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President Muhammadu Buhari, (Middle) flanked by Vice President, Nigerian Academy of Engineering, Engr. Prof Fola Lasisi and member of the Academy of Nigerian Engineers, Engr. Ibrahim Khaleel Inuwa, during the investiture of President Buhari as grand Patron of the Nigerian Academy of Engineers, at the State House, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: State House

Senate jerks up Buhari’s N180bn virement by N33b •Includes N25bn local contractors pay The nation awaits rescue of the remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls

FG rules out famine in 2017

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he Senate at yesterday plenary session approved the virement request by President Mohammadu Buhari, even as it added extra N32,982,417,064 billion to the N180,839,254,430 billion originally requested for virement by the President. Part of what the senate also approved yesterday was the payment of N25 billion to the local contractors as part of the debts owed them by government, even though this was not in the original request of the President.

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CONTENTS News 2-10 Editorial 11 Op.Ed 12 Letters 13 Politics 15-17 Business Stockwatch

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By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Christiana Nathaniel

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enate has constituted a six man ad hoc committee to probe the alleged under remittances of revenues by about fifty per cent by the revenue generating agencies, including Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), among others. The probe is to focus on

the alleged misuse, under remittance, non-remittance and other fraudulent practices in the collection, accounting, remittance and expenditure of internally generated revenue by all revenue generating agencies of the Federal Government. The committee will probe the areas of the leakages in the supposed remittance and expenditure from 2012 to 2016, with a view to blocking

them. Other agencies to be proved are, Nigeria Ports Authority, Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, National Airspace Management Agency, Nigeria Television Authority, National Broadcasting Corporation, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation and all other such agencies as listed in the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007.

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Bill on prevention of meningitis passes second reading in Reps

Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Sulaiman Kazaure (Middle) being received by some NYSC officials, during his visit to the 2016 Batch B Corps Members at their Orientation Camp, yesterday in Tsafe, Zamfara, With him is the state NYSC Coordinator, Malam Ballama Bello. Photo: NAN

Made-in-Nigeria technology: Saraki pledges support for Air Force By Christiana Nathaniel

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Revenue: Probe of CBN, Customs, FIRS, NPA, others begin

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The decision to probe these agencies was arrived at after the Senate considered the motion to that effect moved by Senator Solomon Adeola (Lagos West), which he titled, “Urgent Need to Investigate Revenue Generating Agencies over Alleged Leakages, Non-Remittance and Misuse of Generated Revenue.” President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, named Senator Olamilekan as the chairman of the probe panel, while senators Andy Uba, Fatima Raji-Rasaki, John Enoh, Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf and Yahaya Abdullahi would serve as members. Saraki said, “As I keep on hammering, independent revenue and non-oil revenue are very important areas of our budget. This independent revenue is 37 per cent (of the total revenue). “You remember that last year, it was almost N1.5tn and I am being told now that this year, it is likely to come down to N500bn because they could not meet their target. “The inability to meet the target is not that they do not have the capacity to meet the target; the problem is that there is too much abuse on these operating surpluses, where people spend up to the last naira in all. “I think the best way forward is for us to address this issue by blocking these leakages. And I believe that in constituting the ad hoc committee, we would just take the best hands and still bring people from Finance and Public Accounts Committees.”

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he Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday disclosed the readiness of the National Assembly to support the Nigerian Air Force in the development and deployment of Made-In-Nigeria technology in its operations. Saraki, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, gave the pledge in his remarks as guest of honour at the Nigerian Air Force Research and Development (R&D) competition and exhibition held in Kaduna. “Nigeria must maximize the applicability of the cutting edge designs that are on display today — and the countless others that

we have neglected over the years,” Saraki said. “As we do this, we must begin to look inwards in order to provide funding for these ideas that can help us address our current security challenges and advance our military technology.” The Senate President who was represented by the Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Air Force, Senator Ali Wakili, added that: “We must seek them out from wherever they may lie in our people by providing them with a platform to grow. As you must be well aware, with our institutional push towards marketing ‘Made in Nigeria’ ideas, ideals, goods and services to the rest of the world, the Air Force has a staunch partner in the National Assembly.

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“I want you to also know that as you work to expand the scope of these ideas, the National Assembly is ready and willing to do all that it takes to help you get them off the ground through the appropriation process,” he said. The Senate President reiterated that the Senate, through the passage of laws like the Public Procurement Act and the ongoing consideration of the Federal Competition Bill, would continue to work to provide the legal platforms to enable local enterprise and innovation. While commending the leadership of the Air Force for leading the way in innovation and local content development, Saraki said: “We will continue to tweak our laws to provide level playing fields

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that will allow our local innovators and entrepreneurs to benefit from the over N2 trillion Naira that is available each year in the Public Procurement Process.” “Just last week, the Senate pushed Nigeria one step closer to joining the ranks of countries in the world with research and development institutions that are dedicated to the advancement of their domestic aerospace and aviation sectors. This occurred with the passage of the Air Force Institute of Technology establishment Bill. “With this legislative framework in place, it is my hope that we will be able to build on the work that we have seen displayed here today, and enhance our strategic standing amongst our allies in West Africa and around the world.”

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FG rules out famine in 2017

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ontrary to speculations that Nigeria is going to witness famine with effect from January, 2017, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has assured Nigerians that there is not going to be famine in the country as the Federal Government has put in place measures to address the presume problems that are supposed to lead to food shortage in the country. Chief Audu Ogbeh who addressed a cross section of traditional rulers from the northern states during their annual Executive Council Meeting held in Kaduna

yesterday, said one of the steps taken by government is the building of silos in some part of the country and very soon, government will purchase surplus farm produce from farmers and stored them in the silos. Ogbeh added that the Federal Government has also put in measures in place to checkmate the illegal exportation of food items from Nigeria to neighboring countries. According to him, 15 tons of grains are exported illegally everyday from Northern Nigeria to Niger, Chad, Mali, Central African Republic and Libya. The Minister added that the country will not fold its arms where

its food produce are being used to feed people from neighboring countries while its citizens go hungry. “If we say we’re going to stop this movement, we’re going to violate the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Treaty on free food movement. But at the same time we have to put in measures to ensure that our food items are not shipped out to feed other people at the expense of our people. “We thank God that this year we have a bumper harvest across the country. So there’s nothing to fear. The issue of food shortage in 2017 is a mirage,” he said. Chief Ogbeh told the northern

traditional rulers that as royal fathers, they should inform their subjects that agriculture is the main source of income because the country is blessed with a good climatic condition and vast farmlands. “I was in Brazil recently where they produce the largest number of wheat in the world but are still mixing their bread with cassava flour produced in Nigeria. So there are demands for more products. “Go to Saudi Arabia, we’ve received letters for our farmers to grow grass and export to the Kingdom because at present, the Saudis import grasses from Argentina at a very high price to feed

their cows. So growing ordinary grass here can fetch you enough money,” Ogbeh said. In his remark, Chairman of the Northern Traditional Council, His Eminence, Sultan of Sokoto, Dr. Sa’ad Abubakar III, thanked the Minister for enlightening the royal fathers on the need to embrace agriculture as a way out of recession. The Sultan assured the minister that his message of youth to embrace agriculture would be passed down to the grassroots. He however, called on Chief Ogbeh to ensure that government put in place policies that will make agriculture profitable to the common man.

Trade imbalance: Senate urges Nigeria’s exit from ECOWAS treaties By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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enate has called for Nigeria to exit the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) trade treaties it had entered into in 2000, which included the ECOWAS Trade liberalization scheme and ECOWAS common External Tariff. Senate wants Nigeria to pull out of the two economic treaties as a result of what it considers to be a breach of ECOWAS Protocols and economic sabotage by the member states. Senate resolution follows a motion from Chairman Senate Committee on Customs, Senator Hope Uzodinnma. Uzodinnma noted with serious concern the abuse of customs tariff, as well as other nefarious fiscal policies by other member states to the detriment of the Nigerian economy. He notes that Nigeria’s economy was better off before it joined the ECOWAS arrangement that has now left it in bad shape. “I am aware that prior to training of the ECOWAS Trade Integration protocols, the Nigerian economy was booming with the manufacturing sector having at least 70-75% capacity utilisation with oil prices going for between $80-$120 per barrel”, he said. Uzodinma said the two ECOWAS Protocols , CET and ETLS damaged the real and manufacturing sectors causing the exit of manufacturing firms like Dunlop, Michelin and Lever Brothers from Nigeria and relocate to neighbouring ECOWAS States to manufacture and ship same products back to Nigerian market at zero duty. Apart from the huge revenue loss, the situation compounded unemployment in Nigeria; two factors Uzodinna said Nigeria should no longer tolerate. A fall out of the formation of ECOWAS was the ratification of Common External tariff (CET) and ECOWAS Trade

Liberalization Scheme (ETLS). The protocols were predicated on free movement of goods and services, as well as strategic economic convergence criteria of member states. The criteria includes harmonizing all customs duties across the board for all imports from a third party country and a “rule of origin” which allows goods manufactured in member state will be imported into any member state at zero percent

duty. Senate however observed that the concept has led to the collapse of manufacturing sector in Nigeria, with member States employing sharp practices to repackage products from Asia into Nigeria at zero percent duty. It specifically noted how vegetable oil from Asia find their way to Nigeria from huge tank farms built in Cote d’ Ivoire where ship from Malaysia and other Asian countries dump their

vegetable oil before repackaging it for export to Nigeria. Senate is worried about what it considers as “economic sabotage” and “breach of protocol especially from Nigeria’s closest neighbour, Benin Republic, which has been a smuggling depot for rice and vehicle imports for the Nigerian market. Senate is also worried that the two protocols would make it difficult for Nigeria’s fiscal policies on rice, vehicle imports

as well as agriculture and solid minerals to achieve desired purpose. Senate therefore resolved that FG should suspend the two ECOWAS Protocols, an arrangement experts believe “technically” exits Nigeria from the regional body. It also urged Federal Government to review the process of enacting the tariff handbook to identify all abuses and revenue leakages.

R-L: Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of State for power, works and housing, Alhaji Mustapha Shehuri, and Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibrin, at the opening of workshop on domestic implementation for Stakeholders, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Bill on prevention of meningitis passes second reading in Reps By Umar Muhhamad Puma

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Bill for an Act to provide for the prevention, control and management of cerebrospinal meningitis, has passed for a second reading on the floor the House of Representatives. The sponsor of the Bill, Rep. Aisha dukku (APC-Gombe) said that the bill when passed seeks to provide a legal framework for the prevention, control and

management of meningitis in Nigeria. According to her, Meningitis is a disease which comes with stiffness of the neck and can cause the death of a sufferer within 24 hours. “The World Health Organization has recently warned of the outbreak of meningitis in Nigeria which is most prevalent in the northern part of the country where the heat is intense.”

Dukku leading the debate drew the attention of the house to the fact meningitis was a disease that affected mostly children from the ages of one to ten. She added that in 2015 no fewer than 116 persons died of the disease. Members who lend their voices to the debate lamented the reactive nature of the Nigerian government. They however, advised Nigerians to always keep their

environment clean as well as ensure enough ventilation in their homes. The House therefore, called on private organizations to partner with the Federal Government with a view to bringing an end to the deadly disease. The Bill when put to a voice vote by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, was unanimously adopted by members.


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Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (Middle), with DFID’s Laura Brannelly and Roisin Whille and other officials, after a meeting on promotion of girl-child education, yesterday in Sokoto.

No Paris Club debt refund paid to my govt- Ortom From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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Pipelines vandals are professionals-Buhari By Lawrence Olaoye

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has said those blowing up oil and gas pipelines in the country are not the ordinary folks but well trained professionals. The President made this observation yesterday at his investiture as the Grand Patron of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (NAE), led by its President, Mrs. Joana Maduka, at the Presidential Villa. Buhari noted that the sophistication involved in the blowing up of oil pipelines in the Niger Delta, suggested that those involved are not ordinary Nigerians. According to him, sailing into the sea for almost 70 kilometers to blow pipelines with ease, suggested that some professional associations with high competences needed to talk to their members in order to ensure that they were not deploying their skills in a negative way to the detriment of the country. He said, “How can ordinary Nigerians go into the deep sea, almost 70 kilometers, to blow installations. They are not ordinary Nigerians. So you have to talk to

your members.” The President, while disagreeing with the delegation that Nigerian engineers are being under utilized, recalled that 99 per cent of those who constructed the four refineries in the country were Nigerian engineers. Describing Nigerian engineers as those whose capacity to learn was unparalleled, Buhari added that the government has always taken engineers seriously in the task of nation building. While regretting that none of the four refineries is currently working, he said those to be blamed are the country’s leadership and not the engineers. Buhari said, “Nigerian engineers are competent and cost effective. I respect you all, it takes a lot to be a competent engineers”. Earlier in her remarks, Maduka noted that in the last one year, Nigerian engineering companies performed laudably well in procurement and construction of a 600 megawatt power generating plant and a 330KV switching station, the biggest in the national grid, The NAE President added that the role of an academy of engineering all over the world

was to serve as Think Tank for the technological and economic development of a nation. “Countries like China, USA, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia are examples of nations that have harnessed the benefits of their engineering academies for economic progress. Fellows of the Academy of Engineering are Engineers who have reached the peak of their careers and are invited to join”. Maduka who observed that the anti-corruption efforts of the administration were a move in the right direction, added that it will bring about economic transformation to the country. She also expressed the Academy’s delight at the desire of the Buhari’s administration to fix all the infrastructural deficit in the country. “This effort is very germane to the development of our nation. For this to be done effectively and efficiently, inputs are required from all cadres of engineering disciplines. “The physical indices of development of any country are engineering based like roads, railways, water supply, power, housing and other infrastructure. However, Nigerian Engineers are

underutilized for the tasks and challenges of nation building. For the country to attain sustainable growth status, the Nigerian engineers need to be adequately engaged in planning, policy formulation, consultancy and construction as well as industrial processes of production and manufacturing. Furthermore, the fact is that Nigeria is grossly underengineered as there are insufficient engineering professionals taking the population per capita basis. For example, in China, between 2000 and 2013, all the nine members of the Standing Committee (Ministers) of the Politburo were trained engineers. Currently, about half of the cabinet ministers in Singapore are engineers and in China, 70 per cent of the cabinet are engineers”. Maduka said the Nigerian Academic Engineering is currently made up of 140 fellows. In attendance were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF)0, Babachir Lawal and the Minister of Science and Technology, both of them engineers, as well as other senior government functionaries and presidential aides.

s controversies continue to trail the expected Paris Club Debt refund to Benue State Government, Governor Samuel Ortom has vividly explained that no amount has been remitted yet to the State. The governor who said this yesterday in Makurdi while speaking with newsmen, also denied allegations and insinuations making the rounds that the State is to get over 90 billion naira, stating that only 45 million dollars which translates to between 13- 14 billion naira would be paid to the State on first installment for four quarters which amounts to 56 billion naira. He said the government is to sign an undertaking with the Federal Ministry of Finance which states that in the event the money is overpaid to the State government, it would be deducted form the State allocation. Ortom disclosed that fifty percent of the amount would be used in payment of outstanding salaries of workers. “The money is yet to hit our account but rumors have gone out that we are receive over 90 billion naira from the Federal government. This is not true. As soon the money comes, we will tell people”, he maintained.

Be professional in your actions, Judge tells EFCC

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Federal High Court in Lagos on Tuesday cautioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on the manner in which it carried out its probe of Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia. Delivering judgement in a N50 million fundamental rights suit filed by Mrs. OfiliAjumogobia against the EFCC, the trial judge, Muslim Hassan, urged the EFCC to be professional in the discharge of its duties. It will be recalled that Mrs. OfiliAjumogobia, in the fundamental rights enforcement suit, is seeking among other things, an order of the court declaring her continued detention by the EFCC as illegal. While noting that the EFCC was vested with powers to arrest and detain any citizen

suspected to have committed an offence, Mr. Hassan said that such powers must be exercised with caution. The judge questioned the rationale behind the revocation of the administrative bail granted to Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia by the EFCC on October 22, when she did not pose a flight risk. He said: “The respondent should have exercised restraints in revoking the bail earlier granted the applicant; there was no evidence that the applicant is a flight risk. “The respondent is hereby counselled to be professional and to always exercise caution and restraints in the exercise of its powers.” Mr. Hassan, however, disagreed with Ofili-Ajumogobia that the remand order

obtained by the EFCC from a magistrates’ court on November 10 was unlawful, illegal and a violation of her fundamental human rights. According to Mr. Hassan, the remand order was issued by the Magistrates’ Court pursuant to Section 264(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law of Lagos State, 2011. The judge also refused to make any order as to the applicant’s request for bail from the EFCC’s custody, following her arraignment on November 28 before Justice Hakeem Oshodi of an Ikeja High Court. “The issue of the applicant’s bail from EFCC’s custody has already been overtaken by the event of her arraignment at the Lagos

High Court and her subsequent release on bail by the court. “The applicant’s lawyer is also at liberty to challenge the continued detention of the applicant by the respondent after the expiration of the magistrate court’s remand order. “However, in the light of the recent event in this matter, this suit is hereby struck out,’’ the judge held. The EFCC had on November 28 arraigned Mrs. Ofili-Ajumogobia and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Godwin Obla, on a 30-count corruption charges before an Ikeja High Court. They had, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and had since been granted bail on self recognition by the court.(NAN)


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Fuel: Reps demand N70 per liter new price By Umar Muhammad Puma

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he House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to review the price of Premium Motor Spirit, (PMS), otherwise known as petrol from N145 per liter to N70.00 a liter. To this end, the House has called on the Petroleum Products Prices Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), to review the current price template with a view to

Fraud charge: Fresh trouble for Nyako as court admits new evidence

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bringing down the price of the product. The House in a motion sponsored by Rep. Abubaker Fulata titled; “Urgent Need to Review the Petroleum Price Template”., the lawmaker noted the widely circulating rumour of a possible hike in the price of PMS in the country, which though has been denied by the federal government through the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources is coming at a time when the nation is going through difficult times occasioned by dwindling revenues, high inflation rate, unemployment and general fall in the standard of living of many Nigerians. The lawmaker also noted that the current template for the price of PMS could be reviewed downwards without it affecting the profit margin of marketers and transporters and also contributes to reduce the current inflationary trend in the economy.

Giving a graphic view to buttress his point, Rep. Fulata said he was aware that the current cost of freighting PMS stands at N109.1, Lightering expenses-N4.56, NPA charges-N0.84, NIMASA chargesN0.22, Financing-N2.51 and Jetty put charges at N0.60. Furthermore, storage chargesN2.00, Retailers margin- N6.00, Transport Allowance- N3.36, Dealers margin- N2.36, Bridging Fund- N6.20 and Marine transport average put at N0.15 bringing the total cost to N137.81. The Jigawa born legislator further informed the House that the landing cost of PMS remains at N119.74, while the distribution cost and margins of marketers I N18.37, thus, the total of both the landing and distribution costs is N138.11, while markers are allowed to sell the product within the range of N140-N145 per litre. Equally, Fulata notes that over 90% of the current price of PMS

in the country is accounted for by transport related charges at N124.34 out of N138.11. He said that he was aware that foreign vessels charge higher for lifting the PMS because Nigerian carriers which were supposed to lift 50% of the products lack the capacity to do so. He observed that the provision of N4.56 in the price template for lightering services was unnecessary since as line with international practice, all ships are supposed to dock at the harbor unlike in Nigeria where the water in the harbours is shallow and therefore in dire need of dredging. He blamed the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) for refusing to carry out dredging despite collecting N0.84 for every litre of petrol thereby costing Nigerian users the sum of N4.56 for every litre of petrol they buy. He said cognizant must be taken that bridging is supposed

to be an annual event only when refineries are carrying out their turn around maintenance which should not exceed three months but that vandalizing of pipelines has made bridging to be a permanent feature. He therefore adduced that if the pipelines linking the various depots and refineries could be fixed and secured, the bridging fund could be reduced to N2.00 per litre instead of the current N6.20. Also that a realistic template would bring down the price of petrol to N70.04. The House therefore urged the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to dredge all harbours within a period of one year to enable ships dock in them. House also set up an Ad-hoc Committee to interface with the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources on the review of the price of PMS and such related matters and to report back to it within (8) weeks for further legislative action.

