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Canoe mishap claims 4 in Kaduna

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FG not negotiating with Boko Haram  Why we shut down Abuja for WEF  Raises doubt over missing $20bn  No plans to increase fuel price  Silent on 2015 ambition >> Pg 2

L-R: Principal, Government Girls Secondary School Chibok Mrs. Asaba Kwabura, Director General, State Security Services, Mr. Ita Ekpeyong, Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar, after their meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan on the rescue of the missing Chibok school girls, on Saturday night at the State House in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye

Police intercept bomb-laden vehicle in Yobe  Suspected suicide bomber held  Insurgents kill scores in Borno market From Uche Uche, Damaturu & Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

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he Yobe state police yesterday intercepted a pickup van loaded with 6 cylinders of what is suspected to be Improvised Explosive Devises (IEDs). The driver of the vehicle, whose name was given as Saddiq Umar, was said to have taken to his heels when the police stopped him but was overcome and arrested. During interrogation by the police, he was reported Contd on Page 2


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FG not negotiating with Boko Haram By Ikechukwu Okaforadi & Umar Mohammed Puma

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resident Goodluck Jonathan yesterday said there is no negotiation yet with any group or person over how to secure a safe release of 234 school girls abducted by suspected insurgents from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, in Borno state last month. Speaking during a Presidential Media Chat on Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Jonathan said "you can't negotiate with somebody you don't know; nobody has claimed ownership of this abduction. Even in twitters or any of the social media that normally, the Boko Haram use to show what they have done..., you cannot negotiate with somebody who has not claimed ownership. So the issue of negotiation has not come up". He admitted that this period is a trying moment for the country in terms of security but assured that government will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the nation come out stronger.

Jonathan also said from privileged information available to him, a lot of plans by the insurgents to kill and maim innocent Nigerians have been frustrated by the security forces even as he urged the parents of the abducted school girls to assist government with the photographs of the girls. Speaking further, President Jonathan said the military had used helicopters and other scanning technology to scan the forests where the girls were allegedly kept, but could not locate them. "I invited the Governor of Borno state, (Kashim Shettima) who came with the state's Education Commissioner. We had a useful interaction with them and we assured Nigerians that wherever these girls are being kept, we will surely get them out. "What we request from the parents is maximum co-operation, because they have not been able to come out clearly to give useful information to the police; the information we have from the police says 44 of them have returned, while the Principal mentioned to me last night that 53

have returned. "But the ones that are yet to return, they have not come out clear on identity on it, and that is one of the reasons why I set up a committee to go to Chibok and find out. We are pleading that they should co-operate with government with the pictures of these girls and wherever they are, we are talking with the neigbouring countries so that wherever they take these girls to, we will surely get them back. "All the information have been volunteered to us; we have used aircraft to search the places and see what is on the surface; we have scanned but we did not see anything. One good thing that has been happening for now is that there is no story that any of them has been hurt or injured", President Jonathan said. Speaking on the World Economic Forum beginning on Wednesday in Abuja, Jonathan said it was to avoid traffic congestion within the period due to inflow of foreigners. He said Nigeria is not the first country to close down official

activities due to a conference of such magnitude, adding that it had been done by in Netherlands, Australia and Darvos. He expressed doubt on the claim by the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, that $20 billion was stollen from by the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Jonathan who argued that given the quantum of the money, it could not be stollen or hidden without being noticed by the international community. He however promised that audit is still going on to ascertain the truthfulness or otherwise of the claim. The President also ruled out the possibility of petroleum subsidy removal just as he maintained that he would not hesitate to do so even it would cost him his job provided that he is convinced. Meanwhile, the President evaded the question on when he would declare his ambition to contest the Presidency in 2015. According to him, what should be the concerns of Nigerians now should be how to secure the country till the 2105 general elections date.

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ine persons have lost their lives on Saturday night, when a petroleum tanker and a Peugeot 406 car collided at Hausari village, on Sokoto-Tambuwal road in Sokoto State. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accident occured at about 7.30 p.m three Km from Dogon-Daji town. The Peugeot 406 was part of a wedding delegation conveying a bride to Sokoto from Dogon-Daji, about 76 Km from Sokoto, while the petrol tanker was travelling from Sokoto to Jega, Kebbi State. A Reporter with the Nige-

rian Television Authority (NTA), Sokoto Network Centre, Mr, Umar Dogon-Daji, told NAN yesterday that two other persons were receiving treatment at the Uthmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto. Dogon-Daji said that eight of the deceased persons were all relatives of the bride, while a codriver of the petrol tanker was among those who died. ``I attended the burial of the eight deceased persons, comprising a man, four women and three children aged between eighteen months and three years.

``The burial was conducted around 10 a.m. Sunday and they were thereafter buried at the Dogon-daji cemetery," he said. According to him, the remains of the co- driver has been taken away by his relatives. A younger sister of the bride, Miss Iklima Tafida also told NAN that their family and the entire town had been thrown into a state of mourning following the incident. ``We are all confused and shocked, although we strongly believe that God knows best," she added. The Sector Commander of the

Federal Roads Safety Commission ( FRSC), Dr Umar Gummi, however, told NAN that the autocrash was yet to be reported to the command. Also, the spokesman of the state police command, DSP ElMustapha Sani, said the Divisional Police Officers in Tambuwal and Shagari had not reported the incident. ``I have been trying to get their lines but could not do so up to now. I will furnish you with the details anytime i get them," Sani said.

Police intercept bomb-laden vehicle in Yobe Contd from Front Page as saying they were two, with the other one in a Golf car, whose whereabouts was not yet ascertained as the time of filing this report. Our reporter, who was close to the scene, reported that the vehicle was loaded with bags of beans which was later discovered to be hiding the cylinders below. The police at the Police ‘A’ division later off loaded the beans to discover the hidden bombs which were connected to timers, suggesting that they might be time bombs. When contacted however, the state commissioner of police, Sanusi Rufa’i could not comment on the issue but told Peoples Daily that investigation is going on and that he will respond thereafter. Residents in Damaturu were thrown into panic when three gunshots were fired into the air, followed by another two, which happened to be tear gas fired by the police to disperse people around the area. However, the Director Defence Information/Coordinator, Major-

General Chris Olukolade, in a press statement issued in Abuja yesterday, stated that, “An attack by a suicide bomber operating in a pickup vehicle laden with IEDs was foiled in Damaturu, the Yobe State Capital. “The target of the attack was ‘A’ Division of Police Command situated by the main round-about in the heart of the town. “The attempt was however foiled as the culprit was arrested by the police personnel on duty. “A total of 6 already constructed turbine containers loaded with explosives as well as 20 liters of petrol and 11 bags of beans chaff have been recovered from the scene. “The recovered materials are in the custody of the Joint Taskforce Headquarters in Damaturu. “The police anti-bomb squad has safely detonated the explosive”, the statement stated. In a related development, Scores of people, mostly traders, were reportedly feared dead yesterday, while several others sustained gunshots injuries when gunmen suspected to be members

the dreaded Boko Haram sect attacked a village market in Borno state. This came barely three days after a similar incident in which another set of the gunmen blocked the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway and killed 10 travellers. Similarly, several travellers were also affected in the incident when the gunmen barricaded the road and attacked motorists. The incident occurred around 12p.m., when the insurgents, numbering about 30 , armed with sophisticated weapons and explosives have reportedly stormed a weekly market in Kayamla village, Konduga local government area of the state. The attackers, who were believed to have emerged from the nearby bushes, began shooting sporadically into the crowd and carted away large quantities of assorted foodstuff before throwing explosives into shops. Kayamla, which is located some 25km away from Maiduguri, is an all-grains market, where traders from various towns around the city of Maiduguri, sell

and buy assorted grains. Residents of the area who fled to Maiduguri told newsmen that the onslaught lasted for over three hours as the insurgents had a field day without being confronted by security forces. A cab driver, Malam Goni Bakura, claimed that his 41 yearold brother, Modu Bakura, also a commercial driver, was killed during the attack. Malam Bakura said many of the traders and other residents who patronise the market escaped death because they sighted the gunmen from a far distance as they were advancing towards the market. Another resident, who declined identification, claimed that 10 people lost their lives in the attack while several shops and vehicles abandoned by their occupants were burnt. The resident also said several motorists and others who attempted escaping from the roadblock mounted by the insurgents were wounded when the assailants fired sporadic shots into the direction of their vehicles.


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Chibok: CAN releases names of abducted schoolgirls

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he Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has released the names of 180 schoolgirls it said were abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State three weeks ago. In a statement issued by the association yesterday, CAN said most of the girls kidnapped from the school are Christian, lending credence to the statement by the Borno State Government that Chibok is predominantly a Christian community. Since their abduction, efforts to get the authorities to release the names of the girls and their photographs have proved abortive, raising questions on why their identities have been shrouded in secrecy. The names are as follows: 1 Deborah Abge Chrstian 2. Awa Abge “ 3. Hauwa Yirma “ 4. Asabe Manu “ 5. Mwa Malam pogu “ 6. Patiant Dzakwa “ 7. Saraya Mal. Stover “ 8. Mary Dauda “ 9. Gloria Mainta “ 10.Hanatu Ishaku “ 11. Gloria Dama “ 12. Tabitha Pogu “ 13. Maifa Dama “ 14. Ruth kollo “ 15. Esther Usman “ 16 Awa James 17 Anthonia Yahonna 18 Kume Mutah 19 Aisha Ezekial “ 20 Nguba Buba “ 21 Kwanta Simon. 22 Kummai Aboku. 23 Esther Markus 24 Hana Stephen. 25. Rifkatu Amos 26 Rebecca Mallum 27.Blessing Abana. 28. Ladi Wadai 29. Tabitha Hyelampa. 30 Ruth Ngladar . 31 Safiya Abdu . 32 Na’omi Yahonna.

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he death has been announced of Alhaji Halilu Ahmed Chiroma. Aged 81, the late octogenarian died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday night, in his Yola residence. A press statement signed by Modi Halilu Ahmed said the deceased has since been buried according to Islamic rites. The statement also stated that the deceased is survived by his wife,24 children and 44 grand children. Among children are Chubadu Halilu, of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kaduna ,Ahmad Halilu, of Zenith Bank, Mahmud Halilu and A’isha Halilu Buhari, wife of former Head of state General Muhammadu Buhari. Among the early callers to the residence of the late community leader to pay their condolences were Governor Murtala Nyako, former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, Alhaji Isma’ila Isa Funtua and a host of others. At hand to receive them was Buhari. Meanwhile, more condolence messages are pouring in from across the country.

33 Solomi Titus . 34Rhoda John 35 Rebecca Kabu 36. Christy Yahi. 37. Rebecca Luka. 38. Laraba John 39 Saratu Markus. 40. Mary Usman. 41 Debora Yahonna. 42.Naomi Zakaria 43 Hanatu Musa 44. Hauwa Tella 45.Juliana Yakubu. 46. Suzana Yakubu 47.Saraya Paul. 48. Jummai Paul 49. Mary Sule 50. Jummai John. 51.Yanke Shittima. 52. Muli Waligam . 53. Fatima Tabji. 54. Eli Joseph. 55.Saratu Emmanuel. 56. Deborah Peter. 57.Rahila Bitrus. 58. Luggwa Sanda. 59. Kauna Lalai. 60. Lydia Emmar. 61.Laraba Maman. 62.Hauwa Isuwa. 63. Confort Habila. 64. Hauwa Abdu. 65. Hauwa Balti. 66.Yana Joshua. 67.Laraba Paul. 68.Saraya Amos. 69. Glory Yaga.

70. Na’omi Bitrus. 71. Godiya Bitrus. 72. Awa Bitrus. 73. Na’omi Luka. 74. Maryamu Lawan. 75. Tabitha Silas. 76. Mary Yahona. 77. Ladi Joel. 78. Rejoice Sanki. 79. Luggwa Samuel. 80.Comfort Amos. 81. Saraya Samuel. 82. Sicker Abdul. 83.Talata Daniel. 84. Rejoice Musa. 85Deborah Abari. 86. Salomi Pogu. 87.Mary Amor. 88. Ruth Joshua. 89Esther John. 90. Esther Ayuba. 91. Maryamu Yakubu. 91. Zara Ishaku. 93. Maryamu Wavi 94. Lydia Habila. 95. Laraba Yahonna. 96. Na’omi Bitrus. 97.Rahila Yahanna. 98. Ruth Lawan. 99. Ladi Paul. 100 Mary Paul. 101. Esther Joshua. 102. Helen Musa. 103. Margret Watsai. 104. Deborah Jafaru. 105. Filo Dauda. 106. Febi Haruna.

107.Ruth Ishaku. 108.Racheal Nkeki. 109. Rifkatu Soloman. 110.Mairama yahaya. 111.Saratu Dauda. 112.Jinkai Yama. 113.Margret Shettima. 114.Yana yidau. 115. Grace Paul. 116. Amina Ali. 117. Palmata Musa 118. Awagana Musa 119. Pindar Nuhu 120.Yana Pogu. 121. Saraya Musa 122. Hauwa Joseph. 123. Hauwa kwakwi. 125. Hauwa Musa. 126. Maryamu Musa. 127. Maimuna Usman. 128. Rebeca Joseph. 129.Liyatu Habitu. 130. Rifkatu Yakubu. 131. Naomi Philimon. 132.Deborah Abbas. 133. Ladi Ibrahim. 134. Asabe Ali 135. Maryamu Bulama. 136.Ruth Amos. 137.Mary Ali 138. Abigail Bukar 139 Deborah Amos 140. Saraya Yanga 141. Kauna Luka 142. Christiana Bitrus 143.Yana Bukar 144. Hauwa peter

145.Hadiza Yakubu. 146.Lydia Simon 147. Ruth Bitrus . 148.Mary Yakubu 149.Lugwa Mutah. 150 Muwa Daniel. 151 Hanatu Nuhu 152. Monica Enoch. 153. Margret Yama. 154.Docas yakubu. 155. Rhoda peter 156. Rifkatu Galang 157. Saratu Ayuba. 158. Naomi Adamu. 159. Hauwa Ishaya 160. Rahap Ibrahim 162. Deborah Soloman. 163Hauwa Mutah 164. Hauwa Takai. 165. Serah Samuel. 166. Aishatu Musa. 167. Aishatu Grema. 168. Hauwa Nkeki 169. Hamsatu Abubakar 170.Mairama Abubakar. 171 Hauwa Wule 172. Ihyi Abdu 173. Hasana Adamu. 174. Rakiya Kwamtah 175 Halima Gamba. 176. Aisha Lawan . 177. Kabu Malla 178. Yayi Abana. 179. Falta Lawan. 180. Kwadugu Manu

WEF: IGP orders security cordon around Abuja By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

T R-L: Former Vice-President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) Atiku Abubakar, and former Head of State and chieftain of APC, General Muhammadu Buhari, during the former vicepresident’s condolence visit to General Buhari over the death of his father in-law, Alhaji Halilu Ahmad Malabo, the weekend at in Yola.

Canoe mishap claims 4 passengers in Kaduna river From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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our family members who boarded a canoe from Hayin Maciji to Rafin Guza in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna state met their waterloo when the canoe conveying them capsized killing four of them instantly. Confirming the incident to newsmen in the area yesterday, the Sarkin Rafi, Alhaji Dauda Abdullahi, blamed the paddler of the canoe for the unfortunate incidence. According to him, the said peddler, Zubairu Yusuf, who is known to be drug addict and has engaged in that habit for a long time now. “Yes, it is true that we lost four passengers at the river. Although people will say it is the will of God, but to me, I am very annoyed be-

cause it was the carelessness and disobedience of the said Zubairu Yusuf, who they popularly called General, that sent this people to their early graves. “We have a law that no canoe should convey more than five passengers in a trip but because of disobedience and influence of drugs, peddlers such as Zubairu will disobey this order and take as many as 10 to 17 passengers in a trip. This is overloading and makes paddling the canoe difficult, more so when the paddler is under drug influence. “I have personally discussed it with our District Head in Rigachuku and our ward Head in Rifin Guza on the way forward, but the problem drug addiction and fighting keeps escalating among our youths. When my attention was drawn on an accident on the river, I rushed back to the river

side and very painfully saw that it is the same Zubairu who killed 2 other passengers sometimes last year. And as we begin to search and rescue the victims he disappeared and as I am talking to you, nobody knows his whereabout. “I want the government to come to our rescue, to help to check the problem of drug addicts in our area because we have a lot of people like Zubairu in our midst and unless we stop this accident will continue unchecked,” Alhaji Abdullahi said. When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kaduna State Command, SP Aminu Lawan said he is still awaiting full details from the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in charge of Rigachikun division, but promised that any culprits will be brought to justice.

he Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar, has directed the police field commanders to deploy sensitive security equipment within the Federal Capital Territory and its sub-urban areas, to ensure maximum security before, during and after the World Economic Forum on Africa, slated May 7-9, in Abuja. In a detailed Operational Order released yesterday, at the Force Headquarters, Abuja, by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank MBA, said the IGP also directed a massive security cordon around the FCT and its environs for a hitch-free Forum. The police field commanders were further ordered to step-up tight security measures in all strategic locations and vulnerable points, in addition to further strengthen security at entry and exit points of FCT, airports and highways, as well as City roads, hotels and the conference venue. While calling for the cooperation of the people towards the success of this important event, the IGP also assured the conference participants, the citizenry, as well as members of the international community of adequate security. He stressed that the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies have already put in place, effective security measures for their safety and comfort. The IGP further charged the citizens to show understanding and continue to cooperate with the Police and all security agencies in the on-going special security operations.


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Jonathan issues order to free missing girls

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R-L: Bauchi state Governor, Malam Isa Yuguda newly turbaned as Dan’Isan Misau, and former Minister of State for Health, Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate also turbaned as Cigarin Misau by Emir of Misau, Alhaji Muhammad Manga, on Saturday in Misau, Bauchi state.

resident Goodluck Jonathan met through the night with security, school and state officials and issued a new directive that “everything must be done” to free the 276 girls held captive by Islamic extremists, one of his advisers said yesterday. It was the first time the President met with all stakeholders, including the principal of the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School in northeastern Nigeria where the girls and young women were kidnapped in a pre-dawn raid April 15, presidential adviser Reuben Abati told reporters. Nigerians’ outrage at the failure to rescue the students and protest marches last week in major Nigerian cities as well as New York City, in the USA, have spurred to action Jonathan’s government, which many see as uncaring of the girls’ plight. “The president has given very clear directives that everything must be done to ensure that these girls must be brought back to safety,” Abati said.

Fulani man loses 200 cows to rustlers in Birnin Gwari Stop these From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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s cow rustlers continue to terrorize villagers in northern Nigeria, a Fulani man lost about 200 cows to cow rustlers in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna state. Sources from the area said the incident occurred around 5 p.m. on Thursday, about 3 kilometres away from a village called Gwaska in the area.

It was gathered that the Fulani man was rearing his cows alongside his son when they were attacked by the gunmen in the bush. Peoples Daily spoke with a resident of the area on phone, who does not want his name mentioned. “They were rearing their cows in the bush three kilometres away from Gwaska town when they were attacked by the rustlers. He escaped by the whiskers with his son, leaving his 200 cows behind and they took away the cows,” he said.

He explained that they have reported the incident to their village head who promised to inform the police about it. The resident further appealed to the authorities concerned to come to their aid so as to protect them from the rustlers who are terrorising them. When contacted, the state Command Public Relations Officer, SP Aminu Lawan could not be reached as he didn’t pick call put through to his phone.

Senate Minority Leader lampoons govt over education From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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enate Minority leader, Sen. George Akume has lampooned President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration for the lackadaisical attitude it shows to the educational sector. Sen. Akume, who made this criticism at the weekend, when he disbursed scholarship funds to over 200 Benue state students, noted that the sector gets the highest budgetary allocation yet, education is not accorded the necessary attention it de-

serves. He also regretted at the ongoing strike by primary school teachers in the state over minimum wage, averring that governments at all levels should focus attention on welfare of teachers as well as improvement in educational facilities. He commended the southwest part of the country for the attention they give to education and urged Benue government to tow the same line. “Imagine, our primary school teachers have been on

strike for months now. At the national level, the polytechnics have continued with their strike without government doing anything to resolve the issue”. Sen. Akume explained that the scholarship scheme, which covers the entire state, is aimed at assisting the students in their educational pursuit. The senate leader urged the recipients to make judicious use of the scholarship and shun exam malpractice, cultism and drug abuse.

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Hajiya Fatima reiterated that acts of this nature are perpetrated by minute groups who have their own notion of what a particular religion is (in the case of Boko Haram: Islam) or what agitations are: how they perceive it and practice it. She therefore sympathized first, with wives of all state governors who have witness these constant attacks on their women and children and said she also feels greatly for Nigerian mothers who bear the brunt of these callous attacks. “The abduction of over two hundred (200) secondary school girls in Chibok is most disheartening, and most terrifying is the uncertainty of the fate of these girls.”, she added. The wife of the governor commended the spirit with which Nigerians have come together with one voice to plead for the release of these innocent girls, saying she is proud that Nigerians see these threats as national. She pleaded, as a mother and a daughter to those who are responsible, to please see reason and stop the massacre of innocent Nigerians and to likewise release all those held in captivity. “I beseech Allah to give the families of those who lost their lives the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and also ask that peace reigns in our hearts, homes, communities and our dear country Nigeria”, said Mrs. Yero.

he wife of the governor of Kaduna state, Hajiya Fatima Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has called on all aggrieved persons, groups, and communities in the country to stop the killing of innocent soul and give peace a chance. The first lady, in statement issued by her Press Secretary, Aisha Sani Junaid, condemned in the strongest terms the consistent attacks on the lives and properties of innocent Nigerians by insurgents. “Women and children have been at the receiving end of insensitive and inhuman maiming and killings. They have become victims in the hands of their own children; these irrational and insensitive acts can only be perpetrated by people who are blinded by hatred and who are after the disintegration of our great country, Nigeria.” Mrs. Yero lament-

Group advocates prosecution of Hajj seat racketeers From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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group, under the aegis of Independent Hajj Reporters, yesterday urged Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board to ensure that its staff allegedly caught extorting money from pilgrims in exchange for hajj seats are investigated and prosecuted appropriately. This was contained in a statement issued yesterday in Kaduna, jointly signed by its National

Coordinator, Ibrahim Mohammed, and Publicity Secretary, Abubakar Mahmoud. The group further commended the leadership of the state’s Muslim Pilgrims Welfare board, for establishing a control mechanism in the sales of hajj seats that made it possible to detect such corrupt acts. “We implore them to ensure that the culprits are brought to justice or in order to deter other would be offenders from such acts. It is in view of this and oth-

er irregularities associated with sales of hajj seats that Independent Hajj Reporters recently advise NAHCON to set up a Task Force to streamline and monitor the distribution and sales of hajj seats nationwide. The group advised other state pilgrims’ board to emulate Kaduna state in order to discourage corrupt attitude of a few people who has brought shame and negative image to hajj exercise in the country. It promised to assist the

The police last week said that the actual number abducted had risen to more than 300 and that 276 remain in captivity. It said 53 of the students managed to escape their captors. None have been rescued by the military which initially said it was in hot pursuit of the abductors. Some of the girls been forced into “marriage” with their abductors and paid a nominal bride price of $12 (N2, 000), according to a senator from the area, whose report is unverified. Some of the young women have been taken across Nigeria’s borders to Cameroon and Chad, the parents said last week quoting villagers. Anguished parents in Chibok town, who have lost confidence in the government and military, have been begging for international help. The United States and Britain have promised unspecified help. Both countries help with counter-terrorism training and could provide satellite images that might help the search. (AP)

board in fishing out hajj seat racketeers through its recently constituted Hajj seat monitoring team. They further advised the board to setup a pilgrims’ complain box in all the wards and local governments of their respective states. This measure, according to them will create an easy channel for people who have suggestion, observation and complain to forward them to the authority without alteration.


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Jonathan issues order to free missing girls

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R-L: Bauchi state Governor, Malam Isa Yuguda newly turbaned as Dan’Isan Misau, and former Minister of State for Health, Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate also turbaned as Cigarin Misau by Emir of Misau, Alhaji Muhammad Manga, on Saturday in Misau, Bauchi state.

resident Goodluck Jonathan met through the night with security, school and state officials and issued a new directive that “everything must be done” to free the 276 girls held captive by Islamic extremists, one of his advisers said yesterday. It was the first time the President met with all stakeholders, including the principal of the Chibok Government Girls Secondary School in northeastern Nigeria where the girls and young women were kidnapped in a pre-dawn raid April 15, presidential adviser Reuben Abati told reporters. Nigerians’ outrage at the failure to rescue the students and protest marches last week in major Nigerian cities as well as New York City, in the USA, have spurred to action Jonathan’s government, which many see as uncaring of the girls’ plight. “The president has given very clear directives that everything must be done to ensure that these girls must be brought back to safety,” Abati said.

Fulani man loses 200 cows to rustlers in Birnin Gwari Stop these From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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s cow rustlers continue to terrorize villagers in northern Nigeria, a Fulani man lost about 200 cows to cow rustlers in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna state. Sources from the area said the incident occurred around 5 p.m. on Thursday, about 3 kilometres away from a village called Gwaska in the area.

It was gathered that the Fulani man was rearing his cows alongside his son when they were attacked by the gunmen in the bush. Peoples Daily spoke with a resident of the area on phone, who does not want his name mentioned. “They were rearing their cows in the bush three kilometres away from Gwaska town when they were attacked by the rustlers. He escaped by the whiskers with his son, leaving his 200 cows behind and they took away the cows,” he said.

He explained that they have reported the incident to their village head who promised to inform the police about it. The resident further appealed to the authorities concerned to come to their aid so as to protect them from the rustlers who are terrorising them. When contacted, the state Command Public Relations Officer, SP Aminu Lawan could not be reached as he didn’t pick call put through to his phone.

Senate Minority Leader lampoons govt over education From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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enate Minority leader, Sen. George Akume has lampooned President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration for the lackadaisical attitude it shows to the educational sector. Sen. Akume, who made this criticism at the weekend, when he disbursed scholarship funds to over 200 Benue state students, noted that the sector gets the highest budgetary allocation yet, education is not accorded the necessary attention it de-

serves. He also regretted at the ongoing strike by primary school teachers in the state over minimum wage, averring that governments at all levels should focus attention on welfare of teachers as well as improvement in educational facilities. He commended the southwest part of the country for the attention they give to education and urged Benue government to tow the same line. “Imagine, our primary school teachers have been on

strike for months now. At the national level, the polytechnics have continued with their strike without government doing anything to resolve the issue”. Sen. Akume explained that the scholarship scheme, which covers the entire state, is aimed at assisting the students in their educational pursuit. The senate leader urged the recipients to make judicious use of the scholarship and shun exam malpractice, cultism and drug abuse.

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Hajiya Fatima reiterated that acts of this nature are perpetrated by minute groups who have their own notion of what a particular religion is (in the case of Boko Haram: Islam) or what agitations are: how they perceive it and practice it. She therefore sympathized first, with wives of all state governors who have witness these constant attacks on their women and children and said she also feels greatly for Nigerian mothers who bear the brunt of these callous attacks. “The abduction of over two hundred (200) secondary school girls in Chibok is most disheartening, and most terrifying is the uncertainty of the fate of these girls.”, she added. The wife of the governor commended the spirit with which Nigerians have come together with one voice to plead for the release of these innocent girls, saying she is proud that Nigerians see these threats as national. She pleaded, as a mother and a daughter to those who are responsible, to please see reason and stop the massacre of innocent Nigerians and to likewise release all those held in captivity. “I beseech Allah to give the families of those who lost their lives the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and also ask that peace reigns in our hearts, homes, communities and our dear country Nigeria”, said Mrs. Yero.

he wife of the governor of Kaduna state, Hajiya Fatima Mukhtar Ramalan Yero has called on all aggrieved persons, groups, and communities in the country to stop the killing of innocent soul and give peace a chance. The first lady, in statement issued by her Press Secretary, Aisha Sani Junaid, condemned in the strongest terms the consistent attacks on the lives and properties of innocent Nigerians by insurgents. “Women and children have been at the receiving end of insensitive and inhuman maiming and killings. They have become victims in the hands of their own children; these irrational and insensitive acts can only be perpetrated by people who are blinded by hatred and who are after the disintegration of our great country, Nigeria.” Mrs. Yero lament-

Group advocates prosecution of Hajj seat racketeers From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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group, under the aegis of Independent Hajj Reporters, yesterday urged Kaduna State Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board to ensure that its staff allegedly caught extorting money from pilgrims in exchange for hajj seats are investigated and prosecuted appropriately. This was contained in a statement issued yesterday in Kaduna, jointly signed by its National

Coordinator, Ibrahim Mohammed, and Publicity Secretary, Abubakar Mahmoud. The group further commended the leadership of the state’s Muslim Pilgrims Welfare board, for establishing a control mechanism in the sales of hajj seats that made it possible to detect such corrupt acts. “We implore them to ensure that the culprits are brought to justice or in order to deter other would be offenders from such acts. It is in view of this and oth-

er irregularities associated with sales of hajj seats that Independent Hajj Reporters recently advise NAHCON to set up a Task Force to streamline and monitor the distribution and sales of hajj seats nationwide. The group advised other state pilgrims’ board to emulate Kaduna state in order to discourage corrupt attitude of a few people who has brought shame and negative image to hajj exercise in the country. It promised to assist the

The police last week said that the actual number abducted had risen to more than 300 and that 276 remain in captivity. It said 53 of the students managed to escape their captors. None have been rescued by the military which initially said it was in hot pursuit of the abductors. Some of the girls been forced into “marriage” with their abductors and paid a nominal bride price of $12 (N2, 000), according to a senator from the area, whose report is unverified. Some of the young women have been taken across Nigeria’s borders to Cameroon and Chad, the parents said last week quoting villagers. Anguished parents in Chibok town, who have lost confidence in the government and military, have been begging for international help. The United States and Britain have promised unspecified help. Both countries help with counter-terrorism training and could provide satellite images that might help the search. (AP)

board in fishing out hajj seat racketeers through its recently constituted Hajj seat monitoring team. They further advised the board to setup a pilgrims’ complain box in all the wards and local governments of their respective states. This measure, according to them will create an easy channel for people who have suggestion, observation and complain to forward them to the authority without alteration.


