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L-R: President Muhammadu Buhari, Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari, and Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, shortly after performing Ground Breaking Ceremony of the University of Transportation, yesterday in Daura.

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Nigeria, Russia sign Potash importation pact By Lawrence Olaoye


igeria have signed an agreement with Russia on the supply of potash, a major raw material for the production of fertilizer. The pact was signed yesterday in the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, in the Presidential Villa. The Managing Director of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), Mr Uche Orji, signed on behalf of the Nigerian government while Mr Dmitry Konyeaev signed on behalf of the Russian company that will supply the product. Speaking at the event, Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru, who is also the Chairman, Presidential Fertilizer Initiative, said entering the agreement with Russia was another milestone in the life of the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“It is another milestone in President Buhari’s effort to increase farm production and to support farmers. As you all recall, President Putin of Russia hosted African leaders recently at a summit and our President was there. “During one of the side meetings, President proposed the possibility of Nigeria buying Potash form a company in Russia and today we witnessed a culmination of that discussion, where Nigeria and Russia have signed an agreement on potash purchase by Nigeria,” he said. He said the move, which has checked the excesses of middlemen, would further boost the supply of fertilizer at an affordable rate to Nigerian farmers. “What we have just witnessed will help in stabilizing the price of NPK brand of fertilizer that we produce locally. The beauty of this deal is that it is a direct purchase, no commission agent and also

because of the involvement of the two Presidents, the price is very competitive,” the governor explained. In his remark, the NSIA boss, who signed on behalf of Nigeria, said so far over 19 million bags of fertilizer have been blended by Nigeria in the last two years. “Between 2017 when the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative started and today, over 19 million bags of fertilizer have been blended by this programme at a price of N5,500 and more importantly, we have revived some of the blending plants that were moribund. Today, as we approach the programme for 2020, 26 local blending plants, which include some of the old and new ones have joined the programme,” he said. Highlighting some of the gains of the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative PFI programme, Orji said: “Through the programme, fertilizer has been freely available

especially for NPL 20:10:10, since 2017-2019. We have had a very successful programme so far with over 19 million bags of the product blended and sold and this chapter of our engagement Is a new phase in the whole PFI programme.” The Deputy Chairman of the Russian company that will supply the product, Uralchem, Mr Dmitry Konyaev, who signed on behalf of the Russian government, said his country is looking into ways of making the product more available at a competitive price. “We are bringing potash at a very competitive international price for Nigeria and we have to develop our cooperation on how to make the product more available and affordable for the farmers and make their lives better,” he said. The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Chief of Staff to the President and the Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Sherbashin.

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L-R: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of FCT, Mohhamed Bello; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, during Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) meeting on aviation and special reports, at the Presidential Villa, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN

Rights activists demand probe of Sowore’s foreign associates By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja


group of civil rights activists, have in a protest in Abuja, yesterday, demanded the investigation of Omoyele Sowore’s foreign counterparts in the RevolutionNow protest. According to the activists, the activity carried out by the embattled publisher of Sahara Reporters, was targeted at destabilizing the country. The protesters, led by the Congress for Defence of Democracy

(CDF), ended their walk at the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, calling for an urgent probe on the nefarious activities of Mr Sowore and his foreign collaborators. In a petition signed by Convener, Stephen Okenarhe and submitted to the AGF, the CDF revealed that it would be a disservice to the unity of Nigeria should Mr. Sowore be granted bail without identifying his foreign sponsors. He posited that the controversial

human rights activist have proven to be acting a script by “enemies of Nigeria that are envious of the giant strides recorded in critical sectors of the economy in the past four years under President Muhammadu Buhari.” Besides the ongoing seven-count charge trial, the group pointed out that Mr Sowore has secretly been receiving illicit funds from some foreign sources while also covertly running the propaganda wing of Boko Haram. Okenarhe added that the

presidential candidate of the African Action Congress even signed a pact with the proscribed Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and some disgruntled opposition politicians to destabilise the nation. They maintained that the convener, could eventually jump bail and continue with his nefarious activities, just like Nnamdi Kanu. They, therefore, called on the AGF “ to use his good office to institute discrete investigation by the concerned authorities to track down and arrest those involved.

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N-Power: Why we owe beneficiaries -FG

By Ese Awhotu


he federal government yesterday explained why the monthly stipend given to N-Power beneficiaries has not been paid for the past two months. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, at a press briefing on Monday, disclosed that the payment delay was due to the current handing over process of the N-Power to her ministry. She said , “The ministry is currently engaging the NSIP Cluster Heads for clarifications; in essence, the handover and taking process for these two programmes is still ongoing.” Additionally, she said that the retention of N-Power beneficiaries who should have exited was also responsible for the delay. “That N-Power beneficiaries enrolled in 2016 are yet to be exited 16 months after the elapse of their contract; they are supposed to have been graduated to a more productive venture,” she said. The minister said the ministry was making efforts to develop an exit plan and that the money owed would be paid to beneficiaries upon conclusion of the handing over process. She assured the public that the government will continue to fund its Social Investment Programmes and ensure that it touches lives positively. The text of her press briefing reads: “The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development came into existence in August 2019. The mandate of the new Ministry was communicated in October 2019. Among the Agencies and Programmes reposed on the Ministry was the National Social Investment Programme. “The N-Power initiative is one of the four clusters of National Social Investment Programmes that were designed to stem the growing tide of poverty, unemployment and Social Insecurity in Nigeria. N-Power is the job creation and economic empowerment component of the NSIP for young unemployed Nigerians. “I have received initial briefings from heads of Agencies and Programmes reporting to the Ministry from October 2019, however on account of the technicalities involved, the handing over process is still on-going. With regards, to recent agitations and outcry against the non – approval of payments of October and

November, 2019 stipends to N-Power beneficiaries the Ministry wishes to: “Reaffirm its commitment to ensuring that beneficiaries of all the Social Investment Programmes access interventions designed for them within the stipulated guidelines. Inform that the Home Grown Feeding Programme, which is also a cluster of the NSIP has continued to run smoothly since its transfer to the Ministry. “Except for the four states that were submitted during my absence and this has already been treated. “That there are information gaps with regards the monitoring

and evaluation mechanism and framework of the N – Power and the GEEP programmes. Some officials of NSIP are of the view that the programmes should be completely restructured. “The Ministry is currently engaging the NSIP Cluster Heads for clarifications; in essence, the Handover and Taking process for these two (2) programmes is still ongoing. “That N-Power beneficiaries enrolled in 2016 are yet to be exited 16 months after the elapse of their contract; they are supposed to have been graduated to a more productive venture; That the Ministry is currently

making efforts to develop an exit strategy, which is nonexistent. “I wish to seize this opportunity to assure all NPower beneficiaries and indeed all Nigerians of the Ministry’s commitment to Mr President’s promise to stem poverty in the country as well as lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. “This is a clarion call we must all answer for the sake of our fatherland. This present glitch needs addressing if we are to commence the assignment at hand with the required traction. In this regard, the Ministry also wishes to assure all beneficiaries

that all arrears will be paid as soon as the handing and taking processes are concluded and the grey areas are addressed. There should be no apprehension with regards to the continuity or sustainability of the Social Investment programmes as the Government will continue to adequately fund them and ensure that they reach the beneficiaries and touch lives positively. Finally, while craving for patience and understanding, I wish to thank all the NSIP Managers, who are taking great pains to explain the technicalities of the project to the Ministry officials to ensure a smooth transition.”

L-R: Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammad Adamu; Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari; Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola; and Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, briefing at the stakeholders meeting on petroleum products distribution at the end of the year, at Presidential Villa, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: NAN  

Police has power to recruit, court rules By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja


ustice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja, yesterday, dismissed the suit challenging the ongoing recruitment exercise of 10,000 police constables by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu. The Police Service Commission (PSC) dragged the IGP and the Nigeria Police Force to court over the recruitment of 10,000 constables as approved by President Muhammadu Buhari. The suit with the number, FHC/ABJ/CS/1124/2019, was filed by the plaintiff’s counsel, Kanu Agabi mentioned the Nigeria

Police Force (first), the IGP, the Minister of Police Affairs and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami as defendants in the matter. The court in his judgement, held that it is the Police Service Council under the leadership of the Inspector General of Police that is statutorily empowered to enlist constables into the force. He held that the suit challenging the power of the IGP to recruit personnel into the force, is lacking in merit, adding that the plaintiff,(PSC) was unable to prove that the recruitment usurps its power. “Consequently, I hold that (it is) the police council under

the Inspector General of Police that has the power to carry out recruitment into the police force. ‘’I hereby make an order dismissing the case for lacking in merit,” Justice Ekwo held. The judge held that the law guiding the enlistment of constables into the NPF was the Nigeria Police Regulations of 1968, issued by the Nigerian President in accordance with the provisions of Section 46 of the Police Act 1967 (No 41), providing for the organisation and administration of the police force. The judge noted that section 71 of the Nigeria Police Service Regulations gave the power to enlist constables to the Police

Council under the control of the IGP and not the PSC. He ruled that the PSC by its enabling law could only appoint constables after the enlistment exercise carried out by the NPF. Further in his ruling, Justice Inyang held that the Civil Service Rules cited by the PSC in defining the meaning of “appointment” to include “recruitment” did not apply to the NPF, not being a civil service. The judge also noted that contrary to the allegation by the PSC that the NPF and the IGP were attempting to usurp its powers to recruit the constables, it was the PSC that was attempting to usurp their powers to do so.


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Yuletide: FG assures of adequate fuel supply By Lawrence Olaoye


he federal government has assured of adequate supply of petroleum products during and after the Christmas and New Year celebrations. At the stakeholders’ meeting held ahead of the Yuletide chaired by the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Abba Kyari, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, and representatives of the Service Chiefs also assured of adequate security for Nigerians. The Group Managing Director (GMD), NNPC, Mele Kolo Kyari, at the meeting said “We are here today to take stock of our readiness for the festive period, particularly in terms of supplies and distribution of petroleum products across the country, so that this festive period will be enjoyed by Nigerians without any hitch, particularly the Christmas and new year. We are very sure today that we have very robust supply plan not just for Christmas but beyond. We are assuring Nigerians that the NNPC has made adequate arrangement to make adequate supply of petroleum products. If there are any issue, we have come together with other agencies of government to ensure those issues are resolved to ensure Nigerians have a very Merry Christmas this year.” On the level of preparation for the Yuletide by his ministry, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said “The ministry of works and housing has a supporting role to play here, while construction work is going on on some of the routes used for moving cargo, we have met with our contractors and directed them to provide some palliative measures to ease the movement of trucks and tankers. Some of these routes include Benin-Auchi-Okene, Warri-SapeleBenin, Ilorin-Jaba road, Calabar-Itu road and other roads. This is essentially to say we are giving everybody the support we can to ease the problem of moving fuel during the period.” The Inspector General of Police said “December is a festive period; a period where Nigerians in diaspora will be coming to their homeland with their families, it is expected that every Nigerian is provided with adequate security of his life and property. For that reason, we have heightened the level of security within this period, not only the police but other security agencies are working together to ensure that the Christmas and even the new year is celebrated without any criminal incidents. And at the same time Nigerians will have to move about freely with the availability of

...As IGP, Service Chiefs promise safety of lives, property

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petroleum. And for that reason the NNPC and the petroleum transport owners association, NUPENG and others have come together to work with us to make sure that products are moved freely to cover the whole country without any breach. In that area, we have again increase the level of security, dedicated some officers to make sure that products are moved freely without any attempt to divert products from where they are suppose to go. We have gotten commitment also from tanker drivers that we will work seriously with their drivers to make sure that nobody incites them or motivates them to divert products from where it is suppose to go. So we are assuring Nigerians that the Christmas will be crime free, petroleum products will be available to everybody and it will move from one part of the country to the other.” Representative of the Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Tariworio Dick, Chief of Training and Operations, Naval headquarters said “For the Navy we have been involved in providing security in the Atlas Cove mostly pipeline. We will ensure that all hands are on deck to ensure that there are no infringement on the pipeline.

IGP, Mohammed Adamu

For clearance of vessels we in close collaboration with NNPC so that the vessels are cleared as soon as they come in to discharge. Actually we are going to prioritize, provide arms guard to move from Lagos to Port Harcourt and Calabar as we get the request from NNPC.” Representative of the Chief of Army Staff, Major General F. O. Omoiqui, Director of Operations, Nigeria Army, said “For the Nigerian Army, as always we are ready to support the Nigerian police, the NNPC and the Civil Defence in ensuring that the petroleum products are freely supplied to all parts of the country this Yuletide season.” Representative of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Comptroller General, Deputy Commandant General Operations, Hillary Kelechi Madu, said”Apart from our core mandate of protecting critical national assets and infrastructure, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in synergy with our big brothers and other security agencies, will ensure our staff shun corruption on the road to ensure that fuel supply gets to their destination. There shouldn’t be any collaboration

December is a festive period; a period where Nigerians in diaspora will be coming to their homeland with their families, it is expected that every Nigerian is provided with adequate security of his life and property. For that reason, we have heightened the level of security within this period, not only the police but other security agencies are working together to ensure that the Christmas and even the new year is celebrated without any criminal incidents

with thieves and this festive period will be one of the best as critical national assets including protection of pipelines and ensuring that illegal products are not ferried across the country will be maintained by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).” Dr. Kassim Ibrahim Bataiya, National President of Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), said “NARTO as a critical stakeholder in the supply and distribution value chain, is committed to support NNPC and the government in ensuring availability of petroleum products from now till the end of next year. We are committed and we have all our trucks available and ready for lifting petroleum products from now till the end of next year, most especially now that we have the assurance of the GMD that there is available products in all the depots, from the IGP that our roads will be secured and the environment conducive for us to operate. So we are committed to supporting the government and Isha Allah there will be no scarcity of petroleum this year. The National Chairman of Petroleum Tanker Drivers branch of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers [NUPENG], Akanni Oladiti said “I want Nigerians to be rest assured that during this coming holiday and beyond, so far as the main operator of the industry, the NNPC, has assured that products will be available and will continue to be available, we will take the products to all the four corners of Nigeria. There will not be scarcity or whatever. We want Nigeria to be good and we pray for the leadership of this country that God will will them good health and prosperity.”

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Buhari extends ban on more import goods By Lawrence Olaoye


resident Muhammadu Buhari has extended ban on the importation of more import goods even as he said that domestic fuel consumption in the country has dropped by 30 percent since his government decision to close the nation’s borders with some neighbouring countries. While considering further ban on importation of some other agricultural products after rice into the country, the President, in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Mallam Garba She hu, said there was no date yet for border re-opening. According to him, the decision to extend the ban to other products after rice was to rekindle the agricultural sector. He said the government’s directive will save the country billions of naira on import bills. Receiving a delegation of Katsina State Elders Forum at his country home in Daura, the President said the country’s domestic fuel consumption had dropped by more than 30 per cent, following closure of land borders. He said he had not given any date for the reopening of the land border until the situation improves. The President commended the actions taken by the President of Niger Republic, Muhammadou Youssoufou, including the dismissal of officials and a ban on use of the country as a dumping ground for Nigeria-bound smuggled goods. Buhari noted that the measures taken by the President of Niger were helpful and supportive. He, however, acknowledged the hardship of border communities following the ban on sale of fuel at stations 20 kilometres to the border, a restriction that also saw to the closure of all fuel stations in his native home, Daura. ‘’Farmers must be protected.

* Says no date yet to reopen borders Dishonesty is deep rooted in the country. Otherwise the border closer would not have been warranted,’’ he said. According to him, the restriction was a temporary measure as the Nigerian Customs Service needed to ascertain outlets involved in real sale of products and those being used for smuggling. The President told the delegation that he intended forging ahead with poverty alleviation schemes and the agricultural and livestock reforms started by the

administration in the first term, since the election was behind him and a government now in place. He explained that the reforms, especially those relating to the settlement of livestock herders would take time to accomplish, assuring that his deliberate choice of tested farmers as his past and current ministers of agriculture was informed by the need to carry his vision through. Earlier in his remark, the representative of the Chairman of the Elders Forum, Alhaji

Aliyu Saulawa, commended the achievements of President Buhari and Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State in curbing the menace of bandits, kidnappers and cattle rustlers. He, nevertheless, drew a long list of requests which included a special intervention fund to assist victims of attacks, completion of the 10 megawatts wind power project in the state, setting up of a North-West Development Commission and setting up of Ruga farm settlements. He said the farm settlements

were urgently needed. The Elders Forum also made a case for numerous infrastructure projects for the state, as well as for keener federal government’s scrutiny of benefits of social investment schemes. The President Buhari promised to look at the requests. He added that his constituency is the whole country, and he is determined to be fair to all, including those that voted him into office and those that did not. R-L: National president, Nigeria Union of Teachers( NUT), Dr. Mohammed Nasir , Representative of the FCT Minister, Mr. Leramoh Abdulrazaq, Traditional Ruler, HRH Abdulsalam Musa, the Chairman, FCT Wing of NUT, Comrade Stephen Knabayi and others, during the commissioning of the ultra modern FCT Teachers House and the Union 12th delegates conference of the FCT wing, held yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imoowo

Gov. Bello sacks senior aides From Ahmad Ibrahim Lokoja


overnor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has relieved all political office holders of their jobs, directing them to hand over to the most senior civil servant in their Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs. A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Folashade Arike Ayoade and

made available to newsmen yesterday , said that the following categories are exempted from the above directive for now; all serving Commissioners, DirectorGeneral (Government House Administration, direct aides of the governor, direct aides of the Deputy Governor, aides of the Chief of Staff, aides of the wife of the governor and the aides

of the wife of the deputy governor. The statement further pointed out that the Head of Service, AuditorGeneral for state and local government and chairman and members of statutory commissions are not affected by the above directive. Affected aides include: Special Advisers,Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants. The handing over process

according to the statement, must be concluded today, Tuesday , 3rd December, 2019. It stressed further that copies of the handing over notes should be forwarded to the office of the Secretary to the Government of Kogi State in soft and hard copies. It appreciated the affected officials for their immense contributions to the development of the state.

Ganduje sends fresh bill to legitimize new emirates From Edwin Olofu, Kano


he Kano State Executive Council has approved Emirate Council Bill 2019 which provides for the establishment of four additional emirates in the state. A press statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba at the end of the Council Session held at the Council Chambers, Government House, Kano, yesterday, indicated that

some of these emirates have even pre-dated Kano in ancient times, while the effort to revive them during the Second Republic was short-lived. Recall that, Kano State high court had nullified the appointment of four additional first-class emirates. The presiding judge, Justice Usman Na’Abba said the law that provided for the creation of the emirate was not properly enacted, based on the provision of section 101 of the Constitution of

the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended). Garba added that the Council has, with this development, endorsed the establishment of four new Emirates namely Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye and forward same to the state Assembly for necessary action. He said while the Council seriously discussed the decade long clamour for the establishment of additional Emirates in the state with a view to bringing more development to

the people of the new Emirates, the exercise was also informed by the need to bring traditional institution closer to the people in addition to facilitating speedy socio-economic development and security in the state. The statement further indicated that the introduction of the Free and Compulsory Education at Basic and Secondary level requires the active participation of the community especially the traditional institutions for its successful

implementation. The commissioner pointed out that the Emirate Council Bill 2019 was amended in the public interest following a Kano High Court action that nullified the law on the ground that the petition was presented to the Assembly by a private person not a member of the House. The Council, according to statement, therefore, called on the state Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Bill in the interest of the public.


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Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state test switching one of the electric turbines, during his visit to Dadinkowa Hydropower power plant, yesterday in Gombe state.