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he trial of former governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state, and his son Senator Abdul-Aziz Nyako, before Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court Abuja, continued yesterday with the prosecution witness, Suleiman Mohammed, a staff of FSDH Merchant bank Abuja, testifying that all the 108 document tendered before the Court was a request made by the EFCC to the bank seeking to know all transaction of Tower asset management and Blue Ribbon Multilink. According to him, the voluminous documents were put together by FSDH Merchant Bank via others banks of the two companies and sent to the EFCC, adding that all the compilations were made on 8th December 2015. Counsel to Murtala Nyako Ibrahim Ishaku who stood in brief for Kanu Agabi (SAN) earlier rejected document 16,17.18, 58,59, and 37 as tendered by the prosecution counsel Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) saying that they were not certify by the appropriate officers as public document, but rather were endorsed by FSDH merchant Bank official , while document 90 dose not refer to any of the accused persons in case. Justice Okon Abang, ruling on the admissibility of document stated that the evidence sort to tender by prosecution counsel on 16,17,18,58,and 59 be accepted as exhibit B1 B36, E38 and 127 as attached evidence to the document, while he rejected document 37 and also admitted document 90 as evidence. Ibrahim Ishaku cross examining asked the prosecution witness whether there was any fault discovered by the two companies before the EFCC wrote to them, Suleiman said no and that as a regulatory body they report to EFCC and Central Bank of Nigeria until the EFCC wrote to them concerning Tower Asset management and Blue Ribbon Multilink there was no evidence of accusation from any quarters and that no arrest or query was given to them. The case was adjourned to 30th of November 2016.

Pensioners, during their Verification Exercise, yesterday in Bauchi. Photo: NAN

Senate jerks up Buhari’s N180bn virement by N33bn Cont. from front page These approvals were arrived at by the senate following the consideration and adoption of the recommendations of the Senate Committee on Appropriation which considered the virement request by the President. Recall that the President had in a letter to the National Assembly early this month, requested the parliament to approve that a total sum of N180,839,254,430 billion be vired by the executive, to enable government augment the financial shortfalls of some government ministries, departments and agencies. The shortfalls which affected the overhead budget, salaries and capital budgets of the concerned MDAs, will be augmented by virement from the recurrent and capital components of the Special Intervention Programme Fund as

•Includes N25bn for local contractors pay

provided for in the 2016 budget, the President’s letter said. Meanwhile, contrary to the recommendation by the Senate committee that N300 million as approved in the 2016 budget for transmission company of Nigeria for the construction of 132kva substation at Gwaram, Jigawa state, be vired for the reconstruction of fallen towers, replacement of glass insulators, the Senate increased the recommendation to the sum of N5 billion. The breakdown of the original request by the President was that N180,839,254,430 billion be vired from the N500 billion appropriated in the 2016 Appropriation Act for both the capital and recurrent components of the Special Intervention

Programme Fund. Of the above N180,839,254,430 billion proposed for virement by the executive, N166,630,886,954 billion will be vired from the recurrent component of the Special Intervention Programme, while N14,208,367,476 billion will be vired from the capital component of the Special Intervention Programme. However, the breakdown of the Senate approval is as follows: the virement of the total sum of N208,821,671,494 billion, of which N39,208,367,476 billion is from the capital components and the sum of N169,613,304,018 billion is from the recurrent components of the Special Intervention Programme of the 2016 Appropriation Act.

The senate surprisingly increased the following items: the virement proposal by President Buhari for the Ministry of foreign Affairs from N14,667,230,014 to N16,349,647,078. Similarly, the Senate increased the virement request by the President for statutory transfer of the Public Complaint Commission from N1,200,000,000 to N2,500,000,000. The Senate also added N25 billion for the payment of debts to local contractors, and other liabilities by the government, even though this was not in the original proposal by the President. Meanwhile, aside the above itemised increments by the Senate, other figures requested by the President remain constant and unchanged.


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L-R: Wife of the Governor of Nasarawa State, Hajiya Mairo Tanko Al-Makura; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Sen. Aisha Alhassan; and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba, during the Launch of Campaign to End Child Marriage, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NA  

Insecurity: Gov. Yari meets Buhari, says 40 abducted persons rescued By Lawrence Olaoye

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amfara State Governor, Abdul’Azzez Yari yesterday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the security situation in his state. The governor also disclosed that 40 persons abducted by the rampaging bandits have been rescued by the military and reunited with their families. Yari, who met with the President behind the closed door told State Hiyse Correspondent that his government was in

support of Buhari’s decision to deploy the military to some troubled parts of his state to curb the menace of the bandits who raided his state. Yari said “As you are aware, some villages in Zamfara State have been under attacks by bandits and the President has carried out his constitutional responsibility by sending security men to the state. “So I am here to brief him on the security situation in the state. The operation is ongoing and is going on successfully. I

am rushing back there to visit the troops in order to boast their morale. “I will be with them throughout the week. In this kind of situation, you have to be with the people in order to show them that you are concerned as a leader. “I believe the security agencies are doing their best and we will continue as government to give them the support needed to make the operation successful. “We are hoping that the military will remain there for

longer time and we are ready to take care of their logistics. “The problem we have is that the state is surrounded by forests. The military men there are currently in about six camps. We hope they will stay there for a while. We thank God that the 40 people are back with their families. We have retrieved them from their abductors and we have returned them to their families without any injury. We also did not pay any ransom.”

Gov. Ishaku tasks corps members on patriotism By Albert Akota

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araba State Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has tasked NYSC Corp members posted to the state to be patriotic, committed and use their knowledge to bring positive development to their host communities. Speaking at the 2016 Batch ‘B” Orientation Course in Jalingo on Monday, the executive governor said that the National Service is a clarion call to selflessly serve their father land Nigeria and ensure the hope and aspiration of a nation that puts a great premium on the moral and physical development of its youths for a better and greater future. He said, ‘’the government and peace loving people of Taraba State heartily welcome all of you to the State of ‘Nature’s Gift to the Nation’. I also congratulate you for successfully completing your academic studies which qualifies you to be mobilized for the mandatory national service. ‘’I urge you to dedicate yourselves with renewed vigor, patriotism, commitment and conviction in order to bring about positive changes in your host communities. Consistently, your predecessors have made numerous achievements to the growth and development of Taraba State, you are therefore expected to aspire to attain further improvement and development and even do better than your predecessors.”

Reps investigate alleged land grabbing by foreign firms By Umar Muhammad Puma

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he House of Representatives has expressed concern over the rising spate of land grabbing by foreign companies in the guise of investment in the country. In a motion under matters of urgent national importance by Rep. Sani Zorro (APC-Jigawa), which was unanimously adopted by members through a voice

vote, alleged that Messrs Lee Group, a Chinese company plans to seize 15,000 hectares of farmland in the state. Zorro said that a lot of people had been displaced by foreign companies under the pretext of investing in Nigeria. “Disturbed by the landgrabbing activities of a Chinese company, Messrs Lee group, in many states in the North, the latest is its incursion into Jigawa state.

“The company’s ploy to forcefully aquire over 15,000 hectares of farmland thereby dispossessing more than 10,000 peasant farmers in over 35 farming communities in Gagarawa local government of my constituency. “The company plans to grow sugar cane against the will of majority of the people who own farmlands. “There is tension and threats of breakdown of law and order in the

area, consequent upon the company’s audacity to proceed with an illegal compensation exercise since Tuesday, November 10, 2016. “In spite of a law suit and stiff resistance by owners of the farmlands. “We cannot build our nation if we continue to elevate the citizens of other nations above our own citizens,” Zorro said. The lawmaker said that as public office holders,

NHIS to introduce voluntary enrollment in LGs

From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna The National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is to introduce a voluntary scheme for rural dwellers in all the 774 Local Governments Areas in the country in order to encourage Nigerians to get access to medical attention. Managing Director, Lubekh Nigeria Limited, Mohammed Tukur disclosed this during a 2-day capacity building workshop

on Strategic Communication for Efficient Service Delivery in the Public Service organized by National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), in Kaduna yesterday. Mohammed Tukur, said the scheme which is expected to cost N15,000 per annum has received blessing from the federal government as the National Orientation Agency, NOA, has

commenced sensitization on all the 774 Local Government Areas across the country to ensure that people key into the project. He added that the NHIS is a formal sector which enables other services to register with the scheme. “So what we’re doing now is to give a capacity building for staff of NHIS to be enlightened. Last week there was a sensitizations workshop between the National

Orientation Agency (NOA) and NHIS. “You know NOA is another federal government parastatal which cut across the 774 Local Government Areas in the country. They will now enlightened people for a voluntary enrolment which will cost N15,000 annum to carry a NHIS card to be able to go to hospital, that’s the purpose of it,” he said.

they had the duty to protect lives and property of the country’s citizens. He therefore, urged the authorities and the Jigawa state government to resist any intent of dispossessing Nigerian citizens of their land and resources. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara while ruling on the motion, referred it to the House Committee on Judiciary to advice the House on the next step.

Speaking on the workshop, Mohammed Tukur said participants are drawn from NHIS offices across the country and officers of various cadres and grade levels are participating. He added that resource persons to the workshop include lecturers from the Badagry Staff College, Ahmadu Bello University, University of Lagos and University of Makurdi.


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Bauchi gov’s wife donates starter kits to 36 freed inmates From Bauchi

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he Wife of the Bauchi State Governor, Barrister Aisha Mohammed Abubakar have donated starter kits to 36 freed inmates trained in various skills in Bauchi. Barrister Aishatu had earlier secured the release of 42 inmates some months ago, paid their fines and enrolled them in skills acquisition center to learn various skills out of which 36 graduated.

Niger Police arrest district head, son, 6 others for rustling From Yakubu Minna.

Speaking during the presentation of the items, the wife of the governor said that she secured the release of 42 inmates from various prisons across the state which include; Azare, Bauchi, Misau, Jama’are and Ningi prisons. She added that the decision was borne out of the desire to take up the challenge of de-congesting Nigerian prisons through the release of inmates with minor crimes and make them to become useful members of their communities and good Nigerians. “These challenges gingered us to embark on a project that will contribute in addressing some of these challenges. Thus we started by facilitating the release of 42 inmates with minor crimes by settling their fines and compensation” she said. She, however, informed that

out of the 42 inmates enrolled in the Skills Acquisition Centres, only the 36 graduated as three were withdrawn for not satisfying expectations, another three were sent back to prison after their graduation. According to her, the 36 graduating inmates include; 14 who were trained in Carpentry and Joinery, 11 trained in Welding and Fabrication, Five in Computer Studies, Five in Tailoring Services, Two in Electrical Installations, One in Bricklaying and Masonry and One in Catering and Event Decoration. In his address, the Bauchi State Comptroller of Prisons, Hassan A. Shema commended the governor’s wife for the gesture and help extended to the inmates as well as the prison authorities in the state. He called on other well

meaning individuals to do the same as according to him, such gestures will help in the reformation of individuals who went through the prison to find a new life and become better persons. “It is worthy to note that prisons nowadays are not punishment grounds for offenders but correction centres where those in conflict with the law are being rehabilitated so that they can live a crime free and self supporting life on discharge, “he said. Also speaking, the state Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barrister Ibrahim Yakubu Umar said that the state Justice system remains grateful to the governor’s wife over her various interventions at various times towards ensuring the welfare of inmates and securing the release of a number

of them since the coming of the present administration led by her husband. On her part, the Bauch State Chief Justice, Justice Rabi Talatu Umar also commended the governor’s wife saying that her efforts in ensuring frequent release inmates with bailable offences through payment of fines and compensations will help a lot in decongesting prisons in the state. The items donated to the graduating inmates include; Welding Machines, Sewing Machines and other necessary working tools to all the graduating inmates. The governor’s wife later received a humanitarian excellence award from the Prison Inmates Development Initiative which was presented by its president, Mbami Iliya Sabka.

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he Niger state police command has arrested 8 suspected cattle rustlers including a district head of Ringa and his son in connection with aiding and abetting of the suspects in Rafi local government of Niger state. This was not unconnected with the recent deployment of about 500 special police personnel to the area sequel to the killing of 11 persons in the area within one week, The suspected cattle rustlers had earlier attacked villages in Gbada community and Kukoki village of Shiroro local government and carted away numerous number of caws to the neighboring Kebbi and Kaduna states. It was gathered that the district head of Ringa and his son usually served as informers to the suspects in the village located inside the deep forest where they hid after they carried out their evil activities hence the son charged their handsets for them even as they make use of the little spot near the district head house to make calls and kept their cell phones for them. Consequently, when contacted the Niger State command of Police Public Relations Officer PPRO, DSP Bala Elkana confirmed the arrest of the suspects who are in the police custody and are being investigated. He stated that the district head and his son are suspected as their relationship with the cattle rustlers was doubtful that they are aware of their activities in that area.

R-L;   FCT Minister, Alhaji Muhammad Musa Bello, President Muhammadu Buhari Head of the delegation of the grand khalifa of Sheikh Ahmad Tijjani, Sharif Muhammad Kabir Ibn Muhammad of Morocco  and others, during an audience with the President at the State House, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: State House

Benue commissioner, Iortyom arraigned over murder of varsity lecturer

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enue state Commissioner of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Sekav Iortyom was yesterday arrested and arraigned before a Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court for criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide. Mr. Sekav was arrested for alleged involvement in the murder of a university don and lecturer in the department of political science, Mkar University Gboko, Dr. Wilfred Tondo, who was murdered in cold blood last August. He has however, since been

evading arrest until yesterday when he was apprehended by the police. According to the First Information Report, FIR, filed before the court by the prosecuting officer, Gabriel Agadu, the police ‘B’ Division in Gboko had last August received information that some gunmen numbering about three(3) broke into the official residence of the lecturer in Gboko and shot him dead. Part of the FIR read, “during Police investigation Kosovenyi Kungwa, Emmanuel Nyajo and David Yiman were arrested and

charged to the Chief Magistrate Court 1 Makurdi. “However, Sekav Iortyom who was given administrative bail and appointed to report to the police on October 25th, 2016 but failed, was later arrested for conspiring with the above named and others now at large to commit the crime.” No plea was taken for want of jurisdiction, however, the defense counsel, Mr. Christian Teeve, entered an oral plea for the bail of the accused. The prosecuting officer, opposed plea on the ground that investigation into the matter was

still ongoing. In her ruling, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Felicia Ikyegh who directed that the bail plea be written on paper and made formal, ordered that the accused be remanded at the Makurdi Medium Prison and adjourned the matter to February 9th., 2017 for further mention. It could be recalled that on October 25, 2016, the sole administrator of Buruku local government David Yiman along with two (2) others were arraigned in court and detained but were granted bail last Wednesday.


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Bill seeking to provide for a National Fitness Day for all Nigerians has been passed for a second reading on the floor of the House of Representatives. The bill which was sponsored by Rep. Diri Douye (PDP-Bayelsa), proposed that the first Saturday in June as “National Fitness Day” in Nigeria. Douye while leading the debate on the Bill yesterday, said that the Bill seeks to encourage and inspire the physical and health fitness of the nation, argued that lack of physical activities resulted to poor health and in some cases death which in turn had negative impact on the

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Reps propose national fitness day economy in terms of healthcare or loss of manpower. According to Douye, World Health Organization says lack of exercise causes as many as one in 10 premature death around the world each year. “Exercise has long been known to lower risk factors like high blood pressure, high blood sugar and high cholesterol which in turn reduces the risk of heart diseases and diabetics,” he said. The lawmaker said that the

bill thus encouraged the country’s local and state governments, nongovernmental organizations. He said it would also encourage the private sector and all Nigerians to recognise fitness day and mark the day with local events and initiatives promoting the importance and use of recreational sport and fitness facilities. Douye said that the national fitness day would present an unparallel prospects to propagate the world about the benefits of keeping fit.

“If more Nigerians were physically active for just 30 minutes a day, the Nigerian health care system and the economy can save billions of Naira yearly, while creating a healthier community,” he said. He further stated that it would also engage, educate and empower all Nigerians to adopt a healthy lifestyle that include regular, physical activities and good nutrition. According to Douye it would promote programmes and

initiatives that motivate people of all ages, background and abilities to live a healthy life,” he added. Also contributing to the Bill, Rep. Ayo Omidiran (APC-Osun) said that the bill if passed would be taken to the grass root to prevent diseases. “We will use the day to advocate to the people to understand the benefits of staying healthy and eating well to live longer. One major advantage is that we will use this National day of fitness as awareness creation.

SON alerts on infected shaving sticks. By Bashir Bello Kaduna

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L-R: President Nigeria Hockey Federation, Senator Abdul Ningi, Vice President, Nigeria Olympic Committee and president Nigeria Basket Ball Federation, Mr. Tijani Umar and Secretary General, Nigeria Olympic Committee, Mr. Tunde Popoola, during a meeting of the House of representative committee on sports with the ministry of youths/sports, at the national Assembly, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

FG to engage 30,000 youth as agric extension workers By Umar Muhammad Puma

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o fewer than 30,000 Nigerian youth are expected to undergo training as agricultural extension workers nationwide, the Federal Government has said. Speaking during an oversight visit by the House Committee on Agricultural Production and Services, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, said 30,000 youths would be engaged and would be

provided with all the necessary tools as part of the government’s plans to encourage Nigerian youth to farm. He explained that the 30,000 youth might not be enough for now, even as he said they would be selected from the 774 local governments and that every youth would work in their locality. According to him, the government was considering a ban on the importation of foreign tomato pastes into the

country in view of a report by the National Agency for Food and Administration and Control (NAFDAC). He said the Chinese businessmen have infiltrated the Nigerian markets with all sorts of tomato pastes that are not good for consumption by Nigerians. “Based on the report, we have every reason to ban foreign tomato pastes in Nigeria,” he said. Ogbeh also revealed that the government has started buying

foodstuffs from the market to store for the rainy days, saying the government could not stop the current massive exportation of Nigerian grains as farmers benefit financially. Ogbeh also made case for an increased funding for the agricultural sector in view of the diversification campaign going on. The House committee was headed by Rep Mohammed Tahir Monguno (APC, Borno).

igerians have been warned of the dangers of using counterfeit shaving sticks as they are a means of throwing money down the drain as well as sources of skin related problems. Kaduna State Coordinator, Danlami Datti in line with keeping to the mandate of ensuring that only quality products are sold to customers, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) explained why they raided traders stocking counterfeit shaving sticks in Kaduna. During the raid, several counterfeit shaving sticks of various brands were confiscated from the Kaduna Central Market. At shop 9&10, Block 289, several counterfeit shaving sticks of several brands were confiscated. Similarly, shops 1,2,3 on Block 86 were also found to be stocking several of the counterfeit products. Datti after the raid, explained that such counterfeit products make consumers lose value for their money. He said that SON cannot afford to sit back and allow such fraudulent manufacturers endanger the health of peopke while making quick money imitating popular brands. The SON Kaduna State Coordinator to always ensure they purchase only products that have the SON logo. “They should look out for SON logo if it is an imported product. For those made in Nigeria, there should be MANCAP no and our logo,” he said.

