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Relief as PHCN workers suspend strike By Etuka Sunday


illions of Nigerians got a feeling of relief yesterday when the nationwide strike embarked

upon earlier hours of the day by workers of the privatised Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) was suspended. The PHCN workers had made good their threat to down tools

and shut down power facilities across the country to protest the federal government’s failure to pay up their entitlements ahead of last Monday’s handover of the electricity installations to the

new private owners. Reports reaching us early yesterday indicated that the electricity workers had shut down some of the facilities, thereby throwing several parts

of the country in total blackout. However, electricity was restored to most of the affected areas by evening yesterday following the suspension of the Contd. on Page 2

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Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, alighting from a plane yesterday at the Aminu Kano International, in Kano, during his arrival from United Arab Emirates where he went for medical treatment.

Jubilation in Kano as Emir Bayero returns

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Apo killings: Senate grills NSA, service chiefs, others By Ikechukwu Okaforadi


enate yesterday interrogated the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) as well as the service chiefs and the heads of the intelligence agencies in the country over the alleged extra judicial killings in the Apo District of Abuja, which at least nine residents death. Others interrogated were the Director General of Department for State Security, Ita Ekpeyong, Director General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Ezekiel Olaniyi Oladeji, Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar (represented), Chief of Army Staff, Azubuike Ihejirika, Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ade Abolurin, among others.

The meeting between the security agencies and the Senate Joint Committee on Intelligence, National Security, Judiciary and Human Rights, which was held behind closed doors, was part of the Senate’s efforts to unravel the facts on whether those killed in Apo, Abuja were Boko Haram members or innocent squatters. Our reporter was however unable to get the details of the submissions of the security chiefs. Meanwhile, Senate President David Mark had in his opening remarks at the commencement of the investigative hearing, promised adequate protection for those who wish to give testimonies that would help to unravel the facts behind the disturbing incident. Mark also urged those who have some explanations to make regarding the issue to come forward

without fear of persecution. He reassured that nothing would be swept under the carpet in the quest to unravel the circumstances surrounding the killing of the Apo Nine, who the security agents accuse of being members of the dreaded Boko Haram. “There will be no biases, no sentiments and we have no preconceived idea. All we are interested in is to get to the root of the matter. We are approaching the matter with an open mind in order to get the facts so that justice would be done”, Mark assured. He also warned that the investigative exercise does not call for blame game, pointing out that it is time to find the facts, saying “we must hear from all sides of the divide so that we can establish the truth and proffer solutions to the

crises”. While lamenting the ceaseless cases of insurgency in the country, Mark reminded Nigerians that the war against terrorism should be seen as a collective fight b everybody if the battle must be won. He lamented that the current security situation has become worrisome and intolerable just as he lamented that the society has become so bad that one does not know who is a terrorist. Earlier on, Chairman of the joint committee, Senator Mohammed Magoro said the committee will do its job honestly, justly, fairly and with the fear God. He said that all parties to the crises would be given fair hearing without bias, fear or favour. The committee has one week to complete its investigation on

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head of the October 7 final peace meeting among the warring factions of the Peoples Democratic party [PDP], Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu of Niger state has alleged plot by some people in Abuja to cause confusion in his state. The governor who made the allegation yesterday in Minna, while launching 55 Toyota Hiace Buses purchased with SURE-P money for the 25 local government areas of the state, said some few disgruntled elements from the

state were rushing to Abuja to collect money in order to cause confusion in the state”, stressing that “this was because majority of the people of the state are behind the struggle to reform our party’’. According to the chairman of the Northern State Governors Forum (NSGF), “if PDP is democratic, Nigeria will be democratic; no section of the country should feel isolated or intimidated and no leader of any section of the country should feel intimidated”. He went on to state that: “We know that in any struggle or negotiation the other interest

may come in; we are aware there were some few who went to Abuja on weekly or daily basis to collect money, it is their own share of the national cake. Dr. Aliyu maintained that what the G7 governors and new PDP was asking for, was “let our party be democratic; nobody should come and turn our party to a dictatorship. nobody should turn a party into a personal fiefdom; that is all we said and stood by it’’. On the 2015 elections, he said that the time will come to pass and “we know that none of us who is in position of whatever,

even a messenger or a cleaner is put there by God. So what will be will be. Therefore, for those who are thinking that they may want to come to cause confusion in Niger state, because they have collected some money from Abuja, we are waiting for them, both democratically and security wise”. The state government purchased the 55 Toyota Hiace buses at the cost of N434,500million which was distributed to the 25 local government areas for commercial ventures to alleviate the sufferings of rural commuters.

FG withdraws sponsorship of 6 Niger Delta youth in Russia university


he Federal Government has withdrawn sponsorship of six Niger Delta student-delegates in the Peoples Friendship University in Russia. This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja from the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on

Niger Delta Affairs and signed by Mr Daniel Alabrah, the Head of Media and Communication in the office. The statement said the withdrawal followed the studentdelegates’ involvement in an attack on the Nigerian Embassy in Moscow on Sept. 30.

According to the statement, six of the 24 student-delegates studying in the university under a special scholarship scheme for Niger Delta youth were found to be behind the condemnable act. It quoted Kuku as saying that the incident at the Mission resulted in

the arrest of 16 student-delegates by the Russian police. “Six of the students breached the code of conduct they all signed before their departure from Nigeria and this amounts to gross misconduct that the Nigerian government cannot tolerate. (NAN)

Relief as PHCN workers suspend strike Contd. from Front Page strike action after the federal government had agreed to pay over 38,000 of the workers before the end of this week. The resolution of the lingering labour dispute on the PHCN privatisation followed a decisive meeting between the workers’ union and the power sector reform implementation committee. The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) thereafter decided to suspend its action and protest, in deference to the government’s promise to ensure prompt payment of entitlements to its members. Permanent Secretary, Power Ministry, Dr. Godknows Igali, who announced the resolution of the

dispute, said the implementation committee has resolved all contending issues and promised that before the end of this week, at least 38,000 workers would have had their payments. In a statement by the Deputy Director/Head of Press in the ministry, Timothy Oyedeji, Dr. Igali blamed the “few hitches” experienced in the course of the exercise on the large number of people involved, saying that the government had enough funds for the process, but is being careful in ensuring that money was not paid into wrong accounts. He commended labour for its show of patriotism just as he pointed out that of the 47,000 staff, so far 45,366 persons

have been captured even as he promised that the remaining persons would be done when the Office of the Accountant General finalises its processes. Also speaking at the end of the negotiation, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Jonah Otunla, reiterated government’s resolve to honour all its obligations to the PHCN workers. Responding, Comrade Joe Ajaero, who spoke on behalf of the Union, blamed the government for sending wrong signals, saying that on the part of labour, the hope is that in two weeks, the authorities should complete the payment process. He urged all members of the

union nationwide to suspend the strike action and protest to give room to the government to fulfill its promise. Earlier, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo had appealed to the union to be patient with the government as it tries to resolve the anomaly, saying that the handover done on Monday was only ceremonial. The minister who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media/Communication, Kande Daniel, said “the union must have been misled by some newspaper reports on the issue,” stressing that “what happened on Monday was not a physical handover but just an issuance of certificates and licences to the private investors.”




Chief Medical Director, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Dr Peter Alabi (left), personally monitoring the few medics offering services at the hospital for effective healthcare delivery following the strike by resident doctors at the Pediatrics Out-Patient Department, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN

Jubilation as Emir returns to Kano From Mustapha Adamu, Kano.


housands of well-wishers gathered at Mallam Aminu Kano Airport to well come the emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who had travelled to United Arab Emirate for medical check-up. The Emir who was accompanied by his two sons, Alhaji Lamido Sunusi Ado Bayero

and Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero, arrived at the airport at 3:55 pm. On arrival, the Emir was received by the Kano state government representatives. Thousands of residents gathered at the road side to welcome the Emir with different kinds of displays and exhibitions. At the Emirs palace, residents gathered along the roads to welcome the Emir.

NUT gives tips to end ASUU strike By Maryam Garba Hassan


ational President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, (NUT) Comrade Micheal Olukoya, has given the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) some tips towards ending the 92 days old ASUU strike. Olukoyawho gave the tips yesterday in Abuja during the union’s meeting with the supervising minister, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike and his Labour

counterpart, Emeka Wogu, said the idea of bulk-passing must stop as the country must come first in whatever the government is doing. He said, “why not call notable Nigerians to intervene in the impasse? There are Nigerians that President Goodluck Jonathan listens to. Those Nigerians include elder state men, past presidents and heads of state, governors, past ministers and many others. The government should call powerful voices in the country to

intervene" "We must be concerned with the quality of graduates we churn out every year. “Nigeria is not ranking among the first 100 in the world when it comes to education. We have to assist the Nigerian child by doing the right thing at the right time." Concerning whether the union was still going on its proposed strike, the President said those at the meeting were a delegation from teachers and will have to go back and hear from their colleagues.

…TUC urges stakeholders to look beyond personal ego


he President - General of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr. Boboi Kaigama says Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) should put aside personal ego and resolve their impasse. Kaigama, who said this at a news conference on Wednesday in Jalingo, urged both parties to consider the plight of students

and their parents in the present strike by lecturers. He disclosed that TUC and Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) were working toward ensuring that FG and ASUU reached an understanding that would prevent a recurrent of the incident. “The Federal Government signed agreement with ASUU

since 2009 and allowed it to accumulate over a period of time and it has become difficult to meet now. “From 2009, when the agreement was made to now, about N400 billion is supposed to be injected into the university system to tackle the issues gradually but nothing was done. (NAN)

Reconciliation: Tukur, Baraje's groups disagree over Oct. 7th parley By Lawrence Olaoye


he reconciliation efforts by President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday suffered a fresh setback when the breakaway faction consisting of the seven aggrieved governors on the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), led by Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, disclosed that it would not honour the October 7 parley at the Presidential villa. This is coming as the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur-led faction told newsmen that the October date would be decisive for the party. Briefing newsmen shortly after the National Working Committee (NWC)'s meeting yesterday, the National Publicity

Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh said, "we have already engaged in a reconciliation agenda as espoused by the National Chairman when he came to the office and we have been touring the country and doing it. “We discussed the efforts and how we can continue. We mentioned our aggrieved brothers, we have left it for the meeting of October 7 to know how best to handle it. "The National Working Committee met and we hope that we will be able to achieve full reconciliation with our aggrieved brothers. “But this party is bigger than any person or any group and PDP will survive all interests. This is a national party; the custodians

of the party administration are ready and capable to handle all matters that affect this party after the peace meeting." However, the new PDP under Baraje said that it would not be able to attend the meeting because most of the members would not be available. It added that it has sent an emissary to President Goodluck Jonathan, to seek a postponement of the reconciliation meeting billed for next week Monday, October 7. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, the new PDP said, "this decision was taken last night during the caucus meeting of the New PDP held at the Adamawa state Government

Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, during which it was discovered that the date of the proposed peace meeting clashes with this year’s Hajj, in which several of our key members are billed to participate. “Our National Chairman, Alhaji Baraje, and most of our other key members, including most of the G7 Governors and the five other governors that have indicated interest to join us by next week, as well as members of the National Assembly, former governors, and business moguls, are billed to perform the Hajj, which is already in operation. "Alhaji Baraje, the progressive governors and other stakeholders performing the Hajj have been mandated to use the opportunity offered by the Holy pilgrimage to

pray for the restoration of peace and unity in our great party, PDP, as well as in our dear country, Nigeria. "We thank Nigerians for their understanding and support, while appealing for continued prayers for the restoration of peace as there can be no progress in an atmosphere of chaos. The fact remains that we are not only committed to restore peace to our party but resolute about it." The new PDP added that its leaders were committed to ensuring that "our current struggle does not end as an exercise in futility, but would achieve the set objectives of restoring our party to the path of honour and greatness."

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FCT area councils: Mixed reactions trail lifting of embargo on land allocation I By Adeola Tukuru

t was like a dream come true for residents living in the six area councils of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), when the Minister of FCT, Senator Bala Mohammed early last month lifted the embargo on plots allocation, saying cadastral zones within the area councils have been surveyed and demarcated to enable the council chairmen, in conjunction with their respective Land Allocation Committees, allocate residential plots to individuals. This came as a celebration to some residents. However, the action has elicited mixed reactions from some officials in the area councils as well as other members of the public, who believe that the pronouncement was false, on the grounds that the Abuja Geographical Information System (AGIS), which is under the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) is solely in charge of land allocation while the area councils are meant to only prepare the schedule. The Chief Town Planning Officer in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Malam Adamu S. Ibrahim, in an exclusive interview with Peoples Daily, explained that the land allocation exercise in the FCT is being handled by AGIS. According to him, the whole story on lifting of embargo on plots allocation is just an “eye service” thing, adding that if the FCTA actually meant its words, it should allow area councils benefit from the revenue generated by the FCTA and allow AMAC and other area council have 100% of the allocation. Before the advent of Nasir el-Rufa’i’s administration as FCT Minister, area council’s chairmen used to allocate plots of land to prospective residents for development but the el-Rufa’i administration stopped it and arrogated that sole power only on the FCT minister. The former minister’s action followed growing public outcry against the last minute allocation of plots at the twilight of expresident Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime in May 2007, by el-Rufa’i. It would be recalled that the erstwhile FCT minister allegedly revoked and allocated some parcels of choice lands in the FCT, at the twilight of his administration to his successor, Dr. Aliyu Modibbo Umar. Nasir el-Rufa’i’s action generated public ire and unprecedented condemnation, which prompted the National Assembly to probe the land revocations and re-allocations effected by that administration. Similarly, President Umaru

Yar’Adua was also said to have been inundated with series of complaints and petitions that almost embarrassed him and who, according to reports allegedly decided to inquire into the matter with a view to resolving it amicably. Residents have expressed worry over the fate of the original land beneficiaries, who would most likely lose out from the new policy as well as those latter allottees who might have developed or improved on their lands or properties. The present minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, who lifted the embargo last month, explained that a total of 2,081 plots have been carved out for allocation within the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) i.e 1,400 plots in Bwari Area Council; 918 plots in Abaji Area Council; 904 plots in Kuje Area Council; 804 plots in Gwagwalada; and 631 plots in Kwali Area Council. He said additional parcels of lands demarcated would be allocated by the Land Use Allocation Committee in the Councils, stating that some of these plots would be used to compensate and resettle victims of double allocation whose cases have been established by the Committee. He also inaugurated the reconstituted Land Use and Allocation Committee of the FCT Administration, chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, John Obinna Chukwu. While pointing out that only the council chairmen are allowed to allocate residential plots, Mohammed charged them to ensure that they do not exclude or unduly favour anybody on the basis of ethnic, religious, geographical or political considerations. According to him, “They should allocate to Nigerians across board,” while urging them to imbibe the culture of justice and equity. A community Secretary of Kpaduma, Simon Baba Yerima

Some Abuja indigenes protesting and seeking for a special status for FCT recently

lauded the FCTA administration, stating that the initiative is a good one, considering the fact that the area councils have the right and the autonomy to allocate lands to the residents of the FCT and also considering the lack of accommodation in FCT. However, he advised that: “There should be a lower housing scheme for residents at the lower level, because not everybody can afford to build a house in Asokoro , Wuse or Garki in the city centre, generally; so there should be a lower standard, to allow the lower-class who can afford it to build”. According to him, every file on allocation or layout of every area council goes to the AGIS, which is under FCDA office, for approval. “My fear is that afterwards, if the minister leaves office, another minister who comes into office might come and revoke them.

On the consequences of the recent minister’s action, Baba asked: “How are the area councils sure that the policy will be retained and sustained?” adding that the FCTA should provide access roads for the development of the area councils, which involves a lot of capital.

“I recall when the past administration of the FCT minister, under Malam Nasir el-Rufa’i, said the area councils do not have the right to allocate land, but now the present minister has lifted the ban; so there is the need for the policy to be retained and sustained, such that whosoever is coming in as the minister should respect the policy, so that things will move smoothly”, he said. On the consequences of the recent minister’s action, Baba asked: “How are the area councils sure that the policy will the retained and sustained?” adding that the FCTA should provide access roads for the development of the area councils, which involves a lot of capital. “FCT should do the roads on area councils’ layout, and then the area councils can construct the buildings”, he stated. Recently, the House of Representatives mandated an adhoc committee to probe alleged irregularities in the allocation of plots of land to corporate organisations and individuals by the FCT administration. Titled: “Need to Investigate Improper Allocation and Cases of Land Racketeering in the Mass Housing Scheme, Land Swap Scheme and Allocation of Commercial and Residential Plots by the FCT from 2010 - Date”, the motion was sponsored by Hon. Ibrahım Tukur El-Sudi (Taraba-PDP). Leading debate on the motion, El-Sudi noted that in utilising his powers, the Minister of FCT approved

the allocation of commercial and residential plots to both corporate institutions and

FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed

individuals within the approved various initiatives such as the Mass Housing and Land Swap Schemes, under which several hectres of land have been allocated to corporate entities. He, however, expressed worry that the allocations in the past 4 years have generated widespread concerns from informed Nigerians. It remains to be seen whether the delicate issue of some of those surveyed and demarcated additional parcels of land in areas to be allocated by the Land Use Allocation Committee within the councils would be used to compensate and resettle victims of double allocation whose cases have been established.




Jonathan not competent to facilitate national confab – northern groups

 Warn on pre-determined dialogue, censorship From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos & Femi Oyelola, Kaduna


he Joint Action Committee of Northern Groups (JACONG), has warned Nigerians to be wary of the goals of the National Dialogue being planned by President Jonathan’s administration. The committee gave the warning in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in Kaduna yesterday. According to the statement, in the context of current challenges which the nation and the administration face, the most

logical conclusion is that dialogue is being planned to achieve predetermined and narrow political goals which is far from easing the stresses and tensions pervading the nation. According to the statement, “the excuse that Nigerians need to talk is being used to process political goals. “It is a wrong move from the wrong quarters. The Presidency is not a suitable facilitator of a forum which should involve critical assessment of our polity, economy and the record of the administration itself. “Its involvement in this venture will divert its attention

from serious issues around governance; and divert attention of the nation from major deficits in its performance”. JACONG advised President Goodluck Jonathan to deploy greater efforts towards improving the security of lives of citizens particularly in parts of the North which have become virtual killing fields. “He should deploy stronger political will to stop crude oil theft, and achieve a visible improvement in managing the economy. “He could also explore the application of the dialogue option to the internal crises in his

party which are creating serious tensions in the country. “The funds that will be spent on the proposed dialogue will be better utilised towards resolving the current crises in the education sector, which is now responsible for the closure of most universities and polytechnics”, the groups said. Meanwhile, the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO) has warned against possible government censorship of the advisory committee set up by Jonathan to develop modalities for the proposed National Conference and Dialogue.

NACOMYO said any censorship under the guise of "government White Paper" upon the committee's submission of its report would make a mockery of the exercise. The NACOMYO National President, Alhaji Kamal'ddin Akintunde, described membership of the committee as comprising men of integrity. Akintunde who spoke with our correspondent in Lagos said the proposed conference is the best that could have happened at addressing, ethnic, religious and political-induced violence, posing threat to Nigeria survival as a nation.

Boko Haram: Court reserves Nov.1 to hear Ndume’s appeal

T L-R: Minister of Agriculture Akinwumi Adesina, Minister of Niger Delta Peter Orubebe and Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, yesterday at the State House, in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

Satellite isolates insurgent camps in Borno as Army launches offensive From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri


ilitary troops have commenced air and ground bombardment of Boko Haram new camps in Nigeria vast northeast states of Yobe and Borno, security source told newsmen yesterday. Our correspondent reports that in what appeared to be preparedness for the assault on the insurgents' hide-outs' there have been mass movements of security forces, military vehicles, armored tanks, fighter jets, combat helicopter and other military hardware into the two states. The source said military troops were moved into the areas

following upsurge of attacks and killing along the DamaturuMaiduguri road and other major routes in the areas. “There is air bombardment on Boko Haram camps now and troops are also combing the Benisheik-Damboa axis in Borno with Goniri, Gujba Local Government in Yobe state," the source said. Both Benisheik, a small community along MaiduguriDamaturu road and Gujba, south of Damaturu, the Yobe State capital have witnessed persistent attacks including the killing of over 100 travelers mid September and massacre of 40 college students by suspected Boko Haram insurgents. “Thank God the operation is

recording some successes though it is still on going. “Our bosses want the operation to be discreet,” another Army personnel stated, adding that, “the military resolved to use satellite this time around having identified the movement of the insurgents. They have been moving from one point to another but we have got their location now. “Our colleagues are there and I believe they will get the terrorists,” he said. in a related development, spokesman for the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Lt-Col. Sagir Musa, yesterday said large quantities of explosives recovered from Boko Haram terrorists would be destroyed

tomorrow. Musa said in a press statement that, “following the discovery of large quantities of unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) during Operation BOYONA, the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army will conduct a demolition exercise of unexploded bombs at Chabbal General area, along Maiduguri-Gubio road. “In view of the aforementioned, the Division wishes to inform members of the public, particularly herdsmen, those living and farming around the general area as well as motorists plying the Gubio road not to panic on seeing mass movement of troops, vehicles and sound of explosions during the exercise.

he Court of Appeal yesterday in Abuja reserved November 1 for the hearing of an appeal in a no-case submission filed by Mohammed Ndume. Ndume is standing trial on terrorism related charges at the Federal High Court, Abuja. Justice Amiru Sanusi reserved the date after Mr Rickey Tarfa (SAN), counsel to the applicant, withdrew an earlier motion to stay the trial at the Federal High Court, pending the determination of the appeal. Sanusi held that the withdrawal of the motion gave the appellate court the power to deal with the substantive appeal. “Already, the parties have filed their briefs in relation to the main appeal; in the circumstance the matter is reserved for Nov.1 for definite hearing,’’ he remarked. Ndume is also challenging Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court decision to admit all the DVDs and 73 call data as evidence to be used against him. He is accused of sponsoring the Boko Haram sect and failing to disclose the cell phone number of a spokesman of the sect, Ali Sanda Umar Konduga, which was in his (Ndume’s) possession. (NAN)








NARD strike: Skeletal services in Lagos, Bauchi hospitals From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi with agency reports


s the nationwide indefinite strike embarked upon by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) entered its second day, skeletal services were being provided on Wednesday at some hospitals in Lagos. A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) check at the hospitals indicated that consultants were attending to patients at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba.

Agency, stakeholders partner to improve information technology sector By Agaju Madugba

• As Kebbi doctors join The situation was the same at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, and the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos. Dr. Emeka Ugwu, President of the association’s LUTH chapter, told NAN in Lagos that they joined the strike yesterday. His LASUTH counterpart, Dr. Oluwajimi Shodipo, said there was an ongoing deliberation to decide whether to join the

strike or not as he said that some doctors were still working at the hospital. Dr. Olugbenga Owoeye, a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, said that the resident doctors at the hospital joined the strike at midnight on Tuesday. The NARD had directed its members nationwide to proceed on an indefinite strike from Tuesday. Its President, Dr Jibril Abdullahi, gave the directive

at a media briefing in Kano, and expressed regrets over the untold hardship the decision might cause Nigerians. Abdullahi said NARD was protesting what it described as the poor funding of the residency training of its members. But doctors serving in Bauchi state government hospitals on Wednesday attended to patients on the first day of the strike action by National Association of Resident Doctors. A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who visited the different arms of the Bauchi State Specialist Hospital reported that normal services

Kwankwaso appeals to ASUU over strike From Edwin Olofu, Kano


overnor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso of Kano state has urged the Academic Union of Universities (ASUU) to sort out the contentious issues with the Federal Government amicably, lamenting that the union’s on-going strike has adversely affected the nation’s

progress. He described strike actions as “almost old fashioned” in settling labour disputes across the world. He contended that there are massive socio-economic implications of embarking on strikes as he pointed out that the ASUU strike has caused untold hardship to students and their

parents. Kwankwaso spoke during the foundation stone laying ceremony of Mariya Sanusi ultramodern threatre complex at Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano city. He appealed to the union to be more realistic in its demands and call off the strike in the collective interest of Nigerians.


he National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has instituted a scholarship scheme for advanced studies in various fields of Information Technology. According to the NITDA Acting Director General, Dr. Ashiru Sani Daura, 18 Nigerians are currently undergoing studies leading to the award of Ph.D in various universities across the globe. Ashiru spoke yesterday at an NITDA stakeholders’ meeting with major Information Technology firms in Nigeria. He said that for proper coordination of the scholars, the NITDA had started moves for the inauguration of a “college of scholars.” Ashiru explained that the measures were designed to build formidable human resources for the country that can compete globally in the knowledge economy. According to him, “you are well acquainted with how technology has helped many countries to build robust economies and brought many of their citizens out of poverty, to prosperity. “You are also aware that innovation is better handled by the private sector while the government and its organs provide enabling environment for various innovations to thrive from ideation process through incubatory stages to its commercialization.” Some of the resolutions at the end of the meeting included the call for establishment of technology-driven pilot projects in key sectors including health, agriculture, national security and education, among others.

were being rendered. At the Bauchi Urban Maternity Clinic and the hospital located along Bakin Kura road in Bauchi metropolis, most of the patients were not even aware that Doctors had commenced strike. “I have just been attended to by a doctor. As you can see, there are others patients here. I am just hearing from you that strike commenced today,” said one of the patients, Mohammed Ali. However, doctors at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), commenced strike in the early hours of Wednesday. A NAN correspondent who visited the hospital reported that only nurses and other health workers were on duty. The Kebbi state chapter of NARD also joined their counterparts in parts of the country to prosecute the strike. Speaking to Peoples Daily yesterday, Chairman of the Nigerian Medical association, Dr. Umar Garba Kangiwa, said that adequate strategy had been put in place to minimise the impact of the strike on patients. He explained that the strike action was NARD, an affiliate of the NMA.