U.S to empower Kaduna women, youths in agro-business

Gov. Sanwo-Olu flags off 2019 pilgrimage to Israel, Rome

From Femi Oyelola Kaduna

By Albert Akota



he United States of America is set to empower women and youths in Kaduna State in Agro-business. The Managing Director Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, Dr. Adams Saffer disclosed this yesterday during the launching of Agro-business in Kaduna State. According to him, the five-year USAID Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity aims to strengthen the business enabling environment to promote private sector investment in the agriculture sector. He added that the program targeted women and youths empowerment, working with mainstream agro-business saying 40% of the interventions is reserved for women while 20% are for youth”. According to him, Agro-business is U.S programme in Nigeria, because agriculture is the light line for the future of Nigeria. “The activity with $200 million in new lending and facilitate $100 million in new investment across the five crops in the following seven designated States: Kaduna, Niger, Kebbi, Benue, Delta, and Ebonyi, and Cross River. “ Special emphasis will be given to MSMEs that are women- and youth-owned or have the potential to hire significant numbers of women and youth,” He said. In his remarks, the Vice Chairman Da-AllGreen Veggies and Herbes , Engineer Stephen Yakubu Atar said that agriculture is the solution to Nigeria economic situation. Engr. Atar stressed that Agriculture is very important in Kaduna State and Nigeria as a whole.

he Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has officially flagged off the 2019 general pilgrimage to Israel and Rome at the Chapel of Christ the Light Church, Alausa, Ikeja. During the flag off ceremony, Governor SanwoOlu congratulated the intending pilgrims of Lagos State for their bold initiative to embark on holy pilgrimage to strengthen their faith in the Lord. In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by Celestine Toruka, Head of Media of the Commission yesterday said that the Lagos State also thanked the leadership of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission

(NCPC) for choosing Lagos State for the flag off of this year’s general pilgrimage exercise. He assured that by next year, the State would surpass the record of this year in terms of pilgrimage support and development. Governor Sanwo-Olu described pilgrimage as a spiritual journey that would transform the lives of the pilgrims forever. He urged the intending pilgrims to thank God for considering them worthy to re-examine their lives. According to him, “it is an opportunity for you to increase your faith and it will be an opportunity to fellowship with other Christians.” The Governor further admonished the intending pilgrims never to think of absconding in Israel. In his words, “you will go

well, you will come back well, you will come back to impact on your community. “ He further advised them to be worthy ambassadors of Nigeria and Lagos State. In her welcome address, the Ag. Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, Mrs Esther Kwaghe, appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari for approving all the requests of the Commission for the 2019 general pilgrimage. She stated that the flag off event would remain a special day in the life of the Commission. Mrs. Kwaghe explained that the Commission had put in place all necessary arrangements for a hitch free pilgrimage exercise this year. She stressed that the

Commission would continue to strive to achieve zero abscondment and therefore urged the intending pilgrims to resist the temptation of absconding during the pilgrimage adding that there was no place like Nigeria. She commended the Lagos State government for allowing the Commission to host this year’s general pilgrimage flag off in the State. Mrs. Kwaghe further advised the intending pilgrims to examine their lives and should go to pilgrimage with the mind of prayer. In his remarks, the Chairman of the Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, Rev. Yomi Kasali, affirmed that “this is the official flag off ceremony of the 2019 general pilgrimage from Lagos State.

Kebbi govt. assures Corps members of adequate welfare, security From Ahmed Idris Birnin Kebbi


ebbi State Governor, Senator Atiku Abubakar Bagudu has assured the 2019 Batch C Stream 2 Corps members posted to the state for more welfare and security support. He disclosed this yesterday at the swearing in of the Corps members held in Dakingari Orientation Camp adding the

state government is ready to give them it’s maximum support to ensure their one year services delivery will be supported. Bagudu who was represented by the Deputy Governor Ismail Yombe Dabai said that the protection of their lives and properties will be the government major priority, while assured them of good governance. In his response, the NYSC state coordinator, Barde

Usman thank the Kebbi State Government for always being there for them most especially their needs. “We thank you so much on the ongoing renovation of the orientation camp and for the several success stories the scheme is recording in its operations daily” he added. He then appealed to the Kebbi State Governor to allocate an office complex with the capacity of accommodate two hundred

staff within the State capital as they are on rented faculties. The state coordinator said further that most of their challenges are lack of utility vehicles for monitoring and inspection of corps members in their location of primary assignment across the state. He also said that lacks of coaster bus for conveyance of Corps members to the National programme outside the state and lack of functional ambulance.


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Uproar over alleged killing of youth by vigilante in Delta From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba


proar erupted on Monday in Ogwashi Uku, Delta State following the alleged killing of a youth identified as Christian Mordi by Vigilante men. The victim was said to have hailed from Ashama Community in Aniocha South Local Government Area of the state and was a motorcycle rider in Ogwashi Uku Community where he was allegedly killed by Vigilante men when he tried to escape from the men who gave him a hot chase when he allegedly crashed into an oncoming vehicle along Isah Ogwashi Uku road. Sources said that the Vigilante men had attempted to hit him with the butt of their gun when they leveled up with him as he was beating severely for his attempt to escape them a situation he managed to escaped but crashed into moving vehicle that crushed him to death But when confronted, the leader of the Vigilante men, Sunday Benson denied all allegations against the group, saying that the victim died as he crashed into a coming vehicle with his motorcycle when he was escaping for his offence for ridding one way adding that the victim had severally been warned before the incident and his refusal to heed to warnings. In a swift reaction, the Police Commissioner in the state, Adeleke Adeyinka who spoke to Journalists on the incident, said investigation was ongoing with a view to bringing the culprits to book including conducting autopsy for the deceased and warned that the police will do everything possible to ensure the truth in the incident.


After 4 days, abducted Abuja monarch regains freedom By Usman Shuaibu


he third class chief of Rubochi in Kuje Area Cou n c i l of t he Fe d e ral Capital Territory, FCT, Alhaji Ibrahim Pada, has regained freedom four days after he was kidnapped by unknown gunmen. Confirming the development, the FCT police spokesperson, ASP

Miriam Yusuf, told the newsmen that the monarch was released on Saturday unhurt by his abductors. He explained that the FCT antikidnapping squad command had been working tirelessly to rescue the monarch and apprehend his abductors. The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Rubochi, Michael Ada, had earlier confirmed that the

traditional ruler was abducted at his residence on Tuesday last week by unknown gunmen. Yohana Yusuf, a resident of the community, who also confirmed the release, said About N6 million ransom was paid before the chief was released by his abductors. He said the traditional ruler was kidnapped about 1.30 am on Tuesday by unknown gunmen,

who wore army camouflage in their numbers and carried sophisticated weapons, shot sporadically in the air before whisking away the chief. Yusuf said that the kidnappers, collected the ransom before they set the traditional ruler free at a forest around Toto local government area of Nasarawa State.

L-R: Commander, 551 Nigeria Air Force (NAF) station in Jos, Air Commodore Aliyu Kabiru; Representative of the Chief of the Air Staff, AVM Mahamud Ahmed; and Air Officer Commanding, Ground Training Command (GTC), AVM Idi Amin, during the GTC seminar on laws of armed conflict for the NAF officers, yesterday in Jos. Photo: NAN

Boko Haram: Centre accuses Red Cross of peddling falsehood By Vivian Okejeme, Abuja


he Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) has accused the International Committee on Red Cross (ICRC) of a deliberately peddling falsehood to undermine the efforts of the Nigerian military in the North-East. The Centre believes the international humanitarian organisation is misrepresenting facts in a bid to mislead unsuspecting members of the general public. This reaction is following a recent report where the Red Cross alleged that nearly 22,000 Nigerians are missing in the North-East. According to the ICRC, this represented the highest number of missing persons registered in any country. At a world press conference on Monday in Abuja, CESJET revealed that there is a campaign of calumny by the ICRC against the Military’s counter-insurgency operations in North-East Nigeria. Speaking on behalf of CESJET, Executive Director, Isaac Ikpa,

said that there’s no element of truth in the piece, describing it as a propaganda to dampen the morale of the troops, especially at a time the military recorded massive gains in the fight against terrorism. The Centre, therefore, advised Red Cross to desist from commenting on issues outside their operational purview and concentrate on providing humanitarian services that it is known for. While urging Nigerians to always verify such reports, the Centre, however, called on the ICRC to tender an unreserved apology to the military authorities, as well as withdraw the statement credited to it. The statement reads; ‘’I most warmly welcome you all to the World Press Conference put together by the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET) in the light of the recently misrepresentation of facts by the International Committee on Red Cross on the counterinsurgency operations of the Nigerian Military in North-East Nigeria where either by omission or commission erroneously stated

that over 22,000 Nigerians have been declared missing in NorthEast Nigeria. ‘’The Centre for Social Justice, Equity, and Transparency, having been conversant with the counter-insurgency operations in North-East Nigeria, is alarmed by the fact the International Committee on Red Cross would condescend to the unenviable height of misrepresenting facts and attempting to mislead unsuspecting members of the general public. ‘’The disposition of the ICRC is an affront to the efforts of various civil society organizations that have devoted time and resources in monitoring the counterinsurgency operations of the Nigerian Military in North-East Nigeria. It is as well an insult to the sensibilities of Nigerians for such a false statement to be made public by the ICRC. ‘’This is also cognisant of the fact that the parameters used in arriving at such postulation might either be defective or outdated, as there is no element of truth in the ICRC report on the number of missing persons in North-East

Nigeria.’’ Going further, it said, ‘’The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency see the recent move by the ICRC as covert terrorist propaganda aimed at damping the morale of the Nigerian troops in operation in North-East Nigeria. ‘’It is also somewhat curious that this is coming on the heels when the Nigerian Military has made considerable gains in the fight against terrorism in NorthEast Nigeria that has seen the remnants of Boko Haram flee to the fringes of the Lake Chad Basin region. ‘’It is also curious that the ICRC would feign ignorance to the fact that the Nigerian Military in operation in North-East Nigeria has been conducting search and rescue operations that have resulted in the rescue of thousands of women and children and reunited them with their families. ‘’The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency wishes to highlight the fact that on November 17, 2019, Nigerian troops deployed in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State

rescued women and children, as well as an older woman in her 80s from Boko Haram captivity. ‘’On May 19, 2019, The Nigerian army rescued 54 women and children held captive by the extremist group Boko Haram. On June 24, 2019, over 120 women and children were rescued by the Nigerian military from Boko Haram captivity. On March 7, 2018, over 1000 women and children were rescued by the Nigerian military from Boko Haram captivity. On June 5, 2018, the Nigerian Military rescued 54 women been used as sex slaves by the Boko Haram terrorist. And the list goes on and is verifiable. ‘’The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency, believes that the report by the ICRC is intended for mischief purposes as there is no iota of truth in the claims made therein. It consequently behoves on all wellmeaning Nigerians to disregard whatever postulations the ICRC has canvassed with regards to missing persons in North-East Nigeria, as well as a probe of military operations in North East,’’ it concluded.

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By Lawrence Olaoye and Lawal Sa’ idu Funtua, Katsina


resident Muhammadu Buhari has said that the pioneer University of Transportation, the first in Africa, will provide technical skills, enhance managerial capacity and pave way for innovation in Nigeria’s transport system, while creating more job opportunities. According to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by hi Pokemon, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President gave this assurance while speaking at ground-breaking ceremony of the University in Daura, Katsina state. Buhari noted that the transport sector was in dire need of new thinking, skills and investment, assuring that the university will open up opportunities for economic growth.

Buhari: Pioneer Transport Varsity will bring innovation, enhance capacity “The project is part of the ongoing effort of the Federal Government towards promotion and development of indigenous capacity through technology acquisition and knowledge transfer to effectively maintain and operate numerous railway infrastructure,’’ he said. The President said the policy on development of indigenous capacity will be vigorously pursued by the government. “When established the university would among other things pave way for domestication of railway engineering and general

transportation sciences in Nigeria thereby bridging the technology and skill gap in the railway and ultimately transportation sector,’’ he added. He said the university, which is an investment by China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), will be fully supported by the Federal Government with guidelines to ensure domestication that will support local infrastructure. While commending the Katsina State government for speedily providing land for the university, and the

Ministry of Transportation for the initiative, the President said his administration will continue to prioritize railway transportation that will reduce cost of transportation and ease movement. In his remarks, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State said the university will further boost the efforts of the state in providing sound education and technical skills to indigenes of the state. The governor said the infrastructure of the state had been improved with the

construction of many roads, adding that the university will provide requisite technical and managerial skills. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said he was never influenced to site the school in Daura, the President’s town. “The decision to bring this university to Daura was purely mine,’’ he said. The minister added that the siting the university in Daura will encourage cultural exchange as well as fill the gap in technical and managerial skills for the transport sector.

NPC/FMOH launch 2018 NDHS survey in Jigawa

Embrace learning, salvation lies in education, Buhari urges Nigerians By Lawrence Olaoye


resident Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to embrace education because therein lies salvation. According to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President in Daura, Katsina state, said Nigeria’s socio-

economic and political salvation will come from education, urging citizens to embrace learning as a way of life while the government will do its best to provide access. The President, who was honoured in his country home, Daura, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Community Secondary School, Daura, said he became an orphan

at a young age, but his nine years in boarding school and joining the army shaped his life. The President and five others founded the Community Secondary School as community service. “I spent nine years in the boarding school where the teachers showered us with love, care and total commitment. They treated you as their own children.

By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

activating the Internally generated revenue. The VC who is a professor of Home Economics and Nutritional Education, promised to reposition the security architecture of the institution and prioritize quality academic programmes, research, enhanced Staff, students welfare. She also threatened to sanction any Faculty and Staff members who constitute themselves as clog in the wheel of progress. According to her, “Such staff will be compulsorily retrained and appropriately re-deployed and if such Staff is un-trainable, other

actions will be considered. The VC who sued for cooperation of students, Staff and Management to make the institution rank among global best, explained that infrastructural deficit in the University Campuses, adding that her “leadership will show authenticity, anchored on honesty without being selfrighteous and accepting that all are vulnerable”. “As we all know, you cannot keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. If the University of Benin is to achieve greater height, we must all change

Corruption trial of Nigerian judge, senior lawyer stalled Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State (Middle); Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Dr Hadiza Balarabe (2nd, L); Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly, Dr Aminu Shagali (3rd, R) and others, during the signing of Kaduna State 2020 Budget into law, at the Government House, yesterday in Kaduna State.

Buhari commends Masari on road construction By Lawrence Olaoye


resident Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari, for his efforts in constructing and improving road networks across the state. According to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Mallam Garba

Shehu, the President have the commendation in Daura, Katsina State. Buhari hailed the governor particularly for focusing on linking economically viable areas in the hinterlands to markets, public institutions and schools. The President, who commissioned the 28 km Randa Doguru- Gallu Kwanar-Gwanti-

Shargalle road, said investments in the infrastructure of the state will also encourage channelling of time and resources in positive economic and social activities, and enhance security. He noted that Masari had shown commitment to the development of infrastructure, urging him to keep on investing for the future of the state.

In his remarks, the governor said 18 roads across the state were earmarked for construction, and ten had been completed, while eight were at various stages. The President had in August commissioned the ShinkafiYandaki-Gafiya—AbdallawaDankaba and Kwanar Sabke-Dan Aunai-Dutsi roads.

Bauchi to construct hall, additional hostels at NYSC camp From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi


auchi state government has expressed its commitment to expand the multi-purpose hall and upgrade the administrative block and to construct additional hostels at the orientation camp of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Wailo, Ganjuwa local government of the state. The state Governor Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed stated this today Monday during the swearing in ceremony of the

2019 batch C, stream 2 corps members posted to the state. Represented by commissioner of Housing and Environment Hamisu Shuaibu Shira, the governor pledged that the project will be embarked on before the end of this year adding that the ongoing construction of two additional hostels will also be completed in a good time. “ Bauchi state holds dear the aims and objectives of the NYSC scheme and this informs our conscious policy of sustained upgrading of facilities at the NYSC

orientation camp which is the first point of call for corps members deployed to the state. “This fundamentally is to create the ambiance for conducive training and learning. In this respect, we will continue to strengthen the scheme so as to increase its capacity to deliver on its mandate of fostering the bond of cohesion and integration”. The governor said. Earlier, the state NYSC coordinator Shehu Bashir explained that by the close of registration, a total of 939 corps

members including 498 males and 441 females were registered at the camp. He said the orientation course the members will undergo at the camp is the foundation of NYSC programmes meant to prepare them adequately to confront the challenges of the service year. Bashir therefore urged the youth to participate in all camp activities noting that they are designed to provide them a forum for cultural and social interaction among themselves.

“They commended you when you did well, and flogged you on bare buttocks if you misbehaved,” said the President. He praised the current management of the school, which is now renamed Pilot Secondary School, Daura, for maintaining high standards. Buhari implored the old boys association to carry on the good

work they were going, leading up to the current position of the school. The leader of the team, Alhaji M.T Bature, the Sarkin Kudu of Katsina, said the vision of the founding fathers, including the President, had ensured the success of so many sons of the state, with many growing up to become professors, engineers, doctors and military generals.

New UNIBEN VC, Salami unveils 5-year strategic plan



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he newly appointed substantive Vice Chancellor of University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. (Mrs) Imuetiyan Lilian Salami, has unveiled a 7-point strategic plan for the next five years. She disclosed this while delivering her delivering her inaugural speech on Monday at the Auditorium of the University. Prof. Salami identified areas of focus to include increase funding and sustainable initiatives by

From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse he National Population Commission (NPC) in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) has launched the 2018 Demographic and Health Survey findings in Jigawa State. Speaking at the workshop, the NPC commissioner in charge of Kano/Jigawa State, Dr. Isma’il Lawan Sulaiman said, the workshop is meant to launched and disseminate the National Demographic report. He explained that, the report contained the family and fertility that include child mortality, maternal mortality, disability and malaria prevalent in the country. According to him, “the result of the survey shows a number of significant outcome, two percent of women and two percent of men ages 15 and above have difficulty or cannot function in at least one domain of disability.” “Such as seeing, hearing, communicating, remembering or concentrating, walking or climbing steps, and washing all over the body or dressing up, 9 percent women and 10 percent men have some difficulties in at least one domain or the other”, he stressed. Adding that the data on disability will be of significance to the social development statistics in planning for the wellbeing of persons living with disabilities in the society especially in the North West zone.” While making his remarks at the event, th Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar Badaru, appealed to policy makers and planners to use results from National Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) to curtail the rate of STI, HIV and AIDS prevalence in the state. “This report can also be used for planning purposes in our Ministries, Departments and other relevant agencies in the state,” the governor said.

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Federal High Court in Lagos on Monday suspended proceedings until February 6, 2020 in the Money Laundering trial of a former Judge of the Federal High Court, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia. Justice Mohammed Aikawa said that proceedings would be suspended to await the outcome of a letter to the chief judge of the court, seeking re-assignment of the case. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) charged Mrs OfiliAjumogobia and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Godwin Obla, on 18 counts bordering on conspiracy, unlawful enrichment, retention of crime proceeds and money laundering. The defendants were re-arraigned on May 15 but pleaded not guilty to all the counts. The court granted them bail in the sum of N10 million each, with two sureties in like sum. Robert Clarke appeared for the former judge at all times, while Ferdinand Orbih appeared for the second defendant, Mr Obla. When the case was called on Monday, Mr U.U. Buhari appeared for the prosecution while Messrs Mobolaji Kuti and Ferdinard Orbih appeared for the first and second defendants, respectively. Mr Buhari informed the court that the prosecution was ready to proceed with the trial, but Mr Orbih said that the defence wrote a letter to the chief judge of the court on November 14, seeking the re-assignment of the case. He added that defence notified the trial court of the development, on November 26,

through a letter. Mr Orbih then urged the court to grant a time frame to enable the chief judge to respond. In response, Mr Buhari told the court that he had not seen the letter and was also not aware if the EFCC was served. He urged that such a letter should not operate as a stay of proceedings in the case. Mr Aikawa consequently adjourned the case. “I hereby stay proceedings till Feb. 6, pending the decision of the CJ – chief judge – on the issue,” he said. The EFCC accused the defendants of conspiracy on May 21, 2014, to indirectly conceal different sums of money in a bank account of Nigel & Colive Ltd., a company alleged to be operated by Ajumogobia. The commission also alleged that they conspired to retain in the account, the sum of N500 million, which formed part of proceeds of unlawful acts. It said that Mrs Ofili-Ajumogobia, on different dates in 2014, retained sums such as N5 million, 150,000 dollars, 20,000 dollars, 30,000 dollars, 50,000 dollars and 55,000 dollars in the account. The EFCC also accused Mrs OfiliAjumogobia of indirectly concealing N12 million in the same account, and making a false statement to the EFCC that the money was from the sale of landed property. The alleged offences contravene the provisions of Sections 15 (2) (a) and 18 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011.(NAN)

our ways of working, attitude, mindset and orientation. It is indeed the responsibility of all of us to join hands in total devotion to the same cause - one greater than our individual desires. Presenting the newly elected VC, Prof. Salami to the students, Staff and Management of the institution, the former Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Faraday Orumwense in an emotion-ladden voice, described the smooth transition as memorable and charged the Management of the School to extend the same cooperation he

enjoined during his tenure as VC to Prof. Salami. On her part, the Registrar of the University, Dr. Otasowie Oshodin, said the expectation from the new leadership of the University, is great while the task is enormous. Our Correspondent reports that Prof. Imuetiyan Lilian Salami was appointed as the 10th substantive Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin during the 157th regular meeting of the Governing Council of the University, 34 years after the first female VC, Prof. (Mrs) Grace Alele-Williams tenure.




