Friday, December 2, 2016/ Rabiâ€™u Awwal 1, 1438 AH
963 Days after
US Muslims seek protection over genocide threats
Vol. 24 No. 82 N150
Power generation drops by 964 mw
The nation awaits rescue of the remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls
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N450 bn missing in 33 agencies - FG pAGE 10
â€˘ L-R: Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state receiving contract documents from the Managing Director, China Railway 18th Bureau (Group) Co. Ltd. Mr. Peng Shiguo, after signing $1.85 million Kano light rail project agreement, in Kano yesterday.
Saraki meets Buhari for speedy passage of 2017 budget pAGE 3
5,000 IDPs living with HIV/AIDS Official pAGE 8
Kano signs $1.8 bn rail contract with Chinese firm >> pg 3
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N450bn missing in 33 agencies-FG By Ese Awhotu
he Federal Government has disclosed that a whooping N450 billion operating surpluses cannot be accounted for by 33 agencies. The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeousun, made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja at a news conference, saying that the said amounts were not returned by 33 agencies from 2010 to 2015. The discovery, according to Adeosun followed an audit conducted on the agencies in compliance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act (FRA), 2007. She said the audit revealed that there was a lot of nonremittances and underremittances of operating surpluses and that some agencies were operating without an approved budget. The Minister gave the names of some of the agencies affected to include: the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Nigerian Communications Commission, Nigerian Ports Authority and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency. Others are Corporate Affairs Commission, , Nigerian
Export-Import Bank, National Open University of Nigeria, West African Examination Council, Joint Administrations and Matriculation Board and the National Hospital, Abuja and the Nigerian Railway Corporation among others. On how the Federal Government plans to recover the unremitted funds, Adeosun disclosed that a recovery committee headed by the Accountant General of the Federation had been set up to recover the money from the agencies. This is even as she said that some of the affected agencies had started returning various sums. Giving a breakdown of the recovered amounts, she said that that N640 million had been received from the Nigeria Shippers. Her words, “The total independent revenue generated between January and October, 2016 was N272.03 billion but there is a projected increase to N811.03 billion as we recover amounts owed.’’ Giving more insight into the audit report, the minister said that there was overstating of budget and spending above budgeted amount, failure
to reconcile accounts and existence of irreconcilable differences. According to her, “The audit also showed that there was under-reporting of revenues, failure to submit audited financial statements, payroll fraud and exaggeration of payroll costs, over-payment of staff salaries and abuse of personnel grants,” she said. She said that that some of the audit reports had been sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), while the agencies that defaulted had been directed to come up with their repayment proposals. “We know that in some cases that money would have already been spent so they will now give us a proposal of how they are going to repay but the money has to be paid. “We are also looking at their Treasury Single Account (TSA) to understand how much money they actually have because in some cases these surpluses are in their accounts. “Our plan is not to grind to a halt the activities of any agency but to institute fiscal discipline in all the agencies,’’ the minister stated,” She explained.
Navy shuns Reps over vandalised vessels By Umar Muhammad Puma
ollowing petition against the Nigerian Navy over its alleged role in vandalizing of vessels in its custody, for the third time failed to appear before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions investigating the allegation. The Chairman of the Committee, Rep Abonta Uzoma while lamenting the inability of the Navy to appear before the committee said since they have refused to appear before the committee to give its own side, it will conclude its finding based on the submission of the owners of the vessels, represented by Mike Ozekhome (SAN). He said since the matter is civil in nature, it cannot compel the Navy to appear before it to state its side of the story. “It is not in doubt whether vessels were seized. What is in doubt is the content of the vessels. We have given them(Navy) opportunity to come and talk. I see it that they are not interested. We will look at the matter viz a viz what we have,” Uzoma said. Earlier, Ozekhome, who said he was not surprised by the absence of the Navy, told the committee that the Service should be held responsible for vandalizing of the vessels. He said the vessels were in good condition when they were seized, adding that what his client wants is for the Navy to pay it a restitution of $29.2 in respect to the vandalised vessels. Lifeline Maritime Limited and Braza Oil Limited had in a petition to the House alleged that two of its vessels seized by the Navy was vandalised while it was in the custody of the Service, with all the vital parts carted away.
Power generation drops by 964 MW
he nation’s power generation capacity has dropped from 4,285 megawatts recorded on September 16 to 3,321 megawatts on December 1 due to scarcity of gas, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. NAN quoted the figure provided by the Nigeria Electricity System Operator on Thursday. The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) puts the total output of all the generation companies at 3,321.50 megawatts, which had been transferred to the 11 distribution companies across the country. An official of TCN, who preferred anonymity, told NAN that electricity generation had been dwindling due to
challenges of accessing gas by generation companies. The official said that the country’s power generation dropped from over 4,000 megawatts recorded in September and October to 3,321.50 megawatts current recording as December 1. Similarly, a top management official of Egbin Power Station, who also pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the power plant was generating over 1,000 megawatts. He said the plant, which is located in Lagos, now generates and distributes between 250 megawatts and 300 megawatts due to shortage of gas. The official said that Egbin, with an installed capacity of 1,320 megawatts,
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has the capacity to wheel over 1,000 megawatts daily. According to him, the plant is now limited to less than 300 megawatts due to shortage of gas. Godwin Idemudia, General Manager, Communications of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc, attributed recent frequent outages within the company’s network to the drop in energy allocation to it. Mr. Idemudia told NAN that the company was receiving less than 300 megawatts instead of 1,300 megawatts needed to service its consumers. He said the company had reached an agreement with independent power companies to argument the little energy
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being received from the national grid to meet energy demands of its customers. According to him, Eko DISCO secured additional 160 megawatts of electricity to augment its allocation from the national grid. “We have entered into bilateral agreements with Egbin Power Plc and Paras Energy & Natural Resources Development Limited for 100 megawatts and 60 megawatts respectively. “But the generation companies are constrained by gas challenges. “We are also working on embedded power programme aimed at producing 480 megawatts for distribution to our customers,” Mr. Idemudia told NAN. (NAN)
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Saraki meets Buhari for speedy 2017 budget passage
By Lawrence Olaoye
enate President, Sen. Bukola Saraki has given the assurance that the 2017 budget will get accelerated attention and would be passed much more sooner than in the past by the National Assembly. The lawmaker who doubles as the Chairman of the National Assembly gave the assurance yesterday after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. Saraki who fielded questions from State House Correspondents
after the meeting said a lot of work has been done behind the scene to harmonize areas of possible disagreement also hinted that work was in progress on the contentious Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF). Asked his purpose for the visit to the President, Saraki said “I came for consultation with the President on a number of national issues. We are all getting towards the end of the year, getting the budget. Just regular consultation.” On whether the Senate as ready to receive the new budget, the lawmakers said “We are ready.
Once the document comes to us, we are ready. I think this time around, a lot work has taken place behind the scene. There is a lot of more collaboration and you will see the result of that in the time frame it will take after the president will have presented it.” On whether there was resolution on MTEF, he said “That is still a work in progress. I am sure that very soon, that matter will be concluded. But I am very optimistic that this year’s budget will be passed much more sooner than what we saw in the past.” Asked to give details on the
budget, he said “Well, I haven’t seen the details until the president lays it. I am sure within the next ten days, it will be presented.” Commenting on the defection saga that made the opposition Senators of the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stage a walkout from the plenary on Wednesday, Saraki said “It is a democracy at work. The opposition party has its views about the defection of a senator to the APC. Normalcy has been restored to the house and we are one family again.”
• L-R: Director General, Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Mr. Asishana Okauru, representative of the Chairman of NGF/ Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Waziri Tabuwal, Governor of Kebbi state, Sen. Atiku Abubakar Bagudu and President, Global Policy and Advocacy and Chief Strategy Officer, Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, Mr. Mark Suzman, during the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Partnership with Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation to support cross-state policy efforts that benefit Nigeria’s poorest, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa
No going back on terror, corruption war -Buhari
By Lawrence Olaoye
resident Muhammadu Buhari has vowed not to ever renege in his determination to fight terrorism, corruption and salvage the nation’s economy regardless of the prevailing daunting challenges. He made this commitment yesterday while receiving the Letter of Credence of the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, William Stuart Symington, at the State House. The President also pointed out that the timely intervention of the United States of America (USA) in the conduct of the 2015 general elections helped in ensuring peace and stability in Nigeria. According to him, the visit of the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, to Nigeria sent a serious signal to former President Goodluck Jonathan on how serious the world took the sanctity of the polls. Buhari said the security situation in the North East had improved significantly following support in training of the military
and supply of hardware after the G-7 meeting in Germany in 2015. The President said the target of reversing the ‘‘culture of corruption’’ in the country had received support from Nigerians, with many realizing the depth of damage done by some previous administrations from the ongoing investigations and prosecutions. ‘‘The corruption we met at personal and institutional levels was unbelievable. Corruption was turning into a culture. After we came in, people started realizing the truth,’’ he added. The President told the U. S ambassador that his administration was still determined to continue investigations and prosecution of corrupt persons in the country as ‘‘Nigeria will either kill corruption or corruption will kill Nigeria in the long run.’’ The President noted that the years of mishandling of the economy at a period of financial prosperity, affected the economy, making it more challenging to create employment for the youths and improve the livelihood of
many Nigerians. ‘‘It has not been easy for another party to come in and get things done properly, especially with the new economic reality of $37 per barrel of oil, against the $100 for the period, and there was no savings, no infrastructure on ground,’’ he said. In his remarks, the U.S ambassador said the interest in the well-being of Nigeria was of mutual benefit. ‘‘We do it not only for Nigeria, but for ourselves. We did it because it was right for us and right for our people,’’ he said. Symington said he would work hard to further strengthen the relationship between his country and Nigeria, assuring that President-elect Donald Trump would also be interested in the wellbeing of Nigeria. President Buhari also received Letter of Credence from the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco, Mr. Moha Ouali Tagma, assuring him of Nigeria’s willingness to improve bilateral relations between the countries.
Vandal jailed 18 months for stealing Kaduna Electric cables From Femi Oyelola kaduna
Kaduna Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Zaria. has sentenced one Yahaya Idris of Tashar Yari in Zaria Local Government of the kaduna state to 18 months imprisonment for stealing Kaduna electric cables. The prosecutor, Inspector Sarki Abdurrahman who read the charges said the suspect trespassed into Kaduna electric transformer and stole 4 meters incomer cable valued at N200, 000 and sold it to one Alhaji who is at large at the rate of N20, 000. In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Umaru Bature found the vandal, Yahaya Idris guilty of the charges against him as follows; for criminal trespass he has been sentenced to 6 months in prison with option of N5, 000 fine, in addition to that he was charged for theft and sentenced to one year imprisonment without an option or fine, he was also charged with N200, 000 for compensation of stolen cable or with an option of 1 and half year imprisonment to run consecutively. Reacting to the judgment, Kaduna Electric through the Head, Corporate Communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi commended the judiciary for their efforts and prompt adjudication of cases before the courts and assured them of maximum cooperation at all times. He also hoped that this sentence would serve as deterrent to would be vandals.
Buhari felicitates with Chioma, Imo First Lady, on her birthday By Lawrence Olaoye
resident Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Mrs. Chioma Rochas Okorocha, the First Lady of Imo State on her birthday which was yesterday, Wednesday, 30th November. According to a statement made available to newsmen by his Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, the President in the birthday message to the wife of the Chairman of the Progressive Governors' Forum, the President said 'I am particularly happy with the life of service you have led so far," noting that as the Chairperson of 'She Needs A Roof Project,' the governor's
wife has been making life easier for widows and the weaker members of the society. In this regard, Buhari said it was heartening to note that Mrs. Okorocha has so far delivered more than 200 homes to widows as part of her charitable undertakings. He urged the First Lady to continue in her invaluable support to her husband, Governor Rochas Okorocha as he brings CHANGE to Imo State. President Buhari also enjoined her to "strive to do more for widows and the less privileged members of the society at a time the country is going through painful but unintended consequences of CHANGE."
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62ND KANO STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING 28TH SEPTEMBER, 2016 (26TH ZHUL HIJJAH 1437AH) PREPARED BY THE COUNCIL AFFAIRS DIRECTORATE, OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT, GOVERNMENT HOUSE, KANO.
he Kano State Executive Council held its 62nd weekly meeting under the distinguished chairmanship of His Excellency, the Executive Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR on Wednesday 28th September, 2016 equivalent to 26th Zhul Qadah, 1437AH). This is in continuation of the administration’s efforts to accelerate the process of development in the most populous State in the federation. It is undoubtedly clear that since the inception of the administration in May 2015, tremendous progress has been recorded in all facets of human endeavours as the Governor has demonstrated commitment typified by his leadership and administrative acumen to catapult the State to enviable heights through the introduction of many reform measures geared toward putting the State on a sound financial pedestal for ultimate economic independence and prosperity which in turn will enable the Government to continue executing capital-intensive projects, initiating people-centred policies and implementing programmes for the well-being of the teeming people. With the crash of the crude oil price at the international markets and other negative economic outlook at both global and national levels which negatively impact on the economies of most countries including Nigeria, the Ganduje administration has resorted to devising new means of generating revenue for the smooth running of the State with great positive impact. Apart from prompt payment of salary to public servants, the Government has taken it upon itself to complete all inherited projects and even initiate new ones to the admiration of the people of the State. These multi-billion Naira projects include underpasses at the Madobi-Panshekara junction and Katsina Road, a flyover at Kofar Ruwa/Katsina Road junction, rural roads, water supply schemes, provision of health and education infrastructures, etc. In addition, new capital projects would be embarked upon following the significant improvement in the internally generated revenue as a result of the Government’s reform measures. While welcoming the members to the first meeting under his chairmanship after his return from the Holy Land o f Saudi Arabia for the annual Hajj (pilgrimage) rites, he prayed to the Almighty Allah to accept the prayers and devotions of Muslims all over the world and congratulated his deputy and other members on successfully running the affairs of the State during his absence. While in the Holy Land, he stated that he had met with pilgrims and Islamic scholars (ulamas) from the State who prayed for peace and prosperity in the State and the country at large and for President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR to realize his vision and aspirations for Nigeria. The Governor commended pilgrims from the State for their good conduct during the Hajj exercise especially their neatness and hygienic disposition despite being the largest contingent from the country which drew accolades from the Saudi authorities. He attributed this singular feat to the early and good preparations made by the State Pilgrims Welfare Board, assuring that this would continue in order to record more successes during the subsequent annual religious exercises. The Chairman also disclosed that he had met with students from the State studying at Islamic University of Medina on how to improve the training of students, Imams and Islamic scholars whenever they are on vacation in the State for the development of Islamic education. The following memoranda were presented before the esteemed Council members by ministries, departments and agencies for due consideration and approval during the meeting with financial implication in the sum of N1,263,883,587.83: a) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the Repairs and Renovation of the Abandoned Leather Common Facility Centre (CFC) at Jakara Kings Garden The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology inviting the Council to note that the Common Facility Centre at Jakara was established under the defunct State Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with the Nigerian Institute of Leather Science
Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR and Technology, Zaria to serve as a training ground for the teeming youth in leather processing for job and wealth creation. The necessary equipment and machinery were procured but are yet to be installed at the centre while the first set of 660 students/trainees was trained in 2014. To the make centre fully operational, the Physical Planning Department of the ministry assessed the extent of repairs/facilities required and came up with a bill of quantities for all the requirements to the tune of N8,029,803:00. Accordingly, Council approved the release of the stated sum to the ministry for the repairs and renovation of the abandoned Leather Common Facility Centre at Jakara Kings Garden. b) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the Construction of Janguza-Tashar Bala-Fantasha-Gangare Road The request is from the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport which identified and proposed for the construction of the 10.20-kilometer Janguza Barracks-Tashar Bala-FantashaGangare Road for the benefits of the agrarian inhabitants of the affected areas who engage in extensive agricultural activities in both the dry and rainy seasons. Lack of access road restricts movement of people and goods which negatively affects their economic activities; thus the need for the construction of the road in order to improve the people’s socio-economic activities. To this end, the ministry’s team of engineers assessed the scope of works and prepared a bill of engineering measurement and evaluation for the execution of the road project. Accordingly, Council approved the award of the project at the cost of N605,900,338:21. c) Request for Assistance to Purchase a House for the Establishment of Madarasatul Fa’izatil Ulumil Dinil Islamiyya at Bachirawa, Ungogo LGA The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport upon the receipt of a request from the people of Bachirawa quarters in Ungogo Local Government Area for Government’s assistance to purchase a house for the establishment of the above-mentioned Islamiyya school whose activities are at present being conducted at the entrance porches of private houses. The ministry inspected and valued the house in the sum of N9,150,000:00 but the owner agreed to sell it at the discounted cost of N7,000,000:00. Accordingly, Council approved the sum of N7,000,000:00 for the purchase of a private
house besides Jumaat Mosque at Bachirawa for the expansion of the Islamiyya school. d) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the Renovation of Existing Structures and Construction of Additional Ones at Filin Mushe Maternal and Child Health Clinic, Gwale LGA The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Health inviting the Council to note that the Filin Mushe Maternal and Child Health Clinic in Gwale Local Government Area provides maternal and child care, immunization and treatment of common ailments and other services to communities in Sani Mainagge, Gwale, Gadon Kaya, Diso, and other neighbouring ones. However, the health facility was razed down by fire on 2nd June, 2016 leading to the destruction of many structures and loss of medical supplies, consumables, equipment, electronics and documents. To rehabilitate the facility, the ministry’s technical team inspected, assessed and quantified its requirements for the execution of the project which includes renovation of burnt structures, construction of additional ones, landscaping/interlocking, etc at the cost of N16,200,331:84 which the Council readily approved for the stated commitments. e) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the Upgrade of Makoda Model Primary Health Centre to Cottage Hospital The request is also from the Ministry of Health for the upgrade of Makoda Model Primary Health Centre to a cottage hospital in order to meet the pressing needs of health care service in Makoda Local Government Area. Toward this, the ministry’s technical team inspected the site, assessed and quantified the scope of works at the cost of N126,268,411:53 which include rehabilitation of existing structures, construction of others, construction of a borehole with a tank and water reticulation, etc. Accordingly, Council approved the stated amount for the commitment. f) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the ReAccreditation of Community Health Extension Workers and Junior Community Health Extension Workers Courses at the School of Health Technology, Bebeji The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Health requesting for funds for the re-accreditation of courses run by the School of Health Technology, Bebeji in Bebeji Local Government Area for Community Health Extension Workers and Junior Community Health Extension Workers. These courses are accredited by the Community Health Practice Registration Board of Nigeria, a body that regulates the practice and training of all community health cadres in the country. In order to meet the accreditation requirements, the ministry recommended for the construction of some structures and supply/installation of a 114KVA sound-proof generating set at the cost of N121,662,418:27 which the Council graciously approved for the stated objectives. g) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the ReAccreditation of Community Health Extension Workers and Junior Community Health Extension Workers Courses at the School of Health Technology, Kano The Ministry of Health also presented the memorandum for the execution of some projects at the School of Health Technology, Kano in order to meet the accreditation requirements in respect of courses offered to Community Health Extension Workers and Junior Community Health Extension Workers. The courses are accredited by the Community Health Practice Registration Board of Nigeria which recommended for the execution of some projects before the accreditation of the courses run by the school. Accordingly, the ministry quantified the execution of the projects at the cost of N68,277,265:00 which the Council readily approved for the stated undertakings. h) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the Rehabilitation of Infrastructures Damaged by Windstorm at Government Technical College (GTC), Ungogo The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology notifying the Council about a request from the Science and Technical Schools Board for the repairs/rehabilitation of infrastructures damaged by windstorm at GTC, Ungogo. The damaged infrastructures include students’ hostels, classrooms, laboratory, workshop, part of the college’s wall fence and two staff houses. The structures were assessed and a bill of quantities was prepared in the sum of N14,203,688:48 for the rehabilitation works which the Council approved. Contd on Page 33
PEOPLES DAILY, friday, DECEMber 2, 2016 i) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the Purchase of Working Materials for 48No. Women Centres under the State Agency for Mass Education The request is from the State Agency for Mass Education through the Ministry for Education, Science and Technology for the purchase of instructional/vocational materials, laboratory equipment and sets of computers for distribution to its 48No. working materials. The centres were established to provide educational and economic empowerment to the womenfolk which include basic literacy, continuing education (JSS and SSCE), vocational skills and computer training. Accordingly, Council approved the sum of N47,990,946:00 for the stated commitment. j) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the Completion of Goron Dutse Community Hospital The request is from the Ministry of Health inviting the Council to note that as its contribution to complement the government’s efforts toward effective health care delivery in the State, Al’umma Community Development Association of Goron Dutse Ward in Gwale Local Government Area initiated and commenced the construction of a two-storey community hospital which has reached 75% completion level at the ground floor but the project was abandoned due to lack of funds. For this reason, the association sought for government’s intervention for the completion of the project for which reason the ministry’s team of experts inspected, assessed and quantified the completion works in the sum of N12,007,385:75. Accordingly, Council approved the amount for the completion of the project. k) Memorandum on the Upgrading of Chideri Basic Health Centre to Primary Health Centre in Makoda LGA The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Health for the upgrading of Chideri Basic Health Centre to a primary health centre in Makoda Local Government Area in order to meet the pressing needs for health care services at Chideri and neighbouring areas. The ministry’s technical team inspected, assessed and quantified the scope of works for the upgrade which include construction of structures and renovation of existing ones, supply of a generating sets, among others to the tune of N85,725,849:75 which the Council approved for the stated undertaking. l) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the Payment of Compensation to Owners of Property Affected by the Dualization of Panshekara/Madobi Junction-Panshekara Town Road The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning following the receipt of a request from the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport for the payment of compensation to the rightful owners of structures affected by the on-going dualization of Panshekara/Madobi Junction-Panshekara Town Road. The Ministry’s team of experts inspected and valued the 51No. structures in the sum of N36,226,150:00 which the Council readily approved for settlement to the property owners through e-payment. m) Memorandum on Lassa Fever Preparedness, Response and Control of Other Epidemic Prone Diseases in the State The Ministry of Health presented the memorandum inviting the Council to note the recent outbreak of Lassa fever in three local government areas of the State. The ministry, therefore, assessed and estimated the cost of enhancing Lassa fever preparedness and response and control of other epidemic prone diseases in the sum of N19,151,000:00 for the procurement of the much-needed materials like personal protective equipment, deployment of rapid response and surveillance teams, conduct of emergency preparedness and response, meetings, monitoring, coordination and social mobilization, amongst others. Accordingly, Council approved the sum of N19,151,000:00 for the stated undertakings. n) Memorandum on Request for Funds for Take-off Capital to the State-Sponsored Graduates of Entrepreneurship Development Training The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism inviting the Council to recall its earlier approval for the training and empowerment of participants of Entrepreneurship Development Centre under a tripartite agreement between the Central Bank of Nigeria, the State Government and Development II Nigeria Limited. The objective is to develop the skills of the participants to successfully start, manage, diversify and expand their businesses and even create employment opportunities to others. This request is, therefore, for grant of take-off capital and registration of businesses with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). Accordingly, Council approved the sum of N73,750,000:00 for start-up capital in respect of 1,250 graduates of the programme to enable them start their businesses and registration of businesses with CAC in respect of 750No. second batch participants. o) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the Procurement of Working Materials for the Maintenance of Graveyards The request is from the State Standing Committee on Graveyard for the procurement of working materials for the maintenance of some cemeteries some of which were seriously eroded recently following torrential rainfall. The materials
PAGE 5 required include wheelbarrows, shovels, head pans, hoes, diggers, rakes, cutlasses, etc. Accordingly, Council approved the trimmed sum of N6,290,000:00 for the commitment. p) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the Purchase of a Brand New 18-seat bus for the Official Use of the Governor’s Press Crew This request is for the provision of an additional bus to the Governor’s press crew. Accordingly, quotations were received from three companies for the supply of a brand new 18-seat Toyota Hiace bus and Council approved the sum of N15,200,000:00 for the supply of the vehicle. 63RD KANO STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING 12TH OCTOBER, 2016 (11TH MUHARRAM, 1438AH) PREPARED BY THE COUNCIL AFFAIRS DIRECTORATE, OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY TO THE STATE GOVERNMENT, GOVERNMENT HOUSE, KANO. he Kano State Executive Council held its 63ed weekly meeting under the distinguished chairmanship of His Excellency, the Executive Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR on Wednesday 12th October, 2016 equivalent to 11h Muharram, 1438AH. After welcoming the members, the Chairman expressed appreciation to the Hon. Commissioners and Special Advisers for their contributions to the development of the State in various endeavours. He emphasized that their collective commitments and selfless service to the community are being highly appreciated by members of the public and called on them to sustain the tempo. The Governor further announced that the meeting would witness the swearing-in of a newly appointed permanent secretary and the extension of the State Government’s financial assistance to the family of a deceased medical doctor who recently died in active service. The following memoranda were presented before the esteemed Council members by ministries, departments and agencies for due consideration and approval during the 63rd meeting with financial implication in the sum of N1,859,456,492.45: a) Memorandum on Request for Funds to Facilitate the Conversion of Block GB-GH Islamiyya School, Zoo Road Housing Estate into Girls Junior Secondary School The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology inviting the Council to note that the State Housing Corporation had allocated GB-GH Islamiyya School, Zoo Housing Estate to the ministry for the benefit of the community. The Islamic Education Department, Planning, Research and Statistics Department and Physical Planning Department of the ministry conducted a joint inspection to the site and it was established that there are only two blocks of three classrooms and one office each. Sequel to the recommendation for the conversion of the school to GJSS, the Physical Planning Department prepared a bill of quantities for the repairs/renovation and provision of additional structures at the cost of N21,199,931:33 which the Council approved for the conversion.
b) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the Conduct of Institutional and Programme Accreditation of National Certificate in Education (NCE) at the College of Arts, Science and Remedial Studies (CARS), Kano The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology presented the request from Kano State College of Arts, Science and Technology for funds to facilitate the accreditation of its NCE courses by NCCE slated for October, 2016. Accordingly, Council approved the sum of N77,429,204:00 for the stated purposes. c) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the Rehabilitation of Garko Sharia Court The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport inviting the Council to note the dilapidated condition of Garko Sharia Court. The ministry’s team of engineers inspected the court, assessed the level of dilapidation and prepared drawings/a bill of quantities to the tune of N22,598,394:40 for the rehabilitation project which the Council approved for award to a competent contractor. d) Memorandum on the Proposed Renovation of a Mosque and Construction of a Classroom at Upper Level Kurmawa Quarters, Kano Municipal LGA The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport following the receipt of a request from Kwalli Youth Development Association for Government’s intervention to renovate a mosque and construct a block of classrooms at Kurmawa Quarters Islamiyya School in Kano Municipal Local Government Area. The ministry’s officials visited the highly dilapidated mosque and the site for the school leading to the architectural design and preparation of a bill of quantities to the tune of N10,459,721:61 which the Council readily approved for the execution of the projects. e) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the Proposed Construction of Sharia Courts Department at Audu Bako Secretariat The memorandum was presented by the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport requesting for the sum of N94,495,763:53 to facilitate the construction of Sharia Courts
Department within the Audu Bako Secretariat. Accordingly, Council approved the award of the contract for the execution of the project to a competent contractor at the stated amount. f) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the Provision of Road Marking Paints to KAROTA The request from the Kano Roads Traffic Agency (KAROTA) through the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport for the purchase of assorted road marking paints following the procurement of road marking vehicle with its carrier pick-up van/accessories by the State Government. These initiatives are to ensure smooth, orderly and effective traffic control and management in the metropolitan Kano. The agency had identified some major roads in the metropolis that need urgent road markings and it prepared a bill of quantities for the purchase of the extra-reflective road marking paints in the sum of N10,340,655:67 which the Council approved for the stated commitments. g) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the Reconstruction of Gwarmai-Bebeji Road in Bebeji LGA The request is from the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport for the reconstruction of Gwarmai-Bebeji Road in Bebeji Local Government Area following the observed transportation problems facing the people of the area who are mostly farmers and businessmen. This is in line with the Government’s efforts to find lasting solutions to the myriad of transportation problems facing the teeming people of the State through the construction of quality roads in both rural and urban areas as well as taking some measures toward accelerating the development of the State. The ministry, therefore, recommended the reconstruction of the dilapidated Gwarmai-Bebeji Road at the cost of N837,455,163:92 which the Council readily approved for the stated purposes. h) Memorandum on Request for Funds for the Rehabilitation of Female Hostel at School of Nursing, Madobi The request is from the Ministry of Health for the rehabilitation of the female hostel at School of Nursing, Madobi in Madobi Local Government Area as part of the requirements for the accreditation of the school. The ministry’s committee of technical experts visited the school and assessed the works in the sum of N13,477,657:99. Accordingly, Council approved the stated amount for the execution of the project. i) Joint Memorandum on Request for Approval to Execute the First Phase of the Proposed 2015 MDGs-CGS State Track Projects The memorandum was jointly presented by the Ministries of Education, Science & Technology and Planning and Budget following the receipt of approval from the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs to utilize the 50% State Government’s counterpart contribution of N600 million for the execution of various projects in the education sector which include construction of structures and provision of instructional materials in secondary and science and technical schools. Accordingly, Council approved the sum of N600 million for the stated undertakings. j) Memorandum on Request for the Procurement of Aluminium Sulphate (Alum) for Water Treatment in the State The request is from the Ministry of Water Resources and Rural Development for the procurement of 1,000 metric tonnes of aluminium sulphate (alum) for use by the various water treatment plants in the State that supply potable water for domestic and industrial uses. Accordingly, Council approved the sum of N192,000,000:00 for the supply of 1,000 metric tonnes of aluminium sulphate for water treatment in the State. UPDATE ON ACTIVITIES OF THE 63RD EXCO SITTING Council witnessed with admiration the presentation of a cheque of N5 million and N180,000:00 by His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR to the family of the late Dr. Mudassir Muhammad Sani who recently died in active service to the State. N5 million is to enable the family to purchase a decent house while the sum of N180,000:00 is for the payment of the school fees of the children of the deceased in fulfilment of the State Government’s promise to sponsor their education up to the university level. The Governor prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased in Aljannatul Firdausi. On his part, the father of the deceased, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Yakasai expressed appreciation on behalf of the family over the governor’s magnanimity and prayed to the Almighty Allah to grant all his wishes. USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS ON ANY EMERGENCY The council has endorsed these useful phone numbers provided by the security agencies in case of any emergency. Accordingly, members of the general public may contact KAROTA for breakdown of vehicle(s), traffic congestion, accident or illegal/wrong parking on 08091626747, the State Police Command on 08032419754 or 08123821575 and the State Fire Service on 07051246833 or 08191778888. Signed: MALAM MUHAMMAD GARBA Commissioner of Information, Youth and Culture Kano State
PEOPLES DAILY, friday, DECEMber 2, 2016
Reps probe Bauchi Police over alleged harassment of innocent citizens By Umar Muhammad Puma
L-R: Wife of the Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Hajia Fatimah Nuhu; Wife of the Governor, Hajia Hadizah Muhammed; and Special Adviser to the President on Social Protection Plan, Mrs Maryam Uwais, at Stakeholders Workshop on Home Grown School Feeding, yesterday in Bauchi. Photo: NAN By Lawrence Olaoye
resident Muhammadu Buhari has called on the the judiciary to clean itself up in order to deliver On its mandate to Nigerians. Buhari at a meeting with a delegation of the South East Council of traditional rulers observed that delay in prosecution of corruption cases in courts was counter productive to government efforts at fighting corruption. In a statement made available to newsmen by his Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari lamented that some corruption cases have been lingering in the courts since the administration if former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Shehu stated that Buhari in taking note of the profuse commendation for his administration’s war against corruption and insecurity by the traditional rulers, expressed frustration at the endless nature of some ongoing trials, citing some of the cases as going far back to the tenure of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. “We are asking the judiciary to clean itself. Nigerians are tired of waiting. They want some actions,”
Buhari to judiciary: Clean up yourself
he lamented. The President said he hoped that the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria and Attorney-General of the Federation will come to some form of agreement by which specially designated courts will give accelerated hearing to some corruption cases that are pending, arguing that “we want Nigerians to know we are serious.” The President who reiterated the essence of the unity of Nigeria, urging those contemplating its break-up to have a rethink. Buhari, at the meeting, warned that the question of having another country out of Nigeria was misplaced. “The question of having another country out of Nigeria is going to be very difficult. From 1914, we have more than 200 cultures living with one another. God had endowed this
country with natural resources and talented people. We should concentrate on these and be very productive,” the President said. Addressing specific issues raised in the address by the traditional rulers, the President gave assurance that the SouthEast will also benefit from the new railway architecture being put in place by his administration. On their request for more representation for the South-East in his government, the President said that he was “very conscious of the sensitivities of the South East”, on account of which, he gave the region’s four out of five states Senior ranking Ministers in the Federal Cabinet. Buhari used the occasion to appreciate the good work of the Ministers from the region in the federal government, saying that they are doing very well for the
country. He appealed to the traditional rulers from the South East to persuade their people to give his government a chance and to continue to serve as beacons of culture and traditions of their people. The President assured the delegation that kidnapping and cattle rustling, which he described as “unfortunate” will be the government’s next target, now that “we have managed to calm down the North-East.” Earlier in his address, the Chairman of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty, Eze (Dr) Eberechi N. Dick (JP), had made requests for roads, other projects among other issues, even as he assured the President of their support for his leadership and programmes.
Obiano moves to reactivate tourism in Anambra
By Abbanobi-Eku Onyeka,
overnor Wille Obiano of Anambra state has moved to return culture and tourism to its former position in Anambra state, the Honorable Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism in the state, Barr (Mrs) Stella Uchenna Onuora has said.
The commissioner said this during the just concluded 9th African Arts and Crafts Expo with the theme: “A Catalyst for Investment in the Nigerian Creative Industry.” organised in Arts and Culture village in Abuja by the Federal Ministry of Information and Tourism. Proving her statement, Mrs Onuorah therefore informed
that the governor has awarded contracts for the development of Ogba-ukwu cave in Owerre Ezukala in Orumba South Local Government Area and that of Igbo-ukwu in Aguata Local Government Area of the state too. She however informed that the governor also awarded another contract for the development of Agulu Lake in Agulu, Aniocha
Local Government Area of the state, adding that a particular day has been set aside for the using of Igbo attire and language in offices, schools, among other places. To that, the commissioner defended seriously that culture and tourism was still intact in the state, but was seriously dismayed at the speed with which the Igbo
he House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the Bauchi State Police Command over alleged “incessant intimidation and harassment of innocent citizens by officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force in the State The House, which condemned the act also, directed its Committee on Police Affairs to investigate the matter and report back within four weeks for further legislative action. The resolution followed the adoption of a motion under matters of urgent public importance by Rep. Ahmed Yarima (APC-Bauchi), who called the attention of the to the alleged act of lawlessness by the Police in the state. According to him, I wondered why the police who were supposed to be state instruments for the protection of lives and property of the people, would turn on the same citizens for whom they were being paid to protect. “Police are becoming instrument of political strife, witch-hunt and vendetta in the hands of government officials in the state. In Bauchi metropolis and environs, people can no longer gather whether in the open or in a hall to hold meetings or discuss issues of mutual interest without the police raiding and arresting them. Youths in the state are now criminalised based on perception that they are sympathetic to or work for perceived political opponents of people in power,’’ Yarima added. While warning of an imminent collapse of security, law and order in the state if nothing is done urgently, Yarima urged the House to direct the committee to investigate the matter and report back in four weeks. The motion was unanimously adopted when it was put to vote by the Speaker Yakubu Dogara
language has been dying over the time. She said to rekindle the language, the governor recently had to lunch, “Suba Kwa Igbo” meaning, “ Be Speaking Igbo Language.” She however advised that the culture and language of the people be not neglected as they were the only way of identifying oneself.
PEOPLES DAILY, friday, DECEMber 2, 2016
Coy to hold security workshop in Abuja, Lagos By Paul Efiong
kyhigh Ventures Limited, an indigenous security equipment and solutions provider in collaboration with America-based international security outfit Consullition Consultancy Coalition LLC (USA), has concluded all necessary arrangements to hold workshops on security solutions in Lagos and Abuja respectively. In a statement from the office of the Executive Director of the company, Mr. Nse Clement, the workshops will hold December 6th and 7th at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos and NAF Conference
Centre, Kado, Abuja. The objectives of the workshops are geared towards enhancing security architecture in the nation’s learning environment as well as building preventive/ proactive mechanism to protect lives and property in Nigeria, the statement said. Clement said that the workshop is designed to espouse newer strategies and tactics in tackling insecurity to meet 21sr century security challenges. Following the programme outline, the statement said that the Lagos workshop/seminar and exposition of modern security technology equipment
and devices will focus primarily on vulnerability assessments – cultism, kidnapping, radicalization, criminal activities in our schools. “Objectives of the workshops include but not limited to kidnapping and abduction, school security and safety of lives, protection of critical infrastructure, strategies and tactics for cubing students’ unrest, cultism and bullying. Others are multi-ethnic harmony and how to improve relationships amongst religious groups, expo `exhibition of products, tools and technological equipment/devices suitable
for school security, examining security architectural plan to enhance visitors’ management and identity verification/national assets as means of enhancing security and safety awareness for schools, disasters management/ emergency preparedness as they affect school security” it stated. The statement explained that the modules of the Abuja event will include disaster management and emergency preparedness, critical infrastructure protection and cyber security. The conference is geared towards building a platform for national and international stakeholders to discuss on
Court remands 2 herdsmen for alleged kidnap
.L-R: Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, and All Progressives Congress (APC) National Vice Chairman north central, Mr. Zakari Idde, during the APC north Central Zonal congress, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa
wo herdsmen, Usman Muhammed and Manu Saleh, on Wednesday appeared before a Wuse Zone 2 Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja over alleged kidnapping. They were later remanded in prison custody pending police investigation. Messrs. Muhammed and Saleh of Gwagwalada Village, Abuja, were arraigned on three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, causing grievous hurt and kidnapping. The Senior Magistrate, Mohammed Tahir, gave the order for the defendants to be remanded and adjourned hearing till December 8. Earlier, the Prosecutor, Gambo Musa, told the court that one Saidu Adamu of Gwagwalada village, Abuja, reported the matter at the Nigeria Mobile Police (Mopol) team in Abuja on November 21. Mr. Musa said that the defendants kidnapped the complainant and his son sometimes in October. He said that the defendants later released the complainant in order to source for the ransom demanded for his son’s release. The prosecutor added that the complainant’s son also managed to escape. He said that on November 18, the defendants came back to the complainant’s house, hit his hand and head with cutlass and kidnapped his wife. Mr. Musa, said that the defendants kept the complainant’s wife in the bush for two days and demanded for N1million ransom until she managed to escape. He said that the phone used by the duo in demanding for the ransom was recovered from them during police investigations. The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Sections 97, 247 and 273 of the Penal Code. (NAN)
critical security matters. It would showcase contemporary security equipment and solutions and deployable to meet security challenges in our nation. This will enhance emergency/disaster management preparedness and response especially in public facilities. Renowned speakers expected at the events are Prof. Ron Martin, President /CEO, Consullition Consultancy Coalition LLC (USA); DCG (Dr.) Emmanuel Adeoye, head, disaster/crisis management, NSCDC; AVM Osita Obieriko (Rtd.) amongst other local and international security experts.
Man jailed 4 months for stealing 10 fishes in Benin
Magistrates’ Court in Evbouriaria , Benin City, on Thursday sentenced a man, Sylvester Livinus, 22, to four months
imprisonment for stealing 10 cat fish. The Chief Magistrate, C.E. Oghuma, however, gave the convict N 5, 000 option
of fine. Earlier, the prosecutor, Olatoye Oluwaseun, told the court that the accused committed the offence on
September 18, at about 2:45p.m. at No. 1, Toronto St. Benin. Mr. Oluwaseun said the cat fish which belonged to
Noma Okunbor, was valued at N10, 000. He said the offence contravened Section 309 (9) of the Criminal Code. (NAN).
How 6 Nigerian prisoners were killed during protest – Official
We’ll deal with troublemakers, Masari vows From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
overnor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has warned that government was determined to deal ruthlessly with violent offenders to make the society safe for law-abiding citizens. Governor Masari, who spoke in Dungun Muazu village in Sabuwa Local Government area yesterday, said the government had the resources, the personnel, the military might and the willpower to deal ruthlessly with anybody or group whose activities pose serious threat to peace in the society, stressing that his administration is determined to bring lasting peace in the state. The governor was in Dungun
Muazu to commiserate with the people of the area over the loss of eight members of the community who died following an attack by alleged cattle rustlers on Wednesday last week. He declared that there was no reason why some criminals would hold the society to ransom when “the government has the resources, the personnel, the military might and the willpower to deal with the situation for good”. The Governor however, cautioned against blanket judgement on the activities of some criminals, saying it is wrong to regard all Fulani herdsmen as criminal adding that no ethnic group had the monopoly of virtue or vice, it is therefore wrong on the account of the misdeeds of a
few bad elements to generalise the entire members of the group as criminals. The Katsina state governor also said much as the government was determined to bring the culprits to book, it was even more determined to ensure that the innocent is not wrongly punished, as doing so would amount to great injustice. “We must not in our haste to bring the guilty to book punish the innocent. That would amount to great injustice”. He charged security agencies and traditional rulers to be just and fair in their dealings with the people, stating that justice and fairness are the two most necessary ingredients for peace. According to him, discontent in the society is often caused by
the absence of justice and fairness from those in the position of authority. He said “It is our duty as leaders to always be just and fair to the people, as only that will ensure sustainable peace in the society”. Governor Masari also canvassed support for the Federal government’s Green Alternative policy to revive agriculture and livestock in the country, saying that while the two resources are everlasting, all other sources of income such as crude oil and solid minerals are transient. He said that the Green Alternative policy may only succeed when farmers and herdsmen live peacefully with one another.
PEOPLES DAILY, friday, DECEMber 2, 2016
From Osakhare Erese Asaba
elta State Government has announced the stoppage of payments of 25 percent as mobilization fee to contractors handling various road projects in the state, noting that mobilization was not a right of any contractors. The State Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye disclosed this during a meeting with contractors in Asaba, the state capital on Thursday (yesterday). He said; “Mobilization is like a loan, you get paid according to
Delta govt. bans 25 percent mobilization pay to contractors the certificates you raised. Don’t be deceived by our field engineers into shoddy jobs because we will not tolerate that. If you don’t have access to equipment we will not tolerate that.” Augoye disclosed the repudiation of no fewer than sixteen road contracts in the last
one month for failure to adhere to specifications, saying we do not repudiate without legal advice from our legal department. According to the commissioner; “There is a serious issue regarding road contraction in the state. Some of you are yet to mobilize to site. We are
worried because the dry season is short. The governor wants the expedition of all roads contracts. This is a twenty first century; we cannot tolerate any shoddy job. You must have the accurate measurements of stone based.” He said while the government is making effort to pay the
contractors its discovered that most of them do not have work plans making it difficult to properly accessed. Some of the contractors who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity described the ban as politically motivated, saying that the state government had always failed in her responsibility to make complete payments. They said: “We are not disturbed by the ban because the state government is not sincere with her words; they owe us and have not paid us we will not relent in asking for our rights”.