INEC, NASRDA partner in constituency delineation By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

T L-R: President, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Micheal Alogba, supervising Minister of Education, Barrister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, and Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu, during NUT meeting with the two ministers to persuade NUT not to join ASUU’s strike, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Security: Nigeria holds joint military training with US, UK By Joy Baba with agency reports


igeria will today participate in a threeweek joint military training with special forces from The Netherlands, U.S., UK, Spain and Italy. The Director of Defence Information, Brig-Gen. Chris Olukolade, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. He said that the exercise would take place at the general area of the South-West and South-South coastal areas. Olukolade said the exercise,

• As EFCC hosts Interpol conference code named “AFRICAN WINDS,” is being spearheaded by the Nigerian Navy. “It will be facilitated by a combined Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) of Marines and Special Forces drawn from The Netherlands, United States, United Kingdom, Spain and Italy under the auspices of African Partnership Station (APS). Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is billed to hold a five-day global Interpol

seminar on Anti-Corruption, Financial Crimes and Asset Recovery later this month, at the EFCC Academy, Karu Abuja. Commandant of the EFCC Academy, Mr. Ayo Olowonihi, told journalists in Abuja yesterday during a preconference briefing that the international capacity building programme for anti-corruption operatives is expected to draw about 50 participants from nine Central Africa countries and 16 from West Africa.

he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), on the usage of satellite to conduct the forthcoming constituency delimitation exercise in the country. According to a news bulletin issued by the commission, the INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, in his speech at the occasion said for the commission to do an excellent job, it needed to partner with other sister organisations that had greater competence in terms of using high imagery resolution to cover the entire nation, so that together, they could do an excellent job for the country. Jega further stated that two bilateral committees had been reconstituted to drive the action plan. In his response, the DirectorGeneral of NASRDA, Seidu Mohammed, said they had assembled the best experts for the project, assuring INEC that as a strategic partner, NASRDA is prepared to give necessary support in making sure that the constituency delineation exercise succeeds.




N270m fraud: Inconclusive agreement stalls trial of Ajudua From Matthew Irinoye, Lagos


ustice Joseph Oyewole of a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, yesterday, adjourned the N270m fraud charge preferred against a Lagos lawyer, Fred Ajudua alongside his associate, Charles Orie by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to October 10, 2013 due to the involvement of counsels in the matter. At the resumed trial of the case on Wednesday, Ajudua’s lawyer, Charles Edosomwan

(SAN) informed the judge that consultation has been on between the EFCC and the defense team, with an addition that certain agreement had also been reached. Edosomwa, said that, “the unfortunate thing is that the said agreement has not been communicated to the prosecution counsel. I therefore urge your lordship to grant us a short adjournment”. Also aligning himself with the submission of the SAN, EFCC counsel, Olumuyiwa Balogun,

maintained that his client had not communicated any such agreement to him. It would be recalled that the EFCC had filed an appeal against the ruling of the same court presided over by a vacation judge, Justice Ganiyu Safari who had granted Ajudua bail in the sum of N50 million with two sureties in like sum on grounds of ill-health. The ailing Ajudua, alongside Orie were dragged before Justice Oyewole over alleged involvement in the defrauding of

two Dutch businessmen, Remy Cina and Pierre Vijgen to the tune of US$1.69 million (N270 million). In its Notice of Appeal before the Lagos division of the Court of Appeal Igbosere, the EFCC wants the appellate court to revoke the bail granted Ajudua on the reason that he may likely jump bail. The appellant also said that the defendant does not deserve any fresh bail since he had earlier evaded trial for seven years. Adding that Ajudua

might interfere with prosecution witnesses. EFCC also argued that the defendant did not make available before the court, any compelling medical report to give rise to the decision of the court in his favour.

Ombatse: Witness blames perceived grievances as reason for crisis From, Ali Abare Abubakar, Lafia


L-R: Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs, Dr. Habiba Lawal, Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Zainab Maina, and the Chairman, Senior Citizens Network Advocacy of Nigeria, Rear Admiral Christopher Sule (rtd), during the media briefing on the 2013 International Day of Older Persons, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Bauchi: Court orders BAHA to pay Youths urge govt to revisit Odu-Ofomu power project suspended lawmaker N2.6m From Omale Adama, Lokoja


he Federal and Kogi state Governments have been urged to revisit the Chinese Government-financed OduOfomu Power project in Dekina Local Government area of the state, abandoned about 10 years ago with a view to resuscitating it. Chairman of the OduOfomu Youths Development Association, Mr. Paul Ochaka made the call in an interview with newsmen in Odu-Ofomu, Kogi state, Wednesday Ochaka noted that the Project was a Federal Government one but financed by Chinese Government contracted out to Etcetera Limited in 2001. The project, he added, was completed in 2003 with all the poles mounted, cables laid and six electricity transformers “strategically installed.” The High Tension cables, he recounted, were equally stepped down but not connected to the national grid lamenting that with

10 years of abandonment, a great percentage of the poles and cables had fallen. “We therefore want to use this medium to appeal to the Federal and Kogi governments to revisit this infrastructure and rescue it from extinction”, he said. Ochaka noted that AnyigbaAgbeji-Ologba electricity project was already linked to the national grid saying that Odu-Ofomu could be linked to the grid through them. Alternatively however, he said, the state government could link the power project to the “functional rural power project in Odu ward 1 which is just two kilometres away”, in line with Governor Idris Wada’s rural transformation agenda. The association chairman also called on government to make rural communities happy by making its presence felt through provision of potable water, good roads and electricity among other amenities.

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he Bauchi High Court 2, has declared the suspension of Hon. Harasanu Yunusa Guyaba, member representing Kirfi state constituency by the State House of Assembly as illegal, null, void and of no effect. Just as it ordered the court to pay him over N2.6million Yunusa Guyaba was suspended from the House on November 9, 2006 for alleged misconduct on the orders of the then Speaker, Late Tanko Ibrahim Jalam through a motion of the House. Presided over by Justice Bitrus Sanga, the court ruled that the withholding of the plaintiff allowances on the unilateral orders of the 3rd defendant is illegal, null, void and of no effect The Court then ordered that the accumulative allowances of Hon. Harsanu Yunusa Guyaba amounting to N1, 166, 000 during the period of the purported

suspension be paid or released to him. Justice Bitrus Sanga similarly, ordered that the sum of N500, 000 be paid to the plaintiff as general damages that caused him embarrassment by the defendants jointly and severally. Guyaba led by his counsel, Barr. Dada M. Abejeme had, following his purported suspension gone to the Court, seeking its injunction against the suspension which he argued has not followed due process. He wants the Court to determine as to whether in view of Rule 58 Sub paragraph ‘H’ (b) page 71 of the Bauchi State House of Assembly Standing Orders 2003, the 3rd – 31 defendants can suspend the plaintiff as member of the House representing Kirfi constituency without investigation, notice and hearing backed up by resolution in form of recommendation by Ethics and Privileges committee of the House.

witness that appeared before the judicial commission of inquiry set up by the Nasarawa state government to investigate the circumstance leading to the brutal murder of scores of security peratives at Alakyo village, Abednego Abimiku, has traced the causes of the recurrent crises across the state to perceived grievances among the Eggon speaking people. Abimiku, a journalist, who appeared yesterday before the Justice Fola Gbadeyan (rtd) commission, told the panel under cross examination that the Eggon people resident in Agyaragu area, where Eggon youth were involved in another violent confrontation with mostly the Mighili people in November of last year, felt aggrieved because of what he described as “politics of non inclusion and the non issuance of indigene certificate to people of Eggon extraction”, among other issues. The witness who denied being part of a group consisting of three other persons namely; Adamu Ayiwulu, chairman of the Eggon Cultural Development Association (ECDA), Agyaragu branch, Audu Hamzah and Adamu Anjugu, alleged to have being on ground at Agyaragu, monitoring the attack on the community by the Ombatse. He told the commission that as at the time of the Agyaragu crisis on the 21st of November 2012, he was away in Abuja and only got to learn about the crisis when his brother, Daniel Abimiku got informed via a phone call. While proffering his advice to the commission on how to address the recurrent crisis across the state, Abimiku, lamented the collapse of community relations which he said could only be restored through community based approach. He called for the immediate disarmament of the people, saying he is willing to assist the commission, alongside other prominent indigenes of the state, to embark on the process of disarmament, “if I know where the weapons are hidden.” Abimiku also urged traditional rulers to endeavor to remain within their communities at all times.



News 2013 Hajj

Saudi to import 2m sheep to control prices Stories by Maryam Garba Hassan


ore than 2 million livestock will be imported through October 14 to keep prices stable, said Suleiman Al-Jabri, chairman of the Livestock Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI). The prices of Barbar sheep will remain at between SR450 and SR500, while Sawakni sheep will range between SR600 and SR900 depending on size and

weight. He explained that the Jeddah Islamic Port began receiving livestock in early September from Somalia and Sudan to meet demand during Hajj. He said that 600,000 heads of livestock reached the JIP to date. “We are expecting the arrival of 150,000 Barbar sheep and 20,000 Sawakni sheep in the next two days. The arrival of livestock will continue until we have received the quantity according to plan,” he said.

Al-Jabri assured that markets would experience price stability during the pilgrimage season with the arrival of such large amounts of imported livestock to fulfill the needs of consumers. He also said that the Barbar and Sawakni types of sheep are currently available in the market in accordance with demand. The price of other kinds of sheep, like Hariri and Naimi, are high due to lack of supply. He praised the generous support of the government of Custodian

of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in monitoring activities in the Ministry of Agriculture, which encourages traders and importers to provide livestock according to market needs. “The ministry facilitated import procedures, opened new areas for import and provided all kinds of support. Livestock prices have risen significantly due to higher prices in exporting countries. Our local market depends on imports to cover 75 percent of local demand,” Al-Jabri explained.

Officials aks pilgrims to wear masks to prevent spread of Mers virus


audi Arabia has issued a series of rules to pilgrims that will force them to wear respiratory masks to prevent the Mers coronavirus turning into an epidemic. The emergence of the mysterious virus ahead of the pilgrimage has been described as the single biggest worldwide public health since the deadly Sars pandemic. Health ministry regulations for the pilgrimage are the strictest in history as the government seeks to contain the spread of the new SARS-like condition which has affected 85 and killed 41. Almost all those who have contracted Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) have been in Saudi Arabia or had contact with people who contracted it there. The first recorded Mers death was in June last year in Saudi Arabia. The Saudi decision comes after the WHO convened emergency talks on Mers with concerns expressed about its potential impact on the Hajj. The WHO has not recommended any Mers-related travel restrictions, but says countries should monitor unusual respiratory infection patterns.

Airlift of Kaduna zone pilgrims ends Saturday -Coordinator


Intending Muslim pilgrims from Plateau state, during a farewell ceremony for them, last Sunday in Jos.

Photo: NAN

Kano, Jigawa pilgrims now performing Hajj, says NAHCON


he National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) has said it has completed the transportation of the 8,232 intending pilgrims from Jigawa and Kano state to Saudi Arabia for this year’s pilgrimage. Zonal Co-ordinator of NAHCON in Kano, Umar Bala, disclosed this to Peoples Daily in a telephone interview. He said the pilgrims were

transported to Saudi Arabia in 16 flights by Kabo, Max and Meridian, the three airlines contracted for the Hajj operation. ``Max air has made five flights for the Kano and Jigawastates pilgrims, while Kabo and Meridian airlines made three flights each for the intending pilgrims in the two states,’’ the zonal co-coordinator said. He said Meridian airline had transported the last batch of

the intending pilgrims and their officials from Kano to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. ``With this development, the airlift of intending pilgrims from the zone has been completed. ``What remains now is the airlift of about 4,000 international pilgrims and theirlift has since commenced,’’ Bala said. The zonal co-ordinator said all the intending pilgrims would be transported to Saudi Arabia before

the closure of King AbdulAziz International airport, Jedda on the 9th of October, 2013. He attributed the success of the operation to the commitment of stakeholders and called on them to maintain the tempo during the in-bound operation. He commended the media for its support and co-operation with the Commission since the commencement of the operation last month.

he transportation of pilgrims to Saudi Arabia from Kaduna Zone will be completed on Saturday, AlhajiMuntakaCoomasie, the zonal Coordinator, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, has said. Coomasie told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview on yesterday that barring any hitches the evacuation of the pilgrims would be rounded up on time. According to him, 4, 600 pilgrims from Kaduna and Plateau states have been transported to the Holy Land, leaving about 2, 373 to be transported by Saturday. He said the exercise was going on smoothly, and attributed the success recorded so far to the cooperation of all stakeholders, including the pilgrims and airline officials. Coomasieemphasised the call on pilgrims to be worthy ambassadors of Nigeria, and to pray for peace and harmony in the country. Meanwhile the spokesman of the state Pilgrims’ Welfare Board, MalamYunusa Mohammed, said the transportation of pilgrims from the state would end today (NAN).



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Fashola: Apology or politrick? G September 26, in Lagos to say he was sorry for what his government did. He made sure his words of apology registered with prominent Igbo politicians and opinion leaders. “People who clearly do not understand the actions taken and words spoken are those I owe an explanation. I cannot take the Igbos for granted because we have built a relationship based on

overnor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos state has had time to reflect on the correctness or otherwise of the action his government took last July 24. That day he removed some 70 destitute Igbos from the streets of Lagos and dropped them off in Onitsha, Anambra state. The governor said he was doing them a favour by “rehabilitating” and then deporting them. However, fellow Igbos saw it differently, and Anambra state governor, Peter Obi, made a formal complaint to President Goodluck Jonathan. “I wish to respectfully bring to your due attention a very disturbing development that has vast national security and political implications…This latest callous act, in which Lagos state Government did not even bother to consult with Anambra state authorities, before deporting 72 persons considered to be of Igbo extraction to Anambra state, is illegal, unconstitutional and a blatant violation of the human rights of these individuals and of the Nigerian Constitution”, the petition read in part. It is not known if President Jonathan did intervene in the matter and what form the intervention took. However, two months later, Governor Fashola did the unexpected. He chose the occasion of the meeting of an Igbo think tank, Aka Ikenga, on

But Fashola did rather a poor job of what was supposed to be an apology. In trying to heal an old wound the governor opened a new one. His tone was patronizing and accusative tolerance, mutual respect, love and trust. That relationship was built by our ancestors and I put a lot of value in that relationship. I offer an unreserved apology if the actions taken had been misunderstood”. No handclapping or standing ovation greeted Fashola’s apology which was not unreserved after all. He went on to ask his listeners a number of rhetorical questions such as what would make people

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want to relocate from their states of origin to another. It is as though the words he spoke never came from the bottom of his heart, as if someone or something forced him to utter them. But who could that someone or something be? His new political party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and Chris Ngige, of course. A governorship election is due in November in Anambra state. APC’s candidate, Ngige’s campaign has been faltering ever since he made that ‘mistake’ of justifying the deportation of Igbos in Lagos by an APC governor. Before then he had been the candidate to beat, running a very slick campaign. But now he is struggling to stick with the pack. He must do something special to save his campaign. An apology by Governor Fashola, even if half-hearted, might just about do the trick, APC heavyweights must have reasoned. But Fashola did rather a poor job of what was supposed to be an apology. In trying to heal an old wound the governor opened a new one. His tone was patronizing and accusative: “How can development be so difficult in the zone that has produced people like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Alex Ekwueme, Ike Nwachukwu, among others?” he asked. Silence greeted his question. But APC and Ngige will get a definitive answer a month away.











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Opinion Nigeria @ 53: Celebrating in mourning By M.B.O Owolowo


hat exactly are we celebrating, the fact that there are numerous students roaming the streets due to ASUU strike, or the high unemployment rate; a dire situation with many societal implications- as prostitution seems to be the ‘easy’ route for many of the affected females. Are we celebrating Nigeria is currently regarded one of the worst places to be born, or is it the poor mortality rate that is worthy of celebration? May be the inept refineries or erratic electricity supply are causes for independence day gyration. Those in the corridors of power will surely use the slightest opportunity to celebrate anything, as the rest of the nation observes our declivity in anguish. It is depressing enough natural and human resources are wasting continually, coupled with the squandering of our wealth by vision-less rulers, but, innocent people being killed by a dreaded sect just tops the list of our failings. The uncertainties about the terrorist group Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau, depicts the reality of our security quagmire. Astonishingly, our

President openly confessed he doesn’t know if Shekau is ‘dead or alive’, a comment that has elicited mixed reactions amongst Nigerians: honesty or maladroit? The choice is yours to make. I woke up to the sad news of the Yobe massacre some days ago. Whilst I slept that night, I wondered the horror of being slaughtered in in sleep and thought of what went through the minds of those poor students as they were attacked-did they even have time to think! I have tried really hard to make sense of the senseless killing of these innocent students in Yobe during the wee hours of the morning, and I have tried harder to accept Nigeria currently has a president who may or may not have come to terms with his role as Commander-inChief. At times I wished the president uses the same amount of energy exerted on Rivers State politics to tackle the security issue pervading the nation. It would be beneficial to the polity if the zeal for pushing his uncertain second term ambition was at par with ridding the nation of corrupt practices and pursuing corrupt related cases to a logical conclusion. But, these are mere wishes and the reality on-ground contradicts

the expectations of true patriots concerned about the direction the nation is taking. Unfortunately, the system has been structured by the “bad eggs” in our midst to facilitate and perpetuate corruption and impunity. People aren’t naturally bad but turned bad based on societal norms and adopted ethos- sadly this has been exacerbated by the vision-less rulers (not leaders), in charge. With the right leadership at the helm of affairs, majority will follow suit and exhibit goodness: knowing there will be communal reward for their good deeds and severe consequences for their wrongdoings. But, a culture that promotes self-aggrandizement and handsomely rewards ‘piracy’ and or ‘militancy’ has serious conscientious issues. A society that doesn’t value life, only spells doom and gloom for the future; making the task of imbibing patriotism and nation building specially ardent. We need to reinvent the culture of discipline, honesty, diligence in hard work and being your brothers keeper- amongst many other good practices. The task of rejuvenating our polity is for all of us, as we all

have a part to play. For this societal revamp to be effective in contemporary Nigeria, that change (clean-up exercise) would be most effective from the topleading by example model. Many people wonder why some of bother, that those in power are more concerned about the squandering of resources and we are speaking to the wind, my belief is there are millions of good people out there and a whole new generation yearning for directionthough the dearth of good leadership has been one of the major challenges, there is hope. As patriots we mustn’t relent and must continue to prod the cause till the good ones amongst us emerge and take hold of affairs. As I have stated I am not celebrating Nigeria at 53, because there is nothing to celebrate in the true sense- except you are part of those involved in the ‘oil theft’ racket or those sharing the commonwealth of the citizenry, then maybe you may have some cause to celebrate. Those gallivanting with the wealth of the majority should remember though, your celebration is in vain, as you are surrounded by squalor- sooner or later those you have looted from will strike back in full measure.

As some of my fellow Nigerians have stated, may be the recent ringing of bell by President Goodluck Jonathan at the New York Stock Exchange is cause for celebration- indeed our president has joined a unique league of NYSE bell ringers which includes, Mickey Mouse, Pink Panther, Darth Vader, Snoop Dogg, and Arunma Oteh; who rung the bell in 2011, congratulations to you Sir! However, Nigeria’s independence isn’t about Goodluck Jonathan or his presidency, neither is it about his presidential ambition or politicking squabbles, it is about the current state of the nation, the future of a nation and its citizenry. This should be a time for sober reflection ideally, at 53 I am not celebrating Nigeria but mourning the continuous killing of innocent citizens; the future leaders of our nation. I am ruing the fact that our President has indicted he isn’t fully abreast with the security situation, as many citizens are wondering who is really safe. My beloved Nigeria, I acknowledge you on your 53rd birthday but I am not celebrating you at this very moment. This is dedicated to all those who have lost their lives needlessly, may your souls. Rest in Peace, Amen.

crawling stage. He enumerated and explained four points to buttress his argument. In the words of Onyekakeyah, “The fourth and possibly the worst circumstance that could make a giant crawl is self-inflicted injury, in which case only the giant is to blame for his fate. A crawling giant in this context is one that failed to recognise his position in the scheme of things. Rather than rising and occupying his rightful position, this unfortunate giant embarked on a wastage spree of his God-given heritage. The prodigality instinct of this giant on the ground drove him to squander his means and opportunities in reckless spending. And like the story of the prodigal son, it got to a point when he wasted all his inheritance and was in danger of losing his life to destitution. According to the story, it was at that point that he came back to his senses, made a drastic decision to brave the shame and humiliation of a wasted youth to go back home. He was lucky that the home front was still intact and could still afford him the opportunity to return. I want to stress that it’s not all prodigal sons that have the opportunity for a second chance. Many prodigal sons that misused the opportunities of their lives never have a second chance to start all over again. They perish in their foolishness.” According to the writer and columnist, “Nigeria is a crawling giant on account of deadly injuries it has inflicted on herself. Where do we go from here? The country should retrace its steps as

the only way out. All the political and economic structures that have failed the country should be dismantled for a better and more progressive arrangement. It’s better to start life afresh like the prodigal son than to perish in self-inflicted destitution.” While contributing to a motion moved by the Senate Majority Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), requesting the Senate to congratulate President Goodluck Jonathan, the government and good people of Nigeria on the country’s 53rd independence anniversary, Senators unanimously agreed in their submissions that the nation’s leaders had failed to offer the requisite leadership that could guarantee our socio-economic independence. In his contribution, Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, observed that the critical situation in the education sector and the reduction of Nigeria to a mere raw material supplier to industrial companies in other climes, was not the best for a nation that has actually attained self-governance. Hear him: “A truly independent nation is measured by its quality of education and economic sustainability. A situation whereby our universities are shut for months and manufacturing companies are relocating daily to neighbouring countries is not good enough for an independent nation. How can we claim to be an independent nation when all we do is just to produce raw materials

for processing firms outside the country and nothing serious is being done to address the high rate of unemployment?” On his part, Senate President, David Mark, noted that it is the common people that should be congratulated for their exhibition of so much patience and imperturbability, amidst frustrations induced by total abuse of power and maladministration. The number-one lawmaker in the country said: “We need to look inwards and begin to search our minds. The ball certainly is in our court as leaders to do what we should do to reverse the trend. We must shelve the attitude of seeking power at all costs. We do not need to get desperate about getting to the top. At any level we are, we must be ready to contribute our quotas. We have so many human resources in this country but we are losing them because everybody has gone out of the country to seek greener pastures. We must do something to get them back.” The revelation by the President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele, on the same day the Red Chamber bewailed the state of affairs in the country, clearly confirmed the statement of Mark on the rate at which Nigerians are moving out of the country to look for comfort elsewhere. Enabulele told a national newspaper in Abuja that only one out of three registered Nigerian doctors practices in the country,

with the other 2/3 traveling abroad. He said: “71,740 doctors registered with Medical and Dental Council, about 27,000 are practising in Nigeria while others are practising outside the shores of this country.” The situation is not different in other professions as well. And this has really dragged us back as we have lost our best hands to other countries because successive governments failed to create conducive environment that could encourage people to want to remain in their fatherland, even when they have every opportunity to move out. While I join in congratulating Nigerians on the auspicious occasion of our 53rd independence anniversary, I call on our present crop of leaders to do everything within their reach to get us out of this quagmire, which is obviously a product of our handiwork. They must leave no stone unturned to renew the confidence of the people of this great country called Nigeria. This is the time for them to put in place all necessary machineries that will make us to stop crawling and start walking as a truly self-regulating nation. Our lawmakers must go beyond their lamentation on the state of affairs in the country and use their good offices to help change the situation in the interest of all Nigerians. May God help Nigeria! Michael Jegede, a journalist and public affairs commentator wrote from Abuja.