Jigawa State Government wishes to invite reputable contractors willing to participate in the bidding process for the above proposed project. The scope of the project covers the construction of L1 Block as Maternity Wing in the following locations, Ayama, Kyambo, Batali, Lafiya, Kupsa, Madabe, Chamo, Maikilili, Buduru, Kadira, Kwondiko, Yola, Kanwa, Dumadumin Toka, Jabo, Yalo, Madachi, Tsirma, Dankumbo, Bashe, Jeke, Chakwaikawaiwa and Achilafiya. Interested contractors must possess the following documents: I. Certificate of Registration with Corporate Affairs Commission II. Certified True Copy of Memorandum/ Article of Association III. Evidence of registration with Jigawa State Works Registration Board IV. Audited Account for at least the last financial year V. Tax clearance certificate for the last three (3) years VI. Evidence of company’s financial capability and banking support VII. Experience and technical qualification of key personnel VIII. Equipment and technology capacity IX. Evidence of execution and completion of similar jobs X. Annual turn over XI. Evidence of VAT registration including past remittance. XII. Contractors of Jigawa State Origin will be given priority Bidding Document could be obtained from the office of the Director Planning, Research and Statistics, Ministry of Health Dutse between 9.00am to 5.00pm from Tuesday 3rd December, 2019 at a non-refundable fee of Fifty Thousand (N50,000.00) only for first copy and Twenty-Five Thousand naira (N25,000) for subsequent copies. Bid submission will close on Tuesday 17th December 2019 by 12.00 noon. Bids will be opened on the same day by 12.00 noon. Prompt. For more information contact, 08032890981, 08061511939 or 08032079444 please. SIGNED BAYERO S. M. KYAMBO DIRECTOR PLANNING, RESEARCH AND STATISTICS

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JICON urges Jigawa govt to release 2019 nutrition funds From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse


igawa Coalition of Civil Society on Nutrition (JICON),has called on the Jigawa state government to release the 2019 funds budgeted to reduce the level of malnutrition among the children in the state. This was contained in a statement signed and issued to news men by the chairman of the coalition, Comrade Shu’aibu Musa Kafin Gana in Dutse the state capital. ”As this year 2019 is about to runs out, there is need for the state government as usual to release the budgeted figure of matching grant and other budgets earmarked in all the relevant nutrition specific and sensitive Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state. “To pursue the actualization of MASAKI program in 27 LGAs of the state by providing the needful for the program to succeed; these would surely assist pregnant mothers and their babies to have full nutrition within the first 1,000 days of the children lives, these would automatically impact in reducing the stunting rate, as Jigawa and kebbi states are the highest in the country with stunted children under the age of five with 68%, followed by Yobe state with 65% respectively (NDHS 2018)” the statement said. The statement added that, more awareness creation in radio, television, community and facility approaches on infant and young child feeding practices, targeting pregnant mothers, care givers and husbands in the state be intensify. The statement then laud the state government for the released of funds for Ready to use therapeutic food (RUTF) matching grant of N150 million in 2017, and another N150 million in 2018, which according to the statement, this effort of course has yielded positive results in all the outpatient therapeutic program centers (OTPs) in curing severe acute malnutrition (SAM).

5 inmates electrocuted to death in Ikoyi prisons -CG By Ese Awhotu with agency report


he Controller General of Corrections, Ja’afaru Ahmed yesterday confirmed that five inmates have been electrocuted the death while seven others sustained injuries in the Ikoyi Medium Security Custodial Centre, Lagos. Ahmed, in a statement on Monday, signed by the Controller of Corrections, Francis Enobore described the incident as tragic and unprecedented. The statement said, the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf

Aregbesola, noted that it was the first time in the history of the NCoS to experience such a disaster. He, therefore, ordered an immediate investigation into the sad incident with a view to taking necessary actions in order to forestall future occurrence. The statement reads, “Early this morning, the Controller General of Corrections, Ja’afaru Ahmed, received with the deepest grief, the unfortunate death of five inmates of Ikoyi Medium Security Custodial Centre, Lagos, as a result of an electrical fault in one of the cells. This is indeed tragic and most

ill-fated. “The CG, who visited the scene of the incident with the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, noted that it was the first time in the history of the NCoS to experience such a disaster. He, therefore, ordered an immediate investigation into the sad incident with a view to taking necessary actions in order to forestall future occurrence. “He commiserated with the families of the deceased inmates and prayed for quick recovery of the seven others that are receiving treatment in the hospital. “The CG wishes to assure

members of the public that inmates’ safety and humane custody will continue to be a priority in his administration. He further restates his commitment to pursue the policy thrust of the Federal Government at improving the general welfare of inmates with the deserved fervour. “As of the time of the incident, Ikoyi Medium Security Custodial Center built in 1955 for 800 inmates, had a population of 3,113 with 2,680 as awaiting trial persons. The particular cell where the disaster occurred has a capacity for 35 but held 140 inmates.”

Governor of Niger state, Dr. Abubakar sani Bello (4th left) and other dignitaries, during the funeral prayer of the late member representing Rijau/Magama federal constituency of Niger state, Hon. Ja’afaru Iliyasu AUNA, led by the deputy chief Imam of Minna central mosque, Malam ISA Imamu.

Woman killed in hit-and-run crash


yet-to-be-identified woman was on Sunday killed by a hit-and-run driver in Awka, Anambra State. The accident occoured at about 11:05pm at Regina Caeli Junction on the Enugu-Onitsha expressway. According to Andrew Kumapayi, the Sector Commander

of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra, the woman died instantly. Mr Kumapayi said the body had been deposited at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital morgue, Awka. The sector commander

reiterated the call for pedestrians to be careful on the road, especially during festive periods, because of increased vehicular movement. “My advice to road users especially pedestrians during this season is to be extra careful when crossing the road. “They should endeavour to use

the pedestrian bridge provided for them if any, and if there is none, they should look left, right and left again to make sure that the road is free before crossing. “Let them wear reflective clothes when walking in the night so.”

FERMA commended over rehabilitation of federal roads in Nasarawa State From Gambo Ahmed, Lafia


esidents of Nasarawa, Toto Local Government Councils in Nasarawa State and motorist have commended the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) at the state and federal levels for the ongoing rehabilitation of federal roads in Nasarawa State that were in a dilapidated condition in the recent time. Out reporter on a visit to the ongoing road rehabilitation on the busy Keffi, Nasarawa and Toto federal road that links to Abaji and Lokoja road recently had an interview with some

residents in Gadabuke, Nakuse, Loko Goma, Yelwa and Toto town on the new development that brought the road back to live where transport activities have resumed fully in the areas. Speaking with a commercial driver, Mallam Zubairu Adamu said that “we must commend the FERMA at the federal and state levels for their bulk steps embarked upon towards the rehabilitation of the dilapidated Keffi, Nasarawa, Toto and Abaji road which has caused serious difficulties to motorists plying in the past”. According to him, “we the entire people of Keffi, Nasarawa

and Toto Local Government Areas must say kudos to the FERMA Boss in Nasarawa State for taken into cognisance the rehabilitation of our road. Prior to the rehabilitation. We as drivers and other road users suffered a lot because of the potholes cut across the road. But today with the current rehabilitation of the road by FERMA, we road users now have course to smile. Transportation is easier for us. We don’t encounter difficulties again. I congratulate FERMA for their giant stride in resuscitating our major roads in the state. Contributing to the

development, a farmer Mr. Rabo Dauda of Yelwa Toto opined that, with the rehabilitation of Keffi-Toto road by FERMA is a welcome development. We appreciate the swift action adopted by the agency towards bringing our road to normalcy. We farmers can convey our farm produce without difficulties to the market. We suffered years back. I call on the authority FERMA to continue with the gesture across our major roads in the country. Also in an interview with a commercial driver Mr. Peter Bako who ply along LafiaShendam road added that

FERMA in the state have done a lot and are doing a wonderful rehabilitation work along LafiaShendam road. His words “I want to express my profound appreciation to FERMA in Nasarawa and at the Federal level we never thought that Lafia-Shendam road would be considered for rehabilitation. Today we are seeing a pragmatic rehabilitation of the abandoned road. Kudos to FERMA. I want to appeal that FERMA should extend the work to other major roads in the state and the country as a whole so that motorists can ply without difficulties.”

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Letter to the Editor


Nigeria’s dirtiest city

‘A little violence’ is bad enough


ogi state governor, Yahaya Yar’ Adua was not a typical Bello, returned to power Nigerian politician who would in the election of Nov.16, welcome a victory, no matter in generally believed to be symbolic, what manner it comes. It does not has described the vote as “free and matter if it comes dripping blood fair”. Not at all surprising because such as did Bello’s Nov. 16 victory. he was the sole beneficiary in the We are shocked that the cry of a violence-marred poll. What we find dying elderly woman in her burning shocking was his unfeeling reaction room did not stir something human to the deaths that resulted from in him. The woman, an opposition the election, caused, in the main, party leader, was pushed into her by members of his All Progressives own house, allegedly by youth Congress (APC). celebrating Bello’s victory. They Appearing on a Channels barred all doors and Windows, Television breakfast programme then set the building ablaze. They “Sunrise Daily”, the watched as the fire governor agreed there consumed the house was violence during the and its sole occupant. election but said that was We wish to not enough to call for its repeat our Nov. 19 Regarding the cancellation. The call was editorial condemning comments of civil made by independent the conduct of the election monitors. But society organisations, elections in Kogi and Bello believed “The they are entitled to Bayelsa states on conduct of the election Nov. 16. “It is a big their own opinion was quite very credible, but let us know the shame that elections a level-playing field was parameters with which in Nigeria have been provided and it was free turned into a matter they are judging and fair. In every election, of life and death, not this election. How there is bound to be one a platform to offer issue or the other and many polling units oneself for service to you can’t take a pocket of did they visit out of 2, the fatherland. What issues to judge the general 548 polling units, 239 has just happened in wards and 21 local Bayelsa and Kogi casts conduct of the election. “Regarding the governments across a pall of doubt over comments of civil society the difficult terrain of the general elections organisations, they are this state? How many scheduled for 2023.” entitled to their own We commend people have they opinion but let us know P r e s i d e n t reached out to?” the parameters with M u h a m m a d u which they are judging Buhari’s unequivocal this election. How many polling condemnation of the killing in Kogi. units did they visit out of 2, 548 Unlike governor Bello, the president polling units, 239 wards and 21 has ordered security forces to fetch local governments across the out the killers. He asked them to do difficult terrain of this state? How “a thorough and expeditious job” many people have they reached of the investigation so that justice out to?” Have they interviewed is served “without fear or favour.” all the electorate? What are their He said, “We must learn to behave yardsticks?” decently, whether during elections As we pointed out from the or at other times. No life should be onset, nobody is surprised by Bello’s taken wantonly under any guise, reaction to the sham of an election and the fact that this reprehensible held in Kogi. As a sole beneficiary, act occurred two days after voting he could not have said anything shows primitive behavior, which but what he said. He was not man should not be accepted in a decent enough, unlike the late President society.” This is a decent response to Umaru Yar’ Adua who accepted that an indecent act. It is up to the central the election of 2007 that brought government to disabuse the minds him to power could have been of the public on the allegations better conducted. On taking office, of complicity against INEC and he immediately set up a presidential Police in aiding electoral fraud and committee to clean up the electoral violence. That way, government will system. Unfortunately, he did not wash off its hands from what seems live to see out the expected reform. a hand out.



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ocated on the banks of the River Benue, the historically accommodating North Central Nigerian city of Makurdi does offer, in relative abundance, natural, idyllic and strategic features that should ordinarily make it a pleasant place of abode for its inhabitants. Beyond these critical advantages that the riverine metropolis is imbued with, Benue State in general is endowed with political and intellectual elites whose knowledge, wisdom and hard work, if responsibly and systematically applied, would have by now greatly transformed the squalid and riotous landscape of its backward communities of which the state capital is today a telling example of administrative blight and political truancy at their most egregious and retrogressive. That Makurdi is now an eyesore is an understatement. It is arguably the world’s dirtiest city. Let’s scrutinize five main areas of concern, namely, sanitation, flooding and lack of adequate drainage, the ‘Okada’ menace, illegal ‘street’ motor parks and illegal street markets and how they negatively impact the citizens and their socioeconomic aspirations for better, more fulfilling and decent lives. Sanitation. The Refuse Conundrum. Mountains upon mountains of decomposing and unsightly refuse litter the entire environment , without exception, including around key landmarks like the Benue State University’s main campus, the Teaching Hospital, the Federal Medical Centre, the Old GRA and Benue Hotel. Major arteries like Gboko Road, Otukpo Road, Abu King Shiluwa Road, Atiku Abubakar Way; entire neighbourhoods like the overcrowded and raucous High Level, Akpehe, Gyado Villa, Idye Nender, shanties around Wurukum and Wadata , all these places are so bushy or decrepit, disorderly and noisy, with stench-infested and debris-filled open gutters (where there are any) perpetually fouling the atmosphere that any talk of decent living there is a mirage. It is as if there is no government in Benue. Refuse management is near-zero or mostly incompetent, with the crazy and dangerous habit these days of residents having to leave their rubbish on street dividers , much of it flying in the wind and thereby making the town roads much dirtier. Domestic Waste Management. Still on sanitation, domestic waste management leaves much to be desired. A lot of buildings in Makurdi do not have running water and there is no law or requirement compelling owners of houses to install pipe-borne water for household functions, including human waste evacuation. The situation is so bad that even in the highbrow Judges Quarters, one witnesses the unnerving presence of pit latrines. And to further complicate matters, people are busy raising all sorts of animals, pigs included, in residential areas! Again, the Judges Quarters enclave is also home to this kind of unhealthy, though rampant but illegal practice. Noise Pollution. Another aspect of environmental sanitation that is crucial to the quality of life is that which has to do with the matter of noise pollution and its nefarious consequences. It requires mentioning that Lagos State is today leading the way in fine-tuning legislative and punitive measures regarding this huge problem confronting our society. Whether it is perpetrated by worship centres, commercial entertainment outfits or by ordinary neighbours, noise pollution can be detrimental to health and as such should not be tolerated by citizens. Rainfall, Flooding and Lack of adequate Drainage The attitude on the part of the state government to the handling of rainfall and attendant problems like the perennial flooding has been nonchalant, to put it mildly. Compared to the rural areas, it doesn’t rain much in Makurdi, at least not at levels that cannot be sufficiently managed with a drainage infrastructure that is in tune with the ecological realities of the place. Even the periodical flooding occasioned by water released from faraway dams ought to be handled appropriately if the political will were there. The terrible inundation of 2012 that befell much of the state capital and its environs did see the federal government responding in a responsible and adequate manner. Funds were released for the establishment of a proper drainage system around the city as well as the rehabilitation of properties that were damaged by that calamity. Huge amounts of those funds were said to have been embezzled with no consequences to the perpetrators of such brazen criminality. Today, tentativeness and lackadaisical posturing are still the order of the day regarding the government’s treatment of natural disasters and critical environmental issues. Traffic Chaos and related matters. If there is any traffic policy in place in Makurdi, it has only succeeded in rendering Makurdi roads and neighbourhoods a permanent bedlam of hellish and boisterous, if illegal ‘street’ motor parks, unlicensed riders of tricycles, also known as ‘Keke’, a nightmarish swarm of mostly used, rickety and accident-prone motor bikes (‘Okada’) ridden by mainly hardened urchins and dangerous criminals, many of whom were recruited from the rural areas as

peasant thugs to help the PDP’s rigging agenda. Most of these Okada riders are barely literate, are ignorant of traffic regulations, are averse to the latter, bear no legitimate ‘driving’ licences and were unleashed on the society as ‘entrepreneurs’ at the end of the 2019 electoral fiasco. Nowadays, often disheveled in appearance and bad-mannered, the Okada riders are responsible for most traffic accidents. They have become a nuisance and a terrible threat to the safety and security of the society. In the evenings mostly, they reportedly commit robberies and other crimes against passengers and non-passengers alike. It is hardly surprising that where there are progressive governments having political will like in the case of the FCTA and Lagos, both corrective and preventive measures of mass transit commuting, amongst others, have been adopted to tackle the Okada menace. Strategies should also be put in place to encourage the taxi business in especially Makurdi where operators are increasingly complaining of a stiff decline in patronage. In the final analysis, it is a secure transport system and related structures that can, amongst other benefits, sustain a pivotal industry like tourism. In Makurdi, the unseemly phenomenon of illegal ‘street’ motor parks has a negative ecological and economic impact. The main entrances to the town, from the North and South of the country, are clogged (at approximately the level of the Food Basket roundabout right to the Benue State University and the commercial banks on the Old Otukpo Road ) by chaotic scenes of street motor parks that have developed side by side authorized motor parks and rowdy illegal street markets. This is a case of environmental degradation at its most deplorable. It is an avoidable defacement of what should otherwise be prime advertisements for the city and its dwellers. Distressingly, these illegal motor parks and markets popping up everywhere, like the other illegal economic activities, are a big drain on the economy when one considers the fact that the International Market along Senator George Akume Way is pretty idle or underutilized, thereby depriving the state of much needed internally generated revenue by way of taxes. We have it on good authority that these illegal economic activities are persisting mostly because highly placed individuals in government or close to people in government are unduly benefitting from the extortionist and thieving schemes of crooked so-called tax agents . As a pointer to what can be done differently, next-door Nasarawa State has a law banning illegal and unauthorized street markets. It has recently been enforcing that law in Lafia and other localities. It is truly heart-wrenching that a government worth that name would allow such maddening tableaux of dissembling barbarity and ugliness to assault our individual and collective sensibilities, all in the name of trading, in such a quotidian and dastardly fashion with seemingly nothing being done to put a stop to the orgies of urban depravity and mayhem. Significantly, in order to get a full grasp of why sustainable development is eluding our urban centres and the state in general, it is important to situate such failure of governance in its proper perspective. In Makurdi, a sinister and worrying scenario is at play. For some time now, conmen and forces of hedonistic immorality and greed, primitive accumulation and remorseless self-enrichment have been allowed to invade and take over our public spaces. These forces of evil are misguidedly running down both the centre and the state’s periphery without any countervailing influences ready or willing to take up the patriotic challenge of dislodging the heathens. It is an act extreme short sightedness for decent citizens to remain in their relative comfort zones and opt to do nothing. This is a clarion call. The nation must never allow reprobates of every hue, dangerous thugs and their sponsors inflicted with an agbero-like cum pigsty mentality, not to mention an Augean Stables syndrome, to continue destroying our sense of community through the systematic spoliation of an otherwise habitable cynosure that we should joyously bequeath to our children and grandchildren. As a potent metaphor for the emancipation of other blighted communities like Gboko, Katsina-Ala and Otukpo, the state capital deserves to be salvaged from its anarchical environment of filth, disorder and criminality. Our vision is its transformation into a truly modern city capable of attracting investors, tourists, educationists, students from far and wide, etc. In order to make the capital and other areas of the state conducive to human habitation in our postmodern world, the governments at all levels should be willing and politically savvy enough to be ready to hire or attract the services of forward-looking town planners, managers, developers, environmentalists, architects, businessmen, economists, artistes and artisans alike. In short, there needs to be a conscious effort to move Makurdi away from its current undeserved image as an atrociously dirty city of ubiquitous ghastliness, penury and pandemonium. Obekpah wrote in from Makurdi