UNC moves to ensure passage of Bill in NASS By Abbanobi-Eku Onyeka.

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he International Commandant General (ICG) of United Nigeria Chaplaincy (UNC), Prof. Jidejisos J. Ejie has recently assigned duties to some of the paramilitary members to oversee its affairs at the National Assembly (NASS) . This was contained in a statement from the Organisation signed and made available to journalists by Chaplain

Ephraim B. Yayock, Special Assistant (SA) to the ICG. The appointment went thus: The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Senate President, Hon. Ibrahim Yusuf Gama was made NASS Director in UNC bill before the senate; the Chief Whip of Bauchi House of Assembly, Hon Danlamj Ahmed Kawule, Director, NASS Affairs for UNC; Hajia Fatima Jamal Taha, Director, on Women Affairs for Muslim. Others were Alh.

Bello Abubakar, Deputy Director, Nass Affairs; Hajia Hadiza Haliru Binji, Director, Nass Matters, Women Affair in general; Alh. Ibrahim Dada Nakowa, International Director, Muslim Affairs; and Bilkisu Suleiman Amin, Deputy National Legal Adviser for the organisation at the nation’s legislative arm of government. The ICG in a speech informed the appointees that the reason behind their appointment was to give its deserved

representation at the NASS, just as he urged them to do everything legitimately possible to ensure that its bill before the senate is speedily passed into law. Speaking on behalf of the appointees, their leader, Hon. Danlami Ahmed Kawule accepted the appointments with commitment, even as he promised to see to the passing of the bill into law. A bill seeking for the passing of UNC into law had for some time been receiving the attention of the senate.


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Ortom’s wife charges women on entrepreneurship

FG restates commitment to tobacco regulation

From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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ife of Benue State Governor, Mrs. Eunice Ortom has stressed the need for women to play active roles in entrepreneurship as well as other public and private sector areas that would add value to the nation’s economy. Mrs. Ortom who stated this yesterday in Makurdi while speaking during the maiden edition of the Benue Women Economic Summit, said women are active players in entrepreneurship in both public and private sector of the nation’s economy. She noted that, at this time when the nation is moving away from oil as sole earning commodity, women must evolve creative ways of surviving the difficult times. The governor’s wife said the summit with the theme, ‘Promoting the Rise of the Female Economy’, aims at providing a platform for appraising all issues and challenges that arise in promoting the female economy. According to her, it will create an opportunity for Benue women to share the challenges hampering their access and participation in business and forge new partnerships that will scale up successful initiatives that benefit Benue women in business. She added that the summit will provide opportunity to initiate dialogue with regulators, financial institutions and the business community on how to create more friendly conditions for Benue women in business. While declaring the workshop open, Governor Samuel Ortom promised that his government will continue to support programs that will empower Benue women even as he announced that sixty percent of the two(2) billion naira Bank of Industry, BOI loan would be given to women as way of empowering them economically. Ortom restated the commitment of his administration to promote micro, medium and small scale enterprises to thrive in the State.

he Federal Government yesterday expressed commitment to ensure regulation of tobacco in the country. The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, stated the government’s resolved when members of Environmental Rights Action, led by the African Director for

Programme in campaign for Tobacco in Washington DC, Bintu Camara. Adewole, said the ministry will expedite action and prevail on members of the National Assembly to pass the Tobacco Regulation Act, in to law. The minister who had already set a committee with the same task at the ministry, said there

was need for health of people to be taken seriously. He said the current administration will work with interests groups to ensure that peoples’ health is protected. Adewole who is himself and advocate against tabacco smoking said the ministry will ensure that its committee is captured in the 2017 budget to equip it per-

form its action. On her part, Camara said the control is necessary to ensure safety of human lives and limit the level of diseases that young people suffer as a result of smoking. She told the minister that her team would not relent in partnering with the government to rid the country of these challenges.

L-R: Vice Chairman of the NUJ, Oyo State Council, Mr. Segun Adeyemo; Zonal Vice President of the NUJ, Mr Cosmos Oni; Mr. Oladele Ogunsola; Assistant Director, FRCN, Mr. Dare Olorunfemi; Assistant Director, News and Current Affairs, FRCN, Mr Tajudeen Alade; Chairmanship Candidate for Oyo NUJ 2016 Election, Mr Adewunmi Faniran, at the Launching of a Campaign for the NUJ Election coming up in December, yesterday in Ibadan. Photo: NAN  

Senators want inclusion of census in 2017 budget

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ational Assembly on Tuesday appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to include the 2018 national population and housing census in the 2017 budget. Chairman of the senate committee on national population, Suleiman Humkuyi, made the call at a review workshop and training of trainers on enumera-

tion area demarcation of the 2018 population and housing census at Akwanga, in Nasarawa state Yesterday Suleiman also stated that the census exercise is waiting for the proclamation of the president to swing into full action as according to him, the population committee chairman was optimistic that the president would make the proclamation when he presents the 2017 appropriation bill to the National

Assembly. The chairman however gave assurance that the authorities of the National Population Commission of the assembly’s unflinching backup towards the success of the 2018 census exercise. Also speaking at the event, Chairman of the NPC, Eze Duruiheoma, had said that the N222 billion budgeted for the 2018 census was arrived at after care-

fully balancing the imperatives and requirements for the conduct of a truly scientific census. According to him “The procurement of handheld devices required for the biometric based census, the huge number of field staff which is about 1.5 million to be engaged, and the numerous preparatory activities to be undertaken has denied the commission the convenient option of coming up with a lesser budget.”

Niger will realize SDGs target, DG assures From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.

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he Director General of Niger State Sustainable Development Goals SDGs, Alhaji Adamu Ayawa has said that the ongoing projects in the 25 Local Government Areas in four key areas of human development will surely make a posi-

tive impact in actualizing the target of the 17 goals SDGs for 2030. Ayawa made the disclosure yesterday in Minna after receiving award from the Millennium African Global Initiatives tagged “Exposure Ma award 2016” urged youths to be vanguard in their various community and to raise alarm if they find out contractor handling SDG projects

not doing well. He reiterated that determination of the present administration under the leadership of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello in executing all impacted projects of the SDGs in the state. According to him, the project ongoing across all the 25 local governments of the state is in four key areas of intervention that includes: edu-

cation, health, water and sanitation where construction, renovation drilling of boreholes and supply of equipments were going on simultaneously. He assured that no sector of the social economic development will be left unattended to, stressing that the little delayed in some instance was due to the escalated dollar heighten that will be overcome.

Ayawa who was chairman at the event stated that the youths in Etsugaie and Kaboji in Agaie and Mashegu local governments had to raised alarm and notified SDG office for the renovation of school and motorized borehole without water as the contractor tried to couple them without meeting the contract agreement has to reverse the trend.


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Strike: JIBWIS urges FG, ASUU to resolve crisis

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he National Chairman of Jama’atu Izalatul Bidi’ah wa ikamatu Sunnah (JIBWIS), Sheikh Muhammad Sani Yahaya Jingir has appealed to the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to resolve their lingering crisis in the interest of the nation’s future. Just as he called on Nigerians to engage in all round farming to

boost economy of the country. Sani Yahaya Jingir, made the appeall at the closing ceremony of National Preaching in Ningi Local Government of Bauchi state, saying the continued strike by ASUU members does not speak well for the future of the students and the nation. He charged the Federal Government to see the ongoing strike of lecturers in the country as an issue that required urgent national attention.

“It is our opinion that both parties in the agreement must this time around come to a final resolution,” he said. Jingir sympathized with members of the academic fraternity on the hardship they had been made to face due to the prolonged nonimplementation of existing agreements between ASUU and FG. The Islamic cleric challenged relevant partners to collaborate with farmers in the areas to provide machines and properly pro-

mote the irrigation farming in the country. Sani Yahaya urged stakeholders to make farming enticing and alluring to the youths adding that, “via proper training, veritable policies, periodic monetary interventions like soft loans and availability of modern equipment,” the nation would one day find it difficult to feed its human population.” He also urged relevant authorities and stakeholders in the agriculture sector in Nigeria to engage

more of the inputs of weather experts and topologists in agricultural practices to conform modern best practices. Also speaking, the Chairman Council of Ulama’u JIBWIS Bauchi State, Asheik Salihu Ningi charged Muslims to be responsible and be respectful to their leaders. Ningi said responsible Muslims should adhere to religious norms and respect rules and regulations of the land.

Kaduna killings prompt indefinite shutdown of College of EducationOfficial L-R: Former Executive Secretary National University, Commission professor Peter Okebukola,Executive Secretary Tertiary Education Trust Fund(TETFUND) Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa ,Pro Chancellor Tai Solarin  University of Education Ogun State  Professor Femi Bamiro, and Vice Chancellor of the University  Professor Oluyemisi Olurenmi Obilade, during the commissioning of TETFUND Projects, recently in the University.

IGP, Rights Commission harp on missing persons database

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he National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has said that conflicting reports on the exact figures of missing persons and the internally displaced in Nigeria has necessitated the need to establish a comprehensive database towards ensuring that everybody is accounted for. The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Bem Angwe who was represented by Mrs.

Ifeoma Nwakama said this during a two-day workshop facilitated by the International Committee of the Red Cross and NHRC. He noted that in view of the importance of a database on missing persons in Nigeria, the Commission was disposed to offering the necessary support to the NTC in this national assignment. Prof. Angwe therefore commended the federal government resolve towards providing a databank for missing persons affected by

insurgency and other criminal acts adding that when fully established, “it will help in tracking and documenting exact Nigerian citizens” as well as protecting their fundamental human rights in accordance with the law. In his remarks, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris who was also represented by DIG H. M. Dagala said that adoption of forensic science has become necessary to enable the Nigeria unravel complex cases including

the challenge of missing persons. The IGP noted that “world over advancement in the field of science, particularly in forensic sciences has led to about 99% successes in investigation of cases of missing persons which hitherto were declared inconclusive”. He therefore commended the initiators of the planned establishment of databank for missing persons in Nigeria for their thoughtfulness saying, “with the prevailing

security challenges occasioned by the advent of Boko Haram sect with its resultant effect of tens of thousands of lives lost and millions of persons displaced from their places of abode, the importance of such a database cannot be over emphasized”. The Police boss said the Nigerian Police Force would consider NTC as a dependable partner towards its resolve to digitalize the institution, reduce crime to its barest minimum and resolve cases of missing persons.

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ollowing persistent attacks on villages bordering the Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, by unknown gunmen, authorities of the institution have suspended academic activities indefinitely. A statement issued on Tuesday by the Public Relations Officer of the college, Danlami Aduwu, said the suspension of academic activities was informed by the need to safeguard the lives and properties of staffers and students. The statement directed staffers and students to vacate the campus. It urged all staffers to report to the temporary site of the institution at Kafanchan. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that all staffers and students of the college have since deserted the Gidan Waya campus for fear of losing their lives. Villages surrounding the institution such as Godogodo, Pasakori, Mile One and Tudun Wada, have been serially attacked by unknown gunmen. (NAN)

Gombe: Sarkin Fulani Foundation donates relief items to pregnant women From David Hassan, Gombe

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s part of efforts to alleviate the suffering among the people, Sarkin Fulani Foundation has donated relief items to pregnant women in Gombe. Donating the items to

the beneficiaries yesterday, chairman of the Foundation Alhaji Adamu Mohammed said the Foundation has gone a long way in assisting the needy even as he said Sarkin Fulani Foundation has contributed immensely to the development cross the state and women have

benefited from the gesture. He assured that the Foundation would do more in ensuring that the less privileged have course to smile. According to him, over 2,000 women in 11 local government areas of the state has benefited through the foundation.

He said the aimed of the gesture was to find lasting solution in alleviating the suffering of the masses. Speaking further, the chairman emphasized that there is urgent need to put hand on deck with other meaningful personality to ensure that the

suffering of the masses put to an end. He went further to explain that the foundation had equally donated some items to health sector and scholarship to students studying in various institutions of higher learning in the country.


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KWARA STATE UNIVERSITY, (KWASU) MALETE P.M.B 1530, ILORIN Office of the Registrar INVITATION TO TENDERS REF: KWASU/ADM/044/VOL.XIX/99 DATE:

REQUEST FOR INVITATION FOR TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL BIDS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF RESEARCH CENTRE FOR NIGERIAN LANGUAGES (RCNL)- PHASE -1 UNDER 2013 NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF NIGERIAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES SPECIAL PRESIDENTIAL INTERVENTION-PHASE II INTRODUCTION An allocation has been made to Kwara State University, Malete for the implementation of projects under 2013 Needs Assessment of Nigerian Public Universities Special Presidential Intervention-Phase II Please note that the advert of this project was initially made on Monday, February 16, 2015.This is therefore a re-advertisement of the same project. 2.0 THE PROJECT The Kwara State University, in compliance with Public procurement Act 2007, therefore, wishes to invite interested, competent and reputable contractors to tender for underlisted project LOT 1: Construction of Research Centre for Nigerian Languages(RCNL)- Phase -1 3.0. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS i. Evidence of Incorporation/Registration of Company with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), including copies of Memorandum and Article of Association. ii. Evidence of Current Tax Clearance Certificate for the last three (3) years ending December 2015. (2013,2014 &2015) iii. Registration with relevant bodies State /Federal level iv. Evidence of VAT registration with TIN No and up to date remittance(s) v. Evidence of Current Certificate of Compliance with the National Pension Commission (PEN COM) in line with the Pension Reform Act, 2014 (as amended ) vi. Evidence of Compliance with the Employees Compensation Act which requires that all employers of labour must remit 1% of the total annual enrolment of their workers to the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) vii. Evidence of Current Certificate of Compliance with the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) in line with the amended Industrial Training Fund Act, 2011 viii. Evidence of registration on the National Database of Contractors, Consultants and Service pro viders with the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) ix. A sworn affidavit that: a. The company is not bankrupt in receivership or under liquidation or involved in any litigation which can potentially affect the company’s ability to effectively discharge her responsibilities, if engaged. b. The claims made and information provided by the company in the submission are true and cor rect in all ramifications c. No Director of the Company (past or present) has ever been convicted of criminal offenses relat ing to fraud or financial impropriety in any court of law. 4.0 ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS i. Company’s Audited Accounts for the last three (3) years (2013,2014 & 2015) ii. Verifiable Evidence of past and /or present job experiences in similar projects of interest in the past Five (5) years with attached copies of letters of award and certificates of completion and/or Interim Payment Certificates. iii. Comprehensive Company Profile and Technical qualification of key personnel with evidence of experiences on similar jobs and evidence of key personnel registration with relevant professional bodies (including Architects, Civil Engineers, Quantity Surveyors etc.) iv. Verifiable Evidence of Financial capability to execute the projects (Bank Guarantee from reputable banks and current bank Statement) v. Average Annual turnover for the past three (3) years (2013,2014&2015) verifiable. vi. Verifiable Evidence of Certificate of registration with COREN/other professional bodies vii. Verifiable Evidence of proof of ownership and or lease of construction equipment required for the successful execution of the contract. 4.1 Verifiable Evidence of projects satisfactorily executed in KWASU will earn additional marks. 5.0 COLLECTION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS Tender documents are to be collected from the Department of Works and Physical Planning, Kwara State University, Malete upon presentation of evidence of payment of Non-refundable ten der feeof Twenty Thousand Naira Only (N20,000.00) 6.0 SUBMISSION OF TENDERS The submission is to consist of “Technical” and “Financial” Tender. Each submission will consist of one(1) original and two (2)duplicate copies sealed in two separate envelopes clearly marked “Technical” and “Financial” respectively and both envelopes in a third and bigger envelope. All the envelopes must be clearly marked “CONFIDENTIAL” and labeled with“ THE PROJECT NAME” at the top Right Hand Corner of the Envelope. The name of the company should be boldly written on the reverse side of each of the envelopes and addressed to: THE REGISTRAR, KWARA STATE UNIVERSITY, MALETE, PMB 1530, ILORIN. 7. 0 BID CLOSING All bids are to be submitted not later than Two weeks from the date of this advertisement. The closing time for submission is 10:00a.m 8.0 BID OPENING 8.1 The technical bid would be opened the same day immediately after the close of submission in the Council Chambers of Kwara State University, Malete. All contractors that applied for pre-qualification exercise are required to witness the opening of documents on this day. 8.2 The Financial Bids would be opened after pre-qualification. Only successful companies from pre qualification will would be invited to participate in the financial bid opening. 9.0 DISCLAIMER i. This advertisement shall not be construed as a commitment on the part of the University to award the contract mentioned above. ii. The University will not be responsible for any cost or expenses incurred by any bidder in connec tion with the preparation of their documents. iii. The University is not bound to shortlist any bidder and reserves the right to annul the selection process at any time without incurring any liabilities whatsoever to any Bidder in line with the Public Procurement Act, 2007. iv. The University will not go into correspondence on account of unsuccessful applications.

