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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (7th, R); Commandant , National Defence College, Rear Admiral Oladele Daji ((6th, L) and members of the NDC management, after a briefing with the Vice President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday (2/8/21).

IPOB's sit-at-home: Arewa group assures Igbos of safety in North

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IPOB’s sit-at-At-home: Go on with your normal business -Arewa group urges Igbos in North From Femi, Kaduna

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ollowing controversial the Sit-At-Home (SAT) order by Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) a group under the aegis of Arewa Network of Social Reformers, (ANSR) has urged Igbos living in the North to go about their lawful businesses without fear of molestation or intimidation. ANSR President, Engr. Musa Idris, stated this in a statement made available to the

media in Kaduna yesterday. The group, which is a coalition of 17 affiliate membership associations of upwardly mobile Northern professionals and activists, in statement stated that the order is null and void in Northern States of Nigeria. To ensure that the safety of ‘Northern Igbo’ is guaranteed, the group said it has written to prominent Northern leaders such as, Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum, Simon Lalong; Traditional rulers, and

the Igbo Delegates Assembly in the region to do everything to protect lives and property of Igbo.. The group opined that it is the responsibility of all the people of the North and Nigerians to guarantee the security and safety of Igbo in the region and to assure them that it’s the primary responsibility of government to do that. “That the 19 Northern Governors should exercise their executive powers backed by the Constitution of the

Federal Republic of Nigeria to express and discharge their responsibilities of ensuring that the lives and property of all citizens in their respective States are guaranteed and non negotiable. “That the very cogent and active drive of bringing the Northern Igbo together by the Igbo Delegates Assembly be recognized because of it noble objective of promoting dialogue and understanding in our divergent polity,” the group stated in the statement.

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PDP to Jega: APC, Buhari, not PDP, fail Nigerians

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he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, not to further infuriate Nigerians by “trying to dry-clean the rudderless, inept and debauched All Progressives Congress (APC), despite the unbearable devastation the APC has brought to our nation in a space of six years.” The party said this in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja. The PDP asserted that trying to compare the APC to the highly productive and development-oriented PDP is an unpardonable disservice to our nation and calls to question the sense of judgment of Profession Jega. The main opposition party further held as worrisome that Prof. Jega, who only recently and rightly so, described the APC and the Buhari administration as a failure, is now attempting an image laundering with such a warped comparison, just a few weeks after he was offered a juicy appointment as Chairman of Governing Council of University of Jos by President Buhari. According to the PDP, “It is indeed unfortunate that Prof. Jega, as a professor of political science, could portray an ignorance of the manifest contrasts between the robust fortunes of our nation under the PDP and the wasteland she has become under the APC. “Perhaps, the Professor needs to be reminded of how the PDP worked hard to revamp our nation’s economy, paid off our huge foreign debts and

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went ahead to grow the economy to become the largest investment hub in Africa as well as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with Fitch B+ rating; only for the APC to wreck the economy and turned our nation into the world poverty capital and a debtor country in a space of six years. “Prof. Jega must also be reminded how the PDP reinvigorated the private sector with new businesses and employments springing up in critical sectors of telecoms, aviation, agriculture, manufacturing, oil and gas, education, retailing, hospitality, healthcare and banking among others. “Today, under the APC and

Buhari, these gains have been wrecked with massive closure of businesses, which saw over 60 million Nigerians losing their means of livelihood, with alarming 33.3 percent unemployment rate and over 82.9 million more and about 25 million families not being able to afford their daily meals as our country ranks 98th out of 107 in Global Hunger Index, due to the obnoxious policies of the APC and President Buhari. “Perhaps the former INEC chairman has forgotten how the PDP stabilized our fiscal economy and handed over our naira to the APC at N160 to a dollar only for the APC to wreck our currency to a dismal N510 to a dollar.

“He may have also forgotten how the PDP handed over the cost of fuel at N87 per liter and how the APC has hiked it to N165 per liter with attendant pressure on our economy. “We invite Professor Jega to note how the PDP ran an all-inclusive and transparent administration that guaranteed freedom of speech, equity, fairness as well as free and fair elections, which he attested to; and how the APC, had been running a massively corrupt, insensitive, divisive and exclusionist administration that has destroyed our national cohesion and turned our nation into a battle field. “As professor of political science, Prof. Jega ought to know that while

the PDP is an ideologically based political party, the APC is just a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) operated on the basis of deception and that is why it has failed in all ramification and now fizzled in the eyes of the law. “Nigerians are already confronting the fact of the failures of the APC as well as President Buhari and would therefore not require a manipulative tendency of any individual seeking political relevance ahead of 2023. “After all, the roles which Prof Jega played in bringing this failed party and administration into office, are still fresh in the hearts of Nigerians”, the main opposition party said.

Acting Assistant Comptroller of Customs Zone ‘C, Olusemire Kayode (R) Zonal Comptroller, Owerri Office, Yusuf Lawal (2nd R) and other men of the Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘C during the display of Logs of unprocessed timber intercepted and displayed to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Monday (2/8/2021)

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L-R:Prince Igho Majemite, Outgoing Chairman of Industry Consumer Advisory Forum(ICAF); Mr.Efosa Idehen, Director, Consumer Affairs Bureau,Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) ; Mazi Akpa Emeka, Incoming Chairman, ICAF; Engr. Bako Wakil, Director, Technical Standards and Network Integrity, NCC, during the 2021 2nd Quarter ICAF Open Forum in Lagos recently.

Firm offers free counseling on cardiovascular mgt to 225 farmers By Mustapha Adamu, Kano

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o fewer than 225 farmers have received free counseling on management of cardiovascular diseases and the various risk factors as well as the preventive measures to lower the risk. The programme powered by Olam’s Nigeria Limited, is a community health awareness campaign initiative, aimed at complementing the state’s healthcare delivery system to farmers. The programme took place in some parts of Jigawa state as part of the company’s Corporate

Social Responsibility(CSR). Speaking to newsmen on the company’s efforts in strengthening its relationship with farmers in Kano yesterday, coordinator of the company’s CSR sustainability programme, Emmanuel Akoyibo, revealed that the campaign was geared at scaling up wellbeing among farmers. He added that in Jigawa state, the company is scaling the wellbeing in communities in the Olam sesame supply chain with the hope of increasing awareness on the rising incidences of cardiovascular disease. He explained that in Jigawa

the program has successfully sensitized over 225 farmers so far adding that the programme is being implemented in partnership with the Jigawa State Ministry of Health. He said medical experts in the field of cardiology were drawn from both the public and private sectors to participate in the program. “The project entails the sensitization of the farmers about the basic causes of the disease, and steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of coming into contact with the disease. “We had organized a 3-day

sensitization program in which the Medical Team conducted free blood pressure tests to participants to ascertain their status and provided appropriate advice on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” he explained. It was gathered that the company had done a similar intervention, known as ‘Sesame Sustainable Village Program’ which was designed to assists farmers with training on good agricultural practices, free improved sesame seeds, loan of agricultural inputs such as fertilizer and pesticides as well as buying products from farmers at a premium price over the years.

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he Department of State Services (DSS) yesterday, brought to court eight (8) out of the twelve aides allegedly arrested during a raid of Sunday Adeyemo, aka Igboho’s house in Ibadan in July. Recall that the secret police had on July 1, invaded the ProYoruba Agitator’s residents in Ibadan, Oyo State, which allegedly resulted to the death of two of his aids and 12 others arrested. Our correspondent reports that the eight suspected associates were brought to the Federal High Court Abuja in company of the DSS operative, after failing to obey the court order of July 29. At the last adjourned date, counsel of the Defendants Pelumi Olajengbesi had informed the court that he is being barred from accessing his clients. Also, counsel to the DSS, David Awo, had told Justice Obiora Egwuatu that the

suspects had not been brought to Court despite an order to do so because investigation are still ongoing. He revealed that, of the 12 arrested following the raid, only

three of the names contained in the court order are in DSS custody. However, at the resumed hearing yesterday, the applicants’ counsel brought a

motion on notice seeking to be granted leave of court to amend all the court processes to reflect the correct names of the applicants in custody. In a bench ruling, Justice

Egwuatu ordered the applicants to amend charges and processes presently before the court. Meanwhile, hearing on the matter has been adjourned till Wednesday 4th August.

Again, KADSIECOM postpones LG election in Kaduna

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aduna State Independent Electoral Commission, (KADSIECOM) has postponed the scheduled Local Government election from August 14, 2021 to September 4, 2021. The Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Saratu Binta Dikko-Audu, disclosed this during a stakeholders meeting held in Kaduna yesterday. According to her, the

Commission postponed the first scheduled date of the election because batteries for the machines were still expected. She however said the long awaited batteries arrived yesterday, but it is impossible to conduct the election within the left twelve days for the election. Dr. Dikko-Audu said the commission have to install the batteries in 6000 units of EVMS, install software, upgrade the machines, test them, train staff and ad-hoc staff (about 16,500)

on the operation of the new system. “Consequently, as much as we wanted to maintain our earlier announced date of August 14, 2021 for the conduct of the Local Goverment Councils election in Kaduna State, that is now impossible. “We are aware that political parties, their candidates and indeed the general public in Kaduna State are anxious to exercise their Civic duty in electing those they want

to represent them in the LG Councils. “May I announce that the election is now scheduled for September 4, 2021,” she said. In a swift reaction, the State Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), Hon. Ibrahim Aliyu Wusono, said his party will not trust the APC Government but if the demonstration shown yesterday will discouraged multiple voting, then they’re ready to wait for the new date.


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Insecurity: Varsity Don implores Journalists to compliment Govt’s effort

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Professor of Arabic Linguist at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Mohammed Shafiu Abdullahi has said Journalists as the fourth realm of the estate have vital role to play in complimenting government’s efforts, to rid the country of security challenges. Making this assertion while peaking to newsmen yesterday,

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Prof.Abdullahi who is the Acting Registrar, National Board for Islamic and Arabic Studies complained how some media outfits compromise ethical standard by becoming agents of dooms. He therefore warned Journalists against sensational reportage to avoid over heating present insecurity level in the country. He observed that professionalism and ethical values should be the watch

words guiding practitioners of the noble profession, Professor Abdullahi lamented the bias and molestation as well as character assassination as the basis for present day practice of the profession. “It is worrysome how some media organizations will hasten to go to press without cross checking of facts and fair balancing just to tanish somebody’s image. “Let me tell you that I am

also a victim of such unfair, bias and unbalanced reportage by some media outfits. “So many unconfirmed and bias publications were carried out in the past by some media organization against the board and my person, targeted at tanishing the good image of NBAIS. “It very unfortunate when professionals become arm chair journalists who succumb to brown envelopes just to destroy a built legacy. He gave

example of such He attributed the high level of insecurity to overblown stories of criminals and their crimes by journalists instead of concentrating on successes gain by security operatives. The linguisti enjoined members of the noble profession to guide their activities by professional conduct to compliment the good efforts of security agencies and the federal government.

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has sent his condolences to the former Chairman, Governing Board of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), retired Maj. Gen. Jonathan India Garba, over the death of his mother, Mrs. Theresa Kuraiwaol Garba. A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on .edia and Publicity, Garba Shehu quoted Buhari to have said said: “ I have received the news of the passing of your dear mother with profound shock and grief. I know what it feels to lose a mother. A mother is our pillar of strength; she gives us a shoulder to cry on and supports us in our difficult times.” The statement also quoted the President to have noted that General India is lucky to have been born of “such a great mother and an active church member who became a moral fountain of inspiration to her children.” “Words cannot adequately describe the importance of a mother in the family. I know how tough it is to come to terms with the reality of losing a mother. “May God grant you the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss of your dear mother. May God Almighty reward her good deeds with heaven,” the President said.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state (left), supported by the leader of the house bof representatives Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa (right) and Commissioner of Police Kano, CP Samaila Dikko (middle) formally commissioning newly constructed police station built by the house leader at his Doguwa town in Kano yesterday.

Wase celebrates Omo-Agege at 58 By Christiana Ekpa

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eputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase has joined other Nigerian leaders to congratulate the Deputy President of the Senate, Distinguished Senator Ovie OmoAgege on the occasion of his 58th birthday. In a congratulatory message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Umar Muhammad

Puma, Wase described OmoAgege as “a resilient and focused leader whose love for the nation is never in doubt”. Wase said the Deputy Senate president is one of the leaders that believes in the unity of the nation and is genuinely committed to the general wellbeing of every Nigerian. “On behalf of my family, my constituents and indeed all my colleges in the House of Representatives, I wish to joyfully

facilitate with my brother and colleague in the Red Chamber, the Deputy President of the Senate, His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Ovie Omo-Agege as he reaches the age of 58 today. “We thank God for keeping you for the past 58 years and giving you the privilege to serve Nigeria at the top level. My prayers for you is for God to grant you many more healthy years and the wisdom to continue to serve our nation”.

According to Wase, the people of Delta Central Senatorial Zone did not make a mistake in electing Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for the second time to the senate adding that his years in the upper chamber have been very fruitful and beneficial. He also described Omo-Agege as loyal party man and good team player whose support has kept the Senate steady under the leadership of Senate President Ahmad Lawan.

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News Kebbi: 400 Candidates take Computer based qualifying exams to study overseas From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi

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o fever than four hundred candidates have sat for a computer based qualifying test to study medicine and related courses overseas to be sponsored by the Kebbi State Government. The Commissioner for Higher Education Prof. Mukhtar Umar Bunza Stated this yesterday while briefing newsmen at the ICT Center Waziri Umaru Fedaral Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi, one of the examination Center in the State. The Commissioner, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Hajiya Halima Boyi Dikko said the State Government is committed to improving the medical and para medical disciplines with the aim of taking the State to the next level of development. Hajiya Halima Boyi Dikko further added that, the Ministry has constituted a higher powerful stakeholders selection committee headed by the Commissioner for Higher Education Prof. Mukhtar Umar Bunza in collaboration with all the 21 Local Government Council Chairmen in the State for distribution of forms to enligible kebbi state indigenes. The Permanent Secretary commended Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for sponsoring the oversea studies that will improve the health and related sector of the state. She used the medium to called on the successful students to show more commitment in their studies and be good ambassador of the state and Country. In his remarks, the Executive Secretary, Kebbi State Scholarship Board, Malam Sanusi Garba said forms were distributed to all the 21 Local Government areas of the State inorder to have Students from the grassroots across the state. Garba appreciated the state government for giving the Ministry for Higher Education and the scholarship Board the mandate to conduct the the screening exercise for oversea studies of medical, para medical and engineering courses. A cross section of the candidates who Spoke to Newsmen, thanked the State Government for the opportunity

given to them seat for the qualifying examination to study abroad. They said the gesture will enable candidate from poor backgrounds

the opportunity to study Health related and engineering courses and promised to be more commitment and good ambassadors of the state if

qualify. The computer based examination was conducted at Waziri Umaru Fedaral Polytechnic BK,Al asar

computer center Bk, Kebbi State University of Science Aliero as well as Argungu and Zuru centers respectively.

Osinbajo receives NDC Course 29 research report

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etermined to create more opportunities for Nigerians and close the unemployment gap in the country, the Buhari administration has over the years, prioritized employment generation by integrating job creation in all its major policies, projects and programmes, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. According to his media aide, Laolu Akande n a statement, Osinbajo disclosed this on Monday at the formal presentation of the Research Report of Course 29 of the National Defence College, titled

“Creating Jobs & Opportunities for Africa’s Largest Youth Population”, at the Presidential Villa. He said: “If you recall, when the President was speaking concerning the budget in 2019, he mentioned that one of the critical things to do, concerning every Minister, is that, with every policy, we must state how many jobs to create. “So, the key question that we ask regarding any government policy is how many jobs will this bring about, how many jobs it will create. And aside from that, there have also been several engagements with different policy bodies and ideas concerning job creation.”

Continuing, the VP said, “the whole idea of creating jobs and opportunities especially in an economy this size, is that government’s involvement must be in creating the enabling environment.” Speaking on some of the programmes specifically designed to create jobs, Prof. Osinbajo noted that “you are probably aware of the current effort of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council which was launched recently - the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy, which I have the privilege of chairing its Steering Committee. This is another of the very broad

plans of creating opportunities and more jobs.” The VP noted that “there are also other several job initiatives. The Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) is a major plan of job creation, as a matter of fact, the major focus of our ESP is job creation - sustaining existing jobs and then being able to create other jobs.” “The Food for Jobs programme which is an agricultural programme is a major initiative that has led to the identification of 5 million farmers, and these farmers are geotagged to their farmlands which is the first time that this has been done in the history of the country.