Nigeria as a crawling giant

By Michael Jegede


he lowering of the British Union Jack and hoisting of the Green, White, Green flag on October 1, 1960 symbolically marked the attainment of independence in Nigeria. Upon the announcement at midnight of September 30, 1960 by Sir Emmanuel Aghanjuebitsi Ewetan Omatsola, OON, an ace broadcaster and radio commentator who died last year at the age of 83 that “Nigeria is a free, sovereign nation”, many then had thought it was the beginning of good things to come for the country. Fifty-three years down the line, we cannot hit our chests and say we are where we should be as a nation, especially when you consider the abundance of natural and human resources Nigeria is blessed with. Nigeria is like a man who has everything and lacks nothing, yet, he is still seen to be suffering and in serious pains. Corruption, bad leadership and outright mismanagement of our gigantic God-given wealth have kept us crawling, even though we have since been released from the clutches of colonialism through the actualization of independence. We have become more like a crawling giant. In a piece on his column of September 27, 2011 edition of Guardian Newspaper, Dr. Luke Onyekakeyah, an analyst and the author of “The Crawling Giant” gave an insight into factors that could make a giant remain at a




The Boko Haram and Jonathan’s failure By Ola Onikoyi, Jnr


resident Jonathan has asserted his authority on cracking down on the dreaded boko haram group on numerous occasions. In March 2012, he promised that by June of the same year, his government would completely put an end to the threat of the group. One year on, the president has eaten his words and deployed an extra 8000 troops to troubled zones as the group is increasing its threats. So far, the crackdown has been covert and the only report about it is what the Nigerian military press office says. Months ago, the military announced it was winning against the group. It announced that it had killed its leader, Abubakar Shekau and is closing on the sect swiftly. After the Nigerian army announced a near victory and the death of Shekau, the boko haram has unleashed carnage on different parts of the North and Shekau has emerged in a new video promising more massacre. On the 17th of September, 2013, the boko haram mounted road blocks outside the town of Binisheikh and started pulling people out of their cars shooting and throwing dead bodies into the bush. In the carnage, over 160 people were killed with hundreds injured as a result. Again, around September 30th, 2013, the group gruesomely beheaded over 10 travellers around the Benisheik town of Yobe. Few days before, the group had killed over 24 students in Yobe while fast asleep. Presently, over 12,000 innocent civilians are believed to have taken refuge in nearby countries

like Niger, Chad the Islamic and Cameroun. Maghreb does, With the state why has the of emergency in group not Peoples Daily welcomes your letters, opinion articles, the North, it is unleashed difficult to tell terror in text messages and ‘pictures of yesteryears.’ All written of many other nearby contributions should be concise. Word limits: Letters possible carnage countries - 150 words, Articles - 750 words. Please include your that the boko like Ghana, haram might Benin republic name and a valid location. Letters to the Editor should be have unleashed and the addressed to: as media rest, calling organisations for a global are not allowed expansion of The Editor, to report from its movement? Peoples Daily, 1st Floor Peace Plaza, troubled zones. The truth 35 Ajose Adeogun Street, Utako, Abuja. With its is that the increasing force, boko haram Email: it is almost emerged SMS: 08134607052 certain that more out of the carnage would long neglect be unleashed in coming weeks by other dreaded Islamist groups of youths in the north who as the boko haram but where and across borders like the Mujwa in a result spend almost their how – would probably be difficult Mali and other unknown sects entire life without education questions to answer, which means in Niger, Chad, Cameroun and and begging as street urchins. that Nigeria is facing the threat of beyond to outstrip any military While all this happened through boko haram as before. might or force. The boko haram decades of neglect, the emergence If the military offensive is might start the guerrilla type of Jonathan as President did working, how come the boko suicide bombing by ramming exacerbate the situation as his haram has been able to kill more into anything and anybody like in rivals exploited these youths innocent civilians in recent Afghanistan and Iraq. as machines of mass violence. months? How is the group Of course, Mr President and This has overtime emerged able to mount road blocks for his advisers are weak and lack into a complex clash of political hours without any knowledge the wherewithal to win the battle. interests which has continued to or interference of the military? President Jonathan fails to listen fuel today’s ongoing aggression, Where is the 8000 man army so many times and squanders and unless a political solution patrolling the north east states? resources on tactics that can win is sought quickly – Nigeria is What is the intelligence arm of no war. The president is sold perhaps just witnessing the the military doing? And what has on the wrong idea that the boko beginning of an era of terrorism the billions of budget for security haram is partly a creation of the which would live and breed after achieved so far? phenomenon of Islamic jihad Jonathan himself. It is very obvious that the which has become a growing The solution lies with Nigerian government is losing the trend around the world. If boko President Jonathan but he is battle and that the boko haram haram is part of the global jihad too weak to play any card. He is will continue to emerge with new movement, why has it not called a tired president who has given tactics which would heighten or fought in international fronts up already. For instance, on threat levels in coming months. or called for joint operations with the occasion of Nigeria’s 53rd In its possible future tactic, the others as other organisations independence, the president boko haram might align itself with like al-shaabab and AQIM in expressed that: “No Boko Haram


or any group can frustrate this country. We may suffer pains just like our Lord Jesus said at the critical moment that though the spirit is willing but the body is weak.”.....“Today you will agree with me that if you were in my shoes you will lack words to say”. The above statement shows the mindset of a tired soul, it exposes a mindset that lacks doggedness and thoroughness and the heart of a leader that lacks determination and substance. Of many possible cards available to Mr Jonathan, he has only played the military option – which has never won any form of terror in the history of modern societies. Since the boko haram primarily emerged from a long decade of neglect of northern youths and out of the chaos of politics, he could have tailored his solution along such line. President Jonathan messed up big time. He could have moved fast before his political enemies did by tapping into the restive youths. Mr Jonathan could have simply focused his attention on instilling life into education and reviving the regional economy through job creation and infrastructural development in the north. The president could have struck political deals with titans from the north and let intelligence and diplomacy play the rest of the game. He could have done deals to get the northern youths who turned into boko haram into apprentices and employees by investing in training and doing everything possible to engage them positively. The President has no dignity left, he should go and let peace reign.

What does US government shutdown mean for Africans? By Ozodi Osuji


et me try to see if I can explain what is going on. Like all governments, the US government runs on budgets. Budgets are plans of how much money a government expects to receive in revenue and how it is going to spend it (revenue and expenditure; expenditure is either capital or recurrent). Sometimes, governments do not receive the revenue that they had expected to receive and if they still plan to spend the money budgeted for certain items on the budget have to borrow money to do so. This is called deficit spending. If governments do not receive expected revenue they may simply not spend money they do not have, and not borrow money; this may result in furloughing government workers etc. Deficit spending requires Congress to authorize the President to borrow money to pay his government’s bills. The President then instructs the Treasury department to sell bonds and in so doing raise funds with which the government pays its bills. Lately, the US government has been running budget deficits; that is, the money it receives in revenue is less than the amount it spends and therefore borrows money to make up the difference. The US government borrows

this money by selling US Treasury bonds. The Chinese alone buys about $20 billion dollars of US bonds monthly; that is, lends the US government that amount monthly. Cumulatively, the US government now owes the Chinese almost a trillion dollars! Government bonds generally have a face value (the amount you paid for it). That face value is paid back to the buyer at the stated time the bond is due (matures). Long term bonds mature in 30 years. That means that in 30 years the government pays back the money (principal) to the lender. In the meantime, the government pays the lender annual interests on his money; generally, the interest on long term bonds is around 3% (what is 3% of a trillion dollars that the US pays to the Chinese annually?). The US as of today owes over 16 trillion dollars. If it pays 3% annual interest on that sum how much is it paying as its annual debt finance? This is your assignment; figure it out. On October 17, that is, in two weeks, Congress must vote to authorize the President to borrow more money to pay its bills (run budget deficits). The Republicans have threatened not to raise the debt ceiling allowing the President to borrow money. If that were to happen, the US

government would not be able to pay its bills and would have to default on the money it pays folks who had bought its bonds. Wall Street probably would downgrade the credit rating of the US government. That would make it a credit risk; folks would hesitate to lend money to the US government! The issue at stake here is that Republicans are asking that the Affordable Care Act, also called Obama care be defunded. This health insurance Act of 2010 is supposedly going to make it easier for all Americans to buy health insurance in the private market place. If folks do not have the money to pay regular insurance premiums they would be subsidized by the government. Let us say that the regular health insurance premium is $400 a month and the individual can pay $300, the government would pay the balance of $100 for him. At present, about 50 million American citizens (mostly African Americans and Latinos) do not have health insurance coverage. Democrats want to have all Americans insured but Republicans do not want that to happen. West European countries and Canada provide all their citizens with health insurance; the US is the only industrialized country

that does not provide all its citizens with health insurance, and Republicans are proud of that and want to keep it that way. At present most Americans receive health insurance from their employers. Thus, if you do not have a job you have to pay insurance premium out of your pocket or else you would have no insurance. Since many African Americans are either unemployed or poor they are mostly uninsured. What Republicans are really doing is preventing African Americans from having access to health insurance, and thus makes sure that they keep dying young, as is the present case. And these Republicans are supposedly Christians? It should be noted that the Insurance Exchange component of the Affordable Care Act goes into effect on October 1. This means that as of today all uninsured Americans can go to the insurance exchanges and purchase insurance and if they cannot afford it have the government subsidize it for them. Republicans want to prevent this component of the Affordable Health Care Act from happening. Republicans went into overkill to prevent the Insurance Exchanges from going into effect. They fear that as soon as that happens Americans would like it and no longer would like to kill it. Republicans refused to

authorize the current fiscal year budget that was supposed to have been authorized by September 30, 2013 and go into effect on October 1, 2013. By demanding defunding Obama care as a condition for passing the budget, Republicans expected to intimidate Democrats into going along with them out of fear of government shutdown. In effect, Republicans are acting like terrorists and kidnappers holding Obama hostage, pointing a gun to his head saying: destroy the Affordable Health Care Act or else we would not fund your entire government. From their history with Obama, Republicans know that he is a wimp and always blinks when threatened. They were expecting Obama to cave in. Obama indicated a desire to cave in but the leaders of the Democratic Party in no uncertain terms told him not this time. Nancy Pelosi (the leader of the Democrats in the House of Representatives) the “man” told Obama that she would not go along with his caving in this time. Democrats are sick and tired of Obama selling them out in the last minute. Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate President simply said that he and his fellow Democrats would not allow Republicans to hold them hostage. Harry Reid actually said that Contd on Page 15



Comment By Jibrin Ndace “The crown of the leader is his integrity, his stronghold is his impartiality and his wealth is [the prosperity] of his people.” -Shaykh Uthman Ibn Fodio


ome are born great, some achieve greatness and, still, others have greatness thrust upon them. While some personalities fit into one of the above description, very few among us achieve prominence through passing all the three categories. The 20th Sultan of Sokoto and Amir Mumini in Nigeria, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111, belongs to the group of the prominent few. He was born great, he achieved greatness and he had greatness thrust upon him. Born into a noble, aristocratic and Islamic revolutionary Sheikh Othman Bin Fodio’s dynasty, he was born great. Not carried away by the nobility of his lineage and achievement of his forbearers, he joined a noble profession and, through courage, discipline, hard work and dedication, he achieved, greatness rising through the rank to become a one-star general in the Nigeria Army. And as he was rising to the pinnacle of his career, he had greatness thrust upon him. As he was working hard to attain the rank of a general, the Almighty Allah made him a Field Marshal. Now, seven years on the throne of his forbearers as the 20th Sultan of Sokoto, he has proved that though he may have ascended the throne unexpectedly, he was ready and prepared to build on the outstanding legacies of the over 200 years Sultanate tradition of quality leadership, knowledge, scholarship, courage, discipline and forthrightness. Born in Sokoto on August 24, 1956, every of his eminence sojourn before 2006, prepared him for the present responsibility as the Sultan as well as the President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), the President

Tribute to a man of peace General of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Co-Chairman, Nigeria InterReligious Council (NIREC). From his primary school education at Sultan Ward Primary School, Sokoto, to famous Barewa College in Zaria to the Nigeria Defence Academy, Kaduna, where he trained as officer cadet as a member of Regular Combatant Course 18 to his last course in the Nigerian Army at the Nigerian Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Plateau state, each environment and scholarly enterprise shaped the Sultan’s world view on traditional institution, leadership and followership, religion, diversity, violence, poverty, education, crisis management, security, diplomacy and governance. In an interview with Soja Magazine in 2010, his eminence admitted that the Army, which he served for 31 years, prepared him for leadership, role saying: “what I want to say is that the Army will prepare any officer to face all challenges in life. I believe whoever passes through the military or army and retires will be able to hold himself high anywhere he finds himself. When you join the military as a

cadet, the civilian in you is removed by senior cadet. When you graduate or pass out as a commissioned officer you go through so many courses as a junior officer and several other professional courses of your arm of service. You go through promotion examination to excel and promoted; go through staff college; junior and senior divisions, go through to the National Defence College. “Whoever passes through the service and then finally retires as a brigadier general will not have any problem fitting into any organisation... So we thank Almighty Allah…. He made it possible for us… I know many things I have been doing have a touch of military training in terms of discipline; courage; unity and strength. The Almighty Allah prepared me for the throne by making me joined the army.” In between his commissioning as a second lieutenant on December 17,1977, into the elite armoured corps, to his last course at NIPSS as a member of course 28, he attended many professional courses and seminars, at home and abroad, such as the Armament Instructor Course (T55) in India; Junior

All these qualities have been demonstrated by the Sultan in his handling of intricate affairs at local, national and international levels. As a Sultan, he has shown profound understanding of the dynamics of Nigerian society as a diverse, multi-religious, multi-ethnic nation, seeking to promote peace and unity in Nigeria.

Division (JD) at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, (AFCSC), Jaji; and Land Force Command and Staff College, Canada for his Senior Division (SD). His penchant for development in contemporary military strategy and Peace Support Operations (PSO) spurred him to attend other courses in Ghana, Ethiopia and Gambia, which focused on peacekeeping, disarmament, demobilization, reintegration, demilitarization, conflict prevention, management and resolution. He also held various command and staff appointment. From 1981-82, he was a member of 245 Recce Battalion for Organisation of African Unity (AU), Peacekeeping Mission in Chad Republic; from 1987- 88, he was second in command of the presidential security unit; in 1993, he was Commanding Officer, (CO) 241 Recce Battalion, Kaduna. In addition to the above, he served as a military liaison officer for the Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS) from 1995-1999 and Commanding Officer, 231 Tank Battalion for ECOMOG operations in Sierra Leone between 1999-2000. From 2003-2006, he was Nigeria’s Defence Adviser to Pakistan with concurrent accreditation to Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states. Speaking on his working experience, the Sultan said: “As a military officer and diplomatic representative, I have seen the devastation of war, not only in West Africa, but in Afghanistan, Iraq and other parts of the world. I have witnessed the desperate cries of widows and orphans and the exasperation of bewildered families, desperately struggling to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives.” In fact, the professional

development, command and staff appointments of the Sultan clearly reinforced those sultanate values, which he has been deploying in managing the contemporary challenges of the sultanate, Muslim umma and Nigeria. And, so far, he has lived up to the dictates of the time, on the one hand, and kept faith with values he inherited, on the other. He has combined the modern leadership traits required of a military commander and the institutionalized traditional values of the Sultanate in the discharge of his functions. His eminence, as a one-star general, has internalized the qualities of a military commander as espoused by German-Prussian Major General, Carl Von Clausewitz and British Spartan Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery. Such qualities include professional knowledge, vision and intellect, courage, robustness, self confidence, discipline, ability to obtain information, resilience, selflessness, quick thinking and good planning. The son of 17th Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar 111 has also benefitted from the fountain of nknowledge of the Sokoto Triumvirate, namely, Shaykh Uthman Ibn Fodio, Shaykh Abdullahi Ibn Fodio and Shaykh Muhammad Bello. The three eminent shaykhs authored over 300 books and pamphlets that espoused values such as: knowledge as the basic for effective leadership; primacy of justice in the polity; honesty in public affairs; dignity of labour; infrastructure development and uplifting of women through education for growth. All these qualities have been demonstrated by the Sultan in his handling of intricate affairs at local, national and international levels. As a Sultan, he has shown profound understanding of the dynamics of Nigerian society as a diverse, multireligious, multi-ethnic nation, seeking to promote peace and unity in Nigeria. Jibrin Ndace is a Journalist with Blueprint Newspaper

What does US government shutdown mean for Africans? Contd from Page 14 his Democrats controlled Senate would not pay the demanded ransom (abolish Obama care). His Senate had to vote to accept what the lower house voted for and Harry Reid had control over that, not Obama, so Obama could not cave in as usual and satisfy the demands of Republican terrorists. Essentially, power has been taken out of Obama’s hands; Democratic leaders are now the ones exercising effective power. They have seen through their President’s fickleness and decided to take over before he does more damage to what Democrats stand for. If Obama gave in on this health care thing, the next thing you know Republicans will demand abolition of Medicare and Medicaid and, ultimately, the abolition of social security (pension) program for old Americans or privatization of it. Actually, what Republicans want is the removal of Obama from the Presidency. They were

shocked that a black man was elected the President of a country where 72% of the population is white. They have not recognized his legitimacy and question it by questioning his citizenship (some say that he was not born in America). Obama appears mentally slow and is unable to grasp that the real issue is his person and, as such, giving in to Republican demands will not solve the problem. Democrats dug in their heels and did not blink and after many tries by the Republicans the government is now shut down. Now, Republicans know that Democrats are not bluffing! If Obama won’t stand his ground Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid will stand their ground. Enough of Republican shenanigans and terrorism! The shutting down of the US federal government, in effect, means that the government would be funded in areas where money is already planned for them, such as the military and other essential services.

Non-essential services such as parks and recreation, head start, lunch for students at school etc. will not be funded. It is estimated that about 800, 000 federal workers are now furloughed as a result of the shutdown. These folks would not be paid and would not have funds to pay their bills. This would lead to less demand for goods and services and probably will adversely affect the economy, an economy that is already in recession and struggling to recover (the real unemployment level is about 14%, not the 7.3% that the department of Labor tells us is the number). It should be observed that whereas the Republican Party holds the majority seats in the House of Representatives, actually they garnered fewer votes than Democrats during the last election cycle! What happened was that in the 2010 election Republicans won many state governorships and legislatures. Since the US redraws its

electoral districts (called apportionment) every ten years after the census is conducted, and states do so, Republican governors and legislatures gerrymandered the districts; they drew the lines in such a manner that the districts favored Republicans. Thus, even though Democrats received more votes Republican candidates won the majority of the constituencies. Simply stated, Republicans are the minority party who through rigging elections are the majority party in Congress. This minority-majority party decided to adopt terroristic methods to hold Democrats, the real majority party, hostage and make unreasonable demands from them. The present Congress that began in January, 2013 has not passed any real bill (such as Immigration reform, Works Bill to create jobs) that Democrats want to pass. President Obama has not gotten a major bill passed; he is essentially a lame

duck President! What do all these mean for Nigerians and Africans? Not much really, except affecting the capital markets; the securities and exchange; stocks will gyrate for a while. However, if you are in Nigeria and you go to the US Embassy it would probably take you longer to obtain your visa. This is due to the expected reduced Embassy budget; fewer Visa counselor officers will be at work. If you are a business man planning to go to the US for business deals you should expect delays in your travel plans. If an African country receives economic aid from the USA, well, that aid is not going to be coming until the US budget is approved (Republicans would like to cut off all foreign aids, especially to Africans). On the whole, expect delays in services provided by the US government.



Church doles out gift items to inmates, hospital others By Adeola Tukuru


Members of Dunamis International Gospel Centre Phase !V, Kubwa, Abuja donating gift items to Kubwa Divine Orphanage Home in Abuja. Photo: Adeola Tukuru

N300m fraud: Kuje chairman refutes allegation By Usman Shuaibu


ollowing reports alleging that the Chairman of Kuje Area Council, Hon Ishaku Shaban Tete embezzled the sum of N300 million from the area council account for his personal use, the chairman has refuted the allegations.

Tete, who briefed newsmen in his office in Kuje, denied that his administration had misappropriated such money since there was no fiscal money in the council. He explained that since he took over the mantle leadership of the council about three months now, his administration did not award new projects due to other liabilities

inherited from the previous administration. He further said that his administration inherited some uncompleted road projects from the past administration of the council, which according to him; efforts are in top gear to complete the road projects. The chairman expressed sadness

that since he assumed office, his administration had not embarked on new projects due to some liabilities on ground, noted that the only project being initiated was street lights. Tete, however, advised journalists to balance their report before going to the press to avoid misinformation.

AEPB denies alleged importation of 60,000 waste bins at N1.1billion By Stanley Onyekwere


he Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB) has denied reports in a section of the print and social media on the importation of 60,000 waste bins by the board at the cost of N18, 000.00 per bin; amounting to N1.1 billion. Head Info and Outreach Programme of the board, Joe Ukairo, in press statement

issued yesterday, described the reports as false, malicious and a calculated attempt to misinform the unsuspecting public; which should be ignored by all wellmeaning Nigerians and FCT residents in particular. The statement said AEPB Ag. Director, Mrs. Aishat Adebayo during just concluded special sanitation exercise in FCT admitted the short fall of waste bins and that the board is

expecting delivery of additional 60,000 based on the Federal Executive Council approval for the procurement of same in 2011. According to him; “it is with utmost dismay to observe that the N1.1billion figure was reached at by multiplying the expected 60,000 bins by the N18, 000.00 retail cost for residents. “This is a carefully thought out

misrepresentation with mischief afterthought; to discredit the efforts of the Senator Bala Mohammed led administration to ensure sustainable environment management in the FCT through the AEPB, ”. The statement added that the onus of providing and maintaining adequate waste bin rests with the residents and occupants of business premises such as plazas and shopping malls.

Council removes illegal structures on Airport road


he Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), has commenced the removal of illegal structures on the proposed Centenary City site on Airport Road. The District Officer of AMMC in charge of Kiami, Lugbe, Wawa and Centenary City, Mr Adamu Garba, disclosed this to newsmen.

Garba said the 35 structures marked for demolition were all illegal. ``We are continuing with our routine work of removing structures that are not within approved layout. This place has been earmarked for centenary city,” he said. Garba said the centenary city would occupy about 100 hectares.

He said the FCT administration had given numbers to those whose structures would be affected, adding ``they should go to the Department of Resettlement and Compensation with their papers for compensation. ```We don’t know when work will commence on the centenary city. Our job here is to make sure

that the land is vacant and ready for use”, he said. Garba emphasised that adequate notice had been given to the owners of the structures, pointing out however that that all the buildings on the site had no approval from the council. ``AMMC is the only department that has the right to approve building plans.’’ (NAN)

s part of its activities to mark the 53rd Independence Day celebrations, Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Phase IV, Kubwa, Abuja donated gifts items to patients at the General Hospital Kubwa, inmates at the Police Area Command Headquarters in Kubwa, Ark of Refuge Orphanage and Kubwa Divine Orphanage Home. The Pastor of the church, Michael Ajogba assured the beneficiaries of the church’s commitment to their spiritual, physical and material well-being and urged Nigerians to re-dedicate their lives to God and expressed confidence that Nigeria shall be great and overcome its socio-political challenges. Pastor Ajogba also called on Nigerians to renew their faith in God and be patriotic in their service to the nation. He said Nigeria is re-born every 1st October and enjoined the citizenry to use the occasion to reflect on God’s goodness to the nation including abundant human and natural resources that would make Nigeria one of the greatest countries in the world if properly utilized. Pastor Ajogba prayed for peace and unity in the country and urged political leaders to rule with the fear of God as they would give account of their lives and stewardship to God on the judgment day.

Nigerians are living below poverty line, says cleric By Usman Shuaibu


hief Imam of the Central Mosque in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Muhammadu Sani has said that despite the fact that Nigeria got her independence on the 1st October 1960, Nigerians were living below poverty line. He also called on Nigerian leaders to expedite action to alleviate the suffering of the less privileged ones in the society in the interest of peace and harmony to reign in Nigeria. Sani, who disclosed this in an interview with Peoples Daily in Gwagwalada, noted that God would not forgive our leaders if they failed to provide basic necessities of life for the less privileged ones. He urged both Muslims and Christians to always pray for the progress of the country, emphasized that with prayers everything is possible.






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his forum wishes to draw the attention of Nigerians to a recent deceitful “Press Release” published purportedly by the Forum of Former Deputy Governors of Nigeria (FFDGN) on page nine of the Daily Sun newspaper edition of Friday, September 13, 2013.

who gave him an appointment. Despite the reward however, Mahmood still continued to exhibit mischievous tendencies against Yuguda who subsequently dismissed him.

Thereafter Mahmood jumped again from the PDP to the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and also quit his memberThe statement titled ‘State of the Nation’ was signed by one ship of the FFDGN. Alhaji AbdulMalik Mahmood, a former deputy governor of As far as Nigerians are concerned, Mahmood had never Bauchi state who parades himself as the FFDGN chairman. restored his membership of the FFDGN up till this moment. While pretending to offer mediation, the article had attempted How he managed to return to the PDP and re-smuggle unsuccessfully to hide its overt bias in the recent crisis that himself into the forum and became its chairman still remains split the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) into factions a baffling mystery. following a convention that was heavily rigged by Bamanga Tukur, the factional Chairman of the PDP in favour of Presi- But for whatever reasons, we understand that the motive behind that misguided statement issued by Mahmood under dent Goodluck Jonathan. the FFDGN is solely to use the forum to seek political favors The write-up apparently contradicted its purpose to mediate and undue relevance from President Jonathan and his cronies. between the Bamanga Tukur led PDP and the New PDP by calling on “all parties to remain calm and guard against provoca- The manner in which Mahmood hastily endorsed President tive utterances in order not to further polarize the system” Jonathan for 2015 despite his obvious rejection by the while also hungrily lending its support to President Jonathan overwhelming majority of Nigerians due to his unprecedened failure has shown Mahmood’s excessive greed and willingness at the same time. to support nonperformance. It is pertinent to remind Nigerians that since the G-7 governors of Kano, Jigawa, Sokoto, Niger, Adamawa, Kwara and Rivers There are even reports that Mahmood and other Jonathan’s states joined former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to form foot soldiers have secured lucrative contracts to begin the New PDP under the competent guidance of Alhaji Abuba- vigoous campaigns for Jonathan’s re-election in their respeckar Kawu Baraje, many opportunistic groups have sprung to tive states. People of Bauchi would soon begin to see giant bill discredit the New PDP in order to gain cheap recognition from boards and posters flooding all the nooks and crannies of their state. But they should count on Mahmood to use and dump the presidency which backs the dictatorial Tukur faction. them when his interests have been served. Most of the groups are mere patronage merchants who see a lucrative opportunity in pushing the seemingly gullible Presi- No matter how much efforts people like Mahmood try to put in dent Jonathan to pursue the ordinate ambition of seeking for polishing President Jonathan and his empty another presidential term in 2015 even though it is obvious “Transformation Agenda” or more correctly, Deformation that doing so could harm the unity and survival of the country. Agenda, no sensible Nigerian would ever waste his/her votes to re-elect such a phenomenal failure. For those who do not know AbdulMalik Mahmood, who posed as the “chairman” of the FFDGN, he could best be described We therefore call on all Nigerians to reject President Jonathan as one of the political Judases of all time in Nigerian politics in 2015 and at any other time because of the following failconsidering his exceptional dexterity in using his influence to ings: he has failed to protect the lives and property of ordinary hoodwink both electorates in his native state of Bauchi as well citizens; income inequality and poverty are becoming more rampant and unmanageable with many people dying of hunas his political benefactors. ger on the streets; education has been grossly neglected with Mahmood was the Deputy Governor to former Bauchi state federal universities closed for almost three months and secGovernor Ahmad Adamu Mu’azu under the PDP. Identified for ondary school students recording mass failure in both WAEC his anti party activities, Mahmood, who did not resign from and NECO exams; corruption is becoming impossible to fight the PDP, later defected to the opposition All Nigeria People’s because some of the most corrupt Nigerians are being protected and rewarded by the government. Party (ANPP) where he contested for governorship and lost. When he challenged the results of the elections, the court dis- For these and many other failures too numerous to mention, missed his case on the ground that he never formerly left the you don’t need to be a political analyst to understand why President Jonathan could not secure another mandate in 2015. PDP before decamping to another party. Since then, his political fortunes kept dwindling to the extent that he turned into a sycophant to the Governor Isa Yuguda

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NSE market indicators rise on impressive trading


he market indicators of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) appreciated yesterday due to price gains by major stocks. The News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) reports that the market capitalisation closed higher at N11.71 trillion against the N11.65 trillion recorded on Monday. Also, the All-Share Index, which

opened at 36,585.08, appreciated by 322.98 points or 0.88 per cent to close at 36,908.06. Nestle led the gainers’ chart by N8.47 to close at N998.50 per share. Nigerian Breweries followed with a gain of N3 to close at N168 per share while UACN grew by N2.60 to close at N61.10 per share.