LASU promotes 17 lecturers
he Governing Council of the Lagos State University, LASU, has approved the promotion of 17 lecturers in the institution as recommended by the Appointments and Promotions Academic Committee. The official bulletin of the university obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos said the approval was given by the appointments and promotions committee. The bulletin said that a lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Patrick Adebuyi, was promoted from senior lecturer to associate professor. It said that seven other lecturers were promoted from lecturer two to lecturer one, while nine lecturers were promoted from assistant lecturer to lecturer two. The bulletin stated that only three months promotion arrears would be paid to the promoted lecturers.(NAN)
L-R: Minister of State for Health, Dr Ehanire Osagie; Director-General, National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), Dr Sani Yakubu; and the Minister OF Health, Dr Isaac Adewole, at the 2016 World AIDS Day Celebration, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN
FG empowers 80,000 women, girls with N1.6bn From Yakubu Minna.
he Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan has said that N1.6 billion has been approved by the Federal Government for the empowerment of 80,000 women. Alhassan said that the National Women Empowerment Fund (NAWEF) will be piloted in eight states which will be targeted at about 10,000 women beneficiaries per state adding that the project will be ongoing.
The Minister stated this during an advocacy and sensitization visit to Niger state and the flagoff of skills training and empowerment of 250 unemployed girls and women by the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in Minna yesterday. She further said that N200 million will be disbursed in each of the eight states through active and functional cooperatives, local trade associations and other community based groups adding that each beneficiary can get between N10,000 to N100,000 as loan repayable in six months.
She noted NAWEF and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) will help rebuild the Nigerian economy and compliment other economic empowerment strategies of the federal and state government by reducing poverty among rural dwellers especially women and provide skills development, training and business support. Alhassan added that the programmes will promote financial inclusion and livelihood opportunities for women and reduce feminized poverty. “Government will continue to
look at palliatives that will help and empower women and youths. My ministry is focused on helping business women and female entrepreneurs in Nigeria”. The Minister then commended the Niger state government in its efforts towards empowering women and youths and to make them economically viable. In her address, the Wife of the Niger state Governor, Dr. Amina Abubakar Bello said 250 unemployed girls and women were drawn from the 25 local government areas to train and give them a decent source of income.
5,000 IDPs living with HIV/AIDS in Borno – Official
o fewer than 5,000 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in 27 camps in Borno are currently living with HIV/AIDS. Hassan Mustapha, the Coordinator on HIV/AIDS in Borno, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Maiduguri on Thursday. He said that most of the patients were women who were rescued from captivity in Boko
Haram camps. The coordinator, however, said that some of those affected were not effectively accessing anti-retroviral therapy because of stigmatisation. He lamented that many of them had died of the scourge because they were not properly counselled and sensitised on the need to enrol under the HIV/ AIDS control programme. “We have more than 1,000
patients in Bama camp and 3, 000 in Gwoza camp while over 1,000 others are taking refuge in the host communities. “We have heard of many supporting NGOs in Borno but none of them has approached us to offer assistance to the IDPs living with the virus. “The IDPs living with such ailment are constantly challenged; they do not go out to access drugs.
“Most of them are shy while some are afraid to be identified by others as carriers. “They sometimes complain to us that they are not allowed to go out of the camp to access drugs in other centres. “The honest truth is that government is not paying priority attention to the plight of such persons,” said Mr. Mustapha. (NAN)
Rescue over 400,000 malnourished children in northeast, Reps urge FG By Umar Muhammad Puma
he House of Representatives has urged the Presidential Initiative on Northeast to intervene urgently in over 400,000 malnourished children in the region. The resolution was sequel to a motion under the matters of urgent public importance moved by Rep. Aishatu Dukku during the plenary session in Abuja. Moving the motion, Dukku noted that children are part of seven million persons in need of humanitarian assistance in the region that has been ravaged by over six years of insurgency She expressed concern that 400,000 out of seven million in need of humanitarian assistance in the northeast are children, with 75,000 in critical condition, arising from grossly inadequate funding for humanitarian aid, especially food supply needs which the United Nation puts at 5.1 million dollars.
PEOPLES DAILY, friday, november 18, 2016
Adamawa police launch public complaint unit From Umar Dankano, Yola.
n line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police,IGP Ibrahim K.Idris,the Adamawa state command has commissioned its Public Complaint Rapid Response Unit with a view to repositioning the Nigeria Police Force to be more responsive and responsible. Commissioner of Police in charge the state, CP Musa Kimo in Yola Thursday said that the command was flagging off its campaign and distribution of public Complaint rapid response unit (PCRRU) flyers for the benefit of good people in the state. Kimo stated that, it was aimed at re-emphasizing that the police is your friend and accessible to all law abiding people urging people in the state to be comfortable and have confidence in police and appreciate the need to continue to cooperate and support the police in carrying constitutional duties of life and property protection. “It is worthy to mention that the public complain rapid response unit(PCRRU) is a unit in the force saddled with the responsibility of receiving and resolving all complaint of police professional misconduct emanating from policing activities and operation nationwide “The unit is available 24 hours a day to listen to members of the public from across Nigeria. In line with the change agenda of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the ‘change begins with me’ campaign “. Kimo maintained. He added that, Force is making its personnel to be accountable to the people in all grievances against police actions and inactions through the PCRRU unit which is to be manned with a desk officer at state Head Quarters.
2017 budget: Reps seek special funds for ailing textile Industry By Umar Muhammad Puma
he House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to come up with urgent policies that would revival the textile industries in Kaduna and Kano states in order to create job opportunities for the unemployed in the country. To this end, the House also expressed displeasure over the influx of foreign textiles into the country despite the introduction of an industrial revolution plan aimed at revamping and fasttracking the growth and development of the Cotton, Textile and Garment (CTG) sector. This is even as it acknowl-
edged the need to include special intervention funds in the 2017 budget to facilitate the early revival of the sections. These resolutions was sequel to a motion under the matters of urgent public importance on the need to revive the textile industries in Kaduna and Kano axis, moved by Rep Sunday Marshall Katung and forty (40)others. Moving the motion, Katung noted that the Nigerian textile industry blossomed in the sixties and seventies following committed government interventionist schemes such as the ban on importation of textiles which drove many investors into the sector. He also noted that Kaduna
was referred to as the textile city because it was home to giant integrated Mills and with the headquarters of the Nigerian Manufacturers Association in the city, Katung said that the state then, could boast of about eleven textile firms providing employment and business opportunities to thousands of people. The lawmaker mentioned that Kaduna textile mill which was established in 1957 was shut down in 2002 and it’s over 7000 employees laid off. He further stated that, the Nigerian textile industry which was the third largest in Africa in the 80s, generated as much as $2 billion annually with a capacity of
producing more than1.4 billion different pieces of textile products. He expressed worry that with the lifting of the ban on textile importation in 2010, the country now has almost 80% of its textiles imported from China, Indonesia, Taiwan and other countries. This trend according to him, will not help the Nigerian economy in terms of employment/job creation and needed foreign exchange. The House also resolved to urge the Nigeria Custom Service to Increase surveillance at the country’s borders to check the activities of smugglers and ensure collection of the right tariff for all imported textiles and other related
Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Refugees, Hajiya Sadiya Umar discussing with some Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) children, during her visit to Malkohi IDP Camp, yesterday in Yola, Adamawa
Nigerian hospital, US varsity sign MoU on kidney transplant
bali Chuku, Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, said on Thursday that the hospital had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Toledo University, Ohio, U.S. for kidney transplant services. Mr. Chuku, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of
Nigeria in Umuahia. He said that the services would kick-off in February 2017. He recalled that discussion for the partnership began in 2015 when he was inducted into the Medical Mission Hall of Fame by the university. Mr. Chuku said that the university would train eight medical
personnel, comprising three doctors and two nurses in the first phase, while three others would be trained later. The medical director said that the centre was also collaborating with the National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America for the training of its nurses. He, however, identified ad-
equate funding as the major challenge facing the centre in carrying out its activities, especially its training programme. Mr. Chuku also said that the hospital was grossly understaffed and thus, performing below capacity. He said that the centre needed 236 additional nurses and re-
quired more consultants to be able to provide more efficient services to patients. Mr. Chuku, therefore, appealed to the Federal Government for N500 million take off for the centre to be on solid financial footing and provide optimum performance.(NAN)
Home grown school feeding programme receives boost in Bauchi From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
he Home Grown School Feeding Programme, HGSF, under the Federal Government Social Investment Programme has received a boost in Bauchi state through commitment and special attention given by the state government. Governor Mohammed Abubakar disclosed this during the opening ceremony of a two days stakeholders workshop on Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) of Federal Government Social investment Programme at Ban-
quet Hall of Government House Bauchi ,yesterday. According to him, the Home Grown School Feeding Programme which is one of the key pillars of the Social Investment Programme has received special attention by the state government. “Already a technical committee has been constituted to drive the process and ensure its adequate implementation”. He said the state government’s commitment to the programme has ensured that all obligations to acquire and succeed on the pro-
gramme have been made. He said the training of stakeholders on the implementation of the HGSF programme will bring succour to the citizens of Bauchi state by improving human capital development and reduction of poverty. The governor assured to continue giving all the necessary support to the programme and other similar programmes. In her remarks, the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment Programme, Mrs Maryam Uwais said Bauchi state govern-
ment had met all the requirements for the programme initialization as contained in the MoU signed by the state, with the initial engagement of stakeholders’ sensitization workshop. Earlier speaking, the state focal person on Social Investment, Alhaji Mansur Manu Soro said the state government under the leadership of Mohammed Abubakar has met all the obligation of interventions such as UBEC, SDG/CGS, CSDP, FADAMA PROJECTS, DFID/UNICEF BMGF and Dangote Foundation partnership for promptly paying counterpart funding for all the partnerships.
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US Muslims seek protection over genocide threats
By Ochiaka Ugwu
Muslims civil right group has called for prompt police protection of mosques and Muslims in the United States of America. This was coming on the heels of a widespread genocide threats sent to mosques and Muslims in that country. According to Al-Jazeera report, mosques in the United States of America have severally received genocide threats. Photocopies of the original letter’ sent to three California mosques have been sent to mosques in other states, the report said. The FBI is not investigating letters sent to mosques in six more states promising to “cleanse” America of Muslims, the report added. Several more mosques in the
United States have reported receiving hate-filled letters from California that warned Muslims to leave the country or face genocide, the report said. According to the report, the identical letters postmarked from the Los Angeles area have now shown up at mosques throughout California and in Ohio, Michigan, Rhode Island, Indiana, Colorado and Georgia. Los Angeles police have been investigating the letters addressed to “the children of Satan” as a hate incident, but not a crime because it does not contain a specific threat, it said. The letters appeared to be photocopies of a handwritten note referring to Muslims as “vile and filthy people” and saying that President-elect Donald Trump would do to Muslims what Hitler did to Jews, the report added.
It is reported that a Muslim civil rights group said California mosques received letter praising Donald Trump and saying Muslims would face ‘what Hitler did to Jews’. The Council on American-Islamic Relations, CAIR, said the same handwritten, photocopied letter was sent last week to the Islamic Center of Long Beach, the Islamic Center of Claremont and the Evergreen Islamic Center in San Jose, the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday. The letter was addressed to “the children of Satan” and it was signed by “American for A Better Way”. The LA-area mosques received it on Wednesday and the San Jose mosque on Thursday. Also speaking, Hussam Ayloush, executive director of CAIR-LA, said people at the LA County mosques were disheartened by the hateful letters
and added that the “irresponsible, hateful rhetoric” of the campaign had fueled “a level of vulgarity, vile hatred and anger among many self-proclaimed Trump supporters”. His words, “I’m not saying Trump created racist people. “He normalized it. While he might say he’s not responsible, and I respect that, I remind President-elect Trump that he has a responsibility to act as a president for all Americans.” Peoples Daily’s effort to get the comment of American Embassy in Abuja proved abortive as the officials contacted were not picking their calls and the text massages sent to their phones, one of which read, “Greetings Sir, just want to get United States Embassy’s reaction on report of genocide threats on Mosques in the United States” were not replied at press time.
Some officials of THE Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) attending to pensioners during the ongoing Pension Verification Exercise at Jalingo, yesterday in Taraba. Photo: NAN
Yobe gov. sends ‘snoring’ commissioner home
ov. Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State on Thursday directed a sleeping commissioner at the presentation of the 2017 budget to the State House of Assembly to go home for more sleep. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor had barely commenced reading the budget speech when the cabinet member started snoring. Mr. Gaidam warned that any public officer henceforth caught sleeping stood sacked. “As from today, any commissioner or special adviser caught sleeping stands sacked and will immediately be replaced. “We will borrow a leaf from the North Korea experience to make government affairs a serious business,” he said. Mr. Gaidam while reviewing the budget performance of the outgoing year paused and directed the sleeping commissioner to go home. “I am referring to the commissioner who is sleeping, you can go back home to sleep since you cannot endure the session,” he said. Although the governor did not mention the name of the sleeping commissioner, he pointed to the row of the commissioners to issue the directive. NAN reports that the bewildered commissioners looked at each other in embarrassment and sat up to avoid dozing and being victims of the governor’s sledge hammer. Adamu Dala-Dogo, speaker of the assembly, however, advised public officers to take beverages that would keep them awake during public functions. (NAN)
Alleged forgery: Court orders Rev. Emeka to appear Jan 20 By Paschal Njoku, Abuja
Federal Capital Territory High Court, Kubwa, presided by Justice K. N Ogbonnaya has ordered the ousted General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Nigeria, Rev Paul Emeka to appear before the court on January 20, 2017 in respect of an alleged forgery case pending at the Court. Justice Ogbonnaya had in October ordered the embattled Rev Emeka, and three other
Trustees Of Assemblies Of God Nigeria to appear before the court on November 30th . But at a resumed sitting yesterday, Rev Pastor Ejikeme Ejim, Assistant General Superintendent, Rev Johnson Odin (rtd) and Dr. Rev Godwin Akpan Amaowoh, General Secretary were all present. Rev Paul Emeka, was conspicuously absent in court but however, sent a former Director of Administration of the Church, Rev Emeka Eze,
citing health challenges. Consequently, the Judge directed counsel to the applicant Mr. J U Ajii to ensure that his client (Rev Paul Emeka) appeared before her on the said date. Similarly, the trial Judge also ordered that Counsel to the defendant, Barr Ifeanyichukwu Obasi- Nweze should produce in court on the next adjourned date, one Promise Uzoma Okoro a blogger that allegedly publushed an article against her that
embattled Rev Emeka bribed her not to hear the matter. “Counsel to the defendant, on the next adjourned date make sure you produce in court Mr. Promise Uzoma Okoro , I’m ready to fight him both physically and spiritually with all my might over the article he wrote against my person that I was bribed by Rev Paul Emeka” the Judge stated. Recall that Justice Ogbonnaya had given an order for stay of proceeding at the
Upper Area Court, but the court did not abide by d order due to the emergence of the Attorney General in the case on the 30th of August 2016. Justice Umar Yusuf Kargarko of the Upper Area Court sitting in Gudu had in October struck out the direct criminal complaint case filed against Rev Emeka by the Incorporated Trustees of Assemblies Of God Nigeria over the failure of the Attorney who had taken over the case to show up in court
NYCN lauds Saraki, Dogara over Peace Corps bill By Albert Akota
he President of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Comrade Muritala Mohammed has praised Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and Speaker House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara for smooth passage of Peace Corps bill. According to Mohammed who
stated this at a press conference in Abuja yesterday, said Senators of the Federal Republic and Honourable Members of the House of Representatives have made uncommon history, adding that the members of the 8th National Assembly have written their names in gold in the corporate heart of Nigerian Youths. “Without fear of contradictions
whatsoever, I want to tell Nigerians that 8th National Assembly have written their names in gold and made history to the Nigerian Youth Constituency. “The passage of the bill seeking the establishment has over due because it will create monumental achievement and legacy to individual as well as members of the organization of the National Youth Council of
Nigeria. “NYCN used this medium to hearty expressions their bravery and unparalleled leadership qualities of Dr Dickson A.O Akoh for envisioning such a great idea and for standing firm to the history of the Peace Corps of Nigeria. “In fact, Ambassador A.O Akoh has emerged as a living legend and role-model extraordinary
to the Nigerian Youth and commended those who stood by him all these years. “We equally want to celebrate the 8th National Assembly, under the able and Youth Friendly leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Senators of the Federal Republic and members of the House of Representatives who have made uncommon history, “he noted.
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Corruption: Before they inflict further punishment on us By Abdulkadir Inuwa Suleiman
n many Nigerian cultures, there is this concept that one should grip offenders by the wrist as opposed to holding them by the elbow since they will not be able to easily wriggle free when held by the wrist. Some cultures also warn of the perils to the farmer if he tarries in arresting the thief since the thief could make the first strike of accusing the owner of the farm of theft. So it is with the vampires that have over successive governments pillaged the resources of our country. We left them to help themselves to the public till as we cheered them on as “elites” or “ruling class” even when their self-chosen kleptomaniac makes such appellations antithetical. A brave administration, President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, finally rose up to the task of apprehending these thieves and they have today turned on the rest of us, branding us as the offenders that are trampling on their right to loot the treasury. They have even gone the extra length of meting out punishments because we are finally growing the spine to call time on their crimes. We are all gritting out teeth as the economy gets more challenging but the global slump in demand for crude oil and falling prices were enough to bring us to this sorry pass. What did us in is the insurrection by “militants” that have been blowing up pipelines to disrupt revenue from crude oil. Gas infrastructure also took hits leaving the nation mostly in darkness. But these
are no militants as the demands presented on their behalf by geo-political leaders gave a clear indication of what the real issues are. For one, they think we have no right to investigate or prosecute Niger Delta persons that stole or helped themselves with money derived from oil sales – their warped logic is that we cannot stopped them from stealing money sourced from their own part of the country. Of course, in furtherance of freeing anyone they decided to invite to share out of the oil money, the militants also curiously demanded the unconditional release of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, and all charges dropped against him in the record setting arms purchase scandal. This suggests that the points at which crises are exploited to blackmail government may differ but those pulling the strings remain the same. Any indignation we felt from those perverted demands has now been dwarfed by the natural outrage that accompanied the claims that military officers that stole money meant for buying weapons for the anti-terror war should have been allowed to continue in service simply because they are from certain geo-political zones. It turned out that those mandatorily sent on retirement cut across the country and across religious divides. The common denominator with all of them was the theft they engaged in or being political officers as was the case with others.