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Fulani not responsible for Benue, other killings in Nigeria - Miyetti National President From Muhammad Ibrahim, Kaduna

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iyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) at the weekend resolved to register its members across the country to differentiate them from criminals as they exonerated themselves from the attacks and killings taking place in some parts of the country. The group said most of the attacks and killings attributed to Fulani were aimed at giving them a bad name, saying they are not responsible. Speaking to newsmen shortly after the group’s maiden National Executive Council Meeting held in Kaduna, National President of MACBAN, Alhaji Muhammadu Kirowa said

some bad elements disguised as fulanis to foment troubles. The National President described Fulani people wherever they as peace loving, saying they want other Nigerian tribes to understand that. “Fulani’s are not responsible for the senseless killings perpetrated in Kaduna, Benue, Taraba and other places. Those arrested recently in Taraba state were not fulani’s and we all saw their pictures on pages of Newspapers. “We also know there are bad eggs in every community, but we know that those killing people here and there are not our members. It is against this background that we

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are going to register all the Fulanis in Nigeria to separate the grains from the shaft. “We decided to hold this meeting in Kaduna to show the world that, we Fulani are peace loving people. We are not just going to stop here, we are going to meet with all tribes of Nigeria to charge ways forward towards ensuring peace in the country,” he said. The National President said, the identification of the Fulani will help in knowing the real cattle breeders in the country and help in the effort to end killings perpetrated in the name of Fulani herdsmen.

According to him, the group they invited National President of Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), Dr. Ephraim Goje to their meeting to show their commitment to peace. In his remarks, National President of Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), Dr. Ephraim Goje called on the Fulani leadership to inform their counterparts in neighbouring countries that, Nigerian Fulani were peace loving people. Dr. Goje said it is of paramount importance for Fulani and the troubled host communities in the country to forgive themselves, in order to earn God’s forgiveness. He recalled with nostalgia how

Gaidam commissions 80 Houses for Lecturers, Medical Doctors in Yobe.

L-R: Niger state Governor, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, Senate President David Mark, and Delta state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, discussing at the Asaba International Airport for the funeral service of Obi-Bridget Okpuno, mother of the Chairman of ULO Construction, Chief Uche Okpuno, at the weekend in Asaba.

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obe state Governor, Alh Ibrahim Gaidam has yesterday handed over keys of 80 housing units allocated to lecturers of the state university and medical doctors under the ministry of health. He performed the handing over while on inspection visit to the housing estate along Gujba Maiduguri bypass road in Damaturu. Out of the number, the state government has allocated 40 units of houses, 20 each to the lecturers of the state university and medical doctor under the state ministry of health. The houses were provided with the state of the art facilities such as installation of electrical fittings, interior decorations in addition to furnishing, generating sets to ensure constant power supply, underground water reservoir , roads and drainages, as well as landscaping. Gaidam who was impressed with the quality and standard of work said this was done in order to give a befitting accommodation for lecturers and medical doctors working in institutions in the state. “I am happy to say that the projects have been completed to my test, and the furnishing has been sturdily done,” he said. Gaidam has therefore urged for continuous maintenance of the structure around. The governor also visited the General Sani Abacha state specialist hospital Damaturu where he inspected some completed housing units meant to accommodate medical doctors working in the institution.

their parents co-existed peacefully with Fulani in the past in their communities of Southern Kaduna, pointing out devil had come in-between Fulani and the Southern Kaduna people and so it was high time they joined hand together to chase the devil out of their areas. “It was not the Fulani resident in our areas that were responsible for the various attacks on our people. My appeal is for the leadership of Fulani cattle breeders in the country to tell their counterparts in the neighbouring Niger Republic, Chad, Cameroon and others that there is peace agreement between Fulani and other Nigerians. Therefore any of them that is not ready to obey law and order should not come to Nigeria,” he said.

Funding of Edo additional varsities worry Forum By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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san Elders Forum, has expressed worries in connection with Edo State government plans to establish another new State owned university and the upgrade the College of Education, in Ovia North East Local government Council to the status of Education university. The pressure group said the move to establish Edo

State university of Science and technology at Uzairue, Etsako West Local government Council - home town of Governor Adams Oshiomohle’s, was diversionary in view of the dwindling statutory allocation and internally Generated Revenue (IGR). In a statement by Chief Julius Akpede, National President and Director Publicity, Lawrence Odiase, cited the growing disenchantment over

infrastructural challenges existing State owned Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma has been groping with under the present administration. It also faulted the government decision to down size the State owned College of Education, Igueben to technical School, describing the move as an affront, betrayal of trust and confidence reposed on the Governor who rode on the popularity of the people to

power since November 2008 by the people. The statement read: ``Why does the Comrade Governor wants to establish two new universities now when the quality of existing ones leaves much to be desired due to poor funding? ``With the dwindling monthly financial resources both statutory, a fact the Governor himself had acknowledged in various fora in the recent past.’’

Abducted school girls: women group set to protest in Gombe From David Hassan, Gombe

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omen group in Gombe state said they will protest over the abduction of school girls who were carried away by members of Boko Haram sect. Speaking to journalists in an interview in Gombe yesterday the National President of Tangale -Waja women’s association, Mrs. Finny David disclosed that it is necessary for women in the state to join other women in the country and protest over the abduction of school girls by insurgents at Government College

Chibok. According to her, the abduction did not only affects the immediate family of the school girls but affected the entire nation, noting that we have reason to said no to this evil act by the insurgents. We must stand firmed to ensure that this abducted school girls are rescued from captivity if not, we won”t sleep with our eyes close she said. She called on the security agents and the federal government to double up their effort to ensure that the abducted girls are release from their

captors to enable their parents freed from sorrow. Speaking further, the National President beg the insurgents to consider their plea and release the school girls, stressing that the parents of the missing girls are willing to know where about of their daughters as she said if possible to return back home. She said women group in Gombe are expected to join other women across the country in a protest to show their dismay over the abduction of school girls in

Chibok which according to her, the protest will carry out in Gombe metropolis down to Gombe state House of Assembly where they will draw the attention of lawmakers to assist in order to rescue the missing school girls from their abductors. While commiserating with the affected families, she appealed to them to look at the incident as act of God pointed out that the nation will continue to pray for their release in the hands of wicked ones who does not want peace in the country.


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Gunmen on rampage abduct 26 yr-old, attack police man, vigilante in Bauchi

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nknown gunmen on rampage in Bauchi have abducted a 26 year-old boy in Itas Gadau LGA, shot a vigilante in Soro, and have attacked a policeman and taking away his rifle in Miya town in Ganjuwa LGA of Bauchi state. A statement issued and signed by the Bauchi state Police Command’s Public Relation Officer, DSP Mohammed Haruna made

available to newsmen in Bauchi, at the weekend. According to the statement, on May 1, at about 1 am, one Habu Yusuf, 26 years’ old, of Unguwan Gambo, Itas Gadau LGA, was abducted in front of his house by unknown persons. It stated that as soon as the complaint was made, police detectives swung into action and one Umar S.D Mohammed, of Jama’are, was arrested and

the victim was rescued from an uncompleted building in Jama’are town. The statement further said unknown persons attacked a policeman on guard duty at the residence of Speaker, Bauchi state House of Assembly, at Miya town in Ganjuwa LGA and took away his rifle. It stated that the policeman was rushed to the hospital and is responding to treatment.

The police also revealed that on Saturday, some unknown gunmen entered the residence of Sarkin Bindiga, in Soro town, and shot a vigilante man, called Wada, in his stomach and was rushed to ATBU Teaching Hospital for medical attention. The PPRO said “no arrest was made, but efforts are on to trackdown the suspects of this dastardly act and that all the incidents are under investigation”.

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36 year-old farmer, Omotayo Ibrahim, who allegedly attempted to burn down a building and breached public peace, was on Friday brought before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos. The accused, of No. 17, Cole St., Elegbata, Lagos Island, is facing trial on a two-count charge bordering on an attempt to commit arson and manner likely to breach public peace. The prosecutor, Sgt. Daniel Ighodalo, said that the offences were committed on April 29, at 2.00 a.m., at his residence. Ighodalo said the accused had always threatened to burn down the building, kill the occupants and had broken down the door leading to the house twice. He said the accused, on April 29, locked the entrance into the building of the above-mentioned address, and threatened to burn it down. Ighodalo said the occupants had to invite members of the vigilance group in the neighbourhood to plead with the accused to open the entrance gate, and later invited the police. The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 166(d) and 340 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. Ibrahim, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. The Magistrate, Mrs. Olaitan Ajayi, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties, in like sum. She adjourned the case till May 9, for further hearing. (NAN)

R-L: Commandant, Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Air Vice Marshal John Ifemeje, presenting certificate to Lt-Colonel Karifa Kamara of Sierra Leone, during the graduation of exercise Haske Biyu 2014, last Friday in Jaji, Kaduna state. Photo: NAN

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security guard, Uduak Koffi, was at the weekend charged before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly stealing his employer’s jewelry valued at N2 million. Koffi, who lives with his employer at 29, Adetoro Ipaye Street, Graceland Estate, Ajah, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing. According to the prosecutor, Insp. George Nwosu, the accused committed the offences on March 28 at his employer’s residence. He said the stole jewelry valued at N2 million from the complainant, Mrs. Zuliat

Unubun. ``The accused and the housekeeper, who is still at large, jointly committed the offences. The housekeeper stole the jewelry and kept it with the accused. The housekeeper disappeared with some of the jewelry, while she left some with the accused,” Nwosu told the court. He noted that the offences contravened Sections 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. E.B. Dawodu, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200, 000, with two sureties in like

sum. She said one of the sureties should pay N100, 000 into the account of the court’s chief registrar. She also said the sureties should show an evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government as part of the bail conditions. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 285 prescribes a three-year imprisonment for stealing, while Section 409 stipulates two years jail term for conspiracy. The magistrate adjourned further hearing in the case to June 2. (NAN)

Police arrest suspect over APC youth leader’s death in Lagos

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he police, in Lagos, said they have arrested a man, who allegedly pulled a gun and shot dead a youth leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kunle Awotunde. Awotunde was reportedly killed at Ilogbo in Ebute-Meta area of Lagos Mainland. The spokeswoman for the state command, DSP Ngozi Braide, confirmed the arrest in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the weekend. She said a police team from Iponri Divisional Headquarters apprehended the suspect at his hideout on Saturday. According to Braide, peace has returned to the area following the tension and fighting that trailed Awotunde’s death on April 29. She added that police had begun investigations into the cause of the death of the politician. A community leader and white cap chief in the area, Chief Lateef Ajose, told NAN that there had been shooting by unknown gunmen every night after the killing of Awotunde. He said the community had sought the assistance of the commander of the Rapid Respond Squad (RSS) the State Criminal Investigating Department, Yaba, on the matter. ``I am appealing to the Lagos state government, the police commissioner and other security agencies to beef up security in the area. Everybody is living in fear. People are indoors, no shop is open because of constant shooting. ``The situation here is tense. If I tell you that all is well with us here I will be telling a lie. I have made some sacrifices to appease the gods, yet there is still no peace,’’ Ajose said. He added: ``I have written a petition to the governor, Oba of Lagos, the police and the council for their intervention. ``I am appealing to all the factions to stop killing themselves; most of the youths causing the problem do not live in this area.’’ Efforts to contact the Chairman, Lagos Mainland Local Government, Mr. Oladele Adekanye, for his comment were unsuccessful. (NAN)

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37 year-old businessman, Hakeem Sulaiman, was, at the weekend, charged over an alleged N5 million fraud before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, in Lagos. Sulaiman, whose address is unknown to the court, was charged with obtaining by false

pretenses and stealing. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecutor, Insp. Stephen Molo, said the accused committed the offences at 2.00 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2013, at Ire-Akari Estate Road, Isolo, Lagos. Molo said the accused

approached the management of Brainfield Consult Ltd, to provide him with 33,000 litres of diesel worth N5 million on credit. He said Sulaiman made a pledge to the company’s management to pay at a later date. According to the prosecutor, the accused never made payment

for the oil and that all efforts by the complainants to reach the accused yielded no fruits. The prosecutor said the offences contravened Sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 312

prescribes 15 years imprisonment for anyone convicted of obtaining by false pretenses. The Magistrate, Mr. A. Adefulire, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum. Adefulire adjourned the case till June 3, for mention. (NAN)


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USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS ON ANY EMERGENCY Council endorsed the useful phone numbers submitted by the security agents for easy access in case of any emergency on the metropolitan Roads. Accordingly, the general public may easily Contact KAROTA for: Breakdown of Vehicle(s), Traffic Congestion, Accidents, and Illegal/Wrong Parking to kindly Call KAROTA through the following number – 08091626747. Similarly, the State Police Command could be contacted on – 08032419754 and 08123821575. In addition, the State Fire Service can also be contacted on – 07051246833 and 08191778888.

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overnor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE presided over the one hundred and forty-sixth (146th) sitting of the Kano State Executive Council today Saturday 26th April, 2014 (26th Jumada Akhir, 1435 A H). This was to compensate for the scheduled meeting, which was to be held on Wednesday 23rd April, 2014 but could not due to the absence of the Chairman on official duty in India and Malaysia where he visited Kano State Indigenous Students sponsored for studies in the two (2) Countries under the 501 Sponsorship Scheme. Welcoming the Chairman back from the immensely responsible trip to India and Malaysia, the Kano State Executive Council embarked on its 146th Sitting. However, as usual, Council reviewed the 145th deliberations and approval before tabling the memoranda submitted for the 146th sitting. At the 145th sitting, Council deliberated on an appreciable number of sixty-four (64) memoranda submitted from ten (10) MDAs of which forty-four (44) were approved for execution with an expenditure of Two Billion, One Hundred and Forty Nine Million, Five Hundred and Ninety Thousand, Six Hundred and Seven Naira, Sixty Kobo (N2,149,590,607.60) covering forty (40) projects. The remaining four (4) were informative. After the deliberations on the 145th sitting, Council faced the business of the day, i.e. the 146th meeting. Nine (9) MDAs submitted twenty-eight (28) memoranda for deliberation of which sixteen (16) were approved for execution with an expenditure of One Billion, Six Hundred and Twenty-Four Million, One Hundred and Fifty Thousand, One Hundred and Thirty Five Naira, Thirty Four Kobo (N1,624,150,135.34) covering sixteen (16) projects as follows:

1. MINISTRY OF HEALTH The three (3) memoranda submitted for deliberation by Council from the Ministry of Health were approved for execution as follows: a) Presentation of Request for Approval to Employ Thirty Nine (39) Junior Workers for the Kwankwaso Cottage Hospital:The present administration resolved to transform the entire Health Sector in Kano State positively. The available healthcare delivery facilities, equipment, materials and personnel are continually improved to befitting standards. Likewise, policies and programmes of relevance to the upgrading of the quality of health of the citizenry in Kano State are implemented. The newly improved Kwankwaso Cottage Hospital is among such efforts by the present administration under the leadership of the second (2nd) incumbency of Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE. Prominently, the junior staff cadre required to work at the fully established Kwankwaso Cottage Hospital were screened, as directed, by the Ministry of Health and presented to Council for consideration. The screened persons comprise thirty-nine (39) junior cadre staff of two (2) categories. Thus: • Health Attendants (HA) = 35 • Security Personnel = 04 The details presented were considered as appropriate by Council, which approved as requested. b) Request for Funds to Enable the Construction of Additional Structures Required for the Accreditation of the New School of Health Technology Bebeji:The Hon. Commissioner for Health commended the approvals granted to his Ministry for construction works and procurement of equipment and furniture for the establishment of the new School of Health Technology Bebeji at the total

2. MINISTRY OF INFORMATION, INTERNAL AFFAIRS, YOUTHS, SPORTS AND CULTURE Request for Financial Assistance to Nationwide Football Clubs Representing Kano State in the 2013/2014 Football Season:Kano State presently occupies an enviable position of good performance in sporting outings especially on football in which the Kano Pillars Football Club performs wonderfully at National and International levels. Notably, eight (8) teams and seven (7) teams are representing Kano at Divisions II and III respectivelyof the nationwide football league competition in the Country. The fifteen (15) teams need financial assistance to the tune of N12,900,000.00 as Government contribution and provision of two (2) 18 – Seater Toyota Hiace Buses under the Sports Council to be used by the Clubs on rotational basis. The details presented were considered as Council approved the release of the sum of N7,500,000.00 to be disbursed at rate of N500,000.00 to each of the fifteen (15) Clubs according to the details presented.

Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso cost of N102,152,166.8 (phase I and II). The Ministry of Health informed Council, through the contents of this memorandum that, the construction works and procurement of equipment and furniture were completed satisfactorily. Nevertheless, an advisory visit to the School, embarked upon by a team from the Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria (CHPRB), instigated the submission of observations and recommendations for the successful accreditation of the School. Specifically, seven (7) items costing the sum of N54,011,899.89 were presented to Council for consideration. The sum will cover the construction of blocks Consulting rooms, Pharmacy, ANC, Card room, Pediatric, female wards, labor room, Nurses station, etc. Council noted, considered and approved the release of the requested aggregate sum of N54,011,899.89 to the Ministry of Health for the stated purpose. c) Request for Funds to Enable the Upgrading of the Marmara Maternity/Child Health Center to a Maternity Hospital Status:The cited request was submitted for consideration by Council cognizant of the resolve by the present administration to transform the entire Health Sector positively. Upgrading the Center to the status of a Maternity Hospital will certainly decongest and generally augment the Healthcare Delivery Services provided by the existing Sabo Bakin Zuwo Maternity Hospital in the area. Details on the eleven (11) items required cost the aggregate sum of N81,833,610.66, which was requested for release were presented to Council for consideration. Resolve to provide healthcare to the teeming population by the present administrationprompted Council to approve the release of the sum of N81,833,610.66 to the Ministry of Health to enable the upgrading of the Marmara Maternity/ Child Health Center to a Maternity Hospital status so as to decongest and augment the Healthcare Delivery Services offered by the existing Sabo Bakin Zuwo Maternity Hospital in the area.

3. MINISTRY OF COMMERCE, INDUSTRY, COOPERATIVES AND TOURISM This Ministry submitted six (6) memoranda for deliberation by Council. Two (2) were approved for execution as follows: a) Request for Funds to Enable the Procurement of Working Materials for the Commencement of Registration of Trade Associations Under the Trade Bill:The Kano State Government has signed the Kano State Trade Bill. Details on the genesis and significance of such act was presented to Council for consideration along with the request for the release of the sum of N4,289,000.00 for the procurement of working materials for commencement of the registration of prospective traders. The request was considered relevant as Council approved release of the requested sum of N4,289,000.00. b) Request for Funds to Enable the Training of 530 GSM Repairers:The laudable empowerment policy of the present administration was recalled by the Hon. Commissioner for Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism. Cognizant to the achievements made so far, the cited request was presented to Council for consideration. The content of the memorandum is a request for the training of 530 unemployed youths in GSM repairs. This is a follow up to the earlier training of 1000 youths, which was successfully executed. The trained youths are now self-employed thereby reducing the number of unemployed youths and improving economic activities in the state. This training as the previous one will be conducted by the Center for Information Technology and Development (CITAD). The sum of N19,610,000.00 was requested for the training of the 530 youths. Details presented were summarized as follows: Description Cost (N) Consultancy (at N6,000.00 x 530) 3,180,000.00 Tools/uniforms/etc. 11,130,000.00 Empowerment package (at N10,000.00 x 530) 5,300,000.00 Total= N19,610,000.00 Council noted, considered and approved the release of the aggregate sum of N19,610,000.00 to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism for the stated purpose. SN i. ii. iii.

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4. MINISTRY OF LAND AND PHYSICAL PLANNING Only one (1) of the four (4) memoranda submitted for deliberation from the Ministry of Land and Physical Planning was approved for execution. Thus: Presentation of Recommendation on the Issuance of Certificate of Occupancy on 4,498 Parcel of Land to Messrs. SKAN Investment Ltd.:The issue in question is long standing and resolved as recommendations were proffered to Council for consideration and granting of approval to the State Ministry of Land and Physical Planning to issue the required Certificate of Occupancy stated. The recommendations proffered were considered as appropriate by Council which approved as recommended. 5. MINISTRY OF WORKS, HOUSING AND TRANSPORT Five (5) of the eight (8) memoranda submitted from the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport for deliberation by Council were approved for execution as follows: a) Request for Funds to Enable the Provision/ Installation of New 350 KVA Electricity Generating Set at the Board of Internal Revenue (BIR):The Board of Internal Revenue (BIR) was identified among the prominent Government establishments bedevilled by frequent electric power outages and general epileptic supply from PHCN. The existing standby electricity generator was found to be obsolete and beyond repairs. As such, the Task force Committee on Installation/ Repairs/Reactivation of Street and Traffic Control Lights assessed the requirements for the installation of a brand new 350 KVA electricity generating at BIR to the tune of N9,870,000.00 which was requested for release by Council for the purpose. Council approved the request. b) Request for Funds to Enable the Payment of 30% Mobilization fees to M. B. S. Engineering Nig. Ltd. – The Project Consultant on the Tiga and Challawa Independent Hydroelectricity Project:The Hon. Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport reminded Council, through the contents of this memorandum that, the Consultant for the two (2) projects cited was to be paid a total Consulting fee of N209,676,116.53. This memorandum requested the release of 30% mobilization fees for the Consultancy Services, which stands at the sum of N62,902,834.95. Council approved as requested based on the authenticity of the presentation. c) Request for Funds to Enable the Construction of Juma’at Mosque, Wall Fence and Police Outpost at Gobirawa Quarters in Dala LGCA:Gobirawa Quarters is undoubtedly among the most closely settled or high density population areas in Kano State for which the cited request was considered expedient by the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport. Details on the requirements were presented to Council for consideration along with the request for the release of the sum of N96,574,725.55. Congruence of the request with the resolve to provide befitting infrastructure for use by citizenry in Kano State prompted Council to approve the request. d) Presentation of Request for Funds to Enable the General Renovation of Gwauron Dutse Remand Home, Kano State:The Hon. Commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport reminded Council, through the contents of this memorandum that, the Ministry was directed to complete the renovation works at the Remand Home Gwauron Dutse. The Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport visited and assessed the extent of works required to the tune of N42,464,547.88, which was requested for release. To ensure the completion of the work already started, Council approved the release of the requested sum of N42,464,547.88. e) Request for Funds for the Renovation of Gyadi – Gyadi Women Development Center, Kano:The cited request was submitted earlier by the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development. Subsequently, the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport vetted the details presented and discovered several omissions. In essence, the sum of N22,217,664.41 was requested for release by Council for the Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport to enable the execution of the project. The details presented were considered as relevant by Council which approved as requested.

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6. MINISTRY OF RURAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Two (2) memoranda were submitted for deliberation by Council from this Ministry. One (1) was approved for execution as follows: Request for Funds for the Purchase and Installation of 350 KVA, 11/0.415 KV and 500 KVA, 11/0415 KV Electricity Transformers at the Institute of Horticulture, Bagauda and Bachirawa Quarters, respectively:The cited request was compelled by the need to improve the supply of electricity from PHCN at the stated locations. The details presented to Council for consideration included the request for the release of the aggregate sum of N17,519,388.00 to the Ministry of Rural and Community Development to enable the State Rural Electrification Board execute the project. Approval was granted by Council as requested in view of the relevance of the project. 7. MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION Both memoranda submitted for deliberation by Council from the Ministry of Higher Education were approved for execution as follows: a) Request for Funds in Respect of 250 Kano State Indigenous Students Sponsored for Studies at Igbinedion University, Okada, Delta State:Sponsorship for the 250 Kano State Indigenous Students to study at Igbinedion University, Okada, Delta State was already granted. Details were presented to Council as reminder. The aggregate sum of N40,000,000.00 was requested for release by Council for the following purposes in respect of the 250 Students now studying at the University under the State Scholarship. i. Feeding allowances for six (6) months at N10,000.00 x 6 x 250 = N15,000,000.00. ii. Laptop Computer = 250 at N100,000.00 = N25,000,000.00. Total= N40,000,000.00. Agreement of the request with the empowerment policy of the present administration prompted Council to approve the release of the sum of N40,000,000.00 to the Ministry of Higher Education for the stated purpose. b) Request for Funds to Enable the Payment of Six (6) Months Feeding and Upkeep Allowances to 179 Kano State Indigenous Students Sponsored for Studies at Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State:The Kano State Scholarship Board notified Council, through the contents of this memorandum that 179 Kano State Indigenous Students were approved for sponsorship to study at the Crescent University Abeokuta, Ogun State. Each of the 179 Students is entitled to N10,000.00 feeding and upkeep allowances per month, which totaled up to N60,000.00 each for six (6) months. This totaled up to N60,000.00 x 179 = N10,740,000.00, which was requested for release by Council. The empowerment policy of the present administration prompted Council to approve as requested. 8. MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT Request for Funds to Facilitate the Training of 600 Participants for the 2014 Modern Bee Keeping:Bee keeping was identified as a worthy skill capable of yielding returns with comparable little effort especially when undertaken in modern way. So far, 1,200 participants benefitted from the modern bee keeping training conducted by the Kano State Afforestation Programme. The Ministry of Environment summarized and presented the requirements for the training of 600 participants on the acquisition of skill required in modern bee keeping. Details were summarized thus: SN Requirements i. Bee keeping materials ii. Workshop materials iii. Provision for resource persons iv. Document production Total =

Cost (N) 7,200,000.00 380,000.00 1,580,000.00 846,000.00 N10,000,000.00.

Agreement of the request with the empowerment policy of the present administration prompted Council to approve the release of the aggregate sum of N10,000,000.00 to the Ministry of Environment to enable the Kano Afforestation Programme conduct the stated training. 9. OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR/HON. COMMISSIONER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

One memorandum was submitted by the office of the Deputy Governor, which was approved for execution. Presentation of interim reports on the 44 Local Government Areas 5KM Road Projects The content of this memorandum drew the attention of the Council on the progress so far made on the construction of the 5KM road projects in the 44 Local Governments. The content explained that as other complex projects, this project is affected by some technical and environmental challenges that hinder its smooth execution. This led to the numerous meetings of the stakeholders with a view to resolving identified challenges such as change of scope, relocation of utilities/services and removal and payment of structures/ properties affected by the projects. The Government, therefore, has to set up a committee to visit all sites for physical assessment of works done and identified list of people’s properties affected by the projects for compensation. Initially, the sum of N4,640,000,000.00 was the total sum earmarked for compensation for 22 Local Government Areas. However, with the change in scope of most of the projects and prudent assessment the sum of N1,043,828,764.00 is now required as the amount to compensate for the properties/structures/land affected. Thus, a saving of the sum of N3,596,171,236.00 was made. Council deliberated on the submission and approved the release of the new sum (N1,043,828,764.00). UPDATE ON ACTIVITIES OF THE 146TH EXCO SITTING 1. INAUGURATION OF KANO STATE CONSUMER PROTECTION COUNCIL Council witnessed the successful inauguration of the State Consumer Protection Council under the Chairmanship of Alh. Aliyu Abubakar Tudun Wada and Alh. Nuhu Bello as Secretary with members representing the business community, Ministries of Environment, Health, Justice, Local Governments and Women Affairs. 2. INAUGURATION OF ABUBAKAR RIMI MARKET KANO STATE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE Council witnessed the successful inauguration of the Abubakar Rimi Market Management Committee under the Chairmanship of Alh. Dayyabu Ahmad Maiturare with Wada Sinkin, Hussaini A.U., Zainab Magashi, Abdulqadir Bala Madigawa as members and Babangida Sule Garo as the Managing Director. 3. SIGNING OF AN MOU BETWEEN THE STATE GOVERNMENT AND KOFAR WAMBAI MARKET ASSOCIATIONS Council witnessed the successful signing of an MOU between the State Government and Kofar Wambai Market Associations on a three (3) year ownership arrangement of the newly established Kano State Common Facility Center. 4. PRESENTATION OF AWARDS TO GOVERNOR ENGR. RABI’U MUSA KWANKWASO, FNSE DURING HIS OFFICIAL VISIT TO INDIA AND MALAYSIA Council delightfully acknowledged the recent official trip of the Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE and his entourage to India and Malaysia where he met the State sponsored students. During the visit various Universities presented awards of excellence to the Governor. Two Universities planned to honor him with Doctorate Degrees for his efforts in the educational development of the State. 5. PRESENTATION OF AWARDS i. An Award of Excellence to Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE as the ICON of Africa by Mothers of the Earth Foundation, which is associated with United Nations and NEPAD On Wednesday 9thApril, 2014. ii. An award of Excellence to Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE at the 100 centenary years of Nigeria for his good leadership style and the development of Kano State iii. An Award of Excellence to Governor Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, FNSE by the GSM Sellers and Repairs Association located at Farm Center Kano. Signed: Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Information, Internal Affairs, Youth, Sports and Culture, Kano State


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News

Taraba: LG chairmen reject calls for state of emergency

MSSN calls for state of emergency, total overhaul of security in Nigeria

From Yusha’u Alhassan, Jalingo

From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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he Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has called on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency and totally overhaul the nation’s security outfit and its system, having failed in their responsibility to the people of this country. National President of the society, Malam AbdulAzeez Sirajudeen Folayemi, who made the disclosure in Minna, at the weekend, during the 60th anniversary lecture of MSSN for the North-Central zone, with the theme: ‘MSSN impact, problem and prospects’ stated that the authority should stop politicising the nation’s security situation and come up with a pro-active measures to make Nigeria a safe place to live. Folayemi stated that recent events have shown that the nation’s security forces were not on top of situation with the twin explosions at Nyanya almost at the same arena despite the check points all over the place. “A State of Emergency should be declared on the nation’s security outfit as it is evident that the insurgency has continued to beat their arsenals while the innocent masses continue to be the victims; we say there should be a total overhaul of the nation’s security system” he stated. He noted that the millions of Muslim students in Nigeria and the Diaspora rejected the activities of the insurgency in its entirety and called on the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, deploy all its machinery towards ensuring that the 234 students abducted from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok are rescued, urging the nation to wear a mourning outlook and that all flags should flown at half-mast until the students are rescued. Chairman of the occasion and Secretary-General of Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Prof. Ishaq Olayode urged the society to remain an indivisible forum capable of propagating the real Islamic teachings, in order to realize the objective of the society, even as he appealed to them to be hardworking in their studies and conduct themselves in a proper manner devoid of violence. He noted that MSSN has since become the voice of Islam and the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria as he called on them to start organizing positive activities to brace up with present challenges confronting our society. The event was witnessed by several clerics within the zone which included Niger, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Benue, Plateau and Abuja, FCT.