Representative of Governor of Plateau, Caroline Embu (R), inspecting guard of honour, during the Swearing in of Batch B’ Stream 1 NYSC Corps swearing-in at Mangu NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Plateau on Monday (2/8/2021)

Breastfeeding prevents death of under-five-years children- says Group From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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group, Save the Children International(SCI) has described Breastfeeding as is one of the cost-effective intervention for the prevention of deaths in children under five years old. The Media and Communications Manager of the Group Kunle Olawoyin, stated this in a statement marking the 2021 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) The group explained that Colostrum, the first milk a mother produces, is the most potent natural immune system booster known

to science; lactating mothers are encouraged to give it to their babies immediately after delivery. The statement added that Exclusive breastfeeding is the best source of nourishment for infants and young children, and a proven lifesaving strategy that helps protect children against several common childhood illnesses, such as diarrhea and pneumonia The Group also called for an increased support to, and protection of, mothers as well as awareness creation for an optimal exclusive breastfeeding practice in Nigeria The statement read: “Save the

Children International, Nigeria joins the world to commemorate World Breastfeeding Week 2021 and urges the implementation of policies that promote, protect and support exclusive breastfeeding and optimal breastfeeding practices, which is key to improved child survival, development, and contributes to Nigeria’s attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. “The World Breastfeeding Week aims to highlight the huge benefits that breastfeeding can bring to both the health and welfare of babies, as well as a wider push for maternal health, focusing on good nutrition,

poverty reduction and food security. “The annual celebration of the World Breastfeeding Week aims at increasing awareness on the health and wellbeing outcomes of breastfeeding on infants, young children, mothers, families and the society at large.” It further revealed that while speaking on the theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Protect Breastfeeding, A Shared Responsibility’ with the slogan for Nigeria, “Join Hands! Support Exclusive Breastfeeding”Acting Head of Health and Nutrition, (SCI) Dr Adaeze Oramalu-Ogwuche, said,

Breastfeeding week is one of the greatest outreach vehicles for the promotion of optimal infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices to other network of influencers fathers, religious/traditional rulers, institutions and Private sector as they contribute to the exclusive breastfeeding rate in Nigeria. According to him, it is very important to continue to highlight the importance of breastfeeding and our responsibility, encourage and promote exclusive breastfeeding and improve the health of babies and mothers across the world and in Nigeria


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President Muhammadu Buhari receives the Outgoing Qatar Ambassador to Nigeria, Abdulaziz Mubarak Al Muhanadi at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; State House

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Police kill 3 kidnappers, rescue Benue Commissioner’s wife

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ife of Benue State Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Solid Minerals Mrs. Ann Unenge yesterday regained her freedom. It was gathered that the Police trailed the abductors and in an exchange of gun duel, shot dead three of them. Recall Mrs. Unenge was abducted last week Thursday, in Makurdi in her car by some gunmen while on her way back from Saudi, Guma local government area home country of Governor Samuel Ortom where she had gone to visit her parents.

It was learnt that she had attempted to escape as her abductors took the car through the ‘B’ Division Police Station located at High Level, but the kidnappers shot sporadically into the air to scare people away. Governor Samuel Ortom, who had gone to the Police Headquarters to see the rescued victim, lauded the Police for exhibiting professionalism in rescuing his commissioner’s wife. According to him, “Instead of negotiating and paying ransom, that was not done. The Police risked their lives and were able to trail these kidnappers and gunned them down after a heavy gun duel. “ Some of them escaped but

am sure they will be apprehended. They succeeded in rescuing my Commissioner’s wife and her driver who were kidnapped five days ago. “As a government, we will continue to complement the Nigeria Police to do the needful. We are warning criminals to stay off as they will not go scot free. Government and security agencies will not relent in securing the lives and property of the people.” The Governor adds” I have directed that the house where the kidnappers were operating from be demolished and the owner of the building should be arrested in line with the State Kidnapping law”.

Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations’ Officer DSP Catherine Anene said “5 suspects were initially arrested at Welfare Quarters on 1/8/2021 while 3 died from gunshot injuries on 2/8/2021 during the rescue mission as some suspects are still at large and are being trailed.” She added that one AK47 rifle fully loaded with double magazine and two double barrel guns fully loaded with ammunition were recovered from the suspects. “Victims received gunshot injuries during the kidnap but are currently receiving treatment at Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi”, DSP Anene explained.

NYSC boss tasks corps members on criteria for honours award By Albert Akota

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he Director General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has advised Corps Members to acquaint themselves with the requirements for the conferment of the President’s NYSC Honours Award. He gave the advise today while addressing the 2021 Batch ‘B’ Stream One Corps Members at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Amada, Gombe. Ibrahim who said grading for the honours award starts from the Orientation Camp added that potential award winners must excel in all the four cardinal programmes of the Scheme, namely, Orientation Course, Primary Assignment, Community Development Service and Winding-up/ Passing-Out programme. He urged the Corps Members to show high level of diligence, dedication, loyalty, efficiency, patriotism, punctuality, teamwork and contribute immensely to the development of their fatherland. He assured that the selection process for the award is always

transparent and handled by a committee of Nigerians with proven integrity from both the public and private sectors. Speaking on Community Development Service, lbrahim urged the Corps Members to study the felt needs of their host communities and execute projects that would uplift the living standard of the people. He however advised them to obtain approval from the NYSC before embarking on such projects. He warned that NYSC policy does not allow Corps Members

to execute projects with their personal money, but such money should be sourced from within their host communities. He also revealed that any Corps Member that relocates from his initial State of Deployment or stage-managed rejection is automatically disqualified from winning the NYSC Honours Award. He advised them to embrace the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development Programme of the Scheme which was designed to empower them for self-employment

and wealth creation, instead of seeking for the unavailable salaried jobs. The Director-General added that the Scheme has partnered with relevant institutions like the Central Bank of Nigeria, Bank of Industry, Access Bank, NYSC Foundation, among others to provide soft loans to Corps Members in order to establish their businesses. Ibrahim also reiterated that efforts are on-going to establish the NYSC Trust Fund which would provide start-up capital for Corps Members as they exit

service. The NYSC boss admonished Corps Members to always seek permission from their State Coordinator before travelling, and ensure they board vehicles from designated motorparks only. During the Swearingin ceremony, a total of 1,365 Prospective Corps Members comprising 650 males and 715 females took the Oath of Allegiance which was administered by Hon. Justice Muazu Abdulkadir Pindiga.

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (2nd right front row), Chairperson National Human Right Commission (NHRC), Governing Council, Dr. Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman (4th left front row), The Executive Secretary NHRC, Mr. Tony Ojukwu (right front row) and other Governing council Board Members, during the inauguration of the Governing Council of NHRC, held yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Gov. Matawalle mourns death of The Sun correspondent, Mohammed

Over 200 Captain to sit for senior staff course qualifying exam in Jaji

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amfara State Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle has received with shock, the sudden death of a State Correspondent of The Sun Newspaper, Mohammed Munirat Nasir at early hours of yesterday. Matawalle, who described

the late Correspondent of the Sun and the New Nigerian Newspapers Correspondent as a resilient and objective journalist, said he will be missed most by the government and people of Zamfara in general and the governor in particular. According to him, “I am aware of how Munirat had contributed

his quota professionally and socially towards the unity and growth of our dear state which earned him so much respect both among his colleagues, the people of the state and his associates. “We will all miss him so much but as Muslims, we know that Allah knows best on every account and we must therefore

submit to HIM while praying HE grants the soul of this gentle deceased Jannatul Firdaus. “I therefore condole with the deceased immediate family members as well as the Correspondents Chapel and the entire NUJ family and pray Allah to give us all the fortitude to bear this great loss”.

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he Training and Doctrine Command, of the Nigerian Army, have disclosed that officers, numbering over 200 of the ranks of Captain are expected to converge on Jaji Military Cantonment in Kaduna State for the senior staff course qualifying examination.

The Acting Deputy Director, Training and Doctrine Command, Army Public Relations, Lieutenant Colonel Ademola Adegoke, stated this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna. The statement further stated that the examination was scheduled to take place from the 2nd to the 6th of August, 2021, adding that the examination was a prerequisite for promotion to the rank

of Major in the Nigerian Army. The statement read: “In pursuance of Army Headquarters Training Directives 2021, over two hundred officers of the ranks of Captain in the Nigerian Army will converge on Jaji Military Cantonment for the senior staff course qualifying examination from Monday, August 2 to Friday 6 August 2021.

“The Examination which is an important prerequisite for promotion to the rank of Major in the Nigerian Army is being hosted by Headquarters Infantry Corps and Centre. “Consequently, Training and Doctrine Command Nigerian Army will be conducting the Examination as scheduled which is critical to the career planning of the affected officers”.


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TETFund joins Science granting Councils initiative in Africa Maryam Abeeb, Abuja

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he Science Granting Councils Initiative in sub-Saharan Africa (5GC) has announced that the Nigeria Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), has joined the initiative to advance research excellence in sub-Saharan Africa. The Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof. Suleiman Elias Bogoro, said that National growth and competitiveness (in the context of globalized economy) depends very much on continuous technological improvement and innovation driven by a well-organized vibrant Research and Development System . He noted that Nigeria is already a major producer of research in Africa, though a recent study suggests that it has the clear potential to do more, given the number of its universities (196), think-tanks and research professionals. According to him, “we are confident that our admission into SGCl will open a new window of opportunities that will provide platforms that can serve as a fulcrum in achieving our goals of Nigeria’s transition to a knowledge economy in the 21 century. “We are assured of quality partnerships and collaborations on the continent of Africa and beyond”. He continues: “Starting in 2015, the Science Granting Councils Initiative has been jointly funded by the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO, Canada’s International

Development Research Centre (IDRC), South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF), the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the German Research Foundation (DFG). “Thee initiative aims to strengthen the capacities of Science Granting Councils (SGCs) in sub-Saharan Africa in order to support research and evidence-based policies that will contribute to economic and social development.” He added that through this engagement with TETFund, facilitated by

FCDO’s West Africa Research and Innovation Hub, Nigeria has become the 16th country in SGCL Initially it will join other SGCs through the SGCI Annual Forum, bilateral exchange visits and other activities to share lessons in managing research funds for maximum impact and to identify areas for future collaboration such as joint research calls, as resources become available. Similarly, Dr. Dominique Charron, Vice-President, Programs and Partnership Branch at Canada’s International Development Research Centre, “with

the largest population and economy in Africa, Nigeria’s participation expands the potential for the Science Granting Councils Initiative to achieve its goals of strengthening science systems and building alliances between science granting councils in multiple regions across the sub-continent and internationally.” Also, Aldo Stroebel, Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships at the National Research Foundation-South Africa and SGCI Executive Committee Member added It is with great pleasure to welcome the Tertiary

Education Trust Fund (TETFund) of Nigeria to the Science Granting Councils Initiative (SGCI). Speaking on FCDO’s involvement and the benefit to Nigeria, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms Catriona Laing CB said: “Nigeria’s TETFund admission to the Science Granting Councils Initiative is a positive development that will better position Nigeria to maximize the commissioning and use of research for development, in line with critical national social and economic priorities.

Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Enema Job Amodu (2nd right), Vice Chairman NMA FCT, Dr. Maureen Umeh (right), Secretary of the NMA FCT, Dr. Samuel Okpechi (3rd right), Assistant Secretary NMA, FCT, Dr. Olajumoke Ogunmola (2nd left) and the Sub Committee Charmian on Protocol NMA conference, Dr. Mandus Akonjom, during the NMA FCT, press conference on the 2021 Annual General meeting and scientific conference, held yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-owo

NJI appoints Justice Salisu Garba as Administrator By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja

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he National Judicial Institute(NJI) yesterday announced Justice Salish Garbage as the new Administration of the Institutions. Our correspondent reports that the appointment, which takes effect from 1st August, 2021, is for three years, from the date of appointment. This is following the meeting held on the 15th July, 2021 by the Institution Board of Governor under the chairmanship of the Chief Justice

of Nigeria (CJN), Honourable Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, according to a statement signed by the Media Aide to the CJN, Ahuraka Yusuf Isah. The statement explained that Justice Garba has taken over from the Honourable Justice Rosaline Patricia Irorefe Bozimo (Rtd), whose tenure as the Administrator of the Institute came to an end on the 31st July, 2021. Part of the statement reads, ‘’Justice Garba, who was until his new appointment, the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, has voluntarily retired to enable him

resume at the Institute. “He was sworn-in as the FCT Chief Judge on June 7 this year and would have been due to retire by October 10th this year when he would have attained the mandatory retirement age of 65 years. ‘’Born on October 10th, 1956, Justice Garba hails from Malumfashi Local Government Area of Katsina State. He was called to bar in 1984 just as he completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 1985. ‘’Justice Garba, who went into legal practice for three years after NYSC

programme, was appointed Magistrate in the FCT in 1989, served as the Chief Registrar of the FCT High Court until he was appointed a judge of the FCT High Court in 1998. ‘’It would be recalled that Justice M. A. Ope-Agbe, who was the Administrator of the National Judicial Institute from April 2000 to April 2003 was appointed from the High Court Bench, just as the late Justice O. Olatawura and Justice A. O. Obaseki came from the Supreme Court to head the Institute from 1991 to 1995 and from 1995 to March 2000 respectively.”

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News Indigenes back revocation of lze-Iyamu’s farmland by Edo govt

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he indigenes of Amagba Village in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State have defended the revocation of Certificate of Occupancy (C-of-O) on Pastor Osagie lze-Iyamu farmland measuring 18.0736 hectares housing ‘I. O Farms’ by the State government. The government had in a letter dated July 22, 2021 and signed by Mrs. Nora Ohiwerei, for the State Managing Director of Urban Planning on behalf of the State governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, notified Ize-Iyamu, former Secretary to the State government, of the action. However, a statement from elders of Amagba Village led by the most elderly man (Odionwere) Mr. Joseph

Iduoriyekemwen and elder Victor Aigbe and three others, alleged that portions of the property allocated to individuals, was dubiously taken from them years ago by the politician. According to the elders, “The portion of the land within the 18 hectares to which ize-lyamu laid claim, hitherto awarded to him by the Community, has since been revoked ‘by the people and leaders of Amagba, after several letters by the people and a final letter written to him by the legal representative of the Amagba Community. “As a Community, we decided to withdraw the large expanse of land over which lze-lyamu sat, under the guise of setting up an Agricultural institution to create jobs as well as open up the area for increased economic activities.

“It turned out that lze-Iyamu only used the proposed agricultural institution to deceitfully acquire the land from the Community, because in fact, there has never been any activity on the said parcel for these many years. “ Rather, the place, having been left unused, has become a den of criminals, posing severe security and safety threat to women, Children and the entire people of Amagba Community. “We have, over the years, endured the pain and agony of the domination of Mr. lze-Iyamu, who has depended on his political clout and connection with successive governments, to deprive us of the purposeful use of our land. “And also put our lives in danger, having Ieft such a vast land unused in the midst of a thriving Community, thereby

making the land a cover for armed robbers, rapists, hoodlums, among others. “The people of Amagba also acknowledge the numerous developmental projects embarked upon by the Governor in our Community, including the over 15km Ugbor-Amagba Road, which has since been completed, as well as several other adjoining roads that have been constructed. “We, once more reaffirm our unflinching support for the Governor for his interest in the development of Amagba Community and appeal that these efforts be sustained”, the statement said. Recall that Ize-Iyamu, was Edo State Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC in the September 19, 2020 Governorship election.

Officials of the Red Cross Society attending to a corps member who collapsed during the swearing-in of Batch B’ Stream 1, Corps members at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Gbakuta, Iseyin, Oyo State on Monday (2/8/21).

Bishop laments poor development in Niger - Delta By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

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he Bishop of Western Izon Diocese in Delta State Rev. Victor Ebipade Okporu has expressed regrets over poor developmental strides in the Niger Delta region. Okporu however, called on the people of the region as well as the Ijaw nation to rise up to challenges of being self sufficient as the Federal Government was not ready to employ its citizens or committed towards developing the

region Speaking with Journalists yesterday, in the area on the state of the nation, the Bishop said there is no need for the people to fight against themselves as the Region needs self sustainability. He adds: “We have observed that President Mohammadu Buhari is not ready to make Niger Delta region great, and we are therefore consoled in the fact that God will continue to give us the courage to do it ourselves.” The cleric also noted that it was

unnfortunate that the Western Izon Diocese that cuts across Delta and Bayelsa states had only seven priests that are of Ijaw origin. “ I went into ministry with the passion to serve God and as one of the 31 children of my late father, I was announced Bishop elect, and today by the grace of God, I have been enthroned as the Bishop of Western Izon Diocese. “ And as a Bishop, I will not sit in Patani here but will need a boat to be planting churches in every nooks and

crannies of the Diocese as part of our activities to promote and preach the gospel. “We have a common fight and goal, when I looked at the Diocese, I discovered that about 90 percent of our archdioconary is in the water and we must travel in the water because my Bishop did not teach me to be an armchair Bishop. I will not sit down in Patani I need a boat to move because the gospel must be preached”, he stressed.


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News

Rano Emirate: Lawmaker boosts security with 6 Vans, 250M Hall donations

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he Leader of House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa has donated six brand new Hilux vans, N250 million worth of multi-purpose Hall, brand new Divisional police station and a branch of Kano Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) office to enhance security in Rano Emirate of Kano state. Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who received the donations while inaugurating the Rano Emirate Community Policing Committee yesterday, described Doguwa’s gesture as timely and valuable to the enhancement of security within the Emirate and the entire Kano state. Ganduje, who commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Service Chiefs for working round the clock to solve the problem of insecurity in the country, stated that the issue of security of lives and property is everybody’s concern and urged good spirited individuals and corporate organizations to complement government’s efforts in that direction. According to him, considering the peculiarity of Kano as a cosmopolitan state and aan emerging mega-city, the state government designed strategies to secure the state, which include establishment of security dormitories at all entry points in the state. He added that government also installed CCTV monitors at strategic locations in the state, just as governmemt built RUGA and military training centre at Dansoshiya and Falgore forests has taken adequate control of Kano forests. Ganduje further stated that the state government has continued to ensure that all security agencies in the state work in synergy in the discharge of their duties. He said the state government recently sponsored the training of over 4000 police constabularies in its bid to enhance security of lives and property. He, however, urged traditional rulers to ensure that community policing is working efficiently in their various domains. Ganduje hailed Doguwa for his kind gesture, adding that, “we have to respect and appreciate the House leader for what he has done.” He handed over three Hilux vehicles to the police, one to KAROTA and another one to the military base at the Falgore forest. In his remarks, Doguwa who is representing Tudun Wada/Doguwa at the House of Representatives commended Ganduje for showing concern and working hard to protect lives and property in Kano which has risen to the status of the most peaceful state in the country.

