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L R Engr. John Funso-Adebayo, National Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (NIEEE) Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta Executive Vice Chairman/CEO Nigerian Communications Commission NCC, Engr. Morufudeen B. Odetokun, Fellowship Committee Chairman, during Danbatta’s Conferment as a fellow of the Nigerian institute of Electrical and Electronics, at the weekend at the Coronation Hall Kano,  Kano State.

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10 killed, 8 injured in Bauchi fatal crash From Ahmad Bauchi

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0 people has been killed and eight injured in a multiple fatal crash that occurred along Rimin Zayam village along JosBauchi Federal Highway. Public Relations Officer of the Federal Road Safey Bauchi Sector Command, Rilwanu Suleiman

confirmed the accident while speaking with newsmen in Bauchi over the weekend. He said eight people sustained injuries and 10 died in the crash. Rilwanu said “The multiple crash involved two vehicles, a mini-bus Sharon with plate number : MSA 693 AA and a Volkswagen Golf 3, Saloon car with number plate: KMC 27 YJ.

As a result 8 people including 5 males and 3 females were injured while 10 people, 7 males and 3 females were killed.” . He said that the injured victims were taken to Alumma Clinic for medical attention while the corpses were deposited at the Toro General Hospital, adding that the vehicles involved in the accident were equally cleared

from the scene of the crash to allow a free flow of traffic. Rilwanu said that the accident was caused by over speeding and dangerous driving. He warned that motorists must change their attitude towards driving and use of the road. “They must avoid selfishness, impatience and recklessness on the road,” he said.

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Respect laws on environment, Senate warns oil firms

By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu

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he Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) has warned the international oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region of the country to adhere strictly to the nation’s environmental laws while during operations. The Chairman of the Senate panel, Senator Bassey Albert, gave the warning when he led other members on a courtesy visit to

the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel, in Uyo on Friday. Albert, according to a statement by the Committee on Sunday, said Nigeria would no longer condone a situation where IOCs continue to disregard the country’s laws especially as they affected the environment. He said, “The International Oil Companies cannot continue to flout our laws. They need to ensure that whatever they do is in line with the law.”

The Senate Committee was in Uyo as part of its oversight functions for a first-hand assessment of work by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited and its partner, Sterling Global. The NPDC has the mandate of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation to take over OML 13 in Eastern Obolo, in Akwa Ibom State. Albert supported the NPDC arrangement and added that the OML 13 has some of the best

deposits of oil and gas in the country. He noted that Nigeria would gain a lot from it in terms of taxes once it was fully operational. He said, “We stand to gain a lot in terms of taxes, derivatives and the efforts of government in the community will be complemented by virtue of this investment.” The Managing Director of the NPDC, Mansur Sambo who accompanied the Senate Committee to seek support from the Governor on how to deal with

the issues of host communities, said the investment could help Nigeria unlock a tax revenue of $10m with Akwa Ibom earning about N1bn annually. “We are here to get your support so that we can transform the asset from potential to benefits, ” he said. Emmanuel who was represented by his deputy, Moses Frank Ekpo, according to the statement, said the state government has set up a committee to ensure that the IOCs are operating in line with Nigerian laws.

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State Overseer Redeemed Christian Church in Kaduna, Pastor Brown Asegbare (M); Senior Pastor, RCCG Chapel of Greatness Wusono Jaji, Pastor Dele Sonoiki (2nd, L) and Emir of Tribes, Chief Emanuel Eki (2nd, R) cutting the tape during the inauguration of RCCG’s Bore-Hole for Wusono Community yesterday in Jaji, Kaduna State.

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L-R: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege; Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha and others during the 2019 End of Year Thanksgiving Service at the Aso Chapel , yesterday l in Presidential Villa, Abuja . Photo: NAN

SON tasks Ekiti block moulders on standards By Miriam Humbe

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he Standards Organisation of Nigeria has admonished sandcrete block moulders in Ekiti State to endeavor to produce in accordance with the specifications in the Nigeria Industrial Standard NIS 978:2017 to guarantee continuous patronage and expansion of their businesses. This admonition was given by the Director General, Osita Aboloma Esq. at the opening of a workshop for the block moulders in Ado Ekiti. Represented by the Ekiti State Coordinator, Mr. Ayeni Feyisayo, the SON Chief Executive encouraged the Moulders to embrace certification of their products to guarantee the quality of blocks being sold to Consumers as part of their patriotic contributions to the development of the State. According to him, the current menace of building collapse in the country can be attributed to many factors including the quality of materials being deployed in construction, thus the need to ensure certification of all

composite materials for building, including sandcrete blocks. He lamented the fact that less than five percent of blocks on sale in Ekiti State have been duly certified by SON to guarantee their quality, stressing that the figure was alarming for a sector that accounts for about forty percent of the entire industries in the State. Ayeni enthused that the workshop was put together by SON as part of its mandate to educate stakeholders on the need for supervision, continual improvement in quality and certification of all blocks on sale in State to protect Consumers and ensure that they get value for their hard earned money. It was also to address the inconsistencies observed in the production of blocks in the by the SON factory inspection team over a period, he said. The Ekiti State Coordinator charged the leadership of the Sandcrete Block Moulders Association to cooperate with SON in promoting self-regulation amongst its members and warned that the organization would not hesitate to invoke the provisions

of the SON Act on erring Muolders after the moratorium given for all to commence the process of certification of their products. He thanked the Ekiti State Block moulders for attending the workshop in large numbers, which according to him points at their preparedness to embrace regulations in their collective interest and the interest of Ekiti State people in general. In his presentation on “Improved Production and Certification of Quality Blocks in Ekiti State” Engr. Adeoye Onipede emphasized the need for all sandcrete blocks in Nigeria to be certified under the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) for all made in Nigeria products. He enumerated the objectives of MANCAP to include: Compliance to the relevant Nigeria Industrial Standards specificationPromoting quality awareness and wealth creation through reduction in waste during productionPreventing production and sale of substandard and unsafe products to Consumers andEnsuring that Consumers have value for their money while

also guaranteeing safety of lives, properties and the environment In another presentation, Engr. Atozan Stephen Awar described quality as the result of deliberate and sincere efforts, intelligent direction and skillful execution of requirements of a standard which represents a wise choice among many alternatives. According to him, a quality product or service is excellent, presentable, satisfying, efficient, safe, durable, balanced, acceptable and effective in application while a substandard product or service is the opposite. He enjoined all Ekiti State Block Moulders to embrace standardization by commencing the process of certification of their products after the workshop. Responding on behalf of the Block Moulders Association, the Chairman, Chief Akinwande Edward expressed appreciation to SON for its continued guidance in ensuring improvements in production of sandcrete blocks in Ekiti State. He pledged the commitment of the Association leadership to encouraging its members to voluntarily subscribe to certification of their products.

Fire razes 15 shops at Owode-Onirin market in Lagos

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ire on Sunday destroyed 15 shops and damaged other property at the Owode-Oniri Market in Lagos State. The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, Dr.

Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, told the News Agency of Nigeria at the scene that the fire started at 10: 27a.m. NAN reports that a LASEMA team was on hand to put out the fire. The director-general said

that the fire emanated from one of the several lines of shops in the market. “The cause of the fire is still unknown, as there is no power supply within the market. “No life was lost but valuable items were destroyed,

though the spread of fire is being curtailed. “We have counted the shops, about 15 of them were gutted by fire,” Oke-Osanyintolu said. Oke-Osanyintolu said that the fire started from the metal segment of the market, making

traders to call 767/112 channel of the agency. He said that LASEMA coordinated the response to the fire, adding that it got support from the Lagos State Fire Service and market union officials.

Buhari opens COAS conference tomorrow

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resident Muhammadu Buhari is to declare open Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2019 at the International Trade Fair Complex, Zaria Road, Kawo, Kaduna, tomorrow. This was contained in a

statement signed by Acting Director Army Public Relations Colonel Sagir. Musa and made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday The statement added that the Conference which has its theme as “Application of the Cutting Edge of the Nigerian Army in Tackling Contemporary Security

Challenges” will hold from Monday 2 – Friday 6 December 2019. “ The Conference will afford the participants the opportunity to appraise the performance of the Nigerian Army during the year 2019 and also make projections for subsequent year, with a view to repositioning the Nigerian

Army for better performance in the discharge of its constitutional roles. “ Part of the activities lined up for the conference include, a military exhibition of some of the products produced or manufactured by the Nigerian Army, operational briefs by various field commanders and

medical outreach programme in selected communities in Kaduna State. Principal Staff Officers from Army Headquarter, Corps, Formations and Operations Commanders, Commandants of Nigerian Army and Corps Schools among others are expected to be in attendance,” the statement said.


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Gombe govt expresses delight over drop in HIV prevalence

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s the world marks World Aids Day, Governor Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has expressed happiness over the drop in HIV prevalence in the state from 3.4 per cent in 2014 to 1.3 per cent in 2019. Mr Yahaya made this known in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Ismaila Misilli, on Sunday, as part of the governor’s goodwill message to commemorate the day in Gombe. “Today, we celebrate the drop in HIV prevalence in Gombe State, from 3.4 per cent in 2014 to 1.3 per cent in 2019. “This great achievement is a result of our collective hard work and commitment. “Let me appreciate the contributions of our state government’s HIV/AIDS Coordinating organ, GomSACA (Gombe State Agency for the Control of Aids), for its effort in the fight against the scourge,” he said. The governor also acknowledged the contributions of various stakeholders in the fight against the disease, especially donors and implementing partners. He said others who deserved commendation included civil society groups, traditional and religious leaders, health workers and the media among others. Mr Yahaya said his administration remained committed to the optimal control of HIV and achieving the target of ending the epidemic by 2030. He, however, urged all stakeholders to remain focused as the country approached the finish line of this important race against HIV and AIDS. The governor urged all stakeholders not relent as the fight against HIV and AIDS will not be over until Gombe State records zero prevalence.(NAN)

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Shun violence, embrace democratic pathway for change, Presidency replies Gen. Ogomudia By Lawrence Olaoye

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he Presidency has enjoined the people to shun any invitation to violence and embrace democratic means to achieve change in the country. In a reaction to a statement credited to a former Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Alexander Ogomudia (rtd) who submitted that, ‘Nigeria may be restructured violently’, Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shebu, said “This vituperation, coming from a former military Chief speaks volumes about the mindset of groups of citizens who have yet

to accept democracy as a form of government. “It is very important to stress that we as a nation, are a constitutional democracy and changes to the country in structure, its systems, policy and politics must abide by the norms of democracy, otherwise they would be extrajudicial and therefore unconstitutional. “This system has subsisted, uninterrupted, for upward of 20 years and still going, and the country’s law courts, with its armed forces are primed at all times to defend it using all means that are lawful. “The biggest challenge to the country today is not necessarily from perceived

regional or state imbalances or conflicts between the government at the centre and states but from the mindsets and entities rooted in the idea of violence as a means to change. “Such individuals, groups and entities peddling ideologies of violence and hate are closed to the notion of healthy dialogue through popular platforms including elected parliaments, hence only open to violence and destruction as their means. “This administration under President Muhammadu Buhari is strongly of the view that democracy that is selfcorrecting under the laws as we

have is the answer to growing calls for violence and a means to change in the structure, form and content of the union that binds us as one country. Equally important is to deny the General’s assertion that nothing had been done on the unfortunate gruesome murder of Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, a former Chief of Defence Staff. Truth is, the investigation instituted by General Olonisakin, the current Chief of Defence Staff, has led to the arrest of 14 suspects based on their alleged involvement in a report that has been sent to the police and the Nigeria Air Force for further action.”

President Buhari alongside President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Mbasogo and other World Leaders during a Family Photo at the 5th Summit of the Gas Exporting Countries Forum , at the weekend in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

150 cameroonian vigilantes: Ekhomu spoke out of ignorance, Zulum’s spokesman replies By Usman Shuaibu

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t was for his ignorance of current security cooperation amongst states within the Lake Chad Region, that Dr Ona Ekhomu, President, Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria (AISSON) issued press statement criticizing Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum for equipping 150 Cameroonian vigilantes who have joined the fight against Boko in northern part of Borno State, in the shores of the Lake Chad. Zulum’s Special Adviser on public relations and strategy, Malam Isa Gusau, stated this at the weekend in reaction to media publications on Thursday, in which Ekhomu described Zulum’s recent dealing with 150 Cameroonian vigilantes as “a huge mistake” and an illegal disregard for Nigeria’s

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We’re not recruiting ex Boko Haram fighters - DHQ By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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he Defence Headquarters yesterday debunked allegations that the army was recruiting de-radicalised Boko Haram ex-fighters. DHQ made the denial in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by Acting Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu. Nwachukwu described the information being peddled on social media as false and misleading, urging Nigerians to disregard it in its entirety. He said that the claims are bereft of the truth but laced with mediocrity emanating from poorly researched and uninformed position. “Contrary to his claims, no Boko Haram ex-fighter has been recruited into the Nigerian military and no such plan is in the offing. “The de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration programme is a Federal Government programme conducted under the auspices of Operation Safe Corridor as a nonkinetic operation. “Nigeria’s de-radicalization model is a very effective one, targeted at low-risk combatants and has become a classical example in the Lake Chad Basin region and West Africa,” he said. The defence spokesperson further disclosed that over 250 repentant insurgents, who willingly

sovereignty and it’s Army. “I have read reports in at least five newspapers credited to my elder brother, Dr. Ona Ekhomu who said with emphasis that Governor Babagana Umara Zulum acted illegally by equipping 150 cameroonian Vigilantes to join the fight against Boko Haram In Nigeria. He even said the Governor’s decision was a huge mistake in disregard for the Nigerian Army and Nigeria’s sovereignty. I say with no intent to disrespect Dr Ekhomu, that his press statements were based on complete ignorance. First of all, Governor Zulum’s operational arrangements with the 150 Cameroonian vigilantes happened with full involvement of the Nigerian Army’s component in the multinational joint task force, currently fighting Boko Haram in eight regions affected by boko haram attacks

in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic. In fact, it was at the headquarters of 5 Brigade of Nigerian Army in Damasak, headquarters of Mobbar local government area in northern Borno State, that officials of Borno government presented patrol vehicles and other logistics to the Cameroonians last week. Pictures of the events were released to the media and I am surprised that Dr Ekhomu didn’t make effort to get these facts before issuing press statements to criticize that hopefull productive counter terrorism effort. I am attaching pictures of the event here, again. The cameroonian vigilantes are operating in parts of northern Borno located in the shores of the Lake Chad and they are operating under the coordination and command of the Nigerian Army component of the multinational task force.

One of the key benefits of having these vigilantes is the latitude to generate and pass on intelligence from border communities in Cameroon and to also pursue insurgents who occasionally flee from Nigerian territories to border communities in Cameroon where Nigerian troops may be constrained to engage them” Gusau said. The spokesman explained that in addition to the full involvement of the Nigerian Army on the 150 Cameroonian vigilantes, Governor Zulum is member of the Lake Chad Governors Forum in which ”Governors of eight regions of the Lake Chad Basin affected by Boko Haram are involved in crossborder cooperation on security. That Lake Chad Governors Forum (to which Governors of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and their counterparts in five regions of Cameroon, Chad and Niger are

members) was established with the involvement of the United Nation’s Security Council’s committee on counter terrorism and the federal government of all the countries. “The forum’s first meeting took place in Maiduguri in May 2018 and the second meeting held in Niamey, Niger Republic around July, 2019. The main objective of that forum is to ease cross border cooperation in the fight against Boko Haram in the affected countries. I am surprised that Dr Ekhomu, who is a security consultant, is not aware of all these measures set in place in the determined effort to deploy new approaches of fighting the boko haram”, Gusau said. The spokesman, advised persons who speak to the media on security issues to take time to research on subject matters and get the facts before rushing to the press.

abandoned their struggle and surrendered to federal troops, had been de-radicalised, rehabilitated and re-integrated into the society. He explained that Nigeria’s deradicalisation model was in tandem with global standard as being done in Algeria, Colombia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, where persons involved in violent extremism

have been de-radicalised and rehabilitated So far in Nigeria, the deradicalized ex-fighters are doing well in their respective communities, as no adverse report has been recorded against the deradicalized repentant ex-fighters by Operation Safe Corridor’s monitoring unit.

“There has not been a report of molestation or harassment of any sort against them by members of the communities, where they are resettled. “As a matter of verifiable fact, the reintegrated ex-fighters are doing well in their various endeavours and are positively impacting on their respective

communities. “It is also expedient to state, that the Federal Government of Nigeria has continued to prosecute BHT/ISWAP suspects in courts of competent jurisdiction and over 500 terrorists have so far been convicted.”

The President, Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA) and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sunny Echono (middle) I being decorated by the Immediate Past President of Association, Arc. Njoku Festus Adibe (2nd left) while the wife of the President of the Institute, Mrs Ene Echono (left) watches, during the Investiture ceremony of Arc.. Echono as the President of NIA, at the weekend in Abuja.

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Failed $460m Abuja CCTV project: SERAP drags FG to court By Ese Awhotu

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he Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit against Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed over failure to “disclose information and specific documents on the total amount of money paid to contractors from the $460 million loan obtained in 2010 from China to fund the apparently failed Abuja ClosedCircuit Television (CCTV) project, and failure to name the contractors involved and explain why the government has continued to repay the loan.” SERAP said in a statement on Sunday by its Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare that in the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1447/2019 filed last week at the Federal High Court, Abuja, it is seeking “an order for leave to apply for judicial review and an order of mandamus to direct and/or compel the Minister of Finance to disclose the details of local companies and Chinese contractors that have received funds from the $460 million loan for the finance of the failed Abuja CCTV project as well as details of the status of implementation of the project.” SERAP is also seeking “an order of mandamus to direct and compel the Minister of Finance to disclose whether the sum of N1.5 billion Naira paid in 2010 for the failed project meant to construct the headquarters of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) was part of

another loan obtained from China, and to clarify further whether the sum of N1.5 billion Naira mobilsation fee for the construction of the Headquarters of the CCB in Abuja was part of another loan from China.” The suit followed SERAP’s Freedom of Information (FoI) request dated 25 October 2019 to Mrs Ahmed, expressing: “concern that Nigerians are being made to pay for the Chinese loans for failed and abandoned projects, and for which they have not benefited in any way, shape or form.” The suit filed on behalf of SERAP by its lawyers Kolawole Oluwadare, Opeyemi Owolabi and Atinuke Adejuyigbe, reads in part: “Transparency in the spending of Chinese loans is good for everyone, as this would help to increase the effectiveness, legitimacy, and contribution of the loans to the development of public goods and services, and the general public interests.” “The information being requested does not come within the purview of the types of information exempted from disclosure under the Act. The Respondent has no legally justifiable reason for refusing to provide SERAP with the information requested.” “Democracy cannot flourish if governments operate in secrecy. The citizens are entitled to know how the commonwealth is being utilized, managed and administered in a democratic setting.” “By the combined provisions of Sections 1; 2; 3(4); 4; 7(1)&(5);

9; 14(2)(b); 19(2); 20 of the FoI Act, 2011, among other provisions; SERAP’s right of access to information is guaranteed and there is a statutory obligation on the Respondent, being public officer, to proactively keep, organize and maintain all information or records about her ministry’s operations, personnel, activities and other relevant or related information or records in a manner that facilitates public access to such information or record.” “By virtue of Section 4 (a) of the FOI Act when a person makes a request for information from a public official, institution or agency, the public official, institution or agency to whom the application is directed is under a binding legal obligation to provide the applicant with the information requested for, except as otherwise provided by the Act, within 7 days after the application is received.” “The Respondent is an appointee of the President of Nigeria and head of the Ministry of Finance. Her official duties include; collecting and disbursing government revenue, formulating policies on management of the Federal Government’s finance, preparing annual budget and accounts for ministries, departments and agencies and managing federal debt.” The FoI request read in part: “As trustee of public funds, SERAP contends that your Ministry has a legal duty to disclose details of spending on the $460 million Abuja CCTV project and N1.5

billion for the construction of CCB headquarters, to the beneficiaries (Nigerians) of the trust, if and when called upon to do so. Any failure or refusal to provide the information will also be clearly inconsistent with the letter and spirit of the FoI Act.” “Servicing Chinese loans for failed projects is double jeopardy for Nigerians—they can neither see nor benefit from the projects; yet, they are made to pay both the loans and the accrued interests.” “The $460 million loan got for the failed Abuja CCTV project and the N1.5 billion for the construction of CCB headquarters, which may be part of another Chinese loan, may have been mismanaged or stolen, and in any case, remain unaccounted for.” “As a key agency of government, the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning has a sacred duty to ensure that the country’s loans including those obtained from China are transparently and accountably used solely for the purposes for which the loans are obtained, and for the effective development of public goods and services as well as the general public interests.” The suit is seeking the following reliefs: An order granting leave to the Applicant to apply for judicial review and to seek an order of mandamus directing and compelling the Respondent to provide and make available to the Applicant information on the total amount of money paid to

contractors, with specific details of names of companies local contractors involved, from the $460 million loan obtained in 2010 from China by the Federal Government of Nigeria to fund the Abuja Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) contract. An order granting leave to the Applicant to apply for judicial review and to seek an order of Mandamus directing and compelling the Respondent to provide the details of the local companies and Chinese contractors that have received funds from the $460 million loan for the finance of the Abuja CCTV contract as well as details of the status of implementation of the project. An order granting leave to the Applicant to apply for judicial review and to seek an order of Mandamus directing and compelling the Respondent to provide details clarifying whether the sum of N1.5 billion Naira paid in 2010 for the failed contract meant to construct the headquarters of the CCB was part of another loan obtained from China, and to clarify further whether the sum of N1.5 billion Naira mobilsation fee reportedly paid to the contractors for the construction of the Headquarters of the Code of Conduct Bureau in Abuja was part of another loan from China. And gor such further order(s) the Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstances. No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.