The leniency shown this officers, who were mostly just retired without prosecution, is turning out to be a national misstep. Instead of retreating into retirement with contrition – rueing the ignominy that should prevail until their dying days, these ex-military men appeared set to surpass their original crimes with that of insurrection as they are reported to have teamed up with the militants with each one allegedly running independent groups as a franchise for the larger destabilisation machine. Thugs who until a few weeks ago were fugitives are now bragging about their military capabilities and skills after possibly getting training from their disgraced seniors. They also boast about superior weapons that could only have been purchased with proceeds from the vandalised public tills. But one thing stands in between them and the punishment they want to inflict on Nigeria, on the rest of us. The nation’s only saving grace is its professional military, the same one the compromised officers were sacked from. This perhaps explains the ploy to destabilize the military being the only obstacle in their way. After series of propaganda against the present crop of service chiefs failed to dent their impeccable standing among Nigerians, militants were used to fly the kite that there was a military coup in the offing. Several intentions can be adduced from this ridiculous claim. One is to expect that the
news would leave President Muhammadu Buhari jittery and untrusting of the military leadership and therefore carry out a cleansing that will get rid of patriotic officers and open the way for other possibilities. A second possibility is that the ex-military officers in their desperation to distance themselves from the ongoing atrocities in the Niger Delta gave the militants the script meant to make serving officers look like the threat to Nigeria’s democracy. In both scenarios, the accusers conveniently omitted to mention or give indications as to who these officers are that told them to sustain attacks in the creeks. Could it also be a slip that the officers they allude to are now the same one that has joined them as patrons? What else should we be worried about in terms of the chain of command of this threat? Ordinarily, Nigerians have nothing to fear about a coup so we should be able to continue demanding that those who have stole our money should return it or face the wrath of the law. To do this effectively however, we must look higher than the militants and the ex-military officers to their connections in government. That the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) through Presidential Investigative Committee on Arms Procurement had a pilfering member in the person Air Commodore Umar Muhammed (rtd), who was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on suspicion of corruption, created a credible
Another Arab Spring Is Coming to Egypt
The re-solidification of an authoritarian order and the impending uprising in Egypt. By Mohamad Elmasry
n opposition demonstrator throws a stone during rioting with pro-Mubarak supporters near Tahrir Square in Cairo in 2011. (Photo: Reuters) Egypt’s January 25, 2011 uprising is history, and - depending on how upcoming five-year anniversary protests play out - so may be the uprising’s aspirations for “bread, freedom, and social justice”. Following the February 2011 ousting of dictator Hosni Mubarak, Egypt entered into a promising - albeit tenuous and difficult democratic transition. Although the old political order maintained its essential character, several democratic elections and referendums, a new constitution, and unprecedented political inclusion and participation threatened Egypt’s 60year military dictatorship. The June 2012 election of a civilian president - the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi - was a significant achievement. But Egypt’s most deeply entrenched state institutions - the military, police, judiciary, and media - were never onboard with the 2011 uprising. Each institution worked to derail the democratic transition, aided at times by clumsy transitional governance by the Muslim Brotherhood, the group that swept Egypt’s 2011-2012 election season, and an arguably anti-democratic liberal opposition. In July 3, 2013 - and with the support of large
anti-Morsi protests - the Egyptian military, led by Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, carried out a military coup, arresting Morsi and assuming formal control of the state. Roughly one year after the coup, Sisi was elected president in a sham election. Now five years removed from a democratic uprising, Egypt finds itself once again mired in authoritarianism. Perhaps remarkably, the state has managed to control public discontent enough to prevent the kind of mass protests that could put Sisi at risk. How has Sisi managed to re-solidify an authoritarian order? How has he managed to subdue a motivated citizenry that has, in the past, appeared willing to die for freedom? Finally, how long will he be able to survive amid growing discontent? Brute force Sisi has governed Egypt with a proverbial iron fist, intimidating, jailing and killing dissenters and manufacturing loyalty through fear. The police, military, judiciary and media have all played key roles. Egypt’s security forces, embarrassed during the country’s 2011 uprising, seem to have taken one important lesson from their experiences that the force they employed to protect Mubarak wasn’t enough. Following the 2013 coup, security forcesarrested more than 40,000 people and committed several mass killings, killingmore than 2,500 people in all. The violence seems to have worked - fear
has reduced the size and frequency of anti-coup protests. Even when protests have been launched, security forces have set up security walls to prevent dissenters from gathering in large squares, and the government has effectively banned television coverage of marches. These measures ensure that a spectacle - the kind that galvanised the opposition in 2011 - doesn’t take place. The state has also used forced disappearance and torture as methods of intimidation. Amnesty Internationalsays torture has been “rampant” since the coup, while more than 300 cases of forced disappearance were documentedover a recent two-month period. Rather than investigate police and military abuses, the state has appeased both entities. Sisi has given multiple pay raises to military and police officers;erected a statue honouring police at Cairo’s Rabaa Square, the site of the largest policeperpetrated massacre; andawarded the military a multi-billion dollar business contract. The state has also unleashed a fierce hypernationalist propaganda campaignthat frames police and military as victims, heroes and protectors. Egypt has also passed dozens of draconian laws, including a law that criminalises protests. A new rubber-stamp parliamenthas already pledged loyalty to Sisi and the judiciary has aided Sisi at nearly every step. Judges have issued several mass death sentences, including one sentence against 529 people for the alleged killing of a single policeman. Upcoming anniversary protests
link for trailing those bent on destroying credible national institutions. Worryingly, the DSS dragnet has also fingered the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali and the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) alongside the National Security Adviser, Major General Mohammed Babagana Monguno (rtd) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Boss, Ibrahim Magu as co-travellers with Air Commodore Mohammed. In fact Dan Ali lives in the guest house of the arrested Air Commodore who offered him the accommodation as soon as he was appointment as minister. They are yet to convince Nigerians that they did not all conspire to perpetrate the ONSA scandal. They must all therefore be investigated as they can never deny their association with the Air Commodore. It must be established if they are the remnant of the insidious threat to national security that have been propping up the militancy in the Niger Delta. Like we later discovered that Boko Haram was allowed to grow in order to justify diverting huge sums for arms purchase only for them to be stolen, there is something fishy about the way militancy has been given free rein in the Niger Delta and the ONSA scandal is not isolated from it. We must thus apprehend the thieves in this case before they apprehend us. Suleiman wrote in from Katsina, Katsina State.
Sisi has successfully crushed dissent in the short-term, but it is doubtful that his brand of governance can completely subdue opposition in the long-term. Harsh brands of authoritarianism tend to give rise to violent resistance. Perhaps unsurprisingly, terrorist attacks have increased dramatically in the Sisi era and Egypt is now an ISIL recruiting ground. There are signs that Egyptians are growing increasingly discontent. Although the state projects the president as universally popular, pollsshow Morsi’s popularity on par with Sisi’s, and that about half of Egyptians disapprove of the 2013 military takeover. Sisi’s government is clearly concernedabout upcoming protests planned for January 25. An Egyptian security official told Reuters that the government has “taken several measures to ensure activists don’t have breathing space and are unable to gather”. The government has recently arrestedseveral dozen Facebook page administrators for allegedly “inciting protests”, and sent directives to religious leaders to deliver sermons about patriotism and security. The security forces have also raided random homes to check Facebook accounts for signs of dissent. Sisi is likely safe for now, but for how long? History and political science both suggest that another uprising is a matter of when, not if. Source:www.commondreams.org
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Can CBN save the naira and Nigerians?
By Henry Boyo
he naira exchange rate has suffered a severe battering in recent times and fallen from about N160 to the present N197=$. Consequently, since our national experience suggests a close correlation between deepening poverty and weakening naira exchange rates, Nigerians should, advisedly, be concerned if the naira further slides. Evidently, the unyielding youth exodus and the mass migration of skilled teachers and professionals to more prosperous economies, certainly took root as the naira rate plummeted from 50 kobo to N200=$, ironically, despite the Central Bank of Nigeria’s custody over, often celebrated, bountiful export reserves. Furthermore, more than 100 million Nigerians, reportedly, now also live below the poverty benchmark of $2/day (N12,000/month). Regrettably also, our rapidly expanding industrial landscape gradually shrunk and became uncompetitive as production costs skyrocketed with serial naira devaluations. Interestingly, however, the gradual collapse of the manufacturing subsector and the consequent explosion in unemployment, clearly do not support the popular belief that weaker naira exchange rates would instigate economic diversification and promote export of Madein-Nigeria goods. Consequently, Nigerians must be wary of any persuasion that prescribes further naira devaluation as the antidote to our beleaguered economy. Historically, the CBN compulsively devalued the naira to bridge widening gaps between official and parallel exchange rates, even when these gaps were caused by the obtusely contrived monopolistic market dynamics of demand and supply. Thus, if unrestrained dollar demand further pushes parallel market rates well above the present N300=$1, the CBN may again unwittingly, jerk up the official rate above N300 to remove the embedded “subsidy” in the official naira exchange rate so as to raise the dollar price and discourage demand and hopefully also minimise the inherent bountiful rent-seeking market opportunities. Regrettably, however, naira/dollar exchange rates will still remain unstable thereafter, because, a 50 per cent naira devaluation will severely
deplete all naira income values and induce panic amongst naira income holders, who will quickly seek to protect their income from another round of devaluation. Sadly, this rational response will simply instigate more dollar demand. Ultimately, if the CBN is incapable of restoring public confidence in the naira, as a safe store of value, another widening gap will once again evolve between official and parallel market exchange rates to make further serial naira devaluation inevitable. Incidentally, the Ghanaian currency, the CEDI, followed a similar trajectory from 1Cedi=$1 to eventually exchange for 10,000 Cedis before redenomination of that currency in 2007. Regrettably, however, the Ghanaian authorities have failed abysmally to control market supply of excess CEDI and it was therefore inevitable that the New Ghana Cedi presently trades at about 40,000 old Cedis (i.e. four new Ghana Cedis) to a dollar. Consequently in 2015, the International Monetary Fund, sadly, provided over $900m emergency loan, so that Ghana could reduce the huge market deficit in dollar supply and hopefully protect the Cedi exchange rate. Regrettably, the end of the travails of the Ghanaian currency is still out of sight. Clearly, the Governor of the CBN, Godwin Emefiele, must also be concerned that the naira does not mirror the fortunes of the CEDI. Indeed, the forex controls that the CBN announced in January 2016 are clearly foraging attempts to protect the naira value and thereby save more Nigerians from falling below the poverty benchmark. The million naira question, however, is whether or not the CBN’s policy control measures can effectively reduce dollar demand pressure and stabilise or indeed improve the naira exchange rate? Curiously, in his defence of the ban of almost 3,000 Bureaux de Change from official forex allocations, Emefiele expressed grave concern that the “BDC operators had abandoned the original objective to serve retail end users who need $5000 or less.” Conversely, according to Emefiele, “the currency dealers became wholesale dealers in foreign exchange to the tune of millions of dollars per transaction” and then “criminally, thereafter, used fake documentations, such as
passports, etc to render weekly returns to the CBN.” It is not clear how much tax was generated from these heavily subsidised mega transactions. Inexplicably, however, no known BDC operator has so far been successfully prosecuted for any wrongdoing! It is bewildering, nonetheless, that inspite of the host of eminent intellects and considerable IMF’s regular oversight, the apex bank, ONLY LATELY recognised, in Emefiele’s words, that “Nigeria is the only country in the world where a Central Bank sells dollars directly to the BDCs!” It is equally baffling that for almost 10 years, no one wondered, not even the equally star-studded Monetary Policy Committee and our well-travelled and exposed media practitioners, questioned this strategic aberration or, why the number of registered operators rose steadily from “a mere 74 in 2005 to 2,786, since the CBN began to sell forex directly to the BDCs”. Equally worrisome, also, is the CBN’s incredibly belated realisation, despite several articles by this writer and related discussions in various public media platforms that the BDCs provide a ready conduit for money laundering, round tripping, as well as the funding of unauthorised imports which challenge the competitiveness of local industries. See article entitled, “Funding smuggling and money laundering from BDCs” published September 2008 et al at www.lesleba.com. That article contains the following observations: “We are fortunate to have ‘excess’ dollar reserves to support the dollar profligacy to the BDCs for now, but what happens when the dollar income from crude oil is depleted? Presumably, we may need to borrow from our international friends, who have just fleeced $18bn from our tattered pockets in order to continue funding the BDCs”! Understandably, however, the financial burden placed on our limited foreign exchange by forex allocations to the BDCs is certainly “more disturbing” according to Emefiele, who also revealed that before the recent forex controls, the CBN “gleefully” sustained this self-destructive unforced error and “sold $60,000 to each BDC weekly” making a total of $8.6bn per year. This stupendous allocation of over a quarter of total forex to the parallel market does not include the equally suspiciously liberal facility for every
Nigerian tourist to access up to $150,000 per annum, at official rates, with their Nigerian debit cards from the ATMs abroad, notwithstanding the fact that this facility would predictably, and inevitably too, become widely abused by prolific rent seekers. Incidentally, an earlier ban on forex allocations to some real sector operators cannot be justified against the liberal access to forex to those, inexplicably pampered rent seekers, in the grey areas of the economy. These unpatriotic policy directions are provocative and retrogressive and deliberately supportive of corruption and economic sabotage. Similarly, in another policy directive, designed to stabilise the forex market, the CBN also lifted its ban on foreign currency cash deposits in commercial banks. However, the ban of forex sale to the BDCs should invariably, significantly dampen any expectation of substantial dollar inflow from other autonomous sources. Consequently, surging dollar demand will persist and sooner, rather than later, the gap between the rate of officially sourced and open market dollar sales will further expand to once more make devaluation inevitable. However, an official naira exchange rate of N300, will invariably spur the parallel rate, until the gap again widens to automatically precipitate further devaluation and weaker naira rates which will inadvertently instigate higher fuel prices that would make subsidy inevitable, despite the collateral complement of oppressive economic and social consequences. Instructively, however, the release of the CBN’s stranglehold monopoly on the forex market will invariably strengthen the naira by reducing the persistent self-induced challenge of excess naira liquidity which clearly overwhelms the apex bank’s regular monopolistic auctions of dollar rations. Consequently, if the Senate Committee on Finance and Public Accounts believed Emefiele’s recent (behind closed doors) cock and bull explanation for naira devaluation, then our economic and social agony will continue for much longer. Henry Boyo is a Public Affairs Analyst.
Tourism as an alternative to petroleum By Niyi Akinnaso
trictly speaking, tourists are those who spend time away from home, within or outside their country, usually in pursuit of recreation, relaxation, and pleasure. Although tourism has antecedents in ancient times, it has increased in scale and scope due to modern social arrangements, aided by recent developments in technology; transport infrastructure; and hotel, shopping, and entertainment facilities. Today, there are tourists for whom leisure is secondary as they travel primarily for certain specific purposes. Indeed, the list is open-ended, when the focus of tourism is on a specific type of activity. It includes business tourism, medical tourism, sports tourism, ecotourism, agri-tourism, garden tourism, hunting tourism, literary tourism, wine tourism, wildlife tourism, religious tourism, heritage tourism, and cultural tourism. In many cases, tourists often save up for their tours and spend the bulk of the money on purchasing goods and services from the tourist destinations for immediate or delayed consumption. Today, tourism is big business because of the sheer number of tourists across the globe and the huge amount they spend every year. According to the World Tourism Organisation, international tourist arrivals at border posts across the globe crossed the one billion mark in 2012. In 2014, the 10 most visited countries, measured by the number of international travellers are: France, 84 million; the United States, 75 million; Spain, 65 million; China, 56 million; Italy, 49 million; Turkey, 40 million; Germany, 33 million; the United Kingdom, 33 million; Russia, 30 million,
and Mexico, 29 million. However, the US leads the top 10 tourism earners for 2014, by grossing a whopping $177.2bn, representing both domestic and international tourism earnings. Others are Spain, $65.2bn; China, $56.9bn; France, $55.4bn; Italy, $45.5bn; the UK, $45.3bn; Thailand, $38.4bn; Australia, $32bn; and Turkey, $29.5bn. Macau and Hong Kong, both in Asia, which made $50.8bn and $38.4bn are not included in the list, because they are not independent countries as such. The above figures show that tourism brings in huge amounts of income into a local economy by way of payments for the goods and services needed by tourists. The goods typically bought by tourists range from souvenirs and local artwork to food and clothing. Similarly, transport, hospitality, and entertainment industries benefit immensely from tourism. Even more importantly, tourism also creates opportunities for employment, especially in the associated service industries. Indeed, it is estimated that tourism alone accounts for 30 per cent of the world’s trade of services. It is against the above backgrounds that tourism must be repositioned in Nigeria as one of the alternatives to petroleum, especially in the face of the dip in oil prices and the pressure on the government to diversify the economy. There is no state in Nigeria that does not have two or more potential tourist attractions. Yet, none has been developed well enough to attract a stream of local or international tourists. As usual, Ondo State took the lead last week by hosting a cultural event at which the state’s cultural ambassadors, led by King Sunny
Ade, were unveiled. They are required to be the faces of Ondo State to the outside world, using their artistic talent to propagate Ondo and its tourist attractions, including Idanre Hills; Igbo Olodumare; Eboni Lake; Iho Eleru; Oke Maria; Owo Museum of Antiquities; and a maze of rivers, creeks, and lakes. The major limitation to this venture was the theme of a lecture delivered at the event by Prof. Kole Omotoso. I summarise the lecture below, while also elaborating on it. Omotoso highlighted three major problems that must be overcome in order to have an effective and income-generating tourist industry. First, the necessary infrastructure must be provided: “…to make tourism and culture replace petroleum, we must create the enabling environment for these products. We need roads and bridges … We need consistent supply of electricity and of water”. To these, one might add hotels, restaurants, movie theatres, and sporting venues for physical exercise. Second, the staff needed to provide the necessary services to tourists must be trained, beginning with the staff at border posts, motor parks, hotels, petrol stations, and other service centres throughout the country. In particular, the staff providing hospitality and entertainment services must be well trained, especially on how to welcome (international) visitors and make them feel comfortable. This includes workers in hotels, resorts, night clubs, movie theatres, shopping malls, and, of course, the tourist centres. Third, the arts and crafts industry must be developed to produce cultural souvenirs that tourists might want to purchase as memorabilia.
Fourth, the tourist centres themselves must be properly developed. It is not enough to have a list of “potential” tourist attractions. No tourist centre will attract anyone, if it is left undeveloped, unkempt and unsafe. For example, of what use is the information that Ondo has the longest coastline, when there is no single resort or hotel along the coast and no one can even camp there? The point is that each potential tourist centre must be developed as if it is the only one that exists. Finally, Nigerians must develop a culture of leisure and recreation as well as an enquiring mind. They must be curious about the natural wonders not only in their immediate environment but also in others. They must stop deifying such natural wonders by turning them into worship centres. This, of course, requires a lot of public enlightenment at federal, state, and local levels. What this means is that tourism must be viewed seriously as an industry, more or less like a car factory, if it is to produce profitable “goods” that could generate income. This requires adequate investment in infrastructure and capacity building for the tourist staff. It also requires a lot of publicity. It also requires a change in attitude toward leisure, relaxation, and, above all, the unknown. This is necessary because any tourist industry is often developed first for domestic tourists before international tourists are attracted. If investment is deployed in the development of the tourist industry and Nigerians don’t even visit the tourist centres, how do we expect international visitors to patronise them? Niyi Akinnaso is a Public Policy Analyst.
PEOPLES DAILY, friday, november 25, 2016
Osun ranks highest in female genital mutilation – UN
he United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Thursday said that Osun still recorded highest prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria with over 76.3 per cent. Damilola Obinna, a Gender Analyst with UNFPA, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that FGM was high in the South-West in spite of the geopolitical zone’s high literacy and awareness rate. Mrs. Obinna said the statistics was arrived at after a survey was carried out by UNFPA in
collaboration with UNICEF in 2015. “After data collation and analysis, we discovered that Osun had 76.3 per cent prevalence rate, Ekiti had 71.2, Oyo, 69.7; Ebonyi, 55.6; Imo, 48.8; and Lagos, 44.8. “There is no single benefit in the practice of female genital mutilation; yet, the practice is high even among the educated. “Aside from the immediate risks of FGM which includes haemorrhage, infections, and death, survivors of FGM are liable to present later in their lives recurring urinary tract infections,
menstrual problems, reproductive tract infections, depression, sexual dysfunction and pain, and chronic genital pain. “They are also at risk for several adverse complications for both mother and newborn during childbirth,’’ she said. Mrs. Obinna said that in Lagos, the awareness of FGM was high but statistics showed that four out of 10 girls or women had undergone female genital mutilation. She said that Lagos Island L.G.A. recorded the highest prevalence with 51.6 per cent
while Somolu L.G.A. had the lowest prevalence with 20.9 per cent. “We discovered that most Lagos indigenes don’t cut their girls but the people who moved into Lagos from Kwara, Osun, Oyo, Ondo, Ebonyi and some other states, moved in with their culture which includes FGM. “These people who still practice FGM claimed that it is a social expectation that most be carried out and that it cannot be stopped,’’ she said. Mr. Obinna urged state governments to enact laws that
would prohibit FGM in their states. She said the states could domesticate the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (VAPP) of 2015. She also urged governments to organise regular enlightenment programmes involving traditional, religious and community leaders to drive the message home. “These people are role models in the society; people listen and emulate them; so, they must be fully involved in the total eradication of FGM,’’ Obinna said. (NAN)
NGO urges Katsina govt to review education policy From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
R-L: Secretary to Sokoto State Government (SSG), Prof Bashir Garba with officials of Vulcan Elvaton Ltd, during the test run of Sokoto’s 38mw Independent Power Project (IPP) on Wednesday in Sokoto.
non-governmental organization, Katsina State Talaka Zalla, has chided the state government over what it alleged as the use of qualifying examination to deny students in public the opportunity of writing WAEC and NECO examinations. This was contained in a Press Statement signed by the Chairman of the group, Comrade Halle Mu’azu and his Secretary, Comrade Abubakar Aliyu Saulawa and made available to newsmen in Katsina. It noted that out of the over 8000 students less that 1000 were the only candidates that qualify to write the examinations while the rest according to them would be thrown into uncertainty. It added that by this “Katsina state government is undermining the education of its citizens as many parents couldn’t settle the registration fees of their children due to financial hitches which may result to many dropping out”. The group urged the government to inform parents that it can no longer pay for their children examination fees to enable those who could afford to make alternative arrangements for their children. In the alternative, the group has advised parents to encourage their children to seek for technical and vocational skills to guard against a situation that they were denied opportunity to write WAEC or NECO. The NGO called on the state government to have a rethink over its education policy which according to them would create an army of unemployed youth that may at any opportunity jump into crime to survive.
