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Representative of the Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), FCT Chapter,  Otaru Omokhagbo (middle); Administrator, Abuja Children’s Home, Hannatu Atar  (4th right), and members of the NIQS in a group photo with Orphanned children, during the visit of NIQS delegation to the children’s home to commemorate NIQS Week, yesterday  in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

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PEOPLES DAILY, Thursday, December 6, 2018

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News Editor, Ese Awhotu

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R-L: President Muhammadu Buhari, NSA Maj Gen Babagana Monguno, Kogi state Gov Yahaya Bello, Enugu State Gov Rt Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Niger State Gov AbubaKar Sani Bello as departs military base, Balice-Krakow, International Airport, for Abuja after completing a succesful five day-visit to Poland, where he attended the UN Climate Change Conference, yesterday in poland.

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R-L: Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari and Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Oyo-Ita Winifred, during the Federal Executive Council Meeting preside over by the Vice President, at the Presidential Villa, yesterday in Abuja

Strike: Reps demand tripartite report of FG, ASUU negotiation By Christiana Ekpa and Umar Puma

F Aisha Buhari dissociates self from impersonator Page 6

Environment 25 Feature 26 Sports 29-30 Back Page

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ollowing the lingering industrial strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the House of Representatives yesterday requested President Muhammdu Buhari to transmit the Tripartite Agreement on national minimum wage to the National Assembly for legislation. The House equally resolved to set up a joint Senate-House ad-hoc committee to investigate the remote and immediate cause of Tuesday’s industrial action by members of the Parliamentary Staff Association, PASAN, of the National Assembly. This was just as the House at Wednesday’s plenary, passed a bill for act to amend the Public Procurement Act. The request to President Buhari followed a motion titled: “Call for Legislative Intervention to Maintain Industrial Peace In the Country: Motion Brought Under Matters of Urgent Public Importance”, sponsored by Hon. Sani Zoro from Jigawa State. He said there was need for

the Parliament to intervene in the matter to finding lasting solution to the crisis. He said: “The House notes with concern, the on- going strike action by member of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which has paralyzed academic activities of most public owned universities “Worried by the reluctance of the presidency to transmit the Tripartite Agreement on National Minimum Wage to the National Assembly for legislation; “Alarmed by threats of industrial action by organized labour in the Face of the stalemate caused by the failure to facilitate the due Process needed for appropriate resolution of the dispute; “Disturbed that members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of the National Assembly also picketed our 2 legislative Chambers yesterday, to draw attention to their grievances; “Consistent with National Assembly’s established tradition of intervention that have in the past helped to resolve many labour disputes”. Zoro added that the move will

also help to avert the looming industrial action threatened by organized labour, with the potential of paralyzing the nation’s socioeconomic and political activitiesand its attendant costs. Adopting the motion, the House also resolved that the federal government should henceforth display good faith in implementing the age –old agreement mutually reached between it ASUU, so as to check the union’s incessant strike, saying it’s only weapon of compelling government to the negotiating table all the time. The committee which is yet to be set up is expected to make immediate recommendations to the 2 legislative chambers for appropriate action. Similarly, the House committed into a second reading a Bill for an Act to Amend the Public Procurement Act, Cap. P 44, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. The bill sponsored by Hons Afe Olowookere and Hon. Karimi Sunday seeks to make it mandatory for 20% of all Public Procurement of the Federal Government in a financial year to be awarded to new

indigenous companies, indigenous youths and other Nigerians who fall within the economically disadvantaged group. Speaking on the bill, the leader of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila said that “This bill does not infringe on any body’s fundamental human rights. At the end of the day when this bill is fine-tuned, it will all go well. This bill protects the youth. You are creating allocation of sorts for the youths, vulnerable and the women. There is a saying that idle hand is the devils workshop. It is important that we keep our young able men and women busy but we must not compromise certain things.” Meanwhile, Hon. Gabriel Onyewuife from Anambra State resigned his membership of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA to join the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. According a notice of defection read by the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara at the plenary, Onyewuife said that the crisis in APGA which has resulted to faction called Authentic -AAPGA was his reason for ditching the party.

Experts brainstorm on quality health care in Nigeria By Ese Awhotu

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ealth professionals drawn from varied specialties in the country met yesterday in Abuja to x-ray the healthcare delivery system in the country and proffer lasting solutions. The experts converged at the All Things Medical Conference and Exposition 2018 held at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre, Abuja. The Theme of the conference put together by Media Trust Limited, publishers of Daily Trust newspaper in collaboration with Prompt Home Health and other partners is “Building a 21st Century Healthcare System in Nigeria” Speaking at the event, the Chief Operating Officer of Daily Trust newspaper, Abhay Desa urged government and health institutions to make healthcare available to all.

He expressed Daily Trust commitment to making people know facilities and opportunities available in Nigeria. This is even as he condemned medical tourism saying that, “I have been in this country in the last four years and I use the medical facilities here.” Dr. Bello Abubakar, a consultant Clinical Gynecologist at the National Hospital, in his presentation advocated that all health treatments should take place Nigeria even as he called for improvements in the quality of healthcare delivery. He disclosed that cancer is ravaging the country as 70 percent of the 102 cases of the disease reported annually die. “Cancer is ravaging our country. We have 102 cases each year and 70 percent die of the disease

within that first year. There are no facilities, no training programmes,” he lamented. Abubakar, however, hoped that at the end of the conference which continues today, solutions will be preferred on cancer treatment. A former health minister, Professor Mohammed Ali Pate who spoke on the topic, ”Improving Health Quality and Outcomes in Nigeria” described quality health as one that delivers quality outcomes and is trusted by the people. According to him, one of the surest ways to improve on the nation’s health sector is to focus on improving quality health. “We need to focus on improving quality health. Thousands of Nigerians go to India and Europe for medical tourism, these are evidence of poor health quality,” he said.

The ex-minister, however, expressed hope that the new quality strategy that is in place in the country would be implemented to address the health challenges. Also speaking, Dr. Hope Uneja in his presentation,” Universal Health Coverage”, said that it was very encouraging that the media was at the forefront of the drug abuse talk, noting that drug abuse became popular through the media in the 1960s. He disclosed that 280 million people internationally consume illegal drugs and 25 percent of them constitute the youth population. Other experts who spoke at the conference including Dr. Ugey Ukeka,”Insuring the Informal Sector”, Jakes Epele” Addressing Inequalities in Access to Healthcare agreed on improving quality and access to healthcare in Nigeria.

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SARS reform: Presidential panel begins public hearing in Gombe

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he presidential panel on Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has begun public hearing to allow complainers lodge in their complaints. Chairman of the panel Tony Ojukwu Esq Executive Secretary National Human Rights Commission made this known in Gombe while addressing gathering at the opening ceremony of the event. He explained that the panel was aimed at finding a lasting solution towards eradicated the menace of some of the complaints and reports on issues of alleged abuse of power and unlawful arrest and detention of public in line with extra- judicial killings made by SARS. According to him, based on the outcry the then Acting President Prof Yemi Osinbajo directed National Human Rights Commission to constitute a panel for hearing and to investigate the complaints against SARS and make recommendation to government. He said prior to the hearing and investigation, government will into how SARS will be reformed. The public hearing which is currently taking place in Gombe has equally been conducted in Abuja, Enugu, Owerri, and Port Harcourt in collaboration with Cleen Foundation and other civil society organizations.

Benue Govt. House gutted by fire From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

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ire yesterday gutted Benue State Government House damaging some section as well as cutting electric supply to Governor Samuel Orton’s office. The incident occurred barely two days after the governor departed the state to Israel to render prayers for his reelection The incident paralyzed activities within the complex and forced staff of the complex to abandon their duty post. However, no life was reportedly lost but several important items were damaged. It was gathered that, the fire started at around 1pm from the generator room located around

the account section within the Government House complex. An eye-witness and staff of Government House administration who spoke under the condition of anonymity, told our correspondent, that the fire started when a thick fume was seen emanating from the generator room close to the accounts section that shares fence with the state assembly complex. According to him, the incident was caused by a faulty electrical connection within the accounts section, adding that the level of damage was not too much even as it took the combined efforts of workers and the State Fire Service stationed in the complex to put out the fire.

“The electric armoured wires supplying light to the account section, the main governor’s office to the governor’s lodge, were completely burnt down.” he stated. Another staff told our correspondent that she was eating in her office where she heard other staff shouting for help, calling for fire fighters. “This is a great lost to the state government because the whole generator sets were burnt to ashes and that is the only source that supply light to the entire Government House complex , down to the governor’s lodge”, the source said. Confirming the incident, the Permanent Secretary Government

Administration, Mr. Iangba Gabriel, said that the firebreak did not extend to the main account, saying it was the generator plant which tried to malfunction but was immediately shutdown to avoid any damage. “It was not a serious incident and no damage was done. Those things you saw around the area were debris around the generator room. “People are calling me from Abuja including our people who went to EFCC office that they heard government house complex particularly the account section was set on fire. Infact, it was not true. The burnt wires and poles were properties of old Nitel not NEPA,” Iangba explained.

Judge warns ICPC against disobedience to court order By Vivian Okejeme Abuja

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ustice Nnamdi Dimgba, of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, warned the Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) against not obeying directives of the court. The trial Judge said he took strong exceptions to a statement by the spokesperson of the Commission in respect of the suit filed by Pinnacle Communications Ltd against ICPC. This caution was made while responding to complaints by counsel to Pinnacle, Mr. N. Ekanem SAN, concerning a press release issued by ICPC spokesperson Rasheedat Okoduwa. Pinnacle Communications had dragged the commission to

court following the freezing of its account over an investigation into payment of N2.5 Billion by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). When the matter came up yesterday, the plaintiff draw the attention of the court on the release by the prosecution agency, which according to him, contained inaccurate references to proceedings of court. Ekanem had reported to the court that ICPC issued a statement and published same on its website, which was in contempt of the court. According to Ekanem, ICPC said that the chairman of Pinnacle Communications dragged the commission to court to stop being investigated on money laundering offence. “That position is not correct. The chairman or Pinnacle cannot stop an agency of government

from carrying out its statutory functions. “They equally published on their website that an order was made by the court for chairman of Pinnacle to come and make statement at ICPC. “We apply for record of the court proceeding, there was no such court order” Pinnacle’s counsel stated. Ekanem expressed concern over the statement, describing it as a “sad development” because it was issued while the matter is still pending in court. In reaction, counsel to ICPC, Mr E. A Shogunle, denied knowledge of the publication of the press release. He stated that he had been away and was just being aware of the position in court. Justice Dimgba in his ruling said, “ I don’t like it when parties misinterpret my position during

proceeding. “Tell your chairman that I take strong exceptions to that. If it happens again, I will not take it lightly, Justice Dimgba warned. Also, Ekanem reminded the court that counsel to the ICPC, Shogunle had made an undertaking that the commission be given 21 days to conclude investiagation after which funds belonging to the company, domiciled in Zenith bank would be unfrozen. However, he was dismayed that for almost 2 months now, ICPC has refused to unfreeze the account of Pinnacle. Meanwhile, the court will on December 14 rule on an interlocutory application filed by Pinnacle seeking an order unfreezing it’s account with Zenith bank over allegation of N2.5billion fraud


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Foundation proffers ways out of corruption, insecurity in Nigeria By Paul Efiong

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igeria’s Myriads of problems ranging from militancy in the South-South, Boko Haram in the North-East, herdsmen/farmers crisis in the North-Central as well as corruption at all levels could be arrested and addressed when those in leadership positions realize the need for collective engagement of the populace. These where the advise of Newstime International Company Foundation, Tony Oyatedor, while speaking at an event in Abuja. According to Oyatedor, Nigeria’s leaders must ensure that the engage proactive measures to preventing Boko Haram, Militancy and other social problems in the country emphasizing that most often leaders usually engage reactive methods which has not yielded any positive results. He further blamed the past leadership for their refusal to head divine instruction where the wealthy ones are told to look after orphans, widows and widowers claiming that several steps taken by the incumbent shall bring good omens to the country. He stressed that, those in leadership position should endeavor to trace the steps of nationalists and Nigeria founding fathers urging all to stop blame game but to take responsibility for their action and inactions. While calling for collective en devours among all Nigerians in tackling the issues at hand advised all to march their words with action for the overall interest of Nigerian. He claimed that his foundation is not partisan but wants continued peace in the country which should be the general concern of the entire Nigerians. Responding to question on its Foundation stance which try to equate the problem of the country in the government explained” most people refused to take responsibility for their actions and in actions”. Again he pointed out that “Nigeria may return to the good old days if leaders are able to live by the dictate of the founding fathers”.

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Coalition storms US Embassy, wants Atiku’s visa withdrawn By Ochiaka Ugwu

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coalition of 200 Civil Society Groups under the auspices Forum of NonGovernmental Organisations in Nigeria Wednesday stormed United States Embassy in Abuja demanding that the visa issued to former Vice-President and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar be withdrawn. In a prepared speech titled, “THE IMPERATIVES 0F REJECTING ALHAJI ATIKU ABUBAKAR’S VISA REQUEST” and read by its National Chairman and Convener,

Comrade Wale Badmus noted that they received an update of purported granting of entry visa to Atiku Abubakar to the United State last Friday with highest level of discontent. The forum stated they were jolted that America being the bastion of democracy, rule of law and transparency in public administration can debauched into the abyss of being used by discredited and renowned financial criminals in our country to score cheap political goals. According to the statement, “However, our melancholic state transmuted into that of ecstasy upon establishing that such info

was just a hoax and an attempt to test the water of public opinion in the eventuality of such request being undeservedly granted’. They officially and strongly advised the United State embassy against granting visa to Atiku as doing so has the capacity of portraying the great American state as being supportive of illicit transactions and gross abuse of public office for personal aggrandizement. “This is apart from the tacit and covert electoral gain such can confer him as the general correct perception in our country now is that an Atiku is being denied American Visa because of proven

cases of money laundering and financial crimes against him. The Forum of NonGovernmental Organisations in Nigeria (FONGON) is a coalition of over 200 NGOs, with a total membership of 3 million individuals, comprising students, women, artisans, youth groups, etc. drawn from the nation’s six geopolitical zones. They said their prayer was imperative given the fact that corruption in developing world is also responsible for distorting markets, deterring investment, deepening poverty, undermining international aid efforts, and fostering crime. L-R: Assistant Director Organization and Support EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed, Director Legal and Prosecution EFCC, Mr. Chike Okoroma, Secretary to the Commission, Mr. Olukoyede Olanipekun, and Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, during an interactive session on the way forward to fight corruption, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

Edo confirms yellow fever outbreak in 10 LGA’s By Osaigbovo Benin

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do State government has confirmed the outbreak of yellow fever epidemic in 10 Local Government Areas for the State. Already, nine persons have been reported dead so far since the epidemic was first reported in two LGA’s over two weeks ago. The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. David Osifo

disclosed this during an audience participatory programme on radio which was monitored by our Correspondent yesterday in Benin City. He said seven of the yellow fever victims could not make it to hospital while they tested positive to yellow fever based on their blood sample results were released. Osifo did not give names of the affected Councils and casualties, but, said the age range of the dead were between 14 and 20 years.

“We have recorded nine cases of yellow fever. The disease has spread to 10 LGA’s out of the 18 LGA’s in Edo State. “Late arrival is the problem wee have. We have informed the Honourable minister of Health”,he said. He hinted that a significant number of the dead were either omitted or not presented for the vaccination by Caregivers or parents during the regular vaccination exercises while they

were infant. The Commissioner assured that the federal Ministry of Health has promised to provide more vaccines while health personnel across the Primary Health Care (PHC’s) to adequately respond to suspected yellow fever cases. He enjoined residents of the State particularly rural dwellers and farmers to embrace modest sanitary practices and be properly kitted whenever they are going to farm to prevent the disease.

Dahiru Bauchi tasks govt. on Tsangaya education From Ahmad Bauchi

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renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi has charged the Federal Government to allow people that have direct link with Tsangaya Schools in the administrations of the schools for the successful implementation of Almajiri Schools in the country. Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi made the call at the graduation 1,678 pupils that graduated this year

from various states in the country held at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium Bauchi, He said the real Islamic Tsangaya Schools owners are left behind in the implementation of the programme which left big holes in the implementation of the Almajiri Programme. Sheikh Dahiru who was represented by his eldest son Alhaji Ibrahim Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi said “with the integration of Tsangaya and Islamic education in to the modern educational system

of Nigeria, it will go a long way in the eradication of proliferation of Almajiri system of street begging”. The Scholar who stressed the importance of memorization the holy Qur’an urged Muslims and all stake holders to join hands together in order to promote qur’anic and Islamic education for the well being of the society and development of the country. He congratulated the graduated students and their parents for their resilience and commitment which help them

to achieve this golden success in Islam. Director of Education of Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi Foundation Sayyadi Aliyu Sise Sheikh Dahiru gave the breakdown of graduating students from different part of the country, Bauchi has 380 pupils that memorized the Holy Qur’an, Kano State 268 pupils, Gombe 63 pupils, Kaduna 63, Adamawa 15 pupils , Kwara state has 38 pupils and Katsina State has the highest number of Qur’anic memorisers

this year 571 pupils while 280 pupils from various Islamiyya Schools learnt how to recite 60 hizb of the holy Qur’an. Headmaster of Madrasatu Markazussaqafiyyil Islam Kobi Bauchi the first Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi Islamiyyah School Mallam Hassan Adam Dahir Markazi called on parents, students and other stake holders in education to ensure that they carried out their responsibilities diligently for the success of education of their children.

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FEC jerks up Loko-Uweto bridge construction contract to N9.5bn By Lawrence Olaoye

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he Federal Executive Council (FEC) has jerked up the contract for the construction the Loko-Uweto bridge from N6.9 billion to N9.5 billion. The Council also approved the contract for the construction of the National Freight Office at Jibia, Katsina State, at the cost of N551.8 million. Briefing newsmen after the weekly FEC meeting chaired by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the cost of the bridge linking Northern and Southern parts of the country was jerked up by N1.6 billion because the contract was awarded using 2010 rates. Fashola said, “We had only one memorandum; and it was just a cost review memorandum really, to approve cost variations on OseguduUweto road. “That road, as you might know, links the Loko-Uweto road, which is now substantially completed. The Usegudu-Uweto road links the road to that bridge on the Benue side that helps connect Nasarawa from the Loko side to Benue. “The importance of the LokoUweto road, which we have substantially now completed, is that it is the bridge that links the North and South of Nigeria. “Unlike the old Niger Bridge and the Second Niger Bridge, which link the East and the West, and linking the bridge reduces journey time from that part of the country and the Eastern part of Nigeria, especially people who link through Makurdi, Enugu and all of that coming to Abuja. It would reduce their journey time by a couple of about few days that it currently takes. “So, the revision for that contract was N1.6bn extra because the contract was awarded using 2010 rates and the contractor asked for review to cushion cost and naira depreciations and council approved that.” He added that his ministry had met with officials of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to ensure a hitch free movement during the Yuletide. According to him, FERMA had been mandated to carry out road repairs nationwide; while the FRSC had been urged to step up patrols of major roads to prevent raid mishaps during the festive period. The minister added that his ministry has also put in place measures to make electricity available to the nation during the festive period. Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, also told journalists that FEC had awarded the national freight office in Jibia for the sum of N551, 810,060 million and the contract is to last to 36 weeks. “You know that the National Freight Office is usually located at border post. So, the border post between Katsina and Niger Republic, is where it is located,” said Amaechi.

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How criminals, drug lords bribe police with mansions, cars By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu

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former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Musiliu Smith, who is now the Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), has said that the decay in the Nigerian police system had reached the level that criminals and drug bandits give houses to serving policemen to compromise them. He said this at a public hearing on a “Bill for an Act to repeal the Police Act CaP P19 Law of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and enact the Police Act, 2018”. The public hearing was attended by the current IGP, Ibrahim Idris, in company of the police hierarchy, including other top government functionaries, and stakeholders, during which they made submission at the hearing conducted by Senate Committee on Police Affairs, led by Senator Tijani Kaura. Smith said: “In Lagos State, a governor came into office. He didn’t like what he met on ground. He invited some of us to change what was on ground. That was what gave birth to Lagos State Police Trust Fund. We can’t tackle insecurity without this. Let us think of that. The annual yearly budget

ritual can’t help. It will not take us anywhere. If you want a highly motivated Police Force, we should adequately fund it. “Some policemen are given houses by criminals and hard drug bandits. That need to change. We should think of additional funding source for the police.” The former Police boss also opposed plans by the Senate to expunge ‘Force’ from the name of the organisation and retain only ‘Nigeria Police’, saying that it must be done appropriately, in line with the provisions of the constitution. According to him, since what is contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is “Nigeria Police Force”, and not ‘Nigeria Police’, it had become imperative for the National Assembly to first amend the Constitution before reflecting it in the bill; else, the name should be allowed as captured in the Constitution. He, further, observed that the Police was poorly funded, a situation he said, was responsible for the poor performance of the institution in discharging its constitutional responsibility of maintaining law and order and protecting lives and property of citizens.