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Kaduna begins measles, meningitis immunization From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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aduna State government has commenced measles and meningitis immunization for children of between the ages of 9 months to five years. The Coordinator, Journalists Initiative On Immunization against Polio (JAP),Kaduna State chapter, Mallam Lawal stated this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday. The statement added that the exercise would be conducted in two phases across the state . The statement explained that the immunization exercise would take place in all the primary health facilities schools, churches, markets, designated traditional leaders houses among others, adding that adequate arrangements had been made by the government and its partners to achieve success. “Arrangements have also been concluded to ensure that a mother does not trek more than one kilometer to get her child immunized. “We want to achieve 95 to 100 per cent immunization coverage to ensure total eradication of measles and meningitis in the state. “We called on parents and caregivers to ensure that their children and wards get the measles and meningitis vaccines. “Ensure you take your children for vaccination posts nearest to you, “the vaccination is free, safe and effective,’’ the statement said. The statement also solicited the support of media professional for increased awareness on the exercise to ensure massive turn out for the vaccination.

5 killed, 9 injured in Lagos-Ibadan Expressway accident

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he Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun Command, on Sunday confirmed an accident along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which claimed the lives of five persons and injured nine others. Clement Oladele, the FRSC Sector Commander in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ota, Ogun, that the accident occurred at 9.10 p.m. around Danco Petrol Station, near

Sagamu, on Saturday. Mr Oladele blamed the lone accident, which involved a white Toyota Hiace bus, with registration number LSR 642XB, on speed violation. He said that 14 persons, 10 males and four females, were involved in the crash. “The corpse of the victims have been deposited at the morgue of Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, while the survivors

are also receiving treatment at the same hospital,” the sector commander said. He said the obstruction as a result of the accident had been cleared to ease free flow of traffic on the highway. The sector commander commiserated with the victims’ families and enjoined members of the public, whose relations were involved in the ill-fated crash, to contact the FRSC Command or the OOUTH, Sagamu, for any

information. Mr Oladele also reiterated the need for motorists to drive cautiously within the recommended speed of 50 kilometres per hour at construction sites. He advised passengers to always caution drivers who are in the habit of driving recklessly, and call the FRSC’s toll free number 122, to report any driver who refused to take caution. (NAN)

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state (middle) being presented with the certificate of fellowship of the Federal College of Horticulture, Dadinkowa by the provost, Professor Fatima Sawa (right), and the Registrar,  Mohammed Tukur (left), during the Convocation ceremony of the College,  held in Dadinkowa, at the weekend Gombe state.

Pharmacists introduce new herbal organic tea for malaria treatment From Ahmad Bauchi

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group known as Tradomed Pharmaceuticals has sensitized medical doctors , nurses at the Bauchi State Specialist Hospital on a newly introduced herbal organic tea called Tradomal for treatment of acute , complicated and uncomplicated malaria infections. The medicine is the first herbal organic formulation used in the treatment of malaria. Speaking with reporters yesterday in Bauchi at the end of

the sensitization the Vice Chairman of the Company, Abba Goji said the medicine is used to treat severe malaria or to prevent malaria the medicine have been shown to be effective in geographical regions where resistance to chloroquine has been reported. He said several people died of malaria which forced the group to go on research in order to contribute in nation building by saving the lives of the people. He said the aim of the sensitization is to educate the health care personnel who administered drugs and other

medicine on how best to use the herbal organic tea to treat malaria. Goji said, “The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Health gave the manufacturers of the medicine and endorsement letter for the medicine to be used in all the health facilities in Nigeria and beyond. there is nothing like Tradomal in Nigeria. Both in the category of a herbal-Organic or in the dosage form of tea (also known as Infusion, there is nothing like it. This is the first time in the history of Nigeria that this sort of product is existing and is also given

approval both by NAFDAC and Federal Ministry of Health. He said all medicine came from a plant and manufactured and even this medicine was manufacture from a harp after 15 years of research. Goji said “if you are blessed to have a knowledge or something you can use it for the benefit of humanity and we are worried because of the way Malaria is killing people today in this country and after we introduced to the experts and leaders they were satisfied that was the reason why they allowed us to use their Hospital

facilities to sensitize medical doctors for the use of the medicine as recommended by the State and Federal Ministry of Health.” He expressed satisfaction with the cooperation they have been receiving from the Bauchi State Government and the State Ministry of Health and the medical practitioners in the State. Questions and answers from medical doctors and nurses during the session and the group collected the numbers and emails of the medical personnel to send them more information about the medicine.

Delta: Rainstorm destroys stadium, others in Sapele From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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n unusual rainfall at the weekend wreaked havock in Sapele town in Delta State with several houses submerged and sections of the township stadium roof completely destroyed. Reports said that the rainfall lasted for only thirty minutes as it came with strong and frightening winds that blew off most of the roof at the stadium and deposited sheets

within and outside the stadium premises apart from the hue and cry that greeted owners of houses that were destroyed in the town It was gathered that the rain in the darkest cloud was also accompanied by thunder lightning thus creating fear of the unknown in the entire Sapele town where during the heavy rainy season this year destroyed many houses including properties as well as submerged vehicles that were packed outside

Residents of the affected areas in Sapele town who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity and on telephone, described the rainfall as strange and unusual, adding that it came like a thief to rob and disappeared into the thin air and appealed to the state government to come to their aid. But as at the scene after the incident, the stadium manager who declined interview with journalists in the area, was seen picking the

remains of the roof back to the stadium with the assistance of some hired hands while the contractor that handled the re- roofing of the stadium,Davdan Roofing Technology Limited, said that he was called to re-roof the stadium the last time similar incident occurred and suggested that to forestall future occurrence some structural work should be put in place. The state Commissioner for Special duties, Mr Mofe Pirah in a

swift reaction however thanked God that there was no lost, adding that the state government would look into ways to ensure repairs on the damaged stadium and solution to avert further occurrence, assuring that the state government was determined to reposition the state as it was committed to providing infrastructural developments to Deltans and called on those who erected their buildings to find a lasting solutions to the problem

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Police declare driver missing with company vehicle, goods in Delta From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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peratives of the Delta State Police Command have begun search for a middle aged man identified as Okeke Patrick Tochukwu who was said to have disappeared mysteriously with his company’s properties since last week Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Onome Onovwakpo in a statement she signed and a copy made available to Journalists in Asaba on Friday, stated that the victim before the incident was working with Kessy Table Water located in Asaba upon which he disappeared with the Company’s truck with registration number USL 795 ZC loaded with pure water into an unknown destination. DSP Onome Onovwakpo said that efforts to locate the victim upon report by family members proved abortive, adding that the victim speaks English and Ibo languages as he is dark complexioned Meanwhile, the police have also reported the missing of a 47 year old man,Ugochuku Mbachu in Agbor town, adding that before the incident, the victim resides at DDPA Estate Agbor town as he was initially sick before he left home DSP Onome Onovwakpo,Police Public Relations Officer in the state said that all efforts by his family members to locate his whereabouts has not been successful and appealed to members of the Public to help out if there is any information on how to locate the victim including giving out information to the nearest Police station on his whereabouts. Investigation revealed that in the last few weeks no fewer than twenty persons have been declared missing by Delta police command, many of who are between 46 and 56 years old in mysterious ways. But some persons who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity described as unfortunate and pathetic adding that the frequent missing persons could be informed by ritual activities across the state

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Adamawa kidnapped DPO regains freedom From Umar DankanoYola

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he kidnapped Divisional Police Officer,DPO in charge of Mubi North Local Government Area Divisional Headquarters of Adamawa State, DSP Ahijo Muhammad has been rescued alive and healthy. This development was contained in a press statement issued by the Command’s spokesman,DSP Suleiman

Yahaya Nguroje in Yola weekend saying the Adamawa State Police Operation Puff Ader and Operation Farauta after a serious search in the bush rescued him(DPO) from his abductors. Recall that DSP Muhammad was abducted last week Wednesday along Yola-Mubi road while going back to his station and taken to unknown destination. Subsequently his abductors

demanded for N20 million as ransom for his release, a situation that drew the Command and his immediate family in to panic following a deadline that was issued by the abductors. According to the statement ,the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit has since swung in to action of investigating the matter with a view to apprehending the culprits for prosecution. It is not yet clear whether

money exchanged hands with the abductors as ransom, as unconfirmed report is being speculated that certain undisclosed amount was given to the abductors before his release. Our correspondent reports that issue of kidnapping is taking its toll in the state especially on professors in the tertiary institutions and now taking a new dimension on security personnel.

Bole community cultural troupe celebrating the signing of a peace agreement between farmers and nomads in Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa. The agreement was facilitated by the British Council under its Managing Conflict in Nigeria programme.. Photo: NAN

NDLEA nabs suspect with 1,072 kg of marijuana in Niger

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he National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Niger Command, has arrested one suspect with 1,072 kg of substances suspected to be marijuana in Mokwa Local Government Area of the state. The NDLEA’s Commander in the state, Mrs Sylvia Egwunwoke, made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Saturday.

Egwunwoke said the 56-yearold suspect is from Bangi village in Mariga Local Government Area. Egwunwoke disclosed that the suspect, who had just finished his jailed term on October 8 for a similar offence, was arrested following through intelligence report that the suspect was transporting the prohibited weeds to Sokoto

state. “(The suspect) was arrested by the command last year along Kontagora with 64kg of Indian Hemp and was convicted by a court and served a one-year jail term. ”The command will, however, not relent in curbing the activities of drug peddlers in the state and the nation at large,” she said.

She appealed to members of the public to always report any suspicious activity of drugs peddlers to relevant authorities, to rid the state of drug trafficking and its attendant crises. “We have since reached out to traditional and religious leaders to mobilize residents to give relevant information on those in the illegal business in their midst,” she said.(NAN)

EU, UN Spotlight initiative trains journalists on violence against women From Umar Dankano Yola

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he Nigerian Journalists have been charged to inculcate the culture of investigative reportage with a view to addressing menace of gender based violence (GBV) especially violence against women and girls in our communities. Executive Director, Always

Sisters Foundation for Care and Development, Chika Obiechina drew the challenge at a two days capacity building training organised for northern journalists by European Union (EU) & United Nations,(UN) Spotlight Initiative in Kano weekend stressing that, the synergy between media and Initiative can never be over emphasised.

Obiechina observed that the violence against women and girls is becoming a very disheartening and disturbing phenomenon in our societies which need to be tackled with all seriousness from all ramifications. “Synergy between grassroots CSOs,NGOs and the media for effective advocacy and coordination in the fight against

this rapid spreading monster called violence against women and girls in our domains is highly needed,”Obiechina stressed. She also confirmed that Nigeria found itself in situation where culture and religion tends to entrench factors that give rise to GBV. In her welcome address to

the participants, the Coordinator of the EU/UN Spotlight Initiative,Hajiya Hadiza Dorayi Aminu said that, the Spotlight Initiative has about 5 supporting agencies, which include, UNESCO, UNDP, UN Women, UNICEF and UNFA. With also a tripartite agreement aimed at eliminating all forms of violence against women and girl child.


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News Measles immunization: Nasarawa govt. charges media, stakeholders on public sensitization From Gambo Ahmed, Lafia

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edia organizations, stakeholders in Nasarawa State have been admonished to disseminate adequate information to the public on the significance of the ongoing Men ‘A” and measles immunization across the 13 Local Government Councils of the state for children ranging from 9 months and under 5 years as well as called for parents of the targeted children to fully participate. The Director Social mobilization of the Nasarawa State Primary Health Care Development Agency, NAPHDA Mohammed Abubakar Ibrahim who gave the admonition in his opening remark during a one day sensitization meeting with the stakeholders comprising media, development partners, religion bodies, market women and traditional institutions at the agency conference hall lafia, as the state embarked on a one week measles immunization exercise. According to him, “This meeting is very crucial which is aimed at sensitizing parents, guardians on the imperative of the 2019 integrated Men ‘A’ and measles immunization for children of 9 months and under 5 years effect 30th November to 7th December. I call on parents to avail their children for the exercise. Measles is a deadly disease. Children of 9 months and under 5years are mostly at risk.” He continued, “we deemed it fit that Nasarawa state should be reported to the outside world for the pragmatic Steps taken in tackling measles and other related child diseases annually. We deemed it fit to put Nasarawa state among the front line states in the country. I must commend the agency’s Executive chairman and his Excellency Engineer Abdullahi Sule for taken into cognizance toward ensuring that the exercise is sustained periodically.” In his speech at the event, the Executive Director of the Agency, Dr. Mohammed Addis who was represented by the Director Public Health of the NAPHDA, Dr. Absalom Madawa, commended the development partners for their timely interventions as well as applauded the stakeholders for their effective roles played annually for the exercise to actualize its desired target “Measles is a dangerous disease. Make your children available at government health facilities across the state for the exercise. “We are targeting 95% coverage for the entire state,” he said.

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Buhari mourns Kano businessman, Rabiu By Lawrence Olaoye

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of Kano businessman, Alhaji Tijjani Rabiu, the immediate younger brother of the late tycoon Isyaku Rabiu, as “the fall of another star in the galaxy of commerce and trade in Northern Nigeria.” According to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Mallam Garba Shebu, the

President while reacting to the demise of Tijjani yesterday, the President noted that “the deceased belonged to a business dynasty that has become famous since the birth of modern Nigeria and who has achieved business successes through sheer hard work and determination.” Buhari praised Tijjani for “following the enviable path of his older brother Isyaku Rabiu who remained relevant in a tough competitive environment, despite

the passage of time.” According to the President , “the Rabius are not only a family of accomplished business people, but have also distinguished themselves as notable scholars and industrialists for years and are still going strong.” “Kano is historically an emporium of commerce and trade and members of the Isyaku Rabiu family have played a key role in sustaining this positive reputation of the city for years. “I appeal to our younger

generation of Nigerians to follow this example of pursuing hard work in order to create wealth and prosperity instead of seeking shortcuts to success by fraudulent means”, he further stated. The President extended his condolences to Abdulsamad Rabiu, the Chairman of Bua Group of Companies and other members of the family as well as to the Government and people of Kano State over the passing of Tijjani Rabiu.

. L R: Administrator, National Judicial Institute (NJI), Justice Rosaline Bozimo;Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad; Chairman,Education Committee, Justice Olabode Rhodes Vivour and Justice Kumai Akaahs, at a dinner for All Nigeria Judge’s Conference 2019 in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa 

Lagos-Ibadan Expressway: FG opens Kara Bridge to traffic

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he Federal Government on Sunday opened the Kara Bridge section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to traffic, after completing repair works on a 600-metre stretch, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. NAN reports that the section between Kara Bridge and Isheri Junction inbound Lagos was partially closed on September 2 for reconstruction, resulting in traffic diversion. When a NAN correspondent visited the site, traffic regulatory agencies, law enforcement agencies and officials of Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing were supervising removal of barricades by

construction workers. Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) personnel closed the Kara end of the bridge, using patrol vehicles to lead vehicles into the newly-constructed lane. The FRSC in a slow motorcade took off from the Kara end of the bridge at exactly 10:30 a.m. leading the vehicles on the Lagos-bound carriageway to merge onto the Lagos traffic at the Isheri intersection on the highway. An FRSC Assistant Corps Commander, Taofik Iyanda, expressed satisfaction at the road repair and thanked the federal government and its agencies that carried out the repair.

Mr Iyanda appealed to road users to exercise caution while driving on the highway. “Motorists should not see the road as a racecourse. They should exercise patience on the little segment that has been completed and opened for use. “They should not exceed the specified speed limit. “The road is still under construction and a lot of things will have to be put in place, so they have to be very careful and exercise patience anytime they are plying the road,’’ he advised. He told journalists that the collaboration of traffic management agencies and law enforcement agencies helped to minimise road

accidents and deaths during the repair period. Some motorists and road users, who spoke to NAN, expressed satisfaction and appealed to the government to complete the construction to ease traffic on the highway. The Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, Adedamola Kuti, had in an interview with NAN appealed to road users to observe speed limits to avert crashes. Mr Kuti, while inspecting the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Saturday evening, told NAN that the site cleaning was being completed to prepare for the opening of the road to traffic.

Solidaridad has impacted on small farmer – Dr Ogallah By Ochiaka Ugwu

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olidaridad has greatly impacted on the lives of small holder farmers in Nigeria, Solidaridad Network Senior Climate Specialist for Africa Dr. Samson Samuel Ogallah has said. Dr. Ogallah who made this known in Abuja Friday during the celebration of Solidaridad 50th birthday stated that Solidaridad was founded in 1969 by Catholic bishops in Netherlands and

has transformed lives in five continents it is working presently. Ogallah said they create prosperity through support in agriculture, SMEs in the oil palm sector and the service industry to propel the oil palm sector to achieve self-sufficiency. He said that Solidaridad has identified and selected some SMEs to be supported to develop various business models for the oil palm sector. Continuing, he said that

SWAPP II provides technical services and institutional support for the wide-scale adoption of Best Management Practices (BMP) in the cultivation and milling sub-sectors to the SMES adding that it facilitates access to finance for the establishment and operation of SMEs in farm support services. Ogallah informed that Agro Quorum Enterprise is one of such companies already providing services in the oil palm. He noted that Solidaridad

West Africa is an experienced regional-based, solutionoriented civil society organization that promotes inclusive sustainable development focusing on improving the wellbeing of farmers, miners and their communities in West Africa through the promotion of climate-smart agriculture and partnerships. He noted that their intervention is in cocoa, oil palm, artisanal mining and food security developments.

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Fake news, hate speech bills draconian, have no place in democracy -NGE By Ese Awhotu

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he Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE has expressed concern over the proposed fake news and hate speech bills and drew the attention of both the National Assembly and the Federal Government to the fact that draconian legislations have no place in Nigeria’s democracy. The editors also noted that Nigeria’s dwindling economic fortune had contributed to the distress in the media industry and there was need for the government to overhaul its economic architecture in order to reflate the sagging economy and increase the revenue streams of the nation. This was the fall out of a meeting of the members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors in Sokoto, the Sokoto State capital, from November 27 to December 1, 2019, to deliberate on the theme: A Distressed Media: Impact on Government, Governance and the Society.” A statement by Mustapha Isah President and Mary Atolagbe General Secretary, said the “meeting was a high profile gathering which had the entire cabinet of the Sokoto State government in attendance. The state’s Executive Governor, Rt. Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, declared the event open.” In a communiqué issued at the end of the conference, chaired by the former governor of Ogun State, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, the NGE also canvassed the need for diversification, improved funding, collaboration, specialised journalism education programmes, newsroom re-engineering among other innovations necessary for revenue generation and sustenance of media businesses. The NGE emphasised the need for serious capital injection into the media industry to

overcome under capitalization and dearth of media businesses. It also identified ownership interference as a key factor militating against free operation of the media and therefore advised owners of both public and private media organizations to pay more attention to facilitating the smooth operations of the media as truly business outfits. However, the editors condemned all dictatorial tendencies against the media and stressed the need to collectively fight against all media abuses by non-professionals; and frowned at all attempts to punish conventional media for the wrongs of non-professionals on the social media platforms. NGE called for the release of all detained journalists across the country, stating that democracy thrives better in countries that cherish and promote media freedom. This is as it resolved to set up a committee to prepare for the 50th anniversary of the Nigerian Guild of Editors and come up with a Compendium to showcase its activities since inception. Meanwhile, the NGE ratified the election of Mr. Mustapha Isah as the substantive President of the Guild, following the appointment of Mrs Funke Egbemode as a Commissioner in the State of Osun. NGE commended the government of Sokoto State for the rapid growth and acceleration of infrastructure development across the state, as well as the widespread human capital development programmes in the areas of free education, sponsorship of indigent students regardless of their origin as well as initiatives for improved Medicare for the people. It also expressed its appreciation to the Governor of Sokoto State for hosting and supporting the Guild to have a successful conference.

