Judge of Rivers State. The judgment followed a

suit instituted by Boma Goodhead and three others against the Attorney General of Rivers State. Justice Lambo Akanbi, while delivering the judgment, declared that the appointment of Agumagu as Acting Chief Judge was illegal as he is a judge of the customary c o u r t . Justice Akanbi directed the Rivers State Governor appoint the most senior judge of the High Court for the position, as stipulated by the constitution.

Mbu's controversial PDP courtesy call

He may have resumed duty at his new job in Abuja, but CP Mbu's controversial visit to Nyesom Wike is still generating comments. Save Rivers Movement challenged a statement Mbu allegedly made during the visit. The former Rivers Police boss is said to have referred to Wike and others present during the visit as the real owners of the state, a comment that the SRM (Save Rivers Movement) found a bitter pill to swallow. During the joint courtesy visit with the new CP, Mbu said that those who called for his redeployment would soon miss him because, his successor, Ogunsakin is a no nonsense officer.

Mbu also said that he had never met Wike or any other P D P chieftain b e f o r e coming to R i v e r s State.“I did not come here with a script as alleged by f e w propagandis ts,” said Mbu. I have discharged my duties with diligence and for the past one year there has never been any political assassination in Rivers State. The new CP, Ogunsakin reiterated that the ban on political rallies will stand until 90 days before the election. Wike stated that the PDP would look at the law to see if it could appeal against the ban on rallies. Party loyalists present at the gathering were Uche Secondus (PDP National Vice Chairman), Felix Obuah (PDP State Chairman), as well as Dr Abiye Sekibo, Dr Tammy Danagogo, Emeka Woke, and others.

Eleme Fly-Over Maintenance Commences The Rivers State Government has announced that it will shut down one side of the Eleme Flyover from the 16th of February to allow for maintenance. The

contractor in charge is to commence work on Sunday, and there are to be diversion signs to direct motorists.

Rivers State Government: Paul Okoye & Fiancee Anita set to We are committed to tackling cancer wed in march in the garden city The Rivers State Government has reiterated its commitment to tackle cancer and other noncommunicable diseases in the state.Health commissioner, Dr. Ta munoiyoriari Parker stated this while speaking a t a n e v e n t t o commemorate the 2014 World Cancer Day in Port H a r c o u r t . He said cancer and other non-communicable diseases like hypertension and diabetes have been a source of great concern concern to the state government because they kill more people silently without much being said a b o u t t h e m . The Commissioner disclosed that cancer generally affects all tissues of the body in varying

proportions depending on various factors such as genetics, locality, race and life style.Dr. Parker said in Nigeria, the common cancers are those affecting the breast, cervix, colon, liver, lungs and the prostate gland. According to him, the predisposing factors include smoking, dietary habits, sexual habits, and lack of exercise, infections and obesity.The Commissioner advised residents to use the various health facilities for preventive and therapeutic services such as periodic medical check-ups, early detection and screening, diagnosis, treatment and education on safe practices and healthy living. The theme for this year's celebration is debunking the myth.

RIVERS ASSEMBLY: Gov. Amaechi signs Reserve Fund Amendment Bill into law

Earlier, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tamunoiyoriari Parker said, the Amaechi's healthcare policy has enabled the State to achieve 100% immunization coverage in the State, pointing out that the Universal Free Medical Care programme is for all residents of Rivers State. Speaking during the commissioning of the Kelsey Harrison Hospital, Chief Obasanjo lauded the Public Private Partnership initiative between the Rivers State Government and International Trauma and Critical Care Limited, describing it as a novel idea. Chief Obasanjo called on the State government to ensure the sustainability of such basic infrastructure embarked upon by government.

Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has signed the Rivers State Reserve Fund Amendment Bill No. 1, 2014, into Law. The law amendment, he stated, is to enable the State Government access N30 billion out of the N53 billion saved so far to equip his administration with the necessary funds to complete ongoing projects. Amaechi disclose this when members of the Rivers State House of Assembly presented the bill for his assent at the Executive Council chambers of Government H o u s e i n P o r t Harcourt.According to him, The principal reason for the amendment is that the federal government is claiming that oil theft has affected our revenue and the allocation is dwindling seriously. “I want to add that corruption is also responsible and because we have numerous projects

RVSG commences 707070 project commissioning

The Rivers State Government has commenced the 707070 projects with the commissioning of the Akpajo Model Primary Health Centre. Speaking during the commissioning of the Health Centre in Akpajo, Ex President Olusegun Obasanjo described the Amaechi's health care delivery policy as Universal Free Medical Care Programme. Saying, “there are queues of other human needs, effective health care delivery is one of the most important human needs. “I believe health is more important than education because it is only when you are healthy, you will talk of education” he declared. The Ex President commended the State Government for adequately providing for the health needs for all the communities in the State, adding “this is not politics, it is what directly affects the lives of the people because it is gratifying that Governor Amaechi has provided adequately for the health needs of all communities”.

Come Saturday 22ND March, all roads will lead to the Aztech Arcum Event Centre on Stadium road for the show stopping traditional marriage of half of the P-Square duo –Paul

High Court to cough out 10m to Lloyd in damages An Ahoada High Court has ruled that the arrest last year, of House Leader, Chidi Lloyd after the fracas at the House of Assembly, was illegal. The court also ruled that the police should pay Lloyd ten million naira in damages.

Okoye who is all set to make his union with mother of his son formal . Paul Okoye has picked March 22nd, 2014 for his traditional wedding with heartthrob, Anita Isama.

to fund, I have been consulting with other members of cabinet that there was the need to have access to that fund.We will continue to save when the revenue improves, but for now, I think, it is necessary that we take about N30 billion to fund our projects and also run government.” “I had a debate with the State Assembly on the amendment. I didn't know that the need to utilize the money will crop up in our administration and at this point, it is an emergency and we need to have access to that fund”, Amaechi further explained.

Shell flow station shutdown

Dozens of Kula indigenes have forcefully shut down operations of Shell at the Ekulama Oil Flow-station. Protesters drawn from 14 communities in Kula accused the SPDC management of signing a global memorandum of understanding worth billions of naira with only a few individuals. The leader of the aggrieved oil communities in Kula, Hope Opusingi also said that Shell ignored a subsisting court order over the matter.