L-R: Former President Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr Osahon Enabulele, Edo state Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, during the 54th annual general conference and delegates meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association, at the weekend, in Benin City.

Zamfara emirate councils turban JB Yakubu From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

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amfara state emirate councils, comprised of Dansadau and Bazai, have conferred twin traditional titles on the first military administrator of the state, Col. Jibrin Bala Yakubu (rtd), who served 15 years ago. The retired Colonel, who was in the state to console with the people of the state over the recent merciless killings across the state by unidentified gunmen, was given the title of

Baraden Dansadau by the Emir of Dansadau, Alhaji Hussaini Umar. While the emir of Dansadau announced that a turbaning ceremony date would soon be heralded for the new Barade, the District Head of Bazai in Moriki emirate, Alhaji Muhammad Aliyu, who also conferred the title of Mabudin Bazai on the former governor, said the turbaning ceremony will be organised immediately. The emir of Dansadau recalled that the labour of Col. Yakubu

towards the development of both the state and the emirate would never fade in their minds, stressing that, “this is why we shall continue to see you as the son of the soil.” Receiving the titles conferred on him, Col. Jibril Bala Yakubu, who was in tears from excitement, thanked the two emirates and the entire people of the state for keeping him memorable and assured that he would serve to the best of his ability for the rapid development of the state.

he Association of Local Government Chairmen in Nigeria (ALGON), Taraba state chapter, have condemned and rejected calls for declaration of state of emergency in the state by some politicians. ALGON State chairman, Kallamu Alhamdu stated the position of the association in Jalingo, while briefing journalists on the crises in the southern Taraba. He noted that categories of people calling for state of emergency do not mean well for the state, saying that the crises in Wukari and Ibi local governments were brought under control by the Acting Governor of the state, Alhaji Garba Umar. Kallamu Alhamdu, who is the executive chairman, Zing local government, said ALGON condemned the crises and was impressed with the prompt decisive measure taken by the Ag. Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Josiah Sabo Kente, to forestall further escalation of the crises by bringing to a roundtable leaders of the aggrieved parties for an amicable resolution of the crises. The chairmen called on the people of the state to collaborate with the state government, under the able leadership of the Ag. Governor Garba Umar, to maintain the peaceful co-existence among the good people of Taraba, instead of making inflammatory and provocative utterances that would create disunity and hatred among the people.

World Press Freedom Day: Gombe NUJ wants journalists to be pro-active From David Hassan, Gombe

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he chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Gombe state council, Alhaji Alhassan Yahaya has appealed to journalists to always balance their reports before going to press, in order to ensure that their reportage has direct bearing to the people. Alhaji Yahaya, who was

speaking in an interview with our correspondent at the weekend, in Gombe, also said that the role of a journalists was to enlighten the public with information in order to enable them have access to what happens around them. He emphasized that the pen profession has mandated every practicing journalists in the country to investigate allegations level against citizens

with a view to come out with relevant information, in order to showcase any differences so as to find lasting solution to the problem. According to him, journalists have being denied access to information, noting that the significance of the media was to inform and educate the public on certain issues, which he said, will only happen when they

know what happens around them. He called on the security agents to put all hands on deck in order to work effectively with journalists in the country so as to develop the nation, adding the security agents should look at themselves as partner-inprogress with the media rather than harassing them while on their assignment.

NOPRIN to FG: Bring Oyerinde’s killers to justice By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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he Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN), has urged the Federal government to bring the killers of Principal Private Secretary to Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state, Comrade Olaitan Oyerinde, to justice, in the interest of peace. Oyerinde was killed on Friday, May 4, 2012, in his home at 2nd Ugbor community, Benin City.

The appeal was contained in a press statement on the killing, signed by NOPRIN Foundation National Coordinator of the non-governmental organisation committed to promoting police accountability and respect for human rights, Mr. Okechukwu Nwanguma. It urged the various security agencies of government in the country not to gloss over the pending cases of alleged extra-judicial killings, including

Oyerinde’s, in the interest of justice. NOPRIN accused the House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Petitions for commending the police and SSS in its report and therefore tasked the AttorneyGeneral of the Federation and Minister of Justice to study both reports, resolve the conflicts therein and give legal advice that will lead to the apprehension and prosecution of the real killers. ``On this second memorial

of the murder of Olaitan Oyerinde, NOPRIN calls on President Jonathan to set up an independent panel of inquiry to examine and review the reports of the police and DSS, with a view to resolving the contradictions and identifying the actual killers of Olaitan Oyerinde and bringing them to justice. President Jonathan must demonstrate commitment to end impunity in Nigeria,” the statement concluded


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Money Sense

How you can start ornamental flower business

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here are a range of different businesses that you could begin and starting a florist business is one of them as it was one of the few known profitable businesses. The first thing that you will need to do is to determine the type of floral business that you wish to start. The majority of people choose to open a retail florist business giving you the opportunity to interact with customers and design floral arrangements; however, another side to the floral business involves growing flowers and selling them to retail stores. Once you have made the decision as to the type of florist business that you plan on opening, you will need to look for a location. You should choose a location that is in a high traffic area, providing customers with easy access to your store. If you choose to start a wholesale business, it would be wise for you to choose a location where there is ample land to grow your flowers. When starting a florist business you will require supplies and equipment to provide the proper care for the flowers and plants that you sell. This should be your main priority when running a flower shop; therefore, it is essential that you have the required materials to do this efficiently. If you plan on opening a retail business, you will need a cooler to prevent cut flowers from diminishing too quickly. If you plan on opening a wholesale business you will need a large amount of growing space such as a greenhouse. You should work out what you need in

Money Tip:

Consider healthy food delivery

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ost people do not cook, either because they do not like to cook or because in these hard economic times, they spend a lot of their time working to make ends meet. This means that they will mostly consume junk food when they are hungry. If you are not a good cook, you can get a lot of cheap and healthy food recipes that, if carefully followed will produce great and mouthwatering dishes including drinks. Simply make a few samples for tasting and visit several offices in your area and give people a taste of your home made, tasty and healthy food before you get into it. No one will reject good food and if you leave your contacts behind during the food tasting mission, you will soon begin to receive orders.

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A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success. -unknown

advance, and fix a budget on your spending. If you are new to the floral industry, you should consider taking a class such as horticulture, or spend time reading about flowers, this will provide you with extra knowledge about the flowers that you will be caring for. Even if you are already familiar with the florist industry, continuous

learning should still be one of your goals. Depending on the size of your business, it may be necessary for you to hire staff to assist you with the day-to-day running of your store. Not only will you need staff to help you to look after your flowers and see to customers, you may also need staff for accounting, bookkeeping,

and legal issues. Your business idea may be the best in the world; however, if people do not know that it exists, you will find it difficult to make a profit. You need an efficient marketing and advertising plan to gain visibility. There are two types of advertising, internet and print, you will need a fixed strategy for both. Internet advertising will

require that you have a website built, and to increase your visibility through tactics such as search engine optimization. Print advertisement requires that you have your details in as many newspapers and magazines as possible. These are the steps you will need to take when starting a florist business.

Attention: University students can also make money while at school

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know what it is like being a University student. It takes a lot of dedication to devote time to studies and because of that, not a lot of time to have a job. It’s a good wake up call to life by juggling many responsibilities and being on your own. So other than work, how else can University students make money at school? Here is an idea…sell your books! Inspired by Nut @ The Writer’s Coin, I want to share how you can make some good cash by selling used University textbooks. The University I attended had book rentals for University courses. While it may seem like we were lucky for not having to pay for books, the cost was already included in our tuition. There were still books that needed to be purchased. It was very often that the University Librarian would take the old edition textbooks that were no longer used in classes and sell them to students. I can assure you, not many University students were running to get their hands on those big, thick Law books. Because the University got their use out of them, and will get money

out of you, they will be willing to part with the books for as cheap as N100 per textbook or fill a paper bag for N1000. One day, I scanned the textbooks and hopped on eBay to find out how much there going to by searching the ISBN. I was shocked! They were going for over a hundred dollars a piece on eBay! I soon realized that just because our University upgraded to the next edition, many other schools didn’t. The best part yet, even selling the books for, say N1000, the buyer is getting a great deal. I found out after talking to the buyers that some textbooks would have cost them N1700-N2000 new! A win, win for all! I was able to make a decent amount of money off this process. As time went on, it was obvious others had the same idea as the more profitable books became few and far between. My last year at University, I started to see a group on campus who were looking to purchase old textbooks from students. Was this the end? Is it the end?I’m several years removed from University so I’m curious to find out if University still resell

their books to their students. So a few tips: 1. Avoid selling your books back to the bookstore or another group until you look at the value on eBay or their affiliate Half.com (or other market sites). You probably can get twice as much online if you are willing to take the time and effort to list and ship them. 2. When you resell your books, be sure to wait until the start of the semester when students are actually looking! All too often I see books flood on eBay when the semester is over. While there are holiday courses, your best bet is to wait until resume of semesters when demand is higher. 3. Just like selling books, buying books online can save you some much needed money. See if you can get a syllabus in advance to start your search for needed textbooks. So check out your University bookstore today. Do they sell used books? Are they worth more to other students around the country? While a bit more difficult, the same criterion applies to thrift stores and garage sales.


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EDITORIAL

t a time when urgent action is needed, President Goodluck Jonathan has relapsed into his past time by setting up a so called presidential committee for the rescue of the over 200 secondary schoolgirls abducted in Chibok, Borno state since April 15. It does not seem to matter to the president that while his committee is wasting precious time sitting around a conference table to map out how to go about the rescue job, the ordeal of the hapless girls and their parents only gets worse. It is disheartening that it has taken this long for the president to be jolted into this act that is evidently not going to achieve much. After all, reports have it that the girls may have been ferried out into neighbouring countries already with strong indications that they may have been married off to militants who have dispersed into Chad and Niger republics. What has become obvious is that the knee jerk approach of the president must have been prompted by the coordinated protests by women groups in different parts of the country to force the federal government into taking practical steps to rescue the girls. Added to this is the embarrassment the kidnap has caused the government in the international community particularly as it is desperately trying to pull all the stops to host the World Economic Forum. While announcing the 17- member committee which is headed by Brigadier General Ibrahim Sabo (rtd), the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim,

read out the terms of reference of the committee’s work to include; “To liaise with the Borno state government and establish the circumstances leading to the school remaining open for boarding

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A presidential committee is waste of time The abduction of the girls has demonstrated, for the umpteenth time, the woeful failure that the Jonathan administration has become. Its ineptitude is evident in all aspects students when other schools were closed.” And “To liaise with relevant authorities and the parents of the missing girls to establish the actual number and identities of the girls abducted.” Others include; To interface with the Security Services and Borno State Government to ascertain how many of the missing girls have returned; To mobilise the surrounding communities and the general public on citizen support for a rescue strategy and operation; To articulate a framework for a multi-stakeholder action for the rescue of the missing girls.” We at Peoples Daily are sad that going by the terms of reference of this committee, the Jonathan government

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has demonstrated once again that it cannot read the mood of the nation and gauge correctly the urgency needed to tackle the problem at hand. Evidently, since the girls were kidnapped two weeks ago, the security agencies have not had any lead on their whereabouts, let a lone a plan for their rescue. Why would the committee be concerned at this stage about finding out the number and identities of the girls? Is it that the government is also in doubt about the kidnap as the PDP Women Leader, Kema Chikwe, who said so last week? Can we conclude now that she was speaking the mind of President Jonathan and his inner circle? The abduction of the girls has demonstrated, for the umpteenth time, the woeful failure that the Jonathan administration has become. Its ineptitude is evident in all aspects that have to do with the security of the lives and properties of Nigerians. Since the BoniYadi incident, for instance, where students were massacred in their sleep, the Keana village killings where men dressed in military uniform attacked a Fulani settlement and went on a killing spree to the first and second Nyanya bombings and many similar bombings and attacks in the past, the government has failed to provide Nigerians any tangible proof that it is in control of the situation. Instead, it only heaps blame on the opposition with the president promising Nigerians at every opportunity that BokoHaram will be defeated. It is time he admitted his incompetence; maybe that way a few precious lives can be saved.

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Opinion Godfatherism in Gombe politics (1) By Magaji Kuji Pilam

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ne of the defining features of Nigerian democracy is the phenomenon of godfatherism. This generally refers to situation in which a prominent personality supports a particular candidate for election while the candidate, when elected into office, does the bidding of the “sponsor”. This is political affliction of Gombe state. at the moment. Former governor, now Senator, Mohammed Danjuma Gojeis claiming to have put the incumbent governor Dankwambo in office. Now he vows to remove. The situation became so pronouncedthat it even attracted the foreign media with the Voice of the America Hausa Service dedicating its “Tsaka Mai Wuya” programme to the Gombe godfather tussle between the Senator Goje and governor Dankwambo for six weeks with two lawyers, Magaji Doho and Gaius Achana, speaking for the two personalities respectively. Having served as a commissioner in the regime of Danjuma Goje, I feel duty bound to put my thoughts through the medium since the matter is already in the public domain in order to put the records straight and for the people to appreciate the issues and judge for themselves. In Gombe state, the phenomenon of godatherim started in 2011 when the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar wanted to increase the number of PDP controlled states in the North Eastern part of the country where he comes from. As he revealed during the Economic Submit held in Gombe in December, 2013, he set up a Committee of 12 people from each of the States in the Sub Region, chaired by Alhaji Mohammed Bello Kirfi, Wazirin Bauchi to take a tour, consult

with stakeholders and advise him on how to win the three states that were not controlled by the PDP namely Borno, Gombe and Yobe all under the ANPP to the party. The Committee recommended that Gombe was the easiest state to win for the PDP followed by Yobe and Borno. At that time, Goje had been dropped as Minister of State while Murtala Aliyu had replaced him and both of them had shown interest in the Governorship Seat. Perhaps based on the recommendation of that committee as he did not disclose that aspect of the story, Atiku decided to support Goje for the Governorship of Gombe State by ensuring that he got the ticket of the party and gave him all the support, including the federal might which at that time was at his disposal since he had not yet fallen out with his boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. Goje “won” the Gubernatorial election of 2003 in Gombe, not because he was popular but largely because of the federal might that Atiku used to ‘capture’ the state for him. It was a common knowledge in the state that it was Hashidu that won the election but Goje was declared

winner. Thanks to the electoral Abracadabra at Yamaltu Deba Local Government Area. That was why the battle at the electoral tribunal was really a protracted one and nobody was sure of the outcome. As soon as the election petition appeal tribunal at Jos dismissed the petition by Hashidu and upheld Goje’s election, he, Goje, went berserk against all opponents, real and imagined top civil servants at the State. Local government and some traditional rulers, including the respective imams, courtiers, title holders, district and village heads were summarily retired, dismissed and deposed from office as the case might be, Gombe state was like conquered territory. While this was going on at the state level, he had, at the national level openly identified himself with his God father and benefactor, Atiku Abubkar, making Gombe the most Pro Atiku State in Nigeria, in fact some people said more than Atiku’s native state of Adamawa, until things fell apart between Atiku and President Obasanjo On the eve of the 2007 PDP primaries, as part of the strategy to edge out Atiku, the

PDP decided to introduce new membership registration cards that were denied all Pro Atiku members of the party. As an Atiku loyalist, Goje was denied the cards which were given to Amb, Yerima Abdullahi and Col. Musa Mohammed (Rtd). Reading the hand writing on the wall, the message became clear to Goje that his God father had lost out at the national level and for him to survive as Governor of Gombe State, he had to ditch him. Thus, Goje left Atiku and pitched his tent with Obasanjo and the membership registration cards were given back to him. Indeed, the godson abandoned the godfather to the extent that when Atiku wanted to come to Gombe to campaign for the ACN the same Goje he had supported did not allow his erstwhile godfather this time around to even come to Gombe state, talk less of campaigning in the state. What an irony!!!.Goje denied our respected former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari entry into the State to campaign for the presidential election as that would boost the opposition in the state but Buhari as a soldier dared Goje and came to Gombe for his campaign.

Indeed, the godson abandoned the godfather to the extent that when Atiku wanted to come to Gombe to campaign for the ACN the same Goje he had supported did not allow his erstwhile godfather this time around to even come to Gombe state, talk less of campaigning in the state. What an irony!!!.

By 2007, Goje had instituted a dreaded reign in the state and the fear of Goje was the beginning of wisdom. Although he had some projects to his credit in the state, some personal issues had alienated him from the people to the extent that if the 2007 elections in the state were free and fair, Goje would have been defeated by the ACN candidate, Col Musa Mohammed (RTD). The need for personal political survival and the fear of defeat, more than anything else was what prompted Goje to give automatic tickets of the PDP to ANPP members of the House of Representatives except for Hon. Charles Iliya of Billiri -Balanga Federal Constituency who personally declined to join the band wagon to receive the PDP ticket. Even with all that, everybody in Gombe knows that the election of 2007 in Gombe that produced Goje for the second term was a sham. With the Federal might at the disposal having ditched the erstwhile God father, civil servants, traditional rulers and the business community were all coerced to support and work for his candidate despite the apparent displeasure with the style of Governance by the mass of the people. The desperation to remain in office went to the extent that traditional rulers were barred from receiving opposing political parties, the same offence he accused them on, when he assumed office, which gave him the spurious grounds to depose some of them. He further stopped them from exchanging solidarity visits, which have been a long established tradition amongst our Royal Fathers aimed at promoting peaceful co-existence amongst our diverse communities. Magaji Kuji Pilam is a former Gombe state sport commissioner

Sanusi is gone but his legacy lives on By Safiya Yaman Muhammad

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allam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, may have been removed from office by President Goodluck Jonathan, I still see the steps he took while heading the apex bank as the only genuine approach bringing back our crumbling financial/banking system on track. We know that Nigeria needs leadership with committed minds and zeal to move forward. Sanusi since his appointment as the CBN leader by later Umaru Musa Yar’adua has set a concrete pace for others to emulate. He has showed that public service is not a privilege to siphon public resources. Even when he was suspended by President Goodluck Jonathan on 20th February 2014, following his comments on the missing N20b NNPC fund, I was not personally

shocked because many people including myself had expected such action long before it was taken. His suspension by the president was evident that the present leaders are ready to tackle corruption. Corruption which Sanusi has commented on several occasions has remained the bane of Nigeria’s socio-economic

development. Unfortunately, some citizens usually turn situations like this to religion and ethnic differences. Nigerians have not yet understood the dynamics of our complexity across ethnic, region and religion groups. To me, Sanusi did not bring to his CBN job inject prejudices of religion, ethnicity and

regionalism as it was popularized in some quarters. He had held several positions since 1985 at Icon Limited (merchant bankers) up to United Bank for Africa where he worked in the Credit and Risk Management Division as the General Manager. After that, in 2005, Sanusi joined the Board of First Bank of Nigeria

He did all he could to stop reckless spending by the government but the reward he would get from the federal government was suspension and condemnation by the government and some greedy and selfish individuals. Sanusi has left behind a legacy for Nigerians and the youths in particular. The youths should learn a lesson from the life of SanusiLamidoSanusi and be good ambassadors of the country; he is a man of honor and was determined to go ahead. Youths should learn a lesson from his steps and make meaningful contributions to the development of Nigeria

where he in 2009 was appointed Group Managing Director. His appointment as CBN Governor has saved some banks from collapsing. He did all he could to stop reckless spending by the government but the reward he would get from the federal government was suspension and condemnation by the government and some greedy and selfish individuals. Sanusi has left behind a legacy for Nigerians and the youths in particular. The youths should learn a lesson from the life of SanusiLamidoSanusi and be good ambassadors of the country; he is a man of honor and was determined to go ahead. Youths should learn a lesson from his steps and make meaningful contributions to the development of Nigeria. SafiyaYaman Muhammad is a 300 level undergraduate of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, Niger state.


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Opinion By Jaafar Jaafar

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n the past few days, I have been observing some of my prayers at former United Reformed Church, located on Chelmsford Avenue in a somnolent area of Southend, Essex in the United Kingdom. Trekking for about two miles from my hotel, braving the cold sea breeze as it bruised past me, I arrived at the Edwardian era sanctuary. The 105-year-old building, like most of its peers, is still radiant. From the outside, two ‘major’ changes were made. The signage of the new occupants and the Latin cross, whose stump is still visible — giving the phantasm of crucifix. As I stepped onto the arcade, a large 19-century wooden door greeted me. My friend Rabiu Ismail Mukhtar had to help struggle with the rustic knob before the door opened. “You have to turn it right to free the latch,” a worshipper standing in the porch said, showing us how to free the hasp in future. The United Reformed Church was sold to Essex Jamme Masjid Trust at the cost of £850,000 (about N250 million) in 2007. According to Europe News, “[t] he church was put up for sale when dwindling congregations led to the merger of four United Reformed churches, creating the Eastern Southend United Reformed Church organisation, based at the main site in Bournemouth Park Road.” In a news report published on its website on August 1, 2008, with the title ‘Church Converts to Islam’, the former occupants of the building held

My first prayer in ‘church’ their last service in February 2006. “Later that year the church property section submitted a planning application for it to be converted into a threestorey block of 14 flats,” reported the medium. According to the report, “after the plan was refused by Southend Council it was put on the market. It

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was bought by the Muslim association to meet the demands of a growing Muslim population in the borough.” The report further revealed that the Muslim group, which is currently based at Milton Road, in Westcliff, has outgrown the premises, thereby welcoming the larger space the church building provided. As I placed my shoes into the shoe shelf/rack, I glanced around the building. The nave, the aisle and the chancel now merged together and formed the fully-carpeted ‘harabah’ where we formed the ‘sahu’. But the nonchalance of Europeans toward religion is

making the Muslims feast on the spoil. Writing in Gatestone Institute website in January 2012, Soeren Kern, a Senior Fellow for Transatlantic Relations at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios Estratégicos (Strategic Studies Group) said in Germany, the Roman Catholic Church has announced plans to close up to six churches in Duisburg ‘due to falling church attendance.’ He said all the six churches have now become mosques. Quoting Zentral institut Islam-Archiv, a Muslim organization based in Germany, Kern revealed that “there are now more than 200 mosques

(including more than 40 megamosques), 2,600 Muslim prayer halls and a countless number unofficial mosques in Germany. Another 128 mosques are currently under construction”. So far there are over 1,700

registered mosques in Britain, a number of which converted from churches due to the waning number of worshipers. According to Christian Research, which carryout research on religious trends in the UK, about 10,000 churches have been closed in Britain since the 60s. But it’s important for one to highlight how liberal and tolerant the Europeans are in their domains. A typical culture relativist wouldn’t mind whatever object one worships as long as one respects his belief. The paradox is in Nigeria, where religion sows the seed of discord. And when the seed grows, it

is then used to ferment crisis. CAN and JNI will be bickering, barking at each other. The thugs will be fighting, killing each other. In Nigeria, we understand our religions inside out and sometimes practise upside down. Now, due to the obvious decline in faith leaning in the Western countries, religion is becoming as outmoded as the steam engine. The negative consequences of this is the rise in debauchery and crime. Since they are not atheists (forget what it means), the Europeans practise one religion — human rights, the principles of which they adhere to religiously. They hardly violate one’s right to worship, as long as their ‘religion’ is not desecrated. How can a church building be converted to mosque in Nigeria or a mosque be converted to church without going for another civil war? How can a church and a mosque share the same building (like in Heathrow Airport) in Nigeria without altercation that may lead to bloodshed? I believe all of the two major Nigerian religions abhor corruption. Why can’t we be extremists in fight against corruption? Why can’t we cohabit, respect our values and live the 21st century life? Jaafar Jaafar is a wrote from Southend, Essex, England

The slow but gradual damage insecurity is doing By Abdullahi Usman

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ou must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty - Mahandas Gandhi Besides the obvious and imminent danger in the form of the immediate and continuing personal threat to life and limbs that it poses to those of us who are unfortunate enough to be caught up in crisis prone areas, the current sustained state of insecurity in the land is gradually destroying our respective individual and collective humanity. It is often

said that whenever people do bad things, it tests your faith in humanity. That faith is tested even more when people continue to commit those bad things in a coordinated and sustained fashion. To paraphrase the words I picked from an in-flight magazine I read recently, almost on a daily basis now, “Nigerians - both the old and the young among us - are being exposed to “gory scenes of extreme violence that are almost surreal in their severity, as well as being almost normal in their everydayness”. The inherent danger in all of this, which may not be

very obvious to any of us at the moment, is the fact that we are slowly but gradually being stripped of our respective natural human instincts of empathy; so much so that these horrific acts will eventually become normal, tolerable, or, worse still, even acceptable to us at some point. One would hate to even contemplate how nasty, brutish and short life would become under such a Hobbesian state of nature where everyone is at war against everyone else. This is because even those directly responsible for the ongoing needless carnage and many others who may insidiously be stoking

it from behind the scenes will eventually come to regret living in the kind of society they would have helped create for themselves and the (un)fortunate ones among us that would have survived long enough to witness it! It is thus very useful, at this point, for all of us - the perpetrators, innocent victims and security agencies alike - to constantly remind ourselves of the inherent message contained in a popular refrain that says, “be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it!”. ’ We must, therefore, collectively rise to end the current madness and halt our

painfully slow but gradual advance on this perilous journey along the dreadful road to our own Golgotha. Indeed, as the famous Chinabased US novelist, Pearl Buck (1892 - 1973), rightly observed, “every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied”. ’ May God, in his infinite mercy, save us from ourselves by granting us the courage to seize the moment, while we still can, and arrest this needless and avoidable slide along the dangerous path to our self-inflicted ruination! ’ Abdullahi Usman sent this article from Abuja.

NDIC: 25 years of innovations (2) By Bashir Ibrahim Hassan

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he bailout measures were not arbitrary, but rather preceded by Special Audit of the DMBs to ascertain the extent to which they were affected by the financial crisis that engulfed the world in 2008. The special audit report revealed that banks were afflicted by large volumes of non-performing loans (heavily exposed to Oil & Gas, Margin Lending), capital erosion, poor risk management, illiquidity and poor corporate governance practices, amongst others. It further revealed that ten (10) out of the 24 DMBs needed close supervisory monitoring out of which eight (8) were in precarious financial condition which required serious supervisory intervention.