PEOPLES DAILY, tuesday, December 3, 2019

Communism, democracy and leadership in Nigeria Jerome-Mario Utomi


emocracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried.-Winston Churchill, A Former Prime Minister of Britain. In the interest of participatory democracy, monitoring unelected officials, implementing public policies should be the chief concern of leaders in every democratic government. By overseeing this process, Kenneth Lowande, Professor at the University of Michigan argued that elected officials aim to prevent shirking, corruption, performance failures and policy drift in bureaucracy. Clear enough; yet, despite the widening of strides by pro-democracy advocates to advertise the virtues and attributes of democracy, the balance of power within the last decades appears to be shifting. Consider this example reported in depth about China contained in the latest edition of a well respected American Journal, Foreign Affairs. China is a country that has just experienced a period of economic growth, the likes of which the world had never before seen. The second and most interesting is that it is ruled, increasingly dictatorially by an unelected communist party that puts people in prison for their convictions and limits all forms of free expressions and associations. Behind this argument lies the growing insistence that China’s model of development is superior to that of the west. China’s model, the piece submitted, blazes a new trail for other developing countries to achieve modernization and offers a new option for other countries and nations who want to speed up their development while preserving their independence, as western talk about democracy, is simply a pretext for robbing poorer countries of their sovereignty and economic potentials. In my views, this cannot be without exceptions. Separate from the warning by Havard Political Professor, Samuel Huntington, in an address at Taipei, on August 1995, that authoritarianism may do well in the short

term, but the experience clearly shows that only democracy produces good government over a long haul, a long study of this system has at different times and places convinced many observers that tight control from the centre is a remarkably effective way of killing creativity among citizens. A similar concern was again amplified at a focused group discussion held recently in Lagos to among other things understand the basic reasons why the existing system here in Nigerian now wears democracy in name but a mixture of dictatorship/ authoritarianism and totalitarianism in outlook, and provide answers to why these fundamental assumptions were not challenged but accepted. Strangely,, participants at the end of the programme was unanimous that challenges confronting the nation Nigeria today is not about the system of government but could best be explained in two ways. First, as a nation, our understanding of the original underlying philosophy of democracy was too narrow-it is obvious that democracy could no longer be seen in such a simple and unitary way. The second stems from the first and has to do with finding a solution to the pressing problem of leadership that will bring a full realization of the ideals and dreams of democracy. From this standpoint also, different opinions bordering on the qualities of the leaders the nation currently needs emerges. On that day, at that time and in that place, while many argued that what we need today in the world of politics, perhaps, is not a new theory, concept or framework, but leaders who can think strategically and link the people to government, shape the people’s understanding/behaviours, and determine what is normal and acceptable. Leaders who are dependent and lovers of certain values and beliefs, which consist of the ways we use power to address social and economic problems. Others were of the view that there are practically no governmental models as such but there are fundamental differences between liberal and non-liberal societies. To this group, which of course constitutes a greater number, all that is needed to create

a well-ordered nation is a government that will not fail in its obligation to the people, promotes the value of hard work, learning and respect for the rule of law/the nation’s constitution. And save workers from a sudden drop in their living standards. What do we make out of this? Any experienced political observers know that there is seldom a single answer to the above question..But more particularly, here in Nigeria, there is no middle ground; the history of democracy is filled with political players reputed for personal aggrandizement and ill-calculations. The political climate despite the practice of democracy for over two decades has been largely a survivalist. Successive leaders had focused more on their political survival than in the enhancement of the living conditions of their people and viewed public offices not as an opportunity for a greater good and for the greater number but as an avenue for private gain. Specifically, the worry is that despite the series of achievements-a striking characteristic of democracy in the Western world, it daily manifests symptoms of failure in Nigeria. Using the above account as a baseline, it brings to mind the question; what exactly impedes democratic ideologies in Nigeria and other African countries. Why is the democratic framework not providing a strong source of remedy for individuals and communities? If these frameworks exist, why is it not effective and enforceable? Why has the nation not learned a valid lesson from the Western world? Surely, providing answers to the above will unquestionably establish a link with a time tested postulation which among other provisions maintains that poor countries are poor not because of their system of government but because they have a lot of market failures and because policymakers do not know how to get rid of them and have heeded the wrong advice in the past. While rich countries are rich because they have figured out better policies and have successfully eliminated these failures. And regardless of what others may say, there are examples of adoption of disastrous

policies and wrong advice in the handling of the challenges bedevilling the nation by successive administrations. The proposed hate speech bill currently before the Senate, government’s noncompliance with the United Nation Educational Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s [UNESCO] budgetary recommendation on education, and nonadherence to the directives of the courts are but separate examples. Admittedly, ‘from a polite team come a polite result’ just as no nation can grow above its leadership. Nigerians looking at results as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), we cannot deny that this leader did not emerge from, and with our votes. That notwithstanding, I hold an opinion that there are sets of separate but similar factors that promote this ugly political reality in Nigeria. First, for the past two decades, Nigerians did not see anything wrong fraternizing with candidates and public officers that lack due care and those with a culpable absence of solicitude in meeting or performing their practical and political duties to the people. What exists in Nigeria is not leadership but an ‘obsolete team management structure’ that cares less about discipline and planning but concentrates on the working assumption that ‘doing is more important than thinking, and execution considered more important than generating breakthrough ideas. This state of affairs also provides insight as to why the nation is littered with abandoned projects with our infrastructures crumbling slowly and steadily. And if this ‘leadership style’ is left uncorrected, it will further impede economic growth, social progress, peace and stability and employment generation. Achieving the change will among other things require leaders’ willingness to openly admit and adopt both structural and managerial changes, listen and learn from fair-minded citizens’ ways to curb this challenge. Jerome-Mario Utomi Writes From Lagos, Nigeria.

No to escalating Nigeria’s debt profile

By Abba Dukawa


n January 1984 Major General Buhari justified the coup by saying that the civilian government overthrew was hopelessly corrupt. As a result of our inability to cultivate financial discipline and prudent management of the economy, we have come to depend largely on internal and external borrowing to execute government projects with attendant domestic pressure and soaring external debts, thus aggravating the propensity of the outgoing civilian administration to mismanage our financial resources. Nigeria was already condemned perpetually with the twin problem of heavy budget deficits and weak balance of payments position, with the prospect of building a virile and viable economy. However, in the case of Nigeria, its impact was aggravated by mismanagement. We believe the appropriate government agencies have good advice but the leadership disregarded their advice. The situation could have been avoided if the legislators were alive to their constitutional responsibilities; Instead, the legislators were preoccupied with determining their salary scales, fringe benefit and unnecessary foreign travels, et al, which took no account of the state of the

economy and the welfare of the people they represented. This was what our perceive Messiah said in 1984 accused both legislators and executive members of not being financial discipline and prudent management of the economy. Nigeria debt has almost doubled since Buhari took over two months before Buhari took office on 29 May – the country owed a total of N12 trillion. At the end of June 2015, country debt had risen slightly to N12.1 trillion. By the end of June 2018, total public debt had almost doubled to N22.4 trillion. Going by this frightening figures released by the Debt Management Office, the total debt stock stood at some humongous N24.047tn as of March 31, 2019. As its now the debt risen to N25 trillion (US$80 billion). A gaskiya the recent request by President Buhari asked National Assembly to approve $30 billion of foreign borrowings after a similar request three years ago was rejected is scaring and Nigerians on the street not wants it. Because poor Nigerians seeing raised over Nigeria’s ever escalating debt profile is scary economic situation throws up some salient questions, all begging for answers. Nigeria is using 50% of its revenue to service its debts! this is unsustainable. But this is just part of an economic malaise that has consigned millions of Nigerians to

“multidimensional poverty” even as a few favoured ones continue to enjoy the nation’s wealth. Surely Nigeria do not need comprehensive mathematics to understand that the country’s economic growth is undermined by the huge debt stock as well as other obvious factors including sheer profligacy in running government. Nigeria’s debilitating debt profile” in January 2015. But, the situation has only worsened over the years. Recall that in June 2017, experts, Prof. Pat Utomi and Mr. Bismarck Rewane, had expressed a similar worry over the increasing debt burden at both the state and federal levels. Its seem like most of the financial policies of the administration is not fevour masses that spends hours under the sun to vote the administration. It may be recalled that Nigeria’s Senate on 21 November 2019 passed the Finance Bill, 2019 after the third reading just as the House of Representative is expected to kowtow. The bill, as presented to the National Assembly in October 2019, includes vast changes to the Companies Income Tax Act, Value Added Tax (VAT) Act, Petroleum Profits Tax Act (PPTA), Personal Income Tax Act, Capital Gains Tax Act (CGTA), Customs and Excise Tariff Etc. (Consolidation) Act and Stamp Duties Act. What really surprising Nigerians is whether our lawmakers understanding the gravity

of their actions in causing more hardship because contemplating an increase in VAT rate now is bad timing and inconsistent with current economic reality… VAT increase will lead to higher inflation, interest rate hike, more unemployment and generally make people poorer. One’s current concern, however, is who will pay these huge debts? Will the burden being left by the reckless and frivolous political class not be too weighty for the lean shoulders of our jobless children? Will they not be turned to slaves and beggars in their own country by the creditor nations, just because they want to pay off the debts left by the locusts that have ravaged our common patrimony? But that is not all. One is surprised too about the speed with which governors go for questionable bonds at the end of their tenures. What is the guarantee that the incoming administrations and the subsequent ones would have the capacity to repay without harming the security and welfare of the citizens which are their primary reasons of being in government? The earlier we started having credible answers to these burning questions, the better for us all. Dukawa can be reach at


PEOPLES DAILY, tuesday, December 3, 2019

Comment The ordeal of getting National ID card

By Adewale Kupoluyi


few days ago, I attempted to obtain a reprinted copy of my national identity card, which I could not trace but what I experienced was disturbing. I decided to share the ordeal with the hope that those concerned would do something urgently to redress to the plight of Nigerians. Initially, I had reported at one of the closest collection centres on obtaining relevant information on what it takes to get the national identity card reprinted but I could not complete the exercise because I needed to make an online payment and thereafter come along with the printout for further processing. After making the online payment and returning to the same collection centre, it was practically impossible for me to gain an entry as a result of the mammoth crowd of people, mostly students, waiting to obtain copies of the national identity cards for registration for examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), and Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), which has now been made compulsory. According to the examining bodies, the policy was introduced mainly to curb impersonation and malpractices. The truth is that examination malpractice not only breeds corruption, but it also lowers educational standards, encourages social vices, and eroding moral values, integrity, and ideals. Hence, the reason why legitimate and concerted efforts should be geared towards stamping out any form of moral turpitude from our national life. As laudable as this idea may look like, the unnecessary burden placed on students to acquire the national identity cards before they can be registered for the examinations should be reconsidered. Back to the ordeal of the students, they thronged the collection centres in large numbers struggling to gain an entry into the premises of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), which was established by the NIMC Act No.

23 of 2007. At the commission’s office that I went to, there was only one gate where the candidates were being screened before they were allowed to go inside the building. Apart from the youths, I saw elderly persons probably trying to obtain the cards for their children and wards. I felt bad seeing such elderly people being maltreated inside the harsh weather condition. Some students were seen fighting and scuffling in an attempt to be called and allowed inside the office ahead of others. After watching the melee from afar, I eventually spotted two persons that were trying to penetrate the crowd to gain an entry, I sensed that they could be officials of NIMC and I quickly joined them in maneuvering ourselves inside the centre. After gaining an entry, I saw another set of candidates seated without much attention given to them. Surprising, when I got inside, I stood for almost one hour before I could be attended to while none of the students that I met already seated was ever accorded any attention, despite their wailing in the stuffy room that they were crammed into. As I was leaving the jam-packed office, I saw another group of students loitering around, looking confused, tired, exhausted and frustrated. It was revealed that the candidates have been at the centres as early as 4 am to get enrolled but were left stranded due to poor network, faulty working tools, and power failure. Many of them complained of preferential treatment by officials of the commission, who allegedly attended to enrollees based on their relationships. Exiting the compound was another tug of war. Already, the small gate that served as the entry point had been almost blocked because of the huge crowd, while the second gate had to be opened for me to move out. By the time I got out, the number of students struggling to move inside had almost doubled under the intense heat and biting sun. My pity for the students increased as I was driving out of the street only to see many students

still approaching the main road leading to the commission’s office, definitely gearing up to face the harrowing experience. I left the place annoyed, sad and disappointed that fellow citizens’ time is being wasted and subjected to unnecessary punishment; all in the name of obtaining a national identity card. The time wasted and suffering meted out to the students can be attributed to poor logistics on the part of the authorities concerned. To begin with, why the sudden recognition and acceptability accorded the identity card? I remembered that about four years ago when I first obtained mine, the identity card was never officially recognised as a means of identification in banks and other places. I had to ask some stakeholders then that what had gone wrong with our institutions that they should reject what is supposed to be valid means of identification, just like the international passport, driver’s licence and voter’s card. For me, the national identity card should be accorded more credibility than the others. Suddenly, the disposition changed and hence, the sudden prominence and rush for the acquisition of NIMC cards said to have captured only about 37 million people, which is less than 20 percent of Nigerians, out of which over 700,000 cards are said to be uncollected. If due recognition had been accorded the identity card at its inception, the mad rush that we are seeing today would probably have been averted. This is the Gestapo manner that we usually run state affairs in the country. As a way forward, NIMC would have to harmonise all existing database sitting in silos into a single database, where information, data of individuals and companies operating in Nigeria, could be accessed. The National Identity Number (NIN), which is generated, is unique with social security numbers that can be used for health care, education, and pensions, among others. NIN ties together all records such as demographic data,

fingerprints, head-to-shoulder facial pictures, biometric data, and digital signature. By an Executive Order signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, one cannot obtain a passport or driver’s licence without the National ID Card. The Federal Government also approved September 16 of every year as National Identity Day, also called 16.9 and the Identity Day (ID-Day), to create more awareness and acceptability. To abate the continued punishment being meted out to innocent students, the activities of NIMC should be decentralised with immediate effect. More issuance and collection centres should be opened across the country such that students would no longer be made to suffer for the deficiencies of our public administrators. Students should be allowed to obtain identity cards at the point of purchase of the forms. There is a need for public-private partnerships in tackling this problem as NIMC could be seriously handicaped in carrying out its duties effectively and efficiently. The current challenge being experienced is not limited to NIMC, as most state institutions in Nigeria provide poor services, lack the discipline to accord customers due respect and value for their hard-earned resources. This ugly trend has also crept into the business sectors such as banks, insurance, and manufacturing industries where people are treated shabbily. It is rather unfortunate that offices such as the Service Compact with All Nigerians (SERVICOM), and Consumer Protection Council (CPC) appear to have neglected the people and are not seen as doing enough to protect the people when it comes to quality service. For now, the burden placed on students should be removed. Kupoluyi writes from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), adewalekupoluyi@yahoo.,@AdewaleKupoluyi

Threats to food security in Nigeria By Jide Ojo


here is no gainsaying that Nigeria is seriously challenged. It is obvious, isn’t it? However, the greatest threat to national stability today is food security. By way of definition, food security is the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. The family menu is fast disappearing. Juju music icon, Chief Commander Ebenezer Obey, in one of his classic albums released in the late 1980s said Nigerians were using formula to eat. He sang about various eating formula such as 0-0-1, 0-1-0, 1-0-0, 1-0-1 and many others. The 1 in those numerals represents the meals families eat per day out of the three they are supposed to eat. True, in many homes, particularly, among the majority poor Nigerians, hardly will one see those who are having 1-1-1 which represents three square meals per day. Food is a serious matter. It is said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Hunger and starvation had precipitated revolution in many countries. History has it that one of the causes of the French Revolution (1789 – 1790) was as a result of the increase in the price of bread. I have been very worried about the increasing food insecurity in Nigeria. Workers are not being paid as and when due, both in the public and private sectors. High inflation, (now at 16.5 per cent), downsizing and rightsizing of workforce are now rife, so also is nonabsorption of teeming unemployed youths in any meaningful and gainful employment. Upon all, food prices have hit the rooftop. Expectedly, there is an exponential increase in crime rates. These are all threats to national security. More directly, our agricultural sector which is primarily responsible for putting food on our table has been in the doldrums since the discovery of black gold which is crude oil in Oloibiri in the present day Bayelsa State about 1956. All the initiatives such as Operation Feed

the Nation by the Olusegun Obasanjo military regime; the Green Revolution initiative of President Shehu Shagari, and similar ones by successive administrations have been more of lip service. As things stand, our choices are very limited as the crude oil which has been our mainstay since the 60s is no longer a money spinner as it used to be. This is because of the low price the commodity now commands in the international market. Despite that, the sabotage on oil and gas pipelines by vandals and militants in the Niger Delta has ensured that our 2.2mbpd OPEC quota upon which the 2016 national budget is based can no longer be met. This has gone a long way to threaten the full implementation of the 2016 Appropriation Act. The fiendish activities of the pipeline vandals apart from being an economic sabotage are also a menace to food security. This is because of the environmental degradation such acts engendered. The eco-system is destroyed as the water gets polluted by the toxic crude oil spill. Concomitantly, the fishes, crabs, prawns and other aquatic lives get destroyed. Even the farmlands affected by oil spills become degraded and sterile for any agricultural cultivation. That is why I have been appealing to militant groups such as the Niger Delta Avengers to stop cutting their nose in order to spite their faces. While it is true that by blowing up oil and gas pipelines, government will lose revenue, however, they are further impoverishing their kith and kins who are engaged in agric- business as they will also suffer collateral damage of losing their means of livelihood. They should imagine how long it took the Federal Government to kick-start the clean-up of the devastated Ogoniland. Another potent threat to food security is the desertification being experienced in Northern Nigeria. Hundreds of kilometres of landmass have been lost to desert encroachment, largely as a result of draught and other human factor

such as indiscriminate felling of trees. This phenomenon largely precipitated the exodus of cattle herders from the core north to the Middle Belt and Southern Nigeria where they could get grass and water for their cattle. That migration has been a major source of conflict between farmers and cattle herders. There have been accusations and counter-accusations that cattle herders have been shepherding their cattle to graze on farmlands, a move the farmers have stoutly resisted. Disagreement over this issue has led to hundreds of deaths and destruction of property worth Billions of Naira in places like Benue and Enugu states. The point being made here is that the face-off between these two groups of people constitutes a big threat to food security in Nigeria. Both farmers and cattle herders are food producers and a fight between the two groups does not augur well for the country. Flooding is another threat to food security. In 2012, Nigeria witnessed flooding despite the early warning by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency. Available records show that 2012 flooding directly affected 30 states, killed 363 citizens, injured 5,851 and displaced 3,871,053 persons. The total value of destroyed physical and durable assets caused by the floods in the most affected states was estimated to have reached N1.48tn. This year, NIMET had through its Seasonal Rainfall Prediction said about 16 states faced the danger of flooding in 2016. What are we doing to forestall that from happening? If we allow it through our accustomed negligence and nonchalant attitude, we should be rest assured that it will pose threat to food security as many farmlands will be washed off and farmers who are displaced will not be able to nurture their plants. The activities of terrorist Boko Haram in the North-East have since 2009 posed a major threat to food production and security in Nigeria. As the group embarked on their

destructive missions, many farmers have been killed and those who manage to escape have had to abandon their farmlands to live as Internally Displaced Persons in camps and host communities. I recall that some years ago, some traders who sold foodstuffs at Bodija market in Ibadan were slaughtered by this insurgent group on their way to Borno State to buy farm produce. I may have painted a gory picture about the food security situation in Nigeria. However, it is not a hopeless case. I have listened to the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh, at different fora and he sounds very convincing about how to deal with the daunting challenges being a practising farmer himself. Just on July 20, 2016, the Federal Executive Council met and approved the Agriculture Promotion Policy (2016-2019). According to Ogbeh, the policy outlined all that needed to be done to achieve self-sufficiency in agriculture. He said: “The document is entitled, ‘The Green Alternative’ and it outlines virtually everything we need to do, every policy we need to undertake to achieve self-sufficiency in agriculture and also to become a major exporter of agricultural products.” It is imperative we all know that we are stakeholders in tackling the issue of food security. We can be smallholder farmers planting vegetables and fruits in our backyards. We can engage in small scale animal husbandry and poultry in our homes. We can also provide an enabling environment so that those who want to engage in agriculture can practise without fear of molestation. It is gratifying that the Imo State Government has declared Thursday and Friday as farming days for its work force. I do hope the government will provide the needed incentives for the workers to engage in farming. Food security is the best security because, as the saying goes, an hungry man is an angry man. Jide Ojo is a Public Affairs Analyst.