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Feb. 28, 2014 - Mar. 14, 2014 Vol. 2 No. 14

Port Harcourt News! Nigeria ship NNS Thunder Community urges Amaechi Gov. Amaechi – wins global Tug-of-War to prevail on contractor “I’m a smaller version Worried by the slow pace The electrification competition here to see for himself," adopted by the contractor committee chairman

Nigerian Navy Ship, “NNS Thunder”, emerged the winner of the Tug-of-War competition involving 40 navy warships worldwide, the Commanding Officer, Navy Capt. Clement Atebi, made this known in Port Harcourt, having led the 165-crew members to Australia for the c o m p e t i t i o n .T h e N N S Thunder arrived Port Harcourt, its final berth place, after successfully participating in the Royal

Australian Navy's International Fleet Review in Sydney, Australia.The event, which had no other African navy representation in attendance, showcased Nigeria as having the strongest navy on the African continent, going by its performance.Atebi said that the Nigerian navy distinguished itself at the e v e n t . A b i g Congratulations to the Navy on that admirable feat .

handling the electrification project in their community, the people of Mba in Etche Local Government Area have appealed to the Rivers State governor, Rt Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, to prevail on the contractor to conclude the project. Chairman Mba Agwuru, Ishi Electrification Committee, Mr Simon Nwuzi, made the appeal in an interview with our correspondent, Thursday at Okudu, the traditional headquarters of Mba town. N w u z i s a i d t h e electrification project was first awarded during the then administration of late Head of State, General SaniAbacha, but was abandoned after mounting of poles and commended the present state administration led by Governor Amaechi who he said, executed road projects round the town as well as awarded electrification project in the area.

however regretted that the new contractor mounted poles and also laid wires in some parts of the town, and disappeared into thin air.“This attitude of the contractor has rekindled the fear that the project stands the risk of being abandoned, hence we want the governor to come to our aid”, he said. Describing the project as a laudable initiative that would accelerate socioeconomic development of the agriculture community, he noted that when completed it would stimulate small-scale industries and, by extension, check youth unemployment and its associated manifestations. He said efforts made by his committee to get the contractor to wrap up the jo b, hi t a st on ewal l as , according to him, there was an obvious attempt to politicize the project that would not be in the interest of the people.

Rivers State Government

We want to industralize records 100 percent Rivers State – Gov. Amaechi

Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, says his administration is poised to industrialize the State in order to boost its economic potentials in the nearest future. Governor Amaechi said this at a dinner in honour of some foreign investors from China in Government House, Port Harcourt recently. Represented by his deputy, Engr. Tele Ikuru, Governor Amaechi stated that his administration believes that partnering with the Chinese investors would enhance development in all sectors of the State's economy, stressing, “whatever we are doing today will bear fruits in the future for the next generation”. He urged the visitors to take advantage of the multiple investment opportunities in Rivers

State and Nigeria, especially in the power sector. “If we must move on, it is time to partner with well meaning investors with better developmental ideas, Rivers State has in the last few years done a lot to standardize the economic growth of the State” he said. In his speech, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. George Feyii, lauded Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) Nigeria Limited for collaborating with the State Government in ensuring that the drive to industrialize the State becomes a reality assuring them of a conducive environment for business. Speaking on behalf of SPDC, Dr. Ama Ikuru, opined that the real development of Nigerian economy should go beyond Oil, pointing out, “Nigeria is blessed with an educated workforce, techniques and market place needed for investment by any foreign investor, let us add industrialization to what we have on ground in Nigeria”.

routine immunization

Dr. Tamunoiyoriari Parker Rivers State Commissioner for Health

The Rivers State Government says it has recorded 100% routine immunization according to WHO assessment. Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tamunoiyoriari Parker st at ed th is , ad dr es si ng newsmen in his office recently. He said this result implies that the huge investment of the administration yielded the required results disclosing that it has spent close to 30 billion naira on primary h e a l t h c a r e . Dr. Parker declared that

t h i s achievement h a s guaranteed safety for our children, reduced infant mortality significantly a n d t h e dividend's of democracy has trickled down to the grassroots. “We have to give glory to God and congratulate Governor Amaechi, the field workers and even the primary Health Care Board for this feat” Dr. Parker said.According to him, “we don't celebrate buildings and medical equipment, this result to us it's like sending people to school and they come out with 100% pass in WAEC, the thing to do is to intensify our efforts to sustain it''.

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Governor Amaechi remarked that his choice of inviting Olusegun Obasanjo to Rivers State was because OBJ doesn't bite his tongue over issues. Amaechi gave the speech as the commissioning of road projects by Obasanjo, in Rivers State was underway.“They say anytime they try to convince Baba that we are working, he will say, 'Idon't know, I have never been there'. So I said the best thing to do is bring Baba

UPTH: Resident doctors embark on strike The resident doctors of the University of Port Harcourt Tea ching Hospital have embarked on an indefinite strike action. The President of the Association of Resident Doctors at UPTH, Dan Jumbo said that the management of the hospital had failed to address several issues raised by the doctors "The hospital management is owing us 20% of our salaries,We've not been paid salaries of January, February last year. And we're still being owed part of our December and January salary."Said Jumbo "management have not paid the exams allowance, and have sacked a lot of doctors.he concluded by saying "the association would not give in to any blackmail".

Amaechi said.“And if you know Baba very well, you will know that I am a smaller version of him. Baba will say his mind. After saying his mind, innocently he will walk away. If we are not doing well, he will say it here. In fact, he would tell me in the car, 'Amaechi, I am not impressed.' But if you give him microphone, he will say it in public.I told my cabinet, we have achieved two things. The first is to showcase to Baba and see whether he is convinced that we've done anything at all.”

Construction work begins at the monorail depot The Rivers MonorailProject recorded an upsurge with the launch off of construction work at both the sharks' park station and t h e m o n o r a i l depot.Commissioner for Transport Hon. George Tolofari stated this during an inspection of the project in Port Harcourt recently. He disclosed that the contract for the Sharks Park station was awarded to Megastar Technical Construction. Hon. Tolofari insisted that the monorail project is real adding that the public shouldignore the statement by the supervising Minister for Education that the monorail project is a sham. “We would all go to all the locations of the project from the 3 stations to the warehouse in Trans Amadi and Onne Port to see the monorail train, for you to take shots of them and showcase it to the public and let them form their own opinion about the project” added the C o m m i s s i o n e r . He disclosed that the government has spent about N29 billion on the monorail project. “For the umpteenth time we are giving our word that this project must be delivered on or before May 2 0 1 5 ” H o n . To l o f a r i assured.


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Lifestyle

THE TOWNSHIP GIRL Diary of a PH Chick

B-WEST (abwspectrum@gmail.com) Excerpts from last edition

Waltzed into my block, humming a song by one of the fast rising Nigerian crooners as two ladies exchanging fists of fury on a snatched boyfriend in the hallway, it was a norm every now and then, so didn't bat an eyelid as I hurried to get into the shower to rinse off the dirt of the day's hustle and bustle and the last thing I recall was total black out…

“That silly arrogant jambitel! With such a venomous razor sharp tongue! See the fit she threw us all into?! What if I hadn't come in to see the hostel to see my little cousin just in the nick of time, right about when it happened? If her reflexes were as fast as her big mouth, she won't be in this fix.” That voice was oddly familiar as I steered from sleep feeling all groggy. “Easy with the name calling bros, that's my friend you are talking about, what ever scores you have to settle with her can be done later, but I won't stand here and listen to you run your mouth on her! Worse off, now she is unstable medically, please hush your mouth”. I forced a smile as I heard Biri come to my defense, the feel of a thousand needles pricking my nape all the way down to my lower spine made me release a little scream, as my eyes opened the pain surged straight to my temple. What in heaven's name was going on? Where was I ?? In that split instant, the nauseating smell of bleach mixed with disinfectant with some sort of acheap airfreshener hit my nostrils and I felt like throwing up that second, didn't need any being from Jupiter to