The audit result showed the market shares of the 8 banks in precarious financial condition in terms of Total Assets, Deposits, Credits and Branch network were 30.08%, 30.72%, 52.70% and 40.32%, respectively. The Supervisory Authorities therefore intervened in eight (8) of the banks with precarious financial condition by sacking their managements and appointing new ones.To complete the resolution of the situation of the 8 most affected banks, the CBN, injected N620 billion into them as loan capital and liquidity support. The apex bank, working with the NDIC, also gave guarantees for all the affected banks’ interbank takings and foreign credit obligations. In the end the eight banks were bailed out and their

depositors and shareholder were saved from the deadly depression that such loss causes. When it became clear that the three (3) banks (AfribankPlc, Spring Bank Pc and Bank PHB Plc) out of the 10 found to be in grave financial condition in 2009 could not recapitalize, merge nor find an acquirer before a deadline, the bridge bank option had to be adopted by NDIC to address their problems as provided for in Section 39(1) of NDIC Act, 2006. The NDIC adopted the bridge bank option because the three affected banks had attractive franchise, and deterioration in their assets would hamper their sale. Yet another original idea seen for the first time in Nigeria’s banking history was the establishment of Asset

Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) in 2010 by an Act for the purpose of efficiently resolving the non-performing loans assets of banks in Nigeria and to recapitalize the technically insolvent ones and enhance the availability of credit to the critical sectors of the economy. Consequently, AMCON acquired the three (3) bridge banks from NDIC and injected the sum of N1.012 trillion (U$6.98 billion) into them as capital injection. AMCON also injected the sum of N1.379 trillion into five (5) of the intervened banks (Intercontinental, Oceanic, Finbank, ETB, Union) with a view to facilitating their merger and/or acquisition. The innovative approaches of NDIC are lessons the world has

been eager to learn. Last year the NDIC Managing Director, Umaru Ibrahim, went to Switzerland to showcase these novel approaches that steered the Nigerian banks away from the precipice of systemic collapse to buoyancy. No doubt many of the participants at the International Association of Deposit Insurance (IADI) forum would have found these Nigeria’s experience at banking failure resolution far enriching and at home. It is therefore difficult to resist the temptation to salute the courage of its leadership for sticking to the path of innovation. It has been 25 years of modernization, improvement and originality. Concluded Bashir Hassan wrote from Abuja and can be reached on bash7474@gmail.com


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Comment

Has truth gone on sabbatical in Nasarawa state? By Rogers Edor Ochela

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asarawa, a state hitherto known for its fidelity to truth and its appurtenances, is losing that commodity on the altar of falsehood? Recent events in the state lend credence to those who are of the opinion that truth, that essential ligament that holds integrity intact in governance have taken flight from the state. Or how else does one react to some recent publications where falsehood was blatantly promoted as the gospel truth. Some newspaper reports appear to be propaganda war being waged by the authors against the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on behalf of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the said reports deliberately ignored all those that defected from PDP to APC and instead descended on those who opted out from APC for PDP with the ferocity of a rampaging bull. They singled out the state’s deputy governor, Dameshi Barau Luka, for bashing, attributing his (Luka’s) decision to jump from APC’s ship to PDP as premised on selfishness. The late Bob Marley once sang that it is better to live on a rooftop than to live in a house full of confusion. For the reporters to have accused those who left APC for PDP such as Sen. Solomon Ewuga; Dr. Haruna Kigbu; David Ombugadu; Ishaq Ahmed

Kana and several other notable political figures in the state as lacking in ‘’principled ideology’’ and because ‘’they needed money as well as protection after they were allegedly found complicit in the brutal murder of over 100 security operatives as well as scores of others’’ is tantamount to giving a dog a bad name in order to hang it. If those who defected from APC to PDP are lacking in ideology as the report claim, what of the former governor of the state now a serving senator; other state governors, senators and Reps members who dumped PDP for APC? Are they ideologically principled? The answer is a resounding NO!!! Another intriguing article that exposed the fact that hypocrisy nay falsehood has taken centre stage in the state is the one titled: ‘Nasarawa:

Between PDP, State Assembly and the rest of Us. The writer desperately tried to rubbish the integrity of the state legislators, ostensibly because of their temerity to question the elevation of impunity to derivative principle of state policy by the executive in Nasarawa state. The writer talked glibly about corruption in the State House of Assembly, bandying figures of their emoluments and allowances. He even went to the ridiculous extent of copiously quoting an interview granted by one so-called rights activist, Mr. Lanry Suraj of the Civil Society Network against Corruption (CSNAC) on the earnings of the legislators, an attempt aimed at whipping up public sentiments against the legislators. If the writer is talking about corruption in the legislature,

what about the executive arm that is in charge of dispensing state funds? What of the several allegations of corruption leveled against the executive last year, among which is the N2billion local government fund allegedly misappropriated by the governor? If action is to be taken against impunity or corruption in the state, I don’t think the governor will be sitting pretty in office today. That he is still calling the shots in the state as its chief executive is because of the magnanimity of the state legislators, majority of who are PDP members. Yhe writer stood honesty on its head when he wrote: ‘’clearly, our members in the State Assembly have indeed lost touch with not only the people but even their functions of making laws to uplift the living conditions of the people

For the reporters to have accused those who left APC for PDP such as Sen. Solomon Ewuga; Dr. Haruna Kigbu; David Ombugadu; Ishaq Ahmed Kana and several other notable political figures in the state as lacking in ‘’principled ideology’’ and because ‘’they needed money as well as protection after they were allegedly found complicit in the brutal murder of over 100 security operatives as well as scores of others’’ is tantamount to giving a dog a bad name in order to hang it

of the state’’. He was simply being disingenuous, if not he would have known that the legislators had passed several pro-masses resolutions/bills that the governor has failed (or is it refused?) to implement or assent to. And this is one of the reasons the relationship between the executive and the legislature has remained frosty till date. If Mr. Lanry Suraj of CSNAC is indeed concerned about corruption in the state, where was he when the greatest form of corruption was perpetrated recently during the council polls? Because denying the people the right of electing who to represent them is the greatest form of corruption. Where was Suraj’s network against corruption when allegations of corruption against the executive arm of government in the state were flying all over the place last year? If Suraj is indeed interested in fighting corruption in the interest of the people of the state, why did he not rise up to the occasion when the media was abuzz with reports of corruption allegations against the executive by petitioning EFCC/ICPC? From all intents and purposes, it has been established beyond reasonable doubt that Suraj is only interested in fighting selective war against corruption. How sad! Rogers Ochela is a media consultant based in Abuja.

Kwara politics: Between loyalty and performance By Yushau A. Shuaib

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wara State has witnessed unique brand of politics; the politics of political godfathers, godsons and even goddaughters. There is also the politics of anointing where particular individuals or groups determine and decide who should be what and where either at the state or at the federal level. The most prominent political figure in the state was the Late Baba Oloye Olusola Saraki who, during his lifetime was credited to singlehandedly anointed and influenced the elections of Governor Adamu Attah of National Party of Nigeria (NPN) 1979-1983, Cornelius Adebayo of Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) 1983, Shaaba Lafiagi of Social Democratic Party (SDP) 1992-1993, Mohammed Lawal of All Peoples Party (APP) 1999 to 2003 and finally his own son, Bukola Saraki of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who served longest from 2003 to 2011. Bukola has also been credited with influencing the nomination and eventual election of the current governor Abdulfatah Ahmed against the candidature of his sister, Senator Gbemisola Saraki. The current administration in the state could therefore, be said to be an offshoot of the previous administration or a government of

continuity of Bukola’s tenure. While Governor Abdulfatah has sustained the essential kernel of the erstwhile administration, he nevertheless introduced new innovations for the benefit of the citizenry. It is therefore not surprising when debate on his style of leadership and activities are made on the basis of loyalty and performance. During an Easter Break, this writer attended the annual meeting of Third-Estate Group in Ilorin, the capital of Kwara State. At the meeting, contemporary issues bordering on socio-cultural and economic development including youth empowerment and education were discussed. A day after the annual event, I honoured an invitation for one-on-one chat with Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed at the Government House, Ilorin. It was indeed an opportunity to interact as well as ask questions about economic development in the state. Rather than dwell on politics, our interaction focused purely on the administration’s developmental efforts in the state. The Governor disclosed that the state was investing heavily in road infrastructure to allow the smooth movement of goods and people especially as the state was moving from the age of subsistence farming to commercial agriculture

where access smooth and clear access to market is a sine qua non. It came out that in the health sector the government has upgraded some of the health institutions including the Ilorin General Hospital with modern facilities . An international diagnostic centre has also been commissioned that would serve Kwara, Nigeria and West-Africa sub-region because of substantial level of partnership with the current operators. While not neglecting formal education, the state focuses more on the human capital development, especially incorporating the non-formal educational sector into a system whereby it will be properly monitored for growth and development. According to Governor Fatai, the state set up an international vocational centre in Ajase for skills acquisition that would be beneficial to students, unemployed youths and graduates. Graduates of the centre will be employable in marine, civil engineering, electrical and oil and gas industries. Some of the applicants are also compartmentalised into cooperatives under an entrepreneurship development scheme which creates a debenture where fund are made available by government, for onward lending

to each of these cooperative groups on a revolving scheme basis. The funds are accessed through micro finance banks to enable the beneficiaries start their businesses and ensure sustainability. A bridge empowerment scheme introduced by the state has helped over 5000 youth to be engaged in public and private sectors of the economy. There are also other centres encouraged by the state but run by individuals and groups under an association known as Masters Trainer Association. The skills taught at these centres in form of apprenceship are captured as standards and certified by regulatory bodies. Kwara was one of the first states that embraced the minimum wage because of the realisation that a happy and contented workforce will ensure the success of government plans and programmes. The government has granted over N3 billion in car loans to civil servants. There exists a robust dispute resolution mechanism where aggrieved labour groups get redress through designated channels. Though a predominantly a civil service environment, new businesses springing and throwing up an emerging middle class. With the ongoing private sector-driven

projects that are encouraged by government, the state currently generates about N900m monthly from Internally Generated Revenue (IGR). Meanwhile, due to the continued drastic reduction in monthly federal allocation, the governor said the state was in the process of accessing N23billion bond from the capital market to execute infrastructural projects. This is coming after successful completion and repayment of the N17billion bond accessed from the market in 2009. The new bond would be expended on the International Vocational Centre, Metropolis water reticulation, solar power street lights, and completion of on-going road projects. The bond would also be used for renovation of the Indoor Sports Hall, Olympicssize swimming pool, volley ball and handball courts at the state stadium complex in Ilorin. While some parts of the country are facing enormous challenges of insecurity, intolerance, illiteracy, poverty and disease, Kwara State seems to be one of most peaceful states where political class should avoid dirty politicking that could deprive the people the dividends of good governance. Yushau A. Shuaib via yashuaib@yahoo.com


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Nyanya double blasts: Victims unending tales of anguish, anxiety as FCTA moves to relocate park

Fire fighter trying to put-off burning vehicles at the scene

By Stanley Onyekwere

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he sad story told of how late 24-year old girl, Aliyu Laide, alongside 18 others died in the May Day bomb explosion at Nyanya motor park, just a mere step away from Abuja city, is no doubt a sad reminder that the threat of terrorism has become more potent than ever, even in the domain of the nation’s capital. Late 24-year old girl daughter of one Aliyu Danyaro, was in a vehicle bound for Abuja, from her school in Bauchi State, to meet her farther in the city, to spend the May Day holiday, and return back to school, but as she alighted from the bus at the garage at Nyanya, she was caught up in the attack which occurred just few feet apart from the scene of the April 14 explosion, in the same area. “She called me that she was on the way coming, that’s why I sent a mechanic (Engineer Abbas) and another person, to pick her at park, but while approaching the park, and upon calling her on the phone, to find out where she was waiting for her to be picked up, but when she tried to pick the phone, to answer the call, that was the

time bomb blast blew her off balance. “And I was told that when they saw her on the ground badly injured, but was still breathing, and rushed to carry her to safety, but the police and Army stopped them from doing so, and she gave up the ghost before the emergency rescue team arrive the scene”, narrates late Laide’s father, who was seen at the Asokoro Morgue, to reclaim her corpse for burial. He was still visibly in shock and despair mood over his daughter’s brutal killing. He was still visibly in shock and despair mood over his daughter’s brutal killing. However, according to a victim, Chijoke Njoku, who sustained a minor cut on his head during the May Day blast, he was still in shock how he escaped death, as he was very close to one of the cars that were damaged in the blast. Njoku, who deals in Ladies wears, and owns a shop at Karu market, but resides at Kabusa village, in the Territory, said after the blast, he lost consciousness, and when he regained conscious, he found out that he was bleeding from the head, so rushed himself to

the hospital for treatment. “I was buying recharge card from a mallam (kiosk) when the bomb went Ioff, and the man felled down I died immediately, but I was lucky to only sustain a cut on my head. I was baking the road and facing the man, but immediately I heard the loud sound I bent down and lost consciousness. “But upon my recovery from unconsciousness minutes later, I saw that the mallam (the recharge card dealer) is dead, so I quickly collected the

change he was supposed to give me and pick race for safety”, he recalled. On whether there was panic in the area prior to the blast, Njoku said: “There was no panic before the explosion, as I was standing very close to a car near where the incident happened. Nobody knew that such a thing would happen, because I knew I would have dodged. Everybody was busy-the touts were there loading and shouting Area 1 and other places when the explosion occurred.

the latest bombing, has defiled assurances by both President Goodluck Jonathan, and FCT minister, to beef security at public places especially motor parks in the territory, after the April 14 deadly attack in the area. With the second attack, in the same area, it therefore beats many crazy that what happened barely three weeks ago could reoccur almost exactly at the same spot, the first happened

“When I saw the bomb laden golf car was empty, which was parked very close to where I was, nothing suspicious occurred to me- that there could be a reoccurrence of April 14 incident, because every other vehicle were parked and loading as well as some were calling for a drop, so I thought that it may be that the driver was soliciting for passengers”, Njoku recalls. However, the devastating, but unsurprising double car bomb explosions within the space of about three weeks, in Nyanya, a suburb of the FCT, like never before, appears to have intensified anger and despair that trailed the deadliest assault on Abuja, the nation’s capital. This is because, the double blasts are coming at a time when most people especially FCT residents were thinking that the lingering insurgency and bombings have been confined to the north eastern part of the country. With the area having been subjected to a gruesome and frustrating security checks, following the first attack on Continued on page 18


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NASARAWA STATE GOVERNMENT NASSARAWA STATE GOVERNOR, HIS EXECELLENCY ALHAJI UMARU TANKO AL-MAKURA JOINED THE STATE CIVIL SERVANTS DURING MAY DAY CELEBRATION AND ALSO COMMISSIONED 500 HOUSING UNITS.

Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, second left, Hajiya Zainab Abdulmumin, State Head of service, also commissions 500 housing units during the May Day celebration

Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura in demonstration when inspecting Township stadium during the May celebration

At the stadium taking brief

Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura taking salute from members of Nigeria Labour Congress

Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura taking salute from members of Nigeria Labour Congress

Some of the 500 housing units

Committee of the Nasarawa State chapter of the Labour Congress (NLC), with their hands on their heads in demonstration of grief over the Igga and Chibok children

Some of the 500 housing units commssions by the Governor to mark the May day celebration

500 housing units commission by Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura during the May Day celebration in Lafia


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April 14, criticisms have kept asking how the traffic gridlock would stop another attack in the area, therefore the fresh attack on May Day (last Thursday night) appears to have confirm people’s fears. In the first incident which occurred on April 14 at the Nyanya High Capacity Bus Terminal, police at the time had confirmed 76 deaths and more than 150 injured and no fewer than 25 vehicles destroyed. Consequently, the military mounted security checkpoint along the every busy road, which many opined that given the situation, whenever the army creates gridlock, they are giving the terrorists an easy opportunity to unleash mayhem on the area, with hundreds of cars on the road, by simply triggering off something in the middle of the gridlock. It would be recalled that the second blast, at about 8 p.m. last Thursday, the day Nigeria workers joined their counterparts around the world to celebrate this year’s May Day, which officials said claimed 19 lives and injured 60 persons, receiving treatment in various hospitals, was the second in the area in less than three weeks. As expected, the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, who condemned the attacks, has appealed to relatives of the dead to come forward to claim the corpses. Mohammed made the appeal at the weekend, after visiting four FCT General Hospitals, where some of the corpses were kept and the injured victims were receiving treatment. The minister, who visited the Asokoro, Maitama, Wuse and Gwarinpa hospitals, said the morgues had been overstretched and the victims’

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Nyanya double blasts: Victims unending tales of anguish, anxiety as FCTA moves to relocate park

Some of the victims being attended by medical officers at Nyanya General Hospital.

relatives had not claimed any of their corpses for burial. ``The FCT Administration has agreed with the police to release the corpses to the victims’ relations, because the morgues are overstretched. They need to claim them with full evidence. ``I have directed the FCT Health Secretariat, to release ambulances to carry the corpses to various destinations where they will be buried,’’ he said. According to details of official casualties figures obtained from the FCTEmergency Management Agency (FEMA), 34 injured, 10 dead were admitted at the Asokoro Hospital, including six already been discharged. At Maitama General Hospital; there is one injured person, and no death recorded; Wuse General Hospital- one injured person and three dead; whereas National Hospital has

Some of motorcycles burnt during the explosion.

3 injured, 6 dead Others include: Federal staff Hospital- 6 injured, no death; Nyanya General Hospital- 4 injured, no death and 6 persons discharged; Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital- 1 injured, no death; Customs hospital, Karu; 4 injured, no death; Mararaba Medical Centre- 1 injured, no death; Paf-Private

hospital- 5 injured, no death. On his part, the Secretary, FCT Health Secretariat, Dr Ademola Onakomaiya, who had confirmed that 66 persons were injured while 20 were confirmed dead in the wake of blast, said 42 of the 66 persons had been discharged, while four others left against medical advice, claiming that they were

When I saw the bomb laden golf car was empty, which was parked very close to where I was, nothing suspicious occurred to me- that there could be a reoccurrence of April 14 incident, because every other vehicle were parked and loading as well as some were calling for a drop, so I thought that it may be that the driver was soliciting for passengers

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not residing in the FCT. Onakomaiya adds: ``Only 20 persons are currently receiving treatment.’’ He however called on the Media to sensitize FCT residents to donate blood for the treatment of the injured, as well as be safety conscious, and refrain from crowded places, as these are difficult times. Similarly, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the FCT- Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Josy Mudashiru, said: “We want people to come forward to donate blood, to those that are receiving treatment. It’s quite an unfortunate incident, and I want all of us to come together. “This is not a time to trade blames, but a time to come together, and see how this thing can be a thing of the past. As emergency is not a one man show- when you have something like this; we all come together, to work as one.” She said that in addition to providing medical treatment

for the injured persons, FEMA officials are visiting and counseling them and relatives of the dead, especially those that are traumatised, to make sure that they recover speedily from it. Nevertheless, the latest bombing, has defiled assurances by both President Goodluck Jonathan, and FCT minister, to beef security at public places especially motor parks in the territory, after the April 14 deadly attack in the area. With the second attack, in the same area, it therefore beats many crazy that what happened barely three weeks ago could reoccur almost exactly at the same spot, the first happened. As a way out, the FCT minister, however disclosed that President Jonathan had ordered the FCT Administration (FCTA) to build standard motor parks in the territory, Consequently, he said, he has already issued a seven-day ultimatum to the FCT Task Force to clear all the debris at the scene of the bomb blast. He also gave a three-day ultimatum to the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to get a conducive environment for the relocation of the park. ``I am giving seven days to the FCT Task Force to clear all the blast debris, second-hand vehicles and traders away from the Nyanya corridor. The FCDA will provide alternative place for the car dealers. ``I am happy that the Village Head of Nyanya has offered his support to point at houses whose owners had been compensated by the FCTA for demolition. ``The FCTA will no longer build parks by the roadside again,’’ he said. In the meantime, the Chief of Nyanya, Malam Haruna Shaibu, while commenting on the development, advised that all areas earmarked for demolition should be removed to enable government dualise the road. ``Government has marked from the roadside to Nyanya Area `C’ and Gwagwalape for demolition. ``The General Hospital is also affected and all these affected areas should be compensated before demolishing them,’’ he said. For now, the reality is that victims and residents alike are being subjected to re-echoing and spreading tales of anger and anxiety that continue to trail the nature of the double blasts, which only serves as a mirror of disaffection most Nigerians even those residing in the nation’s capital, are now feeling about security situation in the country.


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Market indicators shed 0.72% -Pg 21

Closed bank debtors barred from accessing DMB facilities -Pg 20

L-R: MD/CEO FSDH Merchant Bank Limited, Mr. Rilwan Belo-Osagie, Chairman, Mr. Osaro Isokpan, and Company Secretary, Mrs. Oyindamola Ehiwere, during the bank’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), recently in Lagos.

FG constitutes Power Investors’ Committee to tackle privatisation challenges By Etuka Sunday

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he Federal Government has constituted a Power Investors’ Committee to address the many challenges confronting the smooth implementation of power privatisation. The Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr Benjamin Ezra Dikki, who made that disclosure, said the Committee was similar to the Bankers’ Committee in Nigeria and chaired by the Vice-President and Chairman of the National Council on Privatization (NCP), Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo. The Director General who was represented by the Head, Stakeholders Relations Unit of the Bureau, Alhaji Aliyu

Maigari at an interactive session with members of the House Committee on Privatization and Commercialization, the new owners of PHCN successor companies and the BPE during the Committee’s oversight visit to the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IEDC), said the Committee would meet quarterly to review issues and take critical decisions on the privatised Power sector. A statement by the BPE’s Head of Public Communications, Chigbo Anichebe said the membership was drawn from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET), Ministry of Power, Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), Bureau of Public Enterprises

(BPE) and other relevant stakeholders. Briefing the Committee members earlier, the Deputy Managing Director (DMD) of the IEDC, Mr. John Darlington informed the Committee that the Distribution Company was the biggest in the country with 1,073,673 customers. He called on the government to take steps to make the generation and distribution power companies to be financially viable to enable them undertake aggressive investments in power infrastructure. The DMD said this could be done through having a tariff structure that is cost reflective and recognizes current market situation as well as undertake sustainable investment in the

Nigerians received GDP rebasing with criticisms and pessimism-Okonjo-Iweala

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he Coordinating Minister of Economy and Minister of Finance, Ngozi OkonjiIweala said the rebased GDP has attracted criticisms and pessimistic remarks from members of the public. She stated this at the weekend, at the Nigeria’s GDP Rebasing: Issues, Facts and Fiction, organised by Kukah Centre for Faith and Leadership, in Abuja, saying that the rebased GDP was carried out with a view to determining the size of the economy, and also know the area of loopholes in order to make the necessary amendment. She stated, ‘’The result of the GDP shows that the service industry is growing from 26 per cent to 51percent,the agriculture

sector has declined from 33percent to 21percent,and the Nollywood sector has improved over the years’’. The Minister said the government was creating opportunities by which young people, who were enterpreneurs could be helped and women also trained, in order to be empowered, and not to be a liability to the society. The country’s Statistician Genera, Dr Yemi Kale, stressed that most people did not understand the importance of data, adding that data enhanced decision -making exercise, as well as determined the level of growth of the economy. He debunked the rumour that the rebased GDP was done, because of the election that was coming up next year. Bishop Mathew Kukah, whose

organisation, the Kukah centre for Faith and Leadership, organised the event said even though we had attained independence for a long period of time, the citizen of Nigeria had lost confidence in the country. The Bishop stated that even though we were living in tough times, we should keep on having hope as a country, adding that the situation would change for the better. The acting director of the centre, Barister Mike Utsaha, while speaking, noted that though the centre was young, it had organised programmes in the past, based on free speech, expanding frontier of dialogue among different religions. He added that this was the first time they would focus on policy development issue as it affected the whole country.

transmission network to deliver generated capacity to distribution companies without constraints. He also called for vigilance by the distribution companies and the relevant authorities to combat vandalism and electricity theft which rob legitimate customers of power and revenues that will help sustain the market. Darlington further called for the mediation by the government to delineate asset boundaries between the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and distribution companies for effective network operation. At the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), the Managing Director, Engr. Oladele Amoda said the company had secured $150 million to expand and improve its network. He told the lawmakers that the company planned to invest N42 billion in the next five years for network improvement to reduce aggregate technical, commercial and collection (ATC&C) losses and enhance service delivery.

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MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY Banish bland language from strategic plans

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trategic plans are often filled with empty phrases like “Leverage Our World Class Operating Capabilities” or head-scratching aspirations like “Reshape Our Pricing and Trade Strategy to Effectively Drive Demand While Maintaining Market Access.” Language like this can signal that a team doesn’t have a clear idea of what they need to succeed. To

counter this dynamic, the CEO of a large financial services firm banned her organization from using a list of words and phrases such as “leverage,” “synergy,” “disintermediation,” and “robust.” With the right leadership, a good strategic plan will deliver meaningful substance that can be translated into action. Source: Harvard Business Review


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Money Market Closed bank debtors barred from accessing DMB facilities Stories from Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

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ll debtors of closed banks with non performing -loans of a maximum of N250 million have been barred from accessing new facilities in any Deposit Money Banks (DMB) across the country. The Managing Director, Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation NDIC, Dr. Umaru Ibrahim who disclosed this said the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) barred these set of debtors following request by NDIC to the apex bank, which was aimed finding lasting solution to challenges faced by the

corporation in recovering debts owned the closed banks. Ibrahim, in his key note address delivered on the occasion of the 2014 Banks Examiners Conference held in Lagos stated that the banks will soon be notified about the new development and urged the corporation’s examiners to ensure compliance with the new directive. Names of the debtors, he said will be populated through the CBN s Credit Risk Management System and approved private sector credit bureaus. According to him, the theme of this year’s conference ‘Sustaining a Safty and Sound Financial System through

Effective Banking Supervision’ was apt giving the centrality of banking supervision in ensuring the safety and soundness of the nation’s financial system. He noted that the primary objective of the conference was to update the Examiners knowledge and skills on contemporary supervisory toolkits for delivering the mandate of banks supervision thereby contributing to the safety and soundness of the insured institutions. Ibrahim added that the conference provides an ample opportunity for supervisors, operators and other stakeholders to brainstorm on issues that continue to shape the nation’s

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financial industry. He highlighted implementation of Risk Based Supervision as a major achievement recorded by the last Examiners conference held in 2011. A reform which according to him led to significant improvement in risk management practices by banks. Others include implementation supervisory and financial reporting approaches such as Micro Prudential supervision, sustainable banking, International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) Base 11/111 and consolidated supervision to strengthen the system.

L-R: Group Managing Director/CEO, Sterling Bank Plc, Mr. Yemi Adeola, Chairman, Alhaji Sulaiman Adebola Adegunwa, and Company Secretary, Mrs. Justina Lewa, during the bank’s 52nd Annual General Meeting (AGM), recently in Lagos.

DMB total assets, liabilities depreciate by 0.5%

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otal assets and liabilities of the deposit money banks (DMBs) has recorded N24.2 trillion at the end of February, 2014, showing a decline of 0.5 per cent below the level at the end of the preceding month. The Central Bank of Nigeria economic report for the month made available at its website weekend indicated that funds were sourced mainly from reduction in unclassified assets, claims on the central government; and claims on the Central Bank. The funds were used, largely, to build-up of reserves and extend credit to the private sector. At N12.3 trillion, bank’s credit to the domestic economy rose by 2.2 per cent above the level in the preceding month. The development was attributed to the 2.6 per cent increase in banks’ credit to the private sector, which more than offset the 4.9 per cent fall in banks’ credit to the Federal Government

during the review month. The report went further to state that specified liquid assets of the DMBs stood at N5.9 trillion .At that level, the liquidity ratio fell by 1.1 percentage point below the level in the preceding month and was 15.0 percentage points above the stipulated minimum ratio of 30.0 per cent. The loans-to-deposit ratio, at 55.5 per cent, was 2.0 percentage points above the level at the end of the preceding month, but was 24.5 percentage points below the prescribed maximum ratio of 80.0 per cent.2.5 Discount Houses’ Activities Provisional data indicated that total assets and liabilities of the discount houses stood at N177.9 billion within the period showing an increase of 48.7 per cent above the level at end-January 2014. The development was accounted for, largely, by the 59.6 and 67.4 per cent rise in cash and balances with banks and claims on the Federal

Government, respectively. Correspondingly, the increase in total liabilities was attributed, largely, to the 116.2 per cent growth in money-at-call. Discount houses’ investment in Federal Government securities of less than 91-day maturity rose to N86.35 billion and accounted for 60.2 per cent of their total deposit liabilities. Thus, investment in Federal Government Securities was 0.2 percentage point above the prescribed minimum level of 60.0 per cent. At that level, discount houses’ investment on NTBs rose by 134.5 per cent above the level at the end of the preceding month. Total borrowing by the discount houses was N42.4 billion, while their capital and reserves amounted to N23.0 billion. This resulted in a gearing ratio of 1.8:1, compared with the stipulated maximum target of 50:1 for fiscal 2014. At N7.5 trillion foreign assets

(net) of the banking system fell by 8.3 per cent at end-February 2014, compared with the decline of 3.2 per cent at the end of the preceding month. The development was attributed to the respective decline of 6.2 and 16.1 per cent in net foreign asset of both the CBN and the banks. Relative to the level at end-December 2013, NFA declined by 11.2 per cent at end-February 2014, reflecting the fall of 12.0 and 8.0 per cent in the foreign asset holdings of the CBN and banks, respectively. Other assets (net) of the banking system, on a month-onmonth basis, increased by 6.1 per cent to negative N7.4 trillion, as against the decline of 0.01 per cent at the end of the preceding month. The development reflected, largely, the increase in unclassified assets of both the CBN and the DMBs. Relative to its level at the end of December 2013, other assets (net) increased by 6.0 per cent

Currency in circulation sheds N1.5 trillion

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urrency-in-Circulation (CIC) and Deposits at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has depreciated to N1.5 trillion at the end of February, 2014. This represents a decline of 1.9 per cent when compared with 10.6 and 12.3 per cent recoded at the end of the preceding month and end-December 2013, respectively. According to the an economic report released by the apex bank weekend, the development, relative to the preceding month, largely, reflected the 5.6 per cent decline in its currency outside banks component. The report further showed that total deposits at the CBN stood N6.8 trillion, indicating a decline of 1.0 per cent below the level at the end of the preceding month. The development reflected, largely, the fall in banks’ deposit, which more than offset the increase in deposit by “others” and Federal Government. Of the total deposits, the percentage shares of the Federal Government, banks and “others” were 39.5, 54.4 and 6.1 per cent, respectively. Reserve money (RM) fell by 2.7 per cent to N5, 258.7 billion at the end of the review month, reflecting the trends in currencyin-circulation and banks’ reserves. Available data indicated that money market indicators were relatively stable during the review month. The Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) was retained at 12.0 per cent. In addition, banks repositioned their portfolios following the increase in Cash Reserve Requirement (CRR) on public sector deposits from 50.0 to 75.0 per cent. The CBN also intervened periodically in the market through the open market operations for the purpose of liquidity management, while FGN Bonds and NTBs were issued at the primary market on behalf of the Debt Management Office (DMO) for the fiscal operations of the Federal Government. Provisional data indicated that the value of money market assets outstanding at end-February 2014 was N7 trillion, indicating an increase of 1.30 per cent, compared with the increase of 1.96 per cent at the end of the preceding month. The development was attributed largely, to the 2.09 per cent increase in FGN Bonds outstanding. Meanwhile aggregate banking system credit (net) to the domestic economy at end-February 2014 stood at N15.1 trillion representing a growth rate of 0.4 per cent, on month-on-month basis, compared with the growth of 0.5 per cent at the end of the preceding month.


