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Vol. 12 No. 67

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

. . . putting the people first

Safar 29, 1435 AH

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Hundreds of Nigerians await evacuation from CAR By Hassan H. Ginsau

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undreds of Nigerians resident in the Central African Republic (CAR) have decried what they saw as the undue delay in evacuating them out of the crisis-ridden

country. The citizens, many of who have moved to the Nigerian embassy in Bangui, the CAR capital city since mid last month, complained that they were lacking food and other basic needs, while they desperately await

the arrival of planes to be sent by the federal government to fly them back home. A spokesperson of the fleeing Nigerians, Hajiya Aishatu Liman, told the Hausa service of the BBC in an interview monitored

L-R: Governor Kashim Shettima presenting the 2014 Budget proposal to the Speaker, Borno state House of Assembly, Hon. Abdulkareem Adam after the governor's presentation at the Assembly Complex in Maiduguri, yesterday.

last night from Abuja, that no fewer than 2000 of them were taking refuge at the embassy. While acknowledging the presence of an advance team of officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in

line with plans to evacuate them, Hajiya Aishatu reiterated that they have been kept in suspense for too long. She stressed that most of them were out of cash as their houses had since been razed in the raging conflict

in that country, adding that “not a single form of assistance came to us from our home government�. Reports showed that no fewer than 30,000 Nigerians are stranded in the crisis-torn CAR, amidst rising Contd. on Page 2

R-L: Yobe State Governor, Malam Ibrahim Gaidam, presenting the 2014 Finance and Appropriations Bill to the Speaker, state House of Assembly, Hon. Adamu Dala Dogo, on the floor of the House, yesterday in Damaturu.

Revenue disbursement:

States accuse FG of withholding funds World welcomes New Year with fanfare

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News CONTENTS News

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Op.Ed

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Letters

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Opinion

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Metro

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Business

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Stockwatch

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Motoring

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Refinery sale: NUPENG, PENGASSAN suspend strike

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igeria’s two main oil unions halted plans to start an indefinite national strike today until they meet with government officials to discuss proposals to privatize the nation’s four state-owned oil refineries. The 15,000-member, manager-level Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, or PENGASSAN, has scheduled talks with petroleum and labor ministry officials for January 7. The Associated Press (AP)

reported yesterday that the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, or NUPENG, has not set a date for discussions, although it will “engage” with government before deciding on strike action. “If the government does not back down,” PENGASSAN may call strike action, which will start by halting the loading of crude cargoes and a gradual shutdown of oil and gas production, said PENGASSAN President Babatunde Ogun. Nigeria, while ranking as Af-

rica’s largest oil producer, relies on fuel imports to meet more than 70% of its needs, as its 445,000 barrels a day of refining capacity operates at minimal rates because of poor maintenance and aging equipment. Petroleum Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke said in a November interview that the Nigerian government will pursue the sale of the Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna refineries before the end of the first quarter of 2014. The plan to sell the refineries is “against the overall na-

tional interest and in the interest of a few,” PENGASSAN and NUPENG said in a December 18 joint statement. The government’s plan will “transfer government monopoly to cartels that will dictate the market,” the unions said. The government’s privatization plans come as Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, seeks to construct a $9 billion oil refinery, petrochemical and fertilizer complex in south western Nigeria by 2016 to reduce Nigerian fuel imports.

Revenue disbursement: States accuse FG of withholding funds By Etuka Sunday, with agency report

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tates have attributed the current delay in sharing revenue between the three tiers of government to the federal government’s inability to make the funds available on time for disbursement. The late remittances by revenue collecting agencies, according to the states, was also responsible for the delay in conducting the monthly meeting of the Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC). Speaking on the matter, the Chairman, Finance Commissioner’s Forum, Mr. Timothy Odah lamented that in recent times, the

FAAC meetings hold later than scheduled, due to lateness in rendering accounts. Odah said that if funds were readily available on schedule, revenues would be promptly shared to enable all tiers of government carry out their responsibilities. “What I will like to see is improvement in funds. When funds improve, you will see that problems will go. “Because, all these problems that arise during FAAC meeting is because of money. That NNPC will not bring returns on time; it delays. “So, if before we get here and NNPC has gotten everything we need; we will be singing halleluiah!

“If each period we come for FAAC and funds are available, there is the tendency that we will conduct our meetings and go on time”, he said. The commissioner said there was need to employ good accounting system to ensure proper accounting of revenue generated in the country. He also advocated computerized transactions in FAAC, in accordance with best international accounting practices. Odah said that revenue remittance to the Federation Account would be boosted if the entire businesses conducted by all of the country’s revenue generating agencies were done digitally. He said that there would be

reduction in fraudulent handling of resources if there were better record keeping of all transactions by these agencies. “I doubt that. This is because computer cannot talk for us. This is because the issue of FAAC meeting concerns disbursements. “You know computer makes mistakes because human beings operate it. “So there must be a sitting committee as well as a technical committee that will look at what was remitted into the Federation Account by all the revenue agencies involved. “So, allocation involves decision and decision is initiative and whatever is approved, is a matter of consensus”, he stressed.

Kong and several other countries of the world sprayed fireworks at midnight, just as Revellers in Dubai awaited what was supposed to be the world’s largest fireworks show. Closer to the edge of the International Dateline, New Zealand bid farewell to 2013 with fireworks erupting from Auckland’s Sky Tower as cheering crowds danced in the streets of the South Pacific island nation’s

largest city. Known for glitz, glamour and over-the-top achievements like the world’s tallest tower, Dubai hopes to break another record by creating the largest fireworks show ever. Pope Francis used his yearend prayer service of thanksgiving to urge people to ask themselves: Did they spend 2013 to further their own interests or to help others?

In his homily, the pontiff asked people to reflect if they used 2013 to make the places where they live more live-able and welcoming. More than 260 people had been injured by firecracker blasts and celebratory gunfire in the Philippines ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations. Here in Nigeria, many Christian faithful went to church for night vigil to usher in the New Year.

World welcomes New Year with fanfare By Sunday Ejike Benjamin with Agency reports

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ith fireworks, dancing and late-night revelry, millions of people in Nigeria and around the world have welcomed 2014, gathering for huge displays of jubilation and unity as the New Year arrived across 24 time zones. Revellers in Britain, Australia, Ukraine, New York City, Honk

Kano records low crime in 2013, say police From Edwin Olofu, Kano

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ano state Police Command has said that crime rate in the state dropped significantly in the year 2013, a situation it attributed to the joint efforts of other security agencies, as well as the maximum cooperation of members of the public, who promptly pass vital information to police for action. The command disclosed this in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, ASP Musa Magaji

Majiya, made available to newsmen in Kano. It said in the year 2013, crime statistics indicated that a total of 355 major crimes were committed and 1017 traffic offences as against 1580 and 2097 respectively in the year 2012. Majiya noted that the statistics indicated a sharp decline in crime rate in the state, adding that in the preceding year, the State Police Command recorded a total of 440 violent crimes and arrest of suspects, while it recov-

ered 58 arms. Also in the year under review, the Command arrested 90 suspects charged with rape, just as it also recovered 15 Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and recorded 1057 traffic offences. Others are that the Command recovered, not less than 58 arms, including 1,390 ammunition, while it also recovered a total of 73 stolen and abandoned vehicles. The Command also arrested 704 vehicles for driving with tint-

ed glasses, while it also recorded one kidnap case and rescued one kidnap victim in 2013. The Command thanked the State Government for the relentless support it extended to it, as well as traditional and religious leaders, Journalists, NGOs and all sister security agencies. The Command therefore called on members of the public to continue to support and cooperate with the police in its onerous task to protect lives and property.

Hundreds of Nigerians await evacuation from CAR Contd. from Page 1 spate of killings in various parts of the country. Reports on the difficulties faced by Nigerians are coming almost two weeks after the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Nnenna

Ukeje had announced the federal government’s bid to evacuate Nigerians from the country. The lawmaker had disclosed to newsmen that the Nigerian government had made arrangements to evacuate 200 Nigerians taking refuge from the nation’s embassy

in Bangui. Rep Ukeje said the committee had tasked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as NEMA to urgently provide a plane for their evacuation. The CAR has been in turmoil since rebel leader Michel Djotodia

ousted President Francois Bozize in March. Ukeje also called for the establishment of a department in the foreign ministry to respond actively to crisis situations for Nigerians caught up in flash-points abroad.


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Atiku’s loyalists in Adamawa dump PDP for APC From Umar Dankano, Yola, & Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

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lose political associate and loyalist of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in Adamawa state, Alhaji Umar Bello Jada alias ‘’ calculate’’ has defected to the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC). It could be recalled that the former Vice President has recently held close talks with some APC Chieftains who invited him to join their fold ahead of 2015 general elections. The former Vice President has told the APC Chieftains that he would consult his political associates before making his final decision to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). But political analysts were of the view that if Atiku’s body language is anything to go by, then he is already out of the PDP. Political pundits in Yola were of the view that the entry of Jada into the APC fold, is a sign that Atiku may be on his way out of the PDP very soon as Jada could not take such weighty political decision without

the imprimatur and blessings of Atiku. Jada was considered to be a crucial member of Atiku’s political think tank who played significant role in the success recorded by Atiku in the last PDP presidential primaries where he (Atiku) gave Jonathan a run for his money despite the paraphernalia of office.

Umar Bello Jada has in his letter of resignation from the position of the party’s PRO which was endorsed by Chief Joel Madaki, the Bamanga Tukur recognized Chairman of PDP in the state noted that his resignation was in order to give him the leverage of supporting APC come 2015. Meanwhile, APC has assured

Nigerians that the party is ready, willing and determined to make all the necessary sacrifices to reverse the prevailing gloomy situation in the country and bring about the much-needed change for the better in the interest of the long-suffering citizens. In a statement yesterday by its Interim National Publicity Sec-

retary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said Nigerians should go into the New Year with an unyielding commitment to be part of ongoing efforts to set the country on the path of growth and development, rather than get into a state of funk on the basis of the cumulative mis-governance of the past 14 years by the PDPled Federal Government.

Watch your words, Mark tells politicians By Ikechukwu Okaforadi & Stanley Onyekwere

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enate President, David Mark, has advised the political class to avoid actions and comments capable of overheating the already volatile polity. In a statement yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media

and Publicity, Kola Ologbondiyan, Mark warned that no matter the level of anger or frustration which any politician may harbour in mind, efforts should be made to play the game of politics by the rules, in addition to respecting the rights of others. In the New Year message titled ‘Our Nation, Our Pride’,

Mark admitted that Nigeria is currently facing security, sociopolitical and economic challenges, but expressed hope that these challenges are surmountable. He argued that other developed nations of the world, at various stages of their development, passed through such dif-

ficulties as being witnessed in Nigeria today. “The only difference is that the people themselves resolved to identify the problem and proffered a common solution, this is what we need in our own case, to reason together like one people and to solve our problems like one people”, Mark insisted.

Canada blacklists Boko Haram as terrorist organisation By Hassan Haruna Ginsau

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ollowing the United States’ blaclisting of Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO), the Canadian government on Monday designated the group a terrorist organisation under the it’s Criminal Code. In a statement by the Canadian Minister for public safety and emergency preparedness, Honourable Steven Blaney described Boko Haram as “an organisation that is responsible for over 300 attacks in Northern Nigeria, which have resulted in the deaths of over 1,000 people.” By virtue of these listing, the asset of the groups and anyone associated with them in Canada will be “seized and forfeited.” Under Canadian law there may now be severe penalties for persons and organisations that deal in the property or finances of the group. In addition, it is a crime to knowingly participate in, or contribute to, any activity of Boko Haram for the purpose of “enhancing the ability of the entity to facilitate or carry out a terrorist activity.” “The Government of Canada is keeping our streets and communities safe. Listing terrorist entities facilitates the prosecution of perpetrators and supporters of terrorism, as well as countering terrorist financing,” added Blaney. The Canadian government also listed the Caucasus Emirate blamed for recent bombings in Russia a terrorist organisation.

People queuing to fetch water due to scarcity, yesterday at Okene, in Kogi state.

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Obasanjo receives Gov Wamakko From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

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ormer President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday said he received the governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko in his Abeokuta Hill top mansion in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. The former Head of State,

through his media aide, Tunde Oladunjoye did not disclose details about the visit of Governor Wamakko, but denied reports that President Goodluck Jonathan paid him a surprise visit in Abeokuta. Obasanjo’s media aide said an online report had quoted close source who was said to be

at the venue, when President Jonathan purportedly visited and explained that the visit was unscheduled as the former president did not inform any of his aides of such an important visit. Part of the online report reads: “On arrival, President Jonathan informed Chief Obasanjo that he came to greet him

for the yuletide. The president met Obasanjo playing a local game of AYO wearing long traditional attire, Jalamia. Although Obasanjo’s body language did not express friendliness, yet he was said to be fatherly in his approach throughout the visit. President Jonathan however left Hill Top at 3.35pm”.

PDP crisis: National caucus, BoT, NEC to meet By Lawrence Olaoye

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hree important organs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would next week hold meetings to deliberate on salient issues affecting the party in preparation for 2015 general elections, it was learnt. It was also learnt that the meetings are part of efforts to put an end to the crises rocking the party. A reliable source disclosed yesterday that the party’s National Caucus headed by President Goodluck Jonathan, who is also the national leader of the Party would meet on Monday, January 6th, the Board of Trustees (BoT) would meet on Tuesday, January

7th while the National Executive Committee (NEC) would hold its meeting on Wednesday, January 8th. Top on the agenda of the meetings, according to the source are crises rocking the party, which led to the defection of the five governors elected on the platform of the party and other bigwigs of the Party including members of the National Assembly to the APC, the expulsion of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, its former acting National Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje and others from the party as recommended by the Alhaji Umaru Dikko’s disciplanry Committee. Others that were recommended for expulsion for alleged anti-

Party activities by the Committee along with Oyinlola are Dr Sam Sam Jaja, a former Deputy National Chairman of the Party, and Alhaji Ibrahim Kazaure, the National Vice Chairman of the Party (North-west). Though Oyinlola and others had rejected the expulsion as they described the Umaru Dikko’s Committee as an illegal Committee, which was not recognised by the NEC of the Party as contained its Constitution, the Party’s National Working Committee had defended the composition of the Committee on the ground that it could act on behalf of the NEC during emergence cases. It was gathered that the meet-

ings may move for the appointments of Caretaker Committees for State Executive Committees for the five states where their Governors had already defected to the APC The two governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states slated for later in the year, the 2015 general elections, the controversial suspended South-west Zonal Congress of the party, the source hinted, would be discussed and also the controversial letter written by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Jonathan with a view to passing a vote of Confidence on President Jonathan for his modest achievements despite all odds.


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Nigeria’s 2013: The year in retrospect By Evelyn Okakwu

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he year 2013 has come and gone. For most Nigerians the year came with it a handful of meritorious events as well as challenges both for the individuals and the Nation as a whole. While Nigerians remember their personal tribulations and obstacles in the year, an overview of the successes 2013 also come to mind. The lovers of football for example will not forget so easily the year 2013. The year when Nigeria won the Africa Cup of Nations and became Africa’s Champions; Nigeria’s under-17; the U-17 golden Eaglets also won the World Cup and the country qualified for the senior World Cup scheduled to take place in Brazil this year. Certainly the country feels proud of all those who kept their hands on deck to ensure that this success was recorded. Also the successful privatisation of the power sector, after over twelve years of seemingly endless debate is another mark of positive development in the country which occurred in the year 2013. The shift in control of the electric plants and distribution companies from public to private sector is a development that will hopefully channel greater happenings in 2014. More so the political revolution which occurred in this same year is one move that is expected to bring forth positive developments in Nigeria’s democracy. For the first time in this dispensation the country witnessed the emergence of yet another political party big enough to compete with the ruling party. Indeed the expectations of Nigerians is that with the emergence of the APC the PDP will have to tighten its belt to achieve any target objective, which is what democracy is all about. In addition; the transport sector was not left out. The year 2013 witnessed the resumption of train services again on the Western line from Lagos to Kano. Although this is one aspect where more work is still expected, the fact that the trains are running again is indeed a positive development that the country achieved in the year 2013. Furthermore, the celebration of the yuletide that was marked

Super Eagles lifting the AFCON 2013 trophy without bloodshed is indeed a the enactment of emergency rule great sign that the ugly experience in three States within the Northin previous years of the attacks by east, namely; Borno Adamawa, terrorist on innocent lives during and Yobe States where the attacks such festive seasons may be on the of the group on innocent lives was severe. path to an end. The development was welThe attacks on innocent lives have in the past three years char- comed by a lot of Nigerians while acterised festive season in Nigeria, some others mentioned certain such that many welcomed the sea- defects of a military government, son with mixed feeling of joy and within a democratic setting as militating factors against Nigeria’s fear of the unknown. Also another achievement of democracy. Yet still the insurgents the country this year is the suc- were not deterred by the presence cessful signing of the Bilateral Air of military personnel within these Service Agreement (BASA) which areas. They battled the military forces was made possible in this administration despite the fact that the in the three states and caused furaviation ministry was at the time ther loss of innocent lives, espebattling with the controversies of cially during the first three quarthe Oduahgate scandal. The BASA ters of the year. As stated by the minister of agreement is another step towards ensuring stronger business ties information, Labaran Maku huge between Nigeria and Israel. The sums of money that were supagreement has been a matter of posed to go into development prodebate for years before it was even- grammes, especially in the north tually signed by the Goodluck’s ad- that is lagging behind in various indices of development are being ministration in 2013. Although there are quite a used to contain the security situanumber of positive developments, tion in the North east region of the the negative developments also country. Till date the three states that took turns showing their ugly were affected by the State of emerheads in the year 2013. The activities of the terrorist gency have not reached the level of group, popularly called the Boko earning reconsideration from the Haram did not go unnoticed dur- Federal government about their ing this year. The year 2013 saw political setting. Also, the year 2013 was more or less a year of protracted strike actions as most Nigerians watched with pain the series of tussles between the federal government and most educational unions in the country. The strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which was the most popular of them all, took a whooping six months, beginning on the first of July and ending only in the early part of December 2013. The strike action by ASUU was rated the longest in the Nations’ history of strike actions within the University setting. Although the strike has ended, reports have shown that the effects of the pro-

Also, the year 2013 was more or less a year of protracted strike actions as most Nigerians watched with pain the series of tussles between the federal government and most educational unions in the country.

tracted industrial action will certainly be felt by some sectors of the University, like the State owned university as they fully resume in 2014. More so, the Polytechnic chapter of the Nations educational sector was not left out of the industrial tussle. After embarking upon a warning strike in July for 21 days, the Academic staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) started yet another strike in October 2013. In a report published by the Daily Trust Newspaper on Monday October 7th 2013; the Zonal coordinator of the south west chapter of the union, Comrade Babatunde Dosumu noted that the strike was aimed among other things; to bring government’s attention and action to the need for the constitution of Governing Councils of polytechnics, the migration of the lower cadres on the CONTISS 15 salary scale, the release of the White Paper on the visitations to federal polytechnics and the need for the commencement of Needs Assessment of polytechnics, among others. Apparently the needs of the union go hand in hand with that of the ASUU which was aimed at revitalising the universities, unfortunately the strike action by ASUP has not gained as much attention from the government as that of the ASUU. Still within the educational sector, the colleges of education had a fair share of the strike actions in the year 2013. To add to that the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has left a mark of an impending strike action as the Nations New Year gift from the Union, when the NMA embarked upon a warning strike action for five days in the month of December 2013, with the aim of commencing an indefinite strike in 2014 if its demands were not met. Nigerians are hoping that the federal government will work with the NMA to avert the strike which will surely have a negative effect on

the Nation’s health sector. Also, the strike action proposed by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) is another negative event that the country will have to battle with. The Unions had given the Federal Government an ultimatum to either take another stand on the proposed sale of refineries before the 24th of December 2013 or face an indefinite strike action in 2014. According to the National President of PENGASSAN, Babatunde Ogun; oil workers would proceed on an indefinite strike should government not abandon its planned sale of the comatose refineries without involving the unions in the processes that would culminate in their final disposal. The PENGASSAN leader who said both Unions will not hold further talks with government before the proposed strike had this to say on the issue: “Our message is very clear; if by December 24 government failed to cancel the planned privatisation of the refineries, we will wait for the yuletide period to come and go; while we mobilise between that time and first week in January 2014; the entire oil and gas workers in Nigeria will go on total strike and shut down the economy. “If by the end of 2013, retraction does not come from government and a firm commitment to push for the passage of the PIB, we will go on strike. Ogun who blamed successive governments for frustrating the revival of the refineries added that government is deliberately allowing the refineries to suffer till they have been sold to private investors “Nobody is interested in putting the refineries back to working ways. The materials needed to do the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) have been bought. They are deliberately being kept somewhere until the refineries are sold before they are released to the buyers. This is meant to ensure the refineries are working immediately they are privatised and thereby deceive Nigerians”. Ogun further warned that the workers had the capacity to resist this, stressing that, by virtue of the report, it has informed government about the need to reverse the sale plan or face total industrial action from the first week of 2014. Finally, another major tragedy was the revelation that came as a result of the season of letters introduced by the Nigeria’s past President Olusegun Obasanjo, where he accused President Jonathan of various crimes including gross encouragement of corruption. Although the president responded to his predecessors 18 page letter with a 10 page letter, there is no doubt that the President will have to do a great deal to avert the effect of the letter on the psychology of the average Nigerian.


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I’ll soon defect to APC – Senator Abe By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he senator representing Rivers East Senatorial District, Magnus Abe said he will soon join the All Progressives Congress (APC), noting that even if only one senator will defect to APC, he will be the one. According to him, “I am going to cross to the APC; even if it means that it is only one senator that will defect, Magnus Abe will be that senator. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantees freedom of association. It says if there is division in your political association, you can cross”. Senator Abe said this when he spoke to journalists in Port Harcourt, against the background of the recent threat by the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to sue defecting lawmakers and declare their seats vacant. According to him, “Have people not been crossing over to the PDP? How many governors have crossed from other parties to the PDP? Gov. Orji of Abia was not elected on the platform of the PDP and yet he is a PDP member today. Did his previous party hang him? “Politicians have been crossing over to the PDP, and suddenly, you can’t say people cannot cross from the PDP to other parties” he said. Speaking further, he said there is no provision in Nigeria’s Constitution that prevents the movement of persons from one political party to another. He cited the crises in the PDP which led to the defection of aggrieved members, saying it has justified his decision to leave the ruling party for APC. Abe said that the walkout of some PDP members during the party’s convention led to the formation of a faction, which joined APC, even as he said that the country belonged to every Nigerian, urging Nigerians to oppose the impunity carried out by some individuals and groups.

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2015: Tambuwal tasks INEC on general elections By Lawrence Olaoye

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peaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to get its acts together ahead of the 2015 polls. The Speaker offered the advice in his New Year message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam and made available to the newsmen in Abuja. Tambuwal also commended the Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission for conducting a peaceful and credible

election worthy of emulation. ``The lesson in what happened in Yobe should not be lost on all of us in spite of the security situation in the state and operating under the State of Emergency,” he said. He appreciated the role played by the government and people of the state as well as security agencies to ensure that the election witnessed massive turn out and was concluded peacefully. “The determination of the government and people of Yobe State to have democratic structures at the grassroots played a huge part in ensuring the success of the exercise. “It should not be lost on all of

us that when all hands are on deck, and with sincerity of purpose, we can achieve success together. ``I commend the security agencies, the government and people of Yobe State for setting an example worthy of emulation,” the Speaker said. He urged Nigerians to remain positive about the country, and prayed to God for a prosperous and peaceful 2014. Similarly, the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, enjoined Nigerians to remain optimistic for better days ahead. He stated this in a message by his Chief Press Secretary, Oke Epia to mark the start of the new

year. Ihedioha said the challenges of security, growth and development in the country require greater resilience and optimism from Nigerians. He noted that developed countries of the world had passed through similar tough challenges, assuring that Nigeria would also overcome the situation. Ihedioha called on those in leadership positions to renew their commitment to nation building, and to always place national interest above personal pursuits in the discharge of their duties.

Kaduna state Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Yero Ramalan, tabling the 2014 Budget before the state House of Assembly, yesterday in Kaduna. Photo: NAN

New Year: JTF to increase check points across Kano From Edwin Olofu, Kano

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he Joint Security Task Force (JTF), in Kano has promised Christians and residents of the state of adequate security during the New Year celebrations in the state. A statement by its spokesman, Captain IKedichi Iweha in Kano, said the JTF has put in place all necessary arrangements to ensure a hitch free celebration, noting security check points would be

increased across the city. Iweha warned residents against giving any form of gratification to any personnel of the JTF, stressing that any attempt to do so would compromise the security of the state, threatening to arrest both the giver and the receiver. "The JTF wishes to draw the attention of the general public to the establishment of more checkpoints and increase in patrols. The need

for the establishment of the monitoring team stems from the determination of the JTF to ensure that road users are free to move about while conducting their businesses without unnecessary molestation and to ensure sense of security is prevalent in Kano and its environs”, it said. The statement further cautioned that even though the yuletide is characterized by different forms of charity, the JTF notes that such charity towards

personnel on duty at their duty posts could compromise the already laid down standard. "Searches at check points may take a few minutes of the road users time, however, some road users due to impatience would rather part with gratification, attempt to drive off at top speed; rather than go through the checks and be cleared. Such road users risk arrest, confiscation of property and prosecution."

Kaduna proposes N198.6bn for 2014

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aduna State Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero yesterday presented a proposal of N198.6 billion for the fiscal year 2014 budget to the State House of Assembly. The budget tagged "Budget of Peace and Continuity" is made

up of Capital Estimate N124.4bn and Recurrent Expenditure of N74.2bn. Presenting the budget on the floor of the house, Governor Yero, said the budget is aimed at continuation of ongoing projects he inherited from his predecessors and to sustain the current peaceful atmosphere enjoyed in the state.

Yero said since Kaduna state is an agrarian state, the government has committed a total amount of N7.6billion for agriculture under which Livestock and Fishery will gulp N33million and N13million respectively. In the presentation which lasted for more than an hour, the Governor said, education was only second security in the

proposed budget, hence the government has budgeted a total sum of N14.2billion for the education sector, which he said would be spent on infrastructure upgrade, manpower development and establishment of new science secondary schools The budget, with a deficit of N38billion naira, is an accumulation of both internal

and external debt, aimed at easing the lives of citizens. In his response to the budget presentation, Speaker of the Kaduna State House Assembly, Rt. Hon. Shehu Usman Tahir said, the proposed budget was a reflection of the needs and aspirations of the good people of Kaduna State.


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Senator Magoro booed in Kebbi

From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi

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enator Muhammadu Magoro was booed by political thugs in Wasagu, Danko/Wasagu Local Government of Kebbi State. Sources said the Senator was in Wasagu to attend the turbaning ceremony of seven people by the Chief of Wasagu, Alhaji Mukhtar Musa Wasagu over the weekend. “They came and started shouting cin ruwa!, cin ruwa!!, cin ruwa!!! in hausa. Whatever that means to them we cannot really say. But the situation was immediately brought under control,” eyewitnesses told our reporter. Further investigations by our reporter revealed that the Senator made a statement at the event that did not go down well that triggered the reaction from the thugs. The chief of Wasagu when contacted on phone denied knowledge of such incident.”I do not know and I am not aware of such incident because I was right inside my house. You know I am not a politician, please go and find out from politicians,” he said. His close aides have however earlier confirmed the incident but said the booing was not directed at the Senator.