tell me I was in a hospital. me? Had he come to fulfill his threat? Raising my left arm to clean my brow as little sweat This was the toaster I had furrows formed, a painful dealt nasty verbal blows twinge from the back of my earlier on in the day and he palm had me wondering if I had sworn to get even and here he was, right beside had an injury there, only to me, looking drop dead see it was an I.V drip line handsome, as I lay helpless inserted beneath my skin, in a hospital bed, feigning whew! concern and worry. I knew Straining my brain to think better! I wasn't going to be and remember past deceived. immediate events caused the headache to heighten, “ I never really got your so I just chose to relax, I name but you shouldn't be began staring at the ceiling here” I enquired blankly, as the voices, “It's Chinda , my name is apparently talking about Chinda but you can call me me continued in the Jason” he answered, hallway…and suddenly it ignoring the last part of my hit me! interrogation. My Gosh! I had slipped in the How cheesy! Look at this bathroom back at the agbaya forming alias abi hostel. That was all I aka, I thought to myself and recalled. Was it that bad, grinned devilishly. that I had to get “ I don't recall him saying ad mi tt ed ?k ai ! Th is pa in anything funny, so why the seemed to have set my weird smile Sotonye?” whole being on fire, I had Sonia, my roommate asked, broken into a cold sweat in “was I smiling? No now ! seconds. How can I be smiling with all Just at that instant, the this pain? You sef !!” I door creaked open and replied icily as I rolled my there I was ready to face an eyes at her. Oputa Panel from my room “ ehen! Girl what did you mates as they hurried in, say happened?” Biri my seeing I was c o u r s e awake now, I mate/room He set out with the could sense mate probed, best of intentions to the frenzy “I don't love and spoil me silly they'd all understand, 1 or so I thought but as w o r k e d minute you they say the road to themselves sneaked in to hell is paved with good the room all into, their f a c e s intentions. sw ea ty an d screamed – rushing to 'worried t h e sick'. bathroom, “Thank God you are up! Oh! with a very mischievous My God!!how are you aura on you.” feeling Sotz , no gimme At that instant my eyes high bp oh!” Biri and Sonia strayed to Chinda and our both talking at the same eyes met, my throat time, I could barely make instantly went dry as I could out what they were saying. barely swallow, with my Then my mouth fell open as intestines curled up in the last person into the knots, as I swallowed room made an entry. sputum uncomfortably “ Hey troublemaker, I see struggling to wet my you are up, thank God! parched throat and he Close your mouth- you gave grinned. us all a fright, how are you “Knowing fully well, she feeling? Any better ” continued, you'd been up Now I knew why that voice to some havoc, I decided to in my half awake state let you go shower, and sounded so familiar. This come give me the full gist, silly joke fate was playing only to rush out when some on me was pretty our the girls came running ex pe nsive .A cold fe ar telling me you'd passed gripped me, how did he find out, how e happen now my

friend? abi your village juju dem come pay you visit ? Or you see ya great grand mama ghost?” Everyone in the room burst into laughter and all I could was force a smile, the pain surging through my body wouldn't let me do any better. “ I really cant explain it, I'd just stepped in and was trying to hang my towel and turn on the shower at the same time… that's the last thing I remember”. Then that melodious husky voice literally sauntered into my ears “ Maybe the forces of nature were just teaching you a lesson to be less antagonistic and physically brutal towards innocent well meaning strangers”. “ I see” I replied with an acid laced tone “ If only thos e sh ee p in wo lves clothing well meaning strangers weren't so intrusive and practically forcing themselves on some people, there would absolutely be no need for any vicious outlash” “hmmm! Na wa ooh! Come which kain coded message una just dey pass give una sef for here?” Biri asked, staring at me with very questioning eyes. “ Mr. what did you say your name was again? It was really nice of you coming to our aid, driving us down here from the hostel and getting her a good ward with some strings you pulled with the nurses but that's about it for you now, we'd like to have some intimate time with our “friend” puhleasee? If you don't mind” Oh no! I screamed inwardly, Biri don't make him go, I couldn't explain the warm flush all over my being whenever he looked at me, no stared at me, as though he wanted to see through to my soul. “ Alrighth then”, lighting up the room with a hypnotic smile, “Take care of you fireball and get well soon, see you around” his voice boomed like those signature voices you hear behind movie

trailers. Leaving a whiff of his very exotic cologne hanging in the air . “Heat just catch me! Kai! I don die !! Baba God! na wetin be this now?” I said aloud. I'd never felt this way before- of course I was young and naive, what did I

know of the deceptive enchanting maneuvers of men to get you swooning and off your feet straight into their arms. He set out with the best of intentions to love and spoil me silly or so I thought but as they say the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Food for Thought Mocking the poor is mocking the God who made them. We ridicule God when we mock the weak, those who are different, or anyone else. When you catch yourself putting others down just for fun, stop and think about who created them.

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Help stop this war against good English! By: B-West

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RSSDA Port Harcourt, 22nd February 2014 - Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA) has been selected as the AFRICAN GOVERNMENT AGENCY OF THE YEAR 2013 by the African Leadership Magazine Awards Committee. The award will be given at the African Leadership Magazine Annual International Summit scheduled to hold on 27th February 2014 in Washington DC, United States of America. According to Dr. Ken Giami, publisher of the African Leadership Magazine ''this award is given in recognition of the monumental work of the Agency in developing the human capital of Rivers State, Nigeria''. Similarly, RSSDA will receive a special commendation and recognition by the State of Georgia Congressional Black Caucus in appreciation of its efforts in ensuring international best practices in the course of its operations. Reacting to the award and commendation, the Executive Director/CEO of RSSDA Mr. Noble Pepple described them as a welcome development. He said ''this is an unsolicited but really exciting honour for Rivers State and an endorsement of Governor Amaechi's vision for change and development through RSSDA'' . At the same event, President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone will receive the African Leadership Award as African President of the Year 2013. ''Our mission is to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and development in Africa, thereby heralding the emergence of a new Africa, growing beyond potential into true greatness'' Dr. Ken Giami concluded. Earlier in the year RSSDA had also emerged winner of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) HR Best Practice Award in the Public Sector in Nigeria for 2013, in recognition of its outstanding application of global best practice in personnel and HR management. In 2012, the Agency won in the Gold category, the prestigious International Star for Quality in Leadership Award given by the Business Initiative Directions, a Madrid-based international organization which champions the global promotion of better business reputation and excellence.

Signed Kingsley Uranta Manager Media and Communications Email address: kingsley.uranta@rssda.org