Signed SurajudeenOyebode Registrar

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Opinion

PEOPLES DAILY, WEDNesday, NOVEMBER 30, 2016

The legality of Killing seven year old boy for stealing By Akogwu Egene

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t is no longer news that a boy of about seven years of age was mercilessly beaten and burnt to death between Tuesday the 15th day of November, 2016 and Wednesday the 16th day of November, 2016. The report had it that the ill-fated lad was cruelly sent to his early grave for attempting to steal or stealing garri or some other items. Recent reports also had it that an angry mob lynched two (2) suspected armed robbers in Warri, Delta State, and also that two (2) ladies were set ablaze in Benue State for the practice of lesbianism. If these reports are true, one wonders whether such extra judicial killings are justifiable. Should a person be killed for stealing? Section 3(1) of the Criminal Code applicable in southern Nigeria has this to say: A person who fraudulently takes anything capable of being stolen or fraudulently converts to his own use or to the use of any other person anything capable of being stolen is said to steal that thing. By the foregoing provision of the Criminal Code, any person who takes anything that is moveable or made moveable without permission or converts what he/she takes with permission of the owner, is said to have stolen that thing. The item to be stolen could be vehicle, food stuff, house-hold items, domestic and wild animals belonging to any person. On the punishment for stealing, section 390 4(a) & (b) of the same law provides: If the thing is stolen from the person of another; If the thing is stolen in a dwelling house, and its value exceeds N10 or the offender at or immediately before or after the time of stealing uses or threatens to use violence to any person in the dwelling house: The offender is liable to imprisonment for 7 (seven) years. In any of the circumstances enumerated in subsection 4(a) & (b) of section 390 of the Criminal Code, a person who steals may be sentenced to 7 (seven) years imprisonment so long as the value of the item stolen exceeds N10. Only the Courts have the right to punish an accused with imprisonment when he is convicted of stealing. However, even a Court of law does not have the right to punish a thief with death no matter the value of the item he is found to have stolen. If an established Court of law vested with power to punish criminals does

not punish convicts of stealing with death, why should you? It should be noted that attempting to steal is different and lesser in degree than stealing. Thus, the punishment for one who attempts to steal in any of the enumerated circumstances will be fundamentally different from the one who is actually convicted of stealing. This is because attempting to steal is an inchoate offense, that is, an incomplete offense or an incomplete act of stealing. In the case of Okafor v. State (2016) ALL FWLR (PT. 824) 133 the Court held that: In order to constitute an attempt to commit an offense, the act must be immediately connected with the commission of the particular offense charged and must be something more than preparation for the commission of the offense. In a layman’s language, attempting to steal means trying to steal a person’s moveable property. And because it is an inchoate offense, the punishment will be lesser in degree than that of stealing. So, why should one punish the suspect of attempted stealing with death? How Justifiable is it to Kill for Armed Robbery? The offense of armed robbery can be gleaned from section 401 of the Criminal Code and section 1 of the Robbery and Firearms Act. Section 1(2) of the latter Act provides: Armed robbery would occur, if the accused while carrying out robbery was armed with a firearm or any other offensive weapon or was in company with a person so armed. Thus, by this stipulation of the law, any person who while armed with offensive weapon or firearm or in company of a person so armed, does steal anything is said to have committed armed robbery. The punishment for armed robbery is death. Even when the Court has validly sentenced a convict to death, only the Executioner has the right to take the convicts’ life after the authority concerned has approved the death sentence. Even the Executioner is under obligation to send the criminal to death by strictly complying with the sentence of the Court. It is an offense for even the Executioner to take the convicts’ life in a manner different from the one prescribed in the sentence of the Court. It should be carefully noted that even when an infant (a person below the age of 17 years) is found to have committed a capital offense, the infant shall not be sentenced to death. This

is because the infant has not attained the age of majority and so cannot be subjected to the grievous punishment of death. Instead of death, the law provides for the detention of an infant at the pleasure of the President or Governor depending on whether the capital offense the infant is found to have committed is a Federal or State offense. Thus, in the case of Modupe v. The State (1988) 4 NWLR (pt.87) 130, where the convict of a capital offense had no attained the age of 17 years, the Court ordered that the convicted infant be detained at the pleasure of the Governor. From this, we know that even a Court of law does not punish an infant with death even when the infant is found to have committed a capital offence. Why should you? Jungle justice, self-help or mobbing is prohibited in Nigeria. However, what look like jungle justice or self-help under the Nigerian law is the defence of provocation and self defense. The term provocation is: any “wrongful act or insult of such a nature to be likely, when done to an ordinary person or in the presence of an ordinary person to another person who is under his immediate care, or to whom he stand in conjugal, parental, filial, or fraternal, relation or in the relation of a master or servant to deprive him of the power of self – control and to induce him to assault the person by whom the act or insult is done or offered – section 283 of the Criminal Code. The above section makes it clear that a person who assaults another out of provocation is not criminally liable for the assault if he is in fact deprived of the power of self-control and acts in the heat of passion provided the force used is commensurate with the provocation and is not intended to cause death or grievous harm. Also, a person shall not be regarded as having been deprived of his right in accordance with this section if he dies as a result of the use, to such extent and in such circumstances as are permitted by Law, of such force as is reasonably necessary for the defence of any person from unlawful violence or from the defense of property – section 33(2) (a) of Nigerian constitution, 1999. By this provision, one can lawfully kill another person while attempting to defend one’s self, someone else or property. Mobbing a suspect otherwise known as jungle justice is a criminal offense punishable in Nigeria. This is because nobody is above the law and no one should take law into one’s hand. Thus, Section 33(1) of the Constitution says that:

Every person has the right to life, and no one shall be deprive intentionally of his life, save in execution of the sentence of a Court in respect of a criminal offense of which he has been found guilty in Nigeria. The constitution is telling us here that no matter what a person does or is alleged to have done, no person have the right to terminate the person’s life. Only a Court of Law that finds a person guilty of crime whose prescribed punishment is death can sentence the person to death. The reason for this position is that human life is sacred and only God, the creator, can rightly take human life. And more so, every person who is alleged to have committed an offence until proved otherwise is not responsible for such offence as the Person is innocent. Thus, Section 36(5) of the same Constitution states that; Every person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed to be innocent, until he is proven guilty. The reason for presumption of innocence is to ensure fair hearing, equity and justice is meted out to alleged suspects and to curb jungle justice. So, it is a violation of the right of fair hearing of a suspect when jungle justice is meted out to the suspect. It is in law a crime to harass, beat or kill a suspect simply because the suspect is caught in the very act of committing an offence or was pursued and caught immediately after committing the said offence. Conclusively, it should be borne in mind that no person has the right to beat or kill another person even when the other person is caught in the very act of committing an offence such as stealing, rape, murder, armed robbery and any other offence for that matter. This is because Nigerian Law guarantees a person’s right to life, liberty and dignity even when the person is suspected of having committed a crime. It is thus submitted that the various individuals and groups who specialize in harassing, beating and killing suspects should deceased from such acts as such acts are criminal. The police and other law enforcement agencies are hereby enjoined to brace up in the discharge of their duty by arresting any individual or group that engage in violating the rights of suspects. Akogwu Egene, Esq., is a legal practitioner at Crystal Law Chamber, Ibadan.

Youth, leadership and the future of democracy By Muhammad Muntasir Adamu

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n today’s world, everywhere you look these days, from books to seminars, conferences, magazine stories, someone is trying to peddle his version of tomorrow. Historians, economist, demographers, businessmen etc embark upon long range planning by looking at dates, detecting trends and estimating from the facts already known so as to tell in advance what is expected to happen. In fact in some part of the world, the year 2000 is practically over for the futurist, they now have their minds on the year 3000 and beyond. In the history of the world, change often starts with the young. Young people look at the world with fresh eyes. They see the world as it is and ask “why?” and imagine a different world and ask “why not?” George Bernard Shaw and Robert Kennedy asked these questions long ago, but young people today are asking them again. As it is today there exist a certain degree of tension between what the youth of this nation has already achieved and what it should become. As far as we can see the people are unanimous in their conviction that economic and socio-political performance of this nation is far below its

potential and expectations. As one of my political mentors Late Sen.G.N.S Pwajok opined, Nigeria is a compelling paradox. On the other hand, a nation endowed with vast natural and human resources. But, on the other hand, a nation that has consistently, yielded to the curious paralysis of the will when it comes to judiciously harnessing the resources for her good. The Nigerian condition suggests a history of raised hopes and unrealized expectations; of want in the midst of plenty; of poverty in the midst of affluence and ‘doom’ in the midst of ‘boom’. There is today in Nigeria a conflict between the past and the present as well as between the present and the future. As a nation, we have experienced years of civilian government and military rule through coups and periods of intense political strife. When there was increasing in oil earning, we witnessed influx of the petro-naira. However, the huge inflow of financial resources has not come close to solving the basic problem of mass—poverty. But unfortunately as we speak now, we don’t have such petro-naira anymore due to the fall of crude oil in the global market. In the present Nigeria, most States can’t even afford to pay salaries talk less of embarking

on infrastructural projects. Professor Chinua Achebe in his book “The Problem with Nigeria” has insisted that “the problem of Nigeria is simply and squarely the failure of leadership”. Thus beyond the past and present leadership, Achebe’s x-ray also posed fundamental questions about the potentials of the so called “new breed” or younger politicians to transform Nigeria into an economic prosperous country. Young people have a major role to play in all of these by ensuring that democratic politics is not played along undemocratic lines so that the hope of political freedom and economic betterment does not continue to elude the people. In addition to their intellectual contribution and their ability to mobilize support, young people must maintain unique perspectives on issues bordering on the survival of Nigeria. This is more so in a situation where the capacity of democratic institutions has continued be whittled and citizens are turning their backs on politics. It is only a matter of time before the little advances recorded become consumed in the waters of unfolding contradictions if the youth are not oriented on the importance of peaceful coexistence, social growth and development. How our

communities progress is determined to a large extent, on how much the youth are involved in building and designing the future. As Senator Pwajok observed, as we prepare for the future to avoid failure we need to take consideration of the following: We must realize the future is rushing on us as breakneck speed A leader’s concentration must not be on the past nor on the present but on the future Vision is an effective leader’s chief preoccupation This country can be reinvented with new generations of dreamers. It was Malcom X that said “…they got to be a changed. People in power have misused it. A better world has to build and for it to be built, it has to be with extreme measures. I for one will join with anyone. I don’t care who you are, what colour who are or where you are from, as long as you are ready to change the miserable condition we found ourselves on this planet”. This is a call on my fellow Nigeria youth for us decide the kind future we want to see ourselves and generations to come. The future is now and it is far becoming yesterday. Muhammad Muntasir Adamu is a Public Affairs Analyst.


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Comment

The PDP and the North

By Zayyad I. Muhammad

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he People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is making frantic efforts to reposition itself, rebrand its image and recapture its lost fortunes and supporters, but the party is facing serious power wrangling. The PDP seems to be focusing its attention to the North- it wants its National Chairman and the 2019 presidential candidate to come from the region. However, the party has been met with some setbacks in its recent attempts to start the process. Certain factors are responsible for that. After losing the 2015 elections; without proper analysis of the situation, the PDP, in haste, asked its then National Chairman, Ahmed Adamu Mu’azu to resign. The PDP failed to see that its woeful performance in the north during the 2015 elections was strongly due to the unprecedented Buhari ‘Tsunami’, the failure of the then central government to effectively tackle the Boko Haram insurgency and the name Goodluck Jonathan. It is commendable of the PDP to have realized early that its

resurrection, re-imaging and a ‘restart’ must begin from the north. It was not a coincidence that Ali Modu Sheriff’s three months in office brought the PDP back to life in the north. Though, hate him or love him- Sheriff is one of those adventurous politicians in the north who have grabbed the nittygritty of the politics in the north and have connections in the south. So, for the PDP to really begin a new start, it must take advantage of some of its bigwigs in the north who have adept understanding of the nexus of Hausa-Fulani and the minority politics in the north. Late MKO Abiola’s inroad in the north was ‘motorized’ on the basis of utilization of the experience of individuals who understand that nexus. The PDP must bring on board people from the north to help the party to ‘come to life’ in the north. Most of the party’s fortunes in the north are lost. Thus, the party needs someone who understands how politics play out in the north. Apart from having a chairman who has such capacity, the PDP also needs its founding members who understand the fundamentals of northern politics. People like

Sule Lamido, who is a product of the Aminu Kano radical politics of the north. Lamido is from the core Hausa-Fulani states and has large followers. When Sherrif visited Dutse, the capital of Jigawa State on Monday, April 25, 2016, the mammoth crowd Sule Lamido attracted was a strong political statement. Furthermore, his ‘cousins’ in the northeast will have nothing against him. The middlebelt and many northern minorities share his politics of radicalism. Lamido greatest shortcoming is the corruption case hanging on his neck. But with his excellent performance as governor of Jigawa State and his name is known throughout the country, just some ‘little packaging’ is what he needs. The PDP’s resurgence depends on whether it recaptures its fortunes in the north and how well it takes advantage of its bigwigs from the region. However, for the PDP to make a full come back, some external factors has to play to its advantage; Buhari’s cult-like popularity and supporters in the north fades out; the APC grossly mismanages its political fortunes. Some members of the New PDP from the north pulls out of the APC

– the outcome of the case against Senate President Bukola Saraki in the Code of Conduct Tribunal will determine that; the APC fails to ‘settle’ the disgruntled members of the New-PDP in the north - many members of the New PDP in the APC from the north feel that the Buhari government has not offered them something tangible, claiming that most of Buhari’s appointments have gone to people he personally knows and those connected to his friends, confidants or relatives. These new-PDP members are also of the belief that, their members from some states in the south who got appointments from Buhari are simply fortunate because Buhari have no option- he does not have longtime confidants from those states. Nevertheless, PDP’s future depends on whether it recaptures its lost fortunes in the north and how well it takes advantage of its experienced members who have gone through mills of the politics of the north. Zayyad I. Muhammad writes from Jimeta, Adamawa.

The death of reading culture among Nigerian youth By Bamidele Williams

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ronically, but not coincidentally, reading has begun fading from our culture at the very moment that its importance to that culture is finally being established. Its decline, many theorists believe, is as profound as, say, the fall of communism, and some have taken to prophesying that the downturn in reading could result in the modern world’s cultural and political decline. “A mode of thinking is being lost,” laments Neil Postman, whose book, “Amusing Ourselves to Death,” is a warning about the consequences of a falloff in reading. “We are losing a sort of psychic habit, a logic, a sense of complexity, an ability to spot contradictions and even falsity.” Postman, a professor of communication arts at New York University, believes this loss is now being felt in our cultural activities and in our politics, as well as in our children’s result scores, and that it could get worse. But of course such prophecies are delivered in print, so no one pays much heed. Reading stimulates imagination, encourages quick learning, and expands horizons. It encourages imagination and curiosity. Reading enhances acquisition of skills for

handling complex ideas or issues. Present and future generations in Nigeria are at risk of going straight from an oral to a digital culture, skipping over the writing and reading culture in the process. The library has the responsibility of making information available in different formats to encourage reading culture among students. Is that library well facilitated and besides, is our students making use of the little it has? How many youths of Nigeria read the daily newspapers and occasional magazines from time to time talk more of literature books? No wonder you will be amazingly disappointed at what comes out of the mouth of most of our youths during a live discussion and also on our social media. The responses you read from our youths across the social media clearly removes every iota of doubts about the ugly demise of our reading culture in the country. Great readers are great readers. No wonder one atheist said that great men of God, great preachers, we see all around now are good voracious readers and not the work of any Holy Spirit as he claimed that they are only pouring out what they have read from different books as great

preachers are great readers. He ascribed this to the huge amount of books you find in their personal library. These failures in reading culture arise as a result of a poor acquisition of reading skills and and passion. One who has developed the habit of reading will always look for something to read. Since the arrival of mobile phones and smartphones , Nigerian students, especially those in institutions of higher learning, have concentrated more on phone calls than in reading their books. Many of us especially the girls have always glued their handsets to their ears all day long. They are always seen either distorting their faces or beaming with smiles or laughing boisterously most of the time as they discuss over the phones. Anyone who is always so engaged has little or no time for reading. Therefore, the existence of GSM phone booths all over our campuses and easily acquisition of handsets by students have helped to distract our students from developing good reading culture. When I’m talking about reading culture here, I’m not talking of just reading your Physics, Chemistry, Zoology, EGL or any of fields

vocabularies. I’m talking about reading beyond the confined context of your fields. Reading historical books, journals, newspapers, classical books, Atlas, encyclopedia among others. The Microsoft talisman, Bill gates, once said he usually read nothing less than 50 books from various fields yearly. In fact, he claimed that what he enjoys most doing at his leisure is reading. No wonder he found himself where he is today. Books are different ideas summarized in a printed form. Go and ask from or about our present and gone great leaders and successful men like Napoleon, Gates, Obama among others about the secret to their giantsride and I’m sure cognitive and varietal reading is the bedrock. I will recommend “NO EXCUSES! by Brian Tracy” to you for a start if you are willing and ready to resuscitate, resurrect, rekindle or start all over the flame of reading in you instead of imbibing in unnecessary, no-value-added discussions. Bamidele Williams Public Affairs Analyst.

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News

Oba of Benin strengthens ties with Kano, Sokoto emirates By Osaigbovo Benin

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he Benin Monarch, Oba Ewuare II has strengthened ties with Kano and Sokoto Emirates on how to make traditional Institutions relevant in administration of the Nigerian state.

The ties will among others also help expand the frontiers of cultural diplomacy with other traditional rulers outside the country, particularly in area of culture and investment. This agreement was reached when the Kano Emir and Chancellor of University of Benin, Muhammad Sanusi II

led members of the Governing Board and Management of the University pay a courtesy call on Oba Ewuare II at his palace. The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, challenged traditional rulers in the country to leverage on their contacts and experience to boost investors’ confidence in Nigeria at the prevailing economic

recession. The Durbar performance at the coronation of Oba Ewuare II in Benin City, which was at the instance of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, according to the later, “was wonderful”. The Oba said: “we must strengthen the values and norms to check the manance in Nigeria

and boost investors’ confidence. I think the traditional institutions can come together to address this”. He also challenged the management of University of Benin to strive hard to always make new breakthrough in order to retain its pride of place globally.

Sokoto establishes agency for girl-child education By Paul Efiong

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s part of renewed efforts to enhance access to education among females in Sokoto, the state government has announced the establishment of an agency girl-child education. Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal made this known during a meeting with officials from the Nigeria Office of UNICEF and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). “The new agency will coordinate all issues related to female education from basic level to tertiary level. Officials of the agency will also interface with local and international stakeholders to properly monitor progress of our girls in schools and what needs to be done to boost enrollment, retention and completion of all girls in schools in Sokoto state. “Importantly, the agency, in close collaboration with other agencies and government departments, will supervise and implement targeted policies aimed at assisting our female students to achieve their potentials,” the Governor was quoted as saying via a statement issued Wednesday by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam in Sokoto. According to him, huge investment has been made to ensure turn around in the fortunes of education in Sokoto, and appealed to development partners, especially the DFID, to expand their areas of intervention in the state. On the school feeding programme which the government plans to introduce, Tambuwal said consultations are still ongoing, with a view to ensure that once introduced, it will be selfsustaining. “We are currently studying the challenges faced by other states, notably Kano and Kaduna, when they introduced the school feeding in public schools. We are working with all our partners to introduce home-grown strategy in its implementation. “As soon as it takes off, we plan

to ensure it is sustained,” he added. In her remarks, DFID’s Education Adviser, Laura Brannelly, commended Tambuwal for declaring state of emergency in education, saying so far, there’s

a coordinated effort to tackle challenges in the sector in the state. She equally urged the Governor to expedite action on the proposed National Summit on

Female Education which Sokoto government plans to organize early next year. Others in the team were Roisin Whille, Teija Vallendigham and UNICEF’s Azuka Menkiti.

L-R: Chartered Accountant, Mr. Tony Oche; Assistant Inspector General of Police Communications, Mr. Pius Imue; Barrister Victor Imue; and  Managing Director, Falak Grand Hotels Abuja , Mr. Akin Falayi;  during the  call to bar ceremony, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

TETFUND to construct infrastructure at new Borno varsity From Mustapha Kwaru, Maiduguri

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he Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) is to construct infrastructure to speed up the growth of the newly approved Borno State University located in Maiduguri. This was the outcome of a visit by Governor Kashim Shettima to headquarters of TETFUND in Abuja. During the visit, Shettima appealed to the agency to offer special

intervention for tertiary institutions in the state as a result of challenges it is being faced which affected all aspects of government expenditures. The Executive Secretary of TETFUND, Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa who was visibly happy with Governor Shettima’s visit and passion for education, noted that the act establishing the fund clearly empowers him to approve funds for infrastructure the moment the National University

Commission, (NUC) approves recognition to a University. According to Dr. Baffa. with the recent recognition granted to the Borno State University by the NUC, the TETFUND is empowered by law to contribute infrastructure to the Borno State University. The executive secretary he will soon lead a team of his officials to Borno State to assess some tertiary institutions affected by Boko Haram insurgency with a

view to determining areas of support from the agency He paid tribute to the governor noting that he was the first to have visited the fund with a strong delegation that included National Assembly members which he described as a strong statement that shows collective approach to the rebuilding process in the state. He described Shettima as a unique leader working hard to attain a very brilliant vision for Borno State.