Kaduna Police command distributes cash to widows of 29 fallen men From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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aduna state Police Command yesterday provided financial assistance of N10, 000 cash to 29 widows of their fallen policemen at the command Headquarters. The beneficiaries are those whose husbands were killed from 2011 to date. The command spokesperson, Aminu Lawan said the command honored the fallen men based on Inspector General of Police directives to all states commissioners of police. “ We lost so many men in Kaduna from 2011 to date and they are 29 of them. The Commissioner, Olufemi Adenaike hosted the widows of the killed policemen and gave each of them N10, 000 only,” he said. He further said the Commissioner also interacted with the women as he assured them of the command’s readiness to continue to support them. DSP Aminu further added that thecommissionerchargedotherofficers to go ahead and discharge their duties as we enter into 2014. Abeneficiary,MrsElizebithTanimu Barde said her husband died last year as an Inspector and that she was surprised whenshereceivedtheinvitationbutsaid she never wished to be there as a widow. “ I wish he was here with us but I thank God that he leaves me alive for a purpose and I know that he left us in the hand of God. I also thank the police for what they have been doing for us,” she said.

Gaidam presents N102.89bn budget for 2014 From Uche Uche, Damaturu

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obe State Governor, Alh. Ibrahim Gaidam has presented a budget of N102.89 billion for the 2014 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly. This figure which is made up of N67.43 billion or 66% for capital expenditure and the sum of N35.47 billion or 3.4% for recurrent expenditure is an increase of N16.24 billion or 15.78% over the 2013

budget. While presenting the budget, he revealed that an opening balance of N6.094 billion would be generated from statutory allocation of N50.26 billion, with another statutory allocation of N2.64 from SURE-P and valued added tax of N10.03 billion. Other sources include excess crude oil of N9.88 billion, and internally generated revenue of N3.63 billion, external loan of

N640.95 million, and internal loan N12.14 billion and grants of N2.69 billion Also, the sum of N1 billion would be generated from ecological fund and miscellaneous sum of N3.89 billion. While presenting the budget proposal tagged, “Budget of Reconstruction and Consolidating the Socio-Economic Transformation”, Governor Gaidam, pointed out that

A Toyota Camry car gutted by fire, yesterday along Airport road, in Abuja.

the thrust of the budget is to enable the government to continue with her numerous policies of enhancing multi-sectoral development and facilitating the socio-economic transformation of the state among others. He urged the State House of Assembly to give the budget a meticulous scrutiny, objective assessment, a fair deliberation and a smooth and quick passage.

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Gov. Aliyu warns PDP members seeking elections to serve or defect From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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iger state governor Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has warned Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members who are interested in seeking elections in 2015 to serve the people or defect to alternative political parties. Aliyu gave the warning yesterday at government house, Minna, while signing into law the 2014 appropriation bill of over N98.8 billion for the fiscal year. “If you want to win election, you

must serve the people and those who want to win election without working should defect” he said. He challenged the National and state Assemblies for blaming the executives for lack of budget implementation at the end of the year, that the legislature should be up to their responsibilities by inviting the executives at any moment to explain the reason for non implementation of any project captured in the budget and also check their excesses. Aliyu called on the entire people

of the state to hold him responsible while urging the state assembly to regularly scrutinize the MDA’s and Commissioners who were saddled with the responsibility of budget implementation. The state Assembly Speaker, Barrister Adamu Usman, said the house has adopted the submission of Niger state medium term physical frame work, which is in line with provision of the physical responsibility law section 13 sub section 1 and 6 as passed by the house, ascended by the governor.

He expressed the hope that the 2014 budget will record greater performance that will systematically consolidate on the past achievements and open new greater opportunities for Nigerlites, as the budget has greater attention on the areas of education, health, agriculture and transportation which he said, will improved the rating of the state when properly implemented. The budget was passed two weeks after its presentation on Tuesday 10th December 2013.

Katsina private schools to get dress code From Lawal Sa’ídu Funtua, Katsina

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atsina State House of Assembly, yesterday, organized a public hearing on the need for a law to compel private schools operating in the state to have a dress code that would instil decent mode of dressings among its students. The public hearing followed a motion earlier sponsored by a member of the house representing Katsina Local Government, Alhaji Babangida

Nasamu, calling for an enactment of a law to regulate the immoral manner students of private schools dress. The public hearing attracted various interest groups that include no fewer than 28 groups from the religious, rights, parents associations and the interested general public. Speaking at the hearing, the state commissioner of Education, Professor Aminu Kado Kurfi, lamented that there was no law stipulating the nature of dress to be worn by students

in such schools. He therefore noted that although there was agreed dress code for private schools, some proprietors of such schools and parents were not respecting it. Also speaking, the Chairman of the Private Schools Owners Association, Katsina State Chapter, Dr. Rabi’u Abdulkadir Kurfi argued that there were already agreed schools codes for private schools where according to him, Muslims were allowed to wear Hijab and Skirts for the Christian students.

Speaking separately at the hearing, the leader of Izalatul Bid’ah Wa’iqamatus Sunna, Katsina State chapter, Sheikh Yakubu Musa Hassan and a representative of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Katsina Reverend Elisha, decried the manner of immoral dress worn by some students. They both agreed that such indecent dressing was against the teaching of both religion and only promote promiscuity and lured some people into committing rape.


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2015: Sokoto pensioners endorse Tambuwal as governor From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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he Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Sokoto State Council, has thrown its weight behind the Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives; Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, as the next executive governor of Sokoto State come 2015. The Council stated this in a press release signed by its chairman, Alh. Ahmed Mohammed and made available to the media in

Kaduna yesterday. According to the statement, Rt. Hon. Tambuwal is a symbol of comprehensive struggle and triumph, a rising star in Nigeria’s political firmament which has identified with the all segments of the society. The statement said bipartisan maneuvers which preceded the emergence of the Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is still fresh in the minds of Nigerians. Because all members of the Lower

Chamber defied their respective party whips and audaciously elected him as Speaker against the so-called zoning arrangement introduced by their respective political parties. The statement further added that despite his position as number four in political hierarchy in Nigeria, Tambuwal has remain cool headed and submissive to those ahead of him, even in his home state of Sokoto. “Given the phenomenal

achievements of Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko in compassionate governance, people from across the nooks and crannies of Sokoto State are yearning for continuity and sustainability of the good work. “All the existing calculations point to just one man the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”. The statement also stated that the zoning arrangement

Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku (right), reviewing government achievements in 2013, during a world news conference, yesterday in Abuja. With him are DirectorGeneral, Voice of Nigeria, Alhaji Abubakar Jijiwa (middle), and Director, Public Communication, Ministry of Information, Mr. Emma Agbegir (left). Photo: NAN

Cholera, lead poisoning epidemic in Zamfara worries FG From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

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he Federal government has expressed concern over frequent resurgence of cholera and lead poisoning epidemic outbreak in zamfara state, saying the scenario has poised a great challenge to the federal government’s transformation agenda in the health sector.

This was disclosed by the coordinator, National Center for disease control, Professor Abdussalam Nasidi while on assessment visit to Zamfara in an effort to find out the level of intervention on the reported cholera and lead poisoning cases. He explained that, though most state government hospitals were closed, but yet the cases of cholera, mal-nutrition and

lead poisoning in some fresh contaminated communities in the state were reported, according to records from some development partners. He stressed that the outcome of the recent analysis of the soil taste conducted by the NCDC revealed that, about 29 fresh communities in the state where processing of ores was done are contaminated with lead, while number of children in the

communities have been tasted lead positive. On the cholera issue, the professor noted that, federal government has mapped out strategies to support each state is addressing cholera problems and called on Zamfara state government to improve in developing the key social sectors of the public, especially good drinking water.

Jonathan assures of peace in 2014 By Abbas Aminu Bamalli

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resident Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians of his administration’s full commitment to the progressive development of the country and the consolidation of peace, unity and democratic governance in Nigeria. The President who made the assurance in his New Year massage said, despite several continuing domestic and global challenges in the country, the year 2013 witnessed many positive developments which his administration will strive to build upon in 2014. “I greet and felicitate with you all as we enter the year

2014 which promises to be a momentous one for our country for several reasons, including the fact that it is also the year of our great nation’s centenary celebrations. I join you all in giving thanks to God Almighty for guiding us and our beloved nation safely through all the challenges of the outgoing year to the beginning of 2014”, he said. He further said, “Whatever challenges we may have faced, whatever storms we may have confronted and survived, Nigeria remains a truly blessed country, a country of gifted men and women who continue to distinguish themselves in all spheres of life, a country whose diversity remains

a source of strength”. Jonathan said, in keeping with the avowed commitment to progressively enhancing the credibility of Nigeria’s electoral process by consistently upholding the principle of one man, one vote, his Administration will also ensure that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) receives all required support to ensure that it is adequately prepared for the next general elections. According to the President, the national budget for 2014 which is now before the National Assembly is specifically targeted at job creation and inclusive growth, adding that, “We are keenly aware that in spite of the

estimated 1.6 million new jobs created across the country in the past 12 months as a result of our actions and policies, more jobs are still needed to support our growing population. Our economic priorities will be stability and equitable growth, building on the diverse sectors of our economy”. He added that the task of making the nation a much better place for present and future generations cannot be left to government alone, he therefore urge Nigerians to be ready and willing to do more this year to support the implementation of the Federal Government’s Agenda for National Transformation in every possible way.

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on ground in Sokoto State and other political calculations favour Sokoto South Senatorial district in view of the fact that Bafarawa hails from the North and the incumbent, Aliyu from the Central. Political parties and observers of the Sokoto political scene agreed that it is the turn of the south senatorial district to produce Sokoto State governor come 2015. “The point must be acknowledged that the incumbent deputy governor, Alh. Mukhtari Shagari equally hails from the southern zone too, but what has given an advantage to Speaker Tambuwal is his spectacular magnanimity, scientific world view and his understanding of Sokoto State, Nigeria and all her possibilities, but most remarkable is his humility and sacrificial attitude to his constituents and associates”.

New Year: Governor Yero urges Nigerians not to despair From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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s Nigerians celebrates New Year today, Governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero urged Nigerians to forge greater unity and to remain hopeful in the ability of the country to come out of its present challenges stronger and more prosperous. Governor Yero urged the people not to despair in the face of present challenges saying “such hurdles are prelude to our achieving greatness, lasting peace and sustainable economic development. We must not lose hope because better days are ahead for our great country.” In a New Year Message by the Director General Media and Publicity, Ahmed Maiyaki, the Governor congratulated all Nigerians particularly the entire good people of Kaduna State for the divine grace of being alive to witness the year 2014. He urged the people to continue to support Government at all levels in order to engender a peaceful, united and prosperous nation. The Governor used the occasion of the New Year to congratulate all Nigerians on the centenary anniversary of the amalgamation of the North and Southern Protectorates in 1914 that led to the birth of Nigeria. He called on the people to remain prayerful for the success and stability of the country and to shun all forms of negative tendencies that are capable of causing disaffection in the land, “let’s emphasize more on what unites us as a people rather than what divides us.”


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Photo Splash

Participants at the International Literacy Day and Mass Literacy Campaign, on Monday in Bauchi.

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L-R: Chairman, Emohua Local Government, Allen Mma, member representing Emohua, Ikwerre Federal Constituency, Hon. Andrew Uchendu, Rivers state Governor, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, President General, Ogbakor Ikwerre WorldWide, Professor Augustin Ahiazu, and Chief Sampson Agbaru, during the 199th convention of Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organisation World-Wide, recently at Ahia Ogbakiri, in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers state.

Two houses razed by fire as result of frequent fluctuation in electricity distribution, on Monday at Obiosa Street, Itire-Ijesha, in Lagos.

L-R: Kaduna state Commissioner for Finance, Malam Ismaila Aliyu, Commissioner for Information, Mr. Ben Bako, and Commissioner for Economic Planning, Mr. Madami Garba, during the news conference on 2014 Budget break down, yesterday in Kaduna. Photo: NAN

Traffic returns on Ahmadu Bello Way after Christmas, on Monday in Kaduna. Photo: NAN


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Ooni at 84: Northern govs extol monarch’s leadership qualities From Yakubu Mustapha,Minna

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he Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has felicitated with the

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Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Alayeluwa Okunade Sijuade Onibuse II who would attain 84 years of age on Wednesday, describing the monarch as a bridgebuilder who has been playing a leading role in fostering unity amongst the diverse tendencies that make up the country. Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu in a tribute to Ooni said Dr. Sijuade’s 34 years on the throne has

brought tremendous progress and modernization to the people of his domain. “It is worthy of note that since 1980 when his imperial majesty mounted the throne of his forefathers, the monarch has been playing a leading role in building bridges amongst the diverse tendencies that make-up the country”. The forum said in a statement by Governor Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo

that the 34 years of Dr. Sijuade’s kingship has brought positive development and modernization to his domain. “It is gratifying to see how the Ooni has been building bridges across ethnic, religious and Sociocultural divides, helping to bring together Nigerians, irrespective of their differences”, the forum said and prayed God to grant the Ooni excellent health, courage and many more years of service to Nigeria and humanity.

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he Federal Government yesterday announced the appointment of Brig.-Gen. Johnson Olawumi as the new Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). This is contained in a statement by Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The statement said Olawumi’s appointment took effect from December 23, 2013. Olawumi, who hails from Iyin Ekiti, in Ekiti State, attended the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, and was commissioned into the Nigerian Army on September 23, 1989. He has a Bachelor of Science’s degree in Mathematics from the Nigerian Defence Academy, a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ilorin. Olawumi, who also has a Master’s degree in Defence Studies from the Kings College, London, is married with children. Also, Mr. Ibrahim Waziri, has been appointed as Chairman, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). Waziri, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and an MBA from the University of Lagos, served as a non-executive Director of First Bank of Nigeria. The statement said Waziri also served as a member of the Federal Government Technical Committee on Expenditure Review that advised the government on enhancing value of overhead expenditure and reducing waste in government spending. Waziri attended various local and International trainings and conferences, including the famous University Executive Management Programme, the Harvest University Advanced Management Programme and the Oxford University Advance Management Programme. “He was Group Executive Director, Corporate Service at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) between 2003 and 2009 and is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School,’’

Delta state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba (middle), displays arms and ammunition recovered from January to December, during a news conference, yesterday in Asaba. Photo: NAN

Councilors impeach LG chairman in Kebbi From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi

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ight Councilors out of ten of Bunza Local Government of Kebbi State yesterday Impeached their Chairman Alh. Aliyu Umar Bunza, based on five count charges on gross misconduct, illegal sale of Local Government facilities, obstructing party activities and failure to summon council meeting since inception into office. The councilor representing Sabon Birnni Constituency, Muhammed Bello Sabon Birni, who read out the impeachment

notice to press men in Bunza local government council chamber, said, eight councilors were unanimous in their decision for the impeachment of the Chairman, Alh. Aliyu Umar Raha. According to the councilor, the five count charges leveled against the Impeached Chairman include sales of Bunza fertilizer store without consent and approval of the council at undervalued rate, sales of health facility without approval, sales of block making machines provided by the local government for generation of internal revenue, obstruction

of party activities in the local government and failure to summon council meeting since inception into office. Muhammed Bello, the councilor representing Sabon who spoke on behalf of the eight councilors, quoted section 19(3) of local government act from which they derived their powers and also said what the chairman did amounts to gross misconduct. All efforts to reach the Impeached chairman Alh. Umar Raha proved abortive as he couldn’t be reached both at home and on phone.

2014: IGP orders tight security at places of worship By Joy Baba

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s Nigerians awaits a new year with beehive of activities, the InspectorGeneral of Police, (IGP), Mohammed D. Abubakar assured Nigerians of adequate security from the force with special attention to all places of worship. He called on Zonal AIGs and Command’s CPs to ensure adequate safety and security in their areas of jurisdiction, while assuring Nigerians of the readiness of the Police to effectively provide adequate security for the country in the

year 2014. A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mbah said the IGP gave the assurance while delivering his New Year message during the 2013 Security Assessment Meeting of the Police Management Team, yesterday at the Force Headquarters, Abuja. According to the statement, “the IGP is positive that the multifarious strategies adopted by the Police and the renewed collaboration with the public, are bound to yield more dividends for the country, reiterating that the Police are making robust efforts at locking up all channels

of violent crimes in the country. “He listed the preservation of public safety, fight against terrorism, rape, violence against women and children, challenges of communal clashes, capacity building and general welfare of Police personnel as top priority for the Force in the in-coming year”. The statement further said the IGP also called on the public, particularly the youth, to desist from any act capable of disrupting the peace of the society in the New Year and beyond advising parents and guardians to continue to provide appropriate mentoring to our teeming youths.

News Task force to embark on inspection of private schools, shutdown 50 in Kano

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ano State task force on private schools is to embark on inspection of private schools’ facilities for standardisation of education in private schools. Chairman of the task force, Alhaji Baba Umar Abubakar, revealed this during a press conference on the committee’s achievements in 2013 and new policies introduced for 2014 at his office yesterday. Umar said the committee will work jointly with other stakeholders like West African Examination Council (WAEC), National Examination Council (NECO), NAPTIP officials, Teachers Regulatory council, PTA among other stakeholders to inspect facilities used in private schools in the state. “This committee will work jointly with stakeholders like WAEC, NECO, NAPTIP officials, teachers’ regulatory council, PTA etc, to inspect private schools’ facilities such as laboratories, classes, offices and other facilities. This is with a view to ensure standardisation of the schools as well as provide qualitative education in our private schools and the state as a whole. The inspection will take effect a week after resumption from the first term brake.” Umar stated. The chairman also vowed to take drastic measures on the private schools that refused to comply with the committee’s rule and regulations. “This committee will take drastic measures on the erring schools that defy our rules and regulations. We will also punish those that refuse to return their verification; authentication and evaluation form because the forms were printed with public money. We will close those schools that either by commission or omission, refused to report to the task force in order to know their existence, “he added. Meanwhile, the chairman announced the closure of one private school for charging exorbitant school fees and 49 others for refusing to fill and return with their evaluation forms. “Let me use this opportunity to announce the closure of Farawa Academy for charging exorbitant school fees that is not in accordance with our task force’s guidelines. 49 others are going to be closed for refusing to fill and return their evaluation, authentication and verification form”, he said


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News

Court strikes out suit against 36 govs, FCT minister over security votes By Sunday Ejike Benjamin

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Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had struck out a suit seeking to stop the 36 state governors and the Minister of the Federal capital territory (FCT) from deducting monies from statutory allocation as security votes.

The trial Judge, Justice Adamu Bello had, in a judgement delivered yesterday threw out the suit filed by a constitution lawyer, Chief Nkereuwem Akpan, against the governors and the FCT minister in 2010. Akpan had urged the court to determine, by virtue of sections 16(2) and 120 of the 1999

Constitution Cap C 23, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, if the governors had the power without lawful authority, to deduct monies as security votes from the Federation Account. But, Justice Bello held in his judgment that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

He said the governors and the minister of the FCT were neither the Federal Government nor its agencies and the court had no authority to determine the case. Justice Bello further held that if the defendants were the Federal Government or its agencies, the court could entertain the case.

Katsina trains 200 girls on skills acquisition

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From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina

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atsina state government has begun the training of 200 girls selected from across the 34 local government areas of the state on various skills acquisition programmes that would make them selfreliant. The state Commissioner of Women Affairs, Hajiya Amina Isa Gaci disclosed this, yesterday while declaring open a 7-day vocational and skills acquisition programmes for the selected girls in the state. Gaci stated that in the previous exercise only married women were trained on the skills acquisition programme, adding that it was the state governor’s wife, Hajiya Fatima Shehu Shema that directed them to expand the programme to cover young girls. “We feel that since you have completed your secondary school education, it’s now an opportunity for you to learn one or two skills that could assist in boosting your economic status. These skills could help you even in your husband’s houses”, she added. The commissioner however said on completion of the training, the governor’s wife would provide them with working tools and capital.

“Though the plaintiff has the locus standi to institute the case against the defendants, the court can only entertain a suit involving the Federal Government and its agencies,’’ the judge said, adding that the suit involved state governors and the minister of FCT which had their own jurisdictions.

R-L: Representative of the IGP and Adamawa state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Godfrey Okeke, presenting a bag of rice to Mrs. Felicia Zaki, during the presentation of food items to widows of Nigeria Police fallen heroes, yesterday in Adamawa. Photo: NAN

Jang bans street begging From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

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overnor Jonah Jang of Plateau state yesterday announced a total ban on street begging in the state. Jang also banned the displaying of sick and disabled people in the street, saying such activities were threats to security.

Speaking on behalf of the governor, the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Pastor Abraham Yiljap explained that, “the state government has observed with dismay the influx of beggars from unknown destination to most streets in the state. The state government is not comfortable as some of the beggars might pose a security threat to people of the

state”. The governor further said that the street was not the best place to display sick persons, but rather, such persons should be taken to hospitals for medical attention. “We want to warn that such practice should be stopped from henceforth and all those involved should take note or face the full wrath of the law,” he added.

nspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar yesterday said more than 4,000 police officers were serving in various peacekeeping missions worldwide. Abubakar made the statement in Abuja when he addressed 450 police officers deployed for peace support operations in Liberia and SierraLeone. He said the officers were serving in missions of the UN, Africa Union, ECOWAS and many others, adding also that the police had upgraded their training level and achieved 85 per cent of contingent-owned equipment all over the missions. ``We have replaced all the equipment that were not working because you cannot take officers and men and send them to a mission area that is very challenging security wise. ``Without equipment, that means you are telling them to go and die and that is why you have minimal number of accidents in terms of those who are performing outside, ‘’ he said. Abubakar said that the UN was very happy with Nigeria and they also appreciated what the country was doing in terms of peace support missions. He urged the officers and men that were being deployed to be good ambassadors of the country and Nigeria Police Force (NPF). ``I want to tell you that there is no monkey style and there is no half measure, you must do your best and continue to be excellent ambassadors of this country as you have always been. (NAN)

Shettima presents N178.5bn budget proposal to Assembly From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

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overnor Kashim Shettima of Borno state yesterday presented a budget proposal of N178.5 billion for the 2014 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly, with education, health and agriculture taking a lion share of N65.2 billion, which represents 36.7 percent of the total budget. Presenting the appropriation bill, tagged budget of, “Consolidation and Progress”, to the Assembly, Governor Shettima said government budgeted N121.7

billion for capital expenditure and N56.7 billion for recurrent expenditure. He told the legislators that the budget is expected to be financed from a statutory allocation of N139,897,818,000.00 and internally generated revenue of N30,783,287,000.00 while capital receipts for the year is estimated at N121,784,069,000.00. He explained that the budget was a drop from last year’s budget of 184.3 billion, which also had a capital expenditure of 132.1 billion and recurrent of 52.1 billion. Breakdown of sector allocations shows the sum

of N19.7 billion budgeted for UBE and secondary school education, N14.3 billion for tertiary education, N15.3 billion for healthcare delivery, N15.9 billion for Agriculture, animal and fisheries development, N20.5 billion for roads, bridges and transport, N7.3 billion for water resources, N7.5 billion for housing and rural electrification, N7.4 billion for poverty alleviation and youths empowerment. It also indicates that N4.6 billion has been earmarked for trade and investment, N7.2 billion for Home affairs, information, culture and tourism and N5

billion for environment among others. Shettima pointed out that all projects and programmes to be embarked upon are designed to create jobs through a policy of engaging residents of benefitting communities for sourcing of labour, technology and materials except where they are absent. “The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice is to ensure that this policy is built into all contact documents signed between Government and contractors. Our aim is to create many avenues for human empowerment so as to continue

our fight against poverty and unemployment. Government is very much aware of the fact that resources are scarce, needs are endless even as we still battle with isolated security challenges that we must overcome. We have entered into a covenant with the people of Borno State to be their leaders, to serve them and be the keepers of their trust and expectations. I believe, as I know you all do, that the greatest burden on a man is trust. We cannot afford to fail our people neither shall we abdicate from our responsibilities”, the governor declared.


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Money Sense

How to be smart at fuel pumps: True life stories

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ot long ago, I stopped at a filling station. I went to service my car with fuel priced at N100 per litre. My truck takes somewhere around 33 litres to fill it up. When the attendant pump showed 33 litres had been pumped, I asked him to slow it down, and then to my surprise, he pushed it to 34, then 35. I even looked under my truck to see if it was being spilled. It was not. Then it showed 36 litres had been pumped. It stopped at almost 37 litres. This was very strange to me, since my truck is only 33 litres tank. I went on my way a little confused, then on the evening news I heard a report that 1 out of 4 fuel stations had calibrated their pumps to show more fuel had been pumped than a person actually got. Here is how to check a pump to see if you are getting the right amount: Wherever you are buying fuel, put EXACTLY 10 litres in your tank, then look at the naira amount, if the naira amount is not EXACTLY 10 times the price of the fuel you have bought, then the pumps are rigged. In my case as I said, I bought for N100 per litre, my naira amount for 10

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litres should have been N1000 if I had only checked the pump. It doesn’t matter where you buy fuel, please check the 10 litre price. If you do find a station that is cheating, contact the appropriate agency in charge of regulating

fuel stations, and direct your comments to them and in other states, contact proper authorities too. Cheating at the gas pumps, print out your receipts! This is true, it happened

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aste oil produced from cooking is actually not a waste product at all, but a valuable commodity that can be processed into biodiesel or used directly as an automotive or heating fuel. If you use significant amounts of cooking oil (as you might if you operate a restaurant), you can actually recoup some of your costs by selling your oil after you have used it.

Quote Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing – Vince Lombardi

to somebody three weeks ago somewhere in one of the cities. The pump should have totaled at N3800. When the receipt was printed, and the person checked, it was N4700 The victim got mad, went inside the store, asked for a

calculator and let them do the math. They refunded her. She told them that if they cheat, they had better make it right. Normally, her husband would skip printing the receipt. Not her! We saw on the news the other night that this is happening everywhere. Ali bought exactly one litre of fuel. The price on the machine did not match the cost of one litre. It was higher. Since it was just a litre, there was no argument as concerned payment but same could have happened, if he was buying several litres. There is also a number on each pump that you can call and complain. One day, I stopped at a gas station. My truck’s fuel gauge was on 1/4 of a tank. At the rate my vehicle was, it takes somewhere around 45 litres to fill it up. When the pump showed 45 liters had been pumped, I told him to slow it down. Then, to my surprise, it went to 50, then 55. I even looked under my truck to see if it was being spilled. It was not. Then it showed 60 litres on the pump. It stopped at 62 liters. This was very strange to me, since my truck has only a 65 liter tank. I went on my way a little confused, not knowing that I had been fooled.