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Capital Market Market indicators shed 0.72% Stories from NgoziOnyeakusi, Lagos

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ransaction on the floor of the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) last week ended on a bearish note as the market indicators, declined significantly. Specifically, the NSE AllShare Index and Market Capitalization depreciated by 0.72% to close on Friday at 38,578.78 and N12.700 trillion respectively. All indices depreciated during the week with the exception of the NSE ASeM that closed flat at 950.94 points. The NSE 30 Index decline by 13.75 point to close at 1,744.39, NSE Banking index loss 1.09 point to 397.11, NSE Insurance index 0.60 to close at 138.71, NSE Consumer goods index went

down by 14.33 to close at 956.75. Others were NSE Oil /Gas index depreciated 4.47 per cent to close at 316.49 points, NSE lotus II dropped by 59.22 to close at 2,491.93 points and industrial goods index decreased by 38.30 points to close at 2,491.93 Review of activity in the market showed that a turnover of 1.099 billion shares worth N13.393 billion in 19,078 deals were traded by investors in contrast to a total of 2.059 billion shares valued at N27.839 billion that exchanged hands last week in 20,413 deals the previous week. The Financial Services Industry (measured by volume) led the activity chart with 680.117 million shares valued at N6.727 billion traded in 11,201 deals; thus contributing 61.87% and 50.23% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. The ICT Industry followed with

a turnover of 169.045 million shares worth N84.692 million in 62 deals. The third place was occupied by the Services Industry with 99.369 million shares worth N109.674 million in 584 deals. Trading in the Top Three Equities NamelyMass Telecommunication Innovations Nigeria Plc, FBN Holdings Plc and Zenith International Bank Plc (measured by volume) accounted for 403.832 million shares worth N4.153 billion in 4,462 deals, contributing 36.74% and 31.01% to the total equity turnover volume and value respectively. Twenty-three (23) equities appreciated in prices during the week lower than Thirty-two (32) equities of the preceding week. Forty-seven (47) equities depreciated in prices higher than Thirty-eight (38) equities of the preceding week, while one hundred and twenty-nine (129)

equities remained unchanged, equal to one hundred and twenty-nine (129) of the preceding week. Costain West Africa Plc led gainers chart in percentage terms, growing by 14.50 per cent or N0.19 kobo to close at N1.50 kobo Evans Medical Plc followed with a gain of 11.82 per cent or N0.26 to close at N2.46 kobo while Custodian and Allied Plc enhanced by 10 per cent or N0.22 kobo to close at N2.42 kobo. Other stocks that appreciated in price were Ashaka Cement Plc 9.19 per cent, Ikeja Hotel Plc 8.62 per cent, Vita Foam Nigeria Plc 7.50 per cent, Continental Reinsurance Plc 6.32 per cent, Seplat Petroleum Development Company LTD 5.35 per cent, Cement Company of Northern Nigeria P0lc 4.99 per cent and Union Dicon Salt Plc 4.99 per cent.

L-R: Representative of the Accountant General of the Federation, Mr. Bem Gurgar, receiving Meritorious Service Award on behalf of the Accountant General from the Grand Patron, Nigerian Universities Accounting Students Association (NUASA), University of Abuja chapter, Mr. Terseer Taakper, during NUASA annual award night, on Friday in Abuja. Photo: Justin Imo-Owo

Blue chips, NSE hold 1st corporate challenge

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he Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in partnership with key publicly quoted companies will be holding the 1st NSE Corporate Challenge. The one-day event which is scheduled to take place in Lagos on Saturday, May 17, 2014 will be a highly competitive and funfilled 5 kilometre walk, run or jog competition to promote and support Teamwork, Company Pride and Corporate Wellness. The competition is open to the broker dealer community and companies listed on the Nigerian bourse. The Head of Corporate Services Division at The NSE, Mr Bola Adeeko, in a statement issued over the weekend stated that the idea behind the corporate challenge is for responsible organisations and their employees to take part in the initiative as a way of enhancing

employee-employer relations and boost goodwill by bringing all together for fun, fitness and fellowship. “The inaugural NSE Corporate Challenge is a professionally organised and volunteer-driven initiative involving over 350 companies listed on the Exchange and support organisations from the capital market community. To achieve this aim, we are working in close partnership with public and private sector organisations such as the Lagos Island Central Business District, First Bank of Nigeria, Unilever, Unity Bank, Nestle Nigeria, Malta Guinness, First City Monument Bank, Nigeria Info FM, BusinessDay and CNBC Africa to mention a few” said Adeeko “The Corporate Challenge is a Corporate Social Responsibility

(CSR) initiative of the Exchange, aimed at promoting the health & wellbeing of our operating community which will also present a platform for teamwork and networking. The initiative will enhance the concept of volunteerism within participating companies” he added. Addressing the development, the CSR Lead at The NSE, Mrs. Cima Sholotan stated that proceeds from the competition will be donated to support the national drive aimed at providing Mobile Cancer Centres (MCCs) across Nigeria in partnership with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP). “The partnership with CECP was entered into on February 25, 2013 during the commemoration of the International Corporate Philanthropy Day with the aim of

‘Taking Cancer Prevention to the Grassroots’ with the specific goal of acquiring thirty- seven (37) Mobile Cancer Centres (MCCs), one for each State and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. This takes advantage of the scientific evidence that, one-third of all cancer cases are preventable, another one-third is curable and the last third can have good quality of life with appropriate care” said Sholotan. Though the challenge will be primarily open to teams of employees from companies listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, non-commercial organizations such as Federal, State and Local Governments, QuasiGovernmental Organizations, Educational Institutions and NGOs will be invited to compete as well.

Sterling Bank to install 5,000 POS Terminals, 700 ATMs in 2014

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terling Bank Plc has resolve to install 5,000 Point Of Sale (POS) terminals by the end of 2014. The Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Yemi Adeola who disclosed this at the bank’s 52nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Lagos stated that the bank will also set up 700 Automated Teller Machine (ATM) with the same period. This, he said will spread across the country to enable the cash less policy initiative of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) be achieved and sustained adding that it will go a long way to curtail challenges faced by customers of the bank , promote e-banking as well as expose them to global standard of banking transactions. He noted that the major challenges militating cashless policy in the country is dearth of ICT and basic e- banking knowledge by the Nigerians. To this effect, he stated that bank Sterling Bank will be engaging in enlightenment campaign to equip its teeming customers with the required knowledge. He assured that the bank as equally set up a committee to handle that for the bank. Adeola further explained that the CBN cashless policy recorded achievement in its pilot phase thus making the apex bank to extend it to others key states of the country. Adeola noted that policy is still new but with full compliance by all Nigerians, it will be enjoyed by all. “The cashless policy is new, it will continue to improve if all of us comply”, he said. On financial performance, the bank’s profit before tax (PBT) rose by 24 per cent to stand at N9.3 billion in the year under review, while gross earnings grew to N91.6 billion, representing a 33 per cent growth surge when compared with 2012 figure of N68.8 billion. The growth in the earning, he said, was as a result of increased volumes and activities and a diversified revenue base. Operating income equally as it appreciated by 63 per cent from N39.2 billion in the comparable period of 2012 to N57.4 billion within the period under review. Similarly, Profit after tax (PAT) equally grew by nine per cent, from N6.9 billion recorded in the corresponding year of 2012 to N8.2 billion in 2013.


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GDP rebasing boosts Nigeria’s Vision 2020 target From Ngozi Onyeakusi, Lagos

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EO, RTC Advisory Services Limited, Opeyemi Agbaje, has said that the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rebasing exercise suggests that by mere statistical adjustments and better measurement of Nigeria’s economic activity, the country is on its way to achieving the Vision 2020 target. According to him, the Vision is to place Nigerian among the best 20 economies in the world by year 2020.

Speaking at the Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) Bi-Monthly Discourse held in Lagos said rebasing makes Nigeria the 26th largest economy in the world and biggest African economy by 2013. He noted that the feat also enhances the country’s Vision 2020 target considering its GDP growth rate post-rebasing averaging 6.4 per cent. Speaking on the theme: ‘Nigeria’s Economy in First Quarter 2014: Issues and

Outlook’, he said GDP rebasing does not imply an increase in national income and productivity. He also said GDP is not a measurement of income, but of economic output and production within an economy. “GDP rebasing doesn’t alter our poor performance in terms of poverty, unemployment and inequality-GDP rebasing doesn’t change the material conditions of individuals, homes and firms within the economy,” he said. Agbaje said the excercise gives Nigeria a more accurate

picture of the current state of our economy and presents a more credible and contemporary report of the state of sectors and overall activity within the economy. Continuing, he said: “Nigeria’s GDP rebasing clarifies some previously unresolved incongruities in our economy, like why the large global telecommunications companies and sector analysts underestimated the potential depth and size of the sector pre-digital mobile license auction in 2001”.

Dangote to increase capacity of 42.5 cement to 9mtpa by July By Etuka Sunday

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he management of Dangote cement Plc has concluded plans to increase the capacity of its 42.5 cement to 9mtpa by July this year. Speaking one after another at the 2013 Annual General meeting (AGM) of the Company in Lagos, the shareholders passed a vote of confidence on the management, saying it has exhibited a sense of patriotism and concern for the users of the product. This is just as the Chairman of the Company; Aliko Dangote explained that the expansion

strategies embarked upon by the management would culminate in an increase of additional 9 million metric tonnes of cement capacity. Shareholders lauded the Dangote Cement management for rising to the occasion by raising the bar with the 42.5 and 52.5 grades recently rebranded against the background of the incessant building collapse across the nation. They stated that with the upgrade of the cement from the staple of Dangote Cement Plc, it would now be cleared that any incident of building collapse anywhere could no longer be traced to the quality of cement, at

least the one produced by Dangote. The Company Chairman disclosed that its expansion drive would increase capacity and add additional 9 million metric tonnes, expressing satisfaction that the importation of cement into the country has continued to thin out with an estimate of just 1.1m metric tonnes imported in 2013 down from 1.9m in 2012. He vowed that the company would stop at nothing to expand because presently most the Nigeria’s neighbours are importing cement from Far East. “And we are confident that Nigeria’s cement will prove more attractive than the

imports, particularly within the 15 member ECOWAS.” To stabilize the price of cement and free the consumers from the profiteering middlemen, Dangote, said that his company would intensify direct-to-consumer deliveries. Insisting that his company has not increased the price of cement, he explained that though prices of most inputs into cement production has gone astronomically high but that his organization is committed to making the commodity available to consumers at the most reasonable price.

L-R: Chairman, Dangote Cement PLC, Aliko Dangote and GMD/CEO, Dangote Cement PLC Mr. D.V.G Edwin at the 5th AGM, held in Lagos

14 hours flight delay, NCAA demands explanations from Arik Air From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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he Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA yesterday said it has summoned the management of Arik Air to an urgent meeting over the delay of more than 14 hours of Flight W3 077 (FNA/BJL). It was gathered that the summon is consequent upon several complaints received by the Directorate of Consumer Protection (DCP) of the NCAA from passengers, who were scheduled for Arik Air’s combined service to Freetown and Banjul last Friday. A statement from the agency outlined the duration of the flights cancellation affirming that it was

inimical to flight regulations. “The Flight scheduled for 8.00hrs was delayed till 10:00hrs but was later rescheduled to 12:00hrs.The departure was again moved to 15:00hrs with verbal notification from the airline officials. At 15:00hrs, there was an announcement that the Flight had been further delayed for one hour ‘’due to operational reasons.’’ At 16:00hrs, the anxious passengers were once again informed of a further delay to 21:35hrs.” The statement said “At this stage, NCAA’s Consumer Protection Officers who were on hand to intervene and caused the airline to serve the passengers light refreshment at 18:07hrs.

When it became clear that the flight would not depart at 21:35hrs, the passengers who had become enraged took over the Boarding Gates, thereby preventing the commencement of boarding of another Arik Air service Flight W3 103 to Johannesburg.” “NCAA’s CPD officers had a hard time restoring order before Flight W3 077 (FNA/BJL) eventually departed at 23:46hrs.” It said another Arik Flight W3 792 scheduled service from Ibadan to Abuja was similarly delayed at Ibadan Airport, Saturday, 3rd May, 2014. The service was to depart at 15:15hrs but it later left at 18:25hrs. Arik Air officials said calls

were earlier put across to all passengers on the service to inform them of the rescheduled time of departure, a claim hotly disputed by the passengers. NCAA said all attempts by the NCAA’s Consumer Protection Officer to prevail on the airline officials to provide refreshment for the passengers were declined. “Consequent upon the above, NCAA has summoned the management of Arik Air to explain the circumstances that led to the long delay of the service.” it read. When contacted, Arik Air spokesperson, Mr. Adebanji Ola told our reporter the airline will offer explanation to the regulatory body.

The exercise, he said, also clarifies issues relating to why per capita GDP appeared somewhat larger than previously thought. He added that is a common sense measure consistent with global best practice that simply updates a country’s assumptions and templates for measuring our level of economic output. Besides, Agabje said the fact that there is more accurate information about sectors and output is good for potential investors, both foreign and domestic even as financial markets would probably take more interest in the Nigerian economy given its new GDP figures.

Airports closure looms as FG stance on merger provokes warning strike From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

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he federal government stance on merging three agencies in the ministry of aviation appears to have drawn the fury of unions in the sector who have perfected plans to embark on a two days national warning strike to drive home their opposition. The decision to merge the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, the Nigeria Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, and the Nigerian Metrological Agency NIMET into a single body is a the fallout of the Steve Oransanya led committee which recommended the collapsing of certain agencies and parastatals of government. Peoples Daily investigation found that the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria ATSSSAN, National Union of Air Transport Employees NUATE and National Association of Aircraft Pilot and Engineers NAAPE have put their members on red alert in preparation for the two days warning strike aimed at paralyzing the country’s aviation sector. From all indications, the unions have set in motion the process of endorsing the national strike, first of its kind in the country as they have vowed to close down airports across the country. It was gathered that letters have been dispatched to the National Assembly, Presidency and the National Security Adviser over the planned strike and itemizing reasons why government must not go ahead with its plan. ATSSSAN is also said to have concluded plans to get the endorsement of the strike from all its organs as its National Administrative Council Meeting and National Executive Council meeting scheduled for May.


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At the frontline in Maiduguri: A journalist’s experience By Ben Adam Shemang

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or a second time, I have visited Maiduguri under this state of emergency. I will divide this reporter’s diary into two portions namely, military life and civilian life I saw, heard, experienced or witnessed while there. There were other journalists too from Nigerian Television Authority, Silver Bird TV, the News Agency of Nigeria, TVC and myself from Voice of Nigeria on the trip. The Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, led us and others in the entourage were Colonel Sani Usman Chief of Staff, Directorate of Nigeria Army Public Relations and Dr Fatima Akilu from the office of the National Security Adviser to the president. Colonel Mohammed Dole, Spokesman for the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army and Squadron Leader Chris Erondu the Spokesman for 79 Composite Group, Nigerian Air Force, Maiduguri were also fine military officers we met there. We had a workshop on Military-Media relationship which also dwelt on information management in the face of terrorism in Nigeria which was attended by journalists who cover the north east of Nigeria. Before the workshop how however, remains the crux of this reporter’s diary. So, here we go. From Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 April 2014, I was not only in Maiduguri, I visited a frontline, by this, I mean

Monday market in Maiduguri

GOC 7Div, Maiduguri, Major-General Ahmed Mohammed, (the tallest in the middle), and Director, Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade, inspecting soldiers

This yam seller pushes on close to the gate of El-Kanemi College of Islamic Theology in Maiduguri.

I visited fighting Nigerian soldiers in their trenches in the forest. Let me not be too vivid – I will not describe spots in order not to expose these gallant soldiers. Later when it was dark, I also followed another group for a night patrol and take off was 9PM till early hours of the morning.

time to do one- on –one chat with some of the other ranks. General Mohammed identified a very fat soldier and called him, he stepped forward and saluted. “How are you?” The GOC asked him. “Fine sir”, the soldier replied. “How was the operation you just returned from?”, asked the GOC. “ Very successful sir, but we were recalled too early when were pushing deeper into the forest. We should be moving on sir” this soldier man with an Ibo name suggested. “I like your fighting spirit”, the GOC

The soldiers were armed with their military hardware and I armed myself with a recorder and camera. Instinctively, my fingers were almost at all times on the recording button with the belief that firing could come any moment from any direction and I will record and snap the action. Armored

tanks, heavy guns infantry and artillery personnel rolled out for the mission and campaign. I hoped into one of the hillux vans in the convoy. There was dead silence with intermittent radio communications from walkie talkies. Most of their communications were coded and meant for the soldiers to decode. The soldiers were combing some of the roads to make them secure for travelers because terrorists were in the habit of attacking, killing and doing away with belongings of people along the roads. Along the road, a vehicle was heading towards the convoy there was a communication from the walkie talkie. The vehicle was stopped and the occupants ordered out. Some soldiers jumped out of their vehicles to meet them. There were three occupants, a driver, one other passenger and an elderly man. They all came out but the elderly man was so sluggish in coming out, but finally he struggled came out with his left hand having bandage and blood stain. On interrogation, it was realized the man was being taken to Maiduguri that night as a result of an accident he had in the evening. Imagine

these three meeting terrorists on this bushy road! The soldiers sympathized with him and wished them a safe journey into the town. After some hours of night patrol, it was back to base, BTB, as they call it so we returned to town. These soldiers do it every day and night moving from one road to another, especially major roads coming into or going out of Maiduguri. These soldiers stay awake so that the rest of us can sleep well and have nice dreams as civilians. The day patrol was also a very nice experience. Before takeoff, we visited the Garrison and the Headquarters of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, the Maimalari Barracks Maiduguri. Major General Olukolade took us there and we met the General Officer Commanding, GOC, Major General Ahmed Mohammed. This dark complexion friendly very tall, mustached officer shook hands with us full of smiles as we did general introduction. Very soon, we took off for some forests to visit and see how the soldiers were doing. The GOC led. As we drove on, we kept

passing some real villages and I realize they need social amenities – water, schools, health and recreation centres, feeder roads, and security. They are always vulnerable to attacks as their grains, animals and vehicles are attractions to the sect. We reached one of the camps and soldiers had just returned from operation, they arrested two boko haram suspects approximately in their 30s during the operation. The soldiers all gave the senior officers there compliments and he had some

The soldiers were combing some of the roads to make them secure for travelers because terrorists were in the habit of attacking, killing and doing away with belongings of people along the roads

said tapping the soldier on his shoulder and ordered him back. The GOC went round from one spot to the other comprising of soldiers either in tens or so, talking to and listening to their complaints and suggestions before meeting them in an enlarged group. “How is the fighting spirit and morale?”, General Mohammed asked the soldiers. “very high sir”, they chorused in loud voiced. “Good, the nation is proud of you. Keep it up”. He said and the journalists were told to stay some metres away. He had an interaction with them for about thirty to forty minutes and their commander ordered them back to their trenches. In the middle of this visit, there was an explosion, the soldiers remained calm, the GOC turned to the journalists, “that’s a mine explosion. The terrorists mined some areas with the hope that they will get at us. An innocent civilian must have stepped on it”. He said. I realized that there were very many dogs in camps and in check points only to be told

the animals detect bombs and usually alert soldiers of enemy advancing too. I saw ladies in full combat gear and one proudly said “we are here to protect the nation”. Unofficially and on a sideline of this visit, two corporals told me there were foreign mercenaries fighting for the sect. They said some of them do not speak any Nigerian languages neither can they speak common Pidgin English. One then added that some arrested boko haram members have confessed to being trained by white skin people in the mountains. The other soldier corroborated it but could not say if the so called whites were Europeans, Arabs or Asians or Americans. As usual, the ever present vigilante groups, the Civilian Joint Task Force were ever present. They feel they know some of the terrorists and could identify them for the security operatives to arrest. They actually arrest some and hand them over to the security agents. These civilians are always armed with charms, sticks, cutlasses and machetes. They also have

dogs as companions in doing the job. In the midst of this, what is the civilian life back in the city of Maiduguri? The following day, I visited popular streets and markets to see what life looks like to the ordinary person in the town. Many Banks were opened for business the commonest means of transportation is the try circle, since motorcycles were banned in the town because they were often used for drive- by shootings and killings. At the Monday Market along Airport Road, hawkers of sachet water or popularly called pure water made brisk business due to the hot weather. I met Mr Vincent James Shebenyan from Kaduna State and his friend from Kogi state in their NYSC uniform opposite the gate of El-Kanemi College of Islamic Theology. They said even when they had some fears, they were serving humanity. At a different market near Bank of the north where there are also very many banks, I saw what I can call “the usual united nation”. Muslims and Christians sell side by side irrespective of where they come

from. For example, Standley Godwin from Enugu state, a Christian, sells motor spare parts while his neighbor a Muslim, Mohammed is a panel beater. Uche Success also sells spare parts but wishes that the crisis will end soon so that life will become normal. Madam Joy from Abia state deals in soft drinks in this market her husband is a pastor and of their five children, three were born in Maiduguri. She says she has not seen reason to leave Maiduguri and prays for peace to reign in the region. As expecting of haggling, once someone appears, these traders behave the same way. They rush to woe such a prospective customer telling them what they sell. I met Mohammed Kaka, interstate commercial driver at Ngomari area with his mechanic, Mohammed Kugar. They all complained of lack of customers and hard life they were facing. Mohammed kaka complained of insecurity in some highways as sect members often dispossess them of vehicles and property, with many of them and their passengers killed irrespective of religion. He wants more soldiers deployed to the roads to save travelers. Active political parties have flags, photographs of aspirants adorning their offices and roundabouts. I met a man who simply identified himself as Shehu and claimed to be a civil servant and wanted him to comment on politics in Maiduguri and he said he never discusses politics because he does not like politicians, stressing that “they caused this problem in north east Nigeria”. In the metropolis, there are many big bill boards of the state Governor, Alhaji Shettima Kashim, praying to God to grant the state peace and appealing to everyone to live in peace with one another. On Thursday night, April 24, boko haram sect went on the offensive in attempts to release their arrested two colleagues I earlier mentioned above. Unfortunately, they met their waterloo. Forty of these terrorists were killed, some wounded and many arrested while four soldiers were killed in this Bulanbulin attacks. When finally I told General Olukolade that I enjoyed the trip, his response was “we wanted you journalists to have a feel of the real thing”. shemangba@gmail. com,shemangb@yahoo. com


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Feature

Safety measures and the World Economic Summit By Evelyn Okakwu: with agency report

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he activities of terrorist have led to a massive shut down of Nigeria, as the country prepares for the World Economic Summit. The Federal government had on Friday taken steps to secure the country and as a form of response to the deadly car bomb blast Thursday in the Nyanya Moto park, which was the second time, the attack was happening. The president reportedly ordered the closure of all public schools and offices from Wednesday when the Federal capital Teriritory, (the FCT) will be hosting the World Economic Forum on Africa. The economic meeting is scheduled to hold from Wednesday, 7th to Friday, the 9th of May. It will be attended by world leaders and business executives around the world. The statement read: “This is to inform the general public that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, has approved, as part of arrangements for the successful hosting of the World Economic Forum Africa, that all Government Offices and Schools in the Federal Capital Territory, except those on essential services, are to be closed from Wednesday, 7th to Friday, 9th May, 2014. Private Organisations with large number of staff may also wish to close down,” The statement was accredited to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, said in a statement Friday. The government said the measure is to ease the flow of traffic within the city and enable those attending the forum carry out their assigned roles.

The presence of armed security has not deterred terrorists from reaching there goal

Further reports revealed that the Nigerian, security forces have detained several people in Abuja over recent bomb attacks, days before a World Economic Forum event in the capital. Most of those held were said to be foreign, but no details were announced. Schools and government offices are to close during the WEF event, which will be attended by the presidents of Rwanda, Senegal and Kenya as well as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. The government is under pressure to tackle widespread unrest. So much has been said about the seaming inefficiency of the Nigerian Militry in the quest of ensure the security

of lives and property, as most Nigerians are gradually loosing their cool with fear greeping the minds of a majority of the people. The Nyanya explosion, late on Thursday killed 19 people, two weeks after a nearby bombing left 75 dead. No group has said it carried out the attacks, but Islamist militant group Boko Haram is being blamed. A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said those detained on Saturday were being interrogated and had provided “useful information.” Boko Haram is also believed to be behind the kidnapping of more than 200 teenage girls from their school in Borno state

Government is fighting security ahead next weeks World Economic Summit

in north-eastern Nigeria more than a fortnight ago. President Goodluck Jonathan had in amedia chart addressed the wide spread criticism of his handling of Islamic militants. During the address, he noted that it was appreciated that the people showed concern for the state of the Nation, but noted that the military had combed the town of Maiduguri ware the girls reportedly came from that were abducted but had difficulty locating some of the places Boko Haram has staged a wave of attacks in northern Nigeria in recent years, with an estimated 1,500 killed in the violence and subsequent security crackdown this year alone. But recent bomb attacks in Abuja, including one on 14 April that Boko Haram admitted to, have raised fears that the militants could be trying to expand their area of operation. On Saturday the US warned its citizens of a plan to attack one of

The scene of the blast

two Sheraton hotels near Lagos, Nigeria’s main commercial hub. In a statement on its website, the state department said those behind the plot were “groups associated with terrorism”, but gave no further details. President Goodluck Jonathan’s government says 5,000 police and soldiers will be deployed for the WEF on Africa, which begins on Wednesday. The official reason for closing all schools and government offices in the capital is to ensure traffic flows smoothly. But the BBC’s reports from Abuja that security concerns are also a likely reason, with fewer vehicles on the roads enabling stricter searches and cutting potential targets for further bomb attacks. The government minister said the security measures were aimed at calming nerves but told Nigerian media the focus on returning the abducted girls to their families was “much more important”.


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Education Association congratulates Prof Kate Omenugha on appointment By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

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he Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria (ACSPN) extends its congratulations to one of its Vice Presidents, Prof. Kate Omenugha, on her recent appointment as Commissioner for Education in Anambra State. The association in a statement issued at the weekend by its Publicity Officer, Dr. Bisi Olawunmi, noted that the appointment was a recognition of the sterling qualities of Prof. Omenugha, particularly her thorough professional training as an educator. Prof. Omenugha, the second female professor of mass communication in Nigeria, has been one of the driving forces in the formation of the innovative, bridge-building ACSPN in the continuing efforts at closing the gap between Town and Gown - the practitioners and the academics -

in the field of communication in the country. She is expected to bring to her new position training experience at both secondary and tertiary levels having been a former secondary school Principal as well

as Head, Department of Mass Communication, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra state. Prof. Onemugha is an Alumnus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she earned bachelors and masters

degrees in English and Mass Communication, respectively, and Gloucestershire University, Gloucestershire, Britain where she got her doctorate degree in media and gender studies. Until her appointment, Prof.

Omenugha was the director of UNIZIK Campus radio station which won the award as best Campus radio station in Nigeria in 2013. She is married, with six children.

Kogi Govt pledges to support education transformation agenda

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overnor Idris Wada of Kogi has pledged the state’s readiness to support individuals whose focus was to impart knowledge and support its education transformation agenda. Wada made the pledge in a statement by the Deputy Governor’s Press Secretary, Mr Michael Abu, yesterday in Lokoja. The statement said Wada made the promise throught the Deputy Governor, Mr Yomi Awoniyi, at a book launch by a renowned educationist, Dr Bello Ibrahim, in Arabi Local

Government Area of Kogi. It said the knowledge gathered by the author and documented would be significant to the development of education in the state and country at large The book titled ``Pathfinder: The Footprints of Alhaji Ahmed Badamasui. It said that Wada urged Nigerians to see politics as geared towards development. It added that the present realities point to the fact that those in positions of authority must live above board and make service delivery their

cardinal point. The statement said the book would advance the need for a peaceful political process and development of religion in Ebira land in particular. It described the book as one that would impact positively to the nation’s developmental politics, noting that knowledge is power. The statement called on other individuals with skills to emulate the contributions of the author. It said Dr Joseph Makoju, who was chairman at the occasion, noted that the

book would enrich the fading political values of the area. The statement said Makoju explained that reading would help to improve quality decision to be made by leaders. It called on Nigerians to imbibe the culture of reading developmental books. The statement also said that the author of the book, Ibrahim, noted that the book was aimed at contributing to the political development of Ebira land. It said the book was his own contribution toward making the younger generation to shun politics of violence and other vices that would not mean well for the people. It appealed to the people to embrace issue-based and developmental politics. (NAN)

Muslim students call for national fasting over Chibok girls

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Kano state Governor, Engineer Rabi’u Musa Kwakwaso (3rd left), in a group photograph with members of the management of Bells University of Technology, Otta, Ogun state, on Saturday. The governor was in the university to see the 200 students sponsored by the Kano state government and assess their performance as part of his visits to the over 3000 students sponsored for studies within and outside the country.