World HIV Day: HIV prevalence drops to 0.7% in Niger State From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna


he HIV prevalence rate in Niger State has recorded a drop to 0.7% indicating the lowest in the North Central region of the country as its targeted at bring the prevalence rate to zero percent by year 2030. The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Muhammad Makun Sidi at a press conference yesterday to mark activities for World AIDS Day (WAD) with the theme; Community Makes the Difference, said out of the 67,137 pregnant women that were tested, only 698 were HIV positive. He said, “the Nigeria AIDS indicator and impact survey, 2018 revealed that the prevalence of HIV in Niger state currently stands at 0.7%, the lowest in the North Central zone. “The joint assessment of prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS services carried out by the State Ministry of Health and State Agency for the Control of AIDS (SACA) in collaboration woth partners for the year 2019, confirmed that out of the 67,136 pregnant women that received counseling and testing across the 25 facilities only 698 clients were positive and they have all been linked to treatment.” Dr. Sidi added, “the state under the leadership of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello is committed to ensuring that the HIV prevalence in Niger is brought to zero by year 2030 in tandem with the global trend of getting to zero.” In same vein, the Director, Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support SACA, Dr. Mike Onyilo the projected figure for persons living with HIV in Niger State is put at 35,000. “21,000 of them are on treatment, but we have an unmet need, of about 14,000 persons who are likely positive. We want to do targeted testing in strategic areas”, he said.

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Islamic Movement decries continued detention of Zakzaky From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna


he Islamic Movement in Nigeria has decried the continued illegal detention of its leader Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky and his wife despite a valid federal high court order for his release exactly three years ago. This is contained in a press statement released by the Head of the Media Forum of the Islamic Movement, Ibrahim Musa and made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.

The statement echoed what the presiding judge uttered while delivering the judgement, that he fears what will follow refusal to obey his court’s order. “The judge had warned the government in that judgement that holding the Sheikh for so long amounted to great danger, insisting that “If the applicant dies in custody, which I do not pray for, it could result in many needless deaths.” However, Buhari has stubbornly kept deaf ears to that and contemptuously

continued to detain them. “Instead of releasing them, Buhari opted to file bogus charges against the Sheikh and his wife through Kaduna state government, “This stunning disregard for the rule of law and human rights does not come to the Islamic Movement as a great surprise because Buhari’s utter disregard for court judgements is legendary, and statistics has it that he has disregarded courts in at least 40 occasions since the inception of his government.

“ In the case of Sheikh Zakzaky, the government has at various times proffered different contradictory reasons for its flagrant contempt of court. “One of the most absurd of such was the statement attributed to the President himself that national security is over and above the rule of law. “By this his warped belief, he has stirred the country towards the path of dictatorship, to which all other well-meaning Nigerians must stand and fight against.”

L-R: Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Atiku Bagudu, Regional Director UNIDO, Mr. Jean Bakole and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations System in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, during the Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development partnership round-table, recently in Abuja. 

Photo: Mahmud Isa

UNICEF lauds Jigawa govt over fight against child diseases From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse


he United Nation Children Fund (UNICEF) has commended Jigawa State government on its commitment toward fighting against child diseases.

The commendation was made by the Chief Field Services of UNICEF Abuja, Dr Annefrida Kisesa while speaking to news men at the end Year Programme Review and Planning Meeting for the, next year 2020 held yesterday at three star hotel Dutse.

Kisesa who described Jigawa State as one of the very good partners of UNICEF said, the state is always ready to agree with measures that would help in improving the lives of children in the state. She maintained that, the

objective of the meeting, is to review performance for 2019; identify challenges and lessons heartland chart the way forward by developing new work plan or adjusting the 2020 work plan.

Group trains security agents, media, legal practitioners on human rights violation From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna


Group, Advocats SANS Frontiers France has facilitated a three-day meeting with security agents working around administration of criminal justice in Kaduna State on principle of human rights.

The Group popularly known as Lawyers Without Border has also trained media practitioners and lawyers on documentation of human rights violation in Kaduna State Speaking during the training Head of Office, Advocats SANS Frontiers, Angela Uwandu said, the capacity building training for security

agents was aimed at promoting the human right principles around torture, arbitrary detention and extra judicial killings in Kaduna state. She explained that Advocats SANS Frontiers France with support from the European Union is currently executing a project called Strengthening the National Actors

Capacities and Advocation for Ending Severe Human Rights Violations in Nigeria (SAFE) bordering on torture, arbitrary detention and extra judicial killing. In his remark Executive Director, CAPIO, Rev. Fr. Ambrose Ekeroku said, his organisation in partnership with Advocats SANS, decided to

build the capacity of Police and other security agents and justice administrators on the need to respect the principle of human rights. Similarly Coordinator, National Human Right Commission, Kaduna State office, Terngu Gwar, lamented the increase in issues of human right violations in Nigeria.

Corp members urged to put nation first in their assignment From Uche Makurdi



enue State Governor, Samuel Ortom,has admonished corps members to always uphold the basic tenet of the 46 years National Youth Service Corps, which is “putting

the nation first at all times”. The governor who gave the charge while declaring open the orientation course for the 2019 Batch ‘C’ Stream ll corps members deployed to Benue state, said it is the only way the mission and vision of establishing the scheme can be fully realized and foster

development. The Governor who was represented by the state commissioner for Youths and sports, Mrs. Ladi Ishegbe Ajene, explained that as human, it is possible that those corps members accepted their call-up for service and subsequent deployment to

Benue state with reservation owing to the numerous challenges bedeviling the nation at the moment. He however, urged them to discard those anxieties, assuring that his government is poised to ensure every corps member posted to the State enjoy their

stay, while disclosing that the state government in conjunction with relevant security agents in the State, have put in place proactive measures to ensure the security and safety of all inhabitants with particular emphasis on work places and residential areas of Corps members.


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Reps to suspend plenary today to morn late Hon. Iliyasu By Christiana Ekpa


he House of Representatives will today adjourn plenary for one day to honour the late member representing Magama/Rijau Federal Constituency of Niger State, Rep. Ja’afaru Iliyasu. Also, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has expressed sadness over the demise of the member, Rep. Ja’afaru Iliyasu. Rep. Iliyasu, a member of the ruling APC who was one of the 360 members of the 9th House that took the oath of office and oath of allegiance on June 11, 2019, passed away on Monday morning at his Maitama residence in Abuja. He had just returned to Abuja on Sunday after a retreat organised for members of the House Committee on Public Accounts in Lagos. The Speaker said he was “deeply shaken” by the demise of the Niger Rep, whom he described as a gentleman who showed great willingness and determination to work with his other colleagues to make good laws for the country. The Speaker, who described the lawmaker’s passing on as painful, said he would be remembered for his commitment to representing the interest of his people and Nigerians as a whole. In a statement he signed on Monday, Gbajabiamila said: “I woke up this morning only to hear the sad news of the passing away of our great colleague, Rep Ja’afaru Iliyasu. “Rep Iliyasu was a gentleman and a determined lawmaker who wanted to make his mark in service to his country. Unfortunately, death took him away at this time. “Within the last few months that he had been in the House, he proved himself to be a worthy legislator. I must say that I am pained just like my other colleagues over his demise. I pray the Almighty Allah grants him Jannatul Firdaus as his final abode,” the Speaker said. The Speaker also prayed Allah to give his immediate family, constituents and the people and Government of Niger State the fortitude to bear the loss.

INEC team visits PDP, party demands E-voting in 2023

By Lateef Ibrahim


head of the 2023 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) to move quickly and initiate Electoral Act amendment that will legalize electronic voting and remove the influence of the military as primary security on the Election Day. The National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, said this yesterday while playing host to an INEC verification team who came to the PDP national secretariat in Abuja. Secondus suggested that such Electoral Act amendment must be carried out before the next general elections. “I am not going to bore you with issues that is well known to your commission in your reviews of elections but I would like to urge your commission to move quickly and initiate Electoral Act amendment that will legalize electronic voting and remove the influence of the military as primary

security on the Election Day”, the PDP National Chairman told the INEC team led by the Deputy Director in charge of Election and Party Monitoring. Secondus expressly made it clear that it would be difficult for opposition parties to participate in further elections if what transpired in Kogi and Bayelsa governorship election are not addressed. The PDP National Chairman, who decried the spate of violence during elections in Nigeria, however lamented military participation during polls, as well as the legalisation of electronic voting. He also alleged that some INEC officials are now serving the agenda of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Secondus, who noted that PDP warehoused democracy for Nigeria since 1999 until 2015 when it lost election, said “the 2019 elections set Nigeria backwards”. He noted with regret that the ruling All Progressives Congress, has been unable to replicate the democratic foundation laid by PDP.

His said “The ruling APC, unlike the PDP, is not disposed to any electoral law that will prevent them from manipulating the system. “We in PDP expect INEC to be at the forefront of the process to have legal frame work for the conduct of free, fair and credible election. “Such legal framework should address the issue of security, electronic voting and collation of results and punishment for electoral offenders. “Finally, the survival and sustenance of our democracy rest squarely on the integrity of the Electoral Commission which will derive from the character and the impartiality of its operatives”, he said. Secondus stressed that the effect of bad elections in the nation’s polity has been far reaching, stagnating the political and economic development and permanently hoisting on the people unpopular and incompetent leaders. He added that the tension and uncertainty in the country today is

clearly a fallout of election mishap in February. Secondus stated further that free, fair and credible election is exactly what PDP and indeed global democracy demand and expect from INEC. Continuing, he said, “We operate in an atmosphere where we follow the model of US but we don’t follow the dictates. “It is better to abandon the American model and adopt the Egyptian model where military will be part and parcel of elections”, he said. In his response, the leader of the INEC delegation, Mr Musa Husunu, assured that the team will convey all the grievances of the PDP to INEC leadership. Husumu however noted that they came to PDP as part of the ongoing verification exercise for the 91 political parties In Nigeria. He said parties must show evidence of headquarters in Abuja, five copies of the constitution, list of NEC members, physical presence of all NWC members, Book of accounts, and then go round.

Governor of Niger state, Dr. Abubakar sani Bello, casting his vote, during the state local government elections, at the Alkali Mustafa polling unit kontagora, recently in Niger state.

Protest as NSIEC declares final results of Niger LG polls

From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna


he Niger state Independent Electoral Commission (NSIEC) has declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of 23 out of the 25 local government chairmanship seats in the local government elections held at the weekend in the state. The Chairman of the State Independent Electoral Commission (NSIEC), Alhaji Aminu Baba, however declared the result for Mashegu Local Government, which went in favour of the APC on Monday morning, but said the entire chairmanship result for Tafa council has been cancelled. Baba who briefed newsmen, said the returning officer for Tafa had

disappeared without announcing the results at the local government as expected. “We want peace in the local government especially because of its location. Anything there will bring serious implication to the state and the country. So we have come to the conclusion that we should cancel the election. “Tafa Local Government chairmanship election is hereby cancelled. A new date will be announced,” he said. However, the PDP in a protest letter to the NSIEC signed by the state Chairman Tanko Beji, asked the commission to direct the returning officer to return to Tafa to declare the

result. According to him “we maintain that election have been won by the PDP and any attempt to change the result will be matched with reaction, the people have spent two nights at the collation Centre already and will remain there if it will take a month to declare the results. He added that “if the returning officer could not be found, another returning officer should be appointed and made to announce the result which we won successfully”. Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which won one chairmanship seat, has protested the alleged disappearance of the returning officer for Tafa Local

Government. Findings have it that the Returning officer with the aid of Police, absconded despite collating the results of the election which was conducted since Saturday, the 30th of November 2019. The PDP Chairman in the state, said, “when they (APC) sensed that PDP has won 8 out of the 10 wards in the LGA, a high ranking APC member in collaboration with the police highjacked the Returning officer from the venue of the result collation at the LGA secretariat in Sabon Wuse. “Ever since then, the people of the LGA numbering in thousands have besieged the Secretariat, for days running, they have slept at the Secretariat for 2 days now and have

vowed to remain there till the votes are declared.” While responding to the receipt of the letter from the PDP, the NSIEC chairman said, “there was no collation of results in Tafa. And so, the party could not have won the election.” In a similar development, some PDP supporters from Tudun-wada ward in Chanchaga Local Government on besieged the NSIEC office, protesting the non-release of the councillorship election for the area, claiming their party (PDP) won the election. The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions, calling on NSIEC to declare their candidate the winner of the election.


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PDP appoints Sen Suleiman Nazif Deputy Chairman, North By Lateef Ibrahim

Senate mourns late Niger lawmaker

By Musa Adamu


r es i d e n t o f the S e nate , Ahmad Lawan, has expressed shock and sadness over the sudden death of a member of the House of

Representatives, Hon. Jafaru Illiyasu Auna. Hon. Jafaru, who represented Rijau/Magama Federal Constituency of Niger State in the ninth National Assembly, died on Monday morning at an Abuja

Hospital after a brief illness. Lawan commiserated with the family of the deceased lawmaker and the government and people of Niger State and pray Almighty Allah to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

The Senate President also condoled with the leadership and members of the House of Representatives on the death of their colleague and pray that Allah will grant him the highest place in Jannah.


he National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has approved the nomination of Senator Suleiman Nazif as the new Deputy National Chairman, North, of the party. A statement yesterday by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan explained that the approval is in furtherance of section 47 (6) of the Constitution of the PDP. Senator Nazif replaces Alhaji Babayo Gamawa, who decamped from the PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), but died early this year. Senator Nazif was sometime ago a member of the House of Representatives and Senate, where he served as Chairman, Senate Committee on Labour and Productivity, as well as Chairman, Senate Committee on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He holds a degree in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, as well as a Masters degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy (MAID) from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. He also holds several Honorary Doctorate Degrees and Awards locally and internationally, in addition to numerous traditional titles. Senator Nazif is a nationalist, grassroot politician and philanthropist.

L-R: Chairman, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, (NCPC), Rev. Yomi Kasali; President of CAN, Rev. Supo Ayokunle with the Director in Charge, NCPC, Mrs. Esther Kwaghe, during the flag-off Ceremony of 2019 general pilgrimage exercise to Israel and Rome at Chapel of Christ The Light Alausa, Ikeja, yesterday in Lagos State.

Niger Gov tasks new LG chairmen on good governance From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna


he Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has congratulated the newly elected chairmen of Local Government Councils in the state, calling on them to provide selfless service and good governance to the people in order to justify the confidence reposed in them. This was contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel Berje, where the Governor tasked the Chairmen to see their election as a call to serve their people

rather than an opportunity or gateway for personal enrichment and wanton corruption. Governor Sani Bello charged the new chairmen not to be arrogant but to be fair and just to all irrespective of political interests, adding that they must remain focused on the plight of neglected majority by providing them with good governance and service delivery. He advised them to ‘think out of the Box’ and initiate policies and programmes that will see the Local Governments generate more revenue in order to make them economically

viable and financially buoyant enough to keep afloat. The Governor noted that the impact of government policies cannot be felt by a larger number of people if there’s no viable leadership at the local governments’ level, hence the need to live above board and make sacrifices. “I congratulate you all once again and enjoin you also to involve our Traditional institutions and other relevant stakeholders in the decision-making processes of your respective councils in othper to bridge communication gap and guarantee

ease of governance”. Governori Bello also charged the new Chairmen, as Chief Security Officers of their respective areas of jurisdiction, to be proactive and to ensure that they maintain the relative peace and stability for the socioeconomic and political progress of the people in particular and the state in general. Also a statement issed by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane enjoined the people of the State to always show interest in governance especially at Local Government level

with a view to ensuring that their interest is well protected. According to Ahmed Matane “only through such process that the country can make meaningful progress and deepen it’s democratic values”. He urged the electorates to always come out en masse and vote for credible candidates, stressing that Government will continue to provided adequate security measures in place in order to ensure voters cast their votes in a peaceful atmosphere and forestall any breakdown of law and order.

Senators besiege Federal Character C’ttee with application

By Ikechukwu Okaforadi


s a way of getting jobs for their qualified constituents in any of the Federal Government owned Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Senators are bombarding the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter governmental Affairs for possible placements. This is even as the Committee seems to have reached a truce with the federal agencies which allegedly carried out illegal job recruitment recently. Indications to this effect emerged on Monday when the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Danjuma La’ah (PDP Kaduna South) confirmed

that Senators are lobbying the committee to secure jobs for their constituents just as agencies that carried out secret recruitments few months back, had appeared to defend their actions. La’ah who spoke in a telephone interview with our reporter, specifically explained that there was nothing wrong with senators approaching his committee to seek job placements for their unemployed constituents. He said, “There is nothing wrong in senators approaching the Committee on Federal Character and Inter Governmental Affairs to seek job placement for their unemployed constituents. “It is normal for colleagues to come to our committee because it

is a better way to go about it. “What our Committee will do is to ensure that all senatorial districts are equally captured in whatever arrangement that come up. “It is not as if we are giving out letters of employment to anyone now. What I’m saying is that if any senator approaches us and there is an opportunity, we would help. “The senators are coming to us because we are the only committee to ensure even spread in terms of federal appointment.” La’ah added that all the affected federal agencies indicted for carrying out illegal recruitments have appeared before his panel to defend their actions. He said, “The MDAs have

been honouring our invitations to explain the recruitment exercises they carried out. “We have told them to adhere strictly to the federal character principles. We have also told them to always carry the Federal Character Commission along before they finalise any internal recruitment. “Many of the MDAs have appeared before our committee. Each of them appear with the FCC. So that the FCC will be pointing out if any of them is telling lies.” La’ah, had vowed not to allow the alleged distribution of employment slots in the red chamber, go without proper investigation. Speaking against the

background of some MDAs secretly carrying out secret recruitment, vowed to summon the affected federal government agencies that were allegedly encouraging such practice. The Senator had assured Nigerians that his committee would get to the root of the matter and expose all those who are allegedly culpable. He had said, “We are working towards achieving a thorough investigation so that we would not just invite the federal agencies to explain what happen but we also want to confront them with facts at our disposal. “The matter will not be swept under the carpet. We are already working on it.”


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Rep pays SSCE fees for 590 students, inaugurates 13-classroom block


he Deputy Minority Leader of the 9th House of Representatives, Toby Okechukwu, has given a grant of about N10 million for the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) registration of 590 students in his constituency. Mr Okechukwu is representing Aninri/ Awgu/Oji River Federal Constituency of Enugu State. The lawmaker, who handed over the cheques through Toby Okechukwu Foundation to the students drawn from 59 schools on Monday in Agbogugu, Awgu Local Government, pledged to continually promote education in the area. He said he was moved to support the students through the 2019/2020 Educational Grants “because the only way to overcome our challenges is through education. “The reason we are supporting you is not that you cannot pay for your SSCE but because God has given you the opportunity to benefit from this,” he said. The deputy minority leader explained that the beneficiaries emerged through a competitive draw process, adding that he had wished all SS 3 students benefitted from the gesture. Mr Okechukwu, who also attracted the construction of seven classrooms block in St. Vincent Secondary School, Agbogugu, said he would do his best to support science education in the area. Earlier, the Chairman, Post Primary School Management Board, (PPSMB) in the state, Nestor Ezema, said Mr Okechukwu through his philanthropic gestures had been a shining light to his people. Mr Ezema appealed to secondary school teachers in the area to prepare the students adequately in order to perform well in the exams. “There shall not be even one case of exam malpractice in this area so that the students will appreciate what Okechukwu has done for them,” Mr Ezema said. Earlier, the President General, Federation of Agbogugu Autonomous Community, Simon Ude described the event which featured the handover of 13 classroom blocks to St. Vincent Secondary School as `historic’. “This is because today makes it the 13th time Okechukwu will gather us in this school in Agbogugu. You have inaugurated four boreholes in our community. “The State Emergency Management Agency through your intervention gave us relief materials after an unfortunate wind disaster. “You raised a matter of urgent public important on the floor of the Green Chambers on Agbogugu Wind Disaster after which the National Emergency Management Agency stormed our community with relief materials,” he said. Mr Ude said before the intervention of the lawmaker, the school was in deplorable condition and the structures were in shambles. “Many students left the school due to its unfortunate state and the students’ population declined as low as less than 100 students,” he said. Mr Ude, however, said since the first intervention of the lawmaker in the school, the population had grown to more than 600 students. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the highlight of the occasion was the inauguration of a newly constructed seven classrooms block and six renovated classrooms block attracted by Mr Okechukwu to the school. The projects were inaugurated by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. (NAN)


Taraba Assembly elects new Speaker, Deputy By Ikechukwu Okaforadi


he Taraba State House of Assembly, on Monday, elected Joseph Kunini and HammanAdama Abdulahi as the new Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the Assembly respectively. The election followed the resignation of the former speaker, Peter Diah, and his deputy, Muhammad Gwampo, from the positions. The assembly, which convened on Monday morning, elected an impeached deputy speaker, Mr Gwampo, as Speaker pro-tempo who chaired the election.