How did WE get here? How did WE descend into this rotting downward spiral? When did it eat so much into society that it's now stuck on US like a leech? I know you tried at some point, giving it up but like all new year resolutions that get lost on the resolutioner in little or no time, our dedicated fight against this menace simmered down and we were back to rolling in the mud. This cankerworm used to be fought against fiercely by parents, teachers and everyone but the fight sadly has not only grown cold but has come to sit and dine with us, even now becoming the obtainable norm. By now you are all but bursting out with curiosity and shifting in your seat, poring hungrily over the print to get to the crux of the matter, it's not rocket science, it's OUR newly adopted lingua franca - Pidgin English! Flashing back on yester years, the excuse for conversing in pidgin at any given instance was when dealings with traders were inevitable, as that seemed to be the modus operandi in the market place; with the pepper seller, the groundnut boy, the textile merchant, the mama put seller etc. you were forced to converse in pidgin so as not to cut across as condescending and snobbish but it has transcended from “ I wan buy, who dey sel?l” to the acceptable in almost every circle of society! As you read this, it has so permeated into urban PortHarcourt that if you are one of the few sane remaining people who have stuck to their guns and have chosen to wage the War Against Pidgin till infinitum, you will be forced to ask yourself if you are fighting a lost battle, as it seems you are in a nomadic archaic setting where the one who could converse in pidgin with the white man was king! And everyone is jostling to be

that person. In banking halls- pidgin is now the means of parley between tellers, right in front of customers irrespective of who they are, chatting away with not a care in the world. In supposed corporate settings, colleagues can be found holding discussions in pidgin without flinching! Teachers! Who play a role equally as important as parents are guilty too as they can very well be heard dishing out orders and er rand s to st ud en ts in pidgin even in the presence of an external 3rd partytalk about shaping the future of tomorrow's leaders. And the worst of them, that leaves me aghast with horror, is the echoes of pidgin ringing in the halls of homes, the only known form of communication for parents and children, not intermittently but as the standard form of communication in the home. Not a decent sentence of proper English can be obtained, as they sadly don't even know how to create a simple English syntax. And any child in resistance to the stipulated norm tries conversing in good English after either watching a movie or imitating a role model is laughed to scorn and heavily mocked, by siblings and painfully the parents too. A much-suited fall back in the home setting would be to make the father/mother tongue the prevalent spoken language so the kids are in touch with their beloved roots than vernacular. For some public figures, whose lives are stuck under the prying eyes of the spotlight, that is, they can be found sticking to proper spoken grammar for the time being,-when a public speech or appearance is imperative but once there is any moment of narrow escape from the public ,

they revert back to pidgin as it apparently has become a soothing nerve calming getaway, a comfort zone, an escape from the choking hustle and bustle of proper English, a breath of fresh air! How did it get this bad? When did we cross that line? Some argue defiantly saying English isn't my father's language when they fail at written English examinations or after making blunders in spoken oral English; swallowing your pride and bettering your spoken grammar is an easier route to becoming a more polished person than that short lasting gratifying egoistic shortcut of rebelliously throwing in the towel. I agree 'English isn't your father/ mother tongue', but to co-exist in a fast paced urban metropolis as PortHarcourt, you'll have to step out of that rich cocoon of cultural heritage you'd rather bask in, the rural setting aka your village and keep up with the jones' literally in the city .Let the city illuminate it's positive beams on you in all areas of life - academically, socially etc. Your need to communicate in the urban area of Rivers State –port-Harcourt precisely with English can be over-stressed; teacherstudent, client- customer, cleric- members, the list goes on, so why not speak the RIGHT English?!! Why indulge in a seared version of English? Pidgin emanated from the enlightenment handicap our ancestors were impaired with as they struggled to communicate with the colonial masters? That era is way past behind us, we all have become abreast with clean, crisp spoken English Grammar, thanks to education. Yet some of us have so casually trifled with this plague that

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Health/Relationship

Health Nuggets By Victoria Igbinoba

Why You Should Drink Green Tea

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reen tea is one of nature's blessings to mankind. A lot of people do not really know the difference between green tea and black tea but there

is a whole lot of difference in them and there is also a lot to gain by drinking green tea. For those constantly seeking means to shed weight, I'm sure

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Ayodeji Faleye E-mail: ayductdejiro@gmail.com Tel: 07034636125, 08079694583 My romantic partner and I seem to be coming from different worlds sometimes. It's pretty frustrating. What can we do about it? Answer: It's normal for relationship partners to have different needs in at least few areas, such as: spending time with others versus spending time with each other, wanting "quality time" together versus needing time to be alone, going out dancing versus going to a ballgame, etc. Differing needs does not mean your relationship is coming

apart, but it is important to communicate about them t o a v o i d misunderstandings. Tell your partner directly what you want or need ("I would really like to spend time alone with you tonight"), rather than expecting them to know already ("If you really cared for me, you would know what I want"). Set aside time to discuss unresolved issues: "I'm feeling uncomfortable about...and would like to talk about it. What time is agreeable to you?" Pouting, sulking, and the "silent treatment" don't

they would have come across a dietician or two who recommended green tea. Green tea burns fat and boosts metabolism rate hence combating

make matters any better. Inevitably you and your partner will have conflicts, but they needn't be nasty. Here are some tips for "Fair Fighting": Use assertive languages. (Words that shows you are confident and direct in claiming your rights or putting forward your views) Avoid name calling, or intentionally calling attention to known weaknesses or sensitive issues ("hitting below the belt"). Stay in the present, don't dwell on past grievances. Listen actively - express back to your partner what you understand his/her thoughts and feelings to be. No "gunny sacking" (saving up hurts and hostilities and dumping them on your partner all at once). If you are wrong, admit it! Even when we're communicating well in other areas, my partner and I often get bogged down when it comes to talking about sex. I often feel we have very different expectations in this area. Answer: First of all, it is important to

obesity. If you are on a healthy diet, exercise regularly and drink green tea, it is unlikely you'll be obese. It can help you burn up to 70 calories in just one day. It contains an antioxidant known as polyphenol which fights against free radicals. Free radicals quicken the aging process in human beings, so consuming green tea regularly helps you fight against aging and promotes longevity. Did you know that the antioxidant in green tea is 100 times more effective than vitamin C and 24 times better than vitamin E? This anti-oxidant helps the body in preventing cell damage which is linked to cancer. I.e. green tea

be aware of your own feelings: how you feel about your partner, how comfortable you feel in his or her presence, what does and doesn't feel comfortable or desirable in terms of physical closeness or sexual contact. Trust your gut feelings. Communicate what YOU really want sexually. Express what you enjoy and also what you are not comfortable with. Communicate clearly to your partner/date what your limits are. Be prepared to defend your limits. If you mean No, then say "No," and don't give mixed messages. You have the right to be respected and you are NOT responsible for your partner/date's feelings or reactions. Both partners have a responsibility in preventing unwanted sexual contact. Men must recognize that no means no, regardless when she says it, and regardless whether you think she is saying "yes" nonverbally. If a person says "no" and is still coerced or forced into having sex, then a rape has occurred. If you feel unsafe, leave the situation immediately - fifty

reduces the risk of cancer. A high level of cholesterol is associated with heart diseases and stroke but when green tea is consumed, it speedily lowers the level of cholesterol and even for people already suffering from heart attack, and it prevents cell deaths and speeds up the recovery of heart cells. Green tea is a good source of fluoride which helps keep bones strong and preserve the bone density; it also reduces the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Are you concerned about your blood sugar level? If you regularly drink green tea, you ought not be because the polyphenols and polysaccharides in it help lower blood sugar. Are you

regularly down with flu and cold? Green tea prevents you from getting a cold or flu. Are you asthmatic? Drink green tea regularly because it relaxes the muscles which support the bronchial tubes thereby reducing the severity of asthma. Are you prone to infections? Drink more of green tea to boost your immune system , making you stronger in fighting against infections. There are more benefits of drinking green tea but I will have to stop here because this page wouldn't contain all. So, dear friends, if you want to lose some weight, exercise more, eat healthier and also trade your cocoa drinks, beer, soda, cola drinks and other sweet drinks for green tea.

to seventy percent of rapes are perpetrated by an acquaintance of the victim.

Give yourself time to heal, and be kind to yourself for the duration: pamper yourself, ask for support from others, and allow yourself new experiences and friends.