Governing councils of colleges of education to resolve prolonged strike

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he Committee of Chairmen of Governing Councils of Federal Colleges of Education has resolved to end the strike by lecturers in the colleges nationwide. The Chairman of the committee, Sen. Emma Anosike, announced the plan in Enugu on Friday at a news conference to mark the end of the committees’ tour of federal colleges of education in the southern part of the country. Anosike said the chairmen embarked on the tour to assess the situation in the institutions to enable it to submit a report to the Federal Government for immediate action in its effort to end the strike. He expressed satisfaction with

the infrastructure development in most of the schools, especially those provided by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). The chairman, however, frowned at the attitude of the personnel, including the authorities in some of the institutions toward their duties and management of infrastructure. ``When we got to certain institutions, we realised that what they had in those institutions would enable them to generate revenue internally in addition to budgetary allocations. ``Some of their technical departments have well equipped department to build furniture that can be used in the colleges

and other institutions. We have proposed that the school authorities should embark on such projects. ``We saw a lot of equipment lying idle in these colleges instead of being productive. ``The team was also exposed to cases of misplaced priorities in some colleges and in a particular instance where a college was building a stadium which was not needed there. ``At the end of the day, they will blame the Federal Government for not providing enough resources to facilitate teaching and learning,’’ he said. Anosike, however, appealed to the striking lecturers to go back to work, assuring them that the government would

implement their demands in no distant time. ``We will do everything possible to make sure that the government fulfills its part of the agreement. ``I am appealing to you to go back to work first because we have decided to take over the matter and resolve it once and for all,’’ he said. Anosike said that a similar committee of the council had visited FCEs in the northern part of the country. The colleges visited by the committee include Alvan Ikoku, Owerri; FCEs in Umunze, Anambra; Asaba, Ondo, Omoku in Rivers; Oyo, Abeokuta, Akoka in Lagos and Ehamufu in Enugu State. (NAN)

he Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSS), on Sunday urged Nigerians to embark on fasting and prayer for the safe return of the students abducted in Chibok, Borno, on April 14. Malam Abdulazeez Folayemi, President of the society made the call in Minna during a lecture to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the body. The lecture was organised by the North Central Zone of the MSS. “The million of Muslim students in Nigeria and the Diaspora reject this terrorist act that is aimed at increasing and complicating the suffering of the already traumatised Nigerians. “We call on everyone to embark on fasting and prayer in order to seek Allah’s intervention in this precarious time. “Our view is that the nation is undergoing a trying period, the nation should wear a mourning look and all flags should be flown at half-mast until our sisters are rescued,” he said. He urged the Federal Government to deploy ``all necessary machinery to ensure the safe return of the girls’’. Folayemi condemned the second Nyanya bomb explosion and urged the authorities to come up with more proactive measures to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency. (NAN)


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Healthy Living

Liver detox food: Turmeric

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urmeric is a member of the ginger family and is highly beneficial for helping with digestion and cleansing the liver. It is a food that is commonly used by Asians and may be available in your local Asian market. Turmeric has a phytonutrient called curcumin, which is a liver protectant compound that may help to shrink engorged hepatic ducts, making it useful for treating liver conditions such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, and jaundice. When liver is cleansed, it will also benefit skin conditions including: eczema, psoriasis and acne, for it is a potent detoxifier. Turmeric stimulates the production and flow of bile, and the liver uses bile to eliminate toxins; bile also rejuvenates liver cells that breakdown harmful compounds. Other health benefits of turmeric: - Anti-bacterial, anti-septic, anti-inflammatory - Anti-cancer, anti-ageing - Helps remedy diseases of the digestive tract - Prevents oxidation of cholesterol and reducing the risks of heart diseases - Prevents deterioration of mental performance - Improves intestinal flora, thus the health of the gastrointestines - Good remedy for common cold - Relieves sinusitis

The Diabetes Buster Juice

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resh fruits and vegetables nourish every cell in the body, help prevent disease, flush the system of waste and contain more vitamins and minerals than you can imagine! Ingredients: 1 bitter gourd/melon, 4 celery ribs, 1 and a half cup parsley, 2 cups spinach, handful of brussel sprouts, 1/2 lemon.

Garlic home remedies

Effects of cold water after having meal...

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or those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice

to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that

you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this “sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal. A serious note about heart attacks - you should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive. A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this message sends it to 10 people; you can be sure that we ‘illsave at least one life. Read this & send the link to a friend. It could save a life. So, Please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about...

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. For ear pain: use two crushed garlic, boil, strain and apply a few drops warm. 2. To sleep: to sleep; eat salad with garlic at night. 3. Against warts and spots on the skin: Apply the garlic directly onto the skin to clear spots, especially those caused by acne. Its topical use also removes warts. 4. For rheumatism: Rub the peeled garlic over the sore and swollen joints. This choice leads to a rather anti-inflammatory action and reduces pain. 5. To lower blood pressure: People with high blood pressure can take a garlic clove fasting party. To avoid irritating the stomach lining, it is recommended chopping the garlic clove and swallows every bit as if they were pills. You can also prepare a syrup with two heads of peeled garlic. Must be mixed with sugar, and a glass of water. To lower the pressure should take 2 tablespoons a day. 6. To restore virility: Combine the garlic with wheat germ oil and

cayenne. You can also rub garlic in the area of the lumbar spine. 7. Against pertussis: Spread garlic in the chest and back to soften the cough and relieve airway. To prevent flu and allergies, garlic mixed with honey and lemon. 8. For muscle aches: Eating garlic tones the muscles. Prepare a paste of a head of garlic and crushed rub it on the affected area. You can also compress and prepare a place for the entire night on the sore area. 9. Smoking cessation: Take a couple of raw garlic on an empty stomach, two with lemon juice before lunch and before dinner the other two. 10. Hair loss: You can prevent it by rubbing the scalp with a mix of 1 teaspoon of garlic juice, 8 oz. of rosemary tea, 1 tablespoon of honey and lemon juice. Nursing women should avoid using garlic as it alters the taste of milk and produces pain in the stomach and intestines infant child. People who suffer from headaches should also avoid using garlic.

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Healthy Living

FG partners Canada to strengthen effort on reduction of maternal, child mortality By Abbas Aminu Bamalli

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he Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Perry John Caldwoodhas expressed readiness to assist Nigeria to strengthen its efforts towards improving the health sector in the Country. Mr. Perry, who disclosed this in Abuja, during a visit to the Minister of Health, Prof. OnyebuchiChukwu said, the assistance was to ensure the reduction of high rate of

maternal and child mortality in the country. According to him, the visit was to strengthen the existing good relationship between his country and Nigeria, and also to discuss issues related to the health of Nigerians, especially maternal and child mortality. He said the issue of maternal and child mortality is one of the major concerns of every nation when it comes to the issue of health, as it can be preventable if proper majors have been taken on time.

Responding, the minister, commended the Canadian High Commission for thinking in the same way with the Nigerian government over the issueof reducing the high rate of maternal and child mortality in Nigeria. According to him, the partnership will come as a form of assisting the country by funding some of the programmes designed the Federal Government, aimed at reducing the cases of death during and after delivery.

NMA seeks police protection for its members

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he newly-elected President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Kayode Obembe, has called for adequate security for its members, to curtail the incessant kidnapping of doctors in the country. Obembe made the call at a news conference on Sunday at the end of the NMA’s 54th Annual General Meeting and Delegates Conference held in Benin. “It is common knowledge that doctors are the most vulnerable group when it comes to kidnapping. “It is time for us to ask for police escorts for members wherever we are going because it is a proven fact that we are delivering services to all Nigerians and we are not protected. “We want government at all levels to provide police protection for doctors in the course of their duties, including in their various health institutions. “Judges are protected roundthe-clock, even in their houses, so why can’t the government do the same for the doctors,” he said. Obembe said that by ensuring the safety of doctors, it would also be beneficial to the public, stressing that when doctors are kidnapped, patients would also

feel the pains. On the decadence in the Primary Healthcare centres, he said that the passage of the National Health bill (NHB) would proffer the needed solution. The new NMA president said that the bill allowed for a certain amount of money to be geared towards primary healthcare development in the country. Speaking on the perceived gap in public sector doctors receiving more benefits, Obembe said that the Community Based Health Insurance Scheme (CBHIS), when fully operational, would bridge the gap. He said that under the scheme, every community would have a doctor who would be the Primary Healthcare Provider for that community. The NMA President said that with the Health Insurance coverage in place, every citizen would have access to ``promotive, curative and rehabilitative health services’’. He also called for more cooperation from the media in the coverage of the association’s assignments. Obembe added that the association was poised to promote Universal Health Coverage for all Nigerians. (NAN)

. . . canvasses peace, exercise for healthy living

D L-R: Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, and the State Minister for Health, Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, during a summit on Polio Eradication in Nigeria organized recently in Abuja by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with International Rotary.

Diabetes: Mangoes are beneficial to arteries, says nutritionist

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iss. Yemisi Olowookere, a Nutrionist in Garki Hospital, Abuja, said diabetic patients could benefit from eating mangoes for the fruit’s positive effect on the arteries. Olowookere told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Wednesday that mangoes helped to prevent the circulatory complications associated with diabetes. According to her, mangoes are of great benefit to the circulatory system and should be included in the diet of all who experienced poor blood circulation or in the coronary arteries. “Mango is a fresh fruit with the greatest vitamin A content; 16 types of carotenoids have been identified in mangoes that are responsible for its vitamin A action. “The most abundant of these is beta-carotene. Carotenoids are potent antioxidants that

neutraliseoxidising free radicals, which are molecules responsible for cellular arguing,’’ Olowookere said. She said that mango was a good source of vitamin C, a medium sized mango provides 138 per cent of the adult daily requirement of this vitamin. Olowookere said mango was one of the richest fresh fruits in vitamin E as it provides 33 per cent of the daily requirement. “Mangoes also contain significant amounts of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and niacin. In terms of minerals potassium is most notable, with smaller amounts of magnesium and iron. “Eating mangoes help maintain a healthy skin. It has been proven that Vitamin A deficiency produces skin dryness and scaling. Mangoes contribute to proper skin hydration and tone,’’ she said. Olowookere says eating

mangoes is recommended in cases of eczema, dermatosis (skin degeneration), skin dryness and as a preventive skin aging. She says fresh mango is a rich source of potassium, which is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps to control heart rate and blood pressure. “Mango has high level of vitamin C, pectin and fibres that help to lower serum cholesterol levels. “Mangoes are rich in the three most powerful antioxidant Vitamin A,C, and E, and its consumption is recommended whenever there is vision loss due to conditions such as night blindness,’’ Olowookere said. She advised Nigerians to eat more mangoes or make juice often to impart flavour to dishes. Olowookere said there were several cuisine all over the world that used mangoes to add spice to a main course. (NAN)

r. Osahon Enabulele, the National President, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), has called for peaceful co-existence among Nigerians to promote healthy living and development in country Enabulele made the call in Benin on Saturday during the NMA’s International Walk for Peace. He said that sport had been discovered to be a unifying factor among the people, adding that without peace there would be no development. The NMA boss further said that it was important for people to exercise since regular exercises promoted healthy living. The walk, tagged ``Dame Patience Jonathan International Walk for Peace’’, was part of the association’s 54th Annual General Conference and delegates meeting holding in the state. Enabulele said that exercise was good for the body in terms of health promotion and improving the overall body fitness. ``Exercise helps to reduce the occurrence of noncommunicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and cancers. ``The first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan is someone

who has expressed desire to be part of this walk for peace but unfortunately, she is not here physically due to some challenges in the Federal Capital. ``She has been in the fore front of our campaigns and she is one of the ambassadors of healthy living. ``She is a symbol of the women’s struggle and we believe that her contributions will draw participation from other women to embrace healthy living,’’ Enabulele said. The Chairman of the Edo Chapter of NMA, Dr Emmanuel Ighodaro, said the association believed that without peace there would be no development. He said the association also believed that the walk for peace would enable people to do regular exercises and embrace peace as part of their life style. ``We need peace in our homes, society and in the country; peace is what will take this country to the next level. ``That is why the first Lady Dame Patience Jonathan decided that there should be a walk for Peace during the programme. ``The NMA believes that this walk for peace will prompt people to do regular exercises and embrace peace as part of their life style,’’ he said. (NAN)


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ashington and Brussels are the heroes of the Ukrainian saga, if you believe the Western media. Russian President Vladimir Putin is cast as the Big Bad Russian Bear, US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are the Democratic A-Team. Russia is supposedly using dirty KGB-inspired tactics: secret agitators backed by masked paratroopers. The West makes the same tired claims to back democracy and freedom and denounces Putin’s foul play. The hyperbole is extraordinary. Is it really appropriate to invoke the memory of Anschluss, or compare Putin to Saddam Hussein? Kerry has called Ukraine an “incredible act of aggression”, conveniently ignoring drone strikes, the Iraq War, and the numerous illegal coups the US has pulled off since World War II. Former US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made the argument in March that Putin is “trying to reestablish Russian influence and a measure of control over the former states of the Soviet Union”. All this deceitful moralising, as well as attempts to classify Putin’s putsch in Crimea as some grandiose geopolitical strategy, ignores two crucial realities about this crisis. The first is that Putin is acting out of political desperation. The second is that the West has been no saint in this crisis, and it may even have caused it. Putin’s first two terms saw widespread political support built primarily on healthy economic growth, mainly thanks to booming oil prices. An avalanche of foreign investment allowed businesses and infrastructure to grow at pace. Everyone was employed, the middle class was growing and Putin of course claimed the credit. Then came the financial crisis of 2008. A sovereign debt crisis in Europe left Russia exposed. Prices rose and profit margins for businesses grew unhealthy. Many who had made it into the middle classes found themselves back in the working poor. For a while, Putin blamed the mess on European financiers. But this tale was discarded in December, when he admitted that most of Russia’s economic problems were homegrown; born out of broken promises he made to reform the economy and rout out systemic corruption. And Russia’s economic misfortunes are not set to end soon - economists forecast growth rates averaging 2.5 percent, far behind most developing economies, and emergency cash reserves will reportedly run out in three years. Alexei Krudin, an ex-finance minister, has blamed Putin for the economic crisis. He says more should have been done sooner. In December, the polling agency Levada put Putin’s approval rating at its lowest in 10 years. The boom years of his first two terms are a distant memory. Putin, therefore, enjoyed his Kremlin Christmas overshadowed by the imminent prospect of political failure. Admittedly, the opposition movement in Russia is disorganised, underfunded or behind bars. But

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Pro-Russian protesters attack pro-Ukrainian supporters during a rally for a Single Ukraine in Donetsk on April 28

the memories of mass street protests in 2011 and 2012 are still fresh. Victimisation of the print press has grown more violent, control of TV stations has expanded and suppression of dissent has become ever more cruel. As Putin’s popularity falls, he must tell more lies to his people, shut up his critics - or simply distract the Russian public with military expeditions abroad. Crimea as distraction Crimea has been this distraction. There is no grand plan, Putin is not being a “playground bully” nor is he seeking to “re-establish Russian influence and a measure of control over the former states of the Soviet Union”. Crimea was simply an opportunity which Putin saw, a land grab which Putin knew would play well at home and, at least in the short term, save his political skin. The second criticism of the standing Western narrative is that Putin is playing dirty. Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the EU’s top diplomat Catherine Ashton have

been at pains to call him out on this. But has the West not been doing the same? It all depends on the timeframe you use to judge the Ukraine crisis. In 1990, the final leader of the dying Soviet Union was explicitly promised by then US Secretary of State James Baker that NATO would not take advantage of Russia’s weakness and expand their influence eastward. In a speech which he gave in the Kremlin, Baker confirmed that there would be “no extension of NATO’s jurisdiction for forces of NATO one inch to the east”. In an interview with Der Spiegel in 2009, Mikhail Gorbachev was gutted: The promise he had been made that day by Baker had proved a hollow deceit. “One cannot depend on American politicians,” he said. He was joined by then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who confirmed the West’s duplicity. “None of the things that we were assured, namely that NATO would not expand endlessly eastwards, and our interests would be continuously taken

into consideration,” had happened. Gorbachev and Medvedev were right to be angry. Despite Baker’s promise, NATO had expanded into Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania. All of these countries were formerly within Russia’s sphere of influence. And all of these countries were significantly more than “an inch to the east”. On top of NATO’s rapid expansion, the West added to Russian trauma by trying to position missile defence systems in both Poland and the Czech Republic. The plan was eventually scrapped after Russian opposition was made clear. While Washington claimed the missile bases protected Europe from Iranian missiles (despite Tehran not owning any missiles with sufficient range), Russians believed they presented a clear security threat. Imagine if Putin had announced he was building missile bases in Mexico. Finally, fast-paced but accurate investigative journalism by the American writer Steve Weissman has revealed how in the months and even

In an interview with Der Spiegel in 2009, Mikhail Gorbachev was gutted: The promise he had been made that day by Baker had proved a hollow deceit.

years running up to Euromaidan, US money had been vociferously funding anti-Yanukovich political activities in Ukraine. Shadowy think-tanks linked to the US State Department have funded over 80 “pro-democracy” projects in Ukraine, as well as almost completely funding an opposition TV station. As Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich fell, Putin took his opportunity in Crimea. In press conferences, he has laid out the historical events above. He credibly claimed Russia had been the victim of a Western plot to surround and contain Russia. He also pointed to wilder theories about the CIA’s involvement and neo-Nazi gangs roaming Kiev. The West has concentrated on mocking the latter while conveniently ignoring the legitimate gripes Putin raises - the possibility that the West, through meddling and provoking incessantly, may have caused this crisis. In the face of clearly hypocritical Western lecturing - Putin’s ratings at home have soared. And the people of Ukraine have also been betrayed their push for democracy co-opted by US interests, and their economy having lost up to $80bn, according to latest reports. Will Western leaders be held to account? Probably not if this thundering and incorrect narrative continues to play out across the media. This is why Western leaders are so keen to demonise Putin - it gets them off the hook. Courtesy; Aljazeera


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ANC ends campaign with huge S Africa rally

Tunisian synagogue struggles to bounce back

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month after the end of Passover, Jews around the world travel annually to Tunisia’s Ghriba synagogue, an ancient temple on the island of Djerba. According to an old folktale, the synagogue takes its name from the Jewish saint El Ghriba, meaning “The Stranger” or “The Miraculous”. “There is nothing like it [elsewhere] - it only exists in Tunisia,” Perez Trabelsi, chair of the synagogue board, told Al Jazeera. But the temple, a visible symbol of the centuries-long coexistence of Jews and Muslims in the country, has struggled in recent years to secure consistent funding, and attendance has dipped since the revolution, with international visitors apparently wary of the country’s security situation. In 2000, the number of pilgrims peaked at 10,000, but fell after a bombing at the synagogue two years later. The revolution introduced new instability; in the year before the 2011 uprising, 4,000 pilgrims visited Ghriba, but by 2013, fewer than half that number attended, according to synagogue curator Khoudhir Hania. In 2012, a synagogue in Ghabes city was set ablaze but no casualties were reported. It nonetheless served as a grim reminder of the 2002 bombing which targeted Ghriba synagogue and left 19 people, mostly German visitors, dead. Funding has also been inconsistent. This year, preparations for the pilgrimage were aided by a 10,000 dinar (about $6,300) ministry grant, which went towards restoring the intricately painted interior of the synagogue, known for its distinct blue, white and green hues. That was up from 2,000dinars(about$1,250)in2012and nothing in 2013, Trabelsi said. “The Ministry of Religious Affairs supports religious minorities. Above all, they are Tunisian citizens,” Abdessatar Badr, chief of staff to the Minister of Religious Affairs, told Al Jazeera. The increase of funds in 2014, he said, is “proof of [the ministry’s] support for the Jewish community”. Ghribaislocatedinthesoutheastern villageofHaraSghira,severalkilometres fromHoumtSouk,thelargestcityonthe island of Djerba. Jewish pilgrims come to Ghriba from all over the world – with a significant number from Europe and Israel – but the annual pilgrimage also presents an opportunity for the JewishTunisian diaspora to visit their ancestral home.

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ens of thousands of people have attended a rally in support of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg, as the country gears up for general elections on May 7. The rally, dubbed Siyanqoba (we are going to win) on Sunday marked an end to the campaign trail of President Jacob Zuma and the ANC. Addressing a packed crowd at the FNB stadium, Zuma said he was “ready to move South Africa forward.” “South Africa is a better place than it was in 1994 thanks to the programmes and policies of the ANC,” Zuma said. ANC supporters, many of whom had slept overnight outside the stadium, formed a sea of yellow as they came out in support of the party that led the movement against apartheid and has dominated politics since 1994’s historic elections. ANC supporter Irene Masuku told Al Jazeera she had been an ANC supporter for the past three decades and was “here because the ANC is home.”

President Zuma said he was “ready to move South Africa forward”.

The ANC has sought to woo voters by citing improvements in various sectors, including transport and power generation. “Some successes have been made to produce infrastructure components locally. These include progress with the manufacture of busses, train coaches and locomotives

solar-water heaters, condenser units for power stations and other equipment” Zuma said. Another supporter, Jabulani Radebe, told Al Jazeera that despite the challenges, the ANC had improved lives across the spectrum. South Africa has about 25 million registered voters who will head to the

polls on May 7, its fifth democratic election since apartheid ended. The ANC is expected to win but with a reduced majority. President Zuma’s credibility has taken a hit since a report revealed that more than $20 million of state money was spent on upgrading his private rural home.

Libya congress to elect new prime minister

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ibya’s national congress is set to undertake the final vote for a new prime minister on Sunday, after clashes hit the country’s

parliament building in Tripoli during two previous rounds of voting. The 200-member General National Congress (GNC) will elect

The second round of voting was postponed twice after the GNC building was attacked by fighters

the new leader on Sunday. The country is currently run by an interim government led by acting Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni after the sacking of former Prime Minister Ali Zeidan last March. The elections were called after Thinni refused to continue in office. He offered to resign on April 13, saying he and his family came under a savage attack the night before in their residence and he could no longer put innocent people’s lives at risk. The first round of voting last week included 9 candidates. The two with the highest votes are businessman Ahmed El Metig, a Harvard graduate, and Omar Al Hassy, a lawyer and university professor. They will go head to head in a second round.

“We are living in chaos. I don’t care who wins, he must rebuild the army and police. There is no way we can develop the country without first creating stability in the streets,” said Hamid Ben Ashour, Tripoli resident. The second round of voting was postponed twice after the GNC building was attacked by fighters during each vote. Several security guards were injured and some members of the GNC accused supporters of Hassy for the attacks but he has denied this. “We don’t want the country to be rebuilt using weapons. This is not my way. My career says it all. I am a lawyer and a university teacher, I preach peaceful coexistence and democracy. I have nothing to do with these incidents,” he said.

was planned for a nearby cinema complex but was unsuccessful. All three incidents happened

within minutes of each other, BBC correspondent Mohamud Ali reports from Nairobi.

Twin explosions rock Kenyan city of Mombasa

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hree people have been killed and several wounded in two explosions in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa, police say. In the deadliest attack, a grenade was reportedly thrown in a bus that had just arrived from Nairobi. The other blast happened at a bar near a hotel in the Nyali beach area. There are no reports of casualties there. Kenya has been hit by a spate of attacks blamed by the government on Somali Islamist militants. The al-Qaeda-linked group alShabab has carried out several attacks

in Kenya since 2011, when Kenya sent troops into Somalia to battle it. No-one has yet claimed responsibility for Saturday’s blasts. The first blast is believed to have occurred after a grenade was thrown in a Nairobi-Mombasa bus that had just arrived in the busy Mwembe Tayari transport terminal, killing three people and wounding at least four others. The second explosion took place at a beach bar near the Nayali Reef Hotel, after a device was left in a plastic bag in the washroom. It is thought that a third attack

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Families refuse to bury dead in India’s Assam

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elatives l i off those h killed kill d in India’s northeastern Assam state have refused to bury their dead, demanding that the state’s chief minister, Tarun Gogoi, visit their area, according to local media reports. On Saturday, authorities called in the army to restore order after suspected Bodo separatists killed at least 32 people from the minority Muslim community in two days of violence that began late on Thursday. “Does our life have no value? We are only demanding that we are protected and we are not attacked and killed in future,” villagers of Nankekhadrabari in Baksa district told reporters on Sunday, according to English daily Times of India. The district administration instead of providing violence-hit people security and protection, is now threatening to arrest us if we do not perform the last rites of our dead Villagers in violence-affected Assam state, “The district administration

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t least 60,000 people have fled towns in the Deir Ezzor province in eastern Syria which has been the scene of fierce clashes between rival rebel groups, opposition activists say. The al-Qaeda affiliated al-Nusra

iinstead d off providing idi violence-hit i l hi people security and protection, is now threatening to arrest us if we do not perform the last rites of our dead,” the villagers alleged. Rasida Khatum, who was injured in one attack, said the attackers made her and other 30-40 people

d on the h riverside i id before b f h stand they started shooting at them. “I somehow managed to escape with my child, but they shot dead three people in front of my eyes, though many others have died too”, she said from a hospital bed. Police said on Sunday that had

h killed kill d three h d rebels b l they suspected and arrested eight forest guards for alleged involvement in the killings. Two rebels were killed in a dense forest near Tejpur district, while the third was killed in an exchange of fire in Udalguri district, AP news agency reported.

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Asia & Middle East

Dozens of ‘AlQaeda fighters’ killed in Yemen

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emen’s army has killed 37 alQaeda suspects and wounded dozens as part of a major offensive launched in the south of the country, the defence ministry has said. The “terrorists” were killed in the Maifaa region of Shabwa province on Sunday, on the sixth day of the operation against alQaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters, the ministry said in text messages sent to journalists according to the AFP news agency. On Friday, soldiers backed by warplanes had killed five suspected al-Qaeda members in the same area. Hours ahead of Sunday’s raid, state news agency Saba reported that army reinforcements had been dispatched to Shabwa to “deal with al-Qaeda”. Washington considers the Yemen-based AQAP the deadliest branch of al-Qaeda’s global network. The armed group took advantage of a 2011 uprising that forced veteran strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh from power to seize large swathes of southern and eastern Yemen.

Thousands flee Syria rebel clashes Front have been battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for four days despite an order from al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri

The fighting comes as rebels agreed a deal with the Syrian government to withdraw from Homs

to stop fighting, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday. “Residents of the towns of Busayra, home to 35,000 people, Abriha, home to 12,000 people, and al-Zir, home to 15,000 people, have nearly all been displaced by the fighting in the area,” the Observatory said. The group, which relies on a vast network of contacts on the ground for its data, said al-Nusra Front’s fighters burnt down several houses in Busayra, as did ISIL in Abriha. At least 62 fighters have been killed in this week’s clashes, said the Observatory. “There are battles now in an area around 10km from Busayra

that has an oil rig and a gas plant,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said. The latest showdown between al-Nusra and ISIL erupted on Wednesday in energy-rich Deir Ezzor, bordering Iraq. Meanwhile, the planned evacuation of fighters from rebel-held parts of the Syrian city of Homs has been delayed by a day, activists say, though a ceasefire is still holding in the country’s third-largest city. A rebel pullout from Homs, which is known as the ‘capital of the revolution’, would hand President Bashar al-Assad complete control of the city and deal a major symbolic

blow to the uprising-turned civil war. But local activists said it wasn’t clear why Syrian forces weren’t allowing the first phase of several hundred rebel fighters to leave the Old City area on Saturday. Rebels in the city agreed on Friday to surrender territory in exchange for safe passage to other opposition-held areas. Homs is strategically important as it connects government strongholds along the western coast with the capital, Damascus. The conflict in Syria since March 2011 has killed more than 150,000 people and forced nearly half the country’s population to flee their homes.

Dozens dead in continuing Iraq violence V iolence in Iraq, including shelling in a rebel-held city and an attack targeting Shia pilgrims, has killed more than 30 people in 24 hours, officials have said. It came as officials counted ballots from the April 30 general election, the first since US troops withdrew in late 2011, and amid a protracted surge in nationwideunrestthathassparkedfears of a return to the large-scale sectarian killing sprees of 2006-2007. In Fallujah, just a short drive west of Baghdad, shelling in southern areas of the city killed 11 people and wounded four others, Ahmed Shami, a doctor, said. It was not immediately clear who was behind the bombardment, which began on Saturday evening and

continued into Sunday. In a sign of the significant power of anti-government fighters, all of Fallujah and parts of Anbar provincial capital Ramadi, farther west, have been out of governmentcontrolsinceearlyJanuary. The crisis in Anbar, which shares a long border with conflict-hit Syria, erupted in late December when security forces dismantled Iraq’s main Sunni Arab anti-government protest camp just outside Ramadi. Shia pilgrims attacked North of Baghdad, a bombing and shooting targeted a bus carrying Shia pilgrims on Saturday evening, killing 11 people and wounded 21 others, police and a doctor said. The pilgrims were returning

from Samarra when a roadside bomb exploded on the outskirts of the town of Balad and gunmen opened fire on the bus. The worshippers had been participating in commemorations marking the death of Imam Ali alHadi, the 10th of 12 imams who are key to the Shia Muslim faith. Also on Saturday evening, police found the bodies of eight family members shot dead inside their home in a predominantly Sunni area southeast of Baghdad. It was unclear why the family had been targeted or who killed them. More than 3,000 people have been killed already this year, according to an AFP tally based on security and medical reports.

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Ukraine police station in Odessa attacked

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undreds of pro-Russian activists have attacked a police station in Ukraine’s southern port city of Odessa, forcing open its gate and smashing windows. Calling for the release of several people who were arrested during deadly clashes in the city on Friday, hundreds surrounded the building on Sunday, chanting “fascists” at the police contingent placed outside the station. Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull, reporting from outside the police station, said the prisoners have been released, carried away from the police station with no attempt made to prevent them from leaving. “Police did nothing to stop them from leaving,” he said. “The question now is why? It seems the police acquiesced because of the intense violence Odessa has witnessed.” Shortly before the attack, the Ukraine flag on top of the police station had been replaced with the city’s flag. “It was a large, angry crowd. Many believe the police could have done more to stop the violence on Friday, but did nothing,” our correspondent said. The attack came hours after the Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced that the police chief in Odessa had been sacked for the violence two days ago that left dozens dead. Yatsenyuk made the announcement of Pyotr Lutsyuk’s dismissal on Sunday hours hours after the country’s interim president declared two days of mourning. He said an investigation into the unrest would be carried out. In a statement announcing national mourning, interim president Oleksandr Turchynov said: “The day of May 2 was a tragic day for Ukraine. I have signed a decree for two days of mourning in Ukraine for the heroes who died in the course of the anti-terrorist operation and also for those who died in the tragic events in Odessa.” At least 42 people lost their lives in Odessa on Friday after fighting between pro-Russian and proUkraine armed groups climaxed in an inferno that trapped dozens as both sides hurled petrol bombs. Nine more people, including four servicemen, died in fighting on the same day as the Ukrainian army intensified what the government calls an “anti-terrorist” operation around the rebel-held town of Slovyansk. The Kremlin and Ukraine traded accusations over the violence, with Kiev saying the Odessa violence had been “coordinated by sabotage groups from Russia”. Moscow said it was “outraged” as the scenic port city became a new front in an escalating months-long crisis that has sparked fears of a Russian invasion.