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ooking for ways to trim your budget? It can start right in your vehicle. Here’s how to spend less and save on fuel. One of the easiest things you can do to increase your fuel mileage is to make sure that your air filter is clean. This can improve your mileage by as much as 10 per cent in some cases. Keep your tires properly inflated as well. This allows your car to run more smoothly and reduces wear on the engine. Keep your tires aligned properly. Misaligned tires wear out more quickly and force your engine to work harder. When your car is

out of alignment it can reduce your fuel economy by as much as 10 per cent. When it’s time for new tires, consider purchasing tires with “low rolling resistance,” an energysaving feature. Keep your engine properly tuned and increase your gas mileage by up to 4 per cent. Make sure your gas cap is screwed on tightly as well; this is perhaps the easiest of all measures to take but it can make one of the biggest differences in how much you save. Give them a break for every 5 mph slower you drive; you reduce fuel consumption by 7 per cent.

This especially applies when you start and stop; smooth acceleration and deceleration can add up to fuel savings of up to 33 per cent on the highway! Don’t let your car be idle for extended periods of time. Don’t carry around deadweight. Each extra 100 bulk of weight in your car costs you 1 to 2 per cent of fuel efficiency. When shopping for a new or used vehicle (or even renting a vehicle), choose the cleanest, most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets your needs. With a wide range of clean, fuel-efficient vehicles available today, it’s easier than ever to go green for the environment, and for your wallet. You can also learn more about the fuel economy and environment label that you’ll see on all new vehicles. The label has been redesigned and updated for even easier comparison shopping. These new window stickers provide fuel economy and environmental ratings for all new vehicles, including advanced technology vehicles like electric cars and plug-in hybrids. And while at the showroom, you can scan the QR Code on each vehicle’s label to be connected to additional information online, including personalized cost and energy-use estimates. Get regular tune-ups, follow the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule (which can be found in your owner’s manual), and use the recommended grade of mo-

tor oil. A well-maintained car is more fuel-efficient, produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions, is more reliable, and is safer! Use public transportation, carpool , or walk or bike whenever possible to avoid using your car. Leaving your car at home just two days a week can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by an average of two tons per year. Also consider telecommuting (working from home via phone or the Internet), which can reduce the stress of commuting, reduce harmful emissions, and save you money. And when driving, try combining your errands and activities into one trip. Give E85 and biodiesel a try. Both are renewable fuels (made from renewable sources such as corn) that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions from your vehicle. E85 is a fuel blend containing 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline that can be used in certain vehicles called Flex Fuel Vehicles (FFVs). FFVs are designed to be fueled with either E85 or traditional gasoline. There are millions of FFVs on the road today—to find out if you own one, check the inside of your car’s fuel door for an identification sticker, or consult your owner’s manual. If you own a diesel vehicle, consider filling up with a biodiesel blend such as B5, which is a diesel fuel blend containing 5% biodiesel.


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EDITORIAL

Looking into the bowel of 2014 (I) activities that will culminate in the Presidential and other elections in the first quarter of the election year. Already evident are, going by the intensive politickings in 2013, registration and mergers of political parties, realignments of individuals and associations as well as sundry campaigns long before official nod to political activities is given. It is expected that the

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oday marks the beginning of a new year, one that would be unique in more ways than one. Specifically, 2014 is the centenary of the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates by Lord Lugard to form the largest concentration of the black population in the world. Already, the federal government had constituted committees to package sundry programmes to mark the celebration. The general expectation is that the year will usher in landmark socio-economic cum political developments which will solidify the foundation for the eventual enlistment into the 20-2020 economy, even though largely seen as a huge joke. This year, it is hoped that the insecurity brought about by the activities of alleged faithbased insurgents that have fettered Nigerians, shutdown opportunities and engendered an atmosphere of frenetic fear everywhere, and in particular the North-East, the searing kidnapping in the SouthEast and pockets of rebellion in the Niger Delta, will be substantially eliminated, to allow for the return of the innocence hitherto common to Nigeria. As the dawn of the 2015 general elections, the year 2014 ushers in delicate political

Everything need be done this year to encourage the attainment of the power sector goals and ultimately to remove what has been a monumental impediment to industrial leap, production and job creation.

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) must have learnt useful lessons from the hiccups of the Edo and Anambra elections in 2013 and thus will bring same to bear in its operational competence to ensure that not only do they update the voter register but create an atmosphere conducive for every eligible voter to exercise his or her civic right in the emergence of their elected leaders. Nigerians will hope that Prof.

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Opinion 2015: The succession question in Bauchi state By Mohammed Ameer

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n politics, it is often said, “A free man will die a free man, no amount of power or influence can turn him into a slave”. This piece is borne out of patriotism, coupled with the desire to see the attainment of desirable development of our state, Bauchi. Therefore, it has become imperative to rebuff any action capable of jeopardizing our chances of enjoying a healthy transition towards enthroning viable representation in the state. Besides, we feel duty bound to express our opinion and to intervene whenever we sensed that the integrity of our people is being threatened and put at stake, as it would then mean that it is a plot to shatter our dreams and aspirations. The history of the North, and indeed, Nigeria, will not be complete without giving an account of the roles played by some legendary Fulani jihadists and scholars. In Bauchi, the painstaking efforts of our founding fathers, Malam Ibrahim Zakiyul Kalbi, Gwani Muktar, Usman Danyaya and

Muhammadu Wabi, in the establishment of the three historic and powerful emirates of Katagum, Misau and Jama’are were written in gold in the annals of our history. Our people are known to have demonstrated altruism, valour, and spirit of give – and – take. With all these enviable and rated human traits which are the hallmark of our people, it is rather sad to note that we have been treated unfairly and have been enslaved for long. It could be recalled that there was a gentleman agreement entered into sometime in 1998 or thereabout, between Bauchi South and Bauchi North Senatorial Districts. This agreement was made preparatory to the 1999 elections that brought former Governor Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu to power. Issues deliberated upon include, which district was to produce the State/Deputy Governor’s position when the term of the incumbent expires, which section was to produce officers that would serve as the SSG, Head of the Civil Service of the State, Minister to represent the state in the

Federal cabinet, Chairman Civil and Local Government Service Commissions, and the sharing formula of the entire workforce in the state’s civil service were dispassionately looked into to avoid internal chasm and wrangling in the polity. It was in line with the above arrangement and understanding that the erstwhile SSG, during Mu’azu’s tenure; Muhammed Nadada Umar (from Misau Emirate) was fielded to run as Governor on the platform of the PDP in 2007, though the PDP candidate lost to Malam Isa Yuguda, (from Bauchi South), who contested under the defunct, All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in the 2007 gubernatorial

race. Our concern is that, this pattern, whereby Bauchi South and North were to produce the Governor and Deputy Governor, was adopted, but in an acrobatic manner, a de-factor pattern was established which enabled Bauchi South to often dominate the highest office in the state. From which ever angle one looks at it, the arrangement is to the detriment of the other sections of the state. In fairness, and devoid of sentiments and political rhetoric, the people of Bauchi North and Bauchi Central believe that it is now their turn to produce the governorship candidate for the state in the next dispensation. As the 2015 election period is fast

In fairness, and devoid of sentiments and political rhetoric, the people of Bauchi North and Bauchi Central believe that it is now their turn to produce the governorship candidate for the state in the next dispensation”

approaching, the muscle flexing and political skullduggeries that have been a permanent feature of our politics’ have started. For instance, the avalanche of posters of a serving minister from the state being posted on trees, polls, roundabouts and buildings in every nook and cranny of the state, and politically motivated songs that are publicly being played to flatter him, no doubt clashes with the arrangement earlier agreed upon prior to the return to civil rule in 1999. It is alleged that, the minister is using some prodigal politicians from Bauchi North and Central Senatorial Districts to woo the two Zones to his fold. One of the jokers is a former senator from Bauchi central who is the gladiator championing the cause of Bauchi South senatorial District to realize the dream of the minister for the Governorship in 2015. However, every determined politician needs reliable, popular, articulate and serious minded people in the frontline to make him realize his dreams, but it is rather conceivable to assume that the ambition of the federal capital minister will be an action in futility having put on board political nonentities to fight for

That ‘Osu’ caste may die a natural death in Igboland By C. A. S. C. Hukuka

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hat is Osu caste in Igboland? This is a very important question. A young man asked his father that question and the father could not explain. The young man retorted, “Are you advising me not to marry an Osu girl, yet you do not know what it is? This is wicked.” The father softly told him that he grew up hearing that they do not marry from Osu family and so they took it as a norm. Hopefully many readers may understand the origin of Osu from this write up. A few books and seminar papers have been written on this subject. What you will read from this write up is my personal research and extract from such books written by personalities like Chinua Achebe, Ezeala Jol, Ogbalu F C, Arinze Francis, Obi Sebastine, Okpala Favour, Okigbo and Marnesschs Ekere to mention but a few. Origin: From every point of view Osu emerged from traditional religion. Somebody can become an Osu by dedication willingly or unwillingly. Prisoners of war, slaves or kidnapped people may be dedicated to appease an angry god, to remove calamity from the land while some are dedicated as punishment for an offense they may have committed in the

community. Others, in order to escape maltreatment, including being turned into slaves from powerful relations, dedicated themselves willingly by running into the shrine for protection. Those people become agents of the gods with marks and their hair uncared for. There are still others who committed crimes punishable by death from the community, such people run to the protection of the deity and so lose every right of the society and serve the deity instead. Others became Osu by marrying or sleeping on beds or having sexual relationship with an Osu. In some societies when one uses the same razor for barbing the hair, or eating with an Osu or helping to carry the corpse of Osu or cross the leg of an Osu. There

are still others who became an Osu through suspicions and gossips. For example, if two women are quarreling and one calls the other Osu or even Ozu (death) which sounds like Osu; if she later dies, people will begin to associate that person with the Osu, and that’s it. In some communities, females born on Eke day (Mgbeke) or on Orie day (Mgborie) become an Osu by traditional belief. Nature and challenges of Osu caste: From what has been so far noted, generations who are ignorant of these cultural and idolatrous practices are today suffering from this stigma; whether their forefather willingly or unwillingly became Osu. It is wicked and very unfortunate. I make bold to say with

all those who had written against osu, should join us in seeing to the total eradication of the caste system in our society through legal procedures and whatever possible way within the law and human right procedures

deep disappointment that this practice is a challenge to the enlightened in the society the educated, the traveled, the Church as a whole, our leaders in the governments, our chiefs, Obis and Ezes, our legal luminaries, our senators and House of Representative members. What are we standing for? What is the church preaching? The “white man’’ fought against slavery and our fore fathers were liberated. Early Christians (still the whites) fought against the killing of twins. Today, many twins who would have been killed are making their marks in the society. The Americans have voted a black man to become their president, thereby removing the past obnoxious segregation of blacks from whites. Why should we come back to our land to enslave our brothers and sisters? I call upon the church, the human right activists, the youth, the government and all that abhor victimization to rise in every quarter and act. Remember, that in some communities they are called Oru, Uchu, Ume. Whatever name, caste is caste and should be abrogated. In some communities it is an abomination for a wife/husband to see the corpse of his or her spouse. Our government

abolished it officially since 1956 and put it into law. Let this law be enforced. I call on all those who had written against osu, should join us in seeing to the total eradication of the caste system in our society through legal procedures and whatever possible way within the law and human right procedures. May I congratulate some town unions that have abolished it in their towns. Let the youth rise up, ignore wicked, uncouth advices and marry whoever they love and ignore the societal pressure not to do so. When the youths do , Osu will become a thing of the past sooner than later. We, the Igbos have come of age. We cannot continue to listen to fables. We cannot continue to dance to the wimps and caprices of the ignorant and barbaric cultures. We are known to be pragmatic, contributors of developments and advancements in diverse societies and enterprises. We cannot be associated with people who wash the outside of their cups whereas the inside is full of dirt. This is the time to show that we have fully come of age. Osu caste system and the likes must go. The Rt. Rev.C. A. S. C.Hukuka, is Bishop Emeritus, Anglican Diocese of IsuikwuatoUmunneochi


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Opinion

Making sense and nonsense of the automotive policy By Theophilus Ilevbare

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rom today, January 1, Nigeria will begin the implementation of the new automotive policy. From the stable of the drum beaters of a failed transformation agenda comes a jejune framework that lacks a clear cut direction for our automobile industry. Every New Year is becoming notable for the take-off of all sorts of utopian policies wrapped around job creation to make it fly. The promise of jobs has an instant appeal to the teeming army of unemployed graduates across the country deeming their natural tendency to ask probing questions. The new policy is aimed at discouraging importation of used cars and buses. The federal government has raised tariffs of duty and levy payable on imported cars from 10 per cent to 35 per cent and from 10 per cent to 35 per cent respectively, making a total of 50 per cent increase as duty and levy payable on cars imported into Nigeria. The duty on buses had also been raised from 10 per cent to 35 per cent without levy. The government is making it look the way a commentator puts it: “Once there’s any government policy that will affect the average Nigerian negatively, officials will be kicking for its speedy implementation. As the new duty regime comes into force, there may be negative unintended consequences in other areas of the economy. The

planned hike patronage in import duty and would bring encourageabout massive ment. We can Peoples Daily welcomes your letters, opinion articles, job losses, even recall in the text messages and ‘pictures of yesteryears.’ All written as it promises past when contributions should be concise. Word limits: Letters creation of more. government 150 words, Articles 750 words. Please include your The country fleet name and a valid location. Letters to the Editor should be is about to consisted of addressed to: witness a severe Peugeot cars era of vehicle assembled smuggling from locally. Civil The Editor, neighbouring servants were Peoples Daily, 1st Floor Peace Plaza, countries. given loans to 35 Ajose Adeogun Street, Utako, Abuja. The actual purchase cars Email: opinion@peoplesdailyng.com beneficiaries from Peugeot of the ban will SMS: 08134607052 Automobile be the police, of Nigeria customs and immigration local auto plants and feeder (PAN). What do we have today? officials who mount multiple industries that came to life Government at all levels use checkpoints on the Seme and on the back of the ambitious imported vehicles in their Idiroko border roads. The “import substitution policy” convoys, as official vehicles. revenue that would have been of the military governments Same people promulgating the channeled to government coffers ushered in an unexpected new policy are the ones driving will end up in the pockets of depreciation of our currency all sorts of custom made border security officials. in the early 90s, coupled with vehicles around Abuja A similar policy in the 1970s other debilitating factors led Essentially, Nigeria has during which new Peugeot and to the total collapse of the auto no local auto industry, so Volkswagen cars were produced industries birthed in the ‘70s which local industry is being locally and were affordable and ‘80s. revived by raising tariffs? If to average citizens failed for And insofar as the import few interested automobile lack of infrastructure, nonsubstitution policy of yore companies build assembly implementation of government failed because these feeder plants in Nigeria and import policy, inappropriate tariff industries were non-existent, all parts from other places regime, among others. By the it’s almost certain that the where does that leave us? Will 1980s, most of the companies present ruse of a policy too, the locally assembled vehicles had stopped operating because will fail, as laudable as it meet international standards? of poor domestic patronage, seem on paper. Moreover, in Will Nigerians get value for low capacity utilisation, a highmost countries vehicles are their money? Will the vehicles cost environment and a failure manufactured, the assembly be durable? to implement the automotive plants only constitute the zenith More time should have been policy of the time. of an industrial pyramid of raw given before implementation, Getting an automotive policy materials processors and partsfor technical skills to be going, as shown in the past, making industries. acquired in auto mechanics is not a daunting task for The problem of the auto as no Nigerian university government. We only got to the manufacturing industry in currently offers this as a course “tokunbo” cul-de-sac because Nigeria is mainly lack of of study.

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At this juncture, it is noteworthy that most of the figures bandied around by government are inaccurate and deliberately exaggerated to create the impression that so much is spent on importation. The much publicised N550billion (sometimes inflated to N1trillion) the country spends on importing vehicles annually is a deliberate miscalculation! If according to available figures, the country imports between 100,000 used and 50,000 new vehicles respectively, doing the mathematics using an average of N2.5million for every used vehicle imported, you get N250billion. Add the total cost for all new vehicles imported annually into the country, you get a figure which is a far cry from the N550billion quoted by the Minister of Commerce, Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga. We live in a country where government officials bandy incorrect figures around, aware that Nigerians are too lazy to do the numbers. President Jonathan wants to do with the auto industry what he couldn’t do with the power sector, what he has not done with roads, health care and others. If his performance in office is anything to go by, the new automotive policy is one that is doomed to fail. Theophilus Ilevbare is a public affairs commentator. Twitter, @tilevbare. He blogs at http://ilevbare.com.

Sorry, but this APC is not change! By Adekoya Boladale

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long time ago, in the days of Late Chief Solomon Lar, when the likes of Chief Alex Ekwueme and Professor Jerry Gana were still in active capacity, the streets and roads of campaign arenas dazzled with the colourful flash of red and green. The ground for political ‘toasting’ was usually covered with deafening echoes of Power! Power!! Power!!! These were the days when Nigerians took pride in beholding the roof-staff called umbrella, even though under a dysfunctional government the people celebrated our nascent democracy and civil liberty. Days when the Hausa man only knew of ‘fi di fi’ and the little boy on the street of Mokola and Ojoo in Ibadan shouts to high heaven ‘power na da, power na re’ -where is the power, this is the power. But all these are long gone, all that is left are shattered memories of the once glorified biggest party in Africa, the symbol of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has long been rechristened ‘umblerra’ while the ground breaking echoes of Power have been replaced with Change!

The All Progressives Congress (APC) claims to be the new platform for a new Nigeria; it parades itself as the safe haven against maladministration, political oppression and monumental fraud which the present government proudly wears as its badge of honour. No doubt our country, Nigeria is under attack by the demons from hell parading themselves as politicians and political office holders. Our nights and days have been taken over by kidnapping, impunity, terrorism, corruption and nepotism. The dual evil mechanism of ethnicity and divide and rule are freely devised by these fifth columnists to the unsuspecting citizens who continue to see them as patriots and leaders. The APC seems at infancy the best alternative to save our country from this curse with its emergence called the ‘broom revolution’ which swept through the South Western states of Nigeria and won sympathy of some federal constituencies and senatorial districts across the country. The party poses as a divine solution to our long clamour for a political platform devoid of serial robbers

and fraudsters. After 100 years of forceful amalgamation and 53years of unproductive independence, Nigeria is indeed ripe enough for change. Oh our hearts yearn for a government of the people one whose heart is made of muscles and human blood cells rather than that of hyenas and scorpions. All seemed perfect at first, patriotic Nigerians and even members of the Fourth Estate were trooping to the newly found party. We thought we had found a saviour, we thought we had found El Dorado but alas, it is not yet Uhuru. Suddenly the deception and ruse on which the APC foundation was built upon could no longer continue to remain hidden. For a party that seeks change one is taken aback with its sudden romance with the shylocks who are the architect of our social economic tribulations. It is mind boggling on what mode of change this party truly have in stock for Nigerians with the sudden labeling of Olusegun Obasanjo the widely known corruption magnate as ‘progressive baba’, what progressive mind does Obasanjo possess? I make bold to say that presently

the APC has the highest number of criminals than any political platforms in Nigeria. How then can APC preach change with collation of rogues and thieves, dictators and emperors, fraudsters and pretenders? The unending tax fraud in Ogun state under Ibikunle Amosun is also worthy of note. Recently the accountant turned Governor paid 40.2% of the state generated tax to a consulting company, 40.2%? The situation is not different in Oyo state under Ajumobi. The miraculous Mokola flyover constructed at a whooping cost of 3billion naira which was allegedly destroyed months after commission is quite alarming, how much did it cost to construct the London bridge?. Another sight is the Keke Napep ambulance. When real initiatives are not available, politicians choose to embark on absurdity. Like their counterparts in PDP, the governors under the APC platform have not fared better in terms of good governance. Their mode of governance falls short of the civil expectation and international best practice.

For APC to be taken serious then this madness must stop. The impression of the party as a platform for ‘come and chop’ politicians must be checked. The real electorates who have been neglected must be reached out to first; the party must stop giving the impression that elections are ‘arrangees’, won on the tables of godfathers and political jobbers. The youths who represent over 60% of voters but have been pushed aside must be incorporated into the system. The masses are tired of another party made up of men with big bellies, twelve wives and gray hairs. Money won’t solve the issue at hand but adequately convincing the citizens on the need to trust and vote for the party. Finally the ethnic coloration should end; APC continues to parade itself as a Northern and South Western collation against other ethnic groups. If election must be won fairly it must represent the interest of every entity within the country. Adekoya Boladale a political scientist and Convener, Advocacy for Better Leadership (ABEL), adekoyaboladale@gmail.com. Please engage on twitter @ adekoyabee


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Insurgency: An Xmas festival without bloodshed By Fatima Goni

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bout a month to the Chrismas festival, we woke up to learn about attacks at the Air force base by Boko Haram fighters in Maiduguri. Few weeks later, precisely a week to the Xmas D-Day another bombshell was dropped when another group of insurgents attacked another military base in Borno. The bad news was indeed scary, considering what might happen on Xmas Day itself, when we recall past incidences where suicide bombers detonated explosives at religious centres during festivities. While anticipating more deadly attacks from the suspected terrorists, the good tidings was broken at the eve of the Xmas Day by the Director Defence Information, Major General Olukolade. The military spokesperson was emphatic that the military operations had tracked down insurgents who had carried out the pre-dawn attacks on Mohammed Kur Barracks, Bama, and that it had led to the destruction of over 20 vehicles conveying escaping terrorists. The vehicles were the ones used during the attack on the barracks and were sited through air surveillance as the terrorists were making efforts to cross the borders back to their haven in Cameroun. Although a good number of the insurgents escaped with bullet wounds while some had been arrested while over 50 of them

died in the course of exchange of fire with ground troops in the ongoing operations to apprehend fleeing terrorists. While there were media reports over alleged abduction of wives of military personnel by Boko Haram, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno on a visit to Abuja, told the media that the affected women kidnapped by the Boko Haram sect in Bama, Borno State, had escaped from their captives. While the developments were unfolding, just before the Xmas day, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed D. Abubakar reassured Nigerians that the Police had set in motion comprehensive operational strategies to boost security effectively during this year’s Christmas season and beyond. In a statement issued by the Police spokesperson Frank Mba, it disclosed that all the strike Forces and specialized units of the Force, including

the Police Mobile Force (Mopol), Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Protection Unit, Federal Highway Patrol and Explosive Ordinance Department had been adequately mobilized to join forces with the conventional Police Force in providing water-tight security. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) also mobilised other stakeholders and state governments in a bid to efficiently manage disasters in the event of any emergency in Nigeria during the Yuletide. While the assurances were being made, the skeptics continued to doubt the sincerity of security agencies to tackle likely security breaches during the religious festival. It was therefore positive development that on Christmas Day there was not a report of insurgent attacks or suicide bombing or explosions during the festivity. Surprisingly,

and to the amazement of most of us, our security men have indeed proved cynics wrong that they are doing their duties deligently. Gladly, the story became entirely different and heartwarming as no single case of security breach was reported in any part of the country during the Xmas celebration. This is indeed a welcome development. If not for the efforts of the hardworking security personnel the State House Abuja could have been overrun considering the daring exploit of the Boko Haram in the past attacks in various states in Nigeria including Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Kogi, Niger, Sokoto and Abuja. The media and the public should continue to encourage and support our security in their war on terror by promoting peace, national security and political stability. While terrorism and insurgency remain a

While calling on government to continue to match its words with actions, to see to the end of insurgency in the country, Nigerians equally have vital roles to play in this regards”

global challenge and a source of continuing concern in some countries, Nigeria has done comparatively better with remarkable progress in reducing the incidence of terrorist attacks within its borders to a reasonable level. The military have done so much to reverse the tide of terrorism Security agencies should also continue to build on the successes they have achieved so far against terrorists and their sponsors. With the recent security success recorded during the recent Christmas Celebration, indications are that our security have not only lived up to expectation, but have displayed their readiness to secure the lives of its people using everything at their disposal. While calling on government to continue to match its words with actions, to see to the end of insurgency in the country, Nigerians equally have vital roles to play in this regards. It is on this note that I wish to enjoin Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, religion, political or ideological persuasion to support genuine efforts aimed at making Nigeria a peaceful place for everyone, including foreigners. The task of building the Nigeria of our collective dreams and aspirations is for all Nigerians and solely that of those in authority. Fatima Goni, writes from Kofar Dukawuya, Kano, Fatimagoni1@yahoo.com

Nigeria @ 100: Lugard’s dream and sober reflections By Samuel Orovwuje

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oday, January 1st 2014, the country marks 100 years anniversary of its artificial creation in response to the administrative and economic reality of the British colonial administration at the time. This creation in 1914 is called Nigeria, and its philosopher-king was named Lord Lugard. His dream country of today is among the very few countries in the Common Wealth that is still in search true federalism and nationhood after 10 decades of its existence. Many years later, this wonderful and beautiful country would become the subject of endless ridicule at national and international media on corruption, terrorism, kidnapping, inept leadership, religious and political intolerance, bad governance, and most recently, open letters on the state of affairs! Indeed some of these issues would have been unimaginable in Lugard’s day! Today’s Nigeria would be unrecognizable to Lord Lugard if he was alive today for many obvious reasons. One is the negative manifestation of the divide and

rule politics he bequeathed to us and the manifest drawback to attaining nationhood and above all, the increased agitation for the restructuring of the Nigerian state would most likely leave him bewildered. Does this means that the fundamental principles of nation-building are not achievable in Nigeria? The centenary celebrations provide Nigerians an opportunity to celebrate some important accomplishments particularly flag independence in 1960, the anniversary is bittersweet as it comes at the same time as the country’s selfish and self centered political elite and power mongers are jostling for political superiority and relevance for 2015 general elections, that are likely to descend into chaos, if not well managed. Our leaders must tread on the path of caution and restraint in the interest of the nation. The political cross fire of the ruling elite and the unwholesome alliances and mergers for personal gains also paints a gloomy prognosis of a glorious future and the overt politicisation of governance has hindered real development in the

midst of plenty. Furthermore, poverty and insecurity escalating at alarming proportion, which is a sad reality of our country and this, could fall still further as most Nigerians lack access to shelter and livelihoods and above all food security. This article explores some of the salient and compelling building blocks for the reconstruction of a genuine national identity framework that would be a unifying factor for equitable and people centered national development. National values and ethos should be our watch words going forward and a clear mandate for the years ahead are the transformative shifts that must underpin a new agenda that drives common goals and related national targets to cover themes of inclusive and sustainable political re-engineering that would focus on the strengthening of good governance which is collapsing rapidly and operating below average performance using international governance index and benchmarks. Nigeria at 100 years is still plagued with high level of financial mismanagement and this is not good for sustainable development and national prosperity.