Kaduna shippers association makes case for dry port From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
he Nigerian Shippers’ Council has made a fresh case for the establishment of a dry port in Kaduna saying that hitherto before its appointment as port economic regulator it cannot bite and also lack muscle to dictate the pace of the industry. Chairman of the Kaduna State Shippers’ Association, Mohmmed Kasali disclosed this at a town hall meeting with stakeholders in Kaduna yesterday. Kasali who identified major challenges facing Shippers’ Association in Kaduna, said they are far away from Lagos sea port and as a result the are advocating for Kaduna to become port for final destination - a dry port. According to him, with this he
thinks the single most important challenge has been addressed by the government by giving us a dry port in Kaduna. This means that as a shipper I can engage in export or import of different cargos using Kaduna as my base there I do not need to go to Lagos to do whatever I want to do. “We have made representations severally and those representations were addressed. They were addressed by the Federal Government through the provision of mandating the Nigerian Shippers’ Council as port economic regulator hitherto; it was an agency that could not bite, and also didn’t have the muscle to really dictate the pace. But now things have changed from last year; and added to its conventional responsibility of the Shippers’
Council act as Port regulator and they have addressed a number of issues. “Another challenge is to be able to sensitize the organized private sector in this part of the federation and this event is one of such. Just last week we were in Sokoto to sensitize shippers in Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi states; today is the turn of Kaduna. That’s why we’re inviting members of the business community in Kaduna state and environs to us in this crusade so that we can avail ourselves of the opportunity given to us by this Kaduna Dry Port and thereby lowering cost to the final consumers. “Another challenge is when you are position in Kaduna as port of final destination and we don’t have a seaport, it means we still use
Lagos port as transit point. The problem now is between Lagos and Kaduna, what do you do? That’s why we advocate Public Private Partnership (PPP), to come together and address the issue of haulage of cargo between Lagos as transit point and Kaduna as port of final destination. “So in doing that PPP will ask the government to put in place the road network that will allow shippers’ trucks to move unimpeded; and if that one is done the private sector will be ready to put in place the number of vehicles, trucks that is needed to carry all our cargos. Mind you, the Kaduna dry port as a final destination is not only meant for Kaduna alone, but for all the Northern states and landlocked countries like Niger Republic, Northern Chad and
Northern Cameroon. So it’s really going to be a very big port,” he said. In his own speech, the Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Barr. Hassan Bello, said it is heart-warming to note that the appointment of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council as the nation’s Port Economic Regulator has given further impetus to the Council to drive trade facilitation initiatives at our nation’s ports as well as ensure that the country reaps the dividend of the Port Concession exercise. Barr. Bello said; “The Nigerian Shippers’ Council is organizing this town hall meeting with stakeholders as part of its strategies for assessing the impact of market forces on shipping services delivery.”
PEOPLES DAILY, friday, november 25, 2016
Rivers APC accuses Wike, PDP of plotting against Buhari administration By Paschal Njoku, Abuja
he Rivers State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged a plot by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to pull down the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration and weaken the ruling APC. According to the party, “To achieve this sinister agenda against Buhari and APC, Wike, Delta Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, Senate Minority Leader Akpabio, and their stooges have collaborated in sponsoring various attacks and casting aspersion on the person and integrity of Amaechi to ensure that he does not play a pivotal role in the 2019 general elections. The party, in a statement issued on Thursday in Port Harcourt, fingered the State chapter of PDP and Governor Nyesom Wike as leaders of the plot using their unrelenting campaign against the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, as a ploy. The statement signed by Rivers APC Chairman, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, and released by Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, SSA Media and Public Affairs to the State Chairman, disclosed that. in the latest manifestation of the plot, Wike and the Rivers State Government paid a whopping $1.5m to a movie producer to produce and syndicate fabricated video clips on how Amaechi and the Rivers Commissioner of Police purportedly planned to rig the December 10 rerun legislative elections in the state. The party said that “such a rigging plot exists only in the demented mind of Wike and other Rivers PDP leaders.” It described the desperation of the factionalized PDP “to demonize and bring down Amaechi as callous, vindictive, wicked, diversionary and betraying the party’s morbid fear of Amaechi”. “Most importantly, this is one of the ploys by corrupt PDP and enemies of President Buhari to undermine his Administration while also weakening and destroying APC before the 2019 general elections,” Rivers APC said. “We are also aware of the fact that Wike and PDP are desperate to pull down Amaechi so to ensure that our expected impact during the forthcoming Rivers rerun legislative elections is reduced to the barest minimum. The third reason is that by reducing the influence of Amaechi and ridiculing
him, the target of destroying APC and the Presidency of Buhari would be easily achieved.” Continuing, Rivers APC said: “This latest plot after all the past failed attempts to destroy, diminish and tarnish the image of Amaechi, the Rivers State Police Commissioner, INEC and APC as a party is to demonstrate how Wike and PDP are not ready for this rerun election and have to resort to blackmail as a way of escape for the defeat that awaits him and his party come December 10. “This latest plot hatched in Wike’s office at the Rivers State Government House was to contract a popular movie producer in the Nollywood industry to assemble different clips of the Transport Minister at different times saying
things as someone negotiating a price with some people. The idea was to project the Minister where he was asking the Judges to pervert justice. But that was later abandoned when the affected Judges were contacted. The two embattled Supreme Court Judges were said to vehemently opposed the idea as that may backfire on them, considering that they should have long submitted the video evidence to the former CJN or the DSS in order to prove their innocence. “Having backtracked on that plan, the governor’s hatchet men and spin doctors who were worried that they may be asked to refund the money approved to them for the purpose then suggested the idea of implicating the State
Commissioner of Police, Francis Odesanya, and the top echelon of the Police in the state. “The video of a meeting between party Chieftains of APC will be aired with someone speaking in the CP’s voice, purportedly showing them discussing plans on how to rig the forthcoming rerun elections. “We wish to alert the general public to watch out as a concocted video clip aimed at throwing mud at the Police boss in Rivers State is set to be uploaded on different platforms including YouTube. Let us reiterate that these unwarranted satanic attacks by PDP and their agents are an exercise in futility, as we have explicit confidence in Amaechi and his efforts to assist to move our party and nation forward” the party stated.
Rivers APC advised Nigerians to be on the lookout “for more manifestations of the plot against a man whose main sin is removing PDP from power and contributing towards the realization of the Buhari Presidency.” The party thanked President Buhari for seeing through the plot by Wike and PDP and continuing to repose confidence in Amaechi. “Wike and PDP should be ashamed of themselves. Let them leave Amaechi alone and concentrate their efforts of rescuing their drowning party as APC and, indeed Nigerians, wish to have a virile opposition – not one which is perpetually factionalized and relentlessly pursuing doomed plots against a man whose destiny they can never alter,” the statement said.
• R-L; HRM Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, President Muhammadu Buhari, Leader of the South East Traditional Rulers, HRM Eze Dr Ebereche Dick `HRM Eze Sam Ohiri, HRH Chulwuemeka Ike and others as President Buhari receives South East Traditional Rulers at the state house, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: State House
Timi Frank rejects Abdulalhi as new APC Spokesman •Says he’s still in charge until court says otherwise By Umar Muhammad Puma
he sacked Acting National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has rejected the newly appointed Spokesman of the party, saying he is still the authentic spokesman of the party and not Bolaji Abdullahi. In a statement he issued in Abuja yesterday, Frank declared that he is not against Bolaji as a
person but “the process to become an authentic spokesman should be followed.” Bolaji Abdullahi, a former minister if sport was yesterday nominated at the APC Zonal Congress to replace former National Publicity Secretary and now Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammad as the party spokesman. “I want to congratulate Bolaji Abdullahi for his nomination, but
he should know that this matter is still in court and until the court say otherwise I am still the authentic acting National Publicity Secretary of APC. “I will wait patiently for the Party leadership to convene a national convention and ratify Bolaji’s nomination as the substantive National Publicity Secretary; but until then I, Timi Frank, remain Acting Publicity Secretary of APC.
“It must be made clear to the plotters of this action that it is only national convention that can produce a national officer, according to our party constitution, while any other convention like the one North central just held cannot do that. “I will also make it clear that if they go ahead against the court order, that will amount to Contempt of the Court which I will challenge in the Court of law.
PEOPLES DAILY, friday, DECEmber 2, 2016
Fayose should remain in PDP till after election - Lalong
lateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, on Thursday urged his counterpart in Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose to remain in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) until after his state governorship election in 2018. Lalong advised Fayose to perish the thought of joining the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) now that the party is consolidating its hold in the South West. In an apparent response to Fayose’s threat to dump the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Lalong said, “The one I am waiting for is Ekiti. “I understand that after Ondo, the man has been saying he wants to come to APC, we are saying he should remain in the PDP till after the election. DAILY POST reports that the Plateau State governor said this while speaking to reporters during the APC North Central Zonal Congress, held in Abuja. The congress was organised to nominate people to fill vacant national party positions. Lalong led the APC’s national campaign team to the just concluded Ondo State Governorship elections. He equally expressed confidence that the party will win the upcoming Rivers Re-run election as well as the Anambra State governorship election. “We just came back from
Ondo and we were again recruited yesterday to go to Rivers State again and conduct another election. Our own is to ask for your usual and continued support. “Before now, some people were looking down on the APC,
but now people with ambitions for 2019 are withdrawing from the PDP and coming to the APC. “We are going to Rivers and we will win the elections there, after there, we are moving to Anambra and that one is a done deal.”
Fayose had announced that he may dump the PDP to find an alternative platform for his planned successor. While making the threat, he was quoted as saying, “Today, I am the only one among the APC governors in the South-West.
he Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Thursday congratulated the newly elected National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Bolaji
• Members of Islamic Movement of Nigeria (Shiites Group) protesting against the continuous detention of their leader, Ibraheem Zakzaky, at the National Assembly, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa
Abdullahi, says he will succeed in his new role as APC spokesman. Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the election of Abudullahi as a square peg in a square hole — considering his track-record.
“I have no doubt that Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi will be successful in his new role,” Saraki said, adding, “As a former Minister, Abdullahi has the capacity to take the image of the APC to the next level as a ruling party and a party that promised positive change to the entire citizenry.”
Saraki stated that Abdullahi, during his time in public service, has demonstrated his loyalty, intelligence and integrity, which will serve him well in his new national assignment. The Senate president wished the new APC spokesperson success in his new endeavour.
Kaduna APC to Shehu Sani: You’re a disgrace to party From Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna
aduna State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) described Senator Representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, as shameless member and disgrace to the party. The party was responding to Sani’s reaction following the indefinite suspension slammed on him at the expiration of earlier 11-month suspension. The acting publicity secretary of the party, Salisu Tanko Wusono, in a statement issued in Kaduna added that Sani represents the politics of fraud and deceit. “As if determined to prove that he is beyond redemption, Shehu Sani penned a pathetic response to his continued suspension from our party that testifies that he is a denizen of the gutter. Any one that harboured any doubt about the morass in his mind and the decadence of his conduct would now have those uncertainties
From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
I have no doubt, Abdullahi will succeed in his new role as APC Spokesman - Saraki By Christiana Nathaniel
Rivers PDP alleges plots to arrest Chair
wiped away. Crassness of language is a twin to crass of conduct. “Shehu Sani’s outburst is a confirmation, that he has no sense of shame. He is a man full of tantrums, a barker who simultaneously entertains and distresses people with his shameless antics. He has since lost focus and why he was elected to
the senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the good people of Kaduna Central under the banner of the APC. “He represents fraud, deceit in the name of Nigeria’s masses. We suspended him indefinitely following his various anti-party activities and utterances aimed at tearing the party
in to pieces. “The masses of Kaduna Central have since unraveled his deceit. His heart and mind are in the PDP whose agent he has been in our party. We wonder when he would gather the courage to publicly move to the party he hobnobs with in private.” the statement said.
Nasarawa: Defection of deputy speaker big relief, says PDP chair From Gambo Ahmed, Lafia
he recent defection of the deputy speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Honourable Godiya Akwashiki, from PDP to APC has been described as a big relief as well as a joy to the Peoples Democratic Party in the state. State PDP chairman Honorable Francis Orogo stated this while answering questions from newsmen at the secretariat complex lafia, the state capital.
According to him,“The deputy speaker’s defection cannot affect PDP in the state. We have catalogue of former deputy governors from the zone who are still in PDP. We have a sitting Senator and House of Representatives member from the zone. We have state assembly members and influential personalities from the zone who respect PDP till-date.” He continued, “Do you know what it means to keep a betrayer or Judah in your midst? Do you know what it means when your wife is sleeping with your
house boy? If you can understand what I have said now, then that is how we were going through with him.” “So, the moment he left we took wine in the secretariat celebrating his exist. We felt relieved. Now, we in the party can speak our minds without fear; because he was revealing our secrets to the outside world demanding for a reward.” The chairman further added that the deputy speaker’s exist was a welcome development and called on supporters to remain resolute.
he Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has raised alarm over yet another plot to track down, at all cost, its Chairman Bro Felix Obuah. The party, in a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to State Chairman, Jerry Needam, said it’s shocked that the life of Bro Obuah is still being threatened sequel to a failed attempt Wednesday, November 30, 2016 to arrest him by feigned security operatives at the instance of the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State, Davies Ikanya and the defeated APC governorship candidate Mr. Dakuku Peterside. The statement unequivocally accused the failed APC governorship candidate in the 2015 general election, Dakuku Peterside and Mr Davis Ikanya, of being responsible for the evil plot against its State chairman, Bro Felix Obuah. The plot, according to the statement, also includes the use of militants disguised in police and military uniform to effect the arrest of the State PDP chairman before or during the December 10, re-run election, frame up false allegations against him with a view to incriminating and incarcerating him as long as they wish and eventually prosecute him. This gives credence to intelligence reports on other plans by same persons to get at the PDP State chairman by any means possible, or preferably lynch him to death, the statement added. In the face of this evil and deliberate act to cause breach of the peace in the State, the PDP warns that any such attempt in whatever disguise not minding the social status of those behind it will be resisted with its full might. “It’s dangerous not to allow the sleeping dog lie; because we cannot, we repeat, cannot be intimidated no matter what,” the PDP warned, stressing that both those behind the plot and those being used to prosecute the evil must think twice and desist forthwith. It would be recalled that the attempt to arrest the State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah, came exactly two days after Mr. Dakuku Peterside threatened his life on radio. The PDP wishes, by this alert, to inform the security agencies and all relevant authorities to hold the duo of Dakuku Peterside and Mr Davis Ikanya solely responsible for anything that happens to its State chairman, Bro Felix Obuah.
PEOPLES DAILY, friday, DECEmber 2, 2016
Senate pegs replacement of dead presidential, guber candidates to 14 days
By Christiana Nathaniel
enate yesterday resolved the controversy on who succeeds a dead governorship or presidential candidate who dies before the announcement of the result of an election as a new bill provides for the conduct of a fresh primary within 14 days to choose the new candidate. The bill, which is sixth amendment to 2010 Electoral Act, also provides that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) shall suspend the conduct of a new election for 21 days when the death of a candidate is recorded after the commencement of an election and before the announcement of result. The new provision was spurred by the sudden death of the governorship
candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abubakar Audu, who died on November 21, 2015 governorship election in Kogi State before the announcement of the election result. The situation generated a wide range of disputes which was contested from the high court to the Supreme Court as his running mate, James Faleke, believed that he must automatically inherit the votes of the deceased candidate. But he lost the case from the lower court to the apex court. Against this background, a new Section 3 has been inserted into the new Electoral Act. The section provides that: “If after the commencement of poll and before the announcement of the final result and declaration
of a winner, a nominated candidate dies, (a ) the Commission shall, being satisfied of the fact of the death, suspend the election for a period not exceeding 21 days; (b) the political party whose candidate died may, if it intends to continue to participate in the election, conduct a fresh direct primary within 14 days of the death of its candidate and submit a new candidate to the Commission to replace the dead candidate; and (c) subject to paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection, the Commission shall continue with the election, announce the final result and declare a winner.” The new bill also provides a legal backing for the use of manual voting in situations where card readers malfunction. Whereas the manual option has always been adopted as an alternative to the malfunctioning
of card readers, the new provision is meant to make the action legally valid. Since the card reader is mainly needed for accreditation, the new amendment provides that once the presiding officer at the election is convinced that the intending voter is the owner of the voter card, he should go ahead to accredit him. Thus Section 49(1-4) of the Electoral Act being amended, provides that: “The Presiding Officer shall use a Smart Card Reader or any other technological device that may be prescribed by the Commission from time to time for the accreditation of voters, to verify, confirm or authenticate (a) the genuineness or otherwise of the voter’s card; (b) that the voter’s card presented by
the voter is registered at the polling unit in the constituency in which the card is presented; (c) the biometric connection or otherwise of the intending voter with the voter’s card; and (d) the number of duly accredited voters in the polling unit. “(3) An intending voter shall not be accredited to vote in an election if the voter’s card presented by him to the Presiding Officer is not (a) a genuine voter’s card issued by the Commission to the intending voter; (b) registered at the polling unit in the constituency in which the card is presented, and (c) biometrically connected to the intending voter. “(4) Notwithstanding paragraph (3) (c) of this section, the Presiding Officer on being satisfied that an intending voter is the owner of the voter’s card, may accredit the intending voter to vote in the election.” However, the Senate could not pass the bill yesterday because it did not conclude its clause-by-clause consideration and hence, deferred further consideration of the bill till another legislative day.
No group can lay claim to Akeredolu’s victory – APC chieftain
• Director Biafra Radio and leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi kalu, during his arraignment, at the federal high court, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa
2019: Group urges Northern women to vie for political offices From Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna
xecutive Director Women in Need Foundation ( WINNEED) a nongovernmental organization based in Kaduna, Barrister Biola Kamal, called on Northern women to come out en masse to participate in politics and to ensure they vie for political offices came 2019 general elections in the country. According to her, WINNEED already started mobilizing and sensitizing women politicians and new timers in politics on leadership skills in preparation for the next general election. She disclosed this during a training workshop on
Leadership Skills and Fund Raising Strategy in Kaduna. “We are mobilizing women for participation in reaction to environment and circumstances around us especially in Kaduna, Nigeria. Women generally are shying away from politics in these communities which is why they lag behind during elections, particularly in Northern Nigeria. “So far, we have visited 3 local government areas; and we are able to speak with stakeholders - and they have given us their words to support and allow women to give their inputs in their communities. we train and mobilize women for political participation - and that means they
have to learn the necessary skills; and we taught them how to choice a political parties. They must know the party to join and understand the party ideology and manifestos and things like that. We are teaching our Women communication and campaign strategy, leadership skills and fund raising. These are key to anybody who wants to participate in politics,” she said. Barrister Biola said her expectation at the end of the workshop is to see that by 2019 women will be sensitized enough to be able to participate fully and even support their fellow women come 2019. On traditional beliefs militating
against women participation in politics, Barrister Biola explained that the group met with opinion leaders and other leaders in local communities in the state, “because when they talk other men listened.” “We met them and we are able to understand that religion is not against women vying for political offices, provided a woman conduct herself in the right away and right manners. We studied our scriptures, especially Islam, and we discovered there was even a time a woman was holding a whole kingdom. I think if we will conduct ourselves properly, men will appreciate our roles in society,” she said.
chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Saka Yusuf, said on Thursday that no group can lay claim to the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, in the just concluded gubernatorial poll in Ondo State. DAILY POST reports thatYusuf was reacting to a published story accredited to the former Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, that those who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were responsible for the victory of the party. The party chieftain, who spoke with reporters in Akure, the state capital, said it was the people of the state who voted for Akeredolu. He noted that the PDP defectors are in two blocks, adding that they include the Akokos and the Ikale. He stressed that the local government where majority of them are from in Akoko, the Akoko South west has always been won by APC due to the factor of late Governor Adebayo Adefarati and his son, Gboyega. He also explained that the Ikale, which has always been the stronghold of PDP, particularly Okitipupa has never been won by APC despite the defectors are from that local government. Yusuf, however, said their defections added value to the party but the people of the state made the victory of Akeredolu happened. “We have three reasons why we won the election. The credibility and acceptability of Akeredolu, the desire to align with the federal government by our people and the poor performance of Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s government. “How are you expecting a governor to win in a civil servant state when workers are being owned seven months salaries?”
PEOPLES DAILY, friday, DECEmber 2, 2016
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PEOPLES DAILY, friday, november 25, 2016
Kano signs $1.8bn light rail contract with Chinese firm Council disburses From Edwin Olofun, Kano
he Kano State Government has signed contracts valued at $1.8 billion with China Railway Construction Group C18 for the construction of light rail line in the state. Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje signed the contract at a brief ceremony on Wednesday in Kano. Mr. Ganduje said the first phase of the construction was billed to take two years, while the second phase of the four-line rail
was expected to take another two years. He added that the project would improve the transport system within the state, as well as drive economic activities in the state. The governor explained that “the project is part of grand design to upgrade Kano to the status of a truly great city, as it will significantly ease movement of goods and services. “Upon completion, the light rail is expected to cover Janguza-Bata, JoganaBata, Dawanau-Bata and Kwanar DawakiBata routes in Kano city.”
He added that a Chinese Bank would provide 85 per cent of the total sum, while the Kano State Government would pay the remaining 15 per cent. He said that the first phase of the project from Dawanau to Bata would cost 555 million Dollars. The Chairman of the company, Ben Shinxo, assured the state government of the company’s readiness to complete the projects in two years as this would benefit the public.