Uba Sani moves to fix dilapidated structures in KADPOLY From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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he Senator representing Kaduna Central in the Senate, Uba Sani has promised to mobilise resources to fix dilapidated structures at Kaduna Polytechnic . He gave the assertion during the Kadpoly Alumni General Meeting held in Kaduna yesterday. The lawmaker , who is a member of the Alumni Association also said its high time members of the alumni association rose up the challenges of underdevelopment facing the institution. Speaking on the theme : Prospects and Challenges of Alumni Association :A case study of Kaduna Polytechnic Alumni Association, Senator Uba Sani challenged the Alumni members to support the efforts of the current Rector to upgrade and develop the institution.

He however ,decried the dilapidated nature of structure in the polytechnic which calls for urgent and proactive approach. According to him , all members of the Alumni Association must come together to salvage the institution and restore its lost glory. He hinted that efforts was on at the national level to ensure conversion of the Kaduna polytechnic to a university to adequately face the current challenges of science and technology. “As part of my support to educational development, I am currently sponsoring about one hundred students in the college of forestry Kaduna and will continue to do so,” he stated . In his remark, the Rector Kaduna Polytechnic, Professor Idris Bugaje extolled the virtues of the Alumni members of the institution for their unmeasurable contribution to the growth and development of the school in all ramifications.

Federal College of Horticulture DadinKowa graduates 1,354 students From David Hassan, Gombe

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o fewer than 1,354 students from different fields of study graduated at Federal College of Horticulture DadinKowa in Gombe State. Presenting the graduants at the weekend before the visitor during the convocation ceremony President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji MuhamMadu Sabo NaNoNo provost of the college Prof. Fatima Sawa said among the graduating class comprising of 346 Higher National Diploma and 1006 National Diploma. While congratulating the graduating class she said the college was approved and established on the 19th of April 2002 by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo under

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Decree No 35 of June 1975 Act. She said the college since it’s inception has witnessed successes and achievements in academic programme by introducin 14 additional programmes to the 4 initial one that was offered by the college. Prof Sawa in her words: said the college was able to rectify issues that concerning staff promotions, arrears and placements noting that out standing cases will be addressed soon. In remarks, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya pledged government support to work harmoniously with the federal government in ensuring the success of the college. He called on graduating students to engage themselves through skill acquisition programme than hunting for white collar jobs.

AMINU SALEH COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, AZARE BAUCHI STATE Office of the Registrar

1.0 Introduction: The Aminu Saleh College, Azare hereby issued the General Procurement Notice (GPN) to inform reputable, experienced and eligible Contractors, Suppliers and General Public that it would undertake Construction, Renovation and Procurement works as part of the year 2017/2018 (Merged) Annual TETFund Intervention Projects. 2.0 SCOPE OF WORK 2.1 CATEGORY A (CONSTRUCTION) LOT NO. A

PROJECT/TITLE DESCRIPTION Proposed Construction of a Block of Toilet Facility for Students use

2.2 CATEGORY B (RENOVATIONS) LOT N0. B1 B2 B3 B4 B5 B6 B7 B8 B9 B10 B11

PROJECT/TITLE DESCRIPTION Renovation of Sport Complex Renovation of Brig. M. Sani Sami (Twin-Theatre) Renovation of Capt. R. Adisa Raji (SUS-2) Renovation of Wing Comm. J.Y. Kalau (SUS-4) Renovation of Lieutenant Gen. Garba Duba (SUS-5) Renovation of Maj. Chris Abutu Garuba (Examination Hall) Renovation of Colonel Joshua Madaki (SUS-6) Renovation of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (Laboratory) Renovation of Dr. Garba Ibrahim (Lecture Hall) Renovation of HRH (Dr.) Shehu Usman Abubakar (Lecture Complex) Renovation of Multi Media Micro Teaching (Laboratory)

2.3 CATEGORY C (PROCUREMENT) LOT NO. C1 C2 C3

PROJECT/TITLE DESCRIPTION Procurement, Delivery and Commissioning of Lecture Bench, Comprising: 313Nos 3in1 Seat and Desk (Lecture Bench) Procurement, Testing, Delivery and Commissioning of 2Nos. 30KVA Perkins Sound- Proof Diesel Generator Set (Mikano) Procurement, Testing, Delivery, and Commissioning of 1No. Toyota Hilux 4X4 Double Cabin, 2.7 Litres Petrol Engine, Manual Transmission, Central Lock, Keyless Entry, Air-Condition and Stereo Sound System

3.0 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT Prospective Bidders must possess the under-listed requirements to be eligible for these projects. a. Evidence of Certificate of Incorporation with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) Including Forms CAC2 and CAC7; b. Evidence of Company Income’s TAX Clearance Certificate for the last Three (03) Years till 31st December 2019. c. Evidence of Current PENCOM Compliance Certificate Valid till 31st December, 2019 d. Evidence of Current Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate Valid till 31st December, 2019 e. Evidence of Current Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) Compliance Certificate Valid till 31st December, 2019 f. Evidence of registration on the National Database of Federal Contractors, Consultants, and Service Providers by Submission of Interim Registration Report (IRR) expiring on 31st January, 2020 or Valid Certificate Issued by BPP. g. Sworn Affidavit that none of the Directors of the Company have been convicted in any country for any criminal offence including fraud or financial impropriety h. Company’s Audited Account for the last Three Years (3) i.e 2016, 2017 and 2018 i. Evidence of Financial Capability to execute the project by submission of Reference Letter from a reputable Commercial Bank indicating willingness to provide credit facility for the execution of the projects, when needed. j. Company’s profile with Curriculum Vitae of relevant key Staff to be deployed for the project, including copies of their Academic/Professional Qualifications (eg. COREN, ARCON, CORBON, SORCON, QSRBN) k. Verifiable evidence of similar jobs executed, including Letter of Award, and Job Completion Certificates of the projects l. List of Plants/Equipment with Proof of Ownership/ Lease for ‘Works’ m. For Joint Venture/Partnership, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) should be provided (CAC, Tax Clearance Certificate, Pension Compliance Certificate, ITF Compliance Certificate, IRR &Sworn Affidavit are compulsory for each JV Partners. n. All Documents for submission must be transmitted with a Covering/Forwarding Letter under the Company/Firms Letter headed Paper Bearing amongst others, the Registration Number (RC) as issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Contact Address, Telephone Numbers, (preferably GSM Number), duly signed by the authorised officer of the company. o. Evidence of Registration with Aminu Saleh College Education, Azare as Contractor 4.0 COLLECTION OF TENDER DOCUMENTS Interested companies are to collect the Standard

Bidding Document (SBD) from the office of the Director of Works and Services upon evidence of payment of no-refundable fee of Fifty Thousand Naira (N50, 000) per lot, to be paid to the Bursary Department of Aminu Saleh College of Education, Azare Bauchi State. 5.0 SUBMISSION OF BID DOCUMENTS Prospective bidders are to submit bid, for each of the lot desired. One (1) hard copy each of the technical and financial bid packaged separately in sealed envelopes and clearly marked as ‘Technical Bid’ or ‘Financial Bid’: Thereafter, put the two sealed envelopes together in bigger sealed envelope addressed to: The Registrar, Aminu Saleh College of Education, Azare, KLM-3 Potiskum- Maiduguri Road, P.M.B. 044, Azare, Bauchi State. It should also be clearly marked with (the name of the Project and the Lot number). Similarly, the back of each sealed envelope should contain the name and the address of the bidder and drop in the designated Tender Box at the Registrar’s Office not later than 12:00 noon on Monday 13th January, 2019, i.e Six (6) Weeks from the date of this advertisement. 6.0 OPENING OF BID The Technical Bids will be opened immediately after the deadline for submission by 12:00 Noon on Monday 13th January, 2019 the same day in the presence of Bidders/Companies representative. While the Financial Bids will be kept un-opened. Please ensure that you sign the bid submission register as the College will not be held liable for misplaced or wrongly submission. 7.0 GENERAL INFORMATION a. Bids must be in English Language and duly signed by the bidder b. Bids submitted after the deadline for submission would be returned un-opened c. Bidders should not bid for more than two (2) Lots d. All costs will be borne by the bidders e. Only the pre-qualified bidders will be contacted at a later date for financial bid opening, while bids of un-successful bidders will be returned unopened f. Aminu Saleh College of Education, Azare is not bound to pre-qualify any bidder and reserves the right to annul the Procurement process at any time without incurring any liabilities in accordance with the section 28 of the Public Procurement Act 2007. The College reserves the right to verify any claim made by the bidder and shall not be liable to accept the lowest bidder. Note: The Category C (Lot 2&3), only Local Manufacturers or their Accredited Dealer Approved by the National Automotive Design and Development Council are eligible Signed: A. A. Adamu Registrar


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News Expert calls for inclusiveness in peace building process By Ochiaka Ugwu

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here is every need to include all parties while building peace in every community, a peace and conflict resolution expert and Executive Director, Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa (CSDEA), Theophilus Ekpon has said. Ekpon made this known at a one-day workshop on International Dialogue for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (IDPS) and its New Deal for Engagement in Fragile and Conflict Affected States organized by the Centre for Sustainable Development and Education in Africa (CSDEA) in collaboration with the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) in Abuja at the weekend. He stated that the IDPS is a global policy dialogue that was endorsed by over 40 countries in 2012, consisting of three main constituencies which include the g7+ (the umbrella body for governments of the South); the Global Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS) which brings together civil society groups; and the International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF) which brings together the governments of the North. He said the New Deal for Engagement in Conflict Affected States was developed by the IDPS with the recognition that building peaceful states requires long-term efforts and incremental approaches. The New Deal, he said, also sets out five Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goals (PSGs) which include inclusive politics, people’s security, access to justice, economic foundations, revenues management and service delivery. He called on Nigerian government to explore the opportunities provided by the International Dialogue for Peace Building and State Building (IDPS) platform in order to build sustainable peace in the country. Also speaking during the event, the Director General of IPCR, Prof. Bakut Tswah Bakut who was represented by Mr. Andy Nkemneme said the workshop was to educate stakeholders on the need for Nigeria to be a member of the IDPS forum, noting that they have educated Nigerians on IDPS activities. He stressed the need to increase our engagement in peacebuilding as well as statebuilding saying that peace is very central in all life’s activities.

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Poor governance: Aisha Buhari’s comment not targeted at us-Govs By Ese Awhotu

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he Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) yesterday to comments by First Lady Aisha Buhari that things are ‘getting out of hand’ in the country without the governments doing much about it. The governors said they were not the sole target of the first lady’s comments as they are making concerted efforts in their states to lift millions of Nigerians out of poverty. Recall that Aisha Buhari had lampooned the governors saying that Nigerians do not have access to portable water in some states. The First Lady expressed her displeasure at the National Mosque during the National Executive Council meeting of the National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) on Friday. She said, “People cannot afford potable water in this country while we have governors,” she said on Friday at the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) general assembly meeting in Abuja. However, the NGF in response yesterday, through a statement

signed by its spokesperson Abdulrazaque Barkindo, said any interpretation that Mrs Buhari’s comments were targeted as governors was ”incorrect and mischievous.” They said comments by Aisha Buhari, that things are getting out of hand, is an indictment not just of governors, as the reporters would like the general public to believe, but of the nation’s entire political elite. According to the NGF, “Governors are doing their best to lift Nigerians out of misery and Nigerians are beginning to witness an improvement in their standards of living because of the conscious efforts of state governors throughout the country. The nation is replete with remarkable improvements in different facets of public life. “It is therefore incorrect and mischievous to allude to the warning by Mrs Aisha Buhari as only directed at state governors as there is nowhere in the speech where the First Lady referred directly to the governors.” NGF statement reads in part : ”That Aisha Buhari’s rebuke at the National Mosque during

the National Executive Council meeting of the National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) could not have come at a better time. That the nation’s religious leaders have to be told by none other than the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, that things are getting out of hand, is an indictment not just of governors, as the reporters would like the general public to believe, but of the nation’s entire political elite. “Unfortunately, the haste to paint state governors with one brush or the race to hit the front pages in this case, destroyed the message that the First Lady seeks to convey. Mrs. Buhari was sermonizing on anyone in a position of power or authority to fear Allah in whatever they do because, according to her, as it is said in the scriptures, everybody would eventually account for his deeds before the Almighty God. “To insinuate, therefore, that the First Lady was referring to Governors when she said, “People cannot afford potable water in this country while we have governors,” erroneously suggests that only State Governors would meet God on the day of judgment.

“It was in the same breath that she said, “We should either fasten our seatbelt (meaning tighten our belts) or do the needful or we will all regret it very soon because, at the rate, things are going, things are getting completely out of hand. The VP (Yemi Osinbajo) is here, some ministers are here, they are supposed to do justice to the situation.” “How the reporters at the occasion conveniently forgot the above part of the speech and singled out governors in passing the message, therefore, remains a mystery. “Governors are doing their best to lift Nigerians out of misery and Nigerians are beginning to witness an improvement in their standards of living because of the conscious efforts of State Governors throughout the country. The nation is replete with remarkable improvements in different facets of public life. “It is therefore incorrect and mischievous to allude to the warning by Mrs. Aisha Buhari as only directed at state governors as there is nowhere in the speech where the First Lady referred directly to the governors.”

Cross-section of First Class Law School Graduates led by Hauwa Abikan (L), during the 2019 Call to Bar, recently at the Nigerian Law School Bwari Abuja .

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Scholarship: 50 of 200 sponsored Zamfara students depart for Sudan tomorrow From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

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overnor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has announced the conclusion of arrangements to airlift 50 out of the 200 students sponsored to study abroad being 1st batch to Sudan tomorrow (Tuesday). Matawalle, who was

represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), in his farewell address to the 200 sponsored students, warned the departing students to be good ambassadors of the state and the nation during their stay in their hosting countries. “This is the first time in the history that, Zamfara State government under my leadership

has sponsored 200 indigenous students to study abroad at the cost 438 million naira which will be witnessed annually during my stay as the state Governor. “You are selected from across the 14 local government areas of the state base on merit, and there was nothing like politics in the criteria used that guided the selection process, you will

study 12 courses amongst which were medicine and para-medical, engineering and other sciences courses.” Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Scholarship and Students Matters, Luqman Bisalla Majidadi, assured that the selection process followed due process and not based on family wealthy background.

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EDITORIAL

A stitch in time saves nine

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he African Development (23% in 2018), with another 20% Bank (AfDB), penultimate of the labor force underemployed.” week, warned that Nigeria’s The National Bureau of Statistics’ youth unemployment situation was latest report said Nigeria has some “frightening” and could become of the highest unemployment and “catastrophic” if “decent jobs” underemployment rates in Africa, were not created for the country’s put respectively at 23.1 per cent youth population. It raised and 20.1 per cent. this alarm during the regional presentation of a report ‘Creating It is true that Nigeria’s decent jobs: Strategies, policies bludgeoning unemployed youth and instruments’ in Abuja.The population is its soft underbelly report, a compilation of that the nation’s policy recommendations enemies like from some of the Boko Haram have world’s leading labour discovered and are and development attacking. Their foot It is true that economists, also looked soldiers are drawn Nigeria’s at the unemployment from this large pool situation in different bludgeoning of idle hands that are African countries. ready for hire.

unemployed youth population is its soft underbelly that the nation’s enemies like Boko Haram have discovered and are attacking

AfDB’s Senior Director, Nigeria Country Department, Mr. Ebrima Faal, in an address, said Africa was facing a job crisis, with the African Economic Outlook estimating that 20 million new jobs needed to be created annually until 2030 to absorb new entrants to the workforce. On Nigeria, he noted that the situation was frightening due to the country’s growing population. Only the creation of decent jobs for the nation’s fast growing youth population would prevent the situation from turning into a catastrophe, he said. He warned that if the trend was maintained, youth population in Nigeria would exceed 130 million by 2063, needing decent jobs to forestall a catastrophe. The World Bank also has shown some concern over the Nigerian unemployment situation. It said recently that “employment creation remains weak and insufficient to absorb the fast-growing labor force, resulting in high rate of unemployment OUR MISSION

The government is aware of the enormity of the problem. The fact that the World Bank and AfDB whose president is a Nigerian have beamed the searchlight on it stresses the urgency of a workable solution. Mr. Faal described President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan to create 100 million jobs within 10 years as timely, but advised that “bold political will” and sustainable policy efforts would be required to realise the plan. With elections over and the Supreme Court last week affirming his reelection, Buhari has the whole of his next 4 years to deepen his government’s social investment platform that aims to put millions of idle youth in gainful employment. The political will that Faal referred to should not be difficult for the President to find. He will not be distracted by the 2023 polls because he won’t be a candidate. His second and last term ends that same year.

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Letter to the Editor

Obaseki’s job rating, re-election bid

By Sufuyan Ojeifo

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he title of this piece draws from James Carville’s famous quip: “The economy, stupid.” Carville was Bill Clinton’s campaign strategist in the successful 1992 presidential campaign that culminated in President George Herbert Walker Bush’s defeat. The phrase, reportedly, was for the internal audience of Clinton’s campaign workers as one of the three messages to focus on. The other two messages were “Change vs. more of the same” and “Don’t forget health care”. The quip later morphed into a de facto slogan for the Clinton campaign. As a guidebook, the Carville paradigm is apt in the context of the electioneering for the 2020 governorship poll in Edo State. About a year to the presidential election in 1992, just as it is about a year to the governorship poll in Edo in 2020, the job performance rating of Bush on the economy had gone down; just as Governor Godwin Obaseki’s rating on governance generally has suffered a worse dip. That scenario in the US became electorally fatal for Bush. Whereas incumbent Bush, as of right, became the standard bearer of his Republican Party in the presidential election, Obaseki faces the uphill task of clinching the nomination of his All Progressives Congress (APC) in next year’s governorship election. Apparently in the eye of a storm, Obaseki, arguably, does not look good to clinch the APC ticket. Even though, his problem would appear to be circumscribed within the APC; yet externally - talking about the wider Edo audience - he has an existential crisis of appeal and validation in daily striving to truthfully situate his performance within the context of his moniker: “Wake and see Governor.” But rather than focus on governance, Obaseki seems to have pandered to the allure of office goodies in the unnecessary battle to wrest the APC machinery in Edo from the control of his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the man who, virtually, single-handed, ensured his emergence as governor, against all odds. A smart politician who enjoys the benefits of good advice and strategy would not have taken Obaseki’s path in his first term. He should have waited till the second term to contemplate building his own structure or frontally challenging the structure that produced him as governor, if he considers the option necessary. The motivation behind Obaseki’s ill-timed gambit is blurry. Had he learnt from the recent political history of Edo, he would have been more circumspect. The attempt by a former governor of the state on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Professor Oserhiemen Osunbor, to dismantle the structure of his godfather, Chief Tony Anenih, and build his own, largely cost him the governorship. Perhaps, Obaseki might have thought that he could confront and neutralize Oshiomhole in the politics of Edo APC. He might just have been able to do that if Oshiomhole had not emerged as national chair of the APC. Therefore, curiously drawn to challenge his benefactor, Obaseki has become largely distracted in the festering battle for survival. Instead of focusing on developing infrastructure and building a political brand in his first term, he, just as Osunbor, embarked on a self-immolating voyage. Whereas Osunbor enjoyed the backing of another political godfather, Samuel Ogbemudia, against Anenih who had a firmer grip on the party structure, Obaseki cannot be said to enjoy the backing of politicians of the clout of the late Anenih and Ogbemudia in the APC. Thus, feeding his desperation to upend the suzerainty of Oshiomhole over the APC structure in Edo lacks the requisite footing. As it is, Obaseki has chosen intrigues over rapid infrastructure development and opted to challenge the superintendence by his former boss over the political wing of the APC administration in Edo. To be sure, that superintendence was in accordance with some original arrangements. Significantly, up until he threw down the gauntlet, Obaseki’s job performance had been uninspiring. However, to be fair to him, the embattled governor had, indeed, delivered, anyhow, the Iriri-Sapele road project; his other proposed projects that had benefited from huge budgetary allocations and expenditures have been, at best, midstream. It is against this backdrop that the governor’s desperate and unruly exertions to secure a second term and preserve his political future amount to misplacement of priorities. Prioritising political schisms over service delivery is a strategic misstep. There is no more time for Obaseki to

refocus. He has murdered sleep and will not sleep until the primary and the governorship election have been done with. Whichever platform he chooses to contest after the APC may have shut him out of its ticket; it is significant to consider the thrust of his campaign messages.