Smith, therefore, canvassed for better funding of the Police, stressing that the annual budgetary provisions for the Force was usually grossly inadequate, and would never allow the agency to carry out its duties diligently. He said: “I have few observations. One is the name from Nigeria Police Force to Nigeria Police. If the name has to be changed, it has to be done constitutionally. “We met a police when all the training schools were working. We met a police where you could not be promoted without writing an examination. We met a police where every policeman lived in the barracks.” Similarly, the InspectorGeneral of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris, yesterday, at the public hearing, vehemently opposed plans by the Senate to pass the bill seeking to make it compulsory for the apex legislative assembly to confirm the appointment of an IGP by the President. He also opposed parts of the proposed Bill which would empower the Senate to remove the IGP whenever it deemed it necessary, saying that such provision was unnecessary and

would politicize the Force. This was the first time the IGP was appearing before any Senate Panel, since his refusal to appear before the Senate earlier in the year. In the amendment bill, the Senate Committee is also proposing to reduce the number of Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) from seven to one; but Idris expressed opposition to the idea, saying that the reduction would make the job hectic for the IGP. His words: “You can’t police a people without their consent. The provisions of the Bill are in consonance with the contents of the Criminal Justice System. The confirmation and removal of the IGP by the Senate is not necessary. It will politicize the Police Force. It should be expunged from the Bill. The tenure of the IGP of five years should be maintained. “The appointment of the IGP, in consultation with Police Service Commission, is appropriate. There should not be any confirmation by the Senate. This is the desire and position of the Police Force. There should not be one DIG. There should be seven, as we have already. Having one will put too much pressure on the IGP. Having seven reduces the workload.”

Chairman, National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Barrister Abdullahi Mukhtar (middle), in group photograph with members of the Armed Forces Pilgrims and Management staff of the Commission, during the members of the Armed Forces Pilgrims visit to Chairman, at the NAHCON headquarters, yesterday in Abuja.

Buhari convenes special FEC on 2019 budget Friday By Lawrence Olaoye

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resident Muhammadu Buhari will tomorrow convene a special session of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to deliberate on the draft 2019 Budget. Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, made the disclosure yesterday while briefing newsmen after the

weekly FEC chaired by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo. He said the meeting is expected to put finishing touches to the Budget, after which it will be forwarded as Appropriation Bill to the National Assembly for consideration. He did not give details of the estimates or benchmarks contained in the draft copy of the bill to be tabled for deliberations by cabinet members.

However, it can be recalled that Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma, had last month announced that the federal government was considering a leaner 2019 budget of N8.6 trillion, which is leaner than the N9.1 trillion approved by lawmakers for 2018. Addressing a consultative forum on the medium term expenditure framework (MTEF)

and fiscal strategy paper (FSP) 2019-2021, the Minister said the decision was due to reduced government revenue projection for the year. He also said government planned to cut down the level of borrowing from N1.6 trillion in 2018 to N1.5 trillion in 2019, while the deficit component would be reduced from N1.9 trillion in 2018 to N1.6 trillion.


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N6.3bn fraud: Court resumes hearing on EFCC, Jang case today From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

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prosecuting witness of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) , Emmanuel Kpanja, has failed to link the sum of N4.7 billion said to have been withdrawn from office to the Secretary to the Plateau State Government (OSSG) to former Governor David Jang. Mr Kpanja, who is a Senior Assistant Manager from Zenith Bank and Account Officer in the account of the office to the Secretary to the State Government (OSSG) was brought to court by EFCC to give evidence on the alleged misappropriation of N6.3 billion by former Governor Jonah Jang and Yusuf Pam, a former Cashier in the Office of the Secretary of State Government. Mr Kpanja whose appearance in court on Tuesday was opposed by the counsel to the first defendant, Mike Ozekhome was admitted to give his evidence on the matter. Senator Jang alongside a former Cashier in the Office of the Secretary of State Government, Yusuf Pam were standing trial before Justice Daniel Longji of the Plateau State High Court sitting in Jos on a 12-count charge of abuse of office and misappropriation of N6.3 billion before leaving office in 2015. During the hearing Mr Kpanja in bank statement from Zenith Bank tagged as exhibit 25 confirmed the withdrawal of 4.7 billion from the said accounts – OSSG overhead account and OSSG security account, but failed to link the withdrawal to the Jang who is the 1st accused person. “On 7th April, 2015 alone N10 million was withdrew 65 times amounting to N650 million and on 8th April, 2015, the sum of N10 million was withdrew 70 times which amounted to N700 million, “ he said. But during cross-examination by the counsel to the 1st accused person, Mike Ezekhome, the witness failed to link the withdrawal of said amount to Jang. Mr Ezekhome asked the witness whether the 1st accused person personally withdrew the said money or the money was transferred to his personal account or was issued a cheque, but the PW3 said, “All the withdrawals weren’t made by the first accused person. “There was no transfer of money made directly to the 1st accused person and no cheque issued directly to him,” he said. The presiding judge, Daniel Longji adjourned the matter to today, for further hearing

Again, Danjuma calls for peaceful coexistence in North East From David Hassan, Gombe

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he Presidential Committee on North East Initiative (PCNI) has advocated that peaceful coexistence should be one of cardinal point among citizens in the North East. Chairman of the committee, Lt-Gen T.Y Danjuma Rtd who was represented by one of the committee member, Mallam Aliyu Kamara made this known at a oneday Inter- Religious Dialogue for peace coexistence in the North East

held at Flourish Hotel in Gombe. He said PCNI found it necessary in collaboration with Green Horizon, in engaging religious leaders and stakeholders in community to facilitate lasting solution in the area. According to him, the committee is working with partners to promote peace building through formal and informal arbitration mechanism. The committee chairman said government will continue to advocate the rule of law

while providing an enabling environment for dialogue as well as reintegration. He called on religious leaders through their sermon to play the role of educators to create awareness and compliance in the society. Speaking at the event, Chairman of Green Horizon, Prof. Mohammed Tabiu (SAN) who was represented by the state coordinator, Ahmed H Yauta confirmed that the workshop organized by PCNI was aimed

at developing a consultancy that offers services such as legal reform, human rights, disputes resolution among others. He decried the rampant killing of innocent Nigerians by the Boko Haram which according to him, 30,000 lives has been wasted while 2 million people were displaced in the last eight years. Speaking further he said, Green Horizon in its wise decision assembled skillful facilitators to lead dialogue in six centres across the north east within the week.

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vigilante has shot a young man called Abbati Mahmud to death at Igbo Quarters in Bauchi metropolis. Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Kamal Datti Abubakar confirmed the incident to reporters yesterday in Bauchi. He said “ we have received a report about the death of a young man who was allegedly shot dead by a vigilante at Igbo quarters, we have commenced investigation over the incident and whoever is found guilty will be prosecuted. So far, we have arrested two people in

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Vigilante shoots man to death in Bauchi -Police connection with the incident.” Abubakar cautioned vigilantes against taking law into their hands. He said they must operate within the ambit of the law. An eye witness, Yahuza Shehu Allah Gaba, said “the vigilante came to their shop at Igbo Quarters around 8 pm in

the night , they said they came to cut the hair of one Mubarak when they removed Mubaraks cap they discovered that he had already shaved his hair, they went back and came back in large numbers alleging that they heard some people talking nonsense of them, this led to argument.

According to him, the deceased took some of his juniors and kept them in one room, they were eight inside the room when one of the vigilantes managed to open the window, put his gun and shot Abbati to death. The witness, alleged that over 58 gun bullets were discovered in the victims body.

He said, “ we took the deceased to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital where the doctors certified him dead.” Meanwhile a funeral prayer of the deceased was held and he was buried according to Islamic rites amidst tears from his parents and the sympathizers.

L-R: Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib; Chairman, Board of Directors, NPHCDA, Alhaji Attahiru Aliero; and Deputy Programme Manager, National Emergency RI Coordination Centre, Dr Shahzad Bang, during the 2018 service productivity awards and send forth ceremony for NPHCDA retirees, yesterday in Abuja

Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar and Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus cheering back at the mammoth crowed at the venue of North Central zonal rally of the 2019 presidential campaign of the party, yesterday in Ilorin.

Aisha Buhari dissociates self from impersonator By Lawrence Olaoye

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ife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari, has dissociated herself from Amina Mohammed who is currently undergoing interrogation by the men of the Directorate of State Service (DSS) for impersonating her.

Mrs Buhari also vowed to sanction any member of her staff found to have been involved in any fraudulent dealings. In a statement made available to newsmen by Suleiman Haruna, Director of Information to the Wife of the President yesterday, Mrs. Buhari said she had been following the investigation by the

DSS. He wrote “She wishes to state categorically that Mariyatu is not her sister and the so called Amina Mohammed is not and was never her associate and is therefore not in a position to transact any business in her name or that of her office. She wishes to further state

that she does not run businesses in her office, therefore whoever does business with anyone in her name will be doing so at his/her own risk. As for staff of her office, she wishes to state that anyone found to be engaged in fraudulent dealings, will face the full wrath of the law.”

8,861 athletes to compete in National Sport Festival -Dalung By Lawrence Olaoye

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inister of Sports and Youth, Solomon Dalung, has disclosed that no fewer than 8,861 athletes from 35 states are to participate in the19th National Sports Festival billed for Abuja from December 6th -16th 2018. Dalung made the disclosure at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by

the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the State House Villa, Abuja. The only state that not participating in this year’s festival, according to him, is Ebonyi State. He said the inability of Cross River State to host the event following several postponements, led to the take-over by the federal government. According to him, a total number of 8,861 delegates which comprises of 7227 athletes,

710 coaches, 322 other team officials, 602 state delegates, will participate in the festival. The minister said the FCT being the host held a roadshow on Tuesday, to mobilize Abuja residents to the festival’s opening ceremony which starts at 5pm. Dalung said members of the the council led by President Muhammadu Buhari have been invited to the opening ceremony. The athletes are to participate

in 10 games - Abula, basketball, beach volleyball, cricket, football, hockey, para-soccer He said the torch of unity, which has gone through all 36 states of the federation, will arrive Abuja Thursday morning. Stressing the importance of the festival, Dalong said National Sports Festival and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) are the key legacies of the country national unit

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dward Onoja, Chief of Staff to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi, on Wednesday, alleged that Dino Melaye gave false information to the police implicating him in criminal activities. Mr Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West, is charged with two counts bordering on giving false information to the police. Testifying in the case before Justice Olasumbo Goodluck, Mr Onoja said Mr Melaye also told the police that he was the mastermind of an assassination attempt on him. Mr Onoja being led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Shuaibu Labaran, said: “I got to know about the allegations against me in a publication in an online medium, Sahara Reporters, by my personal assistant. `The defendant accused me of criminal activities, including gunrunning, assassination attempt and orchestrating a grand plan to bring the government I

serve to its knees.” While being cross-examined by Olusegun Jolaawo, counsel to Mr Melaye, Mr Onoja said that he only heard of an alleged attempt on Mr Melaye in his village in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi. “The defendant alleged that those who went to kill him were

chanting Sai Edward, sai Taofik.” After testifying, Mr Jolaawo prayed the court for an adjournment to enable the defence to obtain some public documents to confront the witness. The judge, Olasumbo Goodluck, ordered the defence to get all necessary documents ready and adjourned the matter until

January 14 and January 28 for the continuation of hearing. NAN reports that in count one, the senator was accused to have, sometime in April 2017, deliberately given false information to the police to frame Mr Onoja. He alleged that Mr Onoja was the mastermind of the

assassination attempt on him. In the second count, Mr Melaye was alleged to have given a false statement of facts in a telephone conversation with Mohammed Abubakar. The offence, the police said, contravened the provisions of sections 140 and 393 of the Penal Code. (NAN)

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Plateau High Court on Wednesday ordered that eight men, who police accused of allegedly beheading a policeman, be remanded in prison. The police charged Abubakar Sani, Abubakar Mohammed, Hussaini Musa, Mohammed Zubairu, Abulahi Mohammed,

Ibrahim Usman, Mohammed Doma and Sadiq Abubakar with culpable homicide. The prosecutor, E.A. Inigbenoise, told the court that the accused persons committed the offence on September 1. Mr Inigbenoise said the accused persons on the said date attacked Yunana Ishaya with an

axe around Gordons Hotel, Zaria Road, Farin Gada, Jos North and behead him. He said that charms which the accused persons believed will make them disappear at will were found on them at the time of their arrest. He added that the offence contravened the provisions of

sections 97, 221 and 217 of the Penal Code. The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges. The trial judge, A.I Ashoms, ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the matter to December 14 for hearing.(NAN)


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Buhari Ogbeh visits IDPs beans market, assures on FG’s support celebrates Timawus Mathias at 70 By Eileen Ihemadu.

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resident Muhammadu Buhari has joined the media world in celebrating veteran broadcaster, columnist and media consultant, Chief Timawus Mathias, as he turns 70. According to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President sent warm felicitations to friends, family and professional colleagues of the renowned journalist, who spends most his time writing and counseling institutions and governments on the value of effective and integrated communication. He wrote “As the ace broadcaster turns 70, the President believes Chief Mathias’ early foray into journalism was divinely orchestrated as he worked with Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria for a while, before moving to the Nigeria Television Authority and hitting the limelight with Verdict’83 in 1983. President Buhari commends the versatility of the media professional, who continues to inspire and mentor younger people into journalism by utilising modern digital tools of communication, and remaining active on social media. The President prays that almighty God will grant Chief Mathias longer life, good health to enjoy his passion, and more fruitful years of service to the nation.”

he Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has assured beans farmers of enabling environment. Ogbeh, gave the assurance during an inspection of IDPs Beans Market along Keffi Road, Nasarawa state yesterday. The Beans Market is owned by Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Borno State. The Minister, who described the market as “one of the biggest beans market I have seen in Nigeria”, was highly impressed by the determination and hard work of the people who fled their homelands as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency, saying that the Ministry is proud of the IDP farmers who formed farm clusters in order to be selfemployed, generate employment for the teeming youths and feed Nigerians rather than waiting for government to feed them as

internally displaced persons. “This is to show that Nigerians have resilience in spite of their challenges; see what they are doing for themselves. I am surprised and elated, instead of IDPs waiting for somebody else to bring them food, here is a group of people from essentially Borno State who found refuge here and have created an industry of their own,” he said. Ogbeh assured the farmers of necessary government’s interventions with the provisions of market access, security, water and other amenities in the market as well as creating linkage roads to their farm but cautioned them against the use of toxic pesticide for the preservation of the beans and other grains but should rather adopt the usage of pepper instead of using chemicals that are dangerous to the health. He stated “I am very excited to be here, it’s quite surprising but also quite indicative of what Nigerians can do even in adversity. We are very proud of them. The

first thing we are going to say to them is that nobody should put sniper in the bag of beans. They should never put sniper, it’s a poison. They should rather put pepper”. The Minister who urged other IDPs to emulate what their peers had accomplished further promised to supply the beans farmers with harvesters, threshers and a specific number of tractors for the next planting season for easy harvesting and processing of their beans. He said he would engage the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and Coordinator of the School Feeding Programme to patronize the beans produced by the IDPs in order to boost their market. Ogbeh commended the efforts of Metropolitan Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan and other personalities who saw it as a responsibility and helped in facilitating the process of acquiring land for both farming

and market. In his remarks, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan said the Internally Displaced Persons at Auta Balefi, Keffi Road are very resourceful and talented in the production of beans in spite of their challenges and he urged the Minister to build on the achievements recorded by ensuring that government provides them with necessary supports. Earlier, the Chairman of the Beans Market, Mr.Philemon Yakubu in his welcome address thanked the Minister for honouring their invitation to inspect the market and their products and informed the Minister that the market which is fast developing needed some critical areas of intervention such as supply of water boreholes, toilet facilities, Security, ware houses and agricultural machineries among others, in order to boost their production.

Participants during an Awareness and Empowerment Programme by GH Foundation in collaboration with Bank of Industry under Government Entrepreneur Empowerment Programme, yesterday in Kaduna. Photo: NAN

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he Proprietor/Director of Gamji Heritage Academy Maje in Suleja Local Government Area of Niger State, Alhaji Isyaku Musa Abuja, has said that the management of the school would remain committed

to the education of the children in the area. He also said the leadership of the school would continue to recruit qualified and competent teachers in the school to enhance learning. Musa Abuja, who stated this while addressing the students/

pupils after he was conferred with the Media award of “Visionary Academia 2018” by the authority of the Orator Communication Limited, the publisher of the orator weekly newspaper based in Niger State and FCT, Abuja. He noted that the management of the orator weekly newspaper

awarded the school based on the service rendered to humanity. He therefore, charged the teachers to continue impart knowledge on the school children, as they were preparing them for future leaders. The Director, however, thanked the orator weekly

newspaper for the honour done to him. Presenting the award to the Director, the managing editor of the orator weekly newspaper, Mr. Nasir Oseni, said the media award was bestowed on the proprietor based on the infrastructural facilities put in place in the school.

Nigeria ranks 11th highest in child marriage -UN

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he United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), on Wednesday said Nigeria ranked 11 among the 20 countries in the world with highest prevalence of child marriage. Edward Kallon, UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, said this at the ongoing UN Women Conference 2018 in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria

(NAN) reports that the fourday conference had the theme – Ending Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation in Africa: Dialogue with Traditional and Cultural Leaders. Mr Kallon highlighted the top 20 countries with highest prevalence of child marriage according to UNICEF report titled `The State of the World’s Children 2017′. According to the report,

Niger ranks highest with 76 per cent followed by Central African Republic with 68 per cent, Chad 67 per cent, Bangladesh 59 per cent, Burkina Faso 52 per cent, and Mali 52 per cent. South Sudan has 52 per cent, Guinea 51 per cent, Mozambique 48 per cent, Somalia 45 per cent and Nigeria 43 per cent, are Malawi 42 per cent, Madagascar 41 per cent, Eritrea 41 per cent. Other countries are: Ethiopia

40 per cent, Uganda 40 per cent, Nepal 40 per cent, Sierra Leone 39 per cent, Democratic Republic of Congo 37 per cent and Mauritania 37 per cent. “Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children, 17 per cent of them or 125 million live in Africa. “If we do nothing to accelerate progress the number of child brides in Africa will double by 2050.

“Africa will take over South Asia to become the region with the largest number of children brides in the world,” he said. Also speaking, Aisha Abubakar, Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, said the plight of young girls who were confronted with several challenges from birth through childhood to adulthood due to cultural practices called for concern.(NAN)

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Senate passes bills to establish 6 federal institutions By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu

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enate yesterday, passed into law six bills seeking for the establishment of six federal tertiary institutions in different states of the federation. The proposed institutions which bills were passed into law included four polytechnics, one college of education and one university of technology. The polytechnics are to be located in Mpu, Enugu State; Kwale in Delta State, Kaltungo in Gombe State and Adikpo in Benue State. According to the bills passed, the university known as City University of Technology is to be situated at Auchi in Edo while the College of Education is be sited in Omuo-Ekiti in Ekiti. The bills were passed following the consideration of the reports of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, presented by its Chairman, Senator Jibrin Barau. While making the presentation, Barau said that the country was far short of the number of tertiary institutions it needed to meet its educational goals and aspirations.

He said, “in fact we have not attained 20 per cent of our requirements, so these institutions need to be established. “We are talking about getting our country developed and industrialised, goals that cannot be realised without having federal polytechnics and universities to train our youths to have the necessary manpower to drive the process.” After presentation of the reports, the senators dissolved into a Committee of the Whole and considered the bills clause by clause before they were read for the third time and passed. The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary session, commended Barau and other members of the committee for their hard-work towards bringing the bills to a final legislative conclusion. Ekweremadu expressed optimism that the institutions, when established wouled expand educational opportunities for the nation’s youth, who were eager to receive higher education. “I pray that the government takes steps to ensure these schools are established as soon as possible, and the necessary infrastructure provided for their early takeoff,” he said.