7up share price rose by N2 to close at N68 per share while Presco appreciated by N1.47 to close at N33.97. On the other hand, GlaxoSmithKline led on the losers’ chart by N3.45 to close at N65.55 per share. OkomuOil depreciated by N2.30 to close at N43.70 per

Financial experts laud CBN for re-introducing Retail Dutch Auction Some financial experts said the re- introduction of the Retail Dutch Auction (RDAs) by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) would bring sanity to the foreign exchange market. They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in separate interviews in Lagos that the measure would the check excesses of Bureau De Change (BDC) operators. A former President, Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIBN), Mr Okechukwu Unegbu said that the measure would ensure substantial reduction in dollar demand at the official window. Unegbu said that the measure

would enable the apex bank to track the flow of the dollar into the country. According to him, the measure will also reduce speculative trading of the naira to avoid CBN’s sanction. Mr Harrison Owoh, the Managing Director, H J Trust & Investment Ltd., Lagos, said the measure would strengthen sincerity among operators. Owoh said that the measure would ensure accountability and strict adherence to the apex bank foreign exchange rules and guidelines. A manager in a finance firm, who pleaded anonymity, however, blamed the CBN for the

dollarisation of the economy. The operator said that the apex bank had failed to enthrone checks and balances before issuing licence to operators. NAN recalled that the CBN, on Sept. 25, suspended its Wholesale Dutch Auctions (WDAS) to check money laundering in the foreign exchange market. A circular by CBN to BDC operators said that the twiceweekly auction would be replaced by a retail version requiring dealers to reveal the identity of buyers. It also revoked the licence of 20 BDC operators for money laundering malpractices. The apex bank said that it took the action because

share, while Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN) lost 20k to close at N8.89 per share. Jos International Breweries also dropped by 20k to close at N3.97 per share, while Learn Africa fell by 9k to close at N1.86 per share. In all, investors exchanged a total of 396.43 million shares worth N4.8 billion in 4,356 deals on Wednesday. This was against the 279.15 million shares valued at N3.0 billion traded in 3,310 deals on Monday. (NAN)

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Lower resistance by listening


hen you encounter opposition to an idea or suggestion, you can strong-arm your challenger into getting what you want, or you can reinforce your relationship by listening. When you coerce an employee into doing something – even if he complies with your demands – his initial resistance will fester over time and may come back to bite you later. When someone doesn’t agree

with you, it’s natural to repeat yourself, often more loudly. Instead, if you are getting pushback, listen. Repeat back what you’ve heard to make sure you truly understand what the other person means. When you stop trying to convince someone and instead focus on listening to his point of view and respecting it, his resistance will often disappear. Source: Harvard Business Review




22 airports to get runway facilities for 24 hrs operations Stories from Suleiman Idris, Lagos


2 airports across the undergoing re-modeling are to be fitted with appropriate facilities on their runways which will enable the facilities handle 24 hours flight operations in them. The facilities, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) says will include the airfield lightening and the

resurfacing of the runways and other facilities for a hitch free operation at the airports. General Manager, Cooperate Communications of FAAN, Mr. Yakubu Dati stated in Yola during an inspection tour of the airport. He said the agency is not unmindful of demands for the airport to run its operations around the clock. He said however that it would be a herculean task for the authority to provide all the

facilities at the same time. “The aviation sector was comatose before the coming of the present administration. We are doing the intervention one after the other. We are doing terminal modernisation now. The runway lights and other facilities will be provided not only at Yola airport but also at the other ones so that they can run 24-hour operations. But we are going to tackle the facility

challenges one at a time”. Dati said hajj operations has kicked off at the airport while at 1, 500 passenger capacity terminal was waiting for commissioning. “The terminal is actually completed. What is left for the contractor to do is to clean up for commissioning. The modernisation is meant to ensure that Yola Airport has a terminal that befits its status. It is one of the airports designated as cargo”.

Murtala Muhammed International Airport Kano

Sam Mbakwe Airport cargo apron ready December


he Sam Mbakwe Cargo International Airport Owerri will soon be realized as the cargo apron of the airport under construction will be completed before the end of this year. Speaking to reporters in Owerri, the Airport Manager in charge, Mr. Young Ekwekwuo said the contractor handling the project has assured of early completion of the cargo apron before December. He said rain affected the progress of work but the contractor has gone back to work as the rain has subsided adding

that the youths in the community have also agreed to put a stop to their activities. “The elders in consultation with the state government have appointed elder statesman to mediate and since then, the hostilities by the youth are now a thing of the past. We now have enabling nvironment; the contractors handling the project are no longer being disturbed”. Ekwekwuo said as parts efforts to ensure the facility is secured; the airport has been fenced to ward off intruders adding that all security needed within and around the airport have been put in place.

Dana Air offers October ‘freedom’ tickets to guests


n commemoration of Nigeria’s 53rd Independence anniversary, Dana Air said it is offering air travellers within Nigeria the opportunity to purchase a companion ticket on its existing Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Uyo and Calabar route. Passengers are to get a reward of a ‘freedom ticket’ for travel anytime within the Independence month of October, it said. Mr. Obi Mbanuzuo, Dana Air’s Head of Commercial who made the announcement in Lagos said, “as our great nation marks her 53rd Independence anniversary this October, there is no better

way to celebrate than to offer more Nigerians the freedom to fly. This is why we have introduced the freedom ticket initiative to encourage business and pleasure trips for family and friends”. He said “Starting September 27, 2013, simply buy a Dana Air ticket for yourself and a companion and you will get one ‘freedom ticket’ for travel to any Dana Air destination; the more ‘companion tickets’ you buy online, the more freedom tickets you get! The freedom ticket is valid for travel in the month of October only”.

Nigeria back no ICAO Council


igeria has been reelected to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Council with majority votes of 149 out of 172 (constituting 86 per cent of total vote cast) at the 38th Assembly of the organisation that held in Montreal, Canada. The re-election of Nigeria is said to be indicative of how Nigeria is regarded in the comity of world air transport sector , which experts say, would provide a strong platform for the election of the Nigerian representative in ICAO- Dr Olumuyiwa Babatunde Aliu who would be standing for election for the President of ICAO Council on October 28. Nigeria’s delegation was led by the Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah. Minister of Aviation last Thursday addressed the Assembly where he reinforced the commitment of the Nigerian government to meet all the ICAO standards and requirements in safety, security, aerodrome facility and regulation, detailing how far it had gone in actualizing some of these objectives, including the current efforts in infrastructural renewal at the nation’s airports. She assured that all the goals set out would be accomplished in the nation’s aviation sector within the framework of the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan. Media Coordinator for aviation agencies and the General Manager, Corporate Communication of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Yakubu Dati, observed that the massive support for Nigeria as membership of ICAO Council by the international aviation community is an acknowledgement of the tremendous efforts the present administration is making to improve the sector. “Nigeria’s election also confirms the recognition of the increasing strength of Nigerian aviation industry and the minister’s campaign for his election as President of ICAO Council showed that our country is making significant progress to take its rightful position as West African hub,” Dati said.

Stella Oduah




Pension&insurance PEOPLES DAILY, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2013


PenCom pledges to support workers own houses Sovereign From Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos


he National Pension Commission (PenCom) has pledged to ensure workers in Nigeria have their own houses. The Commission said this is realisable by allowing workers use part of their pension contribution to finance acquisition of affordable houses. PenCom’s acting Director General, Mrs. Chinelo AnohuAmazu, who made this known said this task was part of ongoing efforts at enhancing contributors’ satisfaction. She said the commission is currently exploring the possibility of allowing contributors to utilize part of their Retirement Savings Account (RSA) balances to partfinance the acquisition of lowcost houses.

By the time the plan sees the light of the day, she said “the commission expect these facilities would be availed to states that have fully implemented the contributory pension scheme. This means any state that would qualify for the facilities must have enacted a law on the contributory pension scheme, established a state pension bureau and a local government pension bureau, remits both employer and employee pension contributions into employees’ Retirement Savings Accounts (RSAs) and commit to clearing backlog of unremitted pension contributions, group life insurance premiums and / or accrued pension rights, subject to terms agreed with the commission”.

Speaking further, the PenCom boss said the commission had also reviewed its investment regulations with a view to facilitating the investment of pension funds towards reducing the huge infrastructure gap in the country. She informed that several states in the federation have already benefitted from the pool of funds generated by the contributory pension scheme through the issuance of development bonds. The PenCom boss stressed that most of the affected states utilised the proceeds from these investments towards the provision of vital infrastructure for the wellbeing of their citizens. Meanwhile Lagos state which enacted its law in 2007, registered 45,730 employees

under the contributory pension scheme and remitted N46.50 billion as pension contribution; issued retirement benefit bonds of N18.9 billion to its retirees. Osun state enacted its law in 2009, registered 45,106 employees under the scheme, remitted N4.15 billion as pension contributions and remitted N1.90 billion into the Retirement Benefits Bond Redemption Fund Account. She added that Ogun state enacted its law in 2007, registered 24,902 employees under the scheme and remitted N10.90 billion as pension contributions, Ekiti state enacted its law in 2011and has registered 37,676 employees under the scheme, Oyo state enacted its law in 2010, while Ondo state has only drafted a bill on the scheme.

L-R: General Manager, True Tales Publications, Ms. Anne Omezi, Lagos state First Lady, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola, and Deputy Managing Director, Resources, UBA Plc, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, during the official launch of Hello! Nigeria, on Sunday in Lagos.

IEI sets up customer care centre to enhance service satisfaction


he International Energy Insurance (IEI), an underwriting firm for energy and general business has set up customer care Centre aimed at enhancing service satisfaction. The firm noted that, the recent regulatory mandate which made a third Party motor, owners/ occupiers liability, Professional Indemnity insurances compulsory, has also created a retail business opportunity or the insurance industry. In a strategic response to meet that need, the firm recently introduced IEI third Party motor

Scratch Cards for private motor, trucks and motorcycles. It is an online platform through which the general public could have access to genuine third party motor insurance. IEI believes that this third party motor insurance online platform should be powered by technology and seamless customer service, hence the need for a vibrant call center that will swiftly respond to consumer challenges. The IEI call centre is fully equipped with IP PBN solution and a high class Customer Interaction Management Solution Software, a CRM Microsoft

license and a full service support from Ameyo. The unit is handled by very experienced hands trained by CRM specialists. The essence for a top class Call Center is to create very useful customer information and insight, that will become very handy for technology based product development capable of taking insurance to everybody. Stating the rationale for a call center for an insurance company, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mrs.Roseline Ekeng, affirmed that “having a customer management unit within the system is of necessity

to optimally serve our customers. She stressed that “NAICOM’s mandate for compulsory insurances has opened up a huge opportunity for retail and micro insurance business which IEI wants to tap into with the aid of technology. Adding that, “Retail business is the F1 way to create massive insurance penetration in Nigeria”. IEI Third Party motor insurance Online Scratch Cards come in different denominations and costs. The company’s objective is to make genuine third party motor insurance accessible and affordable to all.

Trust Insurance pays N944 million claims in Q2 From Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos


overeign Trust Insurance plc has settled claims to the tune of N944, 512,641.77 million within the second half of the year 2013. The breakdown of the amount showed that N351 million was paid out in the first quarter, while the sum of N593 million was paid out in the second quarter. The General Manager, Operations, Olaotan Soyinka, stated that the claims portfolio in the first half of the year include Energy claims amounting to N401.6 million; Motor Insurance N218.4 million; Fire Insurance N83.8 million while general accident insurance amounted to N128.5 millions. Marine Insurance claims accounted for N100.4 million and Engineering Insurance claims totalled N11.7 million. Wale Onaolapo, the Managing Director/CEO, reassured the commitment of the company to prompt claims settlement, adding that, it is the only way the company can generate more confidence from its teeming customers and the insuring public at large. He restated that prompt claims settlement is very germane to guaranteeing the reputation which the company has built over the years. According to him,, “Whenever the need arises to settle claims, Sovereign Trust Insurance does not see it as doing the customer a favour, rather, we are concerned about making the customer delighted with our seamless claims process which ultimately will lead to customer satisfaction. “We are only fulfilling our part of the agreement made at the point of picking up the business that all genuine claims will be settled as and when due.” It is our responsibility to do all in our capacity to ensure that we do not disappoint our customers when it matters most. The whole essence of insurance is premised on restoring policy holders to their former status in the occurrence of any eventuality and that we remain committed to. Over the years, Sovereign Trust Insurance plc has demonstrated optimal commitment to maintaining a pace-setting position in the insurance industry in Nigeria.





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he Kano state Drainage Committee has said it would do its best possible to curb flooding in the state this year. Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Idris Adamu, made the promise in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano. He said the committee would achieve it by encouraging communities and development associations to partake in the activities aimed at checking flooding in the area. It could be recalled that Kano was among the states affected by flood in 2012. Adamu expressed delight that many communities and development associations had showed interest in various government activities aimed at checking flood. He said, “Communities and development associations have been showing tremendous support in this effort at avoiding recurrence of flooding in the state.

“The committee gets invitations from various groups on ways we can help them after they have done their own role of clearing gutters, waterways or drains. “Our articulated vehicles and pail loaders are usually and quickly dispatched to them to assist in clearing debris to avoid accumulation and its attendant consequences.’’ Adamu said that Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso had given an order to the 11-man committee to achieve zero level flooding in all parts of the Kano metropolis and its environs. “The various agencies on the committee: Works, Environment, the Refuse Management and Sanitation Board, are used in all aspects relevant to their specialty in mobilising the people and evacuation of waste. “That is why the construction sites across the metropolis are given special attention to avoid traffic gridlock caused by blockage of roads and gutters.’’ (NAN)

Committee promises to curb flooding in Kano

Environmentalist tasks media in building NGO says waste water climate-resilient cities management possible in Nigeria Flood scene recorded in France Road in Kano metropolis recently


Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), Dr. David Dodman, yesterday tasked the media to be pro-active in building climate resilient cities. Dodman said in a statement that the media would be needed in monitoring, and ensuring that funds set aside for such projects were efficiently utilised by the authorities. “Cities are today on the frontline of climate change. “Not too many people are aware of the existence of funds that their cities could use to build resilience to climate change. “The media should, therefore, begin to inform citizens about such funds, so that citizens can in turn make

the right demands from their authorities,’’ he said. The environmentalist also urged the media to always investigate the availability of such funds before writing their reports. Dodman also advised them to monitor whether “such funds” were spent on building climate change mitigation structures in such communities. “The media and local activists should intensify their awareness on the availability of such funds and how they are being expended in their communities. “This will include t h e i r reporting on projects and activities, asking how and if lowincome resident communities benefited from the use of the funds,’’ he said. (NAN)

By Mohammed Kandi

Ghana can exponentially ramp up sustainability of its forest sector and ensure that forestrelated communities are both recipients and creators of effective and climate-smart economic solutions.” “The project builds on the AfDB’s history of support in Ghana for sustainable forest management to generate positive environmental and socioeconomic outputs. We look forward to the lessons coming out of the project’s implementation”, Mwangi noted.

By Mohammed Kandi with special report


igeria can achieve centralised waste water management through policies and investment, Fountain Water Limited an international NGO has said. The organisation’s Head of Waste Water, Mr. Abdullahi Aminu, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja recently. Aminu said that Nigerian states could succeed in turning waste water to potable water as many developed nations had done through proper investment. He said that that adopting the right policies was key to achieving

innovative management of waste water in the country and would encourage public-private sector partnerships. “It’s a big challenge really, that should be the goal government should be looking forward to. But because of the limited resources available to the government, even Lagos State is attempting it; but it can’t just find its way around it because it requires enormous fund allocation”, he stated. “I think through public-private partnership and a good policy, it could be accelerated. If you have private participation, companies could actually respond as well, but then we need the right policy from the government to make sure our investment is not wasted.

“If you invest in building such a centralized facility for an area for example, you need the government. “Sometimes, you don’t want to take the risk because sometimes when government changes, policies change; so you are looking for a balance. If you could gather international investors to say this is a good project and then waste are just linked from the houses directly into the centralized system. It could be recalled that the Federal Ministry of Water Resources had indicated interest to embark on waste water management to boost water supply in the country.

Ghana to transform its forestry sector with AfDB’s $10m support


hana has received $9.75 million approval from the Climate Investment Funds’ (CIF) Forest Investment Program (FIP) of the African Development Bank (AfDB), to enable it carry out the Engaging Local Communities in REDD+/ Enhancement of Carbon Stocks (ELCIR+) project. AfDB’s Task Manager for the project, Albert Mwangi, said in statement that, “Approval of this project means that

According to him, “The project builds on the AfDB’s history of support in Ghana for sustainable forest management to generate positive environmental and socio-economic outputs. We look forward to the lessons coming out of the project’s implementation.” The ELCIR+ project will help reduce deforestation and forest degradation, increase carbon stocks and reduce poverty by engaging communities in land management approaches that generate financial and

environmental benefits for them. Also, the project will pilot a jurisdictional approach to REDD+ at the regional level, focusing on the Western and Brong Ahafo regions. Part of the project’s benefit included twelve thousand people, mostly women, will receive capacity-building support, seeds and equipment, and financial incentives through benefitsharing agreement to develop forestry, agro-forestry and alternative livelihoods activities. An additional 175,000 people

will indirectly benefit. Meanwhile, the project has four components: Support for community restoration of degraded off-reserve forests and agricultural landscape, as well as promoting climate-smart and environmentally responsible cocoa and agro-forestry systems. Other include support for community alternative livelihoods and capacitybuilding for government and local communities and support for project management and Monitoring & Evaluation.



Mother Earth

The story of our environmental iniquities T

hese days when you switch on your television, local or international, the first news that is most likely pump up is about disaster: floods in Kebbi, coastal flood in Yenagoa or wildfire in Australia, earthquake in Pakistan, tornado in America, and cyclone in Venezuela and so on. So, also you find in the newspapers and magazines with unsightly visuals of disasters. Hardly a day passes without news about one form of disaster or the other. These disasters are so devastating and consuming that the least you hear these days is 500 people killed and 2000 rendered homeless. W h e n w e ’ r e approaching the raining season, we treble instead of rejoicing for a new season for farming. If it’s dry season or harmattan, we fear for our lives due to the unprecedented heat-wave and its accompaniments. During the raining season, the Armageddon

of floods reminds us of the story of the Biblical Armageddon of floods that consumed and renewed the world environment. There is no culture in the world that has no story to tell about the Armageddon. The old ones passed away, but a few that were chosen: humans, animals and plants started a new world, where there will be no any kind of pollution. There was no disaster for a long time until man started abusing his environment. We all know the repercussion when one abuses his parents. After we were told to go and sin no more. Since we have been told that God says, He will not destroy the world again by floods, but by fire, I hope that the huge armaments of nuclear weapons stockpiled by our “Big Brothers” of this world will not be the source of that fire. Though, scientists in their studies revealed that every 500 or 1,000 years, our Mother Earth do renew itself for better

services for humans, animals and plants. At certain periods, Mother

During the raining season, the Armageddon of floods reminds us of the story of the Biblical Armageddon of floods that consumed and renewed the world environment.

Earth purges itself so that there will be no constipation of any kind. If ordinarily we as humans constipate, when we fart, the air suffers; so at certain periods the earth must purge or farts. Though, there are issues I do not touch, even with a long pole, such as religion that has become the opium that perverts. So permit me to discuss the story of Adam and Eve as it concerns the environment, for eating the forbidden fruits that has become our lots

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today, otherwise we would have been saved from all these iniquities of our environmental challenges. If our parents sinned must we continue to suffer for it? God told Adam and Eve not to touch a particular tree at the center of their garden, but not only did they touch it, they ate it with relish. The rest is history. Its like man is again repeating the same mistake of Adam and Eve. We have started eating up both the unforbidden and forbidden

fruits in our garden, leaving nothing for other generations. The result is what we’re reaping today. Thank God, we have not been banished, but we are being warned to desist from our environmental iniquities so that the frequencies and intensity of these disasters will reduce, so that the Earth can purge or fart with little or no effect on our environment. Let us always remind ourselves that “Cleanliness is next to godliness”.

NSCDC plants 12,000 trees against desert encroachment By Mohammed Kandi


n its efforts to stop the impacts of desert encroachment in the state, the Jigawa Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has commenced

the planting of 12,000 trees. T h e N S C D C commandant in the state, Mr. Muhammad Gidado, said during the inauguration of the exercise in Dutse, 6,000 of

the trees would be planted in Dutse, the state capital. According to Gidado, “The effort is geared towards to supporting the state government in its war against desert encroachment and

deforestation.” The Commandant, who noted in a statement that the gesture was part of the Corps’ community support services programme, explained that, ``We want to render our community

service to the people of Jigawa; we are not only security officers, but also plant officers. “We will plant 6,000 trees this week in Dutse and its environs, and the remaining 6,000 will be

planted in the rest of the local government areas of the state.’’ Gidado also informed that every officer of the command would plant a tree and nurture it to maturity.

Expert counsels Nigerians on measures to avert flood disaster


he Deputy Director of Erosion, Coastal Zone and Flood Control Department, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mr Ekong Ekanem has advised Nigerians to take precautionary measures to prevent flood disasters in their communities. Ekanem gave the advice in Abuja on Tuesday in an

interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). He said that flood disasters could be avoided if Nigerians embrace cleanliness in their environments and ensure proper channel of flow of rainwater. “Flood is caused due to man’s disorder of the atmospheric structure and

also caused by too much rainfall. “It is impossible to stop flooding because it is natural but it is preventable.The warnings that we normally issue from the department cannot stop flooding, but it will rather prevent disasters if Nigerians are ready to take the required

preventive measures.’’ According to him, the ministry usually sends flood warning alerts to all the 36 State Commissioners of Environment, including the FCT, to enable them to plan against the natural disaster. “We always send warnings five days ahead to any disaster area we

foresee it will occur,’’ he said. The Deputy Director, who lauded the state governments for taking the alerts seriously, said: ‘’Our warnings will not stop the flood but they will always avert disasters.’’ It could be recalled that the Director-General of the National Emergency

Management Agency, Mr Muhammad Sani-Sidi has said that Nigeria had lost N2.6 trillion to the 2012 flood disaster. He said that the disaster, which resulted in 363 deaths, affected seven million people, displaced 2.3 million others and damaged 597,476 houses. (NAN)


Emergency Update


Investors seek NEMA seeks EU’s support in construction of embankment evacuation of vulnerable on River Niger people from flood-prone areas T By Mohammed Kandi with agency report


he National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has called for the support of the EU in the evacuation of vulnerable people from flood-prone areas. The Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammad Sani-Sidi, made the call on Wednesday in Abuja when he received a 10-man delegation from the EU on a 10-day visit

Kebbi disburses N3.7bn to 2010 flood victims


overnor Sa’idu Dakingari of Kebbi state, expressed satisfaction with the disbursement of N3.7 billion to 121, 772 flood victims in the state. In a statement signed by the Press Secretary to the Governor, Alhaji Mu’azu Abubakar said Dakingari was reacting to a report presented to him by the Elders Committee on the implementation of the relief to victims of the 2010 flood. It said the state government provided three billion Naira out of the amount while the Federal Government and other organisations provided N750 million. “The state government would not relent in the prevention of future flood as drainage in urban and semi urban communities would be provided,’’ the statement said. It credited the Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Muhammadu Kwaido, as saying that all those affected by the flood had been compensated. The statement said the committee returned N82.9 million to the state government after the disbursement. (NAN)

to Nigeria. He sought the expertise of the EU in convincing vulnerable people to vacate disaster areas to safer grounds. Sani-Sidi said the contingency plan for the prevention of a re-occurrence of the 2012 disaster was being bedevilled by the non-existence of functional state emergency management agencies in most states of the federation. He, however, said measures were being put in place by the agency through sensitisation and awareness creation in affected states on the need to prevent the reoccurrence. Sani-Sidi said that NEMA, in an effort to effect disaster risk reduction in affected areas, had high consultative meetings and advised governors of affected states on the need to prevent disasters. He said the contingency plan for the prevention of disaster was also being affected by the

lack of functional fire service, absence of ambulance services and poorly-equipped hospitals across the country. He said NEMA, in an effort to overcome some of the challenges, embarked upon the training of youths and executive volunteers to assist in emergencies. The Director said the executive volunteers comprised medical practitioners who were willing to offer free medical assistance during emergencies. He said the agency, with assistance of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), organised a train the trainer workshop for selected volunteers. According to him, the beneficiaries are expected to in turn train volunteers at state and local government levels on emergency management and response. The Leader of the delegation, Mr. Kimmo Tuominen, said they were in Nigeria on a 10-day

visit to share experiences from EU member-counties that had witnessed flood situations in recent time with Nigeria. He said the visit was also intended to strengthen the existing relationship between Nigeria and the EU as well as to offer technical assistance on the management of floods in the country. He said the team would, in the course of the visit, set up an EU Humanitarian Office in Abuja for the coordination of all its activities in the country. Tuominen expressed the organisation’s willingness to offer its expertise, support and advice as well as make recommendations on early warning, planning and management of disasters. He said the visit of the delegation was also intended to share experiences from recent floods in EU member-countries, with an aim to look for a way forward. (NAN)

Director-General of NEMA, Alhaji Muhammad Sani-Sidi (m) with some officials during a recent visit to Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.

he Anambra state government and the Organised Private Sector in Awka yesterday, renewed calls for the construction of embankment on the River Niger in the state. The call was made at an interactive session organised by the government and the state Emergency Management Agency. The industrialists, who were largely from the Onitsha Industrial Harbour, expressed regrets on the huge loss on investment due to the flooding. The Group Managing Director of Krisoral Group of Companies, Mr. Oranu Chris, spoke on behalf of the manufacturers. Chris urged the Federal Government to release the disaster funds to help mitigate the effects of the flood. He said the occupiers of the harbour, which employs no fewer than 25,000 people, had started to protect their investments through erection of embankment on the river bank. In his remarks, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, said the 2013 NIMET flood prediction was unfavourable to the state. Obaze, who also heads the state flood management board, said that about 280,000 persons were envisaged to be displaced. He said the state government spent N500 million on management of 2012 disaster, appealing to communities in disaster-prone areas to create awareness on how to mitigate flooding on the citizenry. (NAN) He further appealed to the Federal Government to assist the state government in fully resettling the victims and cushioning the burden of affected industrialists. Prof. Christian Mmadu, Director of Shell Centre for Environmental Management and Control, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, called for a more pro-active approach to the problem. Mmadu called on the government and communities in the flood-prone areas to constitute technical committees to work out a possible long-term solution to the global climate change challenge. (NAN)

Spare a thought for displaced persons, NEMA advises Nigerians


he National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Tuesday urged Nigerians to pay attention to the plight of people living with disabilities and those affected by disasters and emergency situations. The Deputy Director, NEMA’s Disaster Risk Reduction Department, Mr. Aliyu Sambo made the call in an interview with the News Agency

of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja. He spoke against the backdrop of the nationwide celebration to mark the country’s 53rd independence anniversary. “While the nation celebrates its independence, the citizenry should spare a thought for their compatriots who cannot afford the luxury of celebration because of disasters and physical challenges,’’ Sambo said.