N13m to automobile coys By Stanley Onyekwere
he National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) has disbursed over thirteen billion naira to thirty three (33) local automobile companies under its Automotive Development Fund, as part of strategies to further enhance the growth of the nation’s automotive industry. The Director General of NADDC, Alhaji Aminu Jalal made this known at the closing ceremony of three weeks training workshop on Auto Mechatronics Skills for Modern Motor Vehicle Maintenance in Abuja. Jalal said the fund was disbursed to the local automobile companies through the Bank of Industry, BOI, adding that the three weeks training was also part of NADDC measures in developing the country auto sector. The Director General stated the training had enhanced the capacity of participants in modern vehicle repairs in line with international best practices. He further explained that NADDC was working towards establishing Industrial Parks in Lagos, Kaduna and Anambra States where vehicle parts and accessories would be produced towards boosting the sector. In a message, the National President of National Association of Automobile Technicians, Comrade Ogba Alexander commended NADDC for the training and called for more programmes that would enhance the growth of the sector. Some of the beneficiaries of the training Friday Nweke and Olochukwu Orokie said the three weeks programme had enhanced their capacity
Recession: Marketing coy offers way out for Nigerians By Ochiaka Ugwu
L-R: Justice Ibrahim Muhammad of Supreme Court; Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen; and Director-General of the National Pension Commission (PENCOM), Mrs Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, at a Sensitization Workshop on the Pension Reform Act 2014 for Honourable Justices and Judges, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN
Sokoto test runs N3.8bn independent power project S By Ese Awhotu
okoto State Government has successfully conducted a test run of its N3.8 billion Independent Power Project (IPP), whose contract was awarded in November, 2008. The project, the first of its kind in the Northern part of the country, has an installed capacity of a minimum of 30 megawatts and a maximum of 38 megawatts. The Chief Operating Officer of the contracting firm, Vulcan Elvaton Ltd, Mr Franklin Ngbor, told newsmen during the test run that the turbine of the project had already tested three times. He said: “What remains now is the synchronisation of the plant with the fuel tank and the main evacuation line, down to the transmission line. “The plant when fully completed, finally
fired and integrated into the national grid, can work for five consecutive years nonstop. “It is only after it works for five years that it can be shut down for routine maintenance.” The Director-General of the project, Mr Umar Bande stated that, the plant has a multiple type turbine that can use diesel, gas or LPFO. According to Umar, the plant was now being test run on diesel, saying “it consumes 33,000 litres per day.” The DG plans are afoot to sign a fuel supply security agreement with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) or other major oil firms. This, he noted, was to make the fuel supply cheaper, more sustainable and ensuring maximum operations of the plant. The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Bashir Garba, said so far, nine stages, out of 11, required for a successful test run,
have been carried out without hitches. He said an agreement will soon be signed between the state government and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), on the evacuation of the power to the national grid. Garba explained that the project was necessitated by the epileptic power supply to the state from the national grid. The SSG added: “The state will be enjoying nearly 24-hour power supply when the plant becomes fully operational. “This is a project that is worth celebrating as power supply in Nigeria will be bolstered with the injection of 38 megawatts to the national grid. “This will also eventually boost the socioeconomic landscape in the state, curb poverty, restiveness and unemployment, among other myriad of direct and indirect benefits.
appy World Meal Gate (HWMG) a unique Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) company has devised means to help Nigerians out of recession. This is done to continuously put food on their tables, reduce feeding expenses and increase personal savings/disposable income to enable them meets their obligations. Speaking to newsmen yesterday in Abuja, the Coordinator of Company, Mr. Sulaiman Lento recently revealed their plans to the public at a seminar held at Chisco Park Hotel Abuja. He said, “HWMG is a network that provides ways of ending poverty, hunger and malnutrition. The company has a unique compensation plan aimed at ending worries and anxiety over daily sustenance. Nigerians also can also benefit from payment both in food items and cash and enjoy the added advantage of high quality food items inline with national health food standard”. Continuing, Lento noted that the company offers a plan B, of a residual stream of income to insure a future income and increase the individuals’ ability to earn. This plan is imperative as some high salary earners like bankers have lost their jobs in recent times as such as such there is the need for a steady stream of income. Since government cannot take care of everything there is the need for the private sector to support government in the area of job creation to addressing the high rate of unemployment in the country. HWMG creates the opportunity for a retirement plan that would secure future income even when sleeping. The company also provides a plan for an all-expenses paid pilgrimage to Israel and the Holy sites in style and comfort with a $5,000 (N100, 000) travel allowance.
PEOPLES DAILY, friday, november 25, 2016
Business Oil prices rise further to $53 after OPEC agrees output cut O il prices have risen further following Wednesday’s agreement by the Opec group of oil producing nations to cut output. The price of Brent crude rose 2.4% to $53.08 a barrel, after soaring 8.8% on Wednesday. The deal, Opec’s first output cut for eight years, is designed to reverse a slump in global oil prices and will see the group reduce production by 1.2 million barrels a day from January. But analysts have raised doubts about its chances of succeeding.
“Compliance is key and it’s worth noting that Opec members don’t have the best record on that front,” said Neil Wilson of ETX Capital. The price of US crude has also risen, trading 1.1% higher at $49.99 a barrel after jumping 9% on Wednesday. “Opec has delivered an agreement,” said Jason Gammel of US investment bank Jefferies. “For the time being, oil prices have received a huge support.” The output cut follows several years of depressed oil prices due to a supply glut on the market, which has seen prices more than halve since 2014.
The agreement rests heavily on Saudi Arabia - the world’s biggest oil producer which has agreed to slash about 4.5% of its output, or 500,000 barrels per day. But non-Opec countries are also party to the deal and will be expected to reduce production by a further 600,000 barrels a day. So far Russia has pledged to cut 300,000 barrels from its output of more than 10 million barrels a day, but it is unclear who else will also scale back. Despite the rises, analysts noted that prices had only returned to levels seen in September and October - when plans for a
cut were first announced - and raised doubts about the deal. “Scepticism remains on individual countries’ follow-through, which is keeping prices below year-to-date highs (of $53.73 per barrel in October) for now,” Morgan Stanley analysts said. Mr Wilson said oil-producing countries that were not party to the deal, such as the US, were likely to increase production as prices rose, offsetting efforts to curb oversupply. “Russia says it will cut 300,000 barrels per day... but we don’t know where the other 300,000 barrels a day from other non-Opec members is going to come from,” he added. “Opec has suggested the deal is contingent on getting this cut... we don’t yet know if [the deal] could unravel if this doesn’t happen.” Opec said it would hold talks with nonOpec producers on 9 December, and hold another meeting in May 2017 to monitor the deal’s progress.(Source: BBC)
NCC to assist Borno in ICT dev’t From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri
L-R: Site Coordinator, Brains and Hammers Real Estate, Tasiu Mohammed; Minister of Power, works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; and Executive Director, Technical Operations, Brains and Hammers Limited, Madhur Tripathi, during inspection of On-going Project at Brains and Hammers Real Estate in Abuja
he Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC) has indicated its readiness to contribute in rebuilding education in Borno State through contributions on Information Communication Technology, (ICT) The commitment followed special request by Governor Kashim Shettima when he paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Dambatta. Governor Shettima said he was aware that as part of its corporate social responsibility, the NCC undertakes interventions on the areas of ICT particularly in tertiary and basic schools with a view to encouraging access to information for research, technology based teaching and other forms of teaching and learning that require the ICT. Responding, Prof. Danbatta said the NCC will pay special attention to Borno State with the hope of meeting part of Governor Shettima’s expectations. He said Borno deserves the support of all Nigerians given the challenges it has faced. The NCC boss also said his management will examine the request of Governor Shettima and come up with far reaching interventions to support the State Government in its effort to place Borno on the part of recovery and sustainable development.
2017 budget: Yobe to spend N69.4bn From Uche Uche, Damaturu.
obe State governor, Alh. (Dr.) Ibrahim Gaidam has presented the state’s 2017 Fiscal Appropriation Bill tagged Budget of Consolidation and Self Reliance for consideration and approval before the State House of Assembly. The budget presented at the Assembly’s Chamber in Damaturu the state capital, shows there is a decrease in the 2017 budget over the 2016 budget considering the fact that while the sum of N88.9 billion was earmarked in 2016, the government has budgeted to spend the sum of N69.39 billion Naira showing a decrease of N19.54
or approximately 22%, less than that of last year. Speaking on the floor of the State House of Assembly, the governor pointed out that out of the total budget, the sum of N27.41 billion or 39.5%would be used to finance the capital expenditure while the sum of N41.98 or 60.5 billion would be devoted to recurrent expenditure. The revenue to fund the budget would come, as the governor stated, from sources such as statutory allocation estimated at the sum N35.35 billion, value added tax N7.44 billion, excess crude oil expected at the sum of N2.48 billion, among other sources.
While reviewing the 2016 budget, the governor stated that out of the N88.93 billion estimated for the year, the total revenue actually received from all the sources covering the period of January to 30th November, 2016 was N49.87 billion which is about N56.1% of what was targeted for the year 2016. He said that in the implementation of the budget, the government would involve every patriotic citizen of Yobe state and development partners and indeed, all other stakeholders to make meaningful contributions towards realization of the set developmental objectives, adding that the government would put emphasis on
the observation of due process, probity, accountability and transparency which are the hallmarks of good governance. Of important note, which shows the harmony and good working relationship between the state executive and the legislature, the budget, at the request of the Speaker of the House, honourable Adamu Dala Dogo, scaled its first reading at the floor of the House. The Speaker equally assured the governor of the House readiness and determination to ensure quick passage of the appropriation bill in time, without padding, to allow for the execution of intended programmes.
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AMAC inaugurates Anti-Corruption Unit to boost service delivery
By Stanley Onyekwere
n furtherance to ongoing effort at curbing corruption in the public sector, the Abdullahi Adamu Candido’s ledAbuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) has inaugurated its AntiCorruption and Transparency Unit (AMAC-ACTU). PeoplesDaily reports that members of the ACTU are drawn from all the departments in the council, to sanitize the system for better performance and service delivery. Speaking at a brief inauguration and induction of the AMAC-ACTU performed by the officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other
Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the council Chairman regretted that members of the society have been subjected to untold hardships, because of corrupt acts by politicians and civil servants in public institutions. His words: “It must be said that we are suffering because of corrupt political and senior civil servants, and until we change, we will not get it right (in terms of good governance). “As AMAC staff, I urge you all to be the change you want to see in the system, by purging yourself of anything that may corrupt the process. “We must all be up and doing to correct the system; and we
should know that it is not going to be business as usual.” Candido therefore charged members of AMAC-ACTU to be up and doing, by ensuring they do their job without fear or favour, in order to rid all forms of corruption from the council. While commending the ICPC over what he described as commendable effort to help government curb corruption, the AMAC Chairman thanked the leadership of the Commission for inaugurating the ACTU, barely six months after he assumed office. Earlier in his remarks, the ICPC Chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta, explained that ACTU is a creation of the Commission, in collaboration with the office
of Head of Civil Service of the Federation set them out to actualize its mandate of preventing corruption in the public sector. Represented by Head of the ACTU Secretariat in the Commission, Mr. Justin Kuatsea, the ICPC boss, the Unit serves as an in-house check mechanism is charged with full responsibility of checking corrupt practices by undertaking functions such as preliminary investigations into complaints on corrupt practices; study and review of operational systems that are likely to engender corrupt practices. He added that in order to achieve high standards of performance in administration
and service delivery to the people, AMAC must at all times ensure that its systems, processes and manpower are not unduly exposed to , or enmeshed in corrupt tendencies. This, he said explains why the ACTU must ensure that the principles of integrity, accountability and transparency are always upheld as the operating guidelines in the Area Council, urging the unit not to engage in acts that will bring it to disrepute. “You are not to witch-hunt, or victimize anybody, but to work closely with the management and staff of the AMAC to attain high standards of service delivery,” he stressed.
A student of Community Staff School Asokoro (CSSA), Master Mukhtar Jawad (M) who invented a Motorbike; Executive Secretary of the school, Mr Abdulkadir Jamo (3rd, R); Principal of the school, Alhaji Sa’du Ahmed (L); Vice Principal, Administrative, Mrs Ukonu Nnennya (2nd, L); Vice Principal, Academics, Mrs Abatan Mofoluwake; and some of the students at the exhibition, yesterday in Abuja
Pilgrimage: Bello urges Christians to pray for leaders By Sani Abubakar
he Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has urged Christian Pilgrims to use the opportunity of their spiritual journey to the holy land of Israel to pray for Nigeria and its leadership in order to make the country a better place. The Minister gave this charge at a farewell ceremony for the 2016 contingent of the FCT Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem, Israel at the Nnamdi Azikiwe
International Airport, Abuja. Bello remarked that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that should be used for spiritual rejuvenation to pray for oneself, the nation and those in position of authority, for God to guide them to move the nation to greater heights. The Minister admonished the pilgrims to reflect on the time and amount of money spent to prepare and embark on this holy journey to make them return to be good citizens. According to him, the spiritual change and awakening
during this blessed journey would go a long way to transcend in in the entire community and thereby making the country a better place. He advised the pilgrims to be guided and humbled by the God given opportunity to embark on this religious journey, having in mind that all in this life is vanity. He noted that Israel is a Holy Land for all Abrahamic religions namely: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which should be a reason to make us more united. “We are all children and offspring of Adam and Eve
and therefore we should be united for the good of the entire humanity,” he said. Also speaking at the occasion, the Senator representing the FCT, Senator Philip Tanimu Aduda, urged the pilgrims to be good Ambassadors of the FCT and the country at large. He also seized the opportunity to extol the people-oriented policies and programmes of the FCT Minister, particularly his effort in rescuing the ten kidnapped persons in the Kuje Area Council of the Territory recently.
The Minister of State (Aviation), Senator Hadi Sirika, who also spoke at the occasion told the pilgrims to shun anything that can hinder the unity of the country; stressing “we are all one, because no one can be a Muslim without believing in Jesus Christ”. While addressing the pilgrims at the occasion, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Mr. Ujah Tor charged the pilgrims not abscond while in the Holy Land.
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Legalising PMF in Iraq: Why it’s not all bad news analysis
By Ranj Alaaldin
n November 26, Iraq’s parliament passed a law that formally integrated the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) into the security forces. The umbrella militia organisation comprises a number of disparate militia groups and will now formally function in parallel to the Iraqi military. These militias rose to prominence because of their battlefield successes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after the collapse of the Iraqi army in 2014. More than 100,000 Shia fighters (and some Arab Sunnis) mobilised to fill the security vacuum and were helped by a religious edict from Grand Ayatollah Sistani, the leading Shia cleric in Iraq.
Iraq’s parliament passes law legalising Shia militias he move has been criticised because it is seen as undermining the sectarian reconciliation process and because the PMF has been accused of sectarian atrocities. Yet, its institutionalisation was a long time coming. The PMF has had long-standing interactions and overlap with the Iraqi state and has worked with federal security forces during the course of the anti-ISIL campaign, including the current operation unfolding in Mosul.
The emergence of Shia militias lthough some of their key components only nominally report to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, the PMF was already a government-sanctioned force and around half of its militias are closely aligned with the federal government. Some of the most powerful (and autonomous) of the militias, such as the Badr Organisation, was established in and by Iran in the 1980s but have been heavily integrated into state security forces over the past decade. Badr head Hadi al-Amiri has held ministerial posts, as have other senior members of the Badr leadership.
The PMF in Iraq - fight, then demobilise hese actors thrive when the Iraqi state is dependent on working with sub-state armed groups or where it is unable to constrain the space for violent armed groups to function.
Members of Iraqi Shia Badr Army militia on their way to a military operation near Tal Afar military airport, 40km from Mosul, Iraq [EPA]
However, the problem is that these militia groups cannot be militarily defeated, not when this will bring greater costs than benefits to a war-ravaged society and weak Iraqi state. Furthermore, they are not going anywhere, any time soon, given their entrenchment in the Iraqi society. Broadly speaking, two categories of militias dominate the Iraqi political and security climate: militias that were formed in opposition to the former Baath regime in the 1980s and 1990s and who have dominated the Iraqi state since 2003 (such as Badr) and those militias that emerged from the chaos and vacuum that followed the 2003 war (such as the Sadrist movement’s Mahdi Army and its splinter groups such as Asaib Ahl al-Haq). Fears of sectarian tension as PMUs close in on Tal Afar hile the latter category of militias have been dismissed as criminals and Iranian proxies by the media, commentators and by their rivals in Iraq (including the Shia political class), the fighters and members of these militias come from the generation of destitute Shias whose political consciousness was shaped by the 1990s era of Baathist brutality, anti-Shia policies and extreme poverty. They were mobilised and given an outlet for their grievances by the Sadrist movement, established by the charismatic Ayatollah Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, whose son Muqtada now leads the movement. The making of these militias is the disorder of the post-2003
political order. The collapse of the state after 2003 paved the way for localised security structures. Communities needed protection, services and leadership. When the state failed after 2003, the Sadrist movement stepped in by establishing local Sadrist offices and local patrols as well as social and religious services. Numerous Shia militia groups in Iraq are splinters of the Sadrist movement, which imploded after 2003 as a result of disagreements among the Sadrist leadership as well as organisational and administrative challenges. Despite the splintering of the movement, the Shia militias that have emerged from the movement assert the same moral authority: It was them and their communities that resisted the Baath regime while the Shia opposition and political class enjoyed a life of luxury abroad and returned to Iraq off the back of American and British tanks. In other words, these militias see themselves as the rightful heirs to the new Iraq.
Needed PMF integration he institutionalisation of the PMF could help bring some order to Iraq’s atomised security structures by helping to establish limits to their powers. Moreover, a formal integration of Shia militias into the Iraqi state will help to establish a social dialogue and contract that could breed trust and goodwill.
Iraqi Christians rebuild churches after ISIL n its absence, there is little to constrain armed groups who have and will continue to acquire fighters and supporters, as well as weapons and money - with or without integration into the state. Moreover, they will continue to have a patron in Iran that has historically looked to use fragmentation and division as a means of control and influence in Iraq. Integrating the PMF into the state does not mean the end of Iraq, even if it signals the death knell for the Iraqi military, which
Numerous Shia militia groups in Iraq are splinters of the Sadrist movement, which imploded after 2003 as a result of disagreements among the Sadrist leadership as well as organisational and administrative challenges.
has historically suffered from misuse, a credibility deficit and rampant corruption. The Iraqi state still has plenty going for it. Its counterterrorism forces (known as the Golden Division) have won widespread acclaim across Iraq’s ethnic and religious spectrum. Its 10,000 fighters derived from Kurdish, Arab Sunni and Shia communities have emerged as symbols of national unity and have spearheaded every major battle since ISIL came to the scene two years ago. Further, guns and money can only do so much for Shia militias, who are looking to national elections in the coming years as a way of acquiring legitimacy and support. The emergence of ISIL and the PMUs has dramatically altered the political and security configurations in Iraq but has also produced a series of frontline interactions between different forces that are both state and nonstate-aligned and between Iraq’s various communities. These can go a long way towards fostering stability, national unity and a national identity. All is not yet lost for Iraq. Ranj Alaaldin is a Visiting Fellow at Brookings Doha Center. He specialises in Iraq and the modern history of the Middle East and holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policy. Source: Al Jazeera
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News From Africa Gambia election: Internet and international calls banned
he Gambia has banned the internet and international phone calls as presidential elections are held in the West African state. Officials have also banned demonstrations to prevent unrest after the elections. Estate agent Adama Barrow is challenging President Yahya Jammeh, who says divine intervention will give him a fifth term. The Gambia has not had a smooth transfer of power since independence. The BBC’s Umaru Fofana in the capital, Banjul, says long queues have formed at polling stations. The Gambia has a unique way of voting for the president. Instead of using ballot papers, voters put a marble into a coloured drum for their candidate. The system is aimed at tackling illiteracy and preventing rigging. In the 2011 election, only two votes were declared invalid after people placed their marbles on top of drums.
Ethiopian Opposition Leader from Restive Region Arrested
n Ethiopian opposition leader from a region hit by deadly anti-government protests has been arrested after returning from meeting members of the European Parliament in Brussels, a political ally said on Thursday. Merera Gudina leads the Oromo People’s Congress from Ethiopia’s Oromiya region, which has been the center of protests against land grabs and what opponents say is a government clampdown on political freedoms. Officials deny such charges. “Merera arrived in Addis Ababa on Wednesday morning from a trip to Brussels, where he met members of the European Parliament,” Gebru Gebremariam, deputy chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress, told Reuters. “Police arrested him in his house the same day in the evening. We haven’t been given reasons behind his arrest,” Gebru added. A government secretariat, chaired by the prime minister and in charge of implementing emergency rule, said Merera violated guidelines “by making contact with terrorist groups.” “Given this violation, Merera is in custody and an investigation is currently taking place,” the Amhariclanguage statement said. More than 500 people have been killed since last year in protests
UN: ‘Ethnic cleansing under way’ in South Sudan
Merera Gudina, a leader of Ethiopia’s biggest opposition coalition, Medrek, addresses supporters at a rally in the Oromia region, May 15, 2010. that subsided after the government declared a six-month state of emergency in October. The demonstrations were initially triggered by anger over a development scheme for the capital that demonstrators said would force farmers off their land, but then broadened into demonstrations against political restrictions. Businesses in Oromiya and other areas, many of them foreignowned, were attacked. Foreign
firms have often been leased land by the government that locals say was seized from them for little compensation and sold on at great profit. Ethiopia’s government, which scrapped the capital’s development plan after protests erupted, denies imposing political restrictions or illegally taking land. Opposition parties failed to secure a single seat in parliament in the last elections in 2015.
UN commission on human rights in South Sudan has said a steady process of ethnic cleansing is underway in the country, involving massacres, starvation, gang rape and the destruction of villages. On Wednesday, three commission members who had travelled around South Sudan for 10 days said they observed deepening divisions in a country with 64 ethnic groups. “There is already a steady process of ethnic cleansing underway in several areas of South Sudan using starvation, gang rape and the burning of villages,” commission chairwoman Yasmin Sooka told a news conference. “The stage is being set for a repeat of what happened in Rwanda and the international community is under an obligation to prevent it.”