Social institutions like the religious ones and voluntary organisations should be drawn directly into the tasks of nation building, a policy which places a greater reliance on the people while drawing upon government resources as catalyst. The ideals of Nigeria democratic capitalism must work in harmony with the three independent and interdependent systems, the political, economic and the moralcultural systems. Therefore, Nigeria needs to capitalize on its democratic dividend and initiate policies for creating jobs and inclusive and sustainable growth must be a part of the economic transformation agenda. If Nigeria can properly mobilize its young workforce, it can also enjoy the benefits of a great nation like the Asian Tigers. It is evident from international agencies findings and reports that Nigeria is one those fast-growing and large-population economies in the world, but the challenge, however, remains the ability of the Nigeria government and the economy managers to generate real growth and development path that will sufficiently create jobs. The future is not ordained; it

depends very much on what we decide today as a country and a people. In any case, it is certain that we need a Nigerian dream and vision to create a clear and coherent system of policies, programmes, institutions for both the public and private sectors. In my view, the common ground between the government and the people, regardless of political, religious and ethnic sentiments should be a genuine commitment to move the country forward with a purposeful agenda. This requires transparency and clarity of mind on the fundamental issues of federalism and a national rebirth. While Nigeria’s landmark anniversary of 100 years provides an opportune moment to reflect on the challenges and the various changes that have taken place in the political and governance landscape over the years, and the necessity to adapt to new realities in our nation building efforts, it is also important to bear in mind that change is constant and as a people we must rise to the occasion to retooling our nation for a better future. Samuel Orovwuje writes from Abuja


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Before FCTA shuts down 150 ‘illegal’ private schools FEATURE By Stanley Onyekwere

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he role of individuals and religious societies in promoting education in any society cannot be overstated. For long, they have been supporting the government in this critical sector. They became visible through establishing nursery and primary schools; moved into secondary level and are now into tertiary education. Despite some of the obvious good things people say about private schools, most of them have their challenges. But their major challenge is funding, an area where they cannot match the government. This is because Private schools do not enjoy government support. however, it is reasoned that since they charge fees and make profit, they do not need financial support to build infrastructures they need to achieve their goals. In Nigeria, the different tiers of government own most of the schools. The Federal Government is at the top of the ownership ladder. Last year, it devoted 8.43 per cent of the budget to the funding of education. Many consider the vote may be inadequate because it is for the funding of public-owned schools and relevant regulatory agencies and parastatals under the supervision of the Ministry of Education. A recent statistical report of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) revealed that Nigeria has about 10.5 million out-of-school children; the largest in the world. The report also indicated that education costs are generally prohibitive in Nigeria among others. These indicators showed that Nigeria might not achieve the goal of Education For All(EFA), barely two years to 2015 global time line in spite of the commitment and efforts of the Federal Government toward attainment of same. According to the UNESCO Country Director in Nigeria, Professor Hassana Alidou, Nigeria has some of the worst education indicators globally. Alidou further disclosed that the EFA global monitoring report revealed a high level of gender inequality and inequity which is very pronounced in certain parts of the country. She said that the pathway proposed in the report should be seen as a template or framework for government to address the

Frontview of a private school marked for demolition in Kuje.

basic, transferable and technical skills of the youth, as well as the challenges of access, equity, quality, gender and poverty trap. The then, Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, in her remark at the launch of the 2012 EFA Global Monitoring Report (GMR), called on the private sector, civil organisations, international development partners and other stakeholders to support government’s efforts at ensuring quality education delivery for all, noting that government could not do it alone. According to her, the current drive to reduce the number of out-of-school children was being strengthened by the gradual spread of the implementation of the Child Rights Act among the States, the establishment of model Almajiri schools in selected Northern States, increasing number of States accessing and utilizing the Universal Basic Education Intervention funds, among others. As it stands, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has accredited 384 private schools in various parts of the Territory, as part of its efforts to boost education in the nation’s capital. But, it is a known fact that the number of operators of private schools operating without accreditation far outweighs those certified as accredited schools in the Territory. The Secretary, FCT Education Secretariat, Alhaji Kabir Usman, had recently during its 2013 annual media

briefing announced that the FCT Administration had concluded arrangements to shut down over 150 substandard private schools operating illegally in the territory by this January. Usman said that the Department of Policy and Implementation (DPI) of the secretariat supervising the operations of the private schools observed that they were operating below the expected minimum requirements. According to him, the schools lacked infrastructure and academic standards, adding that the FCTA had given approval to the DPI to shut them down as soon as the schools resumed this year. “Some of the schools are using shanties, one classroom; some are sited close to refuse dump sites, while some of the teachers are secondary school drop outs. Usman said that DPI had also accredited 384 private schools within the FCT that met the requirements and standards of the secretariat. The secretary said that some of the challenges facing the secretariat were inadequate funding, difficult terrain of some rural communities in the FCT and inadequate office

accommodation. According to him, another challenge is unprecedented influx of people into the FCT, resulting in overstretching of available facilities in some of the FCT schools, especially in urban and semi-urban areas. Befor now, the FCT Minster, Senator Bala Mohammed, had while presenting certificates to some 85 accredited schools during a town hall meeting with proprietors of private school, disclosed that he has directed the DPI unit of the Education Secretariat to intensify its accreditation. Then, the minister articulated to the school proprietors that educational excellence which is a priority of the administration was required collective responsibility and hard work. He however, warned that operators of illegal private schools to desist from their illegal business as those caught would not be spared. “As school proprietors, you have a sacred responsibility of ensuring that the best possible school standards are maintained in your schools. “But we will not hesitate to bring all erring proprietors to book. I, therefore, use this platform to send a strong

Some of the schools are using shanties, one classroom; some are sited close to refuse dump sites, while some of the teachers are secondary school drop outs.

warning to the proprietors of schools that were closed down but which are still operating illegally under different names and at different locations, to stop forth with or face stiff penalties. “Because their action is not only grossly irresponsible but criminal to say the least,” the minister said. According to him, “there are clearly prescribed rules, regulations and approved curricula which must be strictly adhered to achieve education excellence in the FCT.” Similarly, the Secretary FCT Education Secretariat, also there and then, quickly reminded defaulting proprietors operating in the territory that the purpose of accreditation is to confer legitimacy in the operation of the educational institutions. This, he said the secretariat was being confronted with the challenge of refusal of some schools in the FCT to subject them to the process of accreditation. “This is basically because most of the schools are yet to come to terms with the benefits of accreditation.” he added. The secretary disclosed the secretariat would soon embark on another round of inspections and defaulting schools would be shut down and proprietors prosecuted. On his part, the President, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, (NAPPS), Dr. Bukola Dosunmu complained about the high levy being imposed on private school proprietors by the FCT administration. “Education is the most financially burdened sector of the economy and when effectively funded produces immediate visible, positive multiplier effects on the consumers, that is, the pupils. That is why this scarce resources need to be preserved for this purpose and not on avoidable taxes, levies and or dues. “These burdens are pushed to parents and it ultimately reflects on the fees charged and these fees are now being taxed. Additional taxes will ultimately be transferred to parents already groaning under supposedly high fees,” he explained. Considering the damning report about Nigeria’s education sector, before embarking on shutting down private schools operating within the FCT for falling short of its requirements and standards, the urgent need for the FCTA to ensure the dismantling of avoidable financial burdens on privante schools, the move may not be misplaced after all.


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Metro

Young men slaughter clientsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; chicken for New Year celebration, yesterday at Dutse Alhaji, in Abuja.

Some Staff of Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) cutting trees, yesterday at Wuse Market, in Abuja. Young lads hawking, yesterday along Zuba major road, in Abuja.

Scene of an accident, yesterday along Kubwa road, in Abuja.

An Okada rider on the move, yesterday in Mararaba, near Abuja. Photos: Mahmud Isa


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Metro INSIDE FCT COURTS

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24-year old engineer, Okarfor Uzochukwu, standing trial for allegedly being in possession of a stolen vehicle, was granted bail by a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ court, Abuja. The police prosecutor, Cpl Paul Anigbo, told the court that on September 12, a team of policemen arrested the accused person, resident of FHA Lugbe, Abuja, He said, the team was led by Insp. David Nongovo of the Lugbe division. The prosecutor alleged that on the same day, the accused was arrested with a Grand Cherokee car with registration number ENGH 75, that was suspected to be stolen. Anigbo said that the police, on investigation, gave the accused a period of two weeks to produce the original particulars of the vehicle which he intentionally refused to do. He told the court that during police investigation, the accused was also unable to give a satisfactory account of himself. Anigbo said that the offence of being in possession of a car reasonably suspected to be stolen contravened the Penal code. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. Counsel to the accused, Mr. Joseph Igwendagu, applied for his bail under the 1999 Constitution which, he said, considered an accused innocent until otherwise proven. He said that the accused was a responsible family man and would not jump bail if granted. The Senior Magistrate, Mr. Celestine Odoh, granted him bail for N100, 000 with a reasonable surety. Odoh said the surety must reside within the jurisdiction of the court. He also said that both the accused and the surety must enter into a bond. Odoh adjourned the case to January 10 for hearing. (NAN)

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Grade One Area Court in Kuje in the FCT has sentenced a 27-year old labourer, Aliyu Usman, to three months’ imprisonment for attempting to commit an offence. Usman, who was in court without a counsel to represent him, was arraigned on a twocount charge of criminal trespass and attempt to commit an offence. The Presiding Judge, Mr. Nuhu Ibrahim, said the convict

was guilty as charged and sentenced him to three months’ imprisonment with an option to pay N30,000 fine. “The accused person pleaded guilty of entering a church building and pretending to be a member of the church and was found with dangerous weapon; he is hereby convicted of committing the offence. “You have the option to pay N30,000 fine or face three months in prison,’’ he said.

Earlier, the police prosecutor, Cpl. Samuel Ocheche, had told the court that Mr. Imo Efefia of Rock of Ages Mission Church, Kuje, reported the case at the Kuje Police Station on December 24. Ocheche said that Usman of Anguwan Gade Area of Kuje, on the same day the report was lodged, entered the complainants’ church, pretending to be a member. When he was searched, a

sharp cutlass was found on him and when he was interrogated he could not give satisfactory identification of himself. The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 348, 183 and 95 of the Penal Code. The convict, who pleaded guilty to the allegations preferred against him, begged for leniency, saying that he never had any intention to commit any offence,. (NAN)

Some physically challenged participating in a road walk show organised by National Primary Health Development Agency, recently in Abuja.

2 men bag 1 month jail term for stealing soap, slippers

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Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ court, Abuja has sentenced Abubakar Ishaku, 20 and Auwalu Idris, 22 to one month in prison each for stealing soap and slippers. Senior Magistrate Aliyu Shafa, who handed down the judgment, however, declined to

give an option of fine after they had each pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of stealing. Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Mr. Abdullahi Adamu, had told the court that the convicts were reported to the Wuse police station on December 21, 2013. The prosecutor said that, the

convicts were reported to have broken into the complainant’s shop, Mr. Yusuf Mu’azu, of Wuse Zone 3, when he was away to pray in the Mosque. According to the prosecutor, the convicts stole one bag of washing soap and slippers, valued at N11, 500.

Adamu said that during police investigation, the said items were recovered from the convicts. He said that they committed the offence of joint act and theft contrary to sections 97 and 288 of the Penal code respectively. (NAN)

Wuse Zone 4, Abuja, reported the matter at the Wuse Police Station, Abuja, on December 20. He said that the accused introduced himself as a mechanic and fraudulently deceived Whyte into believing that he could repair her car but ended up stealing the car. Adamu said Rasaki collected

the complainant’s vehicle, a Toyota Camry with registration no: AW 553 GWA, valued at N1.8 million. The prosecutor said that the battery of the car, the jack and the stereo head were recovered from the accused during investigation, an offence which contravened the provisions of sections 312 and 287 of Penal Code.

After the charges were read to him, the accused pleaded not guilty. The prosecutor prayed the court not to grant the accused bail because investigations were still ongoing. The Magistrate, Mr. Aliyu Shafa, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with a surety in a like sum.

Shafa said he granted the bail because the accused had spent two weeks in police detention. He ordered that the surety must swear to an affidavit with the court’s registrar and must be residing within the court’s jurisdiction as he adjourned the case to February 5, for further hearing. (NAN)

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he police have arraigned a 35-year old mechanic, Kasim Rasaki, of Ado Village, Nasarawa State in a Senior Magistrates’ court for alleged criminal breach of trust and car theft. The prosecutor, Sgt. Abdullahi Adamu, told the court that Mrs. Chizoba Whyte of Lokota Street,


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Jigawa hosts investment dialogue with business leaders

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NASENI wants FG to invest more in research, technology -Pg 22 A motorist buying chicken and pheasant for New Year’s, celebration yesterday at Dutsen Alhaji, Abuja.

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Adamawa receives $11m from Sovereign Wealth Fund

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he Adamawa Government yesterday received 6.2 million dollars, representing its savings under the Sovereign Wealth Fund. The 21 local government councils in the state also received 4.8 million dollars to be shared among them. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Sovereign Wealth Fund is a vehicle through which excess revenue from the sale

of crude oil is saved abroad. Receiving certificates for the two amounts in Yola, Gov. Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, said that the introduction of the fund was laudable as it would enhance development. He said that Germany introduced a similar fund 40 years ago “and it helped greatly in the nation’s transformation”. Nyako received the certificates from the Commissioner of

Finance, Alhaji Ibrahim Buba and Commissioner for Local Government, Alhaji Salihu Bakari, respectively. He said that his administration was committed to development of the state. According to him, the government will continue to seek ways of accessing funds to provide essential infrastructure in the state. “It is not collecting loans that matter, but utilising it for maximum

FirstBank, OYES empower 3,000 youths By Abdulwahab Isa

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irst Bank of Nigeria plc through its mobile payment solution FirstMonie has successfully empowered 3,000 youths of the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) as FirstMonie agents. The partnership planned as one of the initiatives for curbing unemployment and youth insurgency across the state will amply equip both past and present cadets with sound business acumen, customer service skills and financial management, a statement by the bank affirmed. As a FirstMonie agent, the OYES cadets will be required to educate customers on the steps

required to log on to the FirstMonie platform, ensures business location remains open for rendering of Firstmonie Services during normal business hours on all business days as well as maintain sufficient cash and e-money float balances for customers enquiries and need. With the Firstmonie service, which operates a simplified process that requires customer name and mobile telephone number, agents can assist subscribers to perform mobile money account opening, cash deposits and withdrawals, and bills payments among others from their mobile phones. According to the Head, Marketing & Corporate

Communications, FirstBank, Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumuney, with the OYES and FirstMonie partnership, we aim to drive financial inclusion as well as wealth creation by providing opportunities for youths of Osun State to serve as merchants and agents instrumental to deepening financial inclusion campaign through agency banking while leveraging on the FirstBank brand and wide network of branches through its mobile money solution, FirstMonie. FirstBank aims to leverage the widely accepted mobile technology to serve Nigerians with the most innovative financial services by providing banking services to the large segment of the unbanked.

benefit of the present and future generations,’’ he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ceremony also featured the presentation of the certificate of best governor of the year in agriculture to Nyako by an Abuja based agriculture firm. Dr Abba Gambo, the Chairman of the firm, Royale Criterion Consult, said the award was in recognition of the transformation of the agriculture sector in the state. Gambo said that the sector had recorded “manifold yields| in both crops and livestock in 2013. (NAN)

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MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY Diversify your network of sponsors with the 2+1 rule

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powerful sponsor can help you keep the job you have or help you find a new one. But in an uncertain job market, executives who count on one highlevel backer may unexpectedly find themselves in a tough spot if their sponsor jumps ship. In sponsorship, as in investments, it’s wise to diversify your portfolio of assets: cultivate more than one sponsor. Your sponsors should be independent of each other; if one goes down, the others won’t be dragged along.

Having three sponsors is ideal: in organizations with fewer than 10 people, pursue one sponsor within the firm and two outside of it in the same industry; in larger firms, you’ll want one outsider and two insiders — one in your line of sight and one in a different department or division. This “2+1 Rule” gives you a better chance of surviving a threat to your department, your division, or even your firm. Source: Review

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Business

NTDC lauds Heritage Bank for supporting tourism Jigawa hosts investment dialogue with business leaders

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By Aminu Imam

he Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) has commended the support of Heritage Bank to tourism development in Nigeria. This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos. The statement said: “The Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs Sally Mbanefo, applauded the support of the Heritage Bank Plc for its

identification with the cultural values and norms of Nigerians.’’ She said that the bank had set itself apart as the only bank in Nigeria which celebrated the past glory of the citizens and worked towards establishing a solid economic platform. Mbanefo said the bank had been identifying with the cultural aspirations of Nigeria as a nation by promoting the arts, crafts and culture of the people. “Heritage bank has always

been supporting various tourism events and projects which venerate and spotlight the cultural essence of the people,’’ the director-general said. She said that the current facelift given to the NTDC headquarters was financed and sponsored by the Heritage Bank, stressing that this was commendable. “I commend their assistance and support toward face-lifting the NTDC headquarters into a

world class Nigerian tourism showroom, ‘’ Mbanefo said. She urged Nigerians to patronise Heritage Bank for financial support in promoting the nation’s culture, norms and values. Mbanefo urged other banks and corporate institutions to take a cue from the Heritage Bank to reach out, add value to the society and let Nigerians feel their impact through corporate social responsibility initiatives. (NAN)

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he Governor of Jigawa state, Malam Sule Lamido is set to host an investment stakeholders’ dialogue on Thursday, January 02, 2014, at the Ahmadu Bello Hall of the State Secretariat in Dutse. The investment forum would be attended by members of the Jigawa business community, elders of Jigawa State as well as members of the Jigawa Forum. The dialogue, which is to feature interactive discussions on how to attract investment to the state is also to be attended by commissioners, permanent secretaries, directors as well as heads of parastatals, towards boosting its economy. “These series of consultative forums are aimed at providing information and clarification on investment promotion; improving awareness among stakeholders on the importance of private sector investments; providing a platform for the exchange of ideas on the challenges of investment attraction and the opportunities for exploration and exploitation in Jigawa; as well as enhancing the visibility of the state by creating greater awareness for the it, as a viable investment destination,” says a statement by the Office of Economic Coordination and Investment Promotion in the Jigawa Governor’s office. It would be recalled that in May 2013, the Sule Lamido administration held the First Jigawa Economic and Investment Summit, which gave birth to the Jigawa State Advisory Council on Economic Management and Investment Promotion; to support the development of the state’s economy by attracting private sector investment. And the Council had in November, 2013, organised a similar dialogue session with Jigawa Citizens in Abuja which witnessed fruitful discussions on attracting investment to the state. “The Advisory Council is identifying, promoting as well as facilitating the exploitation of opportunities for private sector investments; that will promote prosperity as well as the wellbeing of the people of Jigawa State. And to promote the State, the Council recognises the importance of developing strategic partnerships and networks for investment promotion with businesses, institutions and above all, Jigawa citizens, within and outside the state,” adds the statement.

Buyer’s in a last-minute shopping in preparations for New Year celebrations, on Monday at the popular “Oja-Oba” Market located at the heart of Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state. Photo: NAN

NIA tasks insurance agents on retail business From Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

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n a bid to deepen insurance penetration in the country, such that will enhance the growth of its contribution to nation’s GDP, agents have been advised to drive retail business. Speaking in Lagos, when executives of the Association of Registered Insurance Agents (ARIAN) paid him a courtesy, Director-General, Nigeria Insurers Association (NIA), Mr Sunday Thomas lamented that emphasis was more on corporate clients at the expense of individuals.

He noted that the success of micro-insurance lies with agencies hence the need for agents to gain capacity by developing themselves. “The more individual lines we have, the better the insurance penetration in Nigeria. ARIAN is an important section of the insurance industry in Nigeria and agents registered under the association should restrict themselves to the individual lines. Agency is a career structure where you don’t retire depending on how the agency is structured. That is why someone at 70 years old would have so much

income coming in for him even when he is not stepping a foot out”, he said. He noted that corporate market as a broker’s market is already saturated. “ The agents are in place to drive the personal lines because statistics shows that there are over 12 million cars in Nigeria but only 1.5 million of these cars are insured. Agents are the ones to get the remaining over 10 million cars uninsured by meeting the individual owners.’’ The NIA chief said there is no other body in the sector that has a large membership like ARIAN, noting that agents are the foot

soldiers of the industry. He urged ARIAN to create an environment that encourages agency operation by building credibility while it develops a good distributing system. He warned that no agent should be allowed to operate without registration, noting that in the past, unregistered agents were sanctioned by the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM). He encouraged the association to open offices at the local, state and regional levels to boost its membership and attract more money to execute its projects.

December salary delay: FG blames civil servants for non complianc with NUBAN By Abdulwahab Isa

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he Federal Ministry of Finance has attributed isolated cases of December 2013 salary delay to failure of individual civil servants and their MDAs to update their account numbers to meet the requirements of the CBN approved 10 digit NUBAN account numbers and communicate same to the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.

Media Assistant to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance Paul C Nwabuikwu made the clarification in a statement against the backdrop of complaints by an association of senior civil servants who in an issued statement , protested the non-payment of their December 2013 salaries as well as some emoluments. Though Nwabuikwu said the statement was yet to be brought

to the notice of the ministry, he said “the issue of prompt salary payment is one that the Federal Ministry of Finance has prioritised for several months now”. According to him, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance has made it absolutely clear that prompt salary payment cannot be compromised for any reason and this has been communicated to all

relevant agencies. And we have received feedback from many civil servants who expressed their happiness about the early payment of salaries. “While we investigate this complaint which is yet to be formally communicated, the initial feedback from some senior servants consulted is that government does not owe them any entitlements. So it is clear this is not a generalized problem”.


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Pension&insurance NAICOM set for microinsurance, takaful workshop W

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ith release of operational guideline on micro-insurance and takaful including the setting up of committees on them, the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) is set to embark on zonal workshop across the six geopolitical zone of the country. The workshops are to enlighten the populace more about these aspects of insurance and their usefulness in their daily activities. A Director in NAICOM Mr. Leo Aka confirmed impending

workshop in an interview with journalists in Lagos. He said the commission would embark on a nationwide campaign about the business to ensure that the businesses do not just start and end in the cities alone. “It is not going to be all comers’ affairs, it all about value you are going to add. It is not just that you want to write micro insurance. We want to see your network, especially your service providers; when you give us an idea of those you are going to use as your service providers, it will give us an idea of how you are going to spread, that it will not going to

be Abuja, Port Harcourt Lagos kind of business, we want to see a sign that you are the kind that can reach those described as the excluded. So we are going ensure that these are kind of people that will be considered for the business otherwise we are not adding any value. Beyond that we are going to have a zonal workshop for the six geopolitical zones , so as to let everybody know that there is what is called micro insurance and takaful insurance”, he assured. With Nigeria population put at excess of 160 million, Aka assured that the returns on micro

insurance and takaful insurance business in country will be high provided players live up to their responsibility of prompt claims settlement. “Surely expectation from this aspect of insurance is going to be positive because a lot of the people who are not involved in insurance before now are not by their own making. I can tell you authoritatively that there are some states in this country that do not have any form of insurance, but now that we are bringing these insurances closer to them, they will embrace it, and also if underwriters are ready to

pay claims promptly. Because the highest form of advert in these kind of business is prompt claims settlement”, he said. He cleared the fear mostly nursed by many that payment of claims in this aspect of insurance business may be difficult because the targeted market is mostly dominated by the unbanked and illiterates saying that other if countries like Ghana will boost its economy through the business, Nigeria can equally do it.

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New members of Advertising Practitioners Association Abuja chapter (APAAC), taking oath, of office during the 2013 lecture and dinner organised by APAAC, recently in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Nigerians urged to make insurance last resort from Ngozi Onyeakusi, lagos

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s the nation continues to face hazard on a daily basis, Nigerians have been urged to insure their entire valuables. The president of the governing board, the Nigeria Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, Mr. Ayodapo Shoderu made the call in Lagos during a media parley. He said there was need for Nigerians to insure their houses, jewelries, wrist watches, phones among other items. According him, people must ensure that they insure their houses whether it a rented

apartment or not adding that if failed to do when such a building is engulfed by fire the occupant will lose everything therein. He further stated that ladies should endeavor to insure their jewelries against any loss arising from fire, theft or similar ones, stressing that even his wedding ring was insured. “Whatever you lose, no matter how little, you must deep hands into your reserved money to replace that while as insurance is here to take care of that”, he assured. He regretted that many people, even with huge amount of money

at their disposal die carelessly as a result of lack of insurance education and knowledge. To put an end to all these, Shoderu assured that his administration will focus on insurance education as a way of bridging the gap that currently exists between people and insurance. In order to give impetus to the above, he noted that the council has started to break down barriers of public ignorance about insurance through strategic visitations and engagement across the country. “Among the institutions I have visited are the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) and the

Federal Territory Emergency Management Agency. Similarly, I have paid visit to some notable traditional ulers among them were the Alake of Egba-laand and the Oba of Idena Remo, Oba OmosanyaAkinyemi. My visit to the royal institutions was meant to galvanize the traditional rulers to utilize their vantage positions in propagating the growth of insurance especially in the grass root. It is my opinion that the need for enhanced image of the industry must be an all-inclusive and holistic crusade that must carry along all opinion molders in the country ”, he said.

he Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) has promised to donate a textbook on insurance to over 2,000 secondary schools nationwide in 2014 President of the institute, Mr Fatai Lawal, made the pledge yesterday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. Lawal said the public presentation of the textbook on Dec. 5 was to herald a new dawn in Insurance Education. According to him, it is to entrench insurance in the consciousness of secondary school students who are the future leaders. “It is in line with the institute’s agenda of promoting Insurance education in the country. “It is to open insurance doors to the younger ones. “The presentation of the book marks a significant milestone in the annals of the institute,’’ Lawal said. The CIIN president lauded the institute’s members who contributed to the book. NAN recalls that the textbook is on “Insurance for Secondary Schools”. Lawal said that the institute donated books worth N600, 000 each to tertiary institutions offering insurance courses in 2013. According to him, the schools include the University of Lagos, Lagos State University, Redeemers University, Lagos State Polytechnic and Ibadan Polytechnic. Others are the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Federal Polytechnic, Bori, Kwara State University, Ilorin, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Imo state University, Owerri and Bayelsa State University, Wilberforce. Lawal said that the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Enugu State University Technology, Enugu and Institute of Management of Technology (IMT)in Enugu also benefited. (NAN)


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NASENI wants FG to invest more in research, technology T he National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Abuja has urged the Federal Government to invest massively in the research, engineering and technology sectors. According to the agency’s bulletin made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, NASENI’s Executive Vice-Chairman, Mr Mohammed Haruna, said such investment would boost the nation’s economy. He said the investment in research would make

Nigeria to join the league of fastest developing economies in the world by 2020. “The 2020 socio-economic vision will be achieved with more investment in research, engineering and technology,’’ Haruna said in the bulletin. He added that the establishment of NASENI has a link with the country’s yearnings to be self-reliant in terms of production of capital goods and service. The executive vice-chairman said the transformation agenda of President Goodluck

Jonathan as a whole was in line with the objectives and activities of NASENI. He called for a focus on the production of spare parts, components and tools, and an improvement on capacity development of the men and women who would operate the machines. “There is no sector in the Nigerian economy today which does not require inputs from science and technology. “So, if we must see Vision 20:2020, we must stop being a consuming or importing

Buyer’s in last minute shopping for New Year celebration, yesterday at Mobil Market, in Ibadan.

nation. We must produce, by way of giving priority attention to investment in research and technology,” Haruna said. He said the agency had identified with the need for sufficient power supply in the country. “NASENI has established a solar manufacturing plant through local design, installation and maintenance, and it is 100 per cent operated by Nigerian engineers who acquired the capacity in order to meet the nation’s demand for electricity,” Haruna said.(NAN)

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Financial expert tasks private sector, FG on economic development

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commercial activities in 2014. “Individuals will not be encouraged to take up risks bearing activities if the banks are not prepared to assist them bear some of these burdens. “In conjunction, the Federal Government must be ready to deploy its bonds in a manner that the business community can benefit. “This symbiotic relationship, if carried out with diligence, could take care of the country’s

infrastructure needs,’’ he said. On the investment drive of the Federal Government, Omakwu said `` President Goodluck Jonathan and his team have embarked on inexorable drive to woo investors in the outgoing year’’. Omakwu led a team of investors from the U.S., in conjunction with Paramount Cinema, to build amusement park, housing estate and film village in Apo District of Abuja

.S.-based Fund Manager, Mr Ekwo Omakwu has urged the organized private sector (OPS) to develop a template that would assist the country to achieve its inclusive economic development. Omakwu gave the advice in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He charged banks and other blue chips companies to rise up to their billings, stressing that “OPS

in Nigeria do not look vibrant”. Omakwu, a former worker of the National Bank of America, also urged government to provide a conducive environment for OPS to drive the nation’s economy. According to him, “investment culture and minimal corruption are factors that have propelled developed economies; we can do it here too’’. “The banks can decide to bring down the current astronomical lending rates to encourage

financial expert and former Director of Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) Mr Titus Okurounmu has said that the budgetary allocation of 72 per cent to recurrent expenditure could hinder the nation’s economic development. Okurounmu made the observation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos. NAN reports that the Federal Government just presented a budget proposal of N4.6 trillion for 2014 to the National Assembly. A breakdown of the budget showed that the recurrent

Ex-CBN Director cautions against high budgetary allocation to recurrent expenditure

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expenditure is 72 per cent of the 2014 budget compared to 68.7 per cent in 2013. The capital expenditure is 27 per cent of the 2014 budget against 31.3 per cent in 2013. According to him, no country willing to develop will earmark such large portion of budget to recurrent expenditure. “The operational cost of running public offices, especially in Nigeria, is economically unsustainable, leaving little

for development programmes. “The overhead cost of public office holders is actually swelling recurrent expenditure which is solely responsible for paucity of funds for infrastructure,” he said. He urged the Federal Government to seek alternative ways of earning funds if we the country was desirous of empowering Nigerians economically. Okurounmu advised the

government to increase the budgetary allocations to anti-graft agencies to enable them combat and reduce the scourge of corruption. “The scourge of corruption has eaten so deep into the fabric of our social and economic lives. “Even the 28 per cent of the budget which is for capital project is not free from corrupt practices even when it is not enough to transform the country,,” he said. (NAN)

Inspen unveils nominees for 2013 insurance award From Ngozi Onyeakusi, lagos

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nspenonline, Nigeria’s premier insurance and pension online media, has released the names of nominees for the 2013 Nigerian Insurance and Pension (Inspen) Award. A statement by the Editor, Chuks Udo Okonta, said the yearly award which is in seven categories will be contested by underwriting, broking firms and individuals who distinguished themselves in 2013. He said the nominees for the Insurance Man of the year category are, the Managing Director Mansard Insurance Plc, Mrs Yetunde Ilori; Managing Director Leadway Assurance Limited, Mr Oye Hassan-Odukale; Managing Director Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc, Mr Olawale Onaolapo and former President Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) Dr. Wole Adetimehin. He noted that firms nominated for Insurance Company of the Year are, Mansard Insurance Plc; AIICO Insurance Plc; Leadway Assurance Limited; Custodian Group and Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc. He said Mr Yemi Soladoye; Mr Oladipo Bailey; Professor Joe Irukwu and Mr Osaka Ogala, were nominated for the Excellence Award. For Best Trade Group Award, he said Nigerian Insurers Association; Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers and Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria were nominated. Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc; Leadway Assurance Limited and Mansard Insurance Plc were nominated for Companies for Corporate Brand Award. Firms nominated for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award were, Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc; Industrial and General Insurance; Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc; Leadway Assurance Limited and Mansard Insurance Plc. Okonta noted that firms nominated for the Pension Fund Administrator of the year are, Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers; AIICO Pension Managers; Leadway Pensure PFA Limited and PAL Pensions.