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Tribunal to Ondo polls: Provide the video evidence you have, commence APC challenges PDP pre-trial T hearing of Edo election Thursday

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he Election Petition Tribunal will commence pre-trial hearing in the case filed by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Osagie IzeIyamu, against Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and two others in Benin on Thursday. The PDP and Mr. IzeIyamu are challenging the declaration of Godwin Obaseki of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winner in the September 28 Edo governorship election by INEC. The petitioners are asking the tribunal to nullify the result and instead declare Mr. Ize-Iyamu as the winner of the said election. But APC and Mr. Obaseki have urged the tribunal to discountenance PDP’s petition and uphold their application which challenged the areas where PDP claimed victory. The tribunal had on October 11, ordered INEC to allow PDP have unhindered access to all electoral materials in the September 28 governorship election in Edo. The order followed an ex-parte motion filed by PDP’s counsel, Kingsley Obamogie. Mr. Obamogie had argued that the motion was in compliance with section 151 of the Electoral Act, 2010 as amended which he relied on. He prayed the court to grant them the order to inspect the INEC materials. The three-member tribunal led by Justice A. Badamasi, on Tuesday, fixed Thursday, December 1 for the commencement of the pre-trial hearing in the petition. The other two members of the tribunal are Justices E. A. Ade Sodun and Adamu Usman. (NAN)

he All Progressives Congress, Ondo State chapter, has denied the claims by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that its members (APC) were inducing voters with money during the just concluded governorship election in the state. The party in a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Steve Otaloro challenged the PDP to provide visual evidence that it actually lured people with money during the poll. Otaloro urged the general public to ignore the story being peddled by the PDP media team which lost the chance of retaining power seat in the state during the Saturday poll. He said, “Our attention has been

drawn to a malicious publication on the internet purporting that one of our party chieftains, Engr. Tunji Light Ariyomo, was sharing money to voters in Ward 2 in Akure South Local Government (LGA) area, Ondo State on Election Day. “As a party, we want it on record that this is a concocted mischief designed originally by the PDP to upset the momentum carried by the APC unto the election day in Akure South LGA by undermining the credibility of one of our frontline leaders in the local government. We are particularly disappointed that some media houses could lend themselves to propagating such outright malicious fabrication even when the PDP noisome accuser in

the video never made such claim. “Everybody in Akure is familiar with the popularity of Engr. Ariyomo among the local folks and the feverish support given to him by the youths. This was what was termed campaigning by the accuser when the chant of IMOLE rented the air upon the arrival of Ariyomo in his ward on that day. Otherwise, it is pure mischief for any sane person to accuse Engr. Ariyomo, an avowed advocate of cashless politics of sharing money for votes. “We have identified the PDP led state government and the PDP spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye, as the sources of this reckless unsubstantiated accusation. The party’s objective was to derail

the election of Saturday where the people of Ondo State freely, fairly and peacefully expressed their preferences. Their smear campaign is evident demonstration of desperation and confusion by minds that faced imminent electoral defeat which has been reflected in the fact that the PDP led government in Ondo State via its ondoTV would later graduate this accusation from canvassing for votes to sharing of money. “As a party, we hereby challenge the PDP led state government, their party and agents to make public the purported video where our party chieftain was sharing money, attempting to share money or canvass for votes.”

L-R: Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Works, Hon. Toby Okechukwu, Chairman, Technical Committee for the Review of Roads Fund Bills , Engr. Chris Okoye, Deputy Chairman, House committee on Works, Hon. AmudaKannike and member of the Committee, Hon. Muhammed Ali Wudil, during the Inaugural meeting of the Technical Committee at the National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

‘PDP’, dead civil servants receive N2b monthly salaries in Plateau – Judicial Commission

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judicial commission of inquiry has said it discovered that the Peoples Democratic Party, retired and deceased civil servants were paid monthly salaries by the state government under the immediate past governor, Jonah Jang. This was revealed by a judicial panel instituted by Governor Simon Lalong to probe financial dealings of the government in the eight years of Mr. Jang’s leadership. The commission also said it found out that about N2 billion meant for salaries of primary school teachers was diverted by Mr. Jang through the ministry. “A civil servant with name of ‘PDP’ was on the payroll of the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB”, collecting N4.5 million monthly until May 29, 2015.” According to PREMIUM TIMES report, the commission stated this on Monday when the statisticiangeneral and salary administrator, Dagyat Pam, appeared before the commission in Jos, the state capital. Mr. Pam was also the

commissioner for the state planning commission under Mr. Jang. The panel said a civil servant, using different names and bank accounts, collected N6.3 million as salary in one month. The commission also said it had “details of retired civil servants and several deceased persons who were still on government payroll and collected salaries that amounted to N17 million until May 29, 2015.” Defending his role as the statistician-general and salary administrator, Mr. Dagyat said he recovered N1.4 billion from fraudulent civil servants in ministries and departments. Earlier, while cross-examining the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Dorcas Din, the commission also said it found out that about N2 billion meant for salaries of primary school teachers was diverted by Mr. Jang through the ministry. Mrs. Din explained to the panel that the former governor issued directives not to pay the teachers on

account of “no work, no pay”. The former permanent secretary claimed that Mr. Jang once directed the ministry to pay N1 billion into the account of the basic education board, to replace money meant for teachers’ salaries earlier used for the payment of counterpart funding of the board. Mrs. Din also told the commission that her ministry paid N252 million to a consulting firm, “GERAM consult”, as VAT and other withholding taxes to be remitted to the Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS. But the commission said it discovered that the said money was never remitted to FIRS. Chairman of the commission, Justice Stephen Adah, said documents obtained from the federal tax agency showed that the ministry was owing FIRS N519 million in unremitted VAT and other taxes. Also testifying before the commission, a retired cashier of the ministry, Rose Domlong, said N2.9 billion was withdrawn on a particular day from the ministry under the directive of her bosses.

Under cross examination, it was revealed that Mrs. Domlong cashed 26 cheques from one bank in one day. Chairman of the commission, Mr. Adah, noted that Mrs. Domlong also withdrew N50 million naira three times from a bank on another day with different cheques. The commission further noted that 37 cheques of not less than N9.9million each were signed by Mrs. Din and cashed by Mrs. Domlong. The former permanent secretary, Mrs. Din, told the commission that all the transactions were duly approved by the governor and other stakeholders and that she only performed her duties as a civil servant. The commission later gave the permanent secretary and the cashier three hours to provide all documentary evidence for the expenditure of the said monies. Chris Hassan, who was the commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs at the time under review, was absent at the sitting.


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Tinubu is priceless political asset to APC – Buhari

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has debunked rumours that he and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), are at loggerheads with the National leader of the Party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. In a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media

and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari said such rumours were unfounded and mischievous. He insisted that he was in constant communication with Tinubu before, during and after the Ondo governorship election last weekend. Buhari hailed Tinubu as a priceless political asset to the

party and said the presidency and APC leadership was not working to destroy the former Governor of Lagos State. The statement read: “President Buhari commended Tinubu’s spirit of comradeship in promptly congratulating Rotimi Akeredolu who was elected Governor. “The President also noted

that at a time his administration is preoccupied with governance issues, rumours of divisions and alleged scheming within the party are counterproductive to internal unity and cohesion in APC.” He also appealed to APC members and supporters to ignore rumours that could harm the ruling party’s unity.

• R-L: Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers, receiving copies of the Employment Compensation Act from the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, during the visit of the Minister to Government House, yesterday in Port Harcourt. Photo: NAN

Rivers re-run: Blackmailing opponents will not help you – APC to Wike

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head of the December 10 legislative re-run in Rivers State, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state has accused the state Governor, Nyesom Wike of blackmailing stakeholders in the election. Reacting to Wike’s claim that the Police was colluding with APC to rig the upcoming election, the party described as ‘baseless and unfortunate’ the governor’s allegations. Wike earlier vowed to release the audio-visuals of the Rivers State Police Commissioner where he was plotting with politicians on the methods to be adopted for the planned rigging of the December 10 rerun elections. But the spokesperson of the state chapter of the party in Rivers, Chris Finebone described Wike’s declaration as ‘cowardly blackmail.’ Wondering why the governor would delay in the presentation of the said incriminating evidence, Finbone said Wike has, “resorted to cheap blackmail to try to continue to portray himself as an electoral strongman having been stripped of the false garment in recent times.” “Fact is that Governor Wike has never embarked on any election without buying over the police and the rest of the security agencies. He has also not engaged in any election without taking firm control of the election umpire and the judiciary. The height of this malfeasance was in the 2015 elections when he

introduced another factor – the use of ex-militants and hoodlums who killed and maimed for him while Gesila Khan’s INEC wrote election results with Wike’s men across Rivers State. “However, as the rerun elections approach, it seems to be dawning on

the governor that times have changed as the security agencies including the Nigeria police are way beyond his corrupting reach,” the statement further read. Stressing that Wike was “merely flying a red herring to divert attention

from his dubious electoral schemes. No one is fooled at all,” the opposition party in the state urged the governor to immediately desist from what it called “present free-for-all blackmailing of critical stakeholders in the December 10 re-run elections.”

Stop posing as PDP National Chairman or go to jail, Makarfi warns Sheriff By Ali Alkali

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he Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Tuesday reiterated that self-acclaimed National Chairman of the party, Sen Ali Modu Sheriff, is not the leader of the party, warning that the former Borno State governor and Senator risks jail terms if he continues to lay claim to PDP chairmanship. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye, the Makarfi’s faction warned Sheriff against posing as the party chairman, saying, “We wish to state categorically that in consonance with Judgment of various Courts, which Ali ModuSheriff and his team of confused travelers have not bothered to appeal, the former Borno State Governor is not the Chairman of our Party, the PDP. His consistent claim to the Office is a continuation of their plans to sustain mayhem in our Party, but nature and fair justice have taken care of his desperation.” “The Courts have spoken, and their pronouncements are binding. However, those who wish to spend the rest of their lives behind prison bars may continue to utter heresy against the Court. “We hope their children would be proud to bear the family names of convicts.” Recall that just last week, Sheriff had insisted that he remains the national leader of the party after the party has been ravaged with leadership crises since the Makarfi’s faction was inaugurated earlier in the year.

Ban IMN nationwide now, protesters tell NASS By Stanley Onyekwere

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rotesters who besieged the National Assembly have urged both chambers to pass resolutions asking the Federal Government to outlaw the Islamic Movement in Nigeria IMN nationwide, over the radicalization of its members by Iran. The protesters, who were received by Sen. Emmanuel Paulker, (Bayelsa central and Chairman Senate committee on petroleum, upstream PDP) and Sen. Yusuf Abubakar (Taraba central APC), expressed concern over the radicalization of Sheikh Zakzaky followers known as Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) by Iran. Addressing the protesters, Sen. Paulker said Nigeria is a secular state, and nobody would be allowed to impose his religion

on others. He assured that the National Assembly will move fast to quickly address the issue. The federal lawmakers have vowed to defend Nigeria’s sovereignty and interest against foreign interference. The Senate gave the assurance when they received members of the Coalition for Good Governance and Change Initiative and other CSOs who led a protest march to the National Assembly. Speaking earlier, National Coordinator of the Governance and Change Initiative, Ogenyi Okpokwu Emmanuel, urged both chambers of the National Assembly to pass resolutions asking the Federal Government to outlaw the IMN nationwide. Ogenyi expressed worry that Nigeria is under threat from the Islamic Republic of Iran, which is flooding the country with the terrorists it has trained and

empowered under the cover of being Shi’a sect members. He said, “These Iranian representatives in the country operate under the name of Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), which has disavowed the secular state prescribed in the constitution. IMN has emphatically declared that it does not recognize the Federal Government of which the National Assembly is the third arm of government.” It would be recalled that recently, IMN members clashed with the police in Kano leading to several deaths. Ogenyi drew the attention of the lawmakers to online video of IMN members performing military drills and practicing combat skills, warning that what the country is dealing with here is not just a band of adherents but several cells of heavily radicalized

youths that have been convinced to see suicide attacks as the path to martyrdom. He said the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the Kaduna State government in the aftermath of last year’s clash between the IMN and the military offered great insight into the true identity of the extremist group. According to him, during the commission’s public hearing Nigerians recounted how they experienced the horrors dispensed by the IMN in Zaria, Kaduna State which was its enclave. Ogenyi said the CSOs will hold daily protests at the premises of the National Assembly if it fails to act fast and do the needful. He, however, expressed confidence that the “National Assembly will act in the interest of their constituents who do not want to be wiped out by IMN fanatics.”


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Mass suspension hits Ondo PDP after election defeat

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he Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ondo State is gearing for another round of crisis as a gale of suspension of some members by the Ahmed Makarfi-faction of the party is witnessing a backlash. PREMIUM TIMES reports that the faction on Tuesday suspended 22 members including the Chairman of the Modu Sheriff faction of the party, Biyi Poroye, and the factional deputy governorship candidate in the governorship election, Ebenezer Alabi, for their involvement in anti-party activities. The other members suspended also belong to the Ali Modu-Sheriff faction of the party, which fielded businessman Jimoh Ibrahim as its candidate for the just concluded Ondo governorship election. But Mr. Poroye described the suspension as a nullity, as those who carried out the suspension did know understand the procedure for suspending members of the party. “By the grace of God I am the authentic chairman of the party in Ondo State, those causing trouble are not true members of the party and do not know the procedure for suspending members,” he said. Also suspended was a former Senator, Omololu Meroyi, former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Bakita Bello, and former Deputy Speaker, Dare Emiola. Others include, former commissioner in governor Olusegun Mimiko’s cabinet, Sola Ebiseni; Johnson Alabi, Olu Ogunye, Olabisi Johnson, Yemi Ajonibode, Musa Megida, Issac Alase and Ademola Gentry. A statement by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Banji Okunomo, which conveyed the suspension of the members, noted that Jimoh Ibrahim was not included in the list of suspended members because he was never a member of the party.

“It will amount to wasted exercise including a non-party member in the suspension list,” Mr. Okunomo said. He said the suspension was in line with Section 57 of the constitution of the party and the powers conferred on the State Working Committee of the party. He said they were suspended from the party “with immediate effect for gross anti- party activities.” Mr. Okunomo said that the suspension became necessary following the judgement of the Court of Appeal which failed to recognised Biyi Poroye-led executive of the party in the state. “By virtue of Court of Appeal judgement, Biyi Poroye did not only seize to be Executive member of the party as claimed but they have also turned out to be ordinary member of the party while the Clement Faboyede led Executive remains the only recognised Executive of the party in the state,” he said.

He however called on the affected members to appear before the disciplinary committee of the party on Monday, by10a.m. at the party Secretariat in Akure. He said the resolution of the SWC of the party was further ratified by the State Executive Committee of the party at a meeting held on Tuesday The list of suspended members also include the former Deputy National youth leader, Deniss Alonge, Yemisi Akinjomiju, Yemisi Alumnae, Ade Adebaore, Adegboruwa Taiwo Omowole Oluwaghehinmi, Gbamila Ogunji, Abiye Ademoyegun and Dare Akinbo But Mr. Poroye expressed disappointment that at a time when the party should be reviewing its failure at the governorship polls to see what went wrong, some members were trying to cause problems within the party. “For the first time, the party is going to the polls in the state and

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is failing to win an election for the governorship seat,” he lamented. “We have set up a committee to review the election and we are going to sanction those who are found to have worked against the party during the election.” He said the verdict of the Appeal Court did not nullify his leadership of the party in the state, arguing that Governor Olusegun Mimiko brought the problems that rocked the party. He accused him of being the cause of the loss suffered by the party in Saturday’s election, by foisting his own will on the party. Also Mr. Alabi, who was chairman of the party just before the return of Mr. Mimiko to the party, said his suspension was a joke. Mr. Alabi said the Mimiko group was transferring the aggression of losing Saturday’s election on some people, warning that he would react better after reading the suspension letter.

Executive Secretary, Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), Mrs. Sharon Ikeazor (middle) Adamawa State Commissioner for Works, Mrs. Lilian Stephen and other officials, during the visit of the PTAD Executive Secretary to the Government House, yesterday in Yola. Photo: NAN

I will not probe Mimiko – Akeredolu

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he Ondo State Governorelect, Rotimi Akeredolu, has said that he will not probe the administration of the soonto-be-leaving governor, Olusegun Mimiko. Akeredolu, who made the

statement in Akure, attributed his victory to the will of God, saying he would rather make sure he deliver on his campaign promises and focus on his mandate rather than probing his predecessor. “What was beyond my

imagination was the magnitude – the number of votes we scored visa-vis what two other contestants scored. I never believed that the margin would be that wide,” he said. Therefore, on the issue of probing the state’s accounts, the

Governor-elect said that this is a venture he would not embark upon. “I don’t believe in probes. What I believe in is that I’ve been given a mandate to govern the state and when I come into office I will face the task.

INEC clears six political parties for Lagos byeelection, four in FCT

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he Independent National Electoral Commission has cleared six political parties and their candidates for the Ifako Ijaiye Federal Constituency of Lagos State byeelection scheduled for December 3. The commission disclosed this in a statement issued by its Secretary, Augusta Ogakwu, on Tuesday in Abuja. The statement also disclosed that four political parties and their candidates were equally cleared for Garki Ward Councillorship of Abuja Municipal Area Council, FCT fixed also for the same day. The parties and candidates cleared to contest the vacant Ifako/Ijaiye seat of Lagos State in the House of Representatives are Akinwunmi Olaitan of the All Progressives Congress and Babatope Akinyele of the Peoples Democratic Party. Others are Ajiboye Olorunnisomo of the Social Democratic Party, Yusuf Fatai of the Action Alliance, Adebayo Akanbi of the Alliance for Democracy and Olugbenga Owolabi of the African Democratic Congress . The seat became vacant following the death of the member who represented the constituency in the house, Adewale Oluwatayo, in July. The candidates and political parties also cleared for the Garki Ward Councillorship, AMAC were Hamza Lima and Danladi Jezhi. Others are Ikechukwu Nwabuaja of the All Progressives Ground Alliance and Sidiku Emmanuel of the National Conscience Party.

Niger Gov. applauds Rep member over constituency projects From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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he Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has said that his administration will continue to identify and partner with any lawmaker that executed projects capable of impacting directly on the lives of the citizens positively. Governor Bello made the disclosure when he received in council the National Assembly member representing, Suleja, Tafa and Gurara federal constituency, Hon. Abubakar Lado Suleja, who presented over N485million for various constituency projects since

he assumed office. He applauded the effort of the lawmaker for his projects so far which has direct bearing on the lives of the ordinary people, especially the youth, while he enjoined other legislators in the state to emulate the kind gesture. The governor added that if similar paths of development are followed by other lawmakers, the problems associated with the present recession experienced will be minimized tremendously. The lawmaker, Hon. Abubakar Lado Suleja, while presenting his scorecard to the Niger State

Executive Council said that he has spent a total of N485,797,000 on various projects, programs and intervention in his constituency. He noted that he has moved a motion that got the house resolution demanding for N30 billion compensation on the issue of 1976 Akinode Aguda panel report committee on the movement of FCT to the Centre, hence over 800 km square of land named Abuja from now Suleja. The legislator added that the committee recommended the establishment of National Youth Development Center, National

Tourism Devt Centre, Federal Medical center and Civil Service Training Institute in Suleja in which non was implemented. He also moved a motion on the need for the completion of Small Earth Dam 1 Lefu and Water Resources in Madalla and Sabon Wuse, Gurara and Tafa Local governments of Niger State. Lado reiterated the commitment to sustain the tempo throughout his tenure at the lower chamber of the national assembly, hence will soon invite the state governor and his team when he will be distributing empowerment materials and

equipments worth over N100 million for the successful applicants. He stressed that he has systematically affected lives in the three local governments he represented in the areas of both foreign and local scholarships, especially in the area of health that they are presently lacking. He further said that his programs were carried out regardless of faith or gender; and they include: infrastructural development of schools, roads, water, rural electrification, subsidies to farmers and skills acquisition and vocational training of over 4,500 applicants.