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Proprietor reiterates commitment to education By Usman Shuaibu

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he Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union has suspended its twomonth old nationwide strike. COEASU National President, Mr. Nuhu Ogirima, said this on Wednesday after its expanded National Executive Council meeting in Abuja. According to Ogirima, the union suspended the strike following reassurances by the Federal Government to meet its major demands. “The suspension is to enable government implement the agreements,” he said. The COEASU president, however, said the union would reconvene in January 2019 to re-assess Federal Government’s commitment to the demands. He said that the union would not

hesitate to stay away from work again if government reneges on the agreement. Ogirima noted that government acknowledged the decay of COE’s and has agreed to implement the ‘NEEDS’ assessment report. He also added that the Federal Government, through the Minister of Education, met with the state governors over the non-payment of salaries in states colleges of education. He said that government had also agreed to release a White Paper tagged “Dual Mode’’ for partial implementation of degrees awarded by some colleges. Ogirima said government also promised to recall sacked members of theO gun State College of Education.(NAN)

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our out of the six kidnapped staff of the Osun College of Technology, Esa-Oke, kidnapped on Tuesday by unknown gunmen have regained their freedom. The Police Public Relations Officer of the Command in Osun, Folashade Odoro, disclosed this on Wednesday to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo. Mr Odoro, however, declined to give further details relating to their freedom of the four workers but said police operatives were still working towards the release of the remaining four. Gunmen on Tuesday,kidnapped two students and six staff of the college. One staff who tried to escape from the kidnappers was killed by the gunmen.

The institution’s Public Relations Officer, Adewale Oyekanmi, said on Wednesday that the staff were attacked and kidnapped around 4:30 p.m., while leaving the college premises after the close of work on Tuesday. Mr Oyekanmi said the gunmen blocked Esa-Oke Road which leads to the college campus, stopped the vehicles of staff and abducted them. “One of the staff was shot and killed when he did not stop and was trying to escape (from) the gunmen in his car. “So far, the gunmen have not made contact with the family of the kidnapped persons or with the school management. “The police, DSS and men of the OPC are helping in combing the bushes to see if they can rescue the kidnapped staff,” he told NAN.

PLATEAU STATE GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA

PLATEAU STATE POTATO VALUE CHAIN SUPPORT PROJECT (AfDB Assisted) IFB NO.: PL/PVCSP/ADB/NCB/GDS/003/2018 Loan No.: 21001150037297

INVITATION FOR BIDS 1. This Invitation for Bids follows the General Procurement Notice for this project which appeared in the United Nations Development Business (UNDB) online Reference No.: AfDB 75-0/18 of 26th January, 2018 and on the African Development Bank Group’s Internet Website (www.afdb.org) and The Nation News Paper of 2ndFebruary 2018 and The Nigeria Standard News Paper of 4th February 2018. 2. The Government of the Plateau State has received financing from the African Development Bank toward the cost of the Plateau State Potato Value Chain Support Project, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for this loan to payments under the contract for which this invitation for bids is issued. 3. The Plateau State Potato Value Chain Support Project now invites sealed bids from eligible bidders for the Supply of 2nos 4x4 4WD Double Cabin Pick Up and 1no. 18 Seater Bus. Procurement of 2nos 4x4 4WD Double Cabin Pick-up and 1no. 18 Seater Bus Item 1.1

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Description Qty Procurement of 2nos 4x4 4wd Double Cabin Pick-Up Vehicle Procurement of 1no. 18 Seater Bus

Bid Security required

Delivery Period

NGN780,000.00 90 days

4. Bidding will be conducted in Accordance with National Competitive Bidding (NCB) Procedure specified in the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) October 2015 Procurement Policy framework as may be amended from time to time which is available on the Bank’s Website at http://www.afdb.org/en/projects-and-perations/ procurement/resources-for-borrowers/policies-procedures/ and is opened to all bidders from eligible source countries as defined in the rules and procedures. 5. Interested bidders may obtain further information and inspect the bidding documents at the address below from 0900 to 1500hrs Mondays to Fridays. 6. Complete set of the Bidding Document may be purchased at the office address below upon payment of a non-refundable fee of Forty Thousand Naira (N40,000.00) only. The method of payment shall be by Bank Draft or direct transfer only in favour of: Name of Account: Plateau State Potato Value Chain Support Project Name of Bank: Access Bank Account No.: 0726409813 Account Currency: NGN 7. Bids should be delivered in a sealed envelope to the address below on or before 3rd January, 2019 at 12:00noon Local Time. Bids must be accompanied with bid security in the required amount indicated in the table above. Late bids will be rejected. The Bid envelope must be marked on the top right- hand corner with appropriate Bid Identification Number. 8. Bids shall remain valid for Ninety (90) days after the deadline for bid submission prescribed above. 9. Bids will be opened in the Conference room at the office address below in the presence of ‘bidder’s” representatives who chose to attend on 3rd January, 2019 at 12:30pm Local time 10. The address referred to above is: Plateau State Potato Value Chain Support Project C/O Plateau State Agricultural Development Programme, P.M.B 2119 Dogon Dutse, Jos Plateau State E-mail: plateaustatepotato@gmail.com


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Gov. Abubakar’s N1bn traders’ loan: Business mogul, Maisuga urges mutual trust From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi

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renown business man and philanthropist, Alhaji Salisu Garba Maisuga has said that business success relies on master and customer trust. Salisu stated this while answering questions from reporters in Bauchi over the 0ne Billion Naira loan Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar gave traders and artisans in Bauchi. He said what business needs is trust both from the master of a trader who gave him capital to the customer who purchaseS the goods from a trader if there is trust and honesty the business will thrive and all will be satisfied. He said Bauchi is now a commercial city because business activities has triumph in the State, today traders from Bauchi one individual can order over seven trucks, many traders travelled to India, Egypt Germany, China United States of America and other parts of the World all for business activities this is a clear sign that businesses in the State has triumph. Salisu commended Bauchi State Governor for giving one billion Naira loan to traders without interest, “the loan will boost commercial activities more in the state”. He said the trades and Artisan Association has come out with various plan on the best way to distribute the one billion Naira loan judiciously so that it can reach all traders in the 20 local government area of the state. Salisu said all traders will pay back the loan in good time and it will be like revolving loan for 20 months, if other traders pay it will be given to others and because of the trust all traders will pay back the loan easy by the grace of God. He said” last administration of Isa Yuguda gave them N500mn loan and they all pay back the loan and present administration double the amount this is a clear sign of harmonious support and cordial relationship between the state government and the traders and I assure you the traders will not fail the government they will pay back, we are partners in progress, they support us we also support the government and the society

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N800bn debt: Pro-Buhari group cautions marketers against strike By Umar Muhammad Puma

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he Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has cautioned a group of oil marketers against indulging in scare mongering and blackmail over a debt burden inherited from the previous administration. The oil marketers had issued a seven-day ultimatum to shut down operations at all depots over an N800b oil subsidy debt. BMO said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that there is no basis for Independent Petroleum Products Importers (IPPIs) to resort to such tactics over a debt matter that this administration

was not responsible for. “For the avoidance of doubt, the issue raised by the IPPIs is an inherited one but the Buhari administration is not shying away from paying the debt in line with the approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). “In fact the Buhari administration has paid 330 billion naira of this debt as approved by the National Assembly and has issued Promissory Notes for the settlement of the rest of the debt. “The Debt Management Office (DMO) has since activated the process of payment after the requisite clearance was secured from the National Assembly but it has to follow due process.” BMO also wondered why the marketers are raising dust over

the government’s intention to settle the outstanding arrears through promissory notes. This it says is because DMO had, since October, given a clear indication of its intention to accelerate the settlement in line with the process approved by FEC when its management met with the Senate Committee on Petroleum (downstream). “It was clear from the outset that the debt would not be paid by cash and that was why the DMO came into the picture. “There was no time the government agreed for cash payment so there is no need making such demand so close to the yuletide period. The group also urged IPPI to tow the line of the Independent

Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and other groups of marketers which do not see the need to issue threats. “We acknowledge the decision of other oil marketers under the aegis of IPMAN to dissociate itself from the 7-day deadline even when their money is part of the N800b subsidy debt. “By opting not to shut their facilities, IPMAN members have proved to be patriots who are prepared to allow the payment process run its full course. “It would be ideal for IPPI to take a cue from the more industrious group of marketers and allow Nigerians enjoy the new lease of life in the downstream sector”, the group added.

CDS, Olonisakin bags African Man of the Year award By Stanley Onyekwere

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2018 Batch “C” (stream 11) Corps members, during the closing ceremony of their Orientation Course at Damare Camp in Yola, yesterday in Adamawa State. Photo: NAN

he Coalition For Governance and Leadership in Nigeria is set to confer the Chief of Defense Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin with the 2018 African Man of the Year award, in recognition of his successes towards ending terrorism in Nigeria and the lake chad basin. The award scheduled for presentation on the 13th of December according to the copy of the letter endorsed by the Office of the General and signed by Comrade Okpokwu Ogenyi, the Coordinator of the Coalition is aimed at spurring Olonusakin to do more in the fight against insurgency in the country. Okpokwu said after carefully observing the commitment of General Olonisakin towards fighting insurgency and suppressing emerging terrorists like Militia herdsmen, the Indigenous Persons of Biafra (IPOB), the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), cattle rustlers and other bandits across the country, it is necessary to applaud his efforts so that he can be motivated to do more for the country. He described Olonisakin as a military officer that knows his job and always committed to root out the remnants of Boko Haram in the country.

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he Air Force Council (AFC) has approved promotion of 64 senior officers of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF). Ibikunle Daramola, NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, made the disclosure in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja. He said that the approval was given on Tuesday. Mr Daramola said the promoted officers included 14

air commodores promoted to the rank of Air Vice Marshal (AVM). He said 36 group captains were elevated to the rank of air commodore while 14 wing commanders were promoted to the rank of group captain. According to Mr Daramola, AFC also approved concessional commission of three air warrant officers and one master warrant officer to the rank of flight lieutenant.

He said that the development was in line with the provisions of Chapter 8 of the Harmonised Terms and Conditions of Service Officers, 2017 (Revised). Mr Daramola listed those promoted to the rank of AVM to include Air Commodores James Gwani, Moses Onilede, Charles Umolu, Olurotimi Tuwase, Musa Muktar, Emmanuel Alade and Musibau Olatunji. Also promoted to the rank of AVM are Air Commodores

Maxwell Nnaji, Sule Lawal, Aliyu Bello, Ismaila Yahaya, Emmanuel Chukwu, Abdullahi Kassimu and Ibrahim Ali. The NAF spokesperson said the promotion was expected to motivate the affected officers to re-dedicate themselves toward more effective and efficient service delivery. “The officers will be decorated with their new ranks at a later date,” he said.(NAN)

Nigeria’s education sector; Lessons from Finnish system

Let’s do it Malawi’s way Malawi may be small in size, compared to Nigeria, aid-dependent and like Nigeria, corruption-ridden. However, it has done what we have been trying to do but haven’t done. Malawi has enacted a piece of legislation that criminalizes vote buying by politicians. The law known as the Political Parties Act bans politicians using cash payments and other incentives to buy support ahead of major polls due in May 2019.The legislation took effect last Saturday and will see candidates convicted of improperly swaying the electorate. The offenders will face fines of up to 10-million Kwacha ($13,600 or N4.7 million) or five years in prison. However, campaign materials including posters, leaflets and clothing are unaffected. Malawi goes to the polls in presidential, parliamentary and council elections on May 21, 2019, three months after Nigeria’s and candidates at every level have typically used cash payments and gifts to secure support in advance of past votes. University of Malawi political scientist Henry Chingaipe said the new law will help clean up politics. “We have propagated a culture of patrimonial politics through handouts,” he said. “Instead of people voting out of conscience, you are essentially buying their vote.”

Transformation Movement (UTM), led by presidential hopeful vice-president Saulos Chilima who has broken ranks with Mutharika, said “we needed this law yesterday”. The party’s spokesman Joseph Chidanti Malunga said “We believe that people should be voted for because of the issues and ideas that they propagate.”

We welcome the Malawi example because it is a healthy sign that democracy is maturing in Africa. People should be allowed to vote according to their consciences. However, vote buying takes place because politicians have no ideas and programmes to take to voters. And people sell their votes because of pervasive poverty caused by mostly politicians who steal from the public instead of using he legislation till, the funds to improve took effect last the wellbeing of the Saturday and will people. Criminalizing buying is one sure see candidates vote way of solving this convicted of problem. However, implementation may improperly prove harder because swaying the of impunity, which electorate. The basically, is disrespect for rule of law by offenders will political leaders.

face fines of up to 10-million Kwacha ($13,600 or N4.7 million) or five years in prison

Surprisingly, the political class has accepted the law. Former president Joyce Banda’s Peoples Party said “we have to follow what it says”. May’s election will prove to be one of the most significant in Malawi’s history as Banda, a popular former head of state, will face off against President Peter Mutharika. Banda is known for donating to the poor across the country, and a party spokesman said it would “see how it (the new law) will be implemented”. Mutharika’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party said it would obey the law “as we do with all other laws”. The United

The tendency of law enforcers to look the other way if the offender is a top official of government is also a big problem. These hurdles notwithstanding, we welcome, as we stated earlier, the Malawi example and recommend it to Africa’s other democracies. Nigeria that would have taken the lead in that direction has an electoral law that is still a draft. The National Assembly has amended the Electoral Act 2010 but President Muhammadu Buhari has withheld his assent severally. Section 130 of the amended Electoral Act prescribes a fine of N100, 000 or a 12-month jail term for vote buying. We recall, with sadness, that this was very glaring during the recent governorship elections in Osun and Ekiti states.

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efore the manipulation came that “power is power”, a widely said dictum that transcends all lands and borders is knowledge is power. If one means no harm and no undead conviction is concerned, one would believe that the only way to make power flow from generation to generation is through making available to the teeming youth population, a qualitative education. A form of education that breaks all shackles and cross all barriers. The above is what I call the real power. Going by definition, a scholar once define Education management as a process of allocating, monitoring and evaluating human and material resources devoted to education by both public and private sector towards achieving a set of educational goals in the society. This goes on to inform us that a decentralized system of educational management should be in place if progress must be made in our education sector. As a developing nation striving hard to locate a better position to place herself on the global map of committee of nations, it is imperative that Nigeria at every point review its educational system. It does not matter how it is done and it does not matter what level of Education is attended to first. What matters is there must be a total overhauling of our educational system so as to hone the skills inherent in our graduates and make them move at the same speed with counterparts of the same level of Education from other parts of the world. Anything worth doing well is worth doing well at once lest our graduates would need extramural classes before they could compete and be on a level playground with graduates from developed climes. As developing the Primary Education is concerned, we do not need to just hire teachers to train our pupils at this stage but we need professionals that are naturally and empirically configured to take care of such assignments. People of empathy, piety and passion towards child’s development are needed if anything must change. These teachers must also be taken care of with adequate humane treatment and financial remuneration. In nations leading in worlds educational ranking, Finland as example, having qualified teachers is core and a masters degree is a prerequisite for taking up teaching job unlike Nigeria where unemployed graduates are forced to take up teaching job that they have no interest in. Our pupils are not to be forced to sit down long hours except their brain is ready to go through such psychological journey. In developed nations, teaching is not forced on children and it is love and compassion that educationists at that level show first and the pupils in turn show love to learning. Example of this is seen in the Finland where for every 45 minutes of lecture given, pupils have access to a 15-minutes playtime. Under an environment like this, it is even the pupils that show the readiness and alertness to learn at this level. Until such highlighted things are incorporated into our basic primary education, we might be wasting more time than necessary in educating our youngsters. When the above mentioned is attended to, it makes work easier at the secondary level of Education and as knowledge slams door against poverty; our youths would be able to open door for prosperity and at the same time be able to explore technological advancement

that would show the result of a robust Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. It is factual that whatever a youth becomes out of school is determined in his secondary school stage. Becoming a doctor, lawyer or engineer is determined at this stage of education and once this is determined, special attention to demo research and availability of teaching aids is needed so as to ensure that the students stay in line of their chosen career and they make the necessary moves. Required mistakes that would make them a better version of who they used to be can also be committed. In the same vein, when career paths are clearly defined, adequate planning for future can be done by all the stakeholders involved in the education sector and this would make students have better conviction before they get to the higher institutions of learning. The Nigerians higher institutions of learning and the University majorly is suffering most from the poor funding of our educational sector and this in turn fires `back at our economy and technological advancement. Countries that have given high percent of their yearly budget to the sector have bountiful harvest in the area of economic development and technological advancement. According to the Budget office of the federation, Nigeria’s budgetary allocation for education in 2018 is a paltry amount of 605.8 billion naira of total budget of 8.612 trillion (7.03%) while United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recommended 26% of annual budget. If this allocation is compared to some African countries, we have 31% from Ghana, 30.0% from Cote d’Ivoire, 27% from Uganda while the lowest one is more than doubling that of Nigeria (Lesotho, Tunisia 17.0%). This poor funding birth myriad of other factors bedeviling the education sector. Among them are poor Infrastructure, poor remuneration of workers, Poor security, absent of needed technology to aid teaching and learning. In the 21st century Nigeria, we have lecture halls that could not accommodate half of the students taking lectures in such hall, we have students taking practical session while standing and putting their writing pads on the ground or on the back of their colleagues. Unlike in Finnish education system where school is believed to be a way for finding happiness and a way to learn, we have lecturers that go to class only to vent aggression on students and threaten to fail them if they fail to buy handouts. The student to lecturer ratio in Nigeria is very low and on average it is over 50 students to just 1 lecturer. The substandard nature of our education can be forgotten, the narratives can be changed if our government pay more attention to the management of education, taking into consideration a total revamping of the teaching service commission, making adequate fund available to the sector as recommended by UNESCO and reviewing the whole system by ensuring that better result is achieved during short period of time. I will also pontificate that Nigerian University Commission (NUC) patronize a mock system of examination as prerequisite for entrance into and graduation from Universities in the country as this would stand as a qualitative measure of strength and confidence in the nations graduates. Hammed Jimoh is an Abuja based freelance Journalist; follow him on twitter @Octomed


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Yoruba Elders: Self interest under their cloak By Kareem Itunu Azeez

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he good old days generally, among all tribes in Nigeria, seems to be falling daily, to various unacceptable vices, politically,morally, and socially. This article is focused on the Yoruba premise, the once great Yoruba coast, who has been tagged as arguably the most educated and most important in the Nigeria race. However it is unfortunate that the sceptre seems to have fallen into wrong hands in current times. It is now a usual norm for this men usually in white garments, as I have seen the so called yoruba elders dress in their regalia, at events, building launching, aspirant nominations, and political party loyalty manifesto. They however have picked sides politically, how therefore would truth come out of such mouths that has losed its integrity for the survival of the moment. I heard in the news recently that, the Yoruba elders are trying to revive the children of the Yoruba race who have been impoverished by the current waves of political brouhaha in the country, by endorsing Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, for the upcoming election, then my questions are, who are the so called Yoruba elders? who have impoverished the Yoruba children? , who have sold them for little stipends?, who have deceived them for their personal gains?, is it the elder from other tribes or the selfish Yoruba leaders? Thats a rhetorical question

for those who understand. Respect to tradition, honor to the kings, and who am I to judge, but in the world we live in today, it would be very sad of me to bury my grieve and continue to die in silence, in a world where there is freedom of speech, I must admit the Yoruba kings have also disappoint us, ceaselessly,I do not understand where kings now delve full time into political orientation having anointed candidates wether trusted or not, wether tried or not, they just anoint, this is done for nothing but selfish interest also, and daily they lose their power over those who believe in them, and they nolonger serves as intermediaries between God and man, this can be witnessed as they have taken sides even in religion practices……they are supposed to be traditional number one men, will come back to that. The death of Frederick Fasehun founder of the OPC, came at the wrong time, but who are we to question the maker, and as a foremost Yoruba group, who have raised its value in time past, have proven how losed the practices are today, the Afenifere on the other hand, dont even have any direction or whatsoever, and its members are like politicians, they collect money they cant even account for, they nominate candidates of a party who dances to the tune they want, who promises them some political post along the line, and the core values they are created for, they neglect. In view of this, here is my point, as a bona fide Yoruba individual, I don’t have

regards for any groups, in whatever name they stand upon, and definitely they are not the voice of the Yoruba community, they are just a group with their interest at heart, judging by what they stands for today, because what doesn’t benefit you, it therefore should not speak for you, their values have been abuse a long time ago. The Aare Ona kakanfo, a warlord often regarded as a post for the warrior or those born in the ruling class of the fighters, Gani Adams, who occupy this position, has once again proven how upside down the decision our elders are making seems to be affecting us negatively, till today I still question his impact on the race since his office appointment, the late Fredrick Fasehun, (1935-2018) of blessed memory, inspite of his wealth still went ahead to contribute definitely to the race of the Yoruba folks, was jailed for many months, ranging to years, got his freedom afterwards and still went ahead to champion his cause, that might have gave birth to the OODUA PEOPLES CONGRESS, the current Aare Ona Kakanfo was also part of this struggles then, but chose a political ambitions afterwards, which has led to my disapproval of his appointment as the Kakanfo of the Yoruba race, an justifiably with current happening, I seems right. But it changes nothing in today’s world. The traditional rulers, are people who must have passed through some spiritual process as the Yoruba norms permit, different versions histories has it that th

kings would have been through various processes, like even eating the heart of a previous dead king, which isn’t even found in any of the religions this kings practice today, we now have a king who prays and worship in the mosque or church, religions imported into our community, burying our culture and building on it, a senseless cathedral of doom, they know too well how patience the foreign gods are, but how KIAKIA our own gods are, so they worship elsewhere and judge our lands with our own traditions, I call them the modern-day kings. Lastly, the elders who have picked themselves up and arranged Abubakar Atiku, as the Yoruba candidate for the upcoming presidential election would have done the right thing by subjecting their decision as their collective opinion, and not generally the Yoruba race, because the Yoruba race is bigger than the few if them, present, and other influential Yoruba leaders, whose names I won’t call seems unaware of such prejudice, under this premise, such gathering is just for the self interest of themselves, for they are not the collective speaker of our language. This therefore only put more mud in our tribes, which is why I ascertain that men like this do more harm than good to the narratives of the tribe. Kareem Itunu Azeez is a Public Affairs Analyst.