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Property

Procurement: Aliyu charges building experts to raise the ante

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he new President of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, (NIQS), Alhaji Murtala Muhammad Aliyu has charged members of the Institute to up the ante to ensure that the services they render to their clients meet international benchmarks. Aliyu, who spoke in Lagos at the 2013 annual dinner of the Lagos state chapter of the Institute, explained that due to the changing environment globally, most construction activities would come to the developing countries, hence professionals in the built environment must be build up their capacity to be able to bid for and win international jobs. Stressing their importance of training in order to hone their skills, the NIQS President advised the construction cost experts to take advantage of such programmes or risk losing the juicy jobs to well organised expatriate companies. “As an Institute, what we need to do is first of all, to wake up our members and make them appreciate the limit of small size. But the truth is that not just quantity surveying, even in other professions, there is no way we can sustain our operations in the market if we remain in small sizes. According to him, “There is a difference between professionalism and entrepreneurship and

President, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Alhaji Murtala Muhammad Aliyu (middle) with other members of the Institute during the 2013 annual dinner of the Lagos State chapter of the Institute in Lagos recently. most of our services are still as you said one-man shows. Now is the time for us to talk together, using seminars and workshops to realise the limits of smallness and growth in size that can compete favourably

internationally.“ “Let’s unite, let’s come together and push the Institute forward. This is the only profession we all have. The period of stress is over; unity is key for us to move for-

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ward,” he said. In his brief remarks, the chairman of the Lagos State branch of the Institute, Mr. OlayemiShonubi stressed the role of quantity surveyors in the construction industry. He

Construction: Sada challenges quantity surveyors on cost reduction

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CIB confab focuses on construction in developing countries From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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he theme: “Construction in developing countries and its contribution to sustainable development” will form the bedrock of a three-day international conference of the Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction, CIB, Working Commission on Construction in developing countries slated for Lagos next month. The conference, which would be hosted by the University of Lagos, Akoka is the first CIB conference to hold in the WestAfrican sub-region since the CIB was formed about 60 years ago. The CIB is a United Nations

global network of over 5,000 experts from over 500 member organisations active in the education sector, research community and industry who cooperate and exchange information in over 500 commissions covering all fields in building and construction research and innovation. A statement jointly signed by Prof Godwin Idoro and Mrs. HikmotKoleoso,( Chairman and Secretary of the conference) said the conference will be held between January 28 and 30, 2014. A website: www.cibw107conference 2014.com has been opened for the conference. The statement disclosed that UNILAG and Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh in the

United Kingdom, have been granted the joint hosting right for the 2014 and 2015 conferences billed for Lagos and Edinburgh. “The conference offers unique networking opportunities for individuals, corporate bodies and government agencies. It will also feature a threeday exhibition of construction related materials, components, technologies and other products/services. The exhibition is open to all stakeholders in construction and related industries, especially manufacturers of construction materials, components, plants and equipment; oil and gas sector and property developers.

regretted that most Nigerians still do not understand the role of quantity surveyors in the construction industry, hence some of them end up not getting value for the money they expend on projects.

orried by the high cost of building and construction projects in Nigeria, the Minister overseeing the Federal Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Musa Mohammed Sada, an architect, has challenged the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria, QSRBN to come up with a blueprint on how costs of projects in Nigeria can be reduced to compare favourably with what obtains in other parts of the world. The Minister who spoke at the inauguration of the reconstituted 15-member QSRBN Board, described the trend as worrisome and charged the construction cost experts to take urgent steps to reduce the cost construction project in line with what obtains in other best practice jurisdictions of the world. “The quantity surveying profession is concerned with financial probity and achieving value-for money in the conceptualisation, planning and execution of building and construction projects. Government therefore expects active support from the Board in the areas of good corporate governance and knowledgedriven innovations in the management of available but limited resources at its disposal. However, one important and worrisome area the Board must critically look into is the high cost of building and construction projects in Nigeria. Available statis-

tics show that costs of infrastructure procurement are too high in Nigeria compared with what are obtainable in the rest of Africa and the world. You must find a lasting solution to this anomaly and the time to act is now,” Arc. Sada said. Continuing, he charged the new board to collaborate with the Ministry and other stakeholders in the building and construction industry to raise the bar of professional excellence in the housing and urban development sector. “In doing this, you need to check the rot and unethical professional practices in the sector as well as the need to cleanse the system by identifying and removing those found to be bringing dishonour to it,” he added. The Minister commended the board for its sterling performance in the last three years, adding that most of them were reappointed because they did very well. He further enjoined them to ensure that registered quantity surveyors and practicing firms continue to update and upgrade their professional knowledge and skills as global trend demands. Responding, Malam Hussaini Adamu Dikko, who was reappointed QSRBN President, pledged that the new board will continue to pursue excellence so as to make the QSRBN the best quantity surveying regulatory body not only in Africa but also in the world.


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Property Nasarawa govt to build 3 modern markets, says deputy governor

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he Deputy Governor of Nasarawa state, Mr. Dameshi Luka, said on Friday that plans were under way to construct three modern markets across the state. The Deputy Governor said this while receiving members of market associations, who paid him a Christmas visit in Akwanga. Luka said that the construction of the markets would help in boosting the socio-economic activities in

the state. “In order for the state government to fulfil its campaign promises to the people, it plans to construct three modern markets, to be located in Lafia, Akwanga and Keffi local government areas of the state. “The construction of the three modern markets ... will not only boost the revenue base of the state but will also reduce unemployment. It will also boost the general wellbeing of the people of the state and

the development of the country. He said the state government was determined to ensure even distribution of projects across the state. “As you can see, each local government has been selected from the three senatorial of the state for the projects.I am calling on the people of the state to use this period to forgive and forget the past and unite and embrace peace”.

He said they should do this “irrespective of ethnic, religion and political affiliation for the overall development of the state and the country at large. “I am also calling on the people of the state and Nigerians to shun all acts capable of fomenting troubles in our state and the country”, Luka said He charged Christians to reflect on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ by embracing love,

unity and peace in their day-today activities. Earlier, Mr. Shamatu Dantosho, the president of the marketers association in the state, said that the visit was to celebrate with the deputy governor on the occasion of Christmas. He commended the state government for embarking on projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people and called for their sustenance. (NAN)

From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

lion-N60 million range,” Olumide Olutimayin, a Lagos-based property consultant, said. The lull in the market could not be unconnected with the harsh economic condition in the country, as most property buyers are financially constrained to purchase expensive properties, despite the availability of these properties, analysts say. “Though the demand for luxury apartments has remained relatively high, the capital to buy

these houses when delivered has become a major challenge and this has, in more ways than one, stunted the sector’s growth,” Ayo Olamiju, a real estate surveyor and valuer, also said. According to him, the outgoing year did not really deliver the goodies as expected because of the poor state of the economy; it was very difficult closing deals even when property prices were lowered to entice buyers. However, Okechukwu Iwuag-

wu of O-maconi, a real estate firm, believes that only properties not offering a commensurate value for their prices might not have attracted buyers. “Luxury apartments are bought and rented by the affluent and this class of people desire a certain taste, but once they can’t find a property that meets their taste, they won’t pay for such properties,” he explained. For Tunde Gbadamosi, the developer of Amen Estate, an up-

town estate in Ibeju-Lekki, the opening of the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) has helped to boost the market as investors now consider the estate a new haven for luxury living. While the slow pace in the market persists, analysts fear that it might continue in 2014 as the election year nears because the elite, who are major players in the market space, would be seeking liquidity rather than investing.

From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

According to Mr. Tukur, the mortgage sector’s market share of the economy in Nigeria is less than five per cent, even as the poor attitude of the government to the sector is poor. “Without PMBs there would be high demand for cash to buy houses which can be very tasking, or one could buy land for gradual building of houses which could take years to complete and at an increased cost.

“Mortgage helps to manage cash flow as a result of installment payment of money, which means that the demand for cash in the society will reduce. “Market share is less than five percent; it is just a pity that the government is not doing much to support the sector. In advance economies, there are secondary mortgage markets which give discount on mortgages with a view to creating an avenue for more mort-

gages to be given. When speaking on the relationship that exists between mortgage and pension fund, the Coop Savings and Loans Ltd boss insisted that, “mortgage market should be supported by the pension fund, since they are both long term funds. It is a mismatch for pension fund to be entrusted to commercial banks. In the advanced countries, pension funds are managed by mortgage banks.

Luxury property market in bearish run,remains sluggish

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espite a brewing confidence in the country’s property market in recent times from foreign and local investors, property sales in the high-end section of the residential market has remained visibly sluggish with few sales and renting recorded by luxury property owners. The market which consists of condominiums and mansions located at highbrow areas of Lagos such as Ikoyi and Lekki-Epe corridor and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are specifically built for the elite, costing between N100 million to N250 million and above depending on the finishing and facilities available. “Recently, it has been challenging for high-end property sales in most neighbourhoods such as Ikoyi axis, while demand has soared slightly for cheaper properties within the N40 mil-

PMBs’ activities help stabilise economy — Coop Savings MD

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rimary mortgage banks (PMBs) in Nigeria can help to stabilise the nation’s economy because they are targeted towards the poor as well as helping to mop up liquidity. This is the view of the Managing Director and Central Executive Officer, Coop Savings and Loans Ltd, Mr. Kabir Ayinde Tukur, in a recent chat with Peoples Daily.

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Boats will also be provided. Design Function: The buildings are made of sand crete blocks, carefully plastered and finished in high quality paint. Location: Plot 41, Kado District By Kado Housing Estate, Abuja House Categories: 4- Bedroom semi detached duplex + Maiden

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Standard size Swimming pool 24 hour security Recreational and children parks 800 KV A standby generators Dedicated transformers Stable water supply from borehole and water mains Shopping facility Quality Facility Management Marketed By:Urban Shelter Ltd, Address:Abuja Office: Shippers’ Plaza, 2nd Floor, Michael Okpara Way, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja. (Content from Nigeria Property Centre)


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Motoring

Ford Edge owes its popularity to sleek styling

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hen it comes right down to it, shopping for a new crossover SUV is a lot like trying on clothes. Three-row, sevenpassenger models can feel way too big, while compact crossovers may seem a little too confining. That brings us to the 2014 Ford Edge, a five-passenger midsize crossover that splits the difference between these two extremes in a way that could make it a comfortable fit for you. Besides its right-size dimensions, the Edge owes its popularity to its sleek styling and a comfortable interior filled with a long list of appealing high-tech options. These run the gamut from handy conveniences like the Sync system’s voice control to important safety features like rear cross-traffic alert and forward collision warning systems, both of which are designed to help avert potential crashes. The Edge also offers a likable driving experience, with confident handling and a quiet and smooth ride. The standard 3.5-liter V6 delivers a level of performance most buyers will find satisfactory, but Ford offers two other engines as well: an available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder for greater fuel economy or a slightly more powerful V6 in the Sport trim. The Edge does have a few drawbacks, most notably the available MyFord Touch system, which has a less than intuitive menu structure and can be sluggish to process commands. Accordingly, we’d en-

courage you to take a look at some of the Ford’s similarly sized and priced competitors. Topping the list is the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is equally comfortable in everyday driving, yet can be fitted to be more off-road-worthy. The Jeep also comes with available diesel or V8 power. Other desirable models include the well-equipped Nissan Murano, the Volkswagen Touareg and the likable Toyota Venza. Ultimately, though, the 2014 Ford Edge has found a nice middle ground between its larger and smaller competitors, and many crossover shoppers are likely to find that it meets most, if not all of their needs. The 2014 Ford Edge is a midsize crossover SUV that seats five passengers. It’s offered in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited and Sport. The entry-level SE comes standard with a V6 engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, 60/40-split-folding and reclining rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a 4.2-inch display screen and a sixspeaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio input jack. The optional Convenience package adds automatic headlights, keypad entry, rear parking sensors, a subfloor cargo organizer and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The optional Equipment Group 101A bundles automatic headlights, keypad entry, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, satellite radio, the Sync voice com-

mand interface, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a USB/ iPod interface. Moving up to the SEL model gets you the above options as standard plus 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat (includes power lumbar), an “EasyFold” second-row seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The SEL’s Equipment Group 204A includes a rearview camera, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a six-way power front passenger seat (manual recline) with fold-flat capability. The 205A group has those optional features plus the MyFord Touch electronics interface with an 8-inch central touchscreen, a configurable gauge cluster, enhanced steering wheel controls, enhanced Ford Sync features and a second USB port for audio devices. The SEL appearance package adds 20-inch wheels, specific headlight and taillight treatments, a bodycolored grille and unique leather/ simulated suede seating. The Sport model comes with all of the SEL’s standard equipment, the contents of the 204A and 205A groups, a 12-speaker Sony sound system, HD radio, a more powerful V6 engine, 22-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and special exterior styling. The upscale Limited also starts with a majority of the SEL’s optional features as standard and then adds 18-inch chrome-finish alloy wheels, an eight-way power front

passenger seat and the 12-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio. The Equipment Group 301A option adds a panoramic sunroof, xenon headlights, keyless ignition and entry, remote start, a power liftgate and a navigation system. The 302A group has those features plus rainsensing wipers, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts. Also optional are 20-inch alloy wheels and adaptive cruise control with a collision warning system. A few of the Limited’s extra features, such as the sunroof, navigation system and blind-spot monitoring, are also available for the SEL and Sport. A rear-seat entertainment system with dual headrest displays is also optional for every Edge, except the SE. Under the hood, most 2014 Ford Edge models get a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and frontwheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available as an option. EPA estimated fuel economy is 22 mpg combined (19 city/27 highway) with front-wheel drive and 21 combined (18/25) with all-wheel drive. Optional on all but the Sport model is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (called the EcoBoost) that generates 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is not available with this engine. In Edmunds performance testing, an Edge with the four-cylinder went from zero to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds: slower than average, but not unreasonably so. More importantly, the EPA’s fuel economy estimate for this powertrain is an impressive 24 mpg combined (21 city/30 highway). The Sport model is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 rated at 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission (with shift paddles) and front-wheel drive are standard, with all-wheel drive offered as an option. In Edmunds performance testing, an all-wheeldrive Edge Sport went from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds -- a good time for the segment. Official EPA fuel economy stands at 22 mpg combined (19/26) with front-wheel drive and 19 mpg combined (17/23) with all-wheel drive. Source: Edmunds.com


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Arts & Culture

FG urged to harness talents in children

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ome residents of Calabar have urged the Federal Government to harness the talents in children in order to build a better future. The residents made the call during interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the sideline of the Children’s Carnival in Calabar. NAN reports that the Children’s Carnival was a major event of the ongoing Calabar Carnival, which they described as a display of talents. A resident, Mr James Onah, said the carnival was an opportunity for the children to display their talents. According to him, it is a very wonderful event for the children and an opportunity for them to be

involved not only in the carnival but to express themselves. “There is a lot of talent in the creative dances and I think government should harness the energy in the children and build on it. Onah advised the children to work hard for a better future. “The children need to be helped to understand that the world is a small place and that with ICT they can compete with their counterparts in the world’’, he said. A resident, Mrs Glory Emmanuel said the children’s carnival was a unique display that added colour to the event. “Children are the leaders of tomorrow, so it is important to design a unique costume for them to participate in the carnival’’, Emmanuel said.

A resident and Manager of Passion 4 Band, Mr Bassey Archibong, described the children’s carnival as unique because it nurtured them to grow into full carnival ambassadors. Archibong said, “Today is the children’s carnival and they are all ready to hit the streets of Calabar. “With the number of children here, we can believe that there is a very strong future for Calabar Carnival,’’ he told NAN. He advised parents and guardians to keep the carnival going and not to ne wary in allowing their children to participate in it. Another resident, Mrs Roseline Ukpanyang, said that participating in the carnival was fun and the children always looked forward to it. (NAN)

Masquerades, procession during the Benue Youths Carnival, last Sunday in Makurdi.

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Curator laments low patronage of museum

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he Curator, Badagry Heritage Museum, Mr Peter OlaideMesewaku, has said that there was a decrease in the patronage of the museum during the Yuletide season. Olaide-Mesewaku told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview in Lagos that eco-tourism was better patronised during festive periods than historic places. “During festivities, a lot of people do not have interest visiting historic places, they get bored with such stories, rather, they prefer vis-

iting recreation centres to catch fun. “The museum is experiencing low patronage due to lack of interest by fun seekers,’’ he said. Olaide-Mesewaku told NAN that patronage of the museum was very good before the festive season started. According to him, the heritage museum is largely patronised by school children on excursion. The curator said that the heritage museum housed historic relics, which would educate people about past events, adding that parents should endeavour to bring their chil-

dren to such places. He said the museum was well dusted for the Christmas celebration and that it was always opened to visitors. ``The heritage museum housed historic events, therefore, fun seekers and parents should bring their wards to educate them about the past.’’ “Parents should understand that it is not only other recreation centres that children should visit for relaxation; the museum is important to broaden their knowledge,’’ OlaideMesewaku added. (NAN)

Italian artistes to collaborate with Nigerian counterparts on music

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r Progetto Canto, President of Italian Diplomatic Office and Cultural Centre, has expressed Italian artistes’ readiness to collaborate with their Nigerian counterparts for musical exchange. Canto told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the move was expected to further strengthen the existing relations between both countries’ artistes in the years ahead. “We are presently working hard at improving the existing relations between us and our Nigerian counterparts. “Nigerian and Italian artistes

have recently been playing side by side in both countries. “We will, therefore, continue to create opportunities for promoting high level of cultural musical exchange now and in the future. “We believe that music is a universal language that can be used to promote relations between countries,’’ he said. Canto said the Italian Cultural Centre had also commenced discussions with the Music Society of Nigeria (MUSON) to promote “stronger relations” with their Nigerian counterparts. According to him, such work-

ing agreement with MUSON will make more Italian artistes come for performances in Nigeria. Canto also told NAN that the centre had so far held five musical concerts in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. ``During these concerts, there was a large turnout of Nigerians which really demonstrated their interests in Italian music. ``Also, many Italians are today falling in love with Nigerian music and artistes. ``It is, therefore, obvious that Nigeria and Italian artistes have found a way of creating a common linkage,’’ he said. (NAN)

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God bless this nation in 2014

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just returned from a most deserved break and time away from all the hustling and bustle of life in the city. Every December affords me the opportunity to go to my tiny world in Agenebode, the headquarters of Etsako East Local Government Area. It is a very tiny close knit community with the River Niger flowing idly by. With the harmattan, the river recedes and in the last decade it has continued to recede more and more towards the Idah axis leaving a huge sea of sand and dead grass dividing the two towns. While growing up, there used to be a ferry to Idah which my people called ‘pontu’ and the ‘pontu’ jetty is still there but the ferries have long disappeared. The only means to connect with Idah barely thirty minutes away is with speed boats and if you want to go to the large island that has become a much sought after party venue for the younger ones, you hire a speed boat to take you across and arrange for it to come back and pick you. I really pray that the dredging of the River Niger will get to Agenebode if only to increase the volume of trade between the two towns. From gist, we heard that former President Shehu Shagari promised us a bridge to link the towns but this has not materialised thirty years down the line. We are a patient people, we will wait. The roads have not changed much. There was a visible change between Auchi and Fugar. My mother told me that the road was patched to prepare the town of Fugar for all the dignitaries that will come to bid farewell to Vice Admiral Mike Okhai Akhigbe who died a few months back. We thank those who did this monumental job of patching the road. The road from Auchi to Agenebode was built by the administration of Brigadier Ogbemudia. On why the road has not been touched since then, someone said with all seriousness that our people love being in the opposition so the worthy Comrade has not deemed it fit to honour us with a better road. The main distraction this year at home was the high number of sirens roaming the town. The sirens were not from the military who have the biggest military barracks in Nigeria in Agenebode nor was it from the police in the town but rather from individuals who had a coterie of policemen and private security guards ferrying them from one visit and meeting to another. I was told that this new sense of security was heightened after the kidnap of Mike Ozekhome,SAN a couple of months ago. So in the quietness of this once rural community, a new viciousness has been introduced – in the process of ensuring the security of their principals, these convoys practically want to run you out of the roads. A lot of them are simply mannerless and their behaviour on market days is a naked display of power. Is it the poor folks who are struggling to eke out a living out of an already hard existence that should be terrorised and made to feel a naked display of raw power with guns flaying carelessly on the shoulders of the wielders? My people in attempts to ‘grow’ are growing backwards. There was a case last year when one man took over the main road in the town, covered it with canopies and chairs, got thugs to ensure that the road was thoroughly closed and proceeded to party in the middle of the road. He was taking a new wife! In my travels, I still wonder what manner of policemen are bred in the Ondo and Kogi axis. They are simply in a world of their own. They owe no allegiance to anybody except themselves and these are the policemen who dare you to call the IG to come and mount the roadblocks! A lot of thanks to the men and women of the FRSC who ensured at great cost and sacrifice that the roads were open especially at Lokoja and Okene. Many thanks to soldiers in remote villages and bush outposts who despite the remoteness of their surroundings still remain courteous and very kind. We pray God to bless this nation and people in 2014. Whatever we do as long as it is honest and good, God please bless our efforts both individually and collectively. God please, raise women and men of goodwill and honest intentions who will lead the nation with voices of reason and good thoughts. God please, bless those of our leaders who are doing good jobs and who labour night and day to ensure that the majority of our people get good returns on the labour that they do and have no need to live in fear and dread. God please, whatever our shortcomings as a nation, please, please bless this nation in 2014. Have a great year ahead!