He said while the citizenry should remember such people through care and support, the government should also involve them in planning and meeting their infrastructure needs. The NEMA deputy director said the society’s less privileged must be involved in the general planning of infrastructure, transportation and social development. “What people should know

is that while they may be physically challenged, there are still certain things people can learn from them. “We should get them involved and to participate in whatever we are doing, because that is the only way to ensure their well-being and safety,” Sambo said. He said the best way to reduce the impact of disasters on the physically-challenged was to

give them the right information about any impeding danger. “Once we get the information right about the danger and we have our early warning, we should disseminate it to all segments of the people living with disabilities. “We should disseminate credible information at the right time and in the right format,” Sambo told NAN. (NAN)



Emergency Update Rising killings of innocent lives T

he increasing rate of insecurity in various parts of Nigeria, coupled with the recent massacre of over 50 students and seven teachers at the College of Agriculture, Gujba, Yobe state have clearly revealed that security of lives and property is by far eluding the citizens on a daily basis. It is glaring that the rate of insecurity is rooted from diverse and complex phenomena, ranging from socio-economic, political and ethno-cultural disagreements to criminal activities across the country. The situation has exposed the executive, legislative, judiciary, government officials, traditional rulers, their subjects, and family members to all manners of threats such as kidnappings and killings, making them relocating their relatives outside the country. Apparently, the amplifying level of unemployment and illiteracy have dreadfully contributed to other social vices such as armed robbery, pickpocketing, prostitution, juvenile delinquencies, cultism, indecent partying, post-electoral violence and the grossly uncontrollable level of insecurity in the country. Following the copious security challenges facing the country, Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Muhammad Sani-Sidi, recently stated that: “Insecurity and violent conflicts confronting the nation arise from socio-economic struggles, drought and desertification, massive urbanization, landslides, weak traditional, socio-political institutions, boundary disputes, ignorance, intolerance among various groups and communities, unequal distribution of resources among others.” Similarly, a recent investigation by the Youths Against Disaster initiative (YADI) revealed that desperate, intolerant and ruthless contests among political parties have also contributed largely to the on-going insecurity in the country, whereby political leaders and their followers have often resorted to violence, security breaches, killings and destruction, carnages, brigandage, massacre, butchery and bestiality, which threaten the very democracy that they seek to partake. YADI further urged all efforts to tackle insecurity in the country to integrate the consent and cooperation of the ethnic nationalities and religious groups. This is essential to the existence and continuity of Nigeria as a nation; since Nigeria is a political unit made up of over two hundred ethnic and diverse religious groups. Unity and peaceful cooperation among these groups must be ensured to avoid such circumstances that would result to bloody conflicts among them. Encouraging social cohesion

among various groups in the country with key interests in national socio-political development is another strategy to combat insecurity. Each constituent part of the country should be involved in the national socio-political and economic decisions. This will not only help to install the years of lost confidence in leaderships, but also to achieve national socio-political stability. Workable efforts must be made to stop the violence and proliferation of small arms and ammunitions across the country. This has long contributed to the intensifying rate of insecurity. It can be addressed through comprehensive reform of our national security sector. Some of the security challenges are self-inflicted and reinforced by greediness and poor security institutions. Due care and calculated thoughts must be exercised in government’s response to armed violence; since various attempts to tackle conflicts in forceful manner have provoked an escalation of violence generating hefty support for armed groups and strengthening the positions of militants in Nigeria. Regrettably, the intensifying rate of unemployment in the country has heightened the crime proportions and threats to the national security. The collective frustration among young jobseekers no doubt, is one of the single largest contributing factors to the ethnic and religious insecurity in the country; since it is increasingly becoming difficult for them to secure anything other than part-time or temporary work such as pipeline vandalisms, armed robberies, cyber-crimes, hire assassins, kidnappings, and socio-political thugs. Recall, in 2012, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi raised alarm that the current

YOUTH FOR PUBLIC SAFETY By Abubakar Jimoh security upheaval and internal insurrection all over the country were as a result of severe poverty and rising unemployment. Government must rethink and restructure the economic system of the country by creating enabling environment that encourages industrialisation. Moreover, in the last five decades, Nigeria has repeatedly witnessed conflicts of diverse degree; triggering socioeconomic, physical and emotional imbalances among the people. Some of the resultant effects of communal conflicts are manifold loss of lives and property, investment opportunities, hunger and starvation, open violence, wars, mass strikes, and other forms of socio-economic disorders. Given the consistent rate of eruptions, almost every part of the country has been left vulnerable to one form of communal conflicts or another. Just like most parts of the world, communal crises in Nigeria are multi-dimensional—religious, political, economic, social and ethno-linguistic. For instance, an African economist, Gesiye Angaye observed that the divisive interplay of politics, ethnics and religion in the country has led to rising nationalism and militancy of various ethnic movements, seeking self-determination, local autonomy, separate identity and true federalism. The situation is not unconnected with the disintegration of our value system, especially among the unemployed youths who are always manipulated by warlords for

selfish interests. The proliferation of small arms and light weapons, trans-nationalization of terrorism, globalization, and unequal distribution of resources are issues traditionally identified with conflicts. Efforts to tackle communal clashes have received series of institutional and administrative attentions in the country. Among these are ‘Operation Ceto-Maza’, Free-toll Call and Distress call centres initiated under the leadership of Director General NEMA, Alhaji Muhammad Sani Sidi. These pro-active measures have turned out to help averting hundreds of deaths and millions of naira property that would have been lost to frequent crises in the country. In a bid to reduce rumourmongering and reckless speculations that are noted for some crises, NEMA has collaborated with relevant stakeholders to build the capacity of Nigerians in ICT and in the application of social media networking in conflict and disaster early warning response, and in confronting mis-information that exacerbates conflicts and insecurity. Strict control must be maintained against the supply and use of arms and ammunitions as inadequate measures on these have fasten the outbreak of crises in the country and empowered warlords to accelerate conflicts rather than finding peaceful resolution. More importantly, effort to resolve conflicts should give priority to the roles of traditional

International organisations have lamented the poor security response by the authorities to the rising crime wave in the country.

rulers, community/village heads, and the religious leaders who are likely to be more informed on the root causes of the clashes. They should be given chance to identify how their communities are affected by the conflict, how the obstacles to peace negotiations can be removed and how traditional practices can offer alternative ways of ending conflict. This will help to attain post conflict reconciliation, peace building, and prevent reoccurrence of conflicts. There is need for rethinking on policy and institutional means of dealing with security related matters arising in the country. Over the years, the security operatives have decried the lack of clear document on national security policy which has remained one of the major problems confronting the country on how to tackle security challenges whenever it arises. Also, the security policy and institutional frameworks must be strategically incorporated into the training courses of our military institutions such as Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), Nigerian Military Intelligence (NMI), Police Mobile Force Training School, Police Colleges, Police Academy, and Detective Colleges. Having a practicable national security policy at these levels will help in adequate delivery and professional development of strategic leaders required to meet the global challenges of maintaining peace and security. It has been argued that the widespread insecurity in the country seemed to be defined by organised criminality and by political and sectarian insurgency. The inability of the police to provide law and order in the country and the resulting insecurity has led some individuals and communities to acquire small arms for protection. The Police can be more effective if it is better equipped, better paid, and motivated. Meanwhile, the national security vote must be judiciously utilized; as the ongoing security situation in the country has allowed for huge allocation to the security-related matters. These should be skillfully manned towards the provision of adequate training and welfare service of the security operatives, and acquisition of sophisticated modern security equipment. Advanced approaches must be exploited in addressing the national security challenges. These include adequate deployment of the modern Internet Protocol-based, Electronic Access Control System (EACS), Intruder Alarm System (IDS) and Perimeter Detection System (PIDS) which are very essential technological innovations that can help in the area of physical security and building management system.




Nigerian economy gaining on regional heavyweight South Africa W

hile South Africa remains the most appealing investment destination on the African continent, the economy of the continent’s most populous nation, Nigeria, is growing quickly. A new survey from a major South African bank predicts that, within the next couple of years, Nigeria will be the most attractive country to investors. For three straight years, South Africa has topped the “Where to Invest in Africa” survey done by Rand Merchant Bank, but this year the survey predicted the West African nation of Nigeria may overtake South Africa within the next two to four years. Nigeria is currently the leading African oil producer. The survey takes several metrics and surveys from other economic organizations into consideration. South Africa retained first place this year, while Nigeria moved from third to second place, ahead of Egypt. The survey is meant to give investors a long view of investment in the country. Countries like Libya and Egypt, though currently facing unrest, are also included in the top 10 among African countries. Nema Ramkhelawan-Bhana, an Africa analyst with the South Africa-based Rand Merchant Bank, said, “the scoring gap between South Africa and Nigeria is narrowing quite rapidly.” “Now, one would argue that Egypt has fallen down a couple of places because of its political unrest, but that’s not necessarily the case based on our ranking. It is in fact because of Nigeria’s expeditious growth rates and also its growth in market size with the potential to actually overtake South Africa in the next couple of years,” continued Ramkhelawan-Bhana. Nigeria has also made huge gains in the world rankings, climbing 35 places in the last decade to come in at 38th place.

A farmer plows the field in Saulawa village, on the outskirts of Nigeria’s north-central state of Kaduna.

South Africa came in at 33rd place this year. Ramkhelawan-Bhana says Nigeria already has a gigantic market, thanks to its 164 million residents, and with growth in sectors like technology and agriculture, Nigeria is diversifying away from its historic dependence on oil. That growth is likely to be bolstered further when Nigeria rebases its Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, by the end of the year. Rebasing helps governments to adjust GDP calculations for changes in the economy, including new sectors and industries. Ghana recently rebased its GDP figures and the country’s market size increased by 60%. Nigeria hasn’t rebased in 17 years. The possible growth of such a rebasing has analysts excited.

“Now Nigeria’s economy is about two-thirds the size of South Africa. Imagine an increase of around 60%. It will far exceed the levels that we are seeing in South Africa at the moment,” said Ramkhelawan-Bhana. So where does this leave South Africa? The country is expected to grow at a tepid 3.2% over the next five years as Nigeria grows at around 6%. “I think it is something that South Africa should be desperately aware of. We are in a phase where we need to consolidate our gains, look at how we can spur different industries, how we can generate growth on a more sustainable basis,” said Ramkhelawan-Bhana. South Africa’s economy still makes up 17% of the continent’s purchasing power. However, the consumer-driven economy has suffered because of slowdowns

Ramkhelawan-Bhana says Nigeria already has a gigantic market, thanks to its 164 million residents, and with growth in sectors like technology and agriculture, Nigeria is diversifying away from its historic dependence on oil. That growth is likely to be bolstered further when Nigeria rebases its Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, by the end of the year.

Minister for Agriculture, Akinwunmi Adesina

in mining and manufacturing, labor unrest and decreased productivity. Nevertheless, South Africa does have several large advantages over other African economies - a very strong and complex banking system and strong infrastructure, which is something Nigeria lacks. Paul Alagidede, a professor at the University of Witwatersand’s Business School, in Johannesburg, says Nigeria’s growth and economic prosperity in other African nations aren’t necessarily bad for South Africa. “In terms of regional clout here, on the continent, South Africa is very well positioned

to take advantage of the growth potential of other countries within the continent… Talk about Shop Rite in Ghana, in Nigeria, talk about MTN, we have Standard Bank spreading all over, so these are companies that are doing a lot of work in other countries… So, the growth in other parts of Africa should be good news for South Africa, even if we are not seeing the fiscal evidence of that in South Africa itself.” That kind of continental investment is expected to increase in the future. Just last week, Famous Brands, a South African franchise group, bought a 49% stake in the Nigerian chain Mr. Biggs.




CIRCUIT New US Charge D’affaires meets Nigerian Press Stories by Hassan Haruna Ginsau


ewly arrived U.S. Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy Maria Brewer, met with a group of journalists on to build relationships with the press. Ms. Brewer is making a second tour to Nigeria fifteen years after her first as a staff of the Consular and Economic Sections in Lagos, when she joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1996. “To me, this is a bit of a home coming,” Brewer told journalists in Abuja, and “I am happy to be back to Nigeria with my daughter, husband, a dog named Fluffenstuff. Hopefully,

this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship with the Nigerian press,” she said. Presently, the U.S. Mission in Nigeria is between Ambassadors following the departure of former Ambassador Terence McCulley and Ms. Brewer has been serving as the Chargé d’Affaires. She will return to her role as Deputy Chief of Mission when the new Ambassador arrives in a few weeks. Asked what has really changed within the last fifteen years, Brewer said Abuja was then “a very small town without a Consulate, and “we operated from three houses which served as a Liaison office. Now a lot has changed with many impressive houses and construction work

going on constantly. I have also had to go to Lagos recently, and I see physical growth which is a pleasant development.” On President Obama’s initiative to raise a new generation of young African leaders, Brewer said the U.S. Mission was willing to partner with Nigeria to empower the next generation of young leaders in Nigeria in tackling the challenges of the country. Prior to her coming to Nigeria, Brewer has served in Sierra Leone, where she worked ardently to help bring peace to that country after ten years of conflict. Her previous assignment before coming to Abuja was as Deputy Executive Director of the Bureau of African Affairs.

terrorist attack on a college in north-eastern Nigeria. The perpetrators of this abhorrent act targeted innocent students while they were sleeping. “On behalf of all Canadians, I extend my deepest sympathies to those injured in the attack and to the families and friends of those who lost their lives. We sincerely hope

that the perpetrators of this despicable act will be brought to justice. He added that Canadians stood united with the Nigerian people in deploring terrorism. Baird vowed that Canada will continue to assist the people and Government of Nigeria as they strive to improve security and uphold the rule of law.

Canada condemns Nigeria terrorist attack


anada has strongly condemned the deadly attack by militant group Boko Haram on a Yobe agricultural college which left over 60 students dead, and dozens more injured. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird in a statement said “Canada strongly condemns the

Maria Brewer, Charge D’Affaires, US Mission in Nigeria at a meeting with Nigerian press.

Russia grants 63 university scholarships to Nigeria


3 Nigerian students were granted university scholarships funded by the Government of the Russian Federation this year. Two groups of undergraduates from all 36 Nigerian states departed for Russia on September 2325, 2013, to enroll in various universities across the country. Most of participants opted for a degree in engineering or medicine, while others preferred to study liberal arts. Speaking to the students at the pre-departure briefing


in Abuja on September 17, 2013, Nigeria’s Supervising Minister of Education, EzenwoNyesomWike, praised Russia for being one of the top donor countries providing free education to bright Nigerians, and expressed hope that Russian-educated professionals will contribute to the development of the Nigerian nation. The annual quota of Russian state-funded scholarships is distributed by the Federal Scholarship Board of Nigeria.

US praises Nigeria’s handover of power companies to private sector


he United States Power Africa initiative expressed its delight at the successful handing over of Nigeria’s power companies to private sector owners. Commenting on the hand over, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Maria Brewer said that “the United States Government is proud to have contributed to this historic handover of power companies to the private sector and congratulates the Government of Nigeria

(GON) on achieving a very important milestone in the liberalization of the power sector.” The comments were made in response to the Presidential handover of the Licenses and Share Certificates to the new owners of the PHCN successor generation and distribution companies. The ceremony marks the beginning of the transition period in which the new owners will work with the existing management of

the successor companies to ensure a successful takeover and represents one of the first Power Africa successes. Power Africa, a new U.S. Presidential Initiative to double access to power in subSaharan Africa, supported the transfer of assets from the public to private sector. USAID Mission Director Michael Harvey said “the U.S. will continue to partner with Nigeria to advance a seamless transition from public to private sector management of

the power sector to ensure that the Nigerian people have access to electricity.” The U.S. expressed support for the achievement and encouraged the Nigerian Government to sustain progress in the sector by addressing such critical needs as adequate transmission, gas availability, and a cost reflective tariff. U.S. President Barack Obama, through Power Africa has committed to providing seven billion dollars over the next five years to support six African

countries, including Nigeria. Power Africa brings to bear a wide range of U.S. tools to support investment in Africa’s energy sector, includingpolicy and regulatory best practices, pre-feasibility support, capacity building, long-term financing, political insurance, guarantees, credit enhancements and technical assistance. Power Africa also provides coordinated support to help African partners expand their energy generation, transmission, and distribution capacity and access.




Kenya tells Somalia to ‘put house in order’


huru Kenyatta, Kenya’s president, has told Somalia to “put their house in order,” in a sign of frustration at the festering instability in the neighbouring country after members of a Somali armed group attacked and killed dozens at a Nairobi shopping mall. The al-Qaeda-linked alShabab group said it raided the Westgate mall, killing at least 67 people in a four-day siege, in revenge for Kenya’s military campaign against its fighters inside Somalia. Al-Shabab repeated its warnings to Kenya on Tuesday of new attacks if it did not pull troops from Somalia. Earlier, President Kenyatta announced a formal inquiry into the deadly assault. “We are putting in place a commission of inquiry to see if we could have done things better, to see if there were lapses,” Kenyatta said at inter-faith prayers led by leaders from the Muslim, Christian and Hindu communities. The mall attack bore out widespread fears that Somalia, whose cash-strapped government exerts little control beyond the capital Mogadishu, remained a training ground for armed fighters and a launching pad for attacks beyond its borders. The Kenyan president said he would not be bullied into withdrawing his soldiers, who are

…as ICC issues arrest warrant for Kenyan citizen part of an African peacekeeping force. He also took aim at the Somali government, which a source close to the Kenyan presidency said had also recently called for Kenyan troops to leave before withdrawing the demand under pressure from regional leaders. “If their desire is for Kenya to pull out of Somalia, my friends, all they need to do is what they should have done 20 years ago, which is put their house in order,” Kenyatta told religious leaders at a multi-faith prayer meeting. There was no immediate reaction from the Somali government. But al-Shabab said in a statement that if the Kenyan

government’s decision was to keep its forces in Somalia, it was an indication that it hadn’t yet learned “any valuable lessons” from the Westgate attack. The group promised even more insecurity, bloodshed and destruction in Kenya. “Harakat Al-Shabab AlMujahideen is fully determined to intensify attacks inside Kenya until the last KDF boots exit Somali soil,” the armed group’s press office said in a statement. “If Kenya’s political leaders are still persistent in their quest to occupy our Muslim lands and carry out heinous atrocities against our people, then let them know that Kenyans will never find peace and stability in their


country.” Meanwhile, The International Criminal Court (ICC) said yesterday it had issued an arrest warrant for a Kenyan citizen charged with trying to bribe witnesses to withdraw testimony in a case against Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto. The suspect, Walter Barasa, a journalist in Ruto’s political stronghold of Eldoret, northwest of the capital, told Reuters he denied the charges and said police had not tried to detain him. Ruto, whose trial began last month, and President Uhuru Kenyatta are charged separately with orchestrating violence that swept Kenya after contested elections in 2007 and in which 1,200 people were killed. Kenyatta’s trial starts in November. Kenya has called for the cases to be dropped or moved closer to home. It has also rallied African support against the court, which has until now charged only Africans. The arrest warrant will test Kenya’s stated commitment to cooperate with the court. Several witnesses have withdrawn, with prosecutors alleging intimidation and defense lawyers denying it. In March, the loss of a key witness led to the collapse of the case against Kenyatta’s co-accused, former civil service head Francis Muthaura.

Egypt Defence minister warns of religious conflict



gyptian Minister of Defense Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned on Tuesday of the attempt of some forces to turn the political conflict into a religious one. Al-Sisi asked the army to pay attention to the misleading attempts to mix politics with religion to provoke a war against Islam at a seminar held on Tuesday to mark the 40th anniversary for the Egyptian military’s victory over Israel on Oct. 6 1973, according to the military spokesman, Colonel Ahmed Mohamed Ali. The defense minister who led the overthrow of former president Mohamed Mursiin July denounced those attempts

Guinea president urges politicians to accept poll results


uinea’s President Alpha Conde is appealing to both the ruling coalition and the opposition to accept the outcome of the Sept. 28 legislative elections to maintain peace and social order in the West African country. Addressing the nation on the eve of yesterday’s National Independence Day, Conde thanked all the Guinean groups as well as the international community for the successful organization of free and fair legislative elections. He said his government’s desire is to restore the rule of law and make Guinea a more democratic nation. He also recalled the efforts undertaken by his government to ease the suffering of the Guinean people, through macroeconomic and structural reforms. He urged the Guinean people to ensure that “the country’s underground wealth does not cause conflicts, but helps to promote the people’s well-being.” The electoral commission has postponed the publication of election results citing logistical needs. The polls had been put off several times since Conde was elected in November 2010.


and calls that aim to discredit the army and break the security institutions. He offered the people in Sinai an apology for all the unintended damages during the military operations against terrorists and stressed they will be compensated. Several parties called on Egyptians to go to streets on Oct. 6 to share with the army its celebrations, however, supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted president Mohamed Mursi called for “anti-coup” demonstrations against the army leaders and the interim government.

Mali postpones handover of MNLA prisoners amid tensions


he Malian government has decided to postpone the handover of prisoners of the separatist Tuareg group MNLA to the UN mission and the Red Cross agency in the West African country, where security has been deteriorating for days. The prime minister’s office said the handover ceremony set to take place in the capital Bamako was delayed to a later date. The government planned to transfer prisoners of the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) to the UN Mission for Stabilization of Mali (MINUSMA) and the Red Cross agency. The prime minister’s office did not give any reason for the postponement, only telling journalists who had come to cover the event that “they will be notified later.” Last Thursday, the special representative of the UN secretary general in Mali and head of MINUSMA, Bert Koenders, hailed the move by MNLA to set free 30 people who until then had been imprisoned in the northern town Kidal, the stronghold of the MNLA. He also praised the Malian government for freeing 12 detainees who had been involved in northern Mali conflicts. Since the weekend, fighting has resumed between the Malian army and the MNLA in the center of Kidal. The two sides signed a truce in June.




S Korea, US sign pact to deter North Korea nuclear threat

Hague (L) with his South Korea counterpart Kwan- jin during a joint press conference.


he United States and South Korea signed a new pact to deter North Korea’s potential use of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction amid growing threats from Pyongyang, their defense chiefs said yesterday. The defense ministers also

agreed to review the timing of the transfer of war-time command control of their combined forces on the Korean peninsula from the U.S. military to South Korea, a joint statement issued after their meeting said. The transfer is scheduled to take place in December 2015, but

there have been calls in South Korea for it to be postponed while North Korea continues to push ahead with its nuclear weapons and long-range missile programmes. “Of particular concern are North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, its proliferation activities, and its

chemical weapons,” U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a joint news conference with South Korea’s Kim Kwan-jin. “Given these concerns, as Minister Kim noted, today we signed a bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence against the threat of North Korean nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,” he said. The ministers did not give any immediate indication of what the “tailored deterrence” strategy might entail despite questions from the media. Hagel said it was prompted by a recent push by Pyongyang to build and deploy nuclear weapons. “It has increased its capabilities, its missile capabilities, its three nuclear tests. So that is constantly forcing a review of our strategies.” South Korean media reported the new strategy involved the use of all available military assets to launch a pre-emptive strike against the North if there is a clear indication of an imminent nuclear attack by Pyongyang. A senior U.S. defense official denied the pact addressed the possibility of such a strike and said it provided a framework for discussions on the use of various defense capabilities to generate an effective deterrent against the North.

Iran parliament endorses Rouhani’s diplomatic gambit


ran’s parliament strongly endorsed President Hassan Rouhani’s diplomatic bid to dispel mistrust at the United Nations last week during a visit which ended with an historic phone call with President Barack Obama, Iranian media said. The backing from the assembly, controlled by political factions deeply loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is a further sign that Rouhani has the support of the Iranian establishment, though there are some rumblings from hardliners. Khamenei, the most powerful figure in Iran, has yet to comment publicly on Rouhani’s trip. Rouhani briefed parliamentarians on his trip, including discussions on Iran’s nuclear dispute with the West and regional relations, the student news agency ISNA said. A group of 230 parliamentarians, out of the total of 290, signed a statement expressing their support of Rouhani for presenting the image

of a “powerful and peace-seeking Iran which seeks talks and interaction for the settlement of regional and international issues”, Fars news agency said. While Rouhani’s visit to New York boosted hopes of a diplomatic breakthrough in talks to resolve the 10-year-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear program, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed it on Tuesday as a ruse concocted by a “wolf in sheep’s clothing”. The United States, Israel and other countries accuse Iran of using its nuclear program as a veil for efforts to try to develop the capability to produce weapons. Iran says the program is for peaceful energy purposes only. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Netanyahu and “the Zionist lobby” were trying to hinder negotiations. “We will not let Netanyahu

Rouhani determine the future of our talks,” Zarif wrote on his Facebook page. The next round of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers is to take place in Geneva on October 15-16. Such is the mistrust between Iran and the West that a big sticking point of negotiations over

Tehran’s disputed nuclear program has been who should make the first move. Iran has insisted the United States and the European Union should ease sanctions before it makes any concessions over enriching uranium, while Western powers have argued the reverse.