Gov. Bello charges Judicial Officers to be above board From Lokoja

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overnor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has stressed the need for judicial officers to always be alive to their responsibilities, which will enable them to strive to be above board. The governor gave the charge at the Government House, Lokoja yesterday, while swearing in the newly appointed President of the state Customary Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Siaka Momohjimoh

Usman. Speaking through his deputy, Chief Edward Onoja, the governor charged Justice Usman to see his appointment as a call to service, saying his administration would continue to provide the conducive atmosphere for judicial officers in the state, to discharge their constitutional duties effectively. He therefore hoped that the experience diligence and dedication to duties of the newly appointed President of the Customary Court of Appeal, would

spur him to carry out his duties without fear or favour. He further enjoined those working with Justice Usman at the hierarchy of the state judiciary to give him the maximum cooperation needed, to enable him succeed in his new assignment. While reiterating the commitment of his administration to be fair to all segments of the state, governor Bello prayed God to grant the newly appointed judicial officer, the wisdom to discharge his duties efficiently and

effectively. In his remarks, the newly appointed President of the Customary Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Siaka Momohjimoh Usman thanked God for the opportunity given him to serve, even as he commended the governor for finding him worthy to serve the state. He assured that he would discharge his duties with a utmost sincerity, promising not to betray the confidence reposed in him.

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EDITORIAL

World Bank’s scarecrow

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he World Bank has just published “An important trend that is observed a sobering report about Nigeria. in the data is the rise in the number of The report “Of roads less travelled: refugees and asylum seekers from Nigeria. Assessing the potential for migration The share of refugees and asylum seekers to provide overseas jobs for Nigeria’s from Nigeria has increased drastically in youth” said the number of Nigerians the last decade, growing from 27,557 in active in the labour force fell by 20 2010 to 408,078 in 2019,” it said. million between 2018 and 2020. The bank noted that although the It said prior to “the significant drop” in active labour force recorded country seemed to be reaping dividends in that period, there was “considerable from the success of its citizens in the growth” in the working-age population diaspora, which contributed five per and the active labour force population cent of its Gross Domestic Product in from 2010. According to the report, 2019, “the narrative around international the country is going through one of its migration to the discourse on international “worst unemployment crises” in recent migration is worrisome.” It added, “What times. It said, “Between 2014 and 2020, is worrying, however, is the increase in the Nigeria’s working-age population grew number of forced and irregular migrants from 102 million to 122 million, growing from Nigeria.” While the fears expressed by the World at an average rate of approximately three per cent per year. Similarly, Nigeria’s Bank may be reasonable, it should be noted active labour force population, i.e., those that the world is increasingly becoming willing and able to work among the a global village where competent labour working-age population, grew from 73 is sourced and attracted across countries million in 2014 to z with scarce domestic of the world in line with the international employment opportunities, was creating practices of free trade and free movement high rates of unemployment, particularly of people with skills in specialized fields. for Nigeria’s youth. Sports, for instance, is It said due to the rate a case in point where of unemployment and athletes ply their trade other socio-economic without barrier of challenges facing Nigerians in the last 10 borders. years, there had been It is fair to state that a massive increase in the World Bank may It is fair to state that not be aware of the the number of citizens seeking asylum and the World Bank may Buhari administration’s refugee status in other creation strategies, not be aware of the job countries. The report including programmes said, “Combined with Buhari administration’s for the empowerment of significant demographic job creation strategies, traders, farmers, market changes and increased women and SMEs. This aspirations of the youth, including programmes may not have yielded Nigeria’s unemployment for the empowerment a perfect outcome and crisis is creating there could be room of traders, farmers, migratory pressure in the for improvement, market women economy. considering Nigeria’s “Unemployment is and SMEs. This may huge population of over considered to be a key not have yielded a 200 million people vis a driver of migration. vis decades of economic Consequently, multiple perfect outcome and downturn. surveys show that the there could be room The government’s number of Nigerians who aim is to “lift 100 million for improvement, are looking to migrate Nigerians out of poverty” internationally is high and considering Nigeria’s in 10 years. And it has increasing,” the report huge population of worked out strategies said. It added that the to make the vision number of international over 200 million people realisable. Of course, it vis a vis decades of will take time for them migrants from Nigeria had increased threefold economic downturn. to bear fruits. Yes, the government has only since 1990, from 446,806 two years to go before in 1990 to 1,438,331 in 2019. the next elections. But we must not However, it noted that notwithstanding forget that governance is a continuum. this trend, the share of international If the present APC administration does migrants in proportion to Nigeria’s not get reelected in 2023, its successor population had been “considerably should be able to sustain the gains of the constant”, with a slight increase from 0.5 former. This is how governance should per cent in 1990 to 0.7 per cent in 2019. work irrespective of party affiliation.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state (left) presenting one of the brand six new Toyota Helux to the commissioner of police kano state, CP Samaila Dikko (right) donated by the leader of the house representative, Hon Alhassan Ado Doguwa, in Kano yesterday.

Rachel Oniga’s death National tragedy -Elumelu By Christiana Ekpa

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he Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ndudi Elumelu has described Rachel Oniga’s death as not only a huge loss to Delta State, but national tragedy, as she was ace actress, prolific producer and a leading light in the Nigeria movie industry. Elumelu also noted that it was great loss to his person as well as

to millions of her fans, whose lives she had imparted in many positive ways with her talent and skills. He said: “Our nation has lost a brilliant star. Rachel Oniga was an amazing actress and producer. She brought in professionalism and played key roles in growing and repositioning our movie industry not only to positively project our nation but also impart and reinforce our rich values as a

people. “Indeed, her exit at this point in our national life has left a yawning gap in the industry which will be difficult to fill. “She used her expertise to bring succour, hope and encouragement to the hurting while instilling the virtues of patience, compassion, faith, hardwork, honesty and undying optimism, for which her memory will remain evergreen as she now

rests in the bosom of our Saviour. “On behalf of the Minority Caucus in the House of Representatives as well as the good people of Onicha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, I deeply commiserate with the Oniga family, the government and people of Delta state and the Nollywood family as I pray God, in His mercies, to grant us the fortitude to bear this painful and irreparable loss”.

I don’t operate social media accounts, says Atiku By Folorunso Alagbede, Abuja

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ormer Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has said, categorically, that he does not operate social media accounts, pointing out that what was attributed to him on Facebook was a fake news. Atiku had, in the purported Facebook comment, been credited with some political commentaries concerning political calculations in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the political ambitions of some

individuals. The former Vice President has however pointed out that the Facebook page where the communication was posted does not belong to him. The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 general election has thus urged the public, especially members of the PDP, to disregard “this particular post and other posts from unverified and unreliable sources that can cause division within the party”.

In a statement signed by his wife, Hajiya Titi Amina Abubakar, Atiku said, “I don’t operate social media accounts, what was attributed to me on Facebook is fake news In view of a certain communication as it relates to some political commentaries from me concerning political calculations in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the political ambitions of some individuals, I want to state that it is not only fake news, it is absolutely not my style to pass such commentaries and thus did not authorize the post.

“I wish to state categorically that I do not operate any social media account. “The Facebook page where the communication was posted does not belong to me, and after investigation, I am made to know that the page has been in existence for a while. “The latest post on the page which portrays me making a controversial comment on politics within the PDP and political moves by an unnamed politician is malicious and put out to cause disaffection with some persons and embarrassment to my person

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A Year Without Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua By Mohammed Isa

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oday July 20th makes it exactly a year that Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua answered the call of his creator. It is exactly a year that I received that unforgettable phone call from a cousin, Lawal Isa conveying the sad news of the demise of Mallam Ismaila. Baba, as we fondly called you within the family circle, I still can’t believe I am yet writing another tribute because of your passing. Words cannot describe that difficult moment, but if this is the time I get to say goodbye then I know I will do so with the knowledge that I consider myself blessed to have lived this life as your nephew. You touched so many lives by your selfless and countless acts of kindness, always giving and never expecting any favours in return. Your dedication to a cause was what set you apart. For every institution you worked for, you laid the path for others to succeed. Your footprints in the media, business, public service and politics are so glaring and evident. The benefits of your hard work is a living testimony for so many young men and women you took under your wings at a personal and professional level. Baba, you were and will always be an inspiration to myself, the entire family and anyone who worked or associated with you. You have left a void in the family that will be almost impossible to be filled. While we mourn today, we also take solace in the fact that your mission on earth have been fulfilled. We thank the Almighty Allah for your life and bid you farewell until we meet again. Though your death been sudden came as a rude shock to us on that that fateful Monday, your immediate and extended family, friends and associates have come to terms with the reality that you have gone forever. Baba your might be gone physically from this world but your spirit will live on in our hearts forever. We still wake up every morning hoping this is a dream, and it hurts knowing you are gone forever. On that Monday we spoke, you sounded okay and you told me not to bother coming to your house that evening as you will be too busy to attend to me; not knowing that will be our last conversation as I only met your lifeless body two hours after. Though saddened with your death that created a huge space in our life that will be near

impossible to fill, we are however, consoled with the outpour of testimonies from across the globe from the people that knows and interacted with you will alive. What will be more gladden to our hearts than prayers offered for the respose of your soul not only in our mosques here in Nigeria, but even in the two holiest mosques of Makkah and Madinah. Your anonymous good deeds, philanthropy and touching peoples life positively suddenly became a subject of public disclosure that even those of us close to you were knowing for the first time. If there is anything I will miss from your death are those virtues of simplicity, humility and ability to relate seamlessly with all classes of people without any air of arrogance or feelings of superiority even with your elevated status. To all those that came across to you, they found in your conduct and character what they never expected from a personality of your status. The house and the area you lived in throughout you stay in Abuja till your last breath attest to that. Many could not believed someone of your status could settle and found comfort within the commoners. Baba, your were the pillar and large shade for the extended family where everyone rushed to for succour. You were the rallying point for the family, always eager to assist everyone according to the need. One thing that never failed to amazed me in your lifetime was your ability to pick your phone calls from any number - known or unknown - at any given time. Even if you couldn’t pick for one reason or the other one can be certain you would surely call back. I always remember your admonishment that, “pick any call for you don’t know why the caller is calling, and it is just a matter of yes or no”. I can’t forget your usual joke that your telephone number had become easily available to people as satchel water. Your death has certainly negatively affected uncountable number of people particularly those that relied on your generosity for their livelihood, school fees, medication and such other assistance with you are famous for. Baba you are gone but your legacies will continue to impact positively on us and those you touched their lives through your goodwill and generosity. Allah ya jikan ka, ya gafarta maka. Mohammed Isa wrote in from Abuja


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Opinion

Nigeria: Insecurity and corruption blues

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he current corruption commentaries coupled with the prevailing insecurity and harsh economic situation in the country, a state of depression (or is it a recession) that has been designed by yet to be established architects, takes me back, though with nostalgia, to a conversation I had with a friend amidst euphoria triggered by the declaration of the 2015 presidential election result. This friend of mine cautioned me with these few words; ‘’men will change their ruler expecting to fare better; this expectation induces them to take up arm against him, but they only deceive themselves, and they learn from experience that they have made matters worse’. Still, in that milieu, I had reminded him that the result ushered in a season of integrity in the country, he again replied thus; no single attribute could be identified as a ‘virtue’. Remember! He added, ‘Politics has its own rules’. Six years after that conversation, I cannot categorically say that my friend was right or wrong in his prediction. But the present instinct in the country explains two things; first, apart from the fact that the shout of integrity which hitherto rend the nation’s political space has like light faded, jeer has since overtaken the cheers of political performance while fears has displaced reason -resulting in an entirely separate set of consequences – irrational hatred and division. Adding context to this discourse, it is important to underline that this piece is not out to commend or condemn the present circumstance

summed above but to mourn our nation’s weak system which breeds corruption and the deformed structures/institutions which nourishes dishonesty/bribery in the country while promoting economic poverty and powerlessness among citizenry. With the above highlighted, it is also relevant to the present discourse to admit that the menace of corruption ravaging the nation did not start with this administration. For instance, corruption is, but a human problem that has existed in some forms. Its fights also date back to Colonial governments as they (Colonial Overlords) sufficiently legislated against it in the first criminal code ordinance of 1916(No15 of 1916) which elaborately made provisions prohibiting official bribery and corruption by persons in the public service and in the judiciary. Also at independence on October 1, 1960, the criminal code against corruption and abuse of office in Nigeria were in section 98 to 116 and 404 of the code. But while the situation then may look ugly, what is going on now is even worse and frightening. Nigerians are not particularly happy that the President who rode to power by the favour of his fellow citizens and orchestrated ‘integrity’ cannot effectively tame corruption in the country. Sadly, at a time the country’s economy is showing its inability to sustain any kind of meaningful growth that promotes the social welfare of the people, corruption becomes even more entrenched as scandal upon scandal has completely laid bare the anti-corruption stance of this administration and those

who were initially deceived by the present government’s alleged fight against corruption has come to the conclusion that nothing has changed. This situation is even made worse when one remembers that the list of actions not taken by this administration to confront corruption which has made Nigerians face actual and potential difficulties remains lengthy and worrisome. Chiefly among these is Mr. President’s failure to understand that when prosecuting corruption, “It matters not whether the exchange is initiated by the person with the money or the person with the power; it is the exchange itself that is the essence of the corruption. It matters not if the private enrichment is with cash or with its equivalent in influence, prestige, status, or power; the harm is done by the fraudulent substitution of wealth for reason in the determination of how the power is used. It matters not if the purchase of power is seen as beneficial by some or even by many; it is the dishonesty of the transaction that carries the poison’ The President in my views has not taken the fight against corruption as a personal priority for him or those who report directly to him. This opinion piece is not alone in this line of argument. Just very recently, a well respected Newspaper in Nigeria noted in one of its editorial comments that; the campaign against corruption, a cardinal programme of the Muhammadu Buhari administration is certainly reeling from a major setback, going by revelations that recently came out at the House of Representatives

Ad hoc Committee on the Investigation of Recovered Looted Funds and Assets of Government. It went further to note that unless the government moves to quickly allay the serious doubts thus cast on the seeming compromise of efforts to recover huge stolen public funds, then the authenticity of the campaign cannot be guaranteed to Nigerians. That will be a big blow to probity in the public space. Without any shadow of the doubt, the present political temperature in the country fittingly presents Mr.President as one that started off with high moral standards, strong conviction and determination to beat down corruption but has neither lived up to that good intention nor dealt with all transgressors without exception. No wonder Chinua Achebe in his book the trouble with Nigeria stated that Nigerians are corrupt because the system under which they live today makes corruption easy and profitable; they will cease to be corrupt when corruption is made difficult and inconvenient. The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership and Nigeria can change today if it discovers leaders who have the will, the ability, and the vision. Thinking about all these, one thing seems to stand out. It will be imperative to say that for Mr. President to pacify and unite Nigerians and maintain his integrity while keeping his administration, a point he must not forget is that like everything in nature, he came to power and lacks strong roots and ramifications, he must therefore work hard to uphold what fortune tossed on his laps by providing Nigerians with a people-purposed

Anti-science remarks and actions lead U.S. to wrong direction By Zhong Sheng

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s another attempt of the U.S. to politicize the COVID-19 origin tracing, representatives from the U.S. misrepresented China’s rejection of the plan for the second phase of studies into the origins of COVID-19 put forward unilaterally by the WHO Secretariat as willful damage to virus tracing at an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly on pandemic preparedness and response on July 28, which met strong refutation from Chinese representatives. By exhausting all the possibilities it can to smear China on the virus tracing issue, the U.S. has shown the world how crazy it can be to suppress science out of political purposes, despite the worsening pandemic situation at home. COVID-19 indicators in the U.S. are rebounding seriously, with increase in the number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations rising in almost all of its 50 states, according to a report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In contrast, growth in vaccination rates has obviously slowed down in the country. It was predicted that the daily growth rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. may reach nearly four times the current figure in the next four to six weeks with the fast spread of the Delta virus strain and the halt in vaccination rates.

The worsening pandemic situation has made American politicians more eager to find a scapegoat for their poor COVID-19 response. However, easing the pandemic should depend on scientific measures rather than political manipulation. If defaming China helped contain the virus, the U.S. wouldn’t have been trapped in a vicious cycle of “deterioration-alleviationrebounding”. Unfortunately, U.S. officials have failed to learn from their painful experience and roll out effective anti-epidemic measures for their domestic issues. The inaction of the U.S. government has in fact turned it into an accomplice of the virus and greatly disappointed the American people. “We’re all incredibly depressed and in shock at how out of control the virus is in the U.S.,” said Michele Barry, director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University. “With so much wealth and medical talent, they asked, how could we have done so poorly?” said an article on The New York Times. It is a question disturbing many American scientists and people. The answer is pretty easy to get. It is because U.S. politicians have stood on the opposite side of science and taken anti-science measures that they have failed miserably to control the pandemic. In the battle against the virus, American politicians have chosen political means as their weapon and made other countries their targets. Just like Don Quixote who

attacked windmills with a spear, they picked the wrong weapon and the wrong enemy. No wonder the U.S. has to face defeat in fighting the virus. From the beginning of the pandemic, the U.S. has been led to a wrong direction by various anti-science decisions and moves. The White House downplayed the epidemic situation by claiming that the pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus was no worse than the common flu and that the “risk to the American people remains very low”. Certain U.S. politician even suggested the possibility of an “injection” of disinfectant in a person infected with the COVID-19. At the instigation of some politicians, various anti-science theories have become increasingly rampant in the U.S., voices of reason from professionals have been suppressed, and social bias has continued to grow. As some people in the country were misled by politicians and media, ludicrous incidents have been reported one after another. Some Americans did wrongly drink disinfectant to prevent COVID-19, and some protested against “stay-at-home orders” and COVID-19 vaccination. “Coronavirus parties” even took place in many places, leading to cluster infection. Noting that a historic epidemic is spreading, Lawrence Gostin, a professor of global health law and director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, pointed out that people must continue to be guided by science, as ignoring

it can cause the loss of lives. Unfortunately, American public health experts are increasingly being sidelined, Gostin sighed. Placing politics above science, the U.S. finds it difficult to implement any effective measures. Wearing masks in public places, a globally recognized effective measure to prevent the spread of the virus, has been an issue hotly debated by American politicians, who unbelievably turned a medical issue into a political issue. What’s more ridiculous is that absurd theories regarding the COVID-19 and epidemic prevention and control measures, such as the claim that the metal strip in medical masks is a 5G antenna that causes brain cancer, could circulate on social media platforms in a major country with strong scientific strength as the U.S. At present, as the pandemic situation rebounds rapidly in the country, whether people should be required to wear masks in public places becomes a political issue again. Last year, following closely the steps of the federal government, many southern states of the U.S. reopened economy to help with presidential election campaigns, which caused the numbers of confirmed and hospitalized COVID-19 cases to soar. In response to such antiscience moves, four former directors of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention jointly wrote an article, which was published on the website of The Washington Post in July 2020,

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DCP Abba Kyari, FBI and Hushpuppi saga leadership. Mr. President urgently needs to create a climate where the truth is heard and brutal forces confronted particularly now that Nigerians have previously seen some of our elected officers become the reality to worry about. While some of these public officials visibly work across purpose, others are consumed by the vertical pursuit of self-aggrandizement. This time is also auspicious for our nation to adapt, adjust and, possibly, implement the above useful lesson in our ceaseless effort to find a lasting solution to insecurity/terrorism challenge on our shores. Yes! We shall, like other nations, collectively defeat insecurity and corruption, using informed decisions based on research. But while we wait, it is crucial that the FG remedies the present blow of inflation and recession, subsidizes health, saves the nation from the looming food crisis, and encourages technological innovations. Invest in people and mobilize the talents of a large number of its citizenry whose skills are needed for economic growth. To use the words of Kenneth Tuchman, this is a healthy moment for the President to demonstrate that he is a finisher in a society of starters, that he can see something through and get the sense of completion. Accepting the above concerns, in my opinion, is an opportunity that the President must not overlook. Utomi is the Programme Coordinator (Media and Policy), Social and Economic Justice Advocacy (SEJA), Lagos. He could be reached via; jeromeutomi@ yahoo.com or 08032725374.