What messages will Obaseki sell to the people about his job performance to validate his claim to a second governorship term? What records of achievements will he flaunt? Whereas, about the third year into Oshiomole’s first term as governor, it was clear he would get a second term on the basis of the several infrastructure projects executed across the state. Obaseki’s “wake and see governor” moniker hinged on the pretext of his self-acclaimed development strides is a charade. His series of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with foreign and local bodies, for which the opposition PDP has dubbed him as “MoU governor” amount to scams. Indeed, Obaseki could have synergized with his predecessor to build on his legacies and, thereby, cut a niche for himself as a loyal successor who kept fidelity to the mantra of continuity - the reason Oshiomhole handed over power to him. There would not have been crises in the Edo State chapter of the APC had Obaseki acted wisely. His failed promises also rubbed off negatively on his job performance rating. For instance, Obaseki said he was going to build the Gelegele Port, for which he raised the hope of the royalty and the hoi-polloi alike. He has been voting money to the project. The administration brought a Chinese company that has been doing soil testing for close to three years that had cost the state multi-billion naira, according to feelers. It is feared the billions had become sunk cost on the zero-prospect project. Also, instead of operating the five-star Central Hospital that Oshiomhole built, he had initially abandoned it ostensibly out of political bile in a futile attempt to misrepresent the Oshiomhole persona. Obaseki resorted to unconscionable demonisation of Oshiomhole. Whereas, it would not have cost the administration up to 20 percent of the contract cost to keep the hospital running, Obaseki had scoffed at the populist project until recently when the administration began to run the hospital through some hazy private arrangement. He had also abandoned the Benin Storm Water Master Plan and the critical projects within the plan as conceptualized by the Oshiomhole administration to address the menace of flooding in Benin City. Ensuring de-silting of the drainages, a subset of the significant floodcontrol project, would have guaranteed free flow of flood water but he chose to do otherwise. To boot, he had reportedly sacked his Commissioner of Health, Dr. David Osifo, because he did not play along with him on the plan to indict Oshiomhole and his administration in the initial probe by proxy of the Central Hospital project: through the fifth State House of Assembly. The governor had just recently appointed Dr. Patrick Okundia to replace Osifo. He had also threatened to probe the Benin Storm Water Master Plan in which he; his SSG, Osarodion Ogie; the suspended State Chairman of the APC, Anselm Ojezua; and, Frank Evbuomwan, among others, were involved in the conceptualisation and execution of some linkage projects either as Chair of the State Economic and Strategy Team or Commissioners in the ministries of works and environment under Oshiomhole. Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, minister of state for budget and national planning, was also a Commissioner of Environment and Public Utilities under the administration. Obaseki must be contemplating some possible collateral damage. Interestingly, the shape and texture of electioneering for next year’s governorship contest in Edo State appear to be defining themselves. Edo’s political terrain will be a market place to sell and de-market governorship candidates. From all indications, Obaseki may have to strive hard to validate his aspiration for a second term on any platform he can secure. That is how the cookie crumbles, having fouled the political atmosphere of Edo with his odious governance style. The critical mass and members of the elite class who are intent on stopping him are more likely to focus on the adversarial campaign about the his perceived poor job performance rating that recommends his electoral defeat and political retirement. Ojeifo contributed this piece from Beijing, China via ojwonderngr@yahoo. com


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Opinion

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Plenary of the CPC Central Committee: A peep into China’s Socialist Democracy By Charles Onunaiju

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n the past 40 years plus, that China has pushed reforms and opening up, the world took notice only with the outcome of unprecedented and boisterous development that has proved not only sustainable but inclusive, taking over 800 million people out of poverty in the shortest period of time in all human history. The fact is that such unprecedented feat was actually the concentrated expression of a focused determination of the leadership of the Communist Party of China at the epochal and historic 3rd plenary session of the 11th Central Committee of the CPC in December, 1978 which concluded that the then backwardness of the China’s productive forces was the critical contradiction that can only be resolved by unfettering the productive forces. From this theoretical conclusion, the party and government took economic modernization as the core of its work, providing the rationale for the policy framework of reform and opening up. From the context of this fact, CPC plenums, especially for the unified leadership of the Central Committee of the Communist party of China is not and has never been a political jamboree. Is a soul-searching platform of the party central leadership to take stock and update itself to the theoretical understanding of the existing conditions of the country and get to grips with the policy implications of driving reforms and opening up to new levels. The 4th Plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) which held in Beijing from the 28th to the 31st of October was attended by all 202

members of CPC Central Committee and 169 alternate members of the Central Committee. The Session focused on major issues concerning how to uphold and improve the system of Socialism with Chinese characteristics and advance the modernization of China’s system and capacity for governance. Reports following the conclusion of the session noted that it fully affirmed the work of the political bureau of the CPC Central Committee since the 3rd plenary of the 19th CPC Central Committee, acknowledged its robust endeavours that led to major achievements in various causes of the party and the country despite complicated situation, notable by increasing risks and challenges both domestically and externally. Among the overall goals to be met, the party plenum reaffirmed commitment to ensure that institutions in all fields are greatly improved, especially at the Centenary of the Party in 2021 and look forward that the modernization of China’s system and capacity for governance is basically achieved by 2035 and realized in full by the time of the centenary anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in 2049. Among other key issues, the communiqué of the 19th Central Committee of the CPC at its 4th plenary session observed that as proven by practice, the system of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics and the country’s system of governance have strong vitality, especially if one bears in mind that these systems are able to push for the continuous progress of the country with nearly 1.4 billion people. The meteoric rise of China and the ability of the leadership to maintain the tempo of the stable, steady and sustainable trajectories of the

expansive development derived essentially from the foundation of the theoretical interrogation of the country’s historical and existential realities, the discipline of the party to follow up diligently on practice, as the criteria for truth. The practice of socialism with Chinese characteristics was not a political slogan coined by crowd-pleasing politicians but the labour of an intense scientific interrogation of facts, whose accuracy is best testified by the huge transformation of China. The 4th plenary session of the 19th central committee of the CPC would navigate China in the new context of her global preeminence and the responsibility of a major power, steer her domestically to the challenge entering a new era of economic modernization and the social needs of her population. With a new theoretical breakthrough from the collective wisdom of the party, the 19th national Congress of the Party held in 2017 evolved the “Xi Jinping thought on Socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era,” that provided the theoritical clarifications for understanding critical challenges, seizing vital opportunities and flowing along the currents and trends of the time with unshakable confidence and ceaseless sober reflections. The Communist Party of China (CPC) national congresses and plenary sessions of the central committee are vital institutional landmarks at which the party re-invigorate theoretically, sort and set out broad issues. The western media like to call the party plenary session an elite gathering but truly, no one arrives at the CPC unified leadership of Central Committee without having worked and walked all the way from the lowest level of party organization, where he or she must win

support and confidence of party and non-party members from the grassroots. The CPC national congress and plenary of the central committee are the highest and broadest level of political representation of the Chinese Communist party with equal measures of the heaviest burden of political responsibility, both to the Chinese people and even to the world. Under the confident leadership of the General Secretary of the CPC, President Xi Jinping, unanimously taken as the core of the unified Central leadership of the party, which translates that he represents the finest attributes of the core values of the CPC and its historic mission of serving the people, the party have been enormously reinvigorated both theoretically and practically to continuously be at the driving seat of China’s modernization and rejuvenation and a making enormous contribution to the cause of humanity. The just-concluded 4th plenary session of the 19th central committee would have brought clarity to some key issues that would drive China’s modernization in the era of pushing forward, the project of socialist modernization with Chinese characteristics. Beijing,s outreach to the world through the initiative of the Belt and Road framework of international cooperation that has resoundingly earned universal ownership would received enormous vitality as the party leadership push with greater vigour , the reform and opening up as the premiun energizer of China modernization efforts.. Mr. Onunaiju, Director , Centre for China Studies, Abuja.

Pension for Governors: Governance without accountability in Nigeria By Jibrin Ibrahim

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he letter from former Governor Yari to the current governor of his state complaining that he had only been paid his pension twice since leaving office five months ago and requesting immediate payment of this made Nigerians furious. The most annoying aspect is that Yari was not paying retirees their pensions regularly when in power and left a N6 billion backlog of unpaid pensions, creating the condition for hundreds of elderly people who had served their State to die in penury because he did not think it was a priority to pay them. Nonetheless, as one of the richest Nigerians today, he thought it was normal to insist on being paid his own regularly. This type of behaviour poses a serious question: Are all current and former Nigerian governors mad? After years of siphoning state funds without accountability, why do so many of them stampede state houses of assembly to pass laws providing them pensions for life at rates that are clearly unsustainable for the states, who are forced to stop paying workers and pensioners so that the money could be used to pay them? This week, I spent three days queuing at the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) office in Abuja participating in a verification exercise to prove that I spent my career teaching students at Ahmadu Bello University. The humiliation we went through was humbling – the demand for original documents from nearly forty years ago, the decision of PTAD not to recognise the 2001 verification in which so many people died in long queues. As I watched the Zamfara saga unfold, I felt a bit lucky, PTAD pays me my pension every month and I succeeded in passing the verification examination yesterday afternoon, so hurray, I am once again a verified pensioner. I also felt that the exercise makes sense for the simple reason that PTAD has had an embarrassing history of mega looting of its funds by officials of the Agency. As I reflected on governors and pensions,

I wondered why they should feel entitled to pension for life because they spent four or eight years in what is supposed to be public service. Why do they not know that being a governor is not a professional career and therefore it makes no sense to demand for pension for this. The most amazing thing for me is that those who passed laws for the biggest pensions for themselves were at the same time those most guilty of not paying pensions to the public servants that had served their states and are suffering in their old age. My conclusion is that these governors are the most wicked people on earth because they take pension they do not need and when in power they refused to pay the elderly who are dying because they do not get the money they need. Yes, they are wicked, callous, heartless, unthinking and uncaring people. This is what I read from the way Nigerians celebrated the decision of the Zamfara State House of Assembly to annul the pension for former governors and speakers. Unfortunately for me, I am a social scientist, so I cannot end this discourse by arguing, as I have done above, that these former governors are wicked and callous. When the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly passed into law a controversial bill which made humongous retirement provisions for former governors, deputy governors and their spouses five years ago, the law was not even discussed. The executive bill was passed into law within 24 hours after it was received by the state parliament. There was no public hearing and no debate on it, and clearly the Assembly was a mere rubber stamp. There was absolutely no discussion leading to the decision to pay N200 million annually to exgovernors and their deputies. In addition, the Akwa Ibom Governors and Deputy Governors Pension Law 2014 makes it mandatory for ex-governors and deputies to enjoy pension for life at a rate equivalent to the salary of the incumbent governor/deputy governor respectively. A new official car and a sports utility vehicle every four years; one personal aide and provision of adequate security; a

cook, chauffeurs and security guards for the ex-governor at a sum not exceeding N5 million per month and N2.5 million for the ex-deputy governor, are the other benefits they are expected to enjoy. The law also provides for a furniture allowance of 300 per cent of their annual basic salary every four years, in addition to severance gratuity and a medical allowance not exceeding N12 million per annum for the spouse of an ex-governor, provided that such a spouse was married to the governor at the time he or she was in office. N2.2 million goes to ex-governors as entertainment allowance, while N2.1 million goes to ex-deputies. To cap it all, the state is mandated to bear the burial expenses of an ex-governor and pay condolence equivalent to the amount of basic salary of the incumbent governor. The problem, therefore, is that laws are passed without discussions and debate, so the opportunity to show the wickedness in them does not even arise. There were however allegations that some of the State’s former governors were never paid, while others were, so the basic principle of the rule of law did not apply. It is also interesting that in the Zamfara case, as well, some former governors were paid, while others were not. Many State laws are, therefore, applied in a very arbitrary manner. The chairman of the ruling party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, also got a law granting him a huge pension before leaving office. The State Government had to build two houses for the former governor and his deputy at N300 million each. Edo State arguably has the highest number of living former civilian governors – Chief John OdigieOyegun, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor and lately, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole. As a former labour leader, Oshiomhole knew that according to the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, a political office holder is entitled to 300 per cent basic salary only as severance allowance. It is really unbelievable that as former labour leader, he refused to pay pensions in Edo State and increased his own

pension just before leaving office. Most of the retired governors/ deputies are currently entitled to salaries in the Senate or in the federal cabinet. The immorality of receiving such huge pensions, while still occupying very well remunerated political positions is a discussion we must have in this country. Nigerians should begin to make clear demands to stop this practice of milking the state while in power and continuing to do so even after leaving office. According to a Vanguard investigation (November 23, 2017), over N37.367 billion was expended on servicing 47 former governors from 21 of the nation’s states in pension payments and provision of houses, staff and motor vehicles that are replaceable between three and four years. The newspaper added that payment of pension to former governors over a four-year cycle are highest in Bauchi, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, and Lagos States, with former governors drawing N23.18 billion, N2.795 billion, N2.043 billion and N1.606 billion respectively over four years. The political reality in Nigeria today is that state governors are so powerful that no one ever questions the stupid, corrupt and immoral things they do. When Yari wrote to demand that he be paid, he must have been upset that he was being denied his rights. I believe no one would have ever told him that for eight years, he was denying state pensioners their rights. That his action was totally against the Constitution and against religious injunctions. Maybe now he might begin to think about his own terrible behaviour. As long as power continues to be exercised without accountability at the state level, “wickedness” by governors would continue to grow. A professor of Political Science and development consultant/ expert, Jibrin Ibrahim is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Democracy and Development, and Chair of the Editorial Board of PREMIUM TIMES.

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COMMENT

A Letter to all jambites

By Caleb Ijioma

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congratulate you all for taking a bold step in continuing your education pursuit. At this junction, I’m sure you have written your o level examinations and have passed all necessary subjects needed to make you admitted into a tertiary institution in Nigeria. Well, just like every other institution we have in Nigeria, a tertiary institution is very complex and have a major role to play in your success as a Human being. I’m happy to write this letter to you because I have tasted the four walls of a higher institution and still threading on so many path. Well, in this letter, I won’t be making mention of courses you should and shouldn’t take up. At this point in time, you should know what you intend to study knowing fully well that some courses presently isn’t relevant in Nigeria. I have been opportuned to discuss with few students who just gained admission into various tertiary institutions, I have also in many times discussed with students who have been in a tertiary institutions for more than a year;some about to graduate and I notice that the whole essence of attending a tertiary institution have been mistaken. As humans, we have different opinions to different subject matters, unknowing to us that some of this opinion’s are wrong,we have been able to digest it and allow them rule and

guide us. This then forms a perspective and we walk in that perspective formed from a wrong opinion that should have been discarded. The mind is a strong engine that determines virtually all our action’s as humans, when we feed our mind with things that should be discarded, it will have an effect definitely, if not now, someday. Before you include that tertiary institution in your jamb form, there are things you need to know. At this junction, I know there are Family members suggesting and making it compulsory for you to pick some tertiary institution as your first,second,third and fourth choice. Well, the first and second choice is very important, not that the other two choices aren’t, but you know,something’s are greater and bigger than another. Firstly, whatever institution you have decided to choose, you should make research and ask questions about that institution. This will help you have little knowledge about the modus operandi of the institution. Its important that you ask students who are studying in that institution questions about the institution, how the system Work, students life and so on. Asking questions and making research gives you an upper hand. Remember, information is power, and that power can liberate you from picking the wrong choice of school. Trust me,some tertiary institutions are not worth the stress.

Secondly and most importantly, I have come to realise that Some tertiary institutions in Nigeria have nothing to offer its students other than the class room knowledge and examinations. I will boldly say that after conducting your research and you figure out that the institution you decide to choose has nothing to offer other than the classroom lectures, you need to have a second thought. I am of the opinion that a tertiary institution must have some student institutions/ organizations that can help build students and make them have different experiences in that their career path and even beyond. As a student, you’re not expected to be limited to the knowledge gained in your classrooms, in fact, it is to your own detriment if you choose an institution that has no student organization to give you the necessary knowledge and experience needed in that your career path. Tertiary Institutions like this needs to be avoided. Organisations like JCI,NUCJ, Enactus and the likes are necessary organizations that students are expected to join. The essence of these organizations is to build you and even make you a student professional in that career you’ve chosen. Everything can not be learnt in the confines of a classroom. By joining these organizations, you won’t become a half baked graduate. Attend seminars,trainings, symposiums, conventions. All these are very important.

Have this at the back of your mind that before they accept you into that job after graduating, they’ll ask “what can you do”. Your result will bring you job opportunities, what you can do will sustain that job. Furthermore, don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t go to the university with the mindset that failure is evil. Try not to fail but when you fail, make the best out of it and rise. A lot of people have ended their lives because they failed. No! Failure doesn’t determine the end of a man. Lastly, you need to understand that the tertiary institution is a very large world, you’ll meet lots of people from different backgrounds with different experiences, orientation and class. It’s important to go to a tertiary institution with an intention of learning and building your future while in school. Right there in the institution, you can find your business partner. Your relationship with the right set of people can change your life forever. These set of people can help you build your lives and can serve as a force to push you to greatness. Learn to maximize every opportunity that comes your way, judiciously make use of your stay on campus. I hope that you’ll read this and digest all this as it will help you choose an institution you won’t regret studying in. Caleb Ijioma is a youth advocate and a journalist, he can best be reached via email at calebijioma@ gmail.com

Between expelled FUTA students and ex-Babcock girl By Olabisi Deji-Folutile

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rdinarily, the expulsion of a 300 level Accounting student of Babcock University over a viral sex video should be stale by now, but for the expulsion of another set of undergraduates by the Federal University of Technology, Akure, barely a week after, thus bringing the Babcock matter on the front burner again. Apart from the fact that the two institutions meted out similar punishment to their erring students, both offences leading to the students’ expulsion were committed off-campus. In the viral sex video, a female student of Babcock was seen having sexual intercourse with a man believed to be a lover, while the six expelled FUTA students, also in a viral video, were seen physically assaulting a 100 level student of the institution. Both institutions admitted that the actions leading to the students’ expulsion were committed off-campus. Babcock said the sexual act did not take place on its campus. It, however, insisted that its action on it was a demonstration of its commitment to its highest moral standard as a standard bearer for quality education in character, learning and service to humanity. In the case of FUTA, the institution justified its action by quoting the provision of its handbook that forbids students from engaging in physical assaults or battery on another student outside the university premises. What seems to be of interest to me is the marked difference in the reaction to the two cases of expulsion on the social media. In the Babcock case, many online users questioned the grounds for expelling the female student more so when the sexual act did not take place on campus. They argued that the university could not forbid a student from engaging in sexual intercourse outside the territory of its institution. Besides, the viral video, some of them argued, was published without the girl’s consent and therefore she shouldn’t be punished for what she did not authorise. Others even think, as a faith-based institution, the university ought to rehabilitate the girl, work on her, until she becomes better in character. Sadly, none of these arguments was advanced for the FUTA six. Indeed, the preponderance of opinion tends to justify the

expulsion of the students for brutalising a fellow student. It’s interesting how people could take different positions on similar issues, justifying punishment for one and condemning the stand taken against the other. This article will focus mainly on the Babcock issue. The argument of those making case for the ex-Babcock student is that physical assault is an offence under Nigeria’s legal code, but no law forbids an adult from engaging in consensual sex in the nation’s law books. Truly, physical assault is a crime but it’s difficult to state categorically that Nigerian laws permit two consensual adults to engage in the true sense of it. Prostitution, for example, is illegal in states that practise Islamic penal code. Similarly, operations or ownership of brothels are equally penalised under sections 223, 224, and 225 of the Nigerian Criminal Code, suggesting that the law of the land could also be used against adults for engaging in consensual sex. From the provisions of the law, it is obvious that while the Nigerian constitution guarantees free association, the Penal Code could be used to penalise men for meeting with prostitutes or prostitutes for meeting with their clients. That is why I question the justification of the brouhaha over the expulsion of the ex-Babcock student seen in the viral sex video. No matter how logical the argument of those condemning her expulsion may sound, it may be difficult to sustain it especially when subjected to critical scrutiny. It is obvious Babcock does not go out of its way to monitor its students off-campus with the intention of punishing them for engaging in sexual acts. Ordinary secondary school won’t dare to do that not to talk of a serious-minded university. I doubt if any institution, including the so-called mission universities have the capacity to monitor their students on and off campus. Monitoring them on campus is more than enough job on its own. How many parents of teenage adults can take up that burden on behalf of their children? If they do, is it necessary? I doubt. I guess these educational institutions simply presume that their students are innocent until proven otherwise. Knowing this, smart students abide by the rules and regulations of their institutions

and everyone is happy. However, when it gets to a point where members of the public get to know of a student’s sexual exploits on the social media, it raises a moral burden on the institution, especially one that is known to be faith-based. The student’s rights at that point are subsumed under the power of the university in question. That brings me to how some people talk about human rights as if they are restricted to some particular set of people in the society. That is intriguing. Everybody is entitled to their own rights in every human setting. This is basically the reason for having rules and regulations in every human setting. They guide people’s actions so that no one uses their own rights to injure others. These things are done to infuse sanity into the society, knowing that humans, as free beings, have the tendency to go overboard. Talking about other people’s rights, I believe parents and students who chose an institution like Babcock must have had their expectations. Some of them probably made that choice because of the decency the institution represents. Such people equally have the right to expect the university to live up to their expectations of it. Universities are not built for sexually active students alone. There are also students in higher institutions that are not interested in sex. As a matter of fact, some of them, no matter how few, could have vowed to remain either primary or secondary virgins until marriage. It is their choice. And they have a right to make whatever choice they like. Judging from the way people react to issues of sex on campuses on social media, it would appear as if some students have a right to do what they like and that others don’t also have a right to choose what they don’t like. Likewise, every institution has a right to choose the kind of image it wishes to project to the public. Every company that is worth its salt has its own ethos-factors that characterize its operations. It is one of the reasons why companies have visions and missions. The essence of corporate governance is to ensure that organizations reflect their main objectives in their day-to-day operations. Interestingly, people don’t appear to have a problem understanding this, provided the organization involved is secular. How many indigenous companies in