Fears grow as anti-Muslim violence grips Myanmar


An old man sifting through the remains of his burned house

ectarian bloodshed has forced women and children to flee to forests in western Myanmar after Buddhists have killed at least five Muslims. Security forces patrolled villages yesterday in Rakine State, where more than 800 Buddhist rioters torched homes and attacked local Muslims a day before. “We are doing all of this just out of our desire to protect our own religion because we heard that a Muslim man in Thandwe abused Buddhism,” one

rioter told Al Jazeera. The violence left at least four men and a 94-year-old woman dead, a police official said. Four Rakhine Buddhists were injured in clashes and a fifth was missing, while 59 houses and a mosque have been torched since tensions flared on Saturday, police said. “The police are merely shooting into the air and not doing enough to prevent the violence,” a resident told Al Jazeera.

Asia & Middle East Iraq violence leaves almost 1,000 dead in September- UN


lmost 1,000 people were killed and more than 2,000 wounded in violence in Iraq in September, the UN has said. Baghdad was the worst affected province as 887 civilians and 92 members of the Iraqi Security Forces died nationwide. The death toll was lower than July’s, which stood at 1,057, but still one of the highest in years. It brings the number killed this year to 5,740. The UN’s envoy urged Iraqis to “strengthen their efforts to promote national dialogue and reconciliation”. “Political, religious and civil leaders as well as the security services must work together to end the bloodshed and ensure that all Iraqi citizens feel equally protected,” Nickolay Mladenov said in a statement on Tuesday. Most of the violence has been blamed on Sunni Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), which has said it was behind the series of car bomb attacks in predominantly Shia districts of Baghdad on Monday that left more than 54 people dead. A statement posted online by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), an umbrella group to which AQI belongs, said the bombings were revenge for a “campaign of torture, displacement, detainment and liquidation” of the Sunni minority by the Shia-led government. On Wednesday, at least four members of the security forces were killed when an Iraqi military helicopter was shot down during an operation against militants in a desert area west of Baji, north of the capital, officials said. The recent unrest was sparked by an army raid on a Sunni Arab anti-government protest camp near Hawija in April. The protesters were calling for the resignation of Shia Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and denouncing the authorities for allegedly targeting the minority Sunni community. Iraq has also seen a spill-over of violence from the conflict in Syria, where jihadist rebels linked to the Islamic State of Iraq, a Sunni militant umbrella group that includes al-Qaeda, have risen to prominence. In the past two months, Iraqi security forces have reportedly arrested hundreds of alleged alQaeda members in and around Baghdad as part of a campaign the government is calling “Revenge for the Martyrs”. But the operations, which have taken place mostly in Sunni districts, have angered the Sunni community and failed to halt the violence.




No “cordial ties” with US- Maduro


enezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that there would be no “cordial ties” with the United States until Washington respects Venezuelan sovereignty. His remarks came a day after he expelled U.S. charge d’affaires Kelly Keiderling, the top U.S. diplomat in the country, and two others, accusing them of meeting with right-wing opposition leaders and encouraging “acts of sabotage” against his country. “Until the U.S. government understands it has to respect Venezuela, which is a sovereign country, there will simply be no cordial relations, nor cordial communication,” Maduro said at a cabinet meeting. During the meeting, Maduro played a video showing the three U.S. diplomats leaving a meeting with members of the political opposition in Puerto Ordaz, in southeast Bolivar state, home to Venezuela’s main hydroelectric plant. “This is the first video with elements that show that these

…US expels Venezuelan diplomats in retaliation


agents accredited by the country, are trying to fish in troubled waters. They want to stir the waters, they have specific goals such as destabilizing the country,” the president said. A six-month investigation by the Venezuelan government showed that the three diplomats engaged in activities sabotaging the country’s electrical and economic

system, in conjunction with members of the far-right, Maduro said, adding that their actions were “illegal and interventionist.” Meanwhile, The United States has expelled three Venezuelan diplomats in response to their government’s decision to order three US officials out of Venezuela. The US government gave 48-hour deadline on

Tuesday to Venezuelan charge d’affairesCalixto Ortega Rios, Second Secretary Monica Alejandra Sanchez Morales at the Washington embassy and Consul Marisol Gutierrez de Almeida at the Houston consulate, to leave the country. The move comes a day after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the expulsion of US charge d’affaires Kelly Keiderling and two other diplomats, accusing them of conspiring with “the extreme right” to sabotage the South American country’s economy and power grid. US officials vigorously denied the allegation. “It is regrettable that the Venezuelan government has again decided to expel US diplomatic officials based on groundless allegations, which require reciprocal action. It is counterproductive to the interests of both our countries,” the US State Department said.

Obama cuts short Asia trip due to US shutdown


S President Barack Obama has postponed the Malaysia and Philippines portions of his four-nation Asian tour because of the government shutdown. The White House said yesterday that it would continue to evaluate the Indonesia and Brunei portions of the president’s trip based on how events develop throughout the course of the week. President Obama is scheduled to set off on the trip on Saturday. He was to have visited Malaysia and the Philippines after attending international summits in Indonesia and Brunei. The US government has partially shut down after the two houses of Congress failed to agree a new budget. Earlier, Obama vowed not to allow Republicans to undermine his signature healthcare legislation, officially known as the Affordable Care Act, as a condition to restart the US government. More than 700,000 federal employees face unpaid leave, and national parks, museums and

many buildings are closed. Some critical parts of the government, including the military and air traffic control, will remain open. The shutdown will, however, keep hundreds of thousands of federal workers at home and unpaid. It could affect government services including park management, food assistance for children and pregnant women and federal home loan programmes. Federal agencies, such as NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and others, were also affected. On Tuesday, Obama spoke bluntly about House Republicans: “You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job, for doing what you’re supposed to be doing anyway, or just because there’s a law there that you don’t like”. Speaking of the healthcare law that undergoes a major expansion on Tuesday, he said: “That funding is already in place. You can’t shut it down”. The Republican speaker of the House, John Boehner, responded

Europe and Americas Italy PM wins confidence vote after Berlusconi U-turn


remier Enrico Letta has won a confidence vote in the Italian Senate after Silvio Berlusconi delivered an about-face and announced he would support the government. With a few dozen votes still being counted, Letta had more than 230 “yes” votes in the 321-member Senate, far more than he needed to keep his 5 month old coalition alive. Berlusconi said yesterday that having listened to Letta’s speech promising tax cuts and economic and judicial reform, “we have decided, not without some internal strife, to support the government.” His words, greeted by widespread surprise, appear to put an end to the political crisis that began after Berlusconi ordered five of his ministers on Saturday to withdraw from the cabinet. Several key figures from the People of Freedom party (PDL) had broken ranks with him after that move. A letter doing the rounds in the Senate just before Berlusconi spoke had 23 signatures of PDL senators willing to defy their leader, according to AFP news agency. Together with votes from four rebels of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, this would have been sufficient for Letta to win a majority even without Berlusconi’s support. “Italians are crying out that they cannot take any more blood in the arena, with politicians who slit each other’s throats and then nothing changes,” said Letta.


a few hours later on the House floor. “The American people don’t want a shutdown and neither do I,” he said. However, he added, the new healthcare law was having “a devastating impact ... something has to be done”. House Republicans have sought a year’s delay in a requirement in the healthcare law

for individuals to buy coverage. However, in recent days several Republican senators and House members have said they would be willing to vote for straightforward legislation with no healthcarerelated provisions. The last shutdown, in the winter of 1995-96, severely damaged Republican election prospects.


kept in detention. All four denied charges against them. Kasidiaris was released on bail of 50,000 euros ($67,600). He, Michos and IliasPanagiotaros were ordered not to leave Greece. “Golden Dawn, now stronger and more determined than ever, will continue its legal political struggle to free our land and people from the international loan sharks and domestic servants of foreigners,” the party said on its website. “Golden Dawn will not die Greece will be victorious!”

The four lawmakers were arrested on Saturday alongside party leader NikolaosMihaloliakos. They have been charged on what prosecutors say is evidence linking the party with a series of attacks, including the stabbing of rapper PavlosFissas on September 17 and the killing of an immigrant earlier this year. A trial date has not been set. P r i m e M i n i s t e r AntonisSamaras’s government has vowed to wipe out a party of “Nazi descendents”. It has shied

away from trying to ban the party outright but has ordered probes into them and plans to introduce laws against hate speech and deprive it of state funding to try to weaken the party. The move to crack down on an elected political party - the first time since a military coup in Greece in 1967 - has shocked Greeks, and the three senior lawmakers’ release comes as a surprise boost to a party that had been pushed on the defensive since the rapper’s killing.

Greece frees neo- Nazi lawmakers before trial


hree senior lawmakers from Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn were freed yesterday pending trial on criminal charges, an unexpected setback to the government’s efforts to clamp down on a party it has labeled a neo-Nazi criminal gang. The decision to free the men after a marathon, 18-hour court session raises questions about how strong the state’s case against Golden Dawn is after one of its sympathizers stabbed an antifascism rapper to death last

month. Party spokesman IliasKasidiaris and fellow lawmakers IliasPanagiotaros and Nikos Michos stormed out of the court to cheers of “bravo” from supporters. They shoved journalists out of the way before hailing a taxi. “We will not back down!” Michos shouted. “You can only stop us with bullets. Even from the grave, we will rise up - know this well!” A fourth Golden Dawn legislator, Yannis Lagos, was ordered to be



Strange World Cigar, fried chicken lovers among few who live past 100


he 21st century is 13 years old and there are only seven people on Earth who were alive during the 1800s. In addition to that lucky group, there are only 53 other people on the planet who qualify as “supercentenarians” -- people at least 110 years old. Colorado filmmaker Hunter Weeks interviewed six of these very old souls for “Walter: The Movie,” in hopes of discovering their secrets. He learned a lot about himself in the process, mainly that it can be difficult asking a 114-year-old man about his secrets to life. “It’s hard seeing old people,” Weeks told The Huffington Post. “You’re hanging out with them at the end of their years.” Weeks noted that only two of the supercentenarians interviewed in the film are still alive: Sister Cecilia Gaudette, 109, an American nun living in Rome, Italy; and Juana Bautista de la

Candelaria Rodriguez, a Cuban woman who claims to be 128. The documentary premieres Oct. 4 at the IFC Center in New York and was inspired by Walter Bruening, who lived to be 114 years, 205 days until his death in April 2011. Weeks first met Bruening in Great Falls, Mont., while doing a project about the state’s oldest resident. He was fascinated to be in the presence of a man who was 10 years old when the 1906 San Francisco earthquake happened. Weeks hoped to find some secret to long life while making the film, but admits there is no exact formula. Bruening smoked cigars until he was 99 (and only quit because of the cost), while former world’s oldest living person Besse Cooper loved fried chicken. “These are people who dodged a lot of bullets,” Weeks said. “It comes down to walking a fine line.” All of the supercentenarians

shared one common factor: strong wills. “That was especially the case with Walter. He wanted things his way,” Weeks said. “He was having lunch and I went to film him and he said, ‘Leave me alone. I have lunch by myself.’” But getting historical insights with Bruening -- or anyone else over the age of 110 -- presents its challenges, Weeks said. “Talking to a really old person can be awkward,” Weeks said. “I would ask him a question and he would mishear it and answer the question he thought he heard. Sometimes you feel compelled to finish their sentences.” Weeks also discovered that being the world’s oldest person is more of a big deal for the people around the supercentenarians than the record-breaking oldsters themselves. “It’s not like they don’t care, but they kind of know they’re at the top of the list,” he said. “In their


own communities, their advanced age gives them more respect.” Some advanced oldsters also hope the honor brings them more money, like Rodriguez, an allegedly 128-year-old woman in Cuba. “She was excited about [possibly being the oldest person on Earth],” Weeks said. “She thought it might

bring more money.” The claim also brings controversy, and close scrutiny from a very active online community called The 110 Club that keeps track of who is a contender and who is a pretender for the title of “World’s Oldest Living Person.”

People communicate using 400-year-old Chinese zoo visitors play whistling language in Turkish village tug of war with tigers

A man using the whistling language


o you know about the ingenious Panamanian golden frog which lives near loud waterfalls and communicates by waving? The people of Kuşköy, a small Turkey village, have proven that they can be just as creative and resourceful as the little poisonous frog. Long before they even had electricity, they invented a brilliantly simple way of communicating over long distances, by whistling. They call it the “bird language” or “kușdili” as it originated in Kuşköy, which itself means “bird village”. This fascinating means of communication was created over 400 years ago as a consequence of working in the fields

of the Pontic Mountains. The terrain is irregular making travelling very difficult even on short distances, and because of this, the villagers felt the need for an alternative to speaking and shouting , one that made long distance communication easier. Inspired by the songs of birds, they started whistling the syllables of Turkish words which proved to be much more effective and less energyconsuming than yelling or walking all the way to the person they needed to speak with. Villagers notify each other about visitors, ask for help and make invitations for tea. They can even have complex, long conversations just by whistling. The songs of the

bird people resonate over distances as long as 1km. If the distance is longer, the neighbors are kind enough to pass on the message to each other until it reaches its destination. The Kuşköy people are a close community and have been even closer since 1986 when they finally got electricity. The younger folk soon learned the benefits of living in more developed cities and moved there, leaving the elders behind. Now since they all have cell phones, the language is dying, an undesirable consequence of technological advancement. Kuşköy lies in the Canakçı district governed by Mehmet Fatih Kara. He believes that efforts should be made to preserve the bird language and make it more popular among the young folk. ŞerefKöçek, head of the Bird Language Association, has thus been organizing annual festivals for the last 15 years to promote the language and the village hoping to boost its economy and to encourage young folks to practice their whistling. People like Ibrahim Kodalak, a 45-year-old hazelnut farmer, participate in the festivities every year as well as in the bird language competition which consists of communicating a message in kușdili to judges located on the other side of a valley


ho would win in a fight between a man and a tiger? What about a man, a tiger and a chicken? The elusive question has now been answered thanks to some curious visitors of the Changsha Ecological Zoo who played tug of war with caged tigers using live chickens. According to the zoo staff, when lying around with nothing to do and having food served to them, zoo animals often become lazy, overweight and even lose interest in any kind of physical or intellectual stimulation. They came up with a very interesting but controversial way of keeping the animals in shape through tug of war games. The game is as simple as it gets:

the visitors pull at one end of a rope and at the other, the tiger bites and pulls at a hessian bag with a live chicken inside. The chicken is an added bonus meant to engage the tiger’s interest and keep him on his toes. Apart from training the animals, the game was designed as a mean of entertainment for the upcoming National Day Holiday. For 45 yuan ($7), anyone can play and it seems there are many courageous folks willing to measure their strength against the powerful beasts. So far, the tigers are in the lead, winning most of the tug of war games, with one 4 year old Siberian tiger demonstrating his muscle superiority by tackling 7 men at the same time.

Visitors playing tug of war with a tiger


Digest Vacuuming the house could aggravate allergies By Emma Innes


acuuming the house could aggravate allergies by creating a fine ‘mist’ of dust, bacteria and mould, according to new research. Particles are picked up and sprayed into the air by vacuum cleaners, where they drift around rooms and can be breathed in. A group of Australian scientists has warned that the bacteria and mould could cause allergies to flare up, while there is also the risk of potentially deadly bacteria being transferred into the air. In experiments at the University of Queensland and Laval University, in Quebec, Canada, traces of DNA found in drug-resistant bacteria and DNA from infant botulism bacteria, Clostridium botulinum, were found in dust picked up by vacuum cleaners. According to the researchers ‘the dust found indoors could act as a vehicle for infant botulism infection that can have severe consequences’ because previous

studies have linked it to sudden infant death syndrome. They explained that running a vacuum over dusty carpets and furniture picks up the potentially deadly bugs and mould particles, spraying them into the air like an

Particles are picked up and sprayed into the air by vacuum cleaners, where they drift around rooms and can be breathed in. Experts have warned that the bacteria and mould could cause allergies to flare up

‘aerosol’. Aside from potentially deadly infections, the dust could lead to ‘adverse effects in allergic people, infants, and people with compromised immunity,’ warned the group, who carried out a study on household vacuums. Dr Luke Knibbs, the biologist who led the study, explained bacteria were ‘under represented in indoor [airborne particle] assessment and should be considered, especially when assessing cases of allergy, asthma, or infectious diseases without known environmental reservoirs for the pathogenic or causative microbe.’ Dr Knibbs and his team tested 21 vacuums of various ages and qualities in a ‘clean’ air tunnel, which allowed them to eliminate any other sources of bacteria and mould, such as pets and other animals. He said: ‘That way, we could confidently attribute the things we measured purely to the vacuum cleaner.’ Previous studies have shown how human skin and hair account


Vacuuming the house could aggravate allergies by creating a fine ‘mist’ of dust, bacteria and mould, according to new research

for a lot of dust found in the home and they are thought to be significant sources of disease-causing bugs. The results of the latest study, published ahead in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, will raise the vacuum cleaner’s profile as a potential source of harmful and deadly pathogens in unsolved medical cases, according to the team. Dr Knibbs explained: ‘Even

though no quantitative data are available for antibiotic resistance gene emission while vacuuming, the observed emission rates for bacteria might suggest that the genetic content of those bacterial cells, including antibiotic resistance genes, may contribute to indoor [airborne particle] exposure.’ Source:

Don’t bottle up your emotions – it’ll knock years off your life By Pat Hagan


eeping a lid on your emotions has long been thought to be bad for mental and physical health. Now it seems it could actually knock years off your life. The latest research shows that those who bottle up their feelings are at least a third more

Those who bottle up their feelings are at least a third more likely to die young than people who regularly express what they are thinking

likely to die young than people who regularly express what they are thinking. A study in the US by experts at Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Rochester shows that the risk of premature death from all causes increases by about 35 per cent among those who fail to say how they feel. But when the researchers looked at specific causes of death they discovered that the risks increased by 47 per cent for heart disease and 70 per cent for cancer. The findings, published online in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, suggest that the consequences of bottling up emotions are even more serious than previously thought. Researchers studied 796 men and women, with an average age of 44, who signed up to a health survey in 1996. Part of the survey involved questions designed to assess how much the participants suppressed their emotions. This involved agreeing or disagreeing, on a scale of one to five, with statements such as ‘When I’m angry I let people know’ or ‘I try to be pleasant so that others won’t get upset’. The survey was repeated 12

years later, during which time 111 subjects had died – mostly from heart disease or cancer. When researchers analysed the emotion scores, they found that death rates were highest among those most likely to bottle up their anger rather than let people know what they were thinking. It is not clear exactly how suppressed emotions cause premature death. One theory is that people turn to alcohol, cigarettes or junk food to help them cope with their hidden feelings. Another is that the stress of keeping the lid on negative thoughts disrupts the hormone balance in the body, raising the risk of diseases linked with cellular damage, such as heart complaints and cancer. The researchers stressed that the number of deaths in the study was small and that further investigations are needed. ‘These findings reveal significant associations between higher levels of emotional suppression and mortality,’ they reported. ‘The results suggest emotion suppression warrants more detailed investigation as a

One theory is that people turn to alcohol, junk food or cigarettes to help them cope with their hidden feelings

possible mortality risk.’ A previous study suggested that getting angry was good for you because it actually reduced the negative impact of stress. Scientists at the University of Valencia in Spain found that getting angry increased blood flow to the left frontal region of the brain, which is involved in experiencing positive emotions and also triggers ‘closeness’. The right side is more related to negative emotions and can provoke withdrawal, fear and sadness.

London-based business psychologist Voula Grand said: ‘It has long been thought that cancers are partly the result of suppressed emotions. Past research has shown bottling up anger can impair the immune system. ‘But although people learn to hide their feelings at a very early age, they can still be taught to express them later in life. It takes a lot of energy and effort but it can be done.’ Source:



Reps set to specify 15 yrs experience for NAFDC DG By Lawtence Olaoye


he Bill seeking at least 15 years prerequisite cognate experience for whoever would be appointed the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC yesterday passed the second reading in the House of Representatives. The Bill which also seeks to strengthen NAFDAC provides for a fine of N100,000 or three years imprisonment or both for

“a person who obstructs an officer of the agency in the performance of his duties,” against the N5000 and or two years imprisonment as provided in the agency’s Act, 2004. The Bill, sponsored by Rep Bassey Dan-Abia (PDP, Akwa Ibom), provides an amendment in Section 2 that, “The principal act is intended to make the representatives of the InspectorGeneral of Police and ControllerGeneral of Customs members of the governing council of

NAFDAC.” It equally provides further that to avoid any abuse of office by the Minister of Health, the provision in Section 17 which says “the minister may issue to the agency directives as he may think necessary as to the disposal of any surplus funds of the agency,” should be deleted. However, the amendment in Section 8 makes “it mandatory for the agency to seek and obtain the approval of the minister before a new directorate is created,”

which is aimed at forestalling “arbitrariness and indiscretion in the exercise of the agency’s powers under this section.” In supporting the Bill, Rep Aminu Shehu Shagari (PDP, Sokoto) argued that with the amendments, NAFDAC would be able to perform its functions better without much difficulties. Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal however referred the Bill to the House committee on health for further legislatives inputs.

L-R: Governors Theodore Orji of Abia; Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta; Sullivan Chime of Enugu; Martin Elechi of Ebonyi; Peter Obi of Anambra; Liyel Imoke of Cross River; Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa state Deputy Governor, Gboribrogha Jonah, during the South-East, South-South Governors meeting, on Sunday in Enugu. Photo: NAN

National Confab: Uranta accepts committee offer From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos


ony Uranta yesterday said he accepted to serve on the advisory committee set up by President Goodluck Jonathan on developing modalities for the convening of a National conference and Dialogue. Jonathan, in his Independence Day broadcast to the nation on Tuesday announced the setting up of an advisory committee

saddled with the task of developing modalities for the conference. Uranta, while speaking with newsmen yesterday said the committee “owe it to the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, the stability of our nation, and the preservation of a heritage for future generations, to ensure that we hold candid talks round a table as equals.” “I am merely a steward of the common good of Ijaw nation,

the Niger Delta, Nigeria and all stakeholders in the respect of humanity worldwide, for we are all intricately interlinked with all other members of the human race!” “I wish to remind all that I need as much support as possible to serve creditably, and help manifest a National Conference worthy of the vision of Aka-Basorun, Gani Fawehinmi, Anthony Enahoro, Edwin Clark, Arthur Nwankwo,

Tanko Yakasai, Balarabe Musa, Ewa Henshaw, Loretta Aniagolu, Emem Okon, et al have longed striven to manifest!” Uranta, an Ijaw leader of thought, public affairs analyst and Executive Secretary of the Nigerian National Summit Group (NNSG) which has been at the vanguard of convening a National Conference and Dialogue that would build on commonalities, and resolving any differences in the country.

INEC presents certificate of return to winner of Jigawa by-election


he Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday presented a certificate of return to the winner of the Jigawa House of Assembly by-election. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Murtala, of Ringim Constituency

won the re-run election conducted on Sept. 21. The re-run was conducted to fill the seat of the former Deputy Speaker > of the assembly, Alhaji Inuwa Udi, who died in an auto crash along Kano-Hadejia road in August. Presenting the certificate in

Dutse, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim Bagobiri, said the by-election was adjudged by all stakeholders as transparent, credible, free and fair. Bagobiri, who was represented by the commission’s Administrative Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Maiyama, said the

poll was peaceful and successful, pointing out that in any contest, there must be winner and losers. He advised that as stipulated in the constitution and the electoral law, ‘whoever is not satisfied with the outcome of the election, > should go to court or the electoral tribunal to seek redress.’’ (NAN)

We never passed vote-of noconfidence on Oghiadhome-PDP By Adeola Tukuru


t was a volte-face from elders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo North Senatorial District as they rose from a one-day meeting singing the praises of Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan, Chief Mike Oghiadohme. At a well-attended meeting held at the Abuja residence of the state party chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, speakers spoke glowingly of Oghiadohme who they described as a rare gift to the people of the district. “Chief Oghiadohme has been a blessing to the party, both his financial support to the party and immeasurable contributions to the successful prosecution of the 2011 presidential election is a clear testimony of the kind of stuff the man is made of” Chief Orbih disclosed. Leaders used the occasion to frown at earlier media reports that they purportedly passed a vote of no-confidence on Oghiadomhe. The meeting which was chaired by the party chairman in Edo North, Hon. Johnson Abolagba also had such notables like Hon. Abass Braimah among others. It was resolved that Chief Oghiadohme be given all necessary support to help President Jonathan in the onerous task of achieve on the transformation agenda for the country. Francis Izuagie who is the PDP youth leader for the entire SouthSouth region was also at the parley and noted that there was never a time where leaders of the party in the area came together to pass a vote of no-confidence on the Chief of Staff. According to him while fielding questions after the event said; “We as leaders from the same district as the chief of staff to the president never held a meeting where a resolution was reached to pass a vote of no confidence on him. “Those banding such rumours and misleading the genral public should desist. We know them and if they do not stop their nefarious activities of seeking to replace a great performer like Oghiadohme, we will be left with no other option as youths to reveal their identity so that the whole world will know them” It would be recalled that the meeting was sequel to an earlier one held at the Abuja residence of Chief Tony Anenih, the chairman, Board of Trustees of the PDP to find lasting solution to the internal bickering in the party in Edo North.