Mr Kunini was nominated by Bonzana Kizito (PDP- Zing) and he was seconded by Ammed Jedua of Gembu constituency. His election was unanimous with 16 of the 24 members present at the sitting. In his remarks, Mr Kunini pledged to be just and equitable in carrying out his functions. “This is a house of justice and equity. Taraba should be greater than any individual and we must work hard to take the state to greater heights. I will work to champion this,” he said. He promised that the house would

work as a team and partner with the executive to make the state a greater place. “I will run an open door parliament where even the minority will have a say. “Thank you for this trust. I assure you that it will be used as a medium to serve God and humanity. Thank you for this privilege,” he said. Mr Kunini who represents Lau constituency is a third-term member of the House. The House also nominated Douglas Ndatse as the Majority Leader to replace the new speaker who occupied the position before now.

A cross-section of some women trained by Future Assured Foundation, First Lady Aisha Buhari’ s foundation in tailoring, during their graduation, yesterday in Yola. Photo: NAN  

Bayelsa, Kogi guber coup in democracy - Dickson says By Lateef Ibrahim


he Bayelsa and Kogi States governorship elections held on Saturday, November 16 have been described as the “latest democratic coup” in the country. The Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson who said this during an interactive session with the media in Abuja on Monday, insisted that the two elections could simply be described as a sham, stressing that they were not qualified to be called elections. Governor Dickson revealed that the state government, under him, has set up a high powered fact finding panel to determine the actual number of the people killed as well as those injured during the governorship poll. The Governor, a lawyer by profession, particularly lamented the brigandage that took place in Bayelsa State on the said date, accusing the All Progressives Congress, APC, the military, the police and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of ganging up to deprive the people of his state the opportunity to freely express their constitutionally guaranteed rights of voting to elect a governor of their choice.

The governorship candidate of the APC, Mr David Lyon was declared the winner of the said election by INEC, while the governorship flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Duoye Diri has already headed to the tribunal to challenge the outcome of the poll, which was widely acclaimed to be marred by violence as well as killing and maiming of voters and supporters of PDP. Governor Dickson said, “What happened in Bayelsa state on November 16 is not an election. It is the latest democratic coup in the country. To call it an election will be a misnomer. “ The reality in Bayelsa was that there was no election. To refer to what happened in Bayelsa as election is actually an insult. They only wrote results. There was no election”, he said. The governor particularly cited the instances of the violence and killing that took place in Southern Ijaw, Nembe and Ogbia among other places, where he said results were merely written by INEC officials with the assistance of police, soldiers and thugs. Hon Dickson put the number of confirmed deaths recorded so far in Nembe alone at twelve, while the number of those

injured stand at 93. “What took place in Nembe was a massacre. The brutality they visited on the people of Nembe, we had never heard of before. They actually butchered Nigerians. They killed some people, beheaded and butchered them, ripped their stomachs opened and threw them into the rivers so that their bodies will not be afloat. “The governor, who said that a semblance of election was only allowed to take place in his own local government and part of the PDP governorship candidate’s council, stressed further, “there was no election. There was no one man, one vote in Bayelsa on November 16”. Hon Dickson however maintained that in the eyes of the law, APC didn’t have a duly recognized candidate for the said election as two separate courts of law had expressly made that clear in their judgements, including a Federal High court in Abuja, which gave the ruling a day to the election. The declaration of the APC candidate as the winner of Bayelsa governorship election by INEC, the Governor maintained, is a nullity, because, “Ideally, INEC shouldn’t have recognised any votes cast for them (the party and its candidate)”.


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FG, States, LGs, share N2.273trn in Q3, 2019 -NEITI By Etuka Sunday


ederation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) disbursed N2.273 trillion to the three tiers of government and other statutory recipients between July and September this year. The disbursement was 18.79% higher than the N1.913 trillion disbursed in the second quarter of 2019 and 17.81% higher than the N1.929 trillion disbursed in the first quarter of the year. These information and data are contained in the latest edition of the Quarterly Review by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI). The Quarterly Review, released in Abuja today focused on FAAC disbursements in the third quarter of 2019. It used data obtained from FAAC and the National Bureau of Statistics. The Report noted that for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2018, total FAAC allocations exceeded N2 trillion in a quarter. Combining this with disbursements in previous quarters showed that FAAC disbursements exceeded N2 trillion in four of the last six quarters. “The last time this happened was in the third quarter of 2014. This is a big improvement compared to N886.48 billion recorded in 2016 Q2. However, it is still lower than N2.607 trillion of 2013 Q1”, the review further noted. A breakdown of the N2.273 trillion disbursed in the last quarter of 2019 showed that the Federal Government (FG) received N920.2 billion, while the states and local government received N724.16 billion and N44.19 respectively. A closer examination showed that the amount received by FG in the third quarter of 2019 was 15.6% higher than the N795.84 billion it received in the second quarter. It was also 14.6% higher than the N803.13 billion it received in the first quarter of

the same year. For states, the amount received during the third quarter of 2019 was 9.6% higher than the N660.2 billion received in the second quarter, and also 7.3% higher than the N675.2 billion received in the first quarter of the same year. The amount received by the local governments for the same period was 12.02% higher than the N393.95 billion received in the second quarter and 10.73% higher than the N398.44 billion received in the first quarter. Further analysis showed that aggregate FAAC disbursements

for the first nine months of 2019 were N6.115 trillion. The breakdown showed that between January and September 2019, the FG received a total of N2.519 trillion, while the states and the local governments received N2.059 trillion and N1.223 trillion respectively. On disbursements to the States in the third quarter of 2019, the NEITI Quarterly Review noted a wide disparity between Osun State (which received the lowest amount of N6.89 billion) and Delta State that got the highest disbursement of N54.88 billion. This implied that Delta State

received almost eight times what Osun State got. The Review also showed that the 4 states with the highest net disbursements, which were all in the South-South geopolitical zone, received a combined total of N173.65 billion. This was more than the combined total of N164.58 billion received by the 14 states with the lowest disbursement. On direct deductions from States’ allocations in the third quarter of 2019, Yobe State had the lowest deductions of N593.03 million while Lagos recorded the highest deduction of N12.09

billion. The NEITI Review also disclosed that “combined FAAC disbursements for the first three quarters of 2019 - taken as a percentage of 2019 budgets - were above 30% in only seven states. The Review further noted that the majority of the states had received below 30% of their annual budgets in FAAC disbursements after the ninth month of 2019. Net FAAC disbursements being below 30% in most states is worrying, because most states depend on FAAC disbursements for at least 80% of their revenues.

Minister of State for Power, Mr. Goddy Jedy-Agba, (3rd right), MD/CEO Rural Electrification Agency, Damilola Ogunbiyi and others, at the Energizing Education FEMALE STEM Workshop, yesterday in Lagos

Dangote unveils support plan for Multi-Billion Naira Kano Skills Acquisition Centre By Etuka Sunday


frica `s foremost entrepreneur and philanthropist, Aliko Dangote, says his companyDangote Group, is set to provide expertise for the Multi-Billion Million Naira skills acquisition Centre, recently built by the Administration of Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje in Kano State. Speaking, after paying an unscheduled visit to the

Center, the philanthropist, used the occasion to roll out several specific supports which the Dangote Group, intends rendering for it smooth take –off. Inspecting the world class training equipment installed at the Centre, named after him by the Kano State Government, the entrepreneur hinted that his company will provide experienced Expatriate, to manage the Centre. He disclosed that his support to the Centre was borne out of the need to complement the initiative

of the Ganduje administration geared at bridging skills `gap in the country, as well as addressing the mounting incidence of unemployment among Nigerian youths. Dangote, who exhibited visible joy seeing the several world -class training equipment, recently imported from Britain by the Kano State Government, installed at the Centre, promised to give all necessary support required to make the Centre achieved it desired objective,

one of which is to enhance the livelihood of Nigerians. “I am indeed highly impressed by what I have seen here today, I am talking about the modern training tools put in place here by your administration. It is a known fact that skills’ acquisition is a critical tool for employment, self-reliance and growth of the economy anywhere in the World; “It is consequent upon this, I wish to announce that the Dangote Group would be supporting this project with the hiring of an

experienced expatriate to head the Center, to set the pace for its sustainability, in order to actualize its employability of the youth, and create avenue for them to be self-reliant. “The Dangote Group would fully fund the cost of hiring the Expatriate to be employed, this is being done as a way of setting high standard for the Centre, which will enable it compete favourably with other similar centers in the African Continent”, Dangote said.

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Forum underscores NCC’s centrality to achieving robust digital culture


he ongoing drive by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to mobilise industry supports to address challenges inhibiting Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure development in Nigeria in order to enhance a robust digital culture has been amplified by speakers at the Realnews Magazine 7th Anniversary Lecture. The anniversary lecture, held at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, was supported by the NCC and the Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Umar Danbatta was represented at the event by Dr. Henry Nkemadu, NCC's Director Public Affairs. The thematic focus of the lecture was, “Beyond Politics: An Economic Narrative for West Africa”, and the sub-theme is titled, “The End of Oil: Whither the Nigeria Economy". Dr. Mansur Muhtar, chairman of the occasion, who delivered a paper on the sub-theme, emphasised the need for Nigerian government to focus on driving robust ICT infrastructure, which, he said, is a baseline requirement for growing Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and boosting overall economic development by any country in the current 21st century. Muhtar’s call aptly underscores the NCC’s continuous drive to work with necessary stakeholders towards addressing the various challenges confronting ICT infrastructure deployment in the country, just as the Commission remains committed in its drive to deepen digital transformation of the Nigerian economy. According to Muhtar, “We need to expand our infrastructures in ICT in Nigeria, which is a key enabler for economic development. We must come up with ambitious financial plan to support economic diversification and attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) not only in the ICT but also in other sectors of the economy.” Earlier, John Mahama, the guest lecturer and former President of Republic of Ghana, who spoke on the main theme of the event, stressed the need for African nations to address challenges hindering their socio-economic development. He called for “drastic development of our infrastructures, training of the youths to acquire newest skills and promoting of vocational trainings in diverse areas of life so that the youths can stand on their own and contribute meaningfully to economic developments.”

Buhari approves 5G technology trial in Nigeria -Pantami By Etuka Sunday


TN Nigeria on Monday in Abuja showcased the first live demo of 5G network (5th generation network technology). This according to the telco operator will enable the company to provide better data services at a more affordable cost to its subscribers. Speaking at the event the Minister of Communications and Digital Technology, Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami said the approval for the trial of 5G technology in Nigeria was endorsed by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari. “This administration is passionate about developing Nigeria’s ICT Sector which contributes more than Oil and Gas to GDP”.

While representating Mr President during the trial demonstration of 5G technology, Pantami expressed delight to be part of the historical moment, stressing that migration from 4G to 5G will be a revolution in the industry. The Minister further disclosed that President Buhari has directed him to address the challenges facing the telecom sector systematically, hinting that an executive order is in the pipeline to consider Telecommunications Infrastructure as critical national assets. Dr Pantami said, “we are working to ensure the business environment in Nigeria for the telecom operators is conducive”. Recall that the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta had at one time told the

global community that African continent holds the ace and that 5G is the next frontier of investment. He had averred that 5G will provide a very veritable and convincing investment for investors. Speaking during the trial in Abuja, former NCC Executive Vice Chairman Ernest Ndukwe who is also a board member of MTN Nigeria expressed his delight on the fact that Nigeria is one of the countries championing 5G trial on the continent. “MTN averred that the new technology is at least 100 times faster than 4G. when compared to 4G, 5G provides faster data transfer speed and lower latency. Additionally, 5G boasts of improved reliability as well as better support for more devices.

“5G is a transformational change from 4G, with the potential to provide 20 times faster data speeds and carries a massive amount of data for a large number of simultaneous users. “5G will support business innovative ambitions and create new markets transforming supply chain management and creating smarter more efficieny manufacturing. FG is extremely fast and supports data transfer rates of up to 20Gbits/S. “5G will allow stream, download and upload of huge quantities of data at a much faster rate. During a comparison test on both 4G and 5G networks, it took just 15.78 seconds to download a 2.3 GB video on the 5G network. The same file on 4G took exactly 5 minutes, 3.84 seconds”, he said.

PEOPLES DAILY, tuesday, December 3, 2019

By Stanley Onyekwere


s part of efforts to deliver key health interventions, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has launched the FCT 2019 second round Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) and the enrolment of Area Councils employees in the FCT Health Insurance Scheme. Speaking during the official flag off, the minister noted that the MNCH has been set aside specially to deliver a package of key maternal, newborn and child survival interventions that have been proven to reduce maternal, neonatal and child mortalities in the Territory. Aliyu revealed that FCT has recorded over 400 percent performance improvement in eight years as in the last first round 2019 MNCHW, noting that a coverage of 98 percent was achieved against 24 percent in 2011. She further revealed that reports of studies, particularly the recent report of 2018 National Demographic and Health Survey, have shown FCT coverages of fully


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Minister unveils Area Councils health insurance scheme immunized children at 49 percent which is above the national average of 31 percent. According to the Minister, considerable achievements have been made through MNCHW to improve the current maternal, newborn and child health indices. She however stressed that the authorities still need to do more to ensure that all eligible children, newborn and mothers are covered with interventions that will improve their nutritional status and general health. “Since my inauguration and deployment to the FCT, I have engaged with stakeholders in health and social services subsectors at all levels and it is important to mention that we have developed a blueprint

for positively touching the lives of all the residents of FCT by way of a 5-year, 2019 to 2023, Strategic Plan. “The launching of the enrolment of all Area Councils employees in the FCT health insurance scheme today is one of such initiatives to increase access to good quality health services towards achieving universal health coverage for the FCT,” she affirmed. Aliyu therefore assured that efforts are ongoing to ensure pregnant women and under five years old children in the FCT are covered by the Health Insurance Scheme to further expand access to good quality and timely health services to these vulnerable groups. The minister stated that emphasis has shifted from stand-alone vertical

routine and supplemental health services provision to a more integrated approach like the MNCMNCH week, which exposes caregivers, and children to key interventions that improve health status and enable them thrive through both the fixed and outreach strategies. She added that the promotion of these health services is the priority of the FCT Administration. In his address, chairman of Kuje Area Council, Abdullahi Sabo, noted that maternal new born and healthcare is a biannual event aimed at reducing maternal death, child mortality and morbidity, stressing that the intervention is to provide maternal healthcare and nutrition which are key to child survival and maternal well-being.

R-L: Chairman, Presidential Fertilizer Initiative, Gov Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State, Managing Director, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, Uche Orji and other dignitaries after a Fertilizer Potassium Agreement Signing Ceremony  between the Federal Government of Nigeria and Uralchem Chemicals, Russia at the Presidential Villa, yesterday in  Abuja.

Sabo therefore called on the beneficiaries who are children from age 0-59 months and women of child bearing age to avail themselves of this opportunity by coming out en-mass to be part of the programme so that at the end it shall be better for all residents of the Territory. The Kuje Council boss also used the occasion to commend the FCT Health Insurance Scheme for Area Councils personnel, describing it as a good development for the staff and their families. On his part, Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, Abdullahi Candido, who spoke on behalf of other Area Council chairmen pledged the commitment of the Area Council Administrations to support the programme.

R-L: Chairman of NUJ Abuja Chapter, Mr Emmanuel Ogbeche, presenting an award to the representative of the Founder, Captain Hart Modey Foundation, Mr Frank Modey, during the Cross River State Journalist Forum’s (CROSSJOF) 2019 Lecture and Award Presentation, yesterday in Abuja

Photo: NAN

NITDA set to host e-Nigeria International Conference, Exhibitions, Awards By Etuka Sunday


he National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has notified that the 12th Edition of e-Nigeria International Conference, Exhibitions and Awards has now been slated to commence on Thursday, 28th November, 2019. The event which was earlier scheduled to hold from 12th – 14th November, with the theme: ‘Leveraging Technology and Indigenous Innovation to Attain the Sustainable Development Goals’, will now hold from 28th – 30th November, 2019. The Conference will also feature discussions on: Creating

New Job Opportunities and Economic Development Through Technological Innovation; Harnessing Indigenous Innovation and Creativity for Poverty Reduction in Nigeria; Leveraging Disruptive Innovation for Achieving Good Health, National Security, Anticorruption, and Sustainable Energy Systems; and Implications of Data Protection Regulation for Open Data, Big Data Analytics, and Smart Initiatives in Building a Productive National Economy. e-Nigeria is Nigeria’s annual Information Technology Conference hosted by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), a

Federal Government Agency under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy. The event is hosted in collaboration with other relevant stakeholders from both the public and the private sector as well as Non-Governmental Organisations and Academia. It serves as a platform for ICT awareness creation, development of appropriate regulatory instruments and best practices in order to facilitate the positioning of Nigeria in the global Information Society. The Head of Corporate Affairs and External Relations, NITDA, Mrs Hadiza Umar in a statement

said, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, will declare the Conference open while Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, will deliver the keynote address. The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), FNCS, FBCS, FIIM, is the Chief Host, and the DirectorGeneral/Chief Executive Officer, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi CCIE will co-Host and Convener of the event.

Sexual Violence: FCTA, EU, UN to establish centre for victims By Stanley Onyekwere


orried by the traumatic effects of gender based violence, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disclosed readiness to collaborate with the European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiatives to establish Centres and Shelters to empower victims of sexual violence in FCT. The Administration noted gender based violence offenders register had been commissioned in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Women and Social Development, to register all

Gender Based Violence bases and the offenders. The FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, made the disclosure at the Commemoration of Walk to end Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) organised by the Social Development Secretariat (SDS), yesterday in Abuja. “ Many intervention programs have been rolled out both locally and internationally, to eliminate gender based violence in our various communities “For instance, FCT has established a standard and

well equipped Gender Based Violence Response Centre under Gender Department of SDS, to handle all gender based violence cases in the FCT. “ It is expected that all such cases are promptly reported at the center for immediate necessary actions. “ Also, FCT is collaborating with EU and UN Spotlight Initiatives to establish Centres and Shelters to empower victims of gender based violence in FCT. “ All these are efforts made to eliminate gender based violence in the societies, “ Aliyu stated. The Minister said the Federal Government and FCTA are

joining the world Nations to commemorate the 2019, sixteen days of activism against gender based violence towards eliminating violence not only against women and girls but also men and boys. She, therefore, enjoined all stakeholders to create awareness across the nooks and crannies of FCT ensure that everyone key into campaign against sexual and gender based violence. Earlier, the Director, Gender Department of SDS, Dr. Agnes Hart, stressed the said violence against women and children in any form and shape was not negotiable in the FCT.

Hart said FCTA had zero tolerance for sexual abuse, abuse of women, abuse of children in particular and men in general. The director said the aimed of the awareness campaign which was being commemorated all over the world was to in c r e a s e a w a r e n e s s a mon g FCT populace on the need to shun violence against women and children. Also speaking, Obianuju Osude, Senior Gender Equality and Inclusion, Plan International Nigeria, an NGO, called for collecting efforts to ensure the attainment of gender equality in the country.