Rwandan Tribunal Charges Exmilitary Officer Over Genocide
Somali Election Process Drags On A S omalia’s presidential elections were scheduled for November 30, but the head of Somalia’s electoral body announced Monday they will be postponed. In the country’s complicated election system, clan and regional delegates have elected roughly 50 percent of the members of the lower and upper houses of parliament. The presidential election cannot take place until the remaining parliament members are selected. So it will take some more time before lawmakers determine Somalia’s next president, as specified in the Provisional Federal Constitution. Nairobi-based Somalia affairs commentator Abdiwahab Sheikh Abdisamad says he understands the ongoing “selection process” must be rescheduled, but argues that it should happen soon. “If the current selection process failed to conclude for the next 15 days, then legitimacy of the head of state, legitimacy of the members of parliament, legitimacy of the members of the senate will be in question,” said Abdisamad. The head of Somalia’s electoral body said Monday the new president will be elected before the end of the year. But allegations of bribery, intimidation and improper changes in delegations have plagued the electoral process. Some people, like Abdi Samatar, a Somali-born economic geographer
Somali soldiers walk through the wreckage after a car bomb that targeted a police station in the Waberi neighborhood, where President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was visiting a university, in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, Nov. 26, 2016. at the University of Minnesota, say such problems will definitely tarnish the results. “If I was in a casino, God forbid that, but if I was in a casino, I would bet whatever little resources I have, and over the last 30 years that I have been working, that this will produce a corrupt regime, and will indeed produce more fragments of Somalia than the 2012 [election] or the ones prior to that,”
said Samatar. “The level of corruption, culturally, politically, economically, is just beyond this world, frankly.” Others, like Chatham House research associate Ahmed Soliman, admit corruption is a problem, but say there are some positive signs. He gives the example of electoral authorities dismissing votes in some regions after officials were found not adhering to the 30 percent female
representation quota. “There are also positive signs just in the very nature of how this election is being followed and is being much more widely reported,” said Soliman. “And social media is being much more widely reported on. And social media is being used to tabulate and count every single seat and every single individual that comes into those seats. So there is a lot of scrutiny that is happening.”
Rwandan military tribunal began hearings on Thursday against a former army officer deported from Canada last month to face charges over Rwanda’s 1994 genocide. Jean Claude Seyoboka is accused of genocide, planning genocide, and murder and rape as crimes against humanity. He was a second lieutenant in the army when unknown gunmen shot down a plane carrying the then-presidents of Rwanda and Burundi, triggering an uprising by militias from the majority Hutu ethnic group. The militias killed about 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu moderates. The military prosecution told the court that Seyoboka, who was deported from Canada on November 18, trained the Interahamwe militia and killed Tutsi in several parts of the capital, Kigali. “Another witness told us that they saw him with in one hand with a gun and in another hand with clubs. Imagine a soldier who should be assuming the role of securing the population and instead he kills them,” prosecutor Capt. Kagiraneza Kayihura told the court.
Cambodian Court Jails Former Envoy to South Korea for Graft
court in Cambodia on Thursday sentenced the country’s former ambassador to South Korea to five years in prison on charges of corruption and abuse of power. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court found Suth Dina guilty of embezzling at least $117,000 by selling visas, receiving kickback money from Cambodian workers in South Korea, and failing to pay rent on the Cambodian Embassy in Seoul during his two-year tenure. The court also fined him 10 million riel ($2,500). Suth Dina was arrested in April by the government’s Anti-Corruption Unit. The agency said that at the time of his arrest he had $7.2 million in cash _ $3 million more than he had at the beginning of his appointment in February 2014. It also found he had stashed away almost 13 kilograms (29 pounds) of gold worth about $500,000. Suth Dina told reporters the court’s verdict was unfair and he plans to appeal it. Suth Dina used to be an opponent of Hun Sen’s government, but joined the ruling party in 2009. Last year he gained attention when he warned Cambodian workers in South Korea to stay away from meetings held by Cambodian opposition leaders, or else risk losing their jobs and getting sent back to Cambodia.
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Asia&Middle-east Vladimir Putin reaches out How ISIL destroyed to Donald Trump Nimrud
resident Vladimir Putin says Russia wants to normalise ties with the United States and join efforts in the fight against international “terrorism”. Speaking in a live state-ofthe-nation address, Putin said on Thursday that Russia was ready to take part in tackling global challenges - if its interests are respected. “We don’t want confrontation with anyone,” he said in a speech before officials and lawmakers in the Kremlin. “Unlike our foreign colleagues who are seeing Russia as an enemy, we have never been looking for enemies - we need friends,” Putin said. “But we won’t allow any infringement on our interests and neglect of them.” Russia’s relations with the West have plummeted to a post-Cold War low over the Ukrainian crisis and the war in Syria. During the US election campaign, President Barack Obama’s administration accused Russia of hacking American political sites and email accounts in an effort to interfere with the vote. The Kremlin rejected the accusations.
N Russia’s relations with the West have plummeted to a post-Cold War low [Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik via EPA] “In the last few years we have faced attempts of foreign pressure with all tools involved - from the myths about Russian aggression, of meddling in elections, to the hounding of our athletes,” Putin said, referring to doping scandals. Putin said Russia is looking forward to mending ties with the US after president-elect Donald Trump takes office in January. “We are ready for cooperation with the new American administration,” he said. “It’s important to normalise and
develop our bilateral ties on an equal and mutually beneficial basis. We share responsibility for ensuring global security and stability and strengthening the non-proliferation regime.” Trump has spoken favourably of Putin, but has outlined few specifics as to how he would go about recalibrating ties with the country. Earlier in November, Trump’s office said Putin and Trump spoke over the phone to discuss efforts to improve the relationship between Washington and Moscow.
Thailand Has New King, Marking New Era
Italian Premier Renzi Risks Job on Reform Vote
hen Matteo Renzi burst onto Italy’s national political stage, he set out to consign all that was outdated and ineffective in the country to the scrap heap, pledging to make economically lumbering Italy more competitive. Now, not even three years into office as premier, Renzi himself risks being trashed. Much to his alarm, a yesor-no referendum Sunday on government-championed constitutional reforms has been transformed by rivals into a virtual plebiscite on the 41-year-old leader, Italy’s youngest. A win by the “No” camp on a centerpiece reform of his government would be expected to trigger Renzi’s resignation. Some political opponents are also depicting Italy’s referendum as an occasion to pass judgment on the country’s ruling elite. They hope to tap into the populist fervor bubbling up across much of Europe - and even across the Atlantic, with the U.S. presidential victory by political outsider Donald Trump.
A shopkeeper show portraits of Thailand’s Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to a customer outside of her shop in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016.
hailand’s crown prince, Maha Vajiralongkorn, has ascended to the throne as the country’s new king, marking a new era in Thai history after the 70-year reign of his late father, Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died in October. Thai media reported late Thursday the 64-year-old crown prince had accepted an invitation to ascend to the throne presented by Thai National Legislative Assembly President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai. The “invitation” was made to the crown prince just hours after returning from Germany where he also has a residence. The new monarch will be known as His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, and will be Thailand’s 10th king of the Chakri Dynasty.
The date of the coronation day has not yet been set. But it is likely to take place after the royal cremation of King Bhumibol, expected late in 2017. The process began earlier this week when the president of the National Legislative Assembly ‘invited’ Vajiralongkorn to ascend to the throne “and become king of the Thai people”. Since a revolution in 1932 overturned the absolute monarchy, the role of the king in Thailand has been as a constitutional head of state. Vijiralongkorn, whom Bhumipol anointed as his heir in 1972, will be the 10th in line of , which dates back to 1782. The line was noted by the reign of Rama V, King Chulalongkorn from 1868 to 1920, known for his steps at modernizing
the country. Thailand has been in deep mourning for King Bhumipol since he passed away at the age of 88 on October 13. Vijralongkorn initially delayed announcement of his accession saying he wanted to ‘mourn with the Thai people” before taking up his new role. The crown prince and his sister, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, were taking a larger role in the formal duties once carried out by their father as the late king’s health declined. Thailand is currently ruled by a military junta, which took power in May 2014 after overthrowing the elected government. But analysts say the military’s intervention in the national government had been expected to ensure a “steadying hand” during the royal transition.
imrud, Iraq - The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) blew up Nimrud on a spring day last year. A truck mounted with speakers drove through the dusty roads surrounding the ruins of the ancient Assyrian city beforehand, instructing local residents to open their windows so that the glass wasn’t shattered by the shockwave of a massive blast. Black-clad ISIL fighters then placed barrel loads of explosives among structures, friezes and sculptures constructed more than 3,000 years ago, then detonated them in an eruption of earth and masonry that levelled most of the site and sent debris for hundreds of metres. Ahmed, 26, who lives in a nearby village describes it as being like an earthquake. “It was very strong,” he recalls. “The land itself was shaking.” Nimrud was founded in the 13th century BCE and is widely seen one as one of the world’s great archaeological treasures, home to the palace of Assyrian King Ashurnasirpal II, with its giant stone depictions of winged guardians known as lamassu, as well as temples to deities Ninurta and Enlil. But the area was captured by ISIL when the group swept across a swathe of northern Iraq in mid-2014. The group views anything predating the Islamic era as idolatrous and has systematically destroyed and looted such ancient sites, as well as those belonging to religious minorities such as Christians and Yazidis, or of Islamic sects that don’t correspondent with its beliefs. ISIL revelled in this destruction. A propaganda video released at the time recorded the explosion from multiple angles, while other footage shot outside Ashurnasirpal II’s palace showed ISIL fighters using cutting tools and sledgehammers to destroy friezes, drills and earth movers to tear apart statues. I’m really worried about these places in the countryside, not just the famous cities and towns … they’re hidden and we don’t know what’s going on there ... This is not Iraq’s heritage, but the whole world’s. But the true extent of the damage only became clear in mid-November, when Iraqi forces drove ISIL from the area as part of the six-week-long offensive to retake the second city of Mosul. Almost 1,800 of Iraq’s 12,000 registered sites were in territory held by the group, and the devastation of Nimrud has raised further fears among archaeologists about the future of other sites within Iraq, already ravaged by years of insecurity and war.
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The secret to a long life? JOGGING: Expert reveals the six simple tips to get you started By James Thie
he sight of the determined, lycraclad jogger has become a familiar feature of urban parks around the world. Jogging – defined as ‘the activity of running at a steady, gentle pace’ – was made popular by running pioneer Arthur Lydiard, who realised that this was a better way to train for competition than sprinting to exhaustion. The activity gained a huge following in the 1980s, and has recently experienced something of a resurgence. There are clear health benefits to this relatively cheap and accessible activity. The Copenhagen City Heart study – which collected data between 1976 and 2003 – revealed that regular jogging increases the life expectancy of men by 6.2 years, and women by 5.6 years. Peter Schnohr, chief cardiologist of the study, found that jogging: So, how much jogging do you have to do to gain this bounty of benefits? The Copenhagen City Heart study itself recommends between 60 and 150 minutes per week, in total. The National Health Service (NHS) likewise suggests that 19- to 64-yearolds should be doing 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise each week – where aerobic exercise is a workout which you can maintain for relatively long periods, without too much impact on your breathing rate. These benefits are maximised by jogging for more than 20 minutes, at least three to five times per week. But, based on my own experience as a competitive runner and coach, there are a few other tricks you can use to get the most out of your regular jog. Improve Your Technique Everybody runs differently, so your technique is going to be unique. Even so, there are a few key pointers that may help. The UK Athletics resource UCoach recommends running tall, with high hips, and placing each foot directly beneath your centre of mass keeping your arm action relaxed and efficient, with rhythmical stride. Within the first ten weeks, new joggers should expect to see their movement become more efficient, and their running gait improve. Wear The Right Shoes Going to a specialist running store is very useful – they should be able to give you feedback and advice on your current running shoes, your technique and what extra support you require. This can make a big difference when it comes to preventing injuries; something all runners are trying to
achieve. Keep in mind, however, that the most expensive shoes might not be the best – in fact, it’s probably more important to make sure they are comfortable. Set Goals Setting goals is proven to give you the motivation you need to get started, and to continue training. These may include personal goals to get fit and lose weight, or you may aim to complete an event like a 5km, 10km or half or full marathon. Remember, any goal is a great tool – but you may simply enjoy jogging – that’s fine, too. Mix It Up Mixing up your jogging routes and venues is key to beating off potential boredom. So, make sure not all your jogs are over the same distance and on the same loop. You can’t beat a new trail for a longer jog, just make sure you know where you are going – or you may be running for longer than you anticipated. Become A Social Jogger Jogging with others is a great way to be social and also go longer and further. The rise of the Parkrun is a global phenomenon that gets many thousands of people each week running, jogging and walking over a 5km distance. There are many Parkruns spread all over the UK. It is free to enter, and they happen every Saturday morning at 9am in many urban parks. This is jogging for the new age. There are numerous smartphone apps and trackers that will monitor and motivate you. They will measure your routes, give you split times and show your progression. You can do virtual jogs with your friends, have mini competitions and even have real-time online coaching support from trained professionals. There are even apps that will create a music playlist with beats to match your steps per minute. Research tells us that synchronised music increases exercise output, and helps to reduce the perceived effort of jogging. Jogging is an accessible urban sport – it’s also smart, sociable and healthy. It isn’t a surprise that jogging has made a comeback. So, put on your trainers, grab your smartphone, go for a jog and live longer. DailyMail on Facebook
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Feature Fidel Castro’s African legacy:
Friendship and freedom
idel Castro was the enduring face and voice of a Cuban internationalism forged at the height of the Cold War and still widely misunderstood by the global North. In 1969, during a meeting with the Chilean foreign minister Gabriel Valdes, Henry Kissinger - who would later become the US secretary of state - declared: “Nothing important can come from the South. History has never been produced in the South. The axis of history starts in Moscow, goes to Bonn, crosses over to Washington, and then goes to Tokyo. What happens in the South is of no importance.” This so-called South - the global South had already proved Kissinger wrong, though he was not astute enough to recognise it. As well as the emergence of the Non-Aligned Movement (of newly independent nations) at the Bandung Conference some 14 years earlier, postrevolution Cuba had been busy forging deep ties with countries that shared both its mistrust of US foreign policy and desire for true independence. Fidel Castro in context n the years that followed, Havana would provide not just symbolic but also military and economic support to peoples all over Asia, Africa and Latin America. This struggle for selfdetermination, which spread across the globe throughout the 20th century, is perhaps one of the most enduring legacies of Fidel Castro’s Cuba. Nowhere has it had as deep an impact as in Africa, where Cuba helped consolidate the rule of socialist independent movements in several nations, and to bring about the end of apartheid in South Africa. Cuba’s influence on the global South began, symbolically, with the Cuban revolution itself, in 1959. “The Cuban revolution provided a sort of language for which places like Guinea-Bissau could dream of their future as independent countries,” says Antonio Tomas, a biographer of African anti-colonial leader Amilcar Cabral. It was an event which resonated with nations still fighting or only recently liberated from colonial occupations. “I was a young student when I heard about it, and about Fidel, for the first time,” says Adriano Pereira dos Santos Junior, who was part of the liberation struggle in Angola, won by the socialist MPLA. “The Cuban revolution and the defeat of Baptista was hugely influential for us in Angola.”
State of turmoil he following year, with Cuba already under sanctions from the US, Fidel Castro travelled to New York to address the United Nations, and found that he would be confined to Manhattan island by security measures. After a spat with a hotel that demanded a $20,000 deposit from the Cubans, Castro and his delegation left and moved to the black-owned Hotel Theresa, in Harlem, where they were welcomed by el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, Malcolm X. Rosemari Mealy, an academic, writer and Black Panther Party member, who has written about the encounter, recalls: “Activists, journalists and regular Harlemites ... recalled witnessing thousands of pro-Cuba demonstrators in the streets in front of the hotel.” At the time, as Mealy points out, “all across the United States, including Harlem, blacks and other people of colour were waging relentless struggles against racism and police violence, the fight for decent housing, jobs and the end to segregation of public schools and transportation”. Castro’s decision to stay in Harlem, to meet so publicly with Malcolm X and, subsequently,
to receive a host of foreign leaders who were at odds with American foreign policy - including Nikita Khrushchev, Gamal Abdel Nasser, and Jawaharlal Nehru - antagonised the US administration but also served as a powerful example of how Cuba was positioning itself in relation to the rest of the world. Memories of a young Cuban revolutionary ut the rest of the world was in a state of turmoil. The 1960 independence of the Republic of Congo was followed in January 1961 by the assassination of its new president, Patrice Lumumba, in which both the US and the United Nations played a role. Then, just months later, in Cuba, the CIA orchestrated the invasion of the Bay of Pigs in an attempt to unseat Castro. It was not hard, at the time, for Cuba to convince the global South of the facts of American imperialism. With the controversial, US-imposed sanctions as his calling card, Castro declared solidarity between Cuba and other oppressed, colonised, and newly independent nations. According to Raquel Ribeiro, who writes about the relationship between Cuba and Angola, “there was a wide and significant network of influence in the so-called Third World, which stemmed clearly from the Tricontinental conference in Havana in 1966 as a movement of the ‘global South’, an alternative to imperial, neocolonial forms of domination”. In its attempt to galvanise this movement, the Cuban government went beyond rhetoric and began to provide tangible support to those it counted among its allies. It was in this spirit that, in 1963, Cuba sent a delegation of 56 Cuban doctors to Algeria. Algeria was still recovering from a long war of liberation from France, and post-independence “white flight” had left the country desperately lacking in medical professionals. This small, but symbolic, envoy from Havana was the beginning of a decades-long programme of Cuban “medical internationalism” which would leave a lasting legacy across Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, in particular. “The symbolic aspect was really the generosity,” says Tomas. “And I think this is the narrative Fidel wanted to write. The history of the little island doing great things in Africa, far greater than the resources they had and so on .... This internationalism was unprecedented.” But from its inception, medical internationalism was not only part of a humanitarian campaign (which also provided teachers, engineers and technicians); it was also fundamental to the military interventions that Cuba was launching abroad, particularly in Africa, where ongoing independence struggles were fast becoming a live battleground for the Cold War.
Arms and weapons to Africa rom 1963, Cuba began to provide arms and weapons training to allied movements in Algeria, Yemen, and to Amilcar Cabral’s PAIGC movement for the liberation of Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau, then still Portuguese colonies. But the support wasn’t only practical. Rooted in a language of brotherhood and shared history, it was also emotional. “In a spirit of friendship,” declared Amilcar Cabral, “... the bonds of history, blood and culture unite our peoples with the Cuban people.” Although outflanked by the Soviet Union in terms of the military and financial aid it provided, Cuba’s internationalist support continued to be of importance to the emerging political leaders of the global South (including Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah; Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser; Burkina
Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro embrace during Castro’s visit to Johannesburg, South Africa [Jose Goitia/AP]
Cuba’s decades-long involvement in Africa has left a disputed and complicated legacy; alongside the victory over apartheid sits their alleged involvement in the May 27 massacre in Angola; and the bloodshed from the 1977 Ethiopia-Somalia war, to mention just two examples. Faso’s Thomas Sankara; Mozambique’s Eduardo Mondlane; and Angola’s Agostinho Neto - not all of whom were then in power). While these leaders were courted by Raul and Fidel Castro, it was Che Guevara who provided the idealism and passion for the armed struggle on the ground. Che intended to put the guerilla warfare theories he had developed - based on his own experiences in Cuba - into practice. In 1965, he embedded himself with 100 AfroCuban soldiers in the Republic of Congo, to train guerilla fighters in support of the Marxist Simba movement. The vivid life of Fidel Castro he mission was disastrous; his men were soon outnumbered by apartheid South Africanand CIA-backed mercenaries, and he retreated, having learned a painful lesson about wading into unfamiliar conflicts. While subsequently hiding in Dar es Salaam, he offered his services to FRELIMO (the National Front for the Liberation of Mozambique), but was turned down. Not all African liberation movements wanted - or needed - help. After Che’s death in 1966, Cuban internationalism became more pragmatic. But over the following decade, the struggles for independence mutated into a series of bitter internal conflicts, heavily fuelled by foreign interests and Cold War politics. At the request of the MPLA (the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola), Castro sent tens of thousands of Cubans to Angola under “Operation Carlotta” between 1975 and 1991, many of whom would die fighting against rival, US-backed and South-African apartheid forces. The Cuban forces’ victory at the battle of Cuito Cuanavale in 1988 was a watershed moment in southern African history, heralding independence for Zimbabwe and Namibia -
and the beginning of the end of South African apartheid. It was also the moment for Cuba to begin withdrawing militarily from Angola although the civil war there would not end for another decade. Cuba’s decades-long involvement in Africa has left a disputed and complicated legacy; alongside the victory over apartheid sits their alleged involvement in the May 27 massacre in Angola; and the bloodshed from the 1977 Ethiopia-Somalia war, to mention just two examples. The movements whose leadership Castro supported have not always fulfilled the hopes of the people they rule over, and some have morphed from socialism into something quite unrecognisable. But as Nelson Mandela - a lifelong friend of Castro - also remarked: “Cubans came to our region as doctors, teachers, soldiers, agricultural experts, but never as colonisers ... What other country has such a history of selfless behaviour as Cuba has shown for the people of Africa?” Even today, thousands of Cuban doctors are working all over Africa and beyond - providing vital medical services including most recently during the Ebola crisis; supporting infrastructure, education and culture. “Internationalism is ingrained in Cuban society and it’s a fundamental part of Cuban identity,” says Ribeiro. “It will continue to live on, beyond Fidel.” Ana Naomi de Sousa is a filmmaker and journalist. She is the director of: Hacking Madrid; The Architecture of Violence; Guerrilla Architect; and Angola Birth of a Movement. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial policies. Source: Al Jazeera News
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Nigeria, Cameroon final tone for World Cup double header
Falcons Onome Ebi (right) against Cameroon in the 2014 women’s AFCON final in Namibia
he outcome of tomorrow’s women’s AFCON final between hosts Cameroon and defending champions Nigeria will most certainly set the tone for next year’s 2018 World Cup double header between both countries. Nigeria and Cameroon were lumped into the so-called African qualifying series ’Group of Death’, alongside Algeria and Zambia, when the draw was made for the big race to Russia. However, the Super Eagles now have a vice grip on the pool after winning their first two matches of the series, and are four points clear of second–placed Cameroon, who have just two points.