Lamido vows to fight Tukur From Ahmed Abubakar, Dutse


igawa Governor, Alhaji Sule Lamido, has said that the ‘new’ PDP under Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje would fight tooth and nail against injustices meted out to members by Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. He said the recent victory recorded by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in reclaiming the state House of Assembly seat at Ringim constituency is the handiwork of the new PDP under theleadership of Kawu Baraje. Lamido who was speaking during the swearing in of the new chairman of Ringim local government area of Jigawa state, Alhaji Yusha’u Abubakar, who replaced the former chairman, Honourable Muhammed Abubakar, that has been elected into the state Assembly recently said, “we are loyal to PDP under Kawu Baraje”. However, the governor has said that, their fight is a just cause against those he described as few elements within the party that wants to take advantage of the process to manipulate for their own interests. In his words, “PDP is not owned by anyone, regardless of whether they are the President of this country or anything, and there are no qualms that we belong to the Baraje faction of the PDP”. Lamido said, “there is no way we would allow the President of the country to use our own weapon, which is the political platform, to fight us”. He said, “indeed the next three months would be a tough one for the members of the new PDP, but we would fight no matter what and we would see to the end of it all”. He however attributed the success recorded by the party in the state to the current leadership of the new PDP which he said is gearing toward entrenching democracy in the whole country, no matter the oppression by President Jonathan and the national chairman of the party Alhaji Bamanga Tukur. According to Lamido, it was a big mistake and a mere recklessness for All Progressive Congress (APC), to think of making meaningful outing during the last election at Ringim. “APC was most unfortunate for testing their strength now and they nowunderstood that it is a no go area for them as they are dead on arrival”.

Ameachi’s quest to reclaim Rivers PDP suffers setback By Sunday Ejike Benjamin


overnor Rotimi Ameachi of Rivers state yesterday suffered a set back in his quest to recover the machinery of the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), which he lost following the sack of the former executive committee of the party by an Abuja High Court in April, 2013. Following the court order sacking the Godspower Umejuru Ake led executives, believed to be loyal to Governor Ameachi and the inauguration of the Chief Obuah Ameachi Felix and Walter Ibibia Opuene, backed by Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, as Chairman and Secretary respectively, Chief Ake approached the appellate court seeking to stay the execution of the judgment which sacked him and other members of his former executive committee from office. At the resumed hearing of the appeal yesterday, the court read a letter written by PDP’s counsel, Mr. Ken Njamanze (SAN), informing the court of his visit to the United States of America on a urgent medical attention. The court led by Justice Amiru Sanusi thereafter called on parties in the matter to react to the said letter and to address the court on whether the matter can go on in view of the content of the letter. Chief Ake’s lawyer, Mr. Joseph Dawodu (SAN), argued that the letter is not enough to stop the scheduled proceedings from taking place and noted that having ordered an accelerated hearing in the appeal, that the court should not be persuaded not to go ahead

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with the business of the day on account of the letter which he said was devoid of any material annexure showing the seriousness or nature of the medical trip. He also pointed out that Mr. Njamanze’s antecedents at the last adjourned date where he stated that the appeal has no emergency shows his request for an adjournment may not be unconnected to delaying the matter. “His letter should not stop this proceeding today. This case is time related and there is nothing annexed to his letter to show the nature or urgency of his trip. He should have sent somebody from his chambers to stand in for him and there is no basis upon which the court can exercise its discretion

in his favour as there is nothing annexed to his said letter” Dowodu contended. On his part, Chief Godwin Obla (SAN), representing Chief Obuah Amechi Felix and Walter Ibibia Opuene, pointed out that the said letter was duly signed by Mr. Njamanze who is a senior advocate of Nigeria and observed that his absence from court, as the letter indicated, is occasioned by something he had no control of. Obla urged the court to oblige the lawyer since his absence was on account of medical reasons. “As a counsel, I would have asked for a material evidence as Dowodu pointed out, if the matter is a criminal case, but in a case as this, I will gladly believe the SAN as he has no reason to toy with his

health matters. I have no objection to the adjournment of this case”. Mr. Ibrahim Bawa who represented the Independent National Election Commission (INEC), also aligned himself with Chief Obla on the issue pointing out that as a senior advocate of Nigeria, that Mr. Njamanze will not deceive the court over the matter of his health. Similar views were expressed by Mr. Sunday Ameh (SAN) who represented Barrister Steve Emelieze, the secretary of the Electoral Panel of the PDP in Rivers state. Ameh noted that the circumstance surrounding the letter might have made it impossible for Mr. Njamanze to attach further materials as being canvassed by Dawodu. He told the court that he has no objection to an adjournment since it is premised on the health of a senior lawyer. In a short ruling, the court stated that it is inclined to agree with Joseph Dawodu on the point that Mr. Njamanze ought to have detailed somebody from his office to stand in for him, but that since the lawyer’s trip abroad was on an urgent medical purpose, that the court has no cause to disapprove the letter. “The circumstances surrounding the letter may have made it impossible to attach any material to the letter, we are inclined to grant an adjournment, but with a rider that any counsel not disposed to appear subsequently should send a representative” the court ordered. The matter was thereafter adjourned to 5th November, 2013.

Katsina Assembly recalls Minority Leader From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina


atsina state House of Assembly has recalled Alhaji Abdullahi Mahuta, CPC member representing Malumfashi Constituency after four months suspension from the house. The lawmaker was suspended after the House found some press interview he granted as inimical to

the operations of the Assembly. The chairman of the ethics and privileges committee of the Assembly, Alhaji Abdullahi Shu’aibu Tandama, whose committee was directed to investigate the lawmaker told the Assembly that the lawmaker could be recalled back pending the submission of their final report. He told the lawmakers at plenary yesterday that “can be

recalled back pending the time when we will present our final report. We pray the house to allow him to resume normal house activities.” After the submission of the report, the Speaker, Alhaji Ya’u Umar Gwajo-Gwajo announced that the law maker should be allowed to resume normal legislative duties as requested by the committee.

When contacted, the embattled lawmaker, Mahuta said he just heard of his recall from a colleague and was on his way from Kaduna to Katsina. The lawmaker was known for his critique of the way the annual budget of the state was implemented and took time to annually publish a score card of the budget performance by the executive.

Zamfara PDP youth challenges Yari on application of Federal allocations From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau


PDP youth mobilizer in Zamfara state, Abdul-Hadi Saidu, has challenged Governor Abdul-Aziz Yari to announce publicly how he spent the monies collected from the federal allocation committee in the past two years.

The challenge came followingYari’s recent grudges over revenue shortfall during his official visit to the state House of Assembly to discuss burning issues including insecurity challenges. On the issue pertaining cash crunch he claimed to be facing the state, Saidu described the governor’s report as deceit and uncalled for.

Saidu, who is also a member of publicity committee for Matawalle campaign train come 2015, said what people of the state are after is for Yari to make public the total amount being collected for the state and local governments and how such have been spent and on what. According to him, the outcry of the governor was a clear indication

that something was wrong with the administration, saying, there was no adequate observation on the approved budget spending. He added that, Yari’s administration has never been sensitive in the management of the state’s allocations which he alleged were being mismanaged. He however pointed out that

Yari- led administration has no focus in the delivery of democracy dividend to the people. He said there is no justification for Yari to complain on the cash crunch inspite the role he played in the removal of fuel subsidy and his refusal to implement N18000:00 minimum wage for workers in the state.



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Two docked for raping pregnant mother From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina


wo persons were, yesterday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Court 1, Katsina, for alleged rape of a pregnant house wife, armed robbery and criminal conspiracy.

The prosecuting police officer, Inspector Babangida Shehu, noted that it was a complained lodge by the husband of the raped house wife that led to the arrest of the two suspects. He noted that after lodging the complaints through the state commissioner of police by the husband, Abdullahi Isa, the

police swung into action arresting the two suspects, Magaji Sambo, 30 and Ali Ashiru. The prosecutor told the courts that the two suspects attacked the house of the complainant with knives and forced his wife to remove her clothes, and allegedly had canal knowledge of her.

He similarly added that after taking turns to rape the pregnant housewife the suspects according to him, carted away a SAMSUNG handset valued at N15, 000 and the sum of N50, 000 from the victim’s house. Inspector Babangida therefore told the court that the offence committed by the suspect

APC endorses new leadership in KDHA

Delta State University Teaching Hospital begins kidney transplant

From, Femi Oyelola, Kaduna


he All Progressives Congress (APC), Kaduna state chapter, has endorsed the new leadership of Kaduna State House of Assembly (KDHA), saying, the change in the leadership is long overdue. In a joint statement signed by Alhaji Ahmadu Coca-cola, Mohammed Lawal and Auwal Isa Gote and made available to the media in Kaduna, they stated that although APC is a minority in the KDHA, the party wholeheartedly supports the bold step taken by members to effect changes in the house. “We have no hesitation in endorsing the change with the following members as the leaders. And we wish the new leadership God’s guidance and protection”. Similarly, Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kaduna State, Chief A. G. Haruna, said the party congratulates the esteemed members for their commitment to democratic process and indeed, its new leadership in the State House of Assembly. “As the steering mechanism of the party in the state, we wish to express our unalloyed support most particularly to the new leadership in the State Assembly. It is pertinent to state that we have utmost confidence on the new leadership and very much optimistic of its ability to direct and redirect issues in accordance with democratic values and the laws of the land”. The PDP chairman said, as instruments of social engineering, it is expected that members of Kaduna State House of Assembly will commit themselves to providing legal framework on which the executive and judiciary operate.

was punishable under section 1 (a) & (b) and section 6 (b) of the robbery and fire arms Cap 211 of the law of the federation 2004. However, the presiding Magistrate, Kabir Shu’aibu adjourned the case to 22nd of October 2013 for continued hearing and ordered them to be remanded in prison custody.

By Prince Edward, Asaba


Kano state Governor, Engineer Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso (2nd right), his deputy, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (right) during the governor’s condolence visit to the family of the Managing Director of Abubakar Rimi Television (ARTV), late Alhaji Abdurrahman Nuraini, on Tuesday in Kano.

Gombe to complete NUJ Press centre in 3 months From David Hassan, Gombe


s part of the effort to boast media activities in the country, Gombe state government has awarded a contract worth N37 million for the construction of a befitting Press centre in the state. The Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Rev.

Habu Dawaki made this known yesterday in Gombe while inspecting the project. Conducting Journalists round the project, the commissioner said he appreciated the level of work done at the site by the contractor and explained that with the level of work done at the site, there is urgent need to complete the project

within 3months to enable working Journalists in the state benefit from the gesture. The commissioner thanked Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo for taking a wise decision to construct the befitting Press centre, with a view to helping journalists perform their duties effectively.

Katsina trains 500 women on food preservation From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina


atsina State Government, in conjunction with the Women Farmers Association of Nigeria, WOFAN, and the state governor’s wife pet project, Service to Humanity Foundation has trained 500 women on food preservation in the state. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Two-day training on fruits

and vegetable foundation and Soap making, yesterday in Katsina, the governor’s wife, Hajiya Fatima Shehu Shema said the women were selected from the 34 local governments of the state to participate in the programme. Hajiya Shema, who was represented by the deputy governor’s wife, Hajiya Lubabatu Abdullahi Faskari, noted that the training was initiated to check waste in the family’s meagre income by controlling food wastages.

According to her, recently the state government had distributed food items and cash as capital for women across the 34 local governments of the state to enable them improve their economic status and support their families. She therefore called on women that benefited from the programme to make good use of their knowledge by practicing it in their homes and teaching other women who have not benefited from the training.

elta state University Teaching Hospital, Oghara, would start kidney transplant by February 2014. Governor of the state, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, has said. Uduaghan, who gave the hint during a Radio/Television Phone-in-Programme at the Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba, yesterday, said the state government is presently, benefiting from its partnership with the University of Texas Teaching Hospital, Dallas with some of its doctors and nurses undergoing training on renal issues and treatment in Dallas. “Hopefully by February next year, the Renal unit of the State University Teaching Hospital will start kidney transplant in Oghara, in conjunction with the Texas University Teaching Hospital”, he stated. While acknowledging the tremendous increase in medical tourism to the state, he said it is due to the ultra-modern facilities at the state University Teaching Hospital, Oghara. Dr. Uduaghan revealed that as a result f the pressure on the hospital facilities and personnel, an additional 300 bed-facility would soon be added to the University Teaching Hospital, stressing that this would ease the pressure on the hospital for medical attention and reduce waiting time for beds, especially for surgical cases. He explained that the various health programmes in the state, especially the free maternal and rural health scheme have benefitted both Deltans and non-Deltans alike, especially the poor and needy in the state, stating that “the programme is open to all Nigerians irrespective of states and tribes in the spirit of brotherliness and peaceful coexistence”.

More northern groups endorse Al-mustapha’s unity cause


he unity move championed by Major Hamza Almustapha, for youth in the North, received a boost from three northern groups yesterday. A press release jointly signed by Barrister Abubakar Kurawa, Alhaji Abdul Auwalu and Comrade AbdulAzeez Suleiman for the Northern

Youth Progressive Movement, the Northern Youth for Change and the Northern Emancipation Network respectively, said Almustapha’s move is timely. The joint statement said the “initiative to bring the scattered youth causes in the region should not have come at a better time”.

It pointed out that Major Almustapha had even, before his incarceration been known as a selfless champion of the youth all over the country. The groups commended President Goodluck Jonathan for standing firm for justice which led to Al-mustapha’s release from a 14-year unjust

detention. “It is regrettable that a group of self-styled northern leaders should fail to see the good in Almustapha’s unity initiative for their selfish reasons, “the groups said. “These people that have feasted on the thirst, toil and sweat of

northerners by turning the whole region into their personal asset should know that there is a limit to deception and that the game is over. “The earlier the exploiter class in the north realises that it’s out of the match and out of the cup, the better for them, “the groups said.



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Absence of judge stalls arraignment of Boko Haram suspects From Matthew Irinoye, Lagos


he absence of a Judge, Justice Musa Kurya, at a Federal High Court Ikoyi, Lagos, yesterday, stalled planned arraignment of seventeen (17) suspected Boko Haram members, charged with acts of terrorism. The suspects, whose arraignment and trial has been fixed for October 9, 2013,

include; Ali Mohammed, Adamu Karumi, Ibrahim Usman, Bala Haruna, Idris Ali, Mohammed Murtala, Kadiri Mohammed, Mustapha Daura, Abba Duguri, Sanni Adamu, Danjuma Yahaya, Musa Audu, Mati Daura, Farouk Haruna, Abdullahi Azeez, Ibrahim Bukar and Zula Diani. The suspects are facing an 8-count charge on conspiracy and acts of terrorism made against

them by the Federal Government (FG). It would be recalled that at the last hearing of the matter, the defendants plea were not taken due to the absence of an interpreter to read the charge in the language understood by suspects. The accused persons were alleged to have carried out the offence on March 21, 2013 at Plot

5, road 69, Lekki Phase 1 Housing Estate, and No. 24 Oyegbeni Street, Ijora Oloye Apapa, Lagos respectively. They were also alleged to have been in possession of three packets of explosive construction pipes, 15 detonators, and 11 AK 47 rifles loaded with 30 rounds of live ammunitions. It was also gathered that about 200 rounds of 7.6 mm

live ammunition, 2 suit cases containing explosives, and one water container harbouring explosives, were recovered from the accused. The prosecution counsel, Lawal Pedro (SAN), said that the alleged offences contravenes the provisions of Sections 1, 8, 27 (1) (a), and (b) of the Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap F28, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

Muslim students condemn Yobe killings From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna


EMS Speed Post Office, under lock and key, during a protest by NIPOST workers over non-payment of their allowances, yesterday at Marina, in Lagos. Photo: NAN

Stakeholders urge youth to focus on education for national devt By Stanley Onyekwere


everal speakers at a public lecture in Abuja, on the theme; “The total youth; a holistic approach for self-actualisation”, held in commemoration of Nigeria’s 53rd independence anniversary, on Tuesday, have urged youth in the country to devote time to extensive learning, so as to contribute meaningfully to national development. The stakeholders noted in particular, that because the youth are the most active group of any

nation, it underscores the need for them to seek to be educated at every level, so as to be in tune with modern trends. The event tagged: “Green and White Day” was organised by the Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (CYON), Bwari Deanery, of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja. Speaking on a sub theme: “National Development: Any roles for the youth?”, the National Coordinator, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria(HURIWA) Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the

youth have greater roles to play in Nigeria’s national development process, especially in the area of economy, where they are at most productive stage. He said nations of the world that have advanced have relied so much on information technology communication (ICT) driven by their young people to thrive; “which explains why the Nigerian youth must devote time to education, so as to acquire requisite know-how that the nation requires, to move forward.” Similarly, another speaker, Pastor Segun Abe, who delivered

a paper on “Financial freedom and investment strategies”, said the youth can’t keep relying on the government every time to succeed in life, urging them to devote time to applying proven investment strategies, to attain financial freedom. On his part, the Abuja Archdiocesan youth chaplain, Rev. father John Sixtus Okonkwo, urged youth in the country not to be discouraged by the bad things that are happening in the country, but focus on the few good things, in order to make a difference and build a better tomorrow for all.

FG approves agro-cargo terminal for Asaba international airport From, Prince Edward, Asaba


he Federal Government has approved an AgroCargo section for the Asaba International Airport, to cater for export of agricultural produce and businesses. Delta state Governor, Dr.

Emmanuel Uduaghan who disclosed this during a Radio/ Television Phone-in-Programme at the Delta Broadcasting Service, Asaba, said that the Agro-Cargo section would enable the export of agro-produce from South-South and South-East regions of the country.

According to him, “the Federal Government will also develop a green area behind the cargo terminal where it will grow vegetables for all year round crops for export from the airport. This will encourage local farmers to increase their yields and export to viable markets abroad as well as improve the economy of the

nation and the state in particular”. Dr. Uduaghan, opined that farmers in the state would benefit tremendously from the development of the agro-cargo section as they would utilise the airport to export their produce and also sell their produce at competitive rates.

he Muslim Students Society of Nigerian Northern states (MSNN), has expressed dismay over the killings of 50 students of the College of Agriculture, Gujba, Yobe state by suspected members of Boko Haram. The Association made the assertion during a press briefing held at the Jama’tul Nasril Islam (JNI), Headquarters, Kaduna, yesterday. The chairman of MSNN, Yusuf Yakubu Arrigasiyyu said the security agents have answers to give to Nigerians because the attacks were carried out without any presence of security agents, and this gave the terrorists the free hand to operate the way they did. In a press release jointly signed by Comrade Mohmmed Gambo Abubakar and Comrade Isah Abubakar, coordinator and treasurer of NANS Zone ‘A’ respectively, said, “The federal government allocated more than N900 billion for security operation in this year’s budget, deployed troops to Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, and declared state of emergency in those states with the sole aim of protecting lives and property of the people, unfortunately, as far as we are concerned, this was not achieved and therefore we need to ask questions”. The Association added that the declaration of state of emergency in the North-East of the country did not achieve any meaningful result, rather terrorists were having a field day attacking schools and operating just like they did in Benishiek in Borno state for two hours without any encounter with security agencies deployed to the area. “Therefore, the Muslim students’ society of Nigeria call on the federal government who control the police and the army to wake up from its slumber and protect the lives and property of Nigerians. Security should be seen, above politicking”. They said.



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he Super Super Eagles Eagles will will train train at the h re-opened d Abuja b National Stadium ahead of a 2014 World Cup playoff in Ethiopia, according to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). “We have already written to the NSC for use of the refurbished mainbowl of the National Stadium, Abuja for the team to train between Monday and Friday, before the departure to Ethiopia on Friday night,” general secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Musa Amadu. “Yes, we believe that the Super Eagles, champions of Africa, will come out of Addis Ababa with a good result, but we are not taking the match lightly,”he said. “We do not subscribe to the suggestion that all we need do is turn up in Ethiopia and we would decimate the opposition without lifting a finger.


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uper Eagles striker Uche Nwofor could get a huge pay cut come next season if he stayed back in the Dutch league. The 22-year-old Nwofor is currently on a foreign player’s salary, but by next season he will qualify as a playing Dutch, which means he will then receive far less cash than a foreign player is suppose to earn. The minimum a foreign player is allowed to earn at the start of his career is an annual salary of 300,000 Euros gross and it is believed that former Enugu Rangers and Shooting striker Nwofor is on about

360,000 Euros. “He will become a playing Dutch next season and so if he remains in Holland next season, he would most likely take a pay cut,” a top transfer expert said. Nwofor, who has been called up by Nigeria for this month’s World Cup playoff in Ethiopia, moved to Holland in 2011 after he emerged top scorer at the African Youth Championship in South Africa, which Nigeria won. He reportedly shunned several top European clubs including Benfica of Portugal to join modest Dutch club VVV Venlo.


or take he would have four days to train with the players before we leave by noon on October 12.” Coach Stephen Keshi has

called up 18 players based in Europe and five from the domestic league for the qualifier in Ethiopia on October 13.

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he General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Barrister Musa Amadu has stated Ba emphatically yesterday that the em Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia will W be over-run by the Super Eagles at the World Cup qualifying cracker in Addis Ababa next cr week. w “Yes, we believe that the Super Eagles, champions of Africa, will Ea come out of Addis Ababa with a co good go result, but we are not taking the th match lightly. “We do not subscribe to the suggestion that all we need do is su turn tu up in Ethiopia and we would decimate the opposition without de lifting a finger. lif “There is this cliché that there are no longer minnows in th international football. That is in why the NFF is making all the w arrangements to prepare the ar Super Eagles adequately for Su the th match, and ensure the team travels in comfort to and from tr Ethiopia. Et “We have already written to the NSC for use of the refurbished mainbowl of the re National Stadium, Abuja for the N team to train between Monday te and an Friday, before the departure to Ethiopia on Friday night.” Amadu spoke in Abuja while receiving a delegation of the re Nigeria Football Supporters Club, N led le by the President-General, Dr. Rafi R u Olalere Oladipo. “That we are the African champions is a fact, and that ch Ethiopia is lowest-ranked African Et side remaining in the race is si also al a fact. But we are not going to look at those statistics and discountenance the Antelopes. di

Eagles E agles get get October October 8 deadline deadline he Chief Coach of the Super Eagles Stephen Keshi is expecting all 23 invited players for a 2014 World Cup playoff in Ethiopia to report to training camp in Abuja latest October 8. “We expect all the players to be here latest by noon on Tuesday, October 8, to begin the preparations for the match,” disclosed Emmanuel Ikpeme, director of the technical department of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). “It’s very important that they arrive early because the coach needs all the time available to do the work ahead of the game. Give

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The Addis Ababa Stadium is one of the most difficult venues for visiting teams in African football. “We know that the Coaches are working to pick our best and strongest players to play that match. It is very important for us to get the 2014 FIFA World Cup ticket because next year marks 100 years of the amalgamation of our country and every Nigerian is looking forward seeing the Super Eagles at the World Cup in Brazil.” Speaking earlier, Dr. Oladipo stressed the fact that the upcoming fixture with the Ethiopians is a Nigeria Project, insisting: “Nigeria’s flag must fly at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. “Not only are we the champions of Africa, we are also the biggest black nation on earth. We have the players to do the job but we must all be united, from the players to the NFF to the entire football family, we must be united in pursuit of this noble cause. “We are aware of the constraints of the NFF, and that is why the Supporters Club has decided to appeal to Mr. President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR to see the match in Ethiopia as a special project and take special interest in seeing that as many Nigerian fans as possible travel for the match.” Dr. Oladipo’s entourage included the Deputy PresidentGeneral, Alhajin Waheed Adenrele Yusuf, Secretary General, Reverend Samuel Ikpea, Acting National Chairman, Mr. Vincent Okumagba and Treasurer, Mr. Sunday Eboh.




Keshi clears Ameobi NFF paid Falcons all for Ethiopia clash entitlements, says Sanusi S Stories by Albert Akota


he Nigeria F o o t b a l l Federation (NFF) director of competitions, Dr Mohammed Sanusi has said the Super Falcons were not short-changed in the recent two-match friendly against the Japanese side, Nadeshiko in Japan. The players upon arrival from Japan on Saturday, September 28 complained bitterly over the meagre amount they were paid for the 10-day stay in the Asian state. The Nigerian women’s senior national team was paid $700, $300 less the $100 per day approved for the 10-day sojourn. Trouble actually started prior to the team’s departure as every effort made by the players to ascertain the amount they are due for

was stoutly rebuffed by the team secretary, Ruth David who chose instead to head to the final of the 2013 Federation Cup in Lagos. The players were noted to have grudgingly agreed to leave the nation’s shores on the night of Thursday, September 19 and even while the team were in Japan did not put their whole heart into the twomatch friendly against the reigning world champions which they lost 0-2 in both games. However, Sanusi said they players were simply paid accordingly as agreed before they jetted out for the high-profile test game against Japan. “We never told the players we’ll pay bonus for the two-match friendly against Japan but approval was made to pay $100 per day excluding departure and arrival dates that’s why

each was paid $700. “We never shortchanged the players. Right now we’re yet to have a team called the Super Falcons

rather the players were allowed the opportunity to help us select possible players that will constitute the future Falcons.

uper Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi has disclosed that injured Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi will be fit for a 2014 World Cup playoff in Ethiopia. Ethiopia host the Super Eagles on October 13 in a first leg playoff for a place at next

Sharks trash Heartland 3-1 in Port Harcourt


eartland fell 3-1 at hosts Sharks in the Nigeria Professional Football league Week 35 game at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt yesterday. The visiting Heartland

was the better team, but Sharks did the scoring and were also assisted by some dubious calls by the match officials. Heartland started on a bright note, but threw away many scoring

Akor scored a great goal

chances with Osas Okoro, Bright Ejike and Benjamin Francis the main culprits. Jonah Abutu fired the curtain raiser in the 25th minute with a freekick that beat Daniel Akpeyi in goal for Heartland.

year’s World Cup in Brazil. Ameobi has been sidelined by a knock he picked up while on international duty last month with his club saying he will be sidelined for several weeks thus raising fears he may miss the match in Addis Ababa. But Keshi said the experienced striker will be available for the qualifier. “Shola is fine. He will be ready for the game against Ethiopia. I spoke with him last week and he said he is good. In any case he is a much disciplined player who really wants to play for his country,” Keshi said.