Agricultural Revolution: Time to make a bold move By Adekunle Smart

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enowned physicist and Nobel laureate, Albert Einstein, once quipped, “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” A careful consideration of Nigeria’s current economic meltdown reveals the truth behind this aphorism and why serious attention must be paid towards diversifying the economy. In recent times, the country’s forex reserves have dropped below $30 billion as of January, 2016 and the currency has continued to lose value as the gulf between the parallel market and official rates of the naira to the dollar widens further. Crude oil accounts for over 90 per cent of Nigeria’s foreign exchange earnings, 35 per cent of GDP, 75 per cent of government revenue and has become the sun around which everything revolves. With the fall in oil prices, and with no commensurate cut in production, Nigeria now finds itself in an economic bind. How did we get here? The reasons include: overdependence on oil and non-diversification of the economy. But this was not always the case; agriculture used to be the nation’s principal foreign exchange earner in the early sixties. The current state of agriculture in Nigeria is only a shadow of what it used to be but it can be said that there are encouraging signs of improvement. It is common knowledge that about 80 per cent of Nigerian land is arable and has produced major crops, including beans, sesame, cashew nuts, cassava, cocoa beans, groundnuts, kolanut, maize (corn), melon, rice, millet, palm kernels, palm

oil, plantains and rubber, among others. For many decades, the sector has been underfunded and not received the attention it deserves. As such, small holder farming forms a large percentage of the sector within Nigeria. Poor farming methodologies, lack of access to finance, post-harvest losses due to lack of storage facilities, unreliable power supply, poor transport infrastructure and unattractiveness of farming in terms of returns for many young people are some of the reasons why agriculture has remained on the back burner of our national life. However, we believe that with its status as the largest employer of labour in the country, its huge potential to become a major foreign exchange earner and help boost the nation’s revenue base, now is the time for everyone, government, citizens and corporates to take a serious look at the sector, even as the nation moves away from over-dependence on oil. It is heartwarming to see that corporate bodies such as the Dangote Group, Guinness Nigeria Plc, British American Tobacco Foundation, have picked up the gauntlet in the drive to give agriculture the oxygen it needs to thrive. During the company’s pre-annual general meeting briefing in Lagos, Peter Ndegwa, Managing Director of Guinness Nigeria had said that the company has a target of sourcing over 80 per cent of its raw materials locally in the coming years. He said that this was a fundamental part of the company’s social and economic contribution to the Nigerian market and this commitment is reflected not only at local but also at regional level as the Diageo Group has a target to reach the

80 per cent mark on Local Raw Materials for Africa by 2018.Ndegwa noted further that the multiplier effect of this strategic move of the company on society and the economy will far outweigh the challenges that may be initially faced. Apart from driving down costs for the manufacturers and ease the pressure on the nation’s dwindling foreign reserves, local raw materials sourcing willalso play an important role in creating employment opportunities, boost income levels and empower farmers along the agriculture value chain as well as small and medium enterprises who serve as suppliers to big businesses thereby resulting in such benefits as application of modern technologies, improved quality control, higher output, product marketing and selfsufficiency. Interestingly, Diageo’s brands have always been closely connected with agriculture. In the 1800s, Arthur Guinness, the son of the brewery’s founder, served in the Farming Society of Ireland. Currently, maize and sorghum constitute 80 per cent of the Guinness Nigeria’s agricultural raw material input. Therefore, building strategic partnerships with banks, agricultural NGOs, donor agencies and research organisations and leveraging these partnerships to mitigate some of the challenges that currently affect the sorghum value chain will take the industry to the next level. Job creation and economic empowerment, Ndegwa acknowledged, remain major challenges in Nigeria, but the local content initiative will

substantially address these challenges by targeting the poorest areas and channeling investments into job-creating segments in the agriculture value chain. Similar initiatives by other private sector entities will decidedly trigger a huge impetus towards diversifying Nigeria’s economy and reclaiming its primacy as a leading agricultural economy. Some of the strategic quick wins which all stakeholders must participate in include, building the capacity of farmers, as skills development has been recognised as a critical factor to help farmers increase yields and boost productivity. Also enhancing the value of farmers via closer collaboration and association to facilitate the uptake of new technologies, such as warehousing and transport, and identify better market intelligence solutions. Lastly, easy access to finance is an important fulcrum for the agricultural revolution we desire. As such, the legal and institutional framework which these farmers need as leverage to obtain finance must be firmly entrenched. “Agriculture is the future of Nigeria. And agriculture that is modernised, that is productive, that is competitive. We must be a global player,” said former Minister of Agriculture and the current President of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina. This is a lofty ambition that requires the full co-operation of all stakeholders. Now is the time to make the bold move. Smart, a policy analyst, resides in Lagos.

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Agbero: Menace to the transportation system By Ibironke Oluwatobi

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ransportation is an important element of any community, especially if it serves a population in excess of 21 million people. It is sure for these people to access different quarters of the area for commercial and personal purposes. This system is best maintained without obstruction of the free flow of movement. More so, extortion of people in the process of locomotion or transportation of materials is an erratic thing to do. Not only would it have a responsive extortive effect on individuals, it would lead to an imbalance in the economy of that area. Since a few black marketers would be enriched at the expense of the general populace. The operation of hoodlums on the roads, which has become a culture especially in Lagos, is a veritable example of this lamentable picture. The sad bombardment of roads with hoodlums, popularly called Agberos remains a mainstay in the list of problems facing the traffic system in Lagos. They have become popular members of the road administrative team. The allowance their establishment has enjoyed over the years, has given reason for suggestions that they have the nudge of the government. This idea seems wild but with the present system, it is difficult not to think of it that way. It becomes right to ask, has the government of the state been so occupied

not to have observed this long-living menace? Agberos have been allowed so much space that their tentacles have spread to other states across the country, which now have similar illicit structures in their quarters. The mission statement of the hoodlums has been spelled around administration of parks and regulation of traffic, but I write to dispel that guile. Their true actions are extortion of road users, both drivers and passengers by sporadically changing bus fares. In some areas in Lagos, Agberos collect as much as a thousand naira daily from individual bus drivers, who in turn increase the fares for passengers. They are responsible for exploiting social issues such as traffic congestion, scarcity of fuel to make financial gains. They increase fares at the whiff of petrol scarcity or the sight of bottlenecks. It has become so rampant that commuters find it difficult to predict the sporadic nature of bus fares, owing to their actions.

This group alter bus fares based on mood and interest, holding commuters to ransom by making them pay exorbitantly. The situation has now degenerated to a point that, a trip which initially cost #100 could be made as expensive as #300 when returning, which could result in an unsuspecting commuter being stranded. This problem bearers are responsible for deliberately causing hold-ups on the road in their bid to collect their illicit charges from reluctant bus drivers. They delay buses at the bus-stops and layby at the same time, leading to traffic situations which sometimes extend to the road. Though different policies have been adopted to improve the system of transportation, the impact has so far been light. Several indecent factors have clawed these intended life-easing policies. The hoodlums and their cohorts are major players in the act of frustrating beneficial policies. They do not represent any good to the state of affairs. It is expected that

They increase fares at the whiff of petrol scarcity or the sight of bottlenecks. It has become so rampant that commuters find it difficult to predict the sporadic nature of bus fares, owing to their actions.

the present government should seriously investigate the activities of these extortion agency. If the Agberos are beneficial to the ambience on the road, why don’t countries with enviable transportation system tolerate Agbero-like structures? A good suggestion is that the activities of these black hats should be checked by the government. Direct supervision by the state government would be necessary for the effectiveness of this process, as it has happened overtime that some government parastatals have shared the assignment of traffic management with them, sometimes complimenting each other. It would be a welcome idea to engage the Agberos in more productive areas since complete abolishment might cause them to devise other social vices. It is noteworthy to mention that an economically fair transport system to commuters, profitable business to bus drivers and effective road utility to the government is the ideal transportation system. Therefore, hindrances such as the increasing menace of the Agberos, the exploitative tendencies of commercial buses and their administrators are all elements that need to be swept away in an attempt to make the traffic situation better. Increased level of welfare and tactful adoptions would give long-lasting answers to this disturbing issue. Ibironke Oluwatobi ibironkeoluwatobi@gmail.com

Youth, leadership and the future of democracy By Muhammad Adamu

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n today’s world, everywhere you look these days, from books to seminars, conferences, magazine stories, someone is trying to peddle his version of tomorrow. Historians, economist, demographers, businessmen etc embark upon long range planning by looking at dates, detecting trends and estimating from the facts already known so as to tell in advance what is expected to happen. In fact in some part of the world, the year 2000 is practically over for the futurist, they now have their minds on the year 3000 and beyond. In the history of the world, change often starts with the young. Young people look at the world with fresh eyes. They see the world as it is and ask “why?” and imagine a different world and ask “why not?” George Bernard Shaw and Robert Kennedy asked these questions long ago, but young people today are asking them again. As it is today there exist a certain degree of tension between what the youth of this nation has already achieved and what it should become. As far as we can see the people are unanimous in their conviction that economic and socio-political performance of this nation is far below its potential and expectations. As one of my political mentors Late Sen.G.N.S Pwajok opined, Nigeria is a compelling paradox. On the other hand, a nation endowed with vast natural and human resources. But,

on the other hand, a nation that has consistently, yielded to the curious paralysis of the will when it comes to judiciously harnessing the resources for her good. The Nigerian condition suggests a history of raised hopes and unrealized expectations; of want in the midst of plenty; of poverty in the midst of affluence and ‘doom’ in the midst of ‘boom’. There is today in Nigeria a conflict between the past and the present as well as between the present and the future. As a nation, we have experienced years of civilian government and military rule through coups and periods of intense political strife. When there was increasing in oil earning, we witnessed influx of the petro-naira. However, the huge inflow of financial resources has not come close to solving the basic problem of mass—poverty. But unfortunately as we speak now, we don’t have such petro-naira anymore due to the fall of crude oil in the global market. In the present Nigeria, most States can’t even afford

to pay salaries talk less of embarking on infrastructural projects. Professor Chinua Achebe in his book “The Problem with Nigeria” has insisted that “the problem of Nigeria is simply and squarely the failure of leadership”. Thus beyond the past and present leadership, Achebe’s x-ray also posed fundamental questions about the potentials of the so called “new breed” or younger politicians to transform Nigeria into an economic prosperous country. Young people have a major role to play in all of these by ensuring that democratic politics is not played along undemocratic lines so that the hope of political freedom and economic betterment does not continue to elude the people. In addition to their intellectual contribution and their ability to mobilize support, young people must maintain unique perspectives on issues bordering on the survival of Nigeria. This is more so in a situation where the capacity of democratic institutions has continued be whittled and

We must realize the future is rushing on us as breakneck speed. A leader’s concentration must not be on the past nor on the present but on the future Vision is an effective leader’s chief preoccupation. This country can be reinvented with new generations of dreamers.

citizens are turning their backs on politics. It is only a matter of time before the little advances recorded become consumed in the waters of unfolding contradictions if the youth are not oriented on the importance of peaceful coexistence, social growth and development. How our communities progress is determined to a large extent, on how much the youth are involved in building and designing the future. As Senator Pwajok observed, as we prepare for the future to avoid failure we need to take consideration of the following: We must realize the future is rushing on us as breakneck speed. A leader’s concentration must not be on the past nor on the present but on the future Vision is an effective leader’s chief preoccupation. This country can be reinvented with new generations of dreamers. It was Malcom X that said “…they got to be a changed. People in power have misused it. A better world has to build and for it to be built, it has to be with extreme measures. I for one will join with anyone. I don’t care who you are, what colour who are or where you are from, as long as you are ready to change the miserable condition we found ourselves on this planet”. This is a call on my fellow Nigeria youth for us decide the kind future we want to see ourselves and generations to come. The future is now and it is far becoming yesterday. Muhammad Muntasir Adamu is a Public Affairs Analyst.


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R-L: Permanent Secretary, Federal ministry of Education, ARC. Sunny Echono, Director, Reforms Coordination, Federal Ministry of Transportation , Mrs, Grace Onyeachu and outgoing Director of General Service Department, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Arthur Onyeachu, during the send forth ceremony for Mr. Arthur that just retired from Civil Service , yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Justin ImoOwio

Yobe Govt. earmarks N8.6bn for capital project From Uche Uche, Damaturu.

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ollowing the sitting of the Yobe state Executive Council yesterday, chaired by the state governor, Alh. Ibrahim Gaidam, a total sum of N8. 6 billion was set aside for the execution of various capital projects that would impact on the

lives of the people in the state. Briefing journalist after the meeting, the state Commissioner for Information and Culture, Alhaji Mala Musti, stated that the road projects includes: the provision of 2km access road from Maiduguri, Damaturu dual carriage way to the 330KVA substation that was recently

completed by the transmission company of Nigeria limited. The council also approved the construction of a 2.4km road project and 4.8km concrete drainage at Anguwar Karo Damaturu, 1.5km link up road at Nayinawa ward in Damaturu to open up the area and provide free flow of traffic, construction

of 1.6km and 3.2km concrete drainage at Abbari ward in Damaturu the state capital, among others. He told journalist that all these contracts were designed to be completed before the end of the Governor-led APC administration in the next six month.

MURIC appeals to FG to avert fuel scarcity in yuletide By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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group, the Muslim Rights Concerns, MURIC, has passionately appealed to both the oil marketers and Federal Government to iron out their differences in order to avoid fuel scarcity during this yuletide. The Director of MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, in a statement signed by him, described Yuletide as a sensitive period, pointing out that this is the time most

Nigerians choose to travel to their cities and villages in order to cement family ties. The yelutide period, the organisation maintained, is not the right time to allow fuel scarcity. According to MURIC, “We appeal to FEder all Government to do everything within its power to ensure that oil marketers do not carry out their threat. “Unlike in the past, this administration has been able to ensure smooth

supply of fuel. There have been no queues in petrol stations across the country. “We appreciate this feat. But we are saying it should not be allowed to happen. Fuel scarcity causes lots of inconvenience for ordinary Nigerians”. Oil marketers have issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government (FG) threatening to embark on a strike and shut down all depots across the country if their outstanding

debts totalling N800 billion in subsidies, are not paid. Howevet, MURIC appealed to both the oil marketers and FG to iron out their differences in order to avoid fuel scarcity during this yuletide. “We therefore appeal to FG to avert another fuel scarcity particularly in the interest of ordinary Nigerians who may be caught in the crossfire as transport fares are most likely to skyrocket”, it said.

Bauchi to vaccinate 1.6m livestock against contagious diseases From Ahmad Bauchi

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auchi State Government has released the sum of N39,524,500:00 to vaccinate 1.6 million livestock against contagious diseases in the twenty local government areas of the state. Speaking at the flagging off ceremony of 2018 Livestock vaccination campaign in Chinade in Katagum Local Government Area of the State. The state Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Yakubu Kirfi said “ 1.6 million livestock would be vaccinated against common preventable diseases across the

state. The livestock compromises of 1 million cattle, 200,000 goats and sheep 400,000 chickens in this state this year. Adding that 3,500 and Livestock have been targeted at the venue of the launching.” Yakubu said the exercise is geared towards empowering livestock farmers and enhancement of economic growth of the state. Governor of Mohammed Abubakar said the sum of N39,524,500;00 was released for the Vaccination of livestock against preventable diseases across the state. Abubakar said “The present administration is fully aware

of the significant role of the veterinary subsector in the area of agriculture. Public health, preventive, medicine and food security,” he said Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Architect Audu Sule katagum, said the subsector has equally been playing a vital role in the control of merging and reemerging diseases most of which are zoonotic in nature. He said the federal ministry of agriculture in collaboration with the state government has recently constructed a modern poultry market and abattoir complex at muda Lawal market in the state capital. Abubakar said that his

administration attaches much importance to man power development of the subsector by sustaining the veterinary student’s manpower scheme despite the embargo on employment in the state. He said that the state currently has about 94 veterinary students in various universities within and outside the country. The State Chairman of Miyatti Allah, Abdullahi Abubakar commended the state government for considering Chinade the venue for the flag off of this year’s exercise and urged government to sustain the vaccination exercise to enable cattle breeders stay in one place.

PRP accuses El-Rufai of anti-people policies From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

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eoples Redemption Party, PRP, Kaduna State Chapter, has accused the state governor, Nasiru Ahmed ElRufai’s government of launching anti-people policies detrimental to real and genuine economic development. The state party secretary, Barrister Shuaibu Yamusa, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Kaduna yesterday. Yamusa who was speaking on the preparation of the party for the 2019 general election in the state, said, ISo many Kaduna state workers and traditional rulers were unceremoniously and with no regards to due process relieved of their means of livelihood thereby suffocating the unemployment market. “Leadership is about people, their feelings and welfare, their security and economic freedom, it is not doctorial where opposition are maligned and persecuted; but an all embracing leader, not decisive.” He explained that the PRP governorship candidate, Alhaji Ahmad Tijjani Umar, is a man of integrity, whose knowledge and experience would bring about genuine solution, development to the state and its people. “It is our conviction and that of many other citizens that the PRP candidate only has the skills and has also resolved to tackle the many burning issues of the state. “This will be done by collective participation and fairness to all. It will be government of the people, by the people and for the people,” he assured. He added, “It is a fact that we put so much in the struggle to ensure that the present government succeed in 2015 general elections and we all did it with the hope that there is a genuine concern for the people and an agenda for genuine economic and social development. “Part of the campaign promises were the promise to tackle security issues, provision of enhanced and or improved mechanized farming system to the people, world class health care system amongst others.” The state secretary of PRP lamented that since the inception of the El-Rufai-led administration in the state, it has witnessed a lot of setbacks in all spheres of life. He called on the citizens to vote PRP candidates in the 2019 general elections that is determined to restore the lost glory the pro-administration brought to the people of Kaduna and Kano states in the early 80s.