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CBN to assist Borno in agric development

From Mustapha Maiduguri

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he Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBM) said it will commit resources to the aggressive farming activities in Borno state to replicate the Bank’s intervention in Kebbi and Niger states. The apex bank hinted that it adopted the measure so that the vast fertile land resources in Borno state could be used to boost food security and create wealth. The CBN is also going to contribute funds to develop infrastructure at the Borno State University in line with the Bank’s policies of making interventions on education as part of corporate social responsibility. Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele announced the readiness of the bank to support in reaction to appeal made by Governor Kashim Shettima when he led a delegation to the CBN headquarters in Abuja. Governor Shettima whose delegation comprised Commissioners and members of the technical committee for Borno State University, told the CBN governor that no State in Nigeria deserves critical support as much as Borno given setbacks caused by Boko Haram insurgency. Shettima said he was aware that the CBN has been making interventions in some Universities across the country which he described as highly commendable. He said Borno’s educational sector has suffered serious attacks as result of which drastic measures need to be adopted to salvage education. The governor recalled that during his days at the Zenith Bank, he worked under the CBN Governor who was then the Zenith Bank’s Managing Director. Governor Shettima described himself as a student and son of the CBN governor who now needs his help to put Borno back on the track of development. He thanked the CBN governor for his demonstration of empathy and passion for Borno State over the difficult times.

 Kaduna State Coordinator, Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Mr. Danlami Datti addressing journalists after returning from Kaduna Central Market raiding the fake products from the traders and dealers, yesterday in Kaduna. Photo: BASHI BELLO

Gov. Okowa woos investors to Delta, commissions City Mall From Osakhare Erese Asaba

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elta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has described the speedy completion of the Asaba City Mall as clear signal that the state was investorsfriendly. The governor who disclosed that he laid the foundation stone of the multi-billion naira imposing structure in July, 2015, expressed joy that Deltans have embraced the culture of encouraging investors. According to Governor Okowa who spoke yesterday while commissioning the Asaba City Mall, host to Shoprite, investors from South Africa, Israel, China and other parts of the world have signed memoranda of understanding with government in areas of interest ranging from agriculture, housing, industrial parks, among others. “Delta State is a good place to invest

as the peaceful environment is here; 16 months after I came to lay the foundation stone of this place, the place has been transformed; Deltans are very excited by what they see here today,” the Governor said, stating, “we must continue to provide the enabling environment in this state for investments to thrive for the creation of jobs for the youths, communities and generation of revenue for the state.” “Like I promised at the foundation stone laying ceremony, 20 per cent of the state share of this project will be ceded to the community, I am pleased to note that Asaba as host community encouraged the execution of the project without any sign of disruption”. Governor Okowa said. He noted that with the speed with which the project was completed, more of such projects could be sited in other high population density towns of the state like

Sapele, Agbor, and Ughelli. He said, “I want to congratulate the investors for the completion of this mall in Asaba, I believe that in another two years, more of this malls will be completed in the state; I call on the company to ensure local content in its employment, supply of goods and services and ensure that it executes its corporate social responsibility which is vital for the growth of the company, the community and the state.” The governor used the occasion to thank communities that provided land for investors, disclosing that one of the largest cassava processing companies would commence operation in the state in the nearest future and called for patience among Deltans to enable them benefit from the huge commercial activities that will take place in the state in the year 2017.

Fortis Microfinance bank, partners’ traders, SMEs for wealth creation By Paul Efiong

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he Management of Fortis Microfinance Bank PLC has expressed its readiness to partner with traders and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja and its environs for wealth creation. Addressing traders and business owners in Gudu Ultra Modern Market Abuja the Managing Director of the Bank, Chief Tiko Okoye represented by Executive Director Business Development, Jerome Omare Ogah expressed the willingness of

the bank to empower traders and small and medium enterprises operators in FCT and environs in order to grow their businesses through its specialized banking services targeted at the active poor through Fortis Micro-credit scheme. He assured that Fortis Microfinance bank has been listed at the Nigerian Stock Exchange adding that it is the only bank in Nigeria that have obtained Customer Protection Principle (CPP) certification which implies that it will not charge excessive interest on loan credit facilities. According to him, “some of these informal entrepreneurs are bankable.

Majority of them will remain poor until they are exposed to formal banking and have access to credit, information and capacity building. They constitute the many enterprising Nigerians who make living operating petty trading ventures in the suburbs of the FCT and environs. “It is our belief that our microcredit customers have a latent capacity for entrepreneurship. It enables them to engage in economic activities and be more self-reliant, thereby increasing employment opportunities. We also mentor the groups with the objective of formalizing the traditional community/

village-level culture in a manner that is transparent, accountable and verifiable. He disclosed that “Fortis Micro-credit scheme is created to encourage the women who engage in petty trading and other economic regenerative businesses and have continued to demonstrate capability to utilize micro-credit.” Fielding questions from participants, Okoye explained that the bank is not among the so called ‘wonder banks’ saying that the scheme is designed to be of mutual benefit for all.


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Business NAICOM lists benefits of relocating its inspectorate dept

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he National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) has assured the relocation of its commission’s Inspectorate Department to Lagos Control Office was aimed at benefiting the operators. According to the commission the relocation of its inspectorate department is for better service delivery to over 95 percent of insurance companies made up of underwriters, Brokers and Loss Adjusters based in Lagos. It added that regular inspection of insurance entities to nip any failure on

board, while adding that the move is cost effective. According to the Director, Communications Salami Rasaaq, Lagos being the hub of commercial and economic activities in the country, the exercise will ensure prompt and regular inspection of these insurance firms – Insurance Companies and Brokers. He added with the relocation insurance oprators can easily access the inspectorate instead of coming to Abuja, adding that proximity to operators allows for quick

response time, amongs others. He noted that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has its department of banking supervision in Lagos because most of the banks they inspect and supervise are in Lagos. He added that the relocation was not to witch hurt its staff but rather was conceived during the regime of former Commissioner for Insurance Fola Daniel. He said that the relocation is part of the commission ongoing restructuring exercise aimed at improving efficiency

of the workforce and bringing the Commission closer to the regulated entities for effective insurance industry supervision. He said “the Directorate is saddled with the responsibility of conducting onsite inspection of insurance entities for the Commission.” “The insurance industry operators are expected to take advantage of this proximity to the Inspectors to enjoy quicker and efficient service delivery from the Regulator.

PenCom chides PFAs over redeployment of HoDs without approval

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he National Pension Commission (PenCom) has charged Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) to obtain approval before redeploying Head of Departments from one department to another. The Commission made this known in a circular entitled: “Recruitment of Top Management/Redeployment of Head of Department”, signed by its Head, Surveillance Department, Muhammad Umar. According to Umar, the redeployment of top management staff out of key department without prior approval, has become a source of concern as the skill set required to head different departments may vary. It also urged the operators to file necessary documents such as curriculum vitea, advertisement of vacancy, summary of shortlisted candidates and more.

President Nig Tennis Federation, Engr. Sani Ndanusa and  and representative of Dangote Group, Alh. Danladi Sani Hanga presenting a trophy to the 2016 winner of Dala Hard Court Tennis Tournament which took place at Kano Club.

Go back to work, Finance Ministry orders NAICOM staff

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he Federal Ministry of finance on Monday ordered protesting staffs of National Insurance Commission (NAICOM), under the auspices of the amalgamated Union of public corporations, Civil Service Technical Recreational Services Employment (AUPCTRE) to go back to work. Similarly, the Federal Ministry of Labour also declared that the Affiliation of NAICOM staff union to AUCPTRE illegal. According to the Commission however assured that the office will reopen Tuesday

as staff call off protest. It would be recalled that last week Wednesday the Staff Umion commenced strike.action protecting the relocation of the commission’s inspectorate Department to Lagos Control office, noting that the move was to witch hurt the leadership of the union. Following the protest the commission wrote to the Honorable Minister of Labour and Employment to intervene on the striking workers to end the strike. It added that the industrial action was embarked upon without notice to management and without recourse to the laid down dispute resolution procedure.

The Commission on its part has said that the relocation is part of an ongoing restructuring exercise aimed at improving efficiency of the workforce and bringing the Commission closer to the regulated entities for effective insurance industry supervision. The commission further disclosed that some of the affected staff have been transferred back to abuja on the basis of health ground and marriage. It noted that the Directorate is saddled with the responsibility of conducting onsite inspection of insurance entities for the Commission. It is imperative to note that over

90 percent of insurance operators are headquartered in Lagos being the hub of commercial and economic activities in the country. Thus, this exercise will ensure prompt and regular inspection of these insurance firms – Insurance Companies and Brokers. According to statement released by its Assistant Director Corporate Communication, Rasaaq Salami that the commissioner was at the senate to honour his earlier invitation from the Senate committee on Banking, insurance and other financial institutions on the Commission’s 2016 budget performance.


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Mass housing: FCTA to dole out c-of-o to beneficiaries soon Stories by Onyekwere

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he Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will soon commence the process of giving Certificates of Occupancy (C-Of-O) to individual beneficiaries of houses within Mass Housing Projects in the Territory. According to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello who made this disclosure, landed properties in the Federal Capital Territory must have titled documents to add more value and make them

bankable. Speaking while receiving members of delegation from Shelter Afrique led by its Regional Business Manager / Resident Regional Representative, Mr. Zachary Munene in his office on Monday, Bello stressed that the Certification of landed property in Abuja would fast track development as it would enable investors and real estate financiers get a dependable security for their investments. His words: “the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja needs investments and would do everything possible to provide

an enabling environment for such investments to strive.” He, therefore, directed the Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS) as well as the Department of Land Administration to ensure that all those who have completed processes and paid the necessary fees on their property should have their titles processed and handed over to them in line with approved guidelines. The Minister reiterated that the FCT Administration would continue to positively interface with real estate financiers to ensure that title documents meet their aspirations because

FCT needs genuine investors. Bello called for closer collaboration between the FCT Administration and Shelter Afrique by always verifying the status of any landed property for the organization before any kind of engagement with developers. He emphasized that the FCT Administration considers Shelter Afrique as a credible Pan-African organization that can contribute positively to the housing development landscape of the Territory. Earlier in his remarks, the Regional Business Manager / Resident Regional

Representative of Shelter Afrique, Mr. Zachary Munene revealed that Shelter Afrique is a Pan-African financier in real estate development with bias in Affordable Housing for Africa. Munane remarked that the organization, which has been doing business in Nigeria for the past three years, is poised to assist the Federal Government in its agenda of delivering affordable housing to Nigerians. The FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye and other senior officials of the FCT Administration joined the Minister in receiving the delegation.

• People pushing away a car from the scene of an accident at Chika Bus Stop on the Airport Road, yesterday in Abuja

ANCOPSS makes case for recruitment of more teachers in FCT

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rincipals of secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) under the aegis of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) have called on the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello to recruit more teachers, in order to bridge the widening gap in student enrollment. The group also called on the FCT Administration to establish more secondary schools to meet the geometric demands for admission in both junior and senior secondary schools in the nation’s capital.

President of ANCOPSS, FCT chapter, Malam Mohammed Ladan, who made the call on the occasion of Mandatory Continuing Professional Training Programme (MCPT) for North Central zone, noted that it has become necessary in view of the diet in the teaching profession. In view of the security challenges in most public schools, ANCOPSS tasked the FCT Administration to embark on perimeter fencing of schools yet to be fenced and completion of ongoing projects in some FCT secondary schools. The group, however,

commended the FCT Minister for regular and prompt payment of teacher’s salaries despite the recession, regular promotion of teachers, human capital development through capacity building for teachers and subsidy for feeding of boarding school students in the FCT. Ladan further noted that the annual workshop was organised with the aim of making principals better administrators with a view to improving teaching and learning in public schools, adding that principals are saddled with the responsibilities of coordinating all that makes

teaching and learning possible in the school system. Earlier, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, while commending ANCOPSS for the initiative of training principals of schools, also noted that no nation, desirous of functional growth and development can afford to ignore the education sector. According to him, “it has also been said that no nation can rise above the quality of its teachers. It is therefore stands to reason that for any meaningful growth and development to take place in the country, its teachers

must be kept abreast of the best and latest innovations in their fields. This can only be achieved through constant training and re-training”. The minister who was represented by the Acting Secretary of Education Secretariat, Malam Musa Maikasuwa, also observed that one of the challenges facing the teaching profession is that most teachers are still stuck in the past, due to either laziness or a complete lack of will to improve themselves even when the facilities and opportunities to do so are largely available.


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world news

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Save South Sudan from destroying itself

As this experience has shown, ending the conflict will require more political courage than

analysis By Peter BiarAjak

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e write this piece with a great sense of urgency. South Sudan sits on the brink of a catastrophic collapse that may lead to “ethnic cleansing” or even “genocide”. This is the grim warning the United Nations special adviser on the prevention of genocide, AdamaDieng, gave on November 11 after visiting our country. Since the conflict broke out in December 2013, South Sudanese have been living in a nightmare with no apparent exit. A peace deal, brokered in August 2015 by the International-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an East African regional security organisation, was short-lived. In July, less than three months after forming a government of national unity, the leaders of South Sudan plunged the country back to war. The conflict has led to ethnically targeted mass killings, rapes, torture, forced displacement, destruction of property, and intense suffering. Yet, we fear the worst is yet to come. Women and children targeted in South Sudan

civil war n the recent months, extremely disturbing rhetoric has become commonplace. Leaders of South Sudan, from the various political divides, preach ethnic animosity, revenge, and counter-revenge. Radical youth groups threaten to kill members of other ethnic groups, if they do not leave their regions. As Dieng reported, atrocities are already taking place. Armed elements on both sides are deliberately targeting civilians on ethnic grounds, and resorting to torture and rape as instruments of war. Civilians, including women and children, are being pulled out of buses and cars and killed across the country. The strategies employed by armed groups on both sides have deeply polarised our people, and are accelerating South Sudan’s descent into total anarchy. The United States government, in a draft UN Security Council resolution circulated earlier this week, has proposed arms embargo and targeted sanctions against those inciting ethnic violence. We urge the UN Security Council to adopt this resolution. The proposed measures will help reduce the attractiveness of violence as a strategy for achieving political objectives and push the warring factions,

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and all South Sudanese, to peaceful dialogue. We also call for the immediate deployment of the regional protection force already approved by the UN Security Council in resolution 2304. This force is necessary to create the political space for a dialogue that would lead reconciliation. We suggest that the force’s mandate be expanded to include monitoring, disarming and demobilising any armed group targeting civilians. As South Sudan edges ever closer to a total anarchy, we write to remind the world that it has a responsibility to protect our people and now is the time to exercise such responsibility. Although resolution 2304 was adopted several months ago, South Sudan’s government has dragged its feet and evaded compliance with it with no cost. At the same time, violence

and famine have spread to the entire country and now threaten thousands of lives. As this experience has shown, ending the conflict will require more political courage than simply adopting a UN resolution. As such, we urge the African Union (AU), the UN, and the “troika” of the US, UK, and Norway - the group of countries that midwived the birth of South Sudan in 2011- to show political courage and stand with the people of South Sudan in their gravest hour. We ask them to adopt and vigorously implement this resolution and push for the implementation of the previous one. We further call on the new UN secretary-general to work with the AU and arrange a meeting of the heads of state to discuss the crisis and map out a political strategy to avert

As South Sudan edges ever closer to a total anarchy, we write to remind the world that it has a responsibility to protect our people and now is the time to exercise such responsibility

a humanitarian disaster and economic collapse of epic proportions. Finally, we urge the peace partners to work together and help the people of South Sudan embark on an inclusive political dialogue to discuss the myriad obstacles to peace in the country. As South Sudan edges ever closer to a total anarchy, we write to remind the world that it has a responsibility to protect our people and now is the time to exercise such responsibility. We must act now to avert ethnic cleansing, genocide and a total state collapse in South Sudan. Peter BiarAjak is a senior adviser at International Growth Centre (IGC) on South Sudan and the director of the Centre for Strategic Analysis and Research (C-SAR) based in Juba. KuothWiel is a South Sudanese model, actress, gender and women rights activist, and the founder of Nyaeden Foundation Geoffrey Duke, an activist and researcher with the South Sudan Action Network on Small Arms, and NyamalTudeal, community activist and executive director of Nyaeden Foundation also contributed to this article. The views expressed in this article are the authors’ own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy. Source: Al Jazeera


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News From Africa Uganda: 149 Alleged Rebels Arrested Willy Nyamitwe’s After Assault on Palace shooting: Burundi blames Rwanda

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urundi has accused neighbouring Rwanda of being behind a failed assassination attempt on a top aide of President Pierre Nkurunziza. Police spokesman Pierre Nkurukiye said instructions were sent from Rwanda to plotters in the Burundian military to kill Willy Nyamitwe. A Burundian colonel and two corporals had been arrested, he added. Rwanda has not yet commented on the allegation. It has denied similar allegations in the past. Relations between the two states have deteriorated over the last year. Burundi accuses Rwanda of hosting army officers who plotted a coup against Mr Nkurunziza in May 2015 after he announced he was running for a third presidential term. More than 500 people have died and at least 270,000 have fled the conflict in Burundi. The attack on Mr Nyamitwe, Mr Nkurunziza’s media adviser and chief spokesman, happened near his home in the Kajaga area outside the capital, Bujumbura, on Monday evening, officials said. One of his bodyguards was killed and another injured, while Mr Nyamitwe was slightly wounded on his arm. One of the corporals was arrested in Kajaga, Mr Nkurukiye said. In July, a Burundian MP in the East African parliament, HafsaMossi, was gunned down in Bujumbura in an attack the government said was directed by Rwanda. In a tweet in French, Mr Nyamitwe said he was “doing well” but was mourning the death of his bodyguard. Burundi’s UN ambassador Albert Shingiro said the attack had been carried out by an “axis of evil” that had “cast Burundi into a shadow since 1962” - a reference to violence that followed the country’s independence. Mr Nyamitwe’s brother Alain AimeNyamitwe, who is Burundi’s foreign minister, denounced the shooting as “another vain attempt to disturb republican institutions”. President Nkurunziza won a third term in July 2015 in an election described by the opposition as a “joke” after an attempted coup by army officers failed.