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t is also on record that the same American FBI that is accusing him of wrong doing gave him an award of appreciation for rescuing two American hostages from the hands of bandits in Kaduna in 2018. And now he is being accused of abuse of office, aiding and abetting cyber crime, and fraud and money laundry. So, Abba Kyari and FBI case obviously could be that of international conspiracy or jealousy and set up or a case of corruption fighting back or all of the above. When the news filtered in mid last week about the purported dealings between the super cop DCP Abba Kyari and the notorious fraudster Ramon Abbas also known as Hushpuppi, many observers and analysts were surprised but those conversant with what is known as the conspiracy theory were not surprised at all. I am not surprised either but my worry is that the case if not handled properly and diplomatically as it should, it might rubbish the glorious

(Zhong Sheng is a pen name often used by People’s Daily to express its views on China’s foreign policy and international affairs.)

many feathers. Thus, his case is classical case of set-up but it appeared, he was carried away by the euphoria of success and applause he garnered to guard against backlash. He obviously did not watch his back as expected of officer of his caliber. But then, as a young man that he is, Abba Kyari is not immune to mistakes. He was obviously distracted by his super cop status to notice the plot against his person. He might be paying the price of carelessness and indiscretion rather fraud as he was alleged accused. In truth, no officer in the history of the Nigerian police force is as decorated as Abba Kyari with motley of awards in his kitty. It is also on record that the same American FBI that is accusing him of wrong doing gave him an award of appreciation for rescuing two American hostages from the hands of bandits in Kaduna in 2018. And now he is being accused of abuse of office, aiding and abetting cyber crime, and fraud and money laundry. So, Abba Kyari and FBI case obviously could be that of international conspiracy or jealousy and set up or a case of

corruption fighting back or all of the above. Be that as it may, we will not throw away the child with the bath water. We must defend our own against grand design to rubbish his hard earned reputation. When the dust is settled, we are certain that the truth would be unearthed. Who are those complaining about his association with Hushpuppi? Before now, Hushpuppi was never convicted by any court of competent jurisdiction of any wrong doing and so questioning Abba Kyari interaction with Hushpuppi is tantamount to questioning his fundamental right of freedom of association as a person. Against this backdrop, the news of his purported suspension from Office by InspectorGeneral of Police Usman Alkali Baba is heart rending when the investigation into the alleged fraud is yet to be concluded according to the latest release from the police high command. The said suspension only two days after the commencement of investigation into the case is quite hasty. Was it to please FBI and its allies or to follow due diligence? I am not in any

way saying that misconduct should not be sanctioned but me thinks that the police authorities should tread softly in this matter to avoid miscarriage of justice. Abba Kyari is an inspiration and a role model too to many youths in this country thus his current travail is devastatingly felt by many. We should not give the criminals elements amongst us room to reinforce and unleash terror on the people again. Nigeria must resist the request to extradite DCP Abba Kyari as requested by the US. Nigeria should handle the matter here for whatever he was alleged to have done was done on Nigerian soil, not in America. In conclusion, one take home from this case is that officers of the law should be wary and vigilant at all times knowing that they are usually a soft target for men of the underworld. I hope that our own super cop DCP Abba Kyari will overcome this temporary trial and come back to do that which he knows how best to do – combating crime.

is not indiscriminate in his ball usage. He is very disciplined and knows when to stay away from the ball to open passing lanes to his teammates and allow progression. His football IQ is unbelievable for a player his age. “I have never seen an 18-yearold boy play like I have seen Pedri in this tournament, not even Don Andreas Iniesta. It’s a crazy thing. You have to take good care of him.” -Luis Enrique, Spain’s national team manager-July 2021 Since Enrique caught a glimpse of Pedri’s ability, he has not looked back. Pedri was first called up for Spain’s world cup qualifiers in March. Merely four months later, he became Spain’s youngest ever player at the European Championships and one of their most important players in the competition–playing all but one minute of their semi-final run. The remarkable poise and intelligence he showed all season with Barcelona were on full display to the world. In Enrique’s 4-3-3 formation, Pedri played on the left side of the middle three as a lynchpin between the midfield and attack. His role was crucial to their final third progression, where he consistently found either the LB or LW in space. In the latter parts of the tournament, however, Enrique fine-tuned his system. He had Jordi Alba staying inverted, which granted Pedri license to roam higher in the final third of the pitch

and link up with the forwards. Pedri transferred his skill set to this more advanced role with ease. As a testament to his versatility, he also played as the deepest midfielder, a wide playmaker, a box-box midfielder, and the most advanced midfielder this season– excelling in all of them. In all these positions, Pedri’s showed his ability to cover long distances and play a significant part in his team’s defensive organisation. Pedri was in the 96th percentile of pressures completed by midfielders in the top 5 European leagues–averaging 25 pressures per 90 (per Fbref via StatBomb). As if this were not enough evidence of his incredible work rate, by the semis of EURO2020, Pedri had covered the most distance of all players in the competition–a staggering 75 KM in just five games. These staggering features are a testament to his incredible engine and willingness to make an impact off the ball, areas crucial to the modern game. In Pedri, Barcelona has unearthed their next midfield metronome; Spain has found their next footballing hero, and the footballing world has found their next heartthrob–a player with maturity and guile beyond his generation. We are looking at one of the world’s next superstars.

Hajia Hadiza Mohammed can be reached at hajiahadizamohammed@ gmail.com

PEDRI: Spain’s latest wonder kid By Joel Ayomide Adejola

to criticize the U.S. government for politicizing anti-epidemic efforts and challenging science with partisan potshots, sowing confusion and mistrust at a time when the American people need leadership, expertise and clarity. However, even today, avoidable tragedies are still happening in the country, which makes many public health experts in the country feel helpless. During the recent meeting, U.S. representatives said that it is the responsibility of countries to correctly understand the origins of public health emergencies, and that this responsibility comes from the need to protect all people through better protection against future biological disasters. Their idea is absolutely right. For Americans who are caught in a public health disaster, it is responsible for the U.S. to respond to the concern of the international community, invite scientists of various countries to the U.S. for research on COVID-19 origin tracing and avoid going further in the wrong direction. If the U.S. government continues with its attempt to challenge science with politics, it will only get bogged down deeper in the mire of the pandemic. And for that mistake of their government, the American people will have to pay with their health and lives.

career of our “super cop” and that exactly is the intention of the forces behind the case. I have read some piece on the topic of the day – some jeering and some defending him. However, the truth must be told. But even if the story was true, hasn’t Abba Kyari done more than enough in crime fighting in this country to earn our sympathy and support? Should we throw away the child with the bath water? I am actually encouraged by the fact that despite those gloating about his case many has risen to defend him. One thing Nigerians learnt from the current regime from inception in 2015 is that when you fight corruption, it would fight back. Abba Kyari as an officer of the law fought crime and criminality in Nigerian with uncommon commitment and patriotic zest earning the sobriquet “super cop” and motley of local and international awards to the envy of his colleagues and to the shame of the dons in the nether world of crime. He busted many high-profile crime syndicates. He stepped on many toes and fished in many troubled waters and ruffled

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nce Italy took the lead, they returned to their roots–’catenaccio’, all men behind the ball. Spain could find no breakthrough. All their attempts to penetrate the Azzuri’s block were thwarted: misplaced passes, backpasses, cheeky fouls, time-wasting. Amidst this drab sequence, Martin Tyler found space to reflect and continue his adoration of Pedri–the youngest player on the pitch. The 70-minute mark had passed, and Barcelona’s youngster had not misplaced a single pass. By his admission: “Before this tournament, I had never seen Pedri play…I will never forget him.” -Martin Tyler-EURO 2020 during the semi-final match between Italy and Spain Yet this feat was not even Pedri’s most significant contribution in the match. In the sequence to Morata’s equaliser, Pedri’s movement off-the-ball lured Jorghino out of position, which created ‘acres’ of space for Morata to receive the ball behind the Italian midfield line. For the thousands watching him for the first time, his brilliance did not go unnoticed. So, who exactly is Pedro González López? Pedri is a Spanish player born in Tenerife, one of the islands in the enthralling Spanish archipelago. He joined Las

Palmas’s youth academy, a team based in Segunda División, in 2018 when he was fifteen. Within a year of his arrival, he was promoted to the first team by Pepe Mel–the Las Palmas manager and signed his first professional contract. Pedri’s talent was evident. Executives at Las Palmas informed Real Madrid about the player, hoping to secure some money from his sale to stabilise their finances. Real Madrid obliged and offered him a trial; however, ‘heavy snowfall’ prevented him from seizing the opportunity–Pedri could not complete the trial. Los Blancos’s loss soon became a nightmare. A year later, FC Barcelona snapped up the talented youngster for a base fee of 5 million Euros. It was a coup, one worth cherishing for many years to come. Pedri spent the rest of the 2019/2020 season on loan at Las Palmas. Pedri’s eventual arrival in Barcelona was met with gloom: Messi expressed his desire to leave the club, the club’s financial turmoil, a power struggle at the hierarchy, and a trophyless season. Nevertheless, this uncertainty provided a peculiar opportunity for the 18-year-old to showcase his talent. Earlier that summer, Barcelona turned to Ronald Koeman to stabilise their rear guard. In his first press address, Koeman expressed his desire to play possession football with a

characteristic increased intensity off the ball–akin to many other elite clubs worldwide. “In general, what has to change is that the team has to play with more intensity….I think it is the moment to give opportunities to the young players who deserve it…I think they have quality but it is also true that you have to have balance.” -Ronald Koeman, Barcelona’s manager-August 2020 In Pedri, Koeman would find this exquisite blend of lungbursting stamina, technical excellence, and football intelligence to facilitate the highintensity possession football he sought to bring to the club. It was a harmony aching to be played. Pedri made his debut on the 27th of September 2020. He played in all but one of Barcelona’s league games last season, racking up 2441 minutes (the equivalent of 27 90s). The youngster proved to be a key player in Barcelona’s league run-in–remarkable for a player in his first season in the top-flight of football at one of the best clubs in the world. As Martin Tyler affirmed, Pedri plays with a poise akin to a veteran player. He plays at the game on a different wavelength, steps ahead of the opposition. This ability to recognise, utilise and create space has earned him comparisons to Iniesta. ‘La pausa’. Pedri receives the ball immaculately in all phases of possession, yet he

Joel Ayomide Adejola is a Public Policy Analyst.


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Breastfeeding Week: NCWS tasks nursing mothers on exclusive breastfeeding From: Kaduna

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s activities for celebration of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week ( WBW) across the globe commenced today, the National Council of Women’s Societies (NCWS) has advised nursing and lactating mothers to ensure exclusive breastfeeding for their children under six months. President of NCWS in Kaduna State, Barr. Zainab Hassan, who made this point while speaking with journalists

in Kaduna yesterday, also advised mothers to adopt complementary feeding for their children at the end of the six-month exclusive breastfeeding, using local food at their disposal. Hassan while commending Kaduna State Government for granting Six months of maternity leave to Nursing mothers and urged mothers to make the best use of the leave to breastfeed their wards. According to her, such a move would ensure a healthy future generation, devoid of malnourished and stunted

children She explained that WBW is celebrated between August 1 and 7 to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world, “According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), increasing breastfeeding to near-universal levels could save more than 800,000 lives every year, the majority being children under six months. “Breastfeeding also decreases the risk of mothers developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes,

and heart disease, the UN body noted. “Breastfeeding has countless benefits,s for mothers, children, and families. It provides total food security for infants, which is available and affordable. “Nutritious food should be provided for infants up to six months of age and continue to when the child gets to two years and beyond “That way, we are sure of a healthy future generation, devoid of malnutrition, stunting, and other health challenges,” she stressed.

The Officers of Directorate State Service (DSS) assaulting photojournalist of Vanguard news paper, Mr Gbemiga Olamikan at the premises of the Federal High Court, Abuja. Mr Olamikan was at the court to cover proceedings related to Sunday Igboho’s associates, yesterday in Abuja.

Strive for Nigeria’s unity, DG NYSC urges prospective corps members By Albert Akota

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irector-General of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has advised prospective corps members to utilise the opportunities of the service year to uphold National Unity and preach peaceful co-existence among Nigerians. He said the NYSC Scheme was established for the promotion National Unity and integration. Ibrahim stated this yesterday while addressing the 2021 Batch ‘B’ Stream One Prospective Corps Members during his visit to NYSC Plateau State Orientation Camp in Mangu. The Director-General also urged them to use the service year to build teamwork and preach against Nigeria’s breakup. “Take advantage of the Orientation Course to foster unity, national integration and peaceful co-existence. “NYSC was established to promote national unity and the Scheme will continue to live up to its mandate,” he said. Speaking further, lbrahim appealed to the prospective corps members to respect dignity of labour, have vision for excellent performance and drive it with passion. General Ibrahim advised them to be security conscious and adhere strictly to the security tips given to them in the camp by not exposing themselves to danger. He warned them against embarking on authorized journeys, and advised that they must obtain permission from the NYSC if it becomes compelling to travel.

Hushpuppi: Arewa Youth rejects plans to arrest DCP Kyari From: Kaduna

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he Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has rejected the purported plan to arrest embattled super cop, DCP Abba Kyari, describing the move by the FBI as totally unacceptable slap and ridicule on one of

the country’s finest crack detectives. This was contained in a statement signed by the group’s National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, and made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday. AYCF faulted the American Court that ordered the arrest of DCP Kyari, and dismissed what

it described as “the attempted intimidation of a police officer right inside his independent fatherland”. The group said it would keep a tab on the happenings on the matter, stressing that there was no justification for “singling out one of Nigeria’s most effective and efficient police officers for castigation.”

AYCF, therefore, urged “all Nigerians who are truly patriotic to stand behind a man who has made an unrivaled mark on the sands of time by diligently serving his fatherland.” They called on relevant stakeholders in the country, especially civil society organizations to “rally round this officer who risked his life

in multiple operations across Nigeria, a fact proved many times through BBC news coverage of such operations”. ” While we are conscious of our sovereignty as a nation, we demand justice for a man with unrivaled records of detective capabilities in the recent history of Nigeria”, the youth group stated.

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Ogun Assembly demands details as AG claims Abiodun assented 25 bills in six months By Musa Baba Adamu

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overnor Dapo Abiodun was said to have signed six bills in six months, from January to June, 2021. The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Akingbolahan Adeniran, disclosed on Monday that 25 bills passed by the State Assembly were assented to by Abiodun, while two others were still under consideration. Adeniran, while presenting the 2021 budget performance of the Ministry before the State lawmakers at the Assembly complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, stated that five Executive Orders establishing State Safety Commission, Waste Management Authority, State Skills Funds, Lagos/ Ogun Joint Development Commission and Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land Intensive Agricultural Investment (FRILIA) were also issued within the period under review. The Attorney General noted that the Public Prosecution Department of the Ministry set out strategies which resulted in turnaround time for issuance of legal advice from more than two years, to four weeks for legal advice, and six weeks for filling of information papers towards aiding speedy justice dispensation. Responding, the Chairman of the Committee, Solomon Osho, directed the Attorney General to avail the Assembly within a week, the details of all bills signed into law in the period under consideration. According to Osho, this will enable the lawmakers to have upto-date knowledge on the status of bills that have been transmitted to the executive arm of government.