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Arts & Culture

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti: The Primary Man of an African Personality (I) Title: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti: The Primary Man of an African Personality Author: Jawi Oladipo-Ola Reviewer: Sanya Osha Publisher: African Book Collection Date of Publication: 13 August, 2012 Number of Pages: 142

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ome books are so badly written that they deserve to be read if only for their sheer ugliness. In this way, a critic has something to sink his/her teeth into. More important, such books demonstrate what must be avoided in order to write good books. Another reason bad books sometimes deserve grudging attention is that they may stand as a bastion against encroaching ennui and bad humour. Oh yes, read a bad book to store up your flagging spirits, read something so horribly bad to crack your ribs. In this sense, Jawi Oladipo-Ola’s Fela Anikulapo-Kuti: The Primary Man of an African Personality: The Narrative and Screenplay fits the bill. Something that is immediately evident from the first pages of the book is the portrayal of Fela Kuti as an ideologue or better still a philosopher of black consciousness. In adopting this commonplace approach, it is often forgotten that what primarily gained Kuti fame was his music. So, rather than focus on the uniqueness of a musical form that fans such as Brian Eno have called one of the preeminent beats of the 1970s, Oladipo-Ola dwells basically on Fela Kuti’s pan-Africanist beliefs without giving a cogent explanation as to the wherefores of their evolution. It is important to reaffirm that he dwells on those beliefs rather than offer an insightful critique or reappraisal of them. The structure of the book itself is curious. There is a longish introduction focusing on Kuti’s well-known pan-Africanism. But rather than illuminate this strand of thought to highlight why it is distinctive and truly radical, we are overburdened by pages spouting platitudes, inconsistencies and outright falsehoods. And then there is a screenplay that begins with the most unimaginative way possible, in a classroom. Later on, there are well-known photographs of Kuti. These photographs do nothing to present a different view of the man. So, in terms of basic structure, the book is muddled. Is it meant to serve as some sort of biographical excursion? Or can it pass as a workable screenplay? On both counts, the book fails woefully as even the most significant milestones in Kuti’s life are omitted. It is difficult to imagine which credible filmmaker would agree to turn the script into cinematographic reality. It would be difficult to film because of its heavy didacticism and poor scenic development. And as a biographi-

cal engagement, the figure of Kuti is lost to entanglements and obfuscation. Thus, in trying to be a movie script and biographical essay at the same time, it fails woefully at both. Nonetheless, Kuti’s stock as an artist of global repute is increasing each year. The well received Broadway musical, Fela!, mounted with the support of Alist Hollywood actor Will Smith and successful rapper Jay-Z, did a lot to re-inscribe the achievements of Kuti into the consciousness of different global audiences and generations. So instead of being portrayed as a narrow-minded ethno-centrist and misogynist, he becomes an exemplar of universal justice and constructive dissent. There are many Fela Kuti tribute bands in existence, such as Underground System, The Family Kuti and Antibalas. Afrobeat, the form developed by Kuti, has truly become a recognisable global brand. So, rather than his ideas on pan-Africanism, it is the infectiousness of his music than continues to win new fans. OladipoOla completely fails to appreciate this fact. Instead, he concentrates quite crudely on attempting to foist an unsupportable degree of philosophical respectability on Kuti. Indeed, Oladipo-Ola is not alone in this undertaking. There have been quite a number of dissertations written on what some have termed ‘Felasophy’. Most of these often unduly eulogistic works privilege blackism as a philosophy of consciousness and ac-

tion. But they often fail to critique ultra-nationalism and its possible ravages as a virulent form of ethno-centricism. It is rather troubling to note that the connections between pan-Africanism as a kind of essentialism and discredited manifestations of nationalism are never really addressed. This omission not unexpectedly leaves a latent fascism looming in the background. Many acolytes of the Kuti mythology put his pan-Africanism on the same level with African leaders such as Patrice Lumumba, Leopold Sedar Senghor, Kwame Nkrumah and Thomas Sankara. In making such lazy associations without the necessary accompanying elaborations, they lose sight of what makes him a compelling, visionary musician. Oladipo-Ola’s notion (can it really be called that) of pan-Africanism flounders on a waste of anachronism and on the margins of modernity and globalisation. As a result, rather than being a way of embracing the future, it comes across as tasteless romanticism. If we go by his view, the African continent would only end up wallowing in the cloud of atrophy it seriously needs to shake off. Ideologies of blackness need not necessarily be reductive or even repulsive. Oladipo-Ola does not engage with noteworthy conceptions of blackness such as negritude or the thought of important black thinkers such as Aimé Césaire, Léon-Gontran Damas or Frantz Fanon. Indeed, pan-Africanism and other similar ideolo-

gies have a long engaging history; merely putting up Fela Kuti as a pan-Africanist without locating his value within a precise niche in that tradition can appear rather lame. Kuti preached a strong and consistent message of black empowerment and achievement yet he was never at ease with Nigerian officialdom. In fact, his frequent brushes with authority almost cost him his life many times. In a way, his stance as a figure of black resurgence is somewhat contradictory: he could only appreciate the glories of the African past and not the contemporary political moment, with the notable exception of his admiration for Kwame Nkrumah. Viewed in this light, his blackism becomes qualified, limited and perhaps also problematic as a concrete progammme of action. At many levels, Oladipo-Ola’s efforts are lame for the reason that they can neither serve as critique nor illumination. It is perhaps necessary to cite some of the passages (and indeed there are many) that illustrate the poor quality of the book : ‘Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Marcus Garvey, Patrice Lumumba, Malcom X and Kwame Nkrumah have one burning desire, one goal; the salvation of black people all over the world and the total liberation of black world from oppression and subservience dependence’ (p. 2). ‘The spirit of Fela’s music is the essence of the big difference in human culture and thought, between rational and aesthetic experience. Fela’s ingenuity is his universal attempt to express the African personality’ (pp. 2-3). ‘Fela is not a bohemian. He is a liberal hedonist who celebrates perpetual youth without being exuberant. His [sic?] glorified his own virtues. He was a nonconformist, an unrepentant renegade but he has a cause: African unity’ (p. 6). ‘The African society is communal. It embraces individual growth towards a [sic?] group welfare. An African society, which seeks the wellbeing of the community in the context and welfare of the group will defeat colonial mentality. Fela’s will to fight political subjugation, economic exploitation, educational and social backwardness propels the functions of his music’ (p.6). There are many reasons to believe that a secure grasp of the English language eludes the author. In one instance, OladipoOla writes: ‘Though Fela despises utopia, to him it is catastrophic, it is bad for creativity and human life’ (pp. 7-8). One is forced to ask, does Oladipo-Ola really know what utopia means? If Fela truly hates utopia then would dystopia do for him? As mentioned several times already, he writes terribly, which makes the task of reaching the end of the book quite laborious.

POEM OF THE WEEK Cut to the heart I wanted a sunrise instead The moonlight pours into my cells So Helen Martin’s ghost has come for me She has bided her time well While India shatters at my feet Standing at the edge of it is an angel of water With wings made of ice– soporific vampire You landed like an avalanche I started off by trimming your icicles When you couldn’t keep your hands to yourself The pupil is radiant, so are the missing case studies A table has been set for me A forked tongue where my water glass should be I think in another life I might have been Virginia Woolf Rage is splashed against my childhood love Her name is ‘mother’ She tastes like cold plums I must be mad if I am having visions Of a woman sleepwalking in my house Wearing an alluring scarlet cloak Dripping blood where it Is not supposed to be like a vampire Bleeding into the fragile lines of being– The eternal that is love and death There is pain in the fire Of her belly not unlike the India of my sister’s travels My vision is formidable, dark and as serious as war She takes the perfume of wine, roses, And discontent wherever she goes The evidence of fear follows swiftly–she burns me Like lava and it is only the knowledge of childlike Innocence that keeps my mind far away from hers I become like a child once again In my dreams, the smell of rain in my hair Climbing over my parents thrones in the living room Already housing collections of darkness

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“I believe the visionaries and true reflections of society will be rewarded after their lives. Those being rewarded now are giving the public what it needs now, usually applauding its current state and clearing consciences.” ― Hollace M. Metzger


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International

How Hollywood cloaked South Sudan in celebrity and fell for the ‘big lie’ ANALYSIS

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hen violence erupted two weeks ago in the world’s youngest country, one of the first voices to speak out, before the US president or the head of the United Nations, was that of the Hollywood actor George Clooney. There was nothing particularly objectionable about his counsel, which in any case was more likely authored by the American activist John Prendergast, with whom he shared a byline. It spoke of the need for a robust UN response and, even as tens of thousands of civilians fled ethnically motivated death squads, of the “opportunities” present in South Sudan. This is a country, not yet two and a half years old, whose birth has been soaked in celebrity like no other. As well as Clooney, Matt Dillon and Don Cheadle have been occasional visitors who have tried to use their star power to place the international public firmly in the corner of this plucky upstart nation. Unsurprisingly, the actors were highly effective at communicating a narrative about the new country that borrowed from a simple script. The south had fought a bloody twodecade battle for its independence against an Islamic and chauvinist north led by an indicted war criminal. The cost of that war, regularly touted as two million lives, meant that the south would need huge development support to lift it from the impoverished floor of every quality of life index published. The great threat in this narrative was the vile regime in Khartoum, the capital of rump Sudan, which would seek to undermine its southern breakaway, or march back to war to reclaim some of its lost oilfields. It was a seductive story that could be well told by handsome movie stars against the lavish backdrop supplied by South Sudan’s superheated swamps and deserts and often beautiful people. But the narrative – part truth, part wilful misunderstanding – was deeply flawed. This would have mattered less if it had only informed public opinion, but instead it found its way into the building of a state. Sudan, the former British colony that became Africa’s largest state, has been in a condition of slowburning internal conflict almost since independence in the 1950s. The second instalment of civil war was ended by the comprehensive peace agreement signed in 2005. The deal provided for a cooling-off period of six years before a loosely geographically defined south would be given the chance to vote on secession from the north.

George Clooney visiting a refugee camp in North Darfur, Sudan, in 2008.

The war had been brought to life in the US by broadcast evangelicals such as Billy Graham, who cast it as a heroic battle by Christian and African underdogs against a more powerful Muslim and Arab foe. The fact that religious and geographical lines were never remotely this clear and cleancut was routinely ignored. The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), under the leadership of the charismatic John Garang, was not fighting for an independent south but a democratic “new Sudan”. Its forces were drawn from areas far beyond what are now the borders of South Sudan. And its battles were, for the most part, not against the national army, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) but against rival militia groups, often drawn from the same great southern tribes, such as the Dinka and Nuer, that the SPLA leadership came from. Much of the fighting and dying took place in the south, often with funding and encouragement from the north. This meant that a new country would have to be built in what had been the main theatre of the war, with a nation drawn from opposing sides in much of that conflict. No serious effort was made by any side in the post-2005 cooling-off period to reconcile the north and south. The US, Europe,

the UN and the south’s nearneighbours, Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya, all pushed for the country to be broken up. This effort was formalised in a referendum in 2011. The pursuit of separation at all costs made it harder to admit certain truths such as ethnic divisions and created the need for the “big lie”, as one senior UN official calls it. “The big lie is that there was no ethnic problem in South Sudan. There is a political problem.” The midwife to the statebuilding was the UN peacekeeping mission – now known as Unmiss – a sprawling operation costing roughly $1bn a year. A further $1bn in development aid was pumped in annually by donors such as the US and Britain. As it was believed that there were no entrenched ethnic issues to overcome, the mandate for Unmiss – when it was drafted by the UN security council – framed the challenges for the new country as purely developmental. The choice of Hilde Johnson, a former Norwegian minister of international development, to head the mission reflected this. While demobilisation and disarmament schemes were announced, for much of the time between 2005 and the referendum governing consisted of farming out oil and aid money to civil-war-era

military commanders in order to keep the peace. Little was done to break up old units and forge a truly national army. The SPLA had become a big tent into which armed ethnic militias with no uniform, training or shared identity had wandered in order to get paid. The complete dysfunction of South Sudan’s government since independence in 2011 was largely ignored. When the president, SalvaKiir, accused his own government of looting $4bn in state assets and foreign aid money, little was said. When Kiir, who is from the south’s biggest ethnic group, the Dinka, began to entrench its power at the expense of other communities, creating what people called a Dinkocracy, the UN said nothing. In the meantime Johnson, who is criticised by her own staff in private for being too close to the president, trumpeted the need for “service delivery”, even as a vicious power struggle raged in the ruling party. While critics argue that the prime focus should have been security instruments (the army) and executive instruments (the government), all the talk was of democracy, human rights and development – even though this was rarely matched by any action. “You can’t do that if the elites are arguing and trying not to kill each

The complete dysfunction of South Sudan’s government since independence in 2011 was largely ignored.

other,” said the senior UN official, on condition of anonymity. “A lot of people who knew about state building in Africa were screaming bloody murder.” When Kiir sacked his entire government to pre-empt a political power grab by his vice-president, RiekMachar, an ethnic Nuer, from South Sudan’s second most populous group, the international community chided him halfheartedly. As both sides mobilised their supporters along ethnic lines and prepared for a renewed conflict, the UN and diplomats continued to refer to the increasingly autocratic president as “steadfast”. When fighting finally broke out on 15 December and elements of the presidential guard went house to house in the fledgling capital, Juba, murdering Nuer civilians, the talk was still of a political not an ethnic conflict. When Nuer youths who mobilise under the banner of the civil-war-era White Army overran a UN outpost, killing two peacekeepers and murdering Dinka officials, it was blamed by some on media inciting tit-for-tat attacks. JokMadutJok, an academic and former culture minister, who had been one of the most passionate exponents of South Sudan, was among many intellectuals who railed against international reporting of the ethnic slaughter as irresponsible and lacking in context. After visiting Nuer colleagues among the 63,000 South Sudanese who had gone into hiding in UN bases around the country, he described in an open letter how he had wept by the roadside: “My Nuer friends are very scared and will not even fathom returning to their homes, given what they saw during the fighting in Juba. But their present circumstance is humiliating to them, big army officers, senior government officials and university students who feel they cannot be safe in their own capital city in which they have lived for many years.” Much trumpeted peace efforts remain just “talks about talks”, according to diplomats involved. Both sides are dusting off veterans from the 1990s – the era of the most deadly fighting. A battle looms for the oilfields of the ironically named Unity State, currently held by rebels under the former vice-president. After years of denial from the international community, the only way out of a repeat of past wars will be another round of payoffs to military commanders and a reluctant return to square one on the state-building board, accompanied by an admission of past failures. Source: The Guardian of London


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International South Sudan rebel ‘agrees to talks after taking Bor’ Cameroon gunmen free French priest

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French Catholic priest kidnapped in Cameroon on 13 November has been released, French President Francois Hollande said in an official statement. Fr Georges Vandenbeusch, 42, was kidnapped by gunmen in northern Cameroon near the border with Nigeria. The armed Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram, which operates in the area, later said it was holding him. Mr Hollande thanked the authorities in Cameroon and Nigeria for their help in getting the priest released. His message expressed special thanks to Cameroon’s President Paul Biya. A French diplomat quoted by the AFP news agency said the priest was released early on Tuesday in northern Cameroon. “He is now on a plane with the Cameroonian army and will be handed over to the French ambassador in Cameroon,” the source said. There was no further explanation about his release. Mr Hollande said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius would fly to Yaounde in Cameroon to bring Fr Vandenbeusch back to France as soon as possible. The president added that six French nationals remain hostage in Mali and Syria, and he expressed support for their families, saying he would strive to win their release. Earlier this year, seven members of a French family called Moulin-Fournier - four of them children - were abducted by Boko Haram in northern Cameroon and held hostage for two months. Boko Haram was paid more than $3m (£2m) before releasing the family, according to a confidential Nigerian government report seen by Reuters news agency. There was no official confirmation of that ransom.

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outh Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar has told the BBC he will enter peace talks, claiming his forces have captured the key town of Bor. He had previously demanded 11 detainees accused of being coconspirators in the coup plan be freed before negotiations. He denies there was a plot - alleged by his rival President Salva Kiir.

Uganda’s president has threatened the rebels with military action if they fail to agree to a ceasefire by the end of Tuesday, and begin talks. President Kiir ruled out any power sharing with Mr Machar to halt violence that has killed at least 1,000 people in the last two weeks. “These men have rebelled. If you want power, you don’t rebel so that you are rewarded with the power. You

go through the process,” he said. Mr Kiir has consistently refused to release Mr Machar’s political allies, arrested when he made the coup plot allegations. It has not been confirmed whether Bor has fallen to Mr Machar’s forces - a mix of mutinous soldiers loyal to him and an ethnic militia called the “white army”, known for putting white ash onto their bodies as a kind

of war-paint. A UN spokesman said the town of Bor had come under attack at day break, not far from the town’s UN compound. A South Sudanese army spokesman confirmed a “big fight” had happened. Later, Mr Machar told the BBC he was sending a delegation to Addis Ababa for peace talks, where he will discuss a ceasefire. He also said his delegation will be led by Rebecca Nyandeng Garang, the widow of John Garang, who led South Sudanese rebel forces against Khartoum for many years. James Copnall in the capital, Juba, says as a Dinka she may help Mr Machar challenge the allegation that his rebellion is primarily from his Nuer ethnic group. According to the AFP news agency, both parties are expected in the Ethiopian capital soon. “Both President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar are coming to Addis Ababa for talks, they are coming now and should meet today,” Ethiopian foreign ministry spokesman Dina Mufti told the agency. Talks in South Sudan’s troubled history have often been preceded by renewed fighting, to allow the belligerents to go to the negotiating table in a position of strength, our reporter says.

MINUSMA discover, destroy 2 weapons caches in northern Mali

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ver five tons of explosives have been discovered and destroyed by the Chadian forces operating in northern Mali under the auspices of UN Mission for Stabilization of Mali (MINUSMA) and the French

Serval force, according to a statement sent to Xinhua. The statement indicated the Chadian and French forces discovered the weapons on Dec. 28- 29 in a zone located about 150 km southwest of Tessalit.

“The discovery, which led to the destruction of 5.7 tons of ammonium nitrate and about 40 grenades, deals a severe blow to the resources of terrorist groups,” the statement said Monday. The discovery of the explosives

was the second in northern Mali this year. Formed on July 1, MINUSMA’s main role is to prevent any threats and take measures to stop the return of armed rebels in northern Mali. Source: Xinhua

He admitted that it is delicate for the operation by the International Support Mission for Central African Republic (MISCA) was to restore peace and security . MISCA is mainly compose

of African forces authorized to intervene by the UN Security Council. They are working with the French forces. According to UN sources, since Dec.5, more than 1,000 people have been killed in Bangui in inter-ethnic clashes between the anti-Balaka militia and the ex-Seleka rebels. Meanwhile, at least two children have been been beheaded in the Central African Republic’s capital as violence sinks to a “vicious new low”, the UN has said. About 16 children had been killed in Bangui since 5 December and an increasing number of them are being recruited into armed groups, it added. The UN said children were being directly targeted in revenge attacks.

20 killed in fresh clashes in CAR …UNICEF says children ‘beheaded’ in Bangui A bout 20 people were killed yesterday morning in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, during an attack by anti-Balaka militia on the camp of ex-Seleka rebels, an official source has told Xinhua. Those killed include two fighters of the ex-rebels and over 15 from the camp of assailants. “This morning, anti-Balakas came to attack our camps in Pk 12 district. We repulsed them. On our side, we lost two fighters and three were injured, but on the enemy’s side, there were more than 15 deaths. Regarding their injuries, I cannot comment with certainty,” said Christian Narkoyo, an ex-spokesman for Seleka rebels and the head of national gendarmerie who spoke to Xinhua on phone from Bangui. The attack characterized by heavy gunshots provoked a wave

Child refugees at Bangui’s airport

of panic among Bangui residents being held hostage to persistent fighting between the two sides. The fresh fighting reportedly occurred at around 4 a.m. local time, Narkoyo said, added that calm was restored by 6 a.m..


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wenty-six Palestinian prisoners have been released from Israeli jails, as part of a US-brokered deal to restart Middle East negotiations. Yesterday’s release comes a day before US Secretary of State John Kerry is set to return to the region in a bid to boost the faltering negotiations. It is the third of four stages to free 104 inmates that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu committed to let go when the talks were renewed in July. They have been convicted of killing Israeli civilians or soldiers and have spent between 19 and 28 years in prison. After departing on buses from Israeli jails overnight, the prisoners received hero’s welcomes upon their return to the occupied West Bank and Gaza with officials and relatives lining up to greet them. At his headquarters in Ramallah, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas waited to meet the men in the middle of the night. Speaking before thousands, he pledged to continue pressing for the release of long-serving and ill prisoners. “We will not sign a final peace deal with Israel before all the prisoners are released,’’ he said. In Israel, though, the release was met with anger. Relatives of Israelis killed in attacks had attempted to prevent the release by petitioning Israel’s Supreme Court. The 26 inmates were jailed before the signing of the 1993 Oslo accords,

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A prisoner (C) released from an Israeli prison is welcomed by relatives in the West Bank city of Ramallah

which formally launched the Middle East peace process. They include 18 men from the West Bank, three Gazans, and in a concession by Israel, five men from East Jerusalem. Israel considers East Jerusalem to be part of its capital and has previously balked at allowing the Palestinians to negotiate on behalf of prisoners living under what it considers to be Israeli territory. The US welcomed the release,

with Kerry expressing “his appreciation for Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to release the third tranche of prisoners,” State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said. “The Israeli government’s commitment to release Palestinian prisoners helped enable the start ... and the continuation of the final status negotiations, and we believe this is a positive step forward in the overall process,” she added.

The release was expected to be followed by announcements of new construction plans for Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Nick Schifrin, reporting from Ramallah, said that on every prisoner release such as the one yesterday, Netanyahu announces new settlements. “As part of this release he has announced 140,000 additional new settlements in the West Bank,” he said.

Thai PM seeks reconciliation despite threat of more protests

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mbattled Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called for reconciliation yesterday as the streets of the capital, Bangkok, emptied ahead of New Year celebrations, a rare period of calm

after weeks of unrest. Anti-government protesters have vowed to disrupt a February 2 election called by Yingluck in a bid to settle a crisis that has pitted her government against Bangkok’s

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conservative elite and middle class. The demonstrators have threatened to shut down Bangkok after the New Year, with plans to block roads in up to 20 places, although the scope of their protests has not always matched the promises made by their leader, Suthep Thaugsuban. Yingluck has not been in Bangkok for more than a week, spending time among supporters in the north, but she used social media to send a message seeking peace and reconciliation. “On the occasion of New Year 2014, may I ask all Thais to be united in mind, to seek a blessing for the Thai people to love and harmonize and for those who differ in views, be it their political ideology or belief, to reconcile for a peaceful resolution for

our nation,” she said in a Facebook post. The demonstrators are determined to topple Yingluck, who they see as a puppet of her self-exiled brother and former premier, Thaksin Shinawatra. Bangkok’s normally gridlocked streets were mostly clear yesterday as people headed to the provinces for the holiday. The latest protests have flared into violence at several protest sites over the past five days. At least eight people have been killed since they began in late November. On Thursday, a policeman and a protester were killed when an unidentified gunman fired during chaotic clashes outside an election registration centre.

Syria chemical deadline ‘missed’ N orwegian and Danish ships waiting to remove Syria’s chemicalweaponsarereturning to port in Cyprus, signalling a key deadline will not be met. Bad weather, shifting battle lines and road closures are being blamed for the delay. The international mission is waiting for Syria’s most dangerous chemicals to be transported to the port in Latakia. The deadline is the first milestone of a deal to rid Syria of its chemical weapons arsenal by the middle of 2014. It was brokered by the US and Russia after rockets filled with the nerve agent sarinwere fired at three towns in the Ghouta agricultural belt around Damascus on 21 August, killing

hundreds of people. Western powers said only Syrian government forces could have carried out the attack, but President Bashar al-Assad blamed rebel fighters. Under the international disarmament plan, US satellites and Chinese surveillance cameras are to track the progress of Russian armoured lorries as they carry the chemical weapons from 12 storage sites in Syria to Latakia, on Syria’s Mediterranean coast. Danish and Norwegian cargo ships will then transport the chemicals to a port in Italy, where they will be loaded on to the US Maritime Administration vessel MV Cape Ray and taken out into international waters before being destroyed by hydrolysis.

The Norwegian cargo ship, Taiko, was due to transport the weapons material

orty-four Iraqi MPs have announced their resignation over violence in Anbar province, just days after a deadly raid on the home of a Sunni lawmaker in the area. Fighting erupted when police broke up a Sunni Muslim protest camp on Monday, leaving at least 13 people dead, police and medical sources said. Four people died yesterday in clashes between Iraq’s security forces and gunmen in Ramadi, following the forced closure of the site. The camp has been an irritant to Prime Minister Nouri alMaliki’s Shia-led government since protesters set it up a year ago to demonstrate against what they see as marginalisation of their sect. Maliki has repeatedly vowed to remove the camp and accused protesters of stirring strife and sheltering fighters linked to alQaeda. The MPs who stepped down after the latest bout of violence demanded “the withdrawal of the army... and the release of MP Ahmed al-Alwani,” a Sunni of the Iraqiya bloc who was arrested during a deadly raid on Saturday. Prominent Sunni politician Saleh al-Mutlaq called for all legislators from Iraqiya to withdraw from the political process, saying it had hit a “dead end”. “Elections in this atmosphere would be settled in advance, therefore we should raise our voices high and say the political process cannot proceed in this way,” he told reporters. Tensions have been rising over the past few weeks in Anbar, a province that makes up a third of Iraq’s territory and is populated mainly by Sunnis. Police said the clashes on Monday broke out when armed men opened fire on police special forces trying to enter Ramadi, the city where the protest camp is located. Shooting and blasts were heard in parts of the city. The assailants destroyed four police vehicles and killed at least three policemen in the north of Ramadi, one police source said. The bodies of 10 other people killed in the clashes were brought into Ramadi’s morgue, hospital and morgue sources told Reuters news agency. Tribal leader Mahmoud Abdel Aziz, meanwhile, accused the army of firing on unarmed civilians. “We hold the government of Nouri al-Maliki responsible for the bloodshed and the fighting,” he said. The fighting spread to the nearby city of Fallujah, where police Captain Omar Oda said armed men burned military vehicles during clashes with security forces.


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International Europe and Americas Talks to ease Northern Ireland tensions break down

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arathon talks between the leaders of Northern Ireland’s Catholic and Protestant communities broke down yesterday without agreement to ease tensions that have led to one of the worst years of rioting in the British province for a decade. The U.S. diplomat chairing the talks said the five largest parties in Northern Ireland failed to reach an agreement during 18 hours of talks that ended shortly before 0500 GMT, the culmination of six months of negotiations. No date was set for the resumption of the talks, which were a response to some of the highest levels of street violence and attacks by militant groups since a peace and power-sharing deal in 1998. That put an end three decades of sustained sectarian violence in the province between pro-British Protestants and Catholics who generally favor unification with Ireland. “It would have been nice to come out here tonight and say we have all five parties completely signed on to the text. We are not there,” said Richard Haass, the president of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations think-tank and a former adviser to the President George W. Bush on Northern Ireland. He said he hoped that further talks would lead to some parties signing up to the draft agreement and others would “endorse significant parts of it.” The text proposes the creation of new institutions to deal with contentious parades and the investigations of crimes committed during three decades of sectarian conflict that began in the late 1960s in which more than 3,600 people died. Haass said the parties had failed to make any significant progress on controversy over the flying of flags in Northern Ireland. Dozens of police were injured during weeks of rioting early this year after a decision to cut the number of days the British flag flies over Belfast city hall, with officers firing plastic bullets and water cannons. Several bombs have been planted in central Belfast in recent months by Irish militants opposed to the 1998 peace deal, but none has caused serious injury.

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hree Chinese Muslim Uighurs have been flown to Slovakia from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, the Slovak interior ministry says. The three are now in the capital Bratislava, a ministry official told the BBC. None of them are terror suspects, the ministry stressed. Slovakia - a member of the EU and Nato - also accepted three inmates from Guantanamo in 2010. The US says all the Uighur prisoners have now been released from Guantanamo. Since 2001 the prison has housed suspects detained by US

forces during operations against alQaeda and the Taliban. “As in the case of the first transport, the persons in this transport have never been suspected nor accused of terrorism. The transport is a follow-up to the agreement of 2009 [with the US],” the Slovak ministry statement said. A US Department of Defense statement named the latest three Uighurs as Yusef Abbas, SaidullahKhalik and Hajiakbar Abdul Ghuper. “These three are the last ethnic Uighur Chinese nationals to be transferred,” the statement said,

adding that they “are voluntarily resettling in Slovakia”. The US refuses to repatriate Uighur detainees to China because of the risk that they could be mistreated. China has cracked down hard on Uighur dissidents who oppose rule from Beijing. The latest release brings down the total of Guantanamo detainees to 155. Many have been held there for more than a decade, and many were cleared for release years ago. More than 100 inmates went on hunger strike earlier this year. According to a prisoner list published on the Wikileaks website,

22 Chinese Uighurs were imprisoned at Guantanamo by US forces after capture in Afghanistan. In April US President Barack Obama renewed his call to close the prison, saying “it is inefficient, it hurts us in terms of our international standing”. Previously six Uighurs have been sent from Guantanamo to the Pacific island nation of Palau, while 11 others have gone to Bermuda, Albania and Switzerland. The Uighurs are a mainly Muslim, Turkic-speaking minority based in western China’s Xinjiang region.

ublic sector workers in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires have been told not to come to work yesterday in an effort to save electricity.