Super sub Thompson Stowe who scored the second goal barely a minute on the pitch with a 60th minute strike to give homers a 2-0 lead. Fortune Omaniwari put the icing on the cake for Sharks in the concluding minute of the game with a superb freekick to end the game 3-1. Heartland’s only goal was scored by substitute Isa Akor in the 64th minute, when he blasted home from the top of the box. Akor has now scored nine goals Ameobi - He is fit for this season. Ethiopia clash

Rain halts Pillars, Kwara tie in Kaduna


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eavy downpour yesterday ended a Week 35 match between Kano Pillars and Kwara United in Kaduna after 33 minutes. The hosts took the lead in the sixth minutes when a Kwara United defender turned in Nasiru Ali’s inviting cross for the only goal of the match. The referee called of the game in the 33rd minute due to waterlogged nature of the pitch following the heavy rain. Kano Pillars media officer Idris Malikawa said that the match will be completed on Thursday. “We could not finish our match because of heavy rainfall in Kaduna. We were leading 1- 0 courtesy of an own goal scored by a Kwara United defender from Nasiru Ali’s cross,” he said.

“We will continue from where we stopped yesterday and finish off the game with victory. In Katsina-Ala, Lobi Stars gave their top official Domonic Iorfa a birthday gift when they defeated Gombe United 2-0. Lobi Stars now have 49 points from 35 games and look good to escape the drop. Team captain Ikpeen Terna said that the victory has confirmed they are out of relegation and that the victory was for Iorfa. “With this victory we are out of relegation I am sure. The victory is dedicated to our boss Dominic Iorfa for his birthday,” Ikpeen said. Esosa Igbinoba and Suleiman Mohammed scored the goals for Lobi.

Week 35 results

Sharks 3 Heartland 1 Sunshine Stars 1 Rangers 1 ABS 1 Nassarawa 0 3SC 1 Enyimba 1 Akwa 0 Nembe 0 Bayelsa 1 Wolves 0 Wikki 2 Kaduna 0 Lobi 2 Gombe 0




Fernando Torres scratching Ferguson turns Jan Vertonghen down Chelsea job T

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ir Alex Ferguson has revealed he once turned down an approach to become Chelsea’s manager. Speaking on American breakfast television, Ferguson claimed he was contacted by an agent acting on behalf of Blues owner Roman Abramovich in 2003. “They approached me when Abramovich first took over the club,” Ferguson told PBS. “I said no chance.” Ferguson also ruled out a return to the United hotseat,

saying the club is in good hands with David Moyes. But a rocky start to the season has seen Ferguson’s odds on a return slashed. “I’m not interested in managing again or getting myself worked up about Manchester United’s results,” he said. “David will be fine. He’s a good manager. You would be throwing your money down the drain if you put any money on me coming back as a manager. “I made my decision. The timing was perfect. There is no

way back for me now. “I’ve got a new life. I want to go the Kentucky Derby and the US Masters, the Melbourne Cup. I want to visit vineyards in Tuscany and France.” Liverpool legends set to aid younger players Brendan Rodgers has called in Liverpool greats Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Rob Jones to help bring through the club’s next generation of young players. The three Anfield favourites are working on a part-time basis with the Under-21 and Under-18 squads at the club’s Academy in Kirkby, after getting a call from manager Rodgers. Striker Fowler, 38, the fifthhighest scorer in Premier League history, hit 183 goals in two spells at Liverpool after making his debut in 1993. Midfielder McManaman, 41, a fellow graduate of the club youth set-up, was a first-team regular between 1991 and 1999 before joining Real Madrid, where he won two Champions League medals. Jones, 41, signed from Crewe in 1991 and was a highlyrated right-back who won eight England caps before injury forced him to retire at the age of 27. The trio is helping Academy head coaches Alex Inglethorpe and Neil Critchley by providing specialist coaching sessions.

Mata happy for adapting to Mourinho’s tactics


helsea playmaker Juan Mata says he is happy to adapt to boss Jose Mourinho’s new tactics after winning his place back in the side. Mata has started just four of Chelsea’s 10 matches this season despite being named as the club’s player of the year in the previous campaign. “I will try to improve, score goals, assist and do what I have to do. I’m not the kind of man that gets down.” Juan Mata scored 20 goals in 64 games last season for Chelsea and was nominated for the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards as well as winning the Blues award. Mata’s introduction from the bench coincided with Chelsea’s improved second-half performance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham before he produced a lively display in Tuesday’s 4-0 Champions League win over Steaua Bucharest.

ottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas has said it is “almost farcical” that Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has not been charged after appearing to scratch Jan Vertonghen. During Saturday’s 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, Torres escaped with a yellow card after a tussle with Vertonghen that ended with the Spaniard putting his hand in the Spurs defender’s face. Torres was later shown a second yellow card following another incident with Vertonghen after which Blues coach Jose Mourinho accused the Belgian of playacting but the Football Association subsequently announced there would be no extension to the mandatory one-match ban for the earlier incident. Villas-Boas, speaking ahead of his side’s Europa League clash with Anzhi Makhachkala, has expressed his outrage at the situation. “It’s extremely difficult to know where to start,” Villas-Boas, who coached Torres during his brief stint at Stamford Bridge, said. “Obviously, it is almost a farcical decision. It doesn’t matter to me which player or club is involved. “I think the FA has made a decision almost a joke. It looks incredible. How can you see the images, pretty clear, and come out without punishment, on something (which) overtakes all professional behaviour? I think the decision is a disgrace. Former referee Mark Halsey described the FA as a “laughing stock” following the decision, and Villas-Boas said: “I’m extremely grateful for ex-refs to be able to enlighten people a little bit more, though I think most of you guys saw the incident as something that is not tolerable in football.”

Arsenal is lucky to have Ozil, says Wenger


rsenal manager Arsene Wenger claimed Mesut Ozil “delivered everything you want to see from a great player” in the Champions League win against Napoli. Ozil scored his first goal since his £42m move from Real Madrid and created Olivier Giroud’s second in the 2-0 victory that puts Arsenal top of Group F after two wins. Wenger said: “He had an amazing first half. He had individual skill, team play, finishing and the final ball. You just sit there and enjoy it. “I loved him when he was at Real Madrid. I thought he was great and we’re just lucky to have got him.” The Gunners started the season with a shock home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa but have won 10 matches in a row to move to the top of both the Premier League and their Champions League group.

Bremen wants De Bruyne back


In July, Chelsea denied that they had offered Mata or defender David Luiz as a makeweight in their ultimately unsuccessful pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

Mata, who has scored eight goals in 29 international appearances, is in contention for a place in Spain’s squad for their World Cup defence in Brazil next summer.

erder Bremen is keen to take Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne back to the club in January. The Belgian, who enjoyed a hugely successful loan spell at the Bundesliga side last season, has started only two Premier League matches this term. He was left out of the squad for Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League trip to Steaua Bucharest, with


Wenger said: “I’m delighted of course. It was a really enjoyable game. It was a fantastic first half, played at a great pace and with belief and authority. Mesut Ozil has made 15 assists in the Champions League since August 2010, more than any other player in the competition in that time. questions over his omission prompting Blues boss Jose Mourinho to call a halt to his pre-match press conference. Bremen general manager Thomas Eichin told the Bild newspaper: “Should Kevin be unhappy, we are an eager first contact. I am in contact with his agent and am informed about Kevin’s situation at Chelsea.” The 22-year-old scored ten goals in 32 Bundesliga games for Bremen last season. Eichin added: “I know Kevin; if he doesn’t play it is certainly a big problem for him. Spurs fumes at FA over Torres pardon




Nadal reaches last eight at China Open


afael Nadal took another step towards regaining the number one ranking with a hard-fought win over Philipp Kohlschreiber at the China Open. The 27-year-old Spaniard won 6-4 7-6 (7-3) to set up a quarterfinal against Italy’s Fabio Fognini in Beijing. Nadal will replace Novak Djokovic as number one if he

reaches the final, or the Serb fails to win the title. Nadal beat Kohlschreiber on his way to victory at the US Open last month but was taken to four sets in New York, and the German tested him once again at China’s National Tennis Centre. After getting the better of five breaks of serve to edge the first set in 58 minutes, Nadal fought off

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three break points in the second before taking control of the tiebreak. Fognini thrashed Lleyton Hewitt 6-0 6-2 to reach the last eight, while eighth seed John Isner of the US beat Argentina’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2 6-7 (37) 6-4. Top seed Djokovic will play his third-round match against Spain’s Fernando Verdasco today. Radwanska took one hour and 15 minutes to beat 18-year-old American Madison Keys 6-3 6-2, while Li impressed in front of her home crowd with a 7-5 6-4 win over Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki. Li will face Petra Kvitova in the quarter-finals after the Czech beat Italian Sara Errani 6-4 6-7 (7-3) 6-3. It was Kvitova’s 23rd three-set win of the year. Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, the world number 43, followed up her opening win against top seed Victoria Azarenka with a 4-6 6-4 6-1 victory over former US and French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Cleverly calls for rematch with Kovalev


athan Cleverly says he wants a rematch with Sergey Kovalev. The 26-year-old Welshman had hinted at retirement after being stopped in four rounds by the Russian in August’s world light heavyweight title fight. Cleverly suffered his first career defeat at the hands of the big-punching Kovalev, 30, and was also knocked down for the first time in his career. He concedes that some observers might be surprised at his willingness to face the Russian for a second time, given the nature of his defeat. “I’ve sparred with big

punchers before and sparred heavyweights and I’ve fought good punchers but, this guy, he does hit freakishly hard. But I would still love the opportunity again. “And when I got caught it spiralled downhill then because I couldn’t recover. But hopefully if we get the rematch I’ll avoid getting caught with the big punch and maybe take him into my territory. “If he beats me second times I’ll hold my hands up and congratulate him, but the chance to fight for my world title again - that’s what I want next.”

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Troicki confident ahead of doping appeal


erbia’s Viktor Troicki feels “confident” as he prepares to appeal against the 18-month ban he was given for missing a doping test. The International Tennis Federation (ITF) said in July that the 27-year-old was in violation of anti-doping rules. Troicki, a former world number 12, will appear before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne on 9 October. “I will attend in person for sure. I am fighting for the truth and I will do it as hard as I can,” he said.

“I feel confident. Reading all the papers of the previous trial in London, I can’t understand why I have been sanctioned, especially this hard.” Troicki failed to provide a blood sample during the Monte Carlo Masters in April. He claimed to have asked for permission to miss the test because he was unwell, but the ITF rejected that explanation. Troicki is currently suspended until 24 January 2015. He last played in July and has since slipped from 53rd to 69th in the rankings.

Presidents Cup: Woods in US team to retain trophy


he United States will begin the Presidents Cup as strong favourites today with six of the world’s top 10 players facing the International team. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are in the 12-strong US line-up, while world number two Adam Scott and 16th-ranked Jason Day lead the Internationals. The tournament sees a combination of four-ball and foursome matches played over the first three days, concluding in

12 singles matches on Sunday. Internationals captain Nick Price admitted: “The last four Presidents Cups, I honestly believe they haven’t been that competitive. US captain Fred Couples insisted his players are as focused going into the tournament as they are ahead of any other event. Masters champion Adam Scott has played in the event five times but has yet to be on a winning Internationals team.

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Barker to defend middleweight title against Sturm


Darren Barker

arren Barker will make the first defence of his IBF middleweight title against Germany’s Felix Sturm in Stuttgart on 7 December. Barker, 31, won the title with a point’s victory over Australia’s Daniel Geale in Atlantic City in August. In turn, former threetime world champion Sturm, 34, lost the title to Geale last September. Barker’s promoter Eddie Hearn said there is an option for an immediate rematch in London should Barker

lose. Sturm has been in the professional ranks since 2001, has a record of 38 wins (17 KOs), three defeats and two draws, and has engaged in 19 world title contests. In 2011 he earned a contentious split decision victory over Birmingham’s Matt Macklin before holding St Helens fighter Martin Murray to a draw. “Even though defeat would lead to an immediate rematch in London, we are all confident that Darren will defend his title in style on 7 December.”

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Munroe to fight against Selby for European featherweight title


eicester boxer Rendall Munroe’s next fight will be for the vacant European featherweight title, according to his manager. He said the bout was expected to take place in November and could be the undercard for Carl Froch’s next fight. Munroe secured a 10-round win against Andy Townend in his English title eliminator in

Doncaster on Saturday. The 33-year-old retired from the sport in December 2012 after losing his WBA interim superbantamweight title fight against Scott Quigg but announced his comeback five months later. Munroe won the European super-bantamweight title five years ago and fought for the world title against Toshiaki Nishioka in Japan in 2010.




P-i-c-t-o-r-i-a-l 1. The United States will begin the Presidents Cup as strong favourites today with six of the world’s top 10 players facing the International team. 3. Rafael Nadal takes another step towards regaining the number one ranking with victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber at the China Open.


4. England’s Darren Barker will make the first defence of his IBF middleweight title against Germany’s Felix Sturm in Stuttgart on 7 December. 5. There was plenty of late drama in this week’s first batch of UEFA Champions League matches, with Schalke, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona all picking up second victories

London Wasps and Italy centre Andrea Masi will be out for up to five months following surgery to his knee







Sports Curitiba is a delightful city for Brazil to win 2014 World Cup- Alex W

hen he subsequently announced his intention to return to Brazil, there was much speculation about his final destination and with good reason. After all, what club wouldn’t want one of the country’s finest attacking midfielders of his generation? Throughout his career, Alex never hid his affection for his hometown of Curitiba and Coritiba Football Club, so it came as no surprise when he re-signed for the outfit where it had all begun for him as a teenager. Having left the city as a raw 19-year-old and returned 16 years later with a keen and analytical mind, Alex was the perfect candidate to chat to FIFA. com about the Parana state capital for the latest in a series of interviews with star names aimed at showcasing the host cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Alex, many non-Brazilians will not be aware that the city of Curitiba is home to the historic rivalry between Coritiba and Atletico Paranaense. As someone who has experienced the intensity of Fenerbahce-Galatasaray derbies, how would you define the former? In Parana it’s rather unusual as there’s a demarcation. Unlike in other states, it’s rare to find Coritiba or Atletico-PR fans outside the capital. Many people in the western part of the state identify more with the likes of Internacional and Gremio, while a lot of people in the north support Sao Paulo, Corinthians, Palmeiras, etc. It’s a question of cultural upbringing. In that sense, the north of Parana is almost part of the Sao Paulo hin-

terland. The same applies to football it’s a hereditary and cultural thing. That traditional diminished somewhat during the latter decades of the 20th century, when both Coritiba and Atletico enjoyed success at a national level. In general, though, that culture [of Parana people supporting Parana teams] is less ingrained outside the capital. The city’s rivalry is essentially metropolitan, a capital affair. In cultural terms, Curitiba is also different to the rest of Parana, isn’t it? Yes it is. To a great extent that’s down the mix of ethnicities. For example, in the Santa Felicidade area you can still hear people speaking Italian to this day. In different parts of the city you can also hear German, and there are settlements that are predominantly Ukrainian and Polish with monuments in homage to these immigrants. Teams visiting here from those countries will certainly get a lot of support and experience a surprising atmosphere. After a l -

most 16 years away, you came back to Curitiba this year. How was it to return? It was strange. I spent my first 19 years in Curitiba, but the city of my childhood was very different than it is today. Compared to other Brazilian state capitals, it’s still a small city, although it has to deal with the usual big-city problems. Seeing these problems here for myself really struck me, although I believe they’re fixable and I see a willingness at the political level to do just that. There are those who complain a lot about the traffic, but having lived in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Istanbul, I’m probably not the best person to talk about this (laughs). But yes you can still find yourself stuck in traffic at times. What matters now is making Curitiba a better place, both now and when the World Cup finishes. For you, is the traffic the thing that has changed most in your time away? To be honest, for me what’s changed most have been the people of Curitiba. When I was a teenager, you’d often hear people talk about what we used to call a curitiboca. That referred to an authentic perhaps even too authentic Curitiba native, someone very attached to the city with a rather closed mind. Nowadays, the people are much more open. For several years now we’ve had people moving here from Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, northeast Brazil. When it first started, you’d hear some people complaining about that, but fortunately that’s changing. The more open a city is, the more it evolves, and I think we’re seeing less and less of the so- called ‘authentic’ Curitiba person. Some people joke that Curitiba city folk are cold and unwelcoming, but it’s not like that at all. We have a thing

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where we can be wary of people at first, but deep down we’re affectionate (laughs). If you had to tell a foreigner about the most interesting things about Curitiba, what would you say? I think it’s a very attractive urban centre with several features that would remind you of European cities very well organised transport system as well as tourist attractions. We have buildings that are 100 or 200 years old and very well preserved. It is better planned than the majority of Brazilian cities and, because of its considerable immigration, has a very notable tradition of gastronomy. For me, though, its biggest asset is its parks, which are very well looked after and extensively used by the people. Do you frequent the parks of Curitiba yourself and where else do you like to go? When I was a kid I used to spend a lot of time in the centre of Curitiba: at Praca Santos Andrade, at the Guaira Theatre. Nowadays I can’t wander around the city like that, as

football has made my face very recognisable. When time permits, however, I like to go with my kids to Barigui Park near my home. We sometimes take the bikes or just walk. It’s a delightful environment. People make great use of you’ll see people roller skating and on skateboards, older people out walking. I love seeing public spaces being used like that. Will hosting the FIFA World Cup be good for the city? One of my main concerns is for the infrastructure to be finished in time for the World Cup and, principally, for there to be a willingness to carry out works that don’t depend on football. In Curitiba, I see a desire to carry out such improvement and leave the city 100 per cent. As a Curitiba citizen, I feel I have an obligation to expect the city to improve. As already mentioned, we have a huge rivalry between Atletico and Coritiba, but at present that shouldn’t matter. Infrastructural and public transport works go way beyond inter-club rivalries. What matters now is making Curitiba a better place, both now and when the World Cup finishes.



Some Interesting Facts


id you know the tea bag was invented in 1908 • Did you know carrots contain 0% fat • Did you know 1 billion snails are served in restaurants each year • Did you know plastic bottles were first used for soft drinks in 1970 • Did you know the $ sign was introduced in 1788 • Did you know the meaning of ‘Blue Chip’ comes from blue casino chips which have a high value • Did you know DVDs are physically the same size as a CDs but can store 13 times more data • Did you know the term ‘disc jockey’ was first used in 1937 • Did you know hot water freezes quicker than cold water • Did you know sound travels 3 times faster through water than in air • Did you know the average soccer ball is made up of 32 leather panels and held together by 642 stitches • Did you know soccer is the most followed sport • Did you know volleyball was invented in 1895 • Did you know that in developed countries 27% of food is thrown away • Did you know the odds of being struck by lightning are 600,000 to 1 • Did you know the first train reached a top speed of only


8 kmh (5 mph) • Did you know Niagara Falls could fill 4,000 bathtubs every second • Did you know it takes 1 alligator to make a pair of shoes and 3 for a pair of boots • Did you know your most active muscles are in your eye • Did you know a banana contains 75% water • Did you know 13 people die every year from vending machines • Did you know rain contains vitamin B12 • Did you know your liver has over 500 functions • Did you know your brain uses 25% of all the oxygen your breathe • Did you know after Hawaii, New York is the state surrounded by the most water


• Did you know ice skating rinks always go counter clock wise (for the majority of people that are right handed needing to hang onto the rail) • Did you know sponges hold more cold water than hot • Did you know a flea can jump 350 times its body length • Did you know cucumbers are 96% water. • Did you know a full moon is 9 times brighter than a half moon • Did you know a honeybee’s top speed is 24kph (15mph) • Did you know a humming bird flaps its wings up to 90 times a second (5,400 times a minute) • Did you know flys always launch backwards for a quick getaway • Did you know horses have 18 more bones than humans • Did you know a cheetahs top speed is 114kph (70mph) • Did you know horses sleep standing up • Did you know a jellyfish is 95% water • Did you know bats are the only mammals that fly • Did you know a cat uses its whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through • Did you know every day 7% of the US eats at McDonalds • Did you know a snail can sleep for 3 years • Did you know tigers have striped skin as well as fur • Did you know crocodiles are colour blind • Did you know a chameleons tongue is twice the length of its body • Did you know dogs sweat through the pads on their feet

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Halt! Who goes there? The moment retired military dog met a kitten for the first time Source:

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B/ Munich beat Man City 3-1


anchester City’s strong finish was not enough as they were largely outclassed by Champions League holders Bayern Munich at Etihad Stadium. Bayern took an early lead when England goalkeeper Joe Hart allowed Franck Ribery’s long-range shot through him. Thomas Muller beat the offside trap to score before Arjen Robben fired past Hart at his near post. Substitute Alvaro Negredo pulled a late goal back for City before Jerome Boateng was dismissed for Bayern. David Silva’s introduction off the bench sparked City into life, as he made Negredo’s goal and then played in Yaya Toure who was brought down by Boateng’s desperate lunge. The former City man was shown a straight red card for the professional foul.

Man. United play 1-1 against Shakhtar


anchester United was denied their second Champions League group victory at Shakhtar Donetsk following a secondhalf equaliser from Taison that ended the match 1-1. Nemanja Vidic failed to clear Yaroslav Rakitskiy’s cross from the left allowing Taison to pounce and fire in to level 14 minutes from time. The visitors took the lead early in the first half when Danny Welbeck poked in from Marouane Fellaini’s low ball. David De Gea produced a great save late on to stop Taison’s deflected shot Man City 1 Bayern Munich 3 Leverkusen 2 Real Sociedad 1 Juventus 2 Galatasaray 2 Real Madrid 4 FC Copenhagen 0 Paris Saint Germain 3 Benfica 0 RSC Anderlecht 0 Olympiakos 3


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QUOTABLE QUOTE There is no way we would allow the President of the country to use our own weapon, which is the political platform, to fight us — Gov Lamido speaking during the swearing in of the new chairman in Jigawa

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s a father and leader, I am deeply saddened by the senseless killings of innocent students. It is unacceptable and indefensible under any guise. It is an act that must be punished. The recent carnage in Borno state and now at the College of Agriculture in Gujba, Yobe state reminds us of the sinister nature of the enemy our nation now faces. There should be no mistake at this sombre moment. Those who launched these attacks did not launch them at the people they killed. They knew not the names of their victims or who they were. The dead were just unfortunate souls who happened to be close enough to murder. The real targets of these massacres were our nation, society and any semblance of civilized, modern life. Nigeria is under attack and the earlier those in charge realised this, the quicker the situation can be arrested. In terms of security, the present is not safe, neither is the future secured. The killings at the College of Agriculture were particularly jarring. Under cover of darkness, evil crept unto a campus of higher learning, turning it into a place of slaughter. These murderers snatched the lives of young people who were just entering the fullness of life. The attackers fell upon them so early that many of the students were still in bed. These young people only wanted an education to improve their future and that of the nation. They were armed only with this desire and with the tools of students. They had done no one any harm. Yet, their attackers executed them in the

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cruellest fashion. This is terror in its basest form. By this act, the crazed and armed menace we face tells us that attending school, attempting to get an education, is now a capital offence. Those guilty of seeking to learn are to be executed. This is a dire affront to fundamental humanity. It is also a frontal attack on our quest for economic development and social progress. Those that did this seek to cast a veil of fear and ignorance over Nigeria. We must remain steadfast in the belief that enlightenment and progress is best for our people. These killers want us to hide in the shadow

of fear and live in the cave of ignorance. We must be brave enough to tell them “no.” No matter how they try to frighten us, we shall walk in the light of learning, justice, hope and tolerance, unity and progress. What we face is nothing less than a contest for the soul of the nation. We dare not lose the contest. These young people died just because they wanted to learn and live better. We can’t allow their deaths to be in vain. Thus, we must rededicate ourselves that all of our children shall learn and live better because of the education they shall receive. We must look beyond the deaths and spilled blood of these innocent

What we face is nothing less than a contest for the soul of the nation. We dare not lose the contest. These young people died just because they wanted to learn and live better. We can’t allow their deaths to be in vain. Thus, we must rededicate ourselves that all of our children shall learn and live better because of the education they shall receive

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children. In times like these, it is easy to give up and recede into our fears. Yet, we must be of good courage. We must not give way to sorrow or despair. We must forge ahead with our best plans and preparations for the people. That said, we must beseech the federal government to tend better to our security. I make this not as a partisan jab. I make this as a Nigerian who sees the larger danger lurking behind these attacks. These murderers seek to shutter the educational system in the north. Should they accomplish this, they will only attack another social institution, then another, until all are flattened. They intend to make Nigeria desolate. In their warped minds, this will be paradise. Paradise for them will be purgatory for the rest of us. With grim determination that Nigeria shall overcome this pestilence and that justice shall ultimately prevail, we cannot give up and retreat from the task of governance and building this nation. We must be of good courage. We cannot allow their violence to dictate the path that we must go. They see a nation they want to destroy. I see a nation we should build. We shall win. They may have guns and terror. But they lack the moral force to stop us from building the nation we seek. We have justice and right. We shall win. They shall lose and get swept into the wash of history. The only issue is how long will it take and how many lives will be lost before this evil folds. Again, this is where the federal government must become more proactive in developing a comprehensive law enforcement, intelligence-gathering and economic incentives strategy that checkmate this plague. On such a grave matter of national security, there is no partisanship. We are all Nigerians. We stand ready to help in this fight. We await the call of the federal government to do so. Our condolences are extended to the governor of Yobe, the people of the state, and the families of those killed. Your grief is heavy and thick because of the senselessness of this tragedy. But you don’t carry this grief alone. All Nigeria grieves with you. Those were our children, too. Bola Ahmed Tinubu is former governor of Lagos state and Leader of the All Progressives Congress.

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Peoples Daily Newspaper, Thursday 03, October, 2013  

Peoples Daily Newspaper, Thursday 03, October, 2013