Obama speaks out in support of press freedom

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he US President Barack Obama has spoken in support of press freedom in countries including Egypt, where four Al Jazeera staff have been imprisoned by authorities. Obama was speaking

at the annual White House Correspondents’ dinner in Washington DC on Saturday, which coincided with World Press Freedom Day. “Our thoughts are with those who are in places like Ukraine and

Aghanistan and Syria and Egypt who risk everything and in some cases their lives to report the news,” Obama told 2,000 guests at the event. The dinner is traditionally marked by the US president making

lf d ti remarks k and d jokes j k self-deprecating at the expense of political opponents and media personalities. While Obama did not directly mention the Al Jazeera journalists being held in Egypt, the case has achieved international attention after a social media campaign. All four journalists appeared before Egyptian judges on Saturday. Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste and Mohammed Fahmy, from the Doha-based network’s English channel, were denied bail and their case was adjourned until May 15. They face charges of spreading false news and working with the Muslim Brotherhood, an organisation which has been banned in the country. In a separate hearing, Al Jazeera Arabic’s Abdullah El Shamy, was told he would spend another 45 days in detention. He has been in prison for more than 262 days without charge, and has been on hunger strike for more than a 100 days in protest. Al Jazeera rejects all charges and accusations against its staff.

Apple awarded $120m damages in Samsung trial

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amsung has been ordered to pay Apple $119.6m in damages, after a jury found the South Korea firm copied two of the US technology giant’s patents. Jurors in California delivered their verdict on Friday in the latest lawsuit involving the rival smartphone makers.

Apple had sought $2.2bn from Samsung, accusing it of infringing five patents covering functions such as slide-to-lock, universal searching and quick linking. Separately, Apple was ordered to pay $158,400 to Samsung after the same jury found it had infringed at least one of the South Korean

By Mustafa Pulat

To sustain its fast development, Nigeria needs to enhance her infrastructure

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urkey and Nigeria have deeprooted and strong relations. We have had an Embassy in Nigeria since 1962 before most of the African countries. As old friends and two fast developing countries, which have significant potential and bright future, we understand each other. We understand each other’s feelings, difficulties and needs. Perfect political relations between Turkey and Nigeria at the bilateral level and in the international fora have reflected on our economic and commercial relations. Our bilateral trade volume have increased more than 5-fold in the last 10 years. However, the current bilateral trade volume, approximately 1,5 billion USD, is far away from reflecting the potentials of our countries. We have to work harder to increase this number to its true level. In this regard, we evaluate the construction sector among strategic sectors, which could enhance the bilateral economic and investment relations between Turkey and Nigeria. Turkish construction sector is

prominent in the world in terms of the total size of the projects they assumed abroad. Construction sector is the engine of the Turkish economy, which grew very fast in the last twenty years. There are many very successful, prominent and world-wide-known Turkish construction companies, which are running large-scale projects from Latin America to Africa and from Russia to the Middle East.

company’s patents. Samsung had wanted $6 million, arguing Apple had violated two of its smartphone patents related to camera use and video transmission. The verdicts marked the latest episode in an intellectual property battle between the world’s top two smartphone makers. Apple and

Turkish construction companies are famous with their high-level quality and hi-tech production and relatively fair prices that they offer. On the other hand, Nigeria is one of the fastest growing countries in the world and has the largest population in Africa. Nigeria is also the largest economy in Africa with her 509,9 billion USD annual income in 2013, after the recalculation of her GDP through changing the base year from 1990 Mustafa Pulat is Turkey’s ambassador to Nigeria

Samsung have sued each other in courts and trade offices around the globe. Two years ago, a separate jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple $930 million after finding it had used Apple technology to create older generation devices. Samsung is appealing that decision.

to 2010. We welcomed this pending development, which has demonstrated the real economic growth and potential of Nigeria to foreign investors. The framework that I have explained above indicates a significant potentialofcooperationbetweenTurkey and Nigeria in the field of construction. Although several Turkish construction companies have already been operating in Nigeria, the potential of cooperation in this field is bigger. The further development of cooperation in this field will constitute a “win-win situation” for both sides, Turkey and Nigeria. Constitution of “win-win situations” is among the basic codes of ethics both for the Turkish government and our business world. We are pursuing long-run partnerships, which will based on mutual trust, understanding and gain. Mr. Pulat is Turkey’s ambassador to Nigeria and made this presentation to a forum on Turkish construction held in Abuja.


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Strange World Guy went a year without bathing, still managed to stay clean

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7-year-old environment activist Rob Greenfield went a whole year without taking a shower. A man-made shower, that is. Instead, he spent the year bathing in natural water resources – lakes, rivers, rain and waterfalls. And when natural water wasn’t accessible, he used a bucket filled with water from leaky faucets and fire hydrants. Here’s the surprising bit – while the average American consumes about 100 gallons of water a day, Rob used less than 2 gallons a day that whole year. That’s eight Nalgene water bottles. Now, that’s quite a difference. It really makes you wonder about how much water we actually need to survive. Rob said that he got the idea to live with less water during a long bike ride across America to promote sustainability and eco-friendly living. “I set a bunch of rules for myself to follow to lead by example. The rule for water was that I could only harvest it from natural sources or from wasted sources. And I kept track of exactly how much I used, with an aim of showing just how little we need to get by.” After the 100-day bike ride without showering was over, Rob decided to continue his streak. He went ‘showerless’ for the next 6 months and then decided to extended to a year. And it turned out to be a whole lot easier than he thought. When the bike trip was done and Rob resumed his normal life at home, his water usage increased to about 10 to 20 gallons a day. But that’s still five to ten times less than the American average. He went without showering for the next eight months and ended up saving 5,000 gallons of water. On the days he didn’t feel like swimming, he just rubbed himself down with a cloth and a gallon of water. “We

have this idea that water needs to be pouring down our heads to get us clean, but there’s just so many other ways to do it.” “You think I’m really stinky right? You think I smell like some sort of Swamp Monster,” Rob wrote in a Huffington Post article. “Actually, nope. When I say that I haven’t showered that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t bathing. I swam almost every day, and showered in waterfalls, and I used eco-friendly biodegradable soap when I needed to.” Rob said that one of his biggest lessons was realizing that he didn’t need cosmetic products anymore. “I just used some soap, toothpaste, essential oils and found that to work real well. This compared to previously using colognes, deodorant, shampoo, lotions and all sorts of other products full of chemicals. And guess what? I had no lack of friends!” “I realized that water doesn’t have to come from a shower head to get me clean. You can wash yourself in lakes. Rivers. Or just by sitting in the rain,” he wrote. “But when natural water wasn’t available, I found other places to clean myself without having an impact. Like a leaky fire hydrant

Rob Greenfield in Brooklyn. Or this blasting fire hydrant in the Bronx.” Rob also learned that he could air dry instead of using a towel, which reduced his

laundry. “Hygiene is extremely important to me, and I want to make sure my message is getting out to people in a way that they feel they can take some of this stuff on. For me, it really came down to realizing that we don’t need all these cosmetics in order to be clean and to be hygienic. I just found that we’re really over-hyping how much we need to do in order to keep ourselves clean.” During the shower-free year, Rob said that he never missed the relaxation that a long, warm shower could offer. “I turned my shower time into a time to connect with nature,” he wrote. “It became my favorite time of the day, when I would disconnect from the stresses of life and be present with my surroundings. Sometimes I jumped around before jumping in.

And sometimes I just chilled out. Other times I contemplated life.” More importantly, he learned to appreciate every last drop of water. Rob said that people’s reactions to his no-shower rule have been quite mixed. “I’m pretty happy that most people are excited about it, they’re excited to see that it’s possible,” he said. “But I have had thousands of people making comments about it being gross and me smelling really bad and things like that too.” About his love life, Rob was quite bashful while revealing that there was not exactly a shortage of women who were happy to be with him when he wasn’t showering. “The times that I miss the shower the most is when I’m with a woman and she wants to get in the shower with me and I can’t,” he admitted.

Artist creates Star Wars art with thousands of staples

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New York artist has been combining his love for staples and Star Wars to create stunningly intricate works of art. 40-year-old James Haggerty makes pictures of iconic Star Wars characters using tens of thousands of multi colored staples in organized patterns. Some of his most notable works are Darth Vader (made from 10,496 staples), C-3PO (33,580 staples) and Greedo (21,458 staples). Haggerty’s work is incredible meticulous – he starts out with a thoroughly organized plan. He first creates five to ten ink drawings and picks his favorite one. He transfers that one onto

a painted board, about 40 x 32 inches in size. He then patiently punches each staple on to the board. The dark background of the board fills in some of the negative spaces, while the metallic staples form the highlights, adding shine and depth to the picture. Each portrait takes him about 6 months to complete. Over the years, Haggerty has been using the same stapler for all his projects. It can hold up to 60,000 staples and still holds up amazingly well. He just alters the chamber for each change in color or shade. “I discovered the potential of using staples to create works of art by daydreaming and playing around with an old stapler,” said

Haggerty, who is a Star Wars fanatic and also a schoolteacher. “Staples, just like an etched line, can be bold and graphic or soft and subdued. When I use colored staples, each one acts like a dash of paint in a painting and when viewed from only a few steps back is optically mixed.” “My affinity with the Star Wars universe all goes back to my childhood,” he said. “I was hooked after the first few minutes of the first movie – they captured my imagination as a child and have continued to live on.” Although the mosaics are a hobby for now, Haggerty said that he would accept $10,000 per piece if he was commissioned. I’d say his patience and effort are well worth the money.


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Digest

Daily bowl of cereal prolongs life after heart attack

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bowl of breakfast cereal every day increases heart attack survivors’ chances of living longer, claim researchers. They found an increase in dietary fibre – especially cereals – was linked with lower death rates. Those who ate the most fibre had a 25 per cent lower chance of dying in the nine years after their heart attack compared with those who ate the least, according to a study. Every 10g per day increase in fibre intake was associated with a 15 per cent reduced risk of dying over a nine-year follow-up period. US researchers behind the study, published on bmj.com, say that as more people survive heart attacks, it is important to find out what lifestyle changes they can make to cut the risk of dying. The research team, based in Boston, analysed data from two big US studies, the Nurses’ Health Study of 121,700 female nurses and the Health Professional Follow-up Study of 51,529 male health professionals. The study looked at 2,258 women and 1,840 men who survived a first heart attack during the course of the studies. They were followed for an average of almost nine years afterwards, during which time

A bowl of cereal a day can prolong life in people who have suffered a heart attack

682 of the women and 451 of the men died. The top quintile – the one in five who ate most fibre – had a 25 per cent lower chance of dying from any cause during the nine years after their heart attack compared with the bottom quintile. Of the three different fibre types – cereal, fruit and vegetable – only higher cereal fibre intake was strongly linked with an increased chance of long-term survival after a heart attack. Breakfast cereal

was the main source of dietary fibre for the participants. Findings were adjusted for factors that could affect lifespan, including age, medical history and other dietary and lifestyle habits. It has been previously found that people who have a high intake of dietary fibre are less likely to develop coronary heart disease. Fibre’s benefits include reducing blood cholesterol, improving blood glucose levels and lowering blood pressure. The researchers say heart

attack survivors have a higher risk of dying than the general population and are often more motivated to make changes to their lifestyle. Of the three different fibre types ¿ cereal, fruit and vegetable ¿ only higher cereal fibre intake was strongly linked with an increased chance of long-term survival after a heart attack Yet treatment to improve their chances of living longer generally neglects advising a healthier lifestyle in favour of long-term medication,

tthey say. Fibre works by reducing blood cholesterol, improving blood glucose llevels, lowering blood pressure, promoting weight loss and binding tto cancer-causing agents, making tthem more likely to be excreted by tthe body. The UK’s nutritional goals and guidelines are for people to eat 440g of fruit and vegetables every day and 18g of fibre. A study from Oxford University ffound 4,000 premature deaths a year could be prevented by increasing dietary fibre. Victoria Taylor, Senior Dietitian at the British Heart Foundation, said ‘High-fibre foods are a key part of a h healthy balanced diet and this study suggests they may have a particular b benefit for heart attack survivors. ‘We can’t say for sure what caused the fibre benefit seen here. But we do know that, on average, we’re not getting enough fibre in our diets. ‘Fibre comes from a range of foods including fruit and veg, beans and lentils and also from cereal products, which this study found to be particularly beneficial. ‘To get more fibre, you can make simple swaps such as trading white bread for wholegrain versions or opting for higher fibre breakfast cereals like porridge or muesli.’ Source: Dailymail.co.uk

Parents smack their children more than they admit

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any parents hit their children more than they admit, new research shows. The U.S. study revealed smacking children is surprisingly common and most parents do it more than they say.

But the research also showed that hitting children does not resolve any problems - as most start misbehaving again within 10 minutes. Researchers at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, placed voice recorders in the

homes of 33 different families, Heath Day reports. During the course of six days, the researchers say there were 41 occasions on which a child was smacked. These occurred in 15 different families.

However, after about 75 per ccent of the incidents, the child w was misbehaving again within 110 minutes. Lead researcher Dr George H Holden said the results also sshowed that parents who shout a lot are more likely to hit their cchildren. He told Health Day: ‘Parents a are hitting their children over ttrivial misdeeds and some of the m mums are doing it a lot more tthan the self-report data has ever iidentified. ‘Recordings give us real-time iinformation, which self-reports ccannot.’ He added: ‘It doesn’t work. B But more than that, it can result iin behavioural problems like a aggression, or anxiety and d depression.’ Previous studies have rrevealed that smacking children ccan make them more aggressive and badly behaved. Last year, research from the University of Michigan showed that smacking children results in poorer behaviour over time. Another study, by researchers at Columbia University in New York, revealed children who

are smacked as five-year-olds are slightly more likely to be aggressive and to break rules in primary school. This research also showed that children who are smacked by their fathers when they are five score less well on vocabulary tests. Source: Dailymail.co.uk

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2015: I’ll build on Akpabio’s achievements, says Sen. Esuene INTERVIEW

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hat gives you the courage to dare to contest governorship election in a male dominated political environment like AkwaIbom state? I dont see governorship as an insurmountable task neither do I see it as a task beyond my reach. Also, aspiring for any political position is free for all Nigerians. It is my fundamental human right to aspire and I believe I have a lot to offer to my people. That’s why I am aspiring. Looking back to the past elections in Akwa Ibom, violence has been part of it, how will you, as a woman, cope with it? I am not going to cope with it because violence will not come my way; that’s all. The law enforcement people and the various arms of security officers will cope with it. It’s not my duty to do so. You want to step into Governor Godswill Akpabio’s shoes; how do you rate him? I rate him very highly; he has done a lot for the state. He has done a lot in transforming the whole landscape of Akwa Ibom state, even for us who reside in the state, sometimes I get confused as per which road do I take to get to where? He has done alot in terms of infrastructural development, so I rate him very highly. According to you, Akpabio has done a lot, what will you do differently? Government is continuous. There is always something that must be continously done by the new government otherwise, there will be no need for a new government worldwide. The fact that he has done well doesn’t mean that the new government will not do anything. There are so many areas. Where will your emphasis be in regards to your policies and programmes considering the fact that there are lots of women and children issues in the state? If I just want to say it in one sentence, Human capital development. Being a Senator is quite different from a Governor, how would you cope with that very demanding role? Every position requires some level of organisation and I am not trying to blow my trumpet but I am a very organized person

Senator Hellen Udoakagha Esuene, so far the only woman who had indicated interest in contesting the governorship election in Akwa-Ibom state in 2015, in this interaction with our reporter, Edoamaowo Udeme, says she would build on the achievements of Governor Godswill Akpabio if voted into power. She also explains the meaning of Affirmation Action just as she maintains that society could only be better if women are given the chance to be part of the decision making process. Excerpts: in whatever I do and I believe whatever you are planning to do, you just sit down and compartmentalise it and give it time. So, I will cope with it very well. You were a one time Minister, Minister of State and now a Senator, people are going to ask you about your achievements before voting for you. There may be very many minor ones, please tell us the major things you’ve achieved? I served in the Health Ministry for six months. During that period, my schedule included the Federal Medical Centers; it also included some foreign interventions that has to do with HIV/AIDS, Bird flu and it was during my time that we were able to source for a big foreign financial assistance for the Bird Flu. Before then, Nigerians did not believe in it. The same thing they said about HIV/AIDS saying that it was a white mans disease until people actually started to die before they believed. It was during my watch that the Federal Executive Council agreed and and consented to having AIDS patients recieve anti-retroviral drugs for free because we were able to convince them that if the government does not make it free, the disease will spread like wildfire. For the bird flu, it was during my watch that we were able to manage the one that arose in some parts of the north. Coming back home, I was able to get the Federal Medical Center, Uyo to be transformed into a Teaching Hospital. As Minister of Environment, I was there for a little over a year and I jump-started quite a few projects. You have heard about the Green World Sahara programme. It was officially launched here in Abuja during my tenure. Food to Land was a programme that was to turn around the semi arid areas in the north into food baskets and it had components with the Isreali and American government. We even went as far as signing an MOU on that. I jump started Integrated Waste Management all within that one year. Are those projects still in existence? Well, that is a different kettle of fish entirely because it is

Senator Hellen Udoakagha Esuene supposed to be continous because I realised that you must take care of your waste properly and we are talking about global warming not forgetting that indiscriminate dumping of refuse contribute to it. Because in every dumpsite, a lot of methane is being generated. So, I thought that we should have that so it can segment our refuse and turn the main ones which are biological into compost so that farmers could make use of it. The issue of the Niger Delta, we visited Ogoni which has so many well heads that is still leaking with oil and gas. I made that visit in company with the Senate and the House Committee on Environment. It was that visit which led to the Federal Executive Council, my boss the President asking me to bring in UNDP to carry out a proper assessment of Ogoniland. The report is this voluminous (using her hand to demonstrate the size). Those are what I achieved as a Minister. Other projects are small things like erotions and remediations. Now, in my present position as a Senator, I have about five bills to my name; I have several constituency projects to my name. I heve started to commission

them. I commissioned one last month and I may commission one before June. Can you please expantiate on them and let us know exactly what projects they are? I have produced a magazine that captures all my projects but the one I had last year is a fish processing center in two local governments, Mbo and Ibeno. They’ve started work there and in the next few months, they will be through. I started that magazine as a way of informing my people about what I am doing so they can read it at their own leisure and be informed! I started the job network center. I have contributed my bit in the Senate. You know that women and youth matters are very demanding. Lets talk about local politics,with the zoning policy. Uyo Senatorial District (USD) has had its turn so does Ikot Ekpene (ISD) now it’s Eket (ESD) which incidentally falls in your territory but the Oron people who are still part of you are saying that if they are not going to the Hiltop Mansion, the Ibibios should

go but never Eket, how will you be able to convince them to vote you in? I cannot convince them because everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion. I woun’t even try to convince anybody. I just market myself as per what I want and what I can do for them, and you cannot prevent people from holding views. It’s their rights, I too feel that it should come to Eket axis so everybody is entitled to his own opinion. Do you believe in zoning? Of course yes. Did you consult him and did he give you a go ahead to contest? Yes, I consulted him and yes he gave me a go ahead to contest. He is my governor, I must consult him which I did and he didn’t tell me not to. What is your word for the women who will stand by you on or before that day? I will tell them to stay focused, on the increased participation of women in politics. They should be focused and not be intimidated by what they see and hear because I believe that the affirmative action is not primarily just for women. I don’t believe that it is aimed at making women happy but much more serious than that. What affirmative action stands for is that you can’t just do it alone as one gender because the two genders see situation from different angles and until you have the two angles, you cant have a balanced decision on anything. Several times, people dicsuss about issues in my company and when I come I will point out certain areas and they will say oh! “We didnt look at that area.” It’s as simple as that. But sometimes, men feel that we are coming to displace them. No! Affirmative action is for the greater good of the society not just that women are going to be pampered or empowered differently. What is your word for your colleagues who are contesting with you in the guber elections in 2015? The same advice I will give myself. Look around you and your environment very well and plan your strategy.


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Politics Niger APC Congress: 83 jostle for positions with 1800 delegates From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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ll Progressive Congress (APC) have cleared 83 candidates to contest elections for various positions in the Niger state congress of the party. Eight candidates have signified their interests in the position of the party chairman in the state while 1800 delegates have been cleared to participate in the congress. Those cleared for the party chairmanship position include the former commissioner in the state, Idris Abubakar Azozo,

Engineer Mohammed Inuwa Zakari, Honourable Solomon Yaze, Adamu Saidu Erana, Idris Mohammed, Abubakar Idris Kantaba, Engineer Mohammed Jibrin Imam and Abdulkadir Shehu Nafutua. It was gathered that four other candidates sloging it out for the position of state secretary were cleared by the state congress committee and that they include Mohammed Ahmed Ketso, Barrister Mohammed Lima, Umaru Ndana and Yusuf Sulieman. Our findings revealed that the congress earlier scheduled for Saturday was shifted to Sunday

because the party was denied the use of the trade fair complex earlier booked by the party. Chairman of the Niger state congress committee, Barrister Usman Dalhatu Batagarawa, from Katsina state disclosed in an interview that the committee had applied for the use of the Bako Kontagora stadium and the trade fair complex but were told at the last minute that they will not be available. According to Dalhatu, this had affected the arrangement put in place as the committee had to scout for a place that could accommodate 1800 delegates from the 25 local governments of

the state for the election. He noted that the Abdulsalami Youth Centre that was latter secured was not big enough to take all the delegates at a go, adding that accreditation only took place on Saturday. Dalhatu assured that the election will be conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner while he called for the understanding of all stakeholders of the party in the state. As at 3.35pm yesterday when our reporter visited the venue of the congress at Abdulsalami Youth centre, arrangement for the election were still being fine tuned.

Dabang becomes APC chairman in Plateau From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

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ollowing a hot contest at a congress that lasted for two days, the Plateau State Charpter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has declared

Mr. Letef Dabang and Bashir Musan Sati as the state party chairman and secretary. The declaration of the result came yesterday when the congress committee chairman, Mr. Sam Maagbe, declared Dabang, with 790 votes to

defeat Amos with 369 votes. Bashir Musan Sati who won the secretary position of the party defeated former Minister of State for Information and the State interim secretary, Hon. Ibrahim Dasuki Nakande, with 903 votes against 244.

SPOTLIGHT ON OUTSTANDING NORTHERN MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Sack arrogant aides, Bauchi PDP stalwart tells Jonathan From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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Although there were lots of accusation from the defeated camps but the congress committee chairman said that whoever among the contestants that was not okay with the exercise should take it Abuja.

P e o p l e s Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart in Bauchi, Alhaji Bashir Bukar Rimin Zayam, has described the sack of President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Political Matters, Ali Ahmed Gulak, as a step in TheEight direction. He also called for all those aides who are not adding value to the Presidency. The PDP chieftain, who is also the Assistant Publicity Secretary of the PDP in Bauchi state, stated this while reacting to Gulak’s removal saying that the unguarded utterances by some of Jonathan aides run antithetical to the reconciliation moves in the ruling party ahead of 2015 general elections. “We need people that are focused and articulate who can build and rebuild the party structures; not

those that can destroy or dismantle the party with arrogance” he said. The PDP chieftain called on President Jonathan to caution his aides who were bent on causing disaffection in various states of the federation. Bukar advised President Jonathan to caution Labaran Maku or sack him from his administration for unguarded statements. As I always say “Even if a common man leaves PDP, it’s a loss, talk more of serving governors . Abusing them is a disrespect, we have to persuade people and not to castigate them. “Maku is over stretching his boundary as minister. He is expected to talk on the development of the government not to pour venom on party chieftains and responsible citizens whom he has no business with as they are party executives, ” Bashir cautioned.

2015: Sayawa Chief Gun Zaar sues against political violence From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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he Sayawa traditional Chief Gun Zaar, Air Commodore Ishaku Komo (rtd), has charged politician, youths, traditional and religious institutions in the area against any form of political violence ahead of 2015. The royal leader made the statement weekend while addressing his subjects on the implication of political violence towards economic, political and cultural development of every society. “My kingdom is not a political party, but a fulcrum of unity among all the existing ethnic groups in the state and I am ready to embrace anybody or group who identifies with my kingdom” said the royal father. Komo made it clear that it is mandatory for politician and other political groups to identify themselves before the Sayawa kingdom now that political campaigns intensify as a measure to ensure the security of live and properties of the area. The Gung zaar had charged the youths to be law abiding and be security conscious with a view to identifying any body or groups with questionable habit that is capable of fomenting violence in the area. He lamented that the choice of political party is a major impediment in the area just as he explained that people should shun their differences and elect a credible, visionary and focused leader who would heal the wounds of people in the area. Komo cautioned politicians in the area to strictly seek the blessing of Sayawa traditional institutions, being a custodian of the people saying the roles of traditional institution in political development is paramount. According to the royal father, there is no way politician will win elections when there is no recognition to the traditional institution in every society, being stakeholders in nation building.


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Yuguda, Ali Pate bag more traditional titles From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi

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overnor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi state and former minister of state Health, Dr. Ali Pate has been conferred with a traditional title of Dan’isan Misau and Cigarin Misau of Misau emirate of Bauchi state. Performing the coronation ceremony, at the weekend, at the Emir’s palace in Misau, the Emir of Misau Alhaji Muhammadu

Manga said he bestowed the traditional titles on the Governor Yuguda and Dr. Pate based on their outstanding contributions towards the development of the community, state and the nation. Manga said the two titles were reserved for the class of princes in the emirate to which Yuguda and Dr. Pate belong. The Emir of Misau, who spoke through Wazirin Misau, Ambassador Babaji Misau said “the occasion symbolises the

recognition as well as reward of excellence by the entire Misau emirate as exhibited by the relentless effort of the two celebrants towards the educational, socio-economic and political developments of not only the emirate and Bauchi state but also of the country at large”. He commended them for their support to the emirate and service to humanity and urged them to do more. The new Dan’isan Misau,

Malam Isa Yuguda, who spoke on behalf of them, expressed their appreciation to the emirate for the honours done to them and pledged that they will not disappoint the emirate. The occasion was attended by first-class emirs, politicians, businessmen and government officials from within and outside Bauchi; among them are Alaafin of Oyo Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Mai Kaltungo, Mai Fika in Yobe among others.

National Youth Council Niger state chapter elects new exco From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna

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he National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Niger state chapter, has elected Comrade Jibrin Abdullahi Muregi as its new chairman from Zone ‘A’ as well as other executives to run the affairs of the council for the next three years at both state and zonal levels. Muregi, who took over from Comrade Hamisu Jankaro from Zone ‘ B’, at the expiration of his second tenure as the state chairman of the council had 125 votes to defeat his contender with 55 votes. At the election, 19 posts were returned unopposed, while the position of chairman was the one heatedly contested for by Comrade Jibrin Abdullahi Muregi and Abdullahi Mohammed of which, the former emerged victorious. Other executives elected include the deputy chairman, Adamu Gideon, General Secretary; Iliyasu Isah Jikuchi, Treasurer; Bawa Musa as Financial Secretary, Muhammad Hassan Isah and Kabir Aliyu as PRO among others. The Returning Officer from the Niger State Union of Local Government Employee (NULGE) Sa’idu Mohammed Kala, while declaring the results of the election said Comrade Muregi polled 125 votes to beat his opponent Mohammed who scored 55 votes, while 5 were invalid. Earlier, while delivering his valedictory speech, the former state chairman, Alhaji Hamisu Jankaro noted that leading the youth was no doubt a great challenge, but that with the cooperation of members of his cabinet, he was able to surmount them.

R-L: Registrar, University of Maiduguri, Babagana M. Aji, Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, and Justice Haruna Mshelia of Borno State High Court, during the 1992 Graduates of Faculty of Law , University of Maiduguri reunion dinner, on Saturday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Edo LG dismisses rumour of 300 teachers’ sack From Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin

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via North-East local government council says it lacks the constitutional powers to sack 300 public primary school teachers in the council under the pretense of ``ghost workers’’. The chairman of the Council, Mrs. Lucy Omagbon dropped the

hint at the weekend, in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the council’s boss, Mr. Kehinde Osagiede. Mrs. Omagbon however submitted that the power to sack, transfer and discipline teachers were strictly vested on State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB). It also urged the public to disregard such diversionary moves

laced with poisoned icing ``tainted in bad faith and orchestrated to smear the image of the Council’’ under the leadership of the All progressives Congress (APC) council leadership. ``Trade unionism and activism can only strive on well-reasoned , articulated and definite facts and figures, which are the core elements that drive modern-day society’’, it stated.

Traditional rulers should support security in border areas, says ex-lawmaker From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi

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former Kebbi state House of Assembly member and former sole administrator of Kaoje local government area of Kebbi state, Hon. Abubakari Umar A.K Ka’oje has admonished the traditional rulers in the country to give their full support in strengthening the security around border areas. He made this called at the weekend, while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after turbaning him as Talban Yamman Yamusa by

the district head of Yamusa, Alhaji Abubakari Abdullahi Ka’oje, adding that it is now the responsibilities of the traditional rulers, most especially those living near the border areas, to assist the government in combatting the insecurity challenges. ‘’We, the traditional holders, also have role to play in curtailing the persistent insecurity in some parts of the North, as government and security operatives cannot do it alone; we have to wake up and fight this menace together before it escalates’’ he said.

He adviced all the title holders to use their status in developing Nigeria’s economy while assuring the people and the district head that he is ready to work with the his cabinet members in order to move the society forward and promote unity among them. Speaking early, the District Head of Yamusa, Alhaji Abdullahi called on the people to live in peace with one another irrespective of their religion and ethnic differences, while describing the Hon. Umar Kaoje title as well-deserved.