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Climate change: COP25 talks open as ‘point of no return’ in sight


olitical leaders and climate diplomats are meeting in Madrid for two weeks of talks amid a growing sense of crisis. According to UN Secretary General António Guterres, “the point of no return is no longer over the horizon”. Meanwhile, Save the Children says that climate shocks have left millions in Africa facing hunger. The charity says 33 million people are at emergency levels of food insecurity due to cyclones and droughts. What is climate change? The world’s average surface temperature is rising rapidly because human activities release greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2). These gases trap heat in the atmosphere, much like the glass roof of a greenhouse. This conference of the parties, or COP25, was due to be held in Chile but was cancelled by the government due to weeks of civil disturbances. The meeting will aim to step up ambition so that all countries increase their national commitments to cut emissions. The meeting follows on the heels of three UN reports which stressed the increased urgency of limiting dangerous climate change. Spain then stepped in to host the event, which will see 29,000 attendees over the two weeks of talks. Speaking ahead of the meeting the UN secretary general said the climate crisis was imminent and political leaders had to respond.

Three women will run the meeting: Spanish minister Teresa Ribera, COP President Carolina Schmidt and UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa “In the crucial 12 months ahead, it is essential that we secure more ambitious national commitments particularly from the main emitters - to immediately start reducing greenhouse gas emissions at a pace consistent to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050. “We simply have to stop digging and drilling and take advantage of the vast possibilities offered by renewable energy and nature-based solutions,”

Mr Guterres said. Almost every country in the world has now signed and ratified the Paris climate agreement and under the terms of the pact they will all have to put new climate pledges on the table before the end of 2020. Countdown to Glasgow This meeting in Madrid signals the start of a frantic 12 months of negotiations that will culminate in

Glasgow with COP26 in November next year. Some 50 world leaders are expected to attend the meeting in the Spanish capital - but US President Donald Trump will not be among them. The US became a signatory to the landmark Paris climate agreement in April 2016, under the Obama administration. But President Trump has said the accord - which has been

signed by more than 190 countries would lead to lost jobs and lower wages for American workers. Last month, he began the process of withdrawing from the Paris deal, which was designed to mitigate the effects of climate change. However, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, will attend the conference with a congressional delegation. The hottest that this location has ever been... While her presence has been welcomed, US environmentalists want to see concrete steps on climate. “While it’s great Speaker Pelosi is coming to Madrid in place of Trump, symbolic gestures are no substitute for bold action,” said Jean Su from the US Center for Biological Diversity. “America remains the number one historic contributor to the climate emergency, and even Democratic politicians have never committed to taking responsibility for our fair share.” Underlining the real world impacts of climate change, a report from the charity Save the Children, says that what it calls “climate shocks” are threatening tens of millions of people in East and Southern Africa. The UN secretary general says no new coal-fired power stations should be built after 2020 The charity says that floods, landslides, drought and cyclones have put 33 million people at emergency

London Bridge: Families mourn victims at vigil


igils for the victims of the London Bridge attack have been held in London and Cambridge. Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were commemorated at the services and minute’s silence at Guildhall Yard in the City of London and outside the Guildhall in Cambridge. They were stabbed to death by convicted terrorist Usman Khan, 28, at a prisoner rehabilitation conference on Friday. Mr Merritt’s family and girlfriend attended the Cambridge service. Mr Merritt and Ms Jones were both University of Cambridge graduates, and had been at an event for the university’s Learning Together programme - which focuses on prisoner rehabilitation - when they were attacked.

‘Heroes’ praised for confronting bridge attacker Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan were among those at the vigil in the capital. In an address, Mr Khan said London would never be cowed or intimidated by terrorism. “The best way to defeat this hatred is not by turning on one another, but it’s by focussing on the values that bind us, to take hope from the heroism of ordinary Londoners and our emergency services who ran towards danger, risking their lives to help people they didn’t even know,” he said. The London service happened less than a mile from Fishmongers’ Hall, where Usman Khan launched his attack on Friday.

Usman Khan, who was released from prison in December 2018 after serving half of his sentence, was later shot dead by police on London Bridge. Bishop of London Sarah Mullally said the vigils remembered “academics celebrating rehabilitation and finding only danger”. She paid tribute to the workers at Fishmongers’ Hall, who she said went to work to offer hospitality, but found themselves needing to give protection. A book of condolences is open at Guildhall Art Gallery and members of the public are invited to lay flowers outside nearby Mansion House. The victims’ families have paid tribute to their loved ones. Ms Jones’ family said their daughter, from Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, had

a “great passion” for supporting victims of criminal justice. “Saskia was a funny, kind, positive influence at the centre of many people’s lives,” the family statement read. “She had a wonderful sense of mischievous fun and was generous to the point of always wanting to see the best in all people.” In a statement, Mr Merritt’s family described him as a “talented boy” who “died doing what he loved”. “We know Jack would not want this terrible, isolated incident to be used as a pretext by the government for introducing even more draconian sentences on prisoners, or for detaining people in prison for longer than necessary,” the statement read. Why was the London Bridge attacker out of prison?

Australian woman survives 12 days in outback after finding watering hole


woman rescued after 12 days stranded in Australia’s remote outback said she survived by eating biscuits and drinking from a watering hole. Tamra McBeath-Riley was with two other people who became stranded when their car got stuck in a riverbed. The group split up to get help. Ms McBeathRiley was found near her car but her companions are still missing. Police said they would be “severely dehydrated” after being stranded in the outback for 13 days. ‘It kept them alive’ The 52-year-old woman had set off with two others, Claire Hockridge and Phu Tran, on an afternoon drive from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory on 19 November. They took Ms McBeath-Riley’s dog Raya, a

female Staffordshire bull terrier, with them. The group were travelling in remote territory just south of Alice Springs when they found themselves stuck in the bed of the Hugh River. Speaking to reporters outside a hospital in Alice Springs, Ms McBeath-Riley said the group had stayed by the car for around three days in an attempt to free it. “We tried many times to try to get out, but just couldn’t get out, the river was just too large,” she said. “During the day it’s just really hot so we dug ourselves under the car. At night [we] could sleep in the car.” They used up all their supplies of water, as well as some iced vodkas, biscuits and beef noodles they had in the car. They eventually found a watering hole, and

boiled the water before sieving it through a shirt. “It was still quite dirty, not hygienic water but it kept them alive,” NT Police Superintendent Pauline Vicary told the Australian Broadcasting Corps. They eventually decided to split up to get help. Mr Tran and Ms Hockridge planned to walk towards the highway. SOS spotted on camera saves Australian camper Ms McBeath-Riley stayed in the area, thinking her dog would not survive a long walk. Northern Territory Police despatched helicopters to search for the trio. They eventually spotted Ms McBeath-Riley about 1.5km away from the car after a local person reported seeing tyre tracks. “She’s had a fairly traumatic period of time,” Supt Vicary said. “Sensibly she appears to have stayed where the water is and has been drinking that

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and that’s probably what kept her going.” It is not clear if her dog was found along with her. Ms McBeath-Riley was taken to hospital and treated for dehydration and exposure. She said she had assumed her companions had already been found and that “to find out that’s not the case is worrying”. Police are stepping up their search for the pair. Supt Vicary said officers had yet to begin searching the area by foot. “Because of the terrain that they have gone missing in, and because we don’t have a particularly focused area, we are still doing the helicopters,” she told ABC. “It’s quite a diverse terrain - there’s sandy dunes, there’s hard clay, there’s areas of dense trees but there is also rocks and ranges in the area as well.” Source: BBC

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nknown gunmen opened fire on a church in eastern Burkina Faso Sunday, killing at least 14 people. Officials say the attack took place in the town of Hantoukoura, near the border with Niger. Soldiers are hunting for the attackers who fled on motor scooters after gunning down worshipers during a Sunday mass. No one has claimed responsibility, but Islamic extremists are suspected. Christians and others had lived peacefully in the Muslim majority country until a series of attacks blamed on jihadists spilled over from neighboring Mali last year, leaving hundreds dead

Shots fired at Cameroon passenger plane


passenger plane in Cameroon came under fire while landing at Bamenda airport on Sunday. People on board the CamairCo flight from Douala said they heard bullets hitting the aircraft as it came to a halt on the tarmac. No-one was injured. “Thanks to the captain’s bravery, the aircraft was able to land smoothly despite the impact on its fuselage,” the airline said in a statement on Facebook. It is not clear who carried out the attack, but Bamenda is in Cameroon’s troubled northwest region where there’s been a rebellion by anglophone separatists. Regional authorities have not commented on the attack.

Ghana cancels constitutional referendum


hanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has cancelled a referendum on changing the rules around local government elections less than three weeks before the vote was intended to take place. Currently candidates stand as individuals and it is against the rules for them to be backed by political parties. The referendum had been set for 17 December and was to decide whether that rule would be scrapped, allowing parties to openly back their candidates.


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t least 26 people were killed when their bus careered into a ravine in the northwest of Tunisia, officials said in a new toll. The health ministry said late Sunday that 17 people were also injured in the accident in a mountainous region popular with Tunisian tourists. The disaster was one of the most deadly accidents in a country whose poor road safety record has sparked criticism of officials. All those aboard the bus were Tunisian, the ministry said. The bus had set off from Tunis towards the picturesque northern mountain town of Ain Draham, a popular autumn destination for domestic visitors. The interior ministry had earlier reported the deaths of 22 out of the 43 people aboard, saying the bus had “fallen into a ravine after crashing through an iron barrier.” The health ministry said later that four more passengers had died of their injuries. An AFP team that visited the site saw the twisted remains of the bus in the ravine near a river bed, surrounded by scattered bodies. The top of the bus appeared to have been torn off and seats were strewn across the site. President Kais Saied and outgoing Prime Minister Youssef Chahed later visited the site. It was not immediately clear what caused the accident and forensic experts are investigating, but Tunisia’s poorly-maintained roads have a reputation for being dangerous. The World Health Organization in 2015

The debris of a regional bus that crashed off a hill are pictured Sunday Dec.1, 2019, causing the death of at least 22 local passengers who were on an excursion in the Amdoun region, northern Tunisia. reported that Tunisia had the second-worst traffic death rate per capita in North Africa, behind only war-torn Libya.

The accident triggered renewed public anger over what one social media user called the country’s “roads of death”.

Tanzanian expelled pregnant school girls finally graduate


anzanian mothers who were thrown out of school for getting pregnant have graduated this weekend thanks to a retired teacher. Teenage pregnancy in Tanzania became a topic of international debate after President John Magufuli said in 2017 that pregnant girls should be expelled from school. But now 72-year-old retired teacher Martina Simon Siara is giving them a second chance with her school for mothers in Arusha, northern

Tanzania. The Faraja Centre provides courses such as catering and tailoring but crucially it has a crèche which allows students to concentrate on classes uninterrupted. One of the students who graduated, 23-yearold mother of twins, Debra Emmanuel, was thrown out of her family home and expelled from school after she became pregnant at 17 years old. “I will start my own business and get some

money to help my children and to take them to school,” she told the BBC on her graduation day after finishing a catering course. President Magufuli was criticised heavily after, at a rally in 2017, warning school girls: “After getting pregnant, you are done”. But actually he was emphasising a law that already exists. The law, passed back in 2002, allows for the expulsion of pregnant schoolgirls.

South African president backs life sentence for rapists


outh Africans have held numerous protests against the rise of violence against womenImage caption: South Africans have held numerous protests against the rise of violence against women South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government is working on measures that will see convicted rapists handed life sentences and given the “harshest of labour in prison”. This is in response to a spate of gruesome rapes and murders of women in the country in recent months. The latest incident involved 21-year-old Precious Ramabulana who was found dead last week after being stabbed 52 times.

On Sunday, President Ramaphosa visited her family in Makhado, in the north-eastern Limpopo region, where he spoke of the new measures. This will include having a register of sex offenders. Quote Message: We are going to improve the criminal justice system to ensure that those who perpetrate these acts must know that once they are arrested and found guilty, they should never see the light of day any more.” We are going to improve the criminal justice system to ensure that those who perpetrate these acts must know that once they are arrested and found guilty, they should never see the light of day any more.”

Quote Message: I’m going to be moving that all these people, once arrested and jailed, they should be subjected to hard labour, the harshest of labour in prison because what they are doing to society is beyond words.” I’m going to be moving that all these people, once arrested and jailed, they should be subjected to hard labour, the harshest of labour in prison because what they are doing to society is beyond words.” The suspect in Ms Ramabulana’s murder, Aubrey Manaka, appeared in court on Monday and was charged with rape, murder and robbery under aggravating circumstances. He has not yet entered a plea.

Rwanda ‘to replace oral HIV drugs with injection’


wanda is set to begin trials with an injection that will replace daily, oral antiretroviral (ARV) HIV drugs, according to the progovernment New Times website. The injection slowly and

continuously releases HIV medication into the blood for eight weeks, the report says. If successful, HIV patients will no longer have to take the oral treatment, which they have to remember to take

every day. The jab is regarded as an improved and more sustainable treatment, Rwanda’s Biomedical Centre head Dr Sabin Nsanzimana is quoted as saying.

Details of the drug are yet to be made public, but the trial is set to be discussed at the International Conference on Aids Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Africa (Icasa) in Kigali this week.



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n Indian MP has said the men who raped and murdered a 27-year-old vet in the city of Hyderabad should be “lynched”. “I know it sounds harsh, but these kind of people should be brought out in public and lynched,” Jaya Bachchan said in parliament. Several other MPs from across the political spectrum also condemned the brutal gang-rape and murder. Protests were held across India after the victim’s charred remains were found following her disappearance last week. Was Delhi gang rape India’s #Metoo moment? Why India’s rape crisis shows no signs of abating Police say they have arrested the four men who gang-raped and murdered the woman. Rape and violence against women remain at high levels despite widespread public anger at highprofile cases. On Monday, the anger on the streets was reflected in parliament with many MPs demanding to know what action the government planned

Protests such as this one in Amritsar continued on Sunday to take to make the country safer for women. Ms Bachchan, a former Bollywood actress who is very vocal on women’s rights issues, led the MPs in demanding justice for the victim. “I think it is time... The people want the government to give a proper and definite answer,” she said. Vijila Sathyananth, an MP from

Meng Wanzhou: Oil paintings and books for Huawei executive fighting extradition


Chinese Huawei executive who was arrested in Canada a year ago has published an open letter detailing her life on bail and thanking supporters. Meng Wanzhou - the chief financial officer and daughter of Huawei’s founder - is fighting extradition to the US on charges of violating sanctions against Iran. In her widely read letter, she said she had time to “read a book” and “complete an oil painting” while on bail. Her arrest sparked a diplomatic row. China has always said the charges against Ms Meng are politically motivated. Shortly after her arrest, two Canadians were detained in China, but Beijing says the cases are not related to Ms Meng. Michael Spavor, a consultant with links to North Korea, and Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat who works for an NGO, are accused of spying - although Canada has called their detention “arbitrary”. They are being held in a detention centre and are allowed only infrequent visits from consular staff. On Monday, Mr Kovrig’s employer tweeted that he had yet to see a lawyer or his family. In April, it was reported that both men were being interrogated for between six to eight hours a day, and were sometimes subject to 24-hour artificial lighting. In July, guards reportedly confiscated Mr Kovrig’s reading glasses. What has Meng Wanzhou said? Ms Weng’s letter was published

on the Huawei website and on social media, on the anniversary of her detention. In it, she thanked her supporters in Canada, saying the applause in the public gallery after the court granted her bail, 11 days into her detention, had “made her burst into tears”. As part of the bail conditions, Ms Meng was given an electronic tag, and a 23:00-06:00 curfew, but was allowed to travel around much of Vancouver. “When I was in Shenzhen [in China], time used to pass by very quickly,” Ms Meng wrote on Sunday night. “I always felt like I was being stretched thin and that there was never enough time to get everything done.” Now, she wrote, time passes so slowly “I have enough time to read a book from cover to cover. I can take the time to discuss minutiae with my colleagues or to carefully complete an oil painting”. She also praised “the kindness of people here in Canada”, and “the kindness of the correctional officers and inmates at the Alouette Correctional Center for Women” where she was detained. Ms Meng is fighting extradition to the US, where she is wanted for a host of charges, including evading sanctions on Iran - something she and Huawei deny. Her case is due to be heard in January. She made no comment on the allegations in the letter. BBC Monitoring said the version of the letter posted on Huawei’s social media channel had had more than 60 million views by Monday morning. Source: BBC

the southern state of Tamil Nadu, said the country was not safe for children and women and demanded that the “four men who committed this crime should be hanged before 31 December. Justice delayed is justice denied”. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said “this act has brought shame to the entire country, it has hurt everyone” and that he didn’t have

appropriate words to “condemn this heinous crime”. He said tougher laws that were introduced after the December 2012 gang-rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi had given hope that crimes against women would decline. But since that had not happened, Mr Singh said, “the government is ready for a discussion in the parliament on the issue of crimes against women and willing to explore stringent provisions in laws to check such incidents”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not yet commented on the case. What happened to the victim? The woman had left home on her bike at about 18:00 local time (12:30 GMT) on Wednesday to go to a doctor’s appointment. She called her sister later to say that she had a flat tyre, and a lorry driver had offered to help. She said she was waiting near a toll plaza. Efforts to contact her afterwards were unsuccessful, and her body was discovered under a flyover by a milkman early on Thursday

morning. Under Indian law, a rape victim cannot be identified even after death, but on Friday the woman’s name was the top Twitter trend in the country for several hours as tens of thousands of angry tweets demanded justice. Her photographs have also been shared widely on social media by those demanding justice for her. What has the wider reaction been? At a police station on the outskirts of Hyderabad on Saturday, thousands of people gathered to protest, insisting the culprits must face the death penalty. Elsewhere in the country there were other protests and vigils for the victim. Meanwhile family members of the victim have turned away visiting politicians and police officials, demanding action instead. In the community of Shamshabad in Hyderabad, where she lived, residents locked the main gate and held placards saying: “No Media, No Police, No Outsiders - No sympathy, only action, justice.”

France Pays Homage to 13 Soldiers Killed in Mali Air Crash


n its biggest military funeral in decades, France is honoring 13 soldiers killed when their helicopters collided over Mali while on a mission fighting extremists affiliated with the Islamic State group. A few thousand people, veterans, uniformed military units and ordinary residents, lined the Alexander II Bridge and the esplanade leading toward the gold-domed Invalides monument in Paris on Monday to pay their respects, as 13 hearses drove slowly past. French President Emmanuel Macron and Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will preside over the funeral ceremony at the Invalides, a former military hospital that houses Napoleon’s tomb. The 13 coffins, draped in the French tricolor, arrived in France over the weekend. Tuesday’s crash was France’s highest military death toll since

People watch the funeral convoy as France prepares to pay homage to the 13 French soldiers killed in Mali, Dec.2, 2019 in Paris. 1983. The French military says it was the result of complex coordination during a combat operation and has dismissed a claim of responsibility by an IS-linked group. The flight recorders were recovered and an investigation has begun. The deaths draw new attention

to a worrying front in the global fight against extremism, one in which France and local countries have pleaded for more support. In a surge of violence this month, attackers often linked to IS have killed scores of troops in West Africa’s arid Sahel region.

Jordan farm fire: Pakistanis die as blaze sweeps through makeshift homes


hirteen Pakistani nationals, including eight children and four women, have died in a fire at a farm in Jordan, the civil defence department (CDD) has said. The fire swept through corrugated iron sheds housing labourers at the farm in South Shouna, a rural area west of the

capital Amman, early on Monday. Three other people were injured. The Petra news agency cited the CDD as saying it believed the fire was caused by an electrical short-circuit. Prime Minister Omar al-Razzaz expressed his condolences to the people and government of Pakistan,

and called for an expedited investigation into the incident. Two families had lived in the makeshift buildings used as housing for immigrant labourers, according to the CDD. Thousands of migrant workers are employed by private farms in the Jordan Valley, many of them housed in poor accommodation.