Unga: Omo Oodua plotting to bringdown Buhari’s Govt. - YAH alerts UN, EU, AU, others By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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coalition under the aegis of the Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF), has cautioned the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), African Union (AU), the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, against allowing the umbrella body of Yoruba selfdetermination groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, to present a petition against the Nigerian government at the 76th General Assembly of the UN. In a statement issued yesterday by its National Coordinator, Adeshina Animashaun, and made available to newsmen in Lagos and Abuja, YAF said the objective of the Ilana Omo Oodua was nothing but to bring down Buhari’s Government for no just reason other than malice over the forthcoming 2023 general elections. “The ultimate objective of this plan by the group is to achieve

nothing salutary or beneficial to the people of Nigeria but to further their evil design to undermine and bring down the country and the incumbent administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, out of sheer malice over the forthcoming 2023 general elections”, YAF said. The Coalition said the separatist group has concluded plans to present a petition against the Nigerian government at the 76th General Assembly of the UN, just as it alleged in its own petition that contrary to the Ilana Omo Oodua’s claim that the UN General Assembly would be an opportunity to explain the rationale behind the Yoruba nation agitation to world leaders, the group plan to use the platform of this global body to get undeserved sympathy and secure support from unsuspecting countries across the world, which are largely uninformed about the true situation of things in Nigeria. YAF, which in the petition urged

the UN to bar Ilana Omo Oodua and its allies from attending the UNGA to present its petition against the Federal Government of Nigeria, adding that the group’s endorsement of the recent petition by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS) urging the Nigerian Government to conduct a referendum, is only part of the strategy by the group to legitimise its plan for the violent dissolution of the Nigerian Federation. It accused Ilana Omo Oodua and its allies of stockpiling arms and ammunition for its alleged plan to eventually confront the Federal Government in its bid to achieve its “evil objective” of breaking up the Nigerian state under the guise of fighting for an independent Yoruba Nation. The Forum alleged that Ilana Omo Oodua and its allies “have snatched over 300 AK-47 rifles from military, police and para-military

personnel they have attacked and killed across the country,” adding, “Those dangerous weapons are still in possession of these the non-state actors bent on destroying Nigeria. As at the last count, these dangerous groups, including Ilana Omo Oodua, have killed no fewer than 180 military men, 600 other para-military personnel, including policemen.” Recall that Prof Banji-Akintoyeled Ilana Omo Oodua had recently announced its plan to attend the 76th UNGA scheduled for September to present a petition to the global organisation over its demand for a separate and independent Yoruba Nation. YAF accused Ilana Omo Oodua of funding the violent activities of the self-styled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho, currently undergoing trial in the Benin Republic for gunrunning following his recent arrest at that country’s airport while attempting to flee.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (L ); Commandant, National Defence College (NDC), Rear Admiral Oladele Daji (2nd, L); Deputy Commandant, Maj.-Gen. Emeka Onumajuru (3rd, L) and other members of the NDC delegation during a briefing on the activities of the NDC with the Vice President at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday (02/8/21).

Ward congresses: APC to institute measures to address irregularities - Buni By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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he Chairman of the All Progressive Congresses (APC) Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Mai Mala Buni, yesterday said the party has set machineries in motion to address the anomalies arising from the last Saturday Ward congresses held across the country. A statement issued yesterday by his Director General, Press

and Media Affairs, Mamman Mohammed, Buni said also that the exercise recorded huge success and was held under a substantial peaceful environment. Buni, while congratulating party faithfuls over the success of the Ward congresses, assured members that their choice of leaders at the ward Congress and indeed, subsequent congresses will be respected. The statement said “I wish to congratulate us all for the

peaceful and successful conduct of the ward Congress. “The massive turn out of members in the Congress reflects the success of the membership registration and revalidation exercise. “It also reflects the unity and confidence of our members in the repositioned APC and its leadership” Buni said. “I want to assure our members that their choice of leaders at the ward Congress and indeed, subsequent congresses

will be respected. “The party has put some measures in place to check and rectify anomalies arising from the Congress. ‘We are committed to building a strong internal democracy to give the party a strong leadership that are genuinely elected by the people”, he said. According to the chairman, the congresses will give ownership of the party to the members through the bottomtop approach.

Gov. Buni urged aggrieved parties to seek redress through constituted channels in the party. “We will be fair, just and transparent in handling every complaint for justice to be done and the people’s choice respected” he said. The Chairman assured that the Caretaker Committee will review the just concluded ward Congress to improve on the forthcoming local and state government congresses.


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he immediate past Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (lNEC), Professor Attahiru Muhammad Jega, has advised Nigerians not to vote for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for failing to develop the country. According to him, the two major political parties were like siamese twins of corruption and have woefully failed the nation, stressing that it is high time Nigerians looked for a credible alternative. Speaking in a BBC Hausa programme monitored in Kaduna, the University don said, “Nigerians should dump the two parties

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former Minister of State for Works, Dayo Adeyeye, has described Saturday’s All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congresses in Ekiti as “a sham and unacceptable’’. Mr Adeyeye alleged the congresses were characterised by manipulations and irregularities which recorded one death. The one-time spokesman of the Senate, who belongs to the Southwest Agenda for Bola Ahmed Tinubu 2023 (SWAGA), spoke with journalists on Sunday in Ado-Ekiti. He alleged that the state government made several attempts to disenfranchise his group from partaking actively in the exercise. “We want to believe that the Caretaker and Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of our party meant well when it gave the goahead that ward congresses should hold across the country on Saturday. “The ward congresses purportedly took place in Ekiti but the manner of their conduct was nothing near all democratic norms,” he said. Adeyeye alleged that prior to the congresses, the “Tokan-Tokan”, a group loyal to Governor Kayode Fayemi, had constituted a sevenmember electoral committee with no input from many party stakeholders in the state. “This is even as the CECPC had earlier advised that effort should be geared towards peaceful resolution of conflicts so that the APC could birth consensus delegates across board. “You will recall that the Ekiti Chairman of SWAGA, Sen. Tony Adeniyi, had issued a statement that having consensus arrangement

Jega asks Nigerians to vote out APC, PDP in 2023, accuses both parties of corruption

because of their bad antecedents over the last 20 years.” He explained that looking at their inability to change the economic fortunes of Nigeria for 20 years now, it is now apparently clear that they would not do anything even if Nigerians vote for any of the two parties again. Professor Jega explained that with the bad things these parties committed in those past years, Nigerians should never give their trust to the parties again, pointing out that It is now very clear that

these parties will never change even if they are given another chance. He noted that the APC and PDP have formed governments and Nigerians are all witnesses, saying that they did not come with good intention to make amends with their fight against corruption as all corrupt people that were supposed to be prosecuted all sneaked into the APC. Professor Jega explained that he has registered with the Peoples Redemption Party ( PRP), now a PRP member looking for ways to

help Nigeria out of its woes. He said, “That is why we believe now is the time to establish a platform where every good Nigerian should join and contribute towards building the nation on the right path.” The former chairman of INEC alleged that those in the major political parties have destroyed everything and had made the parties so stigmatized that whichever good person joins the parties would be considered like them. Jega alleged that lack of good

leadership in the country has thrown the nation into its current problems, leading to series of agitations for the country to be balkanized. He lamented, “Since 1979 I’ve been teaching in the university; for 40 years now. So, from what I read and observed when I was Chairman of INEC, honestly the way I see our politicians conducting elections and from the manner they represent their people when elected, honestly, it is something to be afraid of.”

Ekiti APC crisis worsens as ex-minister condemns ward congress might not be possible in Ekiti because of the determination of the Tokan-Tokan Group to dominate and control the soul of the congresses. “Now the consequences of the selfishness of the Tokan-Tokan group to impose their favourites on members stirs us in the face. “As witnessed on Saturday, the presence of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials was not felt at the congresses. “In places such as Ijero, AdoEkiti and Oye Local Government Areas extreme violence was visited on the people, leading to one death

in Ado-Ekiti Ward 10. “We are hereby telling the CECPC, our party members nationwide and indeed all Nigerians that there was no congress in Ekiti on Saturday,” Adeyeye said. In a swift reaction, the Ekiti APC said the outcome of the congress had come to stay, saying it was one of the best that was peacefully conducted without any colouration. Sam Oluwalana, APC’s Caretaker Director, Media and Communications Committee, who also doubles as Special Assistant to the Governor, said Mr Adeyeye’s claims were frivolous. “The APC in Ekiti is obliged to

respond to reports that there was violence in the state during the APC Ward congresses held on Saturday. “We will like to state categorically that the exercise was overwhelmingly peaceful across the state and was a demonstration of our commitment to the principles and practice of democracy. “Our members trooped out peacefully to elect executives of the party in the 177 wards in the state,” Oluwalana said. He, however, said that the violence that occurred in Ado-Ekiti Ward 10, which sadly resulted in the death of one person, had no connection with the congress.

He explained the congress in the ward was peacefully concluded, followed by a celebration. “Afterwards, there was a disagreement between two individuals around the venue on a matter totally unconnected to the congresses and this led to a fight and the unfortunate death of one of them.” He urged any “genuinely aggrieved“ party member to seek redress through the party’s internal conflict resolution mechanisms. He called on them to desist from sponsoring false media narratives that were injurious to the party’s collective interests. (NAN) Batch B’ Stream 1 NYSC Corps members, during their swearing-in, at Mangu NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Plateau on Monday (2/8/2021)

Abia APC chieftain, Ugorji, backs party’s suspension of Ikechi Emenike By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

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chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kelvin Ugorji, has supported the suspension of the Secretary of the APC National Convention Committee on Strategy, Contact and Mobilization, Chief Ikechi Emenike, by the Caretaker Executive Committee of the party in Abia State. The suspended party chieftain is the husband of the current Nigerian Ambassador to the United States of America, Mrs Uzoma Ikechi Emenike and factional Governorship candidate of the APC during the 2019 general elections in Abia State.

Recall that the Abia leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had at its expanded caucus meeting last Thursday, re-affirmed the suspension of Chief Ikechi Emenike from the party. The expanded caucus which had in attendance major stakeholders of the party in the state was chaired by the Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Uchechukwu Ogah. According to the party, Chief Emenike has already been suspended by his ward for antiparty activities while the Local Government and State Executive respectively ratified the sanction. Ogah, who chaired the expanded caucus, put Emenike’s suspension to voice vote after

it was announced by the state chairman of the party, Hon. Donatus Nwankpa, and the caucus overwhelmingly affirmed it. However, the Abia APC chieftain, Kelvin Ugorji, in a statement issued to journalists in Umuahia, the state capital, on Monday, slammed Chief Emenike for his alleged pretence to love President Muhammadu Buhari, yet his anti-party activities thwarted the chances of the party from clinching the gubernatorial seat of the state, regretting that the Secretary of the APC committee on Mobilization failed to secure a win for the All progressive Congress at his polling unit in the last presidential poll. According to him,” he claimed to love

Buhari more than any other person but never won any of his puling unit for President Buhari. Guess, God never destined him to win the election because, in the year 2003, he contested for PDP Senatorial ticket, but lost against Dr Chris Adighije. 2007, he contested for the governorship of Abia State and still lost against Senator T.A Orji. 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections held on 23 Feb came with surprises as he was defeated by the opposition parties in his puling unit. He failed to deliver Buhari but wants to be the leader of a party he failed to deliver. But that remains a story for another day, as he still remains suspended from the party”.

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APC caretaker committee legal, constitutional – Gov Umahi

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overnor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has said the caretaker arrangement by the All Progressives Congress (APC) is legitimate and constitutional. The Governor’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Francis Nwaze, in a statement issued in Abakaliki, said Umahi made this known while assessing the just concluded APC ward congresses across the 171 electoral wards in the state. Umahi, who defected to the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last year, noted that the caretaker arrangement put together by the party was in line with the party’s Constitution. He pointed out that the arrangement did not either violate any section of the party’s constitution nor the 1999 Constitution as amended. “When that opinion was expressed, I had to go through the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the constitution of the party,” he said. “A section of the party’s constitution empowers the National Executive Committee to set up a caretaker committee and this caretaker committee is to do the job of any of the organs of the party where there is vacancy or vacancies.” He described the ward congress held on 31 July as peaceful with a massive turnout of party faithful. Umahi monitored the congress at some centres in Afikpo South local government area while on inspection at the ongoing construction of a 30-span-flyover at Ugwu-Iyere, Ekoli-Edda in Afikpo South LGA of Ebonyi. The governor further noted that the consensus arrangement was being demonstrated on the field through massive mobilisation and voting. “The congress yesterday was very wonderful, very peaceful. “The consensus arrangement was demonstrated on the field by way of massive mobilisation and election was very impressive,” he said. Speaking on the ongoing construction of the Iyere 30span- flyover, he said, “It will be inaugurated by December 2021 and it will become the fastest completed project in the state. “Admittedly, it is quite challenging but with determination, we decided to do this. An average of 30 people die on this road every year, so, we are doing this to reduce a slope of 45 percent to a slope of seven percent through a flyover and I hope to save lives and that’s what we are set to do in Ebonyi.” (NAN)

POLITICS

APC, Jega differ over party to win 2023 presidential, general elections

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he All Progressive Congress (APC) and former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof Attahiru Jega, have differed over who Nigerians should entrust their mandate with in the forthcoming presidential and general election in 2023. While Prof Jega, who spoke to BBC Hausa services, said Nigerians should vote out APC from power over corruption allegations against the party, the ruling APC rejected the position by the former Chairman of INEC, in which he accused the ruling party of having failed Nigerians. Jega had said, “the two major political parties were like siamese twins of corruption and have woefully failed the nation, stressing

that it is high time Nigerians looked for a credible alternative”. However, in its reaction, APC said while the PDP failed to meet the expectations of Nigerians as a government and opposition party, the APC is thriving, healthy and assiduously cleaning the massive mess left behind by the PDP which failed to deliver democratic dividends to the people of Nigeria after being in charge of the country for 16 years. A statement issued by the National Secretary of the party, James Akpanudoedehe, said “Our attention has been drawn to an uncontrolled, wrong and untenable political outburst by a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega in which he lumped the All Progressives

Congress (APC), together with the failed People’s Democratic Party (PDP). “While the PDP failed to meet the expectations of Nigerians as a government and opposition party, the APC is thriving, healthy and assiduously cleaning the massive mess left behind by the PDP which failed to deliver democratic dividends to the people of Nigeria after being in charge of the country for 16 years. “While Professor Jega is right about the PDP, a party under which he served as the Chairman of the nation’s election management body, we reject his comparison of the APC with the PDP. “Professor Jega got his facts wrong and mixed up in his baseless comparison of the PDP with the APC. “While we do not intend to

join issues with Professor Jega, we encourage him to engage in genuine scholarly research and come up with evidence-based conclusions on the progessive orientation of the APC.” APC said it is instructive to note that having recently abandoned his academic pursuit and blindly plunged into the arena of PDP’s brand of politics, the erstwhile electoral umpire as a politician can make such political statements occasionally while trying to launch his political career in a mushroom political party. “The APC is a strong, united, popular and focused political unit. Hence, the Professor should note the political lesson that maligning the APC would not provide him a springboard to achieve his desires. Nigerians are wiser and remain the ultimate judges”, the party said.

L-R: The First Black Member of the Polish Parliament, Hon. John Abraham Godson, The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerians Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, wife of the First Black Polish Parliamentarian, Chief Mrs Miriam Godson and the coordinator Nigerian Diaspora Summit Initiative, Dr. Badewa AdejugbeWilliams, during the 2021 Nigerian Diaspora day ceremony, held on Sunday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-owo

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overnor Willie Obiano of Anambra, has said women have good leadership qualities that need to be harnessed, and encouraged them to aspire higher. Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra, has said women have good leadership qualities that need to be harnessed, urging them to aspire to leadership positions in politics. Obiano said this while inaugurating the executive members of the Anambra State Council of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Women Commission in Awka on Monday. The governor represented by the Head of Service, Mr Harry Udu, said that women had the capacity to transform the society as they were intelligent, organised and resourceful.

“Women should step out of their comfort zones, make their voices to be heard, harness their potential and bring out their values in service and in the society. “When they aspire for leadership roles and participate in politics, they will be able to contribute their quota to the socio-economic development of the state,” Obiano said. He promised to continue to create an enabling environment for women to thrive. Also speaking, Mrs Hafsat Shaibu, National Chairperson, TUC Women Commission, urged the women to take up leadership positions in different capacities and lead by example. “Ensure you lead by example by adhering to the constitutional provisions of the council. Be a sister’s sister by imbibing the spirit

of working in unity and speaking with one voice. “Stop relegating yourself to the back seat. Always work to take up leadership positions, even among men, for with determination, you can be anywhere. “Across the globe and in Nigeria, women are breaking the glass ceiling to attain extraordinary heights in different fields. “We must be distinguished at all levels so that we can be worthy of emulation,” she said. Shaibu, however, commended the governor for his support toward the labour movement in the state. In her remarks, the State Chairperson, Anambra TUC Women Commission, Mrs Nneka Nwankwo, urged the women to get involved in trade unionism. She urged women not to see their gender as a weaker sex but as

strategic thinkers, innovators and mentors. “We need to work together and harness our skills to move our society forward and remember, if we do not showcase our potential, no one will notice our presence. “Let us shun all obstacles and come out en masse to give trade unionism that important feminine touch for better welfare of workers, our society, and our children,” Nwankwo said. Earlier in his speech, the Anambra State TUC Council Chairman, Mr Ifeanyi Okechukwu, noted that women were excelling in sectors such as politics, sports and business. He said: “Let us give the women a chance to exercise their values and potential in politics and other sectors of government for the development of the state.” (NAN)

Ex-Zamfara NLC leader cautions Gov Matawalle over sycophants By Musa Baba Adamu

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former chairman, Zamfara State wing of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Jamilu Aliu Zanah, has expressed satisfaction over the reconciliation

process initiated by Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle to bring peace in Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Addressing newsmen in his Gusau residence, the former NLC chairman explained that anybody peddling rumours that former Governor Abdul

Aziz Yari and senator Kabiru Garba Marafa have no political supporters is a blatant liar. “Nobody can dispute the fact that former Governor Abdul Aziz Yari and Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa are political heavyweights in the state,” he said.

Hon. Aliyu, however, cautioned Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle to be careful of power drunk politicians instigating him against former Governor Abdul Aziz Yari and senator Kabiru Garba Marafa, describing them as political jobbers.