Nigeria will retain a member of staff caught on tape having sex, especially when the tape is well circulated on the social media? They are very few if they exist at all. In 2015, Shell fired some workers after their filmed sex tape went viral. Punishing workers for such is not even a Nigerian thing. Last year, a TESCO manager according to thesun.co.uk, was marched out of a superstore in front of colleagues after he was filmed romping with a blonde teenage member of staff in a back office. I recall a case of some ladies fighting over one of their bosses in a media house many years back. The editor-in-chief of the media house, despite also being a pro at dating his junior female staff, took a decisive action against the women. He went as far as inviting the husband of one of the ladies involved in the brawl, showed him the love letters purportedly written by his wife, sealed with a kiss and addressed to her boss. The lady was still relieved of her job in spite of that high level of humiliation, disgrace and embarrassment. The worst part of the story is that nothing was done to the so-called boss. The matter was treated as if it was a case of a woman harassing a man. Unfortunately, while there was a clear evidence to nail the woman in question, there was none to punish the man. The point being made in a nutshell is that there are established ways of behaviour in every human setting, including universities. Agreed, universities don’t have the right to stop their students from engaging in sexual acts offcampus, however, students should also know that their sexual acts off-campus should be done with utmost sense of responsibility and decency. It is difficult to make a case for any student whose sexual exploits or any other infractions, damage their institutions’ image and reputation. If it is right for a company to take appropriate steps against reckless sexual exploits of their staff members, it shouldn’t be out of place for higher institutions to take a similar step against their students. Olabisi Deji-Folutile is a member of the Nigerian Guild of Editors. Email: bisideji@yahoo.co.uk


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Atiku expresses shock, sadness at Ahmed Jarma’s death By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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ormer Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has expressed shock and sadness at the death of Ahmed Jarma, pioneer Managing Director of Yola-based Adama Beverages Limited, owners of the Faro table water and beverages. According to a statement by the Atiku Media Office, Jarma passed away Sunday morning in Abuja. Jarma, who until his death was the Chairman of the North East branch of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), was recuperating in hospital after a successful surgery before his demise. Atiku Abubakar, who was already looking forward to the discharge and full recovery of Jarma from hospital was shocked when briefed of his passing away. The Waziri Adamawa paid tribute to Jarma, the Jarman Misau for pioneering the growth and development of the company whose products are now household name in the country. According to Atiku, “Ahmed (Jarma) as the pioneer MD, led the efforts that has seen the Faro brand becoming a product of choice by many. Under his charge, the company witnessed tremendous growth and expansion of its production capacity leading to the creation of more jobs and opportunities”. The former Vice President commiserated with his family and friends and management and staff of Adama Beverages Limited over the loss. He prayed to Allah to forgive his sins and grant him Ajannah Firdaus.

Equity Women solicits LG assistance for orphans in Abuja By Usman Shuaibu

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he Secretary of KaronMajigi Equity Women Wing in Abuja Municipal Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Sabat Mohammed, has called on the Chairman of AMAC, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu candidate to assist the orphans as well as widows financially to meet up with basic necessities of life in

the community. She also charged the chairman to deem it necessary to empower women and young ladies in the community to boost their moral in the area. Sabat Mohammed, who made this call in an interview with our correspondent on occasion of one year anniversary/launching of Almanac of Equity Women Wing on Saturday in the

community, further urged the chairman to provide scholarship for their children to enable them to go school. she appealed to the chairman to post more health personnel to the community primary health centre to prevent the residents from travelling out for medical treatment, as she noted that the health workers did not come to work on time.

She then pleaded with the chairman to build an additional block of classrooms in the community to decongest the existing ones for the betterment of the pupils. Meanwhile, the KaronMajigi Equity Women Wing one year anniversary was attended by the staff of AMAC and the speaker of the legislative arm of the Area Council among other dignitaries.

R-L Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Mrs Nuratu Batagarawa; the Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and other Naval officers at the unveiling and commissioning plaque of the Naval Barracks in BandaLokoja, Kogi State yesterday

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League of Veteran Journalists honours Aboderin, Osoba, Funtua, others Tuesday By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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he League of Veteran Journalists, Oyo and Ogun State chapters, has listed the founder and publisher of Punch titles, late Chief Olu Aboderin and others for honour on Tuesday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. Others to be honoured also are: Dr. (Mrs.) Tokunbo AwolowoDosunmu, daughter of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo;

Alhaji Ismaila Isa Funtua; Chief Onyema Ugochukwu and Alhaji Mamman Daura. Similarly on the honours’ list are: Aremo Olusegun Osoba. Mr. Felix A. Adenaike and Chief Areoye Oyebola. A statement at the weekend by Mr Banjo Ogundele, Chairman, League of Veteran Journalists/ former Editor, Nigerian Tribune, explained that the listed persons will be honoured at a gala night

at Jogor Centre, Ibadan on Tuesday, 3 December 2019, in commemoration of the 160tth anniversary of the IWE IROHIN FUN AWON ARA EGBA ATI YORUBA by Reverend Henry Townsend in 1859. The event, according to the League of Veteran Journalists (Oyo and Ogun State chapters) will be graced by the presence of three paramount rulers, Oba Olayiwola Lamidi Adeyemi Ill,

Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo Okukenu Ill, Alake of Egbalund and His Imperial Majesty. Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso, the Olubadan of Ibadan. The distinguished audience, the statement added, will be entertained by Yinka Ayefele, who will also receive a fellowship award for his contributions to the broadcast media.

HIV/AIDS: Benue govt. urged to strengthen anti-stigmatization laws From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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enue State has been urged to strengthen implementation of laws on stigmatisation of people living with HIV /AIDS. A participant, Victoria Achiaga made the call at the celebration of World AIDS Day organized by a nongovernmental organisation AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AHF in Makurdi at the weekend. Victoria said as an HIV/ AIDS victim she has faced a lot of discrimination from the society, wondering if the future holds

anything for her and others. Also sharing his experience, a member of Adolescents and Young Persons, AYPs Martins Okpa lamented over the refusal of young people to disclose their HIV/ AIDS status because of fear and rejection as well as stigmatization, emphasizing on the need for improved communication as well as provision of testing facilities in rural areas. He also, urged government to keep the promise by funding bodies and institution responsible for fight against HIV/AIDS.

State Coordinator of AHF Dr. Uduak Effiom disclosed that over 145,000 persons living with HIV/ AIDS in Benue State are placed under special care and treatment. Dr. Uduak explained that the essence of the day is to unite all stakeholders in the fight against HIV/AIDS, adding that it is meant to remember those who have died of AIDS. According to her, there has been significant achievements recorded in the fight against the scourge, maintaining too, that there has been more than 85

percent suppression of the disease in the State. While stressing the need for communities to play significant role in the reduction of AIDS, she also, observed the emergence of new infections especially amongst young people. She attributed this to lack of information, inexperience and inability and refusal to access treatment due to stigma. Advocacy and Marketing Manager of AHF, Nigeria, Steve Aborisade said more effort should be made by government to give

quality life to people living with HIV,/AIDS in the State. He averred that government cannot continue to rely on foreign donors, decrying the attitude of Local Governments in failing to remit 200,000 naira to fight the scourge. “There are new challenges posed by HIV/AIDS especially amongst young people in accessing services. Hence, we call on government, individuals and organizations to commit resources in fighting the disease,” Steve said.

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Dangers await non passage of Hate Speech bill – Sen Sabi By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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eputy Chief Whip of the Senate, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, has said that opponents of the Hate Speech Bill are ignorant of the dangers that loom if the bill is not passed into law. In a signed statement on Sunday, Senator Abdullahi said the opponents are only pretending to protect ‘Freedom of Speech’ by misinforming Nigerians on the intent of the legislation before the National Assembly. The lawmaker, therefore, warned Nigerians to beware of “false information being spilled out by some persons and groups parading themselves as serving the interest of the nation”. Citing a report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on ‘Overcoming Dangerous Speech and Endemic Religious Divides in Central Nigeria’, Senator Sabi Abdullahi said persons with strong bias capable of escalating ethnic and religious violence are infiltrating the media. According to him, such persons and groups are opposed to the passage of a Hate Speech law by the National Assembly as same would put an end to their trade that depends on using ethnic and religious bias for the realization of self-serving interests. “Both Christians and Muslims have said that the media blatantly expresses bias against their religion, and that journalists will deliberately not report their story or perspective. “Outside the immediate communities affected by a specific incident, the general public’s understanding of violent events is often incomplete. “In some cases, false news about attacks have incited the people to undertake revenge attacks in various parts of the country,” the lawmaker quoted the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) report as saying. Senator Abdullahi, who cited another report by the Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), said there are strong indicators making it imperative for the introduction of legislation by the National Assembly to criminalize Hate Speech which is responsible for high cases of violence and killing. The CITAD report reads in part, “In 2017, Nigeria experienced the continuation of three major conflicts that provided a fertile ground for the propagation of hate speech. “These were the resurgence of the Biafra Agitation in the South East, the clash between the Army and members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, popularly referred to as the Shiites Movement in the North West, and the transformation of the localized farmersherders conflict and cattle rustling to the large scale rural banditry that had taken an ethnoreligious character across much of the North West and North Central zones of the country.” “Across the country, scores of people were killed as a result of these conflicts, further providing fuel for the wildfire of hate speech. “More than at any time in the recent history of the country, hate speech became widely used in public discourse and communication. “They fueled a dynamic that weakened national cohesion and made it difficult for the country to collectively address the threat to peace that affected the population in the country”, the CITAD report said.

Bauchi guber: APC will head to supreme court - Chairman From: Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi

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he All Progressives Congress (APC) has vowed to seek redress at the supreme court, following the verdict delivered by the court of Appeal in Jos, Plateau state on Friday that upheld the victory of the Bauchi state governor Bala Mohammed and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the last 2019 election. State APC chairman, Alhaji Uba Ahmed Nana made known the party’s intention to head to the apex court over the weekend during a

stakeholders’ meeting held at their Secretariat. “The judgment has been passed yesterday, we have received it. We are studying it and we are taking the next line of action. “So, we will be heading to the supreme court. The case will terminate at the supreme court by the special grace of God”. he said. Nana explained that the stakeholders’ meeting was aimed at rubbing minds, reviewing how things are moving in the party with a view to taking corrective measures and strengthening the party. “It is a normal meeting that from time to

time, we used to have to meet one another and look at the ways and means of strengthening the APC in Bauchi state. “It is just to strengthen our movement and keep in touch with our teeming supporters. We cannot afford to lose contact with our teeming supporters”, he stated. Also speaking, the former deputy governor of the state, Audu Sule Katagum said APC is still strong and formidable in the state, having majority of members of the state assembly, house of representatives and all the three senators.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan (right), in warm handshake with the Emir of Yusufari, HRH (Alhaji) Muhammad Zakariya,during the flag off of the free mass animal vaccination by the Senate President at Ruwan Dan Madugu , at the weekend in Yobe North Senatorial District. Photo: NAN

Boko Haram: ICIR asks FG to account for 22,000 missing persons By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he International Center for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) has called on the federal government to transparently account for the missing twenty two thousand persons in the ongoing war against the Boko Haram insurgents in North Eastern region of the country. ICIR made the call during a round table discussion tagged: ‘Justice for Missing Persons in the North East’, which was held in Abuja under the sponsorship of Ford Foundation. Speaking on the essence of the programme, the Executive Director of ICIR, Dayo Aiyetan, said the purpose was to speak for unidentified persons who ran away into other places and countries, when their communities were attacked, including little kids numbering thousands, but have now come back. According to him, “we want government to do something and that is to provide information, we know that not all the twenty two thousand missing persons are in the military, police or DSS detention centers, some of them, nobody could ever be able to account for them, but our government under the international statutes, has the responsibility to at least provide information. “Let them build a data base, apart from data base, let them begin to provide psychological support for some of the family members, let

them begin to think of creating linkages between the information available and how the families can link up with their family members, then, the international communities can look at providing legal support, psychological support and other forms of support. “Many of them are not Boko Haram, many of them are Boko Haram, and they are just in detention and nothing is happening. Some of them have wives and their wives are living in limbo because they can’t remarry. They have children and until something is done, we might be breeding people who will rise up against the society in the future”, he said. Speaking earlier, Joy Ehino, who represented Ford Foundation, said the investigative journalism which helped to disclose the number of missing persons in the North East, remains one of the best ways to hold government accountable, though she regretted that it is always ignored. She said also that it is veritable in getting the people informed because of its accuracy, adding that there is need to empower the media to do its job of holding government accountable, of which she said ICIR has grown in training journalists. She said the trust of the Foundation is to promote awareness on violence against women and to highlight the role of CSOs in condemning it and speaking up against it. Speaking also at the event, Obinna Nwankwo,

who represented the National Human Rights Commission, commended the ICIR for the programme, saying that Nigerians have been going through sympathetic episode. He said that what is happening in North East has not happened before, where people will disappear from their houses, nothing is heard about them and nobody accounts for them. He said even the government elected to protect the people have not been able able to do so, hence he emphasized that government must be held accountable. In her remarks, Hamsatu Allamin, who runs an Allamin Foundation in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, said that the federal government should compel the military to release information on the number of persons arrested, where they are and how many of them are alive or dead. She said that when the war against insurgents became though, the soldiers embarked on indiscriminate arrest of any young person that is a Kanuri Muslim, believing that they are all Boko Haram members. She however did not blame the soldiers, as she explained that they were attacked at checkpoints by some young boys who thereafter run into the communities. She said the indiscriminate arrest was because there is no way the soldiers can identify Boko Haram members and those who are not.


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Buhari, Ekwerenmadu bicker over Constituency projects By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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pecial Assistant on Projects to former Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, Jonathan Ivoke, has described as an organised smear campaign, the claim by Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Lauretta Onochie, that funds for constituency projects were allocated to the Senator for the execution of constituency projects in Enugu West Senatorial District and that such projects were abandoned by him. Ivoke said it was also an advertisement of her ignorance of the workings of government. He said: “It is observed that while Tracka.ng tweeted that ‘N30 million was allocated for the 2018 budget for Abia-Orie AguAmokwe-Udi Erosion Control Project’, Lauretta mischievously misquoted the source as stating that ‘N30 million was allocated

in the 2018 budget to Senator Ekweremadu for the completion of Abia-Orie Agu-Udi erosion control project’. “For the records, nobody gave a kobo to Senator Ekweremadu or any other lawmaker for that matter for the execution of any projects. “A cursory look at the signpost at this project as contained in her tweet, clearly lists Senator Ekweremadu as the proponent (nominator) of the project, while the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Environment, is boldly shown as the client, which procured the project and is responsible for its funding and supervision. “Therefore, to say that a dime was allocated to any lawmaker is the height of irresponsibility, display of ignorance, mischief, malice, and in fact, an organised smear campaign taken too far”. He charged development

agencies and NGOs, which fund the various project tracking groups, to channel their resources to the provision of rural infrastructures like portable water and other concrete interventions if the project trackers were not ready to do thorough jobs. “Whereas Constituency Projects are implemented on the basis of yearly scoping and piecemeal funding over several budgetary cycles, the so-called project trackers inappropriately tag projects as abandoned by lawmakers rather than directing their fact findings at the projectawarding and implementing MDAs to obtain concrete facts on the scope of work they awarded and the actual budgetary releases as against budgetary allocations. “In the case of Abia-Orie AguAmokwe-Udi Erosion Control Project, a visit to the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, should have been

enough to provide all such details so that Nigerians are properly informed. “Importantly, Constituency Projects, just like other Federal Government projects across the country, can only move at the pace of funds released to the MDAs. It is noteworthy that some budgets elapse without any releases to the respective MDAs for some projects. “It is unreasonable to expect the implementation of Constituency Project, including the ones in her Senatorial District and federal Constituency in Delta State, to perform at 100 per cent when the rest of the capital budget perennially perform far below average due to poor budgetary releases. “Lauretta should tell the government, which she is part of, to release funds so that not only Constituency Projects, but also more critical FG projects

can be implemented. She should ask questions about the KanoKatsina Road, Minna-Suleja Road, Enugu-Onitsha Road, East-West Road, and a plethora of others, which have equally suffered delayed completion despite yearly budgetary allocations, not because they were abandoned or funds embezzled by the implementing Ministry, but due to lack of funds. “As a presidential aide, the onus is on her to get her facts right and from the appropriate Executive authorities before going public or recycling them”, he added. Ivoke, however, stressed that despite the systemic constraints, “Enugu West stands out as one of the best success stories in Constituency Projects and power of representation, hence the people have overwhelming elected Ekweremadu as their Senator five consecutive times”.

Uba Sani trains 100 constituents on fishery, poultry

From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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enator representing Kaduna Central District and Senate Committee Chairman on Banking and Finance, Uba Sani, has trained 100 people within his constituency on fish farming and poultry. The training, according to him was to boost farm production and also as a means of livelihood for the beneficiaries. The senator, while speaking during the graduation ceremony of the trainees at the College of Agric and Animal Science, ABU, in Kaduna, disclosed that he was aiming at empowering no fewer than 1000 people for the project through ‘Uba Sani Foundation’. “My decision as a Senator representing the good people of Kaduna Central is to ensure that after the training, the

beneficiaries are adequately empower with loan through the Federal Government Intervention Programs. “As the Chairman Senate Committee on Banking and Finance, I am aware of the major interventions of Central Bank of Nigeria to support agriculture in the country. As we all know that no society can grow without helping the downtrodden, and my decision was informed by this to empower people to overcome poverty. “This is the first batch of the training exercise, we are hoping that in the next few days, the second batch will commence”, he said. He advised the beneficiaries to be resourceful, just as he promised to monitor the progress of the beneficiaries.

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resident of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Saturday flagged of free mass vaccination for domestic animals across his Yobe North Senatorial District. The ceremony which held in Gashua, his native home, in Yobe state was witnessed by traditional rulers, state government officials, lawmakers, political party leaders and representatives of various Fulani groups. Besides the Free vaccination for cattle, sheep and goats, the veterinary services also include treatment and medication of

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Niger: APC sweeps 22 LGAs, PDP one, 2 pending From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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he All Progressive Congress (APC) has won twenty two chairmanship positions contested for in Niger State, leaving Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with one local government, while two local governments are still pending. Announcing the results at Niger State Independent Electoral Commission (NSIEC), the chairman, Alhaji Aminu Baba said that nine political parties participated in the just concluded local government elections. He further disclosed that 85 candidates participated in the chairmanship, while 661 councelorship candidates also participated in all the 25 local government areas of the state. Baba also said that Mashegu and Tara local governments were still pending, while six wards were declared inconclusive. He however appreciated the peaceful conduct of the people throughout the exercise, most especially security agencies and the media for ensuring a

By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

C A member representing Kaduna North Federal Constituency, Hon. Samaila Suleiman (middle); being turban as the Dujiman Zazzau, at the Emir of  Zazzau His Royal Highness Alhaji Shehu Idris’ Palace on Saturday in Zaria  

Pledges N10m support for victims of burnt potash market major illnesses and treatment and care for sick animals. “This year, we will be vaccinating one million livestock in this senatorial district,” Lawan told the gathering. Lawan said about 500,000 livestock were vaccinated accross the senatorial district during a similar exercise last year. “I believe that this is one thing we owe our herdsmen. They are Nigerians like all of us. They vote for us. They live with us. They also contribute very well to the economy of this country. “Therefore, it is only fair that we give them similar recognition that we give the other people we live

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violent free polls. Consequently, governor Abubakar Sani Belli of Niger State however lost his polling unit and his Kontagora central ward to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the just concluded local government election. The result of the election, which was held on Saturday 30th November, 2019 in the 25 local government areas of the state, indicated that Hon. Mallami Abdullahi of the PDP was declared winner of central ward where the governor comes from. The Zonal Vice Chairman (Zone B) of PDP, Alhaji Yahaya Ability told our reporter that his party members defended their votes jealously to ensure their vote counted, hence the victory at the polls. The following local governments were won by the APC, Bosso, Bida, Magama, Kontagora, Rafi, Suleja, Paikoro, Shiroro, Wushishi, Rijau, Edati, Katcha, Mokwa, Agaie, Mariga, Lavun, Lapai, Gurara, Munya, Agwara, Borgu, Chanchaga, while Gbako local government was won by the PDP.