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t least 149 people have been arrested in a restive region of western Uganda where clashes with a tribal militia have killed at least 62 people, a government official said Tuesday as the security forces continued to search the mountainous the area for rebels. Most of those killed or in detention are guards who protected a traditional monarch accused of harboring the rebels in the western Kasese district, a stronghold of the political opposition and near the border with Congo. The king, Charles Wesley Mumbere of the Kingdom of Rwenzururu, is now in detention after his palace was assaulted by the military on Sunday. At least 46 supporters of the king and 16 police have died in the clashes, according to Ugandan police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi. Interior Minister JejeOdongo told reporters Tuesday that weapons, including automatic guns and a cache of crude weapons such as spears and machetes, had been seized following the assault on the palace. The killings underscore tensions between longtime President YoweriMuseveni and influential tribal rulers who are constitutionally recognized but have no real authority or armies of their own. Ahead of presidential polls in February, which were won by Museveni, Mumbere came out in support of the opposition, a move that appeared to violate the traditional leaders’ code of conduct. Museveni lost the popular vote in Kasese, and a month later clashes

Members of the Uganda People’s Defense Force gather in the town of Kasese, Uganda, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. Rights groups on Monday urged Ugandan security forces to show restraint as they crack down on the members of a tribal militia. erupted between the security forces and militiamen who were believed to be loyal to Mumbere. Among the king’s supporters are separatists who hope to create a new republic called Yiira, which would include Mumbere’sBakonzo people and their relatives across the border in Congo. The separatists are accused of printing their own money and even collecting taxes in some parts of the area. In March, amid clashes between Mumbere’s supporters and security officials, Museveni vowed to defeat the separatists, who complain of

marginalization by the central government 340 kilometers (211 miles) away in the capital, Kampala. “There can never be a Yiira Republic,’’ Museveni said at the time. Mumbere denies being the commander of the separatists. Rights groups are urging Ugandan security forces to show restraint. Amnesty International said there were shocking examples of unlawful killings and a complete disregard for human rights during the arrests, and that many victims seem to have been summarily shot dead and their

bodies dumped. Opposition leader KizzaBesigye described the killings as a ``massacre’’ and posted a photo on Twitter purporting to show bodies of victims outside Mumbere’s palace. The attack on the palace shocked many in this East African country that Museveni has ruled since 1986. Although tribal leaders only have ceremonial powers, are revered among their subjects and are influential in their regions. Television footage showed Mumbere being led to a police station as a soldier jerked him by the trousers following the

Somali civilians clash with al-Shabab over tax dispute

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t least 10 people were killed and dozens of others wounded in fighting that erupted over a tax dispute between al-Shabab and armed residents in Somalia’s central state of Galmudug. The clashes on Monday started after al-Shabab members, who control the port town of Harardhere, tried to impose taxes on its residents. Security forces also reportedly backed the locals in clashes with the fighters in Dumaaye village and other areas near Harardhere. The Associated Press quoted resident Ahmed Mohamed as saying 10 people, including six fighters and four residents, were killed in the fighting. The DPA news agency quoted Osman IsseNur, a regional security minister, reporting 30 deaths, including those of 26 al-Shabab fighters. Harardhere’s inhabitants, who are already struggling economically after losing hundreds of livestock in the current drought, dismissed the demand for taxes, leading to fighting between the two sides. DPA also quoted an anonymous

Civilians have rarely resisted al-Shabab, which often carries out executions to impose its authority [Al Jazeera]

senior official as saying locals “took up arms against al-Shabab fighters who want to loot their resources, including livestock”. Villagers ambushed alShabab members travelling near Harardhere on Monday afternoon, and destroyed one armoured vehicle, another resident told AP

on condition of anonymity. He also said fighters burned down homes in Dumaaye. Civilians have rarely resisted al-Shabab, which carries out executions to impose its authority. More than 22,000 peacekeepers are deployed in Somalia in the multinational

African Union force. Despite being ousted from most of its key strongholds in south and central Somalia, alShabab continues to launch deadly guerrilla attacks against the Somali government and African Union forces across large parts of the horn of Africa nation.


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Taliban offers ‘security’ for copper, gas projects

Aleppo Syria battle: UN alarm as 16,000 civilians flee advance

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he Taliban has offered to protect major government projects such as the mining of a big copper deposit and an international natural gas pipeline project to assist the development and prosperity of wartorn Afghanistan. The insurgents have been behind much of the violence over the last 15 years that has frightened off investors, leaving Afghanistan unable to tap its vast natural resources and build the infrastructure necessary to wean itself off foreign aid. The armed group, which calls itself the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, maintains its fight is against foreign military forces and the foreign-backed government, not ordinary Afghans. “The Islamic Emirate not only backs all national projects which are in the interest of the people and result in the development and prosperity of the nation but are also committed to safeguarding them,” the Taliban said in a statement. “The Islamic Emirate directs all its mujahideen to help in the security of all national projects that are in the higher interest of Islam and the country.” The fighters identified the $3bn MesAynak copper deposit in Logar province, near Kabul, as one project they would protect. A Chinese company was awarded the mining contract nine years ago, but has yet to start production because of poor security and a lack of transport infrastructure.

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p to 16,000 civilians have been displaced by the Syrian government’s advance into besieged rebel-held areas of the city of Aleppo, the UN says. Humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said thousands more were likely to flee if the fighting continued to spread and intensify in the coming days. He expressed concern about their fate, calling the situation deeply alarming. Troops and militiamen have retaken more than a third of the rebel-held eastern half of Aleppo since the weekend. Overnight, at least 18 people were killed in government air strikes on the remaining rebel-held areas, including 12 in the Shaar district near the new northern frontline, according to a UK-

based monitoring group. Another 10 died in an air strike in the Bab al-Nairab area on Tuesday morning, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights added. An opposition activist network said a group of displaced civilians had been targeted and it put the death toll at 25. Aleppo was Syria’s largest city and its commercial and industrial hub before the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011. It has been divided in roughly two for the past four years, with the government controlling the west and rebels the east. But in the past year, Syrian troops have broken the deadlock with the help of Iranian-backed Shia Muslim militias and Russian air strikes. In early September they reinstated

a siege of the east, trapping the 275,000 people living there, and launched an all-out assault later that month. Government forces stepped up their offensive two weeks ago and broke through the rebel lines on Saturday. By Monday, they had recaptured the entire northern half of the rebel enclave. “The situation is very bad,” a medic who gave his name as Abu al-Abbas told Reuters news agency on Monday. “There’s intense fear of collective annihilation.” Mr O’Brien said he was “extremely concerned about the fate of civilians as a result of the deeply alarming and chilling situation unfolding in Aleppo”. Media captionEast Aleppo resident says he would rather die than return to government controlled Syria

Treaty in 2017 Amid Right-wing Resistance

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he Swiss government plans to send parliament next year a broad new treaty with the European Union to replace a patchwork of bilateral deals now under strain from immigration, it said on Tuesday, but it faces stiff right-wing resistance. Swiss voters have long been leery of ceding too much power to the 28-nation bloc that surrounds the historically neutral Alpine country and buys most of its exports, and rising EU immigration has stoked fears for Swiss identity and sovereignty. Parliament is due next month to wrap up legislation meant to curb immigration from the EU by giving hiring preference to local people despite criticism this would infringe on the free movement of people, a pillar of EU policy and the price of enhanced Swiss access to the EU single market. Brussels has taken a hard line on free movement of people to avoid encouraging Britain to believe it can obtain special terms as it negotiates its divorce from the EU after a June referendum vote to exit the bloc. The government’s 2017 legislative priorities included its proposal for the new treaty, which is opposed by the

Swiss and Canton of Geneva flags are seen flying on the Mont-Blanc bridge in Geneva, Switzerland, Oct. 11, 2016. Swiss lawmakers plan to submit to government a new broad EU treaty that would replace patchwork of bilateral deals now under strain from immigration. assembly’s biggest faction, the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP). “Such an agreement will enable existing market accessaccords to be maintained and used more efficiently, as well as develop further the bilateral approach and conclude new market

cooperation agreements between Switzerland and the EU,” the federal cabinet said in a statement. These could include accords on financial services and electricity that are missing in the current hodgepodge of around 120 deals.

Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter has said that pushing through a new framework accord is politically impossible in Switzerland at the moment despite EU calls for such a treaty, most recently by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“Intensified ground fighting and indiscriminate aerial bombardment over the past few days in eastern Aleppo city has reportedly killed and injured scores of civilians,” he added. “There are no functioning hospitals left, and official food stocks are practically finished.” At the same time, Mr O’Brien noted, indiscriminate rebel shelling of civilian areas of governmentcontrolled western Aleppo had killed civilians and displaced more than 20,000 in recent weeks. Mr O’Brien said initial reports indicated that up to 16,000 people had fled their homes in eastern Aleppo in the past few days for government- and Kurdish-controlled districts, or other rebel-held areas. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent and local non-governmental organisations were helping the displaced, and the UN was ready to deliver aid to rebelheld Aleppo, he added.

Undocumented immigrants face deportation under Trump

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undreds of thousands of young immigrants living in the United States illegally have willingly come out of the shadows and identified themselves to the Obama administration on the promise that they would be safe from deportation and allowed to work. Some may now regret that decision as President-elect Donald Trump has promised to immediately scrap the programme that protected them. If he does, it is not clear whether he would take action against the more than 741,000 participants of the amnesty programme. But if he decides to pursue them, the government now has their addresses, photographs and fingerprints. Nancy Villas, 20, was among the first to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme in the summer of 2012, waiting in line for hours at a sign-up site at Chicago’s Navy Pier. Since then she has been working part time at a child-care centre to pay for college classes. Now she is worried that she may eventually be forced to return to Mexico, a country she left when she was nine years old. “I knew it was the only way to have better opportunities,” Villas said. “I took the risk without thinking that somebody would want to take it away.” Potential deportations under Trump Trump made illegal immigration the cornerstone of his campaign, promising to build a massive wall along the Mexican border and deport millions of people living in the country illegally. Once he takes office, Trump can almost immediately rescind the promised protection and can probably make the accompanying work permits void.


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Say hello to the 194mph zero emissions hypercar: The NIO EP9 is the fastest electric vehicle round the Nürburgring - but needs a 45 minute charge after that By Rob Hull

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ero to 62mph in 2.7 seconds with zero tailpipe emissions. That’s the promise from Chinese electric car brand NextEV, which has launched a $1.2 million hypercar that’s embarrassed the likes of Ferrari, Mercedes and Pagani with a new lap record around the Nürburgring circuit. Called the EP9, it’s the first model in the NIO brand under the NextEV banner. Just six will be built with a secret British partner and all of them will go to investors in the brand. A Tesla P100D could still claim bragging rights in a straight line, with its 2.5 second 0 to 60mph time (the measure Tesla uses), but the EP9 is likely to beat it in anything other than a drag race. According to NextEV, the EP9 has lapped the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife - a 14.17-mile circuit in the German hills used by carmakers as a test bed for their high performance models - in 7 minutes and 5 seconds, making it the fastest electric car to ever circulate the undulating track. In fact, just four production models have bettered the time: two Radical trackday road cars, a Porsche 918 Spyder and a Lamborghini Aventador SV. The only problem with the EP9 is that it had to run at 80 per cent capacity to complete such a high speed lap, and to recharge the batteries following that it would need a 45 minute charge. he EP9s timed lap was 17 seconds quicker than the previous record posted by an electric-only vehicle - a Toyota EV P002 prototype race car. It was also some way ahead of the best times set by the Audi R8 e-tron (8 minutes 9 seconds) in 2012 and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Electric Drive (7 minutes 52 seconds) in 2013. NextEV has even tested it at the French Paul Ricard circuit where it was only a couple of seconds shy of times set by LMP2 endurance racers. So how has an almost unknown vehicle maker produced such blistering speed? Much of the development has been passed down from NextEV’s Formula E race team that currently competes against Audi, Renault and Mahindra in the

electrified version of F1. Brazilian, Nelson Piquet Junior, son of the three-time F1 title winner and a 28time Formula One race finisher himself, is the number one driver. And the stats are certainly race-car like. From a standing start, the EP9 can hit 62mph in 2.7 seconds. While that’s better than most road-registered models, it’s still a shade slower than a Tesla Model S P100D. But the NIO certainly has Tesla licked on top speed, which is a claimed 194mph. All of this power comes from a 777-volt powertrain that develops 1 Megawatt of thrust. That’s the equivalent of 1,341bhp, which makes it more potent than the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder. It uses two indirectly water-cooled lithium batteries hooked up to four electric motors powering each wheel. Think of it as a 4x4 with jet fighter pace. Just like a Land Rover, it’s both heavy and enormous in size, mainly due to the hefty 635kg battery packs. Despite having a carbon fibre

monocoque and bodywork, the overall weight is 1,735kg - almost 200kg more than a LaFerrari - and the EP9 measures in at more than two metres wide. That’s because the batteries aren’t stored flat under the floor - instead they’re housed in stacks in the door sills to allow for a chassis-length diffuser underneath the car to improve downforce. These battery packs can even be ejected from each side of the car when they’re depleted and replaced with fresh ones in just eight minutes. Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook But how often will this $1.2 million high-performance vehicle need a fix of electricity? According to the spec sheet, it has a 265-mile range and can be fully recharged in just 45 minutes. However, the test driver who conducted the record-breaking lap admitted the car was ran at around 80 per cent of the power capacity to ensure it had enough juice to complete the 14-mile circuit. In the 100 per cent full-pelt setting, the chances are it would top the Nürburgring

time sheets. As well as the car-long tunnel running underneath the EP9, it features an adjustable front splitter and an active rear wing with three different positions depending on how much drag or downforce you want. In the grippiest of settings, a driver can achieve 2.5G in the bends. Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook Inside, it’s a minimal affair: two carbon fibre bucket seats, an F1-shaped steering wheel and four screens displaying lap time, speed and other performance focused information. According to NextEV, the EP9 is British built too - it just won’t reveal who the UK-based partner is who helped craft it. You’re unlikely to see one on the road, but the investors who are handed the keys are being encouraged to take them on track days to boost the brand’s identity. DailyMail on Facebook


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The first leg of the final of the cup, South America’s second most important club competition, was scheduled for Wednesday, but has now been suspended. The match was seen as the biggest in the history of the relatively small club, which entered Brazil’s top division for the first time in 2014. The South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) said it was suspending “all activities”. Chapecoense issued a brief statement saying: “May God be with our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation.” It said it would refrain from any further statements until it had assessed the extent of the crash.

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Later the team’s vice-president, Ivan Tozzo said, “There are a lot of people crying in our city. We could never imagine this. Chapecoense is the biggest reason for joy here.” One of the survivors was confirmed as Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel. Reports suggest that at least two other footballers – goalkeepers Jackson Follman and Marcos Danilo may have survived. Originally six survivors were reported, but police later said one of those rescued had died. The sports network Telemundo Deportes tweeted (in Spanish) that Ruschel was in shock but conscious and talking, and asked to keep his wedding ring and to see his family.

His wife noted that “Thank God Alan is in the hospital. He’s in a stable condition.” The team, from the southern city of Chapeco, was promoted to Brazil’s first division in 2014 and reached the final last week after a victory against Argentina’s San Lorenzo. Medellin’s Mayor Federico Gutierrez described it as “a tragedy of huge proportions”. Conmebol said in a statement that its president, Alejandro Dominguez, was on his way to Medellin. “The Conmebol family greatly regrets what happened. All activities of the confederation are suspended until further notice,” it said.

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hose killed on the flight included 21 journalists travelling with the team for Chapecoense’s Copa Sudamerica finals match against Atléticao in Colombia’s second city, Medellín. The plane was en route from Bolivia to Medellín. A plane carrying 81 people, including a top Brazilian football team, has crashed on its approach to the city of Medellin in Colombia. Police say five people survived the crash but the rest of those on board died. The chartered aircraft, flying from Brazil via Bolivia, was carrying members of the Chapecoense team. The team was due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional.


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Why Nigeria wants to play Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire - NFF The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is shopping to play a friendly against Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire next year because their playing style is similar to the Super Eagles rivals Cameroon. In August 2017, Nigeria will first welcome Cameroon before playing a reverse fixture against the Indomitable Lions a few days later in continuation of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. “Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal are teams who play like Cameroon, and we are priming for our next (World Cup) game against Cameroon,” Pinnick disclosed. “These friendlies are not yet confirmed but they are at an advanced stage of being finalised.” It is understood that the matches against West African foes Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire could be played in the FIFA-friendly window in March in London. The other FIFA-friendly window will be in June, officials said.

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ictor Osimhen’s representative Ariyo Igbayilola has sounded it loud and clear that the Nigeria international is as fit as a fiddle, contrary to speculations in a section of the media that he sustained a serious injury at Wolfsburg training. Wolfsburg will active the preliminary contract Osimhen and his camp signed with the club in January, when he would have attained the age of majority. And the 17-year-old is set to return to Nigeria any moment from now to begin processing his work permit application, which will pave the way for him to begin his professional career. “No, there is nothing wrong with Victor whatsoever. He is fine and ready to go,” Ariyo told africanfootball.com “He has played as many as four friendly matches for Wolfsburg and they in their wisdom have thought it wise to rest the boy. “He will soon be back in Nigeria to work on his papers.” A product of Ultimate Strikers, Osimhen has caps for Nigeria U17, U20 and U23 national teams, and has trained with the Super Eagles.

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he National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is hosting the 12th Nigerian Universities Staff Sports Association (NUSSA) Games slated for the 8th - 16th December, 2016, in Kaduna. The Games, which is aimed at fostering strong social collaboration among participating institutions, will take place simultaneously at the NOUN Campus, Ahmadu Bello Stadium, National Teachers’ Institute and Murtala Square in Kaduna State. The National Chairman of NUSSA, Professor Nebath Tanglang, who also doubles as the Chairman of the local organising committee (LOC), says arrangements have been concluded to host the sporting fiesta. Over 60 universities from both public and private sectors are scheduled to participate, he added. Tanglang, a Professor of Physical and Health Education, disclosed that NOUN, as the host, had ensured provision of adequate and standard facilities for the success of the games. He reiterated that it was necessary for university staff across the country to take time off their busy schedules for recreation and social interaction. A statement by the Director, Media and Publicity of the university, Ibrahim Sheme, stated that the games would feature competition in Football, Swimming, Basketball, Badminton, Chess, Dart and Volleyball. Others are Scrabble, Table Tennis, Swimming, Golf and Draught. It would be recalled that NOUN garnered a total of 18 medals, four gold, three silver, and 11 bronze at the 2014 NUSSA Games hosted by the University of Benin, Edo State.