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By Etuka Sunday

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ollowing Monday’s commencement of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) directive to Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to sell foreign exchange to customers, for invisibles such as basic travel allowance, PTA, medical and tuition etc, the Bank has assured members of the banking public that the CBN will monitor the commercial banks to ensure they meet the legitimate FX demands of customers. The CBN also dismissed speculations that it planned to convert the foreign exchange in domiciliary accounts of customers into naira. Speaking with business correspondents in Abuja on Monday, the Bank’s Acting Director in charge of Corporate Communications, Osita Nwanisobi, disclosed that the CBN had put in place monitoring mechanism to guarantee the seamless sale of foreign exchange to customers who supported their requests with relevant documentation. He said the CBN had also extracted the commitment of the banks, through their Chief Executive Officers, that customers with legitimate requests will not be turned back. Meanwhile, Nwanisobi dismissed insinuations in some quarters that the CBN planned to convert the foreign exchange in the domiciliary accounts of customers into Naira in order to check purported shortage of availability of the United States dollars. Nwanisobi, while disclosing that the CBN never planned to tamper with the foreign exchange deposits in the accounts of customers, insisted that those making such allegations were criminal speculators whose intention was to create panic in the foreign exchange market. According to him, at no time

FOREX: CBN allays fears, assures Customers of Banks’ compliance, others did the CBN ever suggest or imply that it would tinker with the foreign exchange deposits of customers. He therefore urged operators of domiciliary accounts and other members of the banking public to go about their legitimate

foreign exchange transactions and disregard fictitious stories aimed at pitching them against the Bank and triggering chaos in the system. It will be recalled that the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele at his post Monetary Policy meeting

(MPC) briefing on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, disclosed that the CBN would stop the weekly sale of foreign exchange to Bueaux de Change (BDCs) and that deposit money banks would henceforth sell to customers to meet their foreign exchange needs.

Sequel to the instruction, Banks Chief Executives met at the weekend and affirmed their readiness to meet the foreign exchange demands from genuine Foreign Exchange (FX) endusers as directed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

L-R: Managing Director/Chief Executive, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) Bello Hassan (centre) poses for a group photograph with the President Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) Mustapha Isah (3rd right) during a courtesy call by the Guild to the Executive Management of the NDIC in Abuja. They are flanked by (L –R) NDIC Executive Director Operations, Mustapha M. Ibrahim, NGE General Secretary Iyobosa Uwugiaren, NDIC Executive Director Corporate Services Hon. Mrs. Omolola Abiola-Edewor, NGE Deputy President, Ali M. Ali and NGE Member Standing Committee, Gbenga Adeshina.

Media collaboration critical to factual reportage of Banking Industry – NDIC Boss By Etuka Sunday

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he Managing Director/ Chief Executive of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Mr. Bello Hassan stressed the need for the media to ensure accurate and factual coverage of the banking industry especially in terms of reporting on the perceived impact and threats on depositors’ funds and the activities of financial system supervisors like the NDIC. He made the call while receiving a delegation of the executive members of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE)

led by the Guild’s President Mr. Mustapha Isah on a courtesy visit to the Corporation. While commending the media for their cooperation in enhancing public awareness about the activities of the Corporation, Mr. Bello Hassan, expressed concern about the instances of inaccuracies and misinformation observed in some media reports by less professional media practitioners that need to be addressed. He informed the members of the Guild that it was in recognition of the media’s critical role in promoting public awareness that the Corporation

implements initiatives for sustained interactions with media practitioners such as the annual “NDIC Editors’ Forum” for Publishers and Media Executives and “The Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) Workshop” for Business Editors and Finance Correspondents. The Director, Communication & Public Affairs Department, NDIC, Bashir Nuhu in a statement quoted him to have explained that these initiatives are aimed at capacity building and providing updates on the current activities of the Corporation to deepen the knowledge of journalists on issues

in the financial sector. He further stressed the need for closer collaboration with the media to enhance the quality of the reportage to promote factual and accurate information. The NDIC Boss, therefore, assured the NGE’s President that the Corporation would support and strengthen partnership with the Guild in order to address the challenges and successfully achieve mutually beneficial objectives of enhancing public awareness. In his remarks the NGE President, Mustapha Isah, described the Guild as the

NDIC’s partner in progress and commended the NDIC on its achievements. He stated that depositors had increased confidence in the safety of their savings in banks due to the Corporation’s continuous diligence in its successful implementation of the Deposit Insurance System in Nigeria. While soliciting for the Corporation’s support for the Guild’s upcoming conference in September, he expressed the NGE’s commitment towards greater partnership and collaboration with the NDIC to achieve its public awareness goals.


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NEP: REA bridging electrification gap with off grid solutions

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he Rural Electrification Agency (REA) through the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP) has been providing off-grid solutions to bridge the electricity gap in unserved and underserved rural communities which includes households, micro, small, and medium enterprises, Federal Universities, as well as healthcare centers across the six geopolitical zones of the country, with financial support from the World Bank (WB) and African Development Bank (AfDB) respectively. The NEP is private sector driven and it provides grant subsidies under its; solar hybrid mini-grids, standalone solar home systems and productive use appliance components to bridge the access to

electrification gap, and stimulate load demand, whilst also improving the means of livelihood of the consumers, towards making the mini-grid powered communities more attractive and viable. A total sum of $550m USD was provided by both the World Bank and African Development Bank as support for the implementation of the off-grid solution projects with $213m USD for the mini-grid components of both WB and AfDB, $75m USD for standalone solar homes system component of WB, $205m USD for Energizing Education Programme (EEP) Phases II and III components of WB and AfDB, and $20m USD for productive use component of AfDB as well as $37m USD for technical assistance. The objective of the project is to

provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity access to a minimum of 2.5 million Nigerians which equates to about 500,000 households. A breakdown of what the programme has achieved so far is as follows: -Signing of grant agreements under the mini-grid sub-component with 13 companies for the deployment of solar mini-grids across 86 sites in off-grid communities. -Deployed and commissioned 7 solar hybrid mini-grids, with a total connection of 3,828 and 529.79kW energy capacity. -Signed grant agreements with 26 companies under the Output Based Fund (OBF) sub-component of standalone solar home systems for homes and MSMEs. -Installed 221,971 Solar Home Systems (SHS) in households, micro,

small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), as well as public facilities. -Signed contract agreements with 8 companies for the deployment of containerized solar hybrid solutions to power 100 Isolation and treatment Centers (ITCs) under the REA/NEP COVID-19 & Beyond intervention programme. -Conducted community engagement exercises in 9 States (Ogun, Cross River, Sokoto, Niger, Plateau, Abia, Bauchi, Kano and Anambra) to sensitize and have community buy-in for the sustainability of the NEP mini grid projects. -Commenced preparations for the deployment of solar hybrid power plants in Federal Universities and Teaching Hospitals under the Energizing Education Programme Phases II and III.

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First Baptist church not involved in N5m Rice supply saga -President By Stanley Onyekwere

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he President, Nigerian Baptist Convention, Rev. Dr Israel Akanji has dissociated the church from any involvement in a purported rice business transaction with any supplier in the sum of five million Naira. Akanji made this assertion, yesterday while briefing journalists at the Church headquarters in Garki, on the

alleged involvement of the church in the raging controversies trailing the said business transaction. He however, insisted that the church was not involved in rice supply transaction business with any person or supplier, and will never be part of crooked arrangement. According to him, “one Emmanuel claimed that he was asked by the church to supply rice, and went to the media claiming that he had made the

supply worth five million and the church only paid him five hundred thousand as part of the money. “Last Friday I recieved a call from a radio station in Abuja, asking me whether my church or I had a rice transaction with one man, Emmanuel. According to Brekete Radio that called me, that the man say he supply rice to our church but we refused to pay him. “Sometime in May this year, one man came to our church

here, that he was looking for one pastor Philips, that he asked him to supply rice which he did and it worth M5 million. I then called all the pastors outside but he didn’t identify the pastor he claimed among them. “There is no how the church will enter into rice transaction without any written agreement or document backing it, again the church transactions are done in the public and within its premises.”

He continues: “I asked the man where he supply the rice, he say it was in Dei-Dei under the bridge, later again he claimed that he supply it at a store somewhere, it is very clear that the man was duped by fraudsters and not the church” The President who is also the senior pastor of First Baptist church, Garki in Abuja, said the activities of the church are open, and always being carried out within church premises.

President Muhammadu Buhari receiving a souvenir from the Secretary General of OPEC, Dr. Sanusi Barkindo during their meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on (26/72021)

Seplat grows half year profit before deferred tax of $62.1m By Etuka Sunday

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eplat Energy Plc recorded an impressive half year (H1) 2021 scorecard with profit before deferred tax (PBT) of $62.1million, representing an increase of 142.7percent as against H1’20. Highlights of the company’s financial further show that revenue went up 32percent to $308.8 million in H1’21, from $233.5million in H1’20; earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) of $178.9 million; cash generated from operations ($125.8 million); cash at bank ($298.8 million) and net debt of $456.4 million. In the half year (H1) period, Seplat pronounced an interim dividend at a rate of US2.5 cents (United States Two and Half Cents) per Ordinary Share, subject to appropriate withholding tax (WHT), to be paid to Seplat Energy’s shareholders whose names appear in the Register of Members as at the close of business on August 12, 2021. Both the Nigerian Exchange

(NGX) Limited and London Stock Exchange hosted Seplat Energy Plc on Thursday July 29 to commemorate Seplat’s first dual Capital Markets Day . The event marked an important milestone for Seplat marking its name change from Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc to Seplat Energy Plc. While the company’s total rebranding is underway, the leading Nigerian independent energy company listed on both the Nigerian Exchange and the London Stock Exchange announced its unaudited results for the half year (H1) ended June 30, 2021. The operational highlights show: working-interest oil and gas production within guidance at 50,786 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd); liquids production of 30,028 barrels of oil per day (bopd) in H1 2021, gas production up 21percent to 120 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscfd); Oben50 and 51 gas wells completed in the period and producing; safety record extended to more than 20.5 million man hours without LTI on Seplat-

operated western assets; while first liftings from Amukpe-Escravos Pipeline expected fourth-quarter (Q4) 2021. Seplat successful issue of $650 million 7.75% senior notes to redeem existing $350 million 9.25% senior notes and repay $250 million drawn on $350 million Revolving Credit Facility (RCF); Refinanced $100 million Westport RBL facility; raised a $50 million offtake linked to the RBL in July; and total capital expenditure of $57.5 million. To enable Seplat’s Registrar, Datamax Registrars Limited, prepare for the payment of the interim dividend, the Register of Shareholders will be closed on August 13, 2021. The Qualification Date is at the Close of Business on August 12, 2021. Note that on the London Stock Exchange: The Associated Record Date will be August 12, 2021 and the Ex-Dividend date will be August 11, 2021. Seplat said in the corporate action announcement that the exchange rate for the Naira or Pounds Sterling amounts payable to

shareholders will be determined by reference to the relevant exchange rates applicable to the US dollar on August 11and will be communicated by the Company on August 12. On or around September 13, 2021, the interim dividend will be paid electronically to shareholders whose names appear on the Register of Members as at August 12, 2021, and who have completed the e-dividend registration and mandated the Registrar to pay their interim dividend directly into their bank accounts. Shareholders holding their shares on the Nigerian Exchange Limited without a valid Nigerian Certificate for Capital Importation (CCI) will be paid their dividend in Naira as the default currency. Shareholders holding their shares on the Nigerian Exchange Limited with a valid CCI will be paid their dividend in US dollars as the default currency. “However, those shareholders may instead elect to receive their entire dividend payment in Naira (partial elections are not permissible).

“Evidence of the CCI must be provided to Datamax Registrars Limited; and shareholders holding their shares through depository interests on the London Stock Exchange will be paid their dividend in US dollars as the default currency. “However, those shareholders may instead elect to receive their entire dividend payment in pounds sterling. Partial elections are not permissible”, Seplat said in a July 29 notice signed by Emeka Onwuka Chief Financial Officer. “Shareholders who have a dividend currency option, must make the election to the Company’s Registrars by August 27, 2021, otherwise the dividend will be paid in the default currency. The election form will be sent out to the relevant shareholders and can also be found on the Company website. Those shareholders holding their shares on the Nigerian Exchange Limited who hold a valid CCI should notify SEPLAT’s Nigerian Registrars, DataMax Registrars Limited (DataMax), of that fact”, the company further said.

Retired Assistant Director of Federal High Court, Eugene Chinedum Onyekwere, his son, Elochukwu Chinedum ( middle ) and wife Nneka Onyekwere during the call to bar of Chinedum, recently in Abuja.

NUJ to SSS: Stop harassment of Journalists By Stanley Onyekwere

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he FCT Council the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned in strong terms the continued intimidation and harassment of journalists by personnel of the State Security Services (SSS), stating it was a threat to democracy and the rule of law. The warning is coming on the heels of what it described as Monday’s unwarranted physical harassment and assault of a photojournalist with the Vanguard Newspapers, Oluwagbemiga Olamilekan, at the Federal High Court, Abuja. In a press statement in Abuja Monday, jointly signed by Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche and Ochiaka Ugwu, chairman and secretary of council, respectively, the union

noted that it has become habitual for the SSS and other security agencies to pick at journalists in the legitimate performance of their duties. The Union therefore called for an immediate end to the use of excessive force against journalists and media workers in general. “It is unfortunate to state that reporters and photojournalists were barred from covering the previous court session. Council lamented that in recent time, violence against journalists has increased with the authorities directing aggression towards journalists especially in terms of harassment, arbitrary detentions of journalists covering events making most journalists to be concerned about their safety.

“It is worrisome that this is happening exactly one month after the NUJ launched a Five-Year-Review on press freedom in Nigeria starting from 2016 to 2021 where the report indicted state actors who have formed the habit of trying to gag the press always”, NUJ stressed. According to the statement, the Council has previously reported on the disproportionate use of force by the state actors against journalists during coverage with security operatives preventing audio and visual recordings of protests and public demonstrations. “The number of cases where security operatives use excessive force and violence against journalists has significantly increased over the years. Journalists are responsible in providing the public with

objective news and any attempt to prevent them from covering public events is a clear violation of the citizen’s right to access information. “Relevant authorities must take all necessary measures to protect and ensure journalists’ safety on duty. The use of excessive force by the security operatives against those who are exercising their fundamental rights such as press freedom and holding government accountable to the people cannot be met with constant intimidation”, it added. The NUJ also called on the SSS to rein in its operatives in its dealings with the media, noting that its arbitrary actions against journalists were embarrassing and further contribute to Nigeria’s poor ranking on the press freedom index.


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sprinter from Belarus who refused her team’s order to fly home early from the Olympics has been granted a humanitarian visa by Poland. Krystina Timanovskaya, 24, is at the Polish embassy in Tokyo after spending the night secured in a hotel under protection from Japanese police. She said she was forcibly taken to the airport for criticising coaches, and voiced fears for her safety. Belarus says she was removed from the team because of her emotional state. Ms Timanovskaya told the BBC on Monday that she was safe, but said she had been advised not to give further details at this stage. The incident has again put the spotlight on Belarus, which has been ruled by President Alexander Lukashenko since 1994. Last year, nationwide protests over his disputed re-election were violently repressed by the security forces. Some of those who joined the demonstrations were also national-level athletes, who were stripped of funding, cut from national teams and detained. Poland’s Deputy Foreign Minister Marcin Przydacz said Ms Timanovskaya was in direct contact with Polish diplomats in Tokyo, and that Poland would do “whatever is necessary to help her continue her sporting career”. Her husband has fled to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. He is set to join her in Poland, according to a Warsaw-based Belarusian

The sprinter was pictured inside Poland’s embassy in Tokyo opposition politician. The Belarusian government has yet to comment on the Polish decision. The sprinter, who was due to compete in the women’s 200m event on Monday, had complained on social media about being entered into the 4x400m relay race at short notice after some teammates were found to be ineligible to compete. The video led to criticism in state media, with one television channel saying she lacked “team spirit”. Ms Timanovskaya said officials had

come to her room and given her an hour to pack her bags before being escorted to Tokyo’s Haneda airport. She says she was “put under pressure” by team officials to return home and asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for help. “They are trying to get me out of the country without my permission,” she said in a video posted on the Telegram channel of the Belarusian Sport Solidarity Foundation, which was created last year to support athletes critical of the government. Anatol Kotau, a member of the group,

told the BBC on Sunday: “She’s afraid of repression on her family in Belarus - this is the main concern for her right now.” The athlete sought police protection at the airport terminal The Belarusian Olympic committee said Ms Timanovskaya had been taken off the team because of her “emotional and psychological condition”. Team coach Yuri Moisevich said Ms Timanovskaya appeared anxious when he spoke with her on Sunday. “I was trying to have a calm conversation with her and I succeeded,” he said, adding: “Then I noticed that she would stop the conversation and start it again, then she would grab the phone and I saw that something was happening.” On Monday, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the body had taken measures against the Belarusian committee in the run-up to the Games. It banned some officials, including the president’s son, for failing to protect athletes who had joined the demonstrations. Heather McGill, Amnesty International’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia researcher, said the country’s sporting administration had been subject to “direct government control” under President Lukashenko. “Athletes are favoured by the state and honoured by society, and it is not surprising that athletes who speak out find themselves a target for reprisals,” she said. Source: BBC

Principal of rural primary school realizes students’ football dream By Zhao Shuaijie, People’s Daily

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ver the past 10 years, Ma Anwu, principal of Zhonglianchuan Primary School in Yuzhong county, Lanzhou city, northwest China’s Gansu province, has established a football team at the school, led students to victory in many football games and broadened their horizons, bringing many changes to the rural school. Because of Ma’s persistence in incorporating football into school education, students from rural areas have not only gained access to and become fond of the sport, but enjoyed ahappier school life. It takes an hour and a half to drive from Yuzhong county to Zhonglianchuan Primary School, a boarding school located over 2,300 meters above sea level on the Loess Plateau of China. Among 60 students at the school, one third come from single-parent families and nearly a half are “left-behind” children whose parents are working in urban areas. Most of the students have never left their hometown. In fact, most of the children in the locality began to work after finishing junior high school in the past. Things started to change when Ma came. Students at Zhonglianchuan Primary School have not only been admitted to prominent high schools in Lanzhou, but get a chance of becoming professional football players. Children in the mountainous region have embraced greater future, something

A football team of Zhonglianchuan Primary School in northwest China’s Gansu province takes part in a contest in central China’s Henan province, Jan. 2019. (Photo/Zhonglianchuan Primary School) that also exhilarates their parents. Recently, Zhonglianchuan Primary School went through the final of a youth football league in Lanzhou for the fourth time. While football players of the school fought for a victory on the field, Ma, also the coach, was busy giving instructions and shouting encouragement to them. It was hard to imagine that the school team could

give such a good performance in football games ten years ago. In 2011, Ma, who had been engaged in rural education for nearly 10 years, was appointed as vice principal of Zhong Lianchuan Primary School. Deeply concerned about poorer enrollment, Ma chewed over how to make good use of students’ spare time to enrich their school

life, attract students and explore new possibilities for them to apply for high schools and even universities. As a football enthusiast himself, Ma decided to develop students’ hobbies of playing football. After digging out several dusty footballs in the sports room, Ma set up a football interest group and encouraged students to learn the sport. Without football kits and fields, he taught students in cloth shoes at a dirt playground about the size of a basketball court. Whenever they played, dirt would swirl in the air. Encouraged by the enthusiasm of students, Ma started to watch football videos and read relevant books to learn about tactics and expand his knowledge of football. Every day before school begins and after school since 10 years ago, Ma has helped students with football practice, including dribbling the ball and shooting. Along with the improving techniques of players, the training conditions have become more comfortable. The government of Yuzhong county has helped build a football field at the school, according to Ma, who has also managed to raise funds to purchase uniforms and football boots with moulded studs. Despite difficulties and challenges, students never gave up. In the past nearly five years, Zhonglianchuan Primary School has won the championship at youth football leagues in Yuzhong county, Lanzhou city and Gansu province, and even ranked high during China’s national youth football invitational tournaments.