Ex Edo PDP guber candidate defects to APC

Ahmad Lawan flags off free mass animal vaccination in Yobe By Musa Adamu

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with. This is not something special but I believe that it is something that we owe our herdsmen. “What we are going to do more this year is that in addition to the vaccination of one million livestock within Yobe North Senatorial district, we also have a plan to drill 36 solar boreholes across the six local government areas in the senatorial district. “And the herdsmen themselves are to decide where they want these solar boreholes to be drilled because they know where their people are, who need the water more. “It is our hope that this little effort will go a long way in

supporting our very active State Governor, Mai Mala Buni and our President, Muhammadu Buhari who has come to make Nigeria better,” Lawan said. Lawan, on arrival in Gashua on Friday headed to Zango Potash marketing to comiserate with the victims of the recent fire outbreak in the market. Residents of Gashua, in Bade Local Government Area of the state, woke up on November 16, 2019 to witness how about 20 shops loaded with potash at Zango Potash market were reduced to ashes. He announced a donation of ten million naira to support

victims to cushion the effect of their loss. “We are your representatives, whatever affects you also affects us but we thank God that there was no life lost in the fire incident,” Lawan said. “We should all see it as a test from God and by His Grace, we will overcome the test...God will open up many ways for our brothers, whose property goods were burnt, to continue their trading,” Lawan said. Lawan recalled the glowing memories of the market as they grew up in the village and how it has been a source of livelihood to many.

andidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Edo State 2016 Governorship election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, has explained the reasons for the apprehension over his plans to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC). He said since he announced his resignation from PDP to join APC, some people from both political parties have being throwing stones at him. Ize-Iyamu who disclosed this at an interactive session with journalists at the Weekend in Benin, said, he has no intention to retaliate, with a caution that he is not a politician with shot courage. He frowned at the action of the unnamed individuals, describing his return to APC as homecoming and a salvage mission in the ruling party. Ize-Iyamu who said he never knew that his resignation would generate controversies, said his return to the party he joined to build. “Some place I left, there are some people there who are not happy and who are tempting to throw stones. But, I will not throw back at them. Even where I am also coming to, there are some people who are also apprehensive. And because of that too, either directly or indirectly, they are also throwing stones. I also do not intend to throw stones. “So, you can see that I am in a very precarious position. I am just moving people are throwing stones

at me and I do not want to retaliate. “Moving from PDP to the APC, I thought it will not generate controversy because what I was doing is not something new in the political landscape. But, it generated a lot of controversies. “Our people have asked me if there is any quarrel, and I told them that if there is any quarrel, I will not even talk about it. There was not quarrel. “...It is simply a matter of interest and what you want to achieve... There are many reasons, and so the constitution gives us the right of association. “So, I have my reasons for moving to the APC and many of you also know that moving to that party was also like a homecoming for me because I am found that party in this State and the Country. So, it is not as if I am going to a new place. “And I have chosen to be part of those who will solve the problems, make it more attractive and better for all of us. “The most important thing is that I am going to APC to escalate the crisis there. I am going there by the grace of God to add value. I will go and strengthen the party. “I will go and ensure that the party is well connected to those at the grassroots. We will encourage government to do their best and that itself is one of the primary purpose of why we are in politics”, he said. Our Correspondent reports that Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, announced his resignation from PDP two Weeks ago.

JIGAWA STATE POLYTECHNIC, DUTSE

INVITATION FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) FOR THE YEAR 2016/2017/2018 TERTIARY EDUCATION TRUST FUND (TETFUND) ICT SUPPORT INTERVENTIONS A. PREAMBLE In compliance with the requirements of the Public Procurement Act, 2007, the Management of Jigawa State Polytechnic, Dutse wishes to invite reputable, competent and interested Consultants and Service Providers to submit bids for the execution of the following projects: Lot 1: Website Upgrade, Design, Migration, Commissioning and Hosting for one year; Lot 2: Computer Training (Base, Intermediate and Advanced Modules); and Lot 3: ICT Staff Training. B. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Interested Consultants and Service Providers are required to submit the under listed documents: 1. Evidence of Registration with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC); 2. Evidence of Current Tax Clearance Certificate for the past three (3) years, valid till 31st December, 2019; 3. Evidence of Current Pension Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2019; 4. Evidence of Current Industrial Training Fund (ITF) Compliance Certificate valid till 31st December, 2019; 5. Evidence of Current Certificate of Compliance with Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund valid till 31st December, 2019; 6. Evidence of Sworn Affidavit disclosing whether or not any officer of the relevant committees of the Jigawa State Polytechnic, Dutse or the Bureau of Public Procurement is a former or present Director, Shareholder or has any pecuniary interest in the bidder and to confirm that all information presented in its bid are true and correct in all particulars 7. Evidence of Financial Capability to execute the project by submission of reference letter from a reputable commercial bank indicating willingness to provide credit facility for the execution of the project when needed; 8. Verifiable Documentary Evidence of at least three (3) similar jobs in the last five (5) years including Letter of Awards, Job Completion Certificates; 9. Evidence of Registration on the National Database of Federal Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers by submission of Interim Registration Report (IRR) expiring on 31/1/2020 or valid Certificate issued by BPP; 10. Company’s Profile with Curriculum Vitae of Key Staff and copies of their academic/professional qualifications; and 11. Company Audited Account for the last three (3) years – 2016, 2017 & 2018; 12. Evidence of Firm’s registration with Computer

Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria and National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA); 13. Lot 3: Evidence of registration with Centre for Management Development; 14. All documents for submission must be transmitted with a Covering/Forwarding letter under the Company/Firm’s Letter Head Paper bearing amongst others, the Registration Number (RC) as issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Contact Address, Telephone Number (preferably GSM No.), and e-mail address. The Letterhead Paper must bear the Names and Nationalities of the Directors of the Company at the bottom of the page, duly signed by the authorised officer of the firm. C. SUBMISSION OF EOI DOCUMENTS: Expression of Interest should be spirally bound enclosed in sealed envelope and marked at the top left hand corner ’’Expression of Interest for Lot……………’’ and should be addressed to the Registrar, Jigawa State Polytechnic, P.M.B. 7040, Kiyawa Road, Dutse, Jigawa State. The Expression of Interest should be submitted not later than 12:00 noon on Monday 16th December, 2019 D.

OPENING OF EXPRESSION OF DOCUMENTS The Expression of Interest will be opened immediately after the deadline for submission at 12:00 noon on Monday 16th December, 2019 in the Board Room of the Polytechnic. The bidders and their representatives are cordially invited to the opening exercise.

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GENERAL INFORMATION EoI must be in English Language and signed by an official authorised by the bidder; b. EoI submitted after the deadline for submission would be returned un-opened; c. Bidders should not bid for more than two (2) Lots; d. All costs will be borne by the bidders; e. Only shortlisted firms will be contacted at a later date for collection of Request for Proposals; f. This Expression of Interest should not be construed to be commitment on the part of Jigawa State Polytechnic nor shall it entitle any company to make any claim whatsoever and or seek any indemnity from the Polytechnic by virtue of such company having responded to the advertisement. g. The Jigawa State Polytechnic, Dutse is not bound to shortlist any bidder and reserves the right to annul the Procurement process at any time without incurring any liabilities in accordance with Section 28 of the Public Procurement Act 2007.

SIGNED MANAGEMENT


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Emefiele lists priorities for 2020, calls for economic diversification By Etuka Sunday

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he Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, has listed the Bank’s priorities for 2020 to include support for greater economic growth, price stability and low inflation, even as he hinted on the continued tight monetary policy stance of the Bank and the establishment of a Bankers’ Charitable Endowment Fund. Mr. Emefiele unveiled the bank’s plans for the next year while delivering the keynote address titled: “Strong Sustainable growth for the Nigerian Economy” at the 54th Annual Bankers’ Dinner organized by the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) in Lagos on Friday, November 29, 2019. The Governor announced the establishment of a Bankers’ Charitable Endowment Fund that will fund a major charitable initiative every year starting in 2020. According to him, the Bankers’ Charitable Endowment will directly fund strategic social programmes in states and local communities across Nigeria. He expressed the hope that the Fund would spur a trend across other industries and sectors to collaborate and work together to better the lives of all Nigerians. Speaking on the developments in the country’s economic and financial sector, over the past year, and how they affect the macro-economic outlook for 2020, he said in spite of the positive growth the economy experienced, growth had remained slow due to “some structural constraints” in the economy. According to him, the pace of growth, given Nigeria’s growing population, exposed the economy to shocks, such as changes in the oil price, and sentiments in the global financial markets. Disclosing plans by the CBN to support the economic recovery and enable stronger growth for the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Mr. Emefiele said that the Bank would continue its current tight stance, particularly in view of rising inflation expectations. “Though we will act to appropriately adjust the policy rate in line with unfolding conditions and outlooks, the CBN will continue to ensure that the policy interest rate is delicately set to balance the objectives of price stability with output stabilization,” he explained.

Doing a recap of the highlights for 2019, Mr. Emefiele recalled that the country’s GDP had remained positive, adding that the positive growth in GDP had been driven by improvements in Agriculture, Oil and Gas, Manufacturing and ICT as well as the intervention programmes of the CBN, along with sustained supply of foreign exchange and stability of the naira. He also attributed the decline in inflation to the Bank’s maintenance of a tighter monetary policy rate at 13.5 percent, and its efforts at improving local production of key staple items. Speaking further, he said the Nigerian financial system was now stronger due to the fact that capital buffers and liquidity in the banking system have continued to improve. According to him, industrywide Capital Adequacy Ratio (CAR) had increased from 10.2 percent in December 2017 to 15.5 percent in September 2019. He added that the percentage of non-performing loans in the banking sector had reduced from a high of 14.7 percent in January 2017 to under 7 percent as at October 2019. He equally disclosed that credit conditions in the banking system had improved supported by the CBN’s new policy measures announced in June 2019, which require banks to maintain a minimum 65 percent loan to deposit ratio. Furthermore, he said banks in the country are now able to recover delinquent loans from customers’ accounts in other banks, adding that the measures now placed Nigerian banks in a much better position towards supporting a stronger economic recovery. This, he added, had increased gross credit by N1.16 trillion between May and October 2019. On the country’s External Reserves, the Governor said the Bank’s effort at supporting domestic production in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors among other policies, had continued to encourage foreign exchange inflows into the Nigerian market. According to him, over $60 billion worth of transaction had taken place since the inception of the Investors’ and Exporters’ window in April 2017, adding that Nigeria’s foreign exchange reserves were above $40bn as at October 2019, compared to $23bn in the same period in 2016. The Governor also highlighted the Bank’s effort in development financing,

which he said the CBN had sustained in order to help support growth in critical sectors of the economy such as agriculture and the manufacturing sectors, through programmes such as the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, the Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme and the Bankers Committee Agri-Business/Small and Medium Enterprises Investment Scheme(AGSMEIS). Alluding to the economic face-off between some countries, as well as the likely challenges the economy could face due to moderate oil prices, he stressed the need for Nigeria to build up the necessary buffers that would protect the economy from pressures in the global market. He then restated the need to boost local production and diversify the country’s export base. “We should encourage Nigerians to consume goods that can be produced in Nigeria, knowing full well that a time will come when we may not have the foreign exchange to aid such activities, if we continue to rely on earnings from the export of crude oil,” he emphasized. Recalling the country’s economic glorious past when the economy was heavily reliant on agriculture, with increased cultivation and exports of primary products such as cocoa, palm oil, cotton and groundnut, Emefiele posited that it possible to envision a productive Nigerian economy that is

not reliant on exports of crude oil. The Governor urged all stakeholders to believe in Nigeria’s greatness, stressing that the country was blessed with abundant human and natural resources, which if truly harnessed would propel Nigeria into one of the world’s top 20 economies. “We must redouble our efforts to continue to support actions by the monetary and fiscal authorities to diversify the base of the Nigerian economy through encouragement of made in Nigeria products. “We must also consume what we produce and produce what we consume. We must discourage the propensity to import what can be produced in Nigeria. This is because if we do not reduce import, the same imports will kill us knowing full well that such activities do not aid our efforts to create jobs and support the growth of our local industries. “If we choose to follow the trend of supporting imports of goods that can be produced in Nigeria, we will lose jobs, our industries will die and insecurity and other social vices in our land will continue to increase. We must choose this alternative path of improving domestic production, which will support growth of our local economy,” he charged. As part of the Bank’s priorities for 2020, he said the CBN was determined to maintain its stable exchange policy

stance in the near to medium term given the relatively high level of reserves. He said the Bank would also sustain these efforts in 2020 as part of our plan to reduce our financial exclusion rate to under 20 percent over the next year. The Governor said the Bank will also improve access to credit for farmers and SMES by deepening its intervention efforts through the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, Commercial Agriculture Credit Scheme and the Real Sector Support Funds, amongst others. Similarly, he said the Bank, in pushing to improve access to finance and credit, would protect them from unfair banking and lending practices by maintaining oversight on the banks and other financial institutions. In addition to making sure that financial institutions support the growth of the real sector, Mr. Emefiele said the CBN, working with the Nigerian Export Import Bank (NEXIM), improve access to the N500bn facility designed to support the growth of Nigeria’s nonoil exports. While disclosing that the Bank, working with the fiscal authorities, will support the recovery of the economy, the CBN Governor reiterated that Nigeria was open to business and urged investors to take advantage of the investment opportunities in Nigeria. He assured that investments in Nigeria would be duly protected by the authorities.

L-R: Station Manager, Team Nigeria Ltd, Mr Alvaro Figueinedo; Project Manager, Team Nigeria Limited, Mr Leonardo Portanova; Project Manager, Stations, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), Mr Li Depeng; Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi; Managing  Director, Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr Fidet Okhiria; and the Manager, Engineering Department of CCECC, Mr Ludo Chuchangyun, on Saturday , during the inspection tour of Ibadan Train Stations, Photo: NAN

NCC Carol: Board Chairman calls for integrity amongst staff ...as commission celebrate successful year 2019 By Etuka Sunday

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he Chairman, Board of Commissioners of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye has called on the staff of the commission to be transparent in whatever they do. Durojaiye made the call at the NCC Christian fellowship end of the year Thanksgiving and Carol service in Abuja. “My message to the staff of NCC is for them to work hard, be transparent, be discreet and be disciplined in all that they

do; the country needs that. This is a highly blessed country, we are blessed in every aspect especially in intellectual talent. There is no university in the world where Nigerians are not students. And they are in the top class in those universities. “We are trying to identify those brilliant Nigerians and give them the opportunity, training them and perhaps they will invent something new for this country that we can be proud of,” he said. The Chairman noted that “the world is going through the fourth industrial

revolution; that is digitalization and we must be at the forefront of it and we want everyone of our staff to key into that vision. “Look at Dubai, they are already planning 50 years ahead. We should be able to plan ahead, we have the talent and key into the gesture and excel. Determination, positive thinking, yes we can. That’s what put the first black man in the white house in America,” he said According to him, “ICT has provided over 10% of our GDP and we want to provide more. “I met with the president earlier this

week and told him of our plan to drive fibre cable through all the 774 Local Government Areas in the country and he is in support of it and the minister is in support of it. “The good news is that Nigeria is stepping into the league of 5G in the world and Nigeria is the first in Africa,” he said. Also speaking, the Director Financial Services, NCC and President of the fellowship, Mr. Yakubu Gotor, was full of praises for God who made it possible for them to be alive and healthy. “The reason why we do it as believers and as children of God: the Bible says in

Ephesians 5:18 that in everything we should give him thanks. And it will be foolhardy for us to end the year without recognising that God himself has been faithful to us both as individuals as an institution and as families. So we are here to celebrate God not just for the members of the Fellowship but on behalf of the staff of NCC as a whole just to recognize that there is an element that goes beyond man and that element is God. We gather and our focus is only to recognize what God has done for us and return all the glory to Him in line with what the Bible says,” he said.


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BU$IN€Ss SEC’s initiatives for vibrant, effective Capital Market -Uduk By Etuka Sunday

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he securities and Exchnage Commission (SEC) has said that its on going initiatives as contained in the ten year capital market master plan are aimed at making the market deeper, vibrant and more effective. The Head Corporate Communications, SEC, Nigeria, Efe Ebelo in a statement said, Acting Director General of the SEC, Ms. Mary Uduk stated this in Lagos at the weekend. She disclosed, according to the statement, that the forbearance window for shareholders with multiple subscriptions is still open. and enjoined those who have not come forward for the regularization of shares purchased with multiple identities, to do so. Uduk said: “The Multiple Subscription Committee presented the status of its ongoing engagement with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Committee of Heads of Banking Operation to display multiple accounts regularisation banners in the banking halls all over the country. “The committee also reported that CMOs have commenced the filing of report on regularised accounts with the commission, on a quarterly basis. Given the relevance of this exercise and the need to create more awareness, the committee requested for an extension of the deadline of multiple accounts regularisation.” She said the SEC has developed a two-pronged approach to addressing the intractable challenges associated with transmission of shares related to the estate of deceased investors. “The first involves engagement with and enlightenment of the Probate Registry with a view to providing solutions to the cumbersome process of transmitting shares. Secondly, Rules are being developed around the time frame for transmission of shares and the fee structure” she stated. Uduk said to boost the e-dividend mandate and Direct Cash Settlement initiatives, the SEC is engaging NIBSS (Nigeria InterBank Settlement System) on behalf of the capital market community to facilitate identity validation and account validation in an effort to enhance market processes. According to her, the Electronic distribution of annual accounts by public companies to shareholders continues to gain traction, as shareholders have largely accepted the new initiative which will ensure timeliness of information and cost reduction to public companies. “On the need to grow the market for trading in securities on unlisted public companies, we are making concerted efforts in collaboration with CAC and other stakeholders to assist public companies that are yet to register their securities to do so without much difficulty” she added.

NNPC enters Lubricants Market with Nitro, Rhino Engine Oils By Etuka Sunday

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NPC Retail Limited, the Downstream Subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in charge of retail sales and marketing of petroleum products, has commenced a promising entry into the lubricant market with the unveiling of a broad range of high performance engine oils to provide better options to customers across the country. The package has on offer Nitro (Diamond, Gold, Super, 2T) and Nitro Super 40, all designed for petrol-power engines, while the diesel propelled engines have the Rhino (Rhino HD40 & Rhino X) engine oils. The Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Samson Makoji in a statement said, the event which took place at the Amphitheatre of

the NNPC Towers in Abuja was presided over by Mallam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of the Corporation, in the presence of highly elated crowd made up of management and staff of NNPC Retail Limited as well as dealers and representatives of the 380 NNPC Downstream subsidiary company’s outlets across Nigeria. Unveiling the products, Mallam Kyari said the entry of NNPC into the lubricant market was to ensure that the corporation opened up new areas of revenue generation while ensuring stakeholders reaped bountifully from the participation of the corporation in the entire value chain of the Oil and Gas Industry. The GMD said NNPC Retail Limited had a history of accuracy, saying when it sold a litre of product, the customers actually got a litre. He stated that overtime, the company had built trust

in customers, expressing the expectation that it would not only maintain the trust, but also carried it into the lubricant business to give Nigerians value for money. He assured that the NNPC would continue to provide the needed support and encouragement to its Retail unit to keep up the required standards and fulfil its mandate and obligation to stakeholders. Engr. Yemi Adetunji, Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, whose unit superintends the operations of NNPC Retail Limited, expressed confidence that the entry of the company into the engine oil market would provide refreshing options to customers. He informed that the new products have all the required ISO certification, noting that the company would take full advantage of its massive outreach across Nigeria to push the products to all corners of the country.

He said the coming of NNPC lubricants would bring prosperity to all stakeholders. “Its prosperity for our partners, prosperity for NNPC Retail Limited, prosperity for NNPC and prosperity for all Nigerians who now have a product they can truly call their own,’’ he said. In his remarks, Sir. Billy Okoye, Managing Director of NNPC Retail Limited, said though the products had been in the offing for such a long period, the wait was worthwhile because NNPC Retail Limited took advantage of the period to consolidate research on the lubricant. He informed that come February next year, the lubricants would be available in all the 774 Local Government Areas in Nigeria, declaring that dealers and stakeholders have been fully mobilized in this regard.