The city has been experiencing power shortages as air conditioning use has soared as residents try to keep cool during a severe heat wave. Some neighbourhoods have

been without power for two weeks, with temperatures rising well over 35 degrees Celsius. Argentina’s ageing power grid has been struggling to keep up with

demand. Public sector workers in the city were asked to stay at home all day yesterday, while those in Buenos Aires province were told to leave work at noon. On Sunday night, electricity demand reached a record high for a non-working day, as residents turned on fans and air conditioning units in an attempt to cool down homes. City officials held emergency meetings with federal officials on Sunday in an effort to coordinate assistance to those left without power for days. An estimated 11.000 people still had no electricity over the weekend. Hundreds of thousands had suffered power cuts over the preceding weeks. In some Buenos Aires neighbourhoods residents took to the streets in protest, banging pots and pans to demand that city officials do more to restore power supply to their areas. The heat wave is reported to be the worst to hit the city in 40 years.

Russian police round up dozens after suicide bombings P

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he first commercial passenger flight from Key West to Cuba in more than 50 years has landed in Havana, capping several years of efforts to reunite the two islands, though regular air service still appeared a distant prospect. US Customs and Border Protection gave the final approval for the flight on Monday morning, and the nine-passenger aircraft departed 90 minutes later at 10am, Key West International Airport director Peter Horton said. “This is just a test run,” Horton said. “Whether this is going to come and be a regular service I don’t believe has been determined yet.” Federal officials granted the Florida island the green light to resume flights to and from Cuba in October 2011. It took more than two years, however, for the first flight to take off. Charter operators said they had

trouble getting all of the required approvals from US and Cuban authorities. They have also struggled with capacity issues: Key West is currently only approved to process 10 passengers and crew from Cuba at a time. Cuba and Key West have a long and interwoven history. Before the 1959 revolution, there was regular flight and ferry service to the island. Residents could fly to Havana for lunch and be back in Key West in time for dinner. The Cessna Conquest II aircraft departed Key West on Monday carrying nine passengers, five of which planned to participate in a licensed “people-to-people” trip focusing on Cuba’s culture and environment organised by the Florida Keys Tropical Research Ecological Exchange Institute. The US administration

reinstituted the cultural exchange licenses in 2011, allowing organisations to take US citizens to the island for educational activities that promote understanding and exchange with ordinary Cubans. The Key West travellers are

scheduled to meet with Cubans at botanical gardens, organic farms and cultural centres. Key West Mayor Craig Cates flew to Cuba with the group, but returned Monday without venturing beyond the Havana airport terminal.

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Tanko Almakura (The Dealer Of Hope) and so, our organization has never failed to identify With 2015 here with us, political stakes are daily with great men, leaders of repute and men of integrity culminating higher as politicians continue to explore who save humanity. various avenues to gain advantage over their rivals. So Tanko Al-Makura’s approach to national issues has far nocturnal and council of war meetings are being added more colours to the performance of the APC held while leading party figures are busy strategizing governments in Nigeria. on how to face electoral challenges. Today due to the firm commitment and dedication In Nasarawa State, political scheming appears to be of Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to serve his people, between those agitating for continuation of Governor the plight of people at the grassroot level have Umaru Tanko Al-Makura whom the electorates are been squarely addressed. Many people have come calling on to continue in office for progress and to identify with Umaru Tanko Al-Makura based on development of the state and those chasing ghost and his dynamic and purposeful leadership which has shadows to satisfy their personal interest. brought him national and international recognition. As concerned and patriotic indigenes of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura’s tolerance, dedication and we feel duty bound to place all cards before the table commitments to the demands of both Muslims and and by extension the good people of Nasarawa State Christians in the State alike has led to a coherent with a view to guiding them as they make decisions peaceful coexistence from the cesspit of divergent to align with either side in this power game. This is socio-economic, religious and political maladies to more imperative as any decision taken not in the best the apogee of splendor. interest of our people, which I am sure would not work, is capable of making or destroying the developmental His Excellency, Umaru Tanko almakura We want to use this medium to advice our brothers Executive Governor, Nasarawa State and sisters in Nasarawa State to continue to join strides so far achieved by Umaru Tanko Al-Makura hands in supporting the laudable achievements For a start, the decision of some federal retired or serving government officials to nurse the ambition of a gubernatorial seat of Umaru Tanko Al-Makura and to also shun the blatant lies some self of our dear state came as a surprise to many. This is because it came at serving individuals may publish in the national dailies in order to satisfy the wake of endorsement of His Excellency to continue in office in 2015 their selfish interest. by all the political gladiators and kingmakers in the state including the The State government is currently training about 2000 youths and 300 Governors enemies who are also nursing the ambition of contesting for vulnerable and disabled people in various skills. The youths are receiving the governorship of the state irrespective of the encompassing and rather training on agriculture, economic, technological, carpentry, hairdressing, welding and metal fabrication. The state government has earmarked huge undeniable achievements of the incumbent governor. There is no gainsaying that the people nursing the gubernatorial ambition amount of money to settle them at the end of the program with a view to have constitutional right like any qualified indigene of Nasarawa State to making them selfreliant and independent. The recent graduation of over aspire for any elective office but what baffles us is the motive behind such a thousand youths on different skills which took place in Wamba Local decision. Is it to better the lots of Nasarawa people or to enrich themselves? Government Council in collaboration with industrial training fund ITF is What has gone wrong with our politics that people without vision and an evidence of this deliberate move by the state government to within the mission will strive to lead us even when we all know that they don’t appear shortest possible time, engage all the youths in one form of skill to another to know our yearnings and expectations? Should we allow ourselves to for the betterment of our society. be deceived by some strangers? We say no to overnight politicians whose Today, the people of Nasarawa State are very much informed as they bestowed their trust and confidence on the present leadership of Umaru source of income is illegitimate. The glaring and manifest show of experience by Tanko Al-Makura and his Tanko Al-Makura as a result of his sincerity, commitment, prudence and campaign managers is too obvious to resist commenting on. His approach accountability in the way and manner he is managing the affairs of the to issues that affect the state makes one to conclude that Ta’al is very much state. vast and conversant with the political game. The Governor’s laudable Tanko Al-Makura is always on alert and makes himself accessible to the programmes even frighten and threaten the opposition despite the meager people physically and through electronic text messages by immediate finance and backlog of loan that His Excellency, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura response to text messages send to him. It is therefore, important that political and primordial sentiments should be met on ground when he was sworn in as the Governor. Quite unfortunate, someone out there is a bad pretender. This is because all resisted and never allowed to becloud the genuine achievements of Umaru his game plans have been revealed and his mistaken pride, vanity, perfidy, Tanko Al-Makura. opportunism and social misfit for heroism is an act of cowardice and the So far, the leadership of His Excellency is exemplary and positively result greatest fallible mistake everyman tends to act at the most appropriate time. oriented. The presence of functional traffic, street lights and other ongoing Your Excellency Sir, we in this forum commend and have continued to and completed projects in virtually all areas of the state is just awesome. identify with the fundamental objectives of your administration, we still It is indisputable as argued by political philosophers that politics is not stand by our position of undivided loyalty to protect you, vote you again war, secrecy, but open agitations and contest of ideas and reasons. It is should you declare your intention to contest in 2015. This is irreversible based on this preposition that Umaru Tanko Al -Makura is operating an even a must as the electorate in the State have been preceded your thoughts open door policy to constructive criticism which has made him translate same into positive actions thereby making Nasarawa State the fastest to lead them again again in the 2015 governorship election. However, one can say without any fear of contradiction that Umaru growing young state in the nation. Tanko Al-Makura is the only one who should preach the virtues of good The performance of Umaru Tanko Al-Makura within a very short time governance, transparency and good faith to any one given his track records is beyond ones imagination as we can go on and on to roll out the government’s endless achivements, accomplishment and developmental of achievements in terms of human and infrastructural development. The laudable achievements of this administration is therefore, not in strides . doubt. It is not an exaggeration to say that any definition of a working Are these achievements not worthy of another term? One good term modern democracy in Nigeria and the world at large without the mention of deserves another. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura is incomplete. This is because since 1996 when We, the people of Nasarawa State shall give Umaru Tanko Al-Makura Nasarawa States was created, the indigenes of the State had not known another term in office by the Grace of God. good governance and modus operandi of a working government until the Alhaji Adamu Aliyu 10-10 present administration came on board. Coordinator, Nasarawa State Patriotic Citizen We however, have no doubt in to concluding that Tanko Al-Makura is the No 101 Abuja Street Lafia, Nasarawa State great encyclopedia of administrative processes in the present administration


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Digest

There is no clear link between passive smoking and lung cancer, scientists claim

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here is no clear link between passive smoking and lung cancer, American scientists have claimed. Researchers from Stanford University say their findings add to a body of evidence which shows that while smoking cigarettes is strongly linked to cancer, passive smoking is not. Their large U.S. study of more than 76,000 women did not find a link between the disease and secondhand smoke. Only people who live in the same house as a smoker for over 30 years might be more likely to develop lung cancer, they say. ‘The fact that passive smoking may not be strongly associated with lung

cancer points to a need to find other risk factors for the disease [in nonsmokers],’ said Ange Wang, a medical student at Stanford University, who presented the study at the meeting of American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago. Researchers from the university and other institutions examined data from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study to come up with their controversial findings. Data for 76,304 participants about passive smoking exposure in childhood, the adult home and work for was studied. Of those that took part, 901 people developed lung cancer over 10.5 years of follow-up. The study, published in the Journal

of the National Cancer Institute said the incidence of lung cancer was 13 times higher in current smokers and four times higher in former smokers than those who have never smoked cigarettes. Unsurprisingly, the risk of the disease for both current and former smokers depended on their level of exposure. However, among the women who had never smoked and those who were exposed to secondhand smoke, there was not any ‘significant’ statistical increase in lung cancer risk ‘The only category of exposure that showed a trend toward increased risk was living in the same house with a smoker for 30 years or more,’ the The study claims the incidence of lung cancer was 13 times higher in current smokers and four times higher in former smokers than those who have never smoked cigarettes

Scientists from Stanford University claim only people living with a smoker for over 30 years might be more likely to develop lung cancer

researchers claimed. While the latest study might surprise many, it is not the first research to come to the same conclusion. Writing for The Telegraph, author and journalist James Delingpole pointed out that between 1959 and 1989, two staunch anti-smoking campaigners called James Enstrom and Geoffrey Kabat surveyed 118,094 Californians in a bid to prove that smoking had damaging side effects to smokers’ nearest and dearest. However, they reportedly discovered that exposure to ‘environmental tobacco’ or secondhand smoke, did not significantly increase a person’s risk of lung cancer or heart disease – even if they had been exposed for long periods of time. Mr Delingpole also said that the World Health Organisation came to a similar conclusion in 1998 after a

seven-year study, as well as the Greater London Assembly and the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee. But despite a growing body of evidence, politicians still went ahead with the smoking ban between 2006 and 2007 in the UK. Epidemiologist Dr Geoffrey Kabat, an advisor to the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, said the latest study does not come as a surprise. He told ACSH: ‘The association is weak and inconsistent.’ ‘We should not overstate the weak and uncertain association [of lung cancer] with passive smoking and should be looking for other, larger risk factors for lung cancer occurring in never smokers.’ Source: Dailymail.co.uk

or those of us who exercise, it will come as no surprise that a morning stroll can perk up your mood.

Half an hour’s exercise each day prevents depression later in life - Study

The Mental Health Foundation estimates that 1 in 5 elderly people will suffer from depression which can increase the risk of developing dementia

However a new study has shown that not only can light activity treat depression, it can actually prevent it. Researchers looking at 26-years’ worth of data have shown that people who exercise when they’re young are less likely to become depressed as they get older. The project, which analysed data from 30 previous studies, found that in 25 of them there was a link between lack of activity and being diagnosed with depression in later life. George Mammen, Ph.D. candidate from the University of Toronto and co-author of the study, said: ‘I’m active so I wasn’t surprised to find this, but 25 out of 30 showed a significant effect and that was unexpected.’ The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, recommends around 20-30 minutes of light activity, such as walking or gardening, every day. Speaking to NBC News, Mammen added: ‘If you’re not physically active, you should start.We usually think of exercise in terms of weight and how we look, but it’s also a way to maintain mental health far into the future.’ Depression affects around 1 in 5 elderly people in the UK, according to the Mental Health Foundation, with women being more likely than men to suffer from it. Accordi n g t o t h e B r i t i s h M e d i c a l J o u r n a l t h o s e w i t h depression are more likely to suffer from dementia, Parkinson’s disease, chronic pain and disability, and even suffer from strokes. They estimate that there are proportionately more suicide attempts by those aged 65 and over than

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a n y o t h e r a g e g r o u p , with the majority suffering from depression. While it has long been known that exercise can be used to treat depression, the

study is the first of its kind to showw that it can prevent the condition from starting. Source: Dailymail. co.uk

Exercising while you’re young can help to prevent depression in later life, a new study has shown for the first time


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Politicians can’t break Nigeria –Aniebonam W

hat is your view about the state of the nation considering criticisms against President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration? Constitutional provision gives people freedom of speech and expression but I would not buy into the idea of some people that Nigeria is not working. If Nigeria is not working, why are people still alive? So, I believe Nigeria is working. The fact that we have one or two problems, which include that of security does not mean that Nigeria is not working. The issue of insecurity is a global issue; it is not happening in Nigeria alone. What matters is the capacity of any government to respond and curb insecurity and that is exactly what the government has been doing in solving the problem of insecurity. What is important is the cooperation that Nigerians would give to government to stabilise the country. Nigerian government must be ready to take responsibility and enforce the regulation of the land; nobody should be spared if you go contrary to the laws of the country. What I know that is really hitting us hard in the country is corruption; other things are human elements problems, which can be resolved. It takes a great leader to stand his foot down and get these things resolved. Do you think Nigeria presently has such leaders that can be described as great? We have that leader. Jonathan is a great leader but he needs the support of Nigerians. Nobody can do it alone and if we think we can just sit down in the comfort of our homes to be complaining and castigating without providing solutions, that is not the best thing to do. What we need to do is to engage the government constructively and proffer solutions. But many people seem not to be satisfied with Jonathan’s performance? Some of those condemning Jonathan cannot even keep their homes not to talk of discussing the issue of Nigeria. Some people cannot even maintain a home; keep their wives and children

Boniface Aniebonam is the National Chairman of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and founder of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF). In this interview with selected newsmen in Lagos, he said despite political tension in the country, Nigeria can't break. Our correspondent, Ayodele Samuel, was there. together under one roof, but because they have access to the press, they will be talking stupid things against the President. So, you believe President Jonathan is performing? He cannot do it alone. He needs the support of everybody and if anybody thinks he can keep talking about Jonathan, he is not helping the matter. Jonathan is one person and he is like any of us but divinely, he is now the President of the country. So, he needs the support of every Nigerian to succeed. What's your view on the proposed national conference which, according to President Goodluck Jonathan, will commence early next year? National conference is for the good of the country because people must learn how to stay and talk together and agree on how to live together. There are a lot of issues in the country today that needed to be addressed. We need to address the issue of state police and population of the country, which I told you earlier. Some states today are claiming what they are not in terms of population. The issue of population needs to be addressed because it has to do with resource, in terms of integrated allocation. For instance, if you go to Anambra State, you will notice that Anambra State is integrated and you wouldn’t know when you move into another town in Anambra State. While there are other states you go, you will drive for about 30 minutes without tarred road and no house, and yet they will give you the impression that they have a high population and that will help their economic. So, there are lots of issues that needed to be discussed. Therefore,

Boniface Aniebonam the conference is a good thing. Do you think the outcome of the conference should be subjected to a referendum or approval of the National Assembly? The national conference committee have gone round; data have been collected and submissions have been made from each political zone and the report has been given to Mr. President. He will look at it and make decisions; whether they take it to the National Assembly

National conference is for the good of the country because people must learn how to stay and talk together and agree on how to live together. There are a lot of issues in the country today that needed to be addressed.

for them to do further works on it or call the Nigeria people to come together. So, the President has the mandate to uphold the law of this country for the good and for the greater number of Nigeria people. The federalism that Nigerians are talking about is the need for us to live like one country and with mutual respect, looking at our cultural background, religion and all that. The conference is not about breaking of Nigeria and those who are even talking about the breaking of Nigeria don’t have the capacity to do so. No one has the capacity to break this country. People can shout that Nigeria will break but does anybody have the capacity to break the country? But some people are presently fanning the embers of disunity, are you saying that those people don’t have the capacity to steer up people toward breaking of the country? It is like you don’t know the coercive power of government. It is only when government decides to keep quiet that people can shout around and do funny things.

But who the hell are you when there are laid down procedures for you to follow? We are not in the banana republic, therefore if anybody is aggrieved, he should go to court to seek for redress. Can some of those shouting disintegration of Nigeria walk on the street alone like me and you? But some of them have followers who will do whatever they are asked to do, and some of them can even instigate their followers against the government? Why are they looking for supporters? Why can’t they walk and act on their own? We should not be used for all the rubbish and shouting from some people. The government has a role and they have a responsibility to uphold the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which is primarily for the good, betterment and welfare of the people. Most time, you will notice that it is when people are not benefiting that they start making noise, talking and causing trouble. If you look critically at some of those castigating the government, you will notice that something is wrong somewhere. Some of them have grudges against the government and that is why they make noise. Are you saying many of the gladiators castigating the present administration are doing so because they are not in government? Most time they are those that are not benefitting from the government. They have forgotten that if you don’t have today, tomorrow is another day. I don’t want to call names, do you know some people have been in government since their lifetime and they believe if they are out of it, they will die. There are some people that have been in government for long and they have not done things on their own. You want me to call names? You should know them. You know there are people who have been in government for so long and they don’t want to go. So, at what point do we give opportunity for the young ones to really step up. You know there are some of these people who are supposed to have gone that are still in government and they are bereaved of ideas. For example, how many of them can operate computer very well today? Today, you will be amazed by what the younger people are doing with ordinary telephone handset. But many of the older generation, who are carrying the best telephone cannot use it effectively. There are many facilities in telephone now but can some of the elderly people using expensive handset operate it? Can they use all the facilities in a handset? But if you give your son or daughter the same handset, they will use it effectively.


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Politics

2014: APC chieftain wants stakeholders to support Gov Ahmed From Olanrewaju Lawal, Ilorin

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he former Chairman of Congress for Progressive Change(CPC),Kwara State chapter,Alhaji Sulyman Buhari, has urged members of All Progressive Congress(APC) in the state to team up with Governor Abdulfattah Ahmed to develop the state. Buhari,who stated this while

speaking with journalists in Ilorin said the cooperation of all stakeholders and members of APC with the governor would bring more development to the state. He said that all progressive minded people in the state to realize that there is no place to call home than Kwara which belongs to all peace loving citizens. Buhari added that if Ahmed

could manage to sustain few capital projects under his former party, he would do better under APC which has manifesto and peoples oriented programmes. The former CPC Chairman said " all criticisms,antagonism must stop so that we can be focused and work together to develop Kwara State. If all of us could come together under APC, a

progressive party,we shall be able to deliver dividends of democracy to our people especially those at the grassroot". Commenting on 2015 general election, Buhari said APC would rescue Nigeria from its bondage stressing that the people are tired of series of crises being experienced under the ruling party.

Jigawa electoral body gets N500m for LG polls

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he Chairman, Jigawa Independent Electoral Commission (JSIEC), Alhaji Sani Ahmed, yesterday said the state government had released N500 million to the commission to conduct the forthcoming local government polls. Ahmed, who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in utse, said the commission had fixed Jan. 18, for the conduct of the polls. He said the amount budgeted by the commission to organise the exercise had been released , adding that 10,000 ad-hoc staff were recruited to conduct the election. He said the International Foundation for Electoral System had also trained the management staff of the commission, who conducted a step-down training for other electoral officers. The chairman said 22 political parties would participate in the polls and assured the electorate of free, fair and credible elections. (NAN)

Kano state Governor, Engineer Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso (middle), during a meeting with all the 24 members of the House of Representatives from Kano state, on Monday at the Kano State Governor's Lodge, Aminu Kano House, Asokoro, in Abuja.

Imo PDP chieftain calls for politics of selfless service

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PDP Chieftain in Imo, Ken Ojiri, in Abakaliki yesterday called on Nigerian politicians to see politics as a vocation for selfless service to their fatherland. Ojiri, who made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), urged political office holders to use their positions to change the people’s lives positively. He enjoined politicians to shun the politics of do-or-die and

the use of public office for selfaggrandisement. Ojiri said that the only way to check the do-or-die syndrome in the country’s political terrain was to make political office less attractive. ‘’When people go into politics with the sole motive to serve rather than self-enrichment, there will be less tension and desperation among politicians,’’ he said. The PDP stalwart said that the

nation’s democracy would begin to yield more visible dividends if we had selfless people occupying public offices. ‘’But as long as our politicians continue to see politics as ‘‘chopI-chop’’ with the interest of the larger society relegated to the background, our nation will never progress,’’ he said. He commended President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda, saying that he had demonstrated genuine

commitment toward the nation’s socio-economic development. He appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the administration, adding that the decay in the nation’s infrastructure over the years required time to fix. He admonished the state and local governments in the country to complement the president’s economic transformation agenda so that collectively we could achieve overall national development. (NAN)

APC wants Jang to rescind decision on LG polls in Jos North, Wase

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he All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday appealed to Plateau Government to rescind its decision not to conduct councils' polls in Jos North and Wase Local Government Areas. Sati, a chairmanship candidate in Jos North, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos that failing to conduct the polls in the two areas would deny the electorate the right to vote the people of their choice. He said the decision to stop the conduct of the polls in the areas under the pretext of insecurity was not tenable. He alleged that the handpicking of the two areas was a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise the people, adding that security agencies had confirmed that peace had returned to Jos and Wase. ``So far, there is no conflict or crises in the areas in the past 12 months. ``Some local government areas, such as Barkin Ladi and Riyom, have recorded crises that led to loss of many lives, but they are not barred from the elections. ``The people of Wase and Jos North consider this selective exclusion as injustice,” he said. He said the peace in the areas was tested as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had conducted by-elections for the vacant seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate in Jos North under a peaceful atmosphere. ``The people of the area want peace and want to participate in the polls. They have plans to develop their areas through elected candidates,” he said. Sati called on the residents of the areas to remain calm as efforts were being made to ensure the conduct of the polls. (NAN)

Adamawa PDP spokesman resigns Nyako emerges personality of the year

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he Publicity Secretary, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Adamawa, Alhaji Umar Jada, yesterdayresigned his position. Jada's resignation is contained in a letter dated Dec. 30 and addressed to the state chairman of the party. The letter did not, however, give reason for the resignation. ``I, Umar Bello Jada, humbly write to formally inform you that I have resigned from my position

as the State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Adamawa chapter. ``I very much thank you and the party for giving me the rare opportunity to serve in that capacity. Thanks in anticipation of your kind acceptance", the letter stated. When contacted, the state Secretary of the party, Mr Tahir Shehu, confirmed the development, describing it as ``something normal''. (NAN)

From Umar Dankano,Yola Royale Criterion Consults has honoured Gov Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state as its Personality of the year 2013. Presenting the governor with the award at a ceremony in Yola, chairman of Royale Criterion, Dr Abba Gambo, said Nyako was chosen based on his achievements in various sectors. Gambo listed agricultural

transformation in Adamawa state, with manifold yield increase in both crops and livestock as well as massive job and wealth creation through various governmental agencies as some of Nyako’s achievements. “ Grassroots driven policies that affect the ruralites directly, gender sensitivity in appointments, with the highest number of female commissioners in Nigeria. “Establishment of various skills acquisition, farming and vocational

training Centres, with state of the art equipment. “Massive reduction in maternal and infant mortality through free Medicare to pregnant mothers and children till year six” , Gambo said. He also listed the establishment of first class German hospital , construction of dams for irrigation and livestock usage as well as massive opening up of rural areas through road network as some of the achievements of Nyako that got him the award.


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Plateau approves N2bn for rehabilitation of Jos Wildlife Park

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he Plateau Government has approved N2 billion for the rehabilitation and expansion of Jos Wildlife Park in 2014, an official said in an interview yesterday. The General Manager of Plateau State Tourism Corporation, Mr John Doy, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos that the money would be used to restock the park with exotic animals in the New Year. He said the park, established 41 years ago, had suffered neglect which led to the decay of some of the infrastructure.

Doy said the government decided to focus on the park as a means of providing more jobs, boost hospitality and tourism. He said the effort would enable Plateau to really merit its acronym of “Home of Peace and Tourism”. “Plateau Government is interested in going into partnership with the Namibian Government to restock the park with new species of animals. “The animals that we have in the park now are aging, age is catching up with them and some are even going into extinction. “In some cases, we just have

one of the sexes, either male or female, they are lonely, and loneliness brings in some level of depression,” he said. Doy, however, said that things would change in the park from January 2014, as new activities would commence in preparation for the arrival of the new species of animals to be introduced. The manger said the rehabilitation and expansion work would include fencing of the 20km park against encroachment and protection of the ecosystem. “Our principal aim is conservation; we want to make efforts to preserve animals, such

as giraffes, rhinos and buffaloes, which are on the verge of extinction. “This is to give our children the benefit of seeing what they can no longer see in the wild and to also help researchers in their works. “We need people to appreciate government’s efforts, tourism is a cost effective project with long term benefits but requires patience,” he said. He said the corporation had also achieved some success through in-house breeding. (NAN)

L-R: FRSC Sector Commander, Olumike Olagunju, decorating Senior Marshal Inspector Mohammed Hashim, assisted by the Deputy Corps Commander, Sector Head of Operations, Aliyu Dutsinma, during the decoration of FRSC newly promoted officers, yesterday in Kaduna. Photo: NAN

Wada congratulates Nigerians on centenary celebration From Omale Adama Lokoja

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ogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada has congratulated all Nigerians for witnessing the country’s centenary celebrations just as he enjoined them to use the atmosphere offered by the Yuletide for the revival of patriotism and

service to humanity. Wada in his message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr. Jacob Edi urged Nigerians from all walks of life to use the New Year to meditate on Nigeria's turbulent journey in the last one hundred years. The governor further opined that the national dialogue

being proposed by the federal government could not have come at a better time than now and expressed the hope that it will usher the country into an era of unprecedented peace, unity and progress. Wada noted that this year's Yuletide is unique for the people of Kogi State in that it falls within

the period marking the second anniversary of his administration in office. He thanked people of the state for their cooperation which he said were responsible for the successful implementation of his transformation agenda and assured that in the coming year, his administration would take Kogi state to the next level.