VP’s wife tasks NGOs to fight for tackle poverty with right policies and programmes From Ahmed Idris, Birnin Kebbi

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he wife of the Vice-President, Hajiya (Dr.) Amina Namadi Sambo has called on the NGOs, individuals, World Health Organisation (WHO) and other development partners to come up with a policies and programmes that would impact on the lives of the people, most especially on women and reduce poverty in the community. She made this call at the weekend, while delivered her speech during the 5th graduation ceremony of 80 women on skillsacquisition and literacy trainees at the Alkali Hussaini Foundation, in Birnin Kebbi. She added that it is the absence of such organisations which complement government’s efforts in literacy and economic empowerment of the populace in the past that has contributed in making the northern region to be so backward in education especially and consequently, illiteracy and poverty which has overwhelmed its people. Dr. Amina, who was represented by the wife of the Kebbi state Deputy Governor, Hajiya Fatima K. Aliyu, commended the effort of the ECOWAS Commissioner Political Affairs, Peace and Security and also the former Minister of state for Foreign Affairs and Women Affairs, Hajiya Salamatu Kaoje for her initiative which has improved the lives of its people in the immediate community. In her remarks, the founder of the Foundation, Hajiya Salamatu Hussain Suleiman thanked the wife of the vice-president for honoring her invitation, adding that the foundation, which was established four years ago with the aim of helping people out of despair, poverty eradication and propelling the society towards sustainable growth and development. Speaking earlier, the coordinator of the Foundation Hajiya Aisha Ahmed Hussaini said that so far, over 500 women have been trained in different skills such as knitting, tailoring etc., adding that 110 youths benefited from adult education and 15 students were given forms, with16 orphans sent to schools. She added that 2 girls were also sent to Abuja to learn computer skills, while 4 of them were also trained on POP, saying all of them have graduated and were selfemployed. She also stated that the Foundation has constructed 4 bedroom staff quarters for primary schools teachers as well as learning materials at Madadi primary school in Gwandu emirate.


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First Lady, Mrs. Patience Goodluck Jonathan (right), going through the list of the students that registered for the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) in Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state with Head, National Office of WAEC, Mr. Charles Eguridu (middle), during First Lady meeting with the wives of Northern state governors and women across the country over the abduction of some female students by Boko Haram from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, on Friday night at the State House, in Abuja. With them is wife of the Senate President, Mrs. Josephine Mark (left). Photo: Joe Oroye

L-R: Abia state Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, welcoming Director General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Alhaji Ladan Salihu, to his office, at the weekend, in Umuahia.

L-R: Oota Olubadan, Chief Lekan Alabi, former Minister of State for Agriculture, Otunba Bamidele Dada, his wife, Mrs. Omolade Dada, Patron, Oyo state NUJ, Mr. Bamidele Samson, and Chairman, NUJ Oyo state, Mr. Gbenga Opadotun, during the World Press Freedom Day Lecture, on Saturday in Ibadan. Photo: NAN

L-R: Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Professor Babatunde Osotimehin, representative of Speaker, House of Representatives, Alhaji Nasiru Jidda, former Minister of State for Health, Dr Muhammad Pate, Shehu of Bama, Alhaji Kyari Ibn-Elkanami, Bauchi state Governor, Malam Isa Yuguda, and Governor, Borno state, Alhaji Kashim Shetima, during a colloquium dinner, last Friday in Bauchi. Photo: NAN Delegation from Borno arriving for a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan on the rescue of the missing Chibok school girls, on Saturday night at the State House in Abuja. Photo: Joe Oroye


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Federation Cup: FRSC beats FC Abuja to emerge winner

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he Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) yesterday beat FC Abuja 1-0 at Old Parade ground in Abuja to emerged winner of the FCT Federation Cup. The coach of the FC Abuja Usman Ilerika, who before the game dubbed his team as giant killers, said the team lost the crucial match gallantry. “We lost to a better side, my boys played very well to my instructions but the goals were not forth coming, hope is not loss because we will still meet them or other teams at the national level. FC Abuja and FRSC are carrying the flag of the FCT at the national level, “he said. Peoples Daily Sports gathered that FC Abuja qualified from the group stages, knocking out some big teams in the Nigeria National League (NNL) along the way. They defeated NNL side, TEAP FC 3-1 in the round of 16 and also edged out another NNL team, Supreme Court FC 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 score line at the end of regulation time in the quarter-finals. FC Abuja went ahead to

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ollowing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Orleans Invest West Africa Limited, the oil firm is anticipating N110 billion (5m Euros) to build two pitches and brand new hostel for various national football teams and furnish one part of the new secretariat for the federation in Abuja. The chairman of the firm, Gabriele Volpi who disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja during the unveiling of it Abuja Football College players to the president of the NFF Alhaji Aminu Maigari at the weekend, said the MoU will run for a period of four years. “The firm is anticipating 5m Euros to prosecute the project, this is part of our social responsibility by helping Nigeria to develop the game of football, we like the game, we want Nigeria to do well in it, we are doing this to develop the players with modern facilities, we are set to hit the ground running for the project, in six month times, I can assure you structures around goal project will change, “Volpi assured Nigerians. He added that the federation is to provide site plan for the construction of two football

knock out the defending champions, NAF FC in the semi-finals played on Saturday beating their Nigeria Nation-Wide League (NNWL) counterparts 2-1 to reach the final of this year’s edition. The Coach also said that

the beauty of the cup competition was that it gives clubs like FC Abuja the opportunity to be giant-killers. Meanwhile, the Coach of FRSC FC Uche Okagbu commended his boys for playing according to instructions of the

technical crew that eventual brought the trophy. “The trophy an achievement for us because these are second trophies my team has won, we won pre-season and Federation Cup within one year, “he said. Peoples Daily Sports report

he Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Sen. Bala Mohammed has lauded the chairman of the FCT Football Association (FA) Alhaji Musa Talle for organising the just concluded Federation Cup in the territory without fund to the association. The minister who was represented by the FCT director of sports council, Alem Musa who disclosed yesterday at the final match between FC Abuja and FRSC FC in Abuja, said the association has done well in aspect of organising, coordinating, officiating and entertaining of guest without a penning from the FCT administration.

“I really appreciated the FCT FA for what they did without a subvention from the FCDA because budget has not been released. We are going to support them adequately but preliminary at the zonal level. “We want them to write us so that we will know on which angle to help, the assistance will base on the letter to us,” he said. He advised the teams to put finishing touches on the players to ensure they succeed at the national because only well prepare teams advance to final at Confederation Cup. Speaking earlier, the chairman of the FCT FA Alhaji Talle Musa promised to write the let-

ter as soon as possible to ensure all the necessary arrangement for the two teams to excel are put in place because the association will work round the clock to ensure the teams succeed. He promised to assist the clubs with technical input and other logistic for the interest of FCT and the teams and called on their managements to supports the teams to the latter. Peoples Daily Sports gathered that state finals were played yesterday across the federation, while the play-off matches will be play on14th and 15th May. The draw for the National finals will hold in Abuja on 29th May.

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training pitches as well as hostel for the national teams and technical assistance for the national coaches should it needed by the management. The Oil firm has also advanced it action to sponsor Garba Manu, Flying Eagles coach and his U-17 counterpart, Emmanuel Amuneke, to attend two football tournaments billed for two Croatian cities of Rijeka and Zagreb, between May 26 and June 8, 2014. The invitation to attend the global tournaments was announced by Didi Ndiomu on behalf of the management of Abuja Football College, also funded by the oil and gas giant. Nigeria will be leading top football nations that will feature in the tournament slated for Rijeka, including Bosnia, Italy, Croatia, Macedonia, and Montenegro, while the tournament in Zagreb would have countries like Croatia, Spain, Britian, Denmark, Nigeria and Switzerland. According to Volpi, the tournaments will afford the two coaches the opportunity to watch young Nigerian players plying their trade in the Croatian First and Second Divisions, and scout for materials as they prepare their teams for the African qualifiers of the U-17 and U-20 championships coming up later in the year.

that the climax of the competition were the presentation of certificates to participated teams and fifteen thousand Naira to the highest goals scorer by the big moments sports agency chief of operation in Nigeria, group captain Patrick Akosubo (Rtd)

Sen. Bala Mohammed

Orleans Invest West Africa Limited Chairman Gabriele Volpi welcoming NFF President Alhaji Aminu Maigari to the unveiling of Abuja Football college players at the weekend. Meanwhile, the NFF’s President, Aminu Maigari who lauded the oil firm, said that the FIFA Goals project needs total renovation and rehabilitation because it has be overused by football teams and other sports federations.

The MoU was signed by the president of the NFF, Aminu Maigari, and Captain Damir Miscovic on behalf of the chairman of Orlean Investment, Mr Gabrielle Volpi with the effort of Aminu Balele Kurfi the consultant. Peoples Daily Sports gath-

ered that Abuja Football College which boasts of producing players, had U-17 first choice keeper Dele Alampasu and Alfh that won the World Cup in Dubai now U-20 as well as seven players in the U-17 camp and three in the U-20 squad.


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Ethiopian wins second edition of Okpekpe race

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thiopian, Mnen Eshion, won the 2nd edition of the 10-km (10,000 metres) Okpekpe race with a time of 28.36 seconds, beating over two thousand athletes who participated in race to the top prize. Governor Adams Oshiomhole who participated in the VIP race breasted the tape with a time of 48.10 seconds. His time in last year was 59.3 seconds. Other VIPs who participated in the race included Dr Rafiu Ladipo, PresidentGeneral, Nigerian Football Supporters’ Club; Comrade Issa Aremu, Vice-President Nigerian Labour Congress and top Nollywood stars including Alex Osifo-Omiagbo, Fred Amata and others. Other winners at the event included Amos Lintan, a Kenyan, who placed second with a time of 28.53seconds while the third position was clinched by Conelius Kagogo, also a Kenyan who recorded 29.01seconds. In the female category, Mudi Ayila of Ethiopia emerged first with 32.41seconds, while the second position went to Genet Yallew, also Ethiopian with a time of 32.52seconds while Berhame Dubaba, a Kenyan emerged third with a time of 32.59seconds. Speaking shortly after the presentation of prizes, Governor Adams Oshiomhole said the attention of the whole world was shifted to Okpkekpe in the state as the race was an international event, thus placing the hitherto remote village on the world map. “For all of us here in Okpekpe

and in Edo State, it is a thing of joy that we are hosting the world”. “For the professionals coming from various parts of the world, I don’t think it is the money alone that brought them. First as career athletes, there is fulfillment in participating in every competition, but I also think that they have managed by their presence to show the unity of the African people and the world in general. “And that is the way in which sports over the years has served as a bridge across all divides. Sometimes part of the problem of our country is that laudable ideas are started and we do not pursue it to the end.” The prize money for the winners in the female category was however increased. “When I was in NLC, I spent a lot of my time arguing the case of equal work for equal pay between men and women. As a the governor of Edo State, I insisted that we must have male drivers and female drivers in Edo Transport Service and we have found that the female driver are more careful and they hardly get involved in accidents and are more diligent. “As long as I am the governor of Edo State, women will continue to have equal compensation for their efforts. Just to make the point that in Nigeria we believe in gender equality and I believe in it fully. I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the International Amateur Athletics Federation to review the rule in order to archive gender equality,” he explained.

Teams jostle for N3m at Aregbesola Youth Soccer Classic

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NFF thumbs down Amiesimaka

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he Nigeria Football Federation has described as “the rantings of a perennial cynic,” a statement at the weekend by former international player Adokiye Amiesimaka, that the Super Eagles cannot go beyond the group stage at this summer’s FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil. NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire dismissed Amiesimaka as a self-important character who never sees anything good in any other human being, or any process initiated by others. “Mr. Amiesimaka has behaved true to type. At a time that good-hearted ex-internationals are egging the Super Eagles on, expressing faith in them to do Nigeria and Africa proud and generally giving the players immense psychological boost, Amiesimaka has again erected his tent in the Sadists’ Corner, wishing the team failure. “He is never going to be happy about other people going to play in the FIFA World Cup finals, because he never got to play at that esteemed level. He is spewing

Adokiye Amiesimaka evil and ill-will for the whole nation and continent all in the pretext of a myopic campaign for an ex-team mate to be included in the technical crew.” Olajire reiterated that the NFF is sincerely appreciative of the support of the Federal

Government and all stakeholders for the African champions to go to Brazil and fly the nation’s flag high, and expressed belief that the former player would be put to shame, once more, by the end of the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.

Confederation Cup: Defending champions lament team’s failure to retain title

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola bout N3 million would be at stake at the first edition of the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola Youth Soccer Classic holding in Osogbo from 12th27th June, 2014. According to the organizers of the tournament, Sam D’ Entertainment, the tournament which has received the blessings of his Excellency Governor of Osun State, will feature 32 teams. The Chairman of the

Dr Rafiu Ladipo, President-General, Nigerian Football Supporters Club, Governor Adams Oshiomhole

organizing committee Sunny Oyeyemi said “this is our modest way of showcasing the wonderful works the Governor of Osun State Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has been doing in the state in the past three years. The winner of the tournament would go home with 1 million naira, while the runners’ up would pocket N750, 000, with the third place winner getting N500, 000. The fourth place team will get N250, 000.

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he Head Coach of NAF Football Club, Yakubu Sambo, on Saturday in Abuja expressed regrets about his team’s inability to utilise their goal scoring chances against FC Abuja. FC Abuja knocked out the competition defending champions in the semi-finals of the FCT Confederation Cup contest. FC Abuja beat NAF FC, their

Nigeria Nation-Wide League (NNWL) counterparts, 2-1 in their fixture played Saturday at the Area 3 Sports Complex in Abuja to advance to the final. NAF FC was however bidding to win the cup for a fourth time in five editions, after winning the 2010, 2011 and 2013 editions. “It is evident that it was not my team’s day as we were very unlucky not to have scored about three or four goals before the end of the first half. “But this is football for you.

It is not like we met an entirely different team because we are very much familiar with FC Abuja. “My boys gave a good account of themselves, dominating the game from start to finish and if we had taken all our chances today it would have been a different story. “We actually prepared very well for the match today but it was not to be, so we will have to go back and prepare for next year,’’ Sambo said.


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tletico Madrid squandered a chance to all-but wrap up their first La Liga title since 1996 when they slumped to a surprise 2-0 defeat by Levante yesterday. Victory for Atletico in Valencia would have meant they needed only a win at home to Malaga next weekend to secure top spot and render their final match at Barcelona the following week irrelevant. However, an own goal from Filipe Luis in the seventh minute and a neat finish from David Barral 21 minutes from time meant Atletico failed to take advantage of Barca’s 2-2 draw at home to Getafe on Saturday. With two games left, Atletico lead on 88 points, three ahead of second-placed Barca. Real Madrid, on 82 points in third, have two games in hand, a match at home to Valencia and a trip to Real Valladolid on Wednesday. If in-form Real wins their remaining four matches they will finish on 94 points and Atletico would have to beat Malaga and Barca to match their city rivals and would win the title thanks to a superior head-to-head record. Under coach Diego Simeone, Atletico are mounting their first genuine title challenge since they won a La Liga and King’s Cup double in 1996 with a team

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Atletico featuring the inspirational former Argentina captain. In one of the best seasons in their history, they are also through to the Champions League final to play Real this month thanks to Wednesday’s superb 3-1 win at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium. Simeone’s players did not seem to be feeling the effects of their exertions in London and started the Levante match with

their usual intensity but fell behind when the ball ricocheted off Filipe’s chest at a corner and squirmed over the line. A dominant Atletico had plenty of chances for an equaliser, including a Filipe shot cleared off the line by Levante defender Loukas Vyntra in the 63rd minute, before Barral controlled a cross from the left and fired past Thibaut Courtois. Substitute Adrian curled a

Bayern to fine Boateng for brainless action

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ayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng will be fined by his club for being sent off at the end of their 4-1 win at Hamburg SV on Saturday after slapping an opponent. Bayern CEO KarlHeinz Rummenigge said the Germany international’s action against Hamburg’s Kemel Demirbay in the 86th minute was a clear lack of discipline. “One could call this action brainless,” Rummenigge told reporters. “This is about a lack of discipline. “It will be a fine in the high five digits. At 4-1 ahead and with fine minutes left it should not happen,” Rummenigge said, adding the player had already been informed of the club’s decision. The central defender, who first touched foreheads with the Hamburg player and then slapped him, is expected to be named in Germany’s World Cup squad next week.

Newcastle sends Cardiff to lower division

shot on to a post 13 minutes from time but Levante comfortably held out to climb above Rayo Vallecano to 10th on 45 points. Tempers frayed at the end and there was a brief bout of pushing and shoving involving players from both sides but it quickly petered out and the disconsolate Atletico players trudged off as the Levante fans celebrated.

Giggs hints at Manchester United exit

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(L) Jerome Boateng

yan Giggs has suggested he may have to leave Manchester United in order to further his managerial career. The 40-year-old is currently in interim charge at Old Trafford following David Moyes’ sacking last month. He won his first match 4-0 over Norwich City but lost to Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday. Louis van Gaal has agreed to take over at the end of the season, with Giggs’s involvement as player or coach uncertain - and the veteran has conceded may have to leave the club to prepare himself for a future top job. Giggs has enjoyed a glittering playing career, including 13 Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two Champions League crowns, and could make his final appearance playing at Old Trafford against Hull on Tuesday.

ardiff has been relegated from the Premier League after a single season, with defeat at Newcastle sending the Welsh side back to the Championship. Newcastle, who had lost their previous six games, took the lead through Shola Ameobi’s first-half header. A sizeable number of Magpies fans walked out after 69 minutes in protest at the running of the club. They missed a brief rally from Cardiff before late goals from Loic Remy and Steven Taylor sealed their fate. Newcastle’s rotten recent form was partly behind the open mutiny from their fans, but the supporters who stayed until the end were able to celebrate what turned out to be a comfortable victory. Solskjaer has picked up just 12 points in his 17 league matches in charge and his side’s deficiencies at both ends of the pitch were clear to see. Fraizer Campbell missed a good early chance to put the visitors ahead, scuffing his shot wide after Tim Krul made a hash of Fabio’s cross. But Newcastle were already looking far more dangerous, with Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy facing little resistance as they staged repeated raids down the right. Remy saw one effort blocked from a Sissoko cross, before Debuchy advanced from right-back and flashed in a shot that David Marshall pushed away. Cardiff has kept only seven clean sheets in 37 top-flight games this season, the lowest number in the Premier League. The Bluebirds have had problems in attack too - failing to score in 19 of those games. From the resulting corner, Debuchy saw Marshall claw his header onto the bar but there was no stopping Ameobi’s farpost header after more good work by Sissoko. The French midfielder made his side’s first goal with a precise cross and twice almost extended their lead, seeing first a shot and then a cross deflected against the woodwork. Cardiff’s best hope of a reply seemed to lie with Wilfried Zaha but the onloan Manchester United forward was denied by Krul’s outstretched leg after a mazy run and faded after the break.


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Sports

P-i-c-t-o-r-i-a-l 1. If Liverpool wins today, Chelsea’s title race is over. The Blues only have themselves to blame. 2. Andy Murray is considering hiring John McEnroe as his coach after the legend expressed an interest in working with 3. Floyd Mayweather outpointed a game Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas to unify the welterweight division and remain unbeaten in 46 professional fights. 4. Amir Khan hopes he may finally be in line for a dream fight with American legend Floyd Mayweather after returning to the ring with an emphatic win.

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5. The Serie A title is decided as Roma’s 4-1 defeat at lowly Catania confirmed Juve as champions.

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5 PUBLIC NOTICE ALAIGBO DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION THE GENERAL PUBLIC IS HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE ABOVE-NAMED FOUDATION HAS APPLIED TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION ABUJA FOR REGISTRATION UNDER PART “C” OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTER ACT, 1990. THE TRUSTEES ARE; 1. DR. DOZIE IKEDIFE 2. PROF. T. UZODINMA NWALA 3. ELDER (DR) KALU UKE KALU 4. CHIEF INNOCENT D. NWOGA 5. PRINCESS ALU IBIAM 6. PROF. BARTH NNAJI 7. PROF. NGOZI UGO 8. BISHOP OBI ONUBOGU 9. CHIEF OKEY EMMANUEL NWANKWOR 10. PROF. CHIMA KORIEH AIMS AND OBJECTIVES; 1. TO PROTECT AND PROMOTE IGBO CULTURE AND CIVILIZATION 2. TO PRODUCE A COMPREHENSIVE IGBO NATIONAL CHARTER FOR THE IMMEDIATE AND LONG-TERM RESTORATION, RENAISSANCE AND DEVELOPMENT OF IGBOLAND. 3. TO ENCOURAGE RESEARCH, DOCUMENTATION AND SOCIAL ACTION ON VARIOUS ISSUES THAT AFFECT IGBOLAND, HER SOCIAL ORDER AND HER PEOPLES. 4. TO ORGANIZE PERIODIC FORA AND SOCIAL ACTION IN FURTHERANCE OF THE ABOVE. 5. TO CO-OPERATE WITH SIMILAR ORGANIZATION THAT HAS SIMILAR OBJECTIVES. ANY OBJECTIONS TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRARGENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, PMB 198, MAITAMA ABUJA. SIGNED: BAR MRS NWANNEKA O. NWALA. 08036780006.

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Some Interesting Facts

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uhammad is the most common name in the world. It is illegal of tourists to enter Mexico with more than 2 CD’s. The state of Florida is bigger than England. On average, adults watch double the amount of TV as

teenagers do. The U.S. has a $10,000 bill with the head of Salomon Chase, a U.S. Senator on the front. The sun shrinks five feet every hour. Dueling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors. On average, a 4-year-old child asks 437 questions a day. The Queen of England has two birthdays. A scientist who weighed people immediately before and after death concluded that the soul weighs 41 gms. In Georgia, movie houses that want to show films on Sunday must reserve one showing a month for Religious material. Average life span of a major league baseball is 7 pitches. The United States has the highest minimum drinking age in the world. Having sex at least once per week can lower a man’s risk of heart disease by 30%, stroke by 50%, and diabetes by 40%. It has also been shown that men with an active sex life are more likely to live past 80 years. Silly Putty was discovered as the residue left behind after the first latex condoms were produced. It’s not widely publicized for obvious reasons. Make a fist with your left hand, squeeze your left thumb, then put your right

index finger down your throat. You now have no gag reflex. A Rubik’s cube has 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible configurations. Put two straws in your mouth: one inside a drink and one outside it. You won’t be able to drink through either straw. If you bite down on a Wint-O-

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Green Life Saver in the dark you will see SPARKS. The original pack of Skittles doesn’t contain the colour blue. Therefore, you CAN’T actually taste the rainbow. If two pieces of metal touch in space, they get stuck together PERMANENTLY. In space, there is no oxidation layer. When pieces of metal come into contact with each other in space, they stick together to become one continuous piece of metal. “Mountain Dew” is an old slang term for moonshine. Eating breakfast will help you burn 5 to 20 percent more calories throughout the day. There is a town in France named Condom.

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CAF bans Gambia for 2 years

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he Confederation of African Football’s (Caf) Executive Committee has suspended The Gambia Football Association from all Caf competitions for two years, for deliberately falsifying players’ ages. Last month, The Gambia was disqualified from the qualifiers for the continent’s under-20 championship for fielding overage players. Now, The Gambia has been banned from all Caf competitions - including the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations - in line with a clause in Caf’s regulations. It states “for any deliberate intention to foul or cheat in any matter involving the falsification of documents, the defaulting association shall be suspended for two years from all Caf competitions.

Norwich dents Chelsea title hope

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orwich’s hopes of staying in the Premier League remain alive after they dented Chelsea’s title ambitions with a hard-fought draw at Stamford Bridge. John Terry went close with a header and Chelsea twice hit the woodwork, but City’s Martin Olsson also had a strong penalty appeal turned down. The draw means Chelsea’s title hopes can be ended by a Liverpool win at Crystal Palace on Monday. Norwich must beat Arsenal and hope Sunderland lose their last two games. Victory would have moved Chelsea top, but a draw means Jose Mourinho’s side are a point behind leaders Manchester City and second-placed Liverpool, having played a game more than both. The Portuguese has long since made his desire for a new striker known and his case for summer recruits was strengthened by a toothless performance that was only partially improved by the introduction of Eden Hazard’s inventiveness in the second half. Norwich ended a run of eight successive away league defeats and a thumbs-up to the fans from stand-in manager Neil Adams at the final whistle suggests the Canaries still believe, but their chances of survival are very slim.

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QUOTABLE QUOTE Those calling Governor Murtala Nyako all sorts of names for writing the memo were doing so out of lack of understanding of the security situation in the region...It is not true that the APC governors did not agree with Nyako’s memo as being insinuated in some quarters. – Gov. Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto state

As Wukari burns...

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t was the British who first carved out an administrative unit and called it Wukari Federation. They did this in recognition of its multi-ethnic and cosmopolitan outlook. Prior to British conquest, Wukari was the headquarters of Kwararafa, a kingdom established by the Jukun people. Their king - the AkuUka - resided there and it also served as an important trading route connecting the south with such northern centreslike Bauchi, Katsina, Kano and Borno. Large caravans are said to have brought goods transported from north of the Sahara in exchange for slaves, salt and ivory at Wukari. The Jukuns themselves had in a period of extraordinary military power conquered Zaria and broken through the formidable city walls of Kano to take control of the town. In fact, they were on their way to take another of the Hausa states - Katsina - before the military juggernaut lost its impetus. Kwararafa was already in decline and by 1804 when Othman Dan Fodio staged his Jihad its days were numbered. According to the Gazzette of Northern Nigerian Emirates, repeated attacks by forces of the Sokoto caliphate led by BubaYero of Gombe, Abubakar Dogara and Buba Barkindo of Muri destroyed the power of Kwararafa. All these attacks took place between 1815 and 1860 during the reign of Aku Tsokwa, the 12th king of Kororofa. The situation became more complex with the arrival in the Benue valley in the 1870s of a man of considerable notoriety, a Gobir of the old Hausa fighting stock, who came with Bayero from Sokoto on slave raiding expeditions. Dankaro was his real name but he rejoiced in the title of Sarkin Yaki of Sokoto and was recruited by the AkuUka to fight the Tiv.

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Taraba Ag. Governor, Alhaji Garba Umar He was a ruthless warrior and this reputation brought many soldiers of fortune to his side. This band of rogues took to stealing as a hobby off the battle field. Their other activities also became a source of worry to the AkuUka who had employed them. But Dankaro, the freelance fighter without a cause and without a conscience, was not bothered. Sometimes he fought for the Emir of Muri, at other times; he joined forces with the AkuUka’s enemies at Jibu, Bantaje, Suntai and Donga to fight against the AkuUka. In this style, he became a pest to the Jukun for many years. His last grand military alliance was with the Tiv against whom he was employed by the Jukun

to fight. With his new friends, he took on the Jukun around Akwana, took over the whole of that neighborhood and gleefully announced that this country was his own. In fact, as the years went by, Dankaro’s contempt for the Jukun became so deep that he saw the Tiv as his permanent military partners. In one of his raids against the Jukun, he captured and made an open bonfire of a powerful Jukun war fetish which was believed to be of such potency that it could demobilize the enemy’s war machine. The Royal Niger Company had initially ignored his activities but when his frequent raids against innocent civilians threatened their commercial interests, the decision was taken to checkmate Dankaro. A brilliant warrior and excellent tactician, he managed to escape many of the battles and ambushes mounted against him by trained European officers. In the end, it was a kick from his horse that killed him. With his death, the Royal Niger Company was now in a position to save the Kwararafa Kingdom from the imminent annihilation it faced as a result of the activities of this same man they had employed. The British incorporated Kwarafa kingdom with its headquarters in Wukari into the protectorate of Nigeria around 1900. The AkuUka was a powerful player in the indirect rule system presiding over a multi-ethnic

Compared with what has happened in Wukari since independence, the British certainly handled Wukari better than independent Nigerian governments have done. Under the First Republic (1963–1966), the Jukun and Hausa supported the Northern Peoples Congress, while the Tiv supported the rival United Middle Belt Congress, often leading to violent conflict. This informed the decision of the military government as it prepared for the second republic to take Wukari Federation from Benue Province where it had always belonged since 1900 and merge it with Adamawa, Sardauna and Muri Provinces to form Gongola. It was a terrible misjudgment. The government announced that it was by that action going to separate the squabbling Tiv and Jukun tribesmen.

community including Jukun, Tiv and Muslim Hausa Fulani and many others. The British delegated much authority to traditional rulers in the Northern Region. In 1958, the AkuUka of Wukari was one of four such rulers serving as a minister without portfolio in the Executive Council of the region, the others being the Sultan of Sokoto, Emir of Katsina and Emir of Kano. Compared with what has happened in Wukari since independence, the British certainly handled Wukari better than independent Nigerian governments have done. Under the First Republic (1963–1966), the Jukun and Hausa supported the Northern Peoples Congress, while the Tiv supported the rival United Middle Belt Congress, often leading to violent conflict. This informed the decision of the military government as it prepared for the second republic to take Wukari Federation from Benue Province where it had always belonged since 1900 and merge it with Adamawa, Sardauna and Muri Provinces to form Gongola. It was a terrible misjudgment. The government announced that it was by that action going to separate the squabbling Tiv and Jukun tribesmen. But having lived together for over 200 years, separating the two could not be such a neat surgical operation. In fact, during the Second Republic (1979–1983) both the Tiv and the Jukun supported the National Party of Nigeria. With the military take over of power in 1983, the belligerent tribesmen returned to their trenches. There were clashes in 1990 and 1992. In 2001 and 2002 there were again clashes between the Jukun, Tiv, Kuteb and Fulani. In August, 2010 there was further fighting, this time along religious rather than ethnic lines. Christians disputed the construction of a mosque at the Wukari Police divisional headquarters, and started rioting a few days before a planned visit of the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111. Since then many more religious riots have taken place in Wukari. The current situation has been further inflamed by Boko Haram who joined the fray in support of or at the behest of Fulani cattle grazers. A new Dankaro has come to town in Wukari and things are not the same. The battle ground has become a more complex and intractable jinx. All these go to show the terrible mess we have made out of the independence we fought for. As Wukari Federation burns, so is the rest of the Federation called Nigeria.

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