I hate ending relationships. Saying goodbye to friends is miserable. And breaking up with romantic partners never seems to go well. Answer: Saying goodbye is one the most avoided and feared human experiences. As a culture, we have no clearcut rituals for ending relationships or saying goodbye to value others. So we are often unprepared for the variety of feelings we experience in the process. Here are some guidelines many people find helpful: Allow yourself to feel the sadness, anger, fear, and pain associated with an ending. Denying those feelings or keeping them inside will only prolong them. Recognize that guilt, selfblame, and bargaining are our defenses against fe el in g ou t of co nt ro l, feeling unable to stop the other person from leaving us. But there are some endings we can't control because we can't control another person's behavior.

I seem to get into the same pattern in all my relationships. I get afraid of losing my partner; then we get into a big argument and break up in anger. Sometimes I even think I may have picked a fight just because I'm scared to keep the relationship going. Does this make any sense? Answer: Yes, it makes a lot of sense, and congratulations on recognizing a pattern. That's the first step towards change. People get into a variety of painful or "dysfunctional" patterns in relationships. Often, those patterns are based on old fears and "unfinished business" from childhood. If you feel "stuck" in a pa tt er n an d un ab le to change it, talking to a professional counselor may help.

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Science &Technology

Finally... The Science and Technology section is unveiled‌ Starting in the next edition, we will be featuring a full page of Science and Technology news and articles. This page will give you information on cutting edge advances in computing, science and technology. We will like to invite people who write on technology issues to be part of the writers group for this page. We also invite businesses and entrepreneurs to advertise on this page. You can sponsor this page for as many editions as you want, and you will get the sole right to advertise your products and services on the page. For further info, please send email to the publisher on publisher@ph-microscope.com or call us on the numbers below this page!

Childhood was fun while growing up By: Bola-Wise Awodoye

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reliable, and our lives comfortable. A nation that is lacking in science and technology are sometimes refer to as a backward nation. In this column, we will be discussing science and technology. What it has done for human lives. This will cut across the various arms of technology: manufacturing and processing, automobile, information technology and what have you. You are welcome onboard.

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Revive PSD Forum, TROMPCON urges NDDC The Association of Traditional Rulers of Oil Mineral Producing Communities of Nigeria (TROMPCON) has called for the reactivation of the Partners for Sustainable Development (PSD) Forum, which serves as the clearing house of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC. The royal fathers made the call on Tuesday when they paid a courtesy visit to the Managing Director/Chief Executive Office of the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC), at its headquarters in Port Harcourt. Eze Akuwueze Ikegwuruka, the paramount ruler of Ngbirichi in Imo State and the national chairman of TROMPCON, said that the PSD Forum was an important organ for bringing all the stakeholders under one umbrella to aid the process of harmonizing development projects as enunciated in the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan (NDRDMP). Eze Ikegwuruka said that TROMPCON was concerned about the increasing incidence of oil theft and illegal bunkering in the Niger Delta. To put a stop to this development, he said that the group was planning to host an international conference to address the issue. He assured the Federal Government and the NDDC of their “commitment to creating the enabling environment for the execution of various development projects in the Niger Delta Region.” Addressing the Royal Fathers, the NDDC Managing Director, Sir (Barr.) Bassey Dan-Abia, said that the new governing board of the commission had in its meeting on February 6, 2014 approved the re-activation of the PSD Forum. He said that the NDDC management realized the importance of the forum which brings together representatives of federal and state governments of oilbearing states, youth and women leaders, traditional rulers as well as the organzed private sector, civil society, the mass media and international development agencies such as the UNDP and the World Bank. The NDDC Chief Executive Officer assured the traditional rulers that the commission would not relent in providing sustainable development despite funding constraints. “We have so many projects spread across the region, running into trillions of naira. But don't judge us by the number of projects awarded, rather judge us by the projects completed, because we are all out to complete outstanding projects,” he said. Sir Dan-Abia said that TROMPCON played an important role in the setting up of the NDDC, noting that right from the days of the Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission, OMPADEC, the association had always provided the umbrella to shield the commission. He promised that the new board would work as a team, emphasizing accountability and transparency, in line with the mandate given to it by President Goodluck Jonathan.

NDDC boss pays condolence visit to Oba of Benin The management of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, on Friday visited the palace of the Benin monarch, His Royal Majesty, Oba Erediauwa to commiserate with him over the death of his eldest wife, Oloi Esther Omoyenmwen Erediauwa, the Eson N'Erie of Benin Kingdoms, who died on Saturday, January 18, 2014 in Benin City. The NDDC delegation led by the Managing Director, Barr. Bassey Dan-Abia, visited the Oba just as the burial activities entered its fourth day. The team sympathized with the monarch and the people of the entire Benin kingdom. The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Sir Barr Bassey Dan-Abia who was represented by the Executive Director Projects, Engr. Tuoyo Omatsuli, said that the NDDC had always counted on the blessings of the royal family and was, therefore pained by the loss of the motherly support of the late queen. Barr. Bassey Dan-Abia prayed God to give the Oba and his family the fortitude to bear the great loss. He described the late Oba's wife as a true mother who demonstrated her love and care for all, adding that her legacies would endure for a long time. Responding, the Secretary of the Benin Traditional Council, Chief Frank Irabor, thanked the NDDC Chief Executive and his entourage for their visit. He assured them of the continued blessings of the Oba. The NDDC team also commiserated with other wives of the Oba over the transition of the first queen, Oloi Esther. Responding, Oloi Osarugue Erediauwa thanked the NDDC management for identifying with them in their time of sorrow. The delegation equally visited members of the family of the late queen at Ivbiotor quarters in Benin City, where the burial activities were in full swing. The NDDC boss urged them to take heart as the late Eson N'Erie lived a worthy life. He said that the family should be consoled by the fact that the late queen lived a fulfilled and fruitful life on earth.

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Lifestyle

Is It IN Yet?

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"Come oh, has the goal been scored yet?" is the most common question in gossip circles on everybody's lips in any given African society, three to four months after a couple have been joined together and the woman is still seen pretty 'normal'. With eyes straying to the bride's tummy frantically searching for tell -tale signs that betray a bulge - one begins to wonder if matrimony has become a politicking matter with a 7 point agenda and instant pregnancy right after marriage heralding the number 1 position on the list. Companionshipemotionally, physically and sexually are integral factors for a union too but it seems the results of the latter have taken center stage priority in today's society, 1 year into the union and no cry of a baby, disgruntled undertone murmurs begins to emanate from family, friends, and the society at large, 2nd year, questioning looks and mild caustic jabs are thrown at the woman. (I wonder if she's to get herself knocked up, why