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Amosun, Okorocha poor students of their own history, says Oshiomhole Vows to win Ogun, Imo for APC without them As Okorocha’s son-in-law defects to AA

By Ali Alkali with Agency reports

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s war of words between the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and some party stalwarts continue, Oshiomhole assured that with the popularity of the APC in Imo and Ogun States, the party would win the 2019 elections despite the alleged anti-party activities of their governors. The controversial APC Chairman described the governors as poor students of their own history who have forgotten they lost elections before winning on the platform of the APC. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Oshiomhole vowed to win Imo and Ogun for APC while receiving the party’s women leaders from Edo State and Abuja, who paid him a solidarity visit in his office in Aso Drive, Abuja. Governors Rochas Okorocha, Ibikunle Amosun and their Zamfara State counterpart Abdul-Aziz Yari are at loggerheads with the APC national chairman for not recognising their preferred governorship candidates. The preferred candidates in Imo and Ogun and some aides of the governors had since defected to other political parties to pursue their ambitions. Oshiomhole said, “Those who think our political future is tied to them; they are poor students of their own political history “Some of these people who talk as if they are invincible, they have forgotten that they have run elections in the past and lost until they abandoned their parties and joined us. So if they return back, history will repeat itself.” “Whether you are a big or small man, the rules are not supposed to discriminate. Our popularity in Imo and Ogun today is much higher. It is not that once you are a governor you have high electoral value. “Yes in APC, our governors have high electoral value but we also have a few who are electoral liabilities.” The former Nigeria Labour Congress President said Nigeria needed to go back to the era where institutions were respected

R-L: APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole chatting with Edo State Women Leader Mrs. Betty Tricia Okoebor Benson and FCT Women Leader Hon. Hailmary Aipoh, during visit of Edo State Senatorial Women Leaders and LGA Women Leaders to APC Chairman, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa and protected and not powerful individuals. He added that the actions of the two governors would not affect the fortunes of the party in the elections. “In Imo state today, APC will win more votes. My focus is on ordinary Imo voters because on that day, the governor would have only one vote, his son-in-law would have only one vote while his Commissioner for Happiness would have only one vote. “But artisans, traders, teachers and workers whose salaries are not being paid have the same weight of vote and they are excited about the renewed possibility of a new government coming with fresh ideas free of all the encumbrances of the present system. So in Imo I’m very confident. “Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is from Ogun State. The state is one of the most enlightened States in Nigeria. They have a huge history; they are not in a political kingdom headed by one person.” “If they were looking for true

reconciliation, they wouldn’t have done what they did (defection of aides). That is not how democracy works. Nigeria must grow beyond this syndrome ‘I’m the governor, I will decide.’ You have only one vote. With due respect, I was once a governor. Overall APC is much stronger now. Stating that the party would review if any of its rules had been breached, Oshiomhole added that the real sanction was with the electorate. He, however, said the efforts of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee were already yielding fruits in some places while those with negotiable grievances were being sorted out. Meanwhile, Uche Nwosu, former Chief of Staff to the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, has defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Action Alliance (AA) to pursue his political ambition to be the next state governor. According to reports, Mr Nwosu disclosed this on Tuesday, at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri, shortly after his arrival from

Abuja. He reportedly said, ”the APC forced me out”. “Injustice, impunity, and lack of respect for party’s constitution forced me out of the All Progressives Congress,” Mr. Nwosu said. The move by the incumbent governor to back his son-in-law to succeed him has torn the party apart in the state in recent months. It had also pitched Mr Okorocha against the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshimhole. When PREMIUM TIMES contacted Mr Nwosu’s spokesperson, Sam Onwuemeodo, he simply said: ”Mr Nwosu is an adult and can decide to leave the APC if he wishes to”. ”He is an adult. After he won the election and they (APC) denied him and gave it to somebody, who did not even participate in the primary election then what do you expect him to do, he is an adult,” he said. “He must go somewhere else to pursue his ambition.” Nwosu lost the party’s governorship ticket to a Senator,

Hope Uzodinma. Meanwhile, Mr Nwosu said that the entire APC structure, ”except those supporting the senatorial ambition of Governor Rochas Okorocha”, had defected to AA. Nwosu further said that his ambition to succeed Mr Okorocha was driven by the massive support he enjoys by the over 70 per cent population of the state electorate. Ironically, he also said he had no problems with President Muhammadu Buhari and will support his re-election bid. “We are going to work with APC to deliver Imo State to President Muhammadu Buhari. We will deliver Governor Rochas Okorocha as senator because Action Alliance has no senatorial candidate in Orlu zone. “I have no problem with President Muhammadu Buhari. My headache is the national chairman of APC. It is a divine project and we are ready for the election. It is an inter-party marriage between AA and APC in Imo State,” he said.

2019: Buhari running on good records, says Kebbi gov. By Lawrence Olaoye

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ebbi state governor, Abubakar Bagudu, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari would get reelected for second term n 2019 because he is running on his own good records. The governor who spoke to newsmen in the Presidential Villa after a private meeting with the Chief of Staf to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari, yesterday also said there was no comparison between the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, Alhaji

Atiku Abubarkar and the President. Asked how sure he was of delivering his state to the President in 2019, Bagudu said “We believe that President Muhammadu Buhari is running on his record and Kebbi state is one of those states that is very proud of the policies that had been put in place. It has helped the state to achieve gross in output, gross in income, better security and more transparency in the management of our revenue. So all the three elements that President Muhammadu Buhari promised in his campaign, we have seen the benefits in Kebbi State.

So as a result, we are a welfare and transparent State. The generality of the people of Kebbi State are united under one party and we are determined to lead all other other states to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are reelected.” On his reaction to the mammoth crowd gathered at the Atiku’s Presidential campaign kick-off in Sokoto on Monday, the governor said “I don’t know what you mean when you said you saw crowd there because many people have different

interpretations and like I said, President Buhari is running on his own record. Within the last ten days, the Next Level agenda was disclosed showing what has been achieved and what the second term will usher and that I believe has resonated with Nigerians and there is no comparison.” On how government could make food, especially rice, available to the people at reasonable price during the Yuletide, he said “Few days ago the President was quoted at a farmers day by the oil company, Agip. I think I read the press statement by

Femi Adesina, where President said he is working on with the National Food Security Council on ensuring that that farmers, Fishermen and all those that are in the livestock sector are supported particularly on the devastation caused by the flood so that the festive season will be a better one and they can replant and compensate. Secondly, last year, Mr. President graciously approved an intervention where rice was sold in many markets, Onitsha, Lagos, Abeokuta, Kano for N12,000 and I am confident that the President is looking forward to making Nigerians happy.”


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POLITICS

2019: PDP reaffirms Ladi Adebutu as its governorship candidate in Ogun State

By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja

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he Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday, clarified that Ladi Adebutu is its candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in Ogun State. The clarification was contained in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan and made available to journalists in Abuja. The party declared that Ladi Adebutu was duly elected as the PDP candidate in the primary conducted by the National Working Committee (NWC), the only body empowered to conduct such primaries, and his name and particulars have since been duly submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the leadership of the party. According to the statement, “Ladi Adebutu was duly elected as the PDP candidate in the primary conducted by the National Working Committee (NWC), the only body empowered to conduct such primaries, and his name and particulars have since been duly submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the leadership of the party. “All PDP members, supporters and the general public should, by this declaration, completely disregard, as an impostor, any other person parading himself as the PDP governorship candidate in Ogun state, as only Ladi Adebutu is our flag bearer and Governorship candidate in Ogun State. “The PDP candidate, Ladi Adebutu, has already commenced his campaigns and is widely accepted by the people of Ogun state, who have expressed their readiness to freely give him the mantle of leadership at the 2019 election. “This declaration puts to rest all controversies, uncertainties and misgivings regarding the authentic governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun state. “The PDP therefore cautions all fifth columnists trying to cause confusion within its fold in Ogun state, particularly those already identified as working for the APC, to desist from such acts in the general interest,” it said.

2019: I’ll concede if I lose fair and square -El-Rufai *Vows to deal with hate speech mongers

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aduna state Governor Malam Nasir El Rufai has said he is in a hurry to pack out of government’s house, if the people do not vote for him, saying he will be the first to concede. He made the assertion during Kaduna State Peace Summit towards peaceful 2019 general elections held in Kaduna yesterday. El- Rufai advised those aspiring to be governor, that it is not an easy job. He said sometimes he want to run away, because it is not an easy job. “It is just that when I look at some of those that want to be governor and what they have done to the state in the past, I have a duty to protect the state and so many people of the state from the evil of the past. “So, I want to say here and now that if election of second of March takes place and I lose fair and square, I will not wait for the result before it is announced and I will concede,” he said El-Rufai explained that, in his

view as candidate of APC, if INEC conducts election of 2019 with the same kind of credibility as the one in Osun, there will be no violence at all because it is rigging that leads to violence. “Our party is committed to peace and peaceful elections. The political parties that merged with APC were victims of rigged elections and consequential violence. “It was the massive rigging of election in 2011 that led to widespread violence in that time and Kaduna State lost over 800 lives. “The election of 2015 was a game changer because everybody believed it was credible, particularly in the Northern part of the state, Northern part of Nigeria and South West. “The biggest challenge we have as state government in Kaduna State is the likelihood if violence during campaign and election day. Most of the violence that occurred in this state are post election violence. ‘Elections and campaign in Kaduna state have generally been peaceful. It is after the results are announced that we have instances

of violence. Politicians have been engaging in hate speeches and they have been encouraging others to engage on social media, incitement, malicious falsehood and religion and ethnic sentiments in politics. “This is the biggest problem we are facing as a government. I appeal to all of us politicians to desist from these. “We end up destroying lives by giving young people weapons and guns for election purposes. What will they do with them after the election? They become a monster difficult to deal with. We have no props in APC. All that campaign with us, we try to empower them so they will be off the street. “I want to appeal to our colleagues to listen to what Bishop Fearon said to proper our language to avoid using improper words because politic is not war. It is just a competition. We should try not to divide our people because “ If we win, we still need to unite them to govern them. And for us in the Kaduna state government, we are determined to bring to justice anyone that engages in hate speech

in their tweet, Facebook, WhatsApp that leads to destruction of property or human being in Kaduna state. “We are doing that vigorously. We don’t care what people say. Anyone that comes to Kaduna and says something or even outside Kaduna, no matter who he is, whether Bishop, Imam or Sheikh. Whether he calls himself Chief or Hakimi, we will bring him to justice. We are ready to bring him to Kaduna and prosecute him and we are in the trail of many of them - some in Abuja, Lagos. “We will bring them to Kaduna and try them for incitement, malicious falsehood or hate speech. We are trying to do that; and we are not going to politicize it because the protection of lives and properties should never be politicized. “We also make it clear that just because you are member of another party, and you make hate speech, we will not let you go because of being accused of prosecuting you because you belong to another party. Those who know me know that I mean what I say.”

L-R: Minister of Technology, Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Defence, Bgr. Gen. Masur Dan’Ali (rtd), and Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, during the Fec meeting, at the Presidential Villa, yesterday in Abuja.

2019: Defections will not affect Buhari’s chances - APC chieftain By Umar Muhammad Puma

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hieftain of the ruling All progressives Congress (APC), Nze Chidi Duru has decried the gale of defection from one party to another by politicians, even as he assured that President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection bid would not be affected by it. Speaking to reporters in Abuja, he also offered the panacea to the penchant by politicians to move from one party to the other to score political goals. Duru, who is seeking to return to the House of Representatives to represent Aguata federal constituency of Anambra State in the 2019 poll, remarked that those who defected to other parties should not be blamed in view of the crises that trailed the recently

held primaries of the party across the country. Defusing the fear that the defectors might pitch tent with opposition candidates, he said President Buhari can rest assured that his reelection chances would not be affected at the poll. According to him: “My only worry is to the extent that those who have moved from APC to different parties, whatsoever is the fact, that they are committed to President Buhari as the president of Nigeria. And also even when they will support other candidates in the state election, those candidates are APC members.” Duru, who served as a two term member of the green legislative chamber, believed that the unwieldy numbers of registered political parties was responsible

for the gale of defection among politicians in the country. He insisted that a two party system is required to strengthen democracy in the country. “I think it is the political behaviour; and I believe that like we did propose in a meeting held in 1999, our agenda was to shrink the political space - at least, not more than two political parties. But for reasons that suited the authority after we left, they allow the possibility of 2-4 political parties. And after that you now have different political environment where anybody can conjure a political party and then registered and people will start moving from party A to party B. “I also think that if we had kept faith with the two party system that we propose it will happen

that the electorate will begin to notice that the movement across parties is not in the interest of the electorate. It is basically selfish interest that drives one politician to the other party. “Once the electorate becomes aware they can choose to punish those itinerant politicians or political party as the case maybe. Having said that what you now have in the state you mention is people simply taking advantage of the system,” Duru said. He assured that he would not relent in his effort to attract developmental project to his constituency said he would be preoccupied with the task of ensuring the passage of the Antitrust Bill if elected at the poll. The Bill, he said, is required to reposition Nigeria’s economy.

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POLITICS Borno APC chieftain asks court to cancel governorship primary A

chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Borno State, Idris Mamman, on Tuesday filed a case before a Federal High Court, Maiduguri, seeking the nullification of the governorship primary of the party in the state. Mr Mamman prayed the court to nullify the nomination of Babagana Umara-Zulum as the party’s governorship candidate. Those joined in the case with file Number: FHC/MG/ CS/55/2018 are the APC and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

In a five-point originating summons filed before the court, the plaintiff prayed for the cancellation of the election conducted on September 30, arguing that election was conducted without the participation of lawful delegates. Ibrahim Bawa, the lead counsel to the plaintiff, said that non-delegates participated in the process which was illegal, unlawful, void and null. Mr Mamman prayed for an injunction restraining the APC from recognising the second respondent as its governorship candidate on the basis of the

purported election. He prayed for an order to declare the plaintiff winner having scored the highest votes in the election. Speaking to journalists after filing, Mr Bawa said his client challenged the decision of the APC to submit the names of the second respondent as its governorship candidate in view of gross malpractice and irregularities in the conducted of the election. “As far as my client is concerned, he won the primaries, in spite of the fact that there were other grounds based on which

the primary election ought not to stand. We appealed to the APC committee which took decision adverse to our clients,” he said. The counsel added that they had filed a counter affidavit before the court in response to the preliminary objection by the first and second respondents. However, Kahinde Elejah, the counsel to the first and second respondents, prayed the court to strike out the case, arguing that it lack the jurisdiction to hear case. Mr Elejah said the respondents in a preliminary objection asked the court to strike out the case

2019: CUPP adopts Atiku as consensus candidate

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he Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has adopted the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as its consensus candidate for the 2019 presidential election. CUPP, the umbrella body of more than 45 major opposition parties, disclosed this in a statement issued by its National Spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere, on Wednesday in Abuja. Ugochinyere said that the decision was arrived at few hours after a closed door deliberation by members of the CUPP at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja. “Over 41 political parties in attendance endorsed the decision which enjoyed majority support “The coalition arrived at the choice of Abubakar after he towered high on the criteria used by the opposition in arriving at the decision. “These include: national acceptability; financial capacity; spread of his political party; leadership capacity; international

acceptability; experience ; capacity to rebuild the economy; secure the country and unite all Nigerians.’’ Ugochinyere added that the coalition would have a formal meeting with Abubakar before Friday for final commencement of the coalition campaign. CUPP was formed in July by the leadership of 39 opposition parties with the aim of producing a presidential candidate that would defeat the ruling party in the 2019 General Elections and later form a government of national unity. The members of the Coalition include: the PDP, Social Democratic Party (SDP), Alliance for Democracy (AD), Africa Democratic Party (ADC), Action Democratic Party (ADP) and All Grand Alliance Party (AGAP). Others are: Action Peoples Party (APP), Advanced Congress of Democrats (ACD), Better Nigeria Progressive Party (BNPP), Democratic Alternative (DA), and Grand Democratic Party of Nigeria (GDPN), among others. (NAN)

2019: Atiku loyalist, former Adamawa deputy gov dumps PDP for APC From Umar Dankano,Yola

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s the 2019 general elections draw nearer, a staunch loyalist of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and immediate past deputy Governor of Adamawa state, Mr.Sa’ad MC Tahir, has dumped Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State. Tahir, who was popularly known to be a die-hard supporter of Atiku had earlier contested the governorship primaries of the PDP but he withdrew out of the race in protest of alleged injustice and impunity, along side other contestants , Mr. Adamu Modibbo and Dr.Umar Ardo.

Confirming his exit out of PDP in a telephone conversation with journalists, in Yola Wednesday, Tahir said it was true he defected to APC from PDP based on personal reasons which will be made public at a later date. He said he is more comfortable in his new political party he had just joined. Commenting on the development, Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla said the defection of Tahir and other stakeholders is a sign that APC is a party to beat. Jibrilla commented at the inauguration of Buhari/Bindow 2019 North East campaign office in Adamawa.

and also prayed for time extension to enable them to respond to the counter affidavit by the plaintiff. Trial judge, Jude Dagat, ordered the parties to serve all processes before the court before its next sitting and adjourned the case until January 17 for hearing. It would be recalled that the APC national leadership had warned it would sanction party members who take the party to court. But President Muhammadu Buhari last week expressed a countrary position, saying aggrieved members have a right to seek redress in court. (NAN) L-R: Leaders of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and his Senate Counterpart, Senator Ahmed Lawan addressing National Assembly correspondents over the protest of the National Assembly management staff/Member of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN), at the National Assembly on Tuesday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa

I’ll create millions of jobs, make Zamfara crime-free -Dansadau From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau

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former Senator vying for gubernatorial position in Zamfara State on the platform of the National Rescue Movement (NRM), Senator Muhammad Sa’idu Dansadau has flashed, among numerous in his blueprint, that the fear of security challenges and unemployment that bedeviled the state will become history if elected next governor by 2019 elections. Dansadau, who made the declaration last Sunday at Gusau Airstrip while flagging off his campaign ahead of 2019 general elections assures that, his administration will give priority on security, creation of jobs, education and food security to the extent that, the glory of the state been would be recovered. “It is indisputable that

Zamfara has become a death colony, the situation which in one way or the other, had crippled legitimate living and businesses, no free movement either from rural areas to the state capital or even peaceful commuting through the state to other neighbouring states across the axis”. “It is also economically disturbing, that the rate of poverty amongst the teaming populace across the 14 local government areas of the state and the zero commitment of the present administration towards addressing the matter is quite threatening, giving the impression of mass exodus should the situation would continue”, Dansadau has challenged. He further announced that, there has been a formidable plan in his blueprint for the restoration of peace for commercial activities to return as it has been known under calm environment, an expedite

and possible calculations towards boosting farming activities under which hundreds thousands of youths will be contained as well. The Senator has challenged the current steps by the authorities in the state upon which the education sector was strangled to the extent that there is no conducive environment for both teaching and learning, the development that flocked and left the state extremely behind compared to other states across the country. He called on the people in the state, to for the sake of putting the derailed Zamfara back on the rail, to wisely utilize their votes for NRM, saying, “As it is the only party which was democratically established to rescue our ravaged state, it is not in our blueprint, any filthy plan to enrich selves from the government coffers but rather, utilising public funds into right directions”.


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Kano will benefit from gains of Refinery -Dangote assures By Etuka Sunday

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resident/ CE, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has promised the people of Kano State, that they would benefit from the gains of Dangote Refinery after its completion. “We will bring the Refinery-Petroleum, fertilizer and Gas to Kano for the benefit of the people of the State. “It is our contention that Dangote Refinery will enhance the economy of Nigeria and by extension, Kano’s economy. The richest man in Africa said his Conglomerate would continue to offer massive employment to the youths, and empower women through Dangote investments, and the Refinery which promises to take Nigeria and Nigerians out of the woods. Represented by the GED, Government Relations and Strategy, Engr. Mansur Ahmed, Dangote said already his products comply with the mission of his Industries to bring succor to the people of Nigeria and beyond. “The core of our existence is to make life better for the people and this goal has been achieved in many ways” “There is no household in Nigeria where Dangote products are not being used” Dangote commended KACCIMA for the opportunity offered by the fair to sell Dangote products. He enjoined investors, customers and visitors to Dangote Stand to patronise its products and reiterated the value addition to Cement through the new cement, Blocmaster, the new all purpose floor, Semolina whole wheat meal and the new seasoning curry. Speaking at the occasion, the Director, Flour, North, Yusuf Ayagi said the researches conducted to enhance the products were borne out of the desire to improve lives of Nigerians, “for instance we have the 1.5kg flour due to the vulnerability of flour to infestation, and inability of people to to buy big bags of Flour.” In his welcome speech, President of KACCIMA, Dalhatu Abubakar, said Dangote is truely a man of the people as he has touched many lives in different spheres.