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he British government has been criticised for failing to apologise and compensate members of two communities in western Kenya whose land was taken away during the colonial era. A group of UN investigators - or special rapporteurs - have highlighted the human rights violations against the Kipsigis and Talai peoples in Kericho county that happened in the 19th and 20th Centuries. These included unlawful killings and sexual violence. Over half a million people are estimated by the UN team to have been affected. The special rapporteurs have also criticised the UK government for failing to “adopt measures to establish the facts and know the truth about the circumstances surrounding these violations”. They sent their report to the government at the end of May and gave them 60 days to respond. That time has now elapsed and there has been no response. “It has been very difficult to feel ignored for so long by the British Government for the terrible things they did to us,” Dickson Sitienei said on behalf of the victims. “We have been fighting for our voices to be heard for many years and if the British Government think we will forget what they did they are wrong. We cannot feel free until they acknowledge what they did, this is the only way forward.” Vast tracts of land in the region are now being used by various British and multinational tea corporations including Findlay’s, Williamson Fine Tea and Unilever.

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ozambique’s state-owned fuel distributor, Petromoc, has denied links to an oil spill that happened over the weekend at the port of Pemba, off the coast of Cabo Delgado province. The company’s board chairperson Hélder Chambisse said there was little information about the origin of the fuel found at sea. He said that if the company was responsible, the local authorities would have informed them. Mr Chambisse said investigations were ongoing to find out the origin and reason for the spillage. It was estimated that the spillage caused the loss of at least 10,000 litres of fuel. The incident attracted large crowds, including women and children, who risked their lives as they filled their jerrycans with the fuel. Police were deployed to address the situation.

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Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis: Rebels vow to fight on until blockade ends T he commander of the rebel group in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray has told the BBC they will continue fighting until their terms for a ceasefire are met. Gen Tsadkan Gebretensae said the group aims to force the federal government to lift a blockade in the region and agree to a political solution to the crisis. The government denies there is a blockade and has ruled out talks. Thousands have been killed since war broke out in November last year. Millions of people have also been displaced by the fighting which both sides have been accused of committing human rights abuses and war crimes. At least 400,000 people are living in famine conditions, according to a UN estimate, with access to the region still being hampered. UN World Food Programme lorries did manage to reach Tigray at the weekend after a long delay because of security concerns. However, Ethiopia’s Minister for Democracy Zadig Abraha has denied that the government had blocked humanitarian aid to Tigray. “In fact, our government supplied the most amount of humanitarian aid than all over partners combined,” he told the BBC’s Newshour programme.

The war between federal forces and the Tigray rebels is nearly nine months old

He accused the rebels of “invoking the humanitarian aid discourse” to win sympathy from the international community. Despite the government announcing a unilateral ceasefire in June after the

rebels made significant gains, including the recapture of the region’s capital, Mekelle, it has continued to mobilise militia from other parts of the country to help stall the rebels’ advance in neighbouring Afar and Amhara regions.

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n Sunday, Gen Tsadkan, a former head of the Ethiopian army, told the Newshour programme that his fighters’ incursion to the neighbouring regions was aimed at removing a federal blockade that has prevented aid from coming through. He said that before a ceasefire is agreed the federal government had to: • stop the persecution of Tigrayans • release political prisoners • accept an inclusive dialogue to determine the region’s future. He said the war could have been avoided, and accused Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of not willing to find a

peaceful solution to the political standoff between the federal government and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). “I regret that this has happened, I regret that this could have been avoided, but I’m happy that the Tigray people fought and are in a position to demand their rightful position in the region,” Gen Tsadkan said. The Ethiopian government, which has designated the TPLF as a terrorist organisation, has dismissed calls to hold talks with the rebel leaders. Mr Zadig said TPLF’s terms for a ceasefire were “coming out of a false sense of power,” warning that the government would escalate its military offensive.

“We are coming out of a humanitarian ceasefire, and if you want to see the showdown, you’ll have to wait for some weeks. When we run out of patience, you will see how we’re going to drive them from each and every city and village of the earth,” he said. The TPLF was Tigray’s governing party until it was ousted by the national army in November last year but the rebels say they are the legitimate regional government of Tigray. Its leaders fell out with the Mr Abiy over his political reforms, though the TPLF’s capture of federal military bases in Tigray was the catalyst for the invasion.

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ecturers and non-academic staff at universities in Ghana have started an indefinite strike over pay. The government had announced a 4% salary increase for public sector workers this year - and another 7% increase due to take effect next year. But some university staff unions have kicked back against the increase, saying it’s too small. They also want Ghana’s government to implement a 2012 agreement that promised an entry-level lecturer’s salary of more than $2,000 (£1,440) per month - but it’s currently still below $1,000. Classes have been cancelled and institutions have shut their doors as of Monday.

The National Union of Ghana Students say the strike only makes matters harder for students who were already struggling to catch up on their studies after the disruption caused by the pandemic. From selling charcoal to serving in the air force A university graduate in Zambia has found work in the air force, after he spent years selling charcoal because jobs were so scarce. Bwalya Katongo graduated from the University of Zambia with a degree in Library and Information Studies in 2015 then tried in vain to get a formal job despite sending countless applications. But after appearing on my YouTube channel last year

where he shared his plight, the Zambia Air Force offered Mr Katongo a job. Last Friday, he was officially commissioned as a second lieutenant after six months of training. He told me how happy he was. “It’s a great feeling, but challenging as well because it comes with a lot of responsibilities. I never imagined my story would be this big when it went viral. “My advice to fellow youths is never lose hope. Take a step out of your comfort zone when things are not going your way. If I didn’t start selling charcoal, I wouldn’t have met people who have changed my life,” he said. Source: BBC


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Postgraduate students help vitalize rural areas in SW China’s Guizhou province By Cheng Huan, People’s Daily

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ince 2017, Guizhou University in southwest China’s Guizhou province has sent doctoral students and master’s students to help villages of the province with development under a program designed to boost the vitalization of rural areas in Guizhou. In midsummer this year, the kiwi fruit industrial belt in Shuicheng district, Liupanshui city of Guizhou, is about to embrace a good harvest, thanks to the guidance of Mo Feixu, a doctoral student majoring in plant protection at the College of Agriculture of Guizhou University. Seeing plump kiwi fruits weigh down thick vines with lush leaves, farmers happily take and share photos of their orchards with friends on social media platform WeChat. Zhang Rongquan, a horticulturist at the management committee of an agricultural industrial park of Shuicheng district, saw unusual white spots on some kiwi fruits from farmers’ photos. Zhang was so concerned about the situation that he then consulted Mo about it. “It looks like the tree has soft rot, but I can only confirm it after checking the tree on site,” said Mo, who then went to the industrial belt together with four of his fellows. As the head of the kiwi fruit cultivation team under the program, Mo has been very meticulous about his work. “It is indeed soft rot, a disease that causes the fruit to go bad from the inside of its pulp. It is hard to be discovered at the early stage,” Mo concluded, adding that 10 percent of the kiwi trees in the industrial belt had been infected and the output would be reduced by at least 20 percent unless prompt and effective measures would be taken to control

Mo Feixu (left), a doctoral student majoring in plant protection at the College of Agriculture of Guizhou University, tells a farmer how to prevent and control kiwi fruit diseases at an orchard in Dahong village, Shidong township, Xifeng county, southwest China’s Guizhou province, May 2021. (Photo/China Education Daily) and prevent the disease. With the help of his doctoral supervisor Long Youhua, chief expert in kiwi fruit

industry of Guizhou, Mo and his team members soon formulated a detailed plan for disease control. The plan was provided for all

fruit growers in Guizhou as fruit management guidelines by Guizhou fruit and vegetable industry association. “I’m proud to be able to help villagers solve problems using what I have learned at school,” said Mo, who felt relieved that the disease of kiwi fruits got eased. Centering around its 12 expert teams specializing in pillar industries of rural areas, Guizhou University has established practice teams made up of doctoral students and master’s students, with doctoral students being the main participants, for the program. These teams have facilitated the vitalization of rural areas in Guizhou by contributing to the endeavor of the province to reduce poverty by developing industries and providing technical and talent support for these areas. “Since the program was launched, we have sent over 300 teams involving more than 10,000 participants to help rural areas with development,” said Qi Ya, deputy head of the postgraduate student office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Guizhou University committee. “As researchers on agricultural technologies, we need to connect our papers with the actual situation in fields and turn ourselves into pragmatic dreamseeker in modern agriculture,” said Ji Da, a postgraduate student majoring in aquaculture at the College of Zoology of Guizhou University, as well as leader of the ecological fishery team under the program. Ji will soon lead his team to Duyun city in Guizhou to carry out artificial breeding of red carp. “We have cultivated the first batch of hybrid fry, and will try to develop highquality new varieties that grow fast as soon as possible to help farmers obtain greater economic benefits,” Ji noted.

Hostile intention hides in US “support” for WHO By Zhong Sheng, People’s Daily

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ecently, Washington has been frequently showing its “care” and “support” for the WHO, which made a sharp contrast to its habitual indifference to the organization, as well as its past practices of defunding and withdrawing from the organization. Is the US really righting its wrongs and sincerely starting to support the work of the WHO? Not really. What Washington supports is merely the WHO’s plan for the second phase of the global study into the origins of COVID-19 which lacks objectivity and a spirit of cooperation. The plan echoes with the lab leak hypothesis made by the US, and is a typical example of the White House manipulating the WHO on some important agenda and topics. Origin tracing of COVID-19 must be evidence-based, led by experts and free from interference. It is a principle agreed by the international society. However, Washington is obviously talking the talk but not walking the walk. It stressed the importance of evidence in origin tracing, but came up with nothing when fabricating the stories of the so-called lab leak in China and the infections of three employees of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). It couldn’t even name the three infected employees. The White House claimed that origin tracing should be led by experts, but it employed the intelligence community to find the origins of the virus and oppressed scientists who made objective and rational voices.

It said origin tracing shall be free from interference, but an origin tracing program by the National Institutes of Health of the US, which spotted antibodies against the novel coronavirus in blood samples collected in the country in January the last year, was halted by high-rank officials in the White House who said the program disturbed the origin tracing studies into China and was not in line with the national security of the US. The blood samples collected before January 2, 2020 were sealed from further testing. Such practices exposed not only the habitual double standard of the US in dealing with international affairs, but also its vicious intention to politicize origin tracing and discredit China. What the US has done over the past year mirrors the country’s hypocrisy in its socalled “care” and “support” for the WHO. Washington turned a deaf ear to the warning of the WHO when COVID-19 just broke out, and declared national emergency over the virus more than 40 days after the WHO sounded alarm. When the number of COVID-19 infections exceeded a million in the US, American politicians even attacked the WHO, saying the pandemic control response by the organization was a failure. At the most critical moment of the fight against the virus, when the WHO was seeing the most urgent need of funding, the White House decided to defund and withdraw from the organization. It also declared that it could even work to set up an alternative to the UN body instead. Such practices were called “a crime against humanity” by editorin-chief of The Lancet Richard Horton. Though the US has been reengaged in the WHO and claiming to support

“multilateralism,” it has never abandoned the strategy of “America first” and egoism. When the WHO was calling developed countries to offer vaccine support for developing countries, the US was hoarding doses and restricting export of vaccine materials. When the WHO expressed its hope to reinforce global anti-pandemic cooperation, the US was stigmatizing other countries, labeling the virus, politicizing origin tracing and dividing the international society. When the WHO was stressing the importance of quarantining political virus, the US was acting arbitrarily and employing the intelligence community to lead the origin tracing work. The US, passing the buck to China, is trying to turn the dangerous virus into a blackmail, said a Russian media outlet. The genuine support for the WHO is not embodied in what one says, but what one does. To adopt the most strict, comprehensive and thorough control measures after the outbreak of the pandemic is what shall be done to support the WHO, which plays a leading role in the global fight against the virus. And that’s how and what China has done. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed that the high speed and massive scale of China’s moves are rarely seen in the world and praised China’s actions as setting a new benchmark for combating transnational infectious diseases. To offer timely assistance when the WHO is in dire need of funding, materials and vaccines is the genuine support for the organization. China has made two batches of donations to the WHO totaling $50 million, and provided massive medical materials

for the international society. It was the first country to promise to make its COVID-19 vaccines a global public good when they are developed. So far, the country has offered more than 700 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the international society. China has always been science-based, professional, serious and responsible on origin tracing, and was the first country to cooperate with the WHO on the global studies of the origins of COVID-19 and achieved science-based conclusions. What China has done defines what shall be done to support the WHO. In February the last year, UN SecretaryGeneral Antonio Guterres expressed his gratitude to all the people in China who sacrificed many aspects of their normal lives to prevent the virus from spreading to others. However, the US is today trying to coerce the WHO on some important agenda and topics through political manipulation, so as to authenticate that the lab leak hypothesis is true. This is an injustice for the Chinese people who have made huge sacrifice and contribution, and a disgrace in the history of human civilization. China will never accept it. Scientific issues shall be resolved with scientific approaches. No matter what the US does to call its coercing practices “care” and “support,” its hostile intention to discredit, oppress, and contain China through politicizing origin tracing will only become clearer and clearer. (Zhong Sheng is a pen name often used by People’s Daily to express its views on foreign policy and international affairs.)

Feature Without a doubt, water is the most abundant resource on Earth. After all, it covers over 70% of the planet - yet despite this we are facing a looming crisis as a species. limate change, global conflict and overpopulation are just some of the factors that are devastating the water supply in many areas around the world. It means that two billion people - one-quarter of the human population - are without access to safe drinking water. As the world’s population creeps ever closer to eight billion, attention is being focused on developing technologies that can help address this before it is too late. One of those offering a potential solution is Michael Mirilashvili, head of Watergen, an Israel-based firm that is using its air-to-water technology to deliver the drinking water to remote areas of the world hit by conflict or climate change. ‘Basic human right’ “Water is a basic human right, and yet millions don’t have access to it,” he tells the BBC. Watergen’s Michael Mirilashvili hopes to improve the lives of people around the world Pulling water out of thin air may sound like science fiction, but the technology is actually simpler than it seems. The Earth’s atmosphere contains 13 billion tonnes of fresh water. Watergen’s machines work by filtering this water vapour out of the air. He says if used correctly, Watergen’s technology could spark a major shift within the water industry that could have a lasting impact on the planet. “A big advantage of using atmospheric water is that there’s no need to build water transportation, so no worries about heavy metals in pipes for example or cleaning contaminated water from the ground or polluting the planet with plastic bottles.” One obvious obstacle would appear to be air pollution, which has become a widespread cause for concern in some of the world’s major cities. In the UK for example, research by Imperial College London found lead, which is toxic to the human body, still present in the city’s air in 2021 despite it being banned in 1999. However, this may not matter. A study conducted by scientists from Israel’s Tel Aviv University found that even in urban areas such as Tel Aviv, it is possible to extract drinking water to a standard set by the World Health Organization. In other words, clean water can be converted from air that is dirty or polluted. Watergen’s generators can produce up to 6,000 litres of drinking water a day Watergen’s largest machines can provide 6,000 litres of water in a day. It has already been used to support entire hospitals in the Gaza Strip and rural villages in central Africa, where people would otherwise have to walk

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Finding answers to the world’s drinking water crisis hours to find water. It also helped Australia’s government battle devastating bush fires in 2020 that killed 34 people and destroyed 3,500 homes. “This is not just about saving