una no dey look the man dat kain eye now?) By the 3rd year? "Joy don't you think we should visit my pastor, he's a very powerful man of God and can sort out this issue for you oh " will be what she'll be getting from friends. God help that poor lady if her in-laws were on some egopower trip to show off the offspring of her union to their son as soon as possible, hell will begin warming up to unleash it's wrath on her; the ruthless bunch might stay subtle with lethal body language and u n s p o k e n resentments that could easily be detected in the atmosphere, the rather uncouth ones might try the approach of fermenting trouble in the home, then wait for the wife to REACT not respond, then the tongue lashing on how their son married a fellow man or a stone ensues, whose job is just to eat all the food in their son's house and finish all his money is her stock in trade. Seldom does anyone stop for a minute to thoroughly think out the situation at hand, with a microscope if possible - Do the couple want kids immediately? Do they want to bask in each other's company without any form of distraction or interruption from a 3rd party (offspring or not), Did they decide to dedicate a few years down the lane of matrimony to pursue diverse career paths, attain s o m e l e v e l o f accomplishments and achievements before the little tots come tugging at the skirts and trousers with their cute little chubby fingers, screaming at the top of heir lungs in need of pampering and attention? Or having been certified medically fit to have kids by

experts were just bidding time and waiting for IT to happen without stressing themselves and go aworrying? Society chooses not to care whether you can even adequately fend for your offspring without being a burden to the extended family and the likes, as long as your union has been made legit before God or by the laws of the land, the wife's tummy MUST swell yearly or bi-yearly at least. Thankfully enough and with a huge sigh of relief, not everyone decided to remain at that mundane level of thinking with society, some have chosen to rise far above that idiosyncrasy, become properly enlightened, take out proper time to PLAN, I repeat, PLAN for the inevitable increase in the family size from a financial perspective. You hear sensible men these days tell you-“ I'm sorry, I can't bring any seed of mine to planet earth to come suffer, My kids won't have the kind of life I had, God forbid! That's why I'm working this hard, bursting my a** off to give them the best!” Atta boy! Man indeed you are! So the next time you see a new glowing bride learning the never ending ropes of matrimony? Please keep your wandering eyes off her tummy and save the questioning looks and glances for all the public servants that feed you humongous pack of lies before an election! Leave that poor new wife alone. It's either it just hasn't happened yet (God is still in his factory shaping the kids' and their destinies) , they're not just ready yet to take on the tasking role of parenting due to reasons best known to them. Or sensible couples that they are, are mapping out strategies to keep the kids' future financially secure –academically and welfare alike. Please don't be backward in today's age and time and give me that lousy line of " abeg leave that thing, money or no money na God dey look shudren ” oh really! So it's

you I see running from pillar to post taking indomie, milk, golden morn etc. on credit from supermarkets, your family is associated in every business zone as the No.1 purchasers but on credit, you're the one in principal's office begging for more time as soon as school fees drive begins! Need I go on? Good. I thought so too. As always people, God's time is the best, have all your well laid out plans in motion and of course in his infinite mercies, will give his increase!

Food for Thought May I gently but firmly remind you of something you know but may have forgotten? Life is not fair. That’s not pessimism, it’s a fact. It’s not a complaint, it’s just the way things are. I don’t like it. Neither do you. - Max Lucado

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Feb. 28, 2014 - Mar. 14, 2014 Vol. 2 No. 14

Faith & Religion

How young people can handle Negative peer pressure effectively By Olufemi and Christy Olawole: Directors of Bread of Life Youth Mission (BOLYM)

What Is Peer Pressure? Peer pressure occurs when an individual experiences implied or expressed persuasion or enticement to adopt similar values, beliefs, and goals, or to participate in the same activities as those in a peer group. Young people face many issues related to conformity and peer pressure. They are pulled between the desire to be seen as individuals of unique value and the desire to belong to a group where they feel secure and accepted. The result is that often young people reject family or general societal values, while feeling pressured to conform to the values of their peer group. An example of this is seen when young people join gangs. In joining the gang they are rejecting the community's way of dressing and behaving. Yet to belong to the gang, they must conform to the gang's own style of dress, behavior, and speech. Research has shown that peer pressure is common in adolescents of all ethnic and social backgrounds, and it comes with risky behaviours such as gambling, cigarette smoking, truancy,

examination malpractice, How can young people deal drug use, sexual activity, with peer pressure? The fighting, shoplifting, and following are strategies daredevil stunts. young people can use to deal with negative peer W h y i s p e e r p r e s s u r e pressure effectively: powerful? Live your life on principles: Peer pressure is powerful Have a set of good and moral because it works on the values on which you live and desire of young people to make your decisions. Don't feel accepted by and belong be a push around, stand for to a group. Peer groups what you believe is right. provide a place where adolescents feel accepted; Learn to say “ NO”. where they can feel good This is perhaps the most about themselves, and difficult thing in the world where their self-esteem is for many young people to enhanced. Young people do, but it is an essential skill tend to gravitate toward if you are to successfully other young people with the ward off negative peer same problems and in the pressure. Say 'NO' politely s a m e s i t u a t i o n s a s to anything that violates themselves and where they your values and conscience. feel they will be understood, Stay away from places and accepted peers a n d w h o celebrate pressur Have a set of good and d. The e you to moral values on which feeling of d o belongin you live and make your stuffs g a n d y o u decisions. Don't be a desire to know push around, stand for b e a r e accepted what you believe is wrong. is a very T h e right. powerful Bible f o r c e warns that can outweigh ties to in Proverbs 1: 10, “ My son, if church, school, family, or sinners entice you do not community. consent.”

A v o i d putting yourself in tempting situations that make you feel uncomforta ble. F o r example, if you don't want to start gambling, stay away from areas where you know kids g o t o gamble. Set a good example for others by b e i n g proactive to stand and suggest what is right. If you think right, do the right things and say the right things, others will want to come close to you and be influenced by you. Choose your friends wisely. Let good and godly character be at the top of your list when choosing a friend. If you hang around with people who share your values, chances are you'll never be asked to do something you don't want to do. Think about the consequences whenever you are asked to do something you are not sure about. Stop for a moment and ask: Will this activity get me into trouble? Will it be harmful to my health? How will my parents feel about this? Will God be happy with me? Don't be afraid of rejection: Nobody is universally accepted, hence do not be afraid of being rejected or mocked by peers for

standing for what you believe to be right. Know that you are unique: You don't need to be like others or copy their bad habits. Dare to be different. It is only the teenagers who dare to be different that can make a difference in their generation. Be true to yourself. Think about the reasons why you are considering doing something you are uncomfortable with. Is it to gain popularity? Although there is nothing wrong with wanting to be popular, there are right ways and wrong ways to achieve it. If you compromise your values just to fit in with a particular group, you are not being true to yourself.

pressure you are facing. Pray for grace and wisdom to face a persistent pressure and overcome it. You may also need to talk to a trusted adult, teacher or counsellor.

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Help stop this war against good English! it has now stealthily crept back into society and thrown us decades aback. Is this the legacy we choose to leave behind for the next generation? Rome wasn't built in a day, so if you are not so good at it today, no need for regrets – it's a pretty easy crash course, you can always get better- the right TV shows, educative radio shows -VOA, BBC, Radio Nigeria and the likes will set you on the right path, become an ardent reader of everything legible and

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Feb. 28, 2014 - Mar. 14, 2014 Vol. 2 No. 14

Sports Extra Formula 1

Williams F1's Susie Wolff to become first woman to feature in a Grand Prix race weekend since 1992 this season

10 Young players to watch out for in Brasil 2014

The Scot will become the first woman to take part in Grand Prix race weekends for more than 20 years and is determined to prove herself

With just less than four Jetro Willems – months left before Brazil and Netherlands Croatia open this year's Willems tournament at The Arena holds Corinthians in São Paulo, t h e media and fans alike have current begun to switch their focus record from domestic clubs to their as the respective national team's younges chances. We bring you 10 of t player to appear at a the world's best young Euros, at just 18 years and players to watch out in this 71 days old. The PSV fulltournament. Some of these back is also the Eridivisie's will probably go on to the youngest ever scorer, and next Messi or Ronaldo.... a regular for his club side. Christian Atsu – Ghana He is most comparable with Roberto Carlos, and has cemented his place as Holland's first choice leftback ahead of this simmer's tournament. Still just 19 years-old, expect solid defending and precocious attacking in equal amount.