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Is Kenya building bridges to nowhere?


n our series of letters from African writers, journalist Waihiga Mwaura asks whether Kenya’s divides can ever be bridged. Twenty-one months ago, Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga and his bitter rival President Uhuru Kenyatta kissed and made up - metaphorically. In fact they shook hands for the cameras - in what became known as “the Handshake”. It ended months of tensions following disputed elections, which always tend to be highly divisive and deadly in Kenya. The two leaders agreed to put together a team to find a way to end such instability. This taskforce, known as the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), was to look at nine issues - including ethnic antagonism, corruption and devolution - thought to be among the greatest challenges since the country became independent in 1963. ‘Educating parents’ After 18 months travelling around the East African nation, the BBI has just delivered its finding - to much fanfare. Mr Odinga told those gathered for the launch that before the process began, the nation had been on the “brink of a precipice”. The president added: “We were not in a good place as a country. We were divided. There were no-go zones for certain communities.” The pair were unified in embracing the BBI’s recommendations. Some of the key proposals include: • Introducing the position of a prime minister as a way to dilute power • Giving Kenya’s 47 counties bigger budgets to implement development schemes • Making the cabinet leaner and more representative of the nation • Giving corruption scam whistleblowers 5% of any funds recovered. Another suggestion in the 156-page report is to introduce parenting classes “for all new parents so that they know how to properly instruct, correct, rebuke, and support their children”. Some have hailed the report as unifying, comprehensive and the beginning of the process of rebuilding the nation. They also applaud the

Violence broke out when the results of the October 2017 election were announced

The handshake between President Kenyatta (L) and Raila Odinga (R) ended a political stand-off

taskforce for not substantially increasing the tax burden on Kenyans by introducing many constitutional posts as had been rumoured would happen. ‘Long working hours not tackled’ But the document is also facing its fair share of opposition.

Some critics say that in the aftermath of the 2007 election, there were various reports and committees that looked into the causes of the violence that pointed to irregular land allocation and various economic crimes and human rights abuses. Why not dust down those

files instead of spending money on a report, which, according to MP Patrick Munene, cost 10bn Kenyan shillings ($97.5m; £75.5m) to produce. The report comes at a time when the government is facing a financial squeeze - as the finance minister has put in place austerity measures to

Why not dust down those files instead of spending money on a report, which, according to MP Patrick Munene, cost 10bn Kenyan shillings ($97.5m; £75.5m) to produce. The report comes at a time when the government is facing a financial squeeze - as the finance minister has put in place austerity measures to contain spending

contain spending. I was particularly struck by the sentiments of one security guard on the day the report was released. He asked me about its content and I gave him a brief summary. He then complained that what he had heard so far did not in any way address his current challenge - long working hours (usually 12hour shifts, six days a week) with little pay. In a job where the minimum monthly wage of $131 is rarely honoured and where you are penalised for being off-duty even if you are sick, he had hoped that the report would address his working conditions and those of thousands of his colleagues in the security sector. What about the opposition? The congratulatory conviviality of the official launch left one wondering about the state of democracy in Kenya. The president appeared to be more in tune with Mr Odinga than members of his own party - making several question again whether Kenya’s opposition has lost its voice. For example, it has remained strangely quiet on scandals like that uncovered by the central bank governor, who accused former treasury officials of using “abracadabra” conjuring tricks to distort budget figures. When the chief justice accused the executive arm of government earlier this month of trying to deliberately “cripple the judiciary” through budget cuts, the silence from the opposition benches was deafening. At a time when the national blood blank is running short of blood - with allegations that blood is being sold on the side, politicians seem unmoved to investigate. The BBI recommendations have a long way to go before they are adopted - and may even have to go to a referendum if the constitution is changed. But for the “wananchi” the Swahili term for ordinary citizens - the process is symptomatic of a political class unwilling to cross a bridge from their side of privilege to see how people are struggling on the other side. Source: BBC

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Why gluten may not be the ‘bad guy in our diets’ By Mail On Sunday Reporter


oing gluten-free is unlikely to be good for your gut, new research suggests. Fad diets that cut out gluten – a protein found in foods such as bread, pasta and cereal – have soared in popularity over recent years. But now researchers from Sheffield and Reading universities say avoiding these products may be pointless. They gave healthy volunteers, who had not been diagnosed with coeliac disease or gluten sensitivity, either organic gluten or a gluten-free blend to add to their food twice a day for two weeks. The study, published in the journal Gastroenterology, found that the group who ate gluten had no more stomach complaints than those in the gluten-free group. Dr Paola Tosi, from Reading University, said: ‘It appears that gluten is often unjustifiably given the role of the bad guy in our diet.’ Asthma patients who can’t use an inhaler properly Almost two-thirds of asthma patients are suffering needlessly because they aren’t using their medication properly. Astonishingly, one in 20 don’t know how to use their inhaler at all, according to a new report. The news is worrying, as deaths from asthma in Britain are at their highest level for a decade. Data from the Office for National Statistics in August revealed that fatalities from the common lung condition have risen by more than a third over the past ten years. Last year alone, the condition killed more than 1,400 people. At least five million adults and children in the UK are being treated for asthma. LloydsPharmacy, which carried out the survey, can show asthmatics how to their inhaler properly. Pharmacist Anshu Kaura said: ‘It’s potentially lifesaving for many people.’ People arriving at A&E could soon face a swab test as they walk through the door to see if they are infected with flu. Researchers claim doing so would halt the rapid spread of infections in hospital. Patients with flu-like symptoms are already routinely tested for the virus once they are admitted, but results can take up to 48 hours to come back. A newer test can be carried out in the waiting room and gives a diagnosis in less than an hour. A pilot study at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham between December 2016 and March 2017 found that screening people with possible symptoms, such as a high temperature, meant patients were quarantined within hours and treated more quickly. The average length of stay for those diagnosed with flu dropped from almost eight days to about two-and-a-half. Coffee boost for cyclists Lycra-clad cyclists take note: drinking






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‘What constitutes a healthy diet varies depending on the stage of life you are at. The advice around nutrition should vary for different age groups.’ Teenagers, menopausal women, and thirtysomethings trying to conceive also have specific dietary requirements. It is vital information that could even help you live longer. So how do you know what to eat, when? Here, dieticians and health experts provide the answers. Teenagers, menopausal women, and thirtysomethings trying to conceive also have specific dietary requirements. It is vital information that could even help you live longer. So how do you know what to eat, when? Here, dieticians and health experts provide the answers +10 Teenagers, menopausal women, and thirtysomethings trying to conceive also have specific dietary requirements. It is vital information that could even help you live longer. So how do you know what to eat, when? Here, dieticians and health experts provide the answers Despite the trend, cutting carbs is not always a healthy choice. In late adolescence and during university, carbohydrates – made up of sugars, starches and fibres – are a vital source of

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Chigozie Awaziem Third Best Coach Mary commends FOSLA Academy Performer Sevilla Excites female team after Waco Babes clash Sunday Oliseh By Amaechi Agbo



ormer Super Falcons player, Coach Mary Godspower was full of praise over the weekend when her young academy ladies, Folsa Academy female team squared up against Waco Babes, can report. The match played at the Fosla Academy field Karshi last week was a cynosure of all eyes as the young ladies held their own against the highly fancied Waco Babes. The match which came after the Fosla ladies played their first competitive match against Loyola Jesuit College ladies and triumphed 3-0 was intended to expose the players after months of training and years of study It was a highly intense and tactical game that saw the Fosla ladies giving no respect to their opponents. Buoyed their win previously, Fosla ladies played with no respect to their opponents and were never intimidated by their shortcomings in terms of highlight and physique two domineering traits inherent in their opponents. Speaking after the match, Coach Godspower praised her girls for putting up a commanding show and improving from their first match. Mrs Godspower who is a CAF and FIFA licenced coach however advised the young ladies not to be carried away by their performances in the two games as they are still in the formative and building stage. “It was a great match by the players and I commend them. I will not single out a player because football is a collective game. The players put in their best and that was why we had the result we got. “Of course considering the exposure of our opponents, nobody gave us a chance and you heard their coach also confirm that my girls were the better team. However that is not to take

hidozie Awaziem earned some high praise from former Super Eagles player and Coach Sunday Oliseh and match stats showed the defender was stellar in the CD Leganes back five, however there was nothing he could do to stop them from suffering another defeat. Oliseh watched from the stands at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, where Sevilla hosted Leganes in Sunday’s la liga match. The former Ajax, Juventus and Dortmund midfielder was impressed by what he saw in Awaziem’s performance and tweeted: “Interesting experience watching Live Sevilla take on Leganes in Spain. Our own Nigerian Chidozie Awaziem is

impressive so far, showing so much intelligence & hard play. Interesting experience watching Live Sevilla take on Leganes in Spain. Our own Nigerian Chidozie Awaziem is impressive so far, showing so much intelligence & hard play. The player assessment came after the first 45 minutes, but Awaziem would end up in the Referee’s book for tripping an opponent and also go 90 minutes without completing a tackle. He was rated 7.0 by whoscored joint third best performer in the team. However, Sunday’s defeat leaves Lega bottom of the table with six points from 15 games and they’ve only won a game all season.


Bayelsa United see off stubborn Bendel Insurance in NNL matchday 2

isdom Magbisa 94th minute strike gave Bayelsa United a one zero victory over visitors Bendel Insurance in a matchday two of the Nigeria National League NNL,South South derby decided at the Samson Siasia Stadium Yenagoa. The diminutive midfielder who came in for winger Esobe Chukwudi in the second half arrived at the far post with a minute left to the end of hostility to send the home side into jubilation. Bernard Okorowanta,starting a second consecutive game impressed again alongside Josiah Daniel who should have shot the Restoration Boys in front in the 40th minute when his goal-bound drive was pushed away for a corner by Bendel Insurance goalkeeper Amas Obasogie. The host had earlier frittered a plethora of chances to claim the early advantage but failed to hit the underbelly of the opposition. The Restoration Boys will next face Julius Atete FC at the Otuejerremi Stadium in Ughelli. After the game an elated Wisdom Magbisa thanked the almighty God


Bayelsa United for the victory describing the results as collective effort. Dipreye Teibowei technical Adviser of Bayelsa United he was pleased with the performance of the charges despite

leaving it late to get their first three point of the season. He noted that his target at the moment is to deliver his mandate as well picking points away from home.

anything for granted. “This is the second match the team is playing. It has been training for the past few months and the management decided that time is ripe for them to start playing matches. They have played two matches, won one and lost one but I am not bothered by the score-line. “This is a formative stage. The players came from different parts of the country and they needed time to actually understand what football is before they are exposed to matches. So far in the two matches they played against Loyola and Waco Babes, I commend them. “But As I told them after the match, they should not be carried away by their performances. There are greater work to be done and we will keep improving,” she said. Speaking after the match, coach of Waco Babes, Ozioma described the match as a good game but gave credit to the Fosla ladies and rated them far above his team. “It was a great game but I rate them above my team. This is their first match if I am not mistaken but they played a good football. They are just coming up, so they have a great future ahead of them. “I will advise the players to remain

disciplined and obey their coaches. I will not also fail to commend my friend Coach Mary for doing a great job with the ladies. It is marvellous. Their brand of football will make them a great team in future,” he said. Speaking for her team, Fosla captain, Janet Bawa said even though they lost the match by alone goal which was scored after a moment of scrabble in the first half, noted that playing against Waco Babes was a huge experience the players will not forget. Adding that the matches would motivate them and help them going forward “I feel bitter that we lost the match but I am happy because the matches we have played so far are helping us to feel along. “We did not fear them. We played our game and we did our best unfortunately that was not enough for us. In every match their must be a winner. “Playing against Waco Babes is a huge game and motivation. With this game, we now have an idea how it looks like to play teams bigger than us. It has given us the experience, we now know how to attack and play those that are bigger than us,” she concluded.

Delta Force compounds Nasarawa United woes in Lafia


elta Force of Asaba, a team whose status in the Nigeria Professional Football League is beclouded by the sale of its slot to Nigeria National League, NNL side Kwara United Sunday compounded the woes of Nasarawa United after the claimed a win against the home side, understands. It all began with a lot of hope for Nasarawa United at the Lafia City Stadium on Sunday evening, but Enudi Solomon’s well-taken free-kick in the 34th minute left Danlami Umar motionless and put paid to such hopes and ensured the hosts sink further in the bottom of the table. Despite eight goal attempts by the hosts in the first half, only two of them could hit the cross bar, two went off target,as Delta Force

goalkeeper was on hand to save five of them. The visitors came into the second half with their shoulders high, having a goal lead and bringing on Kasali Yusuf (who replaced Ijioma Maxwell) to show their intent to defend the lone goal-lead. Godfrey West and Usman Omede came in for Abdullahi Bello and Anas Yusuf in the second half and both Solid Miners’ players were threats to the visitors defense. Sadly, they could not get the desired goal. Ten minutes after they came on, both players exchanged passes from the center half to dribble past Delta Force defenders, only to be thwarted by the visitors ‘goalie. With the home loss, Nasarawa United now sit at the bottom of the log, having two points from six matches.

Victor Osimhen’s goal gives Lille Three Points against Dijon

ictor Osimhen scored the solitary goal in Lille’s 1-0 home victory against Dijon in Saturday’s Ligue 1 game. The Great Danes have endured a miserable run of results lately, failing to clinch maximum points

in their last five matches, including their Champions League defeat to Ajax on Wednesday, which ended their chance of progressing to the knock-out stage of the tournament. The Nigeria international, however, inspired Christophe

Galtier’s men back to winning ways at Stade Pierre Mauroy with his first-half effort. Osimhen scored the only goal in the 45th minute from the penalty spot, shortly after returning to the field of play to receive treatment.

With no further goal in the second half, the Great Danes, thus, clinched their sixth win of the season. The former Sporting Charleroi striker, who featured for the duration of the game, has now scored 10 goals

in all competitions this season, including eight in the league. The victory moved Lille to the seventh spot in the league table with 22 points from 15 outings. They will take on Olympique Lyon in their next fixture on Tuesday.

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Odion Ighalo seeks Premier League return


dion Ighalo is looking to return to the Premier League in January with a number of clubs, including his former team Watford, keen to strike a deal. The 30-year-old left Vicarage Road in 2017 in a £20m move to Changchun Yatai, having disappointed the Hornets with his desire to move on to the riches of the Chinese Super League. The former Nigeria international is currently with Shanghai Shenhua who he joined in February this year – but he is now keen to move back to the Premier League. Shenhua would sanction a loan with a view to a permanent deal, making his prospective signing extremely appealing to a number of sides in January. Watford have been contacted over a potential deal to bring Ighalo back to Vicarage Road and it’s understood their hierarchy have shown an interest. Unfortunately for the Hornets, however, they are not alone in the pursuit. Everton, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Southampton have all indicated an interest in taking Ighalo in the New Year and it will likely come down to the striker’s preference with all six clubs reportedly keen to bring him in. Ighalo scored an impressive 39 times in 99 appearances for the Hornets between 2014 and 2017 before departing and his return would certainly go down well with supporters as the club look to pull themselves clear of the lower reaches of the Premier League. Taye Taiwo and Oduamadi

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Changing times, changing nomenclatures “How time flies; times have changed; children of nowadays; during our time; in those days…”


hese are some of the common phrases used these days to denote that there is a big gulf between happenings today and those of bygone years. And in uttering these words there is a tinge of sombriety in our voice, a hankering for the halcyon days as we try to bring to memory, ‘the good old days’. But in truth nothing has changed as such, only the forms. There is only a new form, a new name for the same old thing. All of the things we bitterly complain of and denounce in today’s world were also present in yesterday’s world but isolated. Now, however, in line with the changing times, they have taken on a new form, gone digital if you like, and become hydra headed and also become seemingly overwhelming. There is a multiplicity of happenings in quick succession, hitting us from left, right and centre. Thus in line with the 21st century nomenclatures, Tailors are no longer so called, they now call themselves Fashion Designers. Yet, whether a Tailor or Fashion Designer, they do essentially the same thing - cut and sew - is it not? Their primary function is making clothes; except that the word ‘fashion designer’ is more fashionable and more importantly, in this era when paper qualification is more or less worshipped, you can obtain a degree in Fashion Designing, it is a University course. Not so for Tailoring? Whether you learn the art of sewing through apprenticeship or at the Ivory Tower, fundamentally you are a Tailor; it is just that the name has been transformed to a more ‘dignifying’ one, to command the respect and applause of today’s modern society. Similarly, the good old Typist of yore is no longer to be found. They literally disappeared with the 20th century. In truth they did not disappear or die altogether, they only resurrected and transformed themselves, wearing a new apparel and epaulette. They are now Computer Operators. What a high sounding word, you would say. That is the distinguishing mark of today’s world, big words, jaw-breaking, Greek- sounding and dead Latin words rule the day. Ask the doctors as they write

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By VICTORIA NGOZI IKEANO 08033077519 their prescriptions or the Lawyers as they speak Latin in court, a language that died a natural death centuries ago. Does anybody or country still speak Latin today, no. Oh, just remembered, latin songs and liturgy are still being chorused in catholic churches, memorized phrases which we rarely understood. We can forgive the church, for it is old fashioned itself and still clinging to Victorian era modes. And what do we make of the Bar and Bench (lawyers and judges) worldwide which still employ this dead Latin language as their lingua franca? Yet beneath those verbose words lie their very simple equivalent. But alas, simple words are considered too simple for today’s complicated world. Hence the more complicated the words, phrase and language, the more applause they receive from us. And so, even though a computer operator is essentially a Typist, typing away on a keyboard, he/ she frowns at being called a Typist, preferring the more sophisticated name, ‘Computer Operator’. You can obtain a degree in Computer Operations but not in Typing? The word, ‘Secretary’ is also becoming an endangered species. A secretary is fundamentally a typist, one who types letters, documents, etc., for his/her boss whether a manager, minister or head of state. Alas, that name appears not to be honourable enough any longer; so they are changing the nomenclature to Personal Assistant or Special Assistant to the Oga or Madam. I presume you know there are no

longer Messengers in our offices. They are now known as Office Assistants, appropriately dressed for the elevated name. In truth however, they remain errand boys or girls no matter what they are called. Do we still have clerks in offices? I suppose they will want to be called Executive Assistants. Yesterday’s Goldsmith will now regard his trade as archaic. He certainly will hanker for a new level that is commensurate with the new time and I guess the name Jewellery Engineer may come in handy. Why not? After all, all those who repair gadgets now go by the title Engineer with its numerous branches. Therefore, the mechanic now calls himself an Engineer or more specifically, Auto Engineer; the electrician, Electrical Engineer; the mobile phone repairer, Handset Engineer and the computer repairer, Computer Engineer. Indeed, it is not impossible that some foreigners from western and Asian countries who come here to work as information, communication and technology (ICT) experts carting away huge salaries, are no more than phone repairers in their home countries. A mechanic is a mechanic, whether he/she has a first, second and third degrees or not. Ditto an electrician, etc. A Builder now also goes by the name Engineer – Building Engineer. But pray, what is the difference when they both build houses. The Building Engineer would give himself some air of importance by arguing that he can build skyscrapers which the ‘ordinary’

The Bricklayer is now a Mason, the former having been jettisoned as being oldfashioned. Even this name is considered somehow conservative

builder cannot. Really? The Bricklayer is now a Mason, the former having been jettisoned as being old-fashioned. Even this name is considered somehow conservative. I bet the mason would soon add a title to his name too to conform to the jet age. Of course, the good old carpenter is graduating to a furniture maker, being a carpenter is considered rather demeaning and looked down upon. I guess in future they may call themselves Interior Designers or the like. Ditto today’s numerous new nomenclatures; they may yet take on a more glamorous title in years to come. Institutions too are changing with the times, as for instance, Post Offices. Today, you may no longer recognise Post Offices that used to be beehive of activities, dotting every nook and cranny of Nigeria. They used to be places where you go to post letters, and to send and receive money via postal orders. Does anybody still remember postal orders? It is the old, ‘crude’ way of sending and receiving cash. Now that ‘analogue’ format has been replaced with the digital mode of money transfers, enter ATMs and mobile money apps on phones. Long hand format of writing letters is replaced with electronic format, viz, email, rendering our post offices somewhat redundant and shorn of the crowd associated with them. In order not to be wiped off completely from our consciousness, Post Offices have recreated themselves. They are now modern day Business Centres rendering services like (computer) checking of JAMB and other results, online registration for various kinds of exams, mobile banking agents and so on.

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