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Insecurity: FCTA charges security agencies on effective collaboration By Stanley Onyekwere

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he Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has stressed the need for more collaborations amongst security agencies, in order to tackle insecurity in the FCT. It has also charged security operatives in the FCT to double up efforts towards safeguarding lives and property in the territory. The Administration however assured residents that the Administration was intensifying measures at ensuring the security of lives and property throughout the FCT. Our correspondent reports

that these were fall-outs of the FCT Security Committee meeting chaired by the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu. Speaking during the meeting, Ramatu expressed the FCT Administration’s dissatisfaction with the recent security challenges in the FCT, including the kidnap of a traditional ruler in Rubochi. She stressed the need for more information sharing among the security operatives as a way of checking criminals and criminality in the FCT. Similarly, speaking after the security meeting, the Director, FCT Department of Security Services, Malam Adamu Gwary,

restated the determination of the FCT Administration to ensure the safety of all residents of the Territory irrespective of who they are and where they reside. He added that the Minister has directed the Area Council Chairmen to hold regular peace and security meetings. Gwary said the outcome of such meetings will be a major component for the planning and implementation of strategies, by his department in meeting the security challenges in the Territory. He therefore enjoined residents to share relevant information with security relevant

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here is strong indication that the Abuja is set to get a Special AgroIndustrial Processing Zone, as a step towards reducing poverty especially among youth. According to the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who dropped this hint, the FCT Administration will demonstrate its readiness in ensuring that the first zone is set up in the nation’s capital as a pilot scheme. Ramatu assured that the Administration is committed to the establishment of Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone, as a step towards achieving Mr. President agenda of lifting 100 million youth out of poverty in the agricultural value chains. To achieve this, the minister assured that provision will be made in the proposed year 2020 budget, adding that the FCT Administration will earmark up to 500 hectares of land to site the facility. She spoke when a delegation of Africa Development Bank (AfDB), led by the Senior Special Advisor to the president of AfDB on industrialization, Prof. Banji Oyeyinka, paid

her a visit in Abuja. The Minister stated that the Administration will leverage on Federal Government Ease of Doing Business strides, the new network of roads and rails, and Abuja expanded world class airport, stressing that the FCT is traditionally strong in livestock, rice (cereals), horticulture, tubers, vegetables and varieties of economic trees. “The FCTA is committed to the Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone and we will demonstrate our readiness in ensuring that the first zone is set up here in our corridor. “As the seat of power to the largest economy in Africa, the FCT-SAPZ will be a thing of pride to Mr. President. “I look forward to briefing Mr. President soon that the FCTA is taking up the challenge to being the first to implement the SAPZ as a step towards achieving his agenda of lifting 100 million youth out of poverty,” she stressed. Earlier, the leader of delegation, Prof. Banji Oyeyinka, lamented that Africa has huge production lag when compared to Asia countries, warning that if Africa fails to improve, the continent will remain at the

L-R: President/Chairman of Council CIBN, Uche Messiah Olowu, CBN Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability,  Mrs. Aishah  Ahmad, CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele and Chief Executive Officer, Union Bank , Mr.Emeka Emuwa at the 54th CIBN Annual Dinner held at the Federal Palace Hotel, at Weekend in Lagos

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n its last intervention for the month of November, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday, November 29, 2019, made an intervention of $323.5million in the retail Secondary Market Intervention Sales (SMIS) and CNY 17.9million in the spot and short tenored forwards

segment of the inter-bank foreign market. The CBN Director in charge of Corporate Communications Department, Mr. Isaac Okorafor said that the intervention was for requests in the agricultural and raw materials sectors. The Chinese Yuan, on the other hand, was for Renminbi denominated Letters of

Credit. Mr. Okorafor further expressed satisfaction over the stability of the foreign exchange, which according to him, was largely due to sustained intervention by the Bank. He assured that the Bank Management would remain committed to ensuring that all the sectors of the forex

market continue to enjoy access to the needed foreign exchange especially during the forthcoming yuletide season. Meanwhile, $1 on Friday, November 29, 2019 exchanged for N358 at the Bureau de Change (BDC) segment of the foreign exchange market, while CNY1 exchanged at N48.

operatives for prompt action. “It is important that whenever you see something that is not in tune with your environment, it is expected that you report such to the relevant security agency. “The FCT Call Centre is a platform where the identity of the informer is safeguarded, so they can rely on such window to communicate and inform the FCTA of any development that is happening within their environment,” he stated. On the issue of the notorious “One Chance” operations in parts of the Territory, the Director said that already plans are in motion by the Transportation Secretariat

to phase out unregistered taxis which, he said, were the main culprits in the one chance operation. He disclosed that with the restriction on commercial tricycle operation, crime rate is expected to reduce, adding that phasing out unregistered taxis will eventually eliminate incidences of “one chance”. Also, on the efforts being made to rescue the traditional ruler of Rubochi, Gwary revealed that the security agencies were working hard to ensure his rescue, adding that he was confident the community leader will be returned to his family hale and hearty.

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level of subsistence farming. Oyeyinka who noted that post harvest losses is extremely high in Africa, had called on FCT Administration for the establishment of the processing Zone that will create jobs for over 20, 000 youth.

He revealed that AfDB has identified six zones in Nigeria for the establishment of SAPZ, but not on geopolitical basis, just as he identified lack of political will by the previous administration as major setback for the takeoff of the project in Nigeria.


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olice in New Orleans say there have been 11 victims of a shooting incident near the city’s French Quarter tourist hub. US media quoted one officer as saying two people were in critical condition. No fatalities have been reported. The incident took place on Canal St between Bourbon and Chartres streets at about 03:20 local time (09:20 GMT). Police said on their Twitter feed that “one suspect had been apprehended near the scene”. They later said the person’s possible involvement was still under investigation and that no arrests had yet been made. No other details have been given. The victims have all been taken to hospital. Video footage from the scene showed numerous police vehicles cordoning off the area as forensic

teams made checks. Local media quoted Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson as saying officers on the 700 block of Canal Street at the time believed that they were being fired upon. No police officers were hurt. The French Quarter has been hosting holidaymakers marking the weekend after Thanksgiving. Thousands of fans and alumni have also been drawn to the city for the Bayou Classic football game traditionally played on Thanksgiving weekend between Southern University and Grambling State University. On the same weekend in 2016, a man was killed and nine other people wounded in a shooting on Bourbon St. In June 2014, another shooting incident on Bourbon St left one person dead and nine injured.

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Forces. In a statement, Irish Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said: “This is a sensitive case and I want to reassure people that all relevant state agencies are closely involved.” Irish state broadcaster RTÉ has posted footage on social

media of her being escorted by gardaí on the runway in Dublin. She said was not involved in fighting and did not train girls to become fighters. She also claimed she had been visited more than once by the FBI for questioning, and agents had taken her fingerprints and

DNA. Ms Smith had been living with her two-year-old daughter in a Syrian refugee camp. The taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar had previously said she would “certainly” be investigated if she returned to Ireland.

Booby traps: Man in Maine killed by own device 65-year-old American man who rigged his home with a booby trap to keep out intruders has been killed by the device. Ronald Cyr called police in the town of Van Buren in the state of Maine to say he had been shot. Police found a door had been designed to fire a handgun should anyone attempt to enter. Mr Cyr was taken to hospital but died of his injuries. It is not uncommon for homeowners to install such traps - but it is illegal. Police in Van Buren, which borders the Canadian province of New Brunswick, said they responded to a 911 call in the early evening of Thanksgiving, last Thursday, from a man who said he had been shot. “Following an extensive investigation that lasted into the early morning... it was determined that Mr Cyr had been shot as the result of the unintentional discharge of one of his homemade devices,” the police department said in a Facebook post. “Regretfully, Mr Cyr succumbed to the injuries he

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economic recession, hit by serious drought and low prices for its main mineral exports, diamonds and uranium. The Bank of Namibia is predicting a third year of recession, with the economy due to shrink by 1.7% in 2019. Swapo has also been hit by a fisheries scandal, with two former ministers under arrest for allegedly taking bribes to give licences to the Icelandic fishing firm Samherji. Former Justice Minister Sakeus Shanghala and former Fisheries Minister Bernard Esau have been charged with money laundering and fraud. “I am just a proud Namibian that we could have free and fair elections, no fighting, no attacking each other, free movement was allowed,” said President Geingob after the result was announced.

His main rival Mr Itula is also a Swapo member, but stood as an independent, The official opposition candidate - McHenry Venaani of the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) - finished third with 5.3%. He said he was considering legal action over what he called “anomalies and irregularities” in the election. Namibia uses electronic voting machines, and Mr Venaani went to court shortly before the election, arguing they were open to manipulation. The court, however, rejected his case. In parliamentary elections, Swapo lost its two-thirds majority in the 96-member chamber, winning 63 seats instead of its previous 77. The PDM won 16 seats, increasing its total by 11.

This will be Hage Geingob’s second and last term as president

‘Masturbation photos’ prompt Tunisia’s #MeToo anger

Lisa Smith: IS recruit arrested after arriving back in Ireland n Irish citizen who became an Islamic State bride has been arrested after arriving back in Dublin. Lisa Smith and her daughter travelled from Turkey after being deported, arriving in Ireland on Sunday. She was arrested on arrival,

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agent in the leg. Is it legal to booby trap your home in the US? The definition of booby trap is a concealed or camouflaged device that can cause bodily injury when triggered. It is illegal to set up devices in your home to protect it from intruders, if those devices can cause harm. The legal argument is that life is more valued than property and that the devices have no means of preventing accidental harm or distinguishing between targets. Even if the trap targets a criminal, the trap-setter, though having the right to protect their home, has no right to determine the punishment. Injury can lead to lawsuits. In the 1971 case of Katko v. Briney, in Iowa, two homeowners were held liable for injuries caused by their spring-loaded shotgun to a trespasser intent on stealing from a vacant property. The court ruled the deadly force was not reasonable and awarded the plaintiff $30,000 (£23,000) in damages. Source: BBC

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hotos of a man allegedly masturbating in a car outside a high school in Tunisia have prompted an outpouring of stories by women about the sexual abuse and harassment they have experienced. They are being shared under the hashtag #EnaZeda, which means “MeToo” in Tunisian Arabic. The man in the photos is a recently elected MP, Zouheir Makhlouf, who denies the allegations - saying he was about to urinate into a bottle as he is a diabetic. Women, wearing #EnaZeda T-shirts, gathered outside parliament earlier this month when MPs were being sworn in, demanding the case be investigated. The MP technically enjoys parliamentary immunity now, though a judge is still examining the case. The images were taken in October by a student who alleges the politician had been harassing her. ‘Paedophilia and incest rampant’ Outrage over the case prompted Aswaat Nisaa, a non-government organisation meaning “Women’s Voices”, to launch a closed group on Facebook called #EnaZeda. It is a safe space for victims to share their experiences - and the revelations have been a shock for the moderators of the page. “Paedophilia and incest are more rampant than we would like to admit,” moderator Rania Said told the BBC. “Many, many families are hiding this, and many families don’t even know how to deal with this.” The page now has more than 25,000 members, with thousands still pending approval. There are a deluge of testimonies detailing allegations of rape, marital rape and sexual harassment.

Accusations have been made against people in the military, the police, universities, schools, the media and relatives. It is not just women making the allegations - some men have also posted. The level of engagement took Aswaat Nisaa by surprise, especially about child abuse that has been ignored within families. “In the beginning especially there were so many stories about uncles, brothers, neighbours, the guy at the neighbourhood corner store,” says Ms Said. ‘My mother didn’t help’ Aswaat Nisaa put me in touch with a 36-year-old woman who said she was molested by her aunt’s husband when she was 14. She had gone to live with the couple one summer after her father had beaten her. “It started by kissing me on my mouth, he started touching my breasts,” she said. “I didn’t understand what he was doing because… I never saw myself as sexual, my body as sexual yet, because nobody had talked to me about it.” This continued for several weeks whenever he cornered her alone, until one night he entered her room. “He climbed on top of me; he tried to force himself, but I started to shout. So he was scared because my aunt - his wife - was sleeping in the other room,” she says. Can niqabs and bikinis coexist in Tunisia? Has life got worse for Tunisia’s women? Tunisian women free to marry non-Muslims The last legal sex workers in Tunisia She did tell some of her relatives about it but they dismissed the incident, suggesting it was a sign of her uncle’s affection, and offered her no support. “My mother said: ‘I lived through stuff like that, I do not think this is too bad.’”

#EnaZeda is allowing women the freedom to tell their stories of abuse

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hile flying is one of the safest ways to travel, in some countries with inadequate regulation and difficult terrain, it can be deadly. Two recent crashes in the Democratic Republic of Congo have raised concerns about air safety there. The most recent was earlier in November, when a plane crashed into houses in the eastern city of Goma, killing 27 people. But how unsafe is it to fly in the DR Congo and how does it compare to other parts of world? What is DR Congo’s safety record? Data from the Aviation Safety Network, which monitors and collates information about airline safety, shows DR Congo has had the most passenger-plane accidents in Africa since 1945. Daniel Kwasi Adjekum, of the University of North Dakota, says the high accident rate in DR Congo can be attributed to a variety of factors, among them the large size of the country, its terrain and weak regulation. Air travel is important because only four out of the other 25 provincial capitals in the country can be accessed by reliable roads from the capital, Kinshasa. What went wrong in Ethiopia and

Indonesia crashes? How likely are you to survive a plane crash? 2017: the safest year for air travel But DR Congo has dilapidated airport infrastructure, traffic navigation and surveillance equipment. There are also weak technical and safety regulations in the country. Other challenges include the use of obsolete or aged aircraft. There are also issues with flight crew and maintenance staff, who often lack supervision and stringent regulatory standards to adhere to. And some accidents are down to factors such as bad weather, including heavy rains and storms during the rainy seasons, since DR Congo lies in the tropical belt. Who has the most accidents globally? The US has had the most air accidents since 2010, followed by Russia, Canada, Mexico and Indonesia. But the US has some of the busiest commercial air routes in the world and the high volume of air traffic would make it more vulnerable to risk and possible safety lapses. Russia has the highest number of people, 532, to have died in accidents since 2010 - followed by Indonesia, with 520 deaths.

Source: Aviation Safety Network These two countries have big commercial airline operations and passenger numbers have grown sharply in the past decade. In Russia, the number of people flying has nearly tripled since 2009. In Indonesia, it has grown more than fourfold. Nepal has had a similar number of fatalities to DR Congo over that period - around 180, and it also has difficult terrain, issues with regulation and air safety, and growing numbers of people taking to the air. But Nepal has three times as much passenger traffic as DR Congo, with a sharp rise in the last few years. DR Congo’s share of world air traffic is tiny - less than 0.1%. However, it has accounted for nearly 4% of total air accidents since 2010, meaning its safety record is particularly poor. As a result, it is among those countries whose airlines are banned from or restricted within the European Union. But it is not the only African country on this list. It includes 13 other African countries, as well some in Asia and Latin America. In DR Congo, the worst year for accidents was 2007, when there were eight crashes in a single year. Source: BBC But the country’s deadliest


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raq’s parliament has approved the resignation of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi following weeks of unrest. It is unclear who will take over from Mr Abdul Mahdi. The parliament speaker said President Barham Saleh would be asked to name a new prime minister. Meanwhile the Pope has become the latest figure to condemn security forces’ use of lethal force. Some 400 people have been killed since protests began in Baghdad and other cities at the start of October. Is a new Arab Spring unfolding in the Middle East? Thousands more have been injured. Iraqis are demanding jobs, an end to corruption and better public services. On Sunday clashes continued in cities including Baghdad and Najaf. What is happening in Iraq’s parliament? The decision by parliament to approve Mr Abdul Mahdi’s resignation was made in an emergency session called on Sunday.

Existing laws in Iraq do not clearly set out a way for members of parliament to deal with a prime minister’s resignation, but lawmakers on Sunday acted on the legal opinion of the supreme court, according to the Associated Press news agency. Under the constitution, the president is expected to ask the largest bloc in parliament to nominate a new prime minister to form a government. Mr Abdul Mahdi and his government will stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new government is chosen, reports say. How did we get here? Mr Abdul Mahdi’s office announced on Friday that he would submit his resignation to parliament in response to a call from Iraq’s top Shia Muslim cleric for a new government. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani had condemned the use of force against protesters and called for lawmakers to withdraw their support for the government. It came a day after more than 40 people were killed in the bloodiest

day since the anti-government protests began. What did the Pope say? Pope Francis said he was following the situation there “with concern”. “It is with pain that I have learned of the protest demonstrations of the past days that were met with a harsh response, causing tens of victims,” he said at his weekly Sunday blessing. The Pope says he wants to visit Iraq next year. What is the latest? Anti-government demonstrators took to the streets in the southern city of Basra on Sunday dressed in black to mourn those killed in recent days. It came as Iraqi media reported that a police officer was sentenced to death for killing protesters in Wasit province, south-east of Baghdad. Another officer was reportedly given a seven-year sentence. If confirmed, the death sentence would be the first given to an Iraqi officer over the two months of unrest. Why is there unrest?

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killed - Mr Abdul Mahdi promised to reshuffle his cabinet and cut the salaries of high-ranking officials, and also announced schemes to reduce youth unemployment. But the protesters said their demands had not been met and returned to the streets in late October. The demonstrations escalated and spread across the country after security personnel responded with deadly force.

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Oxford University, said that one of China’s motivations for getting rid of anonymous phone numbers and internet accounts was to boost cybersecurity and reduce internet fraud. But another likely motivation, he said, was to better track the population: “It’s connected to a very centralised push to try to keep tabs on everyone, or that’s at least the ambition.” Are people worried? When the regulations were announced in September, the Chinese media did not make a big deal of it. But online, hundreds of social media users voiced concerns about the increasing amount of data being held on them. “People are being more and more strictly monitored,” one user of the Sina Weibo microblogging website said. “What are they [the government] afraid of?”

Many others complained that China had already seen too many data breaches. “Before, thieves knew what your name was, in the future they’ll know what you’ll look like,” said one user, receiving more than 1,000 likes. Another criticised the policy, saying: “This is being implemented without the consent of the public.” Another said they often received scam calls from people who knew their name and address, and asked: “Will they be able to tell what I look like now?” But others were less cynical, saying that the move was simply in line with “technological progress”. China already extensively censors and polices the web, removing and blocking content it does not want its citizens to see and talk about. China is often described as a surveillance state - in 2017 it had 170 million CCTV cameras in place across

the country with the goal of installing an estimated 400 million new ones by 2020. The country is also setting up a “social credit” system to keep score of the conduct and public interactions of all its citizens in one database. The aim is that by 2020, everyone in China will be enrolled in a vast national database that compiles fiscal and government information to give a “ranking” for each citizen. Facial recognition plays a key role in the surveillance system and it has been lauded as a way of catching fugitives. Last year, media noted that police were able to pick a fugitive out of a crowd of 60,000 at a concert using the technology. In the western region of Xinjiang, where up to a million Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities have been detained for what the authorities call “re-education”, surveillance cameras

use facial recognition to specifically track Uighurs, based on their appearance, the New York Times reported earlier this year. But facial recognition is increasingly becoming a part of daily life and commercial transactions in China. It’s used more and more, for example, to pay in shops and supermarkets. However there has been some blow-back. Earlier this year, a university professor sued a wildlife park for making facial recognition mandatory for visitors - sparking a wider debate about the state’s mass collection of data on its citizens. In September, the Chinese government said it planned to “curb and regulate” the use of facial recognition technology in schools after reports a university was trialling using it to monitor the attendance and behaviour of students.