Baru targets Investors to unlock 10bn Barrels Deep-Water Resources By Etuka Sunday

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ngoing drive by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to increase Nigeria’s crude oil reserve was taken a notch higher yesterday with the unveiling of multi-billion dollar investment opportunities in the nation’s deep-offshore frontiers at the 10th World Energy Capital Assembly in London, United Kingdom. Delivering an address at the panel session entitled: Spotlight on Africa”, Group Managing Director of the NNPC Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru said that “globally Nigeria has the highest untapped deep

water resource of about 10 billion barrels of oil equivalent, in addition to other vast opportunities in the oil and gas value chain”. The NNPC GMD who was represented at the event by the Group General Manager Corporate Planning & Strategy of the NNPC, Mr Bala Wunti, explained that Nigeria has the largest and one of the most vibrant economies in Africa with lots of potentials, especially in the gas, refining and infrastructure space. “I invite you all to a country that has massive opportunities, very good business climate and good returns on investment. Our resilience has been

tested, we have been through the booms and bursts and we came out stronger. With our experience, geographical location and capacity, Nigeria is the country of now and the future”, the GMD stated. He further explained that NNPC has a clear strategy for harnessing these potentials through collaboration and building robust partnerships as entrenched in the Corporation’s 12 Business Focus Areas being aggressively driven by the Leadership of the Corporation. The World Energy Capital Assembly, is a leading gathering of energy executives, finance and investment professionals

to discuss emerging and reemerging energy investment opportunities, review deals done and chart an outlook of energy related activities across the globe. Other participants at the 10year Anniversary of the event include Lord John Browne, the Baron Browne of Madingley and CEO of British Petroleum from 1995 to 2007; the Global Chief Economist of British Petroleum, Mr. Spencer Dale; the Senior Vice President of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Mr. Abdul Nasser Al Mughairbi; as well as the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of Equinor, Mr. Eirik Wærness, among others. L-R: General Manager, FCT South, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Mr. Clement Obanile, Area Manager Lugbe, Mrs. Pauline Okigbo, Regional Head, Commercial Service, AEDC, Mr. George Akoh, Deputy General Manager, FCT South, AEDC, Mrs. Jennifer Enebong and Head Shared Services FCT South, AEDC, Miss Omokhaiye Aideloje, during the Public Electrical Safety Sensitization Program organised by AEDC, at Lugbe, yesterday in Abuja. Photo: Mahmud Isa  

West African Monetary Zone to provide policy support, credit facilities to MSMEs By Miriam Humbe

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ember states of the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ) during the weekend, rose from a four-day conference issuing a 17-point communiqué to among other things, provide greater policy support, simplify business registration procedures, and soft credit facilities to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, (MSMEs) as they constitute the greater share of intra-regional trade actors. The meeting also resolved to explore the possibility of forging cooperation between the trade ministries and the manufacturers associations, among others; and provide support and encourage the West African Monetary Institute, (WAMI) to ensure sustainability of the private sector day in the activities of the Trade Ministers Forum, Themed: Harnessing Intra-WAMZ Trade Potential Through Value Addition and Diversification, the member states also resolved to encourage regulators of trade policies to view their role, not only for administering sanctions

for infractions but as enablers and nurturers of the sector whose job it is to partner and guide the private sector to ensure full and rewarding policy implementation, as well as take necessary measures to strengthen institutional capacity of relevant departments and agencies to improve public policy execution. They also resolved to resource the national statistics bureau/ offices to carry out their statutory functions effectively in order to improve data integrity and timeliness reporting; and encourage the private sector to develop appropriate frameworks for self-regulation to lessen the regulatory or compliance burden. Taking necessary measures to improve harmony between the private sector and the regulators and maintaining constant communication and engagement with the private sector in the area of monitoring and evaluation of trade policy implementation as feedback engenders greater efficiency and policy improvement also formed part of the resolutions. Further resolutions were: Avoid policy inconsistency, improve policy communication

and ensure policy sustainability; Adopt participatory and inclusive approach in policy formulation, execution and regulation for desirable impact; Encourage Afreximbank and WAMI to further strengthen their institutional cooperation in the promotion of trade in the WAMZ; Explore the possibility of facilitating national currency swap agreements among member states through their respective Central Banks similar to the one between some member states and China, with a view to improve trade financing in zone; Further promote quoting and trading in the WAMZ national currencies; Urge WAMI to upload the presentations of the 9th WAMZ Trade Ministers Forum and future fora on its website and also create a trade information portal to disseminate relevant trade information in the zone; Encourage WAMI to extend the scope of private sector participation at future fora by including a wide spectrum of key sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and services,

including commercial banks and Urge WAMI to closely collaborate with private sector associations to better coordinate in developing a comprehensive programme to achieve better representation of the private sector. Participants expressed appreciation to WAMI and Afreximbank and re-affirmed their commitment to the promotion of trade in the West African sub-region. The African Export-Import Bank, (Afreximbank), in collaboration with the West African Monetary Institute (WAMI) jointly organised a private sector day as part of the activities of the 9th WAMZ Trade Ministers’ Forum in Abuja. This was the first private sector day organised by the WAMI during the WAMZ Trade Ministers’ Forum The session was attended by all the member states of the WAMZ, except The Gambia also had the representatives of the private sector, international institutions, media, and other relevant stakeholders.


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he Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reiterated that there was no plan to carry out mass retirement of staff. The Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, gave the assurance yesterday at a programme tagged “CS Connect”, organized by the Corporate Services Autonomous Business Units (ABU) to showcase its products and services to the public. NNPC Spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu in a statement quoted the GMD to have charged the management and staff of the Corporation to go about their duties

and continue to give their best to the corporation and ignore the rumors of sack. He explained that the recent retirement of some staff following the last management promotion exercise was restricted to those who had been performing below par, stressing that “they were a disincentive to those remaining in the system and it was only appropriate to disengage them to allow some fresh air for others to rise”. Dr. Baru harped on the need for staff to be law-abiding, resourceful and disciplined, and urged staff “to come up with innovative ideas and best-in-class practices to reposition the Corporation and sustain our pride of place in the national economy as

we strive for global recognition”. He commended the Corporate Services ABU for being in the forefront of service delivery and for enhancing the overall business success of the Corporation, adding that the CS Connect was aimed at improving current support services with a focus on cost-reduction and greater efficiency. In his opening remarks, Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Services, Mr. Isa Inuwa, said the occasion was primarily for the Corporate Services Autonomous Business Unit to account for its mandate. The theme of CS Connect programme which is in its second day is: “Integrate, Automate and Elevate NNPC’s Business to Next Level”.

he Nigerian National Assembly has commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation on the strategies deployed so far to make petroleum products available to Nigerians throughout the end of year festivities and beyond. Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Hon. Joseph Akinlaja, gave the commendation during an oversight visit to NNPC Towers in Abuja. A statement by NNPC spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu quoted the lawmaker to have expressed confidence that the elaborate measures put in place by the corporation to avert fuel supply shortage would be successful this year going by the painstaking efforts that went into the planning and execution of the zero-fuel scarcity strategy. “We are impressed by the presentation and we are sure there will be no war room here again because of products scarcity, you have done very well and I’m happy that Nigerians are going to travel effortlessly at this period of the year”, Hon. Akinlaja enthused. On the threat by major, independent petroleum products marketers to ground the sector due to unpaid subsidy arrears, the Committee Chairman appealed to the Federal Government to do everything within its powers to pay up the arrears to forestall any crisis. Speaking further on the need to support NNPC to sustain petroleum products supply, Hon. Akinlaja said the corporation was overburdened and “because of that, when it runs into hiccups, somebody will say their operations are opaque. Let’s avoid fuel scarcity by supporting NNPC”. The Committee also expressed satisfaction with the improvement on the integrity of the pipelines and urged NNPC to expedite action on the remaining ones, especially those

linking the Ore Depot from Benin City and to the Ibadan Depot. In his presentation to the Committee, Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, reassured Nigerians of the corporation’s preparedness to ensure zero-scarcity of petroleum products during the upcoming festive season and beyond. The GMD who was represented by NNPC Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, Mr. Henry Ikem Obih, lauded the Committee for its support during the last fuel supply hiccups that occurred in the country from November 2017 to the early part of this year. He disclosed that adequate measures have been deployed to avert any form of supply challenge, stressing that even if NNPC were to stop importing fuel as from today, there was enough stock of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in the country to last for 45 days. On his part, Managing Director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company Limited (PPMC), Mr. Umar Ajiya, disclosed that the company has returned to profitability with a trading surplus of N32bn between January and November 2018. The other downstream subsidiaries that made presentations were NNPC Retail Limited, Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company (NPSC) and NNPC Shipping. One of the downstream subsidiaries of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Petroleum Products Marketing Company limited (PPMC) has returned to profitability and has recorded N32bn profit between January to November, 2018. The PPMC boss also stated that as part of the zero-scarcity strategy, the company has over 170 million litres of PMS in stock at some NNPC Depots across the country following their successful rehabilitation along with connecting pipelines to forestall dependence on private sector depots.

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A monitoring committee of OPEC and its allies, including Russia, agreed on the need to cut oil output in 2019, two sources familiar with the discussions said, adding that volumes and the baseline for cuts were being debated. “A deeper production cut still remains the most probable outcome of the meeting, but finer details of any agreement are in short supply, which in turn is prompting volatility,” said Abhishek Kumar, senior energy analyst at Interfax Energy in London. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters

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he had a “good” meeting with his Saudi counterpart Khalid al-Falih on Wednesday and they planned more talks. Russia’s No. 2 oil producer Lukoil is ready to cut oil production if OPEC and other leading producers agree to do so, though it would be technically difficult in winter, RIA news agency quoted the company’s head Vagit Alekperov as saying. OPEC wants to avert a buildup in global oil inventories like the one that sent prices from late 2014 into a prolonged slump that brought Brent to below $30 a barrel at the start of 2016.

“The market is expecting that OPEC is going to announce production cuts,” said Regina Mayor, global and U.S. sector leader for energy at KPMG. “There has been quite a lack of discipline of late. When you look at U.S. shale production and Saudi production and Russia production, everyone has the pedal to the metal.” U.S. President Donald Trump pressured OPEC not to reduce output. “Hopefully OPEC will be keeping oil flows as is, not restricted. The World does not want to see, or need, higher oil prices!” Trump wrote on Twitter

on Wednesday. Saudi Arabian crude supply in November rose to 11.3 million barrels per day, a source familiar with the matter said.. That marks a rise from October’s 10.65 million bpd. PRODN-SA U.S. crude inventories rose by 5.4 million barrels in the week to Nov. 30 to 448 million, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed on Tuesday. Official U.S. government inventory data is due on Thursday, delayed by one day. A Reuters survey forecast a decline of 900,000 barrels. (Reuters)

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Healthcare delivery: FCT Minister wants more private sector participation By Stanley Onyekwere

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he FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello Bello has called for more private sector participation in healthcare in the FCT, as the government alone cannot provide the required bed spaces and all the needed specialties. Bello, who was reacting to the reports mass exodus of doctors from the country to practice overseas, appealed to resident doctors to resist the allure of seeking greener pastures in other climes and make the necessary sacrifices for the greater good of FCT and country at large. He made the plea when the Association of Resident Doctors, FCTA Chapter as well as the FCT Chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) separately paid him a courtesy visit in his office. The Minister also called for introspection among the doctors, saying the countries they are rushing to today were once in similar situation

as Nigeria and were only able to advance through shear hard work and sacrifices. “I appeal to you and your members to continue to stay within the system because I believe we have a great country. If we all look at our personal needs and requirement, we will say yes, we want greener pastures. But if we all go for greener pastures, who is going to develop this country? “For us to really develop this country, we have to sit down and agree to work and sacrifice and we will really truly put our country in the right footing. “Let’s stay and salvage this country. If we are able to do all that, we will be a shining example for other countries of the world,” Bello stressed. Furthermore, he pleaded with all unions and professional associations to place a 5-Year moratorium on strikes and all forms of industrial action as a patriotic sacrifice that would give the country a chance to lay strong foundations for economic

development and nation building. Bello however thanked the medical documents for their patriotism, by not joining the brain drain train in search of greener pastures abroad. He reiterated that FCT Administration will continue to support the association to ensure that they remain in the system as partners in progress and excel their career. He gave assurances that payments that have already been commenced by the FCTA will continue as a work in progress with budgetary provisions, adding that ongoing hospital projects will be completed to cope with the increasing demand on health facilities in the city. He further revealed that FCT Administration has reached some significant milestones in resolving many of the issues affecting health professionals that have been lingering for over 10 years while calling for patience and understanding as government tackles some of the more

complex issues of funding. Earlier in his remarks, the President, Association of Resident Doctors, FCTA Chapter, Dr. Michael Olanrewaju lamented that doctors trained to high degree of proficiency in different medical discipline in the FCTA were now leaving the country in droves while those left behind were also spoiling to hop unto the bandwagon. This, he said has resulted in a situation where the doctors are now overstretched in their respective places of work, with low doctorpatient ratio making it difficult for them to function properly, while patients that could be conveniently managed at the primary level are thronging the secondary and tertiary centres to access care. Similarly, the Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), FCT Chapter, Dr. Ekpe Uche Phillips appealed for more manpower to cope with the excessive inflow of patients as a result of increasing migration of

Youths implored to be selfreliant By Stanley Onyekwere

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he proprietor of Royal Gem International Academy, Mr. Benjamin Obute has urged youths to be selfreliant, so as to contribute their quota to the development of the society. Obute made this call when he received great motivator award

from Abuja branch of Affa Youths Progressive Association (AYPA) at its cultural day celebration, coronation and award presentation at Nyanya. The proprietor who chaired the occassion with the theme: ‘Sustaining Our Cultural Heritage’ said the essence of being self-reliant should be taken more serious by all youths.

He linked his success in life to self reliant and commitment, which he encouraged youths to see him as their role model. Obute said that his interest was to ensure that the youth live up to the expectation by championing the communities’ development, which would continue to be spread to youths unborn.

He advised those who have not been honoured to ensure that they selflessly do things that would enhance development. In his welcome address, the president of Abuja AYPA, Chief Ikenga Ude commended members and non members for their cooperation that made the event a success.

people from other states to the FCT. Dr. Ekpe opined that the work force is highly depleted and stretched as a result of brain drain amongst health workers, adding that there is need to convert the local staff to regular staff, while employing more doctors and nurses to reduce the shortage and deliver quality healthcare. The Chairman while also calling for the opening of more hospitals to tackle the problem of low bed space in the FCT, disclosed patients are now being referred to private hospitals and even hospitals outside the FCT, with the attendant delay, leading to preventable complications, including mortality. Meanwhile, FCTA was commended for sustaining the free antenatal care services in sub-urban and rural communities which he said has saved lives of mothers and babies of all Nigerians who ordinarily cannot afford quality healthcare that FCT provides.

Ude said since the existence of the association about a decade ago, the association has among others been able to, empower some of its members through skill acquisitions and gainful employments; adult education for members and non members to enable them excell and; working towards upgrading Affa police station to police division.


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heresa May’s Brexit backstop plan risks a “stalemate” and “protracted rounds of negotiations” with the EU, the full legal advice on her deal says. Newly published documents show the PM was told an arrangement designed to prevent a hard Irish border could last “indefinitely” and the UK could not “lawfully exit” without EU agreement. The Democratic Unionists said this would be “devastating” for the UK. But Mrs May rejected SNP claims she has misled Parliament on the issue. Ministers were forced to publish Attorney General Geoffrey Cox’s full advice after ministers were found in contempt of Parliament on Tuesday for providing only a legal overview earlier this week. Speaking in the Commons, the prime minister said there was “no difference” between the two documents and the legal position on her proposed “temporary” customs arrangement with the EU was clear. While the UK would have no unilateral right to withdraw from the backstop - a measure designed to prevent the return of physical checks on the Irish border by the UK and EU sharing a single customs territory - she insisted neither the UK nor the EU wanted it to come into force in the first place. But the Democratic Unionists said they could not accept Northern Ireland being subject to different regulation and judicial oversight from the rest of the UK and effectively becoming a “third country” from Britain. What does the full advice to PM say? The government argued that Mr Cox’s analysis of the Brexit deal, published on Monday, was adequate and disclosing his

full and final advice would be against the national interest. Labour and other opposition parties said ministers had “wilfully” refused to comply with a binding vote in the Commons last month which demanded full disclosure and MPs agreed in a vote on Tuesday. In the six-page letter published on Tuesday, Mr Cox said the “current drafting” of the backstop “does not allow for a mechanism that is likely to enable the UK to lawfully exit the UK wide customs union without a subsequent agreement”. “Despite statements that it is not intended to be permanent… in international law the protocol would endure indefinitely until a superseding agreement took its place,” he wrote. “In the absence of a right of termination, there is a legal risk that the UK might become subject to protracted and repeated rounds of negotiations...The resolution of such a stalemate would have to be political.” The backstop has become a defining issue for many Tory critics of the PM’s deal who say that it infringes the UK’s sovereignty and will prevent the UK from being able to negotiate its own trade deals. Mr Cox has warned the backstop is a “calculated risk” and entering into it would be a political decision. “This risk must be weighed against the political and economic imperative of both sides to reach an agreement that constitutes a politically stable and permanent basis for their future relationship,” he wrote. Analysis: In black and white When lawyers give legal advice they are expected to speak frankly. Many will conclude this advice is franker and starker than the way in which

the government has presented the legal implications of the Withdraw Agreement. In particular on the Northern Ireland backstop, it is there in black and white, that in the absence of an agreement replacing it, the backstop will continue indefinitely. The UK could not force the EU to conclude an agreement bringing it to an end. That punctures the government’s optimism on the issue. Whereas Article 50 allowed the UK to pull out of the EU, there is no provision for the UK to pull out of the withdrawal agreement. That will pour petrol on the flames of the political debate. May defends advice at Prime Minister’s Questions The prime minister has insisted there can be no Brexit deal without a backstop of some kind to protect commitments made to Northern Ireland in the Good Friday Agreement. But she came under fire at Prime Minister’s Questions from the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford. “The legal advice is clear,” he said. “It states: despite statements in the protocol it is not permanent, in international law the protocol would endure indefinitely. Since the prime minister returned from Brussels with her deal, the Prime Minister has been misleading the House inadvertently or otherwise.” “Is it time that the prime minister took responsibility for concealing the facts on her Brexit deal from members in this House and the public? The PM told MPs there was “no difference” between the 50-page legal overview published on Monday and Mr Cox’s letter from November published on Wednesday.

She also said she had made it clear that the UK could not unilaterally leave the backstop plan, so had not been at odds with the legal advice, which made it clear the UK had no sovereign right to withdraw. But she insisted that it gave the UK a number of competitive advantages and therefore the EU would not want the UK “to be in it any longer than necessary”. But the DUP’s Westminster leader Nigel Dodds said it was now apparent why the government had tried to “hide” the legal position. Labour said the advice showed the “central weakness” of the PM’s Brexit deal while the Lib Dems said it would leave the UK trapped in a “Brexit hamster wheel”. Debate on Brexit deal continues The second of five days of debate on Mrs May’s Brexit agreement is under way, focusing on security. The government suffered three embarrassing defeats on Tuesday, on the role that MPs will play if Mrs May’s deal in rejected as well as the disclosure of the legal advice. International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has warned there is a risk of Parliament trying to “steal Brexit from the British people” if the PM’s agreement is rejected. He said there was a “natural Remain majority” in Parliament and that any attempts to delay the UK’s departure or overturn the 2016 referendum result would be a “democratic affront”. But former attorney general Dominic Grieve said claims Parliament was trying to block Brexit were a “little far-fetched” and MPs like him were merely concerned with averting a national crisis if Parliament was deadlocked.

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ussia will develop missiles banned under a Cold War agreement if the US exits the pact, President Vladimir Putin has warned. His comments follow Nato’s accusation on Tuesday that Russia has already broken the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Signed in 1987 by the US and USSR, it banned both countries’ use of all short and medium-range missiles. But Mr Putin says the accusation is a pretext for the US to leave the pact. In televised comments, the Russian leader said many other countries had developed weapons banned under the INF treaty. “Now it seems our American partners believe that the situation has changed so much that [they] must also have such a weapon,” he said. “What’s our response? It’s simple in that case we will also do this.” US President Donald Trump has previously said the country would leave the treaty because of Russian actions. Analysts say Russia sees the weapons as a cheaper alternative to conventional forces. What has Nato said? On Tuesday, the Western military alliance formally accused Russia of breaking the treaty. “Allies have concluded that Russia has developed and fielded a missile

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the accusation was a pretext for the US to leave the treaty system, the 9M729, which violates the INF Treaty and poses significant risks to Euro-Atlantic security,” the Nato foreign ministers’ statement read. The statement said the member nations “strongly support” the US claim that Russia is in breach of the pact, and called on Moscow to “return urgently to full and verifiable compliance”. Speaking after the release of Nato’s statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Russia had 60 days to return to compliance with the treaty,

after which time the US would suspend its own compliance. “During this 60 days we will still not test or produce or deploy any systems, and we’ll see what happens during this 60-day period,” he said. Russia has repeatedly denied breaking the Cold War treaty. What is the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty? • Signed by the US and the USSR in 1987, the arms control deal banned all nuclear and non-nuclear missiles with short and medium ranges, except

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sea-launched weapons • The US had been concerned by the Soviet deployment of the SS20 missile system and responded by placing Pershing and cruise missiles in Europe - sparking widespread protests • By 1991, nearly 2,700 missiles had been destroyed • Both countries were allowed to inspect the other’s installations • In 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the treaty no longer served Russia’s interests • The move came after the US withdrew from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002 In 2014, then US President Barack Obama accused Russia of breaching the INF Treaty after it allegedly tested a ground-launched cruise missile. He reportedly chose not to withdraw from the treaty under pressure from European leaders, who said such a move could restart an arms race. The last time the US withdrew from a major arms treaty was in 2002, when President George W Bush pulled the US out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which banned weapons designed to counter ballistic nuclear missiles. His administration’s move to set up a missile shield in Europe alarmed the Kremlin, and was scrapped by the Obama administration in 2009. It was replaced by a modified defence system in 2016. Source: BBC

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enyan distance runner Eliud Kipchoge and Colombian long and triple jumper Caterine Ibarguen have been named male and female world athletes of the year. The pair were honoured by the IAAF at a ceremony in Monaco. Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith, who won three European sprint titles and relay gold at the Commonwealth Games, was nominated for the women’s award. Kipchoge, 34, won the London Marathon and set a world record of two hours, one minute and 39 seconds in Berlin. His time in the German capital bettered that of compatriot Dennis

Kimetto, whose 2:02.57 was also set in Berlin, in 2014. Ibarguen, also 34, claimed claimed triple and long jump honours in the Central American and Caribbean Games, the Continental Cup and the Diamond League finals. The Olympic champion was unbeaten in all eight of her triple jump competitions, ending the year with a world-leading mark of 14.96m in her specialist event and a national record of 6.93m in the long jump. Sweden’s 19-year-old pole vaulter Armand Duplantis won the men’s rising star award while the women’s award went to American 400m runner Sydney McLaughlin.