Stakeholders support Okada ban in Niger state By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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takeholders at a meeting in Chanchaga Local Government have supported the state government’s ban on activities of commercial motorcyclists in Minna, the Niger state capital. The stakeholders in a meeting held on Monday at the local government secretariat and Emir’s palace said the ban would go a long way in improving security situations in the state capital. A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant Media to the Secretary to the State Government indicated that members of the commercial motorcyclists, the Nigerian Police, the State Security Service (SSS) and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) were in attendance. It added that the meeting was to map out proactive measure to curtail any break down of law and order that could precede the ban which is effective from today, 1st January, 2014. The ban would also prevent private motorcycle owners from carrying passengers and restricted to the 7a.m. to 7 p.m. movement period. Meanwhile, some stakeholders decried the non availability of the tricycles and appealed to government to make the tricycles available to people with a view achieving the set objectives. The statement expressed optimism that the introduction of the tricycles would also reduce road accidents caused by the motorcyclists. In their separate remarks, the Chairman, Chanchaga local government, Hon. Yakubu Sallau and the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Umar Faruk Bahago told the gathering that Niger state remain the most peaceful state in the country and government would not fold its arms and allow some disgruntled elements to trampled on the existing peace.

Adamawa govt recruits over 200 veterinary doctors Gov Aliyu sets up panel to probe he Chairman, Nigeria on livestock production and in public health protection 2 suspended LG chairmen programmes aimed at making Veterinary Doctors, veterinary services in the state.

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Adamawa branch, Mr Edgar Amos yesterday, said the state government recruited more than 200 veterinary doctors in 2013. Amos made the disclosure at the presentation of the 2013 Best Veterinary Award to Gov. Murtala Nyako in Yola. He said the recruitment was part of efforts to boost essential animal protein in the state, adding that the conferment of the award on the governor was based on merit, following the implementation of a policy

The chairman said ``Adamawa is among the few states that established Ministry of Livestock Production and recruited qualified veterinary doctors in the country. ``The government supported veterinary services and ensured the welfare of members.’’ According to him, the efforts of the state government will ensure the treatment and control of animal diseases that are dangerous to human lives. Amos said veterinary doctors in Adamawa were involved

sure that essential animal proteins were available, affordable and safe for people. Responding, Nyako thanked the veterinary doctors for the recognition and pledged to continue with key programmes that would promote veterinary development in the state. He said the state government was making consultations with some international livestock producers on how to improve the handling of livestock from traditional to modern techniques. (NAN).

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overnor Muazu Babangida Aliyu of Niger state yesterday set up a fourmember panel to investigate the allegations leveled against the two suspended local government chairmen of Rafi and Borgu respectively. The panel is headed by Justice Aisha Bawa Bwari, Barrister Baba Isah member, Barrister Umar Musa member and Kolo Chado Alfa as the secretary, they were given up to 31st March, 2014 to submit report to government with recommendations for

implementation based on laws. Governor Aliyu said this was done to give fair hearing and established the authenticity of petitions against them, saying that their issues has been lingering for over one year but it’s now glaring enough and this is encouraging corruption in the system which he said will not be allowed. He stated that the chairmen and their deputies will remain suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. The acting chairmen were sworn- in last week in order to oversee the affairs of the local government areas.


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Right, Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar atfer being received by Ajiyan Minna, Malam Iliyasu Dhacko (2nd right) and other government officials, during the former VPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recent visit to Minna, Niger State.

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R-L: President, Nigerian Meteorological Society (NMetS), Professor Abiodun Adeloye, presenting NmetS Followship Award to Dr. Emmanuel Ekuwem, during the presentation of NMetS fellowship award to outstanding meteorologists, recently Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, staging a walk in honour of the late Professor Festus Iyayi, recently in Ibadan.

L-R: Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji, being welcomed by Director-General, Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON), Mr. Ajibade Peters, during the inauguration of the reconstituted ASCON Governing Board, recently in Topo, Badagry,Lagos. Photo: NAN

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Programme analyst, UN Population Fund, Tochie Odele (right), addressing youths during a town hall meeting on HIV/AIDS, recently in Abuja. Photo: NAN


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Review: FA chairman seeks fair officiating for FCT clubs in 2013/14 football season Stories by Albert Akota

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n every new football season, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Football Association (FA) has made it a mandatory that its referees coaches and match commissioners will undergo a seminar to ensure adequate preparation, according to FCT FA Chairman, Alhaji Musa Talle. We are doing this in order to keep all our referees, coaches and match commissioners based in the FCT abreast of the recent trends in the business of round leather game. We bring seasoned match instructors to educate them because we want to discourage a situation where the football authorities are not acquitted with the latest trend. It is not longer news to some stakeholders in Nigeria that at the beginning of every season you see a list of match officials that FAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s do not know any of them. We want to have a record of our match officials and relate to them closely at every point in time because that is FCT FA priority. Poor officiating on FCTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s league clubs ollowing the yearning and aspiration of FCT residents to have a premier league club, the FCT FA has congratulated it four teams in the various divisions of the Nationwide League that gained promotion to the Nigeria National League (NNL). We also commended the teams for their efforts to achieve a premiership slot for the capital city at the end of the football season. Our problem in FCT is poor officiating because other clubs came to Abuja and received fair officiating while we go out received bad treatment. In 2012/13 ill-treatment were meted out to the various FCT league teams whenever they went for away matches even home matches. Without hiding me feelings, I am very much aggrieved; I want to call on the relevant league bodies to ensure that our teams are well protected in all their away matches and home matches. This is because we have ensured that no visiting team is harassed here in Abuja. According to the chairman, football is a game that brings people together and therefore cannot be developed in an atmosphere of threat, harassment and intimidation. The game of football should not be taken as a do or die affair, especially if we intend to woo investors to support the league.

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Alhaji Musa Talle presenting a trophy to FCT U-13 Captain, Kekere Elite division he Chairman noted that his target is to ensure that at least one of its clubs gains promotion to the Glo Nigeria Premier League at the end of the 2013/14 football season. We are also re-organising and strengthening the FCT football league to make it viable and capable of producing quality players for the FCT. In 2014, it is our utmost desire to ensure that one of our four teams in the National League Division gain promotion to the Premier League. We are so determined to achieve this, and we have met with the clubs on this. We want to use this opportunity to call for maximum support of the management of all these clubs to ensure that the project of getting a premiership club for the FCT at the end of the season becomes a reality. The four teams includes, FRSC FC, Prison FC, TEAP FC and Supreme FC ,the management and the handlers have assured us their desire and their target, by the grace of God, we will get

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it at the end of the 2014 football season. Grassroots development he association will sustain its grassroots football development programme that has already taken off in Gwagwalada and Kuje Area Councils of the territory. I want to reassured FCT football lovers that my board and I will ensure speedily development of football in the territory. According him, my association is committed to developing football at the grassroots level; to this effect we have inaugurated various football teams in the six Area Councils in FCT. Within the last two years, we have inaugurated football teams in the local Councils especially in Gwagwalada and the team has done excellently well that is witnessing rapid development of football in the Area. The Councils are organizing a two division football league comprising of 25 clubs. We at the FCT FA are very proud of what they are doing in Gwagwalada and Kuje, we are

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begging others to emulate the good job that Gwagwalada Local Football Council and Kuje are doing. We will ensure that all the six area Councils in FCT have their local football Councils inaugurated, for faster football development in the territory. The FA is also working with area council authorities to ensure they render all necessary assistance to all football body by providing them with secretariats. Sponsor We the FCT FA are calling for corporate sponsorship for the 2014 FCT league, although the league is yet to kicked off but the association had yet to get sponsors for the competitions. Some letters had been sent out to individuals and corporate organisations to sponsor our league but no response had been received. The Chief of Kirshi expressed optimism that 2014 FCT league will be successful, adding that finance and sponsorship had always been limiting the activities of the association. I wish that our competition this year will be a successful

one, although, I am appealing to the general public, private enterprises and multinational companies to please try and sponsor our activities. Appreciation he FCT FA broad and I want to congratulate the, FCT minister, Senator Bale Mohammed, Minister of Sports Bolaji Abdullahi, Director of FCT sports council, Musa Alim, FCT match officials especially NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari on his monumental success. Aminu Maigari-led NFF has done so much to steer Nigeria football in the right direction over the past few years. Maigari achievements since 2010 till date are quite spectacular and symbolic. It is our prayer that the Almighty God shall continue to give him the strength and wisdom to steer the NFF ship to stardom. We know vividly that the present NFF administration has won trophies because the administration insisted on a transparent process that has produced the most credible Nigeria U-17 team ever.

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Nigeria get Ethiopia test for CHAN

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he Super Eagles will battle Ethiopia in a warm-up on January 4 in Abuja ahead of the 2014 CHAN in South Africa, officials said. Ethiopia, who is also bound for CHAN, requested for the friendly and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have granted their wish. Ethiopia is therefore expected to fly in on Friday, January 3 for the test game. Nigeria is drawn in Group A with hosts South Africa, Mali and Mozambique, while Ethiopia is in Group C with Ghana, Congo and Libya.

Interestingly, both countries battled it out for a 2014 World Cup ticket in a final playoff in October and November. Coach Stephen Keshi has demanded for a friendly against a

national team before the team depart for South Africa on January 7. The CHAN Eagles have played several test games against local clubsides including league champions Kano Pillars.

Brazil 2014: NFF appoints Wakanow as official travel and tour partner Stories By Albert Akota

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he Nigeria Football Federation has announced the selection of Wakanow. com as the Official Travel and our Partner of the Federation for next year’s FIFA World Cup finals taking place in Brazil. In this regard, Wakanow.com is officially licensed to arrange travel, accommodation and other logistics for Nigeria football family, fans and supporters willing to go to Brazil for the finals. However,Wakanow.com will be able to do this for anyone or group only on confirmation of match tickets purchased from the NFF/FIFA PAMAS platform.The list of persons or organizations who have confirmed match tickets purchased from the NFF/ PAMAS platform will be sent to Wakanow.com for purchase of travel packages. Already, tickets for the opening ceremony/match and other group phase matches are on sale, on the NFF/FIFA PAMAS website, and interested parties are to contact

Today’s matches

Barclays Premier League Swansea City v Manchester City Arsenal v Cardiff City Crystal Palace v Norwich City Fulham v West Ham United Liverpool v Hull City Southampton v

Chelsea

Stoke City v Everton Sunderland v Aston Villa West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur

Nigeria vs Ethiopia

Manchester United, Spurs hoping to start 2014 with win

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anchester United and Tottenham Hotspur will both be looking to get 2014 off to a flying start when they meet for a Premier League clash. United head into the game on the back of some fine form, having racked up a sixth successive win across all competitions with their 1-0 triumph at Norwich City on Saturday and that in the absence of talisman Wayne Rooney. The striker missed the trip to Carrow Road with a groin problem, but manager David Moyes expects him to return to the squad for the visit of Spurs on New Year’s Day. At the post-match press conference, Moyes revealed Robin van Persie was also on the mend, saying:

“Robin has started some light training and he might not be too far away as well. Tottenham come into the match having recorded a first Premier League win – 3-0 at home to Stoke City under new manager Tim Sherwood, who insists that his inexperience will not be barrier to being a success at White Hart Lane. Phil Jones and Steven Caulker

Top 5 moments for Nigerian football in 2013

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igerian football had many reasons for celebrations in 2013 – from a fifth World Cup qualification to Vincent Enyeama’s goalkeeping exploits in France. Eagles fly all the way to Brazil Nigeria secured a fifth World Cup ticket in November, when they beat Ethiopia 4-1 on aggregate in a final play-off to crown a most satisfying 2013 for 180 million Nigerians. The Eagles topped Group F of the qualifiers which comprised Malawi, Kenya and Namibia, before they reached the knockout play-offs against Ethiopia. Eagles champions again after 19 years! Nigeria against all odds won their third African Cup of Nations trophy in February in South Africa after a 19-year-old wait. Coach Keshi won the trophy by among other things putting his trust in several home-based players in an era where foreign-based professionals have dominated most African teams. After they laboured through a first round group that included defending champions Zambia, they upset favourites Cote d’Ivoire 2-1 in the quarterfinals, before they pipped surprise package Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final. Emmanuel Emenike was top scorer with four goals, while the likes of Victor Moses, Godfrey Oboabona, Sunday Mba, Ogenyi Onazi and Kenneth Omeruo shone on the big stage.

Golden Eaglets set new World Cup record The country’s U17 team under the tutelage of Manu Garba became the most successful team in the world when they won a fourth World Cup by beating defending champions Mexico 3-0 in the championship game. They also scored the highest number of goals by any team at the championship, while Kelechi Iheanacho was voted the MVP of the tournament and Dele Alampasu was

the best goalkeeper. Nigeria’s other U17 World Cup triumphs were in China 1985, Japan in 1993 and Korea in 2007. Enyeama The Unbeatable For a country better known for their strikers, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama broke the trend when he came close to beating the all-time unbeaten run by a goalkeeper in the French Ligue 1 as he went 1062 minutes without letting in a goal for title-chasing Lille.

Enyeama did not concede a goal until a Week 17 tie against Bordeaux, when Cameroon’s Landry Nguemo’s goal-bound shot was deflected in by Simon Kjaer in the 26th minute. CHAN here we come at last After two previous failed attempts, Nigeria finally qualified to play in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2014 in South Africa. Nigeria secured the berth under Stephen Keshi as they beat Cote d’Ivoire 4-3 on aggregate.


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Commonwealth Games: Coach lauds Nigeria’s participation in boxing

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he Head Coach of the Lagos State Boxing Association, Wasiu Bisiriyu, yesterday lauded the inclusion of boxing in the sports Nigeria would participate in at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. The Ministry of Sports recently named shooting, taekwondo, judo, athletics, wrestling and boxing as the sports in which Nigeria has a comparative advantage. Bisiriyu, while reviewing the association’s activities in 2013, said in Lagos that boxing deserved the recognition and inclusion. “We have an array of amateur boxers in my association that the country can rely on. “”It would have been an effort in futility after grooming boxers to a dependable state and they are not allowed to participate in a big event like the Commonwealth Games,” the coach said. Bisiriyu, who led the state’s boxers to the London invitational tournament in October, said that the tournament positively impacted on the boxers.

“We also have an assemblage of elite boxers discovered in the state’s monthly boxing competition; so, it is a good thing that most of them will be at the Games. “Last August, the Nigeria Boxing Federation organised a national open championship in Abuja which was successful and applauded by the National Sports Commission (NSC),” he noted. According to him, boxing strived in 2013. “Moreover, boxing is one of the sports that Nigeria is identified with at the Commonwealth Games. “I am confident that with proper motivation, Nigeria will do better at the Games to make up for the World Cup loss last October in Kazakhstan, where it won no medal,’’ he said. The coach appealed to governments to assist boxers to succeed at the Commonwealth Games. He said that international friendly matches and training tours would equip the boxers for the competition.

Boxers at the just concluded NYG in Abuja

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ndy Murray returned to competitive action at the Qatar Open with a comfortable straight sets win over Qatari wildcard Mousa Zayed. Murray featured in exhibition games in Abu Dhabi recently in his first action since back surgery in September. But the 2013 Wimbledon champion made his competitive comeback against Zayed, ranked 2,129th in the world, and lost just seven points in the opening set. He secured his place in the second round with a 6-0 6-0 win in 37 minutes. The Scot will play either Germany’s Florian Mayer or Poland’s Michal Przysiezny for a place in the quarter-finals as he continues his preparations for the Australian Open, which begins in Melbourne on 13 January.

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“It’s good to be back,” he said. “I will probably go and hit a few balls with my coach now as it was quite windy and there were not a lot of rallies in the match.” Murray, 26, lost to JoWilfried Tsonga in the Mubadala World Tennis Championships in

Abu Dhabi on Thursday in his first outing since Britain’s Davis Cup World Group play-off win over Croatia in September. But the 2013 BBC Sports Personality of the Year then beat Stanislas Wawrinka in the same exhibition event.

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thletes could soon be tested for drugs using hair samples according to Sir Craig Reedie, the incoming president of the World AntiDoping Agency (Wada). Briton Reedie revealed that a £6m fund from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) could lead to new testing techniques to catch cheats. Currently athletes are tested using blood and urine samples. “Now we will look at different approaches such as, can we use a

Ebewele blames athletes’ poor performance in 2013 on inadequate funding

lock of hair?” Reedie said. Traces of some drugs can last longer in hair than blood and urine and could improve testing. “This new fund from the IOC will create tremendous opportunities for advances in anti-doping and allow our scientists to look at alternative approaches to sample testing for banned substances,” Reedie said. “This is a really exciting development and means we can look at approaches that in the

past have been unaffordable.” A Moscow testing laboratory for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics had its Wada accreditation suspended recently, but Reedie, who takes over his role on New Year’s Day, confirmed that provisions have been made. He added: “There will be a very well-staffed and functioning satellite laboratory in Sochi and a group of foreign experts are helping resolve the problems in Moscow.

ormer Technical Director, Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Brown Ebewele yesterday said that athletes could not perform optimally in 2013 because of inadequacy of funds to prepare for competitions. Ebewele said in Benin that if the required funds were in place athletes would have prepared adequately to perform better than they did. “The truth of the matter is that we did our best but we could have done better with adequate funding. “If you consider what government puts in, there is really nothing to take away. We are not investing in sports the way it should be funded. “Until we learn to invest properly in sports and manage the athletes well, we should not expect anything worthwhile from the AFN and its athletes. Ebewele, who was also a former Commissioner for Sports in Edo, said that preparation for major international competitions required adequate funding for a successful outing. “At the level of the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and World Championships, you must take very seriously funding and management of our athletes. “I am saying emphatically that until that aspect is given attention, we are still going to be where we are. “Having been part of the system for a long time, all the participants in the process are like what the late Afro-beat King, Fela Anikulapo

Brown Ebewele called `suffering and smiling’. “You honestly don’t expect to compete with the best in the world carrying on with such attitude. You may expect so much, but you will certainly achieve very little,’’ he said. Ebewele, fondly called ``Juju man’’ by his admirers, regretted that nothing concrete had been done to address the country’s dismal outing at the London 2012 Olympics. “What gets me confused is that the retreat that was organised by President Goodluck Jonathan has not taken any serious step to address the issues. “The federal government has not done anything to show its commitment to sports development. “Ironically, between then and now, that seriousness has not translated into practical demonstration. “Our going forward and backward and expecting marvellous results will continue to be a mirage,’’ he said


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new study suggests the psychological hurt of a break up is just as real as a physical injury. • No matter how hard you try; you can never remember how your dream started. • Listening to music helps reduce the amount of time you think you’re waiting – This is why music is great for long trips. • We’ve already forgotten 40% of what happened to us yesterday. • The typical computer keyboard has 60 times more germs than the typical toilet seat. • Annually, almost four people lose their lives while trying to change their pants. • Google makes about $700 a second. • Abraham Lincoln suffered from depression — He was scared to carry knives because he was afraid he’d kill himself. • Ringing in your ears is caused by your brain attempting to repair itself and failing. • The ankle is the most satisfying place to scratch an itch. • People tend to make faster real-life decisions when they play video games a lot more. • A can of Diet Coke will float in water while a can of regular Coke sinks. • Throughout the world, women are paid 36% less for doing the same exact work as men.

Leisure • There’s a minute with 61 seconds in it 2 times every year. 15. Buzz Aldrin was the second man on the moon but the first man to poop in space. • Your subconscious mind is 30,000 times more powerful than your conscious mind. • That sudden jerk you sometimes experience when you “slip” in a dream while half asleep is called a “Hypnic Jerk.” • The exact time our brain takes when retrieving a memory is 0.0004 seconds. • There is no word you can write using only the bottom row of the keyboard. • In 2010, Michael Jackson

made more money than any other dead celebrity — $275 million. • Scientists concluded that the chicken came first not the egg: because the protein which makes egg shells is only produced by hens. • Men start faltering and exhibit a decline in mental performance as soon as they anticipate interacting with women. Interestingly, though, women face no such problems. • If a cockroach touches a human, it runs to safety and cleans itself. • The most viewed video on YouTube “Justin Bieber- Baby ft. Ludacris” has more “dislikes” than “likes”. • Women’s hearts beat more than men’s. If you thought some of the events in the London 2012 Olympic Games looked gruelling then think again. These bizarre pictures show competitors taking part in India’s Rural Olympics. And the sports are not for the fainthearted. Games include being run over by farm machinery, bullock chariot racing, ho r s e b a c k a c r o b a t i c s a n d o t h e r w e i r d demonstrations of strength. Around a million people attend the annual sporting event which has now become an important part of India’s Punjab culture.

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SPORTS LATEST Mikel battles Toure, Drogba to win CAF footballer

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ikel Obi will battle Ivorian pair of Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba for the 2013 CAF African Player of the Year Award. Chelsea midfielder Mikel helped his English club to win the UEFA Europa League in May and also played a big role as Nigeria won a third Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa earlier this year. It will be the second successive year that Drogba and Toure will make the final three nominees for this award. Manchester City star Toure won the 2012 edition of the award, while Drogba has won it twice. The 2013 winner will be announced at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria, on January 9. Nigeria have already won two awards after the country’s U17 team, who won a record fourth World Cup in the UAE in November, were picked as the only nominees for National Youth Team and the country’s supporters picked for the Fair Play Award. The Super Eagles have also been nominated along with Burkina Faso and Ethiopia for the National team of the year, while Nigeria coaches, Stephen Keshi and Manu Garba, are in the race for Coach of the Year along with Paul Put of Burkina Faso.

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The buzz of 2013

here are very many Nigerians who couldn’t wait for 2013 to end. The country’s heads of security agencies, especially the Army whose troops got more than anyone expected from Boko Haram in Maiduguri, in Damaturu and repeatedly in Bama would certainly wish for a breath of fresh air the new year, 2014 could possibly bring. We certainly need new capabilities in dealing with these challenges, as well as support from neighbouring countries. The ruling party of the country’s longest trail of democratic rule would surely count among those that lost on all counts in the previous year. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP believes in two things: the authority of the high command and consensus. The party has never elected its national chairman. Instead, the chairman was always nominated by the president. As a result, no chairman can formulate an initiative, make a decision on just anything. These two, coupled with widespread despair in the country generated by insecurity, the lack of jobs and the use of muscle in the form of the police and the anti-corruption agencies against political opponents have come to be seen as the harbinger of change. This change has begun to unfold within the party itself. Five governors have so far left; tens of parliamentarians have left, shifting majority control to the cluster of minority parties. The political grave vine is abuzz with stories of who is leaving next. Governor Amaechi of Rivers who is among those who bolted from the PDP says March 2014 is the deadline for those in the rebel camp and are still left in the PDP to jump ship. These defections are indicative of a few strong hints. First is that there is a national mood against the ruling party, the PDP, which is likely to do badly in 2015 general elections and two,the party’s automatic ticket for a Dr. Goodluck Jonathan candidature may be the final straw to break the proverbial camel’s back. The grave vine is equally abuzz with what Dr. Jonathan will himself do or will not do. There are indications that he may at last dispense with party chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, in the hope that some of the governors poised to leave

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QUOTABLE QUOTE The lesson in what happened in Yobe State should not be lost on all of us. Despite the security situation in the state, and operating under the State of Emergency, the Yobe State Independent Electoral Commission (YSIEC) proved doubters wrong by conducting an election which was peaceful and whose outcome was credible. –Tambuwal to INEC

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COAS, Azubuike Ihejirika

might be restrained from doing so. The president is also said to considering a major reshuffle of his cabinet to remove ministers hitherto considered as untouchable. We live in an age of globalization and the whole world is asking questions about his continued retention in his cabinet of ethically squalid ministers tainted by corruption and wrong-doing. Insider gossip also suggests that he is going to purge the inner rings of power. One thing Dr. Jonathan misses, and something in common with his predecessors in office, is people who will tell him that things are going wrongly for his government. As a consequence, our presidents, not just Dr. Jonathan don’t get an early chance to make amends. Consider the on-going “internal” crises in the PDP, “an in-house” quarrel that has festered unnecessarily and is in danger of consuming the party, hopefully not our democracy. Our leaders are never lucky with men (and women) who surround them. They are praised to high heavens as messiahs who can do no wrong, and conspiracy theories are supplied to explain away their failings. Leaders always found comfort in listening to their court jesters and unprincipled followers who convince them that all is well, the people are happy and prospering in their riches under their rule.

Eventually, they come to realize that there are problems when it is too late do anything to remedy them. The year 2013 which many see as a year of self-destruction by the Nigerian government was neither limited to the ruling party nor the Presidency. There are visible effects of these in the lukewarm war against corruption, in agriculture and the mining industry as well as affecting our standing as a country in the eyes of the world. We won a United Nations Security Council seat for a record third time but it was, nonetheless a disastrous year in international relations. We got beaten in our positions consistently in the African Union and even the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS. Nigeria’s delusion of grandeur on the continent had a price in the leadership of our country being completely blocked from the important events of Madiba Nelson Mandela’s burial. It was not all darkness however as there were rays of light in some other areas. Some of the government’s policies in areas such agriculture and as they relate to market and investment are clearly in the right direction and continue to elicit global acclaim. There is a new auto-policy that seeks to promote vehicle manufacture as opposed to wholesale importation and in sports, the country continues to surprise and surpass itself in about every contest we go into. There is a lot however that needs to be done if 2014 will be different in a positive way. This is a year that will be thrill. I see that from the changes announced in the Army at the close of the year; the president has given an indication of a willingness to listen to other communities besides his own. The appointment of northerners to head the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA and the Deport Nigerian Army in Zaria may have been done to

ease continuing criticism of admission and recruitment policies skewed against the northerners and Muslims in the country in particular. As a unifier and an institution that symbolizes the unity of the entire peoples of Nigeria, the Army had never failed the country in the past. The Army stood tall amidst all the murk that surrounds us but the recent patterns of admissions, recruitment, appointments and dismissals have caused doubts about the institution in that regard. It remains to be seen whether these last-minute changes can eliminate the cracks that have began to manifest on the wall. In 2014, this country is going to have a new architecture governing elections. Nigeria deserves a law that should make it impossible for incumbents, in states and the centre to steal elections using the socalled independent electoral commissions, the Army and the police. With existing composition and posture of the National Assembly, this will not be an impossible task to achieve. Have it in mind that the new year portends interesting times for the parliament itself. Will it take a seer to project a change in its leadership? Will they chance the president with impeachment? Expect a lot of buzz around Dr. Jonathan’s “National Conference,” the fact of its increasing unpopularity notwithstanding. This conference, if it holds, will have a value in the sense of unmasking the faces that don’t want Nigeria to unite; the faces of those who don’t want Nigeria to be independent and to grow, and the faces of those who don’t want Nigeria to be self-sufficient and take her rightful place in the comity of nations. In the new year, an important health priority that is crying for eradication is polio. The whole world has succeeded in ridding itself of the scourge, leaving only Nigeria and Pakistan still in the lurch. Both countries have the new year as deadline for ending its spread in their borders; both are wracked by violence but in the case of Nigeria, you are dealing with a health system that doesn’t reach where it is most needed. The year 2014 is certainly going to be a thrill. Watch out for Dr Jonathan and the World Cup in Brazil.

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Peoples Daily Newspaper, Wednesday 01, January, 2014