Williams have announced Susie Wolff will take part in practice sessions at two Grand Prix weekends this season.

The 31-year-old will become the first woman to do so since 1992 and only the second female Briton ever to ta ke pa rt in a ra ce weekend. Wolff - who is married to Mercedes team boss Toto was signed by her current team as a development driver in 2012 and tested for them at Silverstone last

year. It is believed the two sessions this season will be at the British and German Grand Prixs and the Scot is eager to prove herself. She told Sky Sports: "I'm not too worried about being in the spotlight or the attention it brings - I just focus on the job. "I always said that the minute I'd joined Williams F1 and was able to make the step-up to Formula 1 that it's about doing a good job it's about proving yourself each step of the way." Wolff follows fellow Brit Divina Galica, who was unsuccessful in her bid to qualify during the 1976 and 1978 F1 calendars. The last woman to try and

break through was Giovanna Amati of Italy, having entered the first three races of the 1992 season. And while she hopes to impress for her own aspirations, Wolff is determined to ensure more women get a chance in the sport. She added: "If my chance comes then brilliant - I am going to take it with both hands. "But if it doesn't then I'm going to at least hope I've paved the way for more women to try and for more women to realise that Formula 1 isn't just for men.”

Team UNIPORT Wins NUGA 2014 The indomitable Te am UNIPORT, demonstrated its total dominance of the competition by crushing all opposition at the justconcluded 24th edition of

the National University Games (NUGA) held at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. From the official final medals table that was released, Uniport got 63 gold medals, 41 silver medals and 16 bronze medals in a comfortable 1st position out of 38 Universities that participated in the

competition, with a total of 120 medals. While University of Lagos (Unilag) came 2nd with a total of 30 medals, comprising 13 gold, 10 silver and 7 bronze medal, and the host university, Obafemi Awolowo University, took the 3rd position with 12 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 15 bronze medals, a total of 36 medals.

Fallout of NUGA Games Uniport sweeps individual best athlete awards Apart from winning the just- The Team Uniport led by its concluded 24th Nigerian Director of Sports, Dr Ken U n i v e r s i t y G a m e s Anugweje, won eight best Association (Nuga) held at individual athlete awards out t h e O b a f e m i Aw o l o w o of the available 28 awards at University (OAU), Ile Ife, stake at the biennial games. University of Port Harcourt In the male category, Uniport also confirmed its supremacy claimed five slots while it also in the individual best athlete won three best female athlete awards. awards.

The award winners from the Garden City were Augustine Nwoye and Peace Uko in athletics event, Sunny Eyenge (chess), Dino Ebarakumo and Ifie Gagbe (swimming), Iheanacho Kelechi (table tennis), Madueke Nonso and Aanu Ayegbusi (tennis).

'I run against time, not against opponents’ - Peace Uko The dearest of the athletes is Peace Uko, whose mindblowing style of running is nothing but a command to the tracks. Speaking to newsmen after winning the 100m female event final with a time of 11.65secs, Peace, says she loves what she does. “I am not tired. I have trained for four months and I run against time, not against anyone,” she said.

Be si de s Pe ac e, many other athletes have proven at the games that indeed, Nigerian youth are skilled, talented and vibrant, setting standards close enough to beat records.

Paul Pogba – France Ev en th ou gh this is the first tournament where he stars a s a n established player for Les Bleus, Pogba is a talent recognised across Europe. Athletic, with a deft touch, excellent technique, extensive passing range and ability to score goals, 20 year-old Pogba has the potential to be the complete midfielder, and even surpass lazy comparisons with Vieira.

Xherdan Shaqiri – Switzerland

The 22 year-old Bayern Munich winger has a growing reputation, and will be looking to further demonstrate his potential to the Bundesliga and European champions. Short but stocky in Juan Fernando The Ghanaian left-winger has Quintero – Colombia physique, the explosive Shaqiri is Sw it ze rl an d' s mo st pr om is in g forged a reputation as one of prospect by some distance, and will Africa's best young players be looking to raise his profile during during a spell with Porto, tempting Chelsea to part with the summer. £3.5m in exchange for his services. Currently on loan with Vitesse in the Dutch L e a g u e , t h e q u i c k a n d Quintero has already technically impressive winger attracted keen interest looks set to star for his country from Manchester United. Widely tipped this summer. The 19 year-old An attacking midfielder to be one of has the potential to complete who is also capable of the best a formidable Ghana attacking playing left-wing, his playy o u n g line, which includes André making abilities are highly defenders at Ayew and Asamoah Gyan. rated in both Portugal and t h e tournament, Diego Reyes – Mexico Colombia. He thrives on the space between the Omeruo is Having already opposition midfield and another young African player on s e c u r e d a defence, and looks for an Chelsea's books, currently on loan l u c r a t i v e incisive through ball at any in the Eridivisie (this time with ADO E u r o p e a n opportunity. A wicked left Den Haag). An established centremove at the foot, he is also a set-piece back for the Super Eagles, Omeruo age of 21, specialist. is well known for his pace and R e y e s i s composure on the ball. viewed as one of the Primiera Liga's hottest prospects, as well as a future gr ea t wi th th e Me xi ca n B e r n a r d for the Seleção squad, Brazil will national side. At 6'4, Reyes is signed for hope to call on his creativity and tall yet agile, with his athletic S h a k t a r ability to break into the box and ability allowing him to Donestsk score although he'll first have to dominate opposition for Athltic keep PSG's Lucas Moura, and forwards to such an extent Miniero for €25 million. The Chelsea's Oscar out of the that Porto were willing to 21 year-old, left-sided starting line-up. pay América €7 million for the attacker looks a certainty youngster.

Kenneth Omeruo – Nigeria

Bernard – Brazil

Lorenzo Insigne – Italy Nap o l i wing e r Insig ne is already a certainty for the Azzuri squad, with the 22year old going some way to fill the void left in Napoli's attack following Cavani's departure. The skilful wide-man is equally

Ross Barkley – England

potent up front, and will run at opposition An accolade full backs given any previously chance. Insigne is awarded to particularly prone to Mi ch ae l Ow en , cutting in from the Wayn e Ro on ey wing and shooting a n d T h e o into the bottom Walcott, Ross corner, adopting a Barkley is the nominee elect as England's similar technique to great hope for the World Cup. His decisionArjen Robben. making, ability to retain the ball whilst constantly moving forwards and physique suggest a maturity beyond his 20 years.