Mandela remembered five years on The BBC’s Phil Darley captured outh Africa’s first black president

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and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died exactly five years ago, on 5 December in Johannesburg, at the age of 95.

moments of mourning days after Mandela’s death on a hill outside his home village of Qunu in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.

Security has improved in Mogadishu although al-Shabab remains a threat he US has established its event reflects Somalia’s progress presence in regions around the first diplomatic presence in in recent years and is another capital. US President Donald Trump Somalia for nearly 30 years. step forward in formalising The state department said US diplomatic engagement in expanded operations against althe “historic event” reflected the Mogadishu since recognising the Shabab in March 2017 and the US progress the east African nation Federal Government of Somalia military has conducted more than two dozen air strikes, including in 2013.” had made. She added: “Our return drone strikes, in Somalia this year, Ambassador Donald Traditionally, US presidents the United Yamamoto is heading the embassy demonstrates in Mogadishu. Previously it had States’ commitment to further have been wary of intervening in advance stability, democracy and Somalia since 18 special forces been based in Nairobi, Kenya. The US closed its embassy in economic development that are in soldiers died fighting militias in Mogadishu in 1993, a battle Somalia in January 1991 amid the interest of both nations.” Security has improved in dramatised in the film Black fighting between rebels and the government and had to airlift out Mogadishu recently, although al- Hawk Down. Last month, the US announced Shabab rebels remain a threat. its ambassador and staff. Al-Shabab was forced out of the it was cutting 700 counterAl-Shabab threat Commenting on the latest capital in August 2011 following terrorism troops from Africa over move, state department an offensive spearheaded by the next few years, although its activities in Somalia will remain spokeswoman Heather Nauert African Union troops. But it still has a strong largely the same. said in a statement: “This historic

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outh African national rugby team player, Tendai Mtawarira, nicknamed “the Beast”, has launched a foundation aimed at introducing the game to rural areas in his home country, Zimbabwe. The Get Involved Foundation also seeks to foster social cohesion and promote education across Africa. Explaining his motivation, Mtawarira said: Quote Message: I am the Beast of both worlds. I am a Zimbabwean. That’s my roots,

that’s where I was born and I am passionate about where I come from. I went to South Africa and that’s where I got the opportunity and I am also proudly South African. I am the Beast of both worlds. I am a Zimbabwean. That’s my roots, that’s where I was born and I am passionate about where I come from. I went to South Africa and that’s where I got the opportunity and I am also proudly South African. Quote Message: When I sing the national anthem, I am not only

representing South Africa. For me it’s about representing a whole continent, representing Africa so I want to inspire all youths in Africa.” When I sing the national anthem, I am not only representing South Africa. For me it’s about representing a whole continent, representing Africa so I want to inspire all youths in Africa.” Mtawarira - who plays for the Durban-based side, the Sharks, and the national team, said he wants to use his foundation, launched in London on Sunday,

to give African children a better chance in life through sport. Quote Message: I have always wanted in my career to reach a stage where I use my platform to give back. I have always wanted in my career to reach a stage where I use my platform to give back. Quote Message: Coming from Zimbabwe as a young man going across to South Africa with a dream to pursue a professional rugby career I told myself that when I make it one day I want to come back home and give back

what I have learnt in South Africa to help the next generation.” Coming from Zimbabwe as a young man going across to South Africa with a dream to pursue a professional rugby career I told myself that when I make it one day I want to come back home and give back what I have learnt in South Africa to help the next generation.” Mtawarira has played for the Springboks for the last 11 years and amassed more than 100 caps, a rare feat in the game. Source: BBC

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he Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) insists neither it nor the Ivorian government has been informed by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) of a possible shift to their hosting of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2021. FIF reacted to an interview Caf President Ahmad Ahmad gave to Afrique Media TV on Monday when he said that Cameroon - stripped of the 2019 hosting rights would replace Ivory Coast as hosts in 2021 and the latter would instead stage the 2023 tournament.

“We made this decision to shift, because we saw that Ivory Coast also is not ready for 2021. To do things in a more humane way, in 2021, the Cameroonians will be ready. “And in 2023, we will organise the tournament in Ivory Coast. This is the decision taken by the Caf Executive Committee on November 30, 2018 in Accra,” Ahmad said. Caf, which is still looking for a new host for the 2019 Nations Cup, has not made any official statement on the reported swap and some top officials told the BBC that only president Ahmad

or the general-secretary Amr Fahmy can confirm this latest development. A court in France has agreed to the extradition of François Compaoré, brother of Burkina Faso’s ousted leader Blaise Compaoré. François Compaoré fled Burkina Faso in 2014 after his brother resigned amid popular street protests following 27 years in power. He was arrested in France in October last year in connection with the murder in Burkina Faso in 1998 of investigative journalist Norbert Zongo.

Mr Zongo was looking into the killing of the driver of François Compaoré and had warned his readers that he may end up being killed after he received a series of death threats. The family of Norbert Zongo are demanding justiceImage caption: The family of Norbert Zongo are demanding justice Known as the “little president” during his brother’s rule, François Compaoré, whose lawyers are likely to challenge the French extradition decision, has denied involvement in the journalist’s death.


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public prosecutor in Rome has placed five Egyptian security officials under investigation over the disappearance of an Italian postgraduate student. Giulio Regeni, who was studying at Cambridge University, had been doing research for his doctorate in Cairo when he went missing in January 2016. His mutilated body was discovered nine days later on the city’s outskirts. The topic he was looking into - independent trade unions - is politically controversial within Egypt. In January, a prosecutor in Rome said his research was the sole reason for his death, but no one has ever been arrested for it. Italian investigators have been co-operating with Egyptian authorities on the case, but the two have come into conflict over allegations of police involvement. Four of the five named are senior members of Egypt’s National Security Agency - including a general, two colonels and a major. What happened to Regeni? The Italian PhD student disappeared on a research trip on 25 January 2016 - the fifth anniversary of the start of the uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak, when there was a heavy police presence in Cairo. Regeni’s body was eventually discovered in a ditch by the side of a road on 3 February. His mother told the Italian parliament that her son’s body was so disfigured that she was only able to identify him using the tip of his nose. An Italian post mortem revealed extensive injuries indicating torture, including markings apparently carved into his body. What did Egypt say happened? Egyptian authorities have given conflicting accounts of what happened. Initially they suggested Regeni died in a traffic accident before later blaming a criminal gang, whom they said had all been killed later in a shootout. The claim was later branded “implausible”. Egypt has denied accusations that Regeni died in custody. However, officials have admitted that the security services were monitoring him. In April 2016 Italy withdrew its ambassador to Egypt over the case, but it later appointed another. It has been working with Egyptian investigators since, but the pace of developments has been slow. The student’s parents have campaigned for justice since his death, and the case has been highlighted by international human rights groups. What is the latest? The two nations’ public prosecutors reconvened to discuss the case on Wednesday, but according to reports the meeting failed to produce results. Afterwards, Egypt’s State Information Service released a statement saying that “charges should be based on evidence and not suspicions” after Italian prosecutors asked them to approve the naming of the men. On Tuesday Italy began formally investigating the five suspects, who Italian media named as General Sabir Tareq, Colonel Ather Kamal, Major Magdi Abdlaal Sharif, Captain Osan Helmy and agent Mahmoud Najem. Under Italian law, being put under official investigation is not the same as a charge, but implies they are suspects. Italian authorities say they are investigating the men over the kidnap of Regeni, but did not name them in connection with the murder itself. On Monday, reports in Italy suggested the country’s Foreign Ministry had summoned the Egyptian ambassador over the case, warning of escalation. Last week Italy’s lower house of parliament said it was cutting all diplomatic ties with the country over the lack of progress. Egyptian officials have not immediately issued a response about Tuesday’s development. Source: BBC

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he British academic jailed for spying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has told how he endured “psychological torture”. Matthew Hedges, 31, said he was forced to stand “all day” in ankle cuffs, suffered panic attacks and had suicidal thoughts. Mr Hedges, who denies being a spy, told the BBC he only confessed to being a captain in MI6 to stop the “torture”. He said the UAE asked him to act as a double agent in the UK Foreign Office. Mr Hedges had denied spying and said he had been researching his PhD, but was jailed for life last month. The UAE government said the Durham academic was “100% a spy”, but pardoned him on 26 November. The leader of MI6 has said he is “perplexed” about the UAE’s reasons for jailing Mr Hedges. The PhD student told John Humphrys on Radio 4’s Today programme that being in a cell had been “lonely and isolating”. He was given a “cocktail” of medication to treat his depression and anxiety, he said, and deprived of natural light. “I wasn’t allowed to do anything to distract myself. My mental health was deteriorating,” he said. “I was handcuffed and blindfolded. I had to stand all day in ankle cuffs.” Visits to the bathroom were accompanied by four guards, he said. Mr Hedges said standing in ankle cuffs was “mentally exhausting”, but that adrenaline would kick in and help him cope. Shortly before his arrest he was due to have counselling to deal with anxiety and depression.

Daniela Tejada helped secure her husband’s release “I could not manage my thoughts throughout the incarceration,” he said. Mr Hedges also said he regularly had panic attacks and some nights he dreamt of hanging himself in his cell. He said he was only able to speak to his wife Daniela Tejada - who had been campaigning for his release - once a week. During hours of interrogations he said the psychological pressure was so great he confessed. “I panicked and told them I was a captain in MI6. I told them what they wanted to hear.” He also spoke of how he felt when he was sentenced to life in prison. “It was total shock, I wasn’t able to process it. I couldn’t say goodbye to Danni.”

Ms Tejada said academics would now have to think twice before doing research in the UAE. She said: “At the heart of it it’s about drawing red lines. I think the biggest issue is naturally the fact that there is no academic freedom in the UAE but also the fact that the red lines aren’t clearly drawn. “So it’s sort of every man on their own. Each academic will have a different experience, to assess how safe it is to do research.” Durham University said it had a second PhD student in the UAE but they would not be required to return to the UK. A spokesman said it was advising a moratorium on travel to the country for “all non UAE staff and students”.

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Israel targets Hezbollah ‘terror tunnels’

srael says it is blocking tunnels dug into its territory by the Hezbollah movement in Lebanon which were to be used to take Israeli citizens hostage. It said it was neutralising the “terror tunnels” before they became operational and a threat to civilian communities. It did not say how many tunnels there were, but said the operation would take place on Israel’s side of the border. Tensions are high between Israel and Hezbollah, which fought a month-long war in 2006. More than 1,125 Lebanese, most of them civilians, and some 40 Israeli civilians, were killed in that conflict. It began when Hezbollah militants launched a raid into Israel, killing eight soldiers and kidnapping two others, who also died. Israel has warned that another war with the group is likely and has said it will use massive military force in any new fight. Hezbollah, which possesses one of the most powerful militias in the region, has threatened to attack Israel with its vast rocket arsenal if war breaks out. The Iran-backed Shia group has not yet commented on Israel’s actions. What do we know about the operation? Israeli military spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus said the activity was focusing on the border town of Metulla, with the area declared a closed zone. He said the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were concentrating on a tunnel which began in a Lebanese civilian home, was at least 200m (650ft) long, and ran 40m inside Israel. The IDF announced the start of the operation, dubbed Northern Shield, on Twitter, with video footage showing heavy

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he Nigerian Optometric Association (NOA) has condemned frequent attacks on its members and called for urgent protection to avoid nationwide service disruption. Dr. Ozy Okonokhua, the President of NOA, made the appeal at a news conference on the attack of optometry profession on Tuesday in Abuja. He was reacting to the gruesome murder of its member, Dr Lucky Kina, the immediate past Chairman of Rivers chapter, in Ogoniland. Okonokhua therefore called for intervention by security agencies to protect lives and property of citizens. He lamented that Kina who was NOA Vice Chairman of the community council, was murdered last two weeks by known anticultist advocate in the presence of his wife in his home town. “We are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General of Police, the

Governor of Rivers State and FCT Minister, with other security agencies and well meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of optometrists in the country. “We demand that persons that masterminded the gruesome murder of Kina be fished out and meted with justice. “Kina was a peace loving citizen of Nigeria and does not deserve to be killed by persons who bear no true allegiance to the value of humanity. “We also demand that the security agencies take practical steps to bring to book all persons involved in this systemic attack on the optometry family. “This is to help restore confidence of the NOA on the security apparatus in Nigeria. We shall continue to make this demand until justice has been served. “No longer shall we keep quiet and watch key contributions to the economy such as optometrists decimated by agents of darkness. “We further call on all persons of good

conscience to lend a voice to this clarion call and help save optometrists from extinction in the country,” Okonokhua said. The NOA president recalled that the former FCT Chairman of the association was attacked and shot by suspected armed robbers in July 2016, and in October 2017 a siege was laid on the home of immediate past president Dr. Damian Echendu, for four hours in Abuja. “Similarly, in June 2018, Rivers state chapter Treasurer was held hostage for days by persons demanding for ransom.’’ He also noted that in September, the Secretary of Kaduna State chapter died in strange circumstances in his home in Kaduna and few days ago the President of Women Optometrists in Nigeria (WON) was also held hostage for 14 hours in her house by suspected armed robbers, among others. Okonokhua described orchestrators of these attacks as averse to eye care development

in the country and to further discourage the optometry population from growing. According to him, NOA view these cases of attacks on members, particularly office holders, as a deliberate attempt to silence optometrists in the country given their commitment to the growth of the nation. “Today NOA is under attack; today eye care in Nigeria is under attack. We are being systematically singled out for attack by persons who are not with the gains recorded by Optometry profession for Nigerian populace across the length and breadth of the country. “We view the killing of Kina as a clear indication of the fact that some persons are unhappy with the contributions being made by optometrists and NOA as a body. “It is obvious that the leadership of NOA is the prime target so as to reduce the association’s influence and contributions to social development and nation building,” he said.

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It is not known how many tunnels the Israeli military is targeting machinery boring in unidentified locations. Col Conricus said the tunnels were part of a plan by Hezbollah to “conquer the Galilee” region of Israel in a future conflict. He said the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which controls Gaza, had shared tunnel-digging knowledge with Hezbollah. In recent years, Israel has destroyed dozens of tunnels dug by Hamas under their shared border. The latest operation comes a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels, where he was reported to have been updated on the anti-tunnel action. Why are Israel and Hezbollah enemies? Hezbollah emerged with the help of Iran during Israel’s occupation of southern Lebanon in the early 1980s. It sees itself as a resistance movement against Israel, but

it is designated a terrorist organisation by Western states, Israel, Gulf Arab countries and the Arab League. Hezbollah does not recognise Israel’s right to exist and has been accused of carrying out a string of bombings and plots against Jewish and Israeli targets around the world over decades. Israel has also reportedly carried out killings against Hezbollah figures. There have been outbreaks of violence between Israel and Hezbollah across the Israel-Lebanon border, which is heavily fortified. Hezbollah has built up an extensive arsenal since the 2006 conflict, with Israeli intelligence suggesting it possesses up to 150,000 rockets. Israel has said it will not allow Hezbollah to obtain advanced missiles, and frequently carries out air strikes on arms being transferred to the group through Syria.

r. Annabel Shafe, a Paediatrician, says regular intake of water by children will prevent indigestion and burning chest pain. Share, who made the recommendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja noted that water was helpful in reducing the impact of acid reflux that caused indigestion. She advised parents to cultivate the habit of giving their children water regularly, especially after meals to facilitate easy digestion. According to her, indigestion happens when the stomach acids played havoc with the digestive system. She said there might be no need for taking drugs to treat indigestion in children, adding that some children’s digestive systems was more sensitive than others. The Paediatrician said the best option was to avoid fatty and greasy foods. “Some children are more prone to stomach problems while some eat anything that comes their way and never experienced indigestion. “But children with sensitive digestive system should avoid fatty and greasy foods because those foods can trigger indigestion,’’ she said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that indigestion could cause stomach pain, chest pain, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, among others. The medical expert advised parents to give their children fruits as they were a wonderful source of fibre, and aid digestion.

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new study says both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea could lead to earlier impairment of cardiac function in women. “Snoring” refers to a sleeping pattern in which a person breathes while emitting a snorting or grunting sound. Although, the National Sleep Foundation suggests that 90 million people in the United States snore, snoring might become more dangerous as people age, and it can also lead to heart disease, especially for women. There are different types of sleep apnea, but the most common is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). At least 18 million U.S. adults have sleep apnea. This condition affects breathing patterns while sleeping, causing a person to stop breathing and start again repeatedly. About half of people who snore loudly have OSA. When OSA occurs, the muscles in the throat that are responsible for keeping the airway open actually prevent the flow of air. According to a new study presented recently at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America — held in Chicago, IL — snoring and OSA may lead to earlier impairment of cardiac function in women than in men. It is unclear whether or not sleep apnea directly causes heart disease, but some specialists believe that people with sleep apnea are at risk of developing hypertension, or high blood pressure.

Many people who have sleep apnea also have co-existing diseases. This is one of the reasons why it is harder to establish a direct link between sleep apnea and heart disease. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), some people living with sleep apnea and high blood pressure who received treatment for sleep apnea also saw their blood pressure drop. Such findings show a possible link between hypertension and sleep apnea. OSA is also associated with obesity, which is a risk factor for heart disease. Obesity contributes to sleep apnea, and the sleep deprivation that sleep apnea causes can give rise to further obesity, in the long-term. As a person gains more weight, the throat muscles that keep the airway open relax, and sleep apnea becomes more serious. The researchers analyzed data associated with cardiac parameters in relation to diagnosed OSA and self-reported snoring using data from the UK Biobank. The UK Biobank is an international health resource, open to researchers, that aims to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. The data were of 4,877 participants who had received a cardiac MRI scan. The scientists divided them into three groups: those with OSA, those with self-reported snoring, and those with neither. When the researchers compared the snoring

group with the group without sleep disorders, they found a striking difference in the left ventricular mass in women compared with men. Increased left ventricular mass means that the heart needs to work harder to fulfil the body’s needs. These patterns in people who self-reportedly snore may be an indication of undiagnosed OSA. “We found that the cardiac parameters in women appear to be more easily affected by the disease and that women who snore or have OSA might be at greater risk for cardiac involvement.” The researchers also found that the number of diagnosed OSA cases in the study was extremely low, suggesting that OSA may be underdiagnosed across the board. Dr. Curta, a radiology resident at Munich University Hospital in Germany, urges people who snore to get screened for OSA and those with OSA to seek treatment. “I would encourage people who snore to ask their partner to observe them and look for phases during sleep when they stop breathing for a short while and then gasp for air,” says Dr. Curta. “If unsure, they can spend the night at a sleep lab where breathing is constantly monitored during sleep and even slight alterations can be recorded.” The team now hopes to conduct more research to fully understand the sex differences linked to snoring and OSA.