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THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.UBONG THOMPSON KING 2.UNYIME - IVY UBONG KING 3.CHRISTOPHER ALUTA 4.ARMAH EVERISTUS ANYEBE THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.TO PROVIDE PEOPLE WITH MENTORSHIP CONNECTION TO TOP AFRICAN EXECUTIVE, ENTREPRENEURS AND LEADERS IN THE BID TO MOTIVATE, INFLUENCE AND COACH WITH THE INTENTION TO MAKE A CHANGE IN THEIR LIVES. 2.TO PROVIDE MENTORSHIP PLATFORM THAT HELPS YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN TRANSFORM THEIR ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIORS INTO STRENGTH OF CHARACTER, INTEGRITY, DISCIPLINE AND THREE TIER LEADERSHIP. 3.TO BUILD PEOPLES ACCOUNTABILITY, RESPONSIBILITY , STRENGTH, HONESTY AND COURAGE. 4.TO EDUCATE PEOPLE TO IMBIBE WELL PROVEN PRINCIPLES, VALUES AND FUNDAMENTALS OF SELF, FAMILY AND SOCIETY LEADERSHIP. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : OYEFESO BABATUNDE 08023025288

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES REMAIN THE SAME. ARTICLE 4 (B) OF THE CONSTITUTION: SUCH TRUSTEES (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS. “THE TRUSTEES”) SHALL BE 7 (SEVEN) IN NUMBER TO SUCH TRUSTEES (HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS. “ THE TRUSTEES”) SHALL BE 6 (SIX) IN NUMBER THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES REMAIN THE SAME. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS APPLICATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : OYEFESO BABATUNDE 08023025288


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SEMPERFI CHILD CARE INITIATIVE

BENUE WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE PROGRESSIVE FORUM

CONCERNED EKPOMA INDIGENES SAY NO TO CULTISM INITIATIVE

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED INITIATIVE HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR CHANGE OF TRUSTEES AND AMENDMENT OF CONSTITUTION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE OLD TRUSTEES ARE: 1.IBRAHIM BALOGUN - RETAINED 2.SEYI OLUFADE - RETAINED 3.OLUWALEKE OLATERU OLAJBEGI - REMOVED THE NEW TRUSTEES APPOINTED 1.NNEAMAKA ANYANWU 2.ZAINAB AHMED 3.DORAH MWANYOLO 4.TAMAR NANDOL THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES REMAIN THE SAME. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS APPLICATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY

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BEACON OF HOPE FOR THE HOPELESS EVANGELICAL MINISTRY

The general public is hereby notified that the above named FORUM has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for the registration under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act No. 1 of 1990.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. To empower women in the society. Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of this publication. SIGNED: BARR. EMMANUELLA A. AVAAN 07038928631

The general public is hereby notified that the above named INITIATIVE has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission, Abuja for the registration under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act No. 1 of 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE : 1.BARR. AUSTIN AGBATOR 2.BARR. ERNEST ISIWELE 3.MR. ELIMIHELE OSBORN 4.BARR. LUCKY ESEKHAIGBE 5.HON. SAMSON OGEDEGBE 6.MR. EHICHIOYA ISIMEMEN DAVID THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.To educate Ekpoma Indigenes on the need to say no to cultism. 2.To carter for the general welfare of it members. Any objection to the registration should be forwarded to the Registrar General, Corporate Affairs Commission, Maitama, Abuja, within 28 days of this publication. SIGNED: BARR. EMMANUELLA A. AVAAN Tel: 07038928631

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THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. DR. MRS. VICKY SYLVESTER 2. PROF. KWAKONDU AGBER 3. DR. AYANGEADOO HURYAGBA 4. DR. PHILIP AKPEN 5. BARR. EMMANUELLA AWASHIMA AVAAN

Bartenders Guild of Nigeria

DAUGHTERS OF ALIWE ASSOCIATION

THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1. TO EVANGELIZE THE WORLD AND GIVE HOPE TO THE HOPELESS/ NEEDY. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Olaniyi Ademola Felix 2. Oyira Emmanuel Agbor 3. Godwin Lucky Ekpa 4. Olaniyi Kolade Ebenezer 5. Olabiyi Muideen 6. Mary Abass Yetunde THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. To encourage excellence of work amongst bartenders all over Nigeria: 2. To promote the recognition of bartenders as craftsmen in Nigeria. 3. To organise various cocktail mixing championships at national and international levels to improve bartending skills 4. To promote bartending craft by organising workshops, training, events and demos to improve bartending techniques and knowledge. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : Barrister Adewale Odeleye.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. JANE TERNENGE VICTOR LORPUU 2. MAGDALYNE MBADZENDAN DURA 3. EUGENE ORVIHI-IVASE 4. SAMUEL UNOM 5. NGUNAN ROSE UGANDAN THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1. To encourage the participation of girls/women in governance, economic, social and educational development. 2. To provide entrepreneurship and leadership training for young girls/women and also promote skill acquisition. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY

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SALIMOT MAKANJUOLA BADRU FOUNDATION

ROAD TRAFFIC OFFICERS WELFARE ASSOCIATION

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED MINISTRY HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ENGR (MRS) LILY CHINYELU EZEOKE 2.DR LESLIE NNAMDI EZEOKE 3.ENGR DR MAURICE S. C. EZEOKE

UNIBEN LAW CLASS OF 2000 INITIATIVE

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.ALHAJA SALIMOT MAKANJUOLA BADRU - CHAIRMAN 2.MR. SODIQ BADRU - SECRETARY 3.PROF GANIU OKE 4.CHIEF (MRS) JANET MAUTIN 5.MR. STEVE AGBOYINU THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.A FOUNDATION FOR GIRL CHILD/WOMEN EDUCATION. 2.A FOUNDATION TO EMPOWER GIRLS THROUGH EDUCATION AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT. 3.TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE HIGHER EDUCATION OF GIRL CHILD. 4.TO PROVIDE AND CREATE AWARENESS AND ADVOCACY FOR THE EDUCATION OF WOMEN AND GIRL CHILD IN NIGERIA. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : AGBOEGBULEM ERIC IGBEDION

THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. PRINCE FIDELIS NNADI - NATIONAL PRESIDENT 2. MR BILLY EDWIN FILIBUS - NATIONAL SECRETARY 3. MR SEGUN OBAYENDO - NATIONAL PROJECT CORDINATOR 4. PASTOR BELLA NGOR - NATIONAL WELFARE OFFICER 5. MRS IFEOMA NWODO - NATIONAL FINANCIAL SECRETARY 6. MR PAUL BAPEH - NATIONAL CORDINATOR 7. MR AGBO CLINTON - NATIONAL PUBLICITY SECRETARY 8. ALHAJI ADAMU YAKUBU ADAMU 9. MR RICHIE CHUDI UGWU 10. ISIAKA SADIQ A. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO PROMOTE GRASSROOT EDUCATION ON GOOD GOVERNANCE 2. TO SERVE AS A FORUM SUPPORTING GOOD LEADERSHIP AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT OF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED:BARR. ANTHONY IDANOSI ERUAGA 08065961797

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED INCORPORATED TRUSTEE HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF CAMA NO. 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.MR. NICHOLAS IGWEBUIKE -CHAIRMAN 2.MRS. OMEZI OKUS LAURETTA -VICE- CHAIRMAN 3.MRS. BLESSING AGUORA -SECRETARY 4.MRS. EZUE NNEKA CHIZUBE -TREASURER 5.MR. STANLEY OBASUYI -MEMBER 6.MR. KEMDIRIM DECLAN -MEMBER 7.MR. EMMANUEL JAKPA -MEMBER 8.MR. AMOS OSAIGBOVO ENABULELE -MEMBER 9.MR. STEPHEN IKEZAHU -MEMBER AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO PROVIDE A PLATFORM FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE COMMON INTEREST OF MEMBERS. 2. TO ORGANISE PLATFORMS FOR SHARING OF IDEAS ON HOW TO GET THE COMMITMENT OF MEMBERS TOWARDS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE UNIVERSITY. 3.TO EMBARK ON DEVELOPMENTAL PROJECTS IN THE FACULTY OF LAW OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BENIN AND AWARD SCHOLARSHIP TO DESERVING STUDENTS OF THE FACULTY. 4. TO PROMOTE THE WELFARE OF MEMBERS OF THE ORGANISATION. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMTA, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : STEPHEN IKEZAHU ESQ. 08036930730.

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THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. SOLOMON OKODASO. 2. KINGSLEY EGOLE. 3. MONDAY DELE. 4. EMMANUEL ANYAN 5. ISAAC ERUOMA. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES 1. TO PROTECT THE INTEREST OF MEMBERS. 2. TO ASSIST MEMBERS WHO ARE IN NEED. 3. TO HELP THE LESS PRIVILEGED AND THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMTA, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: MUDIAKALO REMEKALO ESQ. 08030528365

THIS IS TO NOTIFY THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. DR. MOHAMMED YASIR 2. DR. HUSSAINI JIBRIN 3. DR YUSUF ABDULRAZAQ AIM AND OBJECTIVE 1.TO PROMOTE EQAUL RIGHT OF CHILDREN. 2.TO SUPPORT CHILDREN PARTICIPATION IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY. 3.TO ADVOCATE FOR PROTECTION OF CHILDREN RIGHT. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMTA, ABUJA, WITHIN 28 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : STEPHEN IKEZAHU ESQ. 08036930730.

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Vincent Duru Community Church THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CHURCH HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990.

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ARINA HEALTH SUPPORT FOUNDATION...

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED CHURCH HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990.

The Trustees are as follows: 1. Durugbo Ogueri Vincent (Chairman) 2. Durugbo Chinonye Marcellinus (Secretary) 3. Egeolu Edith Obiageri (Treasurer)

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Nkwocha Kingsley Ugochukwu 2. Humphrey Rose Arinachefonya 3. Eenen Charity Ledeebari 4. Nkwocha Anthonia

AIM: Promotion of simplicity, originality and pureness in Christianity.

Aims: to provide free health services for those in need. 2. To organise seminers, conferences , and workshops on good health practices.

Any objection to this notice should be directed to the Registrar General of the Corporate Affairs Commission, Maitama, Abuja within 28 days of the date of this publication.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : Secretary.

Signed Secretary.

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THE PITCHER AND A GLASS FOUNDATION THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MRS ADEJUMOKE IBILOLA AWOLUMATE - PRESIDENT 2. MR SAMUEL EHINMIDUN AWOLUMATE - VICE PRESIDENT 3. JUSTICE BEATRICE ADESUWA OKE-LAWAL - MEMBER 4. PROFESSOR BERNADETTE TOSAN FREGENE - MEMBER. 5. MR BABATUNDE BUSARI - Secretary Aims & Objectives: 1. To cater for the welfare of missionaries and their nuclear families. 2. To provide books and resources that will enhance their Christian growth and equip them for Christian service/ missions. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : Barr Samuel O. Alilionwu .

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BUKOLA OSINUSI FAGBAMIYE FOUNDATION

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Professor Kikelomo Osinusi - chairman 2. Professor Bandele Olajide Osinusi 3. Dr Olukemi Abimbola Adekanmbi - Secretary 4. Engr Oluwatosin Olatokunbo Osinusi 5. Mr. Ayokunle Akintunde Fagbamiye 6. Mr Olanrewaju Akintayo Osinusi 7. Dr Anuoluwapo Olukemi Osinusi 8. Dr Gbolahan Ariyike Oke Aims & Objectives: 1. To provide nutritional support for malnourished children in hospitals as well as in the community. 2. To provide support for orphans and vulnerable children. 3. To provide material and financial support for the treatment of ill children whose management are hampered unavailability of resources. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : Secretary.

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Lifecamp Integrated Development Initiative

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAME HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Ibrahim Salisu Wakili - Chairman. 2. Shehu Usman. 3. Idris Garba. 4. Haruna Musa - Secretary. 5. Mrs Nana Hassan. 6. Mustapha Umar. 7. Abubakar Kure. Aim: To provide charity works, to care for the less privileged in the society. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

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PSALM - A - HUNDRED & FIFTY FOUNDATION

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TUNICE INSPIRATIONAL INITIATIVE

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.TOMBOCHIM PAUL BABA. - Chairman 2. SALMA LENNZEL TOMBOCHIM. - Secretary 3.DR. EMEKA OBUMNEME OKORO. Aims & OBJective: 1.TO DEVELOP POTENTIALS IN INDIVIDUALS THEREBY MAKING THEM CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR SOCIETY ETC. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY

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BUKOLA OSINUSI FAGBAMIYE FOUNDATION

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED INITIATIVE HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MBWIDIFFU PATIENCE IBRAHIM 2. WHALE HOSEA 3. ALPHA SHILONG ISHAKU 4. SARAH IBRAHIM 5. FATI JALO IBRAHIM 6. JUMMAI IBRAHIM 7. ALHERI HAJJA IBRAHIM 8. BINTA IBRAHIM 9. MUSA IBRAHIM 10. MARY HYELASINDA IBRAHIM

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Professor Kikelomo Osinusi - chairman 2. Professor Bandele Olajide Osinusi 3. Dr Olukemi Abimbola Adekanmbi - Secretary 4. Engr Oluwatosin Olatokunbo Osinusi 5. Mr. Ayokunle Akintunde Fagbamiye 6. Mr Olanrewaju Akintayo Osinusi 7. Dr Anuoluwapo Olukemi Osinusi 8. Dr Gbolahan Ariyike Oke

Aims & Objectives: 1. To cater for the less privileged 2. To provide basic amenities to less privileged. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

Aims & Objectives: 1. To provide nutritional support for malnourished children in hospitals as well as in the community. 2. To provide support for orphans and vulnerable children. 3. To provide material and financial support for the treatment of ill children whose management are hampered unavailability of resources. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED : Secretary.

SIGNED : Secretary.

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August Meeting Empowerment Initiative

Biocrops Development Foundation

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR CHANGE OF TRUSTEES, REMOVAL AND ADDITION OF TRUSTEES UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990.

THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED FOUNDATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990.

THE OLD TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Joy Dimanochie. 2. Nkiru Okoroafor. 3. Chidiebere Onyekachi Dimanochie. 4. Amadi Arua.

THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Dr Joseph Odusanya. 2. Dr Frances Ngozi Onyi. 3. Jonathan Robson-Odugbemi.

Aim: To identify and improve woman at their annual August meeting through entrepreneur and scholarships amongst other avenues.

Aim: To protect and preserve the interest of members.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS CHANGE OF TRUSTEES SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : Secretary.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS CHANGE OF TRUSTEES SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : secretary.

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NURUL IKHLAS FOUNDATION

Adezungwen Memorial Foundation.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAME HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. ABUBAKAR FATIMA. 2. ALH IBRAHIM MUHAMMED GHAJI. 3. BAJU AISHATU ABUBAKAR. 4. PROF AREGBESHOLA RAFIU ADEWALE. 5. BUKAR HINDATU.

THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAME HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO 1 OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Rev Isaac Ahangba Koko. 2. Laura Sewuese Koko. 3. Dr Tyonzughul Joseph Orsar. 4. Solomon Aondolumun Awua. 5. Rev Terlumun Faajir.

Aim & Objective: 1. Serving the most vulnerable people by addressing the root causes of poverty and empowering communities through a range of areas.

Aim: To improve the lives of the less privileged people through provision of free qualitative education, health care and human capacity building.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420 TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, P.M.B 198, GARKI ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.

SIGNED: secretary.

SIGNED: Barr Obihan Amaka Udoka-Ezenwa.


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inedine Zidane has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will be rested for Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey clash with Cultural Leonesa in order to ensure he is 100 per cent for Saturday’s Clasico clash with Barcelona. The weekend’s game at Camp Nou offers Madrid the opportunity to open up a nine-point advantage over their bitter rivals at the top of LaLiga. Madrid recorded a 7-1 win at Cultural in the first leg without their star attacker and Coach Zinedine Zidane confirmed he will once again be missing in the return fixture at the Santiago Bernabeu. Wednesday’s game is a chance for Ronaldo to have some rest,” Zidane said at a press conference. Nevertheless, the Madrid coach was adamant that they will not take the match lightly, before confirming that Casemiro will make his comeback after a two-month lay-off due to a fractured leg.

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rsenal is preparing a summer move for Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak but will not meet the Spanish club’s €100 million valuation. T h e S l o v e n i a international has established himself as one of the finest shot-stoppers in European football and has a host of elite clubs watching his situation. Arsene Wenger is a fan of Oblak and has made an approach to Atletico on a number of occasions, with Diego Simeone and Co. unwilling to listen to ‘any’ offer.

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Crude importation from Niger with love

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here is no doubt the President Muhammadu Buhari (PMB) led administration is on a uphill mission against militants who are taking down oil installations in the oil rich South-south. Production and sales volume of crude production has dived to it’s abysmal low, income from sales stalled, with resounding negative implication on the economy. With the global oil price crash, glut, escalating Dollar strength against the Naira and yawning reality of plundered economy, PMB and his lieutenants in the business of managing a challenged economy is indeed a matter that should attract pity. Sadly, some decisions taken by these lieutenants are puerile and without direction. Going to Niger Republic to construct 1000 km pipeline to Kaduna might just appear a bit too extreme a measure regardless of the considerations. Whoever marketed that idea may have done it only to secure interests based mainly on self rather than national growth and developmental imperatives. If the rationale behind the planned construction of 1000km pipeline from Agadem in Niger Republic to Kaduna refinery is premised on the constant pipeline blow ups in the Niger Delta, one would want to forgive the shallow thought around the despicable idea. Our government should be seen scheming possible ways to marshal out plans to overcome uprising within or about its territorial boundaries. It is however interesting to note that the Niger Delta blow ups is not even the remote reason for the idea. According to Ndu Nghamaduon, Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division; “Due to challenges with the aged refinery and crude oil pipelines that had been breached severally, the operations of the refinery

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WEDNEsDAY Column By Israel A. Ebije has been epileptic. This, we are determined to resolve through various intervention methods including evaluation of alternative crude oil supply from Niger Republic through building of a pipelines of over 1, 000 kilometers from Agadem to Kaduna.“ The wisdom behind connecting crude from Niger Republic is still fussy and for now makes no sense to me. Lets assume government is going to trade refined petroleum products for their crude and no cash exchange involved, how long will that kind of agreement last? Has anyone thought of the amount of money the project will gulp in this hard time or what that kind of money will do in strengthening the oil sector? If vandalization and age induced rot has affected the pipelines carrying crude form Escravos- Warri to Kaduna, wouldn’t it be cheaper to fix the pipelines, get security operatives, acquire surveillance drones to secure a hitch free flow of crude in terms of retaining national asset, product ownership than the planned perpetual importation? I am very sure other pipeline routes across the country are in need of repairs, is FG

going to construct new lines from contiguous countries producing crude? About the continuous bombing of oil installations in the Niger Delta, I have opined on several occasions that it is the hand work of past corrupt Nigerians either to distract the present administration or force them to abandon the on going fight against corruption. My take however is that it is time for government to scale up none-violent actions to end the impasse. Sadly, it’s not the bursting of pipelines in parts of the country that has informed the Agadem/Kaduna planned pipeline project. Other factors that may have informed the bombings of oil installations beside corrupt Nigerians is the growing agitations by those renewing the call for sovereign state of Biafra. The most unfortunate reason is the seeming general view of Niger Deltans who believe the North is leeching on the oil producing states. It would have made more sense if government put more effort at exploiting acclaimed oil finds in the Niger/Benue basins. We must wake up to the realization that even the good intentions of PMB alone cannot take Nigeria anywhere

We must think properly to get the ship of nationhood out of the present economic Tsunami. Already we are on economic ring of fire where all manner of disasters keep bashing the already battered economy of a country well endowed with human and natural resources. We must wear our thinking cap to realize that whatever plans with Niger Republic on the crude export can never be like maintaining our own oil installations/facilities

except with the cooperation of people with right thinking mental process to galvanize the economy. We must also realize that continuous hailing under our evolving circumstance can never, has never helped any government. It is indeed time to offer patriotic criticism. It is no longer news that when he removed road blocks we hailed, he replaced same road blocks we hailed. He engaged full Treasury Single Account (TSA) we hailed, economy went from bad to worse on its full implementation among other factors we blamed the PDP. Anti-corruption comments scared foreign investors away, FOREX crashed and we are still hailing and throwing blames around. We must think properly to get the ship of nationhood out of the present economic Tsunami. Already we are on economic ring of fire where all manner of disasters keep bashing the already battered economy of a country well endowed with human and natural resources. We must wear our thinking cap to realize that whatever plans with Niger Republic on the crude export can never be like maintaining our own oil installations/ facilities. Ebije can be reached via: ebijeo5@gmail.com, ebijeisrael@yahoo.com or @ ebijeisrael.com

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