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Sports Extra Keshi defends squad for Mexico

The Super Eagles head coach has stated the rationale behind his invitation of players for the March 5 international friendly against the El Tri Stephen Keshi has backed his team list for the international friendly against El Tri of Mexico billed for Atlanta, USA on March 5. In his 23-man squad, the 'Big Boss' recalled captain Joseph Yobo and included new faces like former junior internationals Ramon Azeez and Shehu Abdullahi, and Belgium-based strikers Imoh Ezekiel and Michael Uchebo. In his explanations, Keshi said he had the future in mind before drafting his team list for Mexico. “The players I have invited are the ones we are looking at in the next 4 to 5 years as we are trying to build a team not just for tomorrow but for

the future,” Keshi told Brilafm.net. “If we get any young player that is good, then we bring him in now so that he can start gaining valuable expe ri enc e bu t a lot of Nigerians do not want that, they want you to assemble a team now and win everything tomorrow but football doesn't work like that.” He also explained his reason for leaving goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim, who was criticised for his performances during the A f r i c a n N a t i o n s Championship, out of the squad. “I just have one game and not two, if I was going for two games, then I can invite all the three goalkeepers but since it's just one game, there is no need to invite all the three of them,” he concluded.

Imoh Ezekiel wants to play for Nigeria, says Gafar Liameed

The Representative of the sensational young striker says his loyalty still remains with Nigeria and is totally committed to playing for his country of birth. Gafar Liameed, chairman of 36 Lion FC of Lagos, has said Standard Liege striker Imoh Ezekiel is geared up to wear the green and white colours of the Nigeria senior national team. The former 36 Lion striker is one of three fresh invites on the 23-man list of coach Stephen Keshi to prosecute the March 5 international friendly against Mexico in Atlanta, USA. On

reports that the prodigious talent is considering dumping Nigeria to play for the Red Devils, he refuted the media claims on the player's plans to switch allegiance, hinting that the move is no longer in place. The Standard Liege forward was quoted on the 36 Lion's official Facebook page as saying: “Never in my life would I have thought of such a call to the Super Eagles at such a time, with great players and th e ac hi ev em en ts of th e present national team. I never saw myself in the team anytime soon.

Why Mourinho was right to let Lukaku go

The pressures of leading the line for Chelsea after just one breakthrough season at West Brom would have been an unreasonable burden for the 20-year-old to shoulder It is difficult to say what will please Jose Mourinho more about the enforced absence of Romelu Lukaku from the Everton side that takes on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday – the fact he cannot make his parent club suffer or the fact that the Special One will not have to field pointed questions about a dazzling

performance from the giant Belgian .During Chelsea's earlyseason wobbles it was Lukaku's Goodison Park heroics and Juan Mata's mysterious exile which made up the two ends of the stick used to beat Mourinho. The former Anderlecht man scored eight goals in his first nine Premier League matches for Everton at a time when Samuel Eto'o looked shot and Fernando Torres appeared as listless as ever.

Indifferent form & loss of focus, what next for Victor Moses?

The loan move that took Victor Moses from London to Merseyside was greeted with a wave of optimism back in the summer. It was deemed beneficial for the progressive development of the talented forward by his trio of owners—Chelsea, Liverpool and Nigeria—all with a vested interest in the player's development. However, the story, after two-thirds of the season gone, isn't quite as positive as some might have hoped. The downward spiral began with a disappointing run of games without scoring (or assisting) a goal, coupled with an awkward disinterest in proceedings on the pitch. In a bid to hold on to fourthplace, especially with Everton and Tottenham breathing down their neck, Rodgers shook things up, leaving Moses out of the starting XI. The progress of the Nigerian's competition has meant that since losing his starting spot, he has slipped down the pecking order at the club. Liverpool legends and fans

have inevitably lashed out at the Nigerian and voiced their disappointment after a series of disheartened performances. John Aldridge's vituperative comments after the game against Oldham in the FA Cup perfectly sums Moses' entire season. It was expected that Moses would make the wide area in the Liverpool team his own, either as part of the front three in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation, but expectations have since collapsed. The disappointing tale of Moses' inability to deliver has, however, come in sharp contrast to the rise of fellow winger, Raheem Sterling. Although both players have different destinies, with two different nations, Sterling has seized the opportunity to stake a claim for his inclusion in the Three Lions' squad to Brazil. Moses, on the other hand, is almost certain to make the final cut for the Super Eagles. Nevertheless, If Moses retains his ambition to pin down a regular place in a top team then he will have to improve on his attitude, cut off all distractions and focus on his football. With his parent club, Chelsea, looking less-likely to make room for him, if he returns at the end of the season, and his indifferent situation at Liverpool, one wonders where he'd plying his trade next season.

Kano Pillars: Questions persist over second early continental crash

The early elimination of Kano Pillars from the CAF Champions League, for the second time in a row, has continued to generate mixed reactions and bad blood as we seek to probe the reasons behind widelyregarded Nigeria Premier League side's unexpected early exit under the very eyes of the Sai Masu Gida fans. Investigation into events that precipitated Pillars' decline brought to fore the many internal wranglings within the Kano government hierarchy and the management board of the Sai Masu Gida. Major reasons are considered to be the untimely change of technical crew, engagement of key players in CHAN, poor adaptations of new recruit and players' match rustiness due to the non kick-off of league season. Watching the encounter live at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano the mental and physical readiness of players with huge expectation from fans was remarkably low. The players seemed totally ill-prepared for the demands that were placed upon them by the Pillars supporters. Recalling how the early opening goal of the day was scored by the visitors gives room for arguments over the tactical sensitivity of the technical crew. The Kano boys seemed bereft of ideas and appeared disjointed, letting the visitors ease through with a header home f o l l o w i n g p o o r co mm un ic at io n be tw ee n the defender and goalkeeper. Despite improved play in the last quarter of the opening half, the structural set-up of the team was undermined by an unstable defence which boasted the restless CHAN Eagles invitee Umar Zango. He and his colleagues allowed their wellpositioned opposition free reign on the flanks. Centrallypo si ti on ed CH AN Ea gl es Shehu Abdullahi and Rabiu Ali lacked support as they struggled to win dominance in the midfield. Most disappointing was the

three-man attack which sat deep in the opposition half but failed to convert several chances and were largely disconnected from middle of the pack. Noticeably poor was the recovery pace of the attackers, which made life unbearable for the middlemen. The last quarter of the encounter only revealed the resurgence of the champions after various substitutions revitalised their attacking potential. They only converted two of several decent efforts that could otherswise have counted as goals. When the 2014 draw for the premier African club competition was made, the AS Vita-Kano clash stood out as the highlight of the preliminary qualifying round. Most pundits believed the 2009 semi-finalists would prevail and probably face South African side Kaizer Chiefs next month for a spot in the group stage. Appointed as the head coach of Kano Pillars on January 29, a few days to the start of their 2014 CAF Champions League campaign, there have been suggestions that Okey Emordi's appointment was illtimed, causing the early crash. “It is not true. My coming in could have a very positive effect if I had the time; but I am new to the team. What I am trying to do is just to get the boys together and try to work with them all and do something that will enhance our performance,” Emordi said. On the road, the first ever Nigerian coach to win the CAF Champions league and a keen contender for the heavilylobbied coaching position at Kano Pillars, Kadiri Ikhana spoke about how the experience has revealed perquisites and necessities in the preparation for the challenges on the continent. Still, a sad pall has fallen over the league and with Pillars' exit, questions over the progress of the local game continues. We surely have gotten many things wrong.

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