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Bulandshahr: Why a policeman was killed over ‘cow slaughter’ A police officer in northern India was killed trying to calm a mob angered by reports that cows, regarded by Hindus as holy, had been slaughtered in the area. BBC Hindi’s Nitin Srivastava reports from Bulandshahr in the state of Uttar Pradesh, where the incident happened. It was sometime after 10:00 local time (04:30 GMT) on Monday when Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh sat in his official vehicle and asked the driver to make the SUV “fly”. The driver, Ram Asrey, drove as fast as he could. Mr Singh, 47, was in charge of the police station in Siyana, a village in Bulandshahr. He had received a call that morning asking him to go to a police station in another village, Chigrawati, about 5km (3 miles) away, where an angry mob of villagers had gathered. They alleged that they had found carcasses of cows earlier that day in the fields - videos, which soon began circulating on WhatsApp and social media, show a tractor with several carcasses blocking the road leading to the police station. Cows, which are considered holy by India’s majority Hindu population, have become a flashpoint in India in recent years. Many states, including Uttar Pradesh, have started enforcing bans on cow slaughter since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in 2014. So-called cow vigilantism has been on the rise and has led to several killings in the past few years. But an attack on police is unheard of. An 18-year-old protester was also killed in the violence. Police have arrested four people over Inspector Singh’s killing and

are looking for 23 others. The mob in Chigrawati, according to eyewitnesses and police officers, quickly grew to include more than 300 people as those from nearby villages also joined in. They were demanding the police take immediate action to find out who was responsible for the alleged slaughter of cows. And the six officers inside the police station had started frantically calling the district headquarters. It’s unclear if they called Mr Singh directly or if he was ordered to go there as part of reinforcements. When Mr Singh arrived, he approached the mob, hoping to pacify them. Eyewitnesses told the BBC that, unlike some of the other policemen, Mr Singh was not wearing a bulletproof jacket and did not have his pistol in his hand. The police wanted to calm the villagers down because thousands of Muslims had gathered over the weekend in Bulandshahr for a religious event. So officials feared the mob’s anger could spiral and lead to religious rioting. But, eyewitnesses say, the villagers only got angrier and more aggressive even as more police officers began to arrive. It’s unclear when the violence broke out but one eyewitness, a man who works in a school near the police station, told the BBC that he could hear the two sides fighting for more than a half hour and gunshots rang out at regular intervals. He says he locked himself in the school’s bathroom. Police told the BBC that some members of the mob were armed with homemade revolvers and opened fire first. But eyewitnesses, some of whom were watching

Policemen from other villages were deployed to control the mob in Chingrawati village

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from the other side of the road, said the violence broke out only after the police fired into the air to try and disperse the crowd. The mob also set fire to the police station and several vehicles parked outside. As the officers scurried for cover, the men began to hurl stones and even bricks at them, Mr Asrey said in an interview on Monday. Some officers managed to flee inside and hide in the police station, but Mr Asrey and another officer ran to the SUV to escape. “That’s when I realised Mr Singh had been hit by a brick and was lying unconscious,” he says. So, he put him in the car, got into the driver’s seat and started driving away from the mob, which had blocked the road, and towards fields. Mr Asrey says the mob followed them and tried attacking the vehicle. “The wheels of the vehicle got stuck. We had no choice but to get out and run.” Mr Asrey was injured but survived. He doesn’t know how Mr Singh died. But a video, which has gone viral since Monday afternoon, shows Mr Singh slumped out of the SUV and motionless. Men could be heard in the video asking whether he was dead or alive while gunshots kept going off in the background. The inspector, who has a wife and two sons living in Noida near Delhi, was declared dead when he was brought to the hospital. The post-mortem report says that he suffered a bullet wound above his left eyebrow. A police officer told the BBC that Mr Singh’s three mobile phones and pistol were missing.

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IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE PROBATE DIVISION BIRNIN KEBBI, KEBBI STATE

Whereas the person whose name is set out in the first column here under died date and place stated in the said column. Whereas the person whose address had claimed relationship with the said deceased is set in the second column here under has applied to the High Court of Justice for GRANT OF LETTER OF ADMINISTRATION of the personal property. Notice is hereby given that the said LETTER OF ADMINISTRATION will be granted to such person unless a notice to prohibit the grant there of is filed in the Probate Registry High Court of Justice Birnin Kebbi, within TWENTY ONE DAYS from the date of publication of this notice.

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State governors to host victorious Super Falcons

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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO.1 OF 1990 TRUSTEES ARE: 1, ACH BISHOP OMEZI SOLOMON CHUKS 2, EVANGELIST PRINCESS JOY OMEZI 3, PASTOR CHINEDU OJIEH 4, PASTOR AMSLEM OSENEBI 5, BROTHER EHIEDU OMORUYI 6, SISTER MERCY KALIKU 7, SISTER NGOZI PETER 8, SISTER ESTHER SOLOMON 9, BROTHER ELISHA OMEZI 10, JOSHUA OMEZI AIM AND OBJECTIVE : TO PREACH THE GOSPEL. ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, P.M.B. 198, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN TWENTY-EIGHT (28) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

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THIS IS TO INFORM THE GENERAL PUBLIC THAT THE ABOVE NAMED HAS APPLIED FOR REGISTRATION TO CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION UNDER PART C OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT NO.1 OF 1990 THE TRUSTEES ARE. 1. PROF. ADAMU D. BAIKE...... CHAIRMAN 2. PROF. N. GOMWALK.... TRUSTEE HIS EXC. FIDELIS TAPGUN... TRUSTEE 3. PROF. JATAN SHADRACK BENSON .... TRUSTEE 5. ASSOC. PROF. ONUK ENAI GALADIMA ..... TRUSTEE 6. GEN. LAWRENCE A. ONOJA (RTD).... TRUSTEE 7. PROF. SAM SMAH..... TRUSTEE/SECRETARY. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES. 1. TO BRING ALL AND SUNDRY, THE ETHNIC NATIONALITIES OF STATE UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF LOVE, PEACE AND UNITY. 2. TO PROMOTE UNITY, PEACEFUL CO-EXISTENCE AND UNDERSTANDING AMONGST THE ETHNIC GROUP IN NASARAWA STATE. 3. TO CREATE AWARENESS ON CORRUPTION AND TO PROMOTE SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE SOCIETY. ANY OBJECTION TO THE REGISTRATION SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THE REGISTRAR-GENERAL, CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION, PLOT 420, TIGRIS CRESCENT, OFF AGUIYI IRONSI STREET, P.M.B. 198, MAITAMA, ABUJA WITHIN TWENTY-EIGHT (28) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THIS PUBLICATION. SIGNED: SECRETARY

Super Falcons players celebrating their triumph on Saturday

By Amaechi Agbo

PUBLIC NOTICE

CHRIST PAVILION INTERNATIONAL CHURCH. CAC/IT/NO.63485.

This is to inform the general public that the above named has applied to the Corporate Affairs Commission for CHANGE OF TRUSTEES under part C of the company and allied matters act 1990. OLD TRUSTEES. 1. Mr Omovbude Ehizojie Samuel - Retained. 2. Mrs Omovbude Ugochukwu Doris - Removed. 3. Mr Alaka Festus Ugochukwu - Removed. NEWLY APPOINTED. 1. Mrs Gloria Odiase - Newly appointed. 2. Isaac L. Nduimbula - Newly appointed. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES REMAIN THE SAME. Any objection to this APPLICATION should be forwarded to the Registrar-General of Corporate Affairs Commission plot 420 Tigris crescent off aguiyi ironsi street Maitama Abuja within 28 days of this publication. SIGNED: CHAIRMAN.

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ome state governors have expressed their desire to host the victorious Super Falcons of Nigeria who Saturday defeated South Africa 4-3 on penalty to be crowned queen of African football for the 9th time. President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick disclosed this to the Super Falcons yesterday while addressing them in their hotel base in Abuja. Pinnck, who for the umpteenth time, commended the players and their coaching crew for making Nigeria proud and showcasing the dogged spirit of Nigerians against

all odds in the Ghana 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nation, also added that some sponsors are on the queue to host them team. The NFF boss who did not mention the state governors nor the sponsors, said that the hosting by the partners will be done after the President Mohammadu Buhari had hosted them. “Already our sponsors are lining up to host and honour you for your achievement, as well as some State governors who have indicated their interest in hosting you, but all that will be after the President hosts you.” He further promised that the Federation will support the programme of Super Falcons’ Coach

Thomas Dennerby to ensure that the team is well prepared for the 2019 World Cup in France. “We are already working with the coach who has submitted his plans for the World Cup to us. Also, I am talking to some European Federation presidents and the President of European Union Football Association, Aleksander Ceferin to secure friendly matches for the team in preparation for the World Cup.  “I want to congratulate and also thank you once again for what you did on Saturday, making us all proud. You see, you displayed the quintessential  Nigerian Spirit. You showed that the Nigerian flag strengthened you and that is why,

even during the extra time, you were not tired,” he said when he visited the team at their Starview Hotel, Abuja in the company with the NFF General Secretary, Sanusi Mohammed and Head of Women Football, Ruth David.   “We can’t thank our father, President Buhari enough for his immense support to Nigerian Football. The President is really happy for what you have done which has never been done by any women national team. Germany and America have dominated their respective confederation championships, winning eight titles each, but no country has ever won nine times. That is why the President wants to meet you as soon as possible,” he said.

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Egypt to withdraw 2019 AFCON bid if Morocco shows interest

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he Egyptian Football Association (Efa) says they will not bid to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) if a fellow North African country also expresses interest to stage the tournament. This comes after rights to host the finals slated for next June were taken away from Cameroon by Caf citing ill-preparedness in upgrading facilities. Now being touted to step in and host the tournament are Egypt, Morocco or South Africa. Of the three, Morocco are reported to be most likely to be handed the mandate to host the 2019 finals. But Egypt FA board member Ahmed Megahed said they will withdrew interest if a fellow Arab country throws it’s hat into the ring.

“The Efa will not bid to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations if any fellow Arab countries do so,” Megahed was quoted as saying by Kingfut. “Egypt are ready to step in and help if there any problems.” Caf are expected to announce the 2019 Afcon hosts by the end of this month. Egypt have previously hosted Afcon finals in 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006, winning thrice out of these four editions. Morocco organised the tournament just once in 1988, while South Africa staged it in 1996 and 2013. Just like the 2019 tournament, the 2013 edition in South Africa was an alternative after Libya could not host the same due to civil war.

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he National Sports Festival 2018 Torch will arrive Abuja Thursday, 6th of December 2018. The Torch also known as ‘The Festival Torch’ will be received by Abaji Area Council chairman, Alhaji Abdulrahman Ajiya at the the popular Giri junction around 11:00 am, who will honourably present the torch to his Kwali Area Council countrpart, Mr Joseph K. Shazim at the University of Abuja main gate. Gwagwalada Area Council chairman, Hon. Adamu Mustapha Danze would receive the Torch of Unity from Mr Joseph Shazim at the Kuje junction before handing it over to Kuje Area Council chairman, Mr. Abdulrahman Galadima at Lugbe junction. Galadima will  in turn hand it to Bwari Area Council chairman, Mr Musa Dikko at Chika junction before Abuja Municipal Area Council chairman, Malam Abdullahi Candido receive and give it to FCT Director of Sports Department, Mrs. Dilichukwu Onyendinma at the Unity Gate. Dilichukwu will as well give the torch to Social Development

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo receiving the Torch of Unity from Sports minister, Solomon Dalung, earlier this year Secretariat Secretary, Barr. Amanda Iyabode Pam who in turn will hand it to Permanent Secretary Ministry of FCT, Sir. Chinyeaka C. Ohaa. Chinyeaka will in turn hand it to Hon. Minister of FCT Malam Musa Bello. The minister will make a 50 meters lap and hand it over to the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Barr. Solomon Dalung who will give it to the Main Organising Committee

(MOC) chairman and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Sports , Adeshola Olushade. The movement of the Festival Torch within Abuja which starts 11:00 am will by 2:00pm. In the evening, the festival opening kicks off with displays and march past by all participating athletes. The 19th National Sports Festival tagged ‘Abuja 2018’ will be held from December 6 – 16, in Abuja.

Serena, Nadal, Murray set for Australian Open

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o Nigerian referee will officiate at the FIFA Women’s World Cup next year according the list of referees for the championship released by FIFA Only seven match officials from Africa will officiate at next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, according to a statement on the football governing body’s website. As was the case in Russia 2019, no Nigerian referee made the list that has Ethiopia’s Lidya Tafesse Abebe, Zambia’s Gladys Lengwe and Rwandan Mukansanga Salima, while Bernadettar Kwimbira (Malawi), Mary Njoroge (Kenya), Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (Madagascar) and Victoire Queency are the shortlisted assistant referees. The FIFA Referees Committee

selected 27 referees and 48 assistant referees from 42 countries. Nigeria, South Africa and Cameroon are the three African nations that qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 and would know their opponents on Saturday when the draw is conducted. The FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 will be played from 7 June to 7 July in Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes with the final scheduled for Lyon. At the just concluded Africa Women’s Nations Cup, the duo of Madu Patience and Mimisen Iyorhe from Nigeria were listed by the Confederation of African Football to officiate.

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he trio of tennis icons, Serena Williams will make her return to the Australian Open for the first time since winning in 2017 when eightweeks pregnant, it was confirmed Wednesday, with virtually all the world’s top 100 players due at Melbourne Park. That includes injury-prone Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.

Williams returned from giving birth to her first child to reach the 2018 Wimbledon and US Open finals, but suffered upset losses in both to leave her stuck on 23 major wins. Australian Open organisers said she was among the entries for the opening Grand Slam of the year as she attempts to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24.

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Her appearance will mark her first major since her controversial rant at an umpire during the US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka, which overshadowed the Japanese star’s biggest ever win. The evergreen Federer will be back to defend his title, along with long-time adversary Novak Djokovic. Caroline Wozniacki defends the women’s crown.

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“Those who think our political future is tied to them; they are poor students of their own political history. Some of these people who talk as if they are invincible, they have forgotten that they have run elections in the past and lost until they abandoned their parties and joined us. So if they return back, history will repeat itself.”

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APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole vowing to win Imo and Ogun for the party with or without Governors Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun

SPORTS Buhari: To debates or not to debate (II) latest

Southampton named Hasenhuttl new manager

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ormer RB Leipzig boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has been appointed Southampton manager on a two-and-a-halfyear deal. Southampton sacked Mark Hughes on Monday, eight months after he took charge of the club, with Saints 18th in the Premier League table. Austrian Hasenhuttl, 51, has been out of work since leaving Leipzig in May, ending a two-year spell at the club. Hasenhuttl led Leipzig to a second-place finish in the Bundesliga in his first season in charge, after taking over following their promotion from the second tier. The former Ingolstadt manager guided Leipzig to sixth in the German top-flight last season but left after failing to agree a contract extension. He will officially take over on Thursday with first team assistant coach Kelvin Davis taking charge for Wednesday’s game against Tottenham at Wembley.

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uper Eagles defender, Leon Balogun, on Tuesday scored his first English Premier League goal and helped his club, Brighton & Hove Albion to a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace. Brighton produced one of the best Premier League performances of the season to sweep aside Crystal Palace despite playing for 62 minutes with only 10 men. Balogun made an instant impact by finding the net with his first touch 25 seconds after his introduction following the Taye Taiwo and Oduamadi expulsion of Shane Duffy.

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e have seen that unlike in sports, in political debates there are neither gallant losers nor magnanimous winners. And because one man’s victor (especially in keenlycontested encounters) is another’s vanquished, there’s usually none prepared to be gallant about a defeat he has not accepted; nor any ready to be magnanimous about a victory his opponent has not conceded to him. Whereas outcomes of sporting events are ‘certain’ -even when they are controversially arrived at- those of political debates are not -for the reason that they are usually left to the subjective assessment mostly of partisan viewers and or listeners. We have also seen that even in the U.S. the democratic process has still not developed enough to birth independent, impartial and apolitical institutions trusted with the task of organizing and conducting political debates; and that the only body that currently discharges that responsibility (Commission on Presidential Debate, CPD), has to be a bi-partisan outfit jointly owned and run by the two major political parties, the Republican and the Democratic parties. Candidates will not debate on platforms they have no reason not to distrust. Trust or timidity or both may have informed Jonathan’s refusal, in 2011, to attend the March 18 debate organized by a private Cable Television, NN24; even though the trio of CPC’s Buhari, ACN’s Ribadu and ANPP’s Shekarau who attended, may not have had such issues. Trust or timidity or both may have been why the same trio, twelve days later (March 30), deserted Jonathan as he debated alone on the platform of NEDG-BON (Nigeria Election Debate Group/Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria), which allegedly availed Jonathan the unfair advantage of a sneak preview of the debate questions negotiated for him by a Media Aide, Doyin Okupe. Nor would trust now not have been at issue also when Buhari shunned the 2015 debate organized by the same discredited body, leaving Jonathan and others who opted to attend because they had no such issue. And maybe trust too, or timidity, was the reason PDP’s Obasanjo in 2003 refused to debate an AD/APP-adopted candidate, Olu Falae. In truth, candidates have the prerogative to weigh both the potential benefits and the cost of participating in a political debate and accordingly, to decide whether or not to attend. America’s Lyndon Johnson, in 1964 refused to debate Senator Barry Goldwater for the reason that having already commanded an appreciable lead at the polls, and not being a good public speaker, it would be unwise

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dankande2@gmail.com to risk jeopardizing that lead by attending the debate. As did PDP’s dancing maestro, Adeleke also who shunned the Osun debate because it was the most optimal gametheory strategy in the circumstance. And the question arises: what can Buhari gain side by side with what he definitely stand to lose, by participating in a debate that promises to have him as a menu on a dinner table peopled by hawks, foxes and hyenas? Or can Buhari trust the same NEDG-BON now headed –hold it!- by Channels TV-owner John Momoh, to be unbiased in the conduct of a debate with an Atiku who’s Principal, Obasanjo, cast as monist-Machiavellic who sees reality as a single entity driven by the ability and the readiness to pay one’s way through every challenge. By the way, since ‘trust’ and ‘being in presidential command’ are the objects of a presidential debates, the question also arises: ‘how can it be determined, in a presidential debate, which person seems more trustworthy and or more in presidential command?’ Is it the man who speaks the more flowery English even though he may lack the will, the capacity or the sincerity to deliver? Or is it the one who reels out the most economic jargon, even if a majority of the debate’s audience does not understand him? Or is it the person who exudes the most humility even if he does not coherently communicate a realistic vision and a workable plan? Or is it the dissembling impresario who dresses more ornately, uses the most high-sounding catch phrases, and is able to pass off as one who can be both trusted and in presidential command? The audience of the first ever televised debate, 1960’s ‘KennedyNixon’ debate was said to have scored Kennedy higher not so much for what he had said as for how he

appeared at the debate -“vigorous, tanned and confident”, they said, while his opponent, Nixon had “looked pale, worried and sweaty”. But the irony of it was that whereas those who watched the debate by television were swayed by young Kennedy’s looks, majority of those who listened to the debate by radio (and did not have to see a moroselooking, older Nixon or a tanned, debonair Kennedy), said Nixon won the debate. And it turned out also that much of Nixon’s pale and sweaty looks on the debate klieg lights neither came from his physical age nor from the age of his ideas. It was from his refusal to wear a simple make-up –whereas Kennedy did. And we saw also, that in spite of all the controversial issues of ‘trust’ afflicting the candidatures of Hillary and Trump, yet the winner of their three-times, hatefilled debates in 2016 was arrived at less by the question of who was more trustworthy than it was by the judgment of who seemed more ‘in presidential command’. And this was in spite of the grossly un-presidential conduct of both candidates throughout most the encounters. Many in fact said that Trump’s uncouth reference to Hillary as a ‘nasty woman’ and the threat to jail her if he became President, were all the ‘feminist rallying’ sympathy she needed to win the debates; even though in the end, they could not win her the election. Nothing can be more ironically unfair, than that the debater who seemed ‘more in presidential command’ should win only the debate but not the election; or that the one who was scandalously ‘un-presidential’ should lose the debate but win the election. And so it raises the questions: are the outcomes of pre-election debates truly as game-changing as they are purported to be? The answer is no! A research in The Economist

In truth, candidates have the prerogative to weigh both the potential benefits and the cost of participating in a political debate and accordingly, to decide whether or not to attend.

Magazine has proved that “although presidential debates can inform a person’s view, they tend to do little to change it”. In fact it has been shown that between 1960 and 2008 “the polling numbers of presidential candidates leading up to debates were almost perfectly correlated with their numbers (even) shortly afterwards”. And so, to what end is a political debate if its outcome will not affect the entrenched positions of voters? Thus one may ask, ‘what new issues would a debate involving Buhari throw up that Nigerians are not already abreast of or already uncompromisingly divided about? Or what percentage of Nigeria’s voting population by now is still genuinely ‘undecided’ about Buhari or Atiku and have to require that the two candidates debate before they can make up their minds? In truth debates are merely avenues for capitalizing on the vulnerabilities of opponents to score cheap political mileage. Like Kennedy did against Nixon, or Reagan, against Carter, or as virtually every other Nigerian presidential candidate now hopes to do against a bashful, deeplyaccented and potentially gaffe-prone Buhari. Said John M. Cunningham, debates are merely “a reliable source of quips, gaffes and lofty remarks”. Every candidate wants to debate an opponent with the most potentials for goofs and gaffes, faux pas and lapsus lingue. And Buhari, perhaps is your worst possible political interlocutor. You’ll do well first to cut through the cadence of his deeply accented Hausanized English; before you grapple with the import of his rationed delivery. His publicly acknowledged virtues of integrity, modesty and tenacity, in the circumstances, are not fitting wares for a political debate with opponents ready to make a bloodied Caesar out of him. He should not debate!

DAN GAYE

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