Deadly pollution According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than two billion people only have access to water that is contaminated with faeces. Just one sip puts them at

oceans. Icebergs contain some of the world’s purest water as the glaciers they come from formed thousands of years ago. The giant blocks of ice can be a hazard to shipping and can damage marine ecosystems with huge volumes of freshwater when they melt. Harvesting them for profit first began in Canada, where it has become a big business along the country’s east coast. But the practice has now reached other parts of the world. Harvesting icebergs for fresh bottled water has become big business in Canada Entrepreneur and environmentalist, Abdulla AlShehi, is working with the United Arab Emirates’ iceberg project. Water scarcity poses a great risk in the country, as climate change brings with it rising temperatures There are two billion people around the world who do not have access to what is already one of the hottest places on the planet. to safe drinking water “On average a gigantic iceberg lives, it’s about improving the lives risk of illnesses such as cholera can provide a million people water of millions,” adds Mr Mirilashvili. and typhoid, and it estimates for 3-5 years,” he claims. “So why “Even in developed countries around 500,000 people a year die not take advantage of what nature some people don’t drink clean as a result. can offer us? I hope one day to water and it has a direct effect on When it comes to finding clean bring icebergs to the Arabian health and agriculture.” water there is a resource in our Peninsula.” Yet the journey poses risks. Due to their size icebergs can flip over in transit, causing fatal accidents. They must be also wrapped in specially designed insulated material to reduce the melting rate during the journey. It is no surprise that the process can therefore be expensive. The UAE Iceberg project will start by harvesting a smaller iceberg and taking it to Perth in Western Australia or Cape Town in South Africa. “The estimated cost ranges from $60-80m (£42-57m) and the full project will likely cost around $150-200m,” says Mr AlShehi.New Tech Economy is a series exploring how technological Watergen’s Michael Mirilashvili hopes to improve the lives of people innovation is set to shape the new emerging economic landscape. around the world Is the ocean the answer? While the kinks are still worked out of iceberg harvesting, there are other more reliable methods using the world’s oceans. In the past, many civilizations have removed salt from the seawater - a process called desalination - using heat. Nowadays, desalinisation is done using seawater reverse osmosis. Some governments own desalination plants that provide water to the population, while others rely on private firms to run them. Water provider giant Dupont, based in Delaware, processes 25 million US gallons (94 million litres) of water every minute at its plants around the world. “The process allows water to Watergen’s generators can produce up to 6,000 litres of drinking water pass through a filter while salts get a day separated. As a result, two streams

are generated, one with drinkable water and one with high levels of salt,” says Verónica García Molina, global market leader of DuPont Water Solutions. “The stream with high concentrations in salts is directed back to the sea, but thanks to proper dilution mechanisms and processes there is no impact in the sea.” Yet while modern plants may have little to no impact on the sea, the same cannot be said for older factories that still use less advanced desalination methods. These are still pumping high levels of brine back into the ocean which can wreak havoc on ecosystems by reducing oxygen levels and increasing salt content. A large majority of these older plants are located in the Middle East, where 55% of desalination brine is pumped back into the oceans. Another major criticism of desalination is that it takes a tremendous amount of energy to process seawater, usually driven by highly polluting fossil fuels. However, Ms Molina says advances in technology in recent years have made it one of the most viable solutions to solving water shortages around the world. “Energy required for seawater reverse osmosis has been reduced by more than three times in the last decades and today it consumes four-five times or less energy than the old thermal processes,” she adds. But it is not clear if these solutions will be enough. As global water resources grow increasingly scarce, the race is on for scientists to come up with other answers that have little to no impact on alreadystressed ecosystems. Source: BBC Quote According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than two billion people only have access to water that is contaminated with faeces. Just one sip puts them at risk of illnesses such as cholera and typhoid, and it estimates around 500,000 people a year die as a result. When it comes to finding clean water there is a resource in our oceans. Icebergs contain some of the world’s purest water as the glaciers they come from formed thousands of years ago. The giant blocks of ice can be a hazard to shipping and can damage marine ecosystems with huge volumes of freshwater when they melt. Harvesting them for profit first began in Canada, where it has become a big business along the country’s east coast. But the practice has now reached other parts of the world.


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Tokyo 2020: Nigeria set to win first medal in wrestling today By Amaechi Agbo

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eam Nigeria at the ongoing 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo Japan will today claim their first medal in wrestling as Blessing Oborududu fights in the final. The Commonwealth champion on Monday made history as the first Nigerian to reach the final of a wrestling event at the Olympics, after recording an impressive 7-2 victory against 2012 bronze medallist Battsetseg Soronzonbold of Mongolia in the last four clash. The 10-time African champion Oborududu will face top seed Tamyra Stock Mensah in Tuesday’s final, after the American World champion overpowered Ukraine’s Alla Cherkasova 10-4 in the first semi-final. Following her passage to the final, the 32-year-old is guaranteed a silver, at least – the first wrestling medal in the

country’s history at the Olympics. On her way to the final, Obourududu made light work of Elis Manolova in the round of 16, thrashing the Azerbaijani 13-2 via technical superiority, before securing a hard-fought 3-2 win against Meerim Zhumanazarova of Kyrgyzstan in the quarter-finals. After a cagey opening moment in her semi-final bout against the 2015 World champion Soronzonbold, the energetic Oborududu burst into action, taking down the 31-year-old Mongolian thrice to eventually win the first round 7-0. A late fight back saw Soronzonbold score two points, but Oborududu was never going to be denied a place in history as she ran out with a comfortable 7-2 win. The 2nd seed Oborududu will renew her rivalry with old foe Mensah, as they battle for the ultimate prize – gold medal, with the pair expected to get on the mat around 11.15am Nigerian time.

Blessing Oborudud lifted up after her fight on Monday

They last met at the 2019 World championships in Kazakhstan, with

the American getting the better of Oborududu on her way to the title.

D’Tigress crash out of Nigeria will win 2023 CHAN Olympics after Japan defeat Tournament - Pinnick Assures By Amaechi Agbo

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igeria’s senior women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, on Monday were defeated by their Japanese counterparts in the Tokyo Olympics and consequently crashed out of the 32nd edition the Summer Olympics after losing all their three preliminary matches. D’Tigress fell 102-83 to Japan, making it three losses from three games they played in Group B of the women’s group stage. The team lost to the U.S and France in their first and second games. The Japanese team proved too hot for the D’Tigress as they won 30-22 in the first quarter, relying mostly on three-pointers. D’Tigress worked to keep their heads in the game in the second quarter but unfortunately

fell 21-16 to Japan. Japan also took the third quarter, outscoring D’Tigress 33-19, relying more again on the three-points shots. By the fourth quarter, when D’Tigress seemed to have overcome their lethargy, winning 26-18, the Japanese who were playing their best game so far in the competition were home and dry. By then, they had successfully recorded 19 three-points shots to coast home to a great win. Japan team will now progress to the quarter-finals, having won two out of their three group games. The Nigerian team were making a return to the Olympics since the 2004 edition in Athens, Greece.

igeria will win the 7th edition of the Africa Nations Championship, CHAN in 2023, Nigeria Football Federation, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick has assured. Mr Pinnick who was in March elected into FIFA Council gave the assurance will speaking in television programme. The former Delta State Football Association Chairman noted that the era of the home-based Super Eagles qualifying for the tournament to make the number is over. “The next CHAN (Africa Nations Championship) we know we are going to win that trophy by God’s grace,” Pinnick said. “It is not just qualifying, that is a thing of the past.” He noted that the federation’s goal is to prepare the senior teams and make them formidable such that the players from the local league would be able to sign for too clubs when transfer offers come “Our goal is to prepare all the senior teams and that team will not just be feader team to the Super Eagles, but whenever they are traveling (on transfer) they should go for A-rated or highly B-rated teams,” he concluded. The 7th edition of the CHAN tournament

Pinnick is slated to hold in Algeria in January 2023. CAF announced on 10 September 2020 that the tournament had been rescheduled to January 2023, following the postponement of the 2020 African Nations Championship to 2021 and the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The home-based Eagles failed to qualify for the 2020 edition following their 4-3 aggregate loss to Togo in the qualifying series in 2919. They however, came third at the 2014 African Nations Championship, at the 2018 edition hosted in Morocco, Nigeria reached the final but lost 4–0 to the hosts.

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thletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN has announced a sevenman Medical and Anti-Doping Commission headed by Professor Ken Anugweje. Tonobock Okowa, President of the federation made the announcement Sunday in Tokyo on the side-lines of the disqualification on 10 Nigerian athletes from athletic events in the Tokyo Olympics. The ten athletes were disqualified due to their failure to undergo three out-of-competition tests before the Olympics commenced two weeks ago. The national governing body says the announcement of the members of the new commission becomes very necessary as the AFN is determined to ensure Nigeria is removed from the unwanted categorisation as one of World Athletics member federations deemed to have the highest doping risk and considered as a threat to the overall integrity of the sport. ‘The commission has been charged with the responsibility of ensuring Nigeria is, within a reasonable period of time, removed from the list of seven countries World Athletics and the Athletics Integrity Unit have named to have the highest doping risk and considered as a threat to the overall integrity of athletics,’ said Okowa. ‘They are also to ensure appropriate anti-doping measures are in place in accordance with World Athletics anti-doping rules so that the federation can prevent a repeat of the disqualification of our athletes at global international competitions.’ The AFN also apologised to the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, the Youth and Sports Minister, Sunday Dare and indeed all Nigerians for the unsavoury event which led to the inability of 10 track and field athletes to compete at the ongoing Olympics. ‘As a new board, we have to take responsibility for the inaction of our predecessors and assure Nigerians that appropriate measures will always be taken at all times and in compliance with relevant World Athletics competition and anti-doping rules to protect our athletes,’ he said. Others members of the commission are Doctors Paul Onyido, Femi Ayorinde, Effi Usen and Bukola Bojuwoye as well as the technical director of the federation (yet to be appointed) while Inwang Israel Mfon will serve as the commission’s secretary.

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he Nigeria Football Federation, NFF have confirmed that the Super Eagles Team B also referred to as the Home-based Eagles will play a four-nation invitational tournament in October, this year, Bestchoicesport.com.ng

can report. NFF President, Amaju Pinnick who confimed this in a television interview with Arise News however did not provide details on the dates of the competition. “By God’s grace, we are arranging a four-nation invitational sometime in

October and they (agents) are still to sound on me on whether we should extend invitation to Canada or bring in an African team so it will be an all-African affair. “We are working on that,” the FIFA Council member said. Super Eagles B Team on July 4, 2021 lost 4-0 to Mexico in an

international friendly match in USA. Despite the heavy defeat suffered by the team made up of Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL players, the federation has declared its readiness to organise more competitions to keep the team together.

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uper Eagles hitman, Victor Osimhen scored a brace as Napoli defeated Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich 3-0 in a pre-season game at the Alianz Arena on Saturday. Victor Osimhen scored a brace as Napoli defeated Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich 3-0 in a pre-season game at the Alianz Arena on

Saturday. Osimhen put the Blues ahead in the 69th minute after he was set up by Adam Ounas. The Nigeria international scored his second of the game two minutes later following an assist from Ounas. The 22-year-old has now scored seven goals in three pre-season outings for Luciano

Spalleti’s side. The forward scored 10 goals and provided three assists in 24 league appearances for Napoli last season. Substitute Zinédine Machach netted Napoli’s third goal of the game five minutes from time. Napoli have now scored 16 goals without conceding in three games.

The Partenopei will face Polish side Wisla Krakow in their final pre-season game next week Tuesday at the Stadion Miejski im. Henryka Reymana. They will open their 2021/22 campaign with an home game against Venezia on Sunday, August 22.

NFF holds emergency congress in Edo By Amaechi Agbo

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he Nigeria Football Federation, NFF has announced August 8th, 2021 as the date for the ExraOrdinary General Congress, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.

The congress which coincides with the final of the 2021 Aiteo Cup will hold in Edo State with agenda centred on the amendment of the federation’s statutes. In a release on July 29, 2021 signed by the NFF Secretary General, Dr Ibrahim Sanusi addressed to “All delegates,

State Football Association, referees, leagues, coaches, and players union,” and scheduled to commence by 10 am prompt, listed “amendment of the 2010 NFF Statutes” as the only agenda to be discussed. Nasarawa United will battle Bayelsa United in the Aiteo Cup

final. The amendment of the 2010 Statutes is coming on the heal of pressure mounted by the Professional Footballers Association of Nigeria, PFAN on the need to amend the rules as the 2022 elections into the excutive board of the NFF approcahes.

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he United States beat Mexico 1-0 in extra time to win the Concacaf Gold Cup for a seventh time Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson headed in after 118 minutes in Las Vegas, his third international goal. The US win is their first in the

tournament for North American, central American and Caribbean countries since 2017. “I don’t know really what happened - some crazy emotions but I’m happy we got the W,” said Robinson. “We were focusing a lot on set pieces. I knew if I could get open, I

could finish one and Kellyn [Acosta] put a perfect ball in so I had to finish it.” Mexico - the only nation to have won the tournament more often than the US - had the better of the first half and had a promising chance saved when a Rogelio Funes Mori header was

turned round the post by US keeper Matt Turner. Paul Arriola was in on the Mexico goal for the US shortly afterwards but hit the outside of the post, although the miss did not ultimately prove costly as his side went on to win.


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uper Eagles attacker, Henry Onyekuru has joined Greek giants Olympiacos on a permanent deal from Ligue 1 club Monaco The 24-year-old signed a four-year deal with the Greek league champions over the weekend “The Olympiacos FC announces the acquisition of international ace, Henry Onyekuru . The Nigerian, born on June 5, 1997 in Lagos, was acquired by Monaco while signing a four-year contract,” the club confirmed on their website. The versatile winger spent the second half of last season on loan at Turkish Super Lig club Galatasaray. The Nigeria international spent five years at Aspire Academy before linking up with Belgian Pro League outfit KAS Eupen in 2015. His 30 goals in 60 games with the Belgians attracted several clubs with Everton acquiring their rights in 2017. The player spent the next two seasons on loan at Anderlecht and Galatasaray. As he does not secure a work permit in England, Onyekuru moves to Monaco, where he plays for half a season. This was followed by two more loans in Galatasaray, with which he celebrated the conquest of a championship and a Cup. Taye Taiwo and Oduamadi

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o be candid I was surprised to see pictures of now suspended deputy commissioner of Police (DCP) A. K. with Obi Cubana at the Oba ‘show’ apparently enjoying himself with a wine-filled glass. In another Oba photo, he wore the Ankara ‘aso ebi’ dress which is usually reserved for family members and close associates of the bereaved. In both cases he was surrounded by a motley crowd happily posing for the cameras. He described Obi Cubana, a billionaire night club owner, as ‘’a friend and brother” whom he had known for years; in which case we may conjecture that he also visits his club? DCP K. also let it be known in a post that he had attended another similar event of a mutual friend of the two of them (Obi and K.). My surprise stems from my belief that policemen involved in criminal investigations are discreet people, not given to showing off, much less public showmanship. When I related my discontent about K’s appearance there to a friend, the friend said he must have gotten approval from his superiors to be at Oba. Police officers do attend social occasions, outside the Police Mess alright, but they do not mingle with the crowd as such. They appear on the scene, greet the celebrant or host and leave within a few minutes (looks like times of changed though). Replying to another photo post of him in Dubai, DCP K boasted that he sponsored himself to Dubai. It is obvious he loved the limelight (as do most men) as he was always seen with a phone apparently snapping at will for social media consumption. The photographs range from his exploits on the job, through family members’ (wife, children, and siblings’) private outings with him, to attendance of social gatherings as the aforementioned. These were generously splashed on his social media page. He soon became a celebrity as every of his post was lifted and splashed online, in social media, the most popular of which is opera news. That is why online and traditional media, including the social media have no problem getting pictures with

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By VICTORIA NGOZI IKEANO vikeano@yahoo.co.uk 08033077519 which to illustrate stories about him. They have them aplenty, of various shades, from his personal posts. A psychologist can decipher his character by analysing his numerous posts. DCP K. is perhaps the first modern-day celebrity cop in Nigeria. The nearest to this was the former public relations officer of the Zone Two police command with headquarters in Onikan, Lagos. We often saw pictures of herself as well as statements/ releases about the zone’s activities. This is understandable, given that she was the spokesperson and hence, face of Zone Two. However, her social media exposure was nowhere near that of DCP K. None of the Police public relations officers in all the states and zonal commands nor the Force Public relations officer at the Abuja headquarters enjoys any celebrity status as does DCP K. He was his team’s (IGP Intelligence Response Team) ‘PRO’, showing its exploits with photos to the world on his personal social media handle, something that should be left to the Police public relations department. No doubt, DCP K’s achievements in cracking many high profile criminal cases made him popular and earned him the respect of many too. Apparently,

he sought to leverage on this through his social media page and seeing the adulation, followership he was getting there, he dug deeper into social media fame and began to rub shoulders with other celebrities of whatever hue, wherein he began to post literally anything that would, it appeared, enable him maintain that status – picture of himself or his family in the cutest wears (in uniform or out of it) in the cutest environment and the cutest circle of friends. It seemed that the more narcissistic he became, as he became fixated with social media adoration with conceit (a characteristic of celebrities) seeping in, he soon forgot the etiquette especially for a crime buster as himself that one should dine with the devil with a long spoon. His failure to heed this adage, blindfolded apparently by the hailing mob who splash his photo everyday with every single post of his on their social media portals, blogs was his Achilles’ heel. The same hailing mob whose admiration he seemingly curried are the same mob that are leading him to the executioner’s site with their damaging social media stories. He now finds himself in a celebrity mess, cut off from his ‘beloved’ social media posts because, now under suspension, he is obviously debarred from posting anything pending

DCP K. is said to be a patriotic, dutiful, police officer given the awards he garnered for cracking many hard criminal cases.

conclusion of the investigation about celebrity yahoo boy, Hushpuppi’s allegation against him. For celebrities, being constantly visible in the social media is like an elixir to them. You can well imagine the depressive state of this celebrity super cop, DCP K. He may use this time to reflect on his life, on his singular mistakes and learn from it. It is not the end of life for him but it is a big blow given the wide world web of the internet/social media and its permanence. My wish for him is that he comes out of this a reformed, changed and better human being. DCP K. is said to be a patriotic, dutiful, police officer given the awards he garnered for cracking many hard criminal cases. The true yardstick for measuring patriotism or loyalty is love for the cause. If one is driven by genuine love for a certain cause, (for example, to help make Nigeria a better place by ridding it of hardened criminals) then this love literally envelopes the person and overrides every other consideration. Where this love for the cause is lacking, then the patriotism, dutifulness, loyalty is not genuine, not skin deep but borne of some material, earthly consideration, ambition. The Nigeria Police may wish to review social media rules for its personnel in general. Police officers should not out rightly court celebrity status.

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