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n Australian academic freed by the Taliban in a prisoner swap has spoken of his “long and tortuous ordeal” as a hostage in Afghanistan. Timothy Weeks said he believed US special forces had tried six times to rescue him and an American captive, Kevin King, who was also released. Mr Weeks said he did not hate the Taliban, saying some of his guards were “lovely people” he hugged as he left. “I never, ever gave up hope... I knew I would leave eventually,” he said. Mr Weeks and Mr King, also an academic, were freed this month in exchange for three senior militants

held by the Afghan authorities, in a deal aimed at kick-starting peace talks. The pair had been held for three years after being abducted outside the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, where they worked as professors. Why is there a war in Afghanistan? Mr Weeks, a 50-year-old from Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, was speaking at a press conference after returning to Australia on Thursday night. He said he believed numerous attempts were made to rescue him and that he was held in several locations, often small windowless cells in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. “I believe, and I hope this is

correct, that they (special forces) came in six times to try to get us, and that a number of times they missed us only by hours,” Mr Weeks said. He recalled one such mission in April, when his guards told him they were under attack by militants of the rival Islamic State (IS) group. “I believe now that it was the Navy SEALs coming in to get us,” Mr Weeks said. “I believe they were right outside our door. The moment that we got into the tunnels, we were one or two metres underground and there was a huge bang at the front door. “And our guards went up and there was a lot of machine-gun fire. They pushed me over the top into the tunnels and I fell backwards

and rolled and knocked myself unconscious.” He said he had accepted that his guards were soldiers acting under orders and that they “don’t get a choice”. “I don’t hate them at all,” he said. “And some of them I have great respect for, and great love for, almost. Some of them were so compassionate and such lovely, lovely people. And it really led me to think about... how did they end up like this?” Mr Weeks also recalled his release, saying his ordeal “ended as abruptly as it had begun” as two US Black Hawk helicopters descended from the skies. Source: BBC

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China due to introduce face scans for mobile users

eople in China are now required to have their faces scanned when registering new mobile phone services, as the authorities seek to verify the identities of the country’s hundreds of millions of internet users. The regulation, announced in September, was due to come into effect on Sunday. The government says it wants to “protect the legitimate rights and interest of citizens in cyberspace”. China already uses facial recognition technology to survey its population. It is a world leader in such technologies, but their intensifying use across the country in recent years has sparked debate. What are the new rules? When signing up for new mobile or mobile data contracts, people are already required to show their national identification card (as required in many countries) and have their photos taken. But now, they will also have their faces scanned in order to verify that they are a genuine match for the ID provided. China has for years been trying to enforce rules to ensure that everyone using the internet does so under their “real-name” identities. In 2017, for example, new rules required internet platforms to verify a user’s true identity before letting them post online content. The new regulation for telecom operators was framed by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology as a way to “strengthen” this system and ensure that the government can identify all mobile phone users. Most Chinese internet users access the web via their phones. Jeffrey Ding, a researcher on Chinese artificial intelligence at

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he Nigeria Union of Teachers has called for the inclusion of Gender-Based Violence, which is aimed at eradicating rape and other forms of sexual molestation against children, in the school curriculum. The National President of the union, Dr Mohammed Idris, made the call during an education conference with the theme “Oranging Our School: Teachers, Boys and Girls Stand Against Rape’’ held in Abuja The conference was organised to mark the 16-day Activism Against Gender-Based Violence on Women and Girls, jointly organised by UNESCO, federal ministries of women affairs and education, as well as the NUT, among others. Represented by the NUT Secretary-General, Mr Mike IkeEne, Idris said the inclusion would go a long way in educating children on the dangers, effects, preventive measures and the appropriate authorities to seek for help when sexually abused. He said “The issue of rape can be easily taught and disseminated by teachers because in the past people were always afraid to talk about it. Teachers can educate pupils and it will become an internal part of them. “We want the study of GBV to

be included in school curriculum under civic education, so that the young ones will be better equipped to fight rape.” Idris also condemned cases of rape and molestation against

women and children, calling on teachers to support efforts aimed at ending the scourge by educating pupils and encouraging them to speak out. Dr Lydia Giginna, the Director,

Education Support Services Department, Federal Ministry of Education, said the theme of the conference, which focused on rape, was aimed at educating pupils on the risks involved and the

appropriate authorities to consult when molested. Giginna advised pupils to be conscious of their environment and to be agents of change toward ending GBV.

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he Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, in partnership with e-Soft Content Limited, has introduced an interactive software application containing its curriculums for pupils of junior secondary schools nationwide to download and study. The NERDC in Abuja said the application was a means to allow school pupils benefit from the use of Information and Communication Technology to learn and study the curriculums of their various subjects. The NERDC Executive Secretary, Prof Ismail Junaidu, said the application, StudyMate, was the evolution of “educational materials from the traditional format to the electronic format in a bid to harness the potential of ICT in education.” Junaidu said, “The NERDC has the statutory responsibility to develop, review and enrich curriculum at all levels of

education in Nigeria; undertake, regulate and promote book development, and local authorship for quality assurance. “The advent of ICT has largely affected the ways of doing things including teaching and learning. The boundless nature of ICT has made it possible for teaching and learning to happen almost anywhere and anytime. In recent times, we have witnessed the evolution of educational

materials from the traditional format to the electronic format in a bid to harness the potential of ICT in education Creators of educational resources like e- Soft are constantly exploring innovative ways of making learning more effective with easily accessible and affordable materials. StudyMate is a clear demonstration to improve the quality of teaching and learning

both within and outside the walls of our classrooms. It is an educational e-resource developed by a Nigerian company for Nigerian schools.” The e-Soft Content Limited Convener, Mr Thomas Ukuedojor, said the government should assist the millions of pupils of public secondary schools particularly to have access to the application to enhance their educational

performance. He said, “Our belief is that if our children can retain knowledge, then they can perform better. To pass an examination, pupils don’t have to cram things. They just need to learn. The pupils now have an educational content where they can feel, touch and watch. This application will help pupils assimilate better and perform better.”

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he Bauchi State government has stated that it will embark on aggressive renovation and construction of schools across the 20 local government areas of the state as a way of boosting the education sector. Governor Bala Mohammed stated this when he granted officials of the National Union of Bauchi State Students, who paid him a courtesy visit at the

Government House Bauchi. He said renovation and construction of schools would be carried out next year, as it was captured in the budget as part of efforts to address the menace of out of school children in the state. Mohammed also reaffirmed the determination of his administration towards the payment of scholarship as and when due. He said the measure was to ensure human capital development

in the state’s education sector and overcome some of the challenges facing the sector. The Governor who expressed concern over the non payment of scholarship to students by the previous administrations in the state in the last five years, pledged to block leakages in the payment. He expressed satisfaction with the peaceful conduct of the recent NUBASS election and called on the officials to justify the confidence reposed in them.

Earlier speaking, the NUBASS National President, Comrade Adamu Kaloma expressed gratitude to Governor Bala Mohammed for pledging to ensure timely payment of scholarships to pupils. Kaloma acknowledged the efforts of the government towards restoring the lost glory of education sector in the state and assured him of their support in order to achieve the desired objectives.


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ervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women worldwide. But in Africa it is far deadlier than elsewhere, despite being a preventable disease. An ambitious health campaign in Rwanda has set an example which other countries on the continent are now starting to follow. Angeline Usanase, who lives in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, remembers the day her seemingly healthy life took a drastic turn. It was in November 2017 when she saw blood on her panties. This was no ordinary blood. At 67, Ms Usanase was menopausal and wouldn’t expect even light bleeding. “I went to a nearby health centre where the doctors recommended that I take the cervical cancer test. “The results came back positive. I was so confused. I could not take it - I thought I was going to die,” she says. A model for success Ms Usanase insists that the early detection and timely hospital treatment she received saved her life. But in Rwanda today, she may not have contracted the disease at all, thanks to the launch of a nationwide vaccination and cervical cancer screening campaign. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in Africa, but it is the deadliest, according to the World Health Organization. The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), which is a sexually transmitted infection (STI), is behind almost all cervical cancer cases. Despite the high number of deaths and the existence of an effective vaccine, only 10 African countries have HPV vaccination as part of their routine immunisation programmes. Senegal is the only country in West Africa to offer it, while other countries like Nigeria ran pilot schemes but haven’t adopted the vaccination at a national level. The situation is better in East Africa, as the HPV vaccine is available in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Rwanda. Fear of witchcraft Rwanda launched a vigorous campaign to stem the spread of HPV and encourage women to seek early treatment for cervical cancer in 2011. The plan was to get girls vaccinated early and to introduce cervical screening for women. In its first year of the scheme, Rwanda reached nine out every 10 girls eligible for the vaccine, a result that analysts still cite as a model for success. But Rwanda’s journey was not without its hurdles. When Rwanda decided to roll out its vaccination plan, some in the global health community discouraged them, claiming that high costs would divert money needed for more pressing child health issues. The government found a solution by partnering with an international pharmaceutical company, which provided free vaccines for the first three years of the

Angeline Usanase’s early diagnosis saved her life

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta watches a girl receiving the HPV jab roll-out. There were also significant cultural barriers to overcome. “There are still women who think cervical cancer is as a result of witchcraft and visit witchdoctors for treatment as opposed to medical doctors,” says Ms Usanase. Women also fear the prospect of having their wombs removed, she adds. “Cervical cancer is the most frequent cancer in Rwanda and the majority of

women are coming in for treatment when it’s at an advanced stage,” says Dr Francois Uwinkwindi, director of the cancer control unit at the Rwanda Biomedical Centre. Through community leaders, churches, village elders, health workers, schools and the media, the government launched a massive awareness campaign to dispel myths around the vaccine. The vaccine was given to girls at school, and for those who weren’t at school, it was offered at home.

The plan was to get girls vaccinated early and to introduce cervical screening for women. In its first year of the scheme, Rwanda reached nine out every 10 girls eligible for the vaccine, a result that analysts still cite as a model for success. But Rwanda’s journey was not without its hurdles.

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Health authorities ensured that a steady supply of vaccine was available throughout. Eight years later, while the initial campaign started at the grassroots level, it now forms part of Rwanda’s routine immunisation programme. Although data isn’t available yet to show the results in Rwanda, other countries who’ve taken a similar approach have seen dramatic falls in HPV infections among young people. Australia started mass vaccination in 2007, but had been screening women for cervical cancer since 1991. Its current annual cervical cancer rate stands at seven cases per 100,000 people, which is about half the global average. It is estimated that by 2020 the annual incidence of cervical cancer in Australia will fall to less than six new cases per 100,000 cases. ‘Nine women die each day’ After Rwanda, other African countries are now following suit. In October, the Kenyan government introduced HPV vaccination into the country’s routine immunisation programme, working with international donors. It wants to vaccinate 800,000 girls aged 10 every year. “Nine women die of cervical cancer daily in Kenya. This is a move to prevent the disease through vaccination for girls and screening of older women,” said Marleen Temmerman, a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi. Some however still don’t trust the vaccine, despite global health authorities declaring it to be safe and effective, with only minor side effects. “I haven’t taken my 10-year-old because I’m afraid of what I’m hearing. There are rumours that our children will become paralysed or they will get blood clots. We have not received education on the vaccine,” says Mbonje Athman, a mother living in the coastal city Mombasa. The Kenya Catholic Doctors Association (KCDA), a religious group, has called for a boycott of the vaccine, saying it is unnecessary to give it to young girls, and urging monogamy and sexual abstinence as a way of avoiding HPV. Back in Rwanda, the plan is to scale up efforts to beat cervical cancer. “Many older girls and women didn’t get a chance to be immunised when we started the roll-out so now the strategy is to target and screen women between 30 and 49 years,” says Dr Uwinkwindi. Ms Usanase now shares her own cancer story as a way of raising awareness and encouraging others to seek out treatment to prevent the disease. “If I had my way, I would line up everyone and get them to go see a doctor,” she says. Source: BBC

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uper Falcons and Shenghai Shenglii FC of China forward Francesca Ordegah has expressed optimism that the Nigerian senior women team will bounce from recent set backs to continue domination of the game in Africa and beyond. Reacting to the inability of Super Falcons to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Ordegah stated that it was a very painful experience losing to ivory Coast on the away goals rules after a 1-1 aggregate scores over two legs adding that it was a day things simply did not work out as planned

“I have heard and read people blaming our exit on crisis and infighting in our tram, but I want to state it clearly here that there is no crisis in Super Falcons. We are united and it is not true that infighting and crisis in camp caused us our Olympic Games ticket. It is not true, we lost because we failed to score in Lagos. On a good day, we should have beaten the ivoriens hands down. “Our interim coach Chris Danjuma told us what to do to win the game after a goalless draw in Abidjan but tried as did to get the needed win it was not to be and we crashed out. He is a good and very hard working coach but on that day we be failed to deliver. The change in captaincy did not

divide the team as being speculated. It was just one of those days when nothing works for you” Ordegah stated On the removal of Head of women football development Ruth David after the crash, Ordegah it was unfair to blamed her for our exit from the Olympic Games qualifiers adding that Ruth is a mother to us and I am very close to her. “She is strict but jovial with the players and officials. A very detailed and passionate woman who wants the best for our country. She borrowed money from friends and relatives to pay us our outstanding allowances to avoid a planned protest during the pre world cup camp in Austria.

This was about the second or third time she had saved the country such national embarrassment from players. Nobody can say she short pay or collect gratification from any player or officials. I will miss her now that she has been removed and I pray that her removal will not be counter productive” Ordegah stressed. She assured that Super Falcons will bounce back stronger pointing out that the Olympic Games set back will be used as a motivation to retain the African women Nations cup next year. “we will to appease our fans and Nigerians by qualifying with ease and going ahead to retain the trophy won in Ghana last year.

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Watford sack manager Quique Sanchez after less than three months in charge

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atford have sacked manager Quique Sanchez Flores after Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Southampton, saying “ultimately results have dictated our decision”. Chris Hughton is a possible successor and the Hornets said a replacement will be appointed “imminently”. Sanchez Flores, who was in charge for the 2015-16 season, was reappointed on 7 September, replacing Javi Gracia. But he won just one of his 10 league games in charge with

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saac George scored his 4th goal of the season, a penalty against Warri Wolves to earn his side, Akwa Starlets another win as they continue their fine form in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). The team continues to win at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, this being their second of the campaign. George scored in the 75th minute and it was enough. The first half did see the host with a greater ball possession while Warri Wolves registered no attempt at goal. The very first chance at goal for Akwa Starlets came midway into the first half, with a shot from Femi Ajayi on target but was pushed away for a corner by the Warri Wolves keeper, Ocheayi Richards. In the 74th minute, Aniekan Ekpe won a penalty for the home team which was converted by Isaac George a minute later. Akwa Starlets coach, Caleb Esu simply thanked God for

the win, adding that his players were anxious to score, causing them to miss lots of chances. “We want to appreciate God for today’s win. The players were a little bit tensed and anxiety set in for us,” Esu said after the game. “Our aim remains to stay in the NPFL for another season.” Evans Ogenyi of Warri Wolves also blamed anxiety as one of the negatives for his team on the day. “My boys were anxious, but we will still take home some positives from the game even though we lost,” Ogenyi said. “My boys failed to take their chances but it takes nothing away from Akwa Starlets. They are a good side.” Matchday 6 results Plateau Utd 0-0 Kano Pillars Akwa Starlets 1-0 Wolves Rivers Utd 0-0 Abia Warriors Adamawa Utd 4-0 Katsina Utd Sunshine Stars 1-0 Akwa Utd Nasarawa Utd 0-1 Delta Force Wikki 1-0 Heartland Today Jigawa Stars vs FC Ifeanyi Ubah

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Watford bottom of the Premier League. In an open letter to Watford fans published on the club website, the 54-year-old Spaniard said the club “will always be in my heart”. Watford have eight points after 14 games and are six points from safety - their worst return at this stage of a Premier League campaign. “Quique is a man of great integrity and it was clear how much he wanted to have a positive impact, but ultimately results have dictated our decision,” said

chairman Scott Duxbury. “The appointment of a new head coach is imminent, and with nearly two-thirds of the season remaining, we will provide all the support necessary to make the coming months successful.” During Sanchez Flores’ latest spell in charge, they have only beaten Norwich in the league, while losing to Wolves, Chelsea, Burnley and Manchester City, where they were hammered 8-0. They were also knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Everton in the fourth round.

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njury-ravaged Enugu Rangers got off to a losing start in the group stage of the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday when they fell 3-1 to Pyramid FC of Egypt. Birthday boy Ibrahim Olawoyin put home team Rangers in front in the 29th minute with a superb strike.

However, Pyramid FC drew level on 55 minutes from the penalty spot through Mohamed Salama after Isiaka Oladuntoye handled the ball inside the box. Rangers were reduced to 10 men on the stroke of half time when captain Tope Olusesi received his second booking of the day.

The Egyptian cup holders then netted two late goals to record a maximum three points on the road. Islam Attia gave the visitors the lead after 86 minutes before Amor Layouni wrapped up the victory for Pyramid in the 89th minute from the penalty spot.

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uper Eagles’ Kelechi Iheanacho was the hero of Leicester City on Saturday as the club beat Everton 2-1 to return to second place in the Premier League. Iheanacho scored a goal and set up another for Leicester’s win. The Nigerian forward scored deep into stoppage time to complete a turnaround against Everton and allowed Leicester close the gap on leaders Liverpool at the top of the Premier League. The result leaves the Foxes in second, eight points behind leaders Liverpool, while under-pressure Marco Silva sees his side remain 17th. Richarlison had given the visitors a first-half lead with a bullet header from Djibril Sidibe’s cross. Brendan Rodgers’ side – who struggled for large parts of the game against a resolute Everton defence – equalised when Jamie Vardy tapped in Kelechi Iheanacho’s cross. And the 2015-16 title winners won the game in the dying seconds when Iheanacho latched on to Ricardo Pereira’s throughball to steer the ball past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, BBC reports. Taye Taiwo and Oduamadi

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The Rise and Fall of ‘Countryman Governor’ Emmanuel Yawe

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t the annual All Nigeria Editors Conference (ANEC) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa, in August 2015, Governor Seriake Dickson was at his humorous best. As the chief host of the event, he did his very best to put his guests – the Editors - at ease. That was the first time I got to know his nickname is ‘Countryman Governor.’ It was clear he relished the name. As he dashed from one end of the stage to another delivering his opening speech, his huge frame reminded me of Idi Amin Dada of Uganda. And so did his propensity for lewd humor. He said he was willing to host the ANEC the following year if only the Editors were willing to guarantee good performance presently. By good performance he meant the Editors must take advantage of the many, many beautiful girls in Bayelsa and enjoy themselves to the fullest. By the time the Editors were in Yenagoa for the next meeting, the following year, they should be able to see the fruits of their nocturnal labor. We all laughed. Seraike Dickson was known as Goodluck Jonathans blue eyed boy in the beginning. It was Jonathan who as Governor of Bayelsa appointed him Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice from 2006-2007. That singular appointment opened the gate for his rapid political ascension. By 2007, he was elected into the Federal House of Representatives. By then, Johnathan had become VicePresident to Yar-adua. Soon, Yar-adua became ill and died in office, paving the way for Jonathan to emerge as President. Bayelsa experienced some political turbulence because as the sitting President, Jonathan was certainly interested in who would emerge as the governor of his home state. When Jonathan moved to the presidency in Abuja, Timipre Sylva, who had run against Jonathan in the PDP primaries and came second was elected in his place as Governor. For some strange reasons, Jonathan now the Vice President did not want Timipre

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to have a smooth sail right from day one. His election was nullified by the court and he had to do a re-run in 2018. Timpere saw the hand of Jonathan in all this. He said in an interview that Jonathan never wanted him to be his successor. He won the re-run but getting a second term in office as Governor of Bayelsa was something else. By now Jonathan was a full-fledged President and did not hide his opposition to Timipre’s second term ambition at all. Poor Timipre had fallen out of power. Not only did he fail to win reelection or even his party’s flag for the election, he was literary chased out of office. Even out of office, his traducers did not leave him alone. The EFCC soon came calling with allegations of stealing state property. The amount of money he was alleged to have stolen was frightening. In 2012, the blue eyed boy Seraike Dickson was given presidential support to uproot Timipre from the Governor’s office in Yenagoa. He won the election by acclamation, almost. In the beginning Dickson started well. At least he tried to ingratiate himself to his godfather. The first Lady Patience Jonathan

was appointed a Permanent Secretary in the Bayelsa state civil service even when she did not have the mental or physical presence for the job. Her spoken English was staccato and as First Lady to the President of Nigeria, she had such a tight schedule in Abuja that one wonders what time she had for the job of a Permanent Secretary. Still, this did not save him from the vagaries of Presidential anger. By the time his first term was coming to an end, it was clear that relations between him and his principal, the President were as dead as dodo. He managed to survive that one anyway. The problem was the second term which pitched him in a do or die wrestling match with Jonathan. As a rule, every governor who has served his two terms out makes sure he hand picks a stooge to take over from him. He then moves over to the Senate which has been turned into a retirement ground for former Governors. The signals were bad for Dickson at the elections earlier this year but he tried to hold his turf. Even for all his efforts, for the first time, PDP was losing her grip of

In 2012, the blue eyed boy Seraike Dickson was given presidential support to uproot Timipre from the Governor’s office in Yenagoa. He won the election by acclamation, almost. In the beginning Dickson started well.

Bayelsa since 1999. A significant number of elective offices, both at state and federal levels were won by the APC. This should have sounded a warning signal to the Countryman Governor. But he was too far gone with his fantasy of installing a stooge as a successor. This is one lesson state governors have refused to learn. They will select a successor believing he will not have the spleen to challenge them. But it hardly takes one year with the new helmsman in office before things fall apart. Dickson’s insistence on a particular aspirant in the PDP camp led to the eruption in the party, pitched him against such powerful people like Goodluck Jonathan and led to the disaster he has on his hands today. It is a sad end for a man whom I thought was doing a good job. The road to Nembe and the Bayelsa state airport are a few out of the many exemplary projects I saw in Bayelsa which he embarked on for his state. For a man who did all these to abandon his high ambitions about good governance and prefer a narrow and limited vision of supporting the ambitions of his godson is a tragedy that could have been avoided. For now the countryman governor is gone and I shall miss his terrific sense of humor.

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