The next two matchdays, which will pit the Eagles and the Lions against themselves in Uyo and Limbe, are seen as capable of determining the team that will come out of that pool to represent Africa. A win in both matches will catapult the Eagles to the World Cup, with only the minimum to do in their remaining two matches. Conversely, victory in both games will renew Cameroon’s hopes of a seventh FIFA World Cup finals appearance. Another consideration for the Super Falcons however, is the pinfall handed the Super Eagles 16 years ago by the Lions, in front of home fans during the
that the Lions also beat the Super Eagles in the Cup of Nations final of 1984 and 1988, and stopped Nigeria from going to the 1990 FIFA World Cup after winning 1-0 in Yaounde when the Eagles needed a draw. The Lionesses themselves will recall how the Falcons badgered them to a 2-0 defeat in Windhoek in the final of the last edition, and how the Eagles bundled then Cup holders Cameroon out at the quarter final stage of the 2004 Cup of Nations in Tunisia. The Falcons are yet to lose a Cup of Nations final match, winning in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2014.
Another Nigerian set to join Leicester City
FG set to develop grassroots sports through sports equipment – Dalung
final of the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations competition. On the eve of St. Valentine’s Day in 2000, the Lions showed no love to a packed National Stadium in Lagos as they raced to a 2-0 lead with goals from Samuel Eto’o Fils and Patrick Mboma. Chukwu Ndukwe reduced the tally just before half time and ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha slammed in a long-range equaliser just after the restart, but Nigeria lost following a dramatic penalty shootout, in which Tunisian referee Mourad Daami ruled Victor Ikpeba’s kick that bounced behind goalkeeper Alioum Boukar a no-goal. The Falcons are unlikely to forget
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FG set to develop grassroots sports through sports equipment – Dalung By Albert Akota
inister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to advancing, uplifting and promoting grassroots sports in the country. He also explained that the task of equipping public primary schools with quality sports equipment through funding from the National Lottery Trust Fund is a clear demonstration of government’s desire to touch the lives of poor school children especially the vulnerable segments of our society. Dalung who was the Guest of Honour at the official presentation of Sports equipment to selected public primary schools in Plateau State, donated by the National Lottery Trust Fund, at Rwangpang Mini Stadium, Jos, Plateau State recently, noted that the reason for the gathering was to practically set the tone for the new impetus for grassroots sports development which will lead to discovery and grooming of future sport stars, a development that will assist Plateau State maintain its national top position in sports. As he said “children are the only assets the nation can boast of and investment in them will secure the future of the country” He charged the pupils to take ownership of the equipment and
make good use of the equipment. He added that early exposure of budding talents to such state-of-arts sports equipment will help bring the best out of them. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation represented by the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, Dr. Amina Shamak, commended the Federal Government for establishing the National Lottery Regulatory Commission and the National Lottery Trust Fund after recounting the achievements that some countries have made through good use of their lottery proceeds. He explained that modern countries rely on lottery proceeds to fund their developmental projects even national budgets nowadays as a result of the stability, reliability and predictability of lottery as a source of revenue. He assured Nigerians that sports lottery in Nigeria has come to stay and is effectively working as a vehicle for economic development evidenced by the 20% lottery proceeds kept with the National Lottery Trust Fund which is now being committed to good courses. He added that the 20% proceeds are being ploughed back to improving the lives of Nigerian youths through upgrading of sports facilities in order to enhance their training and sporting activities.
Another Nigerian set to join Leicester City
nother Nigeria international, Wilfred Ndidi, is set for a move to the Premier League where reigning champions, Leicester City, are about sorting out lose ends with his Belgian club, Genk. Leicester City already have Super Eagles star, Ahmed Musa, in their squad. The club have suggested in multiple reports across England that Ndidi would be joining his compatriot all things being equal during the January transfer window. The UK Mirror reports that The Foxes have raised the stakes after opening the bidding with a
£16 million approach for the Nigeria international. Ndidi, 19, has been in spectacular form of late and his performances as caught the eye of a number of clubs including Chelsea and Tottenham. But Leicester are trying to steal a march on their rivals with the early move and are confident of landing Ndidi when the transfer window reopens next month. Coach Claudio Ranieri has earmarked Ndidi as his long-term replacement for N’Golo Kante who quit the champions to join league leaders Chelsea last summer.
Only on Tuesday, statistics released threw Ndidi up as the player who has the highest tackles and interceptions in the Europa League so far this season. This puts him ahead of the likes of the world most expensive player, Paul Pogba who is also playing in the Europa League with Manchester United. Ndidi, who can play in centre of defence or as a midfielder in front of the back four, will require a work permit to complete a dream move to England.
Juventus plan to pip Chelsea with Kessie
uventus are preparing to pip Chelsea and Arsenal to the signature of Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie. The teenage Ivory Coast international has impressed in Serie A this season, netting five times and providing one assist. His value is soaring ahead of the winter transfer window, with it expected that he will generate a fee of around £15 million. Juve intend to head the queue of suitors, much to the disappointment of their transfer rivals from the Premier League, with the Serie A champions prepared to do a deal and leave Kessie to see out the season on loan at Atalanta.
1,500 athletes to participate at universities staff sports tourney By Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
ver 1,500 athletes from 60 universities will participate in 14 events in the 12th edition of the Nigerian Universities Staff Sport Association (NUSSA) Games holding in Kaduna, the organizers have said. Chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Professor Nebath Tanglang said the competition will commence with the opening ceremony on the 8th of December, 2016 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium Kaduna and ends by the 16th December, 2016. The 2016 edition of the Hames is being hosted by the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
According to the LOC Chairman, the 14 events to be competed for are athletics (track and field), basketball, badminton, chess, darts, football, volleyball, scrabble, table tennis, tennis, swimming, draught, golf and novelty walking event. He said that, “for the first time in the history of the Games, no medal table will be on display as from this edition. This was the decision of NUSSA Council taken to discourage the win-at-all-cost syndrome by some universities. “The syndrome that leads some universities to resort to the use of mercenary players thereby denying the opportunity of bonafide staff from participating in the Games and defeating the objectives of the Games,” he
said. The LOC chairman noted that NOUN which is hosting this edition has introduced an online registration of participants including officials and athletes. Professor Tanglang also informed that Swimming and Golf which before now was not a scoring event will be among the events to be scored in this edition, adding that certificate will be given to the first three athletes in all the events. Venues to be used for the games include the Murtala Muhammad Square, Ahmadu Bello Stadium, NOUN campus, Kaduna, National Teacher’s Institute (NTI) and the Kaduna Golf Club.
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Doctors shocked after removing this from a teenage girlâ€™s stomach
teenage girl has undergone life-saving surgery to remove a cyst from her ovary - which weighed as much as a five-year-old. Khalida Akhter,
18, suffered from chronic stomach pain before the emergency procedure to remove the 21kg growth.Doctors initially believed she was suffering a gastric problem but had to act as the pain intensified over a six-month period. As the pain grew so did the size of her stomach, which left her looking pregnant as well as keeping her bed bound. The student was forced to drop out of school due to the pain and swelling. As Khalida, from Kashmir, India, became more secluded, rumours of her health began to circulate around her small village as locals began to believe she was pregnant or cursed. Fearing the worst, Khalidaâ€™s parents travelled with their daughter to the nearest hospital in the area and begged medical staff to help them. On her arrival at the hospital,
doctors were shocked to see the size of her stomach and rushed the student to the theatre for an emergency operation. The doctors discovered a cyst which grew to be 21kg in weight and may have done more damage to her health had she not undergone emergency surgery. Ovarian cysts are common and for the most part quite harmless. The cysts consist of fluid and usually grow to be just a few centimetres in size until they pop on their own. The team at Mirza Mohd Afzal Beigh Memorial Hospital were amazed that Khalida had coped with the cyst for so long, and believe it is the largest one ever removed from a patient. onlinenigeria.com
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THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED ASSOCIATION HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.ALLU DAUDA 2.BITRUS YOHANNA 3.EMMANUEL JOHN 4.JOSEPH MAIGBE EMMANUEL 5.EMMANUEL ANZAKA THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.TO PROVIDE PEACEFUL AND HARMONIOUS CO-EXISTING IN THE SOCIETY. 2.PROVIDE DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE IN THE COMMUNITY. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY
FAITH EXPLOIT EMBASSY WORLDWIDE THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Apostle Philip. Odoruen. Ayo - GENERAL OVERSEER 2. Pastor Mrs Philip Marvellous - church secretary 3. DELE Mathew Alex - church treasurer 4. Gabriel John ojo- assistant pastor THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : 1.TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY
NETWORK FOR PROGRESSIVE PEACE AMBASSADORS INITIATIVE OF NIGERIA
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED INITIATIVE HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.ENGR. HALIRU MOHAMMED 2.ABDULRAHMAN HALIRU SADIQ 3.RASHIDA HALIRU 4.BLESSING SUNDAY 5.MOHAMMED SADIQ ABUBAKAR 6.RABIU BAWA 7.UMOEDA UKPONO SYLVANUS 8.YAHUZA AGBU 9.ALIYU IBRAHIM THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES ARE : 1.TO ORGANIZE SEMINARS, CONFERENCES AND PUBLIC LECTURES FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROMOTING GOOD GOVERNANCE IN ALL THREE TIERS OF GOVERNMENT. 2.TO MOBILIZE SUPPORT FROM THE GRASSROOTS TO URBAN CENTERS FOR DESERVING POLITICIANS TO BE VOTED INTO ELECTIVE OFFICES. 3.TO ORGANIZE CAMPAIGNS DURING ELECTION PERIODS TO SUPPORT ONLY CANDIDATES WITH CREDIBLE GOOD TRACK RECORD FOR ELECTIVE OFFICES. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY
MEADWAY CHARITY NETWORK
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1.UDEGBE CLEMENT IKECHUKWU 2.ONYEMENEM KINGSLEY CHUKWULEKE THE AIM AND OBJECTIVE : TO OFFER SCHOLARSHIP FACILITY TO DESERVING STUDENTS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED : SECRETARY
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CHRIST DOMINION WORD AND PRAYER MINISTRY. CAC /IT /NO.71277.
The general public is hereby notified that the above named, has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Change Of Trustees under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. Old Trustees. 1. Pst Ezeanyagu Chhukwuka Paulinus- Retained. 2. Evang Ezeanyagu Uchenna Ann - Retained. 3. Evang Melody Somori - Removed. 4. Hrh Eze Sir Nwangwa Young - Removed. New Trustee. 1. Umege Ikenna Vincent - Newly appointed. REASON. the reason for the change is due to the fact that the removed trustees are out of the country and have not been participating actively in the ministry’s activities. Aims and objectives remain the same.
Redeemer’s Aids Initiatives For People And Communities
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR registration UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Pastor Johnson Adesola. 2. Pastor Joseph Osuolale Obayemi. 3. Pastor Rotimi Adegborioye. 4. Mrs Moji Odeku. 5. Pastor Olusina Olulana. 6. Dr Jennifer Anyati. 7. Mr Ipoade Omilaju. Aim: Improving the wellbeing of children, youth and families.
Any objection to this notice must reach the Registrar-General of Corporate Affairs Commission Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication.
ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
SIGNED: Olufunsho Isaac Esq
MUNAZAMAT-AL-DAAWAH AL ISLAMIYYAH. CAC /IT. NO. 5518.
The general public is hereby notified that the above named, has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Change Of Trustees and Alteration of constitution article 6B, 6H and 6L. under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. Old Trustees. 1. Dr Moh’d Salih - Retained. 2. Moh’d El-Hassan Moh’d - Retained. 3. Mustafa El-Bur - Retained. 4. Gassam El-Bari - Retained. 5. Yahaya Osman Ibrahim Mohammed - Removed. 6. Abubakar Umar Aguda - Retained. New trustees. 1. Abdelgadir Musa Yosif Osman - Newly appointed. 2. Mohammed Eltayeb Mohhammed Elhag - Newly appointed. Aims and objectives remain the same
Rural Medical Foundation
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR registration UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Chief Samuel Onyemaechi Obaji. 2. Prof Chinwe Nora Obaji. 3. Dr Kennedy Ohaeri. Aims: To provide and promote free health care services to the indigent and needy members of the rural communities. 2. To promote healthy living and good hygience amongst rural dwellers through health education, information dissemination, workshop, seminars, counseling and the likes.
Any objection to this notice must reach the Registrar-General of Corporate Affairs Commission Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication.
ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
SIGNED: Barr C.E. Okafor. 08033366815.
HACEY’S HEALTH INITIATIVE
The general public is hereby notified that the above named, has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Change Of Trustees and amendment of constitution under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. REMOVED TRUSTEES 1. Tiamiyu Adeyanju. 2. Adegboyega Adisa Fawole. 3. Mr Paul Oluwasijibomi Ojajuni. 4. Mr Aaron Offikwu Adah. 5. Isaiah Oluwatobiloba Owalabi. 6. Mr Liman Moshood Ibrahim. NEWLY APPOINTED. 1. Prof Babatunde Ajayi. 2. Mrs Joan Agha. 3. Dr Joe OkeiOdumakin. 4. Dr Lawrence Olatunji. REAPPOINTED. 1. Ms Rhoda Robinson. 2. Lawrence Aderemi Olatunji.
AVIATION FUEL MARKETERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR registration UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. THOMAS OGUNGBANGBE - CHAIRMAN 2. SEYI AWODUGBA - SECRETARY Aim & Objective: 1. To promote professionalism among members.
Any objection to this notice must reach the RegistrarGeneral of Corporate Affairs Commission Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication.
ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION.
Signed. Olufunsho Isaa Esq.
Aims and objectives remain the same.
SEEKERS FAMILY INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY
The general public is hereby notified that the above named, has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for Change Of name and Amendment of Constitution From SEEKERS CHAPEL INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY to SEEKERS FAMILY INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY. altering article ‘1’ of the constitution. under part “C” of the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990. trustees are. 1. Pastor Chris David Raymond. 2. Pastor Mrs Ngozi Augustina Raymond. Aims and objectives remain the same. Any objection to this notice must reach the Registrar-General of Corporate Affairs Commission Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication. Signed. Secretary.
Bonum Seeds Foundation
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR registration UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Okpanachi Monica Ojonuba. 2. Ebong Idorenyin Asuquo. 3. Bamaiyi Regina Une. 4. Agada Fidelis Inalegwu. 5. Omezi-Ogori Joy. Aims. 1. To run, manage and establish halfwayhouse for the old people, released inmate and orphans. 2. To initiate programmes for the empowerment of the needy and orphan via skill acquisition and vocational training centres. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: Secretary.
STAY ALIVE GLOBAL FOUNDATION
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. MR. UDE NNAEMEKA OSAGYEFO 2. BARRISTER OHANENYE, 3. OGOCHUKWU CHIOMA Aim: To help and support people living with stroke/paralysis, HIV and AIDS. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: Secretary.
Odebunmi Olusegun Empowerment Foundation THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR registration UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. Odebunmi Olusegun - Chairman. 2. Odebunmi Oluwatoyin - Secretary. 3. Odebunmi Ifeoluwa- Member. Aim: 1. To help the less privilege. 2. To empower the needy. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: Bello Olurotimi. 08033601334.
Arewa Able Minds Foundation
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR registration UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: 1. AMINU YAKUBU Chairman. 2. AZUMI LAWAL Vice Chairperson. 3. MUHAMMAD YAZID ABUBAKAR Secretary. 4. SALISU HASSAN Public Relations. 5. FURAIRA MUHAMMAD Treasurer 6. AMINA LAWAL Financial Sec. Aim: To assist the less privilege. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: Secretary.
COURAGE AND HONOUR CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY
THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED TO THE CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION FOR registration UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT OF 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE: (1) Pastor Dikiyai Michael Baraghoboye (president,) (2)Pastor AMAORU AMAFUNU. (Secretary); (3) Barigha Matilda Adogibara, (4) Mrs Dikiyai Lohya, (5) Mrs Esther Iromaka Aims & Objectives: 1. To preach the gospel of Christ all over the world. 2. To teach the word of God to lost soul in all nations. ANY OBJECTION TO THIS REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR GENERAL CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN 28 DAYS OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: Signed: Barr Charles Dennis 08067433222.
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Super Falcons get hostile reception in Yaounde ahead of final
igeria’s women team were welcomed to a hostile reception in Yaounde on arrival for the 2016 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations final clash against Cameroon. They arrived in batches to a noisy and hostile welcome in Cameroon’s capital. A team official expressed disappointment at the flight frustration suffered moving to Yaounde after a tiring game against South Africa. “Honestly, it was a terrible experience and we are disappointed. The environment was hostile and the LOC map out plans to frustrate us,” an official told the media. “They abandoned us at the airport and we waited for about six hours before the first batch could travel by air. The most shocking moment was how hostile the Cameroonians are at the airport. The players are currently lodged at the Djeuja Palace Hotel and expected to resume training yesterday by 5pm local time at the Omnisport Stadium, Yaoundé.
Zidane’s son scores on Real Madrid debut
inedine Zidane’s son Enzo scored 18 minutes into his Real Madrid debut – with his first shot for the club. The 21-year-old midfielder was brought on by his father, the Madrid coach, at half-time in their Copa del Rey victory over Cultural Leonesa at the Bernabeu. Madrid won the tie 6-1, beating their third-tier opponents 13-2 on aggregate to reach the competition’s last 16. Advertisement Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard, who signed as a 16-year-old in January 2015, also made his full debut.
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These dear daughters of ours have seen the worst that the world has to offer. It is now time for them to experience the best that the world can do for them. - Buhari on the 21 released Chibok girls
The evil of corruption E
vil and corruption work together, so when we say the evil of corruption, we simply refer to people who enjoy harming others. People who do evil things without minding the harmful effect on other people. We are also referring to those forces that cause bad things to happen, people with morally bad behaviour, people living without conscience. People that inflict hardship on other people. We are talking of those heartless people connected to the devil himself. We call them agents of Satan. When we say evil of corruption, we are referring also to those few unscrupulous people in government and other public sectors. They are people without moral principle, they are dishonest and unfair money-bags who are today referred to as CABAL. Quote me anywhere, corruption can never be eradicated or reduced in our country until Nigerians say no to cabals, until we say enough is enough. When we say cabal, we mean a small group of people who are involved in secret plans to get political position or power. And when they smuggled themselves there either by election or appointment, they will set rules and regulations that will create room for them to embezzle public funds. They have no respect for constitution, they are lawless. This cabals rule6 and intimidate those they sponsored to power, they dictate what happens and how it will happen. They also control and influence the people in power on how things should happen. Some of them are not even in government or any political position, yet they order those they helped into power around, and can even remove them from the seat of power anytime. These cabals are so rich that they can do anything with money. They can influence the judiciary, of course they took part in the appointment of the judges. And because some
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friDAY Column WITH Paul Udensi of them are in the National Assembly coordinating with their colleagues outside the house, they can influence the decisions of the house. They will always change any policy that did not suit their evil plans. These cabals are in the federal, state and local government, choosing who becomes president, governor, chairman, even ministers of the federal republic of Nigeria. They put those they can manipulate in power and in the position of responsibility. They directly or indirectly choose who becomes EFCC chairman, Inspector general of police, Armed Forces Chiefs and so on, with this they become untouchable. No cabal in Nigeria had ever been arrested for any offence they committed. Fighting corruption in government and in some sectors without first removing the cabals as the Rawlings of Ghana did is a waste of time. I once said that for us to find a real solution to our problem, we must first find the real problem. The problem is the cabals. Their friends and relations can do anything and get away with it, if the police arrest them, it takes only a phone call and they are free again. We hold the cabals responsible for whatever ugly situation Nigerians found themselves today. Stop calling Buhari, call the cabals. President
Buhari himself need help, our help in this matter. You must sign an agreement or swear an oath of loyalty before the cabal will help you. When you hear that a president, governor, minister or even local government chairman is in trouble, or threaten with impeachment, believe me he has stepped on the toes of a cabal. Once you refuse to accept any of their plans, ideas and policy, you are in trouble already and must be removed and replaced by someone who must be loyal to them. Thank God for the wife of our President, Aisha Buhari, who saw and read the hand writing on the wall and cried out aloud but her husband who knows the implication and consequence
The problem is the cabals. Their friends and relations can do anything and get away with it, if the police arrest them, it takes only a phone call and they are free again. We hold the cabals responsible for whatever ugly situation Nigerians found themselves today.
that will follow, ordered his wife back to the kitchen and bedroom. Let us stop singing about corruption and do something drastic to eradicate the existence of corruption in our society. To eradicate corruption we must first fight the corrupted people and the corrupted system before we can fight corruption and win. We need to fight corruption with levity and with no respect for criminals. The cabals usher in recession into this country and need to be punished. There is need to fight the cabals in the corridors of power. The cabals in the National Assembly, Federal and State Government, NNPC and other parastatals. The cabals in the armed forces, even the cabals in our markets, that caused inflation in our goods and services. I want to state categorically clear here that President Buhari political and ministerial appointments are full of cabals. Mr. President except you take a drastic measure now, the change will not come, fighting corruption will be a mere lip-service. I am not criticizing you my President but contributing my sincere quota to eradicate corruption in our dear country Nigeria. I love Nigeria, I love Africa, what about you? Dr. Paul .I. Udensi is reachable on udensiegbulami